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  1. Hey all- been a member of Dragonmount for about 6 years, but its been awhile since i logged in.....looks like my posting history was nuked :( c'est la vie i guess :) !!! Either way, i was curious....does anyone know of a website online that might occasionally have some items from RJ's auction that took place 4 years ago when his blade collection was sold off by his estate?? Since then, has anyone seen any of that stuff being re-sold also with the CoA's? Thanks!!
  2. i liked it, if for no other reason than to see the balance shift back towards rand in his relationship with Caddy. ...it made for some pretty awesome reading.
  3. unfortunately, any answer to this question would be complete speculation outside of the WOT physics as we know it. We have no known information on this topic from what i recall of anything i've seen in RJ's Q&A's, the BWB or any other reference. .....however, I'll give you kudos for coming up with an interesting question. haven't seen that one before ;)
  4. I have two, actually. The ancient Aes Sedai symbol on my right wrist, and the wheel of time symbol on my left. post pics of this......immediately!!
  5. call me a traditionalist, but i say tell her nothing.....she'll enjoy the story more if she's just focused on reading it for what it is rather than looking for things that either aren't there or shouldnt be figured out yet ;) my brother is half way through on his first read after 19 years of prodding and my lips are SEALED! i'm talking to him about each book after he finishes and having fun dialoging with him on what happened, what he likes/doesn't like, who he likes/doesn't like, and just listening to his theories without adding anything. my favorite answer any time he has a question? RAFO ;D
  6. since its not a physical 'wound' and just them being cut off from accessing the source, my personal opinion is that if siuan were to be stilled by women again that she could be restored to her full potential by a male channeller....of course she's not going to risk trying, but i'm basing this off of what Nynaeve said upon healing her- that something was "missing" Nyn didnt 'partially heal' the missing part- its just.....not there. in typing this, i also suspect that it might even be possible for a male channeler to finish what nyn started in healing siuan if they were skilled enough at probing and trying. flynn seems the likely candidate to pull this off. ......anything short of death should be possible to heal, right :)
  7. More than likely she was stilled, but not from drawing on too much of the power....that would burn her out, which is different from being stilled- we still have no firm knowledge if being burned out can be healed. When you're stilled, you can still sense the power, you just can't draw upon it. When you're burned out, you cannot even sense it- its as if you were never even able to channel in the first place.... anyway, i digress. I suspect Moiraine was in fact stilled upon entering the door frame, simply because she was channeling while entering a TA. We have read upon many occasions that "nasty things can happen" when your channel at or around a TA without knowing what the consequences are. I also suspect that Moiraine will be the first Women to be fully healed by a Male Channeller (Might I offer up Flinn as a good candidate for the job?) As it directly relates to this post, do i think she will emerge Traumatized or Insane? not one bit. I think emotionally and mentally she will be virtually unscathed. She's probably the most focused and centered person in the entire series and has more mental toughness than just about anyone (with the likely exceptions being Sorilea, Cadsuane, Amy, Bair and a very select few others that are arguably on her level in that area....) She's endured too much in her quest to see the Dragon succeed and i suspect that this will be the one beacon of light that she has held on to to ensure that she comes out virtually the same women that went it. ....in fact, i believe she will emerge from the tower, dust off her dress and immediately ask to be brought up to speed on everything that has transpired, she will take it all in stride, and then ask to be brought to Rand to continue her task at guiding him towards TG. (then, commence healing)
  8. Hi guys- so sorry to hijack this post with my message but for 2 days I keep getting a message that reads: "Database Error Please try again. If you come back to this error screen, report the error to an administrator." Not sure how to contact an admin since I can't seem to access the General Discussion page. Is anyone else getting this message? Any suggestions? Again, so sorry to post on this thread, but since i can't start a new one i just replied to this one. Any help on passing this on to an admin for a potential fix would be much appreciated. Thank you ! BJ
  9. I have to admit, i don't remember RJ commenting on it. I have a file somewhere with every quote RJ ever said in a formal / informal interview, including posts here. (just hope it wasnt on my drive that just crashed). I'll see if i can dig it out and find that question anywhere.
  10. This is accurate from what I remember. Rand actually DID it once. When Rand was fighting Rahvin, Rahvin killed Asmodean, Mat, and a few others with lightning. Several tense moments later, Rand drilled Rahvin with a particularly big bolt of Balefire, and the ones who were dead were sitting around confused. Asmodean even had had an idea of what happened. I wondered why Rand at the end of KoD didn't balefire Semirhage and get his hand back. Actually, you're only half right on this one. Its true that Rhavin killed them, but he didn't kill them with Balefire....it was lightning that he used. The big question in this post addresses actually being killed with Balefire and whether or not that can be undone, as opposed to a more 'traditional' death by the OP or other means.
  11. Talking TSR here is perfectly ok ;) LOL I thought he meant TGS, but if thats not the case, my appologies BF!!!
  12. Coreane was the Black Sister who murdered Vandene and Adelas stabbed her with a knife in Andor right before Elayne was captured (as then freed) by the other Black Sisters. Neither Adelas, nor Vandene were of the Black Ajah.
  13. don't quote me on this (or ask for evidence ;) ) but i seem to remember seeing a time-line that had this series between 3-4 years (not counting TSR since NO TSR TALK SHOULD BE mentioned here (Points to 'Balefire to the Face' as a reminder) That might make you feel better if it is in fact true.
  14. A couple come to mind, but these are the ones that would bother me a little more than some others: Loial Min Moiraine Avi Thom Verin Perrin
  15. ........maybe you should take another hiatus.... :o As for the moderators, thanks for doing a good job and reacting quickly to the spoilers that have been posted in the general forums so far.
  16. To post little "snippets" about TGS? How hard is it to not mention or allude to anything at all in the book??? This post applies to a small percentage of people on these boards and not the majority, but its a little obnoxious with all of the posts telling people to NOT post, yet its still being done. I've been on DM for years and this is the first time that I'm disappointed in the lack of respect from some posters. Out of respect for the rest of us, can you please refrain from even insinuating potential plot lines, story lines or things that could happen- regardless of how generic you may feel that they are? Thank you
  17. Really? Not sure if thats a spoiler, huh? maybe go back and reread the post that says "ABSOLUTELY NO POSTINGS ABOUT TGS" and STOP posting things like this for those of us who haven't started yet. if you're "not sure" then dont do it.
  18. Please do us all a favor and stop making references about TGS in this section- even inuendo can ruin potential story lines or arcs for us readers.
  19. I think it ultimately comes down to what a few of you have confirmed after offering some suggestions, which is that it was a mistake in timeline calcluation. Its kind of hard, after so many years, to find a mistake in these books, which is why I wanted to see if anyone had a significant detail that I or he missed. I was kind of hoping that this post would fish that out, but nothing so far. Maj...Luckers....Mr Ares....i'm hoping one of the heavy hitters that have this series memorized will come out with riviting evidence that would explain the missing time.
  20. The Shaido had begun moving towards Jangai Pass 7 days prior to Rand (TFoH ch6/ch20). Rand arrived at Taien 2 weeks later, only 6 days after the Shaido (TFoH ch20). This means that the Shaido were in Taien only 8 days after Rand left Rhuidean. That means that it took the Shaido 15 days to get to Taien from wherever they were in the Aiel Waste, though we don't know how much distance they had to cover in that 15 days. Rand was pushing to catch them as quickly as possible. At the end of chapter 6, Rand is told that they won't be able to catch Couladin, but Rand says he means to be right behind him. The Shaido were ALSO not traveling with JUST Aiel. All along the way, they were taking men, women, and children as gaishein from the villages they were raiding. These slaves were not Aiel, and if anything would have slowed the Shaido down even more than Rand's group was traveling. In Rand's group, the humans were on horses, so they could travel as fast as the Aiel on foot. Quote from Chapter 20, Rand POV: 'Half a month since he had left Rhuidean. Half a month, though the Aiel had set a pace afoot from sunup to sundown that wearied the horses. But Couladin had been moving this way a week before he learned of it. If they had not managed to close any ground, he would have that long to ravage Cairhien before Rand could reach it.' Rand and all of his many Aiel advisors are very smart, and the Aiel Chiefs are aware of the situation and land. They believed they were traveling at least as fast as the Shaido, if not faster. And wherever Couladin was traveling FROM, Rand says that if they don't make up any ground, the Shaido will have a week to ravage Cairhien before Rand arrives. Rand and crew get to the other side of Jangai Pass 4 days later near a town called Selean (ch23). Quote: 'Couladin had left another message, men and women impaled across their path, standing there seven days dead'. After 4 days of travel, they had lost maybe 1 day and are still only 7 days behind Couladin/Shaido and are now in Cairhien land. The only gap in time is from Selean to Eianrod. In Eianrod, Rand speaks to horseback riders who say they left Cairhien on horseback, and it was undear seige by the Shaido (ch30). One of the lords says that Couladin called upon Cairhien to surrender to 'He Who Comes With The Dawn' [Couladin] on the 2nd day (meaning Couladin had been there already for at least 2 days). Rhuarc told Rand it would take 7 days to get to Cairhien from Eianrod, and Estean scoffed at the thought, saying that it took them 7 days to arrive FROM Cairhien on horseback. This means at the scene in Eianrod, Couladin had been at Cairhien City for at least 9 days already, and therefore were in Eianrod at least 16 days before Rand, but were in Selean only 7 days before Rand. The Shaido got from Selean to Eianrod in 9 days LESS time than Rand? The lowest possible number to reflect that is it took the Shaido 1 day, and Rand 10 days? Traveling from sun up to sun down, with their humans on horses, not stopping to attack villages along the way? there is ZERO accounting for that, and here's the proof. Rand, Rhuarc, and none of the others were even surprised that they were so far behind now... and there's only one possible reason for that.... because this is a continuity/timeline error, and RJ didn't realize that the numbers he used didn't add up.
  21. 1. The only reason that Rand's Aiel ever got as close as they did Taien is because the Shaido had stopped there. But we dont know how long, and the village is small. Considering the Aiel were large enough to attack Cairhien, they could have swept over that village in less than a day. Also, Couladin's departure with his Aiel is referenced in the timeline above and they lost no ground based on the "message" that he had for Rand. 2. Rand's Aiel have to scout and track the Shaido, while the Shaido know where they are going and therefore we can assume that they are moving somewhat faster. We have no accounting for any lost time due to tracking. Also, the Aiel as we know from other parts of this story can track as quickly and efficiently as anyone....i think Elayne, blindfolded, could follow and entire Army over the course of a week without losing more than a few hours. 3. Rand and his Aiel did not move constantly. They stopped at certain places longer than the Shaido would have. Which places would they have stopped at? I mentioned all documented stops. 4. The whole entire group of Aiel probably was not present when they took Carhien. Most of them probably stayed behind at first considering the huge amount of them there were. Also there wer tons of Shaido that wouldn't be a part of the fight such as children, Wise Ones,blacksmiths/craftsmen, women that aren't Maidens, etc. So the whole group most likely entered Carhien later than the whole attack party. This is something that i considered as well, but unfortunately, it requires the use of the word "probably" and therefore doesn't really hold much water. Also, the attacking parting was there long enough to lay seige to an entire city (one of the largest in the book)- for 7 days by the time those soldiers reached Rand. That means they were established and large enough to be there en force. 5. Since the Shaido knew they were being followed they most likely traveled with more speed than Rand's Aiel. They could have example traveled through the night instead of always making a camp like Rand's Aiel. Rand, Rhuarc and company would have fallen off their horses upon hearing that they went from gaining 1 day on them, halfway through their chase, to losing a week. Even the Shaido need rest. Rand and company pressed as hard as they could to get there from that town adn it took them 6 days. It wouldn't be possible for hte Shaido to do it in much less time. Overall it may be a flaw but there is a lot to take into account that makes it make sense as not being a flaw. i have yet to be convinced otherwise :)
  22. -starting times (Shaido started before Rand's camp) True, but i addressed that already- they started 7 days before Rand, yet gained more than 2 weeks. -distance from the starting points (Shaido's starting location was closer to the pass) This theory takes place from the Jengai pass referencing a 6 day differential, so it is irrelevant where they started from -number of things both groups carried (Shaido carried less things) At what point is that referrenced, or are you just assuming? If anything, they carried more. We know for fact that they took a number of Gaishan from that Village and the village was also looted. -average speed of both groups (Shaido was all Aiel [which are faster than most people], Rand's camp had a number of non-Aiel) Non-Aiel were on horse. Shaido's group also had non Aiel (see prior answer). Wouldn't account for a 2 week differencial. Still doesn't address the fact that they were gaining on the according to Egwene. -number and/or length of breaks of both groups (Rand's camp had to have a number of breaks) Which ones, other than the ones that i referenced that have timelines? On the contrary, they traveled all day long without stopping according to all descriptions. At MOST, they spend a half a day in that small town and there's a specific time reference there. The mentioned scenes only tell the progress of Rand's camp, not the Shaido's progress. Not true- We see a Shaido time line 3x in the mentioned scenes. Jengai Pass, The raided town, and the Tairen soldiers on Horse.
  23. i think there will be a small, chapter-long epilogue and after a brief summary of how the pieces will be put back together, there will be a flowery paragraph talking about the WOT turning again, as a new age is about to start.
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