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Pyrrhia is the sole setting of the Wings of Fire series (besides the Night Kingdom that still may or may not be a part of it). It is an island continent with highly varied geographical regions, listed as the Ice KingdomKingdom of SandSky KingdomMud KingdomRainforest KingdomKingdom of the Sea, the Night Kingdom, which was located on an unknown volcanic island north of the Sky Kingdom. As well as the ancient Night Kingdom

The mainland is shaped like a dragon without horns and appears to be similar to Canada and the United States of America when it comes to climate and geographical shape.

Original map image created by Mike Schley.

Geography

A large mountain range runs roughly down the center of the entire continent, called the Claws of the Clouds Mountains, where the Dragonets of Destiny were hatched and raised. This is home to the Sky Kingdom and separates the eastern and western halves of Pyrrhia - and which is presumably also responsible for the drastic weather differences on the continent. The tallest mountain in this range is known as Jade Mountain.

The Ice Kingdom is dominated by the tundra's ice lands and glaciers. To its south is the Kingdom of Sand. Because of the sub-zero temperatures and animus-enchanted ice cliff, no dragons other than IceWings can live there, unless of course visitors are wearing the Gift of Diplomacy

The Kingdom of Sand is made of rolling sand dunes and cacti. The heat and lack of humidity is almost unbearable to dragons other than SandWings.

The Mud Kingdom is populated with swampland, reeds, and tends to be very humid. Along the Mud Kingdoms northern border is the Diamond Spray River which meets up with the ocean at the Diamond Spray Delta. The Rainforest Kingdom is comprised of lively creatures and an endless tangle of vines and trees. At the extreme east of the continent where chains of islands form the dragons tail is the Kingdom of the Sea, also known as the Bay of a Thousand Scales.

Pyrrhia appears to be placed in two hemispheres, as rainforests form solely near the equator of a planet where the climate is warm and humid, with the Ice Kingdom and northern Sky Kingdom being in the colder northern hemisphere.

There are three rivers with known names: the Diamond Spray River, the Great Five-Tail River (the Great River), and the Winding Tail River.

The bottom peninsula used to be the 2,000 year-old NightWing Kingdom, their queen at the time was Queen Vigilance. They abandoned it due to urging from Clearsight, worried that her plan to neutralize Darkstalker wouldn't work.

Flora and Fauna Layout

The flora layout of Pyrrhia is quite similar to that of Earth, according to geographical regions. For example, in the Rainforest Kingdom, there are jungle plants that resemble those that grow in areas such as the Congo or Amazon.

Additionally, marine life is present in the oceans and animals adapted to arctic climates can be found in the Ice Kingdom.

Dragons make up the dominant life form on Pyrrhia, of which seven dragon tribes have formed out of with each tribe ideally suited to their climate they preside in. A step down are the Scavengers, or as we would call them, humans. They show intellect through their ability to build structures and craft basic tools and weapons, small works of art such as pots have also been found. Scavengers were once the dominant life form on Pyrrhia before the dragons rose up against them in the event called The Scorching.

Many terrestrial animals, including those that are domesticated such as cows and pigs, also appear to inhabit the land and serve as prey for the dragons

Tribes

The dragons are broken down into seven tribes. MudWings, SandWings, SkyWings, SeaWings, RainWings, IceWings, and NightWings.

All tribes except for the NightWings have found a place that suits their needs and have adapted into the tribes of Pyrrhia today. In The Hidden Kingdom, it is revealed that the NightWings live on a volcanic island north of Pyrrhia. In The Dark Secret the dragons escape the volcano as it destroying their only home, forcing them into the rain forest to live with the RainWings.

In The Dark Secret, Morrowseer mentioned that the NightWing island used to be covered in trees, until the volcano erupted. What wasn't burned up by lava flows was left covered in ash.

Celestial Bodies

Throughout the series it has been shown that three different sized moons orbit the planet where the series takes place. When all three of the moons are full, the dragons refer to it as "the brightest night", which only occurs once a century.

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The three moons shown on the full cover of The Brightest Night'.'

Three moons

What the three moons might look like in Pyrrhia's night sky.

It is unknown if any of these moons are named since they are usually referred to as "the three moons".

In The Brightest Night, a fourth celestial body appeared while the SandWing queen was chosen. Sunny described it as "another brightest night", although such shouldn't have occurred for another ninety-four years. Starflight believed it was a comet given its increasing size as time passed, and Fatespeaker claimed to have a vision where it would crush them all. After some discussion it would later be known as the "Orb in the Sky" with several indirect impacts on the story.

  • The Orb in the Sky would soon disappear from the sky proving Fatespeaker's vision false.
  • Following the Orb in the Sky, meteors were spotted in the sky.
  • Darkstalker was awakened from his eternal sleep by the earthquake caused by meteor impacts.
  • Pieces of "The orb in the sky" have fallen on earth before. These meterotites were dubbed "Skyfire" by the dragons, and holding one will block the mind-reading of a nightwing.

Changes to the map of Pyrrhia - Moon Rising

Map of Pyrrhia - Moon Rising

Edited map of Pyrrhia after the events of the 5th book "Brightest Night". Click for a larger view.

Moon Rising saw the end of the War of The SandWing Succession. This brought about several changes to the map of Pyrrhia, they are as follows:

Changes to the map of Pyrrhia - Darkstalker (Legends)

Darkstalker Map

Map of Pyrrhia from Darkstalker

Around 2000 years ago, when Darkstalker was born, the map of Pyrrhia was actually quite different. Some of the differences between the Darkstalker map and the other maps are as follows:

  • The peninsula that is located beneath the Kingdom of Sand on the rest of the maps is bigger.
  • The Lost City of Night is actually labeled on the map, on the enlarged peninsula.
  • Queen Lagoon's Island Palace is labeled in the Kingdom of the Sea.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Pyrrhia is assumed to be a derivative of Pyrrhic, which is used to describe a victory that cost such vast destruction that it is tantamount to defeat. This alludes to the War of SandWing Succession, but it might also describe The Scorching.
  • It might also be named after the prefix pyro-, which means related to fire and high temperatures.
  • Pyrrhia is confirmed not to be the only continent on their planet. This other continent is commonly called the lost continent.

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