Ladalin is a descendant of Aviendha and Rand, the last survivor of that lineage. Aviendha sees part of her life in one of the visions in the Glass columns in Rhuidean, She is a Wise One, but is not able to channel; by that time only three clan chiefs and two wise ones remain of the Aiel leaders. They are the survivors of the Council of Twenty Two.
The Aiel are losing badly and she decides that they should retreat back to the Aiel Waste and try and rebuild. Unlike Takai, she does not blame Rand and insists that Aiel take responsibility for themselves. She does not know about ji'e'toh and fights because she has always done so and because of her hatred of the Seanchan.