EWoT: Cariandre Temalien

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Cariandre Temalien
Biographical information
Nationality Ghealdanin
Date of birth 932 NE
Current status Alive
Physical description
Gender Female
Build Plump
Chronological and political information
First appeared KOD 2
Last appeared TGS 25
Affiliation White Tower
Rank Aes Sedai
Ajah Red Ajah

Cariandre Temalien is an Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah.

Abilities and Strength Edit

In "The Wheel of Time Companion" Cariandre's level of strength is described as 35(23), which is a quite low level in Aes Sedai hierarchy; thus she is not strong enough to open a gateway to Travel.


She was born in Ghealdan in 932 NE. Cariandre was the daughter of a shoemaker. She went to the White Tower in 947 NE where she spent thirteen years as a novice and twelve as Accepted. She was raised to the shawl in 972 NE.

She was raised Aes Sedai after Siuan and Moiraine became novices, and was jealous of their potential and swift rise.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

She is plump, full-bosomed and 5'5 tall. She was good-looking, though not a beauty. [1] She is described as wearing elaborately red-embroidered gray silk.[2] She has dark eyes and hair which she wore cut short, exposing her ears.

She cultivated a cool, reserved air, such as she imagined a noblewoman to have. However, she also had a bad temper, and would snap at people she should not (such as sisters who stood above her) and say things better left unsaid.


She has remained loyal to the White Tower during the split.

She was involved in the Vileness shortly after the Aiel War, where Black Ajah sisters manipulated many others in gentling or killing men who were suspected of being able to channel without following the proper procedures. She was enthusiastic at first, but her interest soon waned when she found herself killing men and children on suspicion. She still followed orders, but began hanging back and did nothing she could avoid.

She is given the task of 'escorting' Mattin Stepaneos den Balgar around the White Tower.[1] She tries but fails to prevent him speaking with Egwene. She sends Egwene to the Mistress of Novices for shirking her chores and showing disrespect to an Aes Sedai after Egwene speaks boldly and bluntly to Stepaneos. She is particularly furious with Egwene for setting Stepaneos straight regarding several false rumors circulating about the deeds of the Dragon Reborn, most especially about Rand having no ill intentions toward him, and then about the current political stability of the Ajahs in the White Tower.[2]

She guards Egwene's cell when Seaine Herimon comes to visit her[3] after Elaida has publicly and illegally beaten Egwene to within an inch of her life.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Knife of Dreams, Chapter 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Knife of Dreams, Chapter 24
  3. The Gathering Storm, Chapter 25
  4. The Gathering Storm, Chapter 16

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