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|Setting: Outside Cairhien (city), Sun Palace|
Point of view: Min Farshaw
Rand has agreed to fight Toram Riatin with practice swords at the Cairhien rebels camp. Rand easily defends himself against Toram's attacks until a scream from outside startles him. Toram hits Rand in the side and plans to kill him until he sees something in the fog snatch one of the Red sisters away. Everyone begins to scatter and run from the tent but some including Rand, Min, Toram and Cadsuane form a defensive group to try to escape the fog. Rand channels balefire to help a fleeing woman which allows Toram to recognize him. Toram leaves the group accusing Rand of causing the fog. Cadsuane slaps and Rand and tells him he is never to use balefire. Padan Fain comes out of the fog and stabs Rand in the side with the Ruby-hilted dagger. The wound is in the same place as the half-healed scar Rand received at Falme. Rand collapses and Samitsu tries to heal him but is not fully effective. Samitsu believes he will still die but Cadsuane will not give up.
Darlin Sisnera carries Rand while the Aes Sedai continue to protect the party as they move through the fog. At least the escape from it and begin the journey back to Cairhien. They stop a cart and unload the turnips using the power, then head for the Sun Palace as fast as possible. Cadsuane begins to question Min about Rand's kidnapping by the Tower Aes Sedai. Rand is put to bed and others begin to gather including Bera and Kiruna. Dashiva comes in and orders Flinn to see if he can heal Rand. The old wound and the new are two different types of evil. Flinn seals the two wounds away from Rand so they will not affect him.
- Toram Riatin
- Padan Fain
- Caraline Damodred
- Darlin Sisnera
- Cadsuane Melaidhrin
- Niande Moorwyn
- Samitsu Tamagowa
- Ander Tol farmer with cart
- Derowin childhood friend of Toram
- Corele Hovian
- Arilyn Dhulaine