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  • 1

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2004

    Week 6 Question

    How do the Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah "find" men who can channel?

    Robert Jordan

    We're told throughout the books that the male channelers get goose bumps whenever the females are channeling or embracing the source. However, it is continuously mentioned that the women don't know if the male Asha'man and Rand are embracing or channeling saidin. So how does the Red Ajah and Cadsuane, find male channelers and then gentle them?

    There are various ways that the effects of male channeling can be found, weaves that find the resonance of the residues of saidin. Check in Crossroads of Twilight. They do not detect the actual weaves, though, only the residues left after the weave is released. After that, it becomes a matter of detective work. Though perhaps stalking a leopard might be a better metaphor. As for Cadsuane, she has a few more tools at her disposal than other Aes Sedai, the reason for her extremely high success rate. Check Winter's Heart, and a few earlier mentions, for this one.

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  • 2

    Interview: Jul, 2002

    Question

    In the scene during which the taint is cleansed, Cadsuane uses a ter’angreal that detects the One Power being channeled and the direction it is coming from. She watches the ter’angreal, and when the enemy channels, she points, and someone attacks. Why doesn’t it point to the huge amounts of the One Power that Rand and Nynaeve are channeling – far more than the Forsaken are being pegged for?

    Robert Jordan

    Cadsuane’s ter’angreal was made during the Breaking of the World, at a time when men and women no longer linked, or at least very rarely, since male channelers were going mad at a rate of knots. What the maker was particularly interested in detecting was men channeling, but a man channeling in combination with a woman was, by definition, safe, because no woman was going to link with a man unless she knew absolutely that he was sane and not going to go over the edge into insanity while they were linked. Thus, saidin and saidar being worked in combination could be ignored, and in fact would be a distraction, since this was and is a warning device. Cadsuane’s ter’angreal won’t point to the two halves of the Power being wielded in combination.

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  • 3

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Daniel Beale (10 January 2011)

    Can both male and females access the True Power? Why does Cadsuane Sedai not question how Rand escapes from being collared?

    Brandon Sanderson (10 January 2011)

    Yes. And she doesn't have a chance.

    DANIEL BEALE

    She doesn't at the time, but afterwards why isn't she curious as to how Rand escaped being collared?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Cadsuane is curious about a lot of things. So yes, you are right. But she also is good at finding answers unexpectedly.

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  • 4

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Luckers (19 January 2011)

    Re-reading The Gathering Storm—I know I'm a silly Cadsuane lover, but I really don't like the The Gathering Storm Cadsuane and Tam scene.

    LUCKERS

    Not because Tam gives Cadsuane the verbal slap down, but because Cadsuane's stupidity in this scene cheapens Tam's victory.

    LUCKERS

    What should have been Tam's greatest moment is merely cathartic for those who hate Cadsuane.

    LUCKERS

    I know that she was off balance with worry about Rand—but even so, Tam defeating Cadsuane in her prime is a brilliant moment lost.

    ASTRIDA FITRI N

    You mean you wished she had clever retorts?

    LUCKERS

    No, actually. I think in the face of Tam's accusations Cadsuane would have openly agreed and accepted his reprimands.

    LUCKERS

    Cadsuane has never been afraid of facing the truth.

    ASTRIDA

    In short, her response to Tam's verbal attack was out of character? Hmm, I would have to reread the scene myself.

    LUCKERS

    It was out of character, yes. Cadsuane's been mostly out of character since the beginning of The Gathering Storm.

    LUCKERS

    In my opinion, of course. :D Still, i feel The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight between them were to be the books were Rand came to equal Cadsuane.

    LUCKERS

    Instead Cadsuane was made less, and it makes Rand's achievements and shut downs of Cadsuane seem small and petty.

    LUCKERS

    He did not even have a mission like Cadsuane did. As I said—cathartic to those who hate Cadsuane, but not good scenes.

    ASTRIDA

    Re: Cadsuane's oddity in The Gathering Storm. Maybe you could point this out to @BrandonSandrson, and see what explanation he could offer you.

    ASTRIDA

    Maybe Cadsuane's strength of character was sacrificed for plot's sake, or for that scene's sake. Just maybe.

    LUCKERS

    I actually did ask @BrandonSandrson about Cadsuane. And Harriet. Got a fairly similar response from both.

    FOOTNOTE

    For those unfamiliar with Twitter, this is the point at which Brandon was made aware of the conversation, as his name was invoked.

    LUCKERS

    My question was: "I think one of Jim's strongest talents was the writing of strong women, and arguably the strongest is Cadsuane...

    LUCKERS

    ...She is the character that fans seem to either love or hate. I’m curious as to your thoughts about her, and her role in the story."

    LUCKERS

    Harriet's answer was "Cadsuane has an important role, for sure."

    LUCKERS

    @BrandonSandrson's was "The fact that people are so passionate about her means that Robert Jordan wrote her the right way."

    LUCKERS

    If Cadsuane's strength of character was sacrificed for plot it's bad writing, and I don't think Brandon would do that.

    LUCKERS

    I think this might be a downside of @BrandonSandrson having been a fan beforehand. The exultation of likeable characters over...

    LUCKERS

    .....unlikeable characters. Egwene in the Tower is endemic of this. (though, I loved that anyway @BrandonSandrson. I'm a hypocrite).

    LUCKERS

    I seem to have been on a negative line of thought tonight. Be aware I love your work on WoT and my quibbles are just that.

    ASTRIDA

    I like her, though Verin intrigues me more. God forbid that I should call that scene "bad writing", but I feel that for Tam to dominate the scene, Cadsuane was made to respond that way.

    LUCKERS

    I disagree. Something along the lines of this would have worked. ... (follow link to see a bit of fanficciness from Luckers) http://tl.gd/88d5tl

    ASTRIDA

    If @BrandonSandrson wasn't a fan, though, he wouldn't handle the books with deepest care like he does. Professionally, still, but not affectionately. :)

    LUCKERS

    I agree absolutely that @BrandonSandrson's fanhood serves him well—I would not have seen the series written by...

    LUCKERS

    ...someone who wasn't a fan, and the depth of his devotion to this series is VERY clear.

    LUCKERS

    This is but one point where is was disadvantageous (in my opinion) against a sea of advantages.

    ASTRIDA

    Agreed. And a non fan would treat the greatest fantasy story of the decade as a mere job (whatever the results of @tordotcom's sff poll, I don't care. I'm muley that way).

    LUCKERS

    I'm curious what you think about my portrayal of that scene?

    ASTRIDA

    Ok, having compared the original with yours, I must say...yes, the original scene portrayed Cadsuane as being much colder than she necessarily is. Then again in defense of Brandon (why would he need it of me? I'm too full of myself), I think Cadsuane in that scene was someone who felt that she wasn't being respected and valued despite all her efforts for Rand. But yes, the verdict is: that's out of character.

    Brandon Sanderson (19 January 2011)

    Ha. I'm afraid that I didn't have a chance to follow all of that. I'm not going to object to Luckers having...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    ...strong opinions here, though. I don't see him saying anything that I can disagree with, except that we see things...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    ...differently. Poor Cads was at her wits end in some of those scenes. She was pretty sure she'd doomed the world.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Note that the fan/non fan as writer argument is a good one, and one I've mentioned myself. This is what you get.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I try hard to not let those things influence me unduly—but if they do, I (by definition) won't be able to notice.

    LUCKERS

    Lol. I would have been surprised if you had got through all that. We went a bit crazy.

    TEREZ

    Curse you Luckers, now I have to document all that because Brandon commented on it! lol...

    LUCKERS

    Hahaha. I'm so gonna look like a douche by the time you're done Terez. *sigh*

    LUCKERS

    My problem with the 'doomed the world' concept is that I reckon Cadsuane would still be there with a stern...

    LUCKERS

    ... frown as the world burns. Indeed we see her willfully risk the world at the cleansing. There is...

    LUCKERS

    ...the matter of degrees obviously. I dunno. My love for the old woman may be leading me astray. *sigh*

    LUCKERS

    And I am very much aware that most the fandom disagrees with my opinions on Cadsuane. She's just my girl. :D

    TEREZ

    Among the older members of the fandom, many agree, actually. But @BrandonSandrson 's explanation re: her growing exasperation...

    TEREZ

    ...was the explanation I came up with for myself at the time (though I still lean toward 'out of character' a bit).

    TEREZ

    That's the price for me documenting all that: my opinion. :p For example, Wetlandernw and Freelancer from tor.com agree.

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  • 5

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Steven D. Salisbury

    Why introduce a somewhat important character like Cadsuane so late in the series? Is the fact that it seems a little odd supposed to be a clue?

    Robert Jordan

    She's introduced late in the series because this is the place where she was supposed to come in. I didn't expect her to be a part earlier in the series—there was nothing for her to do! We introduce no character before her time. With apologies to Orson Welles.

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  • 6

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    BHeins1

    According to several of AOL's members in our discussion forum, you stated at a Balticon conference that Verin Sedai had never held the Oath Rod, or had circumvented the Oaths. I was wondering if that was true, and if so, has Cadsuane also done so?

    Robert Jordan

    No, I did not say that Verin had never held the Oath Rod. Cadsuane has also held the Oath Rod.

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  • 7

    Interview: Jan 14th, 1997

    Thomas Howard

    Why was Cadsuane dropped in out of the blue? (Basically, the problem people were having was that she was supposedly a legend among her sisters, so we should have heard of her before A Crown of Swords.)

    Robert Jordan

    Mr. Jordan's response was that most Aes Sedai hadn't seen hide nor hair of her in twenty years. To quote: "The assumption on the part of nearly everyone was that she had [emphasis his] to be dead by this time."

    THOMAS HOWARD

    Essentially, I take this to mean they didn't bother talking or thinking about her because of this assumption. He also stated that "only a few sisters had seen her" during the capturing of Logain and that her involvement with the incident was minimal.

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  • 8

    Interview: Oct 22nd, 1998

    Pam Basham

    Regarding Cadsuane's pointed reminiscences about the good ol' days in Far Madding, I asked, "So can we assume..." and didn't even get to finish the question before he answered...

    Robert Jordan

    "Cadsuane is from Far Madding." And followed immediately, with no prompting, with "and Verin is from Far Madding." *Arched eyebrow*

    Pam Basham

    For some reason, this last elicited a Startled Moment from Harriet. I was determined not to get a RAFO, so I didn't pursue this any further. Also I was nervous and had more questions.

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  • 9

    Interview: Nov 15th, 1998

    Michael Martin

    Next two questions were essentially the same, just about different characters: Had he always known the size and importance of the roles of Fain and Cadsuane?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

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  • 10

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    Romanda is the Sister who is mentioned in New Spring as being as old as Cadsuane.

    John Hamby

    (Sorry if that was something many of you already knew to be true. I had a bet going so was rather pleased with that one.)

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  • 11

    Interview: Sep 30th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    DomA asks whether I feel sadness at the hatred of Cadsuane. No, nor do I feel sadness over those who dislike Egwene or Elayne or Faile or insert name here. The characters are who I want them to be. Some, people will like, and others people will dislike. In any case, I've noticed that even Faile has her supporters. As for her, I like her a lot. But then, I like all of my characters, even Semirhage. Even Padan Fain. As a character, anyway. As for Faile, she is a tough woman with a lot of gumption. Taken prisoner, enslaved in truth, caught in a cleft stick by the threats of Galina and Therava, she has (1) tried to get her people to freedom as she could and (2) worked toward an escape for the rest. However tough her situation gets, she wastes zero time on moaning about it. She gets on with trying to make it better. And Cadsuane? She's the tough maiden aunt a lot of us have had. Not the one who tries to keep you a child your whole life. She's the one who began expecting at least some adult responses out of you at about age six, the one who was willing to hand you responsibilities that everyone else thought you were too young for. You probably had a more nerve-wracking time, and more excitement and adventure, with her than you did with any three or four other adults in your life.

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  • 12

    Interview: Oct 4th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Krassos, yes, a channeler could still channel wearing Mat's amulet. Cadsuane has one much like it. And I think that I will complete "Trust" eventually. I think about doing so every now and then.

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  • 13

    Interview: 2005

    Robert Jordan

    To: Les Dabel
    Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 3:03 PM
    Subject: Re: Characters

    Dear Les,

    I'll get onto the additional characters ASAP.

    Here are my comments on the new images.

    The Aiel is very good except for the boots, which still need to look more like Apache moccasins. That is how they are described in the main sequence books, a soft, laced boots. The coat is much better. As a note, remember that the Aiel average about 6'2" for a man, about the same as the Masai. There are plenty of them as tall as Lan and Bukama, and a few taller. An Aiel man who is 5'10" tall would be considered short by himself and by other Aiel.

    The eagle-beak Trolloc is very good. It was a small thing, but the devil is in the details, and Trollocs just don't get ornamentation on their weapons. Plain—so to speak, despite all the hooks, etc—functional, and not a lot of effort into making them look good. They aren't exactly crude—crudely made weapons just don't usually function as well as well-made ones—but they are never fancy.

    Cadsuane. This is not so good. She looks too old and too thin, almost gaunt. Her dress is way too frilly for Cadsuane, and it shows way too much cleavage. Her garments are silk, but cut simply. When she has lace, it's just a touch, perhaps at the neck and cuffs, but she more likely doesn't have any lace at all. She's a woman who does a lot of traveling, and she wants clothes that are easy to care for and can be tended by a poorly trained maid at some country inn. The cross-lacing is off. Dresses in this world almost always button up the back. And Cadsuane is more likely to have a high neckline than not. She makes no efforts to appear in the highest or latest fashion, nor does she try to impress other women with her clothes or jewelry, or to attract men; she's too busy for such foolishness, as she sees it. She is quite impressive enough being who she is, thank you very much. The hair ornaments also appear to be attached to one another, which they aren't. Each one of the ten ornaments hangs from its own individual hairpin. The bun should be right on top of her head, not toward the back.

    As a note on her character. Cadsuane was born in the city-state of Far Madding, which is an out-and-out matriarchy. Far Madding has no hereditary nobility, but its politicians and wealthy merchants are all women. There are men who are craftsmen, but a wealthy man in Far Madding is one whose wife or mother gives him an over-generous allowance. The only men allowed to carry weapons of the usual sort are the Wall Guard, and then only when on duty. The Street Guard is limited to truncheons, sword-breakers and catchpoles. Men visiting from other places must either leave their weapons at checkpoints coming into the city or have them peace-bonded, with severe punishments for being found with the wires of the peace-bond broken. Very few of the city's men seem to be unhappy with the way things are. Far Madding is a prosperous trade center. The usual form of address by a woman to man whose name she doesn't know, or sometimes to one whose name she does, is "boy." None of this has any bearing on NEW SPRING, but it gives some insight into Cadsuane, because the city shaped her early years. Quite aside from being the most powerful Aes Sedai living at the time of NEW SPRING, Cadsuane is a formidable woman.

    Gitara Moroso. I like this very much, though the dress would not be off-the-shoulder. That strapless look isn't used in this world. Most Aes Sedai wouldn't show that much bosom, but Gitara would. And I like the face, too. Very good!

    Moiraine. The dress is excellent, though the sleeves are a bit too wide, I think—remember, Accepted's dresses are described as "simply cut"—but the face seems to have shifted again. I've attached the faces that I approved for Moiraine and Siuan. Also, she wouldn't have her hair in a bun. It would be worn loose. Her left hand also seems way too big; it's nearly half the width of her waist.

    Ryne. This is very good except that his expression here seems on the sour side. That would be okay at the end, when he is unmasked as a Darkfriend, but the continuous view of Ryne until then is that he is charming and personable. He's much more likely to be smiling, especially if there is a pretty woman around. As a note, the dagger he is holding is too elaborate in the blade shape. I know there are a lot of fancy blade shapes out there today—Gil Hibben has much to answer for—but knives and daggers that are, or were historically, used by actual people had practical reasons for their blade shapes, even the yatagan and the falcata.

    Tamra. Overall she looks very good. The only things I don't like are the off-the-shoulder dress, too much cleavage showing for her—her dresses would have high necklines, much like what you show on the Accepted's dress on the Moiraine image, or at least a neckline that showed no cleavage—and her hands both look much too large. The left hand is also oddly shaped.

    Bukama. Yes. I like this one much better. Whatever Andrea did to the chin works just fine. And I like the armor. I hope this helps.

    Take care, Les. All my best, Jim

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  • 14

    Interview: Dec 19th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For kcf, one of Cadsuane's ornaments is a ter'angreal that can interfere with weaves. That is how she was able to disrupt Semirhage's use of Illusion.

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  • 15

    Interview: Oct 28th, 2009

    Question

    If you could kill one character gruesomely (without regard to plot) who would it be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Cadsuane.

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  • 16

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2009

    GeekDad

    One of the things I noticed in the book is how often, both at the beginning and again near the end, scenes and chapters are punctuated with laughter, of all different types—including the inability to laugh. What's interesting about laughter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It was a theme for the book. And, giving no spoilers, we have known for a while that Cadsuane and the Wise Ones have been saying that Rand needs to learn to laugh and cry again. That was their big concern. The idea of laughter as a theme was an interesting one to consider.

    I mean, there's never one main theme for a book, particularly one this long. And so when you sit down to look at it, you want to have a lot of different threads, kind of like the threads in the Pattern, weaving together to make the tapestry of a story. One of those was the idea of laughter and how different people found enjoyment and amusement. We have the twisted laughter of the Forsaken and we have the genuine laughter of some of the characters, and we have one character, Rand, who can no longer laugh—he is incapable of doing it, even of laughing in wryness. And so I could approach it from those three different directions. We've got the terrible laughter and the full, joyful laughter, and poor Rand's silence in the middle. I thought that highlighting it in other people would only make his excruciating inability to feel all the more obvious, all the more of a smack in the face.

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  • 17

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Was the passage about Cadsuane spanking Semirhage already written, or was there just information in the notes? How did you feel about writing that section?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was given creative freedom to do what was needed. No author can ever stick 100% to an outline, things change as they are being written, and he was given that kind of control in order to make the books work. Regarding that passage in particular, it made Brandon Sanderson cringe, but Robert Jordan wanted it in the books so it stayed.

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  • 18

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Random Crazy Lady

    Is there any chance that Cadsuane might be Ilyena reborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I...wha?...First of all, I'm not going to answer that. Second of all...EWW! ... And you can quote me on that!

    Matoyak

    [note from Mato: This was frackin' HILARIOUS. Totally unexpected, and Sanderson was totally shocked over it.]

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  • 19

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Question

    Is Cadsuane Ilyena reborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    First, I'm not gonna answer that, but second.... Ew!

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  • 20

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Has Cadsuane met Min's vision regarding the lesson she must teach Rand and the Asha'man, which they won't like one bit?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Part of it.

    Freelancer

    (That strongly suggests that the "laughter and tears" connection is valid.)

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  • 21

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Was the Compulsion which Elza told Semirhage about Verin's work from after Dumai's Wells, and was it Shaidar Haran who told her about it and to ask Semirhage to remove it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Question

    How did Elza defeat the wards on Cadsuane's plain wooden box?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Elza had been given knowledge of several rarely known weaves, and in other ways made into a tool of Shaidar Haran. Not all of it was pleasant for her.

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  • 22

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Did you enjoy Tam calling Cadsuane a bully?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (Broad smile) Immensely! She needed to hear it.

    Question

    Will there be reciprocity for Cadsuane's treatment of Semirhage?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If I have anything to say about it.

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  • 23

    Interview: Jun 30th, 2010

    Luckers

    I think one of Jim's strongest talents was the writing of strong women, and arguably the strongest is Cadsuane—and she is also the character that fans seem to either love or hate to great degrees. I'm curious as to your thoughts about her, and her role in the story.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Cadsuane has an important role, for sure; see answer to #10.

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  • 24

    Interview: Oct 26th, 2010

    Luckers

    Cadsuane seems more than any other to be a character people either love or hate to great degrees, and I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on her as a character, and her role in the story?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The fact that people are so passionate about her means that Robert Jordan wrote her the right way.

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  • 25

    Interview: Mar 11th, 2011

    Question

    Finally, regarding the infamous scene where Verin and Cadsuane come to a mutual understanding regarding Rand, was Verin considering killing Cadsuane with the "medicine" she had in her possession? If not, was Verin hoping to weave compulsion on her while Cadsuane was doped?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 26

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez (Wetlandernw)

    What did Cadsuane use to blackmail Flinn, Narishma, and Manfor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. ... That one’s mostly a MAFO. I’ll be honest. That’s a question I should have looked at.

    Terez

    Yeah, I figured it was; I was hoping actually to catch Maria on that one. That was from Wetlander from tor.com.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, was it? Hi Wetlander! That’s one I should know. I’m pretty sure it’s in there somewhere. That’s one I should have looked up, but I’ve just never looked it up. So...

    Maria Simons

    A quote from the notes: "For the men, it would have been at least partly a matter of blackmail. They are distrusting of Rand, and also of Taim to various degrees; none thinks it's safe to go back to the Black Tower; they are known in Cairhien as men who can channel, and also elsewhere, making them marked to an extent, at least on their own."

    So it wasn't anything really hidden, it was just "let us bond you and we'll help you; otherwise you’re all on your own." And it was Hopwil, not Manfor, who was in the first group bonded.

    Footnote—Terez

    I took the three names from Taim's list of "deserters" given to Rand by Logain in Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 24; Cadsuane wasn't too specific: "Blackmail was a tool she disliked using, but she had already used it on the three Asha'man..." That was in Winter's Heart Chapter 13; she told Rand about the three bonded Asha'man in Chapter 25, and indeed Karldin Manfor was not among those three.

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  • 27

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sanderson had to write a spanking scene in The Gathering Storm—the one where Cadsuane spanks Semirhage. RJ's instructions on this scene were specific.

    Linda Taglieri

    I think Brandon would have rather it were Semirhage punishing Cadsuane.

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  • 28

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    Was Norla in the Kin and where did she get her paralis-net?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

    Footnote

    Norla is the 'toothless wilder' in the Black Hills from who Cadsuane earned her hair ornament ter'angreal [WH34, COT23].

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  • 29

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    galenblade ()

    I know that Jordan left a lot of material behind, but have you ever run across something in that material that you've really wanted to change? Something you felt that thematically or otherwise didn't really fit?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Because of the nature of RJ's notes and writing process, there are a lot of things I can (and was told I should) change. Harriet didn't say specifically "Change this." She told me "Jim (RJ) would not have done it exactly like this. You do what you think is best for the story first—that is your primary charge. Don't feel completely beholden to his notes, but respect his story."

    That's kind of how I've done it. If the notes say something that I feel needs to change, I change it, but try to be respectful. An example is Egwene's dinner with Elaida. RJ had this planned as a single event. I split it into two chapters, separated by further discovery by Egwene and growth to earn the second half of the dinner.

    There are many things like that. Places where RJ said "I'm going to do this, or maybe I'll do this, or maybe neither." I choose what fits for the story. It's usually one of the two, sometimes neither one works. I can be more specific once the last book is out.

    That said, I wasn't particularly hip on writing Cadsuane spanking Semirhage. There was no good reason to change it, though. Jim had outlined the scene, and it was in line with the characters.

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  • 30

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2011

    Wetlandernw

    Did you ever find out what were the means & end of Cadsuane's blackmailing the Asha'man?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's all in the notes, but I'd have to look it up before I could answer.

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  • 31

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2011

    Question

    Anything new on Cadsuane's blackmail of the Asha'man?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

    Footnote

    Maria answered here.

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  • 32

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Jordan Husband (14 November 2011)

    Do you struggle to write Cadsuane from an unbiased perspective, since she's not a favorite of yours?

    Brandon Sanderson (14 November 2011)

    I thought I would, but she has such a strong personality, she's actually easy.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The ease of writing a character has more to do with how proactive they are and how easy it is to get into their head.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I've learned a lot about her, and about writing, from the series.

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    Interview: Apr, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    My question whether Logain knows Cadsuane (one of my main questions, a bit rephrased) got a RAFO, of course, and my question when Logain did arrive at the Black Tower got a quite confused answer. He said Logain had been there for quite a while now, but he would have to look it up in his chronology to find the exact period—not half a year, but some months. Which seems strange to me, since Logain only escaped from the Aes Sedai about two months before he captures Toveine (unless my timeline is completely off). So no real answer here. BTW, does anybody know what happened to Steven Cooper's "Chronology of the Wheel" website? I can't seem to find it at the old location anymore.

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    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    I personally have specifically asked Robert Jordan about this issue. (during a book launch in Sydney late 1999)

    Robert Jordan

    He confirmed that Cadsuane's hairpiece IS a ter'angreal, and that we should have enough information to know what it does. Whether this means that it acts similar to Mat's foxhead medallion, or senses male channeling, or both, is still unknown.

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    Interview: 2006

    Cadsuane Melaidhrin

    Robert Jordan

    Cadsuane Melaidhrin was born in 705 NE in the city-state of Far Madding. At the age of fifteen, she went to the White Tower. There she spent six years as a novice and five years as Accepted. She might have moved faster as novice and Accepted—in fact almost certainly should have—but she was noted for both her stubbornness and her pride (read arrogance). At age 26, she was raised Aes Sedai and chose the Green Ajah.

    Cadsuane was very strong in the One Power; for many years she served as the gauge by which every incoming novice was judged. In the last thousand years, no one had matched her and few had come close. Certainly no one in that time had exceeded her. Not even with her full strength yet, she was, on the very day she attained the shawl, at the pinnacle of the Aes Sedai social hierarchy.

    She stood about 5'5" tall and was neither slender nor stout. She was not pretty, but she was strikingly handsome with a fair complexion. She had dark eyes, which some people occasionally mistook for black, especially when she was focused on them in an unpleasant fashion. Her hair became iron-gray, and she wore it in a bun on top of her head; the bun was decorated with small dangling golden ornaments, stars and moons and birds and fish. These hair ornaments were considered something of a trademark because she had worn them for as long as anyone could remember. For many sisters, the fact that she had was just one more indication of how set in her ways she was; they thought Cadsuane would never change, could never change. Of course, that was far from true; Cadsuane was remarkably adaptable, as befits someone who survived as long as she.

    Cadsuane was considered by many to be a second Caraighan, although unlike Caraighin, she always refused offices. She preferred the field, so to speak; adventures were her bag. It was said that Cadsuane went through more Warders than most sisters have shoes; she didn't have all that many, since she was as vulnerable to the effects of a Warder's death as anyone else. Later in life, she refused to take another Warder because she felt that at her age, bonding a Warder would not be fair to the man.

    Cadsuane first refused to be raised a Sitter in 846 NE; she reportedly did so a second time as well, though even one refusal was unheard of. She refused to be raised head of the Green Ajah in 862 NE, another thing that was unheard of. She was said to have vanished from the Tower for ten years (from roughly 890 NE to 900 NE) when she learned that the Hall intended to raise her Amyrlin after Sereille Bagand. She retired to northern Ghealdan about twenty-five years before the Aiel War, but came out of retirement, with her two surviving Warders, for that conflict. Soon after the Aiel War ended, she returned to her rustication. She claimed to have been raising roses when Logain appeared. His appearance drew her out of retirement again, but she was not interested in escorting him to Tar Valon and decided to wander a bit. Then Mazrim Taim rose up, and she headed for Saldaea as fast as she could ride.

    When Siuan Sanche and Moiraine Damodred had reason to research Cadsuane because of their encounter with her shortly after reaching the shawl, they found many stories regarding Cadsuane. All of the ones that they were able to trace down turned out to be true, and in some cases the truth was more than the story. They were not able to follow or confirm all of the stories, of course.

    One of the most prevalent Cadsuane stories was that she had once physically assaulted an Amyrlin Seat. Since physically assaulting any sister is a serious offense—and an Amyrlin even more so—the fact that Cadsuane apparently escaped any punishment at all, and that the tale is vague about which Amyrlin it was supposed to be, made most everyone think this story was false. It wasn't; it was the method Cadsuane used to turn Myriam Copan from a weak Amyrlin to a strong one in 758 NE. Myriam was thought to have gone on a two-month retreat by herself, but she had, in fact, been all but kidnaped by Cadsuane. Turning Myriam around involved, among other things, turning her upside down at least once. Although Myriam certainly had reason to keep the events of those two months secret (and was able to make a statement which seemed to deny that Cadsuane had assaulted her), it is the basis of the tale that Cadsuane once physically assaulted an Amyrlin.

    Another story said that long ago she had removed a sitting king from his palace and taken him to Tar Valon to be gentled. In truth, Cadsuane had "a nose" for men who can channel. She faced more of them than any other sister living; she herself said more than any two Reds, maybe more than any ten. That seems to indicate at least twenty of them by that time, maybe more. She brought more of them to Tar Valon than any other sister. Of these, she never had to kill one, either because she could not capture him or because he was trying to escape. These men have ranged over the years from farmboys to nobles to the king of Tarabon, but one and all, they made much better adjustments to their fate than is considered normal. They eventually died short of a normal span, but they lived considerably longer than usual. And that King of Tarabon: he had to be winkled out of his palace, avoiding his army, which sought to rescue him. She carried him all the way to Tar Valon for gentling by herself, though pursued by his army that refused to believe that he was what he was.

    It was also said that she kidnaped a King of Arad Doman and a Queen of Saldaea. After she released them, a war that had seemed inevitable simply faded away. She did actually spank or switch three reigning kings and four queens, though the facts of these are hidden in rumor.

    Cadsuane is alleged to have once single-handedly stopped a coup in the White Tower. This did happen, though no one seems to know or agree on when. The true story: Cadsuane and Sereille Bagand did not get on with each other. In fact, they could not stand one another. Each was the sort of woman who dominated a room—or for that matter, a city!—by simply entering, and they struck sparks at every meeting. Despite her dislike for Sereille, though, Cadsuane uncovered a plot to overthrow Sereille and crushed it. The plotters thought she would be eager to join them, but she dragged the weeping ringleaders to Sereille and made them throw themselves on Sereille's rather small mercies. Sereille was not particularly pleased to have been saved—the plot was well laid out and ready to leap off—by one she so disliked.

    She had a reputation for standing White Tower custom on its head, twisting it as she chose, and even violating it outright, as in her frank speech about age, her direct questions and refusals to accept oblique answers, and her interference in the actions of other sisters. The same could be said of her regarding Tower law, for that matter. She had a reputation for taking direct action, even to the point of violence, slapping faces, boxing ears, and more (especially when faced with what she considered stupidity), with high as often as low, or rather, more often. She also had a reputation for not caring whether she dented somebody's pride, if she thought it necessary.

    There are the usual tales expected of a Green, only more of them. Riots suppressed and wars stopped single-handedly; rulers steadied on their thrones, or pulled from them, sometimes toppled openly and sometimes more subtly (toppling rulers was something Aes Sedai had not really done much of in the last thousand years, but Cadsuane seemed in many ways a throwback). Rescuing people carried into the Blight or kidnaped by dangerous bands of Darkfriends, breaking up murderous rings of Darkfriends plaguing villages and towns, and exposing powerful Darkfriends who tried to kill her to protect themselves. There are dozens, even hundreds, of improbable and sometimes seemingly impossible tales.

    Some of these are not so much tales about her as an impression, a belief: Cadsuane will do what she intends to do, and no one can stop her: not a king or a queen, not an Amyrlin—not even the Dark One himself, some claimed. And when Rand al'Thor arose to power as the Dragon Reborn, Cadsuane once again chose to take part in directing the events of the world.

    Footnote

    This passage was decoded by a dedicated group of fans well before Brandon expected. Because of that, Brandon and Harriet were nice enough to give us a few more tidbits.

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    Interview: Jul, 2009

    Banvard

    Was there any character you disliked writing within the Wheel of Time universe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    As an author, you get very good at being inside someone’s head. And so it’s hard to dislike writing anyone. That said, there’s a certain Cadsuane scene that—when I read the notes—I didn’t look forward to.

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    Interview: Jul, 2009

    Rinzi

    Are there any characters in your books who you actually DON'T like?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Does Cadsuane count? (J/K. I love you Cads. Really, don’t beat me up.) I have characters that didn’t bloom like I wanted. Parlin in Warbreaker still itches at me. Could have been done better. I always wished I could give Ham more time in Mistborn. But I can’t think of anyone I don’t like. When I write as someone, as oily as they are, I see life as them.

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    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Question (22 November 1998)

    One person asked whether Romanda was the Aes Sedai that Cadsuane referred to as being nearly as old as she was.

    Robert Jordan

    Jordan answered in the affirmative.

    John Novak

    I was distracted by someone at the time and thought I heard that correctly, but wasn't quite sure. (And I gave the guy who asked the question a really weird look, because the answer didn't seem to make sense—why was everyone surprised about Cadsuane's being alive, if Romanda was just about as old? Apparently because Cadsuane is so much more heroic than Romanda.)

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  • 39

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    Loialson

    Can Rand consciously control his ta'veren pull to any degree? Specifically referencing to his meeting with Tuon to will her to submit to him, and when he threatened Cadsuane to will her dead.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He, um, believes that he can.

    LOIALSON

    Still, even after the The Gathering Storm reintegration?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    He has a more zen view on it now, but he still believes that he can have some influence.

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  • 40

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Do the Forsaken know the weaves Elza used to break the warding Cadsuane placed on the Domination Band?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    LUCKERS

    So, why didn’t they use it on wardings Rand placed on Callandor, and the other things they’ve wanted that were warded earlier in the series?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    *stares at me for a long moment, thoughtfully* They may not have know them then. The thing is... we don’t see a lot of the Shadow innovating with the Power, unlike with the Light, but they have been. As much as the Light. But they know, now. The notes definitely say this.

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    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Were the sisters at the Silver Swan sent by Cadsuane?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

    Footnote

    "Recently one of her watchers at the Swan had overheard a disturbing name, murmured and quickly shushed, as if in fear of eavesdroppers. Cadsuane." (Crossroads of Twilight 12, "New Alliances")

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  • 42

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Question

    [Who is your most hated character?]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Luckers is going to roll his eyes at me, but back before I started writing—before writing her POV’s showed me how awesome she is—it was definitely Cadsuane.

    LUCKERS

    I rolled my eyes at him. Heh.

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    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Was there any significance to Cadsuane and Verin, two of the most important Aes Sedai, being from Far Madding?

    Maria Simons

    Not that I know of.

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  • 44

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2012

    Question

    Will we find out what all of Cadsuane’s ornaments do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 45

    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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  • 46

    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 15

    "It is a simple thing, to stop a man's heart," Cadsuane said, arms folded. (p. 579)

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    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 25

    "Oh, blood and ashes, no!" Cadsuane said, spinning on them. "No, no, no." (p. 906)

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  • 48

    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Marie Curie

    What about Cadsuane's contingent of Aes Sedai? We know that she gathered sisters to her, and we see several with her throughout the books. What about the others? And what about those at the Silver Swan? Were they hers?

    Maria Simons

    I don't know about the others. There may be something more definitive in the notes about the ones at the Silver Swan, but I'm not sure.

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    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Terez

    There was some discussion about Brandon's suggestion that RJ wrote the entire epilogue, since we knew from his tweets while he was working on it that he had to modify the epilogue material, and we knew from Peter that Brandon wrote the Cadsuane scene (and possibly others; this has never been clarified). In the comments on this post on Facebook, Isabel asked some questions and got some answers from Peter. The last quote is from Dragonmount, in response to some fan assumptions about how much had been written by RJ.

    Isabel (9 January 2013)

    One question: regarding the Cadsuane scene. It is said that this was added by you. Is that correct? Was Cadsuane's fate in RJ's notes?

    Peter Ahlstrom (9 January 2013)

    Team Jordan said I could say that Brandon himself wrote the words of that little scene. Brandon is still being closedmouthed about what specifically came from the notes, but in general, Robert Jordan left quite a few notes on where people ended up at the end of the book.

    Isabel

    Am I right to assume that her implied fate wouldn't have been put in, if the notes say something different? (assuming there were notes on it)

    Peter Ahlstrom

    The notes about fates at the end were not contradicted.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    What Brandon was given from RJ specifically on the last three books was 200 manuscript pages containing some finished scenes (including the final scene) and some summaries of other scenes, some lines of dialogue here and there, some "I might do this, or I might do this," etc. It's definitely not the last 120 pages of the book.

    Footnote

    Brandon gave more information in the torchat.

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    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    Jonrox

    Who opened Cadsuane's box? (Jokingly) Is it intuitively obvious?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's not intuitively obvious who opened the box. The weaves were removed from the box so that the person who opened the box could open it.

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    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    Nygmus

    The real standout question for me was someone who asked if there was anything that Brandon found difficult or uncomfortable to write.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon talked about going into the outline, finding a couple things that made him go "Huh, that's interesting," (making specific mention of a certain conversation involving dresses and the color thereof), but the one that really stood out was "Oh, come on, you're going to make me write a spanking scene?"

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  • 52

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    Question

    Was there anything in the notes that surprised you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I got everything at once. There are two things that stand out that are moments when I was looking through the notes and I was like, "Oh!" And then there was one that I'm like, "Oh no." [laughter]

    The two that were "Oh!" were, in Gathering Storm where Egwene gets a special visitor, and colors of dresses are mentioned. [laughter] That one was kind of mind-boggling, and that's one of the things that Robert Jordan had complete. Not—I had to write into it and write out of it, but the important parts you're thinking about were done. The second scene was in another section that he had complete, and this is where, at the end of Towers of Midnight, someone you haven't seen for a long time and someone else have a romantic moment together, and that surprised me. I was not one that was expecting that—it's well-foreshadowed, but I just hadn't been expecting it. I actually went to Team Jordan, and I'm like, "This? I—What?" And they're like, "No, it's in there; here, look at this, look at this," and all the foreshadowing, and I had just completely missed it. And so, those two were the surprising moments for me.

    The kind of "Oh no" moment was when...he didn't actually write the scene, he just made a sentence that said—oh, someone's plugging their ears because they don't want spoilers; I'm trying to talk around the spoilers, so—in Gathering Storm, there is a scene where a certain member of the Forsaken gets spanked [laughter], and Robert Jordan wrote, "This happens, and she gets spanked." And I'm like, "I'm not going to write a spanking scene; I've never written a spanking scene before!" [laughter] And I was kinda like, "Come on, Jim, do you really have to do this?" But I was like, it was in the notes, and there was no good reason not to [?] that scene, so I went ahead and wrote that scene.

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    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Ray Briggs (23 January 2013)

    I can almost believe the next Amyrlin could be of the Red, many potentials slain. Do you have some insight?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    Depends on how long Cadsuane lives. And yes, she does end up next. But the Reds are positioned well.

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    Interview: 2013

    bennmann (January 2013)

    Thank you so much for AMOL. I cried, I laughed many times, I feel a sense of loss at it being over, which is all to say I will reread it many times in the years to come.

    Have you addressed anywhere any of the criticisms for plot points that have popped up in reviews and on fan sites? Would you be willing to address any? For example Padan Fain's being something new that had never been in the Pattern before and yet dying before having a final confrontation with Rand or the Dark One? The TOR reviewer agreed with this point and a few others.

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    I will try to get to some of these questions in a spoiler-filled AMA in a few weeks, once more have read the book.

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Brandon

    leverofsound

    Sort of in line with this. On page 357 of AMoL when Cadsuane says "you have cracks in you..." Was that a reference to how you felt about the final copies of the series?

    I think you did a wonderful job, but obviously it was different than it had been originally intended.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sorry for the late reply.

    I didn't write it that way intentionally, but you can never tell what the subconscious is working into a story.

    Brandon

    leverofsound

    No worries. I was a week after you, so it's NBD. Thanks for the answer, and thanks, so very much, for the books.

    bennmann (February 2013)

    Thanks for signing this and addressing my question in Atlanta!

    For the readers following along, I printed out my comment and Sanderson's reddit post above and he was awesome and humble enough to sign the print out AND TO ANSWER MY SPOILERED OBJECTION! I will put the few points from your answer paraphrased for our and the communities future reference spoiled below:

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    1. RJ left notes for many characters that were open for Sanderson expansion, but the expansion on many was not necessary. Padan Fain is one of those characters, however everything RJ left for Fain specifically for AMoL was used. 2. 'Padan Fain is a weasel' and many, many other characters deserve more words than him. 3. Fans built up several plot points that did not come to fruition and RJ even recognized this explicitly. Padan Fain is one of those characters.

    bennmann

    Harriet also signed the comment which I feel is very fitting and thank you Harriet so much for being unified with Brandon on his work and your husband's.

    I am very much more satisfied now than before you answered me verbally Brandon, thank you again so much. Keep being awesome.

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    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    Alright, is Cadsuane's lesson to the Asha'man yet to come?

    Brandon Sanderson

    To the Asha'man? It is the same lesson that Rand learned, but they....they started to learn it.....

    Terez

    Yeah...

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say that they have not completely learned it yet. Not until they have spent years...um...growing...

    Terez

    Well the distinction in Min's viewing is that none of them would like learning it from Cadsuane.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. Mmmhmm.

    Terez

    Yeah, so that's where everybody gets a little bit confused.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Terez

    But yeah, I got you.

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    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    What about Cadsuane being summoned to become Amyrlin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Cadsuane was going to give up the three Oaths, and go live forever. Cadsuane's fate was not my idea.

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    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Rosara Medrano appears in the Sun Palace at the beginning of Crossroads and seems to be an Aes Sedai. Was she part of the White Tower Embassy or did she arrive with Cadsuane?

    Maria Simons

    I'm almost positive she was with Cadsuane, with Cadsuane's faction. I think I asked Jim that when we were actually working on the book.

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    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    laenare ()

    Hello, Mr. Sanderson. This may sound like a strange question, but in Russian WoT-fandom we have a lot of heated debates about it. Some people think "Rand trying to kill Tam"—is part of Cadsuane's Plan. So, [was the] meeting with Tam in tGS:47 planned to "soften" Rand or to purposely provoke him (by mention of Cadsuane's name) and cause emotional outburst that had led him to catharsis after all?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Cadsuane did not expect what happened to happen.

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    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    Can Cadsuane’s Aes Sedai, Merise, Corele, and Beldeine, use the bond to compel their Asha’man?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wow. Oh boy. I’m going to have such trouble with her questions. I have trouble with her questions when I’m steeped in the Wheel of Time lore and working on the notes every day, and now that I haven’t even looked at them in like ten months...

    QUESTION

    Tell her to ask Maria?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    But that’s one I should know, is the thing. It’s not a hard question. It’s just one where I’m... I don’t think they can. But, you should really ask Maria. But I don’t think they can. I should know that one, you can tell her I should know that one, but I don’t think they can. I knew it at one point.

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