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Mashiara Sedai

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. The Daughter of the Nine Moons is revealed in book 9. Keep at it and you'll see. :) ~Mashiara
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. I read somewhere (can't remember where...) that it might be in the White Tower. When Elayne and Nynaeve use need to find the Bowl of the Winds, they were first taken to a storage room in the Tower. They specified that their "need" was for something that would help Rand, and possibly bring him and the rebel Aes Sedai to each other. They dismissed it since there was no way of getting it while Elaida held the Tower. Might be a shot in the dark, but it's a possibility. ~Mashiara
  18. I had a thought about the Shaido. With Couladin dead (and Suladric), Sevanna spoke as Clan Chief until we learn in KoD that the Wise Ones have sent someone else (I can't remember what his name is) to Rhuidean. At the end of KoD, the Shaido Wise Ones say they will return to the Waste and never come out... but... If they send someone through the glass columns ter'angreal and he comes out a Clan Chief, he will see that Rand is the real Car'a'carn. If he commands them, as Chief, to go to Rand, will the Wise Ones agree? Can Rand really unite the Aiel? Just a thought. ~Mashiara
  19. Also, we need to remember that Siuan and Moiraine are still Accepted--they are perfectly capable of lying at this point. Tamra can BS her way around answering directly, but with Siuan and Moiraine's testamony saying Gitara said nothing, why would any Sisters doubt? ~Mashiara
  20. This is something that has always bothered me about Nynaeve, Elayne, and Egwene. They despise and absolutely hate the Seanchan for collaring women who can channel. YET, they don't even bat an eye at collaring Mogheiden. They can get around that hypocrisy because she is one of the Forsaken and deserves it. But the way the Seanchan are raised in their society to believe women who can channel are, in much the same way, as horrifiying as one of the Forsaken. Looking at it that way, the Seanchan are also justified in collaring women. It is very bothersome to see those three get all high and mighty about hating the Seanchan, but then go and do the exact same thing. I think this is a serious fault in all of them, one that I think shouldn't have been written into their characters. Especailly Egwene. She should know better than that. ~Mashiara
  21. Favorite: When Mat says, "I wonder what Dav did with that badger." Hilarious. Least Favorite: How horrified Rand was when he finds out Egwene can channel. If he loved her as much as he claimed, he shouldn't have had such a fit about it. In fact, when Egwene finds out HE can channel, she is a lot more accepting. ~Mashiara
  22. KoD says (p. 471), quoting the thoughts of Master Aldragoran the jewel merchant: "Besides, he could not recall the last time he heard of a Malkieri girl going to the White Tower. The Tower had failed Malkier in need, and the Malkieri had turned their backs on the Tower." Any Sister would be informed that there was some WT involvement but since they were too late, so denied everything rather than being seen to fail. I'm sure there are just as many Malkieri as any other smaller nation. But, I think it's like the Sea Folk Sisters... there are a few, but they are hardly worth mentioning. ~Mashiara a Malkieri Aes Sedai :P
  23. It might be a mistake, but I think we need to remember that Moiraine knows A LOT more than we think she does. When she goes into the rings at Rhuidean, she says some things she knew already. She's emersed herself in the Prophecies of the Dragon, went into the doorway ter'angreal in Tear, and went into the rings in Rhuidean, there are (I'm sure) countless other things Moiraine had researched and/or gathered in the 20+ years she searched for Rand. I think it is a fault of the reader to assume Moiraine (or any character) only knows what we see them learn. ~Mashiara
  24. What if when Rand meets Tuon for the first time, she tells him that Mat is her husband. Rand, out of shock, falls to the ground, kneeling, but not necessarily out of submission or surrender. Just the thought of what Rand will do when he finds out that news makes me laugh hysterically. ~Mashiara
  25. *goggles* That was very well thought out Luckers and very nicely written. I am very impressed with you and that whole explination. Good job! ~Mashi
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