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Sevanna obtains a callbox from Caddar, a wetlander she met near Dumai's Wells, and summon hims after the Battle of Dumai's Wells. However, Caddar is actually Sammael; he arrives accompanied by Graendal as Maisia, both disguised using the One Power. When Sevanna asks that the Wise Ones supporting her be taught to Travel by Maisia, he offers to provide traveling boxes instead.
Upon his return, Caddar shows Sevanna the traveling boxes. According to him, they will not work for several days if a woman touches them, which means he will have to hand them out himself. In addition, the gateway created by a traveling box will stay open for a fixed period of time and needs three days to recharge.
Sevanna divides the Shaido into groups. Each group receives a box and departs through its gateway. However, the gateways are actually made by Sammael; all the gateways but the last are tied off and allowed to close on their own.
Maeric leads one group through a gateway, about six thousand people total. It includes his sept (the Moshaine), their gai'shain, and a large group of the Brotherless. It closes prematurely, slicing through ten of the Brotherless and stranding Maeric's son Darin, a Stone Dog, and his daughter Suraile, a Maiden, with the rear guard. They are caught between three groups of armed men numbering at least thirty-five thousand. Maeric leads the algai'd'siswai to fight, leaving his wife Dyrele and a blacksmith in charge. Although he hopes to buy time for the rest of his people, he believes his warriors will all die and all the other Aiel will be made gai'shain.
Sevanna takes every Shaido Wise One who can channel with her through her gateway. After all the gateways have closed, Sammael tells Graendal that he scattered the Shaido.