Pronunciation: AH-shah-mahn

The Asha'man are the male counterpart to the current Aes Sedai. They have three ranks:

  1. soldier
  2. Dedicated - They wear a silver sword pin.
  3. Asha'man - In addition to the sword pin they wear a dragon pin.

Possible Spoilers#

They are lead by Rand. His second in command is Mazrim Taim, who has trained most of them. They call their organization the Black Tower in contrast to the Aes Sedai White Tower and are headquartered in a rural area near Caemlyn.


References (Possible Spoilers)#

  1. In Lord of Chaos
    1. LoC,Ch3 - Rand visits his farm with Mazrim Taim. Mazrim Taim tests Damer Flinn who becomes the first recruit.
    2. LoC,Ch11 - There are now seven trainees at the farm. Rand orders Mazrim Taim and the recruits to stay out of Caemlyn because of the Aes Sedai there.
    3. LoC,Ch42 - Rand addresses the students at the farm and gives the Asha'man their new titles.
    4. LoC,Ch55 - Two hundred Asha'man led by Mazrim Taim arrive at the battle of Dumai's Wells and slaughter the Shaido.
  2. In A Crown of Swords
    1. ACoS,Ch2 - At Dumai's Wells Rand sends most of the Asha'man back to the Black Tower but takes nine, four soldiers, four Dedicated, and Dashiva with him to Cairhien.
    2. ACoS,Ch7 - Rand takes Asha'man to Caemlyn and to the army in Tear to provide quick communication.
    3. ACoS,Ch9 - Merana Ambrey sent a message to Sheriam Bayanar from Caemlyn telling about Mazrim Taim and the Asha'man.
    4. ACoS,Ch32 - Elaida finally learns that there are actually hundreds of Asha'man.
  3. In Winter's Heart
    1. WH,Prologue - There are now about five hundred Asha'man.
    2. WH,Prologue - Dogs are attracted to male channelers but cats dislike them.
  4. In Crossroads of Twilight
    1. CoT,Ch4 - Furyk Karede is promoted to Banner-General for his limited success in fighting the Asha'man.
    2. CoT,Ch14 - Because the Black Tower is far from the Lugard Road, Elayne hopes that the Asha'man will not get involved with the Borderlanders.
    3. CoT,Ch19 - Faced with the unknown threat that destroyed Shadar Logoth, some of the Salidar Aes Sedai Sitters propose an alliance with the Asha'man and the Black Tower.
    4. CoT,Ch21 - Tarna Feir thinks the only way to control the Asha'man will be to bond them as Warder. Pevara Tazanovni is not sure who will be bonding whom.
    5. CoT,Ch24 - Rand is furious with Logain Ablar for bonding the captured Aes Sedai as this will only worsen the relationship between the Aes Sedai and the Asha'man.
    6. CoT,Ch24 - Logain Ablar tells Rand that most of the Asha'man are probably loyal to Mazrim Taim.
  5. In Knife of Dreams
    1. KoD,Ch2 - Though the Salidar Aes Sedai agreed to form a pact with the Asha'man there has been no progress as they keep fighting over details.
    2. KoD,Ch18 - Rand sends more than half the Asha'man to Arad Doman and Illian including all the ones with bonded Aes Sedai except for those with him.
    3. KoD,Ch18 - There are forty-one full Asha'man and fifty more in Mazrim Taim's special classes.
    4. KoD,Ch25 - Tarna Feir continues to puzzle over which Red Ajah sisters can be trusted to bond Asha'man.
  6. In Towers of Midnight
    1. ToM,Ch46 - The Asha'man are divided between those loyal to Rand and Logain Ablar and those loyal to Mazrim Taim.
    2. ToM,Ch53 - Mazrim Taim refuses to let the Red Ajah embassy bond an full Asha'man, those loyal to him.