New Spring: Chapter 4
Author: Atarah al'Norahn
Chapter Icon: Flame of Tar Valon
Point of View: Moiraine
Setting: Tar Valon, outside Tar Valon
Moiraine is in her room preparing for the trip outside the city. As she packs, she can hear the other Accepted also preparing; girls are calling to each other, asking for things to be returned or loaned for the trip. When Moiraine is done, she joins Siuan, and they hurry towards the West Stable. Once they mount their horses, eight guards led by a man named Steler are assigned to accompany the two of them.
They begin to make their way through the city, seeing people from every country as they go. The city is alive and very noisy, as if there hadn't been a battle outside the walls. Moiraine even sees some Ogier stonemasons repairing buildings.
Finally, they reach the Alindaer Gate and proceed to exit the city. As they begin to ride across the bridge, they see a group of nine or ten Whitecloaks at the foot of the bridge. They sit for a moment, and then turn and ride away.
Once off the bridge, Siuan attempts to make Steler take them to the farthest camps, the ones that just happen to be the nearest to Dragonmount, but he refuses. They ride past a camp where one Accepted, Sarene, is already taking names, but stop at the next one. Once Steler announces their purpose, a table, two stools and two braziers are set up.