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« Ответ #60 : 11 Июня 2011, 10:25:02 »

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Tom Burke: I told him that my feeling was that the number of darkfriends in Randland were probably between 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100,000.
 RJ: 'closer to the latter, of course we see more of them because of the Ta'veren.'
 Tom Burke: I asked if there were fewer amongst the Aiel than in the great cities.
 RJ: 'Yes, of course.'...
 Tom Burke: I stated that 20 darkfriends would be a heavy investment to lose all at once.
 RJ: 'Not at all. It's very easy for me to make some more. It is their trustworthiness that is more of a problem.'

 I re-asked the question about the Shadow controlling one of the Horn or the banner, and he said that the Heros would have to follow the Horn (I think.  I don't have this on tape, so...But he didn't say anything about a rift, which was what I'd heard someone say he said before?)

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The piece in the game  could be said to still be human - those pieces that came from humans, anyway; there were other sources too == though they are about the size of moderately large chess-pieces. They retain memories, souls, personalities, but they are part of the game now, permanently slaved to the game anad part of it as surely as a cog in a clock is part of the clock. They have no personal volition, though they do have awareness. The only lives they can [can is underlines] live are being used in the game. In the Age of Legends, these games were destroyed when found; the choice for the pieces was to remain part of the game or death, since removing them from the board/field meant death in any case. the game is all one, board and playing pieces together. And that is much as I will tell you of it. I don't want to give away what I might use later on, after all.
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Q: And for fun ask whether Ogier can be Friends of the Dark.
RJ: RAFO.

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Q: How can Slayer know that Rand is his nephew?
Jordan: The Shadow knows a lot about Rand. They know a lot about Perrin and Mat too - once they began to identify possibilities, they went hyper trying to get information because anything might be part of the key to controlling him.
Q: Why was the infant Isam spared death at the hand of the Trollocs?
Jordan: Possible political use later. You've got somebody who is related to the royal family of Malkier, and you can raise him exactly the way you want...you can instill whatever belief system you want. He's a blank slate and he might be a very powerful tool.
Q: Was Isam raised by the Shadow directly, by his mother, or by someone else?
Jordan: By someone else. Read and find out.

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Q: We know of high ranking Darkfriends among the Aes Sedai and Whitecloaks. Is it safe to assume that there's one placed near each of the ta'veren as well?
RJ: Gee guys, read and find out.

Q: Did Ingtar free Padan Fain in The Great Hunt? Or was it someone else?
RJ: It was Ingtar. Didn't expect a straight answer, did you?

Q: Did we see every Darkfriend who was described at the Darkfriend meeting in The Great Hunt prologue, later in the story?
RJ: RAFO. You did know I was going to give you one of those sooner or later, didn't you?

 - Yes, Ingtar was seen at the Darkfriend Social.

 Allowed two questions at the microphone, my second question had to do with 'In the Shadow', the prologue of The Great Hunt. I asked if he had particular characters in mind for all the people that he described, and if so, had he provided clues that would allow us to figure out who those characters were. RJ's answer was that he did have some specific characters in mind for some of those people, but not for all of them. He also said that he didn't write the prologue so that it would be easy to deduce who those characters were.

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

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

 RJ confirmed that Ishamael's strange gateway at the start of The Eye of the World was due to his use of the True Power.

[Kurafire] 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. Jordan gleefully answered "Read And Find Out."

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

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Q: What is Fain?
RJ: Mordeth + person. Mordeth is a human-made evil. The black wind gets along with Mordeth because of professional courtesy. Fain is anti-Forsaken as well as anti-Rand. He has a lot of skills and abilities outside of channeling. He can not channel.

Q: In The Great Hunt, who wrote the Dark Prophecy on the dungeon wall in Fal Dara? And why, after Ingtar released Padan Fain from the dungeon, did Fain decide to go to Toman Head? We know he was rebelling against Ishamael's orders (he was supposed to follow the Myrddraal to Shayol Ghul) but why did Fain go to Cairhien and then to Toman Head?
RJ: A Myrddraal wrote the Dark Prophecy on orders, as a threat. I might want to use some of the reasons, so the rest on that is RAFO.
 Fain (now amalgamated with Mordeth) was seeking his own power base, something he would try again with Pedron Niall and Toram Riatin. He wanted enough power to be able to kill Rand, Mat and Perrin, though most especially Rand, and to protect himself against agents of the Shadow. Because of Darkfriend reports, the Myrddraal who wrote the prophecy already knew who the strangers on Toman Head were, or claimed to be: Artur Hawkwing's armies returned to reclaim the lands stolen from Hawkwing's heirs. He knew that they collared women who could channel, which appealed to Fain/Mordeth, since one disliked Aes Sedai at best and the other purely hated them. The Myrddraal didn't simply give this up to Fain, you understand. Fain is one of the few people who could successfully torture information out of one of the Eyeless. As for why he went to Cairhien first, he knew the location of the Waygate there (along with several others and how to read the guidings in the Ways, this last from Mordeth) and preferred to use the Ways rather than make the longer cross-country journey from Fal Dara to Toman Head.

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Q: What are those black threads on the male Forsaken?  
RJ: RAFO.
Q: Do all Darkfriends have the equivalent of the black threads seen in Tel'aran'rhiod attached to Ishamael and Asmodean? (I have a theory that Fades may use these threads to travel on, you could ask about that.)
RJ: No.

Q: Do the Forsaken get reports from rats and ravens?
RJ: Eventually. Not from every rat or every raven, but eventually.
Q: Is there any way to distinguish one that is the eyes and ears of the Dark One?
RJ: No.

Q: When a channeler is forcibly turned to the Dark, is his/her former personality lost to eternity? Are they in a permanent state of mindless Compulsion? Furthermore, can a channeler forcibly turned to the Dark return to the Light unaided?
RJ: They are not in a mindless state of Compulsion. Their former personality is twisted, the darker elements that everyone has to some degree elevated while what might be called the good elements are largely suppressed. I don't mean things like courage, which is useful even to villains, but they are unlikely to be very charitable, for example, and forget any altruistic impulses. Call it being turned into a mirror image of yourself in many ways. It is very unlikely that a channeler forcibly turned to the Shadow could find a way back to the Light unaided. For one reason, by virtue of the twisting he or she had undergone, it is very unlikely that he or she would have any desire to do so.

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

Q: There are many theories that attempt to create a connection of time duration to the transmigration of the dead Forsaken. Are there time and/or power constraints on the Dark One's ability to transmigrate souls?
RJ: There are definitely time constraints on the Dark One's power to transmigrate a soul. The soul doesn't have to be secured immediately - that is, the Dark One doesn't have to be ready to snatch the soul at the instant of death - but the longer that passes after the death, the less chance that the Dark One will be able to secure the soul. Someone who has been killed with balefire in actuality died before the apparent time of his or her death, and thus the window of opportunity for the Dark One to secure that soul for transmigration is gone before the Dark One can know that the soul must be secured unless the amount of balefire used is very small. Remember that the more balefire is used, the further back the target's thread is burned out of the pattern.
 After the soul is secured, then a suitable body must be acquired and stripped of the (former) owner's memory and soul to make way for the favored one. By the way, what constitutes a suitable body from the Dark One's perspective is not that of the recipient. Certainly Aginor would never have chosen to be reincarnated in his, shall we say, less than imposing body, nor would the womanizing Balthamel have chosen to be reincarnated as a beautiful woman. It was only chance that Moridin ended up in a body that is young, fairly good looking and physically imposing. Those things simply don't matter to the Dark One. But the body has to be basically healthy and sound, and neither too young nor too old. After all, the Dark One wants his servants to be effective, and a body that meets those basic requirements is more desirable than one that doesn't. Since there is no stockpile of such bodies, the only way for someone to die and immediately be reincarnated would be a matter of pure chance. That is, the death occurred when a suitable body was on hand for some other reason.
 There are a few other limits and constraints, but I won't go into them here, since I may want to use them in the books, and I would rather they come as a surprise if I do.

 - It would be possible for a Darkfriend or Forsaken to be made ta’veren, but it seems unlikely.  Ta’veren are part of the Wheel’s self-correcting mechanism.  When the Pattern seems to be drifting too quickly, and especially if it is in the wrong direction, one or more ta’veren are created.  I can’t really see how making a Darkfriend or Forsaken ta’veren would help with correcting the drift of the Pattern.

This lead to lots of discussion about swearing to the Shadow – basically, it’s a very bad idea and you forfeit some very basic protections when you do. Shaidar Haran has special power over those that swear to the Dark One, and the Forsaken in particular. I asked about Alviarin’s special mark, and he said Shaidar Haran has similar power over her. The implication is that there are lots of ramifications for swearing to the Dark One. Brandon mentioned that this makes Verin all the more remarkable.

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Aginor (whom he said after some prompting had several elements of the classic mad scientist type) was a biological scientist who never considered the consequences of his actions. Aginor would say, "I wonder what would happen if I took the Ebola virus and altered it to be an airborne virus." He'd go ahead and do just that, all without realizing he'd be creating a potentially unstoppable plague. All Aginor would reply to that was, "Hmm. Interesting." (Jordan then mentioned Aginor's creation of the Trollocs, their defects, "It was strong, big, tough to kill, and......stupid," and that it was the birth of the first Myrddraal that saved the Trollocs from being a complete failure.)
 Even back in the Age of Legends, regular, ordinary folks could do some pretty nasty things. He then cited a study about a small town of ordinary Germans in WW2 who did some pretty horrific things (I believe he was referring to the book "Hitler's Willing Executioners")

Q: Are you going to resurrect any more of the Forsaken because isn't that kind of cheating?
RJ: Read and find out. Cheating? It isn't cheating. Remember that the Dark One is called the Lord of the Grave and the part of this whole thing is that the natural order of things is believed to be cyclic. You are born, you die, you are born again. To most of the people in this world the notion of living on forever is at least queasy making and to some considered to be an abomination. They don't want to. It would be doing something unnatural. After all, the next time you might be somebody better, somebody you like better than who you are now. You might be somebody richer or more famous or more skilled, or whatever. If you live forever under this set of beliefs, if you live forever as who you are, that's who you're stuck with. And you will never manage to top it.
Q: Or a different gender?
RJ: Well it's possible, yeah.
Q: You've obviously resurrected two of the Forsaken as a different gender-
RJ: Have I? They send me FAQ's. Frequently asked questions - FAQ. Various people will do a print out and send it to me. And I have read a couple of them, not one for several years. I'll tell you, in those FAQ's, the last one I saw three or four years ago about a third of what they worked out was right and about a third of what they worked out was not right but not quite wrong, if they work on it some more... They think they've reached the end but they've not, it's like they stopped halfway. And the other third, I don't know what books they were reading.

 I asked about what happens to, and where the souls of the Forsaken go between being killed and resurrected by the Dark One, and RJ was evasive, saying that he wasn't going to go that deeply into the theology of the WoT with us (at the signing or the whole series?). All he would say is that the transition from death to resurrection is almost instantaneous.

Q: Could the Dark One have brought back Asmodean if he wanted?
RJ: No.

Q: To go back to what you were saying a few minutes ago, were you implying that you could channel the True Power without being granted immortality?
RJ: Oh yes.
Q: Aren't the Forsaken already ...
RJ: No. They're not immortal.
Q: Do they know that?
RJ: Yes, they know that.
Q: But they believe they are immortal.
RJ: No, they do not believe they are immortal, but they believe they will be. All they need to do is get the Dark One free. And they have been promised this. This is their reward for getting him free. If they manage to get him out of that prison, he will grant them immortality. And they believe this because they have seen him in the past, as he has done now, bring the dead back to life. Give the dead new bodies. Transfer souls from a dying body into a young and healthy body. They've seen him do this. So they know that can be done. So it's not as though they are believing something, somebody just walked up to you and said "I can make you immortal if you go out and do this, kill and do awful deeds". They've seen him, they have seen these incredible things done. So they have reason to believe.
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?
RJ: Well, if a Forsaken dies and is reborn naturally, through the Turning of the Wheel, no.

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.

Q: The Dark One has promised his followers immortality and power above all others on the Day of Return. In previous interviews you have said that this is within his power. My question is, will he? I mean, he doesn't seem very loyal or trustworthy to me. If (Light forbid) he breaks free, will he remember the "little people" or just destroy all the puny humans when he remakes the world in his own image?
RJ: That's the big question for the Forsaken, isn't it. Can they trust the Dark One? You're right; he isn't very trustworthy or loyal. Greed leads people to believe strange things, to excuse the most abhorrent behavior on their parts-just check out the nightly news for confirmation-and at the root, that is what motivates the Forsaken and, in truth, most Darkfriends. Greed for power, greed for immortality. That makes them believe, because they want to believe. So will he grant these things? Maybe. After all, he gains more willing followers, more eager followers, if he is seen to give rewards. But will he care whether he has any followers at all in a world where he is all-powerful? Flip a coin and check which way the wind is blowing. Maybe you can find the answer there.
Q: In Winter's Heart, you mention that back in the Age of Legends, there were several other Forsaken that the Dark One had killed because he suspected they would betray him. What's their story? Were those people ever as high ranking as the 13 survivors, or where they more like high-ranking Dreadlords then actual Forsaken?
RJ: First off, Dreadlords was the name given to men and women who could channel and sided with the Shadow in the Trolloc Wars. Yes, the women were called Dreadlords, too. They might have liked to call themselves "the Chosen," like the Forsaken, but feared to. The real Forsaken might not have appreciated it when they returned, as prophecies of the Shadow foretold would happen. Some of the Dreadlords had authority and responsibility equivalent to that of the Forsaken in the War of the Shadow, however. They ran the Shadow's side of the Trolloc Wars, though without the inherent ability to command the Myrddraal that the Forsaken possess, meaning they had to negotiate with them. Overall command at the beginning was in another's hands.
 Forsaken was the name given to Aes Sedai who went over to the Shadow in the War of the Shadow at the end of the Age of Legends, though of course, they called themselves the Chosen, and despite the tales of the "current" Age, there were many more than a few of them. Since they occupied all sorts of levels, you might say that many were equivalent to some of the lesser Dreadlords, but it would be incorrect to call them so. At the time, they were all Forsaken—or Chosen—from the greatest to the least.
 Some of those Forsaken the Dark One killed were every bit as high-ranking as the thirteen who were remembered, and who you might say constituted a large part of the Dark One's General Staff at the time of the sealing. 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.
 In large part the thirteen were remembered because they were trapped at Shayol Ghul, and so their names became part of that story, though it turned out that details of them, stories of them, survived wide-spread knowledge of the tale of the actual sealing itself. Just that they had been sealed away. Other Forsaken were left behind, so to speak, free but in a world that was rapidly sliding down the tube. The men eventually went mad and died from the same taint that killed off the other male Aes Sedai. They had no access to the Dark One's protective filters. The women died, too, though from age or in battle or from natural disasters created by insane male Aes Sedai or from diseases that could no longer be controlled because civilization itself had been destroyed and access to those who were skilled in Healing was all but gone. And soon after their deaths, their names were forgotten, except for what might possibly be discovered in some ancient manuscript fragment that survived the Breaking. A bleak story of people who deserved no better, and not worth telling in any detail.
Q: What does the Dark One view as the worst punishment he can inflict on his minions: Killing them as painfully as possible? Balefire? Mindtrap? Being continually resurrected to suffer at his hand for eternity? Something we haven't seen yet?
RJ: The Dark One doesn't care about his minions sufficiently to invest much time in their punishment except as it serves to correct their behavior or as object lesson to others, nor is there much in the way of gradation. Simple failure and outright betrayal might be punished equally, or one might result in death and the other in becoming an object lesson or in something else. (The mindtrap, by the way, could be called an object lesson only to the one so trapped; remember, none of the Forsaken know who is mindtrapped except Moridin and those who are trapped.) The decision, death or object lesson or something else, normally would be simply a matter of whether or not he believed there was any point to an object lesson and/or whether or not he felt there was really any further use in the individual. Or, for that matter, made for reasons unknowable to a human mind. Remember, the Dark One is NOT human and thinking of him in human terms just doesn't work.
 But he also operates under a constraint that did not exist in the Age of Legends. At that time, about 3% of the population could learn to channel to some extent, though not all chose to -- the training program took time, and being able to channel carried with it certain obligations that not everyone wanted to undertake -- but that still meant there were, at a minimum, hundreds of thousands of people in the world who could channel, and more likely millions. A large pool of possible recruits. Break a tool or decide it isn't working right and throw it out, because there is an endless supply of similar tools waiting on the shelf. That might be said to have been his attitude. In the here-and-now of the books, that figure is about 1%, and of that 1%, very, very few have any idea that they could learn to channel, much less have any training at all. Here-and-now, the pool of possible recruits is tiny.
 Also, while the Forsaken themselves have realized that these primitives have discovered how to do things with the Power that they themselves cannot, or perhaps can once they learn how but never dreamed of doing until they found that the weaves existed here-and-now, they still think of people in the here-and-now as primitives, and their attitudes filter through to the Dark One, who believes that his people from the age of Legends are in all practical ways better -- for which read better trained, more capable, and thus better able to serve him efficiently and effectively -- than the people of the present time. And he is right. In a way. They are certainly better trained, with a much wider knowledge, at least in some areas. Some of their skills are absolutely useless in the society they are forced to live in. Aginor was a genius in biology and genetics, but in this world, he had no way to make the tools to make the tools to make the tools…. Well, you get the idea. Pity the poor chip designer dropped into the seventeenth century.
 In any event, the Dark One tries to conserve his resources, using and reusing those he might have killed himself, or ordered killed, in a time where there were thousands to equal them.

 I see a number of posts about that, and I find them a little surprising.  Anybody out there ever read about the internal workings of the Third Reich or the reasons why the Nazis made some of their major, and often disastrous decisions?  It was a zoo.  A madhouse!  Just for an example, even in the last days, they were sidelining trains carrying desperately needed supplies to the front in order to use the engines to transport more people to the death camps!  And yet they came within a whisker or two of winning.  There are hundreds of counterfactuals — the historian’s name for alternate histories — showing how the Nazis could have won outright as late as Normandy, at least to the extent of hanging onto Germany and quite possibly France, or pulled out a tie as late as the Battle of the Bulge.  The internal workings of the Soviet Union under Lenin, Stalin (even more so) and most of their successors often made the Nazis look almost sensible, yet Stalin did manage to defeat the Nazis, though largely with the inadvertent help of the Nazis themselves.  And his successors, frequently making decisions in nearly buffoon-like fashion, came very close to pulling out a victory over the Western democracies.  Henry Kissinger actually saw his position as negotiating the best second-place position he could for the United States vis-a-vis the Soviet Union and the inevitable triumph of communism.  True fact.  You can look it up.  Both Kissinger’s feelings and the view of many intelligent people on this side of the Iron Curtain that we were fighting a losing battle are a matter of record.  I lived through a lot of that, took part in some of the skirmishing, and I’ll tell you, it was a damned close run thing.
 The Forsaken are a group of power hungry people who don’t like one another and vie with one another for power as much as they vie with the forces of the Light.  Much like the internal politicking in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.  But look at the situation in the world as it actually stands, from the White Tower divided to crop failures caused by a too-long winter and a too-long summer and people fleeing their farms because the Dragon Reborn has broken all bonds, meaning still less food, and that spoiling at a fearsome rate, from chaos in Arad Doman to a large part of the Borderland armies out of position, from the arrival of the Seanchan focusing too many eyes on them instead of the Shadow to the strongest single nation, Andor, riven by civil war in all but name and Tear split by open warfare, from….  Well, take your pick.  There are lots more to chose from.  Take a step back and look at what the forces of the Shadow have wrought.  The world and the forces of the Light are in bad shape.  At this point, boys and girls, the Shadow is winning.  There are glimmers of hope, but only glimmers, and they MUST pay off for the Light to win.  All the Shadow needs for victory is for matters to keep on as they have been going thus far and one or two of those glimmers to fade or be extinguished.  The forces of the Light are on the ropes, and they don’t even know everything the Dark One has up his sleeve.
 Think of it this way.  The bell is about to ring for the fifteenth round, and the Light is so far behind on points the only way to win is a knockout.  Our boy is game, but he’s wobbly on his legs and bleeding from cuts over his eyes.  Now he has three minutes to pull out his best stuff and deliver the punch of his life.  The Dark One has taken a few shots, but nothing that has really damaged him.  He’s still dancing on his toes and talking trash.  His head shots can fracture a skull, and his body punches can break ribs.  And now he’s ready to unveil his surprises.  You didn’t think all it would take is for Rand to show up at the Last Battle, did you?  According to the Prophecies, the Light has no chance without him, but his presence doesn’t ensure victory, just that the Light has a chance.  Gotta stiffen your legs and blink the blood out of your eyes.  Gotta suck it up and find that punch.  Three minutes to go, and you gotta find that knockout.  That’s your only chance.

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?
Jordan: 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.
Q: Okay.

Q: The question regarding the gauntleted fist clutching the three Lightning Bolts... at first he thought I was talking about the chapter icon, which he said he has no control over, but referenced something about Trollocs.  When I explained that I meant the sigil we'd seen in Tear and on Sammael's Throne and Mazrim Taim's  throne…
RJ: Oh! That...I... I'm going to have to tell you to read and find out."

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Q: Would making all Aes Sedai re-swear the Three Oaths on an Oath Rod, and then asking them, reveal if they are Black Ajah?
RJ: There are certain difficulties with this. It might answer the question but how many sisters do you think will meekly submit to being asked to do such a thing? Being asked to do it is in effect an accusation.

Q: When an Aes Sedai turns Black Ajah, does she keep her Warder?  If so, how is that accomplished?
RJ: RAFO. Of course, the easiest way is to pick a Darkfriend for a Warder.  But RAFO.

He made some comments about how a Warder of the Black Ajah might sometimes meet with "accidents" so the Black Ajah can remain secret. Alternatively, Black Ajah might intentionally bond Darkfriends.

 If an Aes Sedai becomes Black Ajah, the Warder would know instantly that something was up, but wouldn't know exactly what.  The Black Ajah has three choices, then -- hope the Warder is a Darkfriend or amenable to being one, hide the affiliation, or arrange for an accident.  Yes, this would be painful for the Aes Sedai, but it might become necessary.  The process of becoming Black Ajah is evidently quite painful in its own right and thus probably involves more than just swearing new Oaths on the Rod.

Q: Would a Gaidin be aware if his Aes Sedai was Black?
RJ: There are some ways that the Aes Sedai can fuzz, so to speak, the two way nature of the bond. After all, think about it a minute. Do you know many women who'd really like to have this guy looking over her shoulder if she was getting it on with somebody? This minute that she doesn't really want him to know what's going on, what she's doing, she can fuzz the bond to the extent that Elyas Machera has to ask whether the woman who is his... who held his bond has perished. He needs to know. He can't be sure simply by feeling because she fuzzed the bond after he ran away so he wouldn't know until she tapped him on the shoulder.

I asked him whether Delana Mosalaine had been raised to the Hall as Sitter before the Tower split or after. Karl -Johan and Jed probably recall our analysis of the Halls a month ago.
I probably pronounced the name wrong because he just looked at me.  I prompted by saying 'Delana, the Gray Sitter who we know is Black.  Siuan's old friend from novicedom.'
RJ started to say something but was trying to find the right words when I foolishly helped him out by saying 'Delana was raised at Salidar'.  He said yes and laughed.  I tried then to follow up with asking him if she was an important aspect of Siuan's pattern in the young Sitters.  RAFO was the response.

Q: Does the Black Ajah contain all Aes Sedai who are Darkfriends?
RJ: Yes.

Q: How exactly does one become a Darkfriend? How does the recruiting structure for the Black Ajah work? Being Mistress of Novices, was Merean particularly active in recruiting?
RJ: By and large, each cell of Darkfriends recruits people it thinks are likely candidates, though they need to do so very carefully, studying them, sounding them out slowly. Darkfriends are always on the lookout for new members, since they feel very much like an oppressed minority and want to increase their numbers. Once a move to recruit is made, though, either it succeeds or the failed candidate dies.
 For someone seeking actively to become a Darkfriend, generally one begins by trying to attract the attention of those who already are Darkfriends.
One fairly safe way is to let comments drop that indicate that you don't think the Light is all it's cracked up to be, that praying to the Creator seems useless etc. If this comes to the wrong ears, you might be in varying degrees of trouble depending on what country you are in and who it is that overhears, but you are unlikely to get worse than a flogging from the authorities and possibly only a stern warning to watch your talk from somebody in a tavern, perhaps accompanied by a clout on the ear. Although someone might decide to slip a knife into you in some rougher areas of some towns. It's only relatively safe. By the by, claiming not to believe in the Creator is a good way to avoid recruitment by the Darkfriends. After all, if there is no Creator, how can the Dark One be imprisoned, and if he isn't, then why hasn't he taken over and rewarded the faithful? One of the fastest ways to attract attention is to show yourself willing to kill to advance yourself or simply for gain. That doesn't mean that every strongarm who's willing to slit a throat to steal a purse is a Darkfriend. Some of those might well be horrified by the suggestion. This method has its drawbacks, of course, since if you attract the attention of the authorities first, you are very likely to end up with a noose around your neck or a trip to the headsman's block.
 In the White Tower, Black sisters watch novices and Accepted closely for any indication that they might be leaning toward the Shadow or susceptible to the promises of the Shadow. They also watch other sisters, since people do change. Not every Black sister was recruited on the day she gained the shawl nor soon after. Merean had a fine position for watching novices and Accepted, but many sisters teach. Some do little else, but others take turns at it for various periods, so Merean was not necessarily the primary recruiter during her time as Mistress of Novices, not even among those in her charge.

Q: The other big murder mystery - Ispan and Adeleas. Have you given us sufficient clues in the books that you think we should be able to figure out this one? Any hints on where to look?
RJ: No, I haven't given you enough information to solve the murders of Adeleas and Ispan, but they will be solved in  Knife of Dreams. How's that for a hint?

Q:  Ask about the three White Black Aes Sedai in Liandrin's group when there should only be two. Joiya Byir (killed at Tear) Rianna Andomeran, and Falion Bhoda.
RJ:  [Complete surprise.] "Really? Mutter mutter. Have to check that out."


- Amico Nagoyin was Yellow, and Berylla Naron Blue.

 - Katerine escaped with the help of Darkfriends.  Galina, who is much more closely watched by Wise Ones than Katerine was, would have little opportunity to use their help for an escape even if she wanted to, and she doesn’t, not until she can get her hands on that rod.  She’ll put up with anything to get that.

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Brandon Sanderson Quotes

Seeker: If Ishamael took the Horn to the Pit of Doom, and the Dark One destroyed it, what would happen?
Maria: I have no idea.

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Terez: Has Moridin/Ishamael been collecting 'angreal for 3500 years or only recently?
Brandon: I would say more than collecting - 'keeping tabs on.

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Terez: There seems to be a difference between Ishamael's big black cord and the wires which represent the protection from the taint. Is that intentional?
Brandon: I believe that it is. But that one's more like 50-50...no, I'm like 65% sure.

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Q: Is there any real difference between Forsaken, Dreadlords, Black Ajah, etc.?
Maria: I don’t think they’re all precisely the same thing.
Tamyrlin: Is Lanfear the only surviving person that is aware of how the Bore was created?
Maria: I don’t know. Mesaana or Demandred might know.

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Ishara: Did Mierin drill the Bore out of curiosity, or out of some malevolent desire?
Maria: Mierin was kind of greedy. I don’t think it was a malevolent intent, but it wasn’t all pure and nice.
Ishara: Did her drilling of the Bore remove her choice [about becoming a Darkfriend] in any way?
Maria: I don’t know.

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Matt: How did the Forsaken in charge of the gholam learn of Herid Fel?
Brandon: RAFO. (Smile)

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Stublore: On a slightly related note, the Chosen had protection from the taint, was this something unique to the Chosen (it occurs to me actually, that said protection could only have been given AFTER they were freed from the Bore, as such a precaution would have not been need before Lewis Therin sealed the Bore), or would all Darkfriends have such protection?
To answer my own question, I'd guess it was unique, else male Darkfriend channelers would have been at a huge advantage after the Breaking.
Brandon: All Darkfriends do not have such protection.
Stublore: Which makes me wonder, if such protection could not be conferred after the Breaking was it because the Dark One was imprisoned and so could have less effect on the world, or was it something that needed to be done at Shayol Ghul?
Brandon: RAFO.

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Brandon:From questions I've gotten at signings, people still seem confused by the black threads/cords sometimes attached to Forsaken.
Brandon: I thought this clear; that these were the means by which male Forsaken avoided the taint. Is there still uncertainty on this point?
Terez: RJ said in interview that they were protection from the taint but he also said at one point that...
Terez: ...they were the conduits by which the True Power could be accessed (if they had permission). [He also contradicted himself on that, apparently.]
Brandon: There may be a tad more to the cords that RJ didn't state, but I will say that one major reason is the taint protection.

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Linda: Who thought up the mindtrap? Any circumstances you can divulge…?
Harriet: I don’t remember.
Brandon: MAFO. (Maria will be getting back to me on this one.)

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Matt: We are told that the mindtrap is somehow connected to the soul. Is it possible to create ter'angreal that can hold a soul, or be tied to a soul in such a way as to capture it at death?
Brandon: Many things are possible, but are improbable.
Matt: Was such a ter'angreal created during the Age of Legends?
Brandon:
Many things are possible, but are improbable.

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Amanda: Are we going to see anything about how the Darkfriends or Forsaken take their Oaths?
Maria: RAFO

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Terez: Will we learn anything else about the Black Ajah oaths?
Brandon: I think that there is a decent chance that those could go in the encyclopedia.

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Matt: Can Slayer dreamwalk in Tel'aran'rhiod or only go there in the flesh?
Brandon: Slayer cannot dreamwalk (100% sure)
Matt: Did Slayer's employer in Winters' Heart use the True Power to weave a gateway?
Brandon: RAFO - I need to look it up, but you can tell True Power gateways if you know what to look for, wouldn't you agree Matt?
Matt:
Yes.

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Matt: Did Verin know Fain was a darkfriend, when we first met Verin?
Brandon: Not sure.
Matt: Did Verin ever work with Fain?
Brandon: No. She's been around him, but working with him is something different.

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Scott: In TOM, when Rand confronts Lord Weiramon and Lady Anaiyella, and they basically can't look at him...I was wondering, does he have like an aura of Lightness that's preventing them from looking at him, or was it possibly that Verin clued him in to the fact that they were Darkfriends in her letter?3
Brandon: More will be revealed...
Scott: We'll get some more info on that?
Brandon: You'll get some more info on things that were happening in TOM once you see from Rand's perspective in the next book.

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Q: Can people who were forced to become Darkfriends through a 13-13 circle be saved?
Brandon: He said he couldn't give an answer, but that the characters from the books would say yes.

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Felix: If the Shadow's male channelers are called Dreadlords, what are the female channelers called in the Blight?
Brandon: Right now, most are called Black Ajah. But I see what you're getting at. I've always thought of Dreadlords as gender neutral.
Brandon: I'll have to ask on that one. I honestly don't have the answer handy.

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Lira Leirner: What's the difference between a Dreadlord and Black Ajah or Darkfriend Asha'man?
Brandon: I believe that "Dreadlord" is actually a battle title, more like "general" or the like. They lead the Shadow's forces in war.

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I [asked] him if Rand has met with Sorilea since his time on Dragonmount, and he said he thinks that Rand has.
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Brandon: The EotW prologue is the series' best, but the one in TGH (the 'Darkfriend social' as fans call it) has always been a favorite too. This scene is the first one that made me start to try to figure out who was a Darkfriend and who wasn't.
Shikha Singh: There are no Ogier mentioned at the Darkfriend social. Does that mean there are no Ogier Darkfirends?
Brandon: RAFO.
( RJ said Ogier can be Darkfriends, but he didn't confirm that there are any. Some have theorized that Loial's mother is a Darkfriend because she supports the Ogier abandonment of the war to return to their home world. It would not be surprising to see some Darkfriend Ogier among those who support Covril, but it would also not be surprising to learn that there are no Ogier Darkfriends.)

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It's much discussed, but if you haven't noticed: Darkfriend social has Aes Sedai, then we learn Moiraine had been mysteriously absent. RJ was very sneaky. This sent wot fandom into huge circles of wild-goose-chasing, many thinking Moiraine was a Darkfriend.
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Terez: (Callandor) Who killed Sahra Covenry?
Brandon: Bob Kluttz made a guess at this on the Encyclopaedia [TSR17] and he was correct. [Bob noted that the most popular choice was Alviarin.]

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Terez: Who killed Barthanes?
Brandon: I'll RAFO that one, because I've answered a whole bunch.

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Terez: (herid) Did Alviarin kill Carlinya?
Brandon: I’m answering too many of these; I’m going to RAFO that one.

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Robert Jordan Quotes


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?
Jordan: 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?
Jordan: 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, it's 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).

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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 from 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?
Jordan: No, because what you are thinking of wasn't a connection. Rand only thought it was.

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Q: When a person that can channel is shielded, where is the shield placed? Is it placed around the whole body of the person or around the head of the channeler where they sense saidin/saidar? If you are shielded from the One Power, are you also shielded from the True Power? What happens if someone in a circle is shielded? Can a Warder feel that his Aes Sedai is shielded?
RJ: A shield exists both as a barrier around the entire person and as a single point along with everything in between. . (In a way, this is like the Bore, which does not actually exist as Shayol Ghul. The Bore exists everywhere, but Shayol Ghul is the place where it can best be detected. Which is not to say that there is any connection between the Bore and a shield. Both simply exist in different states simultaneously.) Someone who is shielded and trying to get past the shield can "feel" their way along its inner "surface" hunting for weaknesses, such as the points that indicate where the shield is being maintained or has been tied off. Shielding against the One Power will indeed stop someone from reaching for the True Power. It isn't possible to shield one person out of a circle since, in effect, the circle has become a single person for the purpose of channeling. You would have to shield the entire circle, which would require either a circle of your own or a pretty hefty sa'angreal. A Warder cannot feel that his Aes Sedai has been shielded, though he would be aware of any agitation on her part. But this would tell him no more than that she was agitated.
Q: We've read in the Forsaken's points of view that channeling in the Pit of Doom would have some...unpleasant...effects. Is this related to the nature of the opposition of the One Power to the True Power or is it the Dark One consciously acting against the channeler? If so, why should the Dark One care?
RJ: It is a matter of the Dark One consciously acting, though interactions between the One Power and him, the source of the True Power, can be unpredictable. The Dark One is not pleasant. He is also highly distrustful. He…dislikes…things that happen outside his control or not at his order. Call him the ur-control freak. Combine these two facts, and anyone channeling in the Pit of Doom without permission can expect swift punishment on the assumption that failure to ask permission means you intend to do something he won't like. It isn't that he believes anyone can harm him, just that he is in charge, and your failure to ask permission, your presumed intention to do something he wouldn't like, means that your faithfulness quotient has just suffered a severe downturn. Myself, I'd sell you short in a skinny minute.

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A man asked if the Dark One can resurrect anyone after death?
RJ answered that, yes, the Dark One can resurrect any soul, but probably doesn't want to bring back someone who hates him.

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Q: Since you said at an earlier signing that the Dark One couldn't have brought back Asmodean if he wanted, was that at the time of Asmodean's death, or after that?
RJ: The Dark One couldn't bring back Asmodean because of the combination of 2 factors: HOW HE DIED and WHERE HE DIED. Not one or the other, both factors.

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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?
RJ: 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: Can the Dark One be balefired?
RJ: No.
Q: What exactly is the Bore?
RJ: Well, it is at…No, I shouldn't say that. It is a thinness in the Pattern that you can feel the most at Shayol Ghul.

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Q: Is it possible for two souls to inhabit one body at the same time without the aid of the Dark One's powers?
RJ: RAFO.

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[RJ] gave a RAFO when asked whether the Dark One reincarnated people in the War of Power.
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Q: Is there any way to escape a mindtrap other than death?
RJ: To be released, you can be released from it.
Q: What would happen if the Dark One was victorious? And why can the Dark One act on the world but it seems the Creator cannot?
RJ: Read and find out.

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Balefire: If someone is balefired, the Dark One can't reincarnate them.  But they CAN be spun back out into the Pattern as normal.  Balefire is NOT the eternal death of the soul.  He also made a comment to the effect that even in the absence of balefire, there may be circumstances where the Dark One cannot bring someone back.  There was a long line, so I didn't press.
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Q: Mr. Jordan, it's fairly common knowledge that the Dark One was bound by the Creator outside of the Pattern at the moment of creation. Would it then be safe to assume, after concepts brought to light in the new release, that the world before the opening of the prison never knew true evil? If so, then was each Age before the opening of the Age of Legends different facets of some utopia? As well, without major conflict between good and evil, what caused ages to pass? Thanks.
RJ: Given that time is cyclic, you must assume that there is a time when the prison that holds the Dark One is whole and unbroken. There is a time when a hole is drilled into that prison and it is thus open to that degree. And there is a time when the opening has been patched in a makeshift manner. But following this line, the cyclic nature of time means that we have at some time in the future inevitably a whole and unbroken prison again. Unless, of course, the Dark One breaks free, in which case all bets are off -- kick over the table and run for the window.

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Q: Why doesn't somebody just balefire the Dark One?  
RJ: The quantity necessary would destroy the world.

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Q: Are there limits to the Dark One's power besides: inability to reincarnate balefired people, and his imprisonment?
RJ: Read and find out! Obviously, there are some limits or he simply would have ripped the prison open and done as he wanted to do. With an absolutely powerful character, there is no story, or at least the story goes "it shall be as I will it to be," he said, and so it was..the end. That's the whole story.

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Q: Will we be getting more glimpses into the DO prison as we go?
RJ: The prison: maybe.

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I think you’ll find this covered elsewhere, but here goes.  The evil of Shadar Logoth and the evil of the Shadow might be considered positive and negative poles.  They attract, as do the positive and negative poles of two magnets, but if they make contact, the result is more like making contact between the positive and negative poles of your car battery.  Big sparks.  Really big sparks.
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Q: About Machin Shin in the Ways: since it seems to absorb the creatures that pass through there, could you regard them as a servant of the Dark One or perhaps almost as a Forsaken?
RJ: It's not a servant of the Dark One. It will kill Trollocs or anything else. You can say it's a parasite that grew in the Ways because of the taint and the One Power that was used to initially create the Ways, and the Talisman of Growing that was used to extend the Ways.
So it's not a servant of the Dark One, but its definitely on the evil side.
Q: Would it be cleaned with the cleansing of saidin?
RJ: No. It's like a bacteria breed. Just by cleaning up the chemicals that caused the bacteria to come into existence, unless its feeding on that, those chemicals, you are not going to destroy the bacteria. You simply cut off what helped to create it.
Q: In The Great Hunt, when Rand, Mat and Perrin are trying to enter the Ways, Machin Shin is waiting there for them. It seems like Padan Fain has it waiting there for them. Is Machin Shin in any way related to the evil of Shadar Logoth?
RJ: In some ways. Machin Shin is linked, or you might say drawn, to that. It's not a matter of linked, but more attracted by, in much the same ways as I spoke about the evils being attracted to one another due to opposite polarities. (Shadar Logoth and the taint)
In the same way there is an attraction because Machin Shin was created in effect by the taint. It grew out. You can see it as a fungus that was constructed with the wrong type of  type of materials. If you think about it as that way you get a better idea about its true nature.
Q: I was wondering: how did Rand stop the taint by channeling at Shadar Logoth? Because you said the taint and the evil at Shadar Logoth are different. Also, because Shadar Logoth came well after the taint, was there any way to stop it?
RJ: No, there was no way to stop it or make it weaker (the Shadar Logoth evil). But when Rand made the conduit, they were attracted to each other due to opposite polarities, and they were attracted to each other and destroyed each other because of those differences, and it created a huge explosion.

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Q: Can you tell me something more about how the taint was cleansed?
RJ: Shadar Logoth and the taint destroyed each other. -> Taint is destroyed.

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Q: Can you give some more details on how the taint was cleansed? I was sort of confused reading the book.
RJ: You don't think it's obvious?
Err, let's see. You have.. You're using both repulsion and attraction of opposites here. Repulsion of things that are opposite and [attraction] of things that are the same. The Taint upon [saidin] as versus the conduit, which is made of saidar through which the saidin passes. The saidin and saidar, as men and women, are in many ways opposite. It repels one another. It is safe to make this conduit of saidar between saidin and Shadar Logoth, because there can be no mixing. As the eh.. as [saidin] passes through, as the taint passes through, the saidar actually repels it, pushes it away from [saidin]..., alright? Now, you have a taint on... the eh Source, the male half of the Source, you have the taint on Shadar Logoth. They're not the same, yet they are. The taint on Shadar Logoth did not come from the Dark One. The taint was created by humans, who believed that they must do whatever was necessary, anything that was necessary to defeat the Shadow. And because they would accept no limits to what they would do, to what could be done, to what needed to be done, they created their own destruction. Their evil is, or was, as great as that of the Dark One, but diametrically opposite. It is an evil created for the best of intentions, created for good intentions. So it is the opposite. So, this attraction created the conduit begins to pull the taint from [saidin] to siphon it off. Remember, it's always been described it's not at mixed all through [saidin], it is like a thin skin of rancidness, think of a thin skin of rancid oil floating on a pond, and if you get through it, you've got clean water, but you can't get through it without putting your hand in that oil. You're getting it on your hand... To attract one another because they are opposites, but because even being opposite, they have gone far enough around the circle, they act to destroy one another. You see, it's not opposites along a straight line. We're actually talking opposites along a circle. Continuing the motif of the Wheel of Time, if you will. So you've got two things that are both opposites and the same.  That will both attract one another and negate one another.
Do you understand better now?
Q: Yes, thank you.
RJ: Oh, and one last point: It's all imaginary my dear...

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Q: Does the healing of the taint reverse its previous effects? Or does the victim have to live with whatever he's gotten to that point and be grateful it won't get worse?
RJ: The second.

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Machin Shin eats the souls and memories of the people it catches.
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Q:  Why saidin, why not saidar, was tainted?
RJ:  Because there were only men in the party that made up the party that made up the Strike at Shayol Ghul, that were setting the seals.  In the act of setting the seals, there was a backblast that affected the people doing this.  As I pointed out in something…I wrote a piece called The Strike at Shayol Ghul…there was a great division at the time – I don’t know if all of you have read it…or have none of you read it?
Qs:  Yes, yes.
RJ: Okay, then you know about the political struggles that were going on, and the different plans to try and end the War of the Shadow, and seal up the….and why various groups thought that one plan or the other was the best way to go.  And in the end, what resulted was the so-called “Fatal Covenant”22 , which had the female Aes Sedai swearing not to go along with Lews Therin’s plan, that they would not support it.  The result of this was that Lews Therin carried out his plan with only male Aes Sedai, so there were only male Aes Sedai channeling there, which was a lucky thing, because if there’d been women as well, then both saidin and saidar would have been tainted.  And his plan worked, except for that one side effect of the backblast which tainted saidin and caused him and the men there with him to go mad there and then, and other male Aes Sedai to go mad slowly as they touched the Source and began to absorb bits of the taint.  But that’s why saidar was not tainted, because there were only men there channeling during this act of sealing up the Dark One’s prison.

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Saidar would have definitely been tainted had female channelers participated in the Sealing.
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Q: Is there a reason the Dark One could not or would not re-taint saidin?
RJ: The conditions would have to be exactly right. Those conditions were set up while the seals were being placed on the Bore. The chances that exactly those conditions would occur again are fairly small. And that is saying that it was a volitional act rather than a side-effect of trying to stop the seals from being placed. After all, if the Dark One could taint saidin at will, why could he not taint saidar as well, and why would he not have done so?

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- For Phil Reborn, the wind that makes Rand almost impale himself on Lan’s practice sword was one of the first bubbles of evil.  A tiny one, but still dangerous.
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Well I asked Mr. Jordan about this theory, in brief, at a book signing in Santa Cruz. I did this while getting my books autographed. He said the Forsaken are using balefire to help unravel the Pattern. That was all he'd say on it, told me the books provide enough evidence for it. At any rate I'm not sure whether or not this helps anyone's arguments as I haven't read all of them, y'all write too much.
 Now the bad news: I attended the Robert Jordan book signing here in Charlotte, NC tonight (11/4/05). While he was signing my books, I asked him if he could credit or discredit the theory that the Dark One charged Demandred with the task of wielding balefire in an attempt to weaken the Pattern, so that the Dark One may be have a better chance of victory at Tarmon Gai'don.
 He didn't quite understand my point and asked me to explain it again. When I did, alluding to the consequences of balefire, and quoting the Dark One's asking Demandred about his willingness to use balefire for the Dark One, he quickly shook his head and gave an unequivocal no.

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Q: Can a person who cannot channel the One Power, can they use the True Source of the Dark One?
RJ: No.

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Q: What about the saa?  You wrote in a chapter, that there is a black hole before Moridin's eyes.
RJ: 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
RJ: 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.
RJ: 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.
RJ: 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?
RJ: Yes.
Q: Entirely.
RJ: 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 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?
RJ: 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: -?-
RJ: Yeah, you could.
Q: -?-
RJ: Yeah, you could burn out with the True Power.
Q: Only True Power, or One Power too?
RJ: 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?
RJ: 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.
RJ: Read and find out on Asmodean. I'm not gonna tell you.
RJ: 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 ...
RJ: 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.

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Q: (paraphrased) Is the DO pure TP?  Why does the Creator ignore Randland except to talk to Rand at the end of TEotW?
RJ: No, the Dark One is not pure True Power.  Who says the Creator takes little interest in the activities of mankind? And I will neither confirm nor deny that the Creator spoke to Rand.
RJ: The taint and the True Power are both manifestations of the Dark One -- they are the same substance, but those who access it are not destroyed in the same way.

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Q: Ask how it was that Moghedien got to Shayol Ghul instantly...was it the Dark One using his twisty powers or was it a function of being all a dream?
RJ: It was a dream. Moghedien, by the way, used to be an investments councilor until the FTC got on her case.
Q:  New Dreadlords? Via True Power? What are limits of True Power? When did we see it used before?
RJ:  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:  Can you use the True Power in the stedding?
RJ:  ye....er...RAFO. 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?
RJ: RAFO. Of course, if you die, the answer is obvious.

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Q: And also is the Dark One the only source of the True Power?
RJ: Yes, the Dark One is the only source of the True Power.

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Q: Mr. Jordan, you've outdone yourself with Crown of Swords. My question concerns the True Power. How is it distinguishable from the One Power?
RJ: It's fairly self-evident from the book. What can be done with the True Power is very similar to what can be done with the One Power. Except that where the One Power is drawn from the True Source and is the force that drives the Wheel of Time and powers the universe, the so-called True Power is drawn from the Dark One. There are limits in the same ways there are limits to the One Power. It would be very long if I went into it too much, but some of those limits and costs of drawing on the Dark One are shown in CROWN OF SWORDS.
Q: Because the wheel of time contains the Dark one's prison, and the ages repeat with each revolution, then isn't humanity itself also imprisioned....unable to truly evole?
RJ: No. Улыбка
Q: Can you clarify who can tell when one is using the True Power?  
RJ: No one can tell if you're using the True Power except the Dark One, of course.

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stedding: Neither the One Power NOR the True Power will work in a stedding.  
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Q: Was the "Don't Kill Rand" order ever lifted between Lord of Chaos and Knife of Dreams, or was it always in effect?
RJ: Yes, for a short while.

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Q: (inaudible)
RJ: Yes, the Champion of the Light has gone over in the past. This is a game you have to win every time. Or rather, that you can only lose once--you can stay in if you get a draw. Think of a tournament with single elimination. If you lose once, that's it. In the past, when the Champion of the Light has gone over to the Shadow, the result has been a draw.

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Q: When Rand takes Verin and the others through a portal stone in The Great Hunt, at the end of each life he hears "I have won again Lews Therin". I thought that if the Dark One won even once the Wheel would be broken and therefore the Dragon would not be reborn again. How could the Dark One have won before to be able to say "again"?
RJ:There are degrees of victory. The Dark One can achieve victory by breaking free, but can also achieve lesser victories. Such as by stopping the Dragon Reborn from doing other things he was born to do. It isn't as simple as him being born to fight the Dark One. It's never simple.

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...Secondly, [Tarmon Gai'don] has already started but only now (book 7) are the characters beginning to realise this. Thirdly, in defeating the Dark One, the good guys can expect absolutely no help off the Creator, and no miracles will occur.
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Q: Was the Dark Prophecy in The Great Hunt (Now the Great Lord comes...) a real prophecy, or was it a taunt?
RJ: Read and find out.
Q: What do you think the chances are that perhaps by the end of the series, the Dark Lord will face Rand? Would there be an actual, awesome battle? I just liked to say, Mr. Jordan, you rock.
RJ: Well, thank you very much, I try! And as far as the other, read and find out. If I tell you guys everything up front, you're going to say, "Jeez, there's no reason to read the book, we know it already!"

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Brandon Sanderson Quotes

Stefan: So we know in The Eye of the World there was somebody who talked in capital letters like how the Dark One did. Obviously you can't tell us who it was, but will we know by the end of A Memory of Light?
Brandon: ALL CAPS VOICE IN EOTW: I know what that was about. WIll it be in the next book. Er...Rafo. Sorry.
Stefan: Will we know by the end of the series though?
Brandon: I really can't say yes or no. This is one of the things Harriet has asked me to be very quiet about.

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Matt: So, are the seals, even in their weakened state, the reason the Bore has not grown any larger?
Brandon: As far as I know, yes.

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I first asked him some questions about the influence of the Dark One at Shayol Ghul. I first tried to ask about the influence of the Dark One around Shayol Ghul in the Age of Legends, but that really went nowhere. So I just asked about the current influence at Shayol Ghul.
 The ceiling in the tunnel to the Bore is actually being lowered by the Dark One and he can actually close it. So it's not imaginary.

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Azral Hanan: Are the taint and the True Power the same?
Brandon: No, they are different.
Azral Hanan: Can Mashadar destroy True Power and True Power weaves like it destroyed the taint?
Brandon: RAFO.
Azral Hanan: If there was no Cleansing would the taint eventually run out as it's used by men who go insane & die ad infinitum?
Brandon: I don't think it'd run out. But that's a "Brandon's mostly sure, but hasn't checked the notes."
Azral Hanan: Did Mr. Jordan list out what the True Power can/not do relative to the One Power? Are there limits to both?
Brandon: RAFO. Maybe we'll put some of that in the encyclopedia. They are certainly different. Towers of Midnight has some hints.
Benjamin Moldovan: Mashadar is gone, isn't it? Would it really hurt to say whether the True Power would be affected?
Brandon: Have we ever confirmed that Mashadar is dead?

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Matt: Can the True Power be used to create a Mask of Mirrors?
Brandon: Yes.
Matt: Do True Power Masks of Mirrors have different attributes than One Power Mask of Mirrors?
Brandon: Everything done with the True Power will be slightly different.
Matt: Can you place a True Power Mask of Mirrors on another person.
Brandon: Yes.
Matt:
Would a True Power Mask of Mirrors persist into that person's dreams, how they see themselves.
Brandon: They would see who they saw themselves as (it wouldn't persist).7
Matt: Is the Bore larger or smaller than it was at the time of the Sealing?
Brandon: The same size (95% sure)

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Stublore: As regards the True Power, how come Rand was able to use it, when earlier we are told only those the Dark One allows can use it?
Brandon: Semirhage believed that the Dark One had specifically granted Rand the ability. I won't say whether that's true or not. There are other theories out there that I don't want to squelch. But one possibility—and she certainly believed it—was that Dark One, in his desire to corrupt Rand, gave him that ability.

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Terez: Does Min's comment to Corele mean that the Dark One can subvert her viewings BEFORE the Pattern is destroyed?10
Terez: Asked in reference to the viewing that Elza would serve Rand. Or did it simply not imply she would serve forever?
Brandon: Elza did serve Rand, in her own way. It did not mean forever. That was not a subverting of the viewing. (Or wasn't meant to be.)
Terez: Thanks! That's what I thought but some will still say you didn't answer the original question lol. It's Theoryland.
Brandon: Robert Jordan taught me to give Aes Sedai answers.
Terez: Fair enough.

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Brandon made some nice remarks on prophecies. Knowing we wouldn't get anything specific he was asked about some general questions. Someone asked whether the differences between the Seanchan prophecies and the Karatheon Cycle were completely intentional, or just from natural changes in telling a story for a thousand years from generation to generation. Brandon said it was a bit of both. He compared it with the story of Beowulf, how a scribe creating a new copy would change one line to make it more Christian, or to make their interpretation more clear. This combined with some influence by the Dark One and his minions makes it complicated. He added that it is not that one of the two is true and the other false. They might be on some things, on others both can be true even if it seems to be a contradiction. It's all in the interpretation of the prophecies which is a tricky business. He also remarked that the Darkfriends also have their prophecies, Foretellings and Dreamers whose predictions are just as valid as the ones from the Light. Being dark prophecies doesn't invalidate them.
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Someone asked if the Seanchan taking over the entire world would be a victory for the Light or the Dark. Brandon said it would be a victory for the Light because the Dark One would not have won. He said that the Forsaken have different visions of what a victory for the Dark would mean. Ishamael thinks it will mean the destruction of everything and the end of time whereas Graendal thinks that he will remake the world.
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Terez: Is the area of a dreamspike adjustable?
Brandon: The area it covers? Yes, it is.
Terez: Yay!
Brandon: That’s a good question.
Terez: Thank you.

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Q: Were there any consequences from Rand asking questions of the Aelfinn that touched on the Shadow (about cleansing taint and winning Tarmon Gai'don)?
Alan: Moiraine and Cadsuane thought there would be consequences, but that doesn't necessarily make it so.

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Brandon Sanderson/Team Jordan Quotes

Q: Was Moridin in his own dream when Rand visited him in TGS? If so, did he pull the boys into his own dreams in TEOTW, or did he invade and control theirs?
BS: I believe Moridin was...okay, in TGS, he was in his own dream. He at least believes he was in his own dream, and he is usually right on things like that. And in TEOTW, he...I believe it was their dreams that he was controlling. But...
Q: That's difficult to do.
BS: That's very difficult to do....so I could be wrong on that. It's easier to pull someone into your own dreams, but it's easier to influence multiple dreams from the outside. So...does that make sense?
Q: Yes.
BS: So, since he's doing it to all three of them, that makes me believe he was actually controlling their dreams. I'm pretty sure on that one, Terez. I could be wrong...but my understanding of the mechanics is that since they're all dreaming the same thing, that it's external, much as a lot of the Forsaken have been not warding their dreams through the early parts of the books, and causing people to dream lots of weird things, and share dreams. Ishamael was doing that intentionally...doing something similar. Does that make sense?
Q: Right, and it also has to do with his ability to find ta'veren.
BS: Yeah.


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Q: When Perrin and Egwene saw Rand in Tel'aran'rhiod in TDR, had he been pulled there by someone?
BS: (pause) I'm a little bit out on a limb on this one, but I don't believe he was. We have seen places where Rand manifests in Tel'aran'rhiod when he's in the real world, and this is something that happens with Rand that we haven't seen with other people...
Q: Are you talking about like when...
BS: Well, there's the Perrin sequence, for one...
Q: Right, and when Ishamael visits him in TGH...
BS: Mmmhmm.
Q: Right. Cool.
BS: So, I believe Rand has got something a little unique going on there...
Q: Oh, okay. That's interesting.
BS: ...but, I'm a little on a limb on that one.


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Q: Does one typically (emphasized in the list he was reading) have to visit Shayol Ghul to be granted permission to use the True Power?
BS: Um...(pause) Yes. I see what you're fishing for there.
Q: Well, I mean...obviously. I didn't think I would slip that one past you.
BS: Yeah.

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Q: In TOM, when Rand confronts Lord Weiramon and Lady Anaiyella, and they basically can't look at him...I was wondering, does he have like an aura of Lightness that's preventing them from looking at him, or was it possibly that Verin clued him in to the fact that they were Darkfriends in her letter?
A: More will be revealed...
Q: We'll get some more info on that?
A: You'll get some more info on things that were happening in TOM once you see from Rand's perspective in the next book.


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Q: [paraphrased] Were there any consequences from Rand asking questions of the Aelfinn that touched on the Shadow (about cleansing taint and winning Tarmon Gai'don)?
Alan: Moiraine and Cadsuane thought there would be consequences, but that doesn't necessarily make it so.


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Q: Does Moridin know that Rand drew the True Power through their connection?
BS: (Paraphrase) It's always best to assume that Moridin knows a lot more than he's revealed.


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Q: Was LTT one with the land like Rand is?
BS: "The Dragon is one with the land...so the answer is yes."

Q: (I riffed off a second related question from WotLuckers which was: Did he have the same extra abilities?) Instead I asked: Considering what you mentioned regarding LTT's ability to sense the lack of inhabitants within miles of the spot he was at in the Prologue [of TEotW], is this ability something that comes from being the Dragon, being ta'veren, or a Talent?
BS: (paraphrased) It's not a Talent, but I won't say whether it is a factor of being the Dragon or something about being ta'veren.


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Q: The second time Perrin needed to be there for Rand, did that occur on Dragonmount in T’A’R?
BS: RAFO.

Q: About the swirling colors/ta’veren experience: 

Would Perrin be able to see what Mat is doing in the Tower of Ghenjei? If I was Perrin I’d be following every move Mat makes.
 And hypothetically if Rand thinks about Mat at some moment during and after his journey in the Finn World Rand should be able to see Mat and Moraine or if before they rescue her Mat and co. in the Finn World. Is that right? I find this connection between the ta’veren so fascinating.
BS: How about this. Swirling colors don’t work in Tel’aran’rhiod. Granted that within the Tower of Ghenjei is somewhat different from Tel’aran’rhiod, but there are some similarities.


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I'm also pretty sure Rand's not a Dreamer, though he does have uncommon power over his dreams.
But he does not see specific prophecies in his dreams (other than a few debatable moments) nor enter Tel'aran'rhiod spontaneously.

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I love that RJ gave Rand such a personal, powerful internal problem at the start with questioning his relationship to Tam. Though it's easy for us to say "Of course Tam's your father, silly" this issue was deep and meaningful for Rand and served as a wonderful way to make the book about more than the action. It also foreshadows Rand's later identity crisis with Lews Therin.

WoT Easter Egg: there's an easily overlooked line in the EotW prologue which gives huge foreshadowing of things Rand can do in TofM.
The Easter egg in the prologue has to do with Lews Therin sensing the lack of people around him for miles and miles.


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Q: Interesting. In EotW, Rand uses Light & Power. Is it significant that he uses Light & Power again in ToM?
BS: Yes.


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Q: Can Rand get the most POVs in AMoL, please? (bambi eyes, clasped hands) We were severely deprived in ToM.
BS: There will be more Rand VPs in the last book, I promise. Rand's lack of VPs in TofM was intentional. Much like his lessened VP role in The Dragon Reborn, and for similar reasons.
Q: Was the lack of Rand vps in ToM intended to show his change from other characters VPs?
BS: In part. There are other reasons. But that's part of it.


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Q: Did Naeff bond Nelavaire or was it the other way around? Where did she come from – was she one of Cadsuane’s companions or one of the Toveine’s assault force?
BS: The other way around, and neither. Nelavaire is one of the 23 Aes Sedai who were captured at Dumai's Wells and later swore fealty to Rand.

Q: As regards the True Power, how come Rand was able to use it, when earlier we are told only those the Dark One allows can use it?
BS:Semirhage believed that the Dark One had specifically granted Rand the ability. I won't say whether that's true or not. There are other theories out there that I don't want to squelch. But one possibility—and she certainly believed it—was that Dark One, in his desire to corrupt Rand, gave him that ability.

Q: I was really looking forward to reading about Rand after the end of The Gathering Storm, where he changes. I want to know how much he has changed since he and Lews Therin became one. Technically, 'they were not two men, and never had been'. Just saying.  He is the main character but he is barely in this book. Why is that? And will we get to read from his point of view in A Memory of Light?
BS: You will get to read from his point of view in the last book. This was done intentionally, and it's something the Wheel of Time books have done all across the history of the series. Sometimes certain characters have to take a back seat while others' stories are being told. In this case, that happened to Rand. It was very important to me for narrative reasons that you see him externally before you see him internally.


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Someone else asked if Rand's internal state of affairs was affecting the world around him. Brandon said there are two things going on – ta'veren and the Fisher King prophecy which says the Dragon is tied directly to the land. He says it seems to Rand that more bad stuff was happening in The Gathering Storm but that this could be either just Rand's perception or what is really going on. We should remember that ta'veren is supposed to be 50/50 – an extra equal amount of good and bad going on. He would not tell us at this point whether there was really more bad stuff happening in The Gathering Storm or whether its Rand's perception as there was purposefully very few viewpoints from Rand himself in Towers of Midnight. Like the third book The Dragon Reborn, Towers of Midnight is meant to step away from Rand and view him from the viewpoints of others.

Someone also asked if Rand's ta'veren nature would affect people on the other side of an open gateway. Brandon said that the Pattern considers that Rand is where he is and not on the other side of the gateway, so he would not affect a place just by having a gateway open there and not actually being there.

I also asked if there was anything in A Memory of Light like the big unnoticed thing in Towers of Midnight that we should look for. He said there are lots of little things that come to fruition in interesting ways. I said yeah, I can't wait to see how 'his blood on the rooks of Shayol Ghul' turns out. Do you know there are some people that think Elayne will have her babies on Shayol Ghul and that will fulfill the prophecy? He said well, Elayne is like 4 months pregnant at this point... Lots of things are possible with the One Power though. In my mind, this debunks that theory somewhat.

[Julien] asked if Rand had quit smoking since we hadn't seen him smoking tabac recently. Brandon says that if he can't get Two Rivers tabac he would rather not smoke anything and Rand has been a busy guy lately. He compared it to being used to really good French wine and then having only bad American wine available, in which case Rand would rather not consume. Rather funny.

He also asked what was the riddle that the [Aelfinn and Eelfinn] told Rand that gave him the answer about how to cleanse saidin. We know their answer to how can I win the Last Battle, how can I survive the Last Battle and we know the result of Rand's third answer about cleansing the Source but we don't know what the riddle was. Brandon was not sure if he could tell us this without giving something away so he got an email and find out on this question.

Someone asked about why the clouds are clearing and whether they were clearing around the certain of the important women in the story. Brandon said that the clouds are clearing around Rand, but it has not been specified whether that's because of ta'veren, the Fisher King or another reason entirely. He said that the clouds had cleared over Aviendha in the Waste and we have not seen whether the clouds have cleared over Tuon, but Tuon is still somewhat behind the other characters at the end of Towers of Midnight. He also said the clouds have not cleared over Seandar.



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Q: Can you give us a hint on who the second woman will be in Rand’s circle? (With Callandor)
BS: Not really, but I can give you a tiny bit of information. She has already been introduced.


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Q: When the wolves were on Dragonmount who were they there to “lend strength to” Rand or Perrin?
BS: They were there for Rand. They were doing what they thought would help Rand. Keep in mind that they are wolves and are not thinking as men would when it comes to the idea of helping others.


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Rand destroyed Aginor – Brandon is 90% sure of this fact.

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I [asked] him if Rand has met with Sorilea since his time on Dragonmount, and he said he thinks that Rand has.

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Q: Was Rand's super balefire beam palace sized or a narrow beam?
BS: Not palace sized.


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Q: Why is the Dragon 'one with the Land'? Is it just due to him being ta'veren or is there more to it?
BS:More to it. More about being the Dragon than being ta'veren. Who he is.
Q: So it's more than a title or being ta'veren and Hero of the Horn? The Dragon plays its own unique role in the Pattern?
BS: Note that Prophecy says that the Dragon specifically is reborn time after time.


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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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Rand gets a new sword in chapter one. It has been confirmed by Kathana Travaeler that this is Justice through direct email correspondence with Brandon and Maria.

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Q: Were the references to Galad, both from Rand's technicolor scrying of Perrin and Tam's mention, intentionally left in place as teasers, or an accidental artifact of the book division?
BS: Intentional.

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?
BS: Part of it.


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Q: (something regarding the bruises remaining on Min's neck, and if this was a typo)
BS: No, that is correct.  Rand caused the bruises, so balefiring Semirhage would not make them go away.  Balefire only removes paradoxes caused by the direct actions of the one who is balefired. And the bracelets remained after Rand balefired [Semirhage and Elza] because they weren't really part of Semirhage or Elza.
Q: (comment regarding the thread on Dragonmount where some are arguing that by balefiring Graendal's palace, the compulsion disappeared since there'd never had been a palace in the first place, and others are arguing that it doesn't work that way, objects don't have threads).
BS: Everything has a thread, not just souls.  Even a stone in a wall has a thread in the Pattern.


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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?
BS: Yes.


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Sulin appearing with Rand's group was NOT an error.  Perrin is approximately a month behind everyone else in the timeline and will play major catchup in Towers of Midnight.

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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?
BS: You’re assuming that Rand’s channeling sickness comes from crossing the streams.

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?
BS: The reason she manages to resist is that she has a lot of willpower. Rand is just as ta’veren as ever.

Q: How about the food going bad in Bandar Eban? Was that caused by Rand being nearby with his cloud of evil?
BS: We’ve heard earlier in the books that the Dragon is one with the land, and the land is one with the Dragon. This is an old belief – many kingdoms believed that the wellness of the King was directly tied to the wellness of the land. In WoT, this is quite literally true.

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?
BS: Nobody in WoT is inherently evil, except for Shadowspawn. At the time, the Seanchan were being led by a Darkfriend.


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When asked about Rand’s new sword, Brandon acknowledged that most people assume it is Artur Hawkwing’s and that Rand had last seen it at Falme in The Great Hunt. Brandon did not outright declare this to be true, but he did agree that the logic makes sense.

Jordan was intentionally vague about the issue of Rand and Lews Therin’s one soul and what part madness played in the two identities.


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Q: Is there a Perrin wolf dream/vision that is fulfilled in the time from when Rand almost kills Tam to his epiphany at the top of Dragonmount?
BS: If you mean Perrin’s dream with the bandage over his eyes, and dressed like a beggar than yes, that dream was fulfilled by Rand’s actions from Tear to Ebou Dar to Dragonmount.


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Sanderson said Rand realized that he did not need the Choedan Kal for the Last Battle.  Brandon also said that Rand was not at a point where he needed the Choedan Kal for anything he wanted to do.  He said the sentence in a way that leads me to believe post-epiphany Rand is much stronger than pre-epiphany Rand though that is my interpretation of his sentence.

On the subject of the Choedan Kal, Brandon said that the True Power was not as strong as someone with the Choedan Kal.  Just it felt as tempting and as addictive as the One Power through the Choedan Kal.


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Robert Jordan Quotes

RJ: Rand is second only to Lan with the sword.

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RJ: Rand gets only the same benefits as he got from being bonded to one Aes Sedai.  It neither multiplies nor divides.  Each of a Green’s Warders get the same amount of benefits as the single Warder of another sister.

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RJ: The wind that makes Rand almost impale himself on Lan’s practice sword was one of the first bubbles of evil.  A tiny one, but still dangerous.

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RJ: Various people have commented on Egwene being dumb with Rand, in particular contrasting how Pevara leaped immediately to a conclusion that he was ta’veren where the same information took Egwene to possible Compulsion.  Pevara has a clean slate regarding Rand.  Insofar as Compulsion goes, to her it is a forbidden weave, suppressed so effectively among women who come to the Tower that despite the fact that many wilders have some form of it as their first weaving, by the time the White Tower is done with them many of those same women can no longer make the weave nor, in some cases, even recall how to.  How, then, does this young man come by Compulsion?  Much more possible, however unlikely, that he ista’veren.  Egwene, on the other hand, grew up with Rand.  She largely evaded the training that would have set the same thoughts regarding Compulsion in her head that Pevara has.  Whatever Egwene has learned about Rand and now knows intellectually, there is a core of her that says he is Rand al’Thor rather the Dragon Reborn, or least before being the Dragon Reborn, and if Rand were in any way ta’veren, surely she would have noticed it during their years growing up.  On the other hand, he has surprised her, and others, with abilities and knowledge of weaves, such as Traveling, that they didn’t expect.  If he is pulling strange weaves out of nowhere, who is to say that Compulsion isn’t among them?  It would certainly fit the information, after all.

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Q: What did Lanfear do to Rand at the end of The Great Hunt, when she drew the Dragon's Fang on his forehead?
RJ: She drew the Dragon Fang on his forehead. For exactly the reason you would think.


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Another guy asked about how Rand has not been in the forefront of the series for the last few books, and he asked how long RJ knew that that would happen, or if it just happened. RJ said that he knew it would happen from the beginning, because he wanted to show that the “man on the shining white horse, the man who is the only hope, he can only do what he does because of the help of ten thousand other people.” He wanted to portray that Rand has to be at the Last Battle to win, but he can’t be the ONLY one there.

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Someone asked about the house and the flies.  [The Great Hunt Ch. 10 - most people thought this was Lanfear. - Terez] He said it was a time loop trap set by Fain and if Rand had not left the house it would have repeated indefinitely till Rand died.

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Q: Was the "Don't Kill Rand" order ever lifted between Lord of Chaos and Knife of Dreams, or was it always in effect?
RJ: Yes, for a short while.

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Q: When Rand hears Lews Therin, is this happening across time, or are they both in the present?
RJ: They're both in the present.


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Q: Lately Lews Therin has been in Rand's head increasingly, and increasingly, Lews Therin has been bemoaning that he's got voices in his head.  Is Lews Therin merely a disembodied voice in Rand's head in Rand's time, or is there some kind of time-spanning link between them, and Rand is concurrently a disembodied voice in Lews Therin's head in the Age of Legends?
RJ replied, that Lews Therin is a disembodied voice that refuses to believe he is a disembodied voice.
Q: Rand has been having the dizzy spells and sick sensations when channeling, despite having cleansed saidin. Is this an lasting effect of the taint, like having built up some taint in male channelers that won't go away?
RJ: No, it's completely unrelated to the taint.


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Q: Is one of the effects of the taint to lower the boundaries between past lives or is Rand a special case?
RJ: RAFO
Q: If Galad and Rand were to fight with swords, who would win?
RJ: Well, it's not going to happen. I would say Rand would, at least until recently.


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Q: How can Slayer know that Rand is his nephew?
RJ: The Shadow knows a lot about Rand. They know a lot about Perrin and Mat too - once they began to identify possibilities, they went hyper trying to get information because anything might be part of the key to controlling him.


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Q: I have a question about the Nine Rods of Dominion. We have a couple of references to this, and Ishamael says that Lews Therin summoned the Nine Rods of Dominion, and theories have been floating around. Are the Oath Rods not the Nine Rods of Dominion?
RJ: They were not the Oath Rods.
Q: Well are they positions of power? Were they people, or were they actual rods?
RJ: They were actual people, and they were, but you might call them regional governors of the earth, regional governors of the planet. So if I say, summon them, then we've got a guy who has been given in effect ultimate power.


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Q: I was wondering, can you talk about how your lead character would have not one but three true loves, and how does your wife feel about that?
RJ: Um, when I was much younger, before I met Harriet, I had two girlfriends simultaneously, who arranged my dating schedule between them, who was going to date me on which night. They chipped in together to buy me birthday presents, Christmas presents. You know, they just sort of shared me between them, you know. And they had been friends before, and I am not quite sure whether or not they made the decision they were both going to date me or not, on their own, before they first met me, it just came about. But I figured if I could manage two, surely Rand could manage three. Besides there are mythological reasons to have these three women involved with him. As far as my view on this, with Harriet, I have many more than three women, there are so many facets to her personality she quite often makes me dizzy, I am quite satisfied there. About how she feels about this, I suspect you want her answer, I seem to remember her saying to me, you do remember this is fantasy right? And I think it was an accident she was holding a carving knife to me throat, just coincidence, but I am not sure.
Harriet: In four short words, I am not for it. Four and a half words.


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Q: The relationship between Rand and his adopted father, I enjoyed it very much in the first book. And I wondered if it was a deliberate choice to keep them separated over most of the series so far?
RJ: Yes, a deliberate choice, yes.

Q: Are we going to see a full version of the prophecies of the Dragon in the encyclopedia?
RJ: No, the prophecies would be a volume in themselves, and I don't think I am going to go into that. I will admit I have not written out a complete set of the prophecies. I have the prophecies written out that I needed, but not the others.

Q: Before it became public knowledge that Rand was the Dragon Reborn, did Tam al'Thor know or suspect that Rand was the Dragon Reborn or could channel?
RJ: No, Tam had no inkling of this.


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Q: Was Ilyena Aes Sedai?
RJ: Yes
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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?
RJ: 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: Did the Creator talk to Rand at the end of The Eye of The World?
RJ: RAFO.

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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?
RJ: No, he was not. Even those who lie sometimes tell the truth when it serves their purposes.


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Q: Was Rand and Ishamael physically in the sky at Falme?
RJ: No, but they could be seen there, like a mirage. They could be seen in other places as well [other false Dragons' falls]. He didn't say where they were, T'A'R or some other plane.


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Rand has no direct connection with the Creator. The Creator is completely removed from the world; aside from ... creating ... the Pattern, he does nothing else whatsoever to influence anything.

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Q: When Rand went to see the rebels in A Crown of Swords, and Fain was there, why didn't Rand just waste him and gate out of there?
RJ: When Rand visits the rebels, he has a specific goal in mind. He's just been to see the Sea Folk, and things have gone his way there, so he's going to see what the Dragon Reborn can do about the rebels. Killing an advisor and Traveling away is not going to help him accomplish his goals. He's not a fool.

Q: (inaudible)
RJ: Yes, the Champion of the Light has gone over in the past. This is a game you have to win every time. Or rather, that you can only lose once--you can stay in if you get a draw. Think of a tournament with single elimination. If you lose once, that's it. In the past, when the Champion of the Light has gone over to the Shadow, the result has been a draw.


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Q: Is Rand al'Thor meant to be a Jesus figure?
RJ: Um, if you consider King Arthur to be a Jesus figure--the king who must die.


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Q: If Rand is the reincarnation of Lews Therin, why does he have no contact with personalities before Lews Therin?
RJ: Read and Find Out.


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Q: The question is, with Rand and Lews Therin, do they have one soul or two souls in the body?
RJ: They have one soul with two personalities. The reincarnation of souls does not mean reincarnation of personalities. The personality develops with each reincarnation of the soul. This is the cosmology that I [cobbled] together.

Q: How did Taim track Rand down for the battle of Dumai’s Wells?
RJ: That ones easy, son! C’mon. At that point, Taim was trying to find him like the devil. He knew pretty much what had happened from the beginning. Things were happening. The Aes Sedai disappeared from Cairhien. Perrin disappeared. Rand disappeared. Taim had an idea that something very bad was going on, and when you can Travel it becomes easier to start tracking out where did these Aes Sedai go and Bingo, we got something very bad going on down here, and I’m gonna come and tear the house down. It’s very easy.


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Q: What advice would you give Rand concerning his relationship with Aviendha, Min, and Elayne?
RJ: Step very carefully. It’s hard enough for a man to deal with one woman at a time, since we aren’t really equipped mentally to keep up without a lot of effort.  A man could get trampled very easily trying to keep up with three, not least because they have their own relationship with one another, and no matter what he does, he will not ever in a million years be able to understand that, or be able to avoid cutting his own throat on it.  Luckily for him, I do, and I can.  For him, anyway.


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Q: How did Bashere approach Rand without being announced the first time?
RJ: Matters were a bit confused at the time. It was just coincidence.

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Q: When/if Rand manages to remove the taint placed on saidin, are the people infected with it cured? Or does their condition remain the way it is?
RJ: When/if the taint is removed from saidin further ill effects are stopped but what has already occurred remains.

Q: Why do Rand, Mat and Perrin see colors when they think of each other?
RJ: The acronym is RAFO - read and find out

Q: How come the first character you came up with isn't a 30-year-old Rand anymore? When did this change?
RJ: The first character I came up was not a 30-year-old Rand, it was that the first version of Rand was a 30-year-old man. I changed that because I wanted the character of Rand to find everything beyond his village to be strange and new.

Q: Are there any dragons (like real dragons (=animals)) in Rand's world? If not where did they get the idea of dragons?
RJ: There are no animal dragons of any kind in this world. The people speak of a man called the Dragon. They know that the banner that has a certain creature on it was the banner of this man and they have taken to calling this creature the dragon. To them it is a simple association with the name of this man.


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Q: When Rand takes Verin and the others through a portal stone in The Great Hunt, at the end of each life he hears "I have won again Lews Therin". I thought that if the Dark One won even once the Wheel would be broken and therefore the Dragon would not be reborn again. How could the Dark One have won before to be able to say "again"?
RJ: There are degrees of victory. The Dark One can achieve victory by breaking free, but can also achieve lesser victories. Such as by stopping the Dragon Reborn from doing other things he was born to do. It isn't as simple as him being born to fight the Dark One. It's never simple.


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Q: Did you draw on folklore and mythologies for your books? Specifically, Mat as a parallel to Odin, with his spear that has Thought and Memory on it (Odin's ravens) and the distinct possibility that he's gonna lose an eye sometime soon?
RJ: I've tried to reverse engineer myths and legends as if this was a game of whispers. By the time the whispers travels around the room it changes. The legends of the world today are what the last child said. I'm trying to remember what was on the original paper. Yes, Odin...Yes, Rand has Arthur in him. But the stories have changed so the legends are ultimately not at all alike.


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Q: Out of all the 'evil' characters you've created in the 8, now 9 books of the Wheel of Time series, which character is the most dangerous to Rand?
RJ: Hmmm. Actually, I think the most dangerous character to Rand is Rand -- but among the others, each of them has their own particular danger toward Rand.


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Q: How did the 100 Companions link to make the seals on the DO's prison?
RJ:... they did not do it linked. They worked together individually, which made it more difficult, and that is part of the reason the seals have weakened so quickly. I never meant to imply linking. It is possible for large numbers to do a large project without linking, although it is more easily done in a circle.


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Q: In Lord of Chaos when Elenia told Rand that Morgase and Tigraine weren't cousins, Rand felt really relieved. Was it because he thought there was something wrong having a relationship with his second cousin?
RJ: Well he's not sure exactly how close his relationship to Elayne might be, how close his blood relationship might be. That's what he wanted to find out. He's in love with her and he'd really like to get it on with her but on the other end, he thinks he's gotta stay away from her to keep her safe. And on top of that, if she comes to stay, and god he might be related to her, and you know, how close is he? What is the relationship? He doesn't know. For all he knows there might be some way that he's as good as her brother. He's gotta find out. But he's gotta find out without letting anybody know why he wants to find out or even really that he is trying to find out.


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Q: Did you create Rand, Matt, and Perrin one at a time or all together?
RJ: One at a time...in fact, when I first started thinking of what would turn into The Wheel of Time, Rand and his foster father were one character. Not a 50-ish man and his teenage foster son. But a man in his 30's who had run away from a quiet country village seeking adventure, had become a soldier, and now after 20 years of that, world weary and tired. Who has come home to his pastoral village seeking peace and quiet, only to find that the world and prophecy are hard on his heels. You can see that that's a much different character that what I ended up with when I started writing. I may actually use *him* someday.

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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In The Dragon Reborn, when Rand encountered the lady merchant and her soldiers and slaughtered the whole bunch, did he have a good reason for doing so?  Were they all really Darkfriends?  Was that eleventh man really a Grey Man, or did Rand just count wrong? He said that it's not supposed to be clear to the reader exactly what is going on. What is supposed to be clear is that there was definitely a Grey Man in the party.  But whether or not Rand knew that before he lopped off their heads, we're not supposed to know.  It's supposed to be unclear whether Rand is just very observant, or whether he's on the brink of madness.

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Q: Is [the Dragon] soul born in any other Age, or only at the advent and (theoretically, of course) the closing of the Third Age, as the Dragon/the Dragon Reborn?
RJ: This soul is one of the Heroes, and bound to the Wheel, spun out as the Pattern wills.  "It" is born in other Ages, but in a non-Dragon incarnation, to suit the pattern of that Age.  In the course of this answer, he related this to why Hawkwing calls Rand "Lews Therin" at Falme--because Hawkwing recognizes this soul.  This didn't really tell me why he specifically calls him "Lews Therin", but apparently they've been hangin' together in Tel'aran'rhiod and the etiquette there is to call each other by the name of your last incarnation.  (My interpretation.)

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.  (I'm not certain if this is the exact word he used.  It may have been "schism" or "breach," but it was definitely a word expressing the concept of a forced opening/rupture.)


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Q: Why has Rand not made any attempt to reach or communicate with Tam? Is he trying to remain isolated from his former life?
RJ: Remember that Rand believes that the more interest he shows in his family, and in any of the people of the Two Rivers, the more he makes them a target. If his enemies believe that they hurt Rand by hurting Tam or hurting the Two Rivers, then they will, so Rand has set himself on a course of pretending to have forgotten his past. Pretending to have grown beyond his rude country beginnings. He thinks he has to make his enemies believe that the Two Rivers no longer mean anything to him. And the same for Tam.


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Q: How much do you feel you drew from the Bible in creating the Dragon chararcter. Ie, Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt as opposed to Rand leading the Aiel from the Waste?
RJ: I drew from everything that I have read in the past 40 odd years, including the Bible. It's very hard for me to say—in most cases—exactly what the sources were in any particular instance.


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Q: How much of Jesus Christ is there in Rand? We have the wounded palms, side wound, crown of swords...How representational of Jesus is Rand?
RJ: Rand has some elements of Jesus Christ, yes. But he is intended more to be a general "Messiah figure." An archetype such as Arthur, rather than a manifestation of Jesus Christ in any way.


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RJ  vividly described an experience he had in Vietnam where he killed a female VC [Viet Cong].  He said he simply spotted a figure holding a weapon and fired on it, then "acquired the next target."  He then realized that he had killed a woman--the first (and I believe only) time he's done that. This provides an obvious basis for Rand's "Achilles' heel."

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Q: Rand recovered very quickly from his dual Healing.. is this because of the way men Heal or because of the Warder bond.. or both? 
RJ: Partly the Warder bond and partly the kind of Healing that was used on him. It should be obvious that Damer Flinn has discovered the same method of Healing that Nynaeve uses and of course, he still is not completely Healed, remember.

 
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The Aes Sedai who beat Rand in Lord of Chaos did not necessarily violate the Three Oaths. Jordan explained that the Three Oaths are bound by literal intent and perception. He said that the Aes Sedai could have considered the beatings a just punishment rather than the use of a weapon. He also suggested that not everything that harms you need be considered a weapon. I think he gave the example of a whip used lightly not considered a weapon, versus a whip used to flay skin being considered a weapon. On the subject of the First Oath ("to speak no word that is untrue"), Jordan said that Aes Sedai can say something they believe to be true or something they don't mean literally. As an example of the latter, an Aes Sedai can employ hyperbole and say something like, "I'm going to tie yours ears over your head," when she means to do no such thing.

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Tam "knows" that Rand is the Dragon Reborn. Jordan said that Tam has all the clues he needs to figure out that Rand is the Dragon Reborn. Whether or not Tam will admit it to himself is another matter. Jordan said that Tam merely finding Rand as a baby on the slopes of Dragonmount wasn't enough of a clue -- even if Tam were familiar with that prophecy then, few people think about those things or expect them to happen literally to them -- but that, plus the fact that Rand has disappeared off with Aes Sedai who say he's important, and the fact that the world is going crazy, should give Tam enough information to make the conclusion.

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Q:....Rand's looking into the face of one of the maidens after she has died protecting him from an attack. Memorizing her face and name because he has vowed to memorize the face and name of all the maidens who had sworn to give their lives to protect him. Let's talk about that scene in particular, I'm curious about it. You had two tours in Vietnam, you've had military experience, you're a graduate of the Citadel. Does something like that particularly come out of the people you've met in the military and the kinds of personalities you met in the military, do you draw any of that kind of thing from that?
RJ: Some of it. I suppose, actually, that particular thing came from the only time I was really shaken in combat in shooting at somebody, or shooting AT somebody. I had to, uh, I was shooting back at some people on a sampan and a woman came out and pulled up an AK-47, and I didn't hesitate about shooting her. But that stuck with me. I was raised in a very old-fashioned sort of way. You don't hurt women -- you don't DO that. That's the one thing that stuck with me for a long, long time.


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Q: Did you deliberately make Rand like Tew/Chew, the god of war who loses his hand?
RJ: Yes.
Q: And Mat is like Odin who loses his eye...?
RJ: Yup...but the Arthur parallels are spread around many characters. Merlin is Thom Merrilin, The Amyrlin Seat, Lan, etc...


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Lanfear holding back and doing good for Rand's sake? Ha! She was psychically fixed on possessing a man who never loved her. Even with that, her desire for Rand was as much a desire for power as for him. To be the one to deliver the Dragon Reborn to the service of the Shadow; that would set her above the other Forsaken. And learning that the access ter'angreal for the two huge sa'angreal were still in existence....Sure, she wanted his love--not least because it had been denied her; Lanfear was a woman who claimed a right to anything she wanted--wanted his devotion, but even more than his body, Lanfear wanted power, the power possibly to replace the Dark One, even to replace the Creator. For Rand's sake? Not a chance.

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He raised the point that Rand's creeping insanity may manifest in much more subtle ways than the people of Randland expect, which leads one to wonder about Rand's increasing withdrawal and possible megalomania.

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RJ: Female Dragon...NO when a female Hero is needed she is one of the ones bound to the Wheel. Jordan also said that a soul ready to be reborn cannot change gender, therefore the Dragon is ALWAYS male.

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« Ответ #63 : 04 Октября 2011, 19:05:21 »

Айз Седай, Стражи, Белая Башня

I asked about the Black Ajah hunters, because I felt like there was so much built up and not everything was dealt with, so I asked if for example there weren't that many notes on it. But it was; most of those Egwene parts were RJ's. So I guess it didn't go like I expected.
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Q: (sleepinghour) Is the weave used in the shawl testing a form of Compulsion?
A: They’re definitely cousins. Whether they would consider it a form of Compulsion…to them, Compulsion is complete evil, so they will not view it at all like that...
Q: Yeah, I thought that might be part of what Verin used to cobble together her own Compulsion weave.
A: Yeah. They’re definitely cousins.
Q: (sleepinghour) Do you know what the original use for the testing ter'angreal was?
A: The notes do. I don’t have it off the top of my head.
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Q: (herid) Did Alviarin kill Carlinya?
A: I’m answering too many of these; I’m going to RAFO that one.  1[ I think this was asked because someone theorized that Alviarin's mark explained the viewing Min had of a drawing of a raven for Carlinya.]
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Q: Will we learn anything else about the Black Ajah oaths?
A: I think that there is a decent chance that those could go in the encyclopedia.

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Q: (Callandor) Who killed Sahra Covenry?
A: Bob Kluttz made a guess at this on the Encyclopaedia [TSR17] and he was correct. [Bob noted that the most popular choice was Alviarin.]

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Q: (Callandor) Who ordered the attack on Demira Eriff in LOC?
A: I'm going to RAFO that one.
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Q: (Callandor) What happened to the twelve Aes Sedai Siuan sent to recapture Taim? Their troops?
A: That's a great question. RAFO. That's a good question to be asking, though.
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Q: Did Naeff bond Nelavaire or was it the other way around? Where did she come from – was she one of Cadsuane’s companions or one of the Toveine’s assault force?
A: The other way around, and neither. Nelavaire is one of the 23 Aes Sedai who were captured at Dumai's Wells and later swore fealty to Rand.

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Q: I was just wondering, was there a reason Egwene let Tiana go and chose a new Mistress of Novices?
A: There were several reasons. One, however, is that she wasn't doing a particularly good job.
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Q: Any clue you can give us on who sent the Gray Man to kill Egwene and Nynaeve in TDR? I've always wondered about that.
A: I'll get you an answer to that someday.
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Q: How could Verin write that note if she hadn't taken poison yet?
A: An excellent question, one I'm surprised I haven't seen talked about yet. (Though I'm sure it has been.) Basically, it's for the same reason that an Aes Sedai can kill if she puts herself into a situation where she's in danger. It involves mental gymnastics and lots of requirements. In the end, she put so many on that the note didn't get read.

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Q: Carlinya Sedai died in ToM. So what did Min's vision of her from TFoH mean?
A: RAFO.
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Q: Who is the First Selector of the Blue Ajah? (and if that gets RAFO'd) Have we seen her on screen or her name mentioned?
A: The glossary in the back of Towers of Midnight says, "The First Selector is currently unknown, although it is suspected that Lelaine Akashi fills this position." That suspicion is correct.

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Q: Can Moiraine's loss of Power be Healed?
A: RAFO.

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Q: When the books say that the Blue Ajah throw themselves into Causes, does this mean the Ajah as a whole picks a Cause, or the individual members pick their own causes?
A: Individual members pick their own causes.

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I have been thinking about the Aes Sedai first Oath on the oath road "Speak no word that is not true"...
Q: How do they get around that oath when telling others a different name; Moraine=Mistress Alys? Has anyone done a theory or a blog on the use of names and the oaths?
Terez: They say 'you may call me Mistress Alys'. It's not a lie unless she says 'My name is...' which she doesn't.
Q: I am trying to remember if they are all that way which is why I brought it up.
A: I don't know. If you really name yourself that, then you might be able to say it. Depends on internal rationalization. It's easy to say "I'm called Alys" because she is. You can even say "My name is Alys" if you have named yourself that. Otherwise, a Sister could never go by a nickname, a different name than she'd chosen for herself, etc.
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Q: Pillow Friends = Friends brought together by an interest in the various types of pillows that exist. Right Brandon?
A: Ha. I'll say that's something I missed on my first few reads.
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Q: Where is Bela now?
A: in the White Tower Stable.
H: Communing with the Dark One!
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Q: Is Nicola really gone for good?
A: Nicola is dead.

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I asked Brandon how, now that Mesaana is braindead and all, she got around the Oath Rod. He told me that one of the three ways the Aes Sedai had surmised was correct.
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Carlinya's death, specifically whether that was a mistake. I had assumed that it was, because Min's viewing regarding her hasn't, to my knowledge, come to pass. (That viewing being the one of ravens, drawings of them, settling on her shoulders.)2 – ( Kamarile appears to have mixed this viewing with a dream that Egwene had of Mat. The viewing of Carlinya was 'an image of a raven floating beside her dark hair; more a drawing of the bird than the bird itself. She thought it was a tattoo, but she did not know its meaning.' One possibility is that it simply meant she would be killed by a Darkfriend. It might have something to do with the mark of the raven that the boys received in TEOTW. Most assumed it meant that she would be made property of the Empress, which would mean she'd have to be tattooed with ravens, so of course that made sense. Egwene's dream of Mat was 'Mat spoke words she almost understood - the Old Tongue, she thought - and two ravens alighted on his shoulders, claws sinking through his coat into the flesh beneath'. Most think that refers to his marriage to Tuon, but there is still a chance he'll get ravens on his shoulders to complete the pirate look. (Does pirates have tattoos? It doesn't matter; Mat totally should.)
 According to him, that was NOT a mistake, and that that viewing doesn't necessarily mean what most people take it to mean.
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Q: Is there a distance to pain sensitivity with the Warder bond?3 In essence, would I still know my Aes Sedai was being tortured or would it just be a dull pain if I was at a great distance?
A: Yes, distance does matter. But no, you would know that she was being tortured, even at a great distance.
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Q: How does the Oath Rod work? Does it accelerate the aging irreversibly, or add years that you get back upon Oath removal?
A: A good question that people in world don't know the answer to yet, and only time will tell.
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Q: Are there actually Warders and Aes Sedai guarding the Blight at all times? Or is that another TEOTWism?
A: Well, there are Aes Sedai and Warders staying with most Borderlander monarchs. I would say that yes, they are up there guarding. There are a disproportionate number, it seems, at times. Morgase had one Aes Sedai, as did Berelain, to give advice. Borderlanders often have more.

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Q: I'm curious, how did Elyas escape Tar Valon and Blacks in the Red Ajah? Did Ila, Raen, Luca help him? Laras?
A: Going to have to RAFO anything about Elyas.

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Q: Did you consult Maria before deciding Egwene shall attempt to fall fleeing raken? Would she be able to do so Bounded? I was asking if you think she could have done the same now, after taking the Oaths (and whether you asked Maria to weigh in).
A: We did talk about this. I think it's iffy. Depends on Egwene's mindset. I don't think most Aes Sedai could have done it. In fact, it's good her circles was with those who hadn't taken the Oaths yet...
Q: I think Yoniy0 meant 'would Egwene be able to kill (fell) fleeing to'raken were she bound by the Oaths?'
A: I don't know that she would have been able to. Depends. The Oaths depend on how you view what you're doing. Elaida got around them (or to the side of them) by convincing herself Egwene was a Darkfriend.
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Q:  In Knife of Dreams Ch. 23, 'Call to a Sitting', Tiana notes that many of the women who are strong in Nynaeve’s method of Healing used to be village Wise Women. She wonders why that should make any difference, and indeed it does seem to imply that their life experience in some way affected their degree of Talent. How would this work out under the understanding of Talent as a soul ability? Does life experience change the strength of the Talent, whilst soul ability decides if you have it? Or should we make a distinction between Talents which are skills—like Healing, or that Shielding Talent Berowin of the Kin has—and Talents which are abilities—like Foretelling, Wolfbrothering or Dreaming?
M: Okay, let’s look at this.  Why did these women choose to be village Wise Women?  Maybe they haven’t sparked, but the Talent is there.  They may not understand it, but they feel that they should be healing the sick.  So, instead of life experience affecting the Talent, I think that it’s more that the Talent affects the life experience. Also, Aes Sedai have been taught that Healing is done one way, and that way is the only proper way.  It’s sort of like the gesture limitation; if an Aes Sedai learns to make weaves using gestures, she’ll have a really hard time making the weave without making the gesture.  I think that the former Wise Women are more open to learning the new way, and that gives them another advantage at it.
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Q:  In Lord of Chaos Ch. 30, 'To Heal Again': Siuan, after being Healed, says to Nynaeve that ‘if she could Heal her to half of what she was’ she would be better off. This has led to the perception that Siuan and Leane are less than half their original strength. Yet in Crossroads of Twilight Ch. 19, 'Surprises', we find out that both women stand several steps above the Aes Sedai minimum strength. This seems problematic—the range of Aes Sedai strength does not appear to be so great as to allow for this. So the question is, did Siuan and Leane in fact lose such a large amount of strength as they appear to have?
M: Yes, they did lose a large amount of strength.  The range of strength is greater than you think, I believe.  At the beginning, Siuan was near the top (and Leane close behind); if she were half the strength she used to be, she’d be in the middle. Instead, she’s somewhere in the lower half, but not absolute rock bottom, nor nearly as low as Daigian Moseneillin.
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Q: When were the Oaths implemented? Were they all done at the same time? If not, when were each put in place?
M: From the Big Book of Bad Art: “These oaths were not always required, but various events before and since the Breaking caused them to be necessary. The second oath was the first adopted after the War of the Shadow.”
And according to Sheriam, "Once, Aes Sedai were not required to swear oaths. It was known what Aes Sedai were and what they stood for, and there was no need for more. Many of us wish it were so still. But the Wheel turns, and the times change. That we swear these oaths, that we are known to be bound, allows the nations to deal with us without fearing that we will throw up our own power, the One Power, against them. Between the Trolloc Wars and the War of the Hundred Years we made these choices, and because of them the White Tower still stands, and we can still do what we can against the Shadow."
So we have the second oath was adopted first, and the other two added between the Trolloc Wars and the War of a Hundred Years (if we believe Sheriam, anyway, and I can see no reason for a lie on this one).
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Q: The wording of the Third Oath: RAFO, or error? (Egwene et al. say 'except against Darkfriends and Shadowspawn', while Moiraine et al. only mention Shadowspawn) And, if error, which is the correct wording?
A: Brandon said he had to make sure he got the wording right for the Oaths, so he went back and copied it word for word from the previous books. Maria was the one that changed it saying RJ decided that Darkfriends should have always been included in the Oaths.
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My first question pertained to whether there was a mistake in the text when Joline is negotiating horse counts with Mat - did she overlook her Warders? Brandon looked surprised and said that if indeed the text didn't account for them that it was a mistake as Joline would not have forgotten them.
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Q:  Will Elaida be able to withhold traveling from the Seanchan?
A:  I will say that is going to be an onscreen RAFO. Let me ask you this: Do any of you believe Elaida has the will to resist the a'dam?
We all said 'no' right away, he gave us a smirk and shrugged his arms. Now although that wasn't a definitive statement, done with his body language it damn near locked it up.
Direct quote from Brandon, via Twitter and Facebook 17 November 2009
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Q: Was the Warder bond originally created to control male channelers?
A: RAFO.

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Q: Rand is bonded to four people. If one of them was to die, what would be the effect on him?  [Something about the 'Warder rage' not being as bad because of the multiple bonds.]
A: We know that immediate bonding to someone else helps with the ‘Warder rage’; it doesn’t completely get rid of it. I would say that your instincts are right, that it would help. I don’t think that it would negate everything.

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Q: Do the Forsaken consider themselves Darkfriends?
A: Oooh, you are tricky! I know what you’re doing. I would say that, in general, yes they do consider themselves Darkfriends, though there are ways somebody would be able to get around that. I would say, yes, that that is not the sort of mental gymnastics that . . . it is very easy to convince yourself that you are not a Darkfriend.

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Q: Please tell me all you can about the potential novella [rumor of Brandon publishing a novella on Pevara's story on his website] that fills in holes? What holes? Who? Where will it be published if written? Is this material that you really wanted to include in Towers of Midnight or The Gathering Storm but just couldn’t fit in? How does this match up with your feeling about not writing other stuff in the WoT world?
A: There are about 50,000 words of secondary plots that Sanderson wants to include in Towers of Midnight. He’s just not sure all of it will get into the book. If something gets cut, he’d like to get to his fans on his website.
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Someone asked about Merilille – the Aes Sedai in Caemlyn who ran away with a Sea Folk apprentice [Talaan]. It was implied that this may be a thread that goes unresolved.
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Q: Tell me what you can about Laras’ backstory. Is she an agent of the Kin?
A: Basically RAFO. Laras is in New Spring.
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This led to a fair amount of discussion about backstories – he doesn’t want to spoil something that could be revealed. So, I followed up with something like ‘presumably, if the prequels are written, we’ll learn more of Laras’. Brandon said yes, presumably.
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Q: You mention that Shaidar Haran has quite a few limitations on his power. Can you give us a few concrete examples of these limitations?
A: Shaidar Haran needs a minion to most of his work for him. Elza was essential to Shaidar Haran in getting things done.

 This lead to lots of discussion about swearing to the Shadow – basically, it’s a very bad idea and you forfeit some very basic protections when you do. Shaidar Haran has special power over those that swear to the Dark One, and the Forsaken in particular. I asked about Alviarin’s special mark, and he said Shaidar Haran has similar power over her. The implication is that there are lots of ramifications for swearing to the Dark One. Brandon mentioned that this makes Verin all the more remarkable.

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Q: Whatever happened to the kidnapped King of Illian – Mattin Stepaneos?
A: He’s still in the White Tower. Brandon thought about mentioning him a few times, but it just didn’t work out. It was implied that we’ll see further mention of this in Towers of Midnight.

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Q: Did Verin have anything to do with the attack on Demira Sedai in Caemlyn?
A: RAFO+. Even though Verin's gone now, so much Verin discussion remains that it shouldn't be disturbed. (He took several seconds deciding to RAFO, if that means anything)
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Q: Will Elaida ever learn how badly she has misinterpreted her Foretellings?
A: RAFO+ (He smiled at this one, almost wanting to answer, and later reminded us that there are possible future outrigger stories, which he dared not spoil.)
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Q: Was the Compulsion which Elza told Semirhage about, Verin's work from after Dumai's Wells, and was it Shaidar Haran who told her about it and to ask Semirhage to remove it?
A: Yes.

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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.

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Q: Some commenters (AMW) have noted a seeming discrepancy regarding Egwene's accounting for captured, missing, dead, and present sisters. Is this true, and can it be explained?
A: RAFO.

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When asked if the Rand's wound from the Shadar Logoth dagger was really contained like Samitsu thinks it is, the answer was RAFO.
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Q: Does Elayne know that Alanna bonded Rand?
A: Uh...well... I'll have to check that. MAFO. Good question.  
Q: If this question came from the Dallas TGS signing, then it was from me.  I asked about Egwene.  

The reason behind the question was, I wanted to know: if Alanna's name had been on Verin's list in TGS, would Egwene have passed over it?  However, Brandon pointed out that Verin knew about the bond, so unless she had some reason to keep quiet, I'd think she should've made some kind of special warning note if Alanna had been in her list.
 (Rand told Elayne in Winter's Heart Chapter 12, but there was some confusion as to whether the questioner might have actually meant Egwene (who is not aware of the bonding so far as we know).
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Q: Do the Seanchan consider the raid on the White Tower a success?
A: Yes, they consider it a success, but they’re disappointed that they didn’t get their hands on the Aes Sedai superweapon.

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  Brandon hinted at some severe limitations on Shaidar Haran to affect the physical world. He says that a lot of actions that people assume to be those of Shaidar Haran in the book in one particular scene were physically carried out by Elza. He further indicated that Shadar Haran would have been incapable of physically placing the collar himself.
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Q: What criteria did the Ajah Heads use to determine which Sitters they sent to the rebels in Salidar?
A: Basically the Ajah heads had a small selection pool to start with. Their primary criteria were: a) loyalty to the Ajah Heads, would they do as they were told? b) would they be acceptable to the Aes Sedai in Salidar? c) finally did the Ajah Heads think they could be persuasive?

A comment was made about age, Brandon’s answer was to reiterate the limited nature of the Ajah Heads selection pool, the fact that most of the Aes Sedai Sitters that were sent were young was coincidental. He did go on to mention that the “too young Sitters” was a completely different matter.
He then went on to say which Sitters remain in power after reunification will be dealt with quietly. The most likely default will be who was Sitter/Head before the split.

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Q: Have the visions and other such prophecies about Egwene and the Seanchan (such as the running one and the one with the sword) have they been fulfilled yet?
A: No, none of those have been fulfilled other than the attack on the White Tower. She still has more to go.

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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.
M: No.  What is now the second Oath (To make no weapon with which one man may kill another) was the first one that the Aes Sedai adopted. “It grew from an impulse within the Aes Sedai themselves coming from tales passed down regarding the War of the Shadow. The other two Oaths certainly grew out of the suspicion of ordinary people towards these Aes Sedai.” (That’s a quote from the notes, btw).   Sometimes things happen without an agent of the Dark One’s involvement, and sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

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Sanderson said he resisted creating new weaves (beside introducing those Jordan planned to introduce) for the most part. His contribution will rather be to have the characters figure out they can use weaves they know in new ways - turn them into weapon etc., and for this he looked for details in the previous books. He mentioned one specific example: after KOD, he thought characters figured out gateways and deathgates can also be used to slice non-shadowspawn up in battle.
We also discussed a bit the 21 levels list, which Brandon used a lot. Jordan did start it just the way he described it long ago, that is as a way to keep track of who defers to whom among minor players etc. However, as of now, this document's scope goes beyond this (and it's quite big). The document assigns a rank number to each Aes Sedai referring to the twenty-one levels system, and it lists their personal weaves if they have any, and who knows and have the skills to use which weave and to what extent, their strength in flows if details in the series have blocked this up etc. Brandon confirmed Jordan developed a similar ranking system for the Asha'man as well, but couldn't recall out of hand how many levels there were for them.
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« Ответ #64 : 06 Октября 2011, 23:20:18 »

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RJ: I can’t be sure that the logical patterns you see in the election of Amyrlins are the same that I used in making the list, but there are logical patterns to them.  If Harriet adds to the Encyclopedia who was a strong Amyrlin, who middling and who weak, you might see more patterns.
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RJ: while I have spoken of souls being born with the ability to channel in response to questions, I think of it as being genetic also.  In the Age of Legends, between 2 and 3% of people had some ability, following a bell curve distribution in strength.  For over 3000 years, though, Aes Sedai have been removing men who actually learned to channel from the gene pool.  They have been very efficient at this.  As a result, the “present day” sees about 1% of the population who can learn to channel, with a much, much smaller percentage of that being born with the spark.
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RJ: A very strong male channeler bonded to a very weak Aes Sedai could not use the bond to control her.  Whoever holds the bond is in charge, though she might have a hard time controlling him.
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RJ: The three Red Sitters were sent into exile in 985 NE under Marith Jaen.
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RJ: Regarding the percentage of women who could test for the shawl, it would be 62.5% of the bell curve.  I’ll leave the maths to you for an idle moment.  The question doesn’t really apply to men, since the Black Tower accepts anyone who can learn to channel, but if the White Tower limits were applied, it would be roughly 65.4% of the bell curve.  Although, considering the effectiveness question, they should probably set it at the same 62.5%.  Again, the maths are all yours.  Regarding the levels of male strength, while the weakest man and the weakest woman would be roughly equivalent, you might say that there are several levels of male strength on top of the female levels.  Remember to integrate this with what I’ve said elsewhere about effectiveness, though.
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RJ: Rand gets only the same benefits as he got from being bonded to one Aes Sedai.  It neither multiplies nor divides.  Each of a Green’s Warders get the same amount of benefits as the single Warder of another sister.
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RJ: Katerine escaped with the help of Darkfriends.  Galina, who is much more closely watched by Wise Ones than Katerine was, would have little opportunity to use their help for an escape even if she wanted to, and she doesn’t, not until she can get her hands on that rod.  She’ll put up with anything to get that.
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RJ: While she was stilled, Siuan could not see ta’veren, nor could she have if she had been burned out.
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RJ: A lot of people have asked questions about Alric’s death.  I should have made matters plainer.  As I envisioned it, Alric, having sensed Siuan’s extreme shock, came running to her and arrived just in time to be stabbed just before Siuan was taken into the anteroom.  She should have sensed the knife going in, but that was masked by her shock.  When she sees him lying there, he is dying, though not yet dead.  As I said, I should have made it plainer.
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RJ: Amico Nagoyin was Yellow, and Berylla Naron Blue.
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RJ: Some people in this word wear silk smallclothes, and some have their sigils embroidered on their smallclothes. Some Aes Sedai do use pigeons to send cake recipes, but only in cipher and only to people they have never met. It's an Aes Sedai thing.
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RJ: Warders don’t slow.  They age at a natural pace, but they do maintain vitality and vigor beyond the levels associated with most ordinary men.  That said, I recently saw a photograph of a man in his seventies who had an absolutely ripped six-pack.  In fact, from the neck down, if you were told you were looking at somebody in his 20s or 30s, you’d just think he was in incredible shape.  And he wasn’t bonded to anyone.  Also, Aes Sedai can release a Warder from the bond.  In fact, I have said that most Aes Sedai who have time to realize that they are dying will release any Warders they have in order to spare them the effects.  I’m pretty certain I have said that publicly, by the way. [He had.]
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RJ: Siuan was raised to the Amyrlin Seat so young for several reasons, most of which I have pointed out pretty clearly in the books, I think.7  [It was addressed most directly in A Crown of Swords chapter 8, in Egwene's point of view.  'Siuan had only been raised Amyrlin because the three before her each had died after just a few years on the Amyrlin Seat. The Hall had wanted someone young. ...Rarely was anyone chosen Sitter before she had worn the shawl seventy or eighty years at least, and Amyrlins generally longer. ...So when the Hall deadlocked between four sisters raised Aes Sedai less than fifty years before, and Seaine Herimon of the White suggested a woman who had worn the shawl only ten years, it might have been as much exhaustion as Siuan’s qualifications in administration that brought the Sitters to stand for her.'
See next footnote for extensive detail].
 The preceding years had seen a number of Amyrlins die after only a short time in office.  In New Spring: the Novel I showed one reason why the pool of potential Amyrlins, Aes Sedai with experience, was reduced over part of that same period8[8 RJ might be talking about Tamra's searchers, who were all killed. (N.18).  Also, Cadsuane mentions to Moiraine in New Spring that she might only live another thirty years, and that Meilyn, one of Tamra's searchers, was considerably older and the only sister as strong as Cadsuane.  Next was Kerene (another searcher, either as strong as Cadsuane and Meilyn or one notch lower), and from Kerene it was a 'sharp drop' to the next five (Siuan, Moiraine, Elaida, Lelaine, and Romanda).  Cadsuane also mentions that Romanda is already in retirement. (N.17)  
That is consistent with a mention in Salidar that it was Romanda's loss of the Amyrlin Seat to Tamra that sent her into retirement. (8.19)  That meant that, at the time Siuan became Amyrlin, the only contender in strength was Lelaine (a Sitter for the Blue at the time).  Elaida was in Andor with Morgase, and Moiraine was out of the Tower looking for Rand.
Alternatively, he might be talking about Tamra's death (N.14), which was the beginning of the deaths of the three Amyrlins who had only held the Seat a few years before dying, referenced in the previous footnote, from Egwene's point of view.    
Seaine, who is the one that suggested Siuan for the Amyrlin Seat, is questioned by Pevara about events right after the Aiel War, and Seaine mentions that two of those Amyrlins had died in the space of five years, and that many sisters had died during those years.  This seems to be the extent of her knowledge of those years, though Pevara, as a Red, would have known more, things that were Sealed to the Flame.
Cadsuane asked Annoura and Merana if they knew anything about the 'vileness' right after the Aiel War, and both of them claimed to have been out of the Tower for the years after the Aiel War, trying to hold the Grand Alliance together.
Alviarin thinks of those years, when Jarna Malari was killed because Ishamael returned and learned of the Black Ajah's hand in the death of Tamra.  Alviarin was raised Head of the Black in Jarna's place.  She mentions that later the Great Council paid in pain to convince Ishamael that the Black had had no hand in the death of Sierin Vayu, Tamra's successor.
Asne Zeramene thinks of how Chesmal Emry often claims that she induced the Red Ajah to kill Sierin Vayu before Sierin could order her arrest. (9.10)
Moiraine tells Thom that she will give him the names of the Reds who gentled Owyn, and the names of those who gave their orders, the next time she saw him (which she never did before battling Lanfear).  They broke Tower Law by gentling him on the spot. (4.17)  Moiraine might have obtained the names from the Aelfinn. (4.15)
Alternatively, Siuan might be the source of the names, as Siuan was in the Tower at the time and working for the Blue Ajah eyes-and-ears network (N.12), eventually becoming its Head before being raised to Amyrlin ten years after the Aiel War.  (5.27)  
The names that Siuan gave to Logain to build his tale with might be the same names that Moiraine promised Thom.  'Six Red sisters found me in Cosamelle about a year before I proclaimed myself...Javindhra, the leader was called, though one named Barasine talked a good deal. And I heard Elaida mentioned, as if she knew what these were about.'  (6.Крутой  
This is consistent with Elaida's thoughts.  Elaida mentions to Alviarin that only 24 men with the ability have been found in the years since the Aiel War, and Alviarin notes that the public chronicles only record 16, and that even those Elaida 'brought back'—Toveine, Tsutama, and Lirene—hold their silence.  Elaida thinks of her personal knowledge of those years, but that Alviarin cannot possibly know of her involvement for certain, probably because she is not Red, and she assumes (not knowing that Galina is Black and is one of two women that know Alviarin is Head of the Black Ajah) that no Red would tell that secret.  (7.P)
Toveine thinks that what was done was 'necessary and right', and that Elaida had 'slipped through the cracks uncaught'. (8.26)
Tsutama and Lirene remain in the Tower (11.24), and Javindhra, the 'leader' of Logain's names, has not returned from the Black Tower, so she might be one of those who escaped Verin's study.  She was suspicious after Knife of Dreams because she showed some amount of satisfaction that the truth about Elaida's failure would inevitably come out, despite supposedly being Elaida's 'lapdog' (11.P), and also because she mentioned the Red sister under Rahvin's Compulsion.  (5.P)  
.  And then there was the impasse over several candidates, none of whom could gain enough support, so that Siuan became a compromise candidate who was raised in part because various Sitters thought they could influence or control such a young Amyrlin.  Just as it is unusual for a sister to be raised to Sitter before she had worn the shawl for a hundred years, it is unusual for a sister to be raised to the Amyrlin Seat short of having worn the shawl for a hundred and fifty to two hundred years, and above two hundred years is most common. ]
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RJ: The Oath against lying does leave room for sarcasm.  It is intent and result that matter.  No sister can intentionally speak an untruth either with the intent of passing on false information or with the belief that false information might be passed on.  Thus the careful slicing and dicing of words.  But if someone were to hold up a piece of white cloth and ask whether it was black or white, someone who had sworn the Three Oaths would be capable of saying that it was black as a matter of sarcasm.  But not if, for example, the person asking the question was blind and thus might well take the statement for truth rather than sarcasm.
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RJ: Regarding Sharina, and other women who learn to channel at age, she will indeed grow younger in appearance.  No, she will not achieve an Aes Sedai face without the Oath Rod, but where she has previously looked, say, sixty, she will look perhaps thirty-five, with accompanying changes in hair color.  Think of it as analogous to slowing, which older women also do.
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Q: How do the Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah "find" men who can channel?
A: We're told throughout the books that the male channelers get goose bumps whenever the females are channeling or embracing the source. However, it is continuously mentioned that the women don't know if the male Asha'man and Rand are embracing or channeling saidin. So how does the Red Ajah and Cadsuane, find Male Channelers and then gentle them?
There are various ways that the effects of male channeling can be found, weaves that find the resonance of the residues of saidin. Check in Crossroads of Twilight. They do not detect the actual weaves, though, only the residues left after the weave is released. After that, it becomes a matter of detective work. Though perhaps stalking a leopard might be a better metaphor. As for Cadsuane, she has a few more tools at her disposal than other Aes Sedai, the reason for her extremely high success rate. Check Winter's Heart, and a few earlier mentions, for this one.
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Q: Is the top of the White Tower steepled or flat? If it's flat, what is on the roof? [9 This was asked with the Seanchan attack in mind.  Many thought that the raid would be a top-down attack staged from the roof of the Tower, which would have easily facilitated Elaida's capture.  The raid was not done this way, but Elaida was captured anyway.  ]
A: The top of the White Tower (that is, the top of the main tower, since the wings of the Tower along with their much smaller towers must be considered part of the White Tower also) is flat, and surrounded by a solid wall about waist-high on a woman. There is nothing there except a door flat in the surface for getting onto the top of the Tower. Aes Sedai of the present day occasionally use it for observation of events in the vicinity of Tar Valon, such as the progress of the Blood Snow, but it isn't used now on any regular basis. At various times in the past, there has been a garden there, but the sisters inevitably found ground-level gardens more convenient and much more easily maintained.
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Q: If it's possible to bond a Myrddraal like a Warder? For one of the Black Ajah or a Forsaken, for example? What happens then to such a person?
A: It would be possible, but hardly wise because of the sharing of emotions. It is exceedingly likely that anyone who had a knot of Myrddraal emotions in his or her head, even to the small degree caused by the Warder bond, would very soon go insane. Myrddraal may contain human stock, but they are definitely not human. I don't think even Padan Fain could survive that without going madder than he already is.
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Q: Is the White Tower currently aware of any way to completely dissolve/undo the bond between an Aes Sedai and her Warder so that the link no longer exists and all the positive and negative effects of the bond are removed?
A: Yes, they are. It is called releasing a Warder, and an Aes Sedai who is very old or injured so badly that she knows she is going to die will, if she has the strength, release him so he doesn't suffer from her death. This does require the two of them to be together, and a little more time that laying on the bond. If they are physically apart, or she doesn't have enough time or strength remaining, touch on him.
It has also been used to get rid of a Warder who proved to be unsuitable in some way, such as a man who is discovered to be a thief or who takes reckless chances, a fighter of duels who won't stop without the bond being used to force him. No sister is going to want a Warder who will risk getting himself killed, with all the attendant results to her, for no very good reason.
Although use of the bond in that way (controlling) was not unknown in the past, it came to be regarded as a form of Compulsion to use it so except in the slightest forms. Besides, using the bond to control a Warder all the time is a lot of work. An Aes Sedai wants somebody who can watch her back and keep it safe, not somebody she has to work on all the time. (Which is one of the reasons Aes Sedai stopped bonding men against their will. Not ethical concerns or ethical growth, I'm afraid; it was just not very practical really) Better simply to release the fellow who can't measure up and find another who will.
By the by, releasing a Warder except for cause (the Aes Sedai's imminent death, his own unsuitability) or because he has asked for release is something that JUST IS NOT DONE! It would gain the sister considerable opprobrium from other sisters. A sister certainly would be looked at askance if she released a Warder who was dying, for example, just to avoid the effects on her of his death. When an Aes Sedai bonds a Warder, she is expected to buy in for the full ride. For that matter, releasing him for unsuitability is considered to reflect on the sister's judgment. She should have known better about him from the start.
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Q: In New Spring you mentioned that the Blue Ajah taught Moraine and Siuan secret weaves upon their raising. Do other Ajahs have secret weaves, and if so, what are they? Could you share a few of them with us?
A: Yes, other Ajahs also have secret weaves, though a few of those secrets are actually known to more than one Ajah, each of which believes that it alone knows. That's always the problem with secrets, isn't it? You can never really be sure that somebody else doesn't know too. I could share, but if I told you, then I'd have to kill you. I may yet use one or more Ajah secret weaves in the books, so I'm afraid the answer here is RAFO.
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Q: Just how can an Aes Sedai be a damane? Aren't they bound by the Third Oath: to not use the One Power as a weapon except to defend their lives, their Warder's life, or another sister's life? Wouldn't they be useless as damane to the Seanchan?
A: The Aes Sedai captured by the Seanchan are indeed useless as weapons, except against Shadowspawn or Darkfriends, because they are bound by the Three Oaths, and that limits their value considerably since being weapons is a major use for damane. Damane are used for other tasks, however, including finding ores for mining (Egwene was tested for this, remember; it's a very valuable, and fairly rare, ability), for some mining operations where it would be too dangerous or uneconomical to use human miners (bringing ores out of the ground and refining them using the Power), and in some construction projects, especially where something very large or with a need for added strength is envisioned. The first two both require a high ability in Earth, which has faded considerably on "this" side of the Aryth Ocean and to a smaller degree of the other side, but construction projects and others things, such as producing Sky Lights, are well within the abilities of collared Aes Sedai. The Three Oaths don't inhibit them there at all.
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Q: How exactly does one become a Darkfriend? How does the recruiting structure for the Black Ajah work? Being Mistress of Novices, was Merean particularly active in recruiting?
A: By and large, each cell of Darkfriends recruits people it thinks are likely candidates, though they need to do so very carefully, studying them, sounding them out slowly. Darkfriends are always on the lookout for new members, since they feel very much like an oppressed minority and want to increase their numbers. Once a move to recruit is made, though, either it succeeds or the failed candidate dies.For someone seeking actively to become a Darkfriend, generally one begins by trying to attract the attention of those who already are Darkfriends. One fairly safe way is to let comments drop that indicate that you don't think the Light is all it's cracked up to be, that praying to the Creator seems useless etc. If this comes to the wrong ears, you might be in varying degrees of trouble depending on what country you are in and who it is that overhears, but you are unlikely to get worse than a flogging from the authorities and possibly only a stern warning to watch your talk from somebody in a tavern, perhaps accompanied by a clout on the ear. Although someone might decide to slip a knife into you in some rougher areas of some towns. It's only relatively safe. By the by, claiming not to believe in the Creator is a good way to avoid recruitment by the Darkfriends. After all, if there is no Creator, how can the Dark One be imprisoned, and if he isn't, then why hasn't he taken over and rewarded the faithful? One of the fastest ways to attract attention is to show yourself willing to kill to advance yourself or simply for gain. That doesn't mean that every strongarm who's willing to slit a throat to steal a purse is a Darkfriend. Some of those might well be horrified by the suggestion. This method has its drawbacks, of course, since if you attract the attention of the authorities first, you are very likely to end up with a noose around your neck or a trip to the headsman's block.
In the White Tower, Black sisters watch novices and Accepted closely for any indication that they might be leaning toward the Shadow or susceptible to the promises of the Shadow. They also watch other sisters, since people do change. Not every Black sister was recruited on the day she gained the shawl nor soon after. Merean had a fine position for watching novices and Accepted, but many sisters teach. Some do little else, but others take turns at it for various periods, so Merean was not necessarily the primary recruiter during her time as Mistress of Novices, not even among those in her charge.
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Q: When a person that can channel is shielded, where is the shield placed? Is it placed around the whole body of the person or around the head of the channeler where they sense saidin/saidar? If you are shielded from the One Power, are you also shielded from the True Power? What happens if someone in a circle is shielded? Can a Warder feel that his Aes Sedai is shielded?
A: A shield exists both as a barrier around the entire person and as a single point along with everything in between.  (In a way, this is like the Bore, which does not actually exist as Shayol Ghul. The Bore exists everywhere, but Shayol Ghul is the place where it can best be detected. Which is not to say that there is any connection between the Bore and a shield. Both simply exist in different states simultaneously.) Someone who is shielded and trying to get past the shield can "feel" their way along its inner "surface" hunting for weaknesses, such as the points that indicate where the shield is being maintained or has been tied off. Shielding against the One Power will indeed stop someone from reaching for the True Power. [Though RJ said that severing a person from the True Power would require a different method, in the Budapest 2003 interview, which is strange seeing as how the severing weave is described as a shield with a sharp edge. - Terez]  It isn't possible to shield one person out of a circle since, in effect, the circle has become a single person for the purpose of channeling. You would have to shield the entire circle, which would require either a circle of your own or a pretty hefty sa'angreal. A Warder cannot feel that his Aes Sedai has been shielded, though he would be aware of any agitation on her part. But this would tell him no more than that she was agitated.
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Q: It seems that Elaida, leading the Sitters who arrest Siuan Sanche, must be a Sitter herself, yet she was just a few months returned from her position in Caemlyn. Was she actually a Sitter and if so when was she raised? Can you also clarify her change of heart on the Black Ajah from warning the three girls about them in The Dragon Reborn to violently denying their existence in later books?
A: Elaida wasn't a Sitter when she led the arrest of Siuan, but she had organized it, managed to arrange for a rump Hall of the Tower to vote on deposing Siuan and raising her in Siuan's place. By the time Siuan was arrested, Elaida was the "legal" Amyrlin Seat, so of course she was leading the Sitters.
As for her change of heart of the Black Ajah, she bounces on whether or not she believes in their existence. When she has convinced herself that they do exist, she is vehement on the subject, but uneasy over Darkfriend sisters, and so manages to convince herself that she was mistaken, whereupon she becomes vehement about their non-existence. But then she becomes uneasy over the possibility that they do exist after all and convinces herself that they really do after all, whereupon…. I have even had a character in the White Tower comment that sometimes Elaida doesn't seem to know from one day to the next whether or not she believes in the Black Ajah.

CORRECTION: Answering these questions, I have always taken the assumption that I knew the books well enough that I did not need to refer to my notes. My answer for the Week 20 Question showed that I was mistaken. I said that Elaida was never a Sitter, but no sooner was that answer posted than my assistant Maria, who also is a fan, came to me with the relevant passage where Elaida is mentioned as a Sitter. I went to my notes, and after a lot of checking, I found the following in a file working out exactly how some points were to be structured and making sure that I had all the details covered. Somehow, I had never incorporated it into the base notes, perhaps because it seemed such a small matter, Elaida having been a Sitter for such a short time and then only as prelude to replacing Siuan as Amyrlin.
“Returning to the White Tower, Elaida quickly became convinced that Siuan and Moiraine were engaged in a scheme that involved Rand al’Thor. Indeed, she had suspicions of this before departing Caemlyn for Tar Valon. Moiraine’s presence in Tar Valon [What?  When? He probably meant Caemlyn. - Terez] had not escaped her, nor that Moiraine had been seen with Rand. If, as seemed the more likely, he was simply a man who could channel who Siuan and Moiraine intended to make use of as a false Dragon, then it was a scheme that was extremely dangerous to the Tower. Revelation of such involvement could easily shatter the Tower’s prestige, and with it the influence that was the primary cornerstone of the Tower’s influence in the world. And if he was indeed the Dragon Reborn, Elaida certainly had no confidence in Siuan’s ability to handle the him, as surely the Dragon Reborn would need to be handled, guided and directed, not to mention controlled. Helped by her long-standing personal animosity toward Siuan and Moiraine, Elaida came to the conclusion that Siuan must be removed for the good of the Tower. This was not something that could be accomplished by an ordinary sister, however the stepping down of a Red Sitter (Amira Moselle) gave her an opening, and she managed to get herself chosen as Amira’s replacement in the Hall of the Tower.
In large part this was because of Galina Casban’s support as head of the Red Ajah, Galina having her own reasons to take any chance to pull Siuan down and, of course, favoring anything that would give the Amyrlin Seat to the Red Ajah again after so long. Galina made no attempt to attain the Amyrlin Seat herself because she knew she had little or no chance of being raised. Elaida, who had been so long away from Tar Valon and thus remained out of the political currents of the Tower, not to mention the favorable mention she had received for her guidance of Queen Morgase and Andor, was another matter.

Once Elaida had a chair in the Hall, it was a relatively simple matter to identify the Sitters who seemed most likely to stand for deposing Siuan, since a number of Sitters were uneasy at best about what Siuan was up to. Her support in the Hall had eroded sufficiently by The Great Hunt that she had opposition to her journey to Shienar. As a Sitter, Elaida was able to call a sitting of the Hall while making sure that only the Sitters she wanted to attend actually received notification. Elaida is a forceful and effective speaker, and her arguments to this bare quorum in favor of deposing Siuan were also her campaign for being raised to the Amyrlin Seat herself, so the vote to depose Siuan was followed immediately by the vote to make Elaida the new Amyrlin. She did not expect the violent reaction that would come from this. She had not had access to the secret histories for very long at this point, so her view was that of most sisters. The Tower had always acceded to the will of the Hall however sisters might grumble. Like many others, she was blind-sided by what she thought she knew.”
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Q: How come we haven’t seen any Malkieri Aes Sedai? Or if we have, could you identify a couple for us?
A: They just haven’t been at the forefront, I’m afraid.[ He corrected this in Knife of Dreams; Nacelle was Malkieri. ]

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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?
A: No.
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Q: Another man asked about Siuan's Talent of seeing ta'veren. Was she able to see them after she was stilled?
A: No.
Q: Could she see them after she was healed?
A: Yes.
Q: So, if the ability to see them was based on the Power, what about the Ogier Elder who knew Rand was ta'veren?
A: For Siuan, yes, for the Ogier, no. The Ogier was able to see (or feel, I can't remember which RJ said) the Pattern shifting around Rand.

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Q: Would an Aes Sedai who has sworn the Three Oaths be able to link into a circle, but not lead it, that would be used to kill someone (not Shadowsworn or attacking)?
A:  No, an Aes Sedai wouldn't be able to join the circle or participate in any way with anything that was against the Oaths.

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Q:  How is the bond the Asha'man use different than the Warder bond of the Aes Sedai?
A: The bond is different because it contains that Extra Bit about obedience. Aes Sedai bound to Asha'man are compelled to comply with the demands of the men. While Aes Sedai can do this to their Warders, it requires work each time. (He mentioned that Logain thinks that extra bit can be easily removed, but that the Asha'man feel this is EXTREMELY necessary. An Warder would not kill his Aes Sedai when she turned her back, but the Asha'man have NO such safety with their bound Aes Sedai.)

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The first girl to ask a question asked, "Why is it that the most powerful women in the world, perceive their power as stemming from a 'pale, white shaft'?" RJ chuckled, and then said if you "missed the symbolism there, you just don't get it." He also said that if their power came from a "hole in the ground" it just wouldn't be as much fun, and they would only be feared if you ought you might "fall in", which would not be much fun, he assured us.
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Re: using the Oath Rod or the Three Arches for Accepted testing in Tel’aran’rhiod
RJ said that they would not work the same way.

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Re:  Siuan and Leane being stilled again and Healed by a male to full strength . . .
RJ: RAFO, because I might decide to use that as a plot device!

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Q:  Was Verin a librarian of the 13th Depository? (To include both past and present).
A:  No.
Q:  So she's just a bit weird and knows a lot?
A:  Pretty much.
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Q:  The Thirteenth Depository has never been revealed by a non-channeler librarian for three thousand years. How is this possible?
A:  Because there are no non-channeler librarians; the librarians of the Thirteenth Depository are all Aes Sedai.
Q:  Brown Ajah?
A:  Yes.

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Q: Who killed Alric?
A: One of the Aes Sedai's Warders did, not a sister.

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RJ: Tar Valon doesn't mean "white tower". It does mean something else, but that's RAFO.
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Somebody asked if Lan and Myrelle slept together. (Emma: I thought it was duh, although it probably happened with tweaking the bond.) And for Jordan is was also duh, yeah they slept together.
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Q: Elaida slipped through the cracks uncaught by the Red Ajah scheme twenty years ago, called the Vileness. How did Elaida and Galina for that matter manage to slip through when three Sitters did not?
A: Elaida slipped through largely because she was minimally involved. Galina slipped through because there were enough Red sisters involved, at various levels that taking them all down would have decimated the Red Ajah. The decision was made to punish the Ajah by exiling the Sitters, take off the top. And it was supposed to be a life exile, you are out of here forever. The only reason they were not stilled was that the Tower was trying to hide what happened - it was a major atrocity carried out in the name of the Tower, and it didn't matter whether the Tower as a whole really wanted it or not, it was still a major atrocity and the Tower was at the heart of it.
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Q: During the raising tests for Accepted and Aes Sedai, are the ladies taking the tests actually inside of the World of Dreams?
A: No...well, I am not going to say where they are for the tests for Accepted, that might be a RAFO, probably not, but it might be. For the test for Aes Sedai, they are in effect inside what you might call an uber-virtual reality device where what happens is entirely controlled in this case by the sisters controlling the device, but it is a virtual reality that is so terrific that it is reality for you. You die, you are dead. No game over, start again. You are dead.
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Q: What is the title used for the members of the Brown Ajah council?
A: Technically, they have no titles. It is the council and the head of the council. Informally, and this is strange, and it gives you an idea of the disorganization or the disinterest in organization of the Brown Ajah. First Chair is the informal title for the head of the Ajah, but this is as far as the Ajah is concerned. It is simply the council and the head of the council. As far as they are concerned there are more important things than this organization stuff.
Q: Who was the third Blue Ajah Sitter who didn't make it to Salidar? What became of her?
A: Well, she died. She was one of the ones who was killed after Siuan was deposed and everything went to hell in a handbasket inside the Tower.
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Q: Quoting from Tamra in New Spring: "You will tell no one about this, not for any reason. If necessary, lie, even to a sister. Gitara died without speaking. Do you understand me?" How is it that Tamra can tell Moiraine and Siuan that Gitara died without speaking, when she knows full well that she did speak?
A: It's simple. It is part of her instructions. There are a lot, thousands of loop holes, about that thou will speak no word that is not true. This is part of her instructions; she is telling them what they are to say. She is not saying something she believes, and thus she was able to say it.
Q: I have a follow up to a question you just answered. Based on the Oaths: if a sister asked them, if they were instructed, as to what they have to say, would they be able to say it after taking the Oaths?
A: After taking the Oaths they would find it hard to say; even with instructions, they might not be able to say it at all, because they know it is a lie. That is the key: you can't knowingly tell a lie.
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Q: Why did turning the Tar Valon harbor chains to cuendillar help? You would think a chain made of cuendillar would be flexible because it is in separate pieces.
A: No. As I showed you in one of the scenes where they are learning to make cuendillar, they had two items touch each other when they were turning it into cuendillar and they fused to one another. So what you have is a series of chains where each link is fused to the next, so in essence what you have is one solid piece of cuendillar.
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Q: Are the Aes Sedai ever going to try to use cuendillar to make it into armor? Since they can't make weapons, does that restriction extend to making armor?
A: Read and Find Out.
Q: Does Mat's amulet work against the male side of the power, and if so, will Elayne's research of it develop into something that can be used in the conflict between Aes Sedai?
A: Read and Find Out
Not only did RJ verify in an earlier interview that it does indeed work against saidin, we also have an instance in the books where Aran'gar tries to channel at Mat, and he feels the medallion go cold.
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Q: When Mat had the dagger, Moiraine and Verin thought he would contaminate other people with the evil of Shadar Logoth, and they would contaminate other people. Fain does seem to be influencing without contaminating people. Is it as dangerous as it seems? Could also normal people become evil, and would they also contaminate other people?
A: No. Fain can contaminate people because he has the dagger; it is the dagger. What Verin and Moiraine thought was incorrect; they were extending it too far. It is the one of things you may have noted in the books. Aes Sedai often believe they know more than they actually know. In other words, a lot of people believe they know more than they actually know. One of the themes I have running through the books is that whatever you think you know, some of it is almost certainly wrong, and it may even be the most crucial bit that is wrong.  But even when you are aware that some of your information may be wrong you still have to go ahead and make a decision. You...you cannot afford the luxury of saying, well I don't know everything and some of what I know may be wrong, so I am not going to do anything, I am just going to sit here and wait and see if I can find out some more, because that only leads to sitting still forever.
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I asked, "When a Warder's bond is passed is the original bond still intact or is it broken?" Not the best choice of words, I admit, but I was nervous. A problem that would repeat itself, unfortunately, the following day. In any case, RJ's answer was a terse, "No. It's a transfer. A transfer."
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Q:  Was Ilyena Aes Sedai?
A:  Yes.

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Q:  What happens to objects left in Tel'aran'rhiod? Could an Aes Sedai free herself from the Three Oaths in Tel'aran'rhiod by creating an Oath Rod?
A:  The only way for an object to enter Tel’aran’rhiod would be for it to be carried there by someone who entered physically rather than through a dream state. If left there, it would remain until it was retrieved by someone else who entered physically. And, yes, an Aes Sedai could free herself of the Three Oaths with an Oath Rod created in Tel’aran’rhiod, but remember that relatively few sisters actually have access to the World of Dreams, and for those who do want to remove the Three Oaths – sisters joining the Black Ajah – there is the Oath Rod in the White Tower to serve that purpose.

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Q:  Is it true that the Three Oaths is why Aes Sedai [mumble mumble] I thought it might be because, when you try to avoid the Three Oaths, you get a lot of dangerous situation [mumble mumble]...
A:  No . . . now you have to be careful with this, because this is a kind of spoiler for people that haven’t read far enough, but the Oath Rod is what was in the Age of Legends called a binder.  It was used on criminals.  If you committed a violent act, or some sort of criminal act, with a binder, someone who could channel could be constrained from ever doing that again, and the result of having three of the Oaths, is the ageless appearance.  One would not produce agelessness, but even one would shorten life, and three of them put a cap on Aes Sedai’s lives, on how long they could live.

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Q: Are all the Aes Sedai shawls identical, or are they unique to the individual?
A: They are unique to each woman. The only mandatory parts are the white flame of Tar Valon, and the Ajah colored fringe.

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Q: If an Aes Sedai is stilled and then Healed, what happens to the bond with her Warder(s), if they don't die?
A: Once the bond is severed, it's severed.

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Q: What do the Tinkers traditionally do with males among them that begin channeling? Are they turned over to an Aes Sedai?
A: They are just shunned from the group and cast out, since they are inherently violent and considered an abomination to them.

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Q: Is it possible for an Aes Sedai to bond someone Asha'man style?
A:  Yes, if they learned the weaves. The Asha'man know a lot more about bonding than the Aes Sedai. Some guy figured out how to bond their wives, and then they started concentrating on other things they could do with the bond. The Aes Sedai never experimented, just passed on what they knew.
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Q: So the Eye of the World is a well, right?
A: [pauses] Yes and no. It's in the same class of objects as a well, but on a different scale.
Q: So could it be refilled by a male channeler?
A: No. Remember, lots of Aes Sedai died to make it.
Q: To keep it pure.
A: That, among other things. Look, a normal well is like this water glass. [he gestures] The Eye is like a liquid nitrogen canister.
Q: So are wells made with the opposite half of the power that they were meant to contain, like Rand did at Shadar Logoth.
A: [sly smile] No, they don't work like that.
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Q: Why did the Aes Sedai submit themselves as apprentices to the Wise Ones?
A: The Aes Sedai were being forced to be subservient according to the circumstances and couldn't really help it.
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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?
A:  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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Q:  Was Erian Boroleos meant to disappear during the battle at Shadar Logoth or was that a mistake?
A: Erian Boroleos was not meant to disappear. In my notes, she is placed guarding those with Cadsuane who cannot channel and not too pleased about it (there are reasons why she was chosen out for this, which I won't go into here), and there is even a note (under CHECKS AND CORRECTIONS, a category I use to make sure that I haven't blinked at the wrong time) to make sure of mentioning her in passing. It didn't happen, for which, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I was so certain that I had done it, that I didn't find out I hadn't until the paperback came out, but a correction will be made.
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Q: How is it possible for Aes Sedai who have taken the Three Oaths to become damane and use the One Power as a weapon?
A: They can't us the One Power as a weapon, not in any conventional sense.[ RJ put something about this in the books.   However, there is still a bit of a problem with a dream of Egwene's, where she sees the Seanchan collar a long line of women who wear Great Serpent rings and force them to call lightning against the White tower.    It might refer to Accepted only, but it seems unlikely.]  This presents some problems for the Seanchan, but then, damane are used for more than just weapons. And from the Seanchan point of view, at worst, an Aes Sedai who has been collared is one less marath'damane running around loose and doing the horrible things that their history tells them such women inevitably do. Remember, Seanchan history records a time under Aes Sedai rule, when no one could go to sleep at night with the certainty they would wake in the morning and Aes Sedai took whatever they wanted and killed anyone who crossed or opposed them. To the Seanchan, just removing these horrors from the board is a win.
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Q: Can a Warder bond be passed to a non-channeler?
A: No.
He also said that a non-channeler could be included; I think he was referring to Min.
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Q: Do Warders have a regular lifespan?
 A: Yes they do. They hang on to what you would call 'vitality' longer than the average man, but they live a normal lifespan. They do get things out of the bond, but not a longer life.
Q: This will probably be a RAFO, but I hope you can at least say something, or did you just forget about him? What happened to Sheriam's Warder?
A: Uhm . . . No, you'll read and find out.

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Q: Have you ever thought about reinstituting some of the old ideas from earlier books? For example, in The Dragon Reborn you had a situation with thirteen dark sisters and thirteen Myrddraal to forcibly convert someone to the darker side of things. It seems you have abandoned that. Do you think you might have something like that pop up again at some unexpected moment? It doesn't seem realistic for the Black Ajah to abandon the idea.
A: I have not abandoned this notion about a circle of thirteen Aes Sedai and thirteen Myrddraal can convert someone to the Shadow. It is not an easy situation to set up, in fact it's a very difficult situation to set up. It has to be worth the effort, you don't go to all of this effort to just convert anyone. In fact it might be better for your plans to manipulate someone against their will than as a willing ally.
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Q: Does the Black Ajah contain all Aes Sedai who are Darkfriends?
 A: Yes.

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Q: If an Aes Sedai links with other Aes Sedai, will or can the others then sense if she is bonded? Also, can an Aes Sedai (at least as far as the Tower knows) 'unbond' a Warder? Its been suggested that they will set a man free/release him if he really wants to leave, but does that mean 'unbond' him or simply 'not pursue' him and release him from whatever oaths he's sworn as a Warder?
A: No. They can't sense it. I think you may be thinking about an adaption of bonds.
Q: Mr. Jordan, When ever a channeler draws on the Power, does he/she become temporarily outside the Wheel's control? I ask this because Min's viewings of Aes Sedai get fuzzy whenever they draw on the Power, and in Lord of Chaos Egwene, avoids Rand's ta'veren effect by drawing on saidar.
A: Read and find out!
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Q: What was the "extra bit" in The Path of Daggers? Was it the kiss or the bonding? Please help settle this long-standing dispute.
A: The kiss is necessary, because that's how they learned to do it, because that's how the fellow that developed it did it. The extra bit is something in the bonding, and you'll find out what in Winter's Heart. You should have gotten a clue, I think, in the scene where the bonding took place.

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Q: Will Sharina play a more prominent role in WH? How big of a role will she play in books to come? Will we learn more about her, like her past, thoughts, feelings. etc?
A: We'll certainly see her again -- for the rest, read and find out. If I tell you everything that's coming, and everything that isn't coming, you're going to lose interest, aren't you?
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Q: What is the average term of office for the average Amyrlin, assuming she isn't deposed?
A: If you check the list of Amyrlin in the illustrated guide, which covers about 1000 years prior to the story, you'll find that there's quite a wide variation -- up to 50 or 60 years for some, and for others, perhaps 20. In large part, it depends how old she was when she was chosen Amyrlin. That is, given that she wasn't deposed.

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Q: Hi, Mr, Jordan, I have been an avid reader of your books since I first read The Eye of the World about a year ago. I was wondering how did you choose the colors for the Ajahs, ie. why are some colors such as orange left out and gray is in? Thanks for answering my question.
A: I stuck with what you might call basic colors, and orange is not a basic color.
Q: Mr. Jordan, In The Great Hunt it was mentioned that a Aes Sedai with gray hair was very old indeed. How old does a Aes Sedai typically have to be for her hair to start turning gray?
A: It varies. But usually they would expect to have grey hair by oh, 200 years of age. Some gray hair at least. Just like anyone else, some have gray hair at 150, or even 100, but that would be considered prematurely gray for an Aes Sedai.
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Q: Mr. Jordan, I love your books. If a person begins to channel at an old age, e.g. Sharina, will she begin to physically look younger when she slows, or will she remain the same and pick up from there?
A: She remains the same. It's not the same as having been stilled or burnt out. She's going to have a very long life, still, just not as a youthful person. [This is contradicted later (above) on RJ's blog - he says she will not become younger, but she will appear younger.]
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Q: What happens to an Aes Sedai's Warder bond if she enters a stedding? Can she still detect it?
A: No, of course not. An Aes Sedai would still be able to detect her Warder in the stedding.
Q: What if I tie off a weave, and enter a stedding? If the weave vanishes, will it reappear when I leave?
A:  The weave would go away, and would not come back when you left.
Q:  Can shielded/tied channelers such as Asmodean or Liandrin simply enter a stedding to have their shield dissolved?
A:  No. That's different.
Q: Was there ever a Purple Ajah?
A: They were going to, but they ran off to New Orleans and started up a biker bar instead.
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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: (paraphrased) What's up with the Accepted test ter'angreal?
A: The places that novices visit while testing for Accepted are other realities, but it's not quite that simple.  Anyone being tested is merely a visitor, or rider, on whoever she is in that world.  Some of those who have not come back have died, and some have become absorbed in the different reality, but that is not to say that they are still alive in any sense that we would recognize.  You really don't want to stay in the other reality, no matter how terrific it might seem.
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Q: Would a Gaidin be aware if his Aes Sedai was Black?
A: There are some ways that the Aes Sedai can fuzz, so to speak, the two way nature of the bond. After all, think about it a minute. Do you know many women who'd really like to have this guy looking over her shoulder if she was getting it on with somebody? This minute that she doesn't really want him to know what's going on, what she's doing, she can fuzz the bond to the extent that Elyas Machera has to ask whether the woman who is his . . . who held his bond has perished. He needs to know. He can't be sure simply by feeling because she fuzzed the bond after he ran away so he wouldn't know until she tapped him on the shoulder.
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RJ: If an Aes Sedai becomes Black Ajah, the Warder would know instantly that something was up, but wouldn't know exactly what.  The Black Ajah has three choices, then -- hope the Warder is a Darkfriend or amenable to being one, hide the affiliation, or arrange for an accident.  Yes, this would be painful for the Aes Sedai, but it might become necessary.  The process of becoming Black Ajah is evidently quite painful in its own right and thus probably involves more than just swearing new Oaths on the Rod.
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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RJ said that a channeler can hide strength as well as ability to channel, but added that 1) few people know how to do it, and 2) the Aes Sedai don't even know these tricks are possible.
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I asked him whether Delana Mosalaine had been raised to the Hall as Sitter before the Tower split or after. Karl-Johan and Jed probably recall our analysis of the Halls a month ago.
 I probably pronounced the name wrong because he just looked at me.  I prompted by saying 'Delana, the Gray Sitter who we know is Black.  Siuan's old friend from novicedom.'
 RJ started to say something but was trying to find the right words when I foolishly helped him out by saying 'Delana was raised at Salidar'.  He said yes and laughed.  I tried then to follow up with asking him if she was an important aspect of Siuan's pattern in the young Sitters.  RAFO was the response.

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I was at the signing at King of Prussia last night, and asked a question about Randland life that has been bugging me for a while - do Aes Sedai ever have children, and why/why not?  I was impressed with Jordan's casual reply, as if this were common knowledge - that all Aes Sedai, and for that matter, most women have knowledge of a special herb that serves as an incredibly efficient contraceptive.  This herb is just general women's lore, passed to women by Wisdoms and such.  He followed up with two other points : 1) Aes Sedai are personally discouraged from having children because they know they will outlive them and 2) it's clearly not a popular idea because the White Ajah had suggested having children with men who can channel in order to undo "culling", but this suggestion was not particularly well received.
Oh, and he made some comments about how a Warder of the Black Ajah might sometimes meet with "accidents" so the Black Ajah can remain secret. Alternatively, Black Ajah might intentionally bond Darkfriends.

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Q: Was the Aes Sedai who initiated the Pact of Rhuidean from the Age of Legends?
A: No. No, she was not from the Age of Legends.

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Q: We see a lot of characters making estimates about how strong such and such a channeler is or will be, but when we're talking about so far unfulfilled potential, how accurately can it be judged? Especially if the channeler making the judgment doesn't know how much training the channeler being judged previously has had?
A: One of the themes of the book is that no one knows everything there is to know. Another is that just because you believe something to be true, doesn't mean that it is true.  Someone can judge a current strength. This is a difference between men and women. A woman that can channel can very accurate judgment of another woman's strength whether she is channeling or not if she is standing close enough. Among Aes Sedai at least, knowledge of potential strength, especially if it is thought to be a great strength, becomes very widespread. Among men the circumstances are different. A man who can channel cannot judge the strength of another unless the other is channeling the One Power of holding the One Power, and even then all he can judge is how much of the One Power the other man is holding. He can't say how much he can hold. There are great differences between men and women in the One Power.

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Q: Is it possible to pass a Warder or any bond to a non-channeler? Or even a latent channeler?
A: Read And Find Out. I have grown so used to that answer, that when my wife asks me if I want to go out for dinner this evening, I sometimes say "Read and find out." That's usually when she hits me.

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A reader asked when the term "Ajah" came to have the meaning it has in Rand's time.  He said that until at least 500 years after the Tower was founded, it meant a temporary association for a specific purpose, and was a lower-case noun.  Its proper-noun sense arose afterwards, supplanting the earlier usage after the Trolloc Wars.
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I asked why Elayne thought even a Forsaken couldn't break the shield Adeleas and Vandene were holding on Ispan, expecting the answer that Elayne is clue-impaired.  The correct answer is that holding a shield on someone depends not only on relative strength and fatigue, but also on whether the shield is held by channelers of the same sex as the victim.  Thus two women (Adeleas and Vandene on Ispan, or Ispan and Falion on Nynaeve in A Crown of Swords) can hold another woman, but three women just get severed if they try to shield Rand.  As a curiosity, it is also possible for multiple people to hold a shield without linking, but this is less strong and less precise, producing basically a layered shield.
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Q: Hello, Mr. Jordan. I have enjoyed reading the Wheel of Time series since the beginning. Now through out your books, we learn more and more about the fascinating relationship existing between a Warder and his Aes Sedai. We learn that even thought the Warder gains some abilities, he is not on equal footing with his Aes Sedai, who can even control to a certain degree his mind. Now, would you care telling us your personal views on "Warderhood," and if such a thing was possible would you be willing to be a Warder?
A: Not on your life.

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Q: I would first like to say thank you for writing this wonderful series; it has been a pleasure reading the series and becoming familiar with your characters. My question, I believe, has been answered in the books but I want to clarify it in case I have been reading too much into it. Is the gift the Aes Sedai get from the bonding the ability to take or drain energy from their Warder for their own use? I believe this was stated in New Spring at the end, but I didn't know if it was a literal statement or figurative. Thank you for your time.
A:  That is one of the gifts. She can draw as much strength as she needs -- as a matter of fact, she could take it all. In other words, she could kill him.

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Q: Is it possible for an Ogier to be bonded as a Warder? I am not asking if it will happen, just if it is physically possible. We know that Ogier can be fierce warriors, so that shouldn't be a problem. Perhaps the bond could somehow reduce the Longing? An Ogier would make the perfect Warder for a Brown, if the bond were possible.
A: Such a bond would be possible, but an Ogier would find it a very strange thing to be asked to do. I can't think of an Ogier on this side of the Aryth Ocean who would be willing to accept.

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Q: Hi, Mr. Jordan, thanks for doing this. I've read the new book (and enjoyed it). I found it very surprising that the Red Ajah would have the largest membership. Could you expand on why that's so? The numbers of male channelers have been dwindling prior to the events of the story, and Aes Sedai from other Ajahs seem to be willing to help capture men. Do the Reds have another role in the Tower, or is there some other reason for their numbers?
A: Some facets of being Aes Sedai are being carried out by all Aes Sedai. That is, a Blue sister might dig out an old manuscript and old knowledge. A Brown sister might take on a man who can channel. And a Red sister might engage in political manipulation. But the fact is, to the world at large, one of the primary functions of Aes Sedai is to protect the world from men who can channel. That means that a fair number of young women who go to the White Tower go thinking that this will be one of their major functions as Aes Sedai. So the Red Ajah and the Green Ajah are the two largest.

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Q: Would making all Aes Sedai re-swear the Three Oaths on an Oath Rod, and then asking them, reveal if they are Black Ajah? (It should...)
A: There are certain difficulties with this. It might answer the question but how many sisters do you think will meekly submit to being asked to do such a thing? Being asked to do it is in effect an accusation.

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Q: Have any Aes Sedai ever been refused admittance to any Ajah?  
A: No.

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Q: What do members of the White Ajah actually do on a day-to-day basis?  
A: Think. Study philosophy.

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Q:  Was Else always Lanfear?
A:  No.  Else did exist as a separate human but was played by Lanfear after Else was expelled.

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Q:  Ask about the three White Black Aes Sedai in Liandrin's group when there should only be two. Joiya Byir (killed at Tear), Rianna Andomeran, and Falion Bhoda.
A:  [Complete surprise.] Really? [Mutter mutter.] Have to check that out. [Joiya was Gray.  This was an error that was corrected in later printings]  
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Q: When Birgitte says she remembers a tale of a female Warder after being bonded to Elayne, does she remember herself?  
A: RAFO
Q: What are the requirements for being raised from accepted to Aes Sedai?
A: Ability to channel under extreme stress.
Q: How are the Ajahs funded?  
A: Too complex to answer. Joint funding and contributions from Ajahs to full Tower.
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?  
A: All eyes-and-ears networks overlap a little, but hers was pretty independent.
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Q:  How big are the cities in The Wheel of Time?
A:  Tar Valon has 500,000 people and cities like Caemlyn and Tear are around 300,000 or so. I've envisioned a seventeenth century society and you've got to remember that for those times 300,000 would be huge. Some Asian cities of that period had populations near one million but nothing in Europe was even close.

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RJ: How Verin could determine the Ogier had no mind inside a stedding: We're going to find out something in the next few books about people without souls and characteristics of them. (he started out saying that we're going to find out something significant about Verin, then stopped).  
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Q: Rand recovered very quickly from his dual Healing...is this because of the way men Heal or because of the Warder bond...or both?  
A: Partly the Warder bond and partly the kind of Healing that was used on him. It should be obvious that Damer Flinn has discovered the same method of Healing that Nynaeve uses and of course, he still is not completely Healed, remember.

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The Aes Sedai who beat Rand in Lord of Chaos did not necessarily violate the Three Oaths. Jordan explained that the Three Oaths are bound by literal intent and perception. He said that the Aes Sedai could have considered the beatings a just punishment rather than the use of a weapon. He also suggested that not everything that harms you need be considered a weapon. I think he gave the example of a whip used lightly not considered a weapon, versus a whip used to flay skin being considered a weapon. On the subject of the First Oath ("to speak no word that is untrue"), Jordan said that Aes Sedai can say something they believe to be true or something they don't mean literally. As an example of the latter, an Aes Sedai can employ hyperbole and say something like, "I'm going to tie yours ears over your head," when she means to do no such thing.
Comment: I should also point out that at least two of the women who beat Rand are people we know to belong to the Black Ajah. On page 683hb (in Lord of Chaos), it is said that only Galina, Erian, and Katerine beat Rand more than once. We know that Galina and Katerine are Black Ajah, so they aren't bound by the Oaths anyway. Erian is the Aes Sedai whose two Warders Rand killed, so maybe she found some way to justify her punishment of Rand under the Three Oaths. I don't know who else beat Rand (ie, who beat him only once); the book may say, but I can't find a quote.
Not all Red Ajah are misandrists. Jordan said that not all members of the Red Ajah are rabid men-haters, but pointed out that they will tend to develop a dislike/distrust for men as part of their job. To be Red Ajah means that your primary mission is to capture and gentle channeling males, so all men become potential enemies. After having this outlook for several decades, it will be hard to have a normal relationship with men.
Comment: Something that I would personally like to add to this discussion is that all Aes Sedai believe in the importance of stopping male channelers, but the Reds are those who consider it more important than anything else they can do with their talents. This will tend to attract women who dislike men.

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On channeler strength: he said that he knew the rough strength of every channeler in the books, imposed on a 21-graded scale. Nynaeve he said had Forsaken strength, i.e. as strong as most female Forsaken. Egwene, Elayne and Aviendha were a step lower, and an additional step lower Elaida, Siuan and Moiraine were found. They were the strongest Aes Sedai known before "the new ones". Several Aes Sedai, including Leane and Kiruna, were next in strength. By the old standards they were deemed very strong and capable.[ RJ apparently forgot (or maybe the person doing the report mixed it up) that there is a level between the Supergirls and Elaida/Siuan/Moiraine/Romanda/Lelaine - Cadsuane, Kerene, and Meilyn are stronger than Moiraine's group but weaker than Egwene's group (New Spring). It's also worth adding that Sharina is predicted to become as strong as it is possible to be (like Lanfear was, apparently), and Talaan (along with maybe Alivia) is probably between Sharina and Nynaeve, so that makes at least two levels, maybe three, between Nynaeve and the top.]
The question about if any Amyrlin has been non-dramatically deposed he answered with "Read and Find Out". He though said that there were information deep inside the White Tower archives only accessible to the Amyrlin, the Keeper and the Sitters, apart from the librarians tending them. The mere notion of knowing the existence that such information existed would be considered a crime for other Aes Sedai.
On the choosing a deposing of the Keeper he said that the Amyrlin chooses the Keeper herself, as shown in Lord of Chaos, but that the deposition of the Keeper requires an unanimous decision from the Hall. The glossary entry on the Keeper in The Shadow Rising he said was incorrect in this regard.On the amount of ter'angreal enabling entry into Tel'aran'rhiod in the White Tower and if entry into Tel'aran'rhiod could be learned he answered "Read and Find Out". [This was asked after Demandred referenced the 'minor ter'angreal' used for training 'beginning students'. (Later, it was made clear that Aran'gar, who is weak in the Dream and must be right next to someone to find their dreams, can access the Gap of Infinity (GOI) where the dreams are found.   These two facts together, along with other small clues, suggest that one can be taught to enter Tel'aran'rhiod]
On the subject if the Oath Rod shortens lifespan or cause infertility he answered, not surprisingly, "Read and Find Out".
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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)
A: 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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He also refused to state Beldeine's Ajah, saying something to the effect of "Wait and find out. It's not really very important, anyway."
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Q: How does the Black Ajah recruit new members?
A: Very carefully. You have to understand that EVERY Ajah recruits carefully and subtly. Generally, after all those years as novice and Accepted, your teachers know your character and personality VERY well, and you are guided to the Ajah where you fit. The Black Ajah watches too. And recruitment is a one-shot offer: they offer, and you can accept or die. There are a lot of ways to die that wouldn't lead to any suspicion; for instance, it's pretty easy to kill yourself experimenting with the One Power. Who would think that such a death wasn't accidental?  [It has been suggested that many of Taim's "losses in training" are for this reason. - Terez]
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Q:  [I mentioned Katerine Sedai, 17 years Aes Sedai, 12 years Black.]
A:  One thing they do, for instance, is watch new Aes Sedai. Sometimes women get past the final tests and then discover that they don't have anywhere near as much power and freedom as they thought they would have.

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Q: What were the female Aes Sedai doing during the Breaking? Surely they could have got together in circles of six or thirteen or whatever, cut off one man from the Source, and gone onto the next.
A: Several things. Partly, you have to find the men before you can do anything. Partly, by the time they realized what was going on, it was too late. The massive geological upheavals were only a part (and not the most important part) of the Breaking. There was also the cumulative social collapse, breakdown of transportation systems, etc.. Imagine a city like Seattle that suddenly loses ALL contact with the outside world. Also, the women were (after a point) trying to preserve what they could, not fight the men directly. Finally, in order to make someone stop doing something, you have to be able to threaten them. What can you threaten a madman with, that he will listen to you and stop?
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Q: Speaking of the Breaking, how did Dragonmount survive all that rearrangement of geography?
A: Well, the Breaking had different effects in different areas. Some areas were raised up, others lowered, others moved around... but the effects were relatively mild in some areas; Dragonmount was one of them. [Which I suppose makes sense, since nobody lived in the area, the men would likely have been elsewhere.--TZ] Note that Shayol Ghul used to be a subtropical island. The Tar Valon area was moved, but as an entire piece, so the mountain, the island, and the river stayed in the same places relative to each other.

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Q: What about those Warders in Caemlyn around Logain in The Eye of the World? Didn't Moiraine say that they were all Red sisters? Reds don't have Warders!
A: Moiraine never mentioned the sisters escorting Logain (not all of whom were Red). The ones with Logain weren't in Caemlyn at the time [evidently they stayed with the army, which stayed outside the city--TZ]. Moiraine was referring to those that were in Caemlyn. There is something explaining this in Lord of Chaos. Remember that the interleaving of plot threads goes backward as well as forward.

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RJ: The Ajahs were created a few hundred years in the aftermath of the Breaking.
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Q: How did the Ajahs originate?  
A: Simply because I needed an organization for the power structure, and it seemed to me that a collective organization was something women were more likely to come up with, rather than something strictly hierarchal.

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Q: Why is Myrelle so heartless? She nearly let Lan die...why?
A: 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.

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Q: How did the White Tower form after the Breaking?  
A: Aes Sedai slowly got together.

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                                                        Brandon Sanderson/Team Jordan Quotes



Driving Mr. Sanderson 17 April 2011 - Terez reporting

Terez: (sleepinghour) Is the weave used in the shawl testing a form of Compulsion?
Brandon: They’re definitely cousins. Whether they would consider it a form of Compulsion…to them, Compulsion is complete evil, so they will not view it at all like that...
Terez: Yeah, I thought that might be part of what Verin used to cobble together her own Compulsion weave.
Brandon: Yeah. They’re definitely cousins.
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Terez: (herid) How much time passed between Verin's meeting with Mat and her death?
Brandon: Oh boy, you’re fishing for Nakomi!
Terez: No, actually I’m not; somebody else submitted that question.
Brandon: Okay. I would have to have the timeline in front of me.
Terez: Yeah. I think they asked because there are certain contradictions in the timeline and that’s why…
Brandon: Oh yeah. There’s a mistake in Mat’s timeline.
Terez: And that was in TGS, right?
Brandon: No, there’s a mistake in TOM. Mat sees sunshine when he shouldn’t, or vice-versa. The reason for that being, Mat’s timeline was the big one we were playing with, and we were moving him through the book to different places to decide where various things were appropriate, and where we settled on, both Alan and Bob Kluttz – who are really detailed timeline people – both stamped this timeline and said ‘There are no flaws in this except there is an error in TGS’, which we have now changed. But we let a typo creep through – that one was more of a typo because we moved a scene from some place to some place else – and so there is a cloud typo. It is recorded on Twitter – I don’t know if you saw it – where someone pointed it out to me and I said ‘We will get that changed.’ Maria now is aware of it.
Terez: If it was recently then I didn’t get it, because I’m behind.
Brandon: Okay. But Bob Kluttz does have an official timeline…he was one of the beta readers. The betas have all kind of come out now. I didn’t want people being jealous of them before the book came out, but…
Terez: Too late. I already knew about Linda. And I was jealous. [Because Linda posted all her TOM theories the week before the book was sent to the beta readers (which was announced on Twitter).]
Brandon: Yeah. I went to Bob because Bob is a master of timeline – one of them; there are many out there – and Bob’s job was to keep me honest on the timeline, and he did a really fantastic job, but we did miss one typo at least.
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Darth Andrea on Twitter - 20 March 2011
Timeline wise, was Aviendha's meeting with Nakomi in the waste before or after Verin had met with Egwene and died?
Brandon Ha. It seems everyone wants to know if this is possibly Verin. There will be timestamps in AMOL to let you guess.
Heridfan There are enough existing timestamps to show that Verin can't be Nakomi.[ That, of course, rather depends on how those timestamps are interpreted, and what method you think Verin might have used to visit Aviendha.] But I don't believe timestamps in ToM.
Brandon So far as I know, there are no timestamp errors in TofM. [I suspect that there simply isn't anyone on Team Jordan who is good with timelines. It's pretty much a mess, quite aside from the Tam issue. There are conflicting timestamps in TOM, unless we are just really, really confused. But I sympathize with Team Jordan since I also suck at timelines. I also sympathize with Steven Cooper, who is pretty good at it but nonetheless seems to have given up? I hope not. I hope he updates soon.] I have a solid timeline from people better at such things than I.
Brandon There COULD still be mistakes, but I think the book is more accurate than people assume because of the Tam issue.
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Aaron Oster on Twitter - 17 January 2011
How could Verin write that note if she hadn't taken poison yet?
Brandon
An excellent question, one I'm surprised I haven't seen talked about yet. (Though I'm sure it has been.)
Brandon
Basically, it's for the same reason that an Aes Sedai can kill if she puts herself into a situation where she's in danger.
Brandon It involves mental gymnastics and lots of requirements. In the end, she put so many on that the note didn't get read.
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Sam Weller's, Salt Lake City, UT 12 January 2011 - Matt Hatch reporting
Matt: I know you won't answer me definitively on the Lanfear/Verin questions I have until after AMoL. So how about this, did Lanfear know of Verin?
Brandon: Yes, Lanfear knew of Verin.
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Tor.com Q&A - 10 January 2011
Q: And how much time has past since Mat met Verin and the trio left for the Tower of Ghenjei? 30 days?
Brandon: Mat set aside the letter and didn't open it for the required number of days. The next day he left for the Tower of Ghenjei.
Q: And how many days before Rand's epiphany on Dragonmount did Mat and Verin met?
Brandon: I will send you to the fan-curated chronologies. I have a chronology on my computer, but let's let the fans work it out.
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Towers of Midnight book tour 8 November 2010 Lincoln Triangle Barnes and Noble NY, NY - WinespringBrother reporting
Q: Was Verin in Towers of Midnight?
A: I know what you're looking for, is Nakomi really Verin, and that's going to be a RAFO.
Matt Hatch on Twitter 8 November 2010
Did Verin know the weave to hide her channeling ability from being detected by another female channeler?
Maria Simons
Sneaky sneaky Verin knew a lot. And that's all I have to say at the moment.
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Towers of Midnight book tour, Dallas Borders 4 November 2010 - aurik reporting
Q: What was the most jaw-dropping scene (or scenes) to you when you read the material for Towers of Midnight?
A: Verin.
Q: That's what you answered for Book 12. I'm asking about book 13, which I've already read.
A: Everyone in line close your ears...The whole Tower of Ghenjei sequence. That was all written by Jim5 . Also, the surprise proposal at the end.
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Towers of Midnight Book Tour, Midnight release, Provo, UT 2 November 2010 - Tamyrlin reporting
Matt: Did Verin know Fain was a Darkfriend, when we first met Verin?
Brandon: Not sure.
Matt: Did Verin ever work with Fain?
Brandon: No. She's been around him, but working with him is something different.
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Dragonmount Interview with Brandon 26 October 2010 - Luckers reporting
Luckers: Did the notes squash/support any of your theories/ideas of where the books were going? Are you able to tell us what or how?
Brandon: Yes. It did both. Some things were supported, some things were squashed, and some things I just didn’t have any personal theories on. I can’t speak of many of them. I’m trying to remember which ones were in THE GATHERING STORM that I can talk about. I did think that there was a good chance--or at least I hoped and theorized--that Elaida would end up as a damane. And I was very happy to see that. I was taken completely by surprise by the Verin revelation. Most of the things that were squashed happen in the next two books, so I can’t really talk about them. And it’s very hard to look back and say, “What were my theories, and what did I think about things?” because it’s been three years now since I first looked at the notes and I already have all of that in my head.
Luckers: Will Verin face punishment from the Dark One for what she did? (Also, wow for that scene. Just plain flat out wow!)
Brandon: Well, I can’t claim very much credit for that scene. Will Verin face punishment from the Dark One? It will all depend on whether he can get his mitts on her or not.
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Interview with Maria Simons 10 June 2010 - Luckers reporting

Luckers: What was in Corianin Nedeal's notes (the ones Verin considers both giving to Egwene and destroying). Or will we find out?
Maria: RAFO
Luckers: Why did Verin tell Rand that damane may feel him channeling at Falme? Did she truly fear it might be possible, or was she manipulating him? And if so to what purpose?
Maria: I don’t know if it was ignorance, or just sneaky Verin being sneaky. Either is possible; if the latter, I have no idea what her purpose was.
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JordanCon 24 April 2010 - Terez reporting
Terez: Was Verin at the Darkfriend Social? (This question was on Linda's list.)
Harriet: That was Bela.
Terez: AGGGGGH.
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Sandy, UT 5 December 2009 - kavorca reporting

Verin. He said the notes on her are quite extensive. Lots of her backstory is there. He said he felt like what wasn't revealed in the books would be a good candidate for the encyclopedia.
The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Powell's Books, Portland, OR 19 November 2009 - Matrimony Cauthon reporting
Unfortunately I didn't get to hear many of the questions in the signing line. However, one person did ask a question about Verin's letter to Mat. The person asked if Verin's time-based conditions she stipulated to Mat had something to do with the 'last hour of death' Oath that she took. Sanderson said that Verin's conditions did have something to do with her Oath, but that there was a lot more going on than just that.
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Scottsdale Public Library, Phoenix Arizona 16 November 2009 - kcf reporting
 Shaidar Haran has special power over those that swear to the Dark One, and the Forsaken in particular. I asked about Alviarin’s special mark, and he said Shaidar Haran has similar power over her. The implication is that there are lots of ramifications for swearing to the Dark One. Brandon mentioned that this makes Verin all the more remarkable.
Verin’s revelations will have ramifications throughout the last two books. Brandon is surprised that more people haven’t been asking about this.
The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego 15 November 2009 - Freelancer reporting
Q. Did Verin have anything to do with the attack on Demira Sedai in Caemlyn?
Brandon: RAFO+. Even though Verin's gone now, so much Verin discussion remains that it shouldn't be disturbed. (He took several seconds deciding to RAFO, if that means anything)
Q. Was the Compulsion which Elza told Semirhage about, Verin's work from after Dumai's Wells, and was it Shaidar Haran who told her about it and to ask Semirhage to remove it?
Brandon: Yes.
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Borders Dallas 14 November 2009 - Aubree Pham reporting
Verin does have blood on her hands, but everything she has done has been for the greater good.
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                                                           Robert Jordan Quotes

Knife of Dreams book tour 20 October 2005 – Robert Mee reporting
Q:  "Was Verin a librarian of the 13th Depository?" (To include both past and present).
RJ:  No.
Q:  So she's just a bit weird and knows a lot?
RJ:  Pretty much.
В: Была ли Верин библиотекарем из Тринадцатого Книгохранилища?
РД: Нет
В: Она немного таинственна и знает слишком много?
РД: Еще как.
DragonCon 4 September 2005 - Emma reporting
Tamyrlin: Can you explain the reasoning behind Verin's decision to break Tower law and give a ter'angreal to a novice, especially considering the fact that she did so with little or no guidance?
Jordan: RAFO, sorry.
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DragonCon 4 September 2005 - Tamyrlin's missing question
Tamyrlin:  Did Lanfear and Verin have any contact, and if not did Verin give Egwene the ter’angreal of her own free will?
RJ: Yeah she gave it with her own free will and choice. And no contact between Lanfear and Verin.

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DragonCon 5 September 2005 - Tamyrlin reporting

Winter's Heart book tour 12 November 2000 - Ryan R. reporting
I asked Jordan if you need to channel to detect loss of soul, and he said no, it was obvious from touch.  So Verin doesn't have a Well, or at least didn't use it.
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Balticon XXX April 1996 - Bill Garrett reporting
Verin is older than most Aes Sedai think, but not as old as some fans think she is. Jordan said specifically that she is not from the Age of Legends. Other than that, he was fairly vague, but he implied that she's no older than, say, 300. "There's a reason why Aes Sedai respect a sister with gray hair," he said.
Additional note: One fan claimed that, at the convention, Jordan said that Verin had never held the Oath rod. Jordan later denied having said any such thing.
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Balticon XXX April 1996 - Pam Korda reporting
Verin: Considerably older than anyone expects. (I presume he was talking about the characters, not the fans, considering that our  guesses range up to 3000 years old.) He also said that Age of Legends lifespans are not known in modern Randland. (Thus, I presume that Verin is NOT 3000 years old.) He said something about "the effects of the Oath Rod," I don't know whether this was with reference to aging, or effects on something totally unrelated.
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Lord of Chaos book tour Atlanta October 1994
"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."
Letter to Tom McCormick - November/December 1993
Tom McCormick: Get him to confirm that Verin is not Black.
RJ: As for Verin: read and find out. Surely you agree with Oscar Wilde about the suspense? I will try to keep you right a tiptoe as long as I can.


Speech at Trinity College, Dublin - November 1993
And when Verin was mentioned, he just said he hoped he kept surprising people.

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« Ответ #67 : 27 Октября 2011, 23:19:50 »

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Q: Aviendha’s scene in the columns at Rhuidean was wonderful. Will the columns always do that now, or has Aviendha broken them for good?
A: RAFO.
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Q: Pardon me if this has been asked a million times but what did you find heartbreaking to write in ToM? Noal? Aiel future?
A: Aiel future, all the way. And the death of a certain character related to Perrin.
Q: Possibly a RAFO, but will you find aMoL to be even more Heartbreaking to write?
A: It WILL be heartbreaking, if only because it's the last. I can't say if it will be heartbreaking for similar reasons or not.

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Q: Any chance of a hint at the red veiled Aiel? Even the tiniest of reference anywhere else?
A:  Harriet has told me I have to RAFO all questions about this. Sorry.

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Q: Did RJ specifically state in his notes that the three Aiel Dreamwalkers were clueless about the 'breaking of the seals'? I ask, because those same 3 Aiel Dreamwalkers are implied to know the final use of Callandor early in the series.
A: Before I reply, expand on that question, if you will. Humor me.
Q: It's Amys, Bair, Melaine reactions to Egwene's words in #TofM Chapter "A Vow" (Egwene pov) I'm wondering about "but his words were those of madness. He said he is going to break the seals on the Dark One's prison." Amys and Bair both froze. "You are certain of this?" Bair asked. "Yes. "This is disturbing news," Amys said."We will consult with him on this. Thank you for bringing this to us." My question is if all the Wise One sit around the Heart of the Stone, repeatedly, and look at Callandor. Should not the Wise Ones have knowledge about the breaking of the seals? They already know about Callandor's use.
A: I'll say this. RJ's writing, notes, and outline were very present in that entire sequence. Much less Brandon there.
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Q: Have we seen red veils before?
A: RAFO.
Q: Where those fellas in red veils? Human or Shadowspawn?
A: RAFO. Улыбка
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Q: Who on earth is Nakomi?
A: RAFO. Улыбка I'm leaving that one open to interpretation.
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Q: Ch. 48-49. - was that all in Jordan's notes? So so sad and dark!
A: I'm avoiding answering questions about what was specifically in the notes and what wasn't, for now.
Q: Ok, well, can you comment on your own feelings of those chapters, as a fan?
A: Awesome but very disturbing. As a fan, they're discomforting.

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Q: Was it an Aiel in the epilogue?
A: RAFO
Q: Was the channeler at the Portal Stone the same “group” as who we saw in the Blight?
A: ~smiles~ RAFO
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I asked for clarification of Aiel male channelers. Brandon said that once they learned the taint was cleansed, no Aiel men were/would be sent to the Blight.
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I asked him if we could expect to get more insight into Aviendha's vision from Towers of Midnight and he immediately said "RAFO."
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Someone else (two different people, actually) asked about Nakomi. Brandon RAFO’d, but then said that there were some very interesting theories out there, and that some hard core fan freaks may have had some that were more accurate than others he’d seen. I don’t know if he’s referring to Theoryland specifically or just the OCD fan community in general.
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I had the chance to ask Brandon about [Nakomi] at a book signing in Northern Virginia. I specifically asked him if the scene is something he plans to address in the next book. To paraphrase, he stated that he wants to keep the specifics of what happened close to the chest for now, and that he has not decided whether he will address it in the next book.
(later) I asked Brandon about the chapter with Aviendha and Nakomi. I stated that it was a very striking encounter, and it reminded me thematically of the meeting with Tom Bombadil in Lord of the Rings, i.e., something mysterious an unexplained. I asked him if he would develop the encounter any further. He stated that he did not want to discuss the character any further at the moment, because he might explore the encounter in A Memory of Light.
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I [asked] him if Rand has met with Sorilea since his time on Dragonmount, and he said he thinks that Rand has.
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Q: We are told the male Aiel channelers go to the Blight to "to kill the Dark One." And it is said "None survived long enough to face madness." Is this point of view or truth?
A: RAFO. It's not that I don't know, it's that I think in reading the text you can answer that question yourself.
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Q: I was wondering--why didn't Amys and Bair contact Edarra in her dreams when they were looking for Tam?
A: There's a reason. Towers of Midnight may shine light on that.
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I asked Brandon about Sulin this evening. He said that he had originally placed Sulin like that very intentionally, intending to do "something" with her. However, after a conversation with Maria, he became convinced that his original plans regarding this character were not workable, so Sulin will be edited out of future editions of The Gathering Storm.
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My second question was if any of the major Aiel characters was an unexposed Darkfriend. This got RAFO'd right away, so draw your own conclusions.
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Q: I got the impression from somewhere that the Aiel were a result of tampering, to some degree, with the One Power. Am I insane, or is that based in reality?
A: I have not heard that before.
Q: I don’t know where I got that from.
A: Yeah. I certainly haven’t heard anything to do with the One Power. There was tampering going on, but we’re talking more like Aes Sedai, things like that. The pillars that were left behind were obviously intended to do something, and the charges that were given to them….but it’s not necessarily like they were trying to make anything specific.
Q: Are the Aiel linked in some way to the Ogier, in that they both have that capability in making things grow, and that they and the Nym all worked together in the scene from the Age of Legends?
A: Well, everybody is connected in the Pattern, and certainly the Aiel would have threads connecting them to the Ogier. I can’t really say anything too specific about it.
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Q: Was Sulin really with Rand or--?
A: RAFO. I will tell you when there are typos or not. This is a RAFO. [It was an error.] <begin paraphrasing> Some typos that have been found are Bashere appearing as Tenobia's cousin rather than uncle...my hands kept wanting to type cousin instead. <end paraphrasing>
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Q: What medieval Arthurian texts were in RJ’s library?
A: Harriet didn’t remember anything specifically Arthurian, but there were a lot of books on mythology, religion, Asimov’s guide to the bible, Norse, Greek, Cheyenne Indian. RJ wrote about the Cheyenne under the name Jackson O’Reilly. The Aiel are based on the Cheyenne.

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Q: Why do the Aiel revere and protect blacksmiths?
A: It has a lot to do with the fact that without the blacksmiths there can be no warriors. The blacksmiths are the ones who make the spears and who keep them going. But, in a way the blacksmiths are among those who sacrifice being able to go and fight themselves so that others can and that’s kind of a holy calling to the Aiel. There is also a lot of spirituality to it related to where they live, being in the desolate wasteland and the whole concept of being forged. […] There is a spiritual aspect to a blacksmith forging something because of the place that they live. Those are the two of the main reasons. It’s cultural which means there is going to be more than one reason that it is deeply ingrained, but those are two big ones that roll of the top that are in the notes.

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Q: In the middle books in the series, we see that a Roofmistress is typically the clan chief's wife. What happens if the clan chief is not married? Or what status does the roofmistress have if she runs a Hold that is not the home of a clan chief?
A: The roofmistress of a clan hold is always the wife of the clan chief, if he is married. If he is unmarried, his eldest first-sister would be the roofmistress until he did marry. If he didn't have a first-sister, then it would be his eldest living sister-mother, his mother's sister, who is considered more closely related to him than his father's sisters are. After that, there is a whole set of complexities involving blood-relationships that make sure that the woman is who is both the eldest and the most closely related to the clan chief has the position. This is a situation that seldom develops, however, and seldom lasts long if it does. The Wise Ones believe that a clan chief should be married, as a stabilizing influence if for no other reason, and they will arrange the matter one way or another if he himself does not. And since Aiel women in general also believe that a clan chief should be married, in most cases the woman who is temporarily roofmistress will work toward the same end as well.
The roofmistress of a hold that is not the home of a clan chief or a sept chief has the same status as the roofmistress of a clan chief or sept chief, at least inside her own hold. She would gain that position by being the wife of the man who leads the algai'd'siswai of that hold, though her authority in some ways outstrips his inside the hold, just as the authority of clan or sept roofmistresses in some ways outstrips that of the clan or sept chiefs inside the hold. There are certain decisions that are hers alone and in which he has no say at all.
There is a hierarchy of roofmistresses within a clan, with the roofmistress of the clan chief at the top, roofmistress of sept chiefs next, and other roofmistresses ranked below according to the size of the holds of which they are roofmistresses. Roofmistresses of other clans are considered to have comparable status in any inter-clan dealings, though without the authority in any clan save their own.
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RJ:  On Dreamers, Dreamwalkers and prophetic dreams he said that the ability to interpret one's dreams, enter Tel’aran’rhiod and meddle with other people's dreams were different Talents.
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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.
A: 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:  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 back story.
A: They know quite a bit about his back story. 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: Rhuarc indicates that an Aiel in Rhuidean sees the past through the eyes of one of his ancestors. Is this true for the women as well? What would a non-Aiel see, if anything?
A: Yes, a woman would also see through the eyes of her ancestors, at least in the “forest of crystal spires” ter’angreal, and she, too, would live the history of the Aiel, in effect. Someone who wasn’t Aiel could wander through those spires forever and never see a thing except the spires. He or she might think it was a monument, or maybe a work of art. Just for a reminder, women who are chosen out to be Wise Ones have to go to Rhuidean twice, the second time for the spires and the first for another ter’angreal, one that makes her see all of the possible paths her life could take all the way to their conclusion. She can’t possibly remember all of them, of course, but some things she will remember and know that it would be very bad for her to make that particular choice when it comes, or alternatively, very good. This is the ter’angreal that Moiraine went through.
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Q:  Why have we not seen any Aiel Asha'man?
A:  The Aiel have a different tradition, as I have mentioned in the books. When a young Aiel man learns that he is beginning to channel, or thinks that he is, that is taken as sign that he has been marked out to try to kill the Dark One, and he sets out for the Blight in an attempt to do so. And given that any Black Tower recruiting party that showed up in the Waste would very likely find itself in a fight to the death fairly soon after arrival, it isn't a spot that anyone would pick for recruiting. Now, it may be that some Aiel may finally join the Asha'man (I'm not saying they will!) but traditions are hard to change, especially when they have religious overtones and have lasted a few thousand years.
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RJ:  The Aiel (eye-eel) for example have bits of Zulu, and bits of Apache, and bits of Cheyenne Indians, and bits of Bedouin and bits of Japanese cultures, and also some things that I simply thought would be neat. ... So I could fit them into the culture.
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Q: Considering some of the cultures that you've come up with in your books, like the Seanchan, or The Aiel, even the building up of their history, are there any real world equivalents to them?
A: Not one-to-one. Not for any given cultures Well, the Aiel for instance, there are bits of Berber and Bedouin cultures. Zulu. Some things from the Japanese historical cultures. From the Apache Indians. Also from the Cheyenne. I put these things together and added in some things that I also wanted to be true about the culture beyond these real cultures.
Then I began to figure out if these things were true, what else had to be true and what things could not be true. That can be very simple. If you have a culture living in a land where water is scarce, well, obviously they value water. It's necessary for human survival. On the other hand, if they live in the middle of a waterless waste, dealing with crossing rivers or lakes is going to be difficult for them. They don't know how.
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Q:  I am curious to find out why there are no male Dreamwalkers mentioned since according to the Wise Ones it is not connected to the One Power.
A:  Simply because it's a Talent that appears very rarely among men. The Wise Ones are doubtful that there actually can be a male Dreamwalker.
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Q: "Was the Aes Sedai who initiated the Pact of Rhuidean from the Age of Legends?"  (From The Shadow Rising).
A: (Pause)"No." (Pause)"No, she was not from the Age of Legends."
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Q: Are the Aiel already a Remnant?
A: RAFO.
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He made the Aiel look Irish because he thought it was kind of funny. He doesn't like the fact that hardened desert warriors are always described as looking a certain way, so he used the opposite description.
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Q: Mr. Jordan, I was wondering where you came up with the "old language" and the Aiel language? Are there preset rules to them and it is a functioning language? Or do you just have a set of words that you devised and insert when needed?
A: It's a functioning language in that I have developed a basic grammar and syntax, and have a vocabulary list which I have devised, some from Gaelic of course, but from languages less often used. Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese. I try to follow these rules that I've set up but occasionally I realize I have to invent a new rule because I'm doing something I've never done before but it all follows the grammar I've devised. As far as the Aiel that I've devised as a culture they have bits of Apache, bits of Bedouin, bits that are simply mine.
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Q: How do you explain Liah being in Shadar Logoth for so long?  
A: She became absorbed into the city. She was left there and she is, after all, an Aiel, one of the people better at surviving under harsh circumstances than anyone else in the world. And also her corruption by Shadar Logoth gave her some protection.
Q: First off, I'd like to say thanks Mr. Jordan for providing my family and I countless hours of reading enjoyment, and I'd like to ask you something about the Aiel, well, who are they?  
A: You're welcome. And they are the descendants of the pacifists who were in service to the Aes Sedai in the Age of Legends. If on the other hand, you mean the source of the culture in my mind, they contain some elements of the Apache, some of the Zulu, some of the Bedouin, and some elements of my own including that I rather liked the fact of making the desert dwellers blue-eyed and fair instead of the usual dark-eyed, dark-complected desert people.

Q: There's been some question about how the Aiel sustain their vast numbers east and west of the Dragonwall. How can millions of Aiel live on grubs in the Waste and why don't they scavenge the land clean in Illian, Cairhien, and Caemlyn?  
A: They can live in the same ways that the Bedouin manage to live in a desert where you or I would die, and the Apache did so. They make very efficient use of what they find. And if they stay in one place for too long in too great a number they would indeed strip the land bare. But there certainly aren't millions of them in Illian. [I think RJ misunderstood the question, which was geared at the starvation in the nations mentioned. - Terez]
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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. [ The show will certainly go on :Для Шерлока ]
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RJ: The invasion of iron-clad men into the Aiel Waste as reflected on in the ancestor-memory ter'angreal he said did not refer to Artur Hawkwing, but to a much earlier event.
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I told him that my feeling was that the number of Darkfriends in Randland were probably between 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100,000.  He replied, "closer to the latter, of course we see more of them because of the ta'veren."  I asked if there were fewer amongst the Aiel than in the great cities.  He responded, "Yes, of course."  I asked if the Aiel attacks were done by the Shaido and their allies. He responded, "If someone thinks otherwise, they should read the books." I stated that 20 Darkfriends would be a heavy investment to lose all at once.  Jordan replied, "Not at all.  It's very easy for me to make some more.  It is their trustworthiness that is more of a problem." [2 I am not sure which Aiel attacks the reporter is referring to.  If the '20 Darkfriends' comments was supposed to go along with it...there were 12 Aiel that attacked Mat's camp (6.22), and 'five or six Aiel' that attacked Demira  (6.46) (though of course they were not actually Aiel), but that makes 18 at most.  Perhaps someone else will enlighten me.]
We talked a bit about the Aiel culture.  Robert constantly referred to the Amer-Indian, Arab, and African cultures.  In particular, how come they don't show signs of being malnourished?  "Belly dancers live in the desert and yet, have been known to be full bodied.  It is the people who have had their fields burned that might be a little malnourished."  
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RJ: Overheard early during the signing: the history of the Da'shain Aiel is based on the history of the Cheyenne Indians during their several-generation migration from east of the Great Lakes to the Rocky Mountains -- a period in which every man's hand was raised against them.
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Q: How do Wise Ones get gai'shain? (they don't fight, right?)  
A: They can be traded, though. Besides which, there are other ways, if you read Lord of Chaos, to become gai'shain.
Q: Could Aviendha be pregnant...inquiring minds want to know!  
A: Inquiring minds can read and find out.
Q: If Rand's mother isn't Aiel, was she formerly Queen of Andor?
A: Read and find out!
Q: Are you ever going to expand the existing map and perhaps open up the lands east of the Spine of the World?  
A: There are no known maps of the Aiel Waste. That has been established.
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« Ответ #68 : 18 Ноября 2011, 18:54:46 »

По просьбе Ноэла Чарина (http://www.wheeloftime.ru/forum/index.php/topic,6620.msg560992.html#msg560992) вставляю оригинал записок РД о Кадсуане, опубликованный Сандерсоном для Великой Охоты и расшифрованный сообществом, и мой любительский перевод.

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Cadsuane Melaidhrin

Cadsuane Melaidhrin was born in 705 NE in the city-state of Far Madding. At the age of fifteen, she went to the White Tower. There she spent six years as a novice and five years as Accepted. She might have moved faster as novice and Accepted—in fact almost certainly should have—but she was noted for both her stubbornness and her pride (read arrogance). At age 26, she was raised Aes Sedai and chose the Green Ajah.

Cadsuane was very strong in the One Power; for many years she served as the gauge by which every incoming novice was judged. In the last thousand years, no one had matched her and few had come close. Certainly no one in that time had exceeded her. Not even with her full strength yet, she was, on the very day she attained the shawl, at the pinnacle of the Aes Sedai social hierarchy.

She stood about 5'5" tall and was neither slender nor stout. She was not pretty, but she was strikingly handsome with a fair complexion. She had dark eyes, which some people occasionally mistook for black, especially when she was focused on them in an unpleasant fashion. Her hair became iron-gray, and she wore it in a bun on top of her head; the bun was decorated with small dangling golden ornaments, stars and moons and birds and fish. These hair ornaments were considered something of a trademark because she had worn them for as long as anyone could remember. For many sisters, the fact that she had was just one more indication of how set in her ways she was; they thought Cadsuane would never change, could never change. Of course, this was far from true; Cadsuane was remarkably adaptable, as befits someone who survived as long as she.

Cadsuane was considered by many to be a second Caraighan, although unlike Caraighan, she always refused offices. She preferred the field, so to speak; adventures were her bag. It was said that Cadsuane went through more Warders than most sisters have shoes; she didn’t have all that many, since she was as vulnerable to the effects of a Warder’s death as anyone else. Later in life, she refused to take another Warder because she felt that at her age, bonding a Warder would not be fair to the man.

Cadsuane first refused to be raised a Sitter in 846 NE; she reportedly did so a second time as well, though even one refusal was unheard of. She refused to be raised head of the Green Ajah in 862 NE, another thing that was unheard of. She was said to have vanished from the Tower for ten years (from roughly 890 NE to 900 NE) when she learned that the Hall intended to raise her Amyrlin after Sereille Bagand. She retired to northern Ghealdan about twenty-five years before the Aiel War, but came out of retirement, with her two surviving Warders, for that conflict. Soon after the Aiel War ended, she returned to her rustication. She claimed to have been raising roses when Logain appeared. His appearance drew her out of retirement again, but she was not interested in escorting him to Tar Valon and decided to wander a bit. Then Mazrim Taim rose up, and she headed for Saldaea as fast as she could ride.

When Siuan Sanche and Moiraine Damodred had reason to research Cadsuane because of their encounter with her shortly after reaching the shawl, they found many stories regarding Cadsuane. All of the ones that they were able to trace down turned out to be true, but in some cases the truth was more than the story. They were not able to follow or confirm all of the stories, of course.

One of the most prevalent Cadsuane stories was that she had once physically assaulted an Amyrlin Seat. Since physically assaulting any sister is a serious offense—and an Amyrlin even more so—the fact that Cadsuane apparently escaped any punishment at all, and that the tale is vague about which Amyrlin it was supposed to be, made most everyone think this story was false. It wasn’t; it was the method Cadsuane used to turn Myriam Copan from a weak Amyrlin to a strong one in 758 NE. Myriam was thought to have gone on a two-month retreat by herself, but she had, in fact, been all but kidnaped by Cadsuane. Turning Myriam around involved, among other things, turning her upside down at least once. Although Myriam certainly had reason to keep the events of those two months secret (she was able to make a statement which seemed to deny that Cadsuane had assaulted her), it is the basis of the tale that Cadsuane once physically assaulted an Amyrlin.

Another story said that long ago she had removed a sitting king from his palace and taken him to Tar Valon to be gentled. In truth, Cadsuane had “a nose” for men who can channel. She faced more of them than any other sister living; she herself said more than any two Reds, maybe more than any ten. This seems to indicate at least twenty of them in that time, maybe more. She brought more of them to Tar Valon than any other sister. Of these, she never had to kill one, either because she could not capture him or because he was trying to escape. These men have ranged over the years from farmboys to nobles to the king of Tarabon, but one and all, they made much better adjustments to their fate than is considered normal. They eventually died short of a normal span, but they lived considerably longer than usual. For that King of Tarabon: he had to be winkled out of his palace, avoiding his army, which sought to rescue him. She carried him all the way to Tar Valon for gentling by herself, though pursued by his army that refused to believe that he was what he was.

It was also said that she kidnaped a King of Arad Doman and a Queen of Saldaea. After she released them, a war that had seemed inevitable simply faded away. She did actually spank or switch three reigning kings and four queens, though the facts of these are hidden in rumor.

Cadsuane is alleged to have once single-handedly stopped a coup in the White Tower. That did happen, though no one seems to know or agree on when. The true story: Cadsuane and Sereille Bagand did not get on with each other. In fact, they could not stand one another. Each was the sort of woman who dominated a room—or for that matter, a city!—by simply entering, and they struck sparks at every meeting. Despite her dislike for Sereille, though, Cadsuane uncovered a plot to overthrow Sereille and crushed it. The plotters thought she would be eager to join them, but she dragged the weeping ringleaders to Sereille and made them throw themselves on Sereille’s rather small mercies. Sereille was not particularly pleased to have been saved—the plot was well laid out and ready to leap off—by one she so disliked.

She had a reputation for standing White Tower custom on its head, twisting it as she chose, and even violating it outright, as in her frank speech about age, her direct questions and refusals to accept oblique answers, and her interference in the actions of other sisters. The same could be said of her regarding Tower law, for that matter. She had a reputation for taking direct action, even to the point of violence, slapping faces, boxing ears, and more (especially when faced with what she considered stupidity), with high as often as low, or rather, more often. She also had a reputation for not caring whether she dented somebody’s pride, if she thought it necessary.

There are the usual tales expected of a Green, only more of them. Riots suppressed and wars stopped single-handedly; rulers steadied on their thrones, or pulled from them, sometimes toppled openly and sometimes more subtly (toppling rulers was something Aes Sedai had not really done much of in the last thousand years, but Cadsuane seemed in many ways a throwback). Rescuing people carried into the Blight or kidnaped by dangerous bands of Darkfriends, breaking up murderous rings of Darkfriends plaguing villages and towns, and exposing of powerful Darkfriends who tried to kill her to protect themselves. There are dozens, even hundreds, of improbable and sometimes seemingly impossible tales.

Some of these are not so much tales about her as an impression, a belief: Cadsuane will do what she intends to do, and no one can stop her: not a king or a queen, not an Amyrlin—not even the Dark One himself, some claimed. And when Rand al’Thor arose to power as the Dragon Reborn, Cadsuane once again chose to take part in directing the events of the world.


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                                                              The Asha'man and the Black Tower

                                                          Brandon Sanderson/Team Charleston Quotes


Driving Mr. Sanderson 17 April 2011 - Terez reporting
Terez: What did Cadsuane use to blackmail Flinn, Narishma, and Manfor?
Brandon: RAFO. ... That one’s mostly a MAFO. I’ll be honest. That’s a question I should have looked at.
Terez: Yeah, I figured it was; I was hoping actually to catch Maria on that one. That was from Wetlander from tor.com.
Brandon: Oh, was it? Hi Wetlander! That’s one I should know. I’m pretty sure it’s in there somewhere. That’s one I should have looked up, but I’ve just never looked it up. So…
Terez: Is the area of a dreamspike adjustable?
Brandon: The area it covers? Yes, it is.
Terez: Yay!
Brandon: That’s a good question.
Terez: Thank you.
Terez: Will we ever learn what went wrong when Narishma went to fetch Callandor?
Brandon: Um…perhaps. (Terez laughs.) Was that one of yours?
Terez: Yes, that was.
Brandon: I didn’t answer it, but I didn’t RAFO it.
Terez: Yeah. It’s all good.
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Jarrette Marley on Twitter - 28 February 2011
Is the situation with the Black Tower addressed/resolved in the final WoT book?
Brandon RAFO. Улыбка
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Mnm_010: Will we have any Logain scenes/POV [in AMoL]?
Brandon: RAFO

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Adam Doward on Twitter - 6 January 2011
Please tell me all the Black Tower stuff will finally be resolved in MoL?
Brandon The things I didn't get into TofM with the Black Tower should be in AMOL.
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Goodreads Fantasy Book Club Q&A 14 December 2010
Amelia: Why is this book named "Towers of Midnight" when the only time those are mentioned are during the first chapter when the wind blows past them and also a mention in the glossary? I'm assuming they're going to be important in the next book. I think most people think these towers were the Towers of Ghenjei, so why the little twist in the title?
Brandon: Most of Robert Jordan's titles had twists. There are some that were very straightforward—The Dragon Reborn; The Great Hunt. There are others that are simply things like Knife of Dreams, which comes from a line in a quote at the beginning of the book. The titles usually refer to something specific as well as something metaphorical. Towers of Midnight is the title I chose. There of course are the Towers of Midnight in Seanchan, and if you knew what those were for, and why they were there, it would illuminate the question a little bit more. But the title also refers to the towers that Egwene saw.
My working title for this book was The Three Towers, as a pun on the title of the second book of the Lord of the Rings. I was writing the second book of a trilogy of sorts here, and was dealing with the tower of Ghenjei, the White Tower, and the Black Tower. There was going to be a lot more Black Tower stuff in this book which has been moved to the next book, but when I was working on it, we had a lot of focus on those three towers. So the name just struck me. It felt like the right thing to do.

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Carrie: I thought that maybe it had to do with Egwene's dream. She dreamed that there were 13 black towers raising up from the ground, one fell and then raised up again taller than the others. I thought this referred to the Forsaken. Maybe Brandon can clarify.
Brandon: RAFO. But I did mention that it is related to that vision.
Robert: What's up with the people at the Black Tower becoming shadows of themselves? Some people speculate that this was caused by 13 Myrddraal / 13 Aes Sedai forcing them to the dark side. Is that true?
Brandon: RAFO.
Robert: Also, when Perrin sees Hopper after Hopper's death in the wolf dream, Hopper also appears to be a dark shadow of his former self, something sinister. Is this related to the change that is coming over the people at the Black Tower?
Brandon: You're speaking of when Perrin tries to "resurrect" Hopper, so to speak. That is not related to what's happening at the Black Tower. That's something else entirely. And that's not even really Hopper. That is a projection of Perrin trying to bring Hopper back.
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Lordjuss: Did Naeff bond Nelavaire or was it the other way around? Where did she come from – was she one of Cadsuane’s companions or one of the Toveine’s assault force?
Brandon: The other way around, and neither. Nelavaire is one of the 23 Aes Sedai who were captured at Dumai's Wells and later swore fealty to Rand.
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Towers of Midnight book tour 16 November 2010 WH Smith, Paris, France - Jonathan B. reporting
I asked about why Grady didn't tie off the gateways to move Perrin's troops if he was too tired to keep them open. Brandon says that this was part of the instructions he had, so he didn't want to change it (my speculation is that I think that means it was probably in the notes themselves but I don't know that for sure). He said that it makes sense for tying off gateways to have a cost for the channeller to maintain because if it were so easy to create gateways and tie them off, it could be very breaking for the logistics of the world. If this were possible in the Age of Legends for example, why would anyone need a horse or a wagon or to develop any other kind of technology to transport anything? There could just be tied off gateways from everywhere to everywhere else.[ It should be noted that this is RJ's inconsistency, not Brandon's. RJ had people tying off gateways, and then later, not being able to do it.]  
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Towers of Midnight book tour 8 November 2010 Lincoln Triangle Barnes and Noble NY, NY - Sarayne reporting
Q: Are all the time lines caught up?
Brandon: The Black Tower is still behind.

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HBFFerreira on Twitter - 18 July 2010 2:03 am
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?
Brandon - 19 July 3:58 pm
RAFO, though that is the best theory I read before I became involved in this. It's very credible.
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Chat with Brandon - 11 July 2010
Dylan: Are there any male characters who don't know they can channel, but will learn?
Brandon: Wonderfully specific question that is EXACTLY the type of thing RJ would RAFO. I will say this. We are not going to be introducing new plot lines in the upcoming books. Robert Jordan was specific. These books are culminations, not thread-starters. So basically, they will be focused on plots you already know about. Mostly. (Not much help there, am I? Sorry.)
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Vroman's Bookstore, LA 17 November 2009 - Robert Moreau reporting
Q: Will we see Nynaeve Heal the darkness that it in some of the male channelers before the Cleansing?
A: Nynaeve has said before, and believes, that everything can and should be able to be Healed, except for maybe death, and she certainly believes that it is possible. I’m not going to say whether or not it will happen.
В: Мы увидим, что Найнив исцеляет темноту в некоторых мужчинах-ченнелерах , которую они приобрели до очищения саидин?
О: Найнив уже говорила прежде, и считает так до сих пор, что все может и должно быть исцелено, кроме, может быть смерти, и она определенно считает, что это возможно. Я не буду говорить случится ли это.

The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego 15 November 2009 - Freelancer reporting
Q. Has Narishma fulfilled the prophecy regarding Callandor and "who draws it out shall follow after"?
A. RAFO.
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.
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WorldCon 2009 signing report, Montreal, Canada 8 August 2009 - Dom reporting
Sanderson said he resisted creating new weaves (beside introducing those Jordan planned to introduce) for the most part. His contribution will rather be to have the characters figure out they can use weaves they know in new ways - turn them into weapon etc., and for this he looked for details in the previous books. He mentioned one specific example: after Knife of Dreams, he thought characters figured out gateways and Deathgates can also be used to slice non-Shadowspawn up in battle.
We also discussed a bit the 21 levels list, which Brandon used a lot. Jordan did start it just the way he described it long ago, that is as a way to keep track of who defers to whom among minor players etc. However, as of now, this document's scope goes beyond this (and it's quite big). The document assigns a rank number to each Aes Sedai referring to the twenty-one levels system, and it lists their personal weaves if they have any, and who knows and have the skills to use which weave and to what extent, their strength in flows if details in the series have blocked this up etc. Brandon confirmed Jordan developed a similar ranking system for the Asha'man as well, but couldn't recall out of hand how many levels there were for them.
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                                                                Robert Jordan Quotes

RJ's blog 2 October 2005 "ONE MORE TIME"
Asha’man have varying degrees of ability with the sword, just like anyone else.  There has to be a certain level of talent for anyone to reach a particular level of skill, and also there is the question of how hard a particular person might try at learning the word.  After all, he can channel, right?  Sword?  I don’t need no stinking sword, gringo!
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RJ's blog 4 October 2005 "ONE MORE TIME"
 - A very strong male channeler bonded to a very weak Aes Sedai could not use the bond to control her.  Whoever holds the bond is in charge, though she might have a hard time controlling him.
 - Regarding the percentage of women who could test for the shawl, it would be 62.5% of the bellcurve.  I’ll leave the maths to you for an idle moment.  The question doesn’t really apply to men, since the Black Tower accepts anyone who can learn to channel, but if the White Tower limits were applied, it would be roughly 65.4% of the bellcurve.  Although, considering the effectiveness question, they should probably set it at the same 62.5%.  Again, the maths are all yours.  Regarding the levels of male strength, while the weakest man and the weakest woman would be roughly equivalent, you might say that there are several levels of male strength on top of the female levels.  Remember to integrate this with what I’ve said elsewhere about effectiveness, though.
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RJ's blog 20 January 2006 "IT'S BEEN A WHILE"

Regarding the scene at Dumai’s Wells, the places [Taim and the Asha'man] had Traveled to were not in the safety of the wagon-circle, where they were, but beyond it, among the Shaido.
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TOR Questions of the Week, December 2003 to April 2004

Week 6 Question: How do the Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah "find" men who can channel?
Robert Jordan Answers: We're told throughout the books that the male channelers get goose bumps whenever the females are channeling or embracing the Source. However, it is continuously mentioned that the women don't know if the male Asha'man and Rand are embracing or channeling saidin. So how does the Red Ajah and Cadsuane, find male channelers and then gentle them?
 There are various ways that the effects of male channeling can be found, weaves that find the resonance of the residues of saidin. Check in Crossroads of Twilight. They do not detect the actual weaves, though, only the residues left after the weave is released. After that, it becomes a matter of detective work. Though perhaps stalking a leopard might be a better metaphor. As for Cadsuane, she has a few more tools at her disposal than other Aes Sedai, the reason for her extremely high success rate. Check Winter's Heart, and a few earlier mentions, for this one.
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DragonCon 3 September 2005 - Emma reporting
Q:  I know the male side of the Source is clean, but those who were driven mad before, will they be cured?
RJ: No. Whatever the degree of taint channelers have won't change. (they won't get more)
Zaela: Did Taim have motives for coming to Andor after he escaped the Aes Sedai?
RJ: Ta-eem, (he said it phonetically) sure, he is a man who can channel. The Aes Sedai see him as a man who can channel. They will hunt him down and gentle him if they can. He has one safe haven in the world. A place were there are more men like him. Just maybe, if there are enough men like him, the Aes Sedai wont be able to come after him.
Q:  Is one of the effects of the taint to lower the boundaries between past lives or is Rand a special case?
RJ: RAFO

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Knife of Dreams tour 28 October 2005 - Jason Wolfbrother reporting
 JWB:  What is the second most powerful angreal for men? Will it make an appearance?
RJ:  RAFO.

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DragonCon 5 September 2005 - Tamyrlin reporting

Isabel: Can men make cuendillar?
Jordan: 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.
Question: Do males with the spark also become wilders with blocks then?
Jordan: It depends, a woman born with the spark, that doesn't get trained, she may become a wilder, she may or may not have a block, but quite often do. A man born with a spark, is probably much more likely to go up and become a false Dragon, frankly, but uh, at least before the Black Tower opened up for business. But there are blocks among the men as well. We had one of the characters, one of the men who was one of the first Asha'man, one of the first to come to the Black Tower and is since deceased. He would not believe that what he channeled at, that he could affect anything he could not see. Thus he limited the range, he could not thus make a lightning bolt that hit on the other side of the hill because he could not see. [Tape ended] Other side, Jordan discussed the Isle of Madmen, that blocks in men were one of the reason the isle/continent still remains.
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Wotmania Interview 2004

W:  Does forkroot work with male channelers, too?
RJ:  RAFO.[ It does, confirmed as of Knife of Dreams by Tylee]

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Crossroads of Twilight book tour 28 January 2003 - Edmonton, Alberta
 Q:  Is it possible for an Aes Sedai to bond someone Asha'man style?
RJ:  Yes, if they learned the weaves. The Asha'man know a lot more about bonding than the Aes Sedai. Some guy figured out how to bond their wives, and then they started concentrating on other things they could do with the bond. The Aes Sedai never experimented, just passed on what they knew.

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Crossroads of Twilight Book Tour, Barnes and Noble signing NY, NY - 7 January 2003 - David Funcke reporting
Audience: How did Taim track Rand down for the battle of Dumai’s Wells?
Robert Jordan: That ones easy, son! C’mon. At that point, Taim was trying to find him like the devil. He knew pretty much what had happened from the beginning. Things were happening. The Aes Sedai disappeared from Cairhien. Perrin disappeared. Rand disappeared. Taim had an idea that something very bad was going on, and when you can Travel it becomes easier to start tracking out where did these Aes Sedai go and Bingo, we got something very bad going on down here, and I’m gonna come and tear the house down. It’s very easy.

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Wotmania/Dragonmount Q&A - 9 December 2002
Q:  Why have we not seen any Aiel Asha'man?
RJ:  The Aiel have a different tradition, as I have mentioned in the books. When a young Aiel man learns that he is beginning to channel, or thinks that he is, that is taken as sign that he has been marked out to try to kill the Dark One, and he sets out for the Blight in an attempt to do so. And given that any Black Tower recruiting party that showed up in the Waste would very likely find itself in a fight to the death fairly soon after arrival, it isn't a spot that anyone would pick for recruiting. Now, it may be that some Aiel may finally join the Asha'man (I'm not saying they will!) but traditions are hard to change, especially when they have religious overtones and have lasted a few thousand years.
Q:  Is there a reason the Dark One could not or would not re-taint saidin?
RJ:  The conditions would have to be exactly right. Those conditions were set up while the seals were being placed on the Bore. The chances that exactly those conditions would occur again are fairly small. And that is saying that it was a volitional act rather than a side-effect of trying to stop the seals from being placed. After all, if the Dark One could  saidin at will, why could he not taint  saidar as well, and why would he not have done so?

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Winter's Heart book tour 27 November 2000, Richmond, VA - Fairfax McCandlish reporting
I asked RJ how Narishma could have channeled inside Far Madding to set off their alarms (or was he outside but within the range of the detection ter'angreal)? He corrected me that it was Flinn who channeled (I haven't reread that part of the book yet, and was taking the Sea Folk channeler's word on it, as I recalled it), and that he did indeed do so outside the range of the blocking field, but inside the detection range.
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Netherlands tour, Dromen and Demonen chat - 6 April 2001
Moridin: When/if Rand manages to remove the taint placed on saidin, are the people infected with it cured? Or does their condition remain the way it is?
RJ: When/if the taint is removed from saidin further ill effects are stopped but what has already occurred remains.

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CNN Chat 12 December 2000
 Question from logain: We know Taim isn't who he says, and so does Rand. But wasn't Logain supposed to reveal him as a liar? What happened to that?
Robert Jordan: Read and find out. Don't you love it, guys?
Question from Elzabet: Does the healing of the taint reverse its previous effects? Or does the victim have to live with whatever he's gotten to that point and be grateful it won't get worse?
Robert Jordan: The second.
Barnes and Noble chat 11 November 2000
Bela the Horse from Tel'aran'rhiod: What was the "extra bit" in The Path of Daggers? Was it the kiss or the bonding? Please help settle this long-standing dispute.
 RJ: The kiss is necessary, because that's how they learned to do it, because that's how the fellow that developed it did it. The extra bit is something in the bonding, and you'll find out what in Winter's Heart. You should have gotten a clue, I think, in the scene where the bonding took place.
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[/i]Letter to Paul Ward from RJ - March 2000
RJ: The taint and the True Power are both manifestations of the Dark One -- they are the same substance, but those who access it are not destroyed in the same way.
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Scifi.com Chat 1 November 1998
Linda: We see a lot of characters making estimates about how strong such and such a channeler is or will be, but when we're talking about so far unfulfilled potential, how accurately can it be judged? Especially if the channeler making the judgment doesn't know how much training the channeler being judged previously has had?
RJ: One of the themes of the book is that no one knows everything there is to know. Another is that just because you believe something to be true, doesn't mean that it is true.  Someone can judge a current strength. This is a difference between men and women. A woman that can channel can very accurate judgment of another woman's strength whether she is channeling or not if she is standing close enough. Among Aes Sedai at least, knowledge of potential strength, especially if it is thought to be a great strength, becomes very widespread. Among men the circumstances are different. A man who can channel cannot judge the strength of another unless the other is channeling the One Power of holding the One Power, and even then all he can judge is how much of the One Power the other man is holding. He can't say how much he can hold. There are great differences between men and women in the One Power.
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The Path of Daggers book tour 20 October 1998, NY, NY - Ryan R. reporting
I asked Jordan when a man with the spark would slow...The answer is: Women usually slow at twenty, sometimes a little earlier, but usually around there. Men wouldn't slow until twenty-five, usually closer to thirty. He claims that they could go past thirty, but that probably depends on how early they start and how much they channel.
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AOL Chat #2 - 27 June 1996
Ealgail: ADMIT IT!!!!!! DASHIVA IS OSAN'GAR111111  
RJ: On the advice of my lawyer, I never admit anything. Улыбка Not even to my wife!
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AOL Chat #1 - 27 June 1996
Rog in CT asks: Rand recovered very quickly from his dual Healing...is this because of the way men Heal or because of the Warder bond...or both?  
 RJ: Partly the Warder bond and partly the kind of Healing that was used on him. It should be obvious that Damer Flinn has discovered the same method of Healing that Nynaeve uses and of course, he still is not completely Healed, remember.
Compuserve Chat 26 June 1996
Cy asks: Will we ever know the specifics of Logain's escape, or rather, are they significant at all?
RJ: Read and find out. Sorry about that!
Balticon XXX April 1996 - Pam Korda reporting
Asmodean: Rand thinks Asmodean has run away back to the DO, and will try to sneak back in through the Asha'man.
How learning to use the One Power works: The older you are, the faster you reach your full potential. Men reach their full strength faster than women. Forced training makes you learn faster, but it is very dangerous--it can kill you, or burn you out. The Asha'man are being trained that way, and the casualties of the training show this. (X number dead, Y number burned out...)

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East of the Sun Con, Stockholm, Sweden June 1995 - Karl-Johan Norén reporting
The Flame and the Void he said was mainly a concentration technique, but one very close to the techniques used for teaching men contact the One Power.
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Lord of Chaos book tour Seattle 25 October 1994 - Tony Zbaraschuk reporting
Q: What about Mazrim Taim? Isn't his withstanding of the madness for 15 years something exceptional? [Short segue from there to Taim=Demandred?]
RJ: The duration varies from man to man; the circumstances are different, and the men themselves. Nobody really knows how long the process takes (or has to take), since once you start channeling the Aes Sedai usually find you pretty quickly, and gentling stops the progression of the madness and the taint (though it does not cure what's already happened). Channeling is addictive; once you've done it, you can't stop. The Breaking took about a hundred years before all the men finally died, though some of them did shelter in the Stedding for a while. Nobody knows how long the process takes, except that there is variation. It's all in my notes.
Q: But what about Taim? Isn't 15 years something really exceptional?
[Subtext: Is he Demandred???]
RJ: Read and find out.

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Lord of Chaos book tour Seattle 25 October 1994 - Edward Liu reporting
I told him about the theory, which someone posted, that Taim is Demandred who will eventually be discovered and killed with Logain replacing him. He sounded interested at first, but then he laughed (I think about the part of Logain replacing Taim as the teacher of the Asha'man). And of course he said, 'Read and find out.'
What RJ said was that once a man channeled he will inevitably die (if nothing else kills him first) as a result of the taint, whether from going mad and getting himself killed or from the wasting sickness. When I asked him if continued channeling only sped up the tainting, he said yes. So the...conclusion that a man will only go mad or waste away after years of frequent channeling [is incorrect]...[Robert Jordan] pointed out that once a man channels he basically cannot stop himself. He (the man) becomes addicted to it...
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                                           The One Power, the True Power, Channeling, Objects of The Power


                                                             Brandon Sanderson/Team Jordan Quotes



Polaris: Toronto signing, 16 July 2011 - herid reporting
I asked him whether the second method to destroy cuendillar (the first is True Power) can be figured out based on available info and the laws of the world of WoT. He said he doesn't think so but that the method is such that when/if we see it we should feel that it does conform to the rules of the WoT universe. Unfortunately, I can't recall his exact wording but I don't think the way he said implied that we would definitely see it happen.
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Driving Mr. Sanderson 17 April 2011 - Terez reporting

Terez: (sleepinghour) Why did the female Choedan Kal melt at the cleansing but not the male one?
Brandon: I’m out on a limb on this one, so this one is basically Brandon assumptions without as much substantiation…The female one is….you know that male channelers tend to be a bit stronger. My understanding is that the female Choedan Kal…they weren’t built with equal power levels; they were built with power levels of equivalent [or respective power potential], and so the amount of power pulled through was almost enough to destroy the male, but was enough to destroy the female as I understand, but that one’s out on a limb.
Terez: It might possibly have something to do with the fact that Nynaeve is not at the top of the female strength level, but Rand is at the top.
Brandon: Both of them are kind of drops in the bucket compared to what the Choedan Kal can do. I honestly don’t think that was a factor. It is a valid theory, though, because in that case Rand is contributing more, and Nynaeve’s sa’angreal needs to contribute more, if that makes sense. And so…I mean, that could be valid, but the first one was my understanding, but I’m like way out on a limb on that one. I’m not sure on that one at all.
Terez: (sleepinghour) Is the weave used in the shawl testing a form of Compulsion?
Brandon: They’re definitely cousins. Whether they would consider it a form of Compulsion…to them, Compulsion is complete evil, so they will not view it at all like that...
Terez: Yeah, I thought that might be part of what Verin used to cobble together her own Compulsion weave.
Brandon: Yeah. They’re definitely cousins.
Terez: (sleepinghour) Do you know what the original use for the testing ter'angreal was?
Brandon: The notes do. I don’t have it off the top of my head.
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Terez: Has Moridin/Ishamael been collecting 'angreal for 3500 years or only recently?
Brandon: I would say more than collecting - 'keeping tabs on'.
Terez: Will we ever learn what went wrong when Narishma went to fetch Callandor?
Brandon: Um…perhaps. (Terez laughs.) Was that one of yours?
Terez: Yes, that was.
Brandon: I didn’t answer it, but I didn’t RAFO it.
Terez: Yeah. It’s all good.
Terez: Will the fat man turn up again?
Brandon: Um...I've always had an affection for that little fat man angreal.
Terez: (pause) That's a good answer.
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Driving Mr. Sanderson 17 April 2011 - Terez reporting
Terez: (herid) What exactly did Graendal see when Aran'gar put Compulsion on Ramshalan?
Brandon: She doesn’t see it. We talked about this in editing when we were looking at it. It’s Graendal’s viewpoint; she’s summarizing; she doesn’t actually see it. We actually didn’t change it, because I just thought that was, ‘That’s what’s going on; it’s in her viewpoint; she doesn’t see the weaves.’ So, that isn’t an error. Maybe it’s not the clearest writing around, but I felt it was sufficiently clear when I looked at the passage. It got flagged by Maria.
Maria: Actually, we did asked for this to be changed for e- and future editions. It should now read "Aran'gar shrugged, but focused as if laying down a thick and complex Compulsion on the unfortunate Ramshalan's mind." The answer is the same, though, really; she saw nothing.
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JordanCon signing 17 April 2011 - Terez reporting
blindillusion: Did Aginor have anything to do with creating the Nym?
Brandon: Not that I know of. I can MAFO that, but I'm like 95% sure on that.
Harriet: The Green Man? No...he was good!
Terez: You know, that's what I said to him last night, and then he was like, 'Well, you know, before the Bore was drilled, you know...that might have been what he was doing.' Because, you know, he had to get his experience in bioengineering somewhere.
Brandon: Yeah...
blindillusion: Yeah, where did he get his start?
Brandon: It is a good question, but I don't think so. I really don't. But, if you really want me to go to the notes and search it out, I will.
blindillusion: That works for me. Thank you very much.
Maria: A quick search turned up nothing, I'm afraid. I'll try to remember to keep my eyes open for it.
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Marie Curie: Even a stone in a wall has a thread in the Pattern, right? You said so...
Brandon: As I understand it, Robert Jordan specifically said that even inanimate objects have a thread.
Marie:
So, that explains why when, say, a stone pillar is balefired, only the portion that balefire hits disintegrates...
Brandon: Right...
Marie: ...because all of those little bits would have their own threads...
Brandon: Theoretically. And I was wrong on that for a while - I had to go back and look at interviews before I...[to Terez] Were you the one that sent me that?
Terez: Yeah, I tweeted that to you...
Brandon: Yeah...the boat that Nynaeve was on that got balefired...
Marie: She pointed out that inanimate objects...their threads are burned back. But that also explains why a person who has one thread tied to their soul would be completely eliminated by balefire.
Brandon: Mmmhmm.
Marie: So why did their clothes go away?
Terez: (laughs)
Brandon: Balefire does spread a bit, from what I've read.
Marie: Then why doesn't it for the column?
Brandon: It does, but it's like, you know...just a little bit.
Marie: Right, but if you use a pencil-thin bit of balefire, right, and I shot your shirt, why would the whole shirt disappear?
Brandon: Um, if it goes through and hits you, then you disintegrate, and it will spread out from you.
Marie: Then, that doesn't explain Nynaeve's boat.[ Nynaeve's boat was filled with water on the moment of balefire, which is not explained by the rowers. This, along with an RJ report I tweeted to Brandon (which I discovered not long after I told him about the boat), made it clear that inanimate objects are temporally affected by balefire. However, this all seems to be explained by the fact that the bits that were cut from the boat were temporally affected, thus slicing the boat and causing it to be filled with water at the moment of the balefire]
Brandon: No, it doesn't. ... I will be perfectly honest with you. I've worked through and tried to figure out the rules of balefiring inanimate objects quite a bit...because we've got the whole thing with Nynaeve and...
Marie:
The rowers.
Brandon: Yeah. Well no, not even that...earlier than that with the balefire rod that's like cutting swaths through the palace in Tanchico, and it's just cutting lines through the palace, just slicing big holes...
Marie: Right. That's the stone pillars...the multiple threads...
Terez: It did the same thing in Caemlyn with Rand and Rahvin.
Brandon: Yeah. And that's searing little lines, but then you hit something living, and it all *poofs*. It actually becomes motes...like it hits and it spreads to the full, living thing, and then *poof* that all goes away. And so...the clothes are something I hadn't even thought of, but balefire does seem to spread a little bit...
Marie: You would think that, you know...where the balefire hit, obviously there would be a hole, the person would *poof*, and their clothes would drop.
Brandon: Yeah. But it's got to spread a little bit because of that. But then, you know, with the boat...yeah.
Marie: You can't imagine how many debates we've had on Theoryland about the boat...
Terez: Oh god...
Brandon: The boat is an outlier. You could argue a couple of things on it - distance and power level could both be involved.
Marie: And there are other outliers, like in TGS...um...
Terez: The palace?
Marie: Yeah, the palace...
Brandon: That, I did intentionally. Looking through everything that is happening, and saying, 'He is continuing to pump balefire into this thing, to expand it through into the entire thing...
Terez: So, it's a deliberate, directive thing...
Brandon: That's got to be possible, because in the Age of Legends...
Terez: Right, whole cities...
Brandon: Right, whole cities. And so there's got to be a force-to-spread multiplier. Does that make sense?
Marie: Sure.
Brandon: So, I'm using a force-to-spread multiplier. And so you could maybe make that argument with the boat.

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Brandon on Twitter - 19 January 2011
One reason the WoT's world works so well is that there's a logic to the magic and the magical (yet non Power-related) abilities...
Brandon
However, RJ didn't try to tie it all up too neatly. For a very big world, with lots of history, this helps keep it from being stale.
Zeldaar on Twitter - 20 January 2011
Speaking of magical non-Power related abilities - whatever happened to sniffers?
Brandon
Still around. Hurin was in TGS.
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Mike on Twitter - 19 January 2011
What would have happened if someone were to balefire Verin's cup of poison to remove its existence when it was consumed?
Brandon
So far, I believe we've only see Balefire used to remove living things from the Pattern that way. Am I wrong? @Terez27
Terez
There has been some serious debate over Nynaeve and her boat. Some think the rowers caused...
Terez
...the temporal anomaly, while some think it had to be the boat itself. I forget the arguments...
Terez
I remember the argument now. The boat was filled w/water at the moment of balefire, which rowers don't explain.[ Not long after this, due to a random chain of events, we found an old report on a letter sent to Thomas Howard in 1997. (See below.) RJ confirmed that balefire does burn back inanimate objects in time as well as living things, which would appear to explain the boat phenomenon (which has been a hot topic of discussion at Theoryland for many years, and knowing us, this remembered but undocumented report was probably mentioned quite a few times in the earlier debates - before this database was created there was no easy way to track down half-remembered quotes).]
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Sam Weller's, Salt Lake City, UT 12 January 2011 - Matt Hatch reporting

WoTLuckers: Seanchan woman go through annual testing till 24, Fortuona is 21/22. Is she still tested?
Brandon: "As Empress I don't know. I get the impression she could do as she pleased."
Jeff Edde on Twitter - 12 January 2011
Can Rand channel Light & Power as a result of touching the EotW, or does he have access to it because he is who he is?
Brandon
It was the power in the Eye, so far as I know.
В: Шончанские женщины проходят испытание на айдам до 24 лет, Фортуоне сейчас 21-22. Ее все еще тестируют?
БС: Как Императрица я не знаю. Я думаю она вольна поступать так, как ей захочется
В: Мог Ранд направлять Свет и Силу потому что он коснулся Ока Мира, или он имеет доступ к ним, потому что он тот, кто он есть?
БС: Это была Сила из Ока, насколько я знаю.

Daniel Beale on Twitter - 10 January 2011
Can both male and females access the True Power?[ It was already quite clear from the books that they can, particularly the TOM prologue where Graendal is seen using it, and before then, Moghedien commented on it.] Why does Cadsuane Sedai not question how Rand escapes from being collared?
Brandon
Yes. And she doesn't have a chance.
Daniel
She doesn't at the time, but afterwards why isn't she curious as to how Rand escaped being collared?
Brandon
Cadsuane is curious about a lot of things. So yes, you are right. But she also is good at finding answers unexpectedly.
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Tor.com Q&A - 10 January 2011
Q: Can Moiraine's loss of Power be Healed?
Brandon: RAFO.
Andrea on Twitter - 6 January 2011
Quick question, From RJ's Notes on Callandor, is it a straight bladed sword, or curved, single handed or hand and a half?
Brandon
MAFO.
Felix
BWB claims Callandor is, "a crystal sword with a curved blade...." http://bit.ly/hiKltk
Brandon
Thanks, Felix. That's how I imagined it, but with things like this, I can't always rely on my memory.
Brandon
Sometimes, I have incorrect biases come from years of reading and imagining.

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Goodreads Fantasy Book Club Q&A 5 January 2011

Jet: There are some channelers who have lost strength in the Power (Siuan and Moiraine), is this something that can be Healed?
Cory: You have to still/gentle them again, and then have them "healed" by a channeler of the opposite sex...that's why when Nynaeve healed Logain, he regained all his power.
Brandon: That is a common theory.[ The bit about being Healed by the opposite sex was confirmed by RJ, but the 'common theory' Brandon is referring to is the bit about Siuan and Leane, specifically - can they be severed again and then Healed properly and restored to their original strength? We don't know, but from Brandon's comments here (and the look of Moiraine's situation, and how it was written), it seems unlikely that this will happen.] I do believe Robert Jordan RAFOed this very question, which is why I feel I need to RAFO it. It should be noted that Siuan doesn't want to try this, for various reasons.
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Towers of Midnight book tour 16 November 2010 WH Smith, Paris, France - Jonathan B. reporting
Someone also asked if Rand's ta'veren nature would affect people on the other side of an open gateway. Brandon said that the Pattern considers that Rand is where he is and not on the other side of the gateway, so he would not affect a place just by having a gateway open there and not actually being there.
I also asked if there was anything in A Memory of Light like the big unnoticed thing in Towers of Midnight that we should look for. He said there are lots of little things that come to fruition in interesting ways. I said yeah, I can't wait to see how 'his blood on the rooks of Shayol Ghul' turns out. Do you know there are some people that think Elayne will have her babies on Shayol Ghul and that will fulfill the prophecy? He said well, Elayne is like 4 months pregnant at this point... Lots of things are possible with the One Power though. In my mind, this debunks that theory somewhat.
I asked about why Grady didn't tie off the gateways to move Perrin's troops if he was too tired to keep them open. Brandon says that this was part of the instructions he had, so he didn't want to change it (my speculation is that I think that means it was probably in the notes themselves but I don't know that for sure). He said that it makes sense for tying off gateways to have a cost for the channeller to maintain because if it were so easy to create gateways and tie them off, it could be very breaking for the logistics of the world. If this were possible in the Age of Legends for example, why would anyone need a horse or a wagon or to develop any other kind of technology to transport anything? There could just be tied off gateways from everywhere to everywhere else.6  
We discussed the gholam, if someone had pushed it through a gateway, would it have just died? Brandon said that gholam CAN go THROUGH gateways (from one place to another). He mentioned that this was the first time he had shared this information. Gholam are Shadowspawn of a more perfected kind. It would have been way too easy to kill if you just needed to shove it through a gateway (to another place). However, falling through the Skimming gateway for a few minutes did kill the gholam and it is really dead and it's not going to show up again.
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Towers of Midnight Book Tour, Midnight release, Provo, UT 2 November 2010 - Tamyrlin reporting
Matt: Can a someone without the Talent for Dreamwalking or Dreaming, but with access to Tel'aran'rhiod through a ter'angreal be taught to find dreams?
Brandon: As far as I know, no.[Aran'gar certainly doesn't seem to have a Talent for Dreaming, but she has been taught to find dreams. She has to be very close to the target in order to do it. (11.3) However, it's unlikely she has to use a ter'angreal; it seems that channelers in the Age of Legends were taught using those ter'angreal, but like Egwene, eventually weaned off of them. (6.7) That Egwene was able to do it on her own after such a short time is just an indication of her Talent.]  That's an 80%.
Matt: Can the True Power be used to create a Mask of Mirrors?
Brandon: Yes.
Matt: Do True Power Masks of Mirrors have different attributes than One Power Mask of Mirrors?
Brandon: Everything done with the True Power will be slightly different.
Matt: Can you place a True Power Mask of Mirrors on another person.
Brandon: Yes.
Matt: Would a True Power Mask of Mirrors persist into that person's dreams, how they see themselves.
Brandon: They would see who they saw themselves as (it wouldn't persist).[ This was asked in reference to Cyndane, since we are still unsure about why her appearance changed. Was she killed and transmigrated? We don't know. However, it is important to note that Shaidar Haran told Aran'gar that the mind adapts to the body (6.P), and from what we saw, this appears to have been true.]
Matt: Did Slayer's employer in Winters' Heart use the True Power to weave a gateway?
Brandon: RAFO - I need to look it up, but you can tell True Power gateways if you know what to look for, wouldn't you agree Matt?
Matt: Yes. [Brandon is talking about the fact that True Power Traveling doesn't require a gateway at all. We saw Ishamael use it in the prologue of The Eye of the World. RJ has commented on it in other reports. Slayer's employer used a gateway, so therefore was not using the True Power. (9.22) This does not mean that the person in question had not been granted its use; Graendal was granted the privilege, but only in small doses, and not enough to make a gateway.]
Matt: We are told that the mindtrap is somehow connected to the soul. Is it possible to create ter'angreal that can hold a soul, or be tied to a soul in such a way as to capture it at death?
Brandon: Many things are possible, but are improbable.
Matt: Was such a ter'angreal created during the Age of Legends?
Brandon: Many things are possible, but are improbable.
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WSB on Twitter 29 September 2010 1:08 pm
Was Rand's super balefire beam palace sized or a narrow beam?
Brandon 11:32 pm
Not palace sized.
В: Был ли Погибельный Огонь, сплетенный Рандом размером с дворец, или это был узкий луч?
БС: Он не был размером с дворец.
Leth Filorn on Twitter - 13 August 2010 7:01 pm
Could thirteen Aes Sedai linked shield Rand while he was channeling using Callandor. What about with Choedan Kal at full power?
Brandon - 8:07 pm
I think I'm going to MAFO those. (Which means email me, say I said I'd ask Maria, and we'll add them to her list.)
8:08 pm
I'm pretty sure of the answer [Probably not just no, but hell no] , but I don't want to take the time to sort though the notes and look it up for certain while editing.
Luckers on Twitter - 12 August 2010 9:42 pm
Is it possible to force someone (a learner) to start channeling?
Brandon - 13 August 1:06 am
Almost anything is possible, under the right circumstances.
Leth Filorn on Twitter - 12 August 2010 5:56 pm
How does the Oath Rod work? Does it accelerate the aging irreversibly, or add years that you get back upon Oath removal?
Brandon - 11:02 pm
A good question that people in world don't know the answer to yet, and only time will tell.
Azral Hanan on Twitter - 29 July 2010 4:15 am
Are the taint and the True Power the same?
Brandon - 3:51 pm
No, they are different.
Azral Hanan - 4:17 am
Can Mashadar destroy True Power and True Power weaves like it destroyed the taint?
Brandon - 3:52 pm
RAFO.
Azral Hanan - 4:19 am
If there was no Cleansing would the taint eventually run out as it's used by men who go insane & die ad infinitum?
Brandon - 3:52 pm
I don't think it'd run out. But that's a "Brandon's mostly sure, but hasn't checked the notes."
Azral Hanan - 30 July 6:28 am
Did Mr. Jordan list out what the True Power can/not do relative to the One Power? Are there limits to both?
Brandon - 6:15 pm
RAFO. Maybe we'll put some of that in the encyclopedia. They are certainly different. Towers of Midnight has some hints.
Benjamin Moldovan - 11:18 am
Mashadar is gone, isn't it? Would it really hurt to say whether the True Power would be affected?
Brandon - 6:42 pm
Have we ever confirmed that Mashadar is dead4? Улыбка
Simone Coombes on Twitter - 20 July 2010 6:31 pm
Is it significant that Nynaeve (in The Great Hunt) channels during the test for Accepted and does not burn out?
Brandon - 21 July 2:05 am
Yes.[ It is probably safe to assume that it was also significant that Egwene remembered how to channel, and also did so without burning out.  In that case, perhaps it is simply a matter of strength.]
Gregg Fox on Twitter - 19 July 2010 1:59 pm
Did RJ have a strength scale for each of the five powers for each channeler (similar to the one for overall strength)?
Brandon - 20 July 1:44:00 am
Not that I've seen. Now, there could be something in there I haven't seen.
1:44:25 am
But the list I have indicates power level and, in some cases, what they are strong/weak at. Not a full list of all.
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Interview with Maria Simons 10 June 2010 - Luckers reporting

Luckers:  In Knife of Dreams Ch. 23, 'Call to a Sitting', Tiana notes that many of the women who are strong in Nynaeve’s method of Healing used to be village Wise Women. She wonders why that should make any difference, and indeed it does seem to imply that their life experience in some way affected their degree of Talent. How would this work out under the understanding of Talent as a soul ability? Does life experience change the strength of the Talent, whilst soul ability decides if you have it? Or should we make a distinction between Talents which are skills—like Healing, or that Shielding Talent Berowin of the Kin has—and Talents which are abilities—like Foretelling, Wolfbrothering or Dreaming?
Maria: Okay, let’s look at this.  Why did these women choose to be village Wise Women?  Maybe they haven’t sparked, but the Talent is there.  They may not understand it, but they feel that they should be healing the sick.  So, instead of life experience affecting the Talent, I think that it’s more that the Talent affects the life experience.  
Also, Aes Sedai have been taught that Healing is done one way, and that way is the only proper way.  It’s sort of like the gesture limitation; if an Aes Sedai learns to make weaves using gestures, she’ll have a really hard time making the weave without making the gesture.  I think that the former Wise Women are more open to learning the new way, and that gives them another advantage at it.
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Luckers:  In Lord of Chaos Ch. 30, 'To Heal Again': Siuan, after being Healed, says to Nynaeve that ‘if she could Heal her to half of what she was’ she would be better off. This has led to the perception that Siuan and Leane are less than half their original strength. Yet in Crossroads of Twilight Ch. 19, 'Surprises', we find out that both women stand several steps above the Aes Sedai minimum strength. This seems problematic—the range of Aes Sedai strength does not appear to be so great as to allow for this. So the question is, did Siuan and Leane in fact lose such a large amount of strength as they appear to have?
Maria: Yes, they did lose a large amount of strength.  The range of strength is greater than you think, I believe.  At the beginning, Siuan was near the top (and Leane close behind); if she were half the strength she used to be, she’d be in the middle. Instead, she’s somewhere in the lower half, but not absolute rock bottom, nor nearly as low as Daigian Moseneillin.
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Luckers: On the issue of cuendillar. It is stated that the One Power makes it stronger. Brandon said there is another way besides the True Power [to destroy cuendillar]. Were the Age of Legends aware of this, and is this why they could equate the relative strength of something indestructible?
Maria: [In reference to what she said in answer to the previous question:  'I mean, come on.  There are still two books to come.'] And an encyclopedia.

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Luckers: Min says she was never able to master the ‘ignoring heat/cold’ trick, and we’ve never seen any non-channeler master it. Is it something only a channeler can do?
Maria: It shouldn’t be. Of course, it’s been kept secret from most non-channelers, so that’s not really evidence. I think that part of it is that a channeler is used to controlling things more – they have to have more focus and self-discipline just to manage the One Power, so they are better at controlling their reactions in general, and the trick works better for them because of it. [Strange, because of this: 'Siuan told herself that she did not envy these women their ability to channel—she was past that, surely—but she did envy the way none of them perspired.  Her own face was quite damp.']    
Luckers: In the same note is that why Min couldn’t mask her bond?
Maria: Yes.

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Luckers: Is strength in the Power evenly distributed? Would on a scale of one to one hundred the most channelers be on the 50 mark? (within a gender, of course).
Maria: Jim described it as a bell curve, with most channelers in the middle.
Luckers: Of the really strong channelers we know the nature to, all but one have been sparkers [ I guess it depends on what he means by 'really strong', but both Sharina and Nicola come to mind, and Tuon will probably be quite strong if her skill is any indication. ]  . This has led to the belief that sparkers are on average stronger than learners. Is this belief justified?
Maria: No.  “Having been born with the inherent spark apparently is not an indicator of strength.  There are as many with weak potential who will channel whether they are taught or not as there are of great potential” (from Jim’s notes).  The stronger ones just get more attention.
Luckers: Do stronger sparkers stand a better chance of surviving touching the Source unaided?
Maria: It depends on what you mean by “stronger” sparkers.  If you mean strength in the One Power, not really.  If you mean strength of will or character, perhaps. Jim said of touching the One Power unaided:  “if you have not learned some sort of rough control, conscious or not, you will die screaming and writhing in agony.”  
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JordanCon 24 April 2010 - Terez reporting

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. [This person was likely asking in reference to the mystery of how Moiraine learned balefire between Fal Dara and Falme.  Some suspect she learned it from Vandene's and Adeleas's library.]
Harriet: I can be very vague when I want to be, and this is such a moment. (RAFO card)
Seeker: Can you name one thing that someone can do with the True Power that cannot be accomplished with the One Power?
Harriet: No.
Alan: You can get those cool spotted eyeballs.
Tamyrlin: Is the Horn an object of the Power?
Maria: RAFO, but I will tell you something about the Horn. People always ask why the inscription on the Horn is in the Old Tongue, if it’s so old. It was added in the Age of Legends.
Q: Will there be any use of Portal Stones in the next two books?
Maria: RAFO
JordanCon 24 April 2010 - blindillusion reporting
blindillusion: Is there any way for someone to be removed completely from the Pattern?
Brandon: (Sorry I cannot put out his precise words, but here is the gist) – Jordan started by having balefire do this, but he later debunked this theory by saying someone killed by balefire can be reborn at some point. We currently know of nothing/no method that will completely remove someone from the Pattern.
 - I thanked him and turned to walk away at this point, so that he could continue with the signing. But he called me back and commented that: The wolves in the Wolf Dream. We know that in the Wolf Dream something can be completely removed from the Pattern. (Again, not his exact words, but this pretty close. Perhaps J.D can back me up here. He was there.)  [Hopper confirms that when wolves die in the wolf dream, they die forever.  (4.28)  Birgitte confirms the same for Heroes of the Horn; or rather, we get this information indirectly from Nynaeve.  (5.14)  Also, Machin Shin eats souls, and in a previous interview, RJ said that the Dark One metaphorically has 'eaten' the soul of someone who becomes a Gray Man or Gray Woman.  These all appear to be permanent forms of death.]  
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Sandy, UT 5 December 2009 - kavorca reporting
Ability to Channel/Souls. I think this has all been reported, but he stated definitively that the ability to channel is tied to soul. He stated definitively that the spark was not tied to the soul but could be affected by a specific body (i.e., if you had the spark in one life, you could be reborn and just have the ability to learn.) He stated with 85% probability that strength in the Power was not tied to soul, meaning that if you were an uber-channeler in one body, you could be weak in the Power in your next body.
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                                The One Power, the True Power, Channeling, Objects of The Power


                                              Brandon Sanderson/Team Jordan Quotes


Driving Mr. Sanderson (from Half Moon Bay to San Jose), 21 November 2009 - Matt Hatch reporting
Matt: Did the Creator or does the Creator use the One Power to create?
Brandon: RAFO.
Matt: Can it be said that the Pattern was created by and infused with the One Power?
Brandon: RAFO.
Matt: I know you’ll RAFO this one but I’ll ask it anyway. Does the Creator, for a lack of a better word, 'weave' the One Power?
Brandon: RAFO.
Matt: Ok. I’ll jump off the Creator for the moment...
Brandon: How about this, I do know...Robert Jordan...there are answers to these things that you are wanting to know…
Matt: Do you believe they ever will be discussed, like Encyclopedia type of things, or do you believe…
Brandon: He did not want to leave explicit answers about a lot of these things. There will be hints. So, they are a double RAFO because they are the sort of things Robert Jordan did not like to answer and they could spoil things […] Double RAFO.
 [Hah - I got a DRAFO]
Matt: Ok, so, what is then the nature of the Dark One’s relationship with the True Power? In other words...is he the Power or it is separate like the One Power?
Brandon: When people bored into his prison they were searching for a new source of power, they found him. Alright? Now, that leaves a strong implication that the True Power is the essence of the Dark One. The True Power when it is used rips apart the Pattern to rebuild it as it desires. The True Power is very destructive to the Pattern. It leaves scars on the Pattern. Robert Jordan said in an interview or maybe it was actually in the books, when you make a gateway with the True Power you are actually ripping a hole in the Pattern and going somewhere else. When you are using the True Power that is what you are doing, it is contrary to the Pattern. That is not a direct answer to your question but I think there are enough implications in there that certain things can be discussed.
 [I realize now, after listening to Brandon’s answer that I was making an assumption about the One Power too, that it is separate from the Creator because of what we have been given in the books and the BWB, but I should have asked if instead the One Power is the essence of the Creator...]
Matt: Ok. So, obviously a channeler uses the True Power. We’ve discussed this before: they weave the True Power just as they weave the One Power . . .
Brandon: They do, and you don’t have to learn, and so that should tell you that the weaves are similar if not identical to the One Power. There are certain things the True Power can do that are different and it goes about things in different ways, but you don’t have to relearn everything.
Matt: So, I’m assuming you’ll RAFO this...does the Dark One weave the True Power?
Brandon: I will RAFO that.
Matt: Is the True Power used by any other creatures or beings within parallel or perpendicular worlds or other dimensions?
Brandon: Ok, see answering that actually gets us a 'begging the question' because...let’s step back: the question that people should be asking is does the Dark One exist in all of these parallels...
Matt: ...ok, so yeah this is the question I’ll ask, you make a good point. Are there worlds and dimensions that exist outside of the Pattern?
Brandon: Ok, see that’s the question you should be asking. I mean, you should be asking it, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to answer it. [laughter] But that’s at the core of the question. I’m going to discuss it without giving you the answer. I like to do this because I think it frames the question without giving you too much information that I have that I don’t think is appropriate to share right now. Extrapolations of this question get us to: is there one Dragon for all different Parallels or are they all different Dragons? Traveling through the Portal Stone seems to indicate that there are many different lives Rand could have led. The same thing happens with several of the ter’angreal that people go through. The question then is, are those all separate universes? Do we have a multiverse sort of concept? Or are they possibilities?  And do these worlds all exist, or could exist...what is the difference? In some of those Rand failed. So, is Rand the Dragon in all of them, or is Rand not the Dragon in some of them? What happens in the ones where Rand failed? Are they real worlds? Are those different worlds where there is a different Dark One who then takes over and destroys that world?  Or maybe not, maybe he makes it as he wishes. Or are those just possibilities, reflections of this world that don’t really exist except when we touch them? Those are all very good questions. Robert Jordan said that Tel'aran'rhiod is a reflection of all different worlds, which implies other worlds continue to exist. The World of the 'Finns is something different…
Matt: He called it a parallel world.
Brandon: Yes, the parallel world, that one and also the one Rand and Lanfear visited are persistent regardless of someone from this world visiting. Yet, many of those seem almost shadowy and reflections of the real world, some of them seem as real—just strange when visiting them. What happens in these different worlds? That sort of thing, those were never questions that Robert Jordan answered…
Matt: The answers exist?
Brandon: The answers exist, but are there many parallel Patterns or is there one Pattern?
Matt: Yeah, that’s...are there many Wheels or just one Wheel?
Brandon: That’s not a question, I’m afraid, that I can answer because I don’t think it’s within the scope of the books, and I don’t think that the characters...that there are people that could know. You will find Browns arguing all of these different things among themselves, and it’s not my place to step in and end the discussion.
Matt: Ok. This is a fun one that I don’t think I’ve heard before: can the Creator use the True Power?
Brandon: RAFO.
Matt: Can the Dark One use the One Power?
Brandon: RAFO.
Matt: I figured I had to ask both. Are there any other sources of Powers either within the Pattern or outside of the Wheel? Are there any sources like...
Brandon: ...sources much like the One Power and True Power?
Matt: Right.
Brandon: I will have to RAFO that.
...
Matt: Is the Wheel responsible for giving or weaving in Talents and abilities to a particular life, or are they like channeling—attached to the soul?
Brandon: That’s an excellent question. I’m going to have to RAFO that...it’s actually more of a MAFO. What you're asking is, would someone who is reborn into the Pattern will have the same Talents again?
Matt: Right. Or does…the Wheel, we obviously know it is very capable of affecting the Pattern, so the question is, does it give and take when it comes to abilities and Talents it needs?
Brandon: Yeah, right, I will have to MAFO that.
Matt: Ok, so can the Wheel give an individual life the ability to channel, if the soul does not come to that life with an inborn ability to learn or a spark? Can the Wheel give them that?
Brandon: Again, I will have to MAFO this whole thing. I will have to go and look. I don’t know if someone is necessarily always born with the ability to channel, if they are in every Age...
Matt
: There is a quote I brought that we asked at DragonCon, Jordan said: “I don't think I have said if you are born with the spark you would have the have the spark again. I have said if you were born with the ability to channel, to learn or with the spark, you will, when your soul is born again, you will have the ability again, whether with the spark or without….” So, in essence he said it’s inherent you have the ability. Whether or not you spark or you can learn it, that depends on the life.
Brandon: My instinct knowing how Jim wrote and knowing the parallels in the notes would be that he would parallel the other Talents along the same lines. A wolf brother then would always have the ability to become a wolf brother and other things along those lines. I’m going off of instinct, so that is an asterisked answer. I can MAFO that and look it up and we can see what we can find, but he did like to parallel a lot of these things...
[Maria clarifies:  Jim says of Talents: “A Talent is a special ability with the One Power.  While the name is used for other things, a Talent is, in truth, something which is inborn in the person and not something that can be learned.” And there is mention of the Wheel throwing out what it needs on occasion, and there’s the phrase, “The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.” The Wheel can give and take as it needs.  I believe that the potential for a Talent is there, but it doesn't necessarily manifest each time a soul is born.  If the Wheel needs the Talent, the Talent is there.  But if the Wheel doesn't need it, it lies dormant. ]
Matt: Okay, so at the end of that answer he said this...we were asking a specific question about stilling and burning out…he said, “And neither burning out nor stilling affects that except in this lifetime, your current lifetime”. In other words...
Brandon: ...that is consistent...
Matt: ...it doesn’t affect your souls ability, your soul’s connection. So stilling and burning out do not affect the ability to channel, which seems to be integral to the soul as it pertains to a new life. That being said, Aran'gar and Osan'gar, they were transmigrated and we see that they can channel in their new bodies, which makes sense because the ability comes with the soul...
Brandon: ...and because of that if you were male before and reborn (in a female body)...you are channeling the wrong Power.
Matt:  Exactly.  He was transmigrated into a different body, but still channeling the same Power the soul inherits. So, considering Jordan's statement about stilling and burning out not affecting the channeling ability of the new life of a soul, is the same for the new life of a soul transmigrated?
Brandon: I’m going to say that transmigrated...if you were burned out and transmigrated you would still be burned out, is my guess.
Matt: Is that a MAFO question? Or...
Brandon:  That is my guess, and you can MAFO it if you want to send it to me, but that is a “I’m pretty sure” answer.
[Maria clarifies: Yes, you would.  Jim said that “neither burning out or stilling affects that except in this lifetime, your current lifetime.” (DragonCon), but transmigration is not really a different lifetime; more than just the soul moves.  The new person (I’m at a loss for words here) also has the memories of the previous person, and its personality, and such.  So Brandon is correct.]
Matt: Ok, we’ll move on from there. Were male channelers across Randland able to feel Rand's use of the male Choedan Kal when he destroyed it atop Dragonmount?
Brandon: I would certainly think they would have been able to, consistent with what has happened before.
Matt: But did they know that it was destroyed? Is that what they felt, or was it just the use of?
Brandon: I do not believe the destruction of a sa’angreal would be the type of event that you would be able to notice. It is not consistent with what we have seen before.
Matt: Jordan talked about Pattern Level Events, or in other words "Effects of the Wheel". This question was asked of him at DragonCon '05. We wanted to know how Rand showed up in the sky above Falme with Ishamael. Theories… [the recording cut off here so Brandon’s answer to my question was lost. I will paraphrase it generally.]
I asked him if Rand’s access to the infinite lives while on Dragonmount at the end of The Gathering Storm was the Wheel getting involved directly.
He replied as follows, according to my memory, that there was a Pattern Level Event there, but it wasn’t specifically the Wheel giving Rand access to memories his previous lives. Brandon asked for some clarification about how Jordan explained his answer at DragonCon. We were rushed and I could not give him that direct quote, so I was unable to ask more specifically if Rand was seeing the soul’s history of lives lived, or if more generically the Wheel displayed to his mind a series of previous generic lives, like it displayed Rand and Ishamael in the sky above Falme. He did speak briefly about the Wheel not physically “touching” Rand and/or Ishamael, which seemed to be suggestive of his initial response that it didn’t “touch” Rand’s mind to give him access to his own memories. Once again, a more detailed discussion of this subject is worthwhile, especially one recorded.
Matt: 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?
Brandon: I have not answered that. If anyone says that I have, I have not. What I have said specifically is, this is recording: 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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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Barnes and Noble, San Jose 21 November 2009 - Jason Wolfbrother reporting
JWB:  Are gholam immune to the True Power?
Brandon: RAFO
The [second] question was if burned out channelers could be Healed as severed or stilled channelers could. His answer, paraphrased because I wasn't recording and I was laughing at what he wrote was:  "Nynaeve thinks that there is nothing that cannot be Healed. She was right about Healing stilling and she is on the right track." But he didn't confirm or deny or RAFO whether burned out channelers could or could not be Healed.  
The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Powell's Books, Portland, OR 19 November 2009 - Samadai reporting
Master al'Thor:  Have the effects of the Bowl of Winds been fully realized?
Brandon:  Yes, but the weather patterns are so huge that it will still take a long time to normalize everything.
The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Vroman's Bookstore, LA 17 November 2009 - Robert Moreau reporting
Q: If someone were to use balefire as a weapon, could they redirect it through a gateway, or would it destroy the weave and keep going?
A: Well, I happen to know that someone asked Robert Jordan this at a signing, and he gave a kind of glib answer that didn't answer anything. So, I'm going to RAFO that, and we'll see. There will be a lot of balefire in the future of these books. *much laughter* [[There was some conversation here about that answer, and someone who claimed to be at that signing, and that RJ pretty much told the person 'Go get laid.']]
Q: Can someone besides Rand be taught to see the black cords that are seen on other Forsaken?
A: Robert Jordan is kind of dodgy on the black cords. A lot of people tried to pin him down on those. I think that yes, others could be trained to see the black cords.
Q: If the Forsaken were in a bubble all by themselves, who would win?
A: Ishamael. He's got the True Power.
Q: Does Mat's medallion work against all types of Power, or just against saidar? Because you know he said in the book, something to be free of Aes Sedai.
A: Yes, that is what he said specifically, but you know, Aes Sedai were both male and female once, and so we don't know yet, and I will have to RAFO that.
Another person from audience: But that was in book six.
Brandon: Was it in book six?
Audience: Yeah, that's where Aran'gar gets him with a weave.
Brandon: Oh, that's right; it did happen. You see, I know a lot of stuff....but I get in trouble if I say too much, because at one of the early signings....no, it wasn't even one of the signings; it was JordanCon. I was talking about....someone asked me a question, and I started answering, talking about, 'Do you remember that scene, where this happened, and this happened, and this happened....' and everyone started staring at me blankly. And I'm like, 'What? No...' and I argued with them that this scene existed. I promised them. No one remembered it! And about a month later, I realized as I was looking through it, 'Oh, it was a deleted scene from book seven.' Which now, in my head, is in book seven! And so I'm very careful not saying things I know, but you're right; that was proven in the books.
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Scottsdale Public Library, Phoenix Arizona 16 November 2009 - kcf reporting
Q: How does Nynaeve compare with Semirhage in One Power strength?
A: I’m pretty sure she’s stronger, but they are very close. RJ has a list of all the channelers' strengths. On that list, only six people are stronger than Nynaeve. It’s such a rare event that pretty much any time we meet someone stronger than her, it’s explicitly said. There are two One Power strength scales—an ‘old’ and a ‘new’. Nynaeve was the top of the female list for the ‘old’ list. Six are stronger on the ‘new’ list.

 Brandon was pretty certain that Nynaeve is stronger than Mesaana, who isn’t particularly strong in Forsaken terms.
It was also mentioned that balefire does not mean that someone can’t be reborn into the Pattern. I was very surprised by this and hadn’t heard it before, but apparently Brandon has said it in previous Q&A sessions. Brandon said he was also surprised but that Maria was very insistent about this – so if the Dragon Reborn was balefired, he could still be reborn.
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego 15 November 2009 - Freelancer reporting
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, and Rand doesn't have that.  [[This was contradicted later by Brandon.]]
 Q. Mr. Jordan stated that the Seanchan only know how to make one kind of ter'angreal. Then there are the Bloodknives' rings. Is this a departure from Jordan's notes, or a discrepancy in a past answer?
A. Neither. The Seanchan only know how to make a'dam.
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. 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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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Dallas Borders 14 November 2009 - Aubree Pham reporting
Q: Does RJ work out things like conservation laws, since he was a physicist?
A: (Brandon) From what I’ve seen, he considered it, the Power that is doing all these things is coming from somewhere. They discovered the Dark One by finding the Power (True Power). (They are) not aware of the source of the One Power. The law of conservation of energy works, it’s coming from somewhere, we’re not sure where. It’s not something the characters were considering, so it wasn’t appropriate to include in the books.

The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Borders Dallas 14 November 2009 - Claireducky reporting

Question: (something regarding the bruises remaining on Min's neck, and if this was a typo)
Brandon: No, that is correct.  Rand caused the bruises, so balefiring Semirhage would not make them go away.  Balefire only removes paradoxes caused by the direct actions of the one who is balefired. And the bracelets remained after Rand balefired [Semirhage and Elza] because they weren't really part of Semirhage or Elza.
Claire: (comment regarding the thread on Dragonmount where some are arguing that by balefiring Graendal's palace, the compulsion disappeared since there'd never had been a palace in the first place, and others are arguing that it doesn't work that way, objects don't have threads).
Brandon: Everything has a thread, not just souls.  Even a stone in a wall has a thread in the Pattern.
Question: Do the Seanchan know how to make cuendillar?
Brandon: You're trying to figure out if the collar Semirhage put on Rand is cuendillar. (this was a long convo so I can't remember all of it... I THINK he said the original had been made of cuendillar, and that the Seanchan had copies of it, but would not answer whether those were made of cuendillar as well.   He wouldn't say if Rand was wearing a copy or the original, he said it didn't matter. And that he knew of at least two ways to destroy cuendillar-- The True Power and one other way.   He looked thoughtful when Muirenn mentioned the theory that women make white cuendillar and men make black cuendillar, but wouldn't confirm or deny.)
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Dallas Borders 14 November 2009 - Aubree Pham reporting

Myrddraal are not Trollocs who can channel.  Their powers are totally independent from the One Power.  They really are just throwbacks to the human stock.  Harriet added that there are also animal throwbacks, but they just die.
 When asked if the Rand's wound from the Shadar Logoth dagger was really contained like Samitsu thinks it is, the answer was RAFO.
 The black/dark aura around Rand is partially, but not entirely, an effect of True Power usage.  There will be consequences from Rand's True Power use.
 The True Power is usually not able to be used without the Dark One's consent.  Semirhage certainly thought that the Dark One intentionally betrayed her.
 He would not confirm the Seanchan have the tech necessary to make cuendillar, or if ter'angreal copying and would skip the need to also make the copied item into cuendillar.  He did say: "If the Seanchan had the knowledge of how to make cuendillar, don't you think we would have seen it by now?"  
 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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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Chester County Books, Philadelphia 6 November 2009 - Paul Grow reporting

Brandon said someone killed by balefire could be reborn and woven back into the Pattern later, but the Dark One cannot resurrect that person.
Brandon explained that the True Power can only be used by someone that the Dark One has allowed to use it. The True Power is perhaps more powerful then the One Power in the way a drugged up person is more powerful then someone not drugged up. In the moment the drugged up person may be, but in the long run maybe not. Further explaining the True Power he said the guardian in Far Madding cannot stop it.
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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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Borders, Washington DC 4 November 2009 - mrc1ark reporting
Sanderson said Rand realized that he did not need the Choedan Kal for the Last Battle.  Brandon also said that Rand was not at a point where he needed the Choedan Kal for anything he wanted to do.  He said the sentence in a way that leads me to believe post-epiphany Rand is much stronger than pre-epiphany Rand though that is my interpretation of his sentence.
 On the subject of the Choedan Kal, Brandon said that the True Power was not as strong as someone with the Choedan Kal.  Just it felt as tempting and as addictive as the One Power through the Choedan Kal.
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, Sam Weller's Bookstore, Salt Lake City 2 November 2009 - Matt Hatch reporting
Question: Is it an assumption that we haven’t seen the last of [the Bloodknives]?
Answer: There were five sent. We know one is dead. The other four, they may have lived or died through the assault, it was pretty chaotic, but they are expert warriors with ter’angreal focused on letting them hide.
Question: How long does that affect last? Days?
Answer: That affect can be stretched if they take it off, for several weeks. It is going to kill them eventually. If they are wearing it straight, it’s not going to last long, a matter of days, but if they take it off they can hide for a matter of weeks. So, there are four unaccounted for, who have orders to kill as many Aes Sedai as they can.
Question: In essence, are One Power and True Power balefire the same?
Answer: He answered that the True Power is another source of power, that Aes Sedai were researching another source, like a different form of battery, to power their weaves and that in for balefire, what it does is essentially the same between both Power sources, but that it has different affects on the individual using the Power source (this appeared to be a reference to what True Power does to its user).
Matt: Question—Did Robert Jordan leave a power to time comparison, as to how much time is burned back on a thread using balefire? Is there a calculation that says x amount of power will burn back x amount of time on a thread?
Brandon: M.A.F.O – Maria and Find Out. What he did leave, he left a lot of stuff, there is discussion of these things in the notes. I need to look and see if there is an actual equation. He was very focused on strength of the power and things like that. He has probably told you before, I think I’ve seen a copy of that on notes and things. He did leave scales on exactly how powerful each person is . . .
Maria answers:
RAFO.  Sorry, but we are doing an encyclopedia, and I have to reserve some things in case we want to put them in there.
Matt: Question—The Choedan Kal, does it amplify your power? Is it a limited, for example, if I have a certain amount of power does it give me 10x what I have, or is it a certain amount of power I can access?
Brandon: One of the things I’ve been doing when I answer questions is that I’ve been saying that this is my understanding and putting an asterisk at the bottom that is a – I am speaking from my understanding and not from specific knowledge from the notes, meaning yes I am probably right but these are the questions I could be wrong on...this one my understanding is that it is a reservoir of power. It is not necessarily a magnification. A very weak person with a very powerful sa’angreal is very powerful. I’m pretty sure on that one, but I will add the asterisk just in case. If you send me an email, I can go back and look to make sure. But I’m reasonably sure on that one, the reasons being things that are talked about in the notes mixed with the way angreal and sa’angreal worked previously in the books mixed with two specific things that he talked about in the notes when people using angreal and sa’angreal after they become very weak or after they are weak.
Matt: Question—We know that in the Age of Legends that the Forsaken/Chosen, everyone agreed to stop using Balefire because of its effects on the Pattern. Is it unrealistic then to say that a great amount of power could burn someone’s thread back a year or six months. Is that an unrealistic thing to say that there is enough power available to either one or multiple people to burn somebody back that far?
Brandon: I see what you are getting at you are trying to figure out if Graendal was killed with a whole lot of balefire would it bring Asmodean back to life (Brandon had heard about this idea, which he mentions later).
Matt: ...like that could ever happen...
Brandon: That’s what you are digging for isn’t you?
Matt: Let’s say, if a Forsaken was responsible for killing another Forsaken.
Brandon: Uh huh
Matt: And said Forsaken was balefired...
Brandon: You are under the assumption...You are trying to figure out who killed Asmodean again. That’s what you are trying to do and I’m not going to get caught and let you know...
Matt: It’s a legit question...and I’m sure whatever is said at this table stays at this table...
Brandon: I’m sure, the leader of Theoryland and the guy taping this...
 ~Much laughter from table~
Brandon: Let’s divorce it. Rand balefires Rahvin as hardcore as he could and Rand is one of the most powerful people to live and he got us, what have you determined, from the lightning killing Mat until balefire killed Rahvin, I’d guess fifteen minutes.
Matt: Well, he at least got us fifteen minutes. We don’t know how far back, we just know up to that moment.
Brandon: Well, we do know because if it had been too much further than that we would have noticed a lot of discrepancies in the Pattern from things he’d done...
Matt: Let’s say thirty minutes to an hour, at the most.
Brandon: Alright, thirty minutes to an hour. Okay, let’s say the Choedan Kal amplifies his abilities 100 fold…let’s say it’s a 100 times more powerful than Rand. That’s giving us, lets say he got an hour, we’ve got four days, from the most powerful, one of the most powerful sa’angreal ever created. I think it is unrealistic to assume you can get back a year, but that’s not saying it is impossible. I think that if you did that to the Pattern the ramifications would be so dramatic you’d see the Pattern unraveling hardcore at that point, it’s like balefiring an entire city. When I first read that guess I just laughed, I’m like guys c’mon lets run the math on this.
Matt: Like I said to Jennifer, it is my job at Theoryland to entertain these ideas.
Brandon: Yes it is, it is your job to entertain them. But in the terms of Mythbusters let’s go ahead and call that one “Busted” in the realistic world. I’ve got to give you at least something, so I’ll at least give you that...If it were possible to do things like that, we’d have the Dark One just going and balefiring you know Tam so Rand never gets picked up off the mountain....
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The Gathering Storm Book Tour, BYU Midnight Release 27 October 2009 - Jennifer McBride reporting

Question: Would the True Source beat the True Power?
Answer: Okay. My gut instinct is going to say, yes. My gut instinct says yes, but that is not coming from the notes. If I was actually going to have to write it out I would have to go to Charleston and I would have to look in the notes but from what I’ve read I’d say yes. But that is not canon because I’m not remembering specifically, does that make sense? I’ll tell you if it’s canon or it isn’t, but that one is just my instinct.

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WorldCon 2009 signing report, Montreal, Canada 8 August 2009 - Dom reporting

Sanderson said he resisted creating new weaves (beside introducing those Jordan planned to introduce) for the most part. His contribution will rather be to have the characters figure out they can use weaves they know in new ways - turn them into weapon etc., and for this he looked for details in the previous books. He mentioned one specific example: after KOD, he thought characters figured out gateways and deathgates can also be used to slice non-shadowspawn up in battle.
 We also discussed a bit the 21 levels list, which Brandon used a lot. Jordan did start it just the way he described it long ago, that is as a way to keep track of who defers to whom among minor players etc. However, as of now, this document's scope goes beyond this (and it's quite big). The document assigns a rank number to each Aes Sedai referring to the twenty-one levels system, and it lists their personal weaves if they have any, and who knows and have the skills to use which weave and to what extent, their strength in flows if details in the series have blocked this up etc. Brandon confirmed Jordan developed a similar ranking system for the Asha'man as well, but couldn't recall out of hand how many levels there were for them.
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                                      The One Power, the True Power, Channeling, Objects of The Power

                                                                  Robert Jordan Quotes

RJ's blog 2 October 2005 "ONE MORE TIME"

 - For HotW-Moiraine, yes, the bearded man ter’angreal could be said to be my Alfred Hitchcock moment.  In Knife of Dreams, you’ll learn what it does.  [It is something like a well-stocked WoT Kindle, containing 'thousands and thousands' of books, fiction and non-fiction.  (11.15)  Also, RJ means that this is his cameo appearance in the books.]
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- For Infested Templar, two women linking have slightly less of saidar available to them than the two women would have individually.  But it can be used much, much more precisely, and therefore more effectively, than they could manage working merely as partners.  The reduction also occurs for men entering a circle.  One man in a circle means that only the amount of saidin that he can handle, less the reduction for being in a circle, is available.  Men can be much stronger than women in the pure quantity of the Power that they can channel, but on a practical level, women are much more deft in their weaving and that means the strongest possible woman can do just about anything that the strongest possible man could, and to the same degree.
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- For Papazen, while I have spoken of souls being born with the ability to channel in response to questions, I think of it as being genetic also.  In the Age of Legends, between 2 and 3% of people had some ability, following a bell curve distribution in strength.  For over 3000 years, though, Aes Sedai have been removing men who actually learned to channel from the gene pool.  They have been very efficient at this.  As a result, the “present day” sees about 1% of the population who can learn to channel, with a much, much smaller percentage of that being born with the spark.
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 - For Shishka, a mixed gender circle has X amount of saidin and Y amount of saidar available, set by the strengths of the men and women in it.  Talents or special skills available to members of the circle other than whoever is melding the flows are not available to the person who is.  If those Talents or skills are particularly needed, then control of the circle must be passed.
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RJ's blog 4 October 2005 "ONE MORE TIME"

 - For Krassos, yes, a channeler could still channel wearing Mat’s amulet.  Cadsuane has one much like it.  And I think that I will complete “Trust” [The Color of Trust] eventually.  I think about doing so every now and then.
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- For Alys Kinch, the Healing of stilling must be done by the other gender to be fully effective.  A woman Healing a woman or a man Healing a man results in less than full restoration.  It all ties into that theme I keep harping on.  Men and women have to work together to be their most effective.  And while the weave used by Flinn for Healing is not exactly that used by Nynaeve, either would use the same weave on a man or a woman.
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- For Sodas, when you are balefired, you are dead, dead, dead.  It almost seemed redundant to say so.
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- For Sidious, when Alivia faced Cyndane, Alivia was by far the stronger because of her angreal, and had various tools (ter’angreal) to work with besides, but Cyndane was much, much more knowledgeable about channeling.  Alivia, after all, knew relatively little except how to be a weapon.  That was very useful in the situation, but in this case, knowledge versus strength made it an even match. 
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- For Gyrehead, Foretelling is not related to strength.  The weakest possible channeler could Foretell as strongly as Elaida or Nicola, or perhaps even more so, depending entirely on the strength of his or her Talent for Foretelling.
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- Morgase has slowed, and that is exactly why there is so much emphasis on her looking only ten years older than Perrin when she has children the ages of Elayne and Gawyn.
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От- Regarding the percentage of women who could test for the shawl, it would be 62.5% of the bellcurve.  I’ll leave the maths to you for an idle moment.  The question doesn’t really apply to men, since the Black Tower accepts anyone who can learn to channel, but if the White Tower limits were applied, it would be roughly 65.4% of the bellcurve.  Although, considering the effectiveness question, they should probably set it at the same 62.5%.  Again, the maths are all yours.  Regarding the levels of male strength, while the weakest man and the weakest woman would be roughly equivalent, you might say that there are several levels of male strength on top of the female levels.  Remember to integrate this with what I’ve said elsewhere about effectiveness, though.
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RJ's blog 5 October 2005 "YET ANOTHER, IT SEEMS"

 - Yes, the Ayyad’s eyes were popping [when Rand cleansed saidin], as well as those of damane in Seanchan.
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- Anyone who can channel, to however small a degree, is vulnerable to the circle of thirteen trick.
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- Anyone who can channel, however weakly, can see the glow of saidar and feel someone channel.  For sul’dam who have been sul’dam for a time, some begin to be able to see what might be called a ghostly image of the flows.  Others convince themselves that this is, of course, only imagination and manage to give themselves a block.
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 - Someone who sees ta’veren sees them as glowing.  The more strongly ta’veren, the brighter the glow.  This is a Talent, and is something that only someone who can channel can do.  While she was stilled, Siuan could not see ta’veren, nor could she have if she had been burned out.
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RJ's blog 22 November 2005 "I'M BAAAA-AAACK"

 - 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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- Someone asked how difficult it is for a blind person to channel, but I didn’t make a note of who.  In any case, it is difficult but not impossible.  The different flows have different feels, though saying they have different flavors might be as accurate.  In the comic, we use colors, not because they actually have colors but because they also can be told apart by sight.  Someone who was blind and who tried to learn to channel would be able to differentiate between flows of the Five Powers.  The difficulty would be in learning to make the weaves.
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RJ's blog 10 December 2005 "THIS AND THAT"

 - The Crystal Throne is not the High seat of the Tamyrlin.20 

 - Nynaeve could Travel after depositing Lan in Saldaea because she had “learned” that spot by Traveling to it.  Remember, if someone Travels to a place, they now know the place they have Traveled to as well as if they had spent time there learning it.
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- For sheep the evicted, who has heard that I assigned various numerical strengths in the One Power to Rand, Ishamael and others based on a scale of 100 points, no I did not.  I have said that in my notes I have such a scale that I use to keep track of everyone, but its main use is for the lesser characters, in particular Aes Sedai, so that I can check on who should defer to whom, who should only listen a little more attentively to whom, and so forth.
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 - I saw somewhere that I supposedly said that Sharina Melloy will not grow younger.  If I did, then I misspoke.  Sharina will not grow young, but she will grow younger in appearance, as will any other older women who begin to channel.  For Sharina, by way of example, she will “regress” into apparent middle age, but no younger.
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- For kcf, 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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RJ's blog 20 January 2006 "IT'S BEEN A WHILE"

- For Majsju, the oath against lying does leave room for sarcasm.  It is intent and result that matter.  No sister can intentionally speak an untruth either with the intent of passing on false information or with the belief that false information might be passed on.  Thus the careful slicing and dicing of words.  But if someone were to hold up a piece of white cloth and ask whether it was black or white, someone who had sworn the Three Oaths would be capable of saying that it was black as a matter of sarcasm.  But not if, for example, the person asking the question was blind and thus might well take the statement for truth rather than sarcasm.
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- As for Illian, I was too crude in reinforcing something I had established earlier and wanted to reinforce, i.e. that you do not need to know a spot at all to Travel from it if the place you want to travel to is only a short distance away
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-   Regarding Sharina, and other women who learn to channel at age, she will indeed grow younger in appearance.  No, she will not achieve an Aes Sedai face without the Oath Rod, but where she has previously looked, say, sixty, she will look perhaps thirty-five, with accompanying changes in hair color.  Think of it as analogous to slowing, which older women also do.
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RJ's blog 14 July 2006 "NO CHAMPAGNE YET"

I’ve seen posts various places suggesting that I’ve had Trollocs using gateways in previous books. I think this stems from the attack on the Stone of Tear where I speak of Trollocs and Myrddraal “leaping out of thin air.” This was not meant to convey gateways — no openings in the air were mentioned — but rather the suddenness of their appearance. A cliche, I know. Later, in The Shadow Rising I think, I explained that they had been smuggled into the Stone using barges and wagons.[ The attack itself was in 4.10, and Lan's explanation of how they were gotten in was near the end of the chapter.  In 6.6, Sammael confirms that the Shadowspawn who fought Rand were sent by him; later in the same chapter, Semirhage reveals that she was ordered to send those that fought Sammael's Shadowspawn.]
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TOR Questions of the Week, August 2004-January 2005

Week 4 Question: In New Spring you mentioned that the Blue Ajah taught Moiraine and Siuan secret weaves upon their raising. Do other Ajahs have secret weaves, and if so, what are they? Could you share a few of them with us?

Robert Jordan Answers: Yes, other Ajahs also have secret weaves, though a few of those secrets are actually known to more than one Ajah, each of which believes that it alone knows. That's always the problem with secrets, isn't it? You can never really be sure that somebody else doesn't know too. I could share, but if I told you, then I'd have to kill you. I may yet use one or more Ajah secret weaves in the books, so I'm afraid the answer here is RAFO.

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Week 7 Question: What was the most respected Talent in the Age of Legends? Why?

Robert Jordan Answers: Healing was probably the most respected single Talent in the Age of Legends, in part because it eased suffering (disease had been all been eradicated, but injuries still occurred) and in part because high levels of ability in that Talent were much more rare than high levels in most other Talents.
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Week 9 Question: When a person channels, where do the flows appear to originate from? Do they extrude themselves somehow from the person's body, or do they seem to appear out of thin air in the channeler's general vicinity? What do the flows look like to a person who can channel? Are they colored, clear or indeterminate, smooth or rough, wispy or solid?
Robert Jordan Answers: To the channeler, the flows seem to originate in his or her very immediate vicinity, not to emanate from themselves, although to another channeler, those flows do seem to be emanating from the channeler. The latter is the actual case, as the One Power is passing through the channeler, one of the reasons for individual limits on how much of the Power a particular person can handle. (And you have seen characters react as if to a blow from having a flow snapped or cut.)

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A channeler sees the flows as colored very faintly, according to which of the Five Powers is involved (red = Fire, Blue = Water, green = Earth, yellow = Air, white = Spirit), although the "feel" of the flows are also different to a channeler, so that a channeler can tell one from another without actually seeing them. (That is how someone can tell that somebody else has channeled, say, Fire and Earth, in their vicinity without seeing the flows.) It isn't a physical feel; you might almost as well say that they have different flavors. They appear to be smooth and nearly transparent, tinged with color.
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Week 16 Question: Is there any relationship between Foretelling and Min's viewings? Or is Foretelling a talent that only manifests in someone who can channel? Is Min's ability completely unique, or has it appeared in Ages past?
Robert Jordan Answers: There is no relationship whatsoever between Foretelling, which manifests only in someone who can channel, and Min's viewings. There have been versions of Min's viewings in some previous ages, though not exactly the same.
Min, and the sniffers, and Wolfbrothers appearing are all highly indicative, you know. New abilities, for this Age, are appearing, and that in itself indicates great changes coming. Great changes underway. Min's abilities will not remain unique; we have already seen one Wolfbrother besides Perrin and Elyas, though a pitiful soul who couldn't master his gift, and there will be other sniffers. The Age is changing. The Wheel never stands still.

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Week 19 Question: How far can a channeler Travel with the One Power? I know they can Travel anywhere on the globe, and enter Tel'aran'rhiod through a slightly different weave, but is it possible to Travel to other planets, or even planets in other galaxies?
Robert Jordan Answers: Travel to other planets within the solar system would require a circle of fairly strong channelers, though not necessarily as many as thirteen, depending on exactly how far out they wanted to go. Travel to a planet in another solar system would require a rather large circle (of the maximum possible size) of very strong channelers, and there would a limit on how far they could go in one jump. They could planet-hop, of course. Travel to another galaxy would be beyond them even if they began on the planet in this galaxy nearest the target galaxy.

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Week 20 Question: Why was Aginor so interested in the Eye of the World? He could channel clean saidin anyway so it shouldn't have been an issue?
Robert Jordan Answers: He was able to channel clean saidin, true, but only through the "filter" which had been provided by the Dark One just a short time previously, which meant the Dark One would be aware of him channeling wherever he was. Remember, Aginor was the creator of the Trollocs; he is quite able to reason things out clearly, at least in a scientific sense. Also, he wasn't certain whether or not the Dark One also would know what he was doing when he channeled, too. For someone as secretive, competitive, and generally untrustworthy as the one of the Forsaken, the Eye of the World amounted to a valuable asset if it could be secured. To put it simply, Aginor saw a means of channeling without the Dark One looking over his shoulder, and maybe a way to increase his own power at the expense of those who didn't have that advantage. Balthamel might well have been for the long drop, administered by Aginor, if things hadn't worked out differently.
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Week 21 Question: Just how can an Aes Sedai be a damane? Aren't they bound by the Third Oath: to not use the One Power as a weapon except to defend their lives, their Warder's life, or another sister's life? Wouldn't they be useless as damane to the Seanchan?
Robert Jordan Answers: The Aes Sedai captured by the Seanchan are indeed useless as weapons, except against Shadowspawn or Darkfriends, because they are bound by the Three Oaths, and that limits their value considerably since being weapons is a major use for damane. Damane are used for other tasks, however, including finding ores for mining (Egwene was tested for this, remember; it's a very valuable, and fairly rare, ability), for some mining operations where it would be too dangerous or uneconomical to use human miners (bringing ores out of the ground and refining them using the Power), and in some construction projects, especially where something very large or with a need for added strength is envisioned. The first two both require a high ability in Earth, which has faded considerably on "this" side of the Aryth Ocean and to a smaller degree of the other side, but construction projects and others things, such as producing Sky Lights, are well within the abilities of collared Aes Sedai. The Three Oaths don't inhibit them there at all.
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TOR Questions of the Week, February 2005-July 2005

Week 3 Question: 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?
Robert Jordan Answers: 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.

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Week 8 Question: When a person that can channel is shielded, where is the shield placed? Is it placed around the whole body of the person or around the head of the channeler where they sense saidin/saidar? If you are shielded from the One Power, are you also shielded from the True Power? What happens if someone in a circle is shielded? Can a Warder feel that his Aes Sedai is shielded?
Robert Jordan Answers: A shield exists both as a barrier around the entire person and as a single point along with everything in between. (In a way, this is like the Bore, which does not actually exist as Shayol Ghul. The Bore exists everywhere, but Shayol Ghul is the place where it can best be detected. Which is not to say that there is any connection between the Bore and a shield. Both simply exist in different states simultaneously.) Someone who is shielded and trying to get past the shield can "feel" their way along its inner "surface" hunting for weaknesses, such as the points that indicate where the shield is being maintained or has been tied off. Shielding against the One Power will indeed stop someone from reaching for the True Power.    It isn't possible to shield one person out of a circle since, in effect, the circle has become a single person for the purpose of channeling. You would have to shield the entire circle, which would require either a circle of your own or a pretty hefty sa'angreal. A Warder cannot feel that his Aes Sedai has been shielded, though he would be aware of any agitation on her part. But this would tell him no more than that she was agitated.
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Week 13 Question: Can a weave be moved or otherwise affected by external non-Power related forces? For example, can a non-channeler take a sword of Air and use it for battle? Or can a shield of Air be moved by the wind? Or can a natural event disturb a weave without affecting the channeler?
Robert Jordan Answers: The first example given has to be treated separately, I think. A sword woven of Air---or Fire or any other of the Five Powers---could be wielded by a non-channeler if the weave had been tied off or the channeler maintained it. But that is a difficult way to acquire a sword and not really worth the effort unless there is great need for a sword and no other sword available. But in that case, why wouldn't the channeler simply handle things another way? To paraphrase Siuan Sanche, "It's simpler and easier just to use a steel sword."
As to weaves being affected by other non-Power, natural occurrences, no, not directly. Though an earthquake knocking an Aes Sedai off her feet and bouncing her around might put a crimp on her channeling for a bit. The wind will not move a shield woven of Air, nor will any other natural event affect a weave unless it does so by affecting the channeler first and thus disrupting his or her ability for whatever period of time. If the channeler is being swept away down rapids, this presents problems. Not necessarily insurmountable problems, but being tumbled head over heels, bounced off boulders and half drowned makes the necessary concentration not easy.

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Week 15 Question: When a channeler is forcibly turned to the Dark, is his/her former personality lost to eternity? Are they in a permanent state of mindless Compulsion? Furthermore, can a channeler forcibly turned to the Dark return to the Light unaided?

Robert Jordan Answers: They are not in a mindless state of Compulsion. Their former personality is twisted, the darker elements that everyone has to some degree elevated while what might be called the good elements are largely suppressed. I don't mean things like courage, which is useful even to villains, but they are unlikely to be very charitable, for example, and forget any altruistic impulses. Call it being turned into a mirror image of yourself in many ways. It is very unlikely that a channeler forcibly turned to the Shadow could find a way back to the Light unaided. For one reason, by virtue of the twisting he or she had undergone, it is very unlikely that he or she would have any desire to do so.
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TOR Questions of the Week, August 2004-January 2005

Week 18 Question: Who were the first channelers, and how did they learn? By trial and error? Are there any Ages where channeling does not exist?
Robert Jordan Answers: The first people to discover the ability to channel learned through trial and error, with fairly high casualty rates until they learned enough not to kill themselves accidentally. Their appearance marked the beginning of the previous Age to that of the books, or at least the end of the Age before that one.
Yes, as I have set things up, there are Ages when no one has any idea of how to channel or even that the One Power exists. Our own, for one. (The Wheel of Time turns.)
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TOR Questions of the Week, December 2003 to April 2004

Week 6 Question: How do the Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah "find" men who can channel?
Robert Jordan Answers: We're told throughout the books that the male channelers get goose bumps whenever the females are channeling or embracing the source. However, it is continuously mentioned that the women don't know if the male Asha'man and Rand are embracing or channeling saidin. So how does the Red Ajah and Cadsuane, find Male Channelers and then gentle them?
 There are various ways that the effects of male channeling can be found, weaves that find the resonance of the residues of saidin. Check in Crossroads of Twilight. They do not detect the actual weaves, though, only the residues left after the weave is released. After that, it becomes a matter of detective work. Though perhaps stalking a leopard might be a better metaphor. As for Cadsuane, she has a few more tools at her disposal than other Aes Sedai, the reason for her extremely high success rate. Check Winter's Heart, and a few earlier mentions, for this one.
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Week 7 Question: I would like to ask about knotting a weave. Does a channeler determine how long it will last when she knots it or is it dependent on her strength? If a channeler who knotted a weave died, would the weave dissipate immediately?
Robert Jordan Answers: The length of time the knot lasts is the choice of whoever makes the knot. It is not strength-dependent. And the knot would continue in existence if the channeler died, at least if the channeler had not set it to unravel in a certain time. Remember, tying off a weave is a way to keep the weave in existence without having to actually channel to maintain it, so once it is tied off, there is really no need for the channeler to continue living for the weave to be maintained.
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Knife of Dreams book tour 4 November 2005 - Bluecole reporting

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
The theory that Demandred is using balefire at the direction of the Dark One to loosen the weave of the Pattern is squashed by RJ (confirmed).
 [[IMPORTANT NOTE:  This quote is contradicted by one Theoryland member, and confirmed by another; see below.]]
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Tamyrlin reporting:

Two users on Theoryland.com, both new, apparently asked specifically about the Balefire and Chaos theory. Here is how they replied on the site:
 This one by congo red jr:
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Well I asked Mr. Jordan about this theory, in brief, at a book signing in Santa Cruz. I did this while getting my books autographed. He said the Forsaken are using balefire to help unravel the Pattern. That was all he'd say on it, told me the books provide enough evidence for it. At any rate I'm not sure whether or not this helps anyone's arguments as I haven't read all of them, y'all write too much.
And this one by Saladdodger:
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Now the bad news: I attended the Robert Jordan book signing here in Charlotte, NC tonight (11/4/05). While he was signing my books, I asked him if he could credit or discredit the theory that the Dark One charged Demandred with the task of wielding balefire in an attempt to weaken the Pattern, so that the Dark One may be have a better chance of victory at Tarmon Gai'don.
 He didn't quite understand my point and asked me to explain it again. When I did, alluding to the consequences of balefire, and quoting the Dark One's asking Demandred about his willingness to use Balefire for the Dark One, he quickly shook his head and gave an unequivocal 'no'.

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Knife of Dreams book tour Pasadena, CA 31 October 2005 - Ursula reporting
Q: Another man asked about Siuan's Talent of seeing ta'veren. Was she able to see them after she was stilled?
RJ: No.
Q: Could she see them after she was healed?
RJ: Yes.
Q: So, if the ability to see them was based on the Power, what about the Ogier Elder who knew Rand was ta'veren?
RJ: For Siuan, yes, for the Ogier, no. The Ogier was able to see (or feel, I can't remember which RJ said) the Pattern shifting around Rand.
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Knife of Dreams book tour 30 October 2005 - Seri reporting
Q: Would an Aes Sedai who has sworn the Three Oaths be able to link into a circle, but not lead it, that would be used to kill someone (not Shadowsworn or attacking)?
 RJ: No, an Aes Sedai wouldn't be able to join the circle or participate in any way with anything that was against the Oaths.

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Knife of Dreams book tour 30 October 2005 - Emma reporting

Q: In any Age, in any Turning, have the Ogier been able to channel?
 RJ: No.

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Knife of Dreams tour San Jose, CA 28 October 2005 - Frenzy reporting

Frenzy: Can a person who hasn't actively channeled yet be severed or stilled?
RJ: (paraphrased) "No, you have to have something to take away something, so a person has to have an active connection to the Source to be able to have it cut."

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Knife of Dreams tour 28 October 2005 - Jason Wolfbrother reporting

JWB: Does it take a lot of concentration, strength and effort to weave inverted/reversed weaves?
RJ: Not easy but not difficult either. Just need to learn the trick.
JWB: Can everyone, no matter how weak they are use inverted weaves?
RJ: Anyone can do it once he/she learns the trick.
JWB: Can you shield dreams for someone else?
RJ: No
JWB: Was Callandor constructed during the War of Power?
RJ: Yes
JWB: Was it used in the War of Power?
RJ: Yes, that is how the flaw was discovered.
JWB: Why didn't they ward/buffer Callandor?
RJ: The flaw with Callandor is simply a manufacturing flaw. (He went on to talk about how they were at the end of their tech age with only a few sho-wings and jo-cars left. A couple of shocklances were still around but they were not as prevalent as they had been. Anyway they had been mass producing ter'angreal, angreal, and sa'angreal, and there are bound to be flaws with the products. The flaw with Callandor is simply one such flaw.)
JWB: What is the second most powerful angreal for men? Will it make an appearance?
RJ: RAFO.
JWB: Can a channeler fly without any ter'angreal or equipment (like sho-wings) if he or she knows the right weave?
RJ: No. (Flat out, no hesitation, no thinking. Simply put, NO.)

JWB: Is it possible to for two channelers to lift each other simultaneously so that they can hover, and "fly" that way?
RJ: No.
JWB: Is the One Power finite or infinite?
RJ: The One Power is finite but cannot be used up. When the weave is done, it returns to the Source. (The way he put is was 'finite but infinitely reusable'.)
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Knife of Dreams book tour 27 October 2005, Half Moon Bay - Chris reporting


There were a few questions about his series, one that I asked was: if channeling was genetic, did the Forsaken need bodies that were genetically compatible for them to be able to use the power?
His answer was that channeling is not just a recessive or dominant gene, rather both genetic and in the soul.
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Knife of Dreams book tour 20 October 2005 – Robert Mee reporting

 Stedding: Neither the One Power NOR the True Power will work in a stedding. 
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Re: using the Oath Rod or the Three Arches for Accepted testing in Tel’aran’rhiod.
 RJ said that they would not work the same way.
 Re: Siuan and Leane being stilled again and healed by a male to full strength...
 RJ: RAFO, because I might decide to use that as a plot device!
 Re: The Book of Translation (Ogier thing), when asked if it was a ter'angreal or a dictionary/map.
 RJ: RAFO
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Knife of Dreams book tour, West Chester, PA, 17 October 2005 - Mad Cao reporting

I asked RJ to expand on Semirhage's actions in Seanchan. He answered, in general terms, that she had engineered the complete eradication of the royal line (nothing new here).  I then asked if Semirhage was somehow immune to the effects of the Crystal Throne, and he said that she certainly was. 
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Knife of Dreams book tour, West Chester, PA 17 October 2005 - Githraine reporting

RJ: Cuendillar chainmail is theoretically possible to create.
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Knife of Dreams book tour 13 October 2005, Harvard Coop - basri...@gmail.com reporting
During the signing, I got to ask whether there exists a type of balance or opposite to the True Power the way there is with saidar and saidin. He said no, and decribed how they are different, mostly stuff that is already known. The two sides of the one power being different and from the creator and keeping the wheel turning and all that. He did mention that when a channeler uses a weave (either saidar or saidin) and releases the weave, the power flows back into the available pool of saidar or saidin. It is never used up, and so it is like an infinite resevour of power. The True power is not like this at all. The TP comes from the dark one of course.
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Knife of Dreams book tour 13 October 2005, Harvard Coop - Allen Bryan reporting

Q: Does the rate of slowing depend on your strength in the Power?
RJ: Yes: Basically; you age at 1/X your normal rate, with X being dependent up to a point on Power strength. The Power acts as a natural rejuvenator on you; even at the point of death you won't look or feel worse than a normal 65-year-old.

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Knife of Dreams book tour 11 October 2005 - NaClH2O reporting

Q:  There seen to be some time discrepancies surrounding the incident where Elayne and company Traveled to the Kin Farm. Did the gateway Aviendha opened to the countryside near the Kin Farm at the beginning of The Path of Daggers allow Elayne's party to travel forward or backward in time?
RJ: RAFO

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Knife of Dreams book tour 11 October 2005, NYC - Syraelle reporting
Q: Can someone who was stilled use a well?
RJ: No.
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re:  The Path of Daggers Ch. 12 [["The angreal did not offer much, yet anyone who thought they knew her strength would find a shock." – Graendal]]
RJ:  Graendal would have to be using her angreal in order for another female to notice the difference in her strength. Just wearing it does not change how others would perceive her strength.
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Re: bulk "strength" in the power
RJ reiterated that men were stronger than women by a couple of levels, including Lanfear [whom he reiterated was a woman after all]; but then he also reminded us that that did not take into account the dexterity factor.

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Re: Lanfear and Rand at the docks.
RJ:  She was just toying with him using her angreal, [while he used the little fat man]. They were pretty well matched.
Q:  Was Rand correct in his estimation (based on Lews Therin's memories) that he could end it if he wanted to?
RJ:  Yes. But of course, Rand couldn't.

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DragonCon 3 September 2005 - Emma reporting
  Emma: Can the a'dam hold every sul'dam?
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 [Winter's Heart Ch. 8].

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
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DragonCon 3 September 2005 - Emma reporting
  Emma: Can the a'dam hold every sul'dam?
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 [Winter's Heart Ch. 8].

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.
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Tamyrlin: 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.
RJ: No. No to both. 
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: I know the male side of the Source is clean, but those who were driven mad before, will they be cured?
RJ: No. Whatever the degree of taint channelers have won't change. (they won't get more)
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WinespringBrother: How was Nynaeve able to channel Fire when she slept? (before Rahvin scene)
RJ: In Tel'aran'rhiod you can channel Fire. You can channel Spirit only from your sleeping body but being in Tel'aran'rhiod is different, and you can channel anything.
Q: Is one of the effects of the taint to lower the boundaries between past lives or is Rand a special case?
RJ: RAFO

Q: Can you shield someone who is in Tel'aran'rhiod by shielding their sleeping body?
RJ: If you are injured in Tel'aran'rhiod it will be transferred to your body, but not vice versa.
 Shielding someone in Tel'aran'rhiod will shield the body, but shielding the body is not transferred to Tel'aran'rhiod. They can channel in Tel'aran'rhiod, but of course when they come out, they are shielded.
Q: About Machin Shin in the Ways: since it seems to absorb the creatures that pass through there, could you regard them as a servant of the Dark One or perhaps almost as a Forsaken?
RJ: It's not a servant of the Dark One. It will kill Trollocs or anything else. You can say it's a parasite that grew in the Ways because of the taint and the One Power that was used to initially create the Ways, and the Talisman of Growing that was used to extend the Ways.
 So it's not a servant of the Dark One, but its definitely on the evil side.
Q: Would it be cleaned with the Cleansing of saidin?
RJ: No. It's like a bacteria breed. Just by cleaning up the chemicals that caused the bacteria to come into existence, unless its feeding on that, those chemicals, you are not going to destroy the bacteria. You simply cut off what helped to create it.
Q: I was wondering: how did Rand stop the taint by channeling at Shadar Logoth? Because you said the taint and the evil at Shadar Logoth are different. Also, because Shadar Logoth came well after the taint, was there any way to stop it?
RJ: No, there was no way to stop it or make it weaker (the Shadar Logoth evil). But when Rand made the conduit, they were attracted to each other due to opposite polarities, and they were attracted to each other and destroyed each other because of those differences, and it created a huge explosion.
Q: A question about the Forsaken: It is said they have varying levels of strength in the One Power. Do you know where they rank?
RJ: Yes. 
Q: I get the impression that Asmodean is weaker than Lanfear even before he was shielded. How much weaker etc.?
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.
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DragonCon 4 September 2005 - Emma reporting

Question: Can a damane who has been burned out or stilled continue to be controlled by the a'dam?
Jordan: No.

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Question: Since sul'dam have abilities normally associated with channelers only, do they also slow?
Jordan: No, not unless they actually begin to channel. Slowing is a function of actually channeling. If you have the ability to learn, and you never learn to channel, you are not going to slow. You will age at a normal fashion. Sul'dam are women who can learn, and as they develop the affinity, as they have been doing this for a little while, they begin to slide toward the ability to channel, but they never step over. I believe I have someone say that one of these women felt almost as if she should be able to channel, but not quite. They are getting closer and closer to the brink but they will never step over without conscious effort.

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Question: Previously you have made it known that an individual who is severed will retain the ability to channel in his or her subsequent life, which connects the ability to channel with the soul. How does burning out affect ones ability to channel in the next life? Specifically, will an individual born with the spark but who burns out during his or her life have the inborn spark in a subsequent life?
Jordan: I don't think I have said if you are born with the spark you would have the have the spark again. I have said if you were born with the ability to channel, to learn or with the spark, you will, when your soul is born again, you will have the ability again, whether with the spark or without. And neither burning out or severing affects that except in this lifetime, your current lifetime.
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Question: Quoting from Tamra in New Spring: "You will tell no one about this, not for any reason. If necessary, lie, even to a sister. Gitara died without speaking. Do you understand me?" How is it that Tamra can tell Moiraine and Siuan that Gitara died without speaking, when she knows full well that she did speak?
Jordan: It's simple. It is part of her instructions. There are a lot, thousands of loop holes, about that thou will speak no word that is not true. This is part of her instructions; she is telling them what they are to say. She is not saying something she believes, and thus she was able to say it.

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ВQuestion: I have a follow up to a question you just answered. Based on the Oaths: if a sister asked them, if they were instructed, as to what they have to say, would they be able to say it after taking the Oaths?
Jordan: After taking the Oaths they would find it hard to say; even with instructions, they might not be able to say it at all, because they know it is a lie. That is the key: you can't knowingly tell a lie.
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Question: In The Dragon Reborn, Lanfear visits Mat as he is recuperating from his One Power surgery over the dagger. At one point she stretches out her hand towards him and he feels a tingle going over him, somebody interrupts them, and she turns her head and sobs, at about the same time a member of Black Ajah stole angreal and ter'angreal [Only ter'angreal, actually. (3.13)] out of the Tower cache, one of which was a ter'angreal that was known to have some effect on chance. So it was about this time that Mat's really really really weird luck and the dice rolling in his head began. Is this a connection or coincidence.
Jordan: That is a coincidence. When they say that Mat has the Dark One's own luck, he can get as mad as he wants to, but in a way it is true. It wasn't a gift from Lanfear, though.
Question Part 2: In that case, what was Lanfear doing?
Jordan: She was checking his health. She doesn't care very much, except that he is important to Rand, to Lews Therin, him and Perrin both, so she is interested in, the one she wants mainly is Lews Therin, or wanted anyway, and uh, so she is interested in these other two ta'veren, who seemed to be tied in with him, because they might be important to him.
Question Part 2: Does Mat's amulet work against the male side of the power, and if so, will Elayne's research of it develop into something that can be used in the conflict between Aes Sedai?
Jordan: Read and Find Out [Not only did RJ verify in an earlier interview that it does indeed work against saidin, we also have an instance in the books where Aran'gar tries to channel at Mat, and he feels the medallion go cold.  (6.38)]  [see earlier interview]
Question Part 1: I have a question about the Nine Rods of Dominion. We have a couple of references to this, and Ishamael says that Lews Therin summoned the Nine Rods of Dominion, and theories have been floating around. Are the Oath Rods not the Nine Rods of Dominion?
Jordan: They were not the Oath Rods.
Question Part 2: Well are they positions of power? Were they people, or were they actual rods?
Jordan: They were actual people, and they were, but you might call them regional governors of the earth, regional governors of the planet. So if I say, summon them, then we've got a guy who has been given in effect ultimate power.
Question: Does Mat's amulet protect him from the True Power?
Jordan: Read and find out.
Tamyrlin: I'm trying to verify Rand's impression he has at the end of book four, regarding the connection he cuts from 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?
Jordan: No, because what you are thinking of wasn't a connection. Rand only thought it was.
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DragonCon 5 September 2005 - Tamyrlin reporting

Question: Yesterday, you said something about Nynaeve that made it sound as if she doesn't have the spark. Does she have the spark?
Jordan: Yes, she has the spark. The question seemed to me to be about the difference between the people born with the spark and those that aren't. Even people who are born with the spark are going to start channeling whether they want to or not. But Nynaeve did it through a conscious effort, really. It wasn't just happenstance that she began channeling at that point, she had a need to channel. Uhm, the same thing that happens later to Rand, by the way. Often the thing, that as I believe has been pointed out, often the thing that pulls someone that has the spark into their first channeling is a perceived need, when they channel without knowing they channel, not realizing what they had done, quite often. The, the people who are not born with the spark, can they channel unconsciously, can they, that is someone who can learn but doesn't have the spark, can they channel unconsciously? No. For them, they must have a teacher to guide them, or make a conscious effort, which is unlikely to succeed, but might.
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Isabel Part 1: Will Nynaeve be able to make cuendillar?
Jordan: I doubt it, it is as much Talent as it is strength. And I don't think she has that Talent.
Isabel Part 2: And can men make cuendillar?
Jordan: 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.
Question: Regarding the One Power, in a universal sense, like your physics background, is it more of a force like gravity would be, weak electromagnetic and stronger electromagnetic, or is it something more of on a quantum level? Is it on a quantum level in your universe or is it a macro power?
Jordan: I think you are going to have to think of it as being on a quantum level.
Tamyrlin: This is in reference to a previous question I asked you about Parallel Worlds and Mirror Worlds, today I believe, and you mentioned they are different. And the question I had about Portal Stones was, do Portal Stones lead to Parallel Worlds, Mirror Worlds, or both?
Jordan: They lead to Mirror Worlds, the Portal Stones can take you to Mirror Worlds, not to Parallels, which are separate.
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Question: Do males with the spark also become wilders with blocks then?
Jordan: It depends, a woman born with the spark, that doesn't get trained, she may become a wilder, she may or may not have a block, but quite often do. A man born with a spark, is probably much more likely to go up and become a false Dragon, frankly, but uh, at least before the Black Tower opened up for business. But there are blocks among the men as well. We had one of the characters, one of the men who was one of the first Asha'man, one of the first to come to the Black Tower and is since deceased. He would not believe that what he channeled at, that he could affect anything he could not see. Thus he limited the range, he could not thus make a lightning bolt that hit on the other side of the hill because he could not see. [Tape ended] Other side, Jordan discussed the isle of Madmen, that blocks in men were one of the reason the isle/continent still remains.
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Question: Can you make music using just the One Power?
Jordan: Yes, you could.

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Question: With regards to Healing severing vs. being burned out: There are a lot of theories online that you can Heal severing but you cannot Heal being burnt out. Is that true?
Jordan: Read and Find Out.

Question: Can a person who cannot channel the One Power, can they use the True Source of the Dark One?
Jordan: No.
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ComicCon 15 July 2005 - Jason Denzel reporting

Thoughts on his magic system. In physical strength men have the advantage so he wanted to design a system where women could have the advantage. This led to the concept of saidin and saidar and of the taint limiting men.
Why do you seize saidin but surrender to saidar? Men’s and women’s brains are physically different so it makes sense that handling the One Power should be different for them. Seizing saidin is like surfing the mountain slopes amid in a firestorm. Opening oneself to saidar is much like judo.

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ComicCon July 2004 - Jason Denzel reporting

A question was asked about whether or not a non-channeler could go and become Enlightened through meditation and be able to sense the True Source, or even channel it.
RJ replied that there were indeed people in his world that sought Enlightenment in such ways, but no, that channeling was related to genetics. He went onto say that he estimates that the Age of Legends had about 2-3% of the population able to channel in one way or another, while in the modern world that number is down to about 1-2%.
[Update: Robert Jordan sent me an email correcting this statement]:
RJ:  I went back to look at the article again and check something I thought I recalled. If I said the current population has about 1% to 2% who can learn to channel, then I misspoke, because I have set that figure at about 1%.
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USAToday Chat - 5 January 2004

 Laurel, Mississippi:  In The Fires of Heaven, after Rand has his battle at the end, why is it that balefire works for his friends and not on his bites that have to be healed?
Robert Jordan: 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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Wotmania Interview 2004

 Q: Can you imitate voices with the One Power like you can imitate other peoples appearances with a Mask of Mirrors?
 RJ: Yes.
 Q: Can Moridin use a male angreal if he channels the True Power?
 RJ: 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?
 RJ: 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's 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.
 Q: Does forkroot work with male channelers, too?
 RJ: RAFO.[ It does.  The Seanchan have caught some men that way.  (11.4)]
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Budapest Q&A - April 2003

Q: What about the saa?  You wrote in a chapter, that there is a black hole before Moridin's eyes.
RJ: 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
RJ: 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.
RJ: 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.
RJ: 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 True Power.
Q: And is it addictive?
RJ: Yes.
Q: Entirely.
RJ: 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?
RJ: 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: -?-
RJ: Yeah, you could.
Q: -?-
RJ: Yeah, you could burn out with the True Power.
Q: Only True Power, or One Power too?
RJ: 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?
RJ: 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.
RJ: Read and find out on Asmodean. I'm not gonna tell you.
RJ: 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 ...
RJ: 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: To go back to what you were saying a few minutes ago, were you implying that you could channel the True Power without being granted immortality?
RJ: Oh yes.
Q:  Is the ability to channel a property of the soul or the body?
RJ:  That’s a RAFO, sorry.  I don’t know whether I want to put that in the books or not, but I wish to leave myself the opportunity to put it in without having it already known.  [[This is answered above on the blog - RJ says it's a little bit of both.]]
Q:  Why saidin, why not saidar, was tainted?
RJ:  Because there were only men in the party that made up the party that made up the Strike at  Shayol Ghul, that were setting the seals.  In the act of setting the seals, there was a backblast that affected the people doing this.  As I pointed out in something…I wrote a piece called The Strike at Shayol Ghul…there was a great division at the time – I don’t know if all of you have read it…or have none of you read it?
Q:  Yes, yes.
RJ:  Okay, then you know about the political struggles that were going on, and the different plans to try and end the War of the Shadow, and seal up the….and why various groups thought that one plan or the other was the best way to go.  And in the end, what resulted was the so-called “Fatal Covenant”  , which had the female Aes Sedai swearing not to go along with Lews Therin’s plan, that they would not support it.  The result of this was that Lews Therin carried out his plan with only male Aes Sedai, so there were only male Aes Sedai channeling there, which was a lucky thing, because if there’d been women as well, then both saidin and saidar would have been tainted.  And his plan worked, except for that one side effect of the backblast which tainted saidin and caused him and the men there with him to go mad there and then, and other male Aes Sedai to go mad slowly as they touched the Source and began to absorb bits of the taint.  But that’s why saidar was not tainted, because there were only men there channeling during this act of sealing up the Dark One’s prison.
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Q:  Is it true that the Three Oaths is why Aes Sedai [mumble mumble] I thought it might be because, when you try to avoid the Three Oaths, you get a lot of dangerous situation [mumble mumble]...
RJ:  No…now you have to be careful with this, because this is a kind of spoiler for people that haven’t read far enough, but the Oath Rod is what was in the Age of Legends called a binder.  It was used on criminals.  If you committed a violent act, or some sort of criminal act, with a binder, someone who could channel could be constrained from ever doing that again, and the result of having three of the Oaths, is the ageless appearance.  One would not produce agelessness, but even one would shorten life, and three of them put a cap on Aes Sedai’s lives, on how long they could live.
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tarvalon.net Q&A 26 February 2003

Q: Could a gholam have drawn Callandor?
RJ: Read And Find Out.
Q: Can someone channel from a Well while shielded?
RJ: Yes, they could. If they had the Well.
Q: If I were to open a gateway in front of me that opened behind me, and I balefired myself, what would happen?
RJ: Young lady, you are entirely too obsessed and have far too much time. You need to get some sort of life. I suggest you go have an intense love affair. Doesn’t matter with who, be it man, woman, or German Shepard.
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Crossroads of Twilight book tour 28 January 2003 - Edmonton, Alberta

 Q: Is it possible for an Aes Sedai to bond someone Asha'man style?
 RJ: Yes, if they learned the weaves. The Asha'man know a lot more about bonding than the Aes Sedai. Some guy figured out how to bond their wives, and then they started concentrating on other things they could do with the bond. The Aes Sedai never experimented, just passed on what they knew.

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Crossroads of Twilight Book Tour, Toronto 27 January 2003 - Réal Hepelle reporting

I asked him why Egwene would want to change an iron chain into cuendillar (making sure that I pronounced it correctly CWAINDEEYAR Улыбка I thought he would send me packing if I made a pronunciation mistake). I understood that the chain prevented enemy boats from entering Tar Valon, but I wasn't sure why she would want to make it indestructible.
He responded that iron doesn't TURN into cuendillar,  iron is the base of cuendillar. He said that the links of the chain fuse together and become a solid piece. Thus making the chain impossible to raise, lower, or remove. This prevents boats from entering AND leaving Tar Valon. It then became obvious that this was a way for Egwene to successfully siege the island without using the One Power on anyone (as Lord Gareth wanted). I don't know why I didn't realize this on my own, but thought others might want the additional insight.
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Crossroads of Twilight book tour 23 January 2003, Washington DC Olsson's - John Nowacki reporting

Without the True Power to contrast it with, did people in the Age of Legends refer to the One Power and True Source, or simply the Power and the Source? The names would have been the same, he said, since "One Power" was meant to signify that saidin and saidar are two halves of the same thing and not different things entirely.
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Crossroads of Twilight book tour 23 January 2003, Washington DC Borders Books and Music - Soni reporting
Soni: So the Eye of the World is a well, right?
RJ: [pauses] Yes and no. It's in the same class of objects as a well, but on a different scale.
Soni: So could it be refilled by a male channeler?
RJ: No. Remember, lots of Aes Sedai died to make it.
Soni: To keep it pure.
RJ: That, among other things. Look, a normal well is like this water glass. [he gestures] The Eye is like a liquid nitrogen canister.
Soni: So are wells made with the opposite half of the power that they were meant to contain, like Rand did at Shadar Logoth.
RJ: [sly smile] No, they don't work like that.

Round Two
Soni: Are stedding natural, or were they created with the Power like the Far Madding ter'angreal?
RJ: Read and find out.

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Crossroads of Twilight book tour 18 January 2003, Harvard Coop - Tallis reporting

Rand has no direct connection with the Creator. The Creator is completely removed from the world; aside from ... creating ... the Pattern, he does nothing else whatsoever to influence anything.
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Crossroads of Twilight Book Tour, Waterford, CT - 17 January 2003

Q: 1. What happens when balefire hits balefire? 2. What happens if you balefire yourself?
RJ: (with a chuckle) You don't want to know! That would be a bit tricky, kind of like performing eye surgery upon yourself.
Q: Can a gateway be opened horizontally?
RJ: (paused for 3 or 4 seconds in thought) I don't see why not.
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Crossroads of Twilight book tour 16 January 2003, Dayton OH - Michael Martin reporting
Q: What happens to a piece of heartstone if a gateway is opened across it?
RJ: Heartstone is pushed aside, gateway remains intact. (He appeared fairly amused by this one.)
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Crossroads of Twilight eBook "Glimmers" Interview
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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Q:  How does your knowledge of physics influence your idea of channeling and the Talents involved in the books, such as Traveling, Skimming, etc?  Do you have other hobbies or talents that influence your writing?
RJ:  My knowledge of physics influenced channeling to the extent that I have attempted to treat channeling as if it were a form of science and engineering rather than magic.  You might say that the Laws of Thermodynamics apply in altered form.  I expect that my reading in history has influenced the books more than my knowledge of physics or engineering.  I have not tried to copy any actual historical culture or period, but a knowledge of the way things actually were done at various times has helped shape my vision of the world of The Wheel, as has the study of cultures meeting that are strange to one another, and cultures undergoing change, willingly or, as is more often the case, unwillingly.  I used to spend summers working on my grandfather’s farm, a very old-fashioned set-up even then, so I have some feel for country life, and I like to hunt and fish, and spent a good part of my growing up in the woods or on the water, so I have a fair feel for the outdoors and the forests, which also helps.  And of course, I can use a little of my Vietnam experience.  Not for setting out the actual battles, but because I know firsthand the confusion of battle and what it is like to try to maintain some semblance or order while all around you random events are pushing everything toward chaos.
В: Как ваше знание физики повлияло на вашу идею направления и Талантов, которые описаны в книге, такие как Перемещение, Скольжение и т.д.? Есть ли у вас другие хобби или таланты, которые оказали влияние на ваше творчество?
РД: Мое знание физики повлияло на направление в том плане, что я пытался рассматривать направление как разновидность науки и технологии, а не как магию. Вы можете сказать, что к нему применимв в измененной форме Законы Термодинамики. Я думаю, что мое знание истории повлияло на мои книги больше, чем мое знание физики и технологии. Я не старался копировать определенную культуру или исторический период, но знание того, как проходили события в тот или иной период помогли мне сформировать мое видение мира КВ, как и исследования столкновения культур, динамики изменения культур как сознательные, так и неосознаваемые, как это по большей части и происходит. Было время, когда я проводил лето, работая на ферме моего деда, который был крайне консервативен даже для того времени, и поэтому немного понимаю сельскую жизнь, я люблю охоту и рыбалку и немало провел время в своей молодости в лесах или у водоемах, и я имею представление о поведении в лесу, что так жеоказалось полезным. И, конечно, я пользуюсь своим вьетнамским опытом. Не для описания битв, но поскольку я знаю по собственному опыту суматоху битвы и каково это на самом деле поддерживать какую-то видимость порядка, когда вокруг тебя происходят абсолютно случайные события, движущиеся к хаосу.

Q: Rhuarc indicates that an Aiel in Rhuidean sees the past through the eyes of one of his ancestors. Is this true for the women as well? What would a non-Aiel see, if anything?
RJ: Yes, a woman would also see through the eyes of her ancestors, at least in the “forest of crystal spires” ter’angreal, and she, too, would live the history of the Aiel, in effect. Someone who wasn’t Aiel could wander through those spires forever and never see a thing except the spires. He or she might think it was a monument, or maybe a work of art. Just for a reminder, women who are chosen out to be Wise Ones have to go to Rhuidean twice, the second time for the spires and the first for another ter’angreal, one that makes her see all of the possible paths her life could take all the way to their conclusion. She can’t possibly remember all of them, of course, but some things she will remember and know that it would be very bad for her to make that particular choice when it comes, or alternatively, very good. This is the ter’angreal that Moiraine went through.
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