Aly · Conté · Copper Isles · Influences · Marriage · Mindelan · Nawat · Pirate's Swoop · Raka · Tortall · Trebond

Marriages and Naming in Tortallan vs. Raka Cultures

Tammy: But not all marriages are going to be the same; it’s a world where most people of the middle and lower classes begin to marry at fifteen and sixteen and many young women marry around 18; and not everyone is going to go into marriage with a solid and sedate marriage plan or way… Continue reading Marriages and Naming in Tortallan vs. Raka Cultures

Carthak · Copper Isles · Daine · Influences · Jon · K'mir · Language · Other sources · Scanra · Tortall

House Sorting, Naming Conventions, and Languages

Tammy: It’s funny–I was thinking Jon is a Slytherin, too, keeping his secrets and his thinks pretty much to himself, being ambitious, and being more Goddess than Mithros. (She does have those snakes wrapped around her arms!) SOURCE: [MR:LR:4] Tammy: No, Daine is not a Stark. She learns, and she uses her head. She doesn’t… Continue reading House Sorting, Naming Conventions, and Languages

Carthak · Future releases · Galla · Jon · Kel · Maren · Saraine · Scanra · Tortall · Tusaine · Tyra · Yamani Islands

Governments in Tortall Universe, and Kel on Jonathon

I have a couple questions, first and foremost about Tortall’s government. From what I can tell there are restrictions set up on Jon’s power, such as councils of nobles. Yet what’s the specific arrangement? How many councils are there, and how are places determined? Is it a parliamentary monarchy, and are they moving more towards… Continue reading Governments in Tortall Universe, and Kel on Jonathon

Alanna · Beka · George · Rosto · Tortall

Why Beka/Rosto Wouldn’t Last, and Development of Humanity

I really like Rosto but I have never seen him and Beka ending up together. They’re both too smart to deny that one of them would either have to make dramatic and, I think, unfair compromises or the relationship would end badly for one or both of them. Actually even with the compromises the relationship… Continue reading Why Beka/Rosto Wouldn’t Last, and Development of Humanity

Conté · Gary · haMinch · Hannalof · Mindelan · Nobility · Tortall · Yamani Islands

Mindelans, The Noble Books, and Conte-Naxen

1. How many siblings does Kel actually have? The books mention three brother and I think three sisters, but there are sure a lot of nieces and nephews at Mindelan for just a few siblings that couldn’t have been married for that long. Tammy: Let’s see–in descending order of age: Anders is the oldest.  He… Continue reading Mindelans, The Noble Books, and Conte-Naxen

Alanna · Bazhir · Coram · Duke Gareth · Fiefs · Other characters · Rispah · Roald (Jon's dad) · Scanra · Tortall · Trebond

Champion’s Duties, Scanran War, King Roald, Duke Gareth, and the Bazhir

1. Did Trebond participate much in the Scanran War? In Afta Alanna mentions that Trebond deals with Scanran bandits most years – were Coram and Rispah heavily involved in the war too? Tammy: They served as a supply depot and hospital, for one.  Jonthair fought as a knight; Alinna rode with the Queen’s Ladies,* helping… Continue reading Champion’s Duties, Scanran War, King Roald, Duke Gareth, and the Bazhir

Balitangs · Copper Isles · Country · DotL · Dove · Galla · Maren · Tortall · Tusaine · Tyra

Slavery and the Balitangs

It seems rather unfair (and not particularly conducive to political harmony) for those slaves who rebelled to be free, but those who didn’t to remain slaves. At the same time, abolishing slavery would cripple the Isles’ economy. Tammy: Oh, no, Dove’s freeing the slaves, and even just the ones who rebelled, would give birth to… Continue reading Slavery and the Balitangs

Beka · Fiefs · Future releases · Gershom · Goodwin · PD · Rosto · Tortall · Tunstall

Bloodhound Progress Report #2

Tammy: So I have a confession to make–this book isn’t coming as easily as some of the others. I suspect that counterfeiting just doesn’t appeal to me as much as murder, epidemic disease, war, forest fires, and earthquakes do as plots. There’s so much explaining to do with counterfeiting to do. I have to come… Continue reading Bloodhound Progress Report #2

Alanna · Bazhir · Black City · Jewel · Jon · Liam Ironarm · Other characters · Roald (Crown Prince) · Roger · Tortall · Voice · Ysandir

Liam, Roger, Black City, the Jewel, Bazhir, and the Voice

 1 Why did Liam hate Roger when no one else did? He said he’d tell Alanna someday, but he never did. It can’t be just because he was a sorcerer – did he know something, or just suspect it? Tammy: Because Liam met Roger in Carthak and had seen how he acted there, like a… Continue reading Liam, Roger, Black City, the Jewel, Bazhir, and the Voice

Bazhir · Carthak · Country · Tortall · University · Yamani Islands

The Royal University, Exchanges, and the Bazhir school

Tammy: The Royal University is actually mostly academic, though there are schools for healing which teach both magic and academics, and a school for mages. You can enter if you pass the examinations, which means between the ages of 14 and 16 for most people. Most programs end with a scholar’s degree at about four… Continue reading The Royal University, Exchanges, and the Bazhir school

Banjiku · Carthak · Copper Isles · Goddess · Gods and goddesses · Graveyard Hag · K'mir · Kyprioth · Mithros · Religion · Tortall · Weiryn/Sarra

Diversity of Religion

Tammy: Ummmm–actually, religion is quite diverse. Mithros worshippers don’t invariably worship the other gods, though they may at least pay lip service to the Goddess (or rather, it’s respect for another religion with a strong following), any more than Goddess worshippers worship the Hag or the Horse Lords or Mithros. The one universal god is… Continue reading Diversity of Religion

Tortall

Music in Tortall

Tammy: Good heavens–of course there’s music in Tortall! How could people live without their tunes?! Can you? Could I? I think not! They have the normal assortment of medieval instruments: lute, gittern, drums, bagpipes, tambourines, harps, dulcimers, recorders, pan-pipes, flutes, horns, harps . . . SOURCE: [25546]