AMoL Chapter 7

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It's chapter seven, and the Ogier are back, hurray!

Other posts can be found 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.
What Happens
Elayne steps outside the pavilion to discover that trees hundreds of feet talk have sprung up around the pavilion. Elayne gets busy planning the Light side defenses. They settle on harrying forces for Tarwins Gap and Kandor, and to try and evict the Trollocs from Caemlyn as their first priority. Perrin mentions that they may not be able to rely on aid from the Black Tower. The Aiel suggest they can cover the attack on Shayol Ghul, Elayne requires them to follow her instructions. They agree. Gareth Bryne agrees to lead the White Tower fighting in Kandor. Rodel Ituralde agrees to lead the Aiel at Shayol Ghul. Agelmar Jagad says he'll go to Tarwins Gap to lead the Borderlanders. Davram Bashere volunteers to go to Andor to try and free Caemlyn. Elayne asks Perrin to organise the logistics of the Merrilor camp, where she intends to base her self to centralise the operations.

After many hours Elayne departs the Pavilion. She has a short conversation with Gareth Bryne, before hearing that some three dozen Ogier have come, and are singing to the trees. Loial is amongst them. They explain that all the Ogier have agreed to help in the fight against the shadow.

Elayne speaks to Perrin and Faile, asking Perrin to manage the logistics of feeding the armies. Perrin declines, as Rand will need him at the attack on Shaoyl Ghul, but Fail volunteers. Elayne is uncertain about this, but Perrin convinces her. Elayne then explains that while this work is important, it will form cover for the retrieval of the Horn of Valere, in order to get it to Mat. Perrin reveals that Mat is in Ebou Dar, doing something with the Seanchan.

Lan discusses things with Easar. Easar tells him they fight beneath the banner of Malkier. Lan has several Asa'man, at least one from each Borderlander nation.

Commentary
I'm a little uncertain of the command structure at Tarwins Gap at the end of this chapter. Easar tells Lan they are fighting under Malkier's banner, and that Lan will be leader. Yet they are following Agelmar's battle plans. So is the Agelmar, the Great Captain in charge, or is Lan? I guess we'll find out.

It's good to know that people haven't forgotten the Horn of Valere, and that it really will make an appearance soon. It's also nice to get some more detail on where Mat is. I strongly suspect he's going to see Tuon, and that Rand is going to arrive to speak with Tuon while Mat is there. I don't know if this is by design, but I think that's how it will play out.

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It's called delegation.

Seem's a bit daft to me. Now that I'm up to Chapter 29 I know the chain of command goes Elayne, Lan, then Agelmar. But to have Lan as a single person in the middle doesn't seem like effective delegation. It's not like Agelmar has only one person below him.

I know the story describes it as something the Borderlander rulers all agreed to, that they would fight under the banner of Malkier, but it just sounds like a conveniant excuse to let Lan do what he needs to do in Chapter 29. Which considering why he does that, is probably just as well.

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