Alkaloid wrote:Are we being a bit silly here? Yes, being tied to a bed is a bad way to be if you need to pick a fight, and I can see how someone with Vlad's abilities could use it to jump in kill him and leave in the hour or so (at most) that he is tied to a bed, but it's hardly an indication he isn't security conscious. I'd argue that staying queens consort and keeping his head down in an occupied city is a pretty good example of him being security conscious, because no one considered him any sort of threat when he was probably the most dangerous man in the city.
Matt's pretty damn sloppy from what I can remember and I don't recall anything like a personal guard. He gets himself into trouble all the time and spends more energy gambling than he does making sure that his room is secure or whether or not he's beign followed. It's pretty easy to kill a man when he sleeps, especially if you're a professional killer who is also a sorcerer, a witch, and has two poisonous familiars. If Rand has stopped his teleporting around the world with no guards habits (I stopped reading the books a long time ago) and actually has a personal guard instead of relying on waking up due to act of destiny or happening to be in the company of Aeil when an assassin shows up, yes he's going to be much harder to kill.