Tyrianna is a sub-plot character that we've fallen in love with in book two, Zenobia – Challenging a Legend. Tyrianna has been kidnapped and she’s discussing where she’s from with another captive. Here’s the scene:
“Wha…what is your name? the new captive asked gingerly.
“Tyrianna,” came the soft reply. “My friends call me Tyr.”
“How long ago were you taken?”
“About a week ago.”
“Where is your home?”
“Well,” Patricia stated, “you are in Egypt now.”
We did some research to see if the distance would be historically correct in 255 AD. Ethiopia is approx 2297 miles to northern Egypt.
The average walking speed for an adult is 3.1 miles (5 km) per hour. If you could keep that pace for 12 hours you could potentially walk 36 miles in a day.
Distance from Egypt to Nubia (Ancient Nubia is now part of modern Sudan.) is much closer, approx 997 miles. If Tyrianna happened to be on an excursion to the north and was kidnapped, we can imagine it might only take her a week to arrive in Egypt. http://ib205.tripod.com/foreign_lands.html
The scene needed to be changed to make the timeframe to Egypt a little more believable. Unlike Zenobia, who is a real person from Syria, we’ve changed Tyrianna to be from Nubia. Tyrianna is a fictional character so we’re not stuck with historical facts that can't be changed.
Now that Tyrianna is from Nubia I've done a little research about the area. Here’s some research I found:
The Meroitic State: Nubia as a Hellenistic African State. 300 B.C.-350 AD
In the decorative scheme of the Meroitic temple in Nubia the figure of the queen appears just as prominently as that of the husband, providing a clear indication of the unusual status accorded women in the Meroitic monarchy. Judging by the many large pyramids of queens and the remains of buildings bearing their names exclusively, Meroe after the third century BC seems to have been ruled by many queens in their own right. Classical writers were so impressed with this fact that they often assumed that Meroe was ruled only by women, who, they thought, always bore the name "Candace." This name, the origin of our modern female name, was in fact a Meroitic queenly title, which may have meant "Queen Regent."
In 24 BC, soon after Rome had wrested Egypt from Anthony and Cleopatra, the Kushites invaded Lower Nubia, attacking and plundering even Aswan to test the new northern power. This is virtually the only incident in which Meroe, Nubia appears directly on the stage of Roman history. Following this challenge to Augustus' authority, the Roman general Petronius was immediately dispatched into Nubia. He met and defeated a Meroitic army and drove on to Napata, which was said to have been captured and destroyed by him, and its inhabitants enslaved. The Meroites and Romans ultimately made a peace treaty, which endured for three centuries. http://www.numibia.net/nubia/meroe.htm
It makes sense that Tyrianna would come from a culture that had queen rulers because Tyrianna is a strong-minded female like Zenobia. It’s no wonder they become fast friends in book two, Zenobia- Challenging a Legend.