This is a hard life, always traveling to satisfy the greed of others. The lords of both cities ask too much of us. I only want a home and family of my own, before it is too late.
Kalan, The Sea of Time,
"Chapter IX: Into the Wastes", IV

Kalan is a Kothifiran seeker, kinswoman of Laurintine and Lanielle.[1]

She was born in Kothifir. She married, and had a daughter. Her husband died not long before she left for the caravan in The Sea of Time, and her baby was sick.[2]

She lives for many years in Langadine. She nursed Laurintine at the end of her life. After Laurintine died, Lainoscopes' father made her marry his cousin, hoping to breed another line of seekers. She loved him, and they had 5 sons, including Lathen and Lanek, but no daughters. Her second husband died in a hunt, where the king was also killed. After he died, Lainoscopes became king, and wanted Kalan to marry yet again and keep trying for a daughter, but she was past childbearing age at that point.[3]

Kalan fled the city with Jame, taking Lanek with her.[4] She returned to Kothifir and was reunited with her baby daughter. That day, she showed Brier to hold the baby.[5] In Kothifir, she stayed with Qrink, her first husband's brother. His tower burned, and she was trapped inside it with her baby. In a desperate attempt to save her daughter, she threw her baby out the window, just before she burned to death. Brier caught the baby, but she died anyways.[6] Because Kalan had shown her how to hold the baby before, Brier blamed herself for the baby's death.


  1. The Sea of Time, "Chapter IX: Into the Wastes", IV — "The blond, portly woman and her thin, elderly companion […] 'I am Kalan,' said the younger. 'This is Laurintine. Our kinswoman, whom you tried to save, was Laurintine’s great-granddaughter, Lanielle.' "
  2. The Sea of Time, "Chapter IX: Into the Wastes", IV — " 'I can lead this expedition back to Kothifir, having left a recently dead husband and a baby daughter behind me in that city, but my mother is also dead' […] Her hazel eyes were bright with unshed tears. 'Ah, I should not have left my child and would not if she had not been ill. Will she live until I return?' "
  3. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XI: Night in a Lost City", II — " The seeker looked much as she remembered, if older, her blond hair tarnished to silver gray, and thinner, with flesh beginning to sag on the bone. […] 'I lived in the palace, first with Laurintine to nurse after that terrible storm. Then, when she died, the old king demanded that I stay, marry one of his cousins, and start a new line of Langadine seekers. […] I loved my husband, but I bore him only sons, five in all. […] killed on the same fatal hunt that claimed the old king’s life. […] He wants me to remarry and try again for a daughter, but I am too old. Besides, two husbands are enough.' "
  4. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XI: Night in a Lost City", III — "Kalan huddled at the mast’s foot between the rowers with Lanek clutched in her arms, having at last cried herself to sleep over her four lost sons."
  5. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XII: A Season of Discontent", I — "Kalan cuddled the baby daughter whom she had left behind so long ago as the child cooed with delight. 'Oh, my dear, my precious, I thought that I had lost you forever, but here you are barely a month older.' […] She turned to the nearest Kendar, who happened to be Brier, and slid the infant into her arms. 'Support her head just so.' "
  6. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XVI: Lost Children", I — "Near the tower’s summit, a window had been thrown open. Kalan stood in it framed by fire, holding her baby daughter. She looked back at the burning room, then down at the ninety foot drop before her. 'Jump!' some of her relatives cried. Others shouted, 'Don’t!' Kalan threw her baby out the window. Brier caught it. The next moment flames erupted out of the tower’s roof and Kalan was sucked back into their incandescent grip."

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