Aes Sedai & Captain-General of the Green Ajah
Life in the 3rd Age
As a Wilder, Lythia’s abilities manifested themselves deep within the mines of the Mountains of Mist. There also her Talent began to emerge: Earthsinging.
Her love for mankind stemmed from being raised by a widower father, despite such a life among the harsh mining camps that was his profession. She was orphaned at 7 and without family that she might be sent away, she was turned into a child slave in the mines, (controlled by a private company and not directly under andor). In the off season, she was little better than homeless and kicked around in Baerlon, dreading the spring when it was time to go back to the mines. She hated how she was treated by the miners yet year-after-year was drawn back by the promise of food and shelter. Eventually, she came to her days as a Wilder when her love of Earth made her most comfortable underground. The first sort of guidance she ever had was an Aiel-half brother who showed up one winter and taught her how to defend herself, hence making street life a little easier to bear.
Stubborn and headstrong she had to be taught a lesson from the amyrlin herself on how to be humble and docile enough to be called to the Arches. When introduced to the aspect of male channeling as a novice, she feared the implications but soon welcomed it. After a few “experiments” with one particularly confident trainee named Kentrillo (Kent), she realized the full potential of linking saidar with saidin. They were friends throughout their youth, but another fell in love with him. She destroyed acceptedhood and was raised to the Shawl at 19, though stubbornly continued to break tower custom (law) all along the way.
That whole time, she always looked upon Kent with a fondness that perhaps if she hadn’t met someone else might have blossomed into something more. Meanwhile, Lythia’s devotion was pledged to Asha’man al’Mere, a man who would eventually wear the mantle of M’Hael. She lived primarily at the Black Tower, pushing the asha’man and teaching them how to be the best soldiers they could be by making them work with saidar in addition to saidin. Both her bondmate and half-brother died within a week of each other but she only dug her heels in deeper in the earth and came out of it stronger, better, faster, darker, and detached.
It was a dark time for Lythia, whose devotion was more fully aligned with the Green Ajah over the White Tower. Such was how she came into the position of Captain-General, as she prided herself on deeds done along the Blight Border in the company of Brothers more often than Sisters. The politicking was a necessary evil, however. In a relatively short time, the Sitters followed her lead unquestioningly.
She eventually came to bonding young Lord Blakeahle Darwyn of the Houses of Andor. A man with a serious claim to bid for the throne of Andor as their first king in centuries, he was shuffled off to the White Tower for training with warders in honor of the traditions of the Daughter-Heir and novices. Instead, he ended up bonded to Lythia Sedai and forfeited all such claims to the throne in doing so.
The handsome and charming Lord was a friend, protector and companion to Lythia, but she would never love him like she loved before. Likewise, young Kentrillo grew into a powerful and deadly Asha’man. When his allegiance went rogue, she callously hunted down her long-time friend, captured him on the field of battle and gentled him on the spot for his crimes against the Black Tower. This deed, while powerful, was not something that went over well in either Tower. He was eventually tried, ruled innocent, and his ability to channel restored through Healing. Not unexpectedly, their friendship was never the same.
In one of her last acts as Captain-General, she broke tower law (again) after capturing a Dreadlord of rather mighty renown. Arikan was older than Taim by a century and worked in the shadows springing wars in Tear, masquerading as a Lord Captain of the Children of the Light, infiltrating the Black Tower, and eventually coming to serve Demandred upon his resurgence to the world. His capture would likely seal her path to becoming Amyrlin Seat someday, but Lythia opted to hide him away for herself. Torture was absolutely forbidden by the White Tower, and he hoarded so much information about the Shadow, she could not bear its loss through execution.
She recruited Byron Calanail to impersonate a Hand of the Light and torture him for information. Unfortunately, the torture worked far too well. The information led her to a powerful weapon of the Shadow. Unfortunately, when she used it herself, she was turned to the shadow. Arikan lied about the ter’angreal’s true function: turning a channeler against their will. Ironically, it was Arikan that orchestrated the assassination of her bondmate, the M’Hael, though she does not know it.
Thus was how Lythia became Black Ajah. Arikan eventually escaped. Byron fled. Her warder, still a servant of the Light, attempts to bring her back somehow. Kent discovered her deeds and now chases her as she once tracked him.
Earthsinging, Traveling, Delving (earth)
Strength in the One Power equivalent to Elayne
1st Age: Lawrence Monday