Far Madding

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Far Madding is an independent city-state in the south-eastern part of the Westlands. It is situated on an island in the midst of a lake, and is connected to the mainland by three bridges. At a junction of major overland trade routes, Far Madding is an important commercial centre. It is the only known significant human settlement where channelers are unable to access, or even sense the presense of the True Source.

Far Madding lies at the northern end of the Plains of Maredo. From Far Madding, highways run to Caemlyn, Illian and Tear, and indeed Far Madding sits on the principal land routes between Caemlyn and the other two cities. The city is entered through three gates. The northern Caemlyn Gate offers access to the Ajalon Bridge; the Illian gate, to the Ikane Bridge; and the Tear Gate, to the Goim Bridge. At the mainland ends of the bridges are the satellite towns of Glancor, Daigan and South Bridge.

Although currently an independent city-state, in former days it was the capital of the kingdom of Maredo, and even earlier an important city in other realms.

Far Madding was once known as Aren Mador and was the capital of Essenia, a part of the Ten Nations, after the Breaking of the World. As part of the reconstruction after the Breaking, Ogier built a waygate to Aren Mador. During the Trolloc Wars, Far Madding was called Fel Moreina.

While trade flourishes in Far Madding, foreigners may trade at only three of the town’s markets. These three are collectively called the Strangers’ markets, and are named the Nethvin, Amhara, and Avharin Markets, after three important women in Far Madding’s history.

While it is legal to carry weapons in Far Madding, any weapon brought into the town must be “peace bonded”, in a process by which a sword or knife is wrapped in wire mesh while in its sheath, so that the weapon cannot be drawn. Peace bonding costs a small fee, and a peace-bonded weapon must be presented for inspection by the town guard on departure, where any signs of tampering attract a fine. Name lists of visitors and their weapons are distributed to all three gates so that a visitor and his peace bonded weapon may be tracked. Many travelers instead opt to leave their weapons at the guardhouse. To reclaim their weapons, they must then leave by the same gate they originally entered the city.

Far Madding is relatively unusual among the societies of the Westlands, in that it is an openly matriarchal society. Women run the city’s businesses and occupy most Government positions. The city is governed by a committee of 13 women, the Counsels, presided over by the First Counsel, who is “first among equals.” The Counsels meet in the Hall of the Counsels, an imposing building in the Counsels’ Plaza, near the geographic centre of the town. During the events of Winter’s Heart, the First Counsel is Aleis Barsalla.

Characteristic women’s fashion in Far Madding is a high-necked dress, heavy with embroidery of flowers and birds on the bodice, shoulders, and right up to the chin.

The Guardian is an immense ter’angreal in the Hall of the Counsels. Made of three disks, it creates an area around the city in which channelers are cut off from the True Source. However, a channeller with a specialized ter’angreal called a well may capture a small amount of the One Power and then use the contents of the well inside the city. Men are cut off about a mile around the city and women at the city limits. The third disc creates an even larger area that allows channelers to be tracked. Each of the disks has within it a crystal wedge which ordinarily points to the center of the Guardian’s chamber. When a channeler channels, the wedges all swing to point to him or her. When the Guardian detects saidar, the wedges turn red, and when it detects saidin they turn black. The stones around the three rings are marked with highly detailed points of the compass, allowing the channeler’s position relative to the ter’angreal to be plotted on a map. Despite the Guardian’s presence, Guaire Amalasan, a false dragon who could channel, laid siege to Far Madding and captured the city in only three weeks. This occurred in FY 939.

The People
Savion Amhara
Savion Amhara was one of the three famous First Counsels in Far Madding. There is a statue of Savion Amhara in the market named after her, the Amhara Market. Her statue points towards the Tear Gate.

Einion Avharin
Einion Avharin is one of three famous First Counsels from Far Madding. A statue of Einion has been erected in Far Madding, in the Avharin Market named after her, and points toward the Caemlyn Gate.1 A Murandian noble by the name of Segan do Avharin a’Roos shares a name with her.

Aleis Barsalla*
Aleis Barsalla is the First Counsel of Far Madding. At some stage in the past Cadsuane Melaidhrin taught her an embarrassing lesson. Years later Cadsuane comes back to Far Madding, much to Aleis’ dismay. She greets the group Cadsuane brings to Far Madding and allows them to stay at her premises. Rand al’Thor and Lan Mandragoran are captured and taken prisoner when channeling is detected by the Guardian in Far Madding around their location. Aleis is aware of Rand being the Dragon Reborn and plans to deliver him to the White Tower. Cadsuane interrupts her meeting with the other Counsels and is forced to break Aleis in order to set Rand free.

Romanda Cassin
Romanda Cassin is an Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah. Romanda is handsome, with dark eyes and gray hair worn in a bun at the nape of her neck. Her face always looks set for scolding, but she has a beautiful, high-pitched voice. She has a weakness for love stories, particularly The Flame, the Blade and the Heart. She was born in Far Madding almost three hundred years ago. Her maid Aelmara helped her escape Far Madding after a slight misunderstanding. She is therefore the oldest Sitter in the Rebel Hall of the Tower and probably the second oldest living Aes Sedai after Cadsuane Melaidhrin. She was a Sitter for around eighty years in the Hall and First Weaver of the Yellow Ajah before running for Amyrlin against Tamra Ospenya in NE 973. She did not get the position, however. It was this failure that sent her into retirement. Lelaine Akashi is her political rival, though it is uncertain how far back their animosity goes. Lelaine was a Sitter, however, when Romanda lost the Amyrlin Seat to another Blue sister. Romanda is strong in the one power being as strong as Lelaine and Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan. She is a skilled healer. Although she knows the weaves for healing with all five of the powers she has little skill with them and prefers the traditional if less effective way of healing.

She allied herself with the Salidar Aes Sedai and was reelected as a Sitter and First Weaver in Salidar, though her aspirations were of becoming Amyrlin. These hopes resulted in her becoming the leader of one of the factions within Salidar which contains Magla Daronos, Saroiya and Varilin. She only voted for Egwene as Amyrlin to prevent Lelaine becoming Amyrlin and with the hope that she herself could manipulate Egwene. She is the last to stand when voting for Egwene to become Amyrlin. Romanda would have rather Dagdara Finchey have become a Sitter than Salita Toranes because she was a much more suitable candidate and she thinks she could have swayed her without too much difficulty. At the time, however, she did not yet hold a seat in the Hall while Magla already did. This is evidence that Romanda is not involved in the Too Young Sitters conspiracy. She holds the honor of being eldest among the Sitters. This brings with it some perks related to her right to speak before others. She makes Nynaeve jump up and down on one foot while spreading gossip about Lelaine Akashi and her meeting with Egwene for the purpose of breaking her block – though in reality she probably just wants the information. She hired Egwene a new maid called Meri. She travels with Egwene to meet with various nobles along the border of Andor, where she insists on speaking on Egwene’s behalf. She is finally set down in her place by Egwene when she forces the Hall to declare war on Elaida. She votes “yes” in the Rebel Hall of the Tower, this time for an alliance with the Black Tower. She later meets with Egwene by herself. Egwene reveals her plan on when an Aes Sedai retires, she will unbind herself from the Oath Rod and join the Kin. Romanda seems furious at this idea, believing that once you are an Aes Sedai, you are always an Aes Sedai.

Nisao Dachen comes to seek a meeting with Romanda saying that Lelaine has forbidden her to carry on investigating the deaths of both Kairen Stang and Anaiya, citing that it is Blue Ajah business. Nisao was charged by Egwene to investigate those murders and Romanda gives her permission to carry on looking for the murderer. It was these two names, with the mention of Halima Saranov knowing Cabriana Mecandes that led her to figure out Delana Mosalaine’s true allegiances. She is worried when Lelaine calls an emergency meeting of the Hall, due to her believing that now Egwene is gone, Lelaine will try to become Amyrlin. The meeting actually turns out to be an offer from Rand al’Thor, who asks if the Rebel Aes Sedai wish to bond forty-seven Asha’man. Romanda votes Yes, and the offer is accepted. She is part of the group who question Shemerin about how she escaped the White Tower. She is the first of the Sitters to reswear the Three Oaths on the Oath Rod and prove that she is not Black Ajah. She is then part of the unanimous vote to attack the White Tower with their army. She later gives the news to Egwene that the delegation that was sent to the Black Tower has not been heard from in some time, which disturbs Egwene. She withdraws her support for Egwene when she finds out that Silviana Brehon has been raised to Keeper of the Chronicles instead of her.

Cyprien
Cyprien is one of the thirteen Counsels of Far Madding. She has protruding teeth. She was in attendance as the Counsel discussed the fate of Rand al’Thor when Cadsuane Melaidhrin burst in and demanded the release of the Dragon Reborn.

Eadwin
Eadwin was a man who was from Far Madding. Before she left from Far Madding, Verin Mathwin was engaged to Eadwin. They would have married had she not gone to the White Tower.

Escaralde
Escaralde is an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. She has allied herself with the Salidar Aes Sedai and has been elected as a Sitter in the Salidar Hall, despite being too young. Escaralde is short but very dominating. She is inches shorter than Nisao Dachen, a fellow sitter. She is from Far Madding. She is not much past seventy. She is the oldest of the Too Young Sitters among the Rebel Aes Sedai. She joined the Rebel Aes Sedai after the split and was elected a Sitter for the Rebel Hall of the Tower. She votes YES on the Rebel Aes Sedai declaring war on Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan. Although Escaralde wanted to learn how to make ter’angreal, she is not strong enough to be able to do so. She is one of the Sitters to propose an alliance with the Black Tower. At Lelaine Akashi’s emergency meeting of the Hall, she stands to accept the offer from the Dragon Reborn of bonding forty-seven Asha’man.

Narvais Maslin
Narvais Maslin is one of the thirteen Counsels of Far Madding. She is slim with gray hair. She is among the rest of the Counsels to greets Cadsuane Melaidhrin, Harine din Togara Two Winds and the rest of their group to Far Madding. She escorts the group to their quarters.

Verin Mathwin
Verin Mathwin (pronounced: VEH-rihn MATH-wihn) is an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. She is short and plump. She has dark eyes and brown hair, with a touch of gray.

Verin has grayed hair and is considered to be one of the oldest Aes Sedai alive; actually she is 151 at the time of her death. Like all members of the Brown Ajah, she devotes herself to knowledge and the pursuit of it; as a result, she has a tendency to go on fruitless tangents in dire conversations, and appear lost in thought at inopportune moments. Unlike other Brown sisters however, she seems only to appear to be in these reveries to disguise her intentions, as she is at times very sharp and insightful. Moiraine Damodred remembered her particularly fondly from her days as a Novice and Accepted as Verin used to have the cooks leave sweets out for her and Siuan Sanche. Verin also told Morgase Trakand that there was no real need for her to remain in the Tower as she would never be able to do much with her limited talent even with teaching. Her rooms in the Brown Ajah’s quarters are located next to a tapestry of two Kings who lived before Artur Hawkwing. Her rooms are full of books, scrolls, maps and skulls. There is also a brown owl that sits on a skull to keep the mice down as they chew paper. She wears plain garb, shying away from the finer silks and fabrics some other sisters prefer. She almost always keeps a writing case on her belt in order to jot down notes on certain goings-on when she feels it is important. Her notes take up many cupboards and chests in her room in the Tower. The notebooks are written in a cipher to prevent anyone reading what she is really writing about.

Regarding her skills in the Power, her Healing skill is no more than average, and her skill with Earth is quite feeble. However, Verin believes no Aes Sedai can surpass her at Delving. She is one of the Aes Sedai who has the ability to Travel. Her skill in Cloud Dancing must be at least of average strength because she often has worked with the weather. perhaps most notable is Verin’s discovery and use of a weak form of Compulsion, similar to the form Liandrin of the Black Ajah uses. This was purely an exercise in curiosity at first and was done by piecing together fragments of wilders’ tricks to get people to do as they wished. Verin’s weaves are far from foolproof, however; the object of Verin’s Compulsion weaves must find reason within herself to obey the commands and trust in Verin is essential.

Verin was born in Far Madding in the year 849 NE. She had a fiancé Eadwin before she was exiled for being able to channel the One Power. She went to Tar Valon where she spent 5 years as a novice and 6 years as Accepted before being raised to the shawl and joining the Brown Ajah. She at some point joined the Black Ajah. She had traveled extensively, even going as far as Falme to look at a Portal Stone and perhaps even spent a month in Cairhien trying to find the source of Hurin’s powers to smell violence and bloodshed. She also at one point found a twisted ring ter’angreal known as a sleepweaver hidden by the Tower’s last Dreamer and used it to enter Tel’aran’rhiod, the World of Dreams, where she received a physical scar that Anaiya was unable to heal fully. She at some point bonded her warder, Tomas.

Verin is one of the fourteen Aes Sedai who accompanies Siuan Sanche to Fal Dara. While there in a meeting with Moiraine and Siuan she correctly guesses that one of the three ta’veren must be the Dragon Reborn, causing Siuan and Moiraine to briefly consider killing her before bringing her into a level of trust. After an assault by Shadowspawn on Fal Dara, during which the Horn of Valere was stolen, she elects to follow the three ta’veren in their attempts to recover the stolen Horn, rather than return to Tar Valon. She claims that Moiraine asked her to accompany them, but Moiraine later says she did nothing of the sort. During her travels, Verin offers Rand al’Thor a hint at how to activate the Portal Stones. As a result, Rand propels the entire party into a series of painful visions about the alternate lives they could have lived. Upon reaching the cape town of Falme, Verin sends Rand, with Matrim Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, Ingtar Shinowa and Hurin to recover the Horn as well as Mat’s dagger, which incidentally fulfills a passage from the Karaethon Cycle. Verin returns to Tar Valon with Elayne Trakand, Egwene al’Vere, Nynaeve al’Meara and Matrim Cauthon, becoming the only person other than Siuan herself to know that Siuan hides the Horn of Valere in the White Tower. There, along with nine other Aes Sedai, as well as a powerful sa’angreal, Verin helps sever Mat’s connection to the tainted dagger from Shadar Logoth. In the meeting with Siuan she hints at letting him die so he would no longer be linked to the Horn and some other person could blow it for the Tower. She also becomes aware of Egwene and Nynaeve’s search for the Black Ajah. She later gives Egwene the sleepweaver, allowing her to enter Tel’aran’rhiod. Verin fails to give Egwene some notes that could be important for her Talent or her search for the Black Ajah.

Verin turns up in the Two Rivers with Alanna Mosvani, where the two discover many girls with the potential to channel, including Bode Cauthon. In the Two Rivers Verin helps Perrin fight an immense horde of Shadowspawn that were assaulting Emond’s Field. While helping Perrin in his fight she makes notes on the effects that Perrin has through him being ta’veren, and shows an interest in the hammer that Perrin carries in contrast to the axe he had carried the last time they met. Just before the final battle with the Trollocs, she wonders when he would forsake the axe for the hammer. One of the Prophecies in the Karaethon Cycle says, “When the Wolf King carries the hammer, thus are the final days known.” We see from this musing that Verin has a keenly evident understanding of the Propheceies and their imminent applicability, something we had only witnessed in Moiraine, and insight into Perrin’s nature. She is very interested in the three ta’veren, and expresses a desire to split into three just so she could tail all of them, even going as far as to say she would marry one or all of them in order to stay by their side.

Verin sides with the rebelling faction of Aes Sedai centered in Salidar after reaching Caemlyn, and sends the new novices from the Two Rivers to Salidar. She attempts to manipulate other Aes Sedai into confronting Rand and they decided to follow him to Cairhien after they receive a letter from him. On their journey they meet up with Perrin who is leading an army to rescue Rand from the White Tower. Verin takes part in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells and is forced to swear an oath to Rand after the successful outcome of the battle. She then sets about helping Rand by using a weak form of Compulsion on some of the Tower Aes Sedai who had kidnapped him so that they will serve Rand up until Tarmon Gai’don. She joins the group of sisters who follow Rand led by Cadsuane Melaidhrin. Verin wants Rand to get to the Last Battle but her true allegiance is unclear at this time: it is possible that she has spoken a lie, which should be impossible due to the Three Oaths. Verin is also ready to poison Cadsuane in Far Madding when she thought that Cadsuane would harm Rand. Verin takes part in the battle where Rand removes the taint on saidin. During this battle she, while linked with Kumira and the Windfinder Shalon din Togara Morning Tide, encounters Graendal who they fend off in exchange for Kumira’s life. After continuing to travel with Rand Verin suddenly disappears. She leaves him a letter saying he can trust Cadsuane but no other Aes Sedai no matter what oaths they have sworn to him.

Verin travels to Tear with the intention of continuing on to Tar Valon. During her journey the ta’veren nature of Mat draws her to Trustair through interruptions while she attempts to Travel and exiting at the wrong place when Skimming because of an off-hand comment by Tomas. Correctly guessing the ta’veren pull as the source of her traveling difficulties, Verin distributes pictures of Mat and Perrin in an effort to locate them. Meeting up with the Band of the Red Hand, Verin offers to take them directly to Caemlyn if Mat will agree to follow a letter of instructions that she leaves with him. The letter is to be opened ten days after his arrival in Caemlyn. Mat negotiates a deal that gives him the choice to either open the letter after ten days and follow the instructions or not open it but stay in Caemlyn for thirty days. Mat intends to use the latter option. Before breaking camp, Mat notices that Verin had a stack of sealed envelopes in her bag. Verin next appears in the White Tower. To quickly gain Egwene’s attention and gain a private meeting, she lies about the color of Egwene’s dress. She then confirms that she is a member of the Black Ajah. She also reveals that she had joined the Black Ajah after being given the choice between that or death, and that she secretly had another motivation — to study them. During the meeting she says that to continue her research, she became involved with recent events and followed Rand. She also shows insight into how the Forsaken and the Dark One operate. Verin is able to tell Egwene all of this because she had poisoned herself, and a loophole in her Black Ajah oaths, “not to betray the Great Lord, to keep my secrets until the hour of my death,” allows her to betray them since her death was then imminent. She does not believe that she would be redeemed but gives Egwene two books, one with details of the Black Ajah and the other with the cipher to decode it. Egwene later uses this information to cull the Black Ajah from the Aes Sedai, stilling and executing many of them, although some were able to get away. Verin also tells Egwene that one of the Forsaken, Mesaana, had infiltrated the White Tower but she could not determine who she was impersonating. Also in the book she has recorded the prophecies Darkfriends believe and the different factions within. Egwene is impressed with how accurate Verin’s list of Black Ajah members is. After revealing this information, Verin dies, and soon after the Battle of Tar Valon begins.

Weeks later, Mat still hasn’t opened the letter from Verin, and Olver unseals and reads it instead, then hands it to Talmanes. It is revealed that the letter is a warning to Mat from Verin, who expected Mat to open it within a few days. Verin knew of a Trolloc invasion headed toward Caemlyn that would pour from a Waygate, and she advised that Mat warn the Queen in time to destroy it. However, the contents of her letter were not discovered in time to prevent the invasion from beginning, and Caemlyn is ablaze. As Mat is in the Tower of Ghenjei, Talmanes musters the Band to defend Caemlyn. The results of this plot line are uncertain. She has also given letters to a number of other people such as Rand al’Thor, Alanna Mosvani, and possibly Galadedrid Damodred.

Verin’s actions had led to speculation about her allegiance before it was revealed. The most suspicious act was her lie that “Moiraine sent me.” Another suspicious act was hiding the notes of Corianin Nedeal after giving the sleepweaver to Egwene. She also discovered a method of compulsion that violates Tower Law, though the way she used it does not technically violate the Three Oaths as she phrased it in a way that would not harm the recipient. In Verin’s thoughts she referred to the Dark One by that epithet rather than by the title “Great Lord” which most Darkfriends would use. She also stayed her hand when about to poison Cadsuane upon discovering that Cadsuane’s true intentions were to help Rand al’Thor survive to Tarmon Gai’don. The reason for the inconsistencies was revealed by Verin herself when she revealed to Egwene that she had spent the previous 70 years as a mole in the Black Ajah. She turned over copious notes about the Black, including a list of every member of the Black Ajah she could find. The list was remarkably accurate, with only a handful of others being found through Egwene’s purges in both the rebel and Tower camps using the Oath Rod. To enable herself to betray the Shadow, she poisoned herself (her oath not to betray it only holding until “the hour of her death”), more or less proving her true commitment to the Light. Despite her death, a few of Verin’s plots remain in motion. She gave Mat a sealed letter to be opened on the tenth day after she leaves him in Caemlyn. As she does so, other such letters are visible in her bag.

Cadsuane Melaidrim
Cadsuane Melaidhrin is an Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah who has approached legendary status among her fellow Aes Sedai sisters; in fact, most believe her to be dead. She is the oldest living Aes Sedai. Cadsuane has very dark eyes and has gray hair which is always done up in a bun on the top of her head. She has many hair ornaments attached to her hair which are actually angreal and ter’angreal that make up a Paralis-net. She is described as being handsome, and she refers to herself as being “more stout than slim”. She was, in her youth, “5’5”. Robert Jordan described Cadsuane’s dress as follows: (paraphrased) Her garments are silk, cut simply, mostly with high necklines. If she were to wear lace, it’s just a touch, perhaps at the neck and cuffs, but she more likely doesn’t have any lace at all. She’s a woman who does a lot of traveling, and she wants clothes that are easy to care for and can be tended by a poorly trained maid at some country inn. She makes no efforts to appear in the highest or latest fashion, nor does she try to impress other women with her clothes or jewelry, or to attract men; she’s too busy for such foolishness.

Cadsuane was born in 705 NE, in the city-state of Far Madding, where the out-and-out matriarchy, patronizing view of men, and no-nonsense world view shaped her in her early years. She cannot abide lying, bad manners, fools, and being delicate. At age 15, she went to the White Tower. There she spent 6 years as a Novice and 5 years as an Accepted.
Years ago, fairly soon after she had just attained the shawl she suffered a humiliating lesson from a toothless wilder named Norla, who lived in the Black Hills. Norla’s tutelage helped shape Cadsuane’s composure and skills beyond Tower training, and from her Cadsuane received the precious and powerful hair ornament set of ter’angreal and angreal.
Cadsuane, who had become a legend among sisters, was offered to become a sitter the first time in 846 NE. She did so again later for a second time, even though even one refusal was unheard of. She refused to become the head of the Green Ajah in 862 NE, again unheard of. She disappeared for 10 years (roughly 890 NE to 900 NE) when she learned the Hall of the Tower intended to raise her to Amyrlin after the passing of Sereille Bagand.
Cadsuane professedly retired from involvement in world events — twice. The first time was around 950 NE when she withdrew to grow roses in north Ghealdan. 25 years later she returned shortly on the world stage for the Aiel War with her two surviving Warders. She then retired again. She claims that she was raising roses when Logain Ablar appeared. His appearence drew her out of retirement, but she was not interesting in escorting Logain to Tar Valon. She wandered a bit, and when she heard news of Mazrim Taim she quickly rode to Saldaea.
She was the strongest Aes Sedai in the One Power in 1,000 years before the appearance of Egwene al’Vere, Nynaeve al’Meara, and Elayne Trakand. Although of the Green Ajah, over the years she has confronted and captured more men who could channel than any other living sister, including those of the Red Ajah. A little known oddity is that the men she brought to the White Tower tended to live much longer after being gentled than those brought by other sisters. She had a hand in capturing Logain Ablar, Mazrim Taim and Emarin.
There is a rumor that Cadsuane assaulted an Amyrlin. Since the rumor is vague, and it is almost impossible to believe that anyone could do so without punishment, even her, most believe it to be false. It is not. When Myriam Copan (the Amyrlin at that time) was thought to have gone on a solitary self-imposed retreat, she was actually kidnapped by Cadsuane. This was 758 NE, a time when the White Tower’s Amyrlin was considered weak and Cadsuane was only fifty-three. Cadsuane’s goal in capturing her was to turn her into a strong Amyrlin, which she did. Her methods to do so involved turning Myriam upside down at least once. Cadsuane evaded punishment because Myriam made a statement that implied that Cadsuane did not assault her.
Cadsuane kidnapped a Tarabon king who could channel and brought him to the White Tower while being pursued by the king’s army who did not believe that he could channel. She also kidnapped the King of Arad Domon and Queen of Saldaea. After she released them, the incoming war that seemed inevitable seemed to fade away. She actually spanked three reigning kings and four reigning queens.
She also stopped a coup within the White Tower. She and Sereille Bagand could not stand each other. Each was a person that held an air of control and confidence. Despite this dislike, she uncovered a plot to overthrow Sereille and stopped it. She took the conspirators, who believed they would be able to enlist the help of Cadsuane, directly to the Amyrlin’s office herself. The Amyrlin was not particularly pleased to have the plot discovered by someone that she detested so.

Cadsuane Melaidhrin shows up in Canluum where she tells Larelle Tarsi and Merean Redhill to look after Moiraine Damodred until she has bonded a Warder (Moiraine was in Kandor searching for the Dragon Reborn). The two sisters are shocked to see her as they assumed she was dead by now. Cadsuane regards as one of her two bitterest failures not learning “what Caraline Damodred’s cousin had been up to in the Borderlands until the knowledge was years too late to do any good.”

Years later she shows up in Cairhien, and attempts to assert herself with Rand al’Thor, but fails to get through to him immediately. She seems disgusted with the sisters who swore an oath of fealty to Rand, and drills Merana Ambrey, Annoura Larisen, Bera Harkin and Kiruna Nachiman on events that have happened recently. Cadsuane later assists Rand in escaping from what was thought to be a “bubble of evil” outside of Cairhien and helps him get back to Cairhien. This was actually Padan Fain and his Mashadar-like mist powers. As of late, she has taken the place of Moiraine Damodred as one of Rand’s primary advisors. Her ultimate motives are unclear, beyond a promise made with Sorilea – the strongest in personality of all the Wise Ones- to make him “remember laughter and tears.” To show faith on her part of the deal, Sorilea teaches Cadsuane how to Travel.

She blackmails three Asha’man; Jahar Narishma, Damer Flinn and Eben Hopwil, into accepting Warder bonds from some of the Aes Sedai she leads. She also holds in captivity for awhile Shalon din Togara Morning Tide and blackmails her into finding out what the Sea Folk want with Rand. She then takes Alanna Mosvani with her to find Rand and goes to Far Madding to meet him there. While in Far Madding Cadsuane meets with Aleis Barsalla and the rest of the Counsel and bullies Aleis into letting her and her group stay at her premises. She later confides with Verin Mathwin, that Min Farshaw’s revelation that Rand needs her, and that she intends to teach him laughter and tears again. After Verin meets Rand randomly on the streets of Far Madding, she is sent to ask if Cadsuane will be his advisor. When Rand is captured by the Far Madding guards, Min and Alivia run to tell Cadsuane about it. From there she gathers the Asha’man and walks in on a meeting of the Councils. Aleis has Rand prisoner and intends to hand him over to the White Tower. She is forced to break Aleis, in order for her to release Rand. They then leave Far Madding and Travel to just outside Shadar Logoth where Rand and Nynaeve begin to cleanse saidin. She organizes the defenses for the Battle near Shadar Logoth. She stays by Rand and Nynaeve and uses one of her hair ornaments to hold a shield dome above them while they are defenseless. She uses another to detect where any of the Forsaken may be channeling and guides Elza Penfell where to point callandor and ‘fire’.

After the Cleansing of saidin the group Travel to Tear and stay in Algarin Pendaloan’s house until Rand can recover. Rand finally begins to use her as his advisor and asks her opinion on his planned truce with the Seanchan. She at first isn’t happy with it until Rand also tells her of his answer from the Aelfinn and the land having to be divided. She participates in the fight with the Trollocs when they attack the mansion. When Logain reveals that Rand is drawing as much as he can from the source, she turns to Min and asks how he’s feeling. Min refuses to answer. She also seems to rub not only Rand, but all other Asha’man the wrong way, when she gets the chance such as hassling Logain about him losing his small strip of land when he became a false Dragon. She seems to respect Rand when he bites back and gives her the condition of not threatening Min or any of his other friends again. She seems surprised with Rand when he hands over Verin’s letter to her when Verin decides to leave Tear by herself. She is one of the six to accompany Rand to his meeting with the Daughter of the Nine Moons. One of her ter’angreal reveals the Daughter of the Nine Moons to actually be Semirhage in disguise.

She Travels to Arad Doman and stays with Rand at Lord Tellaen’s manor. Cadsuane sits in on the meeting between Rand and the Aiel chiefs, where Rand gives the order for the Aiel to capture all the Council of Merchants. After Semirhage’s capture, she was put in charge of interrogating the Forsaken, but was told not to torture her under any circumstances. After days of getting nowhere, Cadsuane realized that to break Semirhage, she had to tear down the woman’s status as a legend. When Semirhage refused to eat what was brought to her, Cadsuane spanked her and made her eat off the floor. When Semirhage escaped, she is given the male a’dam by Shaidar Haran, which was hidden in Cadsuane’s room and used it to collar Rand al’Thor. In the aftermath, Rand blames Cadsuane for this slip up, and exiles her, telling her that if he ever saw her face again, he would kill her. Cadsuane realized she had misjudged how to treat Rand, and feared that he might be able to kill her with a thought, as he had previously claimed. In a last effort to help Rand, Cadsuane had Tam brought to Tear. When Rand found out that Cadsuane sent Tam, he became furious, nearly killing Tam. Tam then burst angrily into Cadsuane’s room to find out what she did to Rand. Cadsuane ties Tam up in weaves of Air and lifts him into the air. Nynaeve attempts to intercede on Tam’s behalf, saying that this is unnecessary. Tam is unfazed, and responds by saying he has met other bullies before. Cadsuane then releases Tam. Meanwhile the confrontation sent Rand on a very abbreviated journey of self-discovery during which he considered destroying the pattern with the Choedan Kal, but turned the sa’angreal on itself, destroying it. Then he laughed. As a result, Cadsuane could be said to have succeeded in teaching him to laugh and cry. She is part of the group that investigates Alanna Mosvani mysterious disappearance from the Stone of Tear. When Rand returns back to Tear, he lifts Cadsuane’s exile and sends her to Caralain Grass.

Cadsuane owns a set of hair ornaments consisting of an angreal and various ter’angreal, in the form of “small dangling golden fish and birds, stars and moons”, dating from the Breaking of the World. Semirhage reveals that the collection of hair ornaments to be something called a "paralis-net”.

Of the ornaments:
A bird that looks “a little like a shrike” is an angreal .
The hummingbird is a Well.
One representing intertwined golden crescents, goes cool when flows of saidar are handled around her – perhaps operating along the same lines as Mat Cauthon’s foxhead medallion.
An eight-pointed star vibrates in the presence of men who can channel, more so with increasing numbers.
A swallow detects the One Power being channeled and in which direction, though does not indicate distance. Priority is given to the detection of pure saidin over saidar and linked users of the One Power.

Three other ornaments, two fish and one moon, have purposes that Cadsuane does not know. The circumstances under which she acquired the set remain somewhat unclear. She was given them by a “toothless wilder” called Norla who resided in the Black Hills. It seems that Cadsuane’s encounter with her was pivotal in her development as an Aes Sedai. How this woman came into possession of the ornaments and why she passed them on to Cadsuane is unknown. Rand, using the memories of the Age of Legends, recognizes Cadsuane’s ornaments as a “full paralis-net.” He says that while some of the ornaments are unknown to Lews Therin, he was present when the original ones were designed and wore the original male version.

Cumere Powys
Cumere Powys is one of the thirteen Counsels of Far Madding. She is among the rest of the Counsels to greets Cadsuane Melaidhrin, Harine din Togara Two Winds and the rest of their group to Far Madding. She escorts the group to their quarters. She is in a meeting with the other Counsels over the fate of Rand al’Thor when Cadsuane bursts in and demands Rand’s release.

Sybaine
Sybaine is one of the thirteen Counsels of Far Madding. She has gray hair. She is among the rest of the Counsels in meet over the fate of Rand al’Thor when Cadsuane Melaidhrin bursts in and demands on Rand’s release.

Far Madding

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