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« Ответ #15 : 30 Января 2010, 00:30:14 »

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Q: Was Semihrage's "kitchen girl" quote in Lord of Chaos prologue significant in terms of who killed Asmodean?
A: I'm going to RAFO that one out of principle, because it's about Asmodean, but I'll answer it eventually, once the books are out.
Q: Has anyone personally written to you with an Asmodean's killer theory that was 100% correct?
A: You know, people don't usually write me with theories. Well, some do--but only the really, really odd ones.
Q: Can you at least say anything about how us readers could try and figure out Asmodean's murder? Timing, motive, etc?
A: The thing is, people have already discussed this to death. They've found the clues, they've got the right rationale. The question is WHICH clues and WHICH rationale are you going to believe.
Q: One thing that confuses me about Asmodean's murder is that RJ said most people who emailed him were wrong. Surprising?
A: No, not surprising. Even if one of the common theories is right, then most people emailing are wrong. For sake of argument, suppose a popular theory is correct. The fact that there are hundreds of theories...means that even if 1/3 of people choose the right theory, 2/3 pick one of the other many theories. So whether it's a common theory or an obscure one, most people emailing are wrong.
Q: Hundreds? There are less than 10 viable suspects I think, LOL. Maybe 15 if you stretch it. You are probably aware that RJ was willing to eliminate a suspect for Asmodean at two times: in 2001 and in 2005. In 2001 he eliminated Rand on a general question; in 2005 at DragonCon he eliminated Fain from a list of suspects. I think it is time for one more! The new list should probably be: Lanfear, Graendal, Aviendha, Taim, Slayer, Moiraine, Sammael, Moridin. I don't think anyone seriously argues anyone else, though I could be wrong.
A: I will ask if I can eliminate one, just for you.
Q: For Asmodean's killer revelation, will it just be an outright name or will it be explained how it happened and such?
A: Afraid that's a RAFO.
Q: @Brandon Sanderson and Team Jordan: please don't rule out anyone who could have killed Asmodean.
A: Ha. But so many are begging for an elimination. And it has been years.
Q: You said you were surprised when you found out who killed Asmodean . Who did you think was the killer before you read it?
A: Problem is, I'd read SO many theories by that point that my head spun. I can't say who I thought.

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Q: Did the Dark One order Asmodean's death? If not, how does he know about it in the prologue of Lord of Chaos?
A: No, he didn’t order Asmodean’s death, but he knows a great deal about what goes on in the world, though it isn’t complete knowledge.

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Q: Could the Dark One have brought back Asmodean if he wanted?
A: NO

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Q: Would you please name one character who did not kill Asmodean? Will you please name one of the following: Lanfear, Graendal, Moridin, Shaidar Haran, Padan Fain, Semirhage, Demandred, Mazrim Taim, Slayer. I thank you for your mercy and if you can please explain why they didn't do it that would be a nice touch.
A: Padan Fain didn't because he wasn't in the right place at the right time. He would have if he had been in the right place at the right time, but he wasn't.

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Q: I'm trying to verify Rand's impression he has at the end of book four, regarding the connection he cuts of Asmodean to the Dark One. He seemed to believe it was the connection directly from that individual to the Dark One. So what I am wondering is, is that connection key to transmigration?
A: No, because what you are thinking of wasn't a connection, Rand thought it was.

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Asmodean is, and I quote, road-kill. And he (RJ) still claims there are many indirect clues from tFoH on about who killed him.  He also claims that very, very few of the fan letters he gets are correct about it.
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Although I was planning to not mention the name "Asmodean" at dinner, the subject did come up. Dara asked about some significant traits of the palace servants right before Asmodean was "taken". RJ replied that the servants were just servants and were in no way connected to the murder.

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Q: Are there any circumstances of death that could prevent the Dark One from resurrecting someone (other than balefire)?
A: Yes, but I’m not going to tell you what
This lead to a fair amount of discussion about balefire and such. At one point, Brandon said ‘all Forsaken other than Sammael who haven’t come back were balefired’. I immediately jumped on this and asked if that included Asmodean – Brandon said that he wasn’t talking about Asmodean (we all didn’t even want to go there), but this is further evidence of Brandon slipping hints that Asmodean was balefired. This lead to a small debate about Osan’gar – I didn’t think he was balefired, everyone else at the table thought he was

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Q: Who killed Asmodean?
Brandon: Harriet you want to do the honors?
Harriet: You want to live?
Brandon: We have our first RAFO of the night. I know, Harriet knows, and he told us to put it in the book somewhere.

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Q: Were you surprised when you found out who killed Asmodean?
A: Brandon had been a fan for a long time before he got to find out who killed Asmodean. He said that he had heard arguments for every possible suspect, including the really crazy ones like Tam. So when he found out the real answer, he wasn’t shocked. His reaction was more “Oh, those guys were right”. He said that the clues are there, but he never would have figured it out himself.

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When it comes to Asmodean’s death or possibility of rebirth or potential killers, Brandon seems oddly obsessed with balefire being the means of death when discussing talking points
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One fan asked him . . . if the balefiring of Graendal could bring back Asmodean, if in fact Graendal was the person who killed him. Brandon essentially said no, because it happened much too long ago. At best balefire burns someone out of the Pattern 3 days to a week at the absolute most. But usually more like 5 minutes.
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I asked if Graendal were dead and had she killed Asmodean could he pop back up in Caemlyn. He said no. He said that Rand only took Rahvin out of the Pattern for 15 minutes to an hour. So, even if the Choedan Kal were 1000 times stronger than Rand with the fat man it would only be like 9 days at most.
More interesting, however, is that he said that we have not seen anyone who could burn someone out of the Pattern that long, however, it was possible for someone to be that strong! -- Who or what could this be?

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Question: There is a character in the book that appears to die on page 574 . . .
Answer: ~reads page~ . . . there is a woman that actually dies here . . . (couldn't decipher for certain if this was a statement or a moving question/comment)
Question: Did this character actually die?
Answer: Let’s go on record with this, I am not going to say until after Towers of Midnight, but I will . . . they are looking for a “toast” comment, and I am not going to give the “toast” comment yet. The scene that I’m talking about, there will be things related to it in the next book, so I don’t want to say yet. Corner me after Towers of Midnight and I will give you a definitive answer, but Towers of Midnight may in itself give a definitive answer.

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Brandon refuses to confirm or deny that the One Power was used to kill Asmodean.
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He reiterated why he isn't telling and that he has tried to place a few clues in the latter books. He said that if occasion permits in the last book and it seems appropriate, the character doing the deed will probably think to themselves about killing Asmodean. However he gave no guarantee. But he did say he will reveal Asmodean's killer if he doesn't in the book before the paperback of book 12 comes out. He also went on to mention that there is one website that gets it right, with a very complete listing of the suspects with motives and facts that gets it right. He wasn't going to tell us which one. He said they got the right why as well and they used only facts in prior to the murder. I later asked him if he could say when he found out about the website and he said he couldn't remember but it was quite some time ago.
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RJ:  (on Asmodean) "I'm not going to give you a chapter to find."
However, he emphasized OPPORTUNITY as the key to knowing Asmodean's killer, even over motive (which got a mention).

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Q: What criteria are most helpful for investigating Asmodean's murder, out of motive, means, timing?
RJ: Timing is what you should focus on. (He repeated about how someone on the internet figured it out.)

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Q: Asmodean?
A: The pronunciation of) Asmodean is quite correct.
Q: Who killed him?[LAUGHS]
A: I no longer have to worry about that, because someone has actually deduced who killed him, using the evidence that was available 2 books ago, perhaps 3 books ago. And I’d said that that evidence should have been sufficient to tell us who killed Asmodean and so someone has posted it.
Q: Where?
A: It’s out there. The evidence is there. [inaudible. Apparently, an audience member asked, “Was it Bela?”] Bela has an alibi. A shaky alibi, yeah.

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RJ said that someone has figured out who killed Asmodean. My impression was that it was in a letter someone sent him. He said that he didn't tell the person he was right, and he's not going to tell us who it is because he enjoys watching us squirm. He said that if we would have figured it out a few books ago, he probably would have told us, but now he's having too much fun. He also said that the guy used only clues that were available in the first five books to do it. He then thought for a moment and said he may have used one or two things from later books.
Q: Can you eliminate anyone from the list of suspects in Asmodean's murder?
RJ: No. I like to see you wondering. It should be obvious to anyone.
Q: Not even a single one?
RJ (After some thinking): Rand. Apart from him, I will not clear any other suspects. Not even Bela.
After this, it deteriorated into a discussion of Bela as the Creator/Moridin. Isabela defended my view that Moridin is Jeade'en, Rand's horse. For some reason, she failed to convince RJ; probably her fault, as my theory was very good. It was just my humility that made me stay in the background, of course. Certainly not the fact that I was not quite sure I could have defended it better.

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Q: Did Slayer meet Asmodean before he was killed?
RJ:  No.. am, no. Not in the books.
Emma: Can you eliminate a few suspects of who killed Asmodean?
RJ: No. No, I refuse to... Well, I'll tell you this. It wasn't Rand. But I have my suspicions about Nynaeve. And I've always thought that Elayne might have been covering up something that was going on at the site.
Q: It was Bela...
RJ: Oh, you're one of those people who believe Bela is a Darkfriend, are you?
Q: No, she's the Creator herself.
RJ: No no, there's a whole body of thought, a whole body of writing on the net, proving that Bela is indeed a Darkfriend, and possibly an avatar of the Dark One himself.
Q: We have the proof that Bela is the Creator.
RJ: You'll have to put it on the net then... (*blinks* Jordan isn't aware of Larry Homer's essay? What a pity indeed... Seems like he's still thinking as they did back when the "where was Bela during Lord of Chaos?" contests were held in rasfwr-j...)
Q: It is.
Q: how about the idea that Moridin is the horse of Rand?3
RJ: No, actually Moridin is hiding as Nynaeve. [And yes, choosing Nynaeve there was deliberate; poor Emma.]
Q: Just one other question. Does Slayer know every Forsaken?
RJ: Yeah, he does.
Q: Have all the Forsaken heard of Slayer?
RJ: Yes, they've heard of him. Slayer is not old in the way they are. Slayer does not come from the Age of Legends, Slayer is something much newer. Slayer is also known by all Forsaken...

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Q: Will we ever find out definitively who killed Asmodean?
A:   Of course you can find out who killed Asmodean. You just have to be clever enough.

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Yes, Sammael is really dead [, and so is Asmodean. Asmodean's killer should be] intuitively obvious to the most casual observer. [He won't answer who it was, but he has] been trying to sprinkle around a few more clues, but I refuse to put up big neon signs saying 'here!' [sprinkling clues could point to Slayer, although the Winter's Heart evidence (if that would be that) would be more like a neon sign, so I think this actually points to Graendal or another similar candidate. Have there been minor points pointing towards anyone in Winter's Heart?]
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Q: Why do you think everyone has a hard time figuring out who killed Asmodean? Graendal killed him.4  
A: I don't know why people have a hard time figuring that out. To me it seems intuitively obvious even to the most casual observer. The reason I won't tell people though is that I am enjoying watching them squirm entirely too much. It's probably bad for me.

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Q: For any of the mysteries, i.e. Moridin's identity and Asmodean's death, would you tell us where to look for clues we probably missed? Or just mention some clues that we all probably didn't see?
A: (laughs) Well, Moridin's identity is pretty much an open secret -- and especially if you read Winter's Heart, I think it's increasingly clear who he is, if there were any doubt. As for the other -- read and find out!
Q: Could you please give finally "reveal all" about who killed Asmodean at the end of the fifth book of your series? Much speculation has been bandied about, and you have said yourself you have given us enough clues, so could you put said speculation to rest? Thanks for your great series, it's been a really good read so far!
A: No. I will not put the speculation to rest! I'm rather entertained by the speculation, actually.

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I went up to the books and decided to ask Jordan about Asmodean.  In particular, I asked whether "death" was just a pun on "Moridin".  He said "oh, god no" quite disgustedly...He also said that by the end of this book, it should be obvious who killed Asmodean and that it is definitely possible to figure it out the instant he dies.
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Q: When it says at the end of The Fires of Heaven, "death took him," in Asmodean's last scene, do you mean that he died? There has been much speculation as to whether or not "death" refers to Moridin, whose name in the Old Tongue means "death." Many think that Moridin's second mindtrap is for Asmodean, but "death" was not capitalized in the scene where Asmodean made his last appearance. Can you tell me whether or not he was taken by Moridin?
A: Asmodean went for the long jump in that scene.

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Q: Who killed Asmodean? (Right. Like he'll tell us). Anyway ask if the clues to figure it out are all included up to The Fires of Heaven.
A: RAFO. All clues are included up to The Fires of Heaven.
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Q:  Do all Darkfriends have the equivalent of the black threads seen in Tel'aran'rhiod attached to Ishamael and Asmodean?
A:  No.

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Q: Will Moiraine come back from the dead since Lanfear and Asmodean apparently have?
A: Read and find out -- in fact, I really suggest you read and find out.

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Q: You once said that all the info needed for solving Asmodean was there by the end of The Fires of Heaven. Does this eliminate a gholam from being a suspect? It's generally believed that a gholam was responsible for the murder of Lord Barthanes in The Great Hunt and the two Black sisters in The Shadow Rising, but I don't think it mentions a name.
A: Read and find out. Read And Find Out

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Q: Did Slayer take Asmodean to Tel'aran'rhiod before, or after he killed him?
A:  What makes you think Asmodean is dead? Yeah, you screw with my head, I screw with yours... (that's actually what he said.)

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« Ответ #16 : 03 Февраля 2010, 01:07:20 »

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Q: Is Elan Morin a Dreamer/Dreamwalker?
A: That's an excellent question. But I don't know if I'm allowed to answer. Remind me again when the deadline is past, and I'll see.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Oh, it depends. I do like deep reds and blacks a lot.
Q: Who would you say is your favorite Forsaken? And that's coming from you as a fan more than you as the writer.
A: Hmm... Ishamael/Moridin.
Q: Who's second strongest Forsaken after Moridin? Some say Demandred some say Aginor. Did RJ say in his notes?
A: It IS in the notes, very explicitly. As for your answer...I'll see if we can get that in the Encyclopedia.

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Q: Was the attempt on Rand at the end of The Path of Daggers caused by Torval learning his plan to cleanse the taint? Did Moridin order it?
A: RAFO, though that is the best theory I read before I became involved in this. It's very credible.

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Q: There was some confusion about Rand and the Dark One’s permission, so for clarification’s sake, did Rand have the Dark One’s permission to use the True Power?
A: I have not answered that. If anyone says that I have, I have not. What I have said specifically is, this is recording1: generally one must have the Dark One’s permission to use the True Power. Semirhage believed that the Dark One had betrayed her by letting Rand use it.  It is good that you have asked this so I can make sure on the record that is the answer I have given.

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I didn't hear the question but someone asked something about Rand's and Moridin's souls being intertwined. Sanderson said that many souls' threads are frequently woven together in the Pattern such as Birgitte and Gaidal. He said that Rand and Moridin are also frequently woven together in the Pattern.
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Q: If the Forsaken were in a bubble all by themselves, who would win?
A: Ishamael. He's got the True Power.

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Q: Did Rand directly have the Dark One’s permission to channel the True Power?
A: It’s very difficult (but not impossible) to channel the True Power without the Dark One’s direct permission.

This lead to lots of discussion about the whole Semirhage death scene. Basically, she felt betrayed by the Dark One, and Brandon says she’s a very astute person. Brandon also said that Moridin and the Dark One are on the same page with most things and that Moridin is the most trustworthy Forsaken for the Dark One.
My interpretation is that Rand channeled the True Power through the link with Moridin, but this was not discussed. Also it was strongly implied that idea that Dark One served Semirhage up on a platter for Rand to balefire is true.

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Q: Did Ishamael have a hand in how the Seanchan prophecies have come to differ from those of the westlands?
A: RAFO.

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Q: Is Rand's access to the True Power via his link with Moridin, created at Shadar Logoth?
A: No one may channel the True Power without the Dark One's permission.  Rand doesn't have that.  [[This last bit - 'Rand doesn't have that' -  was contradicted by another report, given immediately below, and it is clarified above by Brandon.]]

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I was at that signing, I was literally right next to Brandon as he answered this question, and that is far from his exact wording.

The response was more accurately something like: So far as we know, no one may channel the True Power without the Dark One's permission.  Semirhage certainly seemed to think she was betrayed.

There was never a comment about Rand not having permission.

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Q: The dream sequence where Rand sees Moridin, and he thinks about having been there "long ago"-- is he simply remembering his dreams there with Ishamael from The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt?
A: Yes.

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Q: Did the meeting between Rand and Moridin for sure happen in Tel'aran'rhiod or could it have happened in a vacuole?
A: I . . . well. I'm going to partially RAFO this. I will not say it for sure happened in Tel'aran'rhiod, and I'm not sure whether the other instances of this were Tel'aran'rhiod either.
Q: Can you elaborate on why the voice of Lews Therin was not speaking when Rand and Isha--I mean Moridin were talking? Is it becau--
A: Ah. Yes, well, I'm going to have to RAFO that one . . . too close to dealing with the specifics of the voice, sorry.

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Q: It’s pretty clear now that Moridin and Rand are linked because of the balefire incident. Since Rand used saidin to create the balefire, and now he gets sick when channeling saidin, does that mean Moridin gets sick when he tries to use the True Power?
A: You’re assuming that Rand’s channeling sickness comes from crossing the streams.
Q: In Falme we saw Rand fighting Ishamael and the Heroes of the Horn and the Seanchan were mirroring the progress of the battle. Does this mean that there is something inherently evil about the Seanchan Empire?
A: Nobody in WoT is inherently evil, except for Shadowspawn. At the time, the Seanchan were being led by a Darkfriend.
Q: At the Darkfriend Social, Carridin is given orders by Ishamael that he can’t remember. Later on in Ebou Dar, he sees Mat out the window and he sort of goes into a trance, sees more imagery, and when he snaps out of it, time is stopped and Sammael is in the room. How did this happen? Was Sammael paged somehow when Carridin’s orders were triggered?
A: MAFO – Maria and find out. This means he will answer the question, but he wants to check with Maria first to make sure he has the details straight.

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Q: Was Ishamael partially, or was he responsible for the initiation of the Three Oaths? Was he a part of what brought them about?
A: That’s a Maria And Find Out. Type that one out. That’s a MAFO.

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The Forsaken could not talk to one another, not even Balthamel and Aginor, who were trapped near the surface and at least intermittently conscious and aware what was happening in the world.  You might say that being trapped where they were, in a Bore that existed everywhere at once, allowed them to see the whole world.  But for the others, it was a deep and dreamless sleep.  Even for Ishamael, except when he was spun out periodically.  When thinking about the Forsaken, you might factor in the effects of dream deprivation.
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With the Forsaken, where treachery and backstabbing were an acceptable way of getting ahead, the turnover in the upper ranks was fairly high, though Ishamael, Demandred, Lanfear, Graendal, Semirhage, and later Sammael, were always at the top end of the pyramid. They were very skilled at personal survival, politically and physically.
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Q: Did the Dark One or Ishamael, either one, have a say in the placement of any or all of the other Chosen once they were released, or did they all just carve out power bases of their own choosing?
A: They carved out power bases of their own choosing based on various criteria, one of which I will reveal. (Others are definitely RAFO!) For the most part, Ishamael excepted, they set out to create worldly power for themselves using the methods they favored in the Age of Legends. That is, Moghedien worked from the shadows using subversion, Sammael, Be'lal and Rahvin attempted to seize control of national governments and so on. The theory behind this was that once the Dark One broke free, those with the largest worldly power bases would be rewarded most.

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Q: Did Ishamael appear in the flesh aside from the battle with Rand in the Stone of Tear?
A: Yes, he was in the flesh in Tel’aran’rhiod several times, starting in The Great Hunt.

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Q:  Did Ishamael come to Lews Therin Telamon’s palace in the prologue of The Eye of the World to kill him?
A:  No. To taunt him with his defeat. Ishamael would much rather have had Lews Therin alive and suffering from the knowledge of defeat, not to mention the murder of his wife and other blood kin, than simply dead.
Q:  Can Moridin use a male angreal if he channels the True Power?
A:  No.
Q:  Ishamael’s corpse in The Dragon Reborn had only pits where his eyes and mouth once were. Was this a result of the True Power? If this is true, is the True Power the reason that Fades have no eyes, but some supernatural abilities?
A:  The True Power is reason that Ishamael’s corpse had no eyes, just as it was the reason that his eyes had been caverns of flame, but it [is] not precisely the reason that Fades have no eyes. The True Power as well as the One Power was used in creation of Trollocs, which proved to be uncontrollable and useless as soldiers until the first Myrddraal were born, throwbacks to the human stock used in creating Trollocs, but twisted by the inclusion of the True Power in making Trollocs.

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Q: [something about the Forsaken]
A: Essentially learned the local language.
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Q: And Ishamael as well?
A: Ishamael is a different case. Read and find out.
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Q: You’ve wrote somewhere that Moridin used the True Power and he stepped out of the Pattern or something like that.
A: No, he’s made a hole in the Pattern as a way of Traveling which uses the True Power, which is a different thing. If you notice as far back as the Prologue of The Eye of the World, when Ishamael Traveled in to meet Lews Therin, who was mad, the description does not match the Traveling that we see later. It’s because at that point, Ishamael is using the True Power, which produces a different sort of effect for Traveling. It is a different method of Traveling than either men or women use with saidin and saidar.
Q: The descriptions are quite similar when he arrived by Travel with saidin. You also say 'bore a hole trough the Pattern', and for the True Power, I think in one instance, 'ripping a hole in the Pattern'. And in one other instance you wrote that he stepped back inside the Pattern.
A: It’s similar. Similar, but it’s not the same thing. It’s why it produces that fading in and fading out effect.
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Q: What about the saa?  You wrote in a chapter, that there is a black hole before Moridin's eyes.
A: No, no, in the eyes. It is not before. In the eyes, inside the eyes.
Q: And can see through? (-?- unsure about this sentence. -?Для Шерлока
A: It depends. When you are using the True Power. At first, when you begin using the True Power, there's nothing there. Nothing in the eyes. After you've used it for a while, you begin to have a black speck floating across your eyes, when you're using it.
Q: And then you see, other observers can see it.
A: No, you don't see it. You don't actually see it.
Q: I think it was the chapter when Moridin was observing with a cloak of fancloth. His vision was blurred by a rain of black spots.
H: But it didn't affect his vision.
A: It didn't affect his vision. You're aware of it, but it's not like there is blackness between you, because it gets thicker and thicker and thicker and you get to a point where if you've used it long enough you get a steady stream even if you're not connected. And you are then on the road, at that point, inevitably, to becoming what Ishamael was. Because these are stigmata, if you will. These saa are stigmata caused by a linkage to the Dark One. And eventually the effect is to become all fire eyes. You no longer have eyes visible to other people. If they're looking into your eyes, they seem to be looking into caverns of flame that stretch to infinity. And when you open your mouth they see another cavern of flame that stretches to infinity. Because you've reached at that point the ultimate level of this usage and quite possibly, if you've at this point not been granted immortality, you're on your way to death. Not madness, but you're on your way to death. So it's sort of a race. The Dark One has given you this boon, but if you use it very much, then you'd better hope he is willing to give you another boon, because if he doesn't give you the second boon then you're dead. Some of the Forsaken have expressed discomfort with the fact that Ishamael and Moridin are so free with using the One Power.
Q: And is it addictive?
A: Yes.
Q: Entirely.
A: So is the One Power. That's one of the things that I intended from the beginning. The One Power has at least the potential for good, and it is something used by those on the side of good. And it is addictive, physically and psychologically addictive and also potentially very dangerous, even deadly to those who are using it.
Q: And so the other Forsaken seem to be afraid of using the True Power?
A: Well, they are, because they know this; they will use it when they have to, but they limit it, because they know that if you use it enough to let the saa begin to appear, then you are on a spiral and once they begin appearing, they begin appearing more often. And eventually, unless you are given immortality by the Dark One, you are dead. Now, the thing is, they don't wanna die. This is really great, it is a really great honor to be given the ability to tap into the True Power. Which is not inherently stronger than the One Power. It's not that it is stronger in any way. It is just something that does not have some of the limitations of the One Power. Other people can't feel you embracing it, or using it, like the One Power.
Q: -?-
A: Yeah, you could.
Q: -?-
A: Yeah, you could burn out with the True Power.
Q: Only True Power, or One Power too?
A: With the True Power as well as the One Power you can burn out.
Q: Can you sever a person from the True Power with One Power?
A: Not in the same way. If you try to gentle a man or still a woman who's capable of using the True Power you'd have to use another method.
Q: So it is not only the Dark One who can stop giving the Forsaken the True Power, but they can be cut off as Asmodean was cut off.
A: Read and find out on Asmodean. I'm not gonna tell you.
A: They could be cut off, but the problem with that is, nobody knows how to do it. It is possible that some of the Forsaken themselves know how to do it, but nobody else does.
Q: What happens when Rand and Asmodean have this conflict and ...
Q1: ... and Rand severs his ties with the Dark One ...
Q2: ... and Rand severs some black ties. Isn't that ...
A: That was cutting off his protection from the taint and also cut off his ability, it was not like stilling them. It was cutting the ties that, most important to him, protected him from the taint on saidin, so he could draw saidin all he wanted to and never worry about the taint. But it was also those ties that represented his ability, or the conduits by which he could draw on the True Power. But it was not his ability to draw, it was not the same thing as stilling or severing, it was more like shielding.
...
Q: I have an exiting question, maybe, we heard of making the Forsaken reborn, so has the original body any reflection to the mind of the Forsaken?
A: Well, if a Forsaken dies and is reborn naturally, through the turning of the Wheel, no.
Q: If then the Dark One puts him in a new body?
A: Oh, if the Dark One puts him in a new body, it is for all intents and purposes the same person, with a new body. It is a shift of an entire person. The concept here, with the exception of the Gray Men: You've seen an Ogier who lost his soul. And in effect there's nobody home anymore. It is a body that lives and breathes, and will move if it is helped along. But it does not, there's nobody home in there. The Gray Men are slightly different. But they also have given up their souls. They've given up their souls in a way. Already, their souls are gone. But it's happened in a way that protects them against this emptiness, as if they're severed from the physical and spiritual side. And the spiritual side is gone, but the physical side remains so there is an intellect in that body, but no soul. And that's why they are Gray Men. Your eyes slip past them, the perfect assassins. You can look right at one and look on, never having realized you saw somebody there. So there's, when a soul ... (break in audio file)

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Q: Was Ishamael lying when he told Rand that the hero of the Light had turned to Shadow in other lifetimes?
A: No, he was not. Even those who lie sometimes tell the truth when it serves their purposes.

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I talked about Ishamael's belief that Rand had fought him for time without end, and asked if it was perhaps not Rand's goal to take on the Dark One, but to only take on the Dark One's Nae'blis. RJ gleefully answered "Read And Find Out."
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Q: Nobody who can channel saidin or saidar can sense the True Power. And, since the Forsaken don't seem to notice Moridin channeling the True Power, is it detectable at all (besides by a gholam)? That is, can someone already holding the True Power sense another using it?
A: No. Not by any method we've seen yet.

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One of the regular contributors to the group--I don't recall whom--suggested asking whether Moridin came into existence before or after the 'gars.  That one earned a quick glance and an RAFO.
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The Creator was pretty tight with his plot information this time around, according to him, because "certain readers have built up these huge logic trees," and "can figure out way too much if I say anything at all."
"Do you consider the identities of Moridin and Cyndane to be intuitively obvious?"  He said yes, they should be fairly obvious by now, in many more words.

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Q: Was Ishamael ever REALLY sealed in Shayol Ghul with the Dark One and the rest of the Forsaken/Chosen?
A: Would I lie to you? For details, RAFO.

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Q:  New Dreadlords? Via True Power? What are limits of True Power? When did we see it used before?
A:  Access to the True Power is a matter of wanting it and the Dark One letting you. NOT black cords. In Prologue to The Eye of the World, we saw Ishamael use the True Power to Heal insanity. The One Power can not be used to Heal insanity. True Power used at Shayol Ghul will fry you instantly.
Q:  Do all Darkfriends have the equivalent of the black threads seen in Tel'aran'rhiod attached to Ishamael and Asmodean?
A:  No
Q:  Can you use the True Power in the stedding?
A:  ye....er...RAFO. [[This is answered below as "no".]] You must be a stone cold fanatic to want to use the True Power. Moghedien is terrified of it. Avoids it.
Q:  If True Power were used on you, would there be negative effects with respect to the Dark One?
A:  RAFO. Of course, if you die, the answer is obvious.

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Ishamael/Moridin/Shaidar Haran - RAFO.
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Q: Were Ba'alzamon's burning eyes and mouth caused by being zapped by Eldrene at the Fall of Manetheren?
A: No. Sorry guys! But at least I didn't say, "Read and find out!"

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Q: There is a mystery man who helps Rand in the last chapter of A Crown of Swords, my Question: Is this a new character, or have we seen him elsewhere?
A: Well, we've certainly seen him earlier in A Crown of Swords. Otherwise, read and find out.

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The word "moridin" means "grave" or "tomb," but when capitalized it means "the grave," standing for "death."
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He was asking something about Ishamael and about him being the only one to use the True Power therefore he is Moridin. RJ started explaining that he didn't necessarily have to be Moridin to which he declared that he was avoiding the question. RJ then gives a complicated explanation about the Watcher watching the events unfurling (this is all from memory and unfortunately I can't remember everything) which ended in a question if that is what he meant. He with a confused look on his face was obviously in over his head, and started planning how he could become a bigger nuisance.
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« Ответ #17 : 13 Июня 2010, 11:07:20 »

Кадсуане

Q: Was the passage about Cadsuane spanking Semirhage already written, or was there just information in the notes? How did you feel about writing that section?
A: He was given creative freedom to do what was needed. No author can ever stick 100% to an outline, things change as they are being written, and he was given that kind of control in order to make the books work. Regarding that passage in particular, it made Brandon Sanderson cringe, but Robert Jordan wanted it in the books so it stayed.

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Q: Has Cadsuane met Min's vision regarding the lesson she must teach Rand and the Asha'man, which they won't like one bit?
A: Part of it.
Q: How did Elza defeat the wards on Cadsuane's plain wooden box?
A: Elza had been given knowledge of several rarely known weaves, and in other ways made into a tool of Shaidar Haran. Not all of it was pleasant for her.
Q: Did you enjoy Tam calling Cadsuane a bully?
A: (Broad smile) Immensely! She needed to hear it.
Q: Will there be reciprocity for Cadsuane's treatment of Semirhage?
A: If I have anything to say about it.

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Q: Is there any chance that Cadsuane might be Ilyena reborn?
A: I...wha?...First of all, I'm not going to answer that. Second of all...EWW! ... And you can quote me on that!
[note: This was frackin' HILARIOUS. Totally unexpected, and Sanderson was totally shocked over it.]

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Q: If you could kill one character gruesomely (with out regard to plot) who would it be?
A: Cadsuane.

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Cadsuane?  She’s the tough maiden aunt a lot of us have had. Not the one who tries to keep you a child your whole life. She’s the one who began expecting at least some adult responses out of you at about age six, the one who was willing to hand you responsibilities that everyone else thought you were too young for. You probably had a more nerve-wracking time, and more excitement and adventure, with her than you did with any three or four other adults in your life.
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Yes, a channeler could still channel wearing Mat’s amulet. Cadsuane has one much like it. And I think that I will complete "The Color of Trust" eventually. I think about doing so every now and then.
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One of Cadsuane’s ornaments is a ter’angreal that can interfere with weaves. That is how she was able to disrupt Semirhage’s use of Illusion.
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Q:  In the scene during which the taint is cleansed, Cadsuane uses a ter’angreal that detects the One Power being channeled and the direction it is coming from. She watches the ter’angreal, and when the enemy channels, she points, and someone attacks. Why doesn’t it point to the huge amounts of the One Power that Rand and Nynaeve are channeling – far more than the Forsaken are being pegged for?
RJ:  Cadsuane’s ter’angreal was made during the Breaking of the World, at a time when men and women no longer linked, or at least very rarely, since male channelers were going mad at a rate of knots. What the maker was particularly interested in detecting was men channeling, but a man channeling in combination with a woman was, by definition, safe, because no woman was going to link with a man unless she knew absolutely that he was sane and not going to go over the edge into insanity while they were linked. Thus, saidin and saidar being worked in combination could be ignored, and in fact would be a distraction, since this was and is a warning device. Cadsuane’s ter’angreal won’t point to the two halves of the Power being wielded in combination.

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One person asked whether Romanda was the Aes Sedai that Cadsuane referred to as being nearly as old as she was. Jordan answered in the affirmative.
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Q: Had he always known the size and importance of the role of Fain and Cadsuane?
A: Yes.

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Q: Cadsuane's pointed reminiscences about the good ol' days in Far Madding, I asked, "So can we assume..."  and didn't even get to finish the question before he answered...
A: "Cadsuane is from Far Madding." And followed immediately, with no prompting, with "and Verin is from Far Madding."

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Q: Why introduce a somewhat important character like Cadsuane so late in the series? Is the fact that it seems a little odd supposed to be a clue?
A: She's introduced late in the series because this is the place where she was supposed to come in... I didn't expect her to be a part earlier in the series - there was nothing for her to do! We introduce no character before her time.

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Q:  According to several of AOL's members in our discussion forum, you stated at a Balticon conference that Verin Sedai had never held the Oath Rod, or had circumvented the Oaths. I was wondering if that was true, and if so, has Cadsuane also done so?
A:  No, I did not say that Verin had never held the Oath Rod...Cadsuane has also held the Oath Rod.

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RJ confirmed that Cadsuane's hairpiece IS a ter'angreal, and that we should have enough information to know what it does. Whether this means that it acts similar to Mat's foxhead medallion, or senses male channeling, or both, is still unknown.
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« Ответ #18 : 14 Июня 2010, 02:50:14 »

Морейн

Q: Where did I put my copy of New Spring? (Grumbles and goes up to search his library.)
A: Found it. You know, I like New Spring, but I really don't think people should start with it. It reveals too much about Moiraine and Lan. In response to questions, I'm thinking New Spring is best read after Book Four. That's a good place to gain context on Moiraine.

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Q: Is it possible to learn weaves from text, or does it have to be demonstrated? I asked Maria, but she gave me a vague answer.
Harriet:
I can be very vague when I want to be, and this is such a moment. (RAFO card)
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Q: Will we see Moiraine in Towers of Midnight?
A: Moiraine is mentioned.

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Q: Will Moiraine be rescued in the next book?
A: You’re assuming that Moiraine will be rescued.
Q: Will Moiraine’s rescue attempt be in the next book?
A: You’re assuming that Thom and Mat will attempt to rescue Moiraine. (I’ll tell you, he’s as bad as an Aes Sedai.)
Q: What will be the focus of the next book?
A: This book really needed to focus on Egwene and Rand, and get their stories moving. There was also a nice contrast between their arcs in this book, with Egwene’s going upwards and Rand’s downward. The next book will be much broader in scope – we need to see what’s going on with a lot of different parts of the story. There will be a lot more Mat and Perrin than in this one. I suppose you could say that if there was going to be a rescue attempt, the logic place to put it would be in a book with a lot of Mat.
Q: After Moiraine uses balefire on the Darkhounds in The Dragon Reborn, she says something about how she’s much more dangerous now than when she met Perrin in Emond’s Field. How did she become more dangerous?
A: There are a couple of ways she might mean that she has become more dangerous. Think about this – when she went to Emond’s Field, she thought Rand was the Dragon. Now she knows that he’s the Dragon. That in itself, combined with the fact that she’s Blue makes her much more dangerous.

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- For John Lynch and a number of posters at Dragonmount, what Moiraine made the woman drink in New Spring was not poison.  The woman intended to drug Moiraine in order to rob her, including of her clothes.  And, of course, leave her to the nonexistent mercies of the patrons.  Instead, Moiraine made her drink the drugged drink herself.  And left her to the nonexistent mercies of her own patrons.
 - Moiraine did enter the Rhuidean doorframe ter’angreal.  That’s the one that caught fire and melted after she and Lanfear passed through together.

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Q: After Moiraine fought Lanfear in Cairhien, what happened to the wagons full of ter'angreal and such that came out of the Aiel Waste? Are they just in some storeroom there? And what happened to Moiraine's horse Aldieb?
A: The ter'angreal and so forth that came from Rhuidean are still in Cairhien for the moment, warded by Rand so they aren't accessible to anyone but him. Aldieb is in the stables at the Sun Palace.
Q:
House Damodred seems really complicated. Who is who, and how are they related (Moiraine, Barthanes, Laman, Caraline etc...)?
A: Laman was Moiraine's uncle, and Caraline is her cousin. Barthanes was Laman's cousin and succeeded him as High Seat though not as king.
Q: What were Moiraine's three questions that she asked the Aelfinn and what were their answers? If the whole answer is RAFO could you give us one Q&A?
A: Sorry, guys. This one is a big time RAFO.

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Q: During Moiraine's practice for the test for Aes Sedai, she works on a weave that produces a coin that is cool to the touch. She thinks the weave is useless. Is this some sort of component of the weaves that made Mat's medallion?
RJ: No.

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Q: How did Be'lal recognize that Moiraine is intending to use balefire against him before Moiraine released the balefire? And how did Moiraine sense the balefire Rand used?
RJ: RAFO

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Q:  You say one more main sequence book after Knife of Dreams, but will there be any more?
RJ: I intend to do two prequels: one is why Tam al'Thor gave up a successful military career and went home to buy a small farm in the Two Rivers, and the other one will be largely why and how Moiraine and Lan showed up in the nick of time in The Eye of the World. When I will do those two novels, I do not know.

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Q: Did Lanfear get the opportunity to ask the 'Finns, to make a wish, after going through the doorway with Moiraine?
A: Read and find out.
Q: Okay, well, then did Moiraine get the opportunity to make a wish?
A: Read and find out.

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Q: In The Dragon Reborn, how did the other sisters find Moraine in the Mountains of Mist?
A: She’d been putting out feelers. All she had to do in this case was make the first contact herself with an agent of her Ajah, and word would begin to spread. Things are already winding down, so she became a focal point. You might say that the communication networks realigned themselves.
Q: Moraine. Is she coming back? [LAUGHS]
A: RAFO, RAFO.
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Q: Any chance of another short story like New Spring?
RJ: Definitely a possibility. I have two ideas about other novellas. One would be about how Tam ended up finding the child on the mountainside, and why he decided to return to the Two Rivers. The other would be about how Moiraine and Lan wound up in Emond's Field just in the nick of time.

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RJ:  "When Moiraine and Lanfear went through the ter'angreal, it burned in part because both were channeling, and the world on the other side of the doorway has a radically different set of natural laws. The odd optical effects witnessed in that other world are not artificially produced artifacts."
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Moiraine lost her list sometime between New Spring and The Eye of the World. By the opening of the story, all she could remember was that there had been a name from the Two Rivers.
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I chimed in later on to ask if "there was a physical resemblance between Cyndane and a certain height-challenged Aes Sedai".  He said "We don't know yet."
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Q: Hawkwing says they follow the banner and the Dragon.  Moiraine says the Heroes will follow whoever winds the Horn.  Was Moiraine wrong?
RJ: Moiraine doesn't know everything.  She was speaking the truth as she knows it. However, she is correct in that whoever sounds the Horn "controls the Heroes."  
Q: "Then what happens if the Dragon and the banner are on opposite sides of the conflict from whoever sounds the Horn?"
RJ:  "Then we get a rift in the Pattern."

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Q: Why did you decide to remove (for the time being, I assume) the character of Moiraine? Was it completely plot-driven, or was it actually a way of reworking her character?
RJ: Plot-driven. I know what is supposed to happen with these people, and I'm sorry I can't tell you more. I'll have to say, "Read and find out.

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Q: Is Moiraine's eyes-and-ears network independent of the Blue or does it overlap? How do they report - i.e. does Moraine have someone who collects messages for her?  
RJ: All eyes-and-ears networks overlap a little, but hers was pretty independent.

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Q: Mr. Jordan, please forgive if this is redundant, as I just recently joined the conference. Is Moiraine well and truly dead? Or could her and Mierin/Lanfear reappear at some later venue?  
RJ: Read and find out!
Q: Are we going to see Moiraine again?? Lanfear?? My wife would like to know why none of the main characters have any children. Are there any in their future??
RJ: Read and find out. Most of the main characters are both very young and unmarried. Even some of the older ones are unmarried--so they have no kids. Read and find out. We'll see what happens.
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On Moiraine's death-or-not-death he answered "Read and Find out".
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"At a signing in Atlanta, RJ said that this discrepancy [the "Moiraine sent me" and "I didn't send Verin" quotes] is not a mis-step."
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Rand 6'6". Perrin 6'2". Mat 5'11.5". Aviendha 5'8-5'9. Elayne 5'6". Nynaeve 5'4". Egwene 5'2". Moiraine 5'0"-5'2".
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RJ gave a little height information that slightly contradicts some previous info supposedly gleaned from a signings encounter. Rand is, of course, about 6'6". Moiraine, however, is actually as tall as 5'3", and Egwene and Nynaeve are both about 5'5". Oh, and he said Moiraine 'was' 5'3", if anyone wants to read anything into that. RJ also said that if anyone asked him how much anybody weighed, he'd throw up his hands in exasperation. I definitely got the impression that he cares nothing for the detailed heights and such, but instead goes completely from the mental pictures he's got in his head.
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Q: Will Moiraine come back from the dead since Lanfear and Asmodean apparently have?  
RJ: Read and find out -- in fact, I really suggest you read and find out. [RJ was probably suggesting that this person read the prologue of Lord of Chaos again.]
Q: Is Moraine really dead?  
RJ: Read and find...out.

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Q: Is the Moiraine character going to come back?
RJ: Read and find out.
Q: Okay, fine, be that way.
RJ: No, that's all right. It's one of the most frequently asked questions. RAFO (read and find out) is also the one of my most frequently given answer to things. Once Harriet asked me what I wanted for dinner and I told her to read and find out.

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Anyway, when it was my turn, I asked him two questions. I'll put parts in quotes when they are exactly what was said (or close enough), and I wrote it down so I'd remember.
As he signed my first book, I asked,
"Is Cyndane's power roughly equal to, say... Moiraine?"
He had a surprised look on his face for a moment, then it became amused, and he gave me a RAFO. His face indicated to me that I was absolutely right, but obviously it's not evidence.

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« Ответ #19 : 14 Июня 2010, 19:25:40 »

Лан

Q: I thought of a Lan question. Did Elyas really teach Lan anything about the Blight? Or was that a TEOTWism? I have a feeling you are going to MAFO that. Lan was practically raised in the Blight by the Malkieri. Wouldn't think Elyas could teach him much about it.
A: That is a good point. I'll go ahead and do as you said and MAFO that one. You might be right; might be an EoTWism.
Q: If you could be from any nation in Randland, which one and why?
A: Malkier, I think. Though others ask me this question, and I think my answer changes. I just think the Malkieri are awesome.

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RJ: Rand is second only to Lan with the sword.
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Somebody asked if Lan and Myrelle slept together. (I thought it was duh, although it probably happened with tweaking the bond.) And for Jordan is was also duh, yeah they slept together.
Q:  You say one more main sequence book after Knife of Dreams, but will there be any more?
RJ: I intend to do two prequels: one is why Tam al'Thor gave up a successful military career and went home to buy a small farm in the Two Rivers, and the other one will be largely why and how Moiraine and Lan showed up in the nick of time in The Eye of the World. When I will do those two novels, I do not know.
Q:  About New Spring: I had a question about Lan, about the battle with the Aiel. How do they recognize him? I guess I am more curious about the background - how they recognize him and what they know of him and his backstory.
RJ: They know quite a bit about his backstory. They think he is a man who has much ji. He has a one man war against something he cannot beat. And they recognized him by the crescents on his helmet.

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Q: I enjoy reading about Lan and I was wondering if he, Malkier, and the Malkieri traditions play a bigger part in future books than they have so far?
RJ: Read and Find Out.

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Q: Any chance of another short story like New Spring?
RJ: Definitely a possibility. I have two ideas about other novellas. One would be about how Tam ended up finding the child on the mountainside, and why he decided to return to the Two Rivers. The other would be about how Moiraine and Lan wound up in Emond's Field just in the nick of time.

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Q: You said time after time that Lan will die if Nynaeve dies. What about her? She's Aes Sedai, so she will live very long. And he's much older than her anyway. Would she be able to live without him??
A: Lan is undergoing the severing effect of his bond to Moiraine which means that he has lost the desire and will to live which is being restored to him by Nynaeve on top of which he loves her. If she dies he really really has no reason to stick around. As for Nynaeve, and Lan dying, women are always a lot tougher, emotionally, then man are. Nynaeve will cry for a very long time when Lan dies and she will go on living.
Q: Is Edeyn still alive?
A: RAFO

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A pretty original question was about the Malkieri. In New Spring there were still a lot of them, but nowadays Lan is the only one around: how's that possible? Did they all die?
No, it's a matter of assimilation. All these people now think of themselves as part of the country they live in, they've taken on these new cultures. Lan is the only one who hasn't done this, who at heart remains a Malkieri.

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Q: Who would win in a sword fight between Lan and Galad? My money's on Lan.
A: (laughs) Unless you can find someone else to bet with, use your money to buy yourself some beer.

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Q:  Do Min's viewings always predict the future, or do some tell about the past, mainly the seven towers around Lan in The Eye of the World?
RJ:  Um, her viewings are always concerning the future.

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Q: Hi, just curious -- in the last section of The Eye of the World, Lan says that the Bond does not tell him the direction where his Aes Sedai is exactly; it is just a general feeling. But then later in series, both he and Rand had the ability to tell in an exactly straight-line direction the location of whom they are bonded to. Is this an inconsistency, or is there an explanation? Thanks!
A: Yes. There is an explanation: a change that was supposed to be made in manuscript in The Eye of the World and did not get set into type and which I thought had been corrected. I have been trying to get that changed since I discovered that The Eye of the World had been published with the erroneous information. I hope they are still not printing the books with it

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He may or may not give a Lan Point of View. (There are several in New Spring.)
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Q: Mr. Jordan: I like the fact that the main characters are a little unsure of themselves and how to proceed in their world, particularly Rand. Instead, the traditional "superhuman" is Lan, who plays a background role thus far. Will we see more of him?
A: Yes, some more.
Q: I'm having trouble placing the amount of time that has gone by since the early days when the Aes Sedai came to Two Rivers.  How long has it been?  Also, will Nynaeve and Lan ever get together, face to face?
A: It's about two years since the beginning. Roughly--very roughly. As to them getting together, read and find out, my dear, read and find out (he chuckled richly).

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Q: With respect to Aes Sedai-forged weapons, like Lan's sword that never needs sharpening: was the Power just used in the manufacturing process, to change the structure of the steel to make it extra-strong, or was a flow of the Power somehow incorporated into the steel? (If you'll recall, this was a big argument a few months ago, related to the Fade blade thing)
RJ: The Power was used in blending the metals (and other materials...) and altering the structure. There is no source of the Power in these weapons, nor do they draw on the Power like angreal....

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Q: Why Myrelle so heartless. She nearly let Lan die...why?
RJ: She's dealing with a man capable of taking her head off before even she could blink and a man who's in a mental state where she can't be sure he won't.
Q: What is there to Lan's brother Isam, in the Waste. . .is he a Darkfriend, or more?
RJ: Read and find out.

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« Ответ #20 : 15 Июня 2010, 06:49:50 »

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Q: Did Mat break the treaty with the Aelfinn/Eelfinn when he asked the four questions in The Shadow Rising....any consequences??
A: RAFO.

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Q: How do the ‘Finns store memories? Obviously they don’t just have flash drives laying around.
Maria:
RAFO
Q:  Has Jain Farstrider previously been inside the Tower of Ghenjei?
Maria: RAFO
Q: Are there any servants of the Dark One among the ‘Finns?
Maria: RAFO

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Q: Ok, so that being said there are some theories out there that in the Age of Legends, at one point, Lanfear might have…
A: ...let’s just say I have not said that Lanfear and Cyndane are the same person.
Q: Oh, absolutely, I’m jumping to this other Forsaken that we are talking about…
A: …this other completely different person…Uh huh…
Q …so Lanfear, the theory goes, that maybe she was accentuated from a beauty and/or Power perspective by going to the 'Finnland previously.
A: Okay.
Q: Would the 'Finns have the ability to accentuate someone’s beauty and/or quantity or access to the One Power through their own capabilities and talents?
A: Yes, but it might involve third party ter’angreal, angreal, this sort of thing.
Q: So, they don’t have power to affect the soul’s capability of increasing its total channeling?
A: Certainly not permanently; as far I understand, that is outside the realm of their ability.
Q: From a beauty perspective can they affect the outer body of some individual?
A: I would say that, yes they can, but they may have to be using some type of ter’angreal or…
Q: …some item of Power?
A: Some item of Power, something like that…of which they have great stores…
Q: Really?  Heh, so the obvious question, where did the 'Finns get great stores of ter’angreal, angreal, and is that part of the Pact they made?
A: RAFO…but if you just think about it, we don’t even have to go to the notes for this if you think about it logically, we know of them providing certain items of Power to certain individuals that they were able to match very nicely with certain requests very easily. If you run the statistics on that, it's either a huge coincidence or they have very many to choose from.
Q: So, how many Finns are there?
A: RAFO. I’m going to RAFO a lot of 'Finn stuff just so you know.

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Q: Do the 'Finns care whether or not the Dark One wins?
A: RAFO.

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Q: You stated in another interview [Crossroads of Twilight eBook "Glimmers" Interview] that Mat's memories came from adventurers who traveled through the ter'angreal. However several of Mat's memories end with the adventurer dying. Since adventurers probably didn't go through the ter'angreal after they died, how could the 'Finns have obtained these memories?
A: A good question. I was wondering when someone would ask that. I expected it as soon as Mat started revealing those old memories. At least a partial answer will be coming up in the next main sequence book, so I guess you could say this is a RAFO. But I will say that if I said those adventurers all entered through the two ter'angreal, I misspoke. A good many entered through the Tower of Ghenjei, which was more widely known in earlier years, if never exactly a household name.

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Q: Are the Eelfinn limited in their power to grant wishes? To what degree can they affect the outside world? Also, is there any relation between what the Aelfinn do and Min's ability?
A: Oh, yes, there definitely are limits to the powers of the Eelfinn. For one thing, they cannot affect the outside world at all. If you said that you wanted to be King of the World, you might well find that what you received was not what you expected. For example, they might put you out of their world into a world with no other sentient life, where you would be king by default. Then again, you might find yourself with the necessary skills to make yourself King of the World, if you were able. Actually achieving it would be up to you. But then, many of their "gifts" are skewed in this way. You must be very careful is you're asking if you want to receive what you are hoping for. And yet, remember that Mat actually did receive very much what he asked for. Just not in the way that he wanted.
No, there is no connection between what the Aelfinn do and what Min does.

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Q: Can the Tower of Ghenjei be reached through any of the Portal Stones?
A: No.

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Q: The snakes and foxes seem to have a lot of powers. Do they also have the Power?  I have two questions: can they transmigrate souls? Two: can they hold the soul of an individual they have killed.
A: No. No to both.

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Q:  Does the physical location of the world of 'Finns have anything to do with the bells ringing when the ta'veren were in together?
A: No.
Q: Have the 'Finns existed as long as the Wheel?
A: Yes.
Q: Do they have souls?
A: Yes.
Q: Are the 'Finns from human stock?
A: No.
Q: Did they originate in their current location?
A: Yes.
Q: Are they related to Tel'aran'rhiod or do they control Tel'aran'rhiod?
A: No.

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Q: The 'Finns reside in a Parallel World, is that correct?
A: Yes.
Q: Okay, so are Parallel Worlds and Mirror Worlds the same thing?
A: No, they are different.
Q: Okay, well then do Parallel Worlds have their own reflections?
A: Possibly.
Q: Did Lanfear get the opportunity to ask the 'Finns, to make a wish, after going through the doorway with Moiraine?
A: Read and find out.
Q: Okay, well, then did Moiraine get the opportunity to make a wish?
A: Read and find out.

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Q: What were Moiraine's three questions that she asked the Aelfinn and what were their answers? If the whole answer is RAFO could you give us one Q&A?
A: Sorry, guys. This one is a big time RAFO.

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Q: Do Min and the 'Finn do the same thing when predicting and answering questions?
A: No

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When RJ signed my copies of Winter's Heart and Crossroads of Twilight, I asked him a question. Because of wording he uses when describing the Finn and their meeting with Mat, I thought that maybe Min’s viewings had some relation to them. RJ describes the Finn as looking, not at Mat, but at the air around Mat’s head. I thought this was similar to the way Min sees her viewings. Are they related, I asked him?
No, he said flatly.

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Q: Are all of Mat's memories from his past lives?
A: No, Mat's "old" memories are not from his past lives at all.3 The "sickness" he got from the Shadar Logoth dagger resulted in holes in his memory. He found whole stretches of his life that seemed to be missing. When he passed through the "doorframe" ter'angreal in Rhuidean, one of the things he said - not knowing that the rules here were different than in the other ter'angreal he had used - was that he wanted the holes in his memory filled up, meaning that he wanted to recover his own memories. In this place, however, it was not a matter of asking questions and receiving answers, but of striking bargains for what you want. What he received for that particular demand was memories gathered by the people on that side of the ter'angreal, memories from many men, all long dead, from many cultures. And since not everyone passing by has the nerve to journey through a ter'angreal to some other world, the memories he received were those of adventurers and soldiers and men of daring

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Q:  What exactly are Mat's memories? Are they from his ancestors, as they all seem to be connected to Manetheren?
A: Mat's memories are not from his ancestors.5 He said [he wanted] to have the holes in his head filled but he did not specify exactly what he wanted them filled with and so he received scraps and bits and pieces of memories stolen from other men.

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Q: Is there any chance whatsoever that you could explain to us the full set of rules for the game 'Snakes and Foxes'? I would really like to try playing it.
A: (laughs) Not tonight! There's a fair description in one of the books, though -- perhaps someday I'll put it down in print somewhere. Really, it is a child's game.

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RJ: "When Moiraine and Lanfear went through the ter'angreal, it burned in part because both were channeling, and the world on the other side of the doorway has a radically different set of natural laws. The odd optical effects witnessed in that other world are not artificially produced artifacts."
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Q:  Does the Snakes and Foxes game played in the Two Rivers have anything to do with the 'Finn?
A:  RAFO.

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Q: In The Shadow Rising Perrin was chasing Slayer in Tel'aran'rhiod. Slayer vanished at the Tower of Ghenjei. Did he enter it or did he just step out of the Dreamworld?
RJ: Read and find out.

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Q: Will we being seeing more of the snakes and foxes in the next book?
RJ: RAFO.

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Q: Also, what was going on in Aelfland when Mat went round and round and round the same location? Were they traveling in time?
RJ: Not traveling in time. the physical laws of nature differ. Mentioning the Dark One here is bad luck. In Aelfland, it is really bad. You can not go to Aelfland in Tel'aran'rhiod (similar to stedding).
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Q: Is the Tower of Ghenjei based on the dark tower from the story of Childe Roland?
RJ: no.

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« Ответ #21 : 15 Июня 2010, 11:17:34 »

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I think Faile’s reaction is perfectly reasonable.  Here she is thinking that Perrin may just be Mr. Right, and then this sultry floozy waltzes in and starts trying to put the moves on him.  Berelain even says right out that she’ll take him away from Faile.  Even without that, Faile has plenty of reason to consider Berelain a floozy and essentially worthless.  After all, from what she knows, Berelain has tried putting the moves on not only Perrin, but also Rand and quite likely Rhuarc.  She can’t be inside Berelain’s head to know that Berelain uses sex and her reputation as political tools.  So why would she want to be chums with Berelain?
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Berelain certainly knows of the Tear doorframe, but she has never entered it.
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Berelain is Perrin's hawk (seen in Min's vision). I really don't know how anybody could have failed to make this connection, and Jordan was similarly incredulous when someone asked him. "What is the symbol of the Mayene?" he intoned heavily. "And who wears that symbol on crown, above her brow? Who is descended from Artur Hawkwing? And who is chasing Perrin like a bird of prey?" Those words aren't Jordan's verbatim, but they're close.
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Some dude asked if Perrin's Hawk had appeared yet. The answer: "I thought that was fairly obvious. What is the symbol of Mayene? What is the CROWN of Mayene?" i.e. Berelain, for all of you who actually doubted that. RJ also said Berelain is attracted to Perrin partly because he's the first man she wanted and couldn't get which is interesting, partly because he's buff, and partly because she thinks it'd be kinky to make it with a blacksmith. (On the anvil???)
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« Ответ #22 : 17 Июня 2010, 16:48:08 »

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Q: Is the ter'angreal which Aviendha identifies as related to holes, and requiring a song to activate, the Talisman of Growing for the Ways?
A: (Huge grin) RAFO.

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Q: Was it difficult for you to find any of the character’s voice?
A: Aviendha.  The Aiel way of thinking is so different and I think like a Two Rivers folker. It was easy to write the Two Rivers. And when I started writing Aviendha, I was writing like a Two Rivers-er.

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Q: What is going to happen with Elayne, Min, Rand and Aviendha in their relationship? Will they all get along?
RJ: Read and find out!

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On why Aviendha's toh required her to kill Rand, he said basically "Read and Find Out", but he noted that Aviendha is under the strain of several tohs. He also pointed out that her interpretation from Elayne's reaction from her confession to Elayne gives her a way out, but that Elayne does not share that interpretation.
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Rand 6'6".
Perrin 6'2".
Mat 5'11.5".
Aviendha 5'8-5'9.
Elayne 5'6".
Nynaeve 5'4".
Egwene 5'2".
Moiraine 5'0"-5'2".

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When I asked about the hemisphere of the Seanchan continent, RJ said that it had parts in both the northern and southern hemispheres, but that Rand and Aviendha Traveled to a part in the southern hemisphere.
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Q: Could Aviendha be pregnant...inquiring minds want to know!
RJ: Inquiring minds can read and find out

(She's definitely not prego as of The Gathering Storm.)

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« Ответ #23 : 17 Июня 2010, 18:51:48 »

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I did ask about the so-called mistake with Harine and the cleansing, and Brandon confirmed that Harine was basically being cautious when speaking to Rand, and didn't want to get caught between Rand and the Wavemistresses.
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Q: Harine appears once just after she arrives from the Sea Folk. What happened to her?
A: Harine has not been forgotten. There hasn’t been a lot for her to do, and Rand is not keeping his side of the Bargain of keeping her close.

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I’m not going to reveal what the “gasp” moment is [this was revealed to be the Amayar suicide - Terez].  I certainly won’t be putting any spoilers here.  But I have read the reviews, both spoiler and non-spoiler.  For those who have read the book and believe you have identified the “gasp” moment, congratulations.  For those who have read the book and still don’t know what the “gasp” moment is, my sympathies.  I mean that in all truth.  You failed to see something that really should have made you gasp.  I think I am fairly hardened, but occasionally something happens that makes me mutter, “Where are you, God?  Are you sleeping?  Are you blind?”  This is fiction, but even so, I had to pause a couple of times in writing about it.  Of course, I get deeply immersed in my work so that it becomes real to me while I am writing, but I hope to pull the reader into that level of realness, too.  Either I failed completely in this instance, or some of you have become way too hardened.  Too much on the evening news, I suppose.  It’s just today’s hurricane, today’s tsunami, today’s Armageddon.  I wonder what’s coming up at eleven?
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I didn’t put the whole onus for failing to see the gasp moment on the fans.  If you read my post, I said that either I had failed completely in making you have the same sense of realness in the books that I do when writing or else….I do think there is a hardening to many people, though, through being inundated with images of hurricane victims, tsunami victims, people starving because of famines, suicide bombing sites etc.  There was a time that the splattered blood of a suicide bomb site would have been considered too graphic and violent for the evening news.  Now, it is an appropriate thing to show while people are having dinner.  It won’t spoil too many appetites.  I noticed one or two posts of comments to spoiler reviews where the gasp moment was revealed and some people seemed to find it funny.  That’s somebody who probably makes Darfur jokes.
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Q: Are the Sea Folk marriage customs based on any real culture that you know of?
RJ: No, they were made up in his head.

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Q:  Do certain races have better ability at channeling than others? For example, the Sea Folk at very good at weather, the Aiel have a high proportion of Dreamers, and the Seanchan can make ter'angreal.
RJ: The Seanchan can only make one kind of ter'angreal. They haven't thought about making another. Certain groups are better at some abilities but its a matter of need. The Atha'an Miere are dependent on the sea, the wind and water and it would be natural for them to develop high skills to deal with control of weather and winds. For the Aiel, Dreaming is one of the ways to find new water, using need is how they find water. When the population in a hold is too great, and they have to find a new hold, the Dreamwalker uses need to find it. So yes, there are more Dreamwalkers there.
Q:  How do the Atha'an Miere and the Amayar deal with male channelers?
RJ: They kill them. Actually the Sea Folk kill their male channelers. The Amayar don't channel themselves - they see it as a violation of their Water Way and they commit suicide.
Q:  Are we going to see more of Tremalking in the next book (Knife of Dreams) or of their prophecies?
RJ: In a way.

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RJ Said: "Something that has previously happened in the series is going to be revealed [in Knife of Dreams] to have a terrible cost." He added, "When you read it your reaction will be, 'Gasp. How horrible!'" [This is referring to the end of the Age of Illusions, which seemed really cool at the end of Winter's Heart but ended up leading to the Amayar suicide. - Terez]
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Q: The Prophecies of the Dragon are a fairly sized book. Do the prophecies of the Sea Folk, the "Jendai Prophecy", have a similar size, or is it much smaller? And who or what is or was "Jendai"?
RJ: The Jendai prophecies are smaller in length but similar in scope to the Dragon prophecies but limited to the Sea Folk.

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Q:  Tell us about those Sea Folk rituals during the wedding...
RJ:  How old are you?
Q:  Over the age of consent.
RJ:  You're too young!

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« Ответ #24 : 19 Июня 2010, 20:05:35 »

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I think Faile’s reaction is perfectly reasonable.  Here she is thinking that Perrin may just be Mr. Right, and then this sultry floozy waltzes in and starts trying to put the moves on him.  Berelain even says right out that she’ll take him away from Faile.  Even without that, Faile has plenty of reason to consider Berelain a floozy and essentially worthless.  After all, from what she knows, Berelain has tried putting the moves on not only Perrin, but also Rand and quite likely Rhuarc.  She can’t be inside Berelain’s head to know that Berelain uses sex and her reputation as political tools.  So why would she want to be chums with Berelain?
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Someone asked for a little more description about the sa'sara -- as in how does he envision one doing it -- which he thought was hilarious. He said she was the first person who'd asked him about it and apart from saying it would be like something a non-tourist might see in Cairo or Istanbul, he said it wouldn't be "boring" like a stripper act in the U.S.  He seemed to really get a kick out of this question.
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The story of The Wheel of Time evolved during a very long period, in part beginning in the middle of the seventies with the idea of the Breaking of the World, before he found the "final scene in the final book" and began to actually write The Eye of the World. The main impetus from the beginning was the notion of "men breaking the world" (my emphasis), and that men able to channel must be killed, controlled or stopped at all costs for 3,000 years. This led naturally to a society where women had great power and respect.
As an example of this, he puts forth Davram Bashere's reaction to Faile being a Hunter of the Horn. His initial negative response does not come from that Faile is a girl, but that she only is 17 years old. Her gender is irrelevant to the issue.

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Q:  How dangerous and how ambitious is Faile?
RJ: Exceedingly dangerous, not particularly ambitious. Perrin is due his due as Lord of the Two Rivers. She has been raised as a noble with noblesse oblige. Perrin has been pushed into lording and she doesn't like him ducking out of what she sees as his obligations. She doesn't understand why he doesn't understand this in his blood like she does in hers.

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« Ответ #25 : 20 Июня 2010, 15:08:37 »

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As to Rahvin sitting on his throne and being shocked to see Rand.  First off, he knew his first trap hadn’t worked, but he had others ready.  He saw no reason to start jumping about.  He thought he was maneuvering Rand into a series of traps, one of which he was sure would work.  He did not expect Rand to simply leap into the same room with him.  He did not expect Rand to know that he could Travel to somewhere in sight of himself without knowing the ground.  So what he had expected to be a chess game where he knew the positions of all the pieces and Rand did not suddenly turned into a close-quarters slugging match.  Surprise!
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Q: Did the Dark One or Ishamael, either one, have a say in the placement of any or all of the other Chosen once they were released, or did they all just carve out power bases of their own choosing?
RJ: They carved out power bases of their own choosing based on various criteria, one of which I will reveal. (Others are definitely RAFO!) For the most part, Ishamael excepted, they set out to create worldly power for themselves using the methods they favored in the Age of Legends. That is, Moghedien worked from the shadows using subversion, Sammael, Be'lal and Rahvin attempted to seize control of national governments and so on. The theory behind this was that once the Dark One broke free, those with the largest worldly power bases would be rewarded most.

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Q: Ouch - Okay, now that you have killed my black cord theory, are the oath and covenants Forsaken make with the Dark One necessary for the Dark One to transmigrate a soul?
A: They are not necessary, but he is not likely to do it for anyone who hasn't done, who hasn't sworn to him.
Q: He doesn't have access to all souls to be able to grab any soul?
A: No, no, no. Because of the Bore and the fact that the Bore is best perceived, the Bore doesn't really exist in Shayol Ghul, the Bore exists everywhere, its simply in Shayol Ghul where it can be perceived most easily. By the same token he has greater access to people at Shayol Ghul than he does elsewhere, or did, and uh, that's, when you know, Rahvin died, Rahvin is balefired out of time, slain out of time, cannot be reached, gone. Be'lal, (names someone else)...
Q: Well, then is there something unique about the Forsaken other than the fact that they are his favorites that he would transmigrate them, or be able to?
A: Well, he would have been a lot less likely to in an earlier time when they were a lot of powerful, knowledgeable channelers who were in his service. Essentially half the people in the world who could channel were on his side, during the War of the Shadow. Now he has very few, he's got the Black Ajah, and a few wilders, and some stuff I ain't going in to, but uh he doesn't have a lot, but he can't afford to waste assets.

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Q:  In The Fires of Heaven, after Rand has his battle with Rahvin at the end, why is it that balefire works for his friends and not on his bites that have to be healed?
A: Because his injuries occurred in Tel'aran'rhiod. And what occurs there is different than what occurs in the waking world. Different rules apply.

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I got an answer to the Rahvin/balefire/Tel'aran'rhiod question - when someone is balefired, the constructs they make in Tel'aran'rhiod do not disappear, but instead fade away slowly over time. There are lots of weird effects associated with Tel'aran'rhiod and balefire, such as the way the world flickers after balefire used. I asked him just generally about it, and then he jumped straight in, gave the answer, then used the Rand and the fish example.
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« Ответ #26 : 20 Июня 2010, 15:26:10 »

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Q: Did the Dark One or Ishamael, either one, have a say in the placement of any or all of the other Chosen once they were released, or did they all just carve out power bases of their own choosing?
RJ: They carved out power bases of their own choosing based on various criteria, one of which I will reveal. (Others are definitely RAFO!) For the most part, Ishamael excepted, they set out to create worldly power for themselves using the methods they favored in the Age of Legends. That is, Moghedien worked from the shadows using subversion, Sammael, Be'lal and Rahvin attempted to seize control of national governments and so on. The theory behind this was that once the Dark One broke free, those with the largest worldly power bases would be rewarded most.

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Q: How did Be'lal recognize that Moiraine was intending to use balefire against him before Moiraine released the balefire? And how did Moiraine sense the balefire Rand used?
RJ: RAFO.

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Q:  Did Be'lal's name mean "Netweaver" or "Envious"?
RJ:  RAFO  (He noted that all of the Forsaken's Old Tongue adopted names would be translated in the Encyclopedia if not before.)

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Q: Ouch - Okay, now that you have killed my black cord theory, are the oath and covenants Forsaken make with the Dark One necessary for the Dark One to transmigrate a soul?
A: They are not necessary, but he is not likely to do it for anyone who hasn't done, who hasn't sworn to him.
Q: He doesn't have access to all souls to be able to grab any soul?
A: No, no, no. Because of the Bore and the fact that the Bore is best perceived, the Bore doesn't really exist in Shayol Ghul, the Bore exists everywhere, its simply in Shayol Ghul where it can be perceived most easily. By the same token he has greater access to people at Shayol Ghul than he does elsewhere, or did, and uh, that's, when you know, Rahvin died, Rahvin is balefired out of time, slain out of time, cannot be reached, gone. Be'lal, (names someone else)...
Q: Well, then is there something unique about the Forsaken other than the fact that they are his favorites that he would transmigrate them, or be able to?
A: Well, he would have been a lot less likely to in an earlier time when they were a lot of powerful, knowledgeable channelers who were in his service. Essentially half the people in the world who could channel were on his side, during the War of the Shadow. Now he has very few, he's got the Black Ajah, and a few wilders, and some stuff I ain't going in to, but uh he doesn't have a lot, but he can't afford to waste assets.

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Q: What was Lews Therin's age at the time of the sealing of the Bore, and was his prowess with the sword (and Sammael's) [Be'lal's? - Terez] comparable to modern blademasters?
RJ: Read and find out!
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Q: Did you get inspiration for Be'lal's name from Paradise Lost? (ie, the fallen angel Belial)
RJ: Among other places, yes.

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« Ответ #27 : 22 Июня 2010, 21:34:47 »

Туон/Фортуона

Q: Is it possible to force someone (a learner) to start channeling?
A: Almost anything is possible, under the right circumstances.
Q: One of Tuon's Conflicts, is will she 'protect' the Tinkers from harm and keep her word? Or is Tuon, loyal to the a'dam?
A: Tuon is loyal, so far, to the a'dam. In her mind, leashing tinkers who could channel would be 'protecting' them. Now, how that might change based on interactions with Aes Sedai--and the true secret of sul'dam--is still uncertain.

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Q: Is Tuon's new name, Fortuona, an intentional play on the Latin Fortuna? Many see this as a semantic trick for calling her Lady Luck, which fits being Mat's wife.
A: Good question, and I'm going to allow you to say yes, as I don't think anything of that nature was done without a purpose, but it was Jim's (Robert Jordan) choice, which Maria dug out for me when I realized I needed to create a new name for her upon ascending as Empress. (Hah! All you naysayers who bagged on Brandon for this, saying Jordan would never have chosen such a goofy name.)

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Rand did not use Compulsion, or any other weaves, on Tuon at their meeting.  Tuon's refusal was mainly due to her innate sense of self.  At this point, she firmly believes that she is the most important person in the world.
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Q: After Rand has channeled the True Power, he has a dark cloud around him. When he meets with Tuon after this, she manages to resist his ta’veren pull. Is this because the True Power has reduced his ta’veren mojo?
A: The reason she manages to resist is that she has a lot of willpower. Rand is just as ta’veren as ever.

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Q: Is the Court of Nine Moons something that moves with the Empress? In other words, wherever the Empress is holding court is that the Court of Nine Moons?
A: I think that would be subject of debate, depending on what…I think that if the Empress were to declare herself on a different continent she would expect that it would and I think there would be those that would argue with her and wouldn’t expect that it would. Does that make sense? So, my answer would be that it would move with the Empress, but there are those that would disagree with me and with the Empress, may she live forever.

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Tuon is stating a misbelief [that damane can tell fortunes], really, a Seanchan urban folk tale, if you will.  The Seanchan no longer know about Foretelling — though they are beginning to hear reports – but they have memories of the knowledge, you might say.  There memories have gotten twisted into the widespread belief that any damane  can tell your fortune.  This belief is strengthened by the fact that some damane actually can Foretell, and more of them than on "this" side of the Aryth Ocean, a facet of sul'dam remaining in the breeding pool with the result that there are a higher percentage of women who potentially could channel among the Seanchan than on the Eastern side of the ocean.  And also a higher percentage of many Talents.
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For those of you who think the razor that Mat gave to Tuon is a zebra, it isn't.  I was thinking of a horse I once saw a picture of, an American paint, which in memory seemed to fit my description (white meeting black along dead-straight lines) very closely.  In fact, the memory fit so well that I decided not to check whether the actual horse looked the way I recalled it.  The recollection made a terrific image.
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...Oh, finishing A Memory of Light, of course, and getting started on Mat and Tuon, and some others, five to ten years after the Last Battle [plan for outrigger novel].
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Q: How many crescent moons are on Mat's funky new ring?
RJ: You guess.

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Q: I have heard rumors that you confirmed the identity of the Daughter of the Nine Moons as Tuon, the Seanchan Empress's second daughter. Is this true or just a rumor?
RJ: A rumor. I very seldom confirm my very own existence.

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What are the major points of evidence about the identity of the Daughter of the Nine Moons? Will see have a role in the next book?
RJ: It's possible. And I'm not going to give anybody any clues or hints -- you guys ought to know me better than that by now!
Q: Hi, Mr. Jordan. I'm rereading the Wheel of Time series over, so I can work myself up for The Path of Daggers. My question: Who is the Daughter of the Nine Moons?
A: Oh... Oh... Oh! Does the phrase RAFO seem familiar to you at all? Take heart, all will be revealed eventually! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

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« Ответ #28 : 22 Июня 2010, 23:47:18 »

 Может не очень в тему, но несколько, показавшимися любопытными, ответов(Перевод несколько корявый, поэтому заранее благодарен желающим привести в читабельный вид или поправившим смысл):
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He confirmed that the Crystal Throne is a ter'angreal (as the Big Book of Bad Art says), but that it does not require channelling.
Хрустальный Трон - терангриал, не требующий применения ЕС.
 
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Yes. But they won't use the same weaves the women use, so they will have to figure out how to do it themselves unless they can get it from one of the male Forsaken, if he happens to know it. It is an oddity that Moghedien even knew how to do this -  it's just her fascination with things that are valuable.
Тут только общий смысл - мужчины, если не получат сведений об этом от одного из Отрекшихся, знакомого с его изготовлением, могут создать квендийяр только опытным путем. Знание техпологиии изготовления квендийяра Могидин - счастливая случайность.
 
 О сулдам и айдаме:
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RJ:The a'dam can only hold sul'dam who have been sul'dam for a long time and so wearing the bracelet for a long time. Four months for example isn't enough. He said the circle helped them get to the point that's described in the book, as being on the brink of being able to channel, one foot stepped over or something.
Айдам может удерживать только тех сулдам, которые носили браслет в течении долгого времени. Четыре месяца, например, будет недостаточно. (Далее - только смысл) Это похоже на состояние вступающего в Круг - он в шаге от Источника и способности направлять.
 
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RJ:RAFO. I don't go into that kind of thing. I know where they are. I also know they are highly unreliable. None of them is going to admit that anyone is that much stronger than they are, even when you are inside their heads. Don't take everything they say as the absolute truth or unbiased observation.
Читайте и узнаете. Их свидетельства(относительно силы друг друга) очень ненадежны. Ни один из них не признает, даже в мыслях, что кто-то другой намного сильнее его. Не стоит принимать их слова за абсолютную истину или объективное мнение.
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Q: "Was the Aes Sedai who initiated the Pact of Rhuidean from the Age of Legends?".
RJ: "No. No, she was not from the Age of Legends.
АС, которых Ранд видел в Руидине, - не АС Эпохи Легенд.
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« Ответ #29 : 23 Июня 2010, 02:21:12 »

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Q: Will we ever find out why there were blue flashes when Thom fought the Myrddraal at Whitebridge while Rand and Mat fled?
A: I believe Robert Jordan said something along the lines of "Thom's knives are special.

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Q: One unsolved mystery=is Thom Elayne's real father?
A: I'm pretty sure Robert Jordan said that Thom was not her father. I wondered that myself for years.

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Q: Why was there a flash of blue when Thom fought the Myrddraal in The Eye of the World?
Maria: To quote Robert Jordan himself: RAFO.

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Q: Will Moiraine be rescued in the next book?
A: You’re assuming that Moiraine will be rescued.
Q: Will Moiraine’s rescue attempt be in the next book?
A: You’re assuming that Thom and Mat will attempt to rescue Moiraine. (I’ll tell you, he’s as bad as an Aes Sedai.)
Q: What will be the focus of the next book?
A: This book really needed to focus on Egwene and Rand, and get their stories moving. There was also a nice contrast between their arcs in this book, with Egwene’s going upwards and Rand’s downward. The next book will be much broader in scope – we need to see what’s going on with a lot of different parts of the story. There will be a lot more Mat and Perrin than in this one. I suppose you could say that if there was going to be a rescue attempt, the logic place to put it would be in a book with a lot of Mat.

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I started asking him about the two conflicting chats. The question was already sent to him, but he declined to answer it for the Q&A session. I was wondering about why he would do it, but as you might guess when reading his answer, it's because its a RAFO question.

Both answers on the chat are RIGHT!!!! He knows exactly how Thom managed to escape with only a limp and how he managed to survive that. But he might use it in the next book and doesn't want to give away anything. So we have to do it with the knowledge that both answers, although seemingly conflicting are both CORRECT.

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Q: Why was there a blue light flashing when Thom met the Fade in Whitebridge?
RJ: Because Thom's best knives are very special indeed.

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Q: You've said before that the blue flashes during the fight with the Myrddraal in Whitebridge were not from Thom's daggers. What were they from?
RJ: RAFO.

Comment: Wow... I agreed with Ruriha that I really thought we should get an answer to this. Jordan went on to explain that there are three types of ideas that are floating around in his head about the series. Things that he must include, because they are the major turning points for a character, story line, etc; Things he wants to include, because he things they give a little more in depth knowledge about a character, etc; and Things that would be nice to include. Unfortunately he says that the explanation regarding Thom's daggers falls into the last category. But, on the chance that he will get to include it, he doesn't want to give away anything. So hopefully, this means that at some point, we will revisit Whitebridge and find out some more about it, as well as what the flashes were from.

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Q: Do Myrddraal blades flash blue lightning regardless of the blades they strike? Or does it require a power wrought blade? If so, why do the two Fades fighting in the Stone make the flashes?
RJ: Myrddraal blades produce the blue lightning only when they strike their own kind of blade or a blade wrought with the One Power, not simple steel.
Q: If a Fade's blade will not produce lightning except against other Thakan'dar wrought blades, and power-wrought blades, why do Thom's daggers produce it when he attacks the Fade at Whitebridge?
RJ: Thom's daggers did not produce the effect. It was produced before Thom reached the Fade.

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Q: Is Thom Elayne's and Gawyn's real father?
RJ: No. Absolutely no. No question about it. No. No. No. Thom is exactly who he says he is.

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Q: When Fades use their swords, we often see blue flashes when the Fade blade hits another weapon. Is this an interaction between the Fade blade and a specific sort of weapon (such as other Fade blades, or Aes Sedai-forged swords), or an interaction between the Fade blade and any iron, or is it just a special effect with no special basis?
RJ: The reaction is specific. The Fade's sword striking Power-wrought metal.

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Q: Can Thom channel?
RJ: Absolutely not. I never intended anyone to think he could.

[Jordan also strongly implied that Thom was not Elayne's father. Oh, well, so much for all our beautiful net theories based on those two facts.]

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I brought up the hereditary point (i.e. Owyn) but he said just because your parents have a particular gene doesn't mean you'll receive that particular gene. Also he made a point that Owyn was Thom's nephew so therefore not necessarily very similar gene-wise. When I pressed him again on it, he said (I'm quoting) 'There is no way in hell Thom can channel.' All he offered for explanations is that Thom is a 'mysterious man.'
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