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  1. I don't think I'll be much help because I know next to nothing about the Arthurian legends. But, Excalibur was held by the Lady of the Lake, but "not drowned." So the first part could be about the sword. The middle, I don't know, since I haven't a clue about where Arthur began. But the last part could also be about the Lady of the Lake. Wasn't there some sort of island that she lived on, out in the middle. Cindy's guess about the tides could mean that a path is revealed to the island twice a day? (Seriously, I'm useless for this part)
  2. I'm partial to Bender, from Futurama. I don't think he's a good example of a robot, cause he's lazy and doesn't do anything but drink beer, but he is hilarious!
  3. Actually, Mat didn't die in Rhuidean. RJ said:
  4. The April edition of VERITAS is up in the White Ajah board! This month has a new feature: Hometown Review. For this article, White Sister Kukaso shares her feelings about her hometown of Moscow. We also have all your favorites, like the monthly recap, the philosophy corner, and the Ajah news (which is really Warder news for this month). Stop by and check it out!
  5. Welcome back to another exciting edition of "WoT If?". This week's topic is Lanfear/Cyndane, but before we jump into the theory: SPOILER WARNING. This will include content from A Memory of Light. Please DO NOT read this if you have not completed the book. As I said last week, the idea for this theory came from the Looney Theories panel at JordanCon. It was proposed by Jenson, a member of the audience, and immediately struck down as too plausible. He said that Lanfear is still alive. We know that Perrin overcame her Compulsion and killed her before she could attack Rand, Nynaeve, and Moiraine. However, Jenson pointed out that her cour'souvra is still intact. That means her soul is still in the world. We've talked before about the nature of the soul; rebirth is a major theme throughout the series. But we don't know exactly what happens to a soul after a person dies. We see the Heroes of the Horn go to Tel'aran'rhiod to wait, but what of normal souls? We also know there is only a short time that the Dark One has access to a soul. But if the soul is still in the world, the Dark One wouldn't be able to touch it or reclaim it—plus, he's cut off from the world now, so he couldn't even if it were possible. Perhaps the Creator could take the soul from the cour'souvra and place it with the other waiting souls. Most likely, I think Lanfear's soul would be stuck in the cour'souvra until someone comes along and releases it. She wouldn't be able to be reborn at all until she was released. There's no way her soul could be woven back into the Pattern if it's still alive in one form or another. That opens up a lot of possibilities. First, how long can a cour'souvra survive? Perhaps Lanfear's soul inside would die eventually, after her normal lifespan was used up—another 600 years or so? Or, would it be stuck in a state of limbo for the rest of existence? Or, if we want to take this into the crazy theory category, maybe Lanfear's soul could be used in a construct—like the Nym. At JordanCon, I asked Maria about the Nym's souls. We talked about it in a blog last year, and I was wondering if she knew where the souls came from and how the ancient Aes Sedai got them into the construct. She didn't have an answer. Maybe this is where Aes Sedai got the souls. Perhaps Aes Sedai who went to the Shadow could use this as a last resort to come back to the Light? If they had their cour'souvra they could give it to the Light Aes Sedai and have it transplanted into a Nym's body. Even I'll admit that's a bit of a stretch. Regardless, I think it's quite possible for Lanfear to still be "alive" through her cour'souvra. And there's even more of a twist when you think of where Lanfear's soul might be. The last time we saw it… So, if it was still around Moridin's neck, that means Moridin likely had it with him in Shayol Ghul. Which means it was there when Rand and Moridin switched bodies. Which means it was around Rand's neck when he woke up and rode off. Which means Rand has access to Lanfear's soul! The irony of this makes me grin. What would Rand do with it? I think he forgave her—or at least let go of his anger—so that he would be willing to release the soul, either into a construct, or out of the cour'souvra and let it die. Rand might see releasing it as a mercy, instead of allowing it to be stuck for eternity in the mindtrap. That's all for this week. Don't forget to post your comments below about your thoughts on Lanfear's fate. Next time we'll talk about something along the same lines—or at least with a connection to the Nym: seed singing and the Voice. Thanks for reading!
  6. Now I'm picturing Harry, Ron, and Hermione stuck on Gilligan's Island. *gigglesnort* Basel, this made laugh so hard! Talya, I can't believe you haven't heard of Gilligan's Island. Doesn't the UK know all our shows the way we know all of yours? *cough*Dr Who*cough*
  7. Along with its newly launched Epic Fantasy mobile alerts, Tor is currently running a sweepstakes to win advanced copies of Brandon Sanderson's soon-to-be-released YA novel, The Rithmatist. And for those of you who still haven't signed up for Tor's Epic Fantasy mobile alerts, it's not too late.
  8. When I played Little League in elementary school, I was on the Detroit Tigers team, and Cecil Fielder was my favorite player. :)
  9. I'm here! Like Tina, I met Brandon, Harriet, Maria, and Alan (as well as DM's Jason and Jenn, who are celebrities to me). I've also met James Clemens (AKA James Rollins--New York Times bestselling author), and he put his arm around me for a photo! *fan girl squeal* At a function at ASU last year, the film director Werner Herzog walked right past me and my husband--we both nearly fainted just having him look our way. At that same function, we sat in the row below Stephen Hawking!!! He was probably about 10 feet from us! I also got to shake hands with Roger Clyne (lead singer of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers). Oh, and the lead singer from the recently popular band Fun. was my next door neighbor growing up. Wow, I've had more celebrity than I can handle. That being said, I'd still like to meet Haruki Murakami, my tied-at-second-with-Brandon-Sanderson favorite author.
  10. *Mashi turns around the corner of Lyon Books and spies her friends* "Rhea! Ithi! Blank! Arez! What are we all doing here? I got this crazy letter, and despite my logical misgivings, I couldn't resist the invitation."
  11. Actually, mark, Maria said she was still going to RAFO! Now it's "Ruminate and Find Out."
  12. Welcome back to "WoT If?", Dragonmount's weekly theory blog. I've come back with renewed vigor, thanks to a wonderful weekend at JordanCon. It was an incredible experience, talking with Brandon, Harriet, Maria, and Alan, as well as other fans who love the series as much as I do. I also sat through several of the theories/spoiler panels, letting ideas grow in my mind of topics to explore. For this edition, I want to look at the comical side of The Wheel of Time fandom and talk about "The Grave is No Bar to My Looney Theories" panel at JordanCon. But first: SPOILER WARNING. This will include content from A Memory of Light. Please DO NOT read this if you have not completed the book. The Looney Theories discussion included Kristy Lussier, Sarah Nakamura, Billy Todd, Matt Hatch, and Alan Romanczuk on the panel. This discussion wasn't meant to be taken seriously, so any idea someone presented that could likely be true was marked with a "Too Plausible" stamp and pushed away. We'll talk about one of those for next week, but I'm jumping ahead of myself. I just want to give fair warning that these theories will be a bit on the crazy side. My favorite of the bunch involved Berelain and Rhuarc. Here's the theory: In A Memory of Light, romantic couples seemed to live or die together: Siuan and Bryne, Gawyn and Egwene, etc. But the only couple that didn't fit this criteria was Amys and Rhuarc. The theorist claims that this proves that Rhuarc was not really in love with Amys, and that he was gay. This is further collaborated by his relationship with Berelain, that she is one of those young women who liked to hang out with gay men. It may be a stretch, but I could see it happening. The next one comes from the idea that peach pits are poisonous in Randland. The theory says that peach pits are actually saidin, and they are poisonous because of the taint. So, with the cleansing of the source, peaches won't be poisonous anymore. It's plausible. Another suggested that Rand is really Charlie Sheen. I think some part of this theory derives from Charlie Sheen's sudden descent into madness, but mostly it was because it would mean Tam is Martin Sheen—which seemed to make many of the women attendees sigh. Charlie Sheen as the Dragon Reborn is hard to swallow, though. This may be the looniest, in my opinion. Rand didn't die during his fight with the Dark One because Rand didn't have a soul. The theorist pointed out that Rand is a ginger—someone who has red hair—and everyone knows gingers don't have souls. (I must point out, once again, that this is all in jest. There is no offense meant to anyone with red hair.) And our own ed2funy submitted one for the panel's consideration. He said that Rand wasn't the Dragon Reborn from the start. His powers only came to him the night they were fleeing the Two Rivers. On that night, Bela was in danger, and so she—who was really the Creator—searched for a way to save herself. She released the Power into Rand, allowing him to become the Dragon and channel to save herself. Also, at the end of A Memory of Light, Bela did not die. Rather, she allowed her Power to go into the Horn of Valere and caused Olver to sound it. She lost her body, but the Creator doesn't need it. Everyone knew from the start that Bela was either the Dark One or the Creator, so this makes sense to me. Ed came up with another one, though not in time for the Looney Theories panel. He said that the Ogier will use Seed Singing on people before they use the Book of Translation to flee the land. When they Sing to the people, the humans will grow into giants, creating another one of our modern world's legends. Harriet was sitting at the table next to us, though, and when Ed asked her if it was possible, she said flat out, "No." Sorry, Ed! I think the tradition of looney theories will still continue, even with the conclusion of the series. There are so many ways to analyze and evaluate all the characters and their interactions with each other. Plus, it's a lot of fun thinking outside of the box, and just enjoying the silliness that can come from friends talking together. That's all for this week. Next week we'll examine another "looney theory" that sounds really plausible to me: Lanfear is still alive. So, join us then, and don't forget to post your own looney theories in the comments. Thanks for reading!
  13. But shouldn't Shadowspawn be burned too? Daruya want Shadowspawn to walk free! She's not a witch, she's Black Ajah!
  14. Bribing people with donuts seems like a trick, Dors. Shouldn't the Light speak for itself? :P
  15. Holy heck, guys! I take one day off to fly to CA, and when I come back there's like 8 pages to read! I'm not even sure how to tackle everything you've thrown at me! First, I wonder why mint=taint. Second, I do walk in the Light, as Panchi said, however, we Whites do use logic, so I could be convinced if the Shadow phrases it correctly. :P Third, you guys are awesome! I'm sure I'm going to have a blast here!
  16. *lol* Hormones caused by a love potion! Throw her in the river! :P
  17. Tina! The Lady Dragon is quite persuasive. ;) Thanks, everyone! Now when does the recruiting from Light/Shadow factions begin?
  18. Making snowmen is a naturally acceptable past-time. There is no witchery there. However, Rhea confessed her marriage was "illogical," which obviously means it derived from a love potion. As a member of the White, illogical things should be beneath her--hence she's a witch (and she does weigh as much as a duck--look at the Weigh Loss Challenge thread!).
  19. *is dragged forward* I deny any wrong-doings! I have never practiced witchcraft in my life! I walk in the Light. If you're looking for witches, I know for a fact that Rhea made a love potion!
  20. I think "spamdels" may be the funniest thing I've ever heard of.
  21. Do you need a friend number, or some such? I don't know how to do it wirelessly.
  22. *lol* Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! *takes one of each tainted dessert* What do we do around here for fun?
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