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! __Rodel Ituralde__ POV

It is nearly two weeks since his victory at [Darluna]. [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] still carries a wrinkled note with instructions from [Alsalam|Alsalam Saeed Almadar].[1] [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] is with [Rajabi]. The last of the [Tarabon] have abandoned them. The new [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] general[2] has 300,000 men and two hundred %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%%. They have retreated deep into [Arad Doman] only to learn that there are 100,000 [Aiel] north of them. They are holed up in an abandoned %%ot [stedding|Steddings]%%. [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] recalls seeing a master juggler[3] in [Caemlyn] entertain the young Daughter-Heir.[4] Just when he seemed ready to drop all the balls he disappeared in a flash of light and was sitting next to Lord [Finndal]'s wife. [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] expects his final fall to be as spectacular. 

A boy brings news that a lone man has arrived. [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] summons his remaining officers, [Ankaer], [Wakeda], [Melarned] and [Lidrin]. [Shimron] was killed by a %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%% fireball. An escort brings [Rand|Rand alThor]. [Rand|Rand alThor] says [Bashere|Davram Bashere]'s description of [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde]'s position was accurate. He is boxed in. [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] thinks [Rand|Rand alThor]'s eyes are like [Alsalam|Alsalam Saeed Almadar]'s. They demand obedience. [Rand|Rand alThor] says [Alsalam|Alsalam Saeed Almadar] is in [Graendal]'s thrall. [Rand|Rand alThor] offers him the [Arad Doman] or the [Amadicia] throne. He will loan him [Aiel] and a hundred [Asha'man], stable now that the taint is gone, who can [Travel|Weaves#t]. They are to secure the [Borderlands]. In return, [Rand|Rand alThor] will have the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] out of [Arad Doman]. [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] will send some of his officers with [Rand|Rand alThor]. [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] agrees[5] and [Rand|Rand alThor] orders him to [Saldaea].
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] Actually from [Graendal].
\\[#2] The new general is not identified.
\\[#3] [Thom Merrilin]
\\[#4] Baby [Elayne|Elayne Trakand]
\\[#5] It seems that [Ituralde|Rodel Ituralde] accepts partly on simple logic and partly on %%ot [ta'veren|Wheel of Time]%% effect.
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