The Wheel of Time’s first season took us on a journey across the land. From the Two Rivers, to Shadar Logoth, to Fal Dara, we traveled with Moiraine on her quest to find the Dragon Reborn. And find the Dragon Reborn she did, along with four other ta’veren, each with special traits and abilities. The season built up to a confrontation with someone, seemingly the Dark One, at the Eye of the World. But then, the final scenes showed ships arriving en masse at an unknown location. Women channeling cause a One Power-made tsunami to loom over the shore.

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Throughout season one, we heard references to something happening with ships in the west. When Moiraine talked with Maigan at the White Tower, the Aes Sedai told Moiraine she’d received reports that ships have disappeared off the west coast. For book readers that meant one thing: the arrival of the Seanchan (pronounced SHAWN-chan). And indeed, the Seanchan arrive with their forces in style at the end of the season one finale.

But who are the Seanchan? Learn more about the dangerous enemy.