Those Who Ignore Geography Shall Shiver in the Dark
On re-reading Robins article, something struck me, I've often wondered why I was attracted to Hârn. Yesterday, while clearing out a cupboard I came across my copy of the original World of Greyhawk boxed set. I remembered discussions I had with my friends when I first unpacked it.
"That big lake, the Nyr Dyv, there is one river running into it, and two out of it. They both run to the sea. Isn't that impossible? Surely when the lake was formed the water would exit at the lowest point, even if there were two such points, wouldn't the one with the more easily eroded terrain get deeper quicker? Then surely the other would dry up?" I was met with a chorus of "It's only a fantasy map, it doesn't matter." from my friends. But it mattered to me.
Ever since I've gamed in worlds where the geography is real (like Hârn) or totally unreal (like Glorantha).
I am right about the Nyr Dyv, aren't I?