Gaul, of the Imran sept of the Shaarad Aiel

The Shae'en M'taal is an Aiel warrior society. The name means "Stone Dogs" in the Old Tongue.


Shae'en M'taal are often used as rear guards.[1][2] They also vow not to retreat once battle has begun and will perish to the last to meet this vow.[3]



Mangin, of the Jindo sept of the Taardad Aiel

A six-man team of Shae'en M'taal, including Gaul, guarded Rand al'Thor's quarters in the Stone of Tear.[4] Shae'en M'taal once guarded Hadnan Kadere's wagons as they traveled through the Three Fold Land.[5] All of the societies, including the Shae'en M'taal, accompanied Rand al'Thor from the Sun Palace in Cairhien to Caemlyn in Andor to battle Rahvin and his forces.[6] Shae'en M'taal, along with Far Dareis Mai and Seia Doon are very touchy about ji'e'toh.[7][8]


  1. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 36
  2. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 23
  3. The Great Hunt, Glossary
  4. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 7
  5. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 46
  6. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 54
  7. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 23
  8. A Crown of Swords, Chapter 40