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Temerant is the world where the events of The Kingkiller Chronicle take place.


The entire geographical extent of Temerant is unknown; most of the known part is occupied by a very large peninsula extending west from the Stormwal Mountains. It is mentioned that the world stretches past these mountains into a region whose geography is mainly unknown but that includes at least the Tahl Forest and a large desert, mentioned by a girl when Skarpi is telling his stories.

The territory of the known part is split into several nations, including:

  • The Four Corners of Civilization, which represent the civilized world, and within which are located the following:
    • The Commonwealth, located in the southwest.
    • The country of Ceald, located in the northwest.
    • The country of Modeg, located in the northeast.
    • The country of Vintas, located in the southeast.
    • The Aturan Empire, located mainly in the middle of the Four Corners, between Ceald and the Commonwealth to the west and Modeg and the Small Kingdoms to the east.
    • The Small Kingdoms, located south of the Aturan Empire and west of Vintas.
    • The country of Yll, which shares an island with the Commonwealth, south of the mainland.
  • Ademre: A land located in the foothills of the Stormwal Mountains, northeast of Modeg.

Coexisting alongside the mortal world is the realm of The Fae, a parallel universe inhabited largely by supernatural creatures.


A great variety of species inhabits Temerant, including:

  • Humans/Mortals: The main species in Temerant.
  • Draccus: A species of large herbivorous reptilian creatures, known for their ability to breathe fire.
  • Scrael: A species of spider-like creatures considered demons by the commonfolk.
  • Angels: A race of supernatural beings who serve under Aleph in bringing justice to the mortal world, and who protect and guide human beings.
  • Skin dancers: A race of Fae creatures that can possess and control the bodies of living organisms.
  • Sipquicks/flits: A species of small, pretty nectar-feeding birds.
  • Cats: A small, usually furry, domesticated and carnivorous mammal.
  • Dogs: A small, usually furry/hairy, domesticated and carnivorous mammal.
  • Rats: A small furry rodent.
  • Demons: A catch-all term for any non-human creatures for which the average human has no frame of reference.


Main article: Magic

According to an interview with the author, there are at least eight types of magic in the world of Temerant: six of which were mentioned in the books, one which had only got a whisper of a mention, and an eight not shown yet.[1]

The six types of magic already described can be separated into two predominant types of apparent magic:

  • Arcanist's arts: Arts practiced by arcanists and students of the University.
    • Alchemy: an art that uses chemistry-like principles to concoct potions which can produce any manner of results
    • Sympathy and sygaldry: an art that uses strength of will (in the case of sympathy) and the application of runes (in the case of sygaldry) to usurp the laws of physics and manipulate energy
    • Naming: an art that invokes a True Name, typically of an elemental substance such as wind or rock, to command the named thing to behave as one wills
  • Fae magic: Magic wielded by Fae creatures.
    • Glammourie: a type of Faen magic that is the art of making something seem.
    • Grammarie: a type of Faen magic that is the craft of making things be.

There are several theories concerning the seventh type of magic (which, according to the author Patrick Rothfuss, "gets a whisper of a mention"), but the two main ones assume it's either related to Knacks (as in the story Ben tells of a child who grew enormous vegetables in his garden; or of the Ruh in Kvothe's troupe who always rolled 7 in dice, even when just bumping into a table) or to Yllish Knots (the knots used by Yllish people analogous to writing, which Denna learns and braids her hair in, and some fans theorize is the "written magic" theory she discusses on the Eolian with Kvothe and his friends).


  1. Patrick Rothfuss Blog. A Different Sort of Interview (May 17, 2012)

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