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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor], [Hurin] and [Loial] ride toward [Cairhien|Cairhien (City)] accompanied by [Elricain Tavolin] and fifty [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] soliders. [Rand|Rand alThor] rides [Red]. They crossed the [Gaelin River] and can see the city lying against the [Alguenya River]. They ride through the [Foregate|Cairhien (City)] where there is a festival. The [Cairhienin|Cairhien (Country)] often have fireworks because there is an [Illuminator|Guild of Illuminators] chapter house in the city. [Loial] says Elder [Haman|haman] thinks [Galldrian|Galldrian su Riatin Rie] is a disgrace. At the city gate, an officer, [Asan Sandair], takes their names. [Rand|Rand alThor] asks him if he knows [Selene|Lanfear] causing further suspicion. [Hurin] takes [Rand|Rand alThor] and [Loial] to the [Defender of the Dragonwall] where the innkeeper, [Cuale], greets them. They get rooms on the third floor. [Rand|Rand alThor] hopes that [Ingtar|Ingtar Shinowa] will arrive soon. [Loial] stays to guard the [Horn|Horn of Valere] while [Rand|Rand alThor] and [Hurin] go downstairs. [Cuale] presents [Rand|Rand alThor] with three invitations that already arrived. [Rand|Rand alThor] angrily burns them. [Hurin] warns him that he has made enemies of three minor Houses.[1] 

[Rand|Rand alThor] goes out and soon runs into [Thom|Thom Merrilin]. His audiences only want The [Great Hunt of the Horn|Horn of Valere], not the [Karaethon Cycle|Karaethon Prophecies] despite the news from [Haddon Mirk] and [Saldaea].[2] [Thom|Thom Merrilin] says the [Fade] just injured him then ran after [Rand|Rand alThor] and [Mat|Matrim Cauthon]. [Thom|Thom Merrilin] seems disappointed that [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] is not with [Rand|Rand alThor][3] and assumes that this means [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] or [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] was her target. [Thom|Thom Merrilin] did not go to [Illian|Illian (City)] because of the turmoil at [Whitebridge] and because [Domon|Bayle Domon] and the ''[Spray]'' had already sailed. [Thom|Thom Merrilin] tells [Rand|Rand alThor] to bring his flute and harp to [The Bunch of Grapes], outside the [Jangai Gates|Cairhien (City)] in the east wall.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] These three Houses are never identified, but this could be the start of some of the enmity between some nobles and [Rand|Rand alThor].\\
[#2] News about the [false Dragon|False Dragons]s, [Mazrim Taim] in [Saldaea].\\
[#3] Another indication of possible affection between [Thom|Thom Merrilin] and [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred].\\
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