Rand’s just decided to leave the city and look for Ingtar somewhere else, when he and Loial are attacked by Trollocs. He tries to use the Power, but it comes with a rather disturbing description of feeling oily all over, so they just run for it after a bit. And then Selene shows up, so I’m thinking she set this up to make him use the Power, which she’s had some kind of effect on. They’re all forced into a separate community of Illuminators, people who make fireworks…and kill anyone who tries to sneak in. Well, that’s certainly a different kind of secret society than I’ve ever seen before.
They get through without being spotted, though Loial does set off one firework for a cheap comic relief scene, but then more Trollocs arrive, and Rand has a Crowning Moment of Awesome
by apparently vaporizing them with a big firework, and still getting everyone away safely. Selene disappears, and leaves a note at the inn telling Rand to think about becoming a hero himself with the Horn. How does he not see it?
This one comes as quite a surprise, having such an action heavy chapter in the middle of the city of plots and schemes (which are the same thing)
. The secretive, murderous firework makers are a pretty oddball idea even coming after the likes of the Green Man, but they’ll probably have a bigger role to play later on so I’ll just wait to see if that comes to anything to justify it.