The Path of Daggers: Chapter 4

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Author: Val a'Shain

A Quiet Place


Chapter Icon: A black head on a white background facing a white head on a black background

Point of View: Elayne

Setting: The Kin's farm near Ebou Dar

Characters: Aviendha, Elayne, Reanne, Alise, Adeleas, Vandene, Ispan, Nynaeve

Outline

The arrival of the Aes Sedai causes a lot of fuss over the women in the farm. Nynaeve and Alise, the one responsible for the farm, try to settle things down while Vandene and Adeleas decide to question Ispan, and Elayne and Aviendha go through the items they brought from the warehouse.

Summary

Once they arrived at the Kin's farm, Reanne introduces them to Alise, the woman who runs the farm "this turn". Alise is surprised to see Reanne, but not concerned. That changes when she sees the Aes Sedai in their company. A lot of the women try to make a run for it, others faint on the spot.

Egwene's new policy of tying any woman who can channel to the Tower, no matter her strength, is met with disbelief, as is the news that the Aes Sedai have known about the Kin practically since its founding.

Nynaeve sets to the task of gathering the women who tried to run. Aviendha and Nynaeve spot Vandene and Adeleas shielding Ispan. Apparently the herbs Nynaeve fed the Black sister are waning. The twins feel this would be a good moment to interrogate Ispan, as they are not going any further for a while at least.

Ispan still denies being a Black sister and claims to have acted with orders from the Amyrlin Seat. Elayne gets very angry when she hears the lies Ispan is telling them. Unfortunately, Tower law does not allow sisters to use more violent methods of interrogation. Elayne asks Vandene and Adeleas to leave Ispan alone with her and Aviendha for a bit. Vandene asks to speak to them in private. She tells Elayne and Aviendha that it would be best for the two experienced sisters to handle this matter. She suggests that Elayne's hot blood might make her do things she would later regret.

In the meantime, Nynaeve is still working on restoring order among the Kin and is helped by a remarkably effective Alise. Elayne and Aviendha decide to continue sorting through the items brought from the warehouse to filter out the Power related items. They find quite a few more of them among the rubbish, including two angreal. Before they are finished, Nynaeve announces that this task can wait. It is time to fix the weather.

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