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! __Mat__ POV

[Verin|Verin Mathwin] tells [Mat|Matrim Cauthon], [Talmanes|Talmanes Delovinde] and [Mandevwin] her story. She was with [Rand|Rand alThor] in [Tear|Tear (Country)]. She tells him that [Rand|Rand alThor] cleansed the taint on %%ot [saidin|Said]%%. She left [Tear|Tear (Country)] to go to [Tar Valon], but something always prevented her from staying in one spot long enough to learn it for [Traveling|Weaves#t]. She and [Tomas] finally caught a ride with a merchant going to [Cairhien|Cairhien (Country)], but fell asleep. They woke to find he had changed directions, going to [Murandy] now. Finally, she tries [Skimming|Weaves#s], but [Tomas] mentions a trip to [Trustair] at the exact moment and that is where they wind up. [Verin|Verin Mathwin] gives up knowing the [Pattern|Wheel of Time] is forcing her to either [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] or [Perrin|Perrin Aybara]. She uses the pictures that were given to her by a [Darkfriend|Darkfriends] who wants them dead. She warns him to be very careful. She offers [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] a bargain. She will take him and the [Band|Band of the Red Hand] to [Caemlyn] if he will promise to follow the instructions in a sealed letter.[1] He sees that she has several similar sealed letters in her pouch.[2] He refuses. She then offers him a different deal. He must stay in [Caemlyn] for fifty days.[3] They compromise on thirty[4] and she gives him the sealed letter in case he changes his mind. He wonders if [Elayne|Elayne Trakand] is there and if she will help him get started on [Aludra]'s dragons. He will also need time to learn all he can about the [Tower of Ghenjei]. He does not think [Thom|Thom Merrilin] will complain about the time. [Verin|Verin Mathwin] takes out a [flower brooch][5] and they begin to break camp.
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! __Tuon__ POV

It is a few days since the meeting with the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]. [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag] takes a new name, [Fortuona|tuon]. She gives her blessing to the five [Bloodknives|Seanchan (People)] who will go on the [Tar Valon] raid. [Bloodknives|Seanchan (People)] wear %%ot [ter'angreal|Angreal]%% rings activated by their own blood. The rings give them extra stamina and speed, but also kill them in a few days. [Fortuona|tuon] personally donated a %%ot [damane|Seanchan (People)]%% and %%ot [sul'dam|Seanchan (People)]%%, [Dali] and [Malahavana], to the raid. Hundreds of %%ot [raken]%% and %%ot [to'raken|Toraken]%% prepare for flight. It is early evening. Lieutenant-General [Yulan|Abaldar Yulan] will personally lead the raid. Traveling only at night for secrecy, the flight to [Tar Valon] will take several days. [Fortuona|tuon] tells [Selucia] that General [Galgan|Lunal Galgan] is wrong. This will not weaken the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]. It will turn him against them. [Selucia] asks if that was not already the case and [Fortuona|tuon] replies, "No. We were against him." They will see how big a difference that is.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] No idea what the instructions are. We finally learn the contents of the letter in [ToM,Epilogue].
\\[#2] Multiple letters? In case she finds [Perrin|Perrin Aybara]? Or someone else? Or what? See the discussion of possibilities in the [FAQ, Section 2.2.9|WoTFAQ:node/90.html].
\\[#3] What is the delay for? What is [Verin|Verin Mathwin]'s overall plan? We learn a lot more about her in [TGS,Ch39], but get no answers to these questions.
\\[#4] This means [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] will be free to leave [Caemlyn] just a few days after [Verin|Verin Mathwin] arrives in [Tar Valon]. ([TGS,Ch39]) It is not at all clear why, but the timing seems too fortuitous to be coincidence.
\\[#5] Her %%ot [angreal|Angreal]%%
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