EWoT: Jain Charin

Jain Farstrider
Jain Charin
Biographical information
Nationality Malkieri
Date of death 1000 NE
Current status Bound to the Wheel
Physical description
Gender Male
Build Stooped
Hair color White
Chronological and political information
First mentioned TEOTW Ravens
First appeared ACOS 14
Last appeared AMOL 45
Last mentioned AMOL 46
Affiliation Horn of Valere
Rank Hero of the Horn
"If you ever meet a Malkieri, you tell him Jain Farstrider died clean."
   —Jain Farstrider

Jain Charin, known as Jain Farstrider, was an adventurer from the Borderlands. His adventures are well known throughout the Westlands because of the book The Travels of Jain Farstrider. He was a legend throughout the Westlands.

History Edit

Jain Charin was credited with bringing Cowin Gemallan, betrayer of Malkier and a Darkfriend, before the Great Lords of the Seven Towers. Gemallen had been instrumental in arranging the downfall of Malkier.

Charin disappeared on one of his travels, and his whereabouts are unknown by most. He was discovered hiding in Ebou Dar under the assumed identity of Noal Charin, Jain's cousin. He was encountered several times by Matrim Cauthon.

Appearance Edit

He is a scrawny, white haired man with gaps in his teeth, stooped shoulders, a hooked nose, and a sad weathered face that does not match the long gray coat he wears. He is described as "the very picture of hard times." Both his nose and gnarled fingers looked to have been broken several times.[1]

Activities Edit

First encounters Edit

Mat first encounters Noal while tracking Mili Skane, the Darkfriend woman assassin from the horse races then to the Chelsaine Palace leased by Jaichim Carridin in Ebou Dar. Noal's identity does not become clear until later; his reasons for being in Ebou Dar and near Darkfriends remains mysterious.

Noal later saves Mat's life during a fight with a gholam in an Ebou Dar alley. Noal keeps long knives hidden under his vest, and is deceptively agile. Mat then took Noal with him to the Tarasin Palace and had him stay with his men. Noal told Olver many stories about his travels and adventures. Noal's memories of more recent events in his life appeared to have been lost or tampered with somehow, as he was shown struggling to remember some important task that he needs to perform.

Fleeing Ebou Dar Edit

When Mat attempts to leave Ebou Dar with the captive Aes Sedai he is confronted by Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag. Noal manages to sneak up behind her and capture her before she could raise an alarm. He decides to leave with Mat's party rather than stay behind in Ebou Dar.

Along with the remainder of Mat's party, he uses Valan Luca's Traveling Show as cover to escape Ebou Dar. Mat charges him to keep an eye on Amathera Aelfdene Casmir Lounault while she is strolling about. He remembered a verse about Mat from the Prophecies of the Dragon.

Later, Noal volunteers to join Mat and Thom Merrilin in their attempt to rescue Moiraine Damodred from the Eelfinn.

Travelling with the Band Edit

After a skirmish with Darkfriends in Maderin, Mat and the rest of his group decided to leave Luca's show. While riding through Altara they met up with the Band of the Red Hand and began to travel with them.

He met with Mat, who was planning how to approach Trustair, the next village along after Hinderstap. After the Band set up camp in Caemlyn, the gholam attacked Mat. During the fight, the gholam threatened to kill Noal. After the attack, Mat insisted on Noal sleeping in the city in a different tavern each night. He meets with Mat and Thom in Low Caemlyn to discuss their strategy on how to retrieve Moiraine from the Tower of Ghenjei. Noal provides a set of iron throwing knives for each of them for the "iron to bind" verse. Mat tells Noal that he doesn't have to come but Noal is insistent saying it is something he needs to do.

Noal travels with Mat and Thom into the Tower of Ghenjei in order to rescue Moiraine. Although Mat's bargain prevents the Eelfinn from harming them, he said nothing about the Aelfinn. The Aelfinn cut off the group's escape. Noal chooses to remain behind in the tower, and hold off the Aelfinn as long as he can, in hopes of giving Mat and Thom enough time to escape with Moiraine. He bought them enough time to escape, but died in the attempt. His last words to Mat were: "If you ever meet a Malkieri, you tell him Jain Farstrider died clean." [2]

The Last BattleEdit

During the battle at the Field of Merrilor it is revealed that Noal was bound to the Horn of Valere upon his death. Olver, trapped and prevented from delivering the Horn to Mat by a band of Trollocs, blows the horn in desperation. Since Mat's death during the invasion of Andor broke his link with the horn, Olver becomes the new Horn Blower and Noal soon appears, saving him from the Trollocs. At Shayol Ghul Noal rides with the rest of the Heroes of the Horn against the remaining forces of the Shadow.

Suspicions and memory Edit

It is revealed in Towers of Midnight that Noal was actually the famous explorer Jain Farstrider, after he dies and is brought back by the Horn of Valere, though Noal claimed to be only Jain's cousin while still alive. Some also suspected that he was spying on Mat for Graendal, as when Sammael visited her abode, an old, white-haired man was seen disconsolately sitting, something as yet unexplained. It is also possible that Verin Mathwin had used her form of Compulsion on him, which would explain the flaws in his memory, as Verin herself mentioned that her form of Compulsion is less effective on men. Additionally during Rand al'Thor's confrontation with Ishamael at the Eye of the World the Forsaken gloats that he let Jain go "thinking he was free of me." Together with the uncertainty about why he was spying on Jaichim Carridin, why he chose to follow Mat, and other things, events seem to suggest that Noal was a Darkfriend, or at least an unwanting servant of the Shadow.


In some of the books, his name is spelled "Jaim."


  1. A Crown of Swords, Chapter 14
  2. Towers of Midnight, Chapter 55