(also known as Lauralanthalasa Kanan
), is one of the Heroes of the Lance
in the Dragonlance fantasy
series, written by Margaret Weis
and Tracy Hickman
, originally published by TSR, Inc.
and later by Wizards of the Coast
. One of the most beautiful women on all the world of Krynn, she is a skilled fighter, a brilliant tactician, and an inspirational leader though she is also headstrong and willful and often allows her heart to rule her head.
Tracy Hickman's wife, Laura, was the inspiration for Laurana.
Laurana is the youngest child of the elf king Solostaran, the Speaker of the Sun
who rules of the elves of the kingdom called Qualinesti
. She has two older brothers: Porthios Kanan
, heir to the throne, and Gilthanas Kanan
She was a rather pampered child, skilled at using her good looks and charm to get what she wanted. This trait follows her into adulthood.
When Laurana was a child (by elf reckoning), she fell in love with Tanis Half-Elven
. Much of her story revolves around her love for Tanis, and her many attempts to see him return her feelings. Tanis was the ward of her father, who took care of the boy when his mother died. The two youngsters began a youthful romance which was always frowned upon by the king and Laurana's brothers, who did not think it fit that a royal princess should be so infatuated with a bastard half-breed like Tanis. The romance ended when Tanis made up his... Read More