She is a beautiful, tall, pale woman with long black hair to her shoulders, and has large, dark eyes. She wears the Diadem of the First, a golden hawk in flight. She is noted by virtually everyone who encounters her as being exceptionally voluptuous both in appearance and action. She knows she is sensous and sexy, and makes full use of it.
Born in 974 NE, her mother died when she was nine. She loved her father desperately, partly because her mother had been cold, partly because he returned her affection. She became High Seat of House Paeron and First of Mayene in 984 NE at age ten, and had a regent/guardian until turning sixteen in 990 NE. Her younger brothers and sister were all Seconds of Mayene.
At age sixteen, she banished her guardian; he was dour and strict and incompatible with her own personality. She brought him back to watch over the Seconds when she left Mayene, as she knew he was honest, would do his duty no matter what (he had known she would exile him), and that he supported her and would keep her rule safe.
She often behaves in a spoiled, petulant manner; yet she is also a pragmatist. She had to be, in order for Mayene to survive. She believed in learning as much as possible about the people she had to deal with.
Berelain claims to be a descendent and heir of Artur Hawkwing, through his grandson Tyrn sur Paendrag Mashera. In Mayene it is claimed that Tyrn evaded the assassination attempt that killed his mother and was raised in secrecy in Mayene for his own safety. The Firsts of Mayene claim an unbroken line of succession from Tyrn and his daughter Miselle, and through him to Hawkwing. This claim is not taken seriously outside of Mayene.
Berelain brings a note to Moiraine the day after Rand takes Callandor. The note claims possession of "Lews Therin" but leaves him in the care of Moiraine. It is signed "Lanfear".
Berelain tries to seduce Rand al'Thor in an effort to obtain political influence, ends with disastrous results; a bubble of evil attacks, causing Rand's reflections to come out of a mirror and try to kill him; she was terrified and avoided Rand after that. She then goes after Perrin Aybara with no better apparent effect. When Mat tries to charm her she ignores him since she views him as being too much like herself. She does earn the enmity of Faile Bashere, a woman interested in Perrin, however; Berelain believes that it will "amuse" her to take Perrin away from Faile.
Later, Rand places Berelain in a position of stewardship over the city of Cairhien after it is ravaged by the Shaido Aiel. Upon re-encountering Perrin, Berelain renews her attempts at seducing Perrin which results in interpersonal problems with Faile, now his wife. Faile's subsequent kidnapping by the Shaido has thrown this entire dynamic into even greater chaos. She later neglects her duties in Cairhien but gets a stern reminder from Rhuarc who treats her as a daughter. When Rand is captured by the White Tower Aes Sedai she not only sends men to Rand's aid but she uncovers evidence linking Colavaere Saighan to both Lord Maringil and Meilan Mendiana's murders when she makes her move for the Sun Throne.
While Rand is missing, Colavaere is crowned Queen and takes Berelain's Aes Sedai adviser Annoura Larisen for her own and makes Berelain a lady in waiting with Faile. When Rand returns to Cairhien he relieves her of her stewardship and tries to send her back to Mayene due to her reputation being damaged by Colavaere. She instead accompanies Perrin into Ghealdan to track down Masema Dagar.
Perrin sends her to meet with Queen Alliandre Maritha Kigarin. She brings Alliandre back to camp and helps Faile pressure her into keeping her oath of fealty to Perrin by staying with the army. While out hunting with Faile and Alliandre, the group is attacked by the Shaido Aiel. All of the group are captured except Berelain, who manages to escape and send word to Perrin.
While Faile is in captivity, Berelain at first tries to offer a truce to Perrin in regards to her advances, but his reaction infuriates her. She then allows rumors to be spread that he is succumbing to her advances around the camp, further aggravating the situation. Nevertheless, she is instrumental in discovering Masema's collusion with the Seanchan and offers to use her gold and jewels to ransom the Shaido's prisoners, including Faile. She goes with Perrin to So Habor, where they collect grain for their troops. She accompanies him back to camp and witnesses him cleave a Shaido prisoners hand off, when he is looking for answers on his missing wife.
Plan to rescue FaileEdit
She is present when Galina Casban is brought before Perrin and questioned. Galina asks to be slapped so she can claim she was beaten by brigands, with which Berelain complies. She later goes with Perrin when he makes his deal with the Seanchan.
She is present at the meeting with Perrin and Tylee Khirgan, who is informing Perrin on a rebellious group of Whitecloaks moving north not too far from camp, when the Pattern ripples. While traveling back through Ghealdan, after the Battle of Malden, she is with Perrin when they find land that appears to have been affected by the Blight. Later she attends a meeting with Perrin to decide where the army should now go. A decision is made to send a scouting force to Cairhien to start looking for Rand.
Faile confronts Berelain about the rumors of her bedding Perrin while Faile was captive. At first Faile issues a challenge but on further discussion they decide to be seen around camp as friends to help dissuade the rumors; they decide that Berelain cannot simply publicly denounce the rumors as it would not be convincing enough.
Meeting the man in White Edit
Berelain is present during the second parley between Perrin and Galadedrid Damodred and seems to be as taken with him as he of her. She is walking through the camp when a bubble of evil erupts causing all the weapons to attack their owners. Faile rescues her when she throws dirt onto the dagger that is attacking her, causing it to become inanimate again. Faile saving Berelain's life seems to have finally quelled all rumors of Perrin's alleged infidelity with her. Berelain keeps asking Perrin if she can negotiate with Galad and blushes when she sees him at Perrin's trial.
Berelain is present when Perrin creates Mah'alleinir and then declares to his followers his acceptance at becoming their Lord and leader. Perrin then gives the command for his army to Travel back to where the Whitecloaks have set up their camp. Berelain is concerned that Perrin is planning to ambush the Whitecloaks and Faile reassures her that Perrin is not like that. Berelain admits that she has finally given up on Perrin and set her sights on Galad, hence her concern for the Whitecloaks.
Perrin sends her, Alliandre, and Faile to the back of his army when his force starts attacking the Trollocs which were about to ambush the Whitecloaks. This helps alleviate her fears on Perrin attacking the Whitecloaks. After the battle, the three ladies help cut bandages to the injured. Berelain admits to Faile the reason she tried to seduce Perrin was so she had a tie to the Dragon Reborn through one of his good friends. She attends Morgase and Martyn Tallanvor's wedding with Galad. She Travels through with Perrin and the rest of his huge force to the Field of Merrilor to prepare for the Last Battle.
She oversees the Healing station in Mayene for the duration of the battle; she is there when an injured Galad is brought by Annoura. She is also reponsible for sending Galad's ter'angreal to Lan, helping Lan defeat Demandred.
A viewing by Min Farshaw indicates that she will fall in love with a man in white. This, combined with a viewing of two most beautiful people falling in love, seems to indicate that she will marry Galad Damodred.
Berelain could be a reference to the name Elaine, which was the name of several different women in Arthurian legend—particularly Elaine of Astolat, who died of unrequited love for Lancelot. Her surname, Paendrag, derives from the name of Uther Pendragon, King Arthur's father.
Berelain could also be based upon Eva Perón, the famous Argentinian woman who became a hero to her people, and came from humble upbringings (akin to how Berelain is leader of the smallest of nations).
- ↑ The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 56
- ↑ The Shadow Rising, Chapter 2
- ↑ The Shadow Rising, Chapter 13
- ↑ The Shadow Rising, Chapter 14
- ↑ Lord of Chaos, Chapter 14
- ↑ Lord of Chaos, Chapter 53
- ↑ Lord of Chaos, Chapter 54
- ↑ A Crown of Swords, Chapter 27
- ↑ The Path of Daggers, Chapter 30
- ↑ Winter's Heart, Chapter 5
- ↑ Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 6
- ↑ Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 8
- ↑ Lord of Chaos, Chapter 50