|Sarugani Temaida Balitang|
|Duchess Balitang, Her Grace|
|Start of Reign|
|End of Reign|
|Years of Service|
|Died||455 HE (in a horseriding accident)|
|Ancestors|| House Temaida|
|Children|| Lady Saraiyu Hetnim|
Dovasary I, Queen of the Copper Isles
|Descendants||The Balitang royal family, Mequen Hetnim|
|Affiliation||Kyprioth, the Raka|
|Tortallan Universe character|
|First Mentioned||Trickster's Choice|
|Last Mentioned||Trickster's Queen|
Sarugani Temaida Balitang (pronounced SAHR-oo-gah-nee tehm-EYE-dah BAHL-ee-tahng) was a raka noblewoman and descendant of the Haiming Dynasty, the old ruling family of the Copper Isles before the Luarin Conquest. House Temaida had kept the old royal blood a secret for centuries, waiting since the Kyprish Prophecy for a chance to put one of their female members on the throne. As the Prophecy called for someone who was "twice-royal", Sarugani would not have been the queen whom Kyprioth mentioned in the prophecy. Before her death, she was married to Mequen Balitang and had two daughters by him: Saraiyu and Dovasary. Through Sarai she was the grandmother of Mequen Hetnim.
Although Sarugani was raised among those who knew who she was and what she carried and meant for the raka, it is likely that she was not aware of how important she was, due to her fiery passion and general impulsiveness. The conspirators thought about putting her on the throne, but they decided against it, knowing the time wasn't right and she wasn't right.
She married a Rittevon duke, Mequen Balitang, a cousin of King Oron. She was best friends with Lady Winnamine Fonfala, another luarin noblewoman who did not care about ethnic or racial differences when choosing friends. Upon her marriage to Duke Mequen, Sarugani became Duchess Balitang. Her dowry was Tanair, a small castle on Lombyn Island.
Personality and traits
Sarugani was similar to Sarai, and the raka conspirators believed that she would not have been a good candidate to retake the throne from the luarin because of her passionate and sometimes reckless personality.
? Rittevon Dynasty ┌—————————————┴————————┐ ┌—————————————┴————————┐ │ │ │ │ Nuritin Balitang unnamed brother ┬ Rittevon princess Rittevon king or prince │ │ Sarugani Temaida † ┬ Mequen Balitang ┬ Winnamine Fonfala Oron Rittevon │ │ ┌————————————————————————————————┴——┐ ┌┴———————————————————┐ │ │ │ │ Saraiyu Balitang ┬ Zaimid Hetnim Dovasary Balitang Petranne Balitang Elsren Balitang † │ Mequen Hetnim
Sarugani herself doesn't appear in any of the books. She died years before Trickster's Choice begins, around the time of Page, the second volume of the Protector of the Small-quartet. Thus she is only mentioned in the two Daughter of the Lioness novels.