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|Sigil||Three silver fish, one above the other; the Silver Fish.|
|Banner||Three silver fish on a field of dark Blue.|
|Ruler||Tenobia si Bashere Kazadi|
|Crown||The Broken Crown|
Author: Toral Delvar
Unless stated otherwise, all information herein is taken from The World of Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time", Chapter 28. .
As with all the Borderlands, Saldaea has a martial culture, with the need for constant vigilance against Trolloc raids from the north. Relationships with the other Borderlands are excellent, with this strengthened by intermarriages between the leading houses (TPoD, Prologue). As a result for the need for security, the constant jockeying for position of Daes Dae'mar, seen in many of the southern lands, is almost unknown there. Saldaeans make up the finest light cavalry in the lands. The country has come under attack from Trolloc hordes, which threated the capital, though with the aid of Rand al'Thor, it was saved.
Unless stated otherwise, all information herein is taken from The Wheel of Time Roleplaying Game, Chapter 12.
Like all of the Borderlands, Saldaea became a nation near the beginning of the War of the Hundred Years. The governors of the five northern provinces met; the outcome of this meeting was an agreement to form five stable nations. The purpose of these nations was to defend the rest of the continent against the Blight, and therefore protecting the peace of the land. The first king of Saldaea was Rylen t'Boriden Rashad
Saldaea is the largest of the Borderlands, bigger than Arafel and Shienar combined. It stretches from the World's End cliffs in the Aryth Ocean in the east to the northern edge of the Black Hills in the west, where it borders Kandor. The crown has a loose hold on some parts of the land. When Faile was a child, Tenobia made sure that people who had not seen a taxman in five generations knew who their queen was (TSR, Ch. 42). Like Shienar, the winters can be cold enough to freeze sap and burst trees (TFoH, Ch. 29) and at such times, snow shoes or skis are the only way to travel (TFoH, Ch. 29).
- Bodies of Water
- Hills and Mountains
There are various regions in Saldaea, each of which is ruled by a noble. The ones we know of are:
- Asnelle, belonging to Queen Tenobia
- Bashere, belonging to Davram Bashere
- Gahaur, belonging to Lady Zavion Gahaur
- Ganai, belonging to Queen Tenobia
- Kunwar, belonging to Queen Tenobia
- Shahayni, belonging to Queen Tenobia
- Sidona, belonging to Davram Bashere
- Tyr, belonging to Davram Bashere
Cities, Towns and Villages
- Cities, Towns and Villages in Saldaea
Maradon: The capital built on the site of Deranbar, the capital of Jaramide. Other cities, towns and villages include the following:
Government and Nobility
Saldaea is ruled by Queen Tenobia. Though only in her mid twenties, she is passed the age that most high nobles in the Borderlands usually marry and is rumoured to have excessive demands regarding any potential husband, such that she is expected to die unmarried and childless (TPoD, Ch. 1). Davram Bashere is her heir, and Faile his. Along with the other Borderland nobles, Tenobia swore to Rand al'Thor and took her armies to the Field of Merrilor.
- The Broken Crown
The crown of Saldaea is known as the Broken Crown; the significance of this is not known.
The Broken Crown is discussed several times throughout the books.
- Min has a viewing of Perrin and a broken crown. She tells him that she sees "A wolf, and a broken crown, and trees flowering all around him (TEotW, Ch. 15).
- "I suppose Zarine told you all about my estates before you...married her. All about the Broken Crown. She was always talkative as a girl" – (Bashere to Perrin; LoC, Ch. 46).
- "Broken Crown? Faile had certainly never mentioned any broken crown" (Perrin to Bashere; (LoC, Ch. 46); not knowing what it is, he does not capitalise "Broken Crown" in his mind)
- ““Faile, what is a broken crown?" […] She made a vexed noise and suddenly began to smell upset.” (LoC, Ch. 46)
- "He had taught her to ride, watched her grow up, presented her with the Broken Crown when she took the throne" (Davram about Tenobia; (CoT, Prologue).
- "And that little matter of the Broken Crown that Elyas had let slip. Everybody said that wives kept their secrets, but there were limits!" (Perrin; CoT, Ch. 5); having had the significance of the Broken Crown explained to him, Perrin now capitalises it when he thinks of it).
- Perrin thinks of the Broken Crown, and that when he and Faile discuss it, he might not struggle to raise his voice (KoD, Ch. 30).
- Noble Houses
- House Bashere
- House Gahaur
- House Kazadi
- House Ramsin
- House Torkumen
The Saldaean military is commanded by the Marshall-General, currently Davram Bashere. The cavalry is the best in the world and perform drills in units as large as nine thousand. Men take their women to war with them, though they do not traditionally fight in the actual battles.
A large proportion of the Saldaean army marched south around 999NE with the Borderland army
Relations and Trade
People and Customs
Following marriage, couples take on each other's name, for example Deira ni Ghaline t'Bashere and Perrin t'Bashere Aybara and Faile ni Bashere t'Aybara. Saldaeans celebrate their marriage each summer, in the Shanna'har ceremony.
Women from Saldaea are known for their fiery temper and their unpredictability. They often expect their men to stand up to them and shout back when they get angry, feeling that if he does not, it is because he considers her weak (TPoD, Ch. 10). Davram and Deira are considered odd as they seldom shout (CoT, Prologue).
It is said that Saldaeans make Arafellins look stolid and Domani downright dull (TPoD, Ch. 10). Saldaean farmgirls are known for shaving the head of any woman who tries to poach their man (TSR, Ch. 14).
Zarine is a name given to Saldaean girls by women who expect their daughters to be great beauties and heartbreakers (TGH, Ch. 23).
Feasts and Festivals
Appearance, Clothing and Dress
People in Saldaea often have distinctive physical traits, including tilted, almond shaped eyes, high cheekbones and large, beak-like noses. Fiery red hair is also common (TGH, Ch. 18).
Ladies of the Saldaean court have a highly elaborate language of fans by which they can communicate without needing to speak. Women in general wear high-necked dresses with long sleeves.
The Sa'sara is an alluring Saldaean dance that is reputed to make the Tuatha'an's Tiganza seem almost staid. Saldaean history records three wars, two rebellions and forty-seven unions and feuds as well as innumerable duels sparked by women dancing the Sa'sara.
"As forward as a Saldaean farmgirl" is an expression for those who are forward (LoC, Ch. 46).
My heart rises with the sun
To the chime of swords
I die at sunset
Characters from Saldaea
- Main article: Saldaean Character List
- Mazrim Taim
After Logain had been captured, and before Rand had proclaimed himself in Falme, Mazrim Taim claimed to be the Dragon Reborn and brought strife and war to Saldaea (TGH, Ch. 4). He fell at Irinjavar, at the moment Rand battled Ba'alzamon in the skies, a vision of that event being seen in Saldaea (TDR, Ch. 12). Although his time as a false dragon was short, the damage he did to Saldaea made a great impression and once he had broken free of the Tower following his capture, Tenobia sent Davram Bashere to retake him (TFoH, Ch. 56). The strength of feeling against him was such that no order by the Dragon Reborn or the queen would have prevented the people in Saldaea from rising against him (LoC, Ch. 2).