TGH: A New Thread in the Pattern

Perrin POV#

Ingtar and his party are now in Kinslayer's Dagger, still following the Horn. Verin examines Mat two or three times a day as he gets paler. Perrin once again recites for Ingtar what the wolves told him. Someone they call Shadowkiller killed the Trollocs they found and the Trollocs and Fain now follow Shadowkiller. The wolves are in awe of Shadowkiller. Uno reports an Aiel in the rocks. He steps out and Masema starts to attack. Ingtar stops him and the Aiel identifies himself as Urien, a Red Shield of the Two Spires sept of the Reyn Aiel. He thinks Verin is a Wise One because she looks young like women who have been to Rhuidean. This excites her greatly.[1] Ingtar says they are hunting Trollocs. Urien is excited because the return of Trollocs is part of Aiel prophecy. He explains the Three-fold Land: a shaping stone to make them, a testing ground to prove their worth, and a punishment for their sin. Verin asks what Rhuidean is. Urien says clan chiefs and Wise Ones are marked in Rhuidean. It lies in the lands of the Jenn Aiel. She asks him what he is doing here. He replies that he is seeking someone. There will be signs. He will be marked. He will come from the west, but be of Aiel blood. He will go to Rhuidean and lead the Aiel out of the Three-fold Land. He will conquer under the old Aes Sedai symbol. Using typical Aes Sedai sleight of tongue, Verin denies knowing anything[2] and Urien leaves. Perrin and Mat wonder if it could be Rand. Verin mutters to herself, "It must be a part, and yet how? Does the Wheel of Time weave threads into the Pattern of which we know nothing? Or does the Dark One touch the Pattern again?"[3] Now that they are in Cairhien, the Shienarans remove their armor so as not to appear threatening and ride on.

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Notes (Possible Spoilers)#

[#1] This is the first indication she has seen of channelers amongst the Aiel.
[#2] Although she clearly realizes it must be Rand.
[#3] Who is the "we" she refers to? Does she mean Aes Sedai in general, herself, Moiraine and Siuan, or some other group?

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