The Shadow Rising: Chapter 15
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Inanna Landred
Into the Doorway
Chapter Icon: Five dice, arranged in a ring
Point of View: Mat
Setting: The Stone of Tear
Mat ventures into the Great Hold at the basement of the Stone after learning about the red doorframe ter'angreal from Egwene. He finally finds his way to the Great Hold and amongst a lot of boxes and jumble, he spots the doorframe he is looking for.
He hesitates in front of the ter'angreal but then steps through it. He finds himself in a huge round hall with spiralling columns reaching up to the ceiling.
On the other side he meets a strange snake-like human with black eyes and a skin that glistens like a snake's scales. The man says the seekers have come again and asks him if he is carrying iron or musical instruments. Mat denies this, although he wonders what the man thinks the knife he is holding is made out of. The man leads him through the strange hall and to the three snake people who will answer his questions.
Mat asks whether he should go home and is told to go to Rhuidean instead. While he is in there, the snake people get more and more agitated. They talk about not being able to handle the strain and push Mat into asking his questions fast.
After this there is a panic and Mat is rushed into his final two questions.
Mat says the last thing on earth he wants to do is go to Rhuidean and want to know why he should go there. They tell him he needs to follow his fate and he will marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons and a few other cryptic answers that he cannot make sense of.
Even though Mat protests strongly the snake people throw him out and he finds himself in the Great Hold once more. He tries to jump back through the portal again and again, only to find himself on the other side of the portal in the room. While he is still cursing the snake people Rand comes backing out from the ter'angreal holding a sword of flames made with the One Power. Rand asks Mat if he is just snooping around or if he went through the portal as well. Mat says he went in, but thinks they told him a bunch of lies.
While they are still getting over their surprise, Moiraine also steps out. She immediately realizes they both stepped through while she was in there and she is furious. She questions them about how they knew about the ter'angreal.
They both claim to have read about it in a book, Rand because he really did and Mat to cover for Egwene. Mat lies about not being able to understand as everything was in the Old Tongue. Moiraine explains the snake people feed on sensations and emotions.
They split ways pondering their experiences.