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Old August 18 2013, 03:10 AM   #1
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Were El-Aurians abilities against the Q ever explained?

I just saw "Q Who" and these scenes;

Did they ever explain this, maybe in a book I missed, or was that the end of it?
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Old August 18 2013, 03:21 AM   #2
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The Q are powerless against the nurple of purple.
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Old August 18 2013, 03:51 AM   #3
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Yeah, TNG went out of the way to point out some back story between the two... then left it hanging. That was disappointing.

She does have the power to impale Q with a fork. Though generally the good guys aren't supposed to go around stabbing people... unarmed people at that.
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Old August 18 2013, 03:57 AM   #4
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Re: Were El-Aurians abilities against the Q ever explained?

If Guinan had some sort of ability that Q feared, it doesn't need to have been a common trait of her species. It may have been an exceptional ability. For example, maybe Guinan won some sort of wager against Q that involved him giving her the power to banish him.
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Old August 18 2013, 04:29 AM   #5
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The El-Aurians themselves weren't that powerful as a race since they were nearly wiped out by the Borg. Also one got his ass kicked by an old Kirk.
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Old August 18 2013, 04:51 AM   #6
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I love that scene. It's like two cats having a spat in the street.
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Old August 18 2013, 04:58 AM   #7
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Maybe Q was nervous that Guinan was going to pinch his nipples.
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Old August 18 2013, 05:14 AM   #8
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Or twiddle his twaddle.
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Old August 18 2013, 06:38 AM   #9
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Re: Were El-Aurians abilities against the Q ever explained?

I know the books aren't canon, but didn't they imply that Guinan's uniqueness comes from her time in the Nexus?

I don't know how that would make her be able to combat Q though...
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Old August 18 2013, 06:49 AM   #10
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Soran was in the nexus. He didn't seem to have any of the time sensing whatever Guinan did.
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Old August 18 2013, 08:42 AM   #11
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Re: Were El-Aurians abilities against the Q ever explained?

I asked this in the TrekLit section once, and appereantly it's never been adressed in any of the novels. Kinda sucky.
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Old August 18 2013, 09:08 AM   #12
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Re: Were El-Aurians abilities against the Q ever explained?

Personally, I just think it's a case that Guinan and Q have met before in the past and never really liked one another. I don't think Guinan has any real defense against Q if he was to attack her, but she wasn't just going to stand there without putting up some kind of fight, even if it was totally pointless (better to go down fighting).
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Old August 18 2013, 10:27 AM   #13
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The claws-out gesture need not be any sort of a defense as such - perhaps it's just the standard El-Aurian expression of personal disgust or contempt? Why settle for giving your ex the finger when you can give ten?

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Old August 18 2013, 11:18 AM   #14
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Perhaps the Q are susceptible to those who simply believe they can hold their own against them.

Maybe the Q are beings of pure willpower.
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Old August 18 2013, 12:49 PM   #15
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^Picard's willpower has got to be up there, seeing all that he's capable of.
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If Guinan had some sort of ability that Q feared, it doesn't need to have been a common trait of her species. It may have been an exceptional ability. For example, maybe Guinan won some sort of wager against Q that involved him giving her the power to banish him.
That sounds the most plausible and it explains Q's disgust toward Guinan.
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