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Setting: Maradon in Saldaea, Stone of Tear


Point of view: Rodel Ituralde Setting: Maradon

Rodel Ituralde has ordered his men to gather in small groups, then hide until some Trollocs come close, and strike unexpected at the Trollocs, with cavelry and bowman. After they've done this for a few hours, Ituralde's army of two hundred bowman has only fifty left. Then he and his men hear footsteps. Hundreds. Ituralde signs for plan six - hide until the army has gone away. Then one of his men notices there are no hoofbeats. When Ituralde goes outside the building to have a look, it turns out the Dragon has finally sent help. Instead of yelling, the men sit on the ground, exhausted. Ituralde sees sunlight again.

Some time later, he is together with Davram Bashere in Torkumen's home. The city is cleansed, but Ituralde and Bashere know the Trollocs will attack again when the night falls. While talking about it, Ituralde says: "Tell me the Lord Dragon made peace with the Seanchan, as he promised." Then a voice says from behind: "In that, as in so many other things, I failed." Ituralde turns, and sees Rand al'Thor has changed, and he notices wisdom in his eyes. While talking on, a soldier at the window suddenly exclaims: "By the Light and my hope for rebirth!" Not the kind of oath one hears every day. Curious they look through the window, and see an army of Trollocs, many times larger than the army that assaulted Maradon. Ituralde and Bashere say the city is lost, but Rand doesn't want to hear that. After Bashere says "I thought he wasn't going to do this kind of thing anymore," Rand goes to the field between Maradon and the hill, together with two Maidens. And then he began to channel. The first things were giant waves of fire, far larger than the Asha'man used. Draghkar who wanted to reach Rand were all hit by shards of ice. Then Rand also made Deathgates, and after it, also lightning struck the Trollocs. Tornados rage between the Trollocs, followed by fountains of flesh and fire. Ituralde hears a scream, but doesn't look away from the window. Then the Trollocs flee. Rand goes on for some more seconds, and then stops. For Ituralde, it seems like seconds, but at least an hour has passed. They go to look where the scream came from, and find Torkumen in his chamber, eyes cut out, mumbling of a "terrible light" and army "the Great Lord had promised." When Bashere looks down from the window, he sees that Lady Torkumen jumped down, and now they know Torkumen was a Darkfriend.

Point of view: Min Farshaw Setting: Stone of Tear

Min Farshaw is in the Stone of Tear when Rand goes to Maradon. When he comes back, she hears what happened, and that Rand didn't want to fight this hard already, because that must happen at Shayol Ghul. And he says, if his enemies should come now, they could easily kill him. Then, when he hears Cadsuane Melaidhrin returned, and she has someone with her, he goes to her, and asks Ituralde to go with him. It turns out the person Cadsuane had searched for was the King of Arad Doman, Alsalam Saeed Almadar.







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