aka: The Black Wind


Machin Shin or the Black Wind is a malevolent presence in the Ways that has the physical form of a Black Wind. It destroys the soul of its victims causing death or insanity.

References (Possible Spoilers)#

  1. In The Eye of the World
    1. TEotW,Ch43 - Loial tells about the appearance of Machin Shin in the Ways.
    2. TEotW,Ch45 - Machin Shin almost catches Moiraine and the others as they leave the Waygate at Fal Dara.
    3. TEotW,Ch47 - Moiraine learns from Padan Fain that Machin Shin caught him in the Ways, but recognized him as a kindred spirit and fled.
  2. In The Great Hunt
    1. TGH,Ch33 - When Rand opens the Waygate in Barthanes' garden, Machin Shin is waiting and calls his name.
    2. TGH,Ch36 - When Verin opens the Waygate at Stedding Tsofu, Machin Shin is waiting there, too.
    3. TGH,Ch39 - Liandrin implies that she knows something Moiraine does not about the Ways and Machin Shin.
  3. In The Shadow Rising
    1. TSR,Ch16 - Loial is frightened at the prospect of entering the Ways again because of Machin Shin.
    2. TSR,Ch27 - Machin Shin arrives at the Manetheren Waygate just as Perrin and his party leave. It then destroys the Trollocs that were following them.

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