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  1. This is what I've been thinking too. Just something tossed in there to show that even once the story's done, there will always be mysteries and unexplained things in the world. That, though I do like the theory mentioned earlier about how she's Egwyne's counterpart from the previous turning of the wheel, and the next time the third age rolls around, it will be a mysterious figure named Egwyne who does what she does.
  2. One minor thing I would have liked to see, would have been Lan's reaction when Mat told him that Jain Farstrider died clean.
  3. 1. In the final confrontation, Rand realizes the Dark One can't win as long as the human race doesn't break or give up. Even if the Dragon goes to the shadow, as long as people don't give up, he can't win. 2. Turning Rand would probably make answer 1 easier than killing him. That and Rand has the pattern protecting him. There's plenty of times they tried to kill Rand and failed. 3. Why? Because the Dark One told him to in LoC. Further explaination, there's a line during the Last Battle when Demandred is telling people to keep balefiring anything and everything, because the pattern must be unravelled before it can be remade.
  4. Unless I missed something, he refers to it as 'impossible', not 'wrong'. Which makes since, since lighting a pipe with the force of his will without channeling, would be, under the way the miscellaneous Powers work, impossible. One of the dreamers earlier in the series referred to the nine impossible things that the Dragon Reborn would do, this might simply be number nine. Just because it's 'impossible' doesn't mean it has to be spectacular and grandiose.
  5. Disappointed with how the final confrontation between Rand and the Dark One played out. It's been said (hinted or strongly implied) many times in the series that the Dark One is not of the pattern. He is an outside force trying to corrupt and break the pattern. The pattern is balance, the Dark One is trying to destroy that balance. It's been stated that the Dark One is not the source of all evil in the world. Adrihol is a good example, it's a city that became so evil it birthed some new sort of entity. While it did so trying to fight the Dark One, the city didn't turn so evil -because- of the dark one, it's just the evil in the hearts of man made manifest. This is why I see the whole thing about 'Rand's world without the dark one was bad because it removed the soul and choice from everyone' bit to be a bit of an ass pull. We've seen that people are still capable of choice and free will without the Dark One's influence, I don't see how killing him would disrupt this. Hell, five of the seven ages have him locked up behind his perfect barrier, completely unable to influence the world. So you're telling me that for five out of the seven ages, everyone is a soulless automaton without choice or free will because the Dark One is inaccessible? Every arguement for the Dark One being necessary, is countered by the fact that for so much of the turning of the wheel he's sealed up inside his perfect prison, unable to influence the hearts of men. If anything Rand killing the Dark One should have restored the pattern, the wheel, and the world to it's natural, intended state, as it would have been without that outside influence trying to corrupt and destroy it. If the Dark One was a necessary evil to the world, he would have been an integral, vital part of the pattern, not an outside entity. If Rand during his battle with the Dark one, standing from outside and reading the pattern, had seen the Dark one interweaved with it and a necessary part of it, then I could see why imprisoning him vice killing him would have been the proper choice. Even if there was some thing about how Shai'tan was killed, only to replaced by Shaisim/Fain/Ordieth, that I could have accepted, the notion that the Dark One was just a manifestation of the evils of man that changed with each turning of the wheel. Instead Fain was just a source of buildup and foreshadowing that puttered out. It just doesn't sit well with me that the whole 'Rand shouldn't kill the Dark One, only imprison him' notion just seems to run counter with a lot of things we've been told throughout the series. I don't know how much of it is poor planning on RJ's part, or BS not having a clear concept of RJ's notes left behind.
  6. I always figured that Rand's lighting the pipe at the end was just him bending the pattern to his will, similar to the way he threatened to stop Cadsuane's heart in TGS.
  7. RJ stated flat out that he never intended Taim to be Demy. RJ never held the oath rod.
  8. This. A character who was weak in the power but had a special talent that could make up for it? Yeah, I can buy that. But towards the end when all this 'mysterious backstory' kept getting piled on him, he definately started seeming a bit less everyman and a bit more Gary Sue.
  9. I would think that Callandor can use the TP but doesn't always use it. Particuarly if it's being used by someone who doesn't have the Great Lord's permission to use it. However, it's mentioned in one of the earlier books that one of Callandor's flaws is that it amplifies the effect of the taint. This could imply that it's drawing on the TP as well, or it could have just been forshadowing of it's nature as a TP sa'angreal. I don't remember seeing it used in the books after the source was cleansed before the ending where it came into play, so I don't know if it still had effects of a taint that was no longer there.
  10. I think it was briefly mentioned that the Book Ter'angreal that Avienda found had some mentions of the TP buried somewhere in it. That, and I figured that Rand had described it to some of his followers off-camera.
  11. I still believe this as well, that originally Taimandred was the intention, but RJ made it a bit too obvious and changed his plans as a result.
  12. I know that's probably what happened, I just think it was a hell of an important plot point to happen 'off camera'.
  13. It was obvious he was up to no good from the very start but the first conclusive evidence I remember about him being of the Shadow is in WH. We have one of the renegade Asha'man's PoV there. I know we the readers have known for a while he was on the dark side. My question is, when did Rand, Rand's personally following of Ashaman and Aes Sedai, Mat and Elayne and the generals of the light, all them, at what point did -they- find out he was on the dark side? The first time Taim shows his true colors is at Tarwin's Gap in the trap that he set for Rand. Rand somehow knows it's Taim, and when Rand escapes the trap and returns, everyone seems to know that Taim was waiting for him. It just feels to me like there was a chapter cut somewhere.
  14. Not likely, however I will argue in its defense. Consider "Belief and order give strength." The italicized portion, order gives strength, is one way of describing the strength of crystal structures. Even if it was BS's addition, I feel as if it fits merely to continue the theme of balance. A weave to fray the Pattern (increasing entropy/chaos) and a weave to restore it (decreasing entropy/chaos). I can buy her weave putting the crystal scabs on the fissures being caused by all the balefire. I can buy that beam hitting Taim's balefire and cancelling each other out. But the bit about how the beam would kill only those who had turned to the shadow? Sorry, bit too much of a stretch. Also, it has been mentioned several times that all angreal and sa'angreal have buffers that prevent overdrawing, with Callandor being the notable exception. The part where Egwyne dies has a throwaway line to say that the sa'angreal she's using also lacks that buffer. You'd think this would have come into play or at least been mentioned in all the times in this book and the last one it was being used. Again, bit of an ass-pull.
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