The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 19

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Author: Val a'Shain

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Chapter Icon: Five dice, arranged in a ring

Point of View: Mat

Setting: The White Tower

Characters: Mat


Mat wakes hungry.


Mat wakes up in a good bed in a room that speaks of wealth. He doesn't know where he is or how he got there. He vaguely remembers some of the events that took place after he left the Two Rivers. He also vividly remembers commanding the Heart Guard, a military formation of Manetheren, a nation long since gone. Clearly these are not his own memories.

Mat tries to get up but notices he's very weak. He manages to get up anyway and goes to look for his clothes. A look in the mirror tells him he's been seriously ill. On a table he finds a plate with food that seems enough for four men.

He looks out a window to determine where he is, but it is night and too dark outside to see. However, he pieces together that he's in Tar Valon. He realizes he has been Healed now. He doesn't intend to stay in Tar Valon long, but then, going home doesn't seem as appealing as it once did either. He is surprised to realise he has cleared the entire plate of food.

After a moment he also realizes he blew the Horn of Valere and that the Aes Sedai may have plans that include him. He whistles a tune to himself. Just as he is about to make plans to leave Tar Valon someone knocks on the door and enters.


Character Development

  • Mat no longer really wants to return to Emmond's Field
  • While we've seen him speak the Old Tongue before, this time he also has a memory of a long ago fight against Trollocs

This section contains Notes on this Chapter which may contain spoilers. Please expand to view.

Mat hasn't gone through the redstone ter'angreal yet, so these are not memories given to him by the Eelfinn. We can assume that this is actually one of his past lives, awaken by the strong Manetheren blood.

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