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"Burn the Pattern. It can all burn, if it keeps her safe."
   —Perrin

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Setting: Cairhien, leagues from the capital

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Point of view: Perrin Aybara

Rand's party goes through the gateway to a place some miles to the northeast of the city of Cairhien. Perrin laments internally about the Red Wolfhead and Red Eagle banners he doesn't want but the Two Rivers men keep carrying. He thinks about Elayne who as new Queen of Andor won't like the latter banner but will perhaps be lenient. On the other side of the gateway, all regroup as for a battle. Perrin remembers a conversation before the opening of the gateway. Rand asked Flinn and Grady whether he could expect his enemies to have been idle while he was a prisoner. Flinn answers that only a fool would think so. Rand then asks Dashiva who replies that he doesn't know about having enemies since he grew up on a farm. Rand tells him that he will have enemies, now that he is close to Rand.

Finally through, Rand declares that he can only trust Perrin, Min and Loial. All the time Perrin is concerned about Rand's scent which is mixed and jumping enough for two men. Perrin wants Rand as Dragon Reborn to hold on and stay sane and is ashamed that he doesn't see his friend under the layer of Dragon Reborn anymore.

Feraighin, a Wise One with the Aiel in Cairhien, approaches the Wise Ones of Rand's party. They talk, then wait for Rand, Perrin, Min and Aram to join them. Feraighin bears news from Cairhien: how Rand's disappearance has affected the Aiel and pushed the bleakness to new heights, how rumors spread that he is wearing an Aes Sedai leash, that Colavaere has been crowned queen. Kiruna tries to bully in but is ignored. Rand asks about Berelain and is told she is well. Perrin is in great anxiety about Faile and wonders why Rand doesn't ask about her. Feraighin also tells that bubbles of evil have risen in the city and people have died. Further she tells Rand that Caraline Damodred, Toram Riatin and the nobles with them have met with Darlin Sisnera and his party out of Haddon Mirk. They sit some distance from the city and feast. The Wise Ones also have noticed about ten Aes Sedai in the city, staying in the manor house of Arilyn Dhulaine. Perrin asks about Faile and is told she is well. Kiruna delivers a pretty little speech trying to tell Rand that he has to be guided by her and Bera - but is ignored again. Rand just tells the Wise Ones to take all Aes Sedai into custody now so the world can see that Rand is not on an Aes Sedai leash.

Gaul rants about Chiad's behavior, leading him on when she does not want to marry him. Perrin realizes Chiad and Bain are here and not in the city with Faile and his temper flares because of his anxiety. Loial tries vainly to calm him.

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