EWoT: Kirstian Chalwin

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Kirstian Chalwin
Biographical information
Nationality Cairhienin
Date of birth c. 680 NE
Current status Alive
Physical description
Gender Female
Chronological and political information
First appeared TPOD 1
Last appeared KOD 17
Affiliation White Tower
Rank Novice
"I submit myself... I was enrolled in the novice book almost three hundred years ago, and ran away less than a year later. I submit myself, and... and beg mercy."
   —Kirstian Chalwin

Kirstian Chalwin is a novice at the White Tower. She was formerly based in Ebou Dar as part of the Knitting Circle in the Kin,


She has the typical pale complexion of Cairhienin people and appears to be in her middle years. She has black eyes. She is 5'5 tall. She had neither gray hairs nor lines on her face, and looked to be about 30.

Strength and Abilities

She is quite strong in the One Power; her WOT Companion entry gives her strength as 14(2) - equaling the likes of Sheriam and Pevara. It is more than enough to open suitable gateway to Travel.


Kirstian is 320 years old, older than Cadsuane Melaidhrin herself. Despite it she was the youngest in the Knitting Circle.

She was born in the year 680 NE in Cairhien, and went to the White Tower as a young woman in 698. She arrived in the spring and ran away before winter the same year, because of impatience with her progress and the discipline.

She began regretting her departure almost immediately and always wanted to go back, but she was terrified by the stories of the punishments given to the runaways.

Before reaching Ebou Dar she stayed for a good while of time in Far Madding where her traces had been lost by her chasers, and when she finally joined the Kin, no one was still searching for her. She continued using her real name, as she believed her escape had been so long ago that she was safe.

At the time the Kin was discovered by Elayne and Nynaeve, Kirstian was running successfully a small shop as a weaver, with some women working for her. The shop was not tiny, but also not so large that someone would question how she had earned it at apparently such a young age.


She Travels from Ebou Dar with the the rest of the group led by Nynaeve al'Meara and Elayne Trakand to the Kin's farm with the Bowl of the Winds. She holds the shield on the Black Ajah sister Ispan Shefar. She is part of the thirteen women who link and channel into the Bowl of the Winds to change the weather.

She confesses to Adeleas Namelle that she ran away from the White Tower over three hundred years ago when the Aes Sedai figures out that Garenia was actually Zarya Alkaese. Because Adeleas was not clear about which novice she caught, Kirstian panicked and confessed on the spot, babbling and begging for mercy as she had been frightened ever since the Aes Sedai arrived. Both were put back into novice white. Because Kirstian confessed to this rather than being found out, Adeleas says that the Tower will be slightly more lenient in her punishment.

The two novices work out that the murderer of Adeleas must have been an Aes Sedai. Kirstian is now solely taught by Vandene Namelle.

She is with Vandene when the Aes Sedai tells Elayne the news of Reanne's death.