The Three Oath

Before an Accepted is raised to be Aes Sedai she must swear three oaths on a ter'angreal called an Oath Rod that completely binds her to keep those oaths. The Three Oaths are as follows:

  1. To speak no word that is not true
  2. To make no weapon with which one man may kill another
  3. Never to use the One Power as a weapon except against Darkfriends or Shadowspawn, or in the last extreme defense of her life, the life of her Warder or another Aes Sedai

These oaths were never necessary in the past, however sometime between the Trolloc Wars and the War of the Hundred Years it was decided that Aes Sedai needed to show the world that their use of the One Power was not a threat, and so the Three Oaths became part of the Aes Sedai raising ceremony.

Phrasing sentences so as to lead the listener to conclusions the speaker desires without saying anything false, are "breath and bread" to Aes Sedai. They cannot lie outright though, unless they are Black Ajah.

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