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  1. GASP! If they really were plant people, it would also explain why Avendesora was trusted to them! Maybe the original Aiel were the fruits of chora trees??? and why they respect and hold Ogier in such high regard! AND WHY THEY ARE SO GOOD AT BLENDING INTO FOLIAGE! Guys, #AielArePlants
  2. The Aiel could not have been genetically modified. Genetic experimentation on humans and animals was forbidden by the Hall of Servants, and it was for this reason that Aginor turned to the shadow. Only plants were allowed to be experimented so, leading to choral trees and the nym. On the other hand, a case could be made that the Aiel are super advanced pod people. It would explain why seem to need little food (they get nourishment from soil), why they thrive in a desert (yummy sunlight) and why they hold water precious. Maybe the Daishan Aiel were grown pod people to act as servant to the AS.
  3. We all know that RJ borrowed certain concepts from Dune. This is not news. Neither is this a condemnation. In fact, I admire the way RJ was inspired by Dune and created something distinct and totally different from the original wellspring. The Big Three that he borrowed from Dune are as follows: The Desert Warriors, The Sisterhood and the Messiah. I will now proceed to compare and contrast the three. 1) The Sisterhood The White Tower Aes Sedai and the Bene Gesserit share many traits but are fundamentally different entities, only similar in markings and trappings but no
  4. With regards to the thinking that AS treat sex as a major weapon in their arsenal, in the series, I remember very little instances where that happens. For one thing, AS have two far more superior tools at their disposal: their authority as Aes Sedai, and the mystique and awe that brings. In Randland, they're like the Catholic Church and the UN combined, very much like the Catholic Church during the Renaissance (still influential and powerful but not as great as before). Compared to that kind of ethos, sex is trivial. In fact, I only recall them only considering using sex as a weapon only when
  5. would take too long to write and read. If it helps, the Aiel who do call each over by half a name usually tend to be close to one another.
  6. But, if it comes to understanding the Third Age a using it to great advantage, Demandred takes the cake. His manipulation/fulfilment of Saharan prophecy? Flawless. He beats Graendal in that aspect. His major flaw was his ego.
  7. I agree that the Forsaken were too sure that they were superior because of their Age they come from and that it led them to underestimate discoveries from the current age. But the only thing that was truly unique in the field of channeling was Warder Bonds ( the viewing gateways were great, but it comes too late to the series). Let's look at it from an AoL perspective. Here we have a bunch of channelers who are willingly shortening their lifespan, who do npt credit the existence of dreamworld, who have to ride horses to get anywhere, and are not even that good in battle (in their
  8. The contraceptive of choice in Randland is heartleaf tea, as mentioned by Min when she was in shock cause of certain awkward events in WH. And AS generally do not get kids because of the whole "We can outlive our grandchildren" thing. And apparently, its not taboo to do so cause AS who do get pregnant do no get booted out.
  9. I think that if they had used saidin and saidar without the True Power, both halves could have been tainted. I remember reading in AMoL that the coating of True Power that rand drew from Ishy through callandor was instrumental in preventing the DO from tainting. Sine LTT and co had no inclination or way to draw True Power, it would never have occurred to them to shield the source from the DO with his own essence. The breaking would have been the End as we know it.
  10. Maybe they could form a society of their own? Or form a rank within existing societies, specialising in channeling to accomplish that society's goal? Like Red Shields channelers could become like red sisters, specialising in taking down enemy or criminal channelers, Stone Dog channelers could specialise in making barriers and walls to facilitate escapes.
  11. Before we all hop in to the "Red Ajah are EVIIIL" wagon let us consider the psychology of the people in the Westlands regarding male channelers. If you lived in a world where a man can suddenly go insane and start rearranging the landscape, you'd be terrified too. Remember, prior to Winter's Heart, a male channeler was 100% certified to do just that. Killing them before that would be considered a kindness, for them and the people around them. If you knew that if you didn't get gentled that you'd slowly rot from the inside while hurling fire at the nearest person and talking to imaginary people
  12. Okay, so shortly before Moiraine tackles Lanfear through the twisted stone doorway, e was sneaking up on Lanfear. But right before she piledrivers into the Forsaken, she e!braces saidar. why??? So she was trying to sneak attack Lanfear, her entire gambit rested on her not being noticed and incinerated by the irate Forsaken. Embracing the source would have immediately drawn attention to her. I have some theories about this. 1) She wanted to be noticed to distract Lanfear from killing Rand. But wasn't that the entire point of attacking Lanfear bodily in the
  13. I don't think that they would die. And according to RJ, they CAN go back to the Light, but there is no One Power weave that can do so, they would have to willingly go back and repent. According to the same RJ answer, that is nearly impossible since the Turning process massively diminishes such conscience, if not removing them. Permanent imprisonment in a stedding is the most humane choice. If not, mercy killing
  14. Armour made out of the stuff would be light (cuendillar is as light as porcelain IIRC). Problem is you can't make it all in one go, as steel armour made of the stuff would fuse, like the Tar Valon chain. So maybe plate armour? With the links between each piece made of regular steel. The cuendillar pieces of the armour would be nigh invincible from all attacks.
  15. Latecomer to this thread but in regards to the whole "Let's gateway solar material to burn everyone" argument: Moghedien implied in The Shadow Rising that interstellar gateways was possible. She claimed while trying to intimidate Nyneave during their fighrt in Tanchico that in the AoL they created gateways to other planets. Robert Jordan said so in a Tor Question of the Week. As for Ishamael trying to solar flare the world, Ishamael has no way of convincing that many people at once to pull that stunt. Even if he tried, or tried to cow them to doing it, Ishamael has already a hard time trying t
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