"Till shade is gone, till water is gone, into the Shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit in Sightblinder's eye on the Last Day."
   — Aiel saying

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Setting: Rhuidean

Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Rand al'Thor, the Car'a'carn and the Dragon Reborn is observing the partly ruined and abandoned city of Rhuidean from atop a tower, while Jasin Natael plays music in the room behind him. He observes Moiraine, who is overseeing workmen loading ter'angreal onto wagons for transport out of the Waste. Lan rescues a workman who almost falls through the Twisted redstone doorframe. Rhuidean is changing from the empty, forbidden city to one being settled by some of the Aiel, now that there is enough water nearby.

Rand is meeting with six clan chiefs that have accepted him as the Car'a'carn, the chief of chiefs. Six others have not arrived, yet, or have not accepted him, yet. They are discussing the Aiel that have run away or thrown down their spears, because they can not accept that the Aiel were once committed to non-violence instead of the deadly warriors they are now. Rand receives assurances that the other clans will eventually join him―all except the Shaido.

Moiraine and Egwene arrive at his room so Rand excuses the chiefs to their duties. Moiraine is almost ready to have the wagons leave for Tar Valon. Moiraine shows Rand that one of the seals she carries can be damaged by a knife even though it is made of indestructible Cuendillar. After Moiraine leaves, Egwene berates Rand for his rudeness. Rand remembers Ilyena being angry with him, then realizes he has no idea who Ilyena is, but he can see her face in his mind. As Egwene beings to leave she turns and tells Rand that Elayne loves him.







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