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Sila Darklover

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  1. Fascinating discussion. I'm not usually interested in religion or metaphysics, but would quite like to see these questions answered/pondered in the books. Cool as it was to hear Lanfear saying that Trollocs could dream, I don't recall any scenes (as Matrim Delaneous claimed) where they did so. ???I'm sure I would have remembered them. ;)
  2. Narg is the one Trolloc we know by name. Shaidar Haran is (or at least looks and acts like) the one Myrddraal we know by name. Aginor made the Trollocs, Myrddraal and other yummy creatures. Thus, they are my favorite villains.
  3. They don't explicitly do so in the books, either, but it's mentioned (paraphrased) that they multiply in the same way as other living things.
  4. Who said that Trollocs rape their female human captives? I've only heard that explicitly about Myrddraal. BTW, Uruk-Hai are only "spawned" in the LoTR movies. I believe they (and Orcs) reproduce normally in the books.
  5. Gholam, that's possible (we've seen nothing to disprove it, anyway) but Aginor would probably have avoided it if he could. I believe somebody (don't remember the link) got an explicit answer from RJ that Trollocs can be female, and do breed 'naturally.' Who would be tending the vats after Aginor's exile, otherwise? Where does it say that Aginor increased Trolloc growth rates? Did I mention how annoying it is that RJ hardly ever discussed this stuff?!?
  6. That would so rock. :D But why "chicks"? Dragkhar have no bird heritage, being humanoids with batlike wings.
  7. Quote: We can't have a flock of geese chasing Rand into Shadar Logoth. :D Why not? It would be a refreshing change. That's more in the Pratchett/Anthony vein of fantasy, I guess.
  8. Myrddraal would be better with eyes, but I'm not complaining ;D I was only comparing Gollum to Siuan in terms of their fish fetishes. Otherwise they're not much alike. Yah, Dragkhar aren't analogous to Nazgul steeds. Aside from the wings, they look very different (and way, way hotter). And I haven't heard of anybody riding them.
  9. Myrddraal aren't exunctly like Nazgul (more numerous, mortal, killable and handsome, to begin with) but they definitely seemed similar in TEoTW. Black-cloaked phantom horseman lurking on a country road and radiating evilness...just like the "Black Riders" in Fellowship of the Ring. Perrin's name may sound like Pippin's, but their personalities are pretty different IMO. Fain might be more Gollum-like than any other WoT character (though Gollum also share's Suian's fish obsession) but is a squintillian times less cool.
  10. The Chosen. Far more interesting to watch than the rest. Brown Aes Sedai would be second.
  11. Why would Cadsuane care? Because she's sorta in charge of Rand at the moment, and already has interesting opinions about him? I could be wrong, but I think she might have a fun reaction to that news.
  12. I forget if this was mentioned yet: Rand, Morgase, Gawyn, Galad, Cadsuane or some of the above finding out that Elayne is having Rand's children.
  13. I was speaking theoretically, people. ::) I too doubt that Trollocs would actually "raise" a human for anything but food...was merely speculating on how growing up in Trolloc culture would affect a human vs. the other way 'round.
  14. Not that I'm an expert, but I don't think "normal" sheep and goats are born with horns. So why would Trollocs be? Didn't that BWB quote mention that Trollocs "enjoy being pregnant"? This would imply that they don't lay eggs; probably their mammal base overrides any bird ancestry. But maybe some do. We haven't seen eggs--or young Trollocs--in the Blight, but then we haven't BEEN in the Blight much. And nobody has discussed the matter in the books, for some reason. What I'd give for a chat with Aginor about this stuff...
  15. *forces self to stop dancing in gleeful circles* Whoohoo, my favoritest WoT topic!! :) :) On killing: I'm crazy about Shadowspawn, so I personally would hate to kill Trolloc children or read about them being killed (though that would be better than not bloody reading about them at all). But I won't argue with y'all, because I know that "real" Randlanders ("good" ones, anyway) are obliged to destroy the creatures that were made to destroy them. On redeemability: I too would enjoy seeing someone raise a Trolloc, though in fantasy, 'nature' generally seems to trump 'nurture' in situations like this. However, a human raised by Trollocs would probably become vicious and violent. On time scales: Aginor must have had one heck of a challenge, combining a bunch of animals with different rates of growth and reproduction--including egg-laying birds!--and producing a species with its own predictable life cycle. Plus the warring needs for great bulk and fast development. So it's hard to be sure. Ten years to maturity seems a decent guess, or maybe a bit shorter. On youngling appearance: I would say newborn Trollocs look like large, furry newborn humans with muzzles, animal ears and sometimes animal feet; horns and such grow later. But that's just my imagination. On tribes: They could be based on animal ancestry, but there seem to be more tribes than species represented. Also, this would mean that every Trolloc attack group in the books consisted of recruits from numerous tribes, and they don't like working together; at least, Lan was surprised to find seven represented in the attack on Emond's field. Why else would they be divided up? I haven't the foggiest. Sadly, I expect that these topics will be ignored in the remaining books and stay confined to speculation and fanfiction.
  16. I want something involving Shadowspawn. Especially something aside from Trollocs getting slaughtered on the battlefield, because that's gotten boring. It's been so long since we saw much of anything in this department. Pleeeeease, Mr. Sanderson?? *grovel*
  17. Wha? Where does it say that the Seanchan had ram/goat/antelope horns on their helmets? I agree that, whatever their flaws, the covers displayed Sweet's enviable talent for showing people and things in great realistic detail. I sure couldn't do that. :P
  18. Hey, could be worse. DK Sweet did the covers for the later Xanth books, too, and some of those show scenes which never happen in the books and/or characters that were described with explicitly, blatantly different appearances. >:( As for WoT covers...hmm. TEoTW is the most dramatically picturesque. CoT showed characters which looked most like I imagined them. TGH, TFOH and ACoS get points because I likes to see Trollocs (although the ones on TGH were totally inaccurate, as already noted, and the other characters on that cover stunk as well). So it's hard to say. My least favorite would probably be TPoD, because I'm personally bored by pictures of armies (even on horseback) standing around. I prefer to see people pictured in various mundane actions, such as on the cover of TSR.
  19. Interesting idea. You think the Longing is genetic, then? Though it would be kewl if that happened, we haven't read of much apparent interest in it. We shall see.
  20. There's some fine and serious work on fanfiction.net.
  21. Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah, studying natural history for centuries, traveling around to find cool critters while other people are stuck dealing with the world's boring politics, law, warfare etc. No need for haughtiness or manipulation, just books and specimens and a nice warder. Sigh. Though the Ogier life sounds good...and the Sea Folk get to be, well, at sea a lot.
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