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! __Egwene__ POV

[Egwene|Egwene alVere] and [Gareth Bryne] watch the [White Tower] from the riverbank to the west. The [Alindrelle|Erinin River] [Erinin River] and the [Osendrelle|Erinin River] [Erinin River] are each nearly a mile wide. [Northharbor|Tar Valon] is blocked off with a huge iron chain to prevent attack. High Captain [Jimar Chubain] continues to bring in troops via river ship. She could sink the ships with the [One Power], but that would be against the Three Oaths and [Egwene|Egwene alVere] insists on acting as though she has sworn on the [Oath Rod].[1] [Bryne|Gareth Bryne] wants her to make gateways to bring his men into the city to fight, but she refuses. The [White Tower] must be preserved, not destroyed. 

She rides [Daishar] back to her waiting escort. They include [Sheriam|Sheriam Bayanar], [Nisao|Nisao Dachen] and [Sarin Hoigan], [Morvrin] and [Jori], [Myrelle|Myrelle Berengari] and her three [Warder], [Anaiya] and [Setagana], [Beonin|Beonin Marinye] and [Tervail Dura]. [Carlinya] has no [Warder|Warder]. They are now her official Council. 

While she was scouting the city [Delana|Delana Mosalaine] arrived. She continues to provoke the [Hall|Sitters] calling for declarations that [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan] is [Black Ajah].[2] There are now 987 [novices]. [Delana|Delana Mosalaine] wants a private conversation. [Delana|Delana Mosalaine] asks if she intends to bond [Bryne|Gareth Bryne] as her [Warder|Warder]. [Egwene|Egwene alVere] replies that she does not. She knows that she will bond [Gawyn|Gawyn Trakand], but she does not know of he is still in [Tar Valon] or on his way to [Caemlyn]. [Delana|Delana Mosalaine] tells [Egwene|Egwene alVere] the Council gets their orders from their [Ajah|Aes Sedai] heads, not the [Sitters], so their advice may be contrary to the [Hall|Sitters]. [Varilin], [Takima], [Magla|Magla Daronos], [Faiselle] and [Saroiya] have discussed negotiations with [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan]. All were [Sitters] before the break and are divided between [Romanda|Romanda Cassin] and [Lelaine|Lelaine Akashi]. 

It is half a week since the eruption of the [One Power]. Yesterday [Akarrin] led a small party to investigate.[3] It was difficult to convince anyone to go as they fear it was the work of the [Forsaken].[4] [Egwene|Egwene alVere] discusses [Delana|Delana Mosalaine]'s thoughts with her Council. Each is annoyed with the [Sitter|Sitters] from her own [Ajah|Aes Sedai], except for [Beonin|Beonin Marinye] who agrees that they should at least try to negotiate. [Delana|Delana Mosalaine] is furious with her.[5] [Egwene|Egwene alVere] says it is okay for her and the other five to try, but [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan]'s exile is an absolute condition. [Beonin|Beonin Marinye] nearly faints at the challenge. [Egwene|Egwene alVere] will do whatever it takes, even sacrificing herself, to keep the [White Tower] whole. She has a plan if she can find a way to make it succeed.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] [Egwene|Egwene alVere] was originally opposed to the [Oath Rod]. Is this part of [Halima|AranGar]'s influence? The answer from Team Jordan is it was [Siuan|Siuan Sanche]'s arguments that swayed her.
\\[#2] Her apparent orders are to maintain and increase the antagonism between the rebels and the [White Tower].
\\[#3] The party comprises [Akarrin] - [Brown|Brown Ajah], [Therva|Therva Maresis] - [Yellow|Yellow Ajah], [Shana] - [White|White Ajah], [Reiko] - [Blue|Blue Ajah], [Nisain] - [Gray|Gray Ajah] and an unidentified [Green|Green Ajah]. 
\\[#4] It is clear that, despite her oath, [Myrelle|Myrelle Berengari] has not told [Egwene|Egwene alVere] that [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] was present at [Shadar Logoth|Aridhol (City)] which she would know from her bond. Has she fuzzed the bond so she does not know or is this deliberate deception on her part or an error on Robert Jordan's part?
\\[#5] All of [Delana|Delana Mosalaine]'s actions mirror [Halima|AranGar]'s apparent goal of open war between the two [Aes Sedai] factions and [Alviarin|Alviarin Freidhen]'s goal of strife between the [Ajahs|Aes Sedai] and between the [Sitters] and [Ajah|Aes Sedai] heads.
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