TarValon.Net Blood Drive 2020

Blood Drive

 

TarValon.Net has held a blood drive initiative every year since its initial response to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. The original response was so positive that it became an annual Outreach campaign.

 

Donating blood has become another way for members to embody the idea of being “Servant of All“. If you are able, you can donate blood. If you are not able to donate, you can help promote the initiative. Blood banks all across the world are in need of donations.

 

The Red Cross offers different ways to aid those in need. You can provide your financial assistance, your volunteer time, and certainly blood donations. You can also search for local-to-you blood banks.

 

As Serinia Edoras, The Amyrlin Seat, has explained, a pint of blood can save up to three lives. There has been an increased need for donations due to COVID-19, as pointed out by Leala al’Dareis, Head of the White Ajah.

 

In 2019, 27 pints of blood were donated by Tar Valon members. As indicated by Elia LePhant of the Brown Ajah, that is the most donated since 2015. In 2015, 32 pints were donated.

 

If you donate, you can go to 2020 Donor Form and record your donation. Be sure to indicate if it is a “double red” or Power Red Donation. This form of donation uses a special machine to retrieve 2 units of red blood cells and returns the plasma and platelets to the donor. The deadline for form submissions for 2020 is January 10, 2021.
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Seamstress Shop Guide

If you are in Tar Valon, and you are in need of a dress, I highly recommend visiting Tamore Alkohima. This prestigious Domani seamstress comes highly recommended, even by Aes Sedai.

When visiting her shop, be prepared for an experience. The store is filled with shelves displaying laces and ribbons, bolts of silks and fine wools of every hue. Dressmaker forms display creations in progress. Her half dozen assistants are garbed in finely sewn examples of styles from their native homes.

During your visit, you will be undressed to your skin and measured by her assistants. Tamore will examine the customer to determine what styles and colors will best compliment the wearer. If Aes Sedai, she will bring hues that will best reflect the Ajah, and still flatter the person. She will provide her opinion. You can negotiate with her, regarding style, color, fabric, and form of embroidery, but be sure to show her a touch of deference. She is very gifted and sought after for a reason. Once decisions are made, an initial garment will be cut and pinned, to be used as a model for the order.

Few come to acquire a full wardrobe in a single visit, but most order more than a solo garment. Do not start your order by asking for the price up front. The cost will be declared after your selections. Be aware that a woolen dress can cost 1 gold crown while a silk dress can cost 10 crowns. A gratuity can be provided to ensure speedy completion of the order, as otherwise, it can take a month or longer to receive the completed garments.

The order can either be delivered to the location of your choice, or can be retained at the store for you to claim. Once you have acquired your order, you will not be disappointed by the skill utilized in dressing you.

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Learning About the Wolves

 

The Classroom is a wonderful resource at TarValon.net. From November 2019 through January 2020, I was a student within “Val’Cueran with Alora Gaidin & Co”. It was a collaborative experience presented by Alora Sionn, Madhar al’Thera, Dreia Raieese, and Dravid ter’Mand. They presented an overview of the various facets of the company. Known as The Wolf Pack, the Val’Cueran are the Heart Guard of TarValon.Net. They are represented by the wolf and their colors are red and gold.

 

The three core values of the company are honor, loyalty, and brotherhood. As explained by Madhar al’Thera, the unspoken code of the Val’Cueran is “doing what is right and being trustworthy.” The wolves have developed a mutual respect. Honor and loyalty create brotherhood, and it is all linked together with devotion. The wolves rely on each other and do their utmost to not let each other down. They care for each other, as well as the members and guests of TarValon.Net.

 

Like each group at TarValon.Net, the wolves have their own set of traditions. Among these are head shaving, setting people on fire, and hibernation. Though not a requirement, several members of the company have had shaved heads. They tend to set people on fire, though done in a more figurative way, and generally to the benefit of all. (No one has been harmed in the fire settings of the Val’Cueran.) Though members of the company have gone quiet from time to time, they do stay in contact with one another, and will resurface.

 

As implied in their representation by the wolf, the Val’Cueran are a family group that has a hierarchy with roles for each of their members. The Company Commander is the leader, or the alpha of the pack. The Honor Guard is the second-in-command, or the beta. The Warder Councillors are the representatives within the Hall. The M’Hael Strategos helps determine the company’s participation in site events and the M’Hael Tribunus is the company historian.

 

The class had lessons and assignments for participants to explore the various components of the Val’Cueran. It was an engaging way to learn about the company. The wolves have their own values, traditions, and hierarchy, and are a part of what comprises the White Tower at TarValon.Net

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Wellness through Herbs

 

During my visit with the Yellow Ajah as part of my Guesting as Accepted, I have found them to be a very welcoming and warm group. My impression of the Yellows, from having read the series, is that the Ajah is focused on Healing. Through my visit with its members on TarValon.Net, I found it is more than simply that. As explained by Idine Sedai, “Yellows have a strong interest in wellness,” and per Nyavene Sedai, the “caring and fix it all attitude is very Yellow.” A general sense of wellness, be it physical or emotional, is a major aspect of the Yellow Ajah.

 

As it is spring, and the world is currently dealing with a pandemic, I though I would explore herbal remedies. Visiting with the Yellows has also shown me to the importance of tea, symbolically and literally. In reviewing the Yellow Ajah Newsletters in the Library, I found mention of numerous herbs, among them: lavender, marjoram, ginger, cloves, basil, and parsley.

 

In an effort to learn more about the healing properties of these herbs, I examined The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs (Reader’s Digest, 2009). Historically, tea has been used to address various ailments. In reading this text, I learned more about infusion (made from pouring boiling water over fresh or dried herbal material) and decoctions (made by boiling an herb, though best suited for bark, roots, twigs, and seeds) in water. I also learned more about aromatherapy and essential oils.

 

Lavender can be used in aromatherapy to sooth nerves and relieve depression. As an oil, it can take the sting out of an insect bite.

 

Marjoram can be used in tea, in tincture, and as an essential oil. As a tea, it can help fight against influenza and common colds. In aromatherapy, it can be used to help relieve insomnia and reduce stress.

 

Ginger can be used in a tea to help settle the stomach. It has been used to help reduce the nausea associated with morning sickness and motion sickness.

 

Cloves can be used in oil form to help relieve tooth ache.

 

Basil can be used to relieve nerves.

 

Parsley can be used to treat fluid retention and urinary tract disorders. It can also be used to ease arthritic joints.

 

Of course, always consult a physician for proper use of herbs and supplements.

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Becoming an Accepted/Soldier at TarValon.Net

 

 

As I am contemplating submitting my application to pursue becoming an Accepted here on TarValon.Net, I thought it would be a good idea to ask those who have already obtained that level. As I gained some insight into the perks and expectations of the role, I thought I would share my findings.

 

 

 

Q: What do you like most about being Accepted/Soldier? Any perks?

 

Guesting with the Ajahs and the Companies has been a lot of fun!

-Ignis al’Caleum (Accepted)-

 

 

I liked the guesting process the most, and getting familiar with more of the Senior Members. Also, regaining access to the City forums and gaining access to new forums. It really opens up a whole new world of interaction.

-Owena al’Saturni (Accepted)-

 

 

I like access to more places on the forum to be annoying. It is also a perk.

-Thaddius al’Guy (Soldier)-

 

 

Honestly, the biggest perk about being an Accepted/Soldier is the ability to visit the different Ajahs and Companies. A real chance to explore the Tower.

-Lok Sionn (Soldier)-

 

 

The best part is being able to visit each Senior Member group in their space and meet some members that don’t get out into the wild very often. It’s fun getting to better know the vibe of a group. I never understood that until I was guesting.

-Dreia Raieese (Soldier)-

 

 

You get the opportunity to meet and interact with every group if you want. While you do get to see people all around, there’s a lot of people that post mostly in Ajah/Company specific parts of the boards who you wouldn’t get to know as well otherwise without the guesting process. Plus finding where you fit in is a fun experience.

-Madhar al’Thera (Soldier)-

 

 

I like the feeling of more responsibility. Guesting is definitely a perk.

-Juliya Karisu (Accepted)-

 

 

 

Q: Is being Accepted/Soldier what you expected it would be when you were a Novice/Recruit? Why or why not?

 

I think it has been. In many ways it is similar [to being a Novice/Recruit], but more is expected of you.

-Ignis al’Caleum (Accepted)-

 

 

I have read the Membership Manual pretty well and knew what to expect. Although, one thing I didn’t anticipate was how exciting it would be to finally find your home and aspire. How happy I was totally caught me off guard.

-Owena al’Saturni (Accepted)-

 

 

It’s a bit more freedom. As a Novice/Recruit, I lost access to the Olde Warder and Hen and that’s where I posted a lot. I missed that place while I was in the Tower for the requisite amount of time.

-Thaddius al’Guy (Soldier)-

 

 

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect, so I can’t really say one way or another.

-Lok Sionn (Soldier)-

 

 

It kind of is what I expected. From reading other people’s posts and going through the process with some other people at the same time, it helped clarify the process a lot. Being a Novice/Recruit was different than what I had anticipated, but being Accepted/Soldier was kind of what I expected. It’s fun getting to know everyone in a different way. Particularly since I tend to be Lurky McLurker.

-Dreia Raieese (Soldier)-

 

 

It’s mostly what I expected.

-Madhar al’Thera (Soldier)-

 

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I feel it is a bit different than I thought–I found guesting a little intimidating, but it was also nice to visit everyone and see what all the Ajahs and Companies are like.

-Juliya Karisu (Accepted)-

 

 

 

Q: What advice would you give to a Novice/Recruit who wants to become an Accepted/Soldier? Any warnings, or ways to prepare?

 

You’ll know when you are ready to move on. I’d also recommend taking the practice test in the Junior Member Support thread. I’m only halfway through my guesting process, but I’d recommend going as many places as possible. Not only do you get to know new people, but you might be surprised at where you feel like you may fit in.

-Ignis al’Caleum (Accepted)-

 

 

I would say to take your time with it when you become an Accepted/Soldier. When you’re guesting, visit in the Ajah/Company for a while to get the gist of what they are really like. If the activity level seems low in the Ajah/Company that you are guesting with, they might just be going through an unusually slow period. Replying to a thread or posting a new thread might be helpful in getting interaction going.

-Owena al’Saturni (Accepted)-

 

 

Have fun with it, get to know Senior Members better. Participate in events and threads as much as you can.

-Thaddius al’Guy (Soldier)-

 

 

Don’t feel pressured to pick a place to aspire right away. Take your time. After all, it’s going to be your home. Even if it takes you several years.

-Lok Sionn (Soldier)-

 

 

Nope! Just take it as it comes. Book canon doesn’t exactly hold true with site membership groups. That’s part of the fun.

-Dreia Raieese (Soldier)-

 

 

Talk to as many people and get as involved as you want for the best experience.

-Madhar al’Thera (Soldier)-

 

 

Take your time as Novice/Recruit and as Accepted/Soldier to get to know people and enjoy being a Junior Member. Do research in the Library about Ajahs and Companies before guesting there.

-Juliya Karisu (Accepted)-

 

 

 

Q: What is the role of an Accepted/Soldier within The Tower? What are your tasks or responsibilities?

 

At this point, I’m getting to know more people in the Tower, but there is more involved. I’m beginning to think of ideas for a community contribution, which will be a part of getting to Senior Membership.

-Ignis al’Caleum (Accepted)-

 

 

One of the roles of an Accepted/Soldier is to be a role model for the Novice/Recruits. You can really do this through contributions. Contributions are not only a good way to inspire more Junior Members, but it helps keep the site running. TarValon.Net is such an important site to all of us, and contributing to its success is an important goal.

-Owena al’Saturni (Accepted)-

 

 

To contribute and guest with Companies and Ajahs. Do something to give back to the boards. Sign up to give classes, apply to moderate forums, help edit in the Library, things like that.

-Thaddius al’Guy (Soldier)-

 

 

Well, we’re expected to get a real feel for the Tower, as well as to start really contributing to the site as a whole.

-Lok Sionn (Soldier)-

 

 

I guess it’s to keep interacting with the site, and show that you’re interested. Whether that’s through helping out with a course, writing an article, joining a committee or what have you, it’s being present. Which as a reformed lurker, is quite nice.

-Dreia Raieese (Soldier)-

 

 

I think the role of Accepted and Soldiers is to find where you fit in and really start to contribute in meaningful ways to the boards and community as a whole.

-Madhar al’Thera (Soldier)-

 

 

An Accepted/Soldier is supposed to be a little more serious than Novices/Recruits, but we still can have a lot of fun. They are expected to take on a little more responsibility–and there are all kinds of ways to do this. I am currently a forum moderator, which was eye-opening.

-Juliya Karisu (Accepted)-

 

 

 

Q: Any final words?

 

Honestly–have fun!

-Ignis al’Caleum (Accepted)-

 

 

Patience. Enjoy the journey to gaining the rank of Aes Sedai/Gaidin.

-Owena al’Saturni (Accepted)-

 

 

Don’t be like me and take on too many responsibilities, burning yourself out. Take your time and enjoy yourself.

-Thaddius al’Guy (Soldier)-

 

 

You’re no longer a cute little Novice/Recruit, nor do you have the power and authority of an Aes Sedai/Warder. This is the awkward teenage period in the Tower. Prepare yourself.

-Lok Sionn (Soldier)-

 

 

I think it’s worth it to move into Novice/Recruit then Accepted/Soldier. It’s fun getting to know people in a different way.

-Dreia Raieese (Soldier)-

 

 

Have fun. If you feel overwhelmed, just remember we all have at least one thing in common, which is a love for The Wheel of Time, so don’t be afraid to jump into conversations and join in.

-Madhar al’Thera (Soldier)-

 

 

I love being Accepted! I loved my time as Novice, too. I think it is great that TarValon.net has a system set up where we can experience these things. I don’t feel impatient to become Aes Sedai because I am enjoying my time in all stages.

-Juliya Karisu (Accepted)-

 


 

It was wonderful to find such a varied group willing to answer my questions–men and women pursuing the ultimate path of Aes Sedai and Gaidin. Read the Membership Manual to know the expectations, and then enjoy the process. I am definitely looking forward to the chance to guest with the Ajahs and Companies so that I can meet folks and learn about each group. It is during this period of exploration that we will determine where we will eventually call home. As Accepted or Soldier we will be encouraged to become more “mature” and make more contributions to the site and the community. As we are striving to be “servants of all” as Aes Sedai or Gaidin, it is a good time to learn ways to go about this.

 

I want to offer a special thank you to those willing to be interviewed: (Accepted) Ignis al’Caleum, Owena al’Saturni, and Juliya Karisu and (Soldiers) Thaddius al’Guy, Lok Sionn, Dreia Raieese, and Madhar al’Thera. Their insight has made me more confident in my decision to submit my application for Accepted/Soldier. If you choose this path as well, I hope their words have helped you prepare for that portion of your journey.

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