Burn was an Elder Goddess known as the "Lady of the Earth", "The Sleeping Goddess", or "The Great Mother Goddess".[1][2] Tennes, the Path of the Land, was her associated Warren. Caladan Brood's hammer had the power to awaken her.

The Seti of Quon Tali believed Burn slept beneath their lands.[3] Earth tremors were sometimes known as "Burn's Pain".[4]

Burn was the patron deity of Li Heng.[5]

In Memories of IceEdit

Quick Ben discovered the Chained God had started infecting Burn's flesh, since he was bound to it.[6] Pale's Witch of Tennes, reputedly the oldest in the world, was consulted by Quick Ben on the matter of Burn and her sleep. In this conversation, it was revealed Burn slept in order to dream, and that the earth would shake and pour molten rock out like blood when Burn would stir towards wakefulness, leading to the destruction of all life.[7]

When Ganoes Paran inspected the card of the Sleeping Goddess from the Deck of Dragons, he had a vision of her and her history. According to this vision, Burn sensed the sickness coming, and chose to sleep. All her power was transferred into a single forging, namely Brood's hammer. This hammer was capable of breaking the chains that bound the Crippled God to Burn's flesh. Brood, however, would not use the hammer since the release of the Crippled God would mean the end of life. On the other hand, not breaking the chains would slowly kill Burn, and in turn all life dependent on her.[8]

To slow the spread of disease, Quick Ben used the Seer and his own access to Omtose Phellack. This gave them the time to find a third way of resolving the dilemma with the Chained One.

In Dust of DreamsEdit

Olar Ethil claimed herself to be Burn, amongst a host of other female deities of note, in a rant to Torrent.[9]

In Return of the Crimson GuardEdit

The Great Sanctuary of Burn was the largest monastery on Quon Tali until it had been destroyed, perhaps ironically, long ago by an earthquake.[10] Greymane feared to use his sword, which may have been an object associated with Burn like Brood's hammer, too close to the sanctuary for fear of what might occur.[11]

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Burn.

In StonewielderEdit

The mysterious prisoner Cherghem called Greymane's sword "an artefact unique in all existence, but for one other."[12][13] (The other likely being Burn's Hammer in the hands of Caladan Brood.) Wherever Greymane travelled in the Lands of Fist with the sword he seemed to be immune to the Lady's attempts to use the power of the earth against him.[14] The sword had the power to directly channel D'riss and Greymane ultimately used it to cause great destructive upheavals on Korelri and bring down the Stormwall.[15]

Significant plot details end here.

In Forge of DarknessEdit

Burn, the Dreamer, was the greatest witch of the Dog-Runners, who stayed behind when her people left Kurald Galain. In a hidden temple buried near Tulla Hold, Burn slept as her body became one with the thick roots of the forest. Rancept, the Tulla castellan, said Burn dreamed "so that we may live... she dreams, to give us our freedom."[16] Rancept unknowingly wounded Burn when he used his axe to cut through the roots blocking the entrance to the temple. A chance burst of laughter from Sukul Ankhadu healed Burn, who responded by blessing her with the Breath of the Sleeping Goddess.[17]

Olar Ethil claimed to have nurtured Burn at her own breast contradicting her later claims that she was herself the sleeping goddess.[18]


"Her face is polished wood, a deep brown that seems to hold gold in its depths. The wood has grown over the bones of her face. Once, that face would have been fair-skinned, the features heavy but open to all pleasures and joys--this is how the Dog-Runners are."
―Rancept describing Burn[src]

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