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smileyman

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  1. Because Androl's talent is being able to make Gates without having to have been there, and there's only one of him. It's the element of surprise. He explained the strategy earlier with his card analogy. You can lose 99 hands in a row, but when the last hand comes up and you go all in you can win right there. Sending the Seanchan away would trick Demandred into over-extending his forces for the crushing blow. Once he's over-extended then you bring in the Seanchan. This sort of thing happens all the time in battles--it's called a reserve force, and is something that's pretty importa
  2. You're comparing armies of men to armies of Shadowspawn. Did Perrin's army not make camp? There's no way they could have not been overrun over 150 miles. We've been repeatedly told how trollocs can run down a horse. In EotW the small party couldn't outrun trollocs but we are to believe that an entire army outran them for 150 miles? In EoTW the small party didn't outrun the Trollocs in a straight race. They hid from the Trollocs and outmaneuvered them. Same thing in AMoL. It's not about being in a flat out foot race against the Trollocs. It's about maneuvering and hiding so they can't spo
  3. It was described as tens of thousands by the people who were fleeing the city. By the time of the actual battle it was very much larger due to reinforcements.
  4. It's not the size of the land that's the problem. It's the dryness. Without fail every single one of the Aiel is shocked by even a small stream of water. A land that dry can not support a population the size of the Aiel. The Waste isn't that large, because it only takes a few days-week for the majority of the Aiel to march to Rhiudean, and only a few days-week for them to march from there to Cairhien. Assuming they're travelling at the pace of a horse, you're going to be looking at a maximum speed of 15-20mph. Even assuming that the Waste is the size of the Western United States (Mississippi r
  5. How exactly would this work? The only way for an army of archers to destroy infantry is if the infantry can't get to the archers. This worked for the English at places like Crecy and Agincourt because they had knights, and they were able to use the terrain to force the attacking French knights into a narrow enough space that they couldn't bring the bulk of their army to fight. There's no such terrain available outside of Caemlyn. Archers arrive, Dreadlords sense the channeling, nuke the archers coming out of it, send out Trolloc parties to overwhelm the archers before they can put up their def
  6. Think of channelers as artillery on steroids. Just because you have artillery at a fight doesn't mean that the rest of the army is useless.
  7. The Aiel is by far the most egregious example. There is absolutely no way that a nation that size can even live in a place as barren as the Waste, much less thrive. Where's the water coming from to drink? Where are they getting their food? Where are the mines for the ore and the foundries to smelt that ore for the blacksmiths to make iron? Where are the forests of trees necessary to make the bows, spears and arrows of this vast nation of warriors? The size of the Younglings is another one. Gawyn brings almost 600 Younglings with him to Dumai's Wells. Presumably this means there was more of
  8. Battles throughout the entire series have been very unrealistic. It's not just the battles in this book. I've complained about tactics, strategy, and most especially logistics for as long as I can remember. You can not seriously be saying you didn't notice the issues with battles being far greater in AMoL? Take issue with details in the earlier books by all means but to pretend like there was no problem with numbers and tactics here is absurd. Someone needs to chill out. I actually don't have issues with the overall strategy used, and I've already explained why. I've also already comme
  9. You're making the argument that Dem thought the battle between Rand and the DO was over? Possibly. Or he thought that the battle hadn't been fought yet, or that someone else was thinking it.
  10. Maybe unsubtle was a bad word. It just felt like he was telling us for the sake of telling us. There was no point to Algarin/Emarin or Baldhere liking men, it just seemed like they told us because they'd promised to tell us. With Elaida and Meidani, and Galina Casban and whatshername, there was a point about telling us. It explained things about the characters' interactions with each other. So what was the point with Seonid? How is that any different from Baldhere and Emarin? And yet it wouldn't bother you if you learned that either liked to drink hot chocolate on
  11. How exactly would this work? The only way for an army of archers to destroy infantry is if the infantry can't get to the archers. This worked for the English at places like Crecy and Agincourt because they had knights, and they were able to use the terrain to force the attacking French knights into a narrow enough space that they couldn't bring the bulk of their army to fight. There's no such terrain available outside of Caemlyn. Archers arrive, Dreadlords sense the channeling, nuke the archers coming out of it, send out Trolloc parties to overwhelm the archers before they can put up their def
  12. it was 150 miles but still WAY to far. for any force to travel 150 miles to get some archers. it is like an army attcking London for the people in london to chase them 30 miles north of Nottingham. go look at google maps it is crazy No it's not. The French let the English march over 350 miles from Harfleur before forcing them to fight at Agincourt.
  13. I wanted to address two common complaints that I've seen in this thread, using real life examples from the campaign of Henry V during the 100 Years War. The first complaint is why the Armies of Light fought in Braemlyn Wood, which was 50 leagues away from Caemlyn. The argument is that it makes absolutely no sense to fight an army 125-150 miles ( one league is roughly 3 miles) away from the city that they had taken. We need to remember that the object of the Dark is to crush the Armies of Light. Not simply to take a city and hold it, so they have to come out and fight the Armies of Li
  14. Battles throughout the entire series have been very unrealistic. It's not just the battles in this book. I've complained about tactics, strategy, and most especially logistics for as long as I can remember.
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