The White Ajah of the Aes Sedai is dedicated to the value of logic, and devotes itself to questions of philosophy and truth. They do not concern themselves with worldly affairs, and have no eyes-and-ears network. Whites rarely bond Warders. The head of the White Ajah is called the First Reasoner.
The White is the smallest Ajah, and after the White Tower Schism had fewer than twenty Whites in residence at the Tower, after twelve of them were sent to Cairhien in the embassy to the Dragon Reborn and one, Ayako Norsoni, to the Black Tower. Before they left, around thirty-two Whites sided with Elaida, approximately one-third of the entire Ajah. It also contains the fewest Black sisters with around seventeen, though only six of them have been identified.
White sisters ignore the social causes that define the Blue, Gray, Green and Red Ajahs, and have no room for the worldly knowledge that the Browns and to some extent the Yellows seek. It is said that they have no room in their hearts for passions at all, yet they are deeply passionate in their search for the truth.
They are known for their serenity and calm heads, and are often described as emotionless and icy. It is this coolness that aids them in their search for the truth; forsaking all emotion enables them to approach each subject without bias.
It was sisters of the White who first made the connection between the purpose of the Red Ajah and the dwindling numbers and strengths of female channelers. They proposed to the Tower that male channelers should, either before or after gentling, be allowed to mate with Aes Sedai. While it was not without merit, the idea was flatly refused by the Hall of the Tower. They did not appreciate it when it was suggested that the White should take the responsibility upon themselves as they had been the ones to suggest it.
White sisters tend to dress exclusively in all white, which outside of the White Ajah is considered full mourning dress. As Aes Sedai never wear full mourning, White sisters do not consider their clothing to be so. Conversely, when actually in mourning, White sisters are unique in wearing glossy black ribbons tied in their hair and around their arms.
Just after the Aiel War there was some tension between the White and Blue, over which they had the support of the Brown Ajah, but the reason for this strain was not explained to the Blue Ajah. The White and Blue Ajahs generally were friendly toward each other however, due to both Ajahs having been at odds with the Red for a millennium.
The First Reasoner of the White Ajah is Ferane Neheran. She is also a Sitter in the Hall of the Tower, along with Saroiya and Seaine Herimon. Carlinya was the leader of the Whites among the rebels in Salidar.
List of current White sistersEdit
- ↑ New Spring, Chapter 5
- ↑ TWORJTWOT
- ↑ Crossroads of Twilight, Prologue
- ↑ The Gathering Storm, Chapter 39
- ↑ The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 28
- ↑ Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 19
- ↑ The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 18
- ↑ A Crown of Swords, Chapter 34
- ↑ The Shadow Rising, Chapter 31
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 New Spring, Chapter 14
- ↑ The Shadow Rising, Chapter 1