He wears clothes made of animal skins and a flat-topped cap on his head. His graying brown hair is tied with a cord and hangs down to his waist. He has a thick beard which fans across his chest. He has yellow eyes like a wolf.
Elyas was a Warder to Rina Hafden, now a Sitter of the Green Ajah. He also trained Lan Mandragoran to be a Warder, and it was at some point after this that he became a wolfbrother. After being held by the Red Ajah - who thought he was using the One Power, and whom Elyas unwisely accused of being members of the Black Ajah - he killed several other Warders and escaped. The deaths of the Warders are something he still regrets.
Like all wolfbrothers, Elyas is able to talk and communicate with wolves, but unlike other wolfbrothers such as Perrin Aybara, he lives with wolves, shunning humankind.
After Perrin and Egwene escape from Shadar Logoth, they meet up with Elyas who informs Perrin of his ability. Elyas states that he had been following the pair for two days, and it is likely that both he and the wolfpack with which he travels were drawn to Perrin due to the latter's potential for brotherhood. He also gives Perrin advice regarding his axe, suggesting that he keep it until he enjoys using it, and then throw it away. They later meet up with some Tinkers, and although very courteous to them, Elyas is quite reluctant to be around them, because of the Tinkers' aversion to violence.
Elyas turns up much later at Perrin's camp in Ghealdan and joins his band. He tells Perrin that by raising his voice at Faile Bashere every now and then, they would get along much better and she would respect him more. He escorts Perrin to his meeting with Masema Dagar in Abila. He sets out to track down Faile when she is captured by the Shaido.
Tracking Faile Edit
He finally finds the Shaido camp in the town of Malden and accompanies Perrin there, where he can observe the layout of the land.
He talks to Perrin about the excitement of battle, after Perrin chopped a prisoner's hand off looking for answers on Faile. Perrin decides to throw away his axe and leave it there.
Elyas helps Perrin free his wife Faile from the Shaido Aiel. He goes through the aqueduct to enter the town of Malden before Perrin begins his attack. Once Faile is found, he follows Gaul, who is trying to find Chiad, and keeps him out of trouble.
After leaving Malden he 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 al'Thor. He helps Gaul scout the Whitecloak camp. He talks to Perrin about how he keeps balance and does not lose himself as a wolf. The day of Perrin's trial, he is sent out to scout the surrounding area to see if he can find any signs of a hidden army or any Waygates. He is present when Perrin creates Mah'alleinir and then declares to his followers his acceptance at becoming their Lord and leader.
He is currently on his way to the Blight with the rest of the wolves.
Elyas may be inspired by Elias, the Latin transliteration of the Hebrew name Elijah. Jesus identified John the Baptist with Elias (Mt. 17:10), the prophet who would prepare the way before the coming of the Lord (Mal. 3:1; 4:5–6).