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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: Oct 17th, 1994

    Question

    The dagger—could Mat have chosen anything else?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, but he wouldn't be Mat then, would he? A dagger would attract him more than a chalice or whatever. It's easy to stick it in the belt.

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  • 3

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Vanin

    What did Aginor mean in The Eye of the World when pointing towards Mat and saying something about old history, old friend, old enemy?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO you horsethief!

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  • 4

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Isabel

    A question from me again (sometimes me with my horrible accent has to repeat the question a few times, for him to get it). Although if I remember correctly it was Aan'allein's question.

    How did Aginor manage to sense the Shadar Logoth dagger in the The Eye of the World?

    Robert Jordan

    That has to do with the end of Winter's Heart. How many of you have read it?

    (everyone but one raising their hands; well at least after asking who has not read it)

    It's an effect of resonance. The dagger is the same evil as the evil of Shadar Logoth. You can say it's diametrically opposite to the taint, that's the evil on saidin. Rand, at one point in Shadar Logoth, feels them pulsing with each other. And especially in the wounds on his side. There is a resonance created. A positive and negative pulse of evil, you might say.

    Isabel

    So it doesn't require actual channeling?

    Robert Jordan

    No, but you have to be close to it. It's not something you can sense from a close distance use to track Padan Fain down.

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  • 5

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Isabel

    When Mat had the dagger, Verin and Moiraine thought he would contaminate other people with the evil of Shadar Logoth, and they would contaminate other people. Fain does seem to be influencing without contaminating people. Is it as dangerous as it seems, could also normal people become evil and would they also contaminate other people?

    Robert Jordan

    No. Fain can contaminate people because he has the dagger; it is the dagger. What Verin and Moiraine thought was incorrect; they were extending it too far. It is the one of things you may have noted in the books. Aes Sedai often believe they know more than they actually know. In other words, a lot of people believe they know more than they actually know. One of the themes I have running through the books is that whatever you think you know, some of it is almost certainly wrong, and it may even be the most crucial bit that is wrong. But even when you are aware that some of your information may be wrong you still have to go ahead and make a decision. You...you cannot afford the luxury of saying, well I don't know everything and some of what I know may be wrong, so I am not going to do anything, I am just going to sit here and wait and see if I can find out some more, because that only leads to sitting still forever.

    Footnote

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  • 6

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Question

    I guess most of your Aelfinn and Eelfinn questions are RAFO, but could you tell us why it was they didn't consider Mat's silver dagger to be a weapon, silver is really iron?

    Robert Jordan

    Why the Finns didn't consider the dagger to be a weapon?

    Question

    Yes.

    Robert Jordan

    No, I am going to have to RAFO that one, it is going to give away too much.

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  • 7

    Interview: Oct 2nd, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Anonymous—a busy poster—the ruby in Padan Fain's dagger is just a ruby. Of course, the entire dagger is corrupted and corrupting.

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  • 8

    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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  • 9

    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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  • 10

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    I heard you answer a question last night, which sounded interesting. Someone asked about Padan Fain and Elaida.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of people don’t remember that they met.

    Matt Hatch

    So, his influence, how long for example...wasn’t Egwene exposed to Padan Fain? Are there still effects that Egwene has on people because of him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Remember the idea that people have, generally, a choice. There are ways to turn people to the Shadow against their will, but when that happens the person is no longer the person. What is happening with Padan Fain is, naturally tendencies can be exacerbated or they can be fought off...

    Matt Hatch

    ...so Elaida’s paranoia fed that? With someone like Egwene she might have fought it off, so it’s not going to be...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...right. exactly, or someone like Rand who continues to fight it off. He has become very paranoid. And the wound in his side, certainly someone could make the connection that that might have an influence. I won’t say for certain but...

    Matt Hatch

    ...so, the suggestion is not only does he have the taint, which is negatively influencing him, or influencing him in such ways that might bring on paranoia, there is this accentuation of it because of Fain...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...this corruption...I mean that wound and the dagger...

    Matt Hatch

    ...that is another source...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Mat managed to fight it off pretty much completely, well not completely, but we don’t see Mat running around paranoid anymore...Elaida gave it something to feed upon and it was very very small and subtle with Elaida but certainly that was an influence.

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  • 11

    Interview: May 30th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    How did Fain know the dagger was in the White Tower?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's because of course he senses it.

    Isabel

    It really felt like a duh question and looking backwards I should have asked more on range and stuff like that. The same with the range of him sensing Rand. Sorry, I failed a little bit as a Theorylander.

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  • 12

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    How did Fain know that the ruby dagger was in the White Tower, since last he knew it was in Falme, and now it is thousands of miles away (when he was in Emond's Field)?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He has a super detection ability for the dagger, like the Warder Bond, so he can know direction and distance.

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  • 13

    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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  • 14

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    When asked if the Rand's wound from the Shadar Logoth dagger was really contained like Samitsu thinks it is, the answer was RAFO.

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  • 15

    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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  • 16

    Interview: Apr, 2013

    Question

    Does the dagger from Shadar Logoth have a name besides Mat's dagger or Fain's dagger? (referring to an AOL interview from so very long ago where someone referred to it as Shadar Mandarb.)

    Maria Simons

    We could find nothing in the notes referring to the dagger as such, but I seem to have a vague memory of at least hearing that phrase before. It does seem to be an apt moniker for it.

    Footnote

    This nickname appears to have been adopted by the members of the rasfw-rj Usenet group; the term is used on their FAQ. We can find no mention of the AOL interview in question; there were several, and we might be missing one or more of them.

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  • 17

    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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