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Mauristatia is one of the major lands of the Old World, situated between Kakhabad to the east and Femphrey to the west.

It is a large but generally inaccessible region, covered with mountain ranges and alpine forests, and is infamous for producing many of the greatest Vampire dynasties of all time. In particular, the Heydrich family dominated the province of Mortvania for centuries, whilst it is possible that the Vampire Lords of Vannan also originated here.

Another of its better known provinces is Lupravia, which has long suffered from the predations of were-beasts, including the House of Wulfen. The province of Bathoria also lies within Mauristatia, although the only thing known about it is that it is infamous for producing numerous death-cults.

The Geography of Western MauristatiaEdit

Mauristatia

A map of western Mauristatia

Although we have a map of the whole of Mauristatia in Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World, of Mortvania in Vault of the Vampire,[1] and of some of eastern Mauristatia between Cloudcap Mountains and Lake Lumlé[2], there is no map showing where the various principalities lie. Nevertheless, there is some evidence suggesting the relative positions of Mortvania and Lupravia within Mauristatia (see the map to the right).

The evidence for this comes from a number of sources. In the "Background" sections of both Vault of the Vampire and Howl of the Werewolf, YOU are described as having come to Mauristatia from Femphrey and Lendleland, suggesting that both Mortvania and Lupravia are in the part of Mauristatia nearest these two lands - i.e. the (south)west.

In the map in Vault of the Vampire, the River Bloodsedge appears to flow west/north-west, with mountains to the north of Castle Heydrich. Although it is impossible to draw firm conclusions from this, locating Mortvania at the eastern end of the river flowing into Lake Cauldron north of Rorutuna would certainly make sense geographically.[3] If so, this means that the Bloodsedge River feeds into the river which flows into Lake Cauldron or that this river is in fact the Bloodsedge.

In Howl of the Werewolf, we learn that the village of Strigoiva lies to the east of Pritzbad and Saarven in Mortvania.[4] Saarven and Pritzbad are in the south-east of Mortvania (as revealed in the Vault of the Vampire map), and Strigoiva is in the south-west of Lupravia - see the Lupravia article for details. As indicated in this discussion of the geography of Lupravia, Strigoiva is at the south-west corner of Lupravia, whilst Wulfenstein is in the far north-east, in a gorge (Garou Gorge) in the Orsov Mountains. The Orsov Mountains, which are high, snow-covered peaks, form the northern border of Lupravia, and perhaps also the eastern border. Although the Titan map of Mauristatia is not very detailed, and the placement of the name Mauristatia may obscure other features, there seem to be two large mountain ranges in Mauristatia other than the Cloudcap Mountains in the east - one above the Mauristatia label, the other below it. Given the likely location of Mortvania to the east of the river flowing into Lake Cauldron, it seems most likely that the mountains north of the Mauristatia label are the Orsov Mountains (see the map to the right). Certainly this seems to rule out the possibility that Mortvania (and, as a consequence, Lupravia) are north or north-west of these mountains, as there are no other high mountains further north on the Titan map.

HistoryEdit

Main article: A History of Mortvania

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Vault of the Vampire - inside cover
  2. Warlock Issue 5 - p.26-27
  3. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - p.18/??
  4. Howl of the Werewolf - 116, 200, 290

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