The Planet Cray is an earth-like planet in the lore of Cardfight!! Vanguard. Within the franchise's fictional backstory, cardfighters are said to project themselves onto Cray as astral bodies. According to Kai, these bodies are given two powers; the ability to call and control units, and the ability to possess (ride) a unit as the leader of their army.
Relationship to the Real World
Cray's status as an actual planet is real, as revealed in ride 64 when a mysterious force (later revealed to be Takudo Tatsunagi) borrows Rekka's body. Kai refers to it as a real place, and Shin suggests that the Vanguard Fight Gloves' crystals originate from Cray.
Geography and PoliticsCray is divided into six nations; the United Sanctuary, Dragon Empire, Star Gate, Dark Zone, Magallanica, and Zoo. Each continent is close enough to another to permit contact, this goes the same for Magallanica, which despite its presence as a landmass is primarily located undersea.
This small nation is primarily dominated by the Royal Paladin clan, ruled by the King of Knights, Alfred. It follows a monarchical system of government; the previous ruler's name is unknown. The other prominent force in the United Sanctuary is Oracle Think Tank, a corporation of magically-talented individuals led by the goddess CEO Amaterasu, and guarded by the Oracle Guardians. United Sanctuary is stated to be a holy nation, which combines old traditions with scientific technology. Outside the laws of the United Sanctuary are the Shadow Paladins, founded by Phantom Blaster Dragon in opposition to his ancient enemy, the Royal Paladins. The Shadow Paladins are primarily composed of rogue Royal Paladins like Blaster Dark and Darkside Trumpeter, as well as enemies of the state like Skull Witch, Nemain. The Angel Feather clan also inhabits here, shown to take forms of doctors, nurses, hospitals and many other healing/healer aspects. The Gold Paladin clan was awakened when the current leading clan, Royal Paladin, was sealed away by an unknown force. This nation is represented by the color, yellow.
The largest country by far, the Empire is a military nation whose ruler is unknown. Its military is divided into several sections; anti-ground tactics are handled by the Aerial Assault Unit Kagerō, led by Dragonic Overlord. Basic infantry is covered by the Ground Assault Unit Tachikaze, led by Tyrant Death Rex. Sensitive operations are divided between the Covert Operations Unit Nubatama, led by Stealth Dragon Void Master, and Dueling Dragon, Zanbaku's Empire Black Ops Agency, Murakumo. The Dragon Empire holds a longstanding rivalry with the United Sanctuary, doubtless due to their closely situated countries. Recently, the Narukami, led by Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion, have emerged from behind the scenes in order to quell the chaos that emerged from the empire after a mysterious force caused the Kagerō to become sealed away. They have been successful in keeping the chaos from degenerating, and now carry the great expectations of the Dragon Empire. This nation is represented by the color red.
Situated at Cray's southern pole, Star Gate's landmass is a spaceport operated by the Commercial Wrestling Federation. Aliens, Battroids and entities from alternate realities gather here. The most prominent power present are the Nova Grapplers, led by Asura Kaiser and Mr. Invincible. This is also the current home of the vigilante corp, Dimension Police. Super Dimensional Robo, Daiyusha heads the Dimensional Police's investigations of Cray. The Dimension Police are notably not native to Cray, as they are combating multidimensional criminals from their own world. The Etranger clan also appears on this nation as a cameo clan of the Royal, Shadow and Gold Paladin's leaders. This nation is represented by the color white.
A dark society whose true leadership is yet to be determined. In the Demon World Cup, the clans Dark Irregulars, Spike Brothers, and Pale Moon compete to see who will govern the Dark Zone in its war against the United Sanctuary. The Dark Irregulars' aristocracy is led by the Hell Marquis, Amon or Vermillion Gatekeeper as seen in episode 64. They are an army that gained power through the black arts and forbidden science. The Spike Brothers' Blood Ball team is led by General Seyfried or maybe Juggernaut Maximum as shown in the leader meeting in episode 64 (however this is unlikely because Blaster Blade and Blaster Dark were there when the corresponding leaders were King of Knights, Alfred and Phantom Blaster Dragon, so Juggernaut Maximum, Blaster Blade and Blaster Dark could just be representatives from their clans). Blood Ball and Gallows Ball are apparently popular sports in the Dark Zone, with Spike Brothers coming up as the championship team. Blood Ball is said to be a combination of Rugby and American Football. While the Pale Moon circus' leadership is the least clear of the three, it appears that the Underworld Manager is in charge. Their circus, while popular, serves covertly as an elite assassination corps. It is suggested that they have no true agenda, and will serve whomever is the champion in the Demon World Cup. This nation is represented by the color purple.
An archipelago nation consisting of undying immortals and the enchanted inhabitants of the sea. The two clans home to Magallanica are the Granblue pirates, captained by the Captain Nightmist or possibly King of Demonic Seas, Basskirk as shown in episode 64, and the Bermuda △ idol group, starring Top Idol Flores as clan leader. The clan, Aqua Force, also belongs here as Magallanica's naval military foces and goes to action against any unwanted visitors. This nation is represented by the color blue.
Zoo is a fertile ecosystem housing the most intelligent animals on the planet, and also the most dangerous criminals. The Great Nature clan lives in harmony with nature; they have no known leader, and are the most peaceful clan yet revealed. Opposite to this, the Megacolony insect mafia is headed by Evil Shell Shogun Giraffa. Megacolony appears to be based primarily around references to the Shocker organization from Kamen Rider, just as the Dimension Police are a combination of 80s-style Super Robots and Kamen Riders. Neo Nectar also inhabits the area as Mechanical and Warrior Plants and are also represented as elves and dryads including various types of flora and fauna. The leader of Neo Nectar is revealed to be Maiden of Trailing Rose. This nation is represented by the color green.