James Sedai

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  1. I thought the reason the sitters had to be in the hall before the amyrlin arrives (she comes, she comes etc...) and remained until she (the amyrlin) left again was to avoid exactly this type of hierarchical shenanigans. Could it be decided, when necessary, by the order of the colours on the stole, or the chair?
  2. Sleete, and the Band of Bandits.

    Aiel individually are certainly less dangerous than an Aes Sedai, or a Warder. Why would the White Tower enlist bandits to accost Aes Sedai/Warders that were en route to the White Tower anyway? And if they were heading elsewhere they would be powerless to divert them? Sleete was not fully healed when he dismantled them completely.
  3. Sleete, and the Band of Bandits.

    Survivors would mainly consist of Aiel, whether channelers or not, usually highly dangerous; Aes Sedai, Warders, Asha'man, also all highly dangerous, enough so to deter bands of bandits rather than attract their attention. As is evidenced when a single, wounded survivor kills or disperses the whole lot of them. Just seems odd...?
  4. Hi, Currently rereading The Gathering Storm, and just encountered Sleete the Warder. His story of his post Dumai's Wells journey refers to his being at risk of being sold, while injured, to a local band of bandits who had spread word they would pay for the handing over of any survivors of said battle. After recovering enough to depart, Sleete ensures these bandits trouble the village no more, so they seem to be real. Who were they, and why did they want to pay to secure any survivors of Dumai's Wells? ?
  5. Why Didn't Rand Recognise Tuon?

    He was pretty focused and determined in regards to brokering a peace with the Seanchan, and saw the Daughter of the Nine Moons as pivotal to said goal. He saw her well enough in the visions to know it was the same small, dark skinned, short haired female in each different one. Being mad, or a bit mad, didn't seem to affect his perception or memory in any similar way to mistaking or forgetting who people were.
  6. Hi, During several Rand/Mat Taveren visions, Rand saw a small dark woman with Matt. The Seanchan accompanying Sermihage found her power-woven disguise believable. Why didn't Rand realise Matt was with either the real Daughter of the Nine Moons or another imposter, at some point after seeing Sermihage's impersonation? ???
  7. "Under the Dust" question

    Question: what does Rand need? Aswer: the White Tower.
  8. Who Really Won The Last Battle?

    Taking into account the positive influence on his surroundings Rand has, post dragonmount epiphany, I certainly prefer the idea of any body/persona switch occurring entirely during the final consciousness duel.
  9. Who Really Won The Last Battle?

    Well that's very different to Rand being the dark one the whole time. By increments throughout the story and for the whole of aMoL? I certainly see theres a case to be made for it working that way. To partially escape, but require Rand to come to Shayol Ghul to complete the transition maybe? If the wheel theme of endless cycles is applied then the Dragon and the Dark One must swap places eventually. I think that it's possible that during the final weave-off the current dark one remembered the desire to live and stopped wanting to impose desolation, but wanted to become part of it again. He had a memory of light, eh? Remember, no-one is so deep in the shadow they cannot walk again in the light. And light a pipe.
  10. Who Really Won The Last Battle?

    By the time the bore was reopened Rand would be rather demented and in a very dark mood. Could say he would be the Dark One. Terrible and pitiful. Powerful and vengeful. R.a.T. = Rand al Thor T.a.R = Tel aran Rhiod. Round in circles, back and forth. Turn and turn about?
  11. Who Really Won The Last Battle?

    Back in the box.
  12. Who Really Won The Last Battle?

    Rand being the Dark One the entire time would kind of negate the whole point of the story. I only postulate a twist to the perception of the last scene, which is also one of the most contentious and unexplained. Along with the mystery Aiel (Nakomi?) and a couple of others.
  13. Who Really Won The Last Battle?

    I had a Stephen King screen adaptation in mind too....think it was called Storm of the Century or something similar. Ends with a boy turning to the camera with demonic eyes. Or Micheal Chriton's Sphere, where the female survivor shows traits of still having reality altering powers gained by contact with a mysterious (and dark with firefly type things!) Entity. There are myriad examples though. The dark one is loose...?
  14. How many horror movies end with a final shot that reveals the awful truth....that the antagonist lives; despite the general assumption by the characters in the story, and therefore by the viewers (or readers), that the evil entity has been vanquished. So what if after lighting the pipe, we interpret 'Rand's' laugh as a maniacal cackle by an escaped Dark One? He is loose, and has just confirmed to himself he still has the ability to remake or break the world as he desires. Once you apply this hypothesis, a great deal of other pieces of foreshadowing and prediction/prophecy takes on a very different caste......a tremendous amount......? Is this a new idea? I doubt it. Is it a good idea?
  15. Rand's madness

    I would say balance is provided quid pro quo, Faile is captured, but successfully rescued. Mat dies, but avoids death. Mat must face the Gholam, but triumphs. Is poisoned and nearly dies, but recovers. Etc.