EWoT: Ashmanaille

Ashmanaille is an Aes Sedai of the Gray Ajah.

Appearance and Personality

She is lanky with dark hair and brown eyes. She has a narrow face and a pointed nose. Her slender build makes her appear more tall than she really is.

She has a detached nature, seldom showing any emotion at all.

She thinks about clothes as much as anything else, and her clothes are always neat and of a high quality.

Strength and Abilities

Ashmanaille is not particularly strong in the One Power, but still in the last of the top-ten levels in Aes Sedai hierarchy during recent times. In fact her level of strength is described by "The Wheel of Time Companion" as 22(10).

This level of strength is just enough for her to open alone a suitable gateway to Travel.

She is strong in Earth and has sufficient ability to make cuendillar. [1]


Ashmanaille is 98 years old. She was born in 902 NE and went to the White Tower in 918 NE. After eleven years as a novice and ten years as Accepted, she was raised to the shawl in 939 NE.


During the Aes Sedai schism Ashmanaille sided with the Rebels.

She is part of a circle, along with Elayne Trakand and Nynaeve al'Meara, led by Anaiya Carel in the defense of the Salidar camp against the Bubble of evil that attacked there.

She is one of only nine Aes Sedai among the rebels able to make cuendillar due to her sufficient strength in Earth. She is, however, very slow at transforming iron to cuendillar, slower than Kairen Stang.

She and Phaedrine ask Beonin Marinye's advice about the murders of Anaiya and Kairen. The discussion yields suspicions of a male channeler among the camp and advice to follow the connection of both sisters being Blue Ajah.

While collecting tributes for the Rebels in Kandor, she finds out that Elaida a'Roihan's White Tower has learned how to Travel. She reports this back to the Rebel Hall of the Tower.

During the Last Battle, she is on gateway making duty, and recognizes Min Farshaw when the latter asks for a gateway to the Seanchan army nearby, most probably from the time before the White Tower Schism, as she addresses Min as "Elmindreda", the alias Min used while hiding in the White Tower under Siuan's orders.


  1. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 16
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