The Brown Ajah is one of the seven Ajahs of the White Tower and dedicates itself to knowledge. Some Browns seek to study whatever catches their interest, others focus solely on trying to find knowledge that has been lost, from the Age of Legends, or later (TGH, Ch. 2). Within the White Tower, it is the Browns who run the Tower Library. Curiously, all three Sea Folk sisters are members of the Brown Ajah. As the maintainers of the library, the Brown are also responsible for the thirteenth Depository, though most members are not aware of this and may find themselves in trouble if they learn of it (TGH, Ch. 12).
The stereotype of a Brown sister is someone who is not fully aware of the world and is too engrossed in their own thoughts or studies to know what is happening around them (TGH, Ch. 2). This is true for many of them, though some, such as Verin, put it on to an extent. She is however, capable of getting distracted easily if something interesting comes up and totally forgetting what she was first working on, or even that it was raining (TGH, Ch. 41). Though often unworldly, since Bonwhin, five Browns have been raised Amyrlin, Balladare Arandaille, Doniella Alievin, Igaine Luin, Zeranda Tyrim and Kirin Melway (TWoRJTWoT, Ch. 24).
The Browns are led by a council, though the head of the council seems to have considerable power within the Ajah (LoC, Ch. 27). The current Head of the Brown's council is Jesse Bilal. It is not known who took on this function amongst the rebels.
Currently, the Brown Ajah supports the White Ajah agains the Blue Ajah and Blue Ajah against the Yellow Ajah (NS, Ch. 14).
Eyes and Ears
See the Brown Ajah Character List
- Pre Split
- Post Split
In the Tower
- Post Reunification
Black Ajah Browns
According to Verin's List, 28 of the Brown Ajah are also Black Ajah. Known Black sisters are: