Appearance and Abilities
She is noted for her temper and her sense of humour.
This is confirmed by the Wheel of Time Companion, which lists her strength as 17(5).
Alanna was born in the year 951 NE. She went to the White Tower in 967 NE. When Alanna appeared in New Spring, she was an Accepted with Sheriam Bayanar, Moiraine Damodred, and Siuan Sanche. She had been a novice for six years and Accepted for another six before being raised to the shawl in 979 NE.
Alanna was involved in taking the census of all women who had recently given birth.
She was quite shy at that time but after had a fiery temper. Moiraine thought that she worked hard at being fierce.
She had a total of three Warders, one named Owein who was killed in the Two Rivers by the Children of the Light, one by the name of Ihvon who remained at her side, and also Rand al'Thor, whom she bonded against his will. The last bond was known to cause her trouble.
Alanna was first encountered during The Great Hunt, in which she was a part of Siuan's entourage to Fal Dara. When Egwene al'Vere and Nynaeve al'Meara were taken back to the White Tower to become Aes Sedai, she gave them several lessons in channeling, although she was unable to break through Nynaeve's block. She also seemed to be very interested in Rand and asked the two girls many questions about him.
Alanna was present during Egwene's test for becoming an Accepted, along with Sheriam, Siuan, and Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan. She noticed a strange resonance in the ter'angreal rings during Egwene's test and appeared to blame herself for not stopping the test and risking danger to Egwene. She even asked Siuan for a penance as a result of this.
Alanna was also one of the Aes Sedai who were responsible for Healing Matrim Cauthon from the taint of the Shadar Logoth dagger. Later, she was in the Two Rivers searching for more girls who could become novices for the White Tower when she was forced to hide from Children of the Light, who killed one of her Warders.
She joined with Perrin Aybara and the rest of the village in fighting the Shadowspawn army. She wanted to bond Perrin, but was warned off by Faile Bashere, who threatened to kill her if she did so. She helped in the Battle of Emond's Field by firing catapults.
Alanna and Verin left the Two Rivers with many female channelers and journeyed towards Tar Valon. When they reached Whitebridge they learnt of the split in the White Tower but continued to Caemlyn. They later decided against taking the girls to Tar Valon . Alanna disliked Elaida, but also disapproved of the rebellion.
In addition to her one Warder Ihvon (her other Warder, Owein, was killed in the Two Rivers), Alanna also forcefully bonded Rand al'Thor as a Warder when she met him at the Culain's Hound, an inn in Caemlyn. She had just arrived in Caemlyn with the huge group of novices she and Verin Mathwin had gathered from the Two Rivers.
Her bond to him, however, could not be used to compel him to her will, as normal for most Warder bonds. She joined up with the Aes Sedai from Salidar while still in Caemlyn. She met up with Perrin's force of Two Rivers archers, Mayeners, Cairhienin, and Aiel and pointed them in the direction Rand was being taken by the White Tower Aes Sedai. All the while, she could feel his pain while he was being beaten and was very concerned for him. She was in the Battle of Dumai's Wells.
Afterwards she was forced to swear fealty to Rand and was the only Aes Sedai to be near him and Healed him from his extensive wounds.
Because bonding another forcibly was akin to rape, many Aes Sedai treated her roughly - even those weaker than her. Alanna had a difficult time fighting back because she also adhered strongly to the hierarchy.
Rand was also bonded by Elayne Trakand, Min Farshaw, and Aviendha of the Taardad Aiel. This had an adverse and unexpected effect on Alanna, who fainted when the bonding took place. The faint lasted for a total of three days.
Alanna was furious when she heard about the new bond, although Rand refused to tell her with whom he had bonded.
Negotiations with the High Lords
Alanna used her bond with Rand to track him down in Far Madding. She also brought Cadsuane, Verin, and a number of other Aes Sedai along as well. After meeting with Rand, she finally convinced him that he needed Aes Sedai behind him. He sent her back to Cairhien to gather Rafela Cindal, Merana Ambrey, Bera Harkin, and Faeldrin Harella and then to approach the rebels in Haddon Mirk to negotiate with them.
She was present when Rand Traveled to the Stone of Tear to meet with Darlin Sisnera. She seemed genuinely pleased to be around Rand again. She greeted Rand with King Darlin when Rand withdrew his forces from Arad Doman back into Tear, but Rand chooses not to look at her.
She mysteriously disappeared from the Stone of Tear without visibly using saidar, possibly by using inverted weaves and masking her ability. An open red waxed envelope, assumed to be from Verin, was found on her writing desk.Rand says she is somewhere to the north .
The Last Battle
While Rand was confronting Shai'tan at Shayol Ghul, Nynaeve discovered Alanna in the Pit of Doom. She was chained to the wall and badly injured. Moridin's plan was for her to die during Rand's battle and for the sudden shock, passing through the bond, to cause him to lose control and be defeated. Nynaeve was unable to Heal Alanna without the One Power, as Rand was currently linked to Nynaeve and drawing all the power she had.
Nynaeve was forced to use mundane healing techniques and began to stitch Alanna back together. She was able to help Alanna regain consciousness. After Rand rejected Shai'tan, Moridin threw a knife into Alanna's heart, making Nynaeve unable to save her. However, because of Nynaeve's work, Alanna was able to release Rand's bond before she died, saving him from the backlash of her death.
It is unknown, though, if she released her other Warder Ihvon; most likely, he had already been killed at her kidnapping.
Min Farshaw saw her in the palm of Rand's hand. This indicated that she would keep her oath and could be trusted by Rand. (fulfilled through her death at Shayol Ghul)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Great Hunt, Chapter 4
- ↑ The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 29
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 10
- ↑ Lord of Chaos, Chapter 21
- ↑ The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 23
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Lord of Chaos, Chapter 43
- ↑ The Path of Daggers, Chapter 12
- ↑ New Spring, Chapter 3
- ↑ The Great Hunt, Chapter 12
- ↑ The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 18
- ↑ The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 22
- ↑ The Shadow Rising, Chapter 31
- ↑ The Shadow Rising, Chapter 56
- ↑ Lord of Chaos, Chapter 54
- ↑ Lord of Chaos, Chapter 55
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 A Crown of Swords, Chapter 34
- ↑ A Crown of Swords, Chapter 19
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Winter's Heart, Chapter 25
- ↑ Winter's Heart, Chapter 23
- ↑ Knife of Dreams, Chapter 21
- ↑ The Gathering Storm, Chapter 42
- ↑ Towers of Midnight, Chapter 12
- ↑ Towers of Midnight, Chapter 13
- ↑ A Memory of Light, Chapter 36
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 A Memory of Light, Chapter 37