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Old 11-23-2012, 08:01 AM
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I have to say, I very much like your thinking on this one. The leap you've taken seems to be the idea that Slayer might not be working for the Shadow, when all his POVs and actions seem to indicate he definitely is. Is it possible one side of his personality might be while the other is not? Slayer is one of my favourite characters and one of the biggest mysteries in the series, certainly not as fully developed as I'd like. You provide potential answers to his link to the Finns - was there something more to his attempt to trick Perrin into the TOG? - and how it is that two souls could be merged into one.

One thing to consider is that Slayer is a relatively strong Mordred parallel. He lacks a naming parallel, but wouldn't be the only Shadow-sider to so lack; "Ishmael" always struck me as an odd choice for the Dark One's first lieutenant. His familial relationship with Rand (uncle to nephew) is the inverse of Mordred's to Arthur (nephew to uncle), and the mission he's currently on is to kill Rand. Supporting your theory, could that inversion possible be foreshadow of another, that rather than betray Rand as Mordred did, he might betray the Shadow for Rand?
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