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She is a god with no love left for her people, nor do they have any left for her.
Her followers only hope to be on her side when the day of her rebellion against the divine comes at last.

Dainsleif, Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail[3]

Snezhnaya (Russian: Снежная Snezhnaya) is one of the seven regions of Teyvat. It is the nation that worships Tsaritsa, the Cryo Archon. The Fatui, a military force under her control, is particularly notorious for their diehard devotion and their unscrupulous methods in enacting her will.

Archon Quest Chapter VI takes place in this region.

Description[]

Snezhnaya is a region of perpetual winter storms; Nadia states that blizzards can last for a month straight and despite being in the midst of danger, its people look up to the sky and are just happy to be alive. Childe claims that people would literally freeze to death if they didn't keep moving outside. At night, the Snezhnayan sky can see a beautiful aurora of dancing light.[4]

Technologically, Snezhnaya is much more advanced than the other regions on Teyvat. Venti states that the Fatui are the strongest out of the seven regions' military, which is supported by the fact that all of their known fighting members utilize elemental attacks. The description for Agent's Sacrificial Knife calls it a "weapon made with superior Snezhnayan technology." The Fatui Skirmishers wear mechanical suits of varying degrees, and some of its members use guns and cannons in battle. Alice, who has visited Snezhnaya, recalls seeing massive factories, which she wrote down in her Teyvat Travel Guide, and Il Dottore built a factory in Liyue to conduct Ruin Guard research which is fully automated.[5]

The Adventurers' Guild originates from Snezhnaya;[6] while this fact doesn't seem to be a secret, few people comment on it and the Guild doesn't face the same apprehension that people regard the Fatui with. It was also hinted that Katheryne, the receptionist(s) for the Adventurers' Guild, are a series of androids created for the role: the Katherynes in all regions so far are identical, and have "Error..." and "Rebooting..." idle quotes. This is further emphasized by the Katheryne stationed in Liyue, as she side-steps the Traveler questioning about her identity. Katheryne's identity as a "bionic Snezhnayan puppet" was confirmed by Nahida.[7]

Locations[]

Name Description
Zapolyarny Palace The place where the Tsaritsa resides.
Morepesok A seaside village.[8]

Characters[]

Playable Characters[]

2 Characters match the category selection:

Icon Name Quality Element Weapon Model Type
Arlecchino Icon Arlecchino 5 Stars Element Pyro Pyro Weapon-class-polearm-icon Polearm Tall Female
Tartaglia Icon Tartaglia 5 Stars Element Hydro Hydro Weapon-class-bow-icon Bow Tall Male

Related Playable Characters[]

1 Character matches the category selection:

Icon Name Quality Element Weapon Region Model Type
Wanderer Icon Wanderer 5 Stars Element Anemo Anemo Weapon-class-catalyst-icon Catalyst Sumeru Emblem Night Sumeru Medium Male

Upcoming Characters[]

No Characters match the category selection.

NPCs[]

No NPCs can be accessed in Snezhnaya.

Related NPCs

There are 65 additional NPCs related to Snezhnaya:

Mentioned Characters

There are 15 mentioned characters related to Snezhnaya:

Upcoming NPCs

There are no upcoming NPCs related to Snezhnaya.

Trivia[]

Snezhnaya Latin "Motto"

Screenshot from Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail

  • In the trailer Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail, under the title of the quest Everwinter Without Mercy, there is a line written in Teyvat's Latin script. It reads "Ducam regina mea gloria haud pluribus impar" roughly meaning "Let me lead my queen to near unmatched glory."
    • The last part of the sentence is likely modified from nec pluribus impar a Latin motto adopted by Louis XIV of France.
    • It is by far the longest of the seven phrases written in the Latin script in the video.
  • Tartaglia's flashback in his character demo shows Dragonspine rather than Snezhnaya, likely because Snezhnaya has not been modeled yet.
    • When the trailer was released, Dragonspine was not accessible yet.
  • Official art was released with Tartaglia and Teucer for the Eastern Slavic holiday Maslenitsa (also known as Butter Lady, Butter Week, Crepe Week, or Cheesefare Week). It is possible that a holiday inspired by it is celebrated in Snezhnaya.

Etymology[]

  • "Snezhnaya" (Russian: Снежная Snezhnaya, "Snowy")) is a Russian adjective for "snowy," expecting a feminine noun to follow (most likely Страна Strana or Земля Zemlya — Russian words for "country" or "land" respectively, both of which are feminine and are permitted to be omitted for a synecdoche in such a context). The game's voiceover places the accent on the second syllable (Snezh-na-ya); however, in the original word, it's on the first (Snezh-na-ya).
    • During the first Closed Beta Test, Snezhnaya was instead named "Prekrasnaya" (Прекрасная Prekrasnaya, "Beautiful").[9]
    • Snezhnaya's Chinese name, 至冬 Zhìdōng, is an anagram of the Chinese term for winter solstice (冬至 Dōngzhì).
  • "Zapolyarny" (Russian: Заполярный Zapolyarnyy, "Polar") roughly translates to "beyond the arctic circle" or "inside the polar region."
  • "Morepesok" (Russian: Морепесок Morepesok, "Sea-Sand") is a compound of the words for море more, "sea" and песок pesok, "sand," itself referring to a beach or coastline as a sort of kenning.
  • "Tsaritsa" (Russian: Царица Tsaritsa, "Empress"), used to refer to their Archon, is the feminine form of Tsar, which ultimately derives from Caesar, a title of Roman emperors. So far, no one has called her by her true name; Snezhnayans call her by her title, while Venti and Zhongli call her "the Cryo Archon."

Cultural References[]

  • Snezhnaya seems to be inspired by a mix of Tsarist and Soviet Russia (primarily Siberia in regards to landscape), and often uses Russian words for names. However, it also draws from other European nations as well, such as using Italian commedia dell'arte stock characters' names for the Harbingers.
  • Snezhnaya's affiliation with brutal winters parallels Russia's climate, which has famously contributed to the failures of the many military campaigns made against it.
  • Tartaglia addresses the Traveler as "comrade" in his voice-overs, the usual translation of "tovarishch" (Russian: товарищ tovarishch) used in Soviet/Bolshevik Russia.
    • In the Japanese version of Childe's Character Miscellany, he starts off his letter ("Dearest sister...") in Russian.[10]
  • Fire-Water (Russian: огненная вода ognennaya voda, "fiery water"), which Angel's Share bartender Charles deems the strongest wine he knows of, originates from Snezhnaya. It is a reference to the liquor vodka, a drink commonly associated with Russia. In real life Russian Vodka is normally 45-55% Ethanol and some Vodkas are more than 80% Ethanol, making Vodka one of the most alcoholic drinks in the world.

Gallery[]

Other Languages[]

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishSnezhnayaRussian: Snowy
Chinese
(Simplified)
至冬
Zhìdōng
Extreme Winter
Chinese
(Traditional)
至冬
Zhìdōng
Japaneseスネージナヤ
Suneejinaya
Korean스네즈나야
Seunejeunaya
SpanishSnezhnaya
FrenchSnezhnaya
RussianСнежная
Snezhnaya
ThaiSnezhnaya
VietnameseSnezhnaya
GermanSnezhnaya
IndonesianSnezhnaya
PortugueseSnezhnaya
TurkishSnezhnaya
ItalianSnezhnaya

Change History[]

References[]

  1. NPC Dialogue, during Lantern Rite: Vlad
  2. 2.0 2.1 Archon Quest, Prologue, Act II - For a Tomorrow Without Tears, Part 9: Chasing Shadows
  3. YouTube: Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail
  4. YouTube: "The Song Burning in the Embers" Full Animated Short | Genshin Impact (1:46)
  5. Story Quest, Tartaglia, Monoceros Caeli Chapter: Act I - Mighty Cyclops' Adventure!, Part 3: Defender of Childhood Dreams
  6. NPC Dialogue: Lan
    word came from the headquarters in Snezhnaya
  7. Archon Quest, Chapter III, Act II - The Morn a Thousand Roses Brings, Part 8: Dawn
  8. Tartaglia's Character Story: Character Story 5
  9. YouTube: Genshin Impact - CBT Special Episode 3 by Crosus (Timestamp: 5:07:31)
  10. Twitter: キャラクター実戦紹介

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