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Tales of Zestiria History and Lore
History of the Glenwood Continent
(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)

Despite the conflict and catastrophe plaguing the continent, the humans of Glenwood continue to thrive. The history of its civilizations spans more than 3000 years, and the existence of the seraphim has always been a key factor in its development.


Civilizations of Seraphim and Humans

Signs of Glenwood’s culture can be traced back thousands of years. Humans were not the only influence; since ancient times, seraphim have also played a large role. Even so, since the unification of the continent around 1300 years ago, civilization has bloomed at the hands of humans. Compared to now, the standard of living was higher, with many forms of advanced technology developed in various regions.


Caption: The Tintagel Ruins, a secret and forgotten place. Many of its remains surpass the architectural skills of today.


Table: Overview of Glenwood’s history


Folklore

In ancient times a form of religion was established resembling nature worship, with simple beliefs that regarded seraphim as gods and sought their favor. Besides regarding Zenrus as the “Thunder God,” it also worshipped seraphim of attributes other than those of the Five Lords, and can be said to have pre-dated the system of worship that revolves around the Five Lords.


Caption: A statue of Zenrus as the Thunder God. In ancient religions, idolatry and nature worship were part of their simple beliefs.


Folklore Examples:


Mabinogio Mountains’ “Thunder God”
-Fear of Zenrus’ ability to manipulate lightning earned him the title of “Thunder God” and made him an object of worship.
-Mountain ruins were built in his honor, and a statue was enshrined deep within the ruins and worshipped.


Ladylake’s “Lady of the Lake”
-Originally, resident seraphim of Ladylake were worshipped as “the Lady of the Lake.”
-Later on, Lailah settled inside the Shepherd’s Sacred Blade and took the place of past seraphim.


Marlind’s “Giant Tree”
-The tree serves as the town’s symbol and an object of worship.
-They were actually worshipping Rohan all along, who bestowed his blessing on the town for generations as Lord of the Land.


Weylish Ruins’ “Giant Stone”
-In an act of worship to the stone itself, a shrine was built around it.
-It is thought that seraphim previously dwelled there.


Ancient Alphabet

The ancient alphabet known today has been identified in ruins dating from the Temperance of Avarost. It consisted of 12 letters and numerals, while the modern language has been organized into 26 letters and 10 numerals. The most defining characteristic (as seen below) is that the characters can represent up to 4 different letters depending on the orientation. For example, the character that resembles a bird spreading its wings is rotated to represent the letters B, F, P, and H in the modern language. However, while the reading, grammar, and other features of the language are often studied by independent archaeologists, the exact details of the system are unknown. We can only wait for more details to be unearthed, including the origin of the language’s creation.


Ancient Alphabet System:

Standard alphabet.

Modern alphabet system.

Modern numeral system.
Translated by Jay
History of Hyland and Rolance
(Tales of Zestiria Perfect Guide)

The Two Countries

The two major nations, Hyland and Rolance, currently compete for dominance over the Glenwood continent. Although they both originate from the same royal family, they have continued to oppose one another for more than two hundred years, and the factional strifes between them often occur without political authority.


The Unity of the Continent and Creation of the Dynasty

An important piece of Glenwood’s history is the unification that took place around 1300 years ago. Marking the beginning of the Era of Asgard, King Claudin established a unified nation that became the origin for the two great powers that continue to dominate the continent today. Civilization advanced under his dynasty, and unlike the previous eras that reflected seraphic influences, the technological advancements at this time did not depend on seraphim but were developed independently by humans.


Bust of King Claudin: There are various theories concerning the bust in Dumnonia museum’s gallery, and one common opinion is that it’s modeled after King Claudin. The form of this gallant king attracts the eye of onlookers.


Division of the Royal Family
King Claudin became the first ruler of the Asgard Dynasty, but after his death a quarrel for the throne broke out among his descendants. From this division the Hyland Kingdom and Rolance Empire were eventually formed after several hundred years. About two hundred years have passed since the two nations were established, and while they continue to share a common language and culture, their environments and the people’s ways of thinking are noticeably different.


Caption: The differences in climate and natural features affect the livelihood and economics of the populace. As a result, conflicts have arisen in the continuous search for wealth and prosperity.


A History of Confrontation

Since their founding two hundred years ago, Hyland and Rolance have continued to meet in armed conflict. Glaivend Basin, an area situated between the two countries, has served as their battlefield time and time again, and several other areas that touch their borders, like Camlann, have suffered the ravages of war. In addition, Rolance’s Lohgrin area sits on the border to the northern country and has a history of being invaded. Such political instability has affected the domestic affairs in each country and resulted in many power struggles among the royal families and bureaucracy.


Caption: Boasting of their military prowess, these two countries clash and give birth to tragedies of war and malevolence.


Hyland’s Royal Army: Soldiers wear blue armor with the likeness of a lake on the chest. Senior knights have their helmets embellished with a decorative strap.


Rolance’s Imperial Army: The knights’ coat of arms features a symbol resembling a dragon’s wings. The entire army wears red uniforms.

Coat of Arms of the Imperial Knights
Coat of Arms of the Hyland Royal Family
Coat of Arms of the Rolance Imperial Family
Translated by Jay