Verin Mathwin


Basic Info

Gender

Female

Class

Channeler

Channeler Info

Type
Aes Sedai - Black Ajah

Description

Verin is the most complex of all the Aes Sedai in the series. She is one of the group that healed Mat of the Shadar Logoth dagger's taint. Her loyalties were in doubt many times, and it's clear that she had her own agenda. Shortly before the Seanchan attack on the White Tower, Verin reveals to Egwene that she is of the Black Ajah. She betrays the Black Ajah and gives Egwene a list of over two hundred Black Ajah members. She also tells Egwene that Mesaana is in the Tower, though she does not know her identity. Verin dies shortly thereafter of poison.

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Points of View (2 Total)

Book Chapter Chapter Name
The Dragon Reborn 20 Visitations
Lord of Chaos 5 A Different Dance

Interview Questions (8 total)

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When Mat had the dagger, Moiraine and Verin thought he would contaminate other people with the evil of Shadar Logoth, and they would contaminate other people. Fain does seem to be influencing without contaminating people. Is it as dangerous as it seems? Could also normal people become evil, and would they also contaminate other people?
No. Fain can contaminate people because he has the dagger; it is the dagger. What Verin and Moiraine thought was incorrect; they were extending it too far. It is the one of things you may have noted in the books. Aes Sedai often believe they know more than they actually know. In other words, a lot of people believe they know more than they actually know. One of the themes I have running through the books is that whatever you think you know, some of it is almost certainly wrong, and it may even be the most crucial bit that is wrong. But even when you are aware that some of your information may be wrong you still have to go ahead and make a decision. You...you cannot afford the luxury of saying, well I don't know everything and some of what I know may be wrong, so I am not going to do anything, I am just going to sit here and wait and see if I can find out some more, because that only leads to sitting still forever.
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Did Verin have anything to do with the attack on Demira Sedai in Caemlyn?
RAFO+. Even though Verin's gone now, so much Verin discussion remains that it shouldn't be disturbed.
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"Was Verin a librarian of the 13th Depository?" (To include both past and present). Then, "So she's just a bit weird and knows a lot?"
No (then) Pretty much.
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Can you explain the reasoning behind Verin's decision to break Tower law and give a ter'angreal to a novice, especially considering the fact that she did so with little or no guidance?
RAFO, sorry.
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According to several of AOL's members in our discussion forum, you stated at a Balticon conference that Verin Sedai had never held the Oath Rod, or had circumvented the Oaths. I was wondering if that was true, and if so, has Cadsuane also done so?
No, I did not say that Verin had never held the Oath Rod...Cadsuane has also held the Oath Rod.
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When Mat had the dagger, Moiraine and Verin thought he would contaminate other people with the evil of Shadar Logoth, and they would contaminate other people. Fain does seem to be influencing without contaminating people. Is it as dangerous as it seems? Could also normal people become evil, and would they also contaminate other people?
No. Fain can contaminate people because he has the dagger; it is the dagger. What Verin and Moiraine thought was incorrect; they were extending it too far. It is the one of things you may have noted in the books. Aes Sedai often believe they know more than they actually know. In other words, a lot of people believe they know more than they actually know. One of the themes I have running through the books is that whatever you think you know, some of it is almost certainly wrong, and it may even be the most crucial bit that is wrong. But even when you are aware that some of your information may be wrong you still have to go ahead and make a decision. You...you cannot afford the luxury of saying, well I don't know everything and some of what I know may be wrong, so I am not going to do anything, I am just going to sit here and wait and see if I can find out some more, because that only leads to sitting still forever.
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When Rand takes Verin and the others through a portal stone in The Great Hunt, at the end of each life he hears "I have won again Lews Therin". I thought that if the Dark One won even once the wheel would be broken and therefore the Dragon would not be reborn again. How could the Dark One have won before to be able to say "again"?
There are degrees of victory. The Dark One can achieve victory by breaking free, but can also achieve lesser victories. Such as by stopping the Dragon Reborn from doing other things he was born to do. It isn't as simple as him being born to fight the Dark One. It's never simple.
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Cadsuane's pointed reminiscences about the good ol' days in Far Madding, I asked, "So can we assume..." and didn't even get to finish the question before he answered...
"Cadsuane is from Far Madding." And followed immediately, with no prompting, with "and Verin is from Far Madding."
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