Awl had done fine service at the Lower Huddles and on many other so-called fields of honor, often by his side. A good woman. A good randon.
Harn's narration, To Ride a Rathorn,
"Chapter XII: Unsheathed", II

Ran Awl is the senior randon Randir, a member of the Randon Council, sometime commandant of Tentir, and Randir war-leader.[1][2] She is described as "raw-boned".[3] She was not bound to Rawneth;[2] she is a member of a secret group within the Randir loyal to its lost heir, Randiroc.[4]

In The Sea of Time, she does to the Southern Host in Kothifir, to investigate disappearances in the Randir barracks. She takes Shade with her, making her her aid.[2] She becomes Shade's mentor, and Shade is very hurt when she disappears.[5] Shade eventually finds Awl in the Master's House, becoming a changer, and at Awl's request, grants her the White Knife.[4]


  1. Bound in Blood, "Chapter V: Fractures", II — " 'Ran Awl is all right,' said Quill judiciously, referring to the senior Randir officer and sometime commandant of Tentir."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Sea of Time, "Chapter IV: Red Dust", II — " 'There’s been unrest in the Randir barracks over several unexplained deaths, also some disappearances. Ran Awl is here to investigate. I’m her new aide.' […] was sworn neither to her father nor to her grandmother, Lady Rawneth. Neither was the Randir war-leader Awl, as far as Jame knew."
  3. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter XXI: Loyalty or Honor", V — "Among them too was the senior Randir officer, a raw-boned, gray-scarved woman named Awl."
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIX: A Walk into Shadows", I — " 'I-I found Ran Awl chained to the floor in a room full of crawling shadows. She told me that she and the rest were members of a secret group within the Randir loyal to its lost heir, Randiroc. The Karnids seized them in Kothifir and brought them here, […] Awl asked me as Lord Randir’s daughter to grant her an honorable death. […] Then I saw… I saw that she was becoming a changer, against her will. So I gave her the death she wanted.' "
  5. The Sea of Time, "Chapter IX: Into the Wastes", I — " 'Ran Awl has disappeared,' […] Jame recognized the tone. Bastard, half-Kendar daughter of a lord, shunned by most of her house, Shade had finally found someone to believe in, only to have her mentor disappear."
the Randon Council
Ran Harn
Ran Sheth
Ran Aden
Ran Awl
Ran Jurien

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