EWoT: Eldrene ay Ellan ay Carlan

Eldrene ay Ellan ay Carlan
Biographical information
Nationality Manetherenite
Date of birth c. 1140 AB
Date of death c. 1200 AB
Current status Dead
Physical description
Gender Female
Chronological and political information
First mentioned TEOTW 9
Last mentioned TGH 5
Title Queen of Manetheren
Rank Aes Sedai
Ajah Unknown Ajah

Eldrene ay Ellan ay Carlan (translated from the Old Tongue as Eldrene daughter of Ellan daughter of Carlan) was the wife of King Aemon al Caar al Thorin and the last queen of lost Manetheren. She was an Aes Sedai of exceptional strength in the One Power and a beloved figurehead of her people who named her Ellisande which translates from the Old Tongue as "The Rose of the Sun". [1]

Appearance and Abilities

Historians relate that Eldrene possessed a great beauty. Her hair was alike to spun gold and any man who gazed upon her was easily smitten. It was said that wherever she went, flowers bloomed at her feet to make her smile. [1] So revered was she that soldiers of Manetheren frequently invoked her name in battle as a rallying cry.[2][3] Eldrene was the most powerful channeler of her era with a strength that was only eclipsed by the legendary Aes Sedai Caraighan Maconar who had died nearly 700 years previous. Eldrene's absolute strength in the power is unknown, but given that she was less powerful than Caraighan Maconar, who was rated as 3(+10) on the power strength scale[4], it is reasonable to assume Eldrene's strength to be between 6(+7) and 4(+9).


Early Years

Many of the histories of Eldrene's era were destroyed in the upheavals brought about by the Trolloc Wars. As such, several details of her life have been lost to time and legend. What is known is that Eldrene was born in Manetheren circa 1140 AB and was noted for being exceptionally strong in the One Power. She was sent to the White Tower to become a novice in 1150 AB and there became acquainted with Tetsuan, another novice of great strength. White Tower records relate that Eldrene and Tetsuan quickly became rivals and that Tetsuan ultimately developed a lasting adolescent jealousy of Eldrene who was more beautiful and stronger in the Power. Both became full Aes Sedai sisters circa AB 1060. It is believed that Eldrene returned to her homeland at this time to support her people through the Trolloc Wars while Tetsuan remained in the White Tower.

Trolloc Wars


The wonderous capital of Manetheren from which Eldrene ruled her people

There is no history that survives the Trolloc Wars to relate Eldrene's activities as a full Aes Sedai sister. What is known is that sometime around 1175 AB she married King Aemon al Caar al Thorin and bonded him as a Warder. She thus became the queen of Manetheren at a time when the entire world was at war against the Shadow and she ruled from her country's wondrous capital city, high and secure in the cloud-capped peaks of the Mountains of Mist. Her nation was known to have always been at the forefront of the fighting and it was said that people of other nations referred to Manetheren as "a thorn to the Dark One's foot and a bramble to his hand".[1]

Eventually the threat posed by Manetheren required the shadow to focus a large amount of resources towards its extermination. Sometime around 1200 AB Aemon was lured into overextending his military which allowed the shadow to strike at the Manetheren heartland. When the shadow's plans became known to Aemon, he recalled his forces from the Field of Bekkar - site of Manetheren's most recent victory - and back to the Manetheren heartland where they engaged their enemy in a titanic multiple-day struggle that came to be known as the Battle of the Tarendrelle River. Knowing that he could not win the battle unaided, Aemon sent messengers carrying a plea for aid to all the allied powers of the Ten Nations

Eldrene feels the death of Aemon

and a special messenger was sent to Eldrene's former rival Tetsuan who had since been elevated to the Amyrlin Seat.

Histories relate that when Tetsuan received Aemon's messenger, she was influenced by her childhood hatred of Eldrene and thus worked in secret to misdirect or delay responses from allied nations. As a consequence, Aemon's army was unable to halt the advance of the shadow into the Manetheren heartland and he ordered an evacuation of all civilians. It is said that Eldrene supervised the effort to preserve her nation's culture and helped thousands flee into nearby forests and mountains;[5] though it is also said that thousands more refused their king's order to flee and instead marched to join Aemon's failing army and pay the price of their homeland with their blood.[1]

Eldrene's Death

Eldrene ay Ellan ay Carlan

The death of Queen Eldrene

Manetheren's doom was sealed when Aemon's army was driven back to a crossroads which is now known as the intersection of the North Road, the Old Road, and the Quarry Road. In a final desperate last stand, Aemon and his army were overpowered in a one day battle that came to be known as the Battle of Aemon's Field. The moment Aemon perished Eldrene felt the severing of the bond with her beloved husband. Alone in the evacuated capital city she became consumed by grief and thus she began to draw upon the True Source.

With her exceptional channeling ability fully unleashed, Eldrene poured forth devastation and balefire at what remained of the Shadow's army. [6] In a display reminiscent of the Breaking of the World, Eldrene destroyed the larger whole of the Shadow's forces - including all the dreadlord generals. Those few shadowspawn that survived fled to be hunted down and

The capital city of Manetheren is utterly destroyed

exterminated in other nations. But in her final moments Eldrene had drawn to herself more of the One Power than any human could wield unaided and as the enemy generals died, so did she; the fires that consumed her consumed too the empty city of Manetheren, even the stones of it, down to the living rock of the mountains.[7]


Eldrene is one of many tragic figures that emerged from the suffering of the Trolloc Wars. Due to the complete destruction of Manetheren, knowledge of her exploits are mostly known only to sages and White Tower historians, though there are three elements of geography that endure as a testament to her life:

Eldrene's Veil

After the destruction of Manetheren, survivors returned to repopulate the land. Those that settled in the area where the Tarendrelle River flows down from the Mountains of Mist were emotionally moved by the beauty of a well-known waterfall. The majestic Eldrene's Veil cascades for over 500 feet and for early settlers of the Free Years its beauty invoked the memory of the last queen of Manetheren.

The Winespring

In the village of Emond's Field there is an aquifer known as the winespring that flows from a low stone outcropping near the village green.[8] Legend asserts that when Eldrene destroyed the Shadow's forces on the day of her husbands death, upheavals caused by her channeling forced an underground spring to burst forth upon the site of the battlefield. It is further said that the water of this spring has flowed unceasingly since the day of the battle and marks the site of the final heroic sacrifice of the Army of Manetheren. [9]

The Ancient Capital of Manetheren

South of the Two Rivers and several thousand feet above the White River in the Mountains of Mist stands a lone Waygate surrounded by stunted trees growing in poor soil and smooth slopes of rock that shine like glass. [10] This is the site of the former capital of Manetheren - the mountain home itself - which remains as the last physical evidence of Eldrene's death. Travelers to this location must endure a long exhausting climb which will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the cloud-capped peaks of the mountains above and the furious turbulence of the White River below.

Beyond geography, the tragedy of Eldrene's relationship with Tetsuan is a subject taught to novices in the White Tower. Students learn that when Tetusan's treachery was made known to the Hall of the Tower the sitters voted to strip Tetsuan of her staff and stole and condemned her to be stilled. Tetsuan was subsequently forced to labor in the tower kitchens as a scullery maid.[11] She died three years later.[12] Tetsuan's punishment serves as a grim reminder to students that no Aes Sedai sister - regardless of her position or influence - stands above Tower Law.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Eye of the World, Chapter 9
  2. The Eye of the World, Chapter 18
  3. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 19
  4. The Wheel of Time Companion, Caraighan Maconar
  5. TWORJTWOT, Chapter 10 Rise and Fall of the Ten Nations
  6. TWORJTWOT, Chapter 10 Rise and Fall of the Ten Nations
  7. The Wheel of Time Companion, Eldrene ay Ellan ay Carlan
  8. The Eye of the World, Chapter 1
  9. The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 51
  10. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 27
  11. The Great Hunt, Chapter 5
  12. The Wheel of Time Companion, Tetsuan