"Rand al'Thor might have been routed in a bathtub, but the Dragon Reborn was going to the Sea Folk in a style that would send them plummeting to their knees with awe."

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Setting: Cairhien (city)

Point of view: Rand al'Thor


It has been days since Rand sent Perrin away to Ghealdan. He is ashamed of the passion he and Min shared—he believes he raped her. He is chronically tempted to touch the Choedan Kal access ter'angreal he's hidden away, but refrains from doing so. Dreams plague his sleep covering many different topics. Min comes in (against Rand's orders), and tells of an urgent viewing: he needs Cadsuane around him, just like Siuan needs Gareth Bryne around her. She also tells him about yet another viewing: "I saw you and another man. I couldn't make out either face, but I knew one was you. You touched, and seemed to merge into one another, and…one of you dies, and one doesn't." Rand takes this to mean that he and Lews Therin will eventually merge and that Lews Therin will be the one to die.[1]

Min insists that Rand needs a bath, and the Maidens help. Rand apologizes for being "a monster" when they slept together. Min informs him that it wasn't rape, it was two friends "comforting" each other. Rand admits to loving Min, Aviendha, and Elayne. Min tells Rand that she loves him, too, and so do Elayne and Aviendha. She tells him that he cannot send her away for her own protection and that he needs to deal with the Sea Folk. He promises to do so that very day.






  1. In reality, the fulfillment of this viewing begins when Rand and Moridin cross balefire streams in Shadar Logoth (A Crown of Swords, Chapter 41) and ends when Rand switches bodies with Moridin at the end of the Last Battle (A Memory of Light, Epilogue).

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