Dairaine Saighan

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Author: Kyria d'Oreyn


Dairaine of House Saighan is a Cairhienin noblewoman. She is small and slender with wavy, waist-length black hair, and a voice like crystal chimes (KoD, Ch. 28).

She was taken gai'shain by the Shaido and has to share a tent with Faile, Alliandre, and Maighdin (KoD, Ch. 5).

Sevanna enjoys Dairaine's carrying tales about the other gai'shain and so the Cairhienin is "never chosen out as one of those who had failed to please" (KoD, Ch. 5; KoD, Ch. 28).

She enters her tent when Faile, Alliandre, and Maighdin are about to flee and senses that they are up to something. She wants to report to Sevanna, but the other women bind her up and leave her with Bain and Chiad (KoD, Ch. 28).


She had stood just below the High Seat of her House in Cairhien, but she had been wakened in the night because Sevanna could not sleep and wanted to be read to. Sevanna enjoyed Dairaine's voice, and likely the tales she carried of supposed misdeeds among Sevanna's gai'shain. The Cairhienin woman was never chosen out as one of those who had failed to please. (Faile about Dairaine; Knife of Dreams, Chapter 28)