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Setting: Murandy


Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene wakes from dreaming, recognizing some of them as significant but doesn't have a useful interpretation.

  • Rand wearing different masks, until suddenly one of those false faces was no longer a mask, but him
  • Perrin and a Tinker hacking their way through brambles with axe and sword, unaware of the cliff that lay just ahead.
  • Mat, weighing two Aes Sedai on a huge set of balance scales, with something vast depending on his decision

Outside Halima is trying to keep Siuan from waking Egwene but Siuan insists she must. The weather has turned very cold and snow blankets the ground. Siuan tells Egwene that Gareth Bryne is waiting to talk to Egwene in her study. When the first rain came after the Bowl of Winds was used, the Aes Sedai celebrated. Their joy did not last as the rain turned to tempests and then snow. There is an army to the north, mostly Andorans but some from Murandy. Egwene orders him to set up a meeting as soon as possible. Before he leaves Egwene asks him how long he would want to rest the soldiers before beginning a siege of Tar Valon and he replies a month would be enough.

After Bryne leaves Egwene mentions her objective to free Aes Sedai from the three oaths to which Siuan strenuously objects. Siuan believes the oaths are what hold the White Tower together instead of being a collection of women who can channel. Siuan says that Egwene can trust Bryne and let him know her plans. Egwene is shocked to realize that Siuan is in love with Bryne. Egwene tells Siuan to have Beonin, Anaiya and Myrelle to ride north to meet with Pelivar to make arrangements for an Aes Sedai visit.





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