Thursday, February 28, 2002

Who Is Not A Darkfriend?



By Linda

There are actually quite a few characters in The Wheel of Time who we can conclusively identify as NOT being Darkfriends, due to their thoughts about the Shadow/Dark One/Forsaken/ their motivations, etc., or being members of groups known to contain no Darkfriends. Rand, Mat, Perrin, Elayne, Egwene, Nynaeve, and Min have all shown by points of view too numerous to note, and their actions, that they are on the side of good. The Heroes of the Horn are also obviously in the same boat and are listed in the Horn of Valere article.

According to Jordan in his notes on the Kin, there are no Darkfriends in the Kin and never have been. Due to their desire to avoid notice, they have always vetted any possible recruit very thoroughly and pass over any women who may be unsuitable or not accept the rules or whose behaviour may attract unwanted attention. All Aes Sedai, including the Black Ajah, saw the Kin as useless. So disregarded were they, that the FOrskaen were not even told about them. Therefore all known Kin have been included in this list. For everyone else a quote or an explanation is given, in alphabetical order.

Abell Cauthon

Abell Cauthon led troops in the Last Battle and in the Two Rivers, and supported Tam al’Thor.

Adelorna Bastine

According to Alviarin, no Tower Ajah Head was Black Ajah, apart from Galina Casban.

"The great "secret" of who headed the Ajahs was none to her—every Black sister was required to relay to the Supreme Council every whisper inside her own Ajah—but only Galina among them had been Black."

- The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return

Adrielle

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it. However, her Asha’man has been turned to the Shadow (see The Shadow's Influence on the Black Tower) so she may have been also.

Aiden

[Alviarin] considered drawing Zemaile to some secluded corner where she could be questioned and disposed of, but then she noticed another Brown, a round woman even darker than Zemaile, watching them from farther down the hall. Aiden and Zemaile were weak in the Power, yet overcoming both at once would be difficult if it was possible at all...'

- Crossroads of Twilight, A Mark.

Alviarin knows who all the Black Ajah are so she wouldn't need to kill a Black sister for information, let alone take the risk of killing two.

Aisling Noon

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it.

Akoure Vayet

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it.

Alanna Mosvani

Saved Rand as she died by releasing the Warder bond.

Agelmar Jagad

Agelmar was corrupted by Graendal and felt the shame of it. Presumably if he was a Darkfriend he wouldn’t need to be Compelled, just ordered.

Alhanra

Found Gawyn and told Galad. Fought Sharans with Galad.

Alise Tenjile

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Alivia

Had regular contact with Rand after his epiphany with no problems; in fact he entrusted her to prepare some travel items he could take if he survived.

Almen Bunt

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, Apples First and For What Has Been Wrought).

Aloisia Nemosni

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Aludra

Protected the dragons from the Shadowspawn and used them on the Shadow’s forces.

Amys

She fought at Thakan’dar against Dreadlords and Graendal.

Andaya Forae

A Sitter who raised Egwene, she released herself from the Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Bathed in Light).

Andere

Expected to die fighting the Shadow at Tarwin’s Gap and wanted to fight anyway. Was delighted when they won the battle there. Helped Lan in battle.

Androl Genhald

Asha’man of Logain’s faction actively working against Taim (Towers of Midnight, Working Leather).

Annharid Matoun

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Annoura

Saved Galad, even though she was so exhausted she stilled herself.

Arel Malevin

Asha’man of Logain’s faction who bonded a non-Darkfriend Aes Sedai, something Taim does not approve of or permit in his followers.

Arganda

Led men in the Last Battle and prayed to the Creator.

Ashmanaille

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she must have released herself from her Oaths and resworn on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend. She made gateways in the Last Battle.

Asra Zigane

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

High Lord Astoril

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Aviendha

Her thoughts:

no Shadowsouled or Shadowrunner could know that clearing; only she, Nynaeve and Elayne did…One of the Shadowsouled would not simply stand there watching, but that creature, that gholam…Ice formed in her belly.

- The Path of Daggers, To Keep the Bargain

Ayako Norsoni

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it. Was Turned to the Shadow, so obviously wasn’t allied to them before that.

Baldhere

Baldhere pointed out to Lan that Agelmar was making errors in tactics, which he wouldn't do if he were a Darkfriend.

Barasine

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she must have released herself from her Oaths and resworn on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, The Amyrlin’s Anger).

Bayle Domon

His thoughts show he is not a Darkfriend:

Darkfriends had been after him since before he left Maradon to come back down river. Darkfriends and Trollocs...Darkfriends or Aes Sedai, I’ll no run the way they want me.

- The Great Hunt , Leavetakings

Bayrd

Thinks of fighting back against the Dark One:

It just seemed to him that the mere act of creating something—anything—fought back. That was one way to challenge . . . him.

- A Memory of Light, Prologue

Beonin

She was bound by the Three Oaths and couldn’t lie that she betrayed nothing (Knife of Dreams, Honey in the Tea) so she isn’t Black Ajah.

Berana

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame).

Berisha

Since she was not purged from the Tower, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Bernaile Gelbarn

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Berowin Doraisin

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Birgitte

A Hero of the Horn who has fought the Shadow for many lives, including this one.

Black Tower Expedition

Alviarin decided the expedition to the Black Tower was too risky and made sure that no Black was included (thus saving Black sisters, and increasing the ratio of Black Ajah to non-Darkfriends in the Tower by removing fifty non-Darkfriends.)

"But she would still see that no Black sisters went with Toveine."

- A Crown of Swords, Prologue : Lightnings

The sisters in this group named so far are Toveine Gazal (Red, bonded by Logain), Jenare (Red, bonded to Welyn Kajima), Lemai (Red), Akoure (Grey), Desandre (Yellow), Ayako (White, bonded by Donalo Sandomere), Gabrelle (Brown, bonded by Logain), Carniele (Yellow), Adrielle (Gray, bonded by Mezar Kurin), Aisling Noon (Green, bonded by Arel Malevin) and Nelavaire Demasiellin (possibly) (Green, bonded by Naeff).

It can be assumed that all the Asha’man who have bonded Aes Sedai are not Darkfriends either, since the bonding was done without Taim’s approval or permission and since then likely Darkfriend Asha’man are raised as quickly as possible to full Asha’man who are exempted from being bonded.

They are also listed individually in this article since they have been separated and some have been Turned to the Shadow.

Brendas

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she fought the Black Ajah in Tel’aran’rhiod (Towers of Midnight, Darkness in the Tower).

Bulen

Got Lan to accept his duty to rally the Borderlands to send forces to Tarwin’s Gap. Died fighting Shadowspawn.

Cabriana Mercandes

She had no idea who Semirhage was and never considered her torturer was a Forsaken (Lord of Chaos, Threads Woven of Shadow), but just kept calling her a Darkfriend.

Cadsuane Melaidhrin

Her thoughts:

Cadsuane did not like losing two of her people in return for no more than a few singed Forsaken and one dead renegade.

- Winter’s Heart, With the Choedan Kal

She wasn’t on Verin’s list either, and Verin identified over 90% of the Black Ajah. She was also able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Caiden

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Callie

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Canler

Asha’man who led a group to fight Taim and rescue Androl and co.

Carlinya

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she fought the Black Ajah in Tel’aran’rhiod (Towers of Midnight, Darkness in the Tower).

Carniele

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it.

Cathal Devore

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.


Celestin Eguilera

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Charlz Guybon

Fought to save Caemlyn from Shadowspawn, defended Elayne.

Chilares Arman

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Corele Hovian

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Daerid

One of Mat’s trusted officers. He worked hard to get the dragons restored to working order.

Dain Bornhald

His task as he thinks of it was:

to root out Darkfriends, or course, and spread the Light; that went without saying.

- The Shadow Rising, Seeds of Shadow

Damer Flinn

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Dannel

Worked hard to repair the dragons.

Dannil

Was a great help to Perrin and led Two Rivers men in the Last Battle.

King Darlin Sisnera

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Davram Bashere

His thoughts:

In truth, Tenobia did worry him. The Light only knew why Easar and the others had decided to leave the Blightborder together, much less strip away as many soldiers as hearsay said they had brought south…She should be in Saldaea guarding the Blightborder, but so should he…Worst of all, who was behind it? The White Tower? The Forsaken?

- Crossroads of Twilight, Prologue: Glimmers

He could also look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and A Storm of Light).

Deepe Bhadar

Asha’man who fought Shadowspawn and M’Hael, and defended Maradon and Tarwin’s Gap.

Deira Bashere

Was content for she and Davram to die fighting Shadowspawn.

Delarn

Volunteered to be trapped in Hinderstap indefinitely so he could lead the villagers into the Last Battle to defend the River Mora (A Memory of Light, Unchangeable Things).

Derys Nermala

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Desala Nevanche

Was Turned to the Shadow, therefore wasn’t a Darkfriend before that.

Desandre

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it.

Desoutel

A member of Logain’s faction.

Dimana Corrand

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Dobser

Was Turned to the Shadow, so obviously wasn’t allied to them before that.

Doesine Alwain

A hunter of the Black Ajah, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Donalo Sandomere

Asha’man of Logain’s faction who bonded a non-Darkfriend Aes Sedai, something Taim does not approve of or permit in his followers. Was Turned to the Shadow, so obviously wasn’t allied to them before that.

Durnham

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Return to Bandar Eban).

Eamon Valda

His thoughts:

With enough tame witches, he could drive al’Thor out of Andor, out of Illian and everywhere else he had settled like the Shadow itself.

- Crossroads of Twilight, Prologue: Glimmers

King Easar Togita

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and A Testing).

Egeanin

Her thoughts:

This was beyond shoal waters. She was riding close on a lee shore, and Soulblinder himself rode that gale, coming to steal her eyes…The Dark One was coming to steal her eyes.

- Winter’s Heart, A Matter of Property

Einar

Fought with the Aes Sedai and perished fighting Demandred (A Memory of Light, The Last Battle).

Elaida do’Avriny a’Roihan

Elaida’s thoughts:

Next she [Alviarin] would be spouting the Sanche woman’s nonsense about the Forsaken being loose

- A Crown of Swords: Prologue, Lightnings

Verin also checked Elaida out carefully:

And Elaida's name wasn't on the list either. There was a notation at the end, explaining that Verin had looked very closely at Elaida, searching for proof that she was Black. But comments by Black sisters led her to believe strongly that Elaida was not herself Black. Just an unstable woman who was sometimes as frustrating to the Black as she was to the rest of the Tower.

- The Gathering Storm, A Visit From Verin Sedai

Eldase Takashi

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Elyas Machera

Although there isn't any PoV of him, it's clear that Elyas can't be a Darkfriend. If he were, the wolves would know it and certainly not follow him. Wolves can read the minds of people eg when Perrin tells his faked story to Elyas in The Eye of the World.

High Lady Estanda

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Ester Stepashin

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Emarin/Algarin Pendaloan

Attempts were made to Turn him to the Shadow, therefore he was not a Darkfriend.

Queen Ethenielle of Kandor

What good to guard the Blight if the world did crumble behind her?...Since the death of her husband twenty years before, Baldhere had commanded the armies of Kandor, and most of her soldiers would have followed him to Shayol Ghul itself.

- The Path of Daggers: Prologue, Deceptive Appearances

Ethenielle thinks guarding the Blight is important and worries about whether she should leave off doing that to travel south. She thinks attacking Shayol Ghul is a good [if not reasonable] thing. I.e., she is not a Darkfriend. She was also able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and A Testing).

Evasni

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and A Storm of Light).

Evin

Was Turned to the Shadow, so obviously wasn’t allied to them before that.

Faeldrin

Fought at Thakan’dar and tried to fight Graendal.

Famelle Juarde

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Faile Aybara

Faile often lay awake herself, praying for rain, or better yet snow, trying not to think of what lurked behind the heat and drought.

- Lord of Chaos, Prologue: The First Message

Faile does not even want to think of the fact that the Dark One is causing the drought, because it scares her. She wants it to end. Therefore, she’s on the side of the Light.

Faiselle

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, A Call to Stand).

Farnah

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge she must have released herself from her Oaths and resworn on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, A Call to Stand).

Ferane Neheran

According to Alviarin, no Tower Ajah Head was Black Ajah, apart from Galina Casban.

The great "secret" of who headed the Ajahs was none to her—every Black sister was required to relay to the Supreme Council every whisper inside her own Ajah—but only Galina among them had been Black.

- The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return

Fortuona

Considered defeating the Trollocs and the Shadow with just her forces:

Was it truly better to support these marath'damane in their desperate fight here, or should she use the chance to retreat to Seanchan, secure her rule there, then defeat the Trollocs and the Shadow with the might of the Empire?

- A Memory of Light, To Ignore the Omens
Furyk Karede

Dedicated to protecting the Empress, and fought Shadowspawn in the Last Battle.

Gabrelle Brawley

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it. She encouraged Logain to do the right thing in his darkest days.

Galad Damodred

To deny being a Darkfriend with his final breath. It would be difficult, but it would be right.

- Towers of Midnight, Questions of Leadership

Made a bargain with Perrin because of the compassion in Perrin's voice, a compassion that no Darkfriend could feign (Towers of Midnight, Some Tea).

Gareth Bryne

His thoughts:

Whitecloaks? What would Children of the Light want with Mara? He would never believe she was a Darkfriend. But then he had seen a fellow hanged in Caemlyn, a Darkfriend who had been teaching children in the streets about the glories of the Dark One… No, that girl is no Darkfriend, and I’ll stake my life on it.

- The Fires of Heaven, An Old Pipe

Gaul

Helped Perrin defend Rand and fight Isam.

Gawyn

He wished he could have killed al’Thor. For his mother, dead by the man’s doing; Egwene denied it, but she had no proof…He was a fool. He should have killed al’Thor; he had to kill him. But he could not. Not because the man was the Dragon Reborn, but because he had promised Egwene not to raise a hand against al’Thor.

- A Crown of Swords, Prologue: Lightnings

Darkfriends all have orders one way or the other about killing Rand, or not; Gawyn’s thoughts show he doesn’t, and his feelings concerning Rand are clearly personal.

Geofram Bornhald

He worries about whether Perrin is a Darkfriend or not:

He was not entirely certain, himself, but surely a man who seemed to have wolves fight for him could be nothing else.

- The Great Hunt, Five Will Ride Forth

Golever

Was Galad’s second in the Last Battle, inclined to see Shadowspawn in anything scary.

High Lord Gueyam

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Haesel Lusara

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Haral Luhhan

Saved Perrin and encouraged him to do his utmost in the Last Battle.

Harnan

Did not take the Horn of Valere when he had the chance to.

High Lord Hearne

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Heidia

She was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Return to Bandar Eban).

Hurin

His thoughts were that he was fighting for Rand to buy time for him (A Memory of Light, The Last Battle). Rand spoke with Hurin after his epiphany and Hurin was able to face him, whereas Darkfriends could not.

Ieine

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Ifeyina

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and A Storm of Light).

Iralin

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Return to Bandar Eban).

Ivara

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Jahar Narishma

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Janina

Wise One Healing the troops in Mayene.

Janira

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Janya Frende

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, A Call to Stand).

Jenare

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it. Was Turned to the Shadow, therefore wasn't a Darkfriend before that.

Jennet Cobb

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Jessamyn

Sole survivor of the Kinswomen left in Caemlyn, she helped save the city and rescue the dragons after Darkfriends killed the other Kin with her (A Memory of Light, Prologue).

Jesse Bilal

According to Alviarin, no Tower Ajah Head was Black Ajah, apart from Galina Casban.

"The great "secret" of who headed the Ajahs was none to her—every Black sister was required to relay to the Supreme Council every whisper inside her own Ajah—but only Galina among them had been Black."

- The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return

Jezrail

Was Turned to the Shadow, therefore wasn’t a Darkfriend before that.

Jillien

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Joline Maza

Her thoughts:

She would not have admitted it under torture, but the heat made her afraid. The Dark One was touching the world and their only hope was a boy who was running wild.

- A Crown of Swords, The Triumph of Logic

Jonneth Dowtry

A member of Logain’s faction who fought Dreadlords.

Juilaine Madome

A Sitter who raised Egwene, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Bathed In Light).

Juilin Sandar

Aided the three girls and Rand. At the Last Battle he fought Shadowspawn and rallied men.

Julanya Fote

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Jur Grady

Angry about seemingly defenceless Hinderstap villagers being slaughtered.

Kainea

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Kaisel Noromaga

Prince Kaisel was a help to Lan as well as a keen admirer.

Karldin Manfor

An early follower of Rand who carried out his orders.

Kanara

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Use A Pebble).

Kema

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Kennet

Eldrith’s Warder was stated to not be a Darkfriend and intended to kill her, no matter the cost to himself.

Kateri Nepvue

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she fought the Black Ajah in Tel’aran’rhiod (Towers of Midnight, Darkness in the Tower).

Keraille Surtovni

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Kirstian Chalwin

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Kiruna

Kiruna fought at Thakan'dar and tried to fight Graendal.

Kumiko

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Kwamesa

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame).

Lan

The entirety of Legends: New Spring shows that Lan clearly is not a Darkfriend.

Laras

Verin insists that Laras is not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, A Visit From Verin Sedai). Certainly she has firm principles, especially on not breaking anyone's spirit with harsh treatment.

Leane Sharif

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she fought the Black Ajah in Tel’aran’rhiod (Towers of Midnight, Darkness in the Tower).

Leeh

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Lelaine Akashi

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame).

Lemai

Member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it.

Lerian

She was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Return to Bandar Eban).

Lind

Helped Logain’s faction against Taim and his Black Asha’man.

Logain Ablar

If he were a Darkfriend he would not have held himself separate from Taim at some personal cost or loathe Taim’s cronies, nor would he organise resistance to him, and nor would the Shadow try to Turn him.

Lyrelle

Since she was not purged from the Tower, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Loial

Has shown he isn't a Darkfriend by his actions, for instance trying to rally the Ogier to fight in the war against the Shadow and his loathing of Shadowspawn.

Maerin

She was not purged from the Tower, therefore she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Magla Daronos

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame).

Manda Wan

Since she was not purged from the Tower, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Mandevwin

Protected Faile and the Horn of Valere (A Memory of Light, A Practised Grin).

High Lord Maraconn

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Masema Dagar

His thoughts:

It was difficult to keep his thoughts on those future glories. The world around him was filthy. Men denied the Dragon and sought the Shadow…Even his own followers. Yes! That must have been why they had fallen. That must have been why so many died when assaulting the city of Malden and its Darkfriend Aiel.

- The Gathering Storm, Prologue

Masuri

Masuri washed away Perrin’s fatigue so he could protect Rand.

Meidani Eschede

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Melore

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Meramor

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she fought the Black Ajah in Tel’aran’rhiod (Towers of Midnight, Darkness in the Tower).

Merana Ambrey

"Were either of you involved in that…vileness…right after the Aiel War?" Despite herself, Merana gave a start. The other woman’s eyes spoke of the block and the headsman’s axe…Anyway, a twenty year old vileness, whatever it had been, certainly could not hold a candle to what the world confronted now."

- A Crown of Swords, Diamonds and Stars

Any Black sister would have known what Cadsuane meant—the deaths of two Amyrlins, many Aes Sedai and men who might be able to channel—yet Merana did not know, so she isn’t Black.

Merise Haindehl

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Mezar Kurin

Was Turned to the Shadow so was not a Darkfriend originally.

Mirane Larinen

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Mikio Vadere

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Milis din Shalada Three Stars

She was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Return to Bandar Eban).

Moiraine Damodred

Her thoughts regarding Rand:

I will not let you go to the Shadow. I have worked too long to allow that. Whatever it takes.

- The Shadow Rising, Into the Heart

Morgase

Morgase was Compelled seriously by Rahvin. Seriously enough to make her forget everything, or almost. If Morgase was a Darkfriend, there would have been no need for Rahvin to Compel her.

Morvrin

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she fought the Black Ajah in Tel’aran’rhiod (Towers of Midnight, Darkness in the Tower).

Myrelle Berebgari

Since she was not purged from the Tower, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Naeff

He was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Return to Bandar Eban).

Nashia

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Neald

Took Mat’s message to Talmanes in the cave. If he were a Darkfriend he could have them there to die without suspicion and pleaded exhaustion if found out.

Nelavaire Demasiellin

Likely member of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it.

Nicola

She swore the Oath against lying on the Oath Rod and declared herself not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, A Visit From Verin Sedai).

Niere

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she fought the Black Ajah in Tel’aran’rhiod (Towers of Midnight, Darkness in the Tower).

Nimri

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge, she fought the Black Ajah in Tel’aran’rhiod (Towers of Midnight, Darkness in the Tower).

Olver

Saved the Horn of Valere and blew it.

King Paitar Nachiman

He was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and A Testing).

Pedron Niall

His thoughts:

The White Tower was a sink of iniquity and the Shadow…the Shadow-spawned heat…There was no Black Ajah; all the witches were Darkfriends.

- A Crown of Swords, Prologue: Lightnings

Pevara Tazanovni

A hunter of the Black Ajah, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Path of Daggers, The Extra Bit).

Pylar

Since she was not purged from the Tower, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend. Fought in the Last Battle.

Raechin Connoral

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge she must have released herself from her Oaths and resworn on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, A Call to Stand).

Raemassa

Since she was not purged from the Tower, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend. Fought Shadowspawn.

Reanne Corly

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend. She was murdered by a Black Sister.

Redbord

He was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Return to Bandar Eban).

Renald Fanwar

Left home to fight in the Last Battle.

Rhadam Asunawa

His thoughts:

Of course there was no connection, aside from the fact that she [Morgase] was a witch and they Darkfriends. The witch was in the Fortress of the Light, after all. Still, he was troubled.

- Lord of Chaos, Red Wax

Rhuarc

He was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Rina Hafden

A Sitter who raised Egwene, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Bathed In Light).

Rodel Ituralde

His thoughts:

This last order was different, though…Why the Shadow might fear this order more than any other was a mystery, yet it was all the more reason to move swiftly.

- Crossroads of Twilight, Prologue: Glimmers

He was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and A Storm of Light).

Romanda Cassin

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame).

High Lady Rosana

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Rosil

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge she must have released herself from her Oaths and resworn on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, A Choice).

Rubinde

A Sitter who raised Egwene, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Bathed In Light).

Sabeine Ocalin

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Saerin Asnobar

A hunter of the Black Ajah, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Sarainya Vostovan

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Sarasia

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Saroiya

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, A Call to Stand).

Seaine Herimon

A hunter of the Black Ajah, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Path of Daggers, The Extra Bit).

Serancha Colvine

According to Alviarin, no Tower Ajah Head was Black Ajah, apart from Galina Casban.

"The great "secret" of who headed the Ajahs was none to her—every Black sister was required to relay to the Supreme Council every whisper inside her own Ajah—but only Galina among them had been Black."

- The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return

Shevan

A Sitter who raised Egwene, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Bathed In Light).

Sibella

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Silviana Brehon

She released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Bathed In Light).

High Lord Simaan

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Siuan Sanche

Siuan was bound by the Three Oaths until she was stilled therefore she wasn’t of the Black Ajah. She has since proven this on the Oath Rod in The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame.

Solain Morgeillin

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Somma

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Use A Pebble).

Sumeko Karistovan

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

High Lord Sunamon Haellin

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Suana Dragand

According to Alviarin, no Tower Ajah Head was Black Ajah, apart from Galina Casban.

The great "secret" of who headed the Ajahs was none to her—every Black sister was required to relay to the Supreme Council every whisper inside her own Ajah—but only Galina among them had been Black.

- The Path of Daggers, An Unwelcome Return

Takima

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, A Call to Stand).

Talaan

Talaan joined the Dragonsworn and fought at Thakan’dar.

Talmanes Delovinde

Saved Caemlyn and killed two Myrddraal. Also saved the dragons and helped restore and use them.

Tam al’Thor

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Tamarla

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Tarna Feir

Was Turned to the Shadow so was not a Darkfriend originally.

High Lord Tedosian

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Queen Tenobia Kazadi

She was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and A Testing).

Teslyn Baradon

She was shown to be bound by the Three Oaths when she tried to swear to Mat that she would do anything for him that didn’t betray the White Tower if he freed her, and couldn’t because the qualifier was a lie (Winter’s Heart, Three Women).

Theodrin

Fought Dreadlords and Shadowspawn.

Thom Merrilin

Thom shows he is not a Darkfriend in essentially the entire first half of The Shadow Rising, Deceptions.

Tiana Noselle

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge she must have released herself from her Oaths and resworn on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, The Amyrlin’s Anger).

Tinna

Led the Dragonsworn army against Shadowspawn.

High Lord Tolmeran

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

High Lord Torean Andiama

Was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought).

Toveine Gazal

Leader of the expedition to the Black Tower so obviously doomed that Alviarin decided no Black sisters would go on it. Was Turned to the Shadow so was obviously not a Darkfriend before that.

Trask

Defended at Thakan’dar.

Trom

Wanted Whitecloaks unified, not divided, and fought Shadowspawn at the Last Battle.

Tylee Kirghan

Wanted Tuon to fight the Shadow and not prosecute the Return.

Uno

Keen to fight Trollocs (A Memory of Light, The Use of Dragons) and rallied troops after Joni Shagrin fell.

Vanin

Did not take the Horn of Valere when he had the chance to.

Varilin

A Sitter in the rebel Hall, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame).

Viria Connoral

An Aes Sedai remaining in the White Tower after the Black Ajah purge she must have released herself from her Oaths and resworn on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (Towers of Midnight, A Call to Stand).

Votabek

He was able to look Rand in the eyes after Rand’s epiphany with no hesitation, whereas Darkfriends are unable to (Towers of Midnight, For What Has Been Wrought and Return to Bandar Eban).

Welyn Kajima

Asha’man of Logain’s faction who bonded a non-Darkfriend Aes Sedai, something Taim does not approve of or permit in his followers.

Yoeli

He went against the orders of the Darkfriend Lord Torkumen and brought aid to Ituralde in the Battle of Maradon (Towers of Midnight, An Open Gate).

Yukiri

A hunter of the Black Ajah, she released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend.

Zaida

Exhorts Ituralde to protect Rand (A Memory of Light, To Ignore the Omens).

Zarya Alkaese

A member of the Kin, and therefore not a Darkfriend.

Zemaile

[Alviarin] considered drawing Zemaile to some secluded corner where she could be questioned and disposed of, but then she noticed another Brown, a round woman even darker than Zemaile, watching them from farther down the hall. Aiden and Zemaile were weak in the Power, yet overcoming both at once would be difficult if it was possible at all...'

- Crossroads of Twilight, A Mark.

Alviarin knows who all the Black Ajah are so she wouldn't need to kill a Black sister for information, let alone take the risk of killing two.

Zerah Dacan

A rebel infiltrator in the Tower who released herself from her Oaths and reswore on the Oath Rod that she was not a Darkfriend (The Path of Daggers, The Extra Bit).


And then there’s Verin Mathwin

Verin said she joined the Black Ajah so they wouldn’t kill her. She then made the most of her situation by studying and recording everything she could about the Shadow. She did commit evil deeds, but hopes her report will redress the balance:

Redemption? I should think that wouldn't be so easily earned. Light knows I've done enough to require a very special kind of redemption. But it was worth the cost. Worth it indeed. Or perhaps that is simply what I must tell myself."

- The Gathering Storm, A Visit From Verin Sedai



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Written by Linda, December 2009 and updated February 2014 and July 2017

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great work! Leane Sharif could also be added - Egwene sees her with the rebels when they offer their apology to the Tower. She must have proved herself on the oath rod before the rebel Hall, or she would be absent.

Michael J. said...

One small problem with this: virtually all followers of the Dark One consider themselves Darkfriends. The exception: the Chosen see themselves as higher beings, and "Darkfriends" are one and all below them. The fact that someone has resworn the Oath not to lie, and has named herself as "not a Darkfriend" is insufficient proof that she is not Mesaana.

Therefore it is possible that one single entry in this list is mistaken.

Dominic said...

On the other hand, Brandon said he doubted a Forsaken would be able to swear under the first oath that she is not a darkfriend.

It suggests that's not how Mesaana defeated the trial by the binder, if she is portraying a sister (Brandon simply confirmed she is in the Tower).

Brandon also said that Egwene's reasoning isn't incorrect, and part of Egwene's reasoning is that Mesaana could not pull off playing a well-known sister/one who socializes, which seems to rule out some of the favourite suspects, like Norine (prominent enough that she thought she should have been Elaida's Keeper instead of Alviarin).

It sounds more and more likely Mesaana is (or at least has been) the young friendless Brown Danelle.

If the sister she's played is still alive, she could have compelled her to go swear the oaths. If not, she could place an inverted MoM and strength disguising weave on any sister she compelled and captured and have her play Danelle for the swearing, before killing her.

An easier but more dangerous way to defeat the Oath Rod would be to have spotted a new obscure/young sister, let her swear the oath then capture and kill her and take her place.

A simpler solution would be to let her disguise pass for captured or BA while she replaces a novice or an invented servant from now on. A great deal depends on what Mesaana wants to achieve by remaining in the Tower, and what resources she has at her disposal. Was the BA all she had to spy? Etc.

She's not likely to be anyone listed above - in any case, those characters are not Darkfriends, even if they've been replaced later by Mesaana.

Linda said...

Leane was led out of her prison in the Tower when the rebels arrived in Tar Valon and assembled int he square. She had no chance to swear anything at that stage. She would have sworn later, when the Tower Aes Sedai swore.

The Aes Sedai on this list were either among the rebels or out of the Tower, or they were hunting the Black Ajah, or named as Ajah Heads who were not Black. Or they raised Egwene in the White Tower. I don't think that Mesaana would do any of those things.

Skeeve the Great said...

I don't think we have enough proof of Teslyn. The way she stambles swearing to Mat may be because it conflicts with the Oath to the Dark One.

Linda said...

Skeeve: If Teslyn were Black, she could swear any oath with impunity because she can lie and doesn't have to mean to keep any oath she makes. Galina is an example of this.

Michael J. said...

Personally I would really have to see Brandon's exact quote on the matter before I'm convinced. Having spent some time with him, I'm quite aware of how Aes Sedai-like he can be when he wants to be, so hearing what he said second hand about anything doesn't really work for me. It's no offense to you - I just know he likes to be slippery.

Anonymous said...

Linda is right about when Leane would have had to re-swear, but regardless, she now has proven herself if she swore when the WT Aes Sedai did.

She should be on the list. I hardly think Egwene would have let her get away without swearing after the Sheriam incident.

Linda said...

And when she appears in the next book, I'll add her to the list, along with others who are in the same situation. Right now, she is not proven. There's enough disputation going over people who have definitely sworn!

Anonymous said...

Not sure if Faile qualifys as 'Not a Darkfriend' just cause she is trying not to think about the DO. Just cause she serves the Great Lord doesn't mean she isn't terrified.

Linda said...

I found a better quote for Faile today and substituted it.

Frost Ryder said...

One possible flaw in your logic is that anyone thinking another person is a darkfriend means they are not. I think that a darkfriend could easily wonder if 'those people over there' are darkfriends, simply because he/she doesn't know them. I could very well be wrong, just something I thought of while reading this :)

Taura-Tierno said...

One thing I've considered about the Aes Sedai who have resworn the oaths ... haven't some of them simply said: "I am not Black Ajah"?

While I'm sure the Forsaken would consider themselves darkfriends, I don't think Mesaana would consider herself Black Ajah. Wouldn't that be a very possible loop-hole?

Linda said...

That's true and has been pointed out by others on various fora including myself.

However it's a very risky way to do it. Much safer for Mesaana to get a proxy to substitute for her, or for Mesaana to use illusion to pretend to hold the rod or pretend to touch it with spirit, etc.

And if the Aes Sedai are re-swearing all three oaths? No Forsaken would want to be bound by them at all. It is most likely that Mesaana substituted another in some way.

Michael said...

It doesn't terribly much matter if Mesaana swears an Oath she does not want to. All she need do is unswear it that same night - I have little doubt as to her ability to get her hands on the Oath Rod.

And honestly, the fate she's suffered from the Dark One himself, for her failure, is much more painful than forswearing Oaths on the Rod. That sort of pain would be meaningless to her, I should think.

Anonymous said...

I suppose you could add Corele and Nesune (and poor Daigian of course, but she's dead anyuway). Also the whole of Samitsu's POV in the CoT Prologue seems to show she hasn't chosen wrong allegiance.

Linda said...

Probably they aren't Darkfriends but any of Corele, Nesune or Daigian might be. The choice of who lived and who died was only whether they had a Warder or not. Darkfriends sometimes are killed because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Samitsu also probably isn't - but she was mostly thinking about Cadsuane, power struggles and Healing. She did say the bubble of evil in Cairhien was due to the Shadow but even a Darkfriend might say that.

Anonymous said...

The entry on Rodel Ituralde has a cut-and-paste issue.

Also, the "She was able to look at Rand ..." probably applies to Siuan.

Anonymous said...

What about entries on mid-major characters like Birgitte, Loial and Berelain?

Linda said...

I fixed Rodel Ituralde. Siuan's entry is fine as it stands. Most Aes Sedai have this style entry.

Birgitte and Loial could almost be in the disclaimer up the top, but I have pointed out their actions alone make them qualify.

There is no proof at all for Berelain.

cesare said...

Hi Linda, I think that you can add to the no-darkfriend list also Myrelle: when Nynaeve went to her to take the bond of Lan, Nynaeve has a tought about the black sisters that were in the Verin's list among the rebels and that went to the Black Tower, she affirms that all of them escaped before the first message about the purge arrived to them from Egwene

Linda said...

Cesare: The Darkfriends they knew of among the rebel expedition fled, but it's still not certain that no secret ones remain.

Mind you, I don't think Myrelle is a Darkfriend.

TrueCrew said...

Great work as always Linda.

It's late, so I may have missed her, but For(Tuon)a isn't on the list?

Linda said...

Not yet, no. Due to lack of a conclusive quote. (She isn't a Darkfriend of course).

Vicki said...

I think all Kinswomen can be added to the list, at least according to Elayne's reasoning. Elayne surmised, while trying to find the murderer of Adeleas and Ispan, that the Kin was free of Darkfriends since Ispan hadn't been aware of the Kin's true nature, implying a lack of insider moles. (Of course, this reasoning could be faulty if the ignorance was Ispan's own.)

Cabriana Mercandes: I don't think her not recognising Semirhage is proof since Darkfriends are often unaware of the true identity or appearance of the Forsaken who contact them. The proof is simply that Cabriana was tortured for information and killed rather than ordered to take Arangar/ Halima along.

Along the same lines, we can safely add to the list the late Adeleas, Vandene, Sareitha, Anaiya and her Warder, Kairen and others killed by Darkfriends or Forsaken either for fear of exposure or for not being fellow Darkfriends and thus of any value.

Cadsuane: there's another excellent proof - Cadsuane considers her failure to root out the Black Ajah as one of the greatest failures of her career.

Loial: Are *any* Ogier capable of siding with the Shadow at all? Seems unlikely.

Eamon Valda: the proof isn't conclusive - the statement is too ambiguous; he could mean the Shadow 'settling everywhere' as a positive thing. I suspect he might be a Darkfriend.

For(Tuon)a: there may not be quotes but there's circumstantial evidence that she isn't a Darkfriend:
1) she is repelled by darkness in Rand, and her instinct is to reject all his offers/ demands outright. The Shadow holds no attraction for her.
2) Semirhage wanted Tuon killed and replaced on the throne by the known Darkfriend Suroth. There would have been no need to kill Tuon had she been a Darkfriend herself. By the same token, Empress Radhanan and the rest of the Imperial family murdered by Semirhage weren't Darkfriends, either.

I think it's pretty safe to say that all the Suldam who vomited or had similar reactions on learning that Anath was really Semirhage aren't Darkfriends.

Sevanna: for all her faults, I don't think she's a Darkfriend, otherwise Demandred and Mesaana wouldn't have needed to trick her but would have given her direct orders.

I also wonder about the Two Rivers folk: there hasn't been any suggestion of native Darkfriends in the series so far (Padan Fain is an outsider). Could the Two Rivers be Darkfriend-free?

Moryssa said...

Most comprehensive list. I was surprised by how mercilessly you have made this list - for instance, I chuckled when it came to names like Moiraine or Siuan, since they in my view are personifications of champions for the Light. I'm quite sure you would agree with me, I'm just stating that your judgement borders that of, hmm, Aisha Raveneos, perhaps?

Thanks for a great article.

Aelys Sedai said...

Hey there Linda, thanks for this great article. I think I've spotted two minor errors: Kateri Nepvue was murdered in ToM/5 and can therefore not have battled the Black Ajah in ToM/38. The same goes for Nimri, who is mentioned only once, and that's in ToM/23. Apart from that, no complaints. Great job.

Linda said...

Thanks, those look to be copy paste errors. I'll correct them during my update.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great entry, Linda. Minor error: Nelavaire is listed as part of the Black Tower expedition, but she was actually part of the Tower Embassy and captured at Dumai's Wells.

Anonymous said...

Great work!

Several Aes Sedai sworn to Rand can be added - they fought on the side of the Light, at Thakan'dar- Rafela Cindal, Bera Harkin, Nesune Bihara, Beldeine Nyram, Sarene Nemdahl, Sashalle Anderly.

Aviendha mentions Rafela joining the last stand of the Dragonsworn, leaving her with nobody to link with.

Bera healed Aviendha, and Aviendha had her lead a circle.

Nesune commented on Graendal's strength.

Beldeine died alongside Karldin.

And Graendal Compelled and captured Sarene and Sashalle.

Anonymous said...

Great work, Linda.

I know these characters are only mentioned in the Companion, but they might be worth adding - the four remaining Ferrets.

Cathal Devore (Brown)
Haesal Lusara (Brown)
Mikio Vadere (Green)
Ester Stepashin (Green)