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  • 1

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2004

    Week 10 Question

    What did Lanfear do to Rand at the end of The Great Hunt, when she drew the Dragon's Fang on his forehead?

    Robert Jordan

    She drew the Dragon Fang on his forehead. For exactly the reason you would think.

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  • 2

    Interview: Jan 25th, 2005

    Week 12 Question

    In Winters 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?

    Robert Jordan

    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.

    Footnote

    The 'another' mentioned at the end of the first paragraph probably refers to Ishamael; there are hints in the BWB that he began the Trolloc Wars during one of the periods where he was free from the Bore.

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  • 3

    Interview: Jul 19th, 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

    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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  • 4

    Interview: Jul 19th, 2005

    week 12

    Who was Beidomon, who helped Lanfear with the project that lead to the drilling of the Bore? Did he figure in the later events at the end of the Age of Legends?

    Robert Jordan

    Beidomon was a male Aes Sedai, and a research genius, who believed that they were onto something great. The drilling of the Bore itself caused great damage, and Beidomon, Lanfear and others involved were blamed for that. Once it became clear what had actually happened, the opprobrium increased, and Beidomon sought obscurity, finally committing suicide when he was unable to achieve it. Everyone knew his name, and what he had done. He had nowhere to hide.

    As an aside, for those who think that Lanfear was in some way twisted against her will by being involved in drilling the Bore—I have heard the theory advanced—of all those involved in the project, she was the only major figure to go over to the Shadow. She was ripe for the Shadow's plucking long before the Bore was drilled.

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  • 5

    Interview: Feb 1st, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    Now about how evil the Forsaken are. I'm not really sure you define evil. Part of what I am writing about is just how ordinary evil is. In many ways, without the One Power, the Forsaken would be no more than Darkfriends, though perhaps a bit more than ordinary. True, their callousness toward the pain, suffering, even death of ordinary people, and the way they submerge everything and everyone in their own quest for power—and true immortality—their willingness to deliver the world to the Dark One in that quest, are shared by many who do not have their powers. The point is that they are human; they haven't gotten rid of human emotions, or human weaknesses except for a few physical ones. They are not gods, nor even demi-gods, though they seek to be and think they already are. But believe me, there is nothing they will not do to achieve their goals, no price too high to pay—especially if it is paid by someone else, or millions of someone elses. And 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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  • 6

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1994

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Joe Rosenman

    Greetings! From Rand's Rhuidean vision: If the Sharom is the Dark One's prison, why would it be floating in on place above a city and not in some transcendent plain? Why didn't Rand see it there?

    Robert Jordan

    But it isn't. The Sharom and the Collam Daan are a university/research center. Or were.

    Joe Rosenman

    Also, did Mierin intend to create the Bore?

    Robert Jordan

    In part, yes. Not alone.

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  • 7

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    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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  • 8

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Re: Lanfear and Rand at the docks. She was just toying with him using her angreal, [while he used the little fat man]. They were pretty well matched. BUT, questioned whether Rand's estimation that he could end it if he wanted to, RJ said, yes. But of course, Rand couldn't.

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  • 9

    Interview: 2010

    Brandon Sanderson (19 November 2009)

    Okay, time to post about Cyndane for you Theorylanders. I have been discussing with Maria all day. She and I have different opinions on...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    ...some things in the notes, but she has convinced me that she is right. I believed that there were some...issues with her power level.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Dark One playing tricks to keep everyone guessing. But Maria convinced me her Power really is what it seems. So you can disregard my...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    ...comment about her being really really weak and stick with the word I used earlier: "weakened."

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    This is what you get for asking about things that we are still picking apart the notes regarding.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    ;) You know I love you, Theorylanders. (Even if I sometimes feel like I'm surrounded by a pack of wolves when talking to you.)

    Footnote

    Brandon had indicated in The Gathering Storm signing reports that Cyndane was 'much weaker' than Lanfear. However, Graendal indicated in The Path of Daggers that Cyndane was, while weaker than Lanfear, still stronger than her, so we knew she wasn't that much weaker. It's still up in the air after Towers of Midnight as to why she wasn't drained as much as Moiraine. The Eelfinn claimed that they killed her by draining her too quickly, but Moiraine thinks that someone came for her. Anyway, we badgered Brandon about it, so he cleared up the confusion.

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  • 10

    Interview: 2010

    Terez (30 July 2010)

    Does Min's comment to Corele mean that the Dark One can subvert her viewings BEFORE the Pattern is destroyed?

    Terez

    Asked in reference to the viewing that Elza would serve Rand. Or did it simply not imply she would serve forever?

    Brandon Sanderson (30 July 2010)

    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 Sanderson

    Robert Jordan taught me to give Aes Sedai answers.

    Terez

    Fair enough. :)

    Terez

    There is one case in which I suspect that RJ gave an Aes Sedai answer and the reporter may not have gotten it exactly.

    Terez

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

    Terez

    Strange, because of the personality 'Else' showed, and the Tear trap being Mesaana's trap, not Lanfear's. Any comment?

    Brandon Sanderson

    MAFO.

    Maria Simons

    (later) I cannot find anything to clarify the question.

    Terez

    PS, thanks for taking time to do Q&A here. Far superior to tour reports, since the Aes Sedai answers are direct from you. ;)

    Terez

    ...not to mention the quick responses, and the fact that you have more time to think the answers out. You are awesome!

    Terez

    By the way, not knocking the tour reporters. They rock; we have a lot of good stuff because of them.

    Terez

    I am just reminded of Tam. 'Tell me what she said. Her exact words, mind, just as she said them.' And Thom too. :)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sure. Of course, I'm not convinced half of Theoryland hasn't joined Twitter only to follow/question me...

    Brandon Sanderson

    When I'm on tour, do be aware that I don't have notes handy and I'm usually very tired. All answers are suspect.

    Terez

    As for stalking you...someone has to do it to keep the Q&A organized, and I elected myself (also before you came along).

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. Just seems that I get a surprising number of tweets from people with no profile picture, and who are only following me. :)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't feel stalked at all. This is how I use Twitter, and I'm happy to answer questions.

    Matt Hatch

    No profile pics and only following you? That sounds like my twenty other Twitter accounts...

    Footnote

    Min and Cadsuane told Corele that she sees pieces of the Pattern, but if the Dark One destroys the Pattern as he aims to do, then her viewings will be irrelevant. Those that are in reference to things after the Last Battle will only come to pass if they prevent the Dark One from destroying the Pattern. Some took this to mean that Shaidar Haran (essentially, the Dark One) subverted Min's viewing that Elza would serve Rand when he ordered Elza to help Semirhage torture and control Rand.

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  • 11

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Omar Subedar (4 January 2011)

    Who is your favorite member of the Chosen?

    Brandon Sanderson (4 January 2011)

    Moridin. Followed by Demandred. Followed by Lanfear.

    OMAR SUBEDAR

    As for Moridin, I never liked the fact that he thought that Dark One winning would be THE end. I mean, according to...

    OMAR SUBEDAR

    Robert Jordan, there are no beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel right? Only relative beginnings and endings.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Moridin believes that if the Dark One wins, there will BE no Wheel. It will be broken. So in that way, there are still...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    ...no beginnings or endings. There is nothing. Some, including Cadsuane, believe this is a very real possibility.

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  • 12

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brandon Sanderson (8 April 2011)

    This might be old news, but people keep asking me about it. Yes there ARE Dreamers among the Forsaken. Male and female.

    AUSTIN MOORE

    One male AND one female Forsaken are Dreamers?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    There are multiple Dreamers. At least one male and at least one female.

    Footnote

    This might have been in response to the previous conversation about Moghedien. She and Lanfear are the top candidates for the female Dreamers, and Moridin is the obvious choice for the men, since skill in Tel'aran'rhiod and skill in invading others' dreams seem to be concurrent with the Talent of prophetic dreams. See here for more details.

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  • 13

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Mike @ Detroit

    Mr. Jordan, please forgive if this is redundant, as I just recently joined the conference. Is Moiraine well and truly dead? Or could she and Mierin/Lanfear reappear at some later venue?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out!

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  • 14

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Was Else always Lanfear?

    Robert Jordan

    No. Else did exist as a separate human but was played by Lanfear after Else was expelled.

    FOOTNOTEóTEREZ

    Since Lanfear as Else doesn't make much sense to me (Mesaana seeming more likely for a few reasons, not least that the 'trap' was supposedly all her plan, and personality), I asked Erica if maybe RJ didn't actually say exactly that. (Sometimes fan assumptions work their way into the wording, if no alternative is being considered.) Unfortunately, I asked her 17 years after she made the report, so she couldn't remember, but she did say it wasn't her phrasing (indicating that she apparently just wrote down what was said).

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  • 15

    Interview: Oct 24th, 1998

    Drew Gillmore

    Chris used his moment with the Creator to open himself up to a huge RAFO, but his question was answered. Chris asked if Moghedien had been raped by Shaidar Haran.

    Robert Jordan

    The answer was "Yes, among other things."...

    ...Another interesting point that may just be my interpretation of things, is that someone asked if Lanfear had been raped as well, right on top of the Moghedien question, and he answered right away with a "No". It could be any number of explanations, but it seemed to me that it was a given that Cyndane was Lanfear from the context of the conversation.

    Like I said, just my interpretation.

    Someone else who was paying more attention could fill in here.

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  • 16

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Matthew Hunter

    The second was mine: "Do you consider the identities of Moridin and Cyndane to be intuitively obvious?"

    Robert Jordan

    He said yes, they should be fairly obvious by now, in many more words. To me, this means Ishamael and Lanfear, respectively.

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  • 17

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Matthew Hunter

    I chimed in later on to ask if "there was a physical resemblance between Cyndane and a certain height-challenged Aes Sedai".

    Robert Jordan

    He said "We don't know yet."

    Matthew Hunter

    I think that means yes, which is interesting. If there hadn't been one, he could have said no, and he has written the descriptions of Cyndane ambiguously enough to prevent any proof either way.

    Footnote

    Matthew is probably referring to the theory that Lanfear had been put into Cabriana Mecandes' body, which was later debunked by Maria. Cabriana wasn't described as short, though, so if he was referring to Moiraine, then of course this was debunked in Towers of Midnight at the latest (not that there was ever much resemblance there aside from height).

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  • 18

    Interview: Sep 20th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    The vanishing thing that Lanfear does at the end of book two is in fact her just walking out the door. Nothing more.

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  • 19

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Paul Ward

    Possible question: Why did the ter'angreal doorway burn down when Lanfear and Moiraine passed through?

    Robert Jordan

    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. (complete answer)

    Paul Ward

    The laws for channeling are different on the other side of the doorway...interesting.

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  • 20

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Doug Carlson from Urbana, IL

    Is there any way to escape a Mindtrap other than death?

    Robert Jordan

    To be released, you can be released from it.

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  • 21

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Balerion

    There's a suggestion in the books that Lanfear was believed to be as strong as any female channeler could ever become. What was the reason for that belief?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out!

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  • 22

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Question

    In The Shadow Rising, Lanfear mentioned two sa'angreal stronger than Callandor that a male could use. Is the second one ever going to appear?

    Robert Jordan

    Read And Find Out.

    Aan'allein

    (Of course, but hey, there's no harm in trying anyway...)

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  • 23

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Question

    In The Great Hunt, was Lanfear present to inspire the Dark Prophecy about "Daughter of the Night, she walks again"?

    Robert Jordan

    Of course she was about...

    Question

    But was she present in Fal Dara?

    Robert Jordan

    [after a weighing look deciding not to answer] Read And Find Out.

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  • 24

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    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 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?

    Robert 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.

    Isabel

    [Hehe, another theory busted, and a very interesting answer. I am going for Shadar Logoth now.]

    Question

    In that case, what was Lanfear doing?

    Robert 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.

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  • 25

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Question

    A question about the Forsaken. It is said they have varying levels of strength in the One Power. Do you know where they rank?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

    Question

    I get the impression that Asmodean is weaker than Lanfear even before he was shielded. How much weaker, etc.?

    Robert Jordan

    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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  • 26

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Matt Hatch

    Did Lanfear get the opportunity to ask the Finns, to make a wish, after going through the doorway with Moiraine?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Matt Hatch

    Okay, well, then did Moiraine get the opportunity to make a wish?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

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  • 27

    Interview: Oct 4th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Phil Reborn, Lanfear climbed onto the wagon to get the angreal. Rand was occupying her to the extent that she couldn't afford to just use flows of Air to bring it to her. And Lanfear being Lanfear, there was a touch of the dramatic in it. She was always a drama queen.

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  • 28

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Comet Sedai, no, Slayer didn't kill Laura Palmer. But Lanfear can tie a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue. In fact, she can tie it into a square knot. Or a bowline. Or.... Well, the list goes on too long.

    Yes, the Ayyad's eyes were popping, as well as those of damane in Seanchan.

    Anyone who can channel, to however small a degree, is vulnerable to the circle of 13 trick.

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  • 29

    Interview: Oct 31st, 2005

    Question

    Another man asked if Cyndane is actually Lanfear, even though she denies it?

    Robert Jordan

    And RJ laughed, and said RAFO.

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  • 30

    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. LanfearódidónotófreeóPadanóFainóinóShienar. 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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  • 31

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    Your style of writing is so simple, yet so complex that it is a genre all its own. Will Moiraine come back from the dead since Lanfear and Asmodean apparently have?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out‚Äďin fact, I really suggest you read and find out.

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  • 32

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    Is Aran'gar really Lanfear? If she is, how did she come back?

    Robert Jordan

    Read And Find Out.

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  • 33

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2005

    Karana Majin

    At one point, Lanfear reflects that she was about as powerful as it was possible to be. Is there an upper limit to human channeling ability, some sort of asymptote that channelers approach but never pass beyond?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, there is an upper limit. In terms of the channeling of raw amounts of the One Power, men can handle more than women. However, women are much more dextrous in their ability to use the One Power, so for all intents and purposes, they are equal in their abilities to do and create weaves and are mostly equal to each other.

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  • 34

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Ok, so, what is then the nature of the Dark Oneís relationship with the True Power? In other words, is the Power...is he the Power or it is separate like the One Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    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 whole 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.

    MATT HATCH

    [I realize now, after listening to Brandonís 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...]

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  • 35

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Is the True Power used by any other creatures or beings within Parallel or Perpendicular worlds or other dimensions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, see answering that actually gets us begging the question because letís step back, the question that people should be asking is does the Dark One exist in all of these Parallels...

    Matt Hatch

    ...ok, so yeah this is the question Iíll ask, you make a good point. Are there worlds and dimensions that exist outside of the Pattern?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, see thatís the question you should be asking. I mean, you should be asking it, but it doesnít mean Iím going to answer it. [laughter] But thatís at the core of the question. Iím 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 donít 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 teríangreal that people go through. The question then is, are those all separate Universes? Do we have a multi-verse 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 has he wishes. Or are those just possibilities, reflections of this world that donít 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 Hatch

    ...he called it a Parallel World...

    Brandon Sanderson

    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 world, that sort of thing, those were never questions that Robert Jordan answered...

    Matt Hatch

    ...the answers exist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The answers exist, but are there many parallel Patterns or is there one Pattern?

    Matt Hatch

    Yeah, thatís...are there many Wheels or just one Wheel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thatís not a question, Iím afraid, that I can answer because I donít think itís within the scope of the books and I donít think that the characters...that there are people that could know. You will find Browns arguing all of these different things among themselves, and itís not my place to step in and end the discussion.

    Footnote

    Luckers got Maria to clarify on the Mirror World / Parallel World distinction here.

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    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    You saw where we were goingÖ

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...yes, I see where you are going...

    Matt Hatch

    ...I had to do the build up to it because it all comes down to that one question for a couple of things.

    Brandon Sanderson

    This one question you are going to ask next?

    Matt Hatch

    Iím not going to ask it...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...oh, the one you askedÖ

    Matt Hatch

    ...yeah, I guess I asked a piece of it last night...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...when it comes to this certain character that you are talking about, there is a whole thing where Maria and I exchanged a bunch of emails about this. She had managed to pull some things out of the notes that I had not seen, which is interesting, because I was going off of something else. I did not think that Cyndane should be nearly as powerful as she was put in the books as being, so I had been under the belief that the Dark One was pulling shenanigans...

    Matt Hatch

    ...like a little, in essence, letís say what the Forsaken Lanfear did to Asmodean, you thought maybe the Dark One was doing some similar...shielding...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...or the other way aroundÖhere is a little extra power you can draw upon while I am pleased with you, I can take this away...

    Matt Hatch

    ...that is a question...letís jump to that question, there have been some theories that talk about Lanfear...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...letís back up and say I was wrong. I was interpreting the notes a certain way. Maria was able to pull something out that I had not seen that made it clear that I had misinterpreted and that that is not the case, Cyndane is not under any shenanigans. What you see is what you get.

    Matt Hatch

    Cyndane and her alter ego have never been under any shenanigans?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Iím not going to say never been under any shenanigans, but when you see her creating a gateway she is legitimately powerful enough to do it, which I did not believe that she was. Does that make sense? This is all digging into my read of the notes versus and Mariaís read of the notes and Maria was right. She was able to provide information to me that I had not seen which is nice because it was stuff that was very pertinent for what I am working on right now. It would have come out eventually when I would have sent her the scenes Iím working on, but it came out earlier, which is nice. Once I found out what was going on it all made perfect sense.

    Matt Hatch

    So, we will understand then in the next book or so why there is a decrease in power but not a significant decrease?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Matt Hatch

    Ok, so that being said there are some theories out there that in the Age of Legends, at one point, Lanfear might have...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...letís just say I have not said that Lanfear and Cyndane are the same person...

    Matt Hatch

    ...Oh, absolutely, Iím jumping to this other Forsaken that we are talking about...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...this other completely different person...Uh huh...

    Matt Hatch

    ...so Lanfear, the theory goes, that maybe she was accentuated from a beauty and/or power perspective by going to the Finnland previously...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...ok...

    Matt Hatch

    ...would the Finns have the ability to accentuate someoneís beauty and/or quantity or access to the One Power through their own capabilities and talents?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but it might involve third party teríangreal, angreal, this sort of thing...

    Matt Hatch

    ...so, they donít have power to affect the soulís capability of increasing its total channeling?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Certainly not permanently, as far I understand, that is outside the realm of their abilityÖ

    Matt Hatch

    ...from a beauty perspective can they affect the outer body of some individual?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say that, yes they can, but they may have to be using some type of teríangreal or...

    Matt Hatch

    ...some item of power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Some item of power, something like that...of which they have great stores...[what???]

    Matt Hatch

    ...Really...heh, so the obvious question, where did the Finns get great stores of teríangreal, angreal, and is that part of the Pact they made.?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO...but if you just think about it, we donít even have to go to the notes for this if you think about it logically, we know of them providing certain items of power to certain individuals that they were able to match very nicely with certain requests very easily. If you run the statistics on that its either a huge coincidence or they have very many to choose from.

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  • 37

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2009

    Question

    Where did Cyndaneís new body come from?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Where have any of the new bodies come from? He then mentioned that it's not confirmed who Cyndane is, though he didn't refute me when we all said that it's pretty certain.

    I asked about her strength in the One PoweróBrandon says she's very, very weak. This surprised me since I didn't think she was that weak.

    Footnote

    She's not; Theorylanders hounded Brandon, and he cleared it up here. She's weaker than she was, but still stronger than Graendal.

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  • 38

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2010

    Ishara

    Did Mierin drill the Bore out of curiosity, or out of some malevolent desire?

    Maria Simons

    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 Simons

    I don't know.

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  • 39

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2010

    Ted Herman

    How in the world did Lanfear survive that gigantic explosion that was depicted in the ter'angreal?

    Terez

    [I don't remember what she said! WSB? I think Tam was talking to me about something, but I seem to remember that question getting fielded to the floor.]

    Ted Herman

    Maria didn't even say RAFO. That was put out for discussion, which I am fine with. Some thought she wasn't physically there, or used the shield weave that Rand used in The Path of Daggers.

    Matt Hatch

    Is Lanfear the only surviving person that is aware of how the Bore was created?

    Maria Simons

    I don't know. Mesaana or Demandred might know.

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  • 40

    Interview: Jun 10th, 2010

    Luckers

    Was Cyndane's new body originally Cabriana Mecandes?

    Maria Simons

    No. [alternately, I could RAFO this, although it seemed so far-fetched to me that it seems okay to answer it]

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  • 41

    Interview: Oct 9th, 2010

    Ted Herman

    Can a Dreamer access Tel'aran'rhiod if trapped by the 'Finns?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tough question LOL, MAFO.

    Maria Simons

    I donít know. I donít think so, but I canít back that up.

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  • 42

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    It is clear that Lanfear is aware of the search for the Black Ajah, as she shows up in the guise of Else and points the girls towards a previously unknown cache of items supposedly belonging to the Black sisters that went missing. Were those items placed there by Lanfear? If not, who placed those Black Ajah possessions there for the girls to discover?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Lanfear become aware of the girls' search for the Black Ajah through information provided to her by the Black Ajah (excluding Verin)?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin report every request made of her by the Amyrlin concerning the girlsí search to the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 43

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez (herid)

    When you said some Forsaken are Dreamers, you meant they have prophetic dreams, right? Or are they just Dreamwalkers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did mean Dreamers. People have been trying to pin me down on that one.

    Terez

    Yeah, everybody has been like convinced that you were just confused...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...that I was just confused. No. I meant Dreamers. I DID INDEED MEAN DREAMERS.

    Terez

    I know you did, but...just verifying.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. And Iím like 95% on that one. Weíll put an asterisk on it. I actually sent Maria deeper into the notes, but I know at least one is, and Iím pretty sure one of each gender is.

    Footnote

    The most likely candidates seem to be Moridin, Cyndane, and Moghedien, who are undeniably the most skilled at getting into people's dreams and using Tel'aran'rhiod. These talents seem to go together, and all three of them are still alive as of Towers of Midnight (out of five remaining Forsaken).

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  • 44

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2010

    Jonathan B

    I asked if he could confirm definitively that Cyndane is Lanfear and end of story since there were still some people saying maybe Cyndane isn't Lanfear.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said that anything regarding Lanfear is RAFO at this point because there is likely to be information about that in the next book and there are hints about what is going on with her in Towers of Midnight.

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  • 45

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    Terez ()

    Will we get more details on how/if Lanfear died in A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 46

    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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  • 47

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    What happened to Moiraineís original angreal? The one she had in the Two Rivers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, you mean the fat man with... no, wait that was Rand....

    LUCKERS

    Yeah, Moiraineís one was an ivory woman.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, yeah. You know, thatís a good question, because itís odd, the notes specifically said she got the angreal as one of her wishes...

    LUCKERS

    Ah, so itís definitely not the angreal Lanfear had? People have asked, I think because both were bracelets.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    No, itís definitely a different angreal. But yes, if she had another angreal, why would she ask for one?

    LUCKERS

    Maybe the Finns took her original one. I mean she was naked when they found her, so they took...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, maybe *looks dubious*.

    LUCKERS

    Or maybe itís still in Cairhien with the rest of her stuff.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, but it would still be odd, that sheíd ask, if she had another. Yeah, so, I donít know, sorry.

    Footnote

    There are not two bracelets; the description in The Fires of Heaven is the exact same description of that given in Towers of Midnight. In other words, Moiraine's new angreal is the same one she clawed away from Lanfear; her old one disappeared.

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  • 48

    Interview: Jan 12th, 2011

    Matt Hatch

    I know you won't answer me definitively on the Lanfear/Verin questions I have until after A Memory of Light. So how about this, did Lanfear know of Verin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Lanfear knew of Verin.

    Matt Hatch

    (One step closer...)

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  • 49

    Interview: Jan 12th, 2011

    Matt Hatch

    Is Lanfear a Dreamer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I lend a lot of credence to the theory that at least one of the Forsaken is or was a Dreamer.

    Matt Hatch

    I did my best to just get him to tell us straight up that one IS, actually that more than one is a Dreamer. But he persisted in using the above language.

    Footnote

    He did confirm that later.

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  • 50

    Interview: Nov 3rd, 2010

    Seafolk Sedai

    Before the Cincinnati signing, I asked Brandon if Lanfear wrote Mirrors of the Wheel.

    Brandon Sanderson

    His response was "RAFO" and then when I looked surprised that it was actually that important an answer he changed it to mean that he had to look it up. :D

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  • 51

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Matt Hatch (Reported later)

    Did Lanfear and Verin have any contact, and if not did Verin give Egwene the ter'angreal of her own free will?

    Robert Jordan

    Yeah she gave it with her own free will and choice. And no contact between Lanfear and Verin.

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  • 52

    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 22

    "Why are you helping me?" Perrin demanded.

    "I'm fond of you, Perrin." (p. 295)

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  • 53

    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Aegon

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    I feel like somebody asked who summoned Slayer to the Blight. I could be mixing memories with Freelancer's great post @7, but I have a strange feeling that someone asked, and presented a case that it was Lanfear for similar reasons as provided above, and was told by BS that they make a good case and can defend their reasoning with confidence. I honestly don't know if I'm conflating memories, so please take this with a grain of salt.

    Aegon

    Furthermore, the above question doesn't make sense given that the audience was instructed not to spoil A Memory of Light, and to save questions related to A Memory of Light for the personal signings, which I wasn't able to attend or eavesdrop.

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  • 54

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Freelancer

    Who summoned Slayer to the Town and met him there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, I'm not sure I should give an answer to this one. Who do you think it is, what are you basing it on?

    Freelancer

    I'm pretty sure it's Lanfear. Several things. She's wearing red and black, and she doesn't have a Cour'souvra around her neck. Her appearance is unknown to Slayer, and she's pretty, though she isn't comfortable with her own reflection. She expresses disgust at having to use him. This eliminates Moghedien and Graendal.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But she's ordering Slayer to kill Rand.

    Freelancer

    This will lead into the next question, but I don't think she believes that Slayer can succeed, she's using him as a distraction, and to give her options, because she's playing a deep game.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, here's your answer. Your case is very, very, very solid, and you can stand by it.

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  • 55

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Freelancer

    Also about Lanfear. When she pops up next to Perrin several times in Tel'aran'rhiod at the Black Tower, she would speak to him briefly, then glance at the sky and vanish. Was that part of her act, trying to convince Perrin that she was no longer serving the Shadow, or was she genuinely afraid of being caught by "him"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Here's the thing about Lanfear. Just about everything she does has an element, a veneer of truth to it, and that greatly exaggerated, but no more than that. And as you said, she's playing a different game than everyone else, and I mean everyone else. They're all playing chess, and she's playing backgammon. You cannot take her actions at face value.

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  • 56

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    Was it actually Egwene talking to Rand, after...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, I've left this one intentionally ambiguous.

    Terez

    I figured that's what you did.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That, and whether Lan actually died or not, are both ones that I'm not going to answer.

    Terez

    Yeah, and whether Perrin actually died or not, because he's in the dark prophecy too.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, but do remember that the dark prophecy people are misinterpreting that one a little bit, by intention.

    Terez

    Yeah... [Amusingly, Brandon is talking about the dark prophecy in Towers of Midnight, and I'm talking about the one in The Great Hunt.]

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, they're supposed to misinterpret it, but one of the lines doesn't refer to Perrin; it refers to Hopper, and then the next line...

    Terez

    Well, not her new lover!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, yeah...

    Terez

    That's not Hopper, is it? (laughter behind)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, no...

    Terez

    She's not into...okay. Good. (laughs)

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  • 57

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2013

    Question

    Regarding burning out, is it Healable?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not in the same way that stilling is Healed. All it says in the notes is what I just said. And that Nynaeve would not be able to Heal Setalle. Being reborn would heal burning out, but transmigration would not. That's why even though Lanfear shifted bodies, she was still reduced.

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  • 58

    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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  • 59

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Lanfear's dream palace, with all the white hangings...was that a dream place, or a real place?

    Maria Simons

    I don't remember that.

    Terez

    Yeah, I think we only see it when she opens a gateway. And we saw it that once when she cut off that dude's head with her gateway in Winter's Heart. (Actually, we didn't see it there; I remembered it wrong.)

    Maria Simons

    Oh, right. I don't know; I would have to look at that one, and I might figure it out.

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  • 60

    Interview: May 24th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    He stated straight out that Lanfear had additional plans in motion that can be figured out based on A Memory of Light that none of the fandom has found yet (or at least not posted). He was asked for specifics and gave a RAFO, then specified he meant that in terms of re-reading A Memory of Light.

    He confirmed that Lanfear's compulsion of Perrin was only in A Memory of Light and that she didn't like using it and so had not done so in their previous meeting back in the early books.

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  • 61

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    NutiketAiel

    Brandon Sanderson

    When asked about his favorite Forsaken, he said "My favorite Forsaken is probably Demandred." He went on to say that his second favorite was Lanfear, and that "I was happy to bring Lanfear back into the forefront of the series."

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