Discuss the Shadow (Full Spoilers) in Wheel of Time Books Posted February 1, 2013 · Edited February 1, 2013 by Entreri One of the little things that got onto my nerves in AMoL was, indeed, the Shadow's seeming incompetence. I mean, I just felt the author's hand way too much at times, dragging things for the sake of drama. The Shadow made so MANY mistakes. Why did Demandred duel Gawyn, Galad and Lan when he could have fried them with fire? Why did Demandred stop using the full circle? He could have probably destroyed the entire Light army like that, not to mention take LTT easily in combat. Why didn't Graendal just balefire all the great commanders instead of taking the extra effort to use Compulsion on them? Why didn't the bad guys use Deathgates against the good guys, or copy Androl's lava gun, or any number of other tactics they could have used? Why did Moridin try to fight against Rand with A SWORD or all things? Why did Moghedien take the trouble to use Compulsion in the Seanchan court when she could have just KILLED them all? There are many more but I just can't think of them all right now... It just seems like the bad guys were either too incompetent, or simply designed to lose. Gawyn was ultra fast. Fox head medallion replica's. Demandred's ego combined with the skill level of the combatants (Lan, Galad). Yes, Demandred could have destroyed the entire Light army and gone to SG, victory. As for confronting Rand Sedai prior to him entering SG, Demandred would have lost. Callandor has no buffer...at one point Rand wielded more saidin than at the Cleansing (Logain PoV)...LTT > any Forsaken, Rand Sedai >> any Forsaken. And of course LTT was better at everything than Demandred, except being a general (Demandred PoV). Certainly that would have cause temporary chaos to the Light forces. Grandael likes to play the long game. Eventually Mat would have been the leader, Grandael can't do anything to him. Who knows about the weaves. He is Moridin. Anyway, he has no chance against Rand Sedai in a Power duel. LTT wrecked him in AoL. Spider likes to hide and manipulate and never (almost) never put herself on the front lines. The bad guys were designed to lose. At the same time if Rand kept the Choden Khal he could have raped the entire Dark Forces and seal up Shai'tan at his leisure using Callandor, easy as eating pie. It is only fiction, but bear in mind that in real war there are A LOT of mistakes, fog of war.