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Chapter 40: The Web Tightens
Supergirl #3 acquired. Also Haremette #2, but that's a different matter.
Also why the hell doesen't the damn spoiler tags work?
Let's see if I can get it. Nope. Huh.
You might want to go edit your comments then, Arilou. I don't like that spoilertags don't work either (they also don't work for the people actually writing the liveblogs, I should add), but I don't exactly see a solution. :/ On a completely different matter it's finally time for me to ask what I was wanting to ask Eegah: Of all the characters introduced thus far, what do you predict their order of international importance - from most important to least - will be by the point of the series at which we currently stand (ie. the end of book 13)? I would say "political importance", but there are a number of characters who are important albeit not within a political nature.
Elayne's definitely at the top of the list, as she'll undoubtedly use the trip to tag along with the heroes. Maybe with Gawyn joining her, though he's pretty much a cypher so far, only existing to react to his sister. Morgase will stay put for a while, until Elaida makes her inevitable attempt to kill everyone. Once the rest of the group catches up to Rand and Mat, they'll probably overrule Rand's objections to Loial joining them, and Elyas is definitely coming back later. After that, everyone sort of blends together into minor annoyances, though a few will probably become something more. Especially Fain, if that's who it is, with the buildup he's gotten.
You misunderstand me. As a comparison, of the characters introduced thus far, the order of "importance" is something like this right now: Morgase, Elayne, Byrne(sp?), Gawyn, Galad, Elaida & Moraine, Bornhald & Tallanvor (I think...), Lan, Nyneave, and then everybody else is around equal... except for a couple of characters who I feel it would be a spoiler to tell you where they fit... and also which characters those are, of course.
Ah. The Whitecloaks are probably going to become a much bigger deal later on, given the hints that they're sliding into Complete Monster territory with Byar's descriptions of the tortures they do. And Elaida is going to strike out on her own once it becomes clear that her control over Morgase has slipped too far, maybe to the ruler of some other territory we haven't seen. This will mean Elayne and Gawyn, plus all the guards, will find themselves much lower on the totem pole, giving them a more rootable underdog status.
And any thoughts on the rest of the characters? I may have waited until now to ask the question, but that was because I was waiting for the rest of the characters introduced in this book to be introduced. (Actually, there are four other named characters who get introduced later, but only one of them lasts beyond this book as they are.)
Like I said, the rest are basically a blur; the only ones that really stand out are the multitudes of people everyone has been pissing off that will probably come back one by one and get smacked down.
If you say so. I bet you'd have a more detailed answer by the end of this first book, however. :P
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