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Galla
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General
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
Islands
Landforms Large mountain regions (unnamed)
Bodies of water
Marine Life
Zoology
Location Information
Established Ancient (state in Thanic Empire)
Official Language Common Eastern
Religious Head
Leader/Governor
Owner
Population
Residents The Gallans
Veralidaine Sarrasri (former)
Religion Main pantheon
Patron God
Law Enforcement
Major Events
Affiliation
Architecture
Capital Cría
Port Cities
Major Cities
Major Roads
Landmarks
Notable Buildings
Rooms
Politics
Government Monarchy
Head of State Giamo the Tyrant (Emperor of Galla centuries before)
Unknown king
Councils
Military
Wars
Allies Tortall (200s, attempted marital alliance)
Enemies
Economics
Main Industry
Trade Partners
Currency
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 '
Tortall 1

Galla and Surrounding Kingdoms

Galla (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.

Politics

Government

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[1].

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.

Culture

Known cities and towns

Religion

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

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. Terrier, Glossary (p. 577; Random House paperback)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mentioned in Lioness Rampant, Chapter 5 (pg. 204; Simon Pulse paperback)

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