Be'lal

BEH-lahl

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Nationality:

Age of Legends

Year of Birth:

Age of Legends

Gender:

Male

Hair Color:

White

Eye Color:

Unknown

Other Names:

Duram Laddel Charn, The Envious, The Netweaver, High Lord Samon

Article Author: 

Chilrona

Basic Information

Appearance

Be’lal is tall, athletic, and has close-cropped white hair. He is only ever described wearing a red silk shirt with black stripes down its puffy sleeves and black breeches tucked into silver-worked boots.

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Personality

 

Be’lal was known as a master manipulator. Because of his patience and cunning, he was considered a formidable adversary by those who opposed him. He was also known to be very envious of Lews Therin as well as his fellow Forsaken. He once beat Lews Therin in a game of stones and proceeded to brag about it for years to come.

Spoilers Below!!!

Actions During the Story

Actions Before the Story

 

In the Age of Legends, near the beginning of the War of Power, Be’lal, then called Duram Laddel Cham, was a leader of the forces of the Light alongside Lews Therin Telamon. Before the war, he represented people in courts of law and was very skilled at it. He turned to the Shadow in the waning years of the Collapse and became a member of the Forsaken.


During the War of Power, Be’lal and Demandred lead the forces of the Shadow in a massive assault on the construction of the Choedan Khal. Be’lal also attacked and destroyed the Hall of the Servants in Paaran Disen shortly before Lews Therin and the Hundred Companions sealed the Bore in the Dark One’s prison. Be’lal was present at Shayol Ghul for the sealing of the Bore and was sealed with the rest of the Forsaken for 3,000 years.

New Spring

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Actions Between the Books

 

Be'lal is still sealed in the Dark One's prison at this point.

Eye of the World

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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The Great Hunt

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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The Dragon Reborn

When Be’lal was freed from the Bore, he traveled to Tear with his heart set on obtaining Callandor. Once there, he set himself up as the High Lord Samon and ruled Tear along with the other high lords. As high lord, Be’lal used the Tairens’ already xenophobic tendencies to incite fear and hatred toward Illian and Tar Valon.


A skilled manipulator and deadly adversary, Be’lal devised a plan to use Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne to lure Rand to Tear. Once in Tear, Be’lal would goad Rand into taking up Callandor so he could slay him and take the powerful sa’angreal for himself. He had thirteen Myrdraal on call to forcefully convert Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne to the Shadow afterward. He also sent the Black Ajah sisters to set the hedgehog ter’angreal trap on Moiraine and thus expected her to be out of the picture.


Be’lal’s plan did not play out as he expected. Rand arrived in the Stone of Tear as anticipated and Be’lal confronted him in the Heart of the Stone. He offered Rand several chances to take up Callandor to defend himself and save Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne. Rand refused to take the sword and the two began to duel. He fought Rand with a sword wrought from black flames and was disappointed when he outmatched him so easily. He reminded Rand that during the Age of Legends the two had reinvented the sport of sword-fighting into a deadly art. Just as Be’lal had Rand on the ground demanding he take Callandor, Moiraine arrived and destroyed Be’lal with a beam of balefire, burning him right out of the Pattern.

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The Shadow Rising

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Fires of Heaven

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Lord of Chaos

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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A Crown of Swords

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Path of Daggers

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Winter's Heart

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Crossroads of Twilight

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Knife of Dreams

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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The Gathering Storm

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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Towers of Midnight

Be'lal is not present or mentioned in this book.

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A Memory of Light

Character Summaries

Special Abilities

 

Be’lal was a highly skilled channeler with a strength rating of ++4. Not much about his Talents are known but he did have a powerful presence in Tel’aran’rhiod. He was also an incredibly skilled blademaster. He and Lews Therin Telamon were the first to turn the sport of sword fighting into a method of killing as they discovered had been done in ages past. His renown as a tactician and a manipulator earned him the nickname the Netweaver.

Notable Possessions

 

Be’lal operated under the guise of the High Lord Samon of Tear. He used this position to exert influence over the other high lords and effectively rule Tear in all but name.

Legacy

 

Be'lal was a prime antagonist for the majority of The Dragon Reborn and served to hinder the protagonists on several occasions in the book. Ultimately, this Forsaken broke under the weight of his own ambition and was cast down by the powerful Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred. As a result, Be'lal loses potency on the rest of the story and is largely forgotten.

In Other Media

As of yet Be'lal has not been announced to be a part of the TV show the Wheel of Time on Prime or any other outside media.

 

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