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Fillory is the magical world created by Ember and Umber, as well as the setting of the Fillory and Further series by Christopher Plover. The name Fillory is used to describe both the land mass and one of the sovereign states, the other being Loria. Fillory hosts the Wellspring, the source of all magic, and serves as the prison for the beast created by the Old Gods.

History

To be added

Overview

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Map of Fillory

The continent is surrounded by many islands and the world’s air contains 0.02% opium, Fillory is populated with, among other things, talking animals such as horses and elephants, although the non-talking kind also exist. There are also magical beasts, such as pegasi, and a number of Unique Beasts. Other magical beings who live there are nymphs like dryads or naiads, and satyrs. Its gods are the twin rams, Ember and Umber. Now the Fillorians are worshiping a new goddess named Our Lady of the Tree, that have regrew the Sentient Tree Forest

Government

Fillory is governed by a tetrarchical system, with the head of government being the High King, but when all are filled, it has two kings and two queens, of which one is High King. These thrones cannot be occupied by someone from Fillory and requires a "Child of Earth" to take up the crown.

Fillory is a land of abundance and as such, its monetary system is mostly symbolic. Anything that looks like it might be money seems to be accepted, be it gold or plastic game coins.


The kingdom of Fillory is governed by four Children of Earth: two males and two females. Of those four, one is named High King and one is named High Queen. They both have more weight in decision-making, but ultimately, it is the High King that has the final word when a decision is not unanimous. The book gives no explanation on the coronation, but in the TV show, to be crowned, the Children of Earth have to cross the Rainbow Bridge—a wooden bridge covered by thousands of flowers blooming in a rainbow pattern —and on other side, a knight waits for them to challenge the future High King to a trivia. The purpose of the challenge is to prove that the future kings and queens are not Fillorian, as only a Child of Earth would know the answer. It consists mostly of trivia on TV shows, actors and other mass media knowledge. [1]When the test is passed, the High King is crowned and will then choose his High Queen and two people to help him with his tasks.

Fillorian Monarchy TImeline

Before the Hanson reign, no Fillorian had ever sat on the throne to rule. It is only when Hanson gave temporary power to Lady Fen, before leaving on a quest to get magic back, that Lady Fen became the first Fillorian to sit on a throne while a Child of Earth was still in charge.[2]

TV Differences

  • In the show, instead of rams, the Fillorian gods are satyrs (or fauns, in Roman mythology), half-goat half-man.
  • In the show, the Clock Barrens, a landmark from the book series that features a large meadow with clockwork in its soil, is renamed to the Cock Barrens, due to large landmasses that resemble a male's phallus.
  • In the book series, Fillory is carried by a chain of increasingly large turtles, and beneath each one is yet another: it is "turtles all the way down".

The world Fillory is situated on is a disk, and as such has an edge. On the other side of the disk is another version of the land, though it exists in a darker environment. Fillory, presumably both world and nation, cannot exist without magic. Once the High King is married, he cannot leave Fillory or be with anybody else; he is forever bound to his spouse and the world. However either by Ember's whim or the loss of magic this contract as Eliot said is void.

Trivia

  • In the TV series the air in Fillory is composed of 0.02 percent opium [3].
  • The official The Magicians fandom name is Fillorians[4].

References