ACoS: Chapter 20
Patterns Within Patterns
Sevanna POV - It is two days since the battle. Sevanna is a hundred miles east of Dumai's Wells with Tion, Modarra, Alarys, Meira, Rhiale, Someryn, and Belinde.1 Less than twenty thousand Shaido spears are with them. Therava and the other Wise Ones tied to Sevanna are still missing. They use the call box. When Someryn channels Fire into it, it draws Earth, Air and Spirit, saidar and saidin. Caddar (Sammael) answers and asks if they have Rand. Sevanna realizes this is a test and admits that they do not. They first met in Kinslayer's Dagger. Meira brings up Desaine and is criticized by the others. Caddar uses a "wayline" to the call box to gate there with Maisia (Graendal). He is in a very tall disguise and both have dark skin and hair. Someryn tells Sevanna that Maisia is a very strong channeler. Sevanna knows Caddar, but not Maisia. Caddar chides Sevanna for using seven Wise Ones instead of one on the call box.1 He promised her a thing that will control Rand when he is taken, but will not overcome him.2 She asks if he has the same for Aes Sedai and he says yes. She asks if he can provide his mode of transportation. Caddar looks pleased and says he can provide traveling boxes.3 Caddar and Maisia leave.
The Watcher4 POV - He has been watching all this. There are only two other call boxes left so that makes them easy to follow. He thinks of the Wise Ones as "so-called Aiel." Sammael drops his Mirror of Mists,5 but Graendal holds hers. They were linked, but now let it go. Using the True Power, The Watcher sees black flecks.6 The price for using the True Power, which comes straight from the Great Lord, is high but he has always been willing to pay it. Sammael trips on a vine; he is out of place away from a city. Sammael is pleased that Sevanna asked about Traveling. Graendal mentions the truce with Rand.7 The Watcher did not know; he thinks it must be false. Sammael says he did not kidnap Rand. Mesaana had a hand in it, maybe Demandred and Semirhage despite how it ended. Graendal spurns Sammael; the only men she does not flirt with are Chosen above her. She cannot stand being the lesser of a pair. Graendal says she will not risk teaching Wise Ones Compulsion unless Sammael has found a binder.8 She asks where was he earlier when he was supposed to meet her. The Watcher is covered in fancloth9 except for his eyes so he cannot be seen. Sammael opens a gateway and says small increases in chaos are also important. Graendal hates the name Maisia.10 Sammael claims the promise of being named Nae'blis and Graendal apparently believes him. Sammael leaves. Graendal opens her own gateway, reconsiders, lets it close and follows Sammael. The Watcher feels the prickling of saidar end and smiles crookedly. He decides not to kill the eight women1 at the clearing, then rips a hole with the True Power and steps outside the Pattern.
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