The World Map covers all the areas in the game. You can use it to navigate across long distances.
The developers gave all of these locations colorful names, but not all are visible in-game. With a few exceptions, such as the Cloakwood forests, the names below are either the displayed names, or an unequivocal description of their geographical location which aids navigation; the more evocative names are shown in their respective articles.
Canon is real life politics in the service of imaginary things that can be fun, and makes them not; Baldur's Gate game is surely not seen as canon by some Forgotten Realms players. It is a matter of dispute whether areas in the game belong to Western Heartlands, or Amn. Some player are ambivalent and subscribe to more expansive of definitions of the Western Heartlands with the border line at Beregost, which roughly divides the Sword Coast up into Western Heartlands and Amn. One can also see the Coast as merging from Amn into Heartlands, or that the Heartlands stop at Baldur's Gate, etc etc. Finally, Amn and the Heartlands can be seen as being divided, with Sword Coast in between as its own entity.
Categories on this wiki are currently arranged according to the latter viewpoint. There is no strict rule here, only an aesthetic rationale: it is kind of nice for all of the areas in Baldur's Gate game to be in Sword Coast; for the Sword Coast to have its own town, Beregost; for the areas around Baldur's Gate City to be in Western Heartlands, and for Amn's borders to be on the same latitude as Nashkel.
Geographical table mapEdit
There are 54 mapped areas that can be traveled to above ground, these are all eventually unlocked on the World Map. There are also interiors of dungeons and buildings. Each one has an area code.
The following tables map the main area. They are positioned geographically. Two areas that came with the expansion Tales of the Sword Coast, namely Ulgoth's Beard and Durlag's Tower, though integrated in the map, don't fit into this array due to being added after the technical completion of the main game.
In Siege of Dragonspear, you can't freely access all maps each chapter, instead, each chapter has a set of maps for you to explore.
- Faerûn article on the Forgotten Realms Wiki, a guide to the fantasy universe named the Forgotten Realms.
- Rand's Travelogue – More of the Western Heartlands! By Rand Sharpsword at Wizards.com
- Updated Sword Coast Map thread at Beamdog Forums