History Characters / TheWheelOfTimeTheShadowAndDarkfriends

9th Aug '16 8:50:09 AM NOYB
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Doesn't see the point of fighting against the, [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce in his view, unavoidable victory of the Dark One]]. He understand feelings like compassion and empathy perfectly well, but pays them no heed on his way to unmaking creation itself. And he tends to forget that others aren't as fatalistic as himself, thus acting vastly different than him.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Doesn't see the point of fighting against the, [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce in his view, unavoidable victory of the Dark One]]. He understand feelings like compassion and empathy perfectly well, but pays them no heed on his way to unmaking creation itself. And he tends to forget that others aren't as fatalistic as himself, thus acting vastly different than him.he.
9th Aug '16 8:47:14 AM NOYB
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The Myrddraal are mutant [[TheUsualAdversaries Trollocs]] which resemble pale humans with smooth skin where their eyes should be. Commonly used as commanders of the Dark One's armies, they are much more intelligent than their brethren and possess great fighting skills as well as minor magic, but are much weaker than the average channeler. Shaidar Haran, the most powerful of the Myrddraal, is a different story entirely, a fearsome creature that can command the loyalty and fear of even the Forsaken. Its true nature is the subject of much debate, but it is unarguably one of, if not the, most powerful weapon in the Dark One's arsenal- and might be something more...

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The Myrddraal are mutant [[TheUsualAdversaries Trollocs]] which that resemble pale humans with smooth skin where their eyes should be. Commonly used as commanders of the Dark One's armies, they are much more intelligent than their brethren and possess great fighting skills as well as minor magic, but are much weaker than the average channeler. Shaidar Haran, the most powerful of the Myrddraal, is a different story entirely, a fearsome creature that can command the loyalty and fear of even the Forsaken. Its true nature is the subject of much debate, but it is unarguably one of, if not the, most powerful weapon in the Dark One's arsenal- and might be something more...
29th Jul '16 1:39:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Her most evil act of savviness comes during Tarmon Gai'Don, when she [[spoiler:orders a raid of Trollocs to butcher the noncombatant refugees (women, children, and the elderly), knowing that her enemy is too heroic to ''not'' expend resources trying to rescue them.]]
29th Jul '16 5:52:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: In addition to his general military skills, WordOfGod indicates that he had access to the True Power but ''didn't'' use it unless he really needed it, recognizing it as a trap, and that in this respect at least he may have been the savviest of the Forsaken.
** WrongGenreSavvy: But on the other hand, he clearly expected the Last Battle to be a straight-up military conflict between him and Rand and plotted his strategies accordingly. [[spoiler: Which, as it turns out, isn't how it works]]. He also thought that if he was the last Chosen standing he'd be able to control how the world was reshaped by the Dark One, allowing him to become humanity's savior instead of Rand [[spoiler: but it's pretty clear from Rand's own confrontation with the Dark One that the DO would never have allowed this]].
17th Jul '16 7:31:44 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: A minor example. As Aran'gar, she is the ''only'' woman with the ability to channel ''saidin.'' One of the few people that encounters her and ''realizes'' this has a bit of an OhCrap moment, and distinctly thinks that her channeling ''saidin'' is impossible. Not "possible, just really bloody difficult," not "only made possible through gaming the rules of reality like a pro," but ''completely'' impossible.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: A minor example. As Aran'gar, she is the ''only'' woman with the ability to channel ''saidin.'' One of the few people that encounters her and ''realizes'' this has a bit of an OhCrap moment, and distinctly thinks that her channeling ''saidin'' is impossible. Not "possible, just really bloody difficult," not "only made possible through gaming the rules of reality like a pro," but ''completely'' impossible.
11th Jul '16 7:17:26 AM ruthlesstyrant
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* MeaningfulName: "Shaitan" is arabic for "Satan".
7th Jun '16 2:43:23 PM Alucard10001
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In the previous War Of Power, Lews Therin lead the forces of light supported by a team of lieutenants and trusted advisers. Many died, but others became {{Fallen Hero}}es and joined with The Shadow and The Dark One. These best-and-brightest were called "The Chosen" by the servants of the Shadow, "The Forsaken" by everyone else. There were originally about thirty Forsaken with various talents, ranging from military generals to doctors, scientists, artists, philosophers and so on. The [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteen]] most powerful Forsaken were sealed inside Shayol Ghul at the moment when Lews Therin placed the seven Seals on The Dark One. There they have remained... and with the Seals wearing down, they are starting to break free.

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In the previous War Of Power, Lews Therin lead the forces of light supported by a team of lieutenants and trusted advisers. Many died, but others became {{Fallen Hero}}es and joined with The Shadow and The Dark One. These best-and-brightest were called "The Chosen" by the servants of the Shadow, "The Forsaken" by everyone else. There were originally about thirty Forsaken with various talents, ranging from military generals to doctors, scientists, artists, philosophers and so on. The [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteen]] most powerful Forsaken were sealed inside Shayol Ghul at the moment when Lews Therin placed the seven Seals on The Dark One. Why they were all there when Lews Therin placed the seals is not known. There they have remained... and with the Seals wearing down, they are starting to break free.



* TheArchmage: All of them were above-average channelers by Age of Legends standards, which puts most of them at a truly epic stature compared to Third Age channelers (and with the egos to match). In particular, Ishamael (who wasn't the most powerful male channeler ever only because he was neck-and-neck with Lews Therin for the position), Lanfear (who ''was'' the most powerful female channeler ever), Aginor, and Demandred were noted for this.

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* TheArchmage: All of them were above-average channelers by Age of Legends standards, which puts most of them at a truly epic stature compared to Third Age channelers (and with the egos to match). In particular, Ishamael (who wasn't the most powerful male channeler ever only because he was neck-and-neck with Lews Therin for the position), Lanfear (who ''was'' the most powerful female channeler ever), Aginor, Demandred, and Demandred Rahvin were noted for this.



* YouHaveFailedMe: The Dark One doesn't take failure lightly, and tends to send his [[TheDragon Dragon]] out to take care of failures amongst the Chosen. Select examples include [[spoiler:Lanfear/Cyndane, Moghedien, and Sammael]]. He also punishes [[spoiler:Graendal]] for plotting against other Chosen and leading to their deaths and other failures, but does so more directly, and sometimes punishes those he brings BackFromTheDead with their new bodies. The exception, said [[TheDragon Dragon]], is acknowledged as not getting any real retribution for failure, but it is also noted that the Dark One isn't exactly one to work fairly and equally. [[spoiler:Ends up being played straight on the latter in Book 14, with his punishment ''having been'' his resurrection.]]

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* YouHaveFailedMe: The Dark One doesn't take failure lightly, and tends to send his [[TheDragon Dragon]] out to take care of failures amongst the Chosen. Select examples include [[spoiler:Lanfear/Cyndane, Moghedien, and Sammael]]. He also punishes [[spoiler:Graendal]] for plotting against other Chosen and leading to their deaths and other failures, but does so more directly, and sometimes punishes those he brings BackFromTheDead with their new bodies. The exception, said [[TheDragon Dragon]], is acknowledged as not getting any real retribution for failure, but it is also noted that the Dark One isn't exactly one to work fairly and equally. [[spoiler:Ends up being played straight on the latter in Book 14, with his punishment ''having been'' his resurrection.resurrection, because all he wants is to permanently die.]]



** It's implied that he was spun out of the Dark One's prison for 40 years at a time in 1000 year cycles, and that it has happened three times. The first time it happened he apparently woke up right in the middle of the Trolloc Wars, where he took command of the Trolloc forces and used them to nearly destroy civilization, but was spun back into the prison just before he could finish the job. The second time it happened, he caused the breakup of King Artur Hawkwing's empire and started a bloody war of succession called the War of the Hundred Years. The third time, he devoted his efforts to hunting down and killing Rand al'Thor before he could become a threat.

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** It's implied that he was spun out of the Dark One's prison for 40 years at a time in 1000 year cycles, and that it has happened three times. The first time it happened he apparently woke up right in the middle of the Trolloc Wars, where he took command of the Trolloc forces and used them to nearly destroy civilization, but was spun back into the prison just before he could finish the job. The second time it happened, he caused the breakup of King Artur Hawkwing's empire and started a bloody war of succession called the War of the Hundred Years. The third time, he devoted his efforts to hunting down and killing turning Rand al'Thor to the Shadow before he could become a threat.
3rd Jun '16 4:16:20 AM Alucard10001
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* TheArchmage: One of the strongest channelers ever to live, and quite possibly ''the'' most experienced and knowledgeable. In addition to the One Power, he's also skilled with the True Power and Dreamwalking (possibly being an actual Dreamer) and collects ''ter'angreal'', with likely only the White Tower itself rivaling his stock of powerful Second Age artifacts.

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* TheArchmage: One of the strongest channelers ever to live, and quite possibly ''the'' most experienced and knowledgeable. In addition to the One Power, he's also skilled with the True Power and Dreamwalking (possibly being (as an actual Dreamer) and collects ''ter'angreal'', with likely only the White Tower itself rivaling his stock of powerful Second Age artifacts.



* DreamWalker: A master of ''Tel'aran'rhiod'' manipulation, he haunts Rand's dreams for much of the first three books [[spoiler: and again in the last three]]. In addition, WordOfGod indicates that at least one of the Forsaken is a Dreamer, and most fan speculation has Ishamael pegged for the role.

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* DreamWalker: A master of ''Tel'aran'rhiod'' manipulation, he haunts Rand's dreams for much of the first three books [[spoiler: and again in the last three]]. In addition, WordOfGod indicates that at least one of the Forsaken is a Dreamer, and most fan speculation has Ishamael pegged for the role. role [[spoiler: confirmed by Rand after re-integrating Lews Therin's memories that Moridin is in fact a dreamwaker due to his ability to create little pockets of dreamlike pseudo-reality called Dreamshards]].



** It's implied he operated and was strongest in 1000 year cycles, and influenced both the Trolloc War and Hundred Year War.

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** It's implied that he operated and was strongest spun out of the Dark One's prison for 40 years at a time in 1000 year cycles, and influenced both that it has happened three times. The first time it happened he apparently woke up right in the middle of the Trolloc Wars, where he took command of the Trolloc forces and used them to nearly destroy civilization, but was spun back into the prison just before he could finish the job. The second time it happened, he caused the breakup of King Artur Hawkwing's empire and started a bloody war of succession called the War and of the Hundred Year War.Years. The third time, he devoted his efforts to hunting down and killing Rand al'Thor before he could become a threat.



* RedRightHand: As Ba'alzamon, he had flaming pits for eyes and a mouth (confirmed by WordOfGod to be a side-effect of overusing the True Power). As Moridin, he shows an earlier stage of this, the ''saa'', which take the form of tiny black dots that drift across his eyes.

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* RedRightHand: As Ba'alzamon, he had flaming pits for eyes and a mouth (confirmed by WordOfGod to be a side-effect of overusing the True Power). As Moridin, he shows an earlier stage of this, the ''saa'', which take the form of tiny black dots that drift across his eyes. Eventually, they turn his eyes completely black.
2nd Jun '16 9:37:06 PM Alucard10001
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* CripplingOverspecialization: Per WordOfGod he's the second-strongest of the male Forsaken in the One Power (and probably third-strongest overall, after Ishamael and Lanfear), but he's focused on making monsters using [[MadScientist Mad Science]]. This made him key in the War of Power, but in the Third Age he doesn't have the {{Magitek}} he needs for this purpose and as such he is one of the least effective Forsaken.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: Per WordOfGod he's the second-strongest one of the male strongest of the Forsaken in the One Power (and probably third-strongest overall, after Ishamael and Lanfear), Rahvin, but he's focused on making monsters using [[MadScientist Mad Science]]. This made him key in the War of Power, but in the Third Age he doesn't have the {{Magitek}} he needs for this purpose and as such he is one of the least effective Forsaken.



A famed musician and composer of the Age of Legends and the least violent of all the Forsaken. He is neither a schemer nor a general, and the only reason he turned to the Shadow was so that he could gain immortality and have enough time to learn every song ever written. However he ''is'' still a ruthless jerk, and [[MoralEventHorizon stilled his own mother]] among other terrible crimes. He favors Lanfear as an ally and is the weakest of the male Forsaken (still bounds ahead of most men in the current age). [[spoiler: His death is one of the single most famous mysteries in the series, fans arguing for years over who killed him.]]

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A famed musician and composer of the Age of Legends and the least violent of all the Forsaken. He is neither a schemer nor a general, and the only reason he turned to the Shadow was so that he could gain immortality and have enough time to learn every song ever written. However he ''is'' still a ruthless jerk, and [[MoralEventHorizon stilled his own mother]] among other terrible crimes. He favors Lanfear as an ally and is among the weakest of the male Forsaken (still bounds ahead of most men in the current age). [[spoiler: His death is one of the single most famous mysteries in the series, fans arguing for years over who killed him.]]



A general of the Shadow, and MasterSwordsman. He was one of Lews Therin's closest friends before jealousy led him to turn to the Shadow. [[spoiler:The first Forsaken to ''actually'' be killed off DeaderThanDead.]]

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A general of the Shadow, and MasterSwordsman. He was one of Lews Therin's closest friends before jealousy led him to turn to the Shadow. As per Word of God, he turned out to be the weakest of the male Forsaken (but still ranked eighth overall). [[spoiler:The first Forsaken to ''actually'' be killed off DeaderThanDead.]]



* GreenEyedMonster: Went to the Shadow because he envied Lews Therin Telamon. Also envied Lanfear and Ishamael.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Went to the Shadow because he envied Lews Therin Telamon. Also envied Lanfear and Ishamael.Ishamael for their favor.



* WeakButSkilled: A deadly warrior, skilled general, and crafty politician- but he doesn't seem to have been very impressive with the Power, by Forsaken standards, hence his envy of the higher-ranked Forsaken and desire for ''Callandor''.

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* WeakButSkilled: A deadly warrior, skilled general, and crafty politician- but he doesn't seem to have been very impressive with was the Power, by weakest of the male Forsaken standards, in terms of his raw power, hence his envy of the higher-ranked Forsaken and desire for ''Callandor''.



* PowerLevels: ''The'' strongest female channeler alive ([[spoiler:until Moirane tackles her through that doorway, at least, whereupon she becomes weaker but ''still'' stronger than most other Forsaken]]). Yes, that does mean "stronger than Nynaeve".

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* PowerLevels: ''The'' strongest female channeler alive ([[spoiler:until Moirane tackles her through that doorway, at least, whereupon she becomes weaker but is ''still'' stronger than the most other powerful of the female Forsaken]]). Yes, that does mean "stronger than Nynaeve".



* PowerLevels: Moghedien is explicitly described as being equal in The Power to Nynaeve.

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* PowerLevels: Moghedien is explicitly described as being equal in The Power to Nynaeve. However, her channeling abilities are dead last amongst the Forsaken.



* SmugSnake: Being one of the weakest Forsaken (well, outside of the World of Dreams, that is) doesn't stop her from being incredibly arrogant in her dealings with Third Agers.

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* SmugSnake: Being one of the weakest Forsaken (well, outside of the World of Dreams, that is) doesn't stop her from being incredibly arrogant in her dealings with Third Agers.



* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Moridin mindtraps her, and wears her essence as a necklace.]] However, he eventually grows bored of it and gives it to Moghedien herself, who while grateful is still unnerved at his change in demeanour.

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* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Moridin mindtraps her, and wears her essence as a necklace.]] However, he eventually grows bored of it and gives it to Moghedien herself, who while grateful is still quite unnerved at his change in demeanour.demeanor.
2nd Jun '16 12:51:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondeGuysAreEvil: This ''gholam'' is, anyway.
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