Aemlyn Carand

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A similar entry appears in the Wheel of Time Companion confirming the information available in the main story arc.

Author: Atarah al'Norahn


Aemlyn Carand is an Andoran noble and the High Seat of House Carand, one of the stronger Houses in Andor (TFoH, Ch. 17; Ch. 19). The sigil of House Carand is three Golden Arrows (KoD, Ch. 35). She is married to Lord Culhan (LoC, Ch. 28).

Aemlyn is plump, and her hair is graying (TPoD, Ch. 17; Ch. 18).


  • On orders from Gaebril/Rahvin, Morgase exiles Aemlyn Carand and several other Andoran nobles who were loyal to her (TFoH, Ch. 19).
  • Egwene is told that there is a nearby army consisting of Andorans and Murandians led by Arathelle and Pelivar. Although Aemlyn's name is not mentioned here, we later learn that she is with them. Egwene wants to meet with them (TPoD, Ch. 15).
  • Arathelle speaks for the Andorans, telling Egwene and the Sitters that they are there to make sure that there is not a war between Aes Sedai on Andoran soil. Aemlyn nods in agreement with Pelivar when he tells Egwene that he would rather die defending his lands and people there than where his lands and people will die as well (TPoD, Ch. 17).
  • After Egwene makes her announcement about the Salidar army staying in Murandy for a month and the novice book being open to women of all ages, Talmanes tells her that she has changed the border between Andor and Murandy; the Andoran nobles will stay where they are until the Salidar Aes Sedai leave, and after a month of them being there, the maps will begin to show that part of Murandy as belonging to Andor. Egwene begins to notice that the Murandian nobles are deferring to the Andoran nobles in an attempt to befriend them. Among other things, she sees Donel bow to Aemlyn (TPoD, Ch. 18).
  • Aemlyn questions Egwene about her announcement on the novice book being open to anyone. She shakes her head at the answer (TPoD, Ch. 18).
  • Birgitte tells Elayne and Dyelin that Aemlyn crossed the border between Murandy and Andor four days ago. Arathelle and Pelivar have also crossed the border, but the three are not together. Dyelin tells Elayne that they might be moving back to their estates, and that if they keep moving farther apart, they will know for certain. Elayne hopes that they are indeed going to their estates and will not ride toward Caemlyn. Dyelin tells Elayne that if they begin moving toward Caemlyn, then they are hoping that Luan, Abelle, and/or Ellorien will be joining them. Elayne says that they must find a way to stop them from reaching Caemlyn (CoT, Ch. 14).
  • Aemlyn is camped, along with Arathelle and Pelivar, several leagues outside of Caemlyn, with Abelle, Ellorien, and Luan in a nearby camp. Between the two camps, there are nearly sixty thousand men (KoD, Ch. 17).
  • Aemlyn and the others request a truce with Arymilla so that they can deal with the Borderlanders. Arymilla is still considering (KoD, Ch. 17).
  • Dyelin travels to the two camps outside of Caemlyn in an attempt to learn what they are up to. Aemlyn and the others do not intend to join Elayne, but they have also rejected invitations to join Arymilla. Aemlyn, Arathelle, and Pelivar are still hoping that Dyelin might put in a claim for the throne (KoD, Ch. 17).
  • On the same day that Elayne is kidnapped, Aemlyn and the others break camp and move closer to Caemlyn. Dyelin is afraid that Ellorien has convinced the others to support her in a bid for the throne and that they may be trying to defeat Arymilla so that they can take over the siege on Caemlyn (KoD, Ch. 32).
  • For two days, Aemlyn and the others remain camped right below Caemlyn. They make no move to attack (KoD, Ch. 35).
  • Aemlyn and the others send Arathelle’s grandson Hanselle Renshar to Elayne with a request for safe passage into Caemlyn. Elayne accedes (KoD, Ch. 35).
  • Aemlyn and the others enter the Palace to speak with Elayne; they have come to ask for a truce while they deal with the Borderlanders. Aemlyn has a thoughtful look on her face after Dyelin declares that she is sending out the proclamations regarding her support for Elayne. After Abelle and Luan declare their support for Elayne as well, Dyelin manages to convince Aemlyn, Arathelle, and Pelivar to join them. They remain to dine with Elayne (KoD, Ch. 35).


During the Succession, Aemlyn supported Morgase for the Lion Throne. Later, on orders from Gaebril/Rahvin, Morgase has her exiled. Aemlyn no longer wants a Trakand on the throne (TFoH, Ch. 9; CoT, Ch. 14).

Aemlyn supports Dyelin Taravin for the Lion Throne. Elayne thinks to herself that Aemlyn, Arathelle, and Pelivar seem willing to try to force her onto the throne (TPoD, Ch. 28; CoT, Ch. 14). When Aemlyn eventually declares her support for Trakand, Elayne knows that it is only for Dyelin’s sake (KoD, Ch. 35).

Aemlyn camps outside of Caemlyn with Arathelle and Pelivar, with Abelle, Ellorien, and Luan camping separately. When they request safe passage into Caemlyn, all six enter the Palace together, but still remain separated into two groups (KoD, Ch. 35).

Aviendha seems to think of Aemlyn, Arathelle, and Pelivar as enemies (CoT, Ch. 14).

Elenia Sarand hopes that Aemlyn might support her for the throne (CoT, Ch. 15).


  • Morgase learns that Aemlyn is among the nobles who have not knelt to Rand (LoC, Ch. 9).
  • Aemlyn and Culhan Carand are nearly as powerful as Pelivar Coelan (LoC, Ch. 28).
  • During the meeting between the Andoran/Murandian nobles and the Salidar Aes Sedai, Arathelle, Aemlyn, and Pelivar seem to think that Egwene is just mouthing the words the Sitters have put on her tongue (TPoD, Ch. 17).
  • Egwene thinks to herself that while Arathelle and Aemlyn hold more power than most of the men, it is Pelivar and Culhan who ride with the soldiers; she wonders what the men think of their "agreement", where the Salidar Aes Sedai will stay put for a month and then leave Murandy and not bother Andor (TPoD, Ch. 18).
  • Dyelin tells Elayne that, at the moment, her biggest worries are Aemlyn, Arathelle, and Pelivar, and that Ellorien and Luan, whom Dyelin thinks are still behind Elayne, might go over to them; they think Dyelin should have the throne (TPoD, Ch. 28).
  • Aemlyn ranks above Ellorien and Abelle, but below Luan, Arathelle, and Pelivar (KoD, Ch. 35).


"There have been arrivals in the city, my Lord Dragon, which Lord Bashere thought you should be told of as soon as possible. Lady Aemlyn and Lord Culhan entered yesterday at noon, and are staying with Lord Pelivar. Lady Arathelle came an hour later, with a large retinue. Lord Barel and Lord Macharan, Lady Sergase and Lady Negara entered separately in the night, with only a few retainers each. None has presented their respects at the Palace." (Reene Harfor to Rand; Lord of Chaos, Chapter 28).

Elayne had never read of any queen being forced onto the throne -- that sort of thing might not have made it into the histories in any case -- yet Aemlyn, Arathelle and Pelivar seemed willing to try, and not for hope of power for themselves. Dyelin did not want the throne, but she would hardly be a passive ruler. The simple fact was that Morgase Trakand's final year had been marred by blunder after blunder, and few knew or believed that she had been a captive of one of the Forsaken during that time. Some Houses wanted anyone except another Trakand on the throne. Or thought they did. (Elayne; Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 14).