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Hadilmir

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  1. 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. I agree with your 3rd point, I disliked that as well. I also agree about the lack of a buffer being ridiculous. The balecrystallization (I like how awkward that word is) was a good show, but it could have been introduced and integrated so much more eloquently...
  2. 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).
  3. "I left . . . to save you," Nynaeve whispered. "I only came along to protect you."
  4. Not even close to one million, unless BS's wording was just that off. He writes the forces to be closer to two hundred thousand at each front. The end of ToM puts the force Lan faces between 150,000 and 200,000. This is woefully inadequate, as it should be closer to the one million you guess to fit the scale of the story. None of the other fronts are written in a way to suggest anything much larger than a couple hundred thousand. And the Aiel are definitely underwritten, as they should number greater than half a million despite losses to battle and despair.
  5. I recall doing a vague tally just after ToM and finding there should be roughly 4 million (on the low-side) total troops present at Tarmon Gai'don, though I don't know where I came up with my Trolloc numbers. There were not even half that in aMoL if I read it correctly.
  6. Rand was the Wheel's Champion because that is what he needed to be. The Wheel chose the Dragon Reborn as its Champion so as to give humanity hope, to give humanity a saviour through Prophecy. However if he died, the Wheel would have chosen another, likely Perrin, Egwene, or Fortuona, and elevated them in response to his death. You can imagine how it would steel humanity's resolve if the fate of the world was thrust off a saviour's back and onto theirs. They would rally to the new Champion and the same final showdown would occur. So long as hope existed, a new Champion would rise. Instead of killing him it would be far better to make him weak, make him know despair, so that the Dark One could consume him in the final moment. Better than even that would be to turn him so that the hope of humanity still rests on him, yet he walks into Shayol Ghul intending to give the Pattern to the Dark One. Both of these eliminate the possibility of the Wheel retaliating with a new Champion.
  7. Not quite. The Pattern is order and balance. Good and Evil are human constructs, a rock knows of neither. The Pattern is life, it balances Good and Evil, but is neither. Is not Machin Shin a single entity compiled of many? Is not Shaisam an entity which constructs itself if corrupted souls? The Dark One is the same, a compilation of the small bits of Evil present in all men. The Dark One wanted Chaos to fray the Pattern, yet its complete destruction was only one of its potential goals, just as nihilism is only one "evil"* of many different evils. *I don't think nihilism is evil in itself, but it certainly isn't good either.
  8. The Dark One is "...the Shadow in every man's mind..." so sayeth Lanfear, who should know. He isn't a deity, but a facet of humanity. I'll stop there so as to not repeat my entirely unfounded view of the Wheel's metaphysics. *I suppose I shouldn't say "The Dark One was", as he will be back in a few Turnings.
  9. The problem with your logic is that you are equating the Creator and the Dark One. We know nothing about the Creator beyond his creating of the Pattern. We do know however that the Dark One is the Shadow in every man's mind from Lanfear's words and from the future where Rand destroyed him. So the Dark One isn't a "God" figure, merely a facet of humanity which is able to touch the fraying Pattern. +1 to Verin=Nakomi Except for the fact that the Dark One is the Creator's anti-thesis, as has been stated multiple times in the book and by the author. They are equal and opposing forces. Honestly I'm not sure what to think. However I get the feeling this battle wasn't between Creation vs Destruction; it was between Order vs Chaos or Life vs Death. There is fundamentally one moment of Creation and one moment of Destruction, everything between is the Pattern or life. In this way the Creator and Dark One are equals, but the Dark One never works against Creation, he works against the Pattern, against life. In simpler terms, the Creator manifested order by creating the Pattern. The Dark One manifests chaos by trying to destroy it. It follows that the Dark One works against the Pattern, not the Creator. If this is the correct way to look at it, then there is nothing to say Nakomi cannot be an avatar of the Creator, especially given her role. But I still prefer the Verin=Nakomi idea because it better embodies the Pattern working towards its own continuation. Life works for its own survival.
  10. The problem with your logic is that you are equating the Creator and the Dark One. We know nothing about the Creator beyond his creating of the Pattern. We do know however that the Dark One is the Shadow in every man's mind from Lanfear's words and from the future where Rand destroyed him. So the Dark One isn't a "God" figure, merely a facet of humanity which is able to touch the fraying Pattern. +1 to Verin=Nakomi
  11. It was certainly his idea. James Oliver Rigney, Jr. received a degree in Physics while Brandon Sanderson recieved a degree in Creative Writing. A major theme, "belief and order give strength", likely brings to mind crystals for anyone who has an appreciation for Physics. A crystal is an ordered structure with low entropy, while fire raises entropy by destroying order. It follows that the opposite of balefire would be balecrystallization if I may be forgiven for coming up with such an unwieldy term. I see this as being planned from the very first moment balefire was introduced, as there is always balance to the Wheel of Time. *I apparentally do not know how to spell bale.
  12. I do believe I got next to nothing correct. Perhaps worst was when Egwene died and I had a flutter of hope that she would answer the Horn and Artur Hawkwing would say something to the effect of "Ahh, so you join us once more, Latra. Though I suppose you will wish to be called Egwene now." Alas, it was not meant to be so. Still, even if my specific predictions were ...off, I am glad the future without Shadow was included. There would have been no end to my frustration if Rand had succeeded in killing "...the Shadow in every man's mind...". I am, however, frustrated by the downplaying of Moridin, Lanfear, the Eye of the World, and especially the Dark One, though I suppose it is his nature.
  13. As you progress, reevaluate the main characters as you go. Many characters change their levels of responsibility* throughout the series; if you go on expecting them to behave as they did before then you will be disappointed by most of them. However, I will say I quite like Egwene as a character. I probably wouldn't befriend her were she real, but she has been one I my favorites throughout the series. Oddly enough, one of my favorite books for her was The Fires of Heaven, which you're currently reading. *And to whom they are responsible
  14. Well, they did seem to have the power to twist the very nature of the Pattern and bring avatars of heroic souls back to life... I wouldn't be very quick to call them "mortals", at least not to their faces.
  15. One does not simply kill "the Shadow in every man's mind" (Lanfear's words, ToM). Additionally, do not forget that the Dark One is not in some sort of prison. If the Pattern were a boat (and it's not, regardless of what the Athan'miere may say) then the Dark One is the water below, the Bore is a leak, and the Seals are the layers of duct tape you put over the hole while looking for a better solution. There's a lot wrong with this analogy, but 'tis a whole lot better than using the word "prison".
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