I have to say I have had issues with this map the first time I saw it.
I went through the comic pages and text updates available at the moment and tried to write down all references to directions and distances I could find. (Doing this I assumed that text information has priority over graphic information – the text has been written by Rob, while images have been created by Jamie or Xin and are subject to artist’s interpretation.)
It looks like at least some parts of the map do not reconcile with some information found in the comic. Particularly, location of sides relative to each other.
1. Why would Unaroyal and Jetstone lie to the west of Gobwin Knob?
We know that Faq lies to the west of Gobwin Knob. ("Due west!"
, "And Charlie's intel had him flyin' west a turn ago."
and, of course, "He was fascinated with the question of how they kept three cities hidden from their nearest neighbors: Transylvito to the south, Jitterati to the northwest, and Gobwin Knob to the east."
) If Unaroyal lies to the west of Gobwin Knob, Stanley would fly over the heads of the Coalition column when he left Gobwin Knob for Faq. However, it appears that Stanley flew in the opposite direction (nobody in the column saw him, and, of course, when Jillian was pursuing Stanley she flew over Gobwin Knob on her way to Faq after him).
We also know that when Jillian flew from Faq to Spacerock she was going over territory held by Gobwin Knob
. In addition to that, we know that Faq lies somewhere between west and north of Jetstone. (When Jillian is planning her route from Spacerock to Faq
she intends to go northwest and hit Brookstone and Progrock – both held by Gobwin Knob – while flying in the direction of Faq.)
2. Why would Haggar lie to the southwest of Jetstone?
We know that Haggar lies to the east
of Dhrystone. We also know that Haggar lies on the coast and that Haggar’s crest displays the sun rising
over the city from the sea. (If we can assume that the sun rises in the east in Erfworld that means Haggar lies on the earstern coast.)
So based on information available at the moment, I would say the sides are probably located like this (at least, in terms of directions if not distances).
Your questions, comments and suggestions are welcome as always.