The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 25
Author: Cursor Wrathwind
Chapter Icon: Crescent Moon and Stars
Point of View: Egwene
Setting: Nynaeve's room in the White Tower
Someone disguised as Else visits the girls.
Egwene is in Nynaeve's room, going over the papers Verin gave her. Egwene thinks about the two dreams she had, one of the Seanchan and another of Rand reaching for a strange crystal sword as a net fell over him. She dreamed of Rand walking into Shayol Ghul, and of Rand confronting the Seanchan. She had dreamed of Perrin with a falcon and a hawk, both of which Egwene is sure represent women, but the hawk was holding a leash and trying to fasten a collar around Perrin's neck. She also dreamed of Perrin with a beard, leading a pack of wolves. And of Mat, placing his eye on a balance and hanging by his neck from a tree.
Nynaeve growls that the information is useless, and wonders whether or not Verin purposefully gave them useless information. The only pattern Egwene notices is that all of the Ajahs, except the Red, of which Liandrin was the only one, lost two sisters each. Egwene states that everything is random, that none of them were born in the same city, no more than two in the same country, and that they went through a large age range. Egwene then realizes that it is too neat and that the Black Ajah must have had a wide variety to choose from to make so random a pattern and thus there must still be Black sisters in the Tower and elsewhere.
Egwene notices that thirteen ter'angreal have been stolen, and more than half of them "use unknown", last studied by Corianin Nedeal. Four more have some connection to sleep. Another is a long black rod labelled "DANGEROUS AND ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL" which produces balefire. The women seem suspicious that Verin had not noticed that more than half the stolen ter'angreal had last been studied by Corianin Nedeal.
Egwene believes that Alanna cannot be Black Ajah, and Nynaeve thinks likewise about Elaida and Sheriam. Egwene decides to try the dreamer ter'angreal that night. As they discuss it, they notice Else standing in the door. Else gives them a message from the Amyrlin telling them what storeroom the stolen ter'angreal had been in. Afraid she cannot keep a secret, Egwene goes chasing after Else. She runs into a woman dressed all in silver and white, who Egwene notes as extremely beautiful, who tells Egwene that she is bold to be alone in the midst of so many murders. The woman tells Egwene that she saw Else running away down a nearby corridor and leaves. Egwene begins to head after Else but quickly turns back to find the women in silver and white has completely vanished.
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Visions and Prophecies
- Egwene's Dreams
- She had dreamed of the Seanchan, too, of women in dresses with lightning bolts woven on their breasts, collaring a long line of women who wore the Great Serpent rings, forcing them to call lightning against the White Tower.
The Seanchan do attack, but only collar a handful of women.
- And the dream about Whitecloaks binding her father's hands.
The Whitecloaks do arrest people in Emonds's Field, but not her father.
- There had been a dream of Rand, reaching for a sword that seemed to be made of crystal, never seeing the fine net dropping over him.
- And one of him [Rand] kneeling in a chamber where a parched wind blew dust across the floor, and creatures like the one on the Dragon banner, but much smaller, floated on that wind, and settled into his skin.
- There had been a dream of him walking down into a great hole in a black mountain, a hole filled with a reddish glare as from vast fires below, and even a dream of him confronting the Seanchan.
- Perrin with a falcon on his shoulder, and Perrin with a hawk. Only the hawk held a leash in her talons - Egwene was somehow convinced both hawk and falcon were female - and the hawk was trying to fasten it around Perrin's neck. That made her shiver even now; she did not like dreams about leashes.
- And that dream of Perrin - with a beard! - leading a huge pack of wolves that stretched as far as the eye could see.
Perrin does not lead a huge pack of wolves. This could be mataphorical, or it might be it didn't happen.
- Mat, hanging by his neck from a tree limb.
This happened in Rhuidean.
- There had been a dream of Mat and Seanchan, too, but she was willing to dismiss that as a nightmare.
- It had to have been just a nightmare. Just like the one about Mat speaking the Old Tongue. That had to come from what she had heard during his Healing.
Mat becomes fluent in the Old Tongue.