As written by the hand of Kheldar
27th Day of Danu, 999 NE (continued)
Beh'larah and I had arrived at House Todande. My attire included some
unusual items for attending a social gathering, but since I would be
thought of as "belonging" with an Aes Sedai, I expected little
Of course, since Beh'larah was invited as a full Aes Sedai (with
"servant"), it would not do to let the staff address her directly. So I
naturally intercepted them and lowered my voice, as if not to affront
her ladyship by these trifling matters. I admit, it did amuse me.
The party itself wasn't really that interesting. After having
introduced the Lord and Lady of the house to Beh'larah (yup, still
considering it fun), the party deteriorated into a lot of "conversation"
- had the party attendants been commoners, the word gossip would have
fit. In all honesty I will admit that this sort of thing would have been
perfectly suited to me, had I myself been invited. However,
as a dangling afterthought belonging to the Aes Sedai (which would be a
normal impression for most attendants) I felt more akin to an ornament
than to a partygoer.
I did manage to get the gust of topics being discussed, however. They
limited themselves almost exclusively to House Karistovan's new theater
(which would be opened on New Year's Day) and the strange behaviour of
After about an hour we made our leave and headed for House
Karistovan. We found Tadra waiting for us. Apparently there had been
some sort of miscommunication and she was under the impression that she
was supposed to wait at the Karistovan's party for us. She had even
managed to leave a bad impression with the hired ferrymen, something
which I tried to smooth over.
Tryane had also appeared, but Eleya was still missing. As it would
not do for noble ladies to be waiting in the night, we boarded a ferry
large enough to bring our horses along as well. I once again talked to
the staff and got our party announced as "Beh'larah Sedai and Tryane
Sedai" - strictly speaking a lie, but it was what the people
The way Tryane was acting in no way reminded me of the girl I had
known. I decided it was time to remind her about herself and the reason
we were here, but how? In a flash it popped into my mind: I should have
introduced Tryane as Eadrica. That would, hopefully, at least get her
thinking about what she was doing.
The party lasted for some time. Tryane tried to talk to many nobles
of Houses whose invitation she had declined. This struck me once more as
a queer attempt at playing politics. Eleya arrived later and turned out
to be in a party mood, flirting a bit with the various young gentlemen.
Tadra was a sight to behold, with her bow marking her location in the
gathered crowd. Beh'larah seemed to handle this party like the previous
Only two notable things happened: first, a figure clad in dark
clothes was admitted and quickly led into a side room by Raab.
Naturally, various schemes to eavesdrop on this conversation were
dreamed up and some were attempted, without positive result however.
Secondly, around midnight the doors burst open and in came Prince
Beslan and Matrim Cauthon. That was quite a startling surprise to us
all, I would say. To find the self-appointed general go party crashing
with his apparent buddy, the Royal heir, gave us quite a different
impression than the one he had left when he and his army had visited
Salidar. I vaguely recall that although he did not arrive on the
friendliest terms, that swiftly changed and in the end he had actually
led his army on a mission given to him by the Sisterhood.
The rest of the party would have been great, had I myself been
invited. As it was, I was an add-on to an interesting party and thus
once again preferably ignored. I could begin to see how some people would
come to think that "these witches rule my life", though it was far from
that bad. However, it served to reinforce my decision to spend more time doing
what I wanted instead of what was convenient for the Sisterhood.
On the way back we were accosted by Isana Telena, the healer with the
rather obvious lack of respect for the Accepted that Beh'larah had mentioned.
She had managed to eavesdrop on Raab's conversation with the figure in black.
She claimed that during the opening of House Karistovan's theater, an
attempt at the Queen and her son would be made.
The obvious course to follow was of course to warn the Queen of the
coming danger. The Accepted should have no problem in arranging an
audience (given the swiftness of our previous reception at the Queen's).
Of course, it would be a mistake to accuse House Karistovan there,
seeing as how powerful they were. So her majesty would have to be warned
that the "Sisters" had learned that an attempt against her life would be
made during the opening of the theater. Coming from (suspected) Aes
Sedai, she would be sure to act on such a pronounced and exact
threat. Her actions could be further strengthened by the presence of the
Accepted - and, for that matter, possibly Tadra and myself might also
As I started to explain this, Islana sneered in my face: "Oh sure,
she is going to believe some petty librarian!"
I admit that I can be petty at times, and this was one of those
times. Then again, I deserve some credit, this woman (yet again a woman!
Light!) was clearly not out to make friends with me. Her attitude
angered me. Compound this with the way I already had been feeling and it
is understandable that I was quite angered by her remarks.
The Accepted did most of the talking. A short while later we arrived
at The Blessing and I turned in, feeling more than a bit unhappy and in
need of some normal interaction with normal people.
28th Day of Danu, 999 NE
This morning, an invitation to the Queen's celebration of the Feast
of Light had arrived. While it was (yawn) once again discussed, Tadra
and I made our way to the inn where Mat was staying (as Tryane had
learned the previous evening).
Tadra's actions prompted a quick depart from said inn, but not before
I left a short note inviting Mat to join us at The Blessing. Tadra and I
returned, and a short while later Tryane and Eleya left for the exact
same purpose. I couldn't hide a chuckle. For all their talking, these
women rarely had the good sense to actually listen.
When the two Accepted returned, our plans for hindering the attempt
at the Queen were discussed. One plan was to prevent the opening
(and thus postponing the attempt) by wreaking havoc to the theater, for
example by flooding it or by burning it. This was immediately promoted
to backup plan, as was the plan to prevent the succesful execution of
My stomach reeled at yet another day like this, and thus I informed
if my presence was required. It was not, so I decided to take the day
off and do some things that I liked. This decision lifted a burden from
me and I felt uplifted by it. I agreed to meet the ladies for dinner at
The Blessing and that was it - I was free!