It has been well over three thousand years since the end of the Age of Legends,
The great research college of Collam Daan, located in V'saine, with its magnificent floating sphere,
- More on this later, but it's clear that this is what we saw in the Forward and Back Rhuidean flashback.
Status and honour were all-important, and could only be gained through service to the community.
Everyone was born with two names and could only gain the third one through accomplishment, apparently possible in many fields.
..the ability to channel was a genetic recessive, only two or three percent of the population could channel.
All Healers were channelers called Restorers, able to do far more healing with the One Power than medicine alone allowed.
They could find and remove pure ores without and damage to the structure or ecology of the land.
Ogier...Nym, and Da'shain Aiel worked as a team , focusing the One Power to insure perfect growth for every field they 'sang'.
- The idea that the OP can be focused is startling enough, but what I'm wondering about is the source of the OP in this instance.
the development of living constructs made with and/or able to utilise the One Power. Chora trees were one such construct.
- So it seems that Rand or whoever could start planting, with or without the Tree of Life.
The Nym, another construct, were sentient beings with the ability to utilise the One Power for the benefit of plants and growing things.
- Again the same applies. The Song can be resung. More Nym can be constructed.
Clearly the Aes Sedai were highly influential, with considerable power, at least at times, but equally clearly they were not the entire government and did not necessarily dominate it.
All law and punishment for Aes Sedai were handled within the guild.
Re: Arches. Standing just tall enough to walk under...cf picture page 33
One property both arches and doorways seem to have in common is that they may only be used once by the same individual,
Sources are not clear concerning whether the Da'shain Aiel could channel,
- According to the Rhuidean flashback the answer is 'No'.
though they do agree that the Aiel could often enhance channeling, as when adding their voices to the seed singing of the Ogier.
...the great Sharom, or floating sphere of the Collam Daan...
- And so ends that debate.
..a lifestyle that focused on beauty and comfort as much as on utilitarian efficiency.
This marriage of aesthetics and functionality was especially evident in the major cities of the age, which were Paaran Disen, M'Jinn, Comelle, Adanza, Mar Ruois, V'saine, Jalanda, Emar Dal, Paral, Halidar, Kemali, Tsomo Nasalle, Devaille, and Tzora in order of population size and importance.
Paaran Disen, central seat of government
Jo-cars had a very efficient four-wheeled design, or, in the floater version, a type of gravitational hovercraft technology.
All overseas travel was done via sho-wing....a basic delta-wing pattern,
Skimming...This method involved the use of platforms or steps in the void outside the Pattern to carry the traveller from one point to another.
Portal Stones, activated by the One Power, allowed the users and any who accompanied them to travel to other dimensions and worlds within the universe of the Wheel.
Glowbulbs provided light without the need of recharging or replacement.
- Then why did we see them flickering?
Energy to propel vehicles and operate devices was dispersed through a broadcast process that made it available to anyone with the proper receiving equipment.
fabrics like streith and fancloth were entirely artificial.
The average life expectancy was between one hundred and fifty and two hundred years.
There are records of some Aes Sedai being considered barely middle-aged at three hundred years, and some channelers may have lived seven hundred years or more.
- I wonder what the figure for non-bound AS would be at the moment.
The global capitalistic economy gave the greatest rewards for the greatest service.
- Hmm. I have no problem with capitalism, but for me at least this was a detail too far.
There was no poverty.
When the perpetrators of violent acts were caught, they were not sent to prison. Rather, they were constrained, in some manner not fully understood, against repeat offences.
...a worldwide parliament, or "council", of democratically elected officials.
- This sounds lovely in a book, but is it a feasible system? It seems flawed to me in that (for non-channlers) there is no punishment element, neither is there a deterrent against others committing the same crimes.
Re: Portal Stones... Indications are that they may predate the Age of Legends.
Fancloaks, made of fancloth...It is believed to be manufactured in the White Tower by use of a ter'angreal.
The testing was not mandatory,
For a woman, this ability appeared at an age from puberty, or approximately twelve or thirteen to twenty-one. If she was tested at twenty-one and the spark was still not there, it never would be. A man usually did not manifest trainability until at least the age of sixteen, but he retained the potential to show the inborn ability to channel until his mid-twenties. In both cases, the ability to learn-as opposed to the inborn spark-would lie dormant until discovered at whatever age.
No woman could verify a man's ability, and no man a woman's, save through their works.
This resonance could be felt only by another man, and only while he was embracing the Power himself. The testing Aes Sedai usually channelled a very tiny flame
- Another argument in the Taim-Demandred argument. What chance that Mazrim would pick the exact same method ?
while waiting to feel the resulting resonance from the candidate. This usually took about ten to fifteen minutes, if the candidate was focused on the flame, or up to thirty minutes if he was not. Even if the candidate was very resistant, the resonance would still occur, though it might take as much as an hour. For men, ...There was no way to tell how much potential ability an individual actually had.
A female Aes Sedai could feel the inborn ability to channel and relative strength of another woman who could channel within five or ten feet. To find those who could not not channel but who had the ability to learn, it was necessary to establish a resonance. ...it was then up to the candidate to try and feel the flow of the Power that the Aes Sedai was channeling. At that point the tester was also able to feel the candidate and immediately know her potential strength.
In both cases the tester had to be very careful to use only a minute amount of the Power to avoid damage or burnout for the candidate.
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