Andor is the largest and most populous country in the West. The oldest tradition of Andor is that [[LadyLand only a queen]] may sit on the Lion Throne and wear the Rose Crown. The eldest daughter is known as the Daughter-Heir, and is always sent to Tar Valon to study, regardless of whether she can channel a lick. The eldest brother of the Daughter-Heir is sworn to protect her with his life, and is prepared from an early age to take control of Andor's army. He is given the title First Prince of the Sword.

Elaida Sedai had a Foretelling that the royal line of Andor would be critical to the Last Battle, and thereafter stuck with them to keep an eye on things. This prophecy was ''actually'' supposed to refer to the ''former'' Daughter-Heir, Tigraine Mantear, who received a Foretelling from ''another'' Aes Sedai, Gitara Moroso, that she (Tigraine) had better abdicate and go east if she (Tigraine) didn't want to [[SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld lose the Last Battle]]. She followed orders, leaving behind her husband Taringail Damodred and their son Galad, and sparking off a SuccessionCrisis that ended with Morgase Trakand on the Lion Throne and married to her predecessor's husband. Foretelling being an imprecise discipline, Elaida never quite figured out that she had ended up with the wrong "royal line of Andor," but the Trakands ended up being major figures for the Light anyhow, so it all worked out in the end.

At the start of the series, Morgase is the current Queen of Andor; she has two children, Gawyn and Elayne, by her late husband Taringail, and has adopted Galad as well.

[[folder:Elayne Trakand]]

--> "Does she always expect everybody to do what she tells them?"
--> "Most of the time she does. And most of the time they do."
--> "Most of the time they do exactly what she says."

The current Daughter-Heir of Andor. Unlike most daughters of House Trakand, visiting the White Tower is not merely a formality in Elayne's case: she can actually channel, and she will be the first Aes Sedai on the Lion Throne in some years. In the meanwhile, she gets swept up into the grand scheme of things, partially because she becomes friends with Egwene and partially because she's got a thing for Rand.

* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:She is now the Queen of Andor and Cairhien.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Especially since she spends a lot of time teamed up with Nynaeve.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Her official title is "Daughter-Heir," but it's pretty obvious what that's supposed to mean. It's later mentioned that the term "princess" is known, but is considered terribly old-fashioned.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Has several female friends you might think are this. She's bonded Birgitte as her Warder, has undergone an Aiel ceremony to become "first sister" with Aviendha and feels much the same way towards Min, and she and Egwene were best friends when they were novices. But the character she spends the most actual time with is Nynaeve.
* ImperiledInPregnancy: Elayne gets pregnant in the ninth book. Thanks to a prophetic viewing, she is convinced her children can't be harmed and gets into trouble several times, finally coming to her senses after a particular wound runs dangerously close to her womb. Then things get brutal: during the climax of the last book, she runs afoul of a minor villain from previous books who intends to [[spoiler: cut out her unborn twins and use magic to keep them alive until they can be offered to the BigBad. He promises to rape her afterward. A timely plot device saves the day, however.]]
* InnocentBlueEyes: When Rand first sees her, he thinks of her eyes as "bluer than he could believe". However, she grows out of the "innocent" part.
* KissingCousins: As both Rand and Elayne are descended from Andoran BlueBlood, they are very distant cousins. If they ''weren't'' BlueBlood the relation wouldn't be enough to occasion comment.
** However, Rand and Elayne do share a mutual half-brother, Galad, who is Rand's maternal and Elayne's paternal half-brother. Rand knows this by Book 5, but it's unclear if Elayne ever learns it during the series proper.
* LadySwearsALot: She becomes increasingly foul-mouthed after a lot of time with Birgitte and Mat. By Book 14, she ''out-swears Uno'', who swears every other sentence at least once.
* LawOfInverseFertility: When she finally manages to get Rand alone long enough to lose her virginity in book 9, Elayne immediately gets pregnant with twins. A mild example, as she is not at all displeased.
* LoveAtFirstSight: To Rand, when he falls into the castle garden. This is later LampShaded by Elayne herself in Book 4.
* MeetCute: The falling-into-the-garden bit.
* MindlinkMates: With Rand, eventually, via Warder bond.
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Rand, after he and Elayne finally find a room with a bed. (He ''does'' have a world to save.)
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: The Foretelling that drove Tigraine to [[PutOnABus Put Herself On A Bus]] was that, if she didn't go east and join the Aiel AmazonBrigade, the world was doomed. This is because she, under the pseudonym Shaiel, was destined to become Rand's mother. Elayne loves Rand, despite her father Taringail being Rand's mother's ex-husband.
** And yes, that means Rand and Elayne are both half-siblings with Galad. But they're related to different halves of him, averting any (meaningful) accusations of incest. The two of them lampshade it in Book 14.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Especially once she becomes pregnant, and through her [[spoiler:ascending to the throne]].
* PowerLevels: Explicitly mentioned as being of similar strength to Egwene.
* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:In Book 14, she spends the better part of a day aiding her forces by way of channeling to hold back Shadowspawn forces while heavily pregnant, to the point of being so exhausted that she doesn't think that she'll be able to channel again if her life depended on it for a time. Davram Bashere admits that she was pretty much the only reason they kept up an entire flank of their forces in that battle. In the same battle, while completely unable to channel due to exhaustion, she also tries to take on a Trolloc with a sword in order to rally her troops despite having admitted to having no idea how to use one.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Definitely in Book 14 if not earlier.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: She, Aviendha, Min, Alivia, and Cadsuane are the only ones who know Rand survived The Last Battle. As a result, the rest of the world thinks that her twins are...]]
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Becomes pregnant with Rand's twins. Became public knowledge in Book 14.]]
* SpoiledSweet: Raised in a palace as the heir to one of the richest and most powerful thrones on the continent, her [=BFFs=] and boyfriend are farmers from the ass-end of nowhere (and technically her own subjects); she adopts as her sister a "savage" Aiel using their customs (making her the honorary daughter of the Wise One who performed the ceremony); she started making ''ter'angreal'' because she always wanted to work with her hands after seeing the pride of a carpenter delivering his chairs to the Palace.
** She also is totally unbothered when she has to go without the luxuries of royalty. It's mentioned that she has no trouble adjusting to the spartan lifestyle of a Tower novice, and she seems to quite enjoy her time undercover as a tightrope-walker in a traveling circus.
* StrangledByTheRedString: InUniverse. Prophesied from before they even met, which Elayne isn't happy about. They go from canoodling in alcoves (Book 4) straight to [[TheirFirstTime doing it]] (Book 9), despite not seeing each other for ''nine months'' in between. (Of course, it was eight years for readers, so they were a bit more forgiving.)
* TemptingFate: Because Min has had a viewing that her twins will be born healthy, Elayne thinks she has PlotArmor until their birth. Other characters, Min included, are GenreSavvy enough to note that Elayne [[WrongGenreSavvy might be outsmarting herself here]]. [[spoiler:And, surprise surprise, it happened. In Towers of Midnight, Elayne is stabbed in the stomach whilst interrogating the Black Ajah. She survives, but appears to have learned her lesson.]]
** It gets to the point that it's very close to a [[spoiler: deconstruction of ContractualImmortality. Elayne is safe from death... but not imprisonment, severe injury, mind control, or any number of other nasty things that very resourceful, very evil antagonists have done in the story. And once her pregnancy has advanced far enough that the twins can survive outside her womb, there's nothing to say that she won't suffer a fatal injury necessitating a C-section. Furthermore, she seems to forget that those around her are not under said contract]].
* UngratefulBastard: To Mat in Book 3. She has since made up for it.
* WhatTheHellHero: Aviendha and Birgitte call her and Nynaeve out for being Ungrateful Bastards to Mat.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Elayne assumed that because [[spoiler: Min had foretold that her children would be born, Elayne herself would be safe from anything that might happen]]. She never [[spoiler: realized that this didn't mean that nothing ''bad'' could happen to her]] and she never [[spoiler: considered the possibility that just because Min's visions had never been wrong in the past]] there was no guarantee that [[spoiler: all of them would be correct in the future]].

[[folder:Morgase Trakand / Maighdin]]

--> "Suspicion is smothering Caemlyn, perhaps all of Andor. Fear and black suspicion. I will not become part of it. When I took the throne I swore to uphold justice for the high and the low, and I will uphold it even if I am the last in Andor to remember justice."

Morgase Trakand, by the Grace of the Light, Queen of Andor, Defender of the Realm, Protector of the People and High Seat of House Trakand. The mother of Elayne and Gawyn, and step-mother of Galad.

* ArrangedMarriage: Perrin tries this on her because he is tired of the way she and Tallanvor keep moping over each other. She chews him out for it [[spoiler: then later asks Perrin to marry them anyway on her own terms.]]
* {{Brainwashed}}: Gaebril [[spoiler:better known as Rahvin]] uses Compulsion on her in order to take over Andor essentially reducing her to little more than a puppet and SexSlave.
* BrainwashResidue: Escapes from her brainwasher without realising she is brainwashed but continually feels a desire to return to him and sees Gareth Bryne as a traitor.
* BreakTheHaughty: Particularly unhaughty for a queen but she sure does get broken a lot. Could be considered TheWoobie or possibly ButtMonkey.
* DrivenToSuicide: But luckily is talked out of it until rescue arrives moments later.
* PowerLevels: About as weak in the Power as a person can get, barely enough to make a scarf move in a breeze. [[spoiler: Yet moving a scarf does save her life at one point.]]
* [[KingIncognito Queen Incognito]]: When Perrin rescues her from Dragonsworn bandits she claims to be a ladies Maid and joins his party to spy on him. (She’s not very good at making tea to begin with.)
* TraumaCongaLine: From the infiltration of Gaebril onward, she never really gets a break until she comes across Perrin. Her trials include choosing to AbdicateTheThrone at the [[ColdBloodedTorture tor]][[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil tures]] of the Children of the Light, being {{brainwashed}} as mentioned above, and being attacked by roaming Dragonsworn bandits. To say nothing of the fact that she was captured by the Shaido along with Faile.

[[folder:Gawyn Trakand]]

Lord Gawyn of House Trakand is a young man, son of Taringail Damodred and Queen Morgase, as well as the brother of Elayne and half-brother to Galad Damodred. As the eldest son of an Andoran queen, ideally his future role in the government is to be the First Prince of the Sword to his sister Elayne when she ascends the Lion Throne.

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: He laments that he's never been quite good enough [[spoiler: as he dies in Galad's arms.]]
* BadassInCharge: Of the Youngling forces.
%%* BadassNormal
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler:In Book 14, he puts on a [[SuperSoldier Blood]][[YourDaysAreNumbered knife]] ring, gaining limited {{invisibility}} and SuperSpeed, but shortening his lifespan to days. He puts on two more later, augmenting the effect... [[SubvertedTrope but dies of battle rather than the artifacts themselves]].]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:In Galad's.]]
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler:Bonded to Egwene as a Warder in ''Towers of Midnight''. Even moreso after he starts using the ''ter'angreal'' rings he obtained from the Bloodknives' assault on The White Tower in the Last Battle in ''A Memory of Light''.]]
* FragileSpeedster: [[spoiler:When equipped with the Bloodknives rings in The Last Battle, he's much faster and stealthier. It doesn't help him much against [[LightningBruiser Demandred]], considering that his enhanced speed is only barely able to keep up with the Forsaken.]]
* GlorySeeker: [[spoiler:Recognizes himself as this in Book 13, and so works to change.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler:Elayne forces him to realize that this is the real reason he hates Rand. While Rand is able to rise to be a ruler in spite of being "a sheepherder", Gawyn, a prince, is forced to travel the world with a small band, akin to the very thing that Rand once was. He finally gets over it soon after realizing this.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:He finally decides to serve Egwene's Amyrlin Seat and let go of his {{pride}} in Books 12 and 13.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Impaled by Demandred.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:By Demandred in Book 14. Given the events of Book 13, this might also qualify as {{Retirony}}.]]
* LightIsNotGood: Following Dumai's Wells, he tells Rand [[IllKillYou he will kill him]] for [[spoiler:[[HeroWithBadPublicity killing Morgase]]]]. He also serves [[spoiler:Elaida]] as Amyrlin Seat for quite some time. However, he is still against the Dark One and his forces. The only issue is that he's more of a hindrance than a benefit to the forces of the Light in the process [[spoiler:until his HeelFaceTurn]].
* MasterSwordsman: Became a blademaster when he killed Hammar (his own trainer) during the tower schism. Also, according to WordOfGod before Robert Jordan's AuthorExistenceFailure, he is the fourth-best swordsman, behind Lan, Rand, and Galad. [[spoiler:Fifth-best, as it turns out, with Demandred among those better than he.]]
* MindlinkMates: [[spoiler:Becomes engaged to and bonded to Egwene in ''Towers of Midnight''.]]
* {{Pride}}: Realizes that [[spoiler:this is why he could not be a Warder; he wanted to write his [[FamedInStory own story]]. However, by getting over this some time after getting over his envy, he allows himself to be Egwene's Warder]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Of Elayne's brothers, he is the Red to Galad's Blue.
* SuperSoldier: [[spoiler:Uses Seanchan Bloodknife rings in and around the Last Battle in Book 14, which gives SuperSpeed and limited {{Invisibility}} at the cost of a severely limited lifespan.]]
* TheyDo: [[spoiler:With Egwene as of ''Towers of Midnight'' after the Battle in Tel'aran'rhiod. They marry in Book 14.]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Once he activates the rings infused with the Night's Shade weave in Book 14, he is living on borrowed time.]]

[[folder:Galadedrid Damodred]]

-->"She should have realized that he'd be attracted to [[ChurchMilitant the Whitecloaks]] for their vision of a world that was [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white]]. Could she have prepared him better? Shown him that the world was not black and white -- it wasn't even [[GrayAndGrayMorality gray]]. It was [[MoralityKitchenSink full of colors]] that sometimes [[BlueAndOrangeMorality didn't fit into any spectrum of morality.]]"

Son of the disappeared former Daughter-Heir Tigraine, adopted by Morgase when she gained the throne and married Taringail. He is half-brother to Elayne and Gawyn through his father, and Rand through his mother, though he doesn't find this out for a ''very'' long time.

* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Type 3. He loses an arm in battle with Demandred in Book 14.]]
* BadassInCharge: [[spoiler:Of the Children of the Light as of the prologue for Book 11. More concretely in Book 13.]]
* BadassNormal: [[spoiler:Was able, without any augmentations, to keep up with and even wound Demandred in a swordfight.]]
* TheBeautifulElite: “Like a statue carved from marble, a relic from the age of legends. A perfect thing left behind. For us to worship.” according to [[TheVamp Berelain]] who is no slouch herself.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: He certainly seems to believe this as he cannot understand how someone as beautiful as Berelain could follow a man who is so obviously a Shadowspawn. Wrong on two levels.
* {{Bishonen}}: He's deliberately called "the most beautiful man in the world", and several women develop crushes on him on sight.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: A great believer in this, as are all Whitecloaks. Morgase muses if she should have attempted to teach him that [[GreyAndGreyMorality morality is not even shades of grey]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality but full of colors that didn’t sometimes fit into any spectrum of morality]] more forcefully.
* ChurchMilitant: Joins the Whitecloaks. [[spoiler:Eventually becoming their Lord Captain Commander.]]
* TheComicallySerious: According to his family.
-->'''Galad:''' "I do have a sense of humor, Gawyn. You only think I do not because I do not care to mock people".
* CoolSword: As of the prologue to Book 11, [[spoiler:Valda's]] heron-marked blade.
* HappilyAdopted: By Morgase.
* InformedFlaw: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. His rigid sense of morality certainly is a flaw; even so, some characters- specifically his sister Elayne (who goes so far as to repeatedly [[IHaveNoSon deny that he is her brother]])- treat it as the [[ThisIsUnforgivable Worst Thing Ever]]; particularly petty with Elayne, where implicitly its rooted in Galad having a tendency to [[CantGetAwayWithNothing tattle on her and Gawyn]] when they were kids. Basically she gives him a lot more vitriol than she does even (other) Whitecloaks or the Red Ajah, or any other character who has far more serious KnightTemplar qualities than Galad. And whatever else you say about his limited ethical judgement, he at least can be said to be one of the more un-hypocritical characters in a series arguably filled with hypocrites. His outlook starts to become a great deal more informed and a lot less rigid during Book 13, and by the time of Book 14, he essentially just becomes a really good person, if he wasn't already.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Technically applies to nearly all women that see him, but occurs mutually with [[spoiler:Berelain]].
* MasterSwordsman: Extremely skilled with a sword, but gains this title officially (as well as the trademark Heron-mark sword of a Blademaster) when he duels and kills [[spoiler:Eamon Valda]]. Also makes a hell of a showing against [[spoiler:Demandred]]. According to [[WordOfGod Robert Jordan's listing]] using characters known at the time of his AuthorExistenceFailure, he is the third-best swordsman in the series, behind Lan and Rand. [[spoiler: His failure to defeat Demandred presumably establishes him as "merely" the 4 the best swordsman overall.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: At least by Whitecloak standards.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue Oni to Gawyn's Red out of Elayne's brothers.
* ShelteredAristocrat: A mixture of "arrogant" and "reserved" types, but he's been growing slowly from his origins as a KnightTemplar to TheWisePrince.
* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Of a sort. With his LastWords, Gawyn reveals Rand's blood ties to Galad.]]
* UnintentionalBackupPlan: [[spoiler: In The Last Battle, Mat gives Galad a copy of the [[AntiMagic foxhead medallion]] and orders him to kill as many enemy channelers as he can. Galad eventually encounters Demandred, but is nearly killed. As he's recovering, he has the presence of mind to try to give the medallion back to Mat. However, Berelain passes it on to Lan, who goes to challenge Demandred as well. Combining his swordsmanship and Galad's medallion, Lan is able to finally kill Demandred and turn the tide of the war.]]
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: [[spoiler:Becomes the Lord Captain Commander of the Children of Light by killing Valda in a Trial Beneath The Light.]]

[[folder:Tigraine Mantear / Shaiel]]
Former Daughter-Heir, mother of Galad (by Taringail) [[spoiler:and Rand (by Janduin of the Chumai sept of the Tardaad Aiel).]]

* BladeOnAStick: The weapon of choice for all Aiel and specifically the Maidens of the Spear.
* DeathByChildbirth: Entirely possible, though given she gave birth [[PregnantBadass in a battle]], a wound could have also been a factor.
* {{Determinator}}: Abandoning her old life, she enters the Aiel Waste in search of the Maidens of the Spear, pressing on after her horse dies and after she runs out of water, she is found near death but refuses to be deterred from joining them. [[spoiler: Later she goes into battle despite being pregnant and dies on a battlefield after giving birth (to Rand).]]
* MeaningfulRename: Took up the name "Shaiel" upon joining the Aiel, which means "one who is dedicated".
* PosthumousCharacter: Died twenty years before the series begins.
* PregnantBadass: Was taking part in the Battle of the Shining Walls in the Aiel War while pregnant [[spoiler:with Rand]]. However, she ended up having what is very possibly DeathByChildbirth.
* ResignedToTheCall: Abandoned her old life and entered the Aiel Waste upon hearing a prophecy that if she does not do this then the world would suffer. She went through with it but was somewhat bitter about having had to do it (especially abandoning her son).
* SecondLove: With Janduin, clan chief of the Tardaad Aiel. Rand takes after him more than her.