The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 5
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Val a'Shain
Chapter Icon: Trolloc Skull and Fist
Point of View: Perrin
Setting: The Mountains of Mist
Trollocs attack and are defeated, but Rand is unable to do anything
Perrin doesn't bother with clothes, he just grabs his axe and hurries outside. Lan is already up, fully clothed raising the alarm. A moment later Moiraine is outside as well using the One Power to slay the Trollocs. Perrin sees Leya stumbling out of Moiraine's hut. He tells her to get back inside and hide but she doesn't seem to hear him. Perrin tries to get to her but his path is blocked by several Trollocs. By the time he has cut his way through them a Fade has reached Leya. With casual ease the Fade kills the Tinker woman. An enraged Perrin now attacks the Fade while in his mind the wolves let him know they are coming. He kills the Fade and kneels down next to Leya but there is no time to mourn. The wolves call him back to the battle.
The wolf in Perrin takes over now. He loses all sense of the greater battle but only focuses on the next Trolloc he slays. And the next.And the next. Finally the Trollocs run, pursued by the remaining wolves. Perrin wants to join them. He feels the wolves kill the last Fade and howls with them in mourning of the wolves that perished.
When he lowers his head Min is there asking him if he is all right. Lan saves him from answering the question Min no doubt has by praising him. He fought well tonight. An embarrassed Perrin tells Min Leya is dead and that he was too late to prevent it. Min says it wouldn't have made a difference.
In the meantime, Masema sees in the fact that the wolves joined their fight a sign. He says the must go forth in the name of the Dragon Reborn. Uno quickly shuts him up by saying they are not going anywhere till Rand says so. He also suggests skinning the wolves for their hides but Perrin insists they be buried with the human dead. Nobody dares to argue with him.
Perrin wants to know where Rand is. Min says he doesn't want to talk to anybody, but Perrin goes to see him anyway. Rand tells him how he tried to use saidin to kill the Trollocs and that he couldn't get hold of the Source at first. When he did he couldn't do anything useful with it. Rand says he was no use in that battle whatsoever. Perrin tries to make him feel a bit better but without much success.
Lan and Moiraine join them to see to their wounds. Perrin's are not that bad. Moiraine Heals them for him. Min refuses Healing, she doesn't have any wounds worth mentioning. Rand holds his side though. He has not been involved in the fighting but the wound he took at Falme burst open again. Moiraine tries to Heal him as well. After she has done as much as she can she passes out from exhaustion. Lan carries her away and advices them to get some food and then some sleep. They have some planning to do in the morning.