Admer Nem

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Author: Atarah al'Norahn

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General

Admer Nem is a farmer who lives in Kore Springs, Andor. He is married to a woman named Maigan Nem (TFoH, Ch. 1).

He is stout, and his hair is described as being lank and thin (TFoH, Ch. 1).

Timeline

  • One night, after their escape from Tar Valon, Min, Siuan, Leane, and Logain stay in Admer Nem's barn. When he discovers them there just before dawn, Logain knocks him down, giving him a bump on the head and sending his lantern flying. The barn burns down, and his milk cows die. Logain flees, stealing a bag of money as he leaves, and leaves Min, Siuan, and Leane on their own. Admer, along with his brothers, cousins, and their wives, wanted to hang the perpetrators on the spot, until one of Gareth Bryne's retainers happened by (TFoH, Ch. 1).
  • Gareth Bryne holds a trial for Min, Siuan, and Leane. Admer tells his side of the story, which he does straightforwardly for the most part, though he makes it sound like Logain tried to fight him instead of just hitting him over the head (TFoH, Ch. 1).
  • Gareth Bryne finds Min, Siuan, and Leane guilty. He tells Admer Nem that he will give him the cost of his barn and milk cows, pay him a silver mark for the bump on his head, and repay him the money that was stolen, but only after his assistant has satisfied herself as to how much was stolen. Min, Siuan, and Leane will in turn work for Gareth Bryne at normal wages until he has made his money back (TFoH, Ch. 1).
  • Gareth Bryne tells his assistant, Caralin, to speak with Admer and find out how much he owes him (TFoH, Ch. 1).

Miscellaneous

  • When Caralin returns from speaking to Admer, she says it will takes days to get a straight answer from the Nems, and that Admer would have five new barns and fifty cows if she would give them to him (TFoH, Ch. 1).
  • Gareth tells Caralin to keep a close eye on Admer and his kin, as they will try to cheat her as much as they can (TFoH, Ch. 1).

Quotes

He gave a fairly straightforward account of discovering them in the hayloft and ordering them out, though he made Logain near a foot taller and turned the man's single blow into a fight, where Nem gave as good as he got. The lantern fell, the hay went up, and the rest of the family came spilling out of the farmhouse into the predawn; the prisoners were seized and the barn burned to the ground, and then the loss of the purse from the house was discovered. He did slight the part where Lord Bryne's retainer rode by as some of the family were bringing out ropes and eyeing tree limbs. (Min; The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 1).

"I have reached my decision," Bryne said to the room at large. "The crimes are serious, and nothing I have heard alters the facts. If three men sneak into another's house to steal his candlesticks and one of them attacks the owner, all three are equally guilty. There must be recompense. Master Nem, I will give you the cost of rebuilding your barn, plus the price of six milkcows." The stout farmer's eyes brightened, until Bryne added, "Caralin will disburse the coin to you when she is content as to costs and prices. Some of your cows were going dry, I hear." The slim woman in gray nodded in satisfaction. "For the bump on your head, I award you one silver mark. Don't complain," he said firmly as Nem opened his mouth. "Maigan has given you worse for drinking too much." A ripple of laughter among the onlookers greeted that, not diminished at all by Nem's half-abashed glares, and perhaps spurred by the tightlipped look Maigan gave her husband. "I will also replace the amount of the stolen purse. Once Caralin has satisfied herself as to how much was in it." Nem and his wife appeared equally disgruntled, but they held their tongues; it was plain he had given them what he would. Min began to feel hope. (Gareth Bryne; The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 1)

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