[Book 2 spoilers] Did I miss this detail?

Discussion in 'Wheel of Time Discussion - Books 1-8' started by Elvyrne Tallowmar, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. Elvyrne Tallowmar

    Elvyrne Tallowmar

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    I've mentioned before that the only way I can read books with my current job is by listening to them. That being said, sometimes something on the road grabs my attention away from the book, and I miss a detail.

    One thing that confuses me is that near the end of Book 2, Nynaeve somehow figures out how to release Egwene from the seanchan's eidam. How and when did she figure that out? was that a part I missed, or was it just never explained?
     
  2. Adanys Wynterwulf

    Adanys Wynterwulf Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    Nynaeve is Smart. She can do Things, Extraordinary Things.


    That being said, I have no idea. It's been 2.5 years since I started reading the series (Light! That long?!?!) so I have forgotten many details.
     
  3. Elanda Tonil

    Elanda Tonil Aes Sedai Survey Project Manager Forum Moderator

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    In chapter 42 Elayne berates Nynaeve for channeling in front of a sul'dam and damane and Nynaeve explains she was trying to figure out how to open the collar. Then in chapter 45 they capture a sul'dam and damane and Nynaeve's guess on how to open the a'dam worked so she does the same with Egwene's collar.
     
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    Leala al'Dareis Aes Sedai Community Care Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    If I remember correctly, she just messed with it until she got it to open. That seems to be the trick for those things. They're not hard to open if you're not the one wearing them.
     
  5. Adanys Wynterwulf

    Adanys Wynterwulf Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    Y'all are so helpful, all I could do was fangirl over Nynaeve :rofl
     
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    Elanda Tonil Aes Sedai Survey Project Manager Forum Moderator

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    Fangirling over Nynaeve is a very worthy passtime! :fistbump :dance
     
  7. Toral Delvar

    Toral Delvar Archivist Gaidin

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    Isn't it also mentioned she waited until she was sure it would work because she didn't want to attract attention. How she figured that a trickle of power in one specific place, without testing would work is a mystery
     
  8. Thaddius al'Guy

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    So on the back of a a'dam, there's a known latch. In one of the later chapters (late 40s), Egwene thinks about opening it and puts her hand towards the latch, but her hand cramps and becomes useless. She can only touch the latch if she doesn't think about opening it. Nynaeve probably figured out there was a latch, but instead of you know, running up to a damane and releasing the latch, she whipcracked the latch open from afar because it proved successful when Seta's damane was released, punched her and ran off. There was no time for the Sul'dam to react and compulse the damane into doing anything. Nynaeve had been implied in using the power to feel her way around the a'dam to figure out how to get them open. That's why Elayne kept getting on Nynaeve about using the One Power out in the open. That's what Nynaeve was trying to do the whole time. Remotely open the latches on the a'dam.

    Nynaeve is really smart. She can learn weaves extraodanarily quickly, as shown earlier in the book when Suian constricts her with weaves to her bed and Nynaeve almost immediately responds in full force by pinning the Amrylin to the opposite wall.