| Thus Spake The Creator
One Power, True Power, Channeling
Q: Mr. Jordan, you've outdone yourself with Crown of
Swords. My question concerns the True Power. How is it
distinguishable from the One Power?
Q: Can gateways be created at non-right angles to the
ground? If not, why not? If yes, why haven't we seen
Q: Cuendillar grows stronger when the One Power is
directed into it, but can the One Power be drawn out of
it, causing it to break?
Q: What was the process through which cuendillar was
Q: Can you clarify who can tell when one is using the
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?
Q: And also is the Dark One the only source of the
Q: How do you explain the longevity of the Kin?
Would you be willing to tell us a little more about the
limits of healing with the One Power, as they're
understood in the present day and/or the Age of Legends?
Could someone heal a genetic condition like Huntington's
or color blindness? A chromosomal defect like Down's
syndrome? A degenerative condition like arthritis?
We know that people who can channel can mask the fact
that they can channel. Is it possible for a person to
make it appear as if she/he is less powerful than she/he
Hello, Mr. Jordan. I find the magic system in the series
so complex and fascinating. Could you tell us if it is
something you worked out before you started writing the
series, or did you just add things in as you went along?
Q: is Rand the most powerful
channeler alive right now?
Q: We see a lot of characters
making estimates about how strong such and such a
channeler is or will be, but when we're talking about so
far unfullfilled potentiel, how accurately can it be
judged? Especially if the channeler making the judgement
doesn't know how much training the channeler being judged
previously has had?
Q: The general consensus seems
to be that the Bowl of Winds caused the weirdness in the
power around Ebou Dar. Do we know enough at this time to
determine the true cause or do we have to RAFO more info?
Q: Since the ability to channel
seems to be primarily linked to the soul, if a Channeler
is gentled/stilled, will this affect his/hers soul in a
follow life as well, as in, will the ability to Channel
still be lost?
Q: Ask what the deal is with Nyn being able to hold
half the power as ten sisters with a sa'angreal but not
being able to handle two pussy little BA by herself.
Q: What happens when two people balefire each other
Q: Please find out if Lews Therin balefired himself in
the prologue in EotW, or if he just drew too much of the
OP. If it isn't critical to the continuing plot, I'm sure
Q: First off thanks for joining us on the chat. To
settle a dispute on our mailing list I would like to know
if the gholam works the same way as Mat's medallion? Can
it be killed by lightning or any such thing?
Q: Mr. Jordan, I love your books. If a
person begins to channel at an old age, eg. Sharina, will
she begin to physically look younger when she slows, or
will she remain the same and pick up from there?
Q: Were the 9 Rods of Dominion mentioned in the Eye of
The World prologue sa'angreal? Do they or will they play
any role in the series? Was the sa'angreal used to heal
Mat one of these Rods?
Q: how exactly do Wells work, if a person is in a
place where the cannot sense saidar then how do they
embrace to channel from the Well? And can you use a well
when you are shielded from the Source?
Q: Mr. Jordan, as a witch I would like to thank and
compliment you on your explanation of the elemental
Q: There's a suggestion in the books that Lanfear was
believed to be as strong as any female channeler could
ever become. What was the reason for that belief?
Q: Nobody who can channel saidin or saidar can sense
the True Power. And, since the Forsaken don't seem to
notice Moridin channeling the True Power, is it
detectable at all (besides by a gholam)? IE-can someone
already holding the True Power sense another using it?
Q: Can you give some more details on how the Taint was
cleansed. I was sort of confused reading the book.
Q: What would happen to a gholam suddenly deposited,
one way or another, into a stedding?
Q: Mr. Jordan, is it possible that in another age,
another turning of the wheel, that Saidar could be
tainted instead of Saidin? This relates to the Female
Q: Will the Choedan Kal be used again during the
series, and if so, will other access keys be found? Let
me guess ... read and find out?
Q: Does the healing of the taint reverse its previous
effects? Or does the victim have to live with whatever
he's gotten to that point and be grateful it won't get
(That almost hyperventilating girl I
mentioned before asked a question about how exactly Rand
cleaned the Taint.)
Q: In 'The Shadow Rising,' Lanfear mentioned two
sa'angreal stronger than Callandor that a male could use.
Is the second one ever going to appear?
KuraFire asked: "Can burned out channelers still
sense the Source?" (This was because of that debate
that pops up every now and then, where because of that
one glossary entry people just won't believe that buring
out and stilling really aren't synonyms. From now on this
should be settled forever.)
Q: When/ If Rand manages to remove the taint placed on
saidin, are the people infected with it cured? or does
their condition remain the way it is?
Q: Is the material of a true heron blade altered the
same way as a ter'a?
Q: Are ther any channelers on the Seanchan continent
that suffer from an emotional block like Nyneave had
Reports from signings
The total number of people in a circle, when you have the maximum number of women for each man, is always divisible by three. RJ thought that there was an error in the LoC glossary and that it had been fixed in ACoS.
The universe is driven by saidin and saidar working against each other. They will not end up as the Light Power.
New dreadlords? Via TP? What are limits of TP? When did we see it used before? Access to the TP is a matter of wanting it and the dark one letting you. NOT black cords. In Prologue to EotW we saw TP to heal insanity. The OP can not be used to heal insanity. TP used at SG will fry you instantly.
How much stronger do you have to be to forcibly shield someone else who is already holding the OP? Is it different for men than for women, or for heterosexual shielding? If the answer is only a little stronger, then ask him how come Ny couldn't shield Elayne in aCoS, Chapter 21 (Swovan Night)? Also, how much weaker can you be and still be able to hold a shield on someone, Berowin excepted? He did not use a "real scale" for OP stuff. You just have to be stronger. Mostly handwaving. consider the kin. The woman who is very weak but has a real talent for shielding.
"Is channeling ability strictly, or partly geneticaly based?" partially. Worked it a bit with some friends but just left it mostly hanging. "Can weaves be inverted in a way that prevents them being detected even while they are being woven, ie so you could draw and weave with Saidin, and noone would detect it, or can the weaves only be hidden after they have been tied off?" no answer.
Can you use the TP in the Stedding? ye....er...RAFO. You must be a stone cold fanatic to *want* to use the TP. Moggy is terrified of it. Avoids it. If TP were used on you, would there be negative effects wrt the DO? RAFO. of course, if you die, the answer is obvious.
On channeler strength he said that he knew the rough strength of every channeler in the books, imposed on a 21-graded scale. Nynaeve he said had Forsaken strength, ie as strong as most female Forsaken. Egwene, Elayne and Aviendha was a step lower, and an additional step lower Elaida, Siuan and Moiraine was found. They were the strongest Aes Sedai known before "the new ones". Several Aes Sedai, including Leane and Kiruna, was next in strength. By the old standards they were deemed very strong and capable. The Flame and the Void he said was mainly a concentration technique, but one very close to the techniques used for teaching men contact the OP.
On Skimming and Traveling he said: "In Skimming, one need to know the target better than the starting place. In Traveling, one need to know the starting place better than the destination." [ Not exact quote, but nearly so, and the effect is exact. _Very_ interesting implications if taken literally. ]
He didn't give any conclusive answer to the Two Rivers channeling paradox, but he noted that many strange occurances come from there, like inherent ability to speak the Old Tongue under stress.
On linking he stated that 6 men is the maximum number of men present in a link, and 66 is the limit for women. He also said that the "one more women than men rule" in the LoC glossary was invalid. Complete rules for linking would be found in the WoT Guide. Yes, and they contradict this quote! The largest possible circle with the minimum number of men is 6 and 66 according to the Guide, so maybe that's what he meant. -Raina
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.
On if Aes Sedai damane can use the OP in battle he said that [ OBS! secondary source, I didn't hear him say this myself ] it is theoritically possible, basically by forcing the Aes Sedai to think that she does not use the OP as damane. It is though very hard to acheive. In the book next after CoS, this might become a factor.
Mat's Foxy Medallion: As we surmised, it works by blocking direct channelling of both Saidin and Saidar, and its weakness is that it doesn't protect against indirect effects, like _lightening_.
How learning to use the OP works: The older you are, the faster you reach your full potential. Men reach their full strenght faster than women. Forced training makes you learn faster, but it is very dangerous--it can kill you, or burn you out. The Asha'man are being trained that way, and the casualties of the training show this. (X number dead, Y number burned out...) Egwene, and El and Ny have also experienced forced training.
Mat's amulet blocks both Saidin and Saidar. Jordan answered this one straight-out when asked. He pointed out that the amulet only blocks actual weavings of the One Power, not the physical effects that could be caused by a weaving. For example, Elayne was able to use the OP to hurl a rock at Mat. Rahvin was able to create a bolt of lightning which struck Mat.
Next was a question
The question I
asked was "does anyone within the books have the
ability to use the flame and the Void"
I asked Jordan when a man with the spark would slow.
He hesitated and rubbed his chin, obviously trying to
make up the answer on the spot, and doing it to be
consistent with the books. The answer is: Women
The first question Chris channeled through me had to
do with the female mega sa'angreal on Tremalking, and the
Seanchan damane there. We were wondering if the
female sa'angreal would have the same effect on female
I asked why Elayne thought even a Forsaken couldn't
break the shield Adeleas and Vandene were holding on
Ispan, expecting the answer that Elayne is clue-impaired.
The correct answer is that holding a shield on someone
The third was someone else again, and I didn't hear the question clearly, but I think it was about the weird Power effects. Assuming I heard correctly, this should support the Bowl theory, due to the lack of effects in Andor despite the gateway detonation and the timing of the effect first showing up. Of course, he didn't say so explicitly, but that is what would seem to be the intuitively obvious explanation.
RJ said that a channeller can hide strength as well as ability to channel, but added that 1) few people know how to do it, and 2) the AS don't even know these tricks are possible. Those caveats are rather obvious, I know. But I mention this answer because I thought I heard it reported here that this question was met with "RAFO" in the past. I'm sure someone will clarify that for me. It was. -Raina
The Bowl: Someone asked him whether, if men had helped
the Aes Sedai and Windfinders and Kin channel through the
Bowl, the One Power would still have been screwed up.
His implicit assumption was that the Bowl screwed things
up. I expected this to be a sheer RAFO. I was
surprised. He went into a relatively detailed
explanation to the effect that the Bowl was stressed far,
far beyond its original design parameters because of the
He has no particular real world inspiration for the One Power, at least not that he knows of. He admits that he's read a lot of stuff and at times forgets a source here and there.
And another tidbit that I meant to mention, but
neglected. Someone actually asked Jordan whether a
hermaphrodite would channel Saidin or Saidar.
Jordan was... non-plussed. "A
hermaphrodite?! I dunno. I'd have to
sit down and figure that out." He shot the guy
a funny look as he walked away, then remarked to the next
group of people in line that he put that in the same
category as the person who wrote to ask him what Donald
"I personally have specifically asked Robert Jordan about this issue. (during a book launch in Sydney late 1999) He confirmed that Cadsuane's hairpiece IS a ter'angreal, and that we should have enough information to know what it does. Whether this means that it acts similar to Mat's foxhead medallion, or senses male channeling, or both, is still unknown."
Q7: Can you use the True Power in a stedding? [I think
Far Madding was mentioned..?]
Ah yes, KuraFire asked about the prologue of TEotW,
where Ishamael traveled, but with a different description
than that of usual Traveling.