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Setting: Kandor, Thakan'dar, Pit of Doom

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Point of view: Gawyn Trakand

Gawyn, looking for an escape, scouts ahead while leaving his warder’s cloak on Egwene who is following not far behind. He tells her that he will drop a stone as a warning if he finds anything. He slips on one of the rings of the Bloodknives. 

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene begins moving behind Gawyn, but pauses at the sound of a dropped stone. She crouches to wait for another chance to move. She senses the channeler mere moments before a shield is slammed between Egwene and the Source. She lets her terror build to alert Gawyn through their bond.  Leilwin smashes the channeler on the head to rescue Egwene. Gawyn and Bayle rejoin the women.

Point of view: Aviendha

The assault on Thakan'dar begins.

Aviendha attacks the Shadow-forgers and releases the captives. Her job is to guard Rand's back as he entered the Pit of Doom. He warned her to look for Darkfriends. She battles channelers who use balefire and notices cracks that lead to darkness in the rocks. Duhara & Falion are found to be Dreadlords and Aviendha escapes an encounter with the third woman, likely Hessalam.

Aviendha sets up three circles: one to attack the Trollocs while the other two wait to goad the enemy to attack what seems like a singular circle. She then sets up Traveling grounds and keeps strict control over who channels and where in order to pinpoint an attack.

Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Rand approaches the base of the mountain that is Shayol Ghul. He orders no channeling until the strike on the Dark one, if possible.  Thom volunteers to guard the entrance into the cave. 

Nynaeve suggests that Rand should rest, eyeing the old wound in his side that has re-opened. His blood ran down his leg and into his boot, leaving a bloody footprint behind:

"The Dragon’s blood stains the rock of Shayol Ghul" - The Karaethon Cycle.

He unsheathes Callandor and asks Moiraine and Nynaeve to form a circle. Moiraine asks if one of them should lead so he could use Callandor safely. Rand states that he doesn’t intend to be safe, to Moiraine and Nynaeve's dismay. So long as he leads the circle, another could strike and seize control of him.

Questioning himself about whether or not he had planned this well enough and wondering if it was the right time, a voice booms:

“IT IS TIME. LET THE TASK BE UNDERTAKEN”.

Rand was not surprised, as he had heard this voice once before now. He had been hoping for it. Presumably, the voice was the voice of the Creator.

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