"We are gathered together in a quest for truth and justice that will not end until the false Amyrlin Elaida is removed form the place she usurped. As Amyrlin, I will lead you in that quest, and I will not falter, as I know you will not."
   — Egwene al'Vere upon being raised to the Amylin Seat

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Setting: Salidar

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene wakes as the new Amyrlin and a maid, Chesa, comes to serve her. The night before Sheriam and the other sisters updated her on the status in Salidar, mostly ignoring any questions Egwene had. Romanda and Lelaine came by, separately of course, to give her suggestions, each different from all the other advice she has received. After breakfast and getting dressed, Egwene goes downstairs where Sheriam, her other advisers, and all of the Sitters await so they can make the announcement. Egwene has a speech to give from Sheriam, with suggestions from Lelaine and Romanda, again all different from each other.

She simplifies and shortens the speech to the essentials, then names Sheriam as her Keeper of the Chronicles. She also cancels all punishments, which is traditional. Theodrin, Faolain, Nynaeve, and Elayne are raised to Aes Sedai by her decree. Objections to raising the four start right away with Sheriam, then continue with Romanda and Lelaine.

Egwene has Sheriam tell Nynaeve and Elayne to come to her study. Egwene asks about all the discoveries they've been making and they talk about Healing Logain and making ter'angreal, but avoid discussing other things they've learned from Moghedien. Elayne describes the ter'angreal they found in Tel'aran'rhiod that may be able to fix the weather. It is in Ebou Dar, though, and they could not get permission to go find it. Egwene will try to help them, but she is constrained by being newly raised as Amylin and everyone still thinks of her as a Novice. Sheriam's group, Romanda, and Lelaine may be planning to guide her every step, but Egwene plans to work free of being their puppet as soon as she can.






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