TPoD: Stronger Than Written Law

Egwene POV#

Egwene awakens from a series of dreams:

  • Rand, wearing different masks, until suddenly one of those false faces was no longer a mask, but him.
  • Perrin and a Tinker,[1] frenziedly hacking their way through brambles with axe and sword, unaware of the cliff that lay ahead. And the brambles screamed with human voices they did not hear.
  • Mat, weighing two Aes Sedai on a huge set of balance scales, and on his decision depended. . . . She could not say what; something vast; the world, perhaps.

Siuan is waking her despite Halima's protests. Halima now stays in Egwene's tent; Chesa, Meri and Selame share a tent nearby. Egwene is glad Delana can spare Halima; Nisao's Healing does not help her headaches at all. Siuan takes Egwene to Bryne.

It is snowing; from Elayne's report Egwene passed on only that the Bowl of the Winds had been used. Egwene is vexed that Siuan never told her about the Kin. Leane guards the tent while Bryne reports an army of Andorans and Murandians to the north led by Pelivar and Arathelle. They are near the Armahn River. Egwene tells Bryne to arrange a meeting with them. Bryne's army is now thirty thousand. Egwene asks how long the army will have to rest before laying siege to Tar Valon. Bryne asks for a minimum of ten days, preferably a month. He tells her that Elaida has increased the Tower Guard to fifty thousand. Egwene tells Siuan that she plans to do away with the Three Oaths. Siuan is shocked despite that fact that she has lied about Logain and the Red Ajah. She lectures Egwene on the value of the Three Oaths.[2]

Egwene finally realizes that Siuan is in love with Bryne. She tells Siuan to send Beonin, Anaiya and Myrelle north.[3] They have five Warder between them.[4] Siuan will also tell Sheriam, Carlinya, Morvrin and Nisao prepare for the morning.[5] Egwene hopes she will be successful as Amyrlin like Myriam Copan, Gerra Kishar and Sereille Bagand and not a failure like Shein Chunla. She heads back to her tent.

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Notes (Possible Spoilers)#

[#1] Aram
[#2] And she apparently convinces Egwene. (WH,Ch10)
[#3] To have a pre-meeting with the nobles to tell them what Egwene will propose. (TPoD,Ch17)
[#4] Beonin's Warder is Tervail Dura. Anaiya's Warder is Setagana. Myrelle has three, Avar Hachami, Croi Makin and Nuhel Dromand.
[#5] Part of their job is to spend the day reinforcing with the Sitters what the Reds supposedly did to Logain. (TPoD,Ch19)

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