|Thus Spake The Creator
RAFO (or the equivalent)
A brief explanation first:
Q: To clarify a point made earlier, what is the RAFO
Q: Does RAFO mean you don't know how it will turn out,
or do you want to keep us in suspense?
And now the questions.
Q: What went on with Egwene, Mat and Fain in the
dungeon of The Great Hunt?
Q: Could Aviendha be pregnant...enquiring minds want
Q: Will Moiraine come back from the dead since Lanfear
and Asmodean apparently have?
Q: Is Aran'gar really Lanfear? If she is, how did she
Q: What is Padan Fain's overall role in the Wheel Of
Time (besides hating Rand with a passion)
Q: Can we expect the introduction of any new, major
Q: What exactly is Padan Fain?
Q: Is Moraine really dead?
Q: If Rand's mother isn't Aiel, was she formerly Queen
Q: What is there to Lan's brother Isam, in the waste.
. .is he a darkfriend, or more. . .
Q: What is/was Garen's Wall? Will it play a role?
Q: My question has a few parts When Pe left the Two
Rives did he tell people who he was going to see? Did
Rands Father come/ Does he know about Rand being The DR?
Q: I was wondering if the Dark One is ever going to be
manifested into a single person, and was also wondering
where you went to college?
Comment : Your an amazing author! If only everyone
else in the world was like you, then the world might be a
Q: Cuendillar grows stronger when the One Power is
directed into it, but can the One Power be drawn out of
it, causing it to break?
Q: Will we learn what happened to Jain Charin "Farstrider"
after his disapearance?
Q: What did Rand see in the sky in the alternate world
in The Great Hunt? (Shadowspawn don't use sho-wings, and
Forsaken don't need them.)
Q: What is going to happen with Elayne, Min, Rand and
Avhi in their relationship? Will they all get along?
Q: Does using the Oath Rod shorten ones lifespan?
Q: ADMIT IT!!!!!! DASHIVA IS OSAN'GAR111111
Q: What happens to Birgitte if the Horn of Valere is
Q: How do you explain the longevity of the Kin?
Q: On the discussion boards in the SF/F area, one of
the hottest topics of debate is the queston of who killed
Asmodean. Can you shed any light on the subject?
Q: There is a mystery man who helps Rand in the last
chapter of ACoS, my Question: Is this a new character, or
have we seen him elsewhere.
Q: Mr. Jordan, will we find out more about the Snakes
and Foxes in future books?
Q: Will we ever know the specifics of Logain's escape,
or rather, are they signficant at all?
Q: We know of high ranking darkfriends among the Aes
Sedai and Whitecloaks. Is it safe to assume that there's
one placed near each of the ta'veren as well?
Q: One of the Forsaken once said of the current Aes
Sedai, "They bind themselves like criminals."
Was the Forsaken reffering to the Oath Rod?
Q: A follow up to the previous Beidomon Question: Is
he somewhere in the current age?
Q: Are there limits to the Dark One's power besides:
inability to reincarnate balefired people, and his
Q: Mr Jordan, please forgive if this is redundant, as
I just recently joined the conference. Is Moiraine well
and truly dead? or could her and Mierin/Lanfear reappear
at some later venue?
Q: I know you've said we have enough information to
figure it out for ourselves, but, are you ever going to
come right out and say who(or what)killed Asmodaen?
Q: Are we going to see Moiraine again?? Lanfear?? My
wife would like to know why none of the main characters
have any children. Are there any in their future??
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
Do you have any plans for introducing the land of madness
into the World of Time series besides its mention in the
guide, and if so, can you elaborate a little?
Why did you decide to remove (for the time being, I
assume) the character of Moiraine? Was it completely plot-driven,
or was it actually a way of reworking her character?
Mr. Jordan: First, congratulations on your new book. I'm
absolutely dying to read it, and I'm sure it will be as
awesome as the rest. My question regards THE EYE OF THE
WORLD: Near the end of the book Rand hears a voice that
vibrates his skull with its intensity. Was that the
Creator talking to him? I believe the voice even said,
"I will take no part..."
We know that people who can channel can mask the fact
that they can channel. Is it possible for a person to
make it appear as if she/he is less powerful than she/he
First of all, I would like to thank you, Mr. Jordan, for
doing this. I have been reading (and rereading) the Wheel
of Time for some time now. I am amazed by the number and
complexity of characters you have created for this world.
Now my question is can we assume that most of the
characters that we read about in one book and then
disappear in the other books will make a comeback at some
point? I am thinking about Elyas and Domon, among others.
It has been alleged that you've said we already have
enough information to determine who killed Asmodean.
However, this is still a mystery to most of your readers.
Will there be more clues, or perhaps an all-out
revelation of the answer to this whodunit?
Was the Dark Prophecy in THE GREAT HUNT (Now the Great
Lord comes...) a real prophecy, or was it a taunt?
Hi, Mr. Jordan. I'm rereading the Wheel of Time series
over, so I can work myself up for PATH OF DAGGERS. My
question: Who is the Daughter of the Nine Moons?
What do you think the chances are that perhaps by the end
of the series, the Dark Lord will face Rand? Would there
be an actual, awesome battle? I just liked to say, Mr.
Jordan, you rock.
Who offed Asmodean?
Q: So will the male-female duality be resolved? Or is
this a "read and find-out" question?
Q: Will rand end up with all
three girls or just one? =)
Q: is Rand the most powerful
channeler alive right now?
Q: So far all that is known about the final test
before becoming Aes Sedai is that it involves channeling
under extreme pressure. Would you be willing to give a
little more detail? And if not, will we find out more
later in the books or perhaps the Guide?
Q: Will we being seeing more of the snakes and foxes
in the next book?
Q: Was Ishamael ever REALLY
sealed in Shayol Ghul with the DO and the rest of the
Q: Is Tai'Daishar the foal of
Daishar? Could someone bond Bela?...pause....Why? Any
chance that Bela will foal during the series? Exactly how
old is Bela supposed to be?
Q: You once said that all the
info needed for solving Asmo was there by the end of tFoH.
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 TGH and the two black sisters
in TSR, but I don't think it mentions a name.
Q: is it possible to pass a
warder or any bond to a non channeler. Or even a latent
Q: What are the actual requirements for being raised
to the shawl?
Q: Who was the one who is no more? The innkeeper or
the guy on the barrel?
Q: Is the innkeeper an ex-Aes Sedai?
Q: Once and for all end the ageless look thing. Is it
obvious that it is tied to the oath rod?
Q: Who killed Asmodean? (Right. Like he'll tell us).
Anyway ask if the clues to figure it out are all included
Q: And for fun ask whether Ogier can be friends of the
Q: Are the Aiel already a Remnant?
Q: When Birgitte says she remembers a tale of a female
Warder after being bonded to Elayne, does she remember
Q: You might also want to ask him about the sexual
preferences of Galina, Bain and Chiad. :-)
Q: "Have we seen Osan'gar anywhere else since his
first appearance?" (No doubt a RAFO)
Q: Is Dashiva Osan'gar?
Q: 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)
Q: Could you please give finally "reveal
all" about who killed asmodean at the end of the
fifth book of your series? Much speculation has been
bandied about, and you have said yourself you have given
us enough clues, so could you put said speculation to
rest? Thanks for your great series, it's been a really
good read so far!
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: Mr. Jordan, I loved your flashbacks to the Age of
Legends in Book Four. I'm fascinated by how so many
characters regard this Age as an incredible time when Aes
Sedai could accomplish anything. Will we learn anything
else about the Age of Legends in your upcoming books?
Q: Will Sharina play a more prominent role in WH? How
big of a role will she play in books to come? Will we
learn more about her, like her past, thoughts, feelings.
Q: Were the 9 Rods of Dominion mentioned in the Eye of
The World prologue sa'angreal? Do they or will they play
any role in the series? Was the sa'angreal used to heal
Mat one of these Rods?
Q: First, thanks for such a wonderful series. Your
unsurpassed character development, such an important part
of fiction writing, makes this series stand head and
shoulders above similar-themed works. My question is
about balance. Obviously your world is driven by pattern
and balance (male and female, light and dark, etc). Why
is it that as many of your major and minor characters
find their complement (i.e. significant other), Rand has
3, ehh, girlfriends. Is this simply because he's the
"big cheese", or does this obvious imbalance
represent the Wheel weaving what is necessary for the
final resolution of the story?
Q: For any of the mysteries, i.e. Moridin's identity
and Asmodean's death, would you tell us where to look for
clues we probably missed? Or just mention some clues that
we all probably didn't see?
Q: how exactly do Wells work, if a person is in a
place where the cannot sense saidar then how do they
embrace to channel from the Well? And can you use a well
when you are shielded from the Source?
Q: Has a Gholam ever been in Caemlyn?
Q: Mr. Jordan, When ever a channeler draws on the OP,
does he\she become temporarily outside the Wheel's
control? I ask this because min's viewings of aes sedai
get fuzzy whenever they draw on the Power and in LOC
egwene avoids rand's taveren effect by drawing on saidar.
Q: How does Mat's medallion damage the Gholam? Also,
what significance to the Seanchan does his spear have?
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'
Q: What events looked like they had Demandred's hand
in them? I refer to the comment about proxies.
Q: What would happen to a gholam suddenly deposited,
one way or another, into a stedding?
Q: Why do you think everyone has a hard time
figuring out who killed Asmodean? Graendal killed him.
Q: What a kind of numbers militarily do the
Seanchan have on this side of the aryth?
Q: We know Taim isn't who he says, and so does
Rand. But wasn't Logain supposed to reveal him as a liar?
What happened to that?
Q: Where are the Trollocs? I miss them.
Q: Will the Choedan Kal be used again during the
series, and if so, will other access keys be found? Let
me guess ... read and find out?
Q: The Isle of Maddness is mentioned in the coffee
table book. Do you have any plans on incorporating it
into one of the next books?
Q: Is the Moiraine character going to come back?
Q: This will probably be a RAFO, but I
hope you can at least say something, or did you just
forget about him? What happened to Sheriam's Warder?
Q: In 'The Shadow Rising,' Lanfear mentioned two
sa'angreal stronger than Callandor that a male could use.
Is the second one ever going to appear?
Q: In the Great Hunt, was Lanfear present to inspire
the Dark Prophecy about "Daughter of the Night, she
Q: In the Guide, there's this song from the Ogier...
about clear the fields, smooth it low... ... here the
towering trees will grow. Is this sung when stedding are
Q: why do rand, mat and perrin see colors when they
think of each other?
Q: Question concerning Winters Heart: What happened to
the fem ter'a Choedan Kal, what didn't happen to the male
ter'a Choedan Kal?
You very often answer questions with "Read
and find out" -
Q: Are ther any channelers on the Seanchan continent
that suffer from an emotional block like Nyneave had
Reports from signings
Some of the "Read-and-find-out-answers" are partly due to that there are things that _might_ happen, not decided yet, in future books. He also saw it as a way to diminish the reader's reading experience due to narrowing his view of the future works.
The check made by Verin on the Ogier that had his soul consumed by Machin Shin in TGH he commented with "Read and Find Out". The question about if any Amyrlin has been non-dramatically deposed he answered with "Read and Find Out". He though said that there were information deep inside the White Tower archives only accessible to the Amyrlin, the Keeper and the sitters, apart from the librarians tending them. The mere notion of knowing the existance that such information existed would be considered a crime for other Aes Sedai. On Moiraine's death-or-not-death he answered "Read and Find out".
On why Aviendha's toh required her to kill Rand, he said basically "Read and Find Out", but he noted that Aviendha is under the strain of several tohs. He also pointed out that her interpretation from Elayne's reaction from her confession to Elayne gives her a way out, but that Elayne does not share that interpretation. [ The show will certainly go on :-) ]
On Dreamers, Dreamwalkers and prophetic dreams he said that the ability to interpret one's dreams, enter T'A'R and meddle with other people's dreams were different Talents. On the amount of ter'angreal enabling entry into T'A'R in the White Tower and if entry into T'A'R could be learnt he answered "Read and Find Out".
On the question if it is possible to find out who is "the one who is no longer" RJ answered: "Possibly".
On the subject if the Oath Rod shortens lifespan or cause infertility he answered, not surprisingly, "Read and Find Out".
Wouldn't say anything about Shara, of course, and Greebs' persistent efforts to get RJ to admit to the OR==Agelessness were met with a chuckle and a RAFO.
I asked him exactly why the pool of untainted saidin was needed at the Eye of the World. He kindof gave me a RAFO. RJ said that he has an idea of what he wants that to have been for, but he's not sure he's going to use it, so he didn't want to give me infomation and then change his mind later.
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.
My second question was whether or not we would get to see the Battle of Tar Valon or if it would happen "off-screen". He opened his mouth, hesitated a second and shot me down with a "Read And Find Out". Bastard.
Then I asked about Elayne's Rod of Pleasure, and got a RAFO with the explicit warning that we might not ever get to the FO part.
Me: What happened with Elayne and that warm
I asked if we would see Isam/Luc again. "RAFO."
I was able to get a few questions in. Karl-Johan
I got a RAFO about the nature of Fain. However I
think I worded the question differently than we had
originally planned. Damn if I could find the paper
I took notes on
And the silly trivial 'I-just-want-to-know-without-a-doubt-question'
which almost got me more than I had planned.
One of the regular contributors to the group--I don't recall whom--suggested asking whether Moridin came into existence before or after the 'gars. That one earned a quick glance and an RAFO.
Will more heroes be bound to the Horn? RAFO.
Who or what is the Tamyrlin? RAFO.
(RAFO sometimes means that he intends to reveal it later. Sometimes it means that an answer is not consequential, but it's logical implications ARE consequential.)
Does the Snakes and Foxes game played in the Two Rivers have anything to do with the 'finn? RAFO. (My answer: Duh?)
Ok, I got my book signed in Vroman's in
Pasadena, CA, today. RJ was extremely friendly, and
talked to everyone, laughing and even teasing a bit. One
could say he was "jolly".
*FAQ: Who killed Asmodean?Should be intuitively
obvious to the most casual observer. [yeah, uh huh
Ok, we know that. But he also said that we should know
based on where everyone was, what they were thinking,
what they were doing. Duh, right? But he made a point of
mentioning where. For people thinking it was a Traveller,
would where be important? Dunno
My questions: (before this point, I couldnt get
a good listening spot without getting out of the line
well, big mass of people. But I dont think many, if
any questions were asked, as it took 2 minutes to get to
Q4: I just have one question. In the end, who
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 Find Out."
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.
Q: How are stedding created?
Q: Does Perrin still have Moiraine's