In Robert Jordan
's Wheel of Time
novel series, there are several characters classified as Asha'man
. While a number of them, including Rand al'Thor
, Mazrim Taim
, and Logain Ablar
have major roles throughout the series, there are a number who make less important appearances.
Joined the Black Tower in the very early stages of its development. He was killed when Rand al'Thor lost control of Callandor in Altara.
A Tairen Lord whose estates Rand took refuge in following the cleansing of saidin
. Algarin once had a brother who could channel, but who was gentled and died long before Rand was born and the Black Tower came to be. Because of this, he asked Rand to test him for the potential to channel, and was last heard of departing for the Black Tower.
One of the gate guards when a party of the Red Ajah came to the Black Tower to propose bonding of Warders
, Saml al'Seen is a native to Emond's Field
. He was described by a fellow Asha'man as being quite an astute learner, able to pick up on almost any weave he sees. The Red sisters believe him to be too young to be an Asha'man and agree among each other not to bond men as young as he.
A somewhat unknown Asha'man, Canler was recognized by Jur Grady as the one responsible for the bond used by Asha'man to bond their wives or captive Aes Sedai. He is later revealed to be a member of the faction in the Black Tower loyal to Logain, and by association, the Dragon Reborn.
One of two Asha'man on guard duty at the gates of the Black Tower when the Red Ajah came to propose bonding male channelers as Warders. He hints to the Aes Sedai that there is some division in the Black Tower. Enkazin is described as having the appearance of a clerk, but when angered becomes as dangerous in presence as any other Asha'man. He also appears to have developed a friendship with Saml al'Seen from the Two Rivers. It is suspected that he is not particularly powerful due to the relatively small gateway he makes in the presence of the Red sisters.
An example of the necessity to bring any non-Darkfriend male channeler into the Asha'man, Damer Flinn is one of the oldest Asha'man, the first to be tested for the ability by Mazrim Taim himself. Before joining the Black Tower, he had been a member of the Queen's Guards in Andor
, only removed from service after a Murandian
lance took him in the thigh. Left with a limp, he came to the early Black Tower and began by teaching the students the use of the sword (although he is not particularly skilled with it).His main reason for joining the Black Tower was to learn the art of healing. In this he is quite skilled. His healing abilities were demonstrated when he saved Rand al'Thor's life after he had been wounded by the Shadar Logoth dagger; he was able to heal it (temporarily, by sealing it and the scar given by Balzamon) while the best of the Yellow Ajah could not do much with it. Flinn was also able to heal the three Aes Sedai who Rand stilled.
Rising to the rank of Dedicated after the Battle of Dumai's Wells, Flinn was among those Asha'man who were sent by Mazrim Taim to remain at Rand al'Thor's side. His loyalty was quickly proven, as the assassination attempt on Rand committed by a number of his fellow Asha'man left him alone and targeted by his remaining comrades at the Black Tower. With no other chance at safety, he allowed himself to be bonded as a Warder by an Aes Sedai (his sister is Corele Hovian of the Yellow Ajah). In this role, he continued to accompany Rand, even confronting Demandred at Shadar Logoth during the cleansing of saidin.
One of the traitor Asha'man whose body is found by Rand al'Thor in Far Madding. He, along with Peral Torval, was killed by Padan Fain.
Androl Genhald is one of the Asha'man in the Black Tower loyal to Logain Ablar.
Grady is one of the original four recruits found by Mazrim Taim. He is a former farmer in his mid-twenties and has risen to the rank of Dedicated. He has bonded his wife, Sora, in order to reassure himself she is safe while he is away.
Grady accompanies Perrin Aybara on his mission to find Masema Dagar and bring him back to Rand al'Thor. His primary purpose on the mission is to make gateways for Traveling. After the kidnapping of Faile Bashere and some of her followers by the Shaido, Grady becomes instrumental in Perrin's rescue plan.
Harldin is one of the Asha'man in the Black Tower loyal to Logain Ablar.
Hopwil is only a teenager when he was recruited by Mazrim Taim. He (along with Damer Flinn, Jur Grady, and Fedwin Morr) is among the first men to be tested for the ability to channel.
He is in Cairhien when the traitor Asha'man led by Corlan Dashiva (Osan'gar) try to kill the Dragon Reborn. Fearing that his colleagues in the Black Tower will suspect him of being part of the failed assassination, he agrees to be bonded by an Aes Sedai (his sister is Daigian Moseneillin of the White Ajah). During the cleansing of saidin he is killed by Aran'gar as he attempts to shield his Aes Sedai from the Forsaken's attack.
His fellow Asha'man Jahar Narishma tells the Salidar Aes Sedai to remember Hopwil's sacrifice.
One of the traitors who tried to assassinate Rand al'Thor, Kisman was almost certainly a Darkfriend. It is revealed that he was receiving orders from two of the Forsaken. He and Manel Rochaid attempt to kill al'Thor again in Far Madding. Padan Fain later kills him with the Shadar Logoth dagger.
Mezar Kurin is one of the Asha'man in the Black Tower loyal to Logain Ablar.
A foul-tempered Asha'man who poses as a stone mason along with Loial the Ogier.
He was sent with Loial on a mission by Rand Al'Thor, to all the steddings to convince the Ogier to lock or the very least guard the waygates to prevent their use by forces of the shadow.
He also never entered the stedding preferring to sleep in the open rather than be cut off from the One Source, even for a short period of time. In "Knife of Dreams", just before the meeting of Rand with the "Daughter of the Nine Moons", it is implied that Karlidin was bonded as Warder by Beldeine Nyram of Green Ajah.
Atal Mishraile is one of the many Asha'man loyal to Mazrim Taim, and a member of his private classes at the Black Tower. Mishraile is the embodiment of all that is undesirable in an Asha'man: he is arrogant, condescending, and has little regard for anyone who doesn't wear the Sword and Dragon pins. When the Red Ajah sent an embassy to the Black Tower to speak about bonding Asha'man as Warders, he regarded them distastefully. As a result, Taim struck him with a weave of Air that cracked his skull and broke his jaw. Taim said that he would be healed if he survived until that night, but it is unknown whether he did.
Morr is one of the Black Tower's first members. He's 16 years old and bears the Sword and Dragon of a full Asha'man. He has two of what Taim describes as a bar
. In the first, he believes he cannot affect things at a distance with the Power, and his abilities begin to fade the further away something is. In the second, he cannot weave Healing unless he uses a particular gesture. After the attack on Rand al'Thor by rebel Asha'man, the Dragon Reborn sends orders Morr to protect Min Farshaw. Rand later finds Fedwin in a cellar playing with building blocks. The taint on saidin had driven Morr insane, and as a result he reverted to an infantile state. Rand, following Mazrim Taim's example, then kills Morr painlessly by serving him poisoned wine.
Arlen Nalaam was one of the Asha'man army to accompany Rand al'Thor when Rand went to battle the Seanchan in Altara. Whilst there, Arlen Nalaam commented on the strangeness of Saidin around Altara, when he went to deliver a captured Sul'dam to Rand in accordance with his standing order.
A native of the borderland nation of Arafel
, Narishma is described as being "not much past twenty", with large dark eyes and braided hair. An early recruit to the Asha'man, he was first mentioned to Rand by Mazrim Taim, who brought it up in reference to Rand's previous warning to watch out for students who learned too fast. While having a powerful spark of saidin
within him, Narishma was not one of the Forsaken
in disguise. Along with 200 other Asha'man, he participated in the Battle of Dumai's Wells, and was among the group who accompanied Rand to Cairhien.
Narishma is among the Asha'man who were briefly suspected of attempting to kill Rand, and thus was forced to become a Warder to an Aes Sedai to escape his vengeful comrades. He is currently bonded to Merise Sedai of the Green Ajah. Rand later sent him to recover Callandor from the Stone of Tear, which according to a line in the Prophecies of the Dragon, "Who draws it out shall follow after". This suggests that Narishma will somehow follow in Rand's steps, and Rand determined that the prophecy meant that the person who drew Callandor was someone he could trust. Narishma is a full Asha'man, although Merise didn't give him the Dragon pin at first. He also formed part of the group who helped to protect Rand and Nynaeve when they were cleansing saidin in Winter's Heart.
A soldier who accompanies Perrin Aybara in his mission to find Masema. He's in the habit of putting on airs.
A Taraboner Asha'man, Varil Nensen participated in the battles against the Seanchan in Altara. It is unknown whether or not he survived Rand's loss of control over Callandor
Norley is one of the Asha'man in the Black Tower loyal to Logain Ablar.
One of the Asha'man who attempted to assassinate Rand al'Thor in Cairhien. Rochaid is around 18 years old and quite arrogant. Despite his youth, he was made a full Asha'man and given the title of Baijan-M'hael (Attack Leader).
Rochaid allowed Rand to find him in Far Madding in an attempt to lure him into a trap. He and fellow traitor Raefer Kisman were to wait until the other conspirators show up. However, demonstrating his arrogance, Rochaid wanted the honour of killing the Dragon Reborn himself. His plan backfires and Rochaid is himself killed by Rand.
Donalo Sandomere is one of the Asha'man in the Black Tower loyal to Logain Ablar. He bonds one of the 51 Aes Sedai sent to the Black Tower to gentle and execute any man able to channel. He gains full Asha'man status after helping Rand al'Thor repel an attack by Shadowspawn. He also accompanies Rand to his meeting with Semirhage and helps Narishma and Logain to shield her once she reveals herself.
A native of Tarabon, Peral Torval was the first recruit from whom Rand heard the name Black Tower. During one of his many visits there, Rand met Torval, who sneered upon learning who Rand was and didn't think him so powerful. Mazrim Taim quickly had him disciplined, demonstrating the hardness that was expected as one of the Asha'man. Despite his insolent attitude, Torval was among the first to rise to the rank of full Asha'man.
Torval was part of the plot to kill Rand in Cairhien. Rand finds his corpse in Far Madding. He had been killed by Padan Fain.
Evin Vinchova is one of the Asha'man in the Black Tower loyal to Logain Ablar.