"All I know is this. If he stays close to you, you live. If he gets too far away, for too long, you are going to die. Both of you. I don't know why I should have seen anything about you in his aura, but you seemed like part of it."
   — Min to Siuan on the aura she saw around Bryne

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Setting: Salidar

Point of view: Gareth Bryne

Bryne arrives in Salidar, noting the Warders and the many Aes Sedai present. He is sure Mara is here in the village, but doesn't understand what she would have to do with Aes Sedai or why the Aes Sedai should be here to begin with. Min's jaw drops as she spots Bryne arriving to talk with leaders of the Aes Sedai. Sheriam tells him the oath will be fulfilled, but they can not let him take them away at this time. Bryne states that he will stay and let Mara do his chores. Carlinya informs him that Mara is really Siuan Sanche and Amaena is really Leane Sharif, which nearly drops his jaw.

He tells them it does not matter, they still swore the oaths and must uphold them. Beonin asks him to serve their group while they fulfill their oaths. Bryne sets conditions they must hold to if they want him to agree to be their general. The Aes Sedai can give him objectives, but Bryne leads the army. If Bryne says something can't be done, they must at least consider before ignoring his advice. If they decide to start, they must finish since it will be a death sentence for the men in the army if they are disbanded. The Salidar Six confer behind a shield that mutes their voices and finally agree to his terms.

Point of view: Min Farshaw

When Bryne comes out followed by Siuan, Min realizes that she is going to have to start meeting the obligations of the oath she made to Bryne. She would like to grab her horse and ride off to find Rand, but knows the Warders would stop her. She walks outside where Siuan tells her to watch Logain and to not let him speak to anyone. The Aes Sedai in the inn seem more energetic, more intent on their tasks than they did before. Leane has two women acting as her clerks, busy writing letters. Min chases after Siuan to tell of an aura she saw around Bryne. The meaning is that Siuan and Bryne must stay close to each other or they will both die.