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  • 1

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brandon Sanderson (17 January 2011)

    On to The Great Hunt today. #Superstars slowed me down over the weekend, but I'm ready to jump back into it.


    The The Eye of the World prologue is the series' best, but the one in The Great Hunt today (the 'Darkfriend social' as fans call it) has always been a favorite too.


    This scene is the first one that made me start to try to figure out who was a Darkfriend and who wasn't.


    There are no Ogier mentioned at the Darkfriend social. Does that mean there are no Ogier Darkfriends?




    It's much discussed, but if you haven't noticed: Darkfriend social has Aes Sedai, then we learn Moiraine had been mysteriously absent.


    RJ was very sneaky. This sent the WoT fandom into huge circles of wild-goose-chasing, many thinking Moiraine was a Darkfriend.


    Do writers really think about the fan conspiracy theories that much when writing? Seems like J. K. Rowling did a bunch. Do you?


    RJ certainly did. I do on occasion. Depends on the book.


    "Most of the men at Fal Dara accepted Rand...some seemed unable to forget his being an outlander. Masema was the worst of those."


    heh. Because Masema thought he was an Aiel! But yeah, the host of series-running characters introduced early...

    TEREZ well-played. Many in The Eye of the World, more in The Great Hunt today. I have wondered if Bunt was RJ's choice or yours for 'Apples'.


    Someday, I may answer that question.


    RJ said in the 2002 Wotmania/Dragonmount Q&A that Ogier can be Darkfriends, but he did not confirm that there are any.


  • 2

    Interview: Apr 27th, 2004

    Wotmania Interview (Verbatim)


    Did we see every Darkfriend who was described at the Darkfriend meeting in The Great Hunt prologue later in the story?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO. You did know I was going to give you one of those sooner or later, didn't you?


  • 3

    Interview: Jul 14th, 2005

    ComicCon Reports (Paraphrased)


    In The Great Hunt prologue, do you know who all the Darkfriends are and are there clues for us?

    Robert Jordan

    He knows who some of them are. Others are generic. For the identified ones there are clues for us only for a scant handful.


  • 4

    Interview: Jul 14th, 2005


    Allowed two questions at the microphone, my second question had to do with "In the Shadow", the prologue of The Great Hunt. I asked if he had particular characters in mind for all the people that he described, and if so, had he provided clues that would allow us to figure out who those characters were.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ's answer was that he did have some specific characters in mind for some of those people, but not for all of them. He also said that he didn't write the prologue so that it would be easy to deduce who those characters were.


    Hopefully, this will provide some food for thought, but I believe it is confirmation that the "Shienaran" was not actually Ingtar, as that would seem to obvious in light of this response.


    RJ confirmed on his blog that it was indeed Ingtar.


  • 5

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For kcf, again, we have never met anyone who has the Talent of emulating the effects of a ta'veren over a small area.

    I give my input on the design of the chapter icons whenever a new one seems needed, but Harriet actually decides where to place them, and I am happy to leave the job to her.

    Yes, Ingtar was seen at the Darkfriend Social.

    The Wheel creates ta'veren at need, making someone who is already alive one. You aren't born ta'veren. Can you imagine being around a ta'veren who is teething?

    It would be possible for a Darkfriend or Forsaken to be made ta'veren, but it seems unlikely. Ta'veren are part of the Wheel's self-correcting mechanism. When the Pattern seems to be drifting too quickly, and especially if it is in the wrong direction, one or more ta'veren are created. I can't really see how making a Darkfriend or Forsaken ta'veren would help with correcting the drift of the Pattern.

    Ta'veren can oppose one another, when their conflict is what the Wheel "sees" as the necessary corrective. And, no, ta'veren is not Old Tongue for Deus ex machina. It came out of musings on luck, charismatic leaders, and the theory of the indispensable man.

    Katerine escaped with the help of Darkfriends. Galina, who is much more closely watched by Wise Ones than Katerine was, would have little opportunity to use their help for an escape even if she wanted to, and she doesn't, not until she can get her hands on that rod. She'll put up with anything to get that.

    Anyone who can channel, however weakly, can see the glow of saidar and feel someone channel. For sul'dam who have been sul'dam for a time, some begin to be able to see what might be called a ghostly image of the flows. Others convince themselves that this is, of course, only imagination and manage to give themselves a block.

    Wow, you have a lot of questions. One more, and then I'm off to the next person.

    Someone who sees ta'veren sees them as glowing. The more strongly ta'veren, the brighter the glow. This is a Talent, and is something that only someone who can channel can do. While she was stilled, Siuan could not see ta'veren, nor could she have if she had been burned out.


  • 6

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009


    At the Darkfriend Social, Carridin is given orders by Ishamael that he can't remember. Later on in Ebou Dar, he sees Mat out the window and he sort of goes into a trance, sees more imagery, and when he snaps out of it, time is stopped and Sammael is in the room. How did this happen? Was Sammael paged somehow when Carridin's orders were triggered?

    Brandon Sanderson

    MAFO—Maria and find out. This means he will answer the question, but he wants to check with Maria first to make sure he has the details straight.

    Maria Simons (via Luckers)

    No, Sammael was not paged. Sammael had sent Carridin to Ebou Dar to find the cache of Power goodies. The notes say that Sammael became aware that there were other parties engaged in the same search, and decided that he had to light a fire under Carridin. Also note Sammael’s reaction to the news that Mat is in Ebou Dar—"'Here?" Oddly, for a moment, Sammael seemed taken aback". It seems to accentuate that Sammael is surprised; if he had been paged, it seems that his answer would have been different.


  • 7

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2010


    Was Verin at the Darkfriend Social? (This question was on Linda's list.)

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    That was Bela.




  • 8

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)


    Sitting at the Verin panel with Maria now. One question answered, that Harriet declined to answer before:


    Was Verin at the Darkfriend Social?

    Maria Simons

    I believe she was.