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by [Jorille Mondevin], Royal Historian to the Court of Her Most Illuminated Majesty, [Ethenielle Kirukon Materasu], By the Blessing of the Light, Queen of [Kandor], Protector of the Land, Shield of the North, High Seat of House [Materasu|Kandor].

It is based on a partial copy of a work dating from the First Century AB. 

After the creation of the [Bore|Creator] fifty to one hundred years passed before the actual beginning of the [War of the Shadow|Shadow War]. During the first three years the [Shadow|Creator] made great gains and large parts of the world fell. Much of what had been lost was retaken over the next four years, but after a yearlong stalemate the [Shadow|Creator] began to advance again.

There were two plans for ending the war. The first, proposed by [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon], was to seal the [Bore|Creator] with seven %%ot [cuendillar|Cuendillar]%% [Seals] utilizing a circle of seven female and six male [Aes Sedai]. The second plan was to use two huge %%ot [sa'angreal|Angreal]%%, one attuned to %%ot [saidin|Said]%% and one to %%ot [saidar|Said]%%, to destroy the [Shadow|Creator]'s forces and erect a barrier around [Shayol Ghul] until there was a safe method to permanently seal the [Bore|Creator]. The [giant statue|Choedan Kal] %%ot [sa'angreal|Angreal]%% were so powerful that using them required special [control statue|Control Statue] %%ot [ter'angreal|Angreal]%% which were assembled in an area far removed.

One of the [Aes Sedai] leaders, [Latra Posae Decume], convinced all the strongest female [Aes Sedai] that [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon]'s plan was too dangerous. Since they would not participate in the circle his plan was nullified.

Just as the [giant statue|Choedan Kal] %%ot [sa'angreal|Angreal]%% were completed, [Sammael] attacked and overran the region where the [control statue|Control Statue] %%ot [ter'angreal|Angreal]%% were being made and they were lost. Armies commanded by [Demandred] and [Be'lal|BeLal] then attacked the regions where the [giant statue|Choedan Kal] %%ot [sa'angreal|Angreal]%% were built.

[Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon] convinced a group of powerful young male [Aes Sedai] to carry out the attack at [Shayol Ghul] without the aid of women. The 113 men managed to seal the [Bore|Creator] also trapping the thirteen [Forsaken], but the 68 survivors went insane instantly and hundreds more male [Aes Sedai] followed.

Before her death during the [Breaking], [Latra Posae|Latra Posae Decume] apparently rose to a prominence rivaling that of [Lews Therin|Lews Therin Telamon]. During the fighting against the [Shadowsworn|Darkfriends] she gained the name [Shadar Nor|Latra Posae Decume] which, in the [Old Tongue], means "Cutter of the Shadow" or perhaps "Slicer of the Shadow."

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The full text of ''The Strike at Shayol Ghul'' is incorporated in the [Guide]. 
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