The Shadow Rising: Chapter 5
Author: Asandra al'Terra
Point of View: Egwene
Setting: The Stone of Tear
Egwene is in the Stone, sitting with Aviendha and Nynaeve, and wondering where Moiraine went. Nynaeve speaks about their lack of choice except to go to Tanchico, whilst Egwene answers that she is not convinced. The two Accepted - who are acting as Aes Sedai - are speaking of their hunt for the Black Ajah.
Joiya and Amico, two Black sisters, are being held captive in the room, bound by Air and with their ears stopped up. A shield stops Joiya from touching the Source; there is no need for one with Amico - she has been stilled. When she is ungagged, Amico said that they should go to Tanchico, that there was something very dangerous to Rand there. Not a word had changed from what she had said during previous questionings. She is bound again, and then Joiya is unbound. The Black sister begins a speech on repenting her sins and the like, but Egwene does not believe a word of it. She commands Joiya to tell her tale, but using different words. The sister complies, and says that the Black Ajah intended to break Mazrim Taim - who is traveling to the Tower to be gentled - free, proclaim him the Dragon Reborn, and give his name as Rand al'Thor; and make him destroy the world a great deal. Nynaeve interrupts, saying that the Dragon was reborn, and that the Pattern would not accept another Dragon. Egwene, however, ushers the other woman to continue. Joiya begins speaking again. Rand al'Thor would be blamed for the things the impostor did. The countries would unite against him, crushing him, and he would be destroyed. Tarmon Gai'don would arrive, and the Dark One would win with no Dragon to face him.
Egwene thinks about their two answers, and decides that Amico's is more plausible. At that moment, Moiraine strides in, her face a thunderhead, with Elayne following.