WoT If… Nynaeve is a Darkfriend? in Theory Blog Posted February 5, 2014 Good point about the link between Egwene and Eldrene. However, I wonder if they are too closely paralleled. One lesson we get from this series is that while people are reborn, they have a chance to change their outcome. Rand realized in his epiphany that this was his second chance, he could not break the world this time. So I wonder, if Egwene was Eldrene, if she's doomed to the same fate, over and over and over. That doesn't seem fair. While there is a cycle, and each Age comes and goes, I really hope that any thread within the Pattern wouldn't be fated to lose a husband and burn themselves out endlessly. Maueja, thanks for your kind words! As for Moiraine's staff, I'm not sure what it is. Moiraine was a wilder, who learned the trick of eavesdropping while still living in the Sun Palace in Cairhien. So, she learned a block, of sorts, for working with an "aid to concentration." It's the blue stone she wore in her hair that she used to listen in to conversations. Because of this, I think Moiraine channels easier when she has something to help. The staff could be just a staff. She very easily could have reinforced it with Air--Bornhald's sword reflecting off solid Air would make it bend that way. It's funny that she doesn't use any other aids as the series continues. Perhaps she wanted to be as powerful as possible when first meeting the Dragon Reborn, so she wanted to have an extra leg-up when channeling. Of course, that's just my opinion. I also firmly believe that Myrddraal can sense or touch the True Power, in one way or another; there's evidence on both sides. But I agree that this link--unless performed by a Dreadlord--would have to be done by the Myrddraal and would use the True Power.