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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor], riding [Tai'daishar], and six thousand men prepare to [Travel|Weaves#t]. [Jak Masond] leads the [Legion of the Dragon]. [Gedwyn|Charl Gedwyn] and [Rochaid|Manel Rochaid] lead the [Asha'man] including [Flinn|Damer Flinn], [Dashiva|OsanGar], [Adley|Jonan Adley], [Hopwil|Eben Hopwil], [Morr|Fedwin Morr] and [Narishma|Jahar Narishma]. [Rand|Rand alThor] remembers as a boy hearing that rain in sunshine meant the [Dark One|ShaiTan] was beating [Semirhage]. [Cenn Buie] would scoff. [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] tells him nothing makes [Semirhage] weep. [Sunamon|Sunamon Haellin], [Semaradrid|Semaradrid Maravin], [Marcolin|Demetre Marcolin] and [Tihera|Rodrivar Tihera] are angry that they have only six thousand men. To face the [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] they want a much larger army as in [Artur Hawkwing]'s day. [Weiramon|Weiramon Saniago] does not like taking orders from [Bashere|Davram Bashere]. [Ailil|Ailil Riatin] and [Anaiyella|Anaiyella Narencelona] complain about being taken into battle. They have heard he has a soft spot for women even though rumor has him killing [Morgase|Morgase Trakand], [Elayne|Elayne Trakand] and [Colavaere|Colavaere Saighan]. One of the [Dedicated|AshaMan], grizzled with a countryman's face and a [Tairen|Tear (Country)] beard, looks familiar to [Rand|Rand alThor].[1] [Rand|Rand alThor] worries that he is becoming paranoid like [Benly Coplin]. 

The [Asha'man] open nine gateways into the [Venir Mountains] in [Altara]. The [Asha'man] continue to [Travel|Weaves#t] short distances searching for [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] forces. They pass the statue seen in the cover art; [Bashere|Davram Bashere] thinks it was a queen of [Shiota]. It is too worn for [Eharon]. An archer tries to kill [Rand|Rand alThor], but misses. %%ot [Saidin|Said]%% is so foul here that [Rand|Rand alThor] pukes. [Gedwyn|Charl Gedwyn] and [Rochaid|Manel Rochaid] fry the archer who turns out to be [Eagan Padros] with thirty [Tar Valon] crowns in his pocket. [Flinn|Damer Flinn] and [Narishma|Jahar Narishma] ride up. [Flinn|Damer Flinn] is now stronger than [Gedwyn|Charl Gedwyn] or [Rochaid|Manel Rochaid] and [Narishma|Jahar Narishma] is not far behind. An [Asha'man] returns to report the first sighting of [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)].
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! __Assid Bakuu__ POV

[Assid Bakuun], a soldier for thirty years, surveys his camp. He has a wolfhound, [Nip]. At the %%ot [sul'dam|Seanchan (People)]%%'s tent [Nerith] is braiding her %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%%'s hair.[2] The %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%% are recovering from their illness now that they are away from [Ebou Dar]. His First Lieutentant, [Tiras], brings a message, delivered by %%ot [raken]%%, that there is a large force ten miles to the east. He missed the end of the Consolidation by two hundred years, but he remembers quelling a rebellion in [Marendalar|Seanchan]. He orders the camp struck so they can move into the hills.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] This sounds like the same man that [Rand|Rand alThor] sees at the [Black Tower] in [LoC,Ch42]. He is [Donalo Sandomere]. ([WH,Prologue])
\\[#2] Her name is [Gille]. ([TPoD,Ch23])
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