Saturday, August 27, 2016

Six Degrees of Rand al'Thor

Lariean Malinar on August 27, 2016 4:01:13PM
A WoT version of the Kevin Bacon game:
The al'Thor number of a character is the number of degrees of separation he or she is from Rand. The higher the al'Thor number, the farther away from Rand that person is.
To figure out the al'Thor number, you want the shortest path to Rand.
Rand has an al'Thor number of 0.
The characters who interact with Rand directly have an al'Thor number of 1.
If the lowest al'Thor number of a person is X, the person who has interacted with them (but not Rand directly) has an al'Thor number of X + 1.
Example: General Galgan has an al'Thor number of 2. He interacted with Fortuona, who has an al'Thor number of 1.
A harder (funner) version of the game (based on a comment by Eleanor Chandler-Temple about how everyone is related to Rand) would be degrees of RELATION separation:
The al'Thor number of a character is the number of degrees of relation separation he or she is from Rand. The higher the al'Thor number, the farther away in relation from Rand that person is:
To figure out the al'Thor number, you want the shortest relation path to Rand.
Rand has an al'Thor number of 0.
The characters who are directly related to Rand have an al'Thor number of 1.
If the lowest al'Thor number of a person is X, the person related to them has an al'Thor number of X + 1.
Example: Thom has an al'Thor number of 3: he is married to Moiraine (al'Thor number 2), who is Galad's half-aunt. Galad has an al'Thor number of 1.
Another alternate way to play would be to see who has the HIGHEST al'Thor number (the furthest away from Rand).
Lael Miskeri on August 28, 2016 1:44:36AM
This is EVIL... yet totally fun. So on the relations side, al'Lan Mandragoran has an al'Thor number of 4? Lan's father's brother is the father of Isam, who is conflated with Luc, brother of Tigraine, mother of Rand? So Tigraine is 1, Luc/Isam is 2, al'Akir is 3, Lan is 4?
What would Tam's relational number be?
Lariean Malinar on August 28, 2016 11:25:34AM
It is isn't it?
For Tam, it depends on which version of the game you play.  In the regular version, he'd have an al'Thor number of 1.  Relationship, it would be an astronomical number, because he has no relationship to Rand unless you count adoption.  Kari would probably have a lower number, because she was from Caemlyn, and then you can add the Ishara quotient because of Tigraine.  That would also lower Tam's number because of his marriage to Kari. 


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