The Wheel of Time - The Call of the Horn
Andor is a country in the heart of the Westlands. It is the largest and most populous country in the West. After the Borderlands, it also has the largest and most well-trained army. Formerly a province under gubernatorial rule, it was declared a sovereign nation, and is the oldest and largest of the nations formed after Artur Hawkwing’s empire collapsed. The capital of Andor is Caemlyn.
During the first millennia after the Breaking, the territory of Andor was held by two of the Ten Nations, Manetheren in the west and Coremanda in the east. The city of Hai Caemlyn was founded as one of Coremanda’s major strongholds, a large city close to the River Erinin, which was important for trade. During the Trolloc Wars both kingdoms were destroyed. After the conclusion of the wars, the kingdoms of Farashelle, Aldeshar and Caembarin arose out of the ruins of the two older kingdoms. Aldeshar and Caembarin, named for its capital at the rebuilt city of Caemlyn, were two of the most militarily powerful nations of their time and sent armies against the false Dragon Guaire Amalasan in the War of the Second Dragon, although it was actually King Artur Paendrag Tanreall, known as Artur Hawkwing, of the small kingdom of Shandalle, east of Caembarin, who defeated Amalasan. Caembarin attacked Shandalle a few months later and Aldeshar followed suit the following year, allegedly due to the manipulations of the Amyrlin Seat, Bonwhin Meraighdin. During the Consolidation, Hawkwing conquered Caembarin early in his campaign, but Aldeshar did not fully surrender until FY 963, the last nation to be added to his growing Empire.
Blaming King Joal Ramedar of Aldeshar for the murder of his wife, Amaline Paendrag Tagora, three years previously, Hawkwing put Ramedar to death and scattered the people of Aldeshar across the Empire. This period of rage, the Black Years, ended after Hawkwing’s aborted invasion of the Aiel Waste and his marriage to the lady Tamika. Hawkwing set about organising his Empire into provinces. The Imperial Province of Andor was created early on, spanning the central regions of the Empire. The precise borders of Andor Province are unknown, but Caemlyn was the ruling city. The first governor was Jeorad Manyard (who was more interested in creating a translation of The Prophecies of the Dragon), but his rule did not last long. Displaying regret for his harsh treatment of Aldeshar, Hawkwing permitted its people to return home and appointed Endara Casalain, King Ramedar’s daughter, as the Imperial Governor of Andor in FY 967. In FY 975 Hawkwing’s armies besieged Tar Valon, a siege that was to last for the remaining lifespan of the Empire. Endara’s daughter, Ishara Casalain, began a romance with General Souran Maravaile, the commander of the siege, in the early FY 990s.
After the death of Artur Hawkwing in FY 994, Ishara and the new Amyrlin Seat, Deane Aryman persuaded Souran Maravaile to lift the siege of Tar Valon. Ishara and Souran returned to Andor3 and married. Endara withdrew any claim to the governorship or crown and swore fealty to Ishara. Ishara declared herself the first Queen of Andor, establishing an unbroken bloodline of female rulers:
Ishara Casalain, FY 994 – FY 1020
Alesinde Casalain, FY 1020 – FY 1035
Melasune Casalain, FY 1035 – FY 1046
Termylle, FY 1046 – FY 1054
Maragaine, FY 1054 – FY 1073
Astara, FY 1073 – FY 1085
Telaisien, FY 1085 – FY 1103
Morrigan, FY 1103 – FY 1114
Lyndelle, FY 1114 – FY 1165/30 NE
Modrellein, c. 300 NE
Mordrellen Mantear, ??? – 972 NE
Morgase Trakand, 972 – 999 NE
Elayne Trakand, 1000 NE
Many of Andor’s traditions were established during these early years. Unlike many nobles of the time, Queen Ishara knew that no one ruler would be able to take control of Hawkwing’s entire empire. Instead, she focused on controlling only what she could. As a result, Andor began only with the capital city of Caemlyn and the small surrounding villages. Cautious expansion marked the reigns of the early queens of Andor. The oldest tradition of Andor is that only a queen must sit on the Lion Throne of Andor, and wear the Rose Crown. However, it wasn’t always intended that a queen would rule – it happened that the sons of Andor’s first two Queens were killed, and so their daughters became queens. After this it became tradition that a queen would rule. The eldest daughter is known as the Daughter-Heir, and is always sent to Tar Valon to study. The eldest brother of the Daughter-Heir is sworn to protect her with his life, and is prepared from an early age to take control of Andor’s army. He is given the title First Prince of the Sword. If the Daughter-Heir does not have a brother, another man is appointed to the post.
If a Queen does not have a daughter, then another successor is appointed, judged by the number of blood ties she can establish to Ishara. Four times in Andor’s history this method has been disputed, leading to the Succession Wars.
Andor is a powerful nation, with a substantial army consisting of the Queen’s Guards and the standing armies maintained by the individual noble houses, who are also able to call upon huge levies in times of crisis. The maximum military strength of Andor has been estimated at almost 200,000 men, although many would be barely-trained levies. Through history, Andor has been under almost constant pressure from neighboring countries. Andor and Cairhien have been to war more times than any two countries except for Tear and Illian. Often-lawless Murandy, south of Andor, is the source of many border incursions which the Queen’s Guards must fend off; conversely, the Andoran forces at the Murandian border have resulted in Andor having a strong hand in Murandian politics. The Children of the Light have always had a reason to dislike Andor, as the Daughter-Heir always studies in the White Tower. Andor’s strength comes from its wealth. Much of this is generated in the Mountains of Mist, far to the west of central Andor. Gold, silver, iron, and copper are extracted from the rich mines in these mountains. Most of this metal is refined in the smelters near the mines. The strength which must be expended to retain the valuable mines in the Mountains of Mist means that other outlying regions of Andor have been virtually forgotten. A good example of this is the Two Rivers, where few even realize they are part of a larger kingdom. One well-known town in the far west of Andor is Whitebridge, so named for the large bridge which crosses the River Arinelle into the town.
West of Whitebridge
Baerlon is the primary city of western Andor, though far smaller than huge Caemlyn in the east. Primarily a mining town, it serves as a resting point for merchants bringing metals from the mines in the Mountains of Mist or tabac and wool from the Two Rivers to the more populous eastern half of Andor. Baerlon is also the home of Min Farshaw.
The Two Rivers
The Two Rivers is a region of Andor south of Baerlon, located between the upper reaches of the river Manetherendrelle, or the White River as it is called in the Two Rivers, and the River Taren, a smaller tributary. It contains four villages; from north to south, Taren Ferry, Watch Hill, Emond’s Field, and Deven Ride. To the west are the Sand Hills and the Mountains of Mist, and to the east lies the Waterwood, a dangerous swamp. These obstacles, along with the two rivers, the Taren only crossable at Taren Ferry and the White River impassable at any point, make the Two Rivers a highly isolated region of Andor. Andoran soldiers and tax collectors have not been seen in the Two Rivers for many generations.
After Rand al’Thor proclaimed himself the Dragon Reborn, however, the isolation of the Two Rivers ended. The collapse of the nations of Tarabon and Arad Doman, due mostly to his presence, brought huge numbers of refugees across the Mountains of Mist and into the Two Rivers, disturbing the local culture and quickly “modernizing” the agricultural backwater. Even worse, Padan Fain brought Whitecloaks and Trollocs to the region, attempting to draw al’Thor out. Instead, Perrin Aybara returned, and, in light of his defense and leadership, was unanimously (and unwillingly) elected Lord of the Two Rivers, the region’s first noble in hundreds of years. Because his wife, Faile Bashere, is second in line to the throne of Saldaea (currently held by her cousin, Queen Tenobia Kazadi), the Lord of the Two Rivers may soon rise from obscurity to political importance.
The Two Rivers is home to many of the major characters of the Wheel of Time series:
Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn
Matrim Cauthon, General of the Band of the Red Hand and husband to the Seanchan Empress
Lord Perrin “Goldeneyes”
Egwene Sedai, the Amyrlin Seat
Nynaeve Sedai, an Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah
East of Whitebridge
Caemlyn is the capital city of Andor, second in beauty only to Tar Valon. The city of Caemlyn is actually made up of two cities, the New City and the Inner City. The New City is less than two thousand years old, constructed exclusively by humans. The ancient Inner City, on the other hand, was constructed by Ogier. The entire city is encircled by a fifty-foot wall; the Inner City itself is also surrounded by a wall. Certainly the most impressive building in the Inner City is the Royal Palace of Andor, which serves as the seat of government.
The Black Tower is a partially-walled fortress less than a day’s walk from the city of Caemlyn. Established in the very recent past by Rand al’Thor, its purpose is to train men who can channel. With the removal of the taint on saidin, the Black Tower may gain a more permanent (and tolerated) existence.
Known settlements in Andor
Arien – a village on the Caemlyn Road between Whitebridge and Breen’s Spring.
Aringill – Andor’s principal port on the River Erinin and a border crossing with Cairhien.
Baerlon – Andor’s largest town in the west of country, located a week’s travel north of the Two Rivers.
Breen’s Spring – a village on the Caemlyn Road between Arien and Four Kings.
Buryhill – a village in Andor, located between Damelien and Forel Market.
Caemlyn – the largest city and capital of Andor.
Carysford – a village on the River Cary, two days’ ride by wagon west of Caemlyn.
Comfrey – one of the mining villages in the Mountains of Mist.
Cullen’s Crossing – a village ten miles from Caemlyn.
Damelien – a village in Andor near Buryhill and the Hornwell Estate, a holding of House Trakand.
Danabar – a mountainous area near the Murandian border and the Lugard Road where Elayne Trakand has estates.
Deven Ride – a village in the Two Rivers.
Emond’s Field – a village in the Two Rivers.
Forel Market – a village in Andor, located between Buryhill and Harlon Bridge.
Four Kings – a crossroads town on the Caemlyn Road.
Harlon Bridge – a village in Andor, eleven days’ ride from Caemlyn.
Jornhill – a village in Braem Wood, north of Four Kings.
Kore Springs – a village in Braem Wood and the home of Captain-General Gareth Bryne.
Market Sheran – a village on the Caemlyn Road between Four Kings and Carysford.
New Braem – a large town or small city in Braem Wood, near the northern border of Andor.
Sheldyn – an estate held by the Lady Ellorien Traemane.
Taren Ferry – the northern-most village of the Two Rivers.
Watch Hill – a village in the Two Rivers.
Whitebridge – Andor’s principal port on the River Manetherendrelle.
Major Andoran Houses
There are nineteen major houses in Andor, though this number may decrease in the future if any of the major houses are sufficiently weakened to lose their influence as a major house. The nineteen are:
Won’t Support Trakand
Jurad Accan is an armsman under Luan Norwelyn. He leads a party of men that are attacked by Arymilla Marne’s army just outside the Far Madding Gate in Caemlyn. He and his men are rescued by a sortie led by Daved Hanlon.
Heran Adan is the Governor of Baerlon. When Rand, Mat and Perrin are in Baerlon, the Whitecloaks are trying to make trouble for Governor Adan because he won’t cooperate with them.
Bili Adarra is a Two Rivers resident. He is almost as wide as Perrin Aybara and a hand shorter. He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He goes through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack.
Aemin is a farrier from the Two Rivers who travels with Perrin Aybara. Aemin is a broad and stocky man with graying hair. It is unknown when he joined Perrin’s group, but it is assumed he has been with it since the group left the Two Rivers in 999 NE. After arriving in Ghealdan, Aemin is one of the farriers who look after Stepper and Stayer, despite Perrin wanting to do the work himself. Aemin then travels with the group to Malden to rescue Faile Bashere. Aemin, Falton and Jerasid are working the night Faile meets with Alliandre Maritha Kigarin, Arrela Shiego and Lacile Aldorwin
Kenley Ahan was a resident of the Two Rivers. He goes with Perrin Aybara to rescue the prisoners taken by the Children of the Light when they are in the Two Rivers. When Perrin sets up an ambush for a group of Trollocs in the Two Rivers, they are betrayed by Lord Luc (Slayer) and Kenley is killed when the Trollocs then ambush Perin’s group
Marisa Ahan is a novice in the Little Tower. She is from Emond’s Field. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they are all terrorized by Rand. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a Novice.
Carlys Ankerin is a lesser noble from Andor and has the sigil of a pair of White Leopards. Carlys has gray curled hair. Usually support is thrown behind Elenia Sarand’s claim to the Lion Throne but the House’s banners were seen in Arymilla Marne camp outside Caemlyn.
Kevrim al’Azar is a resident of the Two Rivers. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army.
Milla al’Azar is the Wisdom of Taren Ferry. She is young. Daise Congar, Edelle Gaelin, Elwinn Taron and Milla meet with Faile Bashere to discuss events in the Two Rivers.
Adan al’Caar is a Two Rivers resident. Matrim Cauthon once played a trick on him.
Jerilin al’Caar is a girl from Emond’s Field. She is skinny. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they are all terrorized by Rand. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a novice.
Nela al’Caar is a Two Rivers resident. She is long-faced with a long gray braid. During Nynaeve al’Meara’s testing for Accepted, she sees a version of Nela who has become unstable from grief due to her husband’s and sons’ death. Perrin Aybara helps her to organize the children before the Trolloc attack
Paet al’Caar is a Two Rivers resident. He has a lantern jaw. After the Trollocs first attack Emond’s Field, he is part of the crowd that confronts Moiraine Damodred demanding she leave at once, even though she Healed his son’s leg after the attack. He is the first to apologize to her. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army.
Tod al’Caar is a Two Rivers man in the army led by Perrin Aybara. He is very lanky with a lantern jaw. He was in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He leaves with Perrin for So Habor to buy some grain for the army. He carries the Red Eagle of Manetheren banner to the meeting with the Seanchan. He goes through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack
Bili al’Dai was a resident of the Two Rivers. He goes with Perrin Aybara to rescue the prisoners taken by the Children of the Light when they are in the Two Rivers. When Perrin sets up an ambush for a group of Trollocs in the Two Rivers, they are betrayed by Lord Luc (Slayer) and Bili is killed when the Trollocs then ambush Perrin’s group.
Hu al’Dai is a resident of the Two Rivers. He has a son Bili al’Dai. He is an old man. He fruitlessly calls for his son Bili al’Dai after Perrin and his band returns from a battle with Trollocs
Lem al’Dai is a Two Rivers man in Perrin Aybara’s army. He is hosre-faced with a gap in his teeth. Lem is among the men that accompany Perrin from the Two Rivers to Caemlyn.1 He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar.
Rad al’Dai is a Two Rivers man in the army lead by Perrin Aybara. He participates in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells and carries the Red Wolfhead banner back to Cairhien when they Travel back there.
Had al’Lora is a Two Rivers resident. He is lean with a thick mustache like a Taraboner. He accompanies Perrin Aybara into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He goes through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack.
Nynaeve al’Meara (married name: el’Nynaeve ti al’Meara Mandragoran) is one of the main female protagonists of the series. The el’ in “el’Nynaeve” is a Malkieri honorific given to the Queens of Malkier. As wife to al’Lan Mandragoran, the uncrowned King of Malkier, Nynaeve is entitled to the honorific. Nynaeve is typically described as having dark eyes and until recently a long dark braid, which she would often yank in times of exasperation. Her hair is now significantly shorter after her harrowing ordeal in the Great Oval Ring and is too short to tug. She is also described as being relatively short and slim. She is said to be very pretty, even beautiful. In the beginning of the series, Nynaeve vocally expresses her liking of “stout” Two Rivers wool clothing. However, as the series progresses, she demonstrates a finer sense of fashion, wearing fine silks, usually in the colors of blue or green (Lan’s favorite colors). She disapproves of immodest dress, although has relaxed in that respect considerably as well. In traditional Aes Sedai fashion, she wears yellow to formally show that she is of the Yellow Ajah. Nynaeve wears a ki’sain, a red dot in the center of her forehead, to show in the Malkier fashion of her status of married. Those who knew her as a Wisdom in Two Rivers would be surprised at the gaudy jewelry she now wears, unless they knew that each piece has a specific purpose. She wears a bracelet and connected rings angreal and several ter’angreal: a ring with green stone, a sapphire ring, a red stone bracelet, and a Well in the form of a slim jeweled belt on her person – even while she sleeps. Nynaeve also wears the Great Serpent ring of the Aes Sedai and Lan’s Golden Crane signet ring.
Nynaeve was born to a father who herded sheep and grew tabac and a farmwife named Elnore. Nynaeve’s father thought of her as the son he never had and taught her to track, hunt and fish. Unlike fellow tomboy Min, however, Nynaeve later integrated femininity in her adulthood. Several years older than the rest of the Emond’s Fielders who left after Winternight, Nynaeve was the very young village Wisdom at the time Moiraine Sedai and her Warder Lan Mandragoran arrived. She was orphaned around the age of fourteen and was apprenticed to Doral Barran, the Wisdom of Emond’s Field, shortly afterward. She had been the youngest Wisdom the Two Rivers had ever had, and one of the most successful. She was said to be able to cure ailments no other Wisdom ever could and wounds that would leave a man maimed for life were sometimes gone without a scar [verify]. She was the only Wisdom in the Two Rivers within the span of the books who can truly Listen to the Wind. She was able to deal with both the Village Council and the Women’s Circle due to her forceful personality and her natural ability with politics.
Nynaeve’s personality often runs a gamut of emotions and she struggles with often opposing contradictory opinions. She is alternately the model of self righteous assuredness and a woman who is self-effacing and in doubt. She can be meek at times before more experienced women, though she is often stubborn about doing so, but also able to stand up and run down others. Nynaeve is incredibly controlling, strong and proud, near to the point of being self-centered, but fails to see it and would deny it vehemently. A running theme throughout the books is how Nynaeve will complain about someone being too stubborn or proud or leaping into things without thinking, oblivious to how she exhibits the exact same behavior. Surprisingly, no one calls her on this hypocrisy, although many will stare in disbelief after such statements. Nynaeve is also shown to have quite a temper, pulling her braid to vent her anger, an expression that quickly became well known throughout the Aes Sedai community and indeed known by anyone who spends time in her company. Nynaeve also displays a courage that many a brave soldier would envy (and both Elayne and Aviendha have done), yet she has often been known to complain about her supposed cowardice, sometimes to the point of tears. She would describe herself as reasonable and open minded, but can have difficulty accept differences in cultural values. Despite her limited ability for accurate self-reflection, at times Nynaeve often shows surprising insight on the surrounding situations, seeing what others do not. Nynaeve may not have been initially “wise” when named the village Wisdom, but there is no doubt she possesses an inherently sharp and capable mind. She is fiercely devoted to Lan, who is the one person able to melt her tempered exterior and gain some control over her. During her journeys, Nynaeve becomes more responsible and better able to control her temper around others as well as increasing her wisdom and, to an extent, tact. Her desire to help, heal, and protect those in need is passionate and have in no way diminished in Nynaeve’s development toward self-realization.
Nynaeve al’Meara is one of the most powerful female channelers in this Age. She has been known to match the Forsaken Moghedien in raw strength of the One Power in The Shadow Rising, without having even reached her full potential. She would have been considered strong in the One Power even during the Age of Legends. Of the channelers of the Light, her strength is only surpassed by two female channelers: Alivia, a former damane, and Sharina, a newly arrived grandmother novice. A Windfinder named Talaan matches Nynaeve in the One Power. Nynaeve is the strongest of the Aes Sedai in the current age.
“And with hope gone, flickering on the edge of consciousness like a guttering candle flame, she did something she had never done before in her life. She surrendered completely.”
—Nynaeve overcoming her block in ACOS 31
As a wilder, she learned how to channel by instinct, giving rise to a style of Healing unknown to any living Aes Sedai. However, channeling without knowing she was accessing the One Power left her with a block that prevented her from channeling, or even sensing the True Source, without being very angry. Even after overcoming her block, she still showed signs of little to no refinement (e.g., a young Sea Folk channeler bypassing her defenses in a few tries). This is due to her relative lack of formal training, consequently requiring her to learn most everything on her own. Nonetheless, Nynaeve develops into an incredibly quick learner, able to emulate and memorize highly complex weaves after just seeing them once. Despite her initial obstacles with the One Power, Nynaeve is and has always been an exceptional Healer. Rediscovering the technique of healing using all of the Five Powers, a technique long forgotten in this age, her ability with Healing is only matched by one of the Kin. Due to her exceptional talent and her stubborn determination she finds a way to heal Severing, a feat not thought to be possible even during the Age of Legends. Nynaeve Delves the Asha’man Naeff who was suffering from the effects of the Dark One’s taint on saidin. She sees the taint as a black mass that had extended thorn-like projections into the mind. She plucks each of these projections free and dissolves the mass thereby discovering the means to Heal a man who can channel of his madness. Nynaeve has also developed a method to identify and undo a weave of Compulsion on a person’s mind. Nynaeve is able to channel the Five Powers of Air, Fire, Earth, Water, and Spirit with equal proficiency, a feat that is incredibly rare amongst channelers; most only being strong in one or two. This, combined with the sheer strength of her channeling ability, allows Nynaeve to have some favorable skill in battle: whenever threatened in the early books she would call down lightning and spew fireballs with an ease most Accepted (and even Aes Sedai) would have trouble matching, once even instinctively using balefire, about which only a few living Aes Sedai even have knowledge. In addition to being a great Healer and renowned Wisdom, she can also predict the weather (both physical and metaphorical) and has done this ever since she could remember. This is a passive Talent known in the Two Rivers as Listening to the Wind. It is claimed by all Wisdoms, though most cannot. It is suspected that Doral Barran, the Wisdom to whom Nynaeve was apprenticed, could Listen to the Wind and was also a channeler as the two apprentices she picked were both with the spark inborn, and the one prior to Nynaeve died of the sickness that comes about when failing to learn to control the One Power. Listening to the Wind is a form of Foretelling: it always tells her when trouble is about to arrive. As a Wisdom this “trouble” was bad weather, now it is human conflict she senses. Based on the intensity of the storm she feels coming, she can tell how great the conflict will be. Nynaeve also exhibits a minor version of Aviendha’s ability to “read” ter’angreal and can feel emotions from them, though it is not necessarily an indication of what that ter’angreal does. For example, Nynaeve may feel great suffering from one, but this does not mean that the ter’angreal brings about pain or suffering, but it may mean that it was once used or handled by one who felt those emotions. It is unclear as to whether or not the object must be a ter’angreal, for Nynaeve felt emotions emanating from one of the seals to the Dark One’s prison, and it is unclear as to the nature of that feeling.
When Moiraine absconded with several Two Rivers youths—specifically Rand al’Thor, his friends Mat Cauthon and Perrin Aybara, and Rand’s childhood sweetheart (and Nynaeve’s apprentice) Egwene al’Vere, Nynaeve volunteered to track them down and bring them back. She seemed to think that she could face down an Aes Sedai and bring them home; she was wrong, and ended up getting swept up into the adventure with the rest. This set the tone for her relationship with Moiraine, and to some extent with Aes Sedai in particular—not only was Moiraine consistently riding rough-shod over Nynaeve, but she’d managed to ensnare Lan as well, whom Nynaeve was, quite against her will, starting to fall in love with, an attraction that was strongly returned. Even worse, Moiraine identified Nynaeve as a wilder — someone who had independently learned to wield the One Power without training. Egwene was also identified as having ability to channel (although she had not yet), but Moiraine wished to take her to Tar Valon for training and safety; not all who must learn to channel on their own survive the experience. For Nynaeve, it was too late; she’d already learned how to integrate the ability into her skill as a healer, but due to her fears, she developed a mental block against the concept. Nynaeve was totally unable to channel unless extremely angry, something which later caused her no end of trouble.
At the Eye of the World, Rand discovered he could channel, and Moiraine claimed he was in fact the Dragon Reborn; perhaps because of this, and to avenge herself of the perceived injustices wrought on her by Moiraine, Nynaeve eventually agreed to go to the Tower. Once there, she was immediately promoted from Novice to Accepted by virtue of her sheer strength in the Power. It was unheard of to completely bypass being a novice like this, and some Aes Sedai resented her for it. She is one of the strongest female channelers alive. Like Egwene and Elayne Trakand, she was tricked into going to Falme, ostensibly to help Rand, but really as part of a trap by Ishamael and the Seanchan; Later, she, Egwene, and Elayne were assigned the task of hunting down the Black Ajah, a journey which took her far from the White Tower and her ostensible training as a future Yellow Ajah Aes Sedai. It also took her farther and farther away from Lan, who she had developed feelings for, feelings he tried not to reciprocate due to his loyal service to Moiraine. Before Lan leaves he gives his Golden Crane signet ring to her. She wears this around her neck at all times now.
After Rand drew Callandor from the Heart of the Stone in fulfillment of prophecy, Nynaeve and Elayne continued the quest for the Black Ajah along with Juilin Sandar and Thom Merrilin. The clues the Black Ajah left in the Stone of Tear all pointed to the city of Tanchico; Nynaeve and Elayne went, hoping that, if it was a trap, they’d have enough warning to escape it. Egwene had instead decided to learn about Dreaming from the Aiel. While hunting for the Black sisters, Nynaeve happened upon Moghedien, one of the dreaded Forsaken. The two dueled, Nynaeve expecting unstoppable force at any moment… until she realized that Moghedien was working just as hard to fend off her attacks. The two were equally matched in terms of strength. Nynaeve managed to shield and bind Moghedien eventually through ingenuity rather than strength, but a Black Sister soon intervened and Moghedien disappeared in the intervening time. The enmity between the two was to later bear bitter fruit.
With chaos reigning in Tanchico, Nynaeve and Elayne set out for the White Tower
- only to receive news that it had broken, that Elaida Sedai, a Red sister (and former advisor to Elayne’s mother Queen Morgase Trakand), had deposed and replaced the Amyrlin Seat, a former Blue named Siuan Sanche. With the Tower split over this turn of events, the group changed course and joined with the rebel Aes Sedai in Salidar, near Amador. Before arriving at Salidar, they encountered Galad (Elayne’s older half-brother whom they both feared because of his membership of the Whitecoats) and were forced to flee. They joined Valan Luca’s traveling menagerie for a time, before running into Uno and, again, Galad. This time, Galad and Masema-through Uno—aided in helping Nynaeve and Elayne to a ship where they continued their journey to Salidar. During their stay in Valan Luca’s show, Birgitte was torn from the World of Dreams by Moghedien and Nynaeve was unable to save her. Elayne bonded her as her warder in order to save her when Nynaeve’s healing failed. Upon reaching Salidar, they were punished for leaving the tower, but continued their lessons as accepted. Nynaeve managed to capture Moghedien and Elayne fashioned a ter’angreal akin to the damane collar without the leash, and forced knowledge out of her which they sported as their own discoveries because they chose to keep secret their capture of Moghedian. Nynaeve studied Siuan Sanche, who had been stilled as part of the deposition, as well as her former Keeper of the Chronicles, Leane Sharif. Stilling had been considered impossible to heal by the Aes Sedai, but Nynaeve, after studying for many months, healed the False Dragon Logain Ablar. The technique worked for the two women as well, though they did not regain their full strength, for reasons as yet unknown to the characters (Jordan has confirmed that severing can be healed fully only by a healer of opposite gender to the patient). Nynaeve has also developed a form of Healing which uses all five elements, instead of just Spirit, Air, and Water, as is usual for Aes Sedai-style Healing. When Egwene was made Amyrlin for the rebels, she immediately decreed that Nynaeve, Elayne, Theodrin, and Faolain raised as Aes Sedai. Nynaeve joined the Yellow Ajah and learned as much as she could of Healing with the One Power, which turned out to be not much more than she already knew and considerably less effective than her own methods.
When Rand dispatched Mat to rescue Egwene and return Elayne to Caemlyn, Egwene instead assigned him as an escort to Nynaeve, Elayne and Aviendha, and sent them to Ebou Dar for the Bowl of the Winds, a ter’angreal that could change the weather and possibly break the unnatural summer the Dark One had imposed on the world. While in Ebou Dar, Moghedien struck at Nynaeve’s boat with balefire, nearly succeeding in drowning her; Nynaeve’s fear and desperation as she sank into the river and her surrender to her impending death broke her block and enabled her to escape the boat half-conscious. She was then saved by Lan. He told her that he was unable to become her Warder since his Bond had been passed onto another. Nynaeve predictably vowed to make sure that the Bond would be passed onto her from the Aes Sedai who held it (Myrelle Berengari, of the Green Ajah). It was the first time Nynaeve and Lan had been in each other’s company since before Moiraine’s death; Nynaeve had no intention of wasting time. They were married later that day. After forming a coalition of Aes Sedai, Sea Folk Windfinders and the Kin (a previously unknown group made of people who had left the Tower), Nynaeve and Elayne led an expedition into the Rahad, a dangerous ‘downtown’ area of Ebou Dar, to retrieve the Bowl of the Winds. They succeeded, capturing a member of the Black Ajah, and recovered a hidden cache of ter’angreal, including the Bowl of the Winds. The 13 most powerful women in the group then used the Bowl to break the Dark One’s unnatural summer. She is also given a bracelet-and-rings angreal by Elayne which she now uses. The coalition then fled to Andor to avoid a Seanchan invasion. Once the group finally arrives in Caemlyn, Nynaeve begins planning with Reanne Corly how to spirit Kinswomen away from Seanchan-controlled areas. She seems to be in awe of the Kinswoman Alise Tenjile and earns her respect with her decision to let the damane prisoners go free. She has also begin to tutor the Windfinders on how to shield and is even shielded twice by Talaan din Gelyn, a young Windfinder apprentice who has as much potential as Nynaeve.
At the Royal Palace in Caemlyn, Rand approached Nynaeve for help with a major project: he had discovered a way to cleanse the male half of the True Source. To do it, he would need the strongest female channeler he knew of and could trust, Nynaeve, and likewise the strongest male, himself. They succeeded, using the Choedan Kal, though both required some time to recover from the intense experience of channeling huge amounts of Power for hours on end. During the beginning of the cleansing of saidin, Nynaeve is amazed how rough and harsh saidin is compared to the calm tranquility that is saidar.
She and Rand Travel to Algarin Pendaloan’s house in Tear to both recover after cleansing saidin. She seems back to full health and watches Lan practise sword fighting with Jahar Narishma. Acknowledging Lan’s allegiance to his never-ending battle for his lost country, she sets him on the very edge of the Borderlands. She then visits multiple cities in order to inform men of Lan’s coming and says (showing Lan’s ring), “My name is Nynaeve ti al’Meara Mandragoran. The message I want sent is this. My husband rides from World’s End toward Tarwin’s Gap, toward Tarmon Gai’don. Will he ride alone?” and after encountering resistance, she says: “Lan told me once that Malkier lives so long as one man wears the hadori in pledge that he will fight the Shadow, so long as one woman wears the ki’sain in pledge that she will send her son to fight the shadow. I wear the ki’sain, Master Aldragoran. My husband wears the hadori. So do you. Will Lan Mandragoran ride to the Last Battle alone?” She is joyous when she learns that Lan will not be alone, and continues her quest to recruit more Borderlanders to help Lan. However she does not trust the ex-Seanchan damane Alivia, and returns to Rand’s side to keep an eye on her. She is one of the six to accompany Rand to his meeting with the Daughter of the Nine Moons. Semirhage blew off Rand’s left hand with a fireball when her illusion as the Daughter of the Nine Moons broke. Nynaeve was able to heal his arm but not restore the hand. After delving in Rand, she finds there is something wrong with his eyes.
Nynaeve Travels to Arad Doman and stays with Rand at Lord Tellaen’s manor. While there, Daigian Moseneillin begins to teach Nynaeve the one hundred weaves required to become an Aes Sedai. She offers to try and Heal Daigian from her grief of losing Eben Hopwil, which Daigian rejects. Nynaeve then sits in on the meeting between Rand and the Aiel chiefs, where Rand gives the order for the Aiel to capture all the Council of Merchants.
When the Aiel help take Bandar Eban, Nynave goes along with Rand again to the capital. It is here that she sees the poverty of the people and is sickened by their unwillingness to come to Aes Sedai aid. Soon after, she is the one who manages to find the dungeon where the last messenger allegedly from the missing King Alsalam Saeed Almadar was kept. Upon arrival, she discovers the man who killed him and confirms that he is under heavy compulsion, almost certainly confirming that Graendal had a hand in it and was trying to hide her tracks. Taking the news back to Rand, Nynaeve struggles to remove the compulsion on the young man, and get Graendal’s location from him before he dies from the damage on his mind. She goes with Rand to Falme, where he meets with the real Daughter of the Nine Moons, Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag. After discovering that the Forsaken is located in Natrin’s Barrow, Rand takes her there and sends Lord Ramshalan in, who returns under compulsion, which Nynaeve confirms. After Rand destroys the entire palace with balefire and Nynaeve then tells Rand that the compulsion is gone, it is accepted that Graendal has been burned away. Horrified at Rand’s actions at Natrin’s Barrow, Nynaeve goes to Cadsuane and willingly submits her inferiority to the elder Aes Sedai in order to be allowed to be a part of her and the Wise One’s plans to teach Rand how to feel again. Nynaeve is ordered to find out where Perrin currently is, which she discovers when Rand experiences his ta’veren visions. It is then that Cadsuane can Travel to Perrin’s army and bring back Tam al’Thor. She rides with Rand when he goes to meet the Borderlander rulers in Far Madding. Rand is asked by Hurin to meet with the rulers inside Far Madding which angers Rand. He picks up the ter’angreal access key and plans to destroy the whole Borderlander army but is thankfully talked out of it by Nynaeve. She also tries to get him to provide support for the army Lan is gathering at Tarwin’s Gap, but Rand refuses saying that it will provide a good distraction away from where Rand needs to be. She is with Cadsuane when an irate Tam enters the room saying that Rand just tried to kill him and has just Traveled to Ebou Dar.
She is present when Rand returns to Tear and announces that the White Tower has been reunified under Egwene. Egwene then calls her back to the White Tower to be tested and properly raised to the shawl. Before she leaves, she discovers that she can heal madness and does so for Naeff, Jahar Narishma, and Damer Flinn. Upon Delving Rand, she sees his mind is full of madness but is somehow shielded from it. Before she leaves, he asks her to go with him to Shayol Ghul.
The seven Aes Sedai who administer the test represent every Ajah, and oddly are all Sitters – “perhaps due to Nynaeve’s notoriety in the Tower”. They are Saerin, Seaine, Yukiri, Barasine, Rubinde, Lelaine and Romanda. Also present is Rosil, the Mistress of Novices, and Egwene. Several of Nynaeve’s unexpected nontraditional responses in the pre-test ceremony reflect her unusual status, raised to Aes Sedai before undergoing the test. This perceived arrogance likely played a part encouraging the administrators to put Nynaeve through a “proper” testing.
“Well, seems she’ll live. Now, would someone please tell me what in the name of creation itself that was? I’ve been a part of many a raising, even one where the woman didn’t survive. But I have never, in all of my days, seen a woman put through what this one just suffered.”
—Saerin Sedai on Nynaeve’s testing(Towers of Midnight, Chapter 20)
The test is much harder than usual, brutal even, and Nynaeve is openly furious by the end. Despite the fact she completed all 100 required weaves and passed through each exit marker, several of the Aes Sedai claim she failed the test, the purpose of which, they say, was to show “proper decorum” and the “ability to be calm as an Aes Sedai.” Also, the nature of the test usually precludes the testee from channeling aside from the prescribed weaves, but Nynaeve’s experience in the World of Dreams enabled her to do just that—another “rule” broken. Finally, Nynaeve’s use of balefire deeply troubles the other women and they try to obtain an oath from Nynaeve never to use the forbidden weave again.
Nynaeve realizes that, despite her fervent desire to be accepted and fully embraced as true Aes Sedai, it is not a priority in of itself. She would choose Lan over Aes Sedai approval. She would choose helping those in need over the propriety demanded by the institution of the White Tower. She would choose to fight the Dark over gaining the shawl.
“I’ll be fighting in the Last Battle alongside Rand. What if I were to get to Shayol Ghul and discover that, without balefire, I could not help the Dragon stop the Dark One? Would you have me choose between a foolish oath and the fate of the world? […] If you’re going to raise me, then you’ll just have to trust my judgment on balefire. If you don’t trust me to know when to use a very dangerous weave and when not to, then I’d rather you not raise me.”
—Nynaeve (Towers of Midnight, Chapter 20)
To Egwene, Nynaeve goes further and questions the very philosophy behind the Aes Sedai’s cool detachment. She says that the point of being Aes Sedai is to serve the people, not to leave them behind to further the goals of the Tower. Egwene is troubled, but counsels Nynaeve to hold off voicing those ideas. With four votes in her favor (Yukiri, Seaine, Romanda and Saerin) and only three against, Nynaeve is declared to have “passed this test. Narrowly.”
Nynaeve wastes no time in Traveling to Myrelle and demands Lan’s bond.
“I have never thanked you," she said, though she had to grit her teeth to get the words out. "I do so now. He lives because of you. I realize that. However, Myrelle, this is not a time to push me. Today, I have seen people I love slaughtered, I have been forced to consign children to living torment. I have been burned, scourged, and harrowed. I swear to you, woman, if you do not pass me Lan’s bond this very moment, I will step into that tent and teach you the meaning of obedience. Do not press me. In the morning, I swear the Three Oaths. I’m free of them for one more night.”
—Nynaeve to Myrelle (Towers of Midnight, Chapter 20)
Myrelle grants the request and at long last Nynaeve and Lan share the Warder bond.
Montem al’San is a young adult from the Two Rivers. He is one of the Two Rivers men that now follows Perrin Aybara in Ghealdan. He acts as Perrin’s bodyguard when Perrin goes to survey the Children of the Light camp
Astelle al’Seen is a Two Rivers resident. She is white-haired and bent-backed. She is amoung the people at Jac al’Seen’s farm when Perrin Aybara visits there
Ban al’Seen is a resident of the Two Rivers, son of Jac al’Seen and cousin to Wil al’Seen. He has a large nose and is growing a thin mustache in the Arad Doman fashion. He goes with Perrin Aybara to rescue the prisoners taken by the Children of the Light when they are in the Two Rivers. He is made one of the two captains of the Two River men. He is in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He commands the Two Rivers men who go through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack.
Elisa al’Seen is a Two Rivers resident and is married to Jac al’Seen. She has less gray in her hair than her husband. She has a lined and motherly face. Elisa greets Perrin Aybara when he comes to the family’s farm
Jac al’Seen is a resident of the Two Rivers and is married to Elisa al’Seen. His son is Ban al’Seen and his cousin is Wit. He stocky and square-shouldered, with less hair than Brandelwyn al’Vere which is gray. When Perrin Aybara and his group visit their farm, Jac greets them. After listening to Lord Luc’s advice, Jac and his family take Perrin’s advice instead, which is to go to Emond’s Field. Jac helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army
Saml al’Seen is a young Asha’man from the Two Rivers. He has dark hair. He watches the six Red Ajah members, when they come to the Black Tower to ask Mazrim Taim for permission to bond Asha’man as Warders.
Susa al’Seen is a novice in the Little Tower. She is from Emond’s Field. She is a slight, fluttery girl. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they are all terrorized by Rand. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a Novice.
Wil al’Seen is a young adult from Emond’s Field. He is described as the most handsome boy in the Two Rivers, who charms all the girls. He greets Perrin Aybara, when Perrin arrives at Jac al’Seen’s house. He goes with Perrin Aybara to rescue the prisoners taken by the Children of the Light when they are in the Two Rivers. He is in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He leaves with Perrin for So Habor to buy some grain for the army. After the Battle of Malden he now has turns with the other Two Rivers men by being Perrin’s bodyguard. He is with Perrin when they find land that appears to have been affected by the Blight. Later Perrin demands Wil finds all the wolfhead banners in camp and burn them.
Wit al’Seen is a resident of the Two Rivers. His cousin is Jac al’Seen. He stocky, square-shouldered, and is bald. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army
Dael al’Taron was a resident of the Two Rivers. When Perrin Aybara sets up an ambush for a group of Trollocs in the Two Rivers, they are betrayed by Lord Luc (Slayer) and Dael is killed when the Trollocs then ambush Perin’s group.
Azi al’Thone is a young adult from the Two Rivers. He is one of the Two Rivers men that now follows Perrin Aybara in Ghealdan. He acts as Perrin’s bodyguard when Perrin goes to survey the Children of the Light camp.
Kari al’Thor was a merchant’s daughter from Caemlyn. Like Rand al’Thor, she had red hair and gray eyes. She was brought to the Two Rivers by her husband, Tam al’Thor along with their adopted child Rand al’Thor. She died when Rand was very young and he barely remembers her
Rand al’Thor is the Dragon Reborn, the prophesied savior of the world, who will save it from the Dark One, and break it in the process. To the Aiel he is the Car’a’carn, or He Who Comes with the Dawn. To the Atha’an Miere he is the Coramoor. Other names include Shadowkiller, Lord of the Morning, Prince of the Dawn, and True Defender of the Light. Rand al’Thor is potentially the most powerful channeler ever to be born, due to the fact that he is the Dragon Reborn. He has shown without much training that he could hold Egwene al’Vere and Elayne Trakand captive in shields while weaving over a dozen other flows, without breathing hard. It is also hinted that he is particularly strong in both Fire and Spirit, because he can force his dreams on others, which requires strength in Spirit, and he can create weaves of Fire without much trouble at all.
The Lord Dragon Reborn is a handsome, very tall, light-skinned half-Aielman. He has dark reddish, unruly hair hanging just past his ears, and blue-grey eyes. Rand has the typical tall, broad shouldered Aiel physique, although he is more slender and not as heavily built as his friend Perrin, Rand is strong and muscular from arduous farm work, climbing skills, years of archery training, sword practice, and learning Aiel fighting techniques, with and without weapons. His palms have brands in the shape of a heron that still burn like the day he got them (they name him the Dragon Reborn; and up his forearms are two scarlet and gold, metallic dragons, naming him the Car’a’carn, or Chief of Chiefs, to the Aiel people). He is now missing his left hand up to about the top of his wrist, due to a fire ball thrown by the Forsaken Semirhage during an ambush
Rand is special in that he is the only known soul to be woven out by the Wheel of Time for a specific rebirth. Although there are other known cases of rebirth, such as Birgitte Silverbow and Gaidal Cain, only Rand al’Thor’s rebirth has been predicted. Most think of his soul as being Lews Therin Telamon, a male Aes Sedai from the Age of Legends who gained prominence in the Hall of Servants as the Dragon, the leader of the Forces of Light against the Shadow during the War of Power. Ishamael claims that he and Lews Therin have battled each other countless times since the dawn of time, suggesting that the Dragon is a prominent figure every time the War of Power occurs.2 But Rand hears Lews Therin’s voice in his head, something that Lews Therin himself may not have experienced during his tenure as the Dragon. It is possible that Lews Therin and Rand are more strongly connected than were any previous forms of the Dragon.
Rand was born on the last day of the Blood Snow, 978 NE, during the famous battle at the end of the Aiel War, on the slopes of Dragonmount as prophesied. Gitara Moroso died Foretelling his birth, apparently due to the sheer force of the prophecy. His mother was Tigraine Mantear, the former Daughter-Heir of Andor who had fled to the Aiel Waste to become a Maiden of the Spear. She had been convinced to flee by none other than Gitara herself, who said the world would be doomed if she did not. Tigraine, who renamed herself Shaiel, also died moments after giving birth. Rand’s father was Janduin, the youngest clan chief in memory, who led the Shaarad, Reyn, Nakai and Taardad clans to kill King Laman Damodred of Cairhien for his sin. When Janduin heard Shaiel had died, he relinquished his leadership and went off to the Great Blight to fight Trollocs, where he was apparently killed by a man with Tigraine’s face, believed to be her brother Luc. Rand was found and named by Tam al’Thor, a man who had joined the Illianer army seeking adventure, and fought at the Battle of the Blood Snow. He and his new wife, Kari al’Thor, took the baby back with them to Tam’s home village, Emond’s Field.
On Winternight, 998 NE, Trollocs attacked Emond’s Field. Rand, Perrin, Mat, Egwene and Thom Merrilin were led out of Emond’s Field by Moiraine Sedai and her Warder, Lan Mandragoran, Nynaeve al’Meara following on her own shortly thereafter ostensibly to “bring the children home.” Thom was not a resident of the village, but a gleeman who happened to be in Emond’s Field just then. It is during this journey that hints are given that Rand can channel; when he gets goose bumps on his arms when Moiraine channels near him and when the group are healed from their fatigue but Bela is perfect as Rand already healed the horse (for which he suffers a bout of reckless bravado with a trio of Whitecloaks). His first big use of saidin is when the Darkfriend Howal Gode tries to attack Rand and Mat. Rand blasts a hole in the wall, blinding Mat temporarily. He then suffers flu-like symptoms after this heavy use of the One Power. Lan began teaching Rand the sword; Rand has since achieved a high enough level of skill to be considered a blademaster. Along with Loial, the Ogier, Moiraine led them to the Eye of the World in the Blight. Rand killed Aginor there, tapping into the Eye’s pure saidin. He then defeated Ba’alzamon and was convinced he had killed the Dark One; he also helped out during the battle in Tarwin’s Gap, helping the Shienarans win. On their arrival at Fal Dara, Rand was told by the Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche, that he is the Dragon Reborn – an accusation which he did not believe at that time. It was also at this time that he was told about his true heritage. After the Horn of Valere was stolen, Rand, Mat, Perrin and Loial accompanied Ingtar Shinowa and the Shienarians to reclaim it. During this journey, his palms were branded with two herons, two of the marks of the Dragon Reborn. At Falme Rand and Ba’alzamon fought once again, this time in the sky. Meanwhile, down below, Mat blew the horn of Valere, summoning the heroes of old to fight against the Seanchan. This is where Rand reveals the Dragon Banner. During this battle, Rand “Sheathes the Sword” which opens his defenses and allows Ba’alzamon to strike home with his staff leaving Rand with a wound in his left side that has never healed. While “Sheathing the Sword” provides Rand with a malignant wound, it also allowed him to defeat Ba’alzamon in single combat. This battle proclaimed him as the Dragon Reborn, a fact Rand finally accepts.
That winter, he camped with Moiraine, Perrin, Min Farshaw, and the Shienarans. Concerned for the safety of his friends upon learning that Ba’alzamon still hunted him, Rand journeyed to Tear alone, deciding this quest would end or begin his life. In the Stone of Tear, he took the blade Callandor, fulfilling a major prophecy and confirming his identity as Dragon Reborn in the minds of many, including himself. During this battle, he finally killed Ba’alzamon (Ishamael). It is after this that Egwene tells Rand that she loves him only as a brother now, for which he is relieved as he feels the same. This lets Elayne confess her feelings for Rand which Rand reciprocates and they kiss for the first time. The girls also work out that Rand can feel, via goosebumps on his arms, when a woman is touching saidar.
Using the twisted redstone doorway in the Stone’s cache of ter’angreal, Rand visits the Aelfinn and obtains answers to three questions regarding his future; perhaps due to the nature of his questions, he barely escapes alive. He then set out with Mat, Egwene and Moiraine, and a thousand-plus Aiel warriors, via a Portal Stone to the Aiel Waste, seeking the endorsement of the Aiel as their Car’a’carn, literally a “chief of chiefs.” He was allowed to enter Rhuidean, where he learned the true origins of the Aiel; that they were once a peaceful people, sworn to do no harm, and aid the Aes Sedai. When he emerged, he was declared as He Who Comes with the Dawn with a dragon on each arm. However, his revelation to the Aiel of their past has nearly destroyed them; the bleakness continues to drive many hardened Aiel soldiers to throw down their spears every day. He later battled the Forsaken Asmodean in Rhuidean, successfully cutting his ties to the Dark One. There he found the male and female access keys to the Choedan Kal. Lanfear then shielded Asmodean so he could only channel a trickle, and forced the male Forsaken to teach him the use of saidin. This was a desperate choice, Rand knew that if anyone discovered he was learning from the Forsaken he might lose the fragile following he had achieved so far.
Leading the Aiel out of the Three-Fold Land, he took Cairhien and Caemlyn, killing Rahvin. During this same time, Moiraine Sedai and Lanfear were both apparently killed when they fell through a ter’angreal. After taking Caemlyn, he announced an amnesty for all male channelers. This brought Mazrim Taim, a former false Dragon, into his service. Taim has aided Rand by training the male channelers who come to him. These men become Asha’man and their training ground is called the Black Tower, which is Rand’s answer to the White Tower. Taim is the M’Hael, leader of the Tower, although his true intentions have yet to be revealed; it is speculated he is a Darkfriend of some authority and power. Rand was then approached by embassies from the Aes Sedai in the White Tower under Elaida, and from the Salidar faction. Elaida’s embassy kidnapped him and shielded him. He escaped at Dumai’s Wells, triggering a large and bloody battle, and has since forced many Aes Sedai on both sides to swear fealty to him. With all that was happening around him, he has found it too difficult to cope with if he allows his emotions to exist, and so he has pushed them down and turned himself into stone, feeling nothing. It is this that Cadsuane is determined to reverse.
Rand took Illian using Davram Bashere’s army and a group of Asha’man. During the attack, he drove out the Forsaken Sammael and followed him to Shadar Logoth, where the Forsaken was killed by Mashadar. With the fall of Illian, the disappearance of Mattin Stepaneos den Balgar, and Rand’s forced sale of grain to Illian from Tear, the Council of Nine declared Rand king. After snuffing out Sammael’s Illianer followers, Rand set his focus on the Seanchan, who had conquered neighboring Altara and had set their sights on Illian. In northern Altara, Rand’s forces fought the Seanchan to a stalemate, driving the Hailene back to Ebou Dar temporarily, but causing heavy losses on Rand’s side as well
Later, Rand goes in disguise to Nynaeve and reveals his plan to her and asks for help to cleanse saidin. Elayne, Aviendha and Min all bond Rand as their warder. Min predicts that Elayne will get with child from Rand. Rand, Cadsuane, Nynaeve and the others of his party leave Far Madding to retrieve Callandor and Travel to Shadar Logoth. It is here that Rand puts into action his daring plan to cleanse the taint from saidin, using the evil within Shadar Logoth to battle that of the taint. Rand and Nynaeve link, using the power of the Choedan Kal sa’angreal and, while Cadsuane and the other Aes Sedai, Asha’man, and Windfinders hold off the inevitable attack by the Forsaken, succeed in removing the Dark One’s hold over the male half of the Source. Shadar Logoth is annihilated during the cleansing and nothing but a crater three miles across remains. Realizing that he can’t fight the Seanchan and the Shadow at the same time, Rand later sent Loial, Logain Ablar, and Bashere to Ebou Dar to negotiate a truce with the Seanchan. They return with the news that the High Lady Suroth wants Rand to meet with the Daughter of the Nine Moons.
The meeting, in a manor in the countryside, is a trap set by the Forsaken Semirhage, using the Mask of Mirrors to disguise herself as Tuon. As Rand is approaching, he identifies Semirhage because of Cadsuane’s ter’angreal, but she attacks with the One Power before he has a chance to react. Semirhage sends a fireball in Rand’s direction, and the blast hits his arm, causing him to lose his left hand. Semirhage is captured and shielded. Rand sends the sul’dam and damane to Ebou Dar to inform the Daughter of the Nine Moons that the Dragon Reborn still wants to meet with her. While captive, Semirhage alleges that Rand hearing the voice of Lews Therin Telamon in his head is a form of incurable insanity and is likely to end in his death.
Most recently, Rand has moved large numbers of Aiel into Arad Doman with the intent of pacifying and re-ordering the country. He also used Sea Folk ships to supply Bandar Eban with food to combat famine. Common bandits being no match for the Aiel, he easily occupied the region. He also secured the assistance of the Great Captain Rodel Ituralde in guarding the unprotected border of the Blight. However, he experienced difficulty restoring order. He attempted to use the Council of Merchants to replace the missing king—whom he suspected of being under Compulsion to Graendal—but was unable to locate enough of them to elect a new king. After failing to reach an accommodation with the Seanchan, he leaves Arad Doman in a rage. While departing he is informed that the all of the grain has spoiled. Dejected at yet another failure, Rand leaves Arad Doman to its fate. While dreaming one night, he found himself in Tel’aran’rhiod. On further investigation he discovered that he had somehow been transported to Moridin’s lair. While there, he had a genial conversation with Moridin who revealed to Rand that he is Ishamael reborn and that balefire is the only way one of the Forsaken can be destroyed for good. Before leaving Rand was shocked to find that Moridin didn’t bring Rand to his place. Following his revelation on the summit of Dragonmount, Rand returns to Bandar Eban to atone for his previous failure. Finding the city starving and desperate, he and Min locate three former King’s Guards, who he commissions to help restore order, providing them with weapons and armor from Tear. These soldiers quickly gain five hundred recruits. Rand then returns to the Sea Folk ships, which are kept under quarantine by Iralin, the dockmaster. Iralin is initially enraged at Rand’s abandonment of Arad Doman, but Rand boards one of the Sea Folk ships and discovers that every unopened bag of food remains unspoiled. With hope restored, Rand appoints Iralin as his steward in Bandar Eban and names him to the Council of Merchants.
Rand continues to descend deeper into madness, attempting to become ever harder and harder, especially after Semirhage who had been freed by Shaidar Haran and Elza Penfell, bound him with the Domination Band and forced him to try to strangle Min. In a fit of desperation, Rand unknowingly reached out and channeled the True Power, possibly through his link with Moridin. With it he wove fire and destroyed the collar of the Band. Free from its control, he killed both Semirhage and Elza with balefire. The full implications of this turn of events are not yet understood, and for her failure he banned Cadsuane from his sight, threatening her with execution (though this did not stop her scheming with the Wise Ones and her fellow Aes Sedai). Later, Rand met with Tuon at Falme in order to set a truce. However, despite his ta’veren nature, Tuon refused to accept his conditions. She instead demanded that he bow to her in accordance with the Prophecies, causing Rand to leave. While in Arad Doman, his search for the King caused him to come across information concerning the location of Graendal, and, when Nyneave chanced upon one of Graendal’s toys operating in Bandar Eban, he took the opportunity to attack her. Discerning her likely location, he used a disloyal and manipulative Domani noble to determine her presence, and then, in a fitting display of his encroaching insanity, proceeded to destroy the entire manor complex with Balefire, to the disgust of both Min and Nyneave. Ultimately, however, Rand’s plans for Arad Doman met with failure, as he was barely able to re-establish the government in the region, the peace process with the Seanchan, held at Falme with the Daughter of the Nine Moons, fell flat on its face, and the grain intended to relieve the famine suddenly rotted. Faced with this, he abandoned the country to starvation, anarchy, and Seanchan invasion, and returned to Tear. Rand would meet with frustration once again at the meeting with the Borderlanders. Reunited with the Sniffer Hurin for the first time in years, he greeted his old friend with harsh words, and, enraged at the Borderlanders’ refusal to meet with him except inside the city of Far Madding, threatened them with destruction and once again returned to the Stone. He returned to Tear, from where he planned to march to Shayol Ghul. He also seemed eager to attack Ebou Dar, but was delayed when he found Tam al’Thor waiting for him in his bedroom. Rand was greatly angered when Tam accidentally revealed that Cadsuane had brought him there, in his rage nearly losing all control, and almost killing Tam with the One Power. Fleeing to Ebou Dar with the Choedan Kal access key, he came close to carrying out his one-man assault on the Seanchan, but stopped short when he saw all the people of Ebou Dar’s concern for him when he was gripped by the summoning sickness. He made a gateway and Skimmed to a seemingly random place, eventually ending up on the top of Dragonmount. After much inner turmoil, he starts to draw as much saidin as he is able, through heavy use of the Choedan Kal, all the while bellowing questions off the mountain. Atop Dragonmount, Rand nearly succumbed to his madness. Despairing at the futility of his existence, and the fact that history was doomed to repeat itself time after time, he took up the Choeden Kal, intending to use it to destroy the entire world. He nearly did so, but relented when the voice of Lews Therin in his head, surprisingly sane for once, suggested that the reason history repeated itself was so that people could have another chance and so that they could love again. Undergoing a considerable mental transformation, Rand destroys the Choeden Kal, believing that such power was dangerous, and that Callandor was all he needed. He then departed Dragonmount, having finally overcome many of his problems, and the voice of Lews Therin Telamon gone forever.
Rand’s transformation, as noted above, has enabled him to finally become what the Creator intended him to be: an opposition to the Dark One. Almen Bunt sees this as Rand walks down Dragonmount and into the valley, where there is an apple orchard where the apples are going rotten as soon as they are ripe because of the Dark One’s taint. Rand’s very presence is shown to reverse the taint and rot and allows the apples to be harvested.25 He then makes his way to the White Tower. While there he thanks Siuan for taking the arrow for him in Fal Dara and receives a letter delivered from Tiana Noselle. He then meets with Egwene in the Hall of the Tower and congratulates her on becoming Amyrlin Seat. He then informs her that he is intending to break all the Great Seals to the Dark One’s prison and that he needs the help of saidar as well as saidin this time. As he talks he refers to Lews Therin as himself. He then tells her to meet him at the Field of Merrilor where they will discuss his terms before going on to Shayol Ghul. He then Travels back to the Stone of Tear. He gathers all the High Lords and Ladies of Tear in a line and looks deeply into each one of their eyes. Weiramon and Anaiyella are both revealed to be Darkfriends and are sent away. He then promises the Aiel that he will always keep his escort of Maidens from now on and that he will meet the toh he has gained. He then sees Tam and goes to him, finally weeping on his shoulder and asks for forgiveness. He then introduces Tam to Min.
Channeling saidin has the unpleasant side-effect of causing madness in all men. In Rand, that madness took the form of Lews Therin’s voice. Hearing the previous Dragon at seemingly random times, as well as memories and knowledge from his past life as Lews Therin forming the basis for a second personality, one that was preoccupied with fear, anger, and grief related to his past mistakes. At first it seemed that memories from his past life were simply coming back to Rand, as when Lanfear confronted him in Tear, and Rand shouted at her about how she always loved power. Rand knew this thought as truth but didn’t know at the time from where it came. While at Rhuidean, more thoughts that appeared to come from Lews Therin Telamon made it into Rand’s head, such as a clear picture of what Ilyena Therin Moerelle looks like and memory of something referred to as the Can Breat (though full recollection of its significance escaped him). As time progressed and more memories came back to Rand, however, the onset of madness became evident. The earliest indications of this were the times when Rand became confused about his identity, as shown when Mat found Rand unresponsive to his own name, but he responded immediately to “Lews Therin.” At the battle of Cairhien when Rand was fighting the Shaido, he became exhausted from overuse of saidin. He forgot who he was and started talking to Asmodean, about when Tel Janin became the Destroyer of Hope (Sammael). From Rand’s point of view, he began to hear Lews Therin as a separate person in his head, one that grew increasingly stronger. When Rand was kidnapped by Elaida’s Aes Sedai, Lews Therin gave him advice on how to break the shield that was blocking him from saidin. While fighting against Lanfear in Cairhien, the personality of Lews Therin tries to take control of Rand’s body for the first time. Rand found himself occupied with not only trying and keep saidin from sweeping him away while channeling, but trying to maintain control over himself. The first time Rand met Mazrim Taim, Lews Therin began to rave about the Forsaken and wanted to kill Taim immediatly. Rand screamed at Lews Therin to shut up, which he did, this marking a sign that the madness had crossed another threshold, as it was the first time Rand was now beginning to regularly converse with his second personality. When Rand tells Taim to seize as much saidin as he can, Rand suddenly finds himself holding saidin as well, seeming to indicate that Lews Therin has actually seized it. A significant incident occured when Lews Therin seized saidin when trollocs were attacking the manor in Tear where Rand was staying. During the fight, Lews Therin used several weaves that none of the Asha’man with Rand, including Logain, had ever seen before. After his epiphany and redemption on Dragonmount, Rand has ceased to hear Lews Therin’s voice, after realizing that his loved ones would also be reborn some day and that he still had a chance to make up for mistakes made in past lives. When Rand visits Egwene, he has reintegrated his personalities, though she still questions his sanity, especially when he informs her that he has to break the seals. He tells her that both he and Lews Therin are the same man now, and Lews Therin’s life appears as a clear dream to Rand. Later, when Nynaeve delves him for madness, his mind is covered with the blackness of the taint, but there is some sort of glowing white insulation between the taint and him, apparently protecting him from madness.
Rand began to suffer from another mental and seemingly metaphysical ailment, whose onset was brought on during his battle with Sammael in Shadar Logoth. During the battle, a man that Rand does not recognize appeared, and they accidentally crossed streams of balefire. Rand did not see the man’s weaves, indicating that he was using the True Power rather than saidin. Because of some not yet understood side effect of this crossing of balefire streams, Rand is now linked with the man, who was later revealed to be Moridin. Because of this link, Rand now occasionally sees Moridin’s face in his mind as well. The link goes both ways, as Moridin can feel when Rand is physically injured. He has had dreams in which Moridin speaks to him, much as Ishamael once did. Rand is bonded to his three lovers, Min Farshaw, Elayne Trakand, and Aviendha of the Nine Valleys sept of the Taardad Aiel; he is also unwillingly bonded to Alanna Mosvani. Elayne is pregnant with his twins. He is advised mostly by Cadsuane Sedai, and the Wise One Sorilea. They have pledged to teach him “laughter and tears”. After a meeting with Semirhage he has now lost one hand, fulfilling one of Min’s viewings. A sword that isn’t a sword (fulfilled – refers to Callandor). A golden crown of laurel leaves (fulfilled – he now rules Illian, accepted the Laurel Crown, and renamed it the Crown of Swords). A beggar’s staff (fulfilled by his visit to Ebou Dar). Pouring water on sand (fulfilled – refers to when Rand creates rain in the Aiel Waste, or to opening an underground river at Rhuidean, or may refer to the attempted healing of the wound on his side, of which the flows of power sink into it “like water into sand”, or may refer to the Prophecy of Rhuidean that mentions him spilling the blood of the Aiel “as water on sand”). A bloody hand and a white hot iron (partially fulfilled with Semirhage blowing his hand off, the other half could refer to Semirhage’s death as balefire is often described as a bar of white hot iron). Three women standing over a funeral bier with Rand on it (the three women are Min, Aviendha and Elayne). Black rock wet with blood (Clear reference to the Karaethon Cycle
“His blood on the rocks of Shayol Ghul, washing away the shadow, sacrifice for man’s salvation.”). Rand will be hurt by Aes Sedai (fulfilled refers to when the White Tower Aes Sedai captured Rand, kept him in a box and beat him). Dragonmount is seen cloaked in shadows from storm clouds, then a pinprick of light will burst through the storm cover (fulfilled – refers to the land covered in clouds and Rand having his epiphany). An open cavern, gaping like a mouth (could refer to the Bore). Bloodstained rocks. Two dead men on the ground, surrounded by ranks and ranks of Trollocs. A pipe with smoke curling from it.
The first sword Rand ever owned, given to him by Tam al’Thor on Winternight after the Trollocs attacked Emond’s Field. It was made with the One Power and had herons on the hilt and blade. It was later destroyed when Rand used it against Ishamael .
Callandor is a male sa’angreal in the form of a crystal sword, powerful enough to destroy a city with one blow. It is sometimes called the “Sword That Cannot Be Touched” or “Sword That Is Not a Sword,” references to its protection by wards and true nature as a device of the One Power, though it is sturdy enough to be used as an edged weapon.
The fat bald man angreal is a shiny green stone carving of a fat bald man with a sword; found by Rand, now lost.
The Choedan Kal are two giant sa’angreal that were created during the War of Power, one for a man and one for a woman. They are the two most powerful sa’angreal ever created. The one meant for women was destroyed while the taint from saidin was being removed. The one meant for men was destroyed by Rand during his time on Dragonmount.
After killing him, the Aiel kept Laman Damodred’s sword as a trophy. It was a very rich sword, with an ivory hilt, and a gold pommel encrusted with gemstones; a power wrought blade refitted for ostentation, not for combat. Decades later, Aviendha offered it to Rand in order to free herself of the toh she incurred when Rand innocently gave her a bracelet as a gift. Rand accepted the heron marked blade itself, but chose to let Aviendha keep the unnecessary and gaudy sheath and hilt.
A belt with a buckle in the shape of the dragons that mark a Clan Chief and the Car’a’carn, given to Rand by Aviendha.The spears Aviendha used as a maiden were melted and crafted to make Rand’s buckle.
The Dragon Scepter was a Seanchan spear cut cleanly in half by a closing gateway, after Rand and Aviendha’s brief visit to the Seanchan continent. Rand used it as a scepter and kept it to remind him that he was surrounded by enemies. The Maidens of the Spear later carved dragons onto the wooden shaft. It was destroyed when Semirhage attacked Rand with fire.
The Crown of Swords is the crown worn by the king of Illian. It was formerly known as the Laurel Crown but was renamed by the current king Rand al’Thor. It was renamed because it contains small swords hidden amongst the laurel leaves that prick his skull.
The Dragon sword has only recently been uncovered and given to Rand. Little is known about the sword, the scabbard is lacquered with a red and golden dragon decorating it. When it was given to him Rand already recognised the sword as Justice, the power wrought blade carried by Artur Paendrag.
Tamlin al’Thor is the adoptive father of Rand al’Thor. His wife was Kari al’Thor. He lives on a farm in the Westwood near Emond’s Field, where he raised Rand from a baby. He has a thick chest and a lined face. His hair was gray with sprinkles of black at the beginning of 998 NE, but by the middle of 1000 NE, it is completely gray. At an early age, Tam al’Thor ran away from his home in the Two Rivers and joined the army of Illian, eventually becoming a member of the Companions. While serving Illian, he fought through the Whitecloak War, two wars with Tear, and the Aiel War. During this time, he was able to rise in rank to Second Captain of the Companions. He rose to the status of blademaster by defeating one in single combat, and before returning home, married a red-haired woman from Caemlyn, Kari al’Thor. some point during his time as a soldier, Tam acquired a power-wrought, heron marked blade. No specific explanation as to where he acquired it is given, but a conversation between Tam and Rand hints that Tam may have acquired the blade from Laman Damodred, but seeing that Aviendha gave Rand what she claimed was Laman’s sword this is likely not the case. Lan mentions to Rand that his sword is exceedingly valuable, being both heron-marked and power-forged, suggesting that Tam could have never acquired it from a merchant. In the conversation, Tam mentions killing a blademaster because it “needed to be done” though he regrets it. The Aiel accepted Laman’s jeweled sword as proof of his death, but nowhere is it specifically stated who killed Laman. Near the end of the Aiel War, Tam found a baby alone on the slopes of Dragonmount. The mother was dead, and remembering his wife’s desire for a child, he adopted him. He returned to the Two Rivers with his wife and the baby, whom he named Rand. There he settled on an outlying farm. Kari al’Thor died before she could see her son grow up, and Tam never remarried, despite the best efforts of the Women’s Circle. During Rand’s childhood, Tam taught him the trick of “the flame and the void”, known as ko’di, or Oneness, to improve his archery skills. This concentration technique later helped Rand focus his combat skills, and to incidentally control the One Power. He joined the Emond’s Field Village Council, and was known to be a respectable, thoughtful, council member. At an annual sheep-shearing, he told the children of the village the story of the War of Power and the Dragon.
In 998 NE, after a particularly hard winter, many interesting things happened to the isolated community. First, surprising visitors, a supposed noblewoman and her guard, actually an Aes Sedai and her Warder, who served to entertain the public at large by their very presence. Tam recognized her for what she was, though it is not known if he let this on to the council. Second, an expected visitor, the gleeman Thom Merrilin, who had been hired to perform after Winternight, on Bel Tine. These happy events were marred somewhat by strange news from the outside world, from the peddler Padan Fain. Fain told of a false Dragon, Logain, who had just been captured after many battles, and – despite the fact the war was over and the man captured – panic set in among the villagers. Tam supported a plan to arrange patrols, believing it would calm heads and control improbable influxes of refugees. These precautions were extraordinarily wise, though not for those reasons which had been established. A Trolloc army had assembled in the Two Rivers, at the behest of Ishamael, and they were hunting for the Dragon Reborn. On Winternight, the army attacked Emond’s Field, and specifically the homes of three candidates, all ta’veren, including that of Tam and his adopted son. Tam had sensed the danger, however. When Trollocs literally came to his doorstep, Tam was prepared, armed with his old heron-mark blade. He fought bravely, with all of his skill, but he was old and had never fought Trollocs before, and received a small wound across his ribs. However, the wound was made by a tainted blade and wrapped him in a deadly fever. His son treated it as well as he could and dragged him all the way back to the village to see the Wisdom Nynaeve al’Meara. In his feverish state, babbling to people who were not present, Tam had accidentally told Rand everything – Laman’s Pride, about the Aiel War, and the circumstances surrounding his adoption. Tam suffered a brush with death when the tainted Trolloc blade wounded him. Nynaeve could not do anything, and he only survived due to Healing from Moiraine Damodred, the Aes Sedai who had arrived the previous day, and aided the Two Rivers folk in their fight against the Trollocs. The following day, Tam woke to find out that his son was leaving with the Aes Sedai. He took this stoically, and gifted Rand with his heron-mark blade.
He would later travel to Tar Valon with Abell Cauthon to find out what had happened to their sons, though they were rebuffed and sent home with no more of a clue than when they had set off. When the Trollocs returned under the command of Padan Fain, and Whitecloaks came to the ‘aid’ of the village, Tam went into hiding in the woods along with Abell after resisting arrest. When Perrin Aybara returned to the Two Rivers, Tam met with him and they spoke of Rand and also of what needed to be done to free Abell’s family. Tam aided Perrin in his war effort against the Trollocs, and led the forces at the south in the last defense. In this time, he also trained Aram in the ways of the sword. When Mazrim Taim came to the Two Rivers to recruit Asha’man, he told Tam that Rand was the Dragon Reborn. Soon after, Tam’s hair turned completely gray.
He brought two thousand Two Rivers archers to aid Perrin in his efforts against the Shaido. In the Battle of Malden, Tam al’Thor was appointed Perrin’s First Captain. After leaving Malden he attends a meeting with Perrin to decide where the army should now go. A decision is made to send a scouting force to Cairhien to start looking for Rand. He is part of Perrin’s group that meet with Galadedrid Damodred to discuss parley with the Children of the Light.
As time passes and Rand begins to lose himself and becomes unable to show any sort of emotions aside from occasional outbursts of anger. Cadsuane Melaidhrin tries to find Tam in an attempt to remind Rand of his youth. This plan backfires as Tam lets it slip that Cadsuane both brought him to Rand and told him what to say. In a fit of rage Rand nearly destroys Tam with balefire, but at the last second he Travels away, leaving Tam alive. Tam then returns to Cadsuane, irate, and demands to know what she did to Rand. She says she did nothing, but Tam does not believe her. When he accuses her of doing something to Rand to have made him so different, Cadsuane wraps him in weaves of Air and lifts him from the ground with his arms pinned to his sides. Min tries to argue with Cadsuane in his defense, but Tam says it is all right, that he has dealt with bullies before, and whether they used their arms or the One Power makes no difference. This actually seems to get through to Cadsuane, for once, that she has been acting like a bully, and she lets him go with a grunt, perhaps even realizing that she had been going about trying to deal with Rand the wrong way the whole time, that Two Rivers folk react badly to being manipulated and bullied. Rand later returns to Tear after his epiphany. He then spots Tam and begins to weep on his shoulder. Tam forgives Rand and then Rand introduces Min to him.
Alene al’Vere is the second-eldest daughter of the al’Vere family. She’s the older sister of Egwene. She spends most of her time in her father’s library, reading books.
Berowyn al’Vere is the daughter of Bran and Marin al’Vere. She is the eldest sister of Egwene al’Vere, as well as Alene, Elisa and Loise al’Vere. The braided her hair at sixteen, eventually married, and had a son. However, they both died of Breakbone fever. According to Egwene, she has a tendency to treat her “like a baby.” Nothing else is known about her.
Brandelwyn “Bran” al’Vere is the Mayor of Emond’s Field, in the Two Rivers, though now he has willingly let much of his power go to Perrin Aybara, Lord of the Two Rivers. Egwene al’Vere is one of Bran and Marin’s children. With sparse gray hair and a round face, he has the look of many innkeepers: wearing an apron that strains over his wide girth. Suprisingly, he walks lightly for a man of his size. On special occasions, he wears a silver medallion of scales, the symbol of the office of Mayor. As the village Mayor and the head of the Village Council, people are always taking their problems to Bran for solving. He is also the owner of the Winespring Inn, which he runs with the help of his wife, Marin. The cellar of the inn contains many barrels of brandy and ale made by Bran, and sometimes apple cider or apple brandy made by Tam al’Thor, and delivered every year about Bel Tine. He is part of the Village council, which is in session when Padan Fain arrives. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trollocs.
Egwene al’Vere is one of the main female protagonists of the series. She is described as beautiful, with large brown eyes and long dark hair. She briefly wore her hair in a braid, the Two Rivers symbol that a woman has come of age, but once she began taking lessons from Moiraine she decided to take it down because “Aes Sedai don’t braid their hair. At least, not unless they want to.” She’s very short, standing 5’2". Egwene is frequently described as wanting to learn everything, as fast as possible; she often chafes against the restrictions her teachers put on her, even those set for her own safety. Moiraine Damodred has made note of Egwene’s social intuition; while she may not understand the private or secret machinations going on around her, she is often (at least) aware that they are happening—a strong contrast to the other Two Rivers characters in the series, who tend to take everything around them at face value.
She is one of the strongest female channelers seen in over a thousand years. Among women, Egwene al’Vere is only outstripped in the One Power currently by Nynaeve, Talaan, Sharina, Alivia, Tamela, Viendre and the Forsaken. She has likely reached her potential, or is at least further along that path than Elayne Trakand and Aviendha, who have the same ultimate potential as her, but are further behind on the path to reaching it. She is also the first Aes Sedai Dreamer to have been discovered since Corianin Nedeal, who died approximately 475 years prior to her rediscovery of this Talent; she is powerful enough to break out of an illusion orchestrated by Moghedien in the World of Dreams, which is no small feat, considering that Moghedien is the most powerful Dreamer among the Forsaken (it is hinted, however, by Moghedien that she wasn’t really trying to keep Egwene – just testing her strength). She also has exceptional ability with weaving Earth, as shown by her talent for Delving and detecting metal ores, and good with Fire which is a very rare trait among women, giving her the ability to create cuendillar with immense speed and ease (an ability which she incidentally was the one to rediscover). She also has strength in Spirit as evidenced by her ability to still an Aes Sedai holding the source while she was only Accepted and her Dream-related Talents. By her own admission, she is also very strong in Air and Water, making it likely that she is one of the rare few channelers with great ability in all five of the Powers. She has no Talent with Healing, though her Healing weaves seem to favorably impress the Head of the Yellow Ajah. Egwene can split her flow fourteen ways, a feat unmatched by even the Forsaken, though they may well be capable of it. The Aes Sedai of the White Tower have declared that there are no areas of the Power she needs training in.
Egwene is the youngest daughter of Marin al’Vere and Brandelwyn al’Vere, Mayor of Emond’s Field. Egwene’s sisters, all older, are Elisa, Alene, Loise, and Berowyn. She grew up in Emond’s Field with Rand al’Thor, Matrim Cauthon, Perrin Aybara and Nynaeve al’Meara. Though friends with all of them, she was particularly close with Rand, whom it was assumed she would marry when they both came of age. She also wished to become apprentice Wisdom to Nynaeve.
Winternight changed all that. When Trollocs invaded the Two Rivers region, Rand, Mat and Perrin were spirited away by Moiraine Sedai for their own protection; Egwene went with them, seeking “adventure”. Moiraine had an agenda of her own: she had discovered that Egwene could learn to channel; it was Moiraine’s intent to bring her to Tar Valon to train to become Aes Sedai; when Nynaeve chased after them, Moiraine decided to include her as well, against Nynaeve’s wishes. On the journey north, Egwene and Perrin were separated from the rest of the party during a trolloc attack at Shadar Logoth. She was present when Perrin met Elyas Machera and learned of his ability to talk to wolves, and she is one of very few people who knows the truth of his golden eyes and occasional bouts of wolfish behavior. At his request, she has kept this secret.
After the events at the Eye of the World, Egwene and Nynaeve were brought to Tar Valon, where they met Elayne Trakand and became reacquainted with Min Farshaw. Not long after being accepted as a novice, she and Nynaeve were confronted by Liandrin, who told them that Rand was in danger, and she needed their help. Elayne and Min overheard the conversation, and decided to leave with them. They met Liandrin in the Grove, and traveled the Ways to Falme, where they learned Liandrin had tricked them. Elayne and Nynaeve managed to escape, but Egwene was made damane and renamed Tuli, while Min was simply captured.2 Through a lot of planning, work, and organization, Elayne, Nynaeve and Min were able to free Egwene during the battle of Falme.3 Egwene’s strength in the One Power was drastically heightened by the rigors of her damane duties, but to this day she cannot stand the idea of being collared again. They met up with Moiraine and shortly thereafter, Elayne, Nynaeve and Egwene traveled back to Tar Valon in the company of Verin, taking Mat with them so he could be rid of the dagger from Shadar Logoth to which he was bound and which was killing him.
Shortly after returning, Egwene was given the test to become Accepted, spending a remarkably short time as a novice. Egwene was discovered to be a Dreamer, one who could easily enter Tel’aran’rhiod, the World of Dreams, while sleeping. Besides exploring this new facet of her life, Egwene and Nynaeve were charged with a top secret task by the Amyrlin herself: to hunt out the Black Ajah. Naturally, Elayne wanted to join in the quest, though she was not included in the task. While they had been away, Liandrin and twelve other Black sisters had fled the Tower after stealing many ter’angreal and killing a number of sisters and other Tower personnel. The three girls set out for Tear to find them, and were imprisoned in the Stone of Tear when Rand al’Thor drew Callandor from its wards and proclaimed himself the Dragon Reborn. Mat rescued them from their imprisonment during the fall of the Stone of Tear, though Egwene had already managed to partly shield the black sister guarding their cell in the World of Dreams. Instead of thanking him for his assistance, they scoffed at him and marched away.
After the Stone of Tear, Egwene parted ways with Elayne and Nynaeve and chose to follow Rand to the Aiel Waste, so she could learn from the Aiel Wise Ones how to be a Dreamer. Although Aes Sedai know much more about saidar than the Wise Ones, the Wise Ones are masters of Tel’aran’rhiod. Becoming an informal apprentice to the Wise Ones, she applied herself to learning from the Aiel women. Despite sometimes harsh training and rules that she chafed under, she learned much during her time with them, including taking to heart ji’e’toh, their code of honor. She then travels with Rand and the rest of the Aiel to Cairhien and the battle with the Shaido. She was injured during the attack by Lanfear at the Docks as a result of Lanfear’s rage against any woman with whom Rand had slept.6 While recuperating in Cairhien, she meets up with Gawyn again. They begin to regularly meet with each other and finally confess their love for each, sealing their relationship with stolen kisses. After she had fully recovered and was able to return to the World of Dreams, she was summoned by the Hall of the Tower in exile. Before leaving, she admitted to the Wise Ones that she had visited the World of Dreams without their permission and also that she was not a full Aes Sedai. She then requested that they help her meet her toh, which she met with much ji.
Egwene and Rand severed their romantic ties long ago, and today Rand has his three lovers, and Egwene is enamored with Gawyn Trakand, Elayne’s older brother.
After the White Tower split and the Blue Ajah fled to Salidar, Egwene was chosen by the Hall of the Salidar Tower to become their Amyrlin Seat, in opposition of Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan, who sat in the White Tower. The Salidar Hall’s public reason was that she was a fresh face who had not been involved in the Breaking of the Tower, and was strong in the One Power. In reality, certain members of the Hall desired to use her as a puppet, and a scapegoat should their rebellion fail; as evidence, they used an unusual definition of Tower law to raise her directly from Accepted to Amyrlin Seat, which had the side effect of making her a full Aes Sedai.
Egwene took former Amyrlin Siuan Sanche as her advisor, and former Mistress of Novices, Sheriam Bayanar of the Blue Ajah as her Keeper of the Chronicles. She was raised, basically only as a figure-head to be controlled by the Sitters, Romanda Cassin and Lelaine Akashi in particular. She has been slowly disabusing the Salidar Hall of the idea that she can be controlled, especially when she taught them Traveling, a Talent she had rediscovered with the help of Wise Ones who provided her with a similar weave upon which she could base Traveling and after questioning Moghedien to ensure it would work before she tried it. She proved herself extremely intelligent and deft at manipulating the women who desired to manipulate her, indeed making them believe that they were succeeding and she could be controlled. She raises Elayne, Nynaeve, Faolain Orande and Theodrin Dabei to actual Aes Sedai without consulting the Hall first. In the wake of Rand’s announcement of amnesty for male channelers, she is concerned about alienating Rand if she answered calls to gentle or execute Logain Ablar. So she circumvented the Hall again, secretly arranging to allow him to escape by having Siuan drug the warders and Aes Sedai that were guarding him. Soon after, she is wearing the a’dam bracelet when Moghedien is released by a man who can channel. She briefly wonders if Logain did it, before realizing that it must have been one of the other Forsaken. A subsequent investigation intended to reveal the identity of the Forsaken responsible turned up nothing because the search for a male channeler overlooked Aran’gar, who, in addition to freeing Moghedien, was also masquerading as Halima, secretary to Delana before becoming Egwene’s maid. Later Faolain and Theodrin pledge an oath of fealty to Egwene and promise to be loyal to her. She finds out that Myrelle Berengari and Nisao Dachen have been hiding Lan after Moiraine’s death and sends him to Ebou Dar to protect Nynaeve. She then demands both Myrelle and Nisao’s oath of fealty as well, which they give. She also has to deal with Nicola Treehill and Areina Nermasiv blackmailing her for acting as an Aes Sedai while still Accepted. The blackmailing doesn’t work and she sends the two away seriously reprimanded. She then raised an army with the help of Gareth Bryne, one of the Five Great Captains, who used to be in service of Queen Morgase of Andor. Egwene felt called to lead her sisters and army to war against Elaida, although she regrets the need deeply. Gareth has strongly hinted that the army is hers first and foremost, before even the Sitters of the Hall. Over the course of her reign, she tries her best to live by the three oaths despite the fact that she had not yet sworn on the Oath Rod. She proposes a lot of new changes to the Aes Sedai, including the idea that they should retire into the Kin. She has also opened the novice book for women of any age now, which has increased their number immensely. She has thus far proven herself to be a powerful Amyrlin, indeed perhaps to become one of the greatest Amyrlins there have ever been.
As part of the Siege of Tar Valon, Egwene and Leane secretly row out to the two harbors of Tar Valon and turn their giant chains into cuendillar. However, they are captured, having been betrayed by someone from the Salidar Aes Sedai (now known to be Beonin Marinye) Leane and Egwene are both drugged with forkroot, which temporarily makes them unable to channel.15 Egwene was taken by the White Tower Aes Sedai and demoted to a novice at Elaida’s command. She notices that many among the Tower are at each other’s throats and plans to exploit that from within, viewing herself as an agent rather than a prisoner. Her refusal to treat the Tower Aes Sedai with the deference and courtesy expected of a novice leads to repeated corporal punishment, which she takes in stride. Meanwhile, she sows the seed of discord among the Aes Sedai, many of whom have already begun to question Elaida’s leadership. Egwene’s refusal to bend to Elaida gains her the respect of many of her Aes Sedai in the Tower, including Silviana Brehon, a Red, who as Mistress of Novices is responsible for Egwene’s frequent beatings. Egwene is required to attend Elaida at a formal dinner. She keeps silent during the dinner, which Elaida takes as servitude. Meidani is also present at the dinner and Egwene requests that she ask for private lessons with Egwene. Watching the whole White Tower crumble causes Egwene pain, which she uses to put into perspective all the strappings she gets. Eventually, she begins to laugh at the pain, as the Aiel do. She feels the pain of division and discord among the Aes Sedai much more keenly. She is visiting Leane when a Bubble of evil erupts and nearly melts Leane with the entire cell. Leane is saved by her jailers Gelarna and Musarin. She then walks back to the Novice quarters when a warping of the Pattern swaps some of the Brown Ajah quarters with the Novice quarters. Siuan continues to meet with Egwene in Tel’aran’rhiod, where she gives her the news of Halima actually being one of the Forsaken and Lelaine’s reach for power while pretending to be acting in Egwene’s name. Egwene gains the respect of prominent Sisters and Sitters when they invite her to debate with them. Ferane, for instance, compliments her on her logic, and Suana, Head of the Yellow, recommends the Ajah to her. During these moments, she tries to Heal the bridges between the Ajahs, knowing that the Last Battle approaches, and that the White Tower as it is, is woefully unprepared for it. However, this comes to the halt when Elaida passes down an order for Egwene to stop attending Sisters until further notice. Egwene, that same day the order is passed down, is ordered once again to attend Elaida during dinner with several other sisters.
When Elaida questions Egwene’s dreams in front of the Sisters, Egwene has no choice but to force the confrontation that has been brewing for so long. She outwits Elaida verbally, bringing up the massive failures on Elaida’s part, as well as her tyranny and her failed attempt to kidnap the Dragon Reborn. When Egwene finally insults Elaida, Elaida momentarily loses her sanity and beats her with Air and throws her in the dungeon, only to be released when Silviana denounces Elaida in front of the whole hall, causing an exchange of prisoners, with Silviana being thrown into the cells in place of Egwene. Later that day, Verin comes in and announces that she is Black Ajah, giving Egwene all her notes regarding the Shadow before she dies, having poisoned herself with Aspsing Rot while relating to Egwene her tale. Egwene proceeds to uncover the Black Ajah, reading through the list of names in the book. Egwene is sickened by the names of Aes Sedai on the list, Sheriam Bayanar among them, as well as Moria Karentaris, and is horror struck at the number of Black Ajah Sitters present.
During the battle with the Seanchan that same night, Egwene gathers the novices together, teaches them to link, and organizes the defense on the 22nd Level of the White Tower, and rescues several sisters in the process, including Green Ajah Head Adelorna Bastine, who gains a formidable respect for her during the fight. Egwene proceeds to wreak havoc on the Seanchan, forcing them to withdraw with the aid of a sa’angreal she took from the storerooms. Overall, she blew thirty raken from the sky and captured ten damane, whilst only losing one Aes Sedai out of the forty she rescued, and three of the novices she gathered. She amazed Saerin Asnobar with her competency, and this competency leads to Saerin bringing up her name time and time again in the Hall the next day as a potential candidate for the Amrylin Seat when Elaida is captured. The Ajah Heads, led by Adelorna, eventually take a hand in the Hall, and make their Sitters vote for Egwene. Meanwhile, back at the Rebel Camp, Egwene purges the camp of the Black Ajah Sisters and executes over fifty sisters, though nearly twenty escape the scene. When Elaida was captured by the Seanchan, the Hall of the White Tower chose to raise Egwene in Elaida’s place. Egwene then chooses Silviana as her Keeper of the Chronicles, having discovered that Sheriam was Black Ajah and wishing to help heal the damage done to the Red Ajah. She berates the Hall for not doing more, and formally requests an admission of guilt and apology from the rebel Aes Sedai, as she welcomes them home. Her stated goal is to reforge the Tower so that its temporary division and damaged reputation will be forgotten in light of their great deeds as the Last Battle approaches. Egwene begins to follow up on the Black Ajah sisters inside the White Tower to find that most of them were somehow tipped off and have escaped. She has also tested every sister with the Oath Rod but has still not identified the identity of Mesaana. Silviana guides Egwene to where she can see over Dragonmount. There she sees a brilliant ray of light shining through the dark storm clouds onto Dragonmount. She asks Silviana to write this day down as something profound has occurred.
Egwene is later informed that Rand has arrived at the White Tower. After meeting with him, he announces his plans to destroy the remaining Seals on the Dark One’s prison in one month, inviting the White Tower and any of its allies to join him at the Field of Merrilor for the beginning of the Last Battle. After his departure, Egwene begins preparations to gather a huge delegation to confront Rand and oppose his plans. She meets Amys and Bair in tel’aran’rhiod to inform them that she has become Amyrlin Seat and then informs them of Rand’s. She asks them and the rest of the Wise Ones to help her oppose him. She then meets with Nynaeve and Elayne and summons them both back to the Tower to be tested. While there she uses Nynaeve’s own example of becoming Wisdom to help her show respect to the station of Amyrlin Seat.
Although the Tower has been cleansed of the Black Ajah, Egwene is still aware of Mesaana’s presence due to dreams pertaining to her. Gawyn comes to confront her on a series of deaths within the Tower, and she reveals that the deaths were probably the result of being murdered by Mesaana rather than the Black Ajah. After an assassination attempt on her life, she devises a plan to lure Mesaana and any Black sisters into a trap in Tel’aran’riod. After the Black Ajah makes the first strike, however, the Battle in Tel’aran’rhiod begins. Egwene strikes down and kills a number of Black Aes Sedai, during which she truly masters the nature of the world of dreams. After being captured by Mesaana and taken to hidden room in the dream, Mesaana attempts to bend Egwene’s will to her own. Using the strength of the White Tower and generations of Aes Sedai behind her, Egwene manages to overpower Mesaana’s will, breaking the Forsaken’s mind and incapacitating her. After Egwene awakens, she finds a massacre in her chambers. Three dead Bloodknives and a dead soldier surround her, and Gawyn is the only one left alive. Realizing that Gawyn saved her life from the Seanchan assassins that were responsible for the murders in the Tower, she bonds Gawyn, saving his life and making him her warder, telling him she wants him as her husband. They later agree to become married. Egwene has had a number of dreams about the Seanchan attacking the White Tower. It will be an event that will shake the White Tower to its core. This has strengthened her resolve to unite the Tower before this event occurs. (fulfilled) She has also dreamed that she is tied to a Seanchan woman who will somehow save her, a thought she isn’t too pleased with
Elise al’Vere is the middle child of the al’Vere family, younger than Berowyn and Alene, older than Loise and Egwene. Elise is one of many people folding fleece at the annual sheep-shearing in Emond’s Field
Loise al’Vere is the second-youngest daughter of the a’Vere family and the older sister of Egwene. Loise is a tomboy. She and Dag Coplin argue at the annual sheep-shearing over the best technique
Marin al’Vere lives in Emond’s Field with her husband Bran and their younger children. Mistress al’Vere is also the mother of Egwene al’Vere. Slender and motherly, with a thick gray braid, Marin is a handsome woman. As the best cook in the village, she fills that role in helping Bran run the Winespring Inn. She is kind and welcoming to all, adapting very quickly to the presence of Aiel and Ogier for the first time in the Two Rivers. As Egwene once remarked, “Two Rivers men may be stubborn but they could not match Two Rivers women.” Her mother is said to be implacable when she has made up her mind. She is also quite courageous as she helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army, boldly joining the front lines when the Trollocs were about to break through to the village.
Alesinde (presumed, but not confirmed, to be Alesinde Casalain) was the second Queen of Andor. She was the daughter of Ishara Casalain and Souran Maravaile, the granddaughter of Endara Casalain and great-granddaughter of Joal Ramedar. The date of Alesinde’s birth is not recorded, but is presumed to have been after FY 994. In that year, when her mother convinced her father to lift the siege of Tar Valon, they are recorded as being “lovers,” not spouses. In accordance with her mother’s treaty of alliance with the Aes Sedai, Alesinde was sent to Tar Valon for schooling in the art of politics. When her mother died in FY 1020, Alesinde’s own brothers had been killed in battle during the War of the Hundred Years, leaving her to take the Lion Throne of Andor. She ruled for fifteen years before dying in FY 1035. Her own sons had likewise been killed in battle, leaving her daughter Melasune to take the Lion Throne in her stead, establishing the precedent that only women may sit the Lion Throne.
Rulan Allwine is an innkeeper in Market Sheran, a village in Andor. He is a stout man. When Rand al’Thor and Matrim Cauthon are making their way to Caemlyn, they stop at Rulan’s inn. Rand and Mat are shocked at the prices he is charging, due to the hard times. Nevertheless, they stay at his inn for the night.
Merana Ambrey is an Aes Sedai of the Gray Ajah. She is allied to the Salidar Aes Sedai. Her Warder, Basan, died before the Aiel War and she has not bonded another. Merana is a slim Andoran from Caemlyn, with dark hair and hazel eyes. Merana went to the White Tower in 909 NE, became Accepted in 914 NE and was raised to the shawl in 920 NE. In 961 NE, Merana was responsible for negotiating the Fifth Treaty of Falme for the peaceful disposition of Almoth Plain between Arad Doman and Tarabon. Unfortunately it failed almost immediately.
Merana was one of the Aes Sedai sent as ambassadors from the Salidar Aes Sedai to Rand in Caemlyn as its leader. When Bera Harkin and Kiruna Nachiman arrive in Caemlyn they over rule her leadership and take over. She is allowed to accompany them to Cairhien after Rand al’Thor flees Andor.
Merana joined the Battle at Dumai’s Wells with Perrin’s forces, but she was forced to swear fealty to Rand after the battle.
After returning to Cairhien, in the Sun Palace Merana accepts to be used as a servant by Rand to convince some of the Aiel Clan Chiefs that he is not an Aes Sedai puppet. Some time after Cadsuane Melaidhrin arrives in Cairhien and takes Merana away and questions her heavily on events that have transpired lately. But after it, Merana takes the courage to confront Cadsuane directly and asks her about her intentions to the Lord Dragon and Merana also tells her that she will help and protect him with the aid of the others sworn sisters. Some time after Rand, as the Coramoor, meets with Harine din Togara Two Winds, as the Extraordinary Embassador from the Mistress of Ships of the Atha’an Miere; after the meeting he leaves Merana Ambrey and Rafela Cindal to negotiate his Bargain with Harine. Rand initially isn’t too pleased with the two Aes Sedai over the final points of the Bargain, causing Merana to strongly chastise him for his unfair expectations of the sisters. Surprisingly, Rand accepts this and apologizes to Merana and Rafela, while realizing the political advantages that were made in the bargain. In Far Madding Rand orders to Alanna to picks up Merana and the others sworn Aes Sedai in Cairhien, to go negotiate with the Tairiens rebels. Merana is spotted by the Rebel Amyrlin Seat’s Eyes-and-ears in Tear, possibly mediating a negotiation between the Steward of the Dragon High Lord Darlin Sisnera, and the leaders of the rebel forces, High Lord Tedosian and High Lady Estanda. She finally draws an agreement with the rebel High Lords of Tear. The terms are that the rebels will disperse in return for Darlin being made king.
Mistress Anford is a clerk in the Royal Palace of Andor. Mistress Anford is an elderly woman with graying hair. Mistress Anford regularly brings reports to Birgitte Trahelion.1 Even during the attacks on Caemlyn, Mistress Anford keeps order in the Map Room
Karind Anshar is a high noble of Andor and High Seat of House Anshar. The sign of House Anshar is the Red Fox. She is not very intelligent and is said to have a blocky figure, a severe face with dark hair. She was one of the nobles who didn’t support Morgase Trakand when she assumed the throne after The Succession, and was forced to swear fealty to her afterwards. She was one of the nobles who hung around Lord Gaebril in the Throne Room of Andor. After Gaebril’s demise she now fawns over Rand al’Thor. She leaves Caemlyn only to return with her armsman as part of Arymilla Marne’s forces, which are currently laying siege to the city. Karind and her armsmen ride with the army when Arymilla mobilizes her entire force and attacks the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla’s army is hit behind by half of Elayne’s force and in the end Arymilla’s army surrenders. Karind is brought before Elayne Trakand and publicly throws her support behind her. She is present at the meeting with the neutral High Seats and Elayne. There, they throw their support behind Elayne giving her the required Houses she needs to obtain the Lion Throne.
Ara is an attendant at the Stag and Lion in Baerlon. He is a slight, dark-haired young man and doesn’t talk much.
Naean Arawn is a high noble of Andor and High Seat of House Arawn. The sign of House Arawn is the Triple Keys.
She is slim with big blue eyes and gleaming dark hair. She is pale. She was one of the nobles who didn’t support Morgase Trakand when she assumed the throne after the Succession, and was forced to swear fealty to her afterwards.
She was one of the nobles who hang around Lord Gaebril in the Throne Room of Andor. After Gaebril’s demise she fawned over Rand al’Thor. She pretends to not lay any claim to the Lion Throne. When Rand is kidnapped by the White Tower Aes Sedai she proclaims herself for the Lion Throne but is instead imprisoned by Dyelin Taravin who is acting as Regent for Elayne Trakand.
She is broken free when being escorted to Aringill by Arymilla Marne’s troops, in exchange for her to throw her support behind Arymilla’s claim to the Lion Throne. Her troops combined with Arymilla’s have begun their siege of Caemlyn. She believes Elenia Sarand has a plan for escape and is encouraged by her to sign a pledge to back Elenia for the Lion Throne in return to be taken when they do escape. Arymilla has now made the two ladies sleep together, but it remains unclear if see is suspicious of them. Naean and her armsmen ride with the army when
Dawlin Armaghn is a lesser noble from Andor and has the sigil of the Oak and Axe. Usually support is thrown behind Naean Arawn’s claim to the Lion Throne but the House’s banners were seen in Arymilla Marne camp outside Caemlyn.
Astara was the sixth Queen of Andor, succeeding Queen Maragaine in FY 1073. It is not known if Astara was Maragaine’s daughter, but it is known that she was also a descendant of Queen Ishara Casalain, the founder of the kingdom of Andor. Astara ruled for twelve years (FY 1073-85) and was succeeded by Telaisien.
Shiaine Avarhin a minor noble in Andor who once lived in Caemlyn. Shiaine Avarhin was the only daughter of Lord Willim of House Avarhin, a minor and impoverished house of Andor. She was killed by Mili Skane and had her identity stolen by Mili.
Willim Avarhin was a minor noble from Andor. Willim Avarhin was an impoverished noble who lived in a small house manor in Caemlyn with his daughter, Shiaine Avarhin. Mili Skane murders both of them and takes Shiaine’s idenitity
Avin is a gatekeeper in Baerlon. He is a little man with a wizened face and a gap-toothed smile. He is bribed by Moiraine Damodred to forget her passage in and out of the city of Baerlon.
Rhea Avin is a Two Rivers resident. She is pretty, with a round face. Her dark hair is braided to her waist. Faile Bashere sends Rhea and Sharmad Zeffar to Daise Congar after they have been fighting over Wil al’Seen.
Adora Aybara was Perrin’s sister. She was killed by Padan Fain at age sixteen alongside her father and mother, Con and Joslyn Aybara, and Paet, her brother, and Deselle, her sister.
Con Aybara was Perrin’s father and was married to Joslyn Aybara. He has one other son named Paet and two daughters named Adora and Deselle. He was slim. Padan Fain murders Perrin’s entire family including Con because Con and Joslyn Aybara laughed at him and insulted him when Fain told them Perrin was a Darkfriend.
Deselle Aybara was Perrin’s sister. Her father and mother were Con Aybara and Joslyn Aybara. She also had another brother, Paet, and a sister, Adora. She was twelve. Padan Fain murders Perrin’s entire family including Deselle.
Eward Aybara was Perrin’s uncle and brother of Con Aybara. He was married to Magde. He was stout and looked very similar to his wife. He lived on the Aybara farm with the rest of Perrin’s family. Padan Fain murders Perrin’s entire family including Eward.
Jaim Aybara is a resident of the Two Rivers. He is a distant cousin of Perrin Aybara and his only know living relative. He has dark, curly hair. He is sent by Tam al’Thor to tell Perrin that the men from Deven Ride have broken the invading Trolloc army.
Joslyn Aybara was Perrin’s mother. She was pretty, with a wonderful smile. She was married to Con Aybara. She had two sons, Paet and Perrin and had two daughters, Adora and Deselle. Padan Fain murders Perrin’s entire family including Joslyn because Joslyn and Con Aybara laughed at him and insulted him when Fain told them Perrin was a Darkfriend.
Magde Aybara was Perrin’s aunt. She was married to Eward Aybara. She was stout and looked very similar to her husband. She lives on the Aybara farm with the rest of Perrin’s family. Padan Fain murders Perrin’s entire family including Magde.
Paetram Aybara was Perrin’s brother. His father and mother were Con Aybara and Joslyn Aybara. He also had two sisters, Adora and Deselle. He was nine. Padan Fain murders Perrin’s entire family, including Paetram. Perrin often said that Paetram enjoyed climbing in the apple tree by their home.
Perrin Aybara is a young man from the Two Rivers district of Andor. He is stocky, strong, with thick, curly brown hair, and his eyes were a deep, dark brown but have changed to a bright golden after his adventures with wolves. Perrin has wide shoulders and strong arms gained from his hours working as a blacksmith’s apprentice. He is tall, being only half a head shorter than Rand al’Thor.
After becoming separated from Moiraine, Perrin and Egwene al’Vere attempt to get to Caemlyn when they meet a man in the woods named Elyas Machera.2 Elyas is a Wolfbrother, a man who had wolf-like abilities and could speak with them telepathically. He informed Perrin that his wolf companions recognized the latent ability in him as well, and introduced him to the wolf pack, which included Hopper and Dapple. Perrin’s wolf name is Young Bull. Communicating with the wolves changed Perrin somewhat. The irises of his eyes are now gold; he can see, hear and smell better than any man, even to the point of smelling the emotions people are feeling. He can communicate in a form of telepathy with other wolves, summoning them to battle, although this is initially unpleasant for him. He can also enter the World of Dreams easily. On a number of occasions, Perrin seems to accept the wolf within himself, using his axe to kill his enemies in what seems to be a ferocious and instinctual manner. When he accepts this side of himself, he is described as a powerful and frightening warrior.
While following Rand’s trail to Tear with Moiraine Sedai, Lan Mandragoran, and the Ogier Loial, he met a man in a small town whose brother was a Wolfbrother. Perrin went to see this man, who had to be locked in a shed and was dangerous to everyone. The man had gone too far with his abilities and forgotten his human side. He acted as if, and believed he was, a wolf. Perrin fears the same fate, although he has so far kept his powers in check. Also on that journey, he met a young Saldaean woman, a Hunter of the Horn, who called herself Faile; in the Old Tongue, this same means “falcon”. This bothered Perrin immensely, because of a viewing received by Min Farshaw that he would meet a hawk and falcon, both female, who would ‘perch on his shoulders.’ He saves Faile in Tel’aran’rhiod when she is caught in a trap set by the Black Ajah that is meant for Moiraine. He finds Faile by entering the Wolf Dream and with the help of Hopper, who was killed in an earlier book by Whitecloaks, and now exists in Tel’aran’rhiod. This also marks the beginning of his romantic relationship with Faile.
Soon after, Perrin decided to investigate rumors that Whitecloaks had been terrorizing the Two Rivers people as a result of their relationship with him and Rand. With Loial, Faile, and his Aiel friends Gaul, Bain and Chiad, they set out to Emond’s Field to find Perrin’s family dead, and not only Whitecloaks, but Trollocs in the area. He united the Two Rivers region and repelled both forces. Once he began to influence the people living in the Two Rivers region, they began calling him Lord Perrin Goldeneyes, much to his consternation. After his wedding to Faile and subsequent honeymoon, he felt the ta’veren pull, raising an army to help Rand in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. His revulsion at having to do battle with his axe did not stop him from doing his duty, but he has regretted the bloodshed ever since. Under the public pretense of exile, Rand then sent Perrin and his Two Rivers men with Berelain and her Mayeners, the Aiel Wise Ones, Aes Sedai and two Asha’man to find Masema Dagar, the so called Prophet of the Dragon in Ghealdan and bring him to Rand. The task was harder than expected, given the zealous and unstable nature of the Prophet Masema and his cult-like army of followers, and events turned tragic for Perrin when his party was attacked by the rogue Shaido Aiel, and Faile taken captive.
His wife kidnapped, Perrin develops a single-mindedness in trying to rescue her that sees him completely neglect his wider responsibilities to Rand and the people that follow him. Assembling an army of Two Rivers folk, Ghealdanin, Mayeners and Aiel, he also forges an alliance with the Seanchan through Tylee Khirgan. Facing a force including 300-400 Shaido Wise Ones, he contaminates Malden’s water supply with Forkroot to neutralize the channelers among his enemies and circumvent the possibility of another Dumai’s Wells. The resulting battle sees only a handful of casualties on his side, whilst the Shaido are broken and most of their Wise Ones collared for damane. But the battle also reveals the depth of Masema’s madness and hatred of Perrin; Aram tries to kill Perrin at Masema’s behest, and only luck saves Perrin’s life at Aram’s expense. Masema escapes the battle with a handful of his followers. During this time Perrin finally discards his axe and enters the battle armed with his hammer. After the Maidens with him take some Shaido prisoners they are put to the Question. Perrin wants nothing to do with this and attempts to merely question them instead. He is mocked for this and realizes he will get no answers. In response, and utterly level-headed about it, he shears off one of the Shaido’s hands and threatens to remove all their hands and feet and leave them as beggars in a village unless they talk. Not waiting to find out what happens, he leaves and walks off into the forest where he hurls his axe into a tree. Elyas Machera questions whether Perrin did this because he liked what he had done to the Shaido, but Perrin tells him it’s because of his fears. He feels alive in battle and is terrified that he may come to feel the same about using the axe in other situations, something he cannot allow. After the battle at Malden, Perrin realizes how he has failed the people following him. He starts to enter the wolf dream more often in an attempt to learn what he needs. He reaches out to Hopper to help teach him, but Hopper refuses until Perrin starts to think first before leaping.
Following Faile’s rescue, Perrin’s army begins to make its way through Ghealdan. There they come across an area all infected by the Blight. Perrin orders the Wise One’s to burn it. He then holds a meeting to decide what to do with all the refugees. He sends a group to Cairhien to look for Rand. He also tells Wil to burn all the wolfhead banners and gets in trouble with Morgase Trakand when he tries to marry her to Martyn Tallanvor. He then encounters the Children of the Light, led by Galad Damodred. The Whitecloaks demand a battle, due to Perrin’s murder of two Children two years prior and the accusation of being a Shadowspawn. Perrin wishes to avoid battle and convinces Galad to give him a fair trial, judged by Queen Morgase, who he finds out has being posing as Maighdin. At the trial, which is solely judging Perrin’s guilt of the deaths of those two Children, Morgase deems him innocent of murder, but guilty of killing illegally, as the Whitecloaks were acting as a mercenary group in Andor, illegally. The sentence is given to Galad to decide, but Galad holds off on announcing it, agreeing to let Perrin fight at Tarmon Gaiden before accepting it. Meanwhile, Perrin had been training with Hopper in the Wolf Dream, which he finds out is actually the world of dreams for everyone. In one training session, Perrin leads a group of wolves on the hunt of a white stag. As Perrin goes in for the kill he is knocked away by Hopper, who informs him that if he kills it here, it will die the last death. During this time, Perrin learns to control the dream while also finding the balance between himself and the wolf inside of him. Perrin and Hopper discover that Slayer has created a large, purple dome around Perrin’s camp, visible only in the dream world, which is preventing them from Traveling in the real world. Perrin confronts Slayer and finds the device creating the barrier – a Dreamspike ter’angreal. Perrin takes the spike and begins fleeing with, removing the barrier from around the camp and letting his army Travel again. With Slayer in close pursuit of Perrin, he takes the confrontation to Tar Valon. It is here where Perrin and Slayer engage in an intense game of cat-and-mouse. Slayer manages to seize the Dreamspike from Perrin. Perrin accidentally stumbles on the battle between Egwene and her allies and the Black Ajah inside Tel’aran’riod. Egwene tries, and fails, to bind Perrin in chains for his own safety. He breaks through with ease, noting the difference in strength between them in the World of Dreams. Perrin then saves Egwene from a balefire attack, much to her bewilderment, and resumes the fight with Slayer. Slayer shoots Hopper with an arrow, dealing a killing blow. Enraged, Perrin knocks Slayer into a nightmare coming from the White Tower, where Perrin is more skilled due to his training with Hopper. Perrin manages to steal the Dreamspike back, stabbing Slayer, and throwing the ter’angreal into a rift of lava, destroying the item for good. Perrin then flees after a painfull final parting with Hopper. After he awakens, Perrin’s army Travels away from the proximity of the Whitecloak army. In order to ease his own mind and distract him, Perrin begins working in the forge. Neald keeps the metal hot with saidin while he works, and Perrin comes to realize that he has the responsibility to lead these people, whether he ever wanted to or not. When he’s done forging, he finds that he’s created a large battle hammer and that Neald had used saidin to align the matrix, creating the first power-wrought weapon in centuries, which Perrin names Mah’alleinir. This fulfills the Prophecy of the Wolf King. Perrin realizes that the barrier created by Slayer was a trap to make his army vulnerable to a Trolloc attack, which is about to let loose on Galad’s Whitecloaks. Perrin Travels his forces back to the Whiteclock camp just in time to help them confront the Shadowspawn army. Despite many of the Childrens’ suspicions that his rescue was a setup, the two armies work together to defeat the Trollocs. Galad realizes that he’d been misled about Perrin and announces his sentence. Perrin must pay 500 crowns to the families of the two Children he killed and has to fight with all of his might at the Last Battle. Following the battle, Perrin allies with the Whitecloaks and they Travel to Andor. After a few brief meetings in Caemlyn with both Elayne and Mat, it is time for them to finally prepare for the Last Battle. With the Children of the Light, the Queen Alliandre’s Ghealdaners, Berelain’s Mayeners, the Two Rivers forces, and all others that he has gathered, Perrin marches them to the Field of Merrilor.
The night Perrin left the Two Rivers, he received his signature weapon: a moon-bladed hand axe Master Luhhan had crafted for a Merchant Guard who then would not pay for it. He has acquitted himself well with it, using muscles well-accustomed to swinging ten pounds of steel. In Tear, however, just before Rand took the Stone, Perrin stopped for an unplanned night’s work at a Tairen forge, and in payment (and gratitude) the blacksmith gave him the hammer he had used. These signature implements perfectly encapsulate Perrin Aybara, a man of peace forced to lead his people to war. Perrin prefers the hammer; he prefers the creative, constructive aspects of blacksmithing, and hates the axe’s capacity for bloodshed. Not long after meeting Elyas Machera, he asked if he should throw the axe away, but Elyas told him only to do so once he found himself enjoying its use. Perrin never has; when he eventually discarded it, just before meeting with the Seanchan, it was because he was disgusted with himself for what he was willing to do with it (chopping off the Shaido’s hand and threatening to do the same every hour). Without the axe, it appears that finally Perrin is fulfilling a part of the Karaethon Cycle. Though he doubts that it refers to him, it names him as the Wolf King. However, later on, Perrin begins doubting the hammer as well after Hopper remarks that he uses the hammer for killing anyway, like he did with the axe. After a great deal of contemplation, Perrin realizes the difference – the axe can only be used for killing while the hammer has the capacity to either kill or create. Finally, Perrin forges a power-wrought hammer with Neald and leaves his old hammer behind. He feels sorry to leave behind the blacksmith’s hammer, but he knows that he is no longer a blacksmith and that now he wields the hammer of a king.
Jared Aysaer was a resident of the Two Rivers. When Perrin Aybara sets up an ambush for a group of Trollocs in the Two Rivers, they are betrayed by Lord Luc (Slayer) and Jared is killed when the Trollocs then ambush Perin’s group.
Pel Aydaer is a resident of the Two Rivers. Master Aydaer is bald. When Perrin Aybara is held captive by Geofram Bornhald, Perrin thinks that the furniture in Lord Bornhald’s tent is something that Pel would appriciate. When Perrin Aybara returns to the Two Rivers after the Trolloc attacks, Pel is one of the familiar faces. Since the influx of refugees, Pel has had to hire five apprentices to help work on furniture. He is currently traveling with Perrin’s army in Ghealdan. He goes with the scouts into Cairhien to look for Rand al’Thor.
Lara Ayellan is a girl in Emond’s Field. When Moiraine Damodred mentioned that there was more than Egwene al’Vere in the Two Rivers who could channel, Egwene asks if it was Kari Thane or Lara.
She is a slim woman with a gray braid that goes to her waist. When Nynaeve al’Meara was sixteen, Nela Thane dared her to steal a plum pudding from Mistress Ayellin. When Mistress Ayellin caught her, she gave Nynaeve a “whipping.” When the men are shearing sheep, she helps bring them food. She is thought of as being one of the best cooks in Emond’s Field, her specialty being sweets. Mistress Ayellin had a fever that Nynaeve was tending. During Nynaeve’s testing for Accepted, she saw Mistress Ayellin as part of the Women’s Circle. When Cenn Buie does a poor job on the thatching on her house, she tries to get him to fix it.
Dav Ayellin is a Two Rivers resident. He is also Mat Cauthon’s friend. He is stockier than Mat, but has the same twinkle in his dark eyes. He helps carry Perrin Aybara inside the Winespring Inn. Later he also helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army. Dav Ayellin left the Two Rivers with Elam Dowtry and Ewin Finngar to explore the world
Jon Ayellin is a Two Rivers resident. He is hulking and bald. He comes to Faile Bashere over a boundary dispute with Thad Torfinn. He Travels through Jur Grady’s Gateway to join the rest of the Two Rivers men led by Perrin Aybara. He participates in the Battle of Malden.
Larine Ayellin is a novice from Emond’s Field. Larine is three years younger than Rand al’Thor and around the age of Egwene al’Vere, with whom she was a close childhood friend. She is willowy and her hair is in a thick braid. Larine knows herself to be attractive; she is described as being “very pretty.” While in Emond’s Field, she purchases a Domani dress, which would show off her body, but her mother insisted she return it to the seamstress. Larine is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they stay in Culain’s Hound Inn. Rand visits the Inn and Larine, not believing him the Dragon Reborn, displays the typical Two Rivers female assertiveness taking a patronizing tone with When Rand confirms his channeling ability by lifting her and Bode with Weaves of Air, Larine’s haughtiness gives way to terror. After he leaves, still with tearful sniffles and hiccups, Larine blubbers that they should leave Caemlyn immediately, in fear that Rand will kill them. Verin is irritated that a girl supposedly mature enough to wear a Two Rivers braid is acting this hysterically. Larine and the other aspiring channelers from the Two Rivers travel with Kairen Sedai, Demira Sedai, Valinde Sedai, and Berenicia Sedai to join the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy.4 Larine becomes a part of the same novice “family” as Nicola Treehill. Although Larine does not like her “cousin,” she helps cover Nicola’s escape, in fear Nicola might otherwise return. For this she is punished, and her girlhood friend the Amyrlin Egwene does not grant lenience.
Marisa Ayellin is a Two Rivers resident. She is first mentioned while Verin Mathwin is leading Rand, Perrin and Mat in the search for the Horn of Valere. While in Stedding Tsofu, Loial mentions that Erith is pretty. Mat scoffs at Loial’s taste in women and claims that Marisa finds him attractive. Perrin comments that she has a face like a goat, but this is just a joke. Rand notes that she is nearly as pretty as Egwene.
Milli Ayellin is a Two Rivers resident. When Wil al’Seen does not want to carry the wolf-head banner, Milli brings it for Leof Torfinn to carry.
Neysa Ayellin is a resident of the Two Rivers. She is horse-faced with gray hair which is in a braid. She helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army.
Sari Ayellin is a Two Rivers resident. She tries to capture the heart of her mothers partner, after her father dies. She finally settled down when both Sari and her mother married
Malena Aylar was the name of the Wisdom in Emond’s Field during Nynaeve al’Meara’s testing for Accepted in the White Tower. Mistress Aylar is a tall and scrawny woman. Malena is shown to be wicked, cruel and selfish in the extreme, almost to the point of being irrational. When she replaced Nynaeve, she took steps to cement her hold over the people of the Emond’s Field. After securing the loyalties of Cenn Buie, she pushed the husbands of the other members of the Woman’s Council into voting for him to become Mayor after murdering Brandelwyn al’Vere and Haral Luhhan with poison while pretending to heal them after they spoke out against her. Her next victims were the two sons of Paet al’Caar as well as Paet himself. When Nynaeve was sent into the second arch during her testing, she was confronted with an Emond’s Field that had fallen apart without her, and was under the grip of a tyrant.
Get Ayliah is a Two Rivers man in Perrin Aybara’s army. He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He goes of to track Faile Bashere when she is kidnapped by the Shaido Aiel. He catches up and questions a number of inhabitants who are fleeing Malden about the Shaido.
Bari is a servant in the Royal Palace of Andor, who has served there for twenty-two years. He is round-faced. Bari comes to the appartments of Rand al’Thor to inform him that three Ogier; Elder Haman, Speeker Covril, and Erith have arrived in the palace.
Barlden is the mayor of Hinderstap. He has thick arms curled with dark hair, matching his beard and the hair on his head. Like the rest of the Hinderstap residents, Barlden succumbs to madness during sunset due to a bubble of evil, attacking anyone he can, and then waking up perfectly fine the next morning. When Matrim Cauthon brings his party into Hinderstap, Barlden desperately tries to make them leave in time without giving away their predicament, but fails. After Mat and his party survive a night in the village, Barlden sends them away, as there is nothing they can do to help
Doral Barran was the Wisdom of Emond’s Field. She was the oldest woman in Emond’s Field. She had white hair and was frail, but still clear eyed. She is likely to have worn her hair braided in the Two Rivers’ style. She was the Wisdom of Emond’s Field prior to Nynaeve al’Meara. She took Nynaeve on as apprentice when Nynaeve was only fourteen. Nynaeve says she taught her well. Her first apprentice died of channeling fever. It is likely that Doral knew what this was because it explains why she fussed over Nyneave after Egwene made a suspiciously speedy recovery from breakbone fever. She taught Nynaeve about Wisdoms who had been known to Listen to the Wind and said that Nynaeve was among the best at it. When Mat was ten, Doral switched him for opening up an Illuminator’s firework. When spotted fever struck Emond’s Field, Doral told people that covering their mouth and nose with a hankerchief soaked in brandy would help stave off the disease. It was a month after the last person fell sick before everyone stopped using the hankerchiefs.
Barran seems to be a common name in the Two Rivers, especially around Emond’s field. Nynaeve says that a Wisdom seldom marries, so it is likely that the other Barrans mentioned are not her own offspring. The following other Barrans are mentioned: Hilde Barran, Jondyn Barran, Hu Barran – brother to Tad, Tad Barran – brother to Hu.
Hilde Barran is a novice among the Rebel Aes Sedai. She is plump. She is younger than eighteen. We know this because this is the upper age limit Verin set for girls that tested positive for the channeling ability. She is from Emond’s Field or close by. She is one of the girls that Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani plan on taking to the White Tower to become novices. They only get as far as Caemlyn before hearing rumors about the White Tower Schism. She and the other girls stay with the Aes Sedai at an inn called Culain’s Hound. Rand sees her there when he calls on Verin. She and the other potential novices are taken to Salidar by Valinde Nathenos, Berenecia Morsad, Demira Eriff and Kairen Stang. On arrival, they are enrolled as novices.
Hu Barran is one of the stablemen at the Winespring Inn. His brother is Tad. He is lanky. When Rand and Tamlin al’Thor come to Emond’s Field, Hu and Tad take Bela and the wagon to the Whiespring Inn’s stable. As the al’Thor’s are leaving, Tam briefly speaks with the brothers. When Perrin Aybara returns to Emond’s Field, he hears Hu and Tad working in the stable. Later, he and his brother bring out Stepper and Swallow for Perrin and Faile. Hu helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army. He Travels through Jur Grady’s Gateway to join the rest of the Two Rivers men taken by Perrin Aybara]. He also participates in the Battle of Malden. Hu and Darl Coplin are maning a guard post when Perrin is inspecting his camp
Jondyn Barran is a Two Rivers man in the army led by Perrin Aybara. He is grizzled and as gnarled as an oak root. He lives in the Westwood and hunts to sustain himself. The only man better than him with a bow in the Two Rivers is Tam al’Thor. Nobody in the Two Rivers is a better hunter than him. Perrin thinks that he could ‘follow yesderday’s wind’ and Sulin gives him high praise because he can track in fresh snow. He is one of the region’s less distinguished residents, having not worked a day more than he had to since leaving his father’s farm. The forests and the hunt are all he lives for. He has a reputation for drinking too much at feastdays, spitting and speaking what he thinks no matter who is listening.
He is one of the few older men with Perrin at the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. Unlike some younger men, he does not see it as a great victory and says that it was the Asha’man who won the battle. He also says it would have been better if the captured Aes Sedai had died in battle since they will end up paying dearly for taking them prisoner.
He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. Dannil Lewin sends Jondyn, Hu Marwin and Get Ayliah to track down Faile when she is captured by the Shaido Aiel. Numbers of the Shaido are initially estimated based on the fact Jondyn finds scrapes on trees he says are made by carts and that there were a lot of them. Sulin uses this information to deduce there are probably more than one sept of the Shaido and thousands of spears, since only Aiel children ride in carts. The group of trackers eventually catch up with Faile’s captors and questions a number of inhabitants who are fleeing Malden because of the arrival of the Aiel. Perrin thinks that Jondyn must have shown the Maidens of the Spear how to make snow-shoes from vines and supple pine branches. When Perrin meets with the Seanchan, he gets Jondyn to shoot an arrow into a branch he holds up, to show that Two Rivers men are hiding in the bushes and will fire on the Seanchan if necessary.
Tad Barran is one of the stablemen at the Winespring Inn in Emond’s Field. His brother is Hu. He is lanky. When Rand and Tamlin al’Thor come to Emond’s Field, Tad and Hu take Bela and the wagon to the Whiespring Inn’s stable. As the al’Thor’s are leaving, Tam briefly speaks with the brothers. When Perrin Aybara returns to Emond’s Field, he hears Tad and Hu working in the stable. Later, he and his brother bring out Stepper and Swallow for Perrin and Faile. Tad helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army. He Travels through Jur Grady’s Gateway to join the rest of the Two Rivers men taken by Perrin Aybara]. He also participates in the Battle of Malden.
Torwyn Barshaw is a supposed Darkfriend. He is a squat big nosed man with a choleric eye. According to his story, he is a merchant from Four Kings. He is uncle to Paitr Conel, though he doesn’t resemble him in the slightest. This may be a lie. Paitr also refers to him as ‘Uncle Jen’ and says he is smart. He came to Amadicia to find some Taraboner dyes. Paitr says that he and his uncle are loyal Andorans and wish to rescue Morgase from the Whitecloaks. Torwyn will come up with the plan for her escape. This is made more difficult by the fact that Morgase will not leave without the others. He comes to her dressed as a shopkeeper selling knitting needles and yarn with a plan to smuggle her out buried at the bottom of a cartload of kitchen refuse, but Morgase will not leave the other behind. He is hanged by the Children of the Light as a Darkfriend. He weeps while waiting on the gallows. He had supposedly been caught at a Darkfriend gathering.
Flann Barstere is from Watch Hill. He is lanky with a dent in his chin. He is part of the Two Rivers men in Perrin Aybara’s army in Ghealdan. He leaves with Perrin for So Habor to buy some grain for the army.
Jerinvar is a resident of the Two Rivers. He is from Watch Hill. He is wide-nosed with a leathery-face. He has white hair. He answers the call-to-arms when Faile Bashere arrives to ask for help from the men from Watch Hill. He helps defeat the Trolloc army invading Emond’s Field. He then escorts the Whitecloaks out of Emond’s Field after the fight.
Kev Barstere is a Two Rivers resident. He Travels through Jur Grady’s Gateway to join the rest of the Two Rivers men taken by Perrin Aybara. He participates in the Battle of Malden.
Master Bartim is the innkeeper of the Wayfarers’ Rest in Whitebridge. He is fat and loosing his hair. He is a shrewd innkeeper who has divided his common room into sections to keep feuding ships’ crews away from one another, and keeps his ear to the ground for the latest news and gossip. He briefly encountered Rand al’Thor, Mat Cauthon and Thom Merrilin stopped at the inn for food after disembarking from the Spray, giving them the news that the false Dragon Logain Ablar had been captured in battle.
Lir Baryn is a high noble of Andor and High Seat of House Baryn. The sign of House Baryn is the silver Winged Hammer. He is a slender man and is given to frowning. He was one of the nobles who didn’t support Morgase Trakand when she assumed the throne after the Succession, and was forced to swear fealty to her afterwards. He was one of the nobles who hung around Lord Gaebril in the Throne Room of Andor. After Gaebril’s demise he fawned over Rand al’Thor. He flees Andor when both Elenia Sarand and Naean Arawn who had proclaimed themselves for the Lion Throne when Rand had been kidnapped by the White Tower Aes Sedai, are imprisoned by Dyelin Taravin. He joined Arymilla Marne’s forces and laid siege to Caemlyn. Lir and his armsmen ride with the army when Arymilla mobilizes her entire force and attacks the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla’s army is hit behind by half of Elayne’s force and in the end Arymilla’s army surrenders. Lir is brought before Elayne Trakand and publicly throws his support behind her. He is present at the meeting with the neutral High Seats and Elayne. There, they throw their support behind Elayne giving her the required Houses she needs to obtain the Lion Throne.
Nan Belman is a Darkfriend. Her son is Perwyn Belman. She is handsome. Padan Fain comes to stay in her house to be near Rand al’Thor. Perwyn comes to Fain with the news of an attempted assassination on Rand’s life. Fain takes her to her bedroom
Perwyn Belman is a Darkfriend. His mother is Nan Belman. Padan Fain comes to stay in Nan’s house to be near Rand al’Thor. Perwyn comes to Fain with the news of an attempted assassination on Rand’s life
Arilinde Branstrom is an Andoran noble of a minor House. She is one of the nobles who have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and brought her armsmen to Caemlyn.
Gareth Bryne is a former Captain-General of the Queen’s Guard in Andor, in which he also served in the capacity of First Prince of the Sword to Queen Morgase Trakand, although they weren’t related. His sigil is three golden stars, each of five rays. The sign of House Bryne is a bull wearing a collar of roses. He is well known as one of the Five Great Captains, the finest generals in the Westlands, as well as a veteran blademaster. His hair is gray at the temples. Little is known of Bryne’s early life, save he was born in Kore Springs, a small town in Braem Wood in the northeast of Andor. His father was presumably a noble, as Bryne later returns to the village as their lord. He joined the Queen’s Guard in the 950s or 960s NE and rose to the rank of Captain-General during the reign of Queen Mordrellen Mantear. He served Queen Mordrellen and, after the Third Succession War, Queen Morgase Trakand, ably and well. He is typically referred to as an extremely capable and experienced warrior and influential member of the Andoran government, likely a result of resolution of conflicts unmentioned.
During a dispute over Murandian raids into the Andoran border, he is severely upbraided by the Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche, in front of his men. Years later Siuan explains why Bryne was not allowed to interfere. The White Tower had identified a young Murandy border lord named Dulain who could one day unify all of Murandy. She didn’t want Bryne’s soldiers to kill him. Unfortunately the young lord is killed a month later by an Andoran farmer during a sheep raid. He served both Queen Mordrellen and Queen Morgase as First Prince of the Sword, the former after the disappearance of her son Luc, and the latter until her son Gawyn came of age, although before this could happen he was dismissed from service by Morgase on the advice of Lord Gaebril, in 999 NE.
After his dismissal, Bryne headed back to his family’s manor in Kore Springs. He stays there with a small group of retainers, taking an active part of the village’s affairs, albeit reluctantly. It’s there that he had a run-in with Siuan Sanche, Leane and Min, who had caused some damage to a farmer’s homestead, and he dealt out their punishment. When they ran away Bryne set out after them, and found them along with the rebel Aes Sedai in Salidar. He presented himself before the Sisters there and explained why he had come, learning that it is the former Amyrlin Siuan Sanche he had been pursuing. After he was ‘given’ the runaways so they may fulfill their sentences, the rebel Aes Sedai approached Bryne about building an army for them. He grudgingly agreed, and has developed a growing respect for the Amyrlin Seat of the rebels, Egwene al’Vere. He says that he will follow where she leads, and that his army is hers to command. It is also strongly impled that he is in love with Siuan, and her with him, though their strong wills mean that a love-hate relationship seems to have formed.
He reports to Egwene with the news that an Andoran army led by Pelivar Coelan and Arathelle Renshar with a few Murandy lords and their retainers are on the move to intercept the Salidar army. She sends him away to set up a meeting with them. He then escorts Egwene to the meeting and just about declares his loyalty to her publicly. is currently commanding the rebel Aes Sedai army besieging Tar Valon. He accompanies Egwene, when she surveys the area around Tar Valon. He informs her that the siege will be pointless while the rivers remain open. Bryne reveals his reasons for chasing Siuan about her oaths and gains respect for her when he learns why she broke it. He also manages to deduce that Siuan is still meeting with Egwene while she is in captivity, in Tel’aran’rhiod. Siuan sends him a warning that Elaida a’Roihan’s White Tower can now Travel as well. Gawyn leaves the Younglings and asks to meet with Bryne. The two talk and Bryne fills Gawyn in on Elayne taking the Lion Throne and Rand defeating Rahvin. Gawyn leads Bryne to Shemerin, who was hiding amongst the washing ladies. Bryne pushes Gawyn to reveal where the Younglings are so he can muster a force against them. Gawyn refuses which causes Bryne to ask what side Gawyn is on and that he will need to be on one before the end. During the Seanchan attack on the White Tower, Gawyn and Siuan conscript Bryne into leading a rescue mission for Egwene. Bryne agrees with two conditions, one being that Siuan bonds him as her Warder which she immediately does. The second condition is later revealed that she agrees to marry him. Min’s viewing is proved true when Bryne saves Siuan’s life from a Seanchan assassin. As the assassin dies he shoots a poisoned dart unseen into Bryne. Siuan remembers Min’s warning and carries out a Delving on Bryne. She Heals Bryne and prevents the assassin’s poison from killing him. The group then find an exhausted Egwene and take her back to camp. Egwene finally gives Bryne the order to prepare his armies for attack. After everyone is in place Egwene tells Bryne to wait for an hour before attacking the White Tower. When the hour is up Bryne is about to give the signal when a delegation is spotted from the White Tower. They ask Egwene to become their Amyrlin, which halts all thought of bloodshed.
He comes to Siuan’s side, when Rand enters the White Tower. Bryne steps to block Rand, when he walks over to especially talk to Siuan. Rand continues his conversation to Siuan around him.
Cenn Buie is a thatcher who lives in Emond’s Field. He is known for griping about everything, and sometimes neglects his duties to complain. He sits on the Village Council. A dark, gnarled, beady-eyed man. He is part of the Village council, which is in session when Padan Fain arrives. After the Trollocs first attack Emond’s Field, he confronts Moiraine Damodred with a crowd behind him, demanding she leave at once. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trollocs.
Almen Bunt is a farmer who meets Rand and Mat outside of an inn called the Goose and Crown in Andor. He has a leathery face with masses of wrinkles. Half of his teeth are missing. He also has gnarled hands. He transports Rand and Mat in his cart on the last leg of their journey to Caemlyn. Bunt fills the reader in on several facts that become interesting background information, including information on Tigraine, Luc, and Taringail Damodred. Bunt also has a frank conversation with Raimun Holdwin on the kind of company he keeps even as an innkeeper, implying to Holdwin that he is doing something wrong. He decides to stay in Caemlyn to support Queen Morgase Trakand. Two years later, Almen meets Rand again on an apple orchard near the slopes of Dragonmount after the latter’s epiphany. After watching the last hope for food for his village fall from the trees and die, Rand comes down the mountain and causes the apple trees to spontaneously bloom again. He then realizes that Rand is the Dragon Reborn.
Miedelle Caeren was wife of Nasin Caeren. Lady Miedelle died in 970 NE. Her husband, Nasin, thought of Miedelle as Arymilla Marne’s mother, though they are unrelated
Nasin Caeren was a high ranking Andoran noble. He was the previous High Seat of House Caeren. He was gaunt with thin white hair. Along with Lord Jarid Sarand, Lady Elenia Sarand, Lady Arymilla Marne, Lady Naean Arawn, Lord Lir Baryn and Lady Karind Anshar, he opposed Morgase Trakand when she claimed the Lion Throne. He was forced to acknowledge Morgase Trakand as the Queen after she was successful in her claim. He was seen in the Throne Room of Caemlyn Palace when Lord Gaebril was active in Andor. After Rand al’Thor enters Caemlyn and defeated Gaebril, he seemed to have become a lttle addled. He initially supported Arymilla Marne for the Lion Throne. He seems to believe that Elenia is his betrothed and fawns over her and that Arymilla is his daughter. According to his grand-daughter, Sylvase Caeren, he died of a fit just before Arymilla’s forces were defeated during the Siege of Caemlyn. This seems suspiciously convenient.
Sylvase Caeren is the High Seat of House Caeren. Her grandfather was Nasin Caeren. She is sturdy and placid. She is a little older than Elayne Trakand. She is pretty with alert blue eyes. While her grandfather was alive, she behaved meekly and was described as having a ‘vapid gaze’. This may have been a ruse to please her grandfather. She was constantly near him and was his designated heir to the High Seat. After his death, she appears to be somewhat ruthless to the degree of offering to have Naean Arawn, Elenia Sarand and Arymilla Marne tortured so that they place their support for Elayne. Elayne thinks she has a very hard core. She accompanies Arymilla Marne around the camp which is laid in seige outside Caemlyn. Sylvase and her armsmen ride with the army when Arymilla mobilizes her entire force and attacks the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla’s army is hit behind by half of Elayne’s force and in the end Arymilla’s army surrenders. During the battle Nasin suffers a seizure and dies. Sylvase is then confirmed as High Seat of House Caeren by her cousins. She is brought before Elayne and publicly throws her support behind her. She is present at the meeting with the neutral High Seats and Elayne. There, they throw their support behind Elayne giving her the required Houses she needs to obtain the Lion Throne. At this meeting, she is seen conversing with Conail Northan while the High Seats of Houses Haevin, Mantear and Gilyard listen attentively. Elayne thinks that Dyelin doesn’t know what to make of her. She has appropriated Master Lounalt, Arymilla’s torturer, under the title of secretary.
Danine Candraed is the High Seat of House Candraed. She refuses to throw her House behind Elayne Trakand or Arymilla Marne.
Darea Candwin is a novice in the Little Tower. She is from Emond’s Field. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they are all terrorized by Rand. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a Novice.
Eward Candwin is a Two Rivers resident. He is stout. He is part of the crowd that confronts Moiraine Damodred, demanding she leaves Emond’s Field at once, even though she Healed him after being stabbed by a Trolloc in the Trolloc raid. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trollocs
Canford is an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah. Adine is a plump Andoran with blue eyes and short black hair. She becomes close friends with Siuan Sanche and Moiraine Damodred just after they are raised to the shawl. She recieves reports on behalf of Moiraine from her agents, including Nieda Sidoro. She has allied herself with the Salidar Aes Sedai during the split with the White Tower.
Canler is an Asha’man with the rank of Dedicated. His hair is graying but he is sturdy. He discovered the weave used to Bond his wife, in a similar fashion to the Warder Bond. He has taught this weave to the other Asha’man, a fact which displeases Mazrim Taim. He is part of Logain Ablar’s faction in the Black Tower.
Aemlyn Carand is an Andoran noblewoman and High Seat of House Carand. Her husband is Culhan Carand. The sign of House Carand are the three Golden Arrows. She has graying hair. She is plump. Along with Lord Abelle Pendar, Lady Arathelle Renshar, Lady Ellorien Traemane, Lord Pelivar Coelan, and Lord Luan Norwelyn, she supported Morgase Trakand for the Lion Throne and were exiled while Morgase was under the influence of Gaebril. She enters the city quietly when Rand al’Thor disposes of Lord Gaebril and stays with Lord Pelivar. She currently supports Dyelin Taravin for the Throne. She meets with the Salidar delegation on the border of Andor. She leaves the border of Murandy and heads near Caemlyn, where she sets up camp with Abelle, Luan, Ellorien, Arathelle and Pelivar. There they sit to the side and stay neutral during Arymilla Marne’s siege on Caemlyn against Elayne. When Arymilla’s force is defeated a message is sent to Elayne asking for safe passage in Caemlyn for the neutral High Seats. They meet with Elayne and Luan asks for a temporary alliance with Elayne’s forces to fight against the Borderlands army in Andor. Elayne reveals she invoked her right as an Aes Sedai and allowed them safe passage across Andor into Murandy to keep looking for the Dragon Reborn. Luan and then Abelle throw their support behind House Trakand. Arathelle, Aemlyn and Pelivar also throw their support behind Elayne, but only for Dyelin. This gives Elayne the required amount of Houses to obtain the Lion Throne.
Culhan Carand is an Andoran noble. His wife is Aemlyn Carand. He has a square face. He was exiled with his wife by Queen Morgase Trakand under the influence of Lord Gaebril. He enters the city quietly when Rand al’Thor disposes of Lord Gaebril and stays with Lord Pelivar Coelan. He meets with the Salidar delegation on the border of Andor.
Carlin was Perrin Aybara’s uncle. He was married to Neain. He lived on the Aybara farm with the rest of Perrin’s family before passing away. He is now buried there.
Carlys is a minor noble of Andor. She has gray curled hair and a devious mind. After Gaebril’s demise she is one of the nobles who fawn over Rand al’Thor.
Ishara Casalain was the first Queen of Andor, ruling from the founding of the kingdom in FY 994 to her death in FY 1020, during the War of the Hundred Years. Ishara was the daughter of Endara Casalain and the granddaughter of King Joal Ramedar, the last King of Aldeshar before it was conquered by Artur Hawkwing during the Consolidation. Her date of birth is not recorded, although her bearing of children circa FY 1000 suggests it was after the fall of Aldeshar to Hawkwing’s forces. Ishara is mostly likely descended from Rhea, a Da’shain Aiel of Rand’s paternal line who was captured by bandits during the Breaking of the World.
Believing that Aldeshar had something to do with the death of his first wife, Amaline Paendrag Tagora and three of their children, Hawkwing was unusually harsh in his treatment of the kingdom after it capitulated in FY 963, marking the beginning of a period of uncharacteristic ruthlessness called the Black Years. He had the nobility of Aldeshar dispersed to remote corners of the continent and treated the defeated nation with contempt. After Hawkwing met and fell in love with the woman who would become his second wife, Tamika, his stance softened and he allowed Aldeshar’s former nobles to return and even appointed King Ramedar’s daughter, Endara Casalain, as Governor for the Imperial Province of Andor, which partially included some of the former territories of Aldeshar (although the provincial capital appears to have been Caemlyn, formerly located in the old kingdom of Caembarin).
In FY 994, Artur Hawkwing was taken ill and died unexpectedly. Within hours, news had started spreading across the Empire and plotting and scheming for control of the throne began. Ishara declared her intent to take control of Andora, and her mother apparently submitted (although later students of Andoran history, including Rand al’Thor, doubted this was as simple a matter as the histories indicated). Ishara rode to Tar Valon with two goals: to secure the loyalty of the large army besieging the city at the order of Hawkwing, and to forge a new alliance with the Aes Sedai. According to records, Ishara’s lover at the time was General Souran Maravaile, who was Hawkwing’s commander of the siege. Whilst Maravaile was intent on carrying out Hawkwing’s deathbed order to maintain the siege no matter what, Ishara convinced him that the situation was hopeless as the Empire began to pull itself apart. He agreed and was able to take at least part of the army back to Caemlyn intact. The new Amyrlin Seat, Deane Aryman, negotiated an alliance with Ishara. In return for the Tower’s blessing and support, Ishara would support Tar Valon’s policies, accept an Aes Sedai advisor and send her firstborn daughter to the Tower for political schooling and training and her firstborn son to learn the arts of combat from the Warders. Ishara returned to Caemlyn with this diplomatic and military triumph achieved, and declared the founding of the sovereign kingdom of Andor.
Despite Souran’s military prowess and the professionalism of his army, Ishara faced a significant struggle to hold onto Caemlyn and her crown. Andor was little more than just the city itself at the start of her rule and it took five years just for it to expand to the Cary in the west and the Erinin in the east. Souran and Ishara had several sons and at least one daughter, but Souran was killed by assassins in FY 1017. By the time Ishara died (cause unknown) in FY 1020, her remaining sons were also dead, leaving her daughter Alesinde to take the throne. Alesinde ruled for fifteen years before her own death, by which time none of her sons were still alive, so her eldest daughter Melasune took the throne. This established a pattern which eventually became law: that only Queens can rule in Andor.
As the founding Queen of Andor, Ishara is a figure of immense importance in Andor. Whenever a dispute of succession arises, a key point of debate is how many lines of descendance a claimant can trace to Ishara. The more lines, the stronger the claim. However, proof of these claims is also sometimes disputed, and military power and political support from the other houses is often more decisive than this factor in determining who will be the next Queen. Ishara’s more overt legacy is the tradition that the designated Daughter-Heir of Andor will always seek training and guidance in the White Tower before becoming Queen, even if she cannot channel, and the eldest son of the incumbent Queen (if any) will accept military training in Tar Valon before claiming the post of First Prince of the Sword. Morgase, Gawyn and Elayne Trakand, Galadedrid Damodred, Rand al’Thor and the High Seats of all the noble houses of Andor are all direct descendants of Ishara.
Bodewhin “Bode” Cauthon is a novice of the White Tower. She is the daughter of Abell and Natti Cauthon and a younger sister of Mat Cauthon, older sister of Eldrin Cauthon, and has two other sisters whose names are unknown. She is plump, with big eyes and long braided hair. She is quite pretty.
When the Whitecloaks come to the Two Rivers, she along with her mother and sister are taken prisoner by them. She is rescued by Perrin Aybara and then takes part in the Emond’s Field defense when the Trollocs attack.
She was among the Two Rivers girls tested and found suited for Tower training by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani. They travel to Caemlyn and meet Rand al’Thor in an inn there. He gives the girls a huge scare and causes most of them to cry.
Bode later turns up with the other novices in the Rebel Aes Sedai camp. Her potential strength in the One Power is nearly as great as Egwene al’Vere’s. She has a Talent for making cuendillar and is often sent to the cuendillar tents to continue practicing the weave. Bode is supposed to replace Kairen Stang in the plan to convert the iron chains in the Tar Valon harbor to cuendillar, but is replaced at the last minute by Egwene. She later cleans Romanda Cassin’s tent. Romanda takes notice of her, but thinks that she wants to experience adventure and therefore won’t be choosing the Yellow when she wins her shawl. She leaves the thought behind after she tells herself that there are other, more promising girls that may be more open to her Ajah’s way of thinking.
Eldrin Cauthon is a girl from Emond’s Field. Her parents are Abell and Natti Cauthon. Her siblings are Matrim, Bodewhin and two other sisters, who have not been named. She is two years younger than Egwene. She is plumply pretty. When the Whitecloaks come to the Two Rivers, she along with her mother and sister are taken prisoner by them. She is rescued by Perrin Aybara and then takes part in the Emond’s Field defense when the Trollocs attack.
Matrim “Mat” Cauthon is one of the main characters of the series. He is the Marshal-General of the Band of the Red Hand, and the husband of the Empress of the Seanchan empire. Many of his changes through the story reflect a strong connection to the Norse god Odin. He is as long-limbed as a stork, with a wiry body and brown eyes, as well as a scar around his neck after his run-in with the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn. He is now missing his left eye as a result of a second encounter with the Eelfinn and the Aelfinn. This fulfills the prophecy made when he first entered the redstone doorframe in Tear.
Mat was something of a black sheep in Emond’s Field. Though he, Rand al’Thor, and Perrin Aybara got into trouble quite a bit, Mat was generally the force behind it. A joker and prankster, he can be very charming with women and people in authority when he wants to be, and is fond of drinking and gambling; he also swears a lot. He was led away on Winternight with Moiraine Damodred and his friends, and it was revealed that he, Rand and Perrin were all ta’veren, the focal points around which the Wheel of Time weaves. On their journey, they stopped in Shadar Logoth to lose the Trollocs chasing them. Mat takes Perrin and Rand to explore the city looking for treasure. While exploring, they met a man calling himself Mordeth, claiming to be a treasure hunter in need of help to carry a large amount of treasure. Heedless of the danger, Mat followed Mordeth immediately, and Perrin and Rand, unwilling to leave him behind, were forced to follow after. After Mordeth led them to a room full of various treasures, Rand realized that Mordeth lacked a shadow. Upon announcing this, Mordeth quickly reverted to his true form and vanished through a wall. Unnoticed by Perrin or Rand, Mat picked up a ruby-hilted dagger which he carried with him on the flight from Shadar Logoth, not knowing that everything in the damned city was cursed, even the pebbles on the ground.
Later in Fal Dara, Padan Fain stole the Horn of Valere and Mat’s dagger, having become tainted by Shadar Logoth’s evil himself. Mat needed the dagger to sustain himself long enough to have the Aes Sedai break the curse. He journeyed with Rand, Perrin, Verin, Loial, and Ingtar first to Cairhien where Rand had secured the Horn until darkfriends stole it back. The journey then led them to Lord Barthanes’ manor where Loial found the waygate, and it became clear that Padan Fain had gone to Falme. In the beginning of the journey, Mat discovered that Rand was the Dragon Reborn, and felt even more estranged from his old friend. In Falme, which had been overrun by the Seanchan, Mat blew the Horn of Valere, summoning Heroes from beyond the grave to fight for him so he and his companions could escape. He became bound to the Horn: it will work only as a regular horn for anyone else, so long as Mat lives ; he is destined to blow it at Tarmon Gai’don. He journeyed to Tar Valon with Verin, Nynaeve al’Meara, Egwene al’Vere, and Elayne Trakand. Upon reaching the White Tower he was almost dead from the dagger’s blight, but the Aes Sedai broke the bond between him and the knife, almost killing him in the process of Healing. When he awoke, he found that, for a moment, he could recall the Battle of the Tarendrelle River though it quickly slipped away to join several other holes in his memory. He left Tar Valon soon after his healing to take a letter from Elayne to her mother in Caemlyn. Thom Merrilin, whom Mat found in an inn, decided to join Mat for no other apparent reason other than that it fit his mood. In Caemlyn, Mat overheard Rahvin, disguised as Lord Gaebril, plotting to kill Elayne, Egwene, and Nynaeve in Tear—most notably Elayne, in order to aid his plot to secure the throne of Andor. After delivering Elayne’s letter to Morgase, he and Thom left for Tear. There, they found the girls taken captive inside the Stone of Tear by the Black Ajah. Mat inadvertently blew a hole in a wall of the Stone when trying to cause a diversion with fireworks Aludra had given him as thanks for her rescue. He and Juilin then mounted their rescue of the girls through this hole. Unintentionally, they aided Rand in taking the Stone of Tear, while saving the three girls from the Black Ajah (for which they didn’t receiving a proper thank you for some time to come). After Rand secured Tear, Mat – who had taken to gambling with young Tairen nobles – wandered through the Stone’s collection of angreal and ter’angreal, and decided to enter a freestanding red stone doorway about which Egwene had told him. The ter’angreal doorway took him to the land of the Aelfinn, snakelike creatures with oracular powers. After answering Mat’s questions, and possibly in a panic about multiple ta’veren inside their world (Rand – as well as Moiraine – passed through the doorframe during this same time period), they prophesied he would: Go to Rhuidean. If he does not go to Rhuidean he will die. He would die, because he will have sidestepped fate and would be killed by “those who do not want that fate fulfilled.” He then refuses to leave when told, and while he is fighting is given more answers for asking what fate they were talking about before being thrown out. To marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons. To die and live again, and live once more as part of what was. To give up half the light of the world to save the world. He thereafter learned that Rand required an interpreter in the world of the Aelfinn. Mat, however, was able to understand the dialect of the old tongue the Aelfinn were speaking. A bit unnerved, he followed Rand to Rhuidean along with Egwene, Moiraine and Lan. When Rand was granted permission to enter Rhuidean, Mat also asked to enter. Only after Rand told the Wise Ones that if he were to enter, then Mat could enter as well, did they consent. In the city Rhuidean, while Rand discovered his Aiel heritage, Mat found another red stone doorway. Still feeling cheated concerning the answers he received from the Aelfinn, he decided to enter. However, this redstone ter’angreal brought him instead to the land of the Eelfinn, who resemble foxes instead of snakes. He was expecting to get answers to more questions from Aelfinn, so when the Eelfinn offered him wishes instead, Mat glared at them, feeling cheated. His wishes were: To have the holes in his memories filled, To be free from the One Power and Aes Sedai, To be away from the Eelfinn and return to Rhuidean if they would not answer his questions. Since Mat did not set the price, the Eelfinn set a price for him, apparently taking delight whilst calling him a fool. As granted, Mat now has the memories of countless historical military leaders, thus privy to over a thousand years of cultural and military knowledge; he has a foxhead medallion that causes flows of the One Power to simply dissolve when applied to him; and Mat was found by Rand hanging by the neck in Rhuidean, suspended from a black-hafted spear set across two tree branches. Rand managed to revive Mat, although it’s not clear if he was actually dead for a time (thereby breaking the link with Horn of Valere); Mat still has a scar around his neck. He also decided to keep the spear, actually a naginata-like weapon called an ashandarei, which has become his signature weapon. A side effect of his filled-in memories is that he is now fluent in the Old Tongue, although often with varying accents. Mat is poisoned somewhere after Rhuidean from being slobbered on by a darkhound, which Rand Balefires (undoing the actual poisoning to a degree and preventing Mat’s death). Mat faces death once more during Rand’s invasion of Caemlyn; he was killed, along with Aviendha and Asmodean, by Rahvin’s channeling. However, shortly afterward, Rand killed Rahvin with enough balefire to undo those deaths and permanently kill Rahvin. This almost certainly fulfills the first Aelfinn prophecy.
Despite having a substantial aversion to being a warrior, Mat is now a Marshal-General to the Band of the Red Hand as a result of the dead men memories. He remembers battles and strategies which have been lost for centuries. He is also extremely lucky at random chance. At games like dice or cards, he wins almost all of the time. However, the situation or game must be random chance; in games of skill and order, such as Stones, he must rely on his memories and own wit for help. It should be noted however, in certain cases, Mat can lose if it is the best outcome. Rand and Perrin are also known to alter chance as ta’veren, but the effect is not so consistently specifically in their favor; a man near Rand may fall out a fourth-story window and land without a scratch, but another may trip on a tuft of grass and break his neck. through the Wheel; Mat remembers dying, “more times than he could count,” but whether his memories are from many individual lives, or are the memories of a single person who has been re-woven into the Pattern many times (most recently as Mat Cauthon), has not been established. It’s also possible that the memories are those who previously received wishes from the Eelfinn, as they rummage through the sensations of their visitors.
Just before the Battle of Cairhien against the Shaido, Mat attempted to leave Rand’s company permanently; but luck, chance and, alarmingly, a sense of responsibility drew him increasingly and unwittingly into the fight; in the end, his luck, battle lore, and sense of duty to those in danger took him to the forefront of the conflict, where he personally slew Couladin, the Shaido leader, and helped bring victory for the Dragon Reborn. He also gained the allegiance of a number of soldiers who would follow him into the Pit of Doom if he so led them. This new army is known as Shen an Calhar, the Band of the Red Hand, and is personally loyal to Mat, believing that with his luck at their head, they cannot be beaten. The original Band of the Red Hand dates back to Manetheren, and was a unit of legendary heroes during the trolloc wars. They were the last to fall, guarding King Aemon when Manetheren died. The huge battles during the trolloc wars, accompanied by armies of 300,000 men or more, required a detailed command structure to keep everyone and everything from falling apart. The detailed structure consisted of: A Banner, commanded by a Banner-General—each banner approximately 1500 horse or 3000 infantry. A Legion, commanded by a Lieutenant-General—generally 5 banners of horse or infantry. A Great Legion, commanded by a Captain-General. A Marshal-General, who commanded the entire army.
After doing a lot of organizing and plotting for Rand, Mat traveled to Salidar to “save” Egwene if she wanted it and hand a letter to Thom which Rand have given to him (the letter from Moiraine), but more importantly to see Elayne safely to Caemlyn so she could take up the throne of Andor. Aviendha accompanied him to Salidar as she had toh to Elayne and desired to see it ended. However, once he arrived to Salidar, he found Egwene to be the Amrylin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, and Elayne adamant about not going to Caemlyn as she had other business she felt was more important than the throne. Since Mat promised to see her safely to Caemlyn, he had nothing to do but follow her to Ebou Dar and keep her alive. Right before leaving, Mat recognized that the other Aes Sedai were not treating Egwene with the respect she was due, and so gave her every honor deserving of her title—something Egwene greatly appreciated. Mat then traveled to Ebou Dar with Elayne, Nynaeve and Aviendha, and aided them in recovering the Bowl of the Winds before they were forced to flee by the invasion of the Seanchan. Queen Tylin quite enjoyed Mat’s “company”, although the feeling was not exactly mutual, as Mat was used to being the chaser and not the chased. He escaped Ebou Dar after it was conquered by the Seanchan, with Thom, Egeanin and Bayle Domon, and managed to rescue two Aes Sedai from captivity. However, before they were able to make a clean escape, Tuon, a Seanchan High Lady, encountered Mat, and they had a tussle. At first, Mat was simply going to tie her up and leave her in the stables. However, when Egeanin entered and named her Daughter of the Nine Moons, the woman he is fated to marry, he could not leave her behind. He named her his wife three times, unknowingly completing half of the Seanchan marriage ceremony. Tuon simply smiled and let herself be taken. Mat and his coterie escape Seanchan territory by means of Valan Luca’s Grand Traveling Show and Magnificent Display of Marvels and Wonders. During their journey Mat began to court Tuon in earnest, seeming to finally accept his fate. Her responses were never anything less than opaque, though, and when they finally did marry, just before her return to Ebou Dar, it seemed almost entirely a political match on her behalf, despite the fact that it was clear that Mat had sincere feelings for her. Mat aided her escape by distracting the armies sent against her using some of the Deathwatch Guards as disguise. As the prince-consort of the heir to the Crystal Throne of Seanchan, Mat is now known amongst the Seanchan as the Prince of the Ravens.
After winning the battle with the Seanchan and sending his newlywed wife Daughter of the Nine Moons back to Ebou Dar to solidify her rule of the Seanchan, Mat continues on his journey to leave Altara and travel to Caemlyn. He expects assistance in Caemlyn to develop new weapons, resupply, and prepare a rescue mission for Moiraine at the Tower of Ghenjei. After finally entering Andor, with the threat of Seanchan pursuers more or less past, Mat is acting strangely to his new status of “husband” and the accompanying “nobility” title as the Prince of the Ravens. His band has a smooth journey save for one near-fatal night in the cursed village of Hinderstap. After escaping the horrors of Hinderstap Mat’s band is visited by Verin Mathwin, much to his amazement at being found in the mountains of Andor. Verin explains that she had been pulled by Mat’s ta’veren ability. Verin hands Mat one of the sealed letters, from among several she has, and offers to open a Gateway to Caemlyn. Mat is suspiciously aware that Aes Sedai usually have strings and conditions attached for their help; and on cue Verin states her conditions. He must either read the sealed letter in exactly ten days or burn it and wait for her in Caemlyn for thirty days. Mat accepts, not intending to read the letter, and his band instantly travels to, or near Caemlyn.
Mat remains in Caemlyn, deciding not to open Verin Mathwin’s letter. Instead he begins to wonder about the Tower of Ghenjei. He tries a few times to see Elayne, but is never accepted. Mat decides to go under cover in Caemlyn’s taverns and inns to figure out who is handing out pictures of Perrin and himself, by hiding his face and going under the alias Master Crimson. Instead, Mat overhears of murders happening throughout the city, recognizing the killer as the gholam, Mat writes a hasty letter to Elayne. That night, the gholam comes for Mat in his tent, but is forced to flee as help arrives. Mat finally gets to meet with Elayne. He strikes a deal with her: she gets her cities bell founders to get to work on his Dragons, and he is conscripted into fighting for Caemlyn under a renewable contract. They also agree that only his troops are allowed to use the Dragons. In return Elayne receives Mat’s medallion for three days to study and, a fraction of the Dragons. Mat then plans out how to deal with the gholam, who is threatening the lives of those close to him. Elayne manages to use her talent to create copies of the medallion, though they work to a much lesser extent. Nonetheless, Mat takes the first two copies, along with the original and he goes out to confront the gholam. He has his Redarms block off the city street as he and the gholam begin to fight. Using his medallion that is tied to the his blade, and his hidden copies that are hiding on him, he fights the gholam, forcing it into a building that Talmanes had set on fire when he dropped a lantern in it. He forces it to a room containing a hidden Skimming Gateway created by Sumeko and Mat kicks it into the abyss of the portal, defeating it once and for all. When Teslyn with others prepare to depart for Tar Valon, Mat asks her to tell the Amyrlin that the White Tower has something of his (the Horn of Valere) and that he will soon return to reclaim it.
Mat, Thom, and Noal Travel to the Tower’s base. Using a bronze knife, they carve the symbol of Snakes and Foxes into the tower, creating an opening, and venture within. Once inside they begin to walk through the tower, they quickly find that logic and physics are indeed completely different, and that they would never be able to find their way by normal means. Mat decides to test his luck and roll dice to make his way through the tower. They follow the dice, having to fend off Eelfinn attacks. They eventually reach the Chamber of Bonds, where they find Moiraine trapped and suspended in mist. Thom frees Moiraine and Mat is forced to bargain with the Eelfinn to leave with Moiraine and receive unbarred passage out of the world. Realizing the meaning of the Aelfinn’s predictions, he gives up half the light of the world in order to save the world, which means giving up his left eye in order to save Moiraine. After this, they begin to make their way through the tower, Mat having bargained a straight way out. However, the Aelfinn were not part of the bargain and begin chasing the group. Knowing they have to double back between corridors in order to escape, but with the Aelfinn too hot on their trail, Noal, revealing himself as Jain Farstrider, sacrifices himself in order to allow the others enough leaway to get away. Mat and Thom decide to attempt escaping using the Aelfinn’s red archway to escape, but when they reach its location, they discover that it had been destroyed. As the Aelfinn close in on them, Mat remembers the the requests that he was granted by the Eelfinn so long ago. He had asked for his memories to be filled, and so they had been and he wanted to be free of the One Power, so he was granted the foxhead medallion. Lastly, he demanded a way out, so they had given him his ashandarei. Realizing that the spear is in fact a way out, he uses it to draw the same symbol that they had used to enter on the wall, creating a new exit out of the tower, and escaping the Finn once and for all. Titles: Prince of the Ravens, Raven Lord, Lord of Luck, Marshal General, Son of Battles, Gambler
Rand may be the central character of the story, but Mat and Perrin are only slightly less important. All three are critical weavings of the pattern to battle the Shadow. The prophecies refer to all three men. Here the Karaethon Cycle has a reference to Mat: “Fortune rides like the sun on high with the fox that makes the ravens fly. Luck his soul, the lightning his eye, He snatches the moons from out of the sky.” For this reason, it should not be surprising that the books have begun to follow Mat’s and Perrin’s adventures independently of Rand’s; at the time of Book 10, the three ta’veren all run their own major plot lines and campaigns. Mat, like Rand, has changed enormously over the course of the story. Originally the quintessential charming rogue, he has found himself in situations of more and more responsibility, most notably in the Battle of Cairhien where, attempting to simply leave the area and strike out on his own, he eventually becomes the field general and single-handedly secures victory for Rand’s forces. Mat, Rand and Perrin all must lead. The Pattern will weave events with them in positions of authority no matter what they themselves want. Mat is now more comfortable with responsibility.
Within the course of the books we see Mat in many fights and his skill with his quarterstaff is shown as exemplary. Because of his simultaneous defeat of Galad and Gawyn while exhausted and weak, and later of Couladin of the Shaido Clan (who is considered a fierce fighter, even among the Aiel), he is probably better than even the average blademaster, though he cannot be called a blademaster since he does not use a sword. The weapons he used are a quarterstaff and later an ashandarei, the latter weapon being supplemented with knowledge from the Eelfinn memories on how to use it properly. Mat is also a very proficient knife fighter and can throw them with incredible accuracy, being able to fight off numerous assailants armed with swords and other mid range weapons. His reflexes are also top notch, as seen best when he caught a knife out of the air that the gholam threw at him during their battle.
Natti Cauthon is one of the village women of Emond’s Field. She is married to Abell Cauthon and has five children: Matrim, Bodewhin, Eldrin and two other daughters,1 who have not been named. Matrim, better known as Mat is ta’veren and a friend of Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn.
Athan Chandin is a Two Rivers resident. He is a good bowshot. He accompanies Perrin Aybara into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar.
Ren Chandin was a resident of the Two Rivers. When Perrin Aybara sets up an ambush for a group of Trollocs in the Two Rivers, they were betrayed by Lord Luc and Ren was killed when the Trollocs ambushed Perin’s group.
Chet is a man who is living in Caemlyn. Chet has a long face with silver-dappled stubble. He wears a once-black coat with a red-and-white insignia. When Matrim Cauthon is hiding in Caemlyn, he talks with Chet in a tavern. Chet tells him of some of the rumors he has heard about Mat, not knowing it was Mat he was actually speaking with
Ciel is a serving maid at the Stag and Lion in Baerlon. She gets breakfast for Rand al’Thor when he gets up late.
Lord Pelivar is an Andoran Lord and High Seat of House Coelan. The sign of House Coelan are the Roses. His dark hair is thinning and he is very lean. Along with Lord Abelle Pendar, Lady Arathelle Renshar, Lady Ellorien Traemane, Lady Aemlyn Carand, and Lord Luan Norwelyn supported Morgase Trakand for the Lion Throne and were exiled while she was under the influence of Gaebril. After Gaebril’s defeat and Rand al’Thor’s conquest of Caemlyn, he sneaks back into the city. Pelivar currently supports Dyelin Taravin for the Lion Throne. With the help of Dyelin he imprisons Elenia Sarand and Naean Arawn who had proclaimed themselves for the Lion Throne when Rand had been kidnapped by the White Tower Aes Sedai. He and Arathelle move an army to intercept the Salidar Aes Sedai army when they approach the border of Andor. He meets with the Salidar delegation and states he will move when their army does. He seems very cool when told by Egwene al’Vere that Elayne is on her way to Caemlyn to claim the Lion Throne. He leaves the border of Murandy and heads near Caemlyn, where he sets up camp with Abelle, Luan, Ellorien, Aemlyn and Arathelle. There they sit to the side and stay neutral during Arymilla Marne’s siege on Caemlyn against Elayne. When Arymilla’s force is defeated a message is sent to Elayne asking for safe passage in Caemlyn for the neutral High Seats. They meet with Elayne and Luan asks for a temporary alliance with Elayne’s forces to fight against the Borderlands army in Andor. Elayne reveals she invoked her right as an Aes Sedai and allowed them safe passage across Andor into Murandy to keep looking for the Dragon Reborn. Luan and then Abelle throw their support behind House Trakand. Arathelle, Aemlyn and Pelivar also throw their support behind Elayne, but only for Dyelin. This gives Elayne the required amount of Houses to obtain the Lion Throne.
Cilia Cole is a resident of the Two Rivers. She is plump. She was tested by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani and could Channel, but is too old to become a Novice.
Deni Colford is a member of the Queen’s Guards. She is graying, has a placid face and wide shoulders. She is blocky. She is one of the Queens’s Guards placed as a bodyguard when Elayne Trakand moves through Caemlyn to greet the people. She is assigned one of Elayne’s guards, when Elayne arrives back from touring around all the minor Houses of Andor. She escorts Elayne to the meeting with Dyelin Taravin and the other High Seats based in Caemlyn. When Daved Hanlon is captured and made prisoner, she and the other bodyguards pummel him severely.
Comar was a lord in Andor, and secretly a Darkfriend. He was tall with wide shoulders, blue eyes, and a close cut black beard with a white streak over his chin. He was sent by Lord Gaebril to hunt down and kill Nynaeve al’Meara, Elayne Trakand and Egwene al’Vere. He was overheard receiving this assignment by Matrim Cauthon, who followed him to Tear and confronted him there. After a brief scuffle in an inn, he fell over the back of a table and broke his back.
Paitr Conel was a Darkfriend from Andor. He was a young man, older than Rand al’Thor with long dark curls. He was well dressed with boots that had never seen work before. His nose appeared to have been broken when he had an audience with Morgase Trakand, which he received from Rand. He speaks with Rand and Matrim Cauthon in the inn in Market Sheran. He gains an audience with Morgase in Amadicia and tells her that he and his uncle are planning to help her escape. He was shortly thereafter hung by the Children of the Light on the very convenient basis that he was purportedly caught at a Darkfriend gathering
Bili Congar is a farmer from Emond’s Field in the Two Rivers. He is a grumpy, troublesome man who looks for the worst in everyone. His family, along with the related Coplins, are known amongst the villagers of the Two Rivers for being sour malcontents who are always involved in trouble and are quick to complain. After the first Trolloc attack on Emond’s Field, he confronts Moiraine Damodred with a crowd behind him, demanding she leave at once. After she tells the crowd about the history of Manetheren he quickly loses his support and the crowd disperses. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trollocs.
Daise Congar is the current Wisdom of Emond’s Field. Daise is a hard-faced, wide but muscular woman. She is twice as wide as her husband, Wit, and a head taller. Perrin says she is ‘like a bull’. She is as tall as most men and wider. She is married to Wit Congar. Perrin says she has a mean streak and a temper. As Rand and Tam al’Thor make their way to the village, she appears at the doorway of her home and shouts at her husband for getting involved in Women’s Circle business, namely criticising how their Wisdom behaved. She became the Wisdom of Emond’s Field after it was discovered that Nynaeve would not be returning. Marin al’Vere threatens Cenn Buie with having Daise call on him to convince him why Village Council business did not take precedence over that of the Women’s Circle. Verin Mathwin sends a girl to get the Wisdom to tend to the wounded. Daise heals the injured at Emond’s Field with poultices and ointments. Daise doesn’t want Tinkers in Emond’s Field because she thinks they steal belongings and children. Perrin responds angrily, saying that they aren’t going to abandon anyone to the Trollocs. Daise looks abashed. Daise and Marin discuss the rationing in Emond’s Field – they have kept it hidden from the men that all the women are on half-rations because they do not need to fight. Daise and other members of the Women’s Circle agree that Faile would qualify as being betrothed to Perrin by the customs of the Two Rivers. She, Brandelwyn al’Vere and the rest of the Women’s Circle preside over Perrin’s wedding to Faile. Daise and others devise a plan to rescue the children of Emond’s Field if the Trollocs break through the defences. Daise is armed with a long pitchfork. Later, when the Whitecloaks fail to help and the women join the battle lines, she kills a goat-snouted Trolloc through the throat with her makeshift weapon. Faile sends Rhea Avin and Sharmad Zeffar to Daise after they have been fighting over Wil al’Seen. Daise, Edelle Gaelin, Elwinn Taron and Milla al’Azar meet with Faile to discuss events in the Two Rivers. Daise thrusts herself forward to take the lead in the group since she Perrin’s manor is close to her own village. Daise now addresses Faile as ‘my Lady’. They find talking to Faile easier because of the unexpected effect Perrin’s Ta’veren abilty has on their resolve. Daise is having dresses and a gown made for Faile by Therille Marza, a Domani seamstress that has settled in Emond’s Field. A gown was Daise’s idea, though Faile wonders of what use a ballgown will be in the Two Rivers.
Jori Congar is a Two Rivers resident. He is skinny, a good shot with the bow and light fingered. He is part of the Two Rivers men in Perrin Aybara’s army in Ghealdan. When Perrin meets with the Seanchan, he gets Jori to shoot an arrow into a branch he holds up, to show that Two Rivers men are hiding in the bushes and will fire on the Seanchan if necessary. He takes part in the battle against the Shaido in the town of Malden.
Benley Coplin is a Two Rivers resident. While battling the Seanchan during The Path of Daggers, Rand al’Thor questions whether he can trust anyone, and compares himself to Benly, a paranoid Coplin from the Two Rivers. Benly starves to death as his paranoia leads him to believe that someone will poison his food.
Calle Coplin is a Two Rivers girl who is considered to be quite forward and a flirt. She does not braid her hair even though she is over twenty. She tried to flirt with Perrin after taking a job in his manor house but Faile chased her away with a stick when she found out. Calle has apparently not tried to flirt with Perrin again after this.
Dag Coplin is an Emond’s Field resident. He is an old man with wrinkled skin and gray hair. When shearing sheep, Loise al’Vere argues with Dag about the proper method of shearing. He rides with Lord Luc when Luc is antagonizing the Whitecloaks.
Darl Coplin is a farmer in Emond’s Field and brother to Hari Coplin. He has a narrow, weasel-like face with a tight mouth and is a known troublemaker. He is suspected of scrawling the Dragon’s Fang on Brandelwyn al’Vere’s door. He confronts Moiraine Damodred with a crowd behind him, demanding she leaves Emond’s Field at once. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trollocs. He is one of the Two Rivers men to follow Perrin Aybara into Ghealdan. He is one of the guards on duty watching for any Children of the Light activity.
Ewal Coplin is an Emond’s Field resident. Rand al’Thor gives Ewal a black eye for teasing Rand about his gray eyes. Ewal, along with Darl, Hari, Dag Coplin, and Wit Congar, go with Lord Luc to bother a band of Whitecloaks
Hari Coplin is a Two Rivers resident. He is a farmer. He is sour-faced. When the trollocs first attack Emond’s Field, he confronts Moiraine Damodred with a crowd behind him, demanding she leave at once. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trollocs.
Evard Cordwyn was a hired mercenary captain working for Elayne Trakand. He was tall, with a square jaw and had a large ruby in his left ear. He worked for Elayne, pushing back the sorties from Arymilla Marne. He made a demand of Elayne for more money due to a loss of men. She sent him away with no agreement. Later, he, Rhys a’Balaman and Aldred Gomaisen turned coat and attacked the Far Madding Gate. He died during the attack.
Bandry Crawe is a Two Rivers resident and son of Samel Crawe. He is part of Perrin Aybara’s army. He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar.
Samel Crawe is from Emond’s Field. He is a member of the Village Council. Bandry Crawe is his son. He is a horse-faced man with a long nose. He is part of the Village council, which is in session when Padan Fain arrives.
Lord Galadedrid of House Damodred is the only son of Tigraine Mantear and Taringail Damodred and the half-brother of Rand al’Thor through his mother, and Elayne and Gawyn Trakand through his father. His sign is a winged silver sword, point-down. He is the current Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light. He is described as extremely handsome. He is tall and slender with dark eyes and hair. Galad’s mother Tigraine is the Daughter-Heir of Andor until she mysteriously disappears, leading to the Third Succession War after the death of his grandmother Queen Mordrellen Mantear. Morgase Trakand wins the succession war, becoming the new queen of Andor, and marries Tigraine’s abandoned husband Taringail, a nephew of the king of Cairhien, with whom she has a son Gawyn and a daughter Elayne. Taringail later dies in a hunting accident. Galad is raised by his stepmother Morgase and considers her as his mother. As a young boy, he is trained by Gareth Bryne and Henre Haslin with the sword. In this time period, he saves Gawyn’s life a number of times, who is six years his junior. Although Elayne seems to find Galad overly just, Gawyn seems to look up to him.
He meets Rand al’Thor in the Royal Gardens of Caemlyn talking to Elayne and Gawyn. He reports Rand’s intrusion to the guards. Galad then goes with Gawyn and Elayne to Tar Valon where he trains to become a Warder. He is an extremely good swordsman, besting Hammar more often than not, and “always does the right thing, with no regard for who it hurts.” He meets Egwene al’Vere for the first time in the White Tower and develops an attraction to her. He is concerned when the girls go missing and tries to question the girls on where they disappeared to. He and Gawyn both fight Matrim Cauthon who is armed with a quarterstaff and beats the both of them. Morgase comes to the White Tower and when she finds that her daughter is missing, she becomes furious. Galad and Gawyn manage to talk their way out of being taken out of the White Tower by her.
While training to become a Warder, he begins to have a few drinks with the Whitecloaks and Eamon Valda gives him a book on the foundation of the Children of the Light. He later joins the Whitecloaks due to the split in the Tower and was quickly promoted due to his skill with a sword and zeal for righteousness. The Whitecloaks believe in the destruction of Darkfriends and they believe that all Aes Sedai are Darkfriends. He meets up with Nynaeve al’Meara and Elayne in Samara and tries to convince them to go straight back to Caemlyn. He secures a riverboat for them, which was also wanted by The Prophet. This causes friction and then all out riots between the Whitecloaks and Children of the Prophet. Galad feels no remorse at this as he swore an oath to Nynaeve that he would secure a boat, and he does not care about the outcome of his actions. He cuts down a number of the Prophet’s men as he escorts the girls to the boat where they part company there.Upon hearing that Eamon Valda, the Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light, sexually assaulted and supposedly killed his stepmother, Morgase, he rode with Trom, Dain Bornhald, and Jaret Byar to the Whitecloaks’ new headquarters to kill him. Galad challenged Valda to “Trial Beneath the Light”, a duel to the death between two of the Children. After a fierce battle, Galad kills Valda and is acclaimed the new Lord Captain Commander. He believes that the Children need to be at Tarmon Gai’don even if that means fighting beside Aes Sedai to do that. He flees with his force from Seanchan controlled lands, only to be betrayed by his scouts, who were secretly working for Rhadam Asunawa. His force runs into a much larger force of Seanchan led Children of the Light. Asunawa is also there and demands Galad surrender himself to questioning, naming him Darkfriend in the process. Rather than have Whitecloak fight Whitecloak, Galad surrenders and has his force merge with the other force. After being brutally beaten by the Hand of the Light he is rescued by Trom, Byar and Bornhald. They come in with the other Lord Captains previously standing against him. They drop a sack containing Asunawa’s head and pledge loyalty to him. While leading his army, he talks to his Lord Captains about his plans of sending a letter to the White Tower to ask if the Children of the Light can become allies with the Aes Sedai. His men then capture a group a travelers who are the forward group of Perrin Aybara’s army. Convinced by Dain Bornhald and Byar that Aybara is a shadowspawn, he demands to do battle with his so-called foe. However, after negotiation, at which he discovers his mother, Morgase, hiding in Aybara’s camp, Galad agrees to give Perrin a fair trial. Morgase, who is chosen to be the impartial judge, declares Perrin not guilty of murder, but guilty of killing illegally, leaving the sentence up to Galad. Galad, though, chooses not to tell Perrin his punishment yet, agreeing to allow Perrin to first fight at the Last Battle before facing it. A short time later, Perrin’s forces return to the Whitecloak encampment. Galad, thinking himself to be deceived, prepares to do battle with Aybara before realizing that Aybara’s troops are battling an army of Trollocs, trying to save him. After combining forces to defeat the shadowspawn, Galad sees the truth about Perrin and declares that his sentence is to fight with all his might at Tarmon Gai’don. He then joins Perrin’s forces.
Oren Dautry is a Westwood farmer and Rand and Tam’s closest neighbour. He is tall and lean. He Travels through Jur Grady’s Gateway to join the rest of the Two Rivers men recruited by Perrin Aybara. He participates in the Battle of Malden
Athan Dearn is a resident of the Two Rivers. He is fat. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army.
Lamgwin Dorn was hired by Basel Gill to prevent trouble in The Queen’s Blessing in Caemlyn. He is a hulking figure with heavy lidded eyes, an often broken nose with scars on his face. He along with Basel Gil, Queen Morgase, Lini, Tallanvor and Breane Taborwin travel to Amadicia where they are made guests of King Ailron and subsequently kept under guard. Since Breane fled Cairhien, she seems to have met Lamgwin and fallen in love with him, being utterly devoted to him. Lamgwin and the rest are then held captive in the Fortress of the Light by Pedron Niall. He manages to escape with Morgase and the rest of her crew with the help of Sebban Balwer. Upon escaping Amadicia, the party go on to become personal servants of Perrin and Faile of the Two Rivers. Perrin sends him north just before the attack on the Shaido in Malden with the intention of catching up with him afterwards.
Bar Dowtry is a Two Rivers resident. He is a cabinetmaker. He has a square face. He Travels through Jur Grady’s Gateway to join the rest of the Two Rivers men taken by Perrin Aybara. He participates in the Battle of Malden.
Buel Dowtry is the Fletcher in Emond’s Field. He is white haired with a sharp nose. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trollocs. He relocates to the Black Tower when his grandson, Jonneth Dowtry, joins the Asha’man.
Elam Dowtry is a Two Rivers resident and a friend of Mat Cauthon. He has a long nose and a cowlick. He helps carry Perrin Aybara inside the Winespring Inn. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army. He leaves the Two Rivers with Dav Ayellin and Ewin Finngar to explore the world.
Jonneth Dowtry is an Asha’man from the Two Rivers. Jonneth was found in the Two Rivers by Mazrim Taim and brought to the Black Tower. He is one of the most skilled of the Two Rivers Soldiers
Ealsin was Perrin’s great aunt. She had a sharp nose. She lived on the Aybara farm with the rest of Perrin’s family. Padan Fain murders Perrin’s entire family including Ealsin.
Elber is one of the Queen’s Guards in the employ of Lord Gaebril. He is pudgy with beady eyes. He chases away Matrim Cauthon when Mat tries to pass on Elayne Trakand’s letter to Morgase Trakand. Mat sneaks in anyway and as Martyn Tallanvor escorts Mat out of the Royal Palace, Tallanvor scolds Elber for not allowing Mat into the Palace in the first place.
Get Eldin is a farmer in the Two Rivers. He is bald, leathery and wrinkle-faced. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trollocs.
Marce Eldin is a novice in the Little Tower. She is from Emond’s Field. She is stocky. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they are all terrorized by Rand. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a novice.
Elegar is minor Lord in Andor and a Darkfriend under Rahvin’s command. He is thin lipped and always nervous. He is commanded by Rahvin to take the Red Ajah Aes Sedai who is under Rahvin’s compulsion, outside the royal palace. After Gaebril’s demise he is one of the nobles who fawn over Rand al’Thor.
Elle is a novice in the Little Tower. She is from Watch Hill. She is tall and pretty with braided fair hair. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a Novice.
Elsie is a maid that works for House Matherin, in Andor. Elsie is a tall woman with dark hair and dark eyes. She is in her twenties. Elsie helped Elayne Trakand dress when the Daughter-Heir visited House Matherin. She screams when she sees the ghost of Nelein Matherin
Lini Eltring is a Andorwoman who has been nurse to three generations of Trakand women, including Morgase and Elayne Trakand. Lini is described as very thin with a back as straight as a rod despite her old age and her hair white, drawn in a bun. She is very strict and has a practical view of the world and those in it. She has a narrow face with skin like thin parchment and has dark eyes.
As a nurse, she can afford to speak to both women in a way no noble lady of Andor could dare. For instance, she told to Morgase that her affair with Gaebril was known to everybody. She now lives in the Pensioners’ Quarter of the Queen’s palace in Caemlyn, like many elderly former servants. When Morgase comes to Lini’s apartment, Lini reveals the full extent of how things have deterioted in Andor under Gaebril’s rule. She brings in Martyn Tallanvor to confirm the story. She then flees Caemlyn with Morgase, Tallanvor, Basel Gill, Lamgwin Dorn and Breane Taborwin. They arrive in Amadicia and are held captive in the Fortress of the Light by Pedron Niall. She still refers to Morgase as a child but is still very loyal of her and is disgusted with the way Breane talks to Morgase. She has also hinted several times that Tallanvor would be a good love interest for Morgase. She manages to escape with Morgase and the rest of her crew with the help of Sebban Balwer.
While traveling in Ghealdan Lini and her group are saved by Perrin Aybara when they are attacked by the Prophet’s men. They then join with Perrin’s army and become attendents under Faile Bashere. After Faile’s capture by the Shaido, she becomes a servant to Perrin. She believes the rumors of Perrin sleeping with Berelain sur Paendrag Paeron, and has become very surly with him. Perrin sends her north just before the attack on the Shaido in Malden with the intention of catching up with her afterwards.
Essande is an Andoran sworn to House Trakand. Essande is slim, old and graceful. She waits on Elayne with Naris Pelden and her sister Sephanie.
Falton is a farrier from the Two Rivers that travels with Perrin Aybara. Falton is a broad and stocky man with a fringe of white hari. It is unknown when he joined Perrin’s group, but it is assumed he has been with them since the group left the Two Rivers in 999 NE. After arriving in Ghealdan, Falton is one of the farriers that look after Stepper and Stayer, despite Perrin wanting to do the work himself. Falton then travels with the group to Malden to rescue Faile Bashere. Falton, Aemin, and Jerasid are working the night Faile meets with Alliandre Maritha Kigarin, Arrela Shiego and Lacile Aldorwin
Elmindreda “Min” Farshaw (pronounced: MIN) is a woman, originally from Baerlon who has viewings at times, of auras and visions that can tell something about the future of the person being viewed. Min has also become a recent student of philosophy since the death of Herid Fel. She is the second woman to become the lover of Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, and is his only lover who is by his side at all times. She is slender with short hair that curls about her neck, and large, dark eyes. While she adamantly refuses to wear skirts or dresses, she now wears breeches that are tailored to show off her petite curves.
Min grew up in Baerlon, under the patronage of a father who did not curb her tomboyish tendencies. After he died, she was raised by her three aunts (Jan, Rana and Miren), who failed miserably at making a “proper woman” out of her. Her full name, “Elmindreda,” comes from a character in a story who spends most of her time sighing over men and trying to get them to compose songs about her. This is very unlike her, which is why she prefers to go by the diminutive version of the name. Min is fiercely independent and has a wry sense of humor.
Min first meets Rand al’Thor at Baerlon and manages to unnerve Rand thoroughly; not only was she a very attractive woman whose hair is cut short like a boy’s and wears men’s clothing, but she also has oracular visions. Min is privy to flashes of visual insight she calls “viewings” — for instance, whenever she sees Rand, Mat Cauthon or Perrin Aybara, she sees him surrounded by a vast, trackless darkness, while countless thousands of fireflies dart in and out, trying to fill the void; when two or more of them stand near each other, the fireflies get stronger. This is undoubtedly due to the nature of Ta’veren: it seems the viewings are glimpses at the Pattern. Sometimes Min can immediately interpret what her viewings mean, other times she is mystified by the obscure visions. Whether she knows the meaning or not, however, these visions always come true; at least none have yet been known to be false, although Min believed that her visions about Moiraine being crucial to Rand’s eventual success could not possibly come true when Moiraine was presumed dead. Viewings are always thicker around those who can channel, or are connected with channelers. However, Min’s ability itself has nothing to do with the One Power; Aes Sedai have tested that theory extensively, which contributes to Min’s general dislike for the organization. Min does not tell Rand about a certain vision of his aura that involves her.
After the events at the Eye of the World, Moiraine summons Min to the White Tower for safekeeping, something the free-spirited girl did not appreciate at all. She goes with novices Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve to Falme, where Egwene is captured as a damane by the Seanchan. Min is horrified at witnessing Egwene’s torture. Min finds Elayne and Nynaeve, and the three of them rescue Egwene, but they cannot escape the city as planned. The Seanchan attacking Falme from one side and the Whitecloaks attacking the other, the girls are present when the Heroes of the Horn are summoned and Rand fights Ba’alzamon for all to see across the sky. Min stays with Rand, who declares that he is the Dragon Reborn, and the Shienarans over the winter. Rand disappears one morning, heading for Tear, and Moiraine sends Min to the Tower with a message for the Amyrlin. A reluctant, unhappy Min complies, though she yearns to find Rand and feels she belongs at his side. Moiraine, not wanting Min to be recognized by the sisters in the Tower, sent her off in disguise. When Min gives the Amyrlin Siuan Sanche word of Rand, Siuan insists Min stay in the Tower for the chance a viewing could uncover information regarding the Black Ajah. For Min’s disguise, she miserably breaks from her preference for men’s breeches and assumes her alter ego, Elmindreda. Laras, Mistress of the Kitchens, takes “Elmindreda” under her wing. Gawyn does recognize Min behind the make-up, curled hair, and frilly dresses and teases her for the transformation. Not long after Min’s arrival, there is a violent coup against the Amyrlin Seat. With the help of Laras and Gawyn, Min smuggles the stilled and deposed Siuan and Leane, and now-gentled former False Dragon Logain Ablar out of Tar Valon. The four of them find their way to Salidar, where the rebel Aes Sedai who oppose the new Amyrlin are gathered. There, Min is reunited with Elayne and Nynaeve. Min soon sets out for Caemlyn, with a delegation of Aes Sedai from the rebel camp, to meet Rand. She leaves Salidar before Aviendha arrives (after Aviendha had spent significant time with Rand) so the two women do not cross paths. When Rand is first reunited with Min, he comments on how she is a good friend. Min takes pleasure in teasing Rand, and continues to do so in order for him to see her as a woman, not a friend who could just as easily be a man or a horse. When Min first meets Faile Bashere, the two have a mutual lukewarm aversion to each other. Faile is initially hotly jealous when Min greets her husband Perrin warmly, but that cools when she reads the non-verbal signals of Min’s romantic attachment to Rand. The two women leave their men to catch up, Faile and Min go off together to converse about things that would supposedly bore the men, but they don’t forge a friendship together. Min says about Faile, “Well, she wants what she wants when she wants it, and she will not take no for an answer. I pity poor Perrin, married to her.” Rand describes it as a cool disinterest, and “[does] not understand the cool looks the two women exchanged. It was not precisely animosity, or even unfriendliness exactly, but Rand suspected that if either made a list of those she would just as soon not spend time with, the other’s name would be prominent.” Min shares a viewing with Melaine – Melaine will give birth to twins – and the two hit it off. Due to her viewings, she is regarded as a sort of honorary Wise One and accepted by all Aiel. Min is one of a very short list of people the Maidens allow in to see Rand whenever she wants, whatever he is doing, not excepting his bathing. The Maidens are highly amused of Min’s teasing and Rand’s reaction to her. While on her way to the Wise One tents Min is kidnapped by Galina Casban and forced to accompany the White Tower Aes Sedai embassy on their way back to the White Tower. She is used as leverage against Rand who was also captured and held in a box. Rand is enraged when he sees Min and kills several Warders before he is subdued. She is beaten by several Aes Sedai and eventually escapes in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. As a result of this event she has become even closer to Rand, fearing to spend even a small amount of time away from him.
One vision Min had upon first meeting Rand was one that she was able to interpret quickly, although she did not tell him of it at the time: that she would fall in love with him. And not just her; two other women would love him as well. The face of one of the other women she later recognized: a friend she had made in the White Tower, the novice Elayne. The two later agreed to share him, a decision made easier by their strong friendship. The other she did not recognize; it turned out to be the Aiel woman Aviendha, who ironically had promised Elayne she would keep anyone from getting their hands on Rand. Struggle against it though she might, Min did fall in love with Rand, becoming the second of his women to become his lover (after Aviendha). She now plays an important role in his life: she is one of the only people in the world who can get him to smile, and certainly the only one he keeps nearby as Elayne and Aviendha are constantly busy elsewhere.
Rand has tried to send Min away but she has steadfastly refused. She also reports any viewings she has that might help him… if only she knew what most of them meant. After finding Colavaere Saighan hanging in her chambers, Min seeks Rand out for comfort and the two finally consummate their love. When Rand becomes despondent after the death of Colavaere and sulks in his room, it is Min that comes in and motivates him into action again. She leaves with Rand when he first meets with the Sea Folk and creates the Bargain, and then meets with the rebels outside Cairhien. During the last meeting Rand is slashed by Padan Fain with the Shadar Logoth dagger and is she is forced to watch him get carried by Darlin Sisnera, unconscious and near death by the time they arrive back in Cairhien. He is eventually Healed by Samitsu Tamagowa and Damer Flinn. Min is left behind in Cairhien when Rand carries out his campaigns on Illian and the Seanchan. When he arrives back she joins Rand for a meeting with Cadsuane Melaidhrin. The three of them leave the throne room just before a rogue Asha’man attack aimed at Rand destroys a quarter of the Sun Palace. Rand places her in Fedwin Morr’s care. Unfortunately he succumbs to the taint on saidin and reverts to the mind of a child. She tries to keep him occupied with toy blocks until Rand arrives back. She watches as Rand slips some poison into Morr’s cup putting him to sleep forever.
Min Travels with Rand to pick up some of Herid Fel’s books and then to the Royal Palace in Caemlyn. She rushes off to tell Elayne that Rand has arrived. Min, Elayne and Aviendha jointly bonded Rand as Aes Sedai do with Warders, something previously unheard of and thus necessarily done in secret. It was at that time she also revealed that Elayne would become pregnant with twins and that Rand would be the father. She then Travels with Rand to Far Madding. She approaches Cadsuane on Rand’s behalf because she believes due to a viewing Rand needs her and that she has to teach him something. When Rand leaves to find Charl Gedwyn and Peral Torval Min rushes to Cadsuane to tell her what is going on. She reports then on Rand’s condition after he is placed in a small prison cell, stating that he is changing from a stone to iron due to the panic he is suffering from his claustrophobia. She was also present when Rand and Nynaeve used the Choedan Kal to cleanse saidin of the taint.
After Rand cleanses saidin, she accompanies him to Tear, where they stay in Algarin Pendaloan’s house until Rand recovers. Min seems to be able to interpret Rand’s mood and thoughts through the bond and has become concerned with his acceptance that he will die at Tarmon Gai’don. She also dislikes Alivia due to a viewing she had that shows her helping Rand die. Min fights in the battle with the Trollocs when they try and attack the manor and even saves Rand at one point by throwing a knife into an attacking Myrddraal. Rand allows her to attend his meeting with the Daughter of the Nine Moons, who is revealed to be Semirhage. When Semirhage sends the fireball into Rand, he dives to cover and protect Min. She is more upset over the loss of Rand’s hand than he is. Min travels with Rand to Lord Tellaen’s manor in Arad Doman. She has taken it upon herself to try and find what Herid Fel had discovered for Rand by reading through all his books. She explains to Rand that he has to destroy all the Dark One’s seals to the Bore. She finally gets Rand to open up about Lews Therin Telamon in Rand’s head although she believes its only a voice and not actually Lews Therin himself. Semirhage manages to escape with the aid of Elza Penfell and snaps the Domination Band on Rand. Min throws a knife which hits Semirhages cheek, causing a gash. Semirhage then forces Rand, via the a’dam, to choke Min before Rand reaches for the True Power and breaks Semirhage’s hold. He blasts both Semirhage and Elza with Balefire. Min feels foolish for thinking she could protect Rand merely with the knives she keeps up her shirtsleeves. Rand misinterprets her worry for him as a fear of him, and he starts to withdraw from her. Min speaks with Aviendha to see if she can do anything for Rand. The two women are awkward with each other but each respects the other. Rand discovers that Graendal is located in Natrin’s Barrow and takes Min and Nynaeve there. Rand sends Lord Ramshalan into the manor, and he returns under Compulsion, which Nynaeve confirms. Convinced that the Compulsion is Graendal’s doing, Rand destroys the entire palace with Balefire. Nynaeve reports that the compulsion is gone—confirming that Graendal has been burned away. Frightened of his increasing emotional detachment, Min and Nynaeve find Cadsuane to inform her of Rand’s actions. Cadsuane formulates a plan to help Rand laugh again. Min accompanies Rand when he pulls his force out of Arad Doman back into Tear. Min is with Cadsuane when Nynaeve comes back with the whereabouts of Tam al’Thor. She has continued to read through the Prophecies of the Dragon and realizes that he will need to wield Callandor at Tarmon Gai’don, an interpretation with which Cadsuane agrees. Tam then pushes through the door after his disastrous attempt to talk to Rand. Min points out that they can’t make Rand how they want him to be and that he has Traveled to Ebou Dar. Min waits in Tear when Rand has his epiphany on Dragonmount. She feels his presence once he returns again, which alerts the Aiel as well. She goes with Nynaeve to investigate Alanna’s mysterious disappearance from the Stone. Upon returning to Rand, she notices the depth that now exists in his eyes. Rand tasks Min to find out how he can use Callandor against the Dark One. After Rand reveals that both Weiramon Saniago and Anaiyella Narencelona are Darkfriends, he then asks for Tam’s forgiveness and introduces him to Min.
He was a stout man with thin gray hair. Rand consulted repeatedly with him on the nature of saidin and how he might be able to cleanse it. Herid was often distracted by Min at these discussions. At the end of 999 NE Rand asked Fel first about the Warder Bond and if it can be broken and then about the seal on the Dark One’s prison, most notably how it would be possible for him to repair it during the Last Battle. Fel pointed out an inherent contradiction, namely that the prison needs to be completely intact when the Wheel of Time turns and the Age of Legends comes again, so the Aes Sedai of that time can create the Bore once again. He also mentions that the Dark One needs to have been forgotten by this time as well. Fel became intrigued by this contradiction and began thinking on how it might be resolved. He reached a possible conclusion and wrote down a cryptic phrase “clearing away the rubble”. At this point, he was brutally killed by the gholam in his study, ripped apart from limb to limb, suggesting that the Shadow was aware of his line of research and considered it extremely dangerous. Recent evidence as unearthed by Min Farshaw has suggested that “clearing away the rubble” means destroying the seals so that they can be rebuilt. Fel wrote Reason and Unreason, which Min studied after his death.
Tham Felmley was a reputable brickmason who lived in Caemlyn. Morgase Trakand, at the time, Queen of Andor, sat as judge in the case of Tham Felmley’s brother’s murder. During the trial, several people condemned him as the murderer. At the end of the trial, Morgase found him guilty and sentenced him to hang. Two years later, it was revealed that one of Tham’s workers, also one of the men who condemned him at the trial, was the murderer
Millis Fendry is innkeeper of the Hoop and Arrow. Every three to four days Master Harnder visits Mistress Fendry in the Hoop and Arrow. After the visit she sends a pigeon north. She was also visited by three Brown Ajah sisters, who met with Mistress Fendry in private. Reene Harfor seems to be aware that she is a spy.
Ewin Finngar is a teenage boy who lives in Emond’s Field. He is lean-faced with wide shoulders. Often the receiver of many of Matrim Cauthon’s practical jokes, Ewin is the one who tells Mat and Rand al’Thor about the arrival of Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran to Emond’s Field and how Moiraine gave him a silver penny for doing a chore. Ewin also helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army upon Perrin’s return to the Two Rivers, and he soon leaves Emond’s Field with Elam Dowtry and Dav Ayellin to explore the world.
Master Fitch is the innkeeper of the Stag and Lion in Baerlon. He is a rotund, good-natured man. Because he thinks very highly of “Mistress Alys” and “Master Andra,” he finds room for them and the Emond’s Fielders in his crowded inn, making sure that they are refreshed and well-fed. After a Fade attacks Rand at night, necessitating their departure from the inn, Lan and Moiraine urge Fitch to be open with potential troublemakers and clearly show his disassociation with their party, but he stubbornly insists on protecting their privacy and honor. His principles lead to his inn being torched, presumably by the Whitecloaks, who are rife in Baerlon at the time. Moiraine later organizes compensation so that he might rebuild.
Damer Flinn is an Asha’man of the Black Tower. He is quite old and only has a fringe of white hair. Flinn served in the Queen’s Guards of Andor for forty years until he took a Murandian lance in the thigh and was forced to retire.
He was one of the first few men who willingly came to the Farm (which would one day grow into the Black Tower) after Rand al’Thor announced his amnesty. Flinn was the first man to be tested, and Mazrim Taim determined that he could channel if taught.1 The reason Flinn came was because he wanted to learn how to Heal. At the recommendation of Corlan Dashiva, Flinn begins to explore his Talent for Healing. He was in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells, and afterwards was chosen to be among the Asha’man to accompany Rand al’Thor back to Cairhien. He has not returned to the Black Tower since. He is one of Rand’s bodyguards when he meets with the Sea Folk and makes the Bargain. Flinn has a Talent for Healing, and was able to stabilize Rand al’Thor after the latter’s wounding by Padan Fain with the Shadar Logoth dagger
Flinn Travels to Illian with Rand in order to confuse Sammael and try to bring him back to the city of Illian so Rand can finally defeat him. Rand trusts Flinn a great deal, so Flinn is promoted to the rank of Asha’man. He goes with Rand to meet the Illian rebels loyal to Lord Brend and is part of the force that attacks the invading Seanchan just outside Illian. On arriving back in Cairhien he accompanies Rand to his meeting with Cadsuane Melaidhrin. When the rogue Asha’man attack Rand’s quarters, Rand nearly fries Flinn on purpose due to his lack of trust of the Asha’man.
After the attack of Rand in the Sun Palace, Flinn is bonded as a warder by Corele Hovian. He Travels with Cadsuane and Corele to Far Madding to track down Rand. He then goes with Cadsuane to meet with the Counsel’s of Far Madding when they have Rand prisoner. He pretends to channel saidin in order to break Aleis Barsalla and set Rand free. During the Battle near Shadar Logoth, Flinn fights Demandred, together with Corele and Sarene Nemdahl. His instinctual skill for Healing leads Flinn to discover a cure for Severing, quite independently from Nynaeve’s parallel revelation. Prior to their discovery, clear back through the Age of Legends, it was firmly believed that once cut off from access to the One Power, a channeler could never touch the Source again. Damer restores channeling ability to Irgain Fatamed, Ronaille Vevanios and Sashalle Anderly. Flinn accompanies Rand and Corele to Algarin Pendaloan’s house in Tear, where Rand recovers after cleansing saidin. He watches Lan Mandragoran and Narishma practice sword play in the courtyard with the other Warders.
Flinn accompanies Rand to Lord Tellaen’s manor in Arad Doman. He is sent to pick up Harine din Togara Two Winds to be Rand’s ambassador. Later he is sent to the Daughter of the Nine Moons to request her to meet with Rand. He is there when Rand sends Naeff to the Seanchan, to ask to meet the Daughter of the Nine Moons in Falme. He stands with Cadsuane and Corele on the Bandar Eban walls to watch the ghostly procession that circuits the city at night. He goes with Rand to Falme, where he meets with the real Daughter of the Nine Moons, Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag. When Rand pulls his force out of Arad Doman, he and Naeff open the gateway for the force to enter through into Tear. Rand tells Flinn to create a gateway to the Field of Merrilor for Darlin Sisnera and the entire Tairen army. Nynaeve Heals the damage caused when channeling while saidin was still tainted, ridding Flinn of any trace of madness
Eazil Forney is an Andoran farmer who lives near the village of Arien. He is described as “bleary-eyed”, though it is unclear whether this is a feature of his appearance or due to him drinking too much the previous night. Eazil drinks too much at Arien’s only inn, and is unable to drive his cart home. He spends the night in the village, and the following morning is called by the innkeeper to see if he can give a lift to Rand al’Thor and Mat Cauthon, who had performed at the inn the previous night to earn their dinner and bed. Eazil gives them a lift east, and they sprawl in the straw of his cart for at least five miles.
Edelle Gaelin is the Wisdom of Watch Hill. She has long, grey hair that she wears braided in the Two Rivers style. She is almost old enough to be Milla al’Azar’s mother. She has held the office of Wisdom for a long time. The other Wisdoms of the Two Rivers, excepting Daise Congar, appear to follow her lead. She does not have the Talent of Listening to the Wind. She brings some of her dried-apple tarts to “Lord Perrin” as a gift. The people of the Two Rivers wish to assess whether or not Perrin is going to be right for the region. She is disappointed that she did not get the post of Wisdom in Emond’s Field after Nynaeve’s departure. She, Milla al’Azar, Daise Congar and Elwinn Taron meet with Faile to discuss events in the Two Rivers. They find talking to Faile easier because of the unexpected effect Perrin’s ta’veren abilty has on their resolve. Edelle comments on there having been no rain for months.
Jon Gaelin is a Two Rivers resident. When Perrin Aybara convinces Jac al’Seen and his family to move to Emond’s Field, Jac says that he will stop and tell Jon Gaelin. In preparation for the Perrin’s trial by Morgase Trakand, Jon, Flann Barstere, and Marek Cormer ready their bows
Colly Garren was a resident of the Two Rivers. When Perrin Aybara sets up an ambush for a group of Trollocs in the Two Rivers, they are betrayed by Lord Luc and Colly was killed when the Trollocs then ambush Perin’s group.
Marillin Gemalphin is an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. She is also Black Ajah and one of Liandrin’s Group of Black Sisters. She is from Andor. She is skinny, with dreamy blue eyes and lifeless brown hair. She has a narrow face. She loves cats and other animals, quite possibly more than she likes people, going out of her way to Heal stray cats and dogs.
After fleeing the White Tower she goes to Tear and works for the Forsaken Be’lal. They try to trap Rand al’Thor just after he releases Callandor. After this fails she flees to Tanchico to try and steal the male a’dam from the Panarchs Palace. This plan is also foiled by Elayne Trakand and Nynaeve al’Meara.
She next travels to Caemlyn where rumours have often spread of an Aes Sedai Healing cats and dogs. She is now staying and under the leadership of Lady Shiaine. Marillin was involved in the unsuccessful kidnap attempt on Elayne. She is currently being held, along with the Lady Shiaine and the other Black Ajah Sisters involved, in the Royal Palace dungeon in Caemlyn.
Basel Gill was the former innkeeper of the Queen’s Blessing in Caemlyn and considers himself to be a good Queen’s man. He fought in the Aiel War, but is a bit on the plump side now. He has a pink face and is balding.
He has known Thom Merrilin for many years, since the time when Thom was court-bard to Queen Morgase. It was this long-standing friendship that leads him to give aid to Rand al’Thor and Mat Cauthon when they arrive in Caemlyn after Thom was presumed dead helping them escape a Myrddraal in Whitebridge. Mat and Rand stay in an attic room while waiting for Moiraine and the rest of their party to reach Caemlyn. Mat and Thom stay in The Queens Blessing while on their way to Tear. Thom asks Gill to start rumors about Lord Gaebril, that will hopefully reach Morgase’s ears. Gill agrees saying that it will be one of the bad dreams he has been having.
Master Gill, Lamgwin Dorn, and Breane Taborwin accompany Queen Morgase, Lini Eltring, and Martyn Tallanvor when they flee Caemlyn. They arrive in Amadicia and are held captive in the Fortress of the Light by Pedron Niall. He manages to escape with Morgase and the rest of her crew with the help of Sebban Balwer. While traveling in Ghealdan he and his group are saved by Perrin Aybara when they are attacked by the Prophet’s men. They then join with Perrin’s army and become attendents under Faile Bashere. Perrin recognizes Gill, having met each other before. Gill becomes Perrin’s shambayan. Perrin sends him north just before the attack on the Shaido in Malden with the intention of catching up with him afterwards. His force is intercepted by the Children of the Light, who keep them captive.
Sergase Gilbearn is an Andoran noble of a minor House. She is small and slim. Her dark hair is touched with white. She enters Caemlyn quietly when Rand al’Thor disposes of Lord Gaebril. She is one of the nobles who have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and brought her armsmen to Caemlyn. When Elayne is captured by the Black Ajah, she and her armsmen ride to aid Birgitte Silverbow in rescuing her
Branlet Gilyard is the High Seat of House Gilyard. The sign of House Gilyard is the Red Leopard. He is very young with unruly black curls and big blue eyes. He is brought to Caemlyn by Reanne Corly and Dyelin Taravin. In a meeting with Elayne Trakand, he pledges his House in support of House Trakand for the Lion Throne. He walks into a meeting with Elayne and Dyelin, who are discussing the fate of the five other Houses who are planning to stay neutral until a victor is decided. When Birgitte Silverbow arrives with the news of Elayne’s capture, he heads out with the strike force to retrieve her. A soldier arrives with the news that some hired mercenaries paid by Elayne are attacking the Far Madding Gate. The forces have to be split and he and his forces ride to defend the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla Marne’s army attack the gate but is hit behind by the recently rescued Elayne and her force. Arymilla’s army soon surrenders. He is present at the meeting with the neutral High Seats and Elayne. There, they throw their support behind Elayne giving her the required Houses she needs to obtain the Lion Throne
Else Grinwell is the eldest daughter of nine children. The Grinwells live on a farm between Whitebridge and Arien. She is not more than a year younger than Rand al’Thor and Mat Cauthon. She is dark-haired, big-eyed, pretty and plump. Her dark hair is in braids. When Rand and Mat are travelling to Caemlyn, they stop at her family’s farm. She flirts with Rand while he stays there. Else ran away from home to go to the White Tower to train as a novice after meeting Rand and Mat, but was sent home when she shirks her works and studies. Lanfear used Else as a disguise twice while in the White Tower; once, after Else had been sent away.
Charlz Guybon is a Lieutenant in the Andoran army who is later promoted to Captain. He is tall and young. He has hazel eyes. He looks like he has not smiled in a long time. He manages to gather a large contingent of soldiers who are all traveling to support Elayne Trakand in Caemlyn. This army was composed of over 4,700 veterans of the Queen’s Guard and roughly 5,000 armsmen sworn to nobles in support of Elayne. When the soldiers are brought to Caemlyn via a Gateway, he is greeted by Elayne and promoted to Captain on the spot and made Birgitte’s second in command. He is brought to Birgitte Silverbow and told of Elayne Trakand’s capture by the Black Ajah. He is in charge of the strike force that attack the wagon holding Elayne inside.
Gwil is a servent that Faile Bashere trained for Perrin Aybara when they became lord and lady of the Two Rivers. Perrin often treated Gwil as more a friend than as a servant, which Faile did not agree with.
Lord Arendor Haevin is a noble from Andor. He is of similar age to Dyelin Taravin. He was the guardian of his niece Catalyn Haevin, until she was older enough to take her place as High Seat.
Catalyn Haevin is the High Seat of House Haevin. The sign of House Haevin is the Blue Bear. She is dark-eyed young lady, still plump with baby fat. She is brought to Caemlyn by Reanne Corly and Dyelin Taravin. In a meeting with Elayne Trakand, she pledges her House in support of House Trakand for the Lion Throne. She walks into a meeting with Elayne and Dyelin, who are discussing the fate of the five other Houses who are planning to stay neutral until a victor is decided. When Birgitte Silverbow arrives with the news of Elayne’s capture, she heads out with the strike force to retrieve her. A soldier arrives with the news that some hired mercenaries paid by Elayne are attacking the Far Madding Gate. The forces have to be split and she and his forces ride to defend the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla Marne’s army attack the gate but is hit behind by the recently rescued Elayne and her force. Arymilla’s army soon surrenders. She is present at the meeting with the neutral High Seats and Elayne. There, they throw their support behind Elayne giving her the required Houses she needs to obtain the Lion Throne.
Lady Evelle Haevin is a noble from House Haevin in Andor. Her niece is Catalyn Haevin. Lady Evelle acts as an advisor to her niece
Saml Hake is the innkeeper of the Dancing Cartman in Four Kings. He is a bony man with long, stringy hair that hangs to his shoulders. After Rand al’Thor and Mat Cauthon fled from Whitebridge following their encounter with a Myrddraal, they came to Four Kings, hoping to earn a meal and night’s rest in return for performing as they had learned under the tutelage of Thom Merrilin. Hake quickly established himself as greedy and unhindered by any ethical shackles, striking a barmaid hard enough to send her to the floor for the offense of informing him that his dulcimer player was unreliable, causing her to drop and break a mug of wine, which Hake then docked her pay for. When he agreed to allow them a meal and lodging for their performance, he did so as if it pained him. When the two boys took a break to eat, Hake seemd furious, even though their performance had packed his previously nearly empty establishment, all they while eyeing Rand’s sword and Thom’s flute hungrily, clearly intending to rob them. When business finally died late at night, Hake and his two bouncers, Jak and Strom, led Mat and Rand to an out of use store room with makeshift beds, and left, their intention presumably to rob them in their sleep, however he would not get the opportunity, as Hawol Gode, a Darkfriend, made his move first, somehow immobilizing Hake and his lackeys. Rand unknowingly channels during this encounter, and subsequently he and Mat escape.
Barim Halle is an old warhand under the command of Gareth Bryne as a senior squadman. He is hard and wiry with a habit of stuffing his tongue in his cheek when he has something to say. He sets off with Gareth to track down Siuan Sanche when she broke her oath to Gareth. This leads him all the way from Andor to Salidar where the Rebel Aes Sedai are. He is sent to Ebou Dar to help recruit men for the Rebel Aes Sedai army.
Daved Hanlon is Captain of the Queen’s Guard in Caemlyn and a Darkfriend. Daved Hanlon is a hatchet-faced man with dark, unblinking eyes. Daved is one of Lord Gaebril’s White Lions. Hanlon is part of the rebels in Cairhien, but he and his White Lions are not trusted by their Tairen or Cairhienin counterparts.
Under Moghedien’s orders, Hanlon reports to Mili Skane. She shows him the price of failure by killing Jaichim Carridin and torturing Falion Bhoda. She tells him to become one of Elayne Trakand’s men. Hanlon begins working as a guard for Elayne under the alias Doilin Mellar. When she is attacked by three men, he fends them off, leading to a promotion to Captain of the Queen’s bodyguard. When Elayne becomes pregnant, most everyone in Caemlyn speculate that he is father because of his status as Captain, a rumor which she does not squelch in favor of the truth: that the Dragon Reborn is the father. Hanlon leads a sortie out of Caemlyn against orders, to help save and bring in a group of Lord Luan Norwelyn’s men. This angers both Elayne and Birgitte Silverbow as Luan hasn’t declared his support for Elayne yet. Hanlon is reprimanded in public for it, in turn incurring his wrath. After his audience with Elayne, he heads to a meeting with Mili, killing a man who was sent to follow him. When he arrives at Mili’s place, he shares information with Falion, who he has come to an information exchanging truce. During his meeting, Mili orders him to free the captive sul’dam in the palace and to carry on burning Caemlyn’s food warehouses. He is with the mercenary captains, when they demand more gold from Elayne. Elayne sends him on to his duties, embarrassing him in front of the captains. After being followed by Samwil Hark, Elayne has Hanlon arrested and questioned.
Catrial Mosnead, an iron monger’s daughter from Mairon, accused Hanlon of impregnating her, which he responded to by killing her and stuffing her in a well.
Afrim Hansard is a member of the Queen’s Guards. He is burly. He brings in Samwil Hark to be questioned by Elayne Trakand. He served Morgase Trakand as well.
Thad Haren is an old warhand under the command of Gareth Bryne. His wrinkled face is like crumpled leather. It is said that, despite being beyond seventy yeas of age, he could still “track yesterday’s wind across stone by moonlight.” He sets off with Gareth to track down Siuan Sanche when she broke her oath to Gareth. This leads him all the way from Andor to Salidar where the Rebel Aes Sedai are. He is sent to scout around and find out what the Whitecloaks are doing.
Reene Harfor is the First Maid of the Royal Palace in Caemlyn. She is slightly plump with graying hair and a long chin. She helps to run the Royal Palace after Rand al’Thor defeats Lord Gaebril. She greets Elayne Trakand, when she arrives back in Caemlyn to lay claim to the Lion Throne. She announces Mazrim Taim to Elayne, when he arrives in Caemlyn. She begins to try and find any spies that may be lurking within the servant’s quarters. She reports to Elayne about a couple that have left suddenly that may have been spies. Min Farshaw runs into Reene when she is escorting Rand, who has been hidden by the Mask of Mirrors, to Elayne. Reene finally finds a spy and reports to Elayne that Jon Skellit is in the employ of House Arawn. Elayne tells Reene to keep an eye on them and feed them information that they are willing to be released. Reene then hires Jon Skellit to sneak into Arymilla Marne’s camp and spy for Elayne. She also finds out that Master Harnder is a spy who reports to Millis Fendry. After Harnder’s visit, Mistress Fendry sends a pigeon out that flies north. She informs Elayne that Arymilla is trying to bribe the mercenaries under Elayne’s current employ. She brings Elayne to where the mercenary captains await her and is present while Elayne meets with them. She also brings a report from Jon Skellit. He reports that Arymilla’s men are fairly confident about taking Caemlyn very soon. She runs to Elayne to tell her that some of the mercenary Captains they have hired, have turned camp and have started to attack the Far Madding Gate from the inside. After Arymilla is captured, Reene tells Elayne that most of her spies have become still and quiet. Elayne tells her to keep watching them as they will probably take coin from someone else to start spying again.
Samwil Hark is a cutpurse in Caemlyn. He is average weight and height and has brown hair and eyes. He has an ordinary looking face. When he was turned in by a rival, rather than having him imprisoned Elayne Trakand asked him to follow Doilin Mellar. Hark led Elayne, some Aes Sedai and multiple queens guards to arrest Mellar.
Bera Harkin is an Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah. She is a stocky Andoran with a square face. She looks like a farmwife with short brown hair and brown eyes. She has three Warders. She is very strong in the One Power – stronger than most Aes Sedai. She is allied to the Salidar Aes Sedai. She and Kiruna Nachiman were sent by the Salidar Hall to the Aiel Waste to find the Dragon Reborn. She then travels to Caemlyn where she finds him there and joins the Salidar delegation there. When Rand flees to Cairhien, the Salidar delegation dissolves and she follows him to Cairhien. Bera and Kiruna Nachiman were the leaders of the Aes Sedai who participated in Rand’s rescue at the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. She is forced to swear fealty to him after the battle and is placed into the Wise Ones care. Cadsuane Melaidhrin arrives in Cairhien and finds Bera and drills her on all the events that has occurred recently. She is part of Rand’s embassy when he meets with the Sea Folk and makes the Bargain. She puts Shalon din Togara Morning Tide to the question as to why she was found bound with Ailil Riatin. After being sent by Rand to negotiate with the rebel High Lords of Tear, she comes to an agreement with Estanda. She gives Rand the good news while he is in the Stone of Tear that the rebels have agreed to disperse in return for Darlin Sisnera being made king. She is part of the group that investigates Alanna Mosvanis mysterious disappearance from the Stone of Tear.
Milam Harnder is the Second Librarian in the Royal Palace library in Caemlyn. Master Harnder is described as a bald man with a round face. He has been an agent of Demira Eriff for nearly thirty years. Reene Harfor discovers that he is also and agent for the Brown Ajah. Demira Eriff was set to meet Master Harnder at the Origan Gate in the Inner City of Caemlyn, but never arrived. He also visits an inn called the Hoop and Arrow every few days. After each of his visits, a pigeon flies north, presumably to the White Tower
Henre Haslin was Master of the Swords in the Queen’s Guard under Queen Morgase. He has a big red nose with only a small amount of white hair. He was dismissed by Lord Gaebril during the Gaebril’s remaking of the army. Haslin was dismissed from his position training recruits allegedly due to his age but was really dismissed because of his loyalty to Morgase. He was eventually recruited by Rand al’Thor to train the Asha’man in swordplay. He was briefly sent away by Mazrim Taim, who saw no value in weapons aside from the Power, until Rand commanded Taim to bring him back
Henren is a minor noble of Andor. He is blocky and bald. After Gaebril’s demise he is one of the nobles who fawn over Rand al’Thor.
Master Hightower is the owner of the ferry in the town of Taren Ferry. He has a narrow face and pointed features. He is compared to a ferret and a weasel. For a large sum of money, he transports Moiraine, Lan, Thom, Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene and all of their horses across the river in the middle of the night, aiding them in their flight from the shadowspawn that attacked Emond’s Field on Winternight. It is unknown if Master Hightower survived the Trolloc attack on Taren Ferry that preceded the Battle of Emond’s Field.
Raimun Holdwin is the innkeeper of the Goose and Crown, in Andor. When Rand al’Thor and Matrim Cauthon are making their way to Caemlyn, they stop in the last village within sight of the Goose and Crown. Passing through, they are waiting for a safe moment to move on the when they see Master Holdwin talking with a Myrddraal. Master Holdwin then talks with Almen Bunt about two people, one with a blademaster’s sword. Master Bunt doesn’t know anything about it and later gives a ride to Rand and Mat. Master Bunt doesn’t like Raimun Holdwin, due to his “friends.”
Rowan Hurn is a Two Rivers resident who is on the Village Council. He is part of the Village Council, which is in session when Padan Fain arrives.
Jak is a bouncer working for Saml Hake at the Dancing Cartman in Four Kings. He is big with crooked, yellow teeth. He has an ugly chuckle. Jak, Strom and Saml Hake hold Rand and Mat hostage through threatening behaviour. They are prevented from leaving the inn and escorted to their rooms by the two bouncers. Jak or Strom waits in the hallway outside their room and the window is barred. He corners Rand in the stables of the Dancing Cartman and threatens him. He tells him Strom and he have a bet – Strom says that he stole the sword from his old grandmother. Jak says that Rand’s grandmother would have beat him up, had he even tried. It is unclear whether they are Darkfriends and working with Howal Gode, willing to help him for a price or entirely oblivious to Gode’s intentions towards the boys.
Jakob Hernvil is the secretary of Arymilla Marne. “He was a little man, and lean, as if all the fat had been boiled from him.” He was responsible for bribing Elayne’s mercenaries to switch alliances during the siege of Caemlyn
Kelwin Janevor is an Andoran noble of a minor House. He is wiry. He is one of the nobles who have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and brought his armsmen to Caemlyn. When Elayne is captured by the Black Ajah, he and his armsmen ride to aid Birgitte Silverbow in rescuing her.
Jerasid is a farrier from the Two Rivers that travels with Perrin Aybara. Jerasid is a broad and stocky man, not yet into his middle years. It is unknown when he joined Perrin’s group, but it is assumed he has been with them since the group left the Two Rivers in 999 NE. After arriving in Ghealdan, Jesarid is one of the farriers that look after Stepper and Stayer, despite Perrin wanting to do the work himself. Jerasid then travels with the group to Malden to rescue Faile Bashere. Jerasid, Aemin and Falton are working the night Faile meets with Alliandre Maritha Kigarin, Arrela Shiego and Lacile Aldorwin
Tad Kandel was a Redarm in the Band of the Red Hand. He is from Andor. He was dark skinned. It was found out that he had deloped a boil on his backside, which had to be dealt with on the way to Ebou Dar. While at the building that contained the ter’angreal Bowl of the Winds in Ebou Dar, he was killed by the gholam.
Hyam Kinch is a cart-driver, leathery-faced and taciturn, who lives in Andor. He encountered Rand al’Thor and Mat Cauthon on their way to Caemlyn. He gave that a lift on his cart somewhere between Market Sheran and Carysford, and gave them information about the Queen’s Guards and the situation in Andor at that time. He also offered Rand and Mat a chance to lay low at his place if they were in trouble and needed to stay out of the way for a while. Despite his friendliness, Mat, under the influence of the cursed dagger from Shadar Logoth, was hostile towards Kinch, who drove off in anger at his lack of gratitude.
Kindlin is a Captain in the Queen’s Guards of Andor. He is stationed in Aringill and is the highest ranking officer in that city. On learning of the escape of Naean Arawn, Elenia Sarand and others held in Aringill, Kindlin gives Charlz Guybon permission to make his way to Caemlyn. He also allows Guybon to seek out men that were dismissed by Gaebril from the Queen’s Guards. These men had been hiding away their armor until such time as they were needed again.
Barel Layden is an Andoran noble of a minor House. He is lanky. He enters Caemlyn quietly when Rand al’Thor disposes of Lord Gaebril. He is one of the nobles to have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and brought their armsmen to Caemlyn. When Elayne is captured by the Black Ajah, he and his armsmen ride to aid Birgitte Silverbow in rescuing her.
Adine Lewin is a Two Rivers resident. She is married to Flann Lewin. She is plump. She helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army.
Dannil Lewin is a resident of the Two Rivers. His uncle is Flann Lewin and his cousin is Tell Lewin. He is very thin and has grown a thick mustache in the Taraboner style.
He goes with Perrin Aybara to rescue the prisoners taken by the Children of the Light when they are in the Two Rivers. He is made one of the two captains of the Two River men. He then accompanies Perrin to Caemlyn and is put in charge of all the Two River folk when Perrin goes to the royal Palace to meet with Rand al’Thor. He escorts the Rebel Aes Sedai delegation to Perrin when he is on his way to rescue Rand from the White Tower Aes Sedai. He leads to Two Rivers bowman into the Battle of Dumai’s Wells.
He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He and the other Two Rivers men surround and protect the Aiel loyal to Perrin after Gerard Arganda threatens to attack them when news of Faile Bashere and Alliandre Maritha Kigarin being kidnapped arrives. He accompanies Perrin, when he looks over the Shaido cammped in Malden. When Perrin leaves for So Habor, he tells Dannil to keep an eye out on Aram. When Perrin returns, Dannil gives him the news that some Shaido warriors have been captured. He goes with Perrin to the meeting with the Seanchan. He keeps the Two Rivers men hidden in the bushes around the meeting to keep an eye out on the larger Seanchan force. He takes part in the battle against the Shaido in the town of Malden.
Emry Lewin is a novice in the Little Tower. She is from Emond’s Field. She is buxom. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they are all terrorized by Rand. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a novice.
Flann Lewin is a Two Rivers resident. He is married to Adine Lewin. He is gnarled and gray-haired and as thin as a beanpole. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army.
Laila Lewin, formerly Laila Dearn, is a Two Rivers resident. She is married to Natley Lewin. She is very wide
Natley Lewin is a Two Rivers resident. He is married to Laila Lewin. He is very wide.
Tell Lewin is a resident of the Two Rivers. His uncle is Flann Lewin and his cousin is Dannil Lewin. He is lanky. He goes with Perrin Aybara to rescue the prisoners taken by the Children of the Light when they are in the Two Rivers. He is made one of the two captains of the Two River men. He is in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. He carries the Red Eagle banner when they Travel back to Cairhien. He accompanies Perrin to Ghealdan when they search for Masema Dagar. He goes with Perrin to the meeting with the Seanchan. He keeps the Two Rivers men hidden in the bushes around the meeting to keep an eye out on the larger Seanchan force.
Win Lewin is a Two Rivers resident. He is lanky. Win is at Jac al’Seen’s farm when Perrin Aybara and his group visit. He tells everyone at the farm that Lord Luc has arrived.
Luhhan lives in Emond’s Field with her husband Haral. Her temper is hotter than her husband’s and she is nearly as strong as he is. When the trollocs attack Emond’s Field on Winternight, she bravely fights them off with a frying pan and then wanders the village searching for more so she can seek revenge for the destruction to her home.
Haral Luhhan is the Emond’s Field blacksmith and also sits on the Village Council. Master Luhhan is married to Alsbet Luhhan. His arms are nearly as large as most men’s legs and are roped with muscle. He is strong and brave, but pales at the sight of blood. He is part of the Village council, which is in session when Padan Fain arrives. Perrin Aybara was apprenticed to Master Luhhan in his smithy since his youth. Master Luhhan was always supportive of Perrin, Mat and Rand al’Thor despite rumors and claims by the Children of the Light that they were Darkfriends which led to his arrest. Haral played a key role in defending Two Rivers by rallying support behind Perrin during the Trolloc raids.
Lyndelle was the ninth Queen of Andor, succeeding Queen Morrigan in FY 1114. It is not known if Lyndelle was Morrigan’s daughter, but it is known that she was also a descendant of Queen Ishara Casalain, the founder of the kingdom of Andor. Lyndelle was the final Queen of Andor to reign during the War of the Hundred Years, and is considered the last ‘formative’ queen of the kingdom. By the end of Lyndelle’s reign, the current laws regarding the succession in Andor were firmly in place, specifying that only Queens can rule Andor and they must be Andoran-born and descended from Ishara, the founder of the realm. Furthermore, the Daughter-Heir must be sent to study the art of rule and politics from the Aes Sedai in Tar Valon and the eldest son of the Queen must be sent to study the art of warfare from the Warders, to better defend his sister and lead the armies of Andor in battle. All of these stipulations had already been followed since Ishara’s day, but only due to necessity from the war. They were followed, apparently without deviation (save when one noble house succeeded another), until the time of Queen Morgase Trakand almost a thousand years later. Lyndelle ruled for fifty-one years and died in 30 NE. The name of her successor is not recorded.
Macharan is a noble from Andor. He is a bear of a man. He enters Caemlyn quietly when Rand al’Thor disposes of Lord Gaebril. He is one of the nobles present at the Rebel Aes Sedai meeting on the border of Murandy and Andor. He appears uneasy about the prospect of a battle between Aes Sedai on Murandian soil.
Kenly Maerin is a Two Rivers resident in the army led by Perrin Aybara. He is short and stocky and has a patchy beard. He shaved his beard but is having another attempt at growing it again. He was one of the men to fight Trollocs when they invaded Emond’s Field. He was in the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He goes through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack.
Croi Makin is Warder to Myrelle Berengari. He is a yellow haired Andoran. He is present when Egwene al’Vere is dressing down Myrelle for hiding Lan Mandragoran in Salidar. He is on edge watching Lan practice with the sword and picking up Myrelle’s somber mood.
Mavra Mallen is the former Wisdom of Deven Ride. She is presumed to have her hair worn braided in the Two Rivers’ style. She was the Wisdom of Deven Ride at the beginning of The Eye of the World. A few years back, her apprentice died of Channeling sickness. The apprentice, like Nynaeve, could also Listen to the Wind. When Nynaeve leaves Emond’s Field in pursuit of Rand, Perrin, Mat, Egwene, Moiraine and Lan, she gets Mavra to come up from Deven Ride to mind things while she is gone. During Nynaeve’s test for Accepted, the day before Mavra has to leave to return back to Deven Ride she is visited by a woman named Malena Aylar from Watch Hill. Some children fall sick that night and Malena tends to them, therefore becoming the new Wisdom of Emond’s Field. Note that these events are fictional and only occur as part of the test. Mavra cannot stay for long because she is needed in Deven Ride. She returns back there and Daise Congar takes over as Wisdom of Emond’s Field. Her fate is unknown, as later in the series Elwinn Taron is mentioned as the Wisdom of Deven Ride.
Mordrellen Mantear was the High Seat of House Mantear in Andor, which by the 960s NE had become the ruling house of the kingdom. Mordrellen sat the Lion Throne in the city of Caemlyn and ruled over the most powerful and populous kingdom in the Westlands as Queen. It is not known how long Mordrellen ruled for. It is known that one of the oldest and most respected Aes Sedai of her time, Gitara Moroso, was appointed to Mordrellen to serve as her advisor.
In 965 NE, the newly-crowned King Laman Damodred of Cairhien prosecuted a war with Andor for reasons that are not entirely clear, but possibly related to trade along the River Erinin. In 968 NE Mordrellen and Laman concluded a peace treaty. As part of that treaty, Laman’s nephew and heir Taringail would wed Mordrellen’s daughter, Tigraine, the heir to the Lion Throne. Although the treaty ended the war, the marriage was not a happy one, but it is unknown if Mordrellen was aware of how miserable her daughter was in the relationship.
In 971 NE, Mordrellen’s son Luc disappeared before his formal recognition as the First Prince of the Sword of Andor. On the advice of Gitara Moroso, he journeyed north to the Borderlands and took part in a raid into the Great Blight, but was not seen again. Mordrellen and Tigraine were both heartbroken. In the spring of the following year, after giving birth to her son Galad Damodred, Tigraine likewise vanished, also on the advice of Gitara Moroso.
Mordrellen was taken ill shortly after Tigraine’s disappearance. Heartbroken with grief, she quickly died. With no surviving heirs, the Third War of Andoran Succession took place and the Lion Throne passed to Morgase Trakand.
Mordrellen’s daughter Tigraine travelled into the Aiel Waste. There, under the name ‘Shaiel’, she caught the eye of the clan chief of the Taardad Aiel, Janduin. Tigraine gave birth to his son on the slopes of Dragonmount during the Battle of the Shining Walls in late 978 NE. Thus, Mordrellen is the grandmother of the Dragon Reborn, Rand al’Thor. After Mordrellen’s death, House Mantear fell from grace and became only a middling house of not particularly great importance. In 999-1000 NE, during the Fourth Succession War, Lord Perival Mantear, the then-High Seat of the house, swore fealty to Elayne Trakand and supported her rise to the Lion Throne.
Perival Mantear is the High Seat of House Mantear. The sign of House Mantear is a silver anvil. Perival is likely a close cousin of Rand al’Thor through Rand’s mother Tigraine. He is a golden-haired boy. He looks maybe fifteen, though he is only twelve. He is brought to Caemlyn by Reanne Corly and Dyelin Taravin. In a meeting with Elayne Trakand, he pledges his House in support of House Trakand for the Lion Throne. He walks into a meeting with Elayne and Dyelin, who are discussing the fate of the five other Houses who are planning to stay neutral until a victor is decided. Despite his age, he shows a great deal of political intelligence, when he works out what Elayne had planned for the Borderlanders all along. When Birgitte Silverbow arrives with the news of Elayne’s capture, he heads out with the strike force to retrieve her. A soldier arrives with the news that some hired mercenaries paid by Elayne are attacking the Far Madding Gate. The forces have to be split and he and his forces ride to defend the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla Marne’s army attack the gate but is hit behind by the recently rescued Elayne and her force. Arymilla’s army soon surrenders. He is present at the meeting with the neutral High Seats and Elayne. There, they throw their support behind Elayne giving her the required Houses she needs to obtain the Lion Throne.
Tigraine Mantear (pronounced: tee-GRAIN) was the Daughter-Heir of Andor. Her brother was Luc Mantear and her mother was Queen Mordrellen Mantear. Her personal sigil was a woman’s hand gripping a thorny rose stem with a white blossom. Biological mother of Rand al’Thor and Galad Damodred. She was the Daughter-Heir of Andor and married Taringail Damodred, whom she never loved, to help relations between Andor and Cairhien. Together they had a son, Galad. She was told by the Aes Sedai Gitara Moroso to become a Maiden of the Spear or the world would suffer. Tigraine and her brother Luc were sent to Tar Valon, in the usual tradition of the royalty of Andor. Tigraine vanished mysteriously from Tar Valon in in 972 NE, never to be heard from again. She travelled into the Aiel Waste, causing the third Succession War. Within a year she had become a Far Dareis Mai, taking on the name of Shaiel, meaning “woman who is dedicated”. As she was adopted into the Chumai Sept of the Taardad Aiel she fell in love with the clan chief, Janduin. Together they travelled with the Taardad over the Dragonwall to execute King Laman Damodred, the Oathbreaker, for his crime against the Tree. In the third year of the Aiel War, she became pregnant by Janduin. She should have been sent home, but was not, and had her child on the side of Dragonmount on the third day of the Battle of the Shining Walls, the last day of Nesan, 978 NE and died moments later. This was a child of prophecy, Rand al’Thor.
Jeorad Manyard is listed in history texts as the governor for the Imperial Province of Andor for the High King, Artur Hawkwing. Dates for Jeorad Manyard rule are not given. Since Endara Casalain was made governor of Andor some time after Hawkwing’s marraige to the Lady Tamika in FY 965, it is assumed that Manyard was governor between Aldeshar’s capitulation in FY 963, or earlier, if the province of Andor existed prior to the end of the Consolidation, and prior to Endara being given the title. Next to nothing is known of Manyard aside from a partial translation of the Karaethon Cycle that has survived with his name attached to it. Jeorad Manyard’s name solely appears in the series in the closing quotation to Lord of Chaos, where he is named “Governor of the Province of Andor for the High King, Artur Paendrag Tanreall.” Elsewhere in the same novel and also in The World of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, Endara Casalain is named as the governor of Andor some time after the Black Years (FY 961 – 965) but before Hawkwing’s death in FY 994. Thus, Manyard must have been governor prior to Endara’s ascent to the position.
Maragaine was the fifth Queen of Andor, succeeding Queen Termylle in FY 1054. It is not known if Maragaine was Termylle’s daughter, but it is known that she was also a descendant of Queen Ishara Casalain, the founder of the kingdom of Andor. In FY 1063, Andor faced the gravest threat to its survival since its founding when four rival kings united their armies and invaded the kingdom from the west. Maragaine personally led her troops at the Battle of Four Kings and they proved victorious. The town of Four Kings later grew up on the battle site. Maragaine ruled for nineteen years (FY 1054-73), and was succeeded by Astara.
Jailin Maran is a lesser noble from Andor. His sigil is a cross-hatched Red Wall. Usually support is thrown behind Elenia Sarand’s claim to the Lion Throne but the House’s banners were seen in Arymilla Marne camp outside Caemlyn
Souran Maravaile was a man of common birth who became a soldier during the latter part of the rule of the High King, Artur Hawkwing. His abilities were noted and, since Hawkwing promoted strictly by merit with no regard for noble birth, he was rewarded with numerous promotions and decorations. Hawkwing came to regard Maravaile as his finest general during the latter part of his life. In FY 993, Maravaile was assigned to take command of the army besieging Tar Valon at Hawkwing’s command. Around this time Maravaile became the lover of Ishara Casalain, the daughter of Endara Casalain, the governor of the Imperial Province of Andor. A year later, Hawkwing was dead from an unexpected illness and his empire began tearing itself apart. Maravaile stubbornly insisted on maintaining the siege, until Ishara persuaded him that the siege no longer served any purpose. Maravaile lifted the siege, pledged his loyalty and life to Ishara, whom he married, and they returned with his army to Caemlyn, where Ishara declared herself the first Queen of Andor. In thanks for Ishara’s actions, the Amyrlin Seat, Deane Aryman, forged a powerful alliance between Andor and Tar Valon that would last a thousand years. Maravaile’s army formed the core for the new Andoran military, and its experience and reliablity served Andor well during the early part of the War of the Hundred Years. Under Maravaile’s command, Andor’s military expanded east and west so that by FY 999 Andor held all the lands between the Cary and the Erinin. Maravaile’s role as commander of Andor’s army is analogous to that of the First Prince of the Sword, the traditional commander of Andor’s military. Whether this title existed at this time, or if Maravaile was given it, remains unknown. Maravaile was killed by assassins in FY 1017, and Ishara died in FY 1020. With their sons also dead in the war, it was left to their daughter Alesinde to become the second Queen of Andor.
Lady Arymilla Marne is a high noble of Andor and High Seat of House Marne. She has big melting brown eyes. She was one of the nobles who didn’t support Morgase Trakand when she assumed the throne after the Succession, and was forced to swear fealty to her afterwards. She was one of the nobles who hung around Lord Gaebril in the Throne Room of Andor. After Gaebril’s demise she now fawns over Rand al’Thor. She flees Andor when both Elenia Sarand and Naean Arawn who had proclaimed themselves for the Lion Throne when Rand had been kidnapped by the White Tower Aes Sedai, are imprisoned by Dyelin Taravin. When both Elenia and Naean are being transported to Aringill, Arymillia’s troops help ‘free’ the two women in exchange for them to throw their support behind her claim to the Lion Throne, while being de-facto prisoners. She then mustered up all her forces and began to lay siege on Caemlyn. She pays some of the mercenaries in Elayne’s employ to attack the Far Madding Gate. She mobilizes her entire force and attacks the gate as well. Her army is hit from behind by half of Elayne’s force and in the end Arymilla’s army surrenders. She is currently being held prisoner by Elayne.
Brannin Martan is an Andoran noble of a minor House. He is married to Elvaine Martan. He is gray haired. He is one of the nobles to have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and brought their extended family as armsmen to Caemlyn. When Elayne is captured by the Black Ajah, Brannin, Elvaine and their armsmen aid Birgitte Silverbow in rescuing her.
Elvaine Martan is an Andoran noble of a minor House. She is married to Brannin Martan. She is gray haired. She is one of the nobles to have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and brought their extended family as armsmen to Caemlyn. When Elayne is captured by the Black Ajah, Elvaine, Brannin and their armsmen aid Birgitte Silverbow in rescuing her.
Elise Marwin is a novice in the Little Tower. She is from Emond’s Field. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they are all terrorized by Rand. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a novice.
Hu Marwin is a resident of the Two Rivers. He is said to be a good tracker. He goes with Perrin Aybara to rescue the prisoners taken by the Children of the Light when they are in the Two Rivers. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army. He accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar. He goes of to track Faile Bashere when she is kidnapped by the Shaido Aiel. He catches up and questions a number of inhabitants who are fleeing Malden about the Shaido.
Teven Marwin was a resident of the Two Rivers. When Perrin Aybara sets up an ambush for a group of Trollocs in the Two Rivers, they are betrayed by Lord Luc (Slayer) and Teven is killed when the Trollocs then ambush Perin’s group.
Lord Aedmun Matherin is a lord of a minor house in Andor. Lord Aedmun is the current High Seat of House Matherin. His grandmother was Nelein Matherin. Lord Aedmun learns of the succession in Caemlyn. He and his armsmen go to the capital to support Elayne Trakand
Lady Mayv was a noble from Andor. She was the guardian of Branlet Gilyard before she died in a riding accident
Melare is an Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah. Melare is a plump Andoran with bright blue eyes and thick black eyebrows. Melare is a slightly atypical Red Sister in that she does not seem to despise men – in fact she sends money back to Andor for her grandnephews’ education. Melare, along with Arebis, Desala Nevanche, Zanica and three other Aes Sedai were involved in the capture of Leane at Northharbor. Melare was also sent, along with Pevara Tazanovni, Javindhra Doraille, Desala, Jezrail and Tarna Feir, to the Black Tower to put the proposition of Red Sisters bonding Asha’man as Warders to Mazrim Taim. He has agreed to this.
Melasune (presumed, but not confirmed, to be Melasune Casalain) was the third Queen of Andor. She was the daughter of Alesinde and the granddaughter of Ishara Casalain and Souran Maravaile. The date of Melasune’s reign is unknown. In accordance with her grandmother’s treaty of alliance with the Aes Sedai, Melasune was sent to Tar Valon for schooling in the art of politics as a young woman. When her mother died in FY 1035, Melasune’s own brothers had been killed in battle during the War of the Hundred Years, leaving her to take the Lion Throne of Andor. She ruled for eleven years before dying in FY 1046. She was succeeded by Termylle. It is not known whether Termylle was her daughter or not.
Owyn Merrilin was Thomdril Merrilin’s nephew, the son of Thom’s brother. Owyn Merrilin was a man who could channel. For three years, he kept his channeling under control, however members of the Red Ajah found him and gentled him.2 After being gentled, his village found out and exiled him and his wife. Because of the gentling, he died and his wife also died within a month. During his time as Court Bard for Morgase Trakand, Queen of Andor, Thom found out that the Red Ajah was hunting Owyn. He did not, however, leave Morgase’s side to help him. Later, when he did leave, it was too late; Owyn had died. Morgase was angry at Thom leaving, so much so that when he returned, she and Thom had a fight and Thom left Caemlyn one step ahead of the headsman’s ax.42 One of Thom’s reasons for helping Rand al’Thor is to make up for his failure to help Owyn.5 Moiraine Damodred, Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah knows the names of the Red sisters who gentled Owyn. Thom helps Elayne Trakand and Nynaeve al’Meara to get this information. Moiraine, however, disapeares before the information could be passed on
Thomdril “Thom” Merrilin (TOM MER-rih-lihn) is a gleeman, formerly a bard. He is fairly old, has a gnarled face, shaggy white hair and blue eyes. He is tall, with stooped shoulders. He wears a cloak that is described by Bran al’Vere as having more patches than cloak and more colors than you can think of. It is also described as quite thick, having odd, baggy sleeves and big pockets. His snowy hair and long mustaches make him appear older than he probably is, given his spryness. He is frequently portrayed as smoking a pipe. Not much of his early life is known, except that he was Bard to the young Lady Morgase of House Trakand. He helped her ascend to the throne of Andor, became her Court Bard, and was renowned in noble circles in most nations. He thwarted Taringail’s plan to kill Morgase and killed him instead. He and Morgase became lovers. Somewhere during this time, Thom discovered his nephew and only surviving blood kin, Owyn, was being pursued by the Red Ajah because he could channel saidin, but he was too busy with his duties to Morgase to seek him out. The issue of Owyn returned later and Thom disappeared to help him, but he had waited too long: Owyn had been gentled by the Red Ajah and, left alone, had died. When Thom returned, Morgase was angry with him for leaving – a fight ensued, and Thom said she was a spoiled baby and tool of the White Tower. He left, barely dodging the execution block. Thom is hot-headed, but generally kind and considerate, though he nurses a hatred of the Red Ajah, following their treatment of his nephew. A great player of Daes Dae’mar, Thom is able to sort out what is important among the information he gathers and which is just lies. He assisted Matrim Cauthon in rescuing Moiraine from the Tower of Ghenjei, and is currently her warder and husband.
With his Bardic talents and his experience in the Andoran court giving him more than the requisite skills, he became a gleeman and journeyed across the land, performing in inns and villages, sometimes for pay, sometimes just for supper and a bed. He just so happened to arrive in Emond’s Field late on the same night Moiraine Damodred arrived,3 and was present on the very next night night when trollocs attacked. After the four young people decided to leave for Tar Valon with Moiraine who by then had revealed herself as Aes Sedai, he went with Rand al’Thor, Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara and Egwene al’Vere, fearing that they would succumb to the same fate Owyn had by following Moiraine, and felt he had to repay his failure to help his nephew. When the company was later split up after their foray into Shadar Logoth, he ended up on Bayle Domon’s ship along with Rand and Mat. He seemingly sacrificed his life to protect them from a Myrddraal in Whitebridge, however he did not die, but the encounter did leave him with a permanent limp.
Thom later ran into Rand in Cairhien when the young man was making his way to Tear. Soon afterward, Thom’s girlfriend/apprentice Dena was murdered by men in the employ of King Galldrian Riatin. In a suspicious turn of events, the king was murdered hours later; Thom may or may not be the killer, as even his own statements on the subject are ambiguous. Depressed, he left the city and made his way to Tar Valon, where he began drinking heavily. It was here that Mat reentered his life after escaping from the White Tower. They rejoined the company in Tear after the Fall of the Stone. Moiraine requested that Thom, along with Juilin Sandar, take care of Nynaeve al’Meara and Elayne Trakand as they journeyed to Tanchico. She informed him by the Three Oaths that he will survive Tarabon, that they WILL meet again and she will then provide him with the names of the Red Sisters who Gentled Owyn and the one who gave the order to have him Gentled on the spot.
After Tanchico, he and Juilin rescued the two young women when they were dosed with forkroot by Ronde Macura. They then joined Valan Luca’s Travelling circus, where Thom became a fire-eater and juggler. They accompanied them on their trip to Salidar where afterwards they were sent by the Salidar Six to scout around Tarabon for a time before returning again. Mat arrived in Salidar soon after Thom returned but Thom is told to stay away from him. Thom then went to Ebou Dar with Elayne, Nynaeve and Mat to search for the Bowl of the Winds. Thom and Juilin stayed with Mat after the Seanchan capture Ebou Dar and Mat was injured, during which time he planned some scheme with Beslan Mitsobar against the Seanchan. He also used the excuse of playing the harp to sneak into one of Tylin Quintara Mitsobar’s maids’ room. He helped Mat escape with Tuon. He, with the rest of Mat’s group, joined up with Luca’s Traveling Circus as a cover while they fled from Ebou Dar.
It was recently revealed that Thom knows of Moiraine’s fate after her battle with Lanfear and that her rescue requires Mat’s help. Most of this comes from the letter that Thom received after the Blue Aes Sedai’s “death,” in which she details some of what she saw when visiting with the Aelfinn and the three rings in Rhuidean.
He accompanied Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag and Mat to a hell in the town of Maderin. While in the White Ring he brought the news that the entire Seanchan army was after Tuon, claiming she was an imposter. As they were all leaving the hell, they were spotted by Darkfriends intent upon killing Mat. Thom protected Tuon while Mat engaged another group behind them. Here Thom witnessed Selucia’s fighting ability. At the end of the fight Thom professed to not remember seeing Selucia fight at all. After this incident, Thom, Mat, and the rest of their group decided to leave Luca’s show. While riding through Altara they meet up with the Band of the Red Hand and began to travel with them.
Furyk Karede entered the Band’s camp, looking for the return of Tuon. He asked to speak to Thom, having him confused for being in command of the Band and the hatcher of a plot to take Tuon to the White Tower. He rode with Mat into the cursed village of Hinderstap and was attacked by the crazed villagers when nightfall descended. The group only just managed to escape the village and wait the night away before entering the village again at daybreak to find everyone back to normal. Later he met with Mat, who was planning how to the approach Trustair, the next village along after Hinderstap. He was present when Verin arrived in camp and informed Mat that saidin has been cleansed.
After the Band set up camp in Caemlyn, the gholam attacked Mat. During the fight the gholam threatened to kill Thom. After the attack Mat insisted on Thom sleeping in the city in a different tavern each night. Thom traveled to the Tower of Ghenjei with Mat and Noal in order to confront the Finn and rescue Moiraine. He was the one who endured the burning mist trapping Moiraine in the Chamber of Bonds, pulling her free. After escaping the Finn’s world, Thom and Moiraine announced to Mat their plans for marriage.
Talene Minly is an Aes Sedai who grew up as the daughter of a farmer. She is part of the Green Ajah but is also Black Ajah. She is described as being statuesque with golden hair. She is exposed as Black Ajah when she refuses to reswear her Three Oaths on the Oath Rod. After being subjected to the Chair of Remorse several times, she is forced to renounce her Oaths taken as Black Ajah and reswear the Three Oaths. She then betrays the other members of her Heart, Galina Casban and Temaile Kinderode, as well as naming Atuan Larisett as Black Ajah. She is present when Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan grants the Sitters requests to begin negotiations with the Rebel Aes Sedai. When Elaida asks Talene’s opinion on negotiations, she looks to Yukiri and Doesine Alwain. Alviarin Freidhen had just returned to the White Tower to witness this exchange which has started her following up on who is hunting the Black Ajah. She is adamant that she walks in the Light again. She is called to a Black Ajah Supreme Council meeting, but is terrified of turning up as she is positive she will be killed there. Saerin Asnobar hides her in a room in the lower basement of the White Tower. She fled the White Tower before the Battle of Tar Valon.
Queen Modrellein was the ruler of Andor c. 300 NE. It is not known what House she was a member of. Modrellein is noted in history for her role at the Battle of Cuallin Dhen, between Andor and Tear. The Andoran army was beginning to rout, so Queen Modrellein rode into the midst of the enemy army whilst carrying the Lion Banner. Her troops rallied to her side and won the day. Modrellein’s sacrifice is used as an example to demonstrate the courage and honour an Andoran Queen is expected to show as a ruler.
Morrigan was the eighth Queen of Andor, succeeding Queen Telaisien in FY 1103. It is not known if Morrigan was Telaisien’s daughter, but it is known that she was also a descendant of Queen Ishara Casalain, the founder of the kingdom of Andor. Morrigan ruled for eleven years (FY 1103-1114) and was succeeded by Queen Lyndelle.
Alpert Mull is a farmer who lives between Four Kings and Market Sheran. A solid man with a square face and square hands both worn and grooved from hard work and worry. Mull lets Matrim Cauthon and Rand al’Thor ride with him in his cart. He gives them each a woolen scarf when they part. When Elayne Trakand first meets Egwene al’Vere, she remarks about a farmer who came to Caemlyn to see Logain, and was inspired by meeting Rand to stay there and support Morgase Trakand when the riots started. Almost two years later, Alpert Mull is helping his sister, Alysa, and brother-in-law, Graeger’s family on their apple orchard. While there, his nephews, Adim and Hahn, are dismayed at the fact that the apples are extremely shriveled and essentially useless. He considers returning to Andor and reflects that he gained a price on his head for speaking out in favor of the Queen. As Alpert stands looking at the orchard, Rand al’Thor comes down off of Dragonmount and Alpert recognizes him. Rand’s presence makes the apple trees bloom and produce a very large crop of fruit. When Rand walks away, and as Alpert calls to have people gather the apples, Alpert feels a pull to join Rand. He considers going after Rand, but thinks to himself “apples first.”
Mutch is a stableman at the Stag and Lion in Baerlon. He is wiry.
Naeff is an Asha’man. He has reached the rank of Asha’man. He is particularly strong with weaving Air. He is bonded to Nelavaire Demasiellin. He has a strong rectangular face with a lean build. He was part of the Queen’s Guards but resigned when Lord Gaebril took over. He then went to the Black Tower to become an Asha’man. He accompanies Rand to Lord Tellaen’s manor in Arad Doman. While stationed there, a Bubble of evil strikes the Saldaean soldier Adrin. His remains then catch fire to the nearby manor. Aviendha, who is nearby weaves a massive column of Air and Water from a nearby river and transports water onto the fire. Neaff also creates a column of water onto the fire and helps put it out. He is sent by Rand to deliver messages between Davram Bashere and the Seanchan on a meeting place for Rand. When Rand pulls his force out of Arad Doman, he and Flinn open the gateway for the force to enter through into Tear. He rides with Rand when he goes to meet the Borderlander rulers inside Far Madding. He was one of the many Asha’man affected by the Dark One’s taint on saidin. Because of this he becomes convinced that Myrddraal are following him. Nynaeve heals him of his affliction for which he is quite grateful. He has also been sent to deliver a message to Logain Ablar, saying the Asha’man were men and not just weapons, and to obtain information on what is happening in the Black Tower. Because Mazrim Taim has tightened his control over the Black Tower, it is likely he will be intercepted.
Aranvor Naldwinn served as a Captain-General of the Queen’s Guards of Andor in the latter 970s NE. He served Queen Morgase Trakand, apparently ably and well. He held the rank at the same time as Gareth Bryne; it is unclear why this should be the case. During the Aiel War, Naldwinn assumed command of the 28,000 Andoran troops Queen Morgase sent to aid her erstwhile ally, King Laman Damodred of Cairhien. This contingent formed part of the Grand Alliance of nations which assembled outside Tar Valon to turn back the Aiel onslaught. Lord Aranvor commanded the Alliance on the third day of the Battle of the Shining Walls and was killed whilst leading his troops into battle.
Neain was Perrin’s aunt. She was married to Carlin before he passed away. She visits his grave everyday. She lives on the Aybara farm with the rest of Perrin’s family. Padan Fain murders Perrin’s entire family including Neain.
is a noble from Andor. She has a sharp face. She enters Caemlyn quietly when Rand al’Thor disposes of Lord Gaebril. She is one of the nobles present at the Rebel Aes Sedai meeting on the border of Murandy and Andor. She and the other nobles grate at not being introduced with their full titles. She asks Egwene about her proclamation of opening up the novice book to women of any age.
Lady Nelein Matherin was an Andoran noblewoman of House Matherin. She was Lord Aedmun Matherin’s grandmother. Due to the Dark One’s influence on the world, Lady Nelein appeared as a ghost to a maid, Elsie, which frightened her
Admer Nem is a farmer who lives in Kore Springs. He is married to Maigan. He is a stout man with lank and thinning hair. When Siuan Sanche, Leane Sharif, Min Farshaw and Logain Ablar are traveling from Tar Valon to Salidar, they spend a night in Master Nem’s barn. They are found before dawn by Admer. During the argument and confusion, a lantern fell which caused the barn to burn to the ground and some of the livestock were killed. Logain stole a purse belonging to the Nems and gave Admer a bump on the head. When he gives his account of the night’s happenings, he embellishes the story, making Logain out to be a foot taller and turned the bump on his head in to a longer fight where Admer was holding his own. Gareth Bryne, then lord of Kore Springs, gives Admer and his family gold to rebuild the barn and replace the livestock, gold to replace what was stolen in the purse, as well as a silver mark for the bump on his head. Admer tries to complain about the silver mark, but Bryne cuts him off, saying that “Maigan has given you worse for drinking too much.” All of the amounts are supervised by Caralin, Lord Bryne’s retainer, who Admer tries to extort more than his fair share.
Ester Norham is a sevant who works in the Royal Palace in Caemlyn. Reene Harfor finds out she is a spy.
Halwin Norry is First Clerk in the royal palace of Andor. He is tall and bony. He has long spindly shanks and tuffs of hair sticking up. He helps to run the Royal Palace after Rand al’Thor defeats Lord Gaebril. He reports to Elayne Trakand about deposits of alum being found on her estates in Danabar. He also informs Elayne of Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan’s proclamation towards the Dragon Reborn. He then continues with other news from around the world. He later comes back to inform Elayne that the two most prominent bankers in Andor amenable to the mining and distribution of the alum. he then goes on to tell of the increased breeding of the rats in the sewer and of the Borderlands rulers remaining in New Braem. After Elayne gets back from New Braem, Norry gives her the news that four small armies of twenty thousand men are marching towards Caemlyn from the east. He reports that arson’s are increasing within the city, particularly on the food warehouses. He also reports that House Marne, House Arawn and House Sarand have taken large loans out against their estates, probably in an attempt to hire the mercenaries within the city itself. He introduces Samwil Hark to Elayne. He was a very successful cutpurse before finally getting caught. For this reason Norry suggests using Hark to follow Daved Hanlon. He returns to Elayne with Hark, after Hark successfully follows Hanlon to where he is staying. He reports to Elayne that arson’s still continue to plague Caemlyn, even after Hanlon was captured. He also brings the death warrants for Rhys a’Balaman and Aldred Gomaisen, who turned coat during the battle against Arymilla, for Elayne to sign.
He places a tail on Duhara Basaheen to watch her movements. He finds out that she has been meeting with Ellorien Traemane although this was just a ploy. He then brings to Elayne’s attention a letter written from Matrim Cauthon asking to meet with her.
Conail Northan is the High Seat of House Northan. The sign of House Northan is the Black Eagle. He is tall and lean, with bony wrists, an engaging grin, merry brown eyes and an eagle’s beak for a nose. He is brought to Caemlyn by Reanne Corly and Dyelin Taravin. In a meeting with Elayne Trakand, he pledges his House in support of House Trakand for the Lion Throne. He walks into a meeting with Elayne and Dyelin, who are discussing the fate of the five other Houses who are planning to stay neutral until a victor is decided. When Birgitte Silverbow arrives with the news of Elayne’s capture, he heads out with the strike force to retrieve her. A soldier arrives with the news that some hired mercenaries paid by Elayne are attacking the Far Madding Gate. The forces have to be split and he and his forces ride to defend the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla Marne’s army attack the gate but is hit behind by the recently rescued Elayne and her force. Arymilla’s army soon surrenders. He is present at the meeting with the neutral High Seats and Elayne. There, they throw their support behind Elayne giving her the required Houses she needs to obtain the Lion Throne.
Luan Norwelyn is an Andoran nobleman, and High Seat of House Norwelyn. The sign of House Norwelyn is the Silver Salmon. He is hard faced and graying rapidly. Along with Lord Abelle Pendar, Lady Arathelle Renshar, Lady Ellorien Traemane, Lady Aemlyn Carand, and Lord Pelivar Coelan, he supported Morgase Trakand for the Lion Throne and were exiled while she was under the influence of Gaebril. After Rand al’Thor conquers Caemlyn, he invites him back into Andor making his intent clear of only holding onto the Lion Throne until Elayne Trakand is able to take over. Rand asks Luan for his support in which he replies that he would prefer to follow Dyelin Taravin. He is approached by the Salidar Aes Sedai delegation with certain promises. With the help of Dyelin he imprisons Elenia Sarand and Naean Arawn who had proclaimed themselves for the Lion Throne when Rand had been kidnapped by the White Tower Aes Sedai. He leaves Caemlyn and sets up camp with Abelle, Arathelle, Ellorien, Aemlyn and Pelivar. There they sit to the side and stay neutral during Arymilla Marne’s siege on Caemlyn against Elayne. When Arymilla’s force is defeated a message is sent to Elayne asking for safe passage in Caemlyn for the neutral High Seats. They meet with Elayne and Luan asks for a temporary alliance with Elayne’s forces to fight against the Borderlands army in Andor. Elayne reveals she invoked her right as an Aes Sedai and allowed them safe passage across Andor into Murandy to keep looking for the Dragon Reborn. Luan and then Abelle throw their support behind House Trakand. Arathelle, Aemlyn and Pelivar also throw their support behind Elayne, but only for Dyelin. This gives Elayne the required amount of Houses to obtain the Lion Throne.
Tuck Padwhin is a resident of the Two Rivers. He is a carpenter. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army.
Naris Pelden is a tirewoman in the Royal Palace of Andor. Her sister is named Sephanie. Naris is a stocky woman with a square face. Essande hires Naris and Sephanie when Elayne Trakand comes to Caemlyn. All three of the women help both Elayne and Aviendha bathe and dress
Sephanie Pelden is a tirewoman in the Royal Palace of Andor. Her sister is named Naris. Sephanie is a stocky woman with a square face. Essande hires Sephanie and Naris when Elayne Trakand comes to Caemlyn.1 All three of the women help both Elayne and Aviendha bathe and dress
Abelle Pendar is an Andoran Lord, High Seat of House Pendar. The sign of House Pendar are the three Golden Stars. He has a stern and angular face with gray hair. One of the six supporters of Morgase Trakand for the Lion Throne, along with Lord Pelivar Coelan, Lady Arathelle Renshar , Lady Ellorien Traemane, Lady Aemlyn Carand and Lord Luan Norwelyn, with all six being exiled by Morgase while under the influence of Gaebril. After Rand al’Thor conquers Caemlyn, he invites him back into Andor making his intent clear of only holding onto the Lion Throne until Elayne Trakand is able to take over. Rand asks Abelle for his support in which he replies that he would prefer to follow Dyelin Taravin. He leaves Caemlyn and sets up camp with Luan, Arathelle, Ellorien, Aemlyn and Pelivar. There they sit to the side and stay neutral during Arymilla Marne’s siege on Caemlyn against Elayne. When Arymilla’s force is defeated a message is sent to Elayne asking for safe passage in Caemlyn for the neutral High Seats. They meet with Elayne and Luan asks for a temporary alliance with Elayne’s forces to fight against the Borderlands army in Andor. Elayne reveals she invoked her right as an Aes Sedai and allowed them safe passage across Andor into Murandy to keep looking for the Dragon Reborn. Luan and then Abelle throw their support behind House Trakand. Arathelle, Aemlyn and Pelivar also throw their support behind Elayne, but only for Dyelin. This gives Elayne the required amount of Houses to obtain the Lion Throne.
Elza Penfell was an Aes Sedai, publicly of the Green Ajah, but secretly of the Black Ajah. She had a pleasant-face with brown eyes. She was from Andor. She had one Warder, Fearil. Like her, he was a Darkfriend. She was taken prisoner by the Asha’man after the battle at Dumai’s Wells but begged to be allowed to swear fealty to the Dragon Reborn. She appeared somewhat fanatical in her following of Rand. Elza swore fealty to Rand after saying she realized that it was crucial that al’Thor make it to the Last Battle, so her true master, the Dark One, can defeat him there. This might suggest the oath she gave was the result of the Compulsion Verin Mathwin used on some of the Aes Sedai captives from Dumai’s Wells, in order to make sure they all swear fealty. She Traveled with Cadsuane to Far Madding to track down Rand. During the Battle near Shadar Logoth, under Cadsuane’s direction, she linked with Jahar Narishma and Merise Haindehl to defend Rand against an attack by the Forsaken. During the attack, she killed Corlan Dashiva, who she thought was a mere Asha’man, not knowing he was actually the Forsaken Osan’gar. The group Traveled to Algarin Pendaloan’s house in Tear, where Rand recovers after cleansing saidin. Elza stood guard over him and had become very protective of him, even using physical means to stop people from seeing him. She met with her Warder, Fearil, when he arrived in Tear and didn’t seem shy on inflicting pain on him. She had decided that some people in the group are going to have to die soon. She participated in the battle with the Trollocs when they attacked the manor. After the battle, she escorted Davram Bashere to Rand and then helped to burn all the dead bodies away. She watched Rand’s meeting with the High Lady Suroth from a distance and Traveled in as back up when it was revealed that the Daughter of the Nine Moons is actually Semirhage, who was taken captive. She escorted Rand when he went to meet Harine din Togara Two Winds. She was there when Semirhage was freed by Shaidar Haran. She handed the Domination Band to Semirhage and mentioned that another Black Ajah member has laid Compulsion on her and that Semirhage is to remove it. Semirhage and Elza ensnared Rand with the male a’dam. Rand escapeed by drawing from the True Power and then killed both women with Balefire.
Aubrem Pensenor is an Andoran noble of a minor House. He lean and craggy and bald with only a white fringe. He supported Morgase Trakand for the Lion Throne during the Succession Wars. He is one of the nobles who have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and brought his armsmen to Caemlyn.
Salia Pomfrey is the wife of a soldier during the Aiel War. Salia Pomfrey’s husband was killed on the second day of fighting duing the Aiel War. She gave birth to a son, but returned to her village in Andor after her husband was killed. Her story was written down by Myrelle Berengari during the White Tower census.[
Daerilla Raned is a minor noble of Andor. She is plump and giggles a lot. After Gaebril’s demise she is one of the nobles who fawn over Rand al’Thor. Later, she supported Naean Arawn in her claim for the Lion Throne and the Rose Crown of Andor. Davram Bashere spots her banner among those in the army outside Caemlyn.
Arathelle Renshar is an Andoran noblewoman, and High Seat of House Renshar. The sign of House Renshar is the three Golden Hounds. She has graying hair with a hard gaze. She has a creased face. A long with Lord Abelle Pendar, Lord Pelivar Coelan, Lady Ellorien Traemane, Lady Aemlyn Carand, and Lord Luan Norwelyn, she supported Morgase Trakand for the Lion Throne during the Third Succession War. Despite her support for Morgase, she was exiled from Caemlyn along with the others while Morgase was under the influence of Lord Gaebril. As a result, Arathelle supported Dyelin Taravin for the Lion Throne for a time, but came around to support Elayne Trakand after Dyelin threw her support behind House Trakand. Pelivar, Arathelle and Aemlyn also led the Andorans who met with the Murandian nobles and the Rebel Aes Sedai, meeting the new Amyrlin Seat. She leaves the border of Murandy and heads near Caemlyn, where she sets up camp with Abelle, Luan, Ellorien, Aemlyn and Pelivar. There they sit to the side and stay neutral during Arymilla Marne’s siege on Caemlyn against Elayne. When Arymilla’s force is defeated a message is sent to Elayne asking for safe passage in Caemlyn for the neutral High Seats. They meet with Elayne and Luan asks for a temporary alliance with Elayne’s forces to fight against the Borderlands army in Andor. Elayne reveals she invoked her right as an Aes Sedai and allowed them safe passage across Andor into Murandy to keep looking for the Dragon Reborn. Luan and then Abelle throw their support behind House Trakand. Arathelle, Aemlyn and Pelivar also throw their support behind Elayne, but only for Dyelin. This gives Elayne the required amount of Houses to obtain the Lion Throne.
Hanselle Renshar is an Andoran noble. He is the grandson of Arathelle Renshar. He is a slender young man. He is sent by Arathelle to ask Elayne Trakand for safe passage into Caemlyn for her and her colleagues forces.
Sara is the cook at the Stag and Lion in Baerlon, a town in Andor. Sara has a cat named Cirri, who she defended when Master Fitch complains about the dead rats Cirri leaves lying around
Elenia Sarand is a high-ranking noble of Andor from House Sarand and is married to Jarid Sarand. She has honey colored hair and a fox-like face. She was one of the nobles who didn’t support Morgase Trakand when she assumed the throne after the Succession, and was forced to acknowledge her as Queen afterwards.
She was one of the nobles who hung around Lord Gaebril in the Throne Room of Andor. After Gaebril’s demise she fawned over Rand al’Thor pointing out the she is well versed in Andoran history and that she has a claim to the Lion Throne. She gives Rand a big lesson on Andoran history and confirms that he isn’t related to Elayne. When Rand is kidnapped by the White Tower Aes Sedai she proclaims herself for the Lion Throne but is instead imprisoned by Dyelin Taravin who is acting as Regent for Elayne Trakand.
She is broken free by Arymilla Marne’s troops when being escorted to Aringill, in exchange for her throwing her support behind Arymilla’s claim to the Lion Throne. Her troops combined with Arymilla’s have begun their siege of Caemlyn. She has a firm belief that her husband will be able to free her from Arymilla. She also has Naean Arawn convinced of her escape and encourages her to sign a pledge to back Elenia for the Lion Throne and promises to take Naean as well when she does escape. Arymilla has now made the two ladies sleep together, but it remains unclear if she is suspicious of them. She has started to break down due to the constant pressure of Arymilla keeping an eye on her. Elenia and her armsmen ride with the army when Arymilla mobilizes her entire force and attacks the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla’s army is hit from behind by half of Elayne’s force and in the end Arymilla’s army surrenders. Elenia is currently being held prisoner by Elayne.
Sarand is a high-ranking noble of Andor and High Seat of House Sarand. He is married to Elenia Sarand. He is dark and square faced. Jarid was one of the nobles who didn’t support Morgase Trakand when she assumed the throne after the Succession, and was forced to swear fealty to her afterwards. He was one of the nobles who spent time in the Royal Palace of Andor when Queen Morgase was under the thrall of Lord Gaebril. After Gaebril’s demise he spent his time fawning over Rand al’Thor. When Elayne returned to Andor, he was part of Arymilla Marne’s forces that have laid siege of Caemlyn. He was kept seperate from Elenia so he would be unable to find a way to escape Arymilla with his wife. Arymilla mobilized her entire force and attacked the Far Madding Gate. Her army was outflanked and surrended. Jarid still has a sizable force behind him and is still at large.
Joni Shagrin is an old warhand under the command of Gareth Bryne. He used to be a Senior Bannerman of the Guards. He is a big man with thinning gray hair. He was escorting Siuan Sanche, Leane Sharif and Min Farshaw to Bryne’s estates when he was ambushed by Logain Ablar and knocked unconscious. He set off with Gareth to track down Siuan when she broke her oath to Gareth. This led him all the way from Andor to Salidar where the Rebel Aes Sedai were. He is sent to Ebou Dar to help recruit men for the Rebel Aes Sedai army.
Anthelle Sharplyn is an Andoran noble of a minor House. She is stout. She is one of the nobles to have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and has brought her armsmen to Caemlyn.
Jar Silvin is an old warhand under the command of Gareth Bryne. He is younger than most of Gareth’s men, he still is old enough to have gray hair. He sets off with Gareth to track down Siuan Sanche when she breaks her oath to him. This leads him all the way from Andor to Salidar where the Rebel Aes Sedai have set up camp.
Mili Skane is the daughter of a saddler from a village near Whitebridge. As a young girl, she went to the White Tower to become an Aes Sedai. When she discovered she couldn’t channel, she became a Darkfriend. She was the assassin sent to kill Rand and Mat on their way to Caemlyn. She is sharp-featured but pretty. Her face is delicate but vulpine. She has glossy brown hair that hangs below her shoulders and big brown eyes.
Mili murdered Willim Avarhin and his daughter, Shiaine, and has taken on Shiaine’s identity.
In Ebou Dar she was under the command of Old Cully and Jaichim Carridin to find the cache of ter’angreal, sa’angreal and angreal that was within the city. When Carridin spots Mat he instead places her in charge of finding and killing him.
Lady Shiaine takes up residence in Caemlyn with Falion Bhoda, who was given to Shiaine to use and punish for her failure in retrieving the angreal and ter’angreal stash in Ebou Dar. Falion is mostly used as a servant, as well as being given to Daved Hanlon, though the two merely exchange information. Shiaine also gives orders to Hanlon, sending him to the Royal Palace to become a guard and get close to Elayne. She also gave him the order to free the captive sul’dam in the palace and to burn Caemlyn’s food warehouses. Because of Shiaine’s “easy” treatment of Failon, Murellin is asked by the dark one to come to Caemlyn and remind Shaiaine that Falion is her dog, in a manner unclear, but involving Murellin having use of Falion when Hanlon is not present. Eventually, Elayne, Vandene, Careane Fransi and Sareitha Tomares found her, along with Falion and Marillin Gemalphin, at Shiaine’s house on Full Moon Street. Recognising them as Black Ajah and Darkfriends, Elayne and the other Aes Sedai attempted to capture them but were thwarted by the return of Asne Zeramene, Chesmal Emry, Eldrith Jhondar and Temaile Kinderode. Careane was revealed as Black Ajah, and the murderer of Ispan Shefar and Adeleas, Vandene’s sister. Vandene killed Careane, but Asne killed Vandene as well as Sareitha. The Black Ajah Sisters kidnapped Elayne from the city but she was rescued by Birgitte, who had felt the incident through her Warder bond, and the Windfinders at the Palace. Asne was killed in the fight and the rest of the Black Ajah sisters and Lady Shiaine were taken to the Royal Palace dungeons where they are currently being held.
Jon Skellit is a barber who works in Caemlyn. He is hired by Naean Arawn to spy on Elayne Trakand for her. Reene Harfor finds out he is a spy and hires him for more money, to go to Arymilla Marne’s camp and spy on her for Elayne. He sends a report to Mistress Harfor that Arymilla’s men are fairly confident about taking Caemlyn very soon.
Old Snert is the innkeeper of The Grand Hike in Caemlyn. Snert is an ugly man who is missing several teeth, an eye, and most the hair on his head. He also has a very hairy chest. Matrim Cauthon and Birgitte Silverbow take a table in Old Snert’s common room to talk about the Tower of Ghenjei. Birgitte opines that if Snert were a few years younger and if his nose were broken in a few places, she might be interested in him
eed Soalen is a young adult from Emond’s Field. He is part of Perrin Aybara’s army. He now has turns with the other Two Rivers men by being Perrin’s bodyguard.
Kairen Stang was an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah from Andor. She was described as being beautiful, with an oval face and icy blue eyes. She was one of the first to greet Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche when they first come to the Blue Ajah living quarters. She was strong in Earth. She was one of the few of the rebel Aes sedai strong enough in earth to make Ter’angreal1 and cuendillar. She had one Warder, Llyw. She, Anaiya and Cabriana Mecandes were nicknamed “The Three” because they did not share any of their activities with anyone else except each other. She was a part of the embassy sent by the Salidar Aes Sedai to Rand al’Thor in Caemlyn. She approaches Dyelin Taravin with certain promises. When that embassy was dissolved, Bera Harkin and Kiruna Nachiman ordered Kairen, Demira Eriff, Valinde Nathenos and Berenecia Morsad to take the novices from the Two Rivers to the rebel camp. She was one of the few Aes Sedai among the rebels that has the ability to create Cuendillar. She finds her slow progress very frustrating. Egwene notes she has been spending a lot of time with Lelaine Akashi lately. She was murdered by Aran’gar, who broke her neck with saidin. Kairen is survived by her Warder, Llyw, whose bond was passed to Myrelle Berengari. Her death meant that turning the Southharbor chain to cuendillar fell to the novice, Bodewhin Cauthon, though Egwene decided to go herself instead.
Aeldene Stonebridge is an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah. She has a crooked nose that she is said to have gotten from fighting with her fists as a girl. She is from the Mountains of Mist in Andor. She is no more than middling strength in the One Power, yet Siuan must hold her tongue when Aeldene scolds her. She took over as the head of the eyes-and-ears of the Blue Ajah when Siuan Sanche was raised to Amyrlin. One of the agents that reports to her is Duranda Tharne. Only two or three women among the Blue Ajah are meant to know her identity; Siuan herself was unaware of her replacement. She arrives in Salidar and demands that Suian give back the eyes-and-ears network. She publicly upbraids Siuan, shouts at her and nearly starts a fight with her. She also attempted to pump out the identities of those agents working in the Amyrlin Seat’s network, but the other Ajahs did not want the Blue Ajah having access to both networks, so Siuan retained that knowledge.
Strom is a bouncer working for Saml Hake at the Dancing Cartman in Four Kings. Strom, Jak and Saml Hake hold Rand and Mat prisoner through threatening behaviour. They are prevented from leaving the inn and escorted to their rooms by the two bouncers. Jak or Strom waits in the hallway outside their room and the window is barred. It is unclear whether they are Darkfriends and working with Howal Gode, willing to help him for a price or entirely oblivious to Gode’s intentions towards the boys.
Eram Talkend is a lesser noble from Andor. His sigil is a golden Winged Hand. Usually support is thrown behind Elenia Sarand’s claim to the Lion Throne but the House’s banners were seen in Arymilla Marne camp outside Caemlyn.
Lieutenant Martyn Tallanvor was one of the last Guardsmen of Caemlyn to keep perfect loyalty for the Queen Morgase, after Gaebril managed to have a majority of the soldiers (at least those in the Capital) loyal to himself only. He is tall and good looking, much younger than Morgase but older than Galadedrid Damodred. He has dark eyes. Tallanvor finds Rand al’Thor in the Palace of Andor’s gardens and escorts him to Queen Morgase. Later similar events play out when he finds Matrim Cauthon in the Palace’s Gardens. There is a hint of Tallanvor’s dislike for “Lord Gaebril” when Mat unwittingly says he is a loyal Lord Gaebril man, receiving a scowl from Tallanvor. Although perfectly loyal to Morgase he is not servile, and dares to question the Queen, especially asking why she waited so long before doing something against Gaebril’s maneuvers. It is when Tallanvor brings up the rebellion in the Two Rivers that finally forces Morgase to start snapping out of her Compulsion. When Morgase decides to leave Caemlyn, she chooses him as escort. She then sees him as a “boy”, “young enough to be [her] son”, despite Lini’s objection, but she changes her view later. He continues to argue with her and challenges her decision to go to Amadicia rather than somewhere else like Ghealdan. When Pedron Niall enters Morgase’s chamber, Tallanvor had to be knocked unconscious before he would let anyone pass, showing his loyalty. He finally manages to escape with Morgase and the rest of her crew with the help of Sebban Balwer.
While traveling in Ghealdan he and his group are saved by Perrin Aybara when they are attacked by the Prophet’s men. They then join with Perrin’s army and become attendants under Faile Bashere. He finally admits his love for Morgase while they are in Perrin’s camp. When Morgase is captured by the Shaido, he leaves camp to try and track her down without Perrin’s permission. He is found by Sebban Balwer in So Habor. They bring him back to Perrin’s camp, where he reports to Perrin about the possibility of a truce with the Seanchan.He escorts the Seanchan to the meeting with Perrin. He goes through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack.
Tallanvor’s feelings for Morgase, at least at first, exemplify the medieval ideal of courtly love—an idealized love from afar. According to Lini, after he had been forced to swear the new oath to Gaebril, he privately swore to Morgase (not just the queen of Andor in general, as would normally be the case) in the “old way.” This involved cutting his arm with his sword as he swore allegiance to her. He was so distraught about having to revoke his oaths to Morgase that he wept and apologized to her repeatedly (she was not there, of course). As they travel together, his desire for her is obvious. Tallanvor never makes a move until after she abdicates the throne, however, and he admits his love and devotion when they are in Perrin’s camp. (Morgase had believed him as too young for her, and was unwilling to begin an affair with one of her soldiers, but she eventually realizes that she is no longer a queen). Later, Faile suspects that they are sleeping together, but has no proof. While traveling from Malden Perrin gathers both Morgase and Tallanvor and decides to marry them. Morgase doesn’t take it too well and refuses the offer. Tallanvor, feeling rejected, storms off. Tallanvor and Morgase are married by Perrin before Perrin goes to meet Elayne.
Tando is one of the White Tower Younglings. He is a young Andoran. He is one of the Younglings now stationed in Dorlan. He reports to Gawyn Trakand about Katerine Alruddin’s sudden appearance in Dorlan.
Dyelin Taravin is an Andoran noblewoman, the High Seat of House Taravin. The sign of House Taravin is the Owl and Oak. She became High Seat of House Taravin at the age of fifteen. She is next in line for the Lion Throne after Elayne. After Rand al’Thor conquers Caemlyn, he invites her back into Andor making his intent clear of only holding onto the Lion Throne until Elayne Trakand is able to take over. Rand asks Dyelin for her support. She unwittingly reveals that Rand’s mother was Tigraine when she tells him he has her features. Several nobles support Dyelin for the Throne, although she supports Elayne. She is approached by the Salidar Aes Sedai delegation with certain promises. When Rand is kidnapped by the White Tower Aes Sedai she proclaims herself Regent for Elayne and breaks up a number of rebellions who try to proclaim her for the Lion Throne and imprisons Elenia Sarand and Naean Arawn who had also proclaimed themselves for the throne. When Elayne arrives back in Caemlyn, Dyelin greets her in the throne room and pledges her support to Elayne taking the Lion Throne. She then becomes one of Elayne’s closet and most trusted advisors. She earns Elayne’s trust when she puts her body in harm’s way while trying to defend Elayne from the rogues sent by Daved Hanlon. She is injured in the process and is Healed by Nynaeve al’Meara. She then Travels with Reanne Corly to bring back to Caemlyn Catalyn Haevin, Perival Mantear, Branlet Gilyard and Conail Northan who throw their support behind Elayne’s claim to the Lion Throne. She meets with Elayne later to give her the bad news of Luan Norwelyn, Abelle Pendar, Pelivar Coelan, Ellorien Traemane and Arathelle Renshar all planning to sit on the side-lines and wait to see who wins out of Elayne and Arymilla Marne.
When Birgitte arrives with the news of Elayne’s capture, she heads out with the strike force to retrieve her. A soldier arrives with the news that some hired mercenaries paid by Elayne are attacking the Far Madding Gate. The forces have to be split and Dyelin rides to defend the Far Madding Gate. Arymilla’s army attack the gate but is hit behind by the recently rescued Elayne and her force. Arymilla’s army soon surrenders. She is with Elayne when the neutral High Seats arrive and pledge their support for Elayne, giving her the required amount of Houses for the Lion Throne. Arathelle Renshar, Pelivar Coelan and Aemlyn Carand all pledge their support for House Trakand as well, but only do it for Dyelin. She discusses with Elayne what to do with the captured nobles when Elayne declares her intention to take the throne of Cairhien. Halwin Norry then arrives to inform them of a letter sent from Matrim Cauthon asking for a meeting with Elayne.
Elwinn Taron is the Wisdom of Deven Ride. She is plump, with a pleasant and motherly smile. She is short. She wears her hair braided in the Two Rivers style. She is the Wisdom of Deven Ride. She does not have the Talent of Listening to the Wind. She, Milla al’Azar, Daise Congar and Edelle Gaelin meet with Faile to discuss events in the Two Rivers. They find talking to Faile easier because of the unexpected effect Perrin’s Ta’veren ability has on their resolve. She offers to have a dress made for Faile by a Taraboner seamstress who has settled in Deven Ride. The woman had previously made dresses that Elwinn considered indecent for women who were not married or courting. Daise says there is a perfectly fine seamstress in Emond’s Field from Arad Doman that is already making dresses for Faile.
Quillin Tasil is the innkeeper of The Wind’s Favor in Bandar Eban. Quillin is an informant for Cadsuane Melaidhrin, giving her useful intelligence during her visits to the city. Quillin’s eldest daughter, Namine Tasil, went to the White Tower and became a member of the Brown Ajah.
Telaisien was the seventh Queen of Andor, succeeding Queen Astara in FY 1085. It is not known if Telaisien was Astara’s daughter, but it is known that she was also a descendant of Queen Ishara Casalain, the founder of the kingdom of Andor. Circa FY 1090, during the War of the Hundred Years, a southern noblewoman named Esmara Getare succeeded in conquering much of Illian and the Plains of Maredo before invading Andor from the south. Although Esmara’s successes indicate the forces she brought into Andor must have been significant, they were defeated in battle with the Andoran army. Getare was captured and spent the final twelve years of her life as a ‘guest’ of Queen Telaisien. She died by assassination, for reasons unknown. Telaisien ruled for eighteen years (FY 1085 – 1103) and was succeeded by Queen Morrigan.
Termylle was the fourth Queen of Andor, succeeding Queen Melasune in FY 1046. It is not known if Termylle was Melasune’s daughter, but it is known that she was also a descendant of Queen Ishara Casalain, the founder of the kingdom of Andor. Termylle ruled for eight years (FY 1046 – 54) and was succeeded by Maragaine.
Berin Thane is a Two Rivers resident. He is the brother of Jon Thane. His house is burnt down during the Trolloc raid in Emond’s Field. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army. He is one of the Two Rivers men to follow Perrin Aybara into Ghealdan. He falls asleep at his post while on guard duty and has to be woken by Perrin.
Jaim Thane is a boy from Emond’s Field. When Perrin Aybara returns to Emond’s Field after a battle with Trollocs, Jaim is one of the boys that runs to tell the village he has returned
Kari Thane is a girl in Emond’s Field. When Moiraine Damodred mentioned that there was more than Egwene al’Vere in the Two Rivers who could channel, Egwene asks if it was Lara Ayellan or Kari.
Lem Thane is a young man in Emond’s Field, the eldest son of Jon Thane. He is eight months younger than Rand. Lem also saw the dark rider prior to the attack on Edmond’s Field on Winternight.
Marris Thornhill is an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. She is also Black Ajah and is part of a Heart along with Atuan Larisett and Karale Sanghir. Her “one other” was said by Yukiri to be among the rebels. Marris is described as being plump. Faolain Orande is sent to Marris to be punished. She is forced to swear on the Oath Rod obedience to Yukiri and the rest of the Black Ajah hunting Sisters. She is adamant that she now walks in the Light again. Her fate is undisclosed. There exists the possibility that she was one of the sisters that managed to escape the Tower, though her Oaths to the Black Ajah hunters may have prevented her flight. If that is the case, she would have been executed with the rest of the Black sisters unable to escape.
Jaim Torfinn is a resident of the Two Rivers. He is said to be a good shot with a bow and arrow. He goes with Perrin Aybara to rescue the prisoners taken by the Children of the Light when they are in the Two Rivers. He helps defend Emond’s Field against the invading Trolloc army. He is one of the Two Rivers men who can learn to channel. He is leading a team of mostly Two Rivers channelers in clearing land within the Black Tower. He is a Solider within the Asha’man.
Jancy Torfinn is a novice in the Little Tower. She is from Emond’s Field. She is about fourteen, and has a high voice. She is tested for channeling abilities by Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, and is found suitable for training. She accompanies several other Two Rivers girls with channeling abilities to Caemlyn, where they are all terrorized by Rand. She eventually joins the Salidar Aes Sedai in Murandy, and becomes a novice.
Leof Torfinn is from the Two Rivers. He has deep-set eyes. He has a white streak in his hair where a scar ran, given to him by Trollocs. He is part of Perrin Aybara’s army that defends Emond’s Field from the Trollocs. He holds the Wolfhead banner before the fight. He accompanies Perrin to Ghealdan to search for Masema Dagar. He carries the Red Wolfhead banner to the meeting with the Seanchan. He goes through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack.
Nat Torfinn is a Two Rivers resident. He is blind, with a wrinkled face and thin white hair. He can disassemble a blacksmith’s puzzle by touch along
Thad Torfinn is a Two Rivers resident. He is a farmer. He is skinny. He comes to Faile Bashere over a boundary dispute with Jon Ayellin. He Travels through Jur Grady’s Gateway to join the rest of the Two Rivers men taken by Perrin Aybara. He participates in the Battle of Malden.
Laerid Traehand is an Andoran noble of a minor House. He is stocky. He is one of the nobles who have thrown their support behind Elayne Trakand and brought his armsmen to Caemlyn. When Elayne is captured by the Black Ajah, he and his armsmen ride to aid Birgitte Silverbow in rescuing her.
Ellorien Traemane is an Andoran noblewoman, High Seat of House Traemane. The sign of House Traemane is the White Stag. She is pretty and not as plump as she was. Along with Lord Abelle Pendar, Lady Arathelle Renshar, Lord Pelivar Coelan, Lady Aemlyn Carand, and Lord Luan Norwelyn, she supported Morgase Trakand for the Lion Throne and were exiled while she was under the influence of Gaebril. During this time, Morgase had Ellorien flogged. After Gaebril’s defeat and Rand al’Thor’s conquest of Caemlyn, she sneaks back into the city. Rand then invites her back into the Throne Room and makes his intent clear of only holding onto the Lion Throne until Elayne Trakand is able to take over. Rand asks Ellorien for her support in which she replies that she would prefer to follow Dyelin Taravin. She is approached by the Salidar Aes Sedai delegation with certain promises. She leaves Caemlyn and sets up camp with Abelle, Arathelle, Luan, Aemlyn and Pelivar. There they sit to the side and stay neutral during Arymilla Marne’s siege on Caemlyn against Elayne. When Arymilla’s force is defeated a message is sent to Elayne asking for safe passage in Caemlyn for the neutral High Seats. They meet with Elayne and Luan asks for a temporary alliance with Elayne’s forces to fight against the Borderlands army in Andor. Elayne reveals she invoked her right as an Aes Sedai and allowed them safe passage across Andor into Murandy to keep looking for the Dragon Reborn. Luan and then Abelle throw their support behind House Trakand. Arathelle, Aemlyn and Pelivar also throw their support behind Elayne, but only for Dyelin. This gives Elayne the required amount of Houses to obtain the Lion Throne. Ellorien refuses to support House Trakand and stalks out of the meeting.
Elayne Trakand is the current queen of Andor and also lays claim to the Sun Throne of Cairhien. She is an Aes Sedai of considerable strength in the One Power. Elayne is Bonded to Birgitte Silverbow and Rand al’Thor, the latter of whom is her lover. She will soon bear his twins. Acknowledged to be potentially one of the greatest Queens of Andor since its founding, she has shown intellect, delicacy and diplomacy in her doings and is an accomplished player at Daes Dae’mar. Elayne is described as exceedingly beautiful, with blue eyes like sapphires and red-gold, curly hair. With a smooth-skinned, perfectly oval face, Elayne can charm many with her pretty, dimpled smile with full red lips. She stands around 5’6" (1,67 m) tall with long supple limbs. She bears a resemblance both in name and appearance to Ilyena, the doomed wife of Lews Therin Telamon from the Age of Legends.
While customary for the Daughter-Heir of Andor to receive training at the White Tower, Elayne is the only member of House Trakand in memory and the first to sit on the Lion Throne to be born with channeling abilities high enough to become full Aes Sedai. Elayne is one of the most powerful channelers to have been born in the last 1000 years. She has helped rediscover the ability to create ter’angreal, demonstrating strength in both in Earth and Fire. She is the most skilled Cloud Dancer among the Rebel Aes Sedai due to Sea Folk Windfinder training. Elayne has the same strength potentially as both Egwene and Aviendha. She is one of the strongest among Aes Sedai, with only Nynaeve, Alivia, Sharina, Talaan, Tamela, Viendre, and the Forsaken known to better her in strength.
The youngest child and only daughter of Queen Morgase Trakand of Andor, Elayne grew up in the Royal Palace in Caemlyn. She was Heir Apparent throughout her childhood, bearing the title of Daughter-Heir, as only women traditionally hold the Lion Throne of Andor. She and her older brother Gawyn Trakand were fathered by Taringail Damodred, as was her half brother Galad Damodred.
Elayne’s first appearance is when Rand al’Thor falls into the Royal Garden and makes acquaintances with Elayne, her brother Gawyn Trakand, her half-brother Galad, and Queen Morgase herself. Elayne falls in love with Rand at first sight. She does not follow Rand both due to her royal duties and, as a daughter of House Trakand, she is to train at the White Tower. Not long after her encounter with Rand, Elayne leaves Caemlyn with Gawyn and Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan for Tar Valon.6 At the Tower, she becomes close friends with two who know Rand quite well: his former childhood sweetheart Egwene al’Vere and his village’s Wisdom, Nynaeve al’Meara. She also gets to know Min Farshaw, a young woman who had met Rand and is in the Tower for "safekeeping
When she overhears Liandrin speaking of the need for Egwene and Nynaeve to leave the Tower to help Rand, Elayne elects to travel through the Ways with Egwene, Nynaeve, and Min to Falme. It turns out to be a trap set by the Black Ajah. Egwene is collared by Seanchan as a damane, but Elayne and Nynaeve escape capture and, with Min, devise a plan to rescue their friend. They free Egwene, but are separated by the battle that ensues in which the Horn of Valere is blown and Rand fights Ishamael across the sky, emerging victorious.
Elayne returns to the Tar Valon with Egwene, Nynaeve, Hurin and Mat, led by Verin Sedai.12 In the Tower, the three girls training to be Aes Sedai face discipline as though they were runaways rather than victims of a Black Ajah plot in order to keep quiet the reality of the Black Ajah.13 Privately, the Amyrlin Siuan Sanche acknowledges their situation, allowing Egwene and Elayne to be raised from Novice to Accepted. (Nynaeve was already Accepted.)
Siuan trusts these girls not to be darkfriends and assigns Egwene and Nynaeve the task of hunting Black Ajah. Elayne is excluded due to her political importance in Tower relations with Andor, but Nynaeve and Egwene do not hesitate to bring her into their confidence. The hunt sends the girls to Tear and although Egwene and Nynaeve assure Elayne that she is not required to join them, Elayne is discontent to stay in the Tower (still suffering her penance) while her friends are out having adventures. She sends a letter to her mother Morgase with Mat to assure her of Elayne’s well-being, and the girls set off. The girls are captured twice, once on the way to Tear on the order of three Fades then rescued by Aiel, then again in Tear by the very women they are hunting. They are rescued by Mat and Juilin Sandar.
During Elayne and the other two girls’ imprisonment and rescue, Rand draws Callandor from the Heart of Stone and proclaims himself the Dragon Reborn. In the aftermath of that declaration in the Stone of Tear, Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve masquerade as full Aes Sedai to keep the Tairens under control. Moiraine knows but does not give them away. Elayne finally takes the opportunity while in Tear with Rand to express her feelings for him. Egwene shares that she no longer sees a future with Rand and feels no romantic connection to him, and the two girls discuss bringing this revelation to Rand. On the heels of Egwene’s speech to Rand dissuading him of her interest, Elayne is to declare hers, though Elayne’s part of the conversation does not go quite according to plan. Elayne and Rand spend precious moments together in Tear, Elayne sharing her knowledge of statecraft and the two stealing kisses. Unfortunately, their time is limited – soon Rand and Egwene go to Rhuidean, and Elayne and Nynaeve to Tarabon. Before she leaves, Elayne has two letters delivered to Rand each with conflicting declarations of her feelings for him
Elayne and Nynaeve travel by way of a Sea Folk ship, reputedly the fastest ships available, and Elayne quickly discover how: Sea Folk Windfinders can channel. Elayne promises to keep this secret, as the Sea Folk fear Aes Sedai meddling. (However, Elayne lets slip to Egwene while in Tel’aran’rhiod that Jorin can channel.) Juilin Sandar and Thom Merrilin are sent by Lan and Rand to look after the two. After a time, Elayne recognizes Thom from dusty childhood memories as her mother’s former lover. She comes to see Thom as a surrogate father, a role he gladly accepts. In Tarabon they are instrumental in routing the Black Ajah and returning the Panarch Amathera to her office. Nynaeve and Elayne leave for Tar Valon with Thom and Juilin to deliver the Seal to the Tower. They are again held captive and in the process get an introduction to forkroot, a drug that renders them unconscious and, when they come to, unable to access the Source. Juilin and Thom come to their rescue. The party dons disguises and aliases as they travel across Amadicia, since they are obviously being sought by the White Tower (since Morgase is frantic about her daughter’s disappearance) as well as Black Ajah, darkfriends, and Moghedien. They no longer see the Tower as a destination any more desirable than capture by darkfriends, suspicious that they are one and the same. They decide to seek out Salidar where the Rebel Aes Sedai are gathering. After meeting Galad in Sienda and refusing to accompany him to Caemlyn, yet another reason to hide from recognition, the group takes cover as a part of Valan Luca’s Traveling Show circus. Elayne, under the alias Morelin, performs on the high wire. She and Nynaeve encounter a Seanchan woman named Cerandin among the animal trainers, who gives the women an a’dam. Elayne is able to figure out how the tel’angreal works and believes she may be able to make more.
Elayne and Nynaeve have been using a twisted stone ring ter’angreal to enter Tel’aran’rhiod where they communicate with Egwene and inexpertly try to gain information on the Black Ajah and the Forsaken. They meet Birgitte Silverbow, one of the Heroes of the Horn, who goes against rules of non-interference to help Nynaeve and Elayne. Birgitte acts in defense of Nynaeve’s life during an encounter with Moghedien and the Forsaken rips the Hero from Tel’aran’rhiod and expels her into the waking world to die. Elayne bonds the dying Birgitte as her Warder in order to save Birgitte’s life, and the famed archer has been a constant companion since.
This is an unusual event as the bonded Warder is a woman, and also because the Elayne is only an Accepted and not full Aes Sedai. It should be noted that the Warder bond between the two women is not the same as the Bond between an Aes Sedai and a male Warder. For instance, their emotional states are tightly linked and cannot be shielded—possibly because both of them are women, something that has apparently never happened before.
She finally arrives in Salidar and is present when Egwene is raised as the brand new Amyrlin Seat. Elayne and Nynaeve are raised as Aes Sedai by Egwene’s decree, despite the lack of the Great Oval Ring for the required Aes Sedai test and the lack of the Oath Rod by which to swear the Aes Sedai’s Three Oaths. Elayne goes with Nynaeve, Aviendha and Mat Cauthon to Ebou Dar where they find the Bowl of the Winds. Due to her great strength in the One Power, she takes control of the Salidar embassy from Merilille Ceandevin, with which the other Aes Sedai fall in line. While in Ebou Dar she stumbles across the closely held secret by the White Tower of the Kin. She manages to finally find the Bowl with the help of Mat and Travels to the Kin’s farm just before the Seanchan arrive and conquer Ebou Dar. She makes a bargain with the Sea Folk, for them to use the Bowl to change the endless summer back into the normal seasons. The bargain’s terms do not favor the Aes Sedai and Egwene is not too pleased with the results.
While trying to unravel a gateway she made out of Ebou Dar, the Seanchan try to attack. She loses hold of the weave creating a massive explosion. The Seanchan seem to believe from this point on that the explosion was purposeful and are looking for an Aes Sedai weapon able to re-create it. She then shepherds the large group of channelers of Aes Sedai, Kin and Windfinders, to Caemlyn. She also manages to secure a turtle-shaped angreal from the cache in Ebou Darfor for her personal use. She begins investigating the ter’angreal in her possession in an attempt to work out their functions. One ter’angreal in particular leads to a whole night of memory loss.
On arrival back at Caemlyn she receives Dyelin Taravin’s pledge to back her for the Lion Throne. One of the first things she does is tear down Rand’s dragon banners, which infuriates him. She also sends away the Aiel and the Saldaean soldiers from Caemlyn which cause the crime rates to soar. She begins to employ mercenaries for her army and promotes Birgitte to Captain-General of the Queen’s Guards. Dyelin earns Elayne’s trust when she is injured by the three rogues trying to attack Elayne. Elayne is poisoned with forkroot and is saved by Doilin Mellar (who is actually the darkfriend, Daved Hanlon), who she promotes as Captain of the Queen’s Bodyguard. After becoming pregnant by Rand, she lets the rumor that Mellar is the father run rampart and even gives off signals in front of others to support it. She later meets with the Borderlander Rulers and encourages them to move south through Andor promising not to raise an army against them. She is confronted by the mercenary captains in her employ about being paid more gold due to a loss of men. She sends them away with no new agreement. She begins to find it very difficult to grasp the One Power now that she is pregnant. She has also started to become reckless due to Min’s viewing of her giving birth to twins and believing that nothing can happen to her until then. She begins to teach Aviendha about ter’angreal and finds out that Aviendha may have the Talent for working out what they do. This discovery is short-lived however, as Aviendha is summoned back by the Wise One’s and required to leave Andor with them.
She hires a number of men to follow Mellar, who all end up dead. She finally hires Samwil Hark who is in prison after a career as a very successful cutpurse before finally being caught. He follows Mellar to a house on Full Moon Street, which is also occupied by Black Ajah sisters Elayne had been hunting for some time. She enters the house with Vandene, Careane and Sareitha. They are caught unawares by other Black sisters staying there and are all shielded. Careane is revealed Black Ajah and the one who killed Ispan and Adeleas, and is killed by Vandene. Vandene and Sareitha are both killed by Chesmal Emry. Elayne is then captured and kidnapped by Mili Skane and the rest of the Black Ajah sisters. Birgitte gathers a huge strike force, and with the Windfinders help manage to defeat and capture the Black Ajah members. She then learns of Arymilla’s forces attacking the Far Madding Gate and orders an attack. Her forces plunge into the back of the opposing army and soon defeats it. Arymilla’s army finally surrenders and Arymilla and the rest of the nobles who supported her are taken prisoner. Because of that action she obtains enough houses to secure the Throne of Andor.
At one point, while Birgitte is away from the palace, Elayne uses the chance to disguise herself as one of the Forsaken and wring information out of the captured Black Ajah sisters. It goes well for a time, but when Dollin Mellar and two other Black Aes Sedai break out of their cells, they nearly kill Elayne while escaping. She is later confined to bed rest to allow her body to recover sufficiently enough to ensure the health of her unborn babies. After Mat arrives in Caemlyn, Elayne is overjoyed with the plans for Dragons that he presents her, relieved that she may now have an effective weapon against any possible Seanchan attack. After the first one proves to be a success, Elayne enlists the employment of every bell-maker in Andor to manufacture the new weapons. Soon after, Elayne’s mother, Morgase, arrives at the palace, revealing herself to be alive. Elayne then makes her move to claim Cairhien’s Sun Throne. She invites a number of Cairhienan nobles to Caemlyn and offers them estates in Andor in order to make connections between the two nations. Through further manipulation, she gains the support from these nobles, albeit only because it gives them the chance to steal the throne for themselves in future years.
The art of understanding and creating ter’angreal was lost to the White Tower in the time after the Age of Legends. After studying extensively an a’dam, a damane leash, she obtained during her stay in Valan Luca’s menagerie, Elayne learned how to make ter’angreal. She was the first in a long time to be able to not only understand the workings of some ter’angreal, but to also be able to create them. She was able to create a number of ter’angreal that would allow access to Tel’aran’rhiod by examining existing ones recovered from the Black Ajah.
Elayne is one of three women who love Rand al’Thor, along with Aviendha and Min. Elayne and Aviendha have a particularly strong friendship, and adopted each other as first-sisters in the Aiel fashion, and as such are able to sense each other to a degree. The three women are close friends and have agreed to share him, recently bonding him as their mutual Warder. Shortly thereafter, she and Rand spent some time together alone in Elayne’s room, almost immediately demonstrating one of the downsides of the Warder bond and leading Birgitte, Min and Aviendha to get blinding drunk as soon as possible. According to Min’s visions, Elayne is now carrying Rand’s twin children, one of each sex, and uses that vision to put herself in harm’s way under the belief that no harm can come to her or the babies until they are born, since what Min “views” inevitably comes to pass.
Lord Gawyn of House Trakand is a young man, son of Taringail Damodred and Queen Morgase, as well as the brother of Elayne and half-brother to Galad Damodred. As the eldest son of an Andoran queen, ideally his future role in the government is to be the First Prince of the Sword to his sister Elayne when she ascends the Lion Throne. As a male child of the queen he is ineligible to claim the throne himself, although a claim might be passed on to any female descendants. He is a head taller than Elayne. He has the same red-gold hair as his mother and sister. He also shares Elayne’s oval face. When he was very young, Gareth Bryne took him to Elayne’s crib and made him swear an oath to always protect her. Even though he was only a child, Gawyn understood the oath perfectly and took it to heart. Growing up, Gawyn barely knew his father, who spent all his time grooming Galad as his heir. Galad would save Gawyn’s life twice over their youth, and Gawyn thought of him as a role model. Rand al’Thor meets Gawyn in 998 NE when he falls into the Palace garden. He vouches for Rand both when Galad threatens him and when he’s brought before Morgase.
Gawyn’s subsequent appearance in the story occurs when Elayne heads to the White Tower for her Aes Sedai training, Gawyn and Galad accompanying her to train with the Tower Warders. Morgase comes to the White Tower and when she finds that her daughter is missing, she becomes furious. Galad and Gawyn manage to talk their way out of being taken out of the White Tower by her. Galad and himself both fight Matrim Cauthon who is armed with a quarterstaff and beats the two of them together. During his time there, Gawyn meets Egwene, Min, and Nynaeve. During the Tower Coup, he supports Elaida by preventing the attempted rescue of Siuan Sanche, the deposed Amyrlin Seat. He becomes the head of a group of former Warder trainees known as “The Younglings”.
Gawyn eventually surpasses Galad in his skill with the blade. He first proves himself a blademaster by killing two Warders during the coup, Coulin and Hammar, both of whom are master swordsmen. Gawyn is sent with the Younglings to protect the group of Aes Sedai that make an alliance with the Shaido. It is during this meeting that he finds out about Andor being taken by Rand, and that Rand had probably killed Morgase. Gawyn shows up again in Cairhien where he meets with Egwene regularly and they confess their love for one another. After Egwene has to leave to become the Amyrlin Seat of the Rebel Aes Sedai, he leaves to assist the Aes Sedai he is traveling with at the Battle of Dumai’s Wells, which he loses, but survives. He also extremely dislikes Rand, as proven at one point when Egwene was pulled into one of his dreams, in which he killed Rand to rescue Egwene. At Dumai’s Wells he even tells Rand, “I will see you dead, al’Thor”. He believes that Rand killed his mother when he took Caemlyn, but because Egwene supports Rand, he will not raise a hand against him. As of Knife of Dreams Gawyn and the Younglings are encamped outside the walls of Tar Valon, not allowed in by order of Elaida and incapable of leaving due to winter snows and the rebel army.
Gawyn’s Younglings begin effectively raiding the Rebel army using Gawyn’s knowledge of Gareth Bryne’s strategies. Despite that, Gawyn is conflicted about having sided with Elaida; he is convinced that she intended for him to die at Dumai’s Wells. He dislikes having to send his army against that of his former teacher, and doesn’t know what to do about Egwene. After sparring with Sleete and Marlesh, he learns that Egwene has been captured by the White Tower. Convinced that Elaida is going to execute her, he decides to leave the Younglings and join the Rebels to save her. He meets Gareth Bryne and Siuan Sanche at the rebel camp, and they convince him not to go off rescuing her, as she’s given them strict orders not to. He also talks with Gareth about his mother and her time under the sway of Gaebril, and about Rand. He then guides Bryne to Shemerin, whom he found hiding with the washing women. When the Seanchan raid the White Tower, Gawyn convinces Siuan and Bryne that Egwene is in danger, and that they must rescue her. They take a small force of soldiers into the city and fight the Seanchan at the base of the Tower. They go on to fight their way through the Tower to find a near-unconscious Egwene, and they bring her back to the Rebel camp (against her wishes, but she is too weak to resist.) Gawyn follows Egwene as she prepares to give the order to attack the White Tower. He then greets Egwene as she is about to be raised as the Amyrlin Seat although she is still not too thrilled with him over her “rescue”.Following Egwene’s rise as the reunited Tower’s Amyrlin Seat, Gawyn stays as close as he can to Egwene, although she refuses to acknowledge him for quite some time. He escorts her to the meeting in the Hall of the Tower with Rand. He then begins to investigate the mysterious deaths of a number of Aes Sedai in the White Tower with Sleete. Later Egwene and Gawyn have an argument, with Gawyn feeling unneeded and unwanted and Egwene becoming frustrated with Gawyn’s refusal to disobey orders. After Gawyn disrupts a trap set for an assassin in the White Tower, Gawyn leaves the Tower, briefly, to visit his sister in Caemlyn. In Caemlyn, Gawyn learns that the assassin in the tower is in fact a Seanchan Bloodknife from a former sul’dam. Later on, Gawyn is informed that Elayne is attempting to enter Tel’aran’riod and knows that Egwene, without a doubt, is there too, making her vulnerable to another assassination attempt. He returns to Tar Valon just in time to rescue the slumbering Egwene from three Bloodknives, nearly dying in the process. After Egwene awakens, she finally bonds Gawyn as her warder and agrees to marry him. After Egwene moves Tar Valon’s forces to the Field of Merrilor, Gawyn is reunited with his thought-dead mother, Morgase.
Gawyn seems almost unbeatable with the sword, despite his young age. He beat other legendary blademasters, such as Hammar, and most importantly – when fighting Sleete he never lost to him, something even Lan could not do. Although he and Galad lost to Mat Cauthon once at the same time, this was still during Gawyn’s warder training. His amazing feats in some of his fights has, according to the author, relied a lot more on luck than Gawyn might realize.
Maighdin Trakand is a deceased noblewoman from Andor. She was the High Seat of House Trakand, the mother of Morgase Trakand and the grandmother of Elayne Trakand and Gawyn Trakand. She died before Morgase took the Lion Throne. After Tigraine’s disappearance, Maighdin was legally set to become Queen of Andor, possibly due to a relation with Queen Mordrellen Mantear. However, she died of a fever at some point, and the lack of a clear heir set of the Third Succession War. Morgase made her own claim to the Lion Throne, a claim probably helped by her mother’s former position, and eventually won it.
Morgase Trakand, (pronounced: moor-GAYZ) full former title by the Grace of the Light, Queen of Andor, Defender of the Realm, Protector of the People, High Seat of House Trakand, is the former legitimate ruler of Andor. She was thought to be deceased, but in fact she survived and later secretly abdicated in favor of Elayne and was later revealed to be alive when Galadedrid Damodred recognized her among Perrin’s servants. Morgase was the wife of Taringail Damodred, by whom she has two children, Elayne Trakand and Gawyn Trakand, and is stepmother to Galadedrid Damodred. Morgase first entered the White Tower at age 14 in accordance with Andoran custom, despite the fact that she can barely channel. She returned to Andor less than two years later to lay claim to the Lion Throne following Daughter-Heir Tigraine Mantear’s disappearance in 972 NE. She married Taringail Damodred in order to solidify her claim to the throne, and after his death briefly took Thom Merrilin as her lover. She has been a fair and capable ruler, with a soft spot for the less fortunate.
After Rand al’Thor accidentally falls into the gardens in the Royal Palace and is escorted to Morgase by Martyn Tallanvor. While there, Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan, her Aes Sedai advisor, has a Foretelling about Rand. Elaida wishes Rand to remain behind to be questioned further, but Morgase takes pity on him as one of her subjects and lets him go free.
Morgase visits the White Tower to find her daughter missing, making her furious. She refuses to take Elaida as her advisor, and Galad and Gawyn talk their way out of returning to Andor with her. Morgase becomes romantically involved with Gaebril, who claims to be a Lord from western Andor. Gaebril is later revealed to be Rahvin of the Forsaken, using Compulsion to force Morgase to carry out his suggestions. Under his influence, she exiled many of her most loyal supporters, including Gareth Bryne, her former Captain General. Upon hearing of the revolt in the Two Rivers region she regains control of herself enough to flee with her nurse Lini, Tallanvor, and the innkeeper Basel Gill.
After fleeing the palace, Morgase traveled to Amadicia hoping to gain assistance from King Ailron. Pedron Niall took her from Ailron’s Palace and held her captive in the Fortress of the Light. There, she plots with Paitr Conel and his uncle to escape. Niall discovered her plan and had Paitr hanged in Morgase’s view. As a result, she accepts an alliance with the Children of the Light to take back the Lion Throne, with the condition that a garrison of Whitecloaks be allowed to remain in Andor but outside Andoran law. Morgase decides to rescind all rights to the throne while being held captive in Amadicia, so Elayne can ascend to the throne without interference. She is later beaten by Rhadam Asunawa and then forced to lie with Eamon Valda after Pedron is murdered. Soon after, Seanchan troops attack the Fortress of the Light and defeat the Whitecloaks. Morgase is taken to High Lady Suroth Sabelle Meldarath and told to either swear an oath or become a servant. Sebban Balwer later arrives and helps Morgase and her followers escape from the Seanchan and leave Amadicia.
Under the name Maighdin Dorlain, she traveled to Ghealdan, where her group was harassed by the followers of the Prophet of the Dragon, Masema Dagar. They were rescued by Perrin Aybara and she swore fealty to him and Faile. She was subsequently captured again by the Shaido Aiel. She is strapped for an escape attempt, and is asked to spy on Sevanna by Therava. She later tries to steal the Oath Rod for Galina Casban from Therava’s tent but is caught and beaten. Later, she is left for dead by Galina in a burning building, but escapes through her training in the One Power. Morgase and her party were soon rescued from the Shaido by Perrin Aybara.
After being rescued, she continues her duties as a servant. Perrin attempts to marry her to Tallanvor, but Morgase refuses to marry at the behest of a lord. Tallanvor, feeling rejected, storms away. Soon after, Morgase learns the truth about Gaebril’s identity. Perrin’s army soon encounters the Whitecloak army led by Morgase’s son, Galad Damodred. The Whitecloaks refuse to accept anything but a battle from Perrin, but eventually meet for a negotiation. When Galad and Morgase see each other, she is serving tea in the tent. She then reveals her identity to Perrin. Morgase agrees to be the judge in a trial to determine Perrin’s culpability for the murder of two Whitecloaks two years prior. Galad accepts his mother’s impartiality, and the trial continues. At the end of the trial, she declares Perrin innocent of murder, but guilty of illegally killing. Soon after Perrin allies with the Children of the Light, they all Travel to Andor where Morgase is reunited with her daughter, Elayne. Morgase is also married to Tallanvor by Perrin before going to meet with Elayne. After spending a short time back in her old palace, Elayne brings her troops to the Field of Merrilor for the Last Battle. There, Morgase is seen by her son, Gawyn.
Chel Vanin, hailing from Maerone in Andor, is a former horse thief and poacher. He is fat and balding with gaps in his teeth.
He became a member of the Band of the Red Hand when he was sought out, among others, on the orders of Mat Cauthon. Mat meant to build a group of scouts for the Band composed of men well used to stealth. Among this group of men Chel Vanin is considered the best by far, and his name is spoken with awe. Certainly he has proven his abilities by sneaking past a line of Warders guarding passage to and from Salidar, a difficult task at best, yet Vanin did so not once, but twice without being seen. Chel Vanin has no respect for nobles, with the notable exception of Elayne Trakand, and generally shows the minimum amount of respect required to keep a whole skin. A grossly obese man, roughly a hundred or so pounds over his ideal weight, Vanin still moves with a notable grace and though he doesn’t seem to be a dangerous man, dangerous men avoid him. Generally wearing clean but wrinkled clothing that looks and probably is slept in, Chel Vanin most definitely cuts a most unimposing figure, yet Mat has come to rely on him when stealth, discretion and cunning is required.
He traveled with Mat and some of the Redarms to Ebou Dar. Along the way he became even more respectful towards Elayne and always addressed her as My Lady. While in Ebou Dar Mat sent him to watch the activites of Jaichim Carridin. He leaves for the Rahad with the rest of the group to retrieve the Bowl of the Winds. He is attacked by a Gholam and injured but is more worried how Elayne is. He then stays in the Tarasin Palace with the rest of the surviving Redarms. He leaves Ebou Dar with Mat and the rest of the Redarms and joins Valan Luca’s Traveling Show as cover for their escape. He tracks down Renna Emain after she stabbed Egeanin Tamarath and tries to flee to the town of Coramen.
He leads Mat and his group after they leave Luca’s show, to a smugglers pass in the Damona Mountains. While scouting the area he finds Talmanes Delovinde and some of the Band. He brings them back to Mat’s camp. Mat uses Vanin as bait, to get the Seanchan to chase him. Mat then springs an ambush wiping just about the whole contingent out. When Furyk Karede arrives in the Band’s camp to escort Tuon back to Ebou Dar, Vanin rides in with the news of a Seanchan force approaching, all looking for the reward of one hundred thousand gold crowns for killing Tuon. After Tuon leaves, Vanin continues to lead the company through Altara.
Brandel Vordarian is a Lord Captain in the Children of the Light. His family were minor nobles from Andor. He is a blond hulk of a man. He is older than Galadedrid Damodred. He is clean shaven with silver in his hair. He is one of the Lord Captain’s who stood against Galad. He then rises up against Rhadam Asunawa and his men. He then pledges his support and loyalty behind Galad. While traveling through Ghealdan, he debates with Galad about the merit of sending a letter to the White Tower to ask if the Children of the Light can become allies with the Aes Sedai.
Elin Warrel is an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. Elin is slender. She is not tall, but still taller than Moiraine Damodred. Elin, a novice at the time, is in the anteroom of the Amyrlin’s apartment when Gitara Moroso has her Foretelling of the Dragon being reborn. She was twenty-five at the time. Elayne Trakand mentions that Elin is the oldest Accepted in the White Tower. Nynaeve al’Meara thinks they are the same age, but her younger sister is about forty. Elin has slowed because of using the One Power. Sometime during the course of the series, Elin took and passed the test for Aes Sedai. She is now an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. Elin has remained loyal to the White Tower during the split.
Wat was a Redarm in the Band of the Red Hand. He was bald-headed and narrow-eyed. He was Andoran. He was one of the dozen Redarms who went with Mat to Ebou Dar in search of the Bowl of the Winds. He returned with Harnan as it was getting dark after Mat spent a day spying on a building used by the Kin. He was killed in the Rahad in the skirmish with Darkfriends and a Gholam. He may have been the wiry Andoran killed by Falion Bhoda.
Lord Willin is a noble from Andor. He was the guardian of his nephew Branlet Gilyard. He is bedridden and can’t accompany his nephew to Caemlyn with Dyelin Taravin.