History Headscratchers / TheWheelOfTime

9th Apr '17 1:29:55 AM Dragon101
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** That single Forsaken who pops up at 1,000 year intervals might go out of his way to keep everyone else in line. There is also the Black Ajah, who are much more long-lived and will have access to texts etc. that can keep them consistent, not to mention that the Aes Sedai are still around and are consistent themselves and ''everyone'' will be affected by how they see and talk about the Dark One etc due to their influence, so the Darkfriends can't help but be aware of and be influenced by the traditional view of the Dark One even if they have their own ideas. And lastly, the Friends of the Dark are a sort of pseudo-ReligionOfEvil at best, since in practice they operate closer to a secret society or a mafia syndicate; they aren't united just by beliefs, but by greed and selfishness, as being a member means that you can (in theory) enjoy various "perks", have enemies killed, cheat to get by in life and so on. When Ishamael shows up and they realise that the Forsaken are most definitely real and the Last Battle is most definitely at hand, most Darkfriends start to freak out because they never ''actually'' believed it (or at least, they never thought it was important or would happen in their lifetime).
20th Mar '17 2:17:11 PM Sethodine
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* Rand is able to "fork" a blast of balefire in two, deflecting it around himself with a power-woven sword. This is during his battle against Ba'alzamon in the Stone of Tear (end of Book 3). So balefire is completely redirect-able by nature.
17th Jan '17 5:30:51 AM DustSnitch
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** On the other hand we have Mat, a certified BadAss who is basically Rand's greatest general, a personal friend of the Dragon Reborn and ta'veren to boot.
** Mat clearly knows how to defend himself, yet allows Tylin to do whatever she wants to him. He pisses and moans about it yet never once considers reminding Tylin that he's a close friend of someone who could easily destroy Ebou Dar by himself if he felt the need. This is made even more shocking by the fact that Mat had been building up his BadAss credentials over the past few books and yet Tylin manages to reduce him to a snivelling wreck. One can only assume that Robert Jordan subscribed to the DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale philosophy.

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** On the other hand we have Mat, a certified BadAss badass who is basically Rand's greatest general, a personal friend of the Dragon Reborn and ta'veren to boot.
** Mat clearly knows how to defend himself, yet allows Tylin to do whatever she wants to him. He pisses and moans about it yet never once considers reminding Tylin that he's a close friend of someone who could easily destroy Ebou Dar by himself if he felt the need. This is made even more shocking by the fact that Mat had been building up his BadAss badass credentials over the past few books and yet Tylin manages to reduce him to a snivelling wreck. One can only assume that Robert Jordan subscribed to the DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale philosophy.
9th Jan '17 5:28:58 PM Aquillion
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* Balefire isn't even impossible to redirect in reality (Androl does it with a gateway.) People are so terrified of it that they don't stop to think about its limitations - as long as you don't touch the beam and have something that can redirect it without being erased, you can handle it just fine.
9th Jan '17 5:23:32 PM Aquillion
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* A bigger question: Why didn't Verin make a duplicate copy of all those messages and give them ''to Egwene''? At that point she was free of her oaths, and making sure Egwene was aware of those things would have served as an important backup plan. Egwene had access to gateways, so she could have easily had the White Tower handle all those things.
9th Jan '17 5:06:47 PM Aquillion
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[[folder: Why are people from the Two Rivers so much better than everyone else at everything?]]
They apparently have unbelievably awesome archers, riders, and (when using a quarterstaff) fighters; this doesn't just apply to the main characters, but is repeatedly mentioned to awe people who see Perrin's the Two Rivers troops in action in later books. Wha? While it's true that the longbow is something you learn your entire life as a hunter, there's no particular reason why the Two Rivers should be ''uniquely'' amazing at it compared to other small sleepy towns, and there's certainly no reason they should be particularly good with horses or the quarterstaff. Is it just Perrin's Ta'veren nature calling out their awesomeness?
9th Jan '17 5:02:33 PM Aquillion
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[[folder: Why are there so many Darkfriends?]]
For the past 3000 years, the Dark One has been sealed; only one of the Forsaken has been able to act on the world, and only in extremely limited ways for very brief periods of time at 1000-year intervals. Outside of him, every nation in the world has treated being a Darkfriend as deserving instant death. There are no rewards whatsoever to remaining one, and even their own prophecies are mostly about how the Dark One will bring ruin and pain and despair to everyone, including you. There seems to be a single wretched Dark One loyalist town near Shayol Ghul and that's it. How on earth did their beliefs survive for three thousand years in the face of all this? When Rand and Mat are traveling in the early books, they run into multiple Darkfriends in every village they pass through (and many of these seem surprised to see them, so they weren't all gathered for that purpose.) Where are they all coming from?
9th Jan '17 4:56:50 PM Aquillion
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[[folder: Where do the Whitecloaks get their authority?]]
Everyone who isn't a Whitecloak seems to hate them. They don't appear to have any particular religious basis outside their own texts and historical figures, which nobody else cares about (that is to say, they might style themselves after a church militant, but in the absence of a pope or any form of centralized religious authority, nobody has any reason to respect their claims, especially since nobody outside the Whitecloaks seems to believe they actually stand for or advance the cause of the Light.) They're essentially a militia based out of a tiny nation without the power to confront them, fine, but how are they able to march around in other countries randomly jailing or executing people? Andor seems like it could crush them like a bug (and has every reason to, since they constantly denounce Aes Sedai, which includes the queen.) They're treated like an NGOSuperpower, basically, but it's completely unclear where they're getting this power from.
4th Jan '17 9:09:19 AM Alas_Poor_Donny
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** It's likely less "the gods are male" and more "we've all agreed not to talk about this ever again". Because obviously the logical way that it would work given every other cultural gender division in Randland is for one of them to be male and the other female, and considering how quick the various patriarchies and matriarchies are to resort to mutual slaughter even all else being equal, there have probably been enough genocides over the question that the modern states have learned to avoid it, and stick to the gender-neutral pronouns (which, in English as of the first book being written in the 1980s, was definitively he/him/his/etc) and carefully never elaborate.
24th Dec '16 9:35:35 PM rTicWolf
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* Since they didn't actually revert to babies, (unless they did and were then re-aged up with the Power, which would be far in excess of any ability shown elsewhere) it wasn't ''literally'' being reborn, it was just a Power-created simulated experience of it.
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