The Shadow Rising: Chapter 34
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Val a'Shain
He Who Comes With the Dawn
Chapter Icon: A Dragon
Point of View: Rand
Rand and Mat stumble through the waste on their way on their way to the Aiel camp. The both are in bad shape, they bleed from several wounds. The day is young yet and they try to get to the camp before the heat of the afternoon sets in. Rand hurries back to the people he must destroy to save the world. Bair is waiting for them at the edge of the camp with a bag of water. Before they can get to her though Couladin demands to know where Muradin is. He accuses Rand and Mat of killing him and the Shaido starts flinging spears at them. As proof Couladin points to Mat's oddly shaped spear and claims they went into the city armed. Bair interferes and attests to the fact neither was armed when he went into Rhuidean.
Bair demands Rand shows the signs. It takes a moment for Rand to understand what she means but her rolls back one sleeve and shows them the scarlet-and-gold dragon on his arm. Bair impatiently steps up to Rand and rolls back his other sleeve as well. Another Dragon appears. There can be no doubt, Rand is He Who Comes With the Dawn. The Shaido retreat to their tents and Rand and Mat can finally have a drink of water.
Egwene wants to know what happened to them but Bair tells them not to speak of what happened in Rhuidean with those who haven't been there. Rand just says it wasn't Muradin. He wants to know where Moiraine is. He had expected her here. Egwene tells them she and Aviendha are still in Rhuidean. Lan is very upset over the fact the Wise Ones hid Moiraine's departure for him. They left the same day Rand and Mat did. It turns out that this was seven days ago. If they are not back by the tenth day they won't be returning.
It turns out none of the Wise Ones can Heal so Rand and Mat are taken to a tent where their wounds can be tended with herbs and ointments. Against the wishes of the Wise Ones Rand wants the men to accompany him. Rand asks Rhuarc about what he has seen in Rhuidean and again the Wise Ones tell him it is not permitted to talk of such things before those who haven't experienced them. Rand tells them he intends to change that and after a bit of hesitation Rhuarc answers some of Rand's questions. He says it is different for each man. What Rand saw are ancestral memories. Rand already knew Tam wasn't his father but the fact he is part Aiel has now been driven home. Rhuarc explains a few other things and Rand now sees how the Cairhienin got the privileged position to travel through the Waste without being bothered and how this eventually lead to the Aiel War and Rand being born on the slope of the Dragonmount. Lan wants to know if Rand saw Moiraine and Rand tells him he didn't. Both Lan and Rhuarc warn him to watch out for Couladin. They expect trouble from him and possibly from others as well.
Rand now enters the tent where Mat is already being tended to. He is told to strip to the waist to the Wise Ones can have a look at his wounds. While the Wise Ones look at his wounds they discuss how to get the clan chiefs to gather. Rhuarc proposes to gather them in a place called Alcair Dal where something like the peace of Rhuidean holds. Mat translates this as the Golden Bowl. Without realizing it, Mat seems to have become fluent in the Old Tongue. Nobody comments on it though. He also suggests asking the Wise Ones to visit the clan chiefs in their dreams and summon them to Alcair Dal. The Wise Ones seem hesitant to do this but agree to do it at Rand's request.
Rand switches the conversation to his mother for a bit. Amys knew her and Rand asks her to tell about her. Amys tells him how Shaiel as the Aiel knew her was found in the waste close to death because an Aes Sedai by the name of Gitara Moroso had had a Foretelling saying she must dwell among the Maidens of the Spear or a disaster would befall the world. She tells Rand how Shaiel met his father, Janduin, a young clan chief of the Taardad. How they she ended up in the Aiel war and found herself pregnant with his baby and how in spite of Aiel custom she didn't return to the Waste to give birth but ended up giving birth and dying on the slopes of the Dragonmount. Janduin blamed himself for her death and went north to fight in the Blight. He was killed by a man though. He claimed she looked like Shaiel and simply refused to defend himself.
Rand has a lot to think about and for a while they wait in silence for the return of Moiraine and Aviendha. Then a question occurs to Rand. Why, if he is to destroy the Aiel people aren't more of them plotting against him? It turns out that most Aiel don't know the whole version of the history of the Aiel that is shown to the people who enter Rhuidean. The truth breaks many people that enter the Waste and could break more if it became common knowledge.
Aviendha returns late in the afternoon. The look on her face when she sees Rand makes Mat warn him not to turn his back on her. The Wise Ones take her off and dress her like one of them. Moiraine returns at dusk. Lan is there immediately to take care of her. Rand feels relieved he will not have to wait for three more days but can move soon. Mat asks him what he intends to do. Rand tells him he is going to break the rules.