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Zerrikania is a land with hot climate located in the south-eastern part of the continent and connected with other human states by Elskerdeg Pass.[3] Its name is said to derive from a legendary golden dragon, Zerrikanterment.[1]

The landscape is filled with many deserts and steppes which are roamed by exotic wild beasts such as venomous basilisks, tigers,[4] antelopes,[5] and even leopards.[6]

Apart from occasional travels and trade, Northern Kingdoms have very little contact with the realm while Nilfgaardians consider them barbaric.[7]

Heraldry Edit

COA Zerrikania

The coat of arms for Zerrikania is not actually described in the novels. Current coat of arms was designed by SMiki55. Second one was designed by our resident heraldry and Witcher expert Mboro and as such should be treated as speculations.

People Edit

Letho: Nah, had it with these swamps. Need a change of scenery. Zerrikania, maybe?
Geralt: I've heard they have striped horses there.
Letho: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, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

They are grouped in steppe clans led by women. From these clans also come the notorious free warriors – tattooed women excelling in the use of sabres and archery. Dandelion once said that their archeresses are so skilled in marksmanship that they cut off the breast near their shooting arm so that it doesn't interfere with their aim. Milva was quick to assure him that it's likely a myth because her breasts don't bother her as "You pull the string to your ear and not your breast".[5] Not only are they skilled in using sabres and bows but they are good at manufacturing them too.[8] It's also common practice for Zerrikanian free warriors to tattoo their bodies or at least parts of them.[9]

Women are the ones who take an active part in the life of the land, becoming rulers, priestesses, and teachers. Their men cultivate fields, extract raw materials in mines, deal with orchards and gardens and raise offsprings. It's compulsory neither are they enslaved; this order seems to them to be good and obvious. It has not yet for a Zerrikanian man to be hunter or ruler and only rarely has any been interested in warfare. This has been the order of things for a long time. All Zerrikanians are essentially equal in rights as are all towns.[1]

The people of Zerrikania are sometimes called the "Free Warriors".[9]

Religion Edit

Zerrikanians are known to worship dragons and make sacrifices before images of the said creatures.[9] The religion is founded upon a legend of the golden dragon Zerrikanterment and how he created a protective barrier around Zerrikania by burning forests around and thus turning them into deserts and wastelands.

They believe that before the dragons there was no other god, that they are the creators and rulers of the world. The priestesses are in charge of the worship. They explore all religious knowledge, are fluent in writing, and use the heavenly gift, meaning that they use magic drawn from dragons[1] who are the only creatures apart from cats that are known to absorb magical energy.[9]

Notable ZerrikaniansEdit

Zerrikanki film

Free warriors Téa and Véa from Zerrikania

Rulers

Others

The Witcher (PC)Edit

Zerrikania is not visited in the game, but it is acknowledged as the home for the formulae of bombs, and famous for its alchemists.

"Zerrikania, home of the venomous [asilisk, 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."

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References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  3. Even though Andrzej Sapkowski's alphabet described Zerrikania as being a land lying in the far south, its location was slightly changed later on in The Lady of the Lake which puts it more east.
  4. Time of Contempt
  5. 5.0 5.1 Baptism of Fire
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine expansion
  7. The Lady of the Lake
  8. The Tower of the Swallow
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Sword of Destiny
  10. Granica możliwości graphic novel
  11. The Witcher (PC)
  12. Marcin Momot:"Yes. It's Ciri's Zerrikanian outfit."

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