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Kingdom of Redania commonly known as Redania, is one of the Four Kingdoms. It is a wealthy realm which profits from trade and agriculture. The capital city of Redania is Tretogor. Other prominent cities are Oxenfurt, with the largest university in the Northern Realms and the free city of Novigrad. The kingdom's neighbours are Kovir, Caingorn, Kaedwen, Aedirn and Temeria.

For ages, Redania has fought a customs war with Temeria, its primary rival in the North. The country possesses the best intelligence network in the world. The government of Redania is also heavily influenced by sorceresses.

King Vizimir II of Redania was assassinated during the Second Nilfgaard War. During the interregnum, the country was ruled by a Regency Council headed by Sigismund Dijkstra, the head of Redanian Intelligence, and Philippa Eilhart, head of the Lodge of Sorceresses.

National emblems Edit

Heraldry Edit

The colours of the Kingdom of Redania are white and red, and the coat of arms from time immemorial has been the silver eagle in a red field. Of this eagle, the ancient emblem of King Abrad the Old Oak, various motions and forms were, notwithstanding presently the insigne is like King Radovid IV had determined and approved in edict: Gules, an eagle displayed Argent crowned, beaked and membered Or, grasping in the dexter claw an sceptre Or. The eagle is charged on the breast with an escutcheon: Sable a cross Or. Escutcheon is arms of Jamurlak, country located in the interfluve of rivers Buina and Braa ultimately vassalized by Crown of Redania during reign of Radovid the Bald.
Jan of AttreCoats of Arms of the Respectable Royal and Knightly Houses, their blazon and history[2]

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First two coats of arms were created by our users Mboro and SMiki55, third is from The Witcher 2. First is the coat of arms historicall belongin to king Abrad Old Oak, second and third are from time of (at least) Radovid IV after annexation of Kingdom of Jamurlak. For the unofficial concepts of coats of arms used by previous monarchs, click here.

Flag Edit

Flag Redania

This flag was created by our resident heraldry and witcher expert Mboro, based on the description in the novels.

Known Redanians Edit

Monarchs

Main articles at : King of Redania and Chancellor Edit

Aristocracy


Intelligence


Army


Mages


Queens and mistresses


Others


Cities, towns and keeps Edit

Cities & towns

Castles, keeps & fortresses

Regions, landmarks and fiefs Edit

Regions

Landmarks

Fiefs

Society Edit

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Quite specific is the social structure of this country - the cult of the nobility runs strong in Redania. That social stratum possesses more privileges here than in any nearby realm. Great differences in wealth exist among the gentry, but Redanian law cares for birth not property, making a well-born beggar the legal equal of the richest magnate. Those of high birth and great wealth draw the latter primarily from the grain trade and pedigreed horse husbandry. The last Redanians excel at, outdoing all other nations - Redanian steeds are unsurpassed. The Redanian cavalry is thus among the best formations of its kind in the world, and with the country’s nobility filling its ranks, it is the heart of Redanian armed forces.

As a consequence of nobility’s privileged position, the peasantry is treated worse here than in any neighbouring states, and only the king’s iron fist keeps them from rebelling.

Military Edit

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Main article at: Royal Redanian Army Edit

At the beginning of the 2nd Northern War, Redania could field 35 thousand men (from which 4 thousand were cavalry). However, after taking out a loan from the King of Poviss and Kovir, Redania was ready to recruit 49 thousand soldiers, including 35 thousand Infantry and 14 thousand heavy cavalry. During the reign of Radovid V the number of troops in Redania grew significantly.

Economy Edit

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Image of Redanian farmers near fields (from the Witcher 3)

Kingdom derives enormous profits from trade with Novigrad and grain exports - it may be said that monarchy is a granary of the whole Continent, and even other parts of the world. Therefore, the dominant landscape in Redania are huge, undulating fields of grain. Estymy and revenues kingdom also adds the fact that on its territory there is the largest and richest metropolitan area of the North - the Free City of Novigrad and the town Oxenfurt with its excellent university.

Currently, the state economy is seriously threatened, because coming into the country with cheap goods Nilfgaard and other countries, which constitute serious competition for local artisans. In addition, there is a very little manufactories.[4][3]

Culture Edit

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Oxenfurt University is a center of science and culture in Redania and Northern Kingdoms. It issued many of the world's most famous scientists, doctors, writers, artists and many other intellectuals. They all began just in Oxenfurt (e.g. Dandelion and Shani) so that the university owes its fame.

Religion Edit

Eternal fire priest

When it comes to religion the most influential position in the kingdom belongs the Church of the Eternal Fire. Though farther north in the realm a huge number of believers in Forefather Kreve can be found. Godmother Melitele is also worshiped but only in hospitals.

Faith in prophet Lebioda is allowed in Redania, as he is not just a head of a cult but a saint for the Eternal Fire. In some places of the Ghelibol region cruel members of the forbidden Cult of Lionheaded Spider exist as well.

CD Projekt's The Witcher franchise Edit

The Witcher (PC) Edit

Glossary Entry Edit

Journal Glossary Redania

Redania borders Temeria in the north. It is ruled by King Radovid V, also knows as Radovid the Stern, son of the murdered King Vizimir. The monarch was thirteen when his father was killed, so the Royal Council assumed power until the prince came of age. After his coronation, Radovid gained notoriety for dealing brutally with anyone who had previously mistreated him or his mother Hedvig. The most important cities in Redania are the capital of Tretogor, the Free City of Novigrad, which enjoys far-reaching autonomy, and Oxenfurt, with its famous university.

One of the Northern Kingdoms, Redania is a wealthy realm which profits from trade and agriculture. For ages, it has fought a customs war with Temeria, which is its main competitor in the north. The country possesses the best intelligence service in the world. The government of Redania is heavily influenced by sorceresses.

Source Edit

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Edit

You can find Redanians in their quarter duringt hird act in Loc Muinne.

Journal Entry Edit

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Situated between the Braa River in the north and the Pontar in the south, Redania is one of the North's more important kingdoms. Its coat of arms is a crowned silver eagle on a red field. The eagle grips a golden scepter in its talons and a small black shield bearing a golden cross adorns its proudly protruding chest. Despite recent unrest, the country survived, unscathed and intact, the crisis that followed the death of King Vizimir the Just. Tretogor, King Radovid's seat of power, is the country's capital, though the Free City of Novigrad is its largest population center. In fact, Novigrad is something akin to the capital of the world - a center and cradle of commerce and culture, where an enlightened man can breathe his fill as long as he does so away from the back alleys. Old, musty and scholarly Oxenfurt, the home of this author's alma mater, is another of the kingdom's noteworthy cities. During the last war with Nilfgaard, Redania joined with Temeria, Aedirn, Kaedwen and other northern realms to repel the invaders, and the Royal Redanian Corps played an important part during the Battle of Brenna.

Redania - The Witcher 2

Redania as depicted on map from TW2

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Edit

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Redania, ruled by Radovid V is poised to take over Temeria, in early part of the game we even get to know that during winter between 1272 and 1273, in so called Winter War, Kaedwen was anexed.

Radovid V (as king) or Sigismund Dijkstra (as chancellor) can unite Northern Kingdoms under single banner but if you killed them both Emhyr will conquer kingdom(s).

Behind the scenes Edit

Coat of arms of Redania is very similar to the emblem of Polish, also resemblance to the Polish is that one can see a few names and nomenclatures of Redanians (especially kings). The same Arcsea (Lukomorze) is perhaps a metaphor of Pomerania (Pomorze), and the unitification of Redania and Jamurlak is like Polish union with Lithuania.

The Witcher (PC) Edit

COA Redania in the Witcher 1

From time immemorial Silver Eagle is the emblem of the kingdom of Redania. Do not know why but, in the first part of the game soldiers instead wore a different coat of arms, resembling Kaedweni crest more than redanian. There are few mods (for example Jaki znak Twój? Orzeł Biały! by SMiki55) correcting this issue.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Edit

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Concept art of Redanian Quarter from artbook

The delegation of the Kingdom of Redania also made camp in one of the city’s districts. Standards with the Redanian eagle proudly fly over this section of Loc Muinne. Young king Radovid has very specific plans regarding his stay at the coming summit. Knights of Order of the Flaming Rose came with him to the debate.

They’re a force to be reckoned with. It’s worth noting that the initial sketch of the Redanian camp depicts an entirely different system and order than the one used by the Nilfgaardians. The tents here aren’t place separately in orderly rows, and most were not put up using parts of the ruins. This combination underlines the different character of two different cultures.[6]

Notes & references Edit

  1. In the Witcher game series
  2. From Radovid IV's note, translation by SMiki55.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 3.41 3.42 3.43 3.44 3.45 3.46 3.47 3.48 3.49 3.50 3.51 3.52 3.53 3.54 3.55 3.56 3.57 3.58 3.59 3.60 in The Witcher game series
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni
  5. Autonomous city of Redania
  6. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Artbook

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