|Book Origin||The Black Magician Trilogy|
Bel Arralade is a wealthy Elyne aristocrat, who is known for holding lavish annual parties to celebrate her birthday. She is a widow and has four children, two boys and two girls. Her private life is gossiped about in Capia, and it is believed that she has had many romantic affairs.
|Spoilers from "The Novice"|
In The Novice, Bel Arralade's party guests include Tayend of Tremmelin, Velend of Genard, and Ambassador Dannyl. She speaks to Dannyl, and mentions his assistant's disinterest in women, and hints that he might be a lad. Dannyl pretends to have no idea about Tayend's sexual orientation.
The Bel mentions how she met Akkarin on his journeys 10 years ago, and she says he travelled to the mountains. This information is of interest to Dannyl in his research into Akkarin's travels.