A Memory of Light: Chapter 7

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Into the Thick of It

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Points of View: Elayne, Lan


It's decided that there would be four battlefronts - Caemlyn, Kandor, Tarwin's Gap and Shayol Ghul where the armies would be led by the four great captains. The Ogier join the humans. Faile is trusted with the Horn of Valere which is to be delivered to Mat.


Elayne's Point of View:

Location: The Field of Merrilor

Characters: Elayne, Agelmar, Antol, Aviendha, Davram, Dyelin, Easar, Egwene, Faile, Gareth, Loial, Perrin, Rand, Rhuarc, Rodel, Sumeko

Elayne steps out of the pavilion to find herself in a groove of healthy tall trees. Perrin notes such trees grow in steddings. Rand is already gone so Elayne requires maps and starts planning the war against the Shadow relying on the help of the four great captains. Gareth Bryne points out that large forces of Shadowspawn invaded three locations - Caemlyn, Kandor and Tarwin's Gap. They decide that those three as well as Shayol Ghul, where the Aiel will watch Rand's back would be the fronts but they will concentrate on Caemlyn first, where the largest army would be sent. They don't favour besieging the city so they realize they need to lure the Trollocs out. It's decided Lan would get reinforcements but his job would be to hold as long as he can. The White Tower that is about to be sent to the Kandor's border has the same task. The four great captains are to lead the battles on the four fronts. Agelmar is decided to go to the Malkieri and the rest of the Borderlanders, Bryne to lead the battle in Kandor, Bashere the Andoran battle and Ituralde to command the army in Shayol Ghul. Elayne decides to stay in Merrilor and work from there.Hours later the Queen of Andor is heading to her camp when she hears a song and see the Ogier has come. Haman, son of Dal, son of Morel announces the Ogier came to lend their axes to the humans' fight. Elayne wants Perrin to be the one coordinating the food supplies and expecting the food situation in every nation but he refuses saying that Rand would need him. Faile volunteers to take this responsibility and Elayne finally agrees and tells Perrin they need to take care of Mat getting the Horn of Valere in time. Perrin suggests giving it to Faile who the Shadow would not suspect having it. The Queen agrees.

Lan's Point of View:

Location: Tarwin's Gap

Characters: Lan, Bulen, Easar, Narishma

Lan is informed about the battle plans and that they will fight under the flag of Malkkier. Lan passes some grieving soldiers and tells them they should not mourn but laugh, cheer the fallen and drink to their forefathers who taught them well.


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