The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 39

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Threads in the Pattern

Val a'Shain

Characters: Egwene, Nynaeve, Elyane, Aviendha, Rhuarc

Setting: Bank of the river Erinin, Cairhienin side

Point of view: Egwene

The Aiel are impressed by Nynaeve's Healing skills, not many of their Wise Ones can do this it seems. Nynaeve asks for direction to the next town to Aviendha. Before they leave Egwene wants to know how the Aiel manage to cross rivers. The water has very little water and the idea of swimming seems to frighten the Aiel. Aviendha replies they built a raft to cross the largest river between the waste and the Andorian border. Egwene is impressed by the way the Aiel deal with situations the haven't encountered before.

Elayne is realizing she doesn't know as much about Aeil as she thought she did. Much to Nyneave's disliking, she asks them some more questions about their customs. After a while it becomes clearer what the Aiel are doing on this side of the Dragon wall. They are looking for 'He Who Comes With the Dawn', a man who according to the prophecies will lead the Aiel out of the waste.

After telling the Aiel they are headed for Tear Nyneave finaly manages to get them on their way. Elayne tells them she thinks 'He Who Comes With the Dawn' is Rand. When Egwene thinks about this she feels Elayne might be right. Before they get the chance to discuss the idea further Egwene is knocked out by a stone from a sling.

When Egwene wakes up she is bound, lying on a horse and in the company of a large number of unwashed men. One of them notices she woke up but before he reaches her she passes out again. when she wakes up for the second time she is unbound and locked up in a building made of logs and rough stone. She overhears a conversation of her captors. It seems the men think they are Aes Sedai and want to sell her. Before she can hear more Nynaeve attracts her attention. Elayne is seriously injured and will not live unless Nyneave manages to heal her. After getting very upset first Nynaeve manages to Heal Elayne.

Egwene Elayne and Nynaeve now break out of the building. When they step outside they walk straight into a battle between a group of Aiel on one side and their captors and buyers, including three Myrddraal on the other. The Aiel make short work of the men but the Myrddraal are harder to kill. The girls kill the Myddraal using the One Power. Nynaeve even uses balefire.

After the battle Nynaeve finds out that the Aiel she Healed died in the fight. She gets very upset over this but the leader of the group, a man named Rhuarc seems to think it was her time. Aiel are very fatalistic about these things. It turns out Aviendha follewed them and saw them being captured. Too far away to do anything about it she went back for help. The Aiel offer to escort them to the nearest town the next day.

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