In Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, the Aes Sedai are divided into seven Ajahs: the Blue, the Brown, the Green, the Grey, the Red, the White, and the Yellow (plus the Black Ajah, which is secret and threaded insidiously through all of the others).
Warning: spoilers from books 4+ follow.
I think few would dispute that the Red Ajah is portrayed as "the bad Ajah", the worst of them all (not counting the Black, of course). Various things throughout the series support this:
- By its very nature, gentling men who can channel, the Red Ajah presents a serious threat to the main protagonist of the series.
- Several prominent Blacks are officially Reds, such as Galina Casban (head of both the Red Ajah and the Black Ajah, if I recall correctly) and Katerine Alruddin.
- Elaida. 'Nuff said.
- After the splitting of the Tower, the entire Red Ajah sides with Elaida - not a single one in Salidar.
The closest we get to a protagonist among the Red, unless there's someone I'm forgetting, is Pevara, and she isn't really much of a Red, even having spoken in favour of Warders. By contrast, there are more "good" characters, people we can sympathise with, in every other Ajah.
Can it be said that the Blue is portrayed as "the good Ajah" in the same way as the Red is portrayed as "the bad Ajah"?
Points in favour:
- The very first Aes Sedai we meet, and the only one we know for a long time, is of the Blue. In this sense, the Blue Ajah provides our introduction to Aes Sedai, a base point to identify with and from which to judge the rest.
- After the splitting of the Tower, the entire Blue Ajah goes to Salidar - not a single one with Elaida.
- There aren't many prominent Blacks who are officially Blues. There are two Blues among the thirteen Blacks who leave the Tower in book 2/3, but they're probably the two most minor characters among those thirteen.
What other evidence is there in favour of, or against, this reading of the text?