During my interactions with Wheel of Time fans I have run across an oddity when it comes to the character Tuon.
Many fans do not realize or overlook the fact the Tuon, for all intents and purposes, is black.
Of course, this really isn’t that big of a deal. One of the things that I cherish about the Wheel of Time series is the fact that skin color is irrelevant.
However, I have found myself pointing out this fact (usually when fantasy casting is brought up). And then I need to find quotes from the book.
I think part of the confusion is that the People of Seanchan are not homogeneous in their appearance. Much like the United States there is a wide range of skin color. Many readers seem to assume that everyone in Seanchan is the same color.
It is interesting because the two main characters from Seanchan, Tuon and Selucia, are opposites in almost every way, including color.
But I digress, the point of this blog post is to provide some pictures and references from the books concerning Tuon’s appearance. So, I will move on to that 🙂
Book References (this is not a complete list):
“With an oath, he spun on his heel and found himself facing Tuon, her dark face, stern behind the long transparent veil” -Winter’s Heart (page 584 eBook)
“Tuon raised a peremptory hand, a black porcelain doll, but every inch a queen despite the shabby, too large dress” – Crossroads of Twilight (page 761 eBook)
“Tuon’s face was as smooth as a stern mask of dark glass.” – Crossroads of Twilight (page 155 eBook)
There are more and I will eventually update this post. (eventually)
Artist Interpretations (includes fan art and official licensed art):
There are many Ariel and Seamas are both Officially Licensed Wheel of Time Artist.