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  • Xxtayce

    Theory: We know (most of) the names Kvothe knows already. 


    When a True Name is written in the books, it's done in italics. Every time Kvothe calls the Name of the Wind in the series, we see "Aerlevsedi". This is a Name we know he knows for certain, so we'll start there. From NotW, ch 84:


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    He looked at me. His dark eyes steadied me somewhat. Slowed the storm inside me. “Aerlevsedi,” he said. “Say it.” 
    “What?” Simmon said somewhere in the distant background. “Wind?”
    Aerlevsedi,” Elodin repeated patiently, his dark eyes intent upon my face. 
    Aerlevsedi,” I said numbly.
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    Kvothe knows the Name of Wind, so we see Aerlevsedi but Simmon doesn't - so he only gets "Wind" (no italics). For comparison, when Elxa Dal tells Kvothe he kn…



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  • Xxtayce

    Okay, theory. In order to know the Name of something and truly have Mastery of it, you have to know it - but it has to know you as well.

    “You called the wind and the wind listened.”
    I struggled with the concept. “You’re saying the wind is alive?”
    [Elodin] made a vague gesture. “In a way. Most things are alive in one way or another.”
    -NotW, ch 86, The Fire Itself

    Kote doesn't make a point of mentioning it, so I don't think he's even aware of the relationship between a Namer and the thing being Named, but the wind helps him - almost consciously - several times.

    When he's a child and overhears Ben talking to his parents about the Chandrian, the Wind stops him from hearing all of their individual signs, and helps him sneak closer to hear what they h…

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  • Xxtayce

    Singing Magic theory, and why there was - of course - no music.

    Haliax seems to indicate that the Singers are a great threat to the Chandrian.

    "Who keeps you safe from the Amyr, the Singers, the Sithe?" And then Cinder, when his troupe was killed, “Someone’s parents,” he said, “have been singing entirely the wrong sort of songs.”

    I think Singing (like "Naming", different from "naming") is one of the types of magic, and that he learns it in the Stormwal mountains.

    “I guess I’d to go to the Tahlenwald,” [Kvothe] said. “I heard a story once that said the leaders of their tribes aren’t great warriors, they’re singers. Their songs can heal the sick and make the trees dance.” I shrugged. “I’d go there and find out if it was true.” - WMF, ch 38, Kern…
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  • Xxtayce

    This is an old theory, and not as relevant as it used to be, but potentially may still be important. This is still going to be lengthy, so please bear with me.

    (1) Bast says that humans can tell Fae by their hair and eyes.

    “Second secret,” Bast said. “The fae folk look nearly like we do, but not exactly. Most have something about them that makes them different. Their eyes. Their ears. The color of their hair or skin. Sometimes they’re taller than normal, or shorter, or stronger, or more beautiful.” – The Lightning Tree

    (2) The only people, aside from Kvothe, in the entire stories whose eyes change color are Fae - Bast and Felurian.

    Bast:

    “As he spoke, Bast’s eyes grew paler, until they were the pure blue of a clear noontime sky. [...] Bast’s eye…
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  • Xxtayce


    Speculative more detailed map (click blog post title to view). Most locations are directly from here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/08/rothfuss-reread-speculative-summary-part-1-qinside-edges-holesq-speculations-on-imaginary-geography so please read (or at least skim) it before saying I'm wrong outright.  =)


    The old cities are mentioned in Skarpi's story - in ch 26, Lanre's Betrayal:


    "But eight cities remained. They were Belen, Antus, Vaeret, Tinusa, Emlen, and the twin cities of Murilla and Murella. Last was Myr Tariniel, greatest of them all and the only one unscarred by the long centuries of war. It was protected by the mountains and brave soldiers. But the true cause of Myr Tariniel’s peace was Selitos. Using the power of his sight he k…



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