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  • 1

    Interview: 2010

    Terez (10 August 2010)

    I thought of a Lan question. Did Elyas really teach Lan anything about the Blight? Or was that a TEOTWism?

    Terez

    I have a feeling you are going to MAFO that. Does @MariaLSimons play Magic? Surely we can bribe her with something.

    Brandon Sanderson (10 August 2010)

    I've never questioned that one, so I haven't thought to ask about it or look it up. Is there a reason I should wonder?

    Terez

    Only that Lan was practically raised in the Blight by the Malkieri. Wouldn't think Elyas could teach him much about it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a good point. I'll go ahead and do as you said and MAFO that one. You might be right; might be an EoTWism.

    Maria Simons

    I can’t find anything to clarify this, either. I will just offer up anecdote: I have been reading WoT for 22 years, and went to work for its creator over 17 years ago. I could be said to live and breathe The Wheel of Time. But Terez has taught me much about WoT. It could be a TEOTWism, or Lan could have been thinking of some very specific things that Elyas shared that he found helpful.

    Footnote—Terez

    I thought about asking how Elyas could teach Lan anything about the sword, too, but I figured the Blight bit was the most incredible. TEOTWism: this was stolen from the fandom for Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The first book of that series is called Gardens of the Moon, and in that fandom, details that are particular to the first book—details that cause continuity issues later in the series—are referred to as GOTMisms.

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  • 2

    Interview: 2010

    Terez (11 August 2010)

    Are there actually Warders and Aes Sedai guarding the Blight at all times? Or is that another TEOTWism?

    Brandon Sanderson (11 August 2010)

    Well, there are Aes Sedai and Warders staying with most Borderlander monarchs.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I would say that yes, they are up there guarding. There are a disproportionate number, it seems, at times.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Morgase had one Aes Sedai, as did Berelain, to give advice. Borderlanders often have more.

    Footnote

    In the prologue of The Path of Daggers, 'Deceptive Appearances', it is made relatively clear that Paitar, Ethenielle, and Easar only had one advisor each.

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  • 3

    Interview: 2010

    John Lewis (8 November 2010)

    Where those fellas in red veils? Human or Shadowspawn?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    RAFO. :)

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  • 4

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Tell us about the Blight.

    Robert Jordan

    You can not enter it from Tel'aran'rhiod because it is apart from NORMAL UNIVERSE and can not be touched. The Blight is not part of the normal universe.

    QUESTION

    Ask about the Blight. If it is not reflected in Tel'aran'rhiod, why does the Great Lord of the Dark have so much power over Tel'aran'rhiod, the Wheel and reincarnation?

    ERICA SADUN

    See above.

    Footnote

    The Dark One doesn't have power over Tel'aran'rhiod as far as we know, but it's easy to see how one might have come to this conclusion after reading A Crown of Swords, since Moghedien noted that the properties of Tel'aran'rhiod and the area around Shayol Ghul were so similar that she could only differentiate by 'feel'. He also doesn't have any power over reincarnation beyond being able (with certain limitations) to 'catch' a soul while it is on its way to the afterlife (at which point the soul is out of his reach). RJ explained this further in the TOR Questions of the Week. There's no indication that he has any power at all over the Wheel, either, though he does seem to be able to corrupt the Pattern in a way with his touch.

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  • 5

    Interview: Feb 26th, 2003

    tarvalon.net Q&A (Verbatim)

    Question

    What would a Worm in the Blight turn into?

    Robert Jordan

    Nothing you would want to meet.

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  • 6

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2004

    Holland

    What do Trollocs eat and how do they get enough food in the Blight to sustain all those Trollocs?

    Robert Jordan

    Trollocs eat almost anything, including other Trollocs. They are omnivores with a tendency toward being carnivores.

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  • 7

    Interview: Apr, 2003

    Budapest Q&A (Verbatim)

    Question

    Was there any time when there was no Blight?

    Robert Jordan

    Oh, yes. The Blight is an artifact of the War of the Shadow and the Breaking. There was no Blight before the Bore was created, and the drilling of the Bore did not immediately create the Blight, but the Blight came into being after that.

    Question

    Was the Blight [mumble] from the Dark One, or one of the Forsaken?

    Robert Jordan

    From the Dark One. It is land that has been corrupted by the Dark One.

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  • 8

    Interview: Oct 20th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    When the Blight receded in The Eye of the World, the plants actually healed (new plants didn't immediately appear from elsewhere).... minor detail, but good to know.

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  • 9

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2009

    Question

    Trollocs. Question was how many Trollocs did the Dark One have access to?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He stated definitively that there are lots and lots of Trollocs. The Dark One has access to either "orders of magnitudes more" or "an order of magnitude" more Trollocs that can be supported in the Blights (I can't remember whether there was an "s" there. Sorry). He wouldn't comment on how or where, but was very clear that there was going to be a big, big Trolloc army.

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  • 10

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2010

    Richard Fife

    This question has to do with a conversation I had with Wilson.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh okay, is this going to be? Okay, I think I know what this is going to be.

    Richard Fife

    At last JordanCon I was talking with Wilson, and he was telling me about the night that Robert Jordan told him the end of the book.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh huh.

    Richard Fife

    And he says that it started off with the word... they were talking about whatever, and it started off with Robert Jordan getting really quiet and then leaning in and saying, "There is a ______ in the Blight." To which that completely blindsides Wilson. He says, "There's a what?!?" And Robert Jordan then says, "There's a ______ in the Blight and not even Harriet knows about it." And then went on for two hours describing about how this was important and pivotal and yet takes place...be really important for the end of the book. Any further hints?

    Brandon Sanderson

    And see, Wilson can get away with stuff that I can't. And that is a story I've been told by three different people now. In fact, the first day I was there in Charleston, Harriet told it to me. Then Maria told it to me. And then I met Wilson later and he told it to me. Because that was the day when they suddenly said, "We need a tape recorder. Someone get a tape recorder." And I think Maria, like, went to the store to get one and came back with... But then, that was the session where he started for the first time dictating what was to happen and things like this. I do know that story. It's great for you to share it with everyone. I would not have shared that story because I have to be extra careful not to cross any lines. And so...you will get hints about whatever that was in the next book.

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  • 11

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    We are told the male Aiel channelers go to the Blight to "to kill the Dark One." And it is said "None survived long enough to face madness." Is this point of view or truth?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. It's not that I don't know, it's that I think in reading the text you can answer that question yourself.

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  • 12

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2010

    Question

    Someone asked how the Trollocs are getting enough food in the Blight; they can't just eat each other right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon said that the number of Trollocs in the Blight currently is unsustainable over a long period of time but we should remember that the Shadow does has access to channelers that can create gateways (implied: as a means to bring food TO the Trollocs).

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  • 13

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2011

    Wetlandernw

    Are there mature Worms in A Memory of Light? Would a mature Worm be a dragon?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO! (With a smile and a look that indicated we'll see something significant along that line, anyway.) As to the second part, they wouldn't really know what a dragon looked like, so they wouldn't call it that, anyway.

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  • 14

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Eleanor

    Do we have any clues to guess what the ____ in the Blight is?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    ELEANOR

    Asked if there was anything else he could give us on this one and he said he could not be more descriptive. Perhaps if someone was more pointed/specific?

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  • 15

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2010

    RDDK

    I asked for clarification of Aiel male channelers.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon said that once they learned the taint was cleansed, no Aiel men were/would be sent to the Blight.

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  • 16

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2010

    Ayyad Azryelle

    Someone asked how can the Trollocs survive in the Blight? (What do they eat?)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon Sanderson said the Trolloc population had grown so much, there was not enough food for them in the Blight. He said that the Dark side did have gateways but would not say more.

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  • 17

    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 35

    The Blight had consumed the Two Rivers. (p. 652)

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  • 18

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Question

    Can you talk more about blank in the Blight?

    Harriet McDougal

    No.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. Spoiler! No spoilers please.

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  • 19

    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Aegon

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    I feel like somebody asked who summoned Slayer to the Blight. I could be mixing memories with Freelancer's great post @7, but I have a strange feeling that someone asked, and presented a case that it was Lanfear for similar reasons as provided above, and was told by BS that they make a good case and can defend their reasoning with confidence. I honestly don't know if I'm conflating memories, so please take this with a grain of salt.

    Aegon

    Furthermore, the above question doesn't make sense given that the audience was instructed not to spoil A Memory of Light, and to save questions related to A Memory of Light for the personal signings, which I wasn't able to attend or eavesdrop.

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  • 20

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Freelancer

    The gateway which sent Faile's party into the Blight; Malice, or mistake?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. Here's your card! (below) Some of the things in the encyclopedia Harriet is doing will be glossary-style descriptions of many characters, and tying up of some curious loose ends. Not sure if this will be among them, so you get to wait awhile longer.

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  • 21

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2013

    Question

    Do we see a full grown Jumara in the encyclopedia or anywhere else?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 22

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Is the Town, the only human settlement in the Blight?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I believe so.

    Question

    And was the Town the same cluster of building that was seen by Graendal in Towers of Midnight from Moridin's...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

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  • 23

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Do we know what Moridin was doing in the Town?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Umm, Define we.

    Question

    Will we know what Moridin was doing in the town?

    QBrandon Sanderson

    That depends on how good you are at guessing.

    Harriet McDougal

    I think he was building a new Westin Hotel.

    QBrandon Sanderson

    That's right.

    (laughter)

    Question

    Sounds reasonable to me.

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  • 24

    Interview: Apr, 2013

    Question

    Trollocs invade the Borderlands pretty regularly. Do they invade from the Blight in the Aiel and Seanchan lands as well?

    Maria Simons

    No, they don’t—not much, anyway. The Trollocs call the Waste Djevik K’shar, which means the Dying Ground. Elyas is of the opinion that Trollocs "wouldn’t go a hundred miles into the Waste if all the Myrddraal in the Blight were driving them." And according to The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, all of the Trollocs and Myrddraal were completely wiped out in Seanchan during the millennium after the Breaking.

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  • 25

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Was Luc already a Darkfriend when he went to the Blight?

    Maria Simons

    That came up in a panel yesterday.

    Terez

    Did you answer it?

    Maria Simons

    We talked about it. I don't think he was a Darkfriend when he went into the Blight, but I don't know.

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  • 26

    Interview: 2013

    Fencinator (March 2013)

    If you're still hanging around, there's something that's been nagging at me since I read A Memory of Light.

    SPOILER
    Lan. Why is it that Lan ended up surviving? Was this your decision, or RJ/Harriet's? Lan has pretty clearly been building towards dying to the Shadow the entire series. Was it just too obvious of a move? That being said, it was one of my happiest moments when he stood back up. Kinda nice to see Lan stay an unstoppable juggernaut.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lan's survival was mandated by RJ. It was something we could have changed, in that he didn't say directly "don't kill him", but some of his notes talk of what happens after the Last Battle, and those involve Lan. It is clear to me that he wanted Lan to live. I took comments like this as mandates unless there were very good reasons to do otherwise.

    Note that I have not weighed in on whether Lan died or not. The position some fans have theorized (that he died, and Rand changed the Pattern) is defensible. Some asked me about it on tour. I haven't said whether it is the case or not.

    And, because I have more leeway with such things now, here are some nice quotes for you directly from RJ's notes regarding what happens to Lan and the Borderlands following the Last Battle.

    "Malkier might have a lot of uniting to do with the western end of the Borderlands under Lan, who will find himself made king out there . . ."

    "The Blight recedes to some extent, I'm not sure how far, it recedes a good bit, though. And they can reclaim some, I'm not sure they can reclaim all of Malkier at this point, but the Blight has visibly retreated so they can go down there and check on the towers on the Blight Border. And they are miles inside the Borderland now, instead of being right on the Border, towers sitting right on the edge of the Blight. They're not on the Blight anymore."

    So, talk that the Blight is completely gone isn't true, though it does retreat. (And there are other pockets of land in the north where it is not present.)

    Fencinator

    Thanks! I would love to say that I responded like a normal 20-year old would and was mildly happy about getting this extra information. However, instead, I squealed in glee. So thank you for bringing me squeal amounts of joy, Mr. Sanderson.

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  • 27

    Interview: 1984

    Robert Jordan

    One of the boys says his father says Warders are just stories for children, and the Blights and the Dark One are just tales to frighten fools. Some of the other boys begin to taunt this one. Rand feels a mounting anxiety, and some of the other boys seem to as well, but the first lad is finally taunted into actually saying Sha'tan's name. All of them, even the boy who said he didn't believe, feel a chill, as if things have gone further than they thought they would. Nyneve overhears the last part of this and is furious, reminding them that the Dark One can hear his name, that calling to him could bring him into the world again. Do they want to bring back the Time of Madness? The boys are all abashed.

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