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  1. Okay, I read through about 8 pages just checking to see if anyone had posted this theory on things, so there's only about 3 pages that I didn't read about the men getting additional power quickly, but if you'll recall rand's fat man angreal went missing after the battle of dumai's wells. I've been thinking taim's been keeping that his ace in the hole the whole time, but what if the black tower also has channelers that can make angreal now. This is just my personal little theory, though why they haven't had Elayne making angreal yet is beyond me.
  2. yeah, I agree with the fade out theory...still...would be nice to give rand a break. I mean, I'm not a HUGE fan of him, but the man deserves to have some rest, and he's not gonna get it if he's still the strongest channeler in the world.
  3. I'm thinking actually the one power will disappear. I think it would be rather awesome actually if at the end the one power is gone, then Rand if he survives can live a life in relative peace since he won't have any power for anyone to want to exploit, plus we won't have to worry about the whole AM/AS power struggle.
  4. Rurak quirked an eyebrow at Burgandy. "You call that shooting? Light, I can train just about any recruit to shoot better than that, but I think you already know that. Alright, saira, get back up to the line and take a few more shots. Burgundy, I want you to watch more closely every part of her movements and tell me what you see. Whatever you miss she can explain in more detail, then if she misses anything I'll cover the last." Saira nodded and headed up to the line, nervously Rurak thought. Well, it was a bit of pressure but he was confident, after all, he had taught Saira himself and if he did say so himself he was one of the best shots in the band. Rurak could tell from the first draw that she still remembered everything, bow held low and drawn up as the back hand drew the string so that you didn't waste any of the strength. Fist held right behind the jaw, nose to the string. Breathing pattern good, hold right before the loose. Feet in the right position. Hmm...bow raised a bit over an inch and a half. Must have misjudged the distance on that one. Pause to make sure everything is steady and...loose. The arrow landed high but that was to be expected. She'd had trouble with that one for a while. Only way to fix that was to have pre-measured distances set up so that you could know exactly how far away things were to be able to judge better. He'd spent a while having her gauge distances. He still every now and then asked her how far away things were to make sure she could judge things right. She seemed embarassed, probably because she had misjudged, and this time her bow was at the proper 1 inch for a target at 100 yards and the next three arrows landed in a tight grouping about an 1/8 inch across. Good. "Well, what did you see from that Burgundy?" OOC: Okay, go ahead and have Burgundy post a few things that he sees, then saira can cover whatever else he doesn't see. Feel free to roleplay my character for anything if you have to.
  5. Rurak was too stunned at what Burgandy was proposing. Him? Hit a girl? Not on your life. He was saved from responding at first, while his mind took the time to absorb just what the man was proposing, by Saira's reaction. It was quite humorous actually taken from an objective point of view. She started talking frantically until she ran out of words and started waving her hands around. Well, he couldn't really let this continue. He may be with an army and have traveled a lot of places but he really was still just a farmboy with a bow, just a little grown up from those days, and you DEFINITELY never hit a girl around home. Not unless you wanted to have a good long chat with the creator waiting for your next rebirth. "Alright, we'll have none of that here." Rurak said, cutting off the whispered suggestion from Burgundy about sneak attacking her. Bad enough to hit her while she was looking, but to sneak attack her?! Honestly, things really must be different in whatever land he hailed from. "Truth be told, the purpose of a fight is NOT to get hit if you can, so it's not necessarily a bad thing." Turning back to saira he also turned back into teaching mode. "Your problem isn't not wanting to get hit, but you're movements on defense aren't fluid enough. Remember what I said about using just enough energy to push things aside? Well you want to use just enough defense to get the job done because if you block one punch with two hands that's leaving an opening for the other one right or even if you over commit yourself to stopping the blow you'll leave yourself open if it's a feint. For example, on one of those attack sequences you blocked one of my knees with both arms and a leg. That's all of your defensive options tied up in blocking one of my legs. you left yourself open to both of my fists or elbows had I chosen to use them. It seems like your natural instinct is to block what's attacking you, but better to move away from it whenever you can, or move it away from you. At any rate, I think you'll be far better on defense than our friend burgundy thinks as you get used to this, but let's move on to what we can use for offense here." "I'll stay away from fists for now since you can learn those kinds of attacks from just about anyone else. What we're going to work on is kicks knees and elbows, more so on the last two. First we'll start with the elbows since I think the knees will be a little more tricky. Elbows can hurt even worse than fists so I don't want you practicing on each other so I want you to work on this padded pole I was using." Rurak waved them forward so that he could demonstrate more easily. "Now, from what I've worked out there seems to be about 3 or 4 basic ways to strike with the elbows. there's an upward motion similar to an uppercut punch, there's a sideways motion similar to a hook punch, and then there's also a down swing attacking from the top. Also you can use the elbows in a spin to increase the damage. Now, when using the elbows for this practice session, swing upward in the smallest angles possible, that way it'll get you used to using them. Also, I don't want you just slamming your elbow into the punching bag, try to brush the bag lightly with your elbow. This will help you to use them better in an actual fight. Make sure to put your shoulders into it too. Your elbows will have more power if you rotate your shoulders with the strike and not just swing your arm. Lastly, when using the elbow in the spin, lean back into the target otherwise all you're going to do is end up slapping the target with the back of your hand. Here, let me demonstrate this." He'd really only gotten some basic forms worked up but they seemed to be doing nicely. Moving into the punching bag Rurak kept himself light on his toes and whipped his elbow around sideways from the shoulder, lightly grazing the padded pole, then quickly swept the right elbow upwards with the arms tucked as tight as he could for a small angle. Stepping back he again brought the right up and over top for a downward strike, then quickly followed it through by launching himself off his back foot into a spin. Leaning back towards the target he delivered a heavy blow again with the right elbow that set the pole rocking on its foundation. "One last thing, the elbows can also be used in jumps, as in jumping at the opponent and using the weight of your body to add force to a downward striking elbow to do more damage, now you work through these and I'll fix what I can and then we can move on to knees. OOC: Alright, sorry guys for taking so long, go ahead and post working through these forms. Sorry for the seeming lack of interaction. I'm basing these instructions off of muay thai so if you want to see how the moves look you can look that up.
  6. Hmm...didn't realize. I did this on accident. A few of us were exercising in the mornings but we kept falling asleep during stretching so the guys in our pad would try and remember their dreams from the night before and we'd share them to help keep us awake. Ended up after a while that we decided to try controlling our dreams. (One of my friends had never had a flying dream before so we were determined to let him experience how amazing of a feeling flying in dreams was) and for myself (another tangent) we had gotten together and asked one of those random stupid questions...if you could be a superhero (or villain) what would your powers be? I ended up trying to dream myself into a superhero battle between the four of us and ended up in the lucid dream. Woke myself up not too far into the dream though because I was so excited about having finally controlled my dream. Haven't tried it since...but concentrating on wanting that one specific dream for a while before helped me to have it.
  7. Rurak smiled as the man's temper got the better of him. "Peace man no need to be testy about it all, just curious. These are certainly troubled times. Come, let's get out of the rain, I can lead you to the band." Rurak said turning to allow the man to follow him. Another recruit it would seem. They walked in silence for a time, Rurak allowing the man time to cool his head a bit and also trying to think of how to talk to the man without putting his guard back up. As they walked Rurak spotted some motion off to his left. Using the hand not holding the cloak Rurak flashed some quick hand signs letting the scouts know he'd handle it. It came in handy to have learned the scouts' quick signs. Having really nothing else to talk about, Rurak began anew. "Well Mr..." he said. Pausing long enough for the man to give him his name "Aemond" "Ah, Aemond, Good name that. Well I'm Lieutenant Rurak Gistere of the archers." He glanced quickly to see if the fact that he'd been short with an officer affected the man at all. If it did he hid it well, he had to give him that much. "Anyhow, what brings you to the band of the red hand Aemond and what makes you qualified to join up with us? Not that I doubt your abilities, but the band is very good at what it does, and I'm sure there are other mercenary groups out there who could have taken you in as well if you were looking for a soldiers pay." Rurak said, giving the man time to respond
  8. I'd like to see a 3 way between some characters Ringwraith vs Myrdraal vs Shade Trolloc vs Orc vs (can't remember what the equivalent for a orc was in eragon) I just remember noticing how similar they were between the 3 books
  9. I think it'll be something akin to people today being medically 'dead' but then later coming back to life. Basically I think She'll put him in a state where he'll be 'dead' but also that Nynaeve (or possibly someone else but in most likely hood Nynaeve) will be able to miraculously heal him and bring him back to life.
  10. what's that even supposed to mean 'the only person stitched out of the wheel of time?'
  11. Rurak stalked out of the forest grumbling at the rain. It had ruined a perfectly good campout. He had been intending to go off on his own for a while. He'd only recently gotten the medics to stop fussing over him and let him off on his own more. It had been a while but he was starting to get mobility back in his fingers. It was a good sign. Enough for him to start possibly handling a crossbow. He'd been hoping to be able to use the outing to hunt with a borrowed crossbow, but the rain had put an end to that. He had it under his coat now hanging from the belt to protect it from the rain. He could feel a bit of wetness on his back too. Looks like it was about time to put a bit more coating on the coat for next time. He sighed at the thought. He was brought out of his inner musings by a stranger on the road. He was traveling alone, which wasn't enough to make him suspicious but he clearly wasn't a scout. Scouts always prided themselves on being sneaky, and it was almost always a given that once outside of the band's encampments they disappeared into the brush. From the way the cloak billowed in the wind he could see a longsword underneath the raincoat and wouldn't put it past the man to have a knife. It was wise to keep a weapon around during these times. Realizing his own condition Rurak decided to keep some distance and follow the man, not because the man would be a threat, but more because he was curious than anything else. Life was currently boring and following him would make things interesting. The man shortly stopped abruptly and looked around Then turned abruptly. Curses, he'd been heard? Well...looks like he'd have to go have a chat with the scouts again about stealthcraft. He'd never gotten around to that with them. "Are you a member of the band of the red hand?" He asked. "Well that could all depend on what you want with the band, but supposing I say yes?" Rurak responded. He wasn't worried, while one hand clutched the cloak tight around him, The other hand was resting lightly on the top of the crossbow. There was enough distance that he be able to get one shot off in time, but he couldn't guarantee anything with his damaged hands. Curses, the man would be able to see the bandaged hands from holding the cloak shut! Oh well, things would play out as they would, and he doubted the man was trouble anyways.
  12. Suicide I think could only be possible only if the Pattern allows it. And I think the Pattern would only allow a person's death only when the person has fulfilled his/her part. Actually with this I'm inclined to believe that it IS possible to sidestep fate but the consequences are fatal. After all, when mat's being carted of from the first doorframe terangreal he asks why he has to go to rhuidean and marry the daughter of the nine moons and he's told it's because he will have sidestepped the threads of fate or something like that.
  13. Personally I think it's going to have something to do with the prophet...just from the way that everyone around him thinks the prophet needs to die, and also because when Perrin initially is around the Prophet he picks up a scent off of him when they were talking about Rand that seemed wierd to me...can't remember what it was I'll have to go re-read that part, but after all, the Prophet is definitely doing things that aren't in line with what Rand wants and he's gotta know it. I mean, he made alliance with the Seanchan while rand was fighting them. Just my 2 cents.
  14. OOC: If nobody else gets to this by the end of the day I'll do it for you
  15. I think Eamon Valda actually could have put up a good fight against Lan due to the fact that 1) galad's swordsmanship was impressive even to borderlanders who are already pretty darn good. If I remember right from their point of view they were practically standing in awe of him, and 2) Valda was beating Galad pretty handily in their swordfight. He basically only one off of a trick play otherwise he would've been dead. Galad was already better than 1 blademaster their trainer in the yards so Valda was on another level completely when it came to swordfighting. At the same time, I think the person with the BEST chance against lan in a fight (maybe not a swordfight but a fight) has got to be mat. He's got more battle experience than any 10 people, AND he's got the luck factor on his side. I really liked the POV in knife of dreams when it talks about mat using the other men's memories to know how to knife fight against swords and also how to make just the right cuts. That was pretty awesome.
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