Tower of Ghenjei

The Tower of Ghenjei is a gateway into the world of the Eelfinn and the Aelfinn.

It lies near the River Arinelle ten days north of Whitebridge, and it is a solid and spotless metal tower, two hundred paces high without any doors or windows. There is no opening on it; but if one draws the symbol for the game of Snakes and Foxes on the tower with a bronze knife, then a doorway will supposedly appear.

The Tower of Ghenjei is accessible through both the waking world and Tel’aran’rhiod. Once entered, the Tower Of Genjei is extremely hard to leave in the waking world. In Tel’aran’rhiod, it is all but impossible.

Bayle Domon points out the tower to Rand al’Thor and Matrim Cauthon after Rand spots something glinting in the distance while traveling on the Spray down the Arinelle. Captain Domon says that the tower is a marker for river traders.

The Tower is the entrance to the world where Moiraine Damodred is being held. As according to her letter to Thom Merrilin, she is rescued by him, Mat, and Noal Charin. Noal is the only one of the rescuers not to escape alive, although Mat loses one of his eyes in order to save Moiraine.

There are a few people known to have been inside the Tower of Ghenjei:

Slayer – fled into the Tower in Tel’aran’rhiod.
Moiraine Damodred – held captive.
Thom Merrilin, Matrim Cauthon, and Noal Charin – came to rescue Moiraine.
Birgitte Silverbow – entered in a previous life as Jethari together with Gaidal Cain. They never came out alive.
An unidentified man. Presumably Moridin coming for Lanfear (or her body) who went into the world of the Eelfinn and the Aelfinn at the same time as Moiraine.

Chamber of Bonds
The Chamber of Bonds is the main central chamber of the fortress of the Eelfinn.

The room has no columns, though the room is distinctly star-shaped. Eight tips and only the one doorway. Glowing yellow strips run up the sharp ends of the room, and eight empty pedestals stand, black and ominous, one at each point.

For a long time, the chamber could be reached by the twisted redstone doorframe ter’angreal located in Rhuidean. That portal has been destroyed, though; it caught on fire and began to melt when Moiraine and Lanfear fell through it.

As the chamber lies in the realm of the Aelfinn and Eelfinn, it can possibly with great difficulty be reached through the Tower of Ghenjei, which is said to hold access to their world.

It’s in the Chamber of Bonds humans can make bargains with the Eelfinn. In accordance to an ancient treaty between themselves and the humans of the real world. They will grant three wishes in exchange of a price.

Matrim Cauthon came to the chamber with the Eelfinn, searching for answers but ignorant that the terms of their bargain involved wishes instead. As a result, Mat accidentally made three wishes:

To have the holes in his memories filled,
To be free from the One Power and Aes Sedai,
To be away from the Eelfinn and return to Rhuidean if they would not answer his questions.
Since Mat did not set the price, the Eelfinn set a price for him, apparently taking delight whilst calling him a fool. Mat was later found by Rand al’Thor hanging by the neck in Rhuidean, suspended from a black-hafted spear set across two tree branches.

He later came back through the Tower of Ghenjei to rescue Moiraine Damodred.

When Moiraine were held captive by the Eelfinn she was held in the Chamber of Bonds. She was kept floating in the center of the chamber. She was rescued from the chamber by Mat, Thomdril Merrilin, and Noal Charin.

Befor her death and rebirth, Lanfear was being “held” by the Eelfinn. It’s possible she was also held captive in this chamber. She was perhaps taken away from the chamber by an unidentified man (perhaps Moridin) addressing Moiraine, saying it wasn’t her he was looking for.

Tower of Ghenjei

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