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! __Rand__ POV

[Rand|Rand alThor] and the [Aiel] near [Imre Stand]. [Rhuarc], [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] and [Aviendha] are with [Rand|Rand alThor]. [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] and [Egwene|Egwene alVere] are with [Amys] and the other [Wise Ones|Aiel]. [Water Seekers] accompany [Kadere|Hadnan Kadere]'s wagons. A [Maiden|Maidens of the Spear] named [Adelin|adelin] returns from scouting [Imre Stand]. [Rand|Rand alThor] remembers her from the [Stone of Tear]. She reports that there is trouble at [Imre Stand]. [Rhuarc] sends her to tell the [Wise Ones|Aiel], but [Rand|Rand alThor] can see from their agitation that they already know.[1] [Aviendha] tells [Rand|Rand alThor] that the trouble is probably a raid from a nearby sept. Either the [White Mountain] or [Jarra|Jarra (Sept)] of the [Chareen], or possibly a [Goshien] sept. They arrive at [Imre Stand]. The inside of the crude stone building is drenched with blood. Scouts search the area but find nothing. The [Aiel] fill their water bags at the spring while [Kadere|Hadnan Kadere] opens shop. He brings out a beautiful young woman and introduces her to [Rand|Rand alThor] as [Isendre]. [Kadere|Hadnan Kadere] hints that he has knowledge for sale, then leaves. [Aviendha] angrily reminds [Rand|Rand alThor] that he belongs to [Elayne|Elayne Trakand]. While they set up camp, [Rand|Rand alThor] practices swords with [Lan|al'Lan Mandragoran]. [Keille|Lanfear] and the gleeman watch. [Rhuarc] walks up and addresses [Aviendha] as a [Wise One|Aiel] in training. [Rand|Rand alThor] finally realizes that that must be why she went to [Rhuidean] and he wonders if she, too, can [channel|True Source]. [Rhuarc] offers to teach [Rand|Rand alThor] how to fight with spears and they begin.
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! __Mat__ POV

At the peddlers' wagons, [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] notes that [Kadere|Hadnan Kadere] and [Couladin] have long talk. There is heavy trading and [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is surprised to hear [Heirn|heirn] ask for [Two Rivers] tabac. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] worries that he still has no answers about [Rhuidean], living and dying again, or the [Daughter of the Nine Moons|Tuon]. He still has the [foxhead medallion|Foxhead Medallion] and the %%ot [ashandarei]%%. More, he now has lots of strange memories, bits and pieces from a hundred men.[2] Among other things, he is now fluent in the [Old Tongue] and has an expert's knowledge of battles. He mutters to himself, "%%ot [Sa souvraya niende misain ye,|Compleat]%%" "I am lost in my own mind." The gleeman notes him speaking the [Old Tongue] and introduces himself as [Jasin Natael|Asmodean]. He murmurs that the [Aiel] were not what he expected.[3] He questions [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] intensely about what he saw in [Rhuidean].[3] He reminds [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] of [Thom|Thom Merrilin]. [Keille|Lanfear] comes over and they leave arguing. Evening comes on and [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] eats with [Rand|Rand alThor], [Rhuarc], [Heirn] and [Aviendha]. [Natael|Asmodean], [Keille|Lanfear], [Kadere|Hadnan Kadere] and [Isendre] are there as well. 

After dinner, [Rhuarc] asks [Natael|Asmodean] for a song. [Natael|Asmodean] sings of [Midean's Ford|Mideans Ford], a battle between [Aedomon] of [Safer] and [Buiryn] of [Manetheren] before the [Trolloc Wars]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] can remember how the battle really went and remembers counseling [Buiryn]. 

Suddenly there are warning cries and [Trollocs] attack. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] fights with the rest and a [Fade] nearly gets him before the [Aiel] kill it. He feels his [foxhead medallion|Foxhead Medallion] pulsing cold.[4] At last all the [Shadowspawn] are dead. [Rand|Rand alThor] and [Rhuarc] come up to [Mat|Matrim Cauthon]. [Rhuarc] tells them that more [Trollocs] attacked the [Jindo] than the [Shaido]. That is odd since there are twice as many [Shaido]. Also, fifty attacked the [Wise Ones|Aiel] and would have overwhelmed them except for [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is exhausted and leaves for his blankets.
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! __Rand__ POV

[Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] comes up and tells [Rand|Rand alThor] that the attack was aimed at him.[5] Then [Egwene|Egwene alVere] comes over and tells him to stop upsetting [Aviendha]. She goes off with [Amys] and [Bair]. Exhausted, he goes to his tent. [Aviendha] sits outside and is still there the next morning.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] [Moiraine|Moiraine Damodred] eavesdropping again.\\
[#2] The [Aelfinn|Finn] and [Eelfinn|Finn] accumulated these memories over the centuries from previous visitors via the [twisted red doorway|Twisted Red Doorway]s and the [Tower of Ghenjei]. ([Glimmers Q&A|Guide])\\
[#3] The first clues to "[Natael|Asmodean]'s" identity and goals.\\
[#4] Someone [channeling|True Source] at him. Who? And what are they trying to do?\\
[#5] Did [Asmodean] learn something from [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] that caused him to instigate the attack? If so, that does not explain the earlier attack on [Imre Stand].\\

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