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  1. To be honest, i'm giving some (not so serious) thought to not reading the last one. Its gonna destroy a lot of the fun speculation and intrigue...
  2. Nah, it was "kidnap" Mat was reflecting on his kidnaping of Tuon.
  3. How would you have expected him to respond? IMO that is totaly consistent with Mat's charater, like for instance when he blows the horn of valere way before the last battle because "noone said we couldn't".
  4. Whats with all the Luca haters out there? Hes one of my absolutely favorite side characters in the whole series, and hows this for foreshadowing: "For enough gold, Valan Luca would kidnap the dark one"...just sayin.
  5. As far as I know, Rand seeing the song being sung when he is in Ruidean indicates that one of his ancestors knew the song. I find it hard to believe that no other Aiel since the AOL has seen the same thing during their Clan Cheif trips. Keep in mind as well that Rand now has access to LTT's memories, not those of his ancestors. I don't believe there is any indication that LTT knew the song, and im pretty positive that he wasn't Aiel, so once again I don't understand how everyone is so sure that Rand knows it. Im not saying for sure that he doesn't but like a lot of things in WOT, it seems to be one of those things that is possible, but we have no evidence for.
  6. Am I missing something? Where are we getting that Rand knows the Tinker's song? I dont think there's been any indication that LTT knew it, so how would Rand?
  7. The thing that allows the dark side to use the Ways is that the dark leaders are willing to accept some "shipping loss" in the same way that egg producers know that some eggs are lost in transit. The egg producer cares about the resource waste in shipping, but doesn't get emotionally involved in the loss of the individual eggs. The dark side knows that they need to send 2 or 3 fists into the system to get 1 fist out. The Chosen might care about the resources represented by the Trollocs, but they don't have any emotional or moral investment in the Trollocs themselves. I think the Ways would be pretty hard to destroy. Realistically "killed" is probably more accurate than "destroyed." I am not sure if the light would be willing to go to the effort unless there was a huge strategic payoff. A few dozen fists of trollocs popping out here and there probably isn't worth the effort, especially since the dark side seems to have figured out how to use portal stones to move shadowspawn. Portal stones are potentially more useful than the Ways, so shutting down the Ways would have limited payoff. The waygates are supposedly warded. That raises the question in my mind about how the trollocs are getting through the Caemlyn waygate. There are two possibilities. One is that the dark forces have discovered and learned how to defeat the ward Rand had placed on the waygates. In that case I wonder why RJ went to the trouble of having Rand send out the Team Waygate. The other possibility is that the ward is still in place. The ward was supposed to kill shadowspawn that passed through it, but it was a delayed reaction. If the ward is still working, then the fires might have been started before the ward killed the emerging trollocs. In that case the battle in Caemlyn is likely to be mercifully brief as the trollocs die from the effects of the ward. (A third possibility is that Loial missed the waygate in Caemlyn, but that seems highly unlikely.) If the Ogier play an important role in the last battle then I would not be surprised to see light-siders try to clean the Ways as thanks to the Ogier. However, there are so many topics that must be covered in AMOL that I doubt that it will happen there unless it is incidental. Haha trust me there's no confusion on my part as to why the shadow is willing to use the ways where the light is not, I was merely pointing out that their destruction wouldn't hurt the light's forces much. What I could see happening is the Ways being destroyed while shadow forces are travelin through them, the damage coming from loss of forces not from loss of the ways.
  8. Hey Pandemonium, rejoice! I mentioned your theory to BS on twitter and he was interested enough to ask for a link. Heck yeah! I used to write questions and posts back on wotmania and RJ responded to at least 4 or 5 of them over the years. Now I caught the interest of BS as well! Actually, my theory kind of reminds me a bit of Mistborn. Elend's father (can't remember his name) was dutifully working to raise Mystborn and other mistings. I wouldn't be surprised to see something similar in WoT. Why waste some good genes? Elend's father was Straff, just in case not remembering was driving anyone crazy. I too thought of Mistborn when I read this, and its a verry interesting possibility. Nice work
  9. I voted "will be destroyed". Recently, it seems that darkfriends and shadowspawn have been the only ones using them and there is evidence (depending on who you talk to) of Demandred moving his armies through them. With that in mind, I have a feeling that they will be destroyed by the forces of light in some sort of trap or otherwise desparate manuver to take as many down as they can in one foul swoop. Loial is gonna be pissed...
  10. My vote: Taim is Taim. I honestly didn't buy it when he submited to Rand during my first read through, so him being up to something sinister is not a suprise for me and doesn't require and elaborate exlplination.
  11. Bingo. Weather or not Moridin was capable of knowing about this moment of exposure in time to act is irrelevent. We know from his philosophical musings with Rand that he has no intention of acting against him until TG (if then).
  12. On the subject of free will vs. predestination (also called determinism) Daniel Dennett has an interesting lecture on the subject available . In this lecture he outlies the case that determinism (or predestination) and free will are not mutualy exclusive. Basicly, knowing what choices you will make does not negate the fact that you made them.
  13. Brandon debunked that one, alas. Luckers asked him if Moridin was gay, and he said he couldn't remember anything in the notes indicating one way or the other. I'm sure if Cyndane was his love slave that Brandon would know. I fail to get how Morridin not being gay means that Cyndane is not Morridin's "lover"??
  14. She'll live too. Min had a vision of a babe in a cradle with a sword around Lan. RJ said several times that Min's visions are about the future. That would mean the vision is of Lan's son and I can't believe it could be anyone's but Nynaeve's son. They are married, he is her warder and if she dies he won't live long after that. Lan himself on the other hand might bite the dust given that same vision. One interpretation of this vision is that the babe is Lan (we certainly know that he had a sword in his hand when he was a baby). The future event that this could refer to is Lan fullfilling his destiny of reuniting the people of Maliker (sp?) at Tarwin's gap. This would make sense in that the pattern had this event planned for him when he was still "a baby in a crib holding a sword", an interpretation that does not depend on his survival of TG. I have a feeling he will do just that, unfortunately it will have to be in outriggers.
  15. Realy!? Noone's realized that Nakomi is Demandred who distorted the Ter'angreal to manipulate Aviendha into talking Rand out of the Dragon's Peace? Haha just kidding
  16. Regarding the "remnant of a remnant" I was under the impression that the first remnant happened when Rand revealed the history of the Aiel (those that did not join the Shiado or get taken by the Bleakness), and the seccond remnant will be those that survive TG.
  17. not sure how much this relates to the topic at hand, but I've seen no indication that Lanfear was given any wishes by the 'Finns. The assumption seems to be that everyone who goes to Finnland gets wishes, but the 'Finns dont seem to like the shadow very much (they refuse to answer any questions about them). Doesnt neccisarily prove anything either way, but i'm not asuming Lanfear was granted anything.
  18. First, id like to thank Terez for the Seanchan prophecy consolidaton. I do have some questions regarding it however. If Rand is supposed to "bind the nine moons to serve him", hasn't he missed his window of opportunity? Tuon has already named herself the Empress, does that mean she is no longer the daughter of nine moons? I suppose this could indicate a future daughter of Tuon's that Rand would bind to him (in the Dragon's Peace perhaps) but I find it unlikely that prophesy would concern stipulations in a peace treaty. In point #3, you indicate that Ishmael corrupted Artur Hawkwing (not in dispute) and as a result he "...sealed two dooms. The doom of his dream of one land and one people, and a doom yet to come". Is the "doom yet to come" in reference to the discrepancy between the K-cycle and the E-cyle causing conflict between Seanchan and Randland, or is it the creation of the Senchan altogether? Havent voted on this one yet, my friends and I still debate this one and I have not made up my mind.
  19. It seems I didn't express myself clearly, apologies. Lets see if I can clear things up a bit. To ranjitb: When I said "strength of character" I didn't intend that to mean "purity of character", therefore I was not implying that the women in WOT were less likely to be "easily led sheep" than men (particularly when the leader is another woman, or a superior in the darkfriend network). I was also refering to the main female characters or seccondary characters in particular, not to characters like the Andoran nobles. To Morsker: I agree that the "strength" (for lack of a better term) is typicaly directed toward men moreso than women. I'm not sure that I agree that it is the result of sexism or hate; instead I feel their attitudes toward men are born out of fear (in the case of men who can channel), or a general idea of superiority (in the case of the WT, Women's Circle, Far Madding, etc.). Hope that clears things up. Sorry for the confusion.
  20. True I suppose, but I still think its unlikely. If that were the case, we should have more info on LP in order for the paralell to be apparent. I also havent seen any indication of female channelers (or any channelers aside from LTT for that matter) being reborn, just heroes of the horn. So, good point, but I still find it unlikely.
  21. I don't think LP was of Menetheren descent, as Egewene is, so I find that unlikely.
  22. I gotta be honest, one of the things that has bothered me about the entire series is how strongly RJ writes his women. Lets be clear, i'm not sexist, i dont have a problem with RJ writing strong women characters; my issue is that he writes all of his women strong. Personally, I think it takes away from the strength of the individual characters (such as Moraine, Nyneave, Morgase) if strength of character among women is the norm. Just my two cents.
  23. So what you're saying is that would be an explination for his apparrent skill (experience with channeling) and his lack of strength (botched half-stilling). Interesting, I could go with that; however, it seems unlikely that he would know the gateway weave prior to coming to the BT unless he is a darkfriend which would be bad news bears...
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