Varilin Zanaire

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The full name was not recorded in the main series, but was given in the Wheel of Time Companion. Other information about the character is also included in the Companion, but we did not use it in the TarValon.Net Library.

Author: Kyria d'Oreyn


Varilin Zanaire is an Aes Sedai of the Gray Ajah. She was Sitter in the Hall, and after the Tower split, she sided with the rebels and was elected Sitter again (ACoS, Ch. 11).

She is slender, red-haired and taller than most men (ACoS, Ch. 11). She is also described as a "red-haired stork of a woman" (CoT, Ch. 18).

She is firmly in Romanda's group (CoT, Ch. 16).


  • After Egwene is raised, Romanda, Varilin and two other Sitters discuss how to limit the influence Sheriam has as Egwene's Keeper (LoC, Ch. 37).
  • She is one of the five Sitters that comes up with the talks of negotiations with Elaida (CoT, Ch. 16).
  • She speaks against the proposal of allying with the Black Tower, "very near making the forbidden speeches" (CoT, Ch. 19).
  • She takes over the negotiations with the White Tower, pushing Beonin into a lesser role (CoT, Ch. 30).
  • Theodrin tells Egwene that Varilin is very frustrated over how the talks are going on (CoT, Ch. 30).
  • She keeps her seat after the reunification of the Tower. She attends the meeting Romanda calls but does not stand for Egwene's proposal about how to run the war. She does stand for the proposal to give the Amyrlin and all Sitters time to attend any meeting of the Hall (ToM, Ch. 27).


"Varilin and Takima glared at one another like two maidservants supporting their mistresses, a long-legged wading bird in a scowling match with a wren." (Egwene; A Crown of Swords, Chapter 11).

"'I wish Varilin and that lot surprised me, Mother. Discounting the Blue, six Sitters from five Ajahs fled the Tower after Elaida carried out her coup,' her mouth twisted slightly on the word, 'and here we have one from each of those five. I was in Tel'aran'rhiod last night, in the Tower - '" (Siuan to Egwene; Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 18).