TGH: Chapter 8
The Dragon Reborn
Rand POV - Rand walks with Lan to meet the Amyrlin. They pass Ingtar who looks troubled, and Kajin who salutes Lan as Tai'shar Malkier = true blood of Malkier. Nisura, one of Amalisa's attendants, lets them into the women's quarters and they are led to the Amyrlin's chamber. There are three Aes Sedai outside the room, Leane, a White,1 and a Yellow.2 Leane lets in Rand alone saying Moiraine has a task for Lan.3 In the chamber are Siuan, Moiraine and Verin. Rand does his Warder act and Siuan looks annoyed. Verin says Warders are useful. She would not go without Tomas just as Siuan would not go without Alric. Moiraine says Tam al'Thor left the Two Rivers as a boy and joined the Illian army. He served in the Whitecloak War, two wars with Tear, and the Aiel War rising to blademaster and Second Captain of the Companions. He returned to the Two Rivers with a wife from Caemlyn and an infant.4 Siuan says Ingtar will leave in a few hours to search for the Horn. Mat will accompany him because the ruby dagger was stolen and Perrin will probably go, too. She asks if Rand wants to join them or stay with Lord Agelmar. The Aes Sedai are all leaving today as well with Egwene and Nynaeve. Rand says he will go with Ingtar. Siuan tells Rand he is the Dragon Reborn. Rand says he will not be used like Raolin Darksbane, Yurian Stonebow or Guaire Amalasan. He says Thom told him about them. Moiraine recounts how, when she and Siuan were Accepted about to be raised, they were with the Amyrlin5 and her Keeper of the Chronicles, Gitara Moroso. She had a Foretelling, "He is born again! I feel him! The Dragon takes his first breath on the slope of Dragonmount! He is coming! He is coming! Light help us! Light help the world! He lies in the snow and cries like the thunder! He burns like the sun!" Then she dropped dead. The Amyrlin sent them searching for the Dragon Reborn. Moiraine cites parts of the Karaethon Cycle, "The Karaethon Cycle says that the Dragon will be reborn on the slopes of Dragonmount, where he died during the Breaking of the World." And "He will be of the ancient blood, and raised by the old blood."6 Rand recovers enough from the shock to say that he will not be used. Siuan cites, "When the winds of Tarmon Gai'don scour the earth, he will face the Shadow and bring forth Light again in the world." Rand insists that Ba'alzamon is dead and Siuan tells him he is a fool. Siuan says he can go. Only the three of them know he is the Dragon Reborn. Rand says he will not be used and leaves.
Moiraine POV - After Rand leaves, Moiraine, Siuan and Verin agree that they did what they must and will continue to do so.
Nynaeve POV - Nynaeve feels a storm coming, but it feels wrong and the sky is clear. She sees Rand leaving the women's quarters. She tries to follow, but loses him. She asks Nisura where he went, but she does not know. She worries about how Mavra Mallen is doing with Emond's Field. She comes upon Lan. He gives her his ring and calls her mashiara = lost love. He leaves saying the Amyrlin is in a hurry to be gone. Moiraine is suddenly there and tells her to pack. Nynaeve asks what they did with Rand. Moiraine calmly replies that the Amyrlin was seeing all three boys and no one else knows. She says all three boys will be riding with Ingtar after the Horn. Nynaeve sees Ingtar and a bunch of Warders and soldiers gathering in the courtyard. Moiraine tells Nynaeve she needs to go to Tar Valon if she wants to learn enough to use the One Power against her, then leaves.
Egwene POV - Egwene is busy packing all the dresses she got from Lady Amalisa. Nynaeve arrives and they commiserate about leaving. Nisura comes and tells Egwene that Rand wants to see her. At the entrance to the women's quarters, Rand is waiting with Agelmar and Kajin. They leave Rand and Egwene alone. She remembers nothing of last night. They commiserate about leaving and Rand departs. Nisura returns and says Nynaeve wants her.
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