i want to address a couple different theories i have. first off, i believe that Cadsuane is a Darkfriend. when she is first introduced it talked about then ignored. she has a similar background as Taim as well. noone had heard from her in years, many assumed she was dead, and then all of sudden Boom there she is. Taim was captured by darkfriends enroute to the white tower and replaced. how do we know she didnt do the same thing? she constantly helps Rand, but were better for a traitor to hide than beside the one she has to stab in the back. she might also be helping him knock out forsaken, so at the final battle theres room for her to move up.
Id also like to look at the dark prophecy. the one eyed fool has to be Mat. while there are other one eyed characters, it just doesnt make sense for any of them. the hall of mourning i believe are in Ebou Dar, not only because of the death of Tylin whom he mourns, but because they are still mourning the death of the Empress in Seachan. or maybe the halls of mourning are actually in seachan.
while i like the idea of The First among Vermin being Fain, i belive it has to apply to Rand. the One who destorys is the Dark One. rememeber that this is a dark prophecy. The one who Destorys sounds to honorific to apply to one of the Randland characters. since Rand (first among vermin) open talks about breaking the seals (setting free) which would let the dark one out (He who destorys), i feel this is the only way it makes sense. i will come back to the blacksmith later
I have to many ideas all as weak as the last about the Broken Wolf. one idea is Lan. he is often discribed like a wolf, and with his death the borderlands, and many people would be shaken. another suggestion is Elyas. he is a wolf brother althought im not sure how hed be "broken". another is perrin but since he was already refrenced as the Fallen Blacksmith, i doubt itd have two different names for the same person. i liked the theory above about it being hopper. since wolves can be changed into Darkhounds, maybe his soul is brought back by the forsaken as a darkhound. this one im not sure on.
the fallen blacksmith in my mind is Perrin. However, i believe that he himself is killed. this comes for a common theme i have found in writing. there are 3 parts of a human, the pyshical, the mental, and the spirtual. i believe the 3 ta'vern represent this. Mat is the Pyshical side. he is often concerned with the more tangible side of life, gambling women and drinking. he will lead the armies in the final battle. Rand is the spirtual. his specialty is in the One Power, and dealing with the dark one (devil figure). he will fight the "big fight with religous undertones" against the dark one. Perrin represents the mental side. he is a deep thinker and a wolf brother (often thought of as wise). my theory is he dies, but as a wolf brother, awakes in the wolf dream. as a earlier WoT if posulates, if the Horn brings the pyshical world into the Dream world, then Perrin will lead the wolves into battle (most likely with a battle against Slayer thrown in since he is the Mental counterpart.)
to anyone who stuck with me through this whole mess of theories, my thanks