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Reiyaj is the title for the seeress who lives in a spired sandstone tower near Ithish in southern Shand. The Reiyaj seeress' tradition is derived from practices of the Biedar tribes in Sanpashir Desert and is one of the oldest of the Third Age powers in the world. Her practice involves meditative communion with the path of the sun.

The seeress sits in a high, gimbaled chair with ivory arms. The chair mechanically revolves to keep pace with the sun.

The seeress sometimes summons a member of the Fellowship as a representative of their collective interest. She rarely shares confidence except when interests align with the Biedar Eldest.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Black Bargain

Third Age 5011: Davien is summoned to meet with the Reiyaj seeress, who was blinded at birth. The seeress requests Davien's discreet help on behalf of the Biedar Eldest to locate a talisman being used by the Gray Kralovir to mask their actions from the earth link. To conceal Davien's actions from the earth link and the rest of the Fellowship, the seeress gives him a silver ring with three embossed crescents around a citrine, the Biedar Eldest's ancient heirloom from Scathac.

Peril's Gate

Third Age 5670: A friend of the Reiyaj arranges for a boat to take one of Ath's Adepts to help Traithe stablize the Fourth Lane. The current seeress at this time is the daughter of the previous one, who would be 110 if still alive.

Initiate's Trial

Third Age 5923: The current seeress has served for ninety years. She has visions of Raven, Arithon, and the Biedar Eldest. Later, she sees Elaira landing at Ithish. In spite of a Koriani ambush, Elaira takes time provide compassionate care to a beggar wounded in a dock accident. The beggar reveals himself to be sent by the Reiyaj Seeress and claims that Elaira's character has earned his protection until she reaches the Biedar. The man accompanies her to Sanpashir Desert and tells her to wait for escort.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5923: The Biedar Eldest sends a request through the Reiyaj Seeress to Sethvir, asking for his assistance with Elaira's safety. He transfer Elaira to Althain Tower as a result.