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  1. I agree. I never found Egwene to be a very compelling character, so perhaps I'm biased, but she really was all over the map in AMoL. The whole thing with the Seals seemed so out of place to me. She'd learned all these important lessons throughout the series, only to forget them all for the Last Battle. Also, it was my hope that she'd kill Demandred after he recognized her for Ilyena's reincarnation. I suppose it made sense for her to kill Taim (i.e. White Tower vs. Black Tower) but I was expecting something a little bigger than that; something that would reveal her larger role in the Pattern. But, with that being said, I actually thought her ending was well written. I suppose she did end up with a much larger role than simply killing one of the Forsaken. She became the Flame of Tar Valon itself; the living embodiment of the Aes Sedai. That was a nice touch. And, now we know why they call it the Crystal Throne. Yet, now we'll never know who Ilyena was, or if she was even reincarnated into the current cycle. I always had a feeling she was Egwene (rather than Elayne). It would make sense. She's the first one to witness Rand's salvation atop Dragonmount, and when Rand shows Lanfear his love for his wives, Ilyena and Elayne are two different people. I had thought that perhaps, subconsciously, Rand knew that Egwene was Ilyena, and by letting her go her own way, he was "saving" her from himself. Of course, we'll never know now. That's a question that will go unanswered throughout the ages. But, it sounds good to me, so why not?
  2. Tam's farewell to Rand on the funeral pyre really brought it full circle for me. "Is this your gift to us, son? A final one? You did well. My boy... you did so well". I kept thinking about Rand & Tam getting ready for Bel Tine in EotW... How far we've come.
  3. I predicted that the Dark One was a part of the Pattern, but I thought Padan Fain would be the true adversary; i.e. an evil outside the Pattern. I thought his power would grow so great, it would threaten the Dark One himself, and Rand & Moridin would before merge into a single person, like Isam & Luc, and unite the light & dark against Fain. Close, but no cigar. And, what's more is I really thought I had guessed it right all the way up until the very end, when Mat kills Fain (that was a pretty anticlimactic ending for Fain, by the way. I was expecting some kind of massive show down between the One Power + True Power vs. Mashadar and all I got was a lousy knife in the ribs (of course, I'm just bitter that I came so close. Fain's death was good enough. I liked that he instantly turns into a rotting pile of crap after he's killed, but it definitely fell short of what I predicted).
  4. I just read the Gawyn chapter, and yes, it was a pretty good one. But, as many people have said, I didn't feel too sorry for Gawyn himself. I felt much more sorry for the people around him, Galad in particular. The image of him carrying Gawyn over his shoulder while the Last Battle rages around them still kind of chokes me up. And, of course, Gawyn's revelation about Rand at the end of that chapter was really well done. I kept wondering how Galad would find out, and it far exceeded my expectations. "I stopped... I stopped". Epic. Just freaking epic.
  5. Bring da Ruckus, by the Wu-Tang Clan, reminds me of the Forsaken. Verse 1 - Moridin Ghostface, catch the blast of a hype verse My glock bursts, leave in a hearse, I did worse I come rough, tough like an elephant tusk Ya head rush, fly like Egyptian musk Aw [removed], Wu-Tang Clan sparks the wicks an' However, I master the trick just like Nixon Causin' terror, quick damage ya whole era Hardrocks is locked the [removed] up, or found shot PLO style, hazardous cause I wreck this dangerous I blow sparks like Waco, Texas -As Ishamael, Moridin literally had a "Ghostface", and "left in a hearse" when he was killed by Rand. He believes he's "mastered the trick" (i.e. because he supposedly knows more about the Wheel than anyone else), and caused terror throughout different eras when he was periodically released upon the world. Verse 2 - Sammael I watch my back like I'm locked down, hardcore Hittin' sound, watch me act bugged, and tear it down A literate type asshole, songs join gold, no doubt And you watch a corny [removed] fold, Yeah, they fake and all that, carrying gats but yo, My clan rollin' like forty Macs Now ya act convinced, I guess it makes sense Wu-Tang yo SUUUUU, represent I wait for one to act up, now I got him backed up Gun to his neck now, react what? And that's one in the chamber, Wu-Tang banger 36 styles of danger -Sammael was paranoid of Rand and was always watching his back. Yet, at the same time, he believed he had Rand's back against the wall. Verse 3 - Rahvin I rip it hardcore like porno-flick bitches I roll with groups of ghetto bastards with biscuits Check it, my method on the microphone's bangin' Wu-Tang slang will leave your headpiece hangin' Bust this, I'm kickin' like Segall, Out for Justice The roughness, yes, the rudeness, ruckus Redrum, I verbally assault with the tongue Murder one, my style shot ya knot like a stun-gun I'm hectic, I wreck it with the quickness Set it on the microphone, and competition get blown By this nasty ass [removed]with my [removed], the Rza Charged like a bull and got pull like a trigga So bad, stabbing up the pad with the vocab, crab I scream on ya ass like your dad, bring it on -Rahvin loved the ladies and "verbally assaults with the tongue" by way of Compulsion. He hit Morgase like a stun-gun, and ordered her around, "I scream on ya ass like your dad". Verse 4 - Demandred. I'm more rugged than slaveman boots New recruits, I'm [removed] up MC troops I break loops and trample shit while I stomp A mudhole in that ass cause I'm straight out the swamp Creepin up on site, now it's Fright Night My Wu-Tang slang is mad [removed] dangerous And more deadly than the stroke of an axe Choppin through ya back, givin' bystanders heart attacks Niggas try to flip, tell me who is him I blow up his [removed] prism, make it a vicious act of terrorism You wanna bring it, so [removed] it, come on and bring da ruckus And I provoke [removed] to kick buckets I'm wettin' CREAM, I ain't wettin fame Who sellin' gain, I'm givin' out a deadly game. It's not the Russian it's the Wu-Tang crushin' roulette Slip up and get [removed] like Suzette Bring da [removed] ruckus -I don't want to spoil anything, but let's just say this fits Demandred pretty well.
  6. I haven't finished yet, and to be perfectly honest, I never really liked Perrin, but I love his chapters in AMoL. One of the most emotionally jarring moments for me (so far) has been when Perrin forces himself out of the Wolf Dream, and is found by Master Luhhan. That was great. It wasn't just the desperation of it, but being found by his old teacher that got to me. His whole story line -- i.e. defending the Dream World -- is brilliant. I love how it's played out so far: Perrin defends Tel'aran'rhiod, Mat leads the forces of the Light, and Rand faces down the Dark One himself. Translation: Perrin fights a battle of the mind. Mat fights a real physical battle. And Rand fights a spiritual battle. How awesomely epic. And, out of all those, I've been most impressed with Perrin's end of it. The irony, of course, is that Perrin has always thought of himself as slow-witted, yet he practically owns Tel'aran'rhiod. Can't wait to see how his story ends.
  7. There's a guy out there named Randal Dohr who is convinced this whole thing was written about him. Ishmael Morton, on the other hand, would beg to differ.
  8. A lesser author's story would've died with them. Jordan's lives on and will be read by the countless generations who come after us. The Dragon rides again on the winds of time, so to speak. I feel privileged having been of the original class. My grandkids will be reading Eye of the World one day and I'll tell them, "You know, I read that when it came out", to which they'll respond, "Really? Geez Grandpa, you're old".
  9. I'm so stoked. It feels like a holiday. Here's to you, Mr. Jordan. Your vision finally realized. And to you, Mr. Sanderson, for realizing it. I don't know if I've ever waited for something so long in the making. Granted, I didn't catch up on the series until a couple months ago, but I first read EotW when I was a freshman in high school (a long time ago. I'm 30 now).
  10. Even though I said I wouldn't read the prologue until AMoL was released, I just read a summary of what happens (a shifty way of keeping my word, perhaps, but oh well). Of course, I've been waiting for some kind of announcement on Taim for quite some time. And granted, his admittance into the Chosen was somewhat expected. But, what "I've been waiting for" is something far larger: history repeating itself. With that in mind, here's my question: is Mazrim Taim Sammael? I don't mean is Sammael masquerading as Mazrim Taim. I mean, does Taim fulfill the role of Sammael in this current cycle? He's technically one of Rand's "best" commanders who turned to the Shadow. Now, the question is, was he a Darkfriend all along, as Lews Therin seemed to think, or did Rand's actions and neglect turn him to the Shadow? There seems to be plenty of foreshadowing (pun intended) to imply he was of the Shadow all along. But, with that being said, we don't know what Lews Therin thought about Sammael when the two first met. Perhaps the same voice in his head suggested murdering him as well. Granted, I haven't actually read the prologue, only a summary of it. So, I ask, do we know who brought Taim to Shayol Ghul? If it was Graendal, then it would seem fairly likely that he is filling the role of Sammael. And, if he is, then we're just waiting for the next shoe to drop (Egwene is obviously Latra Posae Decume, but I wonder who the rest are -- Rahvin, Balthamel, Semirhage, the 100 Companions, etc...). Obviously, there are a couple of things that might throw the cycle out of whack: the first being Padan Fain, and the second being the Ta'veren. Robert Jordan once said in an interview that Padan Fain is unique to the current cycle (i.e. he has no equivalent from ages past). And, as far as we know, Lews Therin wasn't assisted by any Ta'veren in the last go around either (he might have been, but we don't really know one way or the other). So, I wonder if we will see the characters fall into their age-old roles, or if it will be different this time.
  11. As has been mentioned, the taint on saidin was a side-effect of touching the DO with it. But, the way I see it, the DO isn't going to "unmake" the world. Why not? Because the Dark One is the Wheel of Time. He is the Lord of the Grave; weaver of the Pattern. The threat of unmaking the world is simply a means by which to turn the Wheel. The "Last Battle" is a part of the Pattern. It's fought the exact same way in every cycle (i.e. the Dragon's birth and rebirth). That's where Moridin's logic failed him, i.e. "The Light has to win every time, but the Dark One has to win only once". The catch is, the Light does win every time. Nothing ever changes. Point being, the Dark One only makes Tarmon Gai'don a Last Battle rather than the Last Battle. In order for Tarmon Gai'don to be the Last Battle, there must be some kind of extraneous threat apart from the DO. Enter Padan Fain. The Dark One is only playing his role in the Pattern (i.e. the aggressor), but Padan Fain's thread is out of whack. That is the real threat. Rand & the DO have does this a thousand times before. Padan Fain has not. And the power he has garnered from Mordeth (an evil outside the Pattern) threatens to overwhelm both the Dragon & the Dark One together (convenient that mashadar takes the form of fog and can fill up a battlefield like Tarmon Gai'don... wouldn't you say?). At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to you... until Sanderson upends me.
  12. I'm trying to hold off until the whole thing comes out. It's killing me - It's like Mat's letter from Verin - but I'm going to remain in the dark (pun intended) for at least a little longer. I just started reading New Spring, so that should tie me over for a day or two, at least. After that, I don't know what I'll do. Go insane, probably. ----- But, entertain me if you will. Here's an explanation for why the Finn would be in the Blight (if it hasn't already been proposed somewhere in this endless thread), they could be feeding on Trollocs... Yes, that's right. Filthy, stinking Trollocs. Why? Because Trollocs are supposedly consumed by emotion; rage and terror mostly, but that seems to be right up the Finn's alley. So, if early AMoL already reveals all this stuff, feel free to ignore my inane ramblings. But it would be pretty cool if there was a creature that "ate" Trollocs (in a sense), since we're always hearing about humans in Trolloc cookpots.
  13. My initial thought on first read was they were Aelfinn/Eelfinn due to their pointed teeth (plus, it comes not long after the Ghenjei chapter, so, admittedly, they were on my mind), but then I thought that couldn't possibly be right, because Barriga makes no mention of their snake-like and/or fox-like appearance. But then I started thinking about Mat's first encounter with the Finn and I changed my mind back to my original position. At first glance, Mat thought the Aelfinn were human. It took him a moment or two before he realized they were "something else". And that's the exact same reaction Barriga had. He thought they were human at first, Aielmen in particular, until they removed their veils, at which point he thought they were "something else". Granted, "something else" could simply imply a people other than the Aiel, but "something" instead of "someone" makes it much more ambiguous. Plus, the full quote is, "They were something else. Something terrible". In my mind, "something else" paired with "something terrible" definitely alludes to something other than human, rather than renegade Aiel or Sharans. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but I have a feeling Sanderson was being vague for a reason. And, if that's correct, here we have a humanoid creature with pointed teeth that moves with a "sleek grace" (so much so, Barriga mistakes them for Myrddraal at first glance) that are presumably tall enough to be Aiel. Not only that, but Barriga thought they were dressed in black and brown before he realized they were veiled in red. I got the impression they had come out of nowhere, as if they had materialized out of thin air, or stepped out of the shadows (that much isn't made clear, but invoking the imagery of a Myrddraal definitely points to that - especially since Myrdraal are always compared to snakes). Sounds pretty Finn-ish to me (read: Finn-ish, not Finnish). Of course, there's problems with that theory. Namely, we don't even know if the Finn can enter the world of Randland or not (but we do know humans from Randland can enter their world, so it seems likely it should work the other way around). We also don't know why they'd want to enter Randland, or why they'd be in the Blight of all places, or why they'd be wearing red veils like Aielmen. We can be fairly certain they're not in league with the Dark One (though, they're not exactly opposed to him either) so the Last Battle probably isn't of much concern to them. They could be after Mat and/or Moiraine, but why they're in the Blight, I don't know. It could be as others have said, and Mat unwittingly unleashed them upon the world. It's difficult to say based on the little information we have about them. But, in any case, even though I can't establish a motive, the Finn do fit the description, as far as I can tell. So, that's the direction I'm leaning.
  14. I just posted something similar in "most emotionally jarring moments" on the General Discussion forum, but I thought I might as well post it here as well. Rand is Satan. Yes, you read that right. The name "Lews Therin" is a corruption of "Lucifer", and "Ishamael" is obviously a corruption of "Ishmael". During the War of Power, the only time Lews Therin faced Ishamael on the field of battle was "outside the gates of Paaren Disen", which is obviously a corruption of "Paradise" (i.e. Lucifer fought Death outside the gates of Heaven). My theory surmises Lews Therin/Rand must merge souls with Ishamael/Moridin, in the vein of Slayer, in order to defeat Padan Fain (an evil outside the Pattern). There is quite a bit of foreshadowing in this regard, which would mean Fain is the true antagonist, rather than the Dark One. Now consider, the name "Lucifer" means "son of the dawn" or "the shining one" in Hebrew (both of which are nicknames for Rand in the book, I believe). The name "Ishmael" means "a divine promise" or "God has hearkened". And, as we all know, the name "Moridin" means "Death" in the Old Tongue from the book. Now, consider the name "Satan". It means "adversary" in Hebrew, which is exactly what a Rand/Moridin Slayer would be for Padan Fain, a worthy adversary. So, if my theory is correct: Lucifer + Death = Satan. Ishamael's purpose is the "fulfillment of a divine promise" (i.e. that Rand would fight under the ancient symbol of the Aes Sedai - the Light & the Dark united as one - Yin Yang). And consider, in Judaism, Ishmael is an ambiguous figure. He's evil, but he's also repentant (he also had two wives... a la Cyndane & Moghedien... but I digress). Meaning, this entire series is about the fall of Lucifer and the rise of Satan. Granted, I could be wrong about that (and probably am), but that realization really blew me away when I thought of it. It may already be a well-known theory, I don't know, but I did reach that conclusion on my own, for what it's worth. Edit: Also, the title "Nae'blis" is a corruption of the Islamic word "Iblis", which means "devil". So, Lucifer + Iblis = Satan.
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