Teslyn has bony fingers. No one had ever thought her beautiful. She is scrawny, with narrow shoulders, a gaunt face, and a narrow nose. She has dark brown eyes and thin lips. After her time as a damane, she fleshed out a bit.
Strength and Abilities
Teslyn has a One Power strength of 17(5). This is above average strength for an Aes Sedai and strong enough to be able to Travel. Joline Maza calls Tesyln "inexorable" and unlikely to defer to anyone that did not have a significant advantage over her.
She was elected as a Sitter in the Hall in 985 NE (along Pevara Tazanovni) replacing one of the three Red Sitters that were forced to resign and were exiled because of the male channeler pogrom. She was only 115 then and had been Aes Sedai for 88 years, which is considered young for a Sitter. She disapproved of the pogrom, unlike most Reds, but kept silent out of Ajah loyalty.
Deposing of the Amyrlin
After Siuan is deposed, she becomes briefly one of Elaida's confidants.
Elaida expelled Teslyn from the Hall as a Sitter to make an example to the sisters of her own Red Ajah; after that Elaida sent Teslyn to Ebou Dar along with Joline Maza as ambassadors of the White Tower, for the two of them it was like as an exile.
Though Teslyn and Elaida are of the same Ajah, it is obvious that they do not get along well. After Elaida has Teslyn demoted and sent to Ebou Dar, Teslyn is more than happy to cause Elaida any "inconvenience" possible.
Ebou Dar and capture
Teslyn meets Matrim Cauthon inside the Tarasin Palace and has a debate over whether he should be returned to the White Tower, with the Rebel Aes Sedai embassy that are there as well. During this exchange she slips a note into Mat's pocket warning Nynaeve al'Meara and Elayne Trakand to be wary of the White Tower and in particular Elaida. She also warns personally Elayne and Nynaeve to be careful.
She is later captured by the Seanchan after their invasion of Altara and made damane. During this time, she is also known as Tessi. Mat later visits her and vows to break her free to pay the debt of her note. Teslyn insists that Mat also rescue Edesina, the only other Aes Sedai damane in Ebou Dar who has not yet been broken. She becomes increasingly grim under Seanchan captivity. She and Edesina are finally rescued by Mat with the help of Egeanin Tamarath and some sul'dam.
In Valan Luca's show
After fleeing Ebou Dar, Mat's group joins up with Valan Luca's Traveling Circus as a cover to escape Seanchan notice. Teslyn, the other two Aes Sedai, Joline and Edesina, and the sul'dam are not getting along well. . When Egeanin is stabbed by Renna Emain, who then flees Luca's circus, Teslyn Heals the wound.
During their journey Joline finds that Mat is wearing a ter'angreal that disrupts weaves directed at him and so she start to experiment how to overcome the situation throwing things at Mat with the One Power. Joline is pulled aside by Teslyn who demands that she stops doing that, but also Teslyn learns how to behave with the One Power in such very strange and particular cases, a thing that will be useful in the future against the Gholam.
Teslyn then finds out that Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag is a High Lady of Seanchan and continues to approach her about forming a truce with the White Tower. Finally things get out of hand and Selucia slaps an a'dam on her and hands it to Tuon who forces control over her. Teslyn is in near panic when Mat defuses the situation and takes the bracelets off her and buries them with the promise that Teslyn won't bother Tuon again.
Traveling with the Band
Teslyn would rather let Bethamin die from ignorance than teach her when she first channels. Selucia collars Teslyn and the other two Aes Sedai. Mat releases them, after Teslyn and Edesina agree to stop baiting Tuon .
After a skirmish with Darkfriends in Maderin, Mat and the rest of his group decide to leave Luca's show. While riding through Altara they meet up with the Band of the Red Hand and begin to travel with them.
Mat uses her to send a flare into the sky to signal his troops to spring an ambush against a Seanchan unit. The unit is just about completely wiped out.
When Furyk Karede enters the band's camp to bring Tuon back to Ebou Dar, Sheraine Caminelle, who has been made damane, also accompanies him. Joline tries to get Melitene to let her go. Teslyn tries to convince Joline to forget about Sheraine when suddenly both are shielded by Sheraine herself. Mat manages to get Melitene to release the shields.
She takes part in the battle between the Seanchan force that is trying to kill Tuon for the one hundred thousand gold crown reward and the Band of the Red Hand. She has to stand near the front ranks in order to feel in danger.
Mat thinks Teslyn seems disappointed when he rejects Joline's request for twenty horses and men to go with them .
Tesyln warns Mat that Joline is childish in some ways and might try to bond him. She then rides with Mat into the cursed village of Hinderstap and is attacked by the crazed villagers when nightfall comes. The group only just manages to escape the village and wait the night away before entering the village again at daybreak to find everyone is back to normal.
When the Band arrives in Caemlyn, Teslyn meets Mat outside his tent to bid him farewell. Teslyn thanks him, saying she is in his debt and that he could call her in aid every time he needs it. He tells her she can have some horses as she seems sincere. Just after their meeting the gholam attacks Mat. Teslyn is nearby and when she realizes that the One Power is not affecting the creature directly, she starts to throw objects to it with weaves of Air, saving Mat's life. After the gholam retreats, she begins her journey back to the White Tower with Joline, Edesina, Egeanin (Leilwin), and Domon. A few months later, she and her companions arrive at the Tower.
Teslyn doesn't find the Tower to her liking so fights the Last Battle alongside the Dragonsworn. By order of Mat she creates a circle to open a gateway to move armies of Ogier, Dragonsworn and others to the top of the Polov Heights. It is presumed she survived the battle.
- The Fires of Heaven, Prologue
- A Crown of Swords, Chapter 16
- The Path of Daggers, Chapter 1
- A Crown of Swords, Chapter 17
- Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 29
- A Crown of Swords, Prologue
- The Shadow Rising, Chapter 47
- Lord of Chaos, Chapter 48
- Winter's Heart, Chapter 19
- Winter's Heart, Chapter 17
- Winter's Heart, Chapter 31
- Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 1
- Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 2
- Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 3
- Knife of Dreams, Chapter 9
- Knife of Dreams, Chapter 7
- Knife of Dreams, Chapter 25
- Knife of Dreams, Chapter 27
- Knife of Dreams, Chapter 36
- Knife of Dreams, Chapter 37
- The Gathering Storm, Chapter 20
- The Gathering Storm, Chapter 27
- The Gathering Storm, Chapter 28
- Towers of Midnight, Chapter 8
- Towers of Midnight, Chapter 17
- A Memory of Light, Chapter 37