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I have been using internet archive to recover old broken links to RJ interviews and signing reports, and also, WSB sent me a text file with many lost interviews. A good number of these were already covered by Thus Spake the Creator, so most of the work I've been doing in the database has to do with changing the cites on those quotes to the original source. However, there are some exceptions.

Here's an interesting report I just added:

Originally Posted by
Q: Could a gholam have drawn Callandor? RJ: Read And Find Out.

Q: Can you channel from a Well while you are shielded?
RJ: Yes, they could. If they had the Well.

Q: If I were to open a gateway in front of me that opened behind me, and I balefired myself, what would happen?
RJ: Young lady, you are entirely too obsessed and have far too much time. You need to get some sort of life. I suggest you go have an intense love affair. Doesnít matter with who, be it man, woman, or German Shepard.

Q: What would a Worm in the Blight turn into?
RJ: Nothing you would want to meet.

Q: Was Ishamael lying when he told Rand that the hero of the light had turned to Shadow in other lifetimes?
RJ: No, he was not. Even those who lie sometimes tell the truth when it serves their purposes.

Q: Are all the Aes Sedai shawls identical, or are they unique to the individual?
RJ: They are unique to each woman. The only mandatory parts are the white flame of Tar Valon, and the Ajah colored fringe.

Q: Would you be willing to tell me what the titles are for the Heads of the Blue and Brown Ajahs?
RJ: Nah. I used to tell people stuff like that casually, but lately I think that it's better just to read these things as they are mentioned in the books.

Q: In the Wheel of Time mythos, how do extinct animals come back into existence when the Wheel comes back around?
RJ: Well, the world I created is based on the ideas and conceptions of the world from a roughly medieval viewpoint; time being circular and such. I didn't quite try to make it completely scientifically accurate, so there really is no answer for the question.

Q: If an Aes Sedai is stilled and then Healed, what happens to the bond with her Warder(s), if they don't die?
RJ: Once the bond is severed, it's severed.

Q: What do the Tinkers traditionally do with males among them that begin channeling? Are they turned over to an Aes Sedai?
RJ: They are just shunned from the group and cast out, since they are inherently violent and considered an abomination to them.
I love the answer to the balefire question!

Another one is WSB's report from the NYC book signing in 2003. I had just recovered another person's report from a broken Dragonmount link, but WSB incorporated that report into his own, and he's got a few extra questions:

Originally Posted by WSB
Q: Who is you favorite character, if you have one?
RJ: Well, my favorite character is whoever I am writing about for the moment, but I will tell you which characters I relate to. When I was growing up, I tried to be like Lan. Physically, and partly behavior, I was like Perrin, and behavior wise, I was like Mat. If he had a Harley, I'm sure he would ride one too (chuckles). My wife thinks that I'm \"Loial to the life\", but I don't see were she gets that."

Q: How did you know when youíd done enough world building to start? When did you decide it was a fully realized world?
RJ: Iíve never thought that. Iím still coming up with things as I go. As for when to start-flip a coin. I read a book on the history of salt. Because of a particular purpose, I thought it would be useful. Also, I used a good number of articles downloaded off the net. Historical uses, production of salt, every scrap I could find, and in the end I used about 6 words of it. I didnít need it, I had it in my head. I could have brought the story to a salt-producing town, and I wouldnít have had to go into many details, and you still would have known it was a salt town."

Q: [Who killed Asmodean?]
RJ: There is enough evidence in the books to put together to find out who killed Asmodean. Think! Think! Some of you are Harvard folk! Think! Someone has found out, actually, but I will not tell you.

Q: What exactly is the Bore?
RJ: Well, it is atÖNo, I shouldn't say that. It is a thinness in the pattern that you can feel the most at Shayol Ghul.

Q: Who do you base your female characters on?
RJ: I take some of the characteristics from my wife, and I distribute them through all of the female characters. I am, however, being very mean and I won't tell her which characteristics those are."

Q: Who is Mesaana?
RJ: Who is Mesaana? Think! You have enough evidence to know that by now, I would suspect, and you certainly will have enough after reading Crossroads of Twilight.

Q: Is Taim Demandred?"
RJ: No, that is totally bogus.

Q: The question is, with Rand and Lews Therin, do they have one soul or two souls in the body?
RJ: They have one soul with two personalities. The reincarnation of souls does not mean reincarnation of personalities. The personality develops with each reincarnation of the soul. This is the cosmology that I have cobbled together.

WinespringBrother: Could the Dark One have brought back Asmodean if he wanted?
RJ: No.

Q: When you first started, did you know how it was gonna turn out?
RJ: Yes I did, yes I did. But did I plan every single detail? No! I knew the last scene of the last book. It hasnít changed in 18 years. I know where Iím headed. Itís been difficult to get as much story into any book that I thought I could. Itís why this has not been 5 books. I told Tom Doherty it would be, back when I got the idea: I donít think it will be more than 5, at most 6. I know the major things, and I know them from the beginning, but how I get from A to Z, and the minor things that will happen along the way, I donít plan in detail before. Itís much more organic that way. I think it would become very wooden if I planned every detail. Sometimes the main thing that happens is not a battle. Sometimes itís that 2 people meet., and history changes. History changes because these 2 people met, and now the future will go a different way than if they did not meet.

Q: How do you create the names for the characters?
RJ: He said a really long answer, and I will summarize it. He basically takes names from legends and twists them, mainly King Arthur. The two characters that are based after King Arthur are Artur Hawkwing, obviously, and Rand. For example, the "sword in the stone." He says that the Wheel of Time could kind of be known as the bases of where all of the legends and myths come from. He said he tried to bury King Arthur very deeply, because if people thought that the Eye of the World was just another King Arthur book, nobody would buy it.)

Q: I enjoy reading about Lan and I was wondering if he, Malkier, and the Malkieri traditions play a bigger part in future books than they have so far?
RJ: Read and Find Out.

Q: Moraine. Is she coming back?
RJ: Read and Find Out.

Q: Did Taim track Rand down for the battle of Dumaiís Wells?
RJ: That ones easy, son! Címon. At that point, Taim was trying to find him like the devil. He knew pretty much what had happened from the beginning. Things were happening. The Aes Sedai disappeared from Cairhien. Perrin disappeared. Rand disappeared. Taim had an idea that something very bad was going on, and when you can Travel it becomes easier to start tracking down where did these Aes Sedai go and Bingo, we got something very bad going on down here, and Iím gonna come and tear the house down. Itís very easy.

Q: If Rand is the reincarnation of Lews Therin, why does he have no contact with personalities before Lews Therin?
RJ: Read and Find Out.

Q: In The Dragon Reborn, how did the other sisters find Moraine in the Mountains of Mist?
RJ: Sheíd been putting out feelers. All she had to do in this case was make the first contact herself with an agent of her Ajah, and word would begin to spread. Things are already winding down, so she became a focal point. You might say that the communication networks realigned themselves.

Q: I thought that maybe Minís viewings had some relation to them. RJ describes the Finn as looking, not at Mat, but at the air around Matís head. I thought this was similar to the way Min sees her viewings. Are they related?
RJ: No.

Another short one (looks to be a signing report):

Originally Posted by RJ

Q: Can the Dark One be balefired?
RJ: No.
Q: [Why did the Aes Sedai submit themselves as apprentices to the Wise Ones?]
RJ: The Aes Sedai were being forced to be subservient according to the circumstances and couldn't really help it.
Q: Is Sammael dead?
RJ: Jordan responded that Sammael was dead as of the end of A Crown of Swords. Jordan felt that the character was a "louse" and didn't deserve a dramatic death ala Rahvin or Be'lal. He deserved a very vague death and was killed by something that he didn't pay attention to.
What RJ said about Sammael is similar to what other people have been saying about Graendal. Nice!
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