— Loial son of Arent son of Halan
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|Setting: Mirror World, Tel'aran'rhiod|
Point of view: Rand al'Thor
Rand sees that there are char marks on the ground, seemingly in a straight line. There is no sign of animal life anywhere. No birds, foxes, minnows or any other creature. They come to a stream and he makes the others wait to see if anything happens to him before he lets them drink. After riding for half the morning, Loial gets out of the saddle next to a group of trees and sings, touching one of the trees. He then holds in his hand a staff made from the tree, which now has new growth.
Hurin continues to follow the trail, but it is as if he is remembering the trail instead of smelling it. There is also no sign of anyone passing through this land. Rand takes the first watch for the night and Ba'alzamon appears again. He tries again to turn Rand to the Shadow and offers to teach him how to channel – lieing that no one else lives can do that except him, if only Rand will serve the Dark Lord. He reveals to Rand that he has Darkfriends even in the White Tower, he knows Rand is hunting for the Horn of Valere, and that Rand cannot escape from his fate, he will either serve or die. Rand denies being Lews Therin, being the Dragon Reborn. Denies that Ba'alzamon can touch him so he makes Rand's sword glowing and the sword hilt burns its Heron-mark into the palm of his right hand fulfilling the Prophecy: "Once the heron, to set his path." for accepting who he is.
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