Wednesday, February 27, 2002
The Seven-Striped Lass is one of the best inns in western Caemlyn being noisily popular, but kept clean by innkeeper Melli Craeb. Mat deliberated whether to open Verin’s letter while in this inn (Tower’s of Midnight, The Seven-Striped Lass). The inn’s name refers to an Accepted and reflects the innkeeper’s enthusiasm for Aes Sedai without being so impudent as to name it directly after the White Tower or Aes Sedai, as an overly bold Kandori innkeeper did in New Spring.
The inn is also a nod to Tarvalon.net and webmaster/Amyrlin and beta reader Melissa Craib.
The Dead Man’s Breath in Caemlyn is a rougher inn than the Seven-Striped Lass and its clientele gambles for silver and gold rather than coppers. Mat heard about the gholam’s presence in Caemlyn here, the evidence being the dead man drained of blood (Tower’s of Midnight, The Seven-Striped Lass). He also saw someone showing a drawing of his face to the innkeeper that the Shadow has been spreading, confirmation of Verin's warning that he is a marked man. Two warnings of his possible death at The Dead Man's Breath. High stakes indeed.
The Two Apples is a steep-roofed, brick-fronted building and is one of the nicer inns in Caemlyn (Tower’s of Midnight, The Seven-Striped Lass). Thom performed here to a packed house. It has a sign showing two apples, one bright red, the other eaten down to the core with only white flesh showing: the colors of the Andoran flag.
The inn combines patriotism with the symbolism of apples as fertility, love, marriage, longevity or immortality. On one level it refers to Elayne, pregnant Queen with a long life expectancy if she can curtail her recklessness. On another level, it represents Thom’s love for Moiraine, who will live far longer than Thom if only she can be rescued from the *elfin folk... The apple was also associated with the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and Moiraine has knowledge and understanding of the prophecies she needs to impart that is crucial for Rand to succeed. However there are two apples: one perfect, the other consumed. Moiraine’s channelling ability was largely consumed by the *elfinns.
The Greeting Hall is where the Black sister Duhara Basaheen stayed in Caemlyn and from where she contacted Elayne’s enemies with the aim of intimidating Elayne and destabilising her rule after Elayne's greeeting of Duhara was so lacking (Tower’s of Midnight, An Unexpected Letter).
The Grand Hike is an inn near the Caemlyn palace well-known to Birgitte. She and Mat went there to talk about the Tower of Ghenjei and how to get the better of the *elfinns (Tower’s of Midnight, The End of a Legend). The innkeeper Old Snert is remarkably ugly, a major attraction in Birgitte's eyes. Mat was discussing plans with Birgitte for his grand hike to the world of the *elfinns, but first he and Birgitte hike rapidly back to the palace when Elayne’s attempt to interrogate the Black Ajah prisoners goes wrong.
The Dusty Wheel inn has walls and windows dark with pipe smoke and dirt (Tower’s of Midnight, Into the Void). They are never cleaned. The inn’s sign is weathered and depicts a wagon wheel. The inn has a mixed clientele – from high to low - and is popularly known as The Rumor Wheel. It is the best place in Caemlyn to hear rumours, although little regard is given for their veracity. Hatch is the innkeeper. Mat stayed at the inn a short while before going to battle the gholam and was assumed to be a newbie by a few denizens who tried to get the better of him in a dice game.
The inn’s name The Dusty Wheel implies that the inn aims its trade at wagoners and long distance travellers, perfect for gathering the news from the whole continent. The inn is a nod to Theoryland.com and webmaster and beta reader Matt Hatch and its name refers to the banner at the top of the Theoryland homepage: “Pardon our dusty re-design experiment”. The tradition of never cleaning the windows reflects the comfortable old format of the site’s pages beyond the home page.
The Happy Throng in Caemlyn has a carved wooden sign depicting faces wearing strange hats and exaggerated smiles. It has a private dining chamber which Mat hired to meet Perrin. Denezel, the innkeeper, commissioned and hung a portrait of Rand in the common room (Tower’s of Midnight, A Teaching Chamber). He is a nod to webmaster and beta reader Jason Denzel, and The Happy Throng to Dragonmount.com, the most populous and active (manic?) Wheel of Time fansite.
Written by Linda, January 2011 and updated December 2013