Robert Jordan’s Notes Panel – Jordancon 10(2018)

THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS.  

IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THIS.

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Well Jordancon is over and I, once again, attended the Robert Jordan’s notes panel. For those that don’t know, this panel consist of those lucky few fans that have seen Robert Jordan’s notes (this some of these notes are available for public viewing. I will have to look up where and add it to this post)

This year the panelist included Linda Taglieri (creator of The Thirteenth Depository blog), Matt Hatch (creator of Theoryland) and Terez Gray from numerous Wheel of Time Forums.

Below you will find the notes I took on the notes the talked about. Some things were mentioned last year, but I am including them because they are still super interesting.

Before we get started, a few things of note:

  1. THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS.  IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THIS. (this bears repeating)
  2. This is your last chance to turn back
  3. Ok then…
  4. Spoilers/notes start on the next page

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Several fans asked by to find out if Aviendha got pregnant before or after the Last Battle. No one on the panel recalled seeing notes on this, but Terez is going to look for it.

ON TO THE NOTES:

  • Birgitte knows what the oath rod was used for in the Age of Legends but she has never seen one.  
  • Binders (oath rods) came in other forms, not just rods
  • Originally Moiraine  was going to become Amyrlin
  • Moiraine was going to be rescued by Rand
  • Nyneave was going to be raped by Shadair Haran
  • Galad was going to be a dark friend (what!?!)
  • Nyneave was going to kill (or appear to kill) Moiraine after she (Moiraine) became Amyrlin.
  • Galad was supposed to be able to Channel. And really we don’t know if you can or not because he was never tested (and it does run in the family)
  • Ogier were supposed to be dwarf like
  • There is nothing about Shara in the Notes. River of Souls was 100% Brandon
  • Lan was going to flee, become a hermit and then return to fight (does that sound familiar??)
  • Sakan (I am not 100% on the spelling) was going to be the name of the Dark One
  • RJ toyed with the idea of 7 or 9 ages. He settled on 7.
  • The White Goddess  by Robert Graves was a big influence on Robert Jordan.
  • Cadsuane (spelled Kadsuane in the notes) was around from the beginning
  • Binders could be used on non-channelers.
  • The a’dam has a buffer to stop damane from being burned out. This buffer also lessened the shock of the Warder Bond being broken.
  • Life Spans During the Age of Legends – this was really interesting, but I didn’t manage to get all the information. What I did get is below:
    • Ordinary People lived 200 years on average
    • Aes Sedai could live up to 800 years
    • There was also some information on how Binding affected life span, but that is the part I missed
  • Memory of Light Outline:
    • Egwene was to be pregnant at the end of the series (by Gawyn). Gawyn still died and Galad would take of Egwene and the baby
    • Isam and Fain showed up in the Last Battle and maybe killed each other.
    • The Last Battle was supposed to take place near the ruins of Caemlyn

Humans were the real enemy, not the Dark One. Destroying choice is the real enemy. (many fans feel like this is a “Brandon” theme. However, the very early notes show that this was Robert Jordan’s overarching theme from the very beginning)

That is all for this year.  

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The Gray Ajah

The main thrust of the Gray Ajah was mediation and negotiation. The Ajah was ruled by a council of varying number, but always an odd number. The leader of the council was considered by Gray sisters to be the head of their Ajah and was known as the Head Clerk, but in fact she had less authority than most Ajah heads and had to depend on gaining consensus among the council members. At the time of the Last Battle, there were approximately 140 members of the Gray Ajah, making it the third largest.

Taken from the Wheel of Time Companion

Gray Amyrlins

There have been nine Amyrlins raised from the Gray since the War of the Hundred Years.

  1. Dalaine Ndaye(36-64 NE)
  2. Medanor Eramandos(142-171 NE)
  3. Elise Strang(223-244 NE)
  4. Serenia Latar(276-306 NE)
  5. Cerilla Marodred(454-476 NE)
  6. Gerra Kishar(601-638 NE)
  7. Cemaile Sorenthaine(681-705 NE)
  8. Parenia Demalle(817-866 NE)
  9. Sierin Vayu(979-984 NE)

Gray Sitters

Other Notable Grays

Members of the Gray Ajah in positions of power or responsibility:

Black Ajah Grays

According to Verin’s List, thirty of the Grays were also Black Ajah. Known Blacks are:

Taken from: https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Gray_Ajah

For a full Gray Ajah Character List – https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Gray_Ajah_Character_List

The White Ajah

THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT FINISHED THE SERIES
One of the seven legitimate Aes Sedai Ajahs. Sisters of this Ajah abstained from matters of the world and worldly knowledge, and instead devoted themselves to questions of philosophy and truth. Aside from the First Weaver, the head of the Ajah, there was no internal structure whatsoever. Her authority was very high, not much less than that of the Red Ajah head and roughly equal to the authority of the Green or Yellow Ajah heads. In Choosing Sitters, the support of ten Sisters was required to become a candidate. It was considered unseemingly to campaign in any way, either to become a candidate or to win selection as a Sitter. Voting was not by secret ballot, but by open show of hands.
It was believed by many sisters in other Ajahs that the White Ajah was the only one without an Ajah set of eyes-and-ears and that they had no real interest in the world. This was not true, though their Ajah network was indeed small. Even the Whites-as a group, anyway-wanted to try to manipulate world events, along strictly logical lines, of course.
Among Whites, being sent off from the Tower on a mission of some sort, even as part of an embassy, was looked upon as drudgery at best, and at worst, punishment. Most Whites never bonded a Warder.
Just prior to the Last Battle, there were approximately eighty members in the White Ajah, making it the smallest.
Taken from the Wheel of Time Companion

White Amyrlins

White Sitters

§ Velina Behar: Sitter before and during the split
§ Seaine Herimon: Sitter before, during and after the split
§ Saroiya: Sitter before, during and after the split
§ Ferane Neheran: Sitter during and after the split
§ Aledrin: Sitter in Salidar
§ Berana: Sitter in Salidar

Other Notable Whites

White Ajah members with positions of power or responsibility:

§ Alviarin Freidhen: Elaida’s first Keeper of the Chronicles
§ Sereille Bagand: A Mistress of Novices before becoming Amyrlin

Black Ajah Whites

There were seventeen White Sisters on Verin’s list, approximately one third of the total. Known names are:
§ Fera

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