He is tall with short red hair that has a tail down to the back of his neck.
He is met by Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, Ingtar Shinowa and the rest of the Shienarans on the hunt for the Horn of Valere. He is not afraid that he is outnumbered and is looking for "He who comes with the Dawn".
He is in charge of the Red Shields in Cairhien. When Rand al'Thor goes to Shadar Logoth to find the Waygate, Urien is one of the Aiel that escort him there and participates in the search for Liah. He leads a large contingent of siswai'aman to help rescue Rand from the White Tower Aes Sedai and participates in the Battle of Dumai's Wells.