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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.
  16. I just watched that video of his and it was hilarious!! It is so accurate to the character moments.
  17. The text would have said that there was only one soft or hard point in the shield itself if the Aes Sedai were in a circle, because only one Aes Sedai would be making the shield, using the other Aes Sedai to boost the shield. The six points in the text represented six individual shields made by six Aes Sedai maintaining each shield separately. This was because only the female Forsaken and Nyneave have the individual strength level strong enough to maintain a shield on Rand alone.
  18. The Aiel call the Cairheinen Treekillers, precisely because Laman cut down the Tree and his people knowingly backed him, and called for aid from other nations when Cairhein's armies were not enough. That sentiment is why the Aiel believe wetlanders cannot be trusted; entirely because of Laman's actions and what the wetlanders did in response. They just consider Treekillers to be worse, and hold them responsible for what should have been for the Aiel a mission of justice against one specific man. For showing disrespect for a Chora tree that was their symbol of their ancestors efforts across the Breaking and entire generations of Aiel to allow the Jenn Aiel to plant the parent tree before their extinction.
  19. Mat is not Rommel, most definitely not. To my mind, Mat is more Flavius Aetius, and Darius, since Demandred is shown with A Memory Of Light as Xerxes and also more Atilla The Hun. That is going by his brutal dispatch of the 50 captives, and the slaughterhouse he put up after The Last Battle started. Only Flavius Aetius and Darius curved both brutal conquerors, historically, with mixed results since the Battle Of The Catalonian Fields went to Attila, while the Battle Of Marathon went to Darius, and these two battles were brutal clashes equal of the Last Battle in ferocity.
  20. I have always felt the woman that Rand killed in Murandy is the same one that tried to stab Rand when he got the worst bout of channeling sickness after he escaped Four Kings in Book One. Remember her? Mat let her go immediately afterwards when he got her by the throat with his dagger. Rand could have recognized her from that situation, since they both had a talk about the situation afterwards. She seemed to recognize him, as if she saw him before, and he definitively recognized her. That woman is the only one that makes sense, since she actually was a Darkfriend, and Rand would have remembered that situation.
  21. The sword Aviendha gave him was Laman's sword, remember. It was taken at the Battle of The Shining Wall as a trophy, since his head would not survive the trip back to the Aiel Waste. As for the sword Rand gave to Tam, I have always had a very strong feeling that it was, in fact used by both LTT and Artur at different times. Especially since Power wrought blades were very very old ones, and they were rare even in the Trolloc Wars.
  22. It still works with the bootstrap paradox time theory. The fact that we saw a body swap occur backs up that even if LTT went evil in the past Ishy was still used to counter him. The only way this could happen is due to the balefire incident in book seven causing issues that linked them in the very beginning of the fighting. If LTT fought for the Shadow in the past, then Ishamael would oppose him, especially if it is like Batman and Joker's connection, but on a far greater scale. The Pattern could allow for LTT going evil, as long as the linked soul that is Ishy's faced him as a balance. If the bootstrap paradox affects only Rand and Ishamael/Moridin, and links them in conflict, as they are in the later books, then it does not matter how many times Rand switch sides, as long as Ishamael/Moridin chooses to oppose him. Everything seems to hinge on choice. The bootstrap paradox in this case seems like it ensures that it is only these two that can make the decisions that directly affect the world around them, but only when it comes to situations related to the Dark One and the Creator. As for free will, some get more free will than others. Rand's soul would get the most choices, being the Creator' s Champion, while Ishamael's soul would get the lesser choices, and only in response to Rand's. The bootstrap would still exist. The Pattern gets its balance, by using the bootstrap paradox to ensure nothing interferes with the bigger moments, while ignoring the smaller moments. Only these two souls get to affect the bigger ones.
  23. Rand is connected through his soul not just being a Hero of the Horn, but the Heroes commander, being the Creator's Champion. Ishamael, however was not a Hero; he was linked, because of the time paradox that happened when Moridin and Rand crossed their balefire streams in book seven. It linked them not just in the present, and the future until the Last Battle, but also the past, such as the Battle of Falme and the mirror merge dream in book one. This ending to me, and the mirror merge scene are all giving an indication on how powerful their balefire streams actually were. Because everything from the first page of the story, with the trip Rand and Tam took to Emonds Field and on should never have happened, as in being completely erased, like Flashpoint, so because of that issue, the Pattern compensated, by merging their two souls and also foreshadowing it with the dream in book one and then preparing for it in book two with the battle. It also explains why the Dark One brought Ishamael back after book three, as much as Ishamael saying they were connected. He clearly thought it was due to their fighting since the moment of Creation. If there were other fights, then it could have been that the balefire crossing that happened, linked them through time. As a result, the paradox programmed the Pattern to force the Dark One, whom was touching the world to bring Ishamael back, and also linked them back to the very first fight due to the paradox. In Doctor Who, this would be a bootstrap paradox. Where even the Dark One has to follow what time, or the Pattern, wanted to happen. A bootstrap paradox, by the way in time travel, is able to extend from the very Dawn Of Creation, to Creations very destruction, if a person or recurring event helps maintain history. Particularly if history says that Creation's death occurs at a specific moment and in a specific way, then that allows another Creation to be born to replace it. If it dies to soon, or too late, or occurs another way than intended, then everything ends, and no Creation appears to replace what was there. These threats were all present in the books, so the Pattern is operating and manifesting as a bootstrap with these two souls. With the Dark One and his champion fighting to break the paradox, and the Creator's Champion fighting to maintain it. Because this particular fight is unique, then Moridin and Rand crossing balefire streams made the ever recurring battles happen.
  24. Interesting picks!!! Very interesting pick for Logain, in particular. It looks like Ghealdan will be Spanish in cultural feel, which is quite interesting. I wonder if Tear will be Portuguese, or Italian in cultural feel. Thom actually looks more like Lan in the photo to me, but I like his work, so I am looking forward to what he will bring to the character and how he interprets him.
  25. I mean the POV of the person using the TP. You are right that other TP users cannot sense its use, but they can see the weaves being woven by it, which is its own challenge.
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