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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] wakes late, still with a headache, and goes down to the kitchen for breakfast. [Sara], the cook, is confronting Master [Fitch] about her cat, [Cirri]. Guests complained about the cat leaving rats lying around with broken backs. [Ciel], a serving girl, gets [Rand|Rand alThor] some food while [Thom|Thom Merrilin] performs the [Great Hunt of the Horn|Horn of Valere] in the common room. [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] is still in bed recovering from the same bad dream [Rand|Rand alThor] had. [Rand|Rand alThor] goes out, passing [Mutch] in the stable, and sits outside the inn. [Min|Min Farshaw] walks up. She knows [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]'s real name, having met her on the way to [Emond's Field|Emonds Field]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] heard about her from other [Aes Sedai].[1] [Min|Min Farshaw] describes her [viewing|viewings] to [Rand|Rand alThor]. She sees the following:

* The whole group - "Sparks swirling around you, thousands of them, and a big shadow, darker than midnight. The sparks are trying to fill the shadow, and the shadow is trying to swallow the sparks. You are all tied together in something dangerous."
* [Egwene|Egwene alVere] - "She's part of it. You're in love with her. She loves you, too, but she's not for you, or you for her. Not the way you both want.[2] When I look at her, I see the same as when I look at Mistress [Alys|Moiraine Damodred]. She won't refuse it."[3]
* [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] - "Seven ruined towers around his head, and a babe in a cradle holding a sword."[4]
* [Thom|Thom Merrilin] - "A man—not him—juggling fire,[5] and the [White Tower]."[6]
* [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] - "A wolf,[7] and a broken crown,[8] and trees flowering all around him."
* [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] - "A red eagle,[9] an eye on a balance scale,[10] a dagger with a ruby,[11] a horn,[12] and a laughing face."
* [Rand|Rand alThor] - "A sword that isn't a sword,[13] a golden crown of laurel leaves,[14] a beggar's staff,[15] you pouring water on sand,[16] a bloody hand and white-hot iron,[17] three women standing over a funeral bier with you on it, black rock wet with blood, lightning around you, some striking at you, some coming out of you. You and I will meet again." [18]

[Rand|Rand alThor] goes for a walk and runs into [Padan Fain]. [Fain|Padan Fain] acts fearful and elusive. [Rand|Rand alThor] tells him where they are staying and when they are leaving, then [Fain|Padan Fain] runs away. [Rand|Rand alThor] runs into [Mat|Matrim Cauthon]. He had the same nightmare. They agree not to tell [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] about them. [Rand|Rand alThor] feels very light headed.[19] He tells [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] about [Min|Min Farshaw]'s [viewings]. They see three [Whitecloaks]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] thinks they look like [Eward Congar] with his nose always in the air. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] plays a trick loosing barrels that splash mud on the [Whitecloaks]. The leader is Lord [Dain Bornhald]. In a manic mood, [Rand|Rand alThor] laughs at the [Whitecloaks] then stands his ground, angering them.[19] The Town Watch appears and the [Whitecloaks] leave. [Rand|Rand alThor] is suddenly back in his right mind. They head back to the inn and meet [Thom|Thom Merrilin] on the way. They tell him about [Ba'alzamon|Ishamael] and the dream. [Thom|Thom Merrilin] tells them those names are dangerous and they should forget them. The [Eye of the World] is a legend in the [Borderlands]. [Thom|Thom Merrilin] counsels them to tell no one. Back at inn, they meet [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] who agrees to keep quiet. [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] is there.[20] She followed them and made [Hightower|hightower] row her across river. She is meeting with [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]. They all enter the inn.

! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] There is a [Blue Ajah] report on [Min|Min Farshaw]. ([ACoS,Ch34])\\
[#2] See [TSR,Ch7]\\
[#3] [Egwene|Egwene alVere] becoming [Aes Sedai]\\
[#4] [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran]'s past\\
[#5] [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] and fireworks\\
[#6] [Thom|Thom Merrilin] and [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]\\
[#7] [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] will become a [Wolfbrother|Wolf]\\
[#8] The Broken Crown of [Saldaea]. ([LoC,Ch46], [WH,Prologue])\\
[#9] [Manetheren], and [Aemon|Aemon al Caar al Thorin]'s personal army, the [Band of the Red Hand]\\
[#10] Events at the end of [Towers of Midnight]\\
[#11] The [Ruby Dagger]\\
[#12] The [Horn of Valere]\\
[#13] %%ot [Callandor]%%\\
[#14] The crown of [Illian|Illian (Country)] ([ACoS,Ch41])\\
[#15] Events in [TGS,Ch49]\\
[#16] Bringing up water from the underground lake in [Rhuidean] ([TSR,Ch24]), ([TSR,Ch58]) and/or ([TFoH,Ch7])\\
[#17] This does not quite seem to fit [KoD,Ch27].\\
[#18] She also [views|viewings] three women's faces, [Elayne|Elayne Trakand], [Aviendha] and herself. She lies about this to [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] ([TSR,Ch1]) and does not fully disclose it until [TFoH,Ch50].\\
[#19] Still the reaction to [channeling|True Source]. ([TEotW,Ch11]) In [TEotW,Ch21], [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] describes these reactions almost word for word as symptoms of [channeling|True Source] sickness.\\
[#20] [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] easily found them at [The Stag and Lion] because of the affinity she developed for [Egwene|Egwene alVere] when she [Healed|Weaves] her. ([TEotW,Ch21])\\

! Artwork

* [Strangers and Friends: Rand Encounters Min|http://members.shaw.ca/jbeveridge/teotw20.htm] ([James Beveridge|http://members.shaw.ca/jbeveridge/wot01.htm])

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