Sister Armina was a Sister of the Dark, who was one of four involved in the Chainfire plot and the kidnapping of Kahlan Amnell. She was later recaptured by Emperor Jagang and was part of a reconnaissance mission that resulted in her murdering Annalina Aldurren and capturing Nicci.
Sister of the Dark
Armina was appointed as one of the instructors of the new student of the Palace of the Prophets, Richard Rahl. She was true to her no nonsense personality and at first her lessons to teach Richard how to use his gift were all business.
However along the way, Richard was under the impression that Armina appeared to have warmed up towards him. This was merely a charade however, as Armina and the rest of Richard's teachers were Sisters of the Dark.
Richard's instructors, except Sister Liliana, who he was successful in killing, fled the Palace along with their leader, Sister Ulicia, aboard the boat known as the Lady Sefa, after Liliana revealed their identities as Sisters of the Dark.
Armina awoke at the same time as the other five Sisters, aboard the Lady Sefa. Each had shared the same dream, in which their Master, the Keeper, had been replaced in their shared dream by a man named Jagang. Jagang tortured each woman, before ordering them to make their way to his fortress immediately.
The Sister's discussed the situation, deciding that it would be best to follow Jagang's instructions; for the time being. Along the journey, Armina participated in the torturing of some of the Lady Sefa's crew so as to encourage the other sailors to make haste.
Sister Ulicia, as the leader of the Sisters of the Dark, came up with a plan to link the powers of the five Sisters, with her as the director of the dangerous force, in an attempt to assassinate Emperor Jagang. When the Sisters arrived at Jagang's fortress, Ulicia wasted no time in unleashing the full destructive force of the Sister's combined powers. However, it was to no avail; Jagang WAs a dream walker, meaning that as long as he was in a gifted persons mind, their powers were useless against him.
Jagang captured the Sister's and informed them that they were his in every aspect. He gave them to the crew of the Lady Sefa to fulfill their sexual needs.
Later the Sister's were sent back to the Palace of the Prophets, where Verna Sauventreen, the new Prelate, has been falsely convicted as a Sister of the Dark, clearing their names. The Sisters, with the exception of Nicci, surprised Richard Rahl and inform him that in exchange for allowing them to swear loyalty to him, they would give up his captured wives position. Richard agreed and the Sisters believed they had gained their freedom. They then made their way to Grafan Harbour and unleashed their fury upon the crew of the Lady Sefa.
The Chainfire effect
Though Ulicia and her Sister's may have sworn an oath to Richard, she did not believe that it necessarily meant that they could no longer hold to their original oath, to the Keeper, as well. She recognized that Richard's highest morale has always been; life. To her mind, she believed that this would allow the four free Sisters of the Dark to work for the Keeper as long as they were no threat to Richard's life.
This caused a plan to formulate in Ulicia's mind. When the four Sisters discovered a cache of books, a place known as a central site, under the ruins of the Palace of the Prophets, one book stood out beyond all others:Chainfire.
Chainfire was a book written by the wizards of old, detailing a theory that demonstrated the potential to unravel the world of life. It outlined a web, powerful enough to completely erase a persons existence from the minds of all others, even seconds after having seen this person. The wizards, realizing what a catastrophe Chainfire could be if unleashed, created a counter; the Boxes of Orden. However, this played right into the hands of Ulicia and her Sisters.
Capturing the Mother Confessor
After destroying the hidden central site, the Sisters set off to find Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell. The Sisters succeeded on discovering the camp while the pair slept and were able to avoid their Mord-Sith guard; Cara. They then cast a web on Richard that increased his drowsiness so as to prevent him from waking. They then captured his wife, Kahlan, before quickly leaving the camp. They also cast magic that erased their tracks.
The Sisters placed a Rada'Han on Kahlan's neck, cutting her off from her Confessors power and then in an act of pure evil unleashed the Chainfire Event upon the world by placing it around Kahlan. In addition to the Chainfire spell, a number of extremely powerful webs were placed upon her, preventing her from escaping the Sisters grasp.
Stealing the boxes
Once they arrived at the People's Palace, the Sisters were caught up in the daily devotion to the Lord Rahl. Armina, who had been instructed to discover the whereabouts of the Garden of Life, by Sister Ulicia, was at a separate devotion area to the other three Sisters and their captive.
When the devotion was finished, Armina hurried back to her fellow Sisters and informed them that she had found the Garden. She told them that it was impossible for them to go down their without being seen and that it was clear that no one was supposed to even think about going down there as the doors were specifically made to warn people away. They had snakes carved on them.
Ulicia then sent Armina and Cecilia to watch the separate sides of the hallway, while she, Tovi and Kahlan made their way down it. Ulicia later sent Tovi on ahead of them with one of the Boxes of Orden, that Kahlan had stolen from the Garden, unseen due to the Chainfire spell. Ulicia also put the Boxes of Orden into play.
Armina then left the Palace along with the two other Sisters and Kahlan, to rendezvous with Sister Tovi at a prior designated point.
Armina, Ulicia, Cecilia and the captive Kahlan, finally made it to The White Horse Inn. It was here that they were to meet up with Sister Tovi and finally have all three Boxes of Orden in their possession. The inn keeper and his wife, Orlan and Emmy, let the women in out of the rain. At first the Sisters did not realize that the inn keeper and his wife were fighting over the number of women present. Emmy believed there to be only three, while Orlan believed there to be four. However, the importance of the conversation didn't escape the Sisters for long.
The Sisters quickly forced Orlan to describe the extra woman that he saw. It soon became obvious that he was able to see Kahlan. Armina could not believe that Orlan was able to see Kahlan, as they had done the verification webs to ensure everything had gone to plan. Cecilia then argued that they did not do the interior webs, only the exterior. However, this practice had not been done since the Great War.
Orlan became angered at the gruff way he was being treated by the Sisters, but was quickly knocked down by Sister Ulicia, with her oak rod. When he got back to his feet and almost used Kahlan's title, Mother Confessor, Ulicia used her gift to unleash a powerful bolt of lightning that blasted the man in two. She later used her dacra to kill the man's wife and daughter, but only after discovering that Tovi was no longer at the inn and had stated she was on her way to Caska.
On the way to Caska, the Sisters and Kahlan were forced to avoid Imperial Order troops, however, they could not avoid the carnage left in their wake. The Sisters dreamed of the power they would be able to unleash upon Jagang, once they had opened a Box of Orden. Eventually making it to the Deep Nothing, the land in which Caska was situated, the Sisters began to sense someone was following them. They later captured the person; a young girl named Jillian.
Jillian said that Tovi had her grandfather captured and that she had sent her to guide her Sisters to her. They also discovered that Jillian was also able to see Kahlan. Jillian guided the Sisters through a labyrinth and when they came to a door, using their gifts, the Sisters could sense Tovi beyond it.
However, when they entered the room, it was not Tovi who waited for them, but Emperor Jagang. Jagang informed them that Tovi had been dead for some time and that their supposed bond to Richard Rahl had never been anything more than a fantasy, he had been using them all along, because he liked the idea of having Sisters of the Dark out in the world who were up to things he could use to his advantage. He also realized that their plans would help him further sabotage Richard Rahl's cause and net him the prize of prizes; Kahlan Amnell. What Jillian had said about her grandfather earlier, had been true, except that it was Jagang, not Tovi, who held him captive.
The Sisters were forced to help Jagang with his preparations with the Book of Counted Shadows. As the book insisted that a Confessor was the only way to verify the truth of the book, Jagang and the Sisters had Kahlan study the book to see if she could find a way to do so. She pointed out that the book said Shadow, not Shadows. The Sisters argued the relevance of this, Armina adamant that Kahlan was wrong in her theory that the lack of shadow as a plural, made the book a fake.
While Jagang listened to the Sister's argue, Kahlan helped Jillian to escape. She killed two guards, took a knife and then ran with Jillian, knowing she would be apprehended due to the Rada'Han on her neck. As Kahlan turned back, she threw the knife as hard as she could at the open doorway before anyone had even come through. As the knife reached the doorway, Cecilia walked through it and was stabbed directly through the heart, dying instantly.
Kahlan was apprehended via the Rada'Han and knocked unconscious, while Jillian was able to escape. Armina and Ulicia continued to argue over whether Kahlan's verification was relevant or not. Later, Jagang had Kahlan walk naked through his camp, to draw out anomalies among his men who were able to see her despite the Chainfire spell. Armina and Ulicia were made to follow her from a distance, so as to make sure she was unharmed by the soldiers. These soldiers were made Kahlan's guards.
After long discussions with Jagang about matters to do with the Book of Counted Shadows and the Boxes of Orden, Armina and Ulicia were sent to the tents, as they were so long ago, to be used and abused by Jagang's men, in any way they saw fit, so long as their wounds weren't fatal. Both women continued to accompany Jagang during the day, however, their attractive appearances had eroded due to their treatment.
Mission to the People's Palace
Personality and traits
Armina was a middle aged woman, close to the same age as Sister Ulicia and still quite attractive. She had sky blue eyes and favored wearing a dress of the same color, though with white ruffles. Armina had a straight forward, no nonsense kind of personality and was all business. She was as hard as any of the Sisters of the Dark and loyal to her master in the underworld.
Because of her straight forward personality, Armina had a haughty demeanor and was never beguiled by a kindly smile, as were Sister Tovi and Sister Cecilia. Armina was not adversed to using her powers to cause others harm and despite her attractive outer shell, her inner nature was that of a viper.
Powers and abilities
Armina is a sorceress born with the gift for Additive Magic, she perfected her powers when she became a Sister of the Light. Later she joined with the Sisters of the Dark and absorbed the male Han as well as gained the use for Subtractive Magic. With it she became a powerful sorceress. She once had her powers linked with Nicci, Merissa, Tovi, Cecilia with Ulicia as the director of the link in an attempt to kill Jagang. She once again linked her magic with Sisters Greta and Julia and as the director of the link she killed Ann with a violent blast of Additive and Subtractive Lightning.