A Letter…

27 May 2001 (8:25am)

Raeyn Sedai sat in her cluttered study, reading over a book about the mayener culture. She had spent a good bit of her time as a sister up to this point learning about the cultures of others, as she couldn’t fortell where her travels would take her.

She was interrupted by a timid knocking on the door. “Enter,” she called. The door creaked open to admit a novice with a roll of parchment in hand. “A letter for you, Raeyn Sedai.” The young woman bent down into a curtsy, proffering the roll to her elder. Raeyn took it, and nodded to the girl. She turned away and immediatly cracked the seal, oblivious to the novice.. who was quietly sneaking back into the hall and out the door.

The parchment read :

My dearest sister Raeyn,
It seems that our father has taken ill, and that his time is short. The goodwives from the nearest couple of towns are trying all that they can, to no avail. I know that of all us children, you were probably the closest to father. I think that the main reason he is holding on so hard is for that last chance to see you. Make haste, my sister, as he is in pain. We all miss you, and welcome your presence.

With the Deepest Affections,
Your sister Niella

Raeyn let the scroll drop from her hand as she fell back into her chair. Since her aging had slowed so, she had almost forgotten that her family wouldn’t live as such. Her parents were old by normal standards, and she had been so busy the past decade or two that she hadn’t done more than send a few hastily scribbled letters to her family every other year or so.

She began to shove things into a bag.. writing supplies, some of her brownies… extra clothing and such. She ran down to the Kitchens and explained her needs. Raeyn almost hugged the bulky Mistress of the Kitchens as the rotund woman began to bark orders at her fleet of novices.

Raeyn returned upstairs and sat down at her desk. She knew that her time to get home was short, but still… love couldn’t be denied. Raeyn wrote out a note explaining what was happening, and slid it under Jade’s door.

As she walked down to the courtyard, she looked back up at the Tower. Her home… strange how home and family don’t quite go together anymore. She didnt’ notice the tears streaming down her face as she mounted her steed, nor hear her own cries as the echoed into an angry wind rushing across the Tar Valon bridge.

Her family was waiting.
Raeyn Sedai
Brown Ajah

Raeyn Priya Saethyr (Biography)

Name: Raeyn Priya Saethyr
Raised in: Saldaea
Age: 265+

Height: 5’4”
Weight: 140 lbs.
Hair: Dark brown (almost black), waist-length, slightly wavy.  Usually worn tied back, or pinned back with whatever is on-hand.
Eyes: grey-blue
Character  History:

Raeyn was born to a poor Saldean farmer as the the eldest of 4 children –  two little sisters (Niella and Anaiya) and her baby brother (Jasean).  She was considered an oddity amongst the girls in her village because she always wanted to read instead of playing with the other children.  Because of this, Raeyn became somewhat inverted and dreamy, and the only thing that she did that was considered normal by everyone’s standards was practice the hand-to-hand fighting and knife skills that are so popular in her home country of Saldaea.

Raeyn found out that she could channel at the age of 16.  She was with her father when on a trip up to Maradon to sell our crops.  They were in the market when she suddenly fell down.  She had very suddenly taken ill, and it looked her father feared that she was dying.  Raeyn’s father rushed her back to the inn that they were staying at, and asked the innkeeper if she knew of a Goodwife to help bring his daughter back to health. She did, and sent off for her. At this point, all the other patrons of the inn noticed our situation. Little did Raeyn know that this would change her life…

For amongst the patrons of the inn was an Aes Sedai, a woman using the presumed name of Marlenya. She didn’t come to Raeyn’s aid then, but allowed the Goodwife to feed her herbs and make the young woman well.  It was later in the night that the Aes Sedai came to speak to Raeyn, who had started to feel better after only a few short hours.  Her father allowed her to go down into the common room for food and entertainment, as their farm was too isolated to enjoy something as simple as a gleeman.  As they sat there eating a bit of dinner, the Aes Sedai approached then.  At this point she revealed to that she was an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah, but cautioned us not to speak of it.  She explained to Raeyn and her father that the young woman could channel, but that she needed to come to the Tower and learn to control it.  Her father didn’t want Raeyn to go, as she was ever so dear to his heart, but the Sister’s logic was sound, and Raeyn’s father relented and allowed her to make the trip to Tar Valon for training.

Raeyn progressed quickly in her academics and lessons in the One Power, and was raised to the shawl and accepted to the Brown Ajah at the tender age of 23.  She tried her best to be social with the other girls around her, but she only managed to form a fast friendship with her Novice roommate Taeadra.

About 20 years after her raising, Raeyn received word from Saldaea beseeching her to return and visit, as her father was very ill.  It was a shock to go back and see what she had come from, and how poorly things had continued to be for her family.  She stayed longer than she intended; the family farm was doing poorly, her father was failing in spite of her assistance, and the grief and guilt of it all was overwhelming.

Despite her best efforts, her father passed, and with him her belief in the goodness of the Creator and the benevolence of the Light.  As she spent the night in an inn on her return to the Tower, she swore her soul to the Great Lord and the Dark, and found the Black Ajah upon her return to the Tower.

In time, she managed to distinguish herself amongst her Brown Sisters, and was selected to be a Sitter in the Hall at the ‘young’ age of 99.

After the mysterious “natural” death of Kathana Sedai, The Amyrlin Seat, Karana Sedai was raised to the Amyrlin Seat in replacement. Having been the Head of the Browns until that point, Raeyn found herself picked to be the new Head of the Brown Ajah, being amongst the eldest remaining Sisters, and well-respected by the rest of her Ajah as a whole.

She remained a Sitter in the Hall of the Tower while also going about her Brown Ajah head duties, as well as her duties within the Black Ajah.  She traveled rarely, but one trip to the Borderlands landed herself a Warder in Matalina in a bid to save the woman’s life.

About a decade after her ascension to Ajah Head, Raeyn found reason to accompany a party of Greens to Namandar for purposes of research, a trip that ended in murder and disaster.  Shortly after that,  the change in Amyrlins and the lies associated with that made Raeyn decide to retire.  She and Matalina also decided to annul their bond, based on the poor circumstances of it originally taking place.

Raeyn traveled around the world, enjoying her relative freedom from duties.  In spite of this, the past had a way of sneaking up on her – she ran across Matalina, and she found an old ‘friend’ working in an inn.  This old friend was Quatilina Sedai, and near to her ‘Heart’.  However, Quati was unable to remember who she was, and Raeyn took it upon herself to drag her back to the Tower in the hopes of restoring the White Sister to her former self.

Upon returning to the Tower, she found that Shanaevee Sedai, who had been picked for her replacement, had gone to the Black Tower and was still there in spite of negotiations to get Sisters returned.  The Brown Council asked Raeyn to take over as the First Chair and a Sitter in the Hall, and feeling the chains of duty laid about her again, Raeyn settled back into her ‘normal’ existence in service.