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— Mat to himself
|<<< Rhuidean >>>|
|Setting: Rhuidean, Sindhol'|
Point of view: Matrim Cauthon
Rand and Mat arrive outside Rhuidean, which is veiled in fog. Mat spied Aviendha running to the city, but Rand had not noticed. They begin to walk through the wall of fog and come out into the city which is still domed by fog. Mat walks to the nearest fountain but finds it empty. Then Rand channels and a stream of water flows out, filling the basin. After walking for a mile, they reach a huge plaza with an enormous tree at the center. The tree overlooks concentric rings of clear, glittering glass columns. The plaza is cluttered with many other things, which Mat realizes must be ter'angreal when he sees a spear standing upright with nothing to support it.
Rand notices two small figurines, about a foot tall, a man and a woman, each holding a crystal sphere. Rand sees the tree and recognizes that it is Avendesora the Tree of Life. Rand decides it is time to go in the columns but warns Mat away, telling him it is only to become an Aiel clan chief.
As Mat wanders among the ter'angreal he spies a Twisted redstone doorframe, similar to the one in Tear but with different decorations. He steps through and finds out he is not in the same place as last time. He is greeted by one of the Eelfinn. They walk down a corridor for a long time, perhaps more than an hour before reaching a doorway ahead. There were many side corridors, but they all showed the same scene, the ter'angreal where he entered and their boot prints leading away from it.
Mat enters the chamber with eight pedestals in a star shape. As he looks around he notices the doorway is gone. Mat begins asking questions, but the fox people do not answer. He becomes angry and rambles on. Finally he says that if he had his way he would want the holes in him memory filled and one of the Eelfinn responds "done". He continues by saying he wants a way to be free of Aes Sedai and the Power and he wants to be away from them and back to Rhuidean. He again gets responses of "done", not realizing that this doorway grants wishes and he has just made three of them. Suddenly he is in darkness and something is around his throat so that he cannot breathe.
- At least one edition has the wheel icon for this chapter.