The Fires of Heaven: Chapter 27
Chapter Icon: Flame of Tar Valon
Point of View: Siuan
Siuan tries an offensive tactic first. She tells the six Aes Sedai that seem to run Salidar that they are rudderless. All the activity in the village is show, they have no purpose. They are waiting for Elaida to send someone to fetch them. This does not go down well with the Aes Sedai. It is pointed out to them that while they may have been Amyrlin and Keeper they are Aes Sedai no longer. The accusations brought against them were fabricated and the trial a mockery of justice but that doesn't mean they can start again where they left off.
Leane and Siuan try to explain they can still be useful to the Tower. They can reroute the reports sent by the eyes and ears of their networks to Salidar. That would be a great advantage. They also have Logain who will testify that the Red Ajah set him up as false Dragon. Doing so Leane and Siuan reveal a lot about those networks that wasn't known to the Aes Sedai. With this new information returning to the Tower has become impossible. Siuan is outraged they would even consider that but the Tower must be strong at this time. That opportunity has passed though. Reluctantly they agree to use Siuan and Leane's contacts.
According to the strategy Siuan and Leane worked out earlier Leane now puts another idea in the heads of the six Aes Sedai. Forming a Hall of Sitters and raising their own Amyrlin. This would mean the Tower would be broken for the world to see and that they have no other choice than to strive for Elaida's removal. The idea seems to take hold. Siuan also discusses the whereabouts of Rand with them. She thinks he is in the Aiel Waste and that a sister should be send to him before one of Elaida's can reach him. After some discussion it is agreed Kiruna and Bera should be sent to look for him. Siuan and Leane are about to be dismissed when Sheriam's Warder Arinvar arrives.
He reports some twenty armed men are approaching the village. Sheriam tells him they can't be allowed to give their presence away. Arinvar replies that both killing and capturing them would be difficult. They are veterans and they have even spotted the Warders. Sheriam tells him to do what he must to keep their location a secret. Before he can do so, however, Nuhel, one of Myrelle's Warders comes in and reports the group has halted and only one man is now approaching. He thinks it is Gareth Bryne. He also suggests they may have need for a general soon. Apparently the Warders are better informed of the situation than the Aes Sedai would like.
Siuan can't hide her shock at Bryne following them all the way to Salidar. Sheriam notices she knows why Bryne is here. She orders Bryne brought to the inn to talk to the six and see if he can be brought into their service. In the mean time Siuan has no choice but to explain what he is doing in Salidar in the first place.