The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 3
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Val a'Shain
News From the Plain
Chapter Icon: Wheel and Serpent
Point of View: Perrin
Setting: The Mountains of Mist
The camp recover from the earthquake Rand caused
When Perrin gets back to the camp he sees Moiraine standing outside her hut looking in his direction. He tells her Rand didn't mean to cause that earthquake. Moiraine doesn't debate it with him but she is obviously upset. Perrin sees the damage Rand caused everywhere around them when he walk through the camp towards one of the fires.
He finds Min stirring a pot of stew half of which was spilled by Rand. He asks her if anybody has been hurt. Min tells him that besides some bruises, everybody is fine. Whatever Min saw probably regarding Leya probably hasn't happened yet. Perrin tells Min she doesn't have to stay here. He'll help her get away. He is puzzled by her reply. She refuses to go even if she thinks he is very sweet for offering. This fate may not be the one she would have chosen herself but she doesn't think it is bad because of that.
Moiraine joins them at the fire and Min asks if the Tinker woman is all right. Moiraine says she split her scalp in the quake but that she has been Healed and is resting now. Is that what Min saw? She doesn't seem to know herself. Perrin is shocked by Moiraine's acceptance of Min's viewing but the Aes Sedai tells him the Wheel weaves as the Wheel will and that there is nothing they can do about it.
Lan, Loial and Uno join the conversation now and Moiraine tells them what she has learnt of events on Almoth Plain. Taraboners, Domani and Dragonsworn are still fighting each other and several Hunters of the Horn have taken an interest in Almoth Plain. What is most unusual though, is that the Whitecloaks have as many as five thousand men in the area. Although they had a few clashes with the Dragonsworn they seem to keep their distance from the larger groups. Still they claim to be looking for the 'false' Dragon on the plain. Loial suggests that it might be safe for Rand to go down to the Dragonsworn now but the others don't trust the Whitecloaks intention. What is even more worrying is that three tall light-eyed youths have been found dead without a trace of whoever was responsible. Uno seems to think this must be the work of the 'Soulless' but he doesn't explain what they are. Moiraine steers the conversation away from that topic.
The conversation turns towards their immediate safety now. Rand's action was a beacon for any Fade within ten miles so Moiraine is worried about a possible attack. There is a feeling in the air she says. Before Perrin realizes it he has described it as 'waiting'. Moiraine agrees with him. She tells Uno to make sure the guards are extra alert tonight. Other than that there doesn't seem to be a lot they can do. Perrin, who has third watch, goes to his hut to get some sleep.
- Who are the soulless?