TarValon.Net’s February 2021 Recap

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Another busy month for TarValon.Net has passed!

 

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There were quite a few positions open for hiring in February

 

Keep an eye out for the TVT Takeover for March…. When our Novices and Recruits take over the Tar Valon Times! 

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TVTT Brown Ajah Edition – The Brown Ajah in GIFs

TVTT Brown

 

What can I say about Brown, that hasn’t been said before?
 

What Can I Say

 

Are we smart?
 

Cat Book

 

Are we sassy?
 

Sassy

 

Are we sexy?
 

Nun

 

I mean…
 

Obviously

 

Actually the Brown Ajah is pretty hard to put into words, so I’ll just stop trying and leave you with this:
 

Biden

 

Star Wars

 

Jon Stewart

 

Kittens

 

Kisses

 

Captain America

 

And finally:
 

Potassium

 

Do any of these GIFs have anything to do with the Brown Ajah?
 

Eyes

 

That is precisely the point, we do what we want and have fun!
 

**Disclaimer, most of them do not in fact have anything to do with the Brown Ajah.

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

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

Darkfriends and Dragons
This article contains spoilers for The Eye of the World.

 

 

 

Hello again, fellow adventurers! Today we will be looking into the alignments of characters in The Eye of the World, specifically the Good Alignments. These are Lawful Good, Neutral Good and Chaotic Good, represented by al’Lan Mandragoran, Moiraine Damodred and Thom Merrilin.

 

Alignments in Dungeons and Dragons are used to define a character’s creed, code, morality and general stance on the world at large. There are nine alignments: lawful good, neutral good, chaotic good, lawful neutral, neutral, chaotic neutral, lawful evil, neutral evil and chaotic evil. Each alignment acts as an umbrella for a range of personality types, and often the lines between them are blurred. A character can also change or shift alignment after taking certain actions or experiencing things in their lives. Alignments are a highly subjective topic and the interpretation of each are widely argued by the D&D community.

 

Lawful Good – al’Lan Mandragoran

 

Lawful Good characters are good characters that have a strict sense of justice or honor, and are often bound by a code or societal law. Characters of this alignment often have strong moral character, a great belief in justice, and are diligent in their protection of the weak. This alignment can be restrictive to some, due to its strong adherence to honor and the characters chosen code.

 

Lan is an excellent example of Lawful Good, both as a Malkierian and as a Warder. The people of Malkier have a strong sense of justice and honor, as most of the residents of the Borderlands do. They are the protectors of the rest of the realm, and the first line of defense against the Shadow. The sons and daughters of Malkier take this duty extremely seriously and spend their lives holding fast against the advancement of the Blight.

 

Lan also exhibits lawful traits through his bond with Moiraine. His entire life and mission are Moiraine’s. He has even set aside his own personal mission to follow her. He will do anything and everything to protect her, even at the cost of his own life. Her mission to find and steer the Dragon Reborn is everything to her, and Lan will protect and stand by her until the end.

 

Neutral Good – Moiraine Damodred

 

Neutral Good characters believe in good above all else. They know that life comes with a mix of chaos and law. But, in the case of the Wheel of Time, the Light will and must always prevail. Characters of the Neutral Good alignment are altruistic and put the good of others above themselves.
Moiraine is a good example of Neutral Good in The Eye of the World, and the Wheel of Time series as a whole. She has a mission to save the world, and does not mind bending the rules and laws of the land in pursuit of that. She is a good person, so she will not hurt other people but she will do what it takes to defeat the Shadow.

 

Moiraine is secretive and cunning, and will not reveal her entire plans to anyone, including her closest confidants. She will do anything and everything in her power to preserve the Light and save the World. Despite knowing that the Dragon may burn it to the ground in the process. Moiraine’s entire life’s mission is to make sure the world does not end, even if it means losing her own life in the process.

 

Chaotic Good – Thom Merrilin

 

Chaotic Good characters hunger for freedom and live by their own rules. These people dislike authority and detest following orders. Most times they are flexible and adapt to their surroundings, molding their circumstances to benefit what they need.

 

Thom Merrilin is most definitely a Chaotic Good character. After spending his younger years as the Court Bard to the Queen of Andor, he travels the country as a gleeman. Thom decides to help the Ta’veran not for personal gain, but because they remind him of his nephew. He even seemingly sacrifices himself for Rand and Mat by protecting them in Whitebridge.

 

Thom helps because he wants to, and tries to teach the boys more of the world. While traveling with Mat and Rand he tries to convince them to travel with him to Illian, and be done with Aes Sedai. He seeks to free them of a life full of involvement with the Aes Sedai and all that he, himself, escaped. He only sacrifices his freedom to keep them safe.

 

Alignment is a tricky topic and character growth can always cause a shift. 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 Neutral, (True) Neutral and Neutral Evil alignments!

 

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

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TarValon.Net Discord Server!

TV.Net Discord

 

Come join us on the newly improved TarValon.net Discord Server!

 

Under the guidance and hard work of our newly appointed Mistress of the Watch, Zashara Sho’am, our Discord server has seen quite the overhaul and an exciting influx of activity. There is a channel for everyone and every interest, from Health and Fitness to The Mandalorian. The Discord Ops also plan and host live games, movie days and other Virtual Events.

 

The TarValon.Net Server channels are divided into several themes: General Info, Virtual Events, General Chat, Hobbies, Fun Stuff, Library, 18+ Chat, Voice Chat and some hidden channels based on ranks within the Tower. At any given moment during the day you can catch everyone from Citizens to Aes Sedai/Gaidin discussing the newest movies or sharing their favorite memes. Behind the scenes the Junior Members are sure to be plotting some kind of mischief and the Senior Members are often seen shake their canes at each other. The TarValon.Net Discord is a place to get to know members from other user groups and chat in real time about anything and everything!

 

Our Discord Ops also run and plan frequent events for members to participate in. In the past, the Outreach Activities Team has used Discord to run Trivia Events and Social Marketing Manager, Bruce al’Kay, has hosted several successful game nights. On Saturday, November 21st, there was a Movie Day starting at 11 AM CST and rolling every two hours for Eurovision Song Contest: the Story of Fire Saga. Val’Cueran has two channels dedicated to their current Run with the Wolves in which members are walking or running to Cairhien for the Feast of Lights and back to Tar Valon. The Ops Team and Mistress of the Watch also have big plans for an upcoming event to celebrate all things Discord, so keep an eye out for further announcements!

 

Here are some quick tips to join the Tower Discord:

  • Click here to join!
  • Make sure your Nickname matches your Tower name!
  • Check out the #rules first!
  • Head over to #rolerequest to request your roles based on rank!
  • Next the first Discord Op available will grant you access to your channels!
  • Finally, dive right in and have fun!

 

If you have trouble please let one your Discord Ops or Mistress of the Watch know! The Ops are: Aintza Bisera, Alora Sionn, Bruce al’Kay, Kenith Sna’aps, Mendo Cath (DoT), Mejjad Martnandi, Nymala Ingasy (DoM), Qamra Daielin (DoT) and Yenie Antagar.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!!

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