Siuan was born in a small village in the Fingers of the Dragon, on the outskirts of the City of Tear. She was a fisher girl, raised by her father, Berden Sanche. She began to display the ability to channel, and even though it was against the law for her to remain in Tear, Berden encouraged Siuan to practice channeling outside the village. However, one day, their house was burned down, and the Dragon's Fang was scrawled on the wreckage. Knowing that Siuan could no longer stay, Berden sent her up the River Erinin to Tar Valon on their fishing boat, and father and daughter tearfully said their goodbyes.
Siuan arrived at the White Tower, with little being known of her past, other than she arrived with no family or guardians as just a child. She was good friends with Moiraine Damodred and Alanna Mosvani as a novice and Accepted, also becoming the lover of Moiraine. While still training, Siuan and Moiraine were alone when they heard the extremely powerful Foretelling of Gitara Moroso at the moment the Dragon was reborn.
Siuan showed great promise, and by the age of twenty, she was raised to the the shawl, deciding to join the Blue Ajah. For the next ten years, she mastered the intrigue of eyes and ears for the Blue Sitters. When Marith Jaen died, Siuan was chosen to be the next Amyrlin Seat at the age of thirty, the youngest ever in Tower history. She chose Leane Sharif as her Keeper of the Chronicles. As the lover, closest friend, and confidante of Moiraine, she was the only Aes Sedai who knew of Moiraine's true mission to find the Dragon Reborn before the Dark, but the two hid their relationship from the Tower, and it became common belief that the two were in fact adversaries.
Siuan is away in Caemlyn when Aes Sedai of the Red and Green Ajahs are dispatched to deal with the False Dragon, Logain Ablar. After hearing that Logain has been gentled outside the proper legal procedure after he attempted to break free, it is known that Siuan wishes to hold the Aes Sedai accountable upon her return to the Tower, and summons Moiraine, Alanna, and Liandrin to the Hall.
She arrives in the Hall of the Tower, Leane announcing her arrival to the Sitters and the sisters involved in Logain's gentling. The False Dragon himself is brought before the Amyrlin, and Logain scornfully mocks the weakness of the Aes Sedai, and his killing of Kerene Nagashi. Though many are disgusted at his comments, Siuan sees through Logain, and tells him he shall be imprisoned for the rest of his life, to serve as an example for all False Dragons and male channelers. Logain begs for death as he is dragged away. Afterwards, she questions Liandrin, Alanna, and Moiraine about the incident, dismissing all others from their party. Liandrin speaks of the necessity to gentle Logain after she broke free, and Alanna and Moiraine defend her, but Siuan reminds them all about the necessity to follow Tower law. She tells Liandrin she is at fault for leading the sisters, and that she will think on her penance. Liandrin then brings up Moiraine's suspicious actions, such as traveling with the extremely powerful channeler Nynaeve al'Meara, and her many absences from the Tower. Maigan tells the Amyrlin that Moiraine's absences are business for the Blue Ajah, but Siuan questions Moiraine about her absences and their purposes. Moiraine refuses to comment why she has been away from the Tower, and Siuan brings her to her knees, expressing her great anger at Moiraine's refusal to answer, telling her that she will think on Moiraine's judgement and deliver penance later.
At night, Siuan and Moiraine meet privately through use of ter'angreal, and Moiraine apologizes for making Siuan put on such a display. Moiraine approaches Siuan, and they kiss for the first time in two years, before spending the night together. After they are done, Moiraine tells Siuan that she found five potential Dragons in the same village, and discuss the uncertainties about the prophecies. Moiraine asks if they should bring other sisters into the mission, but Siuan notes that they will be stilled if anyone ever finds out. Siuan is more certain than Moiraine that the Karaethon Cycle and Gitara's Foretelling have the right answers, but agrees that the only certain truth is that the Dragon will either defeat the Dark One, or join him. When Moiraine asks what is wrong, Siuan tells her that she has been dreaming about the Dark One at the Eye of the World, and that he can be destroyed if they go at once. Moiraine asks her how, as she does not know which of the five is the Dragon Reborn, but Siuan tells her to take them all, unsure that the others will necessarily perish if they come between the Dragon and the Dark One. Moiraine then asks her to be exiled, as Maigan has ordered her to stay in the Tower. They lament how they must part so soon, and kiss one another.
Siuan requests to see Nynaeve al'Meara and Egwene al'Vere, and has Moiraine bring them to her. She introduces to herself in a warm and informal manner, and remarks that Nynaeve is apparently the most powerful channeler the Tower has seen in a thousand years, also praising the bravery of Egwene for recovering the Great Serpent rings from the Children of the Light. When Nynaeve rudely asks Siuan what she wants, she frowns, and tells the two girls that they have been called to greatness by the Wheel of Time itself.
When the Hall of the Tower next convenes, Moiraine kneels before Siuan, who formally exiles her from the Tower. Siuan has her swear to this upon the Oath Rod itself, and has tears in her eyes when their fingertips touch, and Moiraine repeats Siuan's instructed oath in a manner which hints at her deeply held love and affection for her. When the words have been said, Siuan instructs her to face her sisters, who turn away from Moiraine, and tells her to leave the Tower.
Siuan and Moiraine are lovers, and have known each other intimately since the time they trained together in the Tower. They are able to confide in one another about their secret mission to find the Dragon Reborn, but this means that they must keep the relationship a complete secret from the Tower, and many believe they are now adversaries. Moiraine's dedication to personally locating the Dragon Reborn means that the couple are often separated for very long periods of time, and the pair wish for a time when they can truly be together for as long as they wish.
Siuan has dark skin and curly dark brown hair. Her regalia as Amyrlin sports a neutral palette which speaks to her impartiality, and incorporates the colors of all Ajahs of the Aes Sedai. She has had elaborate tattoos since childhood, which represent both her life and a map to navigate the Fingers of the Dragon.
Siuan is an extremely strong channeler. She is matched in the One Power by very few sisters of the Aes Sedai, Moiraine being her equal.. She also has the Talent of Foretelling, and is sent visions of the future in her dreams..
Siuan Sanche appears in the following episodes:
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- — Siuan to Nynaeve and Egwene, 1.06 The Flame of Tar ValonThe Wheel... does not care if you are young or afraid, petty or weak. It certainly doesn't care what you want. The Wheel calls you to this. Whether you can bear it or not. The Last Battle is coming. What any of us wants now is... meaningless. The only thing that matters... is what you do.
- Siuan is one of the confirmed LGBT+ characters in The Wheel of Time.
- Siuan's tattoos were designed by Violeta Bendis (Instagram) with input from Justine Juel Gillmer, Rafe Judkins, and Sarah Nakamura.
Changes from the book series
Siuan is an adaptation of the (book spoilers!) from the book series.