The Grishaverse
The Grishaverse

"Fjerda with its hard ways and its old hatreds filled men with shame and anger. It made the weak weaker and the strong cruel."
Rule of Wolves

Fjerda is an icy northern nation, bordered by Ravka to the south and the True Sea to the west.


Fjerdans perceive Grisha power as dangerous and witch-like, and they train their drüskelle to hunt and kill Grisha. This hostility puts Fjerda at odds with Ravka, who train their Grisha as soldiers. According to Matthias Helvar, Ravka is "Fjerda's greatest enemy."[1] The Fjerdans see Ravka's large number of Grisha as unnatural and dangerous.

Fjerda is well known for their heavy advancements in technology, like engines that power wagons and tanks, steel aircraft that works without Grisha Squallers, all in the span of one year. It is suspected by Ravka that Fabrikators under jurda parem had a hand in their achievements. They are also a proponent of testing jurda parem on the Grisha they capture.


Fjerda harbors many mountains.[citation needed] The northernmost part of the Sikurzoi mountain range is known in Fjerda as the Elbjen, "elbows". The Isenvee, the northern sea, borders Fjerda to the north. Two large islands known as the Kenst Hjerte, "Broken Heart", are located north of the mainland. The Stelge River in western Fjerda runs from a mountain range to the True Sea at the port city of Elling.



Typical Fjerdans have pale complexions, blue eyes, and blond hair. The Hedjut people, who live in northern Fjerda and in the cities and towns along the Stelge River, are an ethnic group who have tan skin and curly hair.

Known inhabitants[]


Main article: Fjerdan language


Appearance and clothing[]

Traditional Fjerdan attire includes thick clothing spun of rough materials that is often described as shapeless or ugly by the other nations. When Nina Zenik and Matthias Helvar posed as Fjerdan defectors in Ketterdam, Nina wore a blonde wig, a dress that she describes as "dowdy," and a small knitted vest. According to Matthias, this is an outfit that maidens wear on the first day of Roennigsdjel, a Fjerdan festival. In this scene, Matthias wears a tufted cap and a woolly red vest, clothes that might be representative of what men in Fjerda wear.[3] For Vinetkalla, the women participating are expected to dress in warm but flattering gowns.

Unmarried women are expected to braid their hair, while married women are allowed to wear it down. Fjerdan (male) soldiers, including drüskelle, wear their hair long.[4] Drüskelle are forbidden to grow facial hair until they accomplish a mission on their own and are granted officer status, at which point they are permitted to grow a beard.[5] There do not seem to be rules for men's hair outside the drüskelle, as Magnus Opjer sports a beard.

Daily life[]

Fjerdan villages have village dances.[6]

According to Matthias's description, there is a strict courtship culture in Fjerda. A man asks permission to have a chaperoned walk with the woman he's courting, and that a man is expected to dine with the woman's family at least three times before the two would be left alone together. Matthias says he would bring the woman he courts gifts, such as winter roses and a silver comb.[6]

Fjerda has strict gender roles, which are specifically shown to be limiting to women. Fjerdan women, according to Matthias, speak quietly and do not flirt.[6] There are many social taboos for women such as drinking alcohol or anything that would put their safety at risk. They are expected to marry whether they wish to or not, as lack of marriage is seen as an inconceivable shame. The only exception to many of these rules is devoting their lives to Djel, such as shaving their head and staying celibate.


Fjerda is ruled by the royal Grimjer family.


The Ice Court is Fjerda's military stronghold as well as the seat of the nobility of Fjerda. It is the headquarters of the drüskelle, soldiers specifically devoted to hunting Grisha.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Fjerda is based on Scandinavia.[7]


  • The sildroher, a somewhat subspecies of humans, inhabit the waters off of the Fjerdan coasts.



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Main Characters Kaz BrekkerInej GhafaJesper FaheyNina ZenikMatthias HelvarWylan Van EckKuwei Yul-BoJan Van EckPekka Rollins
Minor Characters JoostAnyaEmil RetvenkoCouncilman HoedeGeelsBo Yul-BayurPer HaskellTante HeleenJordie RietveldSpechtRottyJarl BrumCornelis SmeetAdem BajanColm FaheyAditi HilliAlys Van EckMarya HendriksZoya NazyalenskySturmhondGenya SafinDunyasha LazarevaAnikaPimKeegRoederKarl DrydenJellen Radmakker
Locations KetterdamThe BarrelHellgateIce CourtDjerholmBlack Veil IslandKerchFjerdaRavkaNovyi ZemShu HanWandering Isle
Groups The DregsDime LionsBlack TipsStadwatchGrishaDrüskelleThe MenagerieHouse of the White RoseMerchant CouncilCouncil of TidesKhergud
Events HringkällaHellshowQueen's Lady PlagueKomedie Brute
Miscellaneous JurdaJurda paremKeftaIndentureDjelGhezen