Foretelling is the ability to tell the future with unerring accuracy, if not always great clarity. The ability is believed to be linked to the One Power by Aes Sedai, and is thus classified as a Talent even though it requires no active use of the Power. Indeed, it is usually not under the control of the speaker as to when it comes upon her (or him), and sometimes they do not remember, themselves, what they have Foretold.
List of ForetellingsEdit
This, too, I Foretell. Pain and division come to the whole world, and this man [Rand] stands at the heart of it."
—Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan
Dreams and nightmaresEdit
Likely interpretation of Nicola Treehill's Foretelling
The Black TowerEdit
- Main article: Black Tower Foretelling
In Crossroads of Twilight, Nicola Treehill claims to foretell a battle with the Seanchan or the Asha'man, the imprisonment of the Amyrlin, the Dragon Reborn doing nine impossible things, and visions that might be Tarmon Gai'don.
The Dragon testEdit
—Recited by King Paitar of Arafel
The prophecy was given to Reo Myershi, the ancestor of King Paitar, and was held in secret by his line until Paitar told it to other Borderlands rulers. They decided to test Rand and try to kill him if they must. The meeting took place in the Far Madding Guardian. First all four rulers struck Rand, bloodying him, then Paitar asked Rand about the death of Tellindal Tirraso, being ready to kill him right there. When Rand answered properly, they relaxed.
If Rand didn't have Lews Therin's memories, he wouldn't be able to answer the question. And before his epiphany, according to Rand himself, he would "return those slaps with balefire", because the Guardian cannot block the True Power. The Borderlander armies had orders to attack in that case.