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Setting: Emond's Field, White Tower, Shayol Ghul, Salidar, Cairhien (city), Amadicia

Point of view: Demandred

Demandred arrives at Shayol Ghul in response to a summons from the Great Lord of the Dark. Constructs are making new blades for Myrddraal, but it requires a human victim for each, and they do not have many victims available. A Myrddraal much taller than normal addresses Demandred and calls itself Shaidar Haran which means Hand of the Dark. Inside the mountain is a point where a thinness in the pattern allows him to sense his master. Demandred passes on the information he has which is that Rahvin is dead, Lanfear has vanished and Moghedien did not meet with Graendal as planned. The Great Lord is aware that Asmodean is now dead, branded by him a traitor. Demandred receives his orders.

Point of view: Nynaeve al'Meara

Nynaeve is examining Siuan and Leane to see if she can figure out what needs to be healed to reverse their stilling. Normally Nynaeve can't channel unless angry. Today she is using the a'dam which links her to Moghedien, allowing her to use the Forsaken's channeling ability. In Salidar, Moghedien is known as Marigan, a widow with two young children, but that is just a pretense. Siuan is very pessimistic about the possibility of being healed and believes the effort is a waste of time.

Elayne enters and is furious because an embassy is being sent to Rand in Caemlyn but she isn't allowed to go. She also refuses to believe that her mother is dead, even though there aren't any rumors that she is alive or trying to regain her throne. Min gets to go which irks Elayne since both of them are in love with Rand.

By rights, Moghedien should be turned over to the Aes Sedai, followed shortly by a trial and execution. But Elayne and Nynaeve are learning things from the Age of Legends that they believe are worth the delay. Moghedien claims the unnatural heat across the land is the Dark One's work.

Point of view: Elayne Trakand

Elayne decides she needs to find Min so they can have a talk about Rand. She is stopped in the street by Janya and Anaiya who praise her for the discoveries she is making with the One Power, with Moghedien's help, although they don't know that.

Min was worried that getting the chance to go to Rand might change the friendship between her and Elayne. Elayne assures her that won't happen. They talk for a while as friends until Min needs to leave.

Point of view: Faile Bashere

Faile is holding court in the greatroom of her new house and is vexed that Perrin is avoiding the duty, again. The Two Rivers is changing, with many refugees from Almoth Plain and Tarabon crossing the Mountains of Mist, bringing new skills to the region. Faile settles a number of issues and begins to adjourn when the four Two Rivers Wisdoms arrive. Daise Congar tells Faile that Ewin Finngar, Elam Dowtry and Dav Ayellin have run off to see the world after hearing Perrin's stories. The unnatural weather worries the Wisdoms and they don't know how to reassure the people that look to them for answers. Faile just tells them to go on as Two Rivers people have always gone on when troubles come along.

Faile tries to remind Perrin he has a duty to the Two Rivers people and needs to act more like a lord. He agrees about duty, but mentions he feels Rand's ta'veren nature tugging at him. Perrin plans to slip away quietly while Faile thinks she will go with him and have a proper escort too.

Point of view: Gawyn Trakand

Gawyn is reviewing the defensive positions of the Younglings under his command in advance of a meeting between Aes Sedai and Shaido Wise Ones. The Aes Sedai Gawyn escorts are going to Cairhien to request the Dragon Reborn return with them to Tar Valon. A traveling peddler comes along and Gawyn asks him for news, then almost strangles him when he learns that Rand has taken Caemlyn and Morgase is dead.

Point of view: Katerine Alruddin

Katerine is contemptuous of Sevanna and the Shaido Aiel as they conclude a treaty. Sevanna wants to see Rand after he is captured though before it is final. Katerine wonders if the Shaido can be used to eliminate Gawyn and the Younglings since they are a bit too independent for Elaida. She chats with Galina Casban, the head of the Red Ajah and also a fellow member with her in the Black Ajah.

Point of view: Sevanna

Sevanna leads the Shaido as the Widow of the last two Clan Chiefs. She has also managed to be declared a Wise One even though she has not had the training. She plans to lead the Shaido in conquest over all of the wetlanders. Key to her plans is to have Rand chained at her feet. She met with an unknown man who gave her some type of communication device that a Wise One that can channel can activate, to use when they have captured Rand.

Point of view: Morgase Trakand

Morgase is meeting with the king of Amadicia, Ailron, looking for aid in regaining her throne from Gaebril. After Ailron leaves her, Tallanvor suggests they should have gone to Ghealdan instead of Amadicia. Morgase tries to put him in his place as a guard of the queen, but he ignores the supposed difference in their positions. Basel Gill and Lamgwin guard the door to her rooms. Inside Lini gives advice to Morgase while Breane listens.

Pedron Niall enters with just a bare knock on the door. He says he is not here to arrest her which reminds Morgase that even though she is very weak and rarely successful at channeling, it is still against the law in Amadicia. Niall tells her that Ailron will never give her the aid she seeks, but the Whitecloaks have the resources to help her. He also tells her that the Dragon Reborn, Rand has killed Gaebril and now holds Caemlyn. Niall believes Rand to be a false dragon, that Aes Sedai do his channeling.

A young man brings in some cold punch. He is Paitr Conel and offers to help her escape from the Whitecloaks. His uncle Jen Conel will think up a way to get her away. This is the same Paitr that approached Rand and Mat in Market Sheran.[1]

Point of view: Pedron Niall

Niall doesn't believe in the Dragon Reborn, and not really even in the Dark One and expects the Last Battle to just be a fight with many Trollocs and other Shadowspawn. Jaichim Carridin is waiting for an audience and they enter his office. They discuss the Aes Sedai in Salidar, but Niall has decided to leave them alone. Carridin will be sent to Altara, but not to Salidar.

Point of view: Mesaana

Mesaana and Semirhage are waiting for Demandred to arrive with a message from the Great Lord. Demandred finally arrives, then Graendal right after but Sammael refuses to come. Demandred's message from the Great Lord was in part to "Let the Lord of Chaos Rule."

Point of view: Osan'gar

Osan'gar is amazed that he is awake, even if he must use a different name than he used before. Aran'gar is in a similar situation but she seems irritated and is pacing the room. Shaidar Haran arrives in the room to give them their instructions. They were both Chosen that were killed and brought back by the Great Lord. They are given missions and will sent out to fulfill them.

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  1. The Eye of the World, Chapter 33

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