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  1. But Sammael would have to be pushing for all of those developments as soon as he was in the top position. Moiraine could easily have discovered rumors of those developments, since her Cairheinen upbringing would have allowed her to learn of these movements, which would have been a red flag. The Darkhound attack pretty much confirmed it for her, and she must have been bothered by Illian's emotional atmosphere, as well, before that Darkhound attack.
  2. The hillforts were not built, true, but their planning and construction had started by then. Added up with troop deployment, which would have been between each hillfort location, and it all points to Sammael, if Moiraine knew all of that about him. Every step outlined here points to Sammael and his defensive abilities. Loial and Moiraine have a conversation in Tear about Be'lal. It reveals that the Ogier had information that the Aes Sedai did not have on him, due to not being as open as Sammael, Demandred, Ishamael and others.
  3. I have a suspicion that she knew there existed three possibilities. One was Sammael, one was Demandred, and one was Be'lal, since these three are considered the best in battle. Ishamael is mostly how Palpatine manipulated the Republic, and Rahvin is mostly like Dooku. It all depends on what knowledge the White Tower library had on these Forsaken, as much as the stories told about each of the them and how that knowledge matched up. For example, if Sammael was considered the best military leader with an emphasis on defense, and Moiraine knew this, then his actions in simply raising armies and building fortresses would have told her it was Sammael. Meanwhile, information on Demandred and Be'lal both clearly pointed in alternative directions that did not fit with what was going on in Illian, since they would not build their forces the same way. Egwene did the exact same process when Demandred eventually showed up, and it pretty much confirmed every bit of information they had on him when he did, because he was acting as a conqueror, which is a totally different type of military leader.
  4. 1: I think that the issue with Padan Fain's death is that many readers misinterpreted his purpose in the story. His purpose was to replace the Dark One if Rand killed him, like Saruman was in Lord Of The Rings. He was not what Gollum was; an unlooked for assist in helping Rand lock the Dark One away. The problem is, many readers thought Fain was the Gollum redemption arc, not how the books had Fain; the Saruman rejection arc. 2: The change with Perrin is because Lanfear forced him to kill Slayer fast than he did, due to her use of Compulsion on him. This was because she was running out of time to save the Dark One, and tried to use Compulsion on Perrin at the Pit Of Doom to kill Moiraine and stop it.
  5. Androl has a Talent for gateways. It is how he makes them despite his weak strength. There exist two others that have the same talent; Rand al'Thor, because Lews Therin had it and Demandred. It is this talent that allow Rand to hold open both Asmodean's gateway at the Rhuidean battle, and Aveindha's gateway, and that feat was something Asmodean commented on when he said he thought only Demandred could do what Rand just did to Aviendha's. Demandred, meanwhile, revealed it in A Memory Of Light when a channeler opened a gateway and it shut immediately when trying to escape him, because Demandred seized the weave and actually reversed it.
  6. Better to be done when they announce a release date. That decision requires the pandemic to be over, which will take a fair while yet.
  7. The nine rods are more like the members that represent the nations of the General Assembly of the United Nations, or the Governor Generals of the British Empire representing each colony. Essentially titles is my interpretation of the use of that name. They are all political leaders in the similar idea as the two examples. Lews Therin worked more as an expert that had great influence on decisions they made when they met, due to his capacity as leader of the Aes Sedai, which would be top experts in many fields, and could give the information the Aes Sedai had, and the world might need at any given situation. It is a different idea of input than having a political head of the entire world, where the nine rods would be given instructions to carry out when they had meetings with him. Lews Therin clearly, however had more direct control of the rest of the Aes Sedai, but only in the use of the One Power, since he would be involved in any decisions that chose specific Aes Sedai for specific tasks, or the far more important investigation and possible punishment for deliberate or accidental misuse of the One Power that caused harm, which is an important function.
  8. Yeah, "bloody" is a curse word, but is an acceptable form of language, but "flaming" is an English curse word, and is treated as such when spoken anywhere but America. It is very rare to hear it spoken, it is almost an Old Tongue type of word now, because many words such as "flaming" now have new words that do the job much better, plus the type of equipment this curse word comes from is only seen in ceremonial circumstances, particularly since swords gave way to guns as soldiers tool of the profession, and blacksmiths are no longer one at all. Only historians now explore these fields. The equivalent when someone hits a thumb with a hammer while hitting a nail is still a widely used one. In the English speaking world the "bloody" curse word is almost always used, but there are plenty more that fill the gap if it hurts more for one person. It also goes well if that hurt person has a far wider knowledge of the English language. It is hilarious when used in a sentence for example, and when a toe and quite a lot of hopping is involved.
  9. No, Nyneave is not an evil taveren. Tear, Tanchico and Ebou Dar all show what happens when the Forsaken succeed in manipulating those locations and in all but one case, Rand was not present to trigger a confrontation that exposed them, until much later. In fact, in all cases, Nyneave was always almost caught by them, especially Moghedien, which had heavy consequences for her later on.
  10. I second The Last Battle chapter, myself. To great of a chapter to ignore, really. Dumai's Wells and The Tower Of Midnight Prologues and Epilogues that have the Kandori Towers are up there.
  11. Alright. I have waited 20 years for a t.v show on the books. I can wait until the pandemic is passed. Better safe than sorry.
  12. Because the knowledge the White Tower had when Rand met Egwene would have had him break through any attempt to shield him. The interesting thing, is there was a way to shield Rand without him breaking free, but only the Age Of Legends Aes Sedai knew how. It died with them. Nyneave could not have held Rand by shield alone, since she was not his equivalent strength, since her equals were Asmodean and Moghedien.. Lanfear and Alivia, however could shield Rand alone, because they were equivalent to his strength in specific ways. But only these two could.
  13. I was surprised by Sheriam being Black Ajah myself. That was the bummer reveal for me. But the most satisfying reveal is actually Verin's. I was suspicious from The Great Hunt that she was Black Ajah, but to find out her reason for being Black Ajah makes Verin one of the amazing characters. I also think that she is as cool as Ingtar, as both made a decision to fight for the Light when it counted, and in Verin's case, her fights always did make it count. The fact that her research not only helped purge the Black Ajah, but also showed what the Brown represented and stood for was a brilliant development, and puts her on a level with Moraine going to face Lanfear at the docks, all the while knowing what would happen to her. A Badass Aes Sedai living up to what that title means.
  14. Well, to be fair, Rommel had a thorn in his side in North Africa, and it was the Maori Battalion. He even fought them personally, and always failed to stop them from coming back later on to fight. It was the only Allied Command he could not wipe out, even at his strongest. The Maori Battalion was also one of two Allied forces Rommel ever respected as honorable fighting units. He even said so in his journals. The other force he respected was the Australian Army that held Tobruk for 8 months, alone and without assistance, and all while under ferocious siege. He said in one journal, that if Hitler wanted him to take Hell, he would use the Maori Battalion to take Hell, and the Australians at Tobruk to hold it. In another journal, he said that if he could command an army of the courage, skill, knowledge and sheer terror the Maori inspired in his men, he said he could win the war.
  15. The 6 points indicate separate shields overlapping. We learn later that knotted weaves can easily be broken, while soft points cannot. The tradition of 6 separate shields after capturing a male channeller is because of how a man channels saidin. They do not submit to it like the Aes Sedai do with saidar, they must dominate it. A man with Rand's strength requires 6, minimum to shield him safely, just as shielding Lanfear would. 5 would mean they could stop him, but it would be difficult without the 6th. 4 would not hold him, as we all saw, and two of them are stilled as a result of the back blast of energy and effort to keep him shielded. The Aes Sedai have forgotten that the most powerful of channelers must be shielded with 6, minimum, and any less will see them either stilled or dead. The exact same scenario plays out when you put Lanfear or Alivia in Rand's position. But engaging a powerful channeler requires 13 women, and a technique that has been lost since the Age Of Legends. All the Aes Sedai remember is that number. That is it.
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