Friday, March 19, 2010
Thunderdome part II - Kvothe Vs. Aslan
So Kvothe is going up against Aslan right now in round two of the fantasy cage match on Suvudu. What's surprising is that right now the votes are pretty much dead even. Half for Kvothe, half for the big cat himself.

I didn't write up a little blurb for the last fight. But I've been driving a lot over these last couple days as I go from reading to reading. So I've had plenty of time to think about how the fight between Kvothe and Aslan would go.

So I wrote it up this morning and sent it off to Suvudu. If you wander over there, they should have it posted up pretty soon. I'm actually kinda proud of that little scene.

And for those of you wondering who did the cool picture of Kvothe they're using over there on the site: it's Kim Kinkaid over at Twirling Dragon. It's one of my favorite pictures of Kvothe so far.

When Sarah saw it, she said. "Oh. He's beautiful. No wonder Fela bought him a cloak...."

That's all for now folks. I've got to get back on the road. See some of you tonight at Prince Books.

pat

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114 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

Nice.

Very understated. I had to vote for Aslan--him being a God and all (no offenese), but if I'd read your blurb first, i would have voted the other way. Enjoy your trip.

March 19, 2010 9:54 AM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

Excellent write-up. And great Jim Butcher jab, too!

March 19, 2010 9:56 AM  
Blogger Dominic said...

Absolutely amazing. The only problem is, for me reading your writing is somewhat akin to an alcoholic having a shot of whisky, it's so great that I just need more. Basically you've sent me off to reread The Name of the Wind yet again. Thanks for taking up another 3 to 4 hours of my life.

March 19, 2010 10:01 AM  
Anonymous AC said...

Ahahahaha, way to win over the masses with the threat of no book 2 :D I giggled when it was revealed Aslan was a fan! Here's hoping you make it all the way to the end and then you can have Kvothe fight Jamie Lannister. Now that would be epic, it could be a blurb off between you and Martin!!!
Since I follow both your blogs that would be the greatest thing ever!

March 19, 2010 10:12 AM  
Blogger Jordan said...

o dang, i was hoping you would give us an insight to naming magic in order to beat aslan but still it was a pretty good scenario

March 19, 2010 10:20 AM  
Blogger Keane | Tehanu | Vir | Y otras personalidades más said...

That was the sweetest thing ever!
Though... some self-insert when Kvothe hugged Aslan, y/y? XD

March 19, 2010 10:22 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Brilliant. And I'm glad you stepped outside the "cage match" box to make it something more meaningful to the characters involved. Kudos.

March 19, 2010 10:30 AM  
Blogger dbp said...

Beautiful blurb; very nice.

March 19, 2010 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Duff said...

Cute write-up. Aslan's concession is inevitable and clearly comes from the logic and wit of Kvothe. Thankfully the god has a heart of gold and wants the second book as much as the rest of us. I’m so thrilled to hear it will be out SOON! Of course, now that I think about it, that other god’s son said he would return soon and it’s been like, uhm, over 2,000 years. Jezz, here’s hoping we don’t have to wait that long:)
Drive CAREFULLY Patrick.

March 19, 2010 10:40 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

That was freakin' hysterical, and poignant and very meta. thanks.

I'd actually managed to tamp down my desire for book 2 and then you go and post some prose and stir it right back up again. I cry foul!

March 19, 2010 10:42 AM  
Anonymous ericthered said...

Bring on Jaime Lannister. Maybe you can not only beat GRRM in getting book 2 out before he dances with his dragons, you can kick his but in the ring.

I can't wait to see both your (and Mr Martin's) version of that battle.

March 19, 2010 10:43 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

that was a great story. Way to be awesome.

March 19, 2010 11:13 AM  
Blogger wirelessrobin said...

I loved your write up. Thank you! Wish I lived further south.... I'm not even close to south (ME) but still... I'd love to meet you sometime.

ever looking forward to more blogs.... and obviously books!

March 19, 2010 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“You would bring your death curse upon me?” Aslan said.

“That’s Harry Dresden,” Kvothe said, slightly irritated.

“Oh,” Aslan cleared his throat. “Right. Sorry.”

That made my day

March 19, 2010 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have forcibly added the first smile of the day to this face. Thank you very much.

March 19, 2010 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for that. Just... thanks.

March 19, 2010 12:23 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I love it.

I like your version better, too, because I don't see why Kvothe would try to destroy Narnia, it's beautiful.

March 19, 2010 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Jason Wells said...

Your blurb on how the fight would have went was without a doubt amazing. And awesome. Wit filled, and hilarious. I loved it. lol, "soon" "I guess i deserved that" lol.
Awesome. I'd change my vote, but if it HAD been a fight, Aslan would have won.
hah...i'm sending that to a few of my friends that can appreciate it....
Bookmarking that for future re reading. Great and well done. The best part is that it seems like that may have actually been a possible way for it to go in so many ways....just excellent. Ok, no more bubbling praise. *coughs*
Yes well...moving on.

March 19, 2010 12:36 PM  
Blogger adamczar said...

Wow, that was a clever, nonviolent, surprisingly touching and believable scenario. Well done.

March 19, 2010 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Soon" from Urban Dictionary:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=soon

6. Soon

As defined by Blizzard Entertainment: "Soon" does not imply any particular date, time, decade, century, or millennia in the past, present, and certainly not the future. "Soon" shall make no contract or warranty between Blizzard Entertainment and the end user. "Soon" will arrive some day, Blizzard does guarantee that "soon" will be here before the end of time. Maybe. Do not make plans based on "soon" as Blizzard will not be liable for any misuse, use, or even casual glancing at "soon."

Just change Blizzard Entertainment to Elodin Enterprises

March 19, 2010 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Citizen said...

Pat,

Thank you. Very nice touch, you made my week, and probably got Kvothe into round 3. Appreciate your efforts, good luck on tour.

March 19, 2010 1:08 PM  
Blogger Kunst-Jan said...

To bad the website of suvudo constantly redirects me to a sign in page so fast you cant read anything.
Why do they do that?

March 19, 2010 1:11 PM  
Blogger Roeland said...

Your story makes a lot more sense. Kvothe relies far more on trickery and Aslan's disadvantage obviously invites a bit of convincing. I hope you'll continue sending stories in :)

March 19, 2010 1:21 PM  
Blogger Kunst-Jan said...

scrap that, I managed to quickly copy paste all text before they redirected me to the gates of membership.

Its a amazing piece (which everybody expected from you)Really got me excited for book two. But no pressure! take the time you need, and enjoy life most and first of all!

March 19, 2010 1:26 PM  
Blogger Adam B. Shaeffer said...

Pat,

No surprise, but that's more than a little beautiful . . .

March 19, 2010 1:38 PM  
Blogger Annette said...

And we see Kvothe talk his way out of a tough situation yet again :) Excellent!

March 19, 2010 1:39 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

That was awesome. Thank you :D

March 19, 2010 1:58 PM  
Blogger Joe M. said...

Oh, that's good. I can't say it cheered me up, since I was already in a damn good mood when I read it, but might it be fair to say that it overjoyed me? overcheered me? Hmm.

March 19, 2010 2:08 PM  
Blogger Deane said...

I'm pretty sure that with you plugging for Kvothe personally he should win, considering it's a little impossible for CS Lewis to do the same for Aslan. That said I voted for Kvothe myself because I think he's pretty kick-ass anyway, where Aslan is just sort of imposing.

March 19, 2010 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Eva said...

Tehlu anyway, I'm not gonta vote.

Yeah, Pat, Kim's Kvothe is beautiful. But her Bast is just breathtaking. :)

March 19, 2010 2:32 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I liked your blurb a lot. I had voted for Kvothe long before that, but I think it can help Kvothe right now. Enjoy your trip. :)

March 19, 2010 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Pavel said...

Anybody knows a website, where you can discuss The name of the wind? Googled it and didnt find anything worthwhile.

March 19, 2010 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Halleluyah said...

Pure brilliance.

March 19, 2010 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Up until about 5 min ago, today ranked really high on the shit-o-meter. That one blurb made my day awesome... =D

March 19, 2010 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Gathers Scrolls said...

The scenario you wrote was gorgeous and inventive. I suspect that this is what would 'really' happen. :)

March 19, 2010 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Sami said...

I feel the need to say that reading your write-up just made my week! *still laughing*

March 19, 2010 6:19 PM  
Blogger The Shawnster said...

I can't stop laughing.

"If you kill me, my fans will be sad."

Bwahaha. xDDD

However, I must say the website authors bested you on this one.

"And the sound was of three parts."

That got me cracking up. A true homage, I think. xDDD

March 19, 2010 7:37 PM  
Blogger kellytobin said...

Pat,
That was awesome. I decided to comment here, rather than over there, because it was getting nasty. Kvothe all the way! Aslan is the self sacrificing kind of lion who would just walk away.
At any rate, no matter the outcome, I enjoy your writing more than Lewis' stuff.
Cheers from Australia,
Kelly

March 19, 2010 7:43 PM  
Blogger sam___25 said...

Heh, Meta-victory was indeed the only way to pull that one off. Good blurb, made me vote Kvothe.

Also it is a good picture too, unlike the one they're using for Rand. He looks like he's just been told about Min's viewing of Aviendha's quadruplets.

March 19, 2010 8:24 PM  
Blogger Llyralei said...

I did vote for Kvothe but it genuinely surprised me to see he was winning! lol

I loved the blurb, too, though it snapped my brain a little bit to read Aslan say "frikkin" [in a kind of good funny way]

also, can't wait to see Kvothe vs Dumbledore or Raistlin. If Raist wins I hope Kvothe kicks his ass! I love Dumbledore. Idk what I'd do if they go up against each other. <3

March 19, 2010 9:30 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I love it! And thank you for signing the book at Jo-Beth. Sooo sad I missed you (and apparently cute little Oot as my husband bragged about your awesome reever shirts.) Next time you are in town, I will refrain from eating two days before your visit, to stave off any more bouts of food poisoning. (And I'll always have your reminder in the book to not get food poisoning again.)

March 19, 2010 10:44 PM  
Blogger Robb said...

Pat, I hate to say it, and I only mean the greatest compliment by saying it, but I think the blurb that you wrote was better than anything in Name of the Wind. With how strongly connected I am (and I can tell you are to) to Narnia and from reading your blog for a while it was just wonderfully well done and it honestly left me in tears.

Thanks a lot, Pat. Not for just the product of your passion, but for also sharing your life with us. I hope one day we can hang out at a reading or a convention or something and I can thank you in person.

-Robb.

March 20, 2010 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which blurb was Pat's? The main one on the site where you vote for them or is it somewhere else?

March 20, 2010 1:24 AM  
Blogger Karl Ruben said...

Since everything I wanted to say has already been said, I'll just have to be unoriginal...

* yes, like @Robb above, your little bit of quasi-fanfic made me cry. Damn you, Rothfuss!

* reading your moreish prose made me even more hungry for the second book. Damn you, Rothfuss!

* also, I have more than enough books I haven't already read, but of course I'm now all giddy to re-read NotW. Damn you, Rothfuss!

That's you thrice-damned. Thanks for a great start to the weekend; it's awesome that you would take the time to write something like that on a lark.

March 20, 2010 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

I was waiting for your blurb to make my choice. I was hoping you'd write it that way, since it was the only way in hell I could vote for Kvothe. I mean it's Aslan. And if Kvothe ever actually did anything to warrant Aslan kicking his ass, (being selected for suduvu's cage match doesn't count), there's no way Kvothe would survive. It's cool that you recognized that with Kvothe's relief when Aslan agreed to forfeit.

March 20, 2010 2:27 AM  
Blogger Chiara said...

needless to say, your version is ways better than the other one :)

March 20, 2010 2:38 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Heck, all Kvothe would have to do is hide Raistlins tea leaves and he would hack himself to death. I too voted for Aslan, though it was great to view the battle from a sensible perspective.

March 20, 2010 7:39 AM  
Blogger Fernanda said...

That Jesus Christ stuff in Suvudu was a little creepy...
However, I loved your version of the "fight"! I have always wanted to hug Aslan, as well. And I laughted a lot with the arguments of Kvothe when he mentioned his desperate fans.
Excellent job, even if you made me madly anxious again. Damn, I'm going to reread the book.

March 20, 2010 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

*hopes Kvothe and Jamie Lanister come up against each other* Just simply because whilst Suvudu's mini stories/events (what ever you want to call them) yours and GRRM's have been the best by a mile (i suppose that should be expected though). I'd love to you and Mr Martin (well Kvothe and Tyrion) trying to out wit each other. My hat is off to you sir

March 20, 2010 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Alan said...

Well it looks like Kvothe won it. I liked both versions, I hope you give your opinion on the next battle too.

March 20, 2010 11:43 AM  
Blogger Bets said...

That was incredible. Now I want to reread Name of the Wind AND Narnia.

March 20, 2010 2:34 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Ok, so initially my attitude was "I like Kvoth and he does have some mad skills, but... but it's frakkin Aslan."

Then I read the story on the site and was so utterly incredulous that it would go down that way that I was about to vote Aslan...

Then I saw the link to your story... and you write well enough to change my mind. As complements go; thats about as good as I get.

I'd hug him to, I remember wanting to when I was a kid and unaware that it was a re-telling of the greatest story ever told.

March 20, 2010 2:44 PM  
Blogger Colter said...

Awesome on so many levels. The hug, so sweet! The "I call all times soon/I guess I deserve that" was magical, hilarious, and endearing.

And unlike the Suvudu post (hey, they tried), you managed to keep in so non-ofensive to everyone sane. I'm really impressed, and touched, and a big giddy.

Rock on, Patrick, keeping rocking on to your unique song.

March 20, 2010 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. The blurb that you wrote up is just amazing. I voted for Aslan before I read it (what can I say? That series was my first chapter series) but your writeup actually made me ok with Alsan losing. It makes sense. As a massive, longtime fan of The Chronicles of Narnia, I was a little wary about Kvothe winning over Aslan. But I'm not anymore. Your piece was beautiful.

March 20, 2010 10:28 PM  
Blogger Slick said...

loved the story. a gentle way of defeating a god!

March 21, 2010 12:02 AM  
Blogger =heck= said...

My mom told me the Lion's stories, too...and many a night I imagined my face buried in that mane. Thanks for bringing a warm glow to this mortal's heart.

March 21, 2010 12:16 AM  
Blogger JenMo said...

Tongue in cheek? Loved the tone of the whole blurb. Awesome points!

March 21, 2010 5:39 AM  
Anonymous Little My said...

I had already voted for Kvothe, even though I figured Aslan would have to win. Now I have a good reason! Thanks for giving me a fix of NOTW.

March 21, 2010 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey pat

interesting fact, you know how Cinders true name is "Ferula"? that is latin for "a stick".

Just thought you might wanna know :)

x

March 21, 2010 8:29 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I enjoyed that fight. I had a giggle or two :) Nice to read you having fun

-A-

March 21, 2010 10:04 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

Forgive me Rothfuss, for I have sinned.

My vote went to Aslan this round. With any luck my betrayal will not end with anyone up on the Stone Table.

March 21, 2010 11:20 AM  
Blogger Naomi said...

I am so glad that you posted that since the original fight had both characters way out of character. I can completely see the match going that way and I did vote for Kvothe.

March 21, 2010 1:26 PM  
Blogger Elicius said...

Gods that was awesome! Kvothe is The Man! Whether or not he were to win a fight, he'd still rock.

Is it sad that in my mind that little tidbit will help tide me over 'till WMF?

March 21, 2010 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant work ;)

March 21, 2010 2:31 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Speaking of fanfic, Pat, when are we going to get part two of your 'Perils of Fanfiction' post?

March 21, 2010 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Diana Buhigas said...

WOW!
almost all my fav. characters managed to get to the second round, and although now soem are fighting against each other I'm marveled!!
Roland Deschain managed to kick ass again, as well as Kvothe!!!

And Pat, your "How will the fight go" is really good, I see it!!

March 21, 2010 3:54 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Holy Shite! Voting is closed now, and Kvothe is up 54% to 45%!! Huzzah!!!

I don't think anyone saw that coming. We were all predicting a never ending battle between Aslan and Cthulu, ultimately ending in the destruction of all things in existence.

Amazing how effective threatening to withhold book 2 can be...

March 21, 2010 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was entertained by your blurb, despite my senses being dulled after four hours in a car, including the ever popular traffic jam.

Excepting the Harry Dresden jab. Dresden kept me sane (to a degree) during the aforementioned traffic jam.

March 21, 2010 9:34 PM  
Blogger Sharaze said...

I just wanted to tell you that I thought your version of the match was absolutely lovely. The hug...I'm still smiling over that. Thank you.

March 21, 2010 9:37 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

OK, just finished your blurb...I'll admit it, my eyes got a little damp...

March 21, 2010 10:07 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...

Pat,
That was masterful.

On a totally separate note, I just finished watching Buffy. Thank you so much for convincing me to watch it.

-Alexis

March 21, 2010 10:13 PM  
Blogger crowder said...

Loved "The Name of the Wind", anxiously awaiting the next installment. Also, you were awesome in "The Hangover"!

March 22, 2010 12:54 AM  
Blogger Javier said...

OMG.........! that was just too great! too freakin amaziN! ah... Aslan lol epicness.

Wait... who was awesome in the Hangover?

March 22, 2010 2:31 AM  
Blogger January said...

What a way to start a Monday morning - a smile, a laugh, a little tear, and the dream that 'soon' comes quickly.

Thanks Patrick!

March 22, 2010 6:27 AM  
Anonymous LaurafromNY said...

this sucks...i'm sure most of your fans are voting for kvothe which is why his numbers keep rising. (don't get me wrong, i like kvothe a lot), but...it's ASLAN! I don't even like Narnia (movie) but only watched several scenes because of Aslan...that's saying something. I want it to end in a tie!

March 22, 2010 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Little My said...

Hey, to Anonymous who mentioned "ferula" - I don't think it's Cinders' true name. I think the bad guy was naming a punishment to be USED on Cinders, which is exactly why the word evokes "stick". (That was my take on it, anyway, although maybe Pat had a different idea.)

March 22, 2010 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Baldsilver said...

Congrats on having your creation placed on par with Jesus. Its a big achievement. But in reality, what I think these things end up being is a comparison between the worlds themselves, as much as between the characters. Narnia vs. ... um kvotheland has a pretty clear winner. In contrast, Paolini's world, and his character, who comes across as more than a little whiny, would definitely lose. But lets say, Kvothe would be paired up against, WoT's Creator figure, i would put my money on the latter.

Wow looking back on what I just wrote, its a bit garbled, but I don't have the will to go back and make it make my point a little clearer, the pieces are there, its up to you to extrapolate.

l8r

March 22, 2010 6:35 PM  
Anonymous jackass said...

Kvothe digs a large pit. When finished he covers the bottom of the pit with the the ashes from the spent campfire. Kvothe then places a series of peas around the perimeter of the pit.

Aslan approaches the pit, and looks at the peas. As he reaches down and starts to take a pea, Kvothe kicks him in the ash.

March 22, 2010 9:53 PM  
Blogger viewtifuljoey5 said...

That was exceptionally well done.

I'm a bit miffed over the Jim Butcher crack though - if nothing else, the guy gives me something to do while you and George R.R. sit around drinking scotch and talking about all the cool things you could be writing.

Oh, and please get that character contest up and running - until then I'll be sloughing through the Codex Alera...

March 22, 2010 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Little My, again said...

Jim Butcher "jab?" "crack?" I kinda read it as a[n] homage. I mean, Aslan mistakes Kvothe for Dresden. . .?

Speaking of Aslan, my word verification is "dingod".

March 23, 2010 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Craig Martin said...

I just read through the characters in the brackets.... Kvothe should be able to beat the crap out of all the other people comeing up, he know the name of all things. Just basically mez the opponent on sight.
That being said, Ged should be his only challenge, as he is also a master namer. HOWEVER, though Ged is wise and powerful, Kvothe has experience with all walks of life, no true fears, and a quicker wit.
Plus lute-break-rage. To sum it up, Ged is good, but if you check it all out, Kvothe beats him in pure stats.

March 23, 2010 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I have to say, as much as I love the books, the only thing we have seen of Kvothe's abilities is that he can whack a Scrael with an iron rod and he knows the name of the wind. Seems he can't do sympathy anymore. Just doesn't seem to have much of a repetoire. As far as knowing the names of things, Ged knows far more Names.

March 23, 2010 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Little My said...

I've been wondering for a while if "ferula" is supposed to be some kind of alteration of "ferrum" (aka, iron). It might also be a reference to the papal cross. Or maybe it is meant to indicate an instrument of punishment (like a cane or a stick).

It seems unlikely that it is a reference to the plant genus in the family Apiaceae, although I suppose one never knows.

With my luck, it's something else entirely.

March 23, 2010 2:13 PM  
Anonymous maria said...

I'm not really in line with the whole thunderdome thing--hell I barely even know what it is-- but I just wanted to let you know that your book is by far one of my favorite books and can't wait for book #2. and your baby's adorable.

anyways, good luck at your readings!
i actually live in maryland and jus found out about you showing up here tonight but i can't make it sooo... i dunno. it would've been nice to meet you though.
maybe next time?

March 23, 2010 4:05 PM  
Blogger Skatkdqh94 said...

That blurb was an incredible way to resolve an issue that could easily have gotten(and did get) into theological discussions. I love how rather than focusing on Kvothe's naming skills, the blurb shows how he uses his most basic skill, his wit, to win.

One thing that confused me though: In the scene of the blurb, is Kvothe an adult or a child? He talks and acts like he does as an adult, but I don't see why he'd have a dirty face and ragged clothes. Those seem to indicate Tarbean or University Kvothe.

March 23, 2010 10:50 PM  
Blogger JC said...

Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

And let me just say how EFFING PATHETIC you've made me feel when even that small scene was enough to temporarily cure me of my Name of the Wind withdrawal. >.<

There's no hiding my Rothfreak status now.

March 24, 2010 1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, if you look at the age during the battle royale thing, he';s mid tweties ish. which means he's younger than he is in the Waystone, but older than he is during the University. and seeing as it says something about kvothe only being in the town for a couple months or a yaer or something, it can't be after he lost his powers.
And @ Mike:
Ged doesn't know more names. Simply put, Ged has to sit and read and memorize the names. Kvothe can just sorta see the object and know the name. like everything is labeled with it's name.

March 24, 2010 6:56 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Kvothe's age is actually a really interesting issue, I think. I am not convinced that there is not something seriously supernatural going on there.

Everyone talks about how young he looks; the Chronicler is surprised by how young he is, etc. He certainly could be that young, and that might be the way it turns out, but I bet he isn't. I guess I'd probably put my money on his having spent a long time in some supernatural realm during which he did not age.

Anyway, the upshot of that of course is that I don't think we should be taking Kvothe's appearance in any capacity, even in periphery fiction by the author, as evidence of his age. The fact that in K v A, Kvothe is written as clad almost in rags is also interesting.

March 24, 2010 10:59 AM  
Blogger blibner said...

you really need to write an alternate story for the dumbledore match, i just dont buy kvothe going down that easy. great to see you the other day in Springfield, va!

March 24, 2010 11:24 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I think what Pat was doing with that blurb was putting Kvothe at where we know he is *now*, as in the end of the book. I'm sure he is mindful of what he does and does not put in the blog/blurbs and did not want to give up anything more.

Also, quarterfinal matches are up! Vote or die!

March 24, 2010 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Little My said...

To anonymous, about ferula - I was totally thinking "stick" because a ferule (English word) is specifically a stick used for punishment. So I figured it was some variant on that. But I guess Pat can chime in if he feels like it, if he ever gets back from his road trip. (Bad enough I have NOTW withdrawal, but now I'm getting blog withdrawal. . .this is pathetic.)

March 24, 2010 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hummm... I envy Dumbledore! I bet Kvothe's hesrt must taste delicious, and the feel of the blood from the still pumping valve probably adds to the experience...

Wait, is this disturbing? Naahh, I guess ya'll feel the same way :)

March 24, 2010 2:09 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Go vote! it's 55% 44% in Kvothe's favor! If we can make sure he win's, in the next round it will be Kingkiller vs Kingslayer!

March 24, 2010 2:32 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

re: being dressed in rags . . I'd just assumed that Kvothe deliberately made himself look as ragged as possible, to inspire more sympathy from Aslan :P

Thank you, Mr. Rothfuss, for treating both characters with respect. It felt so nice to see Aslan shown as being GOOD . . without losing sight of his PERSONness.

. . dunno if that makes sense :P

March 24, 2010 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Wait... is the love of your life shipping Fela? If so, I do not know what to say. Hopefully you have some interest in the Kvothe and Denna pairing because I do not think I could stand it if I discovered I was being delusional about another pairing. Of course I would never even dream of telling you how to write your own books. It's just that Kvothe and Denna seem to be so similar. It almost seems as if you created the two characters for one another. Plus Denna brings the fun!

March 24, 2010 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Riayu said...

The nerve of some people. To even consider the idea that Dumblesnore could beat Kvothe. Granted, I'm not one of those who think that Dumbledor is some crackpot stumbling about. He is very smart and very stratigic. But eversomore is Kvothe. I don't believe the suvudu peeps have read NOTW, cause if they had they would have realized that Kvothe doesn't just speak Names, he is also a fighter and a swordsman and a wonderful tactician. I'll have to think of some story of how Kvothe would win, b/c it would be one hell of a fight but Dumbledor just doesn't have it in him to kill someone nor would he have an interest in winning at all. He has his own castle/school to worry about rather than some tournament. So far Kvothe is in the lead and it stays that way. Kvothe all the way!!!! Cheers to you Mr. Rothfuss, I'll drink a pint to the wins so far.

March 24, 2010 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Luke said...

Pat's mentioned before how much he likes Jim Butcher's books; clearly it's just an homage/joke.

And the stressing of Kvothe being young is clearly NOT something deeper (why would an author reveal character secrets in an internet fantasy battle?), but just an effort on Pat's part to make sure we realise that this is "current"/At-the-end-of-his-story-in-the-Name-of-the-Wind Kvothe.

March 25, 2010 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Jack Lancaster said...

@Luke I think Inkeeper Kvothe is only like, 23-25 in tNotW? I may be making that up.

March 25, 2010 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Little My said...

I'm thinking more like 17. Kicked out of the University at a younger age than most are let in, and all that. Late teens, anyhow.

March 25, 2010 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Little My said...

Oh, right, Innkeeper Kvothe. Oops. So older, although I don't think we know yet how long his story is before he starts innkeeping.

March 25, 2010 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Dear Pat. I've just come from suvudu and read a short comment about how badass Kvothe was in the short story the road to levenshire. Unfortunately, that made my long hidden craving to get my hands on book two rear it's ugly head. T.T

March 25, 2010 5:55 PM  
Blogger Myles said...

@Rob

I read the same damn quote. I looked it up if I could buy the book that it's in "Subterranean's Dark Fantasy Tales" or something like that, and only one place had it on Amazon and it was $285. WTF?!? That's crazy expensive. I'm just a poor college student. :(

And to top it all off, before I read that comment I JUST finished reading The Name of the Wind for the second time. I was near frothing at the mouth when I saw on an earlier post by Pat that the Levenshire (spelling?) excerpt was direct from Book 2 (even if it was 3 years ago).

March 26, 2010 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Bennett said...

Any chance you'd be willing to write one for Kvothe vs. Dumbledore? Because Aslan was both touching and HILARIOUS!!

March 26, 2010 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Bennett said...

Any chance you'd be willing to write one for Kvothe vs. Dumbledore? Because Aslan was both touching and HILARIOUS!!

March 26, 2010 3:41 PM  
Blogger selah said...

@ those interested in The Road to Levenshir, it is indeed in an anthology called Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy (Edited by William Schafer). Amazon has it new from $89, and used from $85, but you might check your local library. My podunk town library had a copy on hand (not even checked out—score!), but if yours doesn't, they might be able to get it through interlibrary loan.

Anyway, it's a fantastic short story; I read it twice in one sitting. It was nice to get to know Kvothe a bit more, even though it is a darker side of him.

March 26, 2010 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

Hey Pat!!
As long as we keep voting - and I know we will! - right now it looks like a match between Kvothe and Jamie Lannister!! (I would pay to see that fight!) If it does go down that way, please, Please, PLEASE will you write another senario???? I loved the last one, and GRRM might write another, too. I would just love to see what both you and he come up with!!

March 26, 2010 4:18 PM  
Blogger Erin Jump said...

This is just total FUN! Really can't wait to see the outcome of the Jamie Lannister vs. Kvothe match.

And your write up of the Aslan fight was fantastic Pat!

March 27, 2010 6:14 PM  
Blogger Vae said...

the prediction written on the site was good. Pat, yours was clearly much better. Though I was terribly disturbed by a lot of the comments down below on the page. what is the matter with people?

Well done Pat, and may the best man win. or, you know, godkiller...

March 28, 2010 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anonymous,

(march 24 2010). Disagree with you about Ged. He did have to memorise names when he was young, but during the course of TWOE he began to have the power of a namer- he knows Ketch's ( yarrow; Minnow) true name when he meets her, though he is at that point not confident in his ability. But by the end of TWOE his powers mature and he is able to name the shadow ( GED).
however, it is useful to note that Ged gave up his abilities in the Dark loands, so is no longer to use True Names. Still, in the fifth book some remnant ability still seems to be there: he almopst guesses the true name of one of the other characters

March 28, 2010 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheers Pat, i enjoyed it heaps

March 28, 2010 10:17 PM  
Blogger whatsyourevidence said...

You rocked the Aslan v Kvothe story. As a life long admirer of the Narnia Chronicles (reading with joy to my little daughter now - though editing the sexist and anti-school parts) I really appreciated your piece. Your first book is on the way to my door. Looking forward to it.

March 29, 2010 1:01 PM  
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March 29, 2010 1:09 PM  
Blogger Lethos said...

I like your scenario much better then the original one Pat.

The major problem with the scenario proposed by the site is that Kvothe would not be able to know Christ's true name... Revelation 19:12 His eyes were like a fiery flame, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knows but Himself.13He wore a robe stained with blood, and His name is called the Word of God.

So Christ's true name is one that only He knows, and it is by His other names and titles that we know Him now. (revelation also mentions Him giving each person their own tablet with a new name on it that no one knows but themselves btw)

It's interesting the kinds of things like this you find in the Bible when you look, most people don't know they're there.

March 29, 2010 1:30 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

So since kvothe beat aslan does that mean he can also beat jesus?

April 3, 2010 2:14 PM  

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