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77jester
10-23-2012, 06:11 AM
Hello Theoryland, I'm sorry I waited so long to do this. I started reading WoT in the spring of 2006 after NS was released on paperback. That was my first RJ book. And yes that made the story more confusing than it should have been. I remember thinking that Aiel were actual monsters like trollocs instead of human. I was introduced to WoT by a friend, who to this day still hasn't read the whole series :confused::eek::mad:
Since I didn't have any friends to discuss the books with. I stumbled upon theoryland and lurked for a year or so before joining on 5-4-07 to post a few random comments.
I like to read all of the comments on a thread before posting, so most of the time someone else has already said what I'm thinking. So this habit usually keeps me in the lurker category. :)

When I finally got the nerve to come up with a theory of my own (it was actually more of a rant to vent my frustration with reading the same circular arguments about Rand's death over and over again)I submitted it and waited. I was so excited to get an email from Tamyrlin, thinking it was an acknowledgement of my theory or a comment about it. Yes I was new to the internet so little things excited me. Unfortunately my timing was horrible. Tam's email was the horrible announcement of Robert Jordan's death. I had submitted my first theory on basically the same day we lost RJ. :(:(:(:(:(:(
So yes I felt like a wank, and that basically ruined my eagerness join in. But it didn't dampen my love of WoT.
I don't consider myself a HCFF, but I have read the series many many times in the last 6 years. I was on my 12th or so reread before tGS was released.
I'm 35 years old, married, and have 4 brothers 5 sisters. I grew up in Northern California, but currently live in Tennessee where I run my own roofing business.
I was strongly leaning towards Taimendred being true til RJ debunked it. I always thought Grendael killed Asmodean and never really thought it was an issue until I found TL. I really thought Olver was Gaidal Cain. I respected Callandor's opinion the most and usually agreed with most everything he posted except for his views on Rand's death, and where he thought Verin went after KoD. Sheriam and Verin being Black Ajah was a shock to me. I dislike Faile and Gawyn the most, but I don't hate any of the characters. Although there's something about the way RJ writes the supergirls that makes me want to, as Mat would say, warm their bottom :D:D I strongly believe the 3 oaths are stupid and need to go. I think the new Fain's power is seriously underestimated by many here in TL.
Well that's enough of my opinions.

Zaela Sedai
11-02-2012, 05:13 PM
Consider yourself officially welcomed to Theoryland Jester!!! (I find it quite strange noone has welcomed you yet...Its like the hamsters got your thread but they didn't....We shall have to keep an eye on you and your grayman like ways of avoiding attention ;))As I'm sure you've noticed, we have a pretty decent community of WoT fanatics over here. One of the ways that we keep it all friendly is a short list of courtesies we ask people to follow and, once in a while, actually do get followed. Imagine that! Insane people following some sort of order!


1) Don't flood the board with multiple THREADS all at once.
Allow us the time to absorb, evaluate, and discuss, OR LAUGH at one or two ideas, OR JOKES at a time. Some of us like to do a little research before responding and that can take a little time. Of course, we also have those others who are just a bit slow. Read that as "just can't handle more than one thought in their heads at once" or "dial-up modem". Your choice. I'd suggest "have a real life", but not likely. Does anyone still have dial up? Wow...it's getting hard to give the slow people an excuse

Addendum to 1) Try to stay on topic.
Going off on tangents can be super fun and is something we are all guilty of your's truly included but try and keep threads on topic unless, 1) the thread is dead or 2) the thread naturally moves over to another topic. This rule is much more lax for joke threads, pop culture threads...etc.

2) Try to back up your opinions & theories.
You'll get a lot more respect if you can. Quotes from the books (of which you CANNOT read too much) are your best weapon. Quotes from interviews are semi-acceptable. Gut feelings are pseudo-acceptable. Whitecloak blind-faith is best submitted while wearing asbestos panties.

3) Feel free to get as emotionally involved as you'd like.
Discussions can get very heated. But try not to take things personally. Remember: we only insult the ones we love. Or the ones we eventually hand over to the Trollocs.

4) Be respectful.
A lot of people have been around Theoryland for a long time. Being a Youngling means you're new around here. We do understand that you may have been reading WoT forever, but if you're gonna pick a fight regarding a WoT theory with someone who's an Elder, Ancient or Hero, understand that they've been around for a while now, and probably have posting friends. And Tamyrlin is Lord of the Board for a reason: this whole place is his brainchild. Keep that in mind. They also have posting enemies.... a good little bit of information to tuck away.

Addendum to 4: This is an international community.
In regards to the Non-WoT discussion groups, please respect the opinions of people from nations and cultures other than your own, even if you disagree with them or the policies of their leaders and politicians. Try to remember that not everyone here has the same outlook or life experience that you might. If you want to send a letter or e-mail to anyone in particular to indicate any specific moral, educational, intellectual, or genetic deficiencies they may have, feel free. Just please don't do it here.


Addendum 1 to Addendum 4: Please no angry profanity.
If you really need to tell someone off, be creative. And replacing characters with @$$ does NOT constitute creativity. I like tend to like the Shakespearean approach myself. The smarter and more subtle you are with it, just makes the person look that much more an idiot.


Addendum 2 to Addendum 4: Please be nice to Newbies.
We were all new at one time you are one right now and there is no need to come down on anyone for asking questions that to the elder community may be basic knowledge. This is for you to remember after you've been here awhile.


Addendum 3 to Addendum 4: Please TRY not to feed the Trolls.
Trust me, it ain't easy at times, but ignore the obvious instigators. Just sit yourself down between the Heroes and Ancients sharpening the WTF Couch sticks. There are many on the board who know how to deal with this breed, leave them to it. It can be quite entertaining. If things get too offensive to the population in general, Mods will intervene. We like to try and use enough wit to neutralize the trollies without help...

5) Please don't use the New Users Forum to recruit.
We have plenty of room in the other forums for begging for support for factions, theories, and the TCA. Please let the newbies look around for a while before taking sides in any pseudo-battles. ~do not feel you MUST click on Lordy's sig links and join just cause he's Lordy... it's not mandatory, butt shhhh! I did not tell you that!

6) Most important: Have Fun!
We do this because we love it and like to think that we are, at least, reasonably intelligent. Hell, some of us have deluded ourselves into believing that we've evolved into supremely intelligent beings! Half the posters here believe that divine supremacy has already come to them! My vote is for Frenzy, and myself, of course. You know the Truth when you see it. Don't let T and her massive bag o' quotes fool you there are always ways to fight back! With your on bag o'quotes of course!

We will assume some intelligence on your part. You found us, didn't you? Until you prove otherwise…and there are many who have, you'll be safe. If you get hurt if you do prove otherwise, I will offer my one free Healing…but just that once. After that you get to meet a special pair of chains, Mwahahahaa

Remember, you EARN your respect here, it's not given out freely and some may never know the pleasure.

Welcome to our little rounded corner! It’s a great time!

Enjoy!
Zaela Sedai, Official Theoryland Greeter, Mistress of Novices

Sarevok
11-03-2012, 12:34 PM
I do seem to have missed this thread... :(

Welcome to TL, Jester! :D

Figbiscuit
11-06-2012, 09:18 AM
Welcome to TL Jester :)


I was strongly leaning towards Taimendred being true til RJ debunked it.

I still believe this anyway. And I'm not alone. THE TURTLE MOVES!