So, something I was thinking about earlier when rereading some parts of the Last Battle (so spoilers).
When Rand’s doing his mental list about people who go against the Shadow ‘a hero who will say with every breath he’s not a hero’ etcetera, one of the people he includes is Morgase. Which is interesting for a few reasons. For one, she’s the only person he includes who didn’t start out in the Two Rivers (narrative introduction wise, since everyone else is either a Two Rivers native or was in the Two Rivers for some reason at the start of the series). Two, it means Rand looked into what happened to Morgase in the time between her ‘death’ and reappearance in Caemlyn. And three, he felt what happened to her was more important to include in his list of people than Lan.
That was something that always struck me; when Rand’s doing that mental rattle off of people going against the Shadow, Lan isn’t included. Nothing about a king who fights an unwinnable battle, nothing about that hints to Lan. Instead he references Morgase, Thom, Moiraine, Perrin, Nynaeve, Mat and Egwene. Lan’s the only character who’s from the very start of the series that isn’t included and Morgase the only character who appears later that is. That always struck me as weird, but then I had a thought earlier today.
Morgase is the one character we know of who explicitly went through hell at the hands of one of the Forsaken and someone who served the Light (Valda). Yes, Valda was a rapist and in general an awful person, but he wasn’t a Darkfriend. He was basically the perfect example of a person who excuses their actions as being ‘righteous’ no matter what because they serve the Light.
In some ways, Morgase needed to be thought of more than Lan when Rand’s making that list, because she didn’t break even though no one would have blamed her after all that happened to her. Rahvin’s actions didn’t break her and she even managed to escape him. Valda’s actions scarred her, but again, she didn’t break (she even had the foresight to abdicate so that she couldn’t be used against Elayne and Andor). The imprisonment and enslavement by the Shaido didn’t break her.
Instead she kept on getting up; she was able to open her heart to love again. She was able to return to Andor and act as an advisor and an asset to Elayne. She was able to remain Morgase even in the worst of situations. Lan was in many ways raised to not break if something similar happened to him, but Morgase wasn’t. Morgase wasn’t but she still remained unbroken.
I still cannot believe he would be so… so…” Egwene began in an angry mutter. Elayne never learned what she meant to say, for at that moment the door crashed open so hard that it bounced off the wall.
Elayne embraced saidar before she had stopped flinching, then felt a moment of embarrassment when the rebounding door slapped hard against Lan’s outstretched hand. A moment more, and she decided to hold on to the Source a while longer. The Warder filled the doorway with his broad shoulders, his face a thunderhead; if his blue eyes could really have given off the thunderbolts they threatened, they would have blasted Nynaeve. The glow of saidar surrounded Egwene, too, and did not fade.
Lan did not appear to see anyone but Nynaeve. “You let me believe you were returning to Tar Valon,” he rasped at her.
“You may have believed it,” she said calmly, “but I never said it.”
“Never said it? Never said it! You spoke of leaving today, and always linked your leaving with those Darkfriends being sent to Tar Valon. Always! What did you mean me to think?”
“But I never said—”
“Light, woman!” he roared. “Do not bandy words with me!”
Elayne exchanged worried looks with Egwene. This man had an iron self-control, but he was at a breaking point now. Nynaeve was one who often let her emotions rage, yet she faced him coolly, head high and eyes serene, hands still on her green silk skirts.
Lan took hold of himself with an obvious effort. He appeared as stone-faced as ever, as much in control of himself—and Elayne was sure it was all on the surface.
“I’d not have known where you were off to if I had not heard that you had ordered a carriage. To take you to a ship bound for Tanchico. I do not know why the Amyrlin allowed you to leave the Tower in the first place, or why Moiraine involved you in questioning Black sisters, but you three are Accepted. Accepted, not Aes Sedai. Tanchico now is no place for anyone except a full Aes Sedai with a Warder to watch her back. I’ll not let you go into that!”
“So,” Nynaeve said lightly. “You question Moiraine’s decisions, and those of the Amyrlin Seat as well. Perhaps I’ve misunderstood Warders all along. I thought you swore to accept and obey, among other things. Lan, I do understand your concern, and I am grateful—more than grateful—but we all have tasks to perform. We are going; you must resign yourself to the fact.”
“Why? For the love of the Light, at least tell me why! Tanchico!”
“If Moiraine has not told you,” Nynaeve said gently, “perhaps she has her reasons. We must do our tasks, as you must do yours.”
Lan trembled—actually trembled!—and clamped his jaw shut angrily. When he spoke, he was strangely hesitant. “You will need someone to help you in Tanchico. Someone to keep a Taraboner street thief from slipping a knife into your back for your purse. Tanchico was that sort of city before the war began, and everything I’ve heard says it is worse now. I could… I could protect you, Nynaeve.”
Elayne’s eyebrows shot up. He could not be suggesting… He just could not be.
Nynaeve gave no sign that he had said anything out of the ordinary. “Your place is with Moiraine.”
“Moiraine.” Sweat beaded on the Warder’s hard face, and he struggled with the words. “I can… I must… Nynaeve, I… I…”
“You will remain with Moiraine,” Nynaeve said sharply, “until she releases you from your bond. You will do as I say.
Lan has an outburst. An actual outburst.
Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time: The Shadow Rising, Page 263
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Nynaeve al’Meara, The Great Hunt, Chapter 45
you know I just might feel slightly bad for the sul’dam because DAMN NYNAEVE ISN’T PLAYING FOR A SECOND WITH SLAVERS
So, just as left handedness was, until recently, seen as the mark of the devil, a sign of demon possession etc, I, a proud leftie, as this is basically uncharted territory, have come to the conclusion that it is, also, an issue in the Wheel of Time universe.
Left handed people are much more likely to be accused of being darkfriends, marked by the Dark One himself, or in case of men, likely to channel. The superstition has no actual basis, except in the famous Age of Legends lefties:
Lews Therin Thelamon, Lews Therin Kinslayer, who famously wrote with his left hand (Originally right-handed, Ilyenna Sunhair saw him accidentally do something with his left hand and was overjoyed at ‘another leftie’ so he taught himself to write with his left hand and just. Kept doing it)
Elan Morin Tedronai, Ishamael the Betrayer of Hope, who wielded a sword with his right hand but also wrote with his left. Aslo he could write two different things at the same time with different hands, write mirrored etc (Originally indeed left-handed, trained himself to be ambidextrous and simply didn’t tell anyone his right hand wasn’t a sword hand because he’s a little shit and a smartass)
Saine Tarasind, Mesaana, another (in)famous leftie
Moghedien, originally a rightie, never used the same hand to write in front of two different people.
Joar Addam Nessosin, Asmodean, also born a rightie, learned to be ambidextrous because of music and just didn’t bother taking a pencil with a more distant hand. Just like with Moghedien, it was remembered that he used his left hand to write rather than both.
It just so happened that about 25% of False dragons were also lefties, which is what people instantly focused on.
Mazrim Taim despises swords because he is so painfully left handed he can barely even hold one in his right.