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  1. Binding the north to the east and the west to the south. North = Blight East = Shara South = Randland West = Seanchan This assumes that Nicola's fortelling of the land being divided by the return is not a complientary prophesy to this one.
  2. My body-swap theory: When the DO was resealed Moridin was holding the TP at that moment. The sealing caused the TP to be stripped away from Moridin which caused his sould to be stripped from his body at the same time. Rand, being bonded to Moridin, had his sould stripped from his body into Moridin's body at the same time - kind of a flow-on effect. Nynaeve couldn't understand why Rand's body was dying. This was because there was no sould in the body - it was just a shell that couldn't survive without it's soul. The only problem with this would be that Nynaeve would have sensed something wrong with the body. Just like Verin did when she touched the Ogier who had been soul-sucked by Machin Shin.
  3. I think Birgitte will be reborn as one of Melaine's twin girls. It was stated that she was VERY close to term.
  4. I enjoyed it. I thought he lived up the the hype - the awesome general skills, him subverting an entire nation (the LS forces would have stomped the trollocs at Merillor without them). I never subscribed to the Roedran theory for some reason. But I thought he would have been a candidate to repent or come back to the Light at the last minute. The sword duels were good at first, but got a bit repetative by the time Lan had a crack. I was cheering for Gawyn, not so much Galad, but of course was cheering for Lan. This seemed to me to be the author giving solid in-book evidence to solve the questions of who is the best swordsman. Galad = you are better than your brother, Lan = no man in this Age can have your skills etc. The scene at the meeting in Merillor where straight away Rand states that Roedran isn't Demandred is another straight up mythbuster I felt. I guess I'm saying those parts werent very subtle... I always thought that Demandred's Shadow reputation didnt live up to his Light reputation. He was the second most accomplished person of his age behind LTT. Once he went to the Shadow all people thought of were his generalling skills. There is more to him than that! Taking over an entire nation the size of Shara, pretending to (or actually) fulfilling their saviour prophesies and convincing them to fight for the Shadow shows his other abilities I knew he had.
  5. Possibly the seal Taim gave to Rand had a tracer weave on it. He waited sufficient time for Rand to gather others and hide them all together then followed his trace to steal them all.
  6. I think Cadsuane is just finally fed up with the conversation going on behind her. They have been prattling on while Cadsuane had been getting more and more frustrated. The group behind finally reach a decision - one that Cadsuane doesn't agree on. That is the last straw for Cadsuane and their foolishness...
  7. Rand also knelt before the Seanchan in TPoD when he was chanelling using Callandor against their army. Bashere knocked him down when he lost control - pretty sure he was kneeling at some stage there too. The only difference was there was no Empress in the vicinity at the time. He also lost the campaign (by his standards) and admitted defeat. In a way he was submitting to the Crystal Throne at this point. On a side note, do we know the timing of the Karaethon cycle's first printing? It seems strange that the prophesies would exist on both continents since they were first Foretold after/during the breaking.
  8. "As Tam attacked again, Rand lifted the sword and-" I think the sentence is cut short because Rand gets a nice big crack on the head! "As Tam attacked again, Rand lifted the sword and- THUNK"
  9. Is the Truthspeaker the holy woman here? Possibly Selucia announced the person being ignored as a holy woman. The holy woman protested the claim. The quote from Tuon could be her addressing the rest of the room to make the announcement. But normally I think her Voice would make that kind of address to a gathering.
  10. As someone posted on a previous page, channelers seem to complicate everything. I've always thought a good way to defeat a shadowspawn army would be to create a solid, extremely thin ribbon of air across the battlefield and let the shadowspawn charge through it cutting themselves in half! Aran'gar had the right idea - smother the AS in a solid weave of Air around their face. Simple, quick, effective. To stop a heart, create a weave of solid air through the heart. It's not like autopsies are common practice in Randland. But I suppose people randomly dropping dead isn't exactly common either... until recently anyway.
  11. @ herid: why is the dying Aiel speaking to the air and not the person? They are blind - Sightblinder and all that...
  12. Birgitte dies and Elayne meets her in TAR after the LB. Birgitte tells Elayne that she won't appear for a while. This is Elayne saying goodbye. Or, the person speaking is a dying Aiel. Possibly Bael speaking to Rhuarc (or vice versa) I like the second possibility.
  13. Moiraine asking Thom to tell one of his stories. Not that I've ever got the impression that Thom had gone to Shara. Maybe that's the name of a story/song and the capitals or italics have been removed for this 'memory'
  14. Distance may have been a factor. If you blow up a wall 20 metres away it might be easy. If you blow up a wall 1km away it would be tougher
  15. A few references to the Dragon in the AoL make me wonder who/what the Dragon was in the previous age. Demandred could have been named the Dragon if it wasn't for LTT. This suggests that it is a title granted to certain people The Aiel were known as the People of the Dragon. The entire race used to only serve the Dragon. I can't recall if it is stated the Dragon or LTT specifically was served. This service was before the War of Power which (we know from Rand's visions in Rhuidean), so the title existed before the war broke out. For an entire race to be known as the People of the Dragon it would have to be a service for more than one lifetime The Forsaken in their thoughts seem to think of LTT's current incarnation as the Dragon. This suggests either the title was created and made famous by LTT and therefore attributed to his reincarnation. Or it could mean that the title is granted for life. A reincarnated LTT would inherit the title in the Forsaken's minds. If this is the case then the title of Dragon is something very special for it to be granted such importance. I think the title has something to do with the Aiel Covenant. In the AoL the Dragon guided the Aiel to serve mankind. Some time just before the Bore was made LTT gave up this authority and allowed the Aiel to serve other Aes Sedai. This act enhanced his fame and position as the greatest man of the age. Thoughts? Are there quotes from Q&A where RJ answered this question?
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