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armon Gai'don Uncovered

by irerancincpkc: 2007-08-24 | 6 out of 10 (6 votes)

Recent Categories: How Will It End?

Hello, everyone. This is my first theory.

The reason for this theory is to try and figure out what exactly is going to happen at the event that this whole book series has been gunning towards since the first line of The Eye Of The World: Tarmon Gai’don. To do this, I am dividing this theory into three parts. Part One will be about what gets Tarmon Gai’don rolling. Part Two will be Tarmon Gai’don itself, and Part Three will be what happens after Tarmon Gai’don.

Part One – Pre Tarmon Gai’don

One of the major problems people have with Rand is he is hard to get moving, especially since Moiraine died. So the question becomes, how does he get moving, into Tarmon Gai’don mode? And, just as important, how is he going to figure out how to seal the Dark One’s Prison. I believe these two questions cross each other.

Ever since Herid Fel was killed, and even before, Min has been reading his books. The following quotes prove that this is a substantial sub plot that Jordan has commented on quite a lot.

TITLE: A Crown Of Swords

CHAPTER: 19, Diamonds and Stars

---“He had let her borrow books, fascinating books, especially where she had to work to puzzle out what it was they said.”---

#1. This is also significant because it means that Min had been reading Fel’s books before he died. She also states she has to puzzle out what they are saying, puzzle being the operative word here.

TITLE: A Crown Of Swords

CHAPTER: 33, A Bath

---“... but Min looked up at him from one of the tall gilded chairs, a leather bound book on her knees, and he did not wake.”---

#2.

TITLE: A Crown Of Swords

CHAPTER: 33, A Bath

---“Carefully tucking a thin strip of leather into the book, she placed it on the floor beside her.”---

#3

TITLE: A Crown Of Swords

CHAPTER: 35, Into The Woods

---“Lady Caraline laid her crossbow across the saddle in front of her, running a gloved hand along it. Perhaps regretting that loosed bolt? "I could accept my young cousin on the throne - better she than some, at least - but..." Those big dark eyes that had seemed so liquid suddenly became stone. "But I am not sure I can accept you in Cairhien, and I do not mean only your changes to laws and customs. You... change fate by your very presence. Every day since you came, people die in accidents so bizarre no one can believe them. So many husbands abandon their wives, and wives their husbands, that no one even comments upon it now. You will tear Cairhien apart just by remaining here."

"Balance," Min broke in hastily. Rand's face was so dark, he looked ready to burst. Maybe he had been right to come after all. Certainly there was no point letting him throw this meeting away in a tantrum. She gave no one a chance to speak. "There is always a balance of good against bad. That's how the Pattern works. Even he doesn't change that. As night balances day, good balances harm. Since he came, there hasn't been a single stillbirth in the city, not one child born deformed. There are more marriages some days than used to be in a week, and for every man who chokes to death on a feather, a woman tumbles head over heels down three flights of stairs and, instead of breaking her neck, stands up without a bruise. Name the evil, and you can point to the good. The turning of the Wheel requires balance, and he only increases the chances of what might have happened anyway in nature." Suddenly she colored, realizing they were both looking at her. Staring, more like.

"Balance?" Rand murmured, eyebrows lifting.

"I've been reading some of Master Fel's books," she said faintly. She did not want anyone to think she was pretending to be a philosopher. Lady Caraline smiled at her tall saddlebow and toyed with her reins. The woman was laughing at her. She would show this woman what she could laugh at!”---

#4. This shows that Min has comprehended what she has been reading; figuring out the puzzles, if you may.

TITLE: The Path Of Daggers

CHAPTER: 27, The Bargain

---“Seated cross-legged in a heavily gilded, high-backed chair, Min tried to lose herself in the leather bound copy of Herid Fel's Reason and Unreason lying open on her knees. It was not easy. Oh, the book itself was mesmerizing; Master Fel's writings always swept her into worlds of thought she had not dreamed of while working in the stables. She very much regretted the sweet old man's death. She hoped to find a clue in his books to why he had been killed. Her dark ringlets swung as she shook her head and tried to apply herself.

The book was fascinating, but the room was oppressive.”---

#5. This one is very important; I’ll bring it back up later.

TITLE: The Path Of Daggers

CHAPTER: 27, The Bargain

---“Shifting in a vain attempt to make the hard chair comfortable, she tried to read. . .”---

#6.

TITLE: The Path Of Daggers

CHAPTER: 27, The Bargain

---“She made herself bend back over the book.”---

#7.

TITLE: The Path Of Daggers

CHAPTER: 27, The Bargain

---“Marking her place with the note Master Fel had written saying she was "too pretty," she carefully closed the book and carefully set it on the floor beside her chair.”---

#8.

TITLE: The Path Of Daggers

CHAPTER: 27, The Bargain

---“Besides, I am falling behind in my reading."

Dropping into one of the tall gilded chairs, she folded her legs beneath her and picked up the book she had been reading when he came in. In moments, she seemed totally engrossed in the page before her.”---

#9. Since she states she is falling behind, it must mean she has some type of regular reading time, which means she is trying to stick to it, and obviously reading quite a bit off-screen.

TITLE: The Path Of Daggers

CHAPTER: 29, A Cup Of Sleep

---“Min settled into her chair once more, wishing she had one of Master Fel's books to read. Or to throw at Rand. Well, one of Master Fel's to read, and someone else's to throw.”---

#10. She’s been reading so much she needs more.

TITLE: Winter's Heart,

CHAPTER: Prologue, Snow

---“And Min wanted more of Master Fel's books. He could hear her muttering to herself as she rummaged through the shelves where they had been stored after Fel's death.”---

#11. She’s getting more.

TITLE: Winter's Heart,

CHAPTER: Prologue, Snow

---"I've found everything I need," Min said, coming out from the shelves staggering slightly under the weight of the three bulging cloth scrips that hung from her.”---

#12. And she’s got a lot of books.

TITLE: Winter's Heart,

CHAPTER: Prologue, Snow

---"You should have picked smaller books," he told her. . ."---

#13.

TITLE: Winter's Heart,

CHAPTER: Prologue, Snow

--- “he only waited until she had snatched up her bags of books and staggered through after him before releasing the power.”---

#14.

TITLE: Winter's Heart,

CHAPTER: Prologue, Snow

---“She grunted with the effort, but she was not about to set the other bag of books down in the snow.”---

#15.

TITLE: Winter's Heart,

CHAPTER: Prologue, Snow

---“The second bag of books balancing the first behind her saddle. . .”---

#16.

TITLE: Winter's Heart,

CHAPTER: Prologue, Snow

---"Why take the time? I know you have a plan, I know it concerns something in that leather scrip-a sa'angreal?-and I know its important. Don't look so suprised. You barely let that bag out of your sight. Why not go ahead and do whatever it is you plan, then lay your false trails? And the real one, of course. You're going to turn on them when they least expect, you said. You can hardly do that unless you follow where you want."

"I wish you'd never started reading Herid Fel's books," he muttered sourly, pulling himself into the grey's saddle. His head spun only a little. "You puzzle out too much. Can I keep any secrets from you at all, now?"---

#17, and yet another puzzle one.

TITLE: Winter's Heart

CHAPTER: 22, Out Of Thin Air

---“. . . Min stopped folding things and started replacing her books in the second hamper, hurriedly enough that she did not pad them with cloaks the way she usually did.”---

#18.

TITLE: Winter's Heart

CHAPTER: 22, Out Of Thin Air

---“She wrinkled her nose at one of the books and set it aside. Small chance she would abandon a single volume of her not-so-small library. Undoubtedly she meant to carry that one, and read it at the first opportunity. She spent hours with her nose in those books.”---

#19. And hmm. She spend hours reading those books. Interesting. Very interesting.

TITLE: Knife Of Dreams

CHAPTER: 18, News For The Dragon

---“Min looked up from the volume she had open on the table, one of Herid Fel's books. She devoured those, and used the note he had sent Rand before his murder. . . as a bookmark.”---

#20.

TITLE: Knife Of Dreams

CHAPTER: 18, News For The Dragon

---“Min slammed her book shut. . .”---

#21.

TITLE: Knife Of Dreams

Chapter 21, Within The Stone

---“Balance, Min had called it. A good to balance every ill.”---

#22. This shows that Min’s reading is affecting Rand’s everyday thought.

Okay, there you go. I believe that all those quotes prove that this is a sub plot that Jordan has put some effort into. Now, what is the reason for Min reading these books? To figure out how to seal the Dark One’s Prison. Let me draw your attention back to one of the previous quotes.

TITLE: The Path Of Daggers

CHAPTER: 27, The Bargain

---“Seated cross-legged in a heavily gilded, high-backed chair, Min tried to lose herself in the leather bound copy of Herid Fel's Reason and Unreason lying open on her knees. It was not easy. Oh, the book itself was mesmerizing; Master Fel's writings always swept her into worlds of thought she had not dreamed of while working in the stables. She very much regretted the sweet old man's death. She hoped to find a clue in his books to why he had been killed. Her dark ringlets swung as she shook her head and tried to apply herself.

The book was fascinating, but the room was oppressive.”---

The line “she hoped to find a clue in his books to why he had been killed” is major. Well, the reason Fel was killed was because he could tell Rand something that the Shadow did not want Rand to know. Well, what could that be? Let’s take a look at this quote.

TITLE: Lord Of Chaos

CHAPTER: A Taste Of Solitude

---“The stout man’s head jerked up. “Oh. Yes. Ah, question. Last time. Tarmon Gai’don. Well, I don’t know what it will be like. Trollocs, I suppose? Dreadlords? Yes. Dreadlords. But I have been thinking. It can’t be the Last Battle. I don’t think it can. Maybe every Age has a Last Battle. Or most of them.” Suddenly he frowned down his nose at the pipe in his teeth, and began rummaging across the table. “I have a tinderbox here somewhere.”

“What do you mean it can’t be the Last Battle?” Rand tried to keep his voice smooth. Herid always came to the point; you just had to prod him toward it.

“What? Yes, exactly the point. It can’t be the Last Battle. Even if the Dragon Reborn seals the Dark One’s prison again as well as the Creator made it. Which I don’t think he can do.” He leaned forward and lowered his voice conspiratorially. “He isn’t the Creator, you know, whatever they say in the streets. Still, it has to be sealed up again by somebody. The Wheel, you see.”

“I don’t see…” Rand trailed off.

“Yes, you do. You’d make a good student.” Snatching his pipe out, Herid drew a circle in the air with the stem. “The Wheel of Time. Ages come and go and come again as the Wheel turns. All the catechism.” Suddenly he stabbed at a point on that imaginary wheel. “Here, the Dark One’s prison is whole. Here, they drilled a hole in it, and sealed it up again.” He moved the bit of the pipe along the arc he had drawn. “Here we are. The seal’s weakening. But that doesn’t matter, of course.” The pipestem completed the circle. “When the wheel turns back to here, back to where they drilled the hole in the first place, the Dark One’s prison has to be whole again.”

“Why? Maybe the next time they’ll drill through the patch. Maybe that’s how they could do it the last time-drill into what the Creator made, I mean-maybe they drilled the Bore through a patch, and we just don’t know it.”

Herid shook his head. For a moment he stared at his pipe, once more realizing it was unlit, and Rand thought he might have to recall him again, but instead Herid blinked and went on. “Someone had to make it sometime. For the first time, that is. Unless you think the Creator made the Dark One’s prison with a hole and patch to begin with.” His eyebrows waggled at the suggestion. “No, it was whole in the beginning, and I think it will be whole again when the Third Age comes once more. Hmmm. I wonder if they called it the Third Age?” He hastily dipped a pen and scribbled a note in the margins of an open book. “Umph. No matter now. I’m not saying the Dragon Reborn will be the one to make it whole, not in this Age necessarily anyway, but it must be so before the Third Age comes again, and enough time passed since it was made whole-an Age, at least- that no one remembers the Dark One or his prison. No one remembers. Ummm. I wonder…”---

Right there Rand and Fel are discussing how/if it is possible to seal the Dark One’s prison. Rand is asking him about it. Now, that is something that the Shadow really, really would not want Rand to find out. And now, he has a way. Fel is thinking about it. Fel has written many books. After this, Fel is brutally murdered. Coincidence? I think not.

Just like it is not a coincidence that Min is now reading Fel’s books. In those books are what he studied his whole life, so it is just like reading his mind, from the grave. Min has everything that Fel had to try and figure out how to seal the prison. Since Min reading the books is a sub-plot, it has to come into play somehow. By this quote, we see that Min understands what she is reading, and trying to figure things out.

TITLE: A Crown Of Swords

CHAPTER: 35, Into The Woods

---“Lady Caraline laid her crossbow across the saddle in front of her, running a gloved hand along it. Perhaps regretting that loosed bolt? "I could accept my young cousin on the throne - better she than some, at least - but..." Those big dark eyes that had seemed so liquid suddenly became stone. "But I am not sure I can accept you in Cairhien, and I do not mean only your changes to laws and customs. You... change fate by your very presence. Every day since you came, people die in accidents so bizarre no one can believe them. So many husbands abandon their wives, and wives their husbands, that no one even comments upon it now. You will tear Cairhien apart just by remaining here."

"Balance," Min broke in hastily. Rand's face was so dark, he looked ready to burst. Maybe he had been right to come after all. Certainly there was no point letting him throw this meeting away in a tantrum. She gave no one a chance to speak. "There is always a balance of good against bad. That's how the Pattern works. Even he doesn't change that. As night balances day, good balances harm. Since he came, there hasn't been a single stillbirth in the city, not one child born deformed. There are more marriages some days than used to be in a week, and for every man who chokes to death on a feather, a woman tumbles head over heels down three flights of stairs and, instead of breaking her neck, stands up without a bruise. Name the evil, and you can point to the good. The turning of the Wheel requires balance, and he only increases the chances of what might have happened anyway in nature." Suddenly she colored, realizing they were both looking at her. Staring, more like.

"Balance?" Rand murmured, eyebrows lifting.

"I've been reading some of Master Fel's books," she said faintly. She did not want anyone to think she was pretending to be a philosopher. Lady Caraline smiled at her tall saddlebow and toyed with her reins. The woman was laughing at her. She would show this woman what she could laugh at!”---

And what she is going to figure out, from Fel’s books, is how to seal the Dark One’s prison, what Fel was thinking about for Rand before he died.

Now, since the Shadow killed Fel in the first place because he was going to figure out how to seal the prison, they aren’t going to like that Min is taking Fel’s place. Combine that with the fact that she is valuable to Rand as a lover, and one of the few constants in his life, as well as the visions, and you have a home run candidate for a Shadow attack. And, there is foreshadowing that something will happen to Min because she is around Rand.

TITLE: Winter's Heart,

CHAPTER: Prologue, Snow

---"We had this out, Rand bloody Dragon Reborn al'Thor! You are not leaving me behind!"

"The thought never crossed my mind," he lied. He was too weak; he could not make himself say the words, to make her stay. Too weak, he thought bitterly, and she might well die for it, the Light burn me forever!”---

He’s too weak to make her leave. She might die for it. He thinks that. Now, that is a bit of foreshadowment if I’ve ever seen any.

Now, we know she is valuable to the Shadow. We know Rand fears for her life. We know the Shadow does not want her around Rand when she figures out how to seal the prison. So, there are three options.

OPTION ONE: Rand finally guts up and sends Min away to hiding, or just somewhere safer, away from him.

This is not going to happen. The longer Rand keeps Min around him, the more he needs her. He’s not been able to do this in the past; he won’t be able to in the future. And even if he tried, she wouldn’t let him.

OPTION TWO: The Shadow kills Min.

At first glance, this seems like a good option for the Shadow. Quick, easy and no baggage. But she will not die. One, she is valuable to the Shadow. She can see things, which is a good thing to have on their side. Two, this quote.

TITLE: Lord Of Chaos

CHAPTER: Dreams and Nightmares

---"The lion sword, the dedicated spear, she who sees beyond. Three on the boat, and he who is dead yet lives. The great battle done, but the world not done with battle. The land divided by the return, and the guardians balance out the servants. The future teeters on the edge of a blade." ---

She who sees beyond refers to Min. It says Tarmon Gai’don is over, and she is still alive, so she won’t be killed.

OPTION THREE: Min is kidnapped.

This is the one that would happen, if only because there aren’t any other options left. They aren’t going to kill her, (see above) and they can’t have her staying around Rand, so she must be kidnapped. Only option left.

Now, who is going to commit this heinous act? Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

AGINOR/OSAN'GAR – We have no evidence he has been reincarnated, and the DO is more then likely ticked at him for dying twice. So very, very unlikely.

BALTHAMEL/ARAN'GAR – Unlikely. We have seen nothing to show this is the direction that she wants to go. The only way would be if she was ordered to.

DEMANDRED – Possible. He could be ordered to, or he may even want to; he hates LTT. And if he wants a face to face, this is a good way to go about it. We don’t know where he is; we can’t rule him out.

GRAENDAL – Unlikely. Won’t go into a fight like this unless ordered, because she knows Rand will come like a storm.

MOGHEDIEN – Unless ordered, no way.

ISHAMAEL/MORIDIN – Possible. More likely he would order it, and have a Forsaken under his control do the dirty work.

LANFEAR/CYNDANE – Unlikely. She can’t like Rand’s relationship with Min, and knows taking her will hurt him, but it would have to be on Moridin’s orders.

MESAANA – Unlikely. Circumstances don’t seem to be with her here.

TAIM – Unlikely. This would declare what he is right out, and he wouldn’t want that before Tarmon Gai’don.

SLAYER – Very Unlikely. He doesn’t seem the kidnapping type.

FAIN: - Unlikely. He would just as soon kill her, and the Shadow hates him a lot.

SHAIDAR HARAN – Possible. The order would have to come from the Dark One in this case.

SEMIRHAGE – Most likely, I think, besides Moridin ordering someone. She will be near Rand and Min because Cadsuane said she looked forward to long talks with her. An escape could happen, and on the way out, she nabs Min.

As you can see, it’s hard to narrow it down. While I prefer Semirhage, it could just as easily be Moridin ordering someone to do it.

Now, however it goes down, Rand has a big problem. Min is in enemy hands. What will Rand do? He will EXPLODE. Go crazy. He will throw aside all common sense, advice of friends, everything, just to get Min back. He’ll use forces and plans set aside for other events to rescue her. He will attack with everything he has to get her back, and no one will be able to talk him out of it. It will get him off his butt, and moving. And it will start Tarmon Gai’don.

Rand will get her back, because he needs to know how to seal the Dark One’s prison, but by this time, stopping the chaos will be out of his control. Tarmon Gai’don will begin, whether Rand is ready or not.

Now, at this point, when Tarmon Gai’don is beginning, where will everyone else be? Let’s quickly go thru them.

MAT: He needs to rescue Moiraine. That will take up a lot of his time before Tarmon Gai’don. He could be rescuing her when it begins, or on his way to see Rand.

PERRIN: Could join up with Rand before this all happens, and go where Rand sends him.

EGWENE: Has the whole White Tower thing to settle, and that will take up a majority of her time. I think that mess will still be going on when Tarmon Gai’don ignites, but the White Tower will fight in it.

ELAYNE: Still busy with kids, and her country. More then likely not much of a factor in Tarmon Gai’don, though I think it’s possible she will help Rand’s injuries in some way.

NYNAEVE: She’s following Rand. She will be involved in anything that he does.

LAN: Gathering an army in the Bordorlands.

There are all the main ones. The point is, Randland won’t be ready for Tarmon Gai’don when it begins. There are so many arcs that could be still happening when Tarmon Gai’don begins; it will be mad chaos.

Part Two – Tarmon Gai’don

Not a lot is known about the battle itself, or what will happen in it. The only word I can use to describe what I think it will be like is chaos. We know more about what will happen to Rand then anyone else, but there will surely be a lot of matchups.

First off, we have the armies. I’m doing this to show just how big it could be.

COUNTRIES ARMIES: Every country has an army, and most will surely be involved in some way in Tarmon Gai’don.

THE ARAD DOMAN ARMY: This is the army that Rand has been sending up there. Safe to say it’s very large. When it’s intended purpose is done, they will all surely fight in Tarmon Gai’don.

THE AIEL: Only a remnant of a remnant will survive, (the group the Galina is with), so they will obviously be involved. And that shows that this will not just be a small battle at Shayol Ghul. If that many are to die, it will be huge.

THE BORDORLAND ARMY: They are sitting on their butts right now, presumably waiting for Rand, but they will be involved. It could require a hike back up north in record time, like in Moiraine’s story of Manetherin, or they could fight where they are, which I think makes more sense, considering they are great fighters, and the southlanders will need all the help they can get. And the borderlands don’t particularly need an army because of…

LAN’S ARMY: The one he is gathering on Nynaeve’s request. It should be pretty big, and effective.

THE BAND OF THE RED HAND: Another highly skilled group of fighters. With Mat at their helm, almost anything is possible for them.

THE SEANCHAN ARMY: More then likely, they will be on Rand’s side at the beginning of Tarmon Gai’don, or, if not, soon. And the Ever Victorious Army is good.

THE WHITE TOWER: Split or not, they will fight. Heavily damaged, to be sure, but Aes Sedai are not to be underestimated. It’s easy to do, but we can’t.

THE BLACK TOWER: The destroying machine. I’d like to think that Rand dosen’t find out about Taim’s betrayal until Tarmon Gai’don begins, but whatever happens, Asha’man will fight.

All of them, versus…

THE SHADOW: Unimaginable number of Trollocs, Fades, and many other nasty things. With the Forsaken, Dreadlords and Darkfriends at their helm, they are good.

Can you imagine all of these groups fighting at once? Granted, all of them any not be, but the majority will.

Now, likely individual matchups. It’s pretty much a guessing game, but thru educated estimation, it’s possible to discern a few.

NYNAEVE V MOGHEDIEN: Round four, though Nynaeve didn’t get much fighting in last time.

LAN V SLAYER: Seeing their connections, this one seems likely.

SHAIDAR HARAN V MAT: I don’t know why, but I like this one.

RAND V DEMANDRED: This will happen early in it, perhaps in the rescue of Min.

EGWENE/AVI/CADSUANE/ELAYNE V SEMIRHAGE/ GRAENDAL/ ARAN'GAR/ MESAANA : Someone has to take down the female Forsaken.

FAIN V MIN: Min finally gets to use her knives.

MOIRAINE/THOM V CYNDANE: You know Cyndane and Moiraine will get into it; I say Cyndane is just about to win when one of Thom’s knives pierces her chest. That would be sweet.

Now, all of the battles taking place in Tarmon Gai’don are all but impossible to predict. I’m going to settle on the main one now.

Rand cannot fight the Dark One personally. He would die, very quickly and painfully. But he must seal the Dark One’s prison. This is how I think it will go down.

Min tells Rand that the only way to seal the Dark One’s prison involves him sacrificing himself. This quote helps that out.

TITLE: The Shadow Rising

CHAPTER: 3, Reflection

--- Moiraine frowned. "It still does not respond," she mummered, half to herself. "It will not heal completely."

"That is the one that will kill me, isn't it?" he asked her softly, then quoted," 'His blood on the rocks of Shayol Ghul, washing away the Shadow, sacrifice for man's salvation.' "

"You read too much," she said sharply, "and understand too little."---

He travels to Shayol Ghul when he is ready. Knowing him, he will sneak away; go alone. There, he will meet the Dark One’s champion, Moridin. After a long, hard, sweet fight, Rand will kill him. He will then go where he needs to go to seal the prison. I’d think the process of him sealing the prison will be similar to the LTT creation of Dragonmount. And it will work. The Dark One’s prison will be sealed. And Rand will be dead.

Part Three – After Tarmon Gai’don

But Rand will not be dead for long! Let’s explore the options.

OPTION ONE: Rand is now a Hero of the Horn. He resides in TAR. We know residents can be pulled from TAR, via Brigitte, so it’s possible that Nynaeve could do it, or Egwene. I would say Aiel dreamwalkers, but I don’t think any will be left alive. So Rand is ripped out, and resumes his life. I don’t like this. It’s too easy. Don’t get me wrong; it could happen, but I don’t think it will. I like…

OPTION TWO: Rand will be resurrected. Quote time.

TITLE: Lord Of Chaos

CHAPTER: 7, A Matter Of Thought

--- "... But Nynaeve would not be satisfied till she Healed somebody three days dead."---

(Elayne there)

Gee, look at that!

TITLE: Winter’s Heart

CHAPTER: 9, A Cup Of Tea

--- "I myself would not believe him dead unless I sat three days with the corpse."---

(Master Norry there)

Hot diggity dog. We may be onto something. Talk about foreshadowment, my goodness. Three days. What else does that remind us of? Comparison time.

Jesus Christ bleed from the hands and wrists from iron spikes.

-

Rand’s hands and wrists are marked with herons and dragons.

Jesus wore a Crown of Thorns

-

Rand wears a Crown of Swords

Jesus was whipped.

-

Rand has been beat up a lot. In Lord Of Chaos, during his capture is probably the most memorable.

Jesus’ wound in his side.

-

Rand’s wound in his side.

Jesus bleed from the feet.

-

Try this out for Rand.

TITLE: A Crown Of Swords

CHAPTER: 41, A Crown Of Swords

--- "...hundreds of red filaments burned down through the ceiling... One stabbed through the heel of his boot, through his heel, and he heard himself cry out as he fell. Not his pain, in side or foot. Not his"---

Also, there is this.

TITLE: The Great Hunt

CHAPTER: 26, Discord

--- "So they do." Thom barked a laugh. "There's another comes to mind.

"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."---

Twice dawns the day. How could that happen? Let’s look in the Bible.

Luke 23, verse 44-5

--- “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.”---

One thing I do not believe in is deliberate coincidence. All of these things were put in the books for a reason. Jesus is similar to Rand. Jesus rose from the dead after three days, as will Rand, via Nynaeve. How will she do this? Maybe the Creator shines down on her. Maybe she finds it within herself to do the impossible. But it will happen.

Now, Rand is alive. And, first off, LTT is gone.

TITLE: A Crown Of Swords

CHAPTER: 33, A Bath

--- She folded her arms and frowned up at him through her lashes. She chewed her lip and frowned at the door. She shook her head and muttered under her breath. At last she said," There is only one, really. I was exaggerating. I saw you and another man. I couldn't make out either face, but I knew one was you. You touched, and seemed to merge into one another,and. . . ." Her mouth tightened worriedly, and she went on in a very small voice. I don't know which it means, Rand except that one of you dies and one dosen't. I-why are you grinning? This isn't a joke, Rand. I do not know which of you dies."---

So LTT will die; go away, once his work is done, and leave Rand to himself. But what will Rand do with his new life? It’s simple.

TITLE: Lord Of Chaos

CHAPTER: Dreams and Nightmares

---"The lion sword, the dedicated spear, she who sees beyond. Three on the boat, and he who is dead yet lives. The great battle done, but the world not done with battle. The land divided by the return, and the guardians balance out the servants. The future teeters on the edge of a blade." ---

TITLE: Lord Of Chaos

CHAPTER: 19, Matter’s Of Toh

--- "Melaine and Bair dreamed of you [Rand] on a boat with three women whose faces they could not see and a scale tilting first one way and then the other. Melaine and Amys dreamed of a man standing by your side with a dagger to your throat, but you did not see him. Bair and Amys dreamed of you cutting the wetlands in two with a sword. All three had this dream, which makes it especially significant. Rain, coming from a bowl. There are snares and pitfalls around the bowl. If the right hands pick it up, they will find a treasure perhaps as great as the bowl. If the wrong hands, the world is doomed. The key to finding the bowl is to find the one who is no longer."---

Rand, Min, Elayne and Avi go off on a boat, Lord of the Rings style. Rand fakes his own death, and Logain takes his spot. Why Logain?

TITLE: The Shadow Rising

CHAPTER: 17, Deceptions

--- “She barely heard him, because suddenly she was staring at a big man with long, dark hair curling around slumped shoulders, wandering aimlessly down one of the gravled paths through the trees, under the watchful eyes of an Accepted. She had seen Logain before, a sad faced, once hearty man, always with an Accepted for companion. That woman was meant to keep him from killing himself as much to prevent his escape; despite his size, he truly did not seem up to anything of the latter sort. But she had never before seen a flaring halo around his head, radinant in gold and blue. It was only there for a moment, but that was enough.”---

What could his glory be? Taking over for Rand, and helping to run the world sound pretty prestigious, doesn’t it?

TITLE: A Crown Of Swords

CHAPTER: 10, Unseen Eyes

--- "Logain, laughing, stepped across something on the ground and mounted a black stone; when she looked down, she thought it was Rand's body he had stepped over, laid out on a funeral bier with his hands crossed at his breast, but when she touched his face, it broke apart like a paper puppet.."---

That just about seals the deal. Logain is Rand’s puppet. He takes over as the Dragon Reborn, to help rule the world.

Whether the Black and White Towers get together, and how the countries sort themselves out is all guesswork, and I don’t think we will see any of that onscreen. We may get clues in AMOL, but that is for then.

Let’s recap. Min will be kidnapped; Rand will rescue her; Min will tell Rand how to seal the Dark One’s prison via Fel’s books, Rand will defeat Moridin, and sacrifice himself to seal the prison, but be resurrected three days later by Nynaeve, handing the reins over to Logain, and going off with his three loves to live a life of happiness. There you go. Have fun.
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Tamyrlin: 2008-06-08

Irerancincpkc, excellently done and good to know you have stuck around even though your theory has been waiting a long, long time. Okay, I like the idea that Min's kidnap would kick off Rand's portion of Tarmon Gaidon. Would you say Min's kidnap is Moridin's last attempt at turning Rand to the darkside? I like the idea that they are in a boat...a boat directly after Rand attempts to seal the Prison, at the DO's cavern. I would imagine the Wheel will be involved in that battle; instead of creating a mountain, is it possible that the battle will create a lake or sea around the location of the DO's prison? Anyway, I'll let everyone else respond. Interesting ideas.

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Ozymandias: 2008-06-08

I had a lot of issues with this theory. For example, how does the Shadow know Min is such a prolific reader? And on the same note, in a world where the color and pattern of every article of clothing is described in excruciating detail, isn't it possible your reading too much into maybe a dozen comments about reading in like 8000 pages of text? Just a thought. Also, don't you think Rand has asked Fel how to Seal the Bore? I would imagine it was the first question out of his mouth.

And we know death can't be Healed. Rand couldn't do it, and no one short of the Creator can.

I'm sorry, I just feel like all of the evidence you present isn't really directed in unison and proving a particular point. You've got 4 or 5 interesting ideas knocking around in here, none of which are acting together and all of which are suffering from being jumbled in with the others.

I'm just not seeing how Rand being Jesus (which was kind of obvious... sacrifice for the salvation of mankind?) relates to Min being kidnapped, Logain taking over as the leader of the world, and Min liking to read. There wasn't much of a unifying theory to agree or disagree with... just a lot of evidence with little coherence. I thought the initial idea of Min's kidnapping being the spark for Tarmon Gai'don was interesting (if not one I agree with, as of yet), but right when you had a chance to run with it, you wandered off a bit.

So I don't want to be a jerk... but if you had anything else on that, I'd love to read it, but I just didn't see that unifying thread in here that made it a theory and not a brainstorm.

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fish06: 2008-06-08

I just wanted to point out that in Chapter 33 the other man Min sees is not LTT. I think that this person is Moridin and refers to when the balefires struck creating some sort of connection. It only makes sense that Rand would kill Moridin or the other way around once he realizes that he is really Ishy. This seems to disprove your theory on how LTT will just go away. (If I am right)

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Ozymandias: 2008-06-11

Fish06, I noticed that as well, however, its not certain that said man is Moridin. In fact, it may not even be likely. I wrote a theory on it a couple years ago, I think, but in any case, an excellent point.

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JakOShadows: 2008-06-12

I have to agree with ozzy in that you have a lot of good ideas, but none of them are really proven. It seemed like on long article of random predictions.

I do think it is possible for Min to be kidnapped, but it would be a hard thing to accomplish. She is with Rand almost all the time, and if she's not with Rand, she is pretty well protected by virtue of being not too far away from him either. And honestly, I don't see Semirhage escaping at a time when Min would not be fighting along side Rand. Its certainly possible, but I don't think its very likely.

As far your comments on the lb, I think that the DO will still attack in the traditional method against the armies of randland, through the tarwin gap and places like that. And then maybe have a strike force of channelers attack the white tower and other places like that. From your explanation, it sounds like you think they're going to leap up out thin air right next to those armies. And while all that is going on, Rand will have his group of fighters and travel to shayul ghul. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it won't be about individual match ups, as your prediction would imply. It will be a battle of armies vs trollocs with support from channelers on both sides.

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stonedogsrule: 2008-06-26

well im new to this site, but i have to say this is a solid theory and i think it could probably go further somehow,but if there was only a litle help from the grave on Rj's part huh?

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irerancincpkc: 2008-07-03

Thanks Tam. It has been a while; I had to reread it to remember what I wrote! :) I would say that it could be considered a last attempt by Moridin to turn Rand, though that may not be his most important objective.

Ozy, how would the Shadow know? We know there are DF placed around Rand, and Semi is there now. And yes, I may be reading too much into it, but I don't think that I am. Rand needs to figure out how to do this thing, and right now this looks like the frontrunner among all the ways to learn how to do it.

Maybe Fel couldn't figure it out, but Min will. A new perspective is always a good thing. Gawyn beat his masters; why can't Min figure something out Fel couldn't?

Jak, I'm pretty sure we are going to see indiv. fights. It seems bound to happen. Yes, armies and trollocs will be fighting massivly, but to say that indiv. fights won't happen...

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JakOShadows: 2008-07-10

to some degree there will be one on one match ups, but I think most of the battles will be like when semirhage was captured. that was multiple channelers and no one person specifically aiming at another. and would it even be smart for Moridin (or whoever is in command) to let that happen. It will happen a bit, but not to the extreme degree that you imply.

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Realnow: 2008-07-15

Could be invdividual matchups but clearly a massive battle as well. Also, I don't see why its only possible for female channelers to fight female channelers and vice versa. In your matchups it seems a bit too contrived...why couldn't Nynaeve take down Demandred for example? only a man can fight a man?

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Waxer: 2008-07-17

A theory is a unproven thought.

I see when Semirhage is wearing a Adam she will be used against the shadow and might made to seal the bore.

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Fourth Age Historian: 2008-09-09

I like the part about Min's kidnapping. I am convinced myself that her reading is going to get Rand some crucial information on how to win...but I had no idea how many times he threw that in there.

I also am in agreement that all those armies will be in TLB. I have always felt it was pretty clear that TG will happen *everywhere* at once. Although, it sounds like it will be concentrated in the wetland region:

TITLE: Lord of Chaos

CHAPTER: 6, Threads Woven of Shadow

"Why would she suddenly have snatched pets from so far away? She seldom went out of her way. Was she trying to divert him toward the lands beyond the Waste by making him think she had an interest there? The battlefield was here. The Great Lord's first touch when he broke free would land here. The rest of the world would be whipped by the fringes of storms, even racked by storms, but those storms would generate here."

That's Sammy, think about Graendal.

Also, you forgot about the Whitecloaks. I think they will make a lot of trouble befor TG starts, maybe setting up for some unfortunate losses on the side of humanity, but I can't imagine that they would fight alongside Trollocs once the action really starts. A few could..the darkfriends and a few nasty bastards, but Pedron Niall at least, believed the last battle is coming and must be won.

TITLE: Lord of Chaos

CHAPTER: Prologue, The First Message

"Rand al'Thor was a false Dragon and a tool of the Tower. The world was full of fools who could not think. The Last Battle would not be some titanic struggle between the Dark One and a Dragon Reborn, a mere man. The Creator had abandoned mankind to its own devices long ago. No, when Tarmon Gai'don came, it would be as in the Trolloc Wars two thousand years ago and more, when hordes of Trollocs and Shadowspawn poured out of the Great Blight, tore through the Borderlands and nearly drowned humanity in a sea of blood. He did not mean to let mankind face that divided and unprepared."

So clearly Niall meant to make trouble for Rand, and would turn his forces against the Trollocs...I can't imagine Galad would balk at fighting Trollocs either.

I had noticed the "three days" thing before...but I wonder. I think it more likely that Alivia will balefire whoever killed Rand back three days, resurrecting Rand. The counter to that is that maybe Alivia's "helping Rand die" is more about faking his death, but we're running out of time for that to happen.

Also, I bet you're right that Lews Therin will be gone...but I think more because Rand might not be insane anymore after he's resurrected. Even if he can still channel, the Taint is cleansed. I am in favor of the Rand/Moridin merging thing, myself. It was foreshadowed as early as TGH...I forget the chapter, but he's having a dream and his face merges with Ishy's. I think that Lews Therin is "real" in the sense similar to Mat's memories...but the "personality" is just Rand's loony way of accessing/making sense of them.

I also have to wonder how the Sea Folk will enter into it. Will the Dark One have a navy?

I think you're pretty close to the truth about Logain, as well. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if he were rather the new equivalent of the Tamyrlin, with a joint tower. "the guardians balance out the servants" indeed. I never realized that "the land divided by the return" was AFTER Rand dies...hmmm...

I can't help but agree with many of your matchups, but my curiosity is partly fixed on which good guys will lose.

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isamu237: 2008-10-30

I somehow missed that Reason and Unreason was actually Fel's book. I always thought it was Fel's book, but not that he'd actually written it. To me, that makes Min's reading all the more interesting and really ties together Fel's death, Min's study and her importance. Nice work

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Katifer Gaidin: 2008-10-31

Individual matchupwise, I don't think every crusader of the Light should be limited to taking out just one Darkness-warrior. Certain characters, such as Rand, will probably take out many before the war is done.

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wonderbread: 2009-07-09

Actually, cleansing the taint would only get rid of the wasting sickness, not the madness. Any madness that had come on before would still be present after the taint was cleansed.

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ThaOneCK: 2010-08-04

I gotta disagree with you twice. First, I've always believed that the "remnant of a remnant" of the Aeil will mean that customs of the Aeil will be drastically altered in the same way the current Aeil are different from the Da'Shain Aiel. Second, Why would Rand become a Hero in TAR? Wouldn't that mean he was already there in between his previous lives, including himself and Lews Therin. I've thought about this too and while it is possible that he is a Hero, it is highly unlikely because it seems like Birgitte would have mentioned something about it by now, and because his is the only soul that seems to be Reborn for a specific purpose while all the others are Reborn at random times and just generally do awesome things. Also, Rand has the voice of LTT in his head. While Birgitte retains memories from her previous lives, she never has the any of her previous selves living inside her head. Although this could be because she is the True Birgitte Silverbow, the one who is actually reincarnated. I don't know if this means that it is the soul of Birgitte or what.

But still, theoretically, The Dragon has been reborn in every Age since the beginning of time just like the Heroes of the Horn but he doesn't reside in TAR in between lives because he is Reborn only to fight the Shadow because, I don't know, The Creator didn't want him hanging out with the other run-of-the-mill Heroes that are born at random.

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Marie Curie 7: 2010-08-09

ThaOneCK:
"Second, Why would Rand become a Hero in TAR? Wouldn't that mean he was already there in between his previous lives, including himself and Lews Therin. I've thought about this too and while it is possible that he is a Hero, it is highly unlikely because it seems like Birgitte would have mentioned something about it by now, and because his is the only soul that seems to be Reborn for a specific purpose while all the others are Reborn at random times and just generally do awesome things. Also, Rand has the voice of LTT in his head. While Birgitte retains memories from her previous lives, she never has the any of her previous selves living inside her head. Although this could be because she is the True Birgitte Silverbow, the one who is actually reincarnated. I don't know if this means that it is the soul of Birgitte or what."

We know that Rand is a Hero of the Horn. He is Lews Therin reborn; that is, he has the same soul. And that soul is one of the Heroes, the Dragon soul. If Rand were to die, his soul would go to Tel'aran'rhiod like the other Heroes. Also, the soul is born in some Ages in a non-Dragon incarnation. RJ has stated that all this is so:

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The Path of Daggers book tour 22 October 1998, Los Angeles - Pam Basham reporting

Q: "Is [the Dragon] soul born in any other Age, or only at the advent and (theoretically, of course) the closing of the Third Age, as the Dragon/the Dragon Reborn?"
RJ: This soul is one of the Heroes, and bound to the Wheel, spun out as the Pattern wills. "It" is born in other Ages, but in a non-Dragon incarnation, to suit the pattern of that Age. In the course of this answer, he related this to why Hawkwing calls Rand "Lews Therin" at Falme--because Hawkwing recognizes this soul. This didn't really tell me why he specifically calls him "Lews Therin", but apparently they've been hangin' together in Tel'aran'rhiod and the etiquette there is to call each other by the name of your last incarnation. (My interpretation.)
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Also, Birgitte is not currently 'reincarnated', as you refer to her, in the normal way of a Hero of the Horn. She was ripped out of Tel'aran'rhiod, which short-circuited the normal course of a Hero spun out to be reborn again. If she had been reborn in the normal way, she would have retained none of her memories of past incarnations or any notion that she was a Hero of the Horn. Birgitte even talks about this in Lord of Chaos:

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TITLE: Lord of Chaos
CHAPTER: 40 - Unexpected Laughter

At first Birgitte just glowered, but then she took Elayne's arm and very nearly hustled her to the mouth of an alley. No one passing by glanced at them twice, and Areina remained where she was, if darker of face than before, but Birgitte still looked around carefully and spoke in a whisper. "Always when the Wheel spun me out, I was born, lived and died without ever knowing I was bound to the Wheel. I only knew that in between, in Tel'aran'rhiod. Sometimes I became known, even famous, but I was like everyone else, not somebody out of a legend. This time I was ripped out, not spun out. For the first time wearing flesh, I know who I am. For the first time, other people can know too. Thom and Juilin do; they say nothing, but I am sure. They don't look at me the way they do other people. If I said I was going to climb a glass mountain and kill a giant with my bare hands, they'd just ask if I needed any help on the way, and they would not expect me to."
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ThaOneCK:
"But still, theoretically, The Dragon has been reborn in every Age since the beginning of time just like the Heroes of the Horn but he doesn't reside in TAR in between lives because he is Reborn only to fight the Shadow because, I don't know, The Creator didn't want him hanging out with the other run-of-the-mill Heroes that are born at random."

We also know from the scene at Falme that Rand/Lew Therin's soul resided in Tel'aran'rhiod after Lews Therin died but before the soul was spun out as Rand:

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TITLE: Great Hunt
CHAPTER: 47 - The Grave is No Bar to My Call

"Or a woman," Hawkwing agreed. "Only a few are bound to the Wheel, spun out again and again to work the will of the Wheel in the Pattern of the Ages. You could tell him, Lews Therin, could you but remember when you wore flesh." He was looking at Rand.

Rand shook his head, but he would not waste time with denials. "Invaders have come, men who call themselves Seanchan, who use chained Aes Sedai in battle. They must be driven back into the sea. And - and there is a girl. Egwene al'Vere. A novice from the White Tower. The Seanchan have her prisoner. You must help me free her."

To his surprise, several of the small host behind Artur Hawkwing chuckled, and Birgitte, testing her bowstring, laughed. "You always choose women who cause you trouble, Lews Therin." It had a fond sound, as between old friends.
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Both Birgitte and Hawkwing recognize Rand/Lews Therin as one of the Heroes. They refer to him as Lews Therin because when that soul was last waiting in Tel'aran'rhiod, it was after Lews Therin's death, and the Heroes apparently refer to each other in that place by the name of their last incarnation.