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Setting: Outside the Pattern, Field of Merrilor


Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Rand hears his father's voice telling him to let go. Then Egwene's telling him that he must allow other people to sacrifice as well, echoing what Elayne said to him in her tent.

He lets go of the guilt he feels due to not protecting them and the need to do so. He lets go of the list he had carried, that had once been the women who had died for him, but which had grown into all people who had. Ilyena was the last, and he feels as though a giant weight has been lifted from his shoulders.

He stands up once more to face the Shadow.

Point of view: Shendla

Shendla looks down to see that Demandred is dead. She announces the loss of their leader to the Sharan's. The battlefield seems to go still.

Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Rand looks outside of time and sees the Dark One not as a being, but a force as wide as the universe. He feels more attacks coming from the Dark One, but shrugs them off, telling himself that if those fighting won't give in, he won't either.

He seeks the void and tells the Dark One that he doesn't control the world.

Point of view: Matrim Cauthon

Loial returns to the northern end of the Heights to tell Mat that Demandred and Lan are dead.

Mat leads the charge.




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