So, Baraccus left Richard an empty book in order to teach him how to use his powers as a war wizard. Richard finds the book and understands the eleventh rule. The way I see it is that a war wizards gift is called through need, but can be used at will - as Braccus could - once the eleventh rule is understood.
How is it that Richard understands the rule, but cannot use his power at will?
If I am wrong about this, then how did the war wizards of old, i.e. Baracuss use their powers whenever?
The book is called "Secrets to a war wizard's power" not "secrets to USING a war wizard's power. I believe the book and the rule unwritten were a lesson meant illustrate to richard that the rules themselves were the key to a solving the riddle of orden and the secret to a war wizard's power in that his power is tied to intent and intent is tied to reason, logic, and compassion. I think reason, logic andn compassion is what the wizard's rules are all about and thus the secret to a war wizard's power. I believe the book title was intended more as a lesson than an instruction manual.
I think the rule was either he needed to know nothing, after all all he needed to know was written in the book. And the book was empty. So he just needed to realise that what he needed he already knew. OR it was all white, because what he needed was to use the white side of his powers. Embrace all in white and turn the sword white to be able to use the power of orden.
Of course, accepting the explanation of the Eleventh Rule written in this wiki, or any of the interpretations written in this discussion for that matter, is itself a violation of the Eleventh Rule.
Or is it? Could accepting this statement that accepting all these other interpretations of the Eleventh Rule is a violation of it be a paradox? Or is any part of any even basic represented interpretation even within the book itself real? Is the rule unwritten even really unwritten?
Am I butterfly dreaming I'm a man? Or a bowling ball dreaming I'm a plate of sashimi? Never assume what you see and feel is real!
"Those who come here to hate, leave now, for in that hate you only betray yourselves." The secret to a war wizards power is their unique reasoning, the embracing of life, they destroy, kill and go to war.... In balance to the life they love and wish to protect. If you find anyplace where Richards power fails, look at his current motivations if it's never explained otherwise. The only place I can recall is when he try's to smite imperial soldiers in a fit of true hate thinking Kalhan dead, or hurt.
Interestingly, after Barracus went into the winds through the 2nd path, the bath of the betrayed, it was life that had betrayed him, that's why afterwards he insured some hope for the future and immediately killed himself. He had lost his power with the will to live..
I honestly believe that Richard CAN use his power at will in the new books at least. Richard doesn't really need to use his gift after he sees the book, when he does need to use his gift though, he does. Correct me with an example of a time after he reads the book that he needs to use his gift and doesn't if I'm wrong though.
I believe that the Eleventh Wizard's Rule is "You must look within yourself to find the truth." All throughout the series that is what he is doing. In Confessor he looks within himself to find the truth about how the boxes of orden really worked. I also believe that the reason this rule was never written or spoken is because if you have to be told to do so you will not find the complete truth.
Richard fails to use his power vs the imperial order soldiers in vengeance when he thinks Kalhan has been hurt or killed. I'll have to find precisely where, it's end of book two, somewhere in book 3? He tries to summon the lightning, but he does it out of hate, not love. See wizards rule 11 better possibility# cause you know what? I'm sick of being the only one worthy of being a first wizard, others should understand the truth too, not this find your own truth crap they're putting on shirts cause they don't know better than to violate rule 1.
I think after practicing and learning the previous ten Wizard's Rules, the eleventh is yourself. Through trials and errors, fails and triumphs, dispair and rejoice; being mindful throughout will lead to the truth of who you really are. If you can accept who you have become through the acknowledgement and experience of the rules, you will be your whole true self. You are you and that is that. There is no way a person can fully express their whole being in reality, there are things about everyone that cannot be put into spoken word or written.