Ta'veren (pronounced: tah-VEER-ehn) are people around whom the Wheel of Time specifically weaves the Pattern with all surrounding life-threads. No one is born ta'veren. The Pattern turns them to be one when there is a need and they are only ta'veren until they fulfill their purpose. 
Web of Destiny
A ta'veren is a central focal point for a Web of Destiny in the Pattern. These people are spun out and used by the Wheel to correct itself when the weave begins to drift from the intended Pattern. Since the purpose of ta'veren is to influence life threads to create change, the destinies of ta'veren themselves are more strictly controlled by the Wheel of Time itself than those of an average person. These Webs of Destiny (or ta'maral'ailen in the Old Tongue) are almost always arduous for those that live through that Age but are an unfortunate necessity for the Wheel. The more change required, the more ta'veren that are born.
—Loial to Rand Al'Thor
- Rand al'Thor - Current
- Perrin Aybara - Current
- Matrim Cauthon - Current
- Mabriam en Shereed - Historical
- Artur Hawkwing - Historical
- Lews Therin Telamon - Historical
It is also possible that Gitara Moroso was ta'veren to some degree, as has been suggested by fandom. Without her and her crucial Foretellings, Moiraine Damodred would never have gone to the Two Rivers in the first place and Tigraine Mantear would not have gone to the Waste and given birth to the Dragon on the slopes of Dragonmount.
Ta'veren appear to affect the Pattern based on their own personalities and skills. Perrin Aybara's ta'veren nature tends strongly to manifest in influencing people, causing people to do or say things they otherwise would not. By contrast, Mat Cauthon's twisting of the Pattern manifests as a warping of the laws of chance, and tends to be limited to a fairly local area. It most often manifests as extreme good luck for Mat, as well as apparently warning him of important events to come.
By far the most powerful ta'veren in the present-day world, and possibly the most powerful in history, is Rand al'Thor. His presence in an area causes any number of completely unpredictable and improbable occurrences, from throwing the laws of chance completely askew to two young people who can't stand each other suddenly marrying. This effect is uncontrollable and can extend to cover a wide area, influencing an entire village or a large part of a major city.
—Siuan Sanche to Moiraine about Rand al'Thor 
The phenomenon of three contemporaneous ta'veren as strong as Rand, Perrin and Mat seems to be unique in known history. There is a definite link beyond the fact of their Two Rivers origin and closeness in birth date. They have been experiencing momentary disorientation and visions of flashing colors whenever each think of the other ta'veren, even momentary glimpses of each other. Each of the three know that they are being tugged toward one another, and that it will be important to reunite in order to fight in the Last Battle.
Examples and facts
- Ta'veren changes the probability of something happening, e.g. they can cause a person to fall off a house and then get up without a scratch on them, yet someone else can easily trip over a stick and break their neck. This implies that ta'veren do not make the impossible happen, though the improbable may be perceived as "impossible." Several characters have made comments to this effect.
- Rand al'Thor thinks that for all the "good" ta'veren effects, there are equal amounts of "bad" ta'veren effects.
- It is said that ta'veren can be tracked and located by their effect on the Pattern, but only the Forsaken, namely Ishamael and Lanfear, know how to do so.
- Certain ter'angreal may replicate or influence the probability-changing effects of ta'veren, such as the six spotted dice ter'angreal used by the Black Ajah in Tear.
- Moiraine speculated that ta'veren attracts the "bubble of evil" due to the Dark One's influence on the Pattern. Nearly all bubbles occurred near ta'veren.
- Ta'veren have a mysterious effect in the world of the Aelfinn. One ta'veren is intriguing to the Aelfinn (they comment on "the savor") but the presence of two put a strain of some kind on their world. Bells tolled and the earth quaked as though the world was trying to crumble.
People with the Talent to see ta'veren
- Siuan Sanche - sees a glow around Rand in Fal Dara
- Logain Ablar - sees a glow around Rand in Caemlyn
- Nicola Treehill - sees a glow around Mat in Salidar
- Eldest Alar says she feels that Rand is ta'veren even though the Talent does not run strong in the Ogier in Stedding Tsofu
Descriptions of ta'veren and their effects on the Pattern resemble that of Strange Attractors.
- The Great Hunt, Chapter 35
- The Eye of the World, Glossary
- A Memory of Light, Epilogue
- The Eye of the World, Chapter 36
- The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 8
- The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 42
- The Great Hunt, Chapter 5
- Knife of Dreams, Chapter 18
- The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 25
- The Shadow Rising, Chapter 3
- The Shadow Rising, Chapter 15
- The Eye of the World, Chapter 39
- Lord of Chaos, Chapter 30
- Lord of Chaos, Chapter 38