TGS: Into Bandar Eban

Rand POV#

Rand rides Tai'daishar through a gateway into Bandar Eban accompanied by his retinue including Min, Merise, Corele, Alivia, Narishma and several Wise Ones. He runs through the list of women who died for him: Moiraine Damodred, Colavaere Saighan, Liah, Sendara, Lamelle, Andhilin, Jendhilin. Lews Therin adds Ilyena, then he adds Min. Rand furiously thinks that she still lives and that was Semirhage's work anyway. Thinking of Moiraine, Rand wonders if Lanfear is back like Ishamael.[1] He hopes he will find Graendal, as Asmodean said she was in Arad Doman.

Rand rides into a square to meet Dobraine who presents him with the restored city. He tells Rand that he has one of the merchant council, Milisair Chadmar. Rand wonders if he trusts Dobraine. He knows Rand intends the Sun Throne for Elayne. Rand adds Semirhage and Elza to his list even though they do not deserve it. He has the access key with him, found in Cadsuane's apartment. There are only a few Sea Folk rakers in the port.

They ride through the city to Arandi Square at the center then east to Milisair's palace. Rand wonders about the strange power that he tapped when his ta'veren turns unusually violent. There are many Aiel around the palace and Rand wonders about Aviendha, now far to the east.[2]

Inside, a couple of Maidens, Beralna and Riallin, direct him to the second floor. Rhuarc joins him. Rand tells Dobraine he is sending him and his armsmen to Tear to tell Darlin to stop sending messages. Rand will summon him in his time, after he meets with the Daughter of the Nine Moons. Rand then summons Milisair to him and asks her about King Alsalam. She is extremely nervous when he demands that she produce the last messenger from the king.[3] Rand then orders runners to bring scribes, stewards, Rhuarc and Bael to begin planning grain distribution. He plans to kill Graendal with balefire like Semirhage.

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Notes (Possible Spoilers)#

[#1] She is back as Cyndane.
[#2] On her way to Rhuidean.
[#3] With good reason. He has not been well treated. (TGS,Ch31)

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