Rand, Mat, and Perrin meet Moiraine and Lan in the stable, with Rand taking his father’s sword, Mat a bow, and Perrin an ax. So they’re Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, then. Normally this wouldn’t get to me, but the “influence” of Lord of the Rings has been strong enough so far that I’m really on the lookout for it now.
Egwene suddenly shows up and invites herself along, just because she’s sick of being stuck in this town, laughing off the idea that she’ll need the men to take care of her and also revealing the clever detective work she did to figure out they were leaving. Still not seeing what’s so sexist about this series. Thom also reveals that he wants to go, so the Trollocs won’t get him here. I don’t think he quite gets the idea. Moiraine accepts them both Because Destiny Says So
. That’s going to be her main thing, isn’t it?
This results in a pretty funny sequence where the two more people than they were counting on forces everyone to reconsider the logistics of who rides what. It’s a detail you don’t see much in this kind of story, and appreciated. As they set off, Rand spots another thing tracking them, a large batlike creature called a Draghkar. So, that’s the Crebain from Dunland then. Hey, it’s just too easy.
And finally we’re off. It took a bit longer than it probably should have, but the end result is that I have a very good idea of who all these people are and how they relate to each other right from the start of the journey, rather than having to figure it out as they go. And maybe this is just me being lazy, but I can’t find Tar Valon on the map at the start of the book, so I don’t think they’ll be getting there by the end of this one. Hopefully the way between will provide enough story until whenever it happens.