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Type Country
Location To the east of Maren
Size Long as opposed to wide
Terrain Mountainous, plains, valleys
Bodies of water Shappa River
Marine Life
Location Information
Established Unknown
Official Language Common Eastern (among the Lowlanders)
Religious Head
Residents The Saren Lowlanders
The K'miri
Religion Main Pantheon
Patron God
Law Enforcement
Major Events
Capital Rachia
Port Cities
Major Cities
Major Roads
Notable Buildings
Government Absolute monarchy
Head of State The Warlord
Wars Saren Civil War
Main Industry
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Only Appearance Lioness Rampant
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Tortall and Surrounding Kingdoms in 5th century HE

Sarain (pronounced sahr-AYN) is a kingdom near the Roof of the World mountain range. It is a country in the Tortallan Universe.


Location and political borders

Sarain is located to the east of Maren and has coastline along the Great Inland Sea. It is one of the Eastern Lands due to being on the same continent as the rest, but it is not culturally like Maren, Tortall, Galla, or Tusaine.

Landforms and bodies of water

Its western border is the Shappa River.[1] Its eastern border is the M'kon River, upon which sits Fortress Wei, the kingdom's easternmost outpost.[2]



Sarain is an absolute monarchy and is ruled by a warlord. It is a highly militarized society.


Women's rights

Women cannot inherit titles or lands. The Book of Glass mentions that no woman can hold the Saren throne either[3].

The K'miri have female chieftains and women who are high in rank but they are generally hated by the Saren Lowlanders and seen as savages.


Known cities and towns


Sarain is ruled by a warlord, who holds absolute power over his nobles and commoners. In the early 5th century HE, Sarain was ruled by the jin Wilima, a Saren noble family that came to power recently. Sarain used to be ruled by kings, not warlords. Their kings were the zhirit Kaufain[1] although it is unknown when this family ruled and when they were overthrown.

Since 434 HE,[4] Adigun jin Wilima was the warlord. He married the K'miri princess Kalasin and had a daughter with her, Thayet jian Wilima. During Lord Adigun's rein, the situation did not ameliorate between the Saren Lowlanders and the K'miri. To protest the subjugation and continued violence against her people, Kalasin jumped off a balcony, committing suicide.

Around 437 HE, the Saren Civil War broke out, as dissenting nobles revolted against Lord Adigun. He was overthrown and executed by one of his nobles, and Thayet was forced to flee the country to avoid the same or similar fate. The war did not end with Adigun's execution, however, as nobles were now jockeying to become warlord. Dusan zhir Anduo, one of the nobles who originally revolted against Lord Adigun, tried to capture Thayet in order to marry her and strengthen his claim to the throne. Lord Dusan was also a descendant of the zhirit Kaufain[1]. Thayet managed to escape with the help of Liam Ironarm, the Shang Dragon; Alanna the Lioness of Tortall; and Buriram Tourakom. Lord Dusan's opponent wanted to kill Thayet so Lord Dusan could not legitimize his claim.

Known rulers

New warlord

The victorious warlord was neither Lord Dusan nor his opponent, but a different noble. He married a full K'mir and made peace with the tribes—something that Lord Adigun never accomplished even while married to a princess of the K'miri tribes. He has been trying to restore order and prosperity in the country.[5]


Sarain only appears in Lioness Rampant, the final installment of The Song of the Lioness quartet.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lioness Rampant, Chapter 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lioness Rampant, Chp 3
  3. Lioness Rampant, Chapter 4
  4. Tortallan timeline
  5. Random Buzz, "The Conte kids, Kally, Sarain, Buri, and the Riders"; April 18, 2009

See also