Less is known of the early history of Femphrey than of its northern neighbour, Gallantaria. The earliest recorded event in the lands that would later become Femphrey is the crossing of the Siltbed River on Fireday 27th of Freeze, 402OT, by Urdulph Pathfinder.[1] Since this event occurred before the Splitting of Irritaria (see Titan's Timeline), the Old World, never mind Femphrey, was not yet in existence and the geography of the region was doubtless considerably different from what it was in more recent times.

Femphrey is first mentioned in the history of the Old World after the formation of the kingdom of Gallantaria and the establishment of its capital, Royal Lendle, in 1498OT. During the reign of Gallantaria's first king, Regulus the Unifier, emissaries arrived in Royal Lendle from Femphrey.[2] How relationships between the two countries developed is unclear until the time of the War of the Four Kingdoms (175-177AC).

Although the War of the Four Kingdoms started as a conflict between Gallantaria and Brice, other neighbouring nations, including Femphrey, soon became involved. The reasons for Femphrey's involvement are not known, but it is possible that there were already tensions between Femphrey and its powerful northern neighbour, Gallantaria, and that the War provided an opportunity for old scores to be settled - Femphrey and Gallantaria were on opposite sides in the Battle of Mallagash, for example.[3]

Femphrey's involvement in Karam Gruul's trial.[4]

In the years following the War, Femphrey fell on hard times. The land was poor, the people glum, and its capital, Femnis, "was rapidly crumbling around the ears of the king and its poverty-stricken merchants".[5] The causes of this economic depression are unknown, but it may be connected with Femphrey's involvement in the War of the Four Kingdoms.[6]

This bleak situation changed when King Chalanna found the wondrous Crown of Kings (in the early 260s AC). This magical artefact blessed Chalanna with wisdom and charisma, gifts which helped him to revitalise his country and his people.

In recent times it appears that peace in Femphrey has been disturbed.[7] A sudden change in the weather in Femphrey has brought a terrible mix of devastating storms, blizzards, floods and droughts. The source of this meteorological meltdown is as yet unknown (although it is believed by some to be the work of a weather-mage who seeks to hold the kingdom to ransom), but it threatens the very existence of Femphrey unless something is done to stop it.[8]


Throughout its recorded history, Femphrey has been ruled by a king and is typically described as a kingdom.[9] In Sorcery! however, Femphrey is described as "the largest empire in the eastern world" and Chalanna is described as its Emperor.[10] Whether this represents a real change in the status (or, perhaps more importantly, the self-image) of Femphrey under Chalanna is unknown.


The people of Femphrey are described as being "ruddy, brown-skinned folk who always seem to be laughing and smiling with the joys of life".[11]

People from Femphrey include:


Femphrey is described as a "flat, fertile country of grassy plains crossed by many rivers and sprinkled with small clumps of old woodland".[12] Only in the north, where it borders Gallantaria, is there mountainous land, including the southern edge of the Witchtooth Line. On its western side, Femphrey is bordered by the mysterious Eelsea.

Places in Femphrey include:


A major trade route in the Old World passes through Femphrey. This trade route, which runs from Pollua in Lendleland to the south to Royal Lendle in Gallantaria in the north, passes through Chalannabrad and Crystal City, and is a major conduit for trade in glowstones, minerals, spices, cloth and leather goods.[13]

Another mainstay of the Femphreyan economy is likely fishing, given the wide sweep of the Eelsea which forms Femphrey's western coast. Ships from Femphrey sail out into the Eelsea from the country's impressive docklands, and every boat and ship which sets out, fishing boats included, have a fully qualified naval sorcerer on board to guard against the many dangerous creatures of these waters (including Great Eels, Serpents, Sea Dragons, Bullwhales and Decapi).[14] One of the many bones of contention between Femphrey and its neighbour, Lendleland, is that the fishing grounds off the coast of Lendleland are poorer than those of Femphrey in the Eelsea.[15]

It is clear that the land and climate of Femphrey are suited to the growing of vines and the production of wine, since there is a mention of Femphreyan Port, which suggests that viticulture is well developed there.[16]

Sorcery!: Background

FF44: Background, 3, 120, (132), 227, 287, 310; Guignol: 29, 62, 80, 109, 185, 271, 329, 385

FF48: Background

Titan (LF): 18, 19, 20, 21, 37, 44, 106, (107), 123, 125

See AlsoEdit


  1. The Fighting Fantasy 10th Anniversary Yearbook - 36
  2. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 37
  3. Legend of the Shadow Warriors - 227
  4. Moonrunner - 99
  5. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 19/??
  6. Non-canon
  7. At least, it is assumed that this event occurs in the "present day" in Femphrey
  8. Stormslayer and Fighting Fantasy Relaunch; Interview with Jonathan Green at the Internet Archive record of; Letter from Jonathan Green at AMYLASE
  9. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 19, 44; Legend of the Shadow Warriors - Background
  10. The Shamutanti Hills - The Legend of the Crown of Kings
  11. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 19/??
  12. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 19/??
  13. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 123/??
  14. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 19/??
  15. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 20/??
  16. Template:Bloodbones - 257

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