Cadsuane Melaidhrin


Basic Info

Gender

Female

Class

Channeler

Channeler Info

Type
Aes Sedai - Green Ajah

Description

Cadsuane is one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) Aes Sedai still living.  She's so old and disappears so often for so long that most people believed she was dead, until she showed up in Cairhien. She belongs to the Green Ajah, but claims that she's independent and owes no allegiance to either the Tower or to the rebels.  She's covered from head to toe in various ter'angreal and angreal trinkets and seems to know a lot about everything.  She is wise beyond her years, but more stubborn than a Two Rivers man.  Her stated goal is to teach Rand how to be human again.  In "The Gathering Storm", she is confronted by Tam al'Thor about her treatment of Rand, who has accepted her as a surrogate advisor in place of Moiraine.

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Points of View (9 Total)

Book Chapter Chapter Name
A Crown of Swords 11 An Oath
The Path of Daggers 3 A Pleasant Ride
Crossroads of Twilight 11 Talk of Debts
Crossroads of Twilight 12 A Bargain
The Gathering Storm 3 The Ways of Honor
The Gathering Storm 9 Leaving Malden
The Gathering Storm 17 Questions of Control
The Gathering Storm 25 A Plain Wooden Box
The Gathering Storm 34 Under an Oak

Interview Questions (15 total)

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In the scene during which the taint is cleansed, Cadsuane uses a ter’angreal that detects the One Power being channeled and the direction it is coming from. She watches the ter’angreal, and when the enemy channels, she points, and someone attacks. Why doesn’t it point to the huge amounts of the One Power that Rand and Nynaeve are channeling — far more than the Forsaken are being pegged for?
Cadsuane’s ter’angreal was made during the Breaking of the World, at a time when men and women no longer linked, or at least very rarely, since male channelers were going mad at a rate of knots. What the maker was particularly interested in detecting was men channeling, but a man channeling in combination with a woman was, by definition, safe, because no woman was going to link with a man unless she knew absolutely that he was sane and not going to go over the edge into insanity while they were linked. Thus, saidin and saidar being worked in combination could be ignored, and in fact would be a distraction, since this was and is a warning device. Cadsuane’s ter’angreal won’t point to the two halves of the Power being wielded in combination.
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In the scene during which the taint is cleansed, Cadsuane uses a ter’angreal that detects the One Power being channeled and the direction it is coming from. She watches the ter’angreal, and when the enemy channels, she points, and someone attacks. Why doesn’t it point to the huge amounts of the One Power that Rand and Nynaeve are channeling — far more than the Forsaken are being pegged for?
Cadsuane’s ter’angreal was made during the Breaking of the World, at a time when men and women no longer linked, or at least very rarely, since male channelers were going mad at a rate of knots. What the maker was particularly interested in detecting was men channeling, but a man channeling in combination with a woman was, by definition, safe, because no woman was going to link with a man unless she knew absolutely that he was sane and not going to go over the edge into insanity while they were linked. Thus, saidin and saidar being worked in combination could be ignored, and in fact would be a distraction, since this was and is a warning device. Cadsuane’s ter’angreal won’t point to the two halves of the Power being wielded in combination.
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How do the Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah "find" men who can channel?
We're told throughout the books that the male channelers get goose bumps whenever the females are channeling or embracing the source. However, it is continuously mentioned that the women don't know if the male Asha'man and Rand are embracing or channeling saidin. So how does the Red Ajah and Cadsuane, find Male Channelers and then gentle them? There are various ways that the effects of male channeling can be found, weaves that find the resonance of the residues of saidin. Check in Crossroads of Twilight. They do not detect the actual weaves, though, only the residues left after the weave is released. After that, it becomes a matter of detective work. Though perhaps stalking a leopard might be a better metaphor. As for Cadsuane, she has a few more tools at her disposal than other Aes Sedai, the reason for her extremely high success rate. Check Winter's Heart, and a few earlier mentions, for this one.
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How do the Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah "find" men who can channel?
We're told throughout the books that the male channelers get goose bumps whenever the females are channeling or embracing the Source. However, it is continuously mentioned that the women don't know if the male Asha'man and Rand are embracing or channeling saidin. So how does the Red Ajah and Cadsuane, find male channelers and then gentle them? There are various ways that the effects of male channeling can be found, weaves that find the resonance of the residues of saidin. Check in Crossroads of Twilight. They do not detect the actual weaves, though, only the residues left after the weave is released. After that, it becomes a matter of detective work. Though perhaps stalking a leopard might be a better metaphor. As for Cadsuane, she has a few more tools at her disposal than other Aes Sedai, the reason for her extremely high success rate. Check Winter's Heart, and a few earlier mentions, for this one.
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Cadsuane's pointed reminiscences about the good ol' days in Far Madding, I asked, "So can we assume..." and didn't even get to finish the question before he answered...
"Cadsuane is from Far Madding." And followed immediately, with no prompting, with "and Verin is from Far Madding."
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How did Elza defeat the wards on Cadsuane's plain wooden box?
Elza had been given knowledge of several rarely known weaves, and in other ways made into a tool of Shaidar Haran. Not all of it was pleasant for her.
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Is Romanda the Aes Sedai that is nearly as old as Cadsuane?
[Yes]
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According to several of AOL's members in our discussion forum, you stated at a Balticon conference that Verin Sedai had never held the Oath Rod, or had circumvented the Oaths. I was wondering if that was true, and if so, has Cadsuane also done so?
No, I did not say that Verin had never held the Oath Rod...Cadsuane has also held the Oath Rod.
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Had he always known the size and importance of the role of Fain and Cadsuane?
Yes
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Is there any chance that Cadsuane might be Ilyena reborn?
I...wha?...First of all, I'm not going to answer that. Second of all...EWW! ... And you can quote me on that!
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Has Cadsuane met Min's vision regarding the lesson she must teach Rand and the Asha'man, which they won't like one bit?
Part of it.
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Did you enjoy Tam calling Cadsuane a bully?
Immensely! She needed to hear it.
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Will there be reciprocity for Cadsuane's treatment of Semirhage?
If I have anything to say about it.
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Why introduce a somewhat important character like Cadsuane so late in the series? Is the fact that it seems a little odd supposed to be a clue?
She's introduced late in the series because this is the place where she was supposed to come in... I didn't expect her to be a part earlier in the series---there was nothing for her to do! We introduce no character before her time. With apologies to Orson Welles.
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If you could kill one character gruesomely (without regard to plot) who would it be?
Cadsuane
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