The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 13
Author: Val a'Shain
Chapter Icon: Flame of Tar Valon
Point of View: Egwene
Setting: The White Tower
Suian tells the girls of their punishment and that Elayne and Egwene will be raised Accepted as their abilities are beyond those of a novice.
Egwene is waiting in her room for the Amyrlin's summon. She feels they are being treated unfairly and tells Elayne so through the tiny hole connecting their rooms. They discuss running away should they face stilling and Elayne even considers asking her mother for protection. At that moment the Accepted walks in to takes them to the Amyrlin.
They are brought to the Keeper's study where Leane sends the Accepted accompanying them away. Leane takes them to the Amyrlin. Siuan lets them wait for minutes before she pays attention to them. Nynaeve can't hold her tongue and tells the Amyrlin they didn't run away but Liandrin made them. Siuan tells them the fact they are connected to Liandrin could be very dangerous for them if known. To cover her escape Liandrin and the twelve sisters who went with her committed murder.
Nynaeve tells the Amyrlin she thinks they are not treated fair but Siuan makes Nynaeve hold her tongue. She tells them their sentence will be a switching by the Mistress of Novices and working in the scullery until their hair is gray. The punishment has already been announced in the novice quarters. Siuan asks them if there are any comments on this. Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne wisely keep quiet.
The Amyrlin also noticed their ability to channel has increased a lot since they left the Tower. Egwene and Elayne will be raised to Accepted since their abilities have grown beyond novicehood. She warns them not to see it as a reward. Their first days as Accepted will be harder than anything they faced so far.
Siuan also tells Elayne her mother has paid a visit to Tar Valon and that she was very upset by the disappearance of her daughter. The Amyrlin managed to convince her Elayne needs more time in the Tower though. She left a letter with the Mistress of Novices for Elayne and refused to take her Aes Sedai advisor back to Caemlyn. The Amyrlin wants to know if Elayne wants to go to her Mother. Elayne wants to become Aes Sedai though. The Amyrlin is pleased by this answer, she had no intention of letting Elayne go. She asks the Keeper to take Elayne to the Mistress of Novices. She wants to have a word with Egwene and Nynaeve in private.
Decides she would really run away rather than be stilled.
Tugs her braid.
She is still insisting Galad is not her brother.
- What ter'angreal were stolen?
Siuan says they don't know the use of some of them - which ones do they know the use of, and was there secret Black Ajah knowledge, or were they instructed to take specific ones?
- Why does Siuan think the Hall would Still the girls if they knew of the Black Ajah connection?
- Suian refers to them as runaways
She probably knows they did not run away, but were tricked by an Aes Sedai, so this may be another example of flexibility in the Oaths.
- They murdered Aes Sedai, Warders and servants to hide their flight
This does not seem the best way of not attracting attention.
- Siuan claims even an infant would not have fallen for the trap
Does she really think they should have suspected an Aes Sedai?
- First Mention
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- What ter'angreal were stolen?
Siuan says they don't know the use of some of them - is this because Verin hasn't shared her information that they are linked to Tel'aran'rhiod or are there even more that are not known? Has the Black Ajah always known their use, or did one of the Forsaken tell them?
- It is true that murdering Aes Sedai and Warders was a way of attracting attention. It was not covered up as well as Siuan thinks, Gawyn and Galad both know.
- Siuan says Egwene and Elayne have the potential to be stronger than any Aes Sedai in a thousand years - this is consistent in the main series but conflicts with the strength rating for Cadsuane in the Companion