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  1. Appearances aside, the Aiel are based on the Zulu of southern Africa with some native American influences thrown in. Spears and bullhide shields. Singing in battle. Tireless warriors. Sweat baths. In TSR, the battle tactic Lan explains to Rand is identical to the tactic favored by the Zulu.
  2. Prior to their assignment to Ebou Dar, Teslyn and Joline were Sitters for the Red and Green in the Hall of the Tower. I doubt that they were of middling strength as the Tower hierarchy leans toward strength in the Power.
  3. "I have said sah-ih-deen and sah-ih-dar, because that is what the glossary to tEotW says. But then the other day I was going through the questions of the week, here http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcjspjqg_50gfjzbbdr , and Jordan was all like, "This is how you say all this stuff: sigh-deen and sigh-dar. " I think I might be able to shed a little light on this aspect. RJ was born and educated in the state of South Carolina. Being originally from Virginia myself, then raised in New York, I know more than a little bit about American accents. For those of you overseas, you may want to just stop reading now and pronounce them however you want. Someone from the south east US, not including Florida, (who might sound like they are from anywhere) speaks a longer, slower version of Americanized English than someone from the Northeast. I just listened to RJ's 2003 interview on youtube and his accent was not "mushmouth" as it's referred to in the northeast, but you can tell he's from somewhere south of the Mason Dixon line. If someone asked him, in writing the glossary, how do you pronounce this, (Saidin for example) it could be written as either two or three syllables depending on where the person writing the pronunciation was from. The person writing the google article, possibly hearing RJ say the word SIGH with a southern ear, would have written out the pronunciation differently than someone hearing him say it with a northern ear. To sum up, pronouncing it sah-ih-deen or sigh-deen would both sound almost exactly the same, depending on where in the US you spent your formative years.
  4. Thom was invited by the Village Council for Winternight "When I finally do arrive, chilled to the bone and ready for a warm bed, your innkeeper grumbles about the hour as if I were a wandering swineherd and your Village Council hadn't begged me to display my art at this festival of yours."
  5. "The Aes Sedai we are talking about are not particularly strong" Incorrect. ACoS,Ch17 - Joline and Teslyn are the same strength and are stronger than Merilille. Merilille is strong enough to make a Gateway for Traveling when she was acting as messenger between Elayne and the Borderlander Army. By contrast, Vandene and Adelas are not considered weak in the power, but neither are strong enough to make a gateway. LoC, Ch44. They are strong enough to pick up two women, (linked perhaps) and stuff them through a second story window when they are alomst mugged in the Rahad LoC, Ch52. I know that strength in the power is something that is generally left rather vague in the story but I would think that this would certainly put Joline and Teslyn in the top half amongst Aes Sedai. We don't see anything like that in the rest of the series. I don't believe there is any way one Aes Sedai, which we know Mylen to have been prior to her capture, could shield two others, both strong enough to create a gateway, to say nothing of three. As for the strength of the person already shielded, if it were one person, what you say would be true. But in this case, Mylen is weaving and holding three shields. I think I recall a POV of Egwene's in the Stone of Tear stating that doing two things simultaneously with the power is a lot more than twice as hard as doing one. So weaving three shields would be an order of magnitude more difficult. I'm just not buying it. It's a error or there is something about the Damane/Sul'dam link about which we have not yet been told. Aviendha's statement actually makes my point. The Sul'dam HAVE the ability, they just don't know how to use it. They would not need to use it if the a'dam was ading it to the link for them.
  6. I have seen a theory (with which I don't necessarily agree or disagree) that in Tarmon Gaidon at the end of the third age, the ability to channel is burned out of everyone, male and female, and will take the better part of a turning of the wheel to be rediscovered.
  7. So at the end of KoD, Furyk Karede shows up at Mat's camp with one Sul'dam, Melitene and one Damane, Mylen formerly the Aes Sedai Sheraine. The three Aes Sedai with Mat, Joline, Edesina and Teslyn recognize her and demand she be freed. At that time, Joline gasps and all three are apparently shielded. One channeler being able to singlehandedly shield three opposing channelers seems to go against what we know about and have seen regarding shielding. Nynaeve and Moghedien are about equal in strength (at that time) and duel for several minutes attempting to shield one another. I checked the Encyclopeadia WOT to check my facts on that chapter but the incident is largely ignored so I am wondering if this is a mistake in the text. Surely, three channelers, Joline, Edesina and Teslyn, would be enough to break the shield woven by one single Damane and then shield her in turn, enabling them to free her? I know Teslyn and Edesina think Sheraine is too far gone to be freed, but would that be true if the collar actually came off whist she was surrounded by more Aes Sedai than Sul'dam? Could it be possible that as a Sul'dam grows more familiar with the power, she is actually adding her strength to that of the Damane? That's the only logical explanation I can come up with for Mylen being able to shield and hold Edesina, Joline and Teslyn.
  8. "Suddenly a woman appeared, clambering down the sheer side of the cliff out of the clouds, making her way as deftly as if she were walking down stairs. There was a sword strapped to her back. Her face wavered, never settling clearly, but the sword seemed as solid as the stone. The woman reached Egwene's level and held out one hand. "We can reach the top together," she said in a familiar drawling accent." I believe that the Seanchan woman with the sword is Egeanin, now known as Leilwin. Tuon would not have anything to so with a sword whereas we often see Egeanin wearing one. Her face wavering is because she is neither Leilwin nor Egeanin right now, due to her conflicted loyalties and treason. "he shall bind the nine moons to serve him" Binding the Nine Moons means slapping a collar on Tuon. She has almost certainly worn the bracelet long enough to be held with it. It will probably be removed at Mat's request but only with a great deal of concessions from the Seanchan. Freeing the Damane, etc.
  9. I think it's the dissention amongst the Chosen/Forsaken. That first crops up in book 4, when trollocs are sent to the Stone of Tear by one of the Forsaken and another band of Trollocs are sent to the stone of Tear to fight them. In that battle Mat witnesses two Fades fighting, has his life saved by a band of trollocs killing that Fade about to kill him, and Rand himself has his life saved by a trolloc. I'm almost positive we have a POV from Mesaana that she was ordered to send the second band of Trollocs. We also know that Demandred is up to something that took place during book 6 but the exact nature of which has yet to be revealed. It was, however, something he was awfully proud of. So, who or what is behind the apparent dissension amongst the forsaken?
  10. Rahvin did kill mat. Then Rand Balefired Rahvin And at that point, Rahvin DIDN'T kill Matt. Based on the text. The effect of balefire is that the actions of one BF'd "had no longer taken place" therefore, Mat had not been killed and therefore his bond to the horn was not broken.
  11. Lan wears it either way. When one of the boys is separated, from the group, he describes Lan as "a fighting man, maybe wearing his sword on his back. Been a while since I read EotW but I'm pretty sure that's where it was. The original cover art shows Lan with two swords slanted from his left hip to his right shoulder. But since they one is a two handed sword and the other is a bastard (hand and a half), that's a little silly. Made for a good cover though. It's been mentioned that "size matters" when determining where to strap on a sword and to a certain extent that's true but it more has to do with the height and arm length of the person wearing the sword. A longer blade is actually much more difficult to draw when it's on your back unless you have arms like an orangutan. But then again, you don't want to wear it on your hip, dangling on a frog to your knee and leaving a furrow behind you either. The best way, or course, is to just carry the damn thing and drop the scabbard once you've drawn your blade. Wearing it is mostly for show. I've got a sword and it's thiiiiiiis big so watch the hell out.
  12. I think that if I ran into that situation I'd have no alternative but to punch someone. In the face.
  13. From the Prophecies of the Dragon he will "bind the Nine Moons to his will" How is he going to do that? A'dam.
  14. I have to be honest that I liked many scenes in the novel but I was especially partial to Nynaeve's Ninja scene, ordering soldiers around, busting down doors, threatening the jailers, all to find Graendal's whereabouts. She's yellow Ajah, but isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, kicking ass and taking names, doing what it takes to get the job done.
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