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TamTam Rapley

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  1. Well the "good guys" still won. I'm still unconvinced that the Empire was evil. But yeah on the InheritanceForums boards, the rage from fans regarding the ending is already 50 pages long. The Roran scenes will make you want to gouge your eyes out, I advise on skipping or skimming through them.
  2. The Battle of Endor errr... Battle of Uru Baen copied Star Wars (again) when Roran shouted "It's a trap." Granted I still enjoyed the novel, with the exception of the ending and the Roran scenes. I read this series hoping for a happy ending which surprisingly didn't happen, if I want my dark/gritty epic fantasy fix I'll re-read ASoIaF.
  3. Yeah, I thought of Perrin when I read about Roran's justifications for using a hammer. Too bad Roran is a terrible deus ex machina of a character. The biggest similarity I noticed was Glaedr's instruction of sword-fighting to Eragon. He basically told Eragon to achieve the "oneness" and gave the exact same description of the void and the flame. Moreover, Eragon "sheathed the sword" in his fight with Murtagh.
  4. Cadsuane and Egwene. I sure hope BS doesn't make Egwene the twenty year old come out ahead of one of the oldest and revered Aes Sedai. If Moraine doesn't suck up to Egwne either and chooses Rand over the Amyrlin, I will be one happy reader. It would be a nice parallel, where both women realize that what personally identifies them Aes Sedai (their motivation to see the Dragon through the last battle) is their reason for turning their backs on the Amrylin and Tower.
  5. I have no problem with Zen Rand. He's finally achieved reintegration with Lews Therin. He's still Rand al'Thor but, an improved version supplemented by 400 years of knowledge. Rand finally realizes that it isn't his duty to die at the Last Battle, but rather it is an opportunity and second chance to fix the wrongs he made as Lews Therin 3000 years ago. Plus, "You may call me Rand Sedai" is without a doubt one of the greatest one-liners in WoT history.
  6. Egwene's own take on the situation: "Obliquely, she realized what she is doing. She was using Rand's proclamation as a beacon by which to gather and tie the monarchs to the White Tower. They would come to support her arguments against breaking the seals. But in the end, they would serve mankind in the last battle." Those that are currently under Rand's command she hopes to have under her own command by the end of the meeting at Merrilor. She doesn't want to say this so baldly of course since it conflicts with her image of herself, so she is only obliquely aware of it. Rand is more than obl
  7. Not sure why you would think the False Dragons were TV puppets? Especially someone like Guaire who actually laid siege to Tar Valon! I wasn't really using it as evidence, Rand stated several times in EotW and TGH that he would wouldn't be a puppet like those guys to Moraine and then later Siuan. However, we know the reader know that they weren't puppets, or at least Guaire wasn't. The others as Siuan creates a rumor later about, could of been set up by the Red Ajah, so that they could capture them and gain prestige.
  8. I'll say Sammael, he nearly kills Rand at Carhienen, defends Illian fairly well from attacks, almost wins at Shadar Logoth, and scatters the Shaido Aiel across Randland resulting in widespread fear of the Dragon due to everyone believing that that all Aiel serve the Dragon.
  9. Indeed, she haven't really changed personality wise, which is why Rand has such an easy time manipulating her in the start of ToM. I think that's a little premature to say given that we have no idea what Rand's actual goals are. He seems to believe she's been pushed in the right direction, yes. And what "evidence"? There's no "evidence" in any of those things you mention. The so-called "evidence" is that the boys say they did/saw something and Egwene is supposed to accept that as "evidence"? And lets try to keep in mind that Rand refused to talk to Egwene about the seals. She offered,
  10. I just started a re-read of EotW, and I noticed several similarities with country Egwene and Amrylin Egwene. She has a precedence of dismissing anything Rand says as foolishness. For example, Rand, Perrin, and Mat see a fade and she evedrops on their conversation and she states that they shouldn't make up stories. Rand says that the Trollocs are chasing them and they must leave Edmond's Field, Egwene disagrees because she thinks they just want to leave on an adventure. Rand states that he met the Daughter-heir of Andor and she just laughs in his face. She never assumes that Rand may be telling
  11. By killing the empress and the royal family, she opened up a power vacuum. If she managed to eliminate Tuon as well, she would of ruled the Seanchan through her proxy Suroth.
  12. Yeah the bonds aren't equal at all really. If Narishma held an Ashaman style bond on Myrelle he could use "the extra bit" as compulsion to force her to obey his commands with a thought instead of resorting to tactics like that. There are two types of Ashamen warder bonds, the ones they place on their wives. No conditions. And the ones they place on the Aes Sedai, the extra bit refers to obeying their orders (compulsion) because the Aes Sedai would either escape or kill them in their sleep. I'll paraphrase here, Logain says that he could do without the extra bit, but the Aes Sedai (Toveine
  13. For a dreamer who can glean the future from them I would think so yes. Possible futures, I suppose Gawyn is gonna die a young violent death while still living to old age right? In no way is her dreams absolute. And if you're going to consider her dreams to be evidence, then Avi's use of the ter'angreal to see the future is just as justifiable as evidence.
  14. Yeah the bonds aren't equal at all really. If Narishma held an Ashaman style bond on Myrelle he could use "the extra bit" as compulsion to force her to obey his commands with a thought instead of resorting to tactics like that. There are two types of Ashamen warder bonds, the ones they place on their wives. No conditions. And the ones they place on the Aes Sedai, the extra bit refers to obeying their orders (compulsion) because the Aes Sedai would either escape or kill them in their sleep. I'll paraphrase here, Logain says that he could do without the extra bit, but the Aes Sedai (Toveine
  15. So rumors, Rand's reputation, and dreams are considered evidence why the Seals should not be broken? She hasn't even heard Rand's plan and reasoning yet (she doesn't know that he hasn't figured it out yet) and she's already dismissed what he wants to do as insane.
  16. And do the Ashaman have any say in whether or not they will become warders? I would think so yeah. Once everything settles down I could see it as a mutual agreement. I could even see the Black and White tower mending and becoming one. New schools opening training the men and women to channel together, using their weaves cohesively to make everything more power. Same as in the age of legends, only no Madness this time around. Would make the Seachan absolutely useless, even in battle. Asha'man are battle ready Aes Sedai, while in GS you saw how unbattle ready the Aes Sedai are.
  17. He has the greatest chemistry with Min. She loves him for who he his. I'm not saying the others don't but it just feels more natural from her. We know Rand and Avi get another session in though because she has quadruplets and she's not prego yet.
  18. But it is as many other have noted exactly what Rand wants her to do. He purposely refused to discuss the situation and antagonized her to get this reaction. Ta'veren influence was also likely at work. We just don't know why. The point of my quote is it shows very clearly what Egwene's motivations are. Misguided are not AS believe their role is to shepherd humanity into the Last Battle. It is not as you imply in the above post some mysterious AS goal. I very much agree with this. Egwene was played by Rand. His telling her that he planned to break the seals was done in the Hall of t
  19. Actually he did, Rand, Dashiva and 3-4 other Asha'men created gateways for the Saldean horse and the Legion of the Dragon to invade Illian. The city was captured within minutes. Now if 5-6 males channelers, can do this. The Seanchan with 200+ damane could do it as well. The threat is very real.
  20. We have the vision Avi sees of the future as almost definitive proof that the Asha'men will remain independant of the Tower. She realizes that she must make Rand not bow to the Crystal Throne to change the future of the Aiel. The Black Tower really has nothing to do with changing the future, their mention was maninly to provide context on how effective the Seanchan were in conquering. Its the dealings with the Seanchan and the Aiel that matter. I along with the majority of others don't see that future coming to pass. To call it definitive proof is wrong, even possible evidence would be
  21. We have the vision Avi sees of the future as almost definitive proof that the Asha'men will remain independant of the Tower. She realizes that she must make Rand not bow to the Crystal Throne to change the future of the Aiel. The Black Tower really has nothing to do with changing the future, their mention was maninly to provide context on how effective the Seanchan were in conquering. Its the dealings with the Seanchan and the Aiel that matter.
  22. They amount to lies when you compare them together, however, she wrote them one at a time. This allows her to write whatever she wants to Darlin, only her letter to Gregorin would prohibit her from lying. The letter to Darlin is the variable that affects the Gregorin letter, not the other way around. What she wrote to Darlin about Illian being a buffer state is completely true, and withholding the information on travelling is deciet, not a lie. BUT since she asks Gregorin to send all his troops as well, Illian no longer becomes the powerful buffer state that she implicitly implies to Darlin th
  23. Long time lurker, first time poster. I felt enraged after doing a re-read of ToM, particulary chapter 27, which led me to the creation of a Dragonmount account. I've never liked Egwene as a character, but I never really disliked her, until I read her blatant lies to the leaders of Tear and Illan, and her justifications. Here Darlin agrees to send a delegation to the FoM, but due to the close proximity of the Seanchan he is reluctant to send all his men. Andor is considered a cushion nation now? If anything, Andor is the most cushioned nation as Illian, Ghealdan, and Murandy ho
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