Bran al'Vere

BRAN- del-win al-VEER

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Nationality:

Two Rivers, Andoran

Year of Birth:

circa 950 NE

Gender:

Male

Hair Color:

Sparse Fringe of Gray

Eye Color:

Brown

Other Names:

Bran, Mayor

Article Author: 

Carolina Damodred

Basic Information

Appearance

Bran al’Vere is a portly man with an unusually light gait for his girth. He has a round face with a ready smile. He is balding with only a sparse fringe of gray hair left on his head. He is often seen in a spotless white apron, and on special days in the year, such as Winternight or Bel Tine, he wears a silver medallion in the shape of a set of balances. This medallion is the symbol of the Emond’s Field Mayor.

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Personality

 

Bran al’Vere is a congenial man with a level head. He leads Emond’s Field as their Mayor. He has his own mind and is not swayed by public opinion alone. People often go to him to solve their problems. He is the father of Egwene al’Vere.

Spoilers Below!!!

Actions During the Story

Actions Before the Story

 

We don't know much about Bran before the events of the story other than he was born and raised in Emond's Field and at some point becomes the owner of the Winespring Inn, the only Inn in the town. 

New Spring

Bran is not mentioned in the events of New Spring, however, it is during this time period that Bran is elected Mayor for the first time.

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Actions Between the Books

 

Before the events of Eye of the World, Bran Al’Vere is the owner of the Winespring Inn. He runs the inn with his wife Marin, or Mistress Al’Vere. He has also been Mayor of Emond’s Field for the past 20 years. He has five daughters: Egwene, Berowyn, Elisa, Alene, and Loise.


When Egwene was roughly nine years old, Bran offers to tell Rand, Mat, Perrin, and Egwene a story in reward for working for a day for him. The boys want to hear about false Dragons and Trollocs, but Bran doesn't know any stories about them. He tells Tam al'Thor to tell a story and he tells the boys the story of Lews Therin Telamon and the 100 Companions closing the Bore on the Dark One's prison.

Eye of the World

Rand Al’Thor is coming into the village with his father, Tam Al’Thor, on Winternight when we first meet Bran Al’Vere at his establishment: The Wine Spring Inn. Bran has set tables outside for Winternight and Bel Tine. Tam has brought brandy and cider casks for the Bel Tine festivities taking place the next day.


When they meet Bran at the inn, Cenn Buie is there and grumbles about the weather. Winter has lasted longer than usual this year. Bran expresses annoyance with everyone’s whining. He tells the boys that a gleeman has arrived, and when they do not respond the way one would expect at such good news, Bran is once again put out by the moods of the long winter.


When Rand puts down Buie’s negativity about the lack of a peddler, Bran tells him that he has a good head on his shoulder and will one day follow in his father’s footsteps to be on the Village Council.


Tam tells the boys to unload the casks. Meanwhile, him and Bran go into the inn for a meeting with the Village Council. This meeting is presumably about how to handle the implications of such a long winter. While they are in their meeting, a peddler, Padan Fain, arrives.


The Village Council comes out of the inn to speak with Fain. Fain tells of the events of a Dragon Reborn in Ghealdan. He tells them there is war, and Bran asks him why there is war. Fain’s announcement incites wide speculation by the gathering. Bran tells everyone to be quiet and Fain goes on. As the topic of Logain begins to reveal dangerous possibilities, Bran quiets the village. He stops the tellings and asks the peddler into the inn to speak with the Village Council about these events. People yell at this, but he silences them, and they go into the inn with Fain. Nynaeve barges into the meeting once she knows the ongoings.


Thom Merrilin is kicked out of the inn during the meeting. He says that Bran was annoyed with his late arrival as if the Council had not begged him to perform.  Everyone is requesting tricks from Thom when Bran and the Council come out of the inn. Thom leaves, and Bran muses he might cost more than he’s worth. Nynaeve tells him that the gleeman is not who he should be worried about, but Bran does not think his guests, Moiraine and Lan, are any of her worry. Bran shows a bit of temper, rare for him, when Cenn continues with his bitter mumbling. Rand says to his father that he is surprised at Bran’s temper, and Tam explains that Bran and Nynaeve did not get on well in the meeting. Tam explains that he and Bran agree that a guard should be started and riders sent to Deven’s Ride and Tarren Ferry.


The next day, Rand arrives in Emond’s Field to see that the village was not immune to the trollocs. When Nynaeve tells him she cannot help Tam, Rand thinks over and over that he just needs to get to Bran Al’Vere, Bran will know what to do. When he arrives, Bran tells him to be quick with it as he is very busy, but when he sees it’s Rand, and Tam’s hurt, he refocuses. He tells Rand to get Tam to a bed upstairs and yells at Thom to get Nynaeve. Rand tells him that Nynaeve already said she cannot help Tam, but Thom is already gone to fetch her.


When Thom returns annoyed, he asks Bran who he thinks drew the Fang on his inn door. Bran guesses that it was the Coplins or Congars. It is now that Bran tells of the night before and how Lady Moiraine shot balefire at the trollocs. He then also tells Rand that Moiraine might be able to help Tam. Rand goes to get Lady Moiraine, desperate for any solution.


When she arrives, Moiraine asks the Mayor to leave her to tend Tam. Bran tells Rand to come along, but Moiraine allows him to stay.


Later on, there is trouble outside the inn. The Village has gotten into a mob outside and are yelling for Moiraine to leave. They threaten to burn the inn, and then his guests, Bran scolds them for their idiocy. He points out that Moiraine healed many of them and this is how they repay her. Moiraine shouts over the foray that the people of the Two Rivers have forgotten their history. Bran asks what history, they are only farmers and simple folk. Moiraine tells the story of King Aemon and Manetheren, silence follows. Finally, the townspeople disperse tails between their legs.


Bran’s daughter, Egwene al’Vere, leaves with Mat, Rand, Perrin, Lan and Moiraine that night.

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The Great Hunt

Bran does not appear in this book.

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The Dragon Reborn

Bran does not appear in this book.

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The Shadow Rising

Perrin arrives in Emond’s Field and goes to The Wine Spring Inn. There he meets Bran and his wife. Bran asks him why he is here. When he says because of the Whitecloaks, Bran and his wife grow somber and he asks what he expects to do. He and his companions are not enough to fight them. Perrin explains that if he gives himself up, the Whitecloaks might back off. Faile barges in and berates him for the stupidity of this. He insists it is what he must do, to at least keep his family safe. Bran and Marin go quiet.


Bran tells Perrin that his family has been killed by Trollocs. Bran tells him that he helped bury them on the low hill under the apple trees. Bran tells him that the Whitecloaks destroyed Rand and Mat’s homes. He explains that Tam and Mat’s father, Abell, have gone into hiding from the Whitecloaks. Padan Fain is with the Whitecloaks, under the guise of Ordeith, and ordered the attacks on Tam and Abell’s places. As well, Natti and the girls along with Master Luhhan and Alsbet have been taken prisoners by the Whitecloaks.


Bran tells Perrin they need the Whitecloaks to protect them from the Trollocs. Chiad asks him why they cannot protect themselves. Bran says they are just simple farmers. He goes on to tell Perrin that a Lord Luc has tried to organize them against the Trollocs. Faile stops the conversation telling Perrin he needs to grieve. He breaks down in her arms.


A little while later, Bran comes in and is dazed by the fact that there is an Ogier in his common room. He continues to try to convince Perrin to leave to no avail. When Loial says he will sing to the trees above his family’s graves, Bran clears out his ears, not understanding.


Marin tells the group that she will bring them to a safe place to hide. Bran mentions the sickhouse would be a good place. Bran tells Marin he can take them, but she admonishes him, saying he is the mayor and would draw attention.


Later when Trollocs are spotted on their way to Emond’s Field, Bran dons a steel cap and a spear for the fight. He gives Perrin the reins in leading the Emond’s Fielders against the Trollocs. Bran gives Perrin praise for his leadership in the first defeat of the Trollocs.


Bran goes with Perrin to speak with the Whitecloaks. Afterwards, Bran is with Tam, Abell, Perrin, and Cenn as they plan for the next Trolloc attack. He tells Perrin to rest, but he resists. Later on, Perrin and Faile are married in the common room of Bran’s Inn.


With the Battle for Emond’s Field nye, Perrin commands the people to their positions. He believes Bran Al’Vere to still be in charge. However, when Bran bows to him on his rounds, it is clear that command has been given over. Bran takes charge of the northern defenses during the battle. When it is over, he limps over with the rest of the town to greet Perrin on the victory grounds.

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Fires of Heaven

Perrin and Faile leave Bran Al’Vere’s Winespring Inn to meet up with Rand.

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Lord of Chaos

Bran does not appear in this book.

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A Crown of Swords

Bran does not appear in this book.

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Path of Daggers

Bran does not appear in this book.

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Winter's Heart

Bran does not appear in this book.

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Bran does not appear in this book.

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Crossroads of Twilight

Bran does not appear in this book.

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Knife of Dreams

Bran does not appear in this book.

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The Gathering Storm

Bran does not appear in this book.

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Towers of Midnight

Bran does not appear in this book.

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A Memory of Light

Character Summaries

Special Abilities

 

Bran has not major special abilities that we know of, but he is very well regarded in Emond's Field and he is known to be able to settle disputes and is generally considered a good leader.

Notable Possessions

 

He wears a silver medallion in the shape of a set of balances that is the symbol of Emond’s Field Mayor.


He owns a clock, which are few in Emond’s Field. His inn also houses most of the books and maps that the town has.


He has six large Dhurran horses that he hires out to farmers when they are in need.

Legacy

 

He is the father of the young Amyrlin, Egwene al’Vere. He helped in the Battle for Emond’s Field.

In Other Media

Michael Tuahine has been cast to play Bran al’Vere. He has been in movies such as Sea Patrol and Valentine’s Day.

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