|Aliases||The Green Lady|
Goddess (after death)
|Gift||Rose (human); White (divine)|
|Parents||Benek, mother unnamed|
|Descendants||Sarralyn and Rikash Salmalín (grandchildren)|
|Occupation||Healer and midwife|
|First appeared||Wild Magic|
|Latest appearance||Trickster's Choice|
Sarra Beneksri was the daughter of Benek, the mother of Veralidaine Sarrasri and lover of Weiryn. Before her death in a bandit raid, she was a hedgewitch. She is currently a minor goddess known as The Green Lady.
One Beltane night, lacking a sweetheart, she went walking in the woods and met Weiryn. Sarra became pregnant with Daine, and refused to tell anyone, even her daughter, who the father was. Sarra, Daine, and Benek all lived together and their home was a happy one. Although close to her daughter, Sarra and her father never got along very well.
All the women in Sarra's family were healers, and she wanted her daughter to follow in her footsteps, repeatedly testing Daine for the gift. Although she recognized her daughter had a "knack with animals," she never suspected the true nature of Daine's wild magic.
Sarra was a cheerful, kind, and traditional woman, and popular with men. Her greatest enjoyments were dancing and working in her garden and kitchen. The women of Snowsdale were happy to rely on her for healing, but thought her shameful for bearing a child out of wedlock. She never married, out of loyalty to Weiryn, despite receiving several offers from village men, including Hakkon Falconer.
In January of 449 HE, bandits attacked Snowsdale, killing many people, including both Sarra and Benek. Daine survived, by dint of being away from the village at the time of the raid, because Sarra had asked her to visit her friends Lory and Rand.
The Green LadyEdit
After her death, her beloved, Weiryn, petitioned the gods to allow her to live with him in the Divine Realms and helped her become a minor goddess. Thus Sarra became the Green Lady. As such she watches over village gardens, childbearing, and matters of the heart in the Northern Forests of the Eastern Lands. (Note that these matters also fall under the province of The Great Mother Goddess, but The Goddess can't be everywhere.)
The Green Lady began appearing over the town well in Snowsdale, telling people to call on her for help. When folk pray to her, she speaks to them, giving advice, and possibly uses her divine magic to assist them directly. The residents of the town don't know that the goddess they are praying to is the same person as Sarra.
As The Green Lady, she is taller than her mortal self, and wears a green dress with a green veil over her face and hair.
Her divine magic manifests as white.
Benek ┬ ? │ Sarra Beneksri ┬ Weiryn │ Veralidaine Sarrasri ┬ Numair Salmalín │ ┌——————————————————┴————————————————┐ Sarralyn Salmalín Rikash Salmalín
Not much is known about Sarra's ancestors. The only parent who is ever named is Sarra's father Benek. She was never married and has only one daughter, Veralidaine Sarrasri, through whom Sarra has two grandchildren, Sarralyn and Rikash Salmalín. Sarra and Weiryn like being grandparents and dote on Daine's children. Sarra's son-in-law is the powerful mage Numair Salmalín.
Sarra is mentioned and appears as a very minor character in several novels. She is first mentioned by Daine in Wild Magic. This is also the novel where she first appears, although only very briefly in a dream of Daine. She also appears in Daine's dreams in the following two novels, Wolf-Speaker and Emperor Mage. Her first major appearance, however, doesn't take place before the last installment of the Immortals quartet, The Realms of the Gods. There Sarra and Weiryn save Daine and Numair from the Skinners by bringing them into the Divine Realms. Daine and Numair stay some time with Daine's parents and get valuable gifts and advice from them before leaving for the Mortal Realms again. Sarra is seen again in Trickster's Choice, where she is part of one of Alianne of Pirate's Swoop's visions sent to her by Kyprioth and showing the naming ceremony of Daine's daughter. In this vision Sarra performs the ceremony and also advises her daughter to be more strict in the raising of Sarralyn.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Tortallan timeline
- ↑ Wild Magic, Chp 3
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 The Realms of the Gods, Chp 2
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Wild Magic, Chp 5
- ↑ Emperor Mage, Chp 9
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Wild Magic, Chp 6
- ↑ The Realms of the Gods, Chp 7
- ↑ The Realms of the Gods, Chp 1
- ↑ The Realms of the Gods, Chp 10
- ↑ Random Buzz; "Yuki and 'labor and delivery' in Tortall."; April 2009