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Delana Mosalaine
Biographical information
Nationality Shienaran
Date of death 1000 NE
Current status Dead
Physical description
Gender Female
Build Stout
Hair color Pale, almost white
Eye color Pale blue
Chronological and political information
First appeared LOC 12
Last appeared TOM Prologue
Affiliation Black Ajah
Occupation Sitter
Rank Aes Sedai
Ajah Gray Ajah
  [Source]
"Delana had never been a woman to give up easily. She had bludgeoned kings into making peace when they wanted war, dragged queens by the scruff of the neck to sign treaties that had to be signed."
   —Lord of Chaos, Chapter 30

Delana Mosalaine was an Aes Sedai of the Gray Ajah and one of the Sitters of the Salidar Hall. She was also Black Ajah. Aran'gar, in the guise of Halima Saranov was posing as her secretary.

Strength and AbilitiesEdit

Being a Sitter in the Hall for a time means that Delana was also a high ranking sister and a strong channeller by Aes Sedai standards. Thus she had the strength needed to use the travel weaves proficiently.

This is confirmed by "The Wheel of Time Companion" where her level of strength is described as 18(6).

Delana also learned from the Forsaken the weaves and the skill to use compulsion.

Personal Characteristics Edit

As a Gray, Delana was a practiced mediator of conflicts. Her exceedingly intense gaze causes some to attribute her mediation success to the fact that "both sides would agree just to make her stop staring at them." She had a deep voice with a melodious accent from Shienar,[1] but her manner of speaking could be abrupt and derisive. She had never done well with novices.[2]

Delana was a stickler for impeccably copied notes; Elayne advised Nynaeve to do the transcriptions slowly since mistakes or blots will require starting over perhaps fifty times with Delana.[1]

Despite her harsh manner and Black Ajah affiliation, Delana's thoughts seemed to incongruously reveal a woman with compassion and respect for Aes Sedai.

Delana had no Warder. She proposed to bond Matrim Cauthon (actually "came close to trying to bully him into it") while he was in Salidar, but only at the insistence of Halima.[3]

AppearanceEdit

Delana was stout with pale blue eyes and very light hair. She was oddly graceful for one so stout.[1]

HistoryEdit

Delana was 50 years old. She was born in the year 950 NE and went to the Tower in 968 NE. After spending five years as Novice and five as Accepted she was raised to the shawl in the year 978 NE. In Salidar she was elected Sitter in the year 1000.

Activities Edit

Part of the Salidar Hall Edit

Delana goes to Salidar as a Rebel Aes Sedai after the White Tower Schism. She is a Sitter for the rebel hall.

Janya Frende and Delana summon Nynaeve al'Meara to copy scripts onto paper. Delana claims she will "turn her hide into dust rags" if Nynaeve takes too long to appear when summoned. Instead of assigning notes to copy, Nynaeve is instead drilled to reveal anything else she knows about Rand al'Thor that she hasn't mentioned to anybody else yet.[1]

She had been good friends with Siuan Sanche when they were novices and Accepted, before their different lives lead them apart. When Siuan is Healed from Stilling, she renews her friendship to Delana in order to use her. Delana still has fond feelings toward Siuan, and genuinely wishes to help "the woman who had stolen honeycakes with her and more than once had taken the blame for pranks they had both been involved in."[2]

Under the thumb of a Forsaken Edit

Delana is shocked when "Halima" arrives in Salidar and displays the hand signal that identifies a member of the Black Ajah - this from a woman who Delana knows cannot channel saidar. Halima informs her that she, Delana, will be working for her and mentions the name Aran'gar: a name, Halima says, she sometimes uses. Delana knows that name, not as the name of the resurrected Balthamel, but as a name mentioned in dreams. Delana is afraid of Halima and knows something is not quite right with the alluring woman.[2] Delana would surely kill Halima if she didn't think she would be the one dead in the attempt.[4]

Delana is forced to go along with the charade of having a "secretary" and "companion.[2] Many Aes Sedai disapprove of Halima's promiscuous dress and licentious way with men. One woman comments that Halima would "be in hot water up to her neck ten times over if Delana didn't protect her."[3] Egwene muses that the relationship seems to be a "case of charity, or possibly friendship, however unlikely."[5] More importantly, Halima also requires protection of her secret identity and the fact that "she" can channel the masculine saidin. Though Delana is unaware of that last fact until later, Halima orders that Delana press for Logain Ablar to be Gentled again as he could detect Halima's weaves of saidin.

""Don't you understand? If I continue to try supporting every faction, they will catch me out sooner or later!""
   —To Halima[4]

From this time forward, all Delana's actions and voting in the Hall are a direct reflection of Aran'gar's orders. Delana tries to give the impression of loyalty to each person in the rebel camp of power, and to a certain extent succeeds. She is part of both Lelaine Akashi and Romanda Cassin's factions[4] and seems to be the only one who seemed to support Sheriam fully.[6]

She is first to cast her vote for Egwene al'Vere becoming Amyrlin in the Little Tower.

She travels with the Salidar delegation to meet with various nobles along the border of Andor and Murandy.[5]

She votes "yes" on the Rebel Aes Sedai declaring war on Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan and promptly vomits when the motion is passed.[7]

She joins Egwene and Egwene's Council while they are surveying Tar Valon, and gives them the news of sisters entering negotiations with Elaida.

She initially votes "no" in the Rebel Hall of the Tower for an alliance with the Black Tower, but stands when Egwene asks for the lesser consensuses to join the greater.[7]

Flight from camp Edit

Lelaine Akashi calls an emergency meeting of the Hall when Jahar Narishma arrives to propose the Rebel Aes Sedai bonding forty-seven Asha'man. Jahar senses a woman channeling saidin which causes Delana to flee, along with her servants Miesa and Halima.

Graendal's guests Edit

Aran'gar and Delana end up hiding out with Graendal. When al'Thor sends Lord Ramshalan to Natrin's Barrow, Graendal, sensing a trap, orders Delana and Aran'gar to place Compulsion on him. As Aran'gar announces that she senses a huge amount of the One Power nearby, Graendal realizes a trap and shields Aran'gar and Delana so they cannot escape with her. Aran'gar and Delana are burned out of existence along with Graendal's hideout.

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 12
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 30
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 44
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 37
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Path of Daggers, Chapter 17
  6. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 39
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Path of Daggers, Chapter 19

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