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! __Min__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] is in the throne room with [Min|Min Farshaw] and [Fedwin Morr]. He has been sulking since early morning when [Taim|Mazrim Taim] brought news from [Caemlyn][1] that [Elayne|Elayne Trakand] tore down his banners. [Min|Min Farshaw] says he has hardly mentioned [Mat|Matrim Cauthon], but [Rand|Rand alThor] replies that he is certain [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is alive. [Sorilea] enters bringing five of the prisoner [Aes Sedai] saying they have asked to serve him.[2] They are [Elza Penfell], [Nesune Bihara], [Sarene Nemdahl], [Beldeine Nyram], and [Erian Boroleos]. [Min|Min Farshaw] has several [viewings]:

* [Beldeine|Beldeine Nyram] will bond an [Asha'man] as a [Warder|Warder].[3]
* [Sarene|Sarene Nemdahl] will have a tempestuous love affair.
* [Nesune|Nesune Bihara] will be famous for founding a library.
* All six women will serve [Rand|Rand alThor], each in her fashion.

[Min|Min Farshaw] tells [Rand|Rand alThor] of this last [viewing|viewings] and it satisfies him. He lets them swear loyalty to him. [Min|Min Farshaw] wishes she had one of [Fel|Herid Fel]'s books with her to read. As [Sorilea] leaves, she tells [Rand|Rand alThor] that [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] is back in the palace. [Rand|Rand alThor] asks [Min|Min Farshaw] to go with him to see her. They leave the room with [Morr|Fedwin Morr] passing [Somara] and the other five [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] standing guard.[4] 

There is a great explosion. [Min|Min Farshaw] looks up from the floor to see that the [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] are gone and the throne room and [Rand|Rand alThor]'s apartments are destroyed.[5] [Rand|Rand alThor] tells [Morr|Fedwin Morr] to take [Min|Min Farshaw] to the servants' quarters and guard her with his life.
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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] felt %%ot [saidin|Said]%% and wonders if the attack was [Demandred] or perhaps [Asmodean] returned. The weave came from different directions. For an instant he sees a shimmering, unrecognizable face. [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] says he should have sent [Ilyena|Ilyena Therin Moerelle] away. [Alanna|Alanna Mosvani] has been away from the palace all morning. He weaves [Folded Light|Weaves#fo] from [Fire|One Power] and [Air|One Power] rendering himself invisible and begins to look for his attackers. He adds [Somara] of the [Bent Peak] [Daryne] to the list of women who died for him. [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] passes by with six other [Aes Sedai] he does not recognize.[6] [Ailil|Ailil Riatin] looks out of a room and sees him. [Shalon|Shalon din Togara Morning Tide] is with her in her rooms. [Rand|Rand alThor] ties them up and shields [Shalon|Shalon din Togara Morning Tide]. From a balcony [Rand|Rand alThor] sees [Gedwyn|Charl Gedwyn], [Rochaid|Manel Rochaid] and [Dashiva|OsanGar]. [Gedwyn|Charl Gedwyn] says "... telling you ''I'' felt nothing. He's dead." [Dashiva|OsanGar] spots him, snarls, and throws fireballs at him. [Rand|Rand alThor] weaves an impenetrable cocoon from [Air|One Power], [Fire|One Power] and [Earth|One Power]. He then weaves [Fire|One Power] and [Air|One Power] to shoot laser wires back at his attackers. He carefully circles around and finds the courtyard deserted. There are no bodies. [Rand|Rand alThor] feels a man [channel|True Source] enough for a gateway. He spots [Narishma|Jahar Narishma] and fires at him. He and [Flinn|Damer Flinn] refuse to come out and head the other way. [Rand|Rand alThor] continues to search for hours.[7]
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! __Min__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] is in the cellar room with [Min|Min Farshaw] and [Fedwin Morr]. [Fedwin|Fedwin Morr] has gone mad and now has the mind of a small child. [Rand|Rand alThor] has brought a large leather bag with all that he salvaged from his rooms.[5] [Min|Min Farshaw] has the laurel crown. [Taim|Mazrim Taim] arrives and reports that [Torval|Peral Torval], [Gedwyn|Charl Gedwyn], [Rochaid|Manel Rochaid] and [Kisman|Raefar Kisman] have deserted.[8] [Rand|Rand alThor] gives a cup of poison to [Fedwin|Fedwin Morr]. He tells [Taim|Mazrim Taim] to add [Dashiva|OsanGar] to the list; [Taim|Mazrim Taim] is surprised and angry. [Rand|Rand alThor] tells [Taim|Mazrim Taim] to leave and not come back because he will be moving about for awhile. [Taim|Mazrim Taim] leaves and [Rand|Rand alThor] and [Min|Min Farshaw] prepare to leave.

! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] So this scene follows the second scene of [WH,Prologue] where [Taim|Mazrim Taim] visits [Elayne|Elayne Trakand] in [Caemlyn].
\\[#2] This is almost certainly the result of [Verin|Verin Mathwin]'s [Compulsion|Weaves#co]. ([TPoD,Prologue])
\\[#3] She will bond [Karldin Manfor]. ([KoD,Ch27])
\\[#4] Another of the [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] is [Jendhilin]. ([WH,Ch34])
\\[#5] [Rand|Rand alThor] retrieves the [access keys|Control Statues] and %%ot [Callandor]%% from his demolished quarters.
\\[#6] Who are they? [Rand|Rand alThor] knows [Corele|Corele Hovian], [Daigian|Daigian Moseneillin], [Niande|Niande Moorwyn] and [Samitsu|Samitsu Tamagowa].
\\[#7] The attack on [Rand|Rand alThor] is very difficult to completely explain. For a discussion see the [FAQ, Section 1.4.10|http://steelypips.org/wot-tgs/node/59.html]. The most likely explanation is that [Moridin] changed his plans after learning from [Torval|Peral Torval] that [Rand|Rand alThor] intends to cleanse the taint on %%ot [saidin|Said]%%. ([TPoD,Ch14])
\\[#8] The same four that [Taim|Mazrim Taim] called by name to accompany him from [Dumai's Wells|Dumais Wells]. ([ACoS,Ch2]) They were acting under [Taim|Mazrim Taim]'s orders and this is their punishment for failure. ([WH,Ch22])
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