I'm up to Book One, Chapter 6 (no spoilers)
I'm having a little bookclub with my siblings. We have all read it before, but it's been a few years. Talking to them is making me realise how deeply ingrained the Wheel of Time and Randland is in me compared to them because of Wotmud. In the first few chapters the book mentions the cities of Baerlon and Caemlyn, which my siblings vaguely remembered. And yet I'm like...I've BEEN there. I've lived there. When the book mentions the Westwood and the Misty Mountains, it's not just words on the page. I have memories of being in those places. Not necessarily visual memories or images, but a feeling of a place and time, and maybe a sense of exploration or discovery or danger. It's a great feeling, but with a slightly sad nostalgic twist. I wish I could read it all again for the first time.
One of the things I'm loving most about the re-read (and I'm only six chapters in) is the narrative perspective. We see Egwene from Rand's point of view, and then later we get to see Rand from Egwene's point of view. It's a fun way to understand character motivation. I know Nynaeve is a polarising character but I always loved the comedy of her internal dialogue and I'm really looking forward to it.
And of course, what we all know. The world building is exceptional. In the middle books this gets cumbersome, but the introduction to Emond's Field, and the lore of this world (the fear and ignorance of common people for Aes Sedai, the Dragon, etc) is delightful.
I have to say, I'm already impressed by the writing of Wotmud in comparison and the faithful interpretation of places and objects from the books. I'll try to remember to find the description of Tam's heron-marked sword for y'all, but just from that passage there are a few items in Wotmud that make reference - heron-marked variations obviously, but also plain slightly curved blades and ring quilloned swords. It was a fun little easter egg for me.
Perrin is already boring.