Homelands (Fables)

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The Homelands are the mythical lands from fairy tales, folklore, and nursery rhymes in the comic book series Fables.[1] The majority of those listed have been conquered by the mysterious Adversary, as he has conquered most of the European Fable lands. This is a list of the Homelands that have been directly referenced in Fables and its spin-offs Jack of Fables, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, Cinderella: Fables are Forever and Fairest.

Major Lands[edit]

  • Toscane[2] - Also known as the Imperial Homeworld.[3] This world is Italian in nature, which can be seen in the Roman styles of architecture of Calabri Anagni, the capital city of the Empire.[3] This world is home to several Italian Fables; the Adversary[3] and the characters from the tale of Pinnochio. Formerly the home Sacred grove,[3] now located in the Kingdom of Haven.[4] When translated into Latin, Calabri refers to the Boot heel-shaped peninsula in Italy and Anagni refers to the ancient town in central Italy.
  • The Kingdom of the Great Lion - A reference be Narnia,[5] it was another land that was conquered early on.[6] Due to the Chronicles of Narnia currently being protected by copyright, the kingdom may never be officially named. The first chapter of "War And Pieces" is called "The Voyage Of The Sky Treader",[7] which may be a reference to The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (the 5th book in the "Narnia" series, using the internal chronology). In Fables 137 (Camelot, Part Six), Winter refers to a book her mother reads to her and her siblings all the time, about a land where there is always winter, but never Christmas;[8] this is a reference to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • Middle-Earth – A flashback in the Legends in Exile story arc shows short slaves (Hobbits) being whipped by goblins (orcs). Yet another land conquered by the Adversary.[6]
  • Lilliput - From Gulliver's Travels; it is not known if the island of Lilliput is conquered by the Adversary, but the first party that came from Lilliput is now living in Smalltown of Fabletown's upstate Farm annex.[9]
  • Bornegascar and Madagao - From Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce,[10] the rival kings managed to escape and died side by side in The Last Castle.[11]
  • The Kingdom of the North Wind - Also referred to as "the North".[12] The lands of the North Wind were not taken, as the Adversary’s minions "knew to leave him alone".[13] Foggytown is located in the Kingdom of the North Wind.[14]
  • Dunhill, Viss, Haven, and Lamien - The home of Lumi, the Snow Queen.[19] These were not conquered, as Lumi made a deal in which she would use her powers in the Adversary's service, if he would spare her world.[20]
  • The Cloud Kingdoms - From Jack and the Beanstalk, the Cloud Kingdoms exist in their own interdimensional way, being a world of their own but at the same time existing over all of the other worlds.[27]
  • The Indu - A fabled version of India, and home to Mowgli, Shere Khan, Bagheera, Baloo and others from The Jungle Book. As the last remaining member of the Raj, the current Viceroy is Lord Mountbatten, a Clockwork Tiger crafted as a gift to Lord Viceroy Lovejoy by the craftsmen of Maharaja Sindu Baba Singh. The Indu might not be the home to Fables of Indian origin but rather those who are born from the British view on India, thus explaining why it was conquered alongside the European worlds instead of the Oriental worlds.[28]
  • The Golden Realm - Also known as The West. It was ruled by the King to the West, the father of the prince from the fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red. The Golden Realm borders on the Silver Realm and The North. The Magical Forest from Snow White and Rose Red and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves lies in between all three realms.[29]
  • The Silver Realm - Also known as The East. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It was ruled by the Evil Queen after her husband, the King to the East, died.[29]
  • The North - The Lands of Prince Charming, ruled by his father, the King to the North.[29] Prince Charming's lands were confirmed as taken in the Legends in Exile story arc.[30] Whether or not the Adversary conquered the Dwarf Kingdom underneath[26] is unknown. However, no dwarves seem to be living in Fabletown, The Farm or even The Golden Boughs Retirement Village. Furthermore, Dwarf Kingdom was not even mentioned during war preparations.
  • Landfall - A science fiction-like world with advanced technology and space travel. Apparently, Landfall was not conquered by the Adversary. "Jack Frost Two" spent time there during his career as a hero-for hire. The capital city is also called Landfall.[31]
  • Erin - The mythical version of Ireland.[15] The name Erin deriving from the Irish name for Ireland “Éirinn".
  • The Land of Ev - Bufkin ends up here after climbing the Fabletown Business Office's tree. Ev, like Oz, was conquered by the former Adversary, and is now ruled by the Nome King as part of his Pan-Ozian Empire. While sitting in one of Ev's native Lunch Box Trees, Bufking accidentally saves Bungle the Glass Cat, Jack Pumpkinhead and The Sawhorse from a couple of "Rumbe Tumble Tom's".[33]
  • Far Mattagonia[37] - Also known as Toyland,[37] Madland[37] and the Wondrous Shore.[38] A land of discarded toys, the Discardia.[38] Because the land is inhabited by toys from the mundane world,[39] it is possible that Toyland is not actually part of the Homelands, but part of another, alternate reality.
  • The Kingdom of a Thousand Hills - A homeworld of African origin. One of the many worlds that Rapunzel visited while searching for her lost children.[42]

Places[edit]

  • The Black Forest - Located in the Hesse and former home to Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and a whole array of malign spirits, ogres and bogeymen. It is not known whether the Forest itself was taken over by the Empire, because the Hessians themselves do not dare to enter it. The rest of the Hesse, on the contrary, was indeed conquered. In Peter and Max: A Fables Novel, it is revealed that the Adversary's troops did enter the Black Forests on numerous occasions (to try to hunt The Big Bad Wolf, as well as to travel to Hamelin).[15]
  • Camelot - Appears in flashbacks in the story arc The Good Prince. According to the ghost of Sir Lancelot, the legend of Camelot and its fabled King Arthur set the standard of "true chivalry" for all of christendom and its legend touched much of the pagan worlds beyond. Lancelot's betrayal would eventually lead to Camelot's downfall.[49]
  • The Kingdom of Haven - The home of Flycatcher, they were shown being taken in 1001 Nights of Snowfall.[26] Recently, he has returned there with his new army of ghosts and has set it up as a place of refuge for anyone wishing to escape the Adversary's control. He has become a consistent thorn in the Adversary's side, having defeated much of the Adversary's forces, including turning all of the Empire's wooden soldiers into a new enchanted grove, taking out the Empire's best fighters.
  • The Lands of Beauty and the Beast - These are assumed taken because Beast refers to their lands as "forever lost in the Homelands", in the Legends in Exile story arc.[30]
  • The Lands of King Noble - From the Reynard stories, these were shown as captured in 1001 Nights of Snowfall. Reynard helped most of the animals escape the invading forces.[26]
  • Red City - Mentioned by the Snow Queen. Red City Plague originates from this City.[51] Red City Plague might possibly allude to Edgar Allan Poe's Masque of the Red Death.
  • Bald Mountain - From Modest Mussorgsky's play. Directly mentioned in Jack of Fables. It is home to Chernobog, one of the Devils Jack made a deal with to prolong his life.[52]
  • The lands of the "civilized apes" - Appear in flashbacks in the Jack of Fables story Jack 'n' Apes. These lands were conquered by the Adversary's forces.[54]
  • The Hundred Acre Wood - In the Jack of Fables story Jack 'n' Apes, a character looking remarkably similar to Winnie the Pooh (but drawn slightly differently, as Winnie the Pooh is currently under copyright) can be seen in flashbacks from the Homelands, barbecuing marshmallows with the sock monkey Saunders in what appears to be the Hundred Acre Wood. They were described as living in "blissful simplicity".[54] Interestingly, in the works of author A. A. Milne, Sanders is the name of the person who resided at Pooh's home prior to Pooh making it his house,[55] and Winnie the Pooh and several other characters from the books were based on the stuffed toys of Milne's son. Saunders and his friends were driven from their homes when the Adversary invaded, and Saunders ended up in Africa in the mundane world, along with the rest of the "civilized apes" that Jack Horner claims to have met.[54] Winnie the Pooh and Piglet apparently made it to the Farm. Both make an obscure appearance in Fables: In part five of the Animal Farm story arc, when the foiled revolution threatens to flare up again, Pooh and Piglet appears in two panels, from a distance when Boy Blue tells everyone to move back, and then from behind in the following panel.[56]
  • The Great Wiggly River - The river in the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog. Mentioned by Ollikandar Strikeswift, brother of the scorpion in the story, during Mr. Brump the Goblin's trial.[59]
  • Harvest Town - The town where "the Janky Man" was boxed away.[32]
  • Sarukan - "Jack Frost Two" was involved in an incident there while working as a hero-for hire.[60]
  • The Shifting Worlds - Jack Frost Two spent time there while working as a hero-for hire.[60]
  • The Winterlace Floating Worlds - Jack Frost Two was involved in an incident there, which ended in a fiasco.[60]
  • Balthador's Gate - Jack Frost Two was involved in an incident there while working as a hero-for hire.[60]
  • Planet Seventy-Two - Home of the "march wyrm".[61]
  • Kansas - Referred to in Cinderella: Fables Are Forever. The former home of Dorothy Gale[17] Kansas is presumably located in Americana, the Fable version of America.
  • The Homeland of the North[36] - The North Wind's own realm of elemental ice and wind.[62] Not many people can get there, as few know where it is or are able to survive the journey.[36]
  • Avon Valley - Referred to in the story In Those Days.[63]
  • Seppantyre - The city that Briar Rose is from, located in a "bright and beautiful" land.[64]
  • The Silver Pool - Where a knight, if he is noble and chaste, can be healed of any injury.[64]
  • Kreese - Inhabited by a six-headed lion.[64]
  • The Deep Night Hollow - Where every nightmare is caged and tamed.[64]
  • The Forest of Ghosts - Holds the key to unlock the "seven secrets of the Silent Mountain".[64]
  • The Silent Mountain - The mountain of the "seven secrets".[64]
  • The Forest of Dire Blight - The place where Hadeon the Destroyer dwelled.[64]
  • Morencaire - Referred to in the Fairest story arc Wide Awake.[66]
  • The Edge of the World - From the archaic model of the Flat Earth. Rapunzel once sailed off the Edge of the World, and washed up on the shores of the Hidden Kingdom.[40]
  • The Labyrinth - From the tale of the Minotaur. During Rapunzel's quest for her lost daughters, she entered the labyrinth and slew the Minotaur.[42]
  • The Floating Cities of Dabb - Bufkin liberated the slaves there during his many adventures.[67]
  • Karth - Referred to in the Camelot story arc.[8]

Minor lands[edit]

The Homelands version of China is referred to, but not named, in Cinderella: Fables are Forever, which refers to the empire from the Chinese folktale about Meng Chiang-Nu.[17]

Americana[edit]

Another land of interest is Americana, the Fable version of America, appearing mainly in the Jack of Fables series.

Large areas in Americana include:

Significant places in Americana are Big City[79][80] and Salem located in the Colonies,[80] Steamboat City located in Steamboat,[80] Speakeasy located in Gangland,[80] the Grand Canyon created by Paul Bunyan[81] and unnamed cities in Lone Star,[80] The Frontier[80] and the Great White North.[80] Kansas is referred to in Cinderella: Fables Are Forever and was the former home of Dorothy Gale[17]

As could be expected from the Homelands, things are not so normal as they should be. The Idyll area seems to be populated entirely by zombies, all being loyal to the Bookburner (who is the head librarian of Americana, the library being located in Idyll),[82] while the Great White North seems to represent how America views Canada and Alaska, as it is very clean, ice hockey being the biggest form of amusement and, according to Jack, having horrible bacon.[80]

Untouched by The Adversary's forces, Americana possesses advanced technology compared with the conquered European worlds where the absence of modern arms is crucial to sustain the ruling system. Vehicles and appliances seen are cars from the 1920s, steamtrains, various firearms and even modern household appliances.[80][83] Besides, the only known way to enter Americana is by dressing as a vagrant and jumping on a train.[84]

It is also quite possible that other areas are near or on Americana that resemble ancient Mesoamerica or Latin America.

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