Strengths in the One Power (Quotations)

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Author: Toral Delvar

This is a list of all references to how strong a person in the One Power, or to behaviour such as deference that is indicative of strength.

The degree to which a person is able to channel and how much of the One Power they can safely hold varies considerably. In general, men are stronger than women; while the weakest man and the weakest woman would be roughly equivalent, there are several levels of male strength on top of the female levels (Robert Jordan's Blog, Tuesday, October 4th, 2005). Some women, such as Morgase are barely able to channel at all (LoC, Prologue), while others such as Sharina and Lanfear may well have the maximum possible strength for any woman (CoT, Ch. 17; WH, Ch. 35). It is assumed that men show the same range of strengths, but this is not known, except that Rahvin believed that both he and Sammael were stronger than Lanfear (TFoH, Prologue).

The White Tower accepts approximately the top 62.5% (Tuesday, October 4th, 2005), though at the time of The Aiel War, only around 20% of novices were strong enough (NS, Ch. 3), a figure that had remained the same by the time Egwene and Nynaeve joined (TGH, Ch. 4). This discrepancy is likely explained by a reluctance to send away all but the very weakest until their training is complete and the stronger women progressing to Accepted and then Aes Sedai quicker than others. If male strength is compared, 64.5% of men have the level of strength that the White Tower will accept (Tuesday, October 4th, 2005).

New Spring

  • The novice quarters...held under a hundred (Ch. 3).
  • "Once half the girls who were entered in the novice book would have been tested for the ring; fewer than twenty of the current novices would be allowed to (Ch. 3).
  • "Elaida had never deferred to anyone but bowed her head" - To Meilyn, (Ch. 5).
  • "Setsuko...could never reach the shawl"(Ch. 6).
  • Lisandre would be allowed to test for Accepted (Ch. 6).
  • "Her stay in the Tower would be over in a matter of months" - About Setsuko (Ch. 6)
  • Strangely, though Rafela had reached the shawl a year before Leane, she only sighed (Ch. 11).
  • Kairen and Cabriana clearly took their lead from Anaiya (Ch. 11).
  • ...almost as meekly, "If you will come with me please" Cabriana to Siuan and Moiraine (Ch. 12).
  • "Plainly she was the low woman among the three" - Cabriana vs Kairen and Anaiya (Ch. 12).
  • "Explained Elaida's deference to Meilyn and Rafela yielding to Leane" (Ch. 12)
  • "Cabriana was not very strong at all" (Ch. 12).
  • "We're not so far from the top already, in another five years we'll be close" Siuan to Moiraine (Ch. 12).
  • "Her strength ... was nearly as great as her or Siuan's would be eventually" - Moiraine on Cetalia (Ch. 12).
  • "Anaiya was nearly as strong in the Power as Cetalia" "If she did not have to stand for Anaiya, surely she did not have to obey her, unless Anaiya was simply being courteous" - Moiraine (Ch. 12).
  • "Only a handful of sisters stand so high above us" Moiraine about Cetalia (Ch. 14).
  • "Elaida...stood as high as they would one day" - Moiraine (Ch. 14).
  • "Lelaine...stood as high as Elaida" (Ch. 14).
  • She was not one of those Moiraine needed to defer to - about Ryma (Ch. 14).
  • "Of course, she was not very strong in the Power" - about Adine (Ch. 14).
  • "Without the Keeper's stole, Duhara would have had to jump when she snapped her fingers, should she have chosen to" - Moiraine (Ch. 14).
  • About twenty novices too weak were put out - (out of about one hundred present) (Ch. 14).
  • "Larelle was as strong as Merean, requiring deference" (Ch. 17).
  • "Enough weaker than they to accept being cut off" - Felaana vs Larelle and Merean (Ch. 17).
  • "No one has come to the White Tower in a thousand years who could match me, no one to match Meilyn or Kerene in almost six hundred". - Cadsuane's PoV. Kerene and Meilyn are both dead (Ch. 17).
  • "..the next five. Five once this child and the Sanche girl reach their potential." - About Moiraine (Ch. 17).
  • "Another three or four years would pass before Siuan gained enough strength to tell Cetalia she was leaving" (Ch. 18).
  • "Cetalia nearly equalled Merean in the Power" (Legends version)

The Eye of the World

  • "With training you might become even more powerful than Egwene and I believe she can become one of the most powerful Aes Sedai we have seen in centuries" - Moiraine to Nynaeve (Ch. 21)

The Great Hunt

  • "Elayne could well be the most powerful Aes Sedai in a thousand years" - Siuan (Ch. 4).
  • "Egwene is at least as strong as Elayne...Nynaeve...Once she gains conscious control of what she does now...she will be as strong as any in Tar Valon. With training she will shine like a bonfire beside the candles of Elayne and Egwene" - Moiraine to Siuan (Ch. 4).
  • "You will make forty and no more than eight or nine will be raised to Accepted" - Sheriam to Egwene on novice numbers (Ch. 18).
  • "I can think of few women strong enough...The Amyrlin, Moiraine and Elaida. Perhaps one or two others and three still in training." - Verin. Nynaeve is one of these. It is unclear if the other two are Theodrin and Faolain or Egwene and Elayne (Ch. 31).
  • "Two run loose, one of them more powerful by far than I had been led to believe" - Suroth about Elayne and Nynaeve (Ch. 40).
  • "You may be as strong as a full sister when you are angry..." - Elayne to Nynaeve (Ch. 40).

The Dragon Reborn

  • "You have the potential to be stronger than any Aes Sedai in a thousand years" Siuan to Egwene (Ch. 13).
  • "Verin says you are already as strong as any woman in the Tower" Siuan to Nynaeve (Ch. 14).
  • "Each of you is more than a match for Liandrin in sheer power and she is the strongest of them" Siuan to Egwene and Nynaeve (Ch. 14).
  • "She or Elayne or Nynaeve could destroy Elaida where she sat. If they caught Elaida by surprise at least" - Egwene (Ch. 17).
  • "She paused as if she had just heard her own words - that she could channel half of what ten full Aes Sedai did with a sa'angreal - Nynaeve (Ch. 18).

The Shadow Rising

  • "Nynaeve was strong in the Power, stronger than Egwene" (Ch. 5).
  • "Mazrim Taim...can channel with incredible strength, perhaps as much as Rand al'Thor if reports can be believed" - Joiya (Ch. 5).
  • "She was stronger than Moiraine, potentially at least" (Ch. 6).
  • "There were things Elayne could do, and the other two, that the Aes Sedai could not" (Ch. 6).
  • "I am stronger than Moiraine, she would be whimpering...or insensible if she tried to hold as much as I hold now" - Egwene (Ch. 7).
  • "She had assumed they were as strong as he...She and Elayne would be among the strongest Aes Sedai, if not the strongest in a thousand years...perhaps Nynaeve could come close" - Egwene about Rand (Ch. 7).
  • "She can be as strong as Egwene" - Moiraine on Aviendha (Ch. 23).
  • "You are far stronger than I" - Amys to Egwene (Ch. 35).
  • "You might become something one day...You are too strong to waste... I would love to see Rahvin's eyes the day he meets you unblocked" Moghedien to Nynaeve (Ch. 46).

The Fires of Heaven

  • "Could he have overwhelmed you...not that he himself could not, or Sammael" -Rahvin to Lanfear, about Rand (Prologue).
  • "Could channel less than most Novices" about Sorilea (Ch. 5).
  • "Sheriam is highest among us" (Ch. 27).
  • The amount of saidar that Nynaeve had drawn into herself was amazing... what Elayne could add would not make a difference (Ch. 35).
  • "I am as strong as Egwene" - Aviendha (Ch. 51).

Lord of Chaos

  • "Elayne had as much potential as had been seen in a thousand years. Not as much as Nynaeve..." (Prologue).
  • Anaiya touched her arm and she cut off, blinking at the other Aes Sedai - Janya when talking to Elayne (Prologue).
  • Anaiya touched her arm again; it seemed to be a signal because once more Janya stopped and blinked (Prologue).
  • "Mesaana...matched well with Semirhage on most points...had strengths to lay against weaknesses" (Prologue).
  • "Fifty times trying to sense the true source to find it once and when found twenty times attempting to open herself to saidar to catch a dribble once. A Brown sister named Verin had told her there was hardly any need for the tower to hold her until she learned to handle her tiny ability safely" - Morgase (Prologue).
  • "'I was only speculating...Galina Sedai' That was as much respect as was proper in a public place and perhaps a touch more" - Katerine to Galina (Prologue).
  • "Taim held...not much short of what Rand himself could manage" (Ch. 3).
  • "Two years earlier, with more potential than any novice in centuries ..." about Nicola (Ch. 12).
  • "Escaralde insists on making ter'angreal when she is not strong enough" (Ch. 13).
  • "Two thirds of the women there could wield saidar, some not much more than Sorilea, others equalling Amys, who was as strong as any Aes Sedai Egwene had yet met" - about ~twenty four Wise Ones (Ch. 25).
  • "Surandha...could channel as strongly as many Aes Sedai" (Ch. 27).
  • "If Nynaeve couldn't take us all the way the first time, maybe she'll only take us two thirds... or half...but most here would still be as strong and a good many stronger" Siuan and Leane (Ch. 30).
  • "She was stronger than Siuan, much stronger; the margin had always gone the other way" Delana's PoV (Ch. 30).
  • "Sheriam was clearly the strongest woman in the room aside from Egwene herself, and Myrelle next ... the rest all seemed close..Siuan...was weakest by a fair margin" - About Morvrin, Carlinya, Beonin, Anaiya, Myrelle and Sheriam (Ch. 34).
  • "Sorilea would have been put out of the tower without being tested for Accepted" (Ch. 37).
  • "Only a handful were strong enough to make a gateway larger than they could put their hand through and most not even that" - About Aes Sedai (in Salidar) (Ch. 39).
  • "She and Merana were so close in strength the only way to tell which had the greater.." - Alanna's PoV (Ch. 43).
  • "No way to tell which of them was stronger" Alanna on Verin (Ch. 43).
  • "Nor Adeleas I fear. It appears we are not strong enough for some of the new things" - Vandene (Ch. 44).
  • "Verin seemed to defer without deferring" on Bera and Kiruna (Ch. 49).
  • "Both at least as strong as Masuri, Faeldrin or Rafela" Merana on Bera and Kiruna (Ch. 49).
  • "Demira had waited for the others to finish of course" About Bera, Kiruna, Rafela and Faeldrin (Ch. 49).
  • "Irritatingly, only Berenicia sat as small as Merana...Faeldrin...spoke when she wished...so did Masuri and Rafela...Seonid appeared scarcely less eager...Rest like Valinde...almost placid." Rest is Kairen and Demira (Ch. 49).
  • "Asra likely would never have been allowed to take the test for Accepted" (Ch. 52).
  • "There are also ninety four wise ones..the strongest in the One Power." Amys on the Wise Ones that rescued Rand. Includes Amys, Edarra, Sotarin, Cosain (Ch. 54).
  • "Every one of those women except Sevanna had been able to channel, several quite strongly" Galina on Wise Ones who visited - ~twelve Therava, Desaine and those that killed her (Ch. 53).

A Crown of Swords

  • "Chosen from the strongest of the Shaido Wise Ones who could wield the One Power" - about those fighting at Dumai's Wells - Alarys, Someryn, Belinde, Modarra, Therava, Rhiale, Tion, Meira, Dorailla (Prologue).
  • "You have a little strength, child. Not much, but enough....this...is called a gateway" Mesaana teaching Alviarin Traveling (Prologue).
  • "None were near as strong as he...Fedwin stood highest of the three; The three were all strong enough to make a gateway of useful size, if just barely in Jonan's case...Every Asha'man he had kept had that" - vs Jonan and Eben (Ch. 7).
  • "They were the next strongest women in the camp, as strong in the Power as Siuan used to be." - about Romanda and Lelaine (Ch. 9).
  • "She and Melaine were no stronger than Theodrin or Faolain, far from weak, indeed stronger than most Aes Sedai but far from a Forsaken's strength." - About Amys (Ch. 10).
  • "Aeldene so far above me... is no more than middling" - Siuan's PoV (Ch. 11).
  • "Clearly the stronger of the two in the Power" Egwene on Theodrin in relation to Faolain (Ch. 11).
  • "Are you lost to all propriety Siuan...you can be taught again" - Nisao to Siuan, clearly standing far above her (Ch. 12).
  • "I have never met anyone so strong as they" - Dorile on Elayne, Aviendha and Nynaeve (Ch. 13).
  • "The woman was not weak in the Power" - Aviendha on Dorile (Ch. 13).
  • "Only a wish not to offend Tylin that keeps us from confining you all on bread and water" (Ch. 16).
  • "They stood as equals in every real way" - Joline on Teslyn (Ch. 17).
  • "Equal or no, Merilille, though stood lower" - Joline on Teslyn (Ch. 17).
  • "The woman did not stand that far above her. Not really" Merana on Cadsuane (Ch. 19).
  • "Both could channel and quite strongly" Cadsuane on Edarra and Leyn Ch. 19.
  • "Of the two of them, Annoura should have been having the harder time with Cadsuane by far. If only Seonid would pop round the corner." - Merana Ch. 19.
  • "She is strong, very strong" - Someryn on Graendal (Ch. 20).
  • "Someryn prided herself that she had never encountered a woman near as strong as she" (Ch. 20).
  • "One of those women was not negligible" - Graendal on Someryn (Ch. 20).
  • "Morgase Trakand had an ability so small she would have been sent away in a matter of weeks" (Ch. 22).
  • "Berowin was not very strong; Most Aes Sedai she had met stood above Berowin; nearly all ...would have stood near the bottom" (Ch. 23).
  • "...could channel too, if not to any high degree" - about Derys (Ch. 23).
  • "Garenia "could match Lelaine or Romanda" (Ch. 23).
  • "Easily equalled Sheriam say, or Kiruna or Kwamesa...not many women possessed so much strength" - About Reanne (Ch. 23).
  • "The woman who would have stood very close to the top...the woman who would have stood near the bottom" Garenia and Berowin (Ch. 23).
  • "Not the youngest, but the lowest in strength, Careane" about Vandene, Adeleas, Merilelle, Careanna, Sareitha" (Ch. 23).
  • "...Seemed neither Grady nor Neald could make one as big as Rand or Dashiva" - about Gateways (Ch. 27).
  • "I stand highest amongst those who" Covarla on the Aes Sedai that escaped Dumai's Wells (total of twelve) (Ch. 32).
  • "...the weakest of their number...Micara was not truly weak in the Power...Galina could have broken Micarah's shield with little effort" (Ch. 40).
  • "Therava was somewhat stronger in the Power than her, which relatively few women were" Galina's PoV (Ch. 40).
  • "Dashiva held almost as much as Rand could handle" (Ch. 41).
  • "Sammael came. A man channeling saidin at least and a lot stronger than Eben or me. As strong as you...I'd say" Jonan to Rand (Ch. 41).
  • She was also the strongest in the Power found for a thousnad years or more until the advent of Nynaeve, Elayne and Egwene and even they do not far out-step her (Glossary, about Cadsuane)

The Path of Daggers

  • "Neither could channel strongly enough to have any certainty of holding Turanna by herself" - Daviena and Losaine (Prologue).
  • "A Red with Katerine's strength was no trifle" (Prologue).
  • "Tialin was not much weaker in the Power than Verin" (Prologue).
  • "Several of the Knitting Circle were strong enough. All of the Windfinders had sufficient strength" - About Travelling. Chanelle and Shielyn are two of these (Ch. 1).
  • "Kirstian was as strong in the Power as Reanne, stronger than most Aes Sedai Aviendha had yet met" (Ch. 1).
  • "None of these women would stand particularly high.. not low, but not high" "If they had been Aes Sedai, every one of them...would have listened when she spoke and stood when she enteed a room" - Windfinders with the girls (Nearly twenty, Including Renaille, Caire, Dorile, Naime, Rysael, Kurin, Senine, Tebreille) Not including Rainyn, Talaan and Metarra (Ch. 2).
  • "Renaile was far from the strongest even in the first three or four" (Ch. 2).
  • "Elayne knew she had not yet reached her full potential, neither had Nynaeve" (Ch. 2).
  • "Her own potential and Aviendha's matched Egwene's" - Elayne's PoV (Ch. 2).
  • "Rainyn was easily as strong as Lelaine or Romanda, and Metarra on a level with Elayne...Talaan...came very close to Nynaeve." Elayne knew she had not yet reached her full potential and neither had Nynaeve. - Elayne (Ch. 2).
  • "Not...strong...but with it she could handle twice as much of the Power as Nynaeve" - Elayne: on the turtle angreal (Ch. 2).
  • "No one else on the farm came close" - about finding people for the weather circle (Ch. 5).
  • "Garenia's presence meant that Renaile would not be part of the circle" - Members of the Circle "Naime (WF), Rysaid (WF), Tebraille, Caire (Running it), Metarra, Rainyn, Elayne, Aviendha, Nynaeve, Reanne, Garenia, Kirstian (Ch. 5).
  • "Naime and Rysael were higher in rank than Rainyn, but markedly weaker" (Ch. 5).
  • "One hundred and forty seven kinswomen" - Only eight of which can travel, including the knitting circle, but not including those sent off into Arad Doman, none of whom were strong enough to travel (Ch. 6).
  • "Careanne stood lowest among the sisters" (Ch. 6).
  • "Very weak... negligible" - about Morgase (Ch. 10).
  • "Therava and Someryn were stronger than any woman in the Tower" - Galina's PoV (Ch. 11).
  • "The girl was stronger in the One Power than she herself! Even in her own age that had been uncommon among men and very rare indeed among women" Graendal on Cyndane; "Where had the spider found a girl so much stronger than she" (Ch. 12).
  • "She was weak enough to make even Daigian seem moderately strong" - about Sorilea (Ch. 12).
  • "...had gathered up Kumira and Daigian and were herding them away...Most Sisters regarded Daigian as little better than a wilder. In that company, Kumira hardly stood much higher" - Comparing to Bera, Faeldrin, Merana (Ch. 12).
  • "Every one was strong enough to make a gateway" - Gedwyn, Rochaid, Adley, Morr, Hopwill, Narishma, Nensen (Ch. 22).
  • "Flynn was stronger than Gedwyn or Rochaid either...and Narishima not far behind" (Ch. 22).
  • "Pevara matched Saerin and Yukiri in Strength, but she herself was weaker than any here save Doesine" Seaine - Talene also there (Ch. 26).
  • "Zerah was weaker in any case." Seaine's PoV (Ch. 26).
  • "She was almost as strong as Zarya. None of the knitting circle were weak." About Kirstian (Ch. 30).
  • "Neither strong enough to become Aes Sedai, nor.." - Sarainya (Ch. 30).
  • "Sharina with a potential above even that of Nynaeve" (Ch. 30).

Winters Heart

  • "Renaille can Travel..." (Prologue).
  • "The weakest in the Power...Barely strong enough....to have earned the shawl" - Monaelle vs Amys, Tamela, Viendre, Shyanda (Prologue).
  • "Both were stronger in the Power than she, stronger than any sister save Nynaeve" - Elayne on Tamela and Viendra (Prologue).
  • "Desandre and Lemai stand highest among us" - about the fifty-one captured by the Black Tower (Prologue).
  • "Could not understand why Elayne had given shelter to near one hundred and fifty merchants and craftswomen" "Eighteen of the Kin were no longer in the palace...none were strong enough to Travel" (Ch. 8).
  • "Most aren't strong enough to reach the shawl. Many can't even reach accepted" Nynaeve on the Kin: - of the hundred and forty seven she has encountered at least (Ch. 8)).
  • "The woman was far from strong in the Power...she would never attain the shawl" about Alise (Ch. 8)).
  • "Alivia is...considerably stronger than Nynaeve" (Ch. 8)).
  • "She should have hung her head at Eldrith's lecture and apologised" - About Temaile (Ch. 10)).
  • "Eldrith stood highest amongst them." On Chesmal, Eldrith, Asne and Temaile - possibly refers to stature in Black Ajah, but unlikely as it also states "Chesmal...had begun taking only cursory notice of that" - not likely for Black Ajah hierachy (Ch. 10)).
  • "Talaan matched her as closely as made no difference...the light alone knew what her potential was" - Nynaeve's PoV (Ch. 10)).
  • At first he had thught she was Lanfear reincarnated....until Mesaana told him the girl was weaker than Lanfear - Demandred on Cyndane (Ch. 13)).
  • "Sera, the strongest" vs Dani, Dali, Charral and Mylen" (Ch. 14)).
  • "Some in Nesune's boat were in a position to expect deference from some in Cadsuane's...Nesune stood higher than any save Cadsuane and Merise" Nesune's= - Nesune, Erian, Beldeine, Elza; Cadsuane's = Cadsuane, Merise, Corele, Kumira, Daigian (Ch. 23)).
  • "I might have to Travel" - Alanna (Ch. 25)).
  • "Elza was very conscious of where she stood with respect to other sisters.. for her to ignore Verin, much less confront Cadsuane, she must have been in a fine swivet" (Ch. 25)).
  • "None of the other sisters were strong enough to make the weave work" - Merillile, Adeleas, Vandene, Sareitha and Careane (Ch. 26).
  • Cadsuane must have had an angreal...she was drawing...more Power than Elza and Merise combined" (Ch. 35)).
  • "She was actually quite strong"; "she had been upset that she was not the one to meld the flow as if a wilder's strength counted with Aes Sedai" - About Shalon especially in relation to the circle with Verin and Kumira (Ch. 35)).
  • "She was stronger than Cyndane had been...that was impossible...she must have an angreal" Cyndane on Alivia (Ch. 35)).

Crossroads of Twilight

  • "had...displaced Lusonia...and Covarla from her command of the eleven other sisters - About Tarna (Prologue).
  • "That can wait, Narenwin" - Katerine when Narenwin is on a mission from Elaida (Prologue).
  • "Katerine... took command from Tarna" (Prologue).
  • "Sashalle stood higher than she"; "Sashalle did not stand high enough to make her hold her tongue" - Samitsu's PoV (Prologue).
  • "Others of the eighteen besides Sashalle stood higher than she" - Samitsu on the captured Tower Aes Sedai embassy (Prologue).
  • I'm stronger than he is. A bit" (Grady about Neald, Ch. 8)
  • "I have so litle ability these Aiel women decided I was no danger" - Morgase (Ch. 9).
  • "None of these three were more than middling amongst sisters"- about Merilille, Careane and Sareitha (Ch. 11).
  • "Only Elayne among the sisters in the palace could Travel" (Ch. 11).
  • "Until Reanne returned there were seven of the Kin with sufficient strength to make a gateway, but two of those could not make one large enough for a horse cart" Kirstian, Garenia, Sumeko, Julanya and Sabeine are five of those seven. Sumeko and the others are weaker than Kirstian as they were not in the weather circle - this is of about one hundred and fifty (Ch. 12).
  • "I'm supposed to travel to Tear today" - Sumeko - Does not specifically say she will use the gateway, but it can be inferred (Ch. 14).
  • "Sabeine Ocalin and Julanye Fote were Kinswomen who could Travel" (Ch. 14).
  • "Neither Phaedrine or Shemari was strong enough to weave a Gateway by herself" (Ch. 17).
  • "...well below at least half the sisters in the camp" - About Leane (Ch. 17).
  • Sharina's potential was...ahead of Nynaeve as well. Some thought she might become as strong as it was possible to be, though that was only speculation (Ch. 17).
  • "Several hundred of these women might attain the shawl" of nine hundred and eighty seven novices (Ch. 17).
  • "Akarrin was not strong in the Power, little more than Siuan if at all...Therva of the other six...stood even as high as she" about Akkarin, Therva, Shana, Nisain, Reiko and two others (Ch. 19).
  • Aiden and Zemaille were weak in the Power, yet overcoming both at once would be difficult - Alviarin's PoV (Ch. 21).
  • "Jahar, he is growing stronger"...her obvious worry...that he might grow stronger than she - Merise (Cadsuane's opinion) (Ch. 23).
  • "Alivia stood well above her in the Power - Alivia stood well above Cadsuane for that matter" - Cadsuane on Elza (Ch. 23).
  • "Siuan had no need to accept her orders...which must have galled her now that Siuan stood so far beneath her in the Power"- on Sheriam (Ch. 30).
  • "She can reach the shawl if she has the gumption to stick with it" - about Larine (Ch. 30).
  • "Siuan and Leane beleived, yet neither stood high enough to be listened to with more than impatient politenss if that" (Ch. 30).
  • "Bode's...potential nearly equalled Egwene's" (Ch. 30).
  • "Maigan stood as high as Myrelle or Morvrin" (Ch. 30).

Knife of Dreams

  • ...glares from sisters who stood far enough below her that they should leap to obey if she gave a command - Alviarin, (Prologue).
  • While non was weak, she thought she could overcome all five if she were quick enough (Egwene, about Barasine, Katerine, Berish, Felaana and Pritalle, (Prologue).
  • Silviana was far from weak (Prologue)
  • That would normally have been her role in that company, to pur tea and speak when her opinion was sought" - Siuan on Morvrin, Sheriam, Myrelle and Lelaine (Ch. 1).
  • She embraced saidar and weaved spirit almost carelessly - Beonin weaving a gateway to Travel (Ch. 2).
  • Not one would have been allowed to test for Accepted - Alise, Caiden and Kumiko (Ch. 13).
  • Birgitte...had co-opted the remaining six who could Travel (Ch. 14).
  • This close, Egwene's could be sure she would be tested for Accepted unless... - on Alvistere (Ch. 24).
  • He already held saidin, nearly as much as Rand could draw - On Logain (Ch. 19).
  • "If you're trying to show me you're stronger than I am..." Logain to Rand (Ch. 19).
  • "Logain held almost as much as he could himself, Narishima and Sandomere somewhat less. They were the strongest amongst the other Asha'man" - the others include Kajima, Kurin, Karldin (Ch. 27).
  • Considering her standing with respect to them, they should have been jumping to obey - Elayne on Careane and Sareitha (Ch. 31).
  • In truth, Temaile should - Elayne on who should defer out of Temaile and Marillin (Ch. 33).

The Gathering Storm

  • "She was supposed to be stronger than Nynaeve in the One Power" Nynaeve, on Alivia, (Ch. 1)
  • She herself was strong in the One Power, one of the strongest alive" (Nynaeve, Ch. 7)
  • A woman who had barely attained the shawl, doing so—many said—by an eyelash and a whisper? Daigian had to show deference to all other Aes Sedai. If two sisters met, Daigian was always the lesser. If more than two sisters met, Daigian served them tea. Before the more powerful sisters, she was expected to scrape and grovel" (Ch. 7).
  • ...Grady and Neald are strong enough to make a gateway (Ch. 9)
  • It was said he was particularly strong with air (Naeff, Ch. 11)
  • I’m stronger than most Aes Sedai, Aviendha, and you’re far stronger than I am" - Amys, (Ch. 11).
  • She did an admirable job of imitating Egwene’s weave, and a gateway opened - Meidaini, (Ch. 12).
  • She and Yukiri were near in power (About Saerin. Ch. 12)
  • She was strong in the power. Remarkably so; she would wear the shawl for certain, and as soon as she did, she’d be far above Siuan - Sharina, (Ch. 18)
  • Well, with this, I’m strong enough for Traveling - Siuan on Vora's Sa'angreal, (Ch. 41).
  • Daigain was extremely weak in the Power. The White might be the weakest Aes Sedai that Nynaeve had ever met (Ch. 7).
  • She was weak in the Power – Sorilea, Ch. 14)
  • Nalasia Merhan...Teramina...Jamilila Norsish...all were very weak in the Power (TGS, Epilogue).
  • “I've never been exceptional at making gateway....not like Androl (Grady, (Ch. 5)
  • Grady couldn't make a gateway big enough to ass a wagon through (Ch. 9).
  • I can make a gateway big enough for two men to walk through at once – Grady (Ch. 17)
  • They saw a gateway made...it was Nesita (Ch. 18)
  • Egwene now had the Power, a fair measure of it, almost as much as she was accustomed to without forkroot – When in a circle with Yeteri, Nicola and Inala (Ch. 40)
  • They each opened a large gateway -Flinn and Naeff, (Ch. 42).
  • These weaves should lend you unprecedented mobility – Katerine to Covarla and Narenwhin about Traveling (Ch. 13)*

Towers of Midnight

  • She was weaker in the Power, so she hadn’t slowed in aging as much as Sumeko (About Alise, ToM, Ch. 12)
  • Naeff was far more skilled at the process than she, but Nynaeve was stronger in the One Power (ToM, Ch. 15)
  • "...strong. Probably the strongest in the room" (Morgase on Edarra, compared to Masuri and Seonid)
  • "Powerful enough that most of the others would bow to her" (Chesmal, compared to the other Black Ajah Elayne captured, (Ch. 23)
  • "She made him a gateway" (About Nimri, Ch. 23)
  • He was the weakest of the Dedicated in the Tower (Androl, Ch. 46)
  • "Donalo, Mexar, Welyn, three of the most powerful Dedicated" (Ch. 46)
  • "The weave fell apart the moment she completed it. No gateway formed" (Pevara, Ch. 53).
  • Only two of them were strong enough for a gateway—many of the Kin were weaker than most Aes Sedai (about Alise, Sarasia, Kema and Nashia)
  • Emarin...crafted the weave for a gateway (Ch. 56)
  • "Without this angreal, I wouldn't be strong enough to be raise Accepted in the White Tower" - Moiraine, after the Tower of Ghenjei (Ch. 57)

A Memory of Light

  • I'm weakest among them. Perhaps the weakest in the Black Tower (Androl, AMoL, Prologue).
  • Light you are strong (Androl to Pevera, AMoL, Prologue)

Robert Jordan's Blog

  • Regarding the percentage of women who could test for the shawl, it would be 62.5% of the bellcurve. I’ll leave the maths to you for an idle moment. The question doesn’t really apply to men, since the Black Tower accepts anyone who can learn to channel, but if the White Tower limits were applied, it would be roughly 65.4% of the bellcurve. Although, considering the effectiveness question, they should probably set it at the same 62.5%. Again, the maths are all yours.
  • Regarding the levels of male strength, while the weakest man and the weakest woman would be roughly equivalent, you might say that there are several levels of male strength on top of the female levels. Remember to integrate this with what I’ve said elsewhere about effectiveness, though.

(Tuesday, October 4th, 2005)