Saerin has olive skin and dark hair that is graying slightly at the temples. She has a scar on her left cheek, giving her a somewhat intimidating look. As of the end of the series she is one of the oldest Aes Sedai alive, with more than 210 years.
She is from Altara.
She was an innkeeper's daughter. She was trained by the Daughters of Silence prior to coming to the Tower and was their only apprentice to become Aes Sedai.
She is strong in the One Power, outranking women like Anaiya and equaling fellow Sitter Pevara Tazanovni, yet not as powerful as Moiraine Damodred or Siuan Sanche. This is evidenced by her taking command of the group despite only equaling, not outranking, Pevara, supported by her long time in the Hall of the Tower.
She remained loyal to the White Tower during the Split.
Saerin, along with Yukiri, Doesine Alwain and Talene Minly, followed Pevara Tazanovni and Seaine Herimon into rooms below the White Tower, where Pevara and Seaine ordered them to forswear all current oaths and then reswear the Three Oaths using the Oath Rod. They were then asked if they were Black Ajah. Saerin re-swore her Oaths and afterwards answered that she was not Black Ajah, proving she was not.
Of the three examined only Talene was identified as Black Ajah. Later, she found out that she was to attend a Black Ajah Supreme Council meeting where she suspected she would be murdered. Saerin hides her in a room in the lower basement of the White Tower.
Consorting with the rebel Amyrlin Edit
She is in the White Tower basement when Meidani brings in Egwene al'Vere. Egwene tells them to continue hunting the Black Ajah but also tells them to remove the fourth oath they have placed on the Rebel Spies. Egwene also points out that when Siuan Sanche was deposed the action was unlawful because a member of the Black Ajah sat in on the proceedings, providing a bare minimum of Sitters required and making any action they took an unlawful action.
After Egwene is released from her cell, Searin finds her and relates to her that Silviana Brehon denounced Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan over Egwene's poor imprisonment conditions. Egwene sends Saerin to summon the Hall of the Tower to try and remove Elaida or at least save Silviana from execution.
She takes charge of the Aes Sedai resistance against the Seanchan in the Battle of Tar Valon along the ground floors in the White Tower. Katerine Alruddin tries to unsurp her position but is reminded that she, Searin, is a Sitter while Katerine is not.
She stands with the rest of the Hall of the Tower to raise Egwene unanimously as the new Amyrlin Seat. She takes a rough census of the number of women who were captured by the Seanchan during the battle and provides it to Egwene.
Saerin is with Siuan Sanche when Jimar Chubain informs them that Rand al'Thor has entered the White Tower. Saerin then attends the meeting in the Hall to hear Rand announce that he is going to break the remaining Seals on the Dark One's prison.
Giving and making a choice Edit
Saerin is one of seven Sitters who take part in Nynaeve's test for the shawl inside the oval ter'angreal. The testing is unusually severe, cruel even, and Saerin is heavily concerned and even furious afterwards. She is one of the four Sitters - the others being Yukiri, Seaine and Romanda Cassin - who think her worthy, thereby allowing her to be raised properly.
She arrives late to a secret meeting called by Hall of the Tower. Barasine voted against a proposal that would allow only Egwene to deal with the monarchy of the world, which includes Rand as he is King of Illian, while the Hall would take over prosecution of the war and deal with Gareth Bryne's army. In that same meeting of the Hall, Barasine voted in favor of the new rules and procedures in the Hall as outlined by Egwene, which included temporarily replacing a Sitter when she is absent from the Hall and that no meeting of the Hall can commence without all Sitters and the Amyrlin Seat being present.
The Black Ajah initiate an attack on Egwene al'Vere in Tel'aran'rhiod. Saerin is told to wake but can't leave due to Perrin Aybara bringing the Dreamspike over Tar Valon. She participates in the Battle in Tel'aran'rhiod.