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  • 1

    Interview: 2010

    Austin Moore (16 August 2010)

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

    Brandon Sanderson (17 August 2010)

    Nastier? Fain. But I think Slayer is cooler.

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  • 2

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Jonathan Ruholl (17 January 2011)

    Some friends and I are making a tournament bracket for monsters (194 total). We have three Darkhounds vs a Myrddraal. Thoughts?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 January 2011)

    New or old Darkhounds?

    FELIX PAX

    Huh? Is there a meaningful difference between new or old Darkhounds?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    :)

    FELIX PAX

    So readers should expect new nasty winks from the Shadow, aye? It's as if Osan'gar is alive again making creatures.

    FELIX PAX

    At least during the Age of Legends, Aginor (later named Osan'gar) did create new devilish creatures.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, and they no longer have Aginor. But I wouldn't say that means there won't be anything new.

    Footnote

    Brandon is probably hinting with that last that Aginor had nothing to do with the new breed of Darkhounds. The new ones can do the Terminator II thing and reform after being chopped to pieces, and the prevailing theory suggests that this is because Slayer has been creating them in Tel'aran'rhiod, so they have some inherent properties of the Dream World. They probably cannot be killed by anything short of balefire. The old Darkhounds are nearly as tough—Moiraine used balefire to kill the ones that chased them in The Dragon Reborn—but Perrin managed to kill one after shooting it a few times.

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  • 3

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brandon Sanderson (28 February 2011)

    You know, I remember thinking Nynaeve was jumping at nothing when suspecting a certain Aes Sedai following the Gray Man attack.

    SLEEPINGHOUR

    Any clue you can give us on who sent the Gray Man to kill Egwene and Nynaeve in The Dragon Reborn? I've always wondered about that.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I'll get you an answer to that someday.

    MIGNON FOGARTY (1 MARCH)

    I'm finding Nynaeve less annoying as her character develops.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    She's always been my favorite of the Elayne-Egwene-Nynaeve group.

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  • 4

    Interview: Aug 23rd, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Slayer: Can't channel (blew my looney Moridin theory away). He has certain "gifts" granted to him by the Dark One, but can't channel either the One Power or the True Power. Cross Slayer off the list of possible Moridin candidates. (Damn, there goes my section of the FAQ :-( )

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  • 5

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1997

    Kjell from Sweden

    In The Shadow Rising, Perrin was chasing Slayer in Tel'aran'rhiod. Slayer vanished at the Tower of Ghenjei. Did he enter it or did he just step out of the Dreamworld?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Footnote

    RJ told Erica Sadun in 1996 that Finnland can't be entered in Tel'aran'rhiod.

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  • 6

    Interview: Nov 1st, 1998

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    TMFG

    You once said that all the info needed for solving Asmodean was there by the end of The Fires of Heaven. Does this eliminate a gholam from being a suspect? It's generally believed that a gholam was responsible for the murder of Lord Barthanes in The Great Hunt and the two Black sisters in The Shadow Rising, but I don't think it mentions a name.

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out. Read And Find Out.

    Footnote

    Joiya and Amico were killed by Slayer—he thinks of it in his POV in Winter's Heart Chapter 22, 'Out of Thin Air'. (This is one of those instances where RJ slipped in some info because people had come to an entirely incorrect conclusion.)

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  • 7

    Interview: Nov 15th, 1998

    Michael Martin

    I asked if we would see Isam/Luc again.

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 8

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    Someone came through and said "I think Isam killed Asmodean." He just replied, "You do." With a very slight grin on his face.

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  • 9

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    I also asked him if Asmodean and Slayer had met each other before he was killed, and he said they hadn't met. But Slayer knows of all the Forsaken and they know he exist!

    RJ also said (for fun) he suspected Nynaeve to have killed Asmodean and that Moridin is hiding as Nynaeve:) (Poor Lan)

    Nynaeve also had a good childhood, but she already tried to bully people:)

    He has told a lot more, but I will hopefully get later a full report of someone else who had taped every conversation.

    bye Isabel

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  • 10

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    TheKro

    Question: Who are the two people Slayer kills in Winter's Heart?

    Robert Jordan

    The two people Slayer kills are simply a couple who had the misfortune to rent a room that somebody thought was still occupied by Rand and Min.

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  • 11

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Isabel

    Did Slayer meet Asmodean before he was killed?

    Robert Jordan

    No...um, no. Not in the books.

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  • 12

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    KuraFire

    Just one other question. Does Slayer know every Forsaken?

    Robert Jordan

    Yeah, he does.

    Question

    Have all the Forsaken heard of Slayer?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, they've heard of him. Slayer is not old in the way they are. Slayer does not come the Age of Legends, Slayer is something much newer. Slayer is also known by all Forsaken.

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  • 13

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2004

    Long Island, NY

    Is Slayer a corrupted Wolfbrother?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 14

    Interview: Apr 27th, 2004

    Wotmania Interview (Verbatim)

    Wotmania

    Can Slayer somehow find his victims?

    Robert Jordan

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

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  • 15

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Frenzy

    How can Slayer know that Rand is his nephew?

    Robert Jordan

    The Shadow knows a lot about Rand. They know a lot about Perrin and Mat, too. Once they began to identify possibilities, they went hyper trying to get information because anything might be part of the key to controlling him.

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  • 16

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Question

    Why was the infant Isam spared death at the hand of the Trollocs?

    Robert Jordan

    Possible political use later. You've got somebody who is related to the royal family of Malkier and you can raise him exactly the way you want, you can instill whatever belief system you want. He's a blank slate and he might be a very powerful tool.

    Question

    Was Isam raised by the Shadow directly, by his mother, or by someone else?

    Robert Jordan

    By someone else. Read and find out.

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  • 17

    Interview: Oct 4th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Niall Reborn, I don't think that lurking will make me lose detachment or distance. But then, I don't really do it very often.

    Oh, yes. Slayer just chooses who he will be when he steps into or out of Tel'aran'rhiod. The stepping in and out is part of the mechanism for his change. He couldn't do it in the middle of a street, say, not without the stepping in or out. Which might be a little noticeable, since he would vanish from sight for a perceptible time.

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  • 18

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For JustAnotherGreensWarder, Slayer's choices are limited to Isam and Luc.

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  • 19

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    What is there to Lan's brother Isam, in the Waste? Is he a Darkfriend, or more?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Footnote

    Isam is Lan's cousin, and he has no connection to the Waste that we know of. He was merged with Luc to form Slayer, though, and in that form he killed Rand's father Janduin (but in the Blight rather than in the Waste).

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  • 20

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Question

    Slayer, is he going to be in the thirteen or fourteenth book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has a role to play in both, you will see him in both, probably. Unless you know he dies in the thirteenth, because he very well might. So, he has a role to play, yet.

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  • 21

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Question

    When Perrin is chasing Slayer in Tel'aran'rhiod, does Slayer actually disappear into the Tower of Ghenjei or does he disappear from the Dream?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That’s actually something I wondered and I asked and that’s a RAFO. Both Slayer and the Tower of Ghenjei are things that are reserved for Towers of Midnight.

    Footnote

    RJ said that you cannot enter the Tower of Ghenjei in Tel'aran'rhiod at all. Most fans conclude that Slayer must have stepped out.

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon refuses to confirm or deny that the One Power was used to kill Asmodean. He also mentions a Slayer scene deleted from The Shadow Rising which would have shown more about Slayer's powers.

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  • 23

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    Slayer made a gateway in Far Madding when he tried to kill Rand and Min. Does this mean he uses the True Power to make his gateways?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Slayer does not channel. His powers come from somewhere other than the Source. Slayer is not affected by the Guardian in much the same way that Perrin wouldn't be.

    Footnote

    Slayer didn't make a gateway; he just 'stepped out' of Tel'aran'rhiod. The person who gave his orders did make a gateway, to Tel'aran'rhiod.

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  • 24

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2010

    Question

    I've been kind of interpreting the Luc/Isam/Slayer as basically the dark side equivalent of a Wolfbrother. Is that totally off base?

    Terez

    (since Brandon looked hesitant) Robert Jordan said no.

    Question

    It's totally off base?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. He is unique. How about that?

    Audience

    Okay.

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  • 25

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    Can Slayer dreamwalk in Tel'aran'rhiod or only go there in the flesh?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Slayer cannot dreamwalk (100% sure).

    Matt Hatch

    Did Slayer's employer in Winters' Heart use the True Power to weave a gateway?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO—I need to look it up, but you can tell True Power gateways if you know what to look for, wouldn't you agree Matt?

    Matt Hatch

    Yes.

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  • 26

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

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

    Brandon Sanderson

    We already know, don't we?

    Matt Hatch

    Honest, can't remember.

    Brandon Sanderson

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

    Footnote

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

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  • 27

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Verin ends up in the Two Rivers. Who sent Verin to the Two Rivers?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin's trip to the Two Rivers have anything to do with Verin's plans to betray the Dark One?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin ask Alanna to accompany her to the Two Rivers? If not, why did Alanna accompany her?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Has Alanna been keeping an eye on Verin? After all, twice she went to the kitchens after Verin did, plus she went to the Two Rivers with her, and both went to Fal Dara.

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    If it was Verin's choice to bring Alanna, was Alanna's emotional state a factor in that choice?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin ever use compulsion on Alanna?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin ever suspect Alanna of being Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Alanna's bonding of Rand something she was encouraged to do by Verin?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Alanna's bonding of Rand something the Black Ajah, Forsaken or Dark One told her to do?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin have any idea the Shadow was going to attack the Two Rivers?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin know who Luc was?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin know of Slayer's unique nature?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Have Verin and Slayer ever met, even unknowingly?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 28

    Interview: Jul 16th, 2011

    Brandon Sanderson

    He confirmed the mythology connection to Perrin being wounded in the leg in the fight with Slayer in Towers of Midnight that was suggested by Hael Me in this thread.

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  • 29

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    H (Workings of the Wheel)

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

    Robert Jordan

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

    H

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

    ROBERT JORDAN

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

    H

    YAAAAAAAAAAAARG! DAMN YOU! (ok, not really)

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  • 30

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (The Forsaken)

    Well, It was the second time this week I got to get my book signed and talk to the great RJ. The first time was in Leiden and I didn't prepare anything so I asked something lame about what he thought of the cover art. This time I forgot to think it over again so at the last minute I had to come up with something. It turned out quite funny:

    Me: "Did Slayer take Asmodean to Tel'aran'rhiod before, or after he killed him?"

    Robert Jordan

    He and some other people started laughing, he thought a little and answered with a smile:

    "What makes you think Asmodean is dead?"

    I laughed and he continued:

    "Yeah, you screw with my head, I screw with yours..." (that's actually what he said.)

    Reporter

    So Incidentally I made Jordan laugh and swear, but not answer the question.

    But hey, I didn't get a RAFO.

    Footnote

    April 2001.

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  • 31

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Br00se

    The next lady that came through said, "I think Isam killed Asmodean."

    Robert Jordan

    He smiled as he signed her book and said, "You do?" And he left it at that.

    BR00SE

    For some reason I got the idea he was thinking, "Of course he did." But that was just my mind reading powers at work.

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  • 32

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

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

    Brandon Sanderson

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

    LUCKERS

    Can you tell me the actual cause for the difference?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Haha, no. RAFO.

    LUCKERS

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

    BRANDON SANDERSON

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

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  • 33

    Interview: Sep 22nd, 2012

    Loialson

    In the prologue, Isam is hired by a female that is not known. Is that Lanfear/Cyndane?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, I'm TOTALLY gonna RAFO that. Come ON! Come on. You KNEW I was gonna RAFO that. That's very important to the book.

    Loialson

    Okay, related: Moridin says 'the one who is punished the most'. Obviously that's gotta be Cyndane, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, yes. That is Cyndane.

    Loialson

    So, is it possible that what happened in the epilogue, she was really going through that torture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You will have to see it. RAFO. Okay, like someone [?] related. I don't think, by the way...when you read the book, what Cyndane is up to should be of paramount importance to you, and DO NOT believe everything that you think happens in the book.

    Loialson

    From her point of view, or from our point of view?

    Brandon Sanderson

    From your point of view, regarding her.

    Loialson

    Oh, boy.

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  • 34

    Interview: Feb 7th, 2013

    Robert Moreau

    Terez wanted me to ask if Perrin's soul and Hopper's are bound.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sanderson replied that she is on the right track and handed me a RAFO card.

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  • 35

    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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  • 36

    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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  • 37

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    Was Luc a Darkfriend when he went to the Blight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm going to have to MAFO this one, because this is one that I can never remember, and I've had to ask Maria like three times—the whole Luc thing—because I had it spelled out for me several times, but since Jim did a lot of the Luc scenes, I didn't need to remember it, if that makes sense. So go ahead and ask Maria. She's...there's a lot of stuff on that in there—and hopefully that'll end up in the encyclopedia—but there's a lot of cool stuff on Luc and Isam in the notes. It's one of the areas that isn't as sparse. But I can't remember. I want to say no, that neither of them were, but I can't remember when it happened, you know...

    Terez

    Well, I mean...Isam was a baby, you know?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, uh-huh. Yeah, and so....

    Terez

    So...I mean obviously he wasn't a Darkfriend when he went to the Blight...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, but he grew up on the streets....

    Terez

    Right, he grew up under that influence, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it's like he was...always...or was he? And when did they...when they...I want to say that Luc wasn't, but you'll have to ask Maria.

    Terez

    Okay.

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  • 38

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    The next one is something that somebody asked for me—on my behalf—before, but did Perrin bind his soul to the hammer? Or...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Did Perrin bind his soul to the hammer? That's an interesting question. Why are they asking this?

    Terez

    Because I asked before, was it Hopper? It's because of what Slayer said about his ability to step in and out....

    Brandon Sanderson

    Right, was based on having two souls in one body...

    Terez

    Yeah, and he said, "It's just like you," right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmmhmm.

    Terez

    You know, so it has to be something.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it's a good question. (with an air of finality) That's a very good question.

    Terez

    (sighs loudly) (people around laugh)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say...how about this: I would say the relationship between Perrin and Hopper is...part of the reason that...Hopper may not...have suffered as dire a fate...(crosstalk)

    Terez

    That's what I was hoping for...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...as wolves would normally suffer when killed where Hopper was killed. How about that?

    Terez

    Yeah, that's what I was hoping for, but your answer to the last one kind of drew me on the path of the hammer, which was somebody else's idea, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmmhmm.

    Terez

    But yeah. Good!

    Brandon Sanderson

    So there you go.

    Terez

    That makes me happy.

    Footnote

    See A Memory of Light, Chapter 45, "Tendrils of Mist".

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  • 39

    Interview: Apr, 2013

    Question

    Did Jain Charin become a servant of the Shadow in part due to Moiraine having bonded Lan? He must have felt it a huge betrayal, the last Malkieri king submitting to being Bonded after the White Tower failed to help Malkier. Was he the one to train Isam once he became a Darkfriend?

    Maria Simons

    No, he didn't become a servant of the Shadow because Moiraine bonded Lan. He did not become a servant of the Shadow of his own free will. The Shadow used him and Graendal Compelled him. He did not train Isam.

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  • 40

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Who gave Slayer the orders to kill Rand in Far Madding? And do you know who sent him to the Two Rivers?

    Maria Simons

    I think I know who sent Slayer to Far Madding.

    Terez

    I always thought it was Taim...

    Maria Simons

    Yeah...

    Terez

    Because why else would he disguise himself?

    Maria Simons

    Yeah. That one I know.

    Terez

    Yay!

    Maria Simons

    Yay!

    Footnote

    At this time the no-kill order had been temporarily lifted in an attempt to prevent the Cleansing, so there was no reason for the Forsaken to order Slayer in secrecy.

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  • 41

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Which Forsaken was it that visited Isam at the beginning of A Memory of Light?

    Maria Simons

    I'm not going to answer that one.

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  • 42

    Interview: Oct 22nd, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    Perrin

    Perrin is my favorite character in the series, and has been since I was a youth. Like many readers, I was frustrated by his choices through the later books, though the writer in me really appreciated Robert Jordan's skillful guidance of the character. The problems Perrin confronted (sometimes poorly) highlighted his uncomfortable relationship with the wolves, his unwillingness to cut himself a break, and his ability to devote himself so utterly to one task that everything else vanished. (As a note, I feel this is one of the major things that made me empathize with Perrin for all those years. Of the main characters, he is the only artist. However, he's an artist like me—a focused project builder. A craftsman.)

    Though I wanted to be careful not to overdo the concept, one of my goals in these last few books was to bring back ideas and conflicts from the first books—creating parallels and emphasizing the cyclical nature of the Wheel of Time. Again, this was dangerous. I didn't want these books to become a series of in-jokes, homages, and repetitions.

    However, there are places where it was not only appropriate, but vital that we return to these themes. I felt one of those involved the Whitecloaks and Perrin, specifically the two Children of the Light he had killed during his clash with them in the very first book. This was a tricky sequence to plot. I wanted Perrin to manifest leadership in a way different from Rand or Egwene. Robert Jordan instructed that Perrin become a king, and I loved this plot arc for him—but in beginning it with the Whitecloaks, I threatened to leave Perrin weak and passive as a character. Of all the sequences in the books, I struggled with this one the most—mostly because of my own aspirations, goals, and dreams for what Perrin could become.

    His plot is my favorite of the four for those reasons.

    I had other goals for Perrin in this book. His experiences in the Wolf Dream needed to return, I felt, and push toward a final climax in the Last Hunt. This meant returning to a confrontation with Slayer, a mirrored character to Perrin with a dual nature. I wanted to highlight Perrin's instinctive use of his powers, as a contrast to the thoughtful, learned use of power represented by Egwene. People have asked if I think Perrin is better at Tel'aran'rhiod than Egwene. I don't think he is, the balefire-bending scene notwithstanding. They represent two sides of a coin, instinct and learning. In some cases Perrin will be more capable, and in others Egwene will shine.

    The forging of Perrin's hammer, the death of Hopper, and the wounding of Perrin in the leg (which is mythologically significant) were in my narrative plan for him from the get-go. However, weaving them all together involved a lot of head/wall-bashing. I wanted a significance to Perrin's interactions with the Way of the Leaf as well, and to build a rapport between him and Galad—in my reads of the characters, I felt they would make for unlikely friends.

    Of all the major plot sequences in the books, Perrin's was the one where I had the most freedom—but also the most danger of straying too far from Robert Jordan's vision for who the character should be. His instructions for Perrin focused almost entirely on the person Perrin would be after the Last Battle, with little or no direction on how to bring him there. Perrin was fully in my hands, and I wanted to take extra care to guide my favorite character toward the ending.

    I will note, by the way, that Verin's interaction with Egwene in The Gathering Storm was my biggest surprise from the notes. My second biggest was the Thom/Moiraine engagement. Robert Jordan wrote that scene, and I was surprised to read it. (As I said, though I loved and had read the books, there are plenty of fans who were bigger fans than myself—and to them, this was no surprise.) I didn't pick up the subtle hints of a relationship between the two of them until my reread following my getting the notes.

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    Interview: Apr 10th, 2014

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    In the final confrontation, the reality healing crystally stuff—was that something demanded by the notes, or just a spectacular way for that girl to deal with that guy?

    Without delving too much into specifics, because I'm not sure exactly what's going to end up in the encyclopedia and what's going to end up in the notes, and things like this. Without going too much into specifics, for the Last Battle itself a lot of what Robert Jordan left me are concepts: concepts on this is how I want this to feel, the big crux of the Last Battle comes down to this question, this is where someone's crowning moment is—these sorts of emotions. It was like he was laying down the emotional beats, and the actual how to put it together—a lot of that was left in my hands. He did have some brainstorms on that, but some of those brainstorms were from years ago, before he wrote... For instance, I've mentioned before that there is a brainstorm we have on "here's how Rand is going to do it"—here's a brainstorm that Robert Jordan had left. But he'd written this brainstorm around book 7 or 6 or something, and it involved the Choedan Kal—both of them. And we're like, well he obviously threw that out the window and decided not to go with that. But some of these brainstorms that he'd had, we can say, oh this is the emotional resonance he's going for. Looking at the idea between we want to have the different powers work together, to work in this way from his brainstorm, even though we can't do it in the way that he was thinking of doing it ten years ago, we can still see the sort of thing that he was going for.

    And the scene that Terez mentioned at the end mentions Rand's big revelation that needed to happen so that the last moments could occur—he's reflecting on that when he comes out. And so we knew this emotional resonance that Robert Jordan wanted. And we had all these sort of other things where he talks about just the feel he wants and things like this. And so a lot of the specifics—how to put these things together—were things that I pitched to Team Jordan to fit the framework of the notes, and then we tried out and saw if they worked. Which is kinda how you do writing, at least if you're an outliner like me. I pitch ideas at myself, I build an outline out of it, and I try it out and see if it works. And what ended up in the book are the things that did work. What didn't end up in the book are the things that didn't work. For instance, "River of Souls", which was in the (Unfettered) anthology, is one of the things I mentioned—that's the sort of thing that we tried that doesn't work. And the reason a lot of times that these things are being cut is because we are striving for that balance between "let's push the story in new and innovative ways" between "let's make sure we're not straying too far from Robert Jordan's vision". And something like "River of Souls" strayed too far, and also kind of was distracting from the main point of the book—there were two big reasons to cut that sequence. But you see us doing things like that, and so the ones we end up with... A lot of these things about the actual Last Battle are me looking to put together what I feel creates the emotional resonance and the plot structure that Robert Jordan wanted for this ending.

    I've said before that the main bulk of the writing we had for this last book involved three main areas: the Epilogue, the scene at the Field of Merrilor where Moiraine shows up and things like this, and the scene at the beginning in the Town, the village in the Waste—what does he call it? Does he call it the Town? The Town is what he calls it. Yeah. And those are three places where we have kind of unchanged Robert Jordan writing. Granted, all through the books, each of the books, you'll find sprinklings where I'm able to use a paragraph or two, or a page, or something from his notes that spawns a chapter, but that's where we have untouched Robert Jordan writing in this last book—I think those are the three main places.

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