Towers of Midnight: Chapter 32
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Bryce al'Mara
A Storm of Light
Chapter Icon: Trolloc Skull and Fist
Bashere shows up to save Ituralde and Rand battles the Shadowspawn who are trying to take the city. Rand takes Rodel to Alsalaam
Ituralde's Point of View:
Ituralde and his troops are hiding in the buildings of Maradon after sacrificing the Palace early on, using oil and Asha'man to make the palace a burning death trap for hundreds of Trollocs and Fades. The enemy thought Ituralde was trying to save the city but Ituralde was using the city for attacks and escapes. An advantage that he and the Saldeans had. Ituralde uses a wounded mand with a group of horses to lure in Trollocs then has archers take them down. Then him and his soldiers went to another building. Ituralde had sent the asha'man away hours before and there was no sign of the rescue that was supposed to happen. Ituralde hears sounds and gets his troops ready to attack but one of hismen pointed out there were no hooves. Ituralde steps out and there are soldiers from Bashere's army. Ituralde is a little upset that it took so long noting that he started out with 200 people and was down to 50.
The troops led Ituralde into a well defended part of the city. The troops had reclaimed most of Maradon and were in the process of putting out the fires. Bashere was surprised with how well ituralde had defended the city giving him praise. Bashere tells Ituralde that Yoeli died. Ituralde thinks about hoew after all they did in the city it is lost. Bashere tells everyone to get ready to leave. Just then someone says something at the window and they go over to look to see Trollocs coming down the pass, many times the number that had been attacking them at Maradon. Bashere says they need to get ready to leave but Ituralde says if that force gets past there wont be any force in Saldea, Andor, or Arad Doman that can stop it. He then asks if Rand made peace with the Seanchan to which Rand walks in and tells him he has failed at that. Ituralde notices that Rand has changed that he is no longer looking suspicious and that he is looking at Ituralde with concern and he had wisdom in his eyes now. Rand apologizes to Ituralde and Bashere tells them they need to leave. Rand says no and that he will not allow the Trollocs to have the city. He then stepped through a gateway with 2 maidens. Ituralde looked out his looking glass on to the field to see Rand being charged by thousands of Trollocs. Rand then started destroying them using waves of fire. Then when the Draghkar started to attack form the sky he used shards of ice to destroy them and he also used Deathgates. Naeff says Rand is using so many threads he can't track them. A storm then appeared and lightning started striking the enemy. Clouds made funnels in the air sucking the trollocs in the air and waterspouts rose behind made of flesh and fire and dumped the bodies on the others. Ituralde then hears a scream nearby but can not look away. trollocs then started turning and running and those that didn't got killed by Rands last attack where he went all out. Ituralde saw tens of thousands of dead Trollocs out there and noted that it had only taken about an hour. They then went to inspect the scream and went to Lord Vram Torkumen's room. He found Torkumen in a corner with his eyes missing he had taken them out with a quill. Torkumen told them his wife had jumped to her death out the window because of the terrible Light he could not look upon, he then asked the Dark Lord for his protection. Bashere tells them it appears as if he is a darkfriend.
Min's Point of View:
Min sat studying a book wondering about Rand as she felt anger through the bond. She saw light in the other room and felt Rand close so she ran to meet him. Rand sat in his chair and Min saw wounded people coming into the courtyard below and Aes Sedai running out to heal them. She asks Rand if he is alright and he tells her he had grown angry and he thought he was beyond that now. Telling Min he saw his men resisting the Dark One and that the Dark One had attacked so strongly there to try and break Rand and Rand stood againt them. Rand tells Bashere he has a right to his anger that before he held everything in and that was wrong that he must feel. Rand tells them his actions may have been a mistake saying it almost came to a direct confrontation between him and the Dark one and that must happen at Shayol Ghul and he can not let the men think he will always be able to save them. Rand says that the battle had exhausted him beyond what he should have allowed. He tells them he must rest that he is meeting with the Borderlanders the next day but Min tells him Cadsuane is back with someone. He asks Ituralde to come with him. Rand asks Min while they are walking about what she has learned and she tells him she thinks Callandor might leave him open to attack. They arrived at Cadsuanes to find the Kind of Arad Doman. Rand tells Min a friend left him a secret that the White Tower had Mattin Stepaneos and that led him to believe that they might have done the same thing with other monarchs and if they had he would have been stuck in the snow. He was happy one of the people he thought he had killed was still alive.
- the new Rand Sedai is thankful for his emotions, willing to accept anger and pain now
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