History Characters / TheWheelOfTimeTheShadowAndDarkfriends

7th Jun '16 2:43:23 PM Alucard10001
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In the previous War Of Power, Lews Therin lead the forces of light supported by a team of lieutenants and trusted advisers. Many died, but others became {{Fallen Hero}}es and joined with The Shadow and The Dark One. These best-and-brightest were called "The Chosen" by the servants of the Shadow, "The Forsaken" by everyone else. There were originally about thirty Forsaken with various talents, ranging from military generals to doctors, scientists, artists, philosophers and so on. The [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteen]] most powerful Forsaken were sealed inside Shayol Ghul at the moment when Lews Therin placed the seven Seals on The Dark One. There they have remained... and with the Seals wearing down, they are starting to break free.

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In the previous War Of Power, Lews Therin lead the forces of light supported by a team of lieutenants and trusted advisers. Many died, but others became {{Fallen Hero}}es and joined with The Shadow and The Dark One. These best-and-brightest were called "The Chosen" by the servants of the Shadow, "The Forsaken" by everyone else. There were originally about thirty Forsaken with various talents, ranging from military generals to doctors, scientists, artists, philosophers and so on. The [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteen]] most powerful Forsaken were sealed inside Shayol Ghul at the moment when Lews Therin placed the seven Seals on The Dark One. Why they were all there when Lews Therin placed the seals is not known. There they have remained... and with the Seals wearing down, they are starting to break free.



* TheArchmage: All of them were above-average channelers by Age of Legends standards, which puts most of them at a truly epic stature compared to Third Age channelers (and with the egos to match). In particular, Ishamael (who wasn't the most powerful male channeler ever only because he was neck-and-neck with Lews Therin for the position), Lanfear (who ''was'' the most powerful female channeler ever), Aginor, and Demandred were noted for this.

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* TheArchmage: All of them were above-average channelers by Age of Legends standards, which puts most of them at a truly epic stature compared to Third Age channelers (and with the egos to match). In particular, Ishamael (who wasn't the most powerful male channeler ever only because he was neck-and-neck with Lews Therin for the position), Lanfear (who ''was'' the most powerful female channeler ever), Aginor, Demandred, and Demandred Rahvin were noted for this.



* YouHaveFailedMe: The Dark One doesn't take failure lightly, and tends to send his [[TheDragon Dragon]] out to take care of failures amongst the Chosen. Select examples include [[spoiler:Lanfear/Cyndane, Moghedien, and Sammael]]. He also punishes [[spoiler:Graendal]] for plotting against other Chosen and leading to their deaths and other failures, but does so more directly, and sometimes punishes those he brings BackFromTheDead with their new bodies. The exception, said [[TheDragon Dragon]], is acknowledged as not getting any real retribution for failure, but it is also noted that the Dark One isn't exactly one to work fairly and equally. [[spoiler:Ends up being played straight on the latter in Book 14, with his punishment ''having been'' his resurrection.]]

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* YouHaveFailedMe: The Dark One doesn't take failure lightly, and tends to send his [[TheDragon Dragon]] out to take care of failures amongst the Chosen. Select examples include [[spoiler:Lanfear/Cyndane, Moghedien, and Sammael]]. He also punishes [[spoiler:Graendal]] for plotting against other Chosen and leading to their deaths and other failures, but does so more directly, and sometimes punishes those he brings BackFromTheDead with their new bodies. The exception, said [[TheDragon Dragon]], is acknowledged as not getting any real retribution for failure, but it is also noted that the Dark One isn't exactly one to work fairly and equally. [[spoiler:Ends up being played straight on the latter in Book 14, with his punishment ''having been'' his resurrection.resurrection, because all he wants is to permanently die.]]



** It's implied that he was spun out of the Dark One's prison for 40 years at a time in 1000 year cycles, and that it has happened three times. The first time it happened he apparently woke up right in the middle of the Trolloc Wars, where he took command of the Trolloc forces and used them to nearly destroy civilization, but was spun back into the prison just before he could finish the job. The second time it happened, he caused the breakup of King Artur Hawkwing's empire and started a bloody war of succession called the War of the Hundred Years. The third time, he devoted his efforts to hunting down and killing Rand al'Thor before he could become a threat.

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** It's implied that he was spun out of the Dark One's prison for 40 years at a time in 1000 year cycles, and that it has happened three times. The first time it happened he apparently woke up right in the middle of the Trolloc Wars, where he took command of the Trolloc forces and used them to nearly destroy civilization, but was spun back into the prison just before he could finish the job. The second time it happened, he caused the breakup of King Artur Hawkwing's empire and started a bloody war of succession called the War of the Hundred Years. The third time, he devoted his efforts to hunting down and killing turning Rand al'Thor to the Shadow before he could become a threat.
3rd Jun '16 4:16:20 AM Alucard10001
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* TheArchmage: One of the strongest channelers ever to live, and quite possibly ''the'' most experienced and knowledgeable. In addition to the One Power, he's also skilled with the True Power and Dreamwalking (possibly being an actual Dreamer) and collects ''ter'angreal'', with likely only the White Tower itself rivaling his stock of powerful Second Age artifacts.

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* TheArchmage: One of the strongest channelers ever to live, and quite possibly ''the'' most experienced and knowledgeable. In addition to the One Power, he's also skilled with the True Power and Dreamwalking (possibly being (as an actual Dreamer) and collects ''ter'angreal'', with likely only the White Tower itself rivaling his stock of powerful Second Age artifacts.



* DreamWalker: A master of ''Tel'aran'rhiod'' manipulation, he haunts Rand's dreams for much of the first three books [[spoiler: and again in the last three]]. In addition, WordOfGod indicates that at least one of the Forsaken is a Dreamer, and most fan speculation has Ishamael pegged for the role.

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* DreamWalker: A master of ''Tel'aran'rhiod'' manipulation, he haunts Rand's dreams for much of the first three books [[spoiler: and again in the last three]]. In addition, WordOfGod indicates that at least one of the Forsaken is a Dreamer, and most fan speculation has Ishamael pegged for the role. role [[spoiler: confirmed by Rand after re-integrating Lews Therin's memories that Moridin is in fact a dreamwaker due to his ability to create little pockets of dreamlike pseudo-reality called Dreamshards]].



** It's implied he operated and was strongest in 1000 year cycles, and influenced both the Trolloc War and Hundred Year War.

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** It's implied that he operated and was strongest spun out of the Dark One's prison for 40 years at a time in 1000 year cycles, and influenced both that it has happened three times. The first time it happened he apparently woke up right in the middle of the Trolloc Wars, where he took command of the Trolloc forces and used them to nearly destroy civilization, but was spun back into the prison just before he could finish the job. The second time it happened, he caused the breakup of King Artur Hawkwing's empire and started a bloody war of succession called the War and of the Hundred Year War.Years. The third time, he devoted his efforts to hunting down and killing Rand al'Thor before he could become a threat.



* RedRightHand: As Ba'alzamon, he had flaming pits for eyes and a mouth (confirmed by WordOfGod to be a side-effect of overusing the True Power). As Moridin, he shows an earlier stage of this, the ''saa'', which take the form of tiny black dots that drift across his eyes.

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* RedRightHand: As Ba'alzamon, he had flaming pits for eyes and a mouth (confirmed by WordOfGod to be a side-effect of overusing the True Power). As Moridin, he shows an earlier stage of this, the ''saa'', which take the form of tiny black dots that drift across his eyes. Eventually, they turn his eyes completely black.
2nd Jun '16 9:37:06 PM Alucard10001
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* CripplingOverspecialization: Per WordOfGod he's the second-strongest of the male Forsaken in the One Power (and probably third-strongest overall, after Ishamael and Lanfear), but he's focused on making monsters using [[MadScientist Mad Science]]. This made him key in the War of Power, but in the Third Age he doesn't have the {{Magitek}} he needs for this purpose and as such he is one of the least effective Forsaken.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: Per WordOfGod he's the second-strongest one of the male strongest of the Forsaken in the One Power (and probably third-strongest overall, after Ishamael and Lanfear), Rahvin, but he's focused on making monsters using [[MadScientist Mad Science]]. This made him key in the War of Power, but in the Third Age he doesn't have the {{Magitek}} he needs for this purpose and as such he is one of the least effective Forsaken.



A famed musician and composer of the Age of Legends and the least violent of all the Forsaken. He is neither a schemer nor a general, and the only reason he turned to the Shadow was so that he could gain immortality and have enough time to learn every song ever written. However he ''is'' still a ruthless jerk, and [[MoralEventHorizon stilled his own mother]] among other terrible crimes. He favors Lanfear as an ally and is the weakest of the male Forsaken (still bounds ahead of most men in the current age). [[spoiler: His death is one of the single most famous mysteries in the series, fans arguing for years over who killed him.]]

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A famed musician and composer of the Age of Legends and the least violent of all the Forsaken. He is neither a schemer nor a general, and the only reason he turned to the Shadow was so that he could gain immortality and have enough time to learn every song ever written. However he ''is'' still a ruthless jerk, and [[MoralEventHorizon stilled his own mother]] among other terrible crimes. He favors Lanfear as an ally and is among the weakest of the male Forsaken (still bounds ahead of most men in the current age). [[spoiler: His death is one of the single most famous mysteries in the series, fans arguing for years over who killed him.]]



A general of the Shadow, and MasterSwordsman. He was one of Lews Therin's closest friends before jealousy led him to turn to the Shadow. [[spoiler:The first Forsaken to ''actually'' be killed off DeaderThanDead.]]

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A general of the Shadow, and MasterSwordsman. He was one of Lews Therin's closest friends before jealousy led him to turn to the Shadow. As per Word of God, he turned out to be the weakest of the male Forsaken (but still ranked eighth overall). [[spoiler:The first Forsaken to ''actually'' be killed off DeaderThanDead.]]



* GreenEyedMonster: Went to the Shadow because he envied Lews Therin Telamon. Also envied Lanfear and Ishamael.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Went to the Shadow because he envied Lews Therin Telamon. Also envied Lanfear and Ishamael.Ishamael for their favor.



* WeakButSkilled: A deadly warrior, skilled general, and crafty politician- but he doesn't seem to have been very impressive with the Power, by Forsaken standards, hence his envy of the higher-ranked Forsaken and desire for ''Callandor''.

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* WeakButSkilled: A deadly warrior, skilled general, and crafty politician- but he doesn't seem to have been very impressive with was the Power, by weakest of the male Forsaken standards, in terms of his raw power, hence his envy of the higher-ranked Forsaken and desire for ''Callandor''.



* PowerLevels: ''The'' strongest female channeler alive ([[spoiler:until Moirane tackles her through that doorway, at least, whereupon she becomes weaker but ''still'' stronger than most other Forsaken]]). Yes, that does mean "stronger than Nynaeve".

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* PowerLevels: ''The'' strongest female channeler alive ([[spoiler:until Moirane tackles her through that doorway, at least, whereupon she becomes weaker but is ''still'' stronger than the most other powerful of the female Forsaken]]). Yes, that does mean "stronger than Nynaeve".



* PowerLevels: Moghedien is explicitly described as being equal in The Power to Nynaeve.

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* PowerLevels: Moghedien is explicitly described as being equal in The Power to Nynaeve. However, her channeling abilities are dead last amongst the Forsaken.



* SmugSnake: Being one of the weakest Forsaken (well, outside of the World of Dreams, that is) doesn't stop her from being incredibly arrogant in her dealings with Third Agers.

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* SmugSnake: Being one of the weakest Forsaken (well, outside of the World of Dreams, that is) doesn't stop her from being incredibly arrogant in her dealings with Third Agers.



* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Moridin mindtraps her, and wears her essence as a necklace.]] However, he eventually grows bored of it and gives it to Moghedien herself, who while grateful is still unnerved at his change in demeanour.

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* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Moridin mindtraps her, and wears her essence as a necklace.]] However, he eventually grows bored of it and gives it to Moghedien herself, who while grateful is still quite unnerved at his change in demeanour.demeanor.
2nd Jun '16 12:51:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondeGuysAreEvil: This ''gholam'' is, anyway.
29th May '16 1:10:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: His hair and beard are blond, and for a good chunk of the books he's one of the most visible Forsaken.
26th May '16 12:44:01 AM Morgenthaler
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23rd May '16 8:43:52 AM MasterGhandalf
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* DragonWithAnAgenda: Though they'll all obey the Dark One when directly commanded (it would be [[TooDumbToLive rather suicidal not to, after all]]), in terms of their day-to-day lives they're generally much more concerned with satisfying their personal ambitions/revenge/whatever than they are with actually serving the Shadow's cause. Ishamael is the chief exception to this.
18th May '16 8:47:28 PM Ingonyama
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* TheMunchausen[=/=]MilesGloriosus: Much of his behavior in the Two Rivers in ''The Shadow Rising'' seems to cross back and forth between these tropes, as it isn't clear how much of his bragging about his warrior skills and his knowledge of tactics is real. (Though Isam for certain is a good warrior and Luc probably, as a noble, both.) Eventually it's revealed he really can do some of what he says.

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* TheMunchausen[=/=]MilesGloriosus: Much of his behavior in the Two Rivers in ''The Shadow Rising'' seems to cross back and forth between these tropes, as it isn't clear how much of his bragging about his warrior skills and his knowledge of tactics is real. (Though Isam for certain is a good warrior warrior, and Luc probably, as a noble, both.noble and former First Prince of the Sword Luc probably is too.) Eventually it's revealed he really can do some of what he says. The tropes are still subverted however, since a great deal of his seemingly ignorant and useless activity either conceals more nefarious doings, works at cross-purposes to Perrin, or even gets Emond's Field in greater danger from the Shadowspawn and Whitecloaks alike--he has the skills, but is downplaying them so as to cause trouble.
18th May '16 8:18:29 PM Ingonyama
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* TheDreaded: In the Age of Legends, she was the most feared of all the governors of the Shadow, because her hobby was to drive people mad in their dreams via ''Tel'an'rhiod''. Her territories had the highest suicide rates by far as a result.

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* TheDreaded: In the Age of Legends, she was the most feared of all the governors of the Shadow, because her hobby was to drive people mad in their dreams via ''Tel'an'rhiod''.''Tel'aran'rhiod''. Her territories had the highest suicide rates by far as a result.



"The Shadow Aymrlin", she is a teacher, organizer, and researcher from the Age Of Legends. [[AcceptableProfessionalTargets She got turned down for a field study and was relegated to an educator's role]], [[EvilIsPetty so she turned to the Shadow]]. As far as Forsaken go, she's pretty okay for a person, though she still [[MoralEventHorizon conditioned legions of children into an army of little monsters that were capable of murder]]. She is among the most dangerous because of her refusal to scheme and plot against and with the other Forsaken (though she does form a non-aggression pact with Semirhage and Demandred) and instead focuses on the "down and dirty" aspects of winning this war. [[spoiler: Up until her FateWorseThanDeath she is ''by far'' the most successful of all the Forsaken in doing this, causing a schism in the White Tower that nearly destroyed it and murdering countless Aes Sedai]].

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"The Shadow Aymrlin", Amyrlin", she is a teacher, organizer, and researcher from the Age Of Legends. [[AcceptableProfessionalTargets She got turned down for a field study and was relegated to an educator's role]], [[EvilIsPetty so she turned to the Shadow]]. As far as Forsaken go, she's pretty okay for a person, though she still [[MoralEventHorizon conditioned legions of children into an army of little monsters that were capable of murder]]. She is among the most dangerous because of her refusal to scheme and plot against and with the other Forsaken (though she does form a non-aggression pact with Semirhage and Demandred) and instead focuses on the "down and dirty" aspects of winning this war. [[spoiler: Up until her FateWorseThanDeath she is ''by far'' the most successful of all the Forsaken in doing this, causing a schism in the White Tower that nearly destroyed it and murdering countless Aes Sedai]].
14th May '16 12:28:55 PM intastiel
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* [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Crouching Hedonist, Hidden Badass]]: Her perverse habits and hedonist nature belie her competency. She's one of the most dangerous and lucid Forsaken, and along with [[spoiler:Demandred, she completely wrecks the forces of Light for most of the Last Battle.]]

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* [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Crouching Hedonist, Hidden Badass]]: CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Her perverse habits and hedonist nature belie her competency. She's one of the most dangerous and lucid Forsaken, and along with [[spoiler:Demandred, she completely wrecks the forces of Light for most of the Last Battle.]]



* BadPowersBadPeople[=/=]GoodPowersBadPeople: She appears on both tropes, which note that she is very good at MindControl because of her background in psychology as an analyst and therapist.

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* BadPowersBadPeople[=/=]GoodPowersBadPeople: She appears on both tropes, which note that BadPowersBadPeople: The [[EmptyShell things]] she is very good at can do with MindControl because of her background in psychology as an analyst are absolutely nightmarish, and therapist.she very much enjoys doing them.



* BlondesAreEvil

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* TheChessmaster: Even among the Forsaken, she's probably the best. [[spoiler: She miscalculated the Dark One's patience, though.]]

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* TheChessmaster: Even among the Forsaken, she's probably the best. [[spoiler: She miscalculated miscalculates the Dark One's patience, though.]]



* DepravedBisexual[=/=]HeadTiltinglyKinky: She flirts with Aran'gar as well as several male Forsaken. When it's ''other Forsaken'' who think she's depraved, you know she's out there.

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* DepravedBisexual[=/=]HeadTiltinglyKinky: DepravedBisexual: She flirts with Aran'gar as well as several male Forsaken. When it's ''other Forsaken'' who think she's depraved, you know she's out there.Forsaken and keeps a mixed-gender harem of mindless slaves.



* GoodPowersBadPeople: She is very likely the most skilled psychiatrist in the world. Unfortunately, she's also the last person anyone would want within striking distance of their mind.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: When it's ''other Forsaken'' who think she's depraved, you know she's out there.



* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Made Sammael think she was manipulating him one way when she was really manipulating him in another way. Tricked Moridin into believing her greatest defeat was JustAsPlanned. In the backstory she apparently used psychology to outthink and manipulate everyone.

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* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: ManipulativeBastard: Made Sammael think she was manipulating him one way when she was really manipulating him in another way. Tricked Moridin into believing her greatest defeat was JustAsPlanned. In the backstory she apparently used psychology to outthink and manipulate everyone.



* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler: As part of her punishment for her failures she is renamed 'Hessalam' which means 'Without Forgivness' in the Old Tongue.]]

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* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler: As part of her punishment for her failures she is renamed 'Hessalam' which means 'Without Forgivness' Forgiveness' in the Old Tongue.]]



* StartOfDarkness: Her POV in ''Towers of Midnight'' shows she and several of the other Forsaken had these happen to them long ago[[note]]She was an overly proud ascetic who turned to the Shadow after realizing no one could meet her incredibly high standards of behavior[[/note]]. She then uses Semirhage as a counter example of someone who was always utterly evil.

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* StartOfDarkness: Her POV point of view in ''Towers of Midnight'' shows she and several of the other Forsaken had these happen to them long ago[[note]]She was an overly proud ascetic who turned to the Shadow after realizing no one could meet her incredibly high standards of behavior[[/note]]. She then uses Semirhage as a counter example of someone who was always utterly evil.



* AffablyEvil / FauxAffablyEvil: Usually polite and charming, even to her enemies, unless you mash one of her several {{Berserk Button}}s, in which case she'll show [[AxCrazy a rather different side of herself]].



* EnemyMine: Lanfear is the bad-guy character most willing to help Rand, or at least not hurt him. This is partially due to UnrequitedLove, and partially because she is constantly trying to talk him into a FaceHeelTurn. Particularly, she wants to join forces with him -- the two strongest channelers alive -- defeat both The Creator and The Dark One, and set themselves up as {{God Emperor}}s. As of ''Memory of Light'', she even does this with [[spoiler:Perrin in the World of Dreams]], although it is subverted since [[spoiler:she uses him to get into a position where she can save the Dark One, and nobody else]].



* FauxAffablyEvil: Usually polite and charming, even to her enemies, unless you mash one of her several {{Berserk Button}}s, in which case she'll show [[AxCrazy a rather different side of herself]].



* GoKartingWithBowser: Lanfear is the bad-guy character most willing to help Rand, or at least not hurt him. This is partially due to UnrequitedLove, and partially because she is constantly trying to talk him into a FaceHeelTurn. Particularly, she wants to join forces with him -- the two strongest channelers alive -- defeat both The Creator and The Dark One, and set themselves up as {{God Emperor}}s. As of ''Memory of Light'', she even does this with [[spoiler:Perrin in the World of Dreams]], although it is subverted since [[spoiler:she uses him to get into a position where she can save the Dark One, and nobody else]].
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