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KoroviaŠ is a fictional kingdom created by Charles Moffat in Spring 1999 and used in a variety of books, short stories and fables within the same setting. It is an ancient kingdom with a pseudo-Transylvanian/Slavic culture, blending Slavic folklore with Tolkien-esque fantasy. Humans make up the majority of the populace, but dwarves, elves, gnomes, habs and minotaurs also make up large parts of the civilized regions.

Much of Korovia is untouched wilderness where only beasts and monsters roam, including the Troll Lands - a mountainous region geographically situated between the Holy City of Kost and the port city of Weyvin. Many of the mountainous regions within Korovia similarly have monsters of their own, but the Troll Lands are especially dangerous as mountain trolls are big horned monsters that regenerate unless injured with fire or acid. Only the truly brave venture into the Troll Lands.

For millennia the land of Korovia has been under an ancient curse that placed it in a perpetual Ice Age where other lands flourished. This curse makes Korovia an ideal location for fantasy monsters to run amok while the good people of Korovia struggled under climatic hardships. Worse, every few millenia Korovia has also struggled in the face demonic invasions from the Abyss. The demons are seeking a secret untapped power that lies hidden within the ground itself, and thus Korovia is under constant threat of demonic invasion.

Common Races of Korovia

  • Dwarves
  • Elves
  • Gnomes
  • Habs (Halflings)
  • Humans
  • Minotaurs

    Korovian Lore

  • Calendar and Astronomy
  • Cities, A to K
  • Cities, L to S
  • Cities, T to Z
  • Cosmology of Gods
  • Culture / Economics
  • Geography / Maps
  • Guilds / Secret Societies
  • Heraldry
  • Monsters
  • Timeline

    The World of Aoerth

    Korovia is not the only kingdom within the world of Aoerth, and after 20 years of telling stories set within the world Moffat has expanded the world to a full-size planet, with a variety of regions and cultures to draw upon for their storytelling potential. See also:

  • Al-Kazar
  • The Azagolian Empire
  • Basikvia
  • Habbeland
  • The Horselands
  • Lavordia
  • Loqland
  • Quinias
  • Stilornvia
  • The Wild Lands
  • Zangolia
  • Zipteklund

    Map of Aoerth

    Korovia, a Free License Fantasy Setting

    From February 2012 to June 2018, Moffat opened up Korovia as a free license fantasy setting in an effort to attract other fantasy authors to writing in a shared fantasy setting. Normally the creators of shared fantasy worlds jealously guard their copyright. Examples of such shared fantasy settings are: Forgotten Realms (created by Ed Greenwood), Dragonlance (created by Laura and Tracy Hickman), Ravenloft, and other settings owned by WoTC. The settings of Middle-Earth (created by J. R. R. Tolkien), Star Trek (created by Gene Roddenberry) and the Star Wars (created by George Lucas) setting would also be considered shared settings, although they are strictly controlled by their owners.

    The benefits of being a shared fantasy setting was that different authors could write whatever they wanted within the setting, self-publish on Kindle or Kobo, and reap all the profits individually - all while using the same brand name (Korovia) to promote their work within the setting. As such it allowed people to publish in a generic Tolkien-esque fantasy setting (with a Slavic twist), but without having to beg Christopher Tolkien or Wizards of the Coast (WoTC) to publish their work.

    Benefits for Participating Authors include:

  • Extra exposure for their short stories / ebooks set in Korovia.
  • Feedback from other authors involved in Korovia / fans of the world.
  • Retaining all digital profits from self-publishing any stories or ebooks.

    In July 2018 Moffat abandoned his attempts to expand the number of authors contributing to the world of Korovia and to instead focus his efforts on his own storytelling efforts, which had shifted towards writing more fables and less short stories. With the fables still being in the setting of Korovia, he could draw upon 19 years of world building to create stories in any part of Korovia / Aoerth he wants.

    This doesn't mean Moffat is now against the idea of other authors writing in his creation, simply that his efforts have shifted and he now wishes to focus more on his own writing.

    Moffat's recent efforts, in addition to writing fables, has been to take older written pieces (short stories, novellas, etc) and adapt them to the setting. This will allow him to finally publish older stories like his novella "Bloodstained Tears" and similar works by simply changing the setting to Korovia and updating the names/descriptions of places and characters to match the setting.

    With his efforts refocused on creating new fables and new stories, as well as editing/publishing older works, Moffat hopes to publish many more works set within the kingdom of Korovia and the world of Aoerth.

    Fables set in Korovia

    × The Fable of Sir Fartsalot
    × The Fable of the Boring Dwarf
    × The Fable of the Graverobber and the Cursed Cutlass
    × The Fable of the Ice Mephit
    × The Fable of the Incubus of Izhamet
    × The Fables of the Jackalope
    × The Fable of the Sibilant Snake
    × The Fable of the Wolfkin
    × The Imp's Arrow
    × The Princess and the Foxalope
    × The Turkey Vulture's Tale

    Myths set in Korovia

    × The Korovian Creation Myth
    × The Myth of the Dark Eclipse

    Short Stories set in Korovia

    × Black Monoliths of Al-Kazar (Wulfric the Wanderer, Also available on Kobo.)
    × Shifting Shadows in Iztark (Wulfric the Wanderer, Not Available Yet)
    × The Black Rose (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)
    × Rise of the Red Moon (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)
    × The Baby & the Village (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)
    × One to be Reckoned With (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)
    × The Night of the Dead (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)
    × On Death's Door (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)
    × The Emissary of Darkness (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)
    × The Astral Plane (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)
    × Out for Blood (The Lilith Bloodstone Series)

    See the anthologies section below for short stories that have been grouped into anthologies for sale. Some stories (eg. Shifting Shadows in Iztark) are not available yet, because they are waiting to be published elsewhere.

    Anthologies set in Korovia

    × Lilith Bloodstone Book I - The Black Rose (Also available on Kobo.)
    × Lilith Bloodstone Book II - On Death's Door (Also available on Kobo.)
    × Lilith Bloodstone Book III - The Astral Plane (Also available on Kobo.)

    Novellas set in Korovia

    × Brutus & Avianna (Also available on Kobo.)
    × The Assassin's Trail (Also available on Kobo.)
    × The Demon's Pawn (Also available on Kobo.)
    × Through Fire and Death - By S. M. Martins, the only author thus far to receive Moffat's approval to publish a book set in Korovia.

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