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! __Min__ POV

[Min|Min Farshaw] is sitting in the [Sun Palace] throne room reading [Herid Fel]'s book in the hope of learning why he was killed.[1] [Sorilea] has been grilling her about [Rand|Rand alThor]. [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] spends a great deal of time in the palace making her very nervous. 

[Rand|Rand alThor] walks in unannounced. He exhibits some of [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon]'s mannerisms. She is angry that she only got two letters from him, one delivered by [Jahar Narishma] and one by [Jonan Adley]. [Rand|Rand alThor] looks bleak and tells her he killed [Adley|Jonan Adley]. [Dobraine|Dobraine Taborwin] enters and reports to [Rand|Rand alThor]. [Toram Riatin] has disappeared. [Daved Hanlon] and [Padan Fain] are rumored to have deserted him.[2] [Ailil|Ailil Riatin], [Bertome|Bertome Saighan], [Anaiyella|Anaiyella Narencelona], [Weiramon|Weiramon Saniago] and the other nobles have been settled in the palace with trustworthy servants. [Caraline|Caraline Damodred] and [Darlin|Darlin Sisnera] are guests/prisoners of [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] at Lady [Arilyn|Arilyn Dhulaine]'s palace. [Min|Min Farshaw] believes [Caraline|Caraline Damodred] will support [Elayne|Elayne Trakand] for the [Sun Throne|Sun Palace]. She recounts her [viewing|viewings] of them marrying and [Darlin|Darlin Sisnera] being king, adding that [Darlin|Darlin Sisnera] will die in bed and [Caraline|Caraline Damodred] will survive him. 

[Merana|Merana Ambrey] and [Rafela|Rafela Cindal] enter and report that they have a Bargain with the [Sea Folk]. [Harine din Togara Two Winds], speaking for the [Mistress of the Ships|Sea Folk], [Nesta din Reas Two Moons], agrees to provide ships to [Rand|Rand alThor]. In return, [Rand|Rand alThor] will not change any of their laws, grant them a square mile of land at all ports, keep a [Sea Folk] ambassador with him, and promptly answer a summons from the [Mistress of the Ships|Sea Folk]. [Harine|Harine din Togara Two Winds] will be the ambassador accompanied by her [Windfinder|Sea Folk],[3] her [Swordmaster|Sea Folk],[4] and a retinue. [Rand|Rand alThor] starts to get angry, but [Merana|Merana Ambrey] suffers a %%ot [ta'veren|Wheel of Time]%% attack and blasts him for leaving them alone. [Rand|Rand alThor] ruefully admits they did the best they could. [Merana|Merana Ambrey] says they kept the details from [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin]. [Rand|Rand alThor] tells [Min|Min Farshaw] to send some [Maidens|Maidens of the Spear] to summon [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] and everyone else hastily leaves. [Rand|Rand alThor] and [Min|Min Farshaw] retire to the bedroom. 

Suddenly, [Somara], [Nesair] and [Nandera] enter and beat up [Rand|Rand alThor] for dishonoring them. [Min|Min Farshaw] thinks [Rhuarc] will deal with them, but [Rand|Rand alThor] says no, they earned the right. Her Aunt [Miren] gave her some pertinent advice about men. [Daigian Moseneillin] enters and tells [Rand|Rand alThor] that [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] is too busy to come.
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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] prepares to visit [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] instead. He can feel that [Alanna|Alanna Mosvani] has been punished. Her presence in his head reminds him of the cost of carelessness. He orders [Narishma|Jahar Narishma] to guard his apartments while [Nandera] leads him, [Dashiva|OsanGar], [Flinn|Damer Flinn], [Morr|Fedwin Morr] and [Hopwil|Eben Hopwil] to [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin]. They pass [Ailil|Ailil Riatin], [Anaiyella|Anaiyella Narencelona] and [Bertome|Bertome Saighan] on the way. [Nandera] leaves and [Rand|Rand alThor] and the [Asha'man] enter the room. [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] flees as soon as he sees [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin]. They make a threatening scene, but [Cadsuane|Cadsuane Melaidhrin] ignores them. [Rand|Rand alThor] tells the [Asha'man] to wait outside. 

He tells her he wants her to be his advisor but she refuses. He offers again. She says she will under conditions - he must listen to her, not lie to her, and be polite. In return, she promises she will not force him to do anything, she will not pry too much, and whatever she does will be for his good alone. He is angry at the conditions and starts to leave. As he does, she says she heard that %%ot [Callandor]%% has disappeared and warns him it is flawed. She did some research when she first suspected he was born. It lacks the standard safety buffer and magnifies the taint so it can only be used safely by a circle of a man and two women.[5] She demands an apology as he walks out. [Rand|Rand alThor] had hoped to use %%ot [Callandor]%% one more time. Now he has only one other chance.[6]
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] Will she, perhaps, learn something crucial?
\\[#2] Actually just the opposite for [Fain|Padan Fain]. ([WH,Ch33])
\\[#3] [Shalon din Togara Morning Tide]
\\[#4] [Moad]
\\[#5] She and the other [Aes Sedai] will teach the [Asha'man] [Linking] for [WH,Ch35].
\\[#6] Using the [Choedan Kal] to cleanse the taint.
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