Since Reign of Magic is so much longer than previous books, I thought I’d give you Champions a few extra days to finish it. But now it’s time to begin the themed blog posts, and what better to start with than a look at the landscape? Because, for the first time in Fairy Tale Enchantress and Timeless Fairy Tales, you get a chance to visit the self-isolated country of Zancara.
Angelique doesn’t see much, but since I know you Champions have been speculating on this country for a long time, I thought I’d shed at least a bit of light on this mysterious country!
To begin with, Zancara is very loosely based on historic Spain.
Citizens use Spanish titles of respect (Don and Dona) when addressing what is basically a rudimentary police force, the escolta. Architecture style is a mish-mash of Spanish and Italian, though you history nuts might be able to tell that the architecture type is slightly older than the kinds I’ve described in Loire and Trieux. (I was trying to reflect how the country’s isolation has kept some of its styles a little more archaic.)
When it came to the country’s colors–red and blue–I had to be a bit more loose in my interpretation of Spain’s colors. Spain’s modern flag is red and yellow–which is a problem because both of those colors are used together already in the Timeless Fairy Tale world. So I studied one of the more traditional versions of the royal family crest, which although the majority is red and gold, it also has blue or in some cases purple in it. I decided to go with blue to give Zancara a very stark contrast to the more traditional red, thus giving them their own flair!
As you now know, Zancara has enforced its isolation by walls and magic, making it difficult for others to sneak into the country. Additionally, as Angelique noticed mages are not organized under a Council and organization like the Veneno Conclave, and are allowed to own businesses. As Angelique confirms that some mages work for the escolta, you can see that Zancara magic users are also allowed to work directly for the monarchy, which makes them the only country with that distinction.
As is hinted in the book, Zancara entered its isolated state not because of tyranny from its royal family, but rather because the royals were doing what they thought would best protect their land. How and why the royal family came to that conclusion has been forgotten by those outside the country, but eventually I am hoping to explore that story.
But! That’s another book entirely. I hope you enjoyed your look into Zancara, Champions! Thanks for reading.
Yay!! Thanks!! It was really enjoyable to read about her time in Zancara. It was interesting to see the difference between it and other countries. I think that Zancara kind’ve saw the signs of the times. They have a great magical set up. Yet again, thanks!
Amanda M Teske says
Excuse me if this is a silly question, but if Zancara is loosely based in Spain is Sole loosely based in Italy? Just curious!
Tina Smith says
GAH….. Telling us info, but not really.
Yer a crafty fox.
Aaaaaaaah 🤩🤩🤩🤩. I hope the next 3 are just as enormous and full of interesting tidbits like this one! Zancara was fascinating. Can’t wait for more!
Whoo! Let the RoM posts begin!
I’m so glad Angelique went into Zancara in this book. I’ve been curious about it for FOREVER.
I also love seeing how K.M Shea crafts her countries’ cultures. It’s an interesting process. Kitty, do you ever worry about your countries being /too/ similar to real-world ones?
I have too say I don’t think she needs to worry on having her countries being to similar. Sometimes it was hard to guess which country was a real world country. Loire, Trieux, and Sole were easy to guess, but if not for her blog-post awhile back, I wouldn’t have known what Mullberg or Arcainia was and even Verglas.
It was so exciting to finally read about Zancara. Hopefully the country and the escolta will play a role in the upcoming war. Again, thanks kitty for writing such a great story. Hope you are enjoying your well-deserved vacation and perfect dog is well now.
yess! The escolta are particularly intriguing,
I think Angelique would make an awesome escolta. If she had been born in Zancara, that’s probably what would have happened to her.
Should be a general for sure lol
The commander of the army! Nothing less than that surely.
Angelique definitely wouldn’t have had to go through those hard times.
Not a general. She has power, but she isn’t terribly strategic. She needs a Halvor (Severin) to point her in the right direction. That puts her in a particularly difficult spot, because she has to be able to trust the one who does the pointing that he won’t abuse her abilities and is moral enough to know when her power shouldn’t be used.
True, you don’t just want someone with sheer power