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Spouse Iadon
Died Invasion of Arelon
Titles Queen of Arelon
Nationality Arelene
World Sel
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Elantris

Eshen is King Iadon's second wife, and Prince Raoden's adoptive mother.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Eshen was "short and slight of frame" with brownish-blonde hair beginning to grey.[1]

Eshen fit Iadon's prejudices regarding women to a fault--she was highly domestic, flighty, far from intelligent, and more prone to inane babble than intelligent discussion.[1]


Eshen relied heavily on her husband and her dull-witted nature reinforced his negative views on women. Sarene theorised she was aware of the truth behind what happened to Raoden and her nervousness and tendency to jump randomly between subjects when talking were attempts to avoid talking about it.

She was part of the women's knitting circle that Sarene joined and through that she ended up participating in Sarene's fencing lessons for a short time.[2] Unfortunately, the shock of learning of her husbands involvement with the Jeskeri Mysteries was too great, and Eshen was left a shell of her former self.[3]

During the Invasion of Arelon, when the citizens of Kae were rounded up for execution, Eshen and several of the other female fencers picked up weapons and attacked the Fjordell fighters. Eshen was able to put up a decent fight, using the soldiers' shock at the women attacking to their advantage, before a soldier stabbed her through the chest. Her death demotivated the other women who quickly surrendered.[4]


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