Map: A map of Far Madding is available in [Winters Heart] hc p. 431, pb p. 497.

A city-state in the east central part of the [Westlands|Geography]. It lies at the north end of the [Plains of Maredo] near the borders of [Andor], [Illian|Illian (Country)] and [Tear|Tear (Country)]. There is a [Waygate|Ways] nearby.

Far Madding lies on an island in the center of a lake. There are three gates and three bridges connecting the city to the mainland. The Caemlyn Gate leads to the Ajalon Bridge and the village of Glancor. The Illian Gate leads to the Ikane Bridge and the village of Daigan. The Tear Gate leads to the Goim Bridge and the village of South Bridge.

There are three Strangers' Markets in Far Madding where foreigners are allowed to trade. They are the Amhara Market, the Avharin Market and the Nethvin Market. They are named after the three most revered women in Far Madding history. At the center of the city is the Counsels' Plaza and the [Hall of the Counsels].

In the time after the [Breaking], the city was known as [Aren Mador|Essenia] and was the capital of [Essenia]. After the [Trolloc Wars], the city was known as Fel Moreina. After the [War of the Hundred Years], Far Madding was the capital of [Maredo] until the nation fell apart. Far Madding is now an independent city-state and a major center of commerce.

In the [Hall of the Counsels] there is a %%ot [ter'angreal|Angreal]%% known as the [guardian]. This %%ot [ter'angreal|Angreal]%% acts as a shield to the [True Source] for women, starting at the city's border, and for men at a much greater distance. It also acts as a direction finder for anyone who [channels|True Source] nearby.

! Ruling Body

Far Madding is governed by the thirteen Counsels. The First Counsel is a "first among equals." 

* [Aleis Barsalla] - First Counsel
* [Cumere Powys]
* [Cyprien]
* [Narvais Maslin]
* [Sybaine]

! Buildings, etc.

* [The Counsel's Head|The Counsels Head]
* [The Crown of Maredo]
* [The Golden Wheel]
* [Hall of the Counsels]
* [The Heart of the Plain]
* [The Three Ladies of Maredo]

! References (Possible Spoilers)

# In [Lord of Chaos]
## [LoC,Ch4] - Far Madding lies at the north end of the [Plains of Maredo].
## [LoC,Ch20] - A [Waygate|Ways] was grown near [Aren Mador|Essenia], now Far Madding.
# In [The Path of Daggers]
## [TPoD,Ch10] - In Far Madding, women expect men to obey them.
## [TPoD,Ch12] - [Cadsuane] is so frustrated with [Rand] she almost wishes he was raised in Far Madding.
## [TPoD,Ch21] - The [Gold Road], a major thoroughfare of commerce, runs from [Illian|Illian (City)] to Far Madding.
# In [Winter's Heart|Winters Heart]
## [WH,Ch22] - [Rand], [Min], [Nynaeve], [Lan] and [Alivia] arrive in Far Madding and await the arrival of the traitor [Asha'man].
## [WH,Ch22] - [Raolin Darksbane] was born in [Aren Mador|Essenia]. [Yurian Stonebow] was born in Fel Moreina.
## [WH,Ch22] - There are three Strangers Markets in Far Madding where foreigners are allowed to trade. Each is named for a famous historical leader. In the Amhara Market there is a statue of [Savion Amhara] who points toward the Tear Gate.
## [WH,Ch22] - The [Hall of the Counsels], the center of government in Far Madding, lies at the center of the city.
## [WH,Ch22] - Far Madding was known as [Aren Mador|Essenia] and was the capital of [Essenia] after the [Breaking]. It was known as Fel Moreina during the [Trolloc Wars].
## [WH,Ch23] - [Cadsuane] and her party [Travel|Weaves] from the [Sun Palace] to the [Hills of Kintara] just north of Far Madding. They enter the city via the Caemlyn Gate.
## [WH,Ch24] - [Cadsuane] was last in Far Madding twenty years ago during the [Aiel War].
## [WH,Ch25] - [Verin] was exiled from Far Madding many years ago.
## [WH,Ch35] - [Rand] and the others leave Far Madding for [Shadar Logoth|Aridhol (City)].
# In [Crossroads of Twilight]
## [CoT,Ch12] - [Birgitte] reports to [Elayne] that a [Yellow Ajah] sister left [The Silver Swan] and headed south toward Far Madding.
# In [Knife of Dreams]
## [KoD,Ch20] - [Rand] sealed the [Waygates|Ways] at [Caemlyn], [Cairhien|Cairhien (City)], [Illian|Illian (City)] and [Tear|Tear (City)]. He put a deadly trap on the open one at [Fal Dara] but he could not find the [Waygate|Ways] at Far Madding.
## [KoD,Ch23] - [Romanda Cassin] is from Far Madding. After she retired, her personal servant [Aelmara] helped her escape from Far Madding after a misunderstanding. [Escaralde] is also from Far Madding.
# In [The Gathering Storm]
## [TGS,Ch44] - The [Borderlands] army camps outside Far Madding and tries to persuade [Rand] to come within the range of the [guardian].
# In [Towers of Midnight]
## [ToM,Ch51] - [Rand] meets with the Borderland rulers at Far Madding.
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