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  • 1

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    Asmodean is, and I quote, road-kill. And he still claims there are many indirect clues from The Fires of Heaven on about who killed him. He also claims that very, very few of the fan letters he gets are correct about it.

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  • 2

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1994

    Question

    Did Bela kill Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    Read the book, chuckle chuckle.

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  • 3

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    He again confirmed that the facts are there by the end of Book FIVE re: Asmodean. [He] went on to say that some people have correctly figured it out, but he won't acknowledge that they're correct.

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  • 4

    Interview: Oct 22nd, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    At one point, RJ raised his voice to scold his wife, "No! No hints! They can figure it out!" She was grinning, apparently not chagrined at all. But she did stop saying any more at that point. This leads me to believe that Mr. Jordan enjoys immensely weaving the puzzle, as much as writing the book.

    He repeatedly reassured us that we have all the clues we need to figure out who killed Asmodean.

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  • 5

    Interview: 2010

    Mick Wick (30 July 2010)

    You said you were surprised when you found out who killed Asmodean. Who did you think was the killer before you read it?

    Brandon Sanderson (30 July 2010)

    Problem is, I'd read SO many theories by that point that my head spun. I can't say who I thought, or it would rule them out.

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  • 6

    Interview: 2010

    Austin Moore (10 August 2010)

    One thing that confuses me about Asmodean's murder is that RJ said most people who emailed him were wrong. Surprising?

    Brandon Sanderson (10 August 2010)

    No, not surprising. Even if one of the common theories is right, then most people emailing are wrong.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    For sake of argument, suppose a popular theory is correct. The fact that there are hundreds of theories...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    ...means that even if 1/3 of people choose the right theory, 2/3 pick one of the other many theories.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    So whether it's a common theory or an obscure one, most people emailing are wrong.

    TEREZ

    Hundreds? There are less than 10 viable suspects I think, LOL. Maybe 15 if you stretch it.

    TEREZ

    You are probably aware that RJ was willing to eliminate a suspect for Asmodean at two times: in 2001 and in 2005.

    TEREZ

    In 2001 he eliminated Rand on a general question; in 2005 at DragonCon he eliminated Fain from a list of suspects.

    TEREZ

    I think it is time for one more! With only 1.5 years to go, it would be nice to have it narrowed down one more time.

    TEREZ

    This with knowledge that you'd probably have to ask permission, and that it would be the last time before the reveal.

    TEREZ

    The new list should probably be: Lanfear, Graendal, Aviendha, Taim, Slayer, Moiraine, Sammael, Moridin.

    TEREZ

    I don't think anyone seriously argues anyone else, though I could be wrong.

    BRANDON SANDERSON (11 August)

    I will ask if I can eliminate one, just for you.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Lol. Well, I guess there IS a faction that doesn't care: http://bit.ly/cTGbqQ

    AUSTIN MOORE

    For Asmodean's killer revelation, will it just be an outright name or will it be explained how it happened and such?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Afraid that's a RAFO.

    Isabel

    @Brandon Sanderson and Team Jordan: please don't rule out anyone who could have killed Asmodean.

    BRANDON SANDERSON (12 August)

    Ha. But so many are begging for an elimination. And it has been years.

    Footnote

    He never did eliminate a suspect because it was revealed in Towers of Midnight, which he was of course not at liberty to tell us before the book came out. (We knew he wouldn't do an elimination in that case; we only wanted one if we were going to have to wait until A Memory of Light came out to find out who killed him.)

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  • 7

    Interview: 2010

    Austin Moore (13 August 2010)

    Has anyone personally written to you with an Asmodean's killer theory that was 100% correct?

    Brandon Sanderson (14 August 2010)

    You know, people don't usually write me with theories. Well, some do—but only the really, really odd ones.

    AUSTIN MOORE

    Can you at least say anything about how us readers could try and figure out Asmodean's murder? Timing, motive, etc?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The thing is, people have already discussed this to death. They've found the clues, they've got the right rationale.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The question is WHICH clues and WHICH rationale are you going to believe.

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  • 8

    Interview: 2010

    Amy Farmer (14 August 2010)

    Was Semihrage's "kitchen girl" quote in Lord of Chaos prologue significant in terms of who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson (16 August 2010)

    I'm going to RAFO that one out of principle, because it's about Asmodean, but I'll answer it eventually, once the books are out.

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  • 9

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Question

    What criteria are most helpful for investigating Asmodean's murder, out of motive, means, timing?

    Robert Jordan

    Timing is what you should focus on. He repeated about how someone on the internet figured it out.

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  • 10

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brian Mavity (4 January 2011)

    I am going to have to pester @BrandonSandrson on my loony theory of Shaidar Haran being Asmodean 2.0. Who's with me? I have a decent case!

    Brandon Sanderson (4 January 2011)

    Lol. Wow, I've never heard that one before.

    BRIAN MAVITY

    Your "lol" saddens me. You know, there's enough evidence that you could get away with adding it to the last book!

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Only problem is RJ said that Asmodean's soul was outside the Dark One's reach, though he wasn't specific as to why. (As I remember.)

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  • 11

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Austin Moore (6 January 2011)

    Yes or no, the place where Asmodean died is significant to why he can't be resurrected?

    Brandon Sanderson (6 January 2011)

    Ha. You want me to clear EVERYTHING up? I have to leave @theoryland something to talk about.

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  • 12

    Interview: 2010

    Matt Hatch (8 November 2010)

    Was Asmodean killed with balefire?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    I will see if I can give additional details. I'll ask Maria and Harriet for their read.

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  • 13

    Interview: 2010

    Ty Margheim (8 November 2010)

    What did we miss that would have told us who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    I don't think people missed it. RJ said it was obvious, and many guessed it correctly. So I'd say they got it.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    If you ask on a fan site, they can get you the 'Sherlock Holmes' style investigation of the subject. It is right.

    Footnote

    RJ was joking when he said it was 'intuitively obvious'.

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  • 14

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Ted Herman

    Since you said at an earlier signing that the Dark One couldn't have brought back Asmodean if he wanted, was that at the time of Asmodean's death, or after that?

    Robert Jordan

    The Dark One couldn't bring back Asmodean because of the combination of two factors: HOW HE DIED and WHERE HE DIED. Not one or the other, both factors.

    Footnote

    The referred to earlier question was asked at the NYC Barnes & Noble signing on the Crossroads of Twilight tour.

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  • 15

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Darth Andrea (8 April 2011)

    I seem to be one of the few who think that Taim is a transmigrated Asmodean; will we find out about Taim finally in A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 April 2011)

    Some things, at least, you will discover.

    Footnote

    RJ confirmed in NYC that the Dark One wanted to transmigrate Asmodean, but could not because of how and where he died.

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  • 16

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Matthew Soddy (6 July 2011)

    It is NOT polite to put major spoilers in the glossary of a book. *frowns*

    Brandon Sanderson (6 July 2011)

    Sorry. I didn't actually write the spoiler. I instructed Asmodean's killer to be in that entry, & Team Jordan wrote it that way...

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  • 17

    Interview: Apr 5th, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Asmodean: Rand thinks Asmodean has run away back to the Dark One, and will try to sneak back in through the Asha'man.

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  • 18

    Interview: Apr 5th, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Fel was killed because somebody thought he might reveal too much.

    Footnote

    Dom from Wotmania, etc. believes that Sammael (who is known to have controlled the gholam, which is known to have killed Fel from the Lord of Chaos epilogue) had Fel killed because he did not believe Asmodean was dead, and thought Fel was Asmodean in disguise.

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  • 19

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Bill Powers

    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 Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out! (sound of villainous laughter in the background—the Phantom of the Opera lives)

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  • 20

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    Nature102

    On the discussion boards in the SF/F area, one of the hottest topics of debate is the question of who killed Asmodean. Can you shed any light on the subject?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes...but I won't. ;) Read and find out!

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  • 21

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Who killed Asmodean? (Right. Like he'll tell us). Anyway ask if the clues to figure it out are all included up to The Fires of Heaven.

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO. All clues are included up to The Fires of Heaven.

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct 12th, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    (Jordan had also mentioned Asmodean, and the fact that Asmodean was a child prodigy who in adulthood could never equal or come to grips with what he did as a child. He always felt that if he could live just a little bit longer, he could surpass what musical feats he performed in the past.)

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  • 23

    Interview: Jan 14th, 1997

    Thomas Howard

    Was what you said about us having all the necessary evidence to unmask Asmodean's killer true (as of The Fires of Heaven)?

    Robert Jordan

    He still maintains that we should be able to "puzzle out" the killer.

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  • 24

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Ishamael

    Who killed Asmodean? ;-)

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 25

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1997

    Sam from Sacramento

    When it says at the end of The Fires of Heaven "death took him," in Asmodean's last scene, do you mean that he died? There has been much speculation as to whether or not "death" refers to Moridin, whose name in the Old Tongue means "death." Many think that Moridin's second Mindtrap is for Asmodean, but "death" was not capitalized in the scene where Asmodean made his last appearance. Can you tell me whether or not he was taken by Moridin?

    Robert Jordan

    Asmodean went for the long jump in that scene.

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  • 26

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Ransom Hawk from Milwaukie, OR

    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?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out...more is coming. Read and find out.

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  • 27

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Jim from Atlanta, GA

    Please, please, please! End it here! Who killed Asmodean? C'mon! Just tell us, and then we will never bother you again! (If you say "read and find out" you will have full responsibility for my suicide and/or damaged psyche.)

    Robert Jordan

    If I take responsibility, can I get photographs?

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  • 28

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Jim Ciarrocchi from Des Moines, IA

    Who offed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out, guys.

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  • 29

    Interview: Oct 20th, 1998

    Aaron Bergman

    Anyways, after scaring the people around me for a little bit, I went up to the books and decided to ask Jordan about Asmodean. In particular, I asked whether "death" was just a pun on "Moridin".

    Robert Jordan

    He said "oh, god no" quite disgustedly. This made me feel much better and should hopefully put the issue to rest. He also said that by the end of this book, it should be obvious who killed Asmodean and that it is definitely possible to figure it out the instant he dies.

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  • 30

    Interview: Nov 1st, 1998

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    TMFG

    You once said that all the info needed for solving Asmodean was there by the end of The Fires of Heaven. 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 The Great Hunt and the two Black sisters in The Shadow Rising, but I don't think it mentions a name.

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out. Read And Find Out.

    Footnote

    Joiya and Amico were killed by Slayer—he thinks of it in his POV in Winter's Heart Chapter 22, 'Out of Thin Air'. (This is one of those instances where RJ slipped in some info because people had come to an entirely incorrect conclusion.)

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  • 31

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1998

    highpockets

    Any hints on who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    The Asmodean question? I've said time and again that there is enough evidence for you guys to figure out who killed Asmodean. I have, since Asmodean's death, put in a few more clues. The evidence is there, if not exactly listed with flaming arrows pointing to it. It should be intuitively obvious to the most casual observer.

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  • 32

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Matthew Hunter

    The first "intuitively obvious" question was from someone else: The old standby, "Who killed Asmodean?"

    Robert Jordan

    He added that there have been clues in (at least some, maybe all of) the books published since then.

    Matthew Hunter

    I take this statement to mean that Graendal is the killer; she's the only one for whom the case could be called "intuitively obvious", as it is mostly built up through a process of elimination and a few supporting comments.

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  • 33

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Mat

    Who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    It should be "intuitively obvious". There ARE clues in later books. They may not be necessary, but they are there.

    Matthew Hunter

    I am not sure if he said "later" or "latest", though.

    He does indeed mean "intuitively obvious" in the sense that his math teachers would use when describing a proof, as speculated on rasfwr-j. "I always hated that."

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  • 34

    Interview: Sep 20th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    We found out his favourite authors. Yes, there is a cardgame on the way, similar to Magic: the Gathering. At least three more books...He's disappointed about our failure to find who killed Asmodean...A couple of other stories...There was a drunk guy there who kept interrupting and shouting (almost abusing) RJ (Aggghhh!!!)

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  • 35

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Paul Ward

    Possible question: Who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    I really think that the best suggestion for the murderer of Asmodean was that it was Moiraine acting under Compulsion imposed by Bela. Of course, that is not the answer, but it is the best suggestion from a fan.

    Paul Ward

    I can't remember who suggested that. It's the best suggestion?

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  • 36

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    James Koziol from Melbourne, Australia

    Dear Mr. Jordan: 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!

    Robert Jordan

    No. I will not put the speculation to rest! I'm rather entertained by the speculation, actually.

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  • 37

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    E.S. from Denver

    How did Kierkegard and Sartre influence your portrayal of Bela and can you discuss how the equus/superequus dichotomy played out in the whole Asmodean murder scene?

    Robert Jordan

    (laughs) No, no, neither Sartre or Kierkegard influenced me in the slightest, nor did they influence the development of Bela. My wife thinks that they did influence the development of Bela, but I don't and I'm the one who did it, so there.

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  • 38

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Jeremy from Long Island NY

    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?

    Robert Jordan

    (laughs) Well, Moridin's identity is pretty much an open secret—and especially if you read Winter's Heart, I think it's increasingly clear who he is, if there was any doubt. As for the other—read and find out!

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  • 39

    Interview: Nov 12th, 2000

    Ha T. Nguyen

    I asked who killed Asmodean, the Hot New Choice (HNC) or Graendal?

    Robert Jordan

    RJ said that one day he might answer this question, but, if people would just analyze where everyone was at the time, it could be figured out.

    Ha T. Nguyen

    So, I'm thinking, Graendal, since she is the only one who had a timeline that could be figured out. Currently, that is. Unless, someone comes up with one for the HNC.

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  • 40

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Tamyrlin

    Has a gholam ever been in Caemlyn?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out! :)

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  • 41

    Interview: Nov 27th, 2000

    John Nowacki

    Regarding this evening's signing at Tower Books in Richmond:

    The crowd was not very large, perhaps 50-75 people.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ showed up right at seven, and tried to head off some of the more common questions—he pronounced several names, made the usual remarks about knowing the last scene for the past fifteen years, said that even the most cursory reading ought to indicate who killed Asmodean (and that he enjoys people trying to figure it out), and that there will be at least three more books. He also said it would be fine for people to take pictures, but that "no male nudity" would be permitted. He said something to that effect at the DC signing two years ago, as well . . . a matter of great concern, apparently.

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  • 42

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    Someone came through and said "I think Isam killed Asmodean." He just replied, "You do." With a very slight grin on his face.

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  • 43

    Interview: Dec 12th, 2000

    CNN Chat (Verbatim)

    Vercingetorix

    Why do you think everyone has a hard time figuring out who killed Asmodean? Graendal killed him.

    Robert Jordan

    I don't know why people have a hard time figuring that out. To me it seems intuitively obvious even to the most casual observer. The reason I won't tell people though is that I am enjoying watching them squirm entirely too much. It's probably bad for me.

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  • 44

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    I also asked him if Asmodean and Slayer had met each other before he was killed, and he said they hadn't met. But Slayer knows of all the Forsaken and they know he exist!

    RJ also said (for fun) he suspected Nynaeve to have killed Asmodean and that Moridin is hiding as Nynaeve:) (Poor Lan)

    Nynaeve also had a good childhood, but she already tried to bully people:)

    He has told a lot more, but I will hopefully get later a full report of someone else who had taped every conversation.

    bye Isabel

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  • 45

    Interview: Apr 4th, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, Sammael is really dead [and so is Asmodean. Asmodean's killer should be] intuitively obvious to the most casual observer. [He won't answer who it was, but he has] been trying to sprinkle around a few more clues, but I refuse to put up big neon signs saying 'here!'

    Aan'allein

    [Sprinkling clues could point to Slayer, although the evidence (if that would be that) would be more like a neon sign, so I think this actually points to Graendal or another similar candidate. Have there been minor points pointing towards anyone in Winter's Heart?]

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  • 46

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Isabel

    Can you eliminate anyone from the list of suspects in Asmodean's murder?

    Robert Jordan

    No. I like to see you wondering. It should be obvious to anyone.

    Isabel

    Not even a single one?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    (After some thinking): Rand. Apart from him, I will not clear any other suspects. Not even Bela.

    GONZO THE GREAT

    After this, it deteriorated into a discussion of Bela as the Creator/Moridin. Isabel defended my view that Moridin is Jeade'en, Rand's horse. For some reason, she failed to convince RJ; probably her fault, as my theory was very good. It was just my humility that made me stay in the background, of course. Certainly not the fact that I was not quite sure I could have defended it better.

    Footnote

    Gonzo's 'theory' derived from the prophecy which states that Rand will ride a horse named Death.

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  • 47

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Lupis

    Question everyone is uncertain about: Will we ever find out definitively who killed Asmodean? *snicker*

    Robert Jordan

    Of course you can find out who killed Asmodean. You just have to be clever enough.

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  • 48

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Question

    An Asmodean question... [Yup, we really were that far gone. Who cared anyway, we could always get back in line for the next round. Although I now did regret I didn't print out every single question I received from you guys, but only went for one paper with those most important / least likely to get RAFOd questions. Especially because I couldn't remember what went before the 'pepsy monkey' question, so was incapable of making Jordan recall his line of thought there.]

    Robert Jordan

    Van Morrison... [laughter] No..? Oh, okay. I thought that would be a good answer to the Asmodean question. Jimi Hendrix? Or perhaps the... Actually, Mick Jagger for... How else do you explain "Sympathy for the Devil"? Aha. Ha!

    Question

    *finally managing to get the entire question asked* Just using the first five books, is the answer also intuitively obvious?

    Robert Jordan

    I think so. It seemed to me so. It seemed to me that there was no need to go into any more detail. I thought that if I went into any more detail, I was being blatantly obvious, and you know...what do I need to do? Caper around with a sign saying, "Here! Here! There he is, see?"

    I mean, I assumed that the people who read my books are intelligent to a certain degree, have a reasonable level of intelligence, and are able to deduce things that you know...I mean, I don't have to tell them water is wet. They know that. I don't have to tell them that if they fall off the roof, it's gonna hurt when they hit, you know, they know that.

    So I...no, I...At this point, I must tell you: although I will continue to put clues into the books. Again. A bit here and there. If I see a spot where I can put a clue, for those who are slow of wits to catch up...I will not tell you. For the simple reason I am enjoying watching you all try far too much to deprive myself of the pleasure of that.

    Yes...I particularly like, actually, Mick Jagger as answer to that.

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  • 49

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Isabel

    Did Slayer meet Asmodean before he was killed?

    Robert Jordan

    No...um, no. Not in the books.

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  • 50

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Isabel

    Can you eliminate a few suspects of who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    No. No, I refuse to... Well, I'll tell you this. It wasn't Rand. [Seems he isn't even aware of the idea that Lews Therin Telamon taking over Rand killed Asmodean. Scratch one idea there.] But I have my suspicions about Nynaeve. And I've always thought that Elayne might have been covering up something that was going on at the site.

    Comment

    It was Bela.

    Robert Jordan

    Oh, you're one of those people who believe Bela is a Darkfriend, are you?

    Comment

    No, she's the Creator herself.

    Robert Jordan

    No no, there's a whole body of thought, a whole body of writing on the net, proving that Bela is indeed a Darkfriend, and possibly an avatar of the Dark One himself.

    KuraFire

    We have the proof that Bela is the Creator.

    Robert Jordan

    You'll have to put it on the net then. [*blinks* Jordan isn't aware of Larry Homer's essay? What a pity indeed. Seems like he's still thinking as they did back when the "where was Bela during Lord of Chaos?" contests were held on rasfwr-j.]

    KuraFire

    It is.

    Isabel

    How about the idea that Moridin is the horse of Rand?

    Robert Jordan

    No, actually Moridin is hiding as Nynaeve. [And yes, choosing Nynaeve there was deliberate; poor Isabel.]

    Footnote

    The bit about 'the horse of Rand' is referring to the prophecy in which Rand rides a white horse, the name of which is Death.

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  • 51

    Interview: Dec 9th, 2002

    Question

    Do you know who killed Asmodean?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    No.

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  • 52

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    [inaudible] Well, I don’t know what I’m supposed to say, so I think I will start off by giving you some pronunciations.

    Audience

    [LAUGHS, CHEERS]

    Robert Jordan

    [inaudible] ...use pronunciations that I’m not quite sure where they came from. It’s Nynaeve Al’Meara and Siuan Sanche. Aiel, Aiel, not ale. Ale is a drink. Egwene al’Vere. That seems to be a fairly obvious one to me, but...it’s one I labored over the most, because I knew exactly how I wanted it to sound. I used [inaudible] in the first draft spelled, 14 different spellings of her name...I thought it was obvious to even the most casual observer [slightly inaudible, but same phrase as he’s used with Asmodean] everyone will see this and know exactly how to pronounce this name...but I was wrong. [More like this] Mazrim Taim, Moridin, Moghedien, Semirhage (don’t forget her. If you forget her, she gets very upset), Ba’alzamon.

    Audience

    Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    (The pronunciation of) Asmodean is quite correct.

    Audience

    Who killed him? [LAUGHS]

    Robert Jordan

    I no longer have to worry about that, because someone has actually deduced who killed him, using the evidence that was available two books ago, perhaps three books ago. And I’d said that that evidence should have been sufficient to tell us who killed Asmodean and so someone has posted it.

    Audience

    Where?

    Robert Jordan

    It’s out there. The evidence is there. [inaudible. Apparently, an audience member asked, “Was it Bela?”] Bela has an alibi. A shaky alibi, yeah. OK, I will take just a few questions, because then we’re gonna have to get all of you guys to here (point to table), to sign your books.

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  • 53

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    Question

    [Who killed Asmodean?]

    Robert Jordan

    There is enough evidence in the books to put together to find out who killed Asmodean. Think! Think! Some of you are Harvard folk! Think! Someone has found out, actually, but I will not tell you.

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  • 54

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    Ted Herman

    Could the Dark One have brought back Asmodean if he wanted?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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    Interview: Jan 14th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    Also, he mentioned that all the clues for Asmodean's (Az-moedee-in, not Az-moe-dee-in) death are there and he won't answer any questions about it. This wasn't the kind of crowd that would ask them anyway.

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  • 56

    Interview: Jan 15th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    So, who killed Asmodean? Mmmm, somebody's figured out who's killed Asmodean. A correct deduction, from the evidence as given in the books. It can be done, guys. [crowds laughs slightly] It has been done. I have not told the person who made the deduction that he or she has made the correct deduction... [indistinct] ...Um, and I'm not going to tell you who he or she is that did it. Because I'm having too much fun watching you squirm. [crowd laughs] But the fact is, that it can be figured out from the evidence in the books, okay? Okay.

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  • 57

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    Asmodean's killer was solved by somebody some time ago. I guess the guy sent RJ a letter or something with clues he used to solve it. RJ said that all of the clues were there before he died, and he thought about this, and then said that he believed all of the clues used were from before he died. He did not tell the person he was right and he will not tell anyone who it was that figured it out.

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  • 58

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    Then he said that someone has figured out who killed Asmodean. My impression was that it was in a letter someone sent him. He said that he didn't tell the person he was right, and he's not going to tell us who it is because he enjoys watching us squirm. He said that if we would have figured it out a few books ago, he probably would have told us, but now he's having too much fun. He also said that the guy used only clues that were available in the first five books to do it. He then thought for a moment and said he may have used one or two things from later books.

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  • 59

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    About that Asmodean thing...my impression is that during the last signing tour (not in a mailed letter), someone gave him a "correct" theory on who did it. He did not confirm it to the person then, nor will he now tell us what happened. Much spirited debate followed in the crowd.

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  • 60

    Interview: Jan 17th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    Who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    I'm still not going to tell you. [laughter] Someone has sent me a logical chain reaction working out correctly who killed Asmodean using only the evidence that is in the books. [The next part is inaudible on my recording, but I remember him making reference to two things. One, he did not tell the person who submitted the explanation that they were correct; and two, he just likes watching us squirm.]

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  • 61

    Interview: Jan 18th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    Now, who killed Asmodean. (Laughter)

    Robert Jordan

    There is enough evidence in the books to put together to find out who killed Asmodean. Think! Think! Some of you are Harvard folk! Think! Someone has found out, actually, but I will not tell you. Now I'll answer some questions.

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  • 62

    Interview: Jan 18th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    RJ then announced that someone had figured out who had killed Asmodean using only the clues found in the books including and preceding the character's death.

    Tallis

    Give me a break; one person figures it out, and he calls it "obvious" (at least according to the FAQ)? Agh. I really don't think it's Graendal anymore, considering the tremendous influx of theories of her culpability in the past X years. You'd think RJ would have commented on that several books/years ago...?

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  • 63

    Interview: Jan 23rd, 2003

    John Nowacki

    Regarding this afternoon's signing at Olsson's in D.C.: Not much to report.

    Robert Jordan

    He started off with the usual intro about pronunciations, picture taking, the last scene, and so on. Repeated that Olver isn't Gaidal Cain and what's already been mentioned here about someone figuring out who killed Asmodean using material from "up through Winter's Heart . . . I think." Also the bit about enjoying watching some of us try to figure it out.

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  • 64

    Interview: Jan 23rd, 2003

    Zeynep Dilli

    As soon as he came in, he answered some "FAQs" in a loud voice down the line:

    Robert Jordan

    He gave the correct pronunciations for Nynaeve, Egwene, Seanchan etc.; touched the Question That Won't Die as "someone figured it out correctly using evidence prior to Winter's Heart"; said "There will be at least two more books. I hope two. I apologize for that" and repeated the usual "I knew the last scene since..."; said that the next book would be coming out as soon as possible after he finishes writing it, and laid down the ground rule for picture-taking: "Men must keep their clothes on. I never try to tell women what to do, but men must keep their clothes on."

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  • 65

    Interview: Feb 26th, 2003

    tarvalon.net Q&A (Verbatim)

    It has also been further confirmed that:

    Robert Jordan

    —Taimandred is bogus.

    —Rand has only one soul, but has two personalities.

    —Museam Replicas will be producing the Sword and Dragon pins as well as an approved version of the Great Serpent ring (which apparently goes around the finger twice before biting its own tail).

    —Someone has correctly deduced who killed Asmodean, so no one should ever ask him that question again.

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  • 66

    Interview: Apr 27th, 2004

    Wotmania Interview (Verbatim)

    Wotmania

    Did the Dark One order Asmodean's death? If not, how does he know about it in the prologue of Lord of Chaos?

    Robert Jordan

    No, he didn't order Asmodean's death, but he knows a great deal about what goes on in the world, though it isn't complete knowledge.

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  • 67

    Interview: Apr, 2003

    Budapest Q&A (Verbatim)

    Question

    Can you sever a person from the True Power with One Power?

    Robert Jordan

    Not in the same way. If you try to gentle a man or still a woman who's capable of using the True Power you'd have to use another method.

    Question

    So it is not only the Dark One who can stop giving the Forsaken the True Power, but they can be cut off as Asmodean was cut off.

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out on Asmodean. I'm not gonna tell you. They could be cut off, but the problem with that is, nobody knows how to do it. It is possible that some of the Forsaken themselves know how to do it, but nobody else does.

    Question

    What happens when Rand and Asmodean have this conflict and ...

    Question

    ... and Rand severs his ties with the Dark One ...

    Question

    ... and Rand severs some black ties. Isn't that ...

    Robert Jordan

    That was cutting off his protection from the Taint and also cut off his ability, it was not like stilling them. It was cutting the ties that, most important to him, protected him from the taint on saidin, so he could draw saidin all he wanted to and never worry about the taint. But it was also those ties that represented his ability, or the conduits by which he could draw on the True Power. But it was not his ability to draw; it was not the same thing as stilling or severing; it was more like shielding.

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  • 68

    Interview: Jul 22nd, 2004

    Jason Denzel

    Although I was planning to not mention the name "Asmodean" at dinner, the subject did come up. Dara asked about some significant traits of the palace servants right before Asmodean was "taken".

    Robert Jordan

    RJ replied that the servants were just servants and were in no way connected to the murder.

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  • 69

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Isabel

    Someone (on the internet) has mentioned that you met them in a restroom, and you told them who killed Asmodean.

    Robert Jordan

    No, I did not.

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  • 70

    Interview: Sep 19th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    This should be confirmation that I do lurk upon occasion, on several sites. At the moment, working only half days on the new book—that will continue until the tour begins; after the tour, it is back to full days—I have time to do that more often than when I am writing all day. Then I can only drop by once in a while for a a few minutes to scan through the thread headers and see if anyone else has figured out who killed Asmodean—some of you have, but I won't say who—or whether some incredible rumor has begun growing like a fungus. But I am not a member at any site, so forget about the possibility that I make posts.

    Take care, guys. And remember—no cancer.

    RJ

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  • 71

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Great Lord of the Dark

    Your bio for Dragon*Con shows you enjoy the sport of poker. Do you get the chance to play often, would you consider playing against fans, and how much would someone have to match you and raise the stakes by to get an answer to who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    As to playing with fans, no, I don't want to take money from fans, and I don't want you to take mine. And as for the raise of the bet of who killed Asmodean, you do not have enough money collectively.

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  • 72

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Question

    Would you please name one character who did not kill Asmodean? Will you please name one of the following: Lanfear, Graendal, Moridin, Shaidar Haran, Padan Fain, Semirhage, Demandred, Mazrim Taim, Slayer. I thank you for your mercy and if you can please explain why they didn't do it that would be a nice touch.

    Robert Jordan

    Padan Fain didn't because he wasn't in the right place at the right time. He would have if he had been in the right place at the right time, but he wasn't.

    Isabel

    This is a question from Theoryland, at least that's what I remember. Ouch, and there I was thinking yesterday we had finally a case for Fain. He should stop with ruling out every character. I am still not going for Graendal. Sorry, don't see it. And I use almost the same quotes other people use to prove Graendal did it, to prove she didn't do it.

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  • 73

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Matt Hatch

    I'm trying to verify Rand's impression he has at the end of book four, regarding the connection he cuts of Asmodean to the Dark One. He seemed to believe it was the connection directly from that individual to the Dark One. So what I am wondering is, is that connection key to transmigration?

    Robert Jordan

    No, because what you are thinking of wasn't a connection; Rand thought it was.

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  • 74

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Hehe, after those questions, Zae went up to Jordan. She first said something about (I don't know exactly any more), but apparently he took it as an Asmodean question and said I killed him.

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  • 75

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Question

    A question about the Forsaken. It is said they have varying levels of strength in the One Power. Do you know where they rank?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

    Question

    I get the impression that Asmodean is weaker than Lanfear even before he was shielded. How much weaker, etc.?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO. I don't go into that kind of thing. I know where they are. I also know they are highly unreliable. None of them is going to admit that anyone is that much stronger than they are. Even when you are inside their heads. Don't take everything they say as the absolute truth or unbiased observation.

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  • 76

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Desiree, part of yours, about continuing the blog, is answered above. The criteria for rising among the Forsaken boils down to a combination of effectiveness and ruthlessness. Asmodean may have held few field commands, but he was quite effective as a governor and administrator. Even the Shadow needs those.

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  • 77

    Interview: Oct 13th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Secondly, he addressed "Who killed Asmodean?" for the 3,000th time, and he told us all to most importantly look for MOTIVE and OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 78

    Interview: Oct 13th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    If he doesn't find a way to write it into the plot in Book Twelve, RJ is contemplating announcing Asmodean's killer at the time of the publishing of the paperback of Book Twelve. He wants to let us stew a little longer, though.

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    Interview: Oct 13th, 2005

    Question

    Another couple of Asmodean questions:

    Robert Jordan

    "I'm not going to give you a chapter to find." However, he emphasized OPPORTUNITY as the key to knowing Asmodean's killer, even over motive (which got a mention).

    Allen Bryan

    Graendel and Lanfear theorists, you may start grinding your axes.

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    Interview: Oct 17th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    He also said he would reveal Asmodean's killer in book 12 if he could do it naturally, otherwise he will announce it when book 12 hits paperback.

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    Interview: Oct 17th, 2005

    Mad Cao

    About 40 people attended the Q&A and book signing at Chester County Books & Music in West Chester, PA. R.J. spoke for about 10 minutes and then answered some general questions from the audience for another 20 minutes. There was only one plot specific question during the open Q&A. Predictably, that question was about Asmodean's condition.

    Robert Jordan

    Everyone had a good laugh, and RJ responded, "Asmodean is dead, dead, dead." All other questions were about RJ's writing process, his daily schedule, what he likes to read, etc.

    The next hour was for the book signing. Again, 90% of the questions were about RJ's interests away from the book; his hobbies, suggestions for how to start a career in writing, and things like that.

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  • 82

    Interview: Oct 20th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    In regards to Asmodean, if it seems logical to have a character come forward in the twelfth book and claim the murder, he'll write that. If not we have to wait until the release of the PAPERBACK of book twelve to find out.

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  • 83

    Interview: Oct 24th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    He went on to say that the third person in line would ask "Who killed Asmodean?" He said, "this person, I am going to hit."

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    Interview: Oct 22nd, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    RJ also confirmed that he would reveal who killed Asmodean by the printing of the paperback of the twelfth book. He stated he would only reveal it in the book if there was a natural need for it. In other words, only if it was imperative to the story line; he would not add it on a whim.

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  • 85

    Interview: Oct 24th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Second, if anyone asked him who killed Asmodean, he was going to punch them.

    I considered asking this myself, just to be 'touched' by the hand of the light. Common sense reined in my desire to take home a 'souvenir' of the evening. A photo later would do instead. Besides, RJ looked as if he had been in a fight recently, having a nice black eye. Not sure if he got on Harriet's bad side (again), but I felt that honor was the better part of valor and did not pose that question when he was signing my book, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

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  • 86

    Interview: Oct 26th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Question 2 From RJ: The next person in line is going to ask me who killed Asmodean.

    Answer: I'm going to reach over the table and pop him in the face!!! Someone has figured it out and posted his theory onto the web. The theory is based on his deductions, not his guesses (slightly paraphrased).

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  • 87

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    And tried to forestall the most obvious and 'hated' questions. Saying that he would punch the guy who asked about Asmodean in the nose.

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    Interview: Oct 27th, 2005

    Caychris

    Then someone who came in late asked the question. [about who killed Asmodean]

    Robert Jordan

    RJ wound up with a fist like he was going to punch him, and the groan that had run through the store turned to laughter.

    He reiterated why he isn't telling, and that he has tried to place a few clues in the latter books. He said that if occasion permits in the last book, and it seems appropriate, the character doing the deed will probably think to themselves about killing Asmodean. However he gave no guarantee. But he did say he will reveal Asmodean's killer if he doesn't in the book before the paperback of book 12 comes out.

    He also went on to mention that there is one website that gets it right with a very complete listing of the suspects with motives and facts that gets it right. He wasn't going to tell us which one. He said they got the right 'why' as well, and they used only facts in prior to the murder. I later asked him if he could say when he found out about the website and he said he couldn't remember, but it was quite some time ago.

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  • 89

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    I heard that he has reversed his position on telling us who killed Asmodean (after the paperback of A Memory of Light comes out). This was NOT confirmed by RJ.

    Footnote

    It was confirmed in previous signings on the Knife of Dreams tour that RJ would look for a place to include the reveal in A Memory of Light, and if he was not able to find a suitable place, he would reveal the killer after the release of the paperback of A Memory of Light.

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  • 90

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2005

    Bluecole

    Okay, that's all I can remember at this point...more may come to mind after I get some rest. Anything else he said, he said before.

    Robert Jordan

    No male nudity. He will punch the first person to ask who killed Asmodean. No comment on boxers/briefs. However, he didn't go thru the list of pronunciations, kinda a surprise. Did prompt the women for questions.

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  • 91

    Interview: Dec 27th, 2007

    Question

    Are you going to tell us who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Mr. Jordan's books are particularly special in that they don't always tie up every loose end, but instead leave some things for the reader to imagine and decide for themselves. Originally, as I understand it, Mr. Jordan was not intending to ever reveal Asmodean's killer, as he believed that the books were explicit enough for one to figure it out on one's own.

    However, as the years progressed, Mr. Jordan evidently grew to understand just how much this question was bothering his readers. Recently, he had promised that he would—indeed—find a way to explain Asmodean's death in A Memory of Light. He left behind notes regarding this mystery, and Harriet and I have determined a place in the book where we feel it would work to answer this question. So, yes, I will tell you who killed Asmodean.

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  • 92

    Interview: Aug 9th, 2008

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon says that when he arrived at the Rigney house in Charleston, the first two things he asked to see were how the book ended—and who killed Asmodean.

    Of the 200 manuscript pages that Jim wrote, the largest part is the prologue, the next largest is the ending, and the rest of the pages are chunks from elsewhere in the book. Brandon estimated that if Jim had completed the manuscript it would have ended up at 2,000 manuscript pages [that’s 500,000 words using standard manuscript format].

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  • 93

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2008

    Question

    What was your initial reaction when you read the outline Harriet put together for A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is a good one to answer now, since I HAVE read the outline (obviously.) Actually, there's a good story here. When I first went to visit Harriet, I recall walking in the door and—even before eating—asking if I could have two things. The ending Jim wrote (he finished the last part of the book himself) and the answer to who killed Asmodean.

    I wish it were possible for me to express just how much I enjoyed reading those final written words that Mr. Jordan left behind. I was satisfied. I think that's the perfect word for it. Satisfied. It ends the way it should. Not, perhaps, the way I would have guessed—or even the way you have guessed. But it's the RIGHT ending. I was very pleased.

    And it made me sleep a lot more easily once I got to see that the ending was there, and that I wouldn't have to do that part myself. I'm a 'goal driven' writer. I develop an outline for myself that generally focuses on my ending, and then my writing pushes me toward that goal. Already having the ending makes this book possible.

    I guess the only other thing I'd like to note that I was feeling was this: Reverence. This is the last work of the master. It's like holding a play penned by Shakespeare himself—one that nobody else has read, and that you get to perform for the first time.

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  • 94

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2008

    Question

    I know you probably can't go too deeply into it, but are there any questions about the story you had as a fan that you will make sure get answered in this final novel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am still deeply interested in ascertaining the solution to the quandry regarding the character of Asmodean, most specifically the mystery surrounding the circumstances of his demise. ;)

    I also mentioned Moiraine's fate last year as being a big question I had. She's always been a favorite of mine, and each time I read through the series, I'm left wondering about her. (Well, not any more, since I've read the notes. But you know what I mean.)

    I've been surprised to discover that a lot of readers take her survival for granted, but I've never done so. The letter gives some good clues that she might still be around, but it could also be some kind of trap by the Aelfinn and Eelfinn. The answers and gifts they give are truthful, yet there's often a twisted logic to them as well, it seems.

    I can't say more here, I'm afraid, since I now know too much.

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  • 95

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2008

    Question

    Who killed Asmodean? Come on, just tell us. Please. I won't tell Harriet you told me.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I answered this last year, but I was just joking. Now I've read the notes and I REALLY know who did it. Keep this as a secret between you and me, but it was Narg.

    Question

    Ok, if you won't tell us, will you tell us in A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It will be there. I promise.

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  • 96

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    Your style of writing is so simple, yet so complex that it is a genre all its own. Will Moiraine come back from the dead since Lanfear and Asmodean apparently have?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out–in fact, I really suggest you read and find out.

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    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    Will what happened to Asmodean be explained in Lord of Chaos?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

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  • 98

    Interview: May 15th, 2009

    Dave Brendon

    We know you can’t say anything specific or even in general about what takes place in A Memory of Light, but you have to be able to answer this one, at least—does Bela save the day? :-)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m afraid Bela’s future exploits are still under wraps, but I have already revealed that it was Bela (with the assistance of Narg) who killed Asmodean.

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  • 99

    Interview: Oct 1st, 2009

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    I had not heard of Brandon until. . . it was the week of my husband's death. A friend was visiting. She put in front of me a print-out, and it was the eulogy for Robert Jordan that Brandon had posted on his web site. Brandon's eulogy was really beautiful, and very loving. And I thought, gosh, this guy. . . he knows what the series is all about.

    And I got on the phone, called Tom Doherty and said, "Send me one of Sanderson's books." And he's a bit darker than Robert Jordan, but the series, as everyone knows, is heading towards Tarmon Gai'don, which is the battle with the Dark One that will decide the fate of the world. Tom said, "Okay, I'll go for that. We'll go for Brandon."

    You made it clear that you would love to do this. And that was wonderful. That's what I needed to hear.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The next thing was for me to fly to Charleston. Harriet drives me to her house. You know, I'm fanboying all of this. And you said, "Do you want some dinner?" And my response was, "No, I want the ending. I want the ending and I want to know who killed Asmodean."

    And you're like, "Oh, all right. Well, here it is." And you handed me that, and kind of waved me into the den, I guess it is, or the sitting room. "Head over there, go ahead, go for it."

    And so I was over there poring over the materials. And I flipped right to the ending and read because Robert Jordan had always said, "I have the ending in mind". And all the readers, all the fans had known this. And we’d listen to interviews and he'd been saying for years, "I know the ending. The last scene is in my head." And so I got to read that last scene before dinner.

    Then I retreated to my cave, and crawled in.

    HARRIET MCDOUGAL RIGNEY

    Yes, he did. And put up a 'do not disturb' sign.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    And wrote furiously for a number of months.

    HARRIET MCDOUGAL RIGNEY

    This book had taken shape, particularly for Brandon. And he said in the conference call, "Look. Here's what we're gonna do." And it made perfect sense.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The amount of material he left behind is what makes this book possible.

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  • 100

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    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 someone’s 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

    That’s what you are digging for isn’t it?

    MATT HATCH

    Let’s 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. That’s what you are trying to do and I’m not going to get caught and let you know...

    MATT HATCH

    It’s a legit question...and I’m sure whatever is said at this table stays at this table...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I’m sure, the leader of Theoryland and the guy taping this... [much laughter] Let’s 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, I’d guess fifteen minutes.

    MATT HATCH

    Well, he at least got us fifteen minutes. We don’t 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 he’d done...

    MATT HATCH

    Let’s say thirty minutes to an hour, at the most...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Alright, thirty minutes to an hour. Okay, let’s say the Choedan Kal amplifies his abilities 100-fold...let’s say it’s a 100 times more powerful than Rand. That’s giving us, lets say he got an hour, we’ve got four days, from the most powerful, one of the most powerful sa’angreal ever created. I think it is unrealistic to assume you can get back a year, but that’s not saying it is impossible. I think that if you did that to the Pattern the ramifications would be so dramatic you’d see the Pattern unraveling hardcore at that point, it’s like balefiring an entire city. When I first read that guess I just laughed, I’m like guys c’mon 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 let’s go ahead and call that one “Busted” in the realistic world. I’ve got to give you at least something, so I’ll at least give you that...If it were possible to do things like that, we’d 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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  • 101

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon refuses to confirm or deny that the One Power was used to kill Asmodean. He also mentions a Slayer scene deleted from The Shadow Rising which would have shown more about Slayer's powers.

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  • 102

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2009

    Question

    Are you ticked you know the ending? (The fans, Brandon, and all of us Storm Leaders laughed!)

    Brandon Sanderson

    "I'm excited." Brandon, in having Robert Jordan's notes on the whole series, has even seen the "handwritten note of who killed Asmodean" [I didn't know Robert Jordan knew my name!] A moment with a somewhat quizzical look on his face, Brandon went on to say that he does feel a "sense of loss that I didn't get to read a new Wheel of Time book last week."

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  • 103

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2009

    Question

    Another fan asked if the balefiring of Graendal could bring back Asmodean, if in fact Graendal was the person who killed him.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon essentially said no, because it happened much too long ago. At best balefire burns someone out of the Pattern three days to a week at the absolute most. But usually more like five minutes.

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  • 104

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Secretively, Brandon wrote who killed Asmodean on someone's Kindle. Later he revealed the answer to the Storm Leaders, and at the risk of giving away too much, I'm willing to tell you. Ready? It was.........ROBERT JORDAN.

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    Interview: Nov 9th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    When asked if he knows who killed Asmodean, he replied, "Yes, I do."

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    Interview: Nov 10th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    When it comes to Asmodean's death or possibility of rebirth or potential killers, Brandon seems oddly obsessed with balefire being the means of death when discussing talking points.

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    Interview: Nov 13th, 2009

    Question

    Who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Harriet, you want to do the honors?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    You want to live?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We have our first RAFO of the night. I know, Harriet knows, and he told us to put it in the book somewhere.

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    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    Were you surprised when you found out who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon had been a fan for a long time before he got to find out who killed Asmodean. He said that he had heard arguments for every possible suspect, including the really crazy ones like Tam. So when he found out the real answer, he wasn't shocked. His reaction was more "Oh, those guys were right". He said that the clues are there, but he never would have figured it out himself.

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    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    (Our first question was the obligatory) "Who killed Asmodean?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    The answer will be in one of these three books.

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    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Were you surprised to learn who Asmodean's killer was?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, not really. He had read every theory out there, and there is basically a theory for every character. One of those theories is right (he won't say which of course!), so since he had already read the theory it wasn't a surprise just an "ah, so it was that person."

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    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Question

    Who killed Asmodean?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    We could tell them, but I think they want to live.

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    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Has Graendal's death in any way acquitted her as a suspect in Asmodean's death?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (short pause) No. (longer pause) For that matter, I'm not saying definitively that she's dead.

    Freelancer

    (I followed up on this, describing my logic regarding Ramshalan, and got a strong nod, but no more words.)

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    Interview: Mar 19th, 2010

    Luckers

    You said Jim didn't like to spoil you. Did this include you having access to the notes on pre-existing issues—as in resolutions to current mysteries and plotlines? I guess the question is, how much insider information did you have along the way? And, as a fan, did it ever make you gasp (squeal, laugh, pull your braid...)?

    Maria Simons

    In the early days, Jim didn't want to spoil me. After not getting to work on A Crown of Swords, I went on a campaign to convince Jim that I didn't mind spoilers, doing things like pointing out that I frequently reread murder mysteries. I finally had some success. At some point, early on (I think 1997ish) he realized that he had multiple files with the same name in his gazillions of notes. He asked me if I would be willing to consolidate notes, given that it was quite possible that I would find spoilers. I gave him an emphatic yes, and he passed the notes to me. The first thing I did was look up Verin; it was amazingly cool to get the scoop on her. I may have squealed. And I knew who killed Asmodean pretty early on, too. Some things he did keep hidden, though. He really enjoyed pulling off surprises..

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    Interview: May 3rd, 2010

    Richard Fife

    OK, so you have known the secrets and have been poker-facing us all for a very long time. Is there anything that you felt was a surprise for the fans to key in on, such as the Asmodean mystery, or perhaps something you thought they should have but didn't?

    Maria Simons

    The fans are really amazing. They seem to pounce on pretty much everything, even when there's nothing to pounce on. I have pretty much never been disappointed by the fans' reaction to anything, although I never really understood why so many people were obsessed with who killed Asmodean. But the Verin discussion—Very Old Verin, the Purple Ajah, and all that—was just so much fun, and I'm so glad I can talk about my favorite sneaky Brown now. Verin rocks!

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    Interview: May 3rd, 2010

    Richard Fife

    Well, at least it was only two letters and not four. OK, the last question: without using four letters, who killed Asmodean?

    Maria Simons

    If you look at the back of my car, you can see "I killed Asmodean!"

    Richard Fife

    There we have it. It wasn't Graendal, but Maria Simons the entire time.

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    Interview: Apr 30th, 2010

    Richard Fife

    OK. Without using the letters R-A-F-O, who killed Asmodean?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    I'm not going to tell you! Will that do instead of RAFO?

    Richard Fife

    Aw... we have a new acronym: INGTTY. Harriet McDougal, thank you.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Indeed.

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    Interview: May 12th, 2010

    Richard Fife

    Well, at least it wasn't a RAFO. But, without saying RAFO, who killed Asmodean?

    Alan Romanczuk

    Is he dead?

    Richard Fife

    Oh . . . apparently not.

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    Interview: May 5th, 2010

    Richard Fife

    I hereby forbid you from using the letters R-A-F-O. Let's talk about Asmodean.

    Wilson Grooms

    OK, what about Asmodean?

    Richard Fife

    Who killed him?

    Wilson Grooms

    OK, I know, but not because I figured it out. It's because I flat out asked. I did, I just went up, and I'm just like you guys. I said, "I just can't figure it out, let me know." He said, "You could, if you just read it closer." I said, "No time, Bubba, who killed him?" And he went, "[censored]". And I went, "Yeah, makes sense." And by the way, I asked Maria later on if that was correct, and Maria confirmed that it was correct and told me why.

    I understand that it was one of those plotlines that he always wanted to have tied off, and if people couldn't figure it out, it would be figured out for them. Around the dining room table, when we were first discussing what has got to be done and what not, that was one of the ones he wanted done. So yes, it will be there; you'll get your answer.

    The reason it hasn't been there up to this point is because somebody figured it out. At a book signing, a fan said to him quietly, "This is who did it, and this is why." And he was right. And it wasn't a question with an exclamation point on it, and he said, "You got it. Spot on." And he reasoned that if one person could get it from the text, then anybody could get it from the text. And one of the great things about Bubba is that he always wanted people to think. He liked to tell you stories and he might want to give some benefit of his experience in the reading, but he was very, very interested in what you thought and that you were thinking. So, he didn't want to give that away until the very end.

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    Interview: Jun 7th, 2010

    Richard Fife

    And our last question: without saying R.A.F.O., who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, without saying R.A.F.O. (except that I just did), I can say truly with no equivocation that Robert Jordan killed Asmodean, and you cannot deny that that is true.

    Richard Fife

    Spoken like a true Aes Sedai.

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    Interview: May 25th, 2010

    Patrick

    By the time we reach the final page of A Memory of Light, will readers finally know who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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    Interview: Jun 30th, 2010

    Luckers

    Ok, now the obvious question raises itself. Asmodean. What led to him severing his mother? (Sorry, I was obliged to mention Asmodean, but refuse to pester you with the Asmotastrophy).

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Thank you.

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    Interview: Sep 4th, 2010

    Question

    I apologize if this has been asked, but I haven't been stalking you. Do you agree with Robert Jordan that we have enough information to know who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Are you from Theoryland? First, don't feel bad asking a question if others have asked it because the questions are always new to you. And I may, like I've said, get the same question every signing, but that just means it's a question I should already have a good answer to. Does that make sense? And so, on this one... Let me explain. My history with Asmodean is not the... I mean, I fall in the camp of the people who didn't even really care until I got online and everyone was talking about it. Does that make sense? Like, you know, I'm not naturally a really, really, really close reader, and I actually like it that way because then I can reread the series and always be like, "Oh yeah, I forgot this part. That one's great." And so, every time I got to that, "Oh yeah, some one killed him!" Which we'll find out eventually. ... But then I got online, and then I started talking to Wheel of Time fans. And then after our arguments about how to say Nynaeve's name, there was the whole Asmodean thing and "Who do you think did it?" And then I'm like, aaahhh, nah. And then I read all the theories and things. I didn't guess it. But I didn't want... you know, that wasn't what I was doing. When I read it, I'm like, "Oh! That theory is right!" 'Cause there's a theory for everyone. ... And I'd read all the theories, and I when I read it, I'm like, "Oh, that one was right! Obviously, it could be figured out because someone did it." That was my thought process. It was not, "Oh, I should have seen that myself."

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    Interview: Sep 16th, 2010

    YetiStomper

    Will The Stormlight Archives have prolonged mystery to rival that of Asmodean's murder?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, that's really going to depend on the fans and what they latch on to. I think the first book has plenty of mysteries. But what makes Asmodean different is that everyone latched on to it and fell in love with it. As I've said, Robert Jordan was a genius at foreshadowing and subtlety. I'm not going to sit down and say, "I'm going to put in something like Asmodean." I don't think that's something I could set out to put in. I just have to set out to write the best story I can, with plenty of mysteries and what's going on behind the scenes. The whole Hoid thing is something that hopefully people will be curious about, because it's supposed to be interesting. But I don't think you can set out to write something to parallel Asmodean.

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    Interview: Oct 26th, 2010

    Luckers

    When you first started work on the Wheel of Time what was the first thing you looked up in the notes/material?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Asmodean's killer. After that, I read the ending.

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    Interview: Oct 26th, 2010

    Luckers

    Did the notes squash/support any of your theories/ideas of where the books were going? Are you able to tell us what or how?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. It did both. Some things were supported, some things were squashed, and some things I just didn't have any personal theories on. I can't speak of many of them. I'm trying to remember which ones were in The Gathering Storm that I can talk about. I did think that there was a good chance—or at least I hoped and theorized—that Elaida would end up as a damane. And I was very happy to see that. I was taken completely by surprise by the Verin revelation. Most of the things that were squashed happen in the next two books, so I can't really talk about them. And it's very hard to look back and say, "What were my theories, and what did I think about things?" because it's been three years now since I first looked at the notes and I already have all of that in my head.

    Oh, I can tell you one thing that was squashed. To be perfectly honest, I'd always secretly suspected that Asmodean was still around, and that was totally squashed. So there you go. Part of me always thought, “Oh, Robert Jordan isn't telling us because Asmodean is around; he's doing something," but no, he's just dead. He's totally dead. But you know, I think Robert Jordan had even confirmed that and I hadn't seen the interviews until after I started working on the series. I'm pretty sure that somewhere out there is a Robert Jordan confirmation, a "He's toast" comment.

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    Interview: Oct 19th, 2010

    John Ottinger

    Anything else on your mind you would like to say to potential readers of Towers of Midnight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A few early reviewers have noticed that there is a spoiler in the glossary. There are always little spoilers in the glossary, so that's nothing new. But in this case, it's really best not to read the glossary until you've finished the book.

    I hope readers enjoy the book. Check out the sample chapters—Chapter One is available on Tor.com and Chapter Eight is available on my website.

    John Ottinger

    Editor’s Note: Chapter 2 is now live at Tor.com.

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    Interview: Oct 26th, 2010

    Luckers

    Now. Asmodean. I require you answer this question fully and truthfully without any Aes Sedai skittering about. Did Vin kill him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha ha ha ha! No, it was not Vin. Now Hoid on the other hand... (No, I’m just joking.)

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    Interview: Nov 3rd, 2010

    Brandon Sanderson

    Confirmed Asmosdean's killer will be revealed in this book (but we knew that already). Someone asked if he would let them know what page and Brandon laughed and said he's not making it that easy.

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    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    What do you get asked the most?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Who killed Asmodean—hands down.

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    Interview: Dec, 2010

    Jon

    I was a bit shocked when I started reading Towers of Midnight. The Prologue included a Graendal scene. I went to the glossary to refresh my memory concerning that Forsaken and discovered a huge spoiler...

    Brandon Sanderson

    The glossary, remember, was begun as a tradition before there were internet wiki sites, and it's limited by size in what it can contain. I don't do the glossary; that's all on Team Jordan. Maria handles it.

    As for why the big secret was included in the glossary, I've said before that Harriet made the decision where it would go. I actually did suggest it, though I later changed my mind and thought I would put it in somewhere else, but she said, "No, I love this idea of the glossary." The reason I think that we like the glossary location so much is because the instruction I received from Robert Jordan was just a Post-It note that had written on it, "This is right," attached to a sheet of paper that was an explanation, one of the many, printed off from the internet, talking about who killed Asmodean. That Post-It note saying "This is right" was all there was—I didn't know the how, the why, the circumstances, any more than you know. So we felt that rather than extrapolate all of that ourselves, the best thing to do, as frustrating as it might be, was to give you the information much in the same way that we got it, as simply a "This is the person." That still allows a bit of theorizing on how this person was involved in the event, whether it was by her hand directly, or whether a servant was involved, or that sort of thing. That allows for theorizing.

    Dawn

    After that, I kept expecting to see that information revealed somewhere in the actual book, but as far as I can tell it wasn't there! Will it be revisited in the last book, or was the glossary the way of answering that question?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The glossary was the way of answering that question. Though in the epilogue, I had originally included a more specific line that Harriet edited out and said, "No, I like the glossary entry. We'll let it stand." There's still a hint, but it was actually spelled out in that same sentence.

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    Interview: Dec 25th, 2010

    Question

    Everyone's favorite Wheel of Time question has been answered—after Towers of Midnight, we now know who killed Asmodean. It doesn't seem right to leave you without a WoT question, so in honor of Asmodean: What do you think would happen if Rand managed to hurl Padan Fain through the Bore into the Dark One's prison?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Dark One would spit him back out because he tastes bad.

    In honor of Asmodean, I'll say that there is a mysterious death in The Way of Kings that could use some resources devoted to it. I did not put it in there simply because of Asmodean, but as I thought about it after writing it, I said, "Oh wow, I wonder if people will pick up on that." So there you go.

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    Interview: Apr 16th, 2011

    Marie Curie

    (Brandon walked in at this point.)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I was just up doing Matt Hatch's Asmodean interview. Because he's doing a little documentary thing on the whole Asmodean deal. It's going to be very fun. And we were talking about the time where I actually misstepped and mentioned Asmodean's killer to him, and then worked it into a conversation by catching myself. It was really funny. I actually flubbed and said it to him, but I said it and then made it into a sentence that didn't give it away. I did one of those things, because it was after I had written Towers of Midnight and in my head it was already done and out there, but it was still months before it was released. And so, we were having a big conversation about Asmodean's killer and I said, "Well, such and such. . . .", and I'm like, crap, what did I just say? And then I worked it into a sentence, so I was really actually proud of myself at the end of that one.

    Alan Romanczuk

    But was it like, "Graendal killed Asmodean . . . . with this incredible joke"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it wasn't that bad. But we were having a conversation about the theoretical killer, and I actually said, "Well, Graendal . . ." And then stopped for a second, and I said, ". . . is just a . . . bad choice because of this and this." If that makes sense. It was something like that. It was something like that, where I'm like, "Well, Graendal . . . is of course the favored choice," I think is exactly what I said, "but of course there's also these issues with it," or something like that. Anyway, I totally . . . I just about ruined it right then.

    Terez

    He wouldn't have told anybody.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, Matt probably wouldn't have told anybody. Oh hey, hi! You are here!

    Terez

    Hi, Brandon. Of course I'm here.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I haven't seen you yet.

    Terez

    That's because I've been avoiding you.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh. Well.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    That explains that.

    Terez

    I don't play Magic.

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    Interview: Nov 16th, 2010

    Jonathan B

    I also asked about how Asmodean was killed now that we know Graendal was "responsible" for his death.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon said that when he arrived at Harriet's and asked to see the ending and got the pile of Robert Jordan's notes including the ending, on top of that pile was a message from a fan in the form of a dialogue between a Sherlock Holmes character and a Watson character with a note from RJ saying "this is right". Emily asked if it was from Matt Hatch and Brandon didn't think it was. He said that he can probably give send me that message so we know exactly what RJ said "this is right" to.

    Footnote—Terez

    Maria told me that she is the one who found the Sherlock Holmes thing and gave it to Brandon. Matt Hatch was one of the most anti-Graendal Asmodean-obsessed folk out there, so Emily's comment is funny (though I'm sure Matt is flattered that she thought of him).

    Jonathan B

    This is apparently all of the information that is available from RJ himself about the actual method of Asmodean's murder. In Brandon's vision of the story, he imagines Graendal killed Asmodean (did the deed herself) with balefire, but apparently this is not in the notes. So its possible that it could have been done by another kind of weave and we are free to speculate on that.

    I then asked about the RJ quote where he said that the place and the method of Asmodean's killer both mean that he couldn't come back.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon said this was also a RAFO as he couldn't tell us why the place was important at this point without giving something away. He seemed to know something about this reason (there is probably information about why someone killed in the place Asmodean was couldn't be brought back by the Dark One). I asked if whether "where" referred to the city of Caemlyn or something else and this was also a RAFO.

    He also said that RJ's answer to WSB "The Dark One couldn't bring back Asmodean because of the combination of two factors: HOW HE DIED and WHERE HE DIED. Not one or the other, both factors." might be interpreted as both factors (each alone) would have prevented the DO from bringing Asmodean back (and not just one or just the other) OR both factors (each alone) were not sufficient to prevent the Dark One from bringing Asmodean back and the combination of both was required. It seemed to me like his vision of it was more the first answer than the second (both factors each alone would have prevented it).

    Jonathan B

    I am guessing that we will learn about that in either A Memory of Light or the encyclopedia, but probably A Memory of Light. My personal theory is that there is perhaps some kind of magic tied to the city of Caemlyn that makes the Dark One's power be lessened within that city itself and perhaps he cannot bring back anyone killed there. This is perhaps also a reason that he wants to make a strike at the city of Caemlyn with all of the Trollocs very soon.

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    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Shivam Bhatt (14 November 2011)

    Will we ever explicitly find out who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson (14 November 2011)

    It is stated explicitly in Towers of Midnight's appendix.

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    Interview: Oct 12th, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Another note: Someone brought up the perpetual "Who killed Asmodean??" question, and Jordan paused, thought a second, shook his head, and said, "I'm going to have to say RAFO. All the clues are there, and all it takes is any reasonably intelligent person to...."

    Footnote

    This question is from a compilation by Pam Korda of a slightly different version of the same signing report.

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    Interview: Apr, 2001

    Marion Kippers

    Some FAQs:

    Robert Jordan

    RJ gave some pronounciations (I wondered how many of the Dutch readers were interested in that—the names do come out quite different if you're used to read and think of them in Dutch), he announced that Sammael is dead, and so is Asmodean, and it should be clear who killed Asmodean but he's putting in some more clues to help us found out who did it. And at least three more books.

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    Interview: Jan 21st, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    Firstly, Robert Jordan announced that someone on the internet had used the evidence he’d presented to determine who killed Asmodean. He would not say who got it right, or on what site he found it, or who the killer is. However, this proves that Jordan obviously cares at least somewhat about what we actually think about his work and what we can deduce from it, though as an experienced writer, he will do what he wishes in his own story and with his own characters.

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    Interview: 2006

    Forsaken Events

    Robert Jordan

    None of the Forsaken know that Osan'gar (Corlan Dashiva) is dead, but they know he's vanished. They are pretty much sure that Sammael is dead, because he isn't the type to remain in hiding, but think Asmodean might well be hiding out until he can figure a way to return safely. They know that Rahvin and Be'lal are dead, though some at least suspect reincarnation as Aran'gar and Osan'gar. Most have worked out that Moridin is Ishamael.

    Footnote

    Aran'gar and Osan'gar are Balthamel and Aginor transmigrated, respectively. Most of the Forsaken we've had in POV seem to have figured that out.

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    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (The Forsaken)

    FAQ: Who killed Asmodean?

    Robert Jordan

    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...

    His list of candidates included the Aes Sedai, Nynaeve, Aviendha, Bela, and God knows who else.

    And you know why he won't tell us? Because he likes to see us SQUIRM. He said it in a friendly voice, but you could tell he meant it.

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    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (The Forsaken)

    Well, It was the second time this week I got to get my book signed and talk to the great RJ. The first time was in Leiden and I didn't prepare anything so I asked something lame about what he thought of the cover art. This time I forgot to think it over again so at the last minute I had to come up with something. It turned out quite funny:

    Me: "Did Slayer take Asmodean to Tel'aran'rhiod before, or after he killed him?"

    Robert Jordan

    He and some other people started laughing, he thought a little and answered with a smile:

    "What makes you think Asmodean is dead?"

    I laughed and he continued:

    "Yeah, you screw with my head, I screw with yours..." (that's actually what he said.)

    Reporter

    So Incidentally I made Jordan laugh and swear, but not answer the question.

    But hey, I didn't get a RAFO.

    Footnote

    April 2001.

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    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Mark

    Okay. So, I got a question that actually goes all the way back to the very beginning of the series.

    Maria Simons

    Mkay.

    MARK

    Will we ever find out whose voice it was at the end of The Eye of the World?

    MARIA SIMONS

    [pause] [in a sing-song voice] RAFO! (ray-foe)

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yeah, that's a RAFO. (raffo)

    MARIA SIMONS

    Score!

    MARK

    I figured, but I had to ask.

    MARIA SIMONS

    I wondered how long it would take.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Maria and I have spent some time trying to figure out different ways to say 'read and find out', so we're going to be trying out some of them today, and we'll see how it goes.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, great.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Oh, this will be fun. Let me see if I can get you another trial run here. Um...Asmodean? [laughter]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Who's he?

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah. Who's that guy?

    VIRGINIA

    He's toast, that's who he is.

    SPENCER POWELL

    No, Sammael's toast.

    ANDREW GELOS

    Yeah, I was going to say.

    VIRGINIA

    Well, I think he is too.

    MARIA SIMONS

    Um, if anybody sees the back of my car, they will see that I killed Asmodean. That's all I'm gonna say. [laughter]

    MARK

    I thought it was Bela!

    JENNIFER LIANG

    I do like the 'Bela killed him' theory. That one is just insane enough to be true.

    MARIA SIMONS

    I like that Bela is the Neigh'blis. [laughter]

    VIRGINIA

    Yeah.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Terrible puns are always a good thing.

    VIRGINIA

    I love it.

    MARIA SIMONS

    And the master of the terrible pun is on this call.

    VIRGINIA

    Ahh.

    MARIA SIMONS

    In Jim's office.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Ahhhh.

    VIRGINIA

    Well feel free. [laugher]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    I am, I am.

    VIRGINIA

    Pun away. Well, we've got two...you pronounce it 'raffo', right? Not 'rayfo'?

    MARIA SIMONS

    I say 'rayfo'. I don't know that there's a real pronunciation for that one.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    She says 'raffo', I say 'rayfo', so let's call the whole thing off.

    VIRGINIA

    Yeah, well we got two right off the bat. I don't know what else we're going to....well, probably everything.

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    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Spencer Powell

    Well, because it is obviously expected, as we're doing an interview with a member of Team Jordan…Who was the last person to see Asmodean alive? [laughter]

    Alan Romanczuk

    His murderer. [laughter] [ba-dum-tish]

    MARK

    Everybody knew that was coming.

    VIRGINIA

    And who did you say that was, Maria? [mumbling]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Who indeed?

    VIRGINIA

    Well, we knew that wasn't going to be answered so…

    MARIA SIMONS

    No.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Yup.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    It was a good one, though. Good try.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Well, thanks. Probably not as good as some of the Theorylanders would come up with, but I'm not at that level yet.

    MARIA SIMONS

    Theorylanders are scary good at thinking up those tricky questions.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh yeah.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Yes. Very much so, yes.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yeah. Any time I think I know a lot about what's going on in this series, I go read their boards, and I'm like, 'Nevermind! There's no way I know all this stuff!'

    SPENCER POWELL

    Yeah.

    VIRGINIA

    I know. It's kind of humbling.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    [???] 'Are they even reading the same books I am?' [laughter]

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah.

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    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Spencer Powell

    Alright, just a couple more questions. First off, who killed Asmodean? [laughter]

    Maria Simons

    I did! [laughter]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Maria did.

    VIRGINIA

    Robert Jordan killed him, actually.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Yup.

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  • 144

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    HalBrandenburg

    Did you kill Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Twice. WITH MY MIND.

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  • 145

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    Congo_Red_Jr

    Congrats dude! Isn't it custom to celebrate? You should tell us who killed Asmodean as celebration! =P

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’ll tell Asmodean’s killer in one of the books, I promise.

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  • 146

    Interview: Oct 20th, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    He also asked me to mention that he would neither confirm or deny the speculation that Bela, in fact killed Asmodean. I replied that I had my own theory; it was Mandarb. His wife chuckled. It was a very pleasant afternoon, and I consider it time well spent, and an honor to meet an author who treats his fans like friends.

    Hawkwing (Dennis)

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  • 147

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    Finally, Jordan refused to either confirm or deny

    (a) if Bela was ta'veren

    (b) that Bela was a Darkfriend

    (c) whether Bela killed Asmodean.

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  • 148

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Br00se

    The next lady that came through said, "I think Isam killed Asmodean."

    Robert Jordan

    He smiled as he signed her book and said, "You do?" And he left it at that.

    BR00SE

    For some reason I got the idea he was thinking, "Of course he did." But that was just my mind reading powers at work.

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  • 149

    Interview: Dec 8th, 2007

    Jason Denzel

    I know you probably can't go too deeply into it, but are there any questions about the story you had as a fan that you will make sure get answered in this final novel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Who the flip killed Asmodean? And, beyond that, what's up with Moiraine? Is she alive or not?

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  • 150

    Interview: Dec 8th, 2007

    Jason Denzel

    Who killed Asmodean? Come on, just tell us. Please. I won't tell Harriet you told me.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, okay. You've got a right to know. I'll tell just you.

    It was Bela.

    JASON DENZEL

    Ok, if you won't tell us, will you tell us in A Memory of Light?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I certainly intend to! I hope he left notes on it.

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  • 151

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Aidan Moher

    So, ahh, Joar Addam Nesossin is just chillin' out in a shady spot by a cool stream, relaxing and, of course, reading Towers of Midnight to find out about Moiraine when a shadow falls over him.

    He looks up and says, "You? No!"

    Who, uhh...might've cast that shadow that interrupted poor Joar's reading session?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're actually the first one to ask me about Asmodean with regards to his real name. Nice.

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  • 152

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    tututitlookslikerain ()

    For the love of good things, tell me who kills Asmodean?

    Real question: Mistborn surprised me with its intensity. I didn't think that it would have as big of an impact on me that it did, and for writing it, thank you.

    How long do things cook in your mind before you put them on paper?

    Spoiler

    When you write something as beautiful as "I am hope." Does it give you the chills? Where does something like that come from? I am just so fucking amazed that, even though I knew of his past with his wife and the mines, that you could make me think he was just doing it for greed reasons... then you bust out with this and I was floored. It cemented the entire trilogy for me. With that one line, I will forever buy anything you write.

    /heroworship

    Brandon Sanderson

    The Asmodean killer is revealed in Towers of Midnight. (Look in the glossary.)

    How long things cook depends on the project. Some, like The Way of Kings, cook for decades. Mistborn was a period of about 2-3 years. Others, like my children's series, are exercises in free writing with very little 'incubation' time give.

    As for the last question...sometimes, it's hard to pinpoint how things come together, even for a planner like myself. I often compare writing to playing music. Often, a musician gets to the point where they don't know why their fingers move as they do—through a great deal of training, they learn to just make it happen. Writers develop similar instincts, but for plot, character, and prose.

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  • 153

    Interview: 2012

    asmodean reborn (February 2012)

    *snip*

    moose_man

    Silly Forsaken. You aren't supposed to be reborn. That's the Prince of the Morning's job.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Dang. And here I'd been telling everyone that he was dead for sure.

    Better go edit the appendix for Book 13 for the next edition.

    moose_man

    Dear god. Dear god. Holy shit, man. Holy shit. You are an inspiration to me, and I look forwards to reading your contributions to WoT.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thanks!

    Hopefully, we'll meet at a con somewhere someday and can have a game of Magic or two.

    moose_man

    That would be incredible. I'm so psyched for A Memory of Light, obviously.

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  • 154

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    When we were in the Green Room Brandon broached a subject of his own, in Asmodean, stating he wanted to explain how that happened. Basically, Jim left a note saying ‘fit it in’, and when they were initially discussing how to do it Brandon threw out as more of a joke than anything else ‘just put it in the glossary’. Harriet apparently loved that idea, and when it came time for Brandon to write, he did lay it out in a Graendal POV [note: I can’t remember if he said it was in an outline for a POV, or whether he actually wrote it] Harriet wrote back in her notes ‘no, no, we’re going to put that in the glossary.’ Brandon himself definitely seemed to have wanted the information laid out in scene, and said there were actually a couple of scenes he thought he could have done it in.

    LUCKERS

    They still argue about it anyway, you know.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    *laughs* Yeah, well, you know Jim himself never wrote it out. There was just that email a fan had sent him, you know the...

    LUCKERS

    The Sherlock Holmes one?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, just that with a note saying 'this is it'. Everything else...

    LUCKERS

    Hah. Yeah, I never really cared about Asmodean.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Me either, really. Until I went on the boards, and everyone was discussing it.

    LUCKERS

    Yeah, now they have the debate about whether Tam and Cadsuane are going to get married.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    *shudders* Yeah, I’ve... ah... heard that one.

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  • 155

    Interview: Apr 18th, 2012

    dicetosser

    Brandon Sanderson

    Also the idea of putting Asmodean's killer's identity in the glossary was his...kinda. RJ left a print-out of a reader's theory with a sticky note on it saying "this is right". That's it; nothing else. They tried figuring out how to get it in the story, then Brandon being a bit of a smartypants suggested the glossary. Apparently Harriet LOVED the idea so much that later when he tried to write it into the story she crossed it out and wrote "IT'S IN THE GLOSSARY!"

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  • 156

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Eleanor

    Event—Seminar—Wheel of Time.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon Sanderson gave a reading from a recent piece (going through production for a TV series?) about a man whose aspects take form as visions. Based on a brilliant friend. This took some time—only 10m left for questions. Two Reds from Dragonmount asked Terez' question again and he answered without hesitation or worry this time, what with the cat out of the bag. No other notable questions—another amusing reenactment of him getting the phone call for completing WoT as well as questions about linking his worlds with some discussion of Asimov's attempts in that regard. We also heard of the Sherlock-themed Asmodean theory sent in by a fan to RJ, which he left on a pile with a post-it saying "This is right", and how Sanderson wanted fans to find out the same way he did—in a glossary, with nothing more than "This is right".

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  • 157

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Eleanor

    Will the Sherlock Asmodean thing be published online somewhere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, it already is. Have a look on Dragonmount or something.

    ELEANOR

    I wish I'd had internet properly the night before. But I will hunt for this...

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  • 158

    Interview: Apr 21st, 2012

    Question

    The final question of the session went to Tamyrlin.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    For some reason he always seems to have Asmodean on the brain, lol, so he asked whether or not the glossary of A Memory of Light would contain any important information. Harriet teased that now she would make it a point to include something important in the glossary of A Memory of Light!

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  • 159

    Interview: Aug 8th, 2009

    WorldCon 2009 - Dom (Paraphrased)

    Dom

    Brandon Sanderson

    About Asmodean, he gave a few more details but no huge news. When he decided that after all he would reveal the killer in the books (which he originally didn't intend) then got sick, Jim took no chance and took time to write down an extensive note about the murder, explaining very precisely and in many details what happened and what led to it. He had not decided where this could go (or even if it really would be in the book or he would publish the note after the paperback of A Memory of Light was out), so it was left up to Brandon and Harriet to decide on the character who could reveal some of this, and how and where in the book. Brandon denied to me having told anyone (someone mistakenly reported having read the opposite recently) in which book the murder is revealed. He said Harriet and him agreed long before the book split (soon after he read the outline, in fact) which scene seemed the best spot for the revelation. There was one that felt natural and obvious for this and it's the one they chose. Their choice hasn't changed because of the split, so the revelation is in whichever of the three books this scene happens and that's that.

    Footnote

    This report is also contradicted by many later reports indicating that all Brandon got was a Sherlock Holmes write-up from a fan with a note saying 'this is right', though the fan write-up was detailed.

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  • 160

    Interview: Nov 5th, 2010

    Drew

    I asked him "Why the Glossary?"

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said that they were instructed to "put it in" somewhere, and they could not find a way to do it that seemed to fit so they put it in the Glossary. Harriet added "I like making people read the Glossary."

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  • 161

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2009

    gammahunter

    I asked if Graendal were dead and had she killed Asmodean could he pop back up in Caemlyn.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said no. He said that Rand only took Rahvin out of the Pattern for 15 minutes to an hour. So, even if the Choedan Kal were 1000 times stronger than Rand with the fat man it would only be like 9 days at most. More interesting, however, is that he said that we have not seen anyone who could burn someone out of the Pattern that long, however, it was possible for someone to be that strong!—Who or what could this be?

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  • 162

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Jason Wolfbrother

    ...and the second one I asked as he was signing my book "To Jason Wolfbrother Graendal (might have) killed Asmodean". I had to try.

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  • 163

    Interview: Apr 21st, 2012

    Matt Hatch

    I just want to prepare myself...Do you plan to reveal anything important in the glossary of A Memory of Light? (wild laughter)

    Harriet McDougal

    If I possibly can!

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  • 164

    Interview: Jan 8th, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    What Jordan said, specifically, btw, was this:

    Someone figured out who killed Asmodean. Thus, it is possible to do so with the clues provided, and he doesn't feel the need to provide more. Further, he refused to in any way indicate who the person with the correct answer is or how to get in touch with said person.

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  • 165

    Interview: Oct 13th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Second, he promised that he would either 1) reveal who killed Asmodean in the final book or 2) if he couldn't work it into the book, reveal who killed Asmodean online around the time the book 12 paperback comes out. So, at least the controversy will be settled some day.

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  • 166

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Byryn

    Anyhow, I as I was getting my book signed I asked Mr. Jordan flat out (with a smile), "So are you going to reveal who killed him by the end? Or are you going to let us stew forever?"

    Robert Jordan

    He said that if the natural course of the story brings him there, he will answer that question. But if he doesn't include it, he promised that he will reveal the killer by the time the paperback of the last book comes out.

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  • 167

    Interview: Jan 12th, 2013

    Question

    Do we find out who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *laughs* It is in the Towers of Midnight glossary.

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  • 168

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    Niels Oleson

    My name is Niels Oleson. Tai'shadar [sic] Manetheren, and Tai'shadar [sic] Pleasant Grove. [laughter] That's where I'm from! Go Vikings!

    The one question I have is—this wouldn't be a panel without asking—who killed Asmodean? [laughter, cheers] And I know you can't answer it, but is it in the book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    For those who missed it, it's in the, um...the glossary of Towers of Midnight. [boooo] It's actually mentioned in there who killed Asmodean. [laughter] Towers of Midnight, last book; it came out last year. Two years ago. [laughter] So, you've got your answer; you just have to go find it in there.

    And let me give a little explanation on that, so you guys who haven't heard this story—I know many of you have—when I first went to Charleston—this was 2007, in December—I had signed the contracts, not knowing how much was written of the book or what was even available, because you know, that's how it had to go; I had to sign all the NDAs and things before I could see, so I flew out there, and picked up the material, so to speak—the material we call the notes and everything—and I got in very late because it's—you know, flying to Charleston from Salt Lake is uh, and you gotta connect at Atlanta, and things—you know, I get in late, and we walk in; Harriet picks me up from the airport, brings me in, and she—(to Harriet) it was bean soup you had made, or something like that—and you're like, "Would you like some food; I know you've been flying a long time..." I said, "No, I'd like the ending, please, thank you." [laughter]

    So she laughed and got me the materials, and handed them to me in a stack, and I went in to the room—the sitting room—and I sat down to read them, and on the very top was a post-it note, on top of a page of a fan...fan information, like it printed off from the internet—a fan theory—and all it said is, "This is right." And the fan theory was about who killed Asmodean, and that's all we had, was a "This is correct." Maybe they have more—maybe Maria has more—but all I knew was, "This is correct." I didn't know the how, the why, or anything that this person...why they did this.

    And so when it came time to put it in the books, I kind of almost jokingly said, "We should put it in the glossary, because we don't know, so we'll just put it in for fans in the same way we got it, which is just a post-it note." [laughter] "...We'll stick it in the book like a post-it note, in the glossary," and that's because we don't have the full story. And so we went ahead and did that, and then when I was writing the book, I actually worked it into the text, and Harriet wrote back and said, "No, no. I like this glossary thing; it's going in the glossary." [laughter] So, we cut it out of the text and left it in the glossary, and the idea is, you get to feel like we felt because I didn't know anything more than "This is it," so I gave it to you as transparently as possible so that you could have the same feeling of confusion that I had.

    Harriet McDougal

    And did you see where he got Moghedien from my basic character? [laughter]

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  • 169

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Jared Garrett (23 January 2013)

    How did it feel to be one of the only humans who knew who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    Fun, but also annoying, since I couldn't tell anyone.

    Kevin Cantrell

    Did Graendal kill Asmodean? Huge fan of yours and WOT, first read The Eye of the World when I was 13, 15 years ago.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, she did. And thanks!

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  • 170

    Interview: Nov 5th, 2009

    Matthew Peterson

    Well, you've got so many things to tie up. And Robert Jordan, he knew that he was going to die. He knew that, and so he was writing as fast as he could. He got these notes. And you're working off of these notes, which is so great for the fan base, 'cause we get a feel for what Robert Jordan had in mind. I do have one question that everyone is asking me to ask you. [laughs] Are we going to find out who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. He left notes about who killed Asmodean. To be included in the book. Harriet's decided where it goes. I can't tell you which of the three books it's going to appear in. But it is going to be in there and he did write the ending himself, of the entire thing.

    Matthew Peterson

    Oh, okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Which is just wonderful. It makes this book possible because I know what the ending is. He left a lot of material through the middle too, as well. But he left that ending. He'd been promising us for years that he knew the ending of the series. And he did. And he wrote it down. And so I'm really working towards the goal of getting to that ending and working with it in mind and so, yeah, you don't need to worry that the ending won’t be Robert Jordan's ending, because he wrote that himself.

    Matthew Peterson

    That is great to know. I didn't know that. Well, that is awesome.

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  • 171

    Interview: Feb 1st, 2013

    Question

    Is there a confirmed killer for Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's listed in the Appendix of Towers of Midnight. It's in there. Go find it. I found it by way of a post it note listed on top of the notes. I don't know any more than who did it, as far as why or how. There's only a name.

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  • 172

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Question

    Two questions. One, who killed Asmodean? And the second one, the Aviendha scene with the rings [sic], going back in time, and then into the future, was that part of the original intention with Robert Jordan, or is that something you kind of improvised?

    Harriet McDougal

    Can I take the first question?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, go for the first one.

    Harriet McDougal

    The first question, simply illustrates the importance, as every sister of the Brown Ajah knows, of reading the glossaries.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not going to give you a very good answer on the other one either. The reason being, we try to keep away from saying too much about what Robert Jordan did, and what I did. Particularly while there are people who haven't read the books yet. Maybe in a year or two we can start being more open about these things, but right now, I don't want people reading the books and focusing on "Was this Jim, was that Brandon?" and things like that. The only answer I can give to questions like that is every scene is 100% Robert Jordan, and 100% me.

    Freelancer

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  • 173

    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Aegon ()

    I remembered some more stuff in the shower this morning.

    Someone asked who killed Asmodean. Groan. The answer was, of course, in the appendix [glossary] of Towers of Midnight.

    In the interim since showering, I forgot the other thing I remembered. But it was of similar consequence as the Asmodean question. If I knew that I'd be sharing answers then I surely would have taken notes.

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  • 174

    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Question

    Are either you now, or else in the encyclopedia—are you going to answer who killed Asmodean? (laughter)

    Harriet McDougal

    I wish to stand up for librarians, writers of indexes, and in this case, writers of glossaries. Glossaries need to be read very carefully, particularly—which one is it? (laughter) Particularly the glossary of Towers of Midnight.

    Question

    Thank you.

    Harriet McDougal

    Somebody told me I was being a smartass. (laughter)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, okay. All right.

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  • 175

    Interview: Feb 7th, 2013

    Question

    Do Robert Jordan's notes state who killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon states that at the top of a large stack of Robert Jordan's notes that he received, there was a print-out of a fan's theory about the killer of Asmodean. Stuck to it was a post-it note from Jordan that read, "this is right."

    Harriet McDougal

    Harriet commented about the importance of glossaries.

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  • 176

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Who had Herid Fel killed?

    Maria Simons

    That was A Crown of Swords right?

    Terez

    It was in the epilogue of Lord of Chaos. They found out about it in A Crown of Swords. And it was the gholam. So it had to be—

    Maria Simons

    Sammael, yeah. That was Sammael.

    Terez

    Do you know the reason?

    Maria Simons

    Because he somehow learned that Fel was helping Rand and didn't want the information...?

    Terez

    A friend of mine has a theory; he believed that Herid Fel was Asmodean in disguise, because he didn't believe Asmodean was dead.

    Maria Simons

    That's a good theory! I like that theory.

    Terez

    I like it too! Because it would explain a lot... (including why a gholam was sent to kill a non-channeler)

    Maria Simons

    Yeah.

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  • 177

    Interview: May 24th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    He acknowledged why Asmodean's killer was revealed the way it was. Apparently when he got the "Notes" from Harriet there was a sticky note on the top that just said "Graendal killed Asmodean" with no further explanation or notes. So they thought it'd be fun to provide the same type of blank answer to the rest of the community.

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  • 178

    Interview: Jun 20th, 2009

    WoT Questions:

    ANDREW THE GREAT

    Who Killed Asmodean? (The single most repeated question. I heard it like 30 times just while standing in line.)

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO

    Footnote

    It has since been revealed that Graendal killed Asmodean.

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  • 179

    Interview: Jun 20th, 2009

    Andrew the Great

    Will we find out who killed Asmodean in The Gathering Storm?

    BRANDON SANDERSON (paraphrased)

    RAFO

    Footnote

    Asmodean's killer was revealed in the Towers of Midnight glossary

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  • 180

    Interview: 2011

    Reddit 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Question (March 2011)

    Within 5 Years, Digital Books Will Only Cost $0.99

    AnalyticContinuation

    It is amazing to see sales take off when the price falls below some resistance point.

    But $0.99 seems very low for a full-length novel. Such a novel probably takes a year to write, and I would have though it was similar in terms of creative effort to a complete album rather than just one song.

    muhfuhkuh

    See, that's the magic of volume pricing. When it's priced to sell at $.99, an author (no doubt indie, because there is no possible way a publisher, with all their overhead, can price like that and still remain viable) gets two substantial effects: They get the "cash register candy" impulse buyer to pull the trigger without much thought; and, because there are alot more of those readers (as evinced by the explosion in sales of ereaders), they make up in volume what they sacrifice in price.

    If you're #60 in the Kindle top 100, you're selling something like 500 copies a day. These ebooks stay for (afaict) an average of 8 weeks on the charts. So 500 x 56 days = 28000 sales. If you're pricing at, say $2.99, you'll get $2.10 a copy after Amazon's cut. 28000 x 2.10 = $58,800. In 2 months of being on the charts. Not saying everyone will do that, but let's put it this way: You have as much a chance as anyone with a novel of similar quality and luck. Now, if you wrote 3-4 breezy, genre novels of sellable quality, and you had even 1/4 of the sales, you can see how this volume pricing can provide you with a pretty comfortable living, even if Amazon takes 65% of the 99 cents.

    Such a novel probably takes a year to write

    That's the romanticized "Great American" notion of the Novel as singular artwork and the novelist as auteur. It aggrandizes people like Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Salinger to the level of genius (which, arguably, is well-deserved), but not every novelist is like that and writes those kinds of timeless classics.

    The two darlings of the 99-cent authors, Amanda Hocking and John Locke (yeah yeah...) are absolutely brand-spanking new to fiction writing. She's written 6 novels, he has 7. Almost all their novels were written within the last year or two (Locke, I believe, never wrote any of his novels before last year, Hocking had one or two of the 6 novels done before hitting it big).

    All of their novels are in the top 100 Kindle store, selling, on average, between 500-6000 ebooks a day. Last I heard, Hocking was selling something like 100,000 ebooks a month, priced between 99 cents and 2.99. And, there are hundreds of previously mid-list writers publishing their back catalogs this way and making more on 99-cent or 2.99 ebooks than they ever did as a published mid-lister, even with the modest advances.

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    There are things you aren't taking into account here. The biggest one is this: all books are not the same. The Gathering Storm took me eighteen months to write. That's not a romanticized "Great American" novel. That's me, writing commercial fiction. True, I hope there's some strong literary value to it. But at the end of the day, I'm a craftsman—and I'm writing every day, working full days. It just takes a lot of time to create a 1000 page novel.

    Selling a book at .99 is one thing if it's a short book (which the ones selling for that price are) that is very episodic (which they are.) Write a book at 400k words instead of 70k words, and the difficulty of managing plot lines grows exponentially, not to mention the months it takes to worldbuild a realistic epic fantasy world.

    Beyond that, Epic Fantasy—which I write—has a shorter 'amplitude' than something like Hocking is writing. The biggest bestselling epic fantasies—at any price—sell far fewer copies than the best selling romance or paranormal romance books do. There are fewer people who want to read them, and for those who do read them, time is less of a barrier (to many) than price. You can only read so many books of that length. (Well, you can only read so many of any length, but you get what I mean.)

    Even accounting for collectors grabbing everything they can at low prices, if you drop epic fantasy books to $.99, the genre will probably no longer be able to support full time writers. That's not to say it won't happen, and maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised at how many new readers we can pick up. But I'm skeptical.

    I find the $.99 ebook thing kind of baffling, honestly. We'll pay $10 to go to a movie, we'll pay $10 for an album, but we want a book to cost a fraction of that?

    Phinaeus

    Wait wait. Are you saying you're Brandon Sanderson? I'm honored. I was a big fan of the WoT series but haven't caught up fully due to no time.

    I don't know if it's been revealed in TGS, but who exactly killed Asmodean?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's me. And the killer of Asmodean is revealed in Towers of Midnight. (Brows through the glossary if you want a 'quick fix' answer. It's in there, though the text of the book makes it pretty clear too.)

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  • 181

    Interview: Apr 10th, 2014

    Question

    Why was the answer to who killed you-know-who buried in the back of the book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh! So, this is a great story; some of you have heard this one before. So, when I got there—this is the 2007 visit, so this is December 2007, right before [?] was announced and my inbox exploded, right before the interview with Jason went live that preempted the [?]—I got the notes, and stuck on a post-it note on top of the notes was the answer to who killed Asmodean, and it isn't the answer you think it is. I don't even know—[to Harriet] was this Robert Jordan's writing, or was this yours?—there was fan sheet that was printed out—there was a fan theory, and a post-it note that said "this is right". And I don't know who even wrote the "this is right".

    Someone

    I think it was Jordan.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You think it was Jim, yeah. Robert Jordan. And so, anyway, we had this thing with the "this is right", and the only thing I had really from him was the "this is right". And I kind of felt like the fandom, like "Well I've got my answer but there's no explanation; it's just "the fan theory is right", that it was this person, and so, as we were doing our brainstorming session months later, I said "You know what would be funny? Is if we made...we forced the fans to feel like we do," because we don't really know much about this answer, and we just...we put it in the appendix because then, they would have to, you know, they would found it like we found it. I got a post-it note; you got an appendix item, and Harriet loved this idea. She thought it was awesome. She has, you know, I think she, over the years, got infected by her husband and transitioned from nice editor to mean author [laughter], because we authors love to be mean to readers. Those provoking strong emotions in readers is one of the things that we love to do, and so sticking it back there, I actually when I was writing Towers of Midnight, I was...there was a sentence I wrote where I made it a little more clear in text, and Harriet was like, "No, this is going in the appendix; strike that sentence out." And I was like, "Alright! She's on board with this." So that's...and it is...you know, a lot of what we do in writing, at least in my vision, is to try to make sure you feel like the characters feel, like the Last Battle. Why is it 90,000 words, or whatever it is—that chapter. It's because the characters can't put down their weapons. They are back-to-the-wall, this is the End, and I don't want you to feel like you can put down the book. I want you to be like, "I'll read to the next chapter." [laughter] All they're thinking is, "Well, I'll try and make it to the next day." Well, that's how you have to feel too; this is using the form of the story to try and evoke the right emotion, and putting [?] in the back was to evoke for you the same emotion that we felt in finding just the post-it note answer.

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    Okay, so before you got the note, who did you think killed that appendix item?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Here's the story of appendix-item man: Like, when I...and I found since that this was actually pretty common. I didn't really care until I started reading fan theories, right? Like, this was not one of the questions I had. The questions I had were things like, "Oooh, what could you do with gateways? Ooh, what kinds of Talents exist out there and what could they do? Ooh," you know, "what kind of weaves exist in the Age of Legends and how did they develop into the contemporary weaves?" These are the things I was really interested in as a reader, and then, you know, you get Asmodean, and like, "Who cares about him?" I mean, yes, he was a fun character, but he's dead, probably one of the Forsaken. And then, you start reading the theories, and then you go through this thing where you're like, "Wow, this is actually really a mystery. Oh, I really want to know!" And then you transition into the, "I'm so tired of people talking about this." [laughter] "Can we talk about something else?" And so, by the time I was working on those, I knew all the theories, and I didn't...I had transitioned out of that caring too much. I'm like, "These are all good theories, and I have no idea which one is right." And so, I didn't have...you know, I was more interested in, you know, "Which of the women is Rand going to end up with?" That's a really...that's a question I wanted answered. "Will he survive the Last Battle?" "Who killed Asmodean?" was not a big deal to me at that point, though there is a fun story. Matt Hatch, who runs Theoryland, or founded Theoryland—I don't know if you run Theoryland any more—but Theoryland kind of runs on its own...

    Matt Hatch

    Theoryland has always run on its own.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, you're just the unfortunate person who started it and got trampled by the masses. So, um, he came to me—when was it? JordanCon? No, it couldn't be JordanCon. DragonCon?

    Matt Hatch

    JordanCon.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was JordanCon. Okay.

    Matt Hatch

    [unintelligible]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, something like that. The book wasn’t out yet—Towers of Midnight—but I had mentioned that you will eventually, in one of the books, get the reveal on who killed Asmodean. And he pulls me aside, and he says, “All right, I’m not going to ask you who it really is, but I just want to say, it’s not Graendal, right?” And I didn’t say . . . I didn’t say anything. But he’s like, "Okay, if it’s Graendal, just don’t tell everybody. Just make it remain a secret forever. I would rather it remained a secret forever than you actually reveal it. Just so you know, If you’re gonna throw me a bone, don’t reveal it if it’s Graendal.” Sorry, Matt. My duty to the entire Wheel of Time fandom was greater than my duty to you.

    Matt Hatch

    So my side of the story is, I said Brandon—I was watching his face—and I said, I did add in there, “I will kill myself if it’s Graendal,” because if you say crazy things to people, they get human for a moment for your health. And so I swear, and I told everyone this on Theoryland after I asked Brandon that question, I’m like, "It’s Graendal, and it’s pissing me off”. It’s his look of concern like, “Oh, I don’t want Matt to kill himself”. Just momentarily a blip across his face like, “Oh. Oh, okay.” After that point, I just, I knew it was coming.

    Brandon Sanderson

    On the Gathering Storm tour, we did dinners with fans before each signing, which was wonderful but exhausting because it just added an extra hour or an hour and a half to each signing. But at one of them, I wrote “Graendal” on the tablecloth because it was one of those paper tablecloth things at one of those Italian restaurants in Korean, and then scribbled it out. And then said, “Hey I just wrote down who killed Asmodean right here.” And they’re all like, “What?!?” And so someone actually cut that piece of paper out and took it with them. But I’d scribbled it so well they couldn’t figure it out, and I didn’t tell them it was in Korean. Somebody’s still got that thing, I’m sure. Did they scan that and post that online and stuff?

    Matt Hatch

    I was there, I don’t know . . .

    Jason Denzel

    Yeah, I was there, too. You scribbled both sides of the tablecloth, just to make sure. [. . .] He was panicked that someone would figure it out. He was terrified. He was like, “I shouldn’t have done that. I shouldn’t have done that."

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