Aravine Carnel 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.
Faile thought she came from a noble background, based on her bearing and administrative abilities. Aravine did not like talking about her past, though.
Aravine was traveling with Faile's caravan from Tar Valon to the Field of Merrilor by a gateway created by Berisha Terakuni in order to deliver the Horn of Valere to Mat when a bubble of evil erupted and the caravan was sent to the Blight by accident. Aravine stabbed Berisha in order to silence her once the caravan was through the gateway. Aravine was killed by Faile while trying to bring the Horn of Valere to Demandred. While dying, Aravine confessed that she had hoped not to serve the Dark One despite swearing her oaths, but felt she had no choice when she was reactivated as a Darkfriend.