|Empress of Carthak|
|Style||Her Imperial Majesty|
|Start of Reign|
|End of Reign|
|Tenure||461 HE - present|
|Years of Service|
Tortallan (by birth)
|Noble House||Conté family|
|Ancestors||King Jonathan I †|
King Roger III
King Gareth III
King Jasson III †
Queen Daneline †
|Grandparents||King Roald V †|
Queen Lianne †
Adigun jin Wilima †
|Parents||King Jonathan IV|
|Siblings||Crown Prince Roald|
|Children||Crown Prince Binur|
|Other Family||Lianokami of Conté (niece)|
Shinkokami of Conté (sister-in-law)
Fazia Iliniat (mother-in-law)
|Residence||Imperial Palace of Carthak (current)|
King's Reach (former)
Tortallan Royal Palace (former)
|Affiliation||Countess of King's Reach|
|Tortallan Universe character|
|First Appeared||Wild Magic|
|Last Mentioned||Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales|
Empress Kalasin "Kally" Iliniat, born Kalasin of Conté (pronounced KAHL-ah-sihn ihl-LIN-ee-at / of kohn-TAY) in 441 HE, is the first daughter and second child of King Jonathan and Queen Thayet of Conté. She was born a princess of Tortall, where her parents co-reigned as King and Queen. She was named after her K'miri grandmother Kalasin, who was reputedly the most beautiful woman in the world. Kalasin has five siblings, Roald, Liam, Jasson, Lianne and Vania. After her marriage to Kaddar of Carthak, she is titled as the Empress of Carthak.
Kalasin grew up closely with her older brother, Crown Prince Roald, and were one year apart in age. She was also raised closely with Alanna the Lioness's children, Thom, Alan and Aly. As her other siblings were much younger, she was snobby about being one of the oldest in the bunch.
She had a loving relationship with her parents and her siblings.
Meeting Daine the Wildmage
Kalasin, Roald, and Thom of Pirate's Swoop, met Daine when she became assistant horsemistress of Onua Chamtong in 450 HE. They were fascinated with Daine and followed her around everywhere, much to the amusement of their mother, Thayet of Conté. Kalasin regaled Daine with her dreams of becoming a Tortallan knight, as her father had decreed that noblewomen were allowed to try for their knighthood, same as noblemen. She said she would be the first known female knight in over a century.
When they were staying in Pirate's Swoop, Carthaki pirates attacked, who demanded that Thayet and her children give themselves up to stop the attack. Daine was able to help by enlisting her animal friends, as well as Immortals, as aids. When Daine found the dragon Skysong, Kalasin and the other children were fascinated.
Discouraged from Knighthood
Even though Kalasin had held dreams of becoming a knight from a young age, her father persuaded her out of the idea, because he thought other realms would be less than willing to make marital alliances with a bride that was so unconventional. In return, she was allowed to have a say in whom she married, by looking over the marriage candidates and picking the one she liked best. Thayet, who supported her daughter, found out and refused to speak to her husband for weeks.
Because she remained a conventional princess, she spent four years with the Countess of King's Reach, a kinswoman, in order to learn the ins and outs of political life. As Roald went on to become a knight, it is unknown how much their friendship continued as they saw so little of each other in their teens.
Empress of Carthak, Political Marriage
Her parents arranged her marriage with the newly seated emperor of Carthak, Kaddar Iliniat. He was the nephew of Emperor Ozorne, an enemy of Tortall, but Kaddar was interested in establishing needed peace with Tortall. She married him in her late teens, but as political marriages took years to arrange, negotiations probably started when she was still young. Because she married the Emperor of Carthak, she legally forfeited her place in Tortall's line of succession to the throne. The couple reportedly had one son so far, Binur Iliniat. As empress, she adopted her mother's ruling style, and opened schools for commoners and aided the continuation of women's rights in Carthak. Even though she did not become a knight, she was considered very unconventional for a Carthaki empress and received disapproval for her actions, especially from her mother in law, Princess Fazia. They agreed about one thing though: their adoration of Prince Binur. The only other thing that Kalasin listened to her mother in law about was how to navigate state functions.
While her husband absented the palace, Kalasin was in charge of running the county as empress while he was away. This was one of the reasons why Kitten had to go with Daine and Numair Salmalín while they were helping people in southern Carthak, as Kalasin wouldn't have had the time to entertain Kitten at the palace.
Personality and Traits
Kally has a strong Gift with a talent for healing. Her appearance is described in Wild Magic along with her brother, Roald's; both have black hair and blue eyes. Although Kalasin is curious and outspoken as a young girl, it is unknown exactly what her personality is grown. She does take after her mother in charity and independence, and opens schools and helps the poor of Carthak—much to Princess Fazia's disapproval.
Kalasin took after her parents with her coal black hair and blue eyes. It is unknown what she looked like later in her life, or if she received some of her mother's famous beauty.
Kalasin is the first Tortallan princess to ever appear in the series, and the only Tortallan princess to ever say anything in the books. This is even true in Beka Cooper's trilogy.
Alysy of Conté † - Roger III of Conté ┬ Jessamine of Conté │ Gareth III of Conté │ ? generations │ Jasson III of Conté ┬ Daneline of Jesslaw │ Naxen ┌——————————————————┴————————————————┐ │ │ │ Lianne of Naxen ┬ Roald V of Conté unnamed brother ┬ unnamed wife │ │ Jonathan IV of Conté ┬ Thayet jian Wilima Roger of Conté │ ┌———————————————————┴———┬———————————————————————————————————┬———————————┬———————————————┬——————————————————┐ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ Iliniat │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ Shinkokami ┬ Roald VI of Conté Kalasin of Conté ┬ Kaddar Iliniat Liam of Conté Jasson of Conté Lianne of Conté Vania of Conté │ │ Lianokami of Conté Binur Iliniat
Notes and references
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- Random Buzz; "The Conte kids, Kally, Sarain, Buri, and the Riders."; April 18, 2009
- Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales, The Dragon's Tale