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EWoT: Amys

Amys
Amys
Biographical information
Nationality Aiel
Current status Alive
Physical description
Gender Female
Height Tall
Weight Slim
Hair color White
Eye color Blue
Chronological and political information
First mentioned TDR 39
First appeared TSR 11
Last appeared AMOL 42
Occupation Wise One
ClanTaardad
Sept Nine Valleys
  [Source]
"Life is a dream from which we all must wake before we can dream again."
   —Amys

Amys (ah-MEESE; /ɑˈmiːs/) of the Nine Valleys sept of the Taardad Aiel, is a Wise One who can channel, and a Dreamwalker.

Appearance and Abilities

Amys is slim and tall, with blue eyes and long white hair that hangs to her waist.[1] Her skin is sun-darkened from living in the Aiel Waste.[2]Although her hair is white, her face is young.

She can channel quite strongly; Egwene thinks she is stronger than most Aes Sedai. Along with Melaine, she is best at interpreting the dream.

History

She used to be a Maiden of the Spear. In her late teens, she was with the group of Maidens that tailed Tigraine Mantear as she entered the Aiel Waste. Later she became an apprentice Wise One under Bair, and tried to run away a number of times. She is Rhuarc's wife, and sister-wife to Lian, the roofmistress of Cold Rocks Hold. She is between 40 and 50 years old.

Activities

She sends a letter to Moiraine in Tear before Moiraine even arrives in Tear. The letter instructs Moiraine to come to Rhuidean and for Aviendha to come there also.[3]

Meetings in Rhuidean

She meets Egwene al'Vere in Tel'aran'rhiod while Egwene is searching for the Black Ajah. She tells Egwene to come to Aiel Waste where she can teach her how to become a proper Dreamwalker.[1]

Amys meets Rand al'Thor and the rest of the Aiel when they are transported from Tear to Rhuidean via the Portal Stone. She, with the rest of the Aiel Wise Ones, had sent a letter to Moiraine Damodred saying where they would meet and which day.

Amys agrees to go with Egwene to her scheduled meetings with Nynaeve and Elayne. She tells Nynaeve how to use need to find the object Liandrin's group of Black Sisters are looking for in Tanchico.[4]

Dumai's Wells

She then travels with Rand and the rest of the Aiel to Cairhien. She takes Egwene as an apprentice with Bair and teaches her how to Dreamwalk. She is with Egwene in Tel'aran'rhiod when the Salidar Six summon Egwene to Salidar. Her opinion of Aes Sedai has somewhat diminished with the several meetings she had with them. She is present when Egwene reveals the lie that she is not actually an Aes Sedai. She then gives Egwene a beating to meet her toh. She was proud of Egwene and would accept her back as an Aiel Wise One again if she ever returns. She leads a group of Wise Ones to help rescue Rand from the White Tower Aes Sedai but defers to Sorilea as leader in the end. She participates in the Battle of Dumai's Wells.

After the battle she suggests the Aes Sedai prisoners be placed into the Wise Ones' care. She is present when Rand is Healed by Damer Flinn from the Shadar Logoth dagger. She is now in complete control of the Aes Sedai, dismissing Bera Harkin and Kiruna Nachiman from Cairhien's throneroom.

She acts as Elayne Trakand and Aviendha's mother in the first-sister bonding ceremony.

Restoring order to Arad Doman

Months later she Travels with the rest of her clan to Arad Doman, where the Aiel attempt to bring peace to the war torn country. While there she gives Aviendha more and more meaningless punishments, in an attempt to make her stand up to the other Wise Ones. She is at the meeting with Rand and the Aiel clan chiefs when Rand gives the order for the Aiel to capture the Council of Merchants. She is present when Davram Bashere and Damer Flinn arrive at the Traveling grounds after being sent to the Daughter of the Nine Moons to request her to meet with Rand. Later she follows Cadsuane Melaidhrin into Rand's room where she finds out about Semirhage's escape and then death.

Aviendha finally confronts the Wise Ones, including Amys, on how pointless the tasks they have given are. Standing up to the other Wise Ones is Aviendha's final test, so they send her to Rhuidean to become a Wise One as well. When Cadsuane is banished from Rand's sight, she comes to the Wise Ones for help and a new plan. Amys is meeting with Cadsuane when Nynaeve al'Meara enters with the news that Rand just burned a whole palace full of people away with balefire.

Meetings with the Amyrlin

Egwene meets Amys and Bair in Tel'aran'rhiod to inform them that she has become Amyrlin Seat of the White Tower. She also discusses the idea of Accepted being sent to the Wise Ones for training and the Aiel sending their apprentice Wise Ones to the Tower. Egwene then informs them of Rand's plan to break the remaining seals on the Dark One's prison, and asks them and the rest of the Wise Ones to help her oppose him.

Egwene sets up a meeting in Tel'aran'riod, which Amys attends, between Aes Sedai, Sea Folk Windfinders, and Aiel Wise Ones. It is decided at the meeting that Accepted will go and train with the Wise Ones for six months and then they would train with the Sea Folk for a further six months before returning back to the White Tower. They would then make a choice a year later on where they would wish to finish their training. Sea Folk and Wise One apprentices would also go through this training program but to the White Tower and the other channeling faction. It is agreed that for every two Accepted who leave, two Wise One apprentices and two Sea Folk apprentices will be exchanged. Finally, all ter'angreal that are already owned by the Aiel or by the Sea Folk cannot be claimed by the White Tower.

The Black Ajah attack after the meeting in Tel'aran'riod and, after finding she can't leave, Amys is one of the Wise Ones who participates in the Battle in Tel'aran'rhiod.

Last Battle

Amys is one of the Wise Ones who are present when Aviendha tells the group of her visions of the future, and the fall of the Aiel. The women rationalize that it is because Rand will leave the Aiel adrift by excluding the Aiel from his plans tomorrow. They plan to fight this future, even if it cannot be changed. When Aviendha asks for the Aiel to be included into the Dragon's Peace, Rand is taken aback. Amys and the rest of the Wise Ones stand behind Aviendha, confirming that she speaks for the rest of her people. In the end the Aiel become the neutral enforcers of the Dragon's Peace, allowing them to cross nation to nation in the hunt of any criminal. Amys also confirms that the Aiel will not seek a blood feud against the Seanchan, as it is a battle they cannot win. Amys is in attendance at Elayne's initial war-council, where it is decided that the army will fight on four fronts led by the four Great Generals. The Aiel bristle at the thought of being led by Rodel at Shayol Ghul, but are put in their place by Elayne, who tells them that it was the Aiel themselves that insisted on being part of Dragon's Peace. The Aiel will do as ordered.

Bair discusses with Amys and Melaine in tel'aran'rhiod that she has seen the same events as Aviendha. Egwene then approaches the women and they talk about the troubling dark cracks that are appearing, particularly when balefire is used. They all decide to ban the use of balefire. Amys tells Egwene that she is proud of her and then they farewell each other. Amys Travels to the Shayol Ghul battlefront with Aviendha and Cadsuane. After Aviendha has her initial confrontation with Hessalam, she decides to place the channelers into three smaller circles, one to attack and draw out other channelers, while the other two hide in ambush. Amys recognizes it as an old Maiden of the Spear tactic. Amys then smiles with glee when Aviendha realizes how difficult it is going to be to lead and organize all the channelers, who all have such different personalities. She leads one of the circles before Hessalam arrives. She then joins forces with Cadsuane, Talaan and Alivia to battle the Forsaken.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Shadow Rising, Chapter 11
  2. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 23
  3. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 12
  4. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 52