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"It doesn't seem to make any odds whether I get an arrow in me trying to deliver that letter or a knife in my back waiting. It's six up, and a half dozen down. Just you have that meal waiting, Thom."
   — Mat Cauthon

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Setting: Caemlyn

Point of view: Matrim Cauthon

Mat wants to deliver the letter from Elayne right away but Thom says they should find a meal and a bed first. Mat thinks he is out of the "game Moiraine is playing". Mat tells Thom to go on to the Queen's Blessing and he will go to the palace. Mat tries to explain his errand to the gate officer, but he interrupts Mat and won't let him finish his explanation. The gate officer says he will take no word to the Queen from Tar Valon. When Mat continues to try to explain, the gate officer accuses Mat of being a Darkfriend and commands the guards to him. Mat rides away, and barely escapes the guards.

He doesn’t know why the palace is so against Tar Valon now, they weren't before. Mat goes to the Queen’s Blessing, seeking out Thom and Basel Gill. Basel and Thom are playing stones. Basel says Lord Gaebril has replaced half the guards in Caemlyn with those of his own and that Gareth Bryne has been forced out of the city. For luck, Mat rolls the dice and gets five single pips—the Dark One's Eyes.

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