TarValon.Net’s April 2022 Recap

 

Well friends and neighbors, we made it through another busy month at TarValon.Net! Here’s a rundown of the News and Notes from April 2022, as well as a sneak peek into the rest of May.
 

 

April brought us two big events, one of our main site-wide free weeks of Bel Tine; followed on its heels by the in-person JordanCon, which this year also included a virtual component to the annual TarValon.Net toast. Along with a host of other things:

  • Bel Tine 2022 was a week of fun, with the theme of “Clash of the Titans,” and featuring a showdown between the Keeprylins and the Cordamora, Keeper, and Amyrlin — or is she the Peachrylin Seat now? Hmm… There was a fun mix of competitions, contests, and events; culminating in awards that were announced live during the JordanCon toast. Thanks to those who put on the free week, everyone who participated, and congrats to the winners, which can be found HERE.
  • The JordanCon Tower toast had some other eventful components, including a pair of live Raisings (see below); and the installation of office for our Cordamora, Morrighan Daghdera, and our Keeper, Erin al’Denael.
  • April brought our next quarter of Merits. Congrats to the recipients, and thank you to those who earned service awards! The list for April can be found HERE.
  • Many thanks to Deoan Kakarot, for his years of service and hard work as our Director of Technology!! The announcement about his decision to step down is HERE.
  • We had our Spring shift in the Hall. The list of our new Sitters and Councillors for this term can be found HERE.
  • April 7th was a special day for Aspirations!! We celebrated Dovienya el’Korim who Aspired to the Green Ajah, Qamra Daielin who Aspired to the Red Ajah, and Aintza Bisera who Aspired to the Gray Ajah.
  • Our Servant of All Team set up a fundraiser (donations through May 22nd) for Ukrainian Relief. The details are HERE.
  • Our Keeper announced a comprehensive Technology Update, which includes several updates about staffing and the upcoming move to Xenforo 2.0.
  • And the Executive Meeting Discussion forum was OPENED, including departmental and executive area updates.

 

The Community celebrated a new Bond formed in April — Congrats to Kassidy and Jas’yn!!
 

April saw a LOT of new hires. Good luck to everyone taking on these roles!

 

We had several hiring positions open during April. Good luck applicants! You can check the Hiring section of Site Announcements any time to see when new opportunities are posted.

 

Our Community celebrated Raisings this month, both events were held as a combo of live and virtual! Congratulations to these Unaffiliated Senior Members who were fully Raised into their chosen Ajahs and Company:

 

And with that, we say goodbye to April and move on to May. It should be an interesting month, culminating in “The Void” from May 27-June 1; aka the site migration to Xenforo 2.0. Stay tuned for more on this in the coming weeks, including some fun activities to keep us distracted while the technology department completes this much-anticipated update!
 

From the Editor: Two quick news items before I sign off. The Tar Valon Times will be going on hiatus during the month of May. The majority of our staff team are on Leaves of Absence due to real life events — work, end-of-school exams/activities, health challenges, etc.

On a more personal note, after more than a year of serving, I am stepping down as Editor-in-Chief. I am so grateful for this team of dedicated writers and artists, and to have had the opportunity to serve the Community alongside them. They are all incredibly talented people, and it has been an honor to watch them explore their creativity.

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What I Missed — Reading the Shadow Rising (Part 2 – In Rhuidean)

Please note: this article contains spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time Series.

 

This is a continuation from Part 1, which you can also find on our blog – HERE.
 
So, the most packed full of interesting stuff from the fourth book of the Wheel of Time series, The Shadow Rising, are the chapters where Rand and Mat go to Rhuidean. And they are interesting in multiple ways – first we find out the history of the Aiel; but we also learn more about the Age of Legends, something that no one to this point has talked directly about as if they have known and lived it. Later, we get some more glimpses about that Age from the Forsaken, but for now, we see it only from Rand’s ancestors’ eyes.

 

The history of the Aiel has always fascinated me, and this time I decided to dig into the story deeper than before and figure out things I might have missed in previous re-reads.

 

We start in Chapter 25 The Road to the Spear: first memory that Rand sees through the glass columns, is of Mandein, whose wife Sealdre, tells him that whichever sept does not come to the Jenn’s call to Rhuidean, and whichever sept does not agree to their terms, will eventually die.

 

“’You must agree to whatever they ask, husband,’ Sealdre said.

(…)

‘Will the others come?’ he asked.

‘Some. Most. I have talked to my sisters in the dream, and we have all dreamed the same dream. The chiefs who do not come, and those who do not agree… Their septs will die, Mandein. Within three generations they will be dust, and their holds and cattle belong to other septs. Their names will be lost.’

He did not like her talking to the Wise Ones of other septs, even in dreams. But the Wise Ones dreamed true. When they knew, it was true.”

 

So I don’t know why I didn’t see this before, but it is obvious to me now why those septs will die out. It is because they would not have a chief who has gone through the glass columns, and who has seen the history of the Aiel.

 

Which leads me to wonder why the Jenn Aiel died out; no one attacks them or kills them, they have all the knowledge of the Aiel, they have all the ter’angreal in Rhuidean, surely also some of them could channel, since the current Aiel Wise Ones — their descendants — could also channel.

 

Also, I am pondering who might be the two Aes Sedai and how old were they at that point? I believe the one who mentioned the prophecy is the one who foretold of the Dragon Reborn in the next chapter – Deindre. Which means that they could be as old as all of the generations of Aiel that Rand saw through the columns — which should be around 500 years. This we know from the next chapter, shouldn’t be disregarded as impossible, since even an Aiel who cannot channel was in his prime at 60.

 

Now, all of this lead me thinking in another direction — when and why did the Wise Ones start being called Wise Ones? Was it because they were Dreamers and could Dreamwalk? Why is this talent so common among the Aiel? It dates way back even to when they were Da’shain. Also, when did the Wise Ones start also going through the columns and why? Maybe it’s that they started going through the columns as the same time as the clan chiefs, we were just not told of that. But then, how did they find the other ter’angreal that they use on their first entering of Rhuidean? They should have discovered that first, and maybe after they had used that for a while they began going through the columns. But it said that Wise Ones shouldn’t enter Rhuidean twice, so, they needed to have discovered that ter’angreal early on. Maybe all or some of these questions do get answered in some later books, and I am getting ahead of myself here, but I am just a tiny bit disappointed that this was not explained a bit more.

 

Rand soon finds out that he is looking through his ancestors’ eyes. He is the first one we see that goes through the columns and in his case, he only looks through his male ancestors’ eyes … I cannot help but wonder why is that? Do the Wise Women look through their female ancestors eyes then? If I remember correctly, Aviendha saw the future only through her female descendants in Towers of Midnight; which means that on the journey through her past, she saw through her female ancestors. Why the distinction? Does it make some kind of sense? In Aviendha’s case both of her parents were Aiel, while only Rand’s father was. At first, I was wondering if there might be a connection there, but I suppose it could be easily explained as just… the gender of the one who enters the ter’angreal.

 

Okay let’s get to the next chapter, since I can continue with my musings indefinitely. We are reading Chapter 26 The Dedicated.

 

The first memory we see in this chapter is of Adan who has lost almost his entire family. Some of the Aiel have decided to leave the wagons and search for a place of safety, where they can sing. Adan calls them “lost.” Later they become the Tuatha’an, the Traveling People, and the Aiel continue calling them “Lost Ones.”  However, why didn’t these “Lost Ones” continue calling themselves Aiel even after they left? Why should the Aiel who have forgotten the Way of the Leaf call themselves Aiel, when they are no longer Dedicated? But then I suppose the Lost Ones didn’t continue being dedicated to the Aes Sedai either, so they probably thought they were not Aiel anymore. And it was easier for them to forget where they come from and why they follow the Way of the Leaf, since they didn’t have the ter’angreal.

 

In another memory, Jonai overhears Aes Sedai talk possibly about the foretelling of the rebirth of the Dragon, or maybe that the world will be saved at some point in the future:

 

“ ‘What good is your Foretelling,’ Oselle was almost shouting, ‘if you cannot tell us when?’ Her long black hair swayed as she shook with anger. ‘The world rests on this! The future! The Wheel itself!’

Dark eyed Deindre faced her with a more usual calm. ‘I am not the Creator. I can only tell you what I Foretell.’ ”

 

This made me realize that the Forsaken did not know either when the Dragon will be reborn and what that would mean. The Second Age Aes Sedai didn’t know of any foretellings that we know of in the Third Age. Which is interesting, since the Forsaken know a lot of information very quickly after breaking out of their prison, including the language of the Third Age.

 

“Solinda was the calmest of them all, her oldfashioned streith gown only a pale blue mist.”

 

We know from Graendal wearing it, that streith was a fabric that dresses from the Age of Legends were made out of. Streith was common, even the Aes Sedai wore it. I would’ve wagered it’s more of a commoner rich people garment instead. But then, at the time when Jonai was supposed to leave Paaran Disen, the streith has already become oldfashioned. Which probably means it was no longer being made.

 

Jonai also meets Someshta in the Hall of the Servants, the Nym that was later called “the Green Man” in the Third Age.

 

“ ‘Singing,’ Someshta said. ‘Was there singing? So much is gone. The Aes Sedai say some will return. You are a Child of the Dragon, are you not?’

Jonai winced. That name had caused trouble, no less for not being true. But how many citizens now believed the Da’shain Aiel had once served the Dragon and no other Aes Sedai?”

 

When did the Aiel became known as the Children of the Dragon and why? Lews Therin Telamon became known/famous during the War of the Shadow, so I suppose some time between him becoming a battle leader and sealing the Bore. But then why did they continue being called People of the Dragon? It doesn’t seem to be that long of a time, so that it becomes a custom. Jonai is only sixty-three and the Nym is much older probably and Someshta uses that name. So it’s something that is a bit weird to me, but I suppose the Third Age Aiel decided to keep this, so that the Dragon Reborn can find them and “take them back.”

 

Later, Jonai’s wife Alnora says something that tugged at my brain:

 

“’Of no time soon,’ she murmured. ‘All will be well, all will be well, and all manner of thing will be well.’ Smiling tremulously, she touched his cheek. ‘With you I know it will be so, husband of my heart.’ ”

 

This is the same expression that the Sea Folk used in an earlier chapter. From Chapter 20 Winds Rising:

“If it pleases the Light,” Jorin said fatalistically, “all will be well. All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of thing will be well, if it pleases the Light.”

 

The sayings are just too similar, which is interesting and makes me wonder if it’s a common saying on the continent, or simply something remaining from the Age of Legends; or maybe both peoples are connected in some way in the distant past.

 

The next memory is of Coumin, who is only sixteen and he is of the group of men that sing for the seeds to grow.

 

“Coumin could hear the seed singing around the other fields, hear the women clapping to urge the men on, their rhythm the heartbeat of new life, but it was a distant knowledge. The song caught him up, and he almost felt that it was himself, not the sounds he made, that Someshta wove into the soil and around the seeds. Seeds no longer, though. Zemais sprouts covered the field, taller wherever the Nym’s foot had trod. No blight would touch those plants, nor any insect; seed sung, they would eventually grow twice as high as a man and fill the town’s grainbarns. This was what he had been born for, this song and the other seed songs.“

 

There were also Ogier who sang with the Aiel men. This makes me think of the tree singing some Ogier are capable of, like Loial. What if the tree singing is simply an old remnant of these seed songs from the Age of Legends. Would this mean that the tree singing is connected to the Song the Traveling People are searching for?

 

“It was then that he saw the soldier, only a few steps away, watching them. He had left his shocklance and fancloth battle cape somewhere, but he still wore his helmet, like some monstrous insect’s head, its mandibles hiding his face though his black shockvisor was raised.”

 

This is something that surprised me, how could the Seanchan have armour like the soldiers in the last days of the Age of Legends? My theory is that during the breaking, the people who got separated on the continent of Seanchan somehow kept this armour, and it wasn’t brought in by Luthair Paendrag from the main continent (like I previously thought). But then, why would the helmet be a common thing in Seanchan, but they had no fancloth? I suppose they didn’t have a ter’angreal to make it. Since fancloth cloaks seem to be what the Warders wear in the Third Age. Warders are a third age concept, so supposedly this fancloth was a common clothing in the Age of Legends. Later apparently became a cloak for soldiers to wear and possibly this is why the Warders came to wearing it later.

 

After Rand had exited the glass columns and saved Mat from hanging, Mat says:

 

“He winced, scrubbing a hand through his hair.

‘Light, but my head hurts. It’s spinning, like a thousand bits of dreams, and every one a needle. Do you think Moiraine will do something for it if I ask?'”

 

I am wondering if this is a foreshadowing of the fact that Mat will gain all those memories after asking for them from the Eelfin. “Like a thousand bits of dreams” sounds exactly what he got in the end.

 

“Rand kept his pace to Mat’s, which was slow at first, hobbling along using the odd spear as a walking staff. He paused once to look at the two figurines of a man and a woman holding crystal spheres, but he left them there. Not yet. Not for a long time yet, if he was lucky.”

 

This is interesting, because it seems Rand knows that the statuettes are the two keys to the huge sa’angreals, but doesn’t pick them up. Why does he think ‘not yet’? How does he intend to go back into Rhuidean?

 

And with this concludes Part 2 of my thoughts on The Shadow Rising. I am excited to continue with the Fires of Heaven and see what I missed from my previous readings of that book.

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Warding Your Online Life – Part 1: Internet Security Tips

 
In this first article in the series Warding Your Online Life, I’ll be taking a look at how you can safeguard the myriad of accounts we all have these days and how you can help yourself keep your passwords in order.
 

Internet security used to mean just having antivirus installed and not downloading anything dodgy. These days, it covers a wide range of topics from securing accounts to protecting your data too. A first good step is to check if any of your data has been involved in any known breaches. This can be a real eye opener if you weren’t even aware there has been one.
 

Here is a suggestion for a place to start: https://haveibeenpwned.com This is a site that enables you to check if your email or phone number has been involved in a breach, it’ll tell you when and which company this was and the type of information that was breached.
 

What can you do about it?
The answer is not a lot sadly. Once the information is out there, the only thing you can do is make sure you actively change any login details for breached accounts (new password etc.); activate Two Factor authentication (2FA) where possible on affected accounts; and be aware of what information is stored with other companies.
 

Two factor Authentication (2FA)
This is a process many large companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook all use to increase account security. It is the principle of having:

  • Something you know (password)
  • Something you have (device)

It just adds an extra hurdle to anyone trying to break into your accounts using phished or hacked data, and stops bruteforcing (using computers to “guess” passwords) by requiring something people cant easily get access to. Some sites class E-mail or Text (SMS) messages as a 2FA method. These work at a push, but are inherently insecure as both communication methods are not encrypted and can be hacked themselves, rendering them a little useless.
 

Choosing a free 2FA app for your phone such as Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator is a good first step, and offers you that extra level of protection while relying on your having your device available. You can also choose to purchase a special hardware key such as a YubiKey (https://www.yubico.com/) or a Google owned Titan (https://cloud.google.com/titan-security-key/). But it’s often best in these cases to have a secondary backup key, and the cost involved isn’t insignificant for more recent devices. If you’re not too worried about having everything linked to your single device then there are alternatives such as Authy (https://authy.com) that allow a sort of cloud synced 2FA generation or some password managers also handle 2FA generation.
 

The main thing with using any 2FA is have a backup, whether it’s taking note of the key used to set the process up in a secure way or using any services recovery methods so that you don’t lose access to accounts if your phone was broken/lost.
 

Password Managers
The phrase “password free login” has been bandied about for years now, but we still have to remember tens if not hundreds of increasingly-complex passwords that need to be changed more often to meet requirements. To help combat this, password managers were developed and have come to a point where they offer a range of useful features.
 

With a password manager you only really need to ever remember one password, to this end it should be:

  • Something you can remember that’s not easily guessable or phishable (not a list of kids/pets names etc.)
  • Something secure and unique (e.g. long enough and complex enough and not used elsewhere)

The main role of the password manager is to generate and store your passwords; because you don’t have to remember them these should be as unique and complex as possible. Many password managers also offer a history of passwords for that account (where you’ve changed them in the manager) which can be useful if a password reset goes awry. Another very useful feature of password managers is seeing at-a-glance what account logins use a particular email address. This has been raised recently for those who will lose access to TarValon.Net email addresses after having them for years and seeing where it has been used to change to a new address.
 

In addition to just storing login information, password managers also offer to generate your 2FA codes for you. This is a personal choice of convenience over security, as many consider having passwords and 2FA codes generated in the same program a security weakness. But as long as your master password is secure then you should be fine. Other types of information password managers can store are things such as payment card information, address auto fill information, and many other types of data you may need whilst out and about on the internet. Most platforms also offer the same functionality for app logins on devices and synching of your passwords across devices.
 

There are many choices in password managers from free open source projects such as Bitwarden (https://bitwarden.com) and KeePass (https://keepass.info); to paid for services such as Dashlane (https://www.dashlane.com) and LastPass (https://www.lastpass.com); and some like Bitwarden also offer Premium paid-for tiers.
 

Whatever you choose, make sure it has features that suit you at a cost (or not) that works; any secure form of password storage is a step up from using that same easily remembered password on all sites. But also remember that having a secure store of all your passwords is great as long as you can access it, so make sure you keep an offline export of your password list somewhere secure (safe or secure location) for if you ever lost access.

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Member Spotlight – Tree

“I’m not a Gaidin, but I am a Warder.”

 

When the time came to interview Tree for our Member Spotlight series, I jumped at the chance! I wanted to get to know my new Head of Ajah and share how awesome she is with our readers.

 

Tree has been a member of TarValon.Net for just over sixteen years. That’s well over her reported “twenty-nine” years of life!  She’s lived in places such as Seattle, Los Angeles, and Toronto for the past two years with her partner, my fellow Unaffiliated Senior Member, Xander Silverstar. They met in 2006 at Toronto Fall Ball and have been a Tower Power Couple ever since. She has a Certificate in Digital Cartography and GIS. She and Xander have two cats, a Siamese tortie and a Tonkinese. In her free time, Tree enjoys gardening in her community garden plot.  She also likes to send hand-written “analog correspondences” to friends by means of snail mail.

 

Outside of our shared interest the Wheel of Time, Tree reads non-fictions books, novels by Haruki Murakami, and Mistborn. She branched into the Wheel of Time series from Lord of the Rings, which she began reading because of her dad.  She has seen some of the tv show adaptation, and likes the production value and changes made of what she’s seen. I have to say I agree!

 

Tree came to TarValon.Net for a bit of an escape from her life, which was at a tumultuous place at the time. The community provided stability and support to ground her and help her move forward. She stayed, because it had become a permanent fixture in her life, to that point that now the people who are closest to her are Tower People.

 

Having just made my decision to join the Green Ajah not too long ago, I was excited to know why Tree had joined. She answered, “Because the Greens told me to come over and sit with them at the lunch table.” On a more serious note, they had seen that she was a good fit. Others may perceive her as “too much,” she has a gregarious and charming side  She’s cultivated a strong sense of self-preservation, she fights her own fights, and she’s very protective of her people. Tree became an Aes Sedai before guesting was implemented into one’s journey to Senior Membership, and when the opportunity came up to guest around to other groups, she never felt the need. Tree is as Green as they come.

 

When it comes to why Tree chose to apply for Head of Ajah, there were a few factors. Some trusted people encouraged her to do so, and ultimately she felt it was time. She also has a natural air of a leader to her. After all, she did start a cult in high school. What, you didn’t hear about that  It was to raise money to see a concert. It was called Stageous. The cult, not the band. There were business cards and everything. Honestly, wish I could have seen it.  

 

During her tenure, she wants to bring back members who have wandered away by way of Facebook. She’s also begun building wiki editing skills among the Greens by pairing members with TarValon.Net Historians in order to keep the Green Ajah page up-to-date and looking spiffy! The Green Ajah’s Discord has also gone through a transformation since she’s taken over, as many of our members have seen. What is open to everyone is now more expansive and fun! Her next goal is to use a Trivia Bot.

 

As our interview wound down, I snuck in one final fun question. What is Tree’s personal theme song? She very honestly lied and told me “Tell All the People.” (If you know, you know.) But if you don’t, that’s Toral’s ringtone for Tower People.  And… “I like salsa.”/span>

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What I Missed — Reading the Shadow Rising (Part 1)

Please note: this article contains spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time Series.

 

We all miss some little details or foreshadowing when we read a book for the first time… even on the second time! I know I do! It is also true that everyone might notice different things while reading a book.

 

In this article I would like to discuss things I missed in my previous read of The Wheel of Time’s fourth book – “The Shadow Rising.” My thoughts on the previous books – “New Spring,” “The Eye of the World,” “The Great Hunt,” and “The Dragon Reborn” can also be found on our blog.

 

The first time I read the Shadow Rising was a long time ago, but I remember it quickly became my favorite! My latest reread of this book was in 2016, so again, a long time ago; it’s possible I have missed many things that could have been obvious, and I will try to summarize them in this article. I want to see what I’ve missed in my previous reads! Join me in exploring the first part of this book, where I share things I missed from the story outside the chapters where Rand and Mat are in Rhuidean! For those chapters, expect a part TWO!

 


 

“The Shadow Rising” follows the events that happened at the end of the third book – “The Dragon Reborn.” However, a few weeks have passed. Rand is the Lord Dragon, ruler of Tear; Mat is gambling and playing cards with the Tairen lords; and Perrin is with Faile, who wants to leave, while Perrin simply cannot leave Rand.

 

In Chapter 2 all three ta’veren are attacked by some strange occurrences. And then in Chapter 3 Reflection – Moiraine explains to Rand that the things that tried to kill him, and Mat and Perrin, are some form of the Dark One’s evil, which she calls “bubbles of evil.”

 

“As the seals holding the Dark One’s prison weaken,” she said after a time, “it may be inevitable that a… miasma… will escape even while he is still held. Like bubbles rising from the things rotting on the bottom of a pond. But these bubbles will drift through the Pattern until they attach to a thread and burst.

In the beginning I think there will only be a few bubbles, slipping through cracks the Dark One can reach through. Later, who can say? And just as ta’veren bend the other threads in the Pattern around them, I think perhaps ta’veren will tend to attract these bubbles more powerfully than others do.”

 

I couldn’t help but wonder how does Moiraine know about these “bubbles of evil,” while not even Verin has mentioned them — and she has researched almost everything it seems. My thought is that it was just convenient for Moiraine to expect something like this at this point in the story.

 

Apart from this one, throughout the chapters where the ta’veren are still in the Stone of Tear, I noticed that some Aielmen simply call Perrin by his first name. I do not know how this didn’t connect for me before — Aiel use the wetlanders’ whole names, but Perrin is called only by his first name.

 

For example here Rhuarc uses both Rand and Perrin’s first names:

Rhuarc ignored the last part.

“(…) Our prophecy says only that the Stone must fall before He Who Comes With the Dawn appears to take us back to what was ours. They may be one man, but I doubt even the Wise Ones could say for sure. If Rand is the one, there are things he must do yet to prove it.”

(…)

“And if he isn’t the one you search for? What then, Rhuarc?”

“Sleep well and safely, Perrin.” Rhuarc’s soft boots made no sound on the black marble as he walked away.

 

But later, in Chapter 16 Gaul uses Rand’s full name and only Perrin’s first name:

“We will be into the Ways in a few hours.”
“The Ways?” Gaul’s expression did not change, but he blinked.
“Does that make a difference?”
“Death comes for all men, Perrin.” It was hardly a comforting answer.

 

So, it’s just something I noticed, I thought it was interesting, but it’s not anything significant. I suppose we could take it as Aiel calling ‘friends’ by their first names as a reason.

 

So later, in Chapter 21 Inside the Heart Rand says that he has prepared a nasty trap for anyone who tries to channel to free Callandor. What I was wondering though was – how does he know how to do that? Was it an accident or some instinct that made him weave an intricate trap? He said it himself a few chapters earlier he still cannot tell flows apart, and most of the time he learns how he’s done something after he’s done it.

 

We are skipping forward to Chapter 36 Misdirections where for yet another time we see how much Rand doesn’t know about his channeling abilities.

 

He has noticed that Moiraine and Egwene walk and talk along the Aiel Wise Ones and he “would have given his last penny to hear what they said.” If only he knew a weave for eavesdropping, that wouldn’t have been a problem. No one will notice him channeling, since he is the only man who can channel among them. But it’s also interesting that he doesn’t even think to use the Power in such a way.

 

In Chapter 37 Imre Stand Rand and the Aiel meet a peddler’s caravan, where they also have a gleeman named Jasin Natael. The gleeman tries to talk to Mat about Rhuidean. We later find out that Natael is actually Asmodean in disguise.

 

“Aiel, he murmured. Not what I would have expected. I can still hardly credit it.”

 

It is very interesting to see what someone who has known how the Aiel were during the Age of Legends thinks about the Aiel now. I don’t think I’ve made the connection before that this is what it was meant by these words. Obviously, Mat takes it as Natael expecting the Aiel to be savages, but he finds out they were organized fighters.

 

“Let us talk of you. I understand you went into Rhuidean, where none save Aiel have gone in three thousand years. “

 

Natael / Asmodean asks Mat of Rhuidean, but it’s interesting why did he say that no one has been there in three thousand years? Obviously he is interested in the city, but does he think it was a city from the Age of Legends? I suppose he doesn’t know that the Jenn Aiel have built it about 500 years later.

 

And another Aiel related note is from Chapter 52, where Birgitte calls the Aiel Waste “Three Fold Land.”

 

“I am Birgitte,” the woman said, leaning on her bow. “At least, that is the name you would know. And the lesson might have been yours, here as surely as in the Threefold Land.”

 

The Waste began being called The Threefold Land after the Aiel started living there, which was around 400 years after the Breaking, but at the same time, it’s been called like that only BY the Aiel. So I wonder why did Birgitte call it that, since in her version in Tel’aran’rhiod she is clearly not an Aiel, however, it’s true we do not know if she has ever been reborn as an Aiel, I suppose.

 

Now, I would like to thank you for reading this article, this is just the first part however. I decided to write a second part with all my notes about the two chapters where Rand and Mat are in Rhuidean, so expect a Part Two very soon!

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