Where They Came From – Joshua Stradowski

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Rand al’Thor: Josha Stradowski




Strap in dear reader for this young man, because he is destined to change the world. Josha Stradowski, playing the role of Rand al’Thor, is more familiar to the screen than one would believe. Delving into his filmography I learned he began his start as a young boy on stage, rather than screen work; in musicals such as The Sound of Music and Ciske de Rat. He made the move to screen as a teenager. While most of his work is either based in television or short films, he does have a TV movie credit to his name. Let’s take a look together at some of his work and the type of characters he has played before.




Josha is a Dutch actor, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. His first break came in the form of a children’s show in 2011 called Naranjina en de Kadekapers, and apologies for being unable to translate that fully. Naranjina translates to Orange, which is the main character of the show. She is helped by her dog, Dokko, as well as several of her friends track down her parents who abandoned her on a transport ship of the same name. Josha plays a young, spirited boy named Freddie and is one of the crew. I wish I could find more but information on this particular show is limited. There is a small YouTube Channel that has a few videos, so if you’re interested you can check it out there.


Over the years Josha appeared in several more TV series, but he got his chance to be in a movie in 2018’s Gewoon Vrienden (Just Friends). It is the story of two young men who fall in love but both struggle to deal with very strict mothers. Our Josha plays the character Joris who is described as tough, but has trouble getting away from his mother who is addicted to plastic surgery.

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From my brief look into Josha’s acting history, I personally feel he has shown range and will bring a uniqueness to the role that already surrounds the character he will be portraying. Time will tell how well he does, but we as the fans know, the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. Would you join me on the air date to see how Josha embodies Rand, dear reader?


If you wish to look further in depth on the information presented here take a look at Josha’s IMDB page.  All information provided in this article came from here.

Once again I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my articles. Up next, I believe a certain trouble maker of Emond’s Field will be gracing my pages. Until then take care.

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Darkfriends and Dragons: Neutral Alignments in The Eye of the World

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This article contains spoilers for The Eye of the World.


Welcome back fellow adventurers! I hope this finds you well! In this installment of Darkfriends and Dragons we will be further discussing alignments in The Eye of the World, specifically Neutral Alignments. These are Neutral, Chaotic Neutral, and Lawful Neutral as represented by Mashadar, Elyas Machera, and Geofram Bornhold. Warning, this discussion may include spoilers for those reading Eye of the World for the first time.

A Disclaimer and a Refresher

Alignments in Dungeons and Dragons are highly subjective and are widely argued by the community as a whole. The nine alignments are lawful good, neutral good, chaotic good, lawful neutral, neutral, chaotic neutral, lawful evil, neutral evil and chaotic evil. Alignments define a character’s creed and morality, generally helping to form the person’s view of the world as a whole. They can change following life events of significance, and are often loose or blurred depending on personality and whims.

Neutral – Mashadar

The Neutral Alignment is often described as the undecided, but I define it as the true middle of the road. Neutral characters or beings do not feel strongly one way or another regarding law or chaos. They lack conviction or bias, and rarely choose a side in conflict. The other side of this coin is purposeful neutrality, or the Devil’s Advocate. A person following this path chooses to see both sides of the story, and believes in finding balance in light and dark.

Mashadar, in my opinion, is an excellent example of True Neutral. While it can be argued that it is evil, and was definitely born of evil, the Mists of Shadar Logoth kill without prejudice. In Eye of the World, we see Mashadar attempt to consume darkspawn and Aes Sedai alike. It does not see Light or Dark, good or evil. Mashadar seeks to consume all, the ultimate neutrality.

Chaotic Neutral – Elyas Machera

The Chaotic Neutral Alignment follows their own whims and is an individualist. Chaotic Neutral characters do not live and avoid authority, are unpredictable, and above all value their own liberties. These people generally toe the line between Light and Dark, sometimes rebelling against one or the other. Chaotic Neutral characters can be considered greedy, but they never see it as such…it is merely self interest.

Elyas can be an example of Chaotic Neutral due to his carefree nature and self preservation. His escape from the Tower and murder (in self defense) of other Gaidin, are an example of his back and forth between Light and Dark. He also has a great disdain for large groups of people and authority, especially Aes Sedai. To Elyas, his life and freedom (and that of the wolves) is paramount. He will do what he has to to survive.

Lawful Neutral – Geofram Bornhold

Lawful Neutral characters are bound by law, tradition or a personal code. Order is everything to them; they are honorable without the extreme. Lawful neutral characters feel their purpose is to bring order to the world. They will keep their word and never lie. To them, life without order has no meaning.

Geofram is a good example of Lawful Neutral among the Whitecloaks. He believes in the laws of the land and of his order, above all. He is honorable, and even though it is believed Egwene and Perrin are Darkfriends, he will not harm them without conviction after trial. He follows the word of the Lord Commander of the Children of Light, and believes it is his mission to bring order to all creatures of the Light.

In the setting of the Wheel of Time, alignments can change from book to book as characters develop and experience new things. Check out EasyDamus for more information on all of the Alignments and start thinking of who you would pick for the Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil and Chaotic Evil alignments!

Next time, I will be featuring the Evil Alignments! Please comment below and thank you for reading!

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Feast of Lights 2020 | Blue/Red GCH Causes & FoL Wrap Up

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This is the final part of our Feast of Lights 2020 series for The Great Charity Hunt! The causes chosen by our groups are all so deserving and we look forward to not only helping each of the causes but also raising awareness within and around our community. Keep reading to the end of this post for links to all the useful resources and information threads for The Great Charity Hunt and each of the chosen causes.

The Red & Blue Ajah Cause – Support of Animals


The collaboration between the Blues and the Reds focuses on the support of animals, both domestic and wild, as well as their environment. This particular focus brings together the interests of many members of these two groups and also is broad enough for a variety of ways in which this cause may be supported, both globally and locally.

Some of the more local organizations that may appreciate support are individual humane societies and animal rescue groups, helping owners in economic hardship maintain their animals, and financially contributing to or volunteering at wildlife sanctuaries. Organizations have a more global focus include the World Wildlife Fund (the original WWF), ANCCOB Saves Seabirds, APOPO and their HeroRats, as well as the Animal Welfare Institute. Granted, these are not the only organizations or ways in which we can work to support animals and their environment, and the Blues and the Reds are excited to see the possibilities that are realized throughout the year.

Feast of Lights 2020 Wrap Up

Ways to Contribute

  • Donations (time, money or items)
  • Organising Group Contributions (If you are unable to contribute yourself as an individual perhaps you can organise contributions from your group and/or beyond.)
  • Raising Awareness (Another option if you’re unable to contribute on an individual level, perhaps you can raise awareness among those who can.)

Don’t forget the wonderful graphics to help increase awareness about The Great Charity Hunt!

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Causes, Tracking and Resources


For more information about the causes our community has chosen to help as part of The Great Charity Hunt check out the links below!


It has been an honour for the Tar Valon Times to share and learn about all the different causes our membership have chosen to help as part of The Great Charity Hunt. If you or your group would like to share anything in the Tar Valon Times about your cause or one of the organisations you’re working with please do not hesitate to contact Aleita Taviah at editor@tarvalon.net. Best of luck, and a big thank you to all our members taking part in the Great Charity Hunt!

For more information about The Great Charity Hunt or any other Department of Community Outreach business (such as the TarValon.Net Blood Drive), please contact Erin al’Denael at outreach@tarvalon.net.

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2020 TarValon.Net Raisings & Bondings

2020 Bonds and Raisings

TarValon.Net has always been the place for us to share our problems and help each other and we maybe needed it more than ever in 2020. But this community has also shared lots of happy news and fun stuff too and it was no exception in 2020 as well! So I wanted to share a list about Raisings and Bondings occured in 2020 to show that while we were busy with our lives what we missed in our community. For example, did you know that seven people were raised to Aes Sedai/Gaidin in 2020!? Let’s see the list then!


January 13: Trystyne Telyan has joined the Tower as a Recruit!

January 16: Raeviendha al’Toma has joined the Tower as a Novice!

February 3: Cinna Vrammar has joined the Tower as a Novice!

February 10: Arella Mathara has joined the Tower as a Novice!

February 13: Dravid ter’Mand has been raised to Gaidin of Val’Cueran!

February 29: Analiese Sinclaer of San d’ma Shadar and Fern Al’Thorn of the Yellow Ajah has bonded together in the Light!

March 15: 

*Madhar al’Thera has been raised to Gaidin of Val’Cueran!

*Dreia Raieese has been raised to Gaidin of Val’Cueran!

March 16

*Feros Sandulf has been raised to Soldier!

*Dar’Jen Ab Owain has been raised to Accepted!

March 21: Lok Sionn has been raised to Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah!

March 28: Thaddius al’Guy has been raised to Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah!

April 1: Lyndo Shiranui has joined the Tower as a Novice!

May 4: Juliya Karisu has been raised to Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah!

May 8: Raeviendha al’Toma has been raised to Accepted!

May 27: Arella Mathara has been raised to Accepted!

July 20: Bruce al’Kay has been raised to Accepted!

August 7: Faeril Munlear of the Green Ajah and Atreyu Silverstar of San d’ma Shadar has bonded together in the Light!

September 6: Owena al’Saturni has been raised to Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah!

September 8: Kenith Sna’aps has joined the Tower as a Novice!

September 9: Cinna Vrammar has been raised to Accepted!

October 5: Brandon Tataru of Dai M’Hael and Ashara Koh’inor of the Gray Ajah has bonded together in the Light!

November 2: Lyndo Shiranui has been raised to Accepted!

November 9: Atane Valthon has joined the Tower as a Recruit!

November 17: Brynden von Brazilius has joined the Tower as a Novice!

November 23:

*Madhar al’Thera of Val’Cueran and Siera al’Cere of the Gray Ajah has bonded together in the Light!

*Dreia Raieese of Val’Cueran and Idine Espanyas of the Yellow Ajah has bonded together in the Light!

November 25: Ael Nisrathe has joined the Tower as a Recruit!

December 19: Jahily al’Karee has joined the Tower as a Novice!


Hope we may share lots of happy news this year and hope we may see new faces in our community and watch this list grow! Have a fantastic year!

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Channeling On The Big Screen

Channeling on the Big Screen


This article contains a few minor non-Wheel of Time (WOT) spoilers — Harry Potter/Doctor Strange/Avatar — read at your own risk.


One of the things I am most interested in watching come to life when WOT drops on Amazon Prime is how Weaving/Channeling will look, and I bet I’m not the only curious cat with the same excitement.

I am one of those people who always get a picture in their head when they read, so much so that I have a harder time with comics and graphic novels. The art and my brain don’t always agree on how a scene should look, and it makes me a slower reader. When I first started reading The Eye of the World back in 2003, and learning about Aes Sedai and weaving/channeling, my wonderfully inaccurate and imaginative brain always pictured my fiber-loving Gramma sitting at her loom, shuttle flying from hand to hand between the strings as her feet press down on different pedals to change the pattern of the threads. Realistically, I knew that Aes Sedai didn’t randomly pull out an ickle loom from their saddlebags when work needed to be done; but if I’m honest, it often popped in there in the beginning so I just pushed it away and moved on.

Later in the series, when Mr. Jordan started talking about the way the Source user’s hands moved, my imagination conjured up something that looked more like a maestro conducting an orchestra, or some unknown form of sign language. Neither idea is something subtle, which seems like it would be important if one is trying to sneak about and accomplish their plotsy plans. This imagination did limit itself to hands, and not yarn and loom, so it was a welcome improvement!

It wasn’t until I saw the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that I finally saw something in film that made me think, “This is what channeling should look like!” Granted, they’re wizards with wands. But the way that they moved and used their wands, almost as an extension of their hands, made it seem like it was simply natural. It also helped that they were doing wordless wand magic instead of shouting spells.

Even something like The Librarian’s brainy Cassandra, or more recently the new movie Jingle Jangle’s use of magical equations made me think of channeling. (Side note, Jingle Jangle was fantastically fun, and highly recommended!) It’s math-esq, but still kind of magical in the way they use their hands and you see components coming together.

Probably my most favorite depiction I’ve seen so far is from Doctor Strange. We see Strange learn and grow in his skills via practice and testing, like Tower initiates would do. We see that different hand motions cause different results, and that the patterns/movements matter in the outcome. When Strange gets stronger he can wield his power like a weapon; and with the help of the sling rings (an angreal/sa’angreal kind of thing), even makes cool glowing gateways for traveling!

I do hope that whatever they end up doing to show channeling, we are able to tell what elements are being used in the weave – maybe a different light color for each, or a different style of movement? This is where we can look at something like Avatar: The Last Airbender. (I know this is a super popular show, but I am only at the beginning of season two so I am basing comments on that only). I like that their use of elemental power involves their whole body; and depending on which element it is they’re using, they kind of echo the movement of that element. Water for example, is very flowing; whereas fire is much more abrupt and forceful. Each bending style in this animated series is actually rooted in a real life martial art, which is helpful to distinguish the elements as well. Given that Mr. Jordan based so many other elements of his stories in Asian cultures, this approach does not seem unreasonable for the series producers to use.

All these words to say, who knows what channeling in the new series will look like? I guess we’ll simply have to WAFO. No matter what it ends up looking like, I’m simply thrilled WOT is getting a chance to be on screen at all!

How about you? What do you think it will look like? Do you have a favorite visualization from your brain, or some other source? We’d love you to share it.

Here are a few links to the visuals I mentioned. Needless to say, all of these links have MAJOR SPOILERS, so view at your own risk.

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