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  1. That is the general consensus. They must have been pretty old podcasts - pre-KOD - cause it's pretty much been confirmed now that Rand and Moridin are merging because of the balefire streams. Moridin is feeling the same sickness as Rand is.
  2. Over a year ago, I started a 10 part poll series to determine who was the favorite characters in Wheel of Time, the categories ranged from your favorite Asha'man and Aes'Sedai to your favorite Forsaken. Once all 10 polls were completed I fell off the face of the earth due to work and real life constraints. I figure, better late than never, and will finish off the poll series with this finale. Note: Rand and Tam gain entrance because Lan and Mat won multiple polls. I will also allow voters to vote two times (hehe, think I forgot to check that, can I change it now?). To recap the results from the previous polls (you can click on the poll question to go back to the poll and read the comments on the old forum): Who was your favorite Forsaken. Ishamael/Moridin 25% [ 25 ] Lanfear/Cyndane 24% [ 24 ] Graendal 15% [ 15 ] Demandred 12% [ 12 ] Aginor/Osan'gar 5% [ 5 ] Moghedien 5% [ 5 ] Semirhage 4% [ 4 ] Mesaana 4% [ 4 ] Sammael 3% [ 3 ] Belthamel/Aran'gar 2% [ 2 ] Total Votes : 99 Who is your favorite Military Leader? Mat 62% [ 48 ] Gareth Bryne 15% [ 12 ] Ituralde 9% [ 7 ] Bashere 7% [ 6 ] Rhuarc 2% [ 2 ] Rand 1% [ 1 ] Perrin 1% [ 1 ] Demandred 0% [ 0 ] Sammael 0% [ 0 ] Karede 0% [ 0 ] Total Votes : 77 Who is your favorite Aes Sedai Moiraine 43% [ 36 ] Verin 19% [ 16 ] Egwene 9% [ 8 ] Cadsuane 8% [ 7 ] Nynaeve 6% [ 5 ] Siuan 4% [ 4 ] Elayne 3% [ 3 ] Alviarin 2% [ 2 ] Elaida 1% [ 1 ] Pevara 0% [ 0 ] Total Votes : 82 Who is your favorite Land Ruler Berelain - Mayene 22% [ 16 ] Rand - King of Illian 15% [ 11 ] Tuon - Daughter of the Nine Moons 11% [ 8 ] Egwene - Amyrlin of Rebel Aes Sedai 11% [ 8 ] Perrin - Lord of Two Rivers, possibly Manetheren 9% [ 7 ] Bael - Clan chief of the Goshien Aiel. 9% [ 7 ] Elayne - New Queen of Andor 8% [ 6 ] Morgase - Queen of Andor 5% [ 4 ] Niall - Whitecloaks 4% [ 3 ] Darlin - King of Tear 1% [ 1 ] Total Votes : 71 Who is your favorite Post-Breaking Pre-Rand Character? King Aemon 37% [ 21 ] Artur Hawkwing 28% [ 16 ] Queen Eldrene 10% [ 6 ] Guaire Amalasan 8% [ 5 ] Mordeth 7% [ 4 ] Luthair Paendrag Mondwin 3% [ 2 ] Bonwhin Meraighdin 1% [ 1 ] Ba'alzamon 1% [ 1 ] Elisane Tishar 0% [ 0 ] Total Votes : 56 Who is your favorite Blademaster? Lan al'Mandragoran 52% [ 40 ] Tam al'Thor 19% [ 15 ] Rand Al'Thor 10% [ 8 ] Galad Damodred 7% [ 6 ] Be'lal 3% [ 3 ] Toram Riatin 2% [ 2 ] Eamon Valda 1% [ 1 ] Jearom 1% [ 1 ] High Lord Turak 0% [ 0 ] King Laman 0% [ 0 ] Total Votes : 76 Who is your favorite of the original travellers? Mat 35% [ 23 ] Rand 15% [ 10 ] Moiraine 12% [ 8 ] Thom 9% [ 6 ] Egwene 6% [ 4 ] Bela 6% [ 4 ] Nynaeve 6% [ 4 ] Perrin 4% [ 3 ] Lan 4% [ 3 ] Total Votes : 65 Who is your favorite Warder? Lan 38% [ 19 ] Birgitte 20% [ 10 ] Rand 12% [ 6 ] Jahar Narishma 12% [ 6 ] Elyas 10% [ 5 ] Damer Flinn 4% [ 2 ] Tomas 2% [ 1 ] Eben Hopwil 2% [ 1 ] Fen Mizar 0% [ 0 ] Jaem 0% [ 0 ] Total Votes : 50 Who is your favorite Asha'man? Damer Flinn 30% [ 17 ] Logain Ablar 23% [ 13 ] Jahar Narishma 21% [ 12 ] Rand Al'Thor 16% [ 9 ] Mazrim Taim 5% [ 3 ] Corlan Dashiva 1% [ 1 ] Karldin Manfor 1% [ 1 ] Peral Torval 0% [ 0 ] Jur Grady 0% [ 0 ] Charl Gedwyn 0% [ 0 ] Total Votes : 56 Who is your favorite foreigner? Loial 37% [ 20 ] Rhuarc 22% [ 12 ] Tuon 20% [ 11 ] Aviendha 12% [ 7 ] Amys 3% [ 2 ] Sorilea 3% [ 2 ] Chiad 0% [ 0 ] Couladin 0% [ 0 ] Renaile din Calon Blue Star 0% [ 0 ] Alivia 0% [ 0 ] Total Votes : 54
  3. Bashere was there when he almost went nuts against the Seanchan and when he almost went nuts fighting the trollocs in KoD. He's Semirhage bait.
  4. If an Aes Sedai turned into an asha'man, would this require special surgery or would they become asha'woman? What if a hermaphrodite was born able to sense the source, could he/she draw on both powers? I sense a hermaphrodite uprising soon, once we rediscover how to touch the power they will have no need for the rest of us. As for the original question, I think the Asha'man are going to merge with the Aes Sedai.
  5. 100,000 trollocs were just sent through the ways in KoD. It is still definitely a viable path, for the time being.
  6. So you believe Rahvin's plan was to place himself in Andor, then when T'G comes along he disappears, goes through the dubious task of destroying the world but completely bypassing Andor so that afterwards he would have military backing to reign as Nae'blis? So, if all went according to plan, Illian, Cairhien, Andor, and Tear would be off limits to the shadowspawn so that their forsaken rulers could rule the world afterwards?
  7. I don't think so. Im just praying that Cadsuane dies at Semirhage's hands, we know that the old hag is due to pay the piper.
  8. Talmanes brought 3 banners of horse and four thousand crossbowmen with him when he found Mat, and left three banners of horse and five banners of foot (KoD, Attending Elaida). Each banner of horse is 1500, and each banner of foot is 3000 (BWB). 9000 cavalry and 19000 infantry, plus their masonry banner. As for Andor, 200,000 is what they could field if they got every soldier. There are quite a few losses in the battle of Caemlyn, recruitment into other armies (Band of the Redhand, did Bryne ever recruit in Andor?), and Rahvin dispursed the old Queen's guard and its unlikely to make a full recovery, plus whatever stragglers.
  9. As to where Demandred is, I agree with everyone here. He is either with the Borderlanders or in Murandy. I side with the Borderlanders cause they are much more important to both Rand, and to Demandred considering he is the general for the Dark One, and will presumably be in major command of the Trolloc army pouring through the Blight into the Borderlands. Murandy doesnt have any importance to him in that battle. Two very large possibilities earlier in the books have been somewhat put to bed with KoD. Both the Prophet and the Whitecloaks have seen their capabilities severely weakened, it is unlikely he was with either of these groups, though perhaps he did have proxies.
  10. No one really knows how many troops Murandy has. I think that Luckers overestimates the 100,000 figure though. The Band of the Red Hand has 30000 troops, and Murandy had to unite to appear a threat to them (so much so that the Band left) which places their numbers at above 30000. If there were 100,000 troops in the country, it doesnt seem likely to me that 30000 troops would cause such a huge threat to unite the entire country. Two or three of the more powerful nobles would be able to provide the defense necessary, well against a normal army not the Band of the Red Hand. Of course if Roedran is Demandred, he has ways of bringing all the nobles under his bidding, regardless of whether they are able to meet the threat without him. Then you run into the problem of other countries and how many troops they have. Tear is estimated to have 100,000 men, would you put Murandy on equal footing to Tear? Illian is estimated to have 80000, is Murandy more powerful than them? We have more accurate numbers with Andor, and they reach up to 135000-150000 troops. Tenobia brought 50000 troops with her, and the borderlanders were worried that they are leaving the Blight undefended. ALthough she says she has enough to stop anything short of the Trolloc Wars, this would probably put their numbers at around 100,000 soldiers (plus every citizen of Borderlands can defend). I just don't see Murandy as either more powerful or a little less than what has been set up throughout the books as the most powerful nations in Randland. My speculation - 40000-50000 troops in a united Murandy.
  11. I just want to clarify something. You believe the Seanchan are going to attack the White Tower and the Dark One is using this attack as a means to keep two of their enemies preoccupied against each other while they launch their campaign against other regions. Some later point in time, when the DO wishes, they will start their attack against the White Tower, or perhaps just pass it by and force them to either sit in the tower being useless or leave the Tower to fight them on a different battlefield, one where they arent attempting to breach a fortress. Correct me if I am wrong, I probably am.
  12. A large part of the Shadow's planning has been to create a division in the White Tower. While splitting the White Tower into two has prevented the Aes Sedai from preparing for T'G, it's presumably essential for an attack against the White Tower as well. We see this in KoD during the Forsaken meeting when Aran'gar and Mesaana are arguing over whether the tower will stay divided for their plans to come to fruition. With a Seanchan attack against the White Tower, the Rebel Aes Sedai will have no choice but to unite with the White Tower to repel this attack. 5 or 6 books of Forsaken work to give the Seanchan a tiny little window where half the forces are outside the White Tower seems like an immense waste of efforts. There's no indication that the Seanchan could even launch much of an offensive against a combined AS force. Elaida had the guard increased to 50000, it's probably fairly close to that number now. There are 200 sisters in the tower, and whatever novices/accepted while not war machines can be used in circles. Taim also will be in the tower at this point, with perhaps as many as 50 Asha'man. Outside, the rebel Aes Sedai have 50000 troops, not 30000 (Gawyn estimates 25000 in each camp), 300 Aes Sedai, and 1000+ novices. I think you over estimate the number of Damane the Seanchan have. They had 200+ in Ebou Dar (WH, News in a Cloth Sack). They captured 200 Shaido, although they still need to be trained. They probably gained some through their conquered territories, although with the escape of the Kin it is much lower than it could have been. Plus whatever they have stationed around the country, and we see from Ituralde/Mat that their garrisons don't have mass numbers of Damane from anything we have seen. 1500 seems like a more reasonable number of Damane in total than what will be sent to the White Tower. I'd suspect 750 will be launched against the Aes Sedai which will still provide them with enough to defend their forces in Arad Doman/Illian while waiting for the Shaido reinforcements. As Luckers said, 12000 troops can be brought, 2000 are used up with Damane/Sul'dam, another 1000 with the 'pilots' (I forget the name of the people who fly the To'Raken), which leaves a 9000 troop invading force. While this force may cause havoc on a divided White Tower, it is unlikely to wreak havoc on a unified tower... And just where does the shadow's extensive efforts come into play here? They spent the past 5 books making sure the towers stay divided, it just doesn't make sense to me that it was all for a couple seconds headstart for the Seanchan. A simultaneous shadowspawn attack against the rebel Aes Sedai prevents them from helping the White Tower, and gives them the perfect opportunity to invade the White Tower afterwards, afterall they have Taim inside to open the front door.
  13. If she is BA why is she trying to justify the form of compulsion she uses using word games to bypass the oaths, not discussing it with with another AS, but in a PoV, where no one but her and us knows what she is thinking. Verin is good. Verin is going to help Mat. Verin good. Verin bring horn to Mat. Mat blow Horn. Horn help Rand. Rand win last battle. Verin very verin good.
  14. also, if Tuon was channeling Mat may have felt something in his medallion. Is it only if someone is channeling against him or if someone is channeling nearby?
  15. Rand and Aviendah should be able to repopulate Illian and parts of Cairhien in fairly short order as well.
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