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The Fires of Heaven/Chapter 48

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"Stay clear of Rand al'Thor. He brings destruction. He will break the world again before he is done. Stay clear of him."
   — Galad's advice to Elayne and Nynaeve as they leave Samara
For other chapters with the same title, see Leavetakings.

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Setting: Samara, aboard the Riverserpent

Point of view: Nynaeve al'Meara

Nynaeve gathers the things that will not be left behind including their gold, letters of rights, the gems from Amathera, her herbs, letter from Siuan and the seal on the Dark One's prison. The seal is emanating an evil aura but Nynaeve thinks she might be imagining it. She leaves the a'dam, the silver arrow and other things for Elayne to take. Elayne comes in and there is still tension between the two, mostly shown by stares and silence. Thom and Juilin are outside when they leave the wagon, with much smaller bundles. Birgitte does not bring as much either. Various performers come over to say goodbye and wish them well. Luca comes over last with flowers and flowery words for Nynaeve which infuriates her. They meet up with the rest of the Shienarans and head toward Samara and the ship waiting at the docks.

In Samara the mob has destroyed buildings, set fires and killed people, but initially there is no one visible as they enter the gates. Then the mob comes into their street and immediately charges. Nynaeve and Elayne are prepared to channel, but do not for fear that Moghedien might be able to find them if they do. The Shienarans, Thom, Juilin and Birgitte easily defend Nynaeve and Elayne, but Galad plows through the mob and finally breaks their will with his excellent swordplay. They finally reach the Whitecloak perimeter, then the docks and the boat.

There is a large group of refugees on the docks and Nynaeve insists to the ship captain that they be allowed to board. Elayne and Nynaeve thank Galad for his help. As he leaves, he warns them to stay away from Rand al'Thor because he will break the world again.







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