—Lord of Chaos, Chapter 30
Strength and Abilities
Being a Sitter in the Hall for a time means that Delana was also a high-ranking sister and a strong channeller by Aes Sedai standards. Thus she had the strength needed to use the travel weaves proficiently.
This is confirmed by "The Wheel of Time Companion" where her level of strength is described as 18(6).
As a Gray, Delana was a practiced mediator of conflicts. Her exceedingly intense gaze causes some to attribute her mediation success to the fact that "both sides would agree just to make her stop staring at them"; she concentrated on her subject so that it appeared nothing else existed. Partly because of this, she gained a reputation for being a good negotiator. She had a deep voice with a melodious accent from Shienar, but her manner of speaking could be abrupt and derisive. She had never done well with novices.
Delana was a stickler for impeccably copied notes; Elayne Trakand advised Nynaeve al'Meara to do the transcriptions slowly since mistakes or blots will require starting over perhaps fifty times with Delana.
Despite her harsh manner and Black Ajah affiliation, Delana's thoughts seemed to incongruously reveal a woman with compassion and respect for Aes Sedai.
Delana was somewhat stout and had an ample bosom. She had pale watery blue eyes and very light - almost white - hair. She was oddly graceful for one so stout. She had a deep voice for a woman, though not masculine. She was 5'6 tall.
She had a disconcerting habit of staring at someone so intently that it seemed nothing else existed. People were said to begin thinking of all the things they had done wrong because of her stare, and to sign treaties just so she would stop staring.
Delana was 50 years old. She was born in the year 950 NE and went to the Tower in 968 NE. After spending five years as novice and five as Accepted she was raised to the shawl in the year 978 NE. She was close friends with Siuan, who protected her; she wanted to be Siuan's best friend and was jealous of Moiraine. In Salidar she was elected Sitter in the year 1000 NE.
As Aes Sedai, novices and Accepted did not like her. She did not understand it was because she was impatient with their faults and let them see it. She did not snap often, but she did sigh.
Part of the Salidar Hall
Janya Frende and Delana summon Nynaeve al'Meara to copy scripts onto paper. Delana claims she will "turn her hide into dust rags" if Nynaeve takes too long to appear when summoned. Instead of assigning notes to copy, Nynaeve is instead drilled to reveal anything else she knows about Rand al'Thor that she hasn't mentioned to anybody else yet.
She had been good friends with Siuan Sanche when they were novices and Accepted; their time together overlapped but they did not proceed in step. Siuan had always been stronger in the Power, and protected Delana; she really wanted to be Siuan's best friend and was jealous of Moiraine. Their different lives lead them apart. When Siuan is Healed from Stilling, she renews her friendship with Delana in order to use her. Delana still has fond feelings toward Siuan, and genuinely wishes to help "the woman who had stolen honeycakes with her and more than once had taken the blame for pranks they had both been involved in."
Under the thumb of a Forsaken
Delana is shocked when "Halima" arrives in Salidar and displays the hand signal that identifies a member of the Black Ajah - this from a woman who Delana knows cannot channel saidar. Halima informs her that she, Delana, will be working for her and mentions the name Aran'gar: a name, Halima says, she sometimes uses. Delana knows that name, not as the name of the resurrected Balthamel, but as a name mentioned in dreams. Delana is afraid of Halima and knows something is not quite right with the alluring woman. Delana would surely kill Halima if she didn't think she would be the one dead in the attempt.
Delana is forced to go along with the charade of having a "secretary" and "companion." Many Aes Sedai disapprove of Halima's promiscuous dress and licentious way with men. One woman comments that Halima would "be in hot water up to her neck ten times over if Delana didn't protect her." Egwene al'Vere muses that the relationship seems to be a "case of charity, or possibly friendship, however unlikely." More importantly, Halima also requires protection of her secret identity and the fact that "she" can channel the masculine saidin. Though Delana is unaware of that last fact until later, Halima orders that Delana press for Logain Ablar to be gentled again as he could detect Halima's weaves of saidin.
From this time forward, all Delana's actions and voting in the Hall are a direct reflection of Aran'gar's orders. Delana tries to give the impression of loyalty to each person in the rebel camp of power, and to a certain extent succeeds. She is part of both Lelaine Akashi and Romanda Cassin's factions and seems to be the only one who seemed to support Sheriam Bayanar fully.
She is first to cast her vote for Egwene al'Vere becoming Amyrlin in the Little Tower. However, her support was unpredictable, and everyone noticed she seemed to flit from one faction to another. And even when she did support Egwene, she could be so overenthusiastic that Egwene wished Delana had not supported her at all.
Flight from camp
Lelaine Akashi calls an emergency meeting of the Hall when Jahar Narishma arrives to propose the Rebel Aes Sedai bonding forty-seven Asha'man. Jahar senses a woman channeling saidin which causes Delana to flee, along with her servants Miesa and Halima.
Aran'gar and Delana end up hiding out with Graendal. Aran'gar breaks Delana to the point where Delana follows Aran'gar's every order - even sexual - without question. When al'Thor sends Lord Ramshalan to Natrin's Barrow, Graendal, sensing a trap, orders Delana and Aran'gar to place Compulsion on him. As Aran'gar announces that she senses a huge amount of the One Power nearby, Graendal realizes a trap and shields and binds Aran'gar and Delana so they cannot escape with her. Aran'gar and Delana are burned out of existence along with Graendal's hideout.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 12
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 30
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 44
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 37
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Path of Daggers, Chapter 17
- ↑ Lord of Chaos, Chapter 39
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Path of Daggers, Chapter 19
- ↑ Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 16