The Great Hunt: Chapter 18

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Author: Estyrien al'Halien


To the White Tower


Chapter Icon: Flame of Tar Valon

Point of View: Egwene

Setting: River Queen and Tar Valon

Characters: Egwene, Nynaeve, the Amyrlin, Sheriam Sedai, Aes Sedai and sailors

Contents

Outline

Egwene and Nynaeve have further lessons before arriving in Tar Valon

Summary

Egwene is looking at the shore from River Queen which is the ship taking her and Nynaeve to Tar Valon, along with other Aes Sedai and the Amyrlin. She returns to the cabin and Nynaeve tells her that "we'll reach Tar Valon today". The two women then talk about the dreams that Egwene has been having; she believes that "Rand is in some kind of danger". Anaiya Sedai has apparently taken interest in Egwene's dreams since "she knows there is something in these dreams". It appears that Egwene is dreaming of Ba'alzamon as she describes a "man in the mask" who has fire instead of eyes.

The Amyrlin visits the cabin and gives the girls their lesson of the day. Although Egwene is eager to learn, Nynaeve wants to go on to the deck for the duration of the lesson but her seasickness prevents this. The Amyrlin has been told that Nynaeve has a temper "like a fisher-bird with a bone in its throat" but agrees that she should be an Accepted rather than a novice. The Amyrlin show them a sword and a knife made of Air when Nynaeve says that she would rather be taught how to use a sword than channel.

After this, Nynaeve looses her temper and describes her frustration of doing simple things, "Light the candle, Nynaeve. Now put it out. Light it again". The Amyrlin then shows them how to stop someone by binding them using Air. She does this to Nynaeve and lifts her in to the air for a punishment. However, Nynaeve learns the weaves quickly and binds the Amyrlin using Air. The Amyrlin then cuts Nynaeve off from the Source, something she didn't know could happen. Then, the Amyrlin lets go of her own weaves and the lesson continues.

The lesson went well for Egwene, although the Amyrlin "had coaxed out every last drop of effort". She can now produce a flame that will "dance from fingertip to fingertip". The lesson did not go so for Nynaeve as she refused to let her anger get the better of her and so couldn't channel. The Amyrlin tried many different ways to make her angry but this didn't work.

After the lesson, the ship arrives at Tar Valon and everybody leaves the ship, leaving Nynaeve and Egwene to leave the ship on their own. Once they are off the ship, Sheriam Sedai, Mistress of Novices, meets them. She tells them that the White Tower and the Shining Walls were built by Ogier, "Their best work ever, some say". She warns them that some novices "break under the strain", which doesn't make either woman more confident. Nynaeve is also warned that "the first few weeks of being one of the Accepted is one of the hardest periods. With this, Sheriam Sedai leads Egwene and Nynaeve to the White Tower.

Notes

Character Development

Nynaeve

She loses her temper and holds Suian with the Power

Egwene

She channels on her own after Suian leaves

Animals

  • Fisher bird

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