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Discussion in 'News & Updates' started by Elan Morin Tedronai, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. evenstar

    evenstar Lady of the Night

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    Yet another pointless question.

    Question:

    In The Path of Daggers (Unweaving), Elayne discovers a ter'angreal that looks like: 'A stout, bearded man with a jolly smile, holding a book.' Was this a sneaky cameo appearance by yourself?


    Robert Jordan Answers:

    Well, I may not be Alfred Hitchcock, but I do like to show up now and then.
     
  2. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    Haha, thats pretty funny, but also, very....very pointless.
     
  3. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    Heh, I never made the connection, funny though
     
  4. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    A newie, this ones much better....seriously it is.

    Week 1 question submitted by: Michael W. (and others)
    Hometown: Germany


    Question:

    Are the Eelfinn limited in their power to grant wishes? To what degree can they affect the outside world? Also, is there any relation between what the Aelfinn do and Min's ability?


    Robert Jordan Answers:

    Oh, yes, there definitely are limits to the powers of the Eelfin. For one thing, they cannot affect the outside world at all. If you said that you wanted to be King of the World, you might well find that what you received was not what you expected. For example, they might put you out of their world into a world with no other sentient life, where you would be king by default. Then again, you might find yourself with the necessary skills to make yourself King of the World, if you were able. Actually achieving it would be up to you. But then, many of their "gifts" are skewed in this way. You must be very careful is your asking if you want to receive what you are hoping for. And yet, remember that Mat actually did receive very much what he asked for. Just not in the way that he wanted.

    No, there is no connection between what the Aelfinn do and what Min does.
     
  5. Unraveller

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    Well, the first part doesn't change much, we pretty much knew that already. I wonder if Aes Sedai learned how to get around the Oath from the 'Finns...

    As for the whole Lanfear/Asmo thing if anything it supports it. She asks to have Asmo killed, they put her there to kill him. Then they exact payment, her life. But, we run up against the obstacles that have always impeded the Lanfear case, if she was there just to kill him why hide in that room? He chose it at random while looking for wine. The way it's written looks very strongly like it's someone he suprised while they were hiding, someone like Graendal maybe? It doesn't seem likely as an ambush to me. But the 'Finns have strange powers, maybe they knew he would blunder in there.

    The second part puts paid to all those 'Half-Finn Min' theories.
     
  6. evenstar

    evenstar Lady of the Night

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    And the new question is...

    Question:

    Is the mark that Alviarin received from Shaidar Haran the same as that the Forsaken receive from the Dark One? If so, is she now a Forsaken, or some sort of lesser Chosen?


    Robert Jordan Answers:

    The mark that Alviarin received from Shaidar Haran was not the same as that given to the Forsaken, though it shares one function: Shadowspawn will recognize her as belonging to the Dark One. They will not obey her as they will the Forsaken, however, but she doesn't have to worry about one trying to kill her, either. She is not any sort of lesser Chosen. You might think of it more like the tattoo some people get put inside the ear of their dog, an identification so others will know who the dog belongs to as soon as they see it.
     
  7. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    I think its safe to say we all knew that already....or atleast guessed it.
     
  8. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    We have another one.

    Question:

    After Moiraine fought Lanfear in Cairhien, what happened to the wagons full of ter'angreal and such that came out of the Aiel Waste? Are they just in some storeroom there? And what happened to Moiraine’s horse Aldieb?

    Robert Jordan Answers:

    The ter’angreal and so forth that came from Rhuidean are still in Cairhien for the moment, warded by Rand so they aren’t accessible to anyone but him. Aldieb is in the stables at the Sun Palace.
     
  9. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    Week 4 question submitted by: Philip (and others)
    Hometown: Montreal


    Question:

    How exactly does one become a Darkfriend? How does the recruiting structure for the Black Ajah work? Being Mistress of Novices, was Merean particularly active in recruiting?


    Robert Jordan Answers:

    By and large, each cell of Darkfriends recruits people it thinks are likely candidates, though they need to do so very carefully, studying them, sounding them out slowly. Darkfriends are always on the lookout for new members, since they feel very much like an oppressed minority and want to increase their numbers. Once a move to recruit is made, though, either it succeeds or the failed candidate dies.

    For someone seeking actively to become a Darkfriend, generally one begins by trying to attract the attention of those who already are Darkfriends. One fairly safe way is to let comments drop that indicate that you don't think the Light is all it's cracked up to be, that praying to the Creator seems useless etc. If this comes to the wrong ears, you might be in varying degrees of trouble depending on what country you are in and who it is that overhears, but you are unlikely to get worse than a flogging from the authorities and possibly only a stern warning to watch your talk from somebody in a tavern, perhaps accompanied by a clout on the ear. Although someone might decide to slip a knife into you in some rougher areas of some towns. It's only relatively safe. By the by, claiming not to believe in the Creator is a good way to avoid recruitment by the Darkfriends. After all, if there is no Creator, how can the Dark One be imprisoned, and if he isn't, then why hasn't he taken over and rewarded the faithful? One of the fastest ways to attract attention is to show yourself willing to kill to advance yourself or simply for gain. That doesn't mean that every strongarm who's willing to slit a throat to steal a purse is a Darkfriend. Some of those might well be horrified by the suggestion. This method has its drawbacks, of course, since if you attract the attention of the authorities first, you are very likely to end up with a noose around your neck or a trip to the headsman's block.

    In the White Tower, Black sisters watch novices and Accepted closely for any indication that they might be leaning toward the Shadow or susceptible to the promises of the Shadow. They also watch other sisters, since people do change. Not every Black sister was recruited on the day she gained the shawl nor soon after. Merean had a fine position for watching novices and Accepted, but many sisters teach. Some do little else, but others take turns at it for various periods, so Merean was not necessarily the primary recruiter during her time as Mistress of Novices, not even among those in her charge.
     
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    Week 5 question submitted by: John P
    Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

    Question:

    Did the Dark One or Ishamael, either one, have a say in the placement of any or all of the other Chosen once they were released, or did they all just carve out power bases of their own choosing?

    Robert Jordan Answers:

    They carved out power bases of their own choosing based on various criteria, one of which I will reveal. (Others are definitely RAFO!) For the most part, Ishamael excepted, they set out to create worldly power for themselves using the methods they favored in the Age of Legends. That is, Moghedien worked from the shadows using subversion, Sammael, Be'lal and Rahvin attempted to seize control of national governments and so on. The theory behind this was that once the Dark One broke free, those with the largest worldly power bases would be rewarded most.
     
  11. Turin

    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    I think we knew that already, at least I assumed as much.
     
  12. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    Well, i didnt think it could happen, but this is perhaps the worst question asked yet...

    Week 6 question submitted by: Jason
    Hometown: England


    Question:

    House Damodred seems really complicated. Who is who, and how are they related (Moiraine, Barthanes, Laman, Caraline etc...)?


    Robert Jordan Answers:

    Laman was Moiraine's uncle, and Caraline is her cousin. Barthanes was Laman's cousin and succeeded him as High Seat though not as king.
     
  13. Nienor

    Nienor Administrator Staff Member

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    They could have looked that up on any FAQ. :rolleyes:
     
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    Crusader Disturber of the Peace

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    Or better yet, they could have not been an idiot
     
  15. Unraveller

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    Well said, very Blackadder. ;)
     
  16. Elan Morin Tedronai

    Elan Morin Tedronai The Forsaken

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    Well, we have another one. Its something we didn't know, but its not very important

    Week 7 question submitted by: Patrick N
    Hometown: Franklin, TN

    Question:

    Since the first few books, Rand's and Perrin's dreams have been protected. Rand can weave a ward around his dreams. Perrin being a wolfbrother has protected his dreams. How have Mat's dreams been protected since the first half of the series?

    Robert Jordan Answers:

    A side effect of his foxhead medallion, though he doesn't know it. This was not part of the intended purpose of making the medallion; it's a true side effect.
     
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    I suppose it stands to reason in some ways but not in others, it should protect from anyone using the Power, either to enter T'A'R (with a ter'angreal) or using it to influence someone in T'A'R. Don't inderstand how it can protect against a true Dreamwalker though, unless Dreamwalking is a subconscious manifestation of the Power. Can't remember if we've seen any nonchanneller Dreamwalkers, apart from Perrin and Slayer, and they seem to have been granted it as a gift, Slayer from the DO (or perhaps as the Shadow's version of a Wolfbrother) and Perrin as a side-effect of being a Wolfbrother (as wolves live half in T'A'R). I don't think any of the nonchanneller Wise Ones are Dreamwalkers, are they?
     
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    *faints* I can't believe Unraveller didn't know something. :eek:

    http://www.encyclopaedia-wot.org/
    quote - "The Talent of having dreams that foretell the future. This Talent is not connected to the One Power. (ACoS,Ch10) Dreaming is closely linked with Foretelling."
    "Those with the Talent of dreamwalking can enter Tel'aran'rhiod in their sleep and walk through the world of dreams. The ability to dreamwalk is not connected to the One Power. (ACoS,Ch10) The Wise Ones believe that male dreamwalkers are extremely rare. (ACoS,Ch10)"

    I think that Bair and Seana are both non-channelers who can dreamwalk.
     
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    So, how does the foxhead protect against them then?
     
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    well its a side effect so it could be for any reason.