Egwene al'Vere's ability to discern aspects of the future from interpretation of her dreams has led to a wealth of foreshadowing as to what could happen next. Below is a collected list of Egwene's prophetic dreams, both fulfilled and as yet unresolved.
"First there had been a man with a mask over his face, and fire in place of his eyes. Despite the mask, she had thought he was surprised to see her. His look had frightened her till she thought her bones would break from shivering"
"Rand sleeping on the ground, wrapped in a cloak. A woman had been standing over him, looking down. Her face was in shadow, but her eyes seemed to shine like the moon, and Egwene had known she was evil. Then there was a flash of light, and they were gone. Both of them. And behind it all, almost like another thing altogether, was the feel of danger, as if a trap was just beginning to snap shut on an unsuspecting lamb, a trap with many jaws. As though time had slowed, and she could watch the iron jaws creep closer together."
Appears to apply to Lanfear and her attempt to control Rand during their excursion into the world accessed via the Portal Stone.
"[Rand] kneeling in a chamber where a parched wind blew dust across the floor, and creatures like the one on the Dragon banner, but much smaller, floated on the wind, and settled into his skin."
Rand received his Dragon markings during the trip through the pillars at Rhuidean.
"[Rand] confronting Seanchan"
Rand has had a number of such confrontations now, notably the large scale battle at Altara on the south coast.
"Perrin with a falcon on his shoulder, and Perrin with a hawk. Only the hawk held a leash in her talons - Egwene was somehow convinced both the hawk and falcon were female--and the hawk was trying to fasten it around Perrin's neck."
The two birds are Faile and Berelain respectively. The leash may indicate Berelain's desire to control Perrin or have him do her bidding, in contrast to Faile's desire to see Perrin achieve greatness through his own actions and her support. This Dream is very similar to one of Min's Viewings.
"Perrin - with a beard! - leading a huge pack of wolves that stretched as far as the eye could see."
Perrin has indeed grown out his beard and has firmly established his position as a Wolfbrother, leading the wolves to Rand's aid at Dumai's Wells and to Faile's against the Shaido.
"There had been a dream of Mat and Seanchan, too, but she was willing to dismiss that as a nightmare."
"Rand holding a sword that blazed like the sun, till she could hardly see that it was a sword, could hardly make out that it was him at all."
Rand with Callandor.
"In one dream he had been on a huge stones board, the black and white stones as big as boulders, and him dodging the monstrous hands that moved them and seemed to try to crush him under them. It could have meant something. It very probably did, but beyond the fact that Rand was in danger from someone, or two someones—she thought that much was clear—beyond that, she simply did not know."
"And a dream of Min, springing a steel trap but somehow walking through it without so much as seeing it."
Min's return to the White Tower raised suspicions in Elaida over Siuan Sanche's activities, which directly led to the deposing of Siuan and Elaida's coup. Min remained unaware of this throughout her stay until the takeover actually happened, and managed to escape the Tower unharmed.
"Mat with dice spinning 'round him"
An interestingly literal depiction of the "dice" Mat seems to carry around in his head and, more vaguely, refers to his uncommonly good luck.
"Mat being followed by a man who was not there ... or maybe more than one, but in some way there was no one there"
Mat was hunted by Gray Men during his time in Tar Valon, might also have reference to the gholam which follows Mat through later books.
"Mat riding desperately toward something unseen in the distance that he had to reach"
Mat came to the rescue of Egwene, Nyneave and Elayne, freeing them from captivity in Tear.
"Mat with a woman who seemed to be tossing fireworks about. An Illuminator, she assumed, but that made no more sense than anything else."
"Why should Perrin have a falcon on his shoulder, and what was important about him choosing between that axe he wore now and a blacksmith's hammer?"
Again the falcon is Faile. The choice between the axe and hammer is part of the Prophecy of the Wolf King. It also represents Perrin's position of having to kill, but wanting to create; the choice between war and peace.
"What did it mean that Mat was dicing with the Dark One, and why did he keep shouting "I am coming!" and why did she think in the dream that he was shouting at her?"
In Caemlyn Mat assured Lord Gaebril that he would protect Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve from an assassin.
"[Rand] had been sneaking through utter darkness toward Callandor, while all around him six men and five women walked, some hunting him and some ignoring him, some trying to guide him toward the shining crystal sword and some trying to stop him from reaching it, appearing not to know where he was, or only to see him in flashes. One of the men had eyes of flame, and he wanted Rand dead with a desperation she could nearly taste"
The men and women match the number of Forsaken still alive and loose in the world, all playing out their machinations upon Rand. The dream pays particular attention to Ishamael, usually depicted with fiery features, and his intentions at this point.
"Rand in that dry, dusty chamber again, with those small creatures settling into his skin."
"Rand as tall as a mountain, walking through cities, crushing buildings beneath his feet, with screaming people like ants fleeing from him."
Discounting the unlikely event of this dream being literal, this would tend to reference the inevitable consequences of Rand's revelation as the genuine Dragon Reborn and the spreading knowledge of the approach of Tarmon Gai'don.
"Rand in chains, and it was he who was screaming."
Rand was captured and bound by the Tower Aes Sedai.
"Rand building a wall with him on one side and her on the other, her and Elayne and others she could not make out. "It has to be done," he was saying as he piled up stones. "I'll not let you stop me now.""
Rand stubbornly insists on isolating himself from all friends and associates for their own protection.
"Aiel fighting each other, killing each other, even throwing away their weapons and running as if they had gone mad"
Quite a literal interpretation of the events following Rand's revelations of the true history of the Aiel.
"Mat wrestling with a Seanchan woman who tied an invisible leash to him"
"Rand sitting down in a chair, and somehow she knew that the chair's owner would be murderously angry at having her chair taken"
"Perrin, lounging with Faile on his lap, kissing her while she played with the short-cut beard that he wore in the dream. Behind them two banners waved, a red wolf's head and a crimson eagle. A man in a bright yellow coat stood near to Perrin's shoulder, a sword strapped to his back; in some way she knew that he was a Tinker, though no Tinker would ever touch a sword. And every bit of it except the beard seemed important. The banners, Faile kissing Perrin, even the Tinker. Every time he moved closer to Perrin it was if a chill of doom shot through everything."
Literal explanations, one of Rand seizing Caemlyn and the second the expansion of the Two Rivers and Perrin's place as a Lord. Aram turning from The Way of the Leaf caused him to grow progressively more violent. Finally, Masema convinced Aram that Perrin was Shadowspawn, and Aram then tried to murder Perrin to protect Faile.
"Mat throwing dice with blood streaming down his face, the wide brim of his hat pulled down low so she could not see his wound"
Mat losing his eye to the Eelfinn and then pulling his hat down to hide the wound.
"Thom Merrilin put his hand into a fire to draw out the small blue stone that now dangled on Moiraine's forehead."
While Thom is in the Tower of Ghenjei, he pulls Moiraine out of some bubble she was held in, burning his hands in the process.
"Twice, right atop one another, she dreamed of taking [Gawyn] by the shoulders and trying to turn him to face the other way against his will. Once he brushed her hands away roughly; the other time she was somehow stronger than he. The two blended together hazily."
Gawyn keeps interfering in Egwene's business and disrupting her plans to capture Mesaana. He continues to question and ignore her until she finally uses her power as the Amyrlin to stop his meddling.
"Gawyn swinging a door closed on her, and she knew if that narrowing gap of light vanished, she was dead."
This is tied with the above dream. She offends Gawyn and pushes him away. He then leaves for Caemlyn. He gets a letter from Egwene demanding he comes back to the White Tower which further annoys him, pushing him further away. He just about decides to leave Egwene for good until a chance meeting revealing information about Bloodknives. He rushes back to the Tower, kills the Bloodknives and saves Egwene from being assassinated.
"Perrin; he turned away from a Tinker and ran, faster and faster though she called for him to come back."
Perrin and Aram growing further apart, not knowing that it would eventually leave Aram alone and leads to disaster.
"Mat spoke strange words she almost understood - the Old Tongue, she thought - and two ravens alighted on his shoulders, claws sinking through his coat into the flesh beneath. He seemed no more aware of them that Perrin had been of the hawk and the falcon, yet the defiance passed across his face, and then grim acceptance."
A reference to Mat's foretelling by the Aelfinn to marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons, which he first ignores, then defies, and finally, having met Tuon, accepts.
"Perrin came and stood before her, a wolf lying at his feet, a hawk and a falcon perched on his shoulders glaring at each other over his head. Seemingly unaware of them, he kept trying to throw away that axe of his until finally he ran, the axe floating through the air chasing him."
Refers to Berelain, Faile and Perrin's ability to talk to the wolves. He has decided to throw the axe away and settle with the hammer, but the axe, in the form of battle and conflict, keeps following Perrin even though he is trying to escape from it.
"Elayne and Min and Aviendha, sitting in a silent circle around [Rand], each in turn reaching out to lay a hand on him."
Explanation of Min, Aviendha, and Elayne's desires to love Rand, and their mutual bonding of him as warder (and possibly a future prediction of their marriages to him).
"On bare feet, Gawyn walked [toward her] across a floor of broken glass, shards breaking at every slow step....she could see the trail of blood left by his slashed feet."
The prediction of Gawyn shows the path he is currently on, a path that makes him suffer every step he takes.
"...a man riding on a black stallion. Gawyn. Then she was standing in the road in front of him, and he reined in. Not because he saw her...but the road that had been straight now forked right where she stood, running over tall hills so no one could see what lay beyond. She knew, though. Down one fork was his violent death, down the other, a long life and a death in bed. On one path, he would marry her, on the other, not. She knew what lay ahead, but not which way led to which. Suddenly he did see her, or seemed to, and smiled, and turned his horse along one of the forks..."
"Straps at waist and shoulder held her tightly to the block, and the headsman's axe descended, but she knew that somewhere someone was running, and if they ran fast enough, the axe would stop."
Again another references to Gawyn interfering with Egwene's decision's, they fighting but Gawyn coming back in time to save Egwene from being assassinated by the Bloodknives.
Since Gawyn does in fact die, this vision could instead manifest in AMoL. Gawyn must decide between staying dutifully at Egwene's side as her Warder or venturing out to fight in battle. He chooses the latter, putting on the rings of the Bloodknives and going solo to assassinate Demandred, but is killed.
"Mat sat on a night-shrouded hilltop, watching a grand Illuminator's display of fireworks, and suddenly his hand shot up, seized one of those bursting lights in the sky. Arrows of fire flashed from his clenched fist, and a sense of dread filled her. Men would die because of this. The world would change."
Mat's using Aludra's Idea of 'Dragons' as a mass weapon (first appearance of the cannon).
"A dark young man held an object in his hand that shone so brightly she could not see what it was."
Possibly an appearance of Moridin, or Jahar Narishma's retrieval of Callandor. Most likely a reference to Rand atop Dragonmount with the access key.
"Rand, wearing different masks, until suddenly one of those false faces was no longer a mask, but him."
Likely a reference to what he feels the Dragon Reborn should be like: hard and unyielding. Rand finally overcame this when he had his epiphany on Dragonmount, merging both Lews Therin and Rand into the one.
"Perrin and a Tinker, frenziedly hacking their way through brambles with axe and sword, unaware of the cliff that lay just ahead. And the brambles screamed with human voices they did not hear."
Perrin and Aram's increasing desperation to defeat the Shaido and find Faile. And the cliff in front represents Masema's manipulation meant to turn them against each other.
"Mat, weighing two Aes Sedai on a huge set of balance scales, and on his decision depended....She could not say what; something vast; the world, perhaps."
One of Aes Sedai is definitely Moiraine as she needed to be rescued by Mat from the Tower of Ghenjei and is needed by Rand for the Last Battle. The second is Verin. Mat chooses to ignore her letter and save Moiraine. Due to this, nobody is aware of an active waygate near Caemlyn until trollocs pass through and threaten the city, as well as the foundries that are creating Dragon cannons.
"Recently, all of her dreams about Mat were pale and full of pain, like shadows cast by nightmares, almost as though Mat himself were not quite real."
Given that the foxhead medallion is known to shield the wearer's dreams, it may also shield the wearer from Egwene's prophetic dreams.
Alternatively her sensation of Mat may have become blurred after he was given dead men's memories by the Eelfinn.
Additionally could be related to the building that dropped on his head, causing him to spend most of his time unconscious, and in pain.
"Mat stood on a village green, playing at bowls [...] he was sharp and clear, dressed in a fine green coat and that wide-brimmed black hat [...] Rubbing the ball between his hands, he took a short run and casually rolled it across the smooth grass. All nine pins fell, scattered as if they had been kicked. Mat turned and picked up another ball, and the pins were back upright. No, there was a fresh set of pins. The old still lay where they had fallen. He hurled the ball again, a lazy underhanded bowl. And Egwene wanted to scream. The pins were not turned pieces of wood. They were men. [...] there were more new pins, new men, standing in orderly formation among the men lying sprawled on the ground as if dead. No, they were dead. Unconcerned, Mat bowled [...] Every one of those human pins had represented thousands of men. Of that she was certain. And an Illuminator was part of it [...] Still, it was only a possible future."
Maybe something to do with Mat leading an army, with the lives of thousands depending on his decisions?
Also, the reference to the Illuminator (Aludra) and Mat's idea of 'Dragons' (cannons). The Cannon could be represented as Mat bowling, and the pins (representing a thousand men each) could be the mass destruction which the 'Dragons' created.
"A small white plinth stood centered in that circle, supporting an oil-lamp made of clear glass. The flame on that lamp burned bright and steady, without flickering. It was white too. Suddenly a pair of birds flashed out of the mist, two ravens black as night. Streaking across the spire-top, they struck the lamp and flew on without so much as a pause. The lamp spun and wobbled, dancing around atop the plinth, flinging off droplets of oil. Some of those drops caught fire in mid-air and vanished. Others fell around the short column, each supporting a tiny, flickering white flame. And the lamp continued to wobble on the edge of falling."
An attack on the white tower by Seanchan. The white flame represents the Amyrlin Seat as a person, and lamp the White Tower. The raken passing by represents the cost and the effect of the attack to the Seanchan: nothing significant, and nothing that would slow them down. But the attack itself caused the Amyrlin Seat to change hands, helped reunite the White Tower, and showed Egwene's strength and resourcefulness, while damaging the Tower itself significantly. The drops of oil represent Aes Sedai. Some were caught, taken by raken and to'raken but were killed by Egwene's bolts of fire to prevent their captivity and enslavement.
"She was looking down at a nest. In it, a group of fledgling eagles screeched toward the sky for their mother. One of the eaglesuncoiled, and it wasn't an eagle at all, but a serpent. It began to strike at the fledglings one at a time, swallowing them whole. The eaglets simply continued to stare into the sky, pretending that the serpent was their sibling as it devoured them."
Egwene was able to interpret this one with certainty as referring to Mesaana, which confirmed her suspicions.
"She had dreamed of Seanchan, too, of women in dresses with lightning bolts woven on their breasts, collaring a long line of women who wore Great Serpent rings, forcing them to call lightning against the White Tower."
Partially fulfilled by the raid on the White Tower, but the Seanchan have yet to turn captive Aes Sedai against their sisters in any meaningful way, due to the Three Oaths.
Although they are not literally calling lightning against the tower, Elaida has been forced to teach the Seanchan how to Travel, which leads Tuon to suggest a massive attack.
"There had been a dream of him walking down into a great hole in a black mountain, a hole filled with a reddish glare as from vast fires below"
Possibly Rand's descent into Shayol Ghul, but this matches almost exactly the description of him gazing down from the crest of Dragonmount.
"Rand threatened in a dozen ways, none of them the least bit real."
"A woman playing with puppets, and another dream where the strings on puppets led to the hands of larger puppets, and their strings led to still greater puppets, on and on until the last strings vanished into unimaginable heights."
A reference to layers and layers of Darkfriends? Additionally the darkfriend system of 'hearts' where they only know of 2 other dark friends by default could lead to further this information. At the head obviously would be the dark one / the forsaken but its so far apart that nobody can see it / unimaginable heights.
"A woman, face shrouded in shadow, beckoned [Mat] toward great danger; Egwene did not know what, only that it was monstrous."
Maybe also a hint towards Mat's journey with Tuon, and the danger lying in marrying her. Possibly a Darkfriend among the females in Mat's party. It is possible that this was early forshadowing of Mat's journey to save Moiraine. Moiraine can be said to be in shadow as the Eelfin and the Aelfin's worlds were described as dark, and his journey to save her will surely be dangerous.
"Elayne, forcing [Rand] to his knees with one hand."
"[Rand] walking toward a burning mountain, something crunching beneath his boots. She stirred and whimpered; the crunching things were the seals on the Dark One's prison, shattering with his every step."
Maybe a reference to Rand going to Shayol Ghul, and as he goes, the Dark One comes closer to breaking free (since the Last Battle is approaching). Possibly also his plan to break the great seals before resealing the Bore.
"[about approaching Elayne and Nynaeve] every time one of them said a word, they tripped and fell on their faces or dropped a cup or plate or knocked over a vase, always something that shattered on impact."
"She stood before an immense wall, clawing at it, trying to tear it down with her bare hands. It was not made of brick or stone, but countless thousands of discs, each half white and half black, the ancient symbol of the Aes Sedai, like the seven seals that had once held the Dark One's prison shut... the wall stood strong however she beat at it. She could not tear it down. Maybe it was the symbol that was important. Maybe it was the Aes Sedai she was trying to tear down, the White Tower. Maybe...."
Could be a reference to Rand threatening to tear down the Dark One's seals and Egwene's resolve not to.
"Logain, laughing, stepped across something on the ground and mounted a black stone; when she looked down, she thought it was Rand's body he had stepped over, laid out on a funeral bier with his hands crossed at his breast, but when she touched his face, it broke apart like a paper puppet."
This sentence is most likely a reference to Logain overcoming his past as a false dragon to become part of the Black Tower. Logain laughing as he mounts the black stone is probably just insight into his relief at being free to join the Black Tower, or at least to leave the Aes Sedai camp, and a paper puppet of Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, could be called a 'false Dragon'. Or it could be a reference to Logain becoming the leader of the Black Tower, the body stepped over could be Taim, and this would fit in with Min's viewing of Logain attaining power and glory. However, it seems unlikely Taim's body would be laid on a funeral bier in such a posture, if at all.
It could also be that mounting the black stone means Logain will be assuming responsibility for ruling the Black Tower after Rand's death (and after Taim has been dealt with). Taim is a darkfriend, and so he and his darkfriend lackeys likely will have be at the last battle along with the Black Ajah Aes Sedai as the Dark One's new dreadlords. It may be that Logain battles Taim there and defeats him, and when Rand dies elsewhere on the battlefield, he will be left to assume command of the Black Tower by stepping over Rand's body. The face breaking apart is possibly an indication that Rand is not really dead as his 'inner part' (soul or mind) is elsewhere, ie that body has been abandoned (see the Moridin-Rand connection for more).
"A golden hawk stretched out its wing and touched [Egwene], and she and the hawk were tied together somehow; all she knew was that the hawk was female."
This paragraph seems to indicate Egwene's inevitable link to the Seanchan (specifically a woman) even after her capture. (Different opinion: As Raven is the sign of Seanchan, and Hawk has always been marking Berelain this appears to be a link between Egwene and Berelain, possibly by what seems like Berelain's possible link to Galad, and Egwene's link to Gawyn)
"A man lay dying in a narrow bed, and it was important that he not die, yet outside a funeral pyre was being built, and voices raised songs of joy and sadness."
Possibly Rand. It is important that he lives, although people would be both happy and sad if he died.
"She was struggling up a narrow, rocky path along the face of a towering cliff. Clouds surrounded her, hiding the ground below and the crest above, yet she knew that both were very far away. [...] Abruptly, the ledge dropped away from under her with the crack of crumbling stone, and she caught frantically at the cliff, fingers scrabbling to find a hold. [...] Suddenly a woman appeared, clambering down the sheer side of the cliff out of the clouds, making her way as deftly as if she were walking down stairs. There was a sword strapped to her back. Her face wavered, never settling clearly, but the sword seemed as solid as the stone. The woman reached Egwene's level and held out one hand. "We can reach the top together," she said in a familiar drawling accent."
Egeanin, now known as Leilwin Shipless, is a Seanchan (though no longer loyal to the Crystal Throne). She carries a sword on her back and "stony" is an apt description for her. The falling ledge refers to Gawyn's abrupt death in the last battle and Leilwin taking his place as Egwene's warder to watch her back.
"All was dust around [Egwene], and thirteen black towers rose in the distance beneath a tar-like sky.
One fell, and then another, crashing to the ground. As they did, the ones that remained grew taller and taller. The ground shook as several more towers fell. Another tower shook and cracked, collapsing most of the way to the ground—but then, it recovered and grew tallest of all.
At the end of the quake, six towers remained, looming above her. Egwene had fallen to the ground, which had become soft earth covered in withered leaves."
This would appear to relate to the Forsaken, but if the partially collapsed tower that rises to be the tallest is Moridin, it is unclear what is to be learned from this dream. It could also refer to The Towers of Midnight. Possibly linked to Mat and/or Tuon and the leashing of damane.
"She saw an enormous sphere made of the finest crystal. It sparkled in the light of twenty-three enormous stars, shining down on it where it sat on a dark hilltop. There were cracks in it, and it was being held together by ropes
There was Rand, walking up the hillside, holding a woodman's axe. He reached the top and hefted the axe, then swung at the ropes one at a time, chopping them free. The last one parted, and the sphere began to break apart, the beautiful globe falling in pieces. Rand shook his head."
Egwene later seems to interpret this as referring to breaking the seals. Alternatively, the dream could have something to with the broken female Choedan Kal on Tremalking, It was described in Winter's Heart, Chapter 35 as being on a hill.