"He has been drawing further and further away from me, Lan, and I must be close to him. He needs whatever guidance I can give, and I will do everything short of sharing his bed to see that he gets it."
   — Moiraine to Lan after she lets Rand order her around
For other chapters with "Departure" in the title, see Departure.

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Setting: Rhuidean, Aiel Waste

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene is getting set to ride west with the Aiel led by Rand. Last night she was successful at finding Amys' dreams. She explores other dreams and found Hadnan Kadere's to be dark and lewd. Isendre has been made datsang for her repeated attempts to get past the Maidens to seduce Rand and so is dressed in a black robe, a particularly harsh penance in the desert. Rand is talking to the Clan Chiefs, suggesting they contract Ogier to rebuild Rhuidean. Natael is riding a mule nearby while Mat is talking about how Rand ordered Moiraine around. Egwene rides up to Aviendha who appears upset with Rand but won't say why.

Point of view: Moiraine Damodred

Moiraine reflects on the memories she retains after passing through the three ringed ter'angreal in the Rhuidean plaza. Lan comments on her behavior with Rand that morning.