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Setting: Royal Palace of Andor in Caemlyn


Point of view: Elayne Trakand

Elayne Trakand is nonplussed at the letter she has received from Ellorien Traemane. It demands that Elayne release the prisoners who went against her for the succession of Andor, into Ellorien's care. The prisoners themselves cannot afford ransom due to all available funds being spent on the Succession War. Dyelin Taravin brings up that the Windfinders are asking for their land in Andor promised to them. Elayne dodges the question and decides it is time to unite the Andoran nobility behind her and strike for the Cairhienin throne. Dyelin and Birgitte Silverbow both disagree that the timing is too quick and that she could be possibly been seen accepting the throne from Rand. Halwin Norry knocks at the door with some important updates. He tells Elayne that Samwil Hark has tracked down where Duhara Basaheen is staying in Andor. Elayne has refused to admit her, due to her being an envoy sent by Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan. Norry also informs Elayne that the letter she is reading from Ellorien had some input from Duhara. Elayne reasons that Duhara is meeting with Elayne's enemy on purpose and almost publicly to intimate her displeasure in her envoy being rejected by Elayne. Norry's next order of business is the mercenary bands that have been drawn to Andor. Eayne cannot afford to pay them all, so she has set them up just outside the castle walls with the promise that she will "eventually" meet with them. Elayne intends to try and draw them all into her armies for Tarmon Gai'don. Norry passes her over a more personal letter from one of the mercenary captains. It is from Matrim Cauthon, asking to meet with her, reminding her that he saved her pretty little backside in Tear. He is also asking for all her bellfounders. Elayne asks Norry to set up a meeting with her and Mat. Elayne plans to use Mat's Band, due to a number being native to Cairhien. She is determined to unite the two nations, due to the possible effects of Rand falling during the Last Battle. She then wishes to set up a meeting with Sumeko Karistovan and Alise Tenjile about the future of the Kin.