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  1. Sul'dam able to channel isn't widely known still, although I imagine Aes Sedai will spread rumours as soon as they can I suspect it would have been a greater plot point in the outriggers :/ It's interesting to consider how much it would matter though. Randlanders likely wouldn't care, and the true Seanchan are ingrained with obeying orders from those higher up, so if Fortuna proclaims it doesn't matter, maybe they carry on as normal?
  2. Was it Nicola? Can't quite remember
  3. I think I agree with Wulf on this, especially since halima should have been able to invert weaves, which reduces the risk still further of being discovered. There's fantastic potential, but it's missed
  4. Remind me never to novice with you lol
  5. 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.
  6. Which is through village territory in Altara, there's still no major population center and this is a small country. I also dont get any impression that the Aes Sedai were actively recruiting, ie testing everyone they met because most disagreed with the idea. It was more likely a 'proclaim in a village that they're looking for novices/recruits and age doesn't matter anymore' but they're still relying on volunteers
  7. Plus, what's the catchment area? Salidar isn't exactly a populous area
  8. Agreed it's still low, but, the 450 are limited to women who want and can learn, are able to leave home (few direct responsibilities and able to afford it), are able to travel to the camp, are willing to join the rebel group, etc etc etc The Aes Sedai at the camp were against the new novices, they won't have been hard recruiting, it's still passive. Maybe the final numbers won't be as high as the Aiel, but they indicate that the traditional methods of recruitment are poor
  9. Numbers from the rebels camp suggest that traditional Aes Sedai recruiting methods were pretty dire, 450 novices were recruited just by opening the doors (so to speak) and that was still mostly people asking to be tested, not active recruitment
  10. Assuming taim as an individual separate from demandred he displayed characteristics of the forsaken, ie self (importance) above others etc, he didn't like serving and wanted to be more important That said training ashaman is arguably the most important thing at that time and a huge amount of trust so difficult to see what else he could have wanted
  11. Rand disliked taim in part to foreshadow the demanded reveal which was a possibility until ~lord of chaos? https://www.theoryland.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=8767
  12. She promoted them to Aes Sedai, it's Aes Sedai tradition that puts them in front
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