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  • 1

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2004

    Week 16 Question

    Can you give us any updates on the next book series you plan to write? (Besides what you have told us before.)

    Robert Jordan

    Sorry, that is very much a work in progress, with nothing at all on paper yet. As such, details change frequently. Also, the more I tell you of what doesn't change, the fewer surprises there will be when the books come out. You'll start reading and say, "I knew that. And I knew that. And I knew THAT! God, Jordan is getting predictable in his old age. I think I'll go read somebody else." And you'll probably be upset about what did change, too, for that matter. I know that when I expect a book or movie to be a certain way and it isn't, quite often the shifting of gears detracts from my enjoyment until it is complete.

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  • 2

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO sometimes means that he intends to reveal it later. Sometimes it means that an answer is not consequential, but its logical implications ARE consequential.

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  • 3

    Interview: Feb 1st, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    I must say that I'm not surprised that most of your predictions didn't come out. I try to avoid doing what people expect. And I avoid answering questions, at least about what is happening in the books. If I answer some, people can begin to figure out some important things that I mean to hide simply by which I answer and which I don't. Whether you decide to go with publishing or illustration for a career—or both—good luck. Again, thanks for your letter.

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  • 4

    Interview: Oct 17th, 1994

    Daniel Rouk

    Jordan answered any spoilers about the story pretty much as follows. First question where this occurred is below:

    What about Jain Farstrider? Will we see him again?

    Robert Jordan

    "If, by the end of the last page of the last book you haven't read any more about him, then I guess there was nothing more to say."

    He mentioned that he isn't going to offer any windows into the story other than the text. If it's not readily apparent, then he isn't going to illuminate it further. Thus no mind-shattering revelations about the plot here!

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  • 5

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1994

    Question

    When Morgase thought "two beautiful children", was she thinking of Gawyn and Elayne or Gawyn and Galad?

    Robert Jordan

    Read the book.

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  • 6

    Interview: Oct 26th, 1994

    Don Harlow

    I too am looking for a "The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills" bumper sticker. After hearing RJ's answers to various questions, I would also like one that reads "Be Patient. Read the Books."

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  • 7

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1994

    6. I'll give 10,000 Maniacs a try, if I can find a CD or tape in my copious free time, and also Ms. Merchant solo. As for Scott, I'll bet he doesn't!

    7. There are answers/replies or partial answers/replies to most of your questions in what is already published, through Lord of Chaos. For the rest.... You know the answer. All together, now...

    Yes, my wife was the one who had heart surgery. Not a heart attack, though. She is perfectly recovered.

    With best wishes,

    I remain,

    Sincerely,

    Robert Jordan

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  • 8

    Interview: Jun 16th, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    Some of the "Read-and-find-out-answers" are partly due to that there are things that might happen, not decided yet, in future books. He also saw it as a way to diminish the reader's reading experience due to narrowing his view of the future works. And he was vastly amused by our looney theories, especially the Bela Darkfriend one. Unfortunately, I missed telling him of the Demandred being Olver theory.

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  • 9

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    Ellisande

    Cuendillar grows stronger when the One Power is directed into it, but can the One Power be drawn out of it, causing it to break?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out! :) That's something I may or may not use in a future book, but it's information that I don't want you to have yet. And that's the reason why I say "Read and find out" when I say it. :)

    Footnote

    Later hints suggest that it is the True Power causing the seals to break.

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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    In your future WOT books will we start to see things from the Seanchan perspective?

    Robert Jordan

    It's quite possible, but the only real answer I can give is RAFO.

    Question

    To clarify...what is the RAFO reference to?

    Robert Jordan

    It's an acronym that some people who have been on the net have tossed at me in face to face meetings and I have tossed back at others and RAFO means READ AND FIND OUT.

    Footnote

    There were three Seanchan POVs in The Shadow Rising: Suroth, Egeanin, and Almurat Mor (the Seeker investigating Egeanin). Sometimes 'RAFO' means 'read the books that are already published'.

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  • 11

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    Does RAFO mean you don't know how it will turn out, or do you want to keep us in suspense?

    Robert Jordan

    I want to keep you in suspense. If I give away all of the secrets, sooner or later you guys are going to start saying "Well I know all of this stuff. He's really gotten boring!"

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  • 12

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Rachel K. Warren

    I also found it amusing that they gave out flyers describing RAFO. I still have it. :)

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  • 13

    Interview: Aug 27th, 1999

    Mark Erikson

    I also bounced the theory that was floating around here a while back that the Dark One is a creation of Ishamael/Moridin, like the Wizard of Oz, just to see what he thought. He then said:

    Robert Jordan

    'If I was asked that, I wouldn't even bother saying RAFO, I'd just say no.'

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  • 14

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    Someone asked if Moridin is Ba'alzamon. Jordan laughed and almost fell out of his chair. He then told her to RAFO, and not what was forthcoming, but what was already written. He seemed to really enjoy answering that question. I wonder if there are two types of RAFO answers.

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  • 15

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Arikus

    What is "RAFO"?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO equals read and find out.

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  • 16

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    OK, one more question, then we’d better get to the signing.

    Question

    [inaudible]

    Robert Jordan

    You’re just gonna have to RAFO. I mean, if I told you guys everything that was gonna happen, you’d just read and go, “Oh yeah, I knew that. Oh, I knew that too. Man, he’s really lost it, hasn’t he?”

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  • 17

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    Question

    Was Tam a war hero?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

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  • 18

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    At this point Robert Jordan went into Waldenbooks and was about to sit down, but came back out again and said, "A lot of people ask when will the next book be released. I promise on my mother's grave the next book will be on the shelves in stores." At this point some punk kid walking by screamed, "YEAH! I DON'T EVEN READ YOUR DAMN BOOKS! YEAH!" So I could not hear the conclusion to Jordan's statement. But one of the employees walked over from where Jordan was standing towards my end of the line, so I called her over and asked her what the last part was. She said he finished by saying "when I have finished writing it."

    Once again Jordan left to go sign books, but came back out soon after saying that it was okay to take pictures of him, to have your picture taken with him, but under one rule, men can't take their clothes off. After this he really did begin the signing.

    It took me about 30 minutes to get near to where Jordan was signing (the line moved really fast). I saw two people get their books signed before me. The first young man made a rude comment to Jordan as he walked off, saying, "See you in two years at the next book signing, if the book is out by then." But Jordan took it in stride and without comment turned his attention to the next person who asked him a question in a whisper, and he received a RAFO. The man seemed upset and asked, "What does that mean?" to which Jordan calmly answered, "It means I don't want to give away too much of the story." I handed my two books to his assistant, who got them ready to sign. I was a bit nervous, since the last two guys had been rather curt with Jordan, I wasn't sure if his mood would have soured. But he wasn't, in fact one of the things that impressed me the most, was that he was still in a jovial mood. I ended up asking two questions, but they are not story related, but his answers are interesting anyway.

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  • 19

    Interview: Mar, 2003

    Tom Schaad

    And, of course, you’re getting more and more coverage in the general media. USA Today had you in the newspaper today, the day of this interview, talking about the success of the books and the impact that they’ve had. And the websites that have been created that are interested in this in every aspect of the world you’ve created, everything from fan-art to chat forums to role-playing mailing lists to web-rings to resources that intensively analyze every aspect of every line of every book that you’ve written. It’s just remarkable the level of interest.

    Robert Jordan

    It certainly amazes me.

    Tom Schaad

    Does it ever get to the point where it gets a little intrusive in terms of the kinds of things they want to find out about the chapters in the story?

    Robert Jordan

    No. No. I don’t visit the websites, so that doesn’t bother me. And when people ask me questions, whether it’s for a website or not, I either give them an answer which I don’t mind them taking out, or if I don’t want to answer, I have a standard reply for that, one I got from the net: RAFO. R-A-F-O. Read and Find Out.

    Tom Schaad

    Exactly.

    Robert Jordan

    An acronym developed from a phrase that I used to use a great deal. Still do, sometimes.

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  • 20

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Matt Hatch

    Skipped [transcription of] question: Asked Harriet how often she was RAFO'd.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Never she says, but she says she doesn't want to get it from him, she wants to read it, and so he says he doesn't tell her, because it would affect what she does as an editor. Harriet says she knows the general gist of the final scene of the last book in the series.

    Robert Jordan

    Jordan jokes about RAFOing Harriet regarding the meal he wanted for dinner, RAFO.

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  • 21

    Interview: Oct 28th, 2005

    Jason Wolfbrother

    What is the second most powerful sa'angreal for men? Will it make an appearance?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

    I should clarify this. RJ said that many misinterpret RAFO. When he says RAFO, all he is saying is that the information might already be in the book and you need to read more carefully, or that it might be something he wants to use at a future point and doesn't want to give away at this point in time. It does not mean that it will show up later for certain. People are making assumptions and guesses and adding things to what RAFO actually means.

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  • 22

    Interview: Jan 20th, 2006

    Robert Jordan

    I haven't been giving RAFOs much of late, mainly because some of you put entirely too much weight on that answer. Sometimes I give it because I intend to or might use something involving the answer in a future book and I don't want to give it away ahead of time. Sometimes I say RAFO because the answer, while not particularly important in and of itself, will give clues toward something I want to remain hidden a while longer. Rather than start empty arguments, I'm going to be sparing with the RAFOs, at least here in the blog.

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  • 23

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is perhaps old hat by now, but Brandon has coined new term MAFO referring to Maria, one of the fact handlers behind Wheel of Time. She sometimes wears a RAFO hat and tips it for Brandon when he can't give someone an answer.

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  • 24

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    I’m going to ask you a lot of questions about the Dark One and the Creator...

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are going to get a lot of RAFOs on this, because Robert Jordan often stayed away from, and in the notes I get the sense, the direction to stay away from questions that couldn’t be answered from someone in the world. Does that make sense? When he would like to answer the question, somebody knew that, even if they were dead, somebody in world knew the answer. When you would ask him questions nobody knows the answers to except the Dark One or the Creator themselves, he did not answer very often and that is why you don’t know very much.

    MATT HATCH

    Ok, that is absolutely fair, so you probably will RAFO, I would say, 90% of these...

    MATT HATCH

    Did the Creator or does the Creator use the One Power to create?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    RAFO.

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  • 25

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Something I don't believe that Brandon has previously said as clearly as he did to us today, or else has not been reported. Harriet made it clear to him that Robert Jordan greatly enjoyed the discussions which came up out of the books, that it was one of his great joys to know how much thought was inspired by his work. Because of this, quite a number of the times when Brandon answers a question with RAFO, it might not turn out to be something that will be written into the story, but giving an answer which would end theorizing and discussion wasn't something he wanted to do (yet). He really does wish to answer questions which won't spoil the future text of the story, but he also wants to honor this thinking of Jordan's.

    So some questions will have a RAFO next to them, but with a + to indicate it might not really be a Read And Find Out situation.

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  • 26

    Interview: Apr 28th, 2010

    Richard Fife

    The back of the card reads: "Be Proud. You have earned an official R. A. F. O. (Read And Find Out) card! You received this for asking the right question at the wrong time. It might mean the answer spoils too much; it might mean that the answer would make people focus on the wrong things; or it might just be intended to keep you guessing. Regardless, it has been a pleasure to not answer you."

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  • 27

    Interview: Apr 28th, 2010

    Maria Simons

    The Towers of Midnight panel should have been subtitled "Maria says nothing." She actually went in with a thick stack of RAFO cards and handed them out liberally. Jakob Ro was again moderating, though, and discussion amongst the audience was fine indeed.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Also, Brandon poked his head and smiled as we talked. Finally we all turned to him, and he said that all he could say is that any characters you didn't see much of in The Gathering Storm get more face time in Towers of Midnight. He then disappeared.

    Richard Fife

    What was somewhat sad, though, was that in the panel, almost no one really cared to talk about Perrin, and the few that did only got to in moments aside from the main discussion. People were far more interested in Mat and the Tower of Ghenjei, Lan and Malkier, The Black Tower (which someone claimed Brandon had mentioned at a signing that he didn’t know if it would make it into the book), and pretty well anyone but Perrin. As I said: poor Perrin.

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  • 28

    Interview: Apr 16th, 2011

    Richard Fife

    Getting a little bit more back to the preparation thing, how are you handling the stress of you are now finishing the Wheel, it's not even another installment, this is Tarmon Gai'don. Is this any additional stress you're feeling, trying to deal with?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Robert Jordan wrote the ending, so that removes the greater bulk, I think, of that. There's stress to working on all of these, but I wouldn't say that this one has more stress than the others because my job has always been to get you to his ending without screwing it up. That's my job.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    And you're doing it. Beautifully.

    Brandon Sanderson

    But, you know, in my mind these basically still are really one book, still. And when I write a book, I divide it up into sections in my head, anyway. Right now, I'm not even writing that. Right now I'm writing the prologue. And that section will get done, and I'll write the next section, and the next section. And then I'll get to the section that Robert Jordan did himself, and I can put that in, and that's the ending. If I didn't have that, this would be twenty times more stressful. I don't know if it would be possible as a project if we didn't have that.

    Richard Fife

    That's good to hear. Alan, Maria, do you have anything, stress levels or anything that you're noticing, unique to dealing with the end right now?

    Maria Simons

    Well, after all the typos and stuff in Towers, I'm really feeling compelled to do my darndest to have the next one be lots cleaner.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Though we will say, we can mention that there were a large number of beta readers from the Wheel of Time community, that we can now make share our blame, because they missed them all, too.

    Maria Simons

    Oh, and I found one that—we had it absolutely perfect going in to Tor, but somehow a word just vanished into the ether.

    Audience

    Retire the RAFO cap.

    Maria Simons

    It will be retired, but not yet.

    Terez

    You'll still have to think, those things that aren't supposed to be revealed that you know.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, there'll be the things that aren't supposed to be revealed. And those will have to be kept close to your heart.

    Maria Simons

    That's not a problem. No, I can't RAFO, but it'll be okay—just, 'no comment'. I've been practicing that one.

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  • 29

    Interview: Aug 29th, 2011

    Literatopia

    Is there a particular interview question you've been waiting for all these years and no one's ever asked it? If so which one is it? What would be your answer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not that I can really think of. The ones I always anticipate are the ones that I can't really answer, so in some ways I'm glad that people don't ask me them, because I always hate RAFOing people—RAFO is something Robert Jordan always used to say, standing for Read and Find Out. I do usually anticipate questions about Adonalsium and the Cosmere, which goes into the connected nature of the books that I've been writing, but I won't say that I'm eager to have people ask those questions, because I can't really answer any of those.

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  • 30

    Interview: Jul 11th, 2010

    Dylan

    Are there any male characters who don't know they can channel, but will learn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wonderfully specific question that is EXACTLY the type of thing RJ would RAFO. I will say this. We are not going to be introducing new plot lines in the upcoming books. Robert Jordan was specific. These books are culminations, not thread-starters. So basically, they will be focused on plots you already know about. Mostly. (Not much help there, am I? Sorry.)

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  • 31

    Interview: Apr 10th, 2001

    Kurafire

    You very often answer questions with "Read and find out"—

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, yes, and I will say that the answer to the coming question is Read And Find Out. I like that answer. My wife once asked me what I wanted for dinner, and I told her 'Read And Find Out'. Three days before I had the nerve to go home.

    Kurafire

    Well the question was: but will you really write down concrete evidence to all the mysteries from your books, or will you just add a last bunch of hints in the next few books and 'call it a day'?

    Robert Jordan

    Read And Find Out.

    Some things will be concrete evidence, some things will be hints and clues. I do not want to tell you what’s coming. If I would tell you everything what's coming, you'll start saying: "Oh gee, I knew that. I knew that. Yeah he's getting awfully boring. I'm gonna go and read Terry Goodkind..."

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  • 32

    Interview: 2001

    Rochelle O'Gorman

    Is the Moiraine character going to come back?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Rochelle O'Gorman

    Okay, fine, be that way.

    Robert Jordan

    No, that's all right. It's one of the most frequently asked questions. RAFO (read and find out) is also the one of my most frequently given answer to things. Once Harriet asked me what I wanted for dinner and I told her to read and find out.

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  • 33

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Mark

    Okay. So, I got a question that actually goes all the way back to the very beginning of the series.

    Maria Simons

    Mkay.

    MARK

    Will we ever find out whose voice it was at the end of The Eye of the World?

    MARIA SIMONS

    [pause] [in a sing-song voice] RAFO! (ray-foe)

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yeah, that's a RAFO. (raffo)

    MARIA SIMONS

    Score!

    MARK

    I figured, but I had to ask.

    MARIA SIMONS

    I wondered how long it would take.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Maria and I have spent some time trying to figure out different ways to say 'read and find out', so we're going to be trying out some of them today, and we'll see how it goes.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, great.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Oh, this will be fun. Let me see if I can get you another trial run here. Um...Asmodean? [laughter]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Who's he?

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah. Who's that guy?

    VIRGINIA

    He's toast, that's who he is.

    SPENCER POWELL

    No, Sammael's toast.

    ANDREW GELOS

    Yeah, I was going to say.

    VIRGINIA

    Well, I think he is too.

    MARIA SIMONS

    Um, if anybody sees the back of my car, they will see that I killed Asmodean. That's all I'm gonna say. [laughter]

    MARK

    I thought it was Bela!

    JENNIFER LIANG

    I do like the 'Bela killed him' theory. That one is just insane enough to be true.

    MARIA SIMONS

    I like that Bela is the Neigh'blis. [laughter]

    VIRGINIA

    Yeah.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Terrible puns are always a good thing.

    VIRGINIA

    I love it.

    MARIA SIMONS

    And the master of the terrible pun is on this call.

    VIRGINIA

    Ahh.

    MARIA SIMONS

    In Jim's office.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Ahhhh.

    VIRGINIA

    Well feel free. [laugher]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    I am, I am.

    VIRGINIA

    Pun away. Well, we've got two...you pronounce it 'raffo', right? Not 'rayfo'?

    MARIA SIMONS

    I say 'rayfo'. I don't know that there's a real pronunciation for that one.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    She says 'raffo', I say 'rayfo', so let's call the whole thing off.

    VIRGINIA

    Yeah, well we got two right off the bat. I don't know what else we're going to....well, probably everything.

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  • 34

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Virginia

    So I guess the next question I want to ask is "Okay, how about those quadruplets?"

    Maria Simons

    How 'bout those Yankees? [laughter]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Alright, well there are...I believe there are four. Is that right, Maria?

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah, four. Uh-huh.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Four. Alright, so what else do you want to know?

    VIRGINIA

    Wow. When are we going to find out about the quadruplets? I mean, we presume that they're working on the generation of them at some point here, but they're running out of time before the Last Battle. I mean, are these going to be born post-Tarmon Gai'don, or pre-Tarmon Gai'don, or are we just going to have to read and find out?

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Interesting question.

    VIRGINIA

    They are running out of time.

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah.

    SPENCER POWELL

    And Aviendha's somewhere in the Waste, or on her way to the Waste.

    VIRGINIA

    Well now she is, but she was with Rand for quite a while, so...

    MARIA SIMONS

    [something about Min]

    ANDREW GELOS

    Yeah, but she didn't have her honor, remember?

    VIRGINIA

    I know, but that doesn't mean that she couldn't have hooked up, uh...you know, I don't know.

    MARIA SIMONS

    No, Aviendha [something]

    VIRGINIA

    [interrupts] That's what I'm wondering; that's what I'm wondering. Have they even started yet? If they're not started yet, I don't see how they could be born before Tarmon Gai'don, unless that's the odd thing, that she does a Star Trek sort of plot and has, you know, fully-grown...

    JENNIFER LIANG

    [something about MTV?]

    MARIA SIMONS

    I'm just gonna say, read and find out.

    VIRGINIA

    *sigh* Well you know we will.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Well, then.

    VIRGINIA

    When you tell somebody that, does anyone ever just go, "Well that's it; I'm done. I've had it! Never reading the Wheel of Time again!" No, no…they all come back and read.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Yup, yup.

    MARK

    I tried that once. I put the book down for a sum total of about two days, and I'm like, "To hell with it; I gotta keep going!"

    JENNIFER LIANG

    It is a very oddly addicting series.

    MARK

    Yeah.

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  • 35

    Interview: Oct, 2008

    Xandeis (18 October 2008)

    What is RAFO?

    Brandon Sanderson (20 October 2008)

    "Read and Find Out." It was one of Robert Jordan's favorite phrases, and I have inherited it. (Symbolically, actually, through his bookmark, which was given to me by his wife. It's a little string one with weights on the end which spell out RAFO.) When I say it, I don't mean it rudely at all—it is intended to mean "I'd rather not say, as this will spoil future books." It doesn't indicate how I'll answer the question, or even if I will answer it. It simply means that if I were to do so now (even to say "I'm not going to include this") I feel it would spoil the enjoyment of future books.

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  • 36

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    PRK (12 April 2012)

    My official, signed RAFO card. #WoT #Swancon

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  • 37

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    Stefan

    Hey! [laughter]

    Harriet McDougal

    Hey!

    Stefan

    I'm Stefan from American Fork, locally, and I had a really good question, but I looked it up on the internet before I came, and it was answered both on Dragonmount and Theoryland. [laughter] And so I had to come up with something else.

    So, we have seen the hierarchies explained in a lot of the different orders in Randland, like—you know, the Wise Ones, it's kind of force of will, right? Like, Aes Sedai, they kinda defer based on the strength of Power, that kind of thing. Have we seen that in the Black Tower, and is that what's going on with how the men treat Androl?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Black Tower is still unformed. They've begun...you've gotta remember—like you mentioned the Wise Ones; you mentioned the White Tower—these are institutions that have been going for a long, long time, and they've had plenty of time to build their hierarchies organically. The Black Tower has not had that chance yet, and I think that if you were to watch the Black Tower for the next thousand years, assuming it survives—assuming it survives even this book [laughter]—you would see them come up with their own method of stratification, and it might be similar to one of the others; it might be different, and you'll just have to read and figure out on your own what you think would happen.

    Stefan

    Read And Figure Out.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Read And Figure Out. [laughter] Because you're trying to compare, in a lot of ways, apples and oranges, because something that's had a thousand years to grow is going to be—you know, it's going to have some of that rigidity that something brand-new doesn't have.

    Stefan

    Okay, thank you.

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  • 38

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Indigo Kae (23 January 2013)

    Is the woman who told Rand at the end that he was right to bring Moridin, Nakomi?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    I have been advised to RAFO questions regarding most everything from there on.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's funny to say RAFO when there is no more to read, but what that term means is "This is supposed to be ambiguous."

    David Catherine

    With all of the homages to global myths/legends, is Nakomi the Wandering Jew/Jenn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a very clever question that nobody has yet asked me. I'm not going to say more, however.

    Ryan Lee

    I gotta ask, is Nakomi / the Woman at the End a Shard of Adonalsium? Perhaps Balance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. There is not crossover between my shared world and the Wheel of Time. (Sorry.)

    kcf

    Who helped Rand out of the Shayol Ghul after the fight with the Dark One and told him he knew what he needed to do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hi, Neth. This is one I'm not answering, but if you track me down in person, you might be able to beat it out of me.

    Terez

    Is Nakomi the avatar of the Creator?

    Werthead

    SIFADFOE (Scream In Frustration And Don't Find Out, Ever) :-)

    Terez

    Yay, that means I can officially not give a shit about Nakomi. :)

    Brandon Sanderson

    You are allowed that right officially. She's becoming the Asmodean kill of this sequence of books.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I, of course, should have realized she'd become so big a thing as she did—but that wasn't the intention.

    Melissa Houghton

    I want to know what the heck was with Nakomi—who/what she is. Also was that her at the end of A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Just answered this. Have a look below. (Sorry. It's a RAFO, I'm afraid.)

    Peter Wikberg

    Who/What is Nakomi?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a good question, but not one I'm planning to answer any time soon. (sorry.)

    Arran Cook

    Who was Nakomi? How did the body swap happen? How did Rand light the pipe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You've asked all three of the big questions I'm not allowed or unable to answer, I'm afraid.

    Lachie Stoller

    Who was the old Aiel lady at the end of Rand's battle?

    James Starke

    Is Nakomi the person that Rand encountered at the mouth of Shayol Ghul? And is she the embodiment of The Creator?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is one that I'm not answering, I'm afraid. RJ wanted some things about the ending to remain ambiguous.

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    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Kamarile Sedai (23 January 2013)

    Are Mat and Perrin still ta'veren after the Last Battle?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    That is an excellent question...that I'm not allowed to answer. (Sorry.) I feel bad. I'm giving you lots of RAFOs.

    Andy Nogar

    Is Rand still ta'veren? If not, how did he warp reality and light his pipe at the end?

    Brandon Sanderson

    These are questions that I'm not answering, I'm afraid. RJ wanted some things about the ending to remain ambiguous.

    Mike W

    How can you still be RAFO'ing stuff? What is left to read?

    Brandon Sanderson

    To RJ, RAFO sometimes meant "Read, think about it, and decide." It didn't always mean "I'll give an answer."

    Peter Binkowski

    Is 'RAFO' basically to mean we're never going to find some things out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's a "Talk it over, see if you can figure it out" aspect to it as well.

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  • 40

    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    I actually should probably do a few frequently asked questions as well. For those wondering, there is an encyclopedia in the works. (applause) This was something that Harriet's been working on for years, and (to Harriet) I'll just let you mention about it, if you would.

    Harriet McDougal

    I started keeping a list of proper nouns with The Eye of the World. I didn't know what I was up against. (laughter) Because I began, just keeping the list, without any chapter references, with The Great Hunt I began adding chapter references, and every book since then has been combed through. The last book, we had an intern, and we said, "Yeah!" (laughter) "You can code the names, and please put in when they die, what chapter, if anybody dies."

    So anyway, this thing has been in progress from the beginning, and it will take us a year to figure out exactly how to organize it, what to leave out, what to add in. As Brandon has said, there are 32? 38,000 pages of notes. The entire series is ten thousand pages, so there's a lot of stuff in the notes. Brandon tried to put it all into one document, and when it got to that far, his computer stopped counting, and then it crashed. (laughter) So there's a lot of material.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it wasn't even funny. My poor little laptop's like, "What have you done to me?" (laughter) I thought, you know, because Harriet's often said, "Oh there's more notes than there are words in the entire series combined," and so I thought, "Oh, I'll find out exactly how many there are." No, I didn't find out how many there are; I just crashed my computer. But yeah, she has said that some of the things from the notes will end up in the encyclopedia, some tidbits and things that you don't already know, so that means I can still RAFO questions when you ask me. (laughter)

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  • 41

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Satsuoni

    How much power does a Breath and a freshly charged Hemalurgic spike have relative to each other?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is a RAFO. I don't want to be pinned down on this one quite yet

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  • 42

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Joe ST

    Are we going to be seeing Eastern Slang/High Imperial throughout the whole of the mistborn sequence? How about on any of the other shardworlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. (But you will see it again.)

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  • 43

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Nemuri

    Can Knights Radiant of one Order see the spren of someone from another Order?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 44

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Kurkistan

    Is Wax's hemalurgic earring in Alloy of Law giving him slight Allomantic Pewter, enabling Harmony to fuel Pewter Allomancy directly in the final fight sequence?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 45

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Voidus

    What would happen if you allomantically burned an awakened piece of metal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 46

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    FireArcadia

    When Dalinar and Honour are having a "chat" at the end, Honour says "I don't know who you are, or how you found your way here." Does Dalinar visit the Spiritual realm in his dreams then?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. (Sorry.)

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  • 47

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    ReaderAt2046

    What would happen if Nightblood and a Shardblade hit each other?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

    Footnote

    Brandon has stated that Nightblood is, "orders of magnitude," more powerful than a Shardblade.

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  • 48

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Millennium

    Does the Shard Odium seek to separate things, much like the Shard Honor seeks to bind things together?

    Brandon Sanderson

    An interesting theory.

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  • 49

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    rags

    If I used a hemalurgic spike charged with allomantic powers on a person on say Nalthis, will the focus of allomancy change because the power is being used on another planet?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 50

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    mycoltbug

    Would a breath imbued object stop a shard blade?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 51

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    mycoltbug

    Hoids base magic system Lightweaving?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 52

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Yados

    Could a Shardblade sever a Nathel Bond? Could it slice a Spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 53

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Yados

    Could a Shardbearer materialize his or her Shardblade inside another person? What about something inanimate like stone?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 54

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Yados

    Are the Heralds native to Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO (Man, you're good at asking those, aren't you?)

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  • 55

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Zenith

    Is Szeth bound to his Oathstone by anything but honor (not the shard. No loopholes here )?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 56

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Zenith

    In one of the death sentence things it says something like three of sixteen ruled, but now the broken one reigns. Is this referring to the Shards on Roshar and if so, is the broken one Odium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 57

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Zenith

    Are Dawnshards the same thing as Honorblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 58

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    E. Hyde

    Is Honor the only one who created people on Roshar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 59

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    E. Hyde

    Shinovar seems more earthlike than the rest of Roshar; does this occur naturally or was it somehow changed to be that way?

    Brandon Sanderosn

    RAFO

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  • 60

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    ROSHtafARian

    In the Mistborn trilogy, the base 16 Allomantic metals separate into different groups like the Enhancement metals, etc. Given that there are 16 Shards, do they also separate into different groupings as well? For instance, are Shards like Honor and Devotion part of one 'grouping', with Shards like Cultivation and Endowment part of another?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good question.

    ...

    RAFO

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  • 61

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    ROSHtafARian

    We're aware by now of eight of the sixteen Shards (Devotion, Dominion, Ruin, Preservation, Endowment, Honor, Odium and Cultivation) and seven of the ten core Shardworlds (the Dragonsteel world, Roshar, Scadrial, Nalthis, Sel, the White Sand world and The Silence Divine world). Given that you now how we love to obsessively speculate based on only the tiniest of information, and also given that it seems an endless source of amusement to you that we do, would you perhaps like to tease us with a smidgen of information about one of the remaining eight Shards or the three remaining Shardworlds?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha. If I give you this, what will you speculate on in the future? I hate to do this, but I'm going to RAFO that one for now. Sorry.

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  • 62

    Interview: Sep, 2012

    Arcanist

    8. A bit RAFO but: Is Szeth bounded to the Oathstone (master) with magic/force or just with his honour? As I can remember, in the end of WoK he nearly killed Taravangian.

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. :)

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  • 63

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    Meteorites are mentioned as "souls of dead gods". Do they have any relation to the Splinters of Devotion and Dominion and their physical aspects (like lerasium)?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    "Literally no". When asked if there is a connection to the splinters at all, I got another RAFO.

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  • 64

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    Is Demoux Atium compounding to achieve his long life?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    RAFO

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  • 65

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    Can you give us an idea when the Prelude to Stormlight Archive is with respect to Elantris?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    RAFO

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  • 66

    Interview: Oct 30th, 2012

    Lance Alvein

    How about the general number of years Warbreaker is from HoA and AoL/WoK?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    RAFO - the reason that timeline questions are being RAFOed right now is because the final times are still not 100% solid, and Brandon said that he doesn't want to give us a time and then have it change around again (like what happened to AoL being moved to the same time as WoK instead of being a bit earlier), so he won't answer any timeline questions until after he has the final timeline correct in his own system.

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  • 67

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2012

    Question

    Were there highstorms on Roshar before Adonalsium Shattered?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Were there highstorms on Roshar before Adonalsium Shattered? I'm gonna RAFO that. I'm not gonna answer you, because I'm mean. Maybe someday you shall have your answer to this important answer.

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  • 68

    Interview: Jun 20th, 2009

    WoT Questions:

    ANDREW THE GREAT

    Who Killed Asmodean? (The single most repeated question. I heard it like 30 times just while standing in line.)

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO

    Footnote

    It has since been revealed that Graendal killed Asmodean.

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  • 69

    Interview: Jun 20th, 2009

    Andrew the Great

    Will we find out who killed Asmodean in The Gathering Storm?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    RAFO

    Footnote

    Asmodean's killer was revealed in the Towers of Midnight glossary

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  • 70

    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    Approximately how old are the scabbard and hilt of Rand’s new sword?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO

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  • 71

    Interview: Mar 17th, 2012

    Question

    A question related to that. There’s an idea going around that all the spren that can Nahel Bond, all Knight Radiant spren are called honorspren, and then Nohadon talks specifically about honorspren. Is that the case? You know, is it just the Windrunner spren, or is it all the spren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m going to deal with this in the next book. So I’ll just go ahead and let it be a literal RAFO. It is coming.

    (interruption, leading Brandon to lose his train of thought)

    So what we are dealing with here is that all Spren are indeed all pieces of the one who has gone, so those spren are all- except the Windrunner spren, the spren like Syl, have certain umm.

    ZAS

    Nohadon mentioned that "All the spren aren’t as discerning as honorspren."

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    So there has been dissension among them about who gets to call themselves honorspren, if that makes sense, and there is some disagreement among scholars about which ones are really, you know "This is what defines an honorspren".

    But the spren you are running into are all (something) of either Honor or Cultivation, or some mixture between them. And you can usually tell the ones that are more Honor, and the ones that are more Cultivation. That should be able to be (something).

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  • 72

    Interview: Mar 17th, 2012

    Zas

    Here’s an interesting one. Why do some Breaths flare when people die? Vasher mentions it in the book.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will answer that in the next book, if I ever get to it.

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  • 73

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    QUESTION

    A while back someone asked if Hoid's sword is Nightblood, you said that was interesting. Is it similarly Invested?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I'm going to RAFO that. It is a very interesting question.

    Footnote

    Hoid's sword has been proven to not be Nightblood. Nightblood is now in Szeth's possession.

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  • 74

    Interview: Mar 4th, 2014

    QUESTION

    Any chance of a Shardspear?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Shardspear? YOU are going to get RAFO'd.

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