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Sarralyn Salmalín
Reigning Monarch
Years of Service
Biographical Information
Honorific '
Born 462 HE
Species 3/4 Mortal
1/4 God
Nationality Tortallan
Magic Unknown
Specialization Shapeshifting
Physical Description
Gender Female (by choice)
Family Information
Family Draper family
Ancestors Father Universe
Mother Flame
Grandparents Weiryn
Green Lady
Parents Numair Salmalín
Veralidaine Sarrasri
Adoptive Parents
Siblings Rikash Salmalín
Skysong (dragon)
Adoptive Children
Godsparents Musenda Ogunsanwo
Onua Chamtong
George Cooper
Alanna the Lioness
Other Family Great Gods
Minor gods
Animal gods
Patron God
Rank Commoner
Residence Tortallan Royal Palace
Bazhir Tribe
K'miri Tribe
Bibliographical Information
Tortallan Universe character
First Mentioned '
Only Mentioned '
First Appeared Trickster's Choice
Last Appeared '
Latest Appearance Trickster's Queen
Only Appearance '
Last Mentioned '
Sarralyn Salmalín (pronounced SAHR-rah-linn sahl-mah-LEEN), born in mid-May of 462[1], is the first child and daughter of Numair Salmalín and Veralidaine Sarrasri and the older sister of Rikash Salmalín. She is a shapeshifter. Her grandparents are Weiryn, the northern god of the hunt, and The Green Lady.


Birth and naming

Daine gave birth to Sarralyn in the palace, assisted by Queen Thayet's own healers and midwives[2]. While still in the womb, Sarralyn shapeshifted into all different animals, forcing her mother to shapeshift as well. This is revealed to be because Daine shapeshifted in the early stages of pregnancy, thus giving Sarralyn a bad example. Once born, Sarralyn did not stop changing shape and went species to species, gender to gender, every few seconds.

The naming ceremony was held at Fief Trebond, in northern Tortall[3]. The date of the ceremony was June 22nd, 462 HE. Her maternal grandparents visited from the Divine Realms, having got special permission to leave for the sake of their granddaughter. Her grandmother and namesake, Sarra, made her choose a species and a gender and forced her to agree to stay with it for the first five years of her life. Sarralyn chose to be human and female for that half-decade. Her naming ceremony was attended by high-ranking people throughout the realm of Tortall, including the King, the Queen, Myles and Eleni of Olau, Alanna of Pirate's Swoop and Olau, George Cooper, Raoul of Goldenlake, Buriram Tourakom, and even Wyldon of Cavall, among others. Her godsparents were Musenda Ogunsanwo of the Queen's Riders, Onua Chamtong, Alanna the Lioness, and George Cooper.

Her naming ceremony was seen in a vision that was sent to Alianne of Pirate's Swoop by Kyprioth the trickster.

Visit to the Copper Isles

Sarralyn was brought along with the Tortallan delegation and visit to the Copper Isles, where her godssister, Alianne, worked as a spymaster. A part of the delegation were her godsparents Alanna and George, her godsbrother Thom, her parents, her brother Rikash Salmalín (still a new-born), and Sir Myles and Lady Eleni. They met with Aly in the strictest secrecy before they went back to Tortall after a successful negotiation with Queen Dovasary, the new queen of the Copper Isles. Sarralyn seemed to really look up to Thom, and beamed up at him while he was talking to her about stars and bouncing her on his knee.


         Benek ┬ ?
           Sarra BeneksriWeirynVeralidaine SarrasriNumair Salmalín
                  Sarralyn Salmalín                    Rikash Salmalín


Sarralyn appears as multiple animals and then a human baby in Trickster's Choice. She also appears as a very minor character in the epilogue of Trickster's Queen when she is two years old.

Further information

Tamora Pierce has plans for writing a book centered around Rikash and Sarralyn, although that's still in the distant future, told from Rikash's point of view.[4]

Notes and references

  1. Sheroes-Central
  2. Random Buzz; "Yuki and 'labor and delivery' in Tortall."; April 2009
  3. Trickster's Choice, Ch. 9 (pg. 226; Random House paperback)
  4. Random Buzz; "Books"; April 2009

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