"It isn't over yet. The battle's never over."
   —Padan Fain

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Setting: Fal Dara, Shienar; Alcruna, Tarabon
Point of view: Moiraine Damodred Setting: Fal Dara

Moiraine tells Siuan that Leane will support her in her secret plans. The initial plan was to hide Rand in Tar Valon where they could instruct him in secret. Siuan is frustrated because Moiraine only sent her two messages since she left Tar Valon: one saying that she was entering the Two Rivers and one from Caemlyn saying they were heading for Fal Dara.

They examine the Horn of Valere, which Agelmar gave to Siuan as soon as she arrived. "And prophecy said it would only be found just in time for the Last Battle." The new plan is for Rand, Mat, and Perrin to take the Horn to Illian and have Rand present it to the Council of Nine. Moiraine has destroyed their clothes and will cleanse everyone before they leave so there will be no traces for the Shadowspawn to follow. They also plan to Heal Mat of the taint from the ruby-hilted dagger.

Moiraine also shows Siuan the broken Seal further confirming the last battle is imminent. Moiraine does not tell Siuan that some of the Forsaken are loose at this time.

Point of view: Geofram Bornhald Setting: Alcruna, Tarabon

Geofram Bornhald leads two thousand Whitecloaks into Alcruna near the Almoth Plain. He is annoyed because he was called back to Amador from Caemlyn when he thought Morgase was near to being overthrown. Eamon Valda insisted on following Elayne's procession to Tar Valon. Bornhald's son Dain went with him.

In Amador, Pedron Niall told him to take a legion to Alcruna where he would receive further orders. He had asked if this has to do with rumors of Artur Hawkwing's army returning, but Niall did not answer. As he nears Alcruna, he is met by a group of Questioners led by Einor Saren, second in command to Jaichim Carridin. He tells Bornhald that there are strangers on Toman Head. He says that the strangers fight with monsters. Bornhald calls Jaret Byar and tells him to lead the men into Alcruna.

Point of view: Liandrin Setting: Fal Dara

Liandrin is walking through the womens' quarters as evening approaches and enters Lady Amalisa's apartments. One of her attendants is reading aloud The Dance of the Hawk and the Hummingbird by Teven Aerwin, a book supposedly outlining proper behavior between men and women. When Amalisa sees and welcomes Liandrin, Liandrin sends the attendants away harshly. Liandrin chastises Amalisa for her foolishness and then questions her about Darkfriends and how the Shadow can overcome those who claim to walk in the light. Amalisa is insulted, and Liandrin begins asking her about Moiraine and the Darkfriend in the dungeons. She finally cracks Amalisa's defenses when she suggests that Agelmar may be a Darkfriend.

Amalisa is aghast and Liandrin uses her Compulsion on her. She tells her to find the three boys Moiraine came to Fal Dara with. She says they must be taken secretly to Tar Valon because of the Black Ajah. Amalisa says that the Black Ajah is not real, but Liandrin insists. Amalisa is terrified and agrees. This visit reveals Liandrin's true identity as Black Ajah.

Point of view: Padan Fain

The door to the outer guardroom opens and the light outlines the figure who enters. When Fain sees who it is, he says, "You! Not who I expected. Surprises for everyone, eh?" As the other person enters the cell chamber, Fain whispers, "It isn't over yet. The battle's never over."












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