Each player chooses their starting position. The player sitting to the right of the player with the Talisman chooses their starting position first. Continue counterclockwise, so that the player with the Talisman chooses their starting position last.
To choose a position, the player places one of their tokens on one of the four corner Map Tiles. The player cannot choose a Map Tile that already has a token on it. The starting token must be placed on a meadow or on a forest space on one of the outer edges (Map Tile edge that is not adjacent to another map tile).
Possible starting map spaces. Gray areas are unavailable.