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   "The sweetness of victory and the bitterness of defeat are alike a knife of dreams.\\ \\
—from ''Fog and Steel'' by [Madoc Comadrin]\\ \\

! __Galad Damodred__ POV

[Galad|Galad Damodred] rides his bay gelding[1] along a road in [Amadicia] accompanied by [Trom], [Dain Bornhald] and [Jaret Byar]. They are north of a mountain range that held the ancient mines of [Aelgar]. The [Whitecloaks|Children of the Light] are now allied with the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)]. They are heading to a manor house once belonging to [Ailron] that the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] gave to [Eamon Valda]. [Galad|Galad Damodred] plans to kill [Valda|Eamon Valda]. [Bornhald|Dain Bornhald] and [Byar|Jaret Byar] told him that [Valda|Eamon Valda] assaulted and killed [Morgase|Morgase Trakand].[2] [Trom] and [Galad|Galad Damodred] have both been promoted to Lord Captain because three of the high officers were killed by the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] at [Jeramel]. At the manor there are about fifty regular [Whitecloaks|Children of the Light] and a half dozen [Questioners|Children of the Light]  led by [Rhadam Asunawa]. [Valda|Eamon Valda]'s dress is much gaudier that [Niall|Pedron Niall] ever wore, more gifts. [Valda|Eamon Valda] is angry with [Trom]; he is supposed to be headed to [Nassad] with other Lords Captain to meet with the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)]. 

[Galad|Galad Damodred] challenges [Valda|Eamon Valda]. [Asunawa|Rhadam Asunawa] objects and wants to arrest [Galad|Galad Damodred], but [Valda|Eamon Valda] overrides him and accepts. [Bornhald|Dain Bornhald] takes [Galad|Galad Damodred]'s cloak and sword belt while another under-lieutenant, [Kashgar], takes [Valda|Eamon Valda]'s. [Galad|Galad Damodred] studied under [Henre Haslin] and [Gareth Bryne]. After a fierce battle [Galad|Galad Damodred] kills [Valda|Eamon Valda]. Most of the [Whitecloaks|Children of the Light] applaud, but [Asunawa|Rhadam Asunawa] and the [Questioners|Children of the Light] are gone. They rode toward [Nassad], just over the border.[3] [Galad|Galad Damodred]'s supporters believe [Asunawa|Rhadam Asunawa] has gone to talk the other Lords Captain into arresting him.[4] [Galad|Galad Damodred] wants to seek other allies to oppose the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)]. A [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] named [Doirellin] and others agree. [Galad|Galad Damodred] tells them they might have to ally with [Aes Sedai] and [Asha'man] if the want to fight at [Tarmon Gai'don|Creator]. The men reluctantly agree. [Whitecloak|Children of the Light] law says it is allowable to ally with the serpent to fight the raven. They acclaim [Galad|Galad Damodred] the new Lord Captain Commander.[4]
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! __Rodel Ituralde__ POV

It is near dawn as [Rodel Ituralde] leads a hundred [Domani|Arad Doman] and three hundred [Tarabon]. His horse is [Steady]. [Tornay Lanasiet] leads two hundred [Tarabon]. They are near the village of [Serana] in [Tarabon] halfway between [Elmora] and [Amadicia]. There is a [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] camp nearby. He thinks of his wife [Tamsin Ituralde]. They ride into view of the camp surprising the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] and [Tarabon] there. The defenders mount a charge and seem to trample a few people in the field.[5] [Lanasiet|Tornay Lanasiet]'s men charge forward, but [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] has his archers take out the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] command along with a %%ot [sul'dam|Seanchan (People)]%% and %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%%. After three volleys the survivors flee, pursued by [Lanasiet|Tornay Lanasiet] and his men. [Jaalam|Jaalam Nishur] rides up. There are no bodies on the field where the people were standing.[5] [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] orders him to burn the warehouse. He has twenty thousand men all over [Tarabon] on similar raids. He means to work his way back north and re-gather his men. He expects the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] to follow in a fury. They will fall into the trap he has set in [Almoth Plain]. If they see the trap he has a backup plan.
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! __Suroth__ POV

Dawn is nearing in [Ebou Dar] and High Lady [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath] still cannot sleep. She wonders if [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag] is alive or dead. It has been seventeen days. She thinks the escape of the [Atha'an Miere|Sea Folk] %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%% and death of [Tylin|Tylin Quintara] mean [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag] is dead. Someone is trying to disrupt the [Return|Seanchan (People)]. Two of her own %%ot [sul'dam|Seanchan (People)]%%, [Renna|Renna Emain] and [Seta|Seta Zarbey], disappeared at the same time. [Egeanin Tamarath] stole a pair of %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%% and also disappeared. If [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag] is, indeed, dead [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath] will have to apologize to the [Empress]. If that happens she will kill herself before reaching [Seandar]. She still has some hope. [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag]'s %%ot [der'sul'dam|Seanchan (People)]%%[6] left nine days ago with all her %%ot [sul'dam|Seanchan (People)]%% and %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%%. Captain [Musenge] left at the same time with many of his men. She worries that someone may suspect she is %%ot [Atha'an Shadar|Old Tongue]%%, a [Darkfriend|Darkfriends]. 

The door opens and [Liandrin] enters dressed as %%ot [da'covale|Old Tongue]%%. [Almandaragal], her %%ot [lopar]%%, prepares to defend her. [Liandrin] professes her loyalty citing how she killed [Alwhin]. She brings a message from an officer of Captain-General [Galgan|Lunal Galgan] to summon [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath]. [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath] thinks it is time to have a %%ot [sul'dam|Seanchan (People)]%% collar [Liandrin]; she will send [Elbar|Zaired Elbar] to find another [Darkfriend|Darkfriends].[7] 

She sends [Liandrin] to [Rosala] for a beating then goes to her anteroom where Banner-General [Mikhel Najirah] awaits. She has a screen decorated with a [kori], a huge spotted cat from the [Sen T'jore|Seanchan (Country)]. He escorts her through the palace where [Beslan] is now king. Captain-General [Lunal Galgan]'s ancestors date back to [Luthair Paendrag Mondwin]. He tells her that %%ot [raken]%% began arriving three hours ago with reports from Lieutenant-General [Turan] of dozens of raids in [Tarabon]. [Rodel Ituralde] was behind them. She orders them to bring her [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde]'s head. She orders Captain of the Air [Yulan|Abaldar Yulan] to put most of his %%ot [raken]%% on the hunt. He wants to save some for Banner-General [Khirgan|Tylee Khirgan] and to search for the [Aiel] and seven thousand deserter [Whitecloaks|Children of the Light] in [Amadicia]. [Galgan|Lunal Galgan] does not object as long as he has the %%ot [to'raken|Toraken]%% he needs for [Altara] and [Illian|Illian (Country)]. 

She returns to her rooms where [Semirhage] appears masked in fire. [Semirhage] offers to make her Empress. [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath] is terrified, but [Semirhage] tells her that [Empress Radhanan|Empress] and all the imperial family is dead. [Seandar] is in chaos and there is war from the [Aldael Mountains|Seanchan (Country)] to [Salaking|Seanchan (Country)]. She laughs and says, "Let the Lord of Chaos rule." [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath] is horrified that even one of the %%ot [Da'concion|Old Tongue]%%, the Chosen Ones, could do that. [Semirhage] orders her to put all her efforts to killing [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag] and to expanding the rumor that she is an impostor. [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath] agrees. She will send [Elbar|Zaired Elbar] with thousands of men.
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! __Pevara__ POV

[Pevara|Pevara Tazanovni] and [Javindhra|Javindhra Doraille] meet with [Tsutama Rath], the [Red Ajah] Highest, in her ornately decorated room. [Tsutama|Tsutama Rath] heard rumors from [Dumai's Wells|Dumais Wells] that three of the dead sisters were [Red|Red Ajah].[8] She ordered [Tarna|Tarna Feir] and [Katerine|Katerine Alruddin] to keep silent but there are too many eyes-and-ears reports. [Katerine|Katerine Alruddin] reported that [Galina|Galina Casban] was killed. [Duhara|Duhara Basaheen], the third [Sitter|Sitters], left on a ship over a week ago.[9] [Tsutama|Tsutama Rath] has a letter from [Sashalle Anderly]. It confirms [Toveine|Toveine Gazal]'s letter which laid all the blame on [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan]. [Logain|Logain Ablar] is no longer [gentled|stilling]. He and [Toveine|Toveine Gazal] left with the [Asha'man], several other sisters and [Warder] to find [Rand|Rand alThor] and are probably with him. Several sisters swore fealty to the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor] until [Tarmon Gai'don|Creator]. [Sashalle|Sashalle Anderly], [Irgain Fatamed] and [Ronaille Vevanios] were [Healed|Weaves] by [Damer Flinn]. The great blast of the [One Power] was twelve days ago. [Tsutama|Tsutama Rath] decides that the only course forward is [Pevara|Pevara Tazanovni]'s plan to bond the [Asha'man]. She orders [Pevara|Pevara Tazanovni] and [Javindhra|Javindhra Doraille] to arrange it. [Javindhra|Javindhra Doraille] behaves oddly. 

Afterwards [Pevara|Pevara Tazanovni] goes to a meeting with [Yukiri], passing [Adelorna Bastine] on the way. [Yukiri] reports that she broke [Marris Thornhill]. Her one other [Black Ajah] contact outside her heart is with the rebels. [Talene|Talene Minly] gave up [Atuan|Atuan Larisett] who gave up [Marris|Marris Thornhill] and [Karale Sanghir], but they are now at a dead end. There is a [Black Ajah] Supreme Council meeting tonight, with [Talene|Talene Minly] ordered to attend so [Saerin|Saerin Asnobar] hid her in a basement. [Pevara|Pevara Tazanovni] wants bring in [Zerah|Zerah Dacan] and the others and attack the meeting, but [Yukiri] convinces her it is a bad idea. The [Gray Ajah] learned of [Toveine|Toveine Gazal]'s disaster from [Akoure Vayet]. Only the [Gray Ajah] head and the [Sitters] including [Evanellein] know. [Yukiri]'s language is becoming as coarse as [Doesine|Doesine Alwain]'s. 

[Seaine|Seaine Herimon] arrives. The [White Ajah] learned of the [Black Tower] disaster from [Ayako Norsoni]. She also reports that [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan] finally made clear that her mission was to find treason in [Alviarin|Alviarin Freidhen], not to hunt the [Black Ajah]. They are no longer certain that [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan] is not [Black Ajah] herself.
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! __Alviarin Freidhen__ POV

[Alviarin|Alviarin Freidhen] retrieves a secret message and returns to her quarters. She is still overwhelmed by her experience with [Shaidar Haran], the [Great Lord|ShaiTan] in her eyes. She passes [Seaine|Seaine Herimon] and [Ferane|Ferane Neheran] on the way. The whole [White Ajah] is ashamed of her for being demoted from [Keeper|Aes Sedai]. She passes [Astrelle] and [Tesan] who are discussing the statistical methods of [Radun] and [Covanen]. She passes [Ramesa] and [Norine|Norine Dovarna] who spurn her. She is still sore from her penances with [Silviana|Silviana Brehon]. [Katerine|Katerine Alruddin] spread the news of [Dumai's Wells|Dumais Wells] through the [Black Ajah]. In her rooms she decodes the message and two others. One reports that [Talene|Talene Minly] left the [White Tower] yesterday, before the Supreme Council meeting. [Alviarin|Alviarin Freidhen] is now certain there was something between her and [Yukiri] and [Doesine|Doesine Alwain]. [Alviarin|Alviarin Freidhen] is afraid to call [Mesaana] who probably wants to kill her. She writes orders to find [Talene|Talene Minly] and to keep close watch on [Yukiri] and [Doesine|Doesine Alwain].
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! __Galina Casban__ POV

Wearing %%ot [gai'shain|Aiel]%% white, [Galina|Galina Casban] rides her horse [Swift|Swift (Horse)] outside the [Shaido] camp. She plans to repay [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan]. [Therava] still owns her; she cannot [channel|True Source] without her permission. [Sevanna] almost never lets her. Her goal is to get that [Oath Rod] so she can remove those oaths. 

[Gaul] and [Fager Neald] kidnap her. She threatens that [Therava] and [Sevanna] will punish them. They bring her through a gateway to [Perrin|Perrin Aybara]'s camp. [Neald|Fager Neald] has [Noren] take her horse, then they bring her to [Perrin|Perrin Aybara]'s tent. She overhears the end of a conversation about arranging a meeting.[10] [Perrin|Perrin Aybara], [Berelain|Berelain sur Paendrag], a soldier[11] and a man in a black coat[12] are in the tent. [Galina|Galina Casban] recognizes [Berelain|Berelain sur Paendrag]. From [Dumai's Wells|Dumais Wells] she realizes that [Neald|Fager Neald] and the other black coated man are [Asha'man] and nearly panics. Despite her clothes she claims she is on [Aes Sedai] business with [Sevanna]. She claims that [Faile|Zarine Bashere] and [Alliandre|Alliandre Maritha Kigarin] are under her protection in [Malden]. She gives her name as [Alyse|Galina Casban]. [Berelain|Berelain sur Paendrag] offers to let her speak with [Masuri Sokawa], [Seonid Traighan] and [Annoura Larisen], but [Galina|Galina Casban] declines. [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] has her verify the accuracy of maps of [Malden] and the surrounding [Shaido] camp. She asks him to hold off his attack for a week so she can conclude her affairs. He does not commit, then asks her about the [Wise Ones|Aiel] drinking only water.[13] He asks her to warn [Faile|Zarine Bashere] to go to Lady [Cairen]'s fortress at the north end of the city and hide when she hears wolves during the day. Lying, [Galina|Galina Casban] says she will. A lean serving woman with a gray bun[14] enters to light lamps. After retrieving her horse [Neald|Fager Neald] takes her back to the [Shaido] camp. She is late and [Therava] punishes her. She plans to get the [Oath Rod], kill [Faile|Zarine Bashere] and her friends, and escape.
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! __Egwene__ POV

[Egwene|Egwene alVere] awakes riding in a carriage through [Tar Valon] from [Northharbor|Tar Valon] to the [White Tower]. There are five [Aes Sedai] with her, [Katerine Alruddin] and [Barasine] of the [Red Ajah], [Felaana|Felaana Bevaine] of the [Brown|Brown Ajah], [Pritalle Nerbaijan] of the [Yellow|Yellow Ajah] and [Berisha Terakuni] of the [Gray|Gray Ajah]. The sisters of different [Ajahs|Aes Sedai] are nearly at each other's throats. [Jala|Jala Bandevin] and [Merym] went ahead to report to [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan]. They gave her [forkroot|Herbs]; she tries to remember what [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] told her about it. She wonders if [Romanda|Romanda Cassin] or [Lelaine|Lelaine Akashi] will be raised after her. [Pritalle|Pritalle Nerbaijan]'s [Warder|Warder] is [Harril]. [Egwene|Egwene alVere] tells them she converted the harbor chain to %%ot [cuendillar|Cuendillar]%%. 

The coach reaches the [White Tower] and they disembark. [Nicola Treehill] in [novice|novices] white waits at the back entrance. She tells them [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan] wants [Egwene|Egwene alVere] sent to [Silviana|Silviana Brehon]. She apologizes to [Egwene|Egwene alVere] for running away and says [Areina|Areina Nermasiv] is with her. [Pritalle|Pritalle Nerbaijan] and [Harril] go to stable his horse [Bloodlance]. [Felaana|Felaana Bevaine] and [Berisha|Berisha Terakuni] also leave. 

[Katerine|Katerine Alruddin] and [Barasine] escort [Egwene|Egwene alVere] into the [White Tower]. Inside they run into [Melare] who was with [Zanica], [Arebis] and [Desala|Desala Nevanche] at [Southharbor|Tar Valon]. They captured [Leane|Leane Sharif]. She converted half the chain there. [Katerine|Katerine Alruddin] and [Barasine] take her to [Silviana Brehon]. [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan] has her reduced to [novice|novices], but otherwise not punished her, blaming everything on the rebel leaders. [Silviana|Silviana Brehon] says [Sheriam Bayanar] was too lenient. [Egwene|Egwene alVere] tells her she is a [Dreamer|TelAranRhiod] and warns her about the coming [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] attack. [Katerine|Katerine Alruddin] and [Barasine] escort her to the [novice|novices] quarters where she goes to sleep and enters %%ot [Tel'aran'rhiod|TelAranRhiod]%%. She will warn [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] about what happened then start working on the [White Tower] from within.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] His name is Stout. ([ToM,Prologue])
\\[#2] [Morgase|Morgase Trakand] is still alive, of course, but the first charge is true. ([ACoS,Ch26])
\\[#3] Which border? [Tarabon]?
\\[#4] So now there is a schism in the [Whitecloaks|Children of the Light] as well as the [White Tower] and the [Black Tower].
\\[#5] More ghosts
\\[#6] [Melitene]
\\[#7] Implying that [Elbar|Zaired Elbar] is also a [Darkfriend|Darkfriends]
\\[#8] [Laigin Arnault] and [Amira Moselle] were killed. [Galina|Galina Casban] was reported killed though she is alive and with the [Shaido].
\\[#9] She is on her way to [Caemlyn] on [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan]'s orders to advise [Elayne|Elayne Trakand]. ([KoD,Ch31])
\\[#10] With the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)]?
\\[#11] [Gerard Arganda]
\\[#12] [Jur Grady]
\\[#13] [Perrin|Perrin Aybara]'s plan is to disable the [Wise Ones|Aiel] by dumping [forkroot|Herbs] in their water supply. ([KoD,Ch12])
\\[#14] [Lini|Lini Eltring]
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