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The Tortallan Universe is the setting of most of Tamora Pierce's books and refers to the universe that encompasses Tortall and the surrounding lands. The books are mainly set in Tortall, but other countries provide the setting for a few books.

The other universe created by Pierce is the Circle Universe aka The Emelanese Universe. The two universes are completely separate and there is no overlap at all.

Books

Published series

Books are listed by publication date. HE (Human Era) refers to the time period within the Tortallan Universe.

Short stories

Upcoming books

  • A trilogy on Numair SalmalínThe Gift of Power as the first book (unpublished)
  • A companion book with maps and other info included (unpublished, date unknown)[1]
  • A book about Maura of Dunlath—as T Pierce has many other books planned both in this universe and in the Circle Universe, it is doubtful that a book on Lady Maura will be published any time soon.

Major characters

Please see this list for more information about characters in the first four series. Please see this list for more information about specific characters in the Provost's Dog trilogy.

Nations and peoples of the Tortallan Universe

Pierce bases a lot of countries and societies on real life.

Countries

  • Tortall, based on generic western European medieval society with some Renaissance elements
  • Carthak, based on ancient Egypt and ancient Rome
  • Copper Isles, based on the Philippines
  • Yamani Isles, based on Japan
  • Scanra, based on Scandinavia
  • Maren, based on western medieval society like Tortall[2]
  • Tyra
  • Galla, based on medieval France (literally in the name "Galla" vs. "Gaul", shares other similarities of course)
  • Tusaine
  • Sarain, mix between Tortallan culture and Cambodian/Vietnamese culture[2]
  • Barzun (conquered by Tortall in the 4th century HE)

Peoples

  • Raka, based on indigenous people of the Philippines
  • Bazhir, based on the Bedouin tribes
  • K'miri, based on the Mongols[2]

Timeline

The entire series of Tortallan Universe books starts with the Song of the Lioness in 429 HE, meaning "Human Era", or 429 years after the banishment of the immortals to the Divine Realms. The in-universe perspective encompasses the years 429 up to 464 HE, then 247 to 249 HE. Events outside of those parameters were referred to in the text, but did not happen in the books.

Please see the timeline for more in-depth and exact information about events, birth years, etc. of the Tortallan Universe.

See also

Notes and references

  1. Random Buzz; "Random Tortall Questions..."; April 22, 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Link to website that is compilation of T Pierce's words on multiple sites

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