"A woman's eyes cut deeper than a knife."
   —Two Rivers saying

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Setting: The Farm, Royal Palace of Andor


Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Rand channels a Gateway to the farm, his training center for men who can channel. As he goes through, Aviendha calls for him to wait. Rand lets the Gateway close since he is avoiding her. Rand gives Taim some advice on the various dangers that threaten, the Forsaken, Trollocs, Myrddraal, Draghkar, Gray Men, Gholam, and Darkhounds. They arrive at the farm where women are doing laundry, children are playing, and a lot of men are doing chores. The men gather around and Rand asks Taim to begin testing them to see if they can channel since Rand does not know how.

Damer Flinn is picked by Taim as the first to be tested. Taim channels a flame between the men and then just waits to see if Damer feels something in time. After a few minutes Rand feels the resonance Taim spoke of, but Taim doesn't say anything for a couple more minutes so Rand noticed it sooner. The testing will take too long, so Rand decides to head back and leave the testing and training to Taim. Rand wants to have as many men as there are Aes Sedai.

Rand asks Taim to seize saidin so he can gauge his strength, which is a little short of Rand's. Lews Therin continues to pester Rand until he finally shouts at the voice in his head to shut up, which it does. Rand continues with his errands, but also with trying to dodge Aviendha. Rand travels to an empty tent, somewhere far away.







Men believe the worst easily, and women believe it hides something still darker. -Two Rivers saying

A woman's eyes cut deeper than a knife. -Two Rivers saying

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