From an interview here:
Q: How much of Jesus Christ is there in Rand? We have the wounded palms, side wound, crown of swords... How representational of Jesus Christ is Rand?
ROBERT JORDAN: Rand has some elements of Jesus Christ, yes. But he is intended more to be a general "messiah figure." An archetype such as Arthur, rather than a manifestation of ...
Asmodean's killer is revealed in Towers of Midnight. The glossary entry for Graendal states:
"A ruthless killer, she was responsible for the deaths of Aran'gar and Asmodean and for the destruction of Mesaana."
And in the book, Shaidar Haran says this:
"Three Chosen, destroyed by your actions."
Before that, there was a lot of speculation about who ...
Jordan uses many mythological and historical sources for the Forsaken. Some etymologies are more clear than others. I'll go through each of them:
Aginor: Aginor was a character in the Iliad who attacked a stronger opponent (Achilles) and was defeated, similar to Aginor's own demise.
Aran'gar: Etymology explained in the series as a type of blade.
He was doing "Bad Stuff"
The wiki lists two possibilities on whether he was trapped or not. He was either A. half sealed and able to be spun out of the prison, or B. never trapped.
One of the important things to remember about Ishamael was that he was insane, so the things he supposedly did may not make sense to a non crazy, non evil person. The wiki also ...
Here's what it says in The Wheel of Time Companion:
While not a Darkfriend originally, he was always prime material for them, a man far more interested in wealth and power than anything else, willing to do whatever was required to get them
He was being carried to Tar Valon when he was freed, supposedly by his supporters, but actually by ...