Towers of Midnight: Chapter 23

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Points of View: Elayne, Egwene, Lan


Elayne questions the Black Ajah and gets herself injured, Gawyn leaves Tar Valon for Caemlyn and more men join Lan.


Elayne's Point of View:

Location: The Royal Palace

Characters: Birgitte, Elayne, Chesmal Emry, Eldrith Jhondar, Kalia Bent, Mat, Temaile Kinderode, Sylvase, Ellorien, Doilin Mellar, Jaq Lounalt,

Elayne is studying Mat's Medallion while listening to a performance of The Marriage and Death of Princess Walishen. She has been able to make partial copies, which deflect weak weaves, but not strong ones, but these copies do not allow a person to channel while holding them. After the performance, she speaks to Sylvase and Ellorien, before talking to Kalia, who tells her Birgitte is with Mat. She disguises herself with the Mirror of Mists then Travels to visit the captured Black Ajah. Chesmal is taken in by her disguise, believing her to be one of the Forsaken and tells her that Mat is in Caemlyn and they are planning an assassination, and also that the invasion is progressing as planned.

Elayne feels the Shield on Chesmal vanish and Jaq, Temaile and Eldrith enter. Jaq and Temaile fall to their feet, also convinced by the disguise, but Eldrith is not fooled. She persuades Jaq, who throws himself at Elayne, breaking a bone and causing her to lose saidar. Jaq grabs a medallion and tries to escape, but Egwene throws Chesmal at him. Mellar arrives, and stabs Elayne, seriously wounding her. He forces Chesmal to Heal her, during which Elayne manages to take hold of the copy of the medallion from her pocket. Chesmal snatches it away, losing the Power and dropping the Shield. Elayne sets her clothes on fire. Mellar slits Eldrith's throat and stabs Temaile, killing both of them. Elayne collapses the ceiling on him, but he escapes, dropping the medallion. Mat and Birgitte arrive.

Egwene's Point of View:

Location: The White Tower

Characters: Egwene, Chubain, Gawyn, Nimri

Egwene berates Gawyn, angering him. He leaves her and Chubain shows him a bloodknife, allowing him to take it. He tells Chubain about the Younglings who don't want to be Warders and Chubain agrees to take them into the tenth Tower company. Gawyn heads to the Travelling Grounds, where Nimri opens a gateway to just outside Caemlyn

Lan's Point of View:

Setting: Somewhere in Saldaea

Characters: Andere, Nazar, Lan

Nazar shows Lan a Golden Crane banner, annoying him. He sees eight men talking with Andere and is told they brought supplies. He realises they won't be able to move quietly any more so decides they will pose as a caravan delivering supplies to Shienar.


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Mysteries Resolved

Elayne in pain

Birgitte felt Elayne's pain because of Mellar stabbing and almost killing her.

Character Development

  • Gawyn decides he can no longer stay in Tar Valon.
  • Lan is still trying to refuse his role as a leader.

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