The Legend of Encantadia
The fantasy series Encantadia was part of my childhood. I watched it everyday, after or while eating dinner. It was a new and fresh series that was slated in the prime time slot. It was so well accepted by all audiences – men, women, old and young. It became an icon in the Philippine scene. It brought us to a world named Encantadia where Diwatas(Fairies in Filipino) and other creatures lived. It is different in the world of mortals where we live. The language used by the diwatas also became popular. Words like “sheda”(stop) , “pashneya”(animal) and others became so popular that almost every fans said it in their daily lives. Due to popularity during its released in 2005, all networks had to release their own fantasy series that will compete with it, but all failed. On 2016, a reboot or retelling plus a sequel of the 2005 fantasy series was made. It is now on its almost one year run and fans have different take on this series today. Some are happy, while some are disappointed. But for me I am just glad that again there will be a fresh and new series that can be watched in the television, no more heavy drama, no more cringe teen love teams, no more late police, or any other Filipino Teledrama cliche. I just want to see something new, or I must say that I just want to see fantasy series again in Philippine prime time television.
The Creation of Encantadia
So let’s start the story of the Legend of Encantadia, with the tale of how land of the diwatas started:
Encantadia is a vast land where different creatures and types of people are living - Diwatas, Hathors, Adamyans, Mandirigma, and many more. It is a magical place where even dragons, fairies and other monsters exist. This magical world is where the story unfolds.
In the story of the 2005 Encantadia, it started when the Bathalas (deities) Emre, Arde and Ether were cast out of the Heavens for not taking part of the Civil War happening there. They arrived in an unhabited island and they call it “Encantadia”. The three Bathalas transformed the barren island into what is Encantadia nowadays. They create different creatures and made the island a paradise. But when Arde and Ether fell in love, Emre cursed them for violating the terms of their exile. Emre cursed Ether to be a giant snake and Arde to be a dragon that guard the boundaries of world of the living and Devas, the world of the death. Also, Emre left Encantadia and resided to Devas. As Ether was left behind, she was enraged and create havoc to the citizens of Encantadia. Some developed fear for Ether and some blindly worship her as a Bathaluman. Then a territory callled Etheria was formed in honor for their Bathaluman Ether. Other kingdoms were formed after Etheria. They were the Sapiro, Adamya and Hathoria. Lireo, the land of the Diwatas will be established after the fall of Etheria.
In the Encantadia 2016, the story is almost the same. There are just some additional information. It was stated by Imaw (leader of the Adamyans) that there are other Bathala that was cast out of Heaven with Emre, Arde and Ether. The one Bathala was named Keros, a god of destruction and anger. He was driven away by Emre, Arde and Ether and lived in a faraway island called “Binyaan”. Other than that there are no mo different information on how Encantadia started.
The Five Kingdoms
Now we tackle about the different Terrirories or Kingdoms in the world of Encantadia:
The main kingdoms were both seen in the Encantadia series during 2005 and 2016. They are the Sapiro, Adamya, Hathoria, Lireo and Etheria. The only differences were how they portray the different kingdoms. Let us now compare every kingdoms on how they are depicted in 2005 and 2016.
Since the beginning, Etheria was the strongest kingdom in Encantadia. Only when the other kingdoms joined together that they are able to destroy and have a peaceful life in Encantadia. Since then, Lireo, a newly built kingdom became the center and most powerful in the entire Encantadia. But the insatiable lust for power of Hathoria destroy the balance of peace in Encantadia. Due to that, Encantadia became at war again and many lives have been taken.
Let us discuss every known Kingdom in Encantadia and its in habitants. Let us start with one of the strongest and one of the first established kingdom in Encantadia - Sapiro.
Which Kingdom do you think is the strongest?
Sapiro is the land of warriors. It was once, one of the most powerful kingdom but it fell to Hathoria and was destroyed. Leaving only the two known survivor of the Sapiryan’s royal blood – Ybaro, the long lost heor of the throne and Asval. In 2005, Sapiryans were said to be miners that is why they have lots of gold and that is what made them became rich and powerful.
Sapiro was once a flourished kingdom. In this kingdom, hailed the strongest and cunning soldiers that has ever been. They also create one the sturdiest armor and shields in Encantadia. This kingdom focuses on creating a big and strong army that will defend and help the townsmen and their allies. The downfall of Sapiro and the destruction of the Kingdom happened when the then King of Hathoria, King Arvak, the father of Hagorn, became greedy of power and tried to get all the gem to himself. He, together with Asval, a traitorous Sapiryan that wants to be the next leader of Sapiro, killed the then King of Sapiro, King Armeo, the father of Ybrahim. After the death of King Armeo, the Sapiro was destroyed and became almost inexistent. Since then, the Mashna or the leader of the army, Alira Naswen with the remainging Sapiryans went to Lireo and there they live for a moment and wait for the return of the true heir of the throne, Ybrahim, who will rebuild the ruined kingdom of Sapiro.
The Kingdom – the kingdom of Sapiro during 2005 is somewhat similar to the 2016 depiction of the place. But somehow, the Sapiro during 2005 is more realistic because it made used of the walls of Intramuros that create a rational portrayal of a ruined kingdom.
The Warriors – the only difference with the warrior of Sapiro in 2005 and 2016 is that the requel of Encantadia now has a female “Mashna” (Head or leader of the soldier), named Alira Naswen.
Adamya is a land where dwarfs called “Adamyans” live. They are small creatures that dont usually come to war. They are known allies of Sapiro and Lireo. Nothing is different from the depiction of the kingdom and the Adamyans. The only notable difference is the new and improved version of Imaw, the leader of the Adamyans. Imaw has an antenna now and it became younger looking than the Imaw during 2005.
Adamya was a tribe of intelligent dwarfs. The Adamyans were like the scholars whom the Diwatas are always asking for help. Imaw is the current leader of Adamya. This tribe is the most peaceful tribe in Encantadia. Cassiopeia entrusted the Adamyans the Water Gem. But the greedy King of Hathori, King Arvak, threatened Imaw and snatched away the Water Gem for himself. Since then Adamyans were seen pretected by the Sanggres of Lireo and Imaw is one of the councils where the Queen of Lireo seeks guidance.
Hathoria is a land of absolute monarcy. They also are well inclinded in technology and blacksmith. Hathoria is also the main antagonist of the story. In 2005 series, the place where the Hathors built their kingdom was said to be the remains of the old Etheria. But in 2016, the two places are different. During the reign of Pirena as the queen of Hathoria, they regain alliance between Lireo, Sapiro and Adamya and swear to protect all that is in Encantadia.
Hathoria is always the known sinister in the land of Encantadia. They wreak havoc. They started the wars. They kill people. They are the epitome of evil in this magical world. Since the end of the era of the Etheria, Hathoria was the one who became greedy of power. They kill people and creatures just to expand their territory. They threatened every one just to secure loyalty to its kingdom. The greed for power is also the reason why Hathoria fell to the alliance of Adamya, Sapiro and Lireo. It is true that evil never prevail over the good. Since then, Hathoria, with the leadership of the new queen, Pirena, became a powerhouse allied of the Lireo, Adamya and Sapiro.
The Kingdom – the most notable differences between the kingdom of Hathoria then and now is that, before Hathoria is only depicted as a barren land and mostly scenes in Hathoria is on caverns. The new depictions of Hathoria has a head of a dragon in the top of the castle. But like the scenes in 2005, some scenes in 2016 illustrates Hathoria in a cave like kingdom.
The Warriors – warriors of Hathoria is always different from other creatures of Encantadia. But the depiction is way different in 2005 and 2016. The Hathors in 2005 wears a ragged armor different from 2016’s Hathor which wore a samurai like armor. And the Hathor in 2016 was seen weilding a magical gun, a first in the world of Encantadia.
Lireo is the kingdom where the diwatas are living. Here, the female are incharged of running the place. Not like the other kingdoms, the diwatas are known to be powerful because they are the ones who are chosen to be the holder and protector of the four powerful gems( but with the story of Encantadia 2016, it is now five gems) – Brilyante ng Apoy, Hangin, Tubig at Lupa. The Sanggres or the daughters of the “Hara” (Queen) of Lireo will be the chosen ones that will hold and protect the gems.
Lireo is the center of the story of this series. This is where the powerful stones were kept, which is the one that the antagonist long to get their hand on to. Different characters have fought their rights to become the ruler of this kingdom - Pirena, Amihan, Lila-Sari, Adhara, and Hagorn. All of them wanted Lireo to rule over the land of Encantadia. Because Lireo is the most powerful kingdom today and this is the place where powerful gem are kept. Since the beginning of the series, Lireo became the center of war, fights, etc.
The Kingdom – both depiction of the kingdom in 2005 and 2016 is quite similar. They depict Lireo as a large kingdom and the structures are towering and pointed.
The Soldiers – the armors are quite different in 2005 and 2016. The new series depicts the armors of the soldiers as minimalist than before. The helm is little bit smaller than before and the armor is way easier to move in than the one in 2005.
Etheria was once the most powerful kingdom in Encantadia. It was a land where the people worship Ether as their god. Etheria was ruled by Avria. She ruled Etheria with an iron fist. The Kingdom of Etheria has four sub territory namely the Hera Andal, Hera Sensa, Hera Aega and Hera Volo. The notable difference between the two depictions of Etheria is that Etheria's building and structures before were patterned to arabic and today's depiction of the kingdom is darker than before. Maybe because it was a new kingdom built to create a new Etheria in a new land also. Also, the thing that change in Etheria are the Herans. The ones we know of like Juvila and Odessa is not present in the 2016 depiction of Encantadia. While Andora was just a revived version in the body of Agane. I was dissapointed because I would like to see all the Herans battling against the Sanggres. Oh well, I still wish to see it happen.
- Askano – A territory in the northernmost part of Sapiro; home of the barbaros.
- Adjantao -A territory between Lireo and Sapiro; home of individuals called mandirigma(scavengers/warriors) who do not recognize the Queen of Lireo.
- Avila/Avalon – A territory between Hathoria and Sapiro; home of the winged creatures called Mulawin.
- Carcero – A sub-territory in the northernmost part of Lireo, bounded by Adjantao and Askano in the west. It serves as prison to lock-up Lireans who committed crimes. Guarded around by the bakunawa's (sea serpents).
- Ayleb – A sub-territory in the north of Lireo introduced in the 2016 series, which served as a refugee camp and hide-out to the escaped prisoners of Carcero including Adhara and Lilasari.
- Lupain ng mga Nymfas – A territory introduced in the 2016 series where Desshna, daughter of Hagorn was brought for safe keeping.
- Hera Sensa – A sub-territory in the Kingdom of Etheria. Home of the Etherian scholars and clairvoyants
- Hera Andal – Center of monarch in the Kingdom of Etheria, houses the throne of Queen Avria. Known for their dark sorcery and healing abilities
- Hera Aega – A sub-territory in the Kingdom of Etheria. Home of the Etherian warriors who wield magical bow and arrows and can manipulate emotions.
- Hera Volo – A sub-territory in the Kingdom of Etheria. Home of the Etherians that can manipulate time and speed.
- Punjabwes - A renegade tribe found in a remote territory of Sapiro. They possess unique powers that make them a formidable enemy.
What Kingdom would you like to join?
The Legend of Encantadia Part 2
- Part 2: The Legend of Encantadia
Second part of the story of the world of Encantadia.