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Zorlon

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  1. Now I imagine Obi'Wan and Jaga loudly arguing at that meeting mentors are much better off as glowing blue ghosts while Gamdalf counters no of course dying and coming back stronger is the better, and everyone else looks mortified at these suggestions and start mentioning the ways they died. Then perhaps the old man from The Last Dragon mentions he just had to take a plane ride to let the hero complete his journey.
  2. You know, I honestly would prefer if she was just off doing Moiraine stuff. I wasn't kidding when I said even Merlin expies have lives of their own, meaning lives outside the hero, and it would have made the world that much richer if she was attending to personal stuff. Remember the old man in the cave from the first Zelda game, the one at the start who said "it's dangerous to alone, take this" and gave you a magical wooden sword? Now imagine the reality of the story was you jumped to take the sword too early and he had been intending to say "it's dangerous to go alone, take this lonely old man with you" Doesn't that suddenly make him 5x more interesting, dont you want to know more about him? And thus as I said before, supporting characters ought have lives of their own. Except Luhan, the less known about him the better. Fain too, I very much get the impression Fain backstory would wander deep into Martinesque territory.
  3. It is more than that, consider the boy without a sausage, or more to the point how thoroughly his plight was described. We can guess what happened to Moghedian, we were told in detail what happened to Theon. ASoIaF dwells in its brutality, revels in it, while TWoT usually only hints at brutality the way an old person will talk around an ugly topic like mentioning someones infidelity as a woman having "one of those golf husbands". Yeah, you can guess how many years ago I heard that one.
  4. It still doesn't work, for one thing everyone on that cast is far too light skinned, just about everyone in the Two Rivers is described as having a farmer's tan. And sure a few extra carrots a day and a week at the beach could fix that up lickity split, but I am very much getting the impression this wont be thought of. Beyond that Mat is way too pale. The books often make a point of Rand having a lighter complexion than most in the Two Rivers, yet the guy they got for Mat is noticably lighter than Rand. Worse, for the Two Rivers folk I do wish they had gotten actors who looked more alike. Its a small village which has been isolated for centuries, you gotta figure everyone is going to be at least 2nd or 3rd cousins with everyone else. After so many generations the only way to avoid that would be even more unthinkable. I know these are minor things to get hung up on, but I do care about world building and attention to even such minor details would imply care will be taken with all aspects of the story.
  5. Id say poor Tom, but I am sure he still has plenty of Myspace millions to enjoy. Still, I cant help wondering if he feels intimidated when he runs into Zuck at the grocery store
  6. My favorite chapter would be the Trolloc raid on the Stone in TSR. I know it's not the best part of the story, but I started the series with a copy of TSR someone left on a take a book/leave a book table, and that was where it started to get good for me. Before that it was just confusing, cause I didnt know what was going on, or weird like with the cards and axe and mirror, but that Trolloc raid chapter with its straight action let me see how enjoyable Jordan's writing could be when you aren't confused about everything. I was just about ready to put the book back on the table before I got up to that.
  7. Is Egwene as Dragon a thing which has even been hinted at? It wouldnt necessarily be terrible, or even out of linec with prior worldbuilding-Jordan did once say there is also a female Dragon soul-, but from Dragonmount to the Eye, and everything afterwards, so much would have to be changed that it wouldnt really be the same story anymore and Rand kind of becomes as narratively pointless as the 4th boy on the cover of TEotW.
  8. The percentage of Trolloc births which are Myrds matches the percentage of human births which are channelers. Two, we know being able to use the Power opens people up to vulnerabilities others do not experience. No Myrds cannot channel as they are, but being able to touchh the Source leaves them open to Shadow warping in the womb. Myrds are Shadow warped Trollocs, how you missed that I do not know. Three, if Shadowspawn can spawn outside of the Blight, then why have they not overrun every ecosystem?
  9. No, I dont know what you mean. Ogier are exceptionally polite and I am sure they only kill Trollocs cause Trollocs do Trolloc stuff, not cause they are Trollocs. If one came to a Stedding and was all "I just wanna have a baby" I am sure the Ogier would be accomodating. I dont think you followed my reasoning. Myrds are the result of Trolloc fetai which can channel. We know being able to channel leaves one open to effects of Power(Turning, extended life span, Rand's kids able to channel since the womb being super good at it). In Myrds case it is the TP making them Shadowmen. But there is no power accesable in the Stedding. So no causative source of change from Trolloc to Myrd. Toothere is the question of whether Shadowspawn can even spawn outside of the Blight. There are plenty of nasty critters in the Blight which could be ecosystem wrecking invasive species, but they never leave the Blight. And thats just on land. Now imagine the Oceanic Blight, and yet the seas are not filled with such horrors as born of that area.
  10. @szilard The Dragon Reborn may(or may not) always be male, but the Dragon is not always male. Jordan explicitly stated there is also a female Dragon soul. And of course Rand was not the DO, he was a PoV character for crying out loud. As for who won the Last Battle, I would say Fain. We know a bit of him was absorbed by Mashadar, and we know Mashadar has learned to exit the ways, and we know it lives in a seperate world where removing the DO's influence does not remove the product of that influence, and we know not even the entire Tower could be certain of destroying it. Just a matter of time until the Wind gets out and starts doing Fain stuff.
  11. I think, to depict channeling, they should just duplicate the origional Super Mario Brothers star effect. Just have tbe character star flashing crazy colors and play the star tune.
  12. Well that settles that, even if it is a Sandersonism. Thanks for the research. It still leaves the narrative question though of why, once it was decided Taim was not Demandred, Perrin smelled such odd emotions from him. But there's probably no more answer for that then there is for the early bookisms.
  13. I know it almost certainly wont be done this way, but couldn't they just hanlde thisproblem by having a narator explain "and then Perrin was shocked to find himself dancing with the intimidating Aes Sedai"? Just have it be the same voice which does the "Some wind blew around and stuff hasppened" intro narration. Also, am I the only person who thinks it'd be nifty if they used an older sounding version of Loial's voice? Not sure how you make an Ogier sound older, but that just allows for more creative freedom, and Loial did write the book on the WoT so using an altered version of his voice to narrate would track thematically. Wait, what did I just write? "And he did write the book on the", oh my, might Loial have been a however stylized Jordan self-insert? Hardly tracks with what he shared about his younger days, but everyone has deeper thoughts, and even Loial had a scary place one best not take him.
  14. As an aside, most shoes are bad. Look at the grotesquely curled and bent knuckled toes common among folk in well-shod cultures and contrast them with the finger straight toes of the sandal-folk. No your Big Toe and it's buddy Index Toe are not meant to bulge at the knuckle and slant outwards as though they were following the contours of a shoe. And the less said about the horrors wrought by pointy toed shoes the better.
  15. Where would they have had opportunity to figure it out? The Black Tower Turnings were discovered only because some were observed being done, Taim's would have been long before that. As for reversing? Why, because the Blight got better and Shadowspawn died? It's pretty clear those things weren't part of the world, at least in the same way Stedding are not. They can't be entered from TAR. So in a sense they can be seen as needing the Shadow to hold down a dead man's switch upon the pattern to keep them going. What if the turning though requires no maitenance in order to keep up, rather its just a one time recajiggering of some things? In any event what does the nature of the Turning have to do with what we saw of Taim considering that if he were Turned he would have been Turned before we were introduced to him, and Egwene slew him before the Bore was Sealed?
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