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  1. Leigh Butler's reread won't be finished by the realease of the Gathering Storm. She said so in the 4th Age Podcast where they interviewed her. So I don't think that option will work. I've reread the series a few times. But a couple years back (it might have been before KoD) I Skimmed the books. It's not the best way to do a reread, but I got through the books quickly. You just kinda read the first few paragraphs of a new chapter/POV change and then remember what that particular plotline is about and then scan the dialogue. It's not complete, but you get the most important parts (and are able to pass over sections you know well enough). ~Mashiara
  2. Perhaps the DO isn't as powerful as his minions make him out to be. Maybe he doesn't have control over death, like some claim he does. What if he is only able to influence (ie: bring back to life) the threads of the people who are sworn to him; he owns their soul so he can do what he pleases with it. But the people who die in the Light, maybe he can't bring back. So he (or others) say Rand will serve, dead or alive, it might not be true. Maybe it's just boasting or wishful thinking. Maybe Rand is safe if he dies, so the DO needs to convert him. The Forsaken are known for finding ways of ignoring or getting around direct orders. Many of the Forsaken have tried to kill Rand, but we can't be certain any of them were authorized by the DO. I don't think the DO wants Rand dead at all. ~Mashiara
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    Horn of Valere: Ter'angreal?

    The horn would only work if it was blown for the right reasons. Since AoL didn't have a need, it wouldn't work for them. ~Mashiara
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    who closed the Shienar gates?

    We see the Darkfriend meeting from Bors' (Carridin's) POV, but he takes notice of a few Aes Sedai and a Shienarian. The assassins and the ban to keep Rand in could have easily been instructed to Ingtar when he was at the meeting. That would explain why it only came once Ingtar was back and how the assassins knew to hunt Rand. I'm sure Ingtar told everything he knew about the three boys. ~Mashiara
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    Culling the Power

    It's been stated by a few number of Aes Sedai that they think they have been culling the ability to channel out of the population by gentling all the men with the spark. However, people born with the spark are rare. Even with women, only a handful have the spark inborn. Most are only able to learn. So since people with the spark are a vast minority of the channelers, I don’t think the power has been culled at all. Men with the ability to learn are still reproducing and passing the trait on. With the taint clean, I think the amount of male channelers will skyrocket since people with the ability to learn won't be afraid anymore. Anyone agree? ~Mashiara
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    The Very Helpful Verin Theory

    We've known it was just an act for some time. In fact we see Verin specifically put it on. But to what purpose? ~Mashi
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    Please Welcome Muirenn

    Hi Muirenn! I hope you start posting all your theories, like Maj and Luckers. It's always more comforting hearing these things from the people with athourity (I think). Anything the Mods say, I take as absolute truth. :) ~Mashiara
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    The Very Helpful Verin Theory

    I hope that's where she's at. That'll be so cool to have her show up with it when Mat's just leaving the Tower of Ghenjei with Moiraine. ~Mashi
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    What is your opinion on Aram?

    I think that Aram's character is just there to influence Perrin's life. This might sound strange, but hear me out. Perrin dislikes Aram from the start, and we even learn that Aram is struggling following The Way of the Leaf. His grandparents are a little afaid from the off that he might never be at peace with their beliefs. When Aram finally realizes that he is unable to follow that path, he picks up the sword and joins Perrin. Notice how Perrin feels so guilty for letting him have a sword, but Perrin's beliefs are such that any man should be able to defend himself and his family. Perrin really struggles with this, though. He almost sends Aram back to his grandparents. All throughout their time together, Perrin (I think) resents Aram a little. Aram becomes so focused on violence and Perrin only does violence if necessary. They never see eye to eye on any subject but protecting Faile. When Aram is killed, Perrin would never have been able to kill the Tinker himself. Afterwards, Perrin is so caught up with saving Faile, we don't see him think about Aram's death. However, when he has time to ponder it, I think Perrin will feel such guilt and horror at what he helped turn Aram into that he will be unable to do violence. I know that sounds silly (and Faile wouldn't stand for it) but I think after TG is over, Perrin will put away his hammer and never pick it up again. And I think it is Aram and Aram alone who would lead him to this decision. Perrin will not become a Tinker, but he'll stop doing any violence and help the world find the Song and make green things grow (like in Min's viewing). Does that make sense or am I just rambling? ~Mashiara
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    The Very Helpful Verin Theory

    And where does Verin's forgetfulness play into everything? Is it just an act so no one thinks she's up to something? Or is her brain really so scattered? She seems to be a typical Brown in that aspect, so she may just be keeping up appearances. I agree with Balefire. Verin could easily believe Moiraine sent her, even though Moiraine doesn't feel the same way. It's a very easy thing to convience youself something is true when it's not. There are tons of instances where we see Aes Sedai believe contradicting things. Verin is a really awesome character and I can't wait to see where she's disappeared off to. Hopefully it's stated in the next book. ~Mashiara
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    Reading Rate

    I agree that listening to the audiobooks first would have been overwhelming. But since I've been reading the WoT for almost nine years, I knew the story well enough that the audiobooks were wonderful not a hinderence. I've actually noticed I've picked up more details listening to the books that from reading them. I tend to speed read when I get excited and wind up missing some of the minor things--even though I've read the whole series through at least four times, and the earlier books much more than that. I can't say enought about how much I enjoy the audiobooks, and I would recommend them to anyone. It is a bit intimidating since some of them are 30+ hours long. It would take forever, but I have so much time I'm able to listen to them at work. I can usually get through one in a week or two. It's so much fun! ~Mashiara
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    Allusions to the real world

    I've heard a lot of different things people claim are from our time. Since time is a Wheel it's safe to assume RJ invisioned our world among the spokes. WoT FAQ lists a few... http://www.siliconcerebrate.com/faqs/wotfaq/3_sources/3.12_future-earth.html ~Mashiara
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    Reading Rate

    I think I could read any of them in about 3-4 days. But I have an awesome job where I'm allowed to listen to my iPod, so I'm able to get 4+ hours of audiobook in. I'm almost done with all 11 and I started listening in July. Listening to the audiobooks are different, but it's still been really neat keeping my mide focused on WoT while I'm working. ~Mashiara
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    Culling the Power

    In PoD Vandene and Adaleas tell Elayne that they can't allow anyone to shed blood of someone questioned in their name... so I think that Warders wouldn't be allowed to torture if the Aes Sedai was really following the WT rules. I know RJ said it, but I still can't see how they have made the channeling gene less active or apparent. If the reason was because that's just the way the Wheel weaved it, I'd understand. But I can't believe that just cause Aes Sedai don't marry and have babies that Channelers are more and more rare. ~Mashiara, still confused.
  15. Sammael was indeed lying about his cease-fire. He uses this lie very effectively with Graendal. The scene when he tells her about his alliance with Rand starts from Graendal's POV. She is sure she knows him down to his bones and is so startled by his attitude that she assumes he is telling the truth. After she leaves it switches to Sammael’s POV and he drops the self-assured act immediately. It’s pretty obvious he was just toying with Graendal. The whole point of it was to get Graendal on his side and to get information out of her about her truce with Demandred and Masaana. ~Mashiara
  16. The Daughter of the Nine Moons is revealed in book 9. Keep at it and you'll see. :) ~Mashiara
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    Will Rand still die if Alanna is killed?

    I think that there are slight diffreneces in the way Aes Sedai/Asha'man do the bonding. Elayne says she watched while two Aes Sedai bonded their Warders and that she tried to learn the weave from them in secret (one Aes Sedai even had her Warder give an oath to obey). When Elayne bonds Birgitte, Elayne isn't able to force Birgitte into anything. Maybe Elayne doesn't know how to do it, or maybe she formed the weaves differently than the other Aes Sedai did. Alanna isn't able to force Rand to do anything. I don't think channeling has anything to do with it, since other bonded channelers have no problem compelling. It might be that he is Ta'veren and that protects him. I think it would be interesting to see if Alanna bonded any of the other Ta'veren if the same would happen. When Logain bonds his Aes Sedai, he is able to have complete control over them and he appears to do it with ease. Myrelle really has to work at forcing Lan to come to her when he first arrives at the Salidar camp. My conclusion is that every weave/person is different, and the bond cannot be the same for every two that are connected. ~Mashiara
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    "To Live, you must die" (Theory)

    I know that the body swap theory is popular because we have so many other instances of people being combined together. Still, I'm a believer that nothing in WoT is impossible and that Nynaeve might be able to Heal death. Also, I think it's a real possiblility that the Creator might take an active part. Since the DO is able to influence the world, why can't the Creator? I really think it was the Creator speaking to Rand in EotW, and I know that Jordan changed a lot of things since then, but to think the DO would talk to Rand is even more farfetched than the Creator, I think. Either way, I'm excited that the end is in sight (even though it makes me sad too). ~Mashiara
  19. I think that makes a lot of sense. I'm not one of the people who hate Perrin or Perrin's storyline, but I can see why others wouldn't be too fond of reading his parts based on what you said. It's hard to get emotionally attatched to any of the characters in Perrin's camp. We have known and loved most of Mat's company since the first few books while (most) everone in Perrin's camp was introduced much, much later. I can't say who I love the most out of the main three Ta'veren. When I'm reading Rand, Rand is my favorite. When I'm reading Perrin, Perrin is my favorite. It's hard to not love Mat the most all the time, but I really appreaciate the characteristics (and the flaws)of Rand and Perrin as well. ~Mashiara
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    can anyone explain what......

    The Big White Book says: "...[the vehicles] used a type of antigravity technology. ... Jo-cars had a very efficient four-wheel design or in the floater version, a type of gravitational hovercraft technology. Both jumpers and hoverflies could float suspended above the ground at various distances." Jo-cars seem to be regular cars, and also hovercraft cars. Hoverflies seem to be helicopters. The sho-wing was "an airborne vehicle available in several types and sizes. ... The sho-wing designs were derived from a basic delta-wing pattern..." Sho-wings are airplanes. "Shocklances and other tools for long-distance destrucion were built along with suitable body armor." I think a shocklance must be similar to a stun-gun. Hope that helps. ~Mashiara
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    Three Women and a Funeral. . . .

    There was probably a span of an hour or two when Mat, Aviendha and Asmodean were killed before Rand balefired Rhavin. Rand is one of the strongest (if not the strongest) male channelers alive. I think it would take someone much more powerful than him to make balefire that erases an entire day or two. I'm a firm believer that the voice Rand hears in EotW is the Creator and I like the idea that the Creator will take part in the Last Battle just to put Rand's soul back inside another (or his own) body the way the DO does with the Forsaken. (I don't think I've found anyone who agrees with that theory.) ~Mashaira
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    LOC: Matters of Toh

    Getting back on topic... :) Is Aviendha's toh that she ran from Rand and was caught? If she had run harder or fled faster then Rand would not have caught her. She blames herself for it and therefore thinks she has toh to Rand because she was too weak. I still don't see how killing Rand would help that... Maybe killing Rand would meet the toh to Elayne and killing herself would meet the toh to Rand. ~Mashiara
  23. There are a lot of times in the Shadow Rising when he begins have deep conversations with Asmodean. Maybe being around someone from the same Age made Lews Therin start to perk up. Also, I think it happens mostly after he had been channeling a lot and had exposure to vast amounts of saidin. In tSR Rand says he will bury himself in the Can Breat. He calls Moiraine "Little Sister." And is that when he calls Lanfear Mieren? ~Mashiara
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    Ishamael the Ageless?

    I'm not sure that Ishamael was bound closer to the surface than the others, I think it might just be that he wasn't sealed properly. I can't remember any exact places where this is mentioned, but since he is able to come and go for a few decades, I don't think it has anything to do with where he is sealed, More like how he was sealed. Encyclopaedia-WoT says, "Time touches them (Aginor and Balthamel) and they grow immensely old, but they are the first to escape in the current Age." I think I remember one of the other Forsaken saying they had a restless sleep in the Bore, while another (maybe Lanfear) said she didn't dream at all. Regardless, I think there are a lot of things about Ishy that need to be clarified. ~Mashiara
  25. I agree that being burned out should be able to be Healed. It just doesn't seem possible that the way you are cut off from the Source would make a difference whether it could be Healed or not. Maybe it's Healed differently, though. Here's an interesting thought. When Setalle Anan put the a'dam on, why did it cause Joline pain? We've seen Siuan and Leane both put on the a'dam when Moghedien was wearing the collar and it never hurt anyone in that situation. Siuan and Leane are even able to feel Moggie's feelings through the a'dam. I guess it's never stated if Setalle was able to feel Joline, but I doubt it, or Joline would have been able to feel her too, and I didn't get that impression.