The Wheel of Time - The Call of the Horn
Illian’s elite shock troops are known as the Illianer Companions, or simply, the Companions. This organization is rare in that foreigners can rise to become First Captain, the top rank in the Companions. They serve as the King of Illian’s personal guard and also the backbone of the army. Rand al’Thor’s father, Tam al’Thor, was a Second Captain of the Companions.