Zantium was a theocratic kingdom located northwest of Norev, across the Waltari Sea. Following an extensive war with its western neighbor, Iskirra, Zantium was overrun and conquered by the Iskirrans, who purged much of the native population, displaced others, and forcibly assimilated the rest.
The Zantine government was a monarchical theocracy based on worship of Akhen. Zantine Akhenism, the national religion, was unique from other forms of Akhenism in its region-specific history and traditions. Similar to the Temple, it had a clergy, but it retained the practice of knighthood (Zantine knights were known as "paladins") to the end out of necessity.
According to legend, Zantium was founded by Peredur, an escaped slave from the Old Kingdoms. He went on to have eleven children, whose descendants formed most of the nation's noble families. Because of their similar founding legends, Zantium and Apicarta were collectively known as the "Slave Kingdoms".
Zantium's fatal flaw lay in its dogmatic rigidity and religious intolerance. The punishment for apostasy and heresy was banishment, and for witchcraft it was death. The definition of "witchcraft" became unclear, however, resulting in the death of innocents and the escape of genuine witches, who were able to manipulate the system and either hide their practices or escape via exile. Those who were exiled tended to flee to Iskirra and Norev; in the case of the former, they became the driving force behind the Iskirran war machine, infusing magic with weaponry and new technology.
During Zantium's darkest hour, they called upon Apicarta's knights for aid. The knights were infamously delayed due to their drinking and whoring and wasting time on an island nearby, resulting in them arriving on the mainland too late to be of any help. They witnessed the sacking of the capital, Kynaston, and a few tried to help refugees fleeing the country, but they were powerless to resist the might of the Iskirrans.