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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] tries to get up, but he cannot find his clothes. When he insists on rising, [Aviendha] threatens to call [Sorilea] and [Bair], then [Enaila], [Somara] and [Lamelle]. They treat him like a ten-year-old son. He eventually finds his clothes - under [Aviendha]. After he is dressed and shaved, he takes the [Dragon Scepter] and goes outside. 

[Sulin] readies the [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] and [Asmodean] brings [Jeade'en|JeadeEn (Rand)]. A refugee named [Pevin] now carries [Rand|Rand alThor]'s banner. [Rand|Rand alThor] and [Aviendha] ride off. They pass the captured [Shaido] and [Rand|Rand alThor] is amazed at how many there are. He also notes other [Aiel] wearing scarlet headbands with the [Aes Sedai] symbol on them. [Aviendha] says they are %%ot [siswai'aman]%% (the spear of the Dragon in the [Old Tongue]). They believe serving [Rand|Rand alThor] expiates their sins in failing the [Aes Sedai]. 

They pass [Hadnan Kadere]'s wagons guarded by [Stone Dogs]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] examines the [twisted red doorway|Twisted Red Doorway]. [Rand|Rand alThor] wonders why [Kadere|Hadnan Kadere] is still around,[1] considering that [Isendre] and half his drivers have fled. The [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] nearly tore the wagons apart looking for her.[2] [Asmodean] swears he has had no contact with [Kadere|Hadnan Kadere] since [Rand|Rand alThor] captured him. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] notices [Rand|Rand alThor], but to his surprise she shows no interest in accompanying him.[3] 

They ride on to [Cairhien|Cairhien (City)] and enter the [Jangai Gates|Cairhien (City)]. The guards at the gate hastily send riders to the [Sun Palace]. The commoners greet [Rand|Rand alThor] enthusiastically. Soon, [Meilan|Meilan Mendiana] rides up accompanied by several [Tairen|Tear (Country)] nobles and [Defenders of the Stone|Tear (City)]. The nobles include [Edorion|Edorion Selorna] and [Reimon]. [Meilan|Meilan Mendiana] is angry at being caught by surprise. They all ride to the [Sun Palace]. [Sulin] chooses twenty [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] to accompany [Rand|Rand alThor], [Aviendha] and [Asmodean] inside. They include [Enaila], [Lamelle] and [Somara]. The other High Lords, [Torean|Torean Andiama], [Gueyam], [Simaan], [Maraconn], [Hearne] and [Aracome], greet [Rand|Rand alThor] at the entrance. They are all angry that [Meilan|Meilan Mendiana] went out to meet him without telling the rest. Thinking that [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] and [Thom|Thom Merrilin] would be proud of him, he puts the High Lords off guard by greeting some warmly and giving a cool response to others. In the [Grand Hall|Sun Palace], all the [Tairen|Tear (Country)] lords stand in front while the [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] are relegated to the rear. [Meilan|Meilan Mendiana] leads the way to the [Sun Throne|Sun Palace], but [Rand|Rand alThor] asks for a chair saying the [Sun Throne|Sun Palace] belongs to someone else.[4] 

He orders the [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] nobles to join the [Tairens|Tear (Country)] in order of rank. Then he orders that all but one of his Dragon banners be replaced with the Rising Sun of [Cairhien|Cairhien (Country)] to join the Crescent banners of [Tear|Tear (Country)]. The [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] nobles shout for joy while the [Tairens|Tear (Country)] appear stunned. The nobles swear oaths of fealty to [Rand|Rand alThor] in order of rank, [Meilan|Meilan Mendiana], then [Colavaere|Colavaere Saighan], [Torean|Torean Andiama], [Dobraine|Dobraine Taborwin] and [Aracome]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] said this was the right way to do things and in [Rand|Rand alThor]'s head [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] agrees. He must secure [Cairhien|Cairhien (Country)] before he can move on [Sammael].
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] [Lanfear]'s orders. ([TFoH,Ch29])
\\[#2] She is dead, of course. ([TFoH,Ch29])
\\[#3] Is this because she is preoccupied with [Kadere|Hadnan Kadere]'s wagons or is she concerned about the wrong people seeing and recognizing her?
\\[#4] He intends the [Sun Throne|Sun Palace] for [Elayne|Elayne Trakand].
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