Questions tagged [the-wheel-of-time]

The "Wheel of Time" series is one of the most popular fantasy series today, started by Robert Jordan and completed from Jordan's notes by Brandon Sanderson.

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Was the Horn of Valere ever meant to be tainted by the dagger of Shadar Logoth?

In the Wheel of Time there are many references to the dagger that Mat takes from Shadar Logoth corrupting people and turning them against even their closest companions. There are too many references ...
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Where did the Whitecloaks get their funding?

The Whitecloaks ride around telling people what to do. They are unwelcome everywhere they go. They have spotless uniforms and tents to maintain as well as horses. They can afford lodgings and drinks ...
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What is the weave used by Rand in the Stone of Tear and why is it not used later?

In the 4th book of the Wheel of Time, The Shadow Rising, Chapter 10 (The Stone Stands) Rand uses a powerful weave with the help of Callandor to purge the Shadowspawn from the Stone of Tear. I always ...
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Was the Flame and the Void inspired by military techniques used in the Vietnam War?

I was reading recently about the US military assassin Carlos Hathcock, and specifically noticed the following: Hathcock once said that he survived in his work because of an ability to "get in the ...
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Why didn’t Liandrin just kill Egwene and Nynaeve?

In The Great Hunt, Liandrin takes Egwene and Nynaeve through the ways into captivity, and leaves her friends (apparently) to be killed. Why go through all the trouble if the someone wanted them out of ...
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Were Omens Known Before Hawkwings Sons Set Sail?

In the Wheel of Time series, the Seanchan are great believers in omens. Our Andoran friends believe it is all superstitious nonsense, quite similar to how the Seanchan view tales of trollocs and other ...
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Why does Ba'alzamon want Rand to drink in his dreams?

In the first several books of the Wheel of Time, Ba'alzamon appears to Rand, Mat, and Perrin in their dreams, which unless I'm mistaken we later learn is probably Tel'aran'rhiod. Among other things, ...
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How big are the Choedan Kal?

The Choedan Kal are two large statues that are the focus of the One Power in the Wheel of Time series, both of which were mostly buried. Is there any specifications on their heights? Every wiki I've ...
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Is it possible to fit “The Fire Within The Ways” within the canon timeline?

Brandon Sanderson has made it quite clear that The Fire Within The Ways, a "deleted scene" from A Memory of Light which was recently published in the Unfettered III anthology, is not canon. However, ...
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Familiarity with the point of departure when Travelling in Wheel of Time

Traveling is the art of using the One Power to transport over vast distances nearly instantaneously through a portal called Gateway. https://wot.fandom.com/wiki/Traveling In the books, it is ...
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What does the moment of severing feel like?

We have descriptions of what it feels like once a person has been severed or burned out, but do we have descriptions of what the act of severing feels like when it occurs? We know that a person ...
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Are the male souls that can channel affected by the taint on saidin while they are waiting to be reborn?

Channeling is a thing of soul. Souls are reborn/spun back out by the Wheel periodically, to say nothing of the only channeling soul that we know who is also a Hero of the Horn (the Dragon soul). While ...
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Was Jaret Byar a under influences other than Padan Fain?

My first few reads through the Wheel of Time series, I was under the strong impression that Jaret Byar was corrupted solely by his proximity to Padan Fain (his own inherent character being somewhat ...
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Why does Gaul suggest running away after being released by Perrin?

In The Dragon Reborn Perrin and others visit the town of Remen where they find Gaul the Aiel locked in a cage. Later Perrin frees him and, after a fight with the Whitecloaks, Gaul says they should run....
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How does the White Tower pay for everything?

In The Wheel of Time, the Aes Sedai seem to travel throughout the entire main continent (up to the Aiel Waste), and from what I have seen, have absolutely no concern for money. They also seem to be ...
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Who decided the names for the other two parts of the original A Memory of Light?

In the foreword to The Gathering Storm, Sanderson mentions that he was contacted to write the final three books for the Wheel of Time series, which were at the time still part of A Memory of Light. ...
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Does any man ever cross his arms?

Throughout the Wheel of Time series, it is almost comical how often Robert Jordan uses the phrase "crossed her arms beneath her breasts" to indicate a woman's displeasure. So much so that it seems ...
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Who freed Padan Fain in Fal Dara?

In The Great Hunt, Fain is freed from his cell in Fal Dara by an unspecified person. Now, before anyone says "Isn't it obvious?", let's analyse the scene in question. The door to the outer ...
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Space travel in the Age of Legends

Given the vast technology available during the age of Legends, added to the obviously inquisitive minds of the scientists of the time. It is extremely likely that space exploration would have been ...
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What happened to the rest of the world during the Breaking?

Every Wheel of Time map I have seen shows 2 main continents and a landmass called the Land of Madmen. However this surely can't constitute the entirety of the world. What happened to the rest of the ...
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What did Mat say in the Old Tongue?

In chapter 27 of A Memory of Light, Mat says: Laero lendhe an indemela Min thinks it was: ...Something about a flag. When questioned about it he says: It's a saying of the Fallen Army of ...
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Who figured out Rand's fate and how?

Re-reading A Memory Of Light again, and something that didn't bother me so much in the first read-through is that several key folks (his ladies plus Alivia) seemed to know Rand's fate before it ...
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New Spring: How were these characters' deaths explained?

At the end of New Spring we learn that several people die, and In addition Moiraine is said to have My question is: How were the deaths of these high-profile people explained? Any canon answers (...
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Mat Cauthon's memories of Manetheren

This is a follow-up question to Matrim Cauthon's Memories From Former Lives? where we can learn from a canonical source that Mat's memories of former lives are given to him from his visit inside ...
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Is there any clue in canon or interviews as to how Padan Fain was able to subdue a Fade?

In The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, Padan Fain is able to nail a Fade to a barn door. Later in camp he sleeps while surrounded by Fades, Trollocs and Darkfriends all of whom have a motive to kill him. ...
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What real-life time periods were the First Age and the Age of Legends?

In The Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan states in his post-book interviews (audiobook version, at least) that the "Age of Legends" and beyond are supposed to be similar to our real-life modern ...
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Why does this group disappear, in The Shadow Rising?

This question is probably not answerable by direct quote, but I hope some answer can still be inferred. Also, I am not very sure what to do with spoilers, other than just eliminating them entirely. I'...
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How does Tam know who “Maighdin” really is? [duplicate]

In The Gathering Storm, Rand meets with his father. A part of their conversation includes Perrin's exploits: Rand's mood darkened slightly. "Wait. Perrin has been using Two Rivers folk?" ...
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Where did Perrin get the letter from Suroth?

In Knife of Dreams, Perrin negotiates a truce with a bunch of Seanchan, and he hands their leaders a letter from Suroth. (edits and emphasis mine) From his left gauntlet he pulled a folded, grease-...
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How did Moghedien escape Nynaeve's weave?

Nynaeve bests Moghedien in a duel in The Shadow Rising and subsequently shields her from the True Source, in addition to trapping her in Air (and tying the weave). However, Moghedien disappears ...
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Did Cadsuane break her interrogation constraints?

During the Aes Sedai interrogation of Semirhage, they are chronically frustrated by Rand's prohibition against physical violence as a form of torture. Eventually: Spanking hardly counts as torture. ...
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What happened to Muradin in Rhuidean?

In The Shadow Rising, when Rand first sees Muradin, both of them were in the ter' angreal at Rhuidean. And later on, before Rand's final vision, he sees that Muradin had already ripped out his eyes ...
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When did the referenced conversation take place?

Near the end of WoT Book 13 "Towers of Midnight", Mat & Thom are conversing with There we see the following exchange between her and Mat: "Elayne is Queen, then?" "Sure is. Her mother was ...
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Elayne, Nynaeve and Egwene: do these girls ever become truly awesome as the series progresses? [closed]

I'm reading the third book now. I like the series but I can't help but not be too impressed with these 3. They seem to have a lot of confidence but all they seem to do in these books is be captured. ...
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What was the large pack of Darkhounds searching for?

While searching for the Shaido in WoT Book 10 "Crossroads of Twilight", Perrin's group found that Obviously the pack wasn't after Perrin, since they left. However, a pack that huge - a size not seen ...
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Are all the heroes summoned by the Horn of Valere ta'veren?

Artie Hawkwing is said to be the most powerful ta’veren ever, but what about Brigitte and the others Heroes of the Horn? Do you have to be ta’veren to be bound to the Horn?
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Wheel of Time: What chapter can I reread for background on the Sharans? (pre MoL)

I'm reading (listening) to A Memory of Light, and in Chapter 20... I have absolutely no recollection of this country or people. Clearly, I missed or forgot something from a previous book. In what ...
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What was the Tinker's message to the Dragon Reborn?

In Book 6 of the Wheel of Time, "The Lord of Chaos", the Band of the Red Hand came across a massacred caravan of Tinkers. One of the victims had scrawled a message: Fire had taken most of the wagon ...
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Had the Breaking of the world happened before?

Given the idea that the Wheel of Time is cyclical and all that is happening has happened before, does that mean the events of the breaking and the birth of the Dragon Reborn happened before? Does this ...
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Was Birgitte Silverbow remembering herself?

Given the cyclical nature of the The Wheel of Time, it seems inevitable that everything has occurred before at some point. When Birgitte Silverbow finds herself she says the following: "A Warder," ...
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Was Couladin a Darkfriend or just nuts?

When Rand undertook his journey to become Car'a'carn, his chief rival was Couladin, an Aiel warrior who declared himself to be clan chief of the Shaido Aiel. Couladin hated Rand from the instant he ...
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Was Rhuidean supposed to be based on a modern city?

When Rand and Mat enter Rhuidean in WoT Book 4, it's described as a city with broad paved streets and towering skyscraper-like buildings. Huge buildings flanked the streets, odd flat-sided palaces ...
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How well did Moiraine know Thom Merrilin?

In the first book, Thom traveled together with Moiraine and the rest from Emond's Field towards Tar Valon. This was, as far as I remember, a chance encounter, and possibly the first time they met. ...
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Is there any significance of the Star of David during Nynaeve's test?

In Towers of Midnight, Nynaeve finally takes her Aes Sedai test. One of the triggers in the test is "two triangles overlapped", which is like the Star of David. Is there any significance to this ...
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How did Galad find out about Morgase?

At the beginning of WoT Book 11, "Knife of Dreams", Galad Damodred challenges Eamon Valda to a duel in retribution for The rumor of murder was well-known by the time, but very few people (at most the ...
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Are Aes Sedai capable of becoming pregnant?

I was reading Lord of Chaos earlier and came across the following interaction between Sorilea and Egwene: “You will, girl. You are not one to become Far Dareis Mai and think men are a sport like ...
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Which books reveal these spoilers in Wheel Of Time? [closed]

A friend of mine is working his way through the WOT series for the first time. I read it several years ago and want to discuss a couple of things with him but don’t want to give spoilers by asking him ...
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Why could Verin not see this channeler's weaves?

At the Battle of Shadar Logoth at the end of "Winter's Heart", all of the remaining Forsaken show up to stop Rand's use of the Choedan Kal. The circle being led by Verin finds itself facing one ...
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Which Forsaken commanded the Gholam?

In "A Crown of Swords", readers were introduced to the deadliest of the Shadowspawn - the gholam - and Birgitte (via Mat) explained that only six were ever created because even the Forsaken feared ...
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What is the analogue to the sword fighting style in Wheel of Time?

The protagonist of the series, Rand al'Thor, is described as a master swordsman and fights with a sword pretty often through the series. The sword design sounds very much like a katana in design (see: ...

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