The name given to thirteen of the most powerful Aes Sedai of the Age of Legends, thus among most powerful ever known, who went over to the Dark One during the War of the Shadow in return for the promise of immortality. According to both legend and fragmentary records, they were imprisoned along with Dark One when his prison was re-sealed. The names given to them are still used to frighten children. They prefer to call themselves The Chosen.

In exchange for their oaths in Shayol Ghul, the Forsaken receive a mark from the Dark One. This mark is invisible to humans but some Shadowspawn can recognize it.

There are four new Forsaken as well:

References (Possible Spoilers)#

  1. In the Guide
    1. Tor Website Q&A - In exchange for their oaths in Shayol Ghul, the Forsaken receive a mark from the Dark One. This mark is visible only to certain Shadowspawn and it gives the Forsaken some measure of control over them.
  2. In The Eye of the World
    1. TEotW,Ch42 - Moiraine states that the Forsaken do not have a tenth the power of the Dark One.
  3. In The Great Hunt
    1. TGH,Prologue - At the Darkfriend social, Bors does not know if Ba'alzamon in one of the Forsaken newly freed or the Dark One himself.
    2. TGH,Ch7 - For some reason, Moiraine does not tell Siuan that some of the Forsaken are loose.
    3. TGH,Ch22 - At Adeleas' and Vandene's house, Moiraine studies Santhra's book on the Forsaken.
  4. In The Dragon Reborn
    1. TDR,Ch6 - Moiraine wonders how many of the Forsaken are now loose.
  5. In The Shadow Rising
    1. TSR,Ch2 - Rand incorrectly blames one of the Forsaken for the attack of the bubbles of evil.
  6. In The Fires of Heaven
    1. TFoH,Prologue - Their bonds, oaths and ties to the Great Lord protect the male Forsaken from the taint on saidin.
    2. TFoH,Ch14 - Birgitte tells Nynaeve that all the Forsaken are more active in Tel'aran'rhiod than anytime since their release.
    3. TFoH,Ch56 - Thinking of Sammael in Illian, the rest of the Forsaken and the Seanchan, Rand tells Bashere that there will be blood and death before there is peace.
  7. In Lord of Chaos
    1. LoC,Ch20 - Rand wonders why the Forsaken do not open gateways and dump thousands of Trollocs and Fades in the Royal Palace to attack him.
    2. LoC,Ch28 - Padan Fain is furious when he hears about the Gray Man attack on Rand, wishing the Forsaken would stop meddling in his plans. He also is wary of them knowing they would kill him in a heartbeat.
  8. In A Crown of Swords
    1. ACoS,Prologue - Elaida still does not believe that the Forsaken are loose.
    2. ACoS,Ch8 - The Forsaken do not have the ageless look.
    3. ACoS,Ch10 - The Wise One dreamwalkers have glimpsed the Forsaken in Tel'aran'rhiod, but they do not mess with each other.
    4. ACoS,Ch19 - Cadsuane quizzes the other Aes Sedai asking if there is proof that the Forsaken are really loose.
    5. ACoS,Ch23 - Although she is relatively weak, Berowin has a Talent for shielding. She could shield one of the Forsaken.
    6. ACoS,Ch25 - Moridin tells Moghedien that she accidentally did some good so she will continue to be one of the Chosen.
  9. In Winter's Heart
    1. WH,Ch13 - During the War of Power over a dozen of the Chosen died because of the Great Lord's suspicion.
  10. In Crossroads of Twilight
    1. CoT,Ch8 - With the powerful channeling to the north, Annoura wonders if the Forsaken have a sa'angreal.
    2. CoT,Ch10 - When Elayne feels the powerful channeling, she fears it is the Black Ajah or the Forsaken.
  11. In Knife of Dreams
    1. KoD,Ch12 - After an assassination attempt, Perrin wonders if the Forsaken are after him.
    2. KoD,Ch22 - Logain Ablar will not tell anyone where Rand is because the Forsaken are trying to kill him.
  12. In The Gathering Storm
    1. TGS,Ch39 - According to Verin, the one thing the Forsaken have in common that the Dark One values is selfishness. That makes them predictable.