Author: Atarah al'Norahn
Deven Ride is one of the four villages in the Two Rivers, Andor. It is the most remote of the four, the farthest south along the Old Road/North Road and the closest to the White River and the Forest of Shadows. The closest village is Emond's Field (TWoRoJTWoT).
The village is set out with rows of thatch-roofed houses surrounding a green and a pond that is fed by a spring and walled around with stone. The inn, named The Goose and Pipe, is located at the head of the green and is larger than the Winespring Inn, even though Deven Ride is no bigger than Emond's Field (TSR, Ch. 53).
Deven Ride is run in the same manner as the other Two Rivers villages, with a Village Council and a Women's Circle, headed by a Mayor and a Wisdom (TWoRoJTWoT). Egwene can remember hearing about elections in Deven Ride, and they are "hotly contested" (ACoS, Ch. 8). Deven Ride now supports Faile and Perrin as their lady and lord (LoC, Prologue).
The relationship between the villages of the Two Rivers, or at least between Deven Ride, Emond's Field and Watch Hill, is very good. Rand thinks to himself that when there is an abundance of cabbages in Emond's Field or of turnips in Watch Hill, there are usually shortages in one of the other villages, but the produce is shared (TSR, Ch. 8). Men from Deven Ride come to the aid of Emond's Field when it is attacked by Trollocs (TSR, Ch. 56), and also aid Perrin in rescuing Faile from the Shaido (KoD, Ch. 29).
- Rand thinks to himself that worry is not uncommon for the Village Council these days in Emond's Field, and that it likely isn't in Watch Hill or Deven Ride, either (TEotW, Ch. 2).
- When Perrin visits Deven Ride in the Wolf Dream, he notices that the defenses that have been erected in the village are not enough to have halted even one of the attacks that have been made on Emond's Field lately (TSR, Ch. 53).