Aravine was from Amadicia.
She was plump and plain.
She was one of the many people who had been made gai'shain by the Shaido Aiel. She was then made one of Sevanna's personal gai'shain. She came to the aid of Morgase Trakand and Faile Bashere when they were being threatened by Galina Casban, and sent Galina on her way. She then pledged an oath of fealty to Faile in the hope that when Faile escaped from the Shaido, she would be able to go with her.
After the Battle of Malden, Faile placed her in charge of organizing the refugees for the march home. She attended a meeting with Perrin Aybara to decide where the army should go. A decision was made to send a scouting force to Cairhien to start looking for Rand al'Thor.