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  1. Except I never said that. BZZZT! Try again.
  2. Sounds pretty standard compared to how Warders have generally been expected to act by their Aes Sedai. If anything it seems fairly generous, given his extremely questionable history. No matter how many times people repeat this in thread after thread' date=' it doesn't stop being stupid. Here's an analogy to illustrate the ridiculousness of that argument: Mentally unbalanced CEO of a corporation suspects corporate espionage. Decides the solution is to plant pipe bombs throughout the organization's campus and blow them up, since that will certainly "deal with" the disloyal emplo
  3. I was never quite sure what to make of that, because the "Blood" encompasses several different ranks. The Low Blood and the High Blood are hardly even the same class of people, and even within the High Blood it's clear that not everyone is equal. Do the High Blood actually treat the Empress's so'jhin as equals? If so, that would imply that the Low Blood might have to treat them as superiors. Or if they're equal to the Low Blood, than someone of high rank probably doesn't.
  4. Funny, I just reread the book and this stuck out to me as well. I figured the same as you.
  5. Not necessarily, to be sure, but that doesn't mean it's not applicable sometimes. A certain degree of sexism on the part of the author is hard to ignore, though, and readers who fail to recognize that earn my ire. Duh, it means she went against Rand. It's not exactly that I'm surprised to see someone say this' date=' but viewing the WoT universe as sexist against men, given what we've seen, is just really nutty. No one believes him. Fuck, Birgitte didn't even initially believe that Elayne was the daughter-heir. This is stupid.
  6. Yes. That has been firmly established of Callandor. And all the Aes Sedai who've ever given descriptions of it state that the Choedan Kal are just too powerful for anyone to use. That it's inherent and unavoidable due to how powerful they are. There is just literally zero textual support for your hypothesis here, and you're presenting it as though it's fact.
  7. Seriously? The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, on its own, has sold far more books than the entire Wheel of Time series, as has the first Harry Potter novel. The Lord of the Rings (debatable if you want to call that a "series") vastly outpaces the Wheel of Time. Figures I've found suggest Discworld is more popular as well, but numbers I've found for some of these are out of date. Of course, be careful if you choose to judge a book by its popularity. Twilight has also outsold the Wheel of Time.
  8. Magnets do not work that way.
  9. There is no contradiction there because there's nothing -- seriously, nothing -- in the text, at least so far, that hints that the fact that the Choedan Kal are too powerful to be used on their own has any relationship to the manufacturing flaw in Callandor. There's nothing in the text that supports the idea that the (very vague) similarity you point out has the same cause or can be dealt with in the same way. This assertion cannot be supported in the case of the Choedan Kal. Everywhere in the text it's said that the danger of Choedan Kal is inherent in their immense power, not that
  10. Plus, she may well have done MORE training of damane than most sul'dam. When Renna first collars Egwene, she mentions that many sul'dam will train her, and that sul'dam rarely get the pleasure of being "complete", because they outnumber damane so much. The Daughter of the Nine Moons probably gets to spend as much time training damane as she wants, which, since she seems to enjoy it may mean it's a lot. Plus, her skill at it may bespeak having had a lot of practice.
  11. This all relies on the absolutely unsupportable assertion that there's some kind of similarity between the Choedan Kal and Callandor. Nothing in the text suggests that anywhere. What's said over and over is that the Choedan Kal are just too powerful to be used on their own -- there's obviously some upper limit to how powerful a sa'angreal can be (gotten around, in the case of the Choedan Kal, with the access keys.) Callandor won't burn you out instantly, it just fails to contain the fail-safe that normal sa'angreal have. Nothing suggests that those two phenomena are related.
  12. Nigh impossible? Have you actually read the books? Because most of the ordinary Andorans we've met seem to be middle class merchants and entrepreneurs. I can't see how you could possibly claim that they can't "forward" themselves. Except, of course, that there's no evidence that it's common to rise in life in Seanchan outside of the military. Much like, say, Fascist Italy. And don't forget that Spain's Generalísimo Franco's plan for succession after his death was the restoration of the monarchy under Juan Carlos I. Except that apparently it can be. If you
  13. The fixation isn't on my part. It's just clear that over and over a certain segment of the fan-base is comically and excessively outraged by any character who doesn't defer to Rand in everything he does. Look at all the people saying things like "He's LEWS THERIN and he's a TA'VEREN and HOW DARE YOU TRY TO INTERFERE WITH HIM." It's ridiculous.
  14. You're right, that's fair. However, it's not surprising that the Rand fanboys tend to like her so much, given her servile attitude. I'm not saying I don't like her, mind, and she DID treat him and the other boys badly at times -- and I do think it was the only thing that would have worked in her circumstance. I just think it's telling that all of his favorite characters are people who aren't likely to challenge Rand.
  15. Oh, this should be good, I can't wait. So, then, by your own admission, Rand's accomplishments are telling a couple guys to move their armies to Saldaea, even though logically a few thousand soldiers are not going to be much help the next time HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Trollocs come in, and using his magical powers to save one city, one time (although not until it was already overrun and thousands of people died.) That's cool. I'm sure Kandor and Arafel will be fine. And Lan has literally thousands of men at his side, to deal with the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Trollocs who are about
  16. Okay, sorry, I wouldn't argue with that. Okay, I apologize for this too, I didn't get your point. But I do think there are examples of all three boys being protective of women when they don't have to be, particularly in regard to women who can channel. (Although, of course, there was that example in tDR where Mat was needed to save the supergirls.)
  17. It does. And I forgot that one, I don't think I ever broke my habit of pronouncing it wrong.
  18. I don't remember that quote, but are you sure that he wasn't talking about skimming platforms? I know they made it pretty clear that the size of the skimming platform wasn't a thing of strength in the power. Whereas we've definitely seen hints that strength in the power is key to the size of a gateway. Rand makes much bigger gateways than Elayne, for instance, even though she's strong and pretty skilled at making gateways. (There was a scene where Mat grumbled to himself about having to dismount his men to go through her gateway, unlike when Rand did it.) And when the sisters in the Little
  19. You are. Different ages are different from one another and it has to be the case that a lot of them end with cataclysms comparable to the Breaking. Some of the ages don't have magic, some do, assuredly some are technological (remember that there's hints from the stories Thom mentions that Rand is living in our distant future), some are not -- developing cannons and steam engines doesn't mean any of that will still survive Tar'mon Gaidon, much less thousands of years into the future as the Fourth Age ends.
  20. That's an ad hominem argument and it's just another example of your defective reasoning. I don't know why you find the Seanchan so thrilling, but you can certainly trust that I'm fine with people going against Rand. Find the big Egwene threads and see wher I defend her. You said it pages back' date=' but you couldn't even begin to justify your claims. All you did was make specious claims that modern real-life societies have police forces comparable to the Seekers of Truth, and draw comparisons to Tear that made it pretty obvious that the most oppressive nation in the Westlands was at
  21. No, but according to RJ, he DID aspire to depict a society where men and women are equal, and he failed profoundly at that.
  22. So Jordan said once, but somehow it's never actually shown up or affected anything in the story.
  23. Except, of course, when they're enslaving people or murdering children. But I mean other than that they're great. I'm rereading The Great Hunt right now and the citizens of Toman Head are living in constant terror. Well, I guess they should be, after seeing so many of their fellows murdered by the Seanchan. I know there's a fair number of people who really want authoritarian governments. People who want government to be the all-powerful daddy, and it doesn't matter to them if daddy is brutally abusive, as long as he stays in control. It's an obvious thread in U.S. politics. Bu
  24. Uh, I don't think it's "masculine" to be a powerful person. In fact, I think it's really problematic to decide that being in power is "masculine" and that women are only really happy once they find a good man to make a home for.
  25. The leaders, and their families, including children. The way people here defend the Seanchan is just bizarre. You're talking about a society that practices slavery, feels that murdering children in cold blood is an acceptable military strategy, and can't maintain order (their own homeland is in the midst of a massive civil war) but people try to stick up for them. At best their society is like Mussolini's Italy, plus with the practice of slavery.
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