Tsutama is strikingly beautiful, with black luxuriant hair and a full bosom. She would have been considered even more beautiful except that she wears a permanently angry expression that almost overwhelms her agelessness.
She often wears all crimson, so bright that it might have given the most ardent Red pause, and cut tightly, molding her breasts or exposing them as if daring anyone to comment.
She tends to wear lots of jewellery and she is flamboyant and given to indulging herself with luxury and rare and expensive items. It is unclear whether this is how she has always been or this is a result of spending so many years working on a farm with only her basic needs fulfilled.
Strength and AbilitiesEdit
Being a Sitter in the Hall for a time means that Tsutama is also a high ranking sister and a strong channeller by Aes Sedai standards. Thus she has the strength needed to use the travel weaves proficiently.
This is not confirmed by "The Wheel of Time Companion" where her level of strength is described only as 21(9). But this is probably a mistake because so many levels below the strongest Sitters would mean that Tsutama was a too weak and less influential Sitter compared to them.
Tsutama's true level of strength can be guessed by the time she spent as novice and Accepted which was in total thirteen years, roughly the same as sisters that are between levels 15(3) and 17(5), in fact the time spent in training usually reflects the strength of an Aes Sedai.
Tsutama is 173 years old. She was born in the year 827 NE in Kandor and she went to the Tower in 841 NE. After spending seven years as novice and six as Accepted she was raised to the shawl in the year 854 NE.
Just before Moiraine Damodred was raised to the shawl Tsutama approached her on the subject of who was to inherit the Sun Throne after the death of Laman Damodred, asking whether Moiraine had ever thought of becoming Queen herself.
Tsutama had been a Sitter for more than twenty years until she was removed, punished and exiled by the Amyrlin Marith Jaen for the Red Ajah involvement in gentling male channelers outside of the White Tower laws. Along with her also the two other Red Sitters, Toveine Gazal and Lirene Doirellin, suffered the same fate.
Although the true circumstances were kept secret for the good of the Tower, the former Red Sitters suffered a heavy penance: they were privately birched and then sent for many years to hard work in a distant farm, a supposedly voluntary retreat.
Just few time after being elected Amyrlin, Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan recalled Tsutama, Lirene and Toveine, back to the White Tower; their exile had lasted around seventeen years. Tsutama did, to some degree, consider Elaida involved enough in the Vileness to have also been punished for it. But unlike Lirene and Toveine, she even considered the possibility of taking some sort of vengeance on the entire Red, indeed the entire Tower.
Elaida thinks that Tsutama had become nervous-eyed after her years of hard labour. Also a bit broken by her experience. She was broken in some ways - she was afraid of being caught out in any further wrongdoing. However, she also came back more ruthless and angry than ever.
Tsutama also stopped hating men, though she had come to that earlier: her one consolation during her painful exile was an affair that she began with a man, almost in desperation to find some solace.
The new HighestEdit
Tsutama was elected Highest of the Red Ajah following Galina Casban's prolonged disappearance, and an erroneous report of Galina's death. The fact that Tsutama was chosen as new Ajah Head just after her return can be considered a further proof that she was still considered a very strong and influential Sister, despite her shameful and humiliating exile.
As Highest Tsustama discussed with the Red Sitters Sashalle's letter sent to the Ajah from Cairhien, reporting her stilling and healing, along with her swearing fealty to the Dragon. That last bit made Tsutama angry at Sashalle. She also discussed with Tarna her considerations on Asha'man, and how to deal with the Black Tower.
Because of it she assigns Pevara Tazanovni the mission to bond Asha'man as Warders. Later, after learning that Pevara is having difficulty gathering enough sisters, Tsutama orders Javindhra Doraille to join Pevara.
The fact that Tsutama did this without informing anyone else is an example of the huge amount of power she holds as Highest. She is not only the Head of the largest Ajah, she is also regarded by all her Red sisters with as much respect as the Amyrlin Seat.
Nevertheless because of the later behaviour of Mazrim Taim it can be suspected that the Black Ajah and Forsaken were somehow involved in easing the sending of sisters to the Black Tower to be turned to the Shadow, even though Tsutama was not Black herself.