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Kitiara Uth Matar

Article written by Nick Barfuss & Joe Mashuga


Kitiara Uth Matar (October 28, 318 AC357 AC), or "Kit", was one of the most infamous figures during the War of the Lance. As the Blue Lady, Kit controlled the Blue Dragonarmy. When the Queen of Darkness was defeated at the Temple of Neraka, Kit was able to keep most of her forces intact. Years later, she backed her half-brother Raistlin Majere in his bid for godhood and sent her army to Palanthas in a battle known as the Blue Lady's War. Kit perished from wounds suffered by Dalamar near the end of the war, and her body was taken from Palanthas by Lord Soth. Her presence and charisma were such that Kit's blue dragon Skie and Lord Soth would both spend years trying to find her soul. Kitiara was also known as the Blue Lady, the Dark Lady, and was referred to as a "Lord" by many individuals – including Takhisis herself.

Early Life

Kitara Uth Matar by Nick Barfuss.
Kitara Uth Matar by Nick Barfuss.
Kitiara was born to Gregor Uth Matar and Rosamun Aelan in 318 AC, probably in the city of Palanthas. Gregor and Rosamun left Palanthas for the city of Solace when Kit was still a baby. Kit had the same brown eyes and dark curly hair possessed by her father, and her smile always had a lopsided and roguish quality to it. Gregor abruptly left Solace in 325 AC, and Rosamun soon married the woodcutter Gilon Majere. The following year, Kitiara considered following Ursa Il Kinth out of Solace but stayed to help Rosamun give birth to the twins Caramon and Raistlin Majere. Kitiara named Raistlin after the clever hero in Gregor's stories that he had once told to her.

Gilon was often away chopping wood and the birth was very hard on Rosamun, so Kit taught herself how to cook, sew, mend, and look after the boys. Kit yearned to leave Solace but also pitied Rosamun, whose health had deteriorated after the birth. Although some accounts differ, Kitiara left home around the same time that Raistlin joined Theobald's mage academy. Kit met up with Ursa and his companions and began her life as a mercenary. Her first payment was Beck's sword.

Kitiara periodically returned to Solace with money and small gifts. She gave Caramon a wooden sword and taught him how to use it during her return visits. During one such trip in autumn of 334 AC, Kit met Patric and Strathcoe and joined them on their way to Gwynned. Patric had even proposed marriage to Kit, but he and Strathcoe were killed while they were all out at sea on the Silver Gar. A desperate Kit jumped ship rather than be unjustly accused of their murders. She rested at a nearby farm and entered the Wooden Weapons Annual in the village of Vocalion, in which she tied for first with a dwarf named Camium Ironbender. She reunited with Ursa, but soon discovered that he had betrayed her father and left Gregor to die at Whitsett. Kit fought and killed Ursa but couldn't discover Gregor's true fate. She coincidentally returned to Solace as Rosamun was dying but decided to leave without seeing her mother.

Kitiara first met Tanis Half-Elven shortly after she stole some magical jewels from the Valdane's wizard Janusz. Tanis rushed to Kit's aid in her fight against some hobgoblins, only to discover that she had been toying with them. The pair immediately got acquainted with one another, though there was some tension when Kitiara's former lover Caven Mackid turned up looking for his share of loot from Kit. Kit was captured by Janusz and Res-Lacua and taken to Icereach, where she was "rescued" by Tanis. Kitiara became pregnant during this time but the child's father and fate is not known.

Upon their return to Solace, both Kitiara and Tanis were surprised to learn that their relatives and friends had already met one another. Kit found Solace a little more interesting with Tanis and her new friends around, and decided to stay for a time. The group came to be known as the Companions. In 346 AC, the Companions split up for various reasons, but they agreed to meet at the Inn of the Last Home in five years' time. Tanis broke off his relationship with a furious Kit before they went their separate ways.

Kitiara and Sturm headed north to Solamnia by way of the elven ship High Crest. Stranded in Caergoth, the pair acquired passage on the gnome ship Cloudmaster, bound for Solanthus. According to some rumors, the ship malfunctioned and sent the entire crew to the red moon Lunitari for a time before they returned to Krynn. Some time during this journey, Kitiara became increasingly annoyed at Sturm's attempts to take charge. This, coupled with her frustration concerning Tanis, caused her to seduce Sturm one night during his evening prayers. She didn't know it at the time, but she became pregnant with his child. The two parted ways shortly afterward, though she found Sturm as he was confronting Merinsaard. Kit killed Merinsaard with an arrow to the back, and sent a second arrow that contained her final goodbye to Sturm.

Kitiara showed up at Sara Dunstan's cottage, sick and with child. Sara and a local druidess cared for Kit during her pregnancy. She was very ill during her term and it is rumored that she may have made a deal with the Queen of Darkness to kill others in exchange for her own life. Kit named her son Steel as a kind of joke, since Sturm was the father. Kitiara agreed to let Sara keep the child, though she periodically sent money and gifts to Sara and Steel.

Rise to Power

Kit had heard stories about Ariakas, then a general, and left for Sanction as soon as she was well. She met up with her contact Balif, who introduced her to Ariakas. He was impressed with her demeanor and sent her on her first mission – to recruit the red dragon Immolatus. Kit returned to Sanction with Immolatus much to the surprise of Ariakas, who had expected her to fail. She attained the rank of Commander and was sent to the town of Hope's End with Immolatus, there to search for the eggs of metallic dragons. Kit was given orders to do what was necessary if Immolatus deviated from their plan, and when he tried to destroy the eggs Kit stopped him with the aid of the spirit of Sir Nigel of Dinsmoor. Immolatus then tried to acquire Raistlin's Staff of Magius, but Kit killed him with the help of an unwitting Raistlin. Kitiara was pleased at her brothers' burgeoning careers but decided not to reveal herself to them. It was also during this time that she began to believe in the majesty of the Queen of Darkness.

Kitiara became part of the Blue Dragonarmy and was paired with a blue dragon named Zephyr. Her superior, Kartilann, was killed by a sniper's arrow, and shortly thereafter Zephyr was slain. Kitiara and Skie teamed with one another to save face and formed a skilled partnership. With Skie's help, Kit became the Dragon Highlord of the Blue Dragonarmy.

War of the Lance

Kitiara was unable or unwilling to return to the Inn of the Last Home in 351 AC. At that time she was a skilled swordswoman and tactician, with the same cropped and curly black hair and the same crooked smile. Upon hearing of Verminaard's death and the Companions, Kit sent a contingent of blue dragons to capture three of them in Tarsis – most likely Tanis, Caramon, and Raistlin – but they escaped. Shortly afterward, when Tanis entered Silvanesti to stop Lorac's dream, Kitiara had a harrowing dream where she was "killed" by the enemy.

Kitiara was sent to the town of Flotsam to track down Berem, known as the Green Gemstone Man. In Flotsam she discovered Tanis, who was disguised as one of her own troops, and they quickly rekindled their relationship. Soon afterward (possibly the next morning), Kit sent her army against the High Clerist's Tower. While astride Skie, she met Sturm on the tower's battlements and killed him, but her forces were stopped when Laurana used the Dragon Orb that was beneath the tower. She gave the Solamnic forces three days to give Sturm a proper burial. Kitiara returned to Flotsam and found that Tanis was leaving on the Perechon, a ship that also held Berem. She tried to capture the ship but it was pulled under the Blood Sea of Istar by the Maelstrom.

When the Queen of Darkness asked Lord Soth to join her forces, Soth replied that he would help the first Dragon Highlord to spend a night in Dargaard Keep. Kitiara accepted and gained his alliance. Kit lured Laurana into a false parlay, and Lord Soth took her back to Neraka. She encountered Tanis again in Neraka, and Tanis offered to trade himself to Kit in exchange for Laurana's release. Kit apparently accepted and sought to make Tanis one of her officers, but had no intention of releasing Laurana. Instead, she brought Tanis before the Queen of Darkness, and gave Laurana to Lord Soth. Tanis killed Ariakas with Raistlin's help and acquired the Crown of Power, only to have it clatter away. The Temple of Neraka erupted into chaos when Berem reunited with his sister, stopping the Queen of Darkness, but Kitiara survived with much of her forces intact. Though she had the chance to stop Tanis and Laurana from fleeing the Temple of Neraka, Kitiara let them leave.

Post War of the Lance

Kitiara retreated to Sanction after the war and rebuilt her forces, while Lord Soth helped by killing other Dragon Highlords. The Blue Lady, as she was still known, shared an uneasy truce with the Knights of Solamnia. In the spring of 356 AC, she was summoned by Raistlin to the Tower of High Sorcery in Palanthas and made aware of his plan to become a god. She tried to thwart his plans by sending Lord Soth to kill the Revered Daughter Crysania, but Raistlin took Crysania and himself back in time so that the Kingpriest could heal her.

The wizard Dalamar, Raistlin's apprentice and a spy for the Conclave of Wizards, also sought to stop his shalafi from becoming a god. Kitiara made an alliance with Dalamar to stop Raistlin, but Lord Soth convinced Kit that Dalamar secretly supported his master. Soth convinced Kit to attack Palanthas, which she did with a Flying Citadel. Thus began the Blue Lady's War. Kit used the Nightjewel to enter the tower and tried to kill Dalamar, though he mortally wounded her in the attempt. She would have been successful, but Caramon's knowledge of the future enabled him to save Dalamar's life. A mortally wounded Kit begged Tanis to protect her from Lord Soth. Shortly after she died, Lord Soth appeared to claim Kit's body, and Tanis finally gave her up.

After Kitiara's Death

Kitiara's spirit appeared at various times during the Chaos War. She, along with the spirit of Sturm Brightblade, helped Steel pass through the magic of Shoikan Grove. When Palin was in the Abyss, she (or something resembling her) tried to prevent him from returning to Krynn. She appeared to Steel again and gave him the chance to leave, along with Takhisis's other chosen, but he refused.

In addition, both Skie and Lord Soth searched for Kitiara's spirit but to no avail. Skie sought to return Kitiara to life, but Lord Soth's goals were undoubtedly darker.

Inconsistencies

Kitiara's role in helping Raistlin attend his wizard school varies with the story, as does the wizard's name. Her birth date was mentioned at least once as October 31st, though there are twenty-eight days in a Krynnish month.

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