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Summary: Beginning at the Stone of Tear, Egwene declares the end of her assumed betrothal to Rand, who begins a relationship with Elayne. Selene reveals herself to be Lanfear and asks Rand to join the shadow. Aviendha befrinds the supergirls. The Stone is attacked by shadowspawn sent by the other Sammael, but opposed by a second group of shadowspawn sent by Semirhage. Rand destroys them all with Callandor.
A) Rand uses a Portal Stone to transport Mat, Egwene, Moiraine, and the Aiel from Tear to the Aiel Waste. Moiraine, Aviendha, Rand, and Mat enter Rhuidean. Moiraine gains knowledge of the future, Rand dragon markings on both arms marking him as the Chief of Chiefs of all the Aiel, and Aviendha becomes an apprentice Wise One. Mat goes into a separate doorway and comes out with ancient memories, a spear, and a medallion that protects against the One Power. He is hanged from the Tree of Life, but Rand is able to revive him.
The Wise Ones assign Aviendha the task of teaching Rand Aiel customs. They travel to Cold Rocks Hold with merchants met on the way, and then to a meeting of clans where both Rand and Couladin of the Shaido Aiel declare themselves to be He Who Comes With the Dawn. Rand reveals the secret history of the Aiel in the Age of Legends to prove to the clan chiefs that he did enter Rhuidean.
Fighting breaks out among the Aiel, but Rand chases after Asmodean, who had previously been disguised as a gleeman traveling with the merchants. They fight in Rhuidean, Asmodean is defeated with Lanfear's help, and he agrees to teach Rand.
B) Perrin, Faile, and Loial travel to the Two Rivers, having heard rumors of trouble there, and help defend it from shadowspawn and Whitecloaks working with Fain. The meet Verin and Alanna, who are looking for recruits. Perrin leads the people of the Two Rivers to war against the Trollocs, and the villagers begin to call him Lord Perrin. He marries Faile and they defeat the Trollocs.
C) Elayne, Nynaeve, Juilin, and Thom go to Tanchico to hunt the Black Ajah. They encounter Moghedien and the Black Ajah and steal a male a'dam from them. They meet Bayle Domon and Egeanin, a Seanchan, and send them away with the a'dam. Nynaeve and Moghedien fight, Nynaeve briefly winning until the Black Ajah interferes and Moghedien escapes.
D) Min arrives at the tower, where Elaida discovers that Siuan has been involved with Rand. She deposes and stills Siuan and Leane. Min frees them and they escape with Gawyn's help. During the escape they are joined by Logain.