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    The Last Battle 

The Last Battle was already won.
In the very first book. When Rand killed Narg, Lord of All Evil. All this stuff afterward is just the nightmare of a Post-Victory Collapse suffering Farm Boy.
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     After the end/the fourth age 

Rand will become a King in the Mountain for future Ages.
This occurred to me when I was thinking about Nicola's Foretelling from Lord of Chaos. The first sentence is clearly Elayne, Aviendha, and Min; the second likely refers to them as well as Rand; and the third sentence seems to be saying "this is in the Fourth Age". Since we know that Rand has to die (or at least bleed profusely) at Shayol Ghul in the last battle, it would fit in quite well with the whole "legend fades to myth" deal.

Either Min is pregnant or Rand survives.
In Aviendha's incredibly-disturbing flash-forwards, there's a brief line about someone being from one of the three branches of the Dragon's descendants. The most obvious interpretation of that is from Rand's children by Elayne, Aviendha, and Min. Elayne is currently pregnant, and through Min and Rhuidean we've seen Aviendha's children, but nothing about Min's. Going off of overdosed-on-TVT-and-thus-not-that-reliable memory and conjecture, I don't believe there's going to be enough time after Towers of Midnight and before Tarmon Gai'don for Rand and Min to be together, so if she is to have at least one child by him, either she needs to be already pregnant, or he needs to survive long enough to impregnate her.
  • Read the scene again. Aviendha's persona thinks that the OTHER three lines of the dragon have died off. Aviendha has a grand total of four kids by Rand. Three of them have descendants die childless somewhere along the line, and the fourth survives a REALLY long time. In typical Aiel fashion, she ignores any of the wetlander kids that may exist. Even the girl who was Aviendha's granddaughter met Elayne's granddaughter and they really didn't like each other. Min never enters into it.
    • Okay, thanks.

Aviendha's Super Special Vision in Towers of Midnight was of a previous turning of the Wheel
Consider: Aviendha accidentally changes the function of the vision-granting ter'angreal in Rhuidean which used to grant past visions of one's ancestors, and instead gets what appears to be a vision of the future, post-Last-Battle. This vision seems "more real" to her than the visions of possible futures usually granted to Wise Ones. HOWEVER, thus far, every known method of divining the future (Foretelling, Min's viewings, Aeelfinn answers, Wise One ter'angreal visions, Dreaming, etc.) have been either very cryptic or fallible or both. There is no precedent for such a clear, detailed prediction of future events.

If we take as a given that this is not a "possible" (but uncertain) future like the ones Wise Ones usually see, but not an unalterable future like the ones glimpsed in Foretellings, Min's viewings, and other forms of prophecy either, what else could it be? Simple: it's not the future, it's the past. It's what happened to the Aiel in the beginning of the Fourth Age the last time the Wheel turned, but not necessarily what must happen to them this time (because each turning of the Wheel is slightly different, with the differences working themselves out over thousands of years and multiple Ages).

Last time, the Aiel were conquered and driven to extinction by the Seanchan, but all that is required to happen by the Pattern is that they cease to exist as a people sometime in the Fourth Age so that they can re-emerge in the next Age of Legends. Maybe this time, they'll be peacefully absorbed by the Westlands and lose their cultural identity through thousands of years of intermarriage, or they'll take up the Way of the Leaf again and become indistinguishable from the Travelling People, or some... third... thing.

  • Except that the visions explicitly follow her genetic line - the same Ages are similar, but not so much that they would both have an Aviendha who had four children by the Dragon Reborn.

Lan will become King of a Re-Established Malkier
What no one has mentioned is once the Last Battle is fought, what is going to be done about The Blight? Will it disappear and go back to the way it was? Will the Aes Sedai and Asha'man be required to fix everything? I think in Towers of Midnight some effort will be put into pushing The Blight back far enough and it will turn out that Malkier is back. Lan will then be crowned and Malkier will be used as the staging ground for The Last Battle. Or maybe he'll be crowned afterwards.

  • Well, while such a thing could still happen in A Memory of Light, it hasn't so far. Still, Lan did at least verbally reclaim his crown. There is also the viewing Min had of him with the seven towers and a sword in a cradle. Word of God says viewings are all of the future, not the past. Problem is, the viewing could have two interpretations: the seven towers could mean Malkier is re-established, or just what has happened already, Lan gathering the Malkieri and riding to Tarwin's Gap while calling himself king again. And the sword in the cradle could represent his child being given his sword because he's the next ruler...or because the responsibility of fighting in honor of fallen Malkier against the Shadow will be passed to him, as it was to Lan.

     The Horn of Valere 

The Heroes of the Horn get their power when called by the horn from sitting in the World of Dreams
Basically, the power they displayed at Falme is in line with what people expect out of them. The World of Dreams seems to be formed from people's thoughts, hence why temporary things flicker so easily; they're not firmly placed in people's minds when thinking about the location. So Birgitte never misses and rides on water because people think she does, and is immune to channeling because her being defeated by channelers is simply not in the legends. Furthermore, the reason their success got linked to Rand's is because that's how stories work.
  • AMOL Spoiler: Not explicitly refuted, but Artur Hawkwing does say the legends are wrong in one regard, so they're definitely not entirely bound by belief.

    Asmodean 

Asmodean was killed because he knew too much about his killer.
As of book thirteen, we FINALLY know that Graendal killed Asmodean, though a number of points are left unexplained and can only be implied or reasonably inferred. To run down the checklist from one of the major Wheel of Time websites:

  1. Means: she could use the True Power, hence why neither Rand nor Aviendha could sense her.
  2. Motive: to become Nae'blis (and cast Moridin down) by getting rid of a traitor.
  3. Opportunity: Not confirmed, but the theory that she was one of the two "servants" cowering in the corridor, and that she was supposed to have been in Caemlyn helping Rahvin, which is why he was surprised at Rand getting into the palace, seems very convincing now.
  4. Be a person Asmodean recognized, who he didn't expect to see, and of whom he was terrified: First one is obvious since she's a Forsaken, and under the Two Servants Theory would have dropped her disguise while in the pantry as she did with Sammael while meeting the Shaido. Second one: as far as he knew, she was in Arad Doman and never left there. As for the third, read and find out...
  5. Be able to dispose of the body: See point 1. As to why she would, be patient...
  6. Must know Asmodean's fate: Her thoughts and comments during her talk with Sammael in Lord of Chaos, where she insisted he was dead, give this away.

Which just leaves unexplained why this was kept secret so long, and how it was "intuitively obvious" Graendal was the killer. The explanation for this, for why Asmodean was terrified when he saw her, and why she destroyed the body rather than leaving it to warn the other Forsaken about what happens to traitors, is all explained by another, more personal, enterprising motive she had for killing him besides becoming Nae'blis. Please direct your attention to the following points, from The Shadow Rising and The Fires of Heaven:

  • When Rand dreams of swimming in a waterhole with Min and Elayne, Lanfear shows up to get jealous, then Asmodean. She chastises him for almost giving their game plan away and then notes "he would still be hiding in his hole" if she had not hauled him out.
  • When Rand is talking to Asmodean about the Forsaken and where they are located, he notes that he has spent some time in Arad Doman, and also that he knew Graendal had been there. The implication is that this is the "hole" in which he'd been hiding when Lanfear found him.
What was he doing there? Consider that Asmodean was the weakest of the Forsaken, meaning a) he'd want to be as far from Rand and his allies as possible and b) he'd want to attach himself to a powerful Forsaken, both for protection and to help increase his own standing and further whatever plots or designs he might have. At the same time, he would not work with anyone he hated or feared. The two most powerful Forsaken, Lanfear and Ishamael, he feared. (Plus at that point Ishamael was dead.) From comments made by him and others, he seemed to greatly dislike Demandred and Sammael, and the feeling was mutual. He also feared Semirhage. But Graendal had always been the most powerful Forsaken, after Ishamael and Lanfear—not in terms of the One Power (though she was strong) but in terms of her influence, information, and political/manipulative skills. He never expresses fear of her, either. We learn from her thoughts in book thirteen that she was once a good person, unlike most of the Forsaken; so was Asmodean, something they had in common. Lastly, the sort of retreat she created, one filled with beautiful people, fine things, relics of the Age of Legends, and overall a sense of culture and the elite, would appeal very much to a bard such as he.

So, either one of two things happened. Either he was outright allied with, and a part of, Graendal's coterie until Lanfear absconded with him (likely via the World of Dreams) to make him Rand's teacher, or he had simply ferreted out where she was hiding. The latter sounds rather out-of-character, both in terms of his abilities (Asmodean was not a spy or sneak, nor very good at either) and his personality (a weaselly coward who wouldn't take the risk of being discovered). But either way, Graendal knew (or figured out) he knew where she was. Note that no other Forsaken, aside from Sammael, knew where she was hiding, at most only suspecting. Yet Asmodean did know.

Put that together with his later 'treachery', and Graendal's further motivation for killing him becomes clear. On the one hand, Asmodean was the only one who could give away where she was hiding, both to Rand and the other Forsaken. Killing him would silence him, assuming he hadn't already blown the whistle on her. (He had, but she didn't know this.) At the same time, if he had not merely discovered where she was but had been allied with her for a time, the fact he seemingly defected might have cast suspicion on her loyalties too, particularly with their common bonds (a once good past). Kill him, and she looks like a loyal Chosen to the others as well as to the Dark One.

This explains why he would be terrified when he saw her: because he knew she was there to silence him and/or punish him for giving her away to Rand, as well as for turning traitor. Why did she destroy the body? Because leaving it to be found would make Rand wonder why he was killed, and thus he would lend more credence to any information Asmodean had given him as being true. And telling the other Forsaken about it would give away she was trying to curry favor so as to become Nae'blis.

Hiding the fact she and Asmodean had been allied, as well as that she was offing a traitor not on the Dark One's orders, but so as to impress him and become Nae'blis, is why this was kept secret. And the fact he knew she was in Arad Doman when nobody else did, coupled with him having been "hiding in a hole" somewhere, should have made it obvious to the reader that she would be the one to kill him, to prevent him from telling Rand where she was.

As to why none of this was mentioned, for example, in any of the meetings between the Forsaken in Tel'aran'rhiod in book five this could be because a) it had already been discussed prior to Nynaeve listening in or us getting to witness the talks b) Graendal didn't know Lanfear took Asmodean, just that he vanished, so while she might guess what happened after Lanfear suddenly has knowledge of Asmodean's treachery, she can't confront her and prove it, or c) as we knew from her thoughts and comments in Lord of Chaos and has now been confirmed in Towers of Midnight, Graendal does not like to share her plots with others. So she would never admit to allying with Asmodean or killing him (let alone to Lanfear having snatched him away from her).

Further evidence: who all does Asmodean tell Rand about among the Forsaken, as far as locations go? Graendal herself, Sammael, Rahvin (though only that he had a queen as a pet), and Moghedien "somewhere in the west"—all people Graendal was meeting with. Who did he not know the locations of? Mesaana, Semirhage, and Demandred, the same ones Graendal hadn't located yet. Which suggests that Asmodean got all his information from Graendal, again underscoring them having been allies, or at least meeting on occasion.

In the prologue of Fires of Heaven, after Lanfear reveals Asmodean has joined Rand, the first person to change the subject is...Graendal, and she does so by being catty towards Lanfear and how besotted she was over Lews Therin. A very good way to keep anyone from prying too closely into what Asmodean might know or why he went over....

Then in retaliation for this a bit later, Lanfear suggests Rand might make Graendal into his pet instead, and notes she "won't even be able to make Asmodean's choice". This is in the context of not being able to teach Rand because she's a woman, but it is certainly interesting if read in the light that Lanfear knows very well Asmodean and Graendal had been allied...since she would basically be implying Graendal would make the same choice (change sides). Because they have something in common? Because they had been allies? Lanfear is certainly drawing a line between the two of them with her statement, thus justifying further Graendal's fears of being linked with Asmodean, and this being a reason to kill him.

What makes this a WMG, of course, is that while all of this is logical and makes sense, unless we ever get another POV from Graendal it can never be proven.

     The True Power 
There will be three types of power
It stands to reason that with there being the One Power, force of time, and the True Power, force of evil, there should be a power that can only be channeled with the consent of the Creator himself, with Rand being the Dragon Reborn and being prophesised to confront the Dark One who can use the True Power independantly, wouldn't Rand need a new power to even the odds?
  • This makes a certain amount of sense, particularly when you consider Sanderson's own Mistborn books. That trilogy has two gods (Preservation and Ruin) in opposition to one another, which results in three magic systems- one from Preservation (Allomancy) one from Ruin (Hemalurgy) and one from both (Feruchemy). Now, I'm not saying that Sanderson would make as big a change as adding a third kind of Power on his own, but since both cosmologies are driven by opposing, dualistic gods and we know that at least one of WOT's magic systems comes directly from one of them (the True Power from the Dark One) it does make one wonder...
    • More support for the idea: we know the taint on saidin came from the Dark One, and could possibly even have been caused by the True Power mixing with the One Power. But in Towers of Midnight we discover that the thorns of Rand's taint madness have been coated by some "liquid light" which is protecting him and keeping him sane. This must be a result of his epiphany on Dragonmount in The Gathering Storm. We have no idea how Rand accomplished this healing, when he fully accepted and joined with Lews Therin, but the fact the moment coincided with light shining down upon him, thus breaking through what had been until that moment the Dark One's immovable cloud cover, is certainly suggestive. If there is a power exclusive only to the Creator and his champion, it would seem Rand unconsciously drew upon it to heal himself. Which in turn makes the prophecy about Callandor and the "three being one" very interesting, if it means the One Power, this power of the Creator, and the True Power (if Rand can still channel it due to his link with Moridin)...
    • When Rand is in Far Madding and says that the Guardian only stops the One Power, we assume that he refers to his, still unresolved, ability to draw on the True Power. In a series where half the characters' primary trait is the ability to lie while speaking not a single untrue word. Who is to say that, if the Borderlanders had decided to kill him, he was referring to some new, uncertain ability?
    • (OP back again) I've had another thought that is slightly related to this in reference to the thorns of liquid light that were mentioned, that Rand may be the reincarnation of the creator, it might be that as a result of integrating with Lews he's come slightly closer to being the full creator than any other version of The Dragon that has been before. As a result of that he may be able to join with the rest of the incarnations when he dies as a result of the prophesy about the Horn Of Valere. He's protected from the taint because the Creator's natural power and the True Power counteract each other, forcing them to compete on entirely different terms, hence the armies and the Heroes of the Horn.
  • Actually, sort of yep, although it doesn't come into play until the post-Last Battle epilogue and then is used only for lighting Rand's pipe.
    • There's nothing pointing to it being a new power. If anything, it looks like Pattern manipulation.

Rand can channel the True Power because Moridin can.
It's been established that the two of them share a strengthening connection, and in The Gathering Storm, the connection was finally made apparent when Rand visited Moridin in his dreams. The connection was quite possibly strengthened even more as a result of the dream. The fiasco with Semirhage didn't happen until after that dream sequence. What I figure is that the Dark One didn't actually grant Rand the ability to touch the True Power. Maybe Rand can do it because Moridin has the ability as well.This has to do with Min's viewing of Rand and another man merging with one another. The other man isn't Lews Therin, like Rand believed. It's Moridin. And the True Power is an example of that merging.
  • Entirely possible. Though it could also be Rand was given the ability to channel it because he had become unstable and insane enough to please the Dark One. Remember it always wanted Rand to serve it if it could get him...presumably if he started doing or being what it wanted, it would start extending the rewards it promised. Also, neither Moridin nor the Dark One were pleased with Semirhage's failure—so if Rand hadn't killed her, it was obvious she was slated for a You Have Failed Me moment. No reason they couldn't have taken the chance to get rid of her through Rand's True Power usage. Or option 1.5: Rand pleased them by becoming dark and hard enough to serve the Dark One, which meant that Semirhage actually succeeded at her mission. But then she wasn't needed anymore, so...
  • It seems fairly likely that Rand and Moridin's connection and Rand's link to the True Power originated from when their balefire crossed in Shadar Logoth killing Sammael. Rand's OP balefire and Moridin's TP balefire merged, linking them and giving Rand access to Moridin's TP. This also caused the waves of dizziness that Rand experiences since TPOD.

Ishamael deliberately overuses the True Power
It's repeatedly stated that even the other Forsaken use the True Power only rarely and that it leads to With Great Power Comes Great Insanity, so that only the completely nutty Ishamael/Moridin would dare use it on a regular basis. But what if it's the other way around? We know that Ishy was a philosopher who came to a very bleak and nihilistic worldview that lead him to team up with the Dark One in the first place- what if he is deliberately trying to make himself go mad so he doesn't have to deal with it any longer? It's the equivalent of an ordinary person drowning their sorrows in alcohol, but since he's the God of Evil's Dragon, he gets Drunk on the Dark Side instead. As Ba'alzamon, he'd plainly succeeded, turning himself into a raving borderline-Card-Carrying Villain; but as Moridin he seems a good deal more rational (not to mention he's got the saa now instead of the fire-eyes), albeit still as devoted to his "cause" as ever- the reincarnation probably caused some sort of snapback that cured the worst of what he'd done to himself. The question is- where does he go from here?
  • In one of Sanderson's books, it's made quite clear that Moridin/Ishmael viewed the return of his sanity as a punishment - if he can't think properly, he isn't thinking about the things that led him to despair in the first place.

All Myddraal channel small amounts of the True Power
Okay, so the Fades are clearly established as having a variety of supernatural abilities (albeit not to the degree that a human channeler would); their powers can't be detected by human channelers; according to Semirhage, even they don't know where their powers come from. Also take note that the Dark One uses as Myrddraal, Shaidar Haran, as his empowered emissary/proxy/avatar. Now, Haran's ties to the Dark One are obviously unique, but perhaps other Fades (arguably the most completely heartless and evil of the shadowspawn)have a much fainter link, which enables them to use the Dark One's own Power for small feats. Best part? Even a human who knew what to look for couldn't tell that they do it, because Fades don't have eyes- therefore, no saa!
  • Which could also explain why they are used as 'filters' for the circle of 13 Dreadlords which can turn a channeler to the Shadow—it is the True Power, the essence of the Dark One, in them that causes the channeler's soul to have their worst/evil traits brought out.
  • Perhaps the whole reason they are what they are is that they are Trollocs with the channeling gene?

Be'lal made Callandor
Let's consider some points:
  • Only the Forsaken can channel the True Power. Callandor is a True Power sa'angreal, and surely you need to be able to channel the True Power to make one. The prime candidate would be Ishy, who channels the TP most, except that when he finally gets ahold of Callandor he's stunned by its properties.
  • Be'lal seems to be obsessed with getting ahold of Callandor, to the extent that other Forsaken (like Rahvin) call him a fool for wanting it so badly.
  • Be'lal has gathered the means to use Callandor safety—he has captured female channelers whom he intends to turn to the Shadow and/or Compel. Yes, they're also there to bait Rand, but the man is known for his complicated plots. Nobody seems to know about Callandor's weaknesses yet (certainly not the readers).
  • Be'lal is known as the Netweaver for his complicated plots, yet what we know of his actions doesn't look all that complicated.

I propose the following:

Callandor was created by Be'lal as a trap for Lews Therin, perhaps before he was known to have defected to the Shadow. (Even the Guide contradicts itself on when he defected: early or late in the Collapse, or even after the War of Power began. Maybe he defected long before he did so publicly, like some of the other Forsaken.) Be'lal intended to have a pair of turned and Compelled women present to seize control of Lews the moment he took Callandor. For whatever reason, it didn't go down that way. (We're not even sure Lews Therin ever actually held Callandor.) In this way, Be'lal could make Lews Therin channel whatever he wanted, up to and including destroying himself with the Power. Be'lal could also use the sa'angreal safely himself by this means after disposing of Lews; Compelled channelers could technically control the link while doing whatever Be'lal wanted.

If this is the case, then Be'lal really does live up to his name—he came within a few heartbeats of pulling off a trap that he set in motion thousands of years before.

  • There is one major flaw in this theory though: Callandor has, by all accounts, been made during the Breaking, after Be'lal had already been sealed. This is supported both by the BWB (manual) and Rand's Aiel viewings in The Shadow Rising.

     Unknown channeling abilities 

Masema can channel
At the start of Lord of Chaos, when Taim shows Rand how to test for the ability to channel in men, he mentions that excessive channeling around a man with a latent ability to channel can cause 'strange things' to happen to his mind.

Now think back to the end of The Great Hunt, when Rand fought Ishamael and their fight was projected in the sky. The prophecy about this battle specifically said, "Above the watchers shall he proclaim himself"; since the author is a big fan of Exact Words, it follows that Rand was directly, though probably unconsciously, responsible for this display.

If anyone happened to look up, then they probably would have been pretty engrossed. Any man with the latent ability to channel would have had his spark brought forth, along with any associated madness.

Masema was among the Shienaran soldiers involved in the battle. When he reappears in The Fires of Heaven, he is completely insane; Perrin's nose confirms this in a later book (The Path of Daggers?).

In another book, Verin thinks to herself that if a wilder learns to channel on her own, she always figures out one of two things - Eavesdropping or Compulsion. Verin is specifically thinking about women, but it's not unreasonable to think that the same may be true of men.

Let's look at Masema - an insane, poor, foreign soldier who manages to gather a huge force of fanatics in Ghealdan - and most people in the Westlands don't like the Dragon. This sounds entirely like Compulsion, which he learned unconsciously after his latent channeling ability was brought to the fore after witnessing the battle in the sky.

  • Wouldn't Perrin's Asha'man say something?
    • Actually, male channelers cannot tell if a man can channel if he isn't already holding saidin, and even then they can't tell how powerful he is unless he holds as much of it as he can without burning himself out.
  • Not to mention what happened near the beginning of The Gathering Storm. It makes me doubt Masema could channel.
    • Well, not any more he can't!
    • He didn't know he could channel. That would be blasphemy, after all.
  • There already large numbers of Dragonsworn long before Masema got his Prophet on. They just started flocking around him because he was a direct connection to the Lord Dragon. Additionally he tended to attract a certain kind of people. The kind you wouldn't like to meet. Ever.

Galad can channel
In his duel with Eamon Valda, Galad enters "The Void" to use his sword forms. He describes how he can hear a fly paces away as if it is buzzing in his ear, how he could make out the pattern on the fly's wings. This is exactly like the sensory-enhancing effects the channelers describe when holding the source. Other characters that enter the Void, like Lan in "New Spring" never make any mention of improved senses, only being "one with the blade" and etc.

And since Rand is Galad's half brother through his mother, it seems very possible that Galad has the spark as well.

  • I think you mean that he would be one of those who could be taught to channel, because if he had the spark inborn he would have channeled on his own by now. But in all other respects this is a highly plausible theory. Also, for added humor value, perhaps this means he's the one responsible for the Cosmic Dress being woven below (what man in Randland would know how to create a proper dress for a woman? No wonder the Dark One isn't happy!).

  • Or, alternatively he does have the spark and has been channeling since a very young age. The "always do what is right, not matter who it hurts" could be his own specific madness brought on by the taint: Galad realized he was channeling and created the "always do good" as a defense mechanism (similar to Rand's "never kill women" thing), the reason being that even if he went mad, so long as he kept that at the core of his character then ultimately he would do good and thus not risk breaking the world again and causing suffering and injustice. Over time this became twisted by the taint so that he began to lose his human empathy for those that were hurt in his upholding of justice (again like Rand's thing, where his protection of women from battle mutated into extreme Honor Before Reason, and crossed somewhat into Lawful Stupid). Eventually this would have lead to the inevitable Well-Intentioned Extremist route, where he would have seen the ultimate justice for all the horribleness in the world was to Break it again and he would never have realized he had gone mad until it was too late.

Mat could learn to channel
...though I doubt he ever will, certainly not before the Last Battle. But we know that at least two of his sisters can channel, and it would be such a perfect fit with the rest of his story arc: the four things he really hates and wants to avoid are destiny (turns out he's one of the three greatest ta'veren ever), battles (turns out he's a military genius), nobility (turns out his wife is an empress) and the One Power...

Gawyn can learn to channel.
We know the ability to channel is determined by a recessive allele. Let's call the ability to channel c, and the inability C. Only cc people can channel; Cc and CC people are completely unable.

Canonically, we know that Morgase is cc. Elayne is also cc, so it follows that Taringail must have been Cc or cc. If he was cc, then Gawyn is also cc. If, on the other hand, Taringail was Cc, then Gawyn definitely got the c allele from Morgase, and has an even chance of getting the C or c allele from Taringail. Thus, a Cc Taringail means Gawyn could equally likely by Cc or cc.

Hence, purely by statistics and the laws of genetics, there is at least a 50% probability that Gawyn can learn to channel.

  • Actually, this reasoning only works if one assumes that ability to channel comes from just a single gene. Given the extreme rarity of the ability, it seems likely that there are multiple genes involved, with some of them granting the ability, and others creating the spark. Noting that Morgase has just the barest hint of channelling ability (she likely couldn't even match post-healing Siuan if she used the Choedan Kal), and that she didn't have the spark, we can be fairly confident that the probability of Gawyn also having the ability is fairly slim. That said, it certainly isn't impossible. It would actually be quite funny if it turned out that Gawyn was not only capable of channelling, but if taught, was comparable in strength to Egwene. Personally, I'm more hoping that Gawyn is found to be capable of Dreaming (as it has been established that the ability is not tied directly to ability to channel, and while we haven't seen a male dreamwalker, it seems likely that they can exist) - alternatively, perhaps the Warder bond will give him the ability to follow her into Tel'aran'rhiod.

  • The mechanics of channeling ability are't consistent. When the DO stuffs Forsaken souls into new bodies, they are exactly as powerful as they were before, even to the point of a gender mismatch using the "wrong" power. Presumably whomever the poor chick was before she got an evil dude's soul jammed inside her, Aran'gar couldn't channel saidin. Perrin even recoginized Cyadane!Lanfear by scent. In a new body. Rand is exactly as powerful Lews Therin ever was, despite not being descended from himself (since he sort of murdered ever relative he had). Souls seem to have at least as much to do with it as genetics. Of course, willpower seems to be directly tied to power right up until Mo L, so who knows.
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     The Dark One and the Shadow 

The Dark One is resurrecting the Forsaken in order to induce Rand to use Balefire to kill them.
It's understandable why the Dark One might want to keep Ishmael/Moridin around, but why would he waste energy bringing back Aginor, who managed to do exactly nothing before he was killed, not to mention Lanfear, who actively betrayed the him? In addition, Rand learned about the resurrections and how to stop them from Moridin. Why would Moridin give away that secret and negate such an important advantage of the Dark One—unless the Dark One actually wants Rand to Balefire his servants.
  • So for the sake of argument, why does the Dark One want Rand to balefire the Forsaken?
    • Presumably, to further damage the Pattern, making it easier for him to break free.
    • To follow from the above: the Forsaken are still threads in the Pattern, and if the Pattern is the Dark One's prison or must completely unravel for him to break free of the prison, then all threads must be destroyed, even the Forsaken's. Nae'blis may possibly mean "last to die"; Moridin certainly seems to want everything to end, so it makes sense he would encourage Rand to use balefire on the Forsaken so as to help break the Dark One free so he will destroy reality. Semirhage even has thoughts something like this, when she wonders about the Dark One moving the Forsaken about like game pieces: "The Chosen might be Spires or Counselors, but they were still pieces on the board."

Narg Is Shaidar Haran
The Dark One reincarnated Forsaken, so obviously he would have reincarnated his ultimate warrior. When Narg died, The Dark One brought him back as his Superfade. However, in his POV we learn he is plotting to overthrow the Dark One. Therefore, Narg will be the Dark One!

The Dark One doesn't actually mind being imprisoned, and trying to escape is done for entertainment while drinking copious quantities of beer
It's mentioned by Verin that the Dark One has incredibly poor taste in selecting his top followers. Given the sheer size of the population during the War of Power, he could almost certainly have found thirty disciplined, intelligent, loyal, and powerful people. Instead he deliberately picked out people for gaping personality flaws, and Ishy to ride herd on them.

It's clear the Dark One is not stupid. If he really wanted to escape he'd have picked out more competent leaders. Instead, he picked people who are excellent sources of fun. He doesn't want them to succeed so much as fail entertainingly.

  • He's winning.
  • One could Take a Third Option and say both are true- he does want to win and get out, but he doesn't rely on (most of) the Forsaken to help with that. They're just there to provide entertainment, since watching a bunch of lunatics run around screwing the world up is how a God of Evil gets his jollies, and are ultimately irrelevant in the grand scheme of things- except as a distraction for everyone else, while the real plans get carried out by Ishamael/Moridin and Shaidar Haran.
    • I would like to toss in the idea that The Forsaken as a whole exist to distract from Ishamael and Shaidar Haran,I would even go as far as saying that Ishamael attacked Rand in the Stone of Tear to get resurrected so he could go underground and pull the strings in the background while Rand spend his time dealing with with the other forsaken.
  • AMOL Spoilers: The Dark One really does seem to want to get out, but he doesn't really care at all for the Forsaken, even Moridin. Of the three visions he shows Rand of worlds he might create, in only one do the Chosen actually get to rule- in the second, the Shadow's armies were defeated but the Dark One swooped in and altered humanity to be like him without the victors realizing anything was wrong, and the final one was a void. In the long run, the Forsaken's main job looks to have been making the Dark One's job easier by using lots of balefire to weaken reality, while Moridin's job was to suck Rand into a battle with the DO.

The Dark One's eventual victory isn't as certain as Moridin claims
We're all familiar with the logic: The Dragon has to win every time, the Dark One only has to win once. However, the pattern is a Multiverse... and Word of God says that if the Dark One is sealed in one timeline, he's sealed in all of them. To win, the Dark One has to defeat the Dragon in every single alternate timeline — something next to impossible. The Dark One has to win every time too.
  • It's next to impossible - but so far as we know, the DO has eternity to keep at it. He can afford the wait. It's also said that if he's freed in one timeline, he's freed in all of them.
  • The alternate timelines stuff kind of shows up in AMOL As the battle progresses, Shayol Gul gets increasingly disassociated from the rest of reality, to the point that it becomes impossible to gate there. The people fighting there see ghostly images of other armies also fighting Trollocs, and it's implied that they're overlaid from other worlds. It's thus possible that there's really only one Bore, and all incarnations of the Dragon sealed it "simultaneously", as far as that word can be applied to any events subject to so much time dilation. Alternately, realities where the Bore gets bad enough may outright merge.

The Dark One is really the Creator.
What if after he initially created the world, the creator decided that he wanted to do it over, but had cut himself off of it? When mankind created the Bore, it let him in, but was still not enough to simply unmake it. This would also tie to the True Power, in that it would be similar, but is channeling the life force of the Dark One/Creator.

There's more than one Dark One
The Creator only imprisoned one, Shai'tan, the most powerful, (or there is only one whose prison got a hole bored into it in the Ao L) but there are other similar personifications of destruction, entropy, chaos, and evil out there in the cosmos. What follows is partly based on comments Sanderson and Jordan has made in interviews, partly based on AMOL: During the Trolloc Wars, a human named Mordeth started looking for other powers that could oppose the Shadow, and he went to the Finns, and they either told him how to get in contact with or directly put him in contact with (depending on which Finns he went to) another Dark One, Shaisam, who began to feed him a form of power distinct from the One or True Powers. Well, we all know what happens next, and Mordeth ends up a spirit haunting Shadar Logoth, a city that had become infected with Shaisam's power, which manifested as Mashadar, the killing fog. After his attempted possession of Fain goes awry, the mix of two human personalities plus Shai'tan's taint on Fain plus Shaisam's taint on Mordeth leaves the resulting being totally Axe-Crazy and weakens his humanity enough that Shaisam becomes able to have more and more of an influence, until by Tarmon Gai'don, Fain becomes an avatar of Shaisam, even using its name. Being weaker than Shai'tan, but not bound away from the world, this new Dark One could have become an even greater threat- had Mat, immune to its power, not shown up and killed Fain, severing its connection from the living world once again.
  • This theory is based on Word of God confirmation that Mordeth went to the Finns (maybe Shaisam is Finnland's Dark One and they hooked him up with Mordeth in hopes of getting rid of him?), Fain had somehow managed to sidestep the Pattern in certain ways, and that there was a specific dark force driving Mordeth/Fain, as well as in AMOL his name change and the fact that he's become more a force than a person, albeit one still tied to the human body of Fain.

The "bubbles of evil" are actually Rand's fault
In A Memory of Light, Rand has a final confrontation with the Dark One itself, inside the Dark One's prison which is outside of the Pattern. During that confrontation, it's revealed that there is a way that the Dark One can be permanently destroyed, but it will require binding the Dark One to the Pattern first. The characters believe that the Bubbles of Evil are supposed to be the effects of the Dark One touching the Pattern, but Rand turned out to be the reason that the Dark One had touched the Pattern at those places and times in the first place.

     The Seanchan 

The Seanchan Empire will be disbanded or given an overhaul
  • In Towers of Midnight, Aveindha sees The future of her descendants, who will be destroyed by the Aiel. And she's disgusted by her great, great, great granddaughter's life and almost abandons her test in the glass columns after seeing it. Knowing this, and the fact that Fortuona is not going to negotiate, plus the Seanchan Have travelling, which makes Elaida's karmic capture much less sweeter, the best bet anyone has of eliminating the threat is revealing the secret of the a'dam bracelets, which would cripple the Seanchan empire since it's been conformed they heavily rely on damane. However, it is possible Fortuona will make changes to the empire to avoid this, since she has seen the loyalty she has been given on the other side of the Aryth Ocean and thinks herself foolish for considering that Mat, her own husband, won't scheme against her, since the royal family are encouraged to plot against each other and try to assassinate their own brothers and sisters. This could encourage her to change the methods by which the Seanchan do things, or perhaps Mat's Ta'veren nature will do it.

     The Wheel and the Pattern 
The Events Starting each Age
This is based off my own suspisions, confirmed and implied events in the books.
  • First Age: Channeling disappears (one of two places - Maybe both)- PRESENT TIME
  • Second Age/Age of Legends: Channeling reapears (if disappeared at start of first age)
  • Third Age: War of power, first Breaking of the World (Age in which the books take place)(canon)
  • Fourth Age: The Last Battle, second Breaking of the world (canon, but hasn't happened yet)
  • Fifth Age: Channeling disappears (second possible place- again, maybe both)
  • Sixth Age: Channeling reappears (second possible place - maybe both)
  • Seventh Age: Actually, I don't have a theory for this- maybe someone else does?
    • How about peace, prosperity, and carelessness?
    • It is likely that this and the sixth ages would have formed the basis of our own ancient mythology.

  • Here's an idea. The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's other Middle Earth works are more or less implied to be precursors to our own modern myths. And if we consider that each respective Age is sort of a retelling of each other with just the specific details muddled, a fair argument could be made to say that the Sixth and Seventh ages of Wheel of Time are the Third and Fourth Ages of Middle Earth.
    • What if instead of using Middle Earth, we use a setting Jordan wrote in prior to Wheel of Time: Conan. Since it is implied our age is the First Age, it would go: 5: Age of Atlantis, 6: Hyborian Age, 7: Ancient History (BCE), 1: Current Age/Age of Wonders (CE), 2: Age of Legends, 3: Third Age, 4: Fourth Age.
    • In "T Eot W" Thom makes references to "the Age before the Age of Legends" that sound like the Space Race and the Cold War.
    • Selectively ignoring pieces of stories, worlds and cosmologies? We KNOW that the world of Middle Earth was created by the valar, We KNOW that the world of Wo T was created by the Creator and is cyclical. While the magic feats of Lot R could be done with the One or True Power, many things that are easy with them aren't possible there. No go. But as far as i know creation of the world and how magic works is unclear in Conan, so it could be part of Lot R, but this isn't the place for that...

The Pattern is a Dress
I know this sounds a little out there but think about it. Ever wonder why these door stoppers are filled with overly elaborate descriptions of clothing and dresses worn by the characters? They fit in with the constant motif of weaving. It's actually RJ cluing the audience in on what Wheel of Time is actually making: a Cosmic Dress. The Dark One is being forced to wear different dresses made by the Creator. But the Dark One hates these dresses and is trying to implement his own design or just wants to go nude.
  • That has to be the funniest thing I have read in a long time. You, sir or madam, are Made of Win.
    • It makes even more sense when you think about it: This time the last battle is for keeps, so it's almost done. It was meant to be size 12 but since Sanderson is finishing it he can give it to someone else, so it's going to be size 14!
  • AMOL Spoiler: Well, Rand sees the pattern in its entirety, and doesn't use the words "pretty" or "fabulous", so this seems unlikely.

The Aelfinn and Eelfinn have their own Wheel and Pattern
Think about it. In Towers of Midnight, Mat and crew enter the Tower of Ghenjei to go save Moiraine. While there, they look out a window and see... a perfectly healthy (if incredibly weird) world. No droughts, no unnatural winter, no Blight, nothing. Additionally, while the Finns do seem to have some kind of Power (since they can make angreal and sa'angreal basically out of thin air), it's not anything any of Randland's heroes can detect. Not to mention, when Mat rescues Moiraine, she mentions one of the things they loved to do was slowly drain her ability to channel. If they themselves could channel, this wouldn't be such a rare treat for them.

Also consider they must have some kind of ability to read Randland's pattern, since they can read the future and past with perfect accuracy. And not only can they view these things, they're able to actually take ancient memories completely intact and put them in some poor soul's mind. This either speaks of a very... unusual Power or very high technology. But if there's more than one Wheel, does that mean there's more than one Dark One, since Randland's End Times don't seem to be bleeding over? How many Wheels are there, anyway? Would this explain why the Creator has helped Rand exactly once (in the first book), since he has so many other Wheels to watch? What are they for? Is he a weaver, and when he closes for the night all time stops?

  • Let's just think of this as an alternate reality where the Dark One doesn't exist. That would also explain the healthy world above.

Lan was actually ta'veren during New Spring
Weird things kept happening around him, the Prince was too young to have started channeling when he fell, and Siuan never actually saw him with her own eyes during the events of the book.

The Wheel is going to keep making things go in a cycle: this has all happened before, and it's working its way back around
There is a board game in which one of the pieces is clearly Rand, and it's a very, very old game. Some of the things that existed in the Age of Legends have been created without knowledge of their previous existence. Nothing that existed in the Age of Legends has been completely eliminated, for example, Avendesora can lead to more chora trees again, And the Aiel still have traces of the Covenant left and will prabably accept it again after the Last Battle. "Old" abilities like Wolf Brotherhood violence-sniffing are suddenly reappearing. Malkier and Manetheren aren't completely wiped out, and seem to be on their way to revival. It's clearly working it's way towards what was the past, althought with a few differences.
  • Cycle is longer than that. I'd guess we'll hit the pre-Ao L era via the Seachan exterminating channelers, going by Aviendha's vision of the future, then a new Aiel group will take up the Way of the Leaf after channeling gets rediscovered.

Every Age is called The Third Age.
At the beginning of each book, we're told that the action is taking place "in an age called the Third Age by some." Why is it called the Third Age? Because previous to the current Age (the Third Age or Age of Prophecy), only two previous Ages are remembered: a relatively fair bit about the Age of Legends (Second Age) and a few jumbled scraps about the "age before the Age of Legends" (First Age, Wild Mass Guessed to be our own).
  • The first age can't be our own because the portal stones are said to be from an earlier age and not even fully understood by the people in the age of legends. Our own could be the seventh though.

Except that the first age can't REALLY be "first," because "there are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time." There's nothing special about that age that marks it as "the First Age," it just happens to be as far back as the legends (based on some scrap of historical fact) in the present time go.

When Rand kicks the Dark One's ass and breaks the world again and the Fourth Age begins, it might be called the Fourth Age for a couple hundred years because the previous age was called the Third Age, but eventually the fact that the Age of Prophecy was ever called the Third Age will be forgotten, and the new Age will be called the Third Age because the people living in it will only remember two previous Ages: the Age of Prophecy (about which they'll remember a fair bit) and the Age of Legends (about which they'll remember only a few jumbled scraps). Any tiny scraps still remembered about the previous "First" Age will be conflated with what little they know about the Ao L.

This may fall into "Well, duh," territory, but I think it's interesting.

  • Also, why would you set a Final Battle in the Third Age of seven? You'd end up repeating the whole thing, and there'd be four whole Ages for things to go wrong. If it's really the Final Battle, wouldn't that make it the Sixth Age, making about one more Age of peace before things begin again?
  • AMOL Spoiler: Well, they explicitly use the phrase "Fourth Age" in several places, so no.

Rand is so strongly ta'veren that he infused Mat and Perrin to become ta'veren.
...and possibly others.

It's been stated that Rand is more strongly Ta'veren than anyone since Arthur Hawkwing, and strongly implied that he may be even stronger.

Perhaps Rand is so strongly Ta'veren that growing up as one of his best friends shapes the pattern around you to such a degree that you become Ta'veren yourself.

In later books, Egwene is asked whether she is Ta'veren because although she is not identified as such by those with talents, events seem to shape themselves around her.

This theory treats Ta'veren less as a binary state and more as a gradual scale, wherein Rand's presence gradually pulls you towards the Ta'veren end of the scale. Those who met him recently find themselves swirled about. Those he loves have a slightly more pull on the pattern. A sweetheart from adolescence has still more effect, and those who played with him even as little children are fully Ta'veren.

There is only one Last Battle in all the Portal Stone worlds
We're told that if the Dark One is free in any of the worlds, he's free in all of them, and if he's imprisoned in any of the worlds, he's imprisoned in all of them. This leads to the question of what happens if one world wins and another loses. The answer lies in the increasing weirdness around the Pit Of Doom. As the battle progresses, time moves slower and slower nearby relative to everywhere else, and towards the end gateways simply fail. Also, the people fighting there begin seeing shadowy images of other, often wildly different, armies fighting as well. As the battles in the various worlds get closer to the conclusion, each version splits from its home and begins to merge with the others. Presumably, if Rand had taken another five minutes in his reference frame, it would have merged completely; or maybe for Rand it did at the end, and one Dragon sealed one Bore in all the worlds at once.

     The Ways 

The Ways and the void traversed when Skimming are the same
Each is described as an unending, pitch black oblivion. Both are means to get from one place to another more quickly than any convention means. Skimming accesses it through use of the One Power, whereas the Ways were created through the use of the One Power. Perhaps one could find the ways while skimming, if he or she had an inkling of where to look (perhaps by skimming near a waygate).

  • False: It is mentioned the Ways were once light, with a sun shining and green islands. They have only gone dark because of the Taint (or maybe Mashadar aka Machin Shin?), while, on the other hand Rand would have noticed if the Skimming place had changed since the Age of Legends.

     Misc. 
Cuendillar made by women is white, and cuendillar made by men is black
And the black hand Min has viewed with Rand is made from it.

The reason the Seanchan hate channelers is because of Hawkwing's death
Hawkwing became immensely suspicious of Aes Sedai before his death, likely because of Ishamael's influence, and it was theorized by his family that he was poisoned by the Tower. When the Seanchan discovered a method of imprisoning the people who slew their High King, it became Collarin' Time.
  • Everything we've heard about Seanchan history indicates that the continent was controlled by channeling warlords prior to the arrival of Hawkwing's armies, and one of them created the a'dam in an attempt to curry favor with the invaders (and was rewarded by having her device used on her). That's why they consider channelers to be Always Chaotic Evil, because they'd pretty much run what would become the Seanchan Empire into the ground.

Lanfear visited the foxes in the age of legends
Lanfear has some remarkable properties: (1) She is as strong a channeler as a woman can be without aid (i.e. a circle or angreal) (2) She has mastery of dreaming and Tel'aran'rhiod, even claiming to be better than Moghedien. (3) She is described as being the most beautiful woman or having unparalleled beauty.

What are the odds that she was born to be the best at all these things simultaneously? It seems more likely that she acquired these powers somehow. The logical way to do that would be by visiting the Eelfinn (foxes) and getting some wishes granted. Of course the foxes would demand too high a price so she had to cheat. "Courage to strengthen, fire to blind, music to dazzle, iron to bind." Fire and Iron seem easy, but Lanfear isn't known to be particularly musical. She would need help from a musician, for example Asmodean who was known as a famous composer and musician in the age of legends.

So she could have cheated the Eelfinn (foxes) out of three wishes. Perhaps she also cheated the Snakes out of true answers (remember that she was the only one who knew how to tap into the dark one's prison) but that isn't really necessary for the theory.

When Lanfear entered finn-land a second time she would certainly have been stripped of her ill-gotten wishes. It might be suguested that you cannot enter twice, but Jordan loves Exact Words and Moiraine said no one could "step through" the doorway twice. At the docks Lanfear was pushed through by Moiraine which may not count as stepping through. It is also possible that Lanfear originally entered through the Tower of Ghenjei.

If it is true, then this theory explains a few things that seem mysterious:

  • Q: Why is Cyndane less powerful than Lanfear was?
  • A: Well she is less powerful because now she is at her natural power strength rather than her wish enhanced power strength.
    • Jossed. Towers of Midnight reveals that the Snakes and Foxes were slowly draining Moiraine's ability to channel, and that they accidentally killed Lanfear by draining her too quickly, inadvertently preserving most of her strength when she gets reincarnated by the Dark One. Moiraine, on the other hand, the Snakes and Foxes drained more slowly, and thus she lost much more of her strength before finally getting rescued.

  • Q: If Asmodean was killed by Lanfear (as seems likely) how did he recognize his killer since Lanfear was in the new "Cyndane" body by that time?
  • A: He recognizes her since she is not in a "new" body at all. The Finn never killed her and she was never resurrected. She just got her wish for beauty revoked and now looks different. Asmodean recognizes her pre-wish body since he helped her to get the wishes in the first place.

    • Jossed, at least in part, by Towers of Midnight. Lanfear was weaker as Cyndane because the Aelfinn and Eelfinn can actually drain the One Power from somebody, and that includes the talent for using it rather than just what somebody is holding. Lanfear was saved by the Dark One before it got too bad, but Moiraine was reduced to what is probably about what Siuan currently has, if not less.
      • Not to mention by the fact that Graendal killed Asmodean.

Rand loves none of his harem, or possibly only loves Min.
Let's take a look at the circumstances in which he entered his relationships.
  • Elayne: Egwene had just dumped him, he was starting to realise the pressure of being the Dragon Reborn and here he had a girl confess her love for him. She was possibly a rebound and a way of coping with stress. Also, he had his first kiss with her, which his home town considers to be off limits unless you're engaged so through his eyes, he lost his virginity to her.
  • Aveindha: Elayne sends Rand two contradicting letters, confusing him about her feelings. He then travels with a group of strangers and his friends are ignoring him because they're busy or, in Mat's case, afraid of him. Then there's this pretty girl who is constantly around him and the two converse about their own traditions and laws. They share a tent and she casually gets undressed in front of him without a thought. They then sleep together, so he loses his actual virginity to her. Plus, when he lead the attack on Caemlyn, she died and he only narrowly brought her back. Again, lust confusion with love and possibly some guilt.
  • Min: Aveindha has just left, but because Rand sent her away so it's on better terms. Rand is starting to hear Lews Therin, the stresses of running three kingdoms, setting up the black tower and preparing to invade Illian are getting to him. Along comes Min and he uses her to cope with stress the same way he did with Elayne.
Okay, now you may be thinking "but what about the bond? All three know he loves them." True, but at that time Rand was trying his best to harden his heart, so any form of slight affection for another human being could be seen as burning passionate love in a cold heart. Also, when does Rand once try to drop in on Elayne and Aveindha, even though he can travel anywhere in an instant and disguise himself so that no one will be able to recognise him? Out of the three of them, Min is the only one he keeps nearby. Also, when Aveindha is in the same camp site as him, he doesn't try to go see her.So either Rand only loves Min truly, or he only cares for them slightly, but not in a way where he can say he loves them and means it.
  • Well, considering that love can have many subjective definitions, the amount of shit Rand's busy trying to deal with, his normal treatment of women and the fact that the series never really delves all that deeply into his feelings for them, you could very well be right, but there's more evidence so far to suggest he does love them than there is that he doesn't.
  • I want to know where this idea that "in the Two Rivers kissing = engagement" came from. Book 4 (oddly enough, the same volume in which Rand first kisses Elayne) should have effectively killed that theory, because there is a LOT of kissing going on. And not just for the Casanovas like Mat or Wil al'Seen. Take Perrin, for example. Of the Big Three, probably the most prudish or at least most reserved. Also has no problem kissing Faile long before any formal arrangement is made. And when he goes back to the Two Rivers, sees the first girl he ever kissed (I believe now married to someone else), implying that there have been others. Perrin telling Mat's father about what the son has been up to: dicing and kissing pretty girls. Perrin's not embarrassed to tell it and Abel's not embarrassed to hear it; not exactly like "yeah, Mat's gone off to the city and become a turboslut." Rand says that Berelain was acting as if they were betrothed, by which he means coming to his bedroom alone in the middle of the night wearing a few scraps of silk and throwing herself at him. Clearly what she had in mind was well beyond the kissing stage. Even Egwene, who admittedly is slightly prudish, didn't have a problem sitting in a private room and locking lips with Gawyn by Book 6.

Rand was never affected by the taint on saidin
Rand is completely unaffected by the taint as of Towers of Midnight, and is shown to have some weird form of power protecting him from the taint when Nynaeve looks at him. Before Nynaeve figures out how to heal it, there's exactly one instance of someone being cured of it - Lews Therin being healed by Ishamael. Hey, look who's still got some hard-to-understand thing protecting him from the taint.
  • Ummm, Towers of Midnight? By about Winters Heart, much of the taint is gone anyway, except to possibly to those who already have it. But yea, he lasts like seven or so books without getting healed before that happens.
    • But the taint still affects those men who channelled pre-WH - other than for those Nynaeve has cured, the madness hasn't gone away, it's just stopped getting worse. But To M Rand has no madness, despite doing immense amounts of channelling pre-WH.

So why did Rand spend twelve books going completely bonkers? Well, the Rand half is a shepherd who suddenly finds out that he's Jesus Napoleon, and the Lews Therin half went crazy and slaughtered his family. Each half of them is independently crazy for reasons having nothing to do with the taint, and both of them have some crazy dude in their head talking to them for reasons they don't understand. Wouldn't you go a bit loopy too?

  • Almost every time he seized the source he mentioned feeling it.
    • Just because he can feel it doesn't mean it can affect him.
  • Except that in Towers of Midnight, when Nynaeve looks into Rand's mind, she finds the huge shadow of the taint and its madness with countless thorns piercing his brain. The reason he isn't being affected by it is because of his epiphany on Dragonmount, which somehow coated those thorns with "liquid light". Whatever that is and how it came about, that is why he is now sane, not because he never suffered from the taint.
    • I think the point being made is that the "liquid light" may have been there from the start, effectively put in place by Ishamael on healing Lews Therin, due to Lews Therin then channelling that massive amount of the One Power to create Dragonmount. With that "liquid light" protective shield, Rand never actually got driven crazy by the taint, or so the troper was proposing. Personally, I think Lews Therin's power usage in creating Dragonmount is where the "Liquid Light" came from, but it entered at the time of epiphany - had Rand been anywhere else, the epiphany wouldn't have happened.
    • That is exactly what I was proposing - that the "liquid light" has nothing to do with the epiphany, and was put into place during the prologue in T Eot W, and simply not noticed until To M.
    • If Rand has always had the liquid light protecting him, perhaps that was what the Eye of the World was for, we were never given a reason why it was created other than being the place where they stored The Banner and The Horn.

There has/will be a female dragon at some point.
No particular reason the Dragon can't reincarnate as a woman.
  • Or as a horse. For those who are convinced that Olver is Gaidal Cain, it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to believe that Bela is Rand Reborn.
  • Actually, there is a reason- Word of God is that souls are normally tied to one gender (Aran'gar, the obvious exception, was the result of the Dark One screwing around, and even then she still channeled saidin). However, there is also apparently a female Chosen One soul that gets spun out by the pattern about half the time. So The Dragon is always male, but the Light's champion isn't.

Rand is a direct descendant of Artur Paendrag Tanreall through his mother's side.
This may be a bit of a stretch but, Souran Maravaile was not just a random commoner who rose through the ranks of Artur Hawkwing's he was an Illegitimate child of the High King whose origin was kept a secret as to not tarnish Artur's reputation, when he was grown he joined the army and rose its ranks not knowing what his true parentage was, eventually marrying Ishara Casalain and creating a ruling family line that lasted until Tigraine disappeared. Why does this matter? If Rand is a bloodline descendant of Artur Pendrag Tanreall that means he has a right to the crystal throne.

Nakomi is the Creator
Or rather, she is a mortal vessel that the Creator can use to show up and give cryptic advice to people at important junctures, like Aviendha and likely Rand. Whether she was a human who somehow volunteered for the position or is a construct specifically designed for it is debatable. In other words, if the Creator is the Good Counterpart to the Dark One and Rand is the Good Counterpart to Ishamael, Nakomi is the Good Counterpart to Shaidar Haran.

The Creator is the Wheel of Time
Alternatively(?), the Wheel is sentient.

There is a physical Void
When the story comes to that massive climax on top of Dragonmount, something interesting is actually happening. Rand is creating the physical equivalent of The Void. In this Void, he is able to finally look at things in a way that he could never do when in the mental void he uses. As such, the final dispelling of the physical Void allows him to also dispell the mental Void that he has practically been living in, perhaps for years on end. What's more, in order to restore his sanity, he must grasp the concept of saidar, with the whole "guiding, but not forcing" concept. Until that point, Rand represented only half of the One Power, and thus was highly unbalanced. It is this balance that he has finally achieved, coming with the knowledge that both sides of the One Power are necessary at times, in symmetry with the balance necessary to seal away the Dark One. It was the asymmetry, after all, from Lews Therin that led to the sequence of events from the Breaking onwards.

Rand is the Creator
One of the themes running through the Wo T verse is that the heroic deeds of the ages fade and change over time, becoming legends, then myths then fairy tales. What if that is what happened to the Creator as well. In each turning of the wheel Rand or his equivalent seals the Dark One in a seal made of the True Power so that he cannot reach the pattern. By the time the wheel does half a circle no one remembers the actual events, only that there was a nearly omnipotent person, dubbed "The Creator", who sealed the Dark One at the end of creation/on the new turn of the wheel. After this the events with Lews Therin's equivalent happen, the Dark One gets loose, yada-yada, until the time comes for Rand's equivalent come around again, seal the Dark One again and create the new seed from which the next cycle's "Creator" can rise from.This would, consequently, also mean that the Wo T verse doesn't actually have a Creator as an actual deity, instead he is just one of the many legends distorted by the weaving of the pattern though the ages.

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