EWoT: Desandre Alraed

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Desandre Alraed
Biographical information
Nationality Ghealdanin
Current status Alive
Physical description
Gender Female
Build Willowy
Chronological and political information
First mentioned NS 4
First appeared WH Prologue
Last appeared COT Prologue
Affiliation White Tower
Rank Aes Sedai
Ajah Yellow Ajah

Desandre Alraed is an Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah.


She is willowy, with brown hair and large brown eyes. She wears her Great Serpent ring on her right hand[1].

Strength and Abilities

Due to being referred to as one of the two strongest Aes Sedai in her group[1], the other being Lemai, it is highly likely that she is strong in the One Power, and quite far above the Aes Sedai average.

This is confirmed by "The Wheel of Time Companion" where her level of strength is described as 15(3). This is enough to open suitable gateway to Travel.


She spent six years as novice and seven as Accepted, so she stands a little above Lemai because of a year of difference in their respective training.

She was an Accepted in the White Tower during the Aiel War when the Dragon was reborn, she was sent out of the White Tower to collect the names of newborn children for the bounty[2].

She stands highly among Aes Sedai - highest (along with Lemai) among those who were captured at the Black Tower[1].


She sides with Elaida's White Tower after the coup.

She is one of fifty-one sisters that took part in the attack on the Black Tower[3].

Elaida abandons the Aes Sedai sent to capture the Black Tower, including Desandre, at Alviarin's suggestion [4].

They were all captured and bonded involuntarily by the Asha'man. To whom Desandre was bonded is unknown[5].

Gabrelle convinces Toveine that they must publicly submit themselves to Lemai and Desandre, the two sisters who stand the highest among the captured Aes Sedai; Gabrelle says this is necessary to ensure that the captured Aes Sedai remain united[1].

She and Lemai become the leaders of the captive Aes Sedai. They issue orders that all Aes Sedai must achieve cordial relations with their Asha'man captors. According to Toveine Gazal, this is simply a ploy to lull the men into becoming amenable to them[6].

Toveine dislikes taking any orders from them[6].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Winter's Heart, Prologue
  2. New Spring, Chapter 4
  3. A Crown of Swords, Prologue
  4. A Crown of Swords, Chapter 32
  5. The Path of Daggers, Chapter 26
  6. 6.0 6.1 Crossroads of Twilight, Prologue