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  1. While we think of Edmonds Field as a city, it probably functioned more like a family. People knew each other. Mat probably was recounting behavior patterns he exhibited when younger rather something he did last week. Tho stealing cooling pies was not invented by RJ, it is a staple in books and perhaps happened occasionally when people used to cool pies in open windows 100 yrs ago. It should be noted, women were safe from retribution by men in the Two Rivers, tho Nynaeve could have faced a nasty shock when striking a peddler. I think it more likely that an outsider would complain about being attacked by a local rather than taking things into his own hands, in group preference was much stronger there (eg Nynaeve shouting at Tuon about Rand/Mat?). I am unclear of Nynaeve’s psychological state, raised alone by a father is okay, but she didn’t seem to have peers either, home schooled until she started her training, her training period was probably very social but even then professional, then when she took on responsibility, she meet everyone but a necessary distance was placed on her... no idea what that would do to a person, she is probably mentally healthy, but badly socialized. Lan didn’t care because he recognized her mental strength and determination, perhaps it reminded him of the best in the borderlands.
  2. One doesn’t break a tied off shield, one breaks the knot. I’m not sure Nynaeve could shield Rand alone, she almost failed to hold Logain alone. Unfortunately, power levels are all over the place, when Mat is being healed Nynaeve seems to indicate she is can channel half of what 13 women with a saangreal can channel?
  3. Cadsuane may die really soon. I don’t think she will remove the binding rod/oaths. Rand can travel without channeling and it seems Elayne wants to put in permanent doorways connecting the Royal courts, cities, etc. As was discussed before in the forum, one can explore the wilderness all day, sleep in his bed at night and pickup exactly where he left off. Also Rand can disguise himself, so when an unknown Aiel man takes up with Avi, and a Cairhein man Elayne, and Shinaran with Min, no one has any reason to suspect. What I find most confusing is that Avienda and Elayne weren’t active participants in the post Last Battle world. No reason for them not to live 1000 yrs.
  4. I see it differently. the flame had two properties. one: When two channelers setup for a Voldemort/Potter faceoff, the two beams of power cancel out at some point between the two of them until one overwhelms the other. This is unique as presume that any other weave pointed at a balefire beam would be consumed immediately regardless of power, and the balefire would cut right thru and destroy the victim. two: When balefire strikes anything, that object ceases to exist prior to the strike. This is described as the weave loosening. What that means precisely is not clear, in scientific terms, imagine the energy used to create the universe and as the universe expanded from that original singularity, space-time was formed. The destruction of space-time may cause a local singularity as distance no longer exists in a local area and all matter collapses. Presuming this creates a small blackholes which evaporates in seconds generating hundreds of kilograms of antimatter, without doing the math, that may destroy the planet. So long as Egwene gets there in time her weave can reverse the looseness of Space-time, and prevent the entire planet from being broken.
  5. Aiel do not face the draft. But an Aiel with the ability to channel would need to go to learn how to control Saidin. That Aiel would not be available to sing to the plants. I see no reason they couldn’t maintain the way of the leaf. The Aiel really had two original seemingly unrelated tasks, follow the way of the leaf... and care for the trees of life.* It isn’t clear to me when the Aiel started serving the Aes Sedai, one Aiel served Meirin before the Bore. Originally the Aiel had few channelers, but in the last 3000 yrs, Randlandians culled the ability from their people and let countless women die prior to having children and hunted down all the men, most before they had more than a couple children. During that same period, the Aiel had women who lived hundreds of years mating with other Aiel, slowly increasing the channeler DNA in their population. Upon DNA, the Traveling people (Tinkers) were started from the Aiel, they not only forsook their responsibility to the trees, they also forsook their promise to transport the magical objects. During the last 3000 years, they “stole” people’s children, aka brainwashing people into their crazy cult. Building dwellers didn’t like think because they would lose contact with their adult children in a world where people expected their children and grandchildren to live within walking distance and marry someone the parents knew well and trusted safe for their child. Thus the original redheadedness was eventually lost and the traveling people looked no different than Randlandians. The People of the Dragon, I believe it may have merely been that once LTT became the Dragon and the Aiel served the Aes Sedai and LTT was the leader of all Aes Sedai... Kinslayer, once the Bore was sealed, it would appear that Kinslayer merely retired (or continued to work, irrelevant) but he had kids and he got a huge palace, and his family lived with him. I recall somewhere it mentioning Kinslayer walking thru the hallways killing everyone in sight, movement, the weave doesn’t really matter. Ishy didn’t encourage Kinslayer, Ishy came after to gloat, torture Kinslayer by healing his mind so he could recall the murders. Then Kinslayer committed suicide and created the Dragonmount at that very spot. Rand was born near that spot. While most people were not violent, some rare cases existed. One of the Forsaken tortured her patients. The Aes Sedai properly demanded she accepting the binding rod which is not very way of the leafy. It would seem the general population may be capable of a nominal level of aggression note the glimpse into the Age of Lengends when the man wearing a fancloak (old name for Warder cloak) knocked over the young Aiel Rand was riding in his memory. The man only apologized once he realized he knocked over an Aiel, behavior considered equivalent to knocking over a small child. Fencing, while the rich could play this sport and we know boys generally wrestle, spar with quarterstaffs, these definitely seem too violent for Age of Legends Aiel and Tinkers today.
  6. What if the camera switches from a disembodied place to Moraine’s perspective and she sees a faint light about Nynaeve’s head, but at the same time she hears a faint aria, then when Egwene approaches from behind, the aria returns.
  7. Prometheus was the inspiration for Hercules, both inspired the Jesus story. To be clear, Neo’s power in the matrix originates in the real world. He stopped a spider while awake.
  8. Saw a video on Rommel and actual lines were taken from Rommel. Also I remember someone else telling Mat almost verbatim what Patton said to Rommel. Rommel was also one of the great generals and often won with smaller numbers, preferred infantry...
  9. Just listen to TopTenz on YouTube discussing unappreciated military heros. Rommel was quickly dismissed by Hitler’s Germany after outgeneraling Patton. Patton notes that he read Rommel’s book on infantry. Rommel advocates rapid infantry movement. sound familiar?
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