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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] is [Adan], a [Da'shain|Age of Legends]. [Adan] holds [Maigran] and [Lewin] as he watches bandits carry off his daughter [Rhea|Rhea (Aiel)]. They killed his wife, [Siedre], and his son, [Marind], who was [Maigran]'s and [Lewin]'s father. His other children, [Elwin], [Sorelle] and [Jaren] are dead, too. [Sulwin] confronts [Adan]. He and his followers want to leave to look for a place of safety and the song his greatfather told him about. They empty several wagons of the items the [Aes Sedai] gave the [Aiel] to safeguard. [Adan] sees the [twisted red doorway|Twisted Red Doorway] fall to the ground. There are many [chora|Avendesora] cuttings as well. As they leave, [Sulwin] says he will keep the Way of the Leaf, but [Adan] shouts that they are lost.[1] [Adan] is grateful that the children's mother, [Saralin], is still alive.

[Rand|Rand alThor] is confused by [Aiel] following the Way of the Leaf. Beside him, [Muradin] is howling. [Rand|Rand alThor] takes another step.

[Rand|Rand alThor] is [Jonai]. [Jonai] looks west where the city of [Comelle] used to be. It is now a sea. He wishes his wife, [Alnora], were still alive to guide him with his dreams. His son, [Willim], left when he began to [channel|True Source] and his daughter [Esole] died of illness because there were no [Aes Sedai] to [Heal|Weaves] her. The last [Aes Sedai] he encountered told him that [Ishamael] was still free. He and his son [Adan] meet a band of [Ogier]. They cannot find the %%ot [stedding|Steddings]%% and are suffering from the longing. The [Ogier] say it is bad to the north. The [Sea of Jeren|Jeren] is to the south. [Jonai] has a heart attack. As he dies, he tells [Adan|adan] to lead the [Aiel] south.

[Rand|Rand alThor] is still confused about how these people can be [Aiel]. Beside him, [Muradin] is clawing at his face. [Rand|Rand alThor] takes another step.

[Rand|Rand alThor] is [Jonai] again. He is sixty-three, in his prime. He enters the [Hall of the Servants|Paaran Disen] and goes to a room where [Aes Sedai] are arguing. [Someshta], a [Nym], is there also. There is a crystal sword[2] and the [Dragon Banner] on a table. [Oselle], [Deindre] and [Solinda] have a plan based on [Deindre]'s [Foretelling|Weaves]. They are waiting for [Kodam] and other young male [channelers|True Source] who are not yet strongly affected by the taint. They will have a task for [Someshta].[3] They must hurry because [Haindar] and [Jaric Mondoran] are headed toward [Paaran Disen]. [Jaric Mondoran] already destroyed the city of [Tzora]. [Solinda] tells [Jonai] he must complete his task, to lead the [Aiel] as they take items of the [One Power] to find a place of safety. [Jonai] is embarrassed that his father, [Coumin], gave up the [Way of the Leaf|TuathaAn]. He goes to the wagons where thousands of his people are ready to leave. There are no longer [jo-cars|Age of Legends Transportation], [jumpers|Age of Legends Transportation], [hoverflies|Age of Legends Transportation] or [sho-wings|Age of Legends Transportation] for transportation. His wife, [Alnora], has their children [Willim], [Adan] and little [Esole] in their wagon. They begin their search for a place of safety.

[Rand|Rand alThor]'s memories are swirling. [Muradin] claws his face to rags. [Rand|Rand alThor] takes another step.

[Rand|Rand alThor] is [Coumin], a boy of sixteen. He and the other [Aiel] are preparing to sing with the [Ogier]. There are soldiers nearby wearing [fancloth] capes. He is not sure he believes old [Charn]'s stories of a time of no war, no [Fades|Fade] or [Trollocs]. [Charn] also claims he served [Lanfear] herself. [Someshta] arrives and they sing health to the field. Afterwards one of the [Ogier], [Tomada], talks to a soldier. The soldier gives them the news that [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] led a strike on [Shayol Ghul]. The Bore has been sealed. Most or even all of the [Forsaken] were trapped as well so the war is over. As [Coumin] walks away, a townsman named [Toma] strikes him saying they will root out all who served the [Forsaken]. He runs back to his inn where he finds that [Charn] has been hanged.

[Rand|Rand alThor] continues. [Muradin] is a bloody mess. [Rand|Rand alThor] steps forward.

[Rand|Rand alThor] is [Charn]. He is near the [Collam Daan] and the streets are lined with [chora|Avendesora] trees. He just turned twenty-five. He plans to take one of the [sho-wings|Age of Legends Transportation] to [M'jinn|MJinn] to accept [Nalla]'s proposal of marriage. That will mean transferring his service to [Zorelle] Sedai, but [Mierin|Lanfear] already gave her approval. A man named [Jom] wearing a stylish [fancloth] cape runs into him and immediately apologizes when he sees that [Charn] is [Aiel]. [Charn] is excited because today is the day [Mierin|Lanfear] told him she and [Beidomon] would try the new source of the [One Power]. Suddenly the [Sharom|Collam Daan], a thousand-foot white sphere floating above the [Collam Daan], explodes in black fire. Everyone runs screaming.

[Rand|Rand alThor] is back at the edge of the [glass columns]. [Muradin] is gone. He realizes he saw the formation of the hole in the [Dark One|ShaiTan]'s prison. He sees [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] hanging by his neck from %%ot [Avendesora]%% and runs to take him down. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is not breathing but [Rand|Rand alThor] resuscitates him.[4] [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] tells him about the other [twisted red doorway|Twisted Red Doorway]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] now has the [foxhead medallion|Foxhead Medallion] and the %%ot [ashandarei]%%.[5] He reads the label on the %%ot [ashandarei]%%:

''"Thus is our treaty written; thus is agreement made.\\
Thought is the arrow of time; memory never fades.\\
What was asked is given. The price is paid."''

[Rand|Rand alThor] can see the script on the spear but cannot read it.[6] As they walk through [Rhuidean], dust figures attack them. [Rand|Rand alThor] thinks they are more bubbles of evil. They fight their way through and finally break through the fog bank. It is dawn.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

Summary of the genealogy:

* [Charn] greatfather of the father of
* [Coumin] father of
* [Jonai] father of
* [Adan] father of
* [Marind] father of 
* [Lewin]

[#1] The beginning of the [Tuatha'an|TuathaAn].\\
[#2] %%ot [Callandor]%%\\
[#3] They are preparing to create the [Eye of the World].\\
[#4] At a 2004 signing Robert Jordan said that [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] was not quite dead yet.\\
[#5] The [foxhead medallion|Foxhead Medallion] is his freedom from the [One Power] and [Aes Sedai]. The %%ot [ashandarei]%% is a mystery. We will learn more of it later in the series.\\
[#6] It is written in the [Old Tongue]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is now fluent.\\

! Artwork

* [Mat and Rand at Rhuidean|http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/art/b/r/braymp/rhu_plaza.jpg.html] by [Mark Bray|http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/art/b/r/braymp/braymp.html]
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