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al'Lanis Morissette

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  1. I am doing my second read of the series and am currently on CrossRoads.  I just got to thinking that Balwer reminds me of what Mordeth/Fain should have been.  He seems like a good guy and is knowledgeable.  He seems to have good intentions and that seems to be the different.  Under different circumstances would he have ended up the same as Mordeth.  I just thought it was an interesting connection since Mordeth started out as an advisor to the king of Aridhol.

     

    I don't think under a difference circumstance Balwer would have ended up the same as Mordeth. I think the reason why is because Balwer's personality is that he likes to be in the background doing his thing and does not care about gaining power. When he was first introduced, no one even knew that he was the real spymaster for the Whitecloaks. He digs for information because it's what he's good at and it's what he enjoys.

     

    This differs from Mordeth and his later reincarnations in that he seems to have a rather grandiose view of himself, and being an adivsor was just a means to get more power and glory for himself.


  2. I think they will deal with rogue channellers, any rogues male or female. Essentially an Aes Sedai Police type of group. The real question is what will the Greens do without shadow spawn to fight.

     

    I actually think the opposite, and that the Green Ajah can take over as a "police Ajah." Reds have too much antipathy built up for male channelers that they can't be trusted to deal with a rogue one fairly.


  3. Thank you all for the welcome. Still working my way through the various groups (there're quite a few). Will definitely be taking a look at the social groups. I've been distracting myself by reading old threads on the general WoT discussion board.


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    Actually, in one of her conversations with Perrin, Lanfear says, "I am no longer one of the chosen."

    Lanfear is a great resource for truth in the series isn't she......

     

    If the Dark One had removed her station, he would have removed her entirely by breaking her mind trap

     

     

    Just because she is a bad guy it doesn't mean she doesn't tell the truth from time to time.  Since her whole reasoning behind her plot to kill Moirane and Nyneve at the sealing was to get back into the Dark One's favor, I see no reason to believe that she was lying to Perrin here.

     

    Lanfear's power and skill was still considerable and she had some skills in T'A'R', so it would have been foolish for the DO to completely get rid of her. She may not be a Chosen, but she still was a useful tool to the DO.

     

    If she was lying to Perrin, I think he would have been able to "smell" the lie.


  5. Yeah, they said at Merrilor 6 clan chief's were lost. 7 Including Rhuarc. 

     

    That is one of the biggest problems with this list. 

     

    So many characters died unnamed that we can't say if they are dead or not. 

     

    For example, hundreds of Aes Sedai died. No doubt that includes many of the named characters we have seen in the previous books. However, since we don't get any names, we can't say which ones actually died and which survived. 

     

    Same with the Black Ajah, there are heaps of named Black Ajah. There are a heap of dead Black Ajah. However, since they weren't named, again, we can't put them on the dead list. 

     

    So this has bothered me for a while. What happened to Bael? In the previous books, it seemed like you couldn't have a scene with Rhuarc without Bael.


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    Based on your reasons why you find her annoying, I think you will find her to be more insufferable as you continue. Primarily, as she grows in her role as an Aes Sedai, her underlying personality traits seem to highlight and augment all the flaws of how Aes Sedai are presented in the series. There could be some personal bias in my assessment as well since I really did not like the Aes Sedai at all (with only very few exceptions).

    In the later books, once she learns how to accept responsability for herself (once she grows up a little) she becomes a very strong Aes Sedai. She learns how to become a uniter and how to see the greater good. Truthfully, she is later forced into a position of tremendous responsability, and her only options are to rise to the occasion, or become powerless to affect events surrounding her. She does choose to accept the responsability, and becomes a greater character for that. She also learns that humility and arrogance can both be effective tools in her arsenal.

     

    That's another part of her that grows as she becomes more Aes Sedai, too bad I don't see those pros outweighing the cons. Another thing that bothers me is her casual man-bashing that starts pretty much in EotW. Then again, I've noticed that in the other wondergirls, which makes them less enjoyable characters.


  7. First impression of Fain when he was introduced was that he was a douchebag. As the series progressed, I came to appreciate him as he served as a "wildcard" in the story. That being said, his demise was rather...ordinary. A couple of questions do pop up though as I am typing my response:

     

    - What would Fain's next move be assuming he managed to destroy the DO and Rand? Turn Randland into a giant Shadar Logoth?

     

    - Since he was already marked by the DO when Mordeth possessed him, wouldn't that have killed him and Mordeth both? Since these two forces are diametrically opposed to each other, they should have "canceled" each other out. I'm doing a re-read now, so maybe I'll come across a passage that explains it in more detail.


  8. Based on your reasons why you find her annoying, I think you will find her to be more insufferable as you continue. Primarily, as she grows in her role as an Aes Sedai, her underlying personality traits seem to highlight and augment all the flaws of how Aes Sedai are presented in the series. There could be some personal bias in my assessment as well since I really did not like the Aes Sedai at all (with only very few exceptions).


  9. I've gone the whole series believing that the Dark One really wanted to destroy the world. It seemed logical that Moridin, the Nae'blis, would know the DO's desires better than the rest of the Forsaken. Yet now we've basically been told no, Moridin was lied to and the rest of the Forsaken were closer to the truth. Now we've been told the DO couldn't even destroy the Pattern if he wanted to, no matter what. 

     

    Additionally, Moridin talks about his punishment for believing he was the DO as being brought back to life. Well if that is the case, why didn't he just commit suicide or allow one of the other Forsaken to balefire him. Even the DO couldn't bring him back if that happened.

     

    If he were to commit suicide, the DO can just bring him back. Perhaps the other Forsaken were instructed not to balefire him.


  10. Greetings from Seattle,

     

    I was first introduced to WoT in 2005 through a friend. To be honest, I found it to be a slow start and I stopped after the first 60 pages or so. A few months later I decided to try it again and read the Winternight chapter. At that point, I was hooked. Looking back, I'm extremely thankful I discovered this series relatively late in the game. For those that started reading the series in the 90s, I can't imagine the waiting that some of you endured.

     

    Now that I've finished aMoL, I can't help but feel a little sad that the world RJ has created has effectively come to an end. To help mitigate, I've decided to re-read the series and of course, join DM. I'm looking forward to participating in many of the interesting discussions I've seen on the forums.

     

     

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