During the last ice age, Zandia was coated in volcanic ash, which made the land rich and fertile, allowing for a plentiful variety of fruits and vegetables. Farmers and ranchers of Zandia have prospered.
In 1202, Zandia was visited by knights of Pope Innocent's Fourth Crusade, seeking recruits for their holy war. But when the Zandians refused to be recruited, the crusaders pillaged the country; the men were mostly slain, the children taken captive, and the women raped. The Zandians turned to the guidance of their country's high priest, who led his people against the Crusaders. The priest soon came into possession of Christ's own prayer shawl, which had been corrupted with dark magic. By wearing it, the high priest drew on dark supernatural power, to rally his people to victory against the Crusaders. Soon the priest bathed in a pit filled with the blood of his enemies, gaining strength and immortality, and became the first Brother Blood. Within forty years, Zandia grew from a small town to a center of power, as the Church of Blood spread its influence.
By 1272, the Church of Blood sought its strongest disciples from other lands, while Zandia's people were left to die. The first Brother Blood grew weary of his immortality, until he was murdered by his son, who then assumed the mantle of Brother Blood. This began a long and evil cycle, in which one Brother Blood after another grew in power, until he was slain and succeeded by his own children.
In March of 1941, Adolf Hitler's panzer divisions rolled across almost all of Europe, but bypassed Zandia. Hitler himself acknowledged and respected the occult power of Brother Blood's church, and refused to invade Zandia. In December of that year, the son of the reigning Brother Blood was born, and the cycle was realized again, some forty years later, when the son, after living abroad, returned to Zandia, and fought his father to the death, in the Blood Pool. This man became the eighth Brother Blood.
Points of Interest
- In New Teen Titans #14, Deathstroke the Hunted #0 and other issues, Zandia is placed in the Baltic Sea. Later sources place it just east of Sicily.