As many of the residents of the Blue House know only too well, names tend to come at me out of nowhere in particular, and stick like blueberry bubblegum. Princess Hastings. Nasriel Threeb. Kijé Yenseh. Baral Favain. Saalis.
Um… it turns out Saalis is a real place. See map below.
Admittedly, the Aaland Islands (where the real-world Saalis is) are part of Finland, the mainland of which does not use the ruotsalainen O character, but on the islands themselves the language used is Swedish, which does, which means that only a mainland Finn, or someone using a non-Swedish keyboard, or someone who preferred the traditional spelling, would actually spell it Saalis. Everybody in the area would use Sålis.
To any Sålisans out there: I am aware that I have said many nasty things about Saalis on this blog – I don’t mean you, I thought I’d made it all up. To the best of my knowledge, I had never heard the word before tonight, when I decided I’d just idly Google Saalis and see what came up.
That said, my Saalis is staying right where it belongs in Sector H-13 of Wild Space, and I am going to keep world-building. Watch this space.
Know the really cool thing? I’m part Swedish. I’m honor-bound to spell the real place with a ruotsalainen O, which means I still get to differentiate between Sålis and Saalis.
Thanks for reading.