Shroud of the Avatar takes place in New Britannia which sprawls across five continents (one for each of the five episodes to be released).
The Island of Novia
In episode 1, Forsaken Virtues, your adventure will take you through the Island of Novia which is where the survivors of the Cataclysm four hundred years earlier, have settled.
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Community made map of Novia by Shrouded Recluse.
The Hidden Vale
The Hidden Vale is an island situated north east of the Island of Novia which has served as a temporary starting point for players during the early pre-alpha releases. This allowed the community to test new systems and game-play without exposing players to the story content, which will ultimately take place on the main-land (i.e. The Island of Novia).