To the far north beyond the Crystal Kingdom, grassland gives way to taiga and vast swathes of conifers dominate the landscape. Princess Iridia rules over this frigid land known as Henosis. Dawn Castle is the Henosian capital and seat of royal power.
The Royal Guards have acted as the sole standing army of Equestria for most of the kingdom's history. Guards are recruited from houses of royal lineage and enter service as elite soldiers after rigorous selection and training.
- Galaxia is G1 Galaxy but with G1 Majesty's colour scheme. G1 Galaxy just has a really weird scheme and her coat is too similar to Firefly's.
Across the western seas, scraggly peaks and obsidian towers pierce through the ocean mist marking the beginnings of the Black Islands, over which Princess Galaxia holds dominion. Within the grand libraries of its capital city Empyrea, ancient and arcane secrets are sequestered away.
Bat-winged pegasi make up a small and enigmatic division of the Royal Guards known as the Night Guards. In anticipation of her rule over Equestria and the coming of the Eternal Night, Princess Luna - as Nightmare Moon - cast a powerful spell on her most loyal Guards, transforming them into the Night Guards. The Night Guards proved to be a competent fighting force and were granted full pardons following Nightmare Moon's banishment, forming several Houses from which all modern Night Guards are descended from.
Ironclaws, 1011 y.a.b.; Left to right: Darius II, Alex I, Rhosus II, Cassandra I
In the northern regions of Griffonia, clans of griffons eke out a tough existence amongst the frigid crags, far removed from their more peaceful relatives to the south of the continent. Here the right to the throne belongs to the House which proves themselves most powerful, and matters of succession are often unsavory affairs.
The late King Gryphus III of House Ironclaw rose to power as a popular figure but grew increasingly megalomaniacal in his later years, seeking to expand his rule by establishing a vast empire. Gryphus looked to magical artifacts as a means to fulfill his ambitions and in 1006 y.a.b. he invaded eastern Equestria, sweeping through the kingdom towards its capital. He was defeated in the single day Siege of Canterlot.
Gryphus' younger brother Rhosus claimed the throne after his death. Gryphus was also survived by his three children (eldest to youngest): Darius, Cassandra, and Alex.
The capital city of North Griffonia is Twistspire.