Lord of Chaos: Chapter 13

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Author: Caia al'Tamad

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Under the Dust

Chapter Icon: A serpent twisted through a square

Point of View: Nynaeve

Characters: Theodrin, Nynaeve, Elayne, Tarna

Location: Salidar


Tarna tries to persuade Elayne and Nynaeve to return to the Tower.


Theodrin is working with Nynaeve to remove her block. She tried by dumping a bucket of water over Nynaeve. Now Nynaeve is wet and drying herself and both of them are sporting bruises. Theodrin has a black eye and Nynaeve's jaw is sore. Hours pass as Theodrin has moved on to simple novice exercises. Finally she tells Nynaeve not to sleep tonight to see if exhaustion will help and sends her on her way. Nynaeve heads straight to her and Elayne's room. Elayne is there and complaining about her day. Nynaeve gives up trying to break the litany and just shouts that she thinks Moghedien is right and they should go to Caemlyn. Nynaeve tells Elayne about eavesdropping and what she overheard. Elayne still thinks they should stay in Salidar. Nynaeve feels saidar being drawn and the door comes open, Tarna Feir walking in.

Tarna says that it would be a good idea if Elayne returns with her. Elayne says she will return when everyone does. At this point, Tarna dismisses Elayne and wants to talk to Nynaeve alone. Once alone, she goes about trying to convince Nynaeve to return with her as well, saying that she is highly valuable because of her knowledge of Rand. She also asks if Nynaeve knows where Egwene is. Tarna continues to try to bribe and subtly threaten Nynaeve into going. Nynaeve stands firm and refuses the same as Elayne. After she leaves, Nynaeve goes looking for Elayne. Elayne has two of the rings to go into Tel'aran'rhiod. Nynaeve tries again to get her to go to Caemlyn, especially after Tarna's visit. Tarna's visit has just set Elayne's mind even more about staying in Salidar. She suggests they use the rings to go into Tel'aran'rhiod and use need to try and find something that will convince the Hall not to go back to Elaida.

Despite Theodrin's orders, Nynaeve goes to sleep and both of them go into Tel'aran'rhiod. The first time they try to search, after briefly thinking they saw Egwene, they end up in the unused storerooms in Tar Valon. This leads both of them to think that they might be looking for an angreal of some sort. They focus on the need of an angreal not in Tar Valon. After many tries they end up in a room facing a chest. Upon looking in the chest they find a crystal bowl. When Elayne channels into it, she thinks she feels other angreal in the room. They both leave the room and try to figure out where they are. Eventually Elayne figures out that it is Ebou Dar. Elayne says they should go to Ebou Dar and look for this cache of angreal. Nynaeve is relieved. As long as it is getting out of Salidar, she is happy. They return to their bodies. Elayne drifts off to sleep. Nynaeve thinks about it and decides to stay up as instructed. She desperately wants to break her block and be able to channel whenever. She doesn't realize she starts to cry.


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