Saturday, August 27, 2016

Who is Nakomi?

[quote author=Lariean Malinar on August 27, 2016, 03:01:33 PM]
So, there is a woman that Aviendha meets in the Waste on her way to Rhuidean on her second trip to it, trying to become a Wise One...
Theoretically, this same woman appears to Rand as he lays dying, showing him how to transmigrate his soul into Moridin's body...

Everyone knows this, but who is she?  Yes, her name is Nakomi (the only Old Tongue word not translated in the Companion), but not even the glossaries give us hints about who she is.
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[quote author=Lael Miskeri on August 28, 2016, 01:40:28 AM]
While I can certainly appreciate the theory that it is some form of Verin's soul flitting about, I'm not certain I agree with that. Verin's role was so HUGE in the books, and she operated from such a background point that we want her to have more involvement, I think. What if Nakomi is the personification of the Creator? Or a personification? We don't have a whole lot of appearances by the Creator in the series... even The Voice that Rand hears in Eye of the World could possibly be the DO... what if, in true RJ duality, the Creator is personified by a Wise Woman when the adversarial force is rather blatantly masculine?
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[quote author=Arion on August 28, 2016, 04:59:28 AM]
What if she is his morthers spirit?
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[quote author=Lariean Malinar on August 28, 2016, 11:30:30 AM]
I think if Nakomi had been Tigraine's or Kari's spirit, he would have recognized her.

The Verin one is tough to dismiss...until the transmigration. She was dead, so she wouldn't be able to show up to teach Rand how to switch bodies. Unless she is a Hero of the Horn, because it had been blown at that point...
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[quote author=Haeva Stone on August 28, 2016, 02:52:59 PM]
I must admit that this was one of the things I was disappointed not to see a definitive answer for in the last book. But on my latest re-listen of the entire series, during an otherwise boring day at work, I came to the conclusion that she was Bela... (it had been a long day, and I was tired ;) )
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[quote author=Lariean Malinar on August 29, 2016, 08:04:48 PM]
Yes, it would have to be because of weariness...
[quote author=Lael Miskeri link=topic=123.msg313#msg313 date=1472362828]
While I can certainly appreciate the theory that it is some form of Verin's soul flitting about, I'm not certain I agree with that. Verin's role was so HUGE in the books, and she operated from such a background point that we want her to have more involvement, I think. What if Nakomi is the personification of the Creator? Or a personification? We don't have a whole lot of appearances by the Creator in the series... even The Voice that Rand hears in Eye of the World could possibly be the DO... what if, in true RJ duality, the Creator is personified by a Wise Woman when the adversarial force is rather blatantly masculine?
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I truly believe it's this option, but we'll never get that answer.
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[quote author=Haeva Stone on August 30, 2016, 02:53:34 PM]
I know this may seem obvious, but I don't think I've ever heard that anybody asked Brandon Sanderson if he knew? Or whether RJ had left her identity in his notes, or any clues. Does anyone else from Team Jordan know?
(And if so, does anybody know what was said?)
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[quote author=Illinger Covale'rahien on August 30, 2016, 04:32:53 PM]
I feel like I overheard someone ask Maria that at JordanCon, but do not remember the response.
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[quote author=Braid_Tug on August 30, 2016, 04:58:45 PM]
It was asked of Brandon and Team Jordan at JordanCon the year aMoL came out.

Basically we were told, we would never be told the full answer. Brandon has stood firm on not telling us any more than he said in 2013.

AMoL panel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Ws4P_0QQA

Around 10:20 minute mark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziwBABAlWb8
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[quote author=Haeva Stone on August 31, 2016, 12:06:53 PM]
I think it's often forgotten that people can change their minds about something when circumstances change. And in many cases it's definitely not a bad thing. JK Rowling changed her mind twice about writing anything after the seventh book of Harry Potter; Mercedes Lackey said she wouldn't be doing any more Valdemar 7 books ago!!

We can hope :)

It also occurred to me that Nakomi is almost a shamanic character - perhaps a Spirit Guide?
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[quote author=Haeva Stone on November 20, 2016, 07:27:36 AM]
This is definitely within the realms of pure speculation, but I came across another similarly mysterious character in the form of 'Norla'. She was a wilder who lived in the Black Hills. She taught Cadsuane some important lessons and it's implied Cadsuane wouldn't be who she is today without her; she also earned [sic] her paralis-net from Norla, although it's never explained how Norla came by it.

If Nakomi was some kind of Spirit Guide, then it's possible that she and Norla are one and the same. An agent of the Creator who guides people into places and circumstances that they ought to be.

It might be interesting to look out for any others of these characters referenced in the series...
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