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9th Aug '16 9:24:37 AM Elyandarin
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* ''Saidin'', the magic used by males, is tainted by The Dark One, causing inevitable insanity in its users.

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* CastFromSanity: ''Saidin'', the magic used by males, is tainted by The Dark One, causing inevitable insanity in its users.
9th Aug '16 9:23:39 AM Elyandarin
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* ''Saidin'', the magic used by males, is tainted by The Dark One, causing inevitable insanity in its users.
**The Forsaken also have access to what they call the [[spoiler: True Power, an extremely addictive, ''evil'' flavor of magic that also has serious psychological consequences; most would only consider using it under ''dire'' need.]]
9th Aug '16 8:31:20 AM Icestar1186(2)
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* CannotTellAJoke: Talmanes makes some spectacularly bad attempts at humor.
6th Aug '16 8:48:55 AM Generality
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* CataclysmBackstory - The [[WasItReallyWorthIt Pyrrhic victory]] of the original War crippled both sides and brought the end of the Age of Legends' civilization. See also AndManGrewProud. Interestingly--and to Moridin's ''great'' irritation--several weaves have since been developed that were unknown in the Age of Legends--such as the Warder bond and linking someone against their will--or even thought impossible, like [[spoiler:reversing gentling/stilling]]!

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* CataclysmBackstory - CastFromCalories: Healing uses the energy within the patient's body to heal them. This usually feels like a cold shock, with the severity and duration proportionate to the amount of healing. As such, Healing someone who is on the brink of death may cause them to die from the shock as their body repairs itself. In the third book, Mat is Healed of a powerful curse and the lingering effects of the work cause him to become a BigEater, having to eat many huge meals each day without gaining any weight, in order to eventually recover. An improved technique is eventually developed that doesn't have this drawback.
* CataclysmBackstory:
The [[WasItReallyWorthIt Pyrrhic victory]] of the original War crippled both sides and brought the end of the Age of Legends' civilization. See also AndManGrewProud. Interestingly--and to Moridin's ''great'' irritation--several weaves have since been developed that were unknown in the Age of Legends--such as the Warder bond and linking someone against their will--or even thought impossible, like [[spoiler:reversing gentling/stilling]]!
1st Aug '16 7:28:10 AM GunarmDyne
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* TheFinalTemptation: When Nynaeve goes through the Aes Sedai's admission test, she finds herself in an illusion where she's in a happy marriage with Lan.

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* TheFinalTemptation: TheFinalTemptation:
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When Nynaeve goes through the Aes Sedai's admission test, she finds herself in an illusion where she's in a happy marriage with Lan.



* FixingTheGame - Mat is occasionally accused of cheating because of his luck. He's so lucky that when he encounters weighted dice, he ''still'' wins.

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* FixingTheGame - FixingTheGame: Mat is occasionally accused of cheating because of his luck. He's so lucky that when he encounters weighted dice, he ''still'' wins.



** He gets another in ''Towers of Midnight'', one that is arguably THE defining moment, since [[spoiler:it creates Mah'alleinir, a Power-wrought hammer that is [[Myth/NorseMythology Mjolnir]] to fulfill the Karaethon Cycle's "when the Wolf King takes up the hammer", via the discovery that one of the Asha'man has the Talent to make Power-wrought weapons]].

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** He gets another in ''Towers of Midnight'', one that is arguably THE ''the'' defining moment, since [[spoiler:it creates Mah'alleinir, a Power-wrought hammer that is [[Myth/NorseMythology Mjolnir]] to fulfill the Karaethon Cycle's "when the Wolf King takes up the hammer", via the discovery that one of the Asha'man has the Talent to make Power-wrought weapons]].


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* FryingPanOfDoom: After the initial attack by the Trollocs in Emond's Field, Perrin's teacher tells Rand that his wife cracked a Trolloc's skull with her frying pan.
11th Jul '16 1:08:05 PM GunarmDyne
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*** If it's unclear what the price is, it's the exact same thing as the benefit: important stuff and coincidences relevant to the plot always happen to you. Whether that ends well or poorly is sort of up to the user, and Mat is really the only one that exploits the phenomenon adeptly by realizing that a stupid plan that hinges on a roll of the dice will work for him REALIABLY so long as he figures out exactly how much he twists the odds.

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*** If it's unclear what the price is, it's the exact same thing as the benefit: important stuff and coincidences relevant to the plot always happen to you. Whether that ends well or poorly is sort of up to the user, and Mat is really the only one that exploits the phenomenon adeptly by realizing that a stupid plan that hinges on a roll of the dice will work for him REALIABLY ''reliably'' so long as he figures out exactly how much he twists the odds.
23rd Jun '16 12:53:34 PM captainpat
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* CleopatraNose: Faile has a large nose, which Perrin finds unattractive until he falls in love with her. Saldaeans - Faile's race - usually have 'bold' noses and are subsequently described often as looking like eagles, hawks, etc.
21st May '16 4:40:26 PM Generality
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* AnArmAndALeg: Most significantly, [[spoiler: Rand loses a hand]] after rushing his liaison with the Seanchan and not taking proper precautions. Given the ties to NorseMythology, it was a given this would happen to someone. His indifferent reaction to the loss is another sign of his increasingly problematic mentality. The last book also has a few cases, particularly [[spoiler: Galad]] losing a hand fighting [[spoiler: Demandred]], and [[spoiler: Aviendha]] loses some toes in a PortalCut.
17th Apr '16 12:25:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* EvilTaintedThePlace: The Series provides us with the nightmarish hell hole of Shadar Logoth. The city was once a great and heroic city on the side of light but during a long war against the full onslaught of the Shadow - (Analog to the Devil), the city got a new counselor that convinced the people of the city that they had to be as dark and as hard as the Shadow to stand a chance. This attitude led quickly to the city abandoning all its allies to fend for themselves against the shadow and created an air of supreme paranoia within all its residents. The atmosphere of hatred within the city was literally so potent that it seeps into the foundations of the city. Fast Forward a thousand years or so and Shadar Logoth has become an EldritchLocation that serves as the only source of evil within the entire series on par with the Shadow.
7th Apr '16 11:57:50 AM Ilya_Rysenkov
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** [[spoiler: What will ''truly'' happen to everyone if Dark One wins, as Rand implies when he learns its plans.]]
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