Grisha are humans who practice the Small Science and are traditionally divided into three orders, Corporalki, Etherealki and Materialki, with each order being further divided into specialized types. Most Grisha show certain powers at a young age but sometimes Grisha are born with extremely uncommon abilities to summon light, as seen with Alina Starkov, or darkness, as seen with the Darkling. Both are considered Etherealki and are part of the Order of Summoners.  

Overview[edit | edit source]

Often principles such as 'like calls to like' are used to explain Grisha power, and most Grisha see their powers as "extensions" of the natural world which is why they don't call their power "magic" but instead Small Science.  For example, Inferni cannot produce fire but can manipulate naturally occurring combustible gases, and Durasts do not create metal: rather, they simply have the ability to alter it.

The name “Grisha” is a diminutive of the name Grigori and is derived from the original Sankt Grigori, who trained the first Corporalki in Ravka.

Ravkan Grisha[edit | edit source]

Ravka relies on Grisha for safety against its enemies. The Second Army is made up purely of Grisha and was formerly led by the Darkling, as well as by the Sun Summoner for a brief time. Though the Grisha fight most of Ravka's wars and inflict the most damage upon enemies, they are considered witches and corrupt sorcerers and regarded with suspicion and distrust by many humans, including those who serve in the First Army.

Upon the rise of the Sun Summoner, a tentative alliance formed between the First and Second Armies, who have contempt for each other still. Both armies served under the official but somewhat superficial command of King Alexander III before Nikolai Lantsov inherited the Ravkan throne. 

Ravka also recruits Grisha from other countries, mainly people from Fjerda, Novyi Zem, and the Wandering Isle 

Grisha Classifications[edit | edit source]

Corporalki[edit | edit source]

The Order of the Living and the Dead

Etherealki[edit | edit source]

The Order of Summoners

Materialki[edit | edit source]

The Order of Fabrikators

Trivia[edit | edit source]

In Russian language Grisha is a diminutive of the name Grigori. One of the most famous owners of this name is Grigori Rasputin, a charlatan born to a family of poor coachmen, who eventually became a counselor of the imperial family and during his lifetime was popularly recognized as a mage and saint.

In Novyi Zem, Grisha are referred to as Zowa, meaning "blessed".

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tailors' abilities blur the lines between Fabrikators and Heartrenders, so they do not fall neatly into either Order.
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