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MrJade

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  1. The Dark Prophecy. For the love, the Dark Prophecy. What in the name of the Emperor is going on with this thing?
  2. Mr. Jordan said that Dragons are not female. They are always male, and souls have a definite gender. See Aran'gar.
  3. Comically, I think this is a good example. Mr. King answers questions about his books rather than say, "I'd rather not talk about this glaring plothole." And the last book did not end on a cliffhanger. Roland needed another artifact to open the top of the tower. In the 'new' beginning, he has the horn, another artifact that can open the top of the tower. The implication is that Roland has been redoing the entire series over and over until he gets it right. Here, however, we get no real good closure on these events. And further, many critics think that the Dark Tower fizzled out and did not perform as well as hoped, which, I think WoT will begin to do unless issues are addressed.
  4. True, but that does not mean that his choices were right, especially, as pointed out above, sequels were planned. I can assuredly say that series that survive the test of time and continue to make money are the series that do wrap things up nicely. See Dune, see LotR. They don't fail to answer puzzling, illogical, and important questions. I would like to see Wheel of Time continue. I would like to continue supporting Team Jordan with my money. But if they do not want to keep their fans by simply answering a question about a single character, I suppose they have made their choice.
  5. Why? Jordan obviously wanted to leave more than a few mysteries to the series as it ended, so that his world would feel more like a living, breathing thing rather than just words in a book. It's frankly annoying to see people who just want to be spoon-fed everything about the stories. The explanations are there, in the books. Just use your head a bit. The problem becomes why would he want that? What is the advantage of not giving us answers? Before, if Sanderson had told me what would happen at the Last Battle, maybe I wouldn't have patronized him and Team Jordan and bought the book, but now, what does it matter? I can understand if he said that it would be revealed in the encyclopedia, so wait and get that, but if there won't ever be an answer, why? Especially one that does so little, all she did was shore up Aviendha's doubts. While that is nothing to get 'tempesty' about or even sniff at, there are many more characters that do much more for the series. Holding out there just seems to be one last RAFO, only we have no more books, and the encyclopedia might not have the information.
  6. It would not have been hard for them to have heard the song of growing from Rand (he obviously knows it). That, I think, is just an oversight. The book spent too much time languishing on details. That or else it was supposed to be in one of the outrigger sequels we aren't getting. It seems fairly logical that Rand (Moridin) would have shown up in the sequels. Too many people know about him to not let him show up, and I truly doubt that we won't ever see those sequels. Money is a powerful incentive. Look at George Lucas.
  7. That seems it then. They trust the Dragon. Especially since the new Amyrlin knows and would put the kibosh on anyone trying to kill him, as would Avi, Min, and Elayne, so we have the White Tower, the Aiel, a Queen of (two?) Nation(s), and the Truthspeaker of the Seanchan telling everyone to bugger off and leave this dude alone.
  8. Yes, and no. For instance, Rand lighting his pipe at the end without Channeling, the whole body swap thing, Moridin not being omniscient. I agree, it certainly could be a trick. Rand may even believe it to be a trick, but keep in mind that Moridin was utterly convinced that Shai'tan was going to decreate everything and turn everything into a nothing, and this was wrong. The Dark One was going to do what he said he was going to do, which is to say, recreate the world in his image. Therefore, Moridin is not, in fact, always correct. (He also guessed the Shadow would win.) As such, we should conclude that what Rand did was probably some sort of Uber-effect of his Dragoness. As to the Maradon refutation, there has never been any other Darkfriend ever driven insane by anyone's actions channeling, and so Occam's Razor says that Rand was doing something different there, but from what we know he was not using any other weaves than the normal set, as such it is entirely reasonable to conclude that Rand has Superpowers.
  9. I assume you are talking about Rand's Anti-Darkfriend Superpower? Moridin suggests its nothing more than a trick, Rand listening for a sped up heart when he held the Power. However, we have seen Darkfriends go mad simply from looking at Rand, without Rand interfering with them. We should conclude that his powers are a side-effect of his Dragoness.
  10. The Darkhounds is as expected. The Darkhounds are a wolf issue, and the only other time it would have been logical to include them is when Demandred was commanding the Shadow's forces, but even then what would Mat have countered with? No, the Darkhound usage was appropriate. Lanfear, utter callousness and unswerving loyalty only to herself resulting in her death? Appropriate. Moridin, who many said exactly what would happen (I was included in this), and it did? We knew it was coming. I will say that the only one that seemed out of place was the 'new' creature that Padan Fain was. Fain had been becoming less and less important since the 3rd book, so I wasn't surprised to not note him around much. No, only his one-wing angel form was odd.
  11. In all honesty, the biggest thing that stuck out to me was the lack of resolution on multiple characters (I'm looking at the Seanchan) and the sudden appearance and utter lack of resolution for Nakomi. Understand that she might be the Creator, but we don't know. She is literally not even mentioned other than, what, Chapter 1? Are you kidding me? We introduce a totally new ability for the Wise Women to use, and then poof! We don't know if it matters or not because we don't know if Tuon gets killed in this world or not! I know it hints that it doesn't, seeing as the events were changed, but I simply do not like it. I hope either the Encyclopedia wraps things up more neatly, or there are more books forthcoming. It's simply not okay to have the only real epilogue happen in a false universe where everything ends poorly.
  12. They will not say, mostly because it would most assuredly divide the fanbase between who writes better; Jordan or Sanderson. If they do not say who wrote what, we have plausible deniability.
  13. Correct, the current attitudes towards the White Tower would be nonconducive towards a large number of Aes Sedai, before the Trolloc Wars this would have been entirely different. I agree that there would be certainly no less than 7 or 8,000, but my sole question at this point is the source that states that the Oaths were started at sometime before the Trolloc Wars. The only source I could find (which admittedly, I do not have a concordance for WoT) is the TGH which states after the Trolloc Wars. This also makes sense when taken with my cultural hypothesis on the change in Aes Sedai. It seems likely that during the Compact of the Ten Nations the Aes Sedai were not expected, nor did they intervene militarily as they do in the modern times. (Marching to Malkier, admittedly unsuccessful, and the interventions in the Borderlands.) They were probably not expecting the Trolloc Wars and lost most of their prestige and had to take the oaths after the amount of distrust the Trolloc Wars bred. The Oaths could have originally been meant to dissuade fears that the Aes Sedai would continue to militarily intervene as they must have during the Trolloc Wars. (We know the Aes Sedai fought battles and lead campaings.) After the Trolloc Wars were over, the surviving nations could very well have been terrified that the Aes Sedai could have tried to assume direct control. With the Oaths, they could have sated these fears and continued their own power. However, after and during Hawkwing, the people started to realize that the Oaths could be circumvented in certain ways, and thus distrust began to grow. Now the Aes Sedai have two issues: distrust and the shortening of their lives. Couple this with the smaller percent of channelers and the rampant mistrust of the White Tower, we can clearly see why their numbers would be shrunk.
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