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  • 1

    Interview: Jan 25th, 2005

    Week 9 Question

    When a person channels, where do the flows appear to originate from? Do they extrude themselves somehow from the person's body, or do they seem to appear out of thin air in the channeler's general vicinity? What do the flows look like to a person who can channel? Are they colored, clear or indeterminate, smooth or rough, wispy or solid?

    Robert Jordan

    To the channeler, the flows seem to originate in his or her very immediate vicinity, not to emanate from themselves, although to another channeler, those flows do seem to be emanating from the channeler. The latter is the actual case, as the One Power is passing through the channeler, one of the reasons for individual limits on how much of the Power a particular person can handle. (And you have seen characters react as if to a blow from having a flow snapped or cut.)

    A channeler sees the flows as colored very faintly, according to which of the Five Powers is involved (red = Fire, Blue = Water, green = Earth, yellow = Air, white = Spirit), although the "feel" of the flows are also different to a channeler, so that a channeler can tell one from another without actually seeing them. (That is how someone can tell that somebody else has channeled, say, Fire and Earth, in their vicinity without seeing the flows.) It isn't a physical feel; you might almost as well say that they have different flavors. They appear to be smooth and nearly transparent, tinged with color.


  • 2

    Interview: 2010

    Gregg Fox (19 July 2010)

    Did RJ have a strength scale for each of the Five Powers for each channeler (similar to the one for overall strength)?

    Brandon Sanderson (20 July 2010)

    Not that I've seen. Now, there could be something in there I haven't seen.


    But the list I have indicates power level and, in some cases, what they are strong/weak at. Not a full list of all five.


  • 3

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000 Chat (Verbatim)


    Mr. Jordan, as a witch I would like to thank and compliment you on your explanation of the elemental powers.

    Robert Jordan

    I've been reading about elemental powers for years; glad you like it.


  • 4

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Ted Herman

    How was Nynaeve able to channel Fire when she slept? (in the Rahvin scene, The Fires of Heaven Chapter 55)

    Robert Jordan

    In Tel'aran'rhiod you can channel Fire. You can channel Spirit only from your sleeping body, but being in Tel'aran'rhiod is different and you can channel anything.


  • 5

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Terez (8 April 2012)

    Ask him if the manner of the Aiel service to the Aes Sedai in the Age of Legends was just Singing, or if it was also domestic.


    As a follow-up you could ask him if female Voices were also used in non-Earthy scenarios, i.e. to enhance saidar in particular?


    And ask him if non-Aiel could really have the Voice (assuming the type that enhances channeling) or if Lews Therin was just confused.

    Brandon Sanderson


    Lews Therin was confused about time and place, but what he was saying was possible.


    There was more than just singing, but Brandon wasn't willing to go into it. Unsure if that was RAFO or irrelevance.


    Brandon said he wasn't willing to talk much about the Voice things. I got the sense it was a subtle RAFO.