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* Among astronomers dedicated to map the structure of our galaxy, the area just behind the galactic center -very difficult to study- is often nicknamed "[[https://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/level5/March03/Vallee/Vallee3_2.html Zona Galactica Incognita]]". "Here Be Dragons" is implied, even if (probably) the spiral arms there would be more or less symmetric with those in our side of the Milky Way.


In old times, mapmaking was a fairly imprecise task, due to the lack of advanced technology for exploration purposes. So, to fill great blank areas on the maps, mapmakers used to include textual and/or graphic warnings of the dangers of going into uncharted territory. Such warnings took the form of sea serpents, dragons, cannibals and many other mythical and, sometimes, even real creatures. The actual line "Here There Be Dragons" has been found only once, on the 16th-century [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunt-Lenox_Globe Lenox Globe]], but is too cool to give up.

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In old times, mapmaking was a fairly imprecise task, due to the lack of advanced technology for exploration purposes. So, to fill great blank areas on the maps, mapmakers used to include textual and/or graphic warnings of the dangers of going into uncharted territory. Such warnings took the form of sea serpents, dragons, cannibals and many other mythical and, sometimes, even real creatures. The actual line "Here There Be Dragons" [[BeamMeUpScotty has been found only once, once]], on the 16th-century [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunt-Lenox_Globe Lenox Globe]], but is too cool to give up.



Because [[AltumVidetur Everything's Better In Latin]], also sometimes seen as its original spelling, ''Hic sunt dracones''.

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Because [[AltumVidetur Everything's Better In Latin]], also sometimes seen as its original spelling, ''Hic sunt dracones''.
dracones''. HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace is what happens when you put this trope InSpace and mix it with FasterThanLightTravel.

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has an interesting variation- they don't get a map showing the bizarre sea monsters seen on medieval maps, they ''actually see one'' after Griffith causes the real world and astral planes to merge.

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* The world map of ''VideoGame/NiNoKuniIIRevenantKingdom'' is illustrated in this style, with a picture of a sea-monster and a mermaid.

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** One sourcebook has a Skaven map which uses the Skaven vernacular, in which the Chaos Wastes, populated, if at all, by mutant monstrosities, is labeled [[BuffySpeak "Thing-Things"]].


* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series backstory, Topal the Pilot was an [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] BoldExplorer and [[WarriorPoet poet]] who was the first to discover and explore Tamriel during the Merethic Era, encountering primitive versions of the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] and [[LizardFolk Argonians]], as well as a now extinct race of [[BirdPeople bird people]]. A skilled cartographer, Topal was on an in-universe CartographySidequest from the Aldmer to explore and document Tamriel's inland regions, which were very mysterious to them at the time. While he didn't encounter actual [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] (that we know of), he did encounter "cat demons", "human lizards", (believed to be primitive ancestors of the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] and [[LizardFolk Argonians]] respectively) "bat lizards" (believed to be related to Morrowind's Cliff Racers), and a race of now-extinct "BirdPeople".

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series backstory, Topal the Pilot was an [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] BoldExplorer and [[WarriorPoet poet]] who was the first to discover and explore Tamriel during the Merethic Era, encountering primitive versions of the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] and [[LizardFolk Argonians]], as well as a now extinct race of [[BirdPeople bird people]].Era. A skilled cartographer, Topal was on an in-universe CartographySidequest from the Aldmer to explore and document Tamriel's inland regions, which were very mysterious to them at the time. While he didn't encounter actual [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] (that we know of), he did encounter "cat demons", "human lizards", (believed to be primitive ancestors of the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] and [[LizardFolk Argonians]] respectively) "bat lizards" (believed to be related to Morrowind's Cliff Racers), and a race of now-extinct "BirdPeople".


Do not mistake this with HereThereWereDragons, which is about the existence of magic (and even dragons) sometime in the past of the setting of a fictional work. Also not to be confused with [[WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou the fantasy movie review show by Nash of TGWTG]].

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Do not mistake this with HereThereWereDragons, which is about the existence of magic (and even dragons) sometime in the past of the setting of a fictional work. Also not to be confused with [[WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou the fantasy movie review show by Nash of TGWTG]].


* LetsPlay/RoahmMythril's [[http://www.dragonsoftstudio.com/ website]] uses this. (Though there's just [[FurryFandom one dragon]] in this case.)

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* LetsPlay/RoahmMythril's [[http://www.dragonsoftstudio.com/ website]] uses this. (Though there's just [[FurryFandom [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom one dragon]] in this case.)

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series backstory, Topal the Pilot was an [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] BoldExplorer and [[WarriorPoet poet]] who was the first to discover and explore Tamriel during the Merethic Era, encountering primitive versions of the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] and [[LizardFolk Argonians]], as well as a now extinct race of [[BirdPeople bird people]]. A skilled cartographer, Topal was on an in-universe CartographySidequest from the Aldmer to explore and document Tamriel's inland regions, which were very mysterious to them at the time. While he didn't encounter actual [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] (that we know of), he did encounter "cat demons", "human lizards", (believed to be primitive ancestors of the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] and [[LizardFolk Argonians]] respectively) "bat lizards" (believed to be related to Morrowind's Cliff Racers), and a race of now-extinct "BirdPeople".


** [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/mlp/images/a/a4/Map_of_Equestria_2015.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20151205072352 An updated version]] includes an actual dragon coiling in a corner with a warning that "dragons be here", areas marked "Forbidden Jungle", "Undiscovered West", "Mysterious South", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone Arimaspi Territory]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Bug Bear Territory]]", and a note at the northernmost part of the map saying "Into the Unknown".%%A further update for [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]] includes a sign reading "here be hippogriffs" next to Mount Aris, alongside a picture of a flying hippogriff, and a narwhal swimming in the ocean next to the Great Iceberg Barrier.

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** [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/mlp/images/a/a4/Map_of_Equestria_2015.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20151205072352 An updated version]] includes an actual dragon coiling in a corner with a warning that "dragons be here", areas marked "Forbidden Jungle", "Undiscovered West", "Mysterious South", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone Arimaspi Territory]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Bug Bear Territory]]", and a note at the northernmost part of the map saying "Into the Unknown".%%A [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2017/10/6/1553160.png A further update update]] for [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]] includes a sign reading "here be hippogriffs" next to Mount Aris, alongside a picture of a flying hippogriff, and a narwhal swimming in the ocean next to the Great Iceberg Barrier.


** [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/mlp/images/a/a4/Map_of_Equestria_2015.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20151205072352 An updated version]] includes an actual dragon coiling in a corner with a warning that "dragons be here", areas marked "Forbidden Jungle", "Undiscovered West", "Mysterious South", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone Arimaspi Territory]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Bug Bear Territory]]", and a note at the northernmost part of the map saying "Into the Unknown". [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2017/10/6/1553160.png A further update]] for [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]] also includes a sign reading "here be hippogriffs" next to Mount Aris, alongside a picture of a flying hippogriff, and a narwhal swimming in the ocean next to the Great Iceberg Barrier.

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** [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/mlp/images/a/a4/Map_of_Equestria_2015.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20151205072352 An updated version]] includes an actual dragon coiling in a corner with a warning that "dragons be here", areas marked "Forbidden Jungle", "Undiscovered West", "Mysterious South", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone Arimaspi Territory]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Bug Bear Territory]]", and a note at the northernmost part of the map saying "Into the Unknown". [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2017/10/6/1553160.png A %%A further update]] update for [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]] also includes a sign reading "here be hippogriffs" next to Mount Aris, alongside a picture of a flying hippogriff, and a narwhal swimming in the ocean next to the Great Iceberg Barrier.


** [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/mlp/images/a/a4/Map_of_Equestria_2015.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20151205072352 An updated version]] includes an actual dragon coiling in a corner with a warning that "dragons be here", areas marked "Forbidden Jungle", "Undiscovered West", "Mysterious South", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone Arimaspi Territory]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Bug Bear Territory]]", and a note at the northernmost part of the map saying "Into the Unknown".

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** [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/mlp/images/a/a4/Map_of_Equestria_2015.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20151205072352 An updated version]] includes an actual dragon coiling in a corner with a warning that "dragons be here", areas marked "Forbidden Jungle", "Undiscovered West", "Mysterious South", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone Arimaspi Territory]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Bug Bear Territory]]", and a note at the northernmost part of the map saying "Into the Unknown". [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2017/10/6/1553160.png A further update]] for [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]] also includes a sign reading "here be hippogriffs" next to Mount Aris, alongside a picture of a flying hippogriff, and a narwhal swimming in the ocean next to the Great Iceberg Barrier.


* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. A conspiracy nutter has a map of Area51 on his RoomfulOfCrazy, with the lower regions marked only as "Weird Shit".

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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. A conspiracy nutter has a map of Area51 on his RoomfulOfCrazy, RoomFullOfCrazy, with the lower regions vault marked only as "Weird Shit".

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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. A conspiracy nutter has a map of Area51 on his RoomfulOfCrazy, with the lower regions marked only as "Weird Shit".


* Skypiea's map in ''OnePiece'' had several symbols, including a ziggurat (marking the position of [[spoiler:Eldorado]]) and some devilish creature roaming through the land.

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* Skypiea's map in ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' had several symbols, including a ziggurat (marking the position of [[spoiler:Eldorado]]) and some devilish creature roaming through the land.

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