Scanra is a country in the Tortallan Universe. It is to the north of Tortall with the Vassa River as border river. Its eastern neighbor is Galla with the Drell River as border river. To the west Scanra is bordered by the Emerald Ocean. It is inhabited by clans and ruled by a "Council of Ten" and any king that seizes power on what is called the Bloody Throne. Scanrans typically have blond hair and blue eyes.
The land is wild, rocky and cold, and only very little of it can be farmed. Even when holding slaves was still fashionable in the Eastern Lands it wasn't a practice in Scanra, because their people couldn't feed slaves. Indeed, the food situation in the country was bad enough that Scanra's citizens had troubles feeding themselves in the third century of the Human Era. Thus some left for other countries, hoping that live there would be better, among them Rosto the Piper, Aniki Forfrysning and Koramin Ingensra.
Scanrans are masters of the sea and feared pirates. They both raid by water and by land.
Scanra was often a cause of trouble for its southern neighbour, Tortall. The Scanran War in the early 460s HE was one of such trouble spots. At that time Maggur Rathhausak was king with Blayce the Gallan as a mage helping his strategy by producing killing devices, which caused great losses to the Tortallan forces. After the death of Blayce the Tortallans eventually won the war.
The Scanrans are possibly based on medieval Nordics. The name Scanra is not far from the word Scandinavia, used to describe a number of the Nordic countries as a unit. Aniki Forfrysning's last name also is a proper noun in the language of one of the Scandinavian countries.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Terrier, Glossary (p. 580; Random House paperback)
- ↑ Terrier, May 9, 246 (p. 485; Random House paperback)