TDR: Healing

Egwene POV#

Sheriam takes Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne down into the bowels of the White Tower. Egwene still nervously thinks about the Black Ajah. In a deep chamber, they find Mat lying unconscious on a platform. He has the ruby dagger. Nine Aes Sedai stand around him. They are Siuan, Leane, Verin, Serafelle, Alanna, Anaiya, Brendas of the White Ajah and two others.[1] Sheriam joins them making ten. Siuan has a white fluted wand, a powerful sa'angreal. Siuan leads the circle. As the glow of saidar surrounds them, Nynaeve notes that she could only channel half as much.[2] As they channel, the ruby dagger in its golden sheath starts to rise and Mat wakes. He shouts in the Old Tongue, " Muad'drin tia dar allende caba'drin rhadiem! Los Valdar Cuebiyari! Los! Carai an Caldazar! Al Caldazar! " Egwene recognizes this part, "For the honor of the Red Eagle! The Red Eagle!"[3] Mat continues, " Mia ayende, Aes Sedai! Caballein misain ye! Inde muagdhe Aes Sedai misain ye! Mia Ayende! "

When the Ruby Dagger is separated from Mat, Anaiya grasps it with tongs and puts it in a heavy metal box. The box closes and Mat collapses. Many of the Aes Sedai are clearly wrung out from what they have done. Siuan tells the girls that Mat was ordering soldiers in a battle over two thousand years ago.[4] The last phrase was, "I am a free man, Aes Sedai. I am no Aes Sedai meat." Sheriam leads the girls away to begin their kitchen duties.

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Notes (Possible Spoilers)#

[#1] Odd that not one of the identified Aes Sedai is Yellow Ajah.
[#2] It seems most unlikely that Nynaeve, strong as she is, could come close to ten Aes Sedai with a sa'angreal so this is probably an error in judgment on her part.
[#3] The same as Mat shouted when they were attacked by Trollocs east of Baerlon. (TEotW,Ch18)
[#4] He apparently was Aemon ordering his troops in the last stand of Manetheren. (TDR,Ch19)

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