[{Table style='width:100%'

| [{Image src='Chapter Icons/btar_lft.gif' link='Wiki.jsp?page=TEotW,Prologue'}] 
| %%(display:block; text-align:center;) [{Image src='Chapter Icons/wheel_bw.gif' align='center' link='Wiki.jsp?page=Wheel Chapter Icon Usage'}] ''New Spring[1]'' %% 
| [{Image src='Chapter Icons/btar_rgt.gif' link='Wiki.jsp?page=TEotW,Earlier' align='right'}]

! __Lan__ POV

It is near [Bel Tine|Calendar] (April or May) in the year 979 NE, the [Aiel War] just a few months ended. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] is traveling through [Kandor] with [Bukama Marenellin], hero of [Salmarna|Other Locations]. They enter the city of [Canluum]. There are rumors of a man who can [channel|True Source].[2] They wear traditional %%ot [hadori]%%, leather headbands. They have been in [Cairhien|Cairhien (Country)], [Andor] and [Tear|Tear (Country)] for two years fighting the [Aiel War]. The ruler of [Canluum] is Lord [Varan Marcasiev]; his banner is the Red Stag. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran]'s horse is [Cat Dancer]; [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin]'s is [Sun Lance]. They meet [Alin Seroku], an old guard at the gate. There are several [Aes Sedai] around. The previous [Amyrlin|Aes Sedai] died a few months ago. [Nazar Kurenin] was from [Malkier], but acts [Kandori|Kandor] now. [Malkier] women wear %%ot [ki'sain]%%, a dot of paint women wear on their forehead. They stay at an inn called [The Blue Rose]. The innkeeper [Racelle Arovni] is a friend of [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin]'s; he has been gone six years. At the inn is [Ryne Venamar]. He is [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran]'s best friend, five years older. He is also [Malkier], but dresses like an [Arafellin|Arafel]. He was working as a merchant's guard, but the merchant was killed. The serving girl [Lira] likes [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran]. [Edeyn Arrel] was [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran]'s %%ot [carneira]%%, his first lover, in [Fal Moran]. He was fifteen and she was over thirty. She is now in [Chachin], raising the banner of the [Golden Crane|Malkier], leading the fight to reclaim [Malkier]. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] uses %%ot [ko'di]%%, a oneness or void, to focus his concentration.[3] Before [Malkier] was [Rhamdashar], before that, [Aramaelle]. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] carries a locket from his mother as well as the ring. Twenty men rescued him as a baby from [Malkier]. Five, including [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin], reached [Shienar]. Six men attack to assassinate him. He kills them all.[4] [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin] is suspicious that [Edeyn|Edeyn Arrel] sent them. [Ryne|Ryne Venamar] does not want to face the merchant's widow, [Ceiline Noreman], so all three agree to go to [Chachin].
\\ \\
More [Lan POV]

! __Moiraine__ POV

%%blue [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]%% has begun the search for the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]. She is also in [Canluum]. She wears her [kesiera], a blue stone pendant. She is traveling in secret, calling herself [Alys|Moiraine Damodred], a minor [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] noble. Her skin still feels too tight from the Three Oaths.[5] She will reach full strength in about five years. 

She is interviewing [Jurine Najima] with her daughters [Colar|Colar Najima] and [Eselle|Eselle Najima]. Her husband [Josef|Josef Najima], baby [Jerid|Jerid Najima] and other sons were killed in mysterious fire. [Jerid|Jerid Najima] was born in the wrong place to be the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]. [Josef|Josef Najima] was always lucky. He went to fight the [Aiel] at Lady [Kareil]'s request. Two hundred thousand men fought the [Aiel]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] and %%blue [Siuan|Siuan Sanche]%% were still [Accepted] when they heard the [Foretelling|Weaves]. %%amyrlin [Tamra|Tamra Ospenya]%% set others searching for the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]. She and [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] are participating strictly on their own. They helped collect the list of names. Entries in her book: [Saera Deosin], m [Eadwin|Eadwin Deosin], [Kari al'Thor] m [Tamlin|Tam alThor] Second Captain of the [Illianer|Illian (Country)] Companions.[6] 

%%amyrlin [Sierin Vayu]%% is [Amyrlin|Aes Sedai] now. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] thinks %%amyrlin [Tamra|Tamra Ospenya]%% died in her sleep.[7]

Five sisters, one [Red|Red Ajah], are staying at same inn as she, [The Gates of Heaven]. The innkeeper is Master [Helvin]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is stronger than all of them. Two new ones have arrived, %%gray [Larelle Tarsi]%%, a [Gray|Gray Ajah], who taught her classes and %%blue [Merean Redhill]%%, a [Blue|Blue Ajah], who was [Mistress of Novices|Aes Sedai] under [Tamra|Tamra Ospenya]. Both are stronger than she, but she will eventually be stronger. The gap is only wide enough that she must defer, not obey. Since she is young and is not wearing her ring, the other sisters think [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is a [wilder]. %%brown [Felaana Bevaine]%%, a [Brown|Brown Ajah], complains she will not go to the [Tower|White Tower] but [Larelle|Larelle Tarsi] covers for her. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is twenty-two. 

%%green [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin]%% appears; [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] met her once two years ago. She briefly came out of retirement at the beginning of the [Aiel War]. Tales of [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin]: she kidnapped a [Tarabon] king who could [channel|True Source], kidnapped the King of [Arad Doman] and Queen of [Saldaea] to stop a war. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] went to the [White Tower] at sixteen. All four go upstairs. [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] quizzes her about being incognito. She and [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] pulled lots of pranks. They put mice in %%red [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan]%% Sedai's bed the night they tested for the shawl. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] says she is going to [Chachin], then regrets her words. Her next targets are [Avene Sahera] in a village on the way and Lady [Ines Demain] in [Chachin]. [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] brings up age, shocking the others. She says %%white [Meilyn Arganya]%% is older, and when they are gone, %%green [Kerene Nagashi]%% will be strongest. There is a sharp drop to next five, one retired, including [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] and [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] when they reach full strength.[8] She is the strongest in the last thousand years. [Meilyn|Meilyn Arganya] and [Kerene|Kerene Nagashi] are the strongest in the last six hundred. [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] orders [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] to go with [Merean|Merean Redhill] and [Larelle|Larelle Tarsi] to [Chachin] to help keep her from doing anything dumb. Both sisters object as strongly as [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]. They only met the day before and both want to stay in [Canluum] two or three days longer. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] has been [Aes Sedai] five months.[9] [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] says she is already taking more risks than she knows.[10] [Meilyn|Meilyn Arganya] and [Kerene|Kerene Nagashi] are two of [Tamra|Tamra Ospenya]'s searchers!

Downstairs, %%blue [Siuan|Siuan Sanche]%% arrives. She is supposed to be six hundred miles away in [Tar Valon] working for %%blue [Cetalia Delarme]%%, the head of the [Blue Ajah] eyes-and-ears. [Cetalia|Cetalia Delarme] is equal to %%blue [Merean|Merean Redhill]%% in strength, so it will be three to four years before [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] is strong enough tell her she wants to quit. [Sierin|Sierin Vayu] is a severe disciplinarian. 

[Siuan|Siuan Sanche] tells [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] that the other searchers, %%gray [Aisha|Aisha Raveneos]%%, %%green [Kerene|Kerene Nagashi]%%, %%brown [Valera|Valera Gorovni]%%, %%yellow [Ludice|Ludice Daneen]%% and %%white [Meilyn|Meilyn Arganya]%%, are all dead. All were old; [Kerene|Kerene Nagashi] was about two hundred. [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] wanted to speak to [Meilyn|Meilyn Arganya] in secret so she hid under her bed. [Meilyn|Meilyn Arganya] never showed, but at breakfast next morning [Chesmal|Chesmal Emry] announced that she died in her sleep.[11] She now wonders if [Tamra|Tamra Ospenya] might have been murdered, too. [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] left an anonymous note about the [Black Ajah] for [Sierin|Sierin Vayu].[12] They wonder if [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] might be another searcher or if she might be [Black Ajah]. 

[Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] convinces [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] to head on to [Chachin]; she will follow after [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin]'s bed check. At the inn, [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] sees [Ryne|Ryne Venamar] leaving and an edge of shawl from a sister he is talking to. In the common room [Merean|Merean Redhill], [Larelle|Larelle Tarsi] and [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] are wearing their shawls. With three more [Aes Sedai] arrived, [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] has to share a room with a [Murandian|Murandy] rug merchant [Haesel Palan]. 

After bed check, she heads to the stable and leaves on her horse [Arrow]. She sees [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] and company leave before her and follows them. They leave the road, but she is a good tracker and follows. She tries to take [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran]'s sword, but he is so fast he grabs her and dunks her. This shocks her out of %%ot [saidar|Said]%%, but the test for the shawl required [channeling|True Source] under far worse stress than this so she regains %%ot [saidar|Said]%% immediately. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] does not like [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] or [Aes Sedai]. She reveals she is [Aes Sedai]. Late that night, [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] weaves [Air|One Power], [Water|One Power] and a touch of [Earth|One Power] and dumps a bunch of the lake on [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran].
\\ \\
More [Moiraine POV]

! __Lan__ POV

He does not like [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] because they are schemers. She torments him with all sorts of tricks, trying to get a rise out of him. Two days out, %%blue [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]%% finds [Avene Sahera] in the village [Ravinda]. At [Chachin], they see the [Aesdaishar Palace], home of queen [Ethenielle|Ethenielle Cosaru Noramaga]; her banner is a prancing Red Horse. She is in the south, but Prince Consort [Brys|Brys (Kandor)], her Swordbearer and general, is there as well as [Edeyn ti Gemallen Arrel|Edeyn Arrel]. His son [Diryk] is extremely lucky. He fell off a balcony and lived. His tutor is Mistress [Tuval]. [Edeyn|Edeyn Arrel] pledges fealty to [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] as king of [Malkier]. She plans for him to marry her seventeen-year-old daughter [Iselle|Iselle Arrel]. She still holds his %%ot [daori]%%, braid of hair from one's %%ot [carneira]%%, hair cut at their first time, which means he owes her. She takes him to bed.

! __Moiraine__ POV

She meets %%blue [Siuan|Siuan Sanche]%% staying at [The Evening Star] in [Chachin]. She locates [Ines Demain] who is newly a widow staying in the [Aesdaishar Palace], but her son [Rahien|Rahien Demain], dawn in the [Old Tongue], is not the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]. A young blacksmith who was very lucky died a couple of nights ago. Queen [Ethenielle|Ethenielle Cosaru Noramaga] has an [Aes Sedai] advisor, but both are out of town. She gets money from Mistress [Noallin|Kamile Noallin], a banker and orders a fine dress from Mistress [Silene Dorelmin]. 

Two days later, [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] goes to the palace as [Moiraine Damodred]. [Ines Demain]'s husband was an older man. He fell dead ten days ago. [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] poses as [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]'s maid [Suki|Siuan Sanche]. They meet a footman [Cal]. [Ryne|Ryne Venamar] and [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin] fight using practice swords; [Ryne|Ryne Venamar] wins easily. [Brys|Brys (Kandor)]' oldest son [Antol] is with his mother in the south; daughter [Jarene] and son [Diryk] are there. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] learns that [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] would have been king of [Malkier]. [Brys|Brys (Kandor)] tells [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] about two [Aes Sedai] who caught an impostor in a village to the south.[13] A maid [Elis] takes her to her rooms, but they run into %%blue [Merean|Merean Redhill]%%. She lets out that [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is [Aes Sedai] and says that %%gray [Larelle|Larelle Tarsi]%% decided to go south.[14] [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] thinks [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] is [Black Ajah]. 

She decides to go see [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] after all. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] hates [Aes Sedai] because they did not help [Malkier]; [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] explains that a hundred sisters were sent, but they arrived too late. She asks [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] to have [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin] follow [Merean|Merean Redhill]. Back in her apartments, Lady [Iselle|Iselle Arrel] is there with [Siuan|Siuan Sanche]. She wants to go to the [White Tower] to be [Aes Sedai] of the [Green Ajah]. She was tested years ago when she was twelve. That night [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin] reports [Merean|Merean Redhill] spent the whole day with Lord [Brys|Brys (Kandor)]. [Gitara|Gitara Moroso]'s [Foretelling|Weaves] was the day the [Aiel] began to leave.

! __Lan__ POV

[Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] spots %%blue [Merean|Merean Redhill]%% talking to [Iselle|Iselle Arrel]. [Iselle|Iselle Arrel] leaves and [Merean|Merean Redhill] follows her. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] follows them, then his feet are pulled from under him and he falls down stairs, very lucky to be okay.[15] A servant runs up and tells him that [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin] was stabbed and is dead.

! __Moiraine__ POV

[Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] enters her room and says that [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin] is dead. He thinks she did it. He tells her he saw [Iselle|Iselle Arrel] with [Brys|Brys (Kandor)] and [Diryk]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] figures they are all in danger. They go to a secluded part of palace where [Brys|Brys (Kandor)] might go for privacy. %%blue [Merean|Merean Redhill]%% is old; she was [Aes Sedai] a hundred years before [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]'s great grandmother was born. [Merean|Merean Redhill] got [Iselle|Iselle Arrel] to bring [Diryk] to her, but she brought [Brys|Brys (Kandor)], too. [Ryne|Ryne Venamar] is with [Merean|Merean Redhill]. He killed [Bukama|Bukama Marenellin]. He is a [Darkfriend|Darkfriends]. [Merean|Merean Redhill] is too strong for [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] to shield; she orders [Ryne|Ryne Venamar] to kill [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran]. [Merean|Merean Redhill] wants to know what [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is doing there.[16] [Ryne|Ryne Venamar] and [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] fight. [Merean|Merean Redhill] and [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] fight. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] severs [Merean|Merean Redhill]'s attack with [Air|One Power] and [Fire|One Power]. [Merean|Merean Redhill] drops [Diryk] off the balcony. As [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] dives for [Diryk], [Merean|Merean Redhill] knocks her out, then drops [Brys|Brys (Kandor)] off the balcony. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] comes to, but is too groggy to hold %%ot [saidar|Said]%%, so she stabs [Merean|Merean Redhill] in the back. [Iselle|Iselle Arrel] starts to fall; [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] grabs her hand, but cannot hold on. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] kills [Ryne|Ryne Venamar]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] [Heals|Weaves#h] [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] with [Spirit|One Power], [Air|One Power] and [Water|One Power], then disposes of [Merean|Merean Redhill]'s and [Ryne|Ryne Venamar]'s bodies.

The next morning, [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] searches [Merean|Merean Redhill]'s belongings but finds nothing so she destroys them. She discusses the events with [Siuan|Siuan Sanche]. [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] figures that the [Black Ajah] did not get the time of [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]'s birth, only that he is reborn. They are killing anyone showing signs of potential for [channeling|True Source] such as excessive luck or sudden rise in prominence. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] tells [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] she thinks [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] is [Black Ajah]. [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] will go back to the [White Tower] and [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] will continue the search. [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] says [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] left an hour ago; [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] follows. Outside of town, she catches up to him. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] tells him all about the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]. He swears fealty to her and she bonds him as her [Warder|Warder] with an intricate weave of [Spirit|One Power]. She can now draw on his strength. [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] led five hundred men at the [Battle of the Shining Walls|Aiel War]; half died. They head back to [Chachin], then to [Arafel], then the world.

! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] This is the summary of ''New Spring'' the novella as it originally appeared in the anthology __Legends__ edited by Robert Silverberg and published by Tor Books. It covers the events from [NS,Ch15] to the end of the novel.
\\[#2] No idea who this might be.
\\[#3] This sounds very much like the technique [Tam|Tam alThor] will teach [Rand|Rand alThor].
\\[#4] His survival is extremely lucky.
\\[#5] Evidently the cause of the [ageless|Ageless] look. 
\\[#6] So in [TEotW,Ch2] why did she not immediately know [Rand|Rand alThor] was the one she was looking for? Jordan's story on this is that [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] lost her notebook and after nineteen years she eventually forgot the names. As an aside, these names are left out in the novel. ([NS,Ch17])
\\[#7] She was actually killed by %%black [Jarna Malari]%%.
\\[#8] Two of them are %%blue [Lelaine Akashi]%%, a current [Sitter|Sitters], and %%yellow [Romanda Cassin]%%, retired. The fifth is %%red [Elaida|Elaida do Avriny aRoihan]%%.
\\[#9] For the novel, Jordan evidently rethought the timing and changed this to four months.
\\[#10] What does %%green [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin]%% know?
\\[#11] It seems that this should put %%yellow [Chesmal|Chesmal Emry]%% at the top of the list as a suspect [Black Ajah], but for some reason %%blue [Siuan|Siuan Sanche]%% never followed up on it.
\\[#12] Apparently %%amyrlin [Sierin|Sierin Vayu]%% follows up on this, but [Chesmal|Chesmal Emry] induces the [Red Ajah] to murder her before she can act on her investigation. ([WH,Ch10])
\\[#13] This is a different incident from the one that [Siuan|Siuan Sanche] cites about %%green [Myrelle|Myrelle Berengari]%% finding a woman masquerading as [Green Ajah] in [Chachin]. ([LoC,Ch15]) The location is wrong and [Myrelle|Myrelle Berengari] will not be raised to the shawl for another six years. ([LoC,Ch40])
\\[#14] Did she really leave or did [Merean|Merean Redhill] kill her or is she [Black Ajah], too?
\\[#15] Evidently [Merean|Merean Redhill] saw him and tried to kill him. Once again [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran] demonstrates extreme luck.
\\[#16] This implies that the [Black Ajah] did not get [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]'s and [Siuan|Siuan Sanche]'s names from %%blue [Tamra|Tamra Ospenya]%%.
More [Wheel Chapter Icon]