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  • 1

    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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  • 2

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1994

    Question

    When Morgase thought "two beautiful children", was she thinking of Gawyn and Elayne or Gawyn and Galad?

    Robert Jordan

    Read the book.

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  • 3

    Interview: 2010

    sykoone (14 July 2010)

    One unsolved mystery=is Thom Elayne's real father?

    Brandon Sanderson (14 July 2010)

    I'm pretty sure Robert Jordan said that Thom was not her father. I wondered that myself for years.

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  • 4

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1994

    Question

    Can Thom Merrilin channel?

    Robert Jordan

    Absolutely not. I never intended anyone to think he could.

    TONY ZBARASCHUK

    Jordan also strongly implied that Thom was not Elayne's father. Oh, well, so much for all our beautiful net.theories based on those two facts.

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  • 5

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1994

    Question

    What about Gawyn?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, all the information he can find indicates that his mother's dead. (First the rumor, then it apparently got confirmed when he reached Cairhien.) Rand probably killed her. His sister is missing, maybe dead. Rand's involved again. He released the woman responsible for finding Rand because he loved Egwene. Egwene is tied up with Rand, who killed his mother and is probably responsible for his sister's disappearance. Why do you think he's under any stress?

    Tony Zbaraschuk

    [Even Rand thinks that Morgase is dead.]

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  • 6

    Interview: 2010

    HBFFerreira (16 August 2010)

    Elayne and Rand's babies... Calian and Shivan?

    Brandon Sanderson (17 August 2010)

    RAFO ... on Elayne's babes. :)

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  • 7

    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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  • 8

    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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  • 9

    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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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Is Thom Elayne and Gawyn's real father?

    Robert Jordan

    No. Absolutely no. No question about it. No. No. No. Thom is exactly who he says he is.

    Footnote

    RJ was apparently very disturbed by this question, possibly because it implied he had ventured into incest territory in The Fires of Heaven when Elayne decided to flirt with Thom.

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  • 11

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Agent420

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

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 12

    Interview: Oct 24th, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    Then I asked about Elayne's Rod of Pleasure, and got a RAFO with the explicit warning that we might not ever get to the FO part.

    Footnote

    RJ managed to slip the 'FO' into the next book. A careful reading of 'A Lily in Winter' answers the question of what Elayne was doing when she was blacked out.

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  • 13

    Interview: Oct 31st, 1998

    Lara Beaton

    I asked at the signing on Saturday. The exchange went something like this:

    What happened with Elayne and that warm ter'angreal?

    Robert Jordan

    (laughs) What do you think happened?

    LARA BEATON

    We figured it must be some sort of One Power sex toy.

    ROBERT JORDAN

    (laughing harder) I may write something about that in a later book.

    LARA BEATON

    RAFO, right?

    Robert Jordan

    Exactly.

    Footnote

    This was clarified further in Winter's Heart, 'A Lily in Winter'.

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  • 14

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Sastan

    In Lord of Chaos when Elenia told Rand that Morgase and Tigraine weren't cousins, Rand felt really relieved. Was it because he thought there was something wrong having a relationship with his second cousin?

    Robert Jordan

    Well he's not sure exactly how close his relationship to Elayne might be, how close his blood relationship might be. That's what he wanted to find out. He's in love with her and he'd really like to get it on with her but on the other end, he thinks he's gotta stay away from her to keep her safe. And on top of that, if she comes to stay, and god he might be related to her, and you know, how close is he? What is the relationship? He doesn't know. For all he knows there might be some way that he's as good as her brother. He's gotta find out. But he's gotta find out without letting anybody know why he wants to find out or even really that he is trying to find out.

    Sastan

    But if he finds, because Galad is his half brother and also Elayne's half brother, won't he find anything wrong with that?

    Robert Jordan

    No. The way the mother-father relationship works is different. He has a blood relationship to Galad. He has no blood relationship to Elayne. None. At least not close enough to be counted by anybody except by how many lines of connection you have to the family of Andor.

    Sastan

    The reason that Morgase got her throne was because she was the most closely related to Tigraine.

    Robert Jordan

    That's part of it. You gotta be closely related to put in a claim. After that it becomes political. In a way almost like... More like a republic than a democracy in that the electorate is limited. And in this case, the electorate is limited to the nobles. How many nobles can you get to support you. And she was able to get enough, finally, after something very close to a civil war to gain the throne.

    Footnote

    Sastan claimed this question in his own report.

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  • 15

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Sastan

    I managed to ask him about the issue of Rand and Elayne, asking why Rand felt so relieved when he was told he was not closely related to Elayne.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ explained along the lines of how this was a quest that and alone could solve, that he needed to find out without anyone else knowing about it. He did not, however, say that it was settled that Tigraine and Morgase are not cousins. Even when I asked him a second time, he refused to say. Yet he did say, when I asked, that he did not consider Rand and Elayne's relationship through Galad to be of importance, or that they were related by blood. I agreed with the second part.

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  • 16

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2000

    Question

    What was the use of Elayne's "rod" in The Path of Daggers?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO and he's surprised at the imaginations of some of the female fans who mail him—their imaginations are quite vivid.

    Footnote

    This was explained in Winter's Heart, 'A Lily in Winter'.

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  • 17

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Pam Korda from Chicago

    What exactly is the "hot" ter'angreal played with so enthusiastically by Elayne and when will we see it actually put into use?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out, Pam. You're experienced enough at this to know that I wouldn't give that answer, I think!

    Footnote

    This was explained in Winter's Heart, 'A Lily in Winter'.

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  • 18

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Question

    [Question about reading, research, sources, influences.]

    Robert Jordan

    It's hard really for a figure that I've been researching for the Wheel of Time. I see things, I notice things. I realize, "I can use this." An example I've used to you before, but it's a good one, is that [after leaving Tanchico, Nynaeve and Elayne needed] traveling companions. I wanted them to travel with some people, rather than by themselves. I wasn't too sure exactly what sort of group I was going to use. And I happened to go to the circus.

    And the circus happened to have a lot of acts that... (were) from Asia. I don't know why they seemed to have such a disproportionate number of acts from Asia. They were much different than most European circus acts and American circus acts, which are very similar to European circus acts. And when I went to my desk the next morning, I realized I knew exactly how Elayne and Nynaeve were going to travel. With Valan Luca's show.

    I have read for close on to fifty years, everything I could get my hands on. Various bits and pieces have been stuck in my head. And I use them. And sometimes...and if I see anything that's interesting, and a lot of things interest me, cultural anthropology, development of cities, how a windmill works, how does a waterwheel work? these things interest me, as much as how a modern day skyscraper is built, or how do you go about building a base on the moon?, or how do you go about building an industrial facility in an L5-point? Sometimes I do research and then... Well, I know nothing about blacksmithing really...[followed by that story you've heard before] No matter what you know, if you're an expert blacksmith, I want you to read right past that blacksmith scene, and believe it. And of course very few people will be expert blacksmiths, but that's fine. Because no matter what the scene is, I want you to believe it. No matter what your own knowledge is.

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  • 19

    Interview: Jul 22nd, 2004

    Jason Denzel

    Earlier that weekend, Melissa had been amazed when Brad and I told her what the "warm" ter'angreal really was. If you don't know what I'm talking about...go look around on the Internet. If you're over 18 that is. Anyway, Melissa was so shocked by this that she asked RJ flat out if it was true. (*Smacks forehead* So much for being dignified with our VIP guests!)

    Robert Jordan

    I was sitting right next to RJ and I saw his tiny smile behind his beard. He just said "Read and Find Out".

    Jason Denzel

    In my mind that translates to: "Go do a search on one of those WoT sites and they'll tell ya".

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  • 20

    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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  • 21

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Question

    Will we ever find out what happened when Elayne went through the arches?

    Robert Jordan

    Probably not—maybe, but probably not.

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  • 22

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Question

    Does Mat's amulet work against the male side of the power, and if so will Elayne's research of it develop into something that can be used in the conflict between Aes Sedai?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and Find Out.

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  • 23

    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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  • 24

    Interview: Oct 21st, 2005

    Question

    Was the gizmo used to capture Elayne a shocklance?

    Robert Jordan

    It was a variation. A shocklance is more like a rifle, and this was more like a pistol.

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  • 25

    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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  • 26

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Roga

    Does Elayne know that Alanna bonded Rand?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh...well...I'll have to check that. MAFO. Good question.

    Maria Simons

    From Winter’s Heart, chapter 12, Rand speaking to Elayne, Aviendha, and Min: “Anyway, Alanna Mosvani got there ahead of you, and she didn’t bother asking . . . I’ve been bonded to her for months now.”

    Footnote—Terez

    I asked around about this because I believed that Mato had misheard the name, and that the question was actually about whether Egwene knew about the bonding. (Many people pronounce it egg-WEEN instead of the proper egg-WAIN, so it's easy for those people to hear 'Elayne' when 'Egwene' is pronounced correctly.) The question was asked by Roga, a Stormleader, and he clarified:

    Roga

    If this question came from the Dallas signing, then it was from me. I asked about Egwene.

    The reason behind the question was, I wanted to know: if Alanna's name had been on Verin's list in The Gathering Storm, would Egwene have passed over it? However, Brandon pointed out that Verin knew about the bond, so unless she had some reason to keep quiet, I'd think she should've made some kind of special warning note if Alanna had been in her list.

    Maria Simons

    Egwene did not know.

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  • 27

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2009

    TheWindRose

    Are there any Forsaken around Elayne?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon paused for a moment, then said: So many people are trying to figure out where Demandred is, I am not sure I can answer that.

    Samadai

    Forkroot and I both said no, not Demandred. We were talking Cyndane or Moghedien. Then we said, for example, some postulate that Sylvase is Cyndane.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said, "No, Sylvase is not a Forsaken and was never intended to be."

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  • 28

    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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  • 29

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2010

    Jonathan B

    I also asked if there was anything in A Memory of Light like the big unnoticed thing in Towers of Midnight that we should look for.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said there are lots of little things that come to fruition in interesting ways.

    JONATHAN B

    I said yeah, I can't wait to see how "his blood on the rocks of Shayol Ghul" turns out. Do you know there are some people that think Elayne will have her babies on Shayol Ghul and that will fulfill the prophecy?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    He said well, Elayne is like four months pregnant at this point... Lots of things are possible with the One Power though.

    JONATHAN B

    In my mind, this debunks that theory somewhat.

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  • 30

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    Does Elayne know who Rand's father is and that he killed her grandfather Laman?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is not confirmed that Janduin killed Laman.

    Ted Herman

    Do Aviendha or Rand know that Laman was Elayne's grandfather (re: the sword that Aviendha gave to Rand to discharge her toh)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aviendha probably didn't know but Rand definitely did.

    Ted Herman

    ETA—these topics were to be included in possible prequels.

    Footnote

    The reply is correct that it has not been confirmed that Janduin killed Laman. However, Laman was not Elayne's grandfather since Laman died childless [NS5].

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  • 31

    Interview: Jul 11th, 2010

    Dylan

    Do we see Rand much in the new book? Or will he be like Perrin, Mat or Elayne in The Gathering Storm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Will we see Rand in the next book? YES. The book will not be a 100% flash-back like Book 10. There will be a little bit of catch-up for Perrin, but Egwene and Rand both have large parts too.

    BECKSTER45

    Is Mat in Towers of Midnight?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes. Lots of Mat. Promise.

    RLRHORROCKS

    What happened to Elayne? It seemed she fell off the earth in the last book.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It was tough to decide that Elayne would not appear in The Gathering Storm. I knew we didn't have room for everyone. Thing is, Elayne was way ahead of everyone else in her plotline. (Meaning what she needed to get done.) And so, with great regret, I moved her to Towers of Midnight. She will appear, as will her wonderful Warder.

    BECKSTER45

    Will we see Galad in Towers of Midnight?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    so far, I'm on record as saying this: Almost everyone who did not appear in The Gathering Storm appears in Towers of Midnight. No promises on anyone other than Main Characters, like Mat/Elayne. But expect to see a lot of people return who didn't appear in The Gathering Storm. Also, Galad happens to be one of my personal favorite characters.

    FRANKLINE

    Do we get anything about Shocklances?

    MYX

    I'm pretty late to this party, so if I don't get an answer to my question..no worries...But any chance of Egwene ever putting Cadsuane in her place?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Re: Shocklances (sp? I should really know that one) and Egwene/Cadsuane. Double RAFO. Pow!

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  • 32

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    lamguin ()

    Back in books 4-6, I forget exactly where, Elayne and Nynaeve did a dreamworld need walk to find something to tie the rebel Aes Sedai to Rand. They eventually found the Bowl of the Winds, but before they did, they were taken to the 'angreal storeroom in the White Tower. I ask with every intention of getting a RAFO; is this going to be brought up?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO! :)

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  • 33

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Virginia

    Okay, so...my pet peeve is the famous library ter'angreal that was uncovered in Ebou Dar. Why is it that….is all that non-fictional knowledge ever going to come into play, and what's wrong with Elayne that she's not using it to find out some things that they probably desperately need to know? Or I guess she's using it as a doorstop.

    Maria Simons

    Well, 1) we haven't seen Elayne in a whole book; we don't really know what she's doing, and 2) she has problems channeling because of this pregnancy deal, and 3) everything's going to be in the Old Tongue and she's a little busy to sit down and translate documents.

    VIRGINIA

    That's true.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    But you don't understand the significance of that ter'angreal: Jim foreshadowed the creation of the Kindle. [laughter]

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, no!

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    Mmhmm, he did. And actually, Elayne—right now as we speak—is in her bed reading fiction on that.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    I bet they're dirty romance novels.

    SPENCER POWELL

    I was going to peg her for an urban fantasy fan.

    MARK

    No, no, no, no, no. She loves the Harlequins. Case closed.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, the Harlequins. Yeah.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yes, totally.

    MARK

    Either her or Aviendha, but one of those two is definitely into the Harlequin super-romance.

    VIRGINIA

    How can she get all excited about the cover art of Fabio when she's got Rand? [laughter]

    ANDREW GELOS

    Have you seen the cover of Lord of Chaos?

    VIRGINIA

    Yeah, I'm telling you! No comparison.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Yeah, that one was nicknamed at our house 'Passion of the Aes Sedai'. I actually had to take the dust jacket off of that one when I would take it to school, when I was in high school, because I was like, "I do not want people to think I'm reading some kind of filthy romance novel in class."

    VIRGINIA

    Well, I'm thinking more of, what was it? A Crown of Swords? Where he's got the, uh…all he needs is some baby oil and a little less clothes and he looks like he's posing…

    JENNIFER LIANG

    We love fist-pumping, body-building Rand.

    MARK

    Don't make me get out the water bottle to squirt you ladies. Jeez… [laughter]

    JENNIFER LIANG

    I have a big cardboard cut-out of fist-pumping, baby-oil Rand in my garage right now. I use it as a [decoration] at conventions. [Amusingly, it was stolen at JordanCon 2011, a few months after this interview.]

    VIRGINIA

    Oh, cool.

    SPENCER POWELL

    Is that cool, or is that creepy?

    JENNIFER LIANG

    Well, it's a little insane I think.

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  • 34

    Interview: 2006

    DAYS SINCE—EXPANDED

    Robert Jordan

    D-24

    Karede catches up with Mat and the Band. Tuon completes the marriage ceremony.

    Mat fights a battle with Elbar's men to allow Karede to get Tuon away safely.

    Elayne is 66 days pregnant.

    Melaine is 167 days pregnant.

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  • 35

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    Loialson

    In Lord of Chaos, Nynaeve and Elayne searched for something that would tie the Salidar Aes Sedai to Rand via Need in Tel'aran'rhiod.

    Need led them to three things. First it led them to the White Tower, (where Elayne glimpsed Egwene briefly), then Need shifted Nynaeve and Elayne to a locked storeroom within the White Tower (they thought that was useless). After that, Need led them to the Bowl of the Winds. My questions are regarding the first two things Need brought them to.

    On the first thing, was Need bringing them to Egwene?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I believe it was Egwene.

    LOIALSON

    On the second thing, what was the item Need brought them to in that storeroom?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    RAFO.

    LOIALSON

    Was that something besides the Horn of Valere?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It could be.

    LOIALSON

    [I felt that this question was grasping at straws here a bit from the impression I got from him, i.e. it's not that important regarding what the item is, but that it will come into play. And it's not the Horn of Valere in this case. I could be wrong, that's just the vibe I got.]

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  • 36

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Are the major characters all at their full strength now?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    LUCKERS

    I just ask because, like Nynaeve has been channeling longer, and Egwene was forced. And Rand likely was too, and as a man gains strength more swiftly...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, Elayne might not... I think she is, but she may not quite be there.

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  • 37

    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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  • 38

    Interview: Aug 8th, 2009

    WorldCon 2009 - Dom (Paraphrased)

    Dom

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon drew a graph of A Memory of Light's structure and explained in some details how he ended up re structuring it as three books. Not much that isn't already known in there, book 12 will have two main story lines (we know it's Rand and Egwene, but as I said Brandon didn't say so explicitly at the Q&A) and teasers for three more (Mat—and seemingly Perrin and Elayne). By 'teasers', Brandon precised he means 3 or 4 chapters per story line, the rest of the chapters being divided between the two main story lines (by recent books, this could means Egwene/Rand have about 10-12 chapters each, or a few more). Some developments happen in the teasers but it's not huge stuff, more like set ups chapters for what happens in book 13.

    Book 13 will have the opposite, with 3-4 chapters each for Egwene and Rand, "toward the end". Brandon kept those for book 13 to avoid spoiling in The Gathering Storm the climax of book 13, which will mark the reunion of all the main story lines at some location, and launch Tarmon Gai'don. So in book 13 we will have the residual Rand/Egwene chapters that specifically build up to the reunion.

    Brandon explained the decision to split the books this way came about between Harriet and him, in part to avoid the "Crossroads of Twilight trap". Apparently, RJ went that way in Winter's Heart/Crossroads of Twilight mostly because he had been affected by all the grief he got for keeping Mat out of The Path of Daggers. He decided to try to put all the main characters in the next books, even if it meant all the story lines would advance more slowly if they were all told in parallel like this. He very much regretted this after Crossroads of Twilight, for which he got even more grief than for The Path of Daggers, and decided to return to his more organic/uneven approach for Knife of Dreams and A Memory of Light. The original plan for The Gathering Storm was to develop all the story lines in parallel again, but Brandon and Harriet had qualms about this and Brandon came up with an alternative to focus on two story lines in one and three in the other.

    There is one of the 'POV clusters' Brandon had written that it mostly unused for The Gathering Storm and will go in book 13.

    Brandon of course wouldn't tell who is the character not in The Gathering Storm at all, though he gave a few clues. Piecing all his bits of answers together, the character isn't Aviendha, Cadsuane or Nynaeve, nor Mat (the only character he confirmed is in the two first books, but we already knew this). He basically destroyed the speculation it could be Perrin by hesitating on the words 'major character' and then adding the bit that the vast majority of fans would actually place this character at the very bottom of the list of characters to be considered 'major'. The way he put Elayne over and over among the five really major ones during the Q&A suggests it's not her either after all. He also said while explaining his graph that there were chunks (his "teasers" for three story lines in The Gathering Storm and the core of the story for two—and his 'five' clusters he explicitly said were Rand, Egwene, Perrin, Mat and Elayne.

    So perhaps we've read too much in his 'major POV character' comment (Jason's review may also allude to this, when he commented that one major character is missing but it's pretty much up to each reader to decide who is major and not in WOT). At some point, he said a major POV character in A Memory of Light will be missing in The Gathering Storm, which is not exactly the same as saying a major POV character from the earlier books isn't in The Gathering Storm—which is the way his previous comment was interpreted by many.

    Dom

    Lan isn't a major POV character in the earlier books, but now he's on his own he may very well become one in A Memory of Light.

    In any case, I'm more and more thinking it's Lan (or possibly Moiraine), not Elayne or Perrin which I doubt many would place 'at the very bottom' of the list of characters to be considered major. Most people would place Elayne not near the bottom at all but among the top 7 or 8 most important characters. Above Moiraine and Lan, Thom, Loial and probably even Min and Aviendha.

    Footnote

    The POV character missing in The Gathering Storm was Elayne, and they didn't quite make it to the reunion of all plotlines at the end of Towers of Midnight as they had originally planned.

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    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 9

    The letter was written in Mat's hand. And, Elayne noticed with amusement, the handwriting was much neater and the spelling much better in this one than the one he'd sent her weeks ago. (p. 684)

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  • 40

    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 31

    He doesn't want to fight in Andor, Elayne thought. He doesn't want to fight alongside me. He wishes the break to be clean. (p. 193)

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  • 41

    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 38

    Humankind did not have days remaining, but hours. (p. 723)

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  • 42

    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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  • 43

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Jourdan Vian (23 January 2013)

    What would've happened had Elayne not bonded Birgitte, given how Birgitte's death went in A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    I believe she'd still have come when the Horn was blown.

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  • 44

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Mali Medina (23 January 2013)

    You've said that you had to make choices from the notes at points. Can you disclose any of the paths not traveled?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    Let's see... Here's one. RJ was uncertain if he wanted Elayne to have Cairhien or not by Merrilor.

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  • 45

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    David Forbes (23 January 2013)

    Can you shed any light on the raven picture Min saw around Carlinya? Or the axe and hand she saw around Elayne?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    One thing that was made clear in the notes is that not everything seen by Min is to have significance for the books.

    Brandon Sanderson

    And others, such as Alivia, were to be things that people in world placed much import upon—but were actually minor.

    Footnote

    Maria answered this question here.

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  • 46

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Christopher Thaeler (23 January 2013)

    Are Elayne's twins intended to be Heroes of the Horn?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    It could happen.

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  • 47

    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Mike Cockrum

    During book 6 or 7, I forget which, one of the supergirls did a Need walk in Tel'aran'rhiod to find something to do with The One Power that would help Rand. The end result of this was them discovering the Bowl of the Winds. First, though, she went to the Objects of Power storeroom of the White Tower. What was the thing in the Tower?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    He passed the question to Maria, who didn't know. I asked if it was The Horn of Valere. He said he wasn't sure, but he always thought it was The Horn.

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  • 48

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Question

    Regarding Gawyn and Elayne, among many readers they are two of the least liked characters on the Light side. Do you believe that Robert Jordan intended for them to be viewed with such negative reactions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Elayne, no not really. Gawyn, though, he’s the Fallen Prince archetype. Everything he does comes up short, which leads him to just be trying too hard.

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  • 49

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Can you speak to why Leilwen did not try to contact Elayne while she was in Caemlyn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (pause) I'm trying to remember.

    Question

    When Mat came to Caemlyn, she was with him. Mat saw Elayne, but she didn't.

    Brandon Sandeson

    I don't know why she didn't.

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    Interview: Dec 6th, 2012

    Question

    Have Elayne’s axe and red-hot iron been fulfilled?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Axe and red-hot iron been fulfilled? You can ask Maria but I believe they have.

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