Moghedien (moh-GHEH-dee-ehn; [Tongue|Old Tongue]: Spider), formerly known as Lilen Moiral, was one of the thirteen [] trapped at [Ghul|Shayol Ghul] due to the []'s sealing. She considers herself the master of [].
Moghedien is handsome with dark shoulder-length hair. She has large, dark eyes and is slender. She appears proud, even regal.Template:Ref/book
Moghedien's strength in the [Power|One Power], though extraordinary by the standards of the [Age|Third Age], was not extraordinarily powerful for the Age of Legends. Of course, being one of the Forsaken she would have been one of the 13 most powerful channelers on the side of the Dark, but is the weakest of the Forsaken. However, it is her prowess in [] that is her most notable asset.
The investment advisor Lilen Moiral joined [Shadow|The Shadow] long before the [of_Power|War of Power] began, hiding her allegiance, conspiring and plotting from the shadows. This later earned her the name Moghedien, a small spider from the [of_Legends|Age of Legends] that lived in hiding, with a poison that killed within seconds.
Moghedien was a relatively young Aes Sedai, roughly 200 years old in the Age of Legends when the [] was created. She was often overlooked as harmless and unimportant, though even before pledging her soul to the Dark One there are records of Moghedien violating ethical law in her job. This appearance gave ample opportunity making her ideal in the business of spying and sabotage.
Moghedien joined [Therin_Telamon|Lews Therin Telamon] as an employee of his staff, and from her position directed several of the major setbacks for the [] in the early War. Although not a general like others who aided the Shadow in the War, Moghedien was responsible for scores of civilian deaths.Template:Ref
One of her plots for bringing down Lews Therin was foiled by [Silverbow|Birgitte Silverbow], then known as Teadra. This made Moghedien swear to take a gruesome revenge on the hero. She barely escaped with her life when she was discovered as a supporter of the Shadow.
Summoned together with the other twelve most powerful of the [], Moghedien found herself in the middle of the [Companions|Hundred Companions]' strike at [Ghul|Shayol Ghul], led by Lews Therin. Trapped inside, she slept for three thousand years.
After the [Seals|Seals] had weakened considerably during the [], Moghedien is released upon the world again. Immediately she adapts to the new circumstances - fairly easy since her knowledge and power made her all but invincible. As with all Chosen, she holds the current [Sedai|Aes Sedai] in contempt.Template:For Moghedien disguises herself as Gyldin, a [] merchant's servant, to keep an eye on [] and the other [Group_of_Black_Sisters|Black sisters] in []. There, she plans to gain possession of the [Band|Domination Band] in order to control [al'Thor|Rand al'Thor], the [Reborn|Dragon Reborn]. She walks into the inn at which [Trakand|Elayne Trakand] and [al'Meara|Nynaeve al'Meara] are staying and [] them to divulge everything they have discovered on the [Ajah|Black Ajah]. When Nynaeve figures out that Moghedien has used Complusion on them, she is furious. Elayne and Nynaeve thwart Moghedien's plans--Nynaeve actually bests the much more experienced Forsaken in a duel of the Power. However, Moghedien manages to slip away from Nynaeve's grasp, true to her characteristic slippery nature.Template:Ref/book
Moghedien turns up in [], taking control of Liandrin and company.Template:Ref/book She strikes hard at Liandrin for trying to overstep herself, shielding Liandrin with an impossibly complex weave, giving the tiniest hope that one day Liandrin can find someone able and willing to unravel it. Further, Moghedien uses Compulsion to keep Liandrin from taking her own life in despair at her powerless, mundane station.Template:Ref/book
While spying on [], [], [] and [], Moghedien finds Nynaeve and Birgitte in []. She traps them and tortures Nynaeve, but is badly wounded by one of Birgitte's arrows. As a counterstrike, she tears Birgitte out of the Dream World, where [of_Valere#Heroes_of_the_Horn|heroes] bound to the [] wait to be spun out by the [] and reborn. Moghedien has her long-sworn revenge, separating Birgitte from her destined lover in this unnatural lifetime, and almost killing Birgitte beyond hope of rebirth.Template:Ref/bookTemplate:Ref/book
Captive in Salidar 编辑
Moghedien disguises herself again, this time as Marigan. She sails to [] with a group of []er refugees who take shelter under Nynaeve, Elayne, and Birgitte. She is overconfident in Tel'aran'rhiod when Nynaeve slaps a collar on her neck, linking Moghedien to her with an []. Nynaeve then uses Moghedien's channeling ability to help Rand defeat []. Throughout this whole experience Moghedien is terrified, as Nynaeve can feel through the a'dam, showing why she likes to attack from the shadows.
While still in the World of Dreams with Moghedien captive by way of the a'dam, Nynaeve works out that Moghedien knows enough of the goings on in Salidar that the Forsaken must be disguised in Salidar itself. Although the a'dam would disappear when Nynaeve leaves Tel'aran'rhiod, what happens to a person in the World of Dreams happens in the waking world. Nynaeve doses Moghedien strongly with [] so that in the real world, Moghedien's ability to channel is blocked, thus dissolving her disguise.
Back in the waking Salidar, Elayne fashions a sort of modified a'dam for Moghedien that looks like a necklace and bracelet without the connecting leash. Elayne and Nynaeve then extract secrets of the [Power|One Power] and the [of_Legends|Age of Legends] from her. Posing as Elayne and Nynaeve's servant in Salidar, she teaches them some forgotten weaves and []s of the One Power. Throughout her time collared, anyone who wears the corresponding bracelet can feel Moghedien's constant fear and hate oozing through the link.
Under another master 编辑
Moghedien is finally freed from the a'dam by [] and taken to Shayol Ghul, to be first beaten by [Haran|Shaidar Haran] and then once more have her will stolen by a [], held by [], again a slave to someone else's will.
Moridin sends Moghedien to track down [Bhoda|Falion Bhoda] and [Shefar|Ispan Shefar] and check on their [] hunting progress in [Dar|Ebou Dar]. While there she spots Nynaeve in a boat and in a rage shoots [] at her, though missing. Despite hating Nynaeve so much and seeking revenge, Moghedien keeps clear of her for the rest of the series.
Moridin then sends Moghedien along with [] as messengers to summon [] to him. Moghedien participates in the [near_Shadar_Logoth|Battle near Shadar Logoth] where she hides in the background during the whole exchange. She attends the meeting with the other Chosen in [], which is made to look like the [Gardens|Ansaline Gardens]. There she is told that Rand is not to be harmed and that [Cauthon|Matrim Cauthon] and [Aybara|Perrin Aybara] are to be killed if found.
Moridin gathers the last of the Chosen within one [] of his. Moghedien is given back her cour'souvra with the warning to not fail again. Moridin reveals two unfamiliar looking Chosen, the male who is [Taim|Mazrim Taim] is renamed M'Hael. Moghedien realizes that the unfamiliar female Chosen present called Hessalam is actually Graendal in a new body. Moghedien is placed under Demandred's command. Moridin then demands that all other plots and plans by the Chosen are to be concluded and that they are to unite for the Last Battle against the forces of the Light.
In the Last Battle, after Demandred's death she takes on Mask of Mirrors and takes command of Sharans in his place, though only for a short time before her command is destroyed by [] and Dragons. She survives that and the Last Battle, considering herself the highest Chosen now. She's taken captive by a [] named [] though, the reason behind that stated she's not wearing an Aes Sedai ring and walking like she's up to no good. Like all other damane, she is taken back to Ebou Dar.
Moghedien was the most cautious and least confrontational of the Forsaken. Her cunning exploits in the name of the Shadow earned her the name Moghedien - Spider. She always worked from the shadows, and claimed this way was the best. She proves this by being the only surviving Forsaken; she didn't even have to be reborn, unlike Graendal and Lanfear.