"What will grow? The tree of all things. Who will grow it? The Grower. I will grow it. The grower is the one who leads, so you will follow me. Who links at will? The Grower."
The Grower was a figure mentioned in Words that the Watcher prophesied would help give D'ni new life. According to Words, the Grower would have the abilities to link without linking books, bring new light to dark places, and move through time, among other things.
Several individuals have tried to claim that they were the Grower. Kadish built the Age of Ahnonay to convince people he could travel through time, as well as Er'cana to produce pellets that would bring light to the cavern. Esher was also convinced he was the Grower, using a skin patch of a Bahro to link at will. According to rumors, King Ahlsendar was also witnessed supposedly linking without a linking book at times.
According to Yeesha, she is in fact the actual grower, in addition to being the desert bird and the daughter of the burdened one. She has the ability to link at will, to 'move through time' in a way by writing an instance of an Age at a different point in time (as in the case of the alternate Kadish Tolesa vault), and to bring light to the cavern as she does at the end of her Path of the Shell speech.
References in Words
“You will watch for the signs of the grower. For the grower will see the dead tree, and the grower will see the new sprigs, and the grower will prune. The grower will grow the new D'ni. So the sign of the grower is a blessing.”
The grower will take time.
The grower will bring light.
The grower will have Ages.
Take time, and move it to and fro.
Bring light, and give it to the dark places.
Have Ages, and link to them without bindings.
The grower leads in the dark,
While the deceiver flails in the light.
The grower raises truth in the absence of eyes,
While the deceiver blesses them in clear view of many.
Without the grower, those who are like the grower would never learn.
Without the grower, the name known by all would not have existed.
What will grow?
The tree of all things.
Who will grow it?
When the tree dies there will come a new one.
A grower to learn of the death.
A grower to see new life.
A grower to bring the gathered.
A grower to restore the least.
A grower to move through time.
A grower to link at will.
A grower to follow the shell.
A grower to banish the darkness.
A grower to graft the branches.
A grower to join the paths.
The watcher will watch for words from the Maker.
The voice will speak the mind of the Maker.
The giver will grant the blessings of the Maker.
The destroyer will hold the knife of the Maker.
The seeker will share the truths of the Maker.
The grower will bring the life of the Maker.
The builder will build the peace of the Maker.
The rain starts and the tree will grow,
But are you the one to start it?
You did nothing but follow.
The grower is the one who leads.
And few will be greater than the grower.
For the grower will know pain.
And the wounds will make the least the greatest.
But do not be deceived.
Few ears in the low places will know the grower.
But many ears will hear those who claim to be the grower.
Only the ears of the new ones will hear the true grower.
Do not be deceived.
Can a dead tree grow again?
A man looks and sees death.
It has been cut to nothing.
There are no more branches,
And no future is seen.
But the Maker looks and sees life
Beneath the death and destruction.
A drop of water falls from the sky,
And begins the journey downward.
And the roots drink deeply.
With the wisdom of the grower a new branch will grow.