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  1. For me, it is without doubt the Defense of the Two Rivers.
  2. I've always associated Monster Magnet's Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Look to Your Orb for the Warning with the series.
  3. I've never considered it slow, but I have always had little patience with it. I have always looked at the first section as a deliberate homage to Tolkien. To me, it feels like, once that homage is out of the way, the real story can begin.
  4. Hi All, I have recently re-read Tad William's Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (quite good, by the way) in which there is a race of immortals called the Sithi. I am now making my way through Rothfuss's books, and note references to some beings called the Sithe. There seem to be some parallels between the two races in the two series, aside from the obviously common origin of the word. I hope this isn't so basic that it's laughable, but I wonder if someone could tell me about the "real world" base for these names/races. Thanks
  5. I think there might be some room for the study of on-line WoT fandom. I think we're a pretty interesting group, and I bet a sociologist would have a field day looking at, and thinking about, us.
  6. I am interested in the idea that differentiates the "Daughter of the Nine Moons" from a separate individual called "Nine Moons" (presumable, the Empress). As far as I can remember, while she claims the title, no where in the books is Tuon called anything but the "Daughter of the Nine Moons" while the prophecy clearly does not include "Daughter." If the theory proved true, I think this would be a clever twist to the story. The sticky point to this idea, as I see it, is that the books never refer to the Empress (or anyone) as the "Nine Moons." It seems logical that one of the Daughter of the Nine Moons' parents would hold a title containing a variation of "the Nine Moons" (like Empress of the Nine Moons, or some such). But, Daughter of the Nine Moons may be a noble title in and of itself, and not a reference to another noble's title. By example, consider the Andoran "First Prince of the Sword." That is a title in and of itself without reference to another's title. There is no "Second Prince of the Sword," "Queen of the Sword," etc.
  7. My favorite battle is the defense of the Two Rivers against the Trollocs. To me, that scene, more than any other in the series, resonates emotionally. My favorite reveal, if you could call it that, is in TWotW, when Morraine tells the Two Rivers folk about how they are descended from Manetheren. Thinking that the farmers and shepherds are the sons of "the Men of the Mountain Home" brings a smile to my face.
  8. There are Waygates at stedding and at the Ogier-built cities, whether or not they exist any more. Rand had sent Loial specifically to the stedding to ask the Elders to have the Waygates guarded back in ACOS, and Karldin was Traveling him around (they returned to Rand in COT). In KOD Rand wanted to send Loial after the other Waygates at the cities and such - he had only managed to take care of Illian, Cairhien, Tear, and Caemlyn (so he thought). There are several more, and we saw the result of the Waygate in Barashta (Ebou Dar) already. That makes sense. Thanks.
  9. The books clearly describe the way Rand's presence alters probability, and how (TGS excluded) the good balances the bad. When thinking of these "mass" or "general" changes (and not, for instance, the type of changes his presence causes in individual's behavior, as with the Sea Folk negotiations), it is interesting to me that these probability quirks happen only to strangers in his general proximity, and no one from his entourage. I am curious if the DM community has any thoughts as to why this is.
  10. I thought I'd re-up this quick question, as I know I posted it just before JordanCon started. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  11. If this has been previously discussed, please point me to the correct thread, as my search came up blank. Thanks. I am now listening to the Gathering Storm as a "re-read" and had a thought on the 100 weaves the Aes Sedai must complete during the testing for the shawl. Throughout the books they are described as "needlessly complex" for small effect. The stated reason for this complexity is that Aes Sedai must maintain calm under stressful situations, and performing these complex weaves demonstrates the requisite calm. But, then I got thinking. Maybe there is another reason the weaves are complex. Could they be used as parts to a whole, and "assembled" into something that is needfully complex? (As a side question, can channeling even work that way?) Something like, oh, I don't know, part of a seal to the DO's cell? What do you think?
  12. I'd even say he got lost on the way. :) I just last night finished my second full read through of the series. It was nice having all 13 books to read one right after the other. On my first read through, I read them as they came out and I would have shared that opinion, with anger and disgust while expressing it... However After reading each one right after the other, I could not disagree more. The action might have slowed down, but the intrigue took its place seamlessly IMO. Even the Elayne ascending the throne chapters in the final books were not nearly as bad as I remember them. On my original read through I seemed to remember a lot of chapters with secondary and tertiary characters, but there were not nearly as many as I had built up in my mind. I gained an entirely new respect for the work after a straight read through. And now only one more book... I completely agree.
  13. Hi All, So, I am listening to Knife of Dreams again, and found myself wondering: after Loial is married, why did Rand want to send him out to close Waygates? Didn't Loial just return from completing exactly that task? Or, what is it that I am not putting together? Thanks Theradave
  14. So, in the Gathering Storm we have it laid plain by Moridin that the DO wants to win not to rule to world, but to destroy it, and the pattern along with it. In earlier books (I cannot recall in which) we learn that bale fire unravels the pattern, and its extensive use threatens all existence. We also know that the DO is outside the pattern, and therefore presumably not threatened by bale fire, or the destruction of the pattern. So, my question is: why didn't (or doesn't) the DO command the Forsaken or the Black Ajah members to start using bale fire in mass amounts? Wouldn't that accomplish his stated (presumed) goal? What do you think? Personally, I think the fact this action has not been taken points to one of my first three statements being untrue (or, put another way a case of relying on what you think, not what you know). Since it was direct experience that discovered the threat bale fire poses to the pattern, I think that statement has the greatest chance of being true. Of the two assumptions remaining, I cannot decide which one (if it is only one) is more likely to be false.
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