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Kingdom of Tortall
Type Country
Location Coast, borders Scanra, Galla, Tusaine, and Tyra
Size Large
Terrain Mountainous, desertland, fertile fields
Climate Humid continental climate (very cold in winter, very hot in summer)
Landforms Tusaine Mountains
Coastal Hills
Southern Wall
Bodies of water Borders Emerald Ocean & Great Inland Sea
Marine Life Merfolk
Zoology Immortal species: Hurrocks, Stormwings, Centaurs, more
Location Information
Established c. 795 AE (around 105 years before the start of the Human Era)[1]
Official Language Common Eastern
Religious Head
Population 15 million[2]
Residents The Tortallans
the Bazhir
Religion Main Pantheon
Patron God Mithros
Great Mother Goddess
Law Enforcement
Major Events Conspiracy in 249 HE
Sweating Sickness of 431 HE
Capital Corus
Port Cities Port Caynn
Port Legann
Blue Harbor
Major Cities Arenaver
Major Roads List of roads
Landmarks Tortallan Royal Palace
Notable Buildings
Government Constitutional feudal monarchy
Head of State King Jonathan IV &
Queen Thayet
(co-rulers, monarchs)
Sir Gareth of Naxen (Prime Minister)
Councils Council of Commons
Council of Lords
Council of Mages
Military Standing Army
King's Own
Queen's Riders
Wars Conquests in 300s
Bazhir Wars
Tusaine War
Immortals War
Scanran War
Allies Yamani Islands (marital alliance)
Enemies Tusaine War: Tusaine;
Immortals War: Ozorne Tasikhe, Copper Isles, Scanra
Main Industry Fishing, agriculture, mining
Trade Partners Copper Isles, Tyra, Carthak
Currency Crowns, nobles, bits
Bibliographical information
Tortallan Universe place
First Mentioned '
First Appeared Alanna: The First Adventure
Latest Appearance Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales
Last Appeared '
Only Appearance '
Last Mentioned '
Only Mentioned '

Tortall (pronounced tohr-TALL) is a large country in the Tortallan Universe. It is the main setting of most books in the universe.


Location and climate

Tortall is a country in the Eastern Lands. It has a humid continental climate, for the most part, and is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. In the north, Tortall experiences quite a lot of snow during the winter. In the south, however, near the Great Inland Sea, it has a rather warmer winter, although there is quite a lot of rain.

It borders the Emerald Ocean at the western border, and the Great Inland Sea on its southern border. This gives it many miles of coastline, but also many contentious borders. Tortall has been invaded quite a few times by raiders and bandits of other countries, namely those from Carthak, Scanra, and the Copper Isles.

It takes about 22 to 24 days on horseback to ride north to south, depending upon conditions and hostilities faced, and 14.5 days on horseback to ride east to west.[2]

Landforms and bodies of water

Tortall & Surrounding Kingdoms: 3rd Century HE[3]

Tortall hosts a number of landforms and bodies of water.

Rivers & Lakes

Mountain ranges

Other landforms



The current ruling family of Tortall is House Conté. Tortall is a constitutional feudal monarchy and is ruled by a king and/or queen, although there are no known Conté queens who have ruled in their own right. Co-regnants Jonathan IV of Conté and Thayet jian Wilima (in power during the majority of the books, from 440 HE through at least 463 HE) changed the law to allow royal succession to pass to female heirs; previously it had only passed through the male line.[4]

Tortall has a prime minister and several councils including the Council of Lords, the Council of Commons[5], the king's private council, and the Council of Mages.[6] The prime minister, councils, constitution, and powerful nobles all serve as checks and balances on the monarch's power.

A prime minister is not appointed by the people in a vote, but by the monarch themselves, although the councils may have something to do with the appointment as well. It also seems to be a lifelong position as opposed to to having a limit. During the reign of King Jonathan IV, Sir Gareth the Younger serves as the king's prime minister and chief advisor.

Laws and justice


There is organized crime in Tortall and the surrounding lands, namely the Court of the Rogue. Not all criminals are members of the Court, but those who are swear their allegiance to their leader. The Rogue, or the King/Queen of Thieves, protects those under their care, keeps them away from law enforcement, takes care of them during times of hardship like famine, and helps them if they are caught and punished. What the Court does and does not condone and whom the Court does and does not protect depends quite a bit on each individual ruler. Many times, the Court will punish its own members if it feels that the criminal did something reprehensible or traitorous.

Law enforcement

The law in Tortall is kept and upheld by the magistrates and the Provost's Guard, which was founded in the second century HE.[1] Lawbreakers are subjected to a trial in front of a magistrate to decide punishment. It is unknown how much punishments differed in the 5th century from the 3rd century for specific crimes.

The law enforcement's relationship with crime organizations like the Court of the Rogue has fluctuated quite a bit over time. In the 3rd century, law enforcement and the Court had a tentative truce, and the Court would pay bribes in order for the law to overlook a few of their minor crimes. In the 5th century, the relationship between the two organizations had changed drastically. There seemed to be no sort of amnesty policy, and the Court operated in secret.

Known punishments:
During the 3rd century

  • Counterfeiters were boiled in oil
  • People who knowingly passed counterfeit coins had one hand lopped off[7]
  • Punishment for attacking guards or children was especially strict
  • Serial kidnapping was punished by execution[8]


Slavery and the slave trade
"Many evils take place under the canopy of slavery, including the banditry and piracy that plague our mountains and seas. This trade may go elsewhere. Let other monarchs deal with its mischief. I hope they can protect their children from it."
—King Roger's decree[9]

Slavery was prohibited in the 3rd century by decree of King Roger III, after his son was kidnapped and enslaved[9]. The ban states that all slave traders must leave Tortall by the 1st of October in 249, and all slave auctions and selling of human beings is illegal except to reunite families—this case must be approved by a Crown magistrate. Slaves may buy their freedom, or remain with their owners until their deaths—no owner may cast out a slave, and the law will protect them. In 250, by the spring equinox, no child under the age of ten may be a slave, and owners must find new work for the young slaves[9]. The ban needed two witnesses to ratify it and make it legal; Prince Gareth was one and Rebakah Cooper was the other.

Before the ban, slavery was completely legal, although there were already progressive inclinations to ban it and to forbid illegal slave auctions—which were only illegal because they didn't pay the demanded taxes to the Crown. People holding slaves were responsible for their doings and could be imprisoned when their "vicious slaves" did any harm[10]. After the ban, it is unknown what the punishment for slave trading was, but it is presumably quite high.

King Roger III's ban sparked conflicts that are known as the Era of Civil Wars in Tortall, which took place from 251 to 280 HE.[1]

Women's rights

Women's rights fluctuated during Tortall's history. In the third century and prior to that, women were able to enter the workforce including the Provost's Guard. Noblewomen also had the prerogative to become knights. There was still a high amount of misogyny and sexism that was rampant, but women were able to work in occupations that were dominated by men later. By the 5th century HE, women had lost those rights. In many places, women were considered the veritable property of male members of their family. This shift was likely tied to the rise of the cult of the Gentle Mother, which emphasized the protection of women at the expense of women's rights and agency.

Noblewomen could inherit land, but depending on the fief[11] they could not always inherit titles.[12][13] After about 340 HE, they could not become knights or enter the military or the Provost's Guard.

In the mid-5th century, women's rights began to improve under King Jonathan and Queen Thayet. Women were allowed to join the Queen's Riders and try for knighthood. In the 450s HE, there was a large amount of activism, mostly on the part of the temples of the Great Mother Goddess, to end violence against women in Tortall. There were still quite a lot of problems in cases involving noblemen and commoner women, since the law favored noblemen.

Rights of commoners

The activism for commoner's rights was closely linked to activism for women's rights in the 5th century HE, as many commoner women suffered from both classist and misogynistic laws and presumptions. Commoner women rarely won sexual assault cases when the perpetrator was a commoner man, let alone a nobleman. The temples of the Great Mother Goddess fought for commoner women who were victims of sexual assault. Many leaders of the temples became quite militaristic about justice for commoner women, even if the abuser was a nobleman. When Keladry of Mindelan petitioned King Jonathan and Queen Thayet to change a law that measured servants in coin and stripped them of their own agency, the king mentioned that they getting support from the temples of the Great Mother Goddess, as they would see it as furthering progress for women's rights.

Besides the intersection of women and commoner rights, change occurred that would aid all commoners. Queen Thayet worked hard to provide free schooling for commoners, especially poorer tenants of a noble's lands.


Power and privilege

The nobility wield a large amount of power throughout the kingdom. They are allowed to call upon noble privileges, which have political power as well as cultural power. With noble privileges, aristocrats cannot be arrested when they have sanctuary on their own property, they can get away with more in terms of crime, etc. They wield considerable power over their own property and the tenants who live on that property. Most of the higher and most powerful positions of the realm are held by members of the nobility.

Fiefdoms in Tortall are by royal grant. Further inheritance depends on the provisions set out in that grant. As long as there is either a legitimate heir (for about half of the fiefs) or a legitimate male heir (for the other half), the grant belongs to the family for life. Land goes to the oldest heir. If there are no legitimate [male] heirs within 3 degrees of cousinship, the land will return to the crown. [11]

During a period of war, it was forbidden to challenge another noble to a duel. One could refuse a challenge during wartime with no need to worry about losing honor.[2] Non-lethal challenges in tournaments were still encouraged.


Nobles had to adhere to a very strict code of conduct, including written rules (i.e. the Code of Chivalry) and unwritten rules. The eldest son and heir of a fief was usually the one to become a knight. Some notable exceptions were the Mindelan family, a relatively new baronial house that sent most of its male children and one of its female children to become knights, despite the practice to send only the eldest. Younger sons usually became members of the King's Own, at least before it became a formidable battle troop. Domitan of Masbolle stuck to tradition in this sense, despite knowing he'd have to do combat, unlike what it used to be.

In the 420s HE, noble girls often were sent to convents to learn etiquette. This seemed to change drastically from when Alanna was young to the 460s, as it became more of a practice for girls to remain at home and learn from their mothers and deportment teachers.(Citation or example needed)

Marriages were planned when the noble children were still quite young, and oftentimes they would remain betrothed for years before marrying. Uline of Hannalof was betrothed to Kieran haMinch when she was still around 16 years old. It was the custom for most realms in the Eastern Lands that a noble bride must remain a virgin until she is married.[14][15] It is also a custom that a bride take her husband's surname or fiefdom upon marriage.[16]

International relations

Tortall's relationships with its neighboring countries has fluctuated immensely over centuries. In the mid 200s HE, there were no wars and most of the strife was internal. Many wars took place in the 300s during the reign of King Jasson III—who was known as the Conqueror. Even King Roald's reign is blemished by war, even though he was known as "The Peace-maker"—although that epithet was mostly due to his peace-making in the conquered lands of his father.


In the 200s HE, a marital alliance between Galla and Tortall was attempted when King Roger III married a Gallan princess, Alysy. As Queen of Tortall, she was extremely unhappy and depressed because of her husband's philandering. She died of breast cancer.


After Queen Alysy died, King Roger II married a Barzunni princess, Jessamine. Their marriage was more successful and they created a strong alliance with Barzun, especially because Queen Jessamine encouraged King Roger II to take a stronger role in politics as King of Tortall, and she gave him an heir, Prince Gareth, who would later become a well-remembered king in Tortallan history as "Gareth the Strong".

The Barzunni alliance did not hold a very long time as nearly a century later, it was conquered by King Jasson III, despite his Barzunni heritage. Of course, perhaps Jasson felt even more fit to rule Barzun because of his royal blood from that country. Jasson also conquered the lands outside of Tortall, expanding Tortall's borders well into Scanra and Tusaine.


Tortall's relationship with Tusaine suffered during the early 400s, when the Tusaine War broke out in a fight over the valley surrounding the Drell River. The Tortallans were the victors and they drafted a treaty that would force Tusaine to never lay claim to that territory again.

The Bazhir

King Jasson III conquered the Great Southern Desert without a thought for the people already living there, the Bazhir, and at first the tribes were immensely hostile to Tortallans. There was peace between them when King Jonathan became the Voice of the Tribes while he was still the crown prince of Tortall. Once king, he allowed Bazhir men to enter into page training to become knights of the realm.

Alanna the Lioness succeeded in ridding the Bazhir of the Ysandir, deadly immortals who feasted on the souls of humans. This created the first bridge between the Tortallans and the Bazhir tribes who were still hostile to the northerners.

Raoul of Goldenlake also helped matters in recruiting Bazhir for the King's Own. Quite a few men joined, and Lord Raoul is rather beloved of the Bazhir tribes and welcomed with the highest hospitality[17].

Yamani Islands

Although originally rather hostile to each other, the Yamani Islands and Tortall forged a marital alliance between their two countries. The emperor of the Islands sent a second-rank princess Shinkokami to marry Crown Prince Roald, King Jonathan and Queen Thayet's eldest son and heir.[18]

The Tortallans also received military aid from the Islands in the Immortals War.(Citation needed) They did not seem to receive troops from the Islands for the Scanran War, but it would not be surprising if they received monetary aid.

Copper Isles and Carthak

Tortall has a historically bad relationship with the Copper Isles and Carthak, as government sanctioned slavers and privateers would capture Tortallans and sell them in their countries.(Privateering is legalized piracy that is condoned by the pirates' own government. This usually occurs during wartime or times of hostility.) This was relatively the same for Scanra, which often conducted sanctioned border raids. In the late 440s HE, the Immortals War broke out. The belligerents were Ozorne Tasikhe and his Stormwings, Copper Isles, Scanra, and some rebel Carthakis, against Tortall and the Yamani Islands. Tortall did not receive aid from Galla, Tusaine, or Maren.


In the late 450s trouble started brewing on the Scanran border when killing devices started appearing and wreaking havoc. War was officially declared in early 460 HE. The war ended officially in 464. It is unknown if any treaties were signed, but Tamora Pierce mentioned that King Jonathan was looking for a Scanran princess for his second son Prince Liam, and that would suggest that he is interested in forming a marital alliance between Tortall and Scanra.



There are several roads that span across Tortall, as well as smaller roads in various cities.

Larger roads and highways

Note that some of these roads span through a few cities, districts, and provinces that list smaller roads.

Three Rivers Province

Port Caynn


Armed forces

Tortall has many different branches of armed forces to protect the country:

  • The Standing Army—Led by several Generals. As Vanget haMinch is said to be the General of the Northern Armies during the Scanran War, there is likely a General of the Southern Armies as well. The standing army responds to crises like the declaration of war and open battles. They rarely do reconnaissance and chases that require speed.
  • King's Own—Prior to Raoul of Goldenlake's command, the King's Own was fairly useless, a comfortable way for second sons of noblemen to spend time and carouse while avoiding other duties. Raoul took command at the beginning of the reign of King Jonathan IV. He recruited from the Bazhir and the common factions of Tortall rather than just the nobility. By the mid 400s, the King's Own is a formidable battle troop. They are used for reconnaissance, forest work, and open battles. They are generally the first responders to a crisis such as an immortal attack.
  • Queen's Riders—Founded by Queen Thayet, the Riders are a cavalry unit mounted on ponies. The speed of ponies compared to horses, as well as the small size of Rider groups, allows the Riders to travel quickly and to cover difficult terrain like mountains or heavily wooded areas. The Riders accept both men and women into their ranks, unlike both the standing army and the King's Own. They are also charged with teaching defense and fighting skills to locals.
  • Knights—Nobility trained from age ten in a variety of fighting skills and offensive and defensive skills (as well as academic subjects and chivalry). Knights are usually given command of troops or forts. When working with the standing army, however, they are given less power unless they are older and more seasoned. The appointment of a newly created knight to a command position is rare but not unheard of—as is the case with Keladry of Mindelan.

Wars and conflicts


Several wars have occurred throughout Tortall's history:

  • The Tyrant Wars (or the Gallan Wars)—After Giamo the Tyrant gains possession of the Dominion Jewel, he starts conquering areas of northeast Tortall and northern Maren. The wars start in 82 HE and end in 125, with the Treaty of the Falls. Giamo is assassinated 8 years into the wars, but his efforts are taken up by Parrac the Quiet, the next ruler of Galla.[1]
  • Era of Civil Wars—a series of major conflicts that came about in response to King Roger III's ban on slavery in 249 HE. The era extends from 251 to 280 HE.
  • Major conquests: King Jasson III conquered many lands, expanding Tortall's borders. The king completely conquered Barzun in 400 HE.
  • Immortals War—took place during the reign of Jonathan IV, the son and successor of King Roald I. Major war between Tortall and Carthak, Scanra, and the Copper Isles. The latter three countries joined together with Uusoae, Queen of Chaos and several other unsavory types of immortals, thus giving the war its title. Tortall and its allies were the victors.
  • Scanran War—took place in the early 460s between Tortall and Scanra. Maggur Rathhausak wished to conquer well into the northern Tortallan border and used metal monsters dubbed as killing devices to accomplish this goal. Tortallans were the victors.

Conflicts and events[1]

  • Bandit raids are a problem throughout the kingdom, and border-raids from Scanra are common. Wars have occurred such as The Immortals War, the Scanran War, and the Tusaine War.
  • The Great Market Riot—Occurred in Corus due to civil strife. Rioters believed a curse had befallen Jonathan. 15 dead, 36 injured.
  • Rebellion of the Scythes—revolt against Roald III "The Horse-Tamer" in 348 HE in response to rising taxes on crops.[1]
  • Coronation Day Battle—was a civil conflict between two members of House Conté, King Jonathan IV and his diabolical cousin Roger of Conté. King Jonathan and his allies and friends were the victors due to the use of the Dominion Jewel.
  • Famine of 439 — occurred after the Coronation Day Battle. The Dominion Jewel used up too much of the earth's energy for it to continue properly sustaining itself. It took years to get agriculture back on tract, which resulted in a devastating famine. King Jonathan and Queen Thayet had to scrounge to get Tortallans through it.


Farming and fishing along the coastlines, are the main sources of food and wealth in Tortall. Corus and Port Legann are also trading centers. Tortall is considered to be a prosperous nation, even with its various poor.

Currency and value

The main units of currency in Tortall are the gold crown, gold noble, with gold bits, silver nobles, copper nobles, and copper bits as lower denominations.

One gold noble is equal to ten silver nobles. One silver noble is equal to fifty coppers. Copper nobles are referred to as "coppers".

240s HE

  • In the 240s HE a gold noble valued ten silver nobles and a hundred copper nobles. Four gold bits also made up a gold noble.[19]
  • A gold bit equaled two silver and ten copper nobles[20].
  • One copper noble equaled ten coppers while ten copper nobles made up one silver noble.[19](It is not consistent whether a "copper" refers to a copper bit or copper noble.)

In 247 HE, fresh bread cost two coppers before the Bread Riot and three coppers each after the riot.[21] The baker Garnett took a bribe of five copper nobles from the customers who had accidentally paid him with false coins.[22]

In the third century of the Human Era the profile of King Roger II was on the front of the silver noble coins, with the country's emblem, a sword with a crown, on its back[23]. The coin's appearance probably changed throughout the years to match the current ruler of the realm.

In 247 HE a large amount of counterfeit silver coins were in circulation, being produced by Pearl Skinner, with Hansevor Remy as the silver provider. Before the counterfeiting caused the value of silver to drop, ten silver nobles equaled a gold noble and ten copper nobles equaled one silver noble[19].

400s HE

Some currency values from the 400s HE in Tortall:

  • A top-quality horse—Upwards of 30 gold nobles[24]
  • Wage of a maid in the Royal Palace—One silver noble per month (plus room and board)[25]
  • Wage of the assistant horsemistress of the Queen's Riders—Two coppers per day (plus room and board)[26]

Note that the value of the coins probably dropped due to some sort of inflation, so we cannot assume that the same value from the 200s apply to the value of the 400s.


Known cities and towns





Most Tortallans worship primarily Mithros and the Goddess, along with any of the other Greater and Lesser Gods, depending on location and occupation. Despite the gods' interference in many mortals' lives, religion is not an especially central theme to Tortallans, unless they themselves are a priest or priestess of a divine being. Religion is more of a private practice, as opposed to a larger, overarching one. A Tortallan may visit a temple and worship/pray every so often, but attending such services on a weekly or monthly basis does not seem to be compulsory or even on the minds of many Tortallans. Regularity of worship probably depends on the god in question as opposed to the society as a whole. Prayer outside of a place of worship is common for Tortallans, and religion is integrated into society through regularity of prayer as opposed to compulsory worship.

See List of Tortallan Gods for more information about specific gods and religious practices in Tortall and the Tortallan Universe as a whole.

Weddings and Marriages

Weddings depend very much on which god of the pantheon. Mithrans have many different types of ceremonies, including lighting fires together, and wearing marigold necklaces made by the other. Weddings under the Great Mother Goddess usually involve handfasting, or the tying of the two wrists together.[28]

A royal wedding in Tortall is performed by the two mainstream religious sects of Tortall: a Mithran priest, and a priestess of the Goddess.[28]


Tortallans primarily speak Common, the language of the Eastern Lands. The Bazhir have their own language, but they also speak Common.

Holidays and Festivals

Tortall celebrates many festivals throughout the year.[2]

  • The Awakening — Celebrated on February 1st for the beginning of spring.
  • Spring Equinox — March 20th. Transition from winter to spring. Pregnant women and animals are blessed by the Great Mother Goddess.
  • Beltane — May 1st, celebrates and promotes fertility.
  • Solstice — June 23rd. The longest day, door to summer opens.
  • Coronation Day — Full moon of July.


Due to Queen Thayet's efforts, schooling is a requirement for most tenants and commoners, increasing the literacy rate among Tortallans. 95% of the nobility are literate, 98% of the merchant class, 45% of the common and lower classes.[2]


Women's fashion

During the 420s in the royal court, women wore pastel colors that did not stand out[29]. Once Delia of Eldorne set the fashion for more bolder colors, women were more daring.

In the 450s HE, many of the trends set for women at court were by Queen Thayet. In one instance, Thayet wore a deep black gown studded with jewels and silver embroidery, which was made by Lalasa Isran. The queen was known for being incredibly daring with her clothing.

Men's fashion

Men's fashion has not evolved as drastically as women's fashion in Tortall. In the Tortallan royal court, it was fashionable for noblemen to wear fine fabrics usually bearing their crest. Velvet and silk were two popular fabrics. Men rarely wore ceremonial military gear unless it was a specific event for members of the military.


Tortallans trained in Carthak and the Yamani Isles go for brush and ink, while those trained in the Eastern lands use charcoal/paper or chalk/slates, then quill/parchment/paper for formal writing. Books are printed page by whole, carved page–no moveable type yet.[30]


In the Eastern Lands and Copper Isles, most knights (such as Kel and Alanna) carry a longsword. They are similar to our world's Norman longsword.[31] Tortallans in general use longbows or smaller recurve bows. Riders in Tortall use recurves. Some archers use crossbows.

Scanrans favor broadswords (similar to Vikings in our world).[31]

In the Yamani Islands, warriors use Glaives. (These are similar to Samurai naginatas rather than European glaives.)[31] They shoot using a Yamani Asymetric bow.

Daggers are used for eating and fighting.[31]


Ancient history

Before Tortall, what was known as the Eastern Empire encompassed where Tortall, Barzun, Maren, Tusaine, Tyra, and Galla now stand. The Rethaward Dynasty ruled in the final few hundred years of the Eastern Empire, starting with Asaron I, who had the calendars changed to honor him (AE).[1]

From 780 to 795 BHE (Before Human Era) or AE (Asaron Era), there was a civil war that marked the separation of the Eastern and Southern Empires. After a weak king ruled the Eastern Empire, it fell with the Choking of the Drell, a large earthquake that caused a lot of destruction. It was believed that the gods were punishing the Rethaward Dynasty.

Founding Tortall

After the fall of the Eastern Empire, Newlin I of Conté took power. He starts the Tortallan Books of Nobility and creates Tortall as its own sovereign nation.[1] The immortals were banished into the Divine Realms during King Newlin's reign in 836 AE, 64 years before the start of the Human Era.

01-99 HE

In 1 HE, the Book of Silver is created after the Book of Gold is filled.

100s HE

  • Reign of Baird III of Tortall
  • Reign of Jonathan I of Conté, the establishment of House Conté as the royal family

200s HE

  • Bread Riot and Counterfeiting of 247 HE
  • Treasonous plot to overthrow King Roger II, ends in the king's favor in 249 HE. King Roger ends slavery[9]
  • The Gentle Mother cult grows in power and influence

300s HE

  • Women lose all prior rights due to the cult of the Gentle Mother
  • Jasson III of Conté ascends the throne. King Jasson begins his conquests of neighboring territories.
  • In 378 HE the nation of Barzun was conquered[1]. Various other wars of conquests were also conducted around this time.
  • Roald I of Conté ascends the throne, and strives to create a peaceful era. His and his wife's inability to have more than one child created a succession crisis.

400s HE

  • 435 HE marked the year of the Tusaine War. Tortallans were the victors.
  • Early 438 HE—Deaths of King Roald and Queen Lianne. The crown passes to Jonathan.
  • In 438 HE, Roger of Conté attempted to destroy Tortall using dark magic in a battle known as the Coronation Day Battle.
  • 438 & 439 HE, large famine left Tortall destitute and hungry because of the use of the Dominion Jewel[17].
  • Ordained that women would be allowed to become knights.
  • 452 HE—Immortals War. Large death toll, Tortallans and Yamanis were the victors.
  • 460 HE—Scanran War. The use of killing devices destroyed the Tortallans for a while. After the assassination of Blayce the Gallan, the Tortallans were victorious.

During the mid 400s, the university of Corus was founded by Harailt of Aili. The university would later rival the Carthaki University in its expertise.


Tortall is featured prominently throughout the books, and is the reason why the universe is referred to as the "Tortallan Universe". Tortall is mentioned in every book of the Universe, and appears in almost all of them.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Tortall: A Spy's Guide, pp. 225-235 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sghistory2" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sghistory2" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Tortall: A Spy's Guide, pp. 217-222
  3. Maps in Mastiff
  4. Liankokami and Succession to the Throne, 2007
  5. Lady Knight, Chapter 6
  6. Mastiff, early chapters
  7. Bloodhound, September 7, 247 (p. 11)
  8. Terrier
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Mastiff, final chapter (pp. 571—573; Random House hardcover)
  10. Bloodhound, September 8, 247 (p. 50)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Inheritance: Trebond, 2007 Inheritance: Throne of Tortall, 2007
  12. Lioness Rampant, Chapter 4 (pg. 129; Simon Pulse paperback)
  13. There is inconsistency between the books and Pierce's explanations. In Inheritance: Trebond (2007) she said that Trebond got annexed to Crown lands upon Thom's death because women could not inherit certain fiefs including Trebond. The text of Lioness Rampant states that Alanna can inherit.
  14. Squire
  15. Trickster's Choice (excerpt from Fronia of Whitehall's etiquette book).
  16. In the real world's medieval Europe, brides kept their birth names so their children could receive power by alluding to their maternal relatives, who were also presumably quite powerful. Citation needed
  17. 17.0 17.1 Squire, Chapter 16 (pg. 318; Random House paperback)
  18. Squire
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Bloodhound, Glossary
  20. Bloodhound, September 15, 247 (p. 203; Random House hardcover)
  21. Bloodhound, September 9, 247 II (p. 79)
  22. Bloodhound, September 8, 247 (p. 36)
  23. Bloodhound, September 19, 247 II (p. 429)
  24. Alanna: The First Adventure, Chapter 5
  25. Page, Chapter 1
  26. Wild Magic, Chapter 1
  27. Mastiff, maps
  28. 28.0 28.1 Marriages in Tortall Aug 25 2007 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":1" defined multiple times with different content
  29. In the Hand of the Goddess
  30. Writing Systems Aug 25 2007
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Weapons and Training, 2007

See also