The Shadow Rising: Chapter 5
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Asandra al'Terra
Point of View: Egwene
Setting: The Stone of Tear
Egwene is in the Stone, sitting with Aviendha and Nynaeve, and wondering where Moiraine went. Nynaeve spoke about their lack of choice except to go to Tanchico, whilst Egwene answered that they were not convinced. The two Accepted - who were acting as Aes Sedai - were speaking of their hunt for the Black Ajah.
Joiya and Amico, two Black sisters, are being held captive in the room, bound by Air and with their ears stopped up. A shield stopped Joiya from touching the Source; there was no need of one with Amico - she had been stilled. When she was ungagged, Amico said that they should go to Tanchico, that there was something very dangerous to Rand there. Not a word had changed from what she had said during previous questionings. She was bound again, and then Joiya was unbound. The Black sister began a speech on repenting her sins and the like, but Egwene did not believe a word of it. She commanded Joiya to tell her tale, but using different words. The sister complied, and said that the Black Ajah had intended to break Mazrim Taim - who was traveling to the Tower to be gentled - free, proclaim him the Dragon Reborn, and give his name as Rand al'Thor; and make him destroy the world a great deal. Nynaeve interrupted, saying that the Dragon was reborn, and that the Pattern would not accept another Dragon. Egwene, however, ushered the other woman to continue. Joiya began speaking again. Rand al'Thor would be blamed for the things the impostor did. The countries would unite against him, crushing him, and he would be destroyed. Tarmon Gai'don would arrive, and the Dark One would win with no Dragon to face him.
Egwene thought about their two answers, and decided that Amico's was more plausible. At that moment, Moiraine strode in, her face a thunderhead, with Elayne following.