Fantasy Location Names by Terrain Type

These contain fairly normal terms for places within specific terrain or climate types.

This page contains the following tables:

  • Arctic Regions
  • Beaches and Coastal Regions
  • Deserts and Desert Regions
  • Forests and Woods
  • Hill Regions
  • Jungles and Jungle regions
  • Lakes and Lake Regions
  • Mountain Regions
  • Ocean Regions
  • Plains Regions
  • Rivers and River Regions
  • Roads
  • Swamps

 

Arctic Regions
Terms for Arctic Regions

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

1 Tundra
2 Snows
3 Drifts
4 Frosts
5 Ice
6 White

 

Terms for Places in Arctic Regions

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

1 Glacier
2 Crevasse
3 Spur
4 Ice field
5 Ice Sheet
6 Snowfield

 

Beaches and Coastal Regions
Terms for Coasts

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 Coast
4-5 Shore
6 Sands
Terms for Places on Coasts

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

General Settled
1-3 1 Beach Port
1-3 2 Sands Harbor
1-3 3 Cove Cove
1-3 4 Bay Anchorage
1-3 5 Inlet Dock
1-3 6 Headland Pier
4-6 1 Promontory Jetty
4-6 2 Point Wharf
4-6 3 Cape Quay
4-6 4 Peninsula  Bay
4-6 5 Cliff Mooring
4-6 6 Break Landing

 

Deserts and Desert Regions
Terms for Desert Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.   (Die roller)

1-3 1-6 Desert
4-6 1-2 Desert
4-6 3 Dunes
4-6 4 Wastes
4-6 5 Sands
4-6 6 Barrens

 

Terms for Places in Deserts

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-4 1-2 Oasis
1-4 3 Wadi
1-4 4 Basin
1-4 5 Dune-s
1-4 6 Barchan
5-6 1 Valley
5-6 2 Yardang
5-6 3 Ridge
5-6 4 Cliffs
5-6 5 Gully
5-6 6 Cleft

 

Forests and Woods
Name-forms for Forests

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1 [Region Type Modifier] [Forest Term]
1-3 2 [Region Type Modifier] [Forest Term]
1-3 3 [Thematic Modifier] [Forest Term]
1-3 4 [Thematic Modifier] [Forest Term]
1-3 5 [Thematic Modifier] [Forest Term]
1-3 6 [Proper Name] [Forest Term]
4-6 1 The [Tree][Forest Term]
4-6 2 The [Color][Trees][Forest Term]
4-6 3 The [Color or Shape]Leaves[Forest Term]
4-6 4 The [Trees]Leaves[Forest Term]
4-6 5 The [Green][Forest Term]
4-6 6 The [Forest Term] of [Thematic Modifier] Leaves

 

Terms for Forests

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 Forest
4-6 Wood

 

Terms for Places within Forests

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1 Copse
1-3 2 Grove
1-3 3 Glade
1-3 4 Stand
1-3 5 Thicket
1-3 6 Clearing
4-6 1 Spring
4-6 2 Crag
4-6 3 Stream
4-6 4 Brook
4-6 5 Tor
4-6 6 Knoll

 

Trees

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-2 1 Alder
1-2 2 Ash
1-2 3 Birch
1-2 4 Beech
1-2 5 Cedar
1-2 6 Elm
3-4 1 Fir
3-4 2 Hawthorn
3-4 3 Larch
3-4 4 Linden
3-4 5 Oak
3-4 6 Pine
5-6 1 Poplar
5-6 2 Rowan
5-6 3 Spruce
5-6 4 Sycamore
5-6 5 Willow
5-6 6 Yew

 

Hill Regions
Terms for Hill Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1-3 Hills
4 Vales
5 Valleys
6 Mounds
4-6 1 Dells
2 Dales
3 Downs
4 Fell-s
5 Uplands
6 Highlands

 

Terms for Places within Hill Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-2 1 Hill
1-2 2 Fell
1-2 3 Crag
1-2 4 Knoll
1-2 5 Tor
1-2 6 Bluff
3-4 1 Dale
3-4 2 Vale
3-4 3 Valley
3-4 4 Glen
3-4 5 Dell
3-4 6 Spring
5-6 1 Hollow
5-6 2 Basin
5-6 3 Ravine
5-6 4 Cleft
5-6 5 Gorge
5-6 6 Defile

 

Jungles and Jungle Regions
Terms for Jungle Regions

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

1-4 Jungle
5 Rainforest
6 Wilds

 

Terms for Places within Jungle Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1 Clearing
1-3 2 Glade
1-3 3 Dell
1-3 4 Rise
1-3 5 Escarpment
1-3 6 Crevasse
4-6 1 Stream
4-6 2 Pool
4-6 3 River
4-6 4 Falls
4-6 5 Wallow
4-6 6 Tangle

 

Lakes and Lake Regions
Terms for Lakes

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

Greater Smaller
1-2 Lake Lake
3 Lake Pool
4 Mere Pond
5 Mere Mere
6 Water Water

 

Mountain Regions
Terms for Mountain Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-4 1-6 Mountains
5-6 1-2 Range
3-4 Peaks
5-6 Highlands

 

Terms for Places within Mountain Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-2 1 Peak
1-2 2 Summit
1-2 3 Cliff
1-2 4 Overhang
1-2 5 Crag
1-2 6 Bluff
3-4 1 Escarpment
3-4 2 Precipice
3-4 3 Dale
3-4 4 Vale
3-4 5 Valley
3-4 6 Glen
5-6 1 Chasm
5-6 2 Crevasse
5-6 3 Ravine
5-6 4 Cleft
5-6 5 Gorge
5-6 6 Defile

 

Terms for Places within Mountain Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-2 1 Peak
1-2 2 Summit
1-2 3 Cliff
1-2 4 Overhang
1-2 5 Crag
1-2 6 Bluff
3-4 1 Escarpment
3-4 2 Precipice
3-4 3 Dale
3-4 4 Vale
3-4 5 Valley
3-4 6 Glen
5-6 1 Chasm
5-6 2 Crevasse
5-6 3 Ravine
5-6 4 Cleft
5-6 5 Gorge
5-6 6 Defile

 

Ocean Regions
Terms for Places within Ocean Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-4 1-3 Island
1-4 4-6 Isle
5-6 1-2 Reef
5-6 3-4 Islet
5-6 5 Atoll
5-6 6 Key

 

Plains Regions
Terms for Places within Plains Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1 Spring
1-3 2 Downs
1-3 3 Heath
1-3 4 Fell
1-3 5 Moor
1-3 6
4-6 1 Flat
4-6 2 Field
4-6 3 Pasture
4-6 4 Meadow
4-6 5 Common
4-6 6 Lea

 

Terms for Plains

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1-2 Plains
1-3 3 Grasslands
1-3 4 Steppes
1-3 5 Savannah
1-3 6 Flats
4-6 1 Fields
4-6 2 Pastures
4-6 3 Meadows
4-6 4 Heath
4-6 5 Fell
4-6 6 Moor

 

Rivers and River Regions
Terms for Rivers

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

Major Rivers Minor Streams
1-2 1-6 River Stream
3-4 1 -burn Brook
3-4 2 -chase -chase
3-4 3 -flood -flood
3-4 4 -flow -flow
3-4 5 -light -light
3-4 6 -lode -lode
5-6 1 -run -run
5-6 2 -rush -rush
5-6 3 -rill -rill
5-6 4 -tumble -tumble
5-6 5 -water -water
5-6 6 -wash -wash

 

Terms for Places within River Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1 Falls
1-3 2 Rapids
1-3 3 Cataract
1-3 4 Weir
1-3 5 Isle
1-3 6 Islet
4-6 1 Bridge
4-6 2 Ford
4-6 3 Crossing
4-6 4 Narrows
4-6 5 Shallows
4-6 6 Confluence

On the Coast: Roll 1d (Die roller)

1 Delta
2 Estuary
3 Inlet
4 Sound
5 -mouth
6 Bay

 

Roads
Name-forms for Roads

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

1 [Ruler’s] [Road Term]
2 [Destination Name] [Road Term]
3 [Specific Condition Mod.] [Road Term]
4 [Thematic Modifier] [Road Term]
5 [Alliterative Modifier] [Road Term]
6 [Proper Name] [Road Term]

 

Terms for Roads

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

Major Roads Minor Roads
1-2 Road Road
3 Highway Way
4 Roadway Path-way
5 Way Trail
6 Trail Track-way

 

Terms for Streets within Settlements

Roll 1d.  (Die roller)

1-2 Street
3 Road
4 Way
5 Lane-way
6 Alley-way

 

Swamps
Terms for Swamps

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1-3 Swamp
1-3 4-6 Marsh
4-6 1 Morass
4-6 2 Wetland
4-6 3 Quagmire
4-6 4 Bog
4-6 5 Mire
4-6 6 Slough

 

Terms for Places within Swamp Regions

Roll 1d, 1d.  (Die roller)

1-3 1 Wallow
1-3 2 Rise
1-3 3 Bog
1-3 4 Embankment
1-3 5 Hollow
1-3 6 Hole
4-6 1 Weir
4-6 2 Pool
4-6 3 Pond
4-6 4 Mere
4-6 5 Stream
4-6 6 Brook