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It Works in Theory: This Slayer is not old, archer, but his evil is ancient.


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Regards, my intelligent browsers of Dragonmount! Welcome to another week of "It Works in Theory," Dragonmount's often duplicated but never imitated theory blog. I know what you're thinking: two weeks in a row with a new theory blog entry, now we KNOW the end of the world is near. Speaking of the end of the world, the release date for the final book of The Wheel of Time was announced recently, and of course there were some fans who were slightly disappointed to see a date a little bit later than they had anticipated. Obviously I, along with many others, am boiling over in anticipation for A Memory of Light, and I would love for the book to be out tomorrow so I can start flipping through the pages and seeing how everything ends up. But something we should remember is that we fans are extremely lucky even to be getting an ending to the series, period. So, let's have patience, and all hope the Mayans were just big pranksters so we'll all get a chance to finish our favorite series. Before all that, though, let's go ahead and get to the disclaimer:

 

WARNING!!! Spoiler Alert!!! WARNING!!!

 

This blog is based on theories that will include facts and material from the latest books in the series, so if you have not read through Towers of Midnight, continue reading at your own risk! Before beginning your enjoyment of "It Works in Theory," the reader should remember to follow all safety protocol and take all caution necessary to prevent accidents or mishaps. This includes donning all protective gear and heeding all precautions, such as standing or sitting no closer than ten feet away from whatever device you happen to be reading the blog on to minimize exposure from the blog's glorious yet deadly radiation. At the very least, if a blindfold is unavailable, thick goggles should be worn to prevent overbulging of the eyes. Ear plugs are also a necessity to keep any brain matter from trying to escape the cranial cavity while the blog's contents are being transmitted directly to your mind.

 

We're continuing the "Darkfriend Appreciation Month" theme this week, and as promised, we shall be discussing the individual(s) known as Slayer. Last week, we covered Padan Fain, who happens to be one of Slayer's many nemeses. Slayer is definitely a very interesting character for many reasons, and several of them are the same ones that make Fain so interesting. He also is somewhat of a conglomeration of two separate personalities that merged into one violent persona, being the combination of Luc Mantear and Isam Mandragoran. He has several powerful unique abilities, mostly tied to his strengths in the world of Tel'aran'rhiod. But to me, one of the most interesting things about Slayer is the multitude of connections that link him with many other main characters of the series. Put simply, a lot of people have potential beef with this guy, and he could end up meeting his possible end at the hands of any one of them.

 

The first individual Slayer is linked to that I wanted to discuss was Fain himself. At one point in time, both Slayer and Fain were "on the same side." Fain had been created as a hound of the Dark One to help track down Rand, and Slayer had been a valuable tool of the Dark One for some time. But when Fain realigned his priorities and commitments after merging with Mordeth, they soon found each other trying to do the other one in. I already mentioned the oddity in that both are the product of two separate personas being merged, and the fact that both have unique and unusual abilities. Slayer has tried attacking Fain in proxy, sending Gray Men and Trollocs after him, but Fain is able to defeat or convert any Slayer sends his way. You get the sense from Fain that there is definitely no love lost in regards to Slayer; however, he also seems to have bigger fish to fry.

 

As far as who would win in a showdown, it obviously has a lot to do with the placement of the battlefield. If the fight were to occur in Tel'aran'rhiod somehow, or if Slayer were able to drag Fain into the dream world, he would most easily hold the advantage. In any other circumstances, however, Fain would most likely dominate without breaking a sweat. Slayer isn't overly reckless, so I don't think a one on one showdown between the two is honestly that likely.

 

In general, when we think of Slayer's true foe, only one person comes to mind: Perrin Goldeneyes. There is some serious bad blood in that relationship, as Slayer has killed countless wolfbrothers of Perrin's. Slayer seems to be perceptive of the relationship Perrin has with the wolves, and kills them to tease Perrin as much as to satisfy his own inhuman desire to destroy. They have met multiple times now, both in combat and in passing when Lord Luc was posing as a savior to the Two Rivers during the scouring of the Shire cleansing of Trollocs from Rand's homeland. They've traded off somewhat; the first encounter ending in sort of a draw (when Slayer seemed to disappear into the Tower of Ghenjei), the second again resulting in a draw (this time with Perrin fleeing), the third ending with Perrin injuring Slayer greatly with an arrow to the chest, the fourth ending with Perrin barely escaping with his life, and the last ending with Perrin outsmarting Slayer and using a nightmare to destroy the dreamspike.

 

There is a subtle undercurrent to Slayer and Perrin's relationship. Slayer seems to have a connection to the Darkhounds, and might even have something to do with their creation or conversion. Perrin, as a wolfbrother, shares his wolf pals' aversion to creatures of the Shadow. Interestingly enough, the wolves seem to have a larger dislike for creatures that are less human or are abominations of nature. Their hatred for the "Neverborn," their term for Myrddraal, is a prime example. Well, Slayer has been in Tel'aran'rhiod in the flesh long enough to have lost nearly all his humanity, so it stands to reason that this would set him apart already. Combining this with his connection to Darkhounds, it's easy to think that Perrin would love nothing more than to hamstring him and rip out his throat with a powerful set of wolf jaws or possibly a swipe of Mah'alleinir. Even worse, Slayer could possibly be the Shadow's version of a wolfbrother, some kind of Shadowbrother that gets glee from murdering and turning wolves. Hopper even hints at somehing far older than Slayer when referring to him while admonishing Perrin for wanting to chase him:

 

The Shadow Rising

Chapter 28, "To the Tower of Ghenjei"

 

You chase Slayer, Young Bull. He is here in the flesh, and he can kill.

 

“In the flesh? You mean not just dreaming? How can he be here in the flesh?”

 

I do not know. It is a thing dimly remembered from long ago, come again as so much else. Things of the Shadow walk the dream, now. Creatures of Heartfang. There is no safety.

 

I'll be getting back to the "dimly remembered" thing a bit later, but if Slayer is a Shadowbrother then it is most fitting for Perrin, the Wolf King himself, to be the one who takes him down. However, if they were to meet again, this time in a final confrontation, who would ultimately hold the advantage? To be honest, Perrin is actually easily outmatched by Slayer in terms of abilities within the wolf/dream world; the main reason Perrin has been able to keep it relatively even up to this point has been his ability to surprise Slayer, who was also most likely underestimating Perrin's abilities. Not only that, but you also must consider the nature of both men. Slayer has an extreme amount of pride and holds a deep personal vendetta against Perrin. And his rage, although cold and inhuman, would make him seek Perrin's death even if it didn't necessarily help the chances of the Shadow succeeding.

 

Perrin, on the other hand, is not nearly as passionate in that sense. Yes, of course he has his own righteous fury and is a force to be reckoned with when enflamed, but most of the time he tries to think logically and choose the best course of action carefully. In Towers of Midnight when Perrin had stolen the dreamspike from Slayer and was fleeing from him, it wasn't nearly as important to him that he see Slayer dead as it was that he find a way to destroy or disable the dreamspike. He cared more about his duty and protecting those who had sworn fealty to him than he did about personal vengeance, and this was right after witnessing Slayer kill multiple friends of his in the wolf dream. So, at the end of the day, Perrin simply isn't as driven to kill Slayer as Slayer is to kill him. When taking into account the fact that Slayer is also more skilled in Tel'aran'rhiod, it's somewhat of a natural conclusion to say that Slayer would most likely defeat Perrin.

 

Another individual that Slayer has a link to is one of the Forsaken, one who recently was visited by Shaidar Haran to finally be held accountable for all of her failings. Graendal tried shirking responsibility onto Slayer after he was loaned for her use by Moridin, but Shaidar Haran wasn't having any of it. She does seem to still be alive though, and it is possible that she would carry a grudge against Slayer if she truly believed he was to blame for her last epic fail of a plot. That being said, I doubt she would risk going after another of the Dark One's tools, considering she has been responsible for the deaths of almost as many Forsaken as Rand. She would know that she would be on her last lifeline, and wouldn't want to risk losing out on the chance at eternal life for some simple grudge.

 

The relationship that Slayer has to the next couple of characters is somewhat more intimate; in fact, he happens to share a blood bond with both of them. One of Slayer's personalities is Isam Mandragoran, who happens to be the son of Breyan Mandragoran, who was Lan's aunt. This would make him Lan's cousin, which is why his dream form of Isam has caused some confusion for those who didn't realize who he was at first (Nynaeve and Egwene have both seen him in visits to Tel'aran'rhiod). Breyan Mandragoran is largely to blame for the fall of Malkier. Because of this, were Lan to ever learn of this side of Slayer's persona, he would relish greatly in the chance to be the one who made Slayer depart this world. Part of the reason Lan has "courted death" so much in his life-long vendetta against the Shadow is that he's always lacked an easy scapegoat for the fall of his kingdom. If he were given the son of the woman responsible for its fall, I imagine his mercy would not extend far at all. The difficulty here, however, would probably be having an excuse for these two to meet, and for Lan to have it verified who he was.

 

The other half of Slayer consists of Lord Luc Mantear, and following his family tree results in another nice surprise: Rand. Rand's mother Tigraine, otherwise known as Shaiel, was Luc's sister, which would make Slayer Rand's uncle. First of all, who would've thought that someone with both Lan and Rand's blood could be such a psychopath? I mean, Rand and Lan are both such agreeable, mentally stable people...kinda sorta...right? One interesting possibility that arises with this information is Slayer's possible involvement in the "Blood on the Rocks" topic, if you presume that the "blood of the Dragon" might mean his blood relatives. I kind of doubt Slayer will somehow be sacrificed for the good of the Light, however.

 

Another huge connection Luc has with Rand has to do with Rand's other biological parent: Janduin. After Shaiel's death, Janduin ventures forth to the Blight in a fit of grief, hoping to find solace in the deaths of as many Shadowspawn as he can cause, when he sees someone who seems to have a striking resemblance to Shaiel. It is implied that his hesitation at seeing someone who carries the likeness of his dead wife is what costs him his life, because the individual then kills him. Slayer is Rand's uncle, and also happened to kill his true father. Yes, the soap opera that is The Wheel of Time has many twists and turns. Suffice it to say that were Rand to find a chance to dispatch his father's killer, he would come upon Slayer like a terrible malevelont force of destruction that Slayer would have little chance against.

 

In fact, there is an interesting caveat to this relationship: Slayer's death at the hands of Rand may well have been prophesied:

 

The Great Hunt

Chapter 7, "Blood Calls Blood"

 

Luc came to the Mountains of Dhoom.

Isam waited in the high passes.

The hunt is now begun. The Shadow’s hounds now course,

and kill.

One did live, and one did die, but both are.

The Time of Change has come.

Blood feeds blood.

Blood calls blood.

Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be.

 

The Watchers wait on Toman’s Head.

The seed of the Hammer burns the ancient tree.

Death shall sow, and summer burn, before the Great Lord comes.

Death shall reap, and bodies fail, before the Great Lord comes.

Again the seed slays ancient wrong, before the Great Lord comes.

Now the Great Lord comes.

Now the Great Lord comes.

Blood feeds blood.

Blood calls blood.

Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be.

 

Now, in one of my first blogs, I discussed the Dark Prophecy and its possible interpretations. In that blog, I said that the second paragraph I quoted here most likely had to do with the Seanchan invasion of Tarabon, but there is another possible interpretation. There was a great theory/write-up by one of Dragonmount's regular posters in the General Wheel of Time Discussion forum, in which FarShainMael lined out why the "seed of the Hammer" could possibly be Rand. Long story short, Rand could possibly be related to Artur Hawkwing through the lineage on his mother's side of the family. He burned "the ancient tree" when he lit Avendesora on fire during his fight with Asmodean at the end of The Shadow Rising. And what could the line "Again the seed slays ancient wrong" be referring to?

 

The Shadow Rising

Chapter 28, "To the Tower of Ghenjei"

 

"It does not matter so long as you stay away from the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn. They are not evil the way the Shadow is evil, yet they are so different from humankind they might as well be. They are not to be trusted, archer. Stay clear of the Tower of Ghenjei. Avoid the World of Dreams, if you can. Dark things walk.”

 

“Like the man I was chasing? Slayer.”

 

“A good name for him. This Slayer is not old, archer, but his evil is ancient.”

 

In the same chapter after Hopper tells Perrin that Slayer uses abilities "dimly remembered from long ago," Perrin meets Birgitte for the first time, and she ends up describing Slayer's essence in a similar fashion. We all know what a fan Robert Jordan was of putting small hints in certain wordings or phrases, so it could be that he was breadcrumbing that Slayer is the ancient evil, or ancient wrong, that the seed shall...slay. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Rand ends up being the one who punches Slayer's ticket in, especially if Slayer adds Perrin's death to the list of grievances Rand would have against him.

 

One more thing I wanted to discuss before we wrapped things up this week has to do with something that many of you might not normally consider. Well, what else am I good for if not for helping you exercise those theory muscles that don't often get worked out? What I'm interested in is the morality of Slayer; more specifically how much culpability can be placed at his feet, or just "how evil" he truly is. One thing to remember is that one half of Slayer, Isam, was taken into the Blight by his mother when he was still an infant. More than likely he was taken at an extremely young age, and probably went through who knows what kind of trauma and anguish before he was even merged with Luc. Luc, meanwhile, was sent to the Blight by Gitara Moroso, who supposedly had tried convincing him fame and fortune lie in the Blight. It's possible, though, that instead she convinced him to go because she told him it was necessary for him to go because the outcome of Tarmon Gai'don depended on him venturing into the Blight.

 

What I'm getting at is, what if Luc went there with altruistic intentions, only to be taken by the forces of the Shadow and subjugated to whatever treatment would help develop him into Slayer? We know being in Tel'aran'rhiod in the flesh has very harmful effects on your humanity, and that someone can be forcibly taken into the world of dreams. In that world, so much more is possible if your morals aren't so rigidly defined, and the use of its abilities might even have something to do with how Slayer was created, how both of his personalities were merged. So is it possible that Slayer is in fact a mere victim of circumstance and didn't choose to become evil of his own will but was forced to become a pawn of the Dark One? If this is the case, should we be rooting for his death more because it would be an act of mercy instead of wishing his death to satisfy our own morbid appetites? Or maybe I'm just cutting Slayer too much slack because he shares a name with an iconic speed/thrash metal band that I happen to dig (my band is even considering doing a cover of a famous song of theirs; I left a clue hinting which one at the very beginning of this week's blog).

 

Well, that should just about do it for this week. I hope everyone has enjoyed it, and I would like to hear your thoughts on the topic. Comment, private message, or email me if you had any different takes or ideas on either this, or any topic you might want to talk about. Also, I apologize for bringing this up again, but one more positive that comes out of having a release date slightly later than expected: more theory blogs from yours truly! Ah, well, I tried. Alright, till next week theoryheads, when we will be focusing on the one and only...Mazrim Taim!




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I am in The Shadow Rising right now in my most recent re-read. I wonder what kind of relationship Slayer has with the aelfinn and the eelfinn that would allow him to enter and leave the tower of Ghenjei so freely. They are not evil per se, but Birgitte claims that entering the tower from the world of dreams is even more dangerous than doing so in the waking world.

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@gaijin. I kinda came to the conclusion that Slayer simply ducked out of sight behind the Tower of Ghenjei and phased out of T'A'R. That particularly ability he has is definitely unknown to Perrin, so it's only natural that he assumed Slayer went inside the Tower. It's also likely that Slayer was purposely trying to trick Perrin into going inside, just in case Perrin was that dumb.

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as for who'll end up taking down slayer... its my understanding that slayer gets his strength from being in TAR in the flesh... the only advantage that he has over perrin... i think... perrin will end up in TAR in the flesh for TG... in which, slayer would have no chance against him...

 

each of the three boys have had a bad guy aimed at them for most of the books... mat had the gholam, perrin slayer, and rand has fain...

 

mats already beat the gholam, i doubt slayer would let himself be killed outside of TAR, and fain probably has a part to play in TG itself...

 

i think that rand and perrin(and others) will do the sealing in TAR... i dont think mat will be, but who knows... during which, perrin will make slayer go squish... rand rebuilds the cell in TAR, and leaves(YAY) and then fain attacks rand...

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Very thought provoking. Maybe Perrin Needed Luc to go into the blight so he would become Slayer. Perrin might have to do something in TAR that affects the outcome of the last battle which he never would have been able to do if Slayer hadn't forced him into hardcore TAR training.

I imagine there's some more Slaying to be done in the future too, and he isn't in the good books at the moment.

Another thing I thought of was maybe Slayer is an unnatural balance to keep in check the dead wolf population in TAR, I mean every wolf who has ever died running around clogging up the place? There was enough hanging around Dragonmount by all reports..

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@gholam except wolves are like hero's of the horn... while living in TAR theyre often reborn into the waking world... as with balefire, the creator can spin threads balefired, or killed in TAR back into the pattern... i doubt if any new threads are ever truely created... everyone is someone reborn from kings to farmers

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I could be way off, but I've always read the "old" part about Slayer showing up in the flesh in TAR as something from the War of the Shadow. The Wise Ones also mention it being evil, but can't remember why. The Forsaken were known for entering in the flesh, then pulling other people in to the dream. I always piled it all together. Even the heroes of the Horn have been churned out quite a few times since the breaking, so that would still be ancient, even by their standards.

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I was always really confused by the evilness of Slayer. Obviously he has always been evil within the timeframe of the novels, but Luc's history (and also judging from his more high profile relatives like Tigraine, Rand, and Galad) never gave me the impression that he was evil pre-Slayer. And Isam's only connection to the Shadow comes from the mistake/bitchiness of his mother and I never felt that Jordan was a real "Sins of the father pass onto the son" kind of guy. In my mind, I always felt that something DO-related happened in the Blight that turned them evil. Maybe they unknowingly wandered to Shayol Ghul and got corrupted by the proximity to the DO. I don't know, but nothing from their back stories explains why they are evil so I have to assume it's not "natural" to them.

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@Mark that's interesting I didn't think about wolves being reborn like that, I can't remember it being discussed before in the books.

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@gholam i remember RJ saying that all threads are rewoven into the pattern... even the balefired ones... this would include ALL beings... not only humans...

 

and, i seem to remember hopper mention that wolves are reborn from TAR earlier in the books... but i may be mistaken there...

 

wolves have long memories ;-) but not shared memories... they clearly remember talking with men from "ages past"... meaning they would be the same wolves...

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maybe "clearly" was the wrong word... many remember it, but faintly... as long ago... but, there are few who dont remember it to some extent...

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@Mark sorry I was only making a joke but then it did make me wonder about what happens to those wolves... I think heroes tied to the horn spend their spare time in TAR because they are mystically(is that a word?) tied to the horn waiting to be reborn whilst wolves seem to be the only creature in randland who get to live in TAR when they die no matter how brave or courageous or hero like they are.. So..

It's the wheel of time or the creator who kills the wolves to re-thread their soul back in to the pattern ? when they were living a peaceful existence hunting down dream animals in their perfect seeming(until slayer comes along) afterlife where they can fly and stuff.. Kinda seems cruel to me.

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its no problem :) and i disagree... most/all wild animals live in TAR on death in the waking world... theres the stag, rabbits, all sorts of wild animals there... but once tamed, they do not... and tame wouldnt be what i would call a wolf... wolves play an integral part in the books for certain, having a culture of their own, including large interactions with people(war, wolfbrothers, etc), which makes us think of them as less than wild... but that doesnt make it so.

 

wolves seem unique tho, with that they are all dreamers... entering TAR whenever they need... tho i do have suspicions about other wild animals, including humans...

 

what makes you think they have to die in TAR to be reborn? to me, death in TAR means a temporary death, until the creator respins the thread in another age, and, probably, a reset on memory...

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@mark.

the last battle will be fought simultaneously in two places:

the big one will be at the field of merrilor with the overall command of lord

of luck(i like this title lol).

the second battle will be at shayol ghul with rand,perrin,nynaeve,moiraine,

aviendha and...and rand trump card...lanfear.

so no,i dont think our three protagonists will be together in the last battle.

i used to think of tarmon gaidon as one massive battle between forces of light

and forces of dark,but i changed my mind.

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yea... i never figured mat would be there... perrin and rand tho will probably be near eachother... tho... i disagree with nyaneve being with rand... i think lan will get hurt, and nyaneve will go join him(can anyone say, ressurecting the dead?... if such an event happens)

 

but yea... i can see merrilor being attacked in the waking world... with mat in command... and with perrin, rand and company, in TAR in the flesh going to SG... aviendha's future walk through rhuidean said that rand "went away"... i think thats him going into a gateway into TAR and not coming back...

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so thats mat, egwene, aes sedai, min, etc at merrilor, (probably attacking the white tower full of seanchan)

and lan, nyaneve, the malkier army, and the wolves at tarwains gap

and perrin, rand, moraine, lanfear, aviendha, wolves, tc in TAR at SG

and elaine and the band of the red hand, re-attacking camelyn

and logain and company attacking the black tower...

 

its going to be epic

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Actually, hopper mentioned that death in TAR is forever, no rebirth.

 

Very nice one this week. You pointed out things I hadn't picked up on before! And as I've been reading this for 20 years, that is impressive :)

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hopper is thinking from within the pattern... the creator can spin threads outside of the pattern...

 

i may be wrong, but i remember RJ said before that even balefired threads would eventually be respun back into the pattern... not in this age probably, but in another for sure :) i mean... he wouldnt be alive anymore, theres not TAR beyond TAR... but that doesnt mean the end...

 

now... hopper probably wont remember his previous life... so he'd be dead in a fashion... but, it would still be his thread...

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@Despothera Do you have a published blog somewhere else? A non-WoT blog? I'd kinda like to read more of your stuff but this is the only place I know of where you publish.

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Theory: Perhaps the Aelfinn and Eelfinn made Slayer what he is. I mean, if the DO could make hunters like Slayer, don't you think he would have made more by now? But combining two different people into one, and then imprisoning one of them in T'A'R and the other in the real world, well... that sounds EXACTLY like something the 'Finns would do.

 

Of course, we'll probably never know at this point...

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I've also wondered if Slayer actually had a connection to the 'Finns. The only reference I can think of is when he disappears near the Tower of Ghenji in TAR. Any others?

 

Speaking of the 'Finns, Mat is certain that they know what is in his head because of his previous visits to 'Finn-Land. If that's the case, what about Rand? He entered the doorway in Tear, do they know what he's thinking/planning? How does that play out in the Last Battle?

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@redshield i disagree with mats assumption... the memories wernt from men who went through the door... i believe that mat is a hero of the horn, but unlike the others, he is immediately reborn, he doesnt enter TAR... the holes in mats memory... are his own memories...

 

the finn gave mat exactly what he asked for... a way out of of the finnland, the ashendarai... to be free of aes seda, the medallion... and the holes in HIS memory filled... i dont see why they would stuff anyone elses memories into his head...

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@Metalhead: I'm glad you enjoy my writing! It's really been more satisfying than you can imagine, getting so many comments and messages telling me how much my blog is appreciated. Believe it or not, but during the holidays malaise and everything else, I had kind of been contemplating taking a break from the blog (don't tell Dwynwen that :blush:). Now not only am I glad I didn't, I'm also overjoyed that my work is so appreciated. As an aspiring writer it means a lot, thank you.

 

As for other writing of mine, I did used to write for another website but they have since closed down, even the portal link doesn't work anymore. I wrote about a lot of things on there, from daily observations and randomness to other deeper more introspective issues. I've been contemplating starting up another blog perhaps, a personal one, but I'm not exactly sure what I'd like to focus it around. Pop culture, music, sports, daily life, social issues; there are plenty of topics I would enjoy writing about.

 

If I did start a personal blog, do any of my readers have a preference for what kind you might like?

 

Oh, one more thing Metalhead, you can find a little bit more of my writing in the Cage Match fights we recently featured. I wrote all of the Week 2 matchups, and the Nynaeve vs. Moridin matchup.

 

@Redshield: I agree with Mark, I think Mat's theory on the memories is false. The characters are often wrong throughout the series when it comes to certain matters, and Mat is prob the worst at this. More than likely he is in denial about his lineage/ancestry because of how much he loathes the idea of nobility or people who think they're better than others. He wants to believe the memories are from other people so that he can go on pretending he's no one special.

 

As for the Slayer/'Finns connection, I'm really not sure because there aren't many other hints of a link between the two, but I would suspect him disappearing by the Tower was more likely an attempt to get Perrin to try and get inside the Tower.

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not to mention how mat keeps ranting about how horrible nobles are... imagine the psychological trauma if he admitted he was one? or is an emperor in this lifetime? truely mats had the worst political luck through the books... he started out as a dairy farmer and village scoundrel, been opposed to nobles and royalty practically from day 1... and day by day, he's gotten closer and closer to becoming the emperor for the largest empire(seanchan) we've met to date...

 

if it wernt for his unbeatable fighting luck, i dont see how he'd stay sane...

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Believe it or not, but during the holidays malaise and everything else, I had kind of been contemplating taking a break from the blog (don't tell Dwynwen that ). Now not only am I glad I didn't, I'm also overjoyed that my work is so appreciated.

 

LOL, you know I read every comment on the front page. :tongue:

 

I too am glad you didn't take a break from the blog. :smile:

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