"If one of you says 'up', the other says 'down'. If you do not stop it, we may not reach Tear."
   — Elayne to Egwene

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Setting: River Erinin aboard the Blue Crane, Cairhien

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene has not seen a living person in any of the villages they passed, most of which were burned. The sailors bow to her, seeing her ring. Captain Chin Ellisor is honored to have three Aes Sedai on his ship. Egwene has had several dreams of Perrin, Rand, and Mat, and one of Min. 

Elayne says she hopes Mat is not showing around the paper they gave him. Egwene says they can’t worry about Mat, they have to figure out how to get into the Stone of Tear. Elayne is thinking of the fighting they hear of as though she were the queen. Egwene says a greyman is after Mat, and that is what her one of her dreams about him meant. The ship suddenly stops throwing them to the ground. Nynaeve joins Egwene and Elayne on deck and surveys the status of the ship. Nynaeve says they hit a sunken ship, and are stuck.  The captain says a different ship should be there soon to get them but it might take longer. Nynaeve says they can just walk to Jurene, the next town. Chin Ellisor tries to talk them out of walking on the Cairhien side, but it is much shorter to the next town. They are walking along the riverside when a figure in brown and grey steps out from the bushes in front of them.








  1. Mat coming to rescue Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne in Tear.
  2. Sammael assumed the identity of Lord Brend in Illian.
  3. Be'lal assumed the identity of High Lord Samon in Tear.
  4. Rahvin assumed the identity of Lord Gaebril in Andor.
  5. Semirhage assumed the identity of Anath Dorje, Truthspeaker of the Seanchan Daughter of the Nine Moons.
  6. Mesaana assumed the identity of Danelle Sedai in the White Tower.
  7. Graendal assumed the identity of Lady Basene in Arad Doman.
  8. Demandred assumed the identity of Bao the Wyld, leader of the nation of Shara.

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