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  1. Even though seanchan rule would not be so bad, the complete conquest and assimilation of all the kingdoms and organizations we have enjoyed reading about for 13000 pages is not a happy ending. If I wanted to read about relatively happy, prosperous, and obediant lower-middle-class society, I would not be reading fantasy genre novels. I would be reading the newspaper.
  2. Whats interesting is that if what Aviendha sees is irreversable, then Tarmon Gai'don is guarranteed to be won. I dont think a ter'angreal could know what prophecies cant even agree on. At the very end of ToM is something from the prophecy of the shadow. It conflicts with the prophecies of the dragon. Plus theres Seanchan fortellings, other fortellings, aiel car'a'carn stuff, min's viewings, etc. They cant all be true. I dont think the futur of aiel will be explicitly written about though. When aveindha thinks "Can I change it? If I cant, will that stop me from trying?" it kind of closes the issue. Surely not much of the storyline will take place after TG. If rand wins, aviendha and the aiel will try to make sure the aiel have a bright futur, but I doubt anything will be confirmed. It was a heart-wrenching chapter though. The part where the aiel's last home in the waste is raided was the worst. When aviendha sees a corpse and mentions he was a Stone Dog, one of few aiel who still belong to a clan, the tears started flowing T.T
  3. I think they are evil aiel. In the age of legends aiel served aes sedai, why wouldnt some of them have served aes sedai who would eventually become forsaken/dreadlords. If normal aiel went from pacifists to what they are now, theres no reason why others couldnt go from pacifists to cannibal darkfriends. Also, the pointed teeth presumably mean cannibalism, and that suggests they are related to aiel because its another thing about them that is directly opposite. In The Gaterhing Storm, Semirhage asks an aiel how much torture they would need to kill a blacksmith and eat his flesh. I believe aiel being extremly against cannibalism is mentioned other times aswell. Unveiling to kill, and being cannibals is too many ways that they are dirrectly opposite to aiel for these guys not to be somehow related to them. Even if they turn out to not be aiel, I am convinced that they wont all be channelers (some might be though). For us, the reader's, entertainment, the shadow needs more exciting soldiers than trollocs and fades. Trollocs were imposing in EotW, but battles with the shadow (like maradon) are getting kind of cheesy. No quantity of trollocs will really be enough to make Tarmon Gai'don an epic battle from a non-channeling point of view. Whether these guys are Aiel, from shara, darkfriends of something else, I think there will be alot of them, and they will mostly NOT be channelers. Elite foot-soldiers of the shadow, the way aiel are like that to the dragon.
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