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  1. Oh yes he does. This may be true, but it's not the whole story. His entire success hinges on the fact that Rand, bizarrely enough, completely ignored the Black Tower, despite highly troubling reports and rumors coming from that place. Had Rand and his entourage decided to keep a tighter leash on 500+ half-insane male channellers, Taim's reign would have been over before it began. The first is subjective. It was never shown that he serves anyone. His actions are also to no parties advantage but his own. If he in fact should he be a darkfriend, he would be an incredibly horrible one in that he directly broke a direct command of the DO and seems to be following his own agenda. I don't believe Randland is purely black and white. Simply because you're amoral, manipulative and sociopathic that you're automatically in allegiance to the creature beyond the bore. I believe that Taim is simply a wildcard that is loyal to neither side, dark or light, but his own. Also the 2nd is also an interesting point. Do you find it implausible that Taim would not have raised a new army in the anarchy that was Randland? He is certainly not lacking in the charisma or ambition department.
  2. I find that in all the characters of WOT two of the most resolute in their nature are Galad and Taim. Galad is fueled by a desire to serve a higher power he considers justice, order and law. Which is why he eventually ended up in the Whitecloaks. He is easily the greatest of the children of House Andor. Elayne and Gawyn both rank somewhat inferior in character, charisma and stature compared to him. Which is a continued source of envious dislike towards Galad from Elayne who probably feels slighted in a form. He also lacks the selfishness, petulant fits and other immature expressions often expressed by his siblings Elayne and Gawyn. Galad represents in his character all the European romantic notions of the enlightened and just ruler. Taim on the other hand is the casebook Machiavellian. He serves no justice or higher power. But seems motivated solely at furthering his own power and station in life. He is highly intelligent, cunning and possesses no scruples. He is arguably one of the most intelligent characters in the book. Other main characters who attempt to spar wits with him failed disastrously such as when he made a mockery of Elayne in her own palace after she made the mistake of thinking herself more intelligent and powerful than him; which simply ended in him being amused and even slighting her to such an extreme that he with wordplay outright threatened the young Queen. Taim is a born politician, leader and military general. Taim in this way represents in his character all the rationalist notions of the successful leader.
  3. I would re-write it to have Matrim Cauthon be pulled more deftly into the Seanchan fold earlier. The foretellings do tell of Mat's standard being present among the Seanchan, so he will at some point in the future hold an important station in the Empire. However it would be intriguing if it were more active in the storytelling. A Mat with a shaved head, a Seanchan highseat, an entire household and army at his disposal would add a nice third tier to the story. Mat a leader of the Seanchan, Egwene leader of the Aes Sedai and Rand with his Coalition all in a tense situation with eachother as they try to press the interests of their respective groups.
  4. The Aeil are rustic inflexible warriors. The Seanchan are the rulers of an entire continent. They outnumber the Aiel. They can levy much larger forces. They train competent military leaders whereas the Aiel are not a strategic military but more of a guerilla force. Subjects such as supply lines, strongholds and area denial are not concepts they're familiar with. So the Seanchan simply push them back in a war of attrition. Add to this that the Seanchan are very adaptable and use all available means to win. The Aeil are a primitive superstitious barbarian people. Considering the advent of cannons already taking place now as we see in the Mat story arcs, it is feasible if based on earth history development that the Seanchan possess basic rifle battalions by the time the war is turning to an end. Try charging into a line of muskets and see how far it gets you.
  5. Can't Mazrim Taim simply be the biological son of Ishamael through one of his tamed Aiel?
  6. It will turn out that Bashere is Demandred. Demandred killed and impersonated him. Demandred was ordered by the DO to keep a personal watch over Al'Thor and work from the inside, perhaps out of a sense of cruelty knowing how much Demandred despised Lews Therin.
  7. Perrin will seal the bore. The story will end how it began, as a sort of homage to LOTR. The true heroic figure Rand much like Aragorn will do naught but act as a distraction whilst the real standardbearer deals the fatal blow by flying under the radar. Perrin will save the world by sealing the DO.
  8. Taim is her new lover. Taim in his struggle causes widespread destruction to the tower when he brings some of his men there but is killed in the fighting. Logain becomes the new head of the BT. Egwene is upset at Rand for some his Asha'men getting into confrontation with the Tower, thus the Amyrlins wrath. Logain will make a stand in defense of his brothers who died against the Aes Sedai who sought again to sabotage the Dragon from fulfilling his mission much like the original drama with Lews Therin and the 100 companions. Lanfear is thus surrounded by blood.
  9. The descriptions werent that detailed. They were second hand, there wasn't any description of the actual torure. I definately prefer it over the stuff laurell k hamilton writes. Comparing jordan to her would be like comparing ghandi to hitler I'm not sure the difference is too far-fetched. Ghandhi much like Hitler both like animals and both were racist to the core and strong proponents of segregationism: Why, of all places in Johannesburg, the Indian Location should be chosen for dumping down all the Kaffirs of the town passes my comprehension…the Town Council must withdraw the Kaffirs from the Location.” (Reference: CWMG, Vol I, pp. 244-245) His description of black inmates: “Only a degree removed from the animal.” Also, “Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized – the convicts even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live almost like animals.” – Mar. 7, 1908 (Reference: CWMG, Vol VIII, pp. 135-136) On his opinion on South African politics and his support for white colonial supremacy over uncultured natives. Gandhi let out this gem; "We believe as much in the purity of race as we think they do, only we believe that they would best serve these interests, which are as dear to us as to them, by advocating the purity of all races, and not one alone. We believe also that the white race of South Africa should be the predominating race." September 24, 1903 Or on his chagrin at Indians compared to "Kaffirs (South African term for "n*gger"); "Ours is one continued struggle against degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness." (1) 26 September 1896 Gandhi wrote extensively about his experiences with the blacks of South Africa. He always termed them “Kaffirs” and his writings reveal a deep-seated disdain for these African natives.
  10. I have to say I would be pretty disappointed. An epic is usually built around the rise and fall of a hero. A happy ending would be the defeat of the DO at the sacrifice of Rand. A bad ending is the victory of the DO. What you're proposing is the infantile rosy rosy world view that is ruining the culture of our society. I mean they actually are getting to the point where they edit traditional children/adolescent novels such as the pied piper of hamelin or the little mermaid. I bet you're the kind of person who would also say "Hey, let's do a remake of Bambi where Bambi's mother does not die. Let's remove that horrible scene! She merely gets injured and everyone is happily re-united by the end of the movie,...yay happy happy family." Completely oblivious to the deeper symbolism behind the book and story concerning the cycle of life.
  11. Ehm. The main target group for male-to-male sexual romance/erotic novels are heterosexual women between the ages of 19-50.
  12. Animals can usually sense an earthquake or other seismic shifts well ahead of time. He's merely passing along the warning of a new breaking that's going to impact this age.
  13. Yeah I just think RJ was going senile towards the end before he hit the bucket. Especially it seems ludicrous to think that in a land struck by famine that some women wouldn't whore out for a bite of food either for themselves or their kids (dad died fighting for the Dragon) from wealthier men, especially since RJ already makes a point to portray the Randland nobles and merchants with a less than flattering moral compass.
  14. When it is convenient If RJ was more like GRRM, he'd have written in detail about all the prostitutes who usually followed the armies. But apparently, as he said himself, in Randland there was no prostitution. Riiiiiiight. No prostitution in Randland. And the entire having a sexual relationship in the Shaido camp for protection and preferred status is absolutely nothing remotely similar to what is prostitution.
  15. The only reason it is even a topic is because the author made such a point of including lesbians. So isn't it natural for people to ask, so where are the male gays with this sudden influx of "female pillowfriends?"
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