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  • 1

    Interview: Nov, 1993

    Trinity College Q&A (Paraphrased)

    Robert Jordan

    Specific questions: Lews Therin Telamon's suicide was emphatically not balefire, but an overload of the Power. And when Verin was mentioned, he just said he hoped he kept surprising people.

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  • 2

    Interview: Dec, 1993

    Question

    Ask him if he knows about all the Jordan junkies on the network. Tell him we love his books and are frenzied to know when the next one is coming out. Get him to confirm that Verin is not Black. (Not that he will of course; then again, those of us who know, know that she isn't.) Please find out if Lews Therin balefired himself in the prologue in The Eye of the World, or if he just drew too much of the One Power. If it isn't critical to the continuing plot, I'm sure he'll say.

    Robert Jordan

    I know about the "Jordan junkies" (ahem! Blush!), now. Lews Therin did not use balefire on himself; he simply drew as much of the One Power as he could, then kept on pulling it in. As for Verin: read and find out. Surely you agree with Oscar Wilde about the suspense? I will try to keep you right a tiptoe as long as I can.

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  • 3

    Interview: Oct 17th, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    Verin: "I don't know what she'd drink but I drink very strong coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon and evenings." (A description of exactly how strong the coffee is followed.)

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  • 4

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1994

    Question

    Was the Verin "Moiraine sent me"/"I did not send her" incident a mistake or plot device?

    Robert Jordan

    (read the book) "Oh. A plot device..." (you guys think you know everything, don'tcha?)

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  • 5

    Interview: 2010

    Matt Hatch (8 November 2010)

    Did Verin know the weave to hide her channeling ability from being detected by another female channeler?

    Maria Simons (8 November 2010)

    Sneaky sneaky Verin knew a lot. And that's all I have to say at the moment.

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  • 6

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Aaron Oster (17 January 2011)

    How could Verin write that note if she hadn't taken poison yet?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 January 2011)

    An excellent question, one I'm surprised I haven't seen talked about yet. (Though I'm sure it has been.)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Basically, it's for the same reason that an Aes Sedai can kill if she puts herself into a situation where she's in danger.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It involves mental gymnastics and lots of requirements. In the end, she put so many on that the note didn't get read.

    MAX (19 JANUARY)

    What would have happened if someone were to balefire Verin's cup of poison to remove its existence when it was consumed?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    So far, I believe we've only see balefire used to remove living things from the Pattern that way. Am I wrong? @Terez27

    TEREZ

    There has been some serious debate over Nynaeve and her boat. Some think the rowers caused...

    TEREZ

    ...the temporal anomaly, while some think it had to be the boat itself. I forget the arguments...

    TEREZ

    I remember the argument now. The boat was filled with water at the moment of balefire, which rowers don't explain.

    FOOTNOTE—TEREZ

    Over a month later sleepinghour discovered an old letter from RJ to a fan in which RJ confirms that inanimate objects do get burned back just like living things. I suspect now that Brandon knew this from the notes, though, and that's why he used the words 'so far' and redirected the question to me. This was probably one of those things that Brandon and Maria had to piece together from the notes, and from the wording of his following tweets I'd be willing to bet that Maria won an argument.

    TEREZ (27 FEBRUARY)

    We just found an old letter from RJ to a fan in which he confirms that balefire DOES burn back inanimate objects in time.

    TEREZ

    Thanks to @sleepinghour for that. Though I know this probably drives you crazy, lol. It's almost like retcon!

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Well, good to know. You'd think he'd mention some of these things in the notes...

    TEREZ

    I know, right? lol. Wasn't it you that said that he didn't put many things in the notes because he kept it all in his head?

    TEREZ

    We observed @Theoryland that your descriptions fit his claim better than his own descriptions re: inanimate objects.

    TEREZ

    And your assumption about living things only fit his descriptions perfectly...aside from the stupid boat!

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah. We get lots of fragments of things he jotted down, but they are more notes to himself, so he leaves things out.

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  • 7

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Darth Andrea (20 March 2011)

    Timeline wise, was Aviendha's meeting with Nakomi in the waste before or after Verin had met with Egwene and died?

    Brandon Sanderson (20 March 2011)

    Ha. It seems everyone wants to know if this is possibly Verin. There will be timestamps in A Memory of Light to let you guess.

    HERIDFAN

    There are enough existing timestamps to show that Verin can't be Nakomi. But I don't believe timestamps in Towers of Midnight.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    So far as I know, there are no timestamp errors in Towers of Midnight. I have a solid timeline from people better at such things than I.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    There COULD still be mistakes, but I think the book is more accurate than people assume because of the Tam issue.

    HERIDFAN

    I don't mean Tam issue. There are for example clouds breaking in Caemlyn in Chapter 8, way before Rand's epiphany on Dragonmount.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That's a good note. I'll fire that one off to Team Jordan and see if we made an error. Got any others?

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  • 8

    Interview: Oct 31st, 1994

    Judy Ghirardelli

    Would you speculate about how old Verin is, other than very old?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 9

    Interview: Jun 16th, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    The check made by Verin on the Ogier that had his soul consumed by Machin Shin in The Great Hunt he commented with "Read and Find Out".

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  • 10

    Interview: Apr 5th, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Verin is older than most Aes Sedai think, but not as old as some fans think she is. Jordan said specifically that she is not from the Age of Legends. Other than that, he was fairly vague, but he implied that she's no older than, say, 300. "There's a reason why Aes Sedai respect a sister with gray hair," he said.

    Additional note: One fan claimed that, at the convention, Jordan said that Verin had never held the Oath Rod. Jordan later denied having said any such thing.

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  • 11

    Interview: Apr 5th, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Verin: Considerably older than anyone expects. (I presume he was talking about the characters, not the fans, considering that our guesses range up to 3000 years old.) He also said that Age of Legends lifespans are not known in modern Randland. (Thus, I presume that Verin is NOT 300 years old.) He said something about "the effects of the Oath Rod," I don't know whether this was with reference to aging, or effects on something totally unrelated.

    Well, that's that.

    —Pam

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  • 12

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    BHeins1

    According to several of AOL's members in our discussion forum, you stated at a Balticon conference that Verin Sedai had never held the Oath Rod, or had circumvented the Oaths. I was wondering if that was true, and if so, has Cadsuane also done so?

    Robert Jordan

    No, I did not say that Verin had never held the Oath Rod. Cadsuane has also held the Oath Rod.

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  • 13

    Interview: Aug 23rd, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    How Verin could determine the Ogier had no mind inside a stedding: We're going to find out something in the next few books about people without souls and characteristics of them. (He started out saying that we're going to find out something significant about Verin, then stopped.)

    Footnote

    RJ worked in an explanation in the next book, TPOD5, when Perrin wakes in Berelain's tent. Berelain tells him: "[Annoura] said you almost felt like someone who had lost his soul, cold no matter how many blankets were piled on you. I felt it, as well, when I touched you."

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  • 14

    Interview: Oct 22nd, 1998

    Pam Basham

    Regarding Cadsuane's pointed reminiscences about the good ol' days in Far Madding, I asked, "So can we assume..." and didn't even get to finish the question before he answered...

    Robert Jordan

    "Cadsuane is from Far Madding." And followed immediately, with no prompting, with "and Verin is from Far Madding." *Arched eyebrow*

    Pam Basham

    For some reason, this last elicited a Startled Moment from Harriet. I was determined not to get a RAFO, so I didn't pursue this any further. Also I was nervous and had more questions.

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  • 15

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Matt Hatch

    Can you explain the reasoning behind Verin's decision to break Tower Law and give a ter'angreal to a novice, especially considering the fact that she did so with little or no guidance?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO, sorry.

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  • 16

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Isabel

    When Mat had the dagger, Verin and Moiraine thought he would contaminate other people with the evil of Shadar Logoth, and they would contaminate other people. Fain does seem to be influencing without contaminating people. Is it as dangerous as it seems, could also normal people become evil and would they also contaminate other people?

    Robert Jordan

    No. Fain can contaminate people because he has the dagger; it is the dagger. What Verin and Moiraine thought was incorrect; they were extending it too far. It is the one of things you may have noted in the books. Aes Sedai often believe they know more than they actually know. In other words, a lot of people believe they know more than they actually know. One of the themes I have running through the books is that whatever you think you know, some of it is almost certainly wrong, and it may even be the most crucial bit that is wrong. But even when you are aware that some of your information may be wrong you still have to go ahead and make a decision. You...you cannot afford the luxury of saying, well I don't know everything and some of what I know may be wrong, so I am not going to do anything, I am just going to sit here and wait and see if I can find out some more, because that only leads to sitting still forever.

    Footnote

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  • 17

    Interview: Oct 20th, 2005

    Robert Mee

    Verin is NOT, nor has she ever been, a librarian of the Thirteenth Depository. I got a DIRECT ANSWER, not a RAFO. My question was "Was Verin a librarian of the Thirteenth Depository?" (To include both past and present).

    Robert Jordan

    The response was "No." ...which I followed up with "So she's just a bit weird and knows a lot?" and that response was "Pretty much."

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  • 18

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Did the ending of the Wheel of Time shock you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it "satisfied me." There were "shocking thing in the notes, such as 'Egwene's unexpected visitor' but on the whole the ending was satisfying."

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  • 19

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2009

    Matrimony Cauthon

    Unfortunately I didn't get to hear many of the questions in the signing line. However, one person did ask a question about Verin's letter to Mat. The person asked if Verin's time-based conditions she stipulated to Mat had something to do with the 'last hour of death' oath that she took.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sanderson said that Verin's conditions did have something to do with her oath, but that there was a lot more going on than just that.

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  • 20

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2009

    Question

    You mentioned that Shaidar Haran has quite a few limitations on his power. Can you give us a few concrete examples of these limitations?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Shaidar Haran needs a minion to most of his work for him. Elza was essential to Shaidar Haran in getting things done.

    This led to lots of discussion about swearing to the Shadow—basically, it's a very bad idea and you forfeit some very basic protections when you do. Shaidar Haran has special power over those that swear to the Dark One, and the Forsaken in particular.

    I asked about Alvairin's special mark, and he said Shaidar Haran has similar power over her. The implication is that there are lots of ramifications for swearing to the Dark One. Brandon mentioned that this makes Verin all the more remarkable.

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  • 21

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verin's revelations will have ramifications throughout the last two books. Brandon is surprised that more people haven't been asking about this.

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  • 22

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verin. He said the notes on her are quite extensive. Lots of her backstory is there. He said he felt like what wasn't revealed in the books would be a good candidate for the encyclopedia.

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  • 23

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

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

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO+. Even though Verin's gone now, so much Verin discussion remains that it shouldn't be disturbed. (He took several seconds deciding to RAFO, if that means anything.)

    Footnote

    The attack on Demira was ordered by Fain.

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  • 24

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Was the Compulsion which Elza told Semirhage about Verin's work from after Dumai's Wells, and was it Shaidar Haran who told her about it and to ask Semirhage to remove it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    How did Elza defeat the wards on Cadsuane's plain wooden box?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Elza had been given knowledge of several rarely known weaves, and in other ways made into a tool of Shaidar Haran. Not all of it was pleasant for her.

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  • 25

    Interview: Mar 19th, 2010

    Luckers

    You said Jim didn't like to spoil you. Did this include you having access to the notes on pre-existing issues—as in resolutions to current mysteries and plotlines? I guess the question is, how much insider information did you have along the way? And, as a fan, did it ever make you gasp (squeal, laugh, pull your braid...)?

    Maria Simons

    In the early days, Jim didn't want to spoil me. After not getting to work on A Crown of Swords, I went on a campaign to convince Jim that I didn't mind spoilers, doing things like pointing out that I frequently reread murder mysteries. I finally had some success. At some point, early on (I think 1997ish) he realized that he had multiple files with the same name in his gazillions of notes. He asked me if I would be willing to consolidate notes, given that it was quite possible that I would find spoilers. I gave him an emphatic yes, and he passed the notes to me. The first thing I did was look up Verin; it was amazingly cool to get the scoop on her. I may have squealed. And I knew who killed Asmodean pretty early on, too. Some things he did keep hidden, though. He really enjoyed pulling off surprises..

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  • 26

    Interview: May 3rd, 2010

    Richard Fife

    OK, so you have known the secrets and have been poker-facing us all for a very long time. Is there anything that you felt was a surprise for the fans to key in on, such as the Asmodean mystery, or perhaps something you thought they should have but didn't?

    Maria Simons

    The fans are really amazing. They seem to pounce on pretty much everything, even when there's nothing to pounce on. I have pretty much never been disappointed by the fans' reaction to anything, although I never really understood why so many people were obsessed with who killed Asmodean. But the Verin discussion—Very Old Verin, the Purple Ajah, and all that—was just so much fun, and I'm so glad I can talk about my favorite sneaky Brown now. Verin rocks!

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  • 27

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2010

    Terez

    Was Verin at the Darkfriend Social? (This question was on Linda's list.)

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    That was Bela.

    Terez

    AGGGGGH.

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  • 28

    Interview: Jun 10th, 2010

    Luckers

    What was in Corianin Nedeal's notes (the ones Verin considers both giving to Egwene and destroying)? Or will we find out?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 29

    Interview: Jun 10th, 2010

    Luckers

    Why did Verin tell Rand that damane may feel him channeling at Falme? Did she truly fear it might be possible, or was she manipulating him? And if so to what purpose?

    Maria Simons

    I don't know if it was ignorance, or just sneaky Verin being sneaky. Either is possible; if the latter, I have no idea what her purpose was.

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  • 30

    Interview: Oct 26th, 2010

    Luckers

    Did the notes squash/support any of your theories/ideas of where the books were going? Are you able to tell us what or how?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. It did both. Some things were supported, some things were squashed, and some things I just didn't have any personal theories on. I can't speak of many of them. I'm trying to remember which ones were in The Gathering Storm that I can talk about. I did think that there was a good chance—or at least I hoped and theorized—that Elaida would end up as a damane. And I was very happy to see that. I was taken completely by surprise by the Verin revelation. Most of the things that were squashed happen in the next two books, so I can't really talk about them. And it's very hard to look back and say, "What were my theories, and what did I think about things?" because it's been three years now since I first looked at the notes and I already have all of that in my head.

    Oh, I can tell you one thing that was squashed. To be perfectly honest, I'd always secretly suspected that Asmodean was still around, and that was totally squashed. So there you go. Part of me always thought, “Oh, Robert Jordan isn't telling us because Asmodean is around; he's doing something," but no, he's just dead. He's totally dead. But you know, I think Robert Jordan had even confirmed that and I hadn't seen the interviews until after I started working on the series. I'm pretty sure that somewhere out there is a Robert Jordan confirmation, a "He's toast" comment.

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  • 31

    Interview: Oct 26th, 2010

    Luckers

    Will Verin face punishment from the Dark One for what she did? (Also, wow for that scene. Just plain flat out wow!)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, I can’t claim very much credit for that scene.

    Will Verin face punishment from the Dark One? It will all depend on whether he can get his mitts on her or not.

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  • 32

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

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

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not sure.

    Matt Hatch

    Did Verin ever work with Fain?

    Brandon Sanderson

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

    Footnote

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

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  • 33

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Tower Guards

    I even got to be there for a question that stumped Brandon.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Someone wanted to know why Verin was able to feel that the one Ogier had no soul when she visited the stedding with the boys during The Great Hunt.

    Tower Guards

    Brandon, if you're reading this, the part of the Wheel of Time FAQ I was talking about is http://wotfaq.dragonmount.com/node/88.

    Footnote

    RJ answered this on the Winter's Heart book tour in 2000 when he indicated that one doesn't have to be able to channel to detect the loss of a soul. It can be detected by touch.

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  • 34

    Interview: Nov 12th, 2000

    Ryan R.

    This actually has no spoilers and is not in and of itself very interesting but since I have heard people speculating about Verin's using a Well back in The Great Hunt to "Delve" that Ogier, I'll mention it.

    Robert Jordan

    I asked Jordan if you need to channel to detect loss of soul, and he said no, it was obvious from touch. So Verin doesn't have a Well, or at least didn't use it.

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  • 35

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2010

    Chris Treco

    We asked Brandon about his time working on the story, such as his greatest surprise from the last book, The Gathering Storm.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No one was surprised to hear that it was a certain scene involving Verin of the Brown Ajah, and while I won't go any further than that, I will add that he stated the scene in question was written entirely by Jordan before his passing.

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  • 36

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2010

    Question

    Verin—

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let's avoid spoilers. (A lot of people hadn't read The Gathering Storm yet, it seemed.) Can you talk around it?

    Question

    There's a certain character of the Brown Ajah—

    Brandon Sanderson

    Now that's too much! Ask us in the line.

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  • 37

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2010

    Question

    Why did Verin trust that Mat would open the letter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verin was bound to the Dark Oaths and she could not tell ANY of them to open the letters right away because she was not in her last hour. She had thought that out of anyone Mat would NOT listen to her and would open the letter right away. She was not able to give him any indication of what was in the letter or even tell him to open it open it right away.

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  • 38

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2010

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon was asked what moment most shocked him in the notes. He said that Verin showing up in Egwene’s room was definitely what shocked him the most.

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  • 39

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    Do we see Verin in Towers of Midnight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I know what you're trying to figure out. (Who's Nakomi?) R.A.F.O. (Read And Find Out.)

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  • 40

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    What was the most exciting/shocking thing you found out when you got to read the notes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verin!

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  • 41

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    Was Verin in Towers of Midnight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I know what you're looking for, is Nakomi really Verin, and that's going to be a RAFO.

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  • 42

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    How old was Verin when she died? If you cannot give us an exact number, is it correct to say that Verin's age at death was somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 years? If not, will you provide an estimate of her age at death?

    Maria Simons

    Verin was born in 849NE, making her 151ish at death.

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  • 43

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Merana said that every sister knew when each sister of the Tower arrived and how long she trained (Lord of Chaos, The Crown of Roses). The Tower keeps records on this. She thought Verin had been Aes Sedai about 40 years longer than she and Merana appears to have been Aes Sedai 70 years (their training time was the same and the novice acceptance age range is only three years). Is Merana mistaken in when Verin became Aes Sedai? Or in Verin's age when she came to the Tower?

    Maria Simons

    Okay, this one has me all confused. Can you expand this and explain? I should note that we have asked for a correction to one section in this chapter (I'll include it a bit later). Somehow I'm also missing where Merana says that every sister knows when each one arrived (I do see the bit about knowing how long each was novice and Accepted). Here's the change we asked for (it hasn't been made in the mmp I'm holding; I don't know if it was elsewhere):

    At present reads: Alanna had been six years a novice, Merana only five, but more importantly, Merana had been Aes Sedai ten years the day the midwife laid Alanna at her mother's breast. Should read: Alanna had been six years a novice, Merana only five, but more importantly, Merana had been Aes Sedai above thirty years the day the midwife laid Alanna at her mother's breast.

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  • 44

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Verin herself hints that she lied about her age when she joined up. How old was Verin when she joined the Tower?

    Maria Simons

    15. Where does she hint that she lied?

    Question

    Did Verin come to the Tower at a far greater age than is usual? If so, why?

    Maria Simons

    No.

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  • 45

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Even though she lived in Far Madding, did Verin channel prior to going to the Tower to become Aes Sedai? If so, had she begun to slow before going to the Tower?

    Maria Simons

    No.

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  • 46

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Was there suspicion regarding Verin's allegiance to the Shadow, as she joined the Black Ajah at such an advanced age? If so, can you name one member of the Black Ajah that was suspicious of her allegiance to the Shadow?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    How common is it for Aes Sedai over the age of 150 to be recruited by the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 47

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Was Verin's recruitment into the Black Ajah something she actively encouraged?

    Maria Simons

    No.

    Question

    If she did not encourage her recruitment, did Verin accidentally encourage her recruitment? (For instance, did Verin see or hear something, such as the Black Ajah signal, that required her to either join or be killed?)

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Will you explain the circumstances that contributed to Verin's recruitment into the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Which Aes Sedai recruited Verin to the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 48

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    As far as Verin's recruitment and this statement, "I found myself in a position where I could either take the oaths to the Dark One, or I could reveal that I had actually never wanted—or intended—to do so, whereupon I would have been executed," how long after Verin was in contact with the Black Ajah for the first time, did this moment she describes occur?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Does swearing oaths constitute becoming a member of the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    How many Black Ajah are present when a sister swears her new oaths?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Where is the swearing of oaths to become Black Ajah performed?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 49

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    What were the reasons Verin gave the Black Ajah as to why she wanted to join them?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Prior to her recruitment could Verin have been considered a Darkfriend?

    Maria Simons

    No.

    Question

    Prior to her recruitment was she someone that sympathized with the Shadow?

    Maria Simons

    No.

    Question

    Does the Black Ajah recruit for Darkfriends among rejected novices and Accepted?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 50

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    After becoming Black Ajah, was Verin ever caught by a non Black Ajah Aes Sedai unmistakably breaking her original Oaths sworn when becoming Aes Sedai?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 51

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Did Verin ever take the life of another Aes Sedai? If so, is that Aes Sedai mentioned in the books?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin ever take the life of a Black Ajah, excluding her own life? If so, is that member of the Black Ajah mentioned in the books?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Other than the man Verin mentions killing in the prologue of The Path of Daggers, did Verin ever take the life of someone that was not an Aes Sedai or a Darkfriend? If so, can you give us a summary of one such event?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 52

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Verin makes many statements throughout the books that are suspect now that we know she was not bound by the Oaths. In regards to the ter'angreal dream ring, Verin tells Egwene, "I tried it myself, once, some years ago. Anaiya's Healing did not work as well as it should have. Remember that."

    During the time Verin gave Egwene the ring she mentioned going to Anaiya to be healed. She didn't go to a Yellow for Healing—does Verin hold something over Anaiya? Were they pillow friends? Or was this simply a case of asking a friend to do a minor healing because she knew she would keep it quiet?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Anaiya Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 53

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    How long before giving Egwene the ter'angreal ring did Verin have it in her possession?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin visit Tel'aran'rhiod more than once? If so, generally speaking, how many times did Verin visit Tel'aran'rhiod prior to her discussion of it with Egwene?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Compared to Egwene and the Wise Ones, how experienced in Tel'aran'rhiod was Verin?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin ever meet with one or more Black Ajah in Tel'aran'rhiod?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin ever meet with one or more Forsaken in Tel'aran'rhiod?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin have other ways/means, other than through the ter'angreal dream ring, to get into Tel'aran'rhiod? If so, how did Verin enter Tel'aran'rhiod?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Verin ever in Tel'aran'rhiod after giving Egwene the ring?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 54

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Verin tells Egwene she wasn't supposed to give Egwene the ter'angreal ring. Was Verin speaking about Tower Law in regards to an Accepted possessing ter'angreal? If not, was Verin speaking about the Black Ajah not wanting Verin to give Egwene the ring? If not, what did Verin mean?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did the Black Ajah know of the existence of the ter'angreal ring that Verin gave to Egwene?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did the Black Ajah know Verin gave Egwene the ring? If so, when did they find that out?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did any of the Forsaken know that Verin gave Egwene the ter'angreal ring? If so, how long after giving Egwene the ring did one or more of the Forsaken know Verin gave it to her?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 55

    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 girls’ search to the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 56

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    We see Alviarin have meetings with Mesaana. Was Verin ever visited by one of the Forsaken?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Which of the Forsaken has Verin met, including any she met but was unaware the individual was a Forsaken?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Has Verin ever been to Shayol Ghul?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 57

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Speaking about activities outside of the White Tower, Verin was quite the traveler. She plays an integral role throughout the series, particularly in The Great Hunt, where she displays some of her deceptive personality.

    Was Verin sent to Shienar by the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Verin sent to Shienar by one of the Forsaken?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Verin's visit to Shienar something she was doing on behalf of the Amyrlin?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 58

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Verin's behavior throughout some of the earliest books often caused suspicion for many reasons. Specifically, we see Verin speaking privately to two Darkfriends. These meetings now seem more consequential.

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Ingtar aware Verin was of the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Barthanes aware Verin was of the Black Ajah?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Was Verin responsible in any way for Barthanes' death?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    How about Ingtar and his change of heart, did Verin have a hand in his conversion back to the Light?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Ingtar tell Verin about the wolves?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 59

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    A couple of other curious events involving Verin occur in The Great Hunt, such as her discussion of Portal Stones with Rand.

    Was Verin lying to Rand when she said his use of a Portal Stone was more recent than hers as she had never traveled by one?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    If Verin wasn't lying to Rand, was Verin ever transported by another channeler previous to this moment with Rand? If she was, who transported Verin?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    If Verin was lying to Rand, from where to where has Verin traveled by Portal Stone? If you cannot give us each trip, what is one trip she made and when did she make it?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    How did Verin come to her knowledge of the symbol for the Toman Head Portal Stone?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Specific to the different forms of traveling by Portal Stones, has Verin ever been to a Mirror World?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    Did Verin know more about the chaos theory and the numbers of chaos and Perpendicular worlds than she explained to Egwene? If so, what is something Verin learned about these other dimensions and worlds that you can share with us, which has not been previously divulged either in books or by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

    Question

    During the trip by Portal Stone to Toman Head, everyone experiences living multiple variations of their lives, an experience similar to some the testing ter'angreal. Verin makes the comment after the trip through her alternate lives, "Though I never thought I..."? Please finish that statement for us...pretty please?

    Maria Simons

    No.

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  • 60

    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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  • 61

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Finally, regarding the infamous scene where Verin and Cadsuane come to a mutual understanding regarding Rand, was Verin considering killing Cadsuane with the "medicine" she had in her possession? If not, was Verin hoping to weave compulsion on her while Cadsuane was doped?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 62

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Scott

    In Towers of Midnight, when Rand confronts Lord Weiramon and Lady Anaiyella, and they basically can't look at him...I was wondering, does he have like an aura of Lightness that's preventing them from looking at him, or was it possibly that Verin clued him in to the fact that they were Darkfriends in her letter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    More will be revealed...

    Scott

    We'll get some more info on that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You'll get some more info on things that were happening in Towers of Midnight once you see from Rand's perspective in the next book.

    Scott

    Great! That's great to hear...I can't wait for it. Thank you.

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  • 63

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez (sleepinghour)

    Is the weave used in the shawl testing a form of Compulsion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They’re definitely cousins. Whether they would consider it a form of Compulsion...to them, Compulsion is complete evil, so they will not view it at all like that...

    Terez

    Yeah, I thought that might be part of what Verin used to cobble together her own Compulsion weave.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. They’re definitely cousins.

    Footnote—Terez

    This question came out of a thread I started on Theoryland, which in turn came out of a response Brandon made to someone on Twitter. I thought that Nynaeve remembering she could channel at all in her Accepted test might be related to her ability to resist Compulsion as she did with Moghedien (which, as we know from Rahvin, is a fairly rare ability possessed by only the most strong-willed, such as Morgase). Egwene's Accepted test is a whole different ballgame because of her Dreaming talent and the interference with the stone ring ter'angreal that Verin had just given her.

    Terez (sleepinghour)

    Do you know what the original use for the testing ter'angreal was?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The notes do. I don’t have it off the top of my head.

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  • 64

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez (herid)

    How much time passed between Verin's meeting with Mat and her death?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh boy, you’re fishing for Nakomi!

    Terez

    No, actually I'm not; somebody else submitted that question.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay. I would have to have the timeline in front of me.

    Terez

    Yeah. I think they asked because there are certain contradictions in the timeline and that’s why...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh yeah. There’s a mistake in Mat’s timeline.

    Terez

    And that was in The Gathering Storm, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, there’s a mistake in Towers of Midnight. Mat sees sunshine when he shouldn't, or vice-versa. The reason for that being, Mat's timeline was the big one we were playing with, and we were moving him through the book to different places to decide where various things were appropriate, and where we settled on, both Alan and Bob Kluttz—who are really detailed timeline people—both stamped this timeline and said 'There are no flaws in this except there is an error in The Gathering Storm', which we have now changed. But we let a typo creep through—that one was more of a typo because we moved a scene from some place to some place else—and so there is a cloud typo. It is recorded on Twitter—I don’t know if you saw it—where someone pointed it out to me and I said 'We will get that changed.' Maria now is aware of it.

    Terez

    If it was recently then I didn’t get it, because I’m behind.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay. But Bob Kluttz does have an official timeline...he was one of the beta readers. The betas have all kind of come out now. I didn’t want people being jealous of them before the book came out, but...

    Terez

    Too late. I already knew about Linda. And I was jealous.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. I went to Bob because Bob is a master of timeline—one of them; there are many out there—and Bob’s job was to keep me honest on the timeline, and he did a really fantastic job, but we did miss one typo at least.

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  • 65

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    Shillster ()

    Why does Verin make Mat promise to obey her letter if he opened it in Towers of Midnight? In my mind of course if he would have obeyed the letter if he read it. All that Verin had to do was say "Mat, read this in a few days it's super important" then since he didn't have any reason not to read the letter he would read it and prevent the horrible battle with the Trollocs. What was Verin's reasoning?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A couple of things here.

    The primary one is that Verin had to work around her oaths, which required her to go through some strange mental gymnastics. She actually tried out different ways of getting this information across, and could never make it work. (In her pouch was actually a letter that said something similar to Mat, but which read "Ignore what I say and open this immediately.) She couldn't pick it up at the moment, however. The oaths were binding. She would either have had to take poison right then, or bet on Mat being too impatient to wait.

    Second thing is this, and it's a slight spoiler for the next book. She did build in redundancy.

    Shillster

    My question isn't regarding the loophole that she found, the question is as to why make Mat promise to obey the letter. She could have made him promise not to open the letter for three days and still maintained her loophole. It's the promise to obey the letter that makes Mat not read it and now they are in a whole lot of trouble because of it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let's just say that Verin...didn't understand Mat as well as she thought that she did.

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  • 66

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (Verin Mathwin)

    Next came question time. I was the first one to buy a ticket, the first person to arrive, I was sitting right under his nose so I figured I might as well be the first one to ask a question as well. Me: "Is Verin Black Ajah?"

    Robert Jordan

    "C'mon, RAFO!" (Sorry, Isam but I don't think you'll mind me posting...)

    Reporter

    I guess he was just setting the mood for the rest of the evening.

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  • 67

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Spencer Powell

    How close was Verin's approximation on her accuracy in detecting the members of the Black that she had written in the amazing book that she gave to Egwene?

    Maria Simons

    It was pretty close. She did a good job.

    VIRGINIA

    That is interesting, because I'm still speculating that there may be other Black Ajah working around that haven't been discovered, and actually I have a whole load of questions I'd love to ask, but I just know they're all gonna be…you know, "Read and Find Out" answers. It always amazes me that Egwene spent so much time under Halima's thumb, in a way, that I can't believe that the only weaves that she laid on her were producing migraines. It makes you wonder if there isn't some hidden Compulsion weave going on there, that we'll find out later that maybe some of the Black Ajah in the White Tower could take advantage of. You know, there are so many things like that that I just know…

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah, I don't wanna go there.

    SPENCER POWELL

    I don't think that there's any Black Ajah left in the White Tower currently.

    VIRGINIA

    I wouldn't wanna bet my life on that. I don't think there are many.

    MARK

    Other than Mesaana who's hiding somewhere because she can defeat the Oath Rod, or so thinks Egwene herself in the end of The Gathering Storm.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Well, you still have the Black Ajah that escaped, too.

    VIRGINIA

    Mm-hmm.

    MARK

    Yeah, there was a lot of those that got out.

    SPENCER POWELL

    And we have Maria and Alan just sitting there going, "Yep, yep; you do." [laughter]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    No, I was just thinking that she was minimizing headaches. What a horrible thing for migraine-sufferers.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, listen…I get migraines. I have complete and total sympathy for anybody that gets migraines, but it seems to me like that probably wasn't the most…probably wasn't the only thing that she was doing to poor Egwene.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Well, the consensus that we…that was in the WoTFAQ when I was editing that article this summer was that Halima doing something to suppress Egwene's Dreaming talent so that she was not getting messages about the future any more, from whatever causes this to happen, and so the headache is the side-effect of that. I don't know if this is true or not; this is just the fan speculation from the WoTFAQ, but it is very telling that as soon as she gets away from Halima and is in the White Tower, her Dreaming ability comes back, because she had been having nightmares that she couldn't remember before about being chased by something, or something like that, and then when she gets into the White Tower, she stops having those nightmares, and she starts having the prophetic dreams again.

    SPENCER POWELL

    And she stops having headaches as well.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yeah, and the headaches go away. And she does not make the connection in Knife of Dreams when she first sees this happen. I don't remember if she makes the connection in The Gathering Storm when she finds out about Halima's infiltration of the Salidar Aes Sedai. I have to go back and reread The Gathering Storm in the next couple of weeks, because I'm a little fuzzy on the details there.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Mm-hmm. Well, it certainly seems plausible. [laughter]

    VIRGINIA

    I'm not surprised that you guys have got this down to an art.

    MARK

    You guys give the perfect Aes Sedai answers.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    I love it when I ask Maria and Alan things that relate to FAQ, and they'll just kind of smile and nod at me and go, 'That's a good guess!'

    VIRGINIA

    I was going to say another Aes Sedai answer, but then...I wonder if we’re going to get the Asha’man known for convoluted answers, but then they don’t have the oath rod to get around. They can say whatever they want to at all times.

    SPENCER POWELL

    They'll just blow you up and have done with it.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yeah. They are refreshingly direct about their methods.

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  • 68

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    Loialson

    Was Verin was correct when she said that the Portal Stones predate the Age of Legends?

    Brandon Sanderson

    As far as I know...she is correct. That's one of the ones I could be wrong on, but as far as I know she's correct.

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  • 69

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Did Verin kill Barthanes?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *Goes to answer, pauses and looks thoughtful for a long moment, then said...* MAFO

    Footnote

    Maria said no.

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  • 70

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Verin infers that Tomas had to die within an hour of their betrayal of the Dark One, which is odd because he didn’t have that requirement, and she could have released him from the bond, so I was wondering, was Verin playing here?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What you have to understand is Tomas was tired of this world. Without Verin, he didn’t really want to be around...

    LUCKERS

    So Tomas is dead?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes. Tomas is dead. She could have released him, yes, but he didn’t want that.

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  • 71

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Did Verin have any other reasons for going to the Two Rivers, other than recruiting girls?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO *he grins at me*. You know I’m going to RAFO Verin stuff. We’ve given a lot there.

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  • 72

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Eleanor

    Did Verin reveal any Darkfriends to anyone other than Egwene? Like in the little red-sealed letters or something?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    ELEANOR

    (Blinked.) Can you...I don't know...?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    (Laughs) No.

    ELEANOR

    Did this for the Weiramon eyes thing people, to see if we could rule out her letters to Rand. Nope.

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  • 73

    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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  • 74

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2010

    aurik

    What was the most jaw-dropping scene (or scenes) to you when you read the material for Towers of Midnight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verin.

    aurik

    That's what you answered for Book 12. I'm asking about Book 13, which I've already read.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Everyone in line close your ears. The whole Tower of Ghenjei sequence. That was all written by Jim. Also, the surprise proposal at the end.

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  • 75

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)

    Terez

    Sitting at the Verin panel with Maria now. One question answered, that Harriet declined to answer before:

    Question

    Was Verin at the Darkfriend Social?

    Maria Simons

    I believe she was.

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  • 76

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)

    Ishara

    Only three characters in the series used the phrase 'it's time to roll the dice': Mat, Pedron Niall, and Verin. Is there any significance to that?

    Maria Simons

    No. (implication is that it's not an uncommon phrase)

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  • 77

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Has Verin ever been to the 'Finns or through the Rhuidean rings?

    Maria Simons

    Not that I know of.

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  • 78

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Was there any significance to Cadsuane and Verin, two of the most important Aes Sedai, being from Far Madding?

    Maria Simons

    Not that I know of.

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  • 79

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)

    Austin Moore

    Did Verin kill Barthanes?

    Maria Simons

    No.

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  • 80

    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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  • 81

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2012

    Question

    I was wondering if it's possible for scholarship in future generations if we at some point could get a copy that's annotated so that we can tell which passages came directly from Robert Jordan—like color-coded or something—because as you've been intermingling them I think it would be interesting to be able to go back and say, "This is what he originally wrote."

    Brandon Sanderson

    It will be very hard to do simply because, you know, you would have a lot of sentences that would four colors in them (laughter), because, here are three words from Brandon; here are a couple of words from Robert Jordan; the rest are from Harriet, that she has edited, and then here's the insertion by Maria as she's doing the copy-edit, that something needed to be [put] in. It would be very difficult to get right.

    The other thing is, Harriet has several times expressed a reluctance to let people see the notes because she doesn't want people focusing when reading the books on what was me and what is Jim. I do still kinda tend to work on her and see if I can get her to let us do something with the notes. I'm not too expectant—if it doesn't happen I'm gonna be fine—but I tend to ask on behalf of the fans, people like yourself, and if I can do that I can then bring them out and I will talk a little bit more about that.

    One thing that I've said to people a number of times, that in each of the three books there is a prologue [scene] that Robert Jordan wrote almost completely, or completely, for the prologue of the book, then since we split it in three, I took one scene from each completely that is Robert Jordan's—and there are a few fragments in each prologue as well that were also his—but there's one complete scene in the prologue. In the first book, it was the farmer sitting on the doorsteps watching the storm; that was one of the scenes he dictated, and we actually at JordanConI got to listen to that dictation. In the second book it was the Borderlander tower with the soldier and his son; that was one of the more complete scenes we had from Robert Jordan which had some minimal revision and editing during the process but was basically a complete scene that he gave us. And there's one like that in the third book as well.

    In The Gathering Storm, I've said before that, as the notes went, Rand was a little more me; there were fewer notes on Rand. There were more notes on Egwene. We're both involved in all the viewpoints, but Rand from that is a little more me, and Egwene's a little more Robert Jordan, and then in Towers of Midnight, Perrin's a little bit more me, and Mat is a little more Robert Jordan. And maybe we'll be able to release more than that, but so far that's about all I've said. There are certain scenes that he did write, by the way—I'll give you everything; this is what I've told people; I haven't told people much—but there's a certain scene in The Gathering Storm where Egwene has an unexpected meeting with an old friend in the Tower. That one was done by Robert Jordan. And in Towers of Midnight, there is...most of the Mat stuff including the ending where a certain engagement happens was Robert Jordan.

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  • 82

    Interview: Nov 3rd, 2012

    herid

    I also asked him if the character of Verin had any mythological parallels.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said that he doesn't know and would have to see if there is anything in the notes. He also said that most of that stuff was done by RJ but he did add some of his own. He specifically mentioned that Perrin getting wounded in the leg in Towers of Midnight was his own addition. He didn't elaborate but there are a number of deities (particularly blacksmiths of some sort) like Vulcan and Perun who were wounded in the leg.

    Footnote

    Verin is derived from Verin or Verrine, the demon of impatience.

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  • 83

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    kcf

    Spoiler follow-up: What specific scenes in your writing proved to be the most memorable? What are a few of your favorites from the final three books in the series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Perrin forging his hammer is probably my favorite that I worked on extensively. My favorite that Jim worked on extensively would be Verin's last scene. Rand atop Dragonmount at the end of The Gathering Storm is a pretty big one for me. In the last book, my favorite would have to be Lan's charge right at the end, which is a scene that I worked out years ago, that I pointed a lot of things toward, and specifically in this book built a lot of things around. For a fun scene, getting Mat on the back of a raken was a pure joy for me to be able to do.

    What other scenes really stand out to me? Robert Jordan's last scene, which I've mentioned before, is a great one because it's become the focus, for me, for the entire sequence that I have written. From the beginning, that was the ending that I was working toward. So I was very excited to be able to actually get there.

    That's just a few scenes; there are a lot of them in this book and the series.

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  • 84

    Interview: Jan 11th, 2013

    tiffranosaurusrex

    What did the other letters Verin sent say?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is one of those I'd rather not answer, as I wish to leave it to fan discussion.

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  • 85

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    Michael Chantry

    Hi, I'm Michael Chantry from Podunk [?] Idaho—[claps] someone knows the area. Thank you for the books; they're amazing. Thanks Robert Jordan for the books. I like them so much I actually named my second child Perrin. [applause]

    My question is to both Brandon and Harriet. I know you love this new book, A Memory of Light, that you've created for us, and out of it, is there anything that we... What is your favorite part? What did you enjoy most about it? If you can give us a chapter, a section...anything. I know you're going to say "the whole thing." [laughter]

    Brandon Sanderson

    (flips through book) [laughter] There's a 200-page chapter in this book. [hoots, buzz of talking] I felt it very thematically important, and my favorite part is right at the end of that chapter and the beginning of the next chapter, and the next chapter is actually very short, and so really, it's probably Chapter 39, but with the lead-in at the end of chapter 38.

    Michael Chantry

    And Harriet, do you have a favorite part?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (talks to Peter) 37 and 38? Okay, 37 and 38. Peter knows these things better than I do. [laughter]

    Harriet McDougal

    Well, I love the end of Chapter 23—the final sequence—and as you're aware from Brandon's other books, I mean a lot of the chapters will have a piece here, and then there's a two-line space and you jump five hundred miles away, and so on, but the last segment of 23 I think is just super. But there are an awful lot of things that I do love in this book; the scene I read for you is one of my favorites; there's more of it, but I thought, "Oh, I don't know; I think I'm getting on too long," because we hadn't quite timed it out. I think it's a wonderful book. [laughter, applause]

    Jason Denzel

    I know that the question wasn't directed up here to me, but I think I definitely need to say that—without being cliché—the ending, the epilogue, was far and away everything I could have hoped it was, and it was my favorite part of the book. It was just...I can't wait for all of you to eventually read it, and hopefully have the same kind of reaction that I did. It's pretty awesome.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can talk a little bit more about that, because...I told you the Asmodean story, but next under that sheet was this, was the...were the scenes that Robert Jordan had written for the book. And so, that included sections from the prologue, which got split into various pieces of the various prologues of the three novels; sections out of the book; and then this ending, the epilogue, and it's one of the most...one of the scenes where you're able to preserve, a sequence that's the most close to the way Robert Jordan left it. Because a lot of scenes he'd leave, he'd leave like a paragraph, and then it's like I have to expand that into, or I have to work a whole thing and then have that paragraph in.

    There's a famous scene, for instance, with Verin in Gathering Storm where he left, you know, the kinda...what you would imagine is the important parts, but it's only the important parts, and then it doesn't have a lead-in or an exit to the scene, and so I had to write up and then lead in to what he'd written, and then lead out of it, and that sort of stuff. And this, it's actually...we've got complete sequences that he wrote before he passed away. And so, when you get to that epilogue, you can know...there's some very non-touched-by-the-rest-of-us stuff that he had in a very good shape to be published before he passed away.

    Harriet McDougal

    And I should have thought of that, but as he read it in 2007—and so did I, and I had known some bits of it for years before that—but it really is splendid.

    Michael Chantry

    Thank you very much. [applause]

    Footnote

    More info on who wrote what in the epilogue.

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  • 86

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    Question

    Was there anything in the notes that surprised you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I got everything at once. There are two things that stand out that are moments when I was looking through the notes and I was like, "Oh!" And then there was one that I'm like, "Oh no." [laughter]

    The two that were "Oh!" were, in Gathering Storm where Egwene gets a special visitor, and colors of dresses are mentioned. [laughter] That one was kind of mind-boggling, and that's one of the things that Robert Jordan had complete. Not—I had to write into it and write out of it, but the important parts you're thinking about were done. The second scene was in another section that he had complete, and this is where, at the end of Towers of Midnight, someone you haven't seen for a long time and someone else have a romantic moment together, and that surprised me. I was not one that was expecting that—it's well-foreshadowed, but I just hadn't been expecting it. I actually went to Team Jordan, and I'm like, "This? I—What?" And they're like, "No, it's in there; here, look at this, look at this," and all the foreshadowing, and I had just completely missed it. And so, those two were the surprising moments for me.

    The kind of "Oh no" moment was when...he didn't actually write the scene, he just made a sentence that said—oh, someone's plugging their ears because they don't want spoilers; I'm trying to talk around the spoilers, so—in Gathering Storm, there is a scene where a certain member of the Forsaken gets spanked [laughter], and Robert Jordan wrote, "This happens, and she gets spanked." And I'm like, "I'm not going to write a spanking scene; I've never written a spanking scene before!" [laughter] And I was kinda like, "Come on, Jim, do you really have to do this?" But I was like, it was in the notes, and there was no good reason not to [?] that scene, so I went ahead and wrote that scene.

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  • 87

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2012

    Rebecca Lovatt

    Okay, so can Darkfriends or maybe even Forsaken be bound to the Horn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let's see if I can answer this one... They're not going to be, I don't think there's a law against... But only the greatest heroes are bound to the Horn. They are not the greatest heroes. So, why are you asking this?

    Rebecca Lovatt

    I’m pretty much asking about Verin, and the likelihood of her being bound.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, I don't know that there would be anything forbidding Verin from being bound to the Horn.

    Rebecca Lovatt

    Is there any mention of that in A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a RAFO.

    Rebecca Lovatt

    Alright, thank you though...

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  • 88

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Question

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

    Brandon Sanderson

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

    Footnote

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

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  • 89

    Interview: Feb 16th, 2013

    KJacobs

    I managed to get in one question of my own: Do we know how many total letters Verin wrote, and did they all reach their intended destinations?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon smiled, and of course said, "Well, I know, but you don't." :) I immediately rephrased to 'Will we know?', to which he responded that yes, all of the letters were delivered, and he believed that further details were forthcoming in the Encyclopedia.

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  • 90

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Freelancer

    When Rand is exiting the tunnel into the Pit, if he had gotten a good look at the woman who spoke to him there, would he have recognized her?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He didn't get a good look at her.

    Freelancer

    Understood, but if he had, would he have known her face?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I should RAFO that, but no. She wasn't Verin.

    Freelancer

    Oh, I never believed it could be Verin.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Then who do you think he would recognize?

    Freelancer

    A face from his visions in Rhuidean.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aha, very subtle, I didn't see that coming. Still no.

    Freelancer

    So Nakomi (and we're sure it was Nakomi based on previous answers from Brandon who said Nakomi could be found near the end of A Memory of Light) is not one of the Jenn seen by Rand at the founding of Rhuidean. She could still be another of the Jenn. For others attending an upcoming signing, consider how to follow up on this question and try to get something useful.

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  • 91

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    Was the Shadow able to track down or intercept any of Verin's letters after she died?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um...(laughs)...

    Terez

    You can answer that vaguely if you want.

    Brandon Sanderson

    ....(laughs, coughs)...I'm (ahem) really good at answering things vaguely, but I can say that at least one of them did not find its mark.

    Terez

    Okay. That's good.

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  • 92

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    Have we seen Nakomi in any other guise? Is she somebody we would know?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, we haven't. Good question.

    Terez

    That's a good answer.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can kill the Nakomi-Verin theory.

    Terez

    Yeah, well you already did that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, okay.

    Terez

    Yeah. I pay attention, you know.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mmmhmm.

    Terez

    (laughs)

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  • 93

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    ajonelis ()

    When you took over writing the Wheel of Time series, was there anything that RJ had in his notes that just completely surprised you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hmm... The scene where Egwene gets a specific visitor in The Gathering Storm surprised me the most, I think. Also, at the end of Towers where Moiraine and Thom get engaged. I hadn't noticed how strong the clues about those two were.

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