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Mashiara Sedai

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  1. I had a completely different take on who could have been playing Rand in Masema’s visions. It makes more sense if it were Taim, not Demandred, impersonating Rand. The reason I say this is two-fold. 1. Remember Egwene’s Dream (ACoS Chapter 10) where Logain, laughing, steps over “Rand’s” body onto a black platform, and when she touches his face, he dissolves? From that, I’d say that someone is impersonating Rand, and it is that other person that Logain steps over. Of course, we all know that it’s going to come down to a Logain/Taim duel sometime soon, so if Logain’s stepping over anyone’s body, it’ll be Taim. 2. Remember the Black Ajah plot to set Taim up as a fake Rand al’Thor (tSR Chapter 5)? Joiya and Amico are questions and Joiya—the one who wasn’t stilled—says that Liandrin means to kidnap Taim and set him up as a false Rand. I think I remember that one of the Oaths the Black Sisters swear is that they cannot compromise any current BA events. From that maybe we can take the line of thought that Joiya was lying about who was going to kidnap Taim, or perhaps she could talk about it because it had already happened. If so, Taim wasn’t set up as Rand yet—unless he’s the one impersonating him to Masema—however, he does act in Rand’s name. Since Taim might be impersonating “Rand,” Logain can walk over his body and reclaim the Black Tower. ~Mashiara
  2. Virginia mentioned in one of the episodes of tGS recap that she wanted an input on what would happen if you balefired someone who balefired you… I think it would be physically impossible to balefire someone who is balefiring you. If you are aiming balefire at someone, while they are aiming at you, the streams of balefire would hit each other, resulting in an explosion or a Moridin/Rand connection thingy. Now, if you aimed at their head, while they aimed at your feet, I still don’t think you could balefire at the same moment. One of the streams would hit before the other, even if only a millisecond sooner, and it would erase that person, and their balefire (shot at you) would be erased as well. That, however, brings up the question of if the balefire hits your feet, does it just erase your feet, or does it kill you? I’d assume if balefire hit any part of you, you’re toast.
  3. Looks like it was a lot of fun. I wish there was a signing closer to me this year. It would have been neat to meet Harriet. The pictures at this event looked amazing! Who ever took them is incredible!
  4. Even though it has been diluted over a couple thousand years, the Tinkers still have Aiel blood in them. I think they will aid by Singing, like when the group of Aiel stood up to the crazy male Aes Sedai in Rand's ancestor's memory. ~Mashiara
  5. It had been awhile since I read New Spring, and so I had forgotten that Moiraine and Siuan both feel a tingle when the other channels. This is only mentioned once or twice in the book, and they say it is quite common for novices to feel a tingle when someone they spend a lot of time around channels; it goes away after awhile, but Siuan states that it never did with her and Moiraine. We've only seen Moiraine and Siuan together once in all the books (tGH when they confront Rand and talk with Verin) and it wasn't mentioned there. However, if it didn't go away by the time it was supposed to, does it still continue presently? I wonder if that could be the way they know for sure that it really is Moiraine who came back from the Finns, not someone in her body or someone who looks like her. ~Mashiara
  6. Wasn't the rotting (in the Portal Stone worlds) due to the fact that he had to learn to channel on his own and wasn't able to control it? I remember when Moiraine is telling Nynaeve (in EotW) about when 3 out of 4 women who have the spark die without training, one of the things that happens before they die is their body rots. I think in different realities, Rand wasn't able to teach himself, so his body starts to rot... in one of the other worlds, he gets horrible headaches. I think all are symptoms of unsuccessfully learning to channel. I don't think it has anything to do with the taint. ~Mashiara
  7. Hi RTGally! It's great to have you on this forum! As for Ishamael, I think he was always in line to be Ne'blis. His attitude and actions throughout the first few books point to him being higher than the other Forsaken. Was he really? Technically? Probably not. But he was in his own head and since the Dark One is very fond of ambition, Ishamael had to be one of his favorites. Many say he was already insane and that was why he was impersinating the Dark One. But my guess is that he is the Dark One's champion, just as Rand is the Creator's. ~Mashiara
  8. But did Verin tell Mat to wait the 10 days because she said some secrets in the letter that she couldn't until "her final hour?" Or is there another point to her making him wait at least 10 days? Verin has A LOT of info in her head and I'm sure the letters are passing along info. She gave Egwene the BA names because that was what Egwene needed from her. I still think Verin is the one who knows where the Horn of Valere is (Siuan couldn't have been dumb enough to leave it in the Tower). Also, she seems to know more about anything (or everything) than any other character. I know we had that clue that she was Black, but I really didn't expect her to be. I was SO shocked! I was even more shocked by Sheriam. Of course, we had clues about that too. The rest of list just made my eyes goggle. It was a very great part of the book. ~Mashiara
  9. I say the longer the better. I could sit and listen for 3-4 hours+ if they made them that long. I'm going to disagree with jemron and say I think the podcast is better without the segments. They were silly sometimes, but I like just the staight-out discussion because it's so thought provoking. I get so many ideas it seems so much better than having it broken up with other random stuff. ~Mashiara
  10. My sister made me read it the first time. I started reading the prologue and must have stuck my bookmark farther back just to hold it while I was reading. So, when I came back to finish reading the PROLOGUE, I accidently started where my bookmark had been placed (which was the dream sequence when Rand is dancing towards the White Tower). I was so confused because I thought it was this old man (Lews Therin) dancing in the streets and I was hesitant to finish. I asked my sister about it and she said that it wasn't Lews Therin, it was Rand. Finally, I realized my mistake and read from the beginning and I've loved it ever since. ~Mashaira
  11. I agree. I really don't mind the US covers. I like to see what other people (I guess what the artist) thinks the characters look like. They are a bit off, but it's still better than just plain covers with no pictures. Harlequin is just the cheap romance novels. I followed your link, and that is the company that publishes them. They are by all sorts of different authors. You can usually find them at used book stores for 10 cents. ~Mashiara
  12. When Perrin leaves, he needs to fight the pull of ta'veren to do so. I think people confuse that with going against the pattern. Alternate34 is right, if Perrin wasn't meant to go to the Two Rivers, he never could have said he would go. Mat couldn't say it, so he couldn't go. Even though it was meant to happen in the pattern, the pull of ta'veren (Mat and Rand together) made it difficult for Perrin to leave. Like when Mat gets up the courage to leave in Fires of Heaven. He is supposed to help with the fight against the Shaido, but he runs off instead. Again, this is what the pattern wanted. He wouldn't have been able to leave if the pattern hadn't wanted him to run. And we see that him running away is what got him his Band of the Red Hand, a very important thing later in the story. It's tricky to understand sometimes, but nothing happens in the pattern unless it's supposed to. Otherwise, this world would be just another portal stone world that might have been. We all know it isn't. ~Mashiara
  13. I think Aiel humor is hysterical. The funniest being: tSR, P. 384, Bair says... "When I was a girl, and the Shaarad and the Tomanelle were stealing each other's cattle and goats every night, Chenda, the roofmistress of Mainde Cut, was pushed aside by a young Hairdo Water Seeker during a raid. She came to Bent Valley and demended the boy make her gai'shain; she would not allow him to gain the honor of having touched her because she had a carving knife in her hands when he did. A carving knife! It was a weapon, she claimed, as if she were a Maiden. The boy had no choice but to do as she demanded, for all the laughter when he did. One does not send a roofmistress barefoot back to her hold. Before the year and a day was done, the Haido sept and the Jenda sept exchanged spears, and the boy soon found himself married to Chenda's eldest daughter. With his second-mother still gai'shain to him. He tried to give her to his wife as part of his bride gift, and both women claimed he was trying to rob them of honor. He nearly had to take his own wife as gai'shain. It came close to raiding between Haido and Jenda again before the toh was discharged." I laugh so hard when I read this. ~Mashiara
  14. I think it's just RJ being clever. There are a lot of little things like that, that are mentioned once and will come to pass later. I'm sure if Cadsuane had the fortelling, we would have been told about it before now. Another thing that's been forshadowed, I think, is Nynaeve saying she'd like to heal Thom's limp in his leg. It was mentioned only in passing, but I think it'll come about eventually. ~Mashiara
  15. Nicola's fortelling says: "The lion sword, the dedicated spear, she who sees beyond. Three on the boat, and he who is dead yet lives. The great battle done, but the world not done with battle. The land divided by the return, and the guardians balance the servants. The future teeters on the edge of a blade." The Wise Ones' dream says: "Melaine and Bair dreamed of you on a boat with three women whose faces they could not see, and a scale tilting first one way then the other." I always thought it meant an actual boat. Maybe he and his girlies need a vacation after the Last Battle and they take off in a boat... mb might be right in saying they might be in the same situation, but I'm not sure what else a "boat" would represent if not taken literally. ~Mashiara
  16. I think one of the saddest (not THE saddest) scenes is when Perrin and Faile come back to the Two Rivers and Perrin finds out his family is dead. He tries to shrug it off (like a man) and then Faile forces him to face his emotions. I cried so hard when I read this part. I still cry when I reread it. It's so sad, but great that Perrin didn't loose his humanity like others have. ~Mashiara
  17. While I agree that the Aes Sedai just don't have the resources to do as you suggest, rygar, I also agree that the young gentled men would no doubt life long happy lives. If they lost the abilty to channel before they even knew about it, they would loose nothing. They could be free from that seductive power, never having tasted it. I often wondered if they would have gentled Rand at the end of Eye of the World, if he would still start craving saidin. After he touched it the first time, he kind of wanted to be gentled; well, he didn't want to channel anymore, its almost the same thing. ~Mashiara
  18. I seriously had never heard of this theory. Or even that Cyndane has Cabriana's body. *hangs head in shame* I thought I was up to date on all the theories out there. First, I thought that Elenia dismissed her because that's what noblewomen do. They see someone who might come into power and say she looks stupid and say she looks ugly. I think we've seen a number of nobles behave in that same fashion. I've always just assumed that Sylvase was just playing the part as well, keeping to the background. If it's true, what is Cyndane after? Just trying to get close to the power in Andor? Are they still trying to cause chaos? I'm not sure I can believe this one, but you make some very good points on it. ~Mashi
  19. *gasps* I never heard that Sylvase might be Cyndane! Where is that theory posted? Do anyone have a link? ~Mashiara
  20. I can't see how him marrying the Seanchan Empress would have anything to do with him being worshiped/admired by the Sea Folk. Eventually, the Sea Folk will have to make a deal with the Seanchan, just like all the other major characters. Even after Tarmon Gai'don, I don't think the Seanchan will just up and leave this side of the ocean. They are here to stay and the Sea Folk will need to come and accept that. I just wonder in the fourth age, if the Sea Folk will tell stories of Mat the Shorebound (or some such) and his heroic rescue of the channelers. I think they are the only race/nationality (besides the Seanchan) that will have a part in their histories be devoted to Mat. ~Mashiara
  21. On a whim in Winter's Heart, Mat freed a Sea Folk damane. Later on when he is sneaking out of the city with a kidnapped Tuon and co., the dice that were rolling in his head stopped. The timing of it, even though he didn't notice, coincides with the escape of the Sea Folk channelers. A few books later we learn that quite a few of the Sea Folk prisoners were able to escape. In fact, they call it the Escape, since it was such a big deal for them to be free from the Seanchan. My question is whether Mat will become some type of Savior or mythical Hero in their legends, since Nestelle din Sakura South Star promised she wouldn't forget his help. ~Mashiara
  22. But how long is "some time"? Regardless of how long they held her, she was probably killed and skinned just because she was one of the Forsaken. ~Mashiara
  23. Jason said: "... it was Egwene who stole the show for me. To describe what she goes through, what’s revealed to her, and what she chooses to do in the end, would be far too spoilerish to get into..." In one of the podcasts they discussed what could possibly happen and while listening to it, it sparked a thought. "What she chooses to do in the end" I think means she will do something drastic and my thoughts are that it will probably have to do with the Seanchan attack. Well, I'm going to assume that when she gets in touch with the ferrets in the Tower, she will learn of the hunt for the Black Ajah and then be lead to the fact that someone has the Oath Rod. What if Egwene is able to convince Sisters to release themselves from the Three Oaths for the battle with the Seanchan? Would doing so ruin their relationship with the rest of the world? I'm sure they'd all have to re-swear, but I can see Egwene being so panicked about the attack that she would be willing to let Sisters off from the oaths for awhile. ~Mashiara
  24. A little off subject, but how does Rand know anything about the True Power. In one of the later books, he assumes "the wanderer" was using the TP, but where did he get the knowledge of it? Was it Lews Therin? And if so, how did Lews Therin know? It seems like the existance of the TP would be only given to the few allowed to weild it. ~Mashiara
  25. KoD p. 800 "Under and Oak" says: Still, she (the sul'dam) could do nothing without Melitene (the damane), and she was useless as a weapon, a fact that made her hang her head when he pointed it out to the der'sul'dam. She had needed consoling, her sul'dam petting her and telling her what beautiful Sky Lights she made, how wonderful her Healing was. The Seanchan are well aware that the Aes Sedai can't be used as weapons, and so use them for other methods. There is more to their empire than just fighting wars. ~Mashiara
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