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October 23, 2019 at 04:03 PM UTC

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

October 22, 2019 at 05:27 AM UTC

Excuse me if this is a silly question, but if Zancara is loosely based in Spain is Sole loosely based in Italy? Just curious!


October 22, 2019 at 11:50 AM UTC

It is.

Tina Smith

October 21, 2019 at 10:19 PM UTC

GAH….. Telling us info, but not really.

Yer a crafty fox.


October 21, 2019 at 07:11 PM UTC

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!


October 21, 2019 at 04:13 PM UTC

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?


October 23, 2019 at 03:59 PM UTC

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.


October 21, 2019 at 04:12 PM UTC

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.


October 21, 2019 at 04:22 PM UTC

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.


October 21, 2019 at 10:00 PM UTC

Should be a general for sure lol


October 23, 2019 at 09:26 PM UTC

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.


October 24, 2019 at 01:11 AM UTC

True, you don’t just want someone with sheer power


October 22, 2019 at 11:52 AM UTC

The commander of the army! Nothing less than that surely.


October 23, 2019 at 04:09 PM UTC

Angelique definitely wouldn’t have had to go through those hard times.

Timeless Fairy Tales: Zancara

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.

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