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  1. A Dice Project : Crowns

    I don't think Wiccanism was what RJ had in mind. In this case it was probably Masonic.
  2. I don't think it is true that one cannot discover the dangers of tabac. In the seventeenth century people said tobacco was bad for you. It's just that people didn't really listen. I agree with the general topic of the thread, I see no reason why tabac would be any less unhealthy than tobacco, or for that matter why it would be any different. It's life kaf, it's just a vaguely different name for something we already have.
  3. Who should Rand have chosen as his true one love

    He should have gone with Lanfear. Obvs.
  4. Trolloc souls?

    I forgot darkhounds had wolf souls. That said, I think it was firmly stated that Fades don't actually have souls.
  5. Trolloc souls?

    I think they'd have to be human souls, the Nym had human souls after all. Jordan said they had souls, though something to the effect that their souls were so pathetic you could scarcely still call them that. Which calls into question where they come from - if they are human souls are they just the souls of Darkfriends? Possible, but then Trolloc numbers would be dependent on dead DFs. And how come Ishamael can expect to be reborn a human via natural causes? But DF souls do apparently go the Pit of Dhoom. Where they probably wouldn't be reborn - I was always expecting some sort of Harrowing of Hell scenario at the end but it never happened.
  6. Earth = Giant Stedding

    I don't think RJ necessarily meant that the more shadowy worlds were less plausible possibilities as BS seems to think. I think the ones that seemed more shadowy and phantomlike were simply further away from "our" universe - our Randland probably seemed the same way to them. IIRC Jordan also answered Brandon's question re: "What happens if the DO wins in a mirror world" - He has to win in all worlds, simultaneously - or he wins in no worlds, which is kind of paradoxical. At the absolute minimum they would not be different worlds with a different Dark One - the DO, like the Creator exists outside the Pattern - although whether he could destroy or remake mirror worlds is an interesting question.
  7. My understanding is that Jordan already had a contract for 6 books? He still expected to finish the series in 3 but his publisher gave him 6 just in case (and if Wheel could be finished in 3 then he could start a different trilogy). Is that not accurate?
  8. That theory actually makes a great deal of sense. It doesn't explain why they created it in the first place though, as Jordan said it wasn't used for the purpose it was intended for. That said, I suppose it would have been very handy for Rand to have clean Saidin when he was starting out. This made me think of a more literary question - should Jordan have killed off two of the chosen at the beginning of the series? It kind of undermined their status right from the start to die from an untrained farmer and a damaged plant creature. Might it have been better for Someshta to have wounded Balthamel and then Rand caught them by surprise by securing the Eye - then they retreat? I think the ending would still have been fairly dramatic and it wouldn't really change anything about the long term arc of the series (neither character really needed to be doing anything for the next few books, they could just carry out some schemes off screen, finding artefacts etc. until they get better bodies) - but it may have built more tension to avoid the death of any of the Chosen until book 3. Thoughts?
  9. What do people think of the Ashaman pins from Badali jewelry? Does anyone own one? http://badalijewelry.com/Wheel-of-Time/asha-man-dragon-pin-8482-24k-gold-plated-bronze.html Also, what do people think of the enameled versions? I don't have the books with me any longer and so can't check but I want to ensure they are accurate before I ever buy one. I'd always envisioned them as essentially enameled little versions of the dragon on the Dragonbanner - but these look rather different. Thoughts? Is a pin that looks like the dragonbanner available somewhere else? I do quite like their Dedicated pins - and I am really quite irked that every flipping ring in Wheel of Time is gold since I could afford their silver jewelry but, what's the point of having them if they aren't accurate?
  10. What do people think of the Ashaman pins from Badali jewelry? Does anyone own one? http://badalijewelry.com/Wheel-of-Time/asha-man-dragon-pin-8482-24k-gold-plated-bronze.html Also, what do people think of the enameled versions? I don't have the books with me any longer and so can't check but I want to ensure they are accurate before I ever buy one. I'd always envisioned them as essentially enameled little versions of the dragon on the Dragonbanner - but these look rather different. Thoughts? Is a pin that looks like the dragonbanner available somewhere else? I do quite like their Dedicated pins - and I am really quite irked that every flipping ring in Wheel of Time is gold since I could afford their silver jewelry but, what's the point of having them if they aren't accurate?
  11. Wheel of Time Cast

    I have no idea who to go with for the main characters, given that they should probably all be unknowns anyway, but I have been thinking for a couple years that Emilia Clarke could make a good Moiraine. She looks fairly close to how I imagined Moiraine (given that my editions had Moiraine with blue eyes more often than not) and she can certainly pull off cold and distant characters. I don't think her career is such that she would lack interest in the role (unlike say, Natalie Portman as some have suggested which is flatly impossible - that said, ten years ago I would have said Portman would have made a good Nyneave in terms of looks, though even then career wise I can't see it). Mark Ryder from Borgia could make a good Moridin I'd think.
  12. I distinctly recall reading Jordan responding to the question about whether Tam had served in the Whitecloak War as being something along the lines of "I guess, probably. I don't have notes for things that aren't relevant to the book."
  13. Does Rand get more 'screentime'?

    We do get a respectable amount of Rand in Knife of Dreams though more in comparison to the preceding novel. There is also a fair bit of Rand in two out of three of the Sanderson trilogy.
  14. I'm not sure I agree with this. Although the Ways make travel faster they are not instantaneous by any means, you could have a number of cities who are as close to reach conventionally as you via ways and yet you don't see these sorts of effects. I'm also not clear that people enjoyed totally free access to them - and the Ogier don't seem that interested in technology. On the other hand, you do see the continent developing a common language which could be attributed to the influence of these closer connections. Also, I think it was more like 2,000 years of use, I think the Ways did not become essentially unusable until the War of the Hundred Years (maybe a little after) although I think different versions of the Eye of the World may have said different things.
  15. Earth = Giant Stedding

    The Stedding seem to clearly exist apart from our world. They existed in the Age of Legends, I presume they are sort of like reserves, presumably they are territories that the Ogier were able to lay claim to when they first came to Earth? I'm not sure, but they endure even after the Ogier and trees etc are gone (did the stedding in the Eye of the World even have a Waygate or was it abandoned early in the Age of Legends?) we do know that there are many more stedding in Seanchan than in Randland (which is why those Ogier never had to worry about the Longing). One would think there was a reason that there are more stedding there than in Randland - though it could be related to where points in the Pattern are closer to the Ogier universe or weaker (similar to why Shayol Ghul exists in a specific location, or the Tower of Ghenjei).