The Larkin Ledgers

Like an endless chain of half-built houses


FAQ: When does The Slow Regard of Silent Things Take Place?

When additional material is added to a series, finished or ongoing, one of the first things readers want to know is when in relation to the primary work it takes place. Sometimes the author tells you. Sometimes ze does not. Pat wants the reader know, but he also likes to make you work a little.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things takes place between the events of chapter four of The Wise Man’s Fear, “Tar and Tin,” and chapter eleven, “Haven.” The following passage precedes the events of the novella.

“You didn’t bring your lute,” she said after we had finished eating.
“I have to go read tonight,” I said. “But I’ll bring it soon.”
“How soon?”
“Six nights from now,” I said. I’d be finished with admissions then, and more studying would be pointless.
Her tiny face pulled a frown. “Six days isn’t soon,” she said. “Tomorrow is soon.”
“Six days is soon for a stone,” I said.
“Then play for a stone in six days,” she said. “And play for me tomorrow.”
“I think you can be a stone for six days,” I said. “It is better than being a lettuce.”
She grinned at that. “It is.”WMF p35

And the final line of The Slow Regard of Silent Things, “DEEP IN THE UNDERTHING, stones warm beneath her feet, Auri heard a faint, sweet strain of music,” occurs concurrent with this passage.

Auri in Lady Larbor

Auri wasn’t expecting me, but this was the first place I’d met her, and on clear nights she sometimes came out to watch the stars. I checked to make sure the classrooms overlooking the courtyard were dark and empty, then I brought out my lute and began to tune it.
I had been playing for almost an hour when I heard a rustling movement in the overgrown courtyard below. Then Auri appeared, scurrying up the overgrown apple tree and onto the roof.
She ran toward me, her bare feet skipping lightly across the tar, her hair blowing behind her. “I heard you!” she said as she came close. “I heard you all the way down in Vaults!”
“I seem to remember,” I said slowly, “that I was going to play music for someone.”
“Me!” She held both her hands close to her chest, grinning. She moved from foot to foot, almost dancing with her eagerness. “Play for me! I have been as patient as two stones together,” she said. “You are just in time. I could not be as patient as three stones.”WMF 103

She gives him the candle, a kiss, and the offer of a place to stay. All of which she’s been preparing.


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FAQ: Where is Severen?

Of the, maybe, eleven cities on the map included in The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe has visited less than half of them so far.  Despite spending a sizable portion of the second book in Severen, we’re never told precisely where it is.  It’s in Vintas.  It’s four or five days walk from The Eld.  And it has docks.

With the money I’d accumulated, I spent the next several hours on the docks and found a ship leaving the next day for Junpui.WMF 928

So Severen needs to be on a river or a lake, preferably in Western Vintas near, but not too near, The Eld.  Pat did a Q&A on A Forum of Ice and Fire a few months after The Wise Man’s Fear was published.  He provided a little more information.

Will you tell us where Severen is located on your map?

It’s north of Renere. South of Tinue.

Based on all of the above, the location targeted in red is the longstanding best guess for the location of Severen.  It could pretty easily be anywhere in or near the larger circle.



A more detailed map was the $600,000 stretch goal for Worldbuilders 2013.  It was supposed to be drawn by Nate Taylor and posted on the website.  The page for Vintas has been available for months, but as we head into Worldbuilders 2014, we still haven’t heard anything about it.  We’ve yet to see several stretch goals from 2012 and 2013, so there’s no way of knowing when it’ll go live.

One of the lingering questions is how Kvothe would have gotten there by sea from Tarbean.

MY ROUTE WAS A simple one. I would head downriver to Tarbean, through the Refting Strait, down the coast toward Junpui, then up the Arrand River.WMF 365

Only two sea rivers appear to empty into the Centhe Sea from Vintas.  One appears to form the northwestern border of Vintas and travel through the Small Kingdoms, something Kvothe was keen to avoid.  The other forms the southeastern border and connects all the way to the northern most lake via river routes.

Both are marked in yellow on the map below.  I’m incline to think the southern river is the more likely.