Author: Kyria d'Oreyn
Unless stated otherwise, all information herein is taken from The Great Hunt, Chapter 26.
Dena was a Cairhienin woman and would have been the first female bard. She was pale and slender with shoulder-length dark hair. She was pretty and in her mid-twenties.
She was a very skilled storyteller, juggler, and flute and harp player. Thom could picture her as a court bard for a king or a queen. Thom and Dena intended to travel to Tear once they had enough money and then maybe to one of the Sea Folk's islands.
She loved Thom, even though he could not think of why, and he returned the feeling. But even if she did not love him, Thom would never let skill like hers be wasted.
- She and Thom shared a room in The Bunch of Grapes. Rand and Loial meet her there, when they come to see Thom (TGH, Ch. 26).
- She won at dice against Loial (TGH, Ch. 27).
- Thom still thinks of Dena and blames himself for her death (TDR, Ch. 31).
"Thom always moans about losing the best flute and the best harp he ever had. You would think he was a court-bard, the way he carries on. Very well. You can wait, but I must practice. Thom says he will let me perform in the halls next week." (Dena to Rand and Loial; The Great Hunt, Chapter 26)
"She listens to a tale once -- once only, mind! -- and she has it right, not just the words, but every nuance, every rhythm. She has a fine hand on the harp, and she played the flute better the first time she picked it up than you ever did." (Thom to Rand; The Great Hunt, Chapter 26)
"Forget playing the Great Game, Thom. Marry Dena. She'll take you, the more fool her, bony and white-haired as you are. Marry her, and forget this young lord and Daes Dae'mar." (Zera to Thom; The Great Hunt, Chapter 26)