"You know the dangers of learning the Power without guidance, Aes Sedai. Do not think the dangers of the dream are less. They are just as great, perhaps more for those who venture without knowledge."
   — Melaine to Nynaeve in tel'aran'rhiod

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Setting: Tel'aran'rhiod

Point of view: Nynaeve al'Meara

Nynaeve appears in the Heart of the Stone as she enters Tel'aran'rhiod. She calls to Birgitte, who appears but without Gaidal Cain this time. Birgitte believes Gaidal may have been born in to the real world again, which means she will be also within a few years.[1] Birgitte is trying to keep an eye on the Forsaken in Tel'aran'rhiod and reporting to Nynaeve or Elayne. There has been no sign of Moghedien, the spider, since Nynaeve fought her in Tanchico. She may be avoiding Tel'aran'rhiod or she may be able to hide from Birgitte. Nynaeve wants to tell Egwene and the Wise Ones about Birgitte and what she has found, but Birgitte says she must hold to her promise to not tell anyone.

Egwene arrives while Nynaeve is viewing herself in provocative dresses in a mirror, startling her. Nynaeve informs Egwene and Melaine that they are in Sienda. Nynaeve tells about the strange message from Ronde Macura and that she tried to drug her and Elayne, then feels guilty over not admitting that they were drugged. Egwene tells of the Aiel heading for Jangai Pass, following Couladin and the Shaido. She also reveals that Rand is ordering around Moiraine and that she obeys. Despite Nynaeve's dislike for Moiraine, she is indignant that Rand is doing that. Melaine upbraids Nynaeve for taking unnecessary risks in Tel'aran'rhiod. Nynaeve refuses to stop, so Melaine announces that, "Aan'allein will die on the day he learns that you are dead."[2] Melaine then changes her into the clothes of a little Aiel girl and then she and Egwene disappear.








  1. Because time passes differently in Tel'aran'rhiod, Birgitte says that Gaidal may be a newborn or already a young boy in the waking world.
  2. We never learn whether this was a jab or a Dream.