|Thus Spake The Creator
The White Tower
Q: How did the White Tower form after the Breaking?
Q: how did the ajais originate?
Q: How do you explain the longevity of the Kin?
Q: One of the Forsaken once said of the current Aes
Sedai, "They bind themselves like criminals."
Was the Forsaken reffering to the Oath Rod?
Q: The initaition rituals for raising an Accepted to
Aes Sedai seem to be based upon some sort of real-life
ceremonies. Where did you get the idea for the three
passes through the ter'angreal?
Hi, Mr. Jordan, thanks for doing this. I've read the new
book (and enjoyed it). I found it very surprising that
the Red Ajah would have the largest membership. Could you
expand on why that's so? The numbers of male channelers
have been dwindling prior to the events of the story, and
Aes Sedai from other Ajahs seem to be willing to help
capture men. Do the Reds have another role in the Tower,
or is there some other reason for their numbers?
Q: Would making all Aes Sedai
reswear the 3 oaths on an oath rod, and then asking them,
reveal if they are Black Ajah? (It should...)
Q: So far all that is known about the final test
before becoming Aes Sedai is that it involves channeling
under extreme pressure. Would you be willing to give a
little more detail? And if not, will we find out more
later in the books or perhaps the Guide?
Q: Have any Aes Sedai ever been refused admittance to
Q: What do members of the White Ajah actually do on a
Q: What are the actual requirements for being raised
to the shawl?
Q: Is the innkeeper an ex-Aes Sedai?
Q: Can an Accepted be raised to AS and not choose an
Ajah? What happens if they are raised ask for acceptance
and are refused.
Q: What are the requirements for being raised from
accepted to AS
Q: How are the Ajah's funded?
Q: Is Moiraine's E&E network independent of the
Blue or does it overlap. How do they report - i.e. does
Moraine have someone who collects messages for her?
Q: Mr. Jordan, In The Great Hunt it was mentioned that
a Aes Sedai with gray hair was very old indeed. How old
does a Aes Sedai typically have to be for her hair to
start turning gray?
Q: What is the average term of office for the average
Amrlyn, assuming she isn't deposed.
Q: Hi, Mr, Jordan, I have been an avid reader of your
books since I first read The Eye of the World about a
year ago. I was wondering how did you choose the colors
for the ajahs, ie. why are some colors such as orange
left out and gray is in. Thanx for answering my question.
Reports from signings
The question about if any Amyrlin has been non-dramatically deposed he answered with "Read and Find Out". He though said that there were information deep inside the White Tower archives only accessible to the Amyrlin, the Keeper and the sitters, apart from the librarians tending them. The mere notion of knowing the existance that such information existed would be considered a crime for other Aes Sedai.
On the choosing a deposing of the Keeper he said that the Amyrlin chooses the Keeper herself, as shown in LoC, but that the deposal of the Keeper requires an unanimous decision from the Hall. The glossary entry on the Keeper in TSR he said was incorrect in this regard.
Red Ajah: Not all of them are rabid man-haters. There are some moderates. However, as a Red, whose primary mission is to stop channelling by males, one must view all men as potential enemies. This makes it hard to have any kind of normal relationship with men, "especially after 20, 30, 50, 100 years of such a mentality." (note the "100 years")
Not all Red Ajah are misandrists. Jordan said that not all members of the Red Ajah are rabid men-haters, but pointed out that they will tend to develop a dislike/distrust for men as part of their job. To be Red Ajah means that your primary mission is to capture and gentle channeling males, so all men become potential enemies. After having this outlook for several decades, it will be hard to have a normal relationship with men. My Comment: Something that I would personally like to add to this discussion is that all Aes Sedai believe in the importance of stopping male channelers, but the Reds are those who consider it more important than anything else they can do with their talents. This will tend to attract women who dislike men.
My second question was whether or not we would get to see the Battle of Tar Valon or if it would happen "off-screen". He opened his mouth, hesitated a second and shot me down with a "Read And Find Out". Bastard.
A reader asked when the term "Ajah" came to
have the meaning it has in Rand's time. He said
that until at least 500 years after the Tower was
founded, it meant a temporary association for a specific
purpose, and was a
I was at the signing at King of Prussia last night, and asked a question about Randland life that has been bugging me for a while - do Aes Sedai ever have children, and why/why not? I was impressed with Jordan's casual reply, as if this were common knowledge - that all Aes Sedai, and for that matter, most women have knowledge of a special herb that serves as an incredibly efficient contraceptive. This herb is just general women's lore, passed to women by Wisdoms and such. He followed up with two other points : 1)Aes Sedai are personally discouraged from having children because they know they will outlive them and 2)its clearly not a popular idea because the White Ajah had suggested having children with men who can channel in order to undo "culling", but this suggestion was not particularly well received.
And the silly trivial 'I-just-want-to-know-without-a-doubt-question'
which almost got me more than I had planned.
One person asked whether Romanda was the Aes Sedai
that Cadsuane referred to as being nearly as old as she
was. Jordan answered in the affirmative. I
was distracted by someone at the time and _thought_ I
Romanda is the Sister who is mentioned in New Spring as being as old as Cadsuane. (Sorry if that was something many of you already knew to be true. I had a bet going so was rather pleased with that one)
While he was still signing my books, I decided to
sneak in another question: "Do Sarene and Corele
have ageless faces?