Kandori “New Spring” Fashion

new spring fashion kandori

This post contains spoilers for New Spring.

 

As a large part of the events of New Spring occur in Kandor, it is not surprising that there is a great deal of details pertaining to the clothing of the people in this region. We are given a look at male and female dress, as well as guards and the elite.

 

In general, men wore coats and baggy breeches and women blouses and wide trousers. Embroidery decorates most garments. Though the farmers were likely wearing their best for Bel Tine festivities, “bright embroidery decorated the striding country men’s baggy breeches, the women’s wide trousers, their cloaks fluttering in the wind. Some wore colored ribbons in their hair, or a narrow fur collar” (p. 214). In the town of Manala, “Everyone wore their feastday best, the women’s pale blouses and wide trousers and the men’s bright coats encrusted with elaborate embroidery” (p. 275). Among them was Mistress Marishna, “a lean young woman whose blouse and wide trousers were embroidered in a red and gold pattern” (p. 279). Alternately, a Kandori woman wore a “plain gray dress” (p. 236) and there were “plainly dressed merchants” (p. 239).

 

In Canluum, city of Kandor, there were “colorfully dressed musicians, or jugglers, or tumblers performed at every intersection” and the riders garb was ornately embroidered and “trimmed with fox or marten or ermine” (p. 219). Many women wore lace veils over their faces, but it was “sheer enough to reveal that they had eyes” (p. 219). In the Deeps, a rougher part of the city “the street performers’ finery was tarnished” (p. 222). In Chachin, capital of Kandor, those from the rough part of town wore “worn, patched woolens” (p. 310) and stained coats and some women wore “well-cut but plain woolens with only a brooch or earings for jewelry” (p. 316).

 

Numerous inns are visited in Kandor. Aprons are a common accessory. Racelle Arvoni at The Blue Rose “gave her blue-striped apron a twitch” (p. 223). Master Helvin at The Gates of Heaven wore a “green-striped apron” (p. 258). Even innkeepers could show a bit of style. Ailene Tolvina, innkeeper of The Evening Star, wore “a gray dress embroidered with a sprinkling of blue flowers on the shoulders” (p. 317). Mistress Tomichi, innkeeper of The Plowman’s Blade, wore a “billowing blouse worked with red and yellow flowers and her wide trousers covered in red and blue” (p. 277).

 

Kandori merchants were recognized by the chains they wore. “The chains of the Kandori merchants’ guild spanned a chest” (p. 213). They were “silver chains” (p. 63). There were women in an inn who wore “the chains of the Kandori Merchants’ Guild looping across their bosoms” (p. 316).

 

Silene Dorelmin, the best seamstress in Chachin, wore a “shimmering blue dress with a neckline cut to show most of her cleavage”. Mistress Romera, was the shatayan of Aesdaishar Palace. She wore livery and her “graying hair worn in a thick roll on the nape of her neck. The silvered ring of keys at her belt proclaimed [she] had charge of all the Palace servants” (p. 298).

 

The fashion of the elite generally incorporated finer fabrics. “Kandori lords and ladies in silks embroidered with House sigils” (p. 302). At court, men wore “muted silks” and women in “bright colors belted high beneath their breasts and embroidered down the arms and along the hems of their skirts” (p. 330). Prince Brys wore “gold-worked green silks” and his son, Diryk, wore a coat like his father’s (p. 303).

 

The soldiers of the various cities were marked by the appropriate sigil. In Canluum, “the guards at the outer tower, in helmets with Varan’s antlered crest and the Red Stag on their chests” (p. 216). The guards on the wall wore “back- and breastplates” (p. 216). In Chachin, the guards wore helmets and breastplates and the “Red Horse on their chests” (p. 294). “The Red Horse was embroidered on the green tabards they wore over their breastplates, and their halberds bore red-and-green streamers. They were quiet colorful, with their red helmets and breeches and their polished high green boots” (p. 297). The officer had a “red-plumed helmet” (p. 297).

 

So while there were occasionally limitations due to status, Kandori fashion generally included bright colors and embroidery. Wool might be more common among the lower classes, but was just as likely to be embroidered. Men generally wore coats and baggy breeches while women usually wore blouses and wide trousers.

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Happy Holidays From the Tar Valon Times!

We at the Tar Valon Times wish you a Happy Holidays!  Jahily and I asked our writers to dress up for the occasion, but something went wrong(?)  It seems our staff turned tiny!  I mean, it is odd, but I think it’s adorable.

 

Jahily keeps asking for an explanation, but I think that’s because I’ve been in the Inverse Ajah…and the Black Ajah…and maybe the Purple Ajah.  Oh, dear.

 

Have a restful and joyful holiday from all of us at TVT!

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Warderball Central – Weeks Five and Six

 

Week Five

 
Alora: Hello readers and welcome to another week of….
 
WARDERBALL CENTRAL!!
 
Madhar: That’s right and this week the stats were all over the place! Let’s get into it:
 
Week 5 saw the Qo’noS Targs face off against Esteban, what was meant to be a rather close game ended with Alora’s Targs blowing Esteban out of the water with a score of 171.98 to 121.56. If Alora played any team this week she would have taken them out, so Esteban’s early lead was just false hope, making this the third loss in a row for them.
 
Braedan had a close game against the Brotherhood, but A. Brown (WR) and J Taylor (RB) doubling their projected points couldn’t bring him home the win, losing to the Brotherhood without Banners 161.28 to 166.32. Both teams posted their highest scoring output of the season this game.
 
Atane did better than expected this week but Cursor’s Brady is GOD still maintained the status quo, taking the win with a score of 123.58 to 104.64. Cursor’s WR really are working overtime for him this week, exceeding 45 points total. Let’s see if Cursor can keep up the winning streak in week 6 against Xander’s Band of the Red Hand.
 
Speaking of Xander’s Band, they were slated to lose against Rand’s Barrani Jokers but the Band had other ideas, pulling out the win 106.44 to 101.18. The Band looks to be maintaining their rep for being unstoppable, having an impressive 5-0 record this season so far. Rand’s jokers are hoping that the Dark One’s Luck is out of luck as he faces them in week 6.
 
Daestruction is having the opposite of good luck as they have not won one game yet, and this week scored half of what was projected, losing to the Valyrian Steelers 133.80 to 50.98. No matter who Daegan played this week the result would have been the same, as his TE and K positions scored him 0 points. With this track record, Braedan’s Bombers may find week 6 and easy win.
 
This week had Madhar’s Minions score less than projected, and Dark One’s Luck more, but the outcome was the same with Madhar winning 119.96 to 112.80. This is the 4th straight win for Mad, as 5 of his 9 starters exceeded their projected points. Week 6 has him facing off in a host battle against the Targs, will he maintain his winning streak?
 
Alora: HELL NO!!!
 
Madhar: We shall see won’t we? *laughing leo face* Find out next time on week 6 of…….
 
Both: WARDERBALL CENTRAL!!!!

 


Week Six

 
Warderball Week 6 opens up with significantly less hype from Alora.

 
Madhar: Welcome to another exciting week of….
 
Alora: ….I don’t want to talk about it…
 
Madhar: WARDERBALL CENTRAL!!
 
Alora: FINE you want to know what happened??? Lets get to it lol
 
This week our hosts faced each other in an epic host showdown of doom, Alora’s Targs projected to win against Madhar’s Minions but sometimes our golden boy QBs named Lamar Jackson FAIL US and underscore almost by half, while SOME PEOPLE named MADHAR are over there winning big with an average margin of 30 points. The score was 170.46 to 106.48, giving Madhar 5 straight wins. YOU’RE WELCOME :tug
 
This next one was no surprise at all as Braedan helped Daestruction maintain their losing streak, taking the win 136.34 to 66.74. Maybe it’s the salt talking but this host is suspecting that Daestruction is not playing, due to consistently underscoring every week and leaving points on the bench. What can you say except Brae owned it this week?
 
VC cub Atane took the win against the Brotherhood this week, ending 124.54 to 112.60. It was a close game until the very end, Atane pulling ahead on Monday night. This was the tightest game this week with a margin of 11.94 points. It’s pretty clear by now that Atane will probably win next week too against Daestruction in week 7.
 
Cursor’s Brady loving team is still on a roll, giving Xander’s Band their first loss of the season with a final score this week of 148.50 to 116.08. Ironic since the Band has Tom Brady, who Cursor’s team idolizes. The Band had an early lead on Thursday but after that, it was all Cursor. Will Xander redeem himself against the Brotherhood without Banners? Only time will tell.
 
Rand’s Jokers had more luck than the Dark One this week as he came from behind to beat Dark One’s Luck 115.68 to 101.50. Despite having a few of his players underscore severely, Rand beat projections while Dark One’s Luck underperformed overall. This makes 3 straight losses for DO, and so help me the Targs better make it 4 next week!
 
Esteban having a sadder time than me lately, losijng to the Valyrian Steelers 96.20 to 146.12. He made the mistake of leaving M. Ingram II (RB) as a starter despite him being on a Bye on week 6, so that didn’t help. The Steelers having 7 out of 9 starters overperform definitely helped them take that win, as week 7 sees the Steelers face off against Madhar’s Minions.
 
Madhar: Yup gonna win that one too
 
Alora: Listen I am NOT a sore lose—
 
Madhar: and that’s it for Week 6!! We’ll see you next time for week 7 of…..
 
Both: WARDERBALL CENTRAL!!!
 
*the camera pans out showing papers all over the floor*
 
Alora: can we get someone to clean this up? lol

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TVTT Green Ajah Edition – Social Media Highlight

Please note: this article contains spoilers for the end of the book series

The Green Ajah Highlight of June 2020

The Green Ajah at TarValon.net and the Green Ajah from the books were the highlight of June 2020 on our social media platforms.

The Green Ajah is the second biggest Ajah in the books and it is also one of the biggest on TarValon.Net.
At the time of their highlight in June of 2020 there were approximately 47 active Green Sisters on our boards!

Because of this, we were very excited to start sharing some Green Shawls!

And some more! Look at all those Greens!

It was important to not miss the Green trivia!

We know this was an easy one for you – you guessed right! Captain General is the title for the Head of the Green Ajah.

But do you know the name of this famous Green:

We know you will certainly know it now that the TV show has started! Yes, she is featured in Season 1 – Alanna Mosvani!

Of course, we needed to feature one of the most prominent Green Aes Sedai in the series – you love her and you hate her, that is Elayne Trakand! Some advice from her:

And some amazing fanart of the future Queen of Andor!

Credit should go to the talented artists – FloorSteinz, Ariel Burgess, and Manweri from DeviantArt.
Thank you for giving us your visions of Elayne!

Another Green Aes Sedai we love to hate on (or we just respect a lot) is Cadsuane Melaidhrin. The fanart we shared of her was created by:
Ariel Burgess, DaenatheDefiant, and PollyUranus on DeviantArt

We know also that Greens love men and we also know that Greens can find their way out of a bad situation!

If you wish to learn more about the Green Ajah at TarValon.Net, you can check out their official Headquarters here.

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TVTT Green Ajah Edition – Action

Greens in Action

By Aleita Taviah

Green Service to the Tower

Melisande Arneil
Melisande Arneil
Director of Events and Conferences Board Member

Aleita Taviah
Director of Marketing

Faeril Munlear
Head of the Green Ajah

Jaryd Kosari
Master of the Watch

Xylianna Paladina
Heart of the Green Ajah

Ahmyra al’Ruley
Tower Gatekeeper

Ne’Mireth Delvar
Assistant Social Media Manager

Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t’al’Djinn
Costume Team

Kethaana Nia Khamara
Social Media Team

Arisaema Draconis
Sitter of the Green Ajah

Onis O’Leia
Sitter of the Green Ajah

Battle Blogs – Action

Coming out: Towards a Destination

By Xylianna Paladina (Part 2 of 2)

An impression I’ve always had was that you ‘come out’ once and you are done. Well I am here to tell you that I’ve been coming out, in one form or another, for over twenty years, and I will continue to do so as needed.

In high school, I discovered the concept of bisexuality, which made a lot of sense to me since I had always found people of all genders attractive. I talked about it only with one person, one of my close friends in high school. She encouraged me to come out to my parents if I felt comfortable, but due to some things my family had said to me, I chose not to take action at that time.

Then when I was in college, I was forcibly outed to some family members by someone who had spied on me on the internet and discovered me talking about myself as bisexual. This went very badly, and prompted me to feign heterosexuality for nearly two decades after. When I married a man, I figured that was the end of it. A family member had pleaded with me to ‘get cured of my disease’ so mission accomplished, right?

Well, marriages end, and I found myself back in the world of dating. The next time I came out — the first time I came out to a family member by choice — was to my mother. I had already mentioned it to her when I was younger, and the person had outed me due to internet posting. But now I had an actual conversation with her. It went very well. My mother has never shown me anything but support over the years and for that I am grateful.

Next I came out to my sister and brother-in-law, and they too have never shown me anything but complete support, so there isn’t much story to tell aside from what a huge sense of relief it is when you build something up so much in your head and then there is no big scary reaction.

I held off telling the rest of my family because due to the strong reactions I had gotten when I was younger, I didn’t feel the need to go there until such a point when I was in a serious relationship with a woman. I felt that there was a strong chance the rest of my family would never accept me, and I didn’t want to burn that bridge until there was no way around it.

That brings us to 2020, the year that living through a global pandemic encouraged me to toss fears aside and live my truth instead of waiting for some distant day when I would feel less scared. I started a relationship with my current partner, an AFAB agender person who is perceived as a woman. After we deemed it safe enough to have in person dates, I decided to tell my son. This was big for me, because I was scared about how to approach it. I had no idea how he would react. But I remember the exchange clearly. He already knew my partner, because we had been friends for years before dating. We had a plan for her to come over and bring curbside takeout for dinner, so I decided to tell him before she arrived. I told him that we were dating, and he looked at me and very seriously asked: “Are we still having sushi for dinner?”

I laugh now, but I had built it up in my head to be such a huge thing, that this was an enormous weight off my shoulders.

Fast forward another few months, and after I had been dating my partner for six months, I decided it was time to tell my family. I was tired of having to censor myself when I talked about what I was doing on weekends. But due to past experiences, I was incredibly nervous. After a lot of therapy, and talking with my friends, I finally bit the bullet and told my dad. I think it was on the phone, because I didn’t want to see his face on a zoom call if it went badly.

But much to my surprise, it went fine. He expressed happiness that I was sharing about my life, and he was glad that my partner was making me happy. His only questions were about how she treated me and what sorts of things we did together on dates.

Riding on the coattails of how well that went, I told my younger brother. He was similarly accepting. While I hadn’t had any concrete reason to worry about how he would react, it was still a pleasant surprise.

I stayed closeted to the rest of the world until this year. I had gone through a lot of soul searching and determined I was not in fact bisexual or pansexual, but that I was lesbian. So for this year on National Coming Out day I posted the following on my personal Facebook page, which seems like the perfect way to end this article:

Today is National Coming Out Day!

You are seen, loved, and valid if:

* you come out today

* you came out previously

* you are in the closet and not ready to come out for any reason

Despite identifying as bisexual/pansexual for over 20 years, I’ve never felt the need to come out “officially”. I have spent most of my life straight passing, and it made me feel safe. As long as I only talked about being queer in safe spaces, I wouldn’t have to deal with hate.

But something I’ve been coming to terms with over this year is just how darn important it is for there to be people, out and living boring everyday lives, even in the small towns. (Maybe especially in the small towns.) It’s only been the last few years that I can easily find representation in books and other media, and that has had such a huge positive effect in my life. Representation matters!

My name is Becky. I’m 39 years old. I have a 12 year old child, a 2 year old cat, and I read more books than seems possible in a year. Also, I’m a lesbian, and after 20+ years of closet life, I’m done doing anything other than living my truth.

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