"Some say an Aes Sedai will do anything to have what she wants."
   — Mandelain

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Setting: Sun Palace in Cairhien (city)

Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Rand is meeting with Indirian, Mandelain, and Janwin while he orders Merana around like a servant. He endeavors to convince the clan chiefs that he is charge of the Aes Sedai in Cairhien and not the other way around. They discuss how to handle the Shaido that survived Dumai's Wells and are camped in Kinslayer's Dagger.

An angry Berelain arrives with Annoura to protest his decision to have her return to Mayene because someone tried to assassinate her. While Rand is trying to convince Berelain it is best to leave, Cadsuane Melaidhrin arrives. Merana is afraid Cadsuane plans to do something hasty and her alarm spreads to Rand, the Asha'man, and to the Aiel Maidens on guard. Cadsuane effortlessly takes charge of the audience with Rand. She asks whether he hears voices which provokes him to anger. Lews Therin disappears. Cadsuane then leaves with Merana and Annoura.

A weeping Idrien Tarsin arrives to give Rand some bad news.[1]







  1. i.e. that Herid Fel has been brutally murdered. See Lord of Chaos, Epilogue.

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