7 Reader's guide to Prophecy

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7.1 Egwene's dreams

[TGH: 12, 213, Woven in the Pattern, 180]

She saw Rand sleeping on the ground, wrapped in a cloak. A woman had been standing over him, looking down. Her face was in shadow, but her eyes seemed to shine like the moon, and Egwene had known she was evil. Then there was a flash of light, and they were gone. Both of them. And behind it all, almost like another thing altogether, was the feel of danger, as if a trap was just beginning to snap shut on an unsuspecting lamb, a trap with many jaws. [YES, this is where Lanfear takes Rand & co into the Portal stone world]

[TDR: 25, 290, Questions, 233-4]

She had dreamed of Seanchan, too, of women in dresses with lightning bolts woven on their breasts, collaring a long line of women who wore Great Serpent rings, forcing them to call lightning against the White Tower.(NO)
That had started her awake in a cold sweat, but that had to be just a nightmare, too. And the dream about Whitecloaks binding her father's hands.(uncertain--poss. reference to the fact that Master Al'Vere was powerless to act against the WCs until Perrin came along)

[TDR: 25, 290, Questions, 234]

There had been a dream of Rand, reaching for a sword that seemed to be made of crystal, never seeing the fine net dropping over him.(YES)
And one of him kneeling in a chamber where a parched wind blew dust across the floor, and creatures like the one on the Dragon banner, but much smaller, floated on the wind, and settled into his skin.(YES)
There had been a dream of him walking down into a great hole in a black mountain, a hole filled with a reddish glare as from vast fires below,(NO)
and even a dream of him confronting Seanchan.(NO)

[TDR: 25, 290-1, Questions, 234]

Perrin with a falcon on his shoulder, and Perrin with a hawk. Only the hawk held a leash in her talons--Egwene was somehow convinced both the hawk and falcon were female--and the hawk was trying to fasten it around Perrin's neck.(YES, but maybe more to come)
That made her shiver even now; she did not like dreams about leashes. And that dream of Perrin--with a beard!(YES)--leading a huge pack of wolves that stretched as far as the eye could see.(NO)
Those about Mat had been even nastier. Mat, placing his own left eye on a balance scale.(NO)
Mat, hanging by his neck from a tree limb.(YES)
There had been a dream of Mat and Seanchan too but she was willing to dismiss that as a nightmare.(NO)
It had to have been just a nightmare. Just like the one about Mat speaking the Old Tongue.(YES) That had to come from what she had heard during his Healing.

[TDR: 37, 423, Fires in Cairhien, 352-3]

She had dreamed of Perrin with a wolf, and with a falcon, and a hawk -- and the hawk and falcon fighting(YES) -- of Perrin running from someone deadly,(SLAYER?) and Perrin stepping willingly over the edge of a towering cliff while saying, 'It must be done. I must learn to fly before I reach the bottom.'(Probably not, but may refer to him mastering his wolf-brotherhood, or being a battle commander)
There had been one dream of an Aiel and she thought that had to do with Perrin too, but she was not sure.(YES)
And a dream of Min, springing a steel trap but somehow walking through it without so much as seeing it.(YES--the Tower Coup)
... Mat with dice spinning 'round him ...(YES)
Mat being followed by a man who was not there ... or maybe more than one, but in some way there was no one there ...(YES)
Mat riding desperately toward something unseen in the distance that he had to reach(YES),
and Mat with a woman who seemed to be tossing fireworks about(YES).
An Illuminator, she assumed, but that made no more sense than anything else. Men and women breaking out of a cage, then putting on crowns.(YES)
A woman playing with puppets, and another dream where the strings on puppets led to the hands of larger puppets, and their strings led to still greater puppets, on and on until the last strings vanished into unimaginable heights(probably just symbolic of the various degrees of manipulation going on). Kings dying, queens weeping, battles raging. Whitecloaks ravaging the Two Rivers(YES). She had even dreamed of the Seanchan again.

[TDR: 48, 553, Following the Craft, 468-9]

Perrin with a falcon on his shoulder(YES), choosing between ax and hammer(NO);
A Whitecloak putting Master Luhhan in the middle of a huge, toothed trap for bait(YES);
Mat dicing with the Dark One(YES), shouting "I am coming!" at her(YES);
Rand sneaking through utter darkness toward Callandor, while all around him six men and five women walked, some hunting him and some ignoring him, some trying to guide him toward the shining crystal sword and some trying to stop him from reaching it, appearing not to know where he was, or only to see him in flashes(YES).
One of the men had eyes of flame, and he wanted Rand dead with a desperation she could nearly taste; Rand in that dry, dusty chamber again, with those small creatures settling into his skin.(YES)

[TDR: 48, 553, Following the Craft, 468-9]

Rand confronting a horde of Seanchan.(NO)
Rand confronting her, and the women with her, and one of *them* was a Seanchan.(NO)

[TSR: 11, 207, What Lies Hidden, 145]

Rand as tall as a mountain, walking through cities, crushing buildings beneath his feet, with screaming people like ants fleeing from him.(Not literally, if symbolic, then it has started, with more to come) Rand in chains, and it was he who was screaming.(NO)
Rand building a wall with him on one side and her on the other, her and Elayne and others she could not make out. "It has to be done," he was saying as he piled up stones. "I'll not let you stop me now."(NO)
... Aiel fighting each other, killing each other, even throwing away their weapons and running as if they had gone mad(YES).
Mat wrestling with a Seanchan woman who tied an invisible leash to him(NO).
A wolf - [Perrin] - fighting a man whose face kept changing(YES).
Galad wrapping himself in white as though putting on his own shroud(YES, but more to come?), and Gawyn with eyes full of pain and hatred.(Poss. refers to the Tower Coup, or could be something yet to come) Her mother weeping.

[TFoH: 15, What Can Be Learned in Dreams, 214]

Rand sitting down in a chair, and somehow she knew that the chair's owner would be murderously angry at having here chair taken (YES) ...
Perrin, lounging with Faile on his lap, kissing her while she played with the short-cut beard that he wore in the dream. Behind them tow banners waved, a red wolf's head and a crimson eagle. A man in a bright yellow coat stood near to Perrin's shoulder, a sword strapped to his back; in some way she knew that he was a tinker, though no tinker would ever touch a sword. And every bit of it except the beard seemed important. The banners, Faile kissing Perrin, even the tinker. Every time he moved closer to Perrin it was if a chill of doom shot through everything. (NO) ...
Mat throwing dice with blood streaming down his face, the wide brim of his hat pulled down low so she could not see his would(NO),
while Thom Merrilin put his hand into a fire to draw out the small blue stone that now dangled on Moiraine's forehead. (NO)
Or a dream of a storm, great dark clouds rolling without wind or rain while forked lightning bolts, every one identical, rent the earth. (probably The Battle of Cairhien)

7.2 Min's viewings

[TEotW: 15, 215-6, Strangers and Friends, 181]

Lan: Seven ruined Towers/A babe in a cradle holding a sword(YES)
Thom: A man--not him--juggling fire/The White Tower(Uncertain. either of these could refer to his nephew Owyn, and the Tower could also represent future involvement with the AS)
Perrin: A wolf(YES)/A broken crown(NO)/Trees flowering around him(Uncertain, poss. refers to Loial singing to the trees over Perrin's family's grave, or maybe he will find the Song)/ An Aielman in a cage(YES)/A Tuatha'an with a sword(YES)/ A falcon and a hawk, perching on his shoulders, both female.(YES) A darkness swirling around him.(Uncertain--poss. just meaning the shadow was chasing him, or maybe more specific--there are Darkfriends near to him? or maybe something else entirely)
Mat: A red eagle(YES)/A eye on a balance scale(NO)/A dagger with a ruby(YES)/ A horn(YES)/ A laughing face(NO)
Rand: A sword that isn't a sword (YES), A golden crown of laurel leaves (NO), A beggars staff (NO), Him pouring water on sand(YES) Three woman standing over a funeral bier with him on it:(NO) A bloody hand and a white hot iron(NO) Black rock wet with blood:(NO)

[TGH: 24, 362, New Friends and Old Enemies, 305], [TGH: 43, 605, A Plan, 511]

Elayne: The Rose Crown of Andor(YES), A severed hand, not hers(NO), A red-hot iron and an ax.(NO)

[TGH: 43, 605, A Plan, 511]

Nyneave: Man's ring of heavy gold.(YES)

[TGH: 24, 362, New Friends and Old Enemies, 305]

Egwene: A white flame(NOT YET) [Survey says: Will Egwene be next Amyrlin? Yes:71, No:12]

[TSR: 17, 284, Deceptions, 198]

Logain: A halo of gold and blue, signifying glory to come.(NO) [Survey says:
Will Logain get the Power back? Yes:53,No:28
Will Logain pull the Sword from the Stone? Yes:38, No:42]

[TSR:1, 25, Seeds of Shadow, 21],[TSR: 47, 786-7, The Truth of a Viewing, 544]

Gawyn: A heron marked sword, his or threatening(NO)/ His banner with a field of green rather than white(NO)/ Either breaking Egwene's neck or kneeling to her(NO)

[TSR: 1, 18-21, Seeds of Shadow, 16-23]

Random AS in the tower: A silver collar, similar to, or actually, a damane's.(NO) [also lots of death and suffering/bones etc.]

[TFoH: 26, Sallie Daera, 317]

Sheriam: "Rays of silver and blue flashed about her fiery hair, and a soft golden light; Min could not say what it meant."(NO)

[TFoH: 26, Sallie Daera, 320]

Edesina: "[...] a silvery collar suddenly appeared, snug around the woman's neck, and as suddenly seemed to shatter. Min shivered. She did not like viewings connected to the Seanchan. At least Edesina would escape somehow."(NO)

[TFoH: 28, Trapped, 343]

SS/Gareth Bryne: "When Bryne came in, I had a viewing. An aura, and a bull ripping roses from around its neck(YES), and ... None of it matters except the aura. I didn't even really understand that, but more than anything else.'
'How much did you understand?'
'If you want to stay alive, you had better stay close to him.' Despite the heat, Min shivered. She had only ever had one other viewing with an 'if' in it, and both had been potentially deadly. It was bad enough sometimes knowing what would happen; if she started knowing what might ... 'All I know is this. If he stays close to you, you live. If he gets too far away, for too long, you are going to die. Both of you. I don't know why I should have seen anything about you in his aura, but you seemed like part of it.'

[TFoH: 50, To Teach and Learn, 592]

Faolain: "'A nasty woman,' Min murmured, squinting after Faolain as she hurried the other across the common room. 'You'd think, if there was any justice, she would have an unpleasant future ahead of her.'"(NO)

[TFoH: 50, To Teach, and Learn, 598-9]

Marigan, Nicola, and Areina: "Those three you brought with are trouble, and that is a viewing"
"I only caught glimpses of aura, and just out of the corner of my eye. Never when I was looking right at them, where I might have made something out."(NO)

[TFoH: 50, To Teach, and Learn, 598-9]

Rand, Elayne, Min, Aviendha: Elayne leaped off the cliff. "Min, you had a viewing about Rand and me, didn't you?" [...]
"Yes." It was a wary word.
"You saw that we were going to fall in love."
"Not exactly. I saw you'd fall in love with him. I don't know what he feels for you, only that he's tied to you some way."[...]
"And you saw there would be someone else. Someone I'd have to ... share ... him with."
"Two, " Min said hoarsely. "And .... And I'm one." [...]
"Who is the third?"
"I don't know," Min mumbled. "Only that she has a temper. Not Nynaeve."(YES)

7.3 Various prophecies

[TEotW: prologue, xv, Dragonmount, xv]

"O Light of the Heavens, Light of the World, let the Promised One be born of the mountain(YES), according to the prophecies, as he was in ages past and will be in ages to come. Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs. Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.(NO)"

The prophecy for the Horn of Valere [TEotW: 26, 389, Whitebridge, 327]

        In the last, lorn fight
        'gainst the fall of long night,
        the mountains stand guard,
        and the dead shall be ward,
        for the grave is no bar to my call.(NO)

Elaida's Foretelling [TEOTW: 40, 614, The Web Tightens, 514]

This I Foretell...and swear under the Light that I can say no clearer. From this day Andor marches toward pain and division. The Shadow has yet to darken to its blackest, and I cannot see if the Light will come after. Where the world has wept one tear, it will weep thousands....This, too, I Foretell. Pain and division come to the whole world, and this man [Rand] stands at the heart of it.

[TGH: 22, 328, Watchers, 275]

Five ride forth, and four return.(YES) Above the watchers shall he proclaim himself, bannered cross the sky in fire...(YES)

[TGH: 26, 387, Discord, 325-6], [TSR: 9, 180, Decisions, 126]

       Twice and twice shall he be marked,YES)
       twice to live, and twice to die,(maybe Rand & LTT?)
       Once the heron to set his path. (YES)
       Twice the heron, to name him true.(YES)
       Once the Dragon for remembrance lost.(YES)
       Twice the Dragon for the price he must pay .(he has been
              paying, but will there be a Real Big Price, i.e. his life & his

[TGH: 26, 387, Discord, 326]

       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.(NO)

[Survey says: Will there be an eclipse when Rand spills his blood? Yes:56, No:26]

[TDR: Header Prophesy, ix, ix]

And his paths shall be many, and who shall know his name, for he shall be born among us many times, in many guises, as he has been and ever will be, time without end. His coming shall be like the sharp edge of the plow, turning our lives in furrows from out of the places where we lie in our silence. The breaker of bonds; the forger of chains. The maker of futures; the unshaper of destiny.(General Prophesy, no real judgment needed)

[TDR: Trailer Prophesy, 675, 578]

And it was written that no hand but his should wield the Sword held in the Stone, but he did draw it out, like fire in his hand, and his glory did burn the world. Thus did it begin. Thus do we sing his Rebirth. Thus do we sing the beginning.(YES)

[TSR: 3, 99, Reflection, 71]

His blood on the rocks of Shayol Ghul, washing away the Shadow, sacrifice for man's salvation.(NO)

Survey says: will Rand Die? No: 17, Yes: 67 (stay dead: 32, resurrected: 35)

[TSR: 6, 131, Doorways, 93]

       Power of the Shadow made human flesh,(poss. Forsaken, Fain, Slayer)
       wakened to turmoil, strife and ruin. 
       The Reborn One, marked and bleeding,
       dances the sword in dreams and mist,
       chains the Shadowsworn to his will, (YES)
       from the city, lost and forsaken, 
       leads the spears to war once more,(YES)
       breaks the spears and makes them see, 
       truth long hidden in the ancient dream.(YES)

Answers to Mat's questions [TSR: 15, 253, Into the Doorway, 177]

[What fate?] To marry the Daughter of the Nine moons(NO)/To die and live again, and live once more a part of what was(YES)/To give up half the light of the world to save the world.(NO)

Survey says: What does it mean for Mat to give up 1/2 the light...? Lose an eye: 74 Something to do with Mayene and lamp oil: 4 Other: 8

Coramoor (Jendai Prophecy) [TSR: 19, 315-6, The Wavedancer, 220-1]

He can wield the One Power ... and he holds the Sword That Cannot Be Touched. The Aiel have come over the Dragonwall to his call. ... The Stone of Tear has fallen, and war breaks over the nations of the land. Those who once ruled have returned, and been driven back for the first time. ... The White Tower shall be broken by his name(YES), and Aes Sedai shall kneel to wash his feet and dry them with their hair (NO)

[TSR: 21, 349, Into the Heart, 244]

       Into the heart he thrusts his sword,
       into the heart, to hold their hearts.(YES)
       Who draws it out shall follow after, 
       What hand can grasp that fearful blade?(NO)

Wise One Dreaming: [TSR: 23, Beyond the Stone, 270]

"We did not see Egwene or Mat Cauthon at all. It was no more than an even chance that the young man who calls himself Rand al'Thor would come. If he did not, it was certain that he would die, and the Aiel too.(ONGOING) Yet he has come, and if he survives Rhuidean, some of the Aiel at least will survive. This we know. If you(Moiraine) had not come, he would have died(YES). If Aan'allein had not come, you would have died(???). If you did not go through the rings..."(Moiraine, Melaine, and Seana in conversation on Chaendaer)

From Rhuidean [TSR: 25, 408, The Road to the Spear, 285-6]

The stone that never falls will fall to announce his coming.(YES) Of the blood, but not raised by the blood, he will come from Rhuidean at dawn(YES), and tie you together with bonds you cannot break(I GUESS SO...). He will take you back(YES), and he will destroy you(YES, BUT MORE TO COME).

Mat's wishes [TSR: 24, 402, Rhuidean, 281-2]

  • Holes in memory restored
  • a way to be free of Aes Sedai and the Power
  • Away and back to Rhuidean(YES to all)

7.4 The Dark Prophecy

[TGH: 7, 105-6, Blood Calls Blood, 89]

  Daughter of the Night, she walks again.(YES)
  The ancient war, she yet fights.
  Her new lover she seeks, who shall serve her(NOT!) and die(NOT YET), yet serve still.
  Who shall stand against her coming?
  The Shining Walls shall kneel.(NO)
  Blood feeds blood.
  Blood calls blood.
  Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be.

  The man who channels stands alone.
  He gives his friends for sacrifice.
  Two roads before him, one to death beyond dying, one to life eternal.
  Which will he choose?  Which will he choose?
  What hand shelters?  What hand slays?

  Luc came to the Mountains of Dhoom.
  Isam waited in the high passes.
  The hunt is now begun. The Shadow's hounds now course, and kill.
  One did live, and one did die, but both are.
  The Time of Change has come.(YES)

  The Watchers wait on Toman's Head.
  The seed of the Hammer burns the ancient tree.(YES)
  Death shall sow, and summer burn(YES), before the Great Lord comes.
  Death shall reap, and bodies fail, before the Great Lord comes.
  Again the seed slays ancient wrong, before the Great Lord comes.
  Now the Great Lord comes.(YES)

7.5 Moiraine in conversation

[TDR: 6, 93, The Hunt Begins, 57]

He has yet to break the nations, or shatter the world. Even scholars who have studied the Prophecies for their entire lives do not know how to interpret them all. What does it mean that he shall 'slay his people people with the sword of peace, and destroy them with the leaf'(YES)? What does it mean that he 'shall bind the nine moons to serve him'?(NO) Yet these there are given equal weight with Callandor in the Cycle. There are others. What 'wound of madness and cutting of hope' has he healed?(NO) What chains has he broken(poss. chains binding people to Shadow--Ingtar, Asmodean, Tear, Andor), and who put into chains? (Asmodean, maybe? or all the nations he is binding to follow him?)

Survey says:

7.6 Perrin's dreams

[TDR: 43, 504, Shadowbrothers, 426]

Egwene and Nynaeve and Elayne stood looking at a huge metal cage, with a raised door held on a heavy spring. They stepped in and reached up together to loose the catch. The barred door snapped down behind them. A woman with her hair all in braids laughed at them, and another woman all in white laughed at her.(YES)

[TDR: 43, 504, Shadowbrothers, 425]

Mat, rattling a dice cup. His opponent stared at Mat with eyes of fire. Mat did not seem to see the man, but Perrin knew him. "Mat!" he shouted. "It's Ba'alzamon. Light, Mat, you're dicing with Ba'alzamon!"(YES)

[TSR: 28, 458, To the Tower of Ghenjei, 320-1]

Rand stood amid swirling stormwinds, laughing wildly, even madly, arms upraised, and on the winds rode [dragons](NO); hidden eyes watched Rand, and there was no way of telling whether he knew it(poss. general-- all the people watching Rand, e.g. Forsaken, Wise Ones, AS, etc. or maybe something more specific that we do not know about); Nynaeve and Elayne stalking cautiously through a demented landscape of twisted, shadowed buildings, hunting some dangerous beast(YES). Mat, standing where a road forked ahead of him. He flipped a coin(YES--flipped a coin at the Portal Stone, to get to Rhuidean), started down one branch, and suddenly was wearing a wide-brimmed hat and walking with a staff bearing a short sword blade(YES). Egwene and a woman with long white hair(Amys?) were staring at him in surprise while behind them the White Tower crumbled stone by stone.(YES)

[TSR: 53, 882, The Price of a Departure, 612]

Egwene stood among a crowd of women, fear in her eyes; slowly the women knelt around her, Nynaeve was one of them, and he believed he saw Elayne's red-gold hair.(NO) That window faded and was replaced. Mat stood naked and bound, snarling; an odd spear with a black shaft had been thrust across his back behind his elbows, and a silver medallion, a foxhead, hung on his chest.(YES) Mat vanished, and it was Rand. Perrin thought it was Rand. He wore rags and a rough cloak, and a bandage covered his eyes.(NO)

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