The Path of Daggers: Chapter 1
Author: Val a'Shain
Chapter Icon: Two gulls, wings outspread, facing each other
Point of View: Aviendha
Setting: The Tarasin Palace in Ebou Dar
Aviendha, Nynaeve, Lan, Elayne, Birgitte, the Sea Folk Windfinders, the Kin and the rest of the Aes Sedai that came from Salidar leave Ebou Dar through a gateway.
Aviendha, Nynaeve, Lan, Elayne and Birgitte hurry through the Tarasin Palace, knowing there is a storm approaching the city. Olver still hasn't been found and Mat is in the city trying to find him. The newly wed Nynaeve and Lan are still arguing about who is protecting whom, something which Elayne and Birgitte don't seem to agree on either.
Still arguing, the company runs into Teslyn Baradon, one of Elaida's ambassadors to Ebou Dar. After exchanging a few niceties, the company is about to hurry towards their destination. Nynaeve feels she has to warn Teslyn but the more experienced sister dismisses Nynaeve's warning about the storm that is not a storm, the gholam, the Black Ajah and the Forsaken as fancies of a girl who should not be playing at being Aes Sedai.
Finally reaching the group of Sea Folk Windfinders, the remains of the Knitting circle, and a few Aes Sedai jealously guarding the Bowl of Winds waiting for them in the stable yard, they are ready to leave the city. The women of the Knitting circle are visibly nervous around the Aes Sedai and are very uncomfortable having to guard Ispan. Before they manage to get everybody moving, a shouting match between the Kin and the Sea Folk erupts. Elayne has great difficulty getting them to make peace.
Before the next argument can begin, Aviendha opens the gateway to their destination. It still stings that Elayne can do this with only part of her strength while it takes Aviendha all the effort she can muster. Slowly the group moves through the gateway to the countryside miles north of Ebou Dar.
The group is still moving through the gateway when Aviendha spots a figure high on one of the spires of the palace. Tylin has given orders for everybody to stay out of sight. Still, it could be a nosy servant or the gholam. This idea fills Aviendha with dread. Aviendha sends one of the Sea Folk women to Elayne with a warning. She then draws all the power she can muster in a determined effort to keep the gateway open until everybody is through.