Haesel Palan is a merchant woman from Murandy.
Haesel is a plump woman.
She is staying at the Gates of Heaven Inn in Canluum at the same time as several Aes Sedai, such as Cadsuane Melaidhrin, Larelle Tarsi, Felaana Bevaine and Merean Redhill. Another Aes Sedai, but not in the company of the others, was the newly raised Moiraine Damodred of the Blue Ajah, who was on the search for the infant Dragon Reborn. After being questioned publicly by Cadsuane and Felaana, she seemed a wilder to the innkeeper, and had Moiraine share her room and bed with a Murandian merchant woman, namely Haesel Palan.  Moiraine did not enjoy the night; as Palan snored and spent half the night talking.