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The term "World of Deltora" has not been confirmed by official sources and is merely conjecture.

"Some of the nine seas islands are large, and some are small, but they all have their own rich history and their own stories."
Emily Rodda[1]

World of Deltora
General information


Alternative name(s)

creation[3] (it is unknown if this term refers to just the world or also things outside of it)
The nine seas[4]

The world of Deltora consists of the islands of Deltora, Dorne, Illica, Isle of Jade, Isle of the Four Sisters, Isle of Tier, Maris, the Land of the Zebak, the Shadowlands, Two Moons and many other unnamed islands. Although there are many islands, most of them are far apart and spread out.[5]

It is agreed upon by the people of the world that there are nine seas.[6] The three known ones of these are the Silver Sea, the Ocean of the South and the Sea of Serpents. However, there is also a fourth, secret subterranean sea located under Deltora housing the Pirran Islands, but it is not counted as one of the nine seas due to it not being known by anyone other than the Pirrans, King Lief of Deltora, Queen Jasmine of Deltora, and Captain Barda, the leader of the Del palace guards of Deltora.

Known islands[]


Main article: Deltora

One of the largest and strangest islands, Deltora is home to seven tribes and many creatures, Deltora is ruled by a monarchy, beginning with King Adin after he united the island's seven tribes. It has constantly been the goal of the Shadow Lord, but Deltora has prevailed through all his attempts.


Main article: Dorne

A small island, originally home to the Fellan, humans arrived on the coasts and began to settle in Nerra. As its population grew, so did its reputation for its trading.[5]


Main article: Illica

An island in the Silver Sea, home of the Collectors.

Isle of Jade[]

Main article: Isle of Jade

An island in one of the nine seas.

Isle of the Four Sisters[]

Main article: Isle of the Four Sisters

A now sunken, small island which was once home to four sisters who sang to each other. The sisters' song kept a giant beast asleep beneath the island. When the Shadow Lord came by the island and killed the sisters, the beast awoke and smashed the island, causing it to sink. To date seamen still claim they hear singing near the Isle.[5]

Isle of Tier[]

Main article: Isle of Tier

The island created by the half-turtle man Tier.

Land of the Zebak[]

Main article: Land of the Zebak

A large island home to the warlike Zebak people, ancient enemies of the people of Maris.


Main article: Maris (island)

A large island which is home to the people of a village called Rin, the Travellers and the fish-like Maris people.

The Island[]

Main article: The Island



Main article: Shadowlands (location)

Originally known as Pirra, the island combined with the northface of Deltora after a seismic earthquake and became the domain of the Shadow Lord.

Pirran Islands[]

Main article: Pirran Islands

Lying in an secret underground sea located in a cavern system, the Pirran Islands are home to the three Pirran tribes. It is here the Pirrans went after the Shadow Lord tricked them into separating the parts of the Pirran Pipe, thus opening the land up to invasion. The islands are Plume, Auron and Keras.

Two Moons[]

Main article: Two Moons (island)

The birthplace of Tier and home of the swampdwellers.

Known seas[]

Silver Sea[]

Main article: Silver Sea

Ocean of the South[]

Main article: Ocean of the South

Sea of Serpents[]

Main article: Sea of Serpents

Secret sea[]

Main article: Secret sea


  • Confirmed at the Melbourne Writer's Festival, Rodda announced that the lands in Rowan of Rin is set in the same world as Deltora, off to its east. In the back of the paperback version of Shadows of the Master there is also an author's note that states that Rowan of Rin, The Three Doors and Deltora Quest are set in the same world.
  • Emily Rodda has said that she has a very clear picture of the sea Deltora lies in and the islands surrounding it.
  • According to Emily Rodda there are hundreds of islands in the world of Deltora.
  • Since the sun and moon rise and fall in a path around the world similar to that on real-life planet Earth, it may be assumed that the earth that Deltora is on is a planet as well, though this has never been confirmed.


  1. Rodda, Emily. Shadows of the Master. Omnibus Books, an imprint of Scholastic Australia. 2015.
  2. Rodda, Emily. The Lake of Tears. Scholastic Australia. May 29, 2000.
  3. Rodda, Emily. Secrets of Deltora. Scholastic Australia. 2008.
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named SotM
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Rodda, Emily. Tales of Deltora. Scholastic Australia. 2005.
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named SoM

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