|<<< A Practiced Grin >>>|
|Setting: The Blight, Thakan'dar|
- Point of view: Olver
Olver is riding Bela through the Blight with Faile's party and watches as a tree swallows another member of the party. Sandip notes this is the fifteenth person dead in just the few days they have been stranded. Five were killed by grolm.
- Point of view: Cadsuane Melaidhrin
Cadsuane explains to Aviendha the True Power was used by the woman who escaped with Sarene and that she suspects the woman is Graendal. Sorilea argues that Graendal is never mentioned to be so ugly but agrees it must be so. They agree to contact each other if she shows up again.
- Point of view: Zarine ni Bashere t'Aybara
Faile's party is close to Thakan'dar and they have not lost another since drawing close to the border of the Blasted Lands. However, two nights before, Faile is called away from her tent and when she returns the Horn's chest has been moved slightly. The chest was still locked and the Horn still inside.
Faile sets a trap to try to catch the traitor in her tent but hides the Horn nearby. A scream pierces the night coming from the area the Horn is hidden. Faile finds Harnan battling some furry beast while Vanin holds the Horn. Faile shouts that he is a thief and Vanin tosses the Horn and runs, grabbing Harnan on the way. The beast kills a member of Cha Faile and another one appears, drawn by its cries. Arrela battles the first while Mandevwin orders Verdin and Laandon to attack with spears. One beast kills Mandevwin's horse, knocking him to the ground. Aravine appears and Faile orders everyone to ride away as she can hear the cries of more of the beasts.
Faile does not have time to chase Vanin or Harnan if they are to outpace the beasts into the Blasted Lands.
- Zarine ni Bashere t'Aybara
- Setalle Anan
- Aravine Carnel
- Chel Vanin
- Cadsuane Melaidhrin
- Arrela Shiego
- Noal Charin
- Moiraine Damodred
- Matrim Cauthon
- Talmanes Delovinde
- Elayne Trakand
- Siuan Sanche
- Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan
- Rand al'Thor
- Sarene Nemdahl
- El'Nynaeve ti al'Meara Mandragoran