""And it was written that no hand but his should wield the Sword held in the Stone, but he did draw it out, like fire in his hand, and his glory did burn the world. Thus did it begin. Thus do we sing his Rebirth. Thus do we sing the beginning."

   —from Do'in Toldara te, Songs of the Last Age,
Quarto Nine: The Legend of the Dragon.
Composed by Boanne,

Songmistress at Taralan[1], the Fourth Age"

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Setting: Tear, Stone of Tear
Point of view: Mat

Mat remembers the fighting in the Stone of Tear, along with Rand wielding Callandor. He is in a meeting room with Elayne, Egwene, Nynaeve, Rhuarc and Moiraine. Moiraine tells him that Perrin is also in the vicinity along with "a companion" who is in considerable danger and Perrin may be also. She also shows them an intact Seal that she found. Three others have been found but broken. They have been lost since the Trolloc Wars, but have now started to appear again. Moiraine notes that every time Rand confronted Ba'alzamon a Seal was nearby. Rhuarc then steps forward and shows them the dragon on his left arm, and tells them about how the clan chiefs get that mark in Rhuidean. Moiraine is stunned to realize that the Aiel are the People of the Dragon.

Mat believes Rand killed the Dark One last night, but Moiraine says he did not. Whoever he killed left a body and the Dark One would not. They all discuss the possibility that Ba'alzamon might have been Ishamael. There are still nine other Forsaken left, and with three of the Seven Seals broken, only four are left to hold the Dark One's prison intact.

Berelain walks into the room and gives Moiraine a note, saying that it was given to her by an impressive woman. The note says that Lews Therin is hers, and always has been, but that she delivers him in Moiraine's custody for the time being. The note is signed "Lanfear".

Moiraine reveals to the others that Mat is ta'veren as well as the sounder of the Horn of Valere, so there is still more work to be done.











  1. This could be the name of Tar Valon in the Fourth Age.

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