Knife of Dreams: Chapter 3

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At the Gardens

Author: Annouk Vinkona Ùlfanna

Characters: Aran'gar, Moridin, Demandred, Mesaana, Semirhage, Graendal, Moghedien, Cyndane

Setting: Tel'aran'rhiod

Point of view: Aran'gar

The Forsaken gather in Tel'aran'rhiod after Moridin summons them. Aran'gar finds Demandred, Mesaana and Semirhage deep in a conversation, while Graendal is sitting apart from them, watching. Aran'gar notices that Mesaana looks ill and joins Graendal. The meeting is set in the Ansaline Gardens, probably a place known in the Age of Legends. It was chosen by Graendal, who was the first to appear. The Forsaken are served by undead creatures capable of reading one's mind, called zomara, created by Aginor, who, now going by the name of Osan'gar, had missed every meeting since Shadar Logoth. Aran'gar mentions that Moridin had once been called Ishamael. She suggests an alliance to Graendal by trying to seduce her. Even though she hardly remembers having been a man she is still very attracted to Graendal.

Demandred confronts Aran'gar with having lost the grip on Egwene. Apparently the Forsaken side with the rebel Aes Sedai in order to keep the White Tower from being reunited. Aran'gar states that Egwene is not the figurehead they think she is. She had been listening in to the Sitting of the rebel's Hall in Tel'aran'rhiod. Apparently Egwene has the other sisters convinced that the Tower is about to fall apart. Mesaana said that she feared to arrange Egwene's flight to encourage the rebels not to end the conflict. She is determined to keep the sisters at each other's throats for as long as possible. Aran'gar starts toying with Graendal's hair, thinking that one's quarry needs to be accustomed to one's touch. She appears to want to manipulate Graendal the way she manipulated Egwene. Moridin enters and breaks up the argument between Aran'gar and Mesaana over who decides when or if Egwene is to be set free.

Moridin announces that Sammael seems to have resurfaced. He or someone disguised as him sent Trollocs and Myrddraal into the Ways and since they obeyed, it had to have been one of the Chosen. Moridin orders the Forsaken to report any movement of Trollocs outside the Blight and no one is to act on their own until the Time of Return. Demandred notes that the seals to the Dark One's prison need to be found. Moridin agrees and orders everyone to look for them in places where Rand has been. Cyndane suggests kidnapping Lews Therin but Moridin fears she might kill him accidentally. He makes it clear that he will be the one to decide when and how Rand dies. Aran'gar thinks that Cyndane sounds just like Lanfear, but Graendal had said that Cyndane was weaker in the Power than Lanfear.

In the end Moridin shows the Forsaken the appearances of Mat and Perrin and tells them to pass on their faces and to tell their followers to kill the two of them.

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