Discord Block Party 2020

Discord Block Party 2020

 

What are you doing for your next two weekends? Have some free time? Why not stop by the TarValon.Net Discord and have some fun with the Tower Discord Block Party!

 

We have recently seen and enjoyed many updates to our TarValon.Net Discord. New channels are being requested every week to meet the demands of our diverse community (and our various interests)!

 

Part of the changes has been many more Virtual Events being run by our members, for our members. The most recent of those is a special Tower Discord Block Party put on by Zashara Sho’am and our Discord Operators.

 

Each membership group will have their own channel on Discord, similar to an Olde Warder and Hen table. To get them started, they will be hosting ‘blocks’ of around one hour to give you guys a chance to get to know them better. At other times, our Discord Ops will be hosting fun games and events to let you all kick back and relax with your tower fam. There’s even going to be a special event on Saturday, December 12th! – Zashara Sho’am.

 

Check out the schedules below for this weekends events.

 

December 5th  December 6th

 

When there aren’t special events running you can drop by those channels to chat with members from those groups and get to know different people from around our community.

 

If you’re having trouble registering for our server, send an email to chat@tarvalon.net and they’ll help you get set up! Our Ops are here to help you so feel free to ask them if you have questions or issues over the weekend/s (or any other time). Keep an eye out next week for the schedule for December 12th & 13th.

 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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TVTT Gray Ajah Edition – The Artistic Side of the Gray Ajah

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You might not be aware, but we have several artistic Gray Aes Sedai, interested in graphic design, painting, web development and web design work etc.

 

The Wheel of Time has been a big part of our inspiration and has been in the center of many of our artistic outlets. The pieces that the Gray Ajah decided to share are from Siera al’Cere and Ilverin Matriam. These are their stories.

 

Siera’s Story

 

It’s been over a decade since I first picked up the Wheel of Time series, but for that whole decade it’s been important to me so when I got assigned a school project to redesign a book cover using only typography, I knew, without a doubt, what I would be doing. So right away I got to work, trying to choose a font, and what would best represent the book series. I didn’t want anything too extravagant and I wanted it to speak for itself. We went thought a few revisions, I have multiple colours, but in the end, I wanted to stick with a blue that I believe I got off the current cover and just toned it down.

 

As you’ll see on the cover, I chose 2 blues, and have them swirled, just like the Two Rivers, where our story starts out. I also wanted to give sneak peaks in the cover, which is why I have a few words faded on the cover, and I made my own inter-looped wheel.

 

That being said, I remember being super proud of this project when I originally designed it, but I was only in my second year of school, so this was designed back in 2012 and looked at it now, there’s a lot that I would change and refine now that I have more knowledge and am in more comfortable in my profession, but for a younger version of me, it was a way to bring my reading passion and my designing passion together.

 

Siera's Cover

 

Ilverin’s Story

 

I decided to share two pieces in this issue of the TVT takeover, since both of them are close to my heart. 

 

The first piece is a digital drawing I made by laying out a photo of me and drawing on top of it, to recreate my face as an Aes Sedai from the Wheel of Time book series. Additionally I added the glow of Saidar and a white ball of light, to represent my channeling abilities of course 😀 This was done back in 2011 or 2012 I believe.

 

Ilverin's Avatar

 

The second piece came later, after I read Towers of Midnight. Until that point I really didn’t like the character of Matrim Cauthon. He was never a character that was interesting to me, if anything he was just like that annoying little brother I never had 😛

 

Well, not to give out any spoilers, but I am just going to say that Towers of Midnight changed my perspective of Mat drastically and I just fell in love with him. I don’t know if that was Jordan’s writing or Sanderson’s, but the result is still the same.

 

So, this piece represents me giving Mat the fan girl glance! 😀

 

 

Ilverin's Art

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TVTT Gray Ajah Edition – Grayt Times: A Mother-Daughter Journey Through The Wheel of Time

TVTT Gray Ajah

 

 

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Ashara Koh’inor: I began reading the series right after Elyss was born in 1998. A dear friend of mine passed it along as a small escape from the exhausting (but rewarding) real world of new motherhood and the daunting task of being a stay at home mom. My experience with fantasy was limited, as I had only ever read The Lord of the Rings, which I did not love, and Tigana, which I did. Over the years to come The Wheel of Time series was no longer an escape, but a constant companion. Due to the incredible breadth of the works, anytime life found me with the chips down or in disarray, The Wheel of Time happened to be there as well. Children being born, new jobs, a divorce, a new career, no matter what was going on I was sharing in the journey of others while simultaneously navigating my own. 

 

Ashara: I planned to pass on The Wheel of Time to Elyss by the time she proved herself a voracious reader at age 6. Her fifteenth birthday was, for me, a rite of passage not because of a driver’s permit, but because I could finally place The Eye of the World in her hands. 

 

Elyss Koh’inor: I had seen The Wheel of Time on bookshelves at home for about as long as I could remember. This in itself wasn’t unusual, our house has always held more bookcases than people. From a young age, I was drawn towards the fantastic. If people asked why I preferred books about dragons, fairies, and wizards, my first thought was, “Why not?”. My parents encouraged me to read, never daunted by the length of a book or a series. After my fifteenth birthday, I started reading my mom’s tattered copy of The Eye of the World. Soon enough I couldn’t put it down. The characters that had become my mother’s dearest friends became mine as well. 

 

Elyss: The Wheel of Time was the first fantasy series written for an adult audience I had read. Like many readers who came to the series after it was fully published, I had the opportunity to read the installments back-to-back. Over the next year and a half, I devoured each volume. Not only was it an opportunity to see an expansive world beyond the scope of any other fantasy series I had read before, but it was a chance to share an experience with my mom. The Wheel of Time became a cornerstone of our daily conversations, and we grew even closer through its pages.

 

Elyss: My sixteenth birthday present came in two parts. The first was an Aes Sedai ring, the second, the ability to go to JordanCon in 2015. It was my first convention, and the first time my mom would be surrounded by other people who knew the series she loved as well as she did. But I had a problem. I hadn’t finished the series.

 

Elyss: The period of time between my birthday and the convention became a balance of frantic reading and wanting to savor the story. I dislike spoilers and wanted to attend panels and conversations at JordanCon without worrying that my experience of the books would be marred somehow. The day before the conference, I was about a third of the way through A Memory of Light. So on the eight-hour drive to Atlanta, I read. By the time we were entering the city, I closed the last book of The Wheel of Time, and opened a new chapter in my love of the series. A love bolstered not only by sharing it with my mom, but with the rest of a soon-to-be chosen family. After being surrounded with others who knew our books so well, we couldn’t wait an entire year to re-enter the community. So we took the flyer for TarValon.Net

 

Ashara: I am not sure if anyone else has agonized over the choice of a name as we did while anxiously awaiting joining TarValon.Net. I still have the original note on my phone dated 5.24.15 where we compiled various first and last names. We are both dreamers and intrigued by travel and the exotic which explains a lot. For myself, I chose to adapt the word ashera from Near Eastern Mythology meaning “she who walks in the sea”. Typical Pisces. Together, we chose the last name Koh’inor, adapted from the Persian word kohinoor meaning “mountain of light”. 

 

Elyss: Koh’inor also sounded vaguely like “Kholinar” to me. I had picked up The Way of Kings following my completion of The Wheel of Time, and was quickly becoming immersed in Sanderson’s Cosmere. Jordan’s books had opened up a whole new world of fantasy and science fiction. The name “Elyss” came through my love of the character Alyss in The Ranger’s Apprentice series, as well as Moiraine’s alias “Alys.” 

 

Ashara: Despite what it may look like, we never intended to end up in the same Ajah. In fact, I was determined to choose a different one so Elyss would feel she did not have me looking over her shoulder all the time. In the end, however, we realized that more than mother and daughter, we are close friends. As it became obvious that we both favored Gray, we laughed over finding ourselves in the same place, rather than it being any cause for concern. Elyss, in my opinion, is a true book Gray while I am… well, not. Finding my TV.net home was made more special still by realizing she would be there as well. 

 

Elyss: I remember my mom asking where I planned to aspire, and asking if I would prefer that we stay in separate Ajahs. I knew that if I thought I would feel awkward with my mother in the same Ajah, she would choose another group without a second thought. But we had both found a home within Gray, and if anything that drew us closer together. It made sense that alongside our family ties, we would be in each others’ chosen family too. 

 

Elyss: As much as my mom says she is not a book Gray, there are some key elements we both share with the Ajah as presented in the novels, as well as how it has evolved on TarValon.Net. We both have a strong sense of fairness and justice, a desire to see things balanced. We balance each other too; passion and zeal meeting rhetoric and persuasion. Being together in the Gray Ajah has continued our journey together through The Wheel of Time, a journey that began when she put The Eye of the World in my hands on my fifteenth birthday. 

It was not the beginning, but it was a beginning.

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TarValon.Net’s November 2020 Recap

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November has been an exciting month at TarValon.Net. We saw the conclusion of Shaoman, with our members testing their deductive and puzzle solving skills in a range of fun activities. Who knew it was the Amyrlin Seat all along…?

 

EventsNov2020

  • The very first Tar Valon Times Takeover graced our screens courtesy of our hardworking Citizens and Mayor. Thank you all for sharing your takeover with us! Check out the recent posts for their wonderful contributions.
  • The Great Charity Hunt, a Department of Community Outreach initiative launched! The community of TarValon.Net can get involved and help out as true Servants of All. Keep an eye out in December for the reveal of our members featured causes.
  • The Winners from Shaoman 2020 were announced. The Brown Ajah won Best Group Theme, the Junior Members (Novices, Recruits, Accepted and Soldiers) won the Group Cryptic Challenge, Alenya Al’Roran won the Word Wheels, Scavenger Hunt and Writing Contest, and Tallan DaarEmerald ní Róhan, Leira Galene and Alenya Al’Roran all solved every Logic Puzzle.
    It is no surprise that Alenya Al’Roran was also awarded The Spirit of Shaoman. Our congratulations and thanks go to Cinna Vrammar as The Rockstar of Shaoman, the OAT who truly went above and beyond.
  • We also have many members who participated in NaNoWriMo 2020. We wish them all the best of luck in their future literary endeavours. Check out the thread in Fine Arts & Literary Pursuits for more information.

HiringsNov2020

Our congratulations go to a new Company Commander and the members of the Fall Session of The Hall of the Tower. We thank you all for your time and service to these important positions.

RaisingsNov2020

TarValon.Net gained one new citizen this month. Congratulations Idril Alfauro, we hope that you enjoy your time in the City. It has also been a very exciting time in the Tower with three new members being summoned to the Tower, and one member being raised to Accepted. We wish them all the best for their journeys in the Tower.

BondsNov2020

We saw two new Bonds, created by the Light. These members have chosen to be bound to one and other, in their fight against the Shadow. Our congratulations to you all!

OpenPositionsNov2020

November was a big month for hiring at TarValon.Net with a total of six positions open for applications. The positions of Headteacher, Outreach Activities Coordinator, Assistant Editor of the Tar Valon Times and Survey Project Manager are still open for those interested in applying.

We would like to say thank you to Jahily al’Karee for her dedicated service as Mayor to the citizens of TarValon.Net, Dovienya el’Korim for taking wonderful care of The Classroom as Headmistress, Kyla Sterling for her many years as Assistant Editor of the Tar Valon Times, Elanda Tonil for her time as Survey Project Manager and Ilverin Matriam for her time and service as Awards Historian and Outreach Activities Coordinator. Best of luck to all those who applied, we thank you for your interest in serving our community!

 

There are many exciting things to look forward to in December. The second edition of the Tar Valon Times TakeoverGray Ajah Edition will be coming to you in the first week of December. We also have an exciting two weekend event on the TarValon.Net Discord (keep an eye out for an announcement soon), as well as our annual Feast of Lights celebration when we will learn more about The Great Charity Hunt and the causes our members have chosen to support.

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TarValon.Net Library Resources – Novices & Recruits

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Welcome back to the TarValon.Net Library Resources series. Our previous Editor, Atarah al’Norahn began this series back in 2019. She shared with us resources for The Brown Ajah, the San d’ma Shadar Company, the Citizens of TarValon.Net, Accepted & Soldiers and The Gray Ajah. Today we continue this tradition by sharing with you the TarValon.Net Library Resources for (and about) Novices & Recruits.
 

Novices & Recruits at TarValon.Net

 

When Citizens apply to join the Tower, they must choose between becoming a Novice or a Recruit. TarValon.Net does not apply any restrictions to either path and encourages all members to choose whichever they are more comfortable with. The Membership Manual for Novices and Recruits contains a wealth of information. The Membership Administrator for Novices and Recruits is the Mistress/Master of Novices and Recruits. They are the first port of call for any and all questions that new Tower members may have. The current Mistress of Novices and Recruits is Qamra Daielin. Qamra can be found in The Mistress of Novices and Recruits Office, and for the latest scoop on the MoNsteR check out our most recent Member Spotlight.

 

Upon joining the Tower, Novices and Recruits will be assigned two Mentors! Where possible there will be one from each path (an Aes Sedai and a Gaidin) who will guide and support the member through their raising to Accepted/Soldier then Aes Sedai/Gaidin. For more information about the next step towards Senior Membership refer to the “next step” section in the Membership Manual.

 

You can also check out the list of Novices and Recruits who have earned Merits as part of our Merit System! If you think that you have been missed for a merit please contact merits@tarvalon.net.
 

Novices & Recruits in The Wheel of Time

Spoiler Warning – Some of the links below contain spoilers for The Wheel of Time series.

 

If you’d like some more canon information about Novices in The Wheel of Time the TarValon.Net Library, there is an article with everything you could ever want to know about Novices. There you can find out about the training which Novices undertake as well as information about punishments, classes, their quarters, fun and pranks. For those who would like more information about the Novice Dress, there’s an article for that too. You can even follow the pattern to make your own! There is also a full list of all the characters ever to become Novices.

 

As with the Soldiers there is no direct counterpart to our Recruit rank in The Wheel of Time series however you can see a character list of younglings those who came to the Tower seeking to become Gaidin to an Aes Sedai.

 

Keep an eye out for the rest of this series in the coming months! Next up, the Dai M’Hael Company of TarValon.Net.

 

If you found this post useful please leave a comment below. There are so many different resources available in our TarValon.Net Library, so head over and take a look today. Just be careful of spoilers!

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