The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series

The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series

The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series

The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series


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Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The definitive encyclopedia of the series, the companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of the world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan's world to life.

Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.

Included in the volume in an A-to-Z format are:

An entry for each named character
An inclusive dictionary of the Old Tongue
New maps of the Last Battle
New portraits of many characters
Histories and customs of the nations of the world
The strength level of many channelers
Descriptions of the flora and fauna unique to the world
And much more!

The Wheel of Time Companion is required reading for The Wheel of Time's millions of fans.

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ISBN-13: 9780765314611
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Series: Wheel of Time Series
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 144,544
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

ROBERT JORDAN (October 17, 1948-September 16, 2007), was a native of Charleston, South Carolina.

HARRIET MCDOUGAL, former Editorial Director of Tom Doherty Associates, was Robert Jordan's wife and editor. She selected Brandon Sanderson to complete the series after Jordan's untimely death, and was his editor. She is the main editor of the Wheel of Time Companion.

ALAN ROMANCZUK and MARIA SIMONS were Robert Jordan's editorial assistants for a combined 18 years, and Harriet's for 14. They worked with Brandon Sanderson to complete the last three volumes of the series.

Date of Birth:

October 17, 1948

Date of Death:

September 16, 2007

Place of Birth:

Charleston, South Carolina

Place of Death:

Charleston, South Carolina


B.S. in physics, The Citadel, 1974

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The Wheel of Time Companion

The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series

By Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, Maria Simons

Tom Doherty Associates

Copyright © 2015 Bandersnatch Group, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-8123-5



a'Balaman, Rhys.SeeRhys a'Balaman

a'Conn, Paitr do Fearna.SeePaitr do Fearna a'Conn

a'Cowel, Nisain.SeeNisain a'Cowel

a'dam. A ter'angreal used to control a channeler. Traditionally it was composed of a bracelet and a necklace connected by a silvery chain and was used to control female channelers. A modified a'dam without the chain was shown to work as well, and a device to control male channelers was discovered that was made of two bracelets and a necklace. The channeler being controlled wore the necklace, and the person wearing the bracelet had to be someone who could at least be taught to channel. The a'dam would fit itself to anyone who tried it on. The first a'dam was created by Deain, an Aes Sedai, to help Luthair Paendrag control the channelers he had found in Seanchan; it was then used on her. The a'dam created a link between the two women, a circle of two, with the woman wearing the bracelet always leading the circle. She could control the other woman's flow of saidar completely, in addition to feeling her emotions and physical reactions and being able to influence or change them, or combine her own abilities with those of the other woman to channel a single, combined set of flows herself. This was known to Deain, of course, and to others after her, but that knowledge was eventually lost. After many years, the a'dam was used merely to control thedamane and make her channel to command.

There were differences between the link entered by Aes Sedai and the link created by an a'dam. One was that while a circle of one man and one woman was possible, a man who could channel would be in intense pain and usually killed by wearing the bracelet. No experimentation was done regarding a woman wearing the bracelet and a man the necklace, but it might well have done the same thing. Even touching the a'dam while it was worn by a woman who could channel was painful for a man who could channel, and also for the woman. In a normal link, a woman who only had the potential to learn to channel could not be brought into it, but the a'dam could control those women, too. In addition, whatever the woman wearing the bracelet experienced was also felt by the woman wearing the necklace as though it had happened to her, but at several times the intensity; this feedback did not occur from the woman leading a normal link.

One odd effect of the a'dam which might be called beneficial was that it was impossible to burn oneself out while wearing one. The a'dam acted as a governor or buffer so that the maximum amount of the Power which could be drawn was just short of that which would damage the wearer. This was probably incorporated into the original device to prevent any possibility that a captive might manage to deliberately burn herself out in an effort to stop herself being used. See also Seanchan, damane, sul'dam, Domination Band and sad bracelets

a'Lordeine, Donel do Morny.SeeDonel do Morny a'Lordeine

a'Macansa, Cian do Mehon.SeeCian do Mehon a'Macansa

a'Naloy, Roedran Almaric do Arreloa.SeeRoedran

a'Roihan, Elaida do Avriny.SeeElaida do Avriny a'Roihan

a'Roos, Segan do Avharin.SeeSegan do Avharin a'Roos

a'solma. A gown with slits at the sides to allow movement; leggings were worn underneath. Tuon wore such a garment while practicing hand combat forms.

a'yron. The Old Tongue word for "watchers."

Aan'allein. The Aiel name for al'Lan Mandragoran. It was the Old Tongue term for "One Man" or "Man Alone" or "Man Who Is an Entire People."

Abaldar Yulan. The fiery Seanchan Captain of the Air, commanding all the fliers and subordinate to Captain-General Galgan. A member of the low Blood, Yulan was short, with the nails of his little fingers painted green, and he wore a black wig, cut in the appropriate hairstyle for his station, to conceal his baldness. His skin was coal dark. He wept after Miraj was killed, partly for the death of a friend and partly because the Ever Victorious Army had been defeated. Yulan's raken were one of the points of contention between Galgan and Suroth. He proposed raiding the White Tower and worked to make it happen. Under Compulsion from Mesaana, he attempted to keep Tuon from sending forces to help Mat win the Last Battle; he was exposed by a viewing of Min's.

Abar. A Domani sword-swallower and fire-eater with Luca's show. His brother was Balat.

Abareim, Ellid.SeeEllid Abareim

Abayan. A nation that rose after the Trolloc Wars. It occupied most of the western part of what came to be known as Arad Doman.

Abdel Omerna. A Child of the Light who was a Lord Captain, Anointed of the Light and a member of the Council of Anointed. Tall, with dark eyes set in a bold, strong-chinned face and waves of white at his temples, he was thought to be spymaster of the Children of the Light, but he was actually a patsy put in place by Pedron Niall to draw attention from Sebban Balwer, the true spymaster. Omerna was tricked into assassinating Pedron Niall and was killed by Eamon Valda.

Abell Cauthon. A farmer in Emond's Field. Born in 955 NE, he was known for his horse-trading abilities and proficiency with the quarterstaff and Two Rivers bow. He was the husband of Natti Cauthon and father of Matrim, Bodewhin and Eldrin. He and Tam al'Thor traveled to Tar Valon to try to find out what happened to their sons, but were told nothing. Abell managed to avoid being taken by the Whitecloaks, and helped rescue his wife and daughters, who were taken. He helped Perrin plan the defense of Emond's Field, and fought bravely in the Last Battle.

Abelle Pendar. A lord in Andor and the High Seat of House Pendar, a strong House with many retainers. His sigil was three six-pointed golden stars, one above and two below, on a field of seven vertical red-and-white stripes. Pendar had a hard angular face and graying hair. He supported Morgase when she gained the throne. Under Rahvin's influence, Morgase exiled him from Caemlyn. He was one of four nobles who met Rand, along with Dyelin, Ellorien and Luan, when Rand told them he wanted Elayne on the Andoran throne. After Elayne took Caemlyn, he stood for Trakand.

Abila. A somewhat large town in Amadicia located forty leagues south of Bethal. A wooden bridge over a stream led into the town, which had paved streets and stone marketplaces. There were several tall watchtowers and many four-story buildings with slate roofs, but it was not a walled town. Balwer told Perrin that he believed the Prophet had been there recently, and that Masema had torn down a number of inns and disreputable houses in the town. Perrin and his men, along with Aes Sedai, visited the Prophet and told him that they would accompany him to the Dragon Reborn, who had summoned him. Faile learned from her agents that the Prophet had met with the Seanchan, but before she could warn Perrin, she and her group were all captured by Sevanna and the Shaido Aiel, except Berelain, who escaped.

Ablar, Logain.SeeLogain Ablar

Abor'maseleine. An Ogier-built city in Aridhol, one of the Ten Nations after the Breaking.

Abors. An Asha'man who did not need to be Turned to follow Taim and work for the Shadow. He held a shield on Androl; Androl used his knowledge of Evin's madness to make Evin attack and kill Abors.

Abunai. A village where it was never cold on the Sea of L'Heye in Seanchan. It was the birthplace of Bethamin.

Academy of Cairhien. A center of learning and invention established in Lord Barthanes' palace in the city of Cairhien. Its headmistress was Idrien Tarsin. Rand established the school in case he did end up breaking the world, in the hope of saving something.

Academy of the Rose. A center of learning and invention in Caemlyn. Established by Rand, it was taken over by Elayne, who dedicated it in memory of her mother. She insisted on financing it; she wanted it to be Andor's, not Rand's.

Accan, Jurad.SeeJurad Accan

Accepted, the. The level after novice that a student had to achieve before becoming Aes Sedai. Normally, a novice was recommended for testing by the Mistress of Novices. This recommendation had to be approved by the Amyrlin Seat, by a Sitter, or by three sisters. An approval by three sisters or one Sitter could be rejected by the Amyrlin, and she could only be overruled by the lesser consensus of the Hall. Even if the Mistress of Novices did not make such a recommendation, the testing could be ordered by the Amyrlin acting in conjunction with at least two Sitters, or by three Sitters, or by six sisters. A recommendation in this manner could be rejected by the Amyrlin or in various other ways. Thus, a recommendation by six sisters could be rejected by three Sitters, and a recommendation by three Sitters could be rejected if three others felt it unsafe or unwise. If the Amyrlin herself ordered the testing, she could be overruled by six Sitters.

The point to be emphasized here is that the Amyrlin could stop a woman from being tested, and there was rarely any possibility of her being overruled, but it was much harder for her to force the testing. There were dangers in the testing, but none in waiting, so it was easier to stop even the Amyrlin from forcing a test than it was to stop her from refusing approval for a test.

The test required a novice to pass through a ter'angreal composed of three arches of silvery metal; it was located in the bowels of the White Tower. Three chances were offered to walk through the arches. The offer might be refused twice, but if it was refused the third time, the woman was put out of the Tower. Many women refused the arches a time or two. Once the test began, it had to be completed by passing through each arch, to face one's fears of what was, what is and what will be. A woman who refused to complete her three journeys was put out of the Tower even if it was the first time she had a chance at the test.

Once she completed the test, she received her Great Serpent ring, which she wore on the third finger of her left hand. The Accepted wore a white dress just like that worn by novices except that there were seven narrow bands of color at the hem of the skirt, representing the seven Ajahs. A more formal dress would also have bands of color on the cuffs. An Accepted's room was larger than a novice's room, with more comforts. Less confined by rules than novices, Accepted were allowed to choose their own areas of study, within limits; they also taught novice classes. The average Accepted studied for ten years before passing the test to be raised to Aes Sedai.

Acedone, Rubinde.SeeRubinde Acedone

acem. An herb used to relieve headache.

Ackley Farren. An Andoran man mentioned by a farmer who gave Rand and Mat a short ride on their way to Caemlyn. The farmer thought that the story of Darkfriends in Market Sheran was the funniest story he had heard since Ackley Farren got drunk enough to spend the night on an inn roof.

Adamad. One of Renald Fanwar's farmhands.

Adan al'Caar. A Two Rivers boy whom Mat Cauthon tried to trick into believing that ghost dogs had been seen in Emond's Field.

Adan, Heran. The governor of Baerlon, Andor. When the Whitecloaks came to Baerlon, he decreed that only ten at a time could enter the city.

Adan. A Jenn Aiel around the time of the Breaking. When Adan was five years old, he left Paaran Disen with his father Jonai and the rest of his family. Years later, he and Jonai met a group of Ogier who told them that there was trouble in the north. Jonai had a heart attack, and as he died, he told Adan to take the people south. Adan married Siedre, and they had five children: Rhea, Malind, Sorelle, Elwin and Jaren. All either died or were carried off by bandits; he was left with Malind's wife Saralin and her children Maigran and Lewin. After Lewin and his friends used violence to save Maigran and another girl, Colline, Adan disowned Lewin.

Adanza. A great city of the Age of Legends. It thrived with a vitality in its beauty matched only by the vitality of its people.

Adar. The fifth month of the year.

Adarra, Bili.SeeBili Adarra

Adarra, Jaim. The captain of the Snow Goose, which took Moiraine, Lan, Perrin, Loial and Faile from Remen to Illian. He was short and slight.

Adden. The leader of the band of Darkfriends who kidnapped Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne on behalf of three Myrddraal; he was killed by being pinned to the wall by an Aiel spear.

Adela. A lanky young woman with a pimply face who worked as a stablehand for Toke Fearnim in Jurador.

Adeleas Namelle. An Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah and the rebel contingent, with a strength level of 23(11). Born in 735 NE, she went to the White Tower with her sister Vandene in 752 NE. After spending five years as a novice and five years as Accepted, she was raised to the shawl in 762 NE. She progressed in near lockstep with her sister; they were raised within a month of each other in both instances. She was 5'4½" tall, slender and graceful, with dark eyes and a straight back — a mirror image of her sister. She wore her nearly white hair gathered at the back of her neck.

Adeleas retired in 970 NE to Tifan's Well in Arafel with Vandene to write a history of the world since the Breaking, but events surrounding the Dragon Reborn caused them to become active again. While traveling to Caemlyn, she and her Black Ajah prisoner Ispan Shefar were murdered outside Cullen's Crossing by Careane Fransi, using the poison crimsonthorn.

Adelin. A Maiden of the Jindo sept of the Taardad Aiel. Little more than a hand shorter than Rand, she had yellow hair and a handsome but hard face with a scar on her sun-dark cheek. She went to the Stone of Tear and was one of those who taught Mat how to play Maiden's Kiss. Rand acquired the bracelet that he gave to Aviendha from her, and she was a member of Rand's honor guard at Alcair Dal. One of those guarding Rand's tent near the Jangai Pass when it was attacked, she ran off to join the fighting, leaving Rand vulnerable to a Draghkar. Afterward, she carried a doll to remind her that she was not a child.

Adelorna Bastine. A Saldaean Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah and the loyalist contingent, with a strength level of 16(4). Born in 796 NE, she went to the White Tower in 813 NE. After spending seven years as a novice and eleven years as Accepted, she was raised to the shawl in 831 NE. Adelorna made slimness appear stately despite her lack of height; she was no taller than Egwene but had a regal, commanding air and gave Egwene lessons. She was the Captain-General of the Green Ajah in the Tower. Adelorna was cited by Elaida, on Alviarin's order, for possession of an angreal removed from the storeroom without permission and was birched, when the normal punishment would have been a slap on the wrist. She and Josaine, who was caught in the same raid and received the same punishment, had presumably been turned in by Kiyoshi of the Gray Ajah, Farellien of the Yellow Ajah and Doraise of the Brown Ajah, the latter three being rewarded for their action. The Greens were fit to be tied, and relations became tense with the Gray, Yellow and Brown Ajahs. Adelorna plotted with other Ajah heads to manage the rebellion, sending moles to Salidar. The Seanchan collared her, but Egwene freed her. One of her three Warders was killed in the Seanchan attack on the White Tower; a second, Talric, was wounded; a third was unharmed.

Adim. Almen Bunt's thirteen-year-old nephew. He had golden hair.

Adine Canford. An Andoran Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah and the rebel contingent, with a strength level of 34(22). Born in 905 NE, she went to the White Tower in 920 NE. After spending twelve years as a novice and eleven years as Accepted, she was raised to the shawl in 943 NE. She was a friend of Moiraine and Siuan after they were raised, and also a friend of Leane. In the White Tower she was the recipient of messages for Moiraine from Nieda Sidoro. Adine was sympathetic to Moiraine, and a friend, though she knew nothing of her and Siuan's schemes. In Moiraine's view, she was "not at all arrogant despite being Andoran."

Adine Lewin. A Two Rivers woman who was Flann's wife. She was at Jac al'Seen's farm when Perrin went there to persuade the farmers to go to the towns for safety. Adine was willing to believe ill of Perrin, and implied that he was not to be trusted.


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