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The Kingkiller Chronicle is a fantasy trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss (b. 1973), telling the autobiography of Kvothe an adventurer, arcanist, and famous musician. The plot is divided into two different action threads: the present, where Kvothe tells the story of his life to Devan Lochees (known as Chronicler) in the main room of his inn, and Kvothe's past, the story in question, which comprises the majority of the books. - Wikipedia.

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How did Skarpi know Kvothe's name in “The Name of the Wind”?

Skarpi is mentioned many times before appearing in the first Kingkiller book. He's mentioned as friend of Kvothe and as a companion of the Chronicler. But his only interactions with Kvothe in Wind ...
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How did Kvothe do this?

Probably the most theatrical scene in The Wise Man's Fear is when Kvothe He does this by Now, So how did this happen? Did I miss something?
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What does it signify when Denna goes barefoot for miles?

In The Wise Man's Fear, in one scene, Kvothe meets Denna, and she walks with him for miles, barefoot, through the city (including on cobblestones) and the countryside. Now when Kvothe has gone ...
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Why Kvothe did not sympathetically destroy the blood Ambrose used for malfeasance on him ASAP?

When Kvothe, Sim and Wil are joined by Denna in the tavern and the sympathy lecture ensues it is stated then that it's the arcanist's mind that provides direction of the sympathetic link. It then ...
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How does Kvothe's deal with Riem (the bursar) works?

At the end of The Wise Man's Fear, after Kvothe returns to the University, he strikes a deal with Riem (the University's bursar). The deal works in the following way: in exchange for Kvothe flunking ...
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Is Bast Kvothe's son?

(Spoiler alert for Kingkiller) I reread Kingkiller the other day and I found that the term "Reshi," which is what Bast calls Kvothe, almost makes more sense for a father rather than a teacher, as many ...
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What happens to leaked energy in Sympathy?

I just started the Kingkiller Chronicle, and I have gotten to the general explanation of how Sympathy works. I'm wondering if there's an explanation for what happens to the extra energy when you ...
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What- or who- is Bast?

In the Kingkiller Chronicles, Kvothe's companion, Bast, does some pretty odd and magic stuff, like ripping a bird in half and turning it into flame. What is Bast? A demon? Or is he a sympathist (did I ...
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Why is the Kingkiller Chronicles book 2 called the Wise Mans Fear?

This has been puzzling me. Book 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicles is called the Wise Man's Fear. Why is it called this? There is no mention of any "wise man" anywhere in the book, and no mention either ...
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How does Kvothe study without access to the Archives?

In Kvothe's first term at the University, he's banned from the Archives. It would appear that this ban applies to both tomes and stacks. Books cannot leave the Archives, so his friends can't borrow ...
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How does Sygaldry work?

In the Kingkiller Chronicle, sygaldry is described as being like permanent sympathy. But sympathy requires alar, that is, the belief of the person performing it that the thing is true, and it requires ...
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Is there a map of the underthing?

Whilst reading the kingkiller chronicles novella 'The slow regard of silent things' I found it quite hard to mentally map out where everything was situated in the underthing. I was reading on my ...
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Is “bone-tar” a real-world chemical?

In The Name of the Wind, Kvothe encounters a chemical (or alchemical substance) called Regim Ignaul Neratum, or "bone-tar". From the safety lecture that accompanies it, we know that it: It's highly ...
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Is Alora in the 2nd Kingkiller Chronicle an homage to the movie Willow?

I have heard Patrick Rothfuss is a fan of George Lucas's Willow. Did that lead him to use the name Alora (like the baby in Willow, but spelt with an 'A') in his second Kingkiller Chronicle book?
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Does Tempi's tactic actually work?

When Tempi brawls with a Mercenary in a tavern, he afterwards explains his technique of avoiding the headbutt from the mercenary to the surprised Kvothe. But would this actually work? I'd imagine you'...
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Are there recipes or cookbooks out there for the Kingkiller Chronicles?

Does anybody know of any recipes or cookbooks based on food in the Kingkiller Chronicles? I've scoured the Internet and haven't found anything, but many eyes/brains are better than one! I'm thinking ...
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What was wrong with Denna?

In The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, when Kvothe is in Tarbean towards the end of the book, he's in a bar when suddenly a couple comes in seeking help. Kvothe rushes in and helps, calling the ...
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When does Kvothe decide to poison the false troupers?

In The Wise Man's Fear:The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two chapter 130, Wine and Water Kvothe comes in contact with a band of false troupers, who eventually reveal they've done some bad things. At ...
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Why do students work as scrivs at the University from Kingkiller Chronicles?

I'm reading TWMF once again and after reading this piece I couldn't help but ask myself, why would so many students bother with being a scriv doing such tedious work? My first guess is that they're ...
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Are there any hints as to what Kvothe's sword named Folly is about?

We know from the 2nd book that it is not the sword Caesura he received from the Adem for it looks completely different and I believe he even said so. I am just hoping I did not miss anything related ...
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What is in the Lockless Box?

In the novel The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two), The Lockless' have a Box that cannot be opened, and so Kvothe is sent to discover a way inside. What clues do we have at what ...
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Is there a real world equivalent to Tak?

What is the game of Tak, from The Wise Man's Fear (introduced to Kvothe by Bredan in Vintas), closest to (if anything) in our world? Quotes from the author preferred over pure guesswork.
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High probability the Chandrian die in “Doors of Stone”

Something came up my mind, when I read "A Wise Mans Fear". Shehyn tells Kvothe the story of seven cities and one city, another variant of the creation war stories. This is under the condition that ...
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Proper pronunciation of Kvothe from Kingkiller Chronicles?

I have come into a debate with some friends of mine about how to properly pronounce the name of Kvothe, the protagonist from Patrick Dreyfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles. I seem to recall — but cannot ...
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Is there an explanation for how alchemy works?

In The Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss provides some rather detailed explanation about how the arcanists' sympathy works. Less background, but still some amount of framework, is provided for ...
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Why does Kvothe resist borrowing more than he needs from Devi?

Kvothe borrows from the gaelet "Demon" Devi on several occasions. Each time, she has a minimum amount that she's willing to lend, which is higher than what Kvothe needs. Each time, Kvothe tries very ...
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Why is Kvothe so weak in the present time?

I am wondering why Kvothe the Innkeeper is so weak. I assume everything will be explained in the 3rd book, but that appears to be scheduled for release too far in the future, so I am looking for ...
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What is the name of Kvothe’s mother?

(Spoilers for book two.) I think we have been given enough hints to establish that However, I’m still unclear about her first name. The only mention seems to be in the badly metred mock poem Kvothe’...
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Is there a FAQ or centralized forum/group/list for the Kingkiller Chronicles? [closed]

In high school I was really into the Wheel of Time series, which had a lovely usenet newsgroup and well-maintained FAQ to help centralize discussion of the mysteries in the series. Does anybody know ...
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What is the Cthaeh in Wise Man's Fear?

What is the Cthaeh in Wise Man's Fear? Also, And what is it that Kvothe does that is so horrible? Didn't they sort of imply that he was the cause for the war? Is this Cthaeh supposed to be the ...
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What's happened to 'The Doors of Stone'?

I read The Name of the Wind a few years ago and was grumpy to find out that the following two books had not been published. The second book has finally come out, and I want to know if anyone knows ...
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In what city or town is Kvothe's Inn located?

In the Kingkiller Chronicles (The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear), by Patrick Rothfuss, what city or town is Kvothe's inn located?