In the Shadow
"And it shall come to pass that what men made shall be shattered, and the Shadow shall lie across the Pattern of the Age, and the Dark One shall once more lay his hand upon the world of man. Women shall weep and men quail as the nations of the earth are rent like rotting cloth. Neither shall anything stand nor abide...
Yet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once more as he was born before and shall be born again, time without end. The Dragon shall be Reborn, and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth at his rebirth. In sackcloth and ashes shall he clothe the people, and he shall break the world again by his coming, tearing apart all ties that bind. Like the unfettered dawn shall he blind us, and burn us, yet shall the Dragon Reborn confront the Shadow at the Last Battle, and his blood shall give us the Light. Let tears flow, O ye people of the world. Weep for your salvation.
from The Karaethon Cycle:
The Prophecies of the Dragon,
as translated by Ellaine Marise'idin Alshinn,
Chief Librarian at the Court of Arafel,
in the Year of Grace 231
of the New Era, the Third Age"
Jaichim Carridin POV - Bors attends the Darkfriend Social. There are a hundred attendees from all over the Westlands.1 They are in a large room with no windows. Blank-eyed servants offer refreshments.2 He tries to identify some of his companions:
The doors to the room open and two Trollocs enter followed by a Myrddraal. The Myrddraal smiles8 and announces that their Master comes. A man appears. Bors wonders if it is the Dark One himself or if one of the Forsaken is now free. The man identifies himself as Ba'alzamon and says the room is near Shayol Ghul.9 He shows them images of Rand, Mat and Perrin. He tells them the Dragon is reborn and that it is better if the Dragon is turned to serve him. Ba'alzamon gives individual orders. The Illianer woman nods eagerly. The Sea Folk man is reluctant. The Shienaran looks confused. One of the Aes Sedai is shocked. Ba'alzamon tells Bors to return to Tarabon, continue his good works, watch for the three boys and keep quiet about those who have landed at Toman Head.10 Bors sees a series of images- the Shayol Ghul sky, a young woman dressed in white, a raven, a Seanchan soldier, the Horn, a wolf. Ba'alzamon has implanted secret commands.11 Bors returns to his room and dons his clothes. He is a Whitecloak Questioner.
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