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  1. You can't really tell if a tree has died or not until it starts rotting away. The farmer probably assumed the tree was dead when it was just dormant.
  2. Without the Aes Sedai, humanity would have been wiped out during the Trolloc Wars. Actually, scratch that. Without the Aes Sedai, humanity would have been destroyed by crazy male channelers long before the Trolloc Wars happened.
  3. No, it was definitely about Rand. Especially the first two books.
  4. She literally complained (mostly to herself) for 4 books about how she was being jerked around by fate and loving Rand was not something she was planning on doing. I'd say that's plenty of personal aspirations right there. The difference between her and Elayne is that Min put aside her own desires in order to help Rand save the world. In this aspect, she is very much like Rand himself.
  5. Not really. Belal referred to fencing as a "harmless sport" before they learned how to kill with it, so presumably it did not violate the Way of the Leaf.
  6. The Tinkers forgot their history. This was revealed in the Rhuidean vision in book 4. In the prologue of EOTW, LTT asked if Ishamael had "the Voice", which is basically the human version of Treesinging.
  7. The Forsaken are feared because they are evil people who can channel. Men who can channel are feared because they become crazy people who can channel. Who would you fear more, an evil mafia boss, or a crazy psychopath? For most people, there's little difference.
  8. The Tower does a lot of things that defy common sense, like restricting the age of novices even in the face of dwindling numbers. These things all have a reasonable basis, but they become unreasonable when circumstances change and the AS refuse to change the way they do things. This is due to several factors: 1. Aes Sedai are long lived. Most AS are over 40 years old, many are over 80. As such, they are naturally resistant to change. 2. Aes Sedai are ruled by the Amyrlin and the Hall, and both have to fight each other to get anything done. Keeping the status quo is the easiest thing for the two to agree on, so that becomes the path of least resistance. Aes Sedai have always stayed in the Tower until they are called on to help, unless they are assigned as advisors, so that's what they keep doing regardless of whether it makes sense or not. 3. The Black Ajah actively works to undermine and corrupt the WT. Who knows how much they shaped the Tower's policies over the millenia?
  9. Keep in mind that the length of the borderlands is about the length of continental US, so imagine from the Atlantic to the Pacific and that's how long of a border they need to cover. The real world equivalent of Aes Sedai would be artillery pieces. Can you imagine trying to defend that much territory with only a few hundred pieces of artillery?
  10. The apples and grass thing is not a Ta'veren effect, it is a form of treesinging practiced by the Aiel during the Age of Legends. Rand gained that ability when he regained LTT's memories.
  11. That is just a result of Sanderson trying to tie up all the loose ends. - Siuan and Gareth dies: fulfills Min's vision - Tenobia and Bashere dies: allows Perrin to become King of Saldaea - Gawyn and Egwene's death: ties up Egwene's arc, and likely by popular demand If Lan had died, that would probably have warranted a whole chapter on Nynaeve grieving and dealing with it.
  12. People can say what they will about RJ's verbosity, BS is still the series' greatest weakness. Sanderson has two major failures: 1. Trying to tie everything up in AMOL only 2. Mischaracterizing Mat Although books 12 to 14 were supposed to wrap up all the plot lines, BS was still opening new plot hooks in books 12 and 13. The Slayer arc went on too long, and Perrin was wasted in AMOL as a result. The Black Tower arc was also unnecessary. Mat should have finished rescuing Moiraine in book 12, and the final two books should have been devoted exclusively to the Last Battle. This would have given us a much more believable ending. The mischaracterization of Mat is just too difficult to overlook. Mat has always been a pivotal character in the series, and to have him mischaracterized is to excise a part of the series' soul.
  13. No, all jests aside, the point of AMOL is that the only way for the Dark One to win is if all of humanity voluntarily turned to him. In other words, so long as one person resists him, the Dark One has failed to achieve victory. It might sound like a tall order, but remember that he has an eternity to work on it.
  14. Not really a horde, just a squad or two, and he didn't last very long either.
  15. I would say that's more his plan B. If he could overrun humanity with trollocs, he absolutely would.
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