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    Distances

    Discussion in 'Research' started by Marcelo, Nov 22, 2008.

    Hello everyone! I'm planning to make my fantasy-world as believable as possible, so I have some questions. My fantasy world is the size of a country really, and is divided into four regions. My characters will travel a lot, so I need to know more about distances.

    a) How many miles can a person travel by foot?
    b) How many miles can a person travel by horse-back?
    c) How many miles is Ireland, from east-west / south-north?

    And if you can give me more feedback on distances, I'll be very glad.
     
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    As many as he wants. The question is too broad. Do you mean in a day? In an hour? Without stopping?

    Same as the above. What are we talking about here? In a day? In an hour? Without stopping?

    To tell you the truth I find these sort of specifics needless. You can easily say "it was a journey of many miles" in some way and the reader will get the point that it took a long time to get there. Do we really need the specifics of how long it takes? Even then, do we need how far? You can say it was a three days journey and again the reader will get the idea. The need for specifics in this matter isn't too drastic (that's just me of course).

    I don't know about that but I got this from Wikipedia: Ireland as a land mass covers 31,520.6 square miles.
     
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    ireland is 302 miles long n/s and 275 wide... which you could have learned as quickly as i did with a split-second google search...

    as for your other questions, the type of terrain, physical condition of the person/horse, and climate weather conditons will affect the answers... so, no one can give you valid answers to such broad, vague questions...
     
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    Damn, hadn't noticed!
    In a day, how many miles can a person by foot and a person by horse-back travel? For example, in a road, with no natural obstacles. And terrains such as bogs and forests, how many miles is the distance shortened.
     
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    Try looking at hiking journals (online diaries and blogs). They may give you the beginnings of answers to your questions, at least under some types of conditions.
     
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    The island of Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland? :p
    Why Ireland, anyway?


    I think this answers your question about horses:
     

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