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AegisArcana

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  1. Check out my blog! Lets get the Wheel rolling!

  2. Mazrim Taim is one of my favorite characters of the entire series because he is a free thinker! Remember when he first meets Rand? They are discussing the Dragon Prophecies and Taim talks about them just being words. He says that any person could fulfill them and suggests that maybe they aren't as set in stone as people think. I like that. Honestly, I think Taim is his own man, with true allegiance to none other. I think he has his own agenda. If I wanted anyone to start a country of freemen in Randland, I would want it to be Taim. He is a philosopher as well as a Free Thinker and is willing to do hard work, as evidenced by his acceptance of the responsibility for the Black Tower. He should start a revolution. He seems the sort of guy to do it!
  3. Thanks for the clarification, Suttree. I need to re-read the part about when the bond was first created. Do you remember where it is? Also, one point I want to make is that I don't think bonds have to be forever. All it takes is one channeler, male or female, to discover a weave that cuts a bond and there you have it, no more problems with bonding! It is bound to happen eventually.
  4. For the longest time I have been wondering how to expand and give more life to the WoT series. If we as a community came together with Brandon Sanderson and his associates to make a sort of encyclopedia detailing the magic system in these books then that alone may make it more likely to be made into a movie, a video game, or have more books written by other Authors as well. Just think, we could make whatever we want with the Wheel of Time, as long as it is consistent and plausible! Who says that the Wheel of Time is really a wheel at all? Is that just a popular term people used for something nobody has known about for more than 3000 years? It could be that there really is no wheel but just the Pattern itself. Maybe Ages don't need to repeat themselves. These are the sort of questions I want to answer. We as a community would need to answer them, debate ideas, and create a universe so that it is expandable long into the future. How do you make certain types of weaves? Is it intuitive? Can we make some sort of guide book, like recipes or instruction lists? Like, this weave goes on top of that weave, this in that there and around this here, et cetera. If we as a community gave the WoT this level of detail we would ensure its survival long past the publishing of the last book, A Memory of Light. Game studios could latch onto our creativity and movie designers would love the detail we could make in a Universe. Just think of the possibilities! I think I speak for all of us when I say I want the WoT to live on long after the publication of the last book. Lets start a movement here and get the Wheel rolling! It is a daunting task, but together we can create something magnificent! (Also, check out my blog when you get the chance. It is on this website somewhere)
  5. For the longest time I have been wondering how to expand and give more life to the WoT series. If we as a community came together with Brandon Sanderson and his associates to make a sort of encyclopedia detailing the magic system in these books then that alone may make it more likely to be made into a movie, a video game, or have more books written by other Authors as well. Just think, we could make whatever we want with the Wheel of Time, as long as it is consistent and plausible! Who says that the Wheel of Time is really a wheel at all? Is that just a popular term used for something nobody has known about for more than 3000 years? It could be that there really is no wheel but just the pattern itself. Maybe Ages don't need to repeat themselves. These are the sort of questions I want to answer. We as a community would need to answer them, debate ideas, and create a universe so that it is expandable long into the future. How do you make certain types of weaves? Is it intuitive? Can we make some sort of guide book, like recipes or instruction lists? Like, this weave goes on top of that weave, this in that there and around this here, et cetera. If we as a community gave the WoT this level of detail we would ensure its survival long past the publishing of the last book, A Memory of Light. It is a daunting task, but together we can create something magnificent!
  6. I agree for the need to have restricted freedom of those who want to go to the White Tower or the Black Tower to learn from those organizations. Yet, many times Aes Sedai take people against their will to the White Tower for training, almost a form of compulsion. It should always be a choice to go to the tower. Forcing someone to come along and train just because Aes Sedai think it should be so is arrogance and oppressiveness combined. Additionally, the system of governance within the White tower seems far too susceptible to Daes'Damar. It should be primarily an educational organization, not a political one. It is great and wonderful if any channeler or group of channelers want to get together and become genius political advisers to Kings and Queens to insure peace and justice reign. But that type of activity should be separated from educational activities, otherwise education becomes politicized and knowledge is withheld because people fear losing power to other classmates or Aes Sedai. It seems that this is the primary driver of the decline of the White Tower. The White and Black towers should be sanctuaries as well as educational institutions, not political machines. Channelers should be allowed to live out their lives in peace if they do not want to learn much about channeling. It is THEIR CHOICE. If it kills them, fine. That is a potential consequence that they chose. I do support distributing information about the one power to all people so that the risks of not being trained are widely known. This would at least make all channelers or potential channelers aware of the potential dangers and responsibilities of access to the One Power. On the subject of warder bonds and compulsion, it seems natural that the Ash'Aman would make a bond that contains more compulsion than the Aes Sedai warder bond. Think of male channelers situation. They must struggle with saidin. The natural reaction is to make weaves that give control and enable management, so the reaction of making bonds that enable a greater degree of control than Aes Sedai bonds are very plausible and understandable. Also, think of the weaves. It is likely that while Logain was making the bond that he was thinking of all the times Aes Sedai had done terrible things to him. It would not surprise to me if he incorporated a touch of Compulsion in his bonds with the Aes Sedai, whether intentional or unintentional.
  7. There are three possibilities that come to mind. 1. Find some way to trap Fain and Mashadar in a vacuole. There he would need the one power to get out and would be relatively harmless as vacuoles are bubbles of space and time outside of the pattern, which could rupture at any time, destroying anything inside it. These were studied in the Age of Legends. I imagine the way to get Fain trapped in a vacuole would have him chasing Rand, Rand travels to the vacuole but leaves the gateway open, Fain and Mashadar follow, and then Rand opens another gateway behind himself to get back to Randland, closing it and leaving Fain and Mashadar in the vacuole. 2. Get Fain to go after Rand again and when Fain gets close enough, have Rand or someone else waiting in hiding use balefire on Fain. 3. Alter the weaves used to kill or suppress Shadow-spawn to kill Fain's type of evil. It should be possible. Anything that people can conceive of with the one power is most likely possible. It just takes study and research in order to determine how to change the weaves. However, possibilities 1 and 2 require Rand luring Fain into a trap, which is highly unlikely knowing that usually meetings between Rand and Fain happen the other way around, with Fain trapping Rand. Possibility 3 may require proximity to Mashadar in order to study how to destroy it, so that may be the most dangerous of the three. Nevertheless, if aberrations in Randland such as Mashadar can suck life away, shouldn't it be possible to make something that creates, exudes, or gives life source as well? Maybe some sort of ter'angreal that functioned as a life-source creator could be used to protect oneself in order to get close enough to Fain to use Balefire on him. Any could work. It really depends on the dedication of the individual trying to kill Fain. That would be nice, if the hunter became the hunted.
  8. Hello, I am interested in applying but the deadline has passed. Should I check back again in a few months? I love writing and editing as well! AegisArcana
  9. The location of the responsibility or blame depends on how we define Ash'Aman. If that refers to male channelers who are members of the organization named the Black Tower, then yes, their actions reflect on the Black Tower as a whole and on the leaders of the Black Tower, namely Rand and Taim. The Black Tower has agreed to accept this man into its membership for the purposes of teaching and representation so effectively each member of the Black Tower is a representative of that organization similar to how each female Aes Sedai is a representative of the White Tower. However, we must not infer that all male channelers are Ash'Aman. If an Ash'Aman leaves the tower by deserting or rebellion then he is no longer officially associated with the Black Tower. In that case neither the Black Tower's leadership nor the Black Tower is responsible for the actions of those male channelers. This is may be likened to how actions of some female channelers not associated with the White Tower, such as the Kin or the Athan'Miere channelers, are not indicative of White Tower intention or behavior. Furthermore, the responsibility for those actions does not fall on the White Tower or its leadership. Using these general principles we can determine whether or not a male channeler's actions are the responsibility of the Black Tower or its leadership. If the male channeler is a member of the Black Tower, officially designated as an Ash'Aman of whatever rank, then his actions reflect upon the Black Tower and its leadership and are thus the responsibility of the organization. In this case, the blame of their actions, if they have undesirable consequences, may rest in part upon Rand or Taim and the Black Tower. If a male channeler is not a member of the Black Tower and thereby not officially designated an Ash'Aman, then the actions of that channeler are not the responsibility of Rand, Taim, or the Black Tower. That should answer your question.
  10. I have, as of July 30th 2011, read up through the 9th book two times now. Between readings I had the chance of taking multiple philosophy classes and have gone through great personal change to my beliefs of freedom and respect. After reading the second time it is hard for me not to hate the White Tower and all of its "so-called Aes Sedai," as Moridin and many of the forsaken refer to them. I admit that the system of training Novices to Aes Sedai is useful, but it is largely oppressive. The arrogance of Aes Sedai pains me as I read the books. I understand that they want to ensure the survival of the world and the keeping of peace, but they shouldn't have to look down their noses at everybody to accomplish that goal. Moreover, I hate nobles and Daes'Damar. Although Daes'Damar will not be going away, similar to how politics never dies, I believe the nobles could be done without. Since book Six I have been wishing that there were an uprising in one of the countries to start a more fair and representative government in some part of the Wheel of Time, where any man or woman is free in the truest sense of the word. If all that country did was take refugees of other countries it would already be half as big as any nation excepting the Seanchan nation. The Aes Sedai have too much an air of self-importance, especially seeing as how the male channelers' problems have largely been removed by Rand. The pomp of the White Tower is nearly unbearable at times. It would be nice if in the last book then the Forsaken obliterated Tar Valon in some sort of last ditch effort to harm the Light. After, of course, all of the books and important artifacts are removed. :D
  11. Hello everybody! I just finished the 9th book for the first time and am looking forward to reading the next four. I was kind of naughty and looked ahead to see what happened to Moiraine, but I could have guessed that anyway when I found out what the Dark One did to Lanfear. Oh, and I should not have spoiled the Tower of Genji either. I will have to wait 5 months and then read the next few books during winter break when I have forgotten all of these spoilers! I am excited for the last book and am considering what it would take to write about the Age of Legends. I hope a game comes out before I stop having time to play them! Talk with you soon, AegisArcana
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