She has the oddest attitude toward the whole thing—not glad it happened, mind you, but interested in what will happen next. A strange woman, that, and rapidly getting stranger.
Harn, Dark of the Moon,
"Chapter 16: Blood Rites"

Ashe is a Kendar singer, a scrollswoman, and was a randon before injury forced her retirement.


Ashe was a randon once.[3] She was friends with Harn as cadets, and they then served together in the Southern Host. Ashe was an elite randon and a one-hundred commander. She frequently guarded Harn's back when he had berserker rages. After she got hit with an axe in the knee, Ashe refused to see a healer, and her military career ended.[2][3]

After that, Ashe became a singer and scrollswoman of Mount Alban, and studied the Ka'sa dialect of the Waster language, among other things.[4]

When Torisen and the Northern Host rode south to meet the Waster Horde, Ashe went with them, to write a song about it.[5] As they passed through the White Hills, Ashe was killed by haunts and became a haunt herself, although nobody noticed until the Battle of the Cataracts.

She continued her career as scrollswoman and singer despite her status. She provided the hiding place for Jame to leave the Ivory Knife and Book Bound in Pale Leather under Bane's guard and sees her task as testing Jame as a possible Tyr-ridan.

Subsequently, Ashe sings before the cadets in Tentir.[6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dark of the Moon, "Principal Characters Past and Present" — "Ashe: a former randon, now a scrollswoman and singer attached to Mount Alban"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 4: First Blood" — " 'Ashe and I were cadets and one-hundred captains together with the Southern Host long before you were born,' [Harn] said to Torisen. 'She gave up her commission after an axe blow nearly took off her leg, although I still say a good healer could have lessened the damage. The fool would never see one.' "
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 10: The Lurking Past" — "Below, the double row of Jaran Kendar waited. Singer Ashe limped restlessly back and forth behind the second line. By rights, she shouldn't have been even that close because of her maimed leg, but the battle horns had reminded her that before an axe cut her military career short, she had been a randon, one of the elite. She wondered where Harn was. In their days together, first as cadets and then as one-hundred commanders, she had always covered his back, knowing that he forgot it when the berserker rage seized him."
  4. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 15: The Killing Ground" — "The prisoner suddenly exploded into vehement speech that sounded like the yowl of a cat fight. […] 'Ka'sa dialect, I think,' said Torisen. 'That's one of Ashe's specialties.' "
  5. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 4: First Blood" — " 'My lord, I don't know what's going on, but there must be a song in it somewhere. I'll ride with you, if you're willing.' "
  6. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter I: Songs in the Night"
  7., "Songs etc"