Duhara Basaheen

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Author: Estyrien al'Halien

General

Duhara Basaheen is an Aes Sedai and Sitter for the Red Ajah. Like all Reds, Duhara sided with Elaida and the White Tower Aes Sedai when the Tower split (TPoD, Ch. 25). She is also a member of the Black Ajah (TGS, Ch. 39).

Duhara was the Keeper of the Chronicles for Sierin Vayu. This was surprising since Sierin was Gray and traditionally the Keeper is of the Amyrlin's former Ajah (NS, Ch. 14).

Elaida sent Duhara to Caemlyn to be Elayne's Aes Sedai advisor. Elayne rejected her, but Duhara is determined to advise her and decided to stay in Caemlyn (KoD, Ch. 31).

Duhara has big, dark eyes, and coppery skin (TPoD, Ch. 25). She is tall, slim, and beautiful, but her eyes seem to be searching for a fault and her lips have a meanness about them (NS, Ch. 14).

Timeline

  • In 979 NE, Duhara becomes the Keeper of the Chronicles for Sierin Vayu (NS, Ch. 14).
  • In 984 NE, Duhara steps down as Keeper of the Chronicles when Sierin dies (TWoRJTWoT, Ch. 24).
  • Duhara meets with Elaida and five other Sitters (TPoD, Ch. 25).
  • Duhara meets with Elayne and tells her that Elaida has ordered her to become Elayne's advisor (KoD, Ch. 31).
  • Duhara is out of the Tower when Egwene is raised Amyrlin and she is revealed to be Black (TGS, Ch. 39).
  • After Elayne takes the throne, Duhara meets with Ellorien as a veiled threat (ToM, Ch. 11). It is not known what happens to her when the Black Ajah flee Tar Valon, but she is replaced as a Sitter, by Barasine (ToM, Ch. 3).

Miscellaneous

Duhara comes from Arad Doman (NS, Ch. 14).

Duhara is weaker in the One Power than Moiraine (NS, Ch. 14).

Elaida thinks that Duhara is under her thumb (TPoD, Ch. 25).

Duhara is uncomfortable talking about forkroot (TPoD, Ch. 25).

Talk of men who can channel always lights a fire in Duhara (TPoD, Ch. 25).

The Red Ajah does not know that Duhara is in Caemlyn. All they know is that Duhara left Tar Valon by ship. It is unlikely that she will remain a Sitter for much longer (KoD, Prologue; KoD, Ch. 31).

Duhara never makes any secret about to which Ajah she belongs (KoD, Ch. 31).

Quotes

Oddly, Amira was a Red, and so was Duhara. Neither law nor custom demanded that either Keeper or Mistress of Novices be of the Amyrlin's former Ajah, yet it was expected. (Moiraine about Duhara, Amira, and Sierin; New Spring, Chapter 14)

Whether these women knew it or not- well, Duhara knew, certainly, and perhaps the others did- she was their mistress. (Elaida about Duhara and five other Sitters; The Path of Daggers, Chapter 25)

"You must know that the White Tower wants very much for you to mount the Lion Throne. To achieve that end, Elaida has sent me to be your advisor." (Duhara to Elayne; Knife of Dreams, Chapter 31)