This is work in progress!
Thinking about these leads me to suggest that we are really seeing the
combination of several effects, and that there is some kind of
repulsion for other saidar channelers exerted by a linked
group of saidar channelers, and overcoming this uses some of
an individual's contribution. When a saidin channeler is
added to the link, this forces a different (and more efficient?)
configuration of the flows, allowing much greater power utilisation.
Perhaps the adding of a male reduces the repulsion between the
- When linking, there is a limit of 13 for saidar
channelers, and a limit of 1 for saidin channelers. These
limits are larger for combinations.
- Strength gains from linking are not additive.
- 13 seems to be special in some way - perhaps there is another
effect that starts to become noticable at that point?
- There also some wierd things going on with who can control a
I suppose that my real point is that time and again, when people are
seeing what is apparently a single effect or group of effects, they
start looking for a single cause. This is wrong so often, it is
I also would like to incorporate within my theory some kind of
distance dropoff, with a function something like logarithmic. Like
this, a massive increase in power would have little effect in
increasing the distance that a weave could effectively be channeled
Donal K. Fellows / Department of Computer Science / University of
Manchester / U.K.