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  • 1

    Interview: Dec, 1993

    Question

    In The Fires of Heaven, in the chapters "The Far Snows" and "A Short Spear," was the timing of events deliberately precalculated by him, or not? If the first is true, I'm not asking for an explanation—presumably we'll get that in a later book. I'm just asking for a yes or a no. (If he wants to know why the question was put, please just say the two words "time zones.")

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, the timing was calculated. I know how far to the west Seanchan lies.

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  • 2

    Interview: 1994

    Jennifer Cross

    (small report)

    Robert Jordan

    He said he writes as the ideas come and he has no clue as to how long the series will be! So that throws out 8, 10, or 16 books out the window. He also gave heights for the characters. As for Rand being unusually tall, how about 6'6". Aviendha is 5'10". You can deduce from there.

    Footnote

    October 19, 1994

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  • 3

    Interview: Oct 17th, 1994

    Erica Sadun

    No spoilers.

    Robert Jordan

    Heights:

    Rand—6'6"
    Perrin—6'2"
    Mat—5'11.5"
    Aviendha—5'8-5'9
    Elayne—5'6"
    Nynaeve—5'4"
    Egwene—5'2"
    Moiraine—5'0-5'2

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  • 4

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Quartzlyn (7 January 2011)

    LOVING the way you write all of the WoT characters, especially Aviendha! Thank you :)

    Brandon Sanderson (7 January 2011)

    I've been waiting for some more Aviendha in the books, and was glad for a chance to slip her in some more.

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  • 5

    Interview: 2010

    Shivam Bhatt (8 November 2010)

    [Towers of Midnight] Chapters 48-49.—was that all in Jordan's notes? So so sad and dark!

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    I'm avoiding answering questions about what was specifically in the notes and what wasn't, for now.

    SHIVAM BHATT

    Ok, well, can you comment on your own feelings of those chapters, as a fan?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Awesome but very disturbing. As a fan, they're discomforting.

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  • 6

    Interview: 2010

    Brian Cayen (8 November 2010)

    You've said in the past that Aviendha's voice was one the hardest for you to write....is this still the case?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    It still takes the longest to prepare for, but it is no longer as difficult as it was.

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  • 7

    Interview: 2010

    Linda Sandström (8 November 2010)

    Are Aviendha's children conceived naturally or are they a consequence of something Power-related Rand and Aviendha do together?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    RAFO. :)

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  • 8

    Interview: 2010

    Jeff Edde (8 November 2010)

    The names for kids in Aviendha's vision: Were they from the notes for Outtrigger books? Or written up by you?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    I'll answer that specifically after the books are all out.

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  • 9

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Thomas Grossnickle (10 January 2011)

    Aviendha's vision in Towers of Midnight made me wonder, how much will we get to see of what happens to the world after the Last Battle?

    Brandon Sanderson (10 January 2011)

    RAFO. :)

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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 28th, 1994

    Robert Jordan

    When I asked about the hemisphere of the Seanchan continent RJ said that it had parts in both the northern and southern hemispheres, but that Rand and Aviendha Traveled to a part in the southern hemisphere.

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  • 11

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Question

    There were two plot related questions in the Q&A, both were RAFO'd: Did Aviendha's gateway in beginning of The Path of Daggers go back in time?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 12

    Interview: Jun 16th, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    On channeler strength he said that he knew the rough strength of every channeler in the books, imposed on a 21-graded scale. Nynaeve he said had Forsaken strength, i.e. as strong as most female Forsaken. Egwene, Elayne and Aviendha was a step lower, and an additional step lower Elaida, Siuan and Moiraine was found. They were the strongest Aes Sedai known before "the new ones". Several Aes Sedai, including Leane and Kiruna [I'm uncertain on Kiruna, I might have misheard], was next in strength. By the old standards they were deemed very strong and capable.

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  • 13

    Interview: Jun 16th, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    On why Aviendha's toh required her to kill Rand, he said basically "Read and Find Out", but he noted that Aviendha is under the strain of several tohs. He also pointed out that her interpretation from Elayne's reaction from her confession to Elayne gives her a way out, but that Elayne does not share that interpretation. [The show will certainly go on :-)]

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  • 14

    Interview: 2010

    Brandon Sanderson (26 July 2010)

    Okay, 16% cut.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    8% cut from Chapter 80. In other news, the chapters have numbers now. 94 chapters in the book plus a multi-scene epilogue.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Chapter 81 is a heart-wrenching one. Maybe the one in the book I'm most proud of, despite its contents. Anyway, 18.5% cut from it.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Chapter 82—13% cut. I do think that some of these chapters may be combined before the end. I doubt the final book will have 94 chapters.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    12.2% cut from the next chapter.

    Footnote

    The 'heart-wrenching' scene was Aviendha's second trip through the crystal columns.

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  • 15

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    Question

    What is going to happen with Elayne, Min, Rand and Aviendha in their relationship? Will they all get along?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out! (he chuckled richly)

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  • 16

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Agent420

    Will Rand end up with all three girls or just one? =)

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 17

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Aan'allein

    Oh, Rando, I'm really sorry about this, but Jordan overthrew your toh-toes argument.

    Pratchett was talking about you having to take care in fantasy not to use words like 'sandwich', unless you had the sandwich guy appear in your story.

    Jordan disagreed: the writer is simply translating... And their word for a bit of unidentifiable meat wrapped in between some...two slices of greasy bread would translate as 'sandwich.' But that's not what they call it at all, that's just what you call it in English.

    Footnote

    Rando is presumably referring to Min's lame joke to Aviendha about 'toes' in Winter's Heart, 'A Lily in Winter'. His argument probably still holds, as it's something that shouldn't translate outside of an amazing coincidence.

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  • 18

    Interview: Jul 22nd, 2004

    Jason Denzel

    Later on, Melissa made a joking comment about Rand and his three girlfriends.

    Robert Jordan

    Robert Jordan's reply was not what we expected. He explained that at one point in his younger life he had two girlfriends at once. They knew about each other, and they arranged dates for him so they could both be there. They were fine with it, and young Jim Rigney just went along with it. (Wouldn't you?) He figured that if he could have two girlfriends at once, then a guy like Rand could definitely do three.

    Jason Denzel

    I guess it's true that we all find inspiration from our everyday lives!

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  • 19

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Question

    I was wondering, can you talk about how your lead character would have not one but three true loves, and how does your wife feel about that?

    Robert Jordan

    Um, when I was much younger, before I met Harriet, I had two girlfriends simultaneously, who arranged my dating schedule between them, who was going to date me on which night. They chipped in together to buy me birthday presents and Christmas presents. You know, they just sort of shared me between them, you know. And they had been friends before, and I am not quite sure whether or not they made the decision they were both going to date me or not, on their own, before they first met me, it just came about. But I figured if I could manage two, surely Rand could manage three. Besides there are mythological reasons to have these three women involved with him.

    As far as my view on this, with Harriet, I have many more than three women, there are so many facets to her personality she quite often makes me dizzy, I am quite satisfied there. About how she feels about this, I suspect you want her answer, I seem to remember her saying to me, you do remember this is fantasy right? And I think it was an accident she was holding a carving knife to my throat, just coincidence, but I am not sure.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    In four short words, I am not for it. Four and a half words.

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  • 20

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    NaClH2O

    There seem to be some time discrepancies surrounding the incident where Elayne and company Traveled to the Kin farm. Did the gateway Aviendha opened to the countryside near the Kin farm at the beginning of The Path of Daggers allow Elayne's party to travel forward or backward in time?

    Robert Jordan

    He chuckled for a brief moment and then said "RAFO."

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  • 21

    Interview: Oct 22nd, 2005

    Question

    A question a girl asked, which is often asked, is why Rand gets to sleep with three women.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ laughed at this and explained the usual story of his earlier life when he dated two women. He explained if he could have two, why could Rand not have three?

    Allentrace

    I tried to catch Harriet's response to this but my vision of her was obscured.

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  • 22

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    Could Aviendha be pregnant? ...enquiring minds want to know!

    Robert Jordan

    Enquiring minds can read and find out.

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  • 23

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Question

    Which characters did you find the easiest to write and which ones did you find were the hardest to write?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Easy and hard? I would say the most natural ones for me to write were Rand and Egwene. I’m not sure why. Perrin was very natural for me as well. The Two Rivers folk, the kids from Two Rivers that I’ve grown up with as my friends from high school that just feel like my buddies and think kind of...well Rand doesn’t think like I do anymore but you know what I mean. The hardest single person to write was Aviendha because Aiel are so odd and they think so strangely and getting her right I actually had to throw away two chapters. I wrote one from her perspective threw it away. Wrote another one, it wasn’t right, sent it to Charleston and said what am I doing wrong and they are like you are doing it wrong and I said I know, what am I doing wrong and Harriet gave me some pointers I tossed that one and wrote a third one and that is when it started to work. Tuon was not terribly easy either, but I had a little more practice by the time I wrote Tuon and so I got her on the first try but it was after a lot of research. So, there you go, Aviendha, hard to write, she’s crazy. She would say that she isn’t because she would say she acts the most normal of everyone.

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  • 24

    Interview: Nov 5th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Other information that we gleaned from dinner included learning that Aviendha is the favorite out of the three in Rand’s “harem.” Hopefully we’ll get to see more of Pevara being awesome, but that could possibly appear in a novella on Brandon’s web page that will fill in some missing holes. But no promises! And one last interesting fact, in order to get the Illianer and Taraboner accents right, he wrote the book then went back and did a search for all the characters of those nations and then worked on their crazy accents.

    Footnote

    The Pevara novella was to be about the events at the Black Tower. Brandon later decided that the novella probably wasn't going to work. He got two chapters into Towers of Midnight, and the rest into A Memory of Light.

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  • 25

    Interview: Nov 13th, 2009

    Question

    Was it difficult for you to find any of the characters' voices?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aviendha—the Aiel way of thinking is so different and I think like Two Rivers folk. It was easy to write the Two Rivers. And when I started writing Aviendha, I was writing like a Two Rivers-er.

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  • 26

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Is the ter'angreal which Aviendha identifies as related to holes, and requiring a song to activate, the Talisman of Growing for the Ways?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (Huge grin) RAFO.

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  • 27

    Interview: Sep 21st, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    The last question…Mitchell asks, can we expect an epic Rand/Elayne/Aviendha/Min reunion?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m so glad you said reunion.

    (Small group of people erupt in laughter)

    Matt Hatch

    You were wondering where I was going with that... (More laughter)

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. Ask again later.

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  • 28

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2010

    Question

    Are there any characters in particular you find hard to write?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are several that I've had more trouble with than others, and in that case, I generally work on them quite a long time. Aviendha, when I first started writing her, was probably the most difficult to get the voice right. There are characters that I write that are more difficult to write than others for different reasons. For instance, Gawyn is kind of...frustrated with himself, and when you step into a character's viewpoint, you start to feel and think like them; that's the goal. And so, him being frustrated with himself and his purpose in life makes it hard to write his scenes, because you feel frustrated and things like that, and Harriet has a great story about that.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    One of the things that happens with a writer, which certainly happened with Jim (Jordan's real name, FYI), was he was often asked "what was his favorite character?" and he said, "whoever I'm writing today." Because he understood that villains don't think they're villains. They are doing what the world or the devil or something outside has forced them to do. So they think of themselves as gallant victims, generally, while they're slitting somebody's throat. But I could tell when he'd been writing somebody awful. He'd come in the kitchen door at supper time and he'd slink around the walls! I said, "You've been writing Padan Fain today, haven't you?" "How did you know?!"

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  • 29

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    Is Aviendha a red-head or blonde?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Red-head.

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  • 30

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    Is Aviendha the only one to go forward in time through the ter'angreal?

    Brandon Sanderson

    As far as we know, yes.

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  • 31

    Interview: Dec, 2010

    Lordjuss

    Aviendha's scene in the columns at Rhuidean was wonderful. Will the columns always do that now, or has Aviendha broken them for good?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 32

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    rileysweeney ()

    Are Rand and Aviendha going to get some time on screen together in A Memory of Light? They had such an interesting dynamic and they have barely spoken for several books.

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. (You knew that was coming, eh?)

    Though...it should be noted that prophecy says that Aviendha will have Rand's children...so, that's going to be kind of tough if they don't see one another again.

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  • 33

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2011

    Question

    Is Nakomi Jenn Aiel? Was Aviendha transported through a Portal Stone?

    Brandon Sanderson

    More careful thinking from Brandon. Then he said that Wetlander is a wise woman and is sniffing under the right tree. Interesting.

    Footnote

    Brandon later strongly implied there was no Portal Stone involved.

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  • 34

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Virginia

    So I guess the next question I want to ask is "Okay, how about those quadruplets?"

    Maria Simons

    How 'bout those Yankees? [laughter]

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Alright, well there are...I believe there are four. Is that right, Maria?

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah, four. Uh-huh.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Four. Alright, so what else do you want to know?

    VIRGINIA

    Wow. When are we going to find out about the quadruplets? I mean, we presume that they're working on the generation of them at some point here, but they're running out of time before the Last Battle. I mean, are these going to be born post-Tarmon Gai'don, or pre-Tarmon Gai'don, or are we just going to have to read and find out?

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Interesting question.

    VIRGINIA

    They are running out of time.

    MARIA SIMONS

    Yeah.

    SPENCER POWELL

    And Aviendha's somewhere in the Waste, or on her way to the Waste.

    VIRGINIA

    Well now she is, but she was with Rand for quite a while, so...

    MARIA SIMONS

    [something about Min]

    ANDREW GELOS

    Yeah, but she didn't have her honor, remember?

    VIRGINIA

    I know, but that doesn't mean that she couldn't have hooked up, uh...you know, I don't know.

    MARIA SIMONS

    No, Aviendha [something]

    VIRGINIA

    [interrupts] That's what I'm wondering; that's what I'm wondering. Have they even started yet? If they're not started yet, I don't see how they could be born before Tarmon Gai'don, unless that's the odd thing, that she does a Star Trek sort of plot and has, you know, fully-grown...

    JENNIFER LIANG

    [something about MTV?]

    MARIA SIMONS

    I'm just gonna say, read and find out.

    VIRGINIA

    *sigh* Well you know we will.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Well, then.

    VIRGINIA

    When you tell somebody that, does anyone ever just go, "Well that's it; I'm done. I've had it! Never reading the Wheel of Time again!" No, no…they all come back and read.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Yup, yup.

    MARK

    I tried that once. I put the book down for a sum total of about two days, and I'm like, "To hell with it; I gotta keep going!"

    JENNIFER LIANG

    It is a very oddly addicting series.

    MARK

    Yeah.

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  • 35

    Interview: Nov, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Writing Rand and Mat and Perrin and Egwene in particular was very natural to me. Aviendha was hard. I tried her early on in the process, which might have been a mistake because she thinks so differently. But I actually had to throw away two chapters of Aviendha that no one will ever see because she thinks like a Two Rivers folk, which is not the way Aviendha should think. I was disappointed in them, the first one I wrote. And anyway, I kept working on it till I got it right.

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  • 36

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    Loialson

    Was the stone Aviendha slept near during Towers of Midnight a portal stone?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. Nice try! That's eliminating one theory, I'll give you that one.

    LOIALSON

    Was Aviendha in Tel'aran'rhiod or in a mirror/portal world when she met Nakomi?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    RAFO.

    LOIALSON

    Is Nakomi Jenn Aiel?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    [laughs and grins] I should RAFO that shouldn't I?

    LOIALSON

    I'd appreciate it if you didn't.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    [laughs] I want Nakomi....We're gonna RAFO that for now. Nakomi needs...there's gotta be a few things I don't answer. I'm so bad, I answer everything Robert Jordan put an answer [for, to?] [bunch of people laugh]. Track me down another time, after A Memory of Light is out.

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  • 37

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon again spoke of Aviendha and the Aiel, due to the way they think, mentioning how he went through several drafts and back and forths with Harriet, whilst doing multiple re-reads of Aviendha’s POVs.

    Then he spoke of Mat, saying that Mat is such a complicated character, though you might not think he is at first glance. He is an unreliable narrator, with vast differences between how he thinks and how he acts, and that Jim’s Mat POV’s are some of the best in the series. He then spoke of his own writing and that because of these elements it’s easy to miss things with Mat, and that that is why his early scenes in The Gathering Storm are not as good as his scenes in Towers of Midnight, where Brandon began to ‘get him’. Brandon finished by saying he’s best in A Memory of Light.

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  • 38

    Interview: May, 2012

    Terez

    The tor.com post about the Whelan art is copied in full and parsed for tagging, but there are some plot-relevant bits from a friend of Whelan's in the comments that are recorded at the bottom, and I've clipped the relevant bit about the DKS art from Tor's tribute post.

    Irene Gallo

    The scene depicts Min, Aviendha, and Elayne gathered on a battlefield around what is presumably a funeral pyre for Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn. What we recognize as a yin/yang appears in the clouds, possibly signifying a unity that has evaded male and female channelers for over 3000 years.

    DARRELL K. SWEET

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  • 39

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2010

    nwash10

    Brandon Sanderson

    I just got back from the Boston signing. When Brandon was signing my book I asked him if we could expect to get more insight into Aviendha's vision from Towers of Midnight and he immediately said "RAFO."

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  • 40

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2010

    Ayyad Azryelle

    What Aviendha saw in Rhuidean is something that MUST happen (a fixed point in time?) or COULD happen (anything could happen, it's in flux)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 41

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2010

    Ayyad Azryelle

    Why do Aviendha's children channel all the time?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO (explained in the next book).

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  • 42

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)

    yks

    Was Aviendha's usage of the crystal columns to see the future something only she could do, or something anyone could do?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 43

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2012

    Chris Lough

    The audience was also curious as to what characters he had the hardest time grasping.

    Brandon Sanderson

    “Aviendha and Tuon are the ones I worked the hardest on, but I expected them to be hard. I wasn’t expecting Mat to be hard. That blindsided me.” Brandon explained that in general the Andoran characters are the easiest for him to write as, “They feel like friends from high school.” So it surprised Brandon when he sat down to write Mat and discovered that he didn’t have an immediate grasp on him. Brandon eventually realized it was because, unlike the other characters, “Mat is an untrustworthy narrator. He doesn’t always believe what he says and he doesn’t even always believe the thoughts in his own head. He’s a character I’ve struggled to write but I think I’ve gotten as close to him as it’s possible for me to get.” (The positive reaction to the Mat chapter he read certainly put weight to this statement.)

    He also, tongue-in-cheek, admitted that before he wrote Cadsuane she was his least favorite character. “She was just too mean!”

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  • 44

    Interview: Jan 11th, 2013

    tiffranosaurusrex

    If you had to think into the future of Randland, what do you picture the remaining heroes doing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, in RJ's notes, Perrin was to be involved in the Outriggers (which would be the story of Mat and Tuon in Seanchan.) So Perrin would make his way there, eventually. (I don't know how that would have worked with Perrin's new obligations.) From here, I stray away from canon (meaning what RJ wanted) and into my own imaginings. I imagine that Rand went to see the world, becoming like Jain Farstrider. Min joined him, and they saw the world. Aviendha and Elayne spent decades, maybe centuries, leading their own people before retiring to join the other two.

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  • 45

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Question

    I've really enjoyed it, I've read book twelve and thirteen, it's always kind of difficult to get a transition between voices of different authors, but I've really enjoyed the last two books. Was there a particular character that was difficult for you to write? You don't have to answer if you don't want to.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, no, I can answer, I've answered this before. I would say that the toughest character to get right was Mat. His voice, he has the most distinctive voice in the entire Wheel of Time. Robert Jordan had perfected that voice, and if you read the series, Mat as a character evolves to the point that in book ten he's just this majestic . . . piece of work. Piece of work used as, yeah. And he's just amazing, and to go from like book ten and eleven, Robert Jordan at the height of his skill, telling of this character that's very difficult to tell, and me then trying to do it, I think is also the most jarring. So he was tough, and I'd say the other tough one was Aviendha. Getting the Aiel right, because Robert Jordan had a lot of experience with the cultures he was basing the Aiel off of, and I don't have much experience with them, I have experience with the Aiel only, if that makes any sense. And the first time I wrote Aviendha, Harriet sent me the chapter back and said "You've written an almost perfect Elayne". And I'm like "Oh, great!" Well, I know I've got Elayne down then. I got her on the third try, and she said "Ahh, you've got it". But it took me several tries to get Aviendha right.

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  • 46

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Question

    Regarding the cache of ter'angreal recovered from Ebou Dar, and identified by Aviendha, were no more of them employed than we'd seen due to space or continuity constraints, or were they never intended to be used?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We used what was given to be used in Robert Jordan's outline and notes. It may be that he would have found a use for more of them, but we stuck to what he had prepared.

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  • 47

    Interview: Feb 12th, 2013

    Wetlander

    Can you give any further detail on Min's viewing of Aviendha having Rand's babies? (Per the quotation: "Aviendha would have Rand's babies, too. Four of them at once! Something was odd about that, though. The babies would be healthy, but still something odd.")

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are natural quadruplets (no, Aviendha does not adopt Min's or Elayne's children in order to get four), and the "odd" thing is specifically their ability to channel from birth.

    Footnote

    Min's viewing about Aviendha's babies was in Winter's Heart, Chapter 12.

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  • 48

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2013

    Question

    Was Aviendha pregnant by the end of the books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 49

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2013

    Question

    What makes you like Aviendha so much?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's hard to explain. Always as a reader, I thought she was awesome. She didn't take any nonsense, and put Rand in his place when he needed it. I liked reading about her. Her viewpoint was different. When I read the Aiel, I thought they were weird, and then reading Aviendha, I saw they were just different. It was something Robert Jordan did very well.

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  • 50

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Could you comment on the Aiel Wise woman that Aviendha met in Towers of Midnight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can give a comment, which is No Comment. That's one question that I am not answering because there are certain things in there that I don't think it's . . . I just don't want to answer that one, so I can't comment on that one. Sorry.

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  • 51

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Chris Cottingham asked, Is Nakomi's dealing with the soup for Aviendha the same as Rand and the pipe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What do you mean?

    Question

    Is it the same power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (Laughs) No, it is not. I'll go ahead and, wow, you actually managed to get a question out of me about Nakomi. No that is not the same.

    Footnote—Terez

    (Brandon later said that he didn't know anything more than the fans do about the pipe.)

    Question

    Is "Nakomi" from the Old Tongue, and is there a translation?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'll go ahead and RAFO anything else dealing with Nakomi. You did get an answer out of me on one thing, so that's good.

    Harriet McDougal

    Nakomi wandered in from the Song of Hiawatha.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There you go.

    Question

    That's what we thought, yes.

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    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    So why do Aviendha's children have this special power of being able to channel at birth?

    Maria Simons

    I don't know.

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  • 53

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Did Aviendha tell Nynaeve that Rand is still alive?

    Maria Simons

    I think that's an open question that we don't really know.

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    Interview: Oct 15th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    Other Characters

    I have a fondness for Aviendha, my personal favorite of the female leads in the Wheel of Time. (My favorite among the male leads is Perrin.) I wanted to see a return of Avi in the last books, as I felt we just hadn't had enough of her lately. I also have an interesting relationship with Nynaeve, a character who I (as a young man) resented. My opinion of her is the one that grew the most during the course of my reading as just a fan, and by Knife of Dreams I absolutely loved her. I knew that with all of the crowding in the last books, she actually wouldn't have a large part to play in the Last Battle. (Very few would be able to do so, beyond Rand/Egwene/Perrin/Mat.) Therefore, it was important to me to give her a solid and interesting sequence of scenes through both The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight. Her raising was not instructed by the notes, but was something I was insistent be in the books. (And along those lines, one thing Harriet insisted happen—and I was all too ready to oblige—was a meeting between Rand and his father.)

    To be continued.

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    Interview: Oct 24th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    Towers of Midnight: What did I learn?

    Set Your Sights High

    I've never been one to dodge a challenge. However, after failing to do The Way of Kings right in 2002, I was timid about tackling complex narratives across many, many viewpoints. Towers of Midnight marked the largest-scale book I'd ever attempted, with the most complexity of viewpoints, the greatest number of distinct and different scenes to balance, and the most ambitious forms of storytelling. Aviendha's trip through the glass pillars was the most audacious thing I believe I pitched at Team Jordan, and was one of the things about which they were the most skeptical. Perrin's balance between action and inaction risked having him descend into passiveness.

    I worked on the new version of The Way of Kings during this time, in 2009–10, when I was also working on Towers of Midnight. I doubt I will ever be more busy than I was in those two years, tackling two of the biggest books of my career at the same time. However, during this time I entered a place in my writing where something clicked, dealing with the next stage of my writing career. I'd always wanted to master the complex epic—my favorite stories of all time fit this mold. Before this, however, I'd done very few sequels—and Towers of Midnight was the most complicated sequel I'm ever likely to do.

    I learned a great deal about myself during this period, and the results are on the pages of these two books, Towers of Midnight and The Way of Kings.

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    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    NutiketAiel

    Brandon Sanderson

    When asked about Aviendha’s second trip through the pillars in Rhuidean, Brandon said that he pitched that sequence. He related that Team Jordan was initially reluctant, but once he actually wrote a draft of the scene, they loved it. He said that he is most proud of that chapter.

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    Interview: Apr 10th, 2014

    Molly Weiss

    All right, so there’s this lady, she rules the people who came from over the sea, married a gambler—kind of a big deal. There’s this dude who appeared when a musical instrument was blown, perhaps the leader of them, perhaps the ancestor of this lady. And they had a conversation at the end. What might have happened in that conversation? What did they discuss?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, a lot of people are very curious about this conversation, rightfully so. They had many interesting things to say to one another. And I didn’t put that on-screen on purpose because I think that there are . . . Number one, I feel like it was the wrong place, narrative-wise, to have a break for something like that. And it’s also one of these things that I feel is going to work better in your mind than it might have worked on the page because there are so many places that conversation could have gone, that locking it down into to one of them would not have . . . I don’t think would have fully accomplished what we needed to accomplish there.

    Beyond that, the conversation that they have would be directly tied to the sequel series, which is not going to be written. And, you know, I feel that if Robert Jordan were still with us and were going to write that sequel series, that scene would have appeared. He would have had them talk, because that would be important then for character motivation, or at least would have been referenced in the sequel trilogy. But since we’re not doing the sequel trilogy, doing that makes promises, also, that you’re not going to get fulfilled as a reader. And so, leaving that off-screen, I felt, was very much the right move.

    That said, a lot of people make the assumption that Artur Hawkwing would be—and I’m not sure why they make this assumption, but I do get this from people—that he would be upset, that he would quote/unquote set her straight, or things like that. I think the conversation would have gone in a very different direction. In a, “You're doing a good job. There are certain things that I would suggest to you, but you need to conquer the work. That’s what your job would be. And here’s some advice on going about it.” Rather than a setting her straight, I think personally he would be proud of her. Granted, you know, now that he has all of his memories back, and he’s no longer under the dark influence that he was under during certain parts of his recent mortal existence, he will not be the exact same person he was back then. But he still is a conqueror, and that’s part of who his make-up is. And so, just keep that in mind as you imagine that scene however you want it to go. And I am still adamant about the fact that I think he would not like Aes Sedai even without the influence upon him. They are not his . . . yeah, he would not want to be involved with them.

    Amanda McTaggart

    This is a follow-up to that. We have a certain tall red-headed lady who goes through a magical object that shows what the future is. Does that future take into account the conversation that would have been had between the leader and her ancestor? Or is that something outside of the overall scheme of the world, and therefore would not have been taken into account in the future that was presented in that magical object?

    Brandon

    So the future that was presented is—I think people are clear about the idea that this is a possible future. And that is not . . . You know, some of the things that we get as glimpses of the future in the Wheel of Time are set in stone, and some of them are not. And this is one that is not. And so that conversation could have been part of that, but could also not have been part of that.

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