LoC: From the Stedding

Rand POV#

Liah opens the door to Rand's quarters and admits a servant named Bari. He announces that three Ogier have arrived. Liah and Cassin accompany Rand as Bari leads him to a courtyard. Sulin, Urien and dozens of other Aiel are with the Ogier. They introduce themselves as Haman son of Dal son of Morel Covril daughter of Ella daughter of Soong, and Erith daughter of Iva daughter of Alar. Rand remembers meeting Erith at Stedding Tsofu. Jalani and the other Maidens from this morning are all with Sulin. Rand sends them all away so he can talk to the Ogier alone. They came looking for Loial. Elder Alar of Stedding Tsofu told them that Rand was looking after him. Covril is his mother and she plans to marry him to Erith. Loial has been gone over five years. Rand recalls another Ogier who stayed Outside for ten years. Haman replies that five including Dalar stayed outside that long. Three died shortly after returning and the other two were invalids. Rand then tells them that Loial is in the Two Rivers. Haman's wife, Voniel, is Covril's sister.

Rand asks if Haman will show him the location of all the Waygates and explains that Shadowspawn are using the Ways. He tried visiting Stedding Tsofu himself but Elder Alar would not listen to a human.[1] Rand wonders why the Forsaken did not open gateways and pour thousands of Trollocs into the palace.[2] Haman agrees and Rand calls for maps to be brought. Ogier did not build Amador, Chachin, Shol Arbela or Fal Moran. Bandar Eban was built on the ruins of a city destroyed in the War of the Hundred Years. That city was built where a city vanished in the Trolloc Wars. Haman is amazed that humans do not remember their old cities such as Mafal Dadaranell, Ancohima or Londaren Cor. Sulin brings lots of maps. Rand notes vanished countries on the older maps. Hardan was north of Cairhien. Maredo was between Tear and Illian. Caralain, Almoth, Mosara and Irenvelle all vanished. Haman goes over the maps marking the stedding where there are Waygates. There are seven in the Borderlands. There are thirteen in the Spine of the World including one in Kinslayer's Dagger, from Stedding Shangtai in the south to Stedding Qichen and Stedding Sanshen in the north. Stedding Cantoine is just above the Iralell River not far north of Haddon Mirk. There are only four in the land west of the Spine of the World including the youngest, Stedding Tsofu repopulated only six hundred years ago. There are six stedding in the Mountains of Mist. There are also stedding in the Shadow Coast, the Black Hills, the forests above the Ivo River and the mountains above the Dhagon River. There are abandoned stedding in the Spine of the World, the Mountains of Mist, the Shadow Coast, one on Almoth Plain near the Paerish Swar and one on the north coast of Toman Head. Stedding Sherandu and Stedding Chandar were swallowed by the Blight. Haman then lists Ogier built cities with Waygates, Caemlyn, Tar Valon, Tear, Illian, Cairhien, Maradon, Ebou Dar (Barashta), Mafal Dadaranell, Ancohima, Londaren Cor, Manetheren, Aren Mador, Aridhol (City), Shaemal, Deranbar, Braem, Condaris, Hai Ecorimon, Iman. Rand sees the mark at Aridhol (City) and asks Haman to show him the Waygate there.[3]

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Notes (Possible Spoilers)#

[#1] Rand solves this problem in LoC,Ch49 and ACoS,Ch27.
[#2] Good question. Rand eventually learns from Lews Therin that gateways kill Shadowspawn. (KoD,Ch19)
[#3] It is not clear why Rand is so anxious to find the Shadar Logoth Waygate in particular.

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