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  • 1

    Interview: Jan 25th, 2005

    Week 10 Question

    Now that Shadar Logoth is gone, (cool way to get rid of it by the way), has the evil power in Padan Fain/Mordeth/the Ruby Dagger decreased any? Has it driven him even more insane? Or since the next book is called Knife of Dreams, will all these questions be answered in it?

    Robert Jordan

    The evil power in Padan Fain has neither decreased nor increased, nor has that in the dagger. The corruption in him was partly caused by the taint on Shadar Logoth, but it didn't constitute a real connection to the city. Remember that it was because he was Padan Fain, the Hound of the Shadow, that he was able to leave Shadar Logoth in his new condition after he merged with/absorbed Mordeth. (By the way, any other artifacts that might be lying around from Shadar Logoth would have the same long-term corrupting effect as the dagger. Fortunately, or unfortunately, any such thing would need to be metal or stone. The wood and fabric had decayed. It wouldn't have been pleasant to get a splinter from, say, a chair from Shadar Logoth.)

    The destruction of Shadar Logoth has not driven Fain any more insane. I'm not certain he'd be able to function at all if he were any madder than he already is. But being insane doesn't make him any less dangerous, only less predictable. He no longer responds to situations or events in any sort of sane, logical manner. His abiding concerns are hatred of Rand al'Thor (and to a lesser degree Mat and Perrin) because he blames them for what the Dark One did to him in order to turn him into the Shadow's Hound, and hatred for the Dark One because of what the Dark One did to him. He goes after Rand because Rand is the easiest target in his mind, but if he can take a swipe at the Dark One or the Dark One's minions in some way that he felt would cause real harm, he'd leap at it.

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  • 2

    Interview: Jul 19th, 2005

    Week 10 Question

    In The Great Hunt, who wrote the Dark Prophecy on the dungeon wall in Fal Dara? And why, after Ingtar released Padan Fain from the dungeon, did Fain decide to go to Toman Head? We know he was rebelling against Ishamael's orders (he was supposed to follow the Myrddraal to Shayol Ghul) but why did Fain go to Cairhien and then to Toman Head?

    Robert Jordan

    A Myrddraal wrote the Dark Prophecy on orders, as a threat. I might want to use some of the reasons, so the rest on that is RAFO.

    Fain (now amalgamated with Mordeth) was seeking his own power base, something he would try again with Pedron Niall and Toram Riatin. He wanted enough power to be able to kill Rand, Mat and Perrin, though most especially Rand, and to protect himself against agents of the Shadow. Because of Darkfriend reports, the Myrddraal who wrote the prophecy already knew who the strangers on Toman Head were, or claimed to be: Artur Hawkwing's armies returned to reclaim the lands stolen from Hawkwing's heirs. He knew that they collared women who could channel, which appealed to Fain/Mordeth, since one disliked Aes Sedai at best and the other purely hated them. The Myrddraal didn't simply give this up to Fain, you understand. Fain is one of the few people who could successfully torture information out of one of the Eyeless. As for why he went to Cairhien first, he knew the location of the Waygate there (along with several others and how to read the guidings in the Ways, this last from Mordeth) and preferred to use the Ways rather than make the longer cross-country journey from Fal Dara to Toman Head.

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  • 3

    Interview: 2010

    Azral Hanan (31 July 2010)

    How does Hatred turn into a blood-sucking mist that destroys energies derived from the Dark One? Will we get a detailed explanation?

    AZRAL HANAN

    Also, will we get a glimpse or further details and explanation on Mordeth's 'unnatural' assassins?

    Brandon Sanderson (31 July 2010)

    This is not something I'm at liberty to explain. I'll suggest it for the Encyclopedia.

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  • 4

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Terez (7 January 2011)

    In The Eye of the World chapter 19, is Mordeth's body an illusion? Does this foreshadow Fain's powers in Winter's Heart and Towers of Midnight?

    Brandon Sanderson (7 January 2011)

    Mordeth's body is more than an illusion. But you could call it less than real.

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  • 5

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Troy Lenze (28 February 2011)

    By Falme in The Great Hunt, I wonder if Fain is more Mordeth than Fain? He mentions having access to a leader of men, again...

    Brandon Sanderson (1 March 2011)

    Yeah, I noticed some things like that too.

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  • 6

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    What is Fain?

    Robert Jordan

    Mordeth + person. Mordeth is a human-made evil. The Black Wind gets along with Mordeth because of professional courtesy. Fain is anti-Forsaken as well as anti-Rand. He has a lot of skills and abilities outside of channeling. He can not channel.

    QUESTION

    Is this the "Another Power"?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    [laugh] I don't know.

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  • 7

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Dragon Theif [sic]

    Is it possible for two souls to inhabit one body at the same time without the aid of the Dark One's powers?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

    GONZO THE GREAT

    Obvious :D .

    Footnote

    This question was asked because some people at Theoryland believed that Rand and Lews Therin were separate souls.

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  • 8

    Interview: Dec 9th, 2002

    Question

    Has the Padan Fain/Mordeth character been present in previous Ages, or is he unique to this particular Age?

    Robert Jordan

    He is unique to this particular Age. A very unique fellow, indeed. In some ways, you might say he has unwittingly side-stepped the Pattern.

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  • 9

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Ted Herman

    Why did Padan Fain go to Falme and why did he leave before Rand arrived?

    Robert Jordan

    He was trying to gain a power base. His early attempts to do things, were by siding he is trying to get close to someone in power, to influence him. Remember Padan Fain is also Mordeth, and Mordeth was a counselor, Mordeth was a guy who whispered poison in the ear of the king, and had a great deal of power because of it. So Padan Fain has this part of him that wants to influence power and that is what he was doing there. There are these invaders and what rumors says about them is correct.

    Ted Herman

    Why did he leave before Rand arrived, because he must have sensed Rand was near?

    Robert Jordan

    Once he could get his hand on the dagger, he wanted out. He didn't know Rand was coming. Once he realized he wouldn't be able to have any influence at least, get his hands on the dagger and go, because the dagger is key, the dagger pulls at him.

    Footnote

    1) Fain didn't leave before Rand arrived, and 2) he didn't get his hands on the dagger.

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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For the ever-popular Anonymous, Fain might be said to be contagious in the sense that he corrupts those he is around long enough, but not in the sense that they then have something communicable. As for his influence over people, remember that Fain is now an amalgam of Fain and Mordeth, and Mordeth was a counselor, quite accustomed to and skilled in gaining the ears of the mighty.

    And yes, Amico Nagoyin was Yellow, and Berylla Naron Blue.

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  • 11

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    Will Fain be in the next book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Padan Fain will be seen again. He's a mixture of two things—Mordeth's power, which he got by seeking out all of the evil things that weren't related to the Shadow, and the Dark One's Hound. Brandon said that Fain's number one goal is to kill Rand, and a close second is to kill the Dark One. Now that Shadar Logoth has been destroyed, all of the Mordeth power that remains in the world is in Fain.

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  • 12

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Ok. You mentioned that Mordeth was a man that had "power". You are reported as saying that his power was that "which he got by seeking out all of the evil things that weren’t related to the Shadow"...

    Brandon Sanderson

    He was seeking things that were related to the Shadow. I think that that might be a misquote. He was looking into the power of the Shadow in order to defeat it, was his goal. He was looking into everything. He was looking into things that were not necessarily related to the Dark One as well. He was looking for everything that he could get...

    Matt Hatch

    ..previous to him arriving to Aridhol?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Yeah...

    Matt Hatch

    ...before he went to the King and became the counselor, Mordeth was this guy that went around searching for Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, he wanted to defeat the Dark One and he felt that he could find other ways to do it [...] He originally was good. He did not...he wasn’t this terrible person to begin with but he was looking to defeat the Dark One, to find a way to defeat the Shadow. And he looked into a lot of things he shouldn’t have looked into. There are evils that are not necessarily directly related to the Dark One, though everything evil kind of has...just as there are goods that are not related necessarily to the One Power...we are talking much as Perrin runs with wolves. This is a thing older than...there are other evils things that are old in a similar way...

    Matt Hatch

    ...is the assumption then that he found one of these?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He did.

    Matt Hatch

    He found one or multiple?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He found many things of darkness. There is one in specific that is driving him but he knew too much. He found things he should not have gotten into and that is what turned him into...when he got there he was already corrupt. He still thought he was doing a good work. He still thought we are going to raise this Kingdom up and it is going to become this bastion against the Shadow, but he was already by then corrupted.

    Matt Hatch

    Is this same corrupting influence what corrupts everyone through the dagger itself?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Through him, yes. And even through his presence.

    MATT HATCH

    [Hah—Maybe I should have asked if Mordeth was under the influence of the Finns...or at the very least if they were one of the powers he found in his quest... ]

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  • 13

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Ok. Is Mordeth’s power, this evil power, comparable to the One Power and True Power? Is it a power that can be woven?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, it’s more something along the lines of Perrin’s wolf power, something more natural; you couldn’t weave Mordeth.

    Matt Hatch

    Ok, so it’s more of a natural...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...it’s more of a natural, though it is unnatural. It’s an unnatural natural thing...

    Matt Hatch

    ...because Jordan was really particular about...he tried to have a logic-based system as it pertained to the One Power. Is this power more supernatural in sense than it is based on physics?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let’s say more instinctual, alright?

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  • 14

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2011

    Question

    How about Padan Fain and his talents?

    Alan Romanczuk

    He acquired his talents when he merged with Mordeth, who [paraphrased a bit] got his from research and sucked the souls from his victims.

    Question

    Was Padan Fain behind the killer fog in the Rahad?

    Alan Romanczuk

    What do you think? LOL

    Footnote

    We don't have any particular reason to think Fain was in Ebou Dar at that time.

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  • 15

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    Did Mordeth go to the Finns?

    Brandon Sanderson

    YES.

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  • 16

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    H (Workings of the Wheel)

    When a soul is reborn, at what point does it enter the body?

    Robert Jordan

    Hmm… *think, think* I’d have to say as a fetus. When the body becomes capable of sustaining life.

    H

    *stupid grin* Ok. In The Eye of the World, Thom said that the dead can take over a living body. If this happened, what would happen to the original soul?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    *gave me a “haha, nice try you stupid monkey” grin* “Read and find out.”

    H

    YAAAAAAAAAAAARG! DAMN YOU! (ok, not really)

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  • 17

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    Loialson

    Is the Dark One's touch still on Fain?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Umm...yes, you don't abandon it that easily, but, the other touch on Fain is far more dominant.

    LOIALSON

    That would be Mordeth?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes.

    LOIALSON

    Is Fain still a Darkfriend?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I don't know if Fain counts as a Darkfriend anymore. I think Fain is his own faction.

    LOIALSON

    How is Fain getting Trollocs and Myrddraal to follow him if he is not a Darkfriend?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    He is using...other means...they aren't following him because he is a Darkfriend. Certainly not [he smiles a bit here].

    LOIALSON

    Is Mat still attached in any way to Fain's dagger?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Read and Find out.

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  • 18

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    PRK (7 APRIL 2012)

    The Padan Fain / Mordeth hybrid will be in A Memory of Light.

    PRK

    Got a RAFO on how the Mordeth/Fain Hybrid influences the Black Wind.

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  • 19

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Terez

    Um, was there any connection between Mat's luck and the dagger?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, not that I know of. Good question, but we can MAFO that one, but you can give the, "not that I know of". I'm still kind of...you know, the Mat's luck being beyond him being ta'veren, is one that's very interesting to me, because everything that I know says that his luck does extend beyond his ta'verenness, but...

    Terez

    Well, it's like his whole plotline seems kinda designed as like this revenge story for Manetheren against Aridhol, you know?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, uh-huh. Yep.

    Terez

    And, you know, he starts speaking the Old Tongue right before they go into Shadar Logoth; that's the first time he speaks it...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh-huh. Yep.

    Terez

    ...you know, and then as soon as he wakes up from the Healing, he's got memories, he's got this luck, you know?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. Mmmhmm.

    Terez

    So...yeah.

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  • 20

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Why does Mordeth suddenly fall back in the room under Shadar Logoth (in The Eye of the World)? Was it because Mat picked up the dagger, or was it something different?

    Maria Simons

    I don't know.

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