I dunno how far I'll actually make it (I usually peter out about halfway through the Great Hunt), but I'm trying to reread the series so I can write Finn better. :
I'm about halfway through the Eye of the World, and I keep making these mental notes to myself...and I decided hey, why not share them? Maybe someone will find them as useful/amusing as I do.
- Healing can be set to work over time. Nynaeve's Wilder Healing works that way, and so does Moiraine's "I'm too tired to do this properly" way. Also, both Nynaeve and Moiraine's "slow" Healing can leave physical scars. This resets my entire perception of how Healing works.
- Queen Eldrene could channel, but Moiraine did not say she was an Aes Sedai. King Aemon was clearly bonded to her (she felt him die from leagues away). Thing is, when he died, she went crazy with vengeance. Was this because of the depths of their love, or another inconsistency (such as Traveling) between EotW and the rest of the books, or did HE bond HER? (and if that last is true, was it just a matter of time until he went nuts...?)
- I forgot about Moiraine's unwavering faith in the Pattern. Jaryd approves.
- Moiraine is a 6.8 or 6.9 on our scale. She cannot attack things while actively riding (as opposed to simply sitting upon) a horse, but she can cause areas of effect (such as fog).
- Egwene made a stone flicker without going through all the rigamarole we make people go through in OPB. She simply concentrated and willed it to happen, and it did, and that was (according to Moiraine's very straightforward statement a few sentences earlier) her very first touching of saidar. Moiraine said it usually took women months to get to that point. I might incorporate this approach in future writings of that class.
- Related: Even though Egwene had the Spark, Moiraine did not talk to her about being Aes Sedai until Egwene asked about it herself. Surprised not to see more of this in our character bios, to be honest.
- This same passage confirms that men can also learn or have the Spark. I honestly couldn't remember a single case of a man who could learn, so I wasn't sure.
- The shivering that Rand feels when women channel begins right away, as does his own reaction to channeling. There’s also consistent references to unusual wolf activity. I totally missed these details on my first...however many...reads.
- Tear hates channelers more than Whitecloaks do. I knew that, but didn't do a particularly good job of showing that with Dax. Whoops.
- So...things that happen in Tel'aran'rhiod are real. For instance, if you die there, then you're dead in the real world. So...let's say Ba'alzamon breaks a rat's neck in the World of Dreams and then rats show up with broken backs in the real world the next day. Does that mean rats can access Tel'aran'rhiod? (I think it does, but can’t remember if that’s ever relevant.)
- The description of the channeling sickness hitting Rand in Baerlon is fantastic reference material for both the sickness AND Whitecloaks.
- Cultural memory runs strong in the Two Rivers- Mat spoke the Old Tongue without ever hearing it. That's pretty damn rad.
- An Aes Sedai of Moiraine’s strength (or a Warder of Lan's skill, which is nigh-universally accepted to be "Blademaster who hasn't killed a Blademaster yet") is considered an “even match” for a single Myrddraal. (This is a note from earlier in the book that I just remembered)
- It took Moiraine every ounce of strength she had naturally and with the aid of an angreal to make the earth shake a little and then create a wall of fire. When she turned away from that effort she could barely sit her saddle. I definitely have to rework my understanding of strength based on the examples I've seen so far.
- Another note from earlier- Moiraine uses both her kiseira and her staff as concentration aids. She is the only Aes Sedai I can think of who does that, and from what I remember she does it consistently, not just in this book. (I'll pay attention and see if that's true.) If it is...I wonder why?