In Shadow Rising, Chp 46, Elayne and Nynaeve were really excited and acted like they were under some kind of charm spell when Moghedien came. What kind of spell was that? It seems really easy for the Forsaken.

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    Yes, it was some charm spell. As I recall, it is explained later on, and they learn to cast the spell themselves. It's been 10 years since I read the books, however. :)
    – TLP
    Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 11:03
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    I this is the first time I've seen channelling referred to as a spell.
    – Anthony
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 3:20

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It was Compulsion. There are many examples later in the series of the Forsaken using it, and even some of the good guys. Graendal and Ishamael use it a lot.

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    Liandrin & her pals too use it in book 3 on Juilin Sandar.
    – jv42
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 9:50
  • @jv42 are you sure? Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 1:41
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    Yes I just reread books 3&4, and it's very clear.
    – jv42
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 7:54
  • Yeah, but Liandrin had only weakest version not true Compulsion, which was banned by Tower and considered lost. Moghedien had a real deal and Graendel was strongest with this.
    – Mithoron
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 20:28

The weave is called Compulsion. However, it would be inaccurate to call Compulsion a "charm spell". It's actually much closer to hypnosis. In and of itself, it doesn't influence the subject's disposition all that much, other than to induce a willingness to co-operate. As you will notice in the passage in question, the girls were unquestioningly obedient, but didn't become enamoured with there interrogator until instructed to feel that way.

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    No downvote since this is from 2013, but much of this answer is wrong. Compulsion at its lowest levels induces cooperation. At the higher levels, though, it's definitely closer to what we'd call a charm spell. In fact, at its highest uses, it will turn a hostile, aggressive enemy into a fawning love minion who thinks you're the best thing since sliced bread.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 16:04

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