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  1. My initial thought is someone disguised as Asmodean. Either Lanfear has told Moridin about Asmodean, or she's taken on the disguise herself, and they're trying to distract Rand at a crucial moment.

     

    Either that, or in an attempt to unbalance Rand, someone takes on the appearance of a Balefired Forsaken to try and 'prove' that "Even Balefire cannot stop us" and kick morale down the stairs and jump on it.

  2. I'm picturing Egwene/Bela as Gandalf/Shadowfax at the breaking of the siege of Minas Tirith, tbh.

     

    Egwene, at a point where hope looks lost, grabbing her sa'angrael wand (can't remember the name of it off-hand) and riding Bela into the frey in what should be nothing more than a suicide mission, but is actually a turning point and breaks the opposition army.

     

    And then she'll sniff and smooth her skirt before blaming it all on men. The end.

  3. Is it even possible to worry too much about Canada? *angel face* ... joking! I love my Canadian friends :biggrin:

     

    District 9 was a brilliant movie. And for once, they got the accents right :P

     

    So have you had a look around DM yet? Got any questions for us? What about WoT do you like so much that you decided to join a site dedicated to it?

     

    I've been having a browse, yeah. The Arists section could be interesting - I'm no artist (believe me!) but I've been thinking of making myself some self-designed t-shirts around the theme of WoT for a while and might put some designs in there to see what folk think.

     

    Otherwise, I'm enjoying some of the discussion - nice to see some random theories that I've not come across before - and throwing some of my own in as well.

     

    As for the books - I'm a big fan of epic fantasy, and big sprawling epics are where it's at. WoT is one I've been reading since I was a kid, so I feel like the series has grown with me. Other than WoT, the Dune books are up there with my favourites (the ORIGINAL Dune books, that is - don't get me started on where the series has gone since Frank Herbert's death) and the Discworld series.

     

    Random question - do you have any truly weird mental pictures of a WoT character that you just can't give up?

     

    For me (and for example), I always picture Thom as a sort of live-action version of Cacophonix from the Asterix books...

     

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    (Only with grey hair!)

  4. I'm divided on this one, but I think e-readers will eventually win out, for a few reasons:

     

    1) The quality is now such with e-ink that it doesn't cause eye strain in the way that reading on portable backlit devices always used to.

     

    2) The ease of use is staggering. I'm able to carry, for example, the entire WoT series in my coat pocket, which has meant I've had more opportunities to read of late than I did when I was constantly carting around whichever novel(s) I was reading at the time.

     

    3) Where I live, there is one bookshop. If I'm reading a multi-book series, it is pretty much fated that whenever I go to get the next one, it won't be in stock. They'll usually have the one before and the one after, just to compound me. With my e-reader, I can just hop online and be reading in moments. I appreciate I could order the book online, or for the store to get it in, but that sense of immediacy is fantastic, especially if you're reading a gripping series and can't wait for the next installment.

     

    4) This is a potential biggie, too - in terms of accessability for the blind, it's worlds ahead. My vision is ok (I'm not saying I'm blind!), but I noticed my Kindle can read to me. It's not perfect, but it's not terrible either. When the software improves for this sort of thing, it means that audiobooks will instantly be available of all books, even the newest. While the robotic delivery won't be akin to a proper professionally-developed audiobook, it does mean a huge leap forward for giving this sort of access to people who can't otherwise read a printed book for any reason.

     

    That said, I do love books. Proper books. Much like MP3s don't subsitute for CDs/Vinyl (depending on the age of the crusty luddite speaking), there's something reassuring about the weight and feel of a really good hardback when curled up in bed with nothing else to do other than enjoy it, so I'll be sad if they ever disappear forever.

  5. Taking into account the 'pro' point number 11 in the original post, namely that LTT raves about killing Taim and this could point to him knowing who Taim is.

     

    Now that Rand has absorbed LTT's memories and is at peace with them, he would then know what LTT does re: Taim.

     

    If, by extension, LTT knew Taim was one of the Forsaken, I doubt Rand would rest on his laurels at this point in dealing with things before it's too late.

  6. Second, the very malicious evil-ness they exhibit. From what RJ told us about 13x13, anybody turned that way would have their soul twisted and warped ... irreversably evil. Sounds like the kind of person who would like to walk up to a helpless victim and get their hands bloody. Up close and personal. Especially if they were denied direct participation in a recent battle.

     

    I don't think that's the case for a couple of reasons:

     

    1) I'm sure there's a line somewhere that states no man/person can be so deep in the shadow that they can't be turned to the light. Might have been mentioned more than once.

     

    2) If Logain's been turned by force (seeing as he's missing, presumed Taimed, at the moment) then he'll need to be capable of being turned back in order to achieve the glory Min spoke of, surely?

  7. I believe the sharpened teethed people are from shara. We know very little about shara, and i believe somewhere it says their faces are hidden. Additionally, people can not venture into shara unless they are from shara. The pointed teeth people could be the cause of the prevention, or all sharans could have the pointed teeth, which would explain the vieling of the sharans.

    Yeah, but it would be quite strangegiven the large distance between them and the Blight..

     

    Travelling, Waygates (being capable of use by Dark forces) and Portal Stones mean that distance isn't the factor it once was...

  8. I started mine about a month or so ago and finished it yesterday.

     

    The difference being that this was the first time on my Kindle, which added massively to the amount of time I could spend reading as I can carry it around pretty much anywhere and whip it out (ooh-er!) at a moment's notice - hard to do that with a hardback the size of a small car!

     

    In the weeks leading up to AMOL, I'll probably read ToM again, just to get into the zone. :)

  9. The most popular theories are the man sitting on the Seanchan throne leading the red-sailed ships, Jared Sarand, and Roedran. Other thoughts are of course Isle of Madmen, Shara, and some still think somewhere in the Borderland army.

     

    Some propose that the Chekov's Gun is the DO asking him to wield the Balefire again in his name in LOC, and we do know that entire cities have been balefired in the War of Shadows. Yet I have to wonder if it took Rand using the Access key to Balefire the tower Graendal was residing in, how many Angreal, Sa'angreal, and Balefire Ter'angreal much less circles of channelers did it take for a city? And then there was the dropped hint we received of RJ telling a relative in telling the last of the story that "There is a _____ in the Blight." Which of course was reported to literally be a jaw-dropper. I've seen Dragon, City (of Darkfriends, channelers, red-veiled aiel, red-veiled aiel channelers), another white tower guessed, the list goes on for guesses, but it wouldn't have been dropped as a hint to us unless it was important. It's 2012, I can't wait!

     

    Maybe it's revolution - maybe the Trollocs decide they're sick of being a slave race and turn on their masters. Stranger things have happened!

     

     

    Here's a few random crackpot theories I thought I'd throw in. I'm sure someone will have come up with these before me, right enough!

     

    1) He's in another world (via Portal Stone) amassing an army there.

     

    2) He's in the Ways. Machin Shin is his pet, designed to keep prying eyes away while he works.

     

    3) He's disguised as a leader of the Ogier Gardners.

  10. Hey there, 13 ... wasn't there some TV series many years ago about some Canadian (or Alaskan) wild man with a donkey called 13?

     

    Aaaanyhoo ... welcome to DM! I'm pretty sure most (Randland) people have the same reaction to Mat's idea of humour - especially the women :P

     

    Whereabouts in Scotland are you from? I'm from Cape Town in South Africa.

     

    I have absolutely no idea. I'm now even more worried about Canada than I was before! :p

     

    I'm sort of from all over Scotland, really. I'd say Glasgow is my home, but Edinburgh's where I mainly am now.

     

    District 9 has destroyed all my South African friendships (all two of them!) as I have to continually ask them to quote choice lines for my amusement.

  11. Rand = Arthur

    Galad =Sir Galahad

    Egwene =Gwenevere

    Tom Merrilon = Merlin etc

    But who is Sir Lancelot and who is Morgase, Merlin's arch enemy?

     

    Maybe whichever of the Red took his nephew first?

     

    Oh, here's another Arthurian one: Moridin = Mordred?

  12. I've looked to see if this has been covered, but couldn't find anything, so apologies if I've missed it.

     

    Just thinking that we don't really know a huge amount about the Stedding, and I have a few questions that maybe you guys can answer:

     

    1) Do we know why/how Stedding came to exist? Are they a natural occurance or created somehow?

     

    2) If they were creatable, could this potentially be a way to seal the Dark One away forever? The Power (inc the True Power) doesn't work in a Stedding, and shadowspawn react badly to them. Could a stedding be created around the new prison (if TDO isn't actually 'killed') to prevent any channeller from ever breaking him free again?

     

    3) What is the nature of the Longing, and why don't the Gardeners suffer it (unless they do and it's simply not become an issue as yet)?

  13. Towers of Midnight, Ch. 35, where it switches to perrin's point of view, he wakes up in the wolf dream in a field and smells all sorts of things that didn't belong. Hopper said the dream world is starting to break. what could this possibly mean and are there any possibilities we're going to see this expanded upon?

     

    The scents were fleeting. Vanishing too quickly as if they'd never really been there.

    Hopper, he sent.

    I am here, Young Bull. The wolf appeared beside him.

    "It smells strange."

    Scents blend, Hopper sent. Like the waters of a thousand streams. It is not natural. It is not good. This place begins to break.

     

    Maybe it was a knock-on effect of the Balescream caused at Natrin's Barrow?

  14. While re-reading TDB, I came across a very interesting line. It was mentioned when Perrin had just come out of Ishamael's dream, and had encountered Lanfear (he was not aware of the fact that time) in "Shadows Sleeping".

    The line goes like this:

    "The Horn rang out, and the wild charge began. Death rode at his shoulder, and yet she waited ahead, too. His lover. His destroyer."

    As it was mentioned in Perrin's PoV, I believe it is related to Perrin. But what does the line signify? If it is the personification of death, does this mean that Death had known him, and he's the one who's to die as per the Prophecies of the Shadow? Or does it mean Faile, who is going to play a major role in AMoL in relation with Perrin?

    Another fact that came to my attention was in the same chapter. Perrin had just escaped Ishamael's lair, and saw his reflection to find himself wearing a lion-styled helmet and attire, in which his ax fitted. This made me think again: is Perrin another reincarnation of a fallen hero? And why did Lanfear talked "...you don't know the half of what you are"? She definitely was not talking about the wolves, but something else entirely.

    To conclude, we have asked questions about Rand and Mat, but I want to ask this: who is Perrin exactly, and what exactly is his role in the Last Battle?

     

    If you think about it, Perrin is the only one of the Ta'veren Three now who doesn't have memories from previous lives.

     

    I can't help wonder if these will somehow be provided to show us that he is actually a major player from the past. Someone with the stature of Hawkwing? One of the former kings of Manetheren?

     

    That aside, however, I think Perrin's real role is how it appears - the Blacksmith and the Wolf King. He'll arm the major players who don't already have power-made weapons so that they can stand toe to toe with the Thakandar-made blades on the other side. His responsibility will be taking down the Darkhounds (led, imo, by Slayer) - perhaps in some way that doesn't require Balefire - with an army of wolves. I think that's a pretty big task in itself and he doesn't need anything more - I'm more interested in how he'll be "Fallen" and bound by the Midnight Towers.

  15. I don't know if Fain can physically be used to touch the Dark One, or seal the Bore which exists everywhere, but certainly there could be a way to use the Shadar Logoth power to do so. Maybe draw it out of Fain somehow. It does stand to reason that if the One Power cannot be used to push the Dark One back into the prison without being tainted, the only other power that could be able to do this would be Fain's. Regardless of the actual mechanics, I think it is likely that Fain and his Shadow-nullifying power will be crucial in the Last Battle.

     

    Maybe, in the same way that the dagger was inextricably linked to Shadar Logoth, and the power that came from there was capable of destroying evil (fire fighting fire, so to speak) perhaps the wound from Fain's dagger could split and the blood from that, being tainted by Shadar Logoth, creates a sort of conduit along which SL's power/force/etc can be sent.

     

    I have a really strong feeling that Fain is going to be WoT's Gollum - with his selfishness and evil inadvertantly saving the day when all else has failed.

     

    Whether that's through being the thing touched to the DO to seal him up or in a more physical sense - perhaps attacking someone (Demandred? Moridin?) who is about to get the drop on Rand and inadvertantly destroying himself and them together.

  16. Hullo all,

     

    I'm 13 (aged 30, just to avoid confuzzlement!) and I've been a WoT fan since stupid o'clock, so to speak.

     

    Currently having just finished my most recent readthrough (and thanking the Creator for my Kindle - what a difference to the commute not having to lug around a 1000 page hardback on the train!) and decided I wanted to talk to people about the series.

     

    I've managed to finally, after years of trying, talk my soon-to-be wife into reading the books (sidethanks to George R R Martin for providing an entry point to get her into epic fantasy), but she's only at TDR at the moment!

     

    In the same way fans of Friends think they're as funny as Chandler, I like to think of Mat as being the character most reflective of me, however my general humour attempts are more often met with the equivalent of "Wetlander humour is strange..."

     

    Don't know what else to say really. Tai'shar, umm, Scotland? :)

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