This theory looks at a possible new role for the Red Ajah.
Since the taint was removed from saidin, the Red Ajah’s task of hunting male channellers so they can be gentled before they go mad and kill people is no longer required.
The cleansing of saidin is becoming more widely known. Egwene accepts it:
Egwene raised an eyebrow, but did not object. "Yes," she said, "I suppose that might be a reasonable possibility. We will need further confirmation, of course. But the taint arrived when all seemed won; why should it not leave when all seems to be approaching pure madness?"and has devised other plans for the Red:
- The Gathering Storm, Clean Shirts
reports claim that saidin is cleansed."What would they be?
"There will still be rogue channelers, Mother," Silviana said. "And men are not to be trusted."
Someday, we will have to move beyond that last sentiment, Egwene thought. But for now, it is true enough to let stand. "I didn't say that your purpose would vanish, only that it would change. I see great things for the Red Ajah in the future—an expanding of vision, a renewal of duty.
- The Gathering Storm, To Be Forged Again
The Red is the largest Ajah and needs to be given an important task worthy of its numbers. Egwene sees Reds as vengeful:
as vengeful as a Red, when necessary.and she says the Amyrlin Seat needs to have a Reds’ desire for vengeance too, at times.
- The Gathering Storm, Sealed to the Flame
Silviana thinks the Reds can hunt rogue channellers. She’s on the right track.
There is a heap of something worse than rogue channellers, though, the ultimate rogue channellers really: the Black Ajah. I think that the Red Ajah’s new role will be policing not only Aes Sedai to identify Darkfriends, but maybe all channellers, male and female. They will need to police themselves too of course. The Red Ajah had a higher proportion than average of Black sisters (see Black Ajah essay).
Their first mission will be to hunt down Black sisters and bring them to trial. This will be in keeping with what Egwene sees as their vengeful nature. Vengeance for treason and apostasy. It’s a vital task and needs large numbers of tough channellers. The Reds qualify on all accounts.