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"A wise ruler takes advice, but should never be seen to take it. Let them think you know more than you do. It will not harm them, and it will help you."
   —Elayne to Rand [1]

Elayne Trakand (ee-LAIN trah-KAND) is by the Grace of the Light, Queen of Andor and Cairhien, Defender of the Realm, Protector of the People, High Seat of House Trakand, and Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah.

Elayne was born to Queen Morgase Trakand and Prince Taringail Damodred, and was Daughter-Heir of Andor from birth. As was tradition, she was sent to the White Tower for her education as Daughter-Heir, where she was enrolled as a novice after it was discovered that she had the potential to be one of the most powerful channelers of the era. She grew close to Egwene al'Vere, Nynaeve al'Meara and Min Farshaw, and had their first encounter with the Seanchan and Black Ajah in Falme. Elayne was raised to Accepted at the behest of the Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche, and decided to hunt the Black Ajah in Tear with Egwene and Nynaeve.

In the Stone of Tear, Egwene declared her love to Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn. She and Nynaeve then ventured to Tanchico to save the Panarch of Tarabon from the Black Ajah. The pair subsequently made their way to Salidar while chased by Moghedien, and Elayne was forced to bond Birgitte Silverbow as her Warder after she was ripped from Tel'aran'rhiod. In Salidar, Elayne discovered her Talent for ter'angreal creation and made an a'dam to leash Moghedien, where she and Nynaeve had the Forsaken teach them about lost Weaves from the Age of Legends. She was raised to full Aes Sedai by Egwene as rebel Amyrlin, and though Andor was in chaos after the presumed death of Elayne's mother, she chose to seek the Bowl of the Winds in order to combat the unnatural seasons.

In Ebou Dar, Elayne worked with a group of Aes Sedai, Kin, Windfinders and one Wise One in order to use the Bowl of the Winds and defeat the Seanchan. With her mission complete, she returned to Caemlyn to claim the throne, and although she secured the capital, many Houses would not support her due to her link with the White Tower, and the perceived tyranny of Morgase in her last year of reign. Before she secured the Lion Throne through her skill with Daes Dae'mar, she bonded Aviendha as her first-sister, and bonded Rand as her second Warder, falling pregnant with his twins. Elayne, Min, and Aviendha all chose to love Rand and to respect each other's love for him.

After her coronation as Queen of Andor, she was also accepted as Queen of Cairhien due to her paternal ancestry of the royal Damodred line, and to her great surprise, she learned that her mother still lived, but had privately chosen to abdicate to Elayne following her escape from Rahvin. As the Last Battle approached, Elayne was the first ruler to sign the Dragon's Peace, and was given command of the forces of all nations of the Westlands. Elayne was greatly wounded by an attack led by Darkfriends, but was saved when the Horn of Valere was sounded. She mourned Rand after the battle, but along with his other lovers, remained one of the few individuals to know that he was truly alive.



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 one span, six inches 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.

Her personal banner is a Golden Lily on a blue field.[2]


Elayne is one of the most powerful female channelers to have been born in the last 1000 years. Always she is described with the same potential level of Egwene and Aviendha.

She is one of the strongest among Aes Sedai, with only a dozen female channelers known to better her in strength (for instance Nynaeve, Alivia, Sharina, Talaan, Tamela, Viendre, Someryn and the female Forsaken).

This is confirmed in "The Wheel of Time Companion" where her strength level is described as potentially 8(+5), which she likely has not yet fully reached.

Channeling abilities

While customary for the Daughter-Heir of Andor to receive training at the White Tower,[3] 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.[4]

As with many very strong channelers Elayne has the so called "fast learner" Talent, in fact for her it is enough to see and study the forming of a weave only one or two times to memorize it and learn how to reproduce it. Elayne has not been a Novice or Accepted for long time, and surely she has not followed a normal Aes Sedai training, remaining far from the White Tower or Aes Sedai for long periods. Anyway thanks to her potential and talents she has learned quickly to use more than proficiently the One Powers, for instance copying from Egwene and Nynaeve what they did during the Battle of Falme. It can also be guessed that during their return from Falme to Tar Valon, Verin Sedai trained her and the other girls. But while Egwene was forced by the Seanchan and so she probably has reached her full potential, the same can't be affirmed for Elayne.

She has helped rediscover the ability to create ter'angreal, demonstrating strength in both Earth and Fire. She is the most skilled Cloud Dancer among the Rebel Aes Sedai due to Sea Folk Windfinder training.


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 Galadedrid Damodred. Her childhood nurse was Lini Eltring.

She was named after Lady Elayne Traemane, the grandmother of Lady Ellorien Traemane, a close ally and friend of Queen Morgase who supported her in the Third Succession War.[5]

Family tree

Ishara Casalain
Mordrellen Mantear
Maighdin Trakand
Luc Mantear
Tigraine Mantear1
Taringail Damodred
Morgase Trakand2
Rand al'Thor
Galadedrid Damodred
Gawyn Trakand
Elayne Trakand

Taringail Damodred was married twice: first to Tigraine Mantear, with whom he fathered Galad Damodred, and then to Morgase Trakand who bore Gawyn and Elayne. Although Galad is half brother both to Rand and to Gawyn and Elayne, Rand is only very distantly related to Elayne by their common ancestor, as it is said that although Morgase was Tigraine's closest female line relative, the two women would not have been considered related at all if they had been commoners.

As the daughter of Taringail Damodred, Elayne is the great-niece of King Laman Damodred and the direct descendant of Queen Carewin Damodred, by which she traces her claim to the Sun Throne of Cairhien. She is also the half-niece of Moiraine Damodred. She has several unnamed cousins by her aunt Innloine Damodred, while on her mother's side, she is fairly closely related to Lady Dyelin Taravin, her close ally and political mentor.

Elayne's sigil


To the White Tower

Elayne's first appearance is when Rand al'Thor falls into the Royal Garden[6] and makes acquaintances with Elayne, her brother Gawyn Trakand, her half-brother Galad, and Queen Morgase herself.[7] Elayne falls in love with Rand at near first sight.[8] 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.[9] 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."[10]

Out of the Tower

When she overhears Liandrin speaking of the need for Egwene and Nynaeve to leave the Tower to help Rand,[11] Elayne elects to travel through the Ways with Egwene, Nynaeve, and Min to Falme.[12] 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[13] 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.[14]

Elayne with her chin held regally high, bearing the Rose Crown of Andor

Back to the Tower

Elayne returns to Tar Valon with Egwene, Nynaeve, Hurin and Mat, led by Verin Sedai.[15] 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.[16] Privately, the Amyrlin Siuan Sanche acknowledges their situation, allowing Egwene and Elayne to be raised from Novice to Accepted. (Nynaeve was already Accepted.)

And away again

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,[17] but Nynaeve and Egwene do not hesitate to bring her into their confidence.[18] 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.[19] She sends a letter to her mother Morgase with Mat to assure her of Elayne's well-being,[20] 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,[21] then again in Tear by the very women they are hunting.[22] They are rescued by Mat and Juilin Sandar.[23]

Reunion with Rand

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.[24] 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.[8] 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.[25]

Elayne Trakand.

Elayne and Rand spend precious moments together in Tear, Elayne sharing her knowledge of statecraft and the two stealing kisses.[1] 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.[26]

Back on the hunt

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.[27] 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.)[28] 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.[21] 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.[29]

Elayne Trakand Daughter Heir of Andor

Nynaeve and Elayne leave for Tar Valon with Thom and Juilin to deliver the Seal to the Tower.[30] 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, for a time.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33] Elayne, under the alias Morelin, performs on the high wire.[34] She and Nynaeve encounter a Seanchan woman named Cerandin among the animal trainers, who gives the women an a'dam.[35] Elayne is able to figure out how the ter'angreal works and believes she may be able to make more.[36]


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.[37] Elayne bonds the dying Birgitte as her Warder in order to save Birgitte's life,[38] 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 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.

Elayne (left) with Aviendha and Nynaeve using the Bowl of the Winds.

Raised to Aes Sedai

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 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.

Escape from Ebou Dar

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 Dar for for her personal use.[39] 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.

Campaign for the Lion Throne

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.

Elayne after becoming an Aes Sedai.

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 rampant 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 Ones and required to leave Andor with them.

The Daughter-Heir of Andor in a cover of the japanese edition

Capture by the Black Ajah

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 Marillin Gemalphin and Falion Bhoda, Black Ajah sisters Elayne had been hunting for some time as well as Mili Skane, who is posing as the Lady Shiaine. She enters the house with Vandene, Careane and Sareitha. They are surprised by Asne Zeramene, Temaile Kinderode, Eldrith Jhondar and Chesmal Emry who are also 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.

Elayne Trakand by Todd Cameron Hamilton.

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.

Gaining the Throne

The neutral High Seats ask for safe passage into Caemlyn and seek and audience with Elayne. At the meeting Luan Norwelyn wishes to form a temporary alliance to engage the Borderlands army. Elayne reveals that as an Aes Sedai, she gave them permission to travel through into Murandy to carry on seeking the Dragon Reborn. She also tells them about the Black Tower set-up and the unfortunate fact that she can't do much about its presence in Andor now. Luan and then Abelle Pendar declare their support for House Trakand. Pelivar Coelan, Arathelle Renshar and Aemlyn Carand all declare their support for House Trakand, but only for Dyelin. This gives Elayne the required number of High Seats now to obtain the Lion Throne.

As Queen of Andor

She meets with Alise and Sumeko about the Kin, who when they retire from the White Tower will move to Caemlyn to live out the rest of their days. They will live in their residence for free in exchange for offering Healing and Traveling for the Crown of Andor when she needs it.

Elayne Trakand by John Seamas Gallagher

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, unfortunately among the Andoran jailers there is a darkfriend, Jaq Lounalt, who intervenes to free them before they can reveal too much.

So Dollin Mellar and the Black Aes Sedai break out of their cells and they nearly kill Elayne while escaping. Consequently 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.

Nynaeve, Elayne, Egwene by Michelle Tolo

Elayne then meets with Faile and Perrin about their possible rebellion and their claim of Lordship of the Two Rivers. They are able to convince Elayne that it is in her best interest to allow them to be nobles of the Two Rivers. Elayne declares that Perrin will be the Steward of the Dragon for the Two Rivers so they will have an excuse for the political advantage they will have. 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.

She then Travels to Cairhien where she is greeted by Lorstrum and Bertome who escort her to the Royal Palace. As Elayne is about to sit down, Birgitte checks her chair and finds a poisoned pin hidden in the cushion, shaming Lorstrum. Elayne then declares to the nobles gathered that all available men will be conscripted into the army and that Cairhien's forces will move out to join the Dragon Reborn's army gathered at the Field of Merrilor.

The Last Battle

The Fall of Caemlyn

During the gathering at the Field of Merrilor Caemlyn is invaded by Trolloc forces coming out of the Waygate. After a long struggle the Band of the Red Hand make its way to the Royal Palace where Caemlyn's remaining forces still hold. The defenders manage to escape the Shadowspawn and leave the city to the Shadow. While meeting with Egwene, who is trying to convince her to oppose Rand's plans of breaking the Seals, at least initially, Elayne is finally informed that her capital city has been conquered and half destroyed by the Shadow's army. Facing the dramatic situation Elayne decided wisely to avoid any counter-attack, to save as much people as she can and to abandon the ruined city to the Trollocs. Elayne meets with Lir, Dyelin and Perival about the fall of Caemlyn. They discuss the best course of action to take now, when Elayne notices that Aviendha has snuck into her tent. After the High Seats have left, they invite Min and discuss how they will share Rand with each other.

The Dragon's Peace

Initially Elayne is not very convinced by Rand to sign the Dragon's Peace, as it is the same of most of the rulers at the Field of Merrilor gathering. After Moiraine returns from the Finn, she uses the prophesies from the Karaethon Cycle to get all the rulers to calm down and really listen to Rand. Moiraine tells Rand that he will not be able to fight the Dark One and lead the armies of the Light at the same time. Rand suggests Elayne be given the supreme command, due to her being taught how to lead and having excellent teachers such as Bryne tutor her on tactics her whole life. Andor, even though it is under attack, is still one of the most powerful nations present. These last points turn the tide and all the rulers sign the Dragon's Peace one by one. The Queen of Andor and Cairhien is the last to sign the treaty on the condition that the Seanchan Empress also does. During negotiations Elayne is frustrated by Rand's demands, but extremely proud of what he has drawn up and how he conducts himself as a ruler.

The Battle of Caemlyn

As supreme commander Elayne decides to split the forces of the Light to counteract the menaces in the four main fronts, giving the operative command in each of them to the remaining four Great Captains. So she gives Davram Bashere command of her forces in Andor. She gives Gareth Bryne command of the Aes Sedai forces in Kandor. To Agelmar Jagad the command in Shienar of the Borderlanders Army and finally to Rodel Ituralde the command of the forces that will support the Dragon in Shayol Ghul.

Elayne decides that the Trollocs need to be flushed out of Caemlyn, otherwise the Trolloc armies have a base they can launch attacks from at any time. She orders oil from Mayene to be poured into the basement of hundreds of buildings throughout the city. Elayne has the Kinswomen set up gateways to get in and out of the buildings. She then orders the oil burnt. A blaze completely engulfs the city, forcing the Trolloc army outside Caemlyns gates. Bashere manages to convince Elayne to declare to her army publicly that she is carrying the Dragon Reborn's unborn babies. Rand Travels to the Andoran war-front to meet with Elayne. There they have a big discussion on how the war progresses, tactics, the art of ruling and their babies Elayne carries inside her. They both understand the pressures of ruling and politics which helps strength their connection and love between each other. Elayne asks about Rand being Lews Therin and instead of being shocked by the answer, she believes that it is an advantage to have such wisdom for their cause. Finally Rand gives her a Seed, in the hope that she can create a new angreal. In return Elayne gives him the Dull dagger. The two stay together for most of the night. Elayne then finally receives a reply from Egwene about her plans with the Kin. Elayne detects that Egwene is not very happy with her idea and put off any answer until the end of the Last Battle.

Elayne's forces are finally able to lure out from the ruins of Caemlyn the Trolloc's army and to attract the enemy to Braem Wood. At the edge the initial ranks are felled by Two Rivers archers. The next lines are completely decimated by the dragons. Here they are able to take advantage from the thick of the wood to attack the Trollocs without too much loss. Elayne gets a report that Lan has been pushed out of Tarwin's Gap. She sends a message back to his camp that they are to burn Fal Dara and every other city in Shienar as they slowly retreat back. After many skirmishes inside the wood Elayne also has to give her own army the order to retreat, following Bashere's suggestion. They march to the banks of the River Erinin and then the River Alguenya, followed by the Shadowspawn's army. After the crossing of the river, Elayne's scouts discover that a second Trolloc army has been spotted making its way to the lightly defended Cairhien. Elayne and Bashere conclude that they have to defeat the first Trolloc army that has been chasing them quickly and then withdraw to outside the city of Cairhien before the second one arrives.

Elayne's forces finally manage to reach Cairhien, just before the first Trolloc army. As Elayne has her army draw up their lines a massive cloud of blackness covers the sky. It slowly passes again. Elayne then gives he army a stirring speech to keep them positive and motivated. Birgitte suggests to Elayne that she heads to the back of the army, but she refuses to leave her men and withdraw the aid of one channelar. The dragons then begin to fire on the approaching Trolloc army. The ranks are decimated by the blasts and Elayne is revolted by the devastation that the dragons cause for the first time. Just few hours before facing the Trollocs that are following them from the north, Elayne's forces discover that another enemy army is approaching from the south. Realizing too late that they have been lured by treason in a very critical situation, they prepare to a desperate attempt to resist.

After giving the order to arrest Davram Bashere thinking that he is a Darkfriend, Elayne concentrates her forces against the northern Trolloc horde and leads them to victory, then she tries to unite what remain of them with the southern units, holding a second Trolloc horde at bay.

Desperate and unable to retreat without causing mass casualties, Elayne feels lost. Fortunately a contingent of Asha'man, led by Logain, appear. Linked with twelve men and fourteen women, Androl Genhald uses his Talent to open a massive Gateway to Dragonmount, spewing a river of molten lava on the Trolloc army.

Return to the Field of Merrilor

Elayne and the other commanders of the Lights realize that all the four Great Captains have been compulsed in Tel'Aran'Rhiod by a Forsaken to put their forces in dire situations. They now need a new captain general who is protected from a similar danger and so Elayne, Egwene and Fortuona agree to choose Mat with his protective Foxhead medallion.

Mat decides to retreat all their remaining forces again to Merrilor, to rest and to wait there the approaching enemies, in a battlefield that he can study and use well. Mat changes his plans just at the start of the battle because he suspects the presence of traitors in his command post. This alarms and enrages Elayne that tries to reach him from her position, but she is involved in an attack from draghkar that are massacring the Light's soldiers with the use of their chant. She saves the situation weaving a great deafening sound, and after her ears are healed by a damane, Elayne enters Mat's command post to ask explanations.

Mat explains his suspects and so Elayne agrees with him to return to lead her forces near the Hawal Ford. Here Elayne's forces are heavily damaged by the enemy so, at one point, Elayne drops her banners to avoid to be an easy target to Demandred's balefire strikes. Relying also on her amber turtle brooch angreal, Elayne personally uses all of her powers to repel the Trollocs any time they seem to gain some terrain on the battlefront.

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-"Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn't it?" - Rand al'Thor

Mellar and his group of mercenaries, disguised as refugees from the battle, ambush Elayne and Birgitte. They kill most of the guard. Mellar personally kills Birgitte. Having captured Elayne, they then try to demoralize her troops by hailing her death, using a corpse with hair similar to Elayne's slung over her saddle. Mellar is resistant against her weaves due to having stolen a foxhead medallion. So she´s helpless as he tries to cut out her babes. She is saved by Birgitte, who upon her death is called back by the blowing of the Horn of Valere. After little chitchat with her, Elayne rallys her troops and fights again.

After the Last Battle

Birgitte tells Elayne that she knows she wanted the Horn of Valere and Olver in order to keep them "safe". Birgitte then tells Elayne that she has sent Olver away with the Horn and instructed him to "find someplace nobody would look, a place he could forget, and toss the Horn into it. Preferably the ocean.”. At first Elayne is annoyed but she realizes Birgitte did the right thing, and thanks her for taking that decision from her.

She is present when Rand is brought back to the Field of Merrilor for healing, but displays no grief when he dies. It is later revealed at his funeral pyre, that she, Aviendha and Min are aware that Rand is still alive and has left.


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, which she obtained during her stay in Valan Luca's menagerie, Elayne learned how to make ter'angreal. In her continent she was the first in a long time to be able to not only understand the workings of some ter'angreal, but also be able to duplicate or create them.

Along with the a'dam Elayne was able to duplicate a number of ter'angreal that would allow access to Tel'aran'rhiod by examining existing ones recovered from the Black Ajah. She did the same with Mat's medallion even if the new ones were not fully functioning as the original, probably needing to link to a male channeler to provide the other half of the source.

By herself Elayne invented a new ter'angreal in the shape of a green stone disc, which permitted to a female channeler not strong enough to make herself invisible to be able to do so otherwise.

Rand's women

Al'Thor's women by Liz Stephanoff.

"Aviendha and Min were different. They were part of her. In a way, they were her, and she them."
   —Elayne, Winter's Heart

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.[40] 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.

Elayne, Min and Aviendha were all able to feel that Rand was still alive after his supposed death and funeral.


Elayne is a reference to the name Elaine, which was the name of several different noblewomen in Arthurian legend, including Elaine of Garlot (one of King Arthur's three half-sisters, along with Morgan le Fay and Morgause) and Elaine of Corbenic (the mother of Galahad by Lancelot).

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