Rahvin

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Nationality:

Original unknown as he is from the Age of Legends.

Year of Birth:

Unknown - Age of Legends

Gender:

Male

Hair Color:

Black, with streaks of white at the temples

Eye Color:

Nearly black

Other Names:

Ared Mosinel

Article Author: 

katsarida

Basic Information

Appearance

Rahvin is most often described as dark and handsome. His complexion is dark, and his eyes and hair (with the exception of streaks of white strands at the temples) are near-black. He has been described as being as handsome as Lanfear is beautiful, and youthful aside from the white in his hair. Rahvin is also large: taller than Rand, with a wide chest and shoulders.

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Personality

 

Rahvin is arrogant and intelligent, and can be defined by his lust for power. A deft manipulator, he prefers to strike from behind or the flanks, and favors diplomacy over open attack. He uses compulsion without compunction. Skill in the games of politics helps to achieve his goals. He prefers to go his own way rather than becoming tangled in the schemes of others. It has been said that if it would preserve his interests he would sit on the sidelines of the Last Battle. If he can be said to have a weakness, it is women. His skill in compulsion and diplomacy ensure that his desires are not rejected in this arena, either. Rejection cannot be tolerated.

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Actions During the Story

Actions Before the Story

 

During the Age of Legends: Rahvin turned to the Shadow due to his desire for power. He served as a military general for the Shadow, and succeeded through both warfare and diplomacy.  He was known to manipulate a region into the Shadow’s grasp without direct military action on more than one occasion. He ruled as a governor during the War of Power, though became distracted from time to time due to daliences with women.

New Spring

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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Actions Between the Books

 

Rahvin does not have any notable references to actions that happened during this time.  From later information it can be assumed that he spent time in Caemlyn laying down the beginnings of his political plans.

Eye of the World

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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The Great Hunt

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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The Dragon Reborn

Rahvin makes his first in-book appearance in The Dragon Reborn. Unnamed, Perrin catches a glimpse of him talking with Be’lal (also unnamed) joined later with Ba'alzamon, in a dream.


Rahvin has set himself up as Lord Gaebril and is living in the Royal Palace in Caemlyn. He came to town during the winter, saying he was a lord from somewhere in the west of Andor. While Queen Morgase was visiting Tar Valon, Rahvin helped to maintain order in the city and was appointed as an advisor, taking Elaida’s former position.


When Mat visits the palace to deliver Elayne’s letter to her mother, he hears Rahvin as Lord Gaebril discussing giving Comal orders to kill Elayne and discussing plans for in Tear. When he is granted an audience with Queen Morgase, Mat recognizes Gaebril’s voice from the previous conversation. Lord Gaebril gives Mat a purse of money. As Mat leaves, Lord Gaebril is pushing Queen Morgase to try for the Sun Throne of Cairhien.

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The Shadow Rising

Rahvin does not appear in this book, but is used by Moghedien to threaten Nynaeve, saying that he would use her as a toy and referencing a “pretty little queen” that he already has. Additionally, Lanfear tries to convince Rand to take Asmodean as teacher, warning that Rahvin, Sammael, are Demandred are dangerous enemies.

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Fires of Heaven

Rahvin’s first point of view passage appears in The Fires of Heaven. He hears a report from a Red Ajah Aes Sedai under Compulsion and debates if it is better to keep Morgase alive or kill her. Lanfear unexpectedly joins him, as well as Sammael and Graendal.  They discuss Asmodean’s treachery and plans to deal with Rand. Rahvin agrees to follow her plan, but things that he will follow so long as it does not interfere with his own plans.


Lord Gaebril begins moving soldiers loyal to Queen Morgase to farther territories and replacing them with men loyal to himself, who call themselves the White Lions.

Lanfear informs Rand that Rahvin is in Caemlyn, and that it was Rahvin who sent darkhounds after Rand. Rand mistakenly believes that Rahvin killed Queen Morgase, and decides to kill him for hurting Elayne’s family.


Rahvin’s soldiers end up being little help, as Rand attacks the Royal Palace of Caemlyn accompanied by 500 Maidens and Aiel of the other societies via Skimming gateway. Rahvin’s lightning kills Aviendha, Asmodean, and Mat. Rand follows Rahvin into the World of Dreams and they battle. Nynaeve incinerates him through Moghedien, who she has captive via a’dam, after which Rand destroys him with Balefire.

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Lord of Chaos

Rahvin does not appear in this book, but his death is discussed by various Forsaken, as well as Pedron Niall and Morgase (who do not know Gaebril was Rahvin), and Rand and Bashere (who obviously do).

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A Crown of Swords

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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Path of Daggers

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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Winter's Heart

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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Crossroads of Twilight

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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Knife of Dreams

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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The Gathering Storm

Rahvin does not appear in this book.  During a parley between Perrin’s forces and the Whitecloaks, Morgase learns that Lord Gaebril was actually Rahvin.

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Towers of Midnight

Rahvin does not appear in this book and has no notable references.

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A Memory of Light

Character Summaries

Special Abilities

 

Rahvin is a very powerful Forsaken with a strength in the power of ++1, making him stronger that all but Rand and Moridin in the series. He is extremely skilled in diplomacy, helped by his abilities with Compulsion.

Notable Possessions

 

No specifica angreal or sa’angreal are associated with Rahvin.  For a time he rules Andor through Queen Morgase.

Legacy

 

The part that Rahvin plays in the story is minor when compared to many of the other Forsaken, but was pivotal in the stories of all three of the major ta'veren.


Overhearing Rahvin as Lord Gaebril gave Mat the impetus to go to the Stone of Tear to help rescue Elayne, Egwane, and Nyneve from the Stone of Tear, and putting him on a course to follow Rand into the Waste.


Morgase breaking free of Rahvin’s Compulsion and fleeing eventually lead her to meet up with Perrin.  Her help is instrumental in convincing the Whitecloaks that a trial of Perrin would be handled fairly, and in the eventual joining of the Whitecloaks to Perrin’s forces.

Rand killing Rahvin left the opening in Caemlyn for him to rule for a time.  His Traveling back and forth between the two palaces gave the Tower Aes Sedai the cover needed for kidnapping him.

In Other Media

Rahvin has not been cast for the upcoming Wheel of Time adaptation as of yet.

 

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