"... you earringed buffoon! We are not after the gift of passage, so it doesn't matter whether you refuse it to Aes Sedai! You let down a ladder this instant!"

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Setting: Ebou Dar Harbor

Point of view: Aviendha

Aviendha is on a boat with Elayne, Nynaeve, and Birgitte, trying to grasp in her mind the enormity of the ocean. They worry a bit since being warned by Egwene that Moghedien escaped, but they resolve to just be careful. Aviendha suggests they should be using Mat to help find the bowl they are searching for. Nynaeve immediately rejects the idea but Elayne considers it to be a good idea. They arrive at the largest Sea Folk ship in the harbor and prepare to board. The Sea Folk do not wish to allow Aes Sedai on their ship but Elayne tells them that they already know that the Windfinders can channel.

Aviendha finds the jewelry worn by the Sea Folk to be very strange, especially the nose rings. Malin din Toral Breaking Wave is the Wavemistress for clan Somarin. They move to a cabin where they encounter Nesta din Reas Two Moons, the Mistress of Ships for the Atha'an Miere. Elayne asks for channelers to help fix the weather when they find the ter'angreal bowl. When Elayne describes the bowl, the Sea Folk identify it as the Bowl of the Winds. The Sea Folk begin working on terms of a bargain for their aid with the Bowl of the Winds and the shorefolk are way out of their depth.