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Below is a list of the known Bargains of the Atha'an Miere, along with the terms of each Bargain and discussed results and implications.

The Bargain with the Coramoor Edit

This was negotiated between Merana Ambrey and Rafela Cindal, representatives of the Coramoor, and Harine din Togara Two Winds, the Extraordinary Ambassador of Mistress of the Ships of the Atha'an Miere. It took place in the city of Cairhien on board the White Spray. The terms were as follows:

  1. The Atha'an Miere have promised such ships as the Coramoor needs, to sail when and where he needs them, for whatever purposes he requires.
  2. The Coramoor will not change any laws of the Atha'an Miere.
  3. The Coramoor must give the Atha'an Miere land, a square one mile on each side, at every city on navigable water that he controls now or comes to control.
  4. The Coramoor agrees to keep an ambassador chosen by the Atha'an Miere with him at all times. Harine din Togara has named herself. She will be accompanied by her Windfinder, her Swordmaster, and a retinue.
  5. The Coramoor agrees to go promptly to a summons from the Mistress of the Ships, but not more than twice in any three consecutive years.

Rand al'Thor has called upon the first term of the agreement to provide enough food for his armies in Arad Doman. He requests enough ships and food to feed one million people.

The third term of the agreement is now of critical importance because of the mass suicide of the Amayar. The Atha'an Miere were solely based on the waves and depended upon the land-dwelling Amayar to supply their ports and their ships. Without them, the entire infrastructure of the Atha'an Miere is gone. Land at every city on navigable water will replace this loss to their resources. It also fulfills some of the Jendai Prophecies.

The Bargain with Elayne, the Daughter-Heir of Andor/The Bargain with the Aes Sedai Edit

This was a negotiation taking place in Altara, slightly north of Ebou Dar at the Kin's Farm, between Elayne Trakand, Daughter-Heir of Andor, Nynaeve al'Meara and Merilille Ceandevin on the one side, and the Atha'an Miere on the other. The Aes Sedai requested the help of the Sea Folk to help correct the world's weather, something the Atha'an Miere did not fail to capitalise on. The Bargain has called for some anger in Tar Valon, due to the few benefits that befell the Aes Sedai.

Elayne also negotiated the Sea Folk Windfinders into assisting her in her quest to gain the throne of Andor.

  • The Atha'an Miere agree to lend Elayne assistance in her quest for the Lion Throne.
  • The Atha'an Miere agree to give Elayne and Nynaeve the assistance of their Windfinders in using the Bowl of the Winds to correct the world's weather.
  • The Atha'an Miere agree to let the Aes Sedai use their most powerful Windfinders instead of the ones highest ranking.
  • The Aes Sedai agree to provide twenty teachers to the Windfinders to enhance their knowledge of the Power, and these twenty will be unable to leave unless replaced by others.
  • The Aes Sedai agree to let the channelers of the Atha'an Miere come to the Tower whenever they wish, learn whatever they wish, and leave whenever they wish.

The Bargain with Mat Cauthon Edit

After returning from the Rahad, with the Bowl of the Winds in their possession, Mat has trouble convincing the channelers present (Aes Sedai, Kin, and Sea Folk) to leave immediately. Elayne and Nynaeve remain silent on purpose, either to (as they claimed) take advantage of Mat's ta'veren nature, or to let Mat feel the full implication of the control he wanted. Mat begins by calling Renaile din Canlon Blue Star a "daughter of the sands" (an ancient sea folk insult from his memory). Then when Renaile draws her knife, he disarms her, and claims that "the blades are bare", and that he, being the Master of the Blades (of their group) takes precedence over the Mistress of the Ships. The terms are as follows:

  • The Atha'an Miere go where Elayne and Nynaeve want.
  • Mat doesn't take them by force.

The Bargain is sealed in traditional form, despite its unusual nature. Mat touching his fingers to his lips and touching Renaile's lips, and Renaile doing the same for Mat. This allows the channelers to go to the Kin's farm, and use the Bowl of the Winds.

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