I never really thought about Lan’s last name (Mandragoran), but a while ago I heard/read that the mandragora/mandrake is a plant that can be deadly when you pull the roots out of the eart according to stories. And when people talk to Lan about his Malkieri roots, he becomes really dangerous and kills people. Maybe I’m thinking too much about it but I just never really connected the two until now, I thought it was interesting!
“Not all men!”
You’re right. Al'Lan Mandragoran, Lord of the Seven Towers, Lord of the Lakes, True Blade of Malkier, Defender of the Wall of First Fires, Bearer of the Sword of the Thousand Lakes, May He Sever the Shadow, Dai Shan, would never do this.
Do you recognize this?” she said, fishing a leather cord from the neck of her dress.
His breath caught, and he stretched out a hand, brushed a finger across the heavy gold signet ring on the cord. Across the crane in flight. How had she come by this? Under the Light, how? “I recognize it,” he told her, his voice suddenly hoarse.
“My name is Nynaeve ti al’Meara Mandragoran. The message I want sent is this. My husband rides from World’s End toward Tarwin’s Gap, toward Tarmon Gai’don. Will he ride alone?”
He trembled. He did not know whether he was laughing or crying. Perhaps both. She was his wife? “I will send your message, my Lady, but it has nothing to do with me. I am a merchant. Malkier is dead. Dead, I tell you.”
The heat in her eyes seemed to intensify, and she gripped her long, thick braid with one hand. “Lan told me once that Malkier lives so long as one man wears the hadori in pledge that he will fight the Shadow, so long as one woman wears the ki’sain in pledge that she will send her sons to fight the Shadow. I wear the ki’sain, Master Aldragoran. My husband wears the hadori. So do you. Will Lan Mandragoran ride to the Last Battle alone?”
He was laughing, shaking with it. And yet, he could feel tears rolling down his cheeks. It was madness! Complete madness! But he could not help himself. “He will not, my Lady. I cannot stand surety for anyone else, but I swear to you under the Light and by my hope of rebirth and salvation, he will not ride alone.
Knife of Dreams, chapter 20 “The Golden Crane”.
One of the most powerful moments in the entire series. It’s the scene I reread more than any of the others and it still affects me.
We all want a Wheel of Time TV show like Game of Thrones however we all know that this is not happening for the simple reason that it will be way way too expensive and no network will go for it. However do you know what will be both affordable and great to see on TV. A live action WoT TV show based on New Spring and centered around Moiraine and Lan
This works on many levels.
First we can introduce both the One Power and the history of this world through the POV of Moiraine and Suian. We can have them teaching Novice classes and discussing which Ajah they want to join. This will be both affordable to the CGI budget and ease the audience into the universe
Through Lan we can get both stereotypical sword packed action of the fantasy genre and introduce the basics of other countries in this world and the Aiel.
I think we can fit the entire New Spring in 13 episodes and make it a strong first season.
The second season can be an original one. Something to raise even more interest and solidify the audience before we go into the main books. We can set it several years later and see a now more powerful and knowledgeable Moiraine and an even more badass Lan. We can track her first meeting with the Green Man which can serve to introduce the Blight and Shienar. We can have Moiraine and Lan going to Andor and meeting Morgaese and having Moiraine meet her baby niece Elayne(we can do this while Thom is away trying to help his nephew)
We can introduce Ishmael and the Black Ajah in the background as we see the Shadow rising and beginning to spread the message about the Eye of the World which would allow us to introduce Stedding Shangtai and Loial. . We can see Elyas discovering the wolves and running away(perhaps after one last spar with Lan) An after some nice big battle at the end of the season where Moiraine and Lan we can have a prologue set one year before the main. With Moiraine meeting Min who’s vision will give her the final clue to where the Dragon is.
And third season will be the Eye of the World. Now I know that a lot of fans won’t like the idea of an original second season but I think it will be essential for preparing the mainstream audience(who will most definitely not be book fans) for the main books. This will keep them from getting overwhelmed with too many new characters and places and two successful seasons will make sure that the network would be willing to invest more money for what will certainly be much more expensive new seasons as we get into the main books
So yeah. This is my plan on how we can sneak Wheel of Time on TV and make it successful.
Headcanon that Moiraine never lost her liking for pranks, but without Siuan and a large supply of victims, she managed to hide her devious side pretty well from most people
The Emond Fielders learn about her pranks when they wake up one day to a pink-haired Lan chasing Moiraine (who is trying to run while laughing her ass off at the same time) and find themselves caught in a prank war that has been going on for twenty years
This was supposed to be an experimental sketch. I bought a graphite set and some nice vellum paper; I was eager to do something a bit different and to see how skilled I was at graphite. Add a bit of fangirl lust and you have a detailed graphite portrait of Nynaeve and Lan…
Once outside, Min hung back for a moment to address Lan with a too-sweet smile. “And is there any message you want carried? To Nynaeve, perhaps?”
The Warder blinked as if caught off guard, like a horse on three legs. “Does everyone know–?” He regained his balance almost immediately. “If there is anything else she needs to hear from me, I will tell her myself.” He closed the door nearly in her face.
Lan, the really strange thing would be if somebody DIDN’T know, given the way you act around Nynaeve.