For other chapters with "surprise" in the title, see Surprises.

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Setting: the Rebel Aes Sedai camp near Tar Valon


Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene goes to the Hall of the Sitters since a meeting has been called to discuss whatever findings there are about the vast channeling from a few days ago. Lelaine also wants a discussion on the negotiations with Elaida that Egwene authorized that morning. Nisain a'Cowel reports to the Hall that they could not identify the weave that was made and it might have been made by a man. Both saidin and saidar were used though and there is now a three mile wide hole where Shadar Logoth used to be.

Romanda asks if the report changes anything in their plans since they assume it must have been the Forsaken behind the channeling. The discussion goes to using Circles but even with thirteen strong sisters in a Circle, they would not be able to counter such a large amount of channeling. Moria identifies a possible solution, since using men would allow the Circles to grow much larger, which upsets nearly everyone present. Amid much shouting and screaming and possibly preparations to start a brawl, Egwene uses a weave to speak loudly, announcing that a proposal has been laid before the Hall. Egwene is unsure whether she should favor or oppose the proposal moving forward, but has little say anyway since it is the Hall that must decide.

The Sitters speak, either for or against before finally voting. Initially not enough Sitters stand to pass the proposal but finally Romanda stands and then encourages Lelaine to stand which she does even though they usually automatically oppose each other. The proposal passes but it will take time to make the necessary plans.