Sunday, March 24, 2002

The Composition and Politics of the Halls 998-1000 NE


WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR A MEMORY OF LIGHT

By Linda

The Hall of the Tower has some pretty torrid politics even during peaceful times, but with the advent of the Dragon Reborn and the consequent increase in activity of the Shadow, the Aes Sedai leadership was faction-ridden and chaotic until very recently. This article shows the office holders of the various Tower administrations since the beginning of The Great Hunt.

1. The Hall at the Beginning of The Great Hunt

This is the earliest time for which we have information about the composition of the Hall.

Amyrlin
Siuan Sanche (formerly of the Blue Ajah)

Keeper
Leane Sharif (Blue Ajah)

Blue Ajah
Lelaine Akashi
Lyrelle
(died in coup)

Brown Ajah
Janya Frende
Saerin Asnobar
Takima

Green Ajah
Faiselle
Rubinde
Talene Minly (Black)

Grey Ajah
Evanellein (Black)
Varilin
Yukiri

Red Ajah
Amira Moselle (replaced by Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan around the beginning of The Dragon Reborn)
Pevara Tazanovni
Teslyn Baradon

White Ajah
Saroiya
Seaine Herimon
Velina Behar (Black)

Yellow Ajah
Doesine Alwain
Magla Daronos
Sedore Dajenna (Black)

Mistress of Novices: Sheriam Byanar (Blue/Black)


The Blue Ajah

The Blue Sitters fled the Tower after Elaida’s coup and went to Salidar. The Blue was the only Ajah among the rebels that had three Sitters who have been Aes Sedai over 100 years, and are thus the proper age. The other Ajahs all have one Sitter stated to be too young (see below).

Lelaine was a Sitter in New Spring and has been one for 40 years (A Crown Of Swords, A Morning of Victory), so she was in the Hall when Siuan was Amyrlin.

Moria is named as having been raised in Salidar:

Aside from Romanda and Moria, the Sitters chosen in Salidar…they're too young.

-Path of Daggers, Unexpected Absences

Therefore Lyrelle was a Sitter in the pre-split Hall.

The third Blue Sitter in the Hall at this time was actually killed during the fighting:

Question: Who was the third Blue Ajah Sitter who didn’t make it to Salidar? What became of her?

Jordan: Well, she died. She was one of the ones who was killed after Siuan was deposed and everything went to hell in a hand basket inside the Tower.

- DragonCon, September 2005

Jordan doesn’t say who she is. During the events of New Spring, the Sitters were known to be Lelaine, Eadyth and Anlee. Eadyth was also the head of the Blue Ajah and very old, even for an Aes Sedai. Therefore, perhaps Anlee was the third pre-split Blue Sitter.

The Brown Ajah

Saerin has been a Sitter for 40 years:

In truth, Saerin had been both novice and Accepted twice as long as most of them, but forty years as a Sitter, longer than anyone else in the Hall, counted for a great deal.

- Winter’s Heart, Prologue

She is also mentioned as one who stood to depose Siuan.

Takima has been a Sitter for almost 9 years:

Takima, with her long, black hair and aged ivory complexion, had been almost nine years a Brown Sitter.

-Crown of Swords, An Oath

Janya is one of the oldest Sitters in Salidar:

The Sitters formed a line behind them stretching towards the door. It was done in order of age ... Lelaine and Janya, both quite pretty women without a touch of grey in their hair, both came just ahead of the white haired Yellow [Romanda].

-Lord of Chaos, In the Hall of the Sitters

Yet she was not one of the two Sitters of proper age raised in Salidar. She must have been in the Hall when Siuan was Amyrlin.

The Green Ajah

Talene is another who voted to depose Siuan:

Could they [Yukiri, Talene, Doesine and Saerin] be thinking they had made a mistake, standing to depose Siuan and raise Elaida?

-The Path of Daggers, The Extra Bit

so she was part of the Hall at that time.

Rubinde is not a newly raised Sitter since the Greens only had to raise one Sitter after the coup (Crossroads of Twilight, Glimmers of the Pattern) and nor is Faiselle:

…it has been mentioned, very quietly, by Varilin, and by Takima, and also by Magla. And Faiselle and Saroiya have appeared interested in what they have had to say.”

Calm or no calm, a worm of anger suddenly writhed inside Egwene, and crushing it was no easy task. Those five had been Sitters before the Tower was broken…

-Crossroads of Twilight, The Subject of Negotiations


The Grey Ajah

The quote above from The Path of Daggers, The Extra Bit shows Yukiri stood to depose Siuan, so she was part of the original Hall. Among the rebels, Varillin was also mentioned above as being in Siuan’s Hall. The Grey only had to choose one new Sitter for the Tower Hall under Elaida, and that was Andaya, so Evanellein is the other original Sitter:

Only the Sitters and the head of our Ajah know [about Toveine’s group being bonded]. Evanellein is for pulling Elaida down because of this…

- Knife of Dreams Prologue

Note that Evanellein was one of the group which hung around Elaida in The Fires of Heaven but not in The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return, and now Yukiri thinks Evanellein is in favour of deposing Elaida. She is/was Black.

The Red Ajah

Pevara has been a Sitter for about 16 years:

Truth to tell, until being raised a Sitter nearly fifteen years ago, just a year after Pevara, she [Seaine] had not really given much attention to anything outside the Tower.

-Crown of Swords, Sealed to the Flame

Teslyn was a Sitter in the Hall under Siuan:

Teslyn had sat in the Hall for nearly fifteen years before Elaida had commanded her to resign her chair.

-A Crown of Swords, Lightnings

Elaida was a Sitter when Siuan was deposed:

Three Sitters for three different Ajahs had proposed holding all plans close in the Hall before she had even suggested it; the surprise had been that one was Elaida.

-The Shadow Rising, The Truth of a Viewing

Jordan stated in his answer to TOR’s Question of the Week, that shortly after Elaida returned from Andor, the stepping down of a Red Sitter, Amira Moselle, gave her the opportunity to become a Sitter in the Hall and work toward deposing Siuan.

The White Ajah

Seaine has been a Sitter for 15 years (Crown of Swords, Sealed to the Flame). Among the rebels, Saroiya is named as having been in the Hall prior to the split (Crossroads of Twilight, The Subject of Negotiations). When she left the Tower, Ferana became Sitter in her place (Crossroads of Twilight, Glimmers of the Pattern), therefore Velina is an original Sitter. She is one of the six Sitters in Elaida’s little council and was listed as Black in Verin’s report (The Gathering Storm, A Visit From Verin Sedai).

The Yellow Ajah

The quote above from The Path of Daggers, The Extra Bit, tells us Doesine stood to depose Siuan. Magla is one of the rebel Sitters named as having been a pre-split Sitter (Crossroads of Twilight, The Subject of Negotiations).

The Yellows in the Tower only had to raise one new Sitter and this was Suana Crossroads of Twilight, Glimmers of the Pattern) therefore Sedore, listed as Black by Verin (The Gathering Storm, A Visit From Verin Sedai), was a Sitter in the Hall under Siuan.

Two Young Sitters

Elaida's Hall had five (see below) Sitters who are too young and the rebel Hall had nine until Delana left, but Siuan's Hall also had Sitters who are too young:

”Aside from Romanda and Moria, the Sitters chosen in Salidar are...they're too young.

Escaralde is the oldest, and I'm sure she isn't much past seventy. I can't be certain without going into the novice books in Tar Valon, or her telling us, but I'm as sure as I can be. It isn't often the Hall has held more than one Sitter under a hundred, and here we have nine!

Mark me, though. When a woman is raised too young, there's a reason." She took a deep breath. "Including when I was."

-Path of Daggers, Unexpected Absences

but only eight were raised in Salidar. The ninth must have been a pre-split Sitter. She is not Lelaine or Janya, since they are too old, but there are six other pre-split Sitters. It is more likely to be someone of Lelaine’s faction (Faiselle, Takima or Lyrelle), since Romanda puts great store on experience acquired with age and moreover has only just returned from years in retirement.

Elaida was also a young Sitter. It may be a lucky coincidence as far as Elaida is concerned that Amira Moselle was stepping down, or Amira may have been ordered to step down by Galina, who had some inkling of Siuan’s intentions and could see benefits to the Black Ajah as well as Red. We’ll probably never know since Amira was killed at Dumai’s Wells according to a personal communication to a fan by Jordan.

Young Sitters seem to be raised during periods of instability. The fact that there were already two young Sitters in the Hall of the Tower reflects the instability of the Tower over recent years and may also indicate the influence of the Black Ajah.

The Red-Green Alliance

In the Hall, the Green Ajah has been siding with the Red since The Great Hunt:

"It was put forward in the Hall that you should be sent into retreat for contemplation. This was proposed by one of the Sitters of the Green Ajah, with the other two nodding approval as she spoke"...The Green Ajah had been allied with the Blue for a thousand years, since Artur Hawkwing's time, they had all but spoken with the one voice..."It was also proposed by the Greens, that your care during your retreat be given to the Red Ajah. The Red Sitters tried to appear surprised, but they looked like fisher-birds who knew the catch was unguarded." The Amyrlin sniffed. "The Reds professed their reluctance to take custody of one not of their Ajah, but said they would accede to the wishes of the Hall."

This is quite a political turnaround. Even Faiselle who went (or maybe was sent) to the rebels was in favour.

The Vote on Siuan’s Entourage to Shienar

"Since Leane is of the Blue Ajah and I came from the Blue, it was put forward that sending two sisters of the Blue with me on this journey would give the Blues four representatives. Proposed in the Hall, to my face, as if they were discussing repairing the drains. Two of the White sisters stood against me, and two Green. The Yellow muttered among themselves and then would not speak for or against. One more saying nay, and your sisters Anaiya and Maigan would not be here."

-The Great Hunt, Summoned

Such a vote would require the lesser consensus, since the vote to allow the Amyrlin to travel requires it. The lesser consensus requires a quorum of eleven Sitters, but only two-thirds of those present need stand for an item to pass. There is no requirement for all Ajahs to be represented in the lesser consensus except in the case of a declaration of war by the White Tower.

Siuan gives us the ‘anti Blue’ vote numbers of 3 Ajahs: Red 3, Green 2, White 2. She made a point of listing the Green and the White because they are normally allies of the Blue. Grey Sitters voting against the Blue would not have been as shocking and less worth mentioning, but it is likely that they were present and at least one voted against. It is interesting that the Yellows were not allies of the Red on this vote, whereas they normally are.

If the entire Hall were present, then 14 votes would be required to pass the motion. Siuan said that the votes fell one short. The likely voting pattern is given below and amounts to 10 votes. The lesser consensus was therefore 11 in this situation, which means the voting Sitters were 15. Therefore the Blues were discounted from the vote because their Ajah was directly affected, and the Yellows were discounted because they abstained from voting.

Those who voted in favour of no Blues among the entourage were:

Blue Ajah
none

Brown Ajah
Saerin Asnobar probably

Green Ajah
Talene Minly (Black)
Rubinde

Grey Ajah
Evanellein possibly (Black)
Yukiri possibly

Red Ajah
Amira Moselle
Pevara Tazanovni
Teslyn Baradon

White Ajah Saroiya
Velina Behar (Black)

Yellow Ajah
abstained

Elaida also spoke in the Hall about Moiraine associating with a ta'veren man more dangerous than any since Artur Hawking and because she Foretells sometimes her "words carried great weight with the Hall" (The Great Hunt, Summoned). With Elaida casting those the delegation was about to meet in a bad light, and hinting that Siuan could be going into danger, Siuan was lucky the Hall allowed her to go to Fal Dara. Elaida was so keen to bring Siuan down that she could be easily manipulated by Galina into trying to prevent Siuan from meeting the Dragon. With all these political delays, no wonder the delegation had to summon the winds to make up for the lost time (The Great Hunt, Summoned).

This unholy alliance of the Green and the Red is probably due to the influence of the Black Ajah. Talene may have played an important part in persuading one of the other Green Sitters, probably Rubinde, to vote against the Blues. It is interesting that Sedore, who is Black, did not vote at all. Maybe she was forbidden to by her Ajah Head.

The move to deprive Siuan and Moiraine of the support of the Blue Ajah while she was on her visit to Fal Dara is sinister considering there was an apparent attempt on Siuan’s life there (The Great Hunt, Leavetakings) soon after she had a private audience with a ta’veren Elaida labelled in the Hall as dangerous (Rand), and with Moiraine, a sister the Hall tried to censure in that same Sitting. This whole Sitting was obviously instigated by the Black Ajah.

The Sitters Who Voted to Depose Siuan and Raise Elaida

The deposing of Siuan and the raising of Elaida were contingent on each other – a package deal of an incompetent Blue and a Red qualified to handle a male channeller – and were voted on in the same sitting:

As a Sitter, Elaida was able to call a sitting of the Hall while making sure that only the Sitters she wanted to attend actually received notification. Elaida is a forceful and effective speaker, and her arguments to this bare quorum in favor of deposing Siuan were also her campaign for being raised to the Amyrlin Seat herself, so the vote to depose Siuan was followed immediately by the vote to make Elaida the new Amyrlin. She did not expect the violent reaction that would come from this. She had not had access to the secret histories for very long at this point, so her view was that of most sisters. The Tower had always acceded to the will of the Hall however sisters might grumble. Like many others, she was blind-sided by what she thought she knew.

- TOR Question of the Week

Elaida broke custom and very nearly broke the law in the way she deposed Siuan without publicly charging her (The Path of Daggers, Unexpected Absences), or giving her an opportunity to defend herself of the charges in a court of law (The Fires of Heaven, The Practice of Diffidence).

Deposing an Amylin requires the greater consensus. The minimum number of Sitters needed to depose an Amyrlin is eleven:

The greater consensus requires that every sister who is present must stand, and that a minimum of eleven Sitters be present; the presence of at least one Sitter from each Ajah is also required, except when the matter before the Hall is the removal of an Amyrlin or Keeper, in which case the Ajah from which she was raised will not be informed of the vote until after it is taken.

-A Crown of Swords, Glossary

As Siuan shrewdly guessed, Elaida only had the minimum vote to depose Siuan:

"The Hall convened not an hour ago - enough Sitters to meet our laws - and by unanimous vote, as required, you are no longer Amyrlin. It is done and we are here to see it enforced."…
"Enough to meet our laws?" Siuan sneered. "A bare minimum heavy with your friends and those you can influence or bully."

-The Shadow Rising, The Truth of a Viewing

Elaida probably had a good idea of who would vote in her favour from the vote about Siuan’s entourage for Fal Dara (see above). Naturally the three Blue Sisters did not take part in the vote, and the six Sitters who fled to Salidar after the fighting presumably had obvious enough sympathies that they weren’t told of the Sitting either. Seaine Herimon (White) is known to have not taken part in the vote and yet remained in the Tower. That leaves the following eleven Sitters:

Brown Ajah
Saerin Asnobar

Green Ajah
Talene Minly (Black)
Rubinde

Grey Ajah
Evanellein (Black)
Yukiri

Red Ajah
Elaida do'Avriny a Roihan
Pevara Tazanovni
Teslyn Baradon

White Ajah
Velina Behar (Black)

Yellow Ajah
Doesine Alwain
Sedore Dajenna (Black)

Looking at it one way, Elaida came very close to failing (which is why she owed Alviarin such an obligation that she had to acknowledge it publicly and make her Keeper); looking at it another, she didn’t include anybody she wasn’t sure of. Note that Alviarin delivered to Elaida critical support not just from the White Ajah as Elaida claimed (only one vote), but from the Blacks (four votes).

From Alviarin’s point of view, Elaida’s plan was an excellent opportunity for the Black Ajah to replace an Amyrlin with a tie on the Dragon Reborn with an Amyrlin who owed her high position to the Head of the Black Ajah. Close to Elaida, Alviarin would know, and influence if possible, every decision the Amyrlin made, and the Tower would not be able to aid the Dragon Reborn. Elaida was so ambitious that she took Alviarin’s encouragement for granted (thinking it only logical), even though it made little sense for the White to abandon the Amyrlin one of them had proposed. No doubt Galina gave Elaida bad advice about this deal with the White.

Elaida began from a position of political weakness; she owed Alviarin the Keeper’s stole for delivering the support of the White Ajah required for reaching the greater consensus to raise an Amyrlin (and also the Black, but Elaida didn’t know that). Otherwise, Elaida’s efforts at deposing Siuan would have failed and she would have been imprisoned at the least:

And Alviarin knew full well why she wore the Keeper's stole instead of someone from the Red. The Red Ajah had favored Elaida unanimously, but the White had not done so, and without wholehearted support from the White, many others might not have come round, in which case Elaida would have been in a cell instead of sitting on the Amyrlin Seat. That is, if the remains of her head were not decorating a spike for the ravens to play with. Alviarin would not be so easily intimidated as the others.

- The Fires of Heaven, Prologue

Elaida got one vote from the Whites, the only White Sitter that was there, even if her support was seemingly persuasive because the Whites are traditionally non-aligned with the Reds. Alviarin delivered the Blacks to support Elaida. While Sierin Vayu also had an administration from a different Ajah to her own, the big difference between Sierin and Elaida is that Reds are normally allied to the Greys while Elaida had to gain the support of an Ajah from the Red’s rival axis.
Both the rebel and the Tower Aes Sedai had their own leadership. Because of the mainly Ajah-driven split, each Tower had a Hall of the Tower consisting of eighteen Sitters, instead of the usual twenty-one, i.e., three for each Ajah. There were no Sitters for the Red Ajah in the rebel Hall and no Sitters for the Blue Ajah in the Tower Hall. Both Amyrlins were raised without the presence of one Ajah, so technically neither was raised legally at this time.

2. The Tower Hall under Elaida

Amyrlin
Elaida do’Avriny a’Roihan, formerly of the Red Ajah

Keeper
Alviarin Freidhen, White Ajah, then Tarna Feir, Red Ajah

Brown Ajah
Juilaine Madome
Saerin Asnobar
Shevan Sedai

Green Ajah
Rina Hafden
Rubinde Sedai
Talene Minly (Black)

Grey Ajah
Andaya Forae
Evanellein Sedai (Black)
Yukiri Sedai

Red Ajah
Duhara Basaheen (Black)
Javindhra Doraille (probably Black)
Pevara Tazanovni


White Ajah
Ferane Neheran (AH)
Seaine Herimon
Velina Behar (Black)

Yellow Ajah
Doesine Alwain
Sedore Dajenna (Black)
Suana Dragand (AH)

Mistress of Novices: Silviana Brehon (Red), then Katerine Alruddin (Red/Black)

Most references to the White Tower Sitters can be found in The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return and The Extra Bit. Javindhra and Evanellein are mentioned in the Knife of Dreams prologue, and Rina in the Crossroads of Twilight prologue. Rina's full name is mentioned in Crossroads of Twilight, A Chat With Siuan, Duraha’s in Knife of Dreams, House on Full Moon Street, Javindhra’s in Knife of Dreams Epilogue, Pevara’s and Doesine’s in Knife of Dreams, Honey in the Tea and Sedore’s and Velina’s in The Gathering Storm, A Visit From Verin Sedai).

Seven new Sitters were elected to the Hall to replace those that went to Salidar: two for the Brown Ajah and one each for the Green, Grey, Red (to replace Elaida), White and Yellow. Three of these Sitters are younger than is proper, and two returned themselves to the Hall far sooner than is customary:

"Did the head of your Ajah have a hand in choosing Andaya for the Hall? More than usual, I mean?"
"She did" Yukiri replied carefully. Everyone had been sure Andaya would go into the Hall one day, perhaps in another forty or fifty years, yet Serancha had all but anointed her....
"I knew it." Seaine nodded excitedly..."Saerin says that Juilaine was hand-picked for the Browns, too, apparently not their usual way, and Doesine said the same about Suana....in any case, she [Suana] was a Sitter for forty years the first time, and you know it isn't common to take a chair after you were a Sitter that long. And Ferane stepped down for the White less than ten years ago; no-one has ever entered the Hall again so soon. To cap it off, Talene says Adelorna chose Rina without any nominations."
"Five Ajahs had to choose new Sitters after women they had in the Hall joined the rebels...Each of those Ajahs chose a woman as Sitter who wasn't the...logical...choice...The Brown had to choose two new Sitters, but you didn't mention Shevan. Is there anything...odd...about her?"

-Crossroads of Twilight, Glimmers of the Pattern

Only Duhara and Shevan and possibly Javindhra (whose age we don’t know) were conventional candidates. The Black Ajah took the opportunity to add at least another Black Sitter to the Hall: Duhara. Javindhra, who acts inconsistently, smirking at the thought that knowledge of Dumai's Wells is spreading to discredit Elaida despite the Highest's orders to the contrary and, like Duhara, wears red so dark it is nearly black, is probably also a member of the Black Ajah, just one Verin did not identify.

Until Alviarin’s demotion, both she and Elaida each led a faction in the Hall:

Only six were firmly under her own thumb, and she suspected as many at least listened closely to Alviarin before they voted.

-A Crown of Swords, Prologue: Lightnings

The independent Sitters also formed a faction, though not for voting in the Hall.

Elaida's faction: Elaida thinks that she has six Sitters in her faction. She met with six Sitters: Andaya (Grey), Duhara (Red/Black), Rubinde (Green), Shevan (Brown), Sedore (Yellow/Black), and Velina (White/Black), in The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return. One from each Ajah is too evenly spread and sounds like a set-up by either Alviarin and/or the Ajah Heads. These Sitters may not be the six Elaida ‘controls’, but as some were also in her council in the prologue to The Fires of Heaven, it is probable that at least some are. Javindhra, also present at that first council and a Red (and likely Black) as well, is another possible Sitter Elaida tries to influence. Three Blacks in Elaida’s faction were there to manipulate her, especially to feed her information the Blacks wanted and also to report back. Velina for instance derided the possibility that the Seanchan make and use ter’angreal to control channelling women (The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return), which would encourage Elaida to disbelieve that the Seanchan were a threat to the Tower.

Joline Maza was a Green Sitter in Elaida’s faction for a few weeks and was raised because Elaida set her a harsh penance (A Crown of Swords, Prologue). Teslyn, who was a Sitter for 15 years, was also in Elaida’s faction early on. Both were unchaired by Elaida. Elaida wanted to make an example of them to scare the other Sitters into obedience, but all she achieved was to probably reduce the strength of her own faction. For instance, Joline was replaced by the too-young Rina, who has not been seen in Elaida’s counsels.

Independent Sitters: The six independent Sitters were: Saerin (Brown), Yukiri (Grey), Doesine (Yellow), Seaine (White), Pevara (Red) and Talene (Green/Black). Five of these worked together to uncover Black sisters. The sixth was the first Black sister they found.

Alviarin's faction: As we saw in the quote above, Elaida thinks there are six Sitters in Alviarin’s faction. Those who haven’t been seen in council with Elaida since Lord of Chaos, and are not stated to be independents are: Evanellein (Grey/Black), Suana (Yellow), Ferane (White), Javindhra (Red/ probable Black), Rina (Green) and Juilaine (Brown). (Three met with Elaida in Crossroads of Twilight, A Mark, but that was to insist on talks with the rebels). The Black Sitters in Alviarin’s faction provided feedback on what the Sitters in her group say behind Alviarin’s back.

Black Sitters: Elaida had at least five Black Sitters in her Hall, at least one in every Ajah but the Brown, possibly the most there has ever been in the Hall. At least three of these Sitters hung around Elaida, one voted independently and one or two were possibly considered by Elaida to listen to Alviarin. With such a large voting bloc in the Hall, the Black Ajah could kill any motion it wished and stood a good chance of getting any motion through. By splitting themselves across factions they could find out what all groups were thinking and manipulate them if necessary, without seeming to be a faction in themselves.

Ajah Head Cabal: The Black Ajah hunters realised that the Ajah Heads conspired over who would go into the Tower Hall (Crossroads of Twilight, Prologue). When the Tower fractured, five Tower Ajah Heads formed a cabal to run the White Tower:

The days of the Last Battle's approach were a special time, requiring special attention. Attention from women of sound, rational minds and great experience. Women who could speak together in confidence and decide on the best course, avoiding the arguments that the Hall got into.

- The Gathering Storm, Sealed To The Flame

The division of the Tower, the departure of so many in rebellion and the raising of a new Amyrlin, had not been their fault. But it had presented several opportunities. The first had been the easiest to take hold of: send Sitters to the rebels to steer them and hasten a reconciliation. The most youthful of Sitters had been chosen; their replacements in the Tower intended to serve only a short time. The Ajah heads had been certain this ripple of a rebellion could be easily smoothed over.

- The Gathering Storm, Sealed To The Flame

While this reads as though the Ajah Heads sent the youngest Sitters out after the Blues, that is not what Brandon Sanderson meant. On The Gathering Storm book tour he said that there were a lot of reasons for the people sent:

First of all the available pool of Sitters was quite small; he actually said that some Sitters had left voluntarily. The Ajah Heads had a list of criteria that they used to vet the sent sitters. Primary on this list of criteria was: Are they loyal to the wishes of the Ajah Heads? Will they 'follow direction'? Secondly, would they be acceptable to the Salidar people? Finally would they be effective in convincing the Salidar rebels to come back? He said that age was not a criteria, that they were all 'youngish' was a coincidence. However he did say that the "too young Sitters" was a different matter.

Apart from the Blue Sitters, Janya probably went voluntarily. She has consistently voted independently and in favour of all the motions promoting the rebellion, and has not participated in negotiations with the Tower delegation.

The Tower Ajah Heads sent those Sitters not involved in raising Elaida out of the Tower after the Blues, or at least away from Elaida. Since Elaida’s faction was perhaps believed to be at least partly responsible for the murder of a Blue Sitter, other Sitters who did not stand for Elaida may also have been considered at risk. They would be acceptable to the rebels since they didn’t vote for Elaida. The Sitters sent out were instructed to influence the Blues and stabilise the rebels until the Tower could be united. They too followed the same reasoning as the Ajah Heads and raised Sitters that were too young and could be easily influenced or were dispensable.

Naturally, the Red Ajah Head was not included in this conspiracy and the Blue Ajah Head could not be either, even if the others wanted her to, since she had fled.

However problems arose: Elaida for one, particularly her disbandment of the Blues and the way she was forced to cause disunity among the Ajahs. Moreover the rebels were

Far more difficult to control than presumed…they hadn't counted on how resilient, or effective, the rebels would be. A full army, appearing on the shores around Tar Valon in the middle of a snowstorm? Led by one of the greatest military minds of the Age? With a new Amyrlin and a frustratingly effective siege?

-The Gathering Storm, Sealed To The Flame

The Ajah Heads weren’t trusted by their Sitters because their ploy to choose malleable Sitters was too obvious and the young Sitters were:

a group of squabbling brats with inflated opinions of themselves, too immature for more temperate minds to influence.

- The Gathering Storm, Sealed To The Flame

Ajah Heads for the White Tower under Elaida

Brown: Jesse Bilal
Green: Adelorna Bastine
Grey: Serancha Colvine
Red: Galina Casban, then Tsutama Rath
White: Ferane Neheran
Yellow: Suana Dragand

New Ajah Heads seem to be known to the other Ajah Heads fairly soon after their election. All the Tower Ajah Heads are aware that Tsutama Rath is Head of the Red Ajah.

3. The Rebel Hall

Originally the rebels’ aim was for dialogue between the rebels and the Tower, encouraged by Elaida’s mole, Beonin, and the former Tower Sitters present, since every Sitter who was previously in the Tower Hall was negotiating with the Tower delegation (Crossroads of Twilight, A Mark) to resolve the schism. It was not until Siuan turned up with Logain and lied about the Reds setting him up as a false Dragon that the rebels decided to formalise their rebellion into an alternative administration with its own Hall, Amyrlin and Keeper.

Amyrlin
Egwene al’Vere, formerly Accepted

Keeper
Sheriam Bayanar, Blue/Black Ajah

Blue Ajah
Lelaine Akashi
Lyrelle
Moria Karentanis (Black)

Brown Ajah
Escaralde
Janya Frende
Takima

Green Ajah
Faiselle
Malind Nachenin
Samalin

Grey Ajah
Delana Mosalaine (Black) / Naorisa Cambral
Kwamesa
Varilin

White Ajah
Aledrin
Berana
Saroiya

Yellow Ajah
Magla Daronos
Romanda Cassin (AH)
Salita Toranes

Mistress of Novices: Tiana

All the Sitters except Naorisa are mentioned in The Path of Daggers, The Law.

Ten Sitters were raised in Salidar, eight of them younger than the proper age. Seven of these young Sitters (Aledrin, Berana, Escaralde, Kwamesa, Malind, Samalin and Salita) were not aligned with any faction and one (Delana) was Black and tried to be part of all factions (no doubt so she could report to Aran’gar what was said). As discussed above, the ninth young Sitter must have been a pre-split Sitter. The two new Sitters of correct age were Moria and Romanda.

The rebel Aes Sedai leadership was as riven by divisions or factions as that of the White Tower.

There was an influential faction outside the Hall. Sheriam’s six (Sheriam, Myrelle, Beonin, Anaiya, Morvrin and Carlinya) still had considerable influence after the rebel Hall was established – they chose Egwene to be Amyrlin for instance, and the Hall voted in favour of their choice– but they themselves were manipulated by Siuan. Beonin, Elaida’s secret supporter, also tried to manipulate the other members of this faction, as did Sheriam, a Black sister.

Lelaine’s faction consisted of Lyrelle, Faiselle and Takima. Lelaine has been a Sitter for forty years, and more than hoped to be Amyrlin herself.

Romanda’s faction consisted of Magla, Saroiya and Varilin. Romanda came out of retirement to join the rebels and hoped to become Amyrlin. She tried for Amyrlin 27 years ago, but Tamra Ospenya of the Blue was raised instead. Romanda retired in disappointment after having been a Sitter for almost eighty years.

The former Tower Sitters divided themselves equally among Lelaine and Romanda to prevent either of the two from gaining the upper hand. They also appear to have used Lelaine and Romanda to keep Sheriam and Egwene in check just as Egwene used the rivalry between Lelaine and Romanda and between the two Sitters and Sheriam to promote her own strategy.

The original intentions of the rebel Aes Sedai were to separate from the Tower and negotiate with the Tower administration for their eventual return. The original Sitters were sent by the Tower Ajah Heads after the Blues to reconcile the two groups.

The Tower Ajah Heads complained that:

some of the Sitters they had sent had begun siding with the rebels more than the White Tower!

- The Gathering Storm, Sealed To The Flame

due in part to the deteriorating leadership and law within the Tower.

Black Ajah: Delana was controlled by Halima (Aran’gar). She was the first Sitter to stand to raise Egwene (Lord of Chaos, In the Hall of the Sitters) and was very reluctant to vote in favour of declaring war on Elaida but was under orders to do so. Delana tried to support all factions at Halima’s orders, presumably to further mire the workings of the Hall but all she achieved was to look politically foolish. Her efforts to publicly declare Elaida Black made her look more foolish still (A Crown of Swords, An Oath). The schism was part of the Shadow’s plot to tie up the Aes Sedai and prevent them from making a positive contribution to the war against the Shadow, which is why Delana did all she could to prolong it. In Crossroads of Twilight, she tried to prevent the rebel Sitters meeting with the Tower delegation for negotiations by causing strife between Sitters, Ajahs and Ajah Heads. Exposed by Romanda, she fled in Knife of Dreams, and the Hall raised Naorisa Cambral to replace her (The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame).

Sheriam was also Black, and supported Egwene for Amyrlin at Halima’s orders (The Gathering Storm, In Darkness). Egwene was expected to be a puppet which Sheriam could control. She tried to get the rebels to stop as long as possible at each halt (A Crown of Swords, The Figurehead). Sheriam was also made to report Egwene’s plans to Halima. A particularly suspicious attitude for a former Mistress of Novices was Sheriam’s satisfaction that Nicola was reported as a runaway days late and also her attempts to get Egwene to show favouritism to the Emond’s Field novices. When Egwene was captured, Sheriam was very eager to rescue her (Knife of Dreams When Last Sounds) because Halima feared the rebellion would otherwise end. After Halima fled, Mesaana ordered Sheriam to have Egwene deposed and to steal all the rebels’ dream ter’angreal. She did achieve the latter, expect for one probably with the rebel’s delegation (she had told Mesaana about the one thought with Leane but actually with Siuan) for which she lost a finger.

The Black Sitter Moria did not join any faction, so Delana had to try and belong to all factions. Perhaps Moria was taking orders from a different Forsaken; otherwise, she and Delana could have split the factions between them. This would have been more effective. Moria proposed stopping the soldiers’ pay, which would have destroyed the army. (Salita, who went on the delegation to the Black Tower, and Malind, who also may have gone, made equally poor suggestions (The Path of Daggers, Unexpected Absences). They may be Black, or just inexperienced and influenced by a Black). On the vote for war against Elaida, Moria was not the first to stand – that was Janya - but she did show anger and verbally urge others to vote in favour which is against the law. Moria, Malind (again!) and Escaralde proposed that an alliance be made with the Black Tower so the Aes Sedai can link with men as necessary and this proposal was made before the session was Sealed to the Hall (Crossroads of Twilight, Surprises) to cause as much contention as possible. Interestingly, Sheriam was completely surprised by their proposal. Magla said:

“Only a Darkfriend could suggest this! Only a Darkfriend!” Moria paled at the accusation

- Crossroads of Twilight, Surprises

as well she might, since it was on the mark. Moria was unhappy when Merise and Narishma turned up with a more acceptable, less divisive offer for the Aes Sedai to bond Asha’man. Ironically it was Moria’s question of how could a woman channel saidin that made Romanda realise who Halima was. This supports the likelihood that Moria did not work for Halima.

There were Blacks among the six rebel Sitters who were sent to the Black Tower and thus were absent from the Hall when the Hall was cleansed (The Gathering Storm, Sealed To The Flame and Towers of Midnight, A Choice). Lyrelle is one Sitter who went, as is Naorisa Cambral, Delana’s replacement (Kwamesa and Varilin were both present in The Gathering Storm, Sealed To The Flame), and Salita another, since Magla is a Sitter in the reunited Tower (Towers of Midnight, A Call To Stand). The Whites sent Aledrin and the Browns Escaralde (who with Black sister Moria proposed an alliance with the Black Tower); Saroiya and Janya were present in the Hall in Towers of Midnight. There is no indication which of the Green Sitters Samalin or Malind went, since neither are now in the Tower Hall due to being too young.We know Lyrelle is not Black, since she did not flee when the Black ajah was exposed, but continued in A Memory of Light with the arrangement to bond Asha’aman.

Rebel Ajah Heads:

Blue: Siuan tells Lelaine she is faithful to her as a Sitter for her Ajah in Knife of Dreams, When Last Sounds; she did not say Ajah Head. Therefore it was unlikely that Lelaine was Head of the Blue at that stage. However, The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight Glossaries has Lelaine as ‘suspected’ Blue Ajah Head. This might be an attempt to mislead, or the former Blue Ajah Head might have been Anaiya, who was killed by Halima, or a sister executed for being Black, and Lelaine has just taken her place.

Brown:
Green: Myrelle Berengari (Lord of Chaos, Unexpected Laughter) at the Black Tower
Grey:
White:
Yellow: Romanda Cassin (Knife of Dreams, Call To A Sitting).
Unsurprisingly, she had held this position in the White Tower when she retired.


4. The Reunited Tower Hall under Egwene

Once the Tower was reunified, and the Black Sitters and those seemingly mired at the Black Tower discounted, there were too many Sitters in some Ajahs, and an embarrassing lack in others. Egwene warned that:

accommodations will have to be made, for between us there are far too many Sitters for the Hall, not to mention five too many Ajah heads. Some of you will have to step down…

- The Gathering Storm, To Be Forged Again

On The Gathering Storm book tour, Brandon Sanderson said

which Sitters remain in power after reunification will be dealt with quietly. The most likely default will be who was Sitter/Head before the split.



Amyrlin
Egwene al’Vere, of no Ajah

Keeper of the Chronicles
Silviana Brehon, Red Ajah

Blue Ajah
Lelaine Akashi
Lyrelle
+ one more

Brown Ajah
Saerin Asnobar
Takima
Janya Frende

Green Ajah
Faiselle
Farnah
Rubinde

Grey Ajah
Varilin
Yukiri
Andaya Forae

Red Ajah
Barasine
Raechin Connoral
Viria Connoral

White Ajah
Ferane Neheran
Saroiya
Seaine Herimon

Yellow Ajah
Doesine Alwain
Magla Daronos
Romanda Cassin

The Ajah Heads are:

Blue: may be Lelaine
Brown: Jesse Bilal
Green: Adelorna Bastine
Grey: Serancha Colvine
Red: Tsutama Rath
White: Ferane Neheran
Yellow: Suana Dragand

Mistress of Novices: Rosil (Yellow)

Blue Ajah

Lelaine was the only Blue Sitter in the Hall during Towers of Midnight. She may have been recently made Blue Ajah Head. Lyrelle is a Sitter, as we saw in A Memory of Light, but was at the Black Tower to bond Asha’man. We do not know the identity of the third Blue Sitter who replaced the executed Moria.

Red Ajah

All three Sitters absent from the Red Ajah were replaced in Towers of Midnight. The Red Ajah was not given a chance to raise new Sitters prior to Egwene’s accession:

"Following Elaida's disappearance, they retreated back to their quarters. The Sitters here, they worried that the Red would choose new Sitters quickly and send them to this proceeding. I believe some . . . curt missives from the Hall of the Tower were enough to cow them."

- The Gathering Storm, To Be Forged Again

Egwene reported that the Reds have in part accepted her peace offering of choosing a Red as her Keeper.

5. The Tower Hall After The Last Battle

After the Last Battle, with so many deaths, including that of the Amyrlin herself, many new sisters will be raised to the Hall. Known and likely members are: Amyrlin
Cadsuane Melaidhrin, formerly Green Ajah

Keeper of the Chronicles
May be Silviana Brehon, Red Ajah

Blue Ajah
Lelaine Akashi (possible, last seen when Gawyn left to duel Demandred)
Lyrelle (confirmed)
+ one more

Brown Ajah
Saerin Asnobar (confirmed)
Takima (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)
Janya Frende (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)

Green Ajah
Faiselle (possible, last seen in A Tempest of Water)
Farnah (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)
Rubinde (confirmed)

Grey Ajah
Varilin (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)
Yukiri (confirmed)
Andaya Forae (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)

Red Ajah
Barasine (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)
Raechin Connoral (possible, last seen just before Egwene died)
Viria Connoral (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)

White Ajah
Ferane Neheran (possible, last seen in A Tempest of Water)
Saroiya (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)
Seaine Herimon (possible, last seen at the Black Tower in Not a Mistake to Ignore)

Yellow Ajah
Magla Daronos (may be alive, not mentioned at all in A Memory of Light)
Replacements are needed for Doesine Alwain and Romanda Cassin who fell in battle.

It is not known which Ajah Heads survived.

While the Sitters omitted to say anything formally, by law Cadsuane cannot refuse the Hall’s summons to be Amyrlin (Lord of Chaos, Summoned in Haste and In the Hall of the Sitters). They seem to have been intimidated by her reputation into trying to persuade her rather than summoning her. Or perhaps this represents a positive change.

By tradition Cadsuane should appoint a Keeper from her own former Ajah, but Cadusane doesn’t uphold tradition for the sake of it, and the Hall has just sustained enormous losses and had trouble enough with continuity of administration with so many political changes, so Silviana may remain if she is still alive.


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Written by Linda, February, 2009 and updated September 2013

Contributors: Moridin_2000, Ruriha Sedai, Kaiser Karl, Cadsuaneguy


30 comments:

Chris Moorhead said...

You forgot to credit me. :( Large sections of part of this and the observations therein were written by myself as part of a few of the old WoTmania FAQs. You have combined them all together in one page, re-ordered and rewritten some things here and there, but much of the content is the same as the FAQs.

Linda said...

And added new material. :) I shall add all the contributors to those FAQs.

Brene said...

One thing confuses me, although you've done a remarkable job of collating all of this information!

In The Great Hunt, during Moiraine's conversation with Anaiya and Liandrin, on their way to meet the Amyrlin (Chapter 4, Summoned), Moiraine says to Anaiya, "I will leave the Hall of the Tower to you, Anaiya."

Does this mean Anaiya was a Sitter in the Tower at this time? She seems a good candidate.

Dominic said...

Most likely not Brene.

RJ spoke of the pre-Coup Sitters a few times, and he never brought up anything to suggest that there has been a reshuffling of the Blue Sitters shortly before the Coup.

Rj confirmed that the third Blue Sitter, beside Lyrelle and Lelaine, was killed during the Coup - probably on purpose. She was replaced by Moria.

TGH was a very early book, with not everything fully in place.

Outwardly, Moiraine meant that Anayia was spending her time in the Tower and could get involved in Tower politics, but Moiraine herself had more important things to do outside. This is what Liandrin what meant to understand.

Some believe it's all Moiraine meant by it. Others believe Moiraine and Anayia were not more explicit because of Liandrin there, but in the light of other clues later that Moiraine was actually speaking to the Blue Ajah Head.

Alone, the conversation between Moiraine and Anayia may have been far more explicit:

- There is crisis in the Hall and for the Blue, Moiraine. You've been outside for a long time, it might be preferable for you to come back to deal with this..

And Moiraine, not yet knowing the nature of the crisis...

"I understand some of us need to remain at the Tower and get involved in the affairs of the Blue, First Selector, but despite my skills at politics it cannot be me, what I am doing outside is too important. I have to leave the affairs of the Hall to you and the Sitters.

Linda said...

I think Anaiya was the Blue Ajah Head and not a Sitter.

Had she been a Sitter, her title would have been mentioned. There is no way Liandrin could have said what she did in front of Anaiya without getting into trouble.

Also: the Blues were battling to get any representatives into Siuan's entourage. A Sitter would be a very unlikely representative under such circumstances and certainly would have been remarked. No other Ajah sent a Sitter to Fal Dara.

Brene said...

My issue with Anaiya as Blue Ajah Head is that Moiraine's comment is just so . . . obvious. The Ajah Head idea occured to me when I was posting, but to say something that can so easily be interpretted as a comment to the Ajah Head, when it's supposed to be a really important secret, in front of a Red sister? Liandrin would (should!) pick up on it.

I'm more inclined to accept the mundane, "you're an Aes Sedai in the Tower, you can get involved in Tower politics" than Anaiya being Ajah Head. Liandrin would know Anaiya was not a Sitter, and that sort of comment/slip of the tongue should set some bells ringing.

I also think Anaiya's title as Ajah Head would play into Moiraine's POV, or should do - Ajah Head demands a certain amount of deference.

What other hints are there to Anaiya being Ajah Head? I'm intruiged. Please feel free to point me to an article if I've missed it!

I love debating WoT theory :)

Linda said...

Well just before the sentence you quoted Anaiya told Moiraine she has been away from Tar valon too long and should return. That is against custom: sisters should not interfere in what other sisters are doing, and more especially weaker sisters shouldn't criticise stronger ones in front of someone from another Ajah. Obviously Anaiya has a certain seniority that overrides her lesser strength in the Power compared to Moiraine.

Also, after Anaiya was killed there was a distinct change in politics in the Blue, especially towards Siuan. Maigain, Anaiya's replacement on Egwene's advisory clique was openly harsh to her. Lelaine became more openly ambitious and constrained and interrogated Faolain (before Egwene was captured) and forced those sworn to Egwene to back her. The timing of this suggests a change in leadership of the Blues.

It is also logical that the AH of the Blues was one of the clique that founded and ran things at Salidar. Myrelle, the Green AH (the Blues' main allies) was another in that clique.

JDH1973 said...

I agree with you Linda, there have been too many seemingly random shifts in the Blue since Anaiya died. It also helps explain why there were 2 Blues on the Council. Sheriam would have been there because she is the strongest sister in Salidar and seems to be one of the instigators of the rebellion (kind of the defacto Amyrlin), but Anaiya and the others were AHs in Salidar and probably also the strongest sister of each Ajah as well. The big question is why the Yellow remained so much less organized in Salidar until Romanda showed up.

On another note, you have Elaida voting to not allow more Blues in Siuan's entourage, but shouldn't this be Amira Moselle? Elaida wasn't a Sitter until TDR (or around the end of TGH when Elayne went missing). She was still Morgase's adviser at the time of this vote.

Linda said...

It's true that Elaida wasn't a Sitter yet, but she was able to influence the Hall's vote by addressing the Hall on how dangerous Rand is and criticising Moiraine (of Siuan's former Ajah) for 'meddling with' him.

I have added this to the article.

Dominic said...

After Anayia died, it sounds like Lelaine got herself chosen First Selector after all.

The conversation with Siuan in KOD seemed to rule it out, but perhaps the election of the AH wasn't done yet.

In any case, the glossary of TGS now says Lelaine is "suspected" of being the First Selector - not quite as good as a confirmation, but considering it's in a book where the issue didn't even come up, it's close to one...

Linda said...

And the glossary also says:

First Reasoner: The title given to the head of the White Ajah. This position is currently held by Ferane
Neheran, an Aes Sedai in the White Tower.

which sounds as though there isn't a White Ajah Head among the rebels anymore. As though she is dead, perhaps executed for being Black.

JDH1973 said...

What about Jolene Maza? She was a Sitter under Siuan who I believe also voted for Elaida before being unchaired, re-chaired then sent packing to Ebou Dar... did I miss something?

JDH1973 said...

I did a little looking and I think you have Rubinde misplaced.

Your quote:

Rubinde is not a newly raised Sitter (Crossroads of Twilight, Glimmers of the Pattern) and nor is Faiselle:

…it has been mentioned, very quietly, by Varilin, and by Takima, and also by Magla. And Faiselle and Saroiya have appeared interested in what they have had to say.”

Calm or no calm, a worm of anger suddenly writhed inside Egwene, and crushing it was no easy task. Those five had been Sitters before the Tower was broken…

-Crossroads of Twilight, The Subject of Negotiations

But Rubinde is not actually mentioned as one of the 5 ... they are Varilin, Takima, Magla, Faiselle and Saroiya.

We also know that Joline was a Sitter for a brief time after Elaida was raised, but the timeline is strange...

"Joline was a different matter. She had held her chair for the Green only a matter of weeks, and everyone was sure the Greens had selected her to show they would not be cowed by the new Amyrlin, who had handed her a fearsome penance."

~ACOS, Lightnings

Oddly she was already on Elaida's council when she got the Penance which was weeks after the rebels left the Tower (in fact she "earned" her penance for not being able to track down Siuan's helper).

This leaves us assuming the Greens took their time replacing Faiselle after she left the Tower. Seems like Joline could have been the first choice of "too young Sitter" sent by Adelorna, but IIRC she's pretty close to an appropriate age for a Sitter (80-odd years with the shawl if she had the shawl when Elaida's mother was a child).

A less likely alternative is that there was another Green Sitter who stepped down after the rebellion opening up a second spot which Joline filled and was later removed from. Since we don't have confirmation that Rubinde was actually a Sitter prior to the Rebellion this is possible.

Linda said...

I'll expand that sentence about Rubinde a little more. What the Crossroads of Twilight Prologue confirmed is that the Greens only had to replace one Sitter after the Coup - Faiselle. She was first replaced by Joline for only a few weeks and then by Rina. It was Rina's selection that was atypical.

Rubinde is considered a typical Sitter therefore she was not raised after the Coup.

JDH1973 said...

You are likely correct, Rubinde is clearly not considered an "odd choice" ... BTW very impressive how much research has gone into all these posts!

Linda said...

Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Linda, great work as always, though much of the groundwork was at WOT FAQ. Still a lot to update.

One very small correction, in the main post you state that that Elaida's Tower had to elect 7 new Sitters to replace those who fled to Salidar after the coup, but in actuality, I think it is only 6.

First off, only 8 Sitters fled.
i. 2 Blues (Lelaine, Lyrelle). (the other died in the coup). No need to replace them. No Blue Ajah.

ii. 2 Browns (Janya, Takima).
iii. 1 Green (Faselle)
iv. 1 Gray (Varilin)
v. 1 Yellow (Magla)
vi. 1 White (Saroiya).

That leaves 13 more Sitters.

i. 11 voted to depose Siuan. None of these Sitters fled. Thought there was some shuffling. Among the Reds Elaida was raised and Teslyn later unchaired, paving the way for Javindra and Duhara). All the others who voted to depose remained Sitters.

ii. Seaine was the only Sitter not informed who stayed.

iii. The third Blue Sitter was killed in the coup.

So, there are only 6 that needed to be replaced because they fled.

1: Brown: Janya >> Juiliane
2: Brown: Takima >> Shevan
3: Gray: Varilin >> Andaya
4: Yellow: Magla >> Suanan (Head)
5: White: Saroiya >> Ferane (Head)
6: Green: Faiselle >> Joline >> Rina.

Joline was unchaired, and replaced by the too young Rina.

You've got it all right it the article, just that little typo in the text (6, not 7).

Linda said...

Thank you for your nice reply, Anonymous. It's true that 6 fled, but there was another that needed replacing: Elaida herself. She was a Sitter for a short time until she manipulated the Hall into instigating all this. Hence the 7.

Grijze Vos said...

As allways I like your essays, but I think you missed something this time.
By custom, she had ordered Kwamesa to weave the ward against eavesdropping, as the sharp nosed Grey was the youngest among the Sitters in the large tent.
(tGS, chapter 43)

During the meeting in KoD, chapter 23, Kwamesa was present as well, but Aledrin wove the ward.
This implies that Aledrin is younger as Kwamesa, but absent.
So, I think Aledrin has been sent to the Black Tower.

Linda said...

Grijze: That was one of a few errors about Aes Sedai laws and customs by Brandon in The Gathering Storm. The second youngest Sitter weaves the ward against eavesdropping and the youngest declares, while holding the Power, that it is against the Law for any person to intrude unasked upon the Hall for any reason.

We know from a few quotes in earlier books that Kwamesa is the youngest Sitter and Aledrin the second youngest (The Path of Daggers, The Law).

Grijze Vos said...

Thank you, Linda. I'm ashamed I missed that and tried to correct you.
Anyhow, do you happen to know if he changed that in the paperback edition and, if so, how.
Corrections might give information as well.

Linda said...

Grijze: :) Not a big deal at all.

As for corrections for the TGS paperback, I believe there are quite a few of them but I don't know for certain if this is one. I agree that it will be interesting to see what changes are made and also of course what information Towers of Midnight reveals to us about which rebel Sitters went to the BT.

Terez said...

I posted a rant about the new Green Sitter a week or two ago on Theoryland. I still don't understand why none of the too-young Green Sitters were kept. Perhaps it has something to do with the Green's resistance to Egwene. Which in turn might have something to do with the fact that they can't officially claim Egwene as having risen from their Ajah, despite her spoken desire to have joined them.

Peter said...

Hi Linda,
A small omission to an otherwise well collated article.

Under section 2. The Tower Under Elaida, Keeper:

In ToM, Katerine obtained the post of Keeper after Tarna went to the Black Tower.

Linda said...

Terez: None of the too young Sitters were kept in the reunited Hall except Andaya, who was the one who formally asked Egwene to be Amyrlin. The other Sitters are all the usual age now and have the requisite experience. I don't see the Greens as being anything unusual in that.

A Hall of proper age provides the greatest possible contrast with their young Amyrlin. It's a complement to Egwene as a tough advserary since she's getting the better of the Hall.

Peter: Thanks. I assumed I'd put that in last year.

Anonymous said...

I thought Katerine was only a mistress of novice? In tGS when the Seachan attack Saerin questioned Katerine "since when does the mistress of novice outranks a sitter?"

Byron said...

You write that Sheriam supported Egwene for Amyrlin at Halima's orders. Is there any certain evidence of this? Halima arrives in Salidar in LoC, but the idea to raise Egwene is hinted at in FoH. (When Nynaeve and Elayne arrive in Salidar, they tell Sheriam's Six that they can communicate with Egwene via T'a'R, and Carlyinya [I think] says something to the effect of "It will be useful to communicate with the young al'Vere," and gives the others a meaningful look. Also, when Siuan is talking to them about who the rebel Amyrlin should be, she says someone strong in the OP who was out of the Tower when the split happened. She probably wants to suggest her old pal Moiraine, but the others seem to already have Egwene in mind.) My assumption was that Mesaana, as the main engineer of the Tower split, picked Egwene. Though the problem with this is that we can be pretty certain Mesaana is the Forsaken who tells Sheriam to steal the dream ter'angreal -- the one who Sheriam tells that one of the Chosen instructed her to raise Egwene. But Sheriam cannot be certain of the identity of her visitor, and maybe never knew who she was talking to. (No one besides the other Forsaken and us readers ever knew that Halima was Balthamel.) Anyway, it's something I've been curious about for a while, so I'd be interested to hear other theories!

Linda said...

Yes, the idea was brought up by Siuan. It would have died without support though. Sheriam said in The Gathering Storm to Mesaana that she supported Egwene for Amyrlin at Aran'gar's orders. TGS In Darkness:

"But it was by orders from one of the Chosen that I helped raise her as Amyrlin in the first place!"

Byron said...

"one of the Chosen" could be any of several villains. And Sheriam doesn't know she's speaking to Mesaana -- just a Forsaken-strength channeler of saidar.

Aran'gar wasn't even alive yet when Sheriam's Six started thinking about options for the Amyrlin, and they were trying to meet with Egwene before Aran'gar arrives in Salidar in LoC 30. So I'm just suggesting you should make a correction to show it's unknown whose idea it was to make Egwene Amyrlin. (Unless someone asked RJ/BS the question and got a straight answer on it.)

Anonymous said...

The Wheel of Time Companion must be wrong, because it states that Javindhra was raised Sitter for the Red in 985 NE; it also says she stood to depose Siuan.