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  1. I had a few that I ended up having to correct after reading through the glossary, but a lot of them I just enjoy the correct pronunciation so I used those. Egwene (Egg-wayne) Taim (Tame) - the correct pronunciation throws me Siuan Sanche (Swan Santch) Nearly all the Forsaken: Lanfear I got right Ishamael (Ish-mael) Demandred (Dimandred) Graendal (Gray-ndel) - that sounded SO country to me Moghedien (Mog-ed-ean) Semirhage - for the life of me I could not figure her name out. I was like "Semir-hayje" and "Sem-eer-ujh" and finally "Semi-razh" Mesaana I got right Asmodean (Asmo-deen or Asmo-de-an; I alternated) Sammael I got right Bel'al I got right Aginor (Aginor or Aaaaaaah-ginor) Balthemael I think I got right then their new forms I got pretty much spot on; Hessalam, Cyndane (Sine-dane or Sin-dane?), Osan'gar and Arin'gar (I liked those names a lot) Sorilea (Sorilay) Tel'aran'rhiod (Tel-aran-reeoid) ashanderai - Matt's weapon. I pronounced it all kinds of ways before I settled on "ash-ahn-der-eye" Names I just like saying: Samitsu Cadsuane Nandera Ethenielle Gitara Machin Shin
  2. We also really only have one sure reference that I can remember; the scene where Logain is talking with the Sea Folk and they get the news about the Amayar all dying. In that scene, Logain tells the Sea Folk that Rand requires them to send their fastest ships to help transport food "for about a million people". The Sea Folk are able to do this but it would take nearly every ship they have so we can sort of surmise that the Sea Folk, at least, have a smaller population but large enough that if they HAD to, they could handle 1,000,000 people...though it would probably take all of their resources. I think Logain was talking about Tear or Illian? So we definitely have populations in the millions.
  3. I think of James Earl Jones or another sophisticated yet captivating voice like Sir Ian McKellin as King Paitr.
  4. (1) Min's vision was that Serene would have a wild and passionate love affair, which I can only imagine was with her Warder but then Serene died. Are we to just assume that this happened before she died? Basically all we got was that she was stunningly beautiful and wrote some poetry comparing him to a leopard or something but that's kind of a let down if that's a "wild, passionate love affair". (2) Egwene criticised Elaida's ascent to the Amyrlin Seat because Talene was Black Ajah and had a hand in getting her there. By Egwene's interpretation this invalidated Elaida as Amyrlin and allowed the Shadow a say in who would lead the Aes Sedai. But didn't Delana and Moria stand for Egwene to be Amyrlin Seat in Salidar...putting her in the same position where Black Ajah was involved in setting her up as an Amyrlin Seat?
  5. I think you'd have to really grasp for something to try to make WOT have racist themes. Randland isn't our land. People may have a tendency to think of themselves as better than others (nobles) and have all the mishap characteristics of any human being but the society seems to thrive on diversity. I can't find any examples in any of the 14 books where someone shot someone down or treated them differently just because of the colour of their skin. In fact, most of the white characters, when describing the different ethnicities they encountered, described the darker skinned people as exotic and beautiful, something lovely to look at not something to be judged or treated differently. Even sexual preferences were treated equally in Randland, as there are many characters who have opposite and/or same sex attractions in the world. No one was offended or upset by this. It seems like you're looking for racism where there isn't any. I can't imagine the story being as successful as it was if RJ had intentionally written it with a racist angle. Don't be absurd.
  6. I think there would have been more people who could travel through Tel'aran'rhiod as time went on. Egwene had plans to send Accepted to the Wise Ones to help them learn the dream and gave the dream ter'angreal to the Wavemistresses in hopes that they would learn the dream as well. Apart from Egwene as a Dreamer, the three Wise Ones who were dreamwalkers, Perrin and Elyas who walked the wolf dream there doesn't seem to be anyone outrightly who can just jump in and out of the World of Dreams. But in the Age of Legends lots of people utilized the World of Dreams, despite not being Dreamers/dreamwalkers/Wolfbrothers. I think as time went on there would have been a rise of that again.
  7. It's not unlikely that the magnification of the True Power was something of a side effect, really. There are other instances in the series where use of the One Power had other-than-intended results which left the characters thinking. When Elayne breaks down a gateway it explodes and kills everything and everyone around them. When Aviendha breaks down a gateway it explodes and backlashes Graendal's Compulsion back on her. Different results, very unexpected. When Moridin uses balefire from the True Power and Rand uses balefire from the One Power, the two streams hit and create a link between the two men. This is certainly not an expected result of using the two sources of power, and Moridin is increasingly frustrated by it so he didn't know it would happen - it was a side effect, just as Rand's sickness when he tried to seize saidin was a side effect. Callandor was manufactured without a buffer (by accident) and built with the design that women could overpower a man and control him while linked to it. I think that a side-effect of (1) magnifying the taint on the male half of the True Source and (2) magnifying the True Power were just side effects of the creation of Callandor. There may have been other angreal or sa'angreal that had similar effects if any of them were created to do the same thing - and we saw a couple of POVs where Cadsuane's paralis-net and Nynaeve's set of angreal/ter'angreal were compared and thought to have been made around the same time period where a woman might have need of something to protect her from male channelers.
  8. I always tried to envision myself interacting with these people, and that's how I gauged whether I liked them or not, haha. (plus how they were written which kind of feeds into that) - like an interview with Myriam Margolys (Professor Sprout from Harry Potter) on her take of the movie "The Social Network" - "I absolutely hated that movie, I thought all the characters were complete ***holes, all of them. It was beautifully acted! But you didn't want to spend any time with any of the people in the movie!" - hahaha. So anyway: Rand - I enjoyed Rand's journey throughout the book. He had to accept that while everyone around him could plan their lives in this world, his duty to the world was to die for it in order to save it. He had to come to grips with the idea that everything he knew about himself was wrong and had to redefine what things like "family" and "friendship" meant to him. He thought his parents were Tam and Kari al'Thor, but then he found out he was from a royal line and an Aiel line. That must have been crazy, apart from learning that he could channel with no one to teach him and the likelihood that he was going to go insane. A heavy burden which I think he did the best he could with. I liked Rand and I was frustrated with him when he got too arrogant, and then happy when he humbled down a little. "A king must be as moral as a hurricane, empty but for the force of its gale" - Ilyria (but I was happy that he was able to learn how to laugh and cry again) Mat - probably one of my favourite characters in the book. I like the mischevious guys. He didn't follow rules, but he had a deep sense of honour that was unique to him and recognized by those who knew him. ("Mat is Mat, but if he makes a promise, he always keeps it") I think I had a fantasy that he and I went out drinking a lot. He seems the type I'd enjoy drinking with. Perrin - I liked Perrin overall, but I get so frustrated when straight guys get all obsessed with the girl that they are with. I know that commitment is essential for a relationship, but when you invest your own identity into being a "couple" then it gets irritating. "I don't know, I have to check with my wife" kind of stuff, it's like "uuuuuuugh whatever". I don't blame Faile for that, I just think it was the way Perrin viewed relationships and marriage, but it annoyed me. He put so much at stake just to rescue Faile, and ignored the well-being of everyone around him at times. I like Perrin a lot - he's a big muscly teddy bear with a deep sense of what is right and wrong. I liked his struggle to accept what was wolf and what was human in him, I identified with that. So it was I like him - he's so annoying! - I like him! for me. Egwene - I liked Egwene, I don't care what anyone says. I thought her character was well written and the only thing that changed for me was how her attitude changed when she became Aes Sedai. She definitely took on the "Aes Sedai know everything" point of view when her journey should have taught her the exact opposite. Everything she learned from the Aiel and Windfinders and other cultures with channelers in them should have helped her see that Aes Sedai quite often were arrogant and misled, but she didn't seem to learn that. It was one of her flaws, I thought. Elayne - I liked her in the beginning, but she was SO annoying by the end of the series. I'm like "uggggh, have those babies already...pregnant Elayne is getting on my nerves". I like that she rediscovered how to make ter'angreal, but mostly I found her to be a source of frustration for me - especially how she was just hell bent on never accepting Galad as a part of her family. Get over it already, even Siuan Sanche was like "stop being such a child" Aviendha - I think she was someone I increasingly grew to like. Her character matured so much and I loved all the POVs from Aviendha. I just enjoyed watching her grow from a Maiden to a Wise One, and I don't think she ever really became a character that thought she knew everything. She really thought she knew very little, but learned from her experiences in life and in Rhuidien that she was, in fact, growing in wisdom. She still listened to other Wise Ones and I think she just really embodied a great character. Min - I liked Min until she pulled a Perrin. Girls can be just as annoying when they lose their identity in being a "couple". I liked her independence and how she rough-housed and had her own opinions. Then she fell in love with Rand and she just became an adjunct to his character. Even her elevation to Doomseer was lacking because she'd spent so much time NOT being independant that it just looked out of place. I think EOTW Min would have been a better Doomseer than AMOL Min. I did enjoy her sudden philisophical side, though. I like that she was intellectually smart. Faile - I don't know, I kind of liked Faile. I like a spirited woman. When I figured out that most of her behaviour had to do with (1) being a noble and (2) being Saldean, her character made a lot more sense to me. I don't think she had a lot of character growth; she seemed to be relatively the same Faile throughout the series, but I did enjoy her scenes and how sneaky she tried to be. I like that she accepted Perrin as Perrin and that she was in her own way a fierce warrior. "Don't growl at me, boy, she'd probably smile to hear I called her a leopard!" hahaha. Gawyn - Ewwwwwwww. I thought he would be cool at the beginning, but I was SO disappointed. The main things I hated about Gawyn was that he just accepted the rumour that Rand killed his mother, and that he put on those bloody rings at the end when he KNEW that it would kill him. I thought that was so ill-thought-out. Even Demandred laughed at him. I think his character could have been a lot more intense and great, but all in all I just didn't like Gawyn. Galad - hehe, but I loved Galad. And not just because he was a Hottie McBody. I like his scenes and his oblivion to the way people around him perceived him. What he considered important was his duty, and his sense of right and wrong. I like that the other characters frustrated him to no end because of those things, and I think it would have been nice to see a sort of closure to the things Morgase was talking about...how she should have spent more time teaching him that the world was not just black and white. I'm not sure if he ever really got that, but I did enjoy his character. Cadsuane - I really really really really liked her at first. I thought when the writing style changed, Cadsuane's character changed as well and that left me a little disappointed. I loved her entrance in Crown of Swords. (she put her finger under Narishma's chin and moved his face back and forth..."what lovely eyes" she murmurred - hahahaha!) and all the things she said to Rand that made him crazy. "Where I learn anything is none of your business, boy...now, what makes you think you can tell me what to do?" hahahha. But the scene where Rand banishes her just did not fit her character. She was terrified and scared and couldn't find her words or anything. That just wasn't Cadsuane to me. I'm not sure how that scene would have gone, but I just don't see her as an Aes Sedai who in that situation would dissolve like she did. Mostly, though, at the end I think that last scene got her right. (Well...she could leave this sham of a funeral, then - hehe) So all in all it was like a like-not sure-aaaaah, like! kind of emotion for Cadsuane. There ya go!
  9. So Taim (and Logain I imagine) were ones who were born with the spark? I always wondered this because by the time Rand met Taim, he had a pretty good control of what he was doing with the One Power, even though there was no one to teach him anything. He knew Healing, he knew how to destroy things and basically knew a large number of weaves. I suppose he might have learned them from Demandred after he had been released, but Logain was also able to channel and understood the division of the elements (Water, Earth, Air, Fire and Spirit) and had at least some measure of understanding of what each of those things did. Nynaeve started channeling and knew Healing, but it seems to me that was more instinct like when she created balefire but had no idea how she even did it. So I always thought she could do a lot of things but didn't understand why Earth did earthy things or Fire did firey things or how to combine the various elements to do something exciting and fun. Is the "spark" and the knowledge that comes with it different for men and women, or is that just a purely individual thing? Like maybe Taim and Logain had sufficient philisophical knowledge to guide them along the way or something?
  10. I'm almost sure someone asked this years ago but I can't seem to find it. Could someone take a sec and boil down the accents in Randland for me? Sometimes when I'm reading I try to "hear" what the characters are saying in their native accents but I can't quite put them together. Some of them make sense. Like...Illian seems to be Scottish. And maybe Murandy is Irish (based on their names, I suppose). But I could be totally off. The Seanchan "slurred way of talking" for example...and Cairhien's "crisp accents" were some I couldn't quite place. Help?
  11. I had a tough time choosing between Lord of Chaos and Shadow Rising, but I enjoyed all that happened in Lord of Chaos. Nynaeve Healing stilling/gentling was one of my favourite scenes. Egwene being named Amyrlin was great - "perhaps she'd forgotten what passed for humour in her time with the Aiel" - haha! There were just some really great moments in that book.
  12. Min had a viewing that Nesune would find honor and fame and found a giant library if I recall correctly. I imagine that since Min's viewings always come to pass, this is the fate of Nesune.
  13. Oh Lord. First everyone gets annoyed because we have waited 20 years for the end of this series, and then when it comes out, everyone is like "There weren't enough POVs from all of my favourite characters" Honey...if Brandon or RJ had to write out POV from all the main characters and sub characters, the Wheel of Time series would be 30 books long. It isn't "someone has a deadline for publishing, so we just sacrificed the story" - it's trying to figure out how to close the story as best as possible. Sometimes you just can't write out what every single character is thinking or feeling during a monumental thing like Tarmon Gaidon. Nynaeve's character was about power and using that power for good, not being corrupted by it or using it to gain position. Aes Sedai, unlike the other channelers of the world, based their authority and position on their strength in the Power - the Aiel, the Windfinders, the Kin...everyone else based their authority on the wisdom and experience that comes with age. Nynaeve had purposed in her heart to protect the boys (and Egwene) from Emonds Field from what lay out there in the world, and to marry Lan. She did those things. She wanted to Heal, and she took that very far, and probably will continue to find marvels in the areas of channeling and Healing in the future. She did all that she was meant to do, and in the end she was with Rand helping him fight the Dark One. She'll probably go down in the history of the White Tower as a legendary Yellow Sister. Loial and Moiraine weren't pivotal characters by the time Memory of Light came out. I liked the Ogier characters, they provided a lot of neat perspective and backstory as well as comical moments. The whole interaction with Elder Haman and Loial's mother was hysterical to me. "By the Tree and stillness, Elder Haman I meant no offense!" "Haaaaa-RUMPH!" - haha, that was excellent writing. So yes, it would be great if we all lived in Randland and were able to channel or lead nations or whatever it is that we wish we could do in this fantasy series, but at some point you have to just accept that this was a REALLY good series to read and the authors did the best with the characters that they could with what they were working with. Brandon only had the notes and the people who worked with RJ to go on, and then he had to just be creative and try to work within the realms of his own talent. RJ provided a really good foundation and awesome story with awesome characters for him to work with. If we are left a little disappointed because of one or two things...well...not everything is perfect. I enjoyed this series immensely, even with the little flaws.
  14. I know that same gender relationships isn't a big deal in Randland, but it just feels like the hetero male characters had more to offer than some of the off-mentioned gay characters. Women were depicted as male haters and men were depicted as women haters, haha. So I think I lean more toward some of the more developed hetero characters, and I'll just imagine that at some point they thought "well...he's kind of cute" (me) I think my top three husbands would be: Perrin (muscles! and he's soft hearted and strong) Logain (he's been through so much, and he's roguish) Tallanvor (he's dedicated and passionate) and if I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad to have a wife, my top three would be: Merise (she seems like a fiery lover) Sarene (shallow, I know, but she's stunningly beautiful) Leane (she just seems like a lot of fun, not a lot of inhibitions and she knows how to play the flirting game) Get me to the church on time!!
  15. I don't think I'd want to be the most powerful male channeler of all or something like that. Weilding that much power has immense responsibility and although you can do a lot of things with it, you can do a lot of things with a medium level of power as well. I'd like to be somewhere above the norm of strength in the Power but not at the top. Maybe a first-runner-up for Chosen if that makes any sense. I think if I had to be in the storyline before the male half of the Power was cleansed, I'd definitely do my best to stay hidden about it but my curiosity to learn would definitely have me trying to channel whenever I could get away with it. Maybe I'd build a farm or something and live there while I learned to channel and hope that I didn't go mad before I died. I would try to use the Power to help people, but realistically before the Dark One's touch was removed helping people with the male half of the Power was a great way to get yourself lynched. If I was interjected into the storyline afterward I'd absolutely go to the Black Tower and train. Hopefully I would be able to be on some assignment before Taim took over the Black Tower and started turning male channelers. Maybe I'd be advisor to Perrin and Faile when she assumed the throne of Saldea. hehe...maybe Perrin would hug me. a lot.
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