Warder and Warder Bonds

 

 

Since the Third Age, many rules have changed in the White Tower, including the rules involving Warders and the Warder Bond. Due to several Aes Sedai abusing their bonds to their Warders, including a couple of instances where Warders were bonded against their wishes (one example is the Dragon Reborn himself, who was bonded by a power hungry Aes Sedai before Tarmon Gai’don), new rules were instituted in the White Tower regarding the bonding of Warders.

 

In addition, the bond itself was changed. Nynaeve Mandragoran and several other Yellow Ajah sisters worked together to create new weaves for bonding Warders so the Warders had more benefits and fewer disadvantages when they were bonded.

 

The changes in the White Tower’s bonding policy are detailed below and divided into two sections: White Tower Rules for bonding Warders and Types of bonds.

 

Note: Though there is still a Warder bond that can be used, Warders are not required to allow their Aes Sedai to bond them. Instead, they can merely choose to be under the employ of an Aes Sedai and act as a Warder. In fact, most Warders now are not bonded and it is actually frowned upon to use a bond on Warders. That does not mean, however, that it is not done.

 

 

White Tower Rules for Bonding Warders

 

Since the White Tower fell in the Third Age, some things have changed. Like the Black Tower, they no longer force any woman to remain who wishes to leave, and any Novice, Accepted, or Aes Sedai is welcome to leave at any time during their training. Likewise, any female being trained at the White Tower may take a Warder (Novice, Accepted, and Aes Sedai alike) as long as they follow the rules below:

 

1.       NO BONDING OTHER CHANNELERS

 

          Penalty: Severing from the True Source and imprisonment on a White Tower work farm

 

Exception: After the debacle with Asha’man being bonded by Aes Sedai and Aes Sedai being bonded by Asha’man, both towers implemented strict policies in effect regarding the bonding of other channelers. While, at the Black Tower two channelers may request permission from the M’Hael and the Council to be bonded to each other (the marriage bond is used, rather than the warder bond), the White Tower has no such rule and simply forbids channelers to bond other channelers. Now that the White and Black Towers have formed a partnership, the White Tower may change their rules to match the Black Tower rules.

 

2.       NO USING THE TRADITIONAL WARDER BOND

 

          Penalty: Severing from the True Source and imprisonment on a White Tower work farm (and the bond will be removed)

 

3.       NO USING COMPULSION TO FORCE WARDERS TO ACT AGAINST THEIR WILL

 

Since the Third Age, Compulsion has become completely forbidden for use by any who belongs to the White Tower. This also applies to channelers relationships with their Warders. The penalties for using Compulsion on Warders (or to force a man to agree to being bonded as a Warder) are more severe than the penalties for simply using Compulsion.

 

Penalty: Severing from the True Source and imprisonment on a White Tower work farm (and the bond will be removed)

 

 

 

Types of Bonds

 

1.       WARDER BOND

 

The Weave: Although the weave is similar to the original Warder bond (a simple weave of Spirit), it is tied off on *both* ends, thereby protecting the Warder in case the bond is snapped. No longer is a broken bond a death sentence for a man bonded to an Aes Sedai. The bond can be found (by Delving) and removed by any channeler at the request of the Warder.  

 

The Effects: As before, when bonded, a man can find his Aes Sedai and visa versa (they sense direction and distance). In addition the bond offers to the Warder quicker healing, slightly slower aging, the ability to survive wounds that would kill ordinary men/women, greatly increased stamina, a sense of their Aes Sedai’s state of mind (this works both ways), the ability to sense Shadowspawn or the Dark One’s taint, and the ability to go an abnormally long amount of time without food, rest, or water.

 

One thing the new bond provides is the ability to sense when saidar is being channeled at them…this helps deter Aes Sedai from using One Power against their Warders. Men who are channeled at by their Aes Sedai often request that the bond is removed.

 

2.       MARRIAGE (HUSBAND/WIFE) BOND

 

The Weave: A simple weave of Spirit, though the form differs greatly from the weave for the Warder’s bond. This weave is performed by a third channeler rather than two channelers (or one channeler and one non-channeler) performing the bond on themselves.

 

However, there have been past instances where two channelers did the weave themselves. It was found that not only do the effects intensify immensely, but the bond includes the effects one would receive from a Warder bond as well.

 

In addition, it is possible for two non-channelers to be bonded by a channeler, though this is rarely done. It is rumored that the White Tower is planning to begin offering this practice soon for any who wish it. Once in place this bond cannot be removed. The death of either partner, however, will cause the bond to disintegrate without any ill effects.

 

The Effects: The ability to sense the other’s state of mind and body; the ability to feel emotions from the other; the ability to ‘send’ emotions or feelings; the ability to sense location of the other (distance and direction).

 

3.       TRADITIONAL WARDER BOND

 

          Note: Although this weave is completely forbidden, there are many who know it.

 

          The Weave: A simple weave of Spirit.

 

The Effects: A man can find his Aes Sedai and visa versa (they sense direction and distance). In addition the bond offers to the Warder quicker healing, the ability to survive wounds that would kill ordinary men/women, greatly increased stamina, a sense of their Aes Sedai’s state of mind (this works both ways), the ability to sense Shadowspawn or the Dark One’s taint, and the ability to go an abnormally long amount of time without food, rest, or water.

 

Negative effects (the reason the bond is prohibited): A snapped bond killed the man who was bonded, and in the few instances it did not kill him, it drove him insane. The bond contained a certain amount of Compulsion and made it easy for the Aes Sedai to control him. In essence, the bond was voluntary (and sometimes involuntary) slavery and that is why it was abolished.