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.
Eames Chin, in the south of the country, is an expanse of arable land with a river running through it. Eames Harbor and Reb Harbor both lie north of Eames Chin.
- Shriftport - the main port city of Novyi Zem, known for its extensive jurda fields.
- Weddle - a city in northeastern Novyi Zem.
- Cofton - a town west of the coast, the center of the jurda trade.
The Zemeni people typically have dark brown skin and curly black hair.
- Main article: Zemeni language
- Calf and collard pies are a Zemeni delicacy.
- 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. There are teachers who train zowa in the west of Novyi Zem.
- 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. Leoni followed this tradition by adopting the surname of Aditi Hilli, the zowa woman who died to save her when Leoni was a child.
Novyi Zem has ministers, but its exact structure of government is unknown.
Novyi Zem has a navy. Its naval flag features orange stars.
- 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.
- Crooked Kingdom, chapter 18
- Six of Crows, chapter 23
- Siege and Storm, chapter 1
- Crooked Kingdom, chapter 16
- Crooked Kingdom, chapter 24
- The Lives of Saints, Sankta Maradi
- King of Scars, chapter 20
- Rule of Wolves, chapter 6
- Rule of Wolves, chapter 49
- Leigh Bardugo on Tumblr (Archive)