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WoT If...I Conclude The Eye of the World this Week?


Mashiara Sedai

Welcome back to "WoT If?". This week will conclude our in-depth look at The Eye of the World. There are only a few more pieces of information that need to be examined, so there might be some hopping around from subject to subject. As always:

 

Spoiler warning! This will include content from many books in the series, including Towers of Midnight, and speculation about A Memory of Light. Please read at your own risk.

 

First off, there's something curious about these last few chapters with regards to Moiraine having been to the Eye of the World before.

 

The Eye of the World

Chapter 46, "Fal Dara"

 

"You have seen the Green Man, Moiraine Sedai?" The Lord of Fal Dara sounded impressed, but in the next breath he frowned. "But if you have already met him once..."

 

"Need is the key," Moiraine said softly, "and there can be no greater need than mine. Than ours. And I have something those other seekers have not."

 

Her eyes barely stirred from Agelmar's face, but Rand was sure they had drifted toward Loial, just for an instant before the Aes Sedai pulled them back. Rand met the Ogier's eyes, and Loial shrugged.

 

"Ta'veren," the Ogier said softly.

 

I think there is a lot of information here. But let's take a step back and try to figure out when Moiraine went to the Eye the first time. We know that she goes up to the Borderlands right after being raised to Aes Sedai.

 

New Spring

Chapter 17, "An Arrival"

 

Chasing after prophecy, Moiraine had decided by the end of the first month, involved very little adventure and a great deal of boredom. Now, three months out of Tar Valon, her grand search consisted mainly of frustration.

 

So, after leaving the Tower, Moiraine has traveled for three months. During this scene, she's in Kandor—which lies between Arafel and Saldaea. The whole second half of the novel takes place in Kandor. It's not very close to the location in the Blight where she takes the Emond's Fielders. However, it's been three months, so that's plenty of time to get up there.

 

I'm also assuming Moiraine went without Lan. Notice how Agelmar addresses her only. Maybe Lan would keep quiet about it, letting Moiraine hold onto that Aes Sedai secrecy, but when the Green Man first appears, he says:

 

The Eye of the World

Chapter 49, "The Dark One Stirs"

 

"You, Moiraine Sedai, are more than a surprise. When this place was made, it was made so that none could find it twice. How have you come here?"

 

"Need," Moiraine replied. "My need, the world's need. Most of all is the world's need. We have come to see the Eye of the World."

 

The Green Man would have included Lan in this statement if he had been with her the first time. Also, note that the Green Man calls her "Sedai," so her visit to him would have been after being raised, but the lack of Lan's presence would suggest that it was before she bonded him. That only leaves the three month window for her to go up to the Blight—alone?—to seek the Eye of the World.

 

Why would she go there? She heard the Foretelling about Rand's birth, and is one of the few searchers who wasn't killed. Obviously, she's looking for signs that would indicate which child he is, but she's also looking for answers. There are several instances throughout the series when Moiraine disappears to find answers. Would the Green Man have any answers, though? His memory is fading and tattered because of his injury. He remembers enough to recognize Perrin as a Wolfbrother, and he remembers the hair and eye coloring of the Aiel. But, when pressed, he can't recall any specific details about anything.

 

Also, there's no reference to the Eye of the World in the prophecies of the Dragon. Moiraine doesn't even plan on going there until Perrin, Loial, and Rand all bring it up while staying at The Queen's Blessing (The Eye of the World, Chapter 42, "Remembrance of Dreams"). Was she just desperate, searching any possible place for leads? Her need was great enough to summon the Green Man the first time, so maybe he was able to give her something helpful.

 

What of Moiraine's statement, "I have something those other seekers have not"? Rand notes that she half-looks at Loial as she says this. Is there something significant about having an Ogier among the group? Loial notes that the Green Man doesn't avoid Ogier the way he avoids humans (The Eye of the World, Chapter 46, "Fal Dara"). So, maybe Loial's presence will help draw the Green Man, but would it be enough that it would counter Moiraine's meeting him already? I think it's more likely that Rand is mistaken and she was actually going to look at him. Since he is the Dragon Reborn—and Moiraine knows that by this point—he would be the best to summon the Green Man and the Eye.

 

Here's another unanswered question: is there a possibility the Eye could be refilled? I'll admit, with the taint cleansed from saidin, there might not be a need for a second Eye of the World. However, Moiraine puts a lot of emphasis on the fact that both men and women channelers are needed to make a pool of the Power.

 

The Eye of the World

Chapter 50, "Meetings at the Eye"

 

"The greatest wonders of the Age of Legends were done in that way, saidin and saidar together. All the women in Tar Valon, all the Aes Sedai in all the courts and cities, even with those in the lands beyond the Waste, even counting those who may still live beyond the Aryth Ocean, could not fill a spoon with the Power, lacking men to work with them."

 

This balance between men and women is a reoccurring theme throughout the series. With the addition of Light-aligned Asha'man and fealty-bound Aes Sedai, we are beginning to discover what happens with the combination of saidar and saidin. But why would Moiraine get so wordy about how females alone can't "fill a spoon with the Power"? I'd call this foreshadowing.

 

What would be the purpose of a second, or refilled, Eye of the World? As discussed two weeks ago, I think it's possible the Eye is a connection to a) the Creator, and b) Rand's past lives. If the Power inside is restored, Rand could hear the ALL CAPS voice again. Either that, or he could allow someone else to be connected to their past lives. Would it be necessary for the Last Battle? Probably not. But it could help the Light side by giving Rand access to the Creator or other channelers' past memories.

 

Another unanswered question at the end of The Eye of the World revolves around Rand's channeling abilities. He uses many weaves as he fights off the Shadowspawn in Tarwin's Gap, and some when he's fighting Ba'alzamon. There's even the Traveling/Skimming weaves Rand uses to get from one place to the next. How does he make these weaves?

 

I see two possibilities: either it's Lews Therin's memories Rand's acquired through the Power of the Eye, or it's the instinctual channeling that wilders typically learn. We see examples of Egwene and Nynaeve using weaves instinctually. There is a good example of Egwene doing this, and knowing she's doing this, in The Dragon Reborn.

 

The Dragon Reborn

Chapter 26, "Behind a Lock"

 

She moved her ball of light to the wall and fastened it there; she was not certain how she did it, but when she took her hand away, the light remained. I keep learning how to do things without knowing what they are, she thought nervously.

 

Elayne frowned at her as if considering, then hung her light on the wall, too. Watching, Egwene thought she saw what it was she had done. She learned it from me, but I just learned it from her. She shivered.

 

Because of this, it's easy to see that Rand could be doing all these weaves based on instincts. However, it could also be argued that Egwene and Nynaeve can do so many things without being taught because they are remembering fragments of their past lives too. The Old Blood is strong in both of them, and if they are able to draw on Manetheren's strength, they might be able to draw on Manetheren's memories as well.

 

I think this is plausible because of the fact that Egwene is aware of this happening. When Nynaeve was channeling by instinct as Wisdom, she didn't know she was using the Power. Moiraine points out how the channeling works as the result of the channeler's will, subconsciously.

 

The Eye of the World

Chapter 21, "Listen to the Wind"

 

"Perhaps as much as eight or ten years ago—the age varies, but always comes young—there was something you wanted more than anything else in the world, something you needed. And you got it. A branch suddenly falling where you could pull yourself out of a pond instead of drowning. A friend, or a pet, getting well when everyone thought they would die."

 

This shows that wilders, who don't know they can channel, use the Power instinctively. This is a big difference from Egwene—and Rand—using weaves they haven't learned. I think this is good evidence that Nynaeve and Egwene are important people reborn. Personally, I believe Nynaeve is Eldrene ay Ellan ay Carlan, Queen of Manetheren.

 

Let's move on to the final mystery: what are those cords that connect to Rand and the Forsaken? Rand first sees the cord attached to Aginor when the Forsaken is drawing on the Eye of the World.

 

The Eye of the World

Chapter 51, "Against the Shadow"

 

Suddenly he felt something, saw it, though he knew it was not there to see. A glowing rope ran off from Aginor, behind him, white like sunlight seen through the purest cloud, heavier than a blacksmith's arm, lighter than air, connecting the Forsaken to something distant beyond knowing, something within the touch of Rand's hand. The rope pulsed, and with every throb Aginor grew stronger, more fully fleshed, a man as tall and strong as himself, a man harder than the Warder, more deadly than the Blight. Yet beside that shining cord, the Forsaken seemed almost not to exist. The cord was all. It hummed. It sang. It called Rand's soul. One bright finger-strand lifted away, drifted, touched him, and he gasped. Light filled him, and heat that should have burned yet only warmed as if it took the chill of the grave from his bones. The strand thickened. I have to get away!

 

"No!" Aginor shouted. "You shall not have it! It is mine!"

 

Rand did not move, and neither did the Forsaken, yet they fought as surely as if they grappled in the dust. Sweat beaded on Aginor's face, no longer withered, no longer old, that of a strong man in his prime. Rand pulsed with the beating in the cord, like the heartbeat of the world. It filled his being. Light filled his mind, till only a corner was left for what was himself. He wrapped the void around that nook; sheltered in emptiness. Away!

 

"Mine!" Aginor cried. "Mine!"

 

Warmth built in Rand, the warmth of the sun, the radiance of the sun, bursting, the awful radiance of light, of the Light.

 

Away!

 

"Mine!" Flame shot from Aginor's mouth, broke through his eyes like spears of fire, and he screamed.

 

Away!

 

And Rand was no longer on the hilltop. He quivered with the Light that suffused him. His mind would not work; light and heat blinded it. The Light. In the midst of the void, the Light blinded his mind, stunned him with awe.

 

During this scene, the cord transfers from Aginor to Rand. And once Rand has it, he burns from the Power and Light it gives him. Because of this, the cord must be the Power of the Eye. The cord is the metaphysical connection from Rand to the Power. This raises the question of whether it's a specialty of the Eye to have this sort of connection, or if it's Rand's actual connection to saidin. We know there is no physical link between a channeler's body and the Source—Nynaeve muses on this when she Heals stilling. And Rand admits that "it was not there to see." So, what is he actually looking at?

 

Rand sees a cord connecting to Ba'alzamon too:

 

The Eye of the World

Chapter 51, "Against the Shadow"

 

Ba'alzamon had a cord, too, he saw. A black cord, thicker by far than his own, so wide it should have dwarfed the human body, yet dwarfed by Ba'alzamon, instead. Each pulse along that black vein ate light.

 

Ba'alzamon's seems to be the exact opposite of Rand's, except it doesn't dwindle as the Power is used. The more Rand channels, the smaller his cord gets. Ba'alzamon's doesn't shrink at all. So, if the cord is Rand's connection to the Eye, what is Ba'alzamon's attached to? Could it be that the cord is similar to the "wires" Rand removes from Asmodean in The Shadow Rising?

 

The Shadow Rising

Chapter 58, "The Traps of Rhuidean"

 

What seemed to be black threads, like fine steel wires, ran off from the man [Asmodean], disappearing into the surrounding dark. Those Rand had surely seen before.

 

 

"You Chosen"—he knew taunting her was dangerous, but he could not stop himself—"gave your souls to the Dark One. You let him attach himself to you." How many times had he replayed his battle with Ba'alzamon? How many times before he began to suspect what those black wires were? "I cut him off from the Dark One, Lanfear. I cut him off!"

 

Rand's assuming that he cut Ba'alzamon off from the Dark One when he severed the black cord at the end of The Eye of the World. Does that mean Ba'alzamon was reconnected later? Or, if not, is it the reason Ishamael uses so much True Power now? And if the black cord/wire is the link to the Dark One, the cord of Light must be the connection to the Creator. This could be more evidence that the ALL CAPS voice is the Creator.

 

Well, there weren't too many definite answers, and it only led to more questions. That will conclude my ramblings for this week. Next week, we'll take a look at the glass columns ter'angreal and Aviendha's journey through it.

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"What of Moiraine's statement, "I have something those other seekers have not"? Rand notes that she half-looks at Loial as she says this. Is there something significant about having an Ogier among the group?"

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My interpetation of that passage was that Moiraine was using that glance to intentionally mislead Agelmar (but without speaking an untruth) so that he would think that she was referring to Loial. I would think having the Dragon Reborn and/or three ta'veren with her would be more significant than having a seemingly random Ogier they picked up along the way.

 

Also, if I remember correctly she did not want it to become general knowledge that the Dragon was reborn. If she had looked at Rand, that would have raised questions asking 'Why is HE so special?'.

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"Here's another unanswered question: is there a possibility the Eye could be refilled? I'll admit, with the taint cleansed from saidin, there might not be a need for a second Eye of the World. However, Moiraine puts a lot of emphasis on the fact that both men and women channelers are needed to make a pool of the Power."

 

I highly doubt it will be refilled. When it was made the channelers sacrificed their lives to make it. Granted, they might not have to sacrifice themselves this time since the taint is now gone. However, I still don't see a good plot reason for why another Eye would be needed.

 

"I see two possibilities: either it's Lews Therin's memories Rand's acquired through the Power of the Eye, or it's the instinctual channeling that wilders typically learn. We see examples of Egwene and Nynaeve using weaves instinctually. There is a good example of Egwene doing this, and knowing she's doing this, in The Dragon Reborn."

 

Rand was observed to have been using more weaves simultaneously than the observing Asha'man had ever seen. That would include scores of Asha'man channeling at the same time. In TSR, Elayne notes that Rand was able to handle many more weaves than she was. However, Rand's current ability to channel so many weaves and so much power simultaneously is not easily explained. Rand took out an army of Shadowspawn in TOM using weaves similar to what he used when he cleaned out the Shadowspawn in TSR. However, in TSR Rand needed callandor to achieve a much smaller feat.

 

I personally think that Rand has obviously accessed a much stronger power than any other channeler has ever realized before. It can't just be normal saidin, otherwise it wouldn't have affected darkfriends the way that it does. This power certainly has something to do with the 'veins of gold' inside of Rand that Nynaeve was able to delve. And I agree with you that Rand may have gained these 'veins' from accessing the EOTW.

 

Rand also now has the power to regenerate life and to create order back from chaos. This was witnessed by his restoration of the apples and the Food supply in Arad Doman. Also several before report feelign invigorated in his presence. Rand has obtained a power that is opposite of the Dark One's ability to decay and cause chaos. I think that clearly Rand has obtained some kind of connection to his soul and to the Creator.

 

Thanks for bringing the quotes about the cords of light connected to both Aginor and Rand. This clearly shows something much deeper has happened to Rand. Obviously Aginor was too dark of person to be able to handle that much light.

 

One final thought: We may not have seen the last of the Green Man. I believe that his 'tree' may still be able to yield a new Green Man. If the Tinkers and Ogier are going to sing together in the last battle, I could see the rebirth of the Green Man as a huge boon to their cause.

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i think that while there is not a direct pysical link between someone and the power, that there is somthing there, hence why nyneeve is able to heal it.

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@pandemonium.

in my opinion rand powers and abilities were always there,he just didn't

know how to use them.

in tsr lanfear told rand that he is not using even one tenth of his powers.

eventually rand got better using a combination of buried memories and instincts,but after the epiphany of gold episode,when he became one with

lews therin,he learned his full abilities.

the same with the strands of light in rands mind,he always had them,probably from birth,we just didn't know it until nynaeve abilities grew.

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Maybe it's a dumb question, but was it actually confirmed that the Eye was a pool of saidin? Could it be the pool of Light instead, Moiraine being wrong one more time?

 

There's one thing that bothers me: mysterious statements concerning the DO blinding the Eye and the Eye serving Rand. What does it mean? I know Ishy could lie, but the pool of saidin seems too unimportant for such serious statements - unless the Eye was made to protect the Seals and the Shadow was aware of that. Perhaps "blinding the Eye" meant in fact acting to the detriment of Rand, not the Pattern or the Creator directly, as without the Eye Rand would have stayed blind - and he actually was blind anyway, for a time.

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@Philip in Richmond

 

That's a good point. She could be trying to mislead Agelmar. But, there's no reason for it. Agelmar, like most Borderlanders, respects and honors Aes Sedai. He wouldn't have pried into her affairs at all. So, there was no point in mislead him.

 

@pandemonium

 

I agree, refilling the Eye is a stretch. But I did want to throw it out there because it's been discussed before.

 

@jack of shadows

 

I agree that those veins were probably there for awhile, though no from birth. I think that it's the effect of the connection with the Creator through the Eye that gave Rand a sort of immunity. But, iIs it Nynaeve's increased ability that finally revealed the veins, or did they appear suddenly because Rand accepted Lews Therin's memories?

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Maybe it's a dumb question, but was it actually confirmed that the Eye was a pool of saidin? Could it be the pool of Light instead, Moiraine being wrong one more time?

 

There's one thing that bothers me: mysterious statements concerning the DO blinding the Eye and the Eye serving Rand. What does it mean? I know Ishy could lie, but the pool of saidin seems too unimportant for such serious statements - unless the Eye was made to protect the Seals and the Shadow was aware of that. Perhaps "blinding the Eye" meant in fact acting to the detriment of Rand, not the Pattern or the Creator directly, as without the Eye Rand would have stayed blind - and he actually was blind anyway, for a time.

 

This interview with Robert Jordan talks about Aginor's desire to channel the Eye of the World. Jordan's reply seems to fit in with the Eye being a pool of saidin.

 

Those quotes by Ba'alzamon lead me to believe that the Eye was definitely more than just saidin. It could be protecting the seals, as Aielyn said in the comments two weeks ago. It could be that Rand used it for the wrong purpose. It did destroy the Shadowspawn army and bring an end to the crazy weather--for a time--so maybe the actual channeling didn't matter, only the fact that it was used.

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@mashiara sedai,

rand did not just accept lewis therin memories,it was never that simple,

rand accepted lews thering whole being.(inside him)

when rand met egwene in tom,she asked him:

which are you?

and rand answered: i am both.

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This interviewwith Robert Jordan talks about Aginor's desire to channel the Eye of the World. Jordan's reply seems to fit in with the Eye being a pool of saidin.

 

It seems to be a perfect Aes Sedai answer, actually :) And if this is all we've got... Well, then I'm surprised.

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@Mashiara Sedia: Moiraine is trying to mislead Aeglmar, she needs Rand to admit / accept being the Dragon. Borderlanders knowing the proficies as pertains to them Rand at this point probably would have run from it all.

 

Something else to consider, Rand severed Asmodeans "lines" with his "Powerwrought" sword, Lanfear in the Stone shies away from that sword. Yes, the sword works as a real sword in dealing death but being who she is why does she actually seem afraid of it. Is it because it's the only thing that can sever her from the Dark One ? Cut her connection as it did Asmo ?

 

Maybe Rand using the Eye started the process of the seals weakening. It held hidden a seal and Lews Ts' banner. Because later Rand with help from ??? at his school realizes he needs to break the seals. So in that respect, possibly they will need to refill the pool to reseal his prison as it is a part of the whole thing.

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@Mashiara Sedia: Moiraine is trying to mislead Aeglmar, she needs Rand to admit / accept being the Dragon. Borderlanders knowing the proficies as pertains to them Rand at this point probably would have run from it all.

 

Something else to consider, Rand severed Asmodeans "lines" with his "Powerwrought" sword, Lanfear in the Stone shies away from that sword. Yes, the sword works as a real sword in dealing death but being who she is why does she actually seem afraid of it. Is it because it's the only thing that can sever her from the Dark One ? Cut her connection as it did Asmo ?

 

Maybe Rand using the Eye started the process of the seals weakening. It held hidden a seal and Lews Ts' banner. Because later Rand with help from ??? at his school realizes he needs to break the seals. So in that respect, possibly they will need to refill the pool to reseal his prison as it is a part of the whole thing.

 

The pool was created with both men and women Aes Sedai. I don't believe the refilling of the pool to be a part of the resealing process for a few reasons that I can think of at present. 1.) Lews Therin has stated that the women refused to go with his plan so the pool couldnt have been part of the first sealing. 2.) An actual seal was inside the pool which I interpret as the pool being created after the sealing and then the seal placed in the pool afterward.

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Hey, Mashiara!! Let's have a Padan Fain theory next! He's my favorite literary lunatic, so let's show him some love!

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Hey, Mashiara!! Let's have a Padan Fain theory next! He's my favorite literary lunatic, so let's show him some love!

 

I'll see what I can do. :)

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Negative Nancy, back again. This "the Light" business seems like Rand just being a 19 year old country bumpkin who has no better way to describe what's going on as he channels for the 3rd? time. We aren't given any insight as to what channeling entails until the wonder girls are in the Tower in the Great Hunt. From Rand's povs, we know he doesn't have much of a grasp on how it works til midway through the Dragon Reborn. I'd love to be proven wrong in the end, but for now, Rand's "Light" seems like a combination of his ignorance, and awe at consciously being aware that he's channeling.

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SOME ADULT CONTENT FOLLOWS.

 

I kind of agree with snowball on this. Saying that Rand is channeling "The Light" is akin to Masema saying that Rand is "The Light made flesh." Neither is literal, even if Masema thinks it is.

 

Or for a contemporary "real world" comparison, it's like the first time you experience a screaming, earth-shattering orgasm. You might feel like you've had a spiritual experience, but it's really just biochemistry. REALLY GOOD biochemistry. With Rand, he's not literally channeling "THE LIGHT." He's channeling saidin, which is merely one-half of the power that drives the Wheel of Time. It only FEELS like he's channeling "THE LIGHT" because of the ecstasy that comes along with channeling. At least, that's how I always understood it.

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I could see your point, if it wasn't brought up again in Towers of Midnight. During the battle at Maradon, Rand is said--from an outside source--to be "a storm of Light" (Towers of Midnight, Chapter 32, "A Storm of Light"). Also, during this scene, a darkfriend plucks out his eyes and says, "That Light eats at my mind, like rats feasting on a corpse. It burns at my thoughts. It killed me. That light killed me" (same chapter). So, Rand certainly has Light inside him at this point in the story. It seems likely he had it all along, but wasn't able to access it because of all the negative and Shadow-influenced emotions inside him.

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Personally, I'd say Rand at the Eye was desperate Rand,not zen Rand (who makes apples blossom in Towers of Midnight). I'm not concrete on it, but it seems to read so much differently. A pov from a rebel Aes Sedai can assert that Logain was set up by the Reds, because they believe it. An early pov from Rand can have him assert that he was full of the Light out of pure ignorance. I'll concede that if it reads literally, your connection with that later scene is spot on.

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@snowball.

your zen rand is also a one man army now lol.

there is the apples blossom in the beginning of tom,but also the destruction of the trolloc army in maradon.

in the veins of gold episode,rand overcame his ultimate crisis point,and i find the change in him utterly fascinating.

for the first time since the eye of the world book he behaves like a real leader,powerful,in control but also compassionate.

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That's my point. He wasn't a leader in Eye of the World. He wasn't a channeling star. He was a country bumpkin who confused saidin with "the Light"

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78WARLOCK, on , said:

 

"Maybe Rand using the Eye started the process of the seals weakening. It held hidden a seal and Lews Ts' banner. Because later Rand with help from ??? at his school realizes he needs to break the seals. So in that respect, possibly they will need to refill the pool to reseal his prison as it is a part of the whole thing."

 

The pool was created with both men and women Aes Sedai. I don't believe the refilling of the pool to be a part of the resealing process for a few reasons that I can think of at present. 1.) Lews Therin has stated that the women refused to go with his plan so the pool couldnt have been part of the first sealing. 2.) An actual seal was inside the pool which I interpret as the pool being created after the sealing and then the seal placed in the pool afterward.

 

A couple more things:

In Rand's flashbacks of the Aiel's history in Rhuidean (specifically the 7th vision I believe), he see's from Jonai's perspective and enters on Aes Sedai discussing another person's visions and have Callandor and Lews Therin's banner at hand along with Someshta the Nyhm (aka The Green Man). They make mention of the taint on Saidin and a handful of young male Aes Sedai that they could get help from as it wouldn't be strong in them yet. So we know this is post sealing and the banner has yet to be hidden (thus lending to the fact that the pool was not already in place to hide the seal and/or the banner at that time).

 

We can also infer that the seals were hidden during and/or post breaking as in one of the earlier books it makes the comment about the Amyrlin Seat being titled "Watcher of the Seals", but that they no longer know where the Seals are located as the knowledge was lost around the time of the Trolloc Wars.

 

It's also unlikely that Rand using the power in the Eye caused the weakening of the seals as at this point it's clear they are ALREADY weakening considering at least Ishamael, Aginor and Balthamel had freed themselves from Shayol Ghul before the power there is used.

 

As far as the purpose of the Eye goes, it likely was involved in the Prophecies of the Dragon in some fashion and the Eye needed to be emptied to gain access to the Dragon banner which in turn was needed to direct the forces that were called by the Horn of Valere. Both Callandor and the banner were present when those ancient Aes Sedai were (presumably) discussing the visions of the Dragon being reborn (with the Green Man present no less) so they clearly must have been planning the securing/hiding of said items.

It perhaps even was placed in case of the need to 'kick start' the reborn Dragon into being made aware of his ability to use Saidin, or even to help bring Lews Therin and/or his memories near the surface. It's clear that some stuff was placed specifically for him (such as Callandor) and this could very easily be yet another such thing.

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To continue along Pandemonium's line of thought, I think The Eye of The World is something more than Saidin. I think it's the opposite of the True Power. It's the Creator's version of the True Power. The links or cables of power can easily be explained as the links to the Creator and the Dark One that are acquired through access to the "Super" Powers, also allowing communication with either invisible leader. The "veins of gold" give him current access to it, allowing him to accomplish bigger feats without needing to use the True Power.

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