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A similar entry appears in the Wheel of Time Companion confirming the information available in the main story arc.

Unless stated otherwise, all information herein is taken from TWoRJTWoT, Ch. 11.

Author: Atarah al'Norahn


Shiota was one of the nations of the Free Era. It was located in the southern part of the Westlands. To the north was Aldeshar, with Nerevan to the northeast, Esandara to the east, Fergansea to the southeast, the Sea of Storms to the south, Dhowlan to the west, and Farashelle to the northwest. Eventually, this area of land became what is now Altara.

Because Shiota was located in the current time Altara, multiple statues from that time still remain in those lands, even though they are very weathered down. Elayne, Nynaeve, and company ride past a statue of a Shiotan Queen as they ride to the Kin's farm. Apparently, records claim that now-worn statue had worn little but armor, and Elayne is aghast to hear this (TPoD, Ch. 3). Rand and Bashere ride past a statue of what was probably a Shiotan Queen. Among the remnants of the statue is the head, wearing a crown of up-thrusting daggers. Bashere recalls that Shiotans gave crowns like that to rulers who expanded Shiota's borders (TPoD, Ch. 22).

Cities, Towns, and Villages

A rather big Shiotan town was located north of Ebou Dar. The roads of the town were paved, the building were three stories high framed with heavy timber with white plaster between. The roofs of the buildings were high peaked and made out of thatch with tall stone chimneys. This is how the country people of Shiota had built for around three hundred years (KoD, Ch. 10).

Shiota's Fall

Around 500 years after the end of the Trolloc Wars, Nerevan and Esandara attacked Shiota with the intention to invade (KoD, Ch. 8).

By FY 943, Amalasan had conquered Shiota, among other nations.

By FY 963, Shiota had fallen to Hawkwing.


Birgitte mentions that there were many "feather-dancers" in Shiota (TFoH, Ch. 54).

A poet named Kyera Termendal, from Shiota, wrote a translation of the Prophecies of the Dragon somewhere between the years of FY 700 and FY 800 (A Crown of Swords, Header).

The stash of angreal that Elayne and Nynaeve find in Ebou Dar apparently dates back to Shiota, and further back to Eharon, and even to the Age of Legends (TPoD, Ch. 2).