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Old 03-07-2012, 01:46 PM
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I agree that asking Team Jordan would be a great idea, but I think that - in the absence of evidence to the contrary - we can assume it to be the case that all ta'veren are HOTHs. If and when Brandon or Team Jordan say otherwise, then we'd have to re-evaluate our beliefs, but as it stands, we have evidence that that is the case.
That makes sense as a matter of philosophy. The role of a ta'veren is twofold. First, they are driven hard to a particular path by the Wheel for the purpose of keeping the Pattern on track. Second, they have a strong enough effect on the weaving of the Pattern to ensure that their path is sufficient to achieve the ta'veren goals.

The strength of the individual's effect on the Pattern is, in a practical sense, how HOTHs are qualified in the first place. What shifts the Pattern - what allows the ta'verenness to have a sufficient effect, are the heroic and noteworthy actions of the ta'veren, whether military, political, diplomatic, or cultural. It is those very actions themselves; their distinctiveness and acclaim, that results in the HOTH being bound to the Wheel in the first place.

I'm not sure I'd agree that it's completely necessary, but certainly that there's a very strong correlation.
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