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  • 1

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2004

    Week 13 Question

    Is the White Tower currently aware of any way to completely dissolve/undo the bond between an Aes Sedai and her Warder so that the link no longer exists and all the positive and negative effects of the bond are removed?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, they are. It is called releasing a Warder, and an Aes Sedai who is very old or injured so badly that she knows she is going to die will, if she has the strength, release him so he doesn't suffer from her death. This does require the two of them to be together, and a little more time that laying on the bond. If they are physically apart, or she doesn't have enough time or strength remaining, touch on him.

    It has also been used to get rid of a Warder who proved to be unsuitable in some way, such as a man who is discovered to be a thief or who takes reckless chances, a fighter of duels who won't stop without the bond being used to force him. No sister is going to want a Warder who will risk getting himself killed, with all the attendant results to her, for no very good reason.

    Although use of the bond in that way (controlling) was not unknown in the past, it came to be regarded as a form of Compulsion to use it so except in the slightest forms. Besides, using the bond to control a Warder all the time is a lot of work. An Aes Sedai wants somebody who can watch her back and keep it safe, not somebody she has to work on all the time. (Which is one of the reasons Aes Sedai stopped bonding men against their will. Not ethical concerns or ethical growth, I'm afraid; it was just not very practical really.) Better simply to release the fellow who can't measure up and find another who will.

    By the by, releasing a Warder except for cause (the Aes Sedai's imminent death, his own unsuitability) or because he has asked for release is something that JUST IS NOT DONE! It would gain the sister considerable opprobrium from other sisters. A sister certainly would be looked at askance if she released a Warder who was dying, for example, just to avoid the effects on her of his death. When an Aes Sedai bonds a Warder, she is expected to buy in for the full ride. For that matter, releasing him for unsuitability is considered to reflect on the sister's judgment. She should have known better about him from the start.

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  • 2

    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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  • 3

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    Batlar

    I'm curious, what happened to the Black Ajah's Warders? Did they kill them?

    Robert Jordan

    Those who did not die on the night that Liandrin and the others left, died not long thereafter. Not all of them had Warders, remember. And not just the Reds.

    Footnote

    RJ apparently changed his mind on this later; in Winter's Heart Chapter 10, we discover that Eldrith's Warder Kennit still lives. RJ commented further on the Warders of Black Ajah members in 1998.

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  • 4

    Interview: Jul, 2002

    Question

    Do you feel that fantasy literature is heading in a more feminist direction? If so, what role has The Wheel of Time series played in that? Did you consciously focus on creating strong female characters? Who do you think is your strongest female character? Who is your favorite female character?

    Robert Jordan

    Whether or not fantasy is becoming more feminist, I couldn’t say. If it is, I certainly don’t know whether The Wheel has played any part. There have been fantasies based at least in part on the feminist struggle for many years, long before I began writing these books. In fact, I have been accused of ignoring the feminist struggle, though that isn’t exactly true. I simply decided to write in a world where the feminist struggle occurred so long ago that no one even remembers it. People in this world may think that a woman acting as a guard on a merchant’s train of wagons is odd, but just because it’s a rare sight. (When weapons depend on upper body strength, as swords, spears, halberds and bows do, the people who end up wielding the weapons are usually those with the greatest upper body strength.) But if a merchant or a magistrate or a dock worker is a woman, that’s just part of the description. I mean, the most powerful single group in this world for the last three thousand plus years is all-female. The Aes Sedai are actually the most sexist bunch in town, in many ways. In the eyes of most of them, a Warder is a man. The very notion of a female strikes them as peculiar and even uneasy-making. Which might just be the remnants of knowledge of what the differences are between a bond that links a man and a woman and the bond that links two women. (RAFO, guys, though the clues are already there. And by the by, a bond linking two men is also different, just not different in the same way.)

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  • 5

    Interview: Jul 19th, 2005

    Week 8 Question

    When a person that can channel is shielded, where is the shield placed? Is it placed around the whole body of the person or around the head of the channeler where they sense saidin/saidar? If you are shielded from the One Power, are you also shielded from the True Power? What happens if someone in a circle is shielded? Can a Warder feel that his Aes Sedai is shielded?

    Robert Jordan

    A shield exists both as a barrier around the entire person and as a single point along with everything in between. (In a way, this is like the Bore, which does not actually exist as Shayol Ghul. The Bore exists everywhere, but Shayol Ghul is the place where it can best be detected. Which is not to say that there is any connection between the Bore and a shield. Both simply exist in different states simultaneously.) Someone who is shielded and trying to get past the shield can "feel" their way along its inner "surface" hunting for weaknesses, such as the points that indicate where the shield is being maintained or has been tied off. Shielding against the One Power will indeed stop someone from reaching for the True Power. It isn't possible to shield one person out of a circle since, in effect, the circle has become a single person for the purpose of channeling. You would have to shield the entire circle, which would require either a circle of your own or a pretty hefty sa'angreal. A Warder cannot feel that his Aes Sedai has been shielded, though he would be aware of any agitation on her part. But this would tell him no more than that she was agitated.

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  • 6

    Interview: 2010

    Terez (11 August 2010)

    Are there actually Warders and Aes Sedai guarding the Blight at all times? Or is that another TEOTWism?

    Brandon Sanderson (11 August 2010)

    Well, there are Aes Sedai and Warders staying with most Borderlander monarchs.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I would say that yes, they are up there guarding. There are a disproportionate number, it seems, at times.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Morgase had one Aes Sedai, as did Berelain, to give advice. Borderlanders often have more.

    Footnote

    In the prologue of The Path of Daggers, 'Deceptive Appearances', it is made relatively clear that Paitar, Ethenielle, and Easar only had one advisor each.

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  • 7

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1994

    Question

    What about Warders? I thought the previous glossaries (up to The Fires of Heaven) said that Aes Sedai couldn't sense the direction of their Warders?

    Robert Jordan

    The link goes both ways. Aes Sedai CAN sense the direction (and, roughly, with some practice) the distance of their Warders. Those earlier glossary entries were an error carried over from a very early version of the glossary. If you read carefully, you will notice references in the earlier books to Aes Sedai sensing the direction of their Warders.

    Tony Zbaraschuk

    [Anyone got a hint as to where those references are??]

    [One of the other people at the signing mentioned the 'bonds' that Moiraine tied to Rand, Perrin, and Mat early in The Eye of the World. Those were directional, and I speculated that maybe they were related, in a very small way, to the Warder bond.]

    Footnote

    Encyclopaedia WoT keeps a list of errata here.

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  • 8

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1994

    Question

    What about those Warders in Caemlyn around Logain in The Eye of the World? Didn't Moiraine say that they were all Red sisters? Reds don't have Warders!

    Robert Jordan

    Moiraine never mentioned the sisters escorting Logain (not all of whom were Red Ajah). The ones with Logain weren't in Caemlyn at the time. Moiraine was referring to those that were in Caemlyn. There is something explaining this in Lord of Chaos. Remember that the interleaving of plot threads goes backward as well as forward.

    Tony Zbaraschuk

    [Evidently they stayed with the army, which stayed outside the city.]

    [Side note: I think I know the reference Jordan was talking about, but I'm not sure I believe it. Remember when Logain was talking to those Altaran nobles, mentioning all the Reds that had secretly supported him, apparently under Elaida's direction. Mentioning this at Siuan's instigation, we all thought. What if Logain was actually telling the truth? Siuan Sanche will be the most surprised woman in the world. I sort of hope I'm wrong on this one. Can anyone else come up with another reference in LoC that might explain this? One mentioning Reds in Caemlyn around the time of Logain's capture?] [Note 2: If Jordan was planning this all the way back in The Eye of the World—I am in awe. Pure stricken awe at the plotting consistency.]

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  • 9

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Ted Herman

    Got to ask two questions at signing part:

    Who killed Alric?

    Robert Jordan

    One of the Aes Sedai's Warders did, not a sister.

    Footnote

    Alric was Siuan Sanche's Warder who was killed when she was deposed in The Shadow Rising.

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  • 10

    Interview: Apr 3rd, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    No the Amyrlin did not change five times in seven years. I didn't catch the error before the book was published, though the correct sequence is there in my master chronology. The line in The Great Hunt should have read that "four of the last five" were from the Blue. The correct sequence is: Kirin Nelway (Brown) 922-950 NE; Noane Mosadim (Blue) 950-973 NE; Tamra Ospenya (Blue), 973-979 NE; Sierin Vayu (Gray), 979-984 NE; Marith Jaen (Blue), 984-988 NE; Siuan Sanche (blue), raised 998 NE. The correction is being made in the body of The Great Hunt and in the glossary.

    That is the problem with doing books this large; sometimes even with all best efforts, something slips through when I think it has been made right. So there haven't been any lies [in answer to "does the Glossary lie?"]. Not even the "distance and location." You should have heard the howl I let out when that glossary entry was pointed out to me. "No! No, I changed that before the bloody book was published!" I have been working from the start that the Warder bond could be used as a sort of direction finder by both. Either can sense the direction of the other, though it gets more vague with distance, until with long distance the most you have is a general impression of, for example, "somewhere sort of to the west." Not distance, unless they are pretty close, except by using experience, figuring how far you've gone and how much stronger the feeling is. How do you think Moiraine and Lan never had any worries about hooking back up when they were separated? There have been hints at it and oblique references in several places.

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  • 11

    Interview: Jun 16th, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    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.

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  • 12

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    When Birgitte says she remembers a tale of a female Warder after being bonded to Elayne, does she remember herself?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 13

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Ramo from Montreal, Canada

    Hello, Mr. Jordan. I have enjoyed reading the Wheel of Time series since the beginning. Now throughout 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?

    Robert Jordan

    Not on your life.

    Footnote

    In a later Barnes and Noble chat, RJ said he wouldn't mind being a Warder.

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  • 14

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Stormy Conner from Texas

    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 "New Spring" at the end, but I didn't know if it was a literal statement or figurative. Thank you for your time.

    Robert Jordan

    That is one of the gifts. She can draw as much strength as she needs—as a matter of fact, she could take it all. In other words, she could kill him.

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  • 15

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Caleyna Sedai from Astoria, OR

    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.

    Robert Jordan

    Such a bond would be possible, but an Ogier would find it a very strange thing to be asked to do. I can't think of an Ogier on this side of the Aryth Ocean who would be willing to accept.

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  • 16

    Interview: Oct 29th, 1998

    Kevin Bartlett

    When an Aes Sedai turns Black Ajah, does she keep her Warder? If so, how is that accomplished?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO. Of course, the easiest way is to pick a Darkfriend for a Warder. But RAFO.

    KEVIN BARTLETT

    He either misinterpreted my question with that parenthetical comment, or intentionally avoided the point. I was thinking specifically of Vandene here, since it looks like she might have killed Adeleas and Ispan, and I have a hard time believing that she has been Black since before she ever bonded a Warder. She obviously has been Black for quite a while, since it was most likely her that warded the Draghkar who nearly killed Moiraine in The Great Hunt. But I have to think she most likely turned Black some time during her tenure as an Aes Sedai. So is Jaem a Darkfriend too? We must assume...

    Footnote

    It was revealed in Knife of Dreams that Adeleas was killed by Careane. Vandene was killed after killing Careane. Since Verin was sent after the boys, Liandrin seems the most likely candidate to have warded the Draghkar.

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  • 17

    Interview: Nov 18th, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    Oh, and he made some comments about how Warders of the Black Ajah might sometimes meet with "accidents" so the Black Ajah can remain secret. Alternatively, the Black Ajah might intentionally bond Darkfriends.

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  • 18

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    John Hamby

    There was something about Black Ajah and the oaths. I am not sure if this was part of the Warder question or not.

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  • 19

    Interview: Nov 1st, 1998

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Psilink

    Is it possible to pass a Warder or any bond to a non-channeler? Or even a latent channeler?

    Robert Jordan

    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.

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  • 20

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Question

    I think at one stage on the internet you're quoted as saying that you wouldn't be a Gaidin—

    Robert Jordan

    Not a chance of it. Would I be a Gaidin? No I would not.

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  • 21

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Question

    Would a Gaidin be aware if his Aes Sedai was Black?

    Robert Jordan

    There are some ways that the Aes Sedai can fuzz, so to speak, the two way nature of the bond. After all, think about it a minute. Do you know many women who'd really like to have this guy looking over her shoulder if she was getting it on with somebody? This minute that she doesn't really want him to know what's going on, what she's doing, she can fuzz the bond to the extent that Elyas Machera has to ask whether the woman who is his... who held his bond has perished. He needs to know. He can't be sure simply by feeling because she fuzzed the bond after he ran away so he wouldn't know until she tapped him on the shoulder.

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  • 22

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Linda

    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? It's 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?

    Robert Jordan

    No. They can't sense it. I think you may be thinking about an adaption of bonds.

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  • 23

    Interview: Apr 7th, 2001

    Question

    Do Warders have a regular lifespan?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes they do. They hang on to what you would call 'vitality' longer than the average man, but they live a normal lifespan. They do get things out of the bond, but not a longer life.

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  • 24

    Interview: Apr 7th, 2001

    Question

    This will probably be a RAFO, but I hope you can at least say something, or did you just forget about him? What happened to Sheriam's Warder?

    Robert Jordan

    Uhm... No, you'll read and find out.

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  • 25

    Interview: Jan 28th, 2003

    Lady Voldemort

    Is it possible for an Aes Sedai to bond someone Asha'man style?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, if they learned the weaves. The Asha'man know a lot more about bonding than the Aes Sedai. Some guy figured out how to bond their wives, and then they started concentrating on other things they could do with the bond. The Aes Sedai never experimented, just passed on what they knew.

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  • 26

    Interview: Feb 26th, 2003

    tarvalon.net Q&A (Verbatim)

    Question

    If an Aes Sedai is stilled and then Healed, what happens to the bond with her Warder(s), if they don't die?

    Robert Jordan

    Once the bond is severed, it's severed.

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  • 27

    Interview: Jul 14th, 2005

    Diomedes

    If I can remember correctly, I asked, "When a Warder's bond is passed is the original bond still intact or is it broken?"

    Not the best choice of words, I admit, but I was nervous. A problem that would repeat itself, unfortunately, the following day.

    Robert Jordan

    In any case, RJ's answer was a terse, "No. It's a transfer. A transfer."

    Diomedes

    Now, I'm sure everyone will have their own interpretation, but I still believe that he's indicating that there is only one bond, and it is passed from one Aes Sedai to another. That is, to extrapolate, Lan is not suffering effects from having his bond with Moiraine broken.

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  • 28

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Roland Arien, a lot of people have asked questions about Alric's death. I should have made matters plainer. As I envisioned it, Alric, having sensed Siuan's extreme shock, came running to her and arrived just in time to be stabbed just before Siuan was taken into the anteroom. She should have sensed the knife going in, but that was masked by her shock. When she sees him lying there, he is dying, though not yet dead. As I said, I should have made it plainer.

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  • 29

    Interview: Oct 5th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Mark A, there are plenty of reasons for men and women to have a certain degree of distrust, though the fact that many Aes Sedai have Warders and good relationships with them shows that it isn't all mistrust. How much trust do most men and women have for the opposite gender here and now? I trust Harriet with my life, but look at how most people are. Look at most women's views of men, and most men's views of women. There is a lot of distrust right there. As for the Forsaken, they don't trust anybody. Gender doesn't enter into it.

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  • 30

    Interview: Oct 24th, 2005

    Question

    The NEXT guy asked how the bond the Asha'man use is different than the Warder bond of the Aes Sedai.

    Robert Jordan

    He explained that the bond is different because it contains that "extra bit" about obedience. Aes Sedai bound to Asha'man are compelled to comply with the demands of the men. While Aes Sedai can do this to their Warders, it requires work each time. He mentioned that Logain thinks that extra bit can be easily removed, but that the Asha'man feel this is EXTREMELY necessary. A Warder would not kill his Aes Sedai when she turned her back, but the Asha'man have NO such safety with their bound Aes Sedai.

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  • 31

    Interview: Oct 24th, 2005

    Fomu

    One question that I found interesting, although it slipped my mind last evening, if only for RJ's slick response. The question was about the differences between the Warder bond and the Asha'man bonding of an Aes Sedai.

    Robert Jordan

    From a mechanical standpoint, RJ explained that the bonds themselves are very different weaves, but that is more because of the differences in the situations. It is very unlikely that a Warder would ever try and kill their Aes Sedai, but that is not the case for an Asha'man and his bonded Aes Sedai. The Asha'man bond requires obedience of the Aes Sedai because the Asha'man would be in danger of her if she did not obey his every command. The Warder bond is different in that the Aes Sedai can bend her Warder to her will, but only with some effort on her part.

    RJ quoted from his own book how Logain stated that the Asha'man bond could be easily modified so that the obedience requirement was removed, and here is the important part and I will quote from memory, "but that has not happened, thus far."

    Fomu

    Those last two words were said with his head turning away from the microphone and with a pause before they were said. I'm not trying to be a conspiracy theorist here, but maybe this is RJ's way of saying we'll see an example of a more equitable bonding between Asha'man and Aes Sedai in the future.

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  • 32

    Interview: Oct 28th, 2005

    Frenzy

    But what I DID get to ask, was this: Can a person who hasn't actively channeled yet be severed or stilled?

    Robert Jordan

    Jordan's response (paraphrased) "No, you have to have something to take away something, so a person has to have an active connection to the Source to be able to have it cut."

    Frenzy

    Oh, the mayhem I can have with this little nugget.

    small: This explains why the Reds haven't summarily tried to gentle every boy at birth or every man by 30.

    big: If it takes an active link to the Source to slow, or to be stilled, then what about all those other attributes that sul'dam gain with use of the a'dam? Where do they come from? How did they get there?

    bigger: Is it possible that those attributes are NOT directly linked to the Source? Could it be merely the exposure to the One Power that gives sul'dam that ability? What about a Warder? Could a same-sex non-channeling warder develop those attributes over time?

    I need sleep now, I'll ponder this more later.

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  • 33

    Interview: Dec 19th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For David, Warders don't slow. They age at a natural pace, but they do maintain vitality and vigor beyond the levels associated with most ordinary men. That said, I recently saw a photograph of a man in his seventies who had an absolutely ripped six-pack. In fact, from the neck down, if you were told you were looking at somebody in his 20s or 30s, you'd just think he was in incredible shape. And he wasn't bonded to anyone. Also, Aes Sedai can release a Warder from the bond. In fact, I have said that most Aes Sedai who have time to realize that they are dying will release any Warders they have in order to spare them the effects. I'm pretty certain I have said that publicly, by the way.

    As an aside, I saw somewhere that I supposedly said that Sharina Melloy will not grow younger. If I did, then I misspoke. Sharina will not grow young, but she will grow younger in appearance, as will any other older women who begin to channel. For Sharina, by way of example, she will "regress" into apparent middle age, but no younger.

    Footnote

    It's not clear where RJ is purported to have said this, since the only instance we have on record is from 2006.

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  • 34

    Interview: Nov 9th, 2009

    Ted Herman

    Maria Simons

    About Gawyn's duel with Sleete, and the usage of real swords, she said she would have to look into that, since I had believed that normally practice swords are used. She said that perhaps sometimes they have to use real swords to keep their edge, so to speak, but will look into that.

    MARIA SIMONS (VIA LUCKERS)

    With novice swordsmen, the practice sword is very good because they can swing away with abandon and be swung at and at worse get a bruise. But there comes a time when a person must practice with a real sword, and not just shadow fencing. How does a sword feel when it hits another sword? How quickly can you come back from that? Practice with the weapon you are going to use in real combat is necessary. This is especially true if you are with an army in the field; you’re not playing at keeping in shape, you’re trying to make sure that you are at your absolute top form to keep from being killed when you come up against someone else with a pointy blade. These Warders are very, very good; they trust themselves to fight with real swords without damaging each other.

    So, often they practiced with practice swords, but sometimes they practiced with real swords. There is a type of practice with real swords in the books. We see it in New Spring: the Novel, where Bukama “took the other two a little distance away with talk of some game called “sevens.” A strange game it seemed to be, and more than dangerous in the failing daylight. Lan and Ryne sat cross-legged facing one another, their swords sheathed, then without warning drew, each blade flashing toward the other man’s throat, stopping just short of flesh. The older man pointed to Ryne, they sheathed swords, and then did it again. For as long as she watched, that was how it went. Perhaps Ryne had not been so over-confident as he seemed.”

    It’s not the same as when Gawyn faced Sleete and Marlesh, but it is experienced swordsmen practicing with real swords.

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  • 35

    Interview: Nov 17th, 2009

    Question

    Was the Warder bond originally created to control male channelers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 36

    Interview: Nov 17th, 2009

    Question

    Rand is bonded to four people. If one of them was to die, what would be the effect on him?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We know that immediate bonding to someone else helps with the 'Warder rage'—it doesn't completely get rid of it. I would say that your instincts are right, that it would help. I don't think that it would negate everything.

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  • 37

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    Is there a distance to pain sensitivity with the Warder bond? In essence, would I still know my Aes Sedai was being tortured or would it just be a dull pain if I was at a great distance?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, distance does matter. But no, you would know that she was being tortured, even at a great distance.

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  • 38

    Interview: Dec, 2010

    Lordjuss

    Did Naeff bond Nelavaire or was it the other way around? Where did she come from—was she one of Cadsuane's companions or one of Toveine's assault force?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The other way around, and neither. Nelavaire is one of the 23 Aes Sedai who were captured at Dumai's Wells and later swore fealty to Rand.

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  • 39

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez (Wetlandernw)

    What did Cadsuane use to blackmail Flinn, Narishma, and Manfor?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. ... That one’s mostly a MAFO. I’ll be honest. That’s a question I should have looked at.

    Terez

    Yeah, I figured it was; I was hoping actually to catch Maria on that one. That was from Wetlander from tor.com.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, was it? Hi Wetlander! That’s one I should know. I’m pretty sure it’s in there somewhere. That’s one I should have looked up, but I’ve just never looked it up. So...

    Maria Simons

    A quote from the notes: "For the men, it would have been at least partly a matter of blackmail. They are distrusting of Rand, and also of Taim to various degrees; none thinks it's safe to go back to the Black Tower; they are known in Cairhien as men who can channel, and also elsewhere, making them marked to an extent, at least on their own."

    So it wasn't anything really hidden, it was just "let us bond you and we'll help you; otherwise you’re all on your own." And it was Hopwil, not Manfor, who was in the first group bonded.

    Footnote—Terez

    I took the three names from Taim's list of "deserters" given to Rand by Logain in Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 24; Cadsuane wasn't too specific: "Blackmail was a tool she disliked using, but she had already used it on the three Asha'man..." That was in Winter's Heart Chapter 13; she told Rand about the three bonded Asha'man in Chapter 25, and indeed Karldin Manfor was not among those three.

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  • 40

    Interview: Apr, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    I asked what happened to [Sheriam's] Warder at Elf Fantasy, and got a RAFO, as I'd pretty much expected, but I had to try :) I asked "I know this is probably going to be a RAFO, but I really wonder if you forgot about him." RJ did laugh and almost seemed to hesitate as he answered, but I don't know if that meant that he did forget about that one small appearance in The Fires of Heaven when he wrote the Path of Daggers scene, or maybe it was because I admitted I kinda expected RAFO, or what.

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  • 41

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1994

    Question

    Someone asked him about bonding between Aes Sedai and Gaidin.

    Robert Jordan

    He said that the ability to locate the other is not at all an exact ability. He said something like they can sense distance only in the sense that the feeling of the other person becomes stronger or weaker. I suppose this is nothing new.

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  • 42

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    Verin infers that Tomas had to die within an hour of their betrayal of the Dark One, which is odd because he didn’t have that requirement, and she could have released him from the bond, so I was wondering, was Verin playing here?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What you have to understand is Tomas was tired of this world. Without Verin, he didn’t really want to be around...

    LUCKERS

    So Tomas is dead?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes. Tomas is dead. She could have released him, yes, but he didn’t want that.

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  • 43

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Min predicted a tempestuous love affair for Sarene, and a lot of people said after the book that was a mistake, because it wasn't mentioned, and I was like, "Her Warder, Vitalien..." because she wrote poetry comparing him to a leopard. (laughter)

    Maria Simons

    Yeah. There's a line somewhere about, she was always incredibly calm except when her Warder was around, or something like that...

    Terez

    Some people thought that it referred to Graendal...(laughter) And I'm like, "No....that doesn't count."

    Maria Simons

    Yeah....no....

    Terez

    You know, Compulsion, tempestuous love affair, same thing...

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    Interview: 1984

    Robert Jordan

    All of the boys are fascinated by the strange man, but there is some argument among them considering him. They have seen armed men before, guards for the grain and wool buyers, but there is something different about this man. Someone suggests he is one of the supposed hooded men, but this is quickly laughed aaside [sic], for only Rand among them believes in the men. Some think he is a Warder, but all of the stories (the only way that any of them knows of Warders) places [sic] these fabulous warriors in the Northern Blight, or occasionally one of the other Blights, where they battle strange and deadly beasts and the evil of the Dark One. Besides, this man's weapons and armor are plain and well worn, while the Warders in the stories always have arms and armor decorated with gold and jewels.

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