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! __Cadsuane__ POV

[Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] walks through [Bandar Eban] to [The Wind's Favor|The Winds Favor]. The innkeeper, [Quillin Tasil], is a good source of information. He is [Andoran|Andor] but his wife is a retired, wealthy [Domani|Arad Doman] merchant. His daughter [Namine] is [Brown Ajah] and works in the [Tower|White Tower] library. She asks him about [Alsalam|Alsalam Saeed Almadar] and [Quillin|Quillin Tasil] says no one has really seen him in half a year. There are 24,000 [Aiel] in the city. [Rand|Rand alThor]'s %%ot [ta'veren|Wheel of Time]%% effect is now all negative with no positive balance. After she leaves the inn she plans what to do next. She realizes she mishandled [Rand|Rand alThor]. The [sad bracelets|Sad Bracelets] were not her fault. The [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] had made others, so that one was taken specifically to sow mistrust. 

As she approaches the docks, she turns to see [Rand|Rand alThor] and his entourage approaching her. She seems to accidentally run into him quite often.[1] She still sees darkness around him from the corner of her eye and it terrifies her. She has failed trying to guide him. He trusts no one but [Min|Min Farshaw]. She returns to the mansion; [Aiel] now camp where [Dobraine|Dobraine Taborwin] had his men. She goes to the [Wise Ones|Aiel]' area and finds [Sorilea], [Amys] and the others. She admits she has failed and they say she has no %%ot [toh|Aiel]%%. She says she has a plan and they want to hear it.[2]
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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] rides [Tai'daishar] through [Bandar Eban] with his entourage including [Naeff], [Flinn|Damer Flinn] and [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara]. [Naeff] is bonded to [Nelavaire Demasiellin], a [Green|Green Ajah] sister. He was one of the [Queen's Guards|Andor] in [Andor] until he left in disgust after [Gaebril|Rahvin] took over. They are going to review activity unloading and dispersing food at the docks. [Rand|Rand alThor] spots [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] and thinks she is following him.[1] [Naeff] and [Bashere|Davram Bashere] have been negotiating a meeting with the [Daughter of the Nine Moons|Tuon]. The [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] rejected [Katar] so [Rand|Rand alThor] proposes [Falme] even though it is deep in their territory. [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] has been quiet lately. 

[Rand|Rand alThor] asks [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] if [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] is riding to [Malkier] and she admits that he is. He will reach [Tarwin's Gap|Tarwins Gap] in two or three months. [Rand|Rand alThor] says that if he attacks with only a small force he deserves what he will get. [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] is shocked and angry. 

When they return to the mansion he meets with [Rhuarc]. [Rand|Rand alThor] still has not decided what to do about [Alsalam|Alsalam Saeed Almadar]. [Rhuarc] reports that they found another of the Council of Merchants, [Alamindra Cutren]. [Meashan Dubaris] is dead. That makes four captured and two dead. They need four more for a legal vote for a new king. [Milisair Chadmar] stands to the side looking disheveled. [Rand|Rand alThor] dismisses [Rhuarc] then summons her. She reluctantly reports that the messenger from [Alsalam|Alsalam Saeed Almadar] is dead. [Jalani] reports that they caught her trying to flee. Lord [Piqor Ramshalan] who hates her suggests she should be executed. [Rand|Rand alThor] orders her locked in her own dungeon where she held the messenger. [Rand|Rand alThor] asks if any others of the Merchant Council have heard from the king and a clerk named [Noreladim] reports that they have not. [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] points out that if [Graendal] sent the messenger then [Rand|Rand alThor] would never have been able to break his Compulsion. 

After she is taken away [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] confronts him about [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] again. She asks if he cares about [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] and [Mat|Matrim Cauthon]. [Rand|Rand alThor] sees an image of [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] with [Galad|Galad Damodred], now a [Whitecloak|Children of the Light].[3] He then sees [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] and [Thom|Thom Merrilin] riding through a city, perhaps [Caemlyn].[4] [Rand|Rand alThor] tells [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] that they are alive and well. He just knows. She asks him again if he cares and he replies that he only cares about the [Last Battle|Creator]. She tells him that he is destroying himself and he explodes at her. He looks forward to dying as much as [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon].
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] Curious. Is the [Pattern|Wheel of Time] pulling them together?
\\[#2] We learn the details of the plan and its outcome in [TGS,Ch48].
\\[#3] A quick look into [Towers of Midnight]. [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] and [Galad|Galad Damodred] will apparently meet. ([ToM,Ch10])
\\[#4] And another look into [Towers of Midnight]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] and his army are headed to [Caemlyn] to reunite with the rest of the [Band|Band of the Red Hand] and to learn about the [Tower of Ghenjei]. ([ToM,Ch8])
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