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  1. The Wheel of Time turns, and threads come and pass...
  2. On Braids and Bosoms - Travelling with Nynaeve Al'Meara, a collaboration between Thom Merrilin and Juilin Sandar, with selected anecdotes from anyone who ever met her.
  3. The Three Oaths maybe? While defending the Tower from active attack is obviously fine, a premeditated strike against a fleeing foe would be far more questionable. Their escape could easily lead to the loss of Aes Sedai lives in the future, but it's the sort of thing that would probably descend into paralysing discussion, arguments, plots, counter plots and baths. Also, in the immediate aftermath of the raid, the Tower was not yet unified - one faction had been virtually decimated and had lost all sense of leadership and the other had more or less no idea what was going on. They had a new Amyrlin and Hall to choose, no idea of how fast raken could travel and no guarantee of the route the raken would take...
  4. It is slowly subducted into the planet's core, where it accretes in the centre, pushing the iron in the core outwards, destabilising the planet's magnetic field, resulting in a massive increase in dangerous stellar radiation reaching the surface of the planet. All life ends in flaming, cancerous doom, and Shai'tan starts getting very lonely.
  5. I don't see any reason why you couldn't weave without being able to see. You can tie your shoelaces without looking, after all. It would be hard to do much of anything useful, though, and I imagine it would be extremely hard to learn anything. I'd also like to know how much feedback you get from your weaves of air. If you push a weave against something, do you feel resistance or do you just have to watch for the effects? Would it be possible to have a network of tiny air 'feelers' around you, each one like a stick for a blind man, to help you move if you lost your sight? It just occurred to me - why didn't someone go to the Choedan Kal statue in Cairhien and start dropping power-bombs on it from a distance? Cyndane at least knew where it was.
  6. At the Cleansing, saidar doesn't react how Rand expects it to - he says the weave looks different to how he would have thought it would look. Also, the way men and women travel are somewhat different - women make two places in the pattern the same, men bore a hole through the pattern to travel through. Plus with all that jazz about birds not being able to teach fish to fly, I'd say that the weaves are pretty different, even if the effects are the same. It seems likely to me me that the simpler the weave, the more similar the male and female versions, but that's just speculation.
  7. They're not super soldiers. They were meant to be, but it didn't quite work. However, they're still big, ugly and hard to kill. They seem fairly easy to supply and maintain and they are available in vast numbers. The siege of Maradon seems fairly indicative of how they can be effective - against a well disciplined, well organised force of humans, with Ashaman support, they were slowly winning through force of numbers even if they were getting slaughtered by the thousand. When the Shadow's generals, whoever they were, managed to disrupt the discipline and command of the Light forces with some sneaky tricks, the Trollocs, being big, bad and ugly, were pretty good at turning some cracks in the line into what would have been a rout if there'd been a lesser general in charge. The final reason why Trollocs exist is that they're a big, scary monster that are just dangerous enough to be a real headache for anyone normal but can be slaughtered by our glorious protagonists :P
  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glorfindel It gives sources. Thank you it seems I need to get myself more of Tolkien's works than the Silmarillion, the Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings.
  9. Nope. It's a long, long history but in the beginning Eru (God) created Eä (the universe) using the Ainur (it's a beautifully poetic creation account). Some of the Ainur decided to enter the universe to complete it's material development. These are the Valar and the lesser Maiar (including Morgoth). The Elves awoke in Middle Earth and were led to Undying Lands, Valinor, where the Valar had made their home, by none other than the Valar. Their race became split with some staying behind, some travelling and staying on the shores and others going all the way. After so and so a time eventually the Elves had their "Fall" comparable to Man's Fall from God's Grace in the Garden of Eden. Let to the Second War with Morgoth (and evil Vala, having fought the First War against the other Valar). The exiled Elves were pardoned and were invited back to Valinor. Some went, others (for reasons too deep to go into, stayed). The Men (who awoke in Middle Earth at a later date) who fought with the Elves became great friends and were awarded by the Valar with a gift. An island in the Western Sea where the shores of Valinor were just in site sometimes. They were forbidden from sailing West however. It is in this kingdom that Aragorn and Gondor etc., have their heritage. Anyway the Númenórean eventually "Fell" as well because of the mechanisms of Sauron (Morgoth's lieutenant). And Valinor was then sundered from the world (only Elvish boats can sail there). Nope. Just.. burned up. There is a lot of Tolkien's stuff out there besides The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The Silmarillion, Histories of Middle Earth, his Letters etc. There is a pure wealth of Tolkien's legendarium out there. If you want more Wiki is actually a very good source for Tolkien. And of course his fan forums. Hey I'm far from an expert as well . Can you point me in the direction of where you got that bit about Glorfindel from? I was under the impression he was another guy with the same name. I've not heard that before and I'm quite curious :)
  10. This. Also, you would be right to be wary of a big man with a battleaxe hiding in the shadows. "I'm a main character in a novel, trust me!" is not a very reasonable defense (even if it is often effective).
  11. Sorry for the pedantry but isn't that more or less what prejudice is? As to the rest, I agree with you and the others which say that the organised ajahs will tend to become far more diffuse. There will always need to be specialists - that's why we have chemists, mathematicians, physicists, biologists, engineers, historians, whatever you care to name - but as with science at the minute the roles of each will cross over more and more in times to come, I think.
  12. I thought they would, at first, but then something occurred to me - have we seen any other case where the taint has affected something done with saidin after the weaving itself has finished? Because as far as I can remember, the weaves themselves are pure, the taint affects only the channeler. I'm wondering how the ways became tainted in the first place...
  13. Someone needs to ninja this on Brandon just to see his reaction :D Interesting interview there, thank you :)
  14. Rand had a horse somewhere in the Dragon Reborn, didn't he? I'm fairly sure I remember a Perrin POV where he mentions they found Rand's horse looking like it had been mauled by wolves, but he was still staying ahead of them...
  15. Demandred and Sammael to fight on the field, and Graendal to sow chaos behind it. Seems like a fair combo to me! Lanfear seems too unpredictable although wreaking havoc in people's dreams while Demandred pulverises them by day seems like it would be quite effective! Moridin and the second tier seem to be more useful in the run up to the fight rather than after open war has broken out. I'd take Moridin over Sammael for the long game but I can't see this fight lasting as long as the War of Power, and certainly not the Trolloc Wars.
  16. I'd like to be one of the random inventors at Rand's school in Cairhien. Get to play around with whacky contraptions all day, building things, discovering things, and getting a generally free hand with your research budget. There're worse lives to lead!
  17. She? Now there's a new dimension to the Perrin/Faile relationship
  18. Welcome to the forums I didn't really notice anything drastic. There is one moment when RJ/BS gets a Maiden's name in the wrong place (said Maiden is apparently in two places at once) but it has no real bearing on anything at all, and in all honesty I didn't even see it 'til I came on here...
  19. Changable Waveform of Time is an interesting way of putting it. It broadly repeats, but with differences, allowing some flexibility. See Loial's exposition that bored you so much Hmm. I'm now thinking about wavefunctions of electrons. see this: http://upload.vipulg.com/Chemistry/353/Chapter%201_files/Chapter%201-18.png http://www.tutornext.com/de-broglies-theory/10538 Maybe the Dark One is trying to get the Wheel to be out of phase with itself so it annihilates itself. Funky. Most people seem to think of the Pattern as a self-sustaining algorithm or some such which goes around in a loop, but it isn't the exact same loop each time. It isn't sentient, it just does what it does, and differences creep in over time. This gives space for a little bit of freedom which helps suspending disbelief, because we all know the good guys win in the end. It's fantasy :P As to Lan, I never thought of him as stupid but he's not really the most imaginative guy around, you know? I hope you keep posting these. They're fun and I want to find out your opinions on the Seanchan, the Aiel, Far Madding, etc. I really do hope you hate Far Madding
  20. There is a point at which he mentions that unnamed darkfriend woman in one of his internal monologues, but for the life of me I can't remember where... This is going to irritate me now
  21. I know it's approaching flogging a dead horse at the minute, but of the four Borderlands, Shienar is ruled by a King, Arafel by a King, but Kandor and Saldaea have Queens. In Saldaea, certainly, inheritance occurs irrespective of gender. Cairhien is ruled by whoever is politically adept and ruthless enough to get hold of the throne, man or woman. Arad Doman has, currently, a King and a Merchant's Council which co-operate in some way for the governing of the country, and over there merchants tend to be women. So yes, the wider world is much more equal
  22. With respect to the Elyas sensing wolves thing - while he used to be a Warder, he's actually still bonded to his Aes Sedai, so he still gets the benefits. As far as I'm aware the removal of that bond requires death (which is pretty massively unpleasant for both Aes Sedai and Warder) or for both people to be present. You find this out later on, but it's not really a spoiler so it might provide a bit of clarity for now. As to Perrin, he is one guy that really does struggle to let go of something and adapt to a new situation. To call him borderline psychotic is a bit extreme, but I can see where you're coming from!
  23. I'd almost be more disappointed to find out that my (non-existent) highly researched, well thought through, sworn by theory was 100% right - it would mean you'd known what was going to happen all along. I'd be far happier to be surprised by the finale, it would make it more exciting
  24. Amerasu sounds far too much like a dessert...
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