A Crown of Swords: Chapter 12
Chapter Icon: A serpent twisted through a square
Point of View: Egwene
Setting: The Rebel Aes Sedai camp
Egwene learns Myrelle has taken Lan's bond and makes her and Nisao swear fealty.
Bryne reveals that Talmanes is concerned about Egwene. Myrelle is furious that he has been talking to him, but Egwene merely worries it might become known that the Band is not a threat. She learns it has grown in size since leaving Salidar because of Mat's reputation, though Bryne's army has also grown. Myrelle threatens him until Egwene tells her to be quiet and asks him not to meet Talmanes again. He tells her there is a tale that Rand has gone to swear to Elaida, but she is able to say it is not true. She agrees to send sisters into the army camp to reassure the men there. He tells her the army serves her and leaves.
Egwene is curious about what Myrelle is hiding, although Siuan seems to suspect. She is taken to a tent where she is shown Lan, who Myrelle bonded to keep alive. Though angry that his bond was passed without consent, she is happy that Myrelle intends to pass it to Nynaeve when she is ready. Nisao, who is also there, tries ordering Siuan but is ignored. Egwene tells Lan that Nynaeve is in danger in Ebou Dar and needs his protection. He agrees to go immediately. She tells Nisao and Myrelle that the two are in love; Nisao does not believe it. She then tells them that the extra lessons for Nicola are to stop. Siuan realizes that Nicola and Areina must have discovered Lan and blackmailed the two Aes Sedai; she is outraged. Egwene leaves them to weave a gateway for Lan. When she returns, she hears Nisao threatening Siuan, so she tells her to send Nicola and Areina back to the camp.
Egwene tells Myrelle and Nisao that if she is to protect their crime, then the protection would put them in her debt. She would need to trust them, so they must swear fealty, which they reluctantly do. On the return, she tells Siuan of Nicola and Areina's previous blackmail attempt and has to tell her to not have them killed. She is sent to tell the rest of Sheriam and Myrelle's group to come to the Amyrlin's study, as she plans to make them swear fealty also.