After Couladin and the ShaidoAiel stopped to decimate the town of Taien on their way from Alcair Dal to Cairhien, Tal Nethin approached Rand al'Thor and his group on their way into Taien. He was accompanied by his sister Aril and her husband Ander Corl; all were refugees from the events in Taien. Rand chose to take the survivors of the town with him, of whom there were estimated to be one hundred. 
Some time later, near Eianrod, Tal tripped on a stone, breaking his neck and falling dead. Rand thought this to be an effect of his being ta'veren.