Despite the outward semblance to Earth, and the heavy borrowing of fantasy elements from well-known works of fiction, Gloriana is unique in that the societies and cultures represent similar cultures that once existed in Earth history (from ancient Egyptians, Romans, Medieval, to Victorian) each co-existing in the same world. This intermingling of technological periods has spurred various anachronisms throughout Gloriana, and both the worlds of science and magic appear to co-exist, albeit uneasily.
A major event which separates Gloriana from Earth is the Change, an event which made animals sentient at some point in the past.
These are the regions visited in the games or in spin off literature.
- Willowsby & Spielburg Pass (Prologue)
- Spielburg Valley (QFG1)
- Shapeir Desert (Shapeir, Raseir, & Forbidden City) (QFG2)
- East Fricana (Tarna & Lost City) (QFG3)
- Mordavia (QFG4)
- Silmaria & Mariana (Marete, Atlantis & other assorted islands) (QFG5)
Other Places Edit
There are various other places that have been mentioned by in-game characters or the Correspondence Course manuals packaged with each installment of the series. Some are injokes or homages to locations in the real world or other fiction. Contrary to popular belief the Quest for Glory games didn't always mask place names behind puns, anagrams or archaic place names. Many of the early games tended to use specific modern place names for areas outside of the visited region. Even QFG4 made a few modern place references, as did QFG5. QFG5 probably makes the most references to places outside of visited regions than any previous game (but some of these references give alternate names or places that exist together with places previously mentioned in other games). To name a few:
- Eastern Woods
- Inja & Punjabi
- Isle of Gramarye
Villages, Towns and CitiesEdit
- Nova Roma
Continents & major regionsEdit
Seas & RiversEdit
- Azure Sea
- Med Sea - the location of Mariana and the island of Marete.
- Hippocrene Stream
- Mto Kubwa
- Mkubwa River
- Southern Seas
- Limpopo River
- Dead Sea
- Red Sea
- Mount Tarna
- Dragon Smoke mountains.
- Wolf's Bane Mountains and Wolf's Bane Peaks.
Its interesting to note that in the Dr. Brain series (tied to Quest for Glory through Dr. Cranium, QFG4 and the Shadows of Darkness Hintbook), that Dr Brain's EncycloAlmanacTionaryOgraphy, hints that the location of the Cerebral Hemisphere and Earth may be parallel worlds, "...these lines can be used to locate any point on the Cerebral Hemisphere and on Earth as well.", "You might also like to check out the map of Earth and the United States in the section entitled You Might Look it Up (On Dr. Brain's Bookshelf)".
Additional locations from the Cerebral Hemisphere include;
- Castle of Dr. Brain
- Island of Dr. Brain
- Cerebellum Rock
- Cerebral Aquaduct
- Corpus Collosum Mountain
- Frontal Lobe Islands
- Harbor Vitae
- Hypothalamous Sea
- Isle of Thalamus
- Lake Pituitary
- Land of Medulla Oblongata
- Olfactory Lagoon
- Pons Island
- Sea of Cortex
- Ventricle Bay
Behind the scenes Edit
Gloriana was a fairy queen, and a nickame for Elizabeth the First, the world she knew could be referred to as the World of Gloriana.
The series as a whole has a tendency to use names for locations both modern and archaic or hidden behind anagrams or puns. Sometimes more than one term will be used that could refer to the exact same place. For example Rome, Roman Empire, Hesperia, Nova Roma, Italy could possibly all refer to the same location. Of these the first three or four are all variants are used in the same game. In another example, the Isle of Gramarye and Albion could refer to the same region. One term appears in QFG2 and the other appears in QFG5. In yet another example, Mariana, Marete, and Silmeria seem to all refer to the same region depending on the game the references are made. Mariana is mentioned in QFG3, Marete appears in QFG5, and the use of Silmeria appears throughout most of the series in varying ways. Yet another example Greece and Helena are both used in QFG5, and seem to roughly represent same general area. India is mentioned in QFG1VGA, and Inja is mentioned in QFG5.
It has been stated by the Coles that the regions of Gloriana visited in the series (save for Tarna, which is exempt from the originally intended tetralogy) each corresponded with one of the four classic elements, as well as other symbolic tetrads, such as the cardinal directions and the four seasons. According to Lori Cole, Wages of War broke the analogy, having become a bridge story between the first half and the second half of the Hero's adventures.
According to Corey Cole, the name of the world is Gloriana as stated in QFGV, rather than Glorianna (although School for Heroes has used both). The name is created from a combination of Glory and Ann. Gloriana was a world that was originally used by the Coles for their tabletop RPG campaigns. Gloriana was adapted for use in the Cole's School for Heroes online rpg. There are differences between the different versions of Gloriana, including place locations that only appear in their personal view of the world, some areas that are mentioned in the Quest for Glory games, that do not appear in their other versions of the world. In School for Heroes, Marete differs greatly from its appearance in Quest for Glory V. Corey Cole has mentioned that in their tabletop version of the world for example, the Isle of Great Britain is called "Albumen" (a food related reference, and pun on "Albion"), in the School for Heroes it is called "Albion". In Quest for Glory 2, it is called "Isle of Gramarye" (a reference to Once and Future King), and in QFG5 a reference to "Albion" is made. In addition Willowsby and Devon Aidendale are not part of their versions of the universe. For more information see, Gloriana (alternate versions).
For the sake of this wiki, the Sierra published version of the world described within Quest for Glory series is considered official.
- ↑ QFG2/QFG4
- ↑ "Now you feel like climbing something even higher... like Mount Tarna."
- ↑ http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/past/Gloriana.htm
- ↑ http://www.questforheroes.com/mattsqfgforum/viewtopic.php?t=569
- ↑ http://www.theschoolforheroes.com/atlas.php
- ↑ http://www.theschoolforheroes.com/