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Is it possible to create a Stedding?


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I've looked to see if this has been covered, but couldn't find anything, so apologies if I've missed it.

 

Just thinking that we don't really know a huge amount about the Stedding, and I have a few questions that maybe you guys can answer:

 

1) Do we know why/how Stedding came to exist? Are they a natural occurance or created somehow?

 

2) If they were creatable, could this potentially be a way to seal the Dark One away forever? The Power (inc the True Power) doesn't work in a Stedding, and shadowspawn react badly to them. Could a stedding be created around the new prison (if TDO isn't actually 'killed') to prevent any channeller from ever breaking him free again?

 

3) What is the nature of the Longing, and why don't the Gardeners suffer it (unless they do and it's simply not become an issue as yet)?

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3) What is the nature of the Longing, and why don't the Gardeners suffer it (unless they do and it's simply not become an issue as yet)?

The Longing didn't exist before the Breaking. During the Breaking, Ogier were unable to find their Stedding for a very long time, and that's when the Longing started. And now, even though they have access to their Stedding again, it never completely went away.

 

The Ogier in Seanchan apparently never experienced this, at least not to the same extent as those in Randland. They found their stedding again faster or never lost them, and as a result, have no problem being away from them for any length of time.

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What ive always thought is that when the book of translation is used, not only Ogier switch dimensions, but the land underneath them does too.

 

So basically i think the stedding is part of their homeland. There is no one-power in their homeland, and thats why there is no source there. Also makes sense why TAR cant go there.

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it may be possible to recreate steddings, but its not been done that we know of. there have been imitations like at far madding to block channeling in the city.

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What ive always thought is that when the book of translation is used, not only Ogier switch dimensions, but the land underneath them does too.

 

So basically i think the stedding is part of their homeland. There is no one-power in their homeland, and thats why there is no source there. Also makes sense why TAR cant go there.

 

 

That doesn't really make sense for me. The Pattern is driven by the True Source, without which there would be no pattern. I don't think there's any evidence to suggest that a world can exist without a pattern, as the metaphysics of the WoT are build that way. Since this other world, as far as we know, would be created by the same creator, and the mirror worlds we've seen all suggest a universe driven by the pattern and as of such, the True Source, I don't think there exists a world which is not.

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What ive always thought is that when the book of translation is used, not only Ogier switch dimensions, but the land underneath them does too.

 

So basically i think the stedding is part of their homeland. There is no one-power in their homeland, and thats why there is no source there. Also makes sense why TAR cant go there.

 

 

That doesn't really make sense for me. The Pattern is driven by the True Source, without which there would be no pattern. I don't think there's any evidence to suggest that a world can exist without a pattern, as the metaphysics of the WoT are build that way. Since this other world, as far as we know, would be created by the same creator, and the mirror worlds we've seen all suggest a universe driven by the pattern and as of such, the True Source, I don't think there exists a world which is not.

 

Agreed. Plus I dont think a stedding could hold the Dark One prisoner permanently because all it would take is another Lanfear to rediscover the True Power. The only way to stop that from happening again is to make a stedding that covers the whole world.

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Can the True Power be used in a Stedding? I can't remember.

 

No it can not. This is one of the differences between a stedding and the guardian.

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From first principles, somebody must have created steddings.

Maybe the Ogier, or the scientists / OP users of the Age that inducted the Ogier.

Either way, the Ogier would know something about it - they maintain book knowledge and pass it down and this is crucial for their existence in this world.

Of course, this knowledge may not be very helpful, if, as with the Ways, all the Ogier know is that somebody used OP to create a stedding.

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