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  1. Hey Dusk, curious as to what some of your other favorite fantasy characters are? Cheers. Off the top of my head... Samuel Vimes - Discworld Lord Mhoram - Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Tyrion Lannister/Davos Seaworth - A Song of Ice and Fire Fitz - Farseer Arakasi - Empire Trilogy Glokta - First Law Eddie - Dark Tower
  2. I consider Mat to be the greatest fantasy character I have ever read, and I have read alot of fantasy! So yuh, definetly voted for him.
  3. To me, not being able to kill the DO invalidates part of the point of the series. Rand had a choice at the end, and he chose to seal Shai`tan away. Which it really all it comes down to, choice. I have no doubt whatsoever that Rand could have killed the DO there and then if he wanted. Being a God doesn't make you invulnerable. Anyhow, thats just my interpretation. RJ was asked specifically about balefire, therefore he answered in balefire terms, which is known for its destructive qualities to the Wheel. Everyone is assuming the DO is immune to everything, when there is nothing that say
  4. I've never liked Galad as a character, but I liked him in this book. The end when he clutches his arm and spits at Demandred's feet... I loved it. I just wished he had died right there... there were too many "Hey just kidding this character you thought was dead barely lived somehow" moments. Agreed. Both galad and Lan should have died. Lan killing himself to kill Demandred was epic and suited the character perfectly. Him surviving somehow just made it... I dunno, less epic?
  5. If Russia and Germany can survive world war 2, then Randland can survive. And I doubt 90% of the army got wiped out, and not even close to that of the general population. Huge areas of the world would have been depopulated of course, such as the Borderlands, Andor, I cant imagine Arad Doman having many people after its been at war for like two straight years. But generally, everything else is fine. Not to mention, the Seanchan seemed to get by relatively unscathed.
  6. personally I think she will realise the Tower needs her. Whoever is Amyrlin will have to forge relationships with the Aiel, the Asha`man, Seanchan, the Kin, Sea Folk, etc etc. It is a much much different world then previous, and the Whitetower will need to evolve to suit the new world. Cadsuane will work this out and at least be one, short term. But you are right, its all speculation.
  7. This too. The shadow seemed pretty intent on finding the seals. Why would they let one of their people hand over the seals? Did he really just get the seal from some dude? Because the benefit of gaining Rands trust outweighed the problem of losing the seal. He was probably simply trained just to be a dreadlord. Maybe even continue claiming he was the real Dragon to further spread chaos. However, when the whole Blacktower situation came up, the Shadow had to send someone. Sending a Forsaken was potentially too risky, so at the time they sent a simple darkfriend instead. His efforts aw
  8. Would have been alot better if Mat went to Ebou Dar with the intention of working on the truce. I can understand why Mat missed the big meeting at Merrilor; he has never really been huge on fanfare and being in front of a crowd. But he should have gone to see Tuon just so he could convince her to allow him to lead the Seanchan army in TG. None of thise "running from his friends" crap that he got over about six books previous. Not to mention, when did he revert to not trusting Rand? Sometimes, he came across as outright disliking him. Just harkened back to his early days for no particular reas
  9. There wasnt no, but it makes sense. He competed with Lews Therin on everything. And since Lews Therin was a blademaster, theres no reason why Demandred wouldnt have done so just so Lews Therin would be even further ahead of them in the awesome stakes. Not to mention, Demandred strikes me as the sort of person who wants to be good at everything, and theres no way he would allow Sammael and Be`lal to have such an edge over him.
  10. Its war. Things dont make sense, things arent fair, people dont live because they have so much ahead of them. One of the main characters had to die for that final battle to have any real impact, and Egwene was the best candidate.
  11. Morbid curiousity, but I wonder what percentage of the Light army survived, and what were the general numbers among the different groups. For instance, it sounds like the Aes Sedai didn't really get off well, considering alot of them were in the thick of the fighting.
  12. Bela is practically a main character to me. Been around since early days, in the series alot, talked about heaps on the forums. She is on the same tier as Lan and Thom for me.
  13. Do people seriously believe that the books could have been combined into one? No possible way. The books were all fast paced, despite what criticism of them there are. In TGS and ToM there are maybe a handful of chapters in each that didnt need to be there. And this is after people have spent the last couple of days pointing out how so and so character could have gotten more pagetime. Sanderson didnt want three books. He has his own series to write, his own thing to do. Why would he convince others to spread out the project? The conspiracy theories and accusations are getting pretty ridicu
  14. Dont know why one should get furious over someone elses opinion. People like Elayne, I dont. I dont get furious about it. I thought the mindless explosive "throw everything at the enemy" Final Battle was fine. Much like I thought Dumai Wells and the Battle of Two Rivers and whatnot were fine. You can enjoy both, its possible. Because I started reading these books because of what they had in them. Leaving aside the largely poor quality of the Battle, let me try this in a different way I like the Daily Show. I also like the Wire. The Wire can sometimes be really funny, like anything can
  15. Dont know why one should get furious over someone elses opinion. People like Elayne, I dont. I dont get furious about it. I thought the mindless explosive "throw everything at the enemy" Final Battle was fine. Much like I thought Dumai Wells and the Battle of Two Rivers and whatnot were fine. You can enjoy both, its possible.
  16. I doubt anyone could have done any better. It would be downright hard to take over someones magnus opus like this, especially one that is so detailed and enriched as the Wheel of Time universe. Would have been next to impossible to keep track of all the characters and various sub-plots and whatnot. So Sure, Sanderson wasn't perfect, and maybe by the end he ran out of steam, but I sincerely doubt that many other authors would have a) done the undertaken at all considering the amount of work involves and b) would have been able to do it any better. Considering some of the posts in here, it s
  17. All through the last books, Siuan has been either with Egwene or right next to Gareth. I think it's implausible that she just up and leaves Gareth (while he is under compulsion no less) decides that Mat is in danger (to my knowledge she does not have the talent of foretelling)sneaks up and saves Min while getting herself killed. She could have felt Mats ta`veren pull. The Pattern weaves as the Pattern wills.
  18. One of the earlier foreshadows is back in Dragon Reborn when Siuan is talking to Mat about how her uncle Haun died pulling children out of a burning house and whether he will still be around when the flames come (not exact quote.) Anyway, Siuan died helping Mat escape from a burning tent. A nice little tidbit there.
  19. I am not a fan of the character, but I thought she did pretty well. Was worried for her safety at the end when Mellar was going to cut her open but all went well. As usual, Elayne has the biggest plot armor ever :P
  20. Why not? I can name about ten other fantasy series where characters are built up and then just killed off, and thats just off the top of my head. I dont understand the problem, I really dont. Its not like she died a pointless death; she essentially created an entirely new weave that wasnt thought to exist, and killed Taim and who knows how many other channelers.
  21. She gets along with the Aiel, the Sea Folk, and the Asha`man. She is easily the most open minded Aes Sedai around, who values talent, loyalty and leadership over strength in the One Power. Egwene would never ever have agreed to any sort of alliance with the Seanchan while Tuon still held onto damane, her thoughts with Tuon in their last encounter prove that. Cadsuane however is open minded enough to create some sort of... agreement. She is loyal to the Whitetower, but also understands its weaknesses. I could see her convincing everyone else to give up the oath rod, something Egwene became stea
  22. I just want to know what it was Fain was meant to become at the end.
  23. Not to mention, Cadsuane taking over makes perfect sense, from an ironic and a future-build point of view.
  24. Rand and Moridin were linked when their balefire streams touched in Shadar Logoth. At the time, I had assumed it was because it was balefire, but now I am thinking it was because of the OP and the TP touching. In any case, a connection was created and Rand mentioned a couple of times of being able to almost physically feel the barrier between them and just a little pushing would break it. At the end, when the OP and the TP were used together again, the link intensified and the barriers between the two of them completely broke. They were then able to bodyswap. I am not sure if Moridin had a
  25. That's not possible, since the entire epilogue was written by Robert Jordan, and Egwene's death is clearly mentioned in that. RJ also tried to downplay callandors important defect by claiming it was a manufacturing flaw. authors tell fibs. RJ may have wrote the epilogue but insertions and additions can be done Well, I would say Callandor being able to channel the TP is a pretty massive flaw. Jordan never lied, he just held back the truth. Which is sort of his job. If he had said, "Oh yeah, Callandor has this massive flaw where you can channel the TP through it and whatnot," he would
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