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nashdude

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  1. My favorite Lan moment is when he finally professed his love for Nynaeve, but refused to marry her for the sake of his quest to avenge Malkier. Instead, he gave her his signet ring to wear around her neck. To me, that moment seemed even more profound than marrying her would have been. The ring is one of the last remaining symbols of his fallen kingdom, and his quest to redeem or avenge it. His quest is all-important to him, and he readily accepts that it will one day claim his life, and yet he gives the very symbol of that quest to Nynaeve, showing her just how much more important SHE is to him than his life. Gifting that ring to Nynaeve really highlights the man that Lan has become. His quest for Malkier has defined his entire life since he was an infant. But in less than two years Randland-time, his singular destiny has shifted to include Nynaeve---a hot-tempered young woman who has become as much a part of who Lan is as his life-long quest for Malkier. In Lan's mind, he would be nothing without his quest. But by giving Nynaeve the signet ring, he shows her that he would EQUALLY be nothing without her.
  2. You might also scroll down to the Illuminators section of this very board ;) We're a group of aspiring authors, artists, and whatnot with a bent toward WoT and other speculative fantasy.
  3. Personally, I think it was Rand's way of dealing with the realization that he was the Dragon Reborn. "Everybody knows that all male channelers go crazy!" I think he gave way under the stress of realizing that the fate of the universe hung upon his none-too-mature shoulders, and carried himself a little bit more insane than he actually was. Call it "the power of suggestion". Following the realization that he really was hearing LTT in his head, and not just "hearing voices", he snapped to a bit, shoved back some of the impending madness, and got down to the business of being the Dragon Reborn.
  4. Ahhhh... I LOVE this! It would certainly explain his aversion to being called the Dragon---much the same way that Rand hated the idea himself at the start. It's quite possible that LTT believed (like Rand) that he was his own man, and hated the thought of bending to a preset destiny. Kudos!
  5. I should think that he'd have to be able to access the One Power before he could trade half of it. But that's just me ::)
  6. Shendare, I like the analogy of the water wheel. It kinda goes along with what I've been thinking for a while. Just speculating here, but I don't think that the Wheel of Time has always been a wheel. Rather, I believe time began as linear---having a beginning and ending---and at some point in history, the Wheel was CREATED. Whether the creation of the Wheel was spiritual (i.e. the Creator or the Dark One) or technological (mankind discovers the OP and taps into it) hardly makes a difference. Point being, time was originally linear, but now it's cyclical. As to the question of the OP running out, or overflowing, I agree with what has been said in other areas of the board. RJ's universe is governed by the same laws of conservation that ours is---matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only altered. In some form or fashion, the OP always HAS existed, and it always WILL exist. It appears to be a natural process, and in perfect balance with the rest of the universe.
  7. I agree. Another way you can look at it is that when Perrin goes off on Berelain, he's VALIDATING Faile's concerns by showing that the woman can get under his skin. If you'll notice, in later books, Perrin treats Berelain as a non-issue, passing her flirting off as unimportant and beneath his notice, and Faile is fine with it---in fact, beaming with pride.
  8. Actually, I don't think it would. Think of a broken limb. When it sets wrong, you can't just reset it. You have to rebreak it first. Problem is, once you injure the limb a second time, you still run the risk of it rehealing the same way it healed before. As stated elsewhere, Healing by the opposite sex completely Heals the stilling/gentling. Personally, I feel that if the severed individual is attuned to one particular half of the OP, the same sex wielding the same half would be TOO CLOSE to the individual's original attunement to effectively Heal. It's like if you get wounded in battle. When you sew the damaged tissue together, it's going to scar. However, if you cut the tissue BACK from the wound, you'll still probably scar, but a lot less. Similarly, I think using the OPPOSITE half of the OP "cuts the wound back" so as to Heal it properly. My thoughts...
  9. I posted on this once before, and figured now would be a good time to bring it up again. In my opinion, the Song that the Tinkers are looking for will definitely be part of permanently sealing the Bore. RJ planted too many hints concerning the Song and its importance. Also, he placed great significance on the Chora tree. It seems---and has seemed, from the "singing" scene during Age of Legends to the Da'shain Aiel's commission to keep the Chora alive, and on down to today---to be very important, but RJ never expressed WHY it's important. I think, in some way, the Chora will play a vital role in sealing the Bore. On a hunch, I did a little digging on the Chora tree, and this is what I found... 1) The Chora leaf is a trefoil, which also happens to be the symbol of the Godhead in Christianity---Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Given RJ's propensity for using religion and popular mythology in WoT, I think it would be perfectly in keeping with his style to use the trefoil symbol as a mark of Randland's salvation as well. Incidentally, other notable trefoils include the three-leaf clover and the trefoil knot (the simplest nontrivial knot in the branch of mathematics called Knot Theory) 2) Avendesora, the last Chora tree, seems to exude a calming and healing atmosphere, which would seem to lend to "healing" the Bore. At the time of the Bore's opening, the world apparently had many Choras. Some saplings survived with the Da'shain Aiel. Now, as the DO touches the world in greater and greater ways, Avendesora in Rhuidean is the only Chora left. Is there a connection? Don't get me wrong. I believe that the OP will be critical in TG. But for some reason, I just can't shake the feeling that the Chora and the Song will as well.
  10. Personally, I look for Moiraine to kill Lanfear/Cyndane again. Poetic justice, I'd call it ;) As far as Rand "dying", I still cater to the idea that his "death" will actually be a transformation similar to how Isam and Luc merged to become Slayer. At the point that those two merged, both Isam and Luc ceased to exist, becoming a single brand-new entity. I look for something like that to happen with Rand and LTT. To me, that would be a perfect fulfillment of the prophecy, because while Rand would technically still be alive, he would not be the same Rand that is being slowly driven mad by the disembodied voice from a past life. Rather, he would be something "more". A la Nash ;)
  11. Welcome to the club ;) I think it's perfectly natural for a writer to be influenced by his favorite authors. As others here have said, it's almost impossible to NOT be influenced by others. When you read a piece, that piece becomes a part of your imagination, and as such, anything that comes OUT of that imagination will be impacted by what has been absorbed into it. I've been writing a trilogy of books since 2003, and I sort of went on hiatus after finishing book one (I REALLY need to get back to it!). One of the most difficult things for me to do was create a system of magic that no one else has explored. I mean, think about all the many ways magic has been expressed! You've got D&D's spells, formulae, and incantations. You've got Deathgate's system of runes. You've got Eddings' "the will and the word". You've got RJ's One Power. No matter what direction you go with magic (and by extension, most every other idea expressed in the fantasy genre), you WILL inevitably incorporate little bits and pieces from someone else. Myself, I used RJ's magic system as a template---not in application, but in emulation. I wanted something completely unique, something no one else has... kinda the way RJ does. The end result was very satisfying to me---a system of magic that's was actually birthed by technology. Granted, some small pieces of WoT has made its way into my work---instead of "channeling" I have "wielding"---but overall my system is completely a la Nash. Point is, like DreadPirateRober said, it's not what you say in your story that defines whether you wrote it or whether you "stole the idea". It's HOW you say it. No matter what material you use, your individual talent for storytelling will come through as unique. Granted, we try to keep the material sacred to the original author out of respect, but some of it will inevitably show up in our stories. We can't help it. Like the food you take in and digest, it becomes a part of who you are, and thus, a part of what comes out of you. But hey... your concerns are valid, and I would encourage you to keep vigil over your work. As long as you're trying your best not to carbon copy RJ's work, you can be sure you won't. It's when you DON'T worry about being a copycat that you start to become one. At one point, I was a member of one of the Writer's Guild, back before they became the Illuminators. I wonder if my membership transfered over?
  12. You sure? Granted, I've only read through the series twice, but I'm almost POSITIVE that we either have a POV from someone who's been burned out or stilled, or a reference of them speaking about it. While I agree with your analogy of the bridge, I disagree with how the bridge is structured. The individual only has ONE HALF of the necessary bridge. The other half is rooted in the Source. When the bridge is destroyed (however it happens) the individual is only left with HIS/HER END of the destroyed bridge. If BOTH ends of the bridge were within the person, then a shield or a steading would have no effect, as the channeler would essentially be a "well", like Ny's belt.
  13. I would also think that it depends on how MUCH of the OP is being used toward this end, as well as the skill of the user. For example, if someone is particularly talented in Healing, it could be done much quicker than in someone who is not talented in that area. Also, if an AS is using an angreal or sa'angreal, or is in a circle, then the sheer force of the OP would speed the process. Look at how the New Tower girls were creating cuendillar. Some of them were taking FOREVER to create a single piece, but when a stronger (Egwene) or more skilled (Leane) woman tried her hand at it, the piece was altered almost instantaneously. I know this is a far cry from Healing, but the same principle applies---altering the physical structure of a given item. I don't think that the nature of the item (organic versus inorganic) matters a great deal. Granted, most old-school Healing uses the injured person's own lifeforce to facilitate the process, but we've also seen how Healing can be done COMPLETELY INDEPENDANT of the injured person's lifeforce. So if it can be done independantly, then again we are down to a relatively simple act---altering the physical structure (the stability and vitality of living tissue) of a given item, dependant upon the SCOPE of the alteration, the STRENGTH of the channeler, and the SKILL of the channeler. My thoughts...
  14. I don't think intent makes any difference. Say you cut off a limb on one side of your body, and you burn off the limb on the other. They are both gone, regardless of how they were lost. Similarly, when someone is stilled or burned out, the ability to channel is lost. Period. It's not blocked or disconnected, but REMOVED. The individual still has the ability to sense the Source regardless of how they were cut off from it. This is evidenced in Siuan and Leane on the stilled side, and also in Setalle and the Dumai's Wells Aes Sedai on the burned out side. So if both types of severance still leaves the ability to sense the Source, I believe they can both be Healed.
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