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Strength and AbilitiesEdit
Being a Sitter in the Hall indicated that Evanellein was also a high ranking sister and a strong channeller by Aes Sedai standard. Thus she had the strength needed to travel.
This is confirmed by "The Wheel of Time Companion" where her level of strength is described as 20(8). This is a quite low level for a Sitter but still in the top ten of Aes Sedai hierarchy and enough to open suitable gateways.
Despite what might have seemed overconcern with her looks and clothes, Evanellein had a first-rate mind and was considered in her Ajah a good mediator though only fair at negotiation.
Her major abilities were in the political affairs, in fact she was considered politically very skilled and astute even for a Sitter.
She was a elected Sitter quite recently, in the 997 NE, entering in the Hall of the Tower under Siuan Sanche. She used her abilities to gain influence and advantage, in particular mediating among the Sitters when just before the schism many tensions emerged between the Ajah.
Later she voted to depose Siuan and to elect Elaida as new Amyrlin.
After Siuan was deposed, Evanellein became one of Elaida's close confidants. She reported to Elaida's council that the Panarch of Tarabon, Amathera had suddenly disappeared and that an Aes Sedai may have been responsible. This was a result of the activities of Liandrin's group of Black sisters.
Sometime between the aftermath of the Seanchan attack on the White Tower and Egwene al'Vere's purge of the Tower's Black sisters, Evanellein disappeared and thus fled the Tower, strongly indicating that she was of the Black Ajah, despite the fact that she was not in the list of Blacks given to Egwene by Verin Mathwin.
Evanellein took part in the battle fought in Tel'Aran'Rhiod between the White Tower and its allies and the Black Ajah. Egwene confronted her twice. The first time, Egwene succeeded in imagining her to be "stupid," wiping Evanellein's mind temporarily before being interrupted by Mesaana.