wice Dawns the Day...
by Kalli: 2006-10-03 | 5.53 out of 10 (19 votes)
Twice dawns the day when his blood is shed.
Once for mourning, once for birth.
Red on black, the Dragon's blood stains the rock of Shayol Ghul.
In the Pit of Doom shall his blood free men from the Shadow.
- The Great Hunt, Discord
Dawn - first appearance of daylight in the morning
- the beginning or rise of an advent
I look at this section of the prophecy and I think it is perhaps the biggest prophecy to be fulfilled. If the Prophecies of the Dragon are the key to the survival of the world then this bit of the prophecy is the crux of it all. I read this passage and scores of foretelling and dreams and visions all come to mind. The general gist of all those âpredictionâ for lack of a better term are about Rand, his blood, his death, who has a hand in it, so on and so forth. Then I read it again and again and four words distinctly stand out. Four word for which I can recall no foretelling, no dreams, and no visions. Yet it is clear a major event. TWICE DAWNS THE DAYâŠ and I think how in the hell can a day dawn twiceâŠ
Sure there could be a freak eclipse on the day it all goes, but I wouldnât count on it. The only time the moon is ever mentioned in the Wheel of Time is A; when moon light reflects off armor (New Spring) or B; the telescopes being invented at the Academies. The moon has never played a significant role before and why would Robert Jordan just cram an event like that in there? HE WOULDNâT!!!âŠI thinkâŠ
So here are two possibilities to the problem.
A day could dawn twice only if the first dawn had taken place in that particular geographic location and the entire pattern was balefired back to the point before sunrise. Then the day could physically dawn for a second time that day.
Counter to Interpretation 1:
When we have witnessed balefire in the past it was never used in a scale large enough to cause large to affect every person in the pattern in the world. (remember the whole world has to rotate back to the position before the sunrise in the geographic location this take place)
Moiraine uses balefire to destroy the Darkhounds.
Moiraine kills Be'lal with balefire.
Rand kills Rahvin with balefire.
We have heard that it was used in The War of the Shadow to level cities for the course of a year before both sides stopped using it. The affects of that widespread use of balefire was said to have nearly caused the pattern to unravel.
Demandred hesitated. A bead of sweat slid half an inch on his cheek; it seemed to take an hour. For a year during the War of Power, both sides had used balefire. Until they learned the consequences. Without agreement, or truce (there had never been a truce any more than there had been quarter) each side simply stopped. Entire cities died in balefire that year, hundreds of thousands of threads burned from the Pattern; reality itself almost
If balefire was to be used to create the two dawns in one day . Then world would have to be balefired back to the point before the first sunrise. That would cause every thread in the pattern to be undone up to the point just prior to sunrise. I think we can all agree it is far more devastating to balefire all the threads of the pattern than just the hundreds of thousands of threads associated with cities being balefired. This on top of the fact the DO has ordered the weakening of the pattern through use of balefire.
WOULD YOU UNLEASH THE BALEFIRE IN MY SERVICE, DEMANDRED?
SO YOU SHALL.
I think Interpretation 1 would simple cause the pattern to completely unravel because Demandred is already do his best to weaken the pattern has it is and the scale on which the balefire would need to be is just to great for the pattern to handle.
I think there will be some sort of battle between Mordin and Rand at Shayol Ghul. In which Mordin battles Rand with the True Power. We know that only Mordin now has the blessings of the Dark One to wield the True Power, Demandred has clearly stated so.
He himself had never touched the True Power except at need. Great need. Of course, only Moridin had that privilege now, since his . . . anointing. The man truly was insane to use it so freely. It was a drug more addictive than saidin, more deadly than poison.
-Winterâs Heart, Wonderful News
Now we must back track to the Prologue to the Eye of the World in which Ishamael (Moridin) used the True Power to cure LLT of the madness he was suffering. We know he used the True power because Robert Jordan said so at the Menlo Park COT signing. (canât find the quote) Now pay attention to the effects of True Powers use here.
His sudden smile was cruel. "But I fear Shai'tan's healing is different from the sort you know. Be healed, Lews Therin!" He extended his hands, and the light dimmed as if a shadow had been laid across the sun. Pain blazed in Lews Therin, and he screamed, a scream that came from his depths, a scream he could not stop.
This section here is written in a third person perspective and from this perspective we can see that the true power had a dimming effect on the sun light. Conversely, I donât think that what Ishamael did was healing.
ââŠI was never very skilled at Healing, and I follow a different power nowâŠWhat I can do will serve as well, for my purposes." His sudden smile was cruel. "But I fear Shai'tan's healing is different from the sort you know. Be healed, Lews Therin!â
He directly says he was never good at healing and the statement âWhat I can do will serve as well, for my purposes.â infers that what he is about to do is not healing but something else that will create the effect he wants. Which I for LLT to regain his sanity. In addition Shaiâtan is the Lord of the Grave, Master of Death and DestructionâŠ since when does the Master of all that is Evil truly heal someone? I really suspect it something more dark and sinister then âhealing.â
I suspect that he could of done several things and though I have my opinion has to what happened I will not definitively pick one because that could in and of itself cause quite a debate. So, here are two possibilities. Maybe it is what happened maybe it is not.
1. He was turned to the dark by Ishamael using the true power. Thus granting him the Dark Ones protection from the taint and madness. Remember, we donât know what capabilities one person has with the true power, so maybe it is possible that a circle of thirteen shadow-soul channelers is not required.
Evidence that we the reader have too little information to truly comprehend the full nature of the True Power.
Mierin had said today was the day. She said she had found a new source for the One Power. Female Aes Sedai and male would be able to tap the same source, not separate halves. What men and women could do united would be even greater now that there would be no differences.
2. It is also possible that Ishamael used the True Power to created a buffer around LLTâs link to saidin in order to stop the taint from flowing into him.(Think of the buffer has a hand gripping a piece of wet rope, the rope is saidin and water in the rope the taint. Has you pull the rope (saidin) through your clenched hand(buffer) the water (taint) is squeezed out). Then depending on how the taint operates after it enters the body. Ishamael either drew the remaining taint out of LLT in some fashion or possibly the taint itself is not self sustaining with out its connection to the Dark One and it dissipated. Either way LLT experiences searing and âoutflowingâ sensations of pain. It left him extremely weakened but sane.
No matter what Ishamael did with the to grant LLTâs his sanity the process of using the true power the way he did created that dimming of light effect. The dimming of light affect can be attributed to either the weave he used to âhealâ LLT or the true power. I believe that the it is the true power that is affecting the world we can see that the true power also had real world effects when it is used.
His fingers tightened in the wrought-iron grille across the window; the metal groaned, twisting, not from his grip but from the tendrils of the True Power, drawn from the Great Lord himself, that wreathed around the grille work, flexing as he flexed his hand in anger.
-The Path of Daggers, Unweaving
Once again the true power thatâs directly from the Dark One shows a corrupting and volatile nature indeed it almost seems has if itâs use is a direct violation of nature.
Ba'alzamon fled, man and shadow vanishing.
For a moment Rand stared, frowning. There had been a sense of--folding--as Ba'alzamon left. A twisting, as if Ba'alzamon had in some way bent what was.
-The Dragon Reborn, What Is Written in Prophecy
If saidin had been used to make the gateway then Rand would of felt the tremendous amount of saidin that need to used to make the gateway and he would of seen the residues that saidin had left has well. It seems that using the true power to create gateways is not similar to saidin where you bore a whole from one part of the pattern to another. The true power more or less seems to bend reality but, we canât be sure with out more knowledge on the subject.
So now we come full circleâŠ How does a day dawn twice short of balefire? I think it comes down to Rand battling Mordin, most like at the Pit of Doom has it is mentioned in that portion of the prophecy. Now more then like Rand is going to be battling Moridin with some sort of an angrealâŠ or saâangreal. I would suspect the Male Choedan Kal to be preciseâŠ Well, we know that Rand has limits has to how much saidin he can draw before he before he would burn out the saâangreal just increases the amount he can handle. Moridin, on the other hand, will most likely be channeling the True Power and we learn of the nature of the True Power through these quotes:
The True Power, drawn directly from the Great Lord. . . .
The Power that came from the Dark One. . . .
True Power, drawn from the Great Lord himself. . . .
In the long run, the True Power was far more addictive than the One Power; a strong will could hold down the desire to draw more saidar or saidin, but she herself did not believe the will existed strong enough to resist the True Power. . . .
-A Crown of Swords, Mindtrap
The True Power washed around her, so strong here that attempting to channel it would fry her to a cinder. (this is at Shayol Ghul)
-A Crown of Swords, Mindtrap
Rand will be battling a man who is drawing power directly from the Dark One and will very likely not stop drawing on the True Power in effort to match what Rand is drawing with the Male Choedan Kal. I believe that that much of the True Power being drawn will exponentially amplify the violations of nature associated with it. I think this light dimming effect will become great enough to entomb the world in darkness and the true power will rent other hellish affects across the world creating a scene of utter chaos and destruction on a global scale. This could very well could be what breaks the world a second time.
I will not comment on who will do what in the last battle except that Rand and Mordin will face off and the world will be subjected to darkness and when the battle is finished the darkness will be dispelled, Randâs blood will have been shed in some fashion, and the second dawn of the day will begin, the world rebroken and the advent of a new age is underway.