TarValon.Net’s September 2020 Wrap-Up

TarValon.Net Recap September

 

September of 2020 at TarValon.net seemed like a month of transition – transition from vacation to school, transition from quieter to livelier. The month started slowly, but it became more and more active as it went on.

 

Events September

 

During this month there were several things of note happening:
  • A winner for the International Red Cross Fundraiser was chosen and sent a prize! For the blog post about the fundraiser check here .
  • We opened our Costume/Cosplay Forum, where people can share their knowledge about recreating stage costumes or designing their own versions of Wheel of Time costumes, as they’ve imagined them. Check out the newly opened forum here.
  • The Costume Team is running a sew along, since a lot of people have shown interest in the American Duchess Cape pattern. If you are interested in joining, check this thread here.

Duchess Cape

  • The Department of Marketing is also challenging all members to draw something every day during Inktober! Read about our very own set of Wheel of Time drawing prompts on our blog post here.

 

Hiring September
 

Several people were appointed to new positions at TarValon.Net during September. We would like to congratulate:

 

Raisings September
 

The Hall of the Tower was busy contemplating several raisings. Many congratulations to:
  • The newest Accepted – Cinna Vrammar,

A graphic that says Congratulations Cinna Vrammar our newest Accepted

  • Kenith Sna’aps, who was summoned to start training as the newest Novice,

A graphic that says Congratulations Kenith Sna'aps our newest Novice

  • Owena al’Saturni Aes Sedai, the newest Sister of the Green Ajah.

A graphic that says Congratulations Owen al'Saturni our newest Green Aes Sedai
 

Bonds September

 

We saw a new bond, created under the Light, connecting two people, who have sworn to fight the Shadow together!
Congratulations to Faeril Munlear of the Green Ajah and Atreyu Silverstar of San d’ma Shadar Company on their bond.

 

Open Positions September

 

Open positions at TarValon.net during September:
  • Head of the White Ajah – Applications closed September 25, 2020.
  • Tar Valon Times Writers and Artists – Applications closed September 25, 2020. Our Editor Aleita Taviah is still interested to hear from you if you would like to contribute to the Tar Valon Times. E-mail her at editor@tarvalon.net anytime with your interest or ideas.
  • Forum Moderators and Discord Operators – Applications due October 3, 2020. If you are interested in applying, check the thread here.
  • Director of Research and Records – Applications due October 9, 2020. If you are interested in applying, check the thread here.

 

We would like to say thank you to Leala al’Dareis, who is stepping down as Head of the White Ajah, and to Atarah al’Norahn, who is stepping down as Director of Research and Records. Good luck to all the applicants!

 

The month wraps up with the Fall Executive Meeting, which was held on September 26, 2020. Stay tuned for next month’s recap, where we will cover the results of the Executive Meeting as well as everything else interesting that has happened at TarValon.Net!
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Inktober

Inktober TV.Net

 

Do you doodle? Tangle? Draw?
Would you like to?
Do you need motivation?
Well INKTOBER may be for you.
 

What is Inktober? Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor. It is a more organized, motivational way to encourage you to draw in October. There are several ways to participate.
Official Rules and Prompts
 

First: Choose your level of participation: one drawing a day, one every other day, or one a week for 52 weeks. Go to inktober.com for more information on each option.

Second: Doodle. Use the drawing prompts or don’t. It’s entirely up to you. I know after looking at them, I will probably do my own thing on some days.

Third: Post on your favorite social media platform with hashtags #tvnetinktober, #inktober and #inktober2020.
As an adult coloring book advocate, one of my favorite artists is Johanna Basford. She has five YouTube tutorials to help you feel more comfortable in your ability.
 

For Inktober 2020 at Tarvalon.net, we have created our very own set of Wheel of Time drawing prompts.
 

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You can find this calendar, share your ideas/drawings and cheer each other on in the thread for Inktober in the Fine Arts & Literary Pursuits Discussion Hall.
 

If you’re joining us in the challenge or cheering on a friend. The graphics below are free to use for all TarValon.Net members, courtesy of the Graphics Development Team.
 

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Please tag us if you’re sharing your work on social media and use the hashtag #TVNETINKTOBER.
 

Happy Inking!

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What is an Ajah?

Ajah

 

Simply speaking, an Ajah (pronounced: AH-jah) is a group of Aes Sedai within the Wheel of Time series created by Robert Jordan. But it is much more than that.

 

In the modern era of the Wheel of Time Series, each Ajah has its own raison d’être which determines the lives and purpose of the Aes Sedai who belong to it. Each Ajah also comes with its own rules, requirements and leadership. Depending on the purpose of the Ajah, they also have their own traditions, spy networks (eyes-and-ears) and even secret weaves which are known only to the Aes Sedai of that Ajah.

 

When an Accepted is raised to Aes Sedai, she requests acceptance to her Ajah of choice. No Aes Sedai is ever refused entry into the Ajah she has chosen. The only Aes Sedai who does not belong to an Ajah is The Amyrlin Seat. The Amyrlin Seat is “of all Ajahs and of none,” however it is a point of pride for her former Ajah to have their sister serve as the Amyrlin Seat. There are 7 different Ajahs: Blue, Brown, Green, Gray, Red, White and Yellow. When an Aes Sedai joins her Ajah she is given a vine-embroidered shawl and the fringe denotes the Ajah she has joined.

 

The Blue Ajah stands for causes of righteousness. While some Aes Sedai may work together on these causes, others act alone. First Selector is the title given to the leader of the Blue Ajah, which is believed to be the sixth largest. While it may not be one of the larger Ajahs, the Blue Ajah has a very wide reach with the largest network of eyes-and-ears.

 

The Brown Ajah’s focus is on the collection and preservation of knowledge. Unlike the other Ajahs, the Brown Ajah is known to be governed by a ruling council, the head of which is given the title First Chair. The Brown Ajah is the fourth largest, and the Librarians in the Tower Library are most commonly Brown Aes Sedai.

 

The Green Ajah is also known as the Battle Ajah, and their primary focus is to “Stand Ready” for the Last Battle. The Green Ajah is the second largest and, because of their purpose, the Aes Sedai of this Ajah often bond more than one Warder. The leader of the Green Ajah is known as the Captain-General.

 

The Grey Ajah’s purpose is to exercise diplomacy and mediation in politics. The leader of this Ajah is known as the Head Clerk. The Grey Ajah is known to be the third largest in the Tower.

 

The Red Ajah is the largest in the Tower. They are responsible for “dealing with” the incorrect and dangerous use of the One Power. While this is predominantly achieved by the capture and gentling of male channelers, it has previously included the locating and eradication of any group of female channelers unaligned with the Tower. The leader of the Red Ajah holds the title of Highest. The Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah do not bond Warders.

 

The White Ajah’s focus is on logic and philosophy. The White Ajah is believed to be the smallest in the Tower, and their Aes Sedai are rarely known to bond Warders. The leader of the White Ajah is known as the First Reasoner.

 

The Yellow Ajah is known primarily for Healing. Since Healing is a specific talent of channelers, Accepted who have this talent often join the Yellow Ajah upon being raised to Aes Sedai. The leader of the Yellow Ajah is known as the First Weaver. The Yellow Ajah is believed to be the fifth largest Ajah in the Tower.

 

To learn more about the Aes Sedai, Ajah’s and The White Tower. Keep an eye out for more posts here on the Tar Valon Times!
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August Virtual Trivia Event

August Virtual Trivia

 

At TarValon.Net we are very open to real life gatherings and we also organize at least three Official Events per year, where our members can gather together for fun, jokes, drinking and good times. Well… not this year. This year has been different and difficult for many of us. But we have kept our high spirits and decided to get together regardless, by taking our events online!

 

If you are a member of our site, you are welcome to join one of our Virtual Events in the official TarValon.net Discord server. The events are planned beforehand and announced in the Virtual Events forum. Keep an eye out for anything of interest to you! One such event was hosted on August 29th 2020, and it was a Trivia Game. The game was split up into two rounds. The first round was comprised of questions about the community and history of TarValon.Net. In the second, we asked our hardcore Wheel of Time fans some really difficult questions from the books!

 

The rules were simple:

 

1. The leading person will ask questions by voice. The questions will be read clearly and slowly. If needed the questions will be repeated. (Since one of the leading people had an eastern European accent :D)
2. All the participants will write their answers in the channel, specified for the game.
3. Anyone can answer as many times as they want.
4. The Wheel of Time questions will be mostly based around the story from Books 1-8. If all participants have read all the books, then questions from the later books might be included.

 

If you are interested in a full list of the questions asked in each round keep an eye out for the event post in the library.

 

ROUND ONE!
Lead by Aleita Taviah, OAT

 

In this round a point was awarded for each correct answer and Aleita Sedai waited for each of the participants to write at least one guess to consider the question answered and then revealed the correct answers. The questions varied in difficulty, from easy, “How many people serve in the Hall of the Tower as Sitters or Councillors?“, through deep research worthy questions, “How many people were raised to Aes Sedai and Gaidin combined in 2018?” (very difficult page to find in the Library), to legitimately difficult ones, “In which month and year was the first official Admin Meeting held?“.

 

The first place for this round was almost a tie, but Accepted Dar’Jen Ab Owain lept forward victorious on the final question to break the tie, and win her first TarValon.Net trivia fair and square!

 

ROUND TWO!
Lead by Ilverin Matriam, OAC

 

In the second round Ilverin Sedai chose to award the point to whoever answers correctly first. So apart from showing their knowledge of the Wheel of Time, the participants were also in a race for who types the fastest! A fun thing to mention, is that we found out that Serinia Sedai, our Amyrlin Seat, was one of the participants. Serinia was typing from their phone and didn’t have many WoT words saved in her auto correct. This is interesting for later!

 

The questions, again, varied in difficulty and subject. From questions about the Westlands, “Which country is the following banner of: Two Golden Leopards on a field checked in red and blue?“. To questions about the Forsaken, such as, “What is the real name of Ishamael?” and even a few questions about the Old Tongue, “What does the name of the Aiel Society “Aethan Dor” mean, translated from the Old Tongue?“.

 

So, remember the fun fact from before? Well, it turns out that one can win a Wheel of Time trivia round, even while typing from their phone! Unsurprisingly, our very own Amyrlin Seat, Serinia Edoras grabbed the first spot with 10 correct answers, followed closely by Idine Espanyas, Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah with 9 correct answers.

 

Prizes were made by our Outreach Activities Co-ordinator, Ilverin Matriam for the winners.

 

Trivia Badges

 

For those running the trivia event, it was a lot of fun and made us feel like we are hanging out with our friends, but from the comfort of our homes. Even if our Australian contingent had to be ready to go at 7am!

 

We hope that everyone who attended had fun and hope to see more people joining us next time!

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Robert Jordan: In Memorium

Robert Jordan
James Rigney, Jr

Oct 17, 1948 – Sept. 16, 2007

The Creator, an Author, a Mentor, a Friend, a Father, and a Husband.

 

13 years ago on the 16th of September 2007, James Rigney Jr known us as, Robert Jordan (The Creator of the World of The Wheel of Time) passed away. Jordan was a best-selling writer of twenty-five books, published in 22 countries around the world.

 

He was in constant communication with his fans throughout the world, and touched millions of lives through his writing. In his series, he described the term ta’veren as one who is chosen by the Wheel of Time to bend the pattern of the web of destiny; one thread which pulls others to it and changes lives without even realizing it. Such was the life of James Rigney, Jr. Whether he met them or did not, there are thousands of stories to be found of readers who connected through his books, forged lasting relationships, improved their lives and worked to serve others through charitable acts as a result of reading the Wheel of Time series.
– Sela Narian

 

Robert Jordan had been receiving treatment for a rare blood disease amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy for over a year and a half. He was survived by his wife, Harriet, who served as his editor (and so much more), and his son, William. Upon receiving the news of his passing the community at TarValon.net received a huge surge in membership. Fans from all around the world were coming together to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of the First Gaidin.

 

Along with a memorial service for our members a collection of quotes was recorded in our library, Our Memories of Robert Jordan. While every member had not had the good fortune to meet Jordan during his lifetime his words were what had brought us together. In his memory an Obituary was written by Sela Narian along with a Biography written by Kariada Kunai. Both pieces can be found in our library.

 

He spent his later years in Charleston in a historic house with his wife and publisher, Harriet. His home was at the junction of the Ashley and Cooper rivers, nestled serenely in a lush wood–a place he affectionately described as the Two Rivers. Jordan spent most of his time writing in a carriage house on the property, surrounded by thousands of books, antique weapons, hats, and gifts given to him by fans.
– Kariada Kunai

 

Today, on the anniversary of his passing our thoughts are with Harriet, his family, and all those who knew or were touched by him and his writing. We say thank you, for creating the rich, diverse and captivating world of The Wheel of Time, and bringing us all together.

 

He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind was gone.
– The Dragon Reborn, R. Jordan

 

May you shelter in the palm of the Creator’s hand, and may the last embrace of the mother welcome you home.

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