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!__Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor], [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] and [Thom|Thom Merrilin] are on the ''[Spray]'' headed down the [Arinelle River]. The chapter starts with [Rand|Rand alThor] dreaming. It seems like he is in the [Ways], before they became tainted. He is trying to avoid [Ba'alzamon|Ishamael], who is also here. Then it changes to a thorn-hedge maze. He tries to peer over a maze wall, but gets stuck in the finger by a thorn. [Rand|Rand alThor] turns a corner and comes face-to-face with [Ba'alzamon|Ishamael]. [Ba'alzamon|Ishamael] tells [Rand|Rand alThor] that the [Eye of the World] will not serve him. [Rand|Rand alThor] escapes, but ends up in a mirror maze, with [Ba'alzamon|Ishamael] all around him. [Rand|Rand alThor] then awakens and finds himself on the deck of the ''[Spray]''. He puts his finger in his mouth and tastes blood. He looks at his finger and sees a bead of blood form on his fingertip.

[Domon|Bayle Domon] is trying to go down the [Arinelle River] as fast as he can, but the winds are not cooperating. They do not put to shore by day or by night. [Floran Gelb] is trying to get the crew on his side and blame events on [Rand|Rand alThor], [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] and [Thom|Thom Merrilin], but it is not working. The crew wants no part of [Gelb|Floran Gelb]. [Thom|Thom Merrilin] tells [Rand|Rand alThor] that the crew might be thinking of mutiny, and if that happens, they will all die. So, [Thom|Thom Merrilin] starts doing his gleeman acts. He also starts teaching [Rand|Rand alThor] and [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] some of his skills.

As they are going downstream, [Rand|Rand alThor] notices a glint of metal in the distance. [Domon|domon] tells him it is a metal tower, shining steel, with not a spot of rust. Two hundred feet high, as big around as a house with no mark on it and no opening.[1] It is used as a marker and indicates they are ten days from [Whitebridge]. [Domon|Bayle Domon] also tells the boys about a stone hand on [Tremalking] holding a huge crystal sphere.[2] He says the [Sea Folk] search for the [Coramoor|Jendai Prophecies].[3] He also tells them about the museum in the [Panarch's Palace|Panarchs Palace] in [Tanchico]. It has skeletons of animals no one has ever seen. He mentions other wonders - lightsticks, razorlace, heartstone, a crystal lattice covering an island that hums when the moon is up, a mountain hollowed into a bowl with a silver spike a hundred spans high.

Four days later, [Rand|Rand alThor] is sitting on top of a mast. He acts giddy and recklessly.[4] [Thom|Thom Merrilin] finally climbs up to get him down. [Rand|Rand alThor] comes down near the bow. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is there and [Rand|Rand alThor] sees [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] with the [Ruby Dagger]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] says he took it from [Shadar Logoth|Aridhol (City)].
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] This is the [Tower of Ghenjei]. We will see it again in [TSR,Ch28] and learn still more in [KoD,Ch10]. We expect it to play a prominent role in [Towers of Midnight].\\
[#2] The female [Choedan Kal].\\
[#3] The first mention of the [Sea Folk]'s [Coramoor|Jendai Prophecies].\\
[#4] This is similar to what [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] was telling [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] in [TEotW,Ch21]. It is the reaction to him [channeling|True Source] in [TEotW,Ch20].\\

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