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|Setting: Ghealdan, Bethal|
Point of view: Perrin Aybara
Perrin returns to camp with Faile, Aram, Maighdin and Lini. The camp has nine hundred Winged Guards from Mayene, and several Wise Ones with an escort of Maidens. Tallanvor, Balwer and Breane are also part of Maighdin's group. Perrin also has three hundred Two Rivers men as part of his command along with the Asha'man Neald and Grady. Maighdin is upset when she sees the banners in Perrin's camp, especially the Red Eagle of Manetheren and voices her opinion. Perrin then reveals that he recognized Basel Gill and Lamgwin, asking to meet with them shortly.
As Perrin begins to question Basel, Lini interrupts and begins lecturing him, plainly trying to make sure Basel doesn't say anything to reveal that Maighdin is Morgase Trakand. One piece of news startles Perrin, that the Seanchan took Amador and defeated the Whitecloaks. Lini tries to convince Perrin that he should marry Maighdin and Tallanvor whether they wish to or not but he refuses.
Perrin heads to the tent he shares with Faile where she is having tea with Maighdin. Faile offers to take the whole group into her service, which causes Maighdin to choke on her tea before she decides to accept.
Point of view: Faile Bashere
Faile slips out of bed after Perrin falls asleep to meet with her followers. Selande and some of the others have just returned from Bethal reporting that everyone is fearful of the Prophet and worried about food supplies. She gives orders for them to return to Bethal in the morning and carry out her instructions.
Point of view: Morgase Trakand
Morgase notices Faile returning and believes her comparative youth will be an advantage. Tallanvor questions her decision to become Faile's maid. She is worried because Rand has plans to put Elayne, her daughter, on the Lion Throne and wishes to find out what other plans he may have. Tallanvor reveals his love for Morgase, which becomes possible now since Morgase renounced the throne.
- Basel Gill
- Lacile Aldorwin
- Arrela Shiego
- Camaille Nolaisen
- Two Rivers
- Dumai's Wells