A similar entry appears in the Wheel of Time Companion. Other information about the character is also included in the Companion, but we did not use it in the TarValon.Net Library.
Author: Atarah al'Norahn
Aeldra Najaf was Tamra Ospenya's second Keeper, after Gitara Moroso died. She was raised from the Blue Ajah, as was her predecessor. Unlike Gitara, her stole is no more than two finger widths wide (NS, Ch. 7).
Aeldra is lean, with a narrow jaw and a sharp nose. Her skin is coppery, but turned almost to leather from exposure to the sun and wind. Moiraine thinks that she assuredly has never been called a beauty (NS, Ch. 7).
Not much detail is given to Aeldra's personality, but it can be easily deduced that she is kind from the way that she smiles 'kindly' at Moiraine several times throughout the book (NS, Ch. 7).
- Aeldra is raised as Keeper (NS, Ch. 7).
- Aeldra catches Moiraine spying outside the Amyrlin's study (NS, Ch. 7).
- Aeldra welcomes Moiraine and Siuan to the Blue Ajah. She is the sixth sister to welcome them, and thus both Moiraine and Siuan must bake her a pie with their own hands (NS, Ch. 11).
- Aeldra is no longer Keeper after Tamra dies (NS, Ch. 14).
Aeldra seems to have a good relationship with Tamra; there is never any mention of arguments between them, and after what happened with Gitara, Tamra would have felt that she had to raise a Keeper whom she could trust.
She also has a good relationship with her Blue sisters. There is some joking going on about the pie custom after Moiraine and Siuan are raised (NS, Ch. 11). She is also kind to Moiraine.
"Dreaming of the shawl? Perhaps your time would be better spent in study, and practice." (Aeldra to Moiraine; New Spring, Chapter 7)
"Nevertheless, daydreaming in doorways is not proper for one of the Accepted." (Aeldra to Moiraine; New Spring, Chapter 7)
"You owe me each a pie, made with your own hands. It's customary among us for the sixth sister who gives you the welcome kiss." (Aeldra to Moiraine and Siuan; New Spring, Chapter 11)