The Shadow Rising: Chapter 3

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Author: Asandra al'Terra

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Reflection


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Point of View: Perrin

Setting: The Stone of Tear

Characters: Perrin, Faile, Rand, Rhuarc, Moiraine, High Lord Torean, Berelain, Bain, Chiad, Lan

Outline

Moiraine Heals Rand and explains that the strange occurrences were due to the Dark One's influence on the world.

Summary

It is the evening. Perrin is going to confront Rand about what happened in his room - why his axe attacked him - and Faile is walking with him.

As they reach the floor that Rand has his chambers on, they come across High Lord Torean and his two personal guards, staring intently towards Rand's chambers. A few words are exchanged between the two parties, and Torean leaves.

Berelain appears, near running, from Rand's rooms. Perrin smells fear from her. Faile decides to leave, and Perrin walks towards Rand's chambers, where a ring of Defenders stand, but do not challenge him; and six Maidens of the Spear, including Bain and Chiad, were protecting the actual door. Bain and Chiad stopped him, but let him in after a bit of conversation.

Perrin steps into the room, takes one look at Rand - who is sitting, covered in blood and shards of glass with Callandor on his knees, and smashed mirrors, books and overturned furniture making the room chaotic - and calls for the Maidens to bring Moiraine. Perrin asks what Rand did, and Rand says that he did nothing, that it was one of the Forsaken. They wonder about Mat, but Rand does not seem to care whether he is dead or not.

Rhuarc enters the room. Berelain has told him what happened, and he also notifies Rand and Perrin that there were many other rumors sprouting. At that moment, Moiraine glides into the room, followed by Lan. The Aes Sedai asks Rand to hold saidin for strength, but he could not; and so, she has to Heal him regularly, which could result in him being bedridden for the next day or so.

Rand sends everyone except Bain and Chiad - who would not leave - out; the two Aiel women had brought bath water, and insist on washing him. Rand says that he would talk to them tomorrow, and Moiraine replies that he most certainly would. Perrin speaks briefly with Rhuarc, then moves towards his chambers, resolving to make sure Faile leaves Tear without him.

Notes

Prophecy

The Karaethon Cycle
  • His blood on the rocks of Shayol Ghul, washing away the Shadow, sacrifice for man's salvation"

Character Development

Perrin
  • Perrin is jealous when Torean looks at Faile
Lan
  • Lan defends Rand, contradicting Moiraine
Faile
  • She is both pleased and annoyed by Perrin's attitude to Torean. She doesn't talk to him about this.
  • She again reveals she has a lot of knowledge

Miscellaneous

  • The Dark One is just beginning to break free and we are seeing bubbles of evil. The world must have been a mess before he was Sealed at the end of the Age of Legends
  • Moiraine tells Rand he couldn't channel anything but spirit in his sleep. This seems to contradict Mat's story of a Man levelling the village around him in his sleep. Is she speaking from actual knowledge here, or just an assumption
  • Holding the Power while being Healed apparently helps the Healing

Spoilers

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Prophecy

The Karaethon Cycle
  • His blood on the rocks of Shayol Ghul, washing away the Shadow, sacrifice for man's salvation".

This eventually happens in the Last Battle

Aiel Prophecies
  • The stone that never falls will fall to announce his coming (TGH, Ch. 28)

The Stone falls

Miscellaneous

  • Faile tells Perrin that Berelain is interested in Rand not him

At the time, this was probably true, but Berelain's obsession with Perrin causes no end of troubles. This could possibly be considered ironic forshadowing

  • Rhuarc has daughters older than Berelain

We don't hear of them again



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