"Women do not become exhausted, they only exhaust others."
   —Ogier saying

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Setting: Royal Palace of Andor, Caemlyn

Point of view: Rand al'Thor

A servant arrives in the throne room to tell Rand that three Ogier have arrived. Rand asks to be led to where they are getting refreshments. The Ogier are Haman son of Dal son of Morel, Covril daughter of Ella daughter of Soong, and Erith daughter of Iva daughter of Alar. Covril is looking for her son, Loial, and plans to marry him right away to Erith to settle his wanderlust. He has been outside the stedding for five years and the Longing will soon overtake him and possible kill him. Rand admits that Loial is in the Two Rivers, a nice safe, quiet place. Rand asks Haman to identify all the locations of Waygates. He tried visiting Stedding Tsofu, but Elder Alar would not listen to a human.[1] Rand wants to have all the Waygates guarded because Shadowspawn are using the Ways. Rand wonders why the Forsaken don't send Trollocs pouring through Gateways.[2]

Haman reluctantly agrees and Rand sends Sulin to bring him every map in the palace. As Elder Haman begins marking the maps, he is amazed that humans do not remember the vanished cities of Mafal Dadaranell, Ancohima, or Londaren Cor. Some of the older maps show vanished nations

Elder Haman begins by marking the occupied stedding where there are Waygates

Then Elder Haman marks stedding that are abandoned (because their Ogier populations dwindled) or that were never reclaimed (because they were too close to human habitations)

Rand reminds Elder Haman that there is also an empty stedding somewhere east of the River Arinelle and north of the road between Whitebridge and Caemlyn.[4]

Haman then lists Ogier-built cities with Waygates

The name Aridhol tickles Rand's memory until he remembers that it is now called Shadar Logoth. Rand asks the Ogier to show him the location of the Waygate in Shadar Logoth since that one needs to be dealt with urgently.








  1. Rand later gets around this problem by sending Loial. See Lord of Chaos, Chapter 49.
  2. He later learns from Lews Therin that Gateways kill Shadowspawn.
  3. Stedding Yontiang.
  4. The Eye of the World, Chapter 29
  5. This one was closed by Loial. See The Shadow Rising, Chapter 44 and Chapter 53.