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  1. So just how long has this been happening? Did some searches on the interwebs about the topic, not much of a bit. 1. aMoL it is made blatantly apparent that time is skewed around Rand. 2. ToM it is hinted at, he gives Egwene a month, but states he has very little time and we are given not much description of that "one month" from his perspective. 3. CoT/KoD it could already be happening, he is stationary for what seems like a very long time, but that is just brushed off as his recovering from the Cleansing. Anywho, it is just something that nags at me every so often. Any thoughts?
  2. I think the underlying problem with Gateways is that the amount of time and effort expended to create one was not limited enough and a character like Androl suddenly became real easy to exploit. Gateways are the single biggest advantage, everything for transportation and communication. You can transport a prisoner to a jail cell without having to go with them by using a moving horizontal gateway (take a second to think about how that would work). Also, something I thought was interesting, of the Great Captains, Bashere used them the worst, though he had had the most exposure to them before hand.
  3. Mesaana and it's not even close. She took a channeling organization, split it (essentially in quarters) and 1/3 of them were on her side. They had very little time to plan, they were open to an attack by the Seanchan. She had a pretty good plan going with Bel'al. She actually captured Rand and drove him nuts. The only reason she was taken out of the fight is because of Graendal's piss poor planning. As far as my favorite character, it would be Demandred, though I would have liked to have gotten his Shara involvement in Towers of Midnight and had it be a cliffhanger for A Memory of Light.
  4. What happened to the trollocs that General Tylee encounters on the Shadow Coast? Could probably just have been a scouting party that found out the Seanchan were ready.
  5. Plot holes are there because there was a big backlash from fans when they said they would split it into three books. We got the first two and then saw, "holy crap how are they going to fit this into one book." This was not Brandon's fault. His writing style is different from Robert Jordan's and for the most part I enjoy it more. His books move with a faster pace and there is a heck of a lot less description of clothing, which makes some of the sneaky ways RJ would introduce characters easier to notice. Everyone putting RJ on a pedestal should step back and acknowledge the corny or bad parts of the previous novels, then step back up to the last three books and applaud the effort that Brandon put forth. Seriously, everyone loves The Shadow Rising, but "Bubble of Evil", really? Also, for the record, The Fires of Heaven is the best book, you can't beat getting it on in an igloo. The little things that could have made the writing better were pointed out early on in the thread, re: words that didn't fit. Change those and the books would read a lot better. Still, I am happy.
  6. I loved it. I loved the little homages to different parts of the series throughout and the hinting at what would come after and not having a 200 page denouement like Tolkien. I laughed aloud a number of times, I chuckled, and yes I did well up, twice (Aviendha's farewell wave to Rand and Tam's farewell at the pyre). Say what you will about Sanderson, he did an admirable job trying to make everyone happy. He certainly couldn't.
  7. Yup, I opted for the laptop route myself. Was a fun little thing. On a side note, Happy New Years Eve everyone!
  8. Terez, I was just thinking about your Gawyn theories, regarding Chapter 9. Can you post the link again?
  9. Would go to the NYC event, but will be in Buffalo for work instead. Booo!
  10. Re: Count me on the "Rand thinks Asmodean is still alive" bandwagon.
  11. Re: Memory 11 Early books are a treasure trove of foreshadowing because RJ didn't intend this to be a 14 book series. That being said, Mat switching sides is almost inevitable to me as evidenced by his portal stone technicolor experience. Almost as inevitable as "I have won again Lews Therin". I would point to that as evidence of Mat joining the Seanchan side, with a number of caveats of course.
  12. Hello All! Something that has been a big help to many of us for the last two releases of the Wheel of Time has been a spoiler support thread where we post to post and say how we are doing our best to avoiding ruing the ending or the middle or any surprises for ourselves. The point is not to judge one another on how good they are at self control, but to use this as a little relief valve to the pressure to spoil yourselves. So, be it a post about how you are avoiding the spoiling or be it a post about a trivia question about the Wheel of Time, anything that helps sate your thirst for the Wheel of Time, go for it! One caveat though... DO NOT POST ANY MATERIAL AT ALL FROM A MEMORY OF LIGHT, none. None of the memories, none of the chapter titles, none of the cameos, nothing from the prologue, chapters 1, 2, or 11, nothing. Please avoid speculation too. Let's just make this fun. To the mods: I thought the spoiler forum would be more appropriate for this than the general forum as many of those that posted to this thread in the past enjoyed teasing themselves, but avoided the spoiler threads themselves. Please move this if you deem otherwise. Can't wait! ~RHM PS - I am coping by reading all of the spoiler material, for shame.
  13. Had a thought about the Memory regarding the Ways, but then I realized that Ituralde would have nothing to do with the Black Tower. However, is there any evidence that there is a waygate at the Black Tower? Presumably not as Rand had Loial and his Elder to take care of them, or at least list them.
  14. Eh, there are plausible situations in which Mat's medallion would be removed. In tFoH Moiraine asks him to remove it to be healed. Perhaps there is a situation such as Caemlyn where he gets badly injured and needs to be healed by an Aes Sedai to live, that hussy then heals him and bonds him while doing so. Not that I think this is what goes down, just a plausible explanation. possible but still unlikely IMO. There aren't many Aes Sedai who would bond a man against his will. They would likely have to be Green too. The only person who fits is Joline IMO. That would be really funny but I seriously doubt we'll see her again. I don't think Moriaine would do it to Mat in such situation for example. I could see her maybe bonding him to save his life but that particular trick was only recently used on Gawyn and will likely be needed for Rand if he dies and is pushed out of TAR by Nyn. The same thing happening to Mat would be overdoing it. I can see that you guys are trying to fit Mat for "pass his bond to me" memory but I really don't think it will be him. All that said, there are definitely hints that Tuon will bond Mat eventually. Nalesean asked Mat about becoming a warder once (LoC, ch 22) and more recently (ToM, ch 57) Mat insisted that he would never be one a little too much. Which foreshadowing do you mean? There were straight out statements in early books linking the Horn to Illian (they do seem to be completely forgotten in later books) but I don't recall any foreshadowings. @Herid, I don't necessarily subscribe to that path, was just putting forth a plausible explanation. I think having Mat bonded as a Warder is a little hokey at this point and unnecessary.
  15. Gut reaction is that it is Brigitte and she is speaking to one of those that are called by the Horn that are not currently reborn when it is blown. Though I forget the exact exchanges during "The Graves is No Bar to My Call" in The Great Hunt. Edited grammar.
  16. Eh, there are plausible situations in which Mat's medallion would be removed. In tFoH Moiraine asks him to remove it to be healed. Perhaps there is a situation such as Caemlyn where he gets badly injured and needs to be healed by an Aes Sedai to live, that hussy then heals him and bonds him while doing so. Not that I think this is what goes down, just a plausible explanation.
  17. It's good to know that it was quite intentional. I personally don't mind it, it grows the world a little bit more to have that kind of depth where you can have a small changes in patterns of speech brought into a series.
  18. Why does my vision of Lan's "death" scene make me think of a Monty Python sketch? Toasted Toasters: Elayne Gawyn Egwene Lan Nynaeve Min 50 or so mid level characters 1,300 minor characters 15,000,000 non-character humans 30,000,000 trollocs 1 "Dark One" 1+/- Nihilist
  19. Perhaps Lanfear put compulsion on Min? Though I don't recall any fishy descriptions of her ever or anything unusual in the scene of LTT's former lover catching his reborn soul naked in bed with a saucy trollop. Not that Min is a trollop...
  20. The realist in me says NO, but I want to say YES. Are there major fantasy series where the doomsday outcome has occurred?
  21. that goes for a total of 181.012 %. You sure you want aMoL to be split?(again). Well, what I gathered from the post is that "Rand's Death" could be occurring slowly during Egwene's marriage.
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