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EWoT: Tigraine Mantear

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Tigraine Mantear
Biographical information
Nationality Andoran
Date of death 978 NE
Current status Dead
Physical description
Gender Female
Hair color Golden
Chronological and political information
First mentioned TEOTW 34
Last mentioned COT 11
Title Lady
Rank Daughter-heir
ClanTaardad
Sept Chumai
SocietyFar Dareis Mai
  [Source]
"He will be born of Far Dareis Mai. Blood of our blood mixed with the old blood, raised by an ancient blood not ours."
   —Prophecy of Rhuidean

Tigraine Mantear (pronounced: tee-GRAIN) was the Daughter-Heir of Andor. Aka Shaiel the only no Aiel who ever become a Maiden of the Spear. The biological mother of Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn. Her brother was Luc Mantear and her mother was Queen Mordrellen Mantear. She was also the mother of Galadedrid Damodred what makes him half-brother of Rand. Her personal sigil was a woman's hand gripping a thorny rose stem with a white blossom.

History Edit

She studied in the White Tower from 966-967 NE and was awarded the Great Serpent ring as the Daughter-Heir even though she had no ability to channel, as is tradition between Andor and the White Tower.

After returning to Caemlyn, she married Taringail Damodred, whom she never loved, to help relations between Andor and Cairhien. Together they had a son, Galad. She was told by the Aes Sedai Gitara Moroso to become a Maiden of the Spear or the world would suffer.[1][2] Tigraine vanished mysteriously from Caemlyn in 972 NE, never to be heard from again, causing the third Succession War. She travelled into the Aiel Waste, where she had become a Far Dareis Mai within a year despite the lack of Aiel origins. She never told her real name or her explicit origin to the Aiel. They only knew her by her chosen name Shaiel, meaning "Woman Who Is Dedicated" in the Old Tongue. She spoke about a child abandoned who she loved and a husband she did not, and the prophecy of Gitara Moroso

As she was adopted into the Chumai Sept of the Taardad Aiel she fell in love with the clan chief, Janduin. Together they travelled with the Taardad over the Dragonwall to execute King Laman Damodred, the Oathbreaker, for his crime against the Tree. In the third year of the Aiel War, she became pregnant by Janduin. She should have been sent home, but was not,[1] and had her child on the side of Dragonmount on the third day of the Battle of the Shining Walls, the last day of Nesan, 978 NE and died moments later. This was a child of prophecy, Rand al'Thor.

ParallelsEdit

Tigraine is a reference in both name and role to Igraine, a character out of Arthurian legend. Igraine was the mother of King Arthur by a man other than her husband, similar to how Tigraine bears Rand al'Thor.

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Shadow Rising, Chapter 34
  2. Foretelling