Alright, sorry all for the delay in the updates. I have a lot of chapters coming so I may just split it up between the White Tower part, and then Rand and Perrin and all them. Enjoy
Anyway so we find out where Moiraine and Lan have been hiding. She’s with these two old twin Aes Sedai’s off in this small community in Arafel. The two have retired from the White Tower and simply keep track of a lot of history and stuff. The perfect place for Moiraine to get some answers which is clearly the reason she is there. She asks a lot of questions about the Dragon Reborn prophecies, and if the Horn has any link to the Dragon. We find out that there is not, only that it must be found if the Dragon is going to have much of a chance. Why not keep it though? If I were Rand I’d keep that in my back pocket until I need it, screw giving it back to anyone else. I’m the bloody Dragon Reborn, I’ll do what I want. He could probably use all the help he can get.
So back to Moiraine and Lan. Moiraine surprises Lan saying if she dies her bond is going to be passed to someone named Myrelle. Lan is obviously not too happy about it, rightly so. Definitely no way to treat someone like Lan, as really for any Warder. She says it’s to keep him from dying if she were to die which I don’t fully get yet. Obviously if she were to die in overwhelming odds, chances are Lan would too, but if it’s just a fluke thing? I guess it could be to stop him from going back to the blight too. Anyway there are a lot of hints of Lan and Nynaeve hooking up down the road. That could get interesting if Lan is still bonded to Moiraine. Is she foreseeing her death somehow? She tells Lan no, but I don’t see it being easy for her to just hand over her Warder of 20 some years, so we shall see. This is all overshadowed by the event that someone seems to want Moiraine dead by sending a Draghkar. The fact that the Draghkar was warded against them detecting it is another factor. Moiraine says only a channeler could ward it, suggesting Black Ajah. Couldn’t a male channeler ward it too though? Black Ajah would be bad enough, but she was at the Eye of the World, so she knows some male Forsaken are loose. Either way she must be on to something if they are taking the time to assassinate her.
We then jump back to Nynaeve as she’s preparing for her Accepted test. Great great stuff here. I mean wow, what a test to have to go through. Definitely adds respect to all the people who passed it in my eyes. It’s one thing to “face our fears” in real life. But there really is no perfect way to help us face our true fears. There’s no hiding in the three rings, seems to take what you fear from your brain, and transform it into real life. I correct myself, maybe not necessarily “fears”, but just worries, etc. The past, present, and future was pretty cool. Now I can’t figure out if it is real life, another world, or all fake. My vote is it’s another world like the portal stones. That simply direct you to a world based on the circumstances, and what could happen if you choose a different path. I don’t think it is fake, otherwise why would people come out with injuries. I also don’t think it is real life; otherwise the events could change the future. My theory dies when it comes to how their memory is lost so to speak, and the fact they aren’t supposed to be able to channel. But whatever it’s the best I got. Maybe it is just a type of simulation, but with the other world visited by Rand earlier, I feel like it could be a continuing theme. Regardless, Nynaeve balls out and passes, though how did she end up with thorns in her hand? Must have missed that.
Egwene is just starting her training as a novice as well. And who happens to be the novice assigned to help her out, Elayne! Don’t know why but I like Elayne. They have some chit chat, appears everyone seems to remember Rand. Must be his ta’veren ability or whatever you want to call it. So since he is ta’veren, does that mean people remember him better, or has he simply been able to affect people so much that they remember him? I can understand Elayne and possible that Else girl, how often do girls on a farm get travelers like that? The farmer I don’t get, though. He must have seen hundreds and hundreds of people while in the city and along the way. We also find out Min is at the Tower, no surprise there. A girl with a talent like that probably wouldn’t be able to hide out in some town in the middle of nowhere.
Gawyn and Galad come up and Galad seems to be the equivalent of Rand’s Selene. Too handsome and smooth, always does the right thing. Funny how Egwene meets this guy around the same time Rand meets Selene. Rand and Egwene’s chances together are growing slimmer by the day. Gawyn seems like a good guy, though. He’s like the guy that would normally be good looking and popular, if it wasn’t for the even more ridiculously good looking and popular half-brother. From what it sounds like, he never complains either. Something about Galad saving his life once. Elaida then comes up and, for the sake of keeping it clean, is a female dog. Must be a trend in the Ajah, all the Red’s I’ve met so far seem to be this. Maybe if they got some action instead of killing all men they’d be better off.
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