EWoT: Seonid Traighan

Seonid Traighan is an Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah.

Appearance and Abilities

Seonid is a short (5'1 tall) and pale Cairhienin with dark hair that fell in waves to her shoulders[1] with big, dark, bottomless eyes. While she is not particularly slender, neither is she stocky or stout. She is atypical for a Green in that she is cool and reserved[2], with an air of dignity and authority, with sometimes a determined smile. Her normal attitude is to be brisk, practical, businesslike and methodical.

She sometimes wears a Kesiera on her forehead, with a white fingernail-sized stone.

Seonid is a quite strong Aes Sedai; her strength in saidar is the same as Verin and Alanna, so she is strong enough and able to open alone a gateway to Travel.

This is confirmed by "The Wheel of Time Companion" where her level of strength is described as 17(5).

Seonid is also quite good in the traditional Aes Sedai method of Healing[3].


Seonid is 72 years old. She was born in the year 928 NE and went to the White Tower in 946 NE. After spending thirteen years as novice and twelve as Accepted she was raised to the shawl in the year 971 NE.

She chose the Green Ajah because it is the Battle Ajah but, as mentioned above, Seonid is atypical for a Green. She is a lesbian, but she does not hate men, she just does not want to bed them.

She has two Warders, Furen Alharra and Teryl Wynter. Seonid's attitude toward her Warders is very businesslike, brisk, practical and methodical. That is in fact her general attitude.


Ambassadress to the Dragon

She is allied with the Salidar Aes Sedai and is a member of the embassy sent from Salidar to Rand al'Thor in Caemlyn[4]. Min reported that Seonid mulled over every rumor from her native Cairhien, and kept her own counsel as to her opinion of Rand.

The embassy arrives in Caemlyn. Seonid visits the Dragon Reborn, along with Merana and Masuri - the first three to do so. She is also one of the seven who confront Rand with the Mask of Mirrors after Demira is injured. Later, the embassy members connect with Verin and Alanna, deciding to form an alliance with them[5][6][2].

After the delegation dissolves she accompanies Bera Harkin and Kiruna Nachiman to meet Rand in Cairhien after he flees Andor[7].

Seonid fights with Perrin Aybara's forces at the Battle of Dumai's Wells to rescue Rand[8], although she is forced to swear fealty to Rand afterwards[9].

Seonid and Masuri Sokawa of the Brown Ajah accompany Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar[10]. Masuri and Seonid were sent by Rand under the order to obey Perrin as they would to the Dragon, something that left room for interpretation, as she, Perrin and Masuri are all aware. In Seonid's mind, she was determined to fulfill her Oaths to Rand; and one of the best ways to do that was to suppress the Dragonsworn in whatever way possible.

She considered Rand as arrogant as any king, and had the typical Cairhenin attitude towards the Aiel.

Tracking the Prophet

In Perrin's camp, Annoura stays with Berelain but Masuri and Seonid stay with Edarra and the other Wise Ones[11]. She becomes an apprentice to the Aiel Wise Ones and even has to suffer beatings from them[10].

Seonid helps Perrin to rescue Morgase's group from a band of Dragonsworn[1].

After it Seonid and the Wise Ones meet with Masuri and the others to discuss the Prophet[12]. Seonid, along with the Wise Ones, advises Perrin to kill Masema[13].

She goes with Perrin to his meeting with Masema in Abila[14].

Rescuing Faile

Perrin and the others leave Abila and return to their camp to discover that Faile and others are captured by the Shaido[15].

Seonid, Masuri, Carelle and Edarra join Delora, Janina, Marline and Nevarin in the Wise Ones' tent to discuss the kidnapping[16].

Seonid, Masuri and the Wise Ones join the Two Rivers men as they all prepare to head south after Faile[17].

She goes with Perrin to So Habor, where they collect grain for their troops[18]. She wishes to investigate the ghosts in So Habor but Perrin forbids her from remaining behind[19].

She accompanies him back to camp and witnesses him cleave a Shaido prisoner's hand off when he is looking for answers on his missing wife. She Heals the hand, but as a stump, without the hand[3].

She assists Perrin in rescuing Faile from her captivity by the Aiel. She and her Warders go through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack[20].

After the rescue, Seonid, Furen and Teryl join Perrin and Faile. Seonid Heals Perrin's and Faile's injuries[20].

Meeting with the Whitecloaks

From Malden, Perrin and his followers travel slowly through Ghealdan to the Jehannah Road. A bubble of evil brings black snakes and the Aes Sedai are bitten. Healing does not work properly[21].

While Perrin's army travels they come across an area of land which is diseased as the Blight. Perrin orders Seonid, Masuri, and the Wise Ones to burn it[22]. She then attends a meeting with Perrin to decide where the army should go.

Seonid advances enough in the Wise Ones opinions that she is allowed to speak without their permission. She decides to accompany a scouting force that will be sent to Cairhien to start looking for Rand[23].

She reports to Perrin on current events that are happening within the continent, including Darlin Sisnera being made king of Tear and the lack of a needed leader in Cairhien[24].

Perrin requests Seonid and the other Aes Sedai to meet with him just as his force is about to engage the Whitecloaks. He charges the Aes Sedai to create a massive trench between the two forces but she declines as her oaths prevent her due to possible damage to the Whitecloaks who are close[25].

She attends the second parley between Perrin and the Lord Captain Commander Galadedrid Damodred. After the meeting, the Aes Sedai and Wise Ones accompany Perrin and others to his trial.[26]

After the forging of Mah'alleinir Perrin decides to help the Whitecloacks that are to be attacked by a horde of Shadowspawn. Seonid and her Warders most probably participated at this battle[27].

The Asha'man, Aes Sedai and Wise Ones link and open a large gateway for Perrin's army to Travel to the Field of Merrilor[28].

The Last battle

Seonid is not mentioned in the last book but as with many Aes Sedai sworn to Rand, she probably fought the Last Battle on the slopes of Thakan'dar[29]. It is not stated whether she survived or not, so it is likely that she did.


She is one of the few confirmed lesbians throughout the series[13].


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Path of Daggers, Chapter 7
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 43
  3. 3.0 3.1 Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 27
  4. Lord of Chaos, Prologue
  5. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 41
  6. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 42
  7. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 49
  8. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 54
  9. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 55
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Crown of Swords, Chapter 27
  11. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 5
  12. The Path of Daggers, Chapter 8
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Path of Daggers, Chapter 9
  14. The Path of Daggers, Chapter 30
  15. Winter's Heart, Chapter 1
  16. Winter's Heart, Chapter 2
  17. Winter's Heart, Chapter 6
  18. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 25
  19. Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 26
  20. 20.0 20.1 Knife of Dreams, Chapter 26
  21. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 2
  22. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 4
  23. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 6
  24. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 21
  25. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 23
  26. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 34
  27. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 41
  28. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 53
  29. A Memory of Light, Chapter 34
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