Siuan Sanche

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Author: Atarah al'Norahn

SWAHN SAHN-chay

General

Siuan Sanche was born in Tear to a poor fisherman in the year 958 NE. Little of her life before joining the White Tower, where she was sent at the first sign of the ability to channel, is known.

Appearance

Of medium height with blue eyes, fair skin, and a strong face, Siuan is considered to be a handsome woman (TGH, Ch. 4).

Personality

Condensed Timeline

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Strengths and Talents

One of Siuan's talents is the ability to see ta'veren (TGH, Ch. 5). However, she is not very skilled in Healing.

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(ACoS, Ch. 12) Before being stilled, Siuan was equal in strength to Romanda and Lelaine (ACoS, Ch. 9).


Relationships with Other Characters

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As a novice in the White Tower, Siuan was close friends with Moiraine, Leane, and Sheriam, all of whom got into quite a bit of trouble around this point of their lives (TFoH, Ch. 26). One incident that Siuan recalls is arguing too vehemently with Anaiya, her history teacher, for which she received two months of kitchen duty. (TFoH, Ch. 26)

Siuan's closest friend is/was Moiraine Damodred, also Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah. She is also close to Leane, who was her Keeper of the Chronicles while she was still Amyrlin Seat. Before she became Amyrlin, aside from Moiraine, Siuan's closest friends were Delana, whom she was novice and Accepted with, and Lelaine (LoC, Ch. 30). Though she has many close friends, there are also people with whom she shares a mutual dislike, such as Anaiya (TFoH, Ch. 27).

Siuan's Warder, Alric, was bonded to her around the year of 979 NE, and was tall and slender, with gray hair. He was killed when Siuan was taken captive by Elaida. To this date, she still feels the pain of his death (ACoS, Ch. 12).

While she was Amyrlin, Siuan was, of course, much higher in rank than any other Aes Sedai; this has a lot to say about her relationship with all of the Sisters, as they had to defer to her. However, after her stilling, she is at the very bottom of the ladder, and openly degraded by some. Even after Nynaeve Heals her (LoC, Ch. 30), she is still lower down on the scale due to the fact that she is much weaker in the One Power.

While Egwene is Amyrlin Seat, Siuan concentrates her efforts to helping her. While at first they didn't seem to be the best of friends, it seems that now they get along well, and also work well together.

While free of the Three Oaths, she decides not to lie to Egwene or Gareth, so she doesn't lose herself completely (TPoD, Ch. 15).

Siuan trusts Gareth Bryne completely when he gives his word. She is shocked to realize that she is annoyed that he never tries to kiss her (KoD, Ch. 3).

Suian wishes she could be a little more green with Gareth (TGS, Ch. 18).

Sharina tells her she can see how hard she is working to support Egwene (TGS, Ch. 18).

Suian thinks Gareth will make an excellent Warder (TGS, Ch. 43). She later bonds him.

Siuan's Journey

New Spring

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  • Siuan and Moiraine witness Gitara tell of the Dragon's rebirth while attending the Amyrlin during the final battle of the Aiel War (NS, Ch. 2).
  • Siuan and Moiraine assist in collecting names to give out the bounty awarded to women who had a child at the time of the final battle (NS, Ch. 5).
  • Tarna gives messages to Siuan and Moiraine to take to various Aes Sedai, who visit her. They take five messages between them (NS, Ch. 7).
  • Elaida oversees Siuan and Myrelle help Moiraine practice and tells them they are doing a poor job, so helps herself. She does this three times before someone tells Merean, who puts an end to it (NS, Ch. 8).
  • She takes and passes the test for Aes Sedai. She and Moiraine place mice in Elaida's bed as revenge (NS, Ch. 9 Ch. 10).
  • Siuan is raised and chooses the Blue Ajah (NS, Ch. 11).
  • Shortly after being raised, Cetalia Delarme puts Siuan to work helping with the Eyes and Ears (NS, Ch. 12).
  • Siuan learns that Tamra's searchers are dead and heads to Canluum to tell Moiraine (NS, Ch. 18).
  • She again Moiriane in Chachin and they realise the Black Ajah are killing men, but they can't figure out why (NS, Ch. 23).
  • Siuan and Moiraine realise the Black Ajah are killing any man who might be able to channel (NS, Epilogue).
  • She is raised to the Amyrlin Seat after being proposed by Seaine Herimon (ACoS, Ch. 8).
  • She forces Gareth Bryne and Morgase to curtail their defences against Murandian border raids on the basis that the man leading them, Dulain could one day become a genuine leader of Murandy (TFoH, Ch. 28).

The Eye of the World

There is no relevant reference to Siuan in this book.

The Great Hunt

The Dragon Reborn

  • Verin arrives from Falme to tell her of the Seanchan and that Rand has proclaimed himself (TDR, Ch. 12).
  • She meets with the three girls and assigns punishments, partly for letting themselves be tricked out of the Tower and partly to cover up that they had anything to do with Liandrin (TDR, Ch. 13).
  • She sends Elayne away and sets Nynaeve and Egwene to hunt the Black Ajah, giving them a note that they have authority to do whatever they wish. She expects them to bring Elayne in on the search (TDR, Ch. 14).
  • She leads the circle that Heals Mat (TDR, Ch. 18).
  • After he has been Healed, she visits him with Leane to tell him she means to use him (TDR, Ch. 20).
  • She visits Nynaeve and learns the girls intend to spring the Black Ajah trap in Tear (City). She thinks they are not being wise, but lets them go anyway (TDR, Ch. 29).

The Shadow Rising

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  • Min arrives from Falme to tell her Rand has gone after Callandor. She also tells her that she has seen auras of many Aes Sedai being killed and some being taken by the Seanchan (TSR, Ch. 1).
  • When learning Taim has been freed, she says he should be gentled as soon as he is re-taken (TSR, Ch. 17).
  • The Hall deposes her and she is stilled (TSR, Ch. 47).
  • Min rescues her and Leane from the cells in the Tower (TSR, Ch. 47).
  • Gawyn stops her, but allows them to pass (TSR, Ch. 47).
  • She promises Logain a chance of revenge and he agrees to go with them (TSR, Ch. 47).

The Fires of Heaven

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  • On their travels, she goes under the name of Mara (TFoH, Ch. 1).
  • She was arrested in Kore Springs along with Leane and Min for burning down a barn. Gareth Bryne says they can work for him if they swear an oath (TFoH, Ch. 1).
  • Siuan swears by her hope of salvation and rebirth on the idea that it is such a binding oath that they will not be watched much (TFoH, Ch. 1).
  • She encourages Min and Leane to flee as soon as it is safe to do so (TFoH, Ch. 1).
  • On the way, Siuan deals with women, and Leane with men (TFoH, Ch. 26).
  • She is initially in charge, but Logain gradually takes control (TFoH, Ch. 11).
  • She identifies one of the Blue Ajah Eyes and Ears in Lugard and is humiliated when Duranda treats her like any woman who had entered the inn and made demands. She learns the Ajahs have split and are gathering in Salidar (TFoH, Ch. 11).
  • When she arrives in Salidar, the Aes Sedai do not recognise her or Leane and they have to prove themselves by showing knowledge only they should have (TFoH, Ch. 26).
  • Initially, she is scathing of the Aes Sedai in Salidar so that they will believe she has been set down when they call her out for it (TFoH, Ch. 27).
  • She and Siuan pretend to barely be able to stand each other to better manipulate the Aes Sedai in Salidar (TFoH, Ch. 27).
  • While in Salidar they convince the Aes Sedai there to take action after Siuan tells them about how the Red Ajah set up Logain (TFoH, Ch. 27).
  • She persuades the leaders in Salidar to send Aes Sedai to the Waste to look for Moiraine (TFoH, Ch. 27).
  • As punishment for escaping their oath to Lord Bryne, Lord of Kore Springs, she and Leane are given to him as maids (TFoH, Ch. 28).
  • When Nynaeve and Elayne arrive, she forces Nynaeve to teach her how to use the dream ter'angreal, but Nynaeve manages to make her agree to be studied by threatening to reveal that she and Leane have been manipulating the Aes Sedai (TFoH, Ch. 50).

Lord of Chaos

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  • Siuan tries on the a'dam and discovers she can sense Moghedien, though she can't sense the source through her or make her feel anything (LoC, Prologue).
  • She joins Nynaeve and Elayne when the Salidar council visit Elaida's study in Tel'aran'rhiod, and helps Elayne when the Aes Sedai find themselves trapped in a nightmare (LoC, Prologue).
  • Siuan isHealed by Nynaeve. She does not get her full strength back and goes to Nynaeve to ask her to try again (LoC, Ch. 30).
  • She is present in Tel'aran'rhiod when Egwene is summoned to be Amyrlin (LoC, Ch. 32).
  • After Egwene is raised, Siuan is set to teach her etiquette and the fine points of being Amyrlin (LoC, Ch. 36).
  • Egwene lets Siuan know that she will have Siuan's help on her terms (LoC, Ch. 37).
  • Siuan thinks she is greatly looking forward to teaching Egwene to be Amyrlin (LoC, Ch. 37).
  • When Egwene frees Logain, she lets Siuan know what she is doing (LoC, Ch. 52).

A Crown of Swords

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  • She is present advising Egwene when Sheriam is forced to tell here about the women sent to the Tower to sow discord. She realises it was kept from the Hall for fear of the Black Ajah (ACoS, Ch. 8).
  • Egwene offers to pay off Gareth Bryne and Siuan refuses (ACoS, Ch. 8).
  • Siuan loses access to the dream ter'angreal when she is unable to hide her frustration at the other Aes Sedai's unwillingness to be taught (ACoS, Ch. 8).
  • Siuan also loses control of the Blue Ajah Eyes and Ears when Aeldene arrives (ACoS, Ch. 11).
  • Siuan reasons that Moiraine passed Lan's bond to Myrelle and forces Myrelle to admit it to Egwnene (ACoS, Ch. 12).

The Path of Daggers

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  • Egwene realises Siuan is in love with Gareth (TPoD, Ch. 15).
  • She tells Egwene that the oaths are what makes them Aes Sedai and they can't be abandoned (TPoD, Ch. 15)
  • She realises the replacement Sitters are too young, but is unable to puzzle out why (TPoD, Ch. 16).
  • Egwene threatens to tell Gareth that Siuan is in love with him (TPoD, Ch. 18).
  • She reaches some accommodation with Gareth and rarely complains about him in front of Egwene (TPoD, Ch. 30).

Winter's Heart

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There is no relevant reference to Siuan in this book.

Crossroads of Twilight

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  • She sees a partial list of Tower Sitters in Tel'aran'rhiod and realises they have the same problem with unusual women (CoT, Ch. 18).

Knife of Dreams

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  • After Egwene is captured, she visits Siuan's dreams to tell her what happened and that they must not attempt a rescue (KoD, Ch. 1).
  • Siuan tells the Aes Sedai who swore fealty to Egwene, and is collected by Lelaine, who questions her further, before asking for her loyalty. She tells Siuan that if Egwene dies or is stilled she wants her support for Amyrlin (KoD, Ch. 1).

The Gathering Storm

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  • Siuan worries that Lelaine is getting too much influence (TGS, Ch. 8).
  • She tells Lelaine that she saw Marelenda and Romanda talking, in order to distract Lelaine. She wonders if she was ever manipulated like she is doing with Lelaine (TGS, Ch. 8).
  • Lelaine offers to pay off the debt to Byrne as Siuan's position reflects badly on Aes Sedai dignity. Siuan puts her off by saying they should have someone supervising him (TGS, Ch. 8).
  • She tells Egwene about Halima, saidin being clean and the offer to bond Asha'man (TGS, Ch. 8).
  • She tells Egwene where the angreal storeroom is (TGS, Ch. 8).
  • Siuan realises that as Aes Sedai she doesn't have to do her own laundry (TGS, Ch. 18).
  • She thinks Tiana is slacking by not having the novices at their chores (TGS, Ch. 18).
  • When Siuan learns Elaida has Traveling, she sends a novice to let Gareth know. She realises Beonin must have given her the secret (TGS, Ch. 18).
  • Sharina lets her know Lelaine deliberately let slip the knowledge about Elaida (TGS, Ch. 18).
  • Siuan tries to persuade Egwene to return (TGS, Ch. 38).
  • Siuan tells Egwene that Gawyn is in the camp and eaily reads her response (TGS, Ch. 38).
  • Siuan warns Egwene about stretching herself too thin, and Egwene considers that this may have been one of Siuan's mistakes (TGS, Ch. 38).
  • She tells Egwene that Egwene has fulfilled her potential, or at least some of it (TGS, Ch. 38).
  • Siuan is talking to Egwene when the Seanchan attack (TGS, Ch. 39).
  • Siuan realises the Seanchan are attacking (TGS, Ch. 40)
  • Siuan says they should rescue Egwene. Gareth refuses. He follows her rather than returning to his guard post (TGS, Ch. 40).
  • Gareth agrees to go with her on condition that she bond him and another condition that he doesn't reveal. Siuan bonds Gareth. He fetches Bela (TGS, Ch. 40).
  • Siuan's skill in Healing is not the best but she is able to Heal three men anyway (TGS, Ch. 41).
  • A bloodknife attacks Siuan but Gareth kills him. Siuan Heals him because of Min's vision (TGS, Ch. 41).
  • Siuan cautions Egwene against accepting the White Tower Aes Sedai's offer to be Amyrlin, but Egwene says it is what they wanted (TGS, Ch. 43).

Towers of Midnight

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  • Siuan is at the White Tower when Rand shows up to speak with the Amyrlin. She wonders how he made it into the city without being seen. She also ponders on the fact that Egwene is the Amyrlin now and not her, even though she thought she would be. Rand enters and walks over to her. He speaks to her about change and about Egwene (ToM, Ch. 3).
  • Siuan walks in on Bryne and Gawyn having a conversation about Elayne. She questions Bryne's knowledge of women and tells Gawyn to stop telling Egwene what to do (ToM, Ch. 22).
  • Siuan makes a soup and they eat it. Nynaeve, Egwene, and Siuan then talk about the changes in Rand. After that the conversation turns to the death of the sisters in the White Tower. They have a plan to try and catch Mesaana and it involves meeting with the Aiel, Windfinders, and Aes Sedai and luring her out. Siuan has been training people on how to use Tel'aran'rhiod and they have lent the Windfinders dream ter'angreal so they can meet them in Tel'aran'rhiod (ToM, Ch. 33).
  • Siuan waits in Tel'aran'rhiod during the meeting to see if anyone is going to eavesdrop. They are attacked and she notifies Egwene that the Black sisters are attacking and not eavesdropping (ToM, Ch. 36).
  • Siuan participates in the battle with the Black sisters and sticks with Leane (ToM, Ch. 37).

A Memory of Light

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  • She is in the command tent when the Sharans destroy it, but survives thanks to Yukiri (AMoL, Ch. 20)
  • When she is reunited with Egwene, she is concerned Egwene might have been Turned (AMoL, Ch. 21)
  • She separates from Bryne to go the the Seanchan Empress (AMoL, Ch. 37)
  • She arrives just in time to save Min from a Sharan attack (AMoL, Ch. 37)
  • She and Min get to Mat to help him face a group of gray men, but she is killed (AMoL, Ch. 37).


Miscellaneous

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  • Before her stilling, Min had a viewing of Siuan being stilled. In the viewing, Siuan was lying naked on the floor; aside from her being in only her skin, there was something else odd about the image, but Min had no idea what it was (TSR, Ch. 1).


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  • Min also has a viewing that Siuan and Gareth Bryne must stay close to each other, or else die (TFoH, Ch. 28).


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  • She doesn't use the Power for any of her chores with Gareth (ACoS, Ch. 8).
  • Of all the things she did to Egwene, forcing her so she gained strength in the One Power quickly was the only one she apologised for (ACoS, Ch. 8).


Quotes

"A man is the easiest animal to put on a leash, and the hardest to keep leashed." (The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 18)

"When there are fish heads and blood in the water, you don't need to see the silverpike to know they are there." (The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 13)

"Fish guts!" (Throughout the books)

"Whether or not what you do has the effect you want, it will have at least three you never expected, and one of those usually unpleasant." This passage needs a reference

"Do not trouble trouble till trouble troubles you." (The Shadow Rising, Chapter 17)

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"You may end up being the best Amyrlin this world has known this side of Artur Hawkwing's reign" (To Egwene; The Gathering Storm, Chapter 38).

"With this, I'm strong enough for Traveling" - Siuan on Vora's sa'angreal (The Gathering Storm, Chapter 41).

"Moiraine herself wouldn't recognise me with this face" (The Gathering Storm, Chapter 41).