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Meridian is a location within the W.I.T.C.H. comics and TV series. In the comics, Meridian is the name of the capital city where as the world is called Metamoor, or in some English translations, the Metaworld. In the TV series, Meridian is the name of the world.

Culture and customs

Meridian, also known as Metamoor or Metaworld.

Meridian is a red-orange planet under the guidance of Kandrakar. It is ruled by a single queen, who has powerful magical powers and is the center of mystical energy in the planet (the Heart of Meridian).[citation needed] The queen is currently Elyon Brown.

This planet has streets full of merchants and extraordinary underground caves. People here live mainly from agriculture, although some have other jobs. At one point there is a great Harvest festival, where food is eaten and people dance and sing. The remaining food is equally divided between Meridian's inhabitants, as suggested by Elyon.[citation needed]

Inhabitants

The inhabitants of Metamoor/Meridian are separated into two major groups:

  • The Galhot were the original inhabitants of Metamoor/Meridian. The Galhot have blue or green skin and stone like plates coming out of their faces. Vathek is a Galhot.[citation needed]
  • The Escanors are descended from the first human to come to Metamoor/Meridian through the Veil. This man's wife (Leryn) was later given the throne, starting the planet's long lineage of Queens.[citation needed]

Meridian has many different creatures like Whisperers,[1] Larveks,[2] Mudslugs,[3] Mogriffs,[4] Hermaneutibeasts,[5] Passlings[6] and the Kaithim.[7] Some creatures can change between a humanoid form to blend in on Earth and a presumably natural beast form - Cedric can do this when he wants to be in his human form or beast form, as can Elyon's adoptive parents Aldarn and Miriadel.[8]

Capital city

The capitol city of Meridian in Metamoor.

Meridian is the capital city of Metamoor, where the queen's palace is and where the Harvest Festival occurs. It was there that the rebellion and the war occurred.[citation needed]

History

Comics

The royal Palace of Meridian in Metamoor.

Meridian was always ruled by a Queen, who was also the center of mystical force in the planet. It was once a happy place to live until Queen Weira and her husband Zayden mysteriously disappeared and their son, Prince Phobos seized the throne.[citation needed] He drained Meridian dry of its magic, stealing its life and light.[1] Kandrakar the Veil to protect the rest of the universe from Phobos while until the arrival of the Light of Meridian.[9] Phobos then decided to steal his sister Elyon's superior magical powers then his own to get past the Veil.[1]

Thankfully, a nanny named Galgheita took the baby Princess Elyon from the palace and took her to Earth, where she was raised as a normal girl.[10] Nearly fourteen years later, Phobos searched for his sister on Earth and found her, despite the Guardians of Kandrakar's interference.[11] Phobos almost managed to obtain Elyon's powers, but she and the Guardians defeated him. Elyon, the Light of Meridian, was coronated with the Crown of Light and she came to her full powers and brought life and light back to Meridian.[12]

A little while later, Elyon was forced from the throne by Endarno, the new Oracle, who was really Phobos in disguise.[13] Although the Guardians managed to keep the Crown of Light from him, Elyon was imprisoned and her powers are slowly drained from her.[14] However, she later defeated Phobos with the help of the Guardians, and went back to being the Queen of Meridian.[15]

TV series

The world of Meridian

Meridian is a kingdom far away under the watchful eye of the Oracle. It is ruled by a single Queen, who has powerful magical powers and is the center of mystical energy in the planet (the physical embodiment of the Heart of Meridian). The Queen is currently Elyon Brown.[citation needed]

Season 1

An evil transformation of the entire kindom of Meridian caused by Prince Phobos.

Thirteen years ago, Phobos came to power and was the dictator/ruler over Meridian, however he was just after power and transformed Meridian into a dark, gloomy world. The village next to the palace was reduced and the palace itself changed from a yellow, blue, red colour to a black grey castle. Spikes also grew round Meridian and also huge ones on the side of the Castle. Phobos drained the life force of the entire peasant population in order to fuel his powers.[citation needed]

A corrupted version of the royal Palace of Meridian under Prince Phobos' control.

The Council of Kandrakar raised the Veil to stop his evil spreading to other worlds. A Rebellion soon started and was led by Caleb and made their base in the Infinite City.[citation needed]

The new Guardians were given the job to protect the Veil as portals from which evil could pass through from Meridian to Earth started appearing and the Guardians had to seal them.[16] The Guardians did so, but Phobos found out who his long lost sister was: Elyon Brown. With the help of Cedric, he managed to get Elyon back to Meridian.[2]

Phobos was on the verge of absorbing Elyon's powers, until the whole Rebellion got into the Castle and the Guardians assisted Elyon in her escape. The Guardians and Elyon then imprisoned Phobos and the rest of his minions in the Infinite City.[17]

The true and beautiful form of the Meridan Plains after Elyon's battle with her evil brother Phobos.

Meridian was then transformed back into the way it was thirteen years before; the Palace changed and the sky turned blue and the vines disappeared and flowers and ponds replaced them. Elyon was made queen of Meridian and the villagers began building their village back again linking bridges to the Palace and creating different kind of buildings.[17]

Season 2

Fireworks at the royal Palace during the celebration of Meridian's freedom.

The Veil was lifted as Phobos was defeated and the Guardians still went back to Meridian because Nerissa showed and started her planning, beginning with the Knights of Vengeance,[18] but were soon imprisoned, when they released Phobos from his cell. Nerissa's true intentions became clear when Nerissa managed to steal Elyon's power (Heart of Meridian) and imprisoned Elyon within a tear-drop jewel.[19]

After this, Meridian was left alone for a while because Nerissa already had its source of magic until the Guardians situation became desperate, so they released Phobos in order to get the Seal of Nerissa from Nerissa herself.[20] Phobos did so and re-took Meridian again transforming back the Palace into the gloomy old Castle and the sky changed and the village and all of Meridian with it.[21] However, his victory didn’t last when Cedric turned against him and ate and swallowed him.[22] Cedric grew in size and went on to take Earth when Meridian and Kandrakar were conquered. The Guardians defeated Cedric and Phobos along with the Lurdens, Miranda, Frost and Cedric were once again imprisoned.[23]

Elyon turned the castle back into the palace and the whole of Meridian back to peaceful life. Along with Raythor, Sandpit and Gargoyle at her side protecting the Palace from future attack and goes back to being Queen of Meridian.[23]

Locations

The planet has streets full of merchants and extraordinary underground caves. People here live mainly from agriculture, although some have other jobs.

The Infinite City

The Infinite City

The Infinite City is below Meridian and the Guardians didn't know at first, but Caleb told them and showed them. The Mage guards the city. The Infinite City is underground and has lots of pillars running along. The City itself is a lime green city, but in daytime the city appeared to be red, orange and cream.[24]

Nobody knows who created or built the Infinite City and when - it has a mysterious past as the city is infinite and keeps going on and on in all directions. The Infinite City was kept secret from Phobos because the Rebellion used it as their base of operations. There is only one way of getting down into the city and it's by using a secret passage in a disused area of land and through a little cupboard. It was then led down some stairs and into the City itself. After just a few yards is another passage, and under there is like a basement but inside is a waterfall and the Mage stays and guards the city.[citation needed]

Cedric discovered the Infinite City due to a Rebel who wasn't being careful. Vathek watched over the stairway and sent a pile of boulders on the stairway to block the access of Cedric getting through. Eventually however the Lurdens dug through and wrecked part of the city were the passage down to where the waterfall was. Cedric demanded that five Lurdens go down there and bring the Mage up, but when they entered the Passage and got halfway down the steps, all that was heard was five screams ringing through the city. He then sent the General down and the same thing happened to him.[25]

Phobos was imprisoned along with all the Lurdens, Cedric and Miranda behind the waterfall in the Infinite City.[26] Vathek became the prison keeper of Phobos' cell in the city.[citation needed] The Mage was soon revealed to be Nerissa and it was her who guarded the City all along.[19] However, Vathek did his best but was defeated when Phobos freed all the Lurdens and the Knights of Vengeance.[21] But Phobos was once again defeated and locked again in the Infinite City due to the interference of Elyon.[23]

Trivia

  • Many of the humans of Meridian are of British descent, as Escanor and his companions, the other ancestors of the Meridian Humans, all hail from Britain.[citation needed]

References

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