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"And the Glory of the Light did shine upon him.
And the Peace of the Light did he give men.
Binding nations to him. Making one of many.
Yet the shards of hearts did give wounds.
And what was once did come again
— in fire and in storm
splitting all in twain.
For his peace ...
—for his peace...
... was the peace...
... was the peace...
... of the sword.
And the Glory of the Light did shine upon him."

   — From Glory of the Dragon composed by Meane sol Ahelle, the Fourth Age

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Setting: Royal Palace of Andor, Caemlyn, Altara

Point of view: Rand al'Thor

The Myrddraal and the remaining Trollocs are being hunted down by Aiel and citizens in Caemlyn. Soldiers that had first attacked Rand and his people are now also chasing down the Shadowspawn. Those loyal to Gaebril instead of Queen Morgase were going to be sorted out later.

General Bashere came to Rand and ordered that Mazrim Taim was to be handed over to him as soon as he was found. Rand told him that he was creating an amnesty protecting all men that could channel. Besides protection, he said, men could come to him for instruction in the One Power. They will be needed to face the Dreadlords serving the Shadow during the Last Battle.

Lord Bashere said other nations may pledge to follow Rand, seeing he's the Dragon Reborn and all, but he could not be certain. Lord Bashere pledged 7,000 Saldaean soldiers to Rand to prove his loyalty to Rand.

Point of view: Asmodean

Asmodean is trying to puzzle out what happened that morning, but has a strong suspicion. Many Aiel told him that they had seen him dead. Unless they are mistaken, only use of balefire could account for the difference between what some saw and the current situation.

Asmodean entered a wine cellar in search of good wine when suddenly an unknown stranger, at least to us readers, killed him. His death, as well as his last words "You? No!" have sparked the biggest controversy ever in Wheel of Time fandom. In the Towers of Midnight Glossary, Asmodean's death is credited to Graendal, finally ending the controversy.

Point of view: Morgase Trakand

Morgase, after learning Gaebril was plotting against her, was still in search of supporters wanting to help her regain the throne.

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