Lord of Columbia’s Connections with Real-Life Locations

They call it the Tri-State Area, consisting of Eastern Ohio, the northern panhandle of West Virginia, and Southwest Pennsylvania. Some might even add Northwest Maryland to the mix. 

Counties included in the viewing area I’m referring to in Ohio are Jefferson, Harrison, Columbiana, Belmont, and Guernsey. Counties in West Virginia are Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and in Pennsylvania Beaver, Allegheny, and Washington. You’ll see in Northern Knights that I named many regions after these counties, particularly the ones in Ohio and West Virginia. 

Also, it’s the viewing area whose landscape the main setting in Northern Knights resembles, almost to a T. Street for street, road for road, landscape for landscape, and in some cases, landmark to landmark. 

In fact, Richfield, North Columbia is a carbon copy of Wintersville, Ohio, which is located in Jefferson County, Ohio to the west of Steubenville – about 45 miles outside Pittsburgh, give or take a few.

But there is more than just landscaping and landmark connections in Northern Knights as the work relates to Ohio.

Just seek out the following:


Counties in Ohio

In the fictional land of Columbia, there are eighty-eight colleges and universities dotted about the landscape.

Each college or university is named after a county in Ohio, which consists of eighty-eight counties.

Each university’s nickname is named after a professional sports team, too. For instance, Stark University is the Stark Warriors. Before its split from the rest of Columbia (which you’ll discover in the works), Summit University was known as the Summit Cavaliers.

There are 123 professional sports teams in the four major sports leagues here in real-life North America, with one on the way, giving us a grand total of 124 by the year 2021.

For that, almost every single major sports team is named in Columbia’s colleges and universities, with a list at the bottom of this article.


Shape of Columbia

Columbia’s shape even borrows the heart-like shape of Ohio, where the fictional Hocking River (named after Hocking Hills) splits the two Columbias into the north and south.

The unoccupied North Columbia is substantially smaller to the point Summit University (named after Summit County) sits alone, isolated from its eighty-seven cousins. If I’m looking at a map of Ohio, I’d like to think North Columbia’s southern border would sit where the base of Summit County is located, with the western border of Lorain County to the west, and as far east as the base of Trumbull County – which gives you an idea on how much larger the occupied South is compared to the free North. The remaining western counties would serve as Columbia’s disputed Western Wild, which would lay to the north of Paulding, Putnam, Hancock, Seneca, and Huron County. 

Richfield, North Columbia, named after Richfield, Ohio, serves as the primary location of Summit University and one reason why I chose the name Richfield is due to Richfield’s real-life location in Summit County.

I also pay a bit of homage to the former Richfield Coliseum, also known as the Palace on the Prairie, where the Cleveland Cavaliers once played their home games along with the former Cleveland Barons.

When the Barons folded in 1978, the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team then struggling to maintain an adequate fan base and attendance, played two home games per year at the Coliseum.


North Columbia’s Flag

North Columbia’s Flag pays tribute to Cleveland, Ohio’s sports teams. The flag’s colors are orange and brown, which recognizes the Cleveland Browns. Its primary logo is the ‘Block C,’ which is now the primary cap insignia for the Cleveland Indians. Finally, two crossing swords beneath the ‘C’ are a nod toward the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Santos Knights, as stated in previous articles, also borrow the Browns’ color scheme in Northern Knights. And their primary logo was inspired by the old St. Louis Browns, a former MLB team who moved to Baltimore in the 1950s and later became known as the Baltimore Orioles, replacing their brown with a shade of black.

The Santos Knights’ logo consists of an orange knight on horseback, bearing a weapon, against a brown backdrop. This logo is used by every single sports team in Santos Complex.


Cities and Towns

Finally, many cities and towns are named after places in either Ohio, Northern West Virginia, or Southwest Pennsylvania.

Ironton, the city that’s first introduced, is named after Ironton, Ohio.

Forest City is a direct correlation to Cleveland, which serves as the city’s primary nickname.

River City, mentioned in passing is a nod toward Cincinnati.

Both Hallsburg and Valleyburg recognize Pittsburgh.

As mentioned, Richfield is a nod toward its real-life self but takes on the appearance of Wintersville, Ohio.

Muralville and Mural City are nods toward Steubenville, Ohio, which sits east of Wintersville.

And finally, Columbia itself is named after Columbia, the initial personification of the United States.


Ohio Proud

Yes, one can say I’m Ohio Proud and will always be regardless of where I live today and in the future. From the Ohio Valley to Ironton, Ohio, to Cleveland’s North Shore, and even the Ohio River’s path straight to Cincinnati, the whole State of Ohio is recognized in each book in the Lord of Columbia Series.

The same also goes for Northern West Virginia, where I spent four and a half years working as a personal trainer for what was then the best gym in town and finally, Southwest Pennsylvania, despite its love of the black and yellow.

Thank you all for reading this article and please come back soon for further updates on the Lord of Columbia Series.


University Team Names and Colors (not mentioned in the work!)

Adams Blue Jackets

Allen Seahawks

Ashland Nets

Ashtabula Mariners

Athens Ravens

Auglaize Indians

Belmont Rockies 

Brown Bengals

Butler 49ers

Carroll 76ers

Champaign Chiefs

Clark Braves

Clermont Nuggets

Clinton Magic

Columbiana Jets

Coshocton Blackhawks

Crawford Bears

Cuyahoga Browns

Darke Falcons

Defiance Eagles

Delaware Redskins

Erie Cubs

Fairfield Giants

Fayette Hawks

Franklin Patriots

Fulton Lions

Gallia Titans

Geauga Bills

Greene Packers

Guernsey Islanders 

Hamilton Reds

Hancock Flames

Hardin Thrashers (former name of the Winnipeg Jets)

Harrison Bullets (former name of the Washington Wizards)

Henry Raiders

Hocking Brewers

Holmes Buccaneers

Huron Lakers

Jackson Cowboys

Thomas (for Jefferson County) Nationals

Knox Pirates

Lake Clippers

Lawrence Lightning

Logan Sharks

Lorain Tigers

Lucas Vikings

Madison Dodgers

Mahoning Penguins

Marion Suns

Medina Astros

Meigs Mavericks

Mercer Ducks

Miami Dolphins

Monroe Steelers

Montgomery Flyers

Morgan Orioles

Morrow Kings

Muskingum Rays

Noble Saints

Ottawa Senators 

Paulding Broncos

Perry Chargers

Pickaway Coyotes

Pike Spurs

Portage Golden Knights

Preble Rams

Putnam Thunder 

Richland Colts

Ross Panthers

Sandusky Wild

Scioto Bucks

Seneca Grizzlies

Shelby Cardinals

Stark Warriors

Trumbull Pelicans

Tuscarawaras Hornets

Union Predators

Van Wert Oilers

Vinton Pacers

Warren Rangers

Washington Capitals 

Wayne Yankees

Williams Canucks

Wood Trail Blazers

Wyandot Diamondbacks 



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