June 2nd, 2016

Traveling east from Masyaf in the mid-late 13th century.

The scenario: Escaping from the threat of the Mongols' increasingly frequent raids, Maria Thorpe - now pushing ninety and hence accompanied by a group of six elite Assassins - departs east across Syria. I'd like to know what would be the best methods of travel over that kind of terrain, and about where she and her group would reasonably end up after four years.

I looked up Masyaf castle on Google Maps, but while it was good for finding the general lay of the land, I still don't know what roads were built when, or how much the names and locations of cities, towns and borders have changed over the intervening centuries. So, if those of you who know more could tell me, that would help a lot, thanks.

The story I'm working on is posted here, for anyone interested.