The next morning, Moiraine, Siuan, Leane and Verin use the ivory figurine angreal to partially Heal Mat. He cannot be completely Healed without the Ruby Dagger. Leane leaves when Mat is carried out to the infirmary. Mat has only months to live unless the ruby dagger is recovered. Agelmar is sending men to recover the Horn. They will find the ruby dagger as well. Mat will have to go with them since he is the only one who can safely carry it. They all wonder why Fain is so important. Verin says little is known about Dark Prophecy. She reads the Dark Prophecy:
The ancient war, she yet fights.
Her new lover she seeks, who shall serve her and die, yet serve still.
Who shall stand against her coming?
The Shining Walls shall kneel.
Blood feeds blood.
Blood calls blood.
Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be.
The man who channels stands alone.
He gives his friends for sacrifice.
Two roads before him, one to death beyond dying, one to life eternal.
Which will he choose? Which will he choose?
What hand shelters? What hand slays?
Luc came to the Mountains of Dhoom.
Isam waited in the high passes.
The hunt is now begun. The Shadow's hounds now course, and kill.
One did live, and one did die, but both are.
The Time of Change has come.
The Watchers wait on Toman's Head.
The seed of the Hammer burns the ancient tree.
Death shall sow, and summer burn, before the Great Lord comes.
Death shall reap, and bodies fail, before the Great Lord comes.
Again the seed slays ancient wrong, before the Great Lord comes.
Now the Great Lord comes.
Verin says Serafelle is the only other one who has seen it. Moiraine asks Verin what she makes of it. Lanfear means Daughter of the Night in the Old Tongue. Siuan thinks all the Forsaken are still bound. Moiraine thinks she was the most powerful after Ishamael. She was Lews Therin's lover before Ilyena. Verin says Lord Luc was the brother of Tigraine, but she does not know Isam. Moiraine knows Isam was son of Breyan and Lain; he was Lan's cousin. She must keep this from Lan. Verin says the Do Miere A'vron or Watchers Over the Waves are a community in Falme on Toman Head who believe Artur Hawkwing's army will return. Hawkwing was also known as the Hammer of the Light. Moiraine notes that there are rumors of war on Toman Head. Verin notes that the Sea Folk refuse to cross the Aryth Ocean. She has heard one reference to "lands under the Shadow, beyond the setting sun, beyond the Aryth Ocean, where the Armies of the Night reign." About the "ancient tree," the banner of Almoth was the Tree of Life, Tarabon call themselves the Tree of Man and Domani claim descent from those who made the Tree of Life. The Time of Change refers to the end of an Age. Finally, Verin notes that the man who channels must be one of the three boys and is the true Dragon Reborn! Moiraine and Siuan are so shocked they seize the One Power confirming to Verin that she is right. Verin says Serafelle only cares for books and does not know. Verin had the cooks leave out treats for Siuan and Moiraine when they were novices. Verin had her first clue to all this twenty years ago.
Perrin sneaks into the infirmary to visit Mat who is still sleeping. He was alone in one of the gardens last night so Egwene and Mat never found him. Lady Timora, one of Amalisa's attendants, found him and reported him to Liandrin. Mat wakes briefly and remembers nothing of the dungeon. Leane enters. She tells Perrin to leave, then stops him to check his eyes and Delves him. He lifts her aside and leaves.
Rand is in his room. He did not sleep all night. He started to leave three times, but stayed because he has to find out about himself. Perrin enters. He is still mad at Rand. Rand tries to make conversation saying Leane sounds like Master Thane the way she gives orders. They realize Liandrin was looking for both of them. Perrin is still angry and leaves. Lan pounds on the door and enters telling Rand he is summoned to the Amyrlin. He preps Rand to act like a Warder and a Borderlands lord. Rand asks, but Lan does not really explain why he is helping Rand. They leave to meet the Amyrlin.
Notes (Possible Spoilers)#
[#1] There are two Yellow Ajah sisters at Fal Dara. Why did they not participate in the Healing?
[#2] We learn more about Dark Prophecy in ToM,Ch4. And there is the open question of whether or not this was really a Foretelling or something made up for the occasion.
[#3] Luc and Isam are now two facets of the same being also known as Slayer. (TSR,Ch28 - TSR,Ch33, WH,Ch22)
[#4] Why is Moiraine not telling her about Aginor and Balthamel?
[#5] Bair also refers to the Time of Change at Chaendaer. (TSR,Ch23)
[#6] We do not know what the clue is, but we get a hint as to where it came from in TGS,Ch39.
[#7] When Moiraine asks Lan the same thing he says it was probably a ta'veren effect, but Moiraine suspects it was because of Nynaeve. (TGH,Ch22)
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