|Thus Spake The Creator
Warders and the Bond
Hello, Mr. Jordan. I have enjoyed reading the Wheel of
Time series since the beginning. Now through out your
books, we learn more and more about the fascinating
relationship existing between a Warder and his Aes Sedai.
We learn that even thought the Warder gains some
abilities, he is not on equal footing with his Aes Sedai,
who can even control to a certain degree his mind. Now,
would you care telling us your personal views on "warderhood,"
and if such a thing was possible would you be willing to
be a Warder?
I would first like to say thank you for writing this
wonderful series; it has been a pleasure reading the
series and becoming familiar with your characters. My
question, I believe, has been answered in the books but I
want to clarify it in case I have been reading too much
into it. Is the gift the Aes Sedai get from the bonding
the ability to take or drain energy from their Warder for
their own use? I believe this was stated in "A New
Spring" at the end, but I didn't know if it was a
literal statement or figurative. Thank you for your time.
Q: I'm curious, What happened to the Black Ajah's
Warders? Did they kill them?
Hi, just curious -- in the last section of THE EYE OF THE
WORLD, Lan says that the Bond does not tell him the
direction where his Aes Sedai is exactly; it is just a
general feeling. But then later in series, both he and
Rand had the ability to tell in an exactly straight-line
direction the location of whom they are bonded to. Is
this an inconsistency, or is there an explanation? Thanks!
Q: Rand recovered verly quickly from his dual healing..
is this because of the way men heal or because of the
warder bond.. or both?
Is it possible for an Ogier to be bonded as a Warder? I
am not asking if it will happen, just if it is physically
possible. We know that Ogier can be fierce warriors, so
that shouldn't be a problem. Perhaps the bond could
somehow reduce the longing? An Ogier would make the
perfect Warder for a Brown, if the bond were possible.
Q: is it possible to pass a warder or any bond to a non channeler. Or even a latent channeler? A: Read And Find Out. I have grown so used to that answer, that when my wife asks me if I want to go out for dinner this evening, I sometimes say "Read and find out." That's usually when she hits me.
Q: When Birgitte says she remembers a tale of a female
Warder after being bonded to Elayne, does she remember
Q: What was the "extra bit" in Path of
Daggers? Was it the kiss or the bonding? Please help
settle this long-standing dispute.
Q: If an Aes Sedai links with other Aes Sedai, will or
can the others then sense if she is bonded? Also, can an
Aes Sedai (at least as far as the Tower knows) 'unbond' a
Warder? Its been suggested that they will set a man free/release
him if he really wants to leave, but does that mean
'unbond' him or simply 'not pursue' him and release him
from whatever oaths he's sworn as a Warder?
Reports from signings
Regarding if the Warder bonding had similarities with the linking between a man and a woman he answered that there were bits and pieces that were similar, but that they in whole were very dissimilar.
When an Aes Sedai turns BA, does she keep her warder?
If so, how is that accomplished. RAFO. Of course, the
easiest way is to pick a DF for a warder. But RAFO.
Oh, and he made some comments about how warder of the BA might sometimes meet with "accidents" so the BA can remain secret. Alternatively, BA might intentionally bond darkfriends.
If an Aes Sedai becomes Black Ajah, the Warder would know instantly that something was up, but wouldn't know exactly what. The Black Ajah has three choices, then-- hope the Warder is a Darkfriend or amenable to being one, hide the affiliation, or arrange for an accident. Yes, this would be painful for the Aes Sedai, but it might become necessary. The process of becoming Black Ajah is evidently quite painful in its own right and thus probably involves more than just swearing new Oaths on the Rod. Possibly only freeing yourself from the original ones, though - we know from book 9 that that is very painful. - Raina