While it's obvious why Gitara Moroso had the urge to convince Tigraine Mantear to leave for the waste, I'm curious about why Luc Mantear had to leave for the Blight. Do anyone have any theories about why? Was he supposed to accomplish anything else than meeting Isam Mandragoran and becoming Slayer? Or was Gitara influenced by the Dark One or Ishamael? Slayer isn't very good for the Light as I recall. Is it about balance? I haven't read the books in a while. Doing a re-read, on TDR now. I don't remember this being addressed, I'm sorry if it is. I haven't read the Wheel of Time Companion. What are your thoughts on Slayer as a character? I find his personality and wolf-murdering quite annoying, but the concept of two people merging and become a new entity is fascinating. Isam and the Town is a really unexpected (but maybe it shouldn't have been?) and fascinating addition to the story.