Padan Fain: Not Your Average Villain

Here it is! The first in my To Cast a Villain blog series. I hope you enjoy and please, feel free to send me any feedback or suggestions you may have.  Let’s begin with Padan Fain.

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Padan Fain by Ariel Burgess

When we first meet Padan Fain, he is a simple peddler that brings goods and news to the Two Rivers from the outside world. In the Eye of the World Rand’s internal dialogue lets us know that last year Padan Fain finally started acknowledging the boys and seeing them as “men.” Of course, we later find that Fain’s attention to the boys had a nefarious purpose.

Padan Fain is from Lugard in Murandy. We don’t have a general physical description ofhqdefault people from Murandy, but Fain is described as being pale, skinny, has gangly arms, and a massive beak of a nose (TEotW, Ch. 3). Personally, I have always envisioned the Disney animated version of Ichabod Crane.

 

Knowing Fain is from Lugard gives us a bit of insight into his personality. Lugard also has a reputation for thievery and licentiousness. Residents consider any outsider to be a fair mark for theft or con (TWoRJTWoT, Ch. 30). So, it is not surprising that he went the route of Dark Friend.

Aside from having a very distinct look, the actor that plays Fain will need to be able to convey a condescending attitude, vengeance and just plain crazy. A popular fan choice

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Andy Serkis

for Fain is Andy Serkis, you know Gollum from The Lord of the Rings movies. Most recently, he played Ulysses Klaue in Black Panther. Now, as far as acting chops I absolutely think Serkis could handle the part. But for me, he doesn’t fit the physical description. Now for some characters, the physical description doesn’t matter, but I do think it is essential for Fain to have an almost rat-like appearance and to seem physically fragile.
Another suggestion I have seen is Steve Buscemi. While Buscemi is a closer fit physically,

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Steve Buscemi

I still don’t think he is a good choice for this role. He is an established, well-known actor and while he can play villains, I don’t know how well he can do vengeful and crazy.

So, where does that leave us? I don’t think Fain’s character arc warrants the hiring of a well-known actor. He actually does not get that much screen time and I would rather they (the studio) use their budget on good effects, an excellent narrator and maybe a big name to play Moiraine or Thom.

 

 

 


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Larry Hankin

My top pick for Padan Fain is Larry Hankin. Now I am going to guess that you most of you don’t recognize that name, but you will know his face. He has had numerous TV and movie roles, and he is one of those actors that we all recognize on sight, but we have no idea what his name is. I think he has a look and the acting range to play Fain, my only concern is his age. He is 77, and while that is probably around the age, Fain is I am not sure that bodes well for a casting suggestion. Since we don’t really know the timeline of the actual production, there is a good chance Mr. Hankin would be retired before the tv adaption ever hit the small screen.

 

My second choice for Fain is John Hawkes. He has the look and an impressive acting

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John Hawkes

resume. He is another one of those actors that you know, but don’t know. A plus to this pick is that he is 58, and while that is a younger than Fain I think it will give us more leeway as Fain transforms to Mordeth as far as visuals. I think it is easier to make a younger person look old and haggard than to make an older person look younger. And Fain should definitely look haggard at some point.

So, there you have it, my casting picks for Padan Fain. Let me know what you think. You can comment on this post or email me at Ebonysedai@gmail.com.
Next week we will be casting Semirhage.

See you then!

 

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A New Blog Series “To Cast A Villain”

Hey, Y’all!! So I haven’t posted anything since Jordancon back in April. That is because pesky things like kids, and work, and adulting keep getting in the way. As a result, I don’t always have as much time to dedicate to Wheel of Time as I would like. However, I am changing that starting with this.

By now most of you have heard that the Wheel of Time TV series is a go. This is what we know so far:

If that name sounds familiar it may be because he has worked on “Agents of SHIELD and “Chuck”. He was also on Survivor: Guatemala (2005).

Even more exciting the following was tweeted on his account:

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As you can imagine, this information has set the fandom all “a twitter” (no pun intended). Especially those of us that enjoy casting the characters. I mean, some of us have been doing this for years, decades even.

Now I was thinking about the new show and who I would cast, which led me to think about the casting panel at Jordancon (I am pretty sure I will be on it again next year), and that made me think about the theme for Jordancon 11. The theme is Shai’Con, you know, like Shai’tan…..Jennifer and Aubree really like puns. giphy1

Anyway, all that thinking hatched the following idea:

A blog series about casting the villains in The Wheel of Time!!!

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Brillant, right?!?!

Often, (at least in my experience) when fans discuss casting they focus on the Fab Five (Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, and Nynaeve) Moiraine, Thom and Faile.  You may get a Lanfear or Moridin or Ishamael.

With this blog series, I want to focus on the “bad guys”; the Forsaken, Darkfriends, the just plain mean characters and of course Padan Fain.

Each post will include the physical description (of course) from the books and the Companion. It will also have my opinion on what traits and abilities an actor would need to be successful in the role. Lastly, it will include some of my picks for each character.

The series will be weekly starting August 1st.  The first villain I am going to focus on is Padan Fain (since we meet him first)

Do you have an actor in mind that you think would fit the role of Padan Fain?

Email me at EbonySedai@gmail.com with suggestion and the reason why you think the actor would be a perfect fit. I will include a few suggestions from the fandom.

Check back in a couple weeks for the first post in the “To Cast a Villain: The Forsaken, Darkfriends and More” series.

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Robert Jordan’s Notes Panel – Jordancon 10(2018)

THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS.  

IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THIS.

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Well Jordancon is over and I, once again, attended the Robert Jordan’s notes panel. For those that don’t know, this panel consist of those lucky few fans that have seen Robert Jordan’s notes (this some of these notes are available for public viewing. I will have to look up where and add it to this post)

This year the panelist included Linda Taglieri (creator of The Thirteenth Depository blog), Matt Hatch (creator of Theoryland) and Terez Gray from numerous Wheel of Time Forums.

Below you will find the notes I took on the notes the talked about. Some things were mentioned last year, but I am including them because they are still super interesting.

Before we get started, a few things of note:

  1. THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS.  IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THIS. (this bears repeating)
  2. This is your last chance to turn back
  3. Ok then…
  4. Spoilers/notes start on the next page

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Several fans asked by to find out if Aviendha got pregnant before or after the Last Battle. No one on the panel recalled seeing notes on this, but Terez is going to look for it.

ON TO THE NOTES:

  • Birgitte knows what the oath rod was used for in the Age of Legends but she has never seen one.  
  • Binders (oath rods) came in other forms, not just rods
  • Originally Moiraine  was going to become Amyrlin
  • Moiraine was going to be rescued by Rand
  • Nyneave was going to be raped by Shadair Haran
  • Galad was going to be a dark friend (what!?!)
  • Nyneave was going to kill (or appear to kill) Moiraine after she (Moiraine) became Amyrlin.
  • Galad was supposed to be able to Channel. And really we don’t know if you can or not because he was never tested (and it does run in the family)
  • Ogier were supposed to be dwarf like
  • There is nothing about Shara in the Notes. River of Souls was 100% Brandon
  • Lan was going to flee, become a hermit and then return to fight (does that sound familiar??)
  • Sakan (I am not 100% on the spelling) was going to be the name of the Dark One
  • RJ toyed with the idea of 7 or 9 ages. He settled on 7.
  • The White Goddess  by Robert Graves was a big influence on Robert Jordan.
  • Cadsuane (spelled Kadsuane in the notes) was around from the beginning
  • Binders could be used on non-channelers.
  • The a’dam has a buffer to stop damane from being burned out. This buffer also lessened the shock of the Warder Bond being broken.
  • Life Spans During the Age of Legends – this was really interesting, but I didn’t manage to get all the information. What I did get is below:
    • Ordinary People lived 200 years on average
    • Aes Sedai could live up to 800 years
    • There was also some information on how Binding affected life span, but that is the part I missed
  • Memory of Light Outline:
    • Egwene was to be pregnant at the end of the series (by Gawyn). Gawyn still died and Galad would take of Egwene and the baby
    • Isam and Fain showed up in the Last Battle and maybe killed each other.
    • The Last Battle was supposed to take place near the ruins of Caemlyn

Humans were the real enemy, not the Dark One. Destroying choice is the real enemy. (many fans feel like this is a “Brandon” theme. However, the very early notes show that this was Robert Jordan’s overarching theme from the very beginning)

That is all for this year.  

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The Gray Ajah

The main thrust of the Gray Ajah was mediation and negotiation. The Ajah was ruled by a council of varying number, but always an odd number. The leader of the council was considered by Gray sisters to be the head of their Ajah and was known as the Head Clerk, but in fact she had less authority than most Ajah heads and had to depend on gaining consensus among the council members. At the time of the Last Battle, there were approximately 140 members of the Gray Ajah, making it the third largest.

Taken from the Wheel of Time Companion

Gray Amyrlins

There have been nine Amyrlins raised from the Gray since the War of the Hundred Years.

  1. Dalaine Ndaye(36-64 NE)
  2. Medanor Eramandos(142-171 NE)
  3. Elise Strang(223-244 NE)
  4. Serenia Latar(276-306 NE)
  5. Cerilla Marodred(454-476 NE)
  6. Gerra Kishar(601-638 NE)
  7. Cemaile Sorenthaine(681-705 NE)
  8. Parenia Demalle(817-866 NE)
  9. Sierin Vayu(979-984 NE)

Gray Sitters

Other Notable Grays

Members of the Gray Ajah in positions of power or responsibility:

Black Ajah Grays

According to Verin’s List, thirty of the Grays were also Black Ajah. Known Blacks are:

Taken from: https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Gray_Ajah

For a full Gray Ajah Character List – https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Gray_Ajah_Character_List

The White Ajah

THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT FINISHED THE SERIES
One of the seven legitimate Aes Sedai Ajahs. Sisters of this Ajah abstained from matters of the world and worldly knowledge, and instead devoted themselves to questions of philosophy and truth. Aside from the First Weaver, the head of the Ajah, there was no internal structure whatsoever. Her authority was very high, not much less than that of the Red Ajah head and roughly equal to the authority of the Green or Yellow Ajah heads. In Choosing Sitters, the support of ten Sisters was required to become a candidate. It was considered unseemingly to campaign in any way, either to become a candidate or to win selection as a Sitter. Voting was not by secret ballot, but by open show of hands.
It was believed by many sisters in other Ajahs that the White Ajah was the only one without an Ajah set of eyes-and-ears and that they had no real interest in the world. This was not true, though their Ajah network was indeed small. Even the Whites-as a group, anyway-wanted to try to manipulate world events, along strictly logical lines, of course.
Among Whites, being sent off from the Tower on a mission of some sort, even as part of an embassy, was looked upon as drudgery at best, and at worst, punishment. Most Whites never bonded a Warder.
Just prior to the Last Battle, there were approximately eighty members in the White Ajah, making it the smallest.
Taken from the Wheel of Time Companion

White Amyrlins

White Sitters

§ Velina Behar: Sitter before and during the split
§ Seaine Herimon: Sitter before, during and after the split
§ Saroiya: Sitter before, during and after the split
§ Ferane Neheran: Sitter during and after the split
§ Aledrin: Sitter in Salidar
§ Berana: Sitter in Salidar

Other Notable Whites

White Ajah members with positions of power or responsibility:

§ Alviarin Freidhen: Elaida’s first Keeper of the Chronicles
§ Sereille Bagand: A Mistress of Novices before becoming Amyrlin

Black Ajah Whites

There were seventeen White Sisters on Verin’s list, approximately one third of the total. Known names are:
§ Fera

Reasons # 7- 16 Why you can’t miss Jordancon 9

Ok, I have been slacking….I admit it. Life and work keeps getting in the way of my Jordancon and Wheel of Time activities. But today I present to you reasons 7 – 16 why you just cannot miss #JordanCon 9 (Special thanks to Leslie Annis for all her hard work on this) :


Reason #7 

16997982_10155324960117697_758034367386437379_nExperience Stephen Hickman’s epic fantasy art in person http://www.stephenhickman.com/

 


Reason #8

Ta’veren Tees! Licensed Wheel of Time tees, prints, merchandise–and save on shipping! You’ll find even more geeky goodies in the Dealer’s Hall! https://www.taverentees.com/

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Reason #9:

Where else do you get the chance to mock Myrddraal behind their backs?

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Reason #10:

It’s not j17156208_10155348149762697_551063511773658097_nust WoT! The Swords and Sorcery Track has everything from Harry Potter, to the Dresden Files, to Star Wars movies, and even classic literature! Movies, graphic novels, and more!

 

 

 

 

 


Reason #11:

Our Workshop Track offers a variety of opportunities to learn new skills: dragon scale 17218666_10155360942962697_3747041662571166507_oembroidery, the art of traditional Japanese Temari ball making, or pick up costuming tips!

Some workshops require pre-registration, so check the website for details. http://www.jordancon.org/program/session-schedule/prereg

 

 


Reason #12

Photo Ops with Rand! Where else can you stand next to the Dragon Reborn?

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Reason #13

Learn the secrets of the Bird Whisperers, Melissa Gay and Amanda Makepeace, and draw your own masterpiece to be included in the Bird Whisperer project!

http://www.jordancon.org/…/2017-pre-registration-become-bir


Reason #14

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It’s the only place to get our awesome glow-in-the-dark Tel’aCon’Rhiod tee shirt! Preorder yours before March 26th!

http://jordancon.org/co…/jordancon-2017-telaconrhiod-t-shirt


Reason #15

Our Writer’s Track! Get feedback from pros on how to spiff up that pitch, workshop your words, and network, network, network! The Writer’s Workshop submission deadline is April 7th!

Submit your sample now at http://www.jordancon.org/c…/writers-workshop-submission-2017


Reason #16:

Speed Friending. Newbie? Do no be nervous! Our Speed Friending panel do be the place to meet new friends!

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Preregistration ends Sunday! Get your discounted membership now: http://jordancon.org/cont…/jordancon-9-three-day-membership…

#IsItAprilYet?