The continents of Nirn scaled to those of Earth (based on discussions between Michael and myself). It doesn’t matter if this is exact, because it puts things into perspective. It’s easy to dismiss Bretons as French people with magic until you realize that Highrock is the size of the entirety of western Europe. Think about:
- The Chimer migration out of Alinor, equivalent to traveling the distance from Mali to Moscow (and then some).
- The Great War, with Aldmeri troops conquering what amounts to the entire Arabian peninsula and the Mediterranean sea (in addition to holding the combined area of Libya, Egypt, Chad, Sudan, and Ethiopia to start with).
- Septim’s Empire being 3-4 times the size of Rome at its height, and about 1.5 times the size of the Mongolian Empire in the late 1200s. The logistics of managing this area, of moving troops, news, and goods. The almost incalculable number of individual cultures within its borders. How easily and how swiftly both Rome and Mongolia fell in on themselves (multiple times).
- The fact that what we call “Redguards” and “Left-Hand Elves” must, in fact, be dozens of “races” occupying a continent twice the size of Tamriel. The Left Hander’s empire was described in the Sword Meeting as three times as big as Septim’s - in Earth terms, they held North and South America as well as Africa.
(Editorial note: Yokuda is closer to Tamriel than depicted on the map. It’s was placed to overlap with the Americas for scale reference, rather than accurate relationship to Tamriel)
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