Friday, December 23, 2016

Robert Jordan's Channeller Strength Ranking — A Christmas Present from the 13th Depository


By Linda


This article details Robert Jordan’s channeller strength ranking collated from individual character entries in the Wheel of Time Companion. At a booksigning, Jordan said he had a 21 level strength list for women (here is my version of that, consistent with the books), but obviously his strength ranking has far more levels, even just for Aes Sedai.

For women, the numbers in parentheses refer to Aes Sedai level ranks only. Plus numbers are “above” regular Aes Sedai ranks. The double plus numbers are the six levels above the women's levels for the strongest men.

++1 (top level for men) Ishamael/Moridin, Lews Therin, Rand, Rahvin

++2 Aginor/Osan’gar, Demandred, Logain, Sammael

++3 Asmodean, Balthamel/Aran’gar

++4 Be’lal

++5

++6

1 (+12) (top level for women) Alivia, Lanfear, Semirhage

2 (+11) Cyndane, Mesaana, Sharina Melloy, Talaan din Gelyn

3 (+10) Caraighan Maconar, Graendal, Nynaeve ti al’Maera Mandragoran

4 (+9) Moghedien, Someryn

5 (+8) Cadsuane Melaidhrin, Tamela

6 (+7)

7 (+6)

8 (+5) Egwene al’Vere, Elayne Trakand

9 (+4) Mabriam en Shereed, Metarra din Junalle, Nicola Treehill

10 (+3) Meilyn Arganya, Viendre

11 (+2) Aviendha, Kerene Nagashi

12 (+1) Edarra, Therava

13 (1) Colinda, Elaida a’Roihan, Lelaine Akashi, Moiraine Damodred (old), Rainyn din Burun, Romanda Cassin, Siuan Sanche (old), Garenia Rosoinde/Zarya Alkaese

14 (2) Aisha Raveneos, Bera Harkin, Cetalia Delarme, Cosain, Galina Casban, Ibrella, Kirstian Chalwin, Kiruna Nachiman, Larelle Tarsi, Leane Sharif (old), Liandrin Guirale, Martine Janata, Merean Redhill, Merise Haindehl, Pevara Tazanovni, Reanne Corly, Saerin Asnobar, Sashalle Anderly, Sheriam Byanar, Valera Gorovni, Yukiri Haruna

15 (3) Anaiya Carel, Carlinya Sorevin, Desandre Alraed, Dorailla, Katerine Alruddin, Lemai Ambani, Maigan, Marillin Gemalphin, Morvrin Thakanos, Myrelle Berengari, Nesune Bihara, Shemerin, Silviana Brehon, Talene Minly, Theodrin Dabei

---Level above which can make a larger gateway---

16 (4) Adelorna Bastine, Aisling Noon, Beldeine Nyram, Beonin Marinye, Bernaille Gelbarn, Brendas, Doesine Alwain, Eldrith Jhondar, Ester Stepashin, Faeldrin Harella, Haesel Lusara, Julanya Fote, Kwamesa Taramasu, Masuri Sokawa, Naime din Malzar, Nisao Dachen, Rafela Cindal, Rysael din Yulan

17 (5) Alanna Mosvani, Aloisia Nemosni (max), Alviarin Freidhen, Annharid Matoun, Caire din Gelyn, Cathal Devore, Dailin, Danelle, Delora, Erian Boroleos, Falion Bhoda, Faolain Orande, Felaana Bevaine, Ispan Shefar, Janya Frende, Joline Maza, Meidani Eschede, Melaine, Merana Ambrey, Seaine Herimon, Seonid Traighan, Tebreille din Gelyn, Temaille Kinderode, Teslyn Baradon, Verin Mathwin

18 (6) Asne Zeramene, Ayako Norsoni, Azzara din Karak, Belinde, Carelle, Chesmal Emry, Coiren Saeldain, Corele Hovian, Delana Mosalaine, Demira Eriff, Jeaine Caide, Jennet Cobb, Kairen Stang, Kurin din Calis, Marith Riven, Mikio Vadere, Narenwin Barda (may be 19/7), Renaile din Calon Blue Star, Sarene Nemdahl, Shevan Gadarin, Sierin Vayu, Sumeko Karistovan, Tialin

19 (7) Berenicia Morsad, Celestin Eguilera, Chaelin, Chanelle din Seran, Dagdara Finchey, Dorile din Eiran, Elaiva Walfor, Faeral din Rao, Gabrelle Brawley, Gitara Moroso, Nadere, Rhiale, Rubinde Acedone, Sedore Dajenna, Senine din Ryal, Tamra Ospenya, Tarna Feir, Tiana Noselle, Toveine Gazal, Zanica Ghodar, Zerah Dacan

20 (8) Evanellein Lorn, Faiselle Darone, Magla Daronos (max, given as 29 (8), so may be 29 (17)), Samitsu Tamagowa, Vandene Namelle (but limited herself to be equal to her sister)

21 (9) Covarla Baldene, Ferane Neheran, Jesse Bilal, Juilaine Madome, Mayam Colona, Rhianna Andomeran, Sereille Bagand, Tsutama Rath, Valene Sural

22 (10) Ashmanaille (can make gateway), Cairlyn Nesolle, Carniele Emares, Emerys, Losaine (max, given as 22 (15), so may be 27 (15)), Merilille Ceandevwin (can’t make gateway), Rina Hafden, Ronelle, Samalin Naerodan, Sibella (can’t make gateway), Suana Dragand

---Level above which can make a useful gateway---

23 (11) Adeleas Namelle (can’t make gateway), Duhara Basaheen, Escaralde Hamdey, Janina, Nevarin, Serafelle Tanisloe, Shielyn din Sabura, Takima Deraghdin

24 (12) Akoure Vayet, Aledrin Malenry, Andaya Forae, Edesina Azzedin, Kumira Dhoran, Lirene Doirellin, Lyrelle Arienwin, Meira, Saroiya Farseen

25 (13) Beldemaine, Elza Penfell, Javindhra Doraille, Jenare Balmaen, Keatlin, Malind Nachenin, Modarra, Moria Karentanis, Velina Behar, Zemaille Amassa

26 (14) Lanita, Mirlene Cornwell, Sareitha Tomares, Turanna Norill, Varilin Zanaire

27 (15) Aeldene Stonebridge, Amico Nagoyin, Amira Moselle, Berylla Naron, Careane Fransi, Janine Pavlara, Losaine (min, given as 22 (15), so may be 22 (10)), Micara, Niande Moorwyn, Ronaille Vevianos, Salita Toranes, Tabiya

28 (16) Berana Shermon, Joiya Byir, Larissa Lyndel, Marline, Nelavaire Demasiellin, Razina Hazzan

29 (17) Lucilde, Magla Daronos (min, given as 29 (8), so may be 20 (8)), Pura/Ryma Galfrey

30 (18) Daviena, Emara

---Level below which cannot make any gateway at all---

31 (19) Calindin, Cavandra, Ieine

32 (20) Rosara Medrano, Shanelle, Teire Alentaine

33 (21) Annoura Larisen, Bharatine, Fera Sormen, Silvane Redfor, Valinde Nathenos

34 (22) Adine Canford, Afara, Akarrin Comeris, Cabriana Mecandes, Memara, Shahal Comanli, Shimoku, Therva Maresis, Vayelle Kamsa

35 (23) Cariandre Temalien, Guisin, Phaedrine, Shana Goridien, Siuan Sanche (new)

36 (24) Leane Sharif (new), Nacelle Kayama

37 (25) Bennae Nalsad, Caren Endelle, Chilares Arman, Nisain a’Cowel

38 (26) Famelle Juarde, Reiko Kerevon

39 (27) Ivara

40 (28) Solain Morgeillin

41 (29) Derys Nermala, Eldase Takashi

42 (30) Berowin Doraisin

44 (32) Marris Thornhill

45 (33) Daigian Moseneillin, Monaelle

---Level below which was not allowed to test for Aes Sedai---

46 (34) Alise Tenjile, Dimana Corrand, Janira (max), Melore (max), Sarainya Vostovan

47 (35) Sorilea (max, given as 57 (35), so may be 57 (45)), Tamarla

49 (37) Keraille Surtovni

---Level below which was not allowed to test for Accepted---

54 (42) Asra Zigane, Setsuko (max)

57 (45) Sorilea (min, given as 57 (35); Egwene thought her too weak to be tested for Accepted (Lord of Chaos, A Taste of Solitude), so this is her likely level)

66 (54) Moiraine (new)


Notes

As stated, there are six strength levels for men above the women’s ranks. However, as Jordan repeatedly explained, women have superior dexterity than men to the degree that they make up for the less amounts of the One Power that they draw:

Men can be much stronger than women in the pure quantity of the Power that they can channel, but on a practical level, women are much more deft in their weaving and that means the strongest possible woman can do just about anything that the strongest possible man could, and to the same degree.

Robert Jordan on his blog

Very strong male channellers would fill these six levels, with strong male channellers on the same levels as the very strong women, and so on down through the medium and weak channellers.

It is interesting that not all strength levels were “filled out” with characters appearing in the series—notably levels 6 (+7) and 7 (+6), and the ++5 and ++6 men's levels. A few characters have double entries because they were given inconsistent number rankings.

In this ranking, I have included those channellers whose actual ranking was stated in the Companion plus those where it was stated that they could or could not qualify for a test or gateway ability. I have not included rankings based on further inferences and will not on this list. Such channellers are included on my saidar strength ranking list. Conversely, I have not added channellers with a ranking number in the Companion to my own strength ranking who do not have references in the book as to their relative strength because the two rankings are approximately compatible. For actual book quotes regarding the female channellers’ strengths, please see the saidar strength article linked above.

Some notable changes of mind that Jordan made in the series are the strengths of Aviendha—repeatedly stated as equal to Elayne and Egwene in the books but not in Jordan’s strength ranking, where Aviendha is three levels below them—and Cadsuane, who is not as strong as Elayne and Egwene in the books but is placed a level above them in Jordan’s strength ranking. Likewise, Talaan is said to be equal to Nynaeve in the books but is placed a level higher in Jordan’s ranking notes.

Morgase would be lower than Moiraine (new) but she was not given a ranking in the Companion.

Channellers in levels 23 (11) to 30 (18) are able to make very small gateways that are barely, or even not, useful. Note that even level 22 contains channellers who are known to be unable to make a gateway that is useable—Merilille, for instance, relied on Reanne Corly to make a gateway for her to visit the Borderlander army. I have marked where this is known. Androl is a noted exception; he is a weak channeller who can make very large gateways.

Comparison with my 21 level saidar strength list:

I will give the 21 level list number first and then Jordan’s ranking level/s. On the whole, the lists are broadly similar.

Level 21 — 1 (+12)
Level 20 — 2 (+11)
Levels 19 and 18 — 3 (+10)
Level 17 — 4 (+9)
Level 16 — 5 (+8)
Level 15 — 8 (+5)
Level 14 and some of 13 and 15 — 9 (+4)
Level 13 — 10 (+3), 11 (+2) and 12 (+1)
Level 12 — 13/1
Level 11 — 14/2
Level 10 — 15/3
Level 9 — 16/4
Level 8 — 17/5
Level 7 — 18/6 to 22/10 inclusive
Level 6 — 23/11 to 33/21 inclusive
Level 5 — 34/22 and parts of 35/23
Level 4 — part of 35/23 and 36/24 to 45/33 inclusive
Level 3 — part of 46/34
Level 2 — part of 46/34 and 47/35 to at least 57/45
Level 1 — below 57/45, for negligible channellers such as Morgase, who was not given a ranking number on Jordan’s list


Best wishes to all for the Festive Season and for 2017.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for doing this! It's great having the list compiled all in one place.

Thank you also for noting key differences between the Companion and the books. Cadsuane, Aviendha and Talaan always bothered me.

Some minor corrections on spelling and names -

Sheriam's surname should be Bayanar, not Byanar.

Bernaille Gelbarn should be Bernaile, one L only.

Temaille Kinderode should be Temaile, also one L only.

You have a Zanica Ghodar on the list, but the Zanica in the books has no surname. I think you mean Zenare Ghodar.

Rhianna Andomeran should be Rianna, without an H.

Takima Deraghdin should be Deraighdin, with an I.

Berana Shermon should be Shemon, without an R.