Andor is the largest and most populous country in the West. The oldest tradition of Andor is that 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 lose the Last Battle. She followed orders, leaving behind her husband Taringail Damodred and their son Galad, and sparking off a Succession Crisis 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.
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.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: She is now the Queen of Andor and Cairhien.
- Babies Ever After: About six months pregnant with Rand's twins at the end of the series
- Distressed Damsel: Especially since she spends a lot of time teamed up with Nynaeve.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: 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.
- Imperiled in Pregnancy: 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 cut out her unborn twins and use magic to keep them alive until they can be offered to the Big Bad. He promises to rape her afterward. A timely plot device saves the day, however.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: When Rand first sees her, he thinks of her eyes as "bluer than he could believe". However, she grows out of the "innocent" part.
- Kissing Cousins: As both Rand and Elayne are descended from Andoran Blue Blood, they are very distant cousins. If they weren't Blue Blood 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.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: 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.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: 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.
- Love at First Sight: To Rand, when he falls into the castle garden. This is later Lamp Shaded by Elayne herself in Book 4.
- Meet Cute: The falling-into-the-garden bit.
- Mindlink Mates: With Rand, eventually, via Warder bond.
- Never My Fault: She constantly blames Rand for the problems she has to deal with after getting pregnant. Despite chiding herself for not going on birth control beforehand, she still blames Rand.
- Not Staying for Breakfast: Rand, after he and Elayne finally find a room with a bed. (He does have a world to save.)
- One Degree of Separation: The Foretelling that drove Tigraine to Put Herself On A Bus was that, if she didn't go east and join the Aiel Amazon Brigade, 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.
- Politically Active Princess: Especially once she becomes pregnant, and through her ascending to the throne.
- Power Levels: Explicitly mentioned as being of similar strength to Egwene.
- Pregnancy Makes You Crazy: Combined with her mood swings and how the pregnancy negatively affects her ability to channel, there are very few POV segments wherein Elayne doesn't complain about her pregnancy driving her batty in some way, especially after becoming Queen and the mood swings cause her to act in ways a Queen should not.
- Pregnant Badass: 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.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Definitely in Book 14 if not earlier.
- Secret Keeper: 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...
- Someone to Remember Him By: Becomes pregnant with Rand's twins. Became public knowledge in Book 14.
- Spoiled Sweet: 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.
- Strangled by the Red String: In-Universe. Prophesied from before they even met, which Elayne isn't happy about. They go from canoodling in alcoves (Book 4) straight to 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.)
- Tempting Fate: Because Min has had a viewing that her twins will be born healthy, Elayne thinks she has Plot Armor until their birth. Other characters, Min included, are Genre Savvy enough to note that Elayne might be outsmarting herself here. 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 deconstruction of Contractual Immortality. 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.
- Actually, Elayne is very conscious of the limitations of her guarantee, noting in her stream of consciousness that nothing protects her children after they are born, or herself as soon as that happens, or other people. When Aviendha activates a mysterious device they don't quite understand, Elayne tells her it could be dangerous, and Aviendha apologizes for endangering her and her unborn children. Elayne reminds her that Elayne herself was safe, because of the viewing, but Aviendha was not. Meanwhile, in her head, Elayne is noting that the viewing doesn't even protect Elayne herself from things like losing her powers. For most of the series, she is not far enough along in her pregnancy for it to be possible that the children might survive something that kills her. Elayne uses the viewing as a defense against her entourage and loved ones trying to smother her with unnecessary care or to keep her from taking necessary risks, when she is the most powerful channeler with combat experience in the city, during a time of war, when she is trying to prove her right to a throne, where personal demonstrations of courage are expected, and even the appearance of cowardice might cost her support.
- Ungrateful Bastard: To Mat in Book 3. She has since made up for it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Aviendha and Birgitte call her and Nynaeve out for being Ungrateful Bastards to Mat.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Elayne assumed that because Min had foretold that her children would be born, Elayne herself would be safe from anything that might happen. She never realized that this didn't mean that nothing bad could happen to her and she never considered the possibility that just because Min's visions had never been wrong in the past there was no guarantee that all of them would be correct in the future.
Morgase Trakand / Maighdin
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.
- Arranged Marriage: 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 then later asks Perrin to marry them anyway on her own terms.
- Brainwashed: Gaebril better known as Rahvin uses Compulsion on her in order to take over Andor essentially reducing her to little more than a puppet and Sex Slave.
- Brainwash Residue: 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.
- Break the Haughty: Particularly unhaughty for a queen but she sure does get broken a lot. Could be considered The Woobie or possibly Butt-Monkey.
- Driven to Suicide: But luckily is talked out of it until rescue arrives moments later.
- Power Levels: About as weak in the Power as a person can get, barely enough to make a scarf move in a breeze. Yet moving a scarf does save her life at one point.
- Queen Incognito: When Perrin rescues her from Dragonsworn bandits she claims to be a ladies Maid and joins his party to spy on him. (Shes not very good at making tea to begin with.)
- Trauma Conga Line: From the infiltration of Gaebril onward, she never really gets a break until she comes across Perrin. Her trials include choosing to Abdicate the Throne at the tortures 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.
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.
- Always Someone Better: He laments that he's never been quite good enough as he dies in Galad's arms.
- Badass in Charge: Of the Youngling forces.
- Deadly Upgrade: In Book 14, he puts on a Bloodknife ring, gaining limited invisibility and Super Speed, but shortening his lifespan to days. He puts on two more later, augmenting the effect... but dies of battle rather than the artifacts themselves.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Galad's.
- Empowered Badass Normal: 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.
- Fragile Speedster: When equipped with the Bloodknives rings in The Last Battle, he's much faster and stealthier. It doesn't help him much against Demandred, considering that his enhanced speed is only barely able to keep up with the Forsaken.
- Glory Seeker: Recognizes himself as this in Book 13, and so works to change.
- Green-Eyed Monster: 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.
- HeelFace Turn: He finally decides to serve Egwene's Amyrlin Seat and let go of his pride in Books 12 and 13.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Impaled by Demandred.
- Killed Off for Real: By Demandred in Book 14. Given the events of Book 13, this might also qualify as Retirony.
- Light Is Not Good: Following Dumai's Wells, he tells Rand he will kill him for killing Morgase. He also serves 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 until his HeelFace Turn.
- Master Swordsman: Became a blademaster when he killed Hammar (his own trainer) during the tower schism. Also, according to Word of God before Robert Jordan's Author Existence Failure, he is the fourth-best swordsman, behind Lan, Rand, and Galad. Fifth-best, as it turns out, with Demandred among those better than he.
- Mindlink Mates: Becomes engaged to and bonded to Egwene in Towers of Midnight.
- Pride: Realizes that this is why he could not be a Warder; he wanted to write his own story. However, by getting over this some time after getting over his envy, he allows himself to be Egwene's Warder.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Of Elayne's brothers, he is the Red to Galad's Blue.
- Super Soldier: Uses Seanchan Bloodknife rings in and around the Last Battle in Book 14, which gives Super Speed and limited Invisibility at the cost of a severely limited lifespan.
- They Do: With Egwene as of Towers of Midnight after the Battle in Tel'aran'rhiod. They marry in Book 14.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Once he activates the rings infused with the Night's Shade weave in Book 14, he is living on borrowed time.
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.
- An Arm and a Leg: Type 3. He loses an arm in battle with Demandred in Book 14.
- Badass in Charge: Of the Children of the Light as of the prologue for Book 11. More concretely in Book 13.
- Badass Normal: Was able, without any augmentations, to keep up with and even wound Demandred in a swordfight.
- The Beautiful Elite: Like a statue carved from marble, a relic from the age of legends. A perfect thing left behind. For us to worship. according to Berelain who is no slouch herself.
- Beauty = Goodness: 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.
- Black and White Morality: A great believer in this, as are all Whitecloaks. Morgase muses if she should have attempted to teach him that morality is not even shades of grey but full of colors that didnt sometimes fit into any spectrum of morality more forcefully.
- Church Militant: Joins the Whitecloaks. Eventually becoming their Lord Captain Commander.
- The Comically Serious: 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".
- Cool Sword: As of the prologue to Book 11, Valda's heron-marked blade.
- Happily Adopted: By Morgase.
- Informed Flaw: 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 deny that he is her brother)- treat it as the Worst Thing Ever; particularly petty with Elayne, where implicitly its rooted in Galad having a tendency to 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 Knight Templar 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.
- Love at First Sight: Technically applies to nearly all women that see him, but occurs mutually with Berelain.
- Master Swordsman: 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 Eamon Valda. Also makes a hell of a showing against Demandred. According to Robert Jordan's listing using characters known at the time of his Author Existence Failure, he is the third-best swordsman in the series, behind Lan and Rand. His failure to defeat Demandred presumably establishes him as "merely" the 4 the best swordsman overall.
- Pretty Boy: He's deliberately called "the most beautiful man in the world", and several women develop crushes on him on sight.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At least by Whitecloak standards.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Gawyn's Red out of Elayne's brothers.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: A mixture of "arrogant" and "reserved" types, but he's been growing slowly from his origins as a Knight Templar to The Wise Prince.
- There Is Another: Of a sort. With his Last Words, Gawyn reveals Rand's blood ties to Galad.
- Unintentional Backup Plan: In The Last Battle, Mat gives Galad a copy of the 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.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Becomes the Lord Captain Commander of the Children of Light by killing Valda in a Trial Beneath The Light.
Tigraine Mantear / Shaiel
Former Daughter-Heir, mother of Galad (by Taringail) and Rand (by Janduin of the Chumai sept of the Tardaad Aiel).
- Blade on a Stick: The weapon of choice for all Aiel and specifically the Maidens of the Spear.
- Death by Childbirth: Entirely possible, though given she gave birth 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. Later she goes into battle despite being pregnant and dies on a battlefield after giving birth (to Rand).
- Meaningful Rename: Took up the name "Shaiel" upon joining the Aiel, which means "one who is dedicated".
- Posthumous Character: Died twenty years before the series begins.
- Pregnant Badass: Was taking part in the Battle of the Shining Walls in the Aiel War while pregnant with Rand. However, she ended up having what is very possibly Death by Childbirth.
- Resigned to the Call: 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).
- Second Love: With Janduin, clan chief of the Tardaad Aiel. Rand takes after him more than her.