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Inefficient Seanchan testing

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Is it ever shown 'how' the Seanchan test women?  How is it that the suldam weren't caught in any reasonable testing method?

 

If they just walked through crowds 'feeling' for women who could channel, they'd find the suldam.  Several Aes Sedai report being able to tell they can channel, so that can't be their method.

 

The most obvious method is to just slap an adam on everybody.  Anybody that can walk a step, you're free to go.  But they obviously don't do that or the suldam would've been found out immediately.

 

I can't think of any test that wouldn't catch both groups at once.

 

On a related note, what's up with the male adam?  Can somebody refresh my memory on their history?  There's the first one in the early books, completely separate from the Seanchan.  In some museum.  They try dump it in the ocean, fail, Seanchan get it.  Which is supposed to matter, but then several books later it's implied that the Seanchan already have a bunch, and Cadsuane's loss of hers didn't matter because they could've just gone to the Seanchan "Male Adams 'N More Bulk Barn" and grabbed a bunch more.  And weren't adam unthought of in the AOL (*you've got mail*), yet Semi somehow understands the functioning of the rarest of the rare, the male "Dominator Band" or whatever she calls it?

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9 minutes ago, Wulf said:

Is it ever shown 'how' the Seanchan test women?  How is it that the suldam weren't caught in any reasonable testing method?

 

If they just walked through crowds 'feeling' for women who could channel, they'd find the suldam.  Several Aes Sedai report being able to tell they can channel, so that can't be their method.

 

The most obvious method is to just slap an adam on everybody.  Anybody that can walk a step, you're free to go.  But they obviously don't do that or the suldam would've been found out immediately.

 

I can't think of any test that wouldn't catch both groups at once.

 

 

They test everyone yearly (for the ages that a woman would have naturally started to channel). The only people affected by the collar are those that have already channeled (hence sparkers, learners won't channel naturally so will always pass the collar test). If they can walk with the collar they test the bracelet to see if theres an affinity (or i guess if the damane can move lol). As they spend time as Sul'dam this effectively comes from the forced bond which is why the collar holds experienced suldam. 

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The BWB says young women are tested each year for the ability to channel or the ability to wear the bracelet each year until they pass the age of manifestation.  Those who have the ability inborn become damane and are immediately leashed.  So every woman in the empire will get tested every year from say 12 -18.  It will always catch the people like Egwene who was going to channel someday regardless.  It won't catch the people who will only learn to channel if someone taught them how.

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