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! __Omni__ POV

In the morning, people of [Tear|Tear (City)] wake from dreams of the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor] battling [Ba'alzamon|Ishamael] in the [Heart of the Stone|Stone of Tear]. The [Dragon Banner] flies above the [Stone of Tear]. People throng the streets proclaiming [Rand al'Thor|Rand alThor], the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor].
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! __Mat__ POV

[Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is in a meeting room of the High Lords in the [Stone of Tear] with [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred], [Egwene|Egwene alVere], [Elayne|Elayne Trakand], [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] and [Rhuarc]. He saw [Rand|Rand alThor] roaming about the [Stone|Stone of Tear] holding %%ot [Callandor]%% and accompanied by a contingency of [Aiel] and High Lords. He recalls seeing [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] in the fighting as well. There are about two hundred [Aiel] in the [Stone|Stone of Tear]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] met [Aviendha], [Chiad] and [Bain] last night and got in trouble trying to flirt with them. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] tells them that [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] is in [Tear|Tear (City)] and might be in trouble along with his "companion."[1] The girls ask for more detail, but she says she will handle it as soon as she shows them what she found. It is one of the [seals|Seals], this time intact. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] lectures that the [seals|Seals] were hidden during the [Breaking] and since the [Trolloc Wars] they have been truly lost. She catches herself and says she is starting to sound like [Verin|Verin Mathwin]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] asks if this all means that they are the [People of the Dragon|Aiel]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] says she does not know.[2] She only came to stop [Be'lal|BeLal] from killing [Rand|Rand alThor]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] gets the shakes at that name, and recalls that [Juilin|Juilin Sandar] left the [Stone|Stone of Tear] at dawn, ostensibly to bring the good news to Mother [Guenna|Ailhuin Guenna]. [Rhuarc] steps forward and shows them the Dragon on his left arm. He tells them clan chiefs get that when they go to [Rhuidean] in the land of the [Jenn] [Aiel]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is stunned, realizing that the [Aiel] are the [People of the Dragon|Aiel].[2] [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] comments that it really is over now. The girls angrily interject that they only caught [Amico|Amico Nagoyin] and [Joiya|Joiya Byir]. They still have [Liandrin] and the other ten to deal with. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] says he meant that there is only cleaning up to do since [Rand|Rand alThor] killed [Shai'tan|ShaiTan]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] calls him a fool and asks if he really thinks the [Dark One|ShaiTan] would leave a human body. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] recalls that it rotted very fast as well. [Egwene|Egwene alVere] tells them about the scrap of paper [Verin|Verin Mathwin] showed her and they agree that [Ba'alzamon|Ishamael] might well have been [Ishamael]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] comments that there are still nine [Forsaken] on the loose and that three of the [seals|Seals] are broken so they are far from finished. 

A beautiful woman enters, eyes [Rhuarc] with interest and gives a parchment to [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]. She identifies herself as [Berelain|Berelain sur Paendrag], the First of [Mayene]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] asks why she is delivering messages and who gave it to her. [Berelain|Berelain sur Paendrag] looks confused, only recalling that she was impressive. She recovers and tells [Rhuarc] that he disturbed her sleep. She will dine with him soon. She tells [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] that she will dine with the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor] tonight, then she marches from the room. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] reads the message aloud. "[Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] was mine, he is mine, and he will be mine, forever. I give him into your charge, to keep for me until I come." It is signed "[Lanfear]." 

[Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] reminds [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] that he is %%ot [ta'veren|Wheel of Time]%% as well as the sounder of the [Horn of Valere] so nothing is done for him yet. The girls stare at him with mixed emotions and [Rhuarc] looks at him with respect.[3] [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] says they can count on him while he really plans to leave as soon as [Thom|Thom Merrilin] is fit to travel.[4] The cries outside for [Rand al'Thor|Rand alThor], the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor] continue.
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! Footer

"And it was written that no hand but his should wield the Sword held in the Stone, but he did draw it out, like fire in his hand, and his glory did burn the world. Thus did it begin. Thus do we sing his Rebirth. Thus do we sing the beginning.

—from ''Do'in Toldara te, Songs of the Last Age,''\\
Quarto Nine: The Legend of the Dragon. Composed by\\
[Boanne], Songmistress at Taralan, the Fourth Age"

! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] [Faile|Zarine Bashere]\\
[#2] [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] did not know, but [Siuan Sanche] did. In [TFoH,Ch27], [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] says that [Gitara Moroso] told her about the [Aiel] being the [People of the Dragon|Aiel] while she was [Accepted].\\
[#3] So [Rhuarc] is another who knows that [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] sounded the [Horn|Horn of Valere].\\
[#4] [Rand|Rand alThor]'s %%ot [ta'veren|Wheel of Time]%% pull will prevent that from happening.\\
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