| ||(...) We know ever less of Haakland, safe its location to the northeast of Zerrikania. The people of that land are rumored to be the finest horsemen in the world, learning the art as babes before they even learn to walk. Though not referred to by name, they are also possibly mentioned in one of the apocryphal versions of Ithlinne's prophecy, which speaks of people that will come from the East like a storm, to burn, slaughter, and feast on the ruins, drinking from the skulls of their fallen foes.|| |
|- Bella Jande in "Tales and Legends of Distant Lands", The World of the Witcher|
Hakland or Haakland is a land of vast steppes inhabited by the Haak people, located to the east of the Blue Mountains, which separates it from the Northern Kingdoms of Lyria, Aedirn and Kaedwen. It is geographically northeast of Zerrikania. Locals are said to be the finest horsemen in the world, learning the art as babies before they even learn to walk. They are also very skilled in archery, the tale of Calib Bronn being an example, and combining this with excellence in horsemanship, they become formidable warriors.
According to Encyclopaedia Maxima Mundi, they invaded the realms beyond the Blue Mountains in 1350, an event foretold by the legendary Ithlinne years before. They came in like a storm and for the whole year burned, slaughtered, and feasted on the ruins, drinking from the skulls of their fallen enemies.