The Wheel of Time - The Call of the Horn
Horn of Valere
The Horn of Valere is a powerful artifact. Little is known of how it works, but the effect is clear: when the Horn is sounded, the great heroes of the Pattern are summoned to battle, and will serve whoever blew the Horn. It has recently been discovered that if in the presence of the Dragon Reborn it will follow his orders whether or not he sounded it, despite nothing ever linking the two. It is supposed to be present at the Last Battle, but there is no direct mention of it in the Prophecies of the Dragon. It is described as looking like any ordinary horn and is not grand, but it has an inscription that reads in the old tongue “Tia mi aven Moridin isainde vadin” or “The Grave is no bar to my call” and also “Let he who sounds me think not of glory, but of salvation.” The Old Tongue of this part is not given.
The Horn’s origins are uncertain, but it was lost to the world and faded into the realm of myth for hundreds of years when the Aes Sedai of the Age of Legends hid it beneath the Eye of the World deep within the Blight,along with the banner of Lews Therin Telamon and one of the seals to the Dark One’s prison, during the Breaking, there it was guarded by the Green Man, Someshta, the last of the Nym, until the time of its use. Illian traditionally mounted “Great Hunts” for the Horn in which men and women from all over the world would gather and go out in search, but all were unsuccessful. It was said that the finding of the Horn would be one of the indications of the arrival of the Last Battle.
The Horn Was found recently at the Eye of the World by a party of eight; Moiraine Sedai, Lan Mandragoran, Nynaeve al’Meara, Egwene al’Vere, Rand al’Thor, Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara and Loial. They then took it to Fal Dara where it was kept safe by Lord Agelmar Jagad. While it was under his protection, Lord Algemar felt the presence of the horn keenly, and he passed it on to the Amyrlin at the first opportunity, stating that the temptation to use it was too great.
Later the Horn was stolen from the storeroom in Fal Dara by Padan Fain during the first ever occasion that trollocs had come into the keep. A party of twenty Shienarans led by Lord Ingtar Shinowa were sent out to track down the Darkfriends that stole it. They were accompanied by Rand al’Thor, Perrin Aybara, Matrim Cauthon and Loial. The group chased the Darkfriends all the way from Shienar to Falme on Toman Head, going via Cairhien.
When the recovery party arrived at Falme, they found that the Horn was in the possession of a Seanchan nobleman named High Lord Turak Aladon. Five of the party, Rand, Perrin, Mat, Ingtar and Hurin went into Falme to get the Horn back. After retrieving the Horn, along with Mat’s tainted ruby-hilted dagger, the five went out into the street and noticed a marching Seanchan army heading towards them. Ingtar sacrificed his life so that the other four are able to escape. He also told Rand that he was a Darkfriend. When the others came out into another street they saw that the reason for the army is not them but a legion of Whitecloaks heading towards the town. Caught between two armies with no way to get out, Mat sounded the horn. This action called forth the Heroes of the Horn to fight for the Horn Blower and repel the invading Seanchan out of the city.
The Heroes of the Horn are the great heroes of the Pattern, bound to the Horn of Valere. They are summoned to battle for whoever blows the horn. Sometimes the Wheel adds to their numbers, however it is unknown if heroes can be lost from the ranks.