It wasn’t hard to listen attentively to the Asha’man; even though it was early, she would rather learn then sleep. Tala couldn’t help but frown at the comment that some might think the class to be a waste of time. When was any type of knowledge a waste? She couldn’t understand it. From what the Asha’man described, Wards were marvellously useful things. The possibilities the One Power offered still amazed Tala, even after all this time.
She packed her things back into her bag at the Asha’man’s instruction to research, already looking forward to visiting the library. Being surrounded by so many books… it was like being surrounded by power, for Tala had found that knowledge really was power very quickly after arriving at the Tower. The more she knew, the better off she was.
The other students were already assembled by the time Tala made it back to the channelling yard, her assignment clutched in one hand so that the ink would not smear in her book bag. She had not intended to be late, but she had gotten distracted with her nose in a book. Tala sat in the back once more, glad that she had arrived before the Dedicated had resumed the lesson. She looked over her parchment, checking for errors.
Satisfied that she had made no errors and that the ink was dry, Tala stood up and went to the Asha’man to turn in her assignment. It was accepted, read and she was dismissed to sit back down for the continuation of the lesson.In The One Power and Basic Battleweaves, an ingenious ward often used by sisters of the Green Ajah is described. The weave traps anyone, person or animal, who passes it in a net of the Power. Air and Spirit are used in the weave to first sense the presence of a person who walks through the weave and then to immobilize that person in a net of air. The weave appears to be complex, as it requires stimulus to perform its function. Based both on the previous book and on the account of using both facets of the Power in Two Sides of the Source, the weave would require fire and spirit for male channelers. Combining this with the air and spirit necessary with saidar would likely destabilize the weave. This could either cause the ward to simply fail or to release early and possibly trap the very people who created it.