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Chapter 34 - Undauntra's Highway

Undauntra's Highway appears to run from Dragaera City to a point 36 leagues (108 miles) north of Daavya, and, if it ran perfectly straight, it would appear to be a hair over 1,000 miles.

Undauntra's Highway
Undauntra's Highway

Aerich tells Tazendra that there are posts every 10 leagues (30 miles), which works out to be some 32 posts between Dragaera City and the post north of Stable Point.

During the events portrayed in Five Hundred Years After, Adron withdraws his army 40 leagues away from the city.

[Adron was] encamped a good forty leagues from the city (Five Hundred Years After, Chapter 24)

When Aliera and Sethra travel from his camp back to the city, they pass a number of posts, suggesting they are on a major highway.

Aliera and Sethra rode .. toward the Imperial Palace. They had just left the first post-status ... They rode at a good speed to the next post-station ... Ahead of us ... is the Flower Road ... it leads to the Gate of the Dragon, and so we are nearly there ... the Lockhair Plains, through which we have just passed ... the people of the village of Lockhair lined this road and covered him with flowers [this story does not appear to be true] ... Is that not the post-station ahead? The last one, I think, which means that we shall be in the Imperial Palace in an hour. (Five Hundred Years After, Chapter 24)

I think it's reasonable to assume that Adron withdrew along Undauntra's Highway to the southeast of Dragaera City, and camped at the fourth post.

It appears that Aliera and Sethra passed the first post (30 leagues from the city) without note. They are approaching the second post (20 leagues from the city) while conversing. Next they are nearing the last post (10 leagues from the city), and have just passed through Lockhair. Lockhair is probably located on or near the 2nd post.

Adron's Camp
Adron's Camp


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