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1

Moiraine said, “I suppose you have.”

Moiraine said, “I suppose you have.”

2

She looked at him until he dropped his [me], and even then she stood considering.

She looked at him until he dropped his eyes, and even then she stood considering.

3

Finally she turned to the [tanin].

Finally she turned to the others.

4

"There are [genkai] to the [Kurai] One’s [dengen o on ni shimasu] [uchigawa] you.

“There are limits to the Dark One’s power inside you.

5

Yield even for an instant and he will have a [moji retsu] tied to your [kokoro], a [moji retsu] you may never be able to cut.

Yield even for an instant and he will have a string tied to your heart, a string you may never be able to cut.

6

Surrender, and you will be his.

Surrender, and you will be his.

7

Deny him, and his [dengen o on ni shimasu] fails.

Deny him, and his power fails.

8

It is not easy when he [tacchi] your dreams, [shikashi] it can be done.

It is not easy when he touches your dreams, but it can be done.

9

He can still send Halfmen against you, and Trollocs, and Draghkar, and [sonota] [monogoto], [shikashi] he cannot make you his unless you let him."

He can still send Halfmen against you, and Trollocs, and Draghkar, and other things, but he cannot make you his unless you let him.”

10

“Fades are bad enough,”

“Fades are bad enough,”

11

Perrin said.

Perrin said.

12

"I don’t want him [uchigawa] my [atama] again,"

“I don’t want him inside my head again,”

13

Mat growled.

Mat growled.

14

"Isn’t there any [michi] to [kīpu] him out?"

“Isn’t there any way to keep him out?”

15

Moiraine shook her [atama].

Moiraine shook her head.

16

"Loial has nothing to [kyōfu], nor Egwene, nor Nynaeve.

“Loial has nothing to fear, nor Egwene, nor Nynaeve.

17

Out of the [masu] of [jinrui], the [Kurai] One can [tacchi] an [koko no] only by [kikai], unless that [hito] seeks it.

Out of the mass of humanity, the Dark One can touch an individual only by chance, unless that person seeks it.

18

[shikashi] for a [jikan], at least, you three are central to the [moyō].

But for a time, at least, you three are central to the Pattern.

19

A [webu] of [unmei] is [kōfuku] woven, and every [sureddo] leads straight to you.

A Web of Destiny is being woven, and every thread leads straight to you.

20

What else did the [Kurai] One say to you?"

What else did the Dark One say to you?”

21

"I don’t remember it all that [yoku],"

“I don’t remember it all that well,”

22

Perrin said.

Perrin said.

23

"There was something about one of us [kōfuku] chosen, something like that.

“There was something about one of us being chosen, something like that.

24

I remember him laughing,”

I remember him laughing,”

25

he finished bleakly, “about who we were chosen by.

he finished bleakly, “about who we were chosen by.

26

He said I – we could serve him or [dai].

He said I – we could serve him or die.

27

And then we’d still serve him.”

And then we’d still serve him.”

28

"He said the Amyrlin [shīto] would try to [shiyō] us,"

“He said the Amyrlin Seat would try to use us,”

29

Mat added, his [koe] fading as he remembered to whom he was speaking.

Mat added, his voice fading as he remembered to whom he was speaking.

30

He swallowed and went on.

He swallowed and went on.

31

"He said just like [tāru] Valon used – he had some [namae].

“He said just like Tar Valon used – he had some names.

32

Davian, I think.

Davian, I think.

33

I can’t remember [hijō ni] [yoku], either."

I can’t remember very well, either.”

34

"Raolin [Kurai]sbane,"

“Raolin Darksbane,”

35

Perrin said.

Perrin said.

36

“Yes,”

“Yes,”

37

Rand said, frowning.

Rand said, frowning.

38

He had tried to forget everything about those dreams.

He had tried to forget everything about those dreams.

39

It was unpleasant bringing them back.

It was unpleasant bringing them back.

40

“Yurian Stonebow was another, and Guaire Amalasan.”

“Yurian Stonebow was another, and Guaire Amalasan.”

41

He stopped suddenly, hoping Moiraine had not noticed how suddenly.

He stopped suddenly, hoping Moiraine had not noticed how suddenly.

42

“I don’t recognize any of them.”

“I don’t recognize any of them.”

43

[shikashi] he had recognized one, now that he dredged them from the [fukasa] of [memori].

But he had recognized one, now that he dredged them from the depths of memory.

44

The [namae] he had barely stopped himself from saying.

The name he had barely stopped himself from saying.

45

Logain.

Logain.

46

The false [doragon].

The false Dragon.

47

[hikari]!

Light!

48

Thom said they were dangerous [namae].

Thom said they were dangerous names.

49

Is that what Ba’alzamon meant?

Is that what Ba’alzamon meant?

50

Moiraine [nozon de iru] to [shiyō] one of us as a false [doragon]?

Moiraine wants to use one of us as a false Dragon?

51

Aes Sedai [kari] down false [doragonzu], they don’t [rūru] them.

Aes Sedai hunt down false Dragons, they don’t rule them.

52

Do they?

Do they?

53

[hikari] [tasukeru] me, do they?

Light help me, do they?

54

Moiraine was looking at him, [shikashi] he could not read her [kao].

Moiraine was looking at him, but he could not read her face.

55

“Do you know them?”

“Do you know them?”

56

he asked her.

he asked her.

57

“Do they mean anything?”

“Do they mean anything?”

58

"The [chichioya] of Lies is a [yoi] [namae] for the [Kurai] One,"

“The Father of Lies is a good name for the Dark One,”

59

Moiraine replied.

Moiraine replied.

60

"It was always his [michi] to [shīdo] the [wāmu] of [utagai] wherever he could.

“It was always his way to seed the worm of doubt wherever he could.

61

It eats at [dansei]’s [kokoro] like a [kaiyō].

It eats at men’s minds like a canker.

62

When you [shinjiru] the [chichioya] of Lies, it is the [saisho] [suteppu] toward surrender.

When you believe the Father of Lies, it is the first step toward surrender.

63

Remember, [baai] you surrender to the [Kurai] One, he will make you his."

Remember, if you surrender to the Dark One, he will make you his.”

64

An Aes Sedai never lies, [shikashi] the [shinjitsu] she speaks may not be the [shinjitsu] you think you hear.

An Aes Sedai never lies, but the truth she speaks may not be the truth you think you hear.

65

That was what Tam had said, and she had not really answered his [shitsumon].

That was what Tam had said, and she had not really answered his question.

66

He kept his [kao] expressionless and held his [te] still on his [hiza], trying not to [sukurabu] the [ase] off them on his [zubon].

He kept his face expressionless and held his hands still on his knees, trying not to scrub the sweat off them on his breeches.

67

Egwene was crying softly.

Egwene was crying softly.

68

Nynaeve had her [ude] around her, [shikashi] she looked as [baai] she wanted to [sakebi], too.

Nynaeve had her arms around her, but she looked as if she wanted to cry, too.

69

Rand almost wished he could.

Rand almost wished he could.

70

“They are all tanin’veren,”

“They are all ta’veren,”

71

Loial said abruptly.

Loial said abruptly.

72

He seemed brightened by the [mitōshi], looking forward to watching from [tojiru] by as the [moyō] wove itself around them.

He seemed brightened by the prospect, looking forward to watching from close by as the Pattern wove itself around them.

73

Rand looked at him incredulously, and the Ogier gave an abashed [kata o sukumeru], [shikashi] it was not enough to dim his [iyoku].

Rand looked at him incredulously, and the Ogier gave an abashed shrug, but it was not enough to dim his eagerness.

74

“So they are,”

“So they are,”

75

Moiraine said.

Moiraine said.

76

“Three of them, when I expected one.

“Three of them, when I expected one.

77

A great many [monogoto] have happened that I did not expect.

A great many things have happened that I did not expect.

78

This [nyūsu] concerning the [me] of the [sekai] [henka] much."

This news concerning the Eye of the World changes much.”

79

She paused, frowning.

She paused, frowning.

80

"For a [jikan] the [moyō] does seem to be swirling around all three of you, just as Loial says, and the [suwāru] will grow greater before it becomes less.

“For a time the Pattern does seem to be swirling around all three of you, just as Loial says, and the swirl will grow greater before it becomes less.

81

Sometimes [kōfuku] tanin’veren means the [moyō] is forced to [mage] to you, and sometimes it means the [moyō] [chikara] you to the needed [michisuji].

Sometimes being ta’veren means the Pattern is forced to bend to you, and sometimes it means the Pattern forces you to the needed path.

82

The [webu] can still be woven many [hōhō], and some of those [sekkei shite imasu] would be disastrous.

The Web can still be woven many ways, and some of those designs would be disastrous.

83

For you, for the [sekai].

For you, for the world.

84

"We cannot remain in Caemlyn, [shikashi] by any [dōro], Myrddraal and Trollocs will be on us before we have gone ten [mairu].

“We cannot remain in Caemlyn, but by any road, Myrddraal and Trollocs will be on us before we have gone ten miles.

85

And just at this [pointo] we hear of a [kyōi] to the [me] of the [sekai], not from one [sōsu], [shikashi] three, each seeming independent of the [tanin].

And just at this point we hear of a threat to the Eye of the World, not from one source, but three, each seeming independent of the others.

86

The [moyō] is forcing our [michisuji].

The Pattern is forcing our path.

87

The [moyō] still weaves itself around you three, [shikashi] what [te] now sets the warp, and what [te] controls the [shatoru]?

The Pattern still weaves itself around you three, but what hand now sets the warp, and what hand controls the shuttle?

88

Has the [Kurai] One’s [keimusho] weakened enough for him to exert that much [kontorōru]?"

Has the Dark One’s prison weakened enough for him to exert that much control?”

89

"There’s no must for that [shinsetsu] of [hanashi]!"

“There’s no need for that kind of talk!”

90

Nynaeve said sharply.

Nynaeve said sharply.

91

“You’ll only frighten them.”

“You’ll only frighten them.”

92

"[shikashi] not you?"

“But not you?”

93

Moiraine asked.

Moiraine asked.

94

“It frightens me.

“It frightens me.

95

[yoku], perhaps you are [migi].

Well, perhaps you are right.

96

[kyōfu] cannot be allowed to affect our [mochiron].

Fear cannot be allowed to affect our course.

97

Whether this is a [torappu] or a timely warning, we must do what we must, and that is to [rīchi] the [me] of the [sekai] quickly.

Whether this is a trap or a timely warning, we must do what we must, and that is to reach the Eye of the World quickly.

98

The [midori] [otoko] must know of this [kyōi]."

The Green Man must know of this threat.”

99

Rand gave a [kaishi, hajimeru].

Rand gave a start.

100

The [midori] [otoko]?

The Green Man?

101

The [tanin] stared, too, all [shikashi] Loial, whose broad [kao] looked worried.

The others stared, too, all but Loial, whose broad face looked worried.

102

"I cannot even [risuku] stopping in [tāru] Valon for [tasukeru],"

“I cannot even risk stopping in Tar Valon for help,”

103

Moiraine continued.

Moiraine continued.

104

"[jikan] [torappu] us.

“Time traps us.

105

Even [baai] we could [noru] out of the [toshi] unhindered, it would take many [shūkan] to [rīchi] the [kōhai], and I [kyōfu] we no longer have [shūkan]."

Even if we could ride out of the city unhindered, it would take many weeks to reach the Blight, and I fear we no longer have weeks.”

106

"The [kōhai]!"

“The Blight!”

107

Rand heard himself echoed in a [kōrasu], [shikashi] Moiraine ignored them all.

Rand heard himself echoed in a chorus, but Moiraine ignored them all.

108

"The [moyō] presents a [kiki], and at the same [jikan] a [michi] to [ue ni oka] it.

“The Pattern presents a crisis, and at the same time a way to surmount it.

109

[baai] I did not know it was impossible, I could almost [shinjiru] the [kuriētā] is taking a [te].

If I did not know it was impossible, I could almost believe the Creator is taking a hand.

110

There is a [michi]."

There is a way.”

111

She smiled as [baai] at a private [jōku], and turned to Loial.

She smiled as if at a private joke, and turned to Loial.

112

"There was an Ogier [gurōbu] here at Caemlyn, and a Waygate.

“There was an Ogier grove here at Caemlyn, and a Waygate.

113

The New [toshi] now spreads out over where the [gurōbu] once stood, so the Waygate must be [uchigawa] the [kabe].

The New City now spreads out over where the grove once stood, so the Waygate must be inside the walls.

114

I know not many Ogier learn the [hōhō] now, [shikashi] one who has a [tarento] and learns the old [kyoku] of Growing must be drawn to such [chishiki], even [baai] he believes it will never be used.

I know not many Ogier learn the Ways now, but one who has a Talent and learns the old Songs of Growing must be drawn to such knowledge, even if he believes it will never be used.

115

Do you know the [hōhō], Loial?"

Do you know the Ways, Loial?”

116

The Ogier shifted his [ashi] uneasily.

The Ogier shifted his feet uneasily.

117

"I do, Aes Sedai, [shikashi]–"

“I do, Aes Sedai, but–”

118

"can you find the [michisuji] to [faru] Dara along the [hōhō]?"

“Can you find the path to Fal Dara along the Ways?”

119

"I’ve never heard of [faru] Dara,"

“I’ve never heard of Fal Dara,”

120

Loial said, sounding relieved.

Loial said, sounding relieved.

121

"In the [hi] of the Trolloc [sensō] it was known as Mafal Dadaranell.

“In the days of the Trolloc Wars it was known as Mafal Dadaranell.

122

Do you know that [namae]?"

Do you know that name?”

123

“I know it,”

“I know it,”

124

Loial said reluctantly, "[shikashi]–"

Loial said reluctantly, “but–”

125

"Then you can find the [michisuji] for us,"

“Then you can find the path for us,”

126

Moiraine said.

Moiraine said.

127

"A curious [tān], indeed.

“A curious turn, indeed.

128

When we can neither [taizai] nor [kyūka] by any ordinary means, I learn of a [kyōi] to the [me], and in the same [basho] there is one who can take us there in [hi].

When we can neither stay nor leave by any ordinary means, I learn of a threat to the Eye, and in the same place there is one who can take us there in days.

129

Whether it is the [kuriētā], or [unmei], or even the [Kurai] One, the [moyō] has chosen our [michisuji] for us."

Whether it is the Creator, or fate, or even the Dark One, the Pattern has chosen our path for us.”

130

“No!”

“No!”

131

Loial said, an emphatic rumble like [kaminari].

Loial said, an emphatic rumble like thunder.

132

Everyone turned to [hyōjō] at him and he blinked under the [chūi], [shikashi] there was nothing [chūcho] about his [kotoba].

Everyone turned to look at him and he blinked under the attention, but there was nothing hesitant about his words.

133

"[baai] we enter the [hōhō], we will all [dai] – or be swallowed by the [kage]."

“If we enter the Ways, we will all die – or be swallowed by the Shadow.”

134

[akira] 43

Chapter 43

135

[ketsudan] and [yōma]

Decisions and Apparitions

136

The Aes Sedai appeared to know what Loial meant, [shikashi] she said nothing.

The Aes Sedai appeared to know what Loial meant, but she said nothing.

137

Loial peered at the [yuka], rubbing under his [hana] with a thick [yubi], as [baai] he was abashed by his [bakuhatsu].

Loial peered at the floor, rubbing under his nose with a thick finger, as if he was abashed by his outburst.

138

No one wanted to speak.

No one wanted to speak.

139

“Why?”

“Why?”

140

Rand asked at [saigo].

Rand asked at last.

141

"Why would we [dai]?

“Why would we die?

142

What are the [hōhō]?"

What are the Ways?”

143

Loial glanced at Moiraine.

Loial glanced at Moiraine.

144

She turned away to take a [isu] in [furonto] of the [danro].

She turned away to take a chair in front of the fireplace.

145

The little [neko] stretched, its [tsume] scratching on the [hāsusutōn], and languidly walked over to [o-shiri] its [atama] against her [ashikubi].

The little cat stretched, its claws scratching on the hearthstone, and languidly walked over to butt its head against her ankles.

146

She rubbed behind its [mimi] with one [yubi].

She rubbed behind its ears with one finger.

147

The [neko]’s purring was a strange counterpoint to the Aes Sedai’s [reberu] [koe].

The cat’s purring was a strange counterpoint to the Aes Sedai’s level voice.

148

"It is your [chishiki], Loial.

“It is your knowledge, Loial.

149

The [hōhō] are the only [michisuji] to [anzen] for us, the only [michisuji] to forestalling the [Kurai] One, [baai] only for a [jikan], [shikashi] the [uranai] is yours."

The Ways are the only path to safety for us, the only path to forestalling the Dark One, if only for a time, but the telling is yours.”

150

The Ogier did not appear comforted by her [supīchi].

The Ogier did not appear comforted by her speech.

151

He shifted awkwardly on his [isu] before [hajime].

He shifted awkwardly on his chair before beginning.

152

"During the [jikan] of [kyōki], [dōjini, tsutsu, issun] the [sekai] was still [kōfuku] broken, the [chikyū] was in upheaval, and [jinrui] was [kōfuku] scattered like [hokori] on the [kaze].

“During the Time of Madness, while the world was still being broken, the earth was in upheaval, and humankind was being scattered like dust on the wind.

153

We Ogier were scattered, too, driven from the stedding, into the [bōmei] and the Long Wandering, when the [akogare] was graven on our [kokoro]."

We Ogier were scattered, too, driven from the stedding, into the Exile and the Long Wandering, when the Longing was graven on our hearts.”

154

He gave Moiraine another sidelong [hyōjō].

He gave Moiraine another sidelong look.

155

His long [mayuge] drew down into two [pointo].

His long eyebrows drew down into two points.

156

"I will try to be brief, [shikashi] this is not a [koto] that can be told too briefly.

“I will try to be brief, but this is not a thing that can be told too briefly.

157

It is of the [tanin] I must speak, now, those few Ogier who held in their stedding [dōjini, tsutsu, issun] around them the [sekai] was tearing apart.

It is of the others I must speak, now, those few Ogier who held in their stedding while around them the world was tearing apart.

158

And of the Aes Sedai”

And of the Aes Sedai”

159

– he avoided looking at Moiraine, now – "the [dansei] Aes Sedai who were dying even as they destroyed the [sekai] in their [kyōki].

– he avoided looking at Moiraine, now – “the male Aes Sedai who were dying even as they destroyed the world in their madness.

160

It was to those Aes Sedai – those who had so far managed to avoid the [kyōki] – that the stedding [saisho] made the [teikyō] of [seiiki].

It was to those Aes Sedai – those who had so far managed to avoid the madness – that the stedding first made the offer of sanctuary.

161

Many accepted, for in the stedding they were protected from the [osen] of the [Kurai] One that was [satsugai] their [shinsetsu].

Many accepted, for in the stedding they were protected from the taint of the Dark One that was killing their kind.

162

[shikashi] they were cut off from the True [sōsu].

But they were cut off from the True Source.

163

It was not just that they could not wield the One [dengen o on ni shimasu], or [tacchi] the [sōsu]; they could no longer even [kankaku] that the [sōsu] existed.

It was not just that they could not wield the One Power, or touch the Source; they could no longer even sense that the Source existed.

164

In the [owari], none could accept that [aisorēshon], and one by one they left the stedding, hoping that by that [jikan] the [osen] was gone.

In the end, none could accept that isolation, and one by one they left the stedding, hoping that by that time the taint was gone.

165

It never was.”

It never was.”

166

"Some in [tāru] Valon,"

“Some in Tar Valon,”

167

Moiraine said quietly, "[kurēmu] that Ogier [seiiki] prolonged the Breaking and made it worse.

Moiraine said quietly, “claim that Ogier sanctuary prolonged the Breaking and made it worse.

168

[tanin] say that [baai] all of those [dansei] had been allowed to go mad at once, there would have been nothing left of the [sekai].

Others say that if all of those men had been allowed to go mad at once, there would have been nothing left of the world.

169

I am of the [aoi] Ajah, Loial; unlike the [akai] Ajah, we hold to the [ni] [iken].

I am of the Blue Ajah, Loial; unlike the Red Ajah, we hold to the second view.

170

[seiiki] helped to [hozon shimasu] what could be saved.

Sanctuary helped to save what could be saved.

171

Continue, please.”

Continue, please.”

172

Loial nodded gratefully.

Loial nodded gratefully.

173

Relieved of a [kenen], Rand realized.

Relieved of a concern, Rand realized.

174

“As I was saying,”

“As I was saying,”

175

the Ogier went on, "the Aes Sedai, the [dansei] Sedai, left.

the Ogier went on, “the Aes Sedai, the male Sedai, left.

176

[shikashi] before they went, they gave a [okurimono] to the Ogier in [arigatō gozaimasu] for our [seiiki].

But before they went, they gave a gift to the Ogier in thanks for our sanctuary.

177

The [hōhō].

The Ways.

178

Enter a Waygate, [sanpo] for a [ichi nichi], and you may [shuppatsu shimasu] through another Waygate a hundred [mairu] from where you started.

Enter a Waygate, walk for a day, and you may depart through another Waygate a hundred miles from where you started.

179

Or five hundred.

Or five hundred.

180

[jikan] and [kyori] are strange in the [hōhō].

Time and distance are strange in the Ways.

181

Different [michisuji], different [hashi], [rīdo] to different [basho], and how long it takes to get there depends on which [michisuji] you take.

Different paths, different bridges, lead to different places, and how long it takes to get there depends on which path you take.

182

It was a marvelous [okurimono], made more so by the [kai], for the [hōhō] are not [ichibu] of the [sekai] we see around us, nor perhaps of any [sekai] [soto ni] themselves.

It was a marvelous gift, made more so by the times, for the Ways are not part of the world we see around us, nor perhaps of any world outside themselves.

183

Not only did the Ogier so gifted not have to [ryokō] through the [sekai], where even after the Breaking [dansei] fought like [dōbutsu] to live, in [ōdā] to [rīchi] another stedding, [shikashi] within the [hōhō] there was no Breaking.

Not only did the Ogier so gifted not have to travel through the world, where even after the Breaking men fought like animals to live, in order to reach another stedding, but within the Ways there was no Breaking.

184

The [tochi] between two stedding might split [ōpun] into [fukai] [kyōkoku] or [jōshō] in [yama] ranges, [shikashi] in the [michi] between them there was no [henkō].

The land between two stedding might split open into deep canyons or rise in mountain ranges, but in the Way between them there was no change.

185

"When the [saigo] Aes Sedai left the stedding, they gave to the [chōrō] a [kī o oshimasu], a [tarisuman], that could be used for growing more.

“When the last Aes Sedai left the stedding, they gave to the Elders a key, a talisman, that could be used for growing more.

186

They are a living [koto] in some [fasshon], the [hōhō] and the Waygates.

They are a living thing in some fashion, the Ways and the Waygates.

187

I do not understand it; no Ogier ever has, and even the Aes Sedai have forgotten, I am told.

I do not understand it; no Ogier ever has, and even the Aes Sedai have forgotten, I am told.

188

Over the [toshi] the [bōmei] ended for us.

Over the years the Exile ended for us.

189

As those Ogier who had been gifted by the Aes Sedai found a stedding where Ogier had returned from the Long Wandering, they grew a [michi] to it.

As those Ogier who had been gifted by the Aes Sedai found a stedding where Ogier had returned from the Long Wandering, they grew a Way to it.

190

With the [sekizō butsu] we learned during the [bōmei], we built [toshi] for [dansei], and planted the [kodachi] to [nagusame] the Ogier who did the [tatemono], so the [akogare] would not overcome them.

With the stonework we learned during the Exile, we built cities for men, and planted the groves to comfort the Ogier who did the building, so the Longing would not overcome them.

191

To those [kodachi] [hōhō] were [zōshoku saseta].

To those groves Ways were grown.

192

There was a [gurōbu], and a Waygate, at Mafal Dadaranell, [shikashi] that [toshi] was razed during the Trolloc [sensō], no [ishi] left standing on another, and the [gurōbu] was chopped down and burned for Trolloc fires."

There was a grove, and a Waygate, at Mafal Dadaranell, but that city was razed during the Trolloc Wars, no stone left standing on another, and the grove was chopped down and burned for Trolloc fires.”

193

He left no [utagai] which had been the greater [hanzai].

He left no doubt which had been the greater crime.

194

"Waygates are all [shikashi] impossible to destroy,"

“Waygates are all but impossible to destroy,”

195

Moiraine said, "and [jinrui] not much less so.

Moiraine said, “and humankind not much less so.

196

There are [hitobito] at [faru] Dara still, though not the great [toshi] the Ogier built, and the Waygate yet stands."

There are people at Fal Dara still, though not the great city the Ogier built, and the Waygate yet stands.”

197

“How did they make them?”

“How did they make them?”

198

Egwene asked.

Egwene asked.

199

Her puzzled [hyōjō] took in Moiraine and Loial both.

Her puzzled look took in Moiraine and Loial both.

200

"The Aes Sedai, the [dansei].

“The Aes Sedai, the men.

201

[baai] they couldn’t [shiyō] the One [dengen o on ni shimasu] in a stedding, how could they make the [hōhō]?

If they couldn’t use the One Power in a stedding, how could they make the Ways?

202

Or did they [shiyō] the [dengen o on ni shimasu] at all?

Or did they use the Power at all?

203

Their [ichibu] of the True [sōsu] was tainted.

Their part of the True Source was tainted.

204

Is tainted.

Is tainted.

205

I don’t know much about what Aes Sedai can do, yet.

I don’t know much about what Aes Sedai can do, yet.

206

Maybe it’s a silly [shitsumon]."

Maybe it’s a silly question.”

207

Loial explained.

Loial explained.

208

"Each stedding has a Waygate on its [bōdā], [shikashi] [soto ni].

“Each stedding has a Waygate on its border, but outside.

209

Your [shitsumon] is not silly.

Your question is not silly.

210

You’ve found the [shīdo] of why we do not dare [ryokō] the [hōhō].

You’ve found the seed of why we do not dare travel the Ways.

211

No Ogier has used the [hōhō] in my [shōgai], and before.

No Ogier has used the Ways in my lifetime, and before.

212

By [fukoku] of the [chōrō], all the [chōrō] of all the stedding, none may, [ningen] or Ogier.

By edict of the Elders, all the Elders of all the stedding, none may, human or Ogier.

213

"The [hōhō] were made by [dansei] wielding [dengen o on ni shimasu] fouled by the [Kurai] One.

“The Ways were made by men wielding Power fouled by the Dark One.

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About a thousand [toshi] ago, during what you [ningen] [kōru] the [sensō] of the Hundred [toshi], the [hōhō] began to [henkō].

About a thousand years ago, during what you humans call the War of the Hundred Years, the Ways began to change.

215

So slowly in the [hajime] that none really noticed, they grew dank and dim.

So slowly in the beginning that none really noticed, they grew dank and dim.

216

Then [yami] fell along the [hashi].

Then darkness fell along the bridges.

217

Some who went in were never seen again.

Some who went in were never seen again.

218

[ryokō] spoke of [kōfuku] watched from the [kurai].

Travelers spoke of being watched from the dark.

219

The [sūji] who vanished grew, and some who came out had gone mad, raving about Machin [shin], the [kuro] [kaze].

The numbers who vanished grew, and some who came out had gone mad, raving about Machin Shin, the Black Wind.

220

Aes Sedai [hīrā] could [enjo] some, [shikashi] even with Aes Sedai [tasukeru] they were never the same.

Aes Sedai Healers could aid some, but even with Aes Sedai help they were never the same.

221

And they never remembered anything of what had occurred.

And they never remembered anything of what had occurred.

222

Yet it was as [baai] the [yami] had sunken into their [hone].

Yet it was as if the darkness had sunken into their bones.

223

They never laughed again, and they feared the [saundo] of the [kaze]."

They never laughed again, and they feared the sound of the wind.”

224

For a [shunkan] there was [chinmoku] [shikashi] for the [neko] purring beside Moiraine’s [isu], and the snap and [kurakkuru] of the [kasai], popping out [supākusu].

For a moment there was silence but for the cat purring beside Moiraine’s chair, and the snap and crackle of the fire, popping out sparks.

225

Then Nynaeve [bāsuto] out angrily, "And you expect us to follow you into that?

Then Nynaeve burst out angrily, “And you expect us to follow you into that?

226

You must be mad!”

You must be mad!”

227

“Which would you choose instead?”

“Which would you choose instead?”

228

Moiraine asked quietly.

Moiraine asked quietly.

229

“The Whitecloaks within Caemlyn, or the Trollocs without?

“The Whitecloaks within Caemlyn, or the Trollocs without?

230

Remember that my [sonzai kan] in itself gives some [hogo] from the [Kurai] One’s [sakuhin]."

Remember that my presence in itself gives some protection from the Dark One’s works.”

231

Nynaeve settled back with an exasperated [tameiki].

Nynaeve settled back with an exasperated sigh.

232

“You still have not explained to me,”

“You still have not explained to me,”

233

Loial said, "why I should [kyūkei] the [fukoku] of the [chōrō].

Loial said, “why I should break the edict of the Elders.

234

And I have no [yokubō] to enter the [hōhō].

And I have no desire to enter the Ways.

235

Muddy as they often are, the [dōro] [dansei] make have served me [yoku] enough since I left Stedding Shangtai."

Muddy as they often are, the roads men make have served me well enough since I left Stedding Shangtai.”

236

"[jinrui] and Ogier, everything that [inochi], we are at [sensō] with the [Kurai] One,"

“Humankind and Ogier, everything that lives, we are at war with the Dark One,”

237

Moiraine said.

Moiraine said.

238

"The greater [ichibu] of the [sekai] does not even know it yet, and most of the few who do [tatakai] [kozeriai] and [shinjiru] they are [tatakai].

“The greater part of the world does not even know it yet, and most of the few who do fight skirmishes and believe they are battles.

239

[dōjini, tsutsu, issun] the [sekai] refuses to [shinjiru], the [Kurai] One may be at the [setogiwa] of [shōri].

While the world refuses to believe, the Dark One may be at the brink of victory.

240

There is enough [dengen o on ni shimasu] in the [me] of the [sekai] to undo his [keimusho].

There is enough power in the Eye of the World to undo his prison.

241

[baai] the [Kurai] One has found some [michi] to [mage] the [me] of the [sekai] to his [shiyō]..."

If the Dark One has found some way to bend the Eye of the World to his use...”

242

Rand wished the [ranpu] in the [heya] were lit.

Rand wished the lamps in the room were lit.

243

[yūgata] was creeping over Caemlyn, and the [kasai] in the [danro] did not give enough [hikari].

Evening was creeping over Caemlyn, and the fire in the fireplace did not give enough light.

244

He wanted no [kage] in the [heya].

He wanted no shadows in the room.

245

“What can we do?”

“What can we do?”

246

Mat [bāsuto] out.

Mat burst out.

247

“Why are we so important?

“Why are we so important?

248

Why do we have to go to the [kōhai]?

Why do we have to go to the Blight?

249

The [kōhai]!"

The Blight!”

250

Moiraine did not raise her [koe], [shikashi] it filled the [heya], compelling.

Moiraine did not raise her voice, but it filled the room, compelling.

251

Her [isu] by the [kasai] suddenly seemed like a [ōi].

Her chair by the fire suddenly seemed like a throne.

252

Suddenly even Morgase would have paled in her [sonzai kan].

Suddenly even Morgase would have paled in her presence.

253

"One [koto] we can do.

“One thing we can do.

254

We can try.

We can try.

255

What seems like [kikai] is often the [moyō].

What seems like chance is often the Pattern.

256

Three [sureddo] have come together here, each giving a warning: the [me].

Three threads have come together here, each giving a warning: the Eye.

257

It cannot be [kikai]; it is the [moyō].

It cannot be chance; it is the Pattern.

258

You three did not choose; you were chosen by the [moyō].

You three did not choose; you were chosen by the Pattern.

259

And you are here, where the [kiken] is known.

And you are here, where the danger is known.

260

You can [suteppu] aside, and perhaps [dūmu] the [sekai].

You can step aside, and perhaps doom the world.

261

Running, hiding, will not [hozon shimasu] you from the [ori] of the [moyō].

Running, hiding, will not save you from the weaving of the Pattern.

262

Or you can try.

Or you can try.

263

You can go to the [me] of the [sekai], three tanin’veren, three centerpoints of the [webu], placed where the [kiken] lies.

You can go to the Eye of the World, three ta’veren, three centerpoints of the Web, placed where the danger lies.

264

Let the [moyō] be woven around you there, and you may [hozon shimasu] the [sekai] from the [kage].

Let the Pattern be woven around you there, and you may save the world from the Shadow.

265

The [sentaku] is yours.

The choice is yours.

266

I cannot make you go.”

I cannot make you go.”

267

“I’ll go,”

“I’ll go,”

268

Rand said, trying to [saundo] resolute.

Rand said, trying to sound resolute.

269

However hard he sought the void, [gazō] kept flashing through his [atama].

However hard he sought the void, images kept flashing through his head.

270

Tam, and the [nōka], and the [mure] in the [bokusō-chi].

Tam, and the farmhouse, and the flock in the pasture.

271

It had been a [yoi] [jinsei]; he had never really wanted anything more.

It had been a good life; he had never really wanted anything more.

272

There was [nagusame] – a small [nagusame][kōchō kai] Perrin and Mat add their [gōi] to his.

There was comfort – a small comfort – hearing Perrin and Mat add their agreement to his.

273

They sounded as [dorai]-mouthed as he.

They sounded as dry-mouthed as he.

274

"I suppose there isn’t any [sentaku] for Egwene or me, either,"

“I suppose there isn’t any choice for Egwene or me, either,”

275

Nynaeve said.

Nynaeve said.

276

Moiraine nodded.

Moiraine nodded.

277

"You are [ichibu] of the [moyō], too, both of you, in some [fasshon].

“You are part of the Pattern, too, both of you, in some fashion.

278

Perhaps not tanin’veren – perhaps – [shikashi] strong even so.

Perhaps not ta’veren – perhaps – but strong even so.

279

I have known it since Baerlon.

I have known it since Baerlon.

280

And no [utagai] by this [jikan] the Fades know it, too.

And no doubt by this time the Fades know it, too.

281

And Ba’alzamon.

And Ba’alzamon.

282

Yet you have as much [sentaku] as the young [dansei].

Yet you have as much choice as the young men.

283

You could remain here, proceed to [tāru] Valon once the [nokori] of us have gone."

You could remain here, proceed to Tar Valon once the rest of us have gone.”

284

"[taizai] behind!"

“Stay behind!”

285

Egwene exclaimed.

Egwene exclaimed.

286

"Let the [nokori] of you go off into [kiken] [dōjini, tsutsu, issun] we hide under the [kabā shite imasu]?

“Let the rest of you go off into danger while we hide under the covers?

287

I won’t do it!”

I won’t do it!”

288

She caught the Aes Sedai’s [me] and drew back a little, [shikashi] not all of her [hankō] vanished.

She caught the Aes Sedai’s eye and drew back a little, but not all of her defiance vanished.

289

“I won’t do it,”

“I won’t do it,”

290

she muttered stubbornly.

she muttered stubbornly.

291

“I suppose that means both of us will accompany you.”

“I suppose that means both of us will accompany you.”

292

Nynaeve sounded resigned, [shikashi] her [me] flashed when she added, "You still must my [hābu], Aes Sedai, unless you’ve suddenly gained some [nōryoku] I don’t know about."

Nynaeve sounded resigned, but her eyes flashed when she added, “You still need my herbs, Aes Sedai, unless you’ve suddenly gained some ability I don’t know about.”

293

Her [koe] held a [chōsen] Rand did not understand, [shikashi] Moiraine merely nodded and turned to the Ogier.

Her voice held a challenge Rand did not understand, but Moiraine merely nodded and turned to the Ogier.

294

"[yoku], Loial, [musuko] of Arent [musuko] of Halan?"

“Well, Loial, son of Arent son of Halan?”

295

Loial opened his [kuchi no naka] twice, his tufted [mimi] twitching, before he spoke.

Loial opened his mouth twice, his tufted ears twitching, before he spoke.

296

"Yes, [yoku].

“Yes, well.

297

The [midori] [otoko].

The Green Man.

298

The [me] of the [sekai].

The Eye of the World.

299

They’re mentioned in the [bukku], of [mochiron], [shikashi] I don’t think any Ogier has actually seen them in, oh, quite a long [jikan].

They’re mentioned in the books, of course, but I don’t think any Ogier has actually seen them in, oh, quite a long time.

300

I suppose...

I suppose...

301

[shikashi] must it be the [hōhō]?"

But must it be the Ways?”

302

Moiraine nodded, and his long [mayuge] sagged till the [shūryō] brushed his [hō].

Moiraine nodded, and his long eyebrows sagged till the ends brushed his cheeks.

303

"[hijō ni] [yoku], then.

“Very well, then.

304

I suppose I must [gaido] you.

I suppose I must guide you.

305

[chōrō] Haman would say it’s no less than I deserve for [kōfuku] so hasty all the [jikan]."

Elder Haman would say it’s no less than I deserve for being so hasty all the time.”

306

"Our [sentakushi] are made, then,"

“Our choices are made, then,”

307

Moiraine said.

Moiraine said.

308

“And now that they are made, we must decide what to do about them, and how.”

“And now that they are made, we must decide what to do about them, and how.”

309

Long into the [yoru, kishi_knt] they planned.

Long into the night they planned.

310

Moiraine did most of it, with Loial’s [jogen] concerning the [hōhō], [shikashi] she listened to [shitsumon] and [teian] from everyone.

Moiraine did most of it, with Loial’s advice concerning the Ways, but she listened to questions and suggestions from everyone.

311

Once [kurai] fell Lan joined them, adding his [komento] in that [tetsu]-cored [hanashi buri].

Once dark fell Lan joined them, adding his comments in that iron-cored drawl.

312

Nynaeve made a [risuto] of what supplies they needed, dipping her [pen] in the [sumi ire] with a steady [te] despite the [michi] she kept muttering under her [iki].

Nynaeve made a list of what supplies they needed, dipping her pen in the inkwell with a steady hand despite the way she kept muttering under her breath.

313

Rand wished he could be as [mondai]-of-[jijitsu] as the [chie].

Rand wished he could be as matter-of-fact as the Wisdom.

314

He could not [teishi] pacing up and down, as [baai] he had [enerugī] to [yakedo] or [bāsuto] from it.

He could not stop pacing up and down, as if he had energy to burn or burst from it.

315

He knew his [ketsudan] was made, knew it was the only one he could make with the [chishiki] he had, [shikashi] that did not make him like it.

He knew his decision was made, knew it was the only one he could make with the knowledge he had, but that did not make him like it.

316

The [kōhai].

The Blight.

317

Shayol Ghul was somewhere in the [kōhai], beyond the Blasted [tochi].

Shayol Ghul was somewhere in the Blight, beyond the Blasted Lands.

318

He could see the same [shinpai] in Mat’s [me], the same [kyōfu] he knew was in his own.

He could see the same worry in Mat’s eyes, the same fear he knew was in his own.

319

Mat sat with his [te] clasped, [nakkuru] [shiroi].

Mat sat with his hands clasped, knuckles white.

320

[baai] he let go, Rand [shikō], he would be clutching the [dagā] from Shadar Logoth instead.

If he let go, Rand thought, he would be clutching the dagger from Shadar Logoth instead.

321

There was no [shinpai] on Perrin’s [kao] at all, [shikashi] what was there was worse: a [masuku] of weary [jinin].

There was no worry on Perrin’s face at all, but what was there was worse: a mask of weary resignation.

322

Perrin looked as though he had fought something until he could [tatakai] it no longer and was waiting for it to [shiagari] him.

Perrin looked as though he had fought something until he could fight it no longer and was waiting for it to finish him.

323

Yet sometimes...

Yet sometimes...

324

“We do what we must, Rand,”

“We do what we must, Rand,”

325

he said.

he said.

326

"The [kōhai]..."

“The Blight...”

327

For an instant those [kiiro] [me] lit with [iyoku], flashing in the fixed [hirō kan] of his [kao], as [baai] they had a [jinsei] of their own apart from the big [tanya ya]’s [minarai].

For an instant those yellow eyes lit with eagerness, flashing in the fixed tiredness of his face, as if they had a life of their own apart from the big blacksmith’s apprentice.

328

"There’s [yoi] hunting along the [kōhai],"

“There’s good hunting along the Blight,”

329

he whispered.

he whispered.

330

Then he shuddered, as [baai] he had just heard what he had said, and once more his [kao] was resigned.

Then he shuddered, as if he had just heard what he had said, and once more his face was resigned.

331

And Egwene.

And Egwene.

332

Rand drew her apart at one [pointo], over by the [danro] where those planning around the [hyō] could not hear.

Rand drew her apart at one point, over by the fireplace where those planning around the table could not hear.

333

“Egwene, I...”

“Egwene, I...”

334

Her [me], like big [kurai] [pūru] [zumen] him in, made him [teishi] and [tsubame].

Her eyes, like big dark pools drawing him in, made him stop and swallow.

335

"It’s me the [Kurai] One’s after, Egwene.

“It’s me the Dark One’s after, Egwene.

336

Me, and Mat, and Perrin.

Me, and Mat, and Perrin.

337

I don’t [kaigo] what Moiraine Sedai says.

I don’t care what Moiraine Sedai says.

338

In the [asa] you and Nynaeve could [kaishi, hajimeru] for home, or [tāru] Valon, or anywhere you want to go, and nobody will try to [teishi] you.

In the morning you and Nynaeve could start for home, or Tar Valon, or anywhere you want to go, and nobody will try to stop you.

339

Not the Trollocs, not the Fades, not anybody.

Not the Trollocs, not the Fades, not anybody.

340

As long as you aren’t with us.

As long as you aren’t with us.

341

go home, Egwene.

Go home, Egwene.

342

Or go to [tāru] Valon.

Or go to Tar Valon.

343

[shikashi] go."

But go.”

344

He waited for her to tell him she had as much [migi] to go where she wanted as he did, that he had no [migi] to tell her what to do.

He waited for her to tell him she had as much right to go where she wanted as he did, that he had no right to tell her what to do.

345

To his [odoroki], she smiled and touched his [hō].

To his surprise, she smiled and touched his cheek.

346

“Thank you, Rand,”

“Thank you, Rand,”

347

she said softly.

she said softly.

348

He blinked, and closed his [kuchi no naka] as he went on.

He blinked, and closed his mouth as he went on.

349

“You know I can’t, though.

“You know I can’t, though.

350

Moiraine Sedai told us what [min] [mimashita], in Baerlon.

Moiraine Sedai told us what Min saw, in Baerlon.

351

You should have told me who [min] was.

You should have told me who Min was.

352

I [shikō]...

I thought...

353

[yoku], [min] says I am [ichibu] of this, too.

Well, Min says I am part of this, too.

354

And Nynaeve.

And Nynaeve.

355

Maybe I’m not tanin’veren,”

Maybe I’m not ta’veren,”

356

she stumbled over the [kotoba], "[shikashi] the [moyō] sends me to the [me] of the [sekai], too, it seems.

she stumbled over the word, “but the Pattern sends me to the Eye of the World, too, it seems.

357

Whatever involves you, involves me.”

Whatever involves you, involves me.”

358

"[shikashi], Egwene–"

“But, Egwene–”

359

“Who is Elayne?”

“Who is Elayne?”

360

For a [bun] he stared at her, then told the simple [shinjitsu].

For a minute he stared at her, then told the simple truth.

361

“She’s the

“She’s the

362

[musume]-[sōzoku jin] to the [ōi] of [andōru]."

Daughter-Heir to the throne of Andor.”

363

Her [me] seemed to [kyacchi] [kasai].

Her eyes seemed to catch fire.

364

"[baai] you can’t be serious for more than a [bun], Rand al’Thor, I do not want to [hanashi] to you."

“If you can’t be serious for more than a minute, Rand al’Thor, I do not want to talk to you.”

365

Incredulous, he watched her stiff back [ritān] to the [hyō], where she leaned on her [hiji] next to Moiraine to listen to what the [kanshu] was saying.

Incredulous, he watched her stiff back return to the table, where she leaned on her elbows next to Moiraine to listen to what the Warder was saying.

366

I must to [hanashi] to Perrin, he [shikō].

I need to talk to Perrin, he thought.

367

He knows how to [keiyaku] with [josei].

He knows how to deal with women.

368

[shujin] Gill entered several [kai], [saisho] to [hikari] the [ranpu], then to bring [tabemono] with his own [te], and later to [repōto] on what was [dekigoto] [soto ni].

Master Gill entered several times, first to light the lamps, then to bring food with his own hands, and later to report on what was happening outside.

369

Whitecloaks were watching the [in] from down the [sutorīto] in both [hōkō].

Whitecloaks were watching the inn from down the street in both directions.

370

There had been a [bōdō] at the [mon] to the Inner [toshi], with the [joō]’s [keibi] arresting [shiroi] cockades and [akai] alike.

There had been a riot at the gates to the Inner City, with the Queen’s Guards arresting white cockades and red alike.

371

[dare-ka] had tried to [kizu] the [doragon]’s [kiba] on the [furonto] [tobira] and been sent on his [michi] by Lamgwin’s [būtsu].

Someone had tried to scratch the Dragon’s Fang on the front door and been sent on his way by Lamgwin’s boot.

372

[baai] the [yadoya no shujin] found it odd that Loial was with them, he gave no [sain] of it.

If the innkeeper found it odd that Loial was with them, he gave no sign of it.

373

He answered the few [shitsumon] Moiraine put to him without trying to discover what they were planning, and each [jikan] he came he knocked at the [tobira] and waited till Lan opened it for him, just as [baai] it were not his [in] and his [toshokan].

He answered the few questions Moiraine put to him without trying to discover what they were planning, and each time he came he knocked at the door and waited till Lan opened it for him, just as if it were not his inn and his library.

374

On his [saigo] [hōmon], Moiraine gave him the [shīto] of [yōhishi] covered in Nynaeve’s neat [te].

On his last visit, Moiraine gave him the sheet of parchment covered in Nynaeve’s neat hand.

375

"It won’t be easy this [jikan] of [yoru, kishi_knt],"

“It won’t be easy this time of night,”

376

he said, shaking his [atama] as he perused the [risuto], "[shikashi] I’ll arrange it all."

he said, shaking his head as he perused the list, “but I’ll arrange it all.”

377

Moiraine added a small [wosshu]-[kawa] [baggu] that clinked as she handed it to him by the [dorōsutoringu].

Moiraine added a small wash-leather bag that clinked as she handed it to him by the drawstrings.

378

"[yoi].

“Good.

379

And see that we are wakened before [yoake].

And see that we are wakened before daybreak.

380

The [wocchā] will be at their least alert, then."

The watchers will be at their least alert, then.”

381

"We’ll [kyūka] them watching an empty [bokkusu], Aes Sedai."

“We’ll leave them watching an empty box, Aes Sedai.”

382

[shujin] Gill grinned.

Master Gill grinned.

383

Rand was yawning by the [jikan] he shuffled out of the [heya] with the [nokori] in [kensaku] of [furo] and [shindai].

Rand was yawning by the time he shuffled out of the room with the rest in search of baths and beds.

384

As he scrubbed himself, with a coarse [nuno] in one [te] and a big [kiiro] [kēki] of [sekken] in the [sonota], his [me] drifted to the [sutsūru] beside Mat’s [yokusō].

As he scrubbed himself, with a coarse cloth in one hand and a big yellow cake of soap in the other, his eyes drifted to the stool beside Mat’s tub.

385

The golden-sheathed [sentan] of the [dagā] from Shadar Logoth peeked from under the [hashi] of Mat’s neatly folded [kōto].

The golden-sheathed tip of the dagger from Shadar Logoth peeked from under the edge of Mat’s neatly folded coat.

386

Lan glanced at it from [jikan] to [jikan], too.

Lan glanced at it from time to time, too.

387

Rand wondered [baai] it was really as safe to have around as Moiraine claimed.

Rand wondered if it was really as safe to have around as Moiraine claimed.

388

"Do you think my da’ll ever [shinjiru] it?"

“Do you think my da’ll ever believe it?”

389

Mat laughed, scrubbing his [senaka] with a long-handled [burashi].

Mat laughed, scrubbing his back with a long-handled brush.

390

"Me, saving the [sekai]?

“Me, saving the world?

391

My [shimai] won’t know whether to [warai] or [sakebi]."

My sisters won’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

392

He sounded like the old Mat.

He sounded like the old Mat.

393

Rand wished he could forget the [dagā].

Rand wished he could forget the dagger.

394

It was [picchi]-[kuro] when he and Mat finally got up to their [heya] under the [nokishita], the [hoshi] obscured by [kumo].

It was pitch-black when he and Mat finally got up to their room under the eaves, the stars obscured by clouds.

395

For the [saisho] [jikan] in a long [dōjini, tsutsu, issun] Mat undressed before getting into [shindai], [shikashi] he casually tucked the [dagā] under his [makura], too.

For the first time in a long while Mat undressed before getting into bed, but he casually tucked the dagger under his pillow, too.

396

Rand blew out the [kyandoru] and crawled into his own [shindai].

Rand blew out the candle and crawled into his own bed.

397

He could feel the [iwakan] from the [sonota] [shindai], not from Mat, [shikashi] from beneath his [makura].

He could feel the wrongness from the other bed, not from Mat, but from beneath his pillow.

398

He was still worrying about it when [suimin] came.

He was still worrying about it when sleep came.

399

From the [saisho] he knew it was a [yume], one of those dreams that was not entirely [yume].

From the first he knew it was a dream, one of those dreams that was not entirely dream.

400

He stood staring at the wooden [tobira], its [hyōmen] [kurai] and cracked and rough with [hahen].

He stood staring at the wooden door, its surface dark and cracked and rough with splinters.

401

The [kūki] was [samui] and dank, thick with the [nioi] of [hōkai].

The air was cold and dank, thick with the smell of decay.

402

In the [kyori] [mizu] dripped, the [shibuki] [nakazora] [ekō] down [ishi] [rōka].

In the distance water dripped, the splashes hollow echoes down stone corridors.

403

Deny it.

Deny it.

404

Deny him, and his [dengen o on ni shimasu] fails.

Deny him, and his power fails.

405

He closed his [me] and concentrated on The [joō]’s [shukufuku], on his [shindai], on himself asleep in his [shindai].

He closed his eyes and concentrated on The Queen’s Blessing, on his bed, on himself asleep in his bed.

406

When he opened his [me] the [tobira] was still there.

When he opened his eyes the door was still there.

407

The echoing [shibuki] came on his heartbeat, as [baai] his [parusu] counted [jikan] for them.

The echoing splashes came on his heartbeat, as if his pulse counted time for them.

408

He sought the [honoo] and the void, as Tam had taught him, and found inner calm, [shikashi] nothing [soto ni] of him changed.

He sought the flame and the void, as Tam had taught him, and found inner calm, but nothing outside of him changed.

409

Slowly he opened the [tobira] and went in.

Slowly he opened the door and went in.

410

Everything was as he remembered it in the [heya] that seemed burned out of the living [iwa].

Everything was as he remembered it in the room that seemed burned out of the living rock.

411

Tall, arched windows led onto an unrailed [barukonī], and beyond it the layered [kumo] streamed like a [kawa] in [kōzui].

Tall, arched windows led onto an unrailed balcony, and beyond it the layered clouds streamed like a river in flood.

412

The [kuro] [kinzoku] [ranpu], their [honoo] too bright to [hyōjō] at, gleamed, [kuro] yet somehow as bright as [gin].

The black metal lamps, their flames too bright to look at, gleamed, black yet somehow as bright as silver.

413

The [kasai] roared [shikashi] gave no [netsu] in the fearsome [danro], each [ishi] still vaguely like a [kao] in [kutsū].

The fire roared but gave no heat in the fearsome fireplace, each stone still vaguely like a face in torment.

414

All was the same, [shikashi] one [koto] was different.

All was the same, but one thing was different.

415

On the polished [takujō] stood three small [sūji], the rough, featureless shapes of [dansei], as [baai] the [chōkoku-ka] had been hasty with his [nendo].

On the polished tabletop stood three small figures, the rough, featureless shapes of men, as if the sculptor had been hasty with his clay.

416

Beside one stood a [ōkami], its clear [ditēru] emphasized by the [soya] of the [dansei gata], and another clutched a tiny [dagā], a [pointo] of [akai] on the [moyō] glittering in the [hikari].

Beside one stood a wolf, its clear detail emphasized by the crudeness of the man-shape, and another clutched a tiny dagger, a point of red on the hilt glittering in the light.

417

The [saigo] held a [ken].

The last held a sword.

418

The [kami] stirring on the [rimen] of his [kubi], he moved [tojiru] enough to see the [heron] in exquisite [ditēru] on that small [ha].

The hair stirring on the back of his neck, he moved close enough to see the heron in exquisite detail on that small blade.

419

His [atama] jerked up in [panikku], and he stared directly into the lone [mirā].

His head jerked up in panic, and he stared directly into the lone mirror.

420

His [rifurekushon] was still a [bokashi], [shikashi] not so misty as before.

His reflection was still a blur, but not so misty as before.

421

He could almost make out his own [tokuchō].

He could almost make out his own features.

422

[baai] he imagined he was squinting, he could nearly tell who it was.

If he imagined he was squinting, he could nearly tell who it was.

423

“You’ve hidden from me too long.”

“You’ve hidden from me too long.”

424

He whirled from the [hyō], [iki] rasping his [nodo].

He whirled from the table, breath rasping his throat.

425

A [shunkan] before he had been alone, [shikashi] now Ba’alzamon stood before the windows.

A moment before he had been alone, but now Ba’alzamon stood before the windows.

426

When he spoke [dōkutsu] of [honoo] replaced his [me] and [kuchi no naka].

When he spoke caverns of flame replaced his eyes and mouth.

427

"Too long, [shikashi] not much longer."

“Too long, but not much longer.”

428

“I deny you,”

“I deny you,”

429

Rand said hoarsely.

Rand said hoarsely.

430

"I deny that you hold any [dengen o on ni shimasu] over me.

“I deny that you hold any power over me.

431

I deny that you are.”

I deny that you are.”

432

Ba’alzamon laughed, a rich [saundo] rolling from [kasai].

Ba’alzamon laughed, a rich sound rolling from fire.

433

“Do you think it is that easy?

“Do you think it is that easy?

434

[shikashi] then, you always did.

But then, you always did.

435

Each [jikan] we have stood like this, you have [shikō] you could defy me."

Each time we have stood like this, you have thought you could defy me.”

436

"What do mean, each [jikan]?

“What do mean, each time?

437

I deny you!”

I deny you!”

438

“You always do.

“You always do.

439

In the [hajime].

In the beginning.

440

This [kontesuto] between us has taken [basho] countless [kai] before.

This contest between us has taken place countless times before.

441

Each [jikan] your [kao] is different, and your [namae], [shikashi] each [jikan] it is you."

Each time your face is different, and your name, but each time it is you.”

442

“I deny you.”

“I deny you.”

443

It was a desperate [sasayaku].

It was a desperate whisper.

444

"Each [jikan] you throw your puny [tsuyosa] against me, and each [jikan], in the [owari], you know which of us is the [shujin].

“Each time you throw your puny strength against me, and each time, in the end, you know which of us is the master.

445

[jidai] after [jidai], you kneel to me, or [dai] wishing you still had [tsuyosa] to kneel.

Age after Age, you kneel to me, or die wishing you still had strength to kneel.

446

Poor [baka], you can never [shōri] against me."

Poor fool, you can never win against me.”

447

"[usotsuki]!"

“Liar!”

448

he shouted.

he shouted.

449

"[chichioya] of Lies.

“Father of Lies.

450

[chichioya] of [orokamono] [baai] you can’t do [yori yoi] than that.

Father of Fools if you can’t do better than that.

451

[dansei] found you in the [saigo] [jidai], in the [jidai] of [densetsu], and [ketsugō shita] you back where you [zokushite imasu]."

Men found you in the last Age, in the Age of Legends, and bound you back where you belong.”

452

Ba’alzamon laughed again, [todoroku] after mocking [todoroku], until Rand wanted to [kabā] his [mimi] to shut it out.

Ba’alzamon laughed again, peal after mocking peal, until Rand wanted to cover his ears to shut it out.

453

He forced his [te] to [taizai] at his [sokumen].

He forced his hands to stay at his sides.

454

Void or no, they were trembling when the [warai] finally stopped.

Void or no, they were trembling when the laughter finally stopped.

455

"You [wāmu], you know nothing at all.

“You worm, you know nothing at all.

456

As ignorant as a [kabutomushi] under a [iwa], and as easily crushed.

As ignorant as a beetle under a rock, and as easily crushed.

457

This [kurō shite imasu] has gone on since the [shunkan] of [sōzō].

This struggle has gone on since the moment of creation.

458

Always [dansei] think it a new [sensō], [shikashi] it is just the same [sensō] discovered anew.

Always men think it a new war, but it is just the same war discovered anew.

459

Only now [henkō] [fuku] on the winds of [jikan].

Only now change blows on the winds of time.

460

[henkō].

Change.

461

This [jikan] there will be no drifting back.

This time there will be no drifting back.

462

Those proud Aes Sedai who think to stand you up against me.

Those proud Aes Sedai who think to stand you up against me.

463

I will [doresu] them in [chēn] and send them running naked to do my bidding, or [mono] their [tamashī] into the [pitto] of [dūmu] to [himei] for [eien].

I will dress them in chains and send them running naked to do my bidding, or stuff their souls into the Pit of Doom to scream for eternity.

464

All [shikashi] those who already serve me.

All but those who already serve me.

465

They will stand [shikashi] a [suteppu] beneath me.

They will stand but a step beneath me.

466

You can choose to stand with them, with the [sekai] groveling at your [ashi].

You can choose to stand with them, with the world groveling at your feet.

467

I [teikyō] it one more [jikan], one [saigo] [jikan].

I offer it one more time, one last time.

468

You can stand above them, above every [dengen o on ni shimasu] and [dominion] [shikashi] mine.

You can stand above them, above every power and dominion but mine.

469

There have been [kai] when you made that [sentaku], [kai] when you lived long enough to know your [dengen o on ni shimasu]."

There have been times when you made that choice, times when you lived long enough to know your power.”

470

Deny him!

Deny him!

471

Rand grabbed hold to what he could deny.

Rand grabbed hold to what he could deny.

472

“No Aes Sedai serve you.

“No Aes Sedai serve you.

473

Another lie!”

Another lie!”

474

“Is that what they told you?

“Is that what they told you?

475

Two thousand [toshi] ago I took my Trollocs across the [sekai], and even among Aes Sedai I found those who knew [zetsubō], who knew the [sekai] could not stand before Shai’[hiyake].

Two thousand years ago I took my Trollocs across the world, and even among Aes Sedai I found those who knew despair, who knew the world could not stand before Shai’tan.

476

For two thousand [toshi] the [kuro] Ajah has dwelt among the [tanin], unseen in the [kage].

For two thousand years the Black Ajah has dwelt among the others, unseen in the shadows.

477

Perhaps even those who [kurēmu] to [tasukeru] you."

Perhaps even those who claim to help you.”

478

Rand shook his [atama], trying to [furu] away the [gimon] that came welling up in him, all the [gimon] he had had about Moiraine, about what the Aes Sedai wanted with him, about what she planned for him.

Rand shook his head, trying to shake away the doubts that came welling up in him, all the doubts he had had about Moiraine, about what the Aes Sedai wanted with him, about what she planned for him.

479

“What do you want from me?”

“What do you want from me?”

480

he [saken da].

he cried.

481

Deny him!

Deny him!

482

[hikari] [tasukeru] me deny him!

Light help me deny him!

483

“Kneel!”

“Kneel!”

484

Ba’alzamon pointed to the [yuka] at his [ashi].

Ba’alzamon pointed to the floor at his feet.

485

"Kneel, and acknowledge me your [shujin]!

“Kneel, and acknowledge me your master!

486

In the [owari], you will.

In the end, you will.

487

You will be my [ikimono], or you will [dai]."

You will be my creature, or you will die.”

488

The [saigo] [kotoba] echoed through the [heya], reverberating back on itself, doubling and redoubling, till Rand threw up his [ude] as [baai] to [shīrudo] his [atama] from a [dageki].

The last word echoed through the room, reverberating back on itself, doubling and redoubling, till Rand threw up his arms as if to shield his head from a blow.

489

Staggering back until he thumped into the [hyō], he shouted, trying to drown the [saundo] in his [mimi].

Staggering back until he thumped into the table, he shouted, trying to drown the sound in his ears.

490

“Noooooooooooo!”

“Noooooooooooo!”

491

As he [saken da] out, he spun, sweeping the [sūji] to the [yuka].

As he cried out, he spun, sweeping the figures to the floor.

492

Something stabbed his [te], [shikashi] he ignored it, stomping the [nendo] to shapeless smears underfoot.

Something stabbed his hand, but he ignored it, stomping the clay to shapeless smears underfoot.

493

[shikashi] when his [sakebu] failed, the [ekō] was still there, and growing stronger: [dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]-[dai]

But when his shout failed, the echo was still there, and growing stronger: die-die-die-die-die-DIE-DIE-DIE-DIE-DIE-DIE-DIE-DIE-DIE-DIE-DIE

494

The [saundo] pulled on him like a [wārupūru], [zumen] him in, ripping the void in his [kokoro] to [zutazuta].

The sound pulled on him like a whirlpool, drawing him in, ripping the void in his mind to shreds.

495

The [hikari] dimmed, and his [bijon] narrowed down to a [tonneru] with Ba’alzamon standing tall in the [saigo] [supotto] of [akarusa] at the [owari], dwindling until it was the [saizu] of his [te], a [yubi no tsume], nothing.

The light dimmed, and his vision narrowed down to a tunnel with Ba’alzamon standing tall in the last spot of brightness at the end, dwindling until it was the size of his hand, a fingernail, nothing.

496

Around and around the [ekō] whirled him, down into [kurosa] and [shi].

Around and around the echo whirled him, down into blackness and death.

497

The [kyōda] as he [hitto] the [yuka] woke him, still struggling to swim up out of that [yami].

The thump as he hit the floor woke him, still struggling to swim up out of that darkness.

498

The [heya] was [kurai], [shikashi] not so [kurai] as that.

The room was dark, but not so dark as that.

499

Frantically he tried to [sentā] on the [honoo], to [shaberu] [kyōfu] into it, [shikashi] the calm of the void eluded him.

Frantically he tried to center on the flame, to shovel fear into it, but the calm of the void eluded him.

500

[yure] hashitta down his [ude] and [ashi], [shikashi] he held the [gazō] of the [shinguru] [honoo] until the [chi] stopped pounding in his [mimi].

Tremors ran down his arms and legs, but he held the image of the single flame until the blood stopped pounding in his ears.