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  • 1

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2004

    Week 9 Question

    Is it 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?

    Robert Jordan

    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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  • 2

    Interview: Jan 25th, 2005

    Week 10 Question

    Now that Shadar Logoth is gone, (cool way to get rid of it by the way), has the evil power in Padan Fain/Mordeth/the Ruby Dagger decreased any? Has it driven him even more insane? Or since the next book is called Knife of Dreams, will all these questions be answered in it?

    Robert Jordan

    The evil power in Padan Fain has neither decreased nor increased, nor has that in the dagger. The corruption in him was partly caused by the taint on Shadar Logoth, but it didn't constitute a real connection to the city. Remember that it was because he was Padan Fain, the Hound of the Shadow, that he was able to leave Shadar Logoth in his new condition after he merged with/absorbed Mordeth. (By the way, any other artifacts that might be lying around from Shadar Logoth would have the same long-term corrupting effect as the dagger. Fortunately, or unfortunately, any such thing would need to be metal or stone. The wood and fabric had decayed. It wouldn't have been pleasant to get a splinter from, say, a chair from Shadar Logoth.)

    The destruction of Shadar Logoth has not driven Fain any more insane. I'm not certain he'd be able to function at all if he were any madder than he already is. But being insane doesn't make him any less dangerous, only less predictable. He no longer responds to situations or events in any sort of sane, logical manner. His abiding concerns are hatred of Rand al'Thor (and to a lesser degree Mat and Perrin) because he blames them for what the Dark One did to him in order to turn him into the Shadow's Hound, and hatred for the Dark One because of what the Dark One did to him. He goes after Rand because Rand is the easiest target in his mind, but if he can take a swipe at the Dark One or the Dark One's minions in some way that he felt would cause real harm, he'd leap at it.

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  • 3

    Interview: Jan 25th, 2005

    Week 17 Question

    What parts of the series were difficult for you to write both emotionally and mentally? Have you ever turned something in for press and later realized you hated how it read?

    Robert Jordan

    None of it has been hard mentally, though getting inside the skins of the Forsaken and folks like Padan Fain required some effort. You have to really like your character unless that character is meant to be self-hating for some reason, which most people are not. Liking Padan Fain just isn't easy.

    I've often read things later and thought I could have done better, but I always think I could do better if only I had another few months to do rewrites. Just a few more months, that's all. Deadline? Pub date? Never heard of them, sport. I've never looked at anything I wrote and hated it. Even the first things I wrote aren't too bad, really. I certainly know that I could do them better, now—I'd hope so, after all these years—but they aren't bad.

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  • 4

    Interview: Jul 19th, 2005

    Week 10 Question

    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?

    Robert Jordan

    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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  • 5

    Interview: 2010

    Azral Hanan (29 July 2010)

    Are the taint and the True Power the same?

    Brandon Sanderson (29 July 2010)

    No, they are different.

    AZRAL HANAN

    Can Mashadar destroy True Power and True Power weaves like it destroyed the taint?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    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 SANDERSON

    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)

    Did Mr. Jordan list out what the True Power can/not do relative to the One Power? Are there limits to both?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    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 SANDERSON

    Have we ever confirmed that Mashadar is dead? :)

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  • 6

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Terez (7 January 2011)

    In The Eye of the World chapter 19, is Mordeth's body an illusion? Does this foreshadow Fain's powers in Winter's Heart and Towers of Midnight?

    Brandon Sanderson (7 January 2011)

    Mordeth's body is more than an illusion. But you could call it less than real.

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  • 7

    Interview: 2010

    Austin Moore (16 August 2010)

    Who is nastier in your opinion between Padan Fain and Isam/Slayer?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 August 2010)

    Nastier? Fain. But I think Slayer is cooler.

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  • 8

    Interview: 2010

    Matt Williams (8 November 2010)

    Was the fog in A Crown of Swords during the fight between Toram Riatin and Rand a bubble of evil or did Fain control the fog?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    RAFO.

    Footnote

    The glossary entry for Daved Hanlon in TPOD says that it was a bubble of evil.

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  • 9

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Troy Lenze (28 February 2011)

    By Falme in The Great Hunt, I wonder if Fain is more Mordeth than Fain? He mentions having access to a leader of men, again...

    Brandon Sanderson (1 March 2011)

    Yeah, I noticed some things like that too.

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  • 10

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brandon Sanderson (26 April 2011)

    Something fun for the #wotrr: Watch Fain. Many of you know this, but it wasn't something I saw until I started reading about the WoT.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Where Fain goes, people start getting paranoid, and you can trace his taint on individuals through the books by how paranoid they get.

    HERIDFAN

    Do you mean people in immediate contact with Fain like Elaida or even people in the same town?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I'm mostly talking about Elaida and others who came in direct contact in this case.

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  • 11

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    What is Fain?

    Robert Jordan

    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.

    QUESTION

    Is this the "Another Power"?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    [laugh] I don't know.

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  • 12

    Interview: Nov 15th, 1998

    Michael Martin

    Next two questions were essentially the same, just about different characters: Had he always known the size and importance of the roles of Fain and Cadsuane?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

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  • 13

    Interview: Nov 15th, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    He also mentioned the fact that Fain is essentially his wild card, a character that is outside the structure of the work and can therefore act totally unpredictably.

    Footnote

    This was meant to add information to a question reported by Michael Martin.

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  • 14

    Interview: Nov 18th, 1998

    John Hamby

    I was able to get a few questions in. Karl-Johan, I got a RAFO about the nature of Fain. However I think I worded the question differently than we had originally planned. Damn if I could find the paper I took notes on before I went to the signing.

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  • 15

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Dragon Theif [sic]

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

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

    GONZO THE GREAT

    Obvious :D .

    Footnote

    This question was asked because some people at Theoryland believed that Rand and Lews Therin were separate souls.

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  • 16

    Interview: Dec 9th, 2002

    Question

    Has the Padan Fain/Mordeth character been present in previous Ages, or is he unique to this particular Age?

    Robert Jordan

    He is unique to this particular Age. A very unique fellow, indeed. In some ways, you might say he has unwittingly side-stepped the Pattern.

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  • 17

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Question

    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?

    Robert Jordan

    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.

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  • 18

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Michael Martin

    Why didn't Rand kill Padan Fain when he spotted him at the rebels' camp in A Crown of Swords?

    Robert Jordan

    Rand was there to reach out to the rebels, and killing Fain would not have been productive, and Rand is not a fool. (I had to stifle quite a few comments at that answer.)

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  • 19

    Interview: Apr 27th, 2004

    Wotmania Interview (Verbatim)

    Wotmania

    Did Ingtar free Padan Fain in The Great Hunt? Or was it someone else?

    Robert Jordan

    It was Ingtar. Didn't expect a straight answer, did you?

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  • 20

    Interview: Apr 27th, 2004

    Wotmania Interview (Verbatim)

    Wotmania

    Can Slayer somehow find his victims?

    Robert Jordan

    Not in the sense that Padan Fain can track Rand, and to a lesser extent, Mat and Perrin. Slayer's value lies in what you might call his unique ability for someone unable to channel.

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  • 21

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Ted Herman

    Why did Padan Fain go to Falme and why did he leave before Rand arrived?

    Robert Jordan

    He was trying to gain a power base. His early attempts to do things, were by siding he is trying to get close to someone in power, to influence him. Remember Padan Fain is also Mordeth, and Mordeth was a counselor, Mordeth was a guy who whispered poison in the ear of the king, and had a great deal of power because of it. So Padan Fain has this part of him that wants to influence power and that is what he was doing there. There are these invaders and what rumors says about them is correct.

    Ted Herman

    Why did he leave before Rand arrived, because he must have sensed Rand was near?

    Robert Jordan

    Once he could get his hand on the dagger, he wanted out. He didn't know Rand was coming. Once he realized he wouldn't be able to have any influence at least, get his hands on the dagger and go, because the dagger is key, the dagger pulls at him.

    Footnote

    1) Fain didn't leave before Rand arrived, and 2) he didn't get his hands on the dagger.

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  • 22

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Question

    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 been waiting there for them. Is Machin Shin in any way related to the evil of Shadar Logoth?

    Robert Jordan

    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 is at a fungus that was constructed with the wrong type of materials. If you think about it as that way you get a more idea about its true nature.

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  • 23

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Isabel

    When Mat had the dagger, Verin and Moiraine 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?

    Robert Jordan

    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.

    Footnote

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  • 24

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For the ever-popular Anonymous, Fain might be said to be contagious in the sense that he corrupts those he is around long enough, but not in the sense that they then have something communicable. As for his influence over people, remember that Fain is now an amalgam of Fain and Mordeth, and Mordeth was a counselor, quite accustomed to and skilled in gaining the ears of the mighty.

    And yes, Amico Nagoyin was Yellow, and Berylla Naron Blue.

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  • 25

    Interview: Oct 2nd, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Anonymous—a busy poster—the ruby in Padan Fain's dagger is just a ruby. Of course, the entire dagger is corrupted and corrupting.

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  • 26

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    NaClH2O

    As he was signing I asked, "Who arranged for the stabbing of Demira Sedai?"

    Robert Jordan

    I got a RAFO. He started to say something, and then said, "No I better not...it's a RAFO."

    NaClH2O

    I was then hustled out of the way by another Barnes & Noble/Tor clone. End of NYC signing. One question asked one RAFO gotten. I felt kinda cheated.

    Footnote

    It was Fain.

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  • 27

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2005

    Question

    Another interesting question was about the scene with all the flies in the house in book two.

    Robert Jordan

    This scene where Rand sees the same thing over and over again was actually Fain's doing, a trap devised by him to put Rand in a time loop forever.

    Footnote

    The scene is in The Great Hunt, Chapter 10. RJ's assertion that it was Fain who set the trap was also reported by Caychris, who might possibly be the same person. (One report is from Wotmania; the other is from Dragonmount; sometimes people write separate reports for separate forums.)

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  • 28

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2005

    Question

    Someone asked about the house and the flies.

    Robert Jordan

    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.

    Footnote

    The scene is in The Great Hunt, Ch. 10. RJ's assertion that Fain set the trap was also reported by Chris, who might possibly be the same person.(One report is from Wotmania; the other is from Dragonmount; sometimes people write separate reports for separate forums.)

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  • 29

    Interview: Dec 19th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Sander, you know very well that Isabel would be disappointed if I stopped tugging at her pig-tail.

    Now as to the fellow who went mad in the cell next to Padan Fain and the other who committed suicide, neither is evidence for Lanfear's presence. Which is just as well. Repeat after me, slowly. Lanfear—did—not—free—Padan—Fain—in—Shienar. Nor anywhere else, for that matter. There were two prisoners in the cells with Fain, both of them Bordermen who had some knowledge of Shadowspawn. And in the heart of the fortress here comes a troop of Trollocs and the Light alone knows what else. Put yourself in their place. Put yourself in a cage. You can't get out. You are in the dark. And here comes your worst nightmares walking in. Only it's worse than nightmares, because you know that these nightmares are real. You know what they do to human beings. You know they sometimes keep people alive a long time so they can have fresh meat. People don't need arms or legs to survive, so they can feed off you for days, maybe weeks. And you can't get out. You can't get away. You just have to shiver in your cage and watch them open up another of the cages. While you wonder whether they're going to open your cage, too. How do you escape? How can you get away? Maybe suicide is an option? At least it's quick. Quicker, anyway. But make up your mind fast, sport. While you're dithering, your mind might decide to make its own escape. That won't stop you from being butchered slowly, but at least you won't know it's happening. Maybe you can see why Lanfear wasn't necessary here?

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  • 30

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2008

    Question

    And now, just for fun:
    Who's nastier: Moridin, or Padan Fain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Still Moridin, by a long shot.

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  • 31

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    What went on with Egwene, Mat and Fain in the dungeon The Great Hunt?

    Robert Jordan

    Most of it is fairly obvious, I would think. For the rest, you'll have to read and find out.

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  • 32

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    What is Padan Fain's overall role in the Wheel Of Time (besides hating Rand with a passion)?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out ... except you should be able to figure out most of it by now. Think a little bit—it's all there, really.

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  • 33

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    What exactly is Padan Fain?

    Robert Jordan

    Read & Find Out.

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  • 34

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    —skipped a few repetitive questions...Padan Fain will show up at some point in the next two books—

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  • 35

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2009

    Question

    One fan said his favorite character was Padan Fain and ask if we would see more of him.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon responded that he could not say, but joked that he may or may not have been writing about him on the train.

    Paul Grow

    I laughed and said as I was typing that "Brandon said Padan Fain will be in the next book."

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon looked at me with little humor, saying "I did NOT say that."

    Paul Grow

    So let that be a warning to you and to me. I take full responsibility for this media report, I hope I get everything right but anyone can make a mistake or misunderstand something, so reader beware.

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  • 36

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    Will Fain be in the next book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Padan Fain will be seen again. He's a mixture of two things—Mordeth's power, which he got by seeking out all of the evil things that weren't related to the Shadow, and the Dark One's Hound. Brandon said that Fain's number one goal is to kill Rand, and a close second is to kill the Dark One. Now that Shadar Logoth has been destroyed, all of the Mordeth power that remains in the world is in Fain.

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  • 37

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Ok. You mentioned that Mordeth was a man that had "power". You are reported as saying that his power was that "which he got by seeking out all of the evil things that weren’t related to the Shadow"...

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was seeking things that were related to the Shadow. I think that that might be a misquote. He was looking into the power of the Shadow in order to defeat it, was his goal. He was looking into everything. He was looking into things that were not necessarily related to the Dark One as well. He was looking for everything that he could get...

    Matt Hatch

    ..previous to him arriving to Aridhol?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Yeah...

    Matt Hatch

    ...before he went to the King and became the counselor, Mordeth was this guy that went around searching for Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, he wanted to defeat the Dark One and he felt that he could find other ways to do it [...] He originally was good. He did not...he wasn’t this terrible person to begin with but he was looking to defeat the Dark One, to find a way to defeat the Shadow. And he looked into a lot of things he shouldn’t have looked into. There are evils that are not necessarily directly related to the Dark One, though everything evil kind of has...just as there are goods that are not related necessarily to the One Power...we are talking much as Perrin runs with wolves. This is a thing older than...there are other evils things that are old in a similar way...

    Matt Hatch

    ...is the assumption then that he found one of these?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He did.

    Matt Hatch

    He found one or multiple?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He found many things of darkness. There is one in specific that is driving him but he knew too much. He found things he should not have gotten into and that is what turned him into...when he got there he was already corrupt. He still thought he was doing a good work. He still thought we are going to raise this Kingdom up and it is going to become this bastion against the Shadow, but he was already by then corrupted.

    Matt Hatch

    Is this same corrupting influence what corrupts everyone through the dagger itself?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Through him, yes. And even through his presence.

    MATT HATCH

    [Hah—Maybe I should have asked if Mordeth was under the influence of the Finns...or at the very least if they were one of the powers he found in his quest... ]

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  • 38

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    I heard you answer a question last night, which sounded interesting. Someone asked about Padan Fain and Elaida.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of people don’t remember that they met.

    Matt Hatch

    So, his influence, how long for example...wasn’t Egwene exposed to Padan Fain? Are there still effects that Egwene has on people because of him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Remember the idea that people have, generally, a choice. There are ways to turn people to the Shadow against their will, but when that happens the person is no longer the person. What is happening with Padan Fain is, naturally tendencies can be exacerbated or they can be fought off...

    Matt Hatch

    ...so Elaida’s paranoia fed that? With someone like Egwene she might have fought it off, so it’s not going to be...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...right. exactly, or someone like Rand who continues to fight it off. He has become very paranoid. And the wound in his side, certainly someone could make the connection that that might have an influence. I won’t say for certain but...

    Matt Hatch

    ...so, the suggestion is not only does he have the taint, which is negatively influencing him, or influencing him in such ways that might bring on paranoia, there is this accentuation of it because of Fain...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...this corruption...I mean that wound and the dagger...

    Matt Hatch

    ...that is another source...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Mat managed to fight it off pretty much completely, well not completely, but we don’t see Mat running around paranoid anymore...Elaida gave it something to feed upon and it was very very small and subtle with Elaida but certainly that was an influence.

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  • 39

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Ok. Is Mordeth’s power, this evil power, comparable to the One Power and True Power? Is it a power that can be woven?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it’s more something along the lines of Perrin’s wolf power, something more natural; you couldn’t weave Mordeth.

    Matt Hatch

    Ok, so it’s more of a natural...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...it’s more of a natural, though it is unnatural. It’s an unnatural natural thing...

    Matt Hatch

    ...because Jordan was really particular about...he tried to have a logic-based system as it pertained to the One Power. Is this power more supernatural in sense than it is based on physics?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let’s say more instinctual, alright?

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  • 40

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Did Verin have anything to do with the attack on Demira Sedai in Caemlyn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    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.)

    Footnote

    The attack on Demira was ordered by Fain.

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  • 41

    Interview: Sep 21st, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    (General summarization of the attack on Rand) Moridin is speaking to the Chosen. He’s kind of pissed. He’s saying look somebody, it was either Sammael or someone pretending to be Sammael, but it was definitely one of the Chosen. Is Moridin’s assumption/belief correct, that the only way for that to have occurred was for one of the Chosen to be involved?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Someone very high up would have to have been involved.

    Matt Hatch

    (Laughter) I should have phrased the question differently…

    Brandon Sanderson

    Someone very high up would have to have been involved. It didn’t just happen.

    Matt Hatch

    When you say high up, do you mean marked or someone with great power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Someone with great influence and power among the, the um…the, among those who follow the Shadow would have to have been involved.

    Matt Hatch

    (Laughter) So, are you suggesting that it may not have been just one person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I said what I said (smiles).

    Matt Hatch

    (Sorry Terez—made up these questions on the fly, so they weren’t very good, but it’s something to chew on. Next.)

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  • 42

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    What happened to the large packs of Darkhounds that were patrolling Altara back in Crossroads of Twilight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We already know, don't we?

    Matt Hatch

    Honest, can't remember.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, I know, but I think we do know.

    Footnote

    Brandon is probably referring to the passage in Winter's Heart Chapter 13 where Moridin reveals that Isam (Slayer) is hunting Fain. The connection between Slayer and the new breed of Darkhounds is not explicit, but it is still pretty obvious. Luc and Isam are mentioned in connection with the Darkhounds in the Dark Prophecy written on the dungeon wall in The Great Hunt Chapter 7. He was killing wolves in Tel'aran'rhiod in The Shadow Rising Chapter 28, and the reality-bending properties of the Unseen World might explain the T2 Darkhounds.

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    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    Did Verin know Fain was a Darkfriend, when we first met Verin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not sure.

    Matt Hatch

    Did Verin ever work with Fain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. She's been around him, but working with him is something different.

    Footnote

    When we first meet Verin, Fain is a known Darkfriend being held prisoner in Fal Dara.

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  • 44

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2010

    Question

    Who's your favorite villain to write?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It depends on the book. The scene that Harriet just read was a huge amount of fun to write, because Fain is just completely bonkers at this point. And so in this book I'd say that was, of the villain viewpoints, my favorite one to write.

    Question

    Can you do a Forsaken "Mwa-ha-ha"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    MWA ha ha ha HA HA HAH HA HA HA!!!

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  • 45

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    Is Padan Fain going to turn out like Gollum?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, he is not going to be like that. I am aware of the comparisons, and I am trying to distance him from that. The scene in Towers of Midnight with Padan Fain was originally written differently, and when I submitted it to Harriet she said, "Oh no, he's much crazier than that!" So I changed it accordingly.

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  • 46

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    (a takeoff on Leigh's review) I've seen this somewhere before: gollum gollum gollum.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Fain will not end up like Gollum. Though Harriet said he is even crazier than how he was shown in Prologue.

    Ted Herman

    EDIT to clarify and correct: Brandon rewrote his original submission of Fain's scene based on Harriet's comments that he wasn't portrayed as crazy enough.

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  • 47

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2010

    Question

    Somebody asked who his favorite villain is to write.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He says that he enjoys a lot of them, but that writing Padan Fain is very enjoyable, because by this point in the story he is just bonkers (his word) so it's fun to write such an insane perspective. He said specifically, the excerpt Harriet read aloud was pretty much his favorite to write. (see above)

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  • 48

    Interview: Dec 25th, 2010

    Question

    Everyone's favorite Wheel of Time question has been answered—after Towers of Midnight, we now know who killed Asmodean. It doesn't seem right to leave you without a WoT question, so in honor of Asmodean: What do you think would happen if Rand managed to hurl Padan Fain through the Bore into the Dark One's prison?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Dark One would spit him back out because he tastes bad.

    In honor of Asmodean, I'll say that there is a mysterious death in The Way of Kings that could use some resources devoted to it. I did not put it in there simply because of Asmodean, but as I thought about it after writing it, I said, "Oh wow, I wonder if people will pick up on that." So there you go.

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  • 49

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2011

    Question

    How about Padan Fain and his talents?

    Alan Romanczuk

    He acquired his talents when he merged with Mordeth, who [paraphrased a bit] got his from research and sucked the souls from his victims.

    Question

    Was Padan Fain behind the killer fog in the Rahad?

    Alan Romanczuk

    What do you think? LOL

    Footnote

    We don't have any particular reason to think Fain was in Ebou Dar at that time.

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  • 50

    Interview: May 30th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    How did Fain know the dagger was in the White Tower?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's because of course he senses it.

    Isabel

    It really felt like a duh question and looking backwards I should have asked more on range and stuff like that. The same with the range of him sensing Rand. Sorry, I failed a little bit as a Theorylander.

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  • 51

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez (Callandor)

    Who ordered the attack on Demira Eriff in Lord of Chaos?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm going to RAFO that one.

    Footnote

    It was Fain.

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  • 52

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez

    Does Mashadar eat the memories of people it kills?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've always thought it does, but I haven't actually looked it up.

    Terez

    Yeah, RJ said that Machin Shin does, but he never did comment on Mashadar.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Really? Okay. Well, I believe it does.

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  • 53

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    How did Fain know that the ruby dagger was in the White Tower, since last he knew it was in Falme, and now it is thousands of miles away (when he was in Emond's Field)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has a super detection ability for the dagger, like the Warder Bond, so he can know direction and distance.

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  • 54

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    Why did Fain say he had to go to Caemlyn first before the White Tower, though he actually went to the White Tower then Caemlyn (as least as far as we see in the books)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    MAFO.

    Maria Simons

    The next time we see him he is in Tar Valon, it is true, but that doesn't mean he didn't stop by Caemlyn on the way. He could have gone to Caemlyn before Tar Valon, although the timing would be rather tight, I think. There are other possibilities: he intended to go to Caemlyn, somehow learned Rahvin was there, and decided to skip that for the time being. Or he intended to go to Caemlyn, but his baser instincts prevailed and he decided to get his dagger first. I can't find a solid answer.

    Footnote

    He might have gone to Caemlyn to use the Waygate there, which gives more leeway on the timing. His intention might have been to bring word of the "rebellion" in the Two Rivers: ["We ride for Tar Valon," he snapped. Hard riding, to beat Bornhald to the ferry. Manetheren's banner, raised again in the Two Rivers after all these centuries. How the Red Eagle had harried him, so long ago. "But Caemlyn first!" Scourge them and flay them! Let the Two Rivers pay first, and then Rand al'Thor...] (The Shadow Rising, Chapter 56)

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  • 55

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    Did Mordeth go to the Finns?

    Brandon Sanderson

    YES.

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  • 56

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    H (Workings of the Wheel)

    When a soul is reborn, at what point does it enter the body?

    Robert Jordan

    Hmm… *think, think* I’d have to say as a fetus. When the body becomes capable of sustaining life.

    H

    *stupid grin* Ok. In The Eye of the World, Thom said that the dead can take over a living body. If this happened, what would happen to the original soul?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    *gave me a “haha, nice try you stupid monkey” grin* “Read and find out.”

    H

    YAAAAAAAAAAAARG! DAMN YOU! (ok, not really)

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  • 57

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (Padan Fain)

    (Didn't catch the question exactly, but it regarded Fain's escape and the dead prisoners.)

    Robert Jordan

    Fain killed the prisoners, not his rescuer. And it wasn't Lanfear.

    Footnote

    RJ later confirmed that it was Ingtar who rescued Fain from the dungeon in Fal Dara.

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  • 58

    Interview: Dec 8th, 2007

    Jason Denzel

    And now, just for fun:

    Who's nastier: Moridin, or Padan Fain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No contest: Moridin. You can't really top Ishamael when it comes to nastiness, particularly if his opponent is just a little Darkfriend weasel. Yeah, Padan Fain facilitated the attack on Emond's Field and all that, but he's still just a weasel.

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  • 59

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    Loialson

    Is the Dark One's touch still on Fain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Umm...yes, you don't abandon it that easily, but, the other touch on Fain is far more dominant.

    LOIALSON

    That would be Mordeth?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes.

    LOIALSON

    Is Fain still a Darkfriend?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I don't know if Fain counts as a Darkfriend anymore. I think Fain is his own faction.

    LOIALSON

    How is Fain getting Trollocs and Myrddraal to follow him if he is not a Darkfriend?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    He is using...other means...they aren't following him because he is a Darkfriend. Certainly not [he smiles a bit here].

    LOIALSON

    Is Mat still attached in any way to Fain's dagger?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Read and Find out.

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  • 60

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    PRK (7 APRIL 2012)

    The Padan Fain / Mordeth hybrid will be in A Memory of Light.

    PRK

    Got a RAFO on how the Mordeth/Fain Hybrid influences the Black Wind.

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  • 61

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    So, there are two different types of Darkhounds. Ones that can be killed with a sword, and ones that take balefire, and I was wondering if the difference was that the ones who can be killed with a sword are the ones that are turned by a Darkhound bite, whilst the balefire ones are those changed using the original method to make Darkhounds.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is an awesome theory. No. But I am very glad you came up with it—it fits very neatly with how Sanderson would have done it. But still, no.

    LUCKERS

    Can you tell me the actual cause for the difference?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Haha, no. RAFO.

    LUCKERS

    Can you tell me what the Crossroads of Twilight superpack are hunting?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Ummm. No, I still might... it still might be in the books. So RAFO. But if it’s not in the books then it’s open for you all to ask again after A Memory of Light. But for now, RAFO.

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  • 62

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Who was behind the attack on Demira Sedai?

    Brandon Sanderson

    MAFO.

    Maria Simons

    Padan Fain and his corrupted Whitecloaks.

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  • 63

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    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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  • 64

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2009

    gammahunter

    My friend asked about his favorite character, Padan Fain, wondering where he has been for the best three books.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He wanted to include him in The Gathering Storm. He then said he 'may or may not have been' writing about him on the train ride on the way to the signing!

    gammahunter

    So, pretty much confirmation that Fain will be in book 13! Where do you all think he is? My friend thinks he is posing as an agent from the Dark One and manipulating Taim in the Black Tower.

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  • 65

    Interview: Apr 24th, 2010

    Maria Simons

    Padan Fain's power has morphed through time, going one way and then another (Shadar Logoth to the Dark One and back), which is why Moiraine was able to sense him at the end of The Eye of the World, but no Aes Sedai were able to sense him during his time in Tar Valon. He gained much of his power battling the Fade throughout The Great Hunt. Padan Fain is also now a powerhouse in the series.

    blindillusion

    Sure, this is information we all know, and it's not canon as it's not in the books, but it was cool hearing people in the know say it.

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  • 66

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    Anthony Gould

    My name is Anthony Gould. I've been reading the series quite a bit. I've read 1-13 ten times. [murmurs, woos] And so...and I actually planned to read A Memory of Light ten times in a row before I read any other book...[laughter]...just so I have something to say instead of saying, "I've read every other book ten times, and I've read this one once." That'd be bad.

    But yeah, so my question I think is directed at Harriet, mostly. I was thinking, well, is the character Mat Cauthon—did Robert Jordan base that character on him?

    Harriet McDougal

    Maria was saying something earlier today that would suggest what you think he did...? (looks at Maria)

    Maria Simons

    Somewhat.

    Harriet McDougal

    Somewhat. I would go for that. He told somebody, I think more than once, that all the female characters were based on me. [laughter] In the same way, I think that perhaps he based all the male characters on him, including Padan Fain and the like. [laughter]

    Maria Simons

    Traits he had in common with Mat: There's one point Mat's talking to Olver about turtle shells, and Mat's thinking about a turtle shell he had. Jim—Robert Jordan—had a shelf of turtle shells in the office, and he did like to play cards and other games. [laughter] Yeah, there were aspects of Jim in Mat.

    Harriet McDougal

    And to quit a job as a civilian engineer working for the United States Navy in order to write fiction...if that isn't the act of a gambler, I don't know what is. [laughter, applause]

    Anthony Gould

    Alright, well thank you then!

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  • 67

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Radbeard (23 January 2013)

    Don't you feel some of the character endings were too rushed (Fain, everyone Demandred killed)?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    Finishing everything that RJ left to be finished in the amount of space required results in some dynamic pacing.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't feel rushed is the right term. But I can see how people might feel that way. I could have gone three more books.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was not right to do so. This was what he wanted, and I did my best to fit everything in. I'm pleased with the result.

    Brandon Sanderson

    In regards to your specific questions, the Demandred kills were supposed to be abrupt to convey emotion of sudden loss.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's how things are in war. As for Fain, a piece of me does wish there had been time for more with him.

    Brett

    Do you plan on expanding on the Wheel of Time series more or is it done? Why did you have so many abrupt deaths?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, no more. RJ wouldn't want it. Abrupt deaths happen in war; it is the way this sort of thing plays out, I'm afraid.

    Daniel Egonsson

    Was there anything in A Memory of Light you wished you could have changed?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I might have done more with Fain if I'd had the time and the pages.

    Brandon Sanderson

    The biggest challenge for the book was fitting everyone in, and making sure they had relevant things to do.

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  • 68

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Matthew Miller (23 January 2013)

    Bloody ashes man, how does Mat go from "together they died" to walking away?!

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    The "together" does not include Mat.

    Footnote

    The passage in question spoke of Fain and Mordeth as separate entities.

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  • 69

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Question

    Was Verin involved in the attack on Demira Sedai in Caemlyn? If not, was it on orders from the Tower Aes Sedai, or Daved Hanlon, or??

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. There are plenty of "loose ends" that may end up in the encyclopedia, and this is just the sort that I don't want to spoil. There will certainly be some details about Verin in there.

    Footnote

    Maria confirmed that it was Fain's corrupted Whitecloaks who carried out the attack, so it's unlikely Verin or any of the other Darkfriends had anything to do with it.

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  • 70

    Interview: Feb 7th, 2013

    Question

    Did Robert Jordan have a favorite character?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes—the one that he was writing that day. She said that some days after writing he would come into the kitchen slouching and sidling up against the wall, and she would say, "Have you been writing Padan Fain today?" She went on to say that he always wrote from "a position of love" for every character.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon tells about one of the editing notes that he received from Harriet which read "Padan Fain needs more crazy."

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  • 71

    Interview: Feb 7th, 2013

    Question

    What were Robert Jordan's influences for the creature that Padan Fain became?

    Harriet McDougal

    Just his own work and imagination. There were no outside influences that she knows of.

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  • 72

    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Anna Hornbostel

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    I asked him if Fain's ending was in the notes and he said that it was.

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  • 73

    Interview: 2013

    bennmann (January 2013)

    Thank you so much for AMOL. I cried, I laughed many times, I feel a sense of loss at it being over, which is all to say I will reread it many times in the years to come.

    Have you addressed anywhere any of the criticisms for plot points that have popped up in reviews and on fan sites? Would you be willing to address any? For example Padan Fain's being something new that had never been in the Pattern before and yet dying before having a final confrontation with Rand or the Dark One? The TOR reviewer agreed with this point and a few others.

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    I will try to get to some of these questions in a spoiler-filled AMA in a few weeks, once more have read the book.

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Brandon

    leverofsound

    Sort of in line with this. On page 357 of AMoL when Cadsuane says "you have cracks in you..." Was that a reference to how you felt about the final copies of the series?

    I think you did a wonderful job, but obviously it was different than it had been originally intended.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sorry for the late reply.

    I didn't write it that way intentionally, but you can never tell what the subconscious is working into a story.

    Brandon

    leverofsound

    No worries. I was a week after you, so it's NBD. Thanks for the answer, and thanks, so very much, for the books.

    bennmann (February 2013)

    Thanks for signing this and addressing my question in Atlanta!

    For the readers following along, I printed out my comment and Sanderson's reddit post above and he was awesome and humble enough to sign the print out AND TO ANSWER MY SPOILERED OBJECTION! I will put the few points from your answer paraphrased for our and the communities future reference spoiled below:

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    1. RJ left notes for many characters that were open for Sanderson expansion, but the expansion on many was not necessary. Padan Fain is one of those characters, however everything RJ left for Fain specifically for AMoL was used. 2. 'Padan Fain is a weasel' and many, many other characters deserve more words than him. 3. Fans built up several plot points that did not come to fruition and RJ even recognized this explicitly. Padan Fain is one of those characters.

    bennmann

    Harriet also signed the comment which I feel is very fitting and thank you Harriet so much for being unified with Brandon on his work and your husband's.

    I am very much more satisfied now than before you answered me verbally Brandon, thank you again so much. Keep being awesome.

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  • 74

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    Fain says that the thinning of reality around Shayol Ghul would make it easier for him to anchor himself there, and Dom wants to know if the proximity of the Tower of Ghenjei had anything to do with the fate of Aridhol.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I honestly don't know. That would make logical sense...

    Terez

    Yeah, it would...

    Brandon Sanderson

    But...we could look in the notes. That's one I suspect is not in there.

    Terez

    Okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But you can say there's a good chance that's the sort of thing that would make sense...

    Terez

    Yeah, okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good question.

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  • 75

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    The name...how do you pronounce it? Is it no-tay, or no-tie?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, it's...you pronounce the K.

    Terez

    Oh, you pronounce the K!

    Brandon Sanderson

    ....according to Alan, who is the Old Tongue expert, who corrected me on it even though I named him.

    Terez

    So say it!

    Brandon Sanderson

    k'no-tie. But Alan can correct me, because Alan is the expert.

    Terez

    Does it have any mythological basis that you know of?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it does not that I know of, because that one, as most of the names—not all of them, but most of them that I named, because I named him—came from me writing something in English, and saying, "Alan, give me the Old Tongue."

    Terez

    Okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And so, there are times where he'll find something, and I'll be like, "Oh, that sounds like this! Let's use it. Oh, this sounds like this; let's use it." Most of the time, it's...he comes up with the direct translation.

    Terez

    Like, Shaisam, actually...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Terez

    Yeah, I mean that's easy to figure out for us, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. And there are some where I say, "Let's find something that feels like this..." and then, you know, of course, Perrin's hammer, right?

    Terez

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's one where you're like, you know, let's find an Old Tongue translation that works for what the mythological symbolism is.

    Terez

    And that works well. It's hard to pronounce though.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it is a little hard to pronounce though.

    Terez

    Can you pronounce it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    MAH-HAHL-in-ear? Eh...ask Alan.

    Terez

    (laughs) Okay.

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  • 76

    Interview: Apr, 2013

    Question

    One that I can't ever get an answer on: How did Thom know Padan Fain? In The Eye of the World, he says he recognized Fain and he scornfully says Fain "is always one to carry bad news quickly, and the worse, the faster. There’s more raven in him than man." This implies more than a passing knowledge of the man.

    Maria Simons

    Both Padan Fain and Thom Merrilin made their livings by traveling from one small village to another in a reasonably small area. They had simply been in the same village at the same time on multiple occasions. Add to that Thom's proclivity for collecting information, and you have a very simple explanation.

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  • 77

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    RJ said that Fain was responsible for the fly trap thing; it's in The Great Hunt, in that little village...

    Maria Simons

    He did?

    Terez

    Yeah. Because a lot of people thought it was Lanfear, and RJ said it was Fain.

    Maria Simons

    *looks surprised*

    Terez

    So I guess you don't know the answer to that question. (repeats self) ...and that kind of blew everyone's theories out of the water...

    Maria Simons

    Yeah, because I thought it was Lanfear.

    Footnote

    It's possible Maria is right that it's Lanfear; we only have paraphrased reports of RJ saying it was Fain: two reports from the same signing in 2005 that might actually be written by the same person.

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  • 78

    Interview: 2013

    shrevid (March 2013)

    I know this post is 12 hours old but I really hope you get a chance to answer my question. You did a fine job finishing the series, Brandon. This is coming from a 17 year fan.

    RJ once mentioned that, during previous iterations of the Wheel, the Dragon turned (or was turned, I can't recall) to the Shadow. Now, it's somewhat apparent that the Dragon, as a stabilising force on the Pattern, is more than a simple mortal who can channel, which makes me wonder what would happen to a Dragon/Creator avatar if its essence became that of the Shadow. I imagine it would be something akin to the Dark One's evil, but still opposite in nature.

    So is Mordeth/Ordeith/Fain the roaming essence of a Dragon who never had his Dragonmount Moment?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a very interesting theory about Fain. I don't believe that the books specifically rule it out. However, I don't have any special information that can confirm it for you. (Sorry.)

    shrevid

    Thank you!

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    Interview: 2013

    RazGriz3 (May 2013)

    Was anyone else a little disappointed with the way to Ogier showed up for the Last Battle? Kinda just like "Oh yeah, we are here too." Then that was it. The scenes in which we see Ogier fighting are awesome, but I felt their introduction to the Last Battle was a little lacking. Anyone else?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The way they show up is actually the result of a sequence being cut. Originally, Perrin led an expedition into the Ways to try and close the Waygate in Caemlyn from behind. During this, the Ogier arrived, full of song, to drive off the Black Wind. Unfortunately, this sequence had logistical problems with the rest of the book, and had to be deleted entirely. The biggest casualty of this cut was the Ogier introduction, which didn't work nearly as well in the new sequence as it once had.

    kaybeesee

    Thanks so much for adding your insight.

    Ever thought about publishing a deleted scenes book? If movies can do it, why not books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Afraid it isn't my call. You'd have to convince Harriet. That said, we are releasing some deleted scenes in the Unfettered Anthology to help with a friend's medical bills. (They aren't the Perrin ones, though.)

    Andre_Gigante

    Thank you for being a redditor as well as an awesome author.

    Pilkunussija

    Did the same thing happen with Mashadar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, no deleted scenes here. I did Mashadar the way I did because of the small amount of information in the notes about it or Fain, and I felt that going with what little I did have was better than exploring widely without knowing where RJ wanted to go. In some other cases, I did extrapolate when we didn't have much from RJ, but here it felt better to go with the "less is more" idea.

    There was a big danger in these books in me taking over too much and driving the books far from RJ's original vision. I had to pick and choose carefully which parts I extrapolated, and I did it based more on my own instincts and talents than anything else. For example, I felt very comfortable with Perrin as a character—he'd always been my favorite, and I felt like I knew him very well and could write him strongly. So, in Towers of Midnight where we had very little direction on what to do with Perrin, I felt that the right move was to expand his part and develop a sequence on my own.

    However, for Mat in the Tower of Ghenjei, RJ had been planning this sequence for years and years. He wrote or outlined a good portion of it before he died. It was a small sequence, however, only a couple of chapters worth. I realized fans would be expecting more from this sequence, but my instincts said that it would be wrong to develop it into something much larger. That would not only go against RJ's wishes, but would risk messing things up royally. RJ had laid careful foreshadowing and groundwork for the scenes, and had a specific vision for this sequence. Perhaps if he'd lived, he would have expanded it in additional directions, but it would have been the wrong place for me to add.

    Fain through my three books feels very similar to me. It wasn't as strict here as it was with the Mat/Ghenjei sequence—I COULD have expanded, and perhaps I would have, given more time. However, at the same time, there is an argument to be had that RJ wanted Fain to have a lesser-than-expected place in the Last Battle, and expanding him would undermine this.

    devoidz

    I wish the Ways had been touched on. They were very interesting, as well as the portal stones. Was there any more info, or back story, on the Black Wind that hasn't been shared? Thanks for responding to us, by the way. I loved the last three books, you did an awesome job on them. I am getting ready to start going through some of your own stories.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is some, but not as much as I think fans hope. In regards to something else mentioned on this thread—I believe that RJ was planning to do the Ogier/Seanchan Ogier relationship exploration in the Outriggers.

    1anthony90

    What logistical problems were there?

    simps984

    IIRC in some of Brandon's other posts on Reddit, he indicated that the deleted scenes were casualties of keeping the book reasonable in length. Additionally, Harriet or the publisher preferred that the storyline in A Memory of Light should be directly approaching the Last Battle, and this sequence got a little too far away from that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There were a number. The biggest one was that the sequence wasn't needed. As you can judge from the final book, the Waygate didn't NEED to be closed. The structure of the battle worked just fine without it, as the plan was always to draw the Shadow's armies upward and through the woods. By the time the big fights here played out, it didn't matter terribly much if the Trollocs were being resupplied from behind.

    Beyond that, the weight of this heavy Perrin sequence in the early middle of the book was distracting, keeping attention away from Rand and from the push toward the rest of the Last Battle. (this is what simps984 mentioned in his reply, which is correct.) The sequence was awesome on its own, but distracting in conjunction with the rest of the novel.

    I would still have liked to have found a way to make it work, but I feel that way about every scene I end up deleting from the book. The truth is that aside from the Ogier arrival, nothing big was lost by cutting this ten thousand words—and a whole lot was gained.

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    Interview: 1984

    Robert Jordan

    Everyone in Emond's Field is hoping that despite everything it will be a grand Festival this year. A gleeman [Thom Merilyn] has been brought in from Baerlan, and a peddler [Eward White, though he is somewhat reluctnt {sic} to give his surname], only the second of the new year, is in the village with a high-wheeled wagon pulled by four horses, a larger equippage [sic] than is usual.

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    Interview: Sep 4th, 2014

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    I do have one question, A Memory of Light couldn't be better, except for the Padan Fain thing.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, the Padan Fain thing is that I have a little bit of regret on that one. That's the one thing-- You see he didn't leave anything about Fain at all. Just completely blank. That was worrisome to me. The only thing he said was "Padan Fain cannot be Gollum" actually, he wrote that in the notes. So I was left with trying to figure out what to do and in the end I feel it just ended up feeling tacked on because there were so many other things I was interested in doing and Padan Fain I had never really enjoyed as a character that much. You are seeing my biases come through on that. Looking back at it I'm like "I really should have done something more with him". That's the big one that I feel I would change, if I could change something.

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    Cause it's kind of a threat that goes away...

    Brandon Sanderson

    The other one is I would've liked for the viewpoint chapters from Demandred to be in the book instead of separated out and put in that charity anthology, but I didn't have any say in that one.

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