The Small Kingdoms is a region within the Four Corners of Civilization.


The Small Kingdoms border the Aturan Empire, Modeg, Vintas, and the Centhe Sea, with a smaller section next to the Stormwal Mountains, and another south of Vintas. It has only one island, which contains the city of Junpui. In Junpui they have harsh punishments for law-breaking, including decrepication - or throwing someone into a fire - for forging documents. [1] “Only priests and fools” expect the roads in the Small Kingdoms to be safe. [2]

It's unspecified whether the Small Kingdoms itself is a nation, or simply a collection of sovereign states that are referred to cohesively for the sake of simplicity. According to Arwyl, people in the Small Kingdoms drink Bredon beer when they're pregnant, brewed with flower pollen, fish oil, and cherry stones. It likely that Yll is considered to belong with this conglomeration. [3]

In the Chronicles

Kvothe spent a short amount of time stranded in Junpui while on his way to Severen, where he begged for crusts, stole a man's shoes, and recited poetry.

Vashet spent four years as a captain and bodyguard to a "poet king" in the Small Kingdoms.

Caudicus claimed that a large portion of the land which is now the Small Kingdoms was once ruled by the Lackless family.


  1. The Name of the Wind, Chapter 30, "The Broken Binding"
  2. The Wise Man's Fear, Chapter 52, "A Brief Journey"
  3. The Wise Man's Fear, Chapter 6, "Love"