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2012-04-30: I had the great pleasure of speaking with Harriet McDougal Rigney about her life. She's an amazing talent and person and it will take you less than an hour to agree.
2012-04-24: Some thoughts I had during JordanCon4 and the upcoming conclusion of "The Wheel of Time."
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I know what you're talking about. I won't confirm 100% or not, but the phrasing was intentional.
As I understand, if you are 'spun out' you do not respond to the call of the Horn. So no Cain showing up if it is sounded again, as he's been spun out.
As you understand it? Isn't your understanding more or less canon at this point?
No, it's not his world or book series. He can misunderstand something just as well as the next guy.
Not saying he did here, but just 'cuz he's finishing the series doesn't mean, for example, he can retcon or change anything or do "whatever he wants or thinks".
No of course not. But if there are two ways to understand something (that RJ has written) wouldn't it be up to Sanderson to decide which of those he believes to be right?
So if he thinks that when he's spun out he wont respond to the Horn, no one can ever prove him wrong (there are nothing in the books to contradict this), so wouldn't his understanding be the "right" one?
Here's the thing. There are three million+ words of notes, and RJ changed his mind about a lot of things as he wrote, explored, and made decisions. (He talked about this being his process. He saw the Wheel of Time as an organic thing.) So any time I speak on an issue like this, there's the chance that Maria (his assistant) will come to me and say "Actually, Brandon, he changed his mind on that. Look here for the revision." Half the time, it's something he mentioned in passing to her, Harriet, or Alan and isn't even written down.
So...on things I think I know, but haven't confirmed with Team Jordan yet, I usually add some wiggle room. My knowledge is far from absolute. Fortunately, everything in the books I write gets fact-checked a half dozen times. (Even then, some of my mistakes slip through.)
When a soul is reborn, at what point does it enter the body?
Hmm… *think, think* I’d have to say as a fetus. When the body becomes capable of sustaining life.
*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?
*gave me a “haha, nice try you stupid monkey” grin* “Read and find out.”
YAAAAAAAAAAAARG! DAMN YOU! (ok, not really)
Birgitte thinks he's been reborn into the world.
That's a nice answer.
Birgitte thinks he's been reborn?
She's mooning over all the ugly boy-children she can get her hands on, thinking "Ohh, maybe this is him!"
But keep in mind the only way she thinks that is because she hadn't seen him for a while in Tel'aran'rhiod before she was yanked out by Moghedien. So we don't even know if that's true, do we? (I just threw that out for what it's worth.)
But she did always say that he was usually born before her, but we don't know how long in real world time, so he could be more than a child, hopefully. Or he could still be lurking in Tel'aran'rhiod.
But there's no way he could be more than a child. Correct me if I'm wrong, Alan, but the entirety of the books we have isn't more than a couple of years, is it?
Yeah, it's been about twenty-four months for the main characters. Alan would know for sure.
Yes, I'm not saying this is true. Well, of course I know, but I can give you various possibilities: he could be born as a child right now; he could still be lurking in Tel'aran'rhiod; he could have been ripped out the same way Birgitte had been, in which case he would be an adult, right?
Unless he was dead. Because wouldn't it require someone to bond him after he gets ripped out? Wasn't that kind of the deal with Birgitte?
Well, maybe he's stronger than she was…maybe he's…
There are a lot of possibilities.
Unless somebody has a really ugly Warder they're not talking about… [laughter]
Not all Warders are beautiful. I mean…
Go check Myrelle's quarters. I know Myrelle has a real penchant for hiding extra Warders around… [laughter]
Yeah, but she likes hers pretty.
She got Lan.
Lan's impressive, but I don't know if anybody would call him pretty any more. [laughter]
Okay, so, Grady has multiple children.... (pauses for confirmation)
(gets this gleefully smug look on his face that knocks about a quarter century off his age)
What is that look for? I mean, come on. You've been, like, dancing around the bush...(crosstalk)
I've dodged this one so well, Terez! (crosstalk)
...on this one for like two years, I'm not gonna let you dodge any more! Just tell me if he has multiple children.
(stubbornly reluctant) Grady. Has. Multiple. Children.
Thank you. (Someone is laughing, I don't know who.)