I’ve been meaning to work on for such a long time now, I’m kind of surprised how quickly I made it through drafts for this region’s map. I made two. To be honest, I have been picking up peripheral details about the region since I began, but I’m not really sure how that effects the length of time I struggle with it once I knuckle down.

I’ve taken more liberties with Euboea than previous areas, in the interest of both ease and expediency. Euboea doesn’t appear much in myths that I’ve found. Shenanigans I say, shenanigans. Euboea was Greece’s port to the whole Aegean Sea, why wouldn’t it factor heavily into their myths? Well, I had some ideas to make it work.

I think I’ve mentioned my idea to move the Trojan War to Euboea. It clears a few narrative hurdles I had regarding the back-and-forth nature of some dynasties. For example, Tantalus was king of Lydia, but his daughter Niobe and son Pelops immigrated to Central Greece and the Peloponnese, leaving a perfectly good city.

Actually, I wound up transposing a lot of the Greek towns and such from the shores of western shores of Turkey, to the eastern shores of Euboea. Lydia, Lycia, Mysia, Caria, and the Troad were all moved to corresponding regions of Euboea, which I divided into three parts: Northern Euboea, Southern Euboea, and the Cyclades.

In addition, I moved several culture centers, such as Phrygia, which is curiously interwoven with one of the rare king lists I found for Euboea. I also located the Amazons and the Lapiths (related to the centaurs) in Euboea, which I think counts as “the farthest reaches of the known world,” at least for the Greek Dark Ages.

Some of the more obscure myths regarding North Africa, including Libya, Ethiopia, and Egypt have all been relocated as well. The places are all close enough together now I can weave their myths with greater, um, consistency. More wars, more fratricide, more incest, more monsters. All the stuff we love about Greek mythology.