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Interviews: BYU Stormleader Dinner - Matt Hatch

Summary:

Entries

7

Date

Oct 27th, 2009

Type

Verbatim

Location

Provo, UT

TourCon

The Gathering Storm Book Tour

Bookstore

BYU

Reporter

Matt Hatch

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  • 1

    Matt Hatch

    Note to readersóI did not transcribe the entire hour long conversation. Instead, I picked what I thought were the most important plot related items.

    Enjoy,
    Matt

  • 2

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon summarizes why the next book will be a bit more chaotic than The Gathering Storm, which may make Towers of Midnight a longer book. The Gathering Storm feels focused, whereas the Towers of Midnight may not feel that way.

    Brandon discusses Mistborn questions.

    Brandon mentioned that Peter knows the secret.

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    Matt Hatch

    Did Robert Jordan leave a power to time comparison, as to how much time is burned back on a thread using balefire. Is there a calculation that says x amount of power will burn back x amount of time on a thread?

    Brandon Sanderson

    M.A.F.OóMaria and Find Out. What he did leave, he left a lot of stuff, there is discussion of these things in the notes. I need to look and see if there is an actual equation. He was very focused on strength of the Power and things like that. He has probably told you before, I think Iíve seen a copy of that on notes and things. He did leave scales on exactly how powerful each person is...

    MARIA SIMONS (VIA LUCKERS)

    RAFO. Sorry, but we are doing an encyclopedia, and I have to reserve some things in case we want to put them in there.

    Footnote

    This is answered in more detail below, at entry #5.

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    Matt Hatch

    The Choedan Kal, does it amplify your power? Is it a limited, for example, if I have a certain amount of power does it give me 10x what I have, or is it a certain amount of power I can access?

    Brandon Sanderson

    One of the things Iíve been doing when I answer questions is that Iíve been saying that this is my understanding and putting an asterisk at the bottom that is a—I am speaking from my understanding and not from specific knowledge from the notes, meaning yes I am probably right but these are the questions I could be wrong on...this one my understanding is that it is a reservoir of power. It is not necessarily a magnification. A very weak person with a very powerful saíangreal is very powerful. Iím pretty sure on that one, but I will add the asterisk just in case. If you send me an email, I can go back and look to make sure. But Iím reasonably sure on that one, the reasons being things that are talked about in the notes mixed with the way angreal and saíangreal worked previously in the books mixed with two specific things that he talked about in the notes when people using angreal and saíangreal after they become very weak or after they are weak.

    Footnote

    Brandon is presumably talking about Siuan and Moiraine, both of whom are weaker and supplemented by a sa'angreal and a strong angreal respectively. However, Brandon's explanation wouldn't explain why Elayne thought it prudent to give the angreal to the strongest women when the Bowl of the Winds was used. If it were simply a reservoir of power, then it wouldn't matter who used the angreal in a circle.

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    Matt Hatch

    We know that in the Age of Legends that the Forsaken/Chosen, everyone agreed to stop using balefire because of its effects on the Pattern. Is it unrealistic then to say that a great amount of power could burn someoneís thread back a year or six months? Is that an unrealistic thing to say that there is enough power available to either one or multiple people to burn somebody back that far?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I see what you are getting at you are trying to figure out if killed Graendal with a whole lot of balefire would bring Asmodean back to life.

    MATT HATCH

    ...like that could ever happen...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Thatís what you are digging for isnít it?

    MATT HATCH

    Letís say, if a Forsaken was responsible for killing another Forsaken...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Uh huh...

    MATT HATCH

    And said Forsaken was balefired...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    You are under the assumption...You are trying to figure out who killed Asmodean again. Thatís what you are trying to do and Iím not going to get caught and let you know...

    MATT HATCH

    Itís a legit question...and Iím sure whatever is said at this table stays at this table...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Iím sure, the leader of Theoryland and the guy taping this... [much laughter] Letís divorce it. Rand balefires Rahvin as hardcore as he could and Rand is one of the most powerful people to live and he got us—what have you determined?—from the lightning killing Mat until balefire killed Rahvin, Iíd guess fifteen minutes.

    MATT HATCH

    Well, he at least got us fifteen minutes. We donít know how far back, we just know up to that moment.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Well, we do know because if it had been too much further than that we would have noticed a lot of discrepancies in the Pattern from things heíd done...

    MATT HATCH

    Letís say thirty minutes to an hour, at the most...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Alright, thirty minutes to an hour. Okay, letís say the Choedan Kal amplifies his abilities 100-fold...letís say itís a 100 times more powerful than Rand. Thatís giving us, lets say he got an hour, weíve got four days, from the most powerful, one of the most powerful saíangreal ever created. I think it is unrealistic to assume you can get back a year, but thatís not saying it is impossible. I think that if you did that to the Pattern the ramifications would be so dramatic youíd see the Pattern unraveling hardcore at that point, itís like balefiring an entire city. When I first read that guess I just laughed, Iím like guys címon lets run the math on this.

    MATT HATCH

    Like I said to Jennifer, it is my job at Theoryland to entertain these ideas.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes it is, it is your job to entertain them. But in the terms of Mythbusters letís go ahead and call that one ďBustedĒ in the realistic world. Iíve got to give you at least something, so Iíll at least give you that...If it were possible to do things like that, weíd have the Dark One just going and balefiring you know Tam so Rand never gets picked up off the mountain. [...] I think it is more loose guidelines than it is a formula.

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    Matt Hatch

    I donít think Jordan ever, maybe somebody asked, in his notes does he ever say what the treaties were between the 'Finns and the people with whom they made them? Are those treaties actually written down somewhere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um—I think that you may see some of this in the encyclopedia. How is that for a Robert Jordan answer for you? The encyclopedia is coming. [Stuff about the Big White Book]. It is actually going to be an encyclopedia...Harriet, Maria and Alan are working on that. A Memory of Light comes first so they have to keep dividing their time. My guess would be 2012, but if weíre really on the ball, I would think releasing it the same year of the last volume would be a smart thing to do...Peter will you take a note to let Maria know that I told them that that might happen so she is not blind sided by it. She and Harriet will have to decide if that goes in if anything regarding that goes in. The original treaty between the Aelfinn and Eelfinn and mankind. Just remind me to talk to Harriet to talk to Maria about it.

    MATT HATCH

    Are the treaties different?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Different from what?

    MATT HATCH

    There are two treaties...(hard to hear what I ask next, but Iím clarifying Snakes and Foxes).

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    They are similar, how about that. They are similar enough that they could be considered functionally identical but there are little differences.

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  • 7

    Matt Hatch

    About the Upcoming Epic Magic Battle Between Brandon and Jason Denzel:

    Brandon Sanderson

    See, Iím expecting...the reason why Iím doing it like Iím doing it. Iím giving myself a handicap. Iím not going to draw back into my stock of super cards like I could do. Iím only going to use the cards Iíve been given. Itís the natural, smaller pool. Iím expecting him to go and build the uber-super-deck. He can reach to any cards he wants and build the perfect deck...heís going to need the fans to tell him what to make and then to make it...I donít feel sorry for Jason at all. Heís going to come at me with some uber-deck perfected by fans at tournaments...oh heís good at getting sympathy, but Iím going to expose him for what he is...

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