The Dark One's Taint

In the current age, the Dark One's taint on Saidin condemns any channelers of Saidin not protected by their allegiance to the Dark One to madness and insanity. This taint came about out of desperation and hubris at the end of the Age of Legends; When Lews Therin Telamon and the Hundred Companions (actually 113 male channelers) plugged the "hole" to the Dark One's prison. This was successful and stopped one cataclysm but ushered in one that is almost as final.

As the consequence of sealing the Bore Saidin became tainted.

This taint combined with the irresistible nature of channeling cause the Breaking of the World as the male channelers inevitably fell victim to the madness. In the thousands of years that followed the Taint did not weaken and it became justification to the destruction or "severing" of all discovered male channelers.

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