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  1. The idea that the crystal columns in Rhuidean ARE the Jenn Aiel, transformed, had also occurred to me. It seems a likely explanation for why they disappeared so quickly and completely, without even a remnant to tell the tale.
  2. of course there aren't. The pattern was breaking at that time. dead we're walking already so why not dead jenn aiel? Aviendha was after all going to rhuidean. I think I saw someone speculate that the columns in Rhuidean ARE the Jenn Aiel, transformed in a process like Egwene and M'Hael were transformed. Now all someone has to do is create access keys to tap the power embedded in the Egwene and M'Hael crystals and, volia, we have the two great sa'angreals for the coming age.
  3. Has anyone revealed which portion of the ending is the part written by RJ himself so long ago?
  4. This whole end-sequence reminds me of what happens to David Bowman at the conclusion to ."2001 A Space Odyssey."
  5. Spread word to "our allies." Not to everyone. Just to allies. If it was a weave that could take the world apart, you'd want to spread word to everyone. No point in winning a war if you lose everything, unless you're Moridin. So I doubt the mystery weave is Traveling. And it doubt it's Balefire, because everyone already knows that one is dangerous. No, I'm thinking that it's more along the line of a weave that lets the other side know something you want kept secret, or leaves a trace the bad guys can follow. You want your side to quit using it, but not the other guys.
  6. "Nobody travels the Ways," Ituralde said, aghast. Is this because someone is suggesting Ituralde ENTER the Ways, or because someone else just EXITED the ways? My guess is that someone (Loial? Another ogier?) exited the Ways, having used them to reach Ituralde. We already know Loial is on the move and meets up with Perrin.
  7. The other half of the mystery quote is what would shock Tuon enough to say "Creator shelter us" in front of Mat or anyone else. Something she saw, like trollocs and myrddraal? Some message conveyed by Mat? Getting her a** handed to her by Egwene because the damane can't link to make gateways big enough to be useful? I'd like to think it was Tuon's reaction to being collared with an a'dam, but her response to that would probably just be screaming. And then killing anyone who witnessed her shame.
  8. Sounds like an ocarina to me. Those little flute-things... well, they're not really flutes... come in a lot of different shapes.
  9. So far as we've seen, the only people who can (could) use both the OP and the TP are (were) Graendal, Moridin, and Rand. I'm trying to remember. Was there ever a mention of using both the TP and the OP simultaneously? Or are they mutually exclusive? The only thing I can recall is the scene in Shadar Logoth where Rand was using saidin-balefire next to Moridin using TP-balefire, the streams crossed, and they both got whacked. At the time I thought it was because of a OP/TP clash, but now I'm wondering if it wasn't just a balefire-balefire clash. Rand mentions trying something really dangerous, something which may not be possible, which draws on the ideas he has from living as Lews Therin. I can imagine a scenario wherein Rand links with Moraine and Nynaeve to use both saidin and saidar, puts Callandor into play, then grabs the TP at the same time to wield them all together against the Dark One's minions. If you thought you saw a powerful uber-Rand together before, you ain't seen nuttin yet.
  10. You can get the days remaining anytime, easily, here: Calculate duration between two dates http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html Excel also has a function that calculates it, so you don't even have to be on line.
  11. To restore the Dark One's prison to the state it was in prior to the Second Age, merely patching or sealing the bore is not an option. The bore actually has to be un-made as if it had never existed. Lanfear's role may be to reveal what she did to create the bore, so that it can be reversed, unwoven, unmade.
  12. 91 days remaining until you find out, but only if you're willing to jump directly to the end of the book.
  13. Interesting. The idea that the Crystal Throne ter'angreal affects the Seanchan empress AND her subjects is one I've not seen widely discussed. But then again, I only lurk here close to book release dates so I may have merely missed it. Anyway... we know that the Crystal Throne compels the residents of Seanchan to raise their Empress to near-goddess status, to do anything for her and anything to win her favor including commit murder. It is entirely possible that when an Empress sits on the Crystal Throne she herself changed in some fundamental way, ensuring the unchanging continuity of the Empire. This becomes an interesting wildcard factor because Fortuona, although being a product of Seanchan society, is headed for the Last Battle having never actually sat on the Crystal Throne herself. It's rather like Egwene in her Accepted test saying she could do things no other Amyrlin could because she never held the Oath Rod. Fortuona is able to act unhindered by the Crystal Throne's influence, free to make decisions which would never occur to any previous Empress.The big difference between the two is that Egwene recognizes the restrictive effect of the Oath Rod and the Three Oaths, but Fortuona may be entirely clueless regarding what the Crystal Throne does to the Empress.
  14. One flaw in this scenario: Michael Whelan's cover. Rand is entering Shayol Ghul linked to Nynaeve and Moraine, not Nynaeve and Alivia. Since the prophecy says three become one, not four, we can rule out Alivia being part of the circle but hiding behind a pillar.
  15. It has been my theory that Rand would somehow stuff Fain down the bore-hole to keep the Dark One occupied while he (Rand) sealed up the bore. The logic was that Fain (mortal) and the Dark One (immortal) would be attracted to each other until such time as Fain's substance/energy burnt out, allowing Rand sufficient time to do whatever he needs to do. Given that Fain represents the chaotic independent-source evil of free men, that could take a while. Based on the above comments, I'm now starting to wonder something different. Perhaps Fain's evil will be attracted, not to the Dark One, but to the bore itself. Rand stuffs Fain down the bore, Fain makes contact with the boundaries of the bore, and the attraction/negation causes the bore to collapse on itself. Both the bore and Fain get negated from existence. The Dark One's prison boundaries are once again whole and unblemished, and the Wheel keeps turning. If the bore is not unique to this turning of the wheel, that's pretty much the way it has to go. The bore is created in one age, eliminated (NOT mended - there's a difference) in the next age, and the Wheel turns onward with the prison intact until the next complete turning when the bore is created anew.
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