Paetram

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Author: Atarah al'Norahn

General

Paetram is a master merchant from Kandor. He is fork-bearded, wears a ruby the size of a pigeon's egg in his ear, and has three silver chains looping cross his straining chest.

When Mat is drinking at an inn in Tear, he hears Paetram mention the Two Rivers and asks him about it. Paetram tells him that he was saying that there will be no tabac out of the Two Rivers this year, but that he has twenty casks of the finest Two Rivers leaf, which will fetch an excellent price later in the year. He asks if Mat would like to buy any, but Mat just wants to know why there will be no tabac out of the Two Rivers. Paetram tells Mat that it is because there are Whitecloaks in the Two Rivers, hunting the Dragon Reborn, and that they are also after a Darkfriend with yellow eyes. Mat presses for more information, and Paetram begins to get nervous; he offers Mat a free cask of Two Rivers leaf, as a gesture of honor and appreciation, likely just wanting to get on Mat's good side. Mat tosses an Andoran crown on the table and tells them to buy themselves more drinks. As Mat walks away, he hears Paetram mutter to his companions that he had thought Mat was about to cut his throat, and a woman warns him not to try his ploys on that kind.

(Reference: The Shadow Rising, Chapter 13)