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  • 1

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    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.

    John Novak

    (I submit that this is why the Red Ajah is rife with Black Ajah—they have an easier time actively recruiting from that pool. By the same token, I claim that the Green Ajah is more pure than the others.)

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  • 2

    Interview: Oct 17th, 1994

    Question

    Is the "binding like criminals" meant to be using the Oath Rod?

    Robert Jordan

    No comment.

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  • 3

    Interview: 2010

    Leth Filorn (12 August 2010)

    How does the Oath Rod work? Does it accelerate the aging irreversibly, or add years that you get back upon Oath removal?

    Brandon Sanderson (13 August 2010)

    A good question that people in world don't know the answer to yet, and only time will tell.

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  • 4

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    jwiedow (7 January 2011)

    I have been thinking about the Aes Sedai First Oath on the oath road "Speak no word that is not true"...

    JWIEDOW

    How do they get around that oath when telling others a different name; Moraine=Mistress Alys?

    JWIEDOW

    Has anyone done a theory or a blog on the use of names and the oaths?

    TEREZ

    They say 'you may call me Mistress Alys'. It's not a lie unless she says 'My name is...' which she doesn't.

    JWIEDOW

    I am trying to remember if they are all that way which is why I brought it up.

    Brandon Sanderson (7 January 2011)

    I don't know. If you really name yourself that, then you might be able to say it. Depends on internal rationalization.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It's easy to say "I'm called Alys" because she is. You can even say "My name is Alys" if you have named yourself that.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Otherwise, a Sister could never go by a nickname, a different name than she'd chosen for herself, etc.

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  • 5

    Interview: Apr 5th, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Verin is older than most Aes Sedai think, but not as old as some fans think she is. Jordan said specifically that she is not from the Age of Legends. Other than that, he was fairly vague, but he implied that she's no older than, say, 300. "There's a reason why Aes Sedai respect a sister with gray hair," he said.

    Additional note: One fan claimed that, at the convention, Jordan said that Verin had never held the Oath Rod. Jordan later denied having said any such thing.

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  • 6

    Interview: Apr 5th, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Verin: Considerably older than anyone expects. (I presume he was talking about the characters, not the fans, considering that our guesses range up to 3000 years old.) He also said that Age of Legends lifespans are not known in modern Randland. (Thus, I presume that Verin is NOT 300 years old.) He said something about "the effects of the Oath Rod," I don't know whether this was with reference to aging, or effects on something totally unrelated.

    Well, that's that.

    —Pam

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  • 7

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Bill Powers

    One of the Forsaken once said of the current Aes Sedai, "They bind themselves like criminals." Was the Forsaken referring to the Oath Rod?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out! (He twirls his moustache maniacally.)

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  • 8

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    BHeins1

    According to several of AOL's members in our discussion forum, you stated at a Balticon conference that Verin Sedai had never held the Oath Rod, or had circumvented the Oaths. I was wondering if that was true, and if so, has Cadsuane also done so?

    Robert Jordan

    No, I did not say that Verin had never held the Oath Rod. Cadsuane has also held the Oath Rod.

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  • 9

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    PaidonF

    Does using the Oath Rod shorten one's lifespan?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out. :) You guys have to know by now that I like to leave you hanging if I can!

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  • 10

    Interview: Jun 16th, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    On the subject if the Oath Rod shortens lifespan or causes infertility he answered, not surprisingly, "Read and Find Out".

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  • 11

    Interview: Aug 23rd, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Ageless look and Oath Rod—RAFO. (I thought Greebs was going to explode when he didn't answer that one directly.)

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  • 12

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Once and for all end the ageless look thing. Is it obvious that it is tied to the Oath Rod?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 13

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Kjell

    Would making all Aes Sedai reswear the Three Oaths on an Oath Rod, and then asking them, reveal if they are Black Ajah? (It should...)

    Robert Jordan

    There are certain difficulties with this. It might answer the question but how many sisters do you think will meekly submit to being asked to do such a thing? Being asked to do it is in effect an accusation.

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  • 14

    Interview: Jan 22nd, 2003

    Robert Jordan

    Also if anyone cares I asked him to describe the texture and feel of Bashere's baton of the Marshal-General. I was hoping he would say it "felt not like ivory, not like glass, but more like glass," as is the description of the known Oath Rods (note the only times we've seen it have been in Rand POVs and at first it was "what appeared to be an ivory rod", then later Rand assumes it is an ivory rod). However, I was greatly disappointed. He said, "it was smooth and heavy...ivory capped with gold." Oh well I guess Rand's later assumptions that it is just ivory are correct.

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  • 15

    Interview: Apr 27th, 2004

    Wotmania Interview (Verbatim)

    Wotmania

    What happens to objects left in Tel'aran'rhiod? Could an Aes Sedai free herself from the Three Oaths in Tel'aran'rhiod by creating an Oath Rod?

    Robert Jordan

    The only way for an object to enter Tel'aran'rhiod would be for it to be carried there by someone who entered physically rather than through a dream state. If left there, it would remain until it was retrieved by someone else who entered physically. And, yes, an Aes Sedai could free herself of the Three Oaths with an Oath Rod created in Tel'aran'rhiod, but remember that relatively few sisters actually have access to the World of Dreams, and for those who do want to remove the Three Oaths—sisters joining the Black Ajah—there is the Oath Rod in the White Tower to serve that purpose.

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  • 16

    Interview: Apr, 2003

    Budapest Q&A (Verbatim)

    Question

    Is it true that the Three Oaths is why Aes Sedai [mumble mumble] I thought it might be because, when you try to avoid the Three Oaths, you get a lot of dangerous situation [mumble mumble]...

    Robert Jordan

    No...now you have to be careful with this, because this is a kind of spoiler for people that haven’t read far enough, but the Oath Rod is what was in the Age of Legends called a binder. It was used on criminals. If you committed a violent act, or some sort of criminal act, with a binder, someone who could channel could be constrained from ever doing that again, and the result of having three of the Oaths, is the ageless appearance. One would not produce agelessness, but even one would shorten life, and three of them put a cap on Aes Sedai’s lives, on how long they could live.

    Question

    Does this mean that the Black Ajah has also at least three oaths sworn on the Oath Rod?

    Robert Jordan

    Yeah, they do. Just not the same ones.  [laughter]

    Question

    Of course. Does this imply that the Oath Rod is definitely not one of the Nine Rods of Dominion?

    Robert Jordan

    Oh yes, definitely. No. I don't think it was. No, the Oath Rods are not the Nine Rods of Dominion, no. There were a fair number of binders available around the world.

    Question

    Were they numbered?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, they were numbered.

    Question

    Because we've seen two so far and they had numbers on them . . .

    Robert Jordan

    Yeah, they were numbered.

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  • 17

    Interview: Oct 20th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Someone asked about using the Oath Rod or the Three Arches for Accepted testing in Tel'aran'rhiod, and RJ said that they would not work the same way.

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  • 18

    Interview: Jan 20th, 2006

    Robert Jordan

    For Isabel, hi, cutey. Regarding the scene at Dumai's Wells, the places they had Traveled to were not in the safety of the wagon-circle, where they were, but beyond it, among the Shaido. As for Illian, I was too crude in reinforcing something I had established earlier and wanted to reinforce, i.e. that you do not need to know a spot at all to Travel from it if the place you want to travel to is only a short distance away.

    Regarding Sharina, and other women who learn to channel at age, she will indeed grow younger in appearance. No, she will not achieve an Aes Sedai face without the Oath Rod, but where she has previously looked, say, sixty, she will look perhaps thirty-five, with accompanying changes in hair color. Think of it as analogous to slowing, which older women also do.

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  • 19

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    Is Mesaana still in the Tower?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Egwene makes some deductions about this at the end of the book. Egwene is not incorrect.

    Question

    She could swear that she's not a Darkfriend on the Oath Rod, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    As long as she believed it to be true. Every remaining Aes Sedai in the Tower has retaken the Three Oaths. You should be thinking about ways to defeat the Oath Rod. There is a way to do it.

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  • 20

    Interview: Nov 17th, 2009

    Question

    Do the Forsaken consider themselves Darkfriends?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oooh, you are tricky! I know what you're doing. I would say that, in general, yes they do consider themselves Darkfriends, though there are ways somebody would be able to get around that. I would say, yes, that that is not the sort of mental gymnastics that...it is very easy to convince yourself that you are not a Darkfriend.

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  • 21

    Interview: Jun 10th, 2010

    Luckers

    Was Egwene's one-eighty on the issue of the Oath Rod a natural change of mind, or was she influenced to it by Halima?

    Maria Simons

    That was Egwene, influenced by Siuan, doing her best to be the best Aes Sedai EVAR.

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  • 22

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2010

    RDDK

    I asked Brandon how, now that Mesaana is braindead and all, she got around the Oath Rod.

    Brandon Sanderson

    He told me that one of the three ways the Aes Sedai had surmised was correct. Considering it probably would have been mentioned if they found an Oath Rod among her things, that it probably was the weave the investigators had rediscovered.

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  • 23

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2010

    Question

    Why did Verin trust that Mat would open the letter?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Verin was bound to the Dark Oaths and she could not tell ANY of them to open the letters right away because she was not in her last hour. She had thought that out of anyone Mat would NOT listen to her and would open the letter right away. She was not able to give him any indication of what was in the letter or even tell him to open it open it right away.

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  • 24

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez

    Will we learn anything else about the Black Ajah oaths?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um...

    Terez

    I mean, you can tell us now.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, you’re phrasing these questions in such a way that...

    Terez

    I know, I know. I was trying to be...

    Brandon Sanderson

    You’re being nice. No, I appreciate that. I’m not complaining that you’re phrasing these in a way...um, I think that there is a decent chance that those could go in the encyclopedia.

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  • 25

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2011

    Question

    Does the Oath Rod limit Aes Sedai age by using their life force to power the Oaths?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’m 85% sure on this and you’ll have to ask Maria for confirmation, but no, the effect is not caused by draining the Aes Sedai’s life force. I’m not going to tell you what is causing the effect.

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  • 26

    Interview: Aug 23rd, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    Wouldn't say anything about Shara, of course, and Greebs' persistent efforts to get RJ to admit to the Oath Rod==Agelessness were met with a chuckle and a RAFO.

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  • 27

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Are the negative effects of the Oath Rod cumulative? Like the diminished life...

    Brandon Sanderson

    As far as I know, no.

    Footnote

    RJ said it takes three to get the ageless look, so from that and the descriptions of the tightening of the skin, it seems that at least is cumulative.

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  • 28

    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Question

    With the Oath Rod, the Aes Sedai obviously were not using it for its intended purpose. Let's talk about those two ter'angreal that they had in the White Tower, the one that they raise the Aes Sedai with, and the one that the Accepted use. And I'm curious, what was the intended purpose back in the Age of Legends for those?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, excellent question; I'll repeat it just for those who might not have been able to hear it. We know that the Aes Sedai are using certain ter'angreal for things other than their original intended purpose, such as the Oath Rod and the ones they use in the raising ceremonies. (to Maria) What were their intended purposes? [laughter]

    Maria Simons

    I don't know. [laughter, applause]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sorry. Robert Jordan could answer that. Sometimes we can't.

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  • 29

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Kamarile Sedai (23 January 2013)

    Brandon, does the Oath Rod continue to be used in the Fourth Age? If so, for what purpose?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    So far as I know, yes. And for the same purpose.

    Raj Iyer

    Do other groups start using the Rod too?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Do you think the Aes Sedai are likely to let others manhandle one of their ter'angreal?

    Kamarile Sedai

    Did men start to use the Oath Rod too, or did it continue to be only women?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No men. Neither group would like that. The Asha'man are NOT male Aes Sedai. RJ was clear about this in the notes.

    Keith Martin

    Will the White and Black Towers reunite to form one Aes Sedai again?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RJ was clear to me that the Asha'man were not Aes Sedai, and were not going to become them.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That said, a united male/female Aes Sedai will come again someday.

    Footnote

    Brandon is probably not referring to the 4th Age in his last tweet; more likely he's talking about the next turning of the Wheel.

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  • 30

    Interview: Apr, 2013

    Question

    What are the three oaths which bind Darkfriends?

    Maria Simons

    1) I shall obey all commands given by those placed above me in service to the Great Lord. 2) I shall prepare for the day of the Great Lord's return. 3) I swear not to betray the Great Lord, to keep my secrets until the hour of my death. It should be noted that these were taken straight from Robert Jordan's notes, where he had added "May vary the wording a little."

    Footnote

    Verin says "You can double-cross other Darkfriends, you can turn against the Chosen if you can justify it." To justify turning against the Chosen, you could argue that a specific Chosen was not placed above you by the Great Lord himself.

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  • 31

    Interview: Apr, 2013

    Question

    Was the Oath Rod, one of the Nine Rods of Dominion? What were the Nine Rods of Dominion? Who were the 17 Generals of Dawn's Gate?

    Maria Simons

    The Oath Rod was not one of the Nine Rods of Dominion. The Nine Rods of Dominion that Lews Therin summoned were the regional governors of the earth; a rod—but not an Oath Rod—was the symbol of their office. The Seventeen Generals of Dawn’s Gate were a group of military commanders of high rank who led the fight against the Shadow in the War of Power; their names are unknown.

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