|Thus Spake The Creator
The Wheel and the Pattern
Q: I was curious if you could clear something up for
me, The Dragon Lews Therin ended the Age of Legends, but
Rand Al'Thor is the next dragon, and he's not coming out
of the Age of Legends?
Q: I was wondering if you could comment on some of the
clues that Randland (as we call it) seems to be written
as a future earth.
Q: Is Rand's world an atheistic world, based on only
human "powers" - there seems to be a "devil"
but nothing on the flip side .
Q: Because the wheel of time contains the Dark ones
prison, and the ages repeat with each revolution, then
isnt humanity itself also imprisioned....unable to truly
Q: Is our earth a future or past turn of the wheel?
Q: How was the Dark One created, i.e. is he a fallen
angel, an inherent part of the universe, etc.?
Mr. Jordan, it's fairly common knowledge that the Dark
One was bound by the creator outside of the pattern at
the moment of creation. Would it then be safe to assume,
after concepts brought to light in the new release, that
the world before the opening of the prison never knew
true evil? If so, then was each age before the opening of
the Age of Legends different facets of some utopia? As
well, without major conflict between good and evil, what
caused ages to pass? Thanks.
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"?
Q: Since the ability to channel
seems to be primarily linked to the soul, if a Channeler
is gentled/stilled, will this affect his/hers soul in a
follow life as well, as in, will the ability to Channel
still be lost?
Q: What would happen if the Dark One was victorious?
And why can the Dark One act on the world but it seems
the Creator cannot?
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: 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
Q: What happens to the soul of someone
when he becomes a Gray Man. Is his thread removed from
the Pattern, or are threads and souls different things
Q: At one point in the story we see Ishamael talking
to Rand, and telling him that they have fought countless
times in the past, but this is the final time. Is there
anything about his Age that makes it special?
Reports from signings
On the question on the "alignment" of the characters, he said that there are no completely good character in the books, as he thought such a character would be completely boring (right - Galad is boring! - my comment), and would probably be killed rather quickly, like other fully good persons in the world. He took Jesus as example of this. Instead, every person struggles with the good and bad sides of his/her personality. Another point he pressed was that "noone's going to rescue you", there are not going to happen any miracles. The Creator shaped the world and set the rules, but does not interfer. Humankind messed things up, and have to fix it too, as well as finding the truth themselves.
When Moghedien ripped out Birgitten from T'A'R she "short-circuited" the Pattern, by bringing in an adult "in the flesh" instead of letting Birgitte join Gaidal Cain the "normal" way. He said also that Gaidal Cain may not have any role to play in Tarman Gai'don. [ "may" - consider that - my note ]
Female dragon..NO 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...
Gender/soul rebirth he said is best illustrated by Mat and Birgitte. But he then said that there was more to it than that. Not sure what he meant exactly. Probably the point.
Balefire: I'm right. (This was my question) What this means is, if someone is Balefire, the Dark One can't reincarnate them. But they CAN be spun back out into the wheel as normal. Balefire is NOT the eternal death of the soul. He also made a comment to the effect that even in the absence of balefire, there may be circumstances where the Dark One cannot bring someone back. There was a long line, so I didn't press.
Each age is NOT precisely the same with each new turning of the wheel. I actually asked RJ to explain this before Eye even came out, because he was trying to explain the cosmology to me and I wasn't getting it. The analogy he used (for the differences between an Age in one turning and in another) was to say that it would be like standing in front of what looked to be two copies of the same painting; but as you looked closely, you'd start to find tiny, subtle differences, more and more differences the more closely you looked, until you eventually realized that the paintings were almost completely different.
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
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