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Setting: Salidar, Altara

Point of view: Matrim Cauthon

Mat is rebuffed in his attempt to meet with Egwene. Elayne and Aviendha have disappeared, Nynaeve runs away every time she sees him and Thom and Juilin are nowhere to be found either. So Mat just enjoys himself by dancing in the celebration for a new Amyrlin. He dances with Halima, who tries to lead most of the time but isn't a very good dancer. Shortly after he leaves her he feels channeling affecting him by his medallion going cold. Myrelle approaches him about becoming her Warder, which he declines. He asks Siuan to dance before finding out who she is and she tells him to get lost. He does dance with Leane who is not like the Keeper he remembers.

The next morning Vanin is back and Olver has come along too. That day he receives five offers to become a Warder. The next day he is finally summoned to meet with Egwene. He is told that either he can go with Elayne and Nynaeve to Ebou Dar or be on his way with his army. He decides Ebou Dar is his only choice because of the promise he made to Rand. Before he leaves he tells Talmanes to shadow the Aes Sedai if they decide to start moving.

The next morning Mat meets up with the Ebou Dar party consisting of Elayne, Nynaeve, Birgitte, Aviendha, Vandene, Adeleas and a warder. Thom and Juilin also show up. Egwene arrives to opens a gateway for them to get close to Ebou Dar, but Mat notices the other Aes Sedai pretty much ignoring Egwene. He decides that is intolerable and gives Egwene elaborate courtesy as if it were her due.

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene wonders what orders Mat gave to Talmanes, but expects they were to follow her. The Aes Sedai have already started moving toward Tar Valon and she plans to use the Band.







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