"The lion sword, the dedicated spear, she who sees beyond. Three on the boat, and he who is dead yet lives. The great battle done, but the world not done with battle. The land divided by the return, and the guardians balance the servants. The future teeters on the edge of a blade"
   — Foretelling by Nicola Treehill in Salidar

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Setting: Tel'aran'rhiod, Cairhien (city), Salidar

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene fled to a formless area of tel'aran'rhiod when she encountered Nynaeve and Elayne, where what appear to be stars really represent the dreams of everyone that is asleep. She is still driven to learn everything she can―even though it means trying things and going places that she shouldn't. She is frustrated because she wants to get information from the White Tower, but keeps running into dreamers she doesn't know who are using ter'angreal to enter the dream.[1] One of the dream lights begins to approach her, then rushes in even though she tries to avoid it.

She finds herself in Gawyn's dream where he is rescuing her from Rand. She tries to leave the dream, but her efforts fail. Despite herself she begins to accept the dream and becomes part of it. Gawyn begins to profess his love for her in flowery terms. Finally she tells him she loves him also and gives in completely to his dream.

Point of view: Nynaeve al'Meara

Nynaeve is trying to stay awake per Theodrin's orders, trying to see if this will help remove her block on channeling. A scream in the distance followed by furniture in her room moving shows a bubble of evil has hit Salidar. Inanimate objects appear to be alive and intent on injury to everyone around. Anaiya has her and Elayne link because she believes this is an attack by one of the Forsaken. Elayne has the foresight to remove the a'dam before linking. Nicola has a foretelling relating to the Last Battle but Anaiya doesn't seem to recognize it as such. The linked group begins to move through Salidar, trying to deal with the various inanimate objects that have taken on a semblance of destructive life.

When all the objects have been dealt with Anaiya breaks the link and sends many of her party off to bed. Nynaeve again says that it was a bubble of evil, not a Forsaken but is sent off to bed. Elayne is tasked with helping Heal those injured.







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