Tortallan Universe

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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.


Published series

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

Short stories

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales, a collection of short stories, was published in 2012 after the full-length books. Three short stories are set within the Tortallan Universe.

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  • A trilogy on Numair SalmalínThe Gift of Power as the first book (unpublished)
  • A companion book with maps and other info included (unpublished, date unknown)[1]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

Nations and peoples of the Tortallan Universe

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


  • 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)


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

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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