Attack on Shoyul Ghoul
Nynaeve was born in the year 974 NE, is eight years older than Egwene, and four years older than Rand, Mat and Perrin. As an only child, her father raised her as if she was the son he never had. Before he died, her father taught her to track as well as anyone but Tam al’Thor.
By the age of fourteen, Nynaeve was orphaned and taken under the wing of Mistress Doral Barran, the Emond’s Field Wisdom at the time (TEotW, Ch. 20). She taught her all her skills, and when she died Nynaeve became the Wisdom (TEotW, Ch. 1), possibly the youngest known. Nynaeve had served as the Wisdom of Emond’s Field five years prior to her departure (TDR, Ch. 28), and despite being so young for such a position, no villager was foolish enough to mention her age when arguing with her.
After discovering she was what an Aes Sedai would describe as a wilder, she decided to go to Tar Valon with Egwene to train in the White Tower to learn enough of the One Power to use against Moiraine for the injustices she believed the Aes Sedai caused (TGH, Ch. 8). Once she arrived at Tar Valon, Nynaeve was tested and immediately made Accepted despite her block that prevented her from channeling unless she was angry.