||Thus Spake the Creator
Q: When Rand takes Verin and the
others through a portal stone in <The Great Hunt>,
at the end of each life he heres "I have won again
Lews Therin". I thought that if the DO won even once
the wheel would be broken and therfor the Dragon would
not be reborn again. How could the DO have won before to
be able to say "again"?
A: There are degrees of victory.
The Dark One can acheive victory by breaking free, but
can also acheive lesser victories. Such as by stopping
the Dragon Reborn from doing other things he was born to
do. It isn't as simple as him being born to fight The
Dark One. It's never simple.
Q: Please find out if Lews Therin balefired himself in
the prologue in EotW, or if he just drew too much of the
OP. If it isn't critical to the continuing plot, I'm sure
A: 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.
Q: What was Lews Therin's age at the time of the
sealilng of the bore, and was his prowness with the sword
(and sammael's) comparable to modern blademasters?
A: Read and find out!
Q: In WH, Lews Therin says "We are not builders,
not you, or I, or the other one." Now I know if I
ask who the other one is, i know I'll just get a RAFO,
but should we be able to figure out who the 'other one'
A: You should have some hints. Follow your hunches
Q: Mr. Jordan, is it possible that in another age,
another turning of the wheel, that Saidar could be
tainted instead of Saidin? This relates to the Female
A: That is not something I intend to explore.
Q: Are there any dragons (like real dragons (=animals))
in Rand's world. If not where did they get the idea of
A: there are no animal dragons of any kind in this world.
the people speak of a man called the Dragon. They know
that the banner that has a certain creature on it was the
banner of this man and they have taken to calling this
creature the dragon. to them it is a simple association
with the name of this man.
Reports from signings
when a female hero is needed she is one of the ones bound
to the wheel. Jordan did mention a name but i didnt hear
it. But he did say the Dragon is never female.
Let's try and clear
some of this up... I can't remember the exact question,
but from what I read in this thread, it doesn't matter (I
haven't read the Female Dragon thread). RJ said that, no,
it is not possible to have a female dragon. If the wheel
needs a female dragon, then it would weave in *insert
female dragon name here*. Probably because of the blank
faces he was getting he then added, you can find her in
the scene where Mat blows the horn...
He also said that a
soul ready to be reborn cannot change gender, therefor
the dragon is ALWAYS male.
Q: "Is this soul born in any other age, or only
at the advent and (theoretically, of course) the closing
of the Third Age, as The Dragon/TDR?"
A: This soul is one of the Heroes, and bound to the
Wheel, spun out as the Pattern wills. "It"
is born in other ages, but in a non-Dragon incarnation,
to suit the pattern of that Age. In the course of
this answer, he related this to why Hawkwing calls Rand
"Lews Therin" at Falme--because Hawkwing
recognizes this Soul. This didn't really tell me
why he specifically calls him "LTT", but
apparently they've been hangin' together in T'A'R and the
etiquette there is to call each other by the name of your
last incarnation. (My interpretation.)
In this same Age, in a different Turning of the
Wheel of time, could it be possible that it woulnd't be
Rand's soul that was spun out as the Dragon, but for a
different, female soul to take on this role?
Jordan said "Yes" then maybe a few more
words and only then did I remember to actually put the
recorder on again. If I remember correctly Avaeus taped
those first few words on his digital camera however, so
I'll see if I can add those exact words here.
...it would have to be. Err, in the differences between
the same Age in different turnings of the Wheel, are that..
as for an analogy: imagine two tapestries hanging on a
wall, and you look at them from the back of the room to
the front of the store. And to look at them, they look
identical to you. But as you get closer, you begin to see
differences. And if you get close enough, they don't look
anything at all alike. That is the difference between the
Ages. Between the Age in one Turning and the Age in
another. So it's quite possible that someone other
than Rand could be the reborn soul of the Dragon Reborn.
[And that's the phrase that ended my jubilation.]
It would be the same soul, or it would be a different
It would be the same soul. That is, that is the belief of
the world that I've set up, that it's the same soul. It's
a soul of someone bound to the Wheel, which is spun out
for the purposes, for the Wheel's purposes really, to
attempt to rebalance the Weaving of the Pattern.
But the soul would always be male. Souls don't change
gender, so ...
...so the soul of the Dragon Reborn is always going to
be male [*sobs] , just as Birgitte's soul is
always born as a woman, just as Ameresu's soul [He
actually pronounced this as Amatherisu. Anyone else find
it curious that Jordan would place her on equal footing
with Rand and Birgitte? The way he said this reminded me
of Mother Therese, just like 'Materese the Healer' (TEotW,
Chapter 4). Amerasu could most definitely be the same
person as Materese. And the "The Healer" tag
suddenly gets a lot more meaning, when thinking about how
important she is to Jordan...] is always born as
a woman. There are divisions here, and they are not
interchangable. Damn! - Raina
KuraFire asked about... I don't precisely remember
what Kura asked. Oh, but I do. Doing Nogling a favor, he
talked about Ishamael's belief that Rand had fought him
for time without end, and asked if it was perhaps not
Rand's goal to take on the DO, but to only take on the
DO's Nae'blis. Jordan gleefully answered "Read And
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