From Tar Valon Library
Author: Taimi Vandene
He has black hair and is slightly above average height. He has dark face, tilted eyes, high cheekbones and hooked nose of a Saldaean. When Rand meets him the first time, he is however, dressed in Andoran style. He looks to be about thirty-five, perhaps a little older (LoC, Ch. 2). He is a physically powerful man, who has something of a Warder's grace in his movements (WH, Prologue).
Strength and Talents
Taim appears to be almost as strong in One Power as Rand. Rand once ordered Taim to hold as much One Power as he could, but when Taim held amount only a little smaller than what Rand could hold, Rand didn't sense any strain (LoC, Ch. 3). Taim didn't know how to make a gateway before Rand showed him.
There is no mention that Taim had true friends. His relationships are based on power hierarchy. He is second in command of Asha'man, which puts him only a step below Rand in eyes of most Asha'man.
Though Taim has accepted Rand as his leader, his behavior towards Rand has always been far from submissive. He is clearly a very dangerous man.
When Mishraille almost reveals that Aes Sedai have already bonded men, he clubs him with air and does not care if he lives or dies (KoD, Epilogue).
Dreams and Visions
- According to Min's viewing, Taim has blood both in his past and in his future (ACoS, Ch. 2)
- Mazrim Taim set himself up as a false Dragon in Saldaea (TGH, Ch. 4). He hadn't had yet time to attract many followers. Aes Sedai had been sent to deal with him.
- Aes Sedai captured him at Irinjavar, Saldaea. He was captured in same circumstances as another false Dragon. At the moment Rand announced himself as Dragon, his horse reared up and threw him He was knocked unconscious, his followers who thought him dead, fled, and he was taken (TDR, Ch. 12).
- He escaped from his Aes Sedai captors at the village of Denhuir, east of Black Hills, at night. Two Aes Sedai got killed in the process (TSR, Ch. 17).
- He is lead in by Lord Davram Bashere's men, to meet the Dragon Reborn and to accept the amnesty that Rand has granted to all men able to channel. Taim taunts Bashere about events in Saldaea. Rand tells him that the vision in the sky was not the Dark One, but Ishamael. Taim submits to the Dragon Reborn and tells Rand, that he can teach a man to channel and to test a man's ability to channel. He presents one of seals to the Dark One's prison to Rand (LoC, Ch. 2).
- He travels with Rand to the farm. He realizes that Rand doesn't know how to test a man's ability to channel. Taim tests Damer Flinn. A tiny flame appears. This is first time when Taim channels. Taim asks to train men as weapons, and Rand agrees. Rand tells Taim to seize saidin. He can hold almost as much saidin as Rand (LoC, Ch. 3).
- Rand arrives at the farm where Taim teaches his students to make stones explode. He tells Rand about his teaching methods (LoC, Ch. 11).
- Taim teaches his recruits how to blow up rocks and shield themselves. He asks Rand permission to Travel to villages to recruit new men, and Rand agrees (LoC, Ch. 11).
- He travels to Royal Palace to bring news of Jahar Narishma, a young man who has the spark. He arrives just in time to kill a Gray man who is attacking Rand (LoC, Ch. 28).
- Rand comes to the Black Tower to meet him. He seems angered when Rand gives him his pins of rank. He tells Rand that there are many Aes Sedai in Caemlyn and several parties of Aes Sedai of Red Ajah in the countryside near the Black Tower. Red Ajah Aes Sedai are trying to intercept men coming to the Black Tower. Rand warns him again to stay away from Caemlyn and says that he will hold him personally responsible if any harm happens to any of the Aes Sedai (LoC, Ch. 42).
- Rand sends a note to him to inform him that there are now thirteen Aes Sedai in Caemlyn (LoC, Ch. 49).
- Taim comes with Asha'man to rescue Rand from hands of Aes Sedai at Dumai's Wells. He leads Asha'man to fight Shaido using the One Power. He is with Rand when the Aes Sedai kneel to him (LoC, Ch. 55).
- After Dumai's Wells, Taim remains with Rand. He ordered Gedwyn, who is one of the few full Asha'man, to look for something that wasn't found. According to Perrin, he smells of fury when Rand stops his argument with Wise Ones on what to do with Aes Sedai, though he doesn't otherwise show emotion. Against his suggestion, Rand decides that Wise Ones will take care of Aes Sedai prisoners. Rand orders Taim to take Asha'man to Black Tower, and Taim agrees to do that personally. He asks Rand to take Asha'man with him to be his honor guard, and smells angry, when Rand chooses Dashiva instead of one of more advanced Asha'man (ACoS, Ch. 2).
- He sends a letter to Rand. There he tells that Black Tower now has 29 Asha'man, 97 Dedicated and 322 Soldiers. He also reports, that there has also been a handful of deserters but concludes that losses are acceptable. He believes that soon Black Tower will equal to the White Tower. He says also, that he picked that blackberry bush himself and that it was small and thorny, but with a surprising amount of fruit. Torval tells Rand, that Taim poisons the Asha'man who become mad because of the taint in saidin. He considers it kindness to them, as well safe to others (TPoD, Ch. 14).
- He comes to Rand to report that Gedwyn, Kisman, Rochaid and Torval have deserted. He is surprised and angry when Rand adds Dashiva to the list (TPoD, Ch. 29). Rand orders him to return to Black Tower and not to return.
- He responds to Elayne's summon and comes to her with two of his Asha'man. He agrees to let the Queen's Guards inspect Black Tower (WH, Prologue).
- He returns to the Black Tower and posts the names of the deserters. They deserters are: Gedwyn, Kisman, Rochaid, Torval, Dashiva, Flinn, Hopwil and Narishma (WH, Prologue).
- Taim has ordered Kisman to kill Rand (WH, Ch. 22).
- Logain claims Taim is a Darkfriend (KoD, Ch. 18).
- His Palace is complete, two stories of white marble with twin doors each bearing a gauntleted fist gripping three lightning bolts. Inside, the tiles are red and black (KoD, Epilogue).
- He tells Pevara that the Reds may ask men to bond them (KoD, Epilogue)
- He refuses to let the Reds bond any full Asha'man and forbids them to leave without permission (ToM, Ch. 53)
- The Asha'man call him M'Hael which means "Leader" in the Old Tongue.
- He is deeply hated and feared in Saldaea (LoC, Ch. 2).
- Though he has channeled for a long time, he hasn't succumbed to madness.
- Rand has disliked Taim from the beginning.
- Unlike other Asha'man, he wears neither sword nor dragon on his collar (TPoD, Ch. 29).
- According to Logain, Taim ordered the Asha'man to bond Aes Sedai. He believes that most Asha'man are now loyal to Taim (CoT, Ch. 24).
"I will do what I can. Just don't expect Damer to topple a city's walls tomorrow (Lord of Chaos, Chapter 3).
"You cannot tell a man he has the power to make the earth shake, then expect him to walk small." (Lord of Chaos, Chapter 42).
"What about those who are not in the countryside? Eleven of them? A few accidents could reduce them to a much safer number. If you don't want to soil your own hands, I'm willing to-" (Lord of Chaos, Chapter 42).
"The Aes Sedai problem needs to be settled, my Lord Dragon. My Asha'man know how to handle them. They could be held at Black Tower easily." (A Crown of Swords, Chapter 2).
"As you say, my men can Travel. To anywhere I command. I doubt you could stop me buying whatever I want even ten miles from Caemlyn, but it wouldn't bother me if you could. Still, I am willing to allow visits whenever you ask. Controlled visits, with escorts at all times. The training is hard in the Black Tower. Men die almost every day. I would not want any accidents." (Winter's Heart, Prologue)
- Remember the Old saying. Let the Lord of Chaos rule (The Gathering Storm, Epilogue).