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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 her arms without mention of her breasts and only one or two examples of a man who crosses his arms during the entire series, excluding a man who crosses his ...


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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. But they CAN be spun back out into the Wheel as normal. Balefire is NOT the eternal death of the soul. He also made a comment to the effect that even in ...


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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 hair unbraided; Her clothes were just as strange. Her cloak was sky-blue velvet, with thick silver embroidery, leaves and vines and flowers, all along the ...


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I would recommend reading them in publishing order. In the Wheel of Time, the main characters are country bumpkins at the beginning, and it's interesting to see how their perspective on the world changes through the first few books. The narration is unreliable, because you're always in the head of one of the characters, and so your view of the world ...


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UPDATE 2: The lawsuit mentioned below has been withdrawn, and Harriet has announced an official official television show that is planned to air at some unspecified future date. We have no details on who's producing it or where/when it will air. The official announcement seems to imply that the studio won't be Red Eagle, but otherwise has no details. UPDATE: ...


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LOWLANDER Are there any dragons (like real dragons (=animals)) in Rand's world? If not where did they get the idea of dragons? ROBERT JORDAN There are no animal dragons of any kind in this world. The people speak of a man called the Dragon. They know that the banner that has a certain creature on it was the banner of this man and they ...


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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 QUESTION: Just how can an Aes Sedai be a damane? Aren't they bound by the Third Oath: to not use the One Power as a weapon except to defend their lives,...


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I have two theories, one that I believe is more likely than the other. We'll start with the less likely one: I believe my second is more likely, though it has very strong implications:


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Rand encounters Shaidar Haran soon after he enters Shayol Ghul. A Memory of Light, Chapter 25 - Quick Fragments


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The Age of Legends is much more technologically advanced than the current time period, but it is very different from modern-day Earth. Channeling works, and is better understood than in the time of the main story. Most of the advanced technology seems to be based on the One Power - glowbulbs, ter'angreal, etc. There was also something called the "standing ...


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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 (emphasis mine in all the quotes below): How it’s done: Imagine a flame. Feed every thought, emotion, & feeling that comes to you into this flame. ...


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There's always the Cenn Buies and the Coplins and the Congars, and other like-minded people repeating it quietly when the Wisdom can't hear... I can very well picture Matt and Rand playing at 'tell the Dark One's name' when they were mischievious kids. Anyway, it's just my view of the Wheel of Time, not anything official :)


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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 Tower sometimes made remarks which suggested there was a widespread perception that members of the Green Ajah in particular often were romantically involved with ...


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No, the Tinkers will not find their song. Brandon Sanderson: Robert Jordan's notes on this are very clear: the Tinkers will never find their song. They've lost it for too long, that even if someone stood in front of them singing The Song, they would just nod their head, say 'that's a nice song' and go on their way. From an Interview transcript on ...


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There's no canon on this, but I've always assumed that one or more of the knives secreted about Thom's person were Power-wrought. You know that he's the kind of guy that would pick something special like that up when he had a chance. There are other scenes in which power-wrought blades, such as Lan's and Mat's, generate blue sparking when clashing with ...


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I think suicide by balefire is impossible. At the end of The Fires of Heaven, This proves that being balefired can undo the effects of your recent channelling. This also applies in the case where that channelling is itself balefire. Jordan said (thanks @Himarm for the link): if person A were to balefire person B, and person C was to balefire person A, ...


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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. Political upheaval - old nations and states disintegrated, and newer, more primitive ones replaced them. Massive refugee migrations - what with the land being ...


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It was a small retcon, done after New Spring as Jordan later decided that Darkfriends should always have been included. QUESTION Moiraine words the Third Oath, "I vow that I will never use the One Power as a weapon except against Shadowspawn, or in the last extreme of defending my life or that of my Warder or another sister." (New Spring 11) This ......


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When Rand attacked Caemlyn, Mat was killed by Rahvin, breaking his connection to the Horn. He was brought back by Rand balefiring Rahvin, but apparently anyone could have blown the Horn after that.


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The Three Oaths allowed you to say whatever you believed was true even if you could not prove it, as well as to dodge around truth; only words you knew to be a lie would not come off your tongue. "New Spring" (short story), collected in Legends Here, the extents of the Three Oaths are stated clearly. Aes Sedai cannot knowingly lie. Asmodean later ...


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The key point here is that when the Aes Sedai swear fealty they can't break that vow (unless they are Black Ajah.) The Oath rod required them to stay "loyal" to Rand because they cannot lie. The Ashaman were already assumed to be loyal to Rand, and specifically swearing fealty does not have the same effectiveness on them, since they are not bound by the 3 ...


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As far as I remember, they are just much more powerful. But it's been years since I have read any of them. (I kept waiting for the series to finish... Then he died.. then.. gah!) From the WOT Wiki on Angreal: Sa'angreal are like angreal, but much more powerful. All known angreal and sa'angreal are aligned for use by either a man or a woman, never both. ...


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For your first group, For your second group, So no, neither of them were a Sanderson invention.


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Q: “How can I win the Last Battle and survive?” A: “The east and north must be as one. The west and south must be as one. The two must be as one. To live you must die.” (Word of Demigod says this counts as one question.) Q: Wording unknown, but something along the lines of “How can I remove the Dark One’s taint from saidin?” A: The answer was difficult ...


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Mat was killed in the attack on Rahvin in Caemlyn, near the end of The Fires of Heaven. Most of Rand's party is killed by Rahvin's channeling. When Rand later balefires Rahvin, it undoes those deaths, including Mat's. It has been largely accepted for a long time that this event fulfilled the "dying and living again" part of the prophecy; he never actually ...


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The village they die in is Hinderstap. Back in The Gathering Storm, Chapter 28 "Night in Hinderstap", we learn that because the pattern is broken, each night the village and those in it reset itself. The encyclopedia sums up that portion of the chapter: At the fine inn, Mat recognizes the cook that he killed! He thinks they are ghosts until they reach ...


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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 stumbled and bled, too. And from Chapter 9 of The Great Hunt: Suddenly Lan was at Rand's stirrup, in his gray-green scaled armor that would make him all but ...


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The point of the switch is twofold, I think. Anonymity The switch is only known to a very small number of people, while everyone else thinks that Additionally, almost no one left alive so no one will recognize the new form, and will just consider him to be a random person. Since he can now go about complete unrecognized by the rest of the world. ...


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I think the reason is that the Forsaken and the Dark One don't share the same goals. Most of the Forsaken want power or immortality, but the Dark One really wants the Pattern to be destroyed. The only Forsaken who is really on board with this goal is Ishamael/Moridin. RJ hints at this here. In the War of Power, the Forsaken decided to stop using balefire ...


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