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  1. I agree with the generalities of your post, but I'd like to add that the short time stronger sisters spent as Novices and Accepted may not just have been about skill. They may have been promoted on strength alone. Given the Aes Sedai way of ranking by strength, they may not have felt it proper that women so strong remain novices for the traditional period of time, but part of their relative strength is due to the weakening of Aes Sedai over time. I'm being very obtuse in my explanation. Basically, I think if Nynaeve, Elayne, Egwene, Siuane, Elaida, and Moiraine had been novices in the Tow
  2. It should be apparent by now why Rand was kept alive. But as to your last question... Keep reading.
  3. In addition to the personal political scandal it would create that you refuse to see, it would seriously damage the reputation of the Tower for an Aes Sedai to use the power as a weapon. The faith of nations rests in that guarantee. In addition to the problems it would make for the educated, the uneducated millions would have their worst fears about "witches" confirmed. It would seriously undermine Egwene's authority with the rebels, too. I could see the Tower normally stilling for such crimes, too.
  4. You're being very one-dimensional about this.
  5. The Wise Ones don't use the OP as a weapon either, though they don't take binding oaths. Wise Ones are non-combatants. They can cross active battlefields and go untouched. They are how clans and septs at war with each other retain diplomatic ties.
  6. Alright, there is an unbalance, but you're taking this to absurdity now. .
  7. There's the battle in the Tower in TAR in Towers of Midnight, too. Eggy and Nyn. Excuse the strikeout
  8. It may have just been a world-building detail about the Finns and "Finnland." As for Eggy and Elayne's strength being meaningless, it wasn't. The Aes Sedai base nearly their hierarchy around strength. Nyn and Elayne's strength were useful in cowing the Aes Sedai in Ebou Dar, and certainly Egwene's helped back her authority in the Tower. Had she been of middling strength she may have had more trouble with the Aes Sedai. While she is young, Aes Sedai reflexively submit to other Aes Sedai stronger than them. So long as Egwene could convince others that she was Aes Sedai by maintaining that pe
  9. Eh, the deaths of Tonks, Remus and Fred didn't impact me, but that wasn't because I didn't feel for their characters. Rowling completely mishandled their deaths. Deathly Hallows could have benefited from a multi-POV structure, particularly during the chaotic scenes near the end. Just saying, I think it's not an apt comparison.
  10. Actually, book 10 is probably the reason why it's hated so much. It's the lack of movement in her plot.
  11. Nynaeve fought Moghedien in person one-on-one in Tanchico. Egwene fights Seanchan at the Tower. The Aes Sedai with Perrin contribute to the battle once they feel like their lives are in danger. Aes Sedai, and that includes Nynaeve and Elayne, aren't supposed to use the OP as a weapon unless their lives are directly in danger or against shadowspawn. I think it would have been politically disastrous for Elayne to have used it against the armies outside Caemlyn, anyway. I suppose the REAL question you have is why the wonder girls aren't actively seeking out the Forsaken to do battle like Rand is.
  12. It did take months for Egwene to earn the respect of the rebel Aes Sedai. She put on a strong front, but they didn't just bow down to her or listen much to her at first. I still remember that scene where she rides out to meet Mat, and Mat becomes upset at how alone she looks and at how the others are obviously ignoring her and he makes a big show of walking up to her and kissing her ring (I think those are the details of how it went down).
  13. Dany can be incredibly cruel and vindictive to those she thinks are evil, but she's always had a soft spot for the innocent, and it's gotten to the point where it's counterproductive. It's my opinion that the point of Dance is for her to outgrow that. Like Jon, she needs to learn to "kill the boy," or girl, in her case.
  14. Good question. Balthamel was a known womanizer in the Age of Legends, and I wonder if that extended into very nasty, serial killer/rapist like habits... I don't know if it did. Hey may also have killed them for more practical reasons, too. Anyone have an answer?
  15. People were too scared to use the Choedan Kal, actually. But I agree that adding this in for Sakarnen just feels off.
  16. RJ is really fond of writing about corporal punishment. In many cases, it seems to be a way of signifying that someone else isn't fully mature and needs to be punished like a child. This makes sense in the context of Aes Sedai and the Wise Ones. While I feel that is true in many cases, it's also important to note that you never (never?) see this applied to any of the men. Oh, they get some lashing with air, but you never see a man bent over a knee or a desk or receiving a spanking to signify he's a child. The scenes where Perrin bends Faile over his knee and Mat bends an Aes Sedai (Joline?) ov
  17. Those are cultural references not ethnic ones. You'd be hard pressed to find Persians that physically resemble Domani, they're much more like Cairhienin (pale with dark hair and dark eyes, smaller of stature...). I'm not going to claim that I've met many Persians, but I have met half a dozen, and most of them had bronze toned skin. The region is pretty diverse, however, so maybe I was wrong to make the comparison as a whole. Domani do have darker skin tones then characters ethnically native to the mainland setting, however. As for racism in writing as a whole, authors can have bias
  18. This is due to the proximity of the Last Battle and the increasing touch of the Dark One on the world. The touch of the Dark One makes predictions more difficult. She's never had these wishy-washy ones before.
  19. Seanchan are neither Mary Sue (which implies always being right and admired with no effort, no mistakes, everyone seeing things your way once you talk to them) or displayed as sympathetic by the author. Many cultures had slavery into even more modern times than those in WoT. It was repulsive, but that doesn't make everything about those nations irredeemable. Anyway, Jordan intended on writing additional novels that take place fifteen years after A Memory of Light, but details are sparse. We only know they concern Mat and Perrin. It seems possible that Jordan may have addressed issues with
  20. Ta'veren are corrective, but they aren't spun out intentionally. The Wheel chooses likely candidates. Heroes are spun out intentionally, but they aren't always ta'veren or directed by the Wheel. Rand is both.
  21. I think you have the concept reversed. It's not that they need to be ta'veren for the Wheel to exert greater control, it's that when the Wheel exerts greater control over someone they become ta'veren. If you want limits, I think the Creator intended there to be free will in his universe, so he may have "programmed" the Wheel to exert minimal influence. Or maybe the Wheel is only capable of exerting a limited amount of influence and so can't direct everything. I don't have a quote handy, but what I've read and seen repeated is that whatever happened to Padan Fain in Shadar Logoth (
  22. I think Sanderson said that Egwene in this novel was more Jordan, and that Rand was more him. It should be noted that Jordan plotted out many scenes, or left direction on them, but the number of finished scenes/chapters he wrote is less than people initially thought. Sanderson sometimes wrote the ins and out of scenes Jordan sketched, and apparently over 50% of the plotting for these three books is all Sanderson. Jordan would sometimes have major plot points for characters plotted, but leave no direction on how they got from point A to B.
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