Aviendha of the Nine Valleys sept of the Taardad Aiel is one of the main characters of the Wheel of Time fantasy series by Robert Jordan.


She is tall and lovely with blue-green eyes. Her reddish hair was originally short with a tail in the back, and is now just short of her shoulders. She is about 5'9".

Maiden of the Spear

Aviendha enters the story as an Aiel Maiden of the Spear, a warrior woman who marries her weapon; she is of the Nine Valleys sept of the Taardad clan (though an early authorial error has her listed as being of the Bitter Water sept). She was one of the Aiel who ventured out of the Aiel Waste, across the Spine of the World and into the so-called "wetlands" in search of the Car'a'carn, the Aiel chief of chiefs, He Who Comes With The Dawn. This is the first time Aviendha, Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve meet.[1] These Aiel aid Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve on their travels and eventually end up at the Stone of Tear where Rand took Callandor, the crystal sword sa'angreal. There Aviendha befriended the three women further, especially Egwene and Elayne, who she began to call her near-sisters according to Aiel custom.

To Rhuidean

While she would have gladly accompanied Elayne and Nynaeve to Tanchico to hunt Darkfriends, Aviendha was summoned back to Rhuidean in the Aiel Waste for unknown reasons. Making the best of it, she promised Elayne to keep an eye on Rand and departed, arriving in the company of Rand, Egwene, Moiraine Sedai and Lan Mandragoran. There the truth came out; Aviendha had been summoned because she had the ability to channel, and would be trained to join the ranks of the Wise Ones. She is about as strong in the Power as Elayne and Egwene, making her one of the strongest female channelers alive.

With Rand al'Thor

At Rhuidean, Aviendha saw that she was fated to fall in love with Rand, which put her at odds with the promise that she had made to Elayne. Aviendha blamed Rand for her predicament, and became suddenly hostile to him (which, of course, he was completely baffled by). The situation was only made worse when the Aiel Wise Ones made Aviendha teach Rand about the Aiel people. The situation continued this way until one day Rand happened to come into the room they shared (as per the Wise One's orders) while she was naked and bathing. Panicking, she made a gateway (incidentally a feat she is not able to reproduce until much later in the series) to the opposite side of the world and fled though it into a blizzard. Rand, realizing that she would not survive long without clothes in a freezing, foreign land, grabbed blankets and pursued her. After fishing her out of a river that she fell into, Aviendha and Rand ended up having sex. Rand kept her close (albeit awkwardly at times) through the battles with the Shaido and the attack on Rahvin, though Aviendha decided to forgo anything physical again until she could have a talk with Elayne.

A viewing by Min revealed that Aviendha will have 4 children, two boys and two girls, in the latest book Towers of Midnight this was confirmed. It was revealed that all her children will be able to channel and will be revered by clan chiefs and may contribute to the destruction of the Aiel.

Recent events

During the battle with Rahvin, Aviendha was killed; Rand used balefire to kill Rahvin soon thereafter, which burned back Rahvin's thread in the pattern far enough to undo his recent actions, including her death (as well as the other people Rahvin had killed at the same approximate time). After Rahvin's demise, Rand foisted Aviendha off on Mat Cauthon--not to break their mutual attraction (though at the time he too was having trouble getting used to the idea of loving three women) but rather because any woman near him would be in danger, and he couldn't stand to see her hurt. After they arrived at Salidar, Aviendha agreed to accompany Elayne and Nynaeve to Ebou Dar; she assisted in the use of the Bowl of the Winds once it was found. Now safely in Caemlyn, she has finally had a chance to meet Min Farshaw, the third woman Min saw would fall in love with Rand Al'Thor; thus far they seem to be getting along. She and Elayne have also formally become first-sisters, an Aiel ceremony that invokes a Power-wrought connection not unlike a Warder bond. Also, Aviendha, along with both Elayne and Min, have Bonded Rand as their Warder in a private ceremony. She remained in Caemlyn, safeguarding Elayne and, according to Min, Rand's newly-conceived twins. In Knife of Dreams, Aviendha is taken away from Caemlyn by the Wise Ones to resume her apprenticeship.[2] Before Aviendha's departure from Caemlyn both she and Elayne learn that Aviendha has the talent of ‘reading’ what a ter'angreal can do.[3] Then Aviendha travels to Arad Doman with the rest of the Taardad Aiel. There she stays away from Rand as the Wise Ones are punishing her as part of her Wise One training. She will not approach him until she has regained her honor. The Wise Ones then explain to her that she is at the end of her apprenticeship but must go through the pillars in Rhuidean again. She leaves Arad Doman via gateway to the Waste alone. In Towers of Midnight, Aviendha reaches Rhuidean, where she inadvertently changes the nature of the glass pillar ter'angreal, so that instead of showing the past and origin of the Aiel, they reveal to her the future and destruction of her race. Horrified by the realization that it is her descendants by Rand who cause this, she starts back to the Wetlands to confront him.

The future

In Winter's Heart, Min had a vision which strongly suggests that Aviendha will have four children with Rand at some point in the future.

Nicola, a novice with the gift of foretelling, foretold, "The lion sword, the dedicated spear, she who sees beyond. Three on the boat, and he who is dead yet lives. The great battle done, but the world not done with battle. The land divided by the return, and the guardians balance the servants. The future teeters on the edge of a blade." Bair and Melaine had a dream of Rand in a boat with three women they could not see and a scale tilting. These two prophecies seem to say that Aviendha is needed to keep Rand alive after the Last Battle. Aviendha is the "dedicated spear". The exact meaning of the prophecy is unknown, though it is speculated that it means she will help Rand defeat the Dark One, along with his other lovers Elayne and Min, and possibly survive Tarmon Gai'don.

In the latest novel, Towers of Midnight, Aviendha went back to the Waste and entered Rhuidean to complete her training as a Wise One. Inside the ter'angreal she saw the future of the Aiel, that they will fall to the Seanchan because of the choices of her sons and daughters after the Last Battle.


  1. The Dragon Reborn
  2. Robert Jordan. Knife of Dreams (New York: Tor Fantasy, 2005), 344-349.
  3. Robert Jordan. Knife of Dreams (New York: Tor Fantasy, 2005), 339-343.

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