From Tar Valon Library
Author: Atarah al'Norahn
Aram: the Tinker-become swordsman. At the beginning of the series, Aram is pretty much your normal Tinker, following the Way of the Leaf, even if he sometimes seems to have a bit of trouble with it. His grandparents are Raen and Ila, but other than this, we do not know anything about his family except that his mother is, at the beginning of the series, alive (TEotW, Ch. 25).
Aram is handsome and slender, and reminds Perrin of Wil al'Seen: good looking, charming, and the object of affection too many girls (TEotW, Ch. 25). He looks to be about the same age as Perrin (ACoS, Ch. 1).
After Aram took up the sword in The Shadow Rising, his whole personality changed. He became like a hound, following Perrin everywhere he went and training with the sword as much as possible (TSR, Ch. 53). It changed further after meeting Masema and he became corrupted by him, believing Perrin to be Shadowspawn whom he must kill to save Faile. He died attacking Malden.
Strengths and Talents
At the beginning of the series, Aram seems to have a good relationship with Ila and Raen, as he is mentioned to sometimes eat dinner with them (TEotW, Ch. 25). However, after he takes up the sword, they refuse to speak to him (TSR, Ch. 53).
Aram obviously cared deeply about his mother, considering how he turned from the Way of the Leaf after her death (TSR, Ch. 45).
At the beginning of the series, Perrin and Aram both dislike each other (TEotW, Ch. 25); TSR, Ch. 41). Perrin thinks that Aram is too much like Wil al'Seen from Emond's Field (TEotW, Ch. 25). After Aram takes up the sword, he becomes Perrin's personal bodyguard, as he most likely feels that he owes his new existence to Perrin. Though it is obvious that Perrin can stand him, I do not believe he likes him much more than he originally did, but simply puts up with him out of pity. Aram was completely devoted to both Perrin and Faile until he met Masema. After his death, Perrin often thinks of him and wonders if his neglect while chasing the Shaido contributed (This passage needs a reference).
He falls under Masema's spell and grows sullen, eventually trying to kill Perrin under Masema's orders (KoD, Ch. 30)
Dreams and Visions
- In TPoD, Ch. 15, Egwene dreams of Perrin and Aram; she sees them frenziedly hacking their way through brambles, Perrin with his axe and Aram with his sword. They are unaware of the cliff that lies ahead of them, and of the fact that the brambles scream with human voices.
- In TFoH, Ch. 15, Egwene has another dream. Perrin, lounging with Faile on his lap, kissing her while she played with the short-cut beard he wore in the dream. Behind them two banners waved, a red wolf's head and a crimson eagle. A man in a bright yellow coat stood near to Perrin's shoulder, a sword strapped to his back; in some way she knew that he was a Tinker, though no Tinker would even touch a sword. And every bit of it except the beard seemed important. The banners, Faile kissing Perrin, even the Tinker. Every time he moved closer to Perrin, it was as if a chill of doom shot through everything.
- Aram tries to convince Egwene to stay with him (TEotW, Ch. 25).
- Aram speaks with a wounded Perrin when he, Faile and the Two Rivers men show up at the Tinker camp (TSR, Ch. 41).
- Aram, along with Ila, Raen, and the other surviving Tinkers, arrive at Emond's Field. Later, Aram takes up a sword and swears to Perrin that he will never forget this day (TSR, Ch. 45).
- Aram saves Perrin's life in a battle at Emond's Field (TSR, Ch. 56).
- Aram seems to be having a great time as he participates in the battle at Dumai's Wells (LoC, Ch. 55).
- Aram meets Masema (TPoD, Ch. 30).
- After Faile is kidnapped, Aram scouts with Elyas in an attempt to find her (WH, Ch. 2).
- Aram's mood is slipping, and he is becoming incredibly moody (CoT, Ch. 25).
- Aram has been talking about the Prophet so much that Perrin won't talk about his plans in front of him in case Aram reports them to Masema (KoD, Ch. 4).
- Aram is haggard with hollow eyes and gives Perrin a sullen glare (KoD, Ch. 26).
- Aram walks with Perrin toward the Shaido (KoD, Ch. 29) .
- Inside Malden, Aram attacks Perrin saying the Prophet had shown him that Perrin is Shadowspawn, and Aram must rescue Faile from Perrin. A Shaido arrow kills Aram and Perrin survives (KoD, Ch. 30).
"I have waited for the first rose of spring, and now I find it at my grandfather's fire." (To Egwene; The Eye of the World, Chapter 25)
"The leaf lives its appointed time, and does not struggle against the wind that carries it away. The leaf does no harm, and finally falls to nourish new leaves. So it should be with all men. And women." (To Egwene and Perrin; The Eye of the World, Chapter 25)
"Your eyes. I see you have followed Elyas after all, to run with the wolves. I was sure you would never find the Way of the Leaf." (To Perrin; The Shadow Rising, Chapter 41)
"They killed Mother! I saw them! I might have saved her, if I had had a sword. I could have saved her!" (To Ila; The Shadow Rising, Chapter 45)
"I go where you go." (To Perrin; The Shadow Rising, Chapter 56)
"They are Aes Sedai. They cannot be trusted, and they cannot be turned loose. How long can Aes Sedai be held against their will? They've been doing what they do far longer than the Asha'man. They must know more. They're a danger to the Lord Dragon, and to you, Lord Perrin. I have seen them look at you." (To Perrin; A Crown of Swords, Chapter 1)
"What does it matter how many there are? When Trollocs came to the Two Rivers, there were thousands, tens of thousands, but we killed them just the same. Shaido can't be worse than Trollocs. (To Elyas; Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 8)
"It has to be done. You taught me that a man does what he must." (To Perrin; Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 27)