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Mashiara Sedai

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. I agree that his hatred for the WT and for Rand does seem forced. That is RJ's purpose, obviously, so it's going to play out an important part in the next few books. I think the question we need to be asking is: How can Gawyn's hatred of all thing Aes Sedai and Rand help/hurt Egwene and her schemes? I think that if he appears to be loyal to Elaida, (no one knows about the Gawyn/Egwene romance but them two; I don't even think Egwene told Elayne) he might be able to get access to the Tower and stage a rescue if things get worse for Egwene. One of Egwene's Dreams told her of being locked in a room and she knew if the door closed, she would be dead. Gawyn is the most likely rescuer, I think, in a case like this. Of course, I think she's stated before that just cause she Dreams something doesn't guarantee that it will happen, it's just a possiblity. Maybe all her dreams are only possible futures, not the future that will actually happen. ~Mashiara
  5. I agree with you mb that Moiraine and Lanfear were probably not given a chance to ask requests, however I differ on the reason. Moiraine said the questions related to the Shadow are punished by death. The Finns need to know that Lanfear is a member of the Shadow. I think Moiraine appearing with Lanfear is enough to ensure Moiraine isn't granted wishes. And I think Lanfear being Lanfear is enough to get her killed and her skin made into an Eelfinn's shirt. ~Mashiara
  6. Nynaeve has always been my favorite female character. I can see how a lot of people are annoyed by her behavior and attitude, but you need to look at what made her the way she is. She was given so much authority and resposibility at such an early age. She, in her early twenties, was giving orders to older men and women. She had the whole village to look after. Having that kind of duty so young would make anyone strong-willed. I think it's a positive quiality; how many others would have broken under the strain of all that responsibility? Nynaeve has her flaws, I'll admit, but she also has so many good points about her. ~Mashiara
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. The Daughter of the Nine Moons is revealed in book 9. Keep at it and you'll see. :) ~Mashiara
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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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