@ti'esar and maxios: I won't disagree with your statements about Sword of Truth
books (If anything the nature of the economic climate of the Old World makes me agree that Imperial Order is Communist
), but SF/ Fantasy can be broken down into two main camps. One is hard science and almost never touched by fantasy. The other is social/soft science which the series is classified under.
For everyone else just because there is no "Dashing Swordsman" class does not mean he didn't create it from other material in a fashion to fit the Elan needs better fighting skills niche.
Also this thread was more designed to guess if and where his creative juices fuel from as to his storytelling as they rarely come out of a void.