AMoL Chapter 13

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This is my thoughts and summaries of Chapter 13 of AMoL. I've done this on earlier chapters, you can find an index of those posts here.

This post will very likely contain spoilers for all WoT books. If you haven't read all of the WoT series, including AMoL you read on at your own risk. Don't blame me if you read on, and I reveal something that you haven't read yet.
What Happens
Egwene leads the Aes Sedai into battle. She uses the fluted rod sa'angreal, and lays down a great deal of destruction. The Aes Sedai channel for most of the day, and they route the Trolloc army. They don't suffer any losses.

Elayne is being briefed on the other armies. She's told how Rand is scouting Shayol Ghul, and that their other attacks are emptying that area of defenders. Agelmar is being forced to retreat, and has little chance to direct the course of the battle. Elayne orders Fal Dara, Ankor Dail, Fal Moran and villages like Medo burned. Citizens are to be evacuated to Tar Valon. In Andor they plan to pull back from Braem Forest and head towards the Erinin river, giving them some open ground to more effectively use their canons.

Perrin hands over control to Tam, and goes finds Rand at Shayol Ghul, Gaul follows him. He has Rand make a gateway to Tel'aran'rhiod so he and Gaul can enter the dream world physically, to confront Slayer on equal terms.

Maybe these chapters are intentionally shorter, which has the effect of lifting the pace for normal readers. If that is the case, my strategy of blogging after everyone is ruining it. So Perrin is going to fight the good fight, probably at the Black Tower. It would be really nice if he explained to Rand how he knows why the gateways aren't working, he's seen it before. That might make Rand recall through Lews Therins memories what's going on with the dream spike.

Seeing he has Gaul with him, who is a complete Dream World virgin, I'd guess he's going to spend a little time training him. But that doesn't sound like the WoT series we know, because that would involve actually talking to him. I guess we'll just find that because he's Aiel, he naturally is skilled at anything he puts hand to. This has a similar feel to the time back in the Two Rivers where Loial and Gaul went to close the waygate. Of course, with Perrin there, and this being more important to the plot I'd expect the books to follow what happens. My prediction is that one of the will die.

I have a vague hope that the Wise Ones will learn of this gateway that Rand wove for Perrin, and go in to help. But I don't think that is likely. For something that is meant to be evil, not a single person with Rand (including Moiraine, Aviendha, Nynaeve and Cadsuane) seems to have noticed what is happening at all. These are only supposed to be the leading light side channelers. I mean, sure they can't see Rand's weaves, but surely they can see the gateway, and from looking into it see that it's not a normal gateway. I don't really remember the details from when Egwene wove a similar gateway, but I thought the view through it was of the Tel'aran'rhiod world that's the same place. So it's a gateway that looks like it goes nowhere. I reckon they would have noticed that. Nynaeve seems to have noticed a little of what was going on, but only when Perrin spoke to her directly.

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