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|Setting: The Queen's Blessing Inn in Caemlyn|
Rand enters The Queen's Blessing breathlessly from running all the way from the palace. Lamgwin directs Rand to the library and Basel Gill after telling of an attempt to steal the inn's cats. He finds Master Gill and Loial playing Stones and tells them about the beggar that's been following him  and an unbelievable tale about meeting the Queen of Andor. As Rand lays out the details, Master Gill's disbelief changes into worry. He tells Rand to get Mat and prepare to leave the city before Elaida decides to hunt him down. As the humans plot Mat and Rand's departure, Loial asks to leave with him.
Gilda interrupts their meeting with a knock and an ill report of Whitecloaks in the inn. The Whitecloak interrupts Gill's greeting, sneering about his search for two Darkfriends from the Two Rivers. The Whitecloaks arrogantly compare Morgase to Darkfriends due to her relationship with Tar Valon, prompting every patron to stand and challenge the five men. The lead Whitecloak threatens Basel with the Dragon's Fang suddenly appearing on his door, angering the innkeeper to throw them out.
Gilda interrupts Rand and Basel again to inform them of a Lady in the kitchens asking for Rand and Mat by name. They fear it is the Daughter-Heir until Rand remembers that he never mentioned Mat to Elayne. The pieces click together and Rand races to the kitchen, much to Master Gill's chagrin.
Rand opens the kitchens to see Moiraine, Nynaeve, Egwene, Perrin, and Lan. After introducing everyone to Master Gill, he notices Perrin's downcast stare. Nynaeve asks about Mat, then storms up the stairs when told that he is not well. The joyous reunion turns subdued when Perrin asks about Thom, and grows worse when the Emond's Field folk confront Mat.
Moiraine's voice interrupts Mat and she orders the Emond's Field folk to back away from him, bodily tossing the Wisdom aside when she moves too slow. Mat and the Aes Sedai lock eyes. She places her hand on him. In the next instant, Mat tries to stab her with the Ruby-hilted dagger. Inches from her throat, Lan's hand seizes Mat's wrist. Moiraine asks Rand how he came by the dagger and his answer displeases her.
Rand recalls his misadventures with Darkfriends and Shadowspawn during the journey to Caemlyn and tells them of rumors of strange things outside the city. Lan confirms the appearance of Trollocs and Myrddraal waiting for the time to strike.
- Rand al'Thor
- Lamgwin Dorn
- Basel Gill
- Matrim Cauthon
- Moiraine Damodred
- Nynaeve al'Meara
- Egwene al'Vere
- Lan Mandragoran
- Perrin Aybara
- Logain Ablar
- Elayne Trakand
- Gawyn Trakand
- Padan Fain as beggar
- Morgase Trakand
- Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan
- Gareth Bryne
- Tam al'Thor
- Mother Grubb
- Thom Merrilin
- Dark One
- ↑ Padan Fain
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 40
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 30
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 38
- ↑ Rand and Gill mistakenly believe that the Whitecloaks are after him and Mat. However, the Whitecloaks are actually searching for Perrin and Egwene.The Eye of the World, Chapter 38
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Eye of the World, Chapter 26
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 23
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 16
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 25
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 24
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 32
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 33
- ↑ The Eye of the World, Chapter 34