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  1. How did Moiraine know Samael

    Firstly I don't think Moiraine ever thought it was the DO. After the events of tEotW she goes to Adeleas and Vandene's retreat to do additional research. She doesn't divulge much to Rand at this stage but she's pretty confident it's Ishy at the end of tDR despite not studying any more. 2. Sammael though especially was known for the scar and his stature. So I would be surprised if that didn't survive through to the current time. 3. Moiraine has spent 20 years prepping for it I would suspect she knows more than basics if not much more she and Siuan had Tar Valon's libraries at their disposal. It would not take much additional information to general knowledge of the time to identify some of the Forsaken if you are actively looking for them. 4. Just because our main POV characters don't know much at this stage we haven't seen that many Moiraine POV's at this time to know what she knows about. What we do know is she had spent 20 years trusting just Lan and Siuan knowing what is coming and therefore does keep what she knows and plans to herself.
  2. I like your thinking.... off the top of my head I reckon so. If you made the design so that it's dependant on compression then yes that works....
  3. If you're making an incredibly tall building you'd need cullendar nuts and bolts as you'd need to attach individual pieces of cullendar together. You can't make a infinitely tall piece of cullendar as first you need to make a piece of iron that big. Then if I go super geeky. How do cullendar bolt threads strech when tightened? If they can't strech then you can't do them up so they wouldn't vibrate loose over time. Unless you get some sort of cullendar loctite...
  4. Moiraine & Siuan 'tingling'

    Personally I've always preferred Saidin cooked fries to Saidar cooked ones. I think the tempestuous nature of Saidin just gives them a more even cooking without having to remember to flip them halfway.
  5. How did Moiraine know Samael

    There's a few reasons I think dhe csn do this. 1. Moiraine is one of the few people in the world who knows the Forsaken are free, so one of tge few people who would even consider them in the whole who's this Lord Brend chap. 2. She also knows it's not Ishamael, Aginor or Balthamel after confronting two at the Eye of the World and the fight at Falme so knows it could only be Rahvin, Demandred, Asmodean, Be'lal or Sammael if it is a Forsaken. 3. Most of all I think given she knew the Dragon had been Reborn nearly 20 years ago and the plan was for her and Siuan to track him down and guide him. I think it is reasonable to think that she would have researched what she can about the Forsaken so she can prepare him once he is found. Sammael is very distinctive in looks. Sammael wouldn't have disguised himself as he wouldn't expect to be recognised. So with the fact a mysterious Lord Brend who fits Sammael's general description came out of nowhere to rule to someone who is actually looking out for the Forsaken is likely to be quite easy to discern. The fact there was a warded darkhound was probably just the cherry on top of the confirmation. In all honesty I think Moiraine probably suspected before going there (likely what she went out to confirm) but probably was surprised by him setting Darkhounds on them so quickly. I've not gone into Be'lal's identification but it's probably along similar lines.
  6. I have started a reread of the series and decided for the first time to start with New Spring. Reading Chapter 3 I picked up on something odd. Moiraine felt that small tingle again as the light of saidar briefly surrounded the other woman. Any woman who could channel could feel another wielding the Power if she was close enough, but the tingle was unusual. Women who spent a lot of time together in their training sometimes felt it, but the sensation was supposed to fade away over time. Hers and Siuan’s never had. Sometimes Moiraine thought it was a sign of how close their friendship was. This tingling sensation for Moiraine and Siuan, it seems abnormal in the length of time it's lasted between them. I know Moiraine thinks it is due the closeness of two of them, but from past experience this kind of unexplained thing from RJ can often have deeper meaning or something else at play.
  7. Exactly what I think here. The whole vision had more to do with Min's distrust of her and Rand's initial trust. I think it shows the weakness of blindly trusting visions and prophecy to guide you through the last battle.
  8. Plot hole: Mat's death

    This whole debate is why balefire nearly unravels the pattern. It by definition creates a plot hole something that happened also didn't happen but indirect things still happened. Here's two new scenarios. Person A balefires person B burning his thread back by 1 minute. 30 seconds later person C balefires person A also removing a minute of time. Is person B alive again? Person A is dead before they balefire B but person B is dead at a point in time unaffected by the second balefire so does the death still stand (I'm going both dead) What if person C is stronger and wipes 2 minutes from time. Is B dead now the affect of the 2nd balefire now goes back to a point in time which the 1st balefire does not affect. Does that mean person B is alive?
  9. Help me understand: religiosity

    Right. Firstly I best set out my own position. I dislike organised religion as a whole but am a devout Christian. Quite a strange standpoint I know but I hate having to answer what denomination I am because in my interpretation of the Bible being a Christian is about my personal belief and personal relationship with God. My salvation is nothing to do with following an organisation or blindly listening to a Pastor's interpretation of the Bible. I like them to convince me of why they hold a viewpoint and I then choose whethermy interpretation of the Bible matches his. Organised religion past one church tends to get very political and focused on structure as opposed to religious beliefs. The bigger and more powerful a church is the more hireachy there becomes and the less about the personal relationships with God in my opinion (this is a generalisation there are outliers to this also) So that's laid out what I believe, now to the why I believe. To my mind there are two leaps of faith I have made (and whilst I understand people making each of the decisions in the opposite manner. Assumption 1: There is a God. Assumption 2: That God is the Christian God. Both of these require a leap of faith on my part but I believe both of these leaps of faith are more reasonable than alternative theories. 1. The Universe we live in is a finite system. It has a beginning and end even if the scope of the universe is expanding at the speed of light. By definition a finite system has to have something outside of the finite system to create the start. Therefore there needs to be something that is infinite somewhere in the beginning because no finite thing can start itself. Due to the vast complex nature of the universe I happen to believe that the most likely explantion is that the infinite thing that created the finite system we call a universe is sentient. Let's call that sentience God(s) given it's outside. That is my first leap of faith that an infinite thing that has to exist is sentient. 2. This is probably the bigger leap of faith, but I believe that if a sentient being is able to create an entire universe it is reasonable to think that they are far far more powerful than we can comprehend and therefore is quite able to have deliberately created sentence within that universe. Based on that I find it reasonable to assume that God wanted some level of relationship with a being that was created sentient. Therefore I find it reasonable that 'God' would have left some sort of link for us to build a relationship on. Now given we have no intrinsic proof beyond doubt of 'God's' existenceI think that means he wanted us to have free will regarding our own having a relationship with him. Based on that I therefore think that the Christian God as described in the Bible is the most logical explanation. That's all my opinion so I have no issues with anyone who has alternative view to any of the points I raised.
  10. ToM - Tam Travels Somehow?

    @wotfan4472 It is after the full activation of the dreamspike. Tam though after one of his scouting trips comes and tells Perrin he needs to leave. I assume in the search for the exact location of the statue described Cadsuane traveled close and found/was found by Elyas and Tam.
  11. ToM - Tam Travels Somehow?

    I'm just re-reading this and came up with the same thing. 1. Dreamspike is placed before Galad recognises Magdin. 2. Tam informs Rand that Morgase is alive. 3. Rand meets Egwene post veins of Gold, this meeting is before Messana is found 4. Dreamspike isn't removed until Messana is uncovered. Only 2 explanations work. Tam walked outside dreamspike area with someone who actually traveled close. Or the wilder theory. We often get told how time is different in TAR did Perrin moving the dreamspike actually take days in thereal world
  12. Yeah I agree that the attack seems to have very little purpose for the Shadow. Essentially speaking their tactics had been to "Let the Lord of Chaos rule" and drive wedges in the lights plans sow distrust and disharmony. This is direct action against Rand. The immediate outcome of which is to force Rand to realise that the last battle is very near and they need to pull together join forces with the Seanchan. Essentially doing the opposite of the Shadow's tactics for the last 5 books. All this attack did is serve as warning to the Light of the size of forces the Shadow is capable of deploying and how soon the Last battle is. The only people who's purpose this serves is the forces of the Light (can't see any of them ordering the attack) OR other parties intrested in raising antagonism between the Light and Shadow. i.e. Fain I just don't see how someone who loves manipulating events from the shadows like Moghi would be so oblivious to the consequences of the attack
  13. I may be wrong but I thought the reason this wasn't revealed in the companion was due to the fact RJ's notes didn't specify who it was. In which case I don't know how deeply we can read in to on POV in AMoL. Especially as throughout the series we've had lots of people impersonating others
  14. We know for a fact it isn't Aran'gar since it is her POV when Moridin announces it and she clearly doesn't know who it is by her thoughts trying to work out who did it.
  15. -Moridin can't control Machin Shin, this is why I think Fain most likely suspect. -Whoever sent the attack must assume that it would fail as they know that Rand's party have tge Cheodan Kal and Callandor. If either had been used it would have been a massacre. The Forsaken know Rand has them. This is why I think it's someone else stirring the pot. All the Forsaken know how much more effective Trollocs are defended by channelers - Mashadar consumed Sammael's soul not Machin Shin, I'm theorising that with Shadar Logoth's destruction Mashadar is not truly destroyed and links to the last ruminant of Shadar Logoth... Fain & the dagger. This is backed up by the visibility in AMoL of Fain with Mashadar surrounding him attacking on his command. - We never get told that Machin Shin stops hunting Trollocs however we do know that, Machin Shin is attracted faster to larger groups of Trollocs and would be attracted to groups of 1000 trollocs in minutes. Yet here 100 000 Trollocs move en mass through the ways and seem to suffer no large casualties. Not to mention later in the series when Caemlyn is assulted it requires all the Trollocs close to the gate to pour out in 1 massive stream. There is no reason for Machin Shin to have stopped hunting Trollocs, but IMO it clearly has. In the series ONLY Fain has any measure of control over Machin Shin so it makes sense that the change came from him. The only reason Fain has to order the Black Wind to avoid the Trollocs is if he sent them. Hence why I think he sent them. I just think he probably left the order to Machin Shin open which the Forsaken later exploit. Fain may be kill on sight (possibly in part due to him wasting 100 000 Trollocs on a pointless attack) for the Forsaken but Fain isn't scared of them. He also isn't exactly sane so I don't think he'd think twice about impersonation of a Forsaken. Yes the fact Moghi gives a POV showing she can impersonate other Forsaken but we have nowhere suggesting that others can't. Yet Moghi is not in character if she's ordering military movement etc she's a manipulater not a general.