Melaine (meh-LAYN; /mɛˈleɪn/), of the Jhirad sept of the Goshien Aiel, is a Wise One who can channel. She is known for her temper and her above average strength in the One Power. She married Bael and was sister-wife to Dorindha.
Appearance and Abilities
She is a beautiful woman with golden-red hair and green eyes; she looks about thirty, but is in reality between 84 and 110 years old.
Her strength in the power is described at level 17(5); this is quite high, and would allow her to Travel alone without the aid to form a circle. In the White Tower with this level of power she would rank quite high in Aes Sedai hierarchy (examples of Aes Sedai at this level are Verin, Alanna, Merana).
She, along with Amys, Bair, and Seana told Rhuarc that the dreams say he must go in search of the Car'a'carn, and sent a letter to Moiraine ordering Aviendha to return to the Aiel Waste and to Rhuidean to be trained as a Wise One. The letter was addressed to Moiraine at the Stone of Tear, but sent at least a month before she had even arrived there.
Waiting at Rhuidean
She meets Rand al'Thor and the rest of the Aiel on the slopes of Chaendaer when they are transported from Tear to Rhuidean via the Portal Stone. She and the rest of the Aiel Wise Ones had sent a letter to Moiraine Damodred saying where they would meet and which day.
She brings news to Rand in Caemlyn that the Aes Sedai delegation from Salidar has arrived. She is present during the meeting with Rand, Davram Bashere, and Bael after Rand is rescued from the White Tower Aes Sedai, and she tries to find out if the Aes Sedai have tied any strings onto Rand.
Restoring order to Arad Doman
war torn country. While there she gives Aviendha more and more meaningless punishments, in an attempt to make her stand up to the other Wise Ones. She is at the meeting with Rand and the Aiel clan chiefs when Rand gives the order for the Aiel to capture the Council of Merchants.
She is insulted by Merise Haindehl's comment to Aviendha about a "roughness" to how she weaves. Aviendha finally confronts the Wise Ones, including Melaine, on how pointless the tasks they have given are. Standing up to the other Wise Ones is Aviendha's final test, so they send her to Rhuidean to become a Wise One as well. She is meeting with Cadsuane when Nynaeve al'Meara enters with the news that Rand just burned a whole palace full of people away with balefire.
Egwene sets up a meeting in Tel'aran'riod, which Melaine attends, between Aes Sedai, Sea Folk Windfinders, and Aiel Wise Ones. It is decided at the meeting that Accepted will go and train with the Wise Ones for six months and then they would train with the Sea Folk for a further six months before returning back to the White Tower. They would then make a choice a year later on where they would wish to finish their training. Sea Folk and Wise One apprentices would also go through this training program but to the White Tower and the other channeling faction. It is agreed that for every two Accepted who leave, two Wise One apprentices and two Sea Folk apprentices will be exchanged. Finally, all ter'angreal that are already owned by the Aiel or by the Sea Folk cannot be claimed by the White Tower.
The Black Ajah attack after the meeting in Tel'aran'riod. Melaine is one of the Wise Ones who participates in the Battle in Tel'aran'rhiod.
Attacking Shayol Ghul
Melaine is one of the Wise Ones who are present when Aviendha tells the group of her visions of the future, and the fall of the Aiel. The women rationalize that it is because Rand will leave the Aiel adrift by excluding the Aiel from the Dragon's Peace. When Aviendha asks for the Aiel to be included into the Dragon's Peace as enforcers, Rand is taken aback. Melaine and the rest of the Wise Ones stand behind Aviendha, confirming that she speaks for the rest of her people. Bair discusses with Amys and Melaine in tel'aran'rhiod that she has seen the same events as Aviendha. Egwene then approaches the women and they talk about the troubling dark cracks that are appearing, particularly when balefire is used. They all decide to ban the use of balefire. They then farewell each other.
Min Farshaw sees that Melaine will give birth to twin baby girls. She develops a bond with Min after this news and promises to name one of the twins after her. She later promised to name the other after Egwene. (On its way to being fulfilled as she is now pregnant)