Wheel of Time
Spine of the World
Not a day passed after the arrival of the newcomers or the dragon reborn came looking for me. He found me in one of the hallways as I was making my way to the library to do some more research. He told me he had seen some strange ruins when travelling through a pass leading through the spine of the world when coming to Cairhien from the Aiel Waste and asked me to go and investigate it, to see if it is of any interest. I suspect the main reason for asking me is to have me away from him, but he would not admit as much. But since we have very little else to do here I agreed on going and alerted Roland and his maiden, in case they wanted to get out of the city and accompany us. I don’t really trust the ashaman, but he’s not a bad companion to have around should trouble arise. Raimund asked his brother to join us aswell, and the dragon reborn sent the ogier and the aiel who had arrived the day before, with us. The last to join us was the blademaster Raimund had encountered. To reach the spine of the world faster Roland opened a gateway into the pass. Travelling to the ruins themselves took another few days, along which nothing really important happened. We did encounter fifteen of the shaido aiel, and the aiel who had accompanied the ogier decided to provoke them into combat. The combat was over swiftly after I raised a barrier around our group, and the ashaman did most fo the rest. We did manage to capture two of them to interrogate, but learned little of value. The two were killed by the ashaman and Raimund’s brother. The next day we arrived at the ruins and started investigating. I must say most of this was quite disappointing. They obviously date back to the age of legends and were so damaged that getting inside the underground complex wasn’t easy. Inside we found little of interest however, just the prove that female trollocs once must have existed, and that there is some ancient weapon stored in the ruins, though how it works or what it’s capabilities may be remain unclear. We found no way of using it and there was nothing else to be found in the complex. The only really interesting thing that happened was that we were not alone there, but some woman, a female channeler but no Aes Sedai, was in there with us, though only Raimund encountered her in a ways. He stole on of the items she was searching, and in return she locked us in, meaning we had to spend the night before Roland could open another gateway to get us back outside. After arriving back in Cairhien I talked to the dragon reborn about what had happened there and the conversation sort of confirmed my suspicions, as he seemed only mildly interested in what we had found there, even the prospect of some ancient weapon didn’t seem to entice him very much. Clearly he wanted me out of the city for some reason. The next few days I spent in my room treating Raimund, who seemed to have been weakened by some poison. It must have happened in the ruins, but i’ve never seen this sort of poison before so I kept him in bed till he was fully recovered, much to his disapproval. It did give us the opportunity to talk, and we exchanged stories of how we have gotten where we are now, and about the choices we have made along the way. He told me about his family and especially his sister in Illian. He seems to miss her so I suggested we travel to Illian to visit her, but it seems I’ll need some more time to convince him to actually do so. The days have also gotten us closer together then I had ever expected would happen. Sure, we’ve been friendly and kind to eachother, in between arguing and shouting, but the last day we spent in the room he took me in his arms and held me. I don’t think he’s ever made me feel safer then that moment, and for the first time since the bond passed to me I haven’t regretted accepting it.