No matter how big of a fan you are of HBO’s Game of Thrones — or the George R.R. Martin novel series A Song of Ice and Fire on which the series is based — there’s no denying that the expansive world of Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos is a confusing one, mostly because it’s so damn expansive. There are literally hundreds of towns, ports, houses, and principalities mentioned in the series, creating a lush, rich world that’s exciting to dive into but also really hard to piece together. Some of us just need a wee visual aid. Enter QuarterMaester, a fan-made, interactive Game of Thrones world map that is sure to help you keep everything straight.
It’s an incredibly handy guide to the regions of The Known World, and has more than just a bunch of dots on a map. Beyond the locations of towns and holds throughout the Realm, the map also breaks things down like character locations throughout the series (both book and TV versions, and you get to choose), meaning you have control over how in-depth the information you receive gets. (Very convenient for you spoilerphobes out there.) It also links back to the Game of Thrones wiki, so fans can get information on the local nobility, history, wars, and notable mentions of the aforementioned features in both GoT media, which means newbies to Westeros and avid lovers alike will be able to enjoy superfan SerMountainGoat‘s (ooh, a knight!) seriously impressive work. And though it is dubbed as “speculative” because it has yet to receive the George R.R. Martin seal of approval — and, really, he’s the only true authority on the matter — it reads as fairly accurate, even compared to HBO’s own interactive take on the Realm.
OK, now: If you could live anywhere in Westeros or beyond, where would that be and why? We’re sorta partial to Braavos, but let us know your thoughts in the comments!
HT: The A.V. Club