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! __Rand__ POV

[Juin] leads [Rand|Rand alThor], [Perrin|Perrin Aybara], [Mat|Matrim Cauthon], %%brown [Verin|Verin Mathwin]%%, [Ingtar|Ingtar Shinowa] and [Hurin] to the [Ogier] council. [Loial] waits outside. [Alar] is the Eldest of the seven council members. [Verin|Verin Mathwin] says they need to use the [Ways]. [Alar] brings in [Trayal] who was caught by %%ot [Machin Shin]%%. [Alar] asks [Verin|Verin Mathwin] to touch him and [Verin|Verin Mathwin] is shocked that he is "empty."[1] [Verin|Verin Mathwin] says they need [Loial] to read the Guidings. [Alar] can dimly sense %%ot [ta'veren|Wheel of Time]%%. [Rand|Rand alThor] promises to return [Loial] to [Stedding Shangtai]. Back outside, [Loial] has a flower that [Erith] gave him. [Marisa Ayellin] likes [Mat|Matrim Cauthon].[2] [Hurin] goes to get [Uno|Uno Nomesta] and the others and [Alar] and [Juin] lead them to the [Waygate|Ways]. [Verin|Verin Mathwin] opens the [Waygate|Ways] and %%ot [Machin Shin]%% is waiting again. [Verin|Verin Mathwin] is quite startled, but seems to figure it out. [Loial] suggests other %%ot [stedding|Steddings]%%, [Stedding Cantoine] just above [Iralell River] or [Stedding Taijing] east of it in [Spine of the World]. The [Tar Valon] [Waygate|Ways] is closest. [Verin|Verin Mathwin] mutters to herself some more. [Hurin] suggests a [Portal Stone]. [Verin|Verin Mathwin] knows of a [Portal Stone] in the [Aiel Waste][3] and knows something of their use. When asked, she says [Browns|Brown Ajah] know a lot.[4] [Alar] says there is a [Portal Stone] nearby and they head for it.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] [Verin|Verin Mathwin] apparently [Delves|Weaves] [Trayal], yet in a %%ot [stedding|Steddings]%% she cannot touch the [True Source]. At [signings|Guide], Jordan purportedly said that detecting a soul does not require [channeling|True Source].\\
[#2] In early printings her name is incorrectly given as [Neysa Ayellin]. This is corrected in more recent printings.\\
[#3] What an odd piece of information! How could she know that?\\
[#4] But she does not directly say that [Browns|Brown Ajah] know about [Portal Stone]. Again, there is the question of what special knowledge she has and where she might have got it.\\
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