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  • 1

    Interview: Jan 25th, 2005

    Week 6 Question

    How were the Gholams made? Were they created or bred like the Trollocs? How exactly are they controlled if they are immune to the One Power?

    Robert Jordan

    The gholam—singular and plural are the same—were created, not bred. Supposedly their creation involved making them so that they would be obedient to the Chosen, whoever they might be at any given time. This was an attempt at copying something that had turned up in Myrddraal, which seem incapable of disobeying one of the Chosen, possibly because of the use of the True Power in creation of the Trollocs, the parent stock of the Myrddraal. Even Aginor, who created the Trollocs, and thus indirectly the Myrddraal, was uncertain about the actual cause. (Becoming one of the Forsaken involves receiving a mark from the Dark One in return for your oaths; this mark is invisible and cannot be sensed by another human being, even another of the Forsaken, but it can be by certain non-human creatures, including Myrddraal and Draghkar among others. This may play a part in the Myrddraal's obedience but doesn't explain it completely.) This element in gholam has some flaws, however, as we have seen in a small measure. In any case, if I were you, I wouldn't try giving orders to a gholam unless I were one of the Forsaken.

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  • 2

    Interview: Jul 19th, 2005

    Week 8 Question

    When a person that can channel is shielded, where is the shield placed? Is it placed around the whole body of the person or around the head of the channeler where they sense saidin/saidar? If you are shielded from the One Power, are you also shielded from the True Power? What happens if someone in a circle is shielded? Can a Warder feel that his Aes Sedai is shielded?

    Robert Jordan

    A shield exists both as a barrier around the entire person and as a single point along with everything in between. (In a way, this is like the Bore, which does not actually exist as Shayol Ghul. The Bore exists everywhere, but Shayol Ghul is the place where it can best be detected. Which is not to say that there is any connection between the Bore and a shield. Both simply exist in different states simultaneously.) Someone who is shielded and trying to get past the shield can "feel" their way along its inner "surface" hunting for weaknesses, such as the points that indicate where the shield is being maintained or has been tied off. Shielding against the One Power will indeed stop someone from reaching for the True Power. It isn't possible to shield one person out of a circle since, in effect, the circle has become a single person for the purpose of channeling. You would have to shield the entire circle, which would require either a circle of your own or a pretty hefty sa'angreal. A Warder cannot feel that his Aes Sedai has been shielded, though he would be aware of any agitation on her part. But this would tell him no more than that she was agitated.

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  • 3

    Interview: Jul 19th, 2005

    Week 9 Question

    We've read in the Forsaken's POVs that channeling in the Pit of Doom would have some...unpleasant...effects. Is this related to the nature of the opposition of the One Power to the True Power or is it the Dark One consciously acting against the channeler? If so, why should the Dark One care?

    Robert Jordan

    It is a matter of the Dark One consciously acting, though interactions between the One Power and him, the source of the True Power, can be unpredictable. The Dark One is not pleasant. He is also highly distrustful. He...dislikes...things that happen outside his control or not at his order. Call him the ur-control freak. Combine these two facts, and anyone channeling in the Pit of Doom without permission can expect swift punishment on the assumption that failure to ask permission means you intend to do something he won't like. It isn't that he believes anyone can harm him, just that he is in charge, and your failure to ask permission, your presumed intention to do something he wouldn't like, means that your faithfulness quotient has just suffered a severe downturn. Myself, I'd sell you short in a skinny minute.

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  • 4

    Interview: 2010

    HBFFerreira (20 July 2010)

    The Gathering Storm: Rand's dark aura was an effect of channeling the True Power, right? Winter's Heart prologue: didn't Taim cast a similar aura?

    Brandon Sanderson (21 July 2010)

    You're the first to notice that that I've seen.

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  • 5

    Interview: 2010

    Azral Hanan (29 July 2010)

    Are the taint and the True Power the same?

    Brandon Sanderson (29 July 2010)

    No, they are different.

    AZRAL HANAN

    Can Mashadar destroy True Power and True Power weaves like it destroyed the taint?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    RAFO.

    AZRAL HANAN

    If there was no Cleansing would the taint eventually run out as it's used by men who go insane & die ad infinitum?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I don't think it'd run out. But that's a "Brandon's mostly sure, but hasn't checked the notes."

    AZRAL HANAN (30 JULY)

    Did Mr. Jordan list out what the True Power can/not do relative to the One Power? Are there limits to both?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    RAFO. Maybe we'll put some of that in the encyclopedia. They are certainly different. Towers of Midnight has some hints.

    BENJAMIN MOLDOVAN

    Mashadar is gone, isn't it? Would it really hurt to say whether the True Power would be affected?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Have we ever confirmed that Mashadar is dead? :)

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  • 6

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Daniel Beale (10 January 2011)

    Can both male and females access the True Power? Why does Cadsuane Sedai not question how Rand escapes from being collared?

    Brandon Sanderson (10 January 2011)

    Yes. And she doesn't have a chance.

    DANIEL BEALE

    She doesn't at the time, but afterwards why isn't she curious as to how Rand escaped being collared?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Cadsuane is curious about a lot of things. So yes, you are right. But she also is good at finding answers unexpectedly.

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  • 7

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brandon Sanderson (12 March 2011)

    From questions I've gotten at signings, people still seem confused by the black threads/cords sometimes attached to Forsaken.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I thought this clear; that these were the means by which male Forsaken avoided the taint. Is there still uncertainty on this point?

    TEREZ

    RJ said in interview that they were protection from the taint but he also said at one point that...

    TEREZ

    ...they were the conduits by which the True Power could be accessed (if they had permission). [He also contradicted himself on that, apparently.]

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    There may be a tad more to the cords that RJ didn't state, but I will say that one major reason is the taint protection.

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  • 8

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Shane Crenshaw (2 August 2011)

    When Rand saved Ituralde from the Trollocs, did he use the True Power or saidin?

    Brandon Sanderson (2 August 2011)

    Rand has resisted using the True Power except for that one dangerous moment. He can still sense it, though.

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  • 9

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    DeWitt Payne

    Were Ba'alzamon's burning eyes and mouth caused by being zapped by Eldrene at the fall of Manetheren?

    Robert Jordan

    No. Sorry guys! But at least I didn't say, "Read and find out!"

    Footnote

    The effects are evidence of substantial True Power usage.

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  • 10

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Martin Reznick

    Does your world have defined natural laws in terms of: the One Power, the True Power, the weather, etc., or do you make them up as you go along?

    Robert Jordan

    There are set laws—there have to be—if you write stories where anything can happen, they get flabby, you lose focus. I have certain set laws and limits on the One Power, the True Power, and all of this. And these limits and laws come out in pieces, they are not the focus of the stories so they only come out in bits and pieces.

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  • 11

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    Shosh001

    Mr. Jordan, you've outdone yourself with A Crown of Swords. My question concerns the True Power. How is it distinguishable from the One Power?

    Robert Jordan

    It's fairly self-evident from the book. What can be done with the True Power is very similar to what can be done with the One Power. Except that where the One Power is drawn from the True Source and is the force that drives the Wheel of Time and powers the universe, the so-called True Power is drawn from the Dark One. There are limits in the same ways there are limits to the One Power. It would be very long if I went into it too much, but some of those limits and costs of drawing on the Dark One are shown in A Crown of Swords.

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  • 12

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    AaronB20

    Can you clarify who can tell when one is using the True Power?

    Robert Jordan

    No one can tell if you're using the True Power except the Dark One, of course.

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  • 13

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    DayTripr1

    And also is the Dark One the only source of the True Power?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, the Dark One is the only source of the True Power.

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  • 14

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    New Dreadlords? Via True Power? What are limits of True Power? When did we see it used before?

    Robert Jordan

    Access to the True Power is a matter of wanting it and the Dark One letting you. NOT black cords. In the Prologue to The Eye of the World we saw True Power used to heal insanity. The One Power cannot be used to heal insanity. True Power used at Shayol Ghul will fry you instantly.

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  • 15

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Can you use the True Power in the stedding?

    Robert Jordan

    Ye....er...RAFO. You must be a stone cold fanatic to want to use the True Power. Moghedien is terrified of it. Avoids it.

    Footnote

    In 2005 he said no, and this is backed up by a report from Thus Spake.

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  • 16

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    If the True Power were used on you, would there be negative effects with reference to the Dark One?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO. Of course, if you die, the answer is obvious.

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  • 17

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Robert Jordan (10 October 1996)

    RJ said specifically:

    • no channeling necessary to become Dreadlord

    • True Power independent of One Power

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  • 18

    Interview: Jan 14th, 1997

    Thomas Howard

    What was the deal with that sentence concerning True Power detectability?

    Robert Jordan

    His answer was that the True Power is only detectable by the "single person" wielding it, and it cannot be seen by others, as the One Power can.

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  • 19

    Interview: Jan 14th, 1997

    Thomas Howard

    Why couldn't Moghedien escape the leash with the True Power?

    I'm just going to quote the whole response to this:

    Robert Jordan

    "The a'dam would perceive any [emphasis mine] power use and treat it accordingly."

    THOMAS HOWARD

    I don't know about you, but this seems to support the idea that one must be able to channel the One Power in order to use the True Power.

    Footnote

    In case it isn't obvious, the Domination Band is not just a 'male a'dam'—there are several fundamental differences that we already knew about before The Gathering Storm.

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  • 20

    Interview: Jan 14th, 1997

    Thomas Howard

    1. What do Rand's wards on Callandor ward against exactly?

    2. Are the black cords on male Forsaken the means to access to the True Power?

    3. If so, why don't the female Forsaken have them?

    Robert Jordan

    "Read and find out" on all three counts.

    THOMAS HOWARD

    Damn. I still don't think the cords have anything to do with True Power usage though.

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  • 21

    Interview: Aug 27th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    I asked him about Aginor getting younger at the end of The Eye of the World, and he said 'no, he doesn't get younger, he dies'. So I actually looked up the reference and read it to him. He said 'oh, that,' and then went on to explain that it is actually the True Power, not the saidin from the Eye, that rejuvenates him. He did describe the saidin in the Eye as a 'mother-lode', however, I didn't think to ask him what he meant by that until I was in the car going home. I instead asked him whether the True Power was the source of the Forsaken's immortality. He said: yes.

    (LATER)


    MARK ERIKSON

    Initially I asked 'In the end of Eye of the World, when Rand is fighting Aginor, why did Aginor get younger?'

    ROBERT JORDAN

    RJ replied 'He didn't, he died there. Do you mean the resurrection? He and Balthamel got resurrected in Lord of Chaos.'

    MARK ERIKSON

    I said 'I know that, but....' and couldn't think of anything else. I thought I must have read that part wrong, so while other people were having their books signed, I went through the book and found the line, and read it to him.

    ROBERT JORDAN

    RJ said 'Oh that. That's actually the power of the Dark One rejuvenating him,' and went on to basically explain what the True Power is, like I was an idiot.

    MARK ERIKSON

    So then I said 'So is the True Power the source of their immortality?'

    ROBERT JORDAN

    And he said 'Effectively, yes.'

    Footnote

    Some fans picked this line of questioning up in Budapest in 2003, and RJ said that the Forsaken are not actually immortal; they have merely been promised immortality after the Day of Return. RJ probably meant that the True Power is what kept them alive all the years they were sealed in the Bore.

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  • 22

    Interview: Sep 20th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    The shimmering thing with Ishamael in the prologue of The Eye of the World was because of a True Power gateway!

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  • 23

    Interview: Sep 20th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    RJ confirmed that Ishamael's strange gateway at the start of The Eye of the World was due to his use of the True Power.

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  • 24

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Paul Ward

    Possible question: Is the Dark One pure True Power? Why does the Creator ignore Randland except to talk to Rand at the end of The Eye of the World?

    Robert Jordan

    No, the Dark One is not pure True Power. Who says the Creator takes little interest in the activities of mankind? And I will neither confirm nor deny that the Creator spoke to Rand.

    Paul Ward

    Neither confirm nor deny? What's up with that?

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  • 25

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Paul Ward

    Possible question: ??

    Robert Jordan

    The taint and the True Power are both manifestations of the Dark One—they are the same substance, but those who access it are not destroyed in the same way.

    Paul Ward

    This would have been helpful—but then again, maybe not—during the taint theory debates.

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  • 26

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Monkeyman

    Nobody who can channel saidin or saidar can sense the True Power. And, since the Forsaken don't seem to notice Moridin channeling the True Power, is it detectable at all (besides by a gholam)? That is, can someone already holding the True Power sense another using it?

    Robert Jordan

    No. Not by any method we've seen yet.

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  • 27

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    KuraFire

    Ah yes, KuraFire asked about the prologue of The Eye of the World, where Ishamael Traveled, but with a different description than that of usual Traveling.

    Robert Jordan

    Jordan said that that was because the Traveling was done by using the True Power. We'd seen the same since, when Moridin Travels somewhere..."The Pattern screamed."

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  • 28

    Interview: Jan 23rd, 2003

    John Nowacki

    Without the True Power to contrast it with, did people in the Age of Legends refer to the 'One Power' and 'True Source', or simply the 'Power' and the 'Source'?

    Robert Jordan

    The names would have been the same, he said, since "One Power" was meant to signify that saidin and saidar are two halves of the same thing and not different things entirely.

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  • 29

    Interview: Jan 23rd, 2003

    Question

    Without the True Power to contrast it with, did people in the Age of Legends refer to the 'One Power' and 'True Source', or simply the 'Power' and the 'Source'?

    Robert Jordan

    (from John Nowacki's report): The names would have been the same, he said, since "One Power" was meant to signify that saidin and saidar are two halves of the same thing and not different things entirely.

    Zeynep Dilli

    What he said.

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  • 30

    Interview: Apr, 2003

    Budapest Q&A (Verbatim)

    Mort

    What about the thread of the life in case of the Forsaken? Are they part of the Pattern or they are outside? Is it broken in the case of the Forsaken?

    Robert Jordan

    No. They're part of the Wheel, except for the fellows who've been balefired, who are now gone: no rebirth [resurrection]; they’re out. The Dark One is outside of the Pattern, as the Creator is outside of the Pattern, but everything human is inside of the Pattern. One of the things that the Forsaken hope to gain is immortality. And immortality would put them outside of the Pattern.

    Footnote

    RJ has said elsewhere that balefire is not the eternal death of the soul, and Brandon has confirmed it (and so RJ was merely saying that the balefired Forsaken could not be transmigrated into new bodies).

    Rhynn

    You’ve wrote somewhere that Moridin used the True Power and he stepped out of the Pattern or something like that.

    Robert Jordan

    No, he's made a hole in the Pattern as a way of Traveling which uses the True Power, which is a different thing. If you notice as far back as the Prologue of The Eye of the World, when Ishamael Traveled in to meet Lews Therin, who was mad, the description does not match the Traveling that we see later. It’s because at that point, Ishamael is using the True Power, which produces a different sort of effect for Traveling. It is a different method of Traveling than either men or women use with saidin and saidar.

    Mort

    The descriptions are quite similar when he arrived by Travel with saidin. You also say 'bore a hole through the Pattern', and for the True Power, I think in one instance, 'ripping a hole in the Pattern'. And in one other instance you wrote that he stepped back inside the Pattern.

    Robert Jordan

    It's similar. Similar, but it's not the same thing. It's why it produces that fading in and fading out effect.

    Sequoia

    But if a woman used the True Power she would use it the same way?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes. It's not separate. The True Power is not like saidin or saidar. The reason there are differences for men and women using the One Power is that one is using saidin, for men, and women are using saidar, which are not identical. But using the True Power, which flows from the Dark One, men and women are using exactly the same force, exactly the same source of Power.

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  • 31

    Interview: Apr, 2003

    Budapest Q&A (Verbatim)

    Question

    Are the Forsaken defined by being allowed to tap the True True Power?

    Robert Jordan

    No, not necessarily. They are, but it takes more than that, and they may be denied it. You see there were many more than thirteen Chosen at the time of the Breaking of the World. At the time of the sealing, there were more, and they died. The reason these thirteen lived was that they were trapped and, except for Balthamel and Aginor, sealed away in large extent from the effects of time, as if they were put in suspended animation. The others who were not there at this conference died.

    Question

    May I ask you what makes a Forsaken Forsaken, or Chosen?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, many people had sworn their souls to the Dark One. To be one of the Chosen, is to be someone who is recognized by the Dark One as having enough potential to be brought to Shayol Ghul to swear this oath personally, as close to being in the presence of the Dark One as is possible, with the prison partially sealed up.

    Question

    Is it just a coincidence that all those thirteen who survived can channel?

    Robert Jordan

    Oh, no that’s no coincidence, because if you weren’t able to channel, you weren’t going to get into this game at all.

    Question

    Ah. [mumble] cannot channel?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, but somebody has to be cannon fodder.

    Question

    Yeah...poor Mat and poor Perrin.

    Robert Jordan

    Hmm, well, if they wanted to be Forsaken, yes.

    Question

    Yeah...I hope they’re not gonna be Forsaken.

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

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  • 32

    Interview: Apr 27th, 2004

    Wotmania Interview (Verbatim)

    Wotmania

    Can Moridin use a male angreal if he channels the True Power?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 33

    Interview: Apr 27th, 2004

    Wotmania Interview (Verbatim)

    Wotmania

    Ishamael's corpse in The Dragon Reborn had only pits where his eyes and mouth once were. Was this a result of the True Power? If this is true, is the True Power the reason that Fades have no eyes, but some supernatural abilities?

    Robert Jordan

    The True Power is reason that Ishamael's corpse had no eyes, just as it was the reason that his eyes had been caverns of flame, but it not precisely the reason that Fades have no eyes. The True Power as well as the One Power was used in creation of Trollocs, which proved to be uncontrollable and useless as soldiers until the first Myrddraal were born, throwbacks to the human stock used in creating Trollocs, but twisted by the inclusion of the True Power in making Trollocs.

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  • 34

    Interview: Apr, 2003

    Budapest Q&A (Verbatim)

    Wood Sun

    What about the saa? You wrote in a chapter, that there is a black hole before Moridin's eyes.

    Robert Jordan

    No, no, in the eyes. It is not before. In the eyes, inside the eyes.

    Wood Sun

    And can see through? (-?- unsure about this sentence. -?-)

    Robert Jordan

    It depends. When you are using the True Power. At first, when you begin using the True Power, there's nothing there. Nothing in the eyes. After you've used it for a while, you begin to have a black speck floating across your eyes, when you're using it.

    Wood Sun

    And then you see, other observers can see it.

    Robert Jordan

    No, you don't see it. You don't actually see it.

    Wood Sun

    I think it was the chapter when Moridin was observing with a cloak of fancloth. His vision was blurred by a rain of black spots.

    Harriet

    But it didn't affect his vision.

    Robert Jordan

    It didn't affect his vision. You're aware of it, but it's not like there is blackness between you, because it gets thicker and thicker and thicker and you get to a point where if you've used it long enough you get a steady stream even if you're not connected. And you are then on the road, at that point, inevitably, to becoming what Ishamael was. Because these are stigmata, if you will. These saa are stigmata caused by a linkage to the Dark One. And eventually the effect is to become all fire eyes. You no longer have eyes visible to other people. If they're looking into your eyes, they seem to be looking into caverns of flame that stretch to infinity. And when you open your mouth they see another cavern of flame that stretches to infinity. Because you've reached at that point the ultimate level of this usage and quite possibly, if you've at this point not been granted immortality, you're on your way to death. Not madness, but you're on your way to death. So it's sort of a race. The Dark One has given you this boon, but if you use it very much, then you'd better hope he is willing to give you another boon, because if he doesn't give you the second boon then you're dead. Some of the Forsaken have expressed discomfort with the fact that Ishamael and Moridin are so free with using the One Power.

    Wood Sun

    And is it addictive?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

    Wood Sun

    Entirely.

    Robert Jordan

    So is the One Power. That's one of the things that I intended from the beginning. The One Power has at least the potential for good, and it is something used by those on the side of good. And it is addictive, physically and psychologically addictive and also potentially very dangerous, even deadly to those who are using it.

    Wood Sun

    And so the other Forsaken seem to be afraid of using the True Power?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, they are, because they know this; they will use it when they have to, but they limit it, because they know that if you use it enough to let the saa begin to appear, then you are on a spiral and once they begin appearing, they begin appearing more often. And eventually, unless you are given immortality by the Dark One, you are dead. Now, the thing is, they don't wanna die. This is really great, it is a really great honor to be given the ability to tap into the True Power. Which is not inherently stronger than the One Power. It's not that it is stronger in any way. It is just something that does not have some of the limitations of the One Power. Other people can't feel you embracing it, or using it, like the One Power.

    Question

    -?-

    Robert Jordan

    Yeah, you could.

    Question

    -?-

    Robert Jordan

    Yeah, you could burn out with the True Power.

    Wood Sun

    Only True Power, or One Power too?

    Robert Jordan

    With the True Power as well as the One Power you can burn out.

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    Interview: Apr, 2003

    Budapest Q&A (Verbatim)

    Question

    Can you sever a person from the True Power with One Power?

    Robert Jordan

    Not in the same way. If you try to gentle a man or still a woman who's capable of using the True Power you'd have to use another method.

    Question

    So it is not only the Dark One who can stop giving the Forsaken the True Power, but they can be cut off as Asmodean was cut off.

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out on Asmodean. I'm not gonna tell you. They could be cut off, but the problem with that is, nobody knows how to do it. It is possible that some of the Forsaken themselves know how to do it, but nobody else does.

    Question

    What happens when Rand and Asmodean have this conflict and ...

    Question

    ... and Rand severs his ties with the Dark One ...

    Question

    ... and Rand severs some black ties. Isn't that ...

    Robert Jordan

    That was cutting off his protection from the Taint and also cut off his ability, it was not like stilling them. It was cutting the ties that, most important to him, protected him from the taint on saidin, so he could draw saidin all he wanted to and never worry about the taint. But it was also those ties that represented his ability, or the conduits by which he could draw on the True Power. But it was not his ability to draw; it was not the same thing as stilling or severing; it was more like shielding.

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  • 36

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Question

    Does Mat's amulet protect him from the True Power?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

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  • 37

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Question

    Can a person who cannot channel the One Power, can they use the True Power of the Dark One?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 38

    Interview: Oct 13th, 2005

    Basri

    During the signing, I got to ask whether there exists a type of balance or opposite to the True Power the way there is with saidar and saidin.

    Robert Jordan

    He said no, and described how they are different, mostly stuff that is already known. The two sides of the One Power being different and from the Creator and keeping the Wheel turning and all that. He did mention that when a channeler uses a weave (either saidar or saidin) and releases the weave, the Power flows back into the available pool of saidar or saidin. It is never used up, and so it is like an infinite reservoir of Power. The True Power is not like this at all. The True Power comes from the Dark One of course.

    Basri

    I thought this was interesting. Did this imply that the amount of True Power is finite? Does it drain the Dark One to use the True Power? I didn't get to ask. Maybe there's a way to destroy the Dark One here?

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  • 39

    Interview: Oct 20th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Stedding: Neither the One Power NOR the True Power will work in a stedding.

    Robert Mee

    Did not get a chance to ask about whether Far Madding = stedding.

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  • 40

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    I asked, in essence, are One Power and True Power balefire the same?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He answered that the True Power is another source of power, that Aes Sedai were researching another source, like a different form of battery, to power their weaves and that for balefire, what it does is essentially the same between both power sources, but that it has different affects on the individual using the power source (this appeared to be a reference to what True Power does to its user).

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  • 41

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Question

    Would the True Source beat the True Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay. My gut instinct is going to say, yes. My gut instinct says yes, but that is not coming from the notes. If I was actually going to have to write it out I would have to go to Charleston and I would have to look in the notes but from what I've read I’d say yes. But that is not canon because I'm not remembering specifically, does that make sense? I'll tell you if it's canon or it isn't, but that one is just my instinct.

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  • 42

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon explained that the True Power can only be used by someone that the Dark One has allowed to use it. The True Power is perhaps more powerful than the One Power in the way a drugged up person is more powerful than someone not drugged up. In the moment the drugged up person may be, but in the long run maybe not.

    Further explaining the True Power, he said the Guardian in Far Madding cannot stop it.

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  • 43

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    Slayer made a gateway in Far Madding when he tried to kill Rand and Min. Does this mean he uses the True Power to make his gateways?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Slayer does not channel. His powers come from somewhere other than the Source. Slayer is not affected by the Guardian in much the same way that Perrin wouldn't be.

    Footnote

    Slayer didn't make a gateway; he just 'stepped out' of Tel'aran'rhiod. The person who gave his orders did make a gateway, to Tel'aran'rhiod.

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  • 44

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    It's pretty clear now that Moridin and Rand are linked because of the balefire incident. Since Rand used saidin to create the balefire, and now he gets sick when channeling saidin, does that mean Moridin gets sick when he tries to use the True Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're assuming that Rand's channeling sickness comes from crossing the streams.

    Footnote

    From Knife of Dreams Chapter 21, "Within the Stone":

    The face of the man from Shadar Logoth floated in his head for a moment. He looked furious. And near to sicking up.

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  • 45

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    After Rand has channeled the True Power, he has a dark cloud around him. When he meets with Tuon after this, she manages to resist his ta'veren pull. Is this because the True Power has reduced his ta'veren mojo?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The reason she manages to resist is that she has a lot of willpower. Rand is just as ta'veren as ever.

    Question

    How about the food going bad in Bandar Eban? Was that caused by Rand being nearby with his cloud of evil?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We've heard earlier in the books that the Dragon is one with the land, and the land is one with the Dragon. This is an old belief—many kingdoms believed that the wellness of the king was directly tied to the wellness of the land. In WoT, this is quite literally true.

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  • 46

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    Was the Domination Band made of cuendillar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The original one is made of cuendillar. The one that was destroyed was a copy, but one would assume that the copies are made of cuendillar, too. The True Power works by destroying the Pattern. Everything that is done with it involves damage to the Pattern. For example, when we see Ishamael Travel, he does so by poking a hole in the Pattern. Cuendillar can be destroyed using the True Power. There is another way to destroy cuendillar, too.

    Footnote

    Brandon said in another interview that the second way cuendillar can be destroyed is by the unraveling Pattern.

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  • 47

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Question

    Does RJ work out things like conservation laws, since he was a physicist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    From what I've seen, he considered it, the power that is doing all these things is coming from somewhere. They discovered the Dark One by finding the power (True Power). (They are) not aware of the source of the One Power. The Law of Conservation of Energy works, it's coming from somewhere, we're not sure where. It's not something the characters were considering, so it wasn't appropriate to include in the books.

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  • 48

    Interview: Nov 17th, 2009

    Question

    If the Forsaken were in a bubble all by themselves, who would win?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ishamael. He's got the True Power.

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  • 49

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Ok, so, what is then the nature of the Dark One’s relationship with the True Power? In other words, is the Power...is he the Power or it is separate like the One Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    When people bored into his prison they were searching for a new source of power, they found him. Alright? Now, that leaves a strong implication that the True Power is the essence of the Dark One. The True Power when it is used rips apart the Pattern to rebuild it as it desires. The True Power is very destructive to the Pattern. It leaves scars on the Pattern. Robert Jordan said in an interview or maybe it was actually in the books, when you make a gateway with the True Power you are actually ripping a whole in the Pattern and going somewhere else. When you are using the True Power that is what you are doing, it is contrary to the Pattern. That is not a direct answer to your question but I think there are enough implications in there that certain things can be discussed.

    MATT HATCH

    [I realize now, after listening to Brandon’s answer that I was making an assumption about the One Power too, that it is separate from the Creator because of what we have been given in the books and the BWB, but I should have asked if instead the One Power is the essence of the Creator...]

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  • 50

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Ok. So, obviously a channeler uses the True Power. We’ve discussed this before they weave the True Power just as they weave the One Power...

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...they do and you don’t have to learn, and so that should tell you that the weaves are similar if not identical to the One Power. There are certain things the True Power can do that are different and it goes about things in different ways, but you don’t have to relearn everything.

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  • 51

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    So, I’m assuming you’ll RAFO this...does the Dark One weave the True Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will RAFO that.

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  • 52

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Is the True Power used by any other creatures or beings within Parallel or Perpendicular worlds or other dimensions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, see answering that actually gets us begging the question because let’s step back, the question that people should be asking is does the Dark One exist in all of these Parallels...

    Matt Hatch

    ...ok, so yeah this is the question I’ll ask, you make a good point. Are there worlds and dimensions that exist outside of the Pattern?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ok, see that’s the question you should be asking. I mean, you should be asking it, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to answer it. [laughter] But that’s at the core of the question. I’m going to discuss it without giving you the answer. I like to do this because I think it frames the question without giving you too much information that I have that I don’t think is appropriate to share right now. Extrapolations of this question get us to: is there one Dragon for all different Parallels or are they all different Dragons? Traveling through the Portal Stone seems to indicate that there are many different lives Rand could have led. The same thing happens with several of the ter’angreal that people go through. The question then is, are those all separate Universes? Do we have a multi-verse sort of concept? Or are they possibilities and do these worlds all exist or could exist, what is the difference. In some of those Rand failed. So, is Rand the Dragon in all of them or is Rand not the Dragon in some of them? What happens in the ones where Rand failed? Are they real worlds? Are those different worlds where there is a different Dark One who then takes over and destroys that world or maybe not, maybe he makes it has he wishes. Or are those just possibilities, reflections of this world that don’t really exist except when we touch them? Those are all very good questions. Robert Jordan said that Tel'aran'rhiod is a reflection of all different worlds, which implies other worlds continue to exist. The World of the Finns is something different...

    Matt Hatch

    ...he called it a Parallel World...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, the Parallel World, that one and also the one Rand and Lanfear visited are persistent regardless of someone from this world visiting. Yet, many of those seem almost shadowy and reflections of the real world, some of them seem as real just strange when visiting them. What happens in these different world, that sort of thing, those were never questions that Robert Jordan answered...

    Matt Hatch

    ...the answers exist?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The answers exist, but are there many parallel Patterns or is there one Pattern?

    Matt Hatch

    Yeah, that’s...are there many Wheels or just one Wheel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That’s not a question, I’m afraid, that I can answer because I don’t think it’s within the scope of the books and I don’t think that the characters...that there are people that could know. You will find Browns arguing all of these different things among themselves, and it’s not my place to step in and end the discussion.

    Footnote

    Luckers got Maria to clarify on the Mirror World / Parallel World distinction here.

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  • 53

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Ok. This is a fun one that I don’t think I’ve heard before, can the Creator use the True Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 54

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Are there any other sources of Powers either within the Pattern or outside of the Wheel? Are there any sources like…

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...sources much like the One Power and True Power?

    Matt Hatch

    Right.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will have to RAFO that.

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  • 55

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    There was some confusion about Rand and the Dark One’s permission, so for clarification’s sake, did Rand have the Dark One’s permission to use the True Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have not answered that. If anyone says that I have, I have not. What I have said specifically is, this is recording: generally one must have the Dark One’s permission to use the True Power. Semirhage believed that the Dark One had betrayed her by letting Rand use it. [...] It is good that you have asked this so I can make sure on the record that is the answer I have given.

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  • 56

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2009

    Freelancer

    Did Moridin sense when Rand channeled the True Power through him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Our 7th RAFO. But he did say, "We don't know if that is what happened or not, and that might or might not have been Moridin's plan all along. We don't have enough info to decide that yet."

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  • 57

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2009

    forkroot

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lastly I want to mention that in general conversation at the end, Brandon was very careful to state that we cannot assume that Rand drew the True Power through the link with Moridin; nor may we assume the opposite. (In other words, we're not supposed to have enough evidence yet to draw a conclusion.)

    Furthermore, it seemed that he wanted to make it clear that we cannot discount the idea that the Dark One did indeed "set up" Semirhage (pretty much per Isilel's scenario). I'm not saying he's telling us that that is what happened, but he was almost insistent that we did not close the door on that line of speculation. Take it for what you will.

    Footnote

    This question was explored further here and here.

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  • 58

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2009

    Question

    Did Rand directly have the Dark One's permission to channel the True Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's very difficult (but not impossible) to channel the True Power without the Dark One's direct permission.

    This led to lots of discussion about the whole Semirhage death scene. Basically, she felt betrayed by the Dark One, and Brandon says she's a very astute person. Brandon also said that Moridin and the Dark One are on the same page with most things, and that Moridin is the most trustworthy Forsaken for the Dark One.

    kcf

    My interpretation is that Rand channeled the True Power through the link with Moridin, but this was not discussed. Also it was strongly implied that the idea that the Dark One served Semirhage up on a platter for Rand to balefire is true.

    Footnote

    This question was explored further here and here.

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  • 59

    Interview: Nov 15th, 2009

    Question

    Is Rand's access to the True Power via his link with Moridin, created at Shadar Logoth?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No one may channel the True Power without the Dark One's permission, and Rand doesn't have that.

    Footnote—Terez

    This answer was challenged by another person who was at the Q&A, though Freelancer said later his question was asked at the signing table. Link broken.

    Writo

    Oy,

    I was at that signing, I was literally right next to Brandon as he answered this question, and that is far from his exact wording.

    The response was more accurately something like: So far as we know, no one may channel the True Power without the Dark One's permission. Semirhage certainly seemed to think she was betrayed.

    There was never a comment about Rand not having permission.

    Footnote—Terez

    After this came to light, Matt Hatch asked Brandon about it, and he said that he never said Rand didn't have permission. Later I asked him if one normally has to visit Shayol Ghul to get permission, and he said yes. Freelancer responded thus:

    Freelancer

    Brandon's later answer has to take precedence. He says that he didn't specify directly whether Rand did or did not have the Dark One's permission. That is what everyone must operate by, as his word is now canon. That does not change what I wrote down as my questions were being answered.

    As to Writo's comments, I can only offer this. The comment by Brandon about Semirhage believing she had been betrayed was definitely in response to someone else's question. It did not come up with mine, but I do remember hearing it.

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  • 60

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2010

    Seeker

    Can you name one thing that someone can do with the True Power that cannot be accomplished with the One Power?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    No.

    Alan Romanczuk

    You can get those cool spotted eyeballs.

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  • 61

    Interview: Apr 28th, 2010

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Another notable question that was RAFO'd by Harriet but not Alan was, "Is there anything that can be done with the True Power that cannot be done with the One Power?"

    Alan Romanczuk

    Alan's answer was: "You can get those cool spotted eyeballs".

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  • 62

    Interview: Jun 10th, 2010

    Luckers

    On the issue of cuendillar. It is stated that the One Power makes it stronger. Brandon said there is another way besides the True Power. Were the [people in the] Age of Legends aware of this, and is this why they could equate the relative strength of something indestructible?

    Maria Simons

    And an encyclopedia.

    Footnote

    (Maria's answer is a continuation of her theme in the previous two questions.)

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  • 63

    Interview: Sep 21st, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    (for WSB): The next question is from a Theorylander. Did Ishamael’s healing of Lews Therin back in the prologue of The Eye of the World create the same doctor-patient bond as when Nynaeve healed Egwene?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, not that I know. I think that I would know, but no.

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  • 64

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    Can the True Power be used to create a Mask of Mirrors?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Matt Hatch

    Do True Power Mask of Mirrors have different attributes than One Power Mask of Mirrors?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Everything done with the True Power will be slightly different.

    Matt Hatch

    Can you place a True Power Mask of Mirrors on another person?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Matt Hatch

    Would a True Power Mask of Mirrors persist into that person's dreams, how they see themselves?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They would see who they saw themselves as (it wouldn't persist).

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  • 65

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    Can Slayer dreamwalk in Tel'aran'rhiod or only go there in the flesh?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Slayer cannot dreamwalk (100% sure).

    Matt Hatch

    Did Slayer's employer in Winters' Heart use the True Power to weave a gateway?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO—I need to look it up, but you can tell True Power gateways if you know what to look for, wouldn't you agree Matt?

    Matt Hatch

    Yes.

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  • 66

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Question

    Can Rand still access the True Power since his epiphany?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm not going to answer that!

    Footnote

    Brandon said elsewhere that he can still sense it, which means he can still use it, and simply chooses not to.

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  • 67

    Interview: Dec, 2010

    Stublore

    As regards the True Power, how come Rand was able to use it, when earlier we are told only those the Dark One allows can use it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Semirhage believed that the Dark One had specifically granted Rand the ability. I won't say whether that's true or not. There are other theories out there that I don't want to squelch. But one possibility—and she certainly believed it—was that Dark One, in his desire to corrupt Rand, gave him that ability.

    Footnote

    Brandon said later that one typically has to go to Shayol Ghul to get permission to use the True Power, and many suspect that Rand's sensing of it is a product of the link between him and Moridin.

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  • 68

    Interview: Feb 17th, 2011

    Tektonica

    Does Moridin know that Rand drew the True Power through their connection?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (Paraphrase) It's always best to assume that Moridin knows a lot more than he's revealed.

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  • 69

    Interview: Jul 16th, 2011

    herid

    I asked him whether the second method to destroy cuendillar (the first is True Power) can be figured out based on available info and the laws of the world of WoT.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He said he doesn't think so but that the method is such that when/if we see it we should feel that it does conform to the rules of the WoT universe. Unfortunately, I can't recall his exact wording but I don't think the way he said implied that we would definitely see it happen.

    Footnote

    Brandon said that the second way to destroy cuendillar is by weakening the Pattern. (The first way is with the True Power, as we saw in The Gathering Storm.

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  • 70

    Interview: Feb 7th, 2013

    electrokinetic

    I'd been wondering why Demandred didn't just use the True Power to dispatch the various swordsmen that challenged him, and I got to ask it last night at the Huntington Beach signing. I thought I'd post it here in case anyone else was wondering the same thing.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon's response was that Demandred was the most wary and cautious of the Forsaken and he wasn't going to "mess with that medallion", not knowing fully what it was or what it could do, especially since he suspected that the swordsman was Lews Therin in disguise.

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  • 71

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez (herid)

    Does Shaidar Haran channel the True Power? Can he teach weaves?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m going to RAFO Shaidar Haran for now.

    Terez

    Totally understandable. And predictable. But I asked anyway.

    Footnote—Terez

    This was asked in reference to the theory that Sorilea is a Darkfriend.

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  • 72

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez

    Does one typically (emphasized in the list he was reading) have to visit Shayol Ghul to be granted permission to use the True Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um...(pause) Yes. I see what you're fishing for there.

    Terez

    Well, I mean...obviously. I didn't think I would slip that one past you.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Footnote—Terez

    I was mainly following up on Freelancer's question. Despite the confusion, most fans believe that Rand accessed the True Power through his link with Moridin (and most also believe the Dark One is okay with this, despite not having granted explicit permission). Brandon's answer to Freelancer seemed to confirm that, but then Brandon denied he had actually said that.

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  • 73

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Question (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    Can you use the True Power in a stedding? [I think Far Madding was mentioned..?]

    Robert Jordan

    No. [That should help some arguments.]

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  • 74

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Question (The One Power, the True Power, and channeling)

    [Someone was nitpicking about the Eye of the World prologue, when Ishamael suddenly pops in. It was a ripple or a shimmer or something of the sort, not a 'gateway'. So, this guys asks what was up with that? Creative license? Had not established the magic of the realm yet?]

    Robert Jordan

    What do you think?

    Fan Response

    [The guy said True Power travel]

    Robert Jordan

    Yes. [Can't give you specifics of response, but he did say that it (True Power) was the reason for the difference in Traveling.]

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  • 75

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (The Forsaken)

    Robert Jordan

    Next, I believe, was the aforementioned big mouth. In the interests of not getting banned, we will simply call him Cranially Undernourished Bozo. He was asking something about Ishamael and about him being the only one to use the True Power therefore he is Mordin. RJ started explaining that he didn't necessarily have to be Mordin to which CUB declared that he was avoiding the question. RJ then gives a complicated explanation about the Watcher watching the events unfurling (this is all from memory and unfortunately I can't remember everything) which ended in a question if that is what he meant. CUB with a confused look on his face was obviously in over his head, and started planning how he could become a bigger nuisance.

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  • 76

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Question

    Do the Seanchan know how to make cuendillar?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're trying to figure out if the collar Semirhage put on Rand is cuendillar. (this was a long convo so I can't remember all of it... I THINK he said the original had been made of cuendillar, and that the Seanchan had copies of it, but would not answer whether those were made of cuendillar as well. He wouldn't say if Rand was wearing a copy or the original, he said it didn't matter. And that he knew of at least two ways to destroy cuendillar—The True Power and one other way. He looked thoughtful when Muirenn mentioned the theory that women make white cuendillar and men make black cuendillar, but wouldn't confirm or deny.)

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  • 77

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    Loialson

    Can Rand still access the True Power through Moridin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a Read and Find Out. A big one.

    Footnote

    Brandon has said that Rand can still sense it, but he is resisting using it. So the 'big' RAFO was for the idea that Rand channels the True Power via Moridin.

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  • 78

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2011

    Loialson

    Can the True Power can be used against the Dark One?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a big RAFO.

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  • 79

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Are the ripples in Knife of Dreams balescreams?

    Brandon Sanderson

    *grins* RAFO. And say that’s a RAFO with a grin.

    Footnote

    This most likely had something to do either with balefire or the True Power.

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  • 80

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Aubree Pham

    From dinner re: balefire philosophy:

    Talked to Brandon at the Stormleader dinner last night. He had a few things to say on this topic:

    Brandon Sanderson

    1. The bruises on Min's neck were not an error. After consulting with Team Jordan, it was determined that indirect effects remain. Rand was the one who strangled Min, not Semirhage directly, so the bruises stayed.

    2. Brandon knows of two ways to destroy cuendillar. But he would not confirm if the Domination Band that Rand was wearing was made from cuendillar. He said it was not relevant to what happened.

    3. The bracelets did not disappear when Semirhage and Elza were balefired because they were not considered to be intrinsic to their person. It would be the same if someone was holding a book and was balefired, the book would drop to the floor.

    Footnote

    Moghedien said the Domination Band was a form of cuendillar, and the assumption is that Rand was able to destroy it because he used the True Power.

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  • 81

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    The black/dark aura around Rand is partially, but not entirely, an effect of True Power usage. There will be consequences from Rand's True Power use.

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  • 82

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    The True Power is usually not able to be used without the Dark One's consent. Semirhage certainly thought that the Dark One intentionally betrayed her.

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  • 83

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Zombie Sammael

    We know access to the True Power is a matter of wanting it and the Dark One letting you. Are there any other conditions?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well... (This is not quite verbatim.) You have to be human of course, and all the other things as with the One Power. I don't believe so, but I am not sure. (Don't take this last sentence as gospel as I may not recall it correctly.)

    ELEANOR

    I think we need to clarify what sort of conditions so he can say yes or no to them. Maybe MAFO?

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  • 84

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Jason Wolfbrother

    Are gholam immune to the True Power?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 85

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2009

    mrc1ark

    I asked Brandon about [the destruction of the Choedan Kal] tonight at the DC signing because it bugged me too.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sanderson said Rand realized that he did not need the Choedan Kal for the Last Battle. He also said that Rand was not at a point where he needed the Choedan Kal for anything he wanted to do.

    mrc1ark

    He said the sentence in a way that leads me to believe post epiphany Rand is much stronger than pre epiphany Rand though that is my interpretation of his sentence.

    Brandon Sanderson

    On the subject of the Choedan Kal, he said that the True Power was not as strong as someone with the Choedan Kal. Just it felt as tempting and as addictive as the One Power through the Choedan Kal.

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    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    The Sandwich Man (13 January 2013)

    Just read A Memory of Light, one of my all-time favorites. But for clarification, what, exactly, did Rand do to seal the Bore?

    Brandon Sanderson (13 January 2013)

    I want to avoid spoilers on my feed, if possible. But it involved access to something Lews Therin did not have.

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  • 87

    Interview: Feb 7th, 2013

    Robert Moreau

    The person before me asked why Demandred did not use the True Power during the Last Battle.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sanderson said he was wary of the True Power and everything that came with it. "He may have been the smartest of all the Forsaken for not wanting to use the True Power."

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  • 88

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Question

    Did the Dark One make the True Power available to Rand, or did he find it himself?

    Freelancer

    After staring at me for several seconds (long story) and taking a sip of water, he pulled out a RAFO card.

    Brandon Sanderson

    First RAFO of the night, and it's yours! It might be in the encyclopedia. Yes, I can still RAFO.

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  • 89

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2013

    Question

    Was the flaw in Callandor deliberate?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, Callandor was deliberately designed as a trap.

    Question

    Could a woman channel the True Power through Callandor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't believe so—MAFO (ask Maria and find out).

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  • 90

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2013

    Question

    Getting back to Callandor, we know that you have to channel the appropriate power though a seed—saidin or saidar. So I was wondering how Callandor got True Power capability. Is it because of the flaw, or did someone channel the True Power through the seed at the time it was created?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's an excellent question to which I do not have the answer. It's not one I had considered.

    Question

    Somebody had said when I posted in the Facebook re-readers group that there is a theory that the capability might be due to the Taint, but I wasn't sure that was the case.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I believe it was made intentionally to do what it did for a specific use. Not what it ended up being used for. I don't think it was used for that. I think it was built—you're going to have to clear it with Maria—I think it was built to be a trap for one of the male Forsaken.

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  • 91

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    And the decision to exchange the bodies at the end?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was his (Robert Jordan). And it began with the crossing of the balefire streams, way back when, and continued on through the series up to here. He actually wrote those scenes at the end himself.

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    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

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    From Freelancer, Can you speak to how and when a True Power sa'angreal was created?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I believe that such a thing, you'll have to check with Maria to make sure that I'm not saying anything wrong, but I believe that this thing was created as a trap for one of the Forsaken.

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    I think what he is more after, is once we have had the talk about the seed for a sa'angreal...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, huh. How did that happen? That I am not talking too much about.

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  • 93

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    J. Dauro

    Gary Singer asks, Do the Myrddraal channel the True Power to move between shadows?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't believe so.

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  • 94

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    The thick black cord that was attached to Ishamael at the Eye of the World (technically it was at Shayol Ghul or in Dreamland) that Rand saw...is that different from the black wires?

    Maria Simons

    I don't know.

    Terez

    I asked Brandon about that one too.

    Maria Simons

    I would have to really look at it and check the notes; it's not something that I know right off the top....

    Terez

    It's described a little bit differently. I thought maybe one was a connection to the True Power, and the other was protection from the taint, but RJ couldn't decide if that was the same thing or not.

    Maria Simons

    I recently saw something about that in the notes, but I'm not remembering exactly what it said.

    Terez

    Do you happen to know anything about Ishamael's plan with the Eye, because it seems like he was trying to lead them there; why did he keep mentioning the Eye? Did he have a dream about it or something? You don't know?

    Maria Simons

    No.

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    Interview: Aug 13th, 2014

    Question

    In the Wheel of Time books, did the Creator have a power, similar to the True Power that the Dark One had?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm afraid I don't have the answer for this, not for certain. I think that readers of the text could argue both ways. For example, a certain event in the epilogue of AMOL could be interpreted this way—though everyone in Team Jordan seems to have a different opinion on what is going on, and RJ didn't leave an explanation.

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