Technically I don't know if the knife is cursed but it was from some sort of.... monstrous being's treasure horde that was bait to help the monstrous being escape a long-ruined city. I think I may have been half falling asleep while reading that part because I'm not super sure what the nature of the being was. Also Moiraine was telling the story of the history of the city and the evil within it and I tend to zone out a bit whenever something like that happens, whoops. But the kid carrying the knife (Mat) is all jumpy and defensive and not acting like what i am lead to believe he is like, so I'm saying CURSED KNIFE. Perrin (the other non-Rand kid) is WOLF BOY and boy, he hates it! he doesn't WANNA understand wolves, because it's evil or something. I don't know. He and Egwene (which.... I think is pronounced more like Ogwain but is still just so unpleasant to look at) met up with a druid wolfman while on their way to Caemlyn, fell in with him and some wolves, got chased by 100 billion ravens, then got captured by evil holy paladin types. I think Murph mentioned at least stealing a name for NADDPod from WoT, and the Children of the Light very strongly remind me of Thiala's (sp?) army/followers in NADDPod. "For the Light!" Magic in this world FUCKING sucks so bad. The men's half is tainted with nasty ick from Evil Man himself, but it's not like the women get it much better: if you use the power without training, it will probably kill you within 5 years of starting to use it. The Aes Sedai go out scouting for young women who have the talent, at least partially to save them, but they seem to be somewhat limited in number and can't be everywhere at once.... Also people do not LIKE the magic, nosir they do not, so you might get fucked anyway even if you don't die from using magic. Cool and fun! Becoming an Aes Sedai doesn't necessarily help either, because people sure as fuck hate THEM too! (Because... as far as I can tell... they have power, and they have reasons for doing things. Kind of like... many other people. I guess magic does make it a whole Thing tho.) Speaking of, guess who seems to have a touch of the ol' ability to access power and use it? Three guesses and the first two don't count. It's our Rand! He called down lightning to get him and Mat out of a sticky situation, which could have just been a coincidence... but then he got the aftermagic lurgy, so it's like basically confirmed. He's already occasionally been acting weird as fuck, which may or may not have to do with the power. Unfortunate WoT Names, Pt. 1 Egwene - i just hate it. I hate how it looks, I hate how it sounds in my head, I struggle every time to not say "Egg-wean" Logain - is now Rogaine in my head and that's just how it be. Ba'alzamon - sounds like a digimon. Cenn Buie - how the FUCK am I supposed to say "Buie"? is it buoy? Bwee? Boo-eye? I don't like those vowels together Elyas - not unfortunate except that the Y makes it super ambiguous in terms of pronunciation. Is it el-yasssss (queen)? or Elias (bouchard)?