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Properly raised Aes Sedai in the Age of Legends


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Hi,

 

Long time reader, but I don't post frequently and I apologize if this topic has already been covered. I tried searching but didn't find anything directly answering the question. If this post is duplicative of something I missed, please feel free to admonish me, provide a link, and close this thread.

 

In ToM, Rand mentioned that he was the only "properly raised" Aes Sedai alive that hadn't turned to the Shadow. Did RJ/Team Jordan/the BWB ever explain what it meant to be properly raised in the Age of Legends versus how it is done now? If not, does anyone happen to know if this might be one of the things included in the recently announced Companion?

 

Thanks in advance for any info and sorry again if I missed a discussion on this. It's a line I glossed over in my first couple of re-reads, but it stuck with me the most recent time I re-read the series.

 

Also, side note: many thanks for all of the interesting reading/theories/et al. over the years. I look back both fondly and wistfully on all of the speculation between new releases.

 

Regards,

 

~Lemagrag

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We know everyone in the AoL was tested for the ability to channel, and Demandred (I think) references some harsh training in order to reach Oneness/the Void. I'm sure Ajahs were only temporary groups working for a common cause too, not a permanent sisterhood. Apart from that though I don't think we KNOW anything.

 

This is one of the things I'm hoping to read more about in the Companion.

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the guide tells that the testing was optional.  chapter 3.

 

in Age of Legends, the term for the groups was lowercase; capitalized did not come till sometime after the start of the White Tower.

Chapter 9 of the guide tells the difference between "ajah" and "Ajah".  like another poster told, "ajah" was temporary.

 

from my understanding, "Aes Sedia" was the only rank of channelers during the Age of Legends.  the "Novice" and "Accepted" ranks I take were formed sometime after the start of the White Tower; do not recall anywhere telling when.

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From how it sounds to me in the BWB the orginial "ajahs"  started out as groups of women who could channel.  Because it talks of building Tar Valon between independent groups and that the true goal of building Tar Valon was to unify these separate entities.  So "ajah" seems to of been a independent group of women who could channel and "Ajah" became a sisterhood of Aes sedai with common goals or beliefs. 

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lowercase to me seemed to apply to both genders and each age; not just female adults.  Since both genders could be Aes Sedia during the Age of Legends, and since even young people seemed to be Aes Sedia then.

 

capitalized does seem to apply to just women.  Since just female channelers survived to that time and since the females seemed to be adults when they gained the rank of Aes Sedia.

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Hi,

 

Long time reader, but I don't post frequently and I apologize if this topic has already been covered. I tried searching but didn't find anything directly answering the question. If this post is duplicative of something I missed, please feel free to admonish me, provide a link, and close this thread.

 

In ToM, Rand mentioned that he was the only "properly raised" Aes Sedai alive that hadn't turned to the Shadow. Did RJ/Team Jordan/the BWB ever explain what it meant to be properly raised in the Age of Legends versus how it is done now? If not, does anyone happen to know if this might be one of the things included in the recently announced Companion?

 

Thanks in advance for any info and sorry again if I missed a discussion on this. It's a line I glossed over in my first couple of re-reads, but it stuck with me the most recent time I re-read the series.

 

Also, side note: many thanks for all of the interesting reading/theories/et al. over the years. I look back both fondly and wistfully on all of the speculation between new releases.

 

Regards,

 

~Lemagrag

It means that from that era Rand is the last original Aes Sedai from the AOL who hadn't gone over to the shadow.  What Aes Sedai are now are nothing like they used to be, so much of what was known was lost, and the Ter'angreal that they dare to use (they can't even make these any longer or remember the how of it) they don't use for their intended purposes.  Basically they are a pale shadow of a remnant.

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