A Memory of Light: Chapter 5
To Require a Boon
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Aviendha warns Rand she would require a boon. Rand meets with all the rulers and Egwene. He names his price for facing the Dark One - universal peace, breaking the seals of the Dark One's prison and to command he armies of the world. Moiraine arrives.
Rand's Point of View:
Location: The Field of Merrilor
Rand wakes up and gives orders the rulers to be gathered in one hour at the center of the field of Merrilor. He talks with Aviendha about the Age of Legends and their ways, demonstrating how they used channeling for taking a shower. Aviendha tells Rand she will require a boon that may force Rand to change his plans in a drastic way.
Egwene's Point of View:
Characters: Egwene, Alliandre, Alsalam, Berelain, Cadsuane, Damer, Darlin, Easar, Elayne, Faile, Galad, Gawyn, Gregorin, Lelaine, Moiraine, Naeff, Narishma, Nynaeve, Paitar, Perrin, Romanda, Roedran, Saerin, Silviana, Tenobia
Egwene dreams of a frozen pillar of glass. She also drams about a sphere (the world) cracking and how she was tying it with cords, trying to hold it together which cost a lot of efforts. Egwene wakes up in the White Tower and talks with Gawyn who she finds reading a report about Caemlyn. Together they go through a gateway to Egwene's tent on the Field of Merrilor. They go out and heads to the meeting place together with Silviana and a number of Sitters. Egwene speaks with Elayne and some other rulers. Rand finally arrives the grass greening under his feet. He proclaims that every ruler could take five people with them. Egwene chooses Silviana, Saerin, Romanda, Lealaine and Gawyn. All of them enter the pavilion erected in the center of the field. Rand welcomes them and tells them they need a plan to fight the Shadow as well as that he won't die so the humanity could continue fighting each other. The Dragon requires there things as payment for his life - the borders to be set as they are at that moment which means prohibition countries to attack each other, opening of state funded great schools in each capital as well as obligations for the other countries to defend one under attack. The second requirement is the breaking of the seals to the Dark One's Prison which Egwene is strongly opposing. Rand tells her he intends to try killing the Dark One. Rand's third request is he to be a commander of the world's armies. The tension raises. All of a sudden Moiraine enters.
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- Is this when Aviendha gets pregnant?
It's very plausible theory.
- When did Naeff return from the Black Tower?
He was sent in disguise the previous day to investigate.