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Setting: Royal Palace of Andor, Sun Palace

Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Rand opens a Gateway to a room in Cairhien and goes through following his escort of Aiel. Rand heads in to the palace to meet with Berelain and Rhuarc, the two he has left in charge while he has been gone. Berelain is in charge of the city with Rhuarc as her adviser. Rand wishes to see Egwene but isn't sure if the Wise Ones will allow it while she is still recovering from being attacked by Lanfear. They come to a courtyard where a number of Cairhienin women are practicing sword fighting. They are also practicing a bastardized version of Ji'e'toh. This greatly offends the Aiel for multiple reasons but Rand doesn't see it as an issue.

Rand dismisses most of his guard since there are too many for moving about the palace. They discuss the rebels in the foothills of the Spine of the World and the Shaido that appear to be settling in to stay. Rhuarc reports that there is fighting in Shara, something that hasn't happened since the Trolloc Wars. It started after they learned of the coming of the Dragon Reborn. Rand has established a school to develop new things which has shown mixed results to far. A Sea Folk ship[1] is docked at the city. Mangin arrives to tell Rand he violated the rules against killing Cairhienin and so should be hanged, which Rand is obliged to enforce.

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  1. The White Spray.