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! __Rand__ POV

A faint feeling of foulness wakes [Rand|Rand alThor]. Wrapping himself in %%ot [saidin|Said]%%, he steps into the corridor and feels something evil coming toward him. He reaches for his [little fat man] %%ot [angreal|Angreal]%% in his coat pocket. [Rand|Rand alThor] runs up to the highest level of the building, to lure the danger away from the [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] below. The center of the floor of the room is made of a mosaic of the ancient symbol of the [Aes Sedai]. Part of the [Aiel prophecy|Aiel Prophecies] is "Under this sign will he conquer." The evil feeling grows stronger and a burned sulfur smell fills the air. Three huge black dogs appear out of the shadows. Forming a sword with the [One Power], [Rand|Rand alThor] battles the three charging dogs, severing their heads. The dogs seem to melt before his eyes into pools of liquid shadow then the liquid pools flow back together, reforming the dogs. [Rand|Rand alThor] [channels|True Source] a rod of white light to utterly destroy them. In the process, he destroys part of the building as well. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] rushes in and asks if one of the dogs bit or bled on [Rand|Rand alThor].  [Rand|Rand alThor] replied no and [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] calls the dogs [Darkhound].[1]  [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] explains that a [Darkhound]'s bite is fatal and can be [Healed|Weaves] only if caught in time. The saliva is poisonous and kills slowly and very painfully.  [Darkhound] usually move in large packs of ten or twelve. 

[Rand|Rand alThor] becomes concerned that he is not the only target in [Rhuidean]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] begins to ask [Rand|Rand alThor] about the weapon he used to kill the [Darkhound], when he starts running as hard as possible, past [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran], who is worried about [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]. [Rand|Rand alThor] continues running to the edge of [Rhuidean]. He enters a building and spots three [Darkhound], clawing and chewing at a large bronze clad door.  Remembering the destruction from the last time he used the weapon, he moves to the side and uses the rod of white light to destroy the [Darkhound], trying to control the flow this time. [Rand|Rand alThor] still causes some destruction to the wall. [Rand|Rand alThor] knocks on the door, calling to [Mat|Matrim Cauthon]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] opens the door, naked. [Melindhra] calmly wraps up in a blanket. [Rand|Rand alThor] asks how they are, [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] replies fine, now. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is surprised the dogs were [Darkhound]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] begins to scratch at a red mark on his arm, explaining what had happened. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] and [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] come running in with a throng of [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] following. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] quickly dresses. [Rand|Rand alThor] notices [Mat|Matrim Cauthon]'s arm is getting worse. He says one of the dogs slobbered on it. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] rushes in followed by [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] and several [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] including [Adelin]. She tries to [Heal|Weaves] [Mat|Matrim Cauthon]. Nothing happens then [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] comments about his [foxhead medallion|Foxhead Medallion] feeling cold. Looking shocked, [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] asks [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] to take it off and then proceeds to [Heal|Weaves] him. After [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is [Healed|Weaves], [Melindhra] states that she will take care of him. 

[Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] takes [Rand|Rand alThor] aside to speak with him, but [Rand|Rand alThor] is rude to her. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] says so and [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] begs him to listen to her and to let her help him. She even swears to obey him.[2] [Rand|Rand alThor] accepts her help and apologizes for his rudeness. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] warns [Rand|Rand alThor] that the white fire weapon he used was [balefire|Weaves], extremely dangerous to use and forbidden since the [Breaking]. [Rand|Rand alThor] says he saw her use it once.[3] [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is embarrassed, but goes on to tell that when [balefire|Weaves] is used, the thing destroyed ceases to exist ''before'' the moment of its destruction. She warns [Rand|Rand alThor] to think of the effect on the [Pattern|Wheel of Time], memories remain, but the actions do not. During the [Shadow War], several cities where destroyed with [balefire|Weaves] before the dangers were known. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] asks that [Rand|Rand alThor] must be careful when using [balefire|Weaves] in the future. [Rand|Rand alThor] says he will try. 

Making a gateway, he begins to leave. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is shocked. After [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] and [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] leave, [Rand|Rand alThor] enters the gateway to a blackness, standing on a disc, a copy of the ancient [Aes Sedai] symbol. [Asmodean] called this [Skimming|Weaves]. [Traveling|Weaves] was faster but [Asmodean] was unable yet to teach [Rand|Rand alThor] how to [Travel|Weaves]. [Rand|Rand alThor] moves to where [Asmodean] is located, knowing he would also be a potential victim of the [Darkhound]. [Asmodean] is asleep and appears to be fine. [Rand|Rand alThor] sees the tracks of three or four [Darkhound] but they did not enter the room. [Rand|Rand alThor] wonders what kept them out. [Rand|Rand alThor] uses the [One Power] to remove the tracks of the [Darkhound], so others would not find out about [Asmodean]. 

Back in his bedchamber, before going back to bed, [Rand|Rand alThor] [channels|True Source] and checks on the [control statues|Control Statue] he has hidden in his room. [Rand|Rand alThor] thinks of how the two [control statues|Control Statue] could be used along with the [giant statue|Choedan Kal] buried in [Cairhien|Cairhien (Country)]. Thinking of that much [One Power], [Rand|Rand alThor] remembers attempting to revive a dead child in [Tear|Tear (Country)] the last time he used %%ot [Callandor]%%. He is afraid of using that much [One Power] again. As [Rand|Rand alThor] resets the traps on the [control statues|Control Statue], [Lanfear] suddenly appears. She sees the [control statues|Control Statue] and tries to tempt [Rand|Rand alThor] saying they can supplant the [Great Lord|ShaiTan] and challenge the [Creator]. [Rand|Rand alThor] replies, "You were always ambitious, [Mierin|Lanfear]. Why do you think I turned from you?...Ambition is all there is to you." [Lanfear] is shocked and calls him [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon]. She says "[Graendal] said..."[4] "I love you, [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon]." [Rand|Rand alThor] recovers, stating, "I am [Rand al'Thor|Rand alThor]!" [Lanfear] warns [Rand|Rand alThor] that he cannot trust [Asmodean], he is there only to teach [Rand|Rand alThor]. [Lanfear] also says that [Rahvin] sent the [Darkhound]. [Rand|Rand alThor] questions this; [Asmodean] told him that [Rahvin] looks to his own interests. Why not [Sammael] or [Demandred] or [Semirhage] or [Moghedien]? [Lanfear] responds that [Rahvin] is in [Caemlyn] and he fears [Rand|Rand alThor] will interfere with his plans for [Andor] and [Cairhien|Cairhien (Country)].[5] 

[Lanfear] leaves through a gateway as someone knocks on the door. The clan chiefs have come to speak with him. [Rhuarc] reports that the [Shaido] are moving toward the [Jangai Pass]. [Rand|Rand alThor] decides to move toward the [Jangai Pass] as well.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] and [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] encountered [Darkhound] in [Illian|Illian (Country)], sent by [Sammael]. ([TDR,Ch44]) Does that imply that he sent these as well?
\\[#2] The most dramatic change in their relationship when [Rand|Rand alThor] finally takes control.
\\[#3] Against [Be'lal|BeLal] in the [Heart of the Stone|Stone of Tear]. ([TDR,Ch55])
\\[#4] [Graendal] speculated that [Rand|Rand alThor] was [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] in the flesh, not just his spirit recycled. ([TFoH,Prologue])
\\[#5] The plan is to send [Rand|Rand alThor] against [Sammael], so why is [Lanfear] directing [Rand|Rand alThor] toward [Rahvin]? Did [Rahvin] really send the [Darkhound] or is this a lie? Everything else she says appears to be true.
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