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  1. Hey, thanks Tron--that list is a good starting point, I see it has a few indications of Powers used (mostly Lews Therin's 'lost weaves') though not a ton for the most common weaves. Thanks for the input! And thanks to mb too. :-)
  2. Hi all. Forgive me if this is the wrong place for this question, but I'm engaging on a WoT-related academic pursuit of sorts, and past experience led me here as a good place to start a line of inquiry. My question is this: are there any good resources out there in the fandom pulling together canonical references to the specific Powers used to make specific Weaves, and the rough proportions of Powers used? IE some resource that has gone through the books looking for lines like "Moiraine arched her perfect little eyebrow and intoned mysteriously,'Fireballs use mostly Fire, but also a teensy smidge of Air.'" I've done some searching and haven't come up with anything, and I KNOW there are references in the text like this for at least a handful of Weaves. (I know that this info certainly doesn't exist for all of them, but surely a handful.) Any help would be greatly appreciated. And hey, if you happen to know off the top of your head what the Powers and amounts used in Traveling are, or whatever, feel free to chip that in :-) Thanks!
  3. Haha, damn. It's funny, because I'm sure there were times (after TGH) where she had serious qualms about using the Power to kill, as if she hadn't yet. It shoulda been a bigger deal, at least, for her to kill in ToM--at least big enough a deal for me to remember that it happened! Ah well.
  4. When last we left Moghedien (practically), at the end of Winter's Heart-- "Strangely, she still felt no fear. She thought if she survived this, she would never feel fear again." Flash forward to A Memory of Light. In the middle of a pitched battle, Nynaeve and co. come upon Moggy, who seems strangely intent. "Don't worry, everyone," Nynaeve announces firmly. "I've beaten this one twice, and I can do it again. The Spider has always been the most cowardly of the Shadow's servants." "Once that was so, Wisdom," Moghedien sneers. "Things have changed." And then she channels Air streaked with Earth and Fire, and a wicked gauntlet of the Power wraps her hand, a set of shredding claws of coruscating flame that flex langorously. And Nynaeve knows that this time their duel will be to the death, one way or another. ..I've been loving the parallels between Nynaeve and Moghedien on my recent re-read. They're natural arch-foes: the Shadow's biggest coward versus the Light's biggest self-doubter. Nynaeve has always been convinced that her fear was cowardice, while Moggy has been able to convince herself that her cowardice is shrewd self-preservation. That parallel,and their enmity as characters, both need satisfying resolution. I think it needs to end with Nynaeve finally using the Power to kill (as amazing as it seems, I don't think she ever has; for her it's the ultimate source of the potential for healing,and to use it to kill is close to perversion). Having crossed that rubicon, Nynaeve will dig deeper in herself than anyone thought possible in order to bring Healing to its greatest potential--perhaps creating a weave to restore life to one three days dead--? Please correct me if I'm wrong about Nyn having never yet killed, if only to put paid to this fantasy scenario...I'm hoping for it far too much :)
  5. I dunno, as wonderful as communities and theorizing and all that are, I think it's been a little to the detriment of fantasy (and maybe all genre fiction) for just this reason--for opening up this opportunity for disappointment. Back in the day (not that I'd know, I guess...), it seems like people could have their theories, but there was little in the way of echo chamber or sounding-out platform to magnify those theories beyond idle, fun speculation. Then the internet came along, and personal theories became a standard to bear. And that's cool! We wouldn't be hear if it weren't an awesome way to spend a thoughtful afternoon. But now there is room for this type of disappointment, and it's sad. I for one will not be effected this way. I'm not a huge theorizer myself; I'm happy to let the author reveal things to us in his or her own time, and respond accordingly. All the fan theories are fun thought experiments, perhaps akin to the wild rumor-mill that is such a central theme of the Wheel of Time, but like the denizens of Randland, I'll be happiest when I find out the way it really goes down. :)
  6. There is something incredibly true, and incredibly wise, in the way that Aiel custom has woven the process of bonding a dear friend as a first-sister. This scene from the prologue, in which Elayne and Aviendha confirm their deep mutual trust and friendship, is one of those moments that had me thinking, "Robert Jordan sees more simply and more clearly into the human heart than most of us." We should all take a moment to follow the example of this scene to tell our best friends what we most admire about them, and what we find most irksome about them. One Power or not, I think we'll find ourselves with closer relationships afterward. Even with all the epic scenes in this volume, this touching sequence from near the very beginning has to be my favorite.
  7. Thanks! haha I dunno if I'm a mad theorist, but I have a lot of thoughts and opinions on the way I would like to see plot points go--maybe I'll get into some of them--but I'm never too disappointed when what Team Jordan comes up with is better :D
  8. great idea! looking forward to the new medium for newses.
  9. Hey, ya'll, I'm Alex, but you can call me Stableboy, SoB, Baer, whatever :) I've been reading the Wheel of Time for Ages now, ever since my mother introduced it to me, and I can't really estimate how the characters and RJ's writing and style are intertwined with my life. I'm on my Nth complete reread, eager to get a handle on the breadth of the whole series up to and including Towers of Midnight and in anticipation of the release of AMoL next year, and well--it made me want to get into the community! I've lurked a bit without foisting my presence (I am but a humble stall-mucker, after all), but you are all so cool and warm and welcoming I'm finally taking the plunge. I look forward to debating, theorizing, and dreaming in these pages up to and beyond book 14!
  10. How cool to be named after the Lord Dragon! And I guess it's a good thing you didn't read the first half of the first book and throw it across the room in disgust :)
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