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Charlz Guybon

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  1. Aside from gunpowder weapons, where are they stunted? Architecture, fashion and transport all seem 18th century. The Two Rivers looks like the American colonial frontier and Cairhien looks like a cleaner, healthier, more angular Paris.
  2. They're far more advanced then that, a lot of their tech is from the 16-1700s with the notable exception of gunpowder weapons. The cannon was brought to Europe around about the latter part of the Hundred Years War. All phases of technology do not linearly advanced at once. Just because they are lagging in one area, does not negate all the progress they have made in others. Rakers are equivalent to Clipper ships from the turn of the 19th century, the steamcars like the one built in Cairhien weren't built until the middle of the 19th century. The telescopes they have indicate their optics are equivalent to 18th century work. Aludra skips 400 years of development inventing 18th century field artillery right off the bat.
  3. They're far more advanced then that, a lot of their tech is from the 16-1700s with the notable exception of gunpowder weapons.
  4. At 70 million, it would be pretty sparsely populated. I don't think people appreciate how large a landmass we're talking about. If it was "reasonably" populated (as opposed to sparsely), we could probably expect over 150 million in that area. At roughly 6 million sq. miles that would only be 25 people per sq. mile, that's about a third as densely populated as 15th century France before the plague. That would be less densely populated than 15th century Britain. Given that most of the Westlands is flat land crossed by large rivers and between the 20th and 40th lines of latitude there was doubtlessly 300-450 million people there when the continent was fully settled. Even now, with half the continent abandoned and density within nations low, if Andor has 10 million people, than a little more than 100 for the whole continent is likely.
  5. Even if they don't understand why they do it (Germ theory), I would say that their practical application of sanitation and medicine is mostly on par with the late second half of the 19th century. You won't have anesthesia, but you'd almost certainly better off having a limb amputated by an army surgeon in the WoT, than an American soldier would have been in the Civil War. It's one of those things that they never forgot despite the Breaking.
  6. That doesn't make any sense, how can it not be Verin? Why would Fain care about those Aes Sedai at all?
  7. It's a 100 spans tall, not a hundred paces. The BWB is fine if the info is not mentioned in a book, but it's in the books that's a 100 spans, and that makes 600 ft.
  8. That borderland army is 200,000 strong not 250. I'm pretty sure that army that chased Ituralde was not that big, but I'm only half through CoT in my reread.
  9. That's just not true. You don't seem to understand that it was literally impossible to raise, train, supply and concentrate such forces before the industrial age. The Seanchan clearly have a few million men under arms, if we include the Seanchan homeland, and it's likely over half a million just in the Westlands, but it's impossible to concentrate more than a couple of hundred thousand in any one place. Even that would strain their logistics to the near breaking point. It's a big advantage the Shadow has had over the light since the Breaking. The Ten Nations of the 2nd Compact may each have been able to raise an average of half a million men for a total of 5 million, but they can't concentrate them in force like the Trollocs do. The Trollocs can eat the dead, theirs or the enemy, and the Dark One doesn't care if they die.
  10. The rebels specifically made their preparations to defend against a surprise attack by Sammael. Their plan, form full circles immediately, would have crushed any damane incursion.
  11. I should note that when the bubble of evil hit Salidar the Aes Sedai immediately responded in an organized fashion according to a premade plan. If the Seanchan had attacked the Rebel camp they would have faced much heavier resistance. Lets face it, those Aes Sedai in the Tower were those with bad enough judgement to support Elaida, the more competent sisters either left for the rebel camp or stood aside from the power struggle.
  12. Their performance was pretty woeful, but what do you expect when they've been sitting on their laurels for 2,000 years. Their predecessors who fought in the Trolloc Wars would have been ashamed.
  13. There were French armies in Spain and spread elsewhere garrisoning Europe. They weren't all in central Europe preparing to invade Russia.
  14. Chapter 30 - Mat and the Dark One's Own Luck Chapter 31 - Thom says some of the Red Ajah still remember him Chapter 32 - We have the suspicious Captain, and Rand's dreams of friends trying to kill him. Chapter 33 - First sign of the Darkhounds Chapter 34 - Gaul cites Aiel prophecy (We will be changed, and find again what was ours, and was lost) Chapter 37 - A ton of dreams by Egwene I think 30, 33 or 34 is most likely. Probably the Darkhounds, we keep seeing that huge pack and hearing how many there were in the Trolloc Wars, so I'm sure we'll see them in the last book.
  15. Looking at Andor, that's proportionately very similar. The Ten Nations likely had similar populations and armies on average as that, which once again points to the ungodly massive number of Trollocs that must have been involved in the Trolloc Wars. There were 200 damane in Ebou Dar alone, and that was hardly the front lines. There was mention of damane in camps around the city as well. Clearly the Seanchan brought a great many damane over to the Westlands. Certainly more than one thousand.
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