"You must not kill yourself. The road ahead of you is long, dark, and, I very much fear, bloodstained. I also very much fear that you will take us all down that road. But you must live to reach the end of it."
   — Elder Haman to Rand
For the city by the same name, see Shadar Logoth.

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Setting: Royal Palace of Andor in Caemlyn, Aridhol, Two Rivers

Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Initially the Ogier, Elder Haman, Covril, and Erith are hesitant to go to Shadar Logoth to find the Waygate there for Rand. Elder Haman doesn't want to go because it is a dangerous place. Covril and Erith are opposed because it would be a detour on the way to the Two Rivers but when Rand offers to Travel by Gateway, the women favor the idea even though Haman is still opposed. Rand is about to go through when Sulin comes up, believing the Aiel should be going with him. Rand relents and gives her to the count of fifty to gather a guard. She says something to the gai'shain that startles them but they immediately run to gather a guard. When they are assembled, Rand warns them to follow his directions―they must stay close, not enter any buildings, nor take anything not even a drink.

Rand lets Haman lead once they are in the city. When they find the Waygate, Rand uses all five powers to weave deadly traps around the Waygate, focusing particularly on Shadowspawn. Rand is about to make a Gateway to the Two Rivers when he discovers that Liah is missing. A long and fruitless search in pairs begins. Rand repeatedly refuses requests to search by ones or to enter the buildings. Finally night comes close and they have to leave. Rand does not want to leave a Maiden behind, but finally has no choice. They will all die if they stay past dusk. Rand makes a Gateway to an empty field near Emond's Field, only it is no longer empty. Sheep and a farmhouse along with a boy shepherd are there to notice his arrival. Elder Haman begs Rand not to get himself killed before the Last Battle. Rand asks the Ogier to not reveal how they came there. Then he opens a Gateway to Caemlyn.