a'Roihan, Elaida do Avriny,
Sedai of the Red Ajah. She was the only woman besides
Siuan and Moiraine to finish novice training in
less than three years. She finished Accepted training in less three
years as well, also a record. Moiraine describes her as a
“detestable woman.” She currently serves as advisor
to the Queen of Andor, a post she has held for three years.
p. 24—Name the Aiel
use for Lan. It means, roughly, “One Man
Alone” or “Man Who is an Entire People” in the Old
See alsoMandragoran, Lan.
p. 75—One of the
Accepted. She is one of the two prettiest girls in the Accepted's
quarters, and she is very aware of that fact. She always smiles when
looking in a mirror, and always seems to be near to a mirror when she
smiles. Waves of golden hair frame her nearly perfect face, her eyes
look like large sapphires, and her skin is a rich creamy color. The
only fault in her appearance, according to
Moiraine, is an over-abundance of bosom. She
is very tall, as tall as most men. She is fond of telling everyone that
she wants to be a Green and have six Warders. She has spiky
p. 305—Plump, gray-haired servant in the Aesdaishar Palace.
p. 45—Aes Sedai of the
Brown Ajah. She is very slender, and has quick eyes to catch
anyone who is not following her lead.
p. 158—Sitter for
the Blue Ajah. She becomes a great beauty when she smiles.
p. 56—Aes Sedai of the
White Ajah. Moiraine heard her say that
all Accepted were to test for the shawl immediately at the
assembly in the Oval Lecture Hall where Tamra
announced her plan to pay bounty. She is very excitable.
p. 182—The best
seamstress in Tar Valon, according to at least five Blue sisters. She
is fair-skinned for a Domani.
p. 62—One of
the Accepted. She has a sharp face, black wavy hair, and an acid tongue
p. 197—Stocky Aes Sedai
of the Red Ajah with long beaded braids.
She is the new Mistress of Novices under
Sierin Vayu. It is tradition to appoint a
Mistress of Novices from the Ajah one was raised from, but Sierin was
raised from the Gray while Amira was from the Red. However, most think
of Sierin as more Red than Gray anyway.
p. 26—Leader of the
Aes Sedai, their equivalent of a king or queen. Her authority is
immense—rulers of all nations will obey a summons to the
Amyrlin, even if they will spend the entire journey devising a plan to
kill her while there. The Amyrlin, once raised, is considered to be
“of all Ajahs and none”—she wears a stole striped with
the seven colors of the Ajahs. The current Amyrlin is
Tamra Ospenya, raised from the Blue Ajah.
See alsoOspenya, Tamra;
p. 136—Aes Sedai of the
Blue Ajah. Her plain features make her look more like a farmer than a
sister. She was present at Moiraine's test for
the shawl. She has a comforting air; almost any conversation with her
turns out comforting.
p. 89—Meilyn's Warder. He is lean, and no taller
than his mistress. He appears youthful until one notices his eyes.
See alsoArganya, Meilyn.
p. 158—Grave-faced, graying
Sitter for the Blue Ajah. She wears lots of jewelry.
p. 279—Square-faced serving
woman assigned to Lan in the Aesdaishar Palace. She
has gray hair. Lan suspects that she is Esne's mother.
p. 40—Aes Sedai
of the White Ajah who gives private classes to
Moiraine fears she will miss those classes if the sisters do not return
from the battle soon. She has silver-gray hair and a thrusting chin.
She is one of the most respected women in the Tower; it is said that no
one has a bad word for her. She has a smooth, emotionless face and
startling blue eyes. She is one of the only Whites to have a Warder.
She has worn the shawl for over three hundred years, and is the
strongest Aes Sedai alive, except for Cadsuane.
innkeeper of the Blue Rose, an inn in Canluum. Tall and handsome with
dark eyes, she and Bukama had a relationship in
horse. She purchased her to celebrate being raised to Accepted. She is
not tall, though she has more stamina than larger horses. She is fast,
too, and a good jumper.
wilder staying in The Gates of Heaven, an inn in Canluum. A merchant,
she wears only a red-enameled pin for jewelry.
p. 115—Gray-haired Aes
Sedai of the Green Ajah. She is an imposing woman despite being nearly
a hand shorter than Moiraine.
p. 197—Aes Sedai of the Red
Ajah from Arad Doman. Slim and beautiful despite being a hand and a
half taller than Moiraine. Her full lips have
a meanness about them, and her eyes search for fault. She is much
weaker than Moiraine in the One Power, but now
that she has been appointed Keeper of the Chronicles under
Sierin Vayu, that matters little. It is tradition
to appoint a Keeper from the Ajah one was raised from, but Sierin was
raised from the Gray while Duhara was from the Red. However, most think
of Sierin as more Red than Gray anyway.
See alsoKeeper of the Chronicles;
p. 12—Short, stocky,
coppery-skinned Domani soldier. Lan finds him asleep
at his post during his rounds.
p. 99—Flame-haired Accepted with a room near
Siuan's. She is slim, with tilted green eyes.
She grew up in Saldaea.
She is a very good cook, and likes baking.
One of the biggest gossips among the Accepted, it is wise to keep a
careful tongue around her. Despite this,
Moiraine considers her a close friend and confidant.
She sleeps like the dead.
from Altara. She earned the great serpent ring the same year
Moiraine and Siuan earned
theirs. Olive-skinned and beautiful, she is almost as tall as Siuan.
She is gregarious and mercurial, with a boisterous sense of humor and
a worse temper than Moiraine. Moiraine and Myrelle began novice
training with heated words, but they eventually became close friends.
yellow-haired Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. She was the only Aes Sedai
in the common room of The Gates of Heaven to wear her shawl. She was
the first to corner Moiraine when she arrived
there. She did not know Moiraine, however, much less that she was a
sister, and assumed she was a wilder.
p. 154—Aes Sedai of
the Green Ajah. Slim and coppery-skinned, she grew up in Arad Doman.
p. 305—Young footman in the
Aesdaishar Palace. Siuan, also known as
Suki, plans to use him to find out information about
the Lady Ines. He has pretty brown eyes.
blue-eyed Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah with short-cut black hair. She
displays no hint of arrogance despite being raised in Andor. She is not
very strong in the One Power. As Accepted, she was friends with
Moiraine and Siuan, and
now that they have been raised and have joined the Blue Ajah, that
friendship has been renewed, thanks especially to their mutual friend,
p. 19—Beardless young
man among Lan's troops. The young Kandori is an
efficient, experienced soldier, and an archer of rare skill. An almost
cheerful killer, he often laughs while he fights.
p. 173—Moiraine's great-grandmother. She ruled
Cairhien for over fifty years. The White Tower would call her a very
successful ruler because Cairhien prospered and had few wars during her
reign. However, her name is still used to frighten children in
See alsoDamodred, Laman;
p. 110—Moiraine's older sister. She is a warm and
loving mother, though very stubborn and not very bright. Stubborn and
not bright are poor qualities in a ruler anyway, but playing with her
children causes her to forget about state business entirely. Moiraine
knows that no one plans to put her on the Sun Throne.
See alsoDamodred, Anvaere;
p. 119—Bony Aes Sedai
of the Yellow Ajah with a long, grim face. She has worn the shawl for
over three hundred years.
p. 83—Baby boy registered by
Moiraine. His mother tried to play Moiraine for
a fool, coaxing money from her for a healer. Moiraine quickly disabused
her of that notion, and at the same time got rid of any other potential
rookery by the women in the line.
p. 12—Name, used in every land, for
Shai'tan, because using his real name causes bad
luck (at best) to anyone who speaks it.
p. 168—Aes Sedai
of the Blue Ajah. She is as strong as Moiraine
and Siuan will be when they reach full potential.
She is tall and square-faced, with steel-gray hair in a multitude of
braids to her waist. She is the head of the Blue Ajah eyes-and-ears,
the best spy network in the world.
seamstress in Chachin. She is very “dear,” according to
Mistress Tolvina. She is a slim woman with
haughty hair and a cool voice.
p. 179—Slim, graying,
small woman, a full hand shorter than Moiraine.
Moiraine's father banked with her older brother, who still handles
Moiraine's accounts in Cairhien, making Ilain an obvious choice for her
banker in Tar Valon. She is very secretive on her customers' behalf.
p. 36—Name by which Lews Therin Telamon
was known during the War of the Shadow. His Rebirth
will signal Tarmon Gaidon, the Last Battle against the Shadow. This
Rebirth was Foretold by Gitara Moroso, just before
the moment of her death.
See alsoDragon Reborn.
p. 43—According to
the Karaethon Cycle, the Prophecies of the Dragon, the man who is the
Rebirth of Lews Therin Telamon, the Dragon. It is
said he will be Reborn at mankind's greatest hour of need to save the
world. His Rebirth was Foretold by Gitara Moroso
just before her death; in fact,
the shock of the Foretelling was what killed her.
See alsoDragon, The.
p. 158—Sitter for the Blue
Ajah. She has white hair to her waist, and a stout, round face. She is
also First Selector of the Blue Ajah, the Ajah head, though this fact is
known only to Blues. She is perhaps the most capable Blue in the last
hundred years, according to Kairen.
p. 309—Pale-haired young woman,
a servant in the Aesdaishar Palace.
p. 108—Lord in whose
encampment many of the infants that Ellid took down
the names of for the bounty.
p. 17—General in the
forces against the Aiel from Tear. He discovered a group of Aiel
that followed to the east. He sent a message to Lan
to the effect that he intended to serve as the hammer that crushed the
Aiel into Lan's troops, who would serve as the anvil.
p. 238—Aes Sedai of
the Yellow Ajah, a very talented Healer. She announced that
Meilyn had died in her bed; this was not
possible, since Siuan hid under the same bed, fell
asleep there, and woke up the next morning to find that the bed had not
been slept in. She is quite likely of the Black Ajah.
p. 279—Square-faced serving
woman assigned to Lan in the Aesdaishar Palace. Lan
suspects that she is Anya's daughter.
p. 53—Accepted from
northern Altara. She is taller than Siuan. She
has pale yellow hair and cold blue eyes. Tarna is very arrogant, and
lacks a sense of humor entirely. She spent nine years as a novice, and
gained the great serpent ring one year before Siuan
and Moiraine did. She had few friends as a
novice, and has even fewer as an Accepted.
ti Gemallen Arrel, Edeyn,
p. 214—Woman who raised the Golden Crane in Lan's name.
She is Lan's carneira (“first,” in the Old Tongue),
his first lover. She is about fifteen years older than Lan.
See alsoGemallen, Iselle.
p. 119—Small, plump
Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. She is always found wearing a smile, and
always seems to be bustling even when she is still. She has worn the
shawl for over three hundred years.
educated man from Cairhienin. Broad-shouldered, he was brought up as a
soldier. He has a clean-shaven, well-proportioned face. He is
good-looking despite an inch-long scar near his left eye. He came to
Mistress Dormaile to get access to
Moiraine's finances. He was denied that access,
and his nosiness was promptly reported to Moiraine herself.
p. 13—Gray-bearded soldier.
Lan found him asleep at his post, still standing up,
eyes open. He denied being asleep, but Lan knew—other seasoned
veterans knew the trick of sleeping with their eyes open, too.
p. 213—Serving maid in the Blue
Rose, an inn in Canluum. She has dark eyes, full lips, and dimples.
She promises to "honor" Lan until his
“knees won't hold [him] up.”
p. 99—Very tall,
golden-haired novice. She will be able to test for Accepted if she
loses her sulky attitude. She probably will, too—the Tower has
ways of getting rid of things it does not want.
p. 109—Sitter for the
Gray Ajah. She has slashes of white at her temples, a commanding
presence, liquid brown eyes, and long black hair.
Moiraine's head comes only to her shoulders.
She hinted, very subtly, that Moiraine herself should claim the Sun
p. 92—Sour-faced under-lieutenant in the Tower Guard.
p. 108—Willa's infant son. He was born
“in sight of Dragonmount,” which is ridiculous; the mountain
is visible for miles and miles in every direction from Tar Valon.
See alsoMandair, Willa.
king of Malkier, a nation now swallowed by the Great Blight, and the
son of al'Akir and el'Leanna,
the last king and queen of Malkier. He is very tall, with long hair
that he wears back with the hadori, a braided leather strap
traditionally worn by Malkieri men. At his birth, shortly before the
Trollocs overran Malkier and the Blight consumed his homeland, Lan was
given four gifts (while still in his cradle): a gold signet ring, a
locket, a sword, and an oath. Lan and his surviving Malkieri companions
are the last of their people. He prefers to avoid Aes Sedai when
possible. Lan has experience fighting the Aiel on the
Shienaran Marches, long before the Aiel War even began. He is quite
practiced in the ko'di, the Oneness, a concentration aid he uses
to clear his mind for battle and other crucial situations.
See alsoDamodred, Moiraine;
ti Mandragoran, Leanna.
p. 205—Proud man, the High Seat of House Marcasiev.
His sigil is an antlered crest and a Red Stag.
p. 27—High Captain of
the Tower Guard. His reports are available only to Aes Sedai.
p. 14—Lan's teacher, one of the original 20 men charged
with the task of carrying the infant prince of Malkier to safety when
the nation was overrun; he is the only one still alive. Bluff and
broad, he is taller than most men, almost as tall as Lan. His hair is
solid gray, which he wears cut to the shoulder according to Malkieri
tradition, held back by the hadori, a thin braided leather cord.
He has blue eyes.
p. 106—Young clerk in the
Tower. He and Mistress Wellin were assigned to
the task of copying the Accepted's handwriting in the registry, until
they found Moiraine and
Siuan already upon the task.
Materasu, Prince Brys,
p. 280—Prince Consort of Kandor.
By law, he must remain in the city of Chachin if
Queen Ethenielle is out of the city, and she
must remain there if he is abroad. He is stocky, rough-hewn, and in his
middle years. He appears more suited to armor than silks, though he
wears neither well. He has a strong reputation as a general, which is
why he is Prince Consort, Swordbearer, and general of her armies.
He is solidly built, and has green eyes.
Materasu, Ethenielle Kirukan.
Sedai of the Green Ajah. She has iron-gray hair and black eyes, and
always wears ornaments in her hair. She is the only woman who Moiraine
knows that is considerably stronger than Moiraine herself is in the
Power. She was presumed dead until she appeared during the Aiel War.
It is said she bent Tower law whenever it suited her, flouted custom,
and always did her own thing, often dragging others with her. It is
whispered that she even assaulted an Amyrlin
once. Moiraine knows this cannot be true—she
would have been executed—but she also admits that where her friend
Siuan was born to lead, Cadsuane was born to
command. She is the strongest Aes Sedai in the Tower for the
past 1000 years.
Mistress of Novices,
p. 35–36—Aes Sedai in charge of novice training in the White Tower.
She serves as both a disciplinarian and a shoulder to cry on for girls
who need either. The current Mistress of Novices is
Merean Redhill of the Blue Ajah.
p. 28—Keeper of the Chronicles
under Tamra Ospenya. She is always
just, usually fair, but rarely kind. She is tall and almost voluptuous.
Raised from the Blue Ajah, she still considers herself a Blue. Her hair
is pure white, and she wears ivory combs in it. Rumor has it that she
is over 300 years old. When she has the Foretelling, it is always
strong, and she is rumored to have them frequently.
See alsoKeeper of the Chronicles;
p. 59—One of the
Accepted. She is shy, but she works hard at being fierce. She wants to
be a Green and have a dozen Warders. She is always exaggerating. At
the meeting where Tamra announced her plan for the
bounty, she asked if the Accepted would be allowed to defend themselves
with the One Power. The answer was no.
p. 80—Young mother
from Murandy. Her daughter is Sedrin's age, to
the day. Her future husband ran off to become a Warder, and she does
not like the man she actually did marry nearly as much. She
wants very little to do with the White Tower.
See alsoMowly, Ellya.
p. 114—Aes Sedai of
the Green Ajah. She had two sisters and two brothers, both of which
have long since passed away. She has at least two Warders, including
Karile and Stepin. Very
tall and skinny, her hair is cut shorter than her Warders' hair, above
her shoulders. She does needlework when not traveling, though she
rarely remains in the Tower long before leaving again. She is the
strongest Aes Sedai alive except for Meilyn and
Cadsuane; no one has come to the Tower in over
six hundred years who could match her potential.
p. 119—Keeper of the Chronicles
under Tamra Ospenya, appointed to
replace Gitara Moroso after her death. She has
white, straight hair cut short like Kerene's.
She is slim, and has copper-colored leathery skin, a narrow jaw, and a
p. 166—Aes Sedai of the
Blue Ajah. She is a slim woman from Saldaea with dark tilted eyes and
high cheekbones. She is a very lenient teacher.
p. 75—Accepted from
Tarabon. She is the most beautiful woman in the Accepted's quarters,
with the possible exception of Ellid, though she
seems blissfully unaware of this. She has very little tact for a
sheepherder's daughter, and a sharp tongue. She is often unaware when
she says something wrong. She and Moiraine are
Niall, Lord Captain Commander Pedron,
p. 174—Lord Captain
Commander of the Children of the Light. Only a handful of living men
know war better than he. He commanded the army against the Aiel for one
day of fighting.
p. 301—Lovely, slim
Chachin banker in her middle years. She has graying hair in four long
braids and stern, questioning eyes.
p. 57—One of the
Accepted. She is very tall. She is a rarity in the Tower, one of the
Tuatha'an, the Traveling People. She spent five years as a novice, and
was raised to Accepted the same year as Moiraine
p. 221—Woman from
Shol Arbela who may blame Ryne for her husband's
death. Ryne is unwilling to return to Shol Arbela until he is confident
she will not blame him.
p. 17—Grizzled old Saldaean
soldier. He has a hoarse voice and a ragged scar from an Aiel arrow to
his throat. He likes to show off the scar when he is drinking. He
considers himself lucky to be alive, and he is, but because of that he
takes somewhat unnecessary chances and boasts about his luck.
p. 111—Sitter for the
Red Ajah. She asked Moiraine, directly, if she
had ever considered taking the Sun Throne herself.
p. 118—Aes Sedai of
the Gray Ajah. Siuan gave her a similar message to
the one Moiraine gave
Karene. She has a plain face, and could pass for
a farmer's wife.
motherly Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah, and
Mistress of Novices under
Tamra Ospenya. She has a plump chin, and more gray
in her hair than not. She is fairly
tall—Moiraine's head comes up to her chin. She
is very strong in the One Power, and has a way of discovering that which
people wish to keep hidden. She had been Aes Sedai for over 100 years by
the time Moiraine's great-grandmother was born. She has no Warder.
SeeMistress of Novices.
p. 278—Shatayan of
the Aesdaishar Palace in Chachin. She is stately, straight-backed, and
has graying hair that she keeps in a thick roll at the nape of her neck.
She has charge of all the palace's servants.
p. 231—Woman on
Moiraine's list of new mothers. She is from a
“village on the high road between Chachin and Canluum,”
according to what one of the Accepted wrote down; this village turned
out to be Ravinda. She is plump, and has graying hair.
See alsoSahera, Migel.
p. 26—One of the
Accepted. She grew up on a fishing boat in Tear, and was sent on the
first boat bound for Tar Valon the day it was discovered she had the
spark of saidar inborn, in accordance with Tairen law. Her
parents are now dead, her mother dying when she was very young. Upon
arriving at the Tower, she very quickly became friends with
Moiraine Damodred, and despite the large gap
between their incomes and lifestyles as children, they found they had a
remarkable amount in common. The two moved at nearly the same rate
through their work with the Power, but Siuan seems to learn things like
history, language, and politics at a much faster rate. In fact, she
arrived at the Tower barely able to read, and now she teaches
introductory classes in the Old Tongue. She has very fair skin, clear
blue eyes, and is only a hand taller than Moiraine. She has a talent
for puzzles. Like Moiraine, she will some day become one of the
strongest Aes Sedai in the Tower.
See alsoDamodred, Moiraine.
p. 291—Innkeeper of
The Silver Penny, an inn in Chachin. She is beautiful, in her middle
years, not overly tall, and has glossy black hair that she keeps in a
thick braid. She dresses quite well for an innkeeper in the part of
town she is in.
p. 99—Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah.
She told Sheriam that the Aiel were retreating.
p. 207—Bluff, graying Saldaean officer with white scars on his face.
He soldiered for 40 years along the Blight.
p. 98—Stocky, pale-eyed
novice, shorter than Moiraine. She grew up in
Arafel. She is too weak to ever become one of the Accepted.
p. 15—Source of all evil,
complete antithesis of the Creator in every way.
He was imprisoned by the Creator at the moment of Creation in a prison
just outside the Pattern. This prison was bored into during the Age of
Legends; the Dark One's touch on the world produced new waves of hate,
crime, and violence that had never been seen before. An attempt to free
the Dark One completely resulted in the War of the Shadow, a war which
ended only with the sealing of the Bore by
Lews Therin Telamon and the Hundred Companions.
During the moment of sealing, the Dark One's counterstroke tainted
saidin itself, beginning the Time of Madness.
The seals on the prison were made of cuendillar,
an indestructible substance, but nonetheless are beginning to weaken.
The Dark One may touch the world again soon. Speaking his true name
draws his attention and causes bad luck, so he is known by a plethora of
euphemisms, most commonly as simply, “The Dark One.” Some,
including Bukama, believe that merely
thinking his true name is enough.
See alsoCreator, The.
copper-skinned Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah from Arad Doman. She is as
tall as most men, and fairly young—too young to have achieved the
ageless look. One of Moiraine's friends as an
Accepted, she quickly became her friend again after giving her her
shawl and welcoming her to the Blue Ajah.
p. 40—Aes Sedai of
unknown Ajah with long hair and coppery skin. She instructed Moiraine
as a novice; she always had a way of asking the last question you wanted
to hear. She is quite strong in the One Power, as strong as
Merean, and has no Warder.
p. 295—Innkeeper of
The Evening Star, an inn in Chachin where
Moiraine and Siuan stay.
She is a lean woman with an air that brooks no nonsense.
graying innkeeper of The Plowman's Blade, an inn in Manala. She has a
p. 196—Aes Sedai of the
Gray Ajah, raised to the Amyrlin Seat after the
death of Tamra Ospenya, who allegedly died in her
sleep. Traditionally, a newly raised Amyrlin grants indulgences and
relief from penances on the day she is raised; Sierin granted none, and
dismissed all male clerks in the Tower within a week, for various vague
reasons. Three sisters were exiled from Tar Valon for a year, and two
were stripped, stretched on the triangle, and birched in the Traitor's
Court. She is quite plump, and has a round face that seems constructed
for jolliness, but she wears grimness as though it were carved there.
She is slightly taller than Moiraine, and has
hard eyes. She is merciless.
p. 212—Lan's oldest friend, save
Bukama. He is five years Lan's elder, and also
from Malkier, though he no longer keeps its traditions. He keeps his
hair in two long bell-laced braids, and keeps the Arafellin fashion.
p. 33—Novice on guard
duty outside the Amyrlin's study. She is very
slender. Moiraine caught her reading
Hearts of Flame, a romance novel of sorts. The book is
considered inappropriate for novices. She is three years older than
p. 82—Susa's son. He is too old to receive the bounty
the White Tower is paying for newborns in honor of the battle, but
Moiraine added him to the list anyway—she
reasoned that the Tower could provide 100 crowns to help the
See alsoWynn, Susa.
p. 56—One of the
Accepted. She is slim, and very dark, with straight black hair to her
waist and various black tattoos on her hands.
Moiraine thinks it is likely she will choose the
Brown or perhaps the White Ajah when raised. She is one of the Sea
Folk; there are only four Sea Folk sisters among the Aes Sedai, and all
are Browns. Two of them are very old, as old as
Gitara Moroso was before she died. She spent ten
years as a novice, and eight so far as Accepted.