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New Encyclopedia Answer at The Waygate Foundation


Mashiara Sedai

The Waygate Foundation has released the latest question answered by Team Jordan.

 

 

See today’s Q&A Answer below! Topic - Maiden Handtalk

 

Thanks again to everyone who submitted questions for our Team Jordan Q&A during the A Memory of Light tour. We were excited to see the questions, and even more excited to share the answers!

 

Warning - a lot of these answers contain SPOILERS. Read at your own risk! Each answer has been supplied by Team Jordan, and was written by Maria Simons, continuity editor of the Wheel of Time. Maria and the Team have been very generous with their time, and will provide as many answers as they can.

 

Q: What information did RJ specify about Maiden handtalk?

 

A: There is not a lot to be found in his notes, unfortunately. He does say, “Each society has its secret hand-signals, in addition to those known to all algai'd'siswai , but only the Maidens have evolved their signs far enough to be able to carry on normal, everyday conversations in it. In Maiden handtalk, a hooked little finger makes a term mocking or sarcastic. For example, it is used in ‘spearsister’ when applied to women who have given up the spear and then try to behave as if they had not.”

 

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Doesn't that info all appear in the books?  I think its somewhere in LoC/APoD where Aviendha or Sulin gives us the bit about the hooked finger, and its all over the books that all societies have handtalk but maidens have evolved a language.

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Isnt "algai'd'siswai" spears of the dragon or dancer of the spear?  I thought only Far Dareis Mai knew hand talk.

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Rhienne, I think all the info is in the book; this is not really anything new.  But the quote is from Robert Jordan himself, so it adds a bit of authenticity to have it directly from him.

 

Daedelus, "algai'd'siswai" means "The Fighters of the Spear."  What you're probably thinking of is "siswai'aman" which means "Spears of the Dragon" and implied ownership.

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I'm confused, did they say that Jain Farstrider turned to the SHadow because Graendal compelled him? How early was she freed? Or was that just a subtle hint as to who sent Jain to Ebou Dar?

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I'm confused, did they say that Jain Farstrider turned to the SHadow because Graendal compelled him? How early was she freed? Or was that just a subtle hint as to who sent Jain to Ebou Dar?

 

I think it was about sending Jain to Ebou Dar.  I found a quote from Team Jordan that says:

 

 

Ishara
There has been some discussion lately on the identity of the old man seen in Graendal's palace. Many of us believe that it was Jain Farstrider, the same man who wandered into the stedding all those years ago. But some have recently begun to think it could be Alsalam, as the descriptors are similar: older man, long hair etc. Can you confirm that the old man from the stedding and Graendal's palace are the same person: Jain Farstrider?
Alan Romanczuk and Maria Simons
(They whispered to each other for a bit before they answered, we offered to put our fingers in our ears and hum...) It can't hurt to tell you all—yes. It was Jain Farstrider.

 

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