|<<< A Pile of Sand >>>|
|Setting: Cairhien (city), Salidar|
Point of view: Egwene al'Vere
Egwene is still recovering from the attack on her by Lanfear, when Moiraine and Lanfear fought and both died. When she looks in the mirror she is blushing as she remembers the dream she shared with Gawyn and what happened there. She decides to sleep a bit longer to recover from being in tel'aran'rhiod all night. She has some dreams:
- Perrin with a wolf at his feet, a falcon and hawk on his shoulders glaring at each other, while he tries to throw away his axe.
- Perrin turning away from a tinker and running away.
- Mat speaking the Old Tongue while two ravens land on his shoulder, sinking in their claws.
- A woman beckons Mat toward great danger but her face is shrouded.
- Elayne forcing Rand to his knees
- Elayne, Min and Aviendha in a circle around Rand, then laying a hand on him
- Rand walking toward a burning mountain while something crunched beneath his boots, the seals on the Dark One's prison.
Cowinde wakes her and she decides to skip breakfast until Amys wonders what is wrong with her to not be hungry. She then decides she needs to make the Wise Ones believe her to be healed, so she eats. The Wise Ones discuss Egwene's health and when she will have permission to return to tel'aran'rhiod. The Salidar Aes Sedai are very insistent that Egwene come to the next meeting. After asking the Wise Ones some questions, Egwene mostly resolves to avoid Gawyn's dreams in the future.
Point of view: Elayne Trakand
A large crowd waits outside the little tower to hear the results of the negotiations between the Salidar Hall and the White Tower representative, Tarna Feir. Elayne is very tired, having stayed awake most of the night dealing with the aftermath of the bubble of evil. Nynaeve joins her, even more tired since she did not go to bed at all trying to comply with Theodrin's orders to stay awake all night to see if that breaks her block on channeling. Siuan joins them, with everyone impatient for the announcement. In the end, nothing has changed. Salidar will not return to the White Tower while Elaida is the Amyrlin.
Nynaeve goes to speak to Sheriam, with Elayne following. They ask to speak privately with Sheriam, Morvrin and Carlinya. Nynaeve tells them of the ter'angreal they found in tel'aran'rhiod last night and that it may be able to affect the weather. Nynaeve and Elayne wish to go to Ebou Dar to find it while the Aes Sedai won't let Accepted make the trip. A letter to Merilille, the Aes Sedai in Ebou Dar is what they have to settle for. To try to bring the Salidar Aes Sedai together with Rand, Elayne tells them the bowl will need a man channeling to work. Nynaeve then berates the Aes Sedai for not doing anything proactive and gets a punishment for her outburst.
Point of view: Sheriam Bayanar
Sheriam, Carlinya and Morvrin are watching Elayne and Nynaeve at their chores through the fence. They have plans for the criticisms that were made, but can't make them public yet. They still don't know how they should handle Rand though.
- Tarna Feir
- Juric gai'shain
- Beira gai'shain
- Aiel Waste
- Tar Valon
- Ebou Dar
- Spine of the World