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Zerrikania

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Zerrikania
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Details
Type
Independent realm
Location
south-eastern part of the Continent
Appearance(s)

Short stories:

Video games:

Other games:

Zerrikania is a mysterious land located in the south-eastern part of the Continent. Its name is said to derive from a legendary golden dragon, Zerrikanterment. The Northern Kingdoms have very little to do with that realm. Not a lot is known about Zerrikania: it is a matriarchy, its climate is hot, exotic animals (including tigers and antelopes) roam the land, and the inhabitants worship dragons. Zerrikania is famous for its tattooed warrior women, who are skilled in the use of sabres.

Heraldry[edit | edit source]

speculative coat of arms of Zerrikania

The coat of arms for Zerrikania is not actually described in the novels. This particular coat of arms was designed by our resident heraldry and Witcher expert Mboro.

Notable Zerrikanians[edit | edit source]

In the books:

Zerrikanian warriors in The Hexer TV series.

In the "Granica możliwości" graphic novel:

In Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni PnP RPG:

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt:

In The Witcher computer game:

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[edit | edit source]

If Geralt doesn't invite Letho to Kaer Morhen in the end of Ghosts of the Past quest, the latter says that he will flee to Zerrikania.

- Nah, had it with these swamps. Need a change of scenery. Zerrikania, maybe?

- I've heard they have striped horses there.
- So have I. And apparently it's a matriarchy. I mean, been a deep belief of mine always that it's women who should rule the world. Heh.

―  Letho and Geralt about Zerrikania


In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]

Zerrikania is not visited in the game, but it is acknowledged as the home for the formulae of bombs, and famous for its alchemists. The descriptions offered suggest that Zerrikania is very much like Africa.

"Zerrikania, home of the venomous Basilisk, has given birth to other equally hideous creatures. Among them are spotted spiders so huge that they trap elephants in their webs and the no-less terrifying tse tse flies. The flies are especially repulsive, laying their eggs in the human body, the resulting larvae maturing within the host's head. The victim's brain serves as sustenance and when the larvae turn into adult flies, they leave the body through the eye sockets, now void of the previously devoured eyes."

Sources[edit | edit source]

In Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni[edit | edit source]

A more detailed description of Zerrikania and its history was created by Martyna Tomaszewska for the Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni role-playing game and published in the "Magia i Miecz" magazine (published by Wydawnictwo MAG, the publisher of the game). According to the RPG, Zerrikania's name comes from the name of the legendary dragon Zerrikanterment.

Notes[edit | edit source]

The only Zerrikanian characters to appear in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series are Téa and Véa from the "The Bounds of Reason" short story (in the Sword of Destiny short story collection). Aside from that, there were only a few mentions of Zerrikania in the books.

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