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The Fires of Heaven/Prologue

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"With his coming are the dread fires born again. The hills burn, and the land turns sere. The tides of men run out, and the hours dwindle. The wall is pierced, and the veil of parting raised. Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death."
   — fragment from The Prophecies of the Dragon believed translated by N'Delia Basolaine First Maid and Swordfast to Raidhen of Hoi Cuchone (circa 400 AB)

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Setting: White Tower, Royal Palace of Andor

Point of view: Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan Setting: Office of the Amyrlin Seat

Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan has a meeting with Alviarin, Danelle, Teslyn, Joline, Shemerin, Javindhra, Andaya and some other sisters in the offices of the Amyrlin Seat. They discuss the current world affairs, but without actually asking Elaida for advice or let her make any decisions.

  • Davram Bashere is moving an army away from the Blight, probably because the false dragon Mazrim Taim escaped
  • War and Civil War in Tarabon and Arad Doman, Amathera has disappeared, and an Aes Sedai may have been involved
  • Elayne, the Daughter-heir of Andor is still missing as well as her half-brother Galad
  • Morgase, the Queen of Andor may make a claim to the throne of Cairhien
  • Gawyn and his Younglings are clashing with Whitecloaks and not really under close White Tower control
  • Pedron Niall is trying to broker a deal with Illian, Murandy and Altara to prevent a war

Elaida becomes angered that the sisters don't acknowledge her as their leader and lashes out at them towards the end of the meeting. This frightens them all little bit. Alviarin is unimpressed but doesn't say anything. The staring contest between her and Elaida is interrupted by an unnamed Accepted informing Elaida that Padan Fain has arrived and has asked to meet her.

Point of view: Padan Fain

Briefly considering killing the Accepted for lunch, Fain walks into Elaida's study as she sends away Alviarin. He looks around her office and is nervous about her portrait of Rand al'Thor. He also thinks about how he can feel his dagger pulling at him and that the Horn of Valere is being kept in the Tower. He begins to talk to Elaida about Rand and how he is uncontrollable...

Point of view: Rahvin Setting: Royal Palace of Andor

Rahvin is sitting in his chambers surrounded by an unnamed Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah and Elegar. He uses Compulsion on her so she doesn't report Rahvin. He contemplates what he will do with Morgase when he no longer needs her to rule in Andor. When they both leave Rahvin is visited by Lanfear. She informs him she has scheduled a meeting with Sammael and Graendal at his palace. They arrive shorlty after. The four of them discuss the situation of the Forsaken and Rand and what they are going to do. Rahvin thinks about how the situation can benefit him.








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