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Old 07-14-2012, 10:22 AM
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I think that in Ebou Dar, it was operating under instructions from Sammael. He gave his orders based at least in part on the experience he'd gotten in the War of the Power, when people had managed to work out ways of dealing with gholam. For all we know, balefire would actually have worked. So then the "don't draw attention, and you'll be longer useful" made sense.
Later on the gholam was commanded by Moridin, who had Mat (and Perrin) on his death list. Moridin was less interested in keeping tools after they'd achieved the results he was after, so he reasoned that losing the gholam would be acceptable, if it also got rid of Mat. If that could not be achieved, then secrecy was still of value.
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