TEotW: Weaving of the Web

Rand POV#

Apparently, Rand and Mat have been in Caemlyn for several days. Today is the day that Logain is brought into town. Rand is going to go see Logain. He asks Mat if he wants to go as well, but Mat declines. It seems that Mat has not been out of their room since they arrived. Master Gill had told Rand of a woman named Mother Grubb who sounded a bit like a Wisdom, but Rand does not visit her. He meets Master Gill at the foot of the stairs and Master Gill says he heard that some beggar[1] is looking for him and Mat and that there are rumors of strange shapes creeping around outside the city at night.[2] Master Gill recommends leaving by the back way, which Rand does. At the end of the alley is Lamgwin Dorn who has been hired to help keep the inn safe. Rand has found out the meanings of the red and white cloth that everyone is wearing. The red is support for Queen Morgase and white is for those who believe her involvement with the Aes Sedai is to blame for everything going wrong. The outer part of the city is called the New City. He makes his way into the Inner City and finds a spot to watch for Logain. He is not there for long before a beggar bursts through the crowd on the other side of the street. The beggar looks around and then points directly at Rand. Rand backs out of the crowd and runs the other way. He finally finds a wall where he thinks he can see Logain pass by and he scrambles to the top of it. He scrapes his hands and knees on the way up. He is just in time as the procession comes into view. Eventually Logain comes into view on a wagon inside a large cage with iron bars. There are two Aes Sedai at each corner shielding him. They are accompanied by a dozen Warder.[3] Logain has the presence of a king. The crowd goes quiet as he passes and then resumes screaming after he passes. Logain throws his head back and laughs[4] and then his wagon enters the Palace grounds. He wonders aloud "Why were the Aes Sedai watching him?" A girl's[5] nearby voice says "They're keeping him from touching the True Source, silly." He is startled, falls off the wall, and gets knocked unconscious.

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Notes (Possible Spoilers)#

[#1] The beggar is Padan Fain.
[#2] Trollocs beginning to gather around the city.
[#3] This seems to conflict with Moiraine's statement that there are perhaps twenty Aes Sedai in Caemlyn, all but she of the Red Ajah. (TEotW,Ch42) At signings, Jordan explained this. A mixed group of Aes Sedai and their Warder paraded Logain into the city. After they reached the Royal Palace, the Red Ajah sisters were invited to stay at the palace and the rest camped outside the city. By the time Moiraine arrived there were only Red sisters left in the city.
[#4] Logain later recounts his viewpoint. He sees Rand's ta'veren glow and laughs because he knows Rand will change the world, not himself. (LoC,Ch30)
[#5] Elayne (TEotW,Ch40)

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