History TheWheelOfTime / TropesGToL

14th Jan '16 12:27:38 AM jormis29
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** This is mentioned happening on a global scale [[OnceAnEpisode in the preludes of every book]], noting how "''[[TitleDrop The Wheel Of Time]] turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that [[ShroudedInMyth fade into legend]]''". [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe by [[WanderingMinstrel gleeman]] Thom Merrilin when he puts forward the "crazy" idea that later stories may cast HIM as the hero, not just telling stories and doing parlour tricks like fire-swallowing but some kind of fire-breathing wizard. Of course he's a lot more powerful than he lets on, and his name sounds a bit like "{{Merlin}}"...

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** This is mentioned happening on a global scale [[OnceAnEpisode in the preludes of every book]], noting how "''[[TitleDrop The Wheel Of Time]] turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that [[ShroudedInMyth fade into legend]]''". [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe by [[WanderingMinstrel gleeman]] Thom Merrilin when he puts forward the "crazy" idea that later stories may cast HIM as the hero, not just telling stories and doing parlour tricks like fire-swallowing but some kind of fire-breathing wizard. Of course he's a lot more powerful than he lets on, and his name sounds a bit like "{{Merlin}}"..."Myth/{{Merlin}}"...
30th Oct '15 9:20:35 AM AbbyDabby
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* GardenOfEvil: The Blight, a slowly-expanding disease on the land that spans the northern side of the main continent, where every plant and 'animal' is poisonous, extremely deadly, and out to get you. Thanks a lot, [[MadScientist Aginor]]. Its expansion ceases to become an issue after the first book. At it's heart lies [[{{Mordor}} Shayol Ghul]], the physical point that is closest to the weakness in the Dark One's prison.

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* GardenOfEvil: The Blight, a slowly-expanding disease on the land that spans the northern side of the main continent, where every plant and 'animal' is poisonous, extremely deadly, and out to get you. Thanks a lot, [[MadScientist Aginor]]. Its expansion ceases to become an issue after the first book. At it's its heart lies [[{{Mordor}} Shayol Ghul]], the physical point that is closest to the weakness in the Dark One's prison.
30th Oct '15 3:18:16 AM Teddroe
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* LawOfInverseFertility - [[spoiler: Not counting Min (who's implied to be on birth control) and assuming that Aviendha does indeed get pregnant with her quadruplets after the sex scene in book 14 as many readers assume, Rand produces an incredible six children in just three total sexual encounters with Elayne and Aviendha. Bonus points go to Elayne, who gets pregnant with twins her first time. A mild example because, while the pregnancies certainly aren't planned, they also aren't unwelcome.]]

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* LawOfInverseFertility - [[spoiler: Not counting Min (who's implied to be on birth control) and assuming Assuming that Aviendha does indeed get pregnant with her quadruplets after the sex scene in book 14 as many readers assume, Rand produces an incredible six children in just three total sexual encounters with Elayne and Aviendha. Bonus points go to Elayne, who gets pregnant with twins her first time. A mild example because, while the pregnancies certainly aren't planned, they also aren't unwelcome.]]
30th Oct '15 3:11:35 AM Teddroe
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* InformedFlaw: Elayne is occasionally described as having an uncontrollable sweet tooth, but she's never seen actually gobbling sweets, and certainly doesn't suffer any softening of the waistline.

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* InformedFlaw: Elayne is occasionally described as having an uncontrollable sweet tooth, but she's never seen actually gobbling sweets, and certainly doesn't suffer nor is there ever any indication of any softening of the waistline.
23rd Oct '15 12:39:17 PM Generality
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* LostTechnology - Rare remnants of the Age of Legends that draw on the One Power. ''Angreal'' increase the amount of power that can be safely channeled by a person. ''Sa'angreal'' are far rarer and more powerful versions of ''angreal''. ''Ter'angreal'', however, were each designed to do a particular thing and hence vary hugely in their function; some don't even require channeling to activate. The original purposes of most are largely unknown, and attempts to discover their purposes are ''extremely'' dangerous. Known ''ter'angreal'' include [[RestrainingBolt the Oath Rod]], items allowing access to the [[DreamLand World of Dreams]], a nigh-impossible-to-control ''[[DangerousForbiddenTechnique balefire]]'' rod, various portals to [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]], MagicBane and magic detection items, portable wards against evil, [[WeaponOfMassDestruction the Choedan Kal's buffered access keys]]... (''Ter'angreal'' figure prominently in the game.)

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* LostTechnology - Rare remnants of the Age of Legends that draw on the One Power. ''Angreal'' increase the amount of power that can be safely channeled by a person. ''Sa'angreal'' are far rarer and more powerful versions of ''angreal''. ''Ter'angreal'', however, were each designed to do a particular thing and hence vary hugely in their function; some don't even require channeling to activate. The original purposes of most are largely unknown, and attempts to discover their purposes are ''extremely'' dangerous. Known ''ter'angreal'' include [[RestrainingBolt the Oath Rod]], items allowing access to the [[DreamLand World of Dreams]], a nigh-impossible-to-control ''[[DangerousForbiddenTechnique balefire]]'' rod, various portals to [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]], MagicBane AntiMagic and magic detection items, portable wards against evil, [[WeaponOfMassDestruction the Choedan Kal's buffered access keys]]... (''Ter'angreal'' figure prominently in the game.)
23rd Oct '15 12:38:36 PM Generality
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** This is mentioned happening on a global scale [[OnceAnEpisode in the preludes of every book]], noting how "''[[TitleDrop The Wheel Of Time]] turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that [[ShroudedInMyth fade into legend]]''". [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe by [[SpoonyBard gleeman]] Thom Merrilin when he puts forward the "crazy" idea that later stories may cast HIM as the hero, not just telling stories and doing parlour tricks like fire-swallowing but some kind of fire-breathing wizard. Of course he's a lot more powerful than he lets on, and his name sounds a bit like "{{Merlin}}"...

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** This is mentioned happening on a global scale [[OnceAnEpisode in the preludes of every book]], noting how "''[[TitleDrop The Wheel Of Time]] turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that [[ShroudedInMyth fade into legend]]''". [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe by [[SpoonyBard [[WanderingMinstrel gleeman]] Thom Merrilin when he puts forward the "crazy" idea that later stories may cast HIM as the hero, not just telling stories and doing parlour tricks like fire-swallowing but some kind of fire-breathing wizard. Of course he's a lot more powerful than he lets on, and his name sounds a bit like "{{Merlin}}"...
23rd Oct '15 12:29:49 PM phantomreader42
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** This is mentioned happening on a global scale [[OnceAnEpisode in the preludes of every book]], noting how "''[[TitleDrop The Wheel Of Time]] turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that [[ShroudedInMyth fade into legend]]''". [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe by [[SpoonyBard gleeman]] Thom Merrilin when he puts forward the "crazy" idea that later stories may cast HIM as the hero, not a mere wandering minstrel telling stories and doing parlour tricks but some kind of fire-breathing wizard. And his name sounds a bit like "{{Merlin}}"...

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** This is mentioned happening on a global scale [[OnceAnEpisode in the preludes of every book]], noting how "''[[TitleDrop The Wheel Of Time]] turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that [[ShroudedInMyth fade into legend]]''". [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe by [[SpoonyBard gleeman]] Thom Merrilin when he puts forward the "crazy" idea that later stories may cast HIM as the hero, not a mere wandering minstrel just telling stories and doing parlour tricks like fire-swallowing but some kind of fire-breathing wizard. And Of course he's a lot more powerful than he lets on, and his name sounds a bit like "{{Merlin}}"...
23rd Oct '15 8:43:25 AM phantomreader42
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** This is mentioned happening on a global scale [[OnceAnEpisode in the preludes of every book]], noting how "''[[TitleDrop The Wheel Of Time]] turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that [[ShroudedInMyth fade into legend]]''". [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe by [[SpoonyBard gleeman]] Thom Merrilin when he puts forward the "crazy" idea that later stories may cast HIM as the hero, not a mere wandering minstrel telling stories and doing parlour tricks but some kind of fire-breathing wizard. And his name sounds a bit like "{{Merlin}}"...



** Nynaeve is infuriated that the Kin are helplessly deferential to the Aes Sedai despite being technically independent and in many ways more learned. She endeavours considerably to get them to collectively "grow some backbone" and stand up for themselves, and they gradually do... to her as well, [[HilarityEnsues which is not remotely]] [[HypocriticalHumor what she intended]].

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** Nynaeve is infuriated that the Kin are helplessly deferential to the Aes Sedai despite being technically independent and in many ways more learned. She endeavours considerably to get them to collectively "grow some backbone" and stand up for themselves, and they gradually do... [[GoneHorriblyRight to her as well, well]], [[HilarityEnsues which is not remotely]] [[HypocriticalHumor what she intended]].



* HijackingCthulhu: You have the a'dam, a slave collar that lets certain (mostly normal) women control Chanellers. This means someone below a novice can control the strongest possible chaneller if they have them captured. The male equivalent, the Domination Band, is even more appropriate, since it was made to control insane male channelers and briefly held [[spoiler: Rand himself]].

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* HijackingCthulhu: You have the a'dam, ''a'dam'', a slave collar that lets certain (mostly normal) women control Chanellers. This means someone below a novice can control the strongest possible chaneller if they have them captured. The male equivalent, the Domination Band, is even more appropriate, since it was made to control insane male channelers and briefly held [[spoiler: Rand himself]].



** The Seanchan leash and enslave any woman who displays a natural ability to channel. Not just any woman can be a ''sul'dam'' and hold the leash, only some possess the necessary aptitude. The Seanchan are not initially aware that [[spoiler: the ''sul'dam'' are women who are capable of learning to channel, but haven't manifested this power yet. They find out when one of them is bound with the very leash she was using on a captured Aes Sedai.]]
** Nynaeve works very hard to get the Kin to stand up for themselves and stop being so deferential to Aes Sedai. [[GoneHorriblyRight It works]], but she [[DidntSeeThatComing did not expect]] them to [[HypocriticalHumor stand up to HER]].



** The Tuatha'an and their SuicidalPacifism have shades of this too. [[spoiler: which is fitting, since the Aiel are a splinter sect]]



** Even expert channelers have [[LostTechnology lost]] a lot of powerful and important techniques over the centuries



* InferredHolocaust: With the Dark One's influence causing massive food spoilage throughout the continent, if not the world, to the point that channelers are routinely needed just to heal food poisoning, it's likely that a significant portion of the population, if not the majority, die of starvation before the end of the Last Battle. And that's leaving out the countries actually invaded by Trollocs.



* InsaneTrollLogic: There's a fair share of this wandering around the westlands, partially due to GossipEvolution. For instance, the appearance of the Dragon Reborn is a signal that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is nigh. Therefore, there are people who genuinely believe that if you kill The Dragon Reborn, the world will not end! What could be simpler!

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* InsaneTrollLogic: [[InsaneTrollLogic Insane Trolloc Logic]]: There's a fair share of this wandering around the westlands, partially due to GossipEvolution. For instance, the appearance of the Dragon Reborn is a signal that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is nigh. Therefore, there are people who genuinely believe that if you kill The Dragon Reborn, the world will not end! What could be simpler!



* {{Jossed}} - The theory ([[http://web.archive.org/web/20031210122826/steelypips.org/wotfaq/1_dark/1.1_forsaken1/1.1.5_taimandred.html with plenty of arguments]]) that Demandred is masquerading as Taim ("[[FanNickname Taimandred]]"). Even the two pieces of evidence in ''Winter's Heart'' that contradicted this were not wholly believed until Jordan finally settled the matter personally. Some still believe he [[RetCon changed it]] out of spite.
30th Sep '15 12:49:51 PM surgoshan
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* {{Irony}}: At the end of the first book, Rand swears that he'd cut off his hand before touching the power again...
6th Mar '15 4:27:32 AM Seiryu
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* ItOnlyWorksOnce: In Book 1, the party takes a shortcut from Caemlyn to Fal Dara, by use of the Waygates. Shortly after the party leaves the place, [[HumanoidAbomination Padan Fain]] comes through, and encounters the [[EldritchAbomination Black Wind]], both of which view each other as kindred spirits, of a sort. From that point on, the Black Wind is as fixated on Rand as Fain is. In Book 2, Rand and his current party attempt to take the Waygates to Falme, only to find the Black Wind right at the gate, waiting. They attempt a different Waygate, reasoning that the Wind cannot be in all locations at one time. While correct, the Wind is still waiting for them at the next Waygate.
** Minor example, as it's only Rand that the Waygates only worked for once. Perrin uses the Waygates in book 4, only encountering the Wind at the end of the journey. After book 5, Rand discovers Travelling, so it's not like he needs to use the gates anyway.
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