The Grishaverse

Novyi Zem is a nation bordered by the Wandering Isle to the north, the True Sea to the east, and the Southern Colonies to the south. It is known for its dark-skinned people, frontiers, bustling coastal cities, extensive farmland where jurda is cultivated, and sophisticated firearms. It is also known for being a refuge for people, both otkazat'sya and zowa, where they can begin a new life in anonymity.


Novyi Zem is a young country compared to other nations. The expanse of the True Sea keeps Novyi Zem separated from global conflict, allowing the nation to prosper.[1]


Eames Chin, in the south of the country, is an expanse of arable land with a river running through it.[2] Eames Harbor and Reb Harbor both lie north of Eames Chin.


  • Shriftport - the main port city of Novyi Zem,[citation needed] known for its extensive jurda fields.[3]
  • Weddle - a city in northeastern Novyi Zem.
  • Cofton - a town west of the coast, the center of the jurda trade.[4]


The Zemeni people typically have dark brown skin and curly black hair.

Known inhabitants[]


Main article: Zemeni language


  • Calf and collard pies are a Zemeni delicacy.[4]
  • The Zemeni do not use the word "Grisha". Individuals with Grisha power are known as zowa, meaning "blessed", and that power is considered a gift.[5] There are teachers who train zowa in the west of Novyi Zem.[6]
  • The Zemeni have a tradition of choosing family names. This began with the Maradi family, who named themselves after Sankta Maradi, who saved them at sea.[7] Leoni followed this tradition by adopting the surname of Aditi Hilli, the zowa woman who died to save her when Leoni was a child.[8]


Novyi Zem has ministers, but its exact structure of government is unknown.[9]


Novyi Zem has a navy. Its naval flag features orange stars.[10]


  • Novyi Zem is likely named after Novaya Zemlya, a real-world Russian archipelago in the North Sea above Eurasia. The name means "New Land".

Behind the scenes[]

  • Novyi Zem was originally inspired by the American colonies and Australia, with other influences.[11]