"The Creator is good, Perrin. The Father of Lies is evil. The Pattern of Age, the Age Lace itself, is neither. The Pattern is what is. The Wheel of Time weaves all lives into the Pattern, all actions. A pattern that is all one color is no pattern. For the Pattern of an Age, good and ill are the warp and the woof."
   —Moiraine Damodred

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Setting: Altara, Remen

Point of view: Perrin Aybara

Perrin thought he saw a dog’s footprint on stone along the trail.[1] Along with Loial, Moiraine and Lan they are pushing hard trying to catch up to Rand. Loial doesn't even have time to read as they are riding anymore. They are approaching Remen on the Manetherendrelle. He thinks of his dreams, like the one with the wolf and Egwene. They travel through towns, seeing different events that happened in Rand’s wake. They also found Rand’s horse, dead, by the side of the road, apparently torn apart by wolves or wild dogs. Moiraine says all these things are part of the Pattern which is neither good nor evil.

They enter Remen and Perrin smells something vile, not a Twisted One or Neverborn though. Then he berates himself for using the wolf terms for Trolloc and Myrddraal. But he can't figure out what it was he smelled.[2] In the town square an Aielman is hanging in a cage while children throw stones at him. They enter Wayland's Forge, the inn where they will stay. Gainor Furlan is the innkeeper and talks about recent events in town. There are hunters for the Horn of Valere and they are the ones that captured the Aielman. Perrin remembers that Min said an Aielman in a cage will be a turning point in his life.[3]

Lord Orban begins telling the story, with much embellishment, of how he managed to capture the Aielman. Orban mentions Whitecloaks, which alarms Perrin since they may be looking for him. Perrin feels a set of eyes on him and looks around. He notices a young woman, about his age, with shoulder-length black hair and a nose that is almost too large. She turns away just as he looks at her.









  1. This is actually the footprint of a Darkhound.
  2. He later discovers that it is a Gray Man that he can smell. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 42.
  3. The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 6