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Horn of Velere
plain curled golden horn
The Horn of Valere is an artifact older than the Age of Legends that can summon dead heroes. It can be thought of as a ter’angreal, because it serves one special purpose and not all ter’angreal need a channeler to be activated. Or maybe it was object of study before the first ter’angreal were created, if we assume such devices were made in the Age of Legends. It is not known who made it.
It is a plain curled golden horn with flowing silver script inlaid around the mouth that reads “Tia mi aven Moridin isainde vadin”, which means “The grave is no bar to my call” in the Old Tongue. It was made to summon the heroes of the Ages from their graves and prophecy says it will only be found in time for the Last Battle.
The Horn is neither mentioned in the Karaethon Cycle nor linked to the Dragon Reborn in any way. Yet even in Seanchan legends it is said to be found somewhere in the Westlands.
Those who are called forth by the Horn will follow whoever blows it, whether fighting for the Light or the Shadow, but apparently they will only follow the Dragon Banner. The blower will be linked to the Horn until he or she dies and during this time, the Heroes of the Ages will not appear if anyone else blows it.
Over the course of the Ages, heroes famed not only for their courage, but also for their hearts, have been bound to the Horn. Some of those heroes were actually Hunters of the Horn, such as Rogosh Eagle-eye, who have their own stories in the cycle “The Great Hunt for the Horn”.
Those heroes are bound to the Wheel of Time and spun out every now and then to live a new life. In between those lives, they wait in Tel’aran’rhiod to be spun out again or to be called by the Horn of Valere; there is no other way for them to touch the real world. In the World of Dreams they can remember their previous lives, but they grow dimmer the longer ago they were. When they start a new life, however, they are born without those memories.
Unless called forth by the Horn, they are as vulnerable to the One Power and can be killed as easily by it as anyone else. The Heroes of the Horn live after certain prescripts that forbid them to talk to anyone who knows they are in Tel’aran’rhiod among other things.