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Does any man ever cross his arms?

Female characters cross their arms beneath their breasts a disproportionately large number of times, sometimes tens of times per book By comparison, there are only a few mentions of a woman crossing ...
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Do the balefired souls get reborn when the Age comes back?

TLDR; Yes a person would be reborn eventually if Balefired. JOHN NOVAK [Is balefire the eternal death of the soul?] ROBERT JORDAN If someone is balefired, the Dark One can't reincarnate them. ...
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Who are all these Wheel of Time characters?

Moiraine Damodred. Moiraine's description the first time Rand sees her: The wide hood of her cloak framed her face and dark hair, hanging in soft ringlets. He had never seen a grown woman with her ...
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In The Wheel of Time, how were Aes Sedai able to be used as damane while under the Three Oaths?

Robert Jordan has answered a question similar to this. It can be found on Theoryland when searching for Third Oath INTERVIEW: Jan 25th, 2005 TOR Questions of the Week Part II (Verbatim) WEEK 21 ...
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Is the Flame and the Void a real meditation technique?

Yes! The Flame and the Void has been tried and tested in real life by someone experimenting with different meditation techniques. Here's his description of how to do it and how successful it was (...
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Similarities between The Wheel of Time and Tolkien's Legendarium

Yes, Robert Jordan did remark on similarities with Tolkien, several times. Gerhard Hormann: Could this series have been written if The Lord of the Rings had not existed? Robert Jordan: Hard to say. ...
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Are Aes Sedai capable of becoming pregnant?

As I recall: For the first six volumes of that series, it was incredibly unclear what the correct answer to your question should be. As you said, we gradually learned that other people at the White ...
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Why is every place in the Wheel-of-Time TV series a mixture of races?

Because the world of The Wheel of Time is not medieval, it's actually post-apocalyptic. If you watched the first episodes, you learned about an event called The Breaking of the World, that happened at ...
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Why is every place in the Wheel-of-Time TV series a mixture of races?

This is an intentional move on the part of the makers. Per the show script, as revealed by the WoT showrunner Rafe Judkins: [A QUICK NOTE: race in the world of Wheel of Time is much less defined than ...
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What is the "Breaking of the World" in "The Wheel of Time"?

The following generalizations describe the Breaking: Geographic upheaval - land sank, mountains heaved up out of the earth, places became unlivable and new places to live were often inhospitable. ...
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How tall are the main characters in Wheel of Time?

Rand: 6'5"-6'6" or 196-198 cm. Mat: 5'11.5"-6'0" or 182-183 cm. Perrin: 6'1.5"-6'2" or 187-188 cm. Egwene: 5'2"-5'5" or 157-165 cm. Elayne: around 5'6" or 168 cm. Nynaeve: 5'4"-5'5" or 163-165 cm. ...
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Who is the knight on the cover of "Eye of the World"

Lan does wear armor. Here's a quote from Chapter 48 of Eye of the World. When he came back now, more often than not there were gashes in his armor, bleeding gashes in his flesh, and his warhorse ...
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Who are all these Wheel of Time characters?

I am referring to the numbers from the numbered image provided by @Rand al'Thor in his question, though it would be better with some freehand circles (if those are freehand, then you really are Rand ...
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How did Moghedien escape Nynaeve's weave?

Once a Shield is tied off, it can be broken. That is why captured male channelers were traditionally actively shielded by 6-13 Aes Sedai. An actively maintained Shield is described as "soft" and a ...
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Is Rand al'Thor one of the Heroes of the Horn?

Yes, I am he is. From an interview with Robert Jordan: Regarding the Dragon and the Dragon Reborn (and Graendal's thoughts about Ishamael's musings): "Is this soul born in any other Age, or only ...
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Has Brent Weeks talked about copying from the Wheel of Time series in the Night Angel Trilogy?

Yes. He addressed it on his website, which no longer exists (at least not with the same URL) but can still be seen using the Wayback Machine here. A forum poster named ChrisW made a long list of ...
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What is the "Breaking of the World" in "The Wheel of Time"?

This does get explained in a little more detail in subsequent books, this won't spoil anything, but essentially it is the the whole face of the land changing due to the mad men casting spells. If you ...
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What are the effects of balefire on inanimate objects?

Yes, balefire affects inanimate objects in the same way as living beings. The clearest and most often cited example of this is in book 7, A Crown of Swords, when and Nynaeve finds herself some ...
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Can non-channelers use the "not touched by heat" trick?

Short answer: yes, non-channelers can learn, but they may not want to. In Lord of Chaos, Rand visits the farm and Taim tells him that he teaches Healing "Even before how not to sweat to death in ...
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Where did Perrin get the letter from Suroth?

Perrin gets it from Berelain It's Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 6. Shortly after Perrin discovers the Darkhound tracks, Berelain finds him and hands him a basket containing roast chicken and tells ...
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Is Olver actually Gaidal Cain?

No, he isn't. This has been confirmed and explained by Robert Jordan himself, see point 23 in this interview report from Theoryland: Is Olver Gaidal Cain? RJ: No. I didn't really think that this ...
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Is the Wheel of Time a sentient being?

No. This is confirmed by Robert Jordan in an interview (emphasis mine): Does ta’veren-ness ebb and flow as needed? If Rand, Mat, and Perrin were all ta’veren growing up, it seems that the Two Rivers ...
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"Wheel of Time", Perrin's PLOD

Plot Line of Doom According to this website, yes, it does refer to the time he spent trying to rescue Faile. It may have originated with Leigh Butler, in her WoT rereads. For example: And the ...
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Matrim Cauthon's Memories From Former Lives?

From an interview with Robert Jordan himself (item 13 in the linked list; emphasis mine): Are all of Mat’s memories from his past lives? RJ: No, Mat’s “old” memories are not from his past lives at ...
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Can burning out using the One Power be healed?

No, burning out can't be healed. There are four relevant interviews in the WoT interview database which touch on this subject. In Sep 2005 (item 33 here), Robert Jordan RAFOed the question: Q: ...
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Why was Rand not able to heal Tam in The Eye of the world?

In The Eye of the World, when Tam is wounded, Rand has not yet started channeling, at least not in any viable way. Washing away Bela's fatigue was very simple and required little power compared to ...
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Can Ogier channel?

Word of God answer from an interview I found here: Wotmania/Dragonmount Q&A - 9 December 2002 Q: Why can't Ogier channel the One Power? RJ: Why can't fish sing? Why can't sparrows do ...
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When does Rand channel, before he acts weird on the Spray in Eye of the World?

TL;DR: Rand first channeled while fleeing Emond's Field, in order to help Bela run faster. However, it is his second use of the Power that causes the odd behavior on the boat. Moraine's Explaination ...
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Does Rand al'Thor ever learn of his relationship with either of these characters?

Yes, he does; he knows who his mother really was, and by extension, he must know how he's related to Galad. It's made clear in Lord of Chaos that he knows who is mother is. I don't remember the exact ...
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Is there any evidence of Elayne, Nynaeve, or Egwene being ta'veren?

Robert Jordan explains that none of the women are ta'veren: ROBERT JORDAN - For ben, of course women can be ta'veren. None of the major female characters in the books is ta'veren, though. The Wheel ...
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