I got past yet another snag in Chapter 12. This time, I decided on a good way to go from Gowan trying to kill Gorok to Gowan trying to bargain with him. Remember the Guardian (the silver dagger-edged bird) from an earlier chapter? Gowan calls on one, too -- but Gorok discovers that he is able to control it with his mind. Suddenly Gowan is interested in him and tries to lure him to his side. This is what leads to his attempt to bargain with Gorok, Kensin, and Wulf. I also tweaked some of what went on earlier in the chapter.