Alene al'Vere is the second-eldest daughter of the al'Vere family. She is one of Egwene's older sisters.
In "The Wheel of Time Companion" it is hinted that the mother and all the sisters of Egwene can learn to channel.
Alene was born in the year 969 NE and allowed to braid her hair at sixteen because she was considered very level-headed.
She never married, and some people suspected she might not. Alene accepted suitors but she felt none were satisfactory for a husband.
She is considered a bookworm, because she spends most of her time in her father's library, reading books. Some thought she'd run off to see the world.
Alene wanted to be tested by Alanna and Verin, who refused because she was thirty years old. She put up enough of a fuss about it that her mother had to take a firm hand with her.
With the new recruitment policy introduced by Egwene, now Alene can be tested and surely put in white as a Novice because she has a fair potential.