The Dragon Reborn: Chapter 12

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Author: Val a'Shain

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The Amyrlin Seat


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Point of View: Siuan

Setting: The White Tower

Characters: Siuan, Verin, Leane

Outline

Verin tells Siuan that Rand has proclaimed himself in Falme.

Summary

Siuan Sanche, the Amyrlin Seat, is in her office, very impatient to hear from Moiraine. Leane, the Keeper of the Chronicles, informs her that Verin is waiting for an audience, and even though it will be considered improper, she tells Leane to let Verin in immediately. Siuan also tells Leane that she doesn't have to be present when she talks to Verin, which is also considered very unusual.

Verin is led in by the Keeper. She hardly knows where to start but quickly tells the Amyrlin that Rand has proclaimed himself the Dragon Reborn. Siuan has expected as much. Both other 'Dragons' loose in the world had been captured under identical circumstances the moment Rand proclaimed himself. Verin remarks that the Pattern has no room for false Dragons now that the real Dragon Reborn has been proclaimed.

Verin hands Siuan the Horn of Valere and tells her that Mat, not Rand, sounded it. Mat is now linked to the Horn, making it useless to anyone but himself until he dies. She also tells the Amyrlin that Mat is in the Tower dying from his link to the dagger he took from Shadar Logoth. Siuan decides to put the Horn somewhere safe for the time being. Verin also brings up the Seanchan, but Siuan thinks there are more important matters to deal with in the present.

They then talk of the three runaways, Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne. Verin asks to know what Siuan intends to do with them. From Siuan's reply it becomes clear they will not enjoy their punishment. However, before their punishments are handed out, Siuan demands a full report from Verin on their actions.

Notes

Common Themes

Overconfidence in their own knowledge

Siuan simply dismisses the Seanchan because they don't fit in her worldview.

Miscellaneous

  • When Rand proclaimed himself a vision was seen in Saldaea and Mazrim Taim was captured
  • Before I am done with them, they will wish they could go down to the river and sell themselves for fishbait.” It was the simple truth, but it could be taken in more than one way. - Siuan

She tells herself this was simple truth, but really it isn't. More of an example of the flexibility of the Oaths.

  • Would Siuan really have been stilled for Rand?

Spoilers

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Common Themes

Overconfidence in their own knowledge

Siuan simply dismisses the Seanchan because they don't fit in her worldview.

Miscellaneous

  • Would Siuan really have been stilled for Rand?

When she is eventually stilled, she thinks it unjust and that she would have been able to defend herself if given the chance, but the exact charges are never revealed.


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