EWoT: Bernaile Gelbarn

Bernaile Gelbarn is a Taraboner Aes Sedai of the White Ajah.[1]

Appearance and Abilities

She is stocky in appearance and wears her hair in beaded braids hanging well below her shoulders.[2] She is 5'5 tall, with hazel eyes and pale brown hair. She tends to be aloof in public, but can laugh and tell jokes with close friends.

Her Saidar level of strength is given in the WOT Companion as 16(4), making her strong enough to open alone suitable Traveling gateways.

Among the ten ferrets, Bernaile is the third in hierarchy by strength and years of training.


Born in 919 NE, she goes to the White Tower in 936 NE. After seven years as a novice and nine as Accepted, she is raised Aes Sedai in 952 NE.

She has allied herself with the Salidar Aes Sedai and was one of the Rebel Spies sent to the White Tower to spread the rumor that the Red Ajah set Logain up as a False Dragon.[3] Like the others, she was out of the Tower during the schism.

When Zerah Dacan is found out to be a Salidar spy, she gives up Bernaile's name as well. Bernaile is now part of the group that is trying to hunt down the Black Ajah.[4] Bernaile and Meidani stand watch while Yukiri and Seaine meet to discuss their progress with the Black Ajah hunt. Their standing watch becomes necessary because of the climate of conflict between the Ajahs (sisters from different Ajahs talking casually would have been seen as unusual), and because of the secrecy of their mission. Yukiri becomes annoyed that Bernaile and Meidani smile at one another; this would have been suspicious as they are from different Ajahs.

Meidani was later freed from her oath of obedience to Seaine and the other Black Ajah hunters; it is likely Bernaile and the rest were as well.


  1. The Wheel of Time Companion, Bernaile Gelbarn
  2. Crossroads of Twilight, Prologue
  3. A Crown of Swords, Chapter 8
  4. The Path of Daggers, Chapter 26
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