First off, it looks like Rafe got in a little bit of trouble for posting a tweet of him on location in Prague (which has since been deleted, but can be viewed here). This explains why we didn’t get a #WoTWednesday post last week.



This week, Rafe asked us all to name our top five Forsaken and why!



As a reminder, which I’m sure you don’t need, here are a list of all of the Forsaken (and there’s a handy link to the character biographies of each, found in our Library!):


  • Ishamael / Moridin, the most powerful of the Forsaken, later becoming Nae’blis.
  • Aginor / Osan’gar, creator of Shadowspawn, reborn as Osan’gar after he draws in too much of the One Power.
  • Balthamel / Aran’gar, the first of the Forsaken to die, who then becomes very effective at hindering Egwene’s plans as Aran’gar.
  • Sammael, who hides in the Council of Nine in Illian, eventually being killed by Mashadar in Shadar Logoth.
  • Rahvin, who masquerades as Lord Gaebril, in an attempt to take over Andor.
  • Be’lal, who… ummm… well, he didn’t do too much, did he? His main purpose was showing that Moiraine does not mess around. You served the Shadow well.
  • Demandred, the mysterious man who doesn’t make a real appearance until A Memory of Light, but it was oh so worth the wait.
  • Asmodean, the poet, who just wanted to write his music.
  • Lanfear / Cyndane, the most powerful female Forsaken, taken out by Moiraine, later brought back much less effective.
  • Graendal, the Forsaken who is all about indulgence while also being one of the deadliest ladies out there.
  • Semirhage, who played the long game in Seanchan before eventually being broken by Cadsuane.
  • Mesaana, who decided to play the long game in Tar Valon, but her mind was eventually broken by Egwene.
  • Moghedien, everyone’s favorite spider in the World of Dreams and Nynaeve’s nemesis.



So, who’s your favorite and why?



About the Author

Jeffan Caliarthan (aka James Starke) is an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah and serves as the Director of Marketing at TarValon.Net. He lives in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington with his boyfriend, three cats, and a borderline-obsessive amount of Wonder Woman collectibles.

2 Replies to “#WoTWednesday: Top Five Forsaken?”

  1. #1: Moridin, the philosopher of hopelessness.

    #2: Lanfear, who came so close, yet failed hardest of them all.

    #3: Demandred, for any Taim by another name still smells sweet.

    #4: Asmodean, who could have been so, so much more.

    #5: Semirhage, for helping push Rand into the right headspace.

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