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Setting: White Tower in Tar Valon


Point of view: Gawyn Trakand

Gawyn Trakand walks through the The White Tower with Sleete. They arrive at a guarded room, just as soldiers exit it carrying the dead body of an Aes Sedai. She is the fourth sister that has been found murdered inside the Tower. Gawyn enters the room and searches the crime scene. The murder victim is Kateri Nepvue and there is nothing that she shares in common with the other victims. It is assumed that it is the Black Ajah, but no channeling has been detected. It is believed that the Black Ajah enter via Gateways, but there is no evidence to support this either. Sleete examines the door and believes that it has been forced open. None of the sisters had Warders and they have been murdered with a knife rather than the One Power. Captain Jimar Chubain is present and acts hostile towards Gawyn during the investigation. Gawyn takes him aside and tells him that Gawyn wants to be Egwene al'Vere's Warder and not take Chubain's job. Chubain becomes more agreeable and helps Gawyn with his investigation. Sleete finds some black silk in the room. Gawyn decides to seek out Egwene, as he believes that she knows more about the murders than she is publically saying. When he gets to Egwene's office, he is rebuffed by Silviana Brehon so Gawyn watches the practice grounds below. The Younglings are training with most have them have been bonded to become Warders. Egwene opens her door to ask Siviana a question and Gawyn takes the opportunity to enter the office. Gawyn asks Egwene to make the sisters all bond Warders. Egwene promises to bring the merits of bonding a Warder to the Hall of the Tower. Gawyn then discusses the murders. Egwene believes that perhaps Mesaana is the culprit. Egwene asks Gawyn to stop guarding her room at night as she is using herself as bait. Egwene is confident she can best Mesaana in a battle, as Mesaana was more an administrator than warrior. Gawyn is not at all impressed by the plan and takes his leave to carry out some sword practice.

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene cares for Gawyn and sees the merit in bonding him, but believes he is still too loose at the moment. She looks over her letter to King Darlin Sisnera, asking him for support in stopping Rand al'Thor from breaking the Seals. Egwene is pleased with Gawyn's suggestion on sisters bonding Warders and prepares to write up the formal letter. Egwene can't help thinking about Gawyn, particularly at night, which is another reason why she didn't want him outside her room.

Point of view: Graendal

Graendal hides in her most secret hiding place in the Aryth Ocean. She is still found by a messenger from the Dark One. One of her pets, Alteima is present[1]. Graendal steps through the Gateway and is greeted by Moridin. He is not happy that Aran'gar is lost to the Pattern and that Graendal had a hand in her death. Graendal spins the story that she lead Rand al'Thor to Natrin's Barrow. By al'Thor killing all those innocents, it will eat away at his conscience therefore fulfilling what the Great Lord desired. Moridin grudgingly agrees and after receiving communication from the Great Lord directly, lets Graendal off without any punishment. Graendal, searching for a way to make up for her mistake, reveals to Moridin her plan to kill Perrin Aybara. Moridin leads Graendal to a room lined with hundreds of objects of Power. He gives her a Dreamspike to use, telling her that the other one he has is occupied at the moment[2]. Moridin warns her to not use the dreamspike against any of the other Forsaken. He also lends Graendal Slayer. If she succeeds, she will be rewarded with more access to the True Power. Moridin then shows her a book full of dark prophecies. The two Chosen interpret that Perrin will die at their hand from one of the prophesies. Moridin opens a Gateway with the True Power, which Graendal still has access to, despite her failure, with the warning not to fail again.






  1. From the description it is assumed that it is the High Tairen Lady Alteima. However the Wheel of Time Companion contradicts this, saying that she became a refugee and ladies maid after Rahvin's Compulsion wore off.
  2. Used in the Black Tower.