Arell was the blonde niece of Brand, the Rivan Warder at the time of Belgarion's reign, and cousin to Kail and the late Olban. She was the daughter of Brand's youngest sister. Arell was described as very nearly the archetypical Alorn woman, tall, blond, and buxom, with golden braids coiled around her head, deep blue eyes, and a complexion like new milk. She was one of several highborn Rivan ladies who attended the queen, and was Queen Ce'Nedra's favorite lady-in-waiting. She regularly blushed whenever Garion entered the room.
She was stabbed with a dagger in her back in the attempt on Ce'Nedra's life during her pregnancy with Geran.