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Setting: Ebou Dar


Point of view: Matrim Cauthon

Mat is in Aludra's wagon, which is part of Valan Luca's show. He is trying to convince her to show him the secrets of fireworks. In order to persuade her, he tells her that the chapter house in Tanchico was destroyed by the Seanchan, and everyone present were taken da'covale. Aludra replies by saying she will tell him all her secrets - "even ones that will make you blush, yes?" - if he can figure out why she needs a bellfounder. He reflects on his relationship with Tylin, which has her more in control of his life than he would like. Mat would like to escape from Tylin and Ebou Dar but hasn't been able to come up with a plan that will work yet. He is still recovering from a broken leg when a wall fell on him during the Seanchan attack.

He leaves the wagon, and fetches Olver, who is chatting with five women by a carriage. He thinks of Rand and Perrin, and experiences a flash of color in his head. Luca is laughing with Thom and Beslan, but when Mat approaches he scowls and leaves. Even though he is married, Mat can see that he flirts with every women around. The foursome head back to the Tarasin Palace. Suddenly, the dice start rolling in Mat's head.


  • Rand and Perrin are also experiencing those strange flashes of color when they think of each other.