|Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio (A map of the North Pole); Gerardus Mercator, 1595|
Submitted for your approval is the region of the North Pole as Mercator believed to be at the tail-end of the 16th century. (The above map is available in a greater resolution at Wikimedia Commons.) It is 'inaccurate' in many respects, but for purposes of gaming this is more of a virtue than a fault. Opportunities for exploration and adventure abound. Perhaps a party of player characters form an expedition for the Northwest Passage?
A mountain marks the position of the North Pole and a separate mountain placed at the magnetic pole. Pygmies evidently inhabit the lower right-hand Arctic 'quadrant.' The biblical Gog and Magog appear near Meractor's 'longitude' of 170 - 180°. Special attention is paid to Frisland (350°) with an inset in the upper left-hand corner.
A more detailed depiction of the fanciful Frisland is shown below from a map in the possession of the National and University Library of Iceland. It could be used as a remnant of Atlantis or a stronghold of anachronistic Vikings.
|Frisland; Pietro de Nobili, 1590|