TDR: The Hammer

Perrin POV#

Perrin, Moiraine, Lan, Zarine and Loial arrive at Tear. They are looking for Rand. Perrin starts to reach out for wolves, but then stops himself. He also notices how hot and humid it is. Loial points out that the city folk look "defeated." They stop at an inn called The Star, which has a weaver's shop on one side and a smithy on the other. The innkeeper, Jurah Haret, greets them and tells Loial that it has been a year since he has seen other Ogier. After they get their rooms, Moiraine and Lan leave the inn, telling the others to remain close to the inn. Perrin puts his stuff in his room and then goes down to the smithy next door. Perrin spends all day at the smithy. He looks up to find Zarine watching him. The smith is named Dermid Ajala. As Perrin is leaving, Dermid lets him keep one of his hammers.

He goes back up to his room and puts the hammer down, when Lan calls him. He and Moiraine have returned and they all gather for a meeting. Moiraine tells them that the High Lord Samon is Be'lal.[1] Moiraine thinks that Be'lal will let Rand take Callandor and then he will take it from Rand. Moiraine mentions that Ishamael and Lanfear are the strongest of the Forsaken. She asks Loial what he knows about Be'lal. He razed the Hall of the Servants just before Lews Therin and his companions sealed the Bore. Loial recalls two Ogier authors who wrote about Be'lal. Jalanda son of Aried son of Coiam wrote that Be'lal was called "The Envious" because of his jealousy of Lews Therin. Moilin daughter of Hamada daughter of Juendan wrote that he was called "Netweaver" in A Study of the War of the Shadow. Be'lal and Sammael were leaders in the fight against the Dark One before they forsook the Light. Both were also masters of the sword. Moiraine and Lan plan on entering the Stone. She says even the Forsaken cannot stand up to balefire. She has learned much in the last year and is now more dangerous.[2] Lan mentions that he saw Aiel on the rooftops. Perrin recalls that the Aiel in Remen[3] said that when the Stone falls, the Aiel will leave the Three-fold Land.

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Notes (Possible Spoilers)#

[#1] Like Sammael in Illian, how does she know this?
[#2] So where and how in the last year did Moiraine learn balefire?
[#3] Gaul (TDR,Ch34)

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