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Lancre (pronounced Lank-rer) is a fictional country from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. It is situated in the Ramtop mountains, about 500 miles Hubwards of the city of Ankh-Morpork. It is the best-known of hundreds of tiny countries in the Ramtops, occupying a vertiginous shelf looking over the Sto Plains. For a definition of the word badass, see the Wiktionary entry badass. ... Map of the Land of Oz, the fictional country in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Map of the fictional island of Sodor used in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories Fictitious countries used in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four A guidebook produced about the fictional country Molvanîa... Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is a British fantasy and science fiction author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... The Ramtops are a fictional mountain range appearing in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... In Terry Pratchetts Discworld, Sto Plains is a rich country, full of silt and cabbage fields. ...


Lancre is based mainly on the North of England (as in Lanc(ashi)re - which was the home of the Pendle Witches), but is reminiscent of many rural areas in Britain and elsewhere, although its resemblance to windswept, hilly, northern regions is the most obvious (the only piece of flat, level ground in Lancre is in a museum). It also contains elements of the Swiss Alps and the Appalachian Mountains. Pratchett has described the tiny country as "solid folklore"; it is the place all the legends of our world's countryside really happened. Ankh-Morpork serves a similar function for urban folklore, but not as blatantly. Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Satellite image of Switzerland The Swiss Alps are the central portion of the Alps mountain range that lies within Switzerland, because of their central position they are also known as Central Alps. ... The Appalachian Mountains are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Mythology (disambiguation). ...


Part of the reason for this is that the Ramtops are a major earthing point for the Discworld's magical field. Headless horsemen and walking trees are part of the landscape, as are witches. Lancre is famous for witches, especially since the publication of The Joye of Snackes (an erotic cookbook) by "A Lancre Witch" (Nanny Ogg). Lancre is also the gateway into the "parasite universe" of the elves. The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involves the witches of Lancre. ... Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... A parasite universe in Terry Pratchetts Discworld is a universes cut off from the past and future. ... In Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels elves are extradimensional inhuman monsters. ...


The other thing Lancre is famous for is young people going off and seeking their fortunes (usually in Ankh-Morpork).


Geography

See also: Discworld magic The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ...


Although most maps show Lancre to measure roughly 40 miles by 10 miles in size, its true area remains unknown -- partly because of its mountainous terrain and the fact that it borders on the Ramtops, but also due to the warping effect of high level of background magic. Owing to this background magic, geography in certain areas of Lancre can take on additional properties that exist either outside, or in addition to, the conventional geographic dimensions.


Such areas include the Lancre Moors, where reality can become folded into deep troughs and ridges known as Gnarly ground. This can create the illusion that two points in space are adjacent, when in reality they are several miles apart, or vice versa. The effect, as mentioned in The Discworld Companion is that Lancre contains more landscape than a kingdom of its apparent size should be able to contain. (A similar magical effect occurs in the Unseen University Library, which has a diameter of 100 yards, but an infinite radius.) The Discworld Companion is an encyclopedia to all things Discworldian, created by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. ... Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ...


"Gnarly Ground" can be detected by those with magical senses, or those with keen eyesight who observe how clouds and shadows appear to fracture as they pass across it. Flying over such areas is not for the faint-hearted and walking across it can be fraught with peril for the unwary.


Similarly, Lancre contains areas where the landscape echoes the state of mind of those who pass through it, leading confident travellers to find babbling brooks while, in the same place at the same time, disheartened travellers find deep valleys and raging mountain torrents.


Though it is not clear if the phenomenon is related to background magic, Lancre also serves as the physical location for (possibly two) independent gateways to a "parasite universe" inhabited by Elves. A parasite universe in Terry Pratchetts Discworld is a universes cut off from the past and future. ... In Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels elves are extradimensional inhuman monsters. ...


In times past, Elven incursions were common. Both gateways have been sealed from the Lancre side by standing stones made from thunderbolt iron, a form of meteoric ore which is one of the few sources of magnetism on the Disc; humans, but not Elves (except in exceptional circumstances), may pass through them. Photo of a burst of meteors with extended exposure time A meteor is the visible path of a meteoroid that enters the Earths (or another bodys) atmosphere, commonly called a shooting star or falling star. ...


The capital "city" of Lancre is Lancre Town, by dint of being slightly bigger than the other villages, and containing Lancre Castle. Due to Elven incursions, Lancre Castle was built to an exaggerated scale in order to accommodate fleeing citizens.


Bad Ass is the home of Granny Weatherwax. It got its name when a donkey, carrying the supplies of a group of settlers, stopped on a ford and refused to move, forcing them to build their town there. This is possibly a reference to the founding of Amsterdam, which according to legend was on the spot that two fishermen's seasick dog vomited upon reaching land. The city's coat of arms incorporates the image of two fishermen and a seasick dog. The valley occupied by Bad Ass overlooks a panorama of lesser mountains and foothills. From there, you can see to the edge of the world. In the long winter snows, the roads out of the village are lined with boards to reduce drifting and to stop travellers from straying. A narrow bridge over a stream leads to the village smithy, birthplace of Eskarina Smith. Esmerelda Esme Weatherwax (usually called Granny Weatherwax) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... This article contains brief biographies for characters from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


Government

The current king of Lancre is Verence II. Most people, himself included, believe he is the illegitimate son of Verence I. Verence II of Lancre is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


In fact, the baby who was believed to be the legitimate heir to King Verence I was removed from Lancre Castle after the usurper, King Leonal Felmet, killed King Verence. (We never learn what happened to the Queen.) The baby prince was put into the care of strolling players, returned to Lancre as an adult and was hailed as King Tomjon; he abdicated immediately in favour of his half-brother Verence.


King Verence II is therefore believed to be an illegitimate son of Verence I and the wife of the man who was then the castle Fool. (However, there is a strong suggestion that King Tomjon is actually the illegitimate son of the former Queen and the castle Fool. [He was accepted as being the legitimate heir but the midwife who delivered him was a good listener.] His half-brother Verence is the legitimate son of the same castle fool and his wife.)


King Verence II is married to Queen Magrat (née Garlick), a former witch. They have a daughter, Princess Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre. A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involve the witches of Lancre. ...


Technically, Lancre is a constitutional monarchy. Verence II has set up a Parliament, but most Lancrastians view this as a way of getting them to do his work for him and aren't having any of it. However the populace do consider themselves as having a say in running the country, as they spend their entire day working with large, heavy and often sharp objects. To quote a prominent local political commentator, "Some lessons is so obvious they don't need to be learnt." Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A constitutional monarchy or limited monarchy is a form of government established under a constitutional system which acknowledges an elected or hereditary monarch as head of state, as opposed to an absolute monarchy, where the monarch is not... The House of Representatives Chamber of the Parliament of Australia in Canberra. ... Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


Regicide is a common and accepted method of becoming king. Known monarchs of Lancre include:

  • King Verence II - (appears in various Discworld novels, esp. Wyrd Sisters)
  • King Tomjon (abdicates immediately, appears in Wyrd Sisters)
  • King Leonal Felmet (appears in Wyrd Sisters)
  • King Verence I (appears in Wyrd Sisters)
  • King Thargum (mentioned in Wyrd Sisters)
  • King Gruneweld (mentioned in Wyrd Sisters)
  • Queen Griminir the Impaler (1514-1553, 1553-1557, 1557-1562, 1562-1567, 1568-1573, (a vampire) mentioned in Wyrd Sisters, Carpe Jugulum)
  • King Champot (ruled 1000 years prior to present, had Lancre Castle built, his ghost appears in Wyrd Sisters)
  • King Gruneberry the Good (906-967, mentioned in Wyrd Sisters)
  • King Murune (709-745, mentioned in Wyrd Sisters)
  • Queen Bemery (670-722, mentioned in Wyrd Sisters)
  • King Ye Gods He's Heavy I (Dates unknown, mentioned in Carpe Jugulum; victim of Lancre's peculiarly strict naming customs, which dictate that a child's name must be that spoken by the officiating priest, whatever it is he may actually have said. Interestingly, the numeral after his name suggests that there may have been a King Ye Gods He's Heavy II)
  • Queen Ynci - Spiky-armour-clad barbarian queen of Lancre from deep in the mists of the nation's history. She is also entirely fictional, but with her picture on the wall and her spiky suit of armour on display, the fact that she never actually existed is only a minor impediment to her being considered as real as any other character from the Discworld past.

The Lancre coat of arms shows two bears on a black and gold shield. This article is about the novel. ...


Facts about the country

  • Population: 500.
  • Language: Morporkian, a common language throughout the Discworld, that, by a curious coincidence, happens to be very similar to modern English. Dwarfish and Troll are presumably spoken in the high mountain areas.
  • Religion: Nothing in particular. The population is very keen on the idea of religious ceremonies (for births, weddings etc.), but few of them really believe in anything they can't see. Of course, in the Ramtops, you can see a lot of gods, but seldom in situations that encourage worship. They do however have firm opinions on what religion should sound like, which is pretty much like a Latin Roman Catholic service, and firmly believe that religious songs should have good tunes and titles like 'Light the Good Light' and 'Raise Me to the Skies' and 'Om Shall Trample the Ungodly'.
  • Climate: Runs to what outsiders would probably call "extremes" and what one local authority calls "hot sumer and brass monkey winters" [sic]. Winter features the "lazy wind" which doesn't bother to blow around people, it blows straight through them instead.
  • Currency: The Lancre Penny, worth 1/100 of an Ankh-Morpork dollar. The penny weighs more than an ounce, making it fairly useless as small change, but since money is merely a universally accepted IOU, and since there are few enough Lancrastians to ensure that everyone knows who owes what to whom, or at least knows enough to ensure plenty of entertaining arguments and disagreements to keep the populace occupied, the nation as a whole seems to get on fairly well without it.
  • Public holidays: Hogswatchnight (the Disc's combined New Year and Christmas), May Day, The Seven Year Flitch, Soul Cake Days, The Scouring of the Long Man, Marling Day, The Ramtops Witch Trials (a magical competition).

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Heroes of the Gem - Lancre (677 words)
A late comer to the Heroes, Brother Lancre was appointed to proceed on the Quest of the Gem for largely political reasons, at the insistance of the Church of Mordant.
When Lancre was given rulership of one of the five Cantons of Slumber, he quickly established a haven for fellow Mordants to come and practice their religion, and Mordants did indeed come from far and wide, even as far as Lochnirr on the Isle of Onlor.
Although Lancre cannot claim title to Highest Brother of the Church of Mordant, he is certainly one of the more accomplished and respected Brothers and his deeds on the Quest of the Gem merely add to his stature.
Lancre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1156 words)
Lancre (pronounced Lanker) is a fictional country from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.
Lancre is based mainly on the North of England (as in Lanc(ashi)re), but is reminiscent of many rural areas in Britain and elsewhere, although its resemblance to windswept, hilly, northern regions is the most obvious (the only piece of flat, level ground in Lancre is in a museum).
Both gateways have been sealed from the Lancre side by standing stones made from thunderbolt iron, a form of meteoric ore which is one of the few sources of magnetism on the Disc; humans, but not Elves (except in exceptional circumstances), may pass through them.
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