History Fridge / TheWheelOfTime

23rd Mar '17 8:50:04 PM LammyLams
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* The Seanchan reliance on omens. They've had people in their past with Min's pattern reading ability, and they took notes.
16th Jan '17 10:30:44 PM SCMof2814
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** Secondly, Pevara makes it clear that the Red Ajah is the one that is ''specifically trained to counter channelers'', particularly ''male'' channelers, in combat. If they practice on each other, that means that every member of the Red Ajajh has logged in more channeler-to-channeler combat hours than anyone else in the whole White Tower. By making the division of the Tower along Ajah lines, and by trying to position it such that the Red Ajah takes the most heat, and remain ostracized even after the division with Salidar was resolved, the Shadow has made the Ajah with the most chance of winning in combat against its Dreadlords into the ''least'' trusted part of the Tower. If Egwene had gone to great lengths to reintegrate the read into the Tower, the Ajah most experienced in channeler-to-channeler combat might have been held back from key engagement due to being ostracized and severely crippled the Tower's combat ability.

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** Secondly, Pevara makes it clear that the Red Ajah is the one that is ''specifically trained to counter channelers'', particularly ''male'' channelers, in combat. If they practice on each other, that means that every member of the Red Ajajh has logged in more channeler-to-channeler combat hours than anyone else in the whole White Tower. By making the division of the Tower along Ajah lines, and by trying to position it such that the Red Ajah takes the most heat, and remain ostracized even after the division with Salidar was resolved, the Shadow has made the Ajah with the most chance of winning in combat against its Dreadlords into the ''least'' trusted part of the Tower. If Egwene had hadn't gone to great lengths to reintegrate the read Red into the Tower, the Ajah most experienced in channeler-to-channeler combat might have been held back from key engagement engagements with Dreadlords due to being ostracized and severely crippled the Tower's combat ability.
16th Jan '17 10:26:18 PM SCMof2814
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* At first, the continent-wide bad reputation of the Red Ajah seems undeserved and a case of ProtagonistCenteredMorality. After all, they're the Ajah that deal with men who can channel. When your small town is dealing with one, insane or otherwise, they're the ones most likely to show up to deal with it, and at that point depending on the damage done you'd be damned glad to see them. And yet even non-channeler characters are nervous of them. Given events of the books however, in hindsight it becomes clear there are two very major reasons for this:
** after the Aiel War, there was a continent-wide hidden massacre of men who could ''potentially'' channel perpetrated by the Black Ajah. While not ''every'' hit is likely to have been done by a once-member of the Red, certain conversations between Red Sitters make it clear that they participated in this, as an Ajah, though likely without knowing why. If many, many, ''many'' mysterious deaths all over the continent kept happening for over at most a decade (since it seemed to have stopped by Rand's maturity, and is likely to have been what killed Thom's nephew), and there's always a Red sister hanging around at the time...
** Secondly, Pevara makes it clear that the Red Ajah is the one that is ''specifically trained to counter channelers'', particularly ''male'' channelers, in combat. If they practice on each other, that means that every member of the Red Ajajh has logged in more channeler-to-channeler combat hours than anyone else in the whole White Tower. By making the division of the Tower along Ajah lines, and by trying to position it such that the Red Ajah takes the most heat, and remain ostracized even after the division with Salidar was resolved, the Shadow has made the Ajah with the most chance of winning in combat against its Dreadlords into the ''least'' trusted part of the Tower. If Egwene had gone to great lengths to reintegrate the read into the Tower, the Ajah most experienced in channeler-to-channeler combat might have been held back from key engagement due to being ostracized and severely crippled the Tower's combat ability.
9th Jan '17 4:46:23 PM Aquillion
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** Also, in this world, The Dark One can just infer his name or have it spread among his followers. He could have it planted in his follower's mind, or even just announce it.

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** Also, in this world, The Dark One can just infer his name or have it spread among his followers. He could have it planted in his follower's mind, or even just announce it.it.
** It's probably relatively safe most of the time. Clearly the Dark One doesn't have limitless power to throw around (or he'd break everything constantly), so if you're not ta'veren and aren't one of his big enemies, it's mostly safe to say it. Additionally, the seals are weakening now; it was probably safe to say it for most of the past 3000 years.
9th Jan '17 4:41:49 PM Aquillion
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*** We know they survive those things because in the BadFuture that Aviendha foresaw, they break the White Tower, enslave all the Wise Ones, and take over the world.
29th Jul '16 5:49:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''The Dragon Reborn'' why did Else [[spoiler:most likely a disguised Lanfear at this point]] react so aggressively when she and Mat met on the Tower grounds and insist he stay far away? [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Because them 'coincidentally' meeting like that out of the blue would seem to be a ta'veren-level coincidence, and she didn't want to get any more caught up in Mat's ta'veren swirl if she could help it.]]

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* In ''The Dragon Reborn'' why did Else [[spoiler:most likely a disguised Lanfear at this point]] react so aggressively when she and Mat met on the Tower grounds and insist he stay far away? [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Because them 'coincidentally' meeting like that out of the blue would seem to be a ta'veren-level coincidence, and she didn't want to get any more caught up in Mat's ta'veren swirl if she could help it.]]
26th Apr '16 1:15:42 PM Jasin_Moridin
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* More of an AdultFear kind of FridgeHorror than most, and a bit Fridge TearJerker, but Perrin didn't actually undo the Compulsion Lanfear put on him. He resisted the effects long enough to kill her for the sake of the world, thanks largely to his love for Faile, but his brain was still warped into loving her when he did it. That, on top of the general Two Rivers WouldntHitAGirl mindset... no wonder he was crying his eyes out afterward.
20th Dec '15 4:43:48 PM nombretomado
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* The Blight always confused me- it's in the far north, and you'd expect corrupted lands in the far north to be a deadly arctic desert, not unlike the land around Morgoth's stronghold in ''TheSilmarillion''. Instead, we get a GardenOfEvil that's actually described as being ''hot''. However, according to [[AllThereInTheManual the Guide]], Shayol Ghul was on a tropical island before the Breaking of the World moved it to the far north. The conditions in the Blight are a recreation of the effect the Dark One's corruption had on the original tropical climate (the exception being the Blasted Lands, where the corruption is so strong nothing can survive at all). The fact that its in defiance of natural logic would only make it more appealing to a creature like the DO.

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* The Blight always confused me- it's in the far north, and you'd expect corrupted lands in the far north to be a deadly arctic desert, not unlike the land around Morgoth's stronghold in ''TheSilmarillion''.''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Instead, we get a GardenOfEvil that's actually described as being ''hot''. However, according to [[AllThereInTheManual the Guide]], Shayol Ghul was on a tropical island before the Breaking of the World moved it to the far north. The conditions in the Blight are a recreation of the effect the Dark One's corruption had on the original tropical climate (the exception being the Blasted Lands, where the corruption is so strong nothing can survive at all). The fact that its in defiance of natural logic would only make it more appealing to a creature like the DO.
24th Aug '15 7:01:06 PM tyouker
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* It seems ridiculously contrived that the door Asmodean more or less randomly chooses to open at the end of ''The Fires of Heaven'' would just happen to have [[spoiler: Graendal]] on the other side...until you remember that at the time, both parties were in the same building as a ta'veren who regularly caused unlikely accidents to happen to people in his vicinity.
13th Jul '15 4:43:29 PM melica
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* Demandred, Mesaana, and Semirhage have the most successful alliance among the Forsaken, which makes a lot of sense. Not only do they spread out strategically among strong power bases, with Semirhage covering Seanchan, Mesaana covering the White Tower, and Demandred [[spoiler: Shara]], but they complement eacdh other well. Demandred and Mesaana are similar enough to understand each other's goals and strengths (both had a StartOfDakrness resulting from feeling that circumstances chronically forced them into subservient roles compared to what they saw as less qualified people and both are skilled at detailed long-range planning) while being different enough to not be in direct competition with one another (Mesaana's an administrator and Demandred's a military guy; Mesaana basically wants the world at large to recognize her as a sucessful genius but doesn't have any particular enmity with the Dragon, while Demandred's all about proving himself better than and then killing aforementioned Chosen One). As for Semirhage? She's just [[TheDreaded really freaking scary]] and it's better to have her on your team than working at odds with you, something D and M are both smart enough to recognize.

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* Demandred, Mesaana, and Semirhage have the most successful alliance among the Forsaken, which makes a lot of sense. Not only do they spread out strategically among strong power bases, with Semirhage covering Seanchan, Mesaana covering the White Tower, and Demandred [[spoiler: Shara]], but they complement eacdh other well. Demandred and Mesaana are similar enough to understand each other's goals and strengths (both had a StartOfDakrness StartOfDarkness resulting from feeling that circumstances chronically forced them into subservient roles compared to what they saw as less qualified people and both are skilled at detailed long-range planning) while being different enough to not be in direct competition with one another (Mesaana's an administrator and Demandred's a military guy; Mesaana basically wants the world at large to recognize her as a sucessful genius but doesn't have any particular enmity with the Dragon, while Demandred's all about proving himself better than and then killing aforementioned Chosen One). As for Semirhage? She's just [[TheDreaded really freaking scary]] and it's better to have her on your team than working at odds with you, something D and M are both smart enough to recognize.
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