The Serpent, Spear, and Wheel of Time
A Compendium of Weaponry and Military Costuming
of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time
Rand al'Thor
Tam's heron-mark sword
Laman's sword
the Dragon Banner
the Dragon Scepter
the Crown of Swords
Legion of the Dragon
Perrin's axe
Perrin's hammer
Two Rivers bow
Mat Cauthon
Mat Cauthon
the Shadar Logoth dagger
the Horn of Valere
the Band of the Red Hand
The Two Rivers
Two Rivers bow
Queen's guards of Andor
Elayne's Bodyguard

The Aiel
al'Lan Mandragoran
Shienaran lances
Saldaean light cavalry
the Arafellin
the Crown of Swords
The White Tower
al'Lan Mandragoran
Armsmen of Tar Valon
The Black Tower
The Seanchan
Deathwatch Guards
sul'dam and damane

The Other Nations
Defenders of the Stone
Mayener Winged Guards
Arad Doman
Amadician pikes
Far Madding Guards
Other Weapons
Loial's axe
Birgitte and her bow
Aram's sword
Sword of Kirukan
throwing daggers
the Ebou Dari marriage knife
Aludra's Dragons, &tc.
measurements in the WoT
link to us
Flame of Tar Valon icon

** Gaidin **

But for their cloaks, the appearance and weaponry of the Gaidin are as diverse as the clothing and characters of Aes Sedai themselves: "No two wore the same kind of armor or carried the same sort of sword ... One and all they wore the color-shifting cloak ... first seen on Lan, the cloak that often seemed to fade into whatever was behind it. It did not make for easy watching..." <TGH: 2, 19, The Welcome>.

Made of fancloth, the Gaidin's fancloaks "... cover the wearer from head to foot ... [for] an almost perfect camouflage." This artificial fabric, used for battle capes by soldiers of the Age of Legends, was "... able to duplicate its surroundings so faithfully as to make the wearer seem invisible." <RJWoT: 3, 36-38, The Age of Legends; also TSR: 26, 433, The Dedicated> Occasionally, however, it makes him conspicuous: "... a shimmering Warder's cloak that made him appear a disembodied head floating above a tall gray gelding that was not entirely there either, where the cloak draped its haunches." <WH: 7, 174, The Streets of Caemlyn>

ACoS suggests that many of the Gaidin favor the "olive green coat" Lan also wears <ACoS: 12, A Morning of Victory>, specifically, a dark green coat <ACoS: 37, A Note from the Palace, 580>. Still, even the cloak is not consistently worn by Gaidin: "Half wore the cloaks ..." <TGH: 9, 145, Leavetakings>; Lan himself does not wear it at all times. The armor Lan occasionally dons, closely matches the Warder's cloak, and may be commonplace among the Gaidin.

While no Warder is mentioned without a sword, and Gaidin training in Tar Valon focusses heavily on it, a Warder's individual preferences, race and background might conceivably lead some to opt for another weapon suitable to close combat. Tar Valon does indeed offer training in other weapons: Mat chooses a quarterstaff from amidst a wider selection of these, and of "... real swords and axes and spears." <TDR: 24, 280, Scouting and Discoveries>

lance tipSome Younglings use "... slender lances, ending in a foot-and-a-half of steel with a cross-guard to prevent the head penetrating too deeply ..." <LoC: 52, Prologue>; these had been brought from Tar Valon, and would have been taught by the Gaidin. In addition to the lances, however, all carried swords <LoC: 52, Prologue>. Younglings further distinguish themselves with ".. green cloaks with Gawyn's White Boar; those who fought against their teachers in Tar Valon wear a small silver tower on their collars." <CoT: Glossary, 699>

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