"The unstained tower breaks and bends knee to the forgotten sign.
The seas rage, and stormclouds gather unseen.
Beyond the horizon, hidden fires swell, and serpents nestle in the bosom.
What was exalted is cast down; what was cast down is raised up.
Order burns to clear his path."

   —The Prophecies of the Dragon
For other chapters with "Answer" in the title, see Answer.

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Setting: Ebou Dar, The School of Cairhien, outside Ebou Dar, Salidar, the Pit of Doom


Point of view: Falion Bhoda

Falion receives a note from a Darkfriend in Tarasin Palace livery. Like Mat, she is trying to watch Elayne and Nynaeve so she can find the angreal cache Moghedien sent her to Ebou Dar to look for. She doesn't know why they are there, but she suspects that they will lead her to the cache. Unfortunately, they elude her watchers as well as they elude Mat's.

Point of view: Narrator Setting: the School of Cairhien

A gholam squeezes under the door to Herid Fel's study and tears him limb from limb. When Idrien finds the remains, she faints.

Point of view: Seanchan rider Setting: outside Ebou Dar

The Seanchan man that heard Mat's comment about the Daughter of the Nine Moons while in The Wandering Woman is leaving Ebou Dar to report. He hopes the city resists the Return so there will be loot to be had.

Point of view: Moghedien Setting: Salidar

Moghedien is dissatisfied with her situation, being held by an a'dam. Egwene is a terrifying mistress and Siuan is worse. Aran'gar enters her tent and frees her. Aran'gar channeled a light, but Moghedien cannot see the flows. It is Halima, but she must be channeling saidin like a man. Moghedien has been summoned to Shayol Ghul by Aran'gar. Aran'gar frees her from the a'dam.

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere Setting: Salidar

Egwene feels the necklace being removed and hastens to Moghedien's tent, but she is too late. The pain of the a'dam coming off tells her that it was removed by a man who can channel. She worries briefly that it could have been Logain, whom she helped to escape.

Point of view: Demandred Setting: the Pit of Doom

Demandred believes he has done well and tells that to the Dark Lord. Shaidar Haran is there.





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