Bo Johansson's Map of Barrayar
Lois McMaster Bujold Fan Art
Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan novels give many tantalizing hints
about the geography of Barrayar (barrayarography?). But I prefer to
have a map to look at, so I fired up my paint program to draw
this map, based on some hints from the books:
Of course, it can be discussed how good my map is. I don't
think there is much evidence in the books.
- The Main Continent is in the northern hemisphere.
- The South Continent is smaller and quite far away.
- Kyril Island is in the Arctic.
- Vorbarr Sultana is at the head of navigation of a river.
- The Vorkosigan District is south of Vorbarr Sultana and
the Vorbarra District.
- Vorkosigan Vashnoi is southeast, downwind and downstream
- From the Dendarii Mountains you look north out over the
populated lowlands towards Hassadar.
- Version 2: On 30 Mar 2001 Lois McMaster Bujold posted
to the lois-bujold mailing list:
"The Dendarii District, Vorbarr Sultana, etc.,
are all on the east side of their continent.
The river running through Hassadar is not the same one as
the river running through Vorbarr Sultana, though they both
empty out the eastern seaboard, a couple hundred miles
- Version 3: "Komarr" chapter 21 tells us that bloody
puffwad grows on the western slopes of the Black Escarpment,
indicating that the mountain range probably run in a
general North-to-South diretcion, instead of West-to-East.
I have modified the map with this new information.
||This is only one hemisphere of Barrayar,
approximately from 90 deg W to 90 deg E, and
75 deg S to 75 deg N.
||The continents are probably a bit too large.
New: A very tentative map of Barrayar's climate zones.
The map shows the natural Earth-type climate zones that might
have existed on Barrayar before the colonization, and before
terraforming and agriculture influenced the vegetation.
Notice that the map shows Earth-like climate types, on Barrayar
the equivalents of "temperate forest", "savannah" and "steppe"
might be "scrubland", "semi-dry scrubland" and "dry scrubland",
The climate zones have been generated with the program
World Builder 2.0.
All comments about these maps are welcome to
||See my entry in The Lois McMaster Bujold
Tilque has a map of Vorbarr Sultana and Vorkosigan District.
||I have tried my skills as a Fan Artist and made
some Vor Arms or Logos as I imagine that
they might look.
||All Bujold fans have surely waited for the
reskinned versions of Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Suite,
Netscape, or MS Internet Explorer with a "Vorkosigan" look.
© Bo Johansson 2009-12-05