Abilities in the use of the One Power in specific areas:
Aligning the Matrix#
The ability to make metals stronger. (LoC,Ch39)
Arrows of Fire#
Blossoms of Fire#
Caressing the Child#
The ability to detect the health and condition of a pregnant woman and her fetus.
The ability to control and change the weather.
Possible Spoilers#This Talent is cultivated by the Sea Folk Windfinders who call it Weaving of Winds. (ACoS,Ch13) The Salidar Aes Sedai mistakenly do not believe that Windfinders are as good at Cloud Dancing as Aes Sedai. (TPoD,Ch16)
The ability to compulse someone to do things.
Possible Spoilers#Egwene is concerned that Rand used Compulsion on the Aes Sedai who answer to him. Egwene knows the weave for Compulsion from Moghedien. (CoT,Ch18)
Egwene is disgusted when Lelaine Akashi and Maigan suggest altering the Warder bond for Asha'man to make it more like Compulsion.
Related to Healing, this is the use of the One Power to examine a person for illness or injury.
Having dreams that foretell future events. This is a rare Talent that is not connected to the One Power or the ability to channel (ACoS,Ch10). It is closely linked with Foretelling. (TGH,Ch12) Unlike other prophetic tools, Dreams portray what will probably happen. They can be difficult to interpret.
Possible Spoilers#Known Dreamers - Egwene al'Vere, Amys, Bair, Melaine. See Prophecies for specific Dreams. See also Tel'aran'rhiod.
The ability to enter Tel'aran'rhiod from one's sleep. This is a rare Talent that is not connected to the One Power or the ability to channel. (ACoS,Ch10) The Wise Ones believe that male dreamwalkers are extremely rare. (ACoS,Ch10)
The ability to control movements of the earth, for example, preventing or causing earthquakes or avalanches. (Lord of Chaos,Glossary)
A weave of Spirit applied to an object that gives the weaver a sense of direction and distance to the object, much like the Warder bond. It will last for weeks on cloth or leather and indefinitely on metal.
Possible Spoilers#Elayne weaves a Finder on Samwil Hark's when she sends him to follow Doilin Mellar. (KoD,Ch16) Moiraine weaves a Finder on the three coins she gives to Rand, Mat and Perrin. (TEotW,Ch2)
The ability to bend light around oneself rendering the person invisible. This weave is closely related to Illusion.
Possible Spoilers#Rand channels Fire and Air to weave Folded Light so he can search for his attackers unseen. (TPoD,Ch29)
The ability to see part of the Pattern. Very rare. It is closely linked with Dreaming. Although always true, Foretellings are often very difficult to interpret. See Prophecies, Visions & Foretellings for specific Foretellings.
The ability to use the One Power to cure injuries and illness. A relatively common Talent, it is the specialty of the Yellow Ajah.
Possible Spoilers#Conventional Healing uses Spirit, Wind, and Water, but Nynaeve and the Asha'man have discovered a more advanced method using all five Powers. (ACoS,Ch24)
Beonin Marinye teaches Elaida the new weave for Healing. (KoD,Ch2)
Romanda is chagrined that some of the novices are better at the new weave for Healing than she is. (KoD,Ch23)
Using the One Power to change one's appearance.
Possible Spoilers#In Baerlon, Moiraine uses Illusion to make herself appear as a giant. (TEotW,Ch17) Alanna Mosvani weaves Illusion from Air and Fire to make herself appear as a giant. (LoC,Ch10) Merana Ambrey and her party weave Illusion to intimidate Rand. From Asmodean's teaching he recognizes it as the Mirror of Mists. (LoC,Ch49)
Weaves can be inverted so that only the person who created the weave can see it.
A weave that protects a perishable object and keeps it permanently fresh. (WH,Ch12)
- The food in the Salidar Aes Sedai camp is spoiling despite the weave of Keeping that was used on it. (CoT,Ch17)
- Beonin Marinye teaches Elaida the new weave for Keeping. (KoD,Ch2)
- The weaves of Keeping are failing in the Salidar Aes Sedai camp. (KoD,Ch23)
- Elaida allowed the new weave of Keeping to be broadly taught in the White Tower. (KoD,Ch25)
Mirror of Mists, or Mask of Mirrors#
The ability to alter one's appearance or make oneself invisible. Aes Sedai know a simple version called Illusion.
Possible Spoilers#Moiraine knows invisibility. Asmodean taught the Mirror of Mists to Rand. (LoC,Ch49) Moiraine renders her party invisible when they make camp in the Blight (TEotW,Ch48). Sammael and Graendal disguise themselves with the Mask of Mirrors when they visit Sevanna (ACoS,Ch20). Rand disguises himself with the Mask of Mirrors when he and Min go to the Royal Palace to pick up Nynaeve. (WH,Ch11).
A weave can also be used to alter one's voice. (Interviews).
All channelers can detect the residue of weavings, but some have this ability so refined that they can read and duplicate a weaving as much as two days after it has dissipated. There are weaves that a woman can use to detect the resonance of the residue of saidin. The weaves do not detect saidin weaves directly. (Tor Website Q&A)
Channelers with this Talent can examine a ter'angreal and determine its use.
The ability to sense that someone is ta'veren. Rare.
Possible Spoilers#Siuan Sanche , Logain Ablar and Nicola Treehill have this talent. Alar, the Eldest Elder of Stedding Tsofu, also can sense ta'veren.
The ability to open a gateway to a dark dimension (not well defined or understood), move through that dimension, and open another gateway back into the real world in a different location. First mention is TFoH,Ch6. Anyone of sufficient strength and knowledge can Skim. Skimming requires detailed knowledge of the place one is Skimming to. Skimming was not even known as a lost Talent. (ACoS,Ch9)
Opening a gateway directly to another place is called Traveling. It requires that one knows their starting point well. (TFoH,Ch6) The ability to open a gateway directly from one location to another. Anyone of sufficient strength and knowledge can Travel. Traveling requires detailed knowledge of the place one is Traveling from. Gaining sufficient knowledge takes several hours. (ACoS,Ch9) However, when Traveling a very short distance almost no knowledge is needed. (ACoS,Ch41) It is not necessary to face the direction that you want to Travel, but for some it helps. (TPoD,Ch21) Male and female Traveling are very different.
Possible Spoilers#Rand describes Traveling as punching a hole from one place to another. On her own, Egwene figures out how to Travel to Tel'aran'rhiod in the flesh by creating a similarity between a place and its image. (LoC,Ch27)
The ability to take apart a One Power weave as opposed to letting it fade naturally.
Possible Spoilers#Moiraine undoes her invisibility weave to avoid being traced in the Blight. (TEotW,Ch49) Aviendha and some of the Wise Ones have this ability, but it is unknown to the Aes Sedai. (TPoD,Ch2)
Balefire is an extremely dangerous weapon of the One Power. It actually destroys the thread of existence back into time, the time being proportional to the strength of the beam. Balefire was used in the War of Power destroying entire cities until it was learned that excessive use of balefire could threaten the existence of the entire Pattern.
References (Possible Spoilers)#
- In The Dragon Reborn
- TDR,Ch9 - Rand balefires a Darkhound that attacks him.
- TDR,Ch22 - Egwene knows of balefire in the three arches.
- TDR,Ch25 - One of the stolen ter'angreal, the fluted black rod, produces balefire.
- TDR,Ch38 - The Aiel Maidens know of balefire.
- TDR,Ch39 - Nynaeve balefires the Fades that attack them.
- TDR,Ch44 - Moiraine balefires the Darkhounds that are following them.
- TDR,Ch50 - Moiraine says even the Forsaken cannot stand up to balefire.
- TDR,Ch55 - Moiraine balefires Be'lal.
- TDR,Ch55 - Ba'alzamon tries to balefire Rand, but he blocks it with Callandor.
- TSR,Ch38 - Jeaine Caide tries out the fluted black rod and burns holes through both sides of their boat.
- TSR,Ch54 - Jeaine Caide tries to balefire Nynaeve with the fluted black rod but misses.
- In The Fires of Heaven
- TFoH,Ch6 - When Darkhounds attack, Rand balefires them. Moiraine warns him of the dangers of balefire.
- TFoH,Ch22 - Rand balefires a Draghkar that attacks Aviendha.
- TFoH,Ch55 - Rand and Rahvin exchange balefire attacks. Rand finally balefires Rahvin.
- TFoH,Ch56 - Asmodean sees balefire damage on the Royal Palace wall.
- In Lord of Chaos
- LoC,Prologue - The Great Lord says he cannot save Rahvin from balefire.
- LoC,Prologue - The Great Lord asks Demandred if he will use balefire. During the War of Power both sides used balefire. Whole cities were destroyed and the Pattern nearly unraveled.
- LoC,Ch3 - Rand asks Taim if he knows balefire. Taim says he never heard of it.
- In A Crown of Swords
- ACoS,Ch30 - Moghedien tries to balefire Nynaeve's boat.
- ACoS,Ch36 - Rand uses balefire on the killer fog and Cadsuane slaps him, warning him to never use it again.
- ACoS,Ch41 - Rand and the Wanderer cross balefire beams with unexpected results.
- ACoS,Ch41 - Rand balefires Liah rather than let Mashadar have her.
- In Winter's Heart
- In Crossroads of Twilight
- In Knife of Dreams
- In The Gathering Storm
- TGS,Ch15 - Moridin tells Rand that the Great Lord can bring back his Chosen and give them new flesh unless they are destroyed by balefire.
- TGS,Ch22 - Rand takes the True Power and uses it to balefire Semirhage and Elza.
- TGS,Ch37 - Rand uses the power of the Choedan Kal to balefire Graendal's entire palace at Natrin's Barrow.