Since the Wells, dozen of Aes Sedai had swore fealty to him. The Black Tower was supposed to be his weapon and they were getting more and more dangerous by day. The attack on the Sun Palace certainly proved that they were getting out of control. So why didn't he require their fealty?

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    This isn't a answer because I don't remember or have my books with me, but I always thought this was because he was directly responsible for their creation, and were assumed to be loyal to the Dragon Reborn. Also consider that a full Ashaman wears a red and gold dragon pin which is the symbol of the Dragon Reborn
    – Iankill
    Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 12:10

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The key point here is that when the Aes Sedai swear fealty they can't break that vow (unless they are Black Ajah.) The Oath rod required them to stay "loyal" to Rand because they cannot lie. The Ashaman were already assumed to be loyal to Rand, and specifically swearing fealty does not have the same effectiveness on them, since they are not bound by the 3 oaths like the Aes Sedai.

Essentially Aes Sedai as a whole are a force actively opposing and interfering with Rand, while the Ashaman as a whole are actively under his control.

oaths of fealty are not binding without an oath rod.

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    Not directly supported with a reference, but I would add that Rand spends much of his time trying to avoid being forced/manipulated into things, and since he feels a bond of kinship with other male channelers, he wouldn't do such things to them. Just my opinion, though. Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 19:20
  • @soong right his only time he does this oath is on these Aes sedai after the kidnapped and tortured him for days. everyone else he pretty much lets go on the honor system, and he trusts dam near no one.
    – Himarm
    Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 19:23

Near the end of the series, Rand himself acknowledges that he screwed up pretty big with the Black Tower, so you're not the only one asking this question.

There were two major factors behind Rand's decision not to go demand fealty from everyone there:

  • He considered the men in the Black Tower "his people" -- men he had rescued from madness and death, and given a purpose. Forcing people to swear fealty to him was something he did to those he didn't trust, like the various nations he conquered. He (at least initially) assumed that the men of the Black Tower would follow him willingly. In particular, he seemed to trust that people like Logain and Taim, even if they didn't personally like Rand, had the same end-goal in mind, and so he could trust them to achieve that goal.

  • Rand didn't want to be personally responsible for the success or failure of the Tower, since he didn't expect to survive much longer. There were a number of things Rand did over the course of the series (the school system, the Seanchan treaty, even getting Elayne on the Sun Throne) that were meant to set up the world to operate successfully after he was dead, and no longer there to threaten everyone into obedience. He treated the Black Tower much the same: he set it up and handed it over to others to run it for him.

His mistake, which he acknowledged much later, is that the men of the Tower were his people, but he essentially abandoned them. His refusal to spend any time there or take the lead in training them left them vulnerable to others, like Taim, to swoop in and take them from him.

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    I like the idea of him setting things up and let go. Beside, at this point he would be suspicious of everything already, so fealty changes little.
    – Ngoc
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 3:49

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