"He needs to be srong, and makes himself harder. Too hard, already, and he will not stop until he is stopped. He has forgotten how to laugh except in bitterness; there are no tears left in him. Unless he finds laughter and tears again, the world faces disaster."
   — Cadsuane Melaidhrin to Sorilea about Rand

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Setting: Arad Doman, Cairhien (city), Sun Palace


Point of view: Graendal

Graendal is forging orders to Lord Rodel Ituralde and gives it to a messenger under her compulsion with the objective of increasing chaos. A Gateway opens and Moghedien and another woman channeler, called Cyndane come through. Cyndane says they are here on Moridin's orders and that Sammael is dead, which Graendal already knew. She does not know who Moridin is though and is told that he is Nae'blis and that she must serve him at the Great Lord's orders. Graendal does not believe them and says so. She weaves compulsion on both women, but the story does not change. A Myrddraal appears and takes the source from Graendal and he also tells her she must obey Moridin. He is Shaidar Haran and is taller than other Myrddraal. Graendal is ordered to report to Moridin which she will do, but believes there is always a chance that she can rise to the top in the end.

Point of view: Cadsuane Melaidhrin

Cadsuane is looking out the coach window, watching the rain and the reaction the residents of Cairhien have to it. Cadsuane tasked Kumira and Daigian to meet with some of the sisters sworn to Rand and report back. Cadsuane summons Alanna because she can tell approximately where Rand is through the Warder bond, probably in Illian. Sorilea arrives and Alanna is dismissed. After some discussion on Rand in which the two become tentative allies, Sorilea shows Cadsuane the weave for traveling. Sorilea then proposes to make water oath with Cadsuane.