The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 27
Author: Val a'Shain
Chapter Icon: Dream Ter'angreal
Point of View: Egwene
Egwene dreams herself into the Stone of Tear.
After hours of hard work in the kitchens Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve gather in Nynaeve's room to try out the stone ring ter'angreal. Several Aes Sedai visited the kitchens while they were there but only Verin talked to them briefly to ask if they found anything yet. They hadn't so Verin told them to keep looking. Nynaeve offers to go with her but after some discussion it is decided Egwene will go to Tel'aran'rhiod alone while the other two watch over her sleeping body. After all they don't know if the ring will work for two and there is plenty to look out for in the waking world.
When Egwene falls asleep she finds herself in a hilly area, the landscape is beautiful and the place doesn't seem dangerous at all. But remembering Verin's warning she decided to be cautious anyway. After experimenting with the One Power to see if she can channel in the world of dreams she gets on her way. After taking a step forward she finds herself in an inn. Perrin is there, sleeping in a chair, accompanied by what seems to be a big dog. After a moment Egwene realizes it is wolf not a dog. The wolf gets ready to attack her. Perrin wakes up in time to see Egwene flee before the wolf attacks her.
She suddenly finds herself somewhere else. It's dark and she seems to be in a forest. The glow of a campfire is visible through the trees. She heads towards it and finds Rand at the campfire. She steps into the light. Rand doesn't seem to believe it is really her but rather someone sent by the Dark One to kill him. Apparently she isn't the only familiar face he has seen in his dreams. Egwene tries to channel to make him listen but he slices through her weaves easily and threatens her with a sword created with saidin. Egwene flees back to the hills were she started.
Egwene now tries to focus on her mission. She concentrates on finding answers about the Black Ajah. Suddenly she is in a great hall filled with redstone columns. She meets an extremely ugly servant woman named Silvie there. Silvie talks about Ba'alzamon and the great crystal sword that can be seen in the Hall. Egwene notices that the sword, Callandor, is guarded by a complex weave made of both saidar and saidin. Then footsteps can be heard in the Hall. Someone is coming to look at the sword according to Silvie. Egwene should leave. When she tries though she doesn't seem to be able to get back to the hills. Silvie offers to help, she touches the stone ring and Egwene wakes up in agonizing pain.
After Egwene has calmed down a bit she tells the others what she saw, leaving out only Perrin's wolf. The great hall and Callandor again point to Tear. There is nothing for it but to go there, spring the trap the Black Ajah is setting and see who they can catch. They agree that if the Amyrlin doesn't contact them before midday the following day they will leave. Elayne needs to send a message to her mother, Queen Morgase, though. She can't just run off without notice again. Nynaeve says she knows the perfect messenger.
- Egwene is very much interested in Galad
- Perrin is being protected in Dreams by a wolf
- When Egwene sees Rand, is she in his dream, or is he in Tel'aran'rhiod?
- Who is Silvie and why does she think she knows Egwene?
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- Egwene is still focused on Galad and has barely said a dozen words to Gawyn that we have seen. The next time she sees either of them, she has realised it is Gawyn she loves.
- Who is Silvie
This is Lanfear. She probably pretends to know Egwene because this is just the kind of thing she does, like disguising herself as Else