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Tamra Ospenya (pronounced: TAHM-rah oh-SPEHN-yah) was the Amyrlin Seat at the time of Rand al'Thor's birth, raised from the Blue Ajah in 973 NE.[1]


She was described as having long hair streaked with gray as well as a square face.[2]


Tamra has a One Power strength of 19(7). This is only slightly higher than average for an Aes Sedai, but further evidence that strength is not always a factor when it comes to appointed positions.


She was thought to be fair and always just.[2] She also seemed to be a devious manipulator.

She was raised to Amyrlin Seat from the Blue Ajah in 973 NE. Her raising to the staff and stole was rumored to be the reason for the retirement of Romanda Cassin and Marith Jaen.

She was Noane Masadim's successor and Sierin Vayu's predecessor.[3] This makes her the first known Amyrlin Seat to be raised from the same Ajah as her predecessor. It has been speculated that as with the case of Marith Jaen and Siuan Sanche, this consecutive pair of Blue Amyrlins was the work of the political skill of the Blue Ajah First Selector of the time, Eadyth, who was also a Sitter at the time.

Tamra Ospenya holding Gitara's dead body


On the last day of the Aiel War, as the Battle of the Shining Walls ended, Tamra was one of three people to hear Gitara Moroso's Foretelling of the rebirth of the Dragon immediately before Gitara died. At this point Tamra began her search for the child she knew must be born by appointing searchers. The other two present, the then Accepted Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche, were forbidden to reveal this secret to anyone. [2]

When the Black Ajah discovered what had happened, they—Galina Casban and Chesmal Emry in particular—tortured and murdered Tamra, along with the Aes Sedai that she had sent searching for the Dragon Reborn. Tamra's death in the tower was explained by an announcement that she had "died in her sleep." This left only Moiraine and Siuan outside of the Black who knew of the rebirth, so this began their search. [4]

Alviarin Freidnen remembers that it was Jarna Malari, the former head of the Black Ajah, who ordered this quite unsuccessful interrogation.[5]


  1. TWORJTWOT, Chapter 24 The White Tower
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 New Spring, Chapter 2
  3. TWORJTWOT, Chapter 24 The White Tower
  4. New Spring, Chapter 14
  5. A Crown of Swords, Prologue