The Creator, the Dark One and the Nature of the Universe-
I envision the Dark One as being the dark counterpart, the dark balance if you will, to the Creator carrying on the theme, the yin yang, light dark, necessity of balance theme that has run through the books...it's somewhat Manichean, I know, but I think it works.
The quantity necessary would destroy the world.
There are degrees of victory. The Dark One can achieve victory by breaking free, but can also achieve lesser victories. Such as by stopping the Dragon Reborn from doing other things he was born to do. It isn't as simple as him being born to fight The Dark One. It's never simple.
Both. The characters in the books are the source of many of our myths and legends and we are the source of many of theirs. You can look two ways along a wheel.
Time is a wheel. If you look in one direction, you are looking at the past. If you just turn around and look in the other direction, you are looking at the future. The books are set in our future and in our past, depending on which way you look.
In answer to the first question, yes, there is an ordinary afterlife. In answer to the second, no. You cannot decide NOT to be a hero linked to the Wheel.
Simply because it's a Talent that appears very rarely among men. The Wise Ones are doubtful that there actually can be a male Dreamwalker.
Maybe. Didn't think of it.
The White Tower, Aes Sedai and Warders
Think. Study philosophy.
Some facets of being Aes Sedai are being carried out by all Aes Sedai. That is, a Blue sister might dig out an old manuscript and old knowledge. A Brown sister might take on a man who can channel. And a Red sister might engage in political manipulation. But the fact is, to the world at large, one of the primary functions of Aes Sedai is to protect the world from men who can channel. That means that a fair number of young women who go to the White Tower go thinking that this will be one of their major functions as Aes Sedai. So the Red Ajah and the Green Ajah are the two largest.
This never happens. They are chosen in advance and vetted.
Ability to channel under extreme stress.
That is one of the gifts. She can draw as much strength as she needs. As a matter of fact, she could take it all. In other words, she could kill him.
Yes. There is an explanation: a change that was supposed to be made in manuscript in The Eye of the World and did not get set into type and which I thought had been corrected. I have been trying to get that changed since I discovered that The Eye of the World had been published with the erroneous information. I hope they are still not printing the books with it.
Such a bond would be possible, but an Ogier would find it a very strange thing to be asked to do. I can't think of an Ogier on this side of the Aryth Ocean who would be willing to accept.
If you check the list of Amyrlin in the illustrated guide, which covers about 1000 years prior to the story, you'll find that there's quite a wide variation -- up to 50 or 60 years for some, and for others, perhaps 20. In large part, it depends how old she was when she was chosen Amyrlin. That is, given that she wasn't deposed.
It varies. But usually they would expect to have grey hair by oh, 200 years of age. Some grey hair at least. Just like anyone else, some have grey hair at 150, or even 100, but that would be considered prematurely grey for an Aes Sedai.
The True Power
Yes, the Dark One is the only source of the True Power.
No one can tell if you're using the True Power, except the Dark One, of course.
The One Power
She remains the same. It's not the same as having been stilled or burnt out. She's going to have a very long life, still, just not as a youthful person.
One of the themes of the book is that no one knows everything there is to know. Another is that just because you believe something to be true, doesn't mean that it is true. Someone can judge a current strength. This differs between men and women. A woman that can channel can very accurate judgment of another woman's strength whether she is channelling or not if she is standing close enough. Among Aes Sedai at least, knowledge of potential strength, especially if it is thought to be a great strength, becomes very wide spread. Among men the circumstances are different. A man who can channel cannot judge the strength of another unless the other is channelling the One Power of holding the One Power, and even then all he can judge is how much of the One Power the other man is holding. He can't say how much he can hold. There are great differences between men and women in the One Power.
They can be, and you haven't seen it because there's been no need to do it. And also some of the people who can make gateways don't know how to do it.
Some people have shielding Talents
Not with the form of healing that is generally known. With the newly rediscovered forms of healing, it would be quite possible, but with the newly rediscovered forms of healing people would learn how to do it because everything is healed differently with the new way.
The kiss is necessary, because that's how they learned to do it, because that's how the fellow that developed it did it. The extra bit is something in the bonding, and you'll find out what in Winter's Heart. You should have gotten a clue, I think, in the scene where the bonding took place.
The Forsaken and the Shadow
To be released, you can be released from it.
I guess he was right. Because after all, his source for the information was Birgitte, who has some memories of the War of the Power. And yes, if a Gholam decided to turn against one of the Forsaken, the Forsaken would certainly have as much difficulty in stopping the attack as any other person would. They were, after all, created for the sole purpose of assassinating Aes Sedai.
Asmodean went for the long jump in that scene.
Mashadar killed Sammael. Sammael is toast!
History (Age of Legends to Present Day)
Energy discharge weapons.
I have gone into this in some depth in other places, but basically after the breaking, the primary language was still what is called the Old Tongue. In the period between the breaking and the Trolloc wars, what would become the language spoken today began to develop as a common or vulgar tongue. During the period between the Trolloc wars and the war of the 100 years, that vulgar tongue supplanted the Old Tongue as the usual or everyday mode of speech, and the old tongue regressed to being more and more something of scholars. At the time of Artur Hawkwing, anyone who was educated, whether noble or commoner, could speak and write the Old Tongue, but in everyday life, most people used something very much like what is spoken today.
No, she wasn't. (Editor’s Note: He didn’t answer the original question.... or if he did, it’s ambiguous. I presume the answer is no, I don’t know why he would want to keep it from us.)
Geography and Culture in The Wheel of Time
Tar Valon has 500,000 people and cities like Caemlyn and Tear are around 300,000 or so. I've envisioned a seventeenth century society and you've got to remember that for those times 300,000 would be huge. Some Asian cities of that period had populations near one million but nothing in Europe was even close.
This is a world where what might be called the proofs of religion are self-evident all the time. It seemed to me there was no necessity for the trappings of religion, which by and large are to reinforce us in our faith and to convince others. If your beliefs are made concrete and manifest around you at any given time there is not the need for that.
First off...rarity. Fewer than 100 men in the nations that are spoken of in the book. It is a semi-formal thing that is normally one is chosen to become a Blademaster by other Blademasters. There's no real organization. IF you want to become a Blademaster, you have to find other Blademasters who are willing to acknowledge you as an equal.
There's more to it than that.
They can be traded, though. Besides which, there are other ways, if you read Lord of Chaos, to become gai'shain.
No. Absolutely no. No question about it. No. No. No. Thom is exactly who he says he is.
Not travelling in time. The physical laws of nature differ. Mentioning the Dark One here is bad luck. In Aelfland, it is *REALLY* bad. You cannot go to Finnland in Tel’aran’rhiod (similar to Stedding).
You guess. (Editor’s Note: Nine. It also has two birds on it, presumably ravens.)
In the Path of Daggers, you have to remember that Mat had a building fall on top of him. I personally don't think that Mat lying around in a bed with bandages and splints is very entertaining, and it certainly wouldn't have done anything to advance the story. Mat does have an encounter with pink ribbons that some of you might find amusing in this next book.
Partly the warder bond and partly the kind of Healing that was used on him...It should be obvious that Damer Flinn has discovered the same method of healing that Nynaeve uses and of course, he still is not completely Healed, remember.
Remember that Rand believes that the more interest he shows in his family, and in any of the people of the Two Rivers, the more he makes them a target. If his enemies believe that they hurt Rand by hurting tam or hurting the Two Rivers, then they will, so Rand has set himself on a course of pretending to have forgotten his past. Pretending to have grown beyond his rude country beginnings. He thinks he has to make his enemies believe that the Two Rivers no longer means anything to him. And the same for Tam.
No, it doesn't. And actually, that's not quite true, that all of her viewings have come true but one.
Her visions are absolute foretellings. The problem is, she doesn't always know what it means. The only changes from that are two visions she's had which indicated the possibility of the future forking, an "either/or." And that's the only time she's ever had anything like that.
Um, her viewings are always concerning the future.
Six foot five to six foot six.
He had a lot of things to do back home, and they were all pretty boring.
I'm not sure that they ever will. Who knows? It seems to me to be a very human thing in dealing with the opposite sex at least to think that somebody else knows more about it than you do. You might swagger and put on a surface belief of "well, I have that nailed!" but I think for most people, there's a little voice in the back saying "God, he really does know how to handle women, doesn't he?" or "God, she really does know all about men!"
A combination of Mordeth and the original Padan Fain. Mordeth is a human-made evil. The black wind gets along with Mordeth because of professional courtesy. Fain is anti-Forsaken as well as anti-Rand. He has a lot of skills and abilities outside of channelling. He cannot channel.
No, I did *not* say that Verin had never held the Oath Rod...Cadsuane has also held the Oath Rod.
She became absorbed into the city. She was left there and she is, after all, a Aiel, one of the people better at surviving under harsh circumstances than anyone else in the world. And also her corruption by Shadar Logoth gave her *some* protection.
She's dealing with a man capable of taking her head off before even she could blink and a man who's in a mental state where she can't be sure he won't.