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Type Country
Location North of Maren and Tusaine, West of Sarain, South of Scanra, Northeast of Tortall
Size Large
Terrain Mountains, forests
Climate Colder
Humid continental
Landforms Large mountain regions
Bodies of water
Marine Life
Location Information
Established Ancient (state in Thanic Empire)
Official Language Common Eastern
Religious Head
Residents Gallans
Veralidaine Sarrasri (former)
Religion Main Pantheon
Patron God
Law Enforcement
Major Events
Capital Cría
Port Cities
Major Cities
Major Roads
Notable Buildings
Government Monarchy
Head of State King Matrurin Crozat (during the 400s)[1]
Giamo the Tyrant (reigned c. 75 HE to 90[2])
Allies Tortall (200s, attempted marital alliance)
Main Industry
Trade Partners
Bibliographical information
Tortallan Universe place
First Mentioned Alanna: The First Adventure
First Appeared '
Latest Appearance '
Last Appeared '
Only Appearance Wild Magic
Last Mentioned Lady Knight
Only Mentioned '
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Galla and Surrounding Kingdoms

Galla (pronounced GAL-ah) is a country in the Tortallan Universe.

Location and climate

Galla borders Tusaine and a tiny bit of Tortall to the southwest, Maren to the south, Sarain and Scanra to the west and to the north. It has a colder climate, especially in the mountain ranges. Galla is famous for its mountains and forests and has an ancient royal line.



Galla has a monarchy, and the leader of the country is a King or a Queen. The Gallan nobility is historically very old and very distinguished. Its royal line is ancient[3].

International relations

In old times, Giamo the Tyrant conquered the surrounding lands to build the Gallan Empire using the Dominion Jewel. Since his demise, it seems the empire has become smaller and more of a kingdom.

In the mid-3rd century HE, Galla created a temporary marriage alliance with their southwestern neighbor Tortall, when one of their princesses married the Tortallan king. He was not faithful to her, however, and she later died of breast cancer without children.

In the mid-5th century, Gallans suffer border raids from Scanrans, much like Tortall.


Known cities and towns


Gallans follow the regular pantheon that is popular in Tortall and other countries of the Eastern Lands. They worship Mithros and the Great Mother Goddess. They also have their own smaller gods, like the Green Lady and Weiryn—the latter who is also popular in northern Tortall.

Events and fairs

A large fair is held in Cría at the beginning of spring every year.

Social issues

Bastardy is looked down upon tremendously, perhaps more than in Tortall, even though a few Tortallan nobles, like Yolane of Dunlath, looked down on Daine for her bastardy. Sarra Beneksri was scorned by some for having a child out of wedlock.

Known Gallans

  • Veralidaine Sarrasri, also known as "The Wildmage". She was born in Snowsdale, a village located in northern Galla.
  • Sarra Beneksri, mother of Daine, native of Snowsdale
  • Benek Todorsra, Sarra's father, Daine's grandfather, native of Snowsdale
  • Hakkon Falconer, native of Snowsdale
  • Alysy of Conté was Queen of Tortall during the 200s HE before her death. She was a Gallan princess. She married King Roger III and became a member of the Conté family. She died without children.
  • Blayce the Gallan, also known as the "Nothing-Man". Originated from Galla but then sold necromancy services to Maggur Rathhausak, the Scanran warlord in 460 HE.
  • Duke Cammare of Marqueran, Gallan nobleman, married to Suvanna haMinch of Tortall, the sister of the current Duke of Great Minch[5]
  • Honorine of Marqueran, Tortallan noblewoman by marriage, Gallan by birth, married to Gillin haMinch, brother of the current Duke of Great Minch.

Real life connections

Galla is based on a medieval society like Tortall, but it has quite a bit in common with France. "Galla" vs. "Gaul", and it sports an ancient royal line not unlike medieval France's royal family.

Notes and references

  1. Tortall: A Spy's Guide, pg. 265
  2. Tortall: A Spy's Guide, pg. 229
  3. Terrier, Glossary (p. 577; Random House paperback)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mentioned in Lioness Rampant, Chapter 5 (pg. 204; Simon Pulse paperback)
  5. Tortall: A Spy's Guide, pg. 101
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