|Thus Spake The Creator
Q: What went on with Egwene, Mat and Fain in the
dungeon of The Great Hunt?
Q: I noticed that your other pen name is Sean O'Neal.
Did you draw Matt's "Band of the Red Hand" from
Q: Mr. Jordan. I love your series, it is intricate and
interesting. My favorite character (other than Rand) is
Matt. People have speculated that Odin was the outline
for this character. I see Chukullen (misspelled). Could
Mr. Jordan, my favorite character is Mat, and I was
wondering, do you find it ironic that a Hero of the
Wheel, who does not know that he is a Hero of the Wheel,
blew the Horn of Valere? Also, were did you get the idea
Q: How many crescent moons are on Mat's funky new
Q: Mr. Jordan- What rough percentage is devoted to Mat
and Perrin in this book? I must admit I was disappointed
Mat wasn't in the Path of Daggers more.
Q: You said earlier that Mat would get 'stuck' with
someone and you mentioned Pink Ribbons. Eighteen century
condoms were attached with such ribbons...is it linked?
Q: First off thanks for joining us on the chat. To
settle a dispute on our mailing list I would like to know
if the gholam works the same way as Mat's medallion? Can
it be killed by lightning or any such thing?
Q: Did you draw on folklore and mythologies for your
books? Specifically, Mat as a paralell to Odin, with his
spear that has Thought and Memory on it (Odin's raven's)
and the distinct possibility that he's gonna lose an eye
Q: why do rand, mat and perrin see colors when they
think of each other?
Q: What exactly are Mats memories, are they from his
ancestors, as they all seem to be connected to
Reports from signings
Anyway, Mat has indeed had far and away more MPS experience than our other young heroes, and intends to get much much more. I believe the quote was something like "The world is full of beautiful women, and Mat wants to romp barefoot though them all. (or was that with them all. same thing.) He's slept with lots of women; he's slept with women old enough to be his mother..." Also, Mat makes the Aes Sedai nervous. Sigh, and if RJ had shown all of this "on-screen," y'all wouldn't be complaining about the lack of explicit sex in TWOT!!! (And the books would read like _The Fallon Blood_.)
Mat's Foxy Medallion: As we surmised, it works by blocking direct channelling of both Saidin and Saidar, and its weakness is that it doesn't protect against indirect effects, like _lightening_. When did Mat Die and Live again? He said something that implied that the Die and Live again prophecy-fulfillment was the lightening incident in TFOH, and not the hanging incident in TSR. I was always sure it was the other way around. To paraphrase the Humblest Man on the Net: Who's this guy to tell me such things? He just wrote the books.
Mat's amulet blocks both Saidin and Saidar. Jordan answered this one straight-out when asked. He pointed out that the amulet only blocks actual weavings of the One Power, not the physical effects that could be caused by a weaving. For example, Elayne was able to use the OP to hurl a rock at Mat. Rahvin was able to create a bolt of lightning which struck Mat. (Jordan noted that Mat's death by lightning and subsequent undoing of his death when Rand balefired Rahvin, fulfills a phrophecy about living, dying, and then living again.)
Somebody finally summoned the courage to asking him outright, "What happened to Mat?" He replied, "He had a brick wall fall on him!"
At one point, he looked at me and added (with no
prompting or questioning) that no, Mat is not Cyndane.
He explained that at another Signing, he had a string of
ten or so people in a row ask him about Mat, and he got
The person said something along the lines of: "My
wife thinks Perrin is the sexiest man alive."
While there I asked another quick question "Are
Mat and Perrin Heroes of the Horn reborn?", which
got RAFO'd, as I feared. Sorry Witte, I tried.