Altara is a country located in the south-central part of the Westlands. The sign of Altara is two golden leopards on a field checked four-by-four in red and blue.
The River Eldar forms its western border with Amadicia, and is adjacent to Illian in the east.
Altara was founded during the War of the Hundred Years, unified by a founder named Maddin. Like Murandy, the rulers of Altara never ruled more than a small amount of territory around the capital city with the remaining nobles acting autonomously, and only held the nation together out of fear of being absorbed by their neighbours. In 957 NE, the Children of the Light took advantage of this division to invade Altara. They were opposed by Altara, Murandy and Illian. Eventually they were pushed back, and the war became known as the Whitecloak War. Recently the Seanchan conquered Ebou Dar and the southern part of Altara. They allowed Queen Tylin to remain on the Throne of the Winds, however, Tylin was found bound and dismembered underneath her bed. Her son Beslan has taken the throne with the blessing of the Seanchan occupying force.
The ruling body of Altara is a monarch, with the seat of power called the Throne of the Winds. The throne is currently held by Beslan Mitsobar. The throne is located in the Tarasin Palace in the capital, Ebou Dar. Shortly before Beslan became king, Ebou Dar and the southern part of Altara were conquered by the Seanchan. They allowed the then-current queen, Beslan’s mother Tylin, to remain on the Throne of the Winds. However, Tylin was killed by a gholam. Before Beslan’s coronation, he secretly opposed the Seanchan occupation. After the death of Empress Radhanan and the deposing of High Lady Suroth, Beslan is offered clemency for his rebellion by Tuon, the Daughter of the Nine Moons, who believes that, although misguided, Beslan had the best interests of his people at heart. Beslan accepts her offer, re-swears his oaths, and is raised to the High Blood. Outside Ebou Dar, the country’s inhabitants tend to associate themselves with a particular town or lord rather than the nation as a whole, and only one House has ever ruled the country for four generations. After Beslan is raised to the High Blood, however, Tuon promises to secure Altara for him, granting him absolute rule over the country.
Women in Altara are dominant, especially in Ebou Dar. In many situations an Altaran woman has the right to kill a man unquestioned. Knives and swords are an important part of Altaran life. Both men and women fight duels over trivial disputes, often with fatal results. Altaran women carry marriage knives, which serve both as a formal way to broadcast marital status (its color and decorations describe marital and motherly status), and an easy method of disciplining their men. Seemingly a retreat for women, there is a farm located several miles northeast of Ebou Dar and north of the Rhannon Hills. In actuality, it is run by and is a refuge for the Kin, a group of runaways and novices cast out of the White Tower.
House Mitsobar is a noble house of Altara. House Mitsobar became the ruling house of Altara when Tylin Quintara Mitsobar was crowned queen of Altara. Because of Altara’s autonomous nature, the monarch’s power does not extend much beyond the borders of the capital of Ebou Dar. When the Seanchan invaded Altara in 1000 NE as part of the Corenne, High Ladies Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag and Suroth Sabelle Meldarath are welcomed by Queen Tylin. Both of the Seanchan women tell Tylin that her rule will soon expand to all of Altara. When Tylin is killed, her son Beslan Mitsobar becomes King of Altara and High Seat of House Mitsobar.
House Todande is a minor house in Altara. This house had held the Throne of the Winds for five generations before the fall of Anarina Todande. The fall of Anarina, the fifth ruler of House Todande, was so precipitous that now Todande is “a lapdog for anyone who wants them.”
Adela is a stablewoman in Toke Fearnim’s stable. Adela is a lanky woman with a pimply face. When Matrim Cauthon goes to buy a horse for Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag, Adela and Hurd show him the horses for sale.
Jonan Adley was an Altaran Asha’man Soldier in his mid twenties. He did not gain the rank of Dedicated. He has eyebrows like thick black caterpillars. He looks four years older than Rand al’Thor.
Along with Damer Flinn, Jur Grady, Eben Hopwil, and Fedwin Morr he was one of the first to be trained by Mazrim Taim at the farm when the amnesty was first announced. He participated in the battle of Dumai’s Wells and was selected by Rand to escort him to Cairhien. He was used as a messenger for communication between the force which attacked Illian and Rand al’Thor. He helped destroy several outposts on the borders of Illian but was forced to flee when Sammael Travelled there and Channeled the One Power at Rand’s army. He arrived to tell Rand that the attack had begun and he Travelled to Illian with Rand in order to try to bring Sammael back to the city of Illian. He accompanies Rand to Cairhien, Caemlyn and Illian. He loses control of Saidin just outside of Ebou Dar and kills a number of his own men. He was accidentally killed by Rand in a battle with the Seanchan when Rand lost control of Callandor.
Aethelaine is the local lady of Jurador. She swears the Oaths of Return to the Seanchan so that they will leave Jurador. Her mansion is in the square of her town. That is all that distiguishes it from the salt merchant mansions.
Jasfer Anan is the husband of Setalle Anan. He owns a number of boats as well as one he captains. He has a square-face and gray hair. He has a double earring of the Ancient and Honorable League of the Nets hanging from his left ear with two white stones in it. This signifies that he owns three boats, one that he captains and two that sail for him. His arms are criss-crossed with scars from duels he has won. He arrives after Matrim Cauthon is attacked and kills two thugs in the Wandering Woman. Mat asks if men can ever understand woman to which Jasfer starts crying with laughter. This earns a sharp jab in the stomach from his wife.
When Mat begins to go through his plan of leaving Ebou Dar, Setalle sells the Wandering Woman with the intent of going with Mat. Jasfer sails off with all his kin and his fishing boats to Illian where he will wait for Setalle.
Arnin is a thug working for Falion Bhoda and Ispan Shefar. He has black hair and beady eyes and scars. He is very muscular, but unintelligent. He is told to dispose the body of a Wise Woman killed by Falion. When he questions her he is thrown against the back wall by Falion with the One Power.
Rahema Arnon is a grain merchant based in So Habor. When she is met, she was dirty and haggard with sunken eyes. When Perrin Aybara and his group come into So Habor, they meet with Mistress Arnon and Mycal Crossin, two grain merchants at the Golden Barge. Berelain sur Paendrag Paeron bargins with the merchants. The price, however, goes down when Perrin discovers that the grain in the warehouses is infested with weevils.
Ashelin is a novice in the White Tower. She is plump and pretty. She runs to grab Egwene al’Vere’s meal when she enters the Dining Hall.
Saerin Asnobar is an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah and a Sitter in the Hall. She is from Altara. Saerin has olive skin and dark hair that is graying slightly at the temples. She has a scar on her left cheek. Saerin was an inkeeper’s daughter. She was trained by the Daughters of Silence prior to coming to the Tower. She has been a Sitter for over forty years, longer than any other Sitter in the present White Tower.
She remained loyal to the White Tower during the Split. Saerin, along with Yukiri, Doesine Alwain and Talene Minly, followed Pevara Tazanovni and Seaine Herimon into rooms below the White Tower, where Pevara and Seaine ordered them to forswear all current oaths and then reswear the Three Oaths using the Oath Rod. They were then asked if they were Black Ajah. Saerin re-swore her Oaths and afterwards answered that she was not Black Ajah, proving she was not. Of the three examined only Talene was identified as Black Ajah. Later, she found out that she was to attend a Black Ajah Supreme Council meeting where she suspected she would be murdered. Saerin hides her in a room in the lower basement of the White Tower. Saerin is with Siuan Sanche when Jimar Chubain informs them that Rand al’Thor has entered the White Tower. Saerin then attends the meeting in the Hall to hear Rand announce that he is going to break the remaining Seals on the Dark One’s prison.
She is in the White Tower basement when Meidani brings in Egwene al’Vere. Egwene tells them to continue hunting the Black Ajah but also tells them to remove the fourth oath they have placed on the Rebel Spies. Egwene also points out that when Siuan Sanche was deposed the action was unlawful because a member of the Black Ajah sat in on the proceedings, providing a bare minimum of Sitters required and making any action they took an unlawful action. After Egwene is released from her cell, Searin finds her and relates to her that Silviana Brehon denounced Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan over Egwene’s poor imprisonment conditions. Egwene sends Saerin to summon the Hall of the Tower to try and remove Elaida or at least save Silviana from execution. She takes charge of the Aes Sedai resistance against the Seanchan in the Battle of Tar Valon along the ground floors in the White Tower. Katerine Alruddin tries to unsurp her position but is reminded that she, Searin, is a Sitter while Katerine is not. She stands with the rest of the Hall of the Tower to raise Egwene unanimously as the new Amyrlin Seat. She takes a rough census of the number of women who were captured by the Seanchan during the battle and provides it to Egwene.
Myrelle Berengari (pronounced: my-REHL beh-renh-GAH-ree) is an Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah. She is the Captain-General of the Green Ajah among the Rebel Aes Sedai. She was a member of the Salidar Six and Egwene’s Council. Myrelle is described as darkly beautiful with an oval face and smooth, olive skin. She has large, dark eyes and dark hair. She owns bright green skirts. She is impatient and quick tempered. Myrelle is from Ebou Dar. She was a novice during the Aiel War, and was raised to Accepted during the same year as her friends Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche. She was raised to the shawl more than 20 years ago.
She was one of the original leaders of the Rebel Aes Sedai, known informally to fans as the Salidar Six. While searching the Amyrlin’s study in Tel’aran’rhiod for information on what Elaida has received, the Salidar Six are attacked by a stray nightmare of Trollocs. They are saved when Elayne Trakand and Siuan have to remind them about the dream not being real, in which case the nightmare fades away leaving only injury. Later she leads Nynaeve al’Meara into the Little Tower to show the rest of the Aes Sedai especially those of the Yellow Ajah, that Nynaeve has worked out how to Heal Stilling by Healing Leane and Siuan. She is with the rest of the Salidar Six in Tel’aran’rhiod, when she summons Egwene to become Amyrlin. She is one of the three Aes Sedai to escort Egwene al’Vere into the Little Tower when Egwene becomes Amyrlin. She hides Lan coming to Salidar and is blackmailed by Nicola Treehill for extra lessons. Egwene arrives and tells Lan to find Nynaeve in Ebou Dar. Egwene then demands Myrelle pledge an oath of fealty to her, which she does. Egwene sends her on a secret meeting to meet with the group of nobles that block the Salidar army on the border of Andor.
She has become a member of Egwene’s Council. She is with Egwene and Gareth when they survey the area around Tar Valon. She is present when Egwene reveals her plan to Romanda Cassin about when an Aes Sedai retires, she will unbound herself from the Oath Rod and join the Kin. She is in council with Egwene’s other advisors over Egwene’s disappearance, when Siuan arrives with the news that she is still alive but prisoner inside the White Tower. She is part of the delegation sent to the Black Tower and has not been heard from in some time.
Myrelle has four Warders, a large number even for a Green sister. She is currently bonded to Avar Hachami, Croi Makin, Nuhel Dromand, and Llyw. Myrelle is known to be particularly successful in saving Warders from the death wish that overtakes them following the passing of their own Aes Sedai; all of her current Warders have previously lost their bonded Sister. Llyw was formerly bonded to Kairen Stang until her murder; Faiselle convinces Myrelle to take his bond due to her reputation. Rumour has it that Myrelle is married to three of them and definitely has an intimate relationship with all. It is likely that last fact that contributes to her success. At one stage she even proposes that Matrim Cauthon become her Warder as well, which he rejects. While in Tel’aran’rhiod, Myrelle is shown wearing three marriage knives, and briefly four. This gives added weight to the rumour. The fourth, at the time, was most likely for Lan. Myrelle formerly had bonds with five at one time, when Lan Mandragoran was among her Warders. Lan’s bond passed to Myrelle when Moiraine Damodred, anticipating her own death, threw herself into the twisted redstone doorframe. The idea was for Myrelle to keep Lan alive until someone more suitable was ready. It was clear that she knew that someone was Nynaeve, but Myrelle felt that Nynaeve was not ready. Myrelle tried to move things along by urging lessons to break Nynaeve’s block, while not revealing the reason to Nynaeve. Myrelle still did not think Nynaeve was ready when her block is broken, though, nor when she was given Aes Sedai status by Egwene. When Nynaeve and Lan married, Myrelle still held the bond, much to Nynaeve’s chagrin. Finally, after passing the test to become formally raised to the shawl, Nynaeve comes to claim the bond of her husband, threatening harm for refusal as she had not yet taken the Three Oaths. Myrelle then passed on Lan’s bond.
Caira is a serving maid at The Wandering Woman in Ebou Dar. Matrim Cauthon describes her as a “smoky-eyed cat.” When Mat comes to The Wandering Woman from the Tarasin Palace, Caira tells him that an Illuminator, Aludra, was looking for him. Caira becomes jealous when Birgitte Silverbow is in Mat’s room on Swovan Night. She becomes even more jealous when Nynaeve al’Meara and Elayne Trakand ask her about Mat. Caira is still angry with Mat when he starts to move out of The Wandering Woman. Marah Anan once snapped at Caira to work faster.
Lady Cairen is a noble in Malden. She has a fortress in the north of Malden.
Corvila is a weaver who was taken gai’shain by the Shaido Aiel. She is a lean woman. Corvila was one of the gai’shain who has sworn an oath of fealty to Faile Bashere. It is assumed that she has been freed with the dispersion of the Shaido and traveling with Perrin Aybara’s army.
Lord Cowlin is the Lord of So Habor. He leaves the town when the ghosts start appearing in So Habor.
Mycal Crossin is a grain merchant based in So Habor. When he is met, he was dirty and looked as if more of his food ends up on his clothes than in himself. When Perrin Aybara and his group come into So Habor, they meet with Master Crossin and Rahema Arnon, two grain merchants at the Golden Barge. Berelain sur Paendrag Paeron bargins with the merchants. The price, however, goes down when Perrin discovers that the grain in the warehouses is infested with weevils.
Old Cully is a beggar in Ebou Dar and a high-ranking Darkfriend. He is gnarled, has only one eye and no teeth. He only washes once a year. He sends a number of Darkfriends, who are pretending to be beggars, to attack Matrim Cauthon.
Mother Darvale is the Wisdom of Runnien Crossing in Altara. Mother Darvale is a lean woman with leathery skin and white hair. When Valan Luca’s Traveling Show arrives near Runnien Crossing, the mayor and Mother Darvale demand free admission for themselves and their families. They also require that the show moves out of the way of any merchants that might happen by. The next day, she marries Egeanin Tamarath and Bayle Domon.
She was a minor Altaran noblewoman with estates in nothern Altara. She was the owner of the manor house in which the Dragon Reborn was to meet with the Daughter of the Nine Moons. This was, however, a trap set by Semirhage. It is assumed that the Lady Deirdru was murdered by Semirhage, as evidenced by the several rooms with bloodstained carpets in them.
Enid was a cook in the employment of Setalle Anan, before Mistress Anan left. Enid is a round woman with olive skin. She works at The Wandering Woman in Ebou Dar. She, along with other women in similar occupations, is famous for carrying a long-handled wooden spoon that sees more use chivvying her workforce than it does stirring soup. It is not known what happened to her after Setalle escapes with Mat Cauthon.
Toke Fearnim is a stableowner in Jurador. Master Fearnim is a wiry man who has a fringe of gray hair. When Matrim Cauthon is traveling with Valan Luca’s Traveling Show across Altara, Mat goes into Jurador to buy a horse for Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag. Master Fearnim has his stablehands, Adela and Hurd, show Mat several horses. After much hard barganing, Mat buys a razor from Master Fearnim.
Tarna Feir (pronounced: TAHR-nah feer) is an Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah and has worn the shawl for twenty years. She is one of the few Red Ajah members to find men attractive. A former wilder, Tarna is from Altara and has pale, yellow hair, blue eyes and a prominent chin. She is said to be humorless, arrogant and haughty. When she was taken to the White Tower, Tarna was unable to touch saidar unless she had her eyes closed, and therefore was effectively unable to channel. Galina Casban helped her overcome that by beating her until she overcame her block.She was the one to tell Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche about Gitara Moroso’s death, and helps in taking the census demanded by then-Amyrlin Tamra Ospenya. She and Galina were also pillow friends before they were Aes Sedai. She refused Galina’s advances once she attained the shawl. Upon being made Aes Sedai, she chose the Red Ajah.
Years later, after the Tower split, Tarna was made an emissary by Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan and sent to Salidar to meet with the Rebel Aes Sedai there. Once there she relays Elaida’s message and is told by the Little Tower that they need time to consider the ‘offer’. Before leaving she meets with Elayne Trakand and Nynaeve al’Meara, trying to get them to return to the White Tower with her but they refused.
Scared by what she sees in Salidar, Tarna sends a report back to Elaida and makes haste for the Tower. She arrives in Dorlan and takes command of the Aes Sedai who escaped the Battle of Dumai’s Wells that are there. She is soon replaced by Katerine Alruddin. She has to sneak back into the White Tower with Katerine due to the rebel Aes Sedai siege of Tar Valon.
When she arrives she is ordered to keep quiet about the Battle of Dumai’s Wells and is elected by the Hall of the Tower to be made the new Keeper of the Chronicles when Alviarin Freidhen cannot be found. Tarna meets Pevara in secret and they discuss the White Tower/Black Tower situations and that they must approach the Asha’man.
She is present when Beonin Marinye arrives back in the White Tower and meets with Elaida. She is one of the few that Elaida trusts and allows her to learn the new weaves Beonin picked up from the Rebel Aes Sedai. Tarna meets with Elaida to update her on current events with what the Ajah Heads have decided to pass on. She informs Elaida of Egwene al’Vere’s regular meetings with Silviana Brehon stating she must be near breaking point now. Tarna was one of the Red Sisters, along with Pevara, Javindhra Doraille, Jezrail, Melare and Desala Nevanche, sent to the Black Tower to put the proposition of Red Sisters bonding Asha’man as Warders to Mazrim Taim. He has agreed to this. With the raising of Silviana Brehon, Tarna Feir is no longer the Keeper of the Chronicles.
Pevara and Tarna share a room at the Black Tower, and both have grown increasingly dissatisfied with their lack of progress. Tarna, in particular, itches to escape the Black Tower, until suddenly she disappears briefly and then no longer seems to feel any need to leave. She, like Asha’man Mezar Kurin, have suddenly changed from antagonistic towards Taim to seemingly supportive while at the same time appearing to those who know them to be in some way dead inside. Her eyes appear cold—worse than her usual distant look. Her smile looks like one “on the lips of a corpse”. Pevara thinks, “Something is very, very wrong here.” A likely explanation is that Tarna and the men were turned to the Shadow by the “13×13 trick”.
Habiger is General of the Altaran army. He plans a revolt against the Seanchan occupation with King Beslan Mitsobar and Lord Malalin.
Hurd is a stableman in Toke Fearnim’s stable. Hurd is a squat man with almost no hair and no teeth. When Matrim Cauthon goes to buy a horse for Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag, Hurd and Adela show him the horses for sale.
Lydel Elonid is an innkeeper from Altara. Due to the activities in Ebou Dar, Setalle Anan sells The Wandering Woman to Lydel Elonid before leaving the city with Matrim Cauthon.
Madic was a servant that works in the Palace in Ebou Dar. He was also a Darkfriend. He was balding and had a very smug atmosphere about himself. Matrim Cauthon bribed him in the Palace to keep an eye out for Tylin Quintara Mitsobar. He later reported to Moridin about the Bowl of the Winds being found and taken from Ebou Dar. Moridin killed him in a rage and his remains were then eaten by the gholam.
Lord Malalin is a noble in Altara. He plans a revolt against the Seanchan occupation with General Habiger and Beslan Mitsobar, before Beslan becomes king of Altara.
Maylin is a serving maid at The Old Sheep in Ebou Dar. Maylin is an exceptionally beautiful girl, however she isn’t very intelligent. When Matrim Cauthon is searching for Olver, he speaks with Maylin. She, however, only tells him of confusing rumors that she has heard.
Beslan Mitsobar is the current king of Altara. Beslan is enthusiastic and spirited. He befriended Mat Cauthon during Mat’s time in Altara. The pair enjoyed many nights carousing in the city, despite the inital fears of reprisal Mat entertained regarding his sexual involvement with Tylin. Beslan was in fact well aware of the pairing, and approved of it. He is with Mat when they are attacked by beggers sent by Old Cully, and when they find the Bowl of the Winds in the Rahad. During the fight in the Rahad, Beslen is injured and has to be Healed by Nynaeve al’Meara. After the Seanchan capture Ebou Dar, he becomes more serious and begins to try and plan something against them with the help of Thomdril Merrilin. When Mat plans his escape with the captive Aes Sedai, he charges Beslan the task of getting some men to set fire to some of the food stores as a distraction. He is told by Mat to be seen drinking in a public place while all this is happening so as not to draw any suspicion. He succeeded his mother to the throne after Queen Tylin Mitsobar was murdered by a gholam. After Suroth is disgraced and deposed, Tuon confronts Beslan on his rebellious activities. Tuon is prepared to offer him clemency if he re-swears his oaths. The alternative is to be honorably executed, since Tuon believes his rebellion to be misguided, but with the best intentions at heart. Beslan re-swears his oath and Tuon raises him to the High Blood, promising him absolute rule over Altara and unhindered access to all Seanchan activity within his borders.
Tylin Quintara Mitsobar
Tylin Quintara Mitsobar, by the Grace of the Light, was the Queen of Altara, Mistress of the Four Winds, Guardian of the Sea of Storms and High Seat of House Mitsobar. She is survived only by her one remaining son, Beslan Mitsobar, the rest of her children having died in duels. She had long glossy black hair with gray at the temples, and a very handsome face with a scar on either cheek. She was a very smart ruler, taking care to listen to all delegations presented before her; including controversial delegations such as the Children of the Light and the White Tower. Despite their shaky status, she listened to what Elayne Trakand and Nynaeve al’Meara had to say from the Salidar Aes Sedai. She did all in her power to help the two young women obtain the Bowl of the Winds, hidden in the Rahad quarter of Ebou Dar, a very poor and dangerous community. Tylin was delighted when Matrim Cauthon moved into the palace as a favour to Nynaeve and Elayne. There, Tylin forced him to become her lover at dagger point. She called Mat her pretty and was overly possessive of the young man to the point that for the first time in his life Mat felt like he was the hunted one instead of the other way around. When he broke his leg during the Seanchan invasion she took the opportunity to switch out his wardrobe for something she preferred seeing a man wear, to his great embarrassment. After the Seanchan landed in Altara, Tylin swore the requisite Seanchan Oath of Fealty and was raised to the high Blood. In return, the Seanchan promised her complete control over all of Altara. To bolster their promise, Suroth took Tylin away for a week on a raken to show her the lands she would eventually control once more territory had been reclaimed. Both women returned early because Suroth was informed of a military emergency, Tylin to find that Mat had made and was executing plans to escape his gilded captivity. After a tempestuous farewell during which Mat found that he really did have feelings for this pushy queen, she volunteered to be tied up and shoved under her bed lest the Seanchan believe she helped Mat free some leashed Aes Sedai, going so far as to coach Mat in how she should be tied and reassuring Mat that tomorrow she would play the part of an outraged monarch after learning of his perfidy, and making promises to Tuon, the Daughter of the Nine Moons, that she may buy him if he were ever caught. Unfortunately the gholam who was tracking Mat in order to kill him, as the medallion he wears is the only thing that can kill the gholam, discovered and then killed and fed upon Tylin while she was tied up.
Nad is a thug working for Falion Bhoda and Ispan Shefar. He has black hair and beady eyes and scars. He is very muscular, but unintelligent. He is told to dispose the body of a Wise Woman killed by Falion. When his friend Arnin questions her he is thrown against the back wall by Falion with the One Power, causing Nad to apologize on both their behalf.
Nariene was once Queen of Altara. She was known for her honesty and now has a statue of her in Mol Hara Square in Ebou Dar.
Nelsa is a cloth shopkeeper’s assistant, located in Jurador. Nelsa is a slim and pretty woman. When Matrim Cauthon is traveling with Valan Luca’s Traveling Show across Altara, he takes Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag and Selucia into Jurador to go shopping. To keep from being discovered as Seanchan, Tuon and Selucia do not speak to any of the merchants in the town. When they loiter near the cloth shop too long, the owner almost sends Nelsa for the town guards before Mat steps in to appease the shop keeper.
Agni Neres is the captain of the Riverserpent and a smuggler, originally from Ebou Dar. He is a tall and bony man who has ears that stand out from his head. He has a dour cast to his narrow face. He is married and has several children who all live in Ebou Dar. Captain Neres is hired by Galadedrid Damodred to take Elayne Trakand and Nynaeve al’Meara from Samara. Galad only has enough to pay for their way to Boannda. When Elayne and Nynaeve arrive with Birgitte Silverbow, Thomdril Merrilin, Juilin Sandar, Ragan, Uno Nomesta and several Shienarans, Captain Neres demands payment for them as well. Nynaeve then bullies Neres into taking on a large group of refugees on the docks, including Nicola Treehill, Areina Nermasiv and “Marigan.” Elayne and Nynaeve take Neres’ cabin, about which he is not happy. To further Neres’ unease and frustration, Elayne and Nynaeve force him to cast his cargo into the river. Wincing every time more of his cargo is swallowed by the river, he brightens when Nynaeve directs that all of his fabrics be left in the hold. His face turns very sour when he realizes that she means them for bedding.
Riselle is a maid in Ebou Dar. She has a marvelous bosom. She meets Matrim Cauthon while he is staying at the Tarasin Palace. She develops a mother-son relationship with Olver and begins to read to him most nights. While this happens he snuggles up into her bosom. She later takes Olver to the Festival of Birds. She takes an attraction to Efraim Yamada and his singing voice and plans to marry him. He buys her a vineyard in the Rhannon Hills as a wedding gift and they marry soon afterwards.
Surlivan Sarat is a guard of the Tarasin Palace in Ebou Dar. He is stocky. Matrim Cauthon meets him on duty when he is about to enter the palace. He seems less than pleased when asked by Noal Charin about a group of Seanchan entering at the same time.
Darnella Shoran is the innkeeper of The Golden Swans of Heaven, in Ebou Dar. She is a very strict innkeeper. She chides Bethamin Zeami for havving a man in her room, despite the fact that the man was a Seanchan seeker.
Speral is an assistant to the grain merchants of So Habor. When Perrin Aybara and Berelain sur Paendrag Paeron come to So Habor to purchase supplies, Speral presents samples of the grains the merchants have to offer.
Calwyn Sutoma is a bellfounder from Ebou Dar in Altara. He is a cadaverous, impatient man with black hair. His foundry is located outside the western walls of Ebou Dar. He does not know anything about Illuminators and thinks fireworks are rubbish. Suroth commissioned thirteen bells in a size that has never been cast before to be made by Sutoma for the celebration of the Seanchan victory over Altara. Matrim Cauthon tries to get information from Master Sutoma, but after several visits Sutoma has the doors of his foundry barred against Mat coming back to bother him.
Tamarla is one of the Kin based in Ebou Dar. She has long streaks of white in her dark hair. She is bone-lean with olive skin and dark eyes. She was originally from Altara and she is a member of the Knitting Circle. She is insulted that the Aes Sedai think the Kin are lying about their numbers. Sareitha Tomares calls her a liar to her face. She is among the Kin who accompany Elayne Trakand and Nynaeve al’Meara to the Rahad to find the Bowl of the Winds. She only just survives when the Gholam attacks. Nynaeve seems to find her injuries difficult to Heal, but Sumeko Karistovan steps in and saves her, using techniques even Nynaeve does not know. After Tamarla is Healed she takes care of Janira’s dead body. Tamarla has respect for Mat. She Travels with the the rest of the group lead by Nynaeve al’Meara and Elayne Trakand from Ebou Dar to the Kin’s farm with the Bowl of the Winds. She is one of the Kin who is ready to come to blows with the Windfinders and embraces the Source ready for a fight.
Anarina Todande was once ruler of Altara. Her house had held the Throne of the Winds for five generations before her fall. House Todande has become a very minor House now.
Mistress Vadere is the innkeeper of the Golden Barge, in So Habor. Mistress Vadere has a long nose. When she is met, she looks very dirty for an innkeeper. When Perrin Aybara, Berelain sur Paendrag Paeron and their group go to So Habor to purchace grain, Mistress Vadere serves them wine.
Vane was a Darkfriend merchant in the town of Maderin. He had graying hair, was stocky with a pendulous lower lip. He is playing dice in the town of Maderin, when Matrim Cauthon asks to join the game. Vane recognise Mat and leaves the table to gather other men. They attack Mat and Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag when they are leaving town. Vane is one of the first to fall to one of Mat’s knives.
Nathin Sarmain Vendare
Nathin Sarmain Vendare is the Lord of Maderin. Lord Nathin, in trying to protect his people, listens to the Seanchan when they take over his town.