A Crown of Swords: Chapter 18

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As the Plough Breaks the Earth

Chapter Icon: A Dragon

Point of View: Rand

Setting: Sun Palace, Cairhien

Characters: Annoura, Berelain, Cadsuane, Idrien, Mandelain, Merana, Rand


Rand meets Cadsuane.


Rand has Merana serve him to convince the Clan Chiefs that he does not follow Aes Sedai; Mandelain is not convinced. After they leave, Berelain and Annoura arrive. Berelain is upset that Rand wants to send her away for her protection, thinking he will forget her service if he does so. Cadsuane arrives and is rude to Rand. She is annoyed when he is even ruder in return. She dismisses Berelain and tells Rand that she has faced more men who can channel than any other Aes Sedai, although she doesn't look for them. She asks if he hears voices, saying it is common amongst men who are going mad, which worries him. She then leaves with Annoura and Merana. Idrien Tarsin arrives to tell Rand of Herid Fel's death.


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Visions and Prophecies

The Karaethon Cycle
  • As the plow breaks the earth shall he break the lives of men, and all that was shall be consumed in the fire of his eyes. The trumpets of war shall sound at his footsteps, the ravens feed at his voice, and he shall wear a crown of swords

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