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WARNING: THIS THEORY HAS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT.
The Dark One, The Dragon, Moridin, and those who walk in the Shadow.
What's really going on.
Brace yourselves, this is not theory that pulls from 1 or 2 references, but dozens. Only the true fanatical should read on.
I give you Moridin's true identity and the DO's plan.
My first clue came in ToM which lead me to dig deeper.
"And then, shall the Lord of the Evening come. And He shall take our eyes, for our souls shall bow before Him, and He shall take our lips, for only Him will we praise. And the Lord of the Evening shall face the Broken Champion, and shall spill his blood and bring us the Darkness so beautiful. Let the screams begin, O followers of the Shadow. Beg for your destruction!" -The prophecies of the Shadow
Just remember the above passage as I build.
Pg 480 ToM - "Something black began to spin around Rand. It wasn't part of the storm; it seemed like night itself leaking from him. Tendrils of it grew from Rand's own skin, like tiny hands curling back and wrapping around him. It seemed evil itself given life.
Pg 481 continued "The darkness continued to seep out, like a liquid tar coming through Rand's pores.." "It enclosed him, cutting him off, banishing him. The Dragon Reborn was gone. Only evil remained.
Addressing "like a liquid tar."
The taint has always been described the same way, and as we know the taint was a result of Saidin touching the Dark One. I think it's safe to assume the taint is part of the Dark One.
I believe the Dark One was trying to take over Rand completely there in Veins of Gold, to consume him. So I thought to myself. If the DO is trying to take over his body, his soul, is there any evidence of such things occuring elsewhere?
So, before we continue let's prove it is at least possible that the Dark One can inhabit anything in the Wheel of Time Land even partially.
"WinespringBrother: Is Shaidar Haran an avatar to the world beyond the Bore?
Jordan: I am not certain you can really call him an avatar because I generally think of an avatar as having exactly the same powers as, and it is not, Shaidar Haran does not have nearly as much power as the Dark One. Its as though the Dark One is able to project shadowy form of himself into this creature. It is the Dark One in shadowy form.
So, it appears possible. Even more than possible, it is the Dark One in shadowy form.
Let's move on then: I present, Ishamael.
Shadow Rising, pg 771
"The other sounds like Ishamael, to me. All his pride at being only half-caught, whatever the price - there was always was less human left in him than any of us when I saw him again; I think he half believed he was the Great Lord of the Dark - all his three thousand years of machinations, and it comes to an untaught boy hunting him down."
I bring this point up to argue that Ishamael is less than human, in case you decided suggesting the Dark One could not possess another -- that there would be too much human in them. Well, this seems to suggest Ishamael was far less human then any other. After being resurrected, it could be he was even less human. If not immediately, certainly shortly thereafter as he uses only the True Power, which is The Dark One himself we've learned.
Now onto the next strange thing about Ishamael.
Dragon Reborn book: Perrin spying on Forsaken meetin Ishmael, Rahvin and Be'lal.
"The first two men stood side by side, now, made uncomfortable allies by the presence of the newcomer...His eyes, Perrin thought. What is strange about his eyes?..abruptly the man in dark velvets threw his arms wide, as if demanding an end to it."
So, we have 3 Forsaken, but one key difference between them. Only one of the Forsaken, Ishamael, has an oddity about him. The eyes.
Now, recall the dark prophecy at the top "And he shall take our eyes..."
So Ishamael has peculiar eyes, how unimportant, until we read Towers of Midnight of course.
Flash Forward: Towers of Midnight, at the Black Tower.
Gateways: pg 775
"The woman looked up, and Pevara froze. There was something different in Tarna's eyes, something cold."
"The coldness--- almost lifelessness, she'd seen in Tarna's eyes still chilled her."
ToM – Something wrong. Pg 818
"It's not really Mezar, Oh, it has Mezar's face, right enough. But it's not him. I can see it in his eyes. Trouble is, whatever the thing is, it has Mezar's memories. Talks right like him. But the smile is wrong. All wrong."
Remember that. More differences in the eyes, but equally as important is "Talks right like him."
ToM – Pg 819
"And he saw what Norley had seen. Something was deeply wrong, something not-quite-alive inside those eyes. This didn't seem to be a man, but a parody of one. A shadow stuffed inside human skin."
So, the eyes are brought up first with Ishamael. Now, in ToM, we have examples all over the place that something is happening to those who can channel. And it starts with their eyes. Coincidentally, the dark prophecy begins with the eyes being taken by the Dark One. So you don't have to scroll up:
"And He shall take our eyes, for our souls shall bow before Him"
Look at the second line carefully now. It suggests rather clearly, once he has your eyes, he has our souls. Now, now...there's sooo much more =)
Let's take a breather though. What I'm starting to get at if you don't know is an argument against the 13x13 theory, that something much more sinuous then that is taking place.
We also have Rand in ToM inspecting the nobility, what does he do to find out who are darkfriends among him? He stands them in a line and searches their eyes.
Also recall, those that come back changed at the Black Tower grow in power, and skill in weaving at a rate that defies logic. A mere compulsion type via 13x13 would not increase power/knowledge.
Remember these lines...not a man...a parody of one...a shadow stuffed inside human skin. Sounds awfully like what RJ described going on with Shaidar.
Getting interested yet?
Let's get back to Ishamael and get him dead so we can see Moridin. A key clue I think resides in Rands battle with Ishamael in the Dragon Reborn.
Dragon Reborn, Ch55 Written in Prophecy (Notice chapter title)
"I cannot be defeated! Aid me!" Some of the darkness shrouding him drifted into his hands, formed into a ball so black it seemed to soak up even the light of Callandor. Sudden triumph blazed in the flames of his eyes. "You are destroyed!" Rand shouted. Callandor spun in his hands. Its light roiled the darkness, severed the steel-black lines around Ba'alzamon, and Ba'alzamon convulsed. As if there were two of him he seemed to dwindle and grow larger at the same time. "You are undone!" Rand plunged the shining blade into Ba'alzamon's chest.
Ba'alzamon screamed, and the fires of his face flared wildly. "Fool!" he howled. "The Great Lord of the dark can never be defeated!"
Odd how it seemed there were two of him, isn't it? Even odder that one grew, one shrank. Hmm. This passage seems to suggest the duality I'm driving at. I also think it was planned by the Dark One so Moridin could be born.
Let's build on this. Onto Moridin.
Recall the conversation between Moridin and Rand in TGS when Rand enters Moridins dream or whatever the place may be. The first clues here before the big clues was the descriptive wording here, definitely more RJ then Brandon.
He had met the man only once. At shadar logoth. The stranger had saved rands life. Rand had often wondered who he'd been. Now standing in this place, Rand finally knew.
I killed you Rand whispered.
The man didn't look from the fire as he laughed.
Once Rand had known this man only as Baalzamon.
I watched you die, Isha..."THAT IS NOT MY NAME."
I am known as Moridin now.
I believe this is telling us something important. Moridin is not Ishamael, but something more now. I have iron proof of this further down as well =)
Also, why would Ishamael, a Forsaken, have lasted this long? Rand is presumably almost timeless in age, he recalls thousands of lives during veins of gold. I find it hard to believe a mere Forsaken, one who is not Ta'veren and therefore more vulnerable, to have survived this long without being bale fired.
Also note in ToM. What is the Dark one called? Lord of Evening. What is Rand called? Lord of Morning. What is Ishamael called.. none of those. For what Moridin to be saying to have any truth, for him to be at the epicenter of battle, the anti-hero, he would have to be speaking as if he is the Dark One.
It also would appear a site agrees with me, in part, though I don't know how they deduced this.
Elan Morin was often considered too esoteric for popular appeal. He also believed that the war between the soul of Lews Therin and the Dark One had occurred since the beginning of time, recurring in cycles of the Wheel of Time. However, after his descent into madness through sustained use of the True Power, he seemed to believe that he himself was part of the eternal conflict between The Dragon and the Dark One
--- from http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/Ishamael
Let's get more hints to something not being right with Moridin as just Ishamael.
ToM Writings pg 117-120
"Moridin scowled, then hesitated, glancing to the side. At nothing. I am to leave you without punishment, for now."
"Had that been a communication directly from the Great Lord? As far as she knew, all Chosen in this age had to go to him in Shayol Ghul to receive orders. Or at least suffer a visit from that horrid creature Shaidar Haran."
So here we see the very first clue Moridin has power similar to Shaidar Haran. Most wouldn't notice it, but luckily the next page offers more clues:
"Moridin turned toward the fire, clasping his hands behind his back. He watched the flames. With a shock, she felt sweat trickle down her brow. What? She was able to avoid heat and cold. What was wrong? She maintained her focus..it just didn't work. Not here. Not near him. That unsettled her deeply."
Recall my RJ quote establishing the possibility in Randland that the DO can exist in people.
"Its as though the DO is able to project shadowy form of himself into this creature"
So, we have Moridin very similar to Shaidar Haran with the above evidence. The only way that's possible is if the Dark One is projecting himself into Moridin.
Here is a quote that directly references Moridin and the Dark One being very very similar.
"I will lend you another tool, the man with two souls. But he is MINE, just as that spike is mine. Just as you are mine. Do you understand?
She nodded, the room seemed to be growing darker. That voice of his...it sounded, just faintly, like that of the Great Lord."
And finally, if that's not all enough. The book spells it out for you. My iron proof.
Moridin?" she asked hesitantly.
He ignored her. [...] Waved for her to approach.
"Where did these prophecies come from?"
"They have long been known to me, "But not to many others, not even the chosen."
Ishamael was a chosen. So who have they long been known to? Obviously not Ishamael. They would however be long known to the Dark One.
Is your mind warped?! First theory here so go e-z on me =D