The Amyrlin Seat’s Favorite Moments

Please note: This article contains spoilers for The Wheel of Time

As I put the finishing touches on this article, The Wheel of Time has just premiered worldwide on television. It feels like the entire Community has been holding its collective breath, for weeks and months, waiting for this moment. With excitement. Trepidation. Concern. Anticipation. Will it be good? Will it be true to the books, the world that Robert Jordan created, and people have loved for many years? Will it be recognizable to the book lovers? Will it draw in new fans through the medium of the small screen?

So many questions, and theories, have been bandied about. And now the moment is here, for the fan community to see and judge and (hopefully) embrace.

We’ve been focusing this week on favorite moments, and who better to usher in this new chapter in WoT history, than our own Amyrlin Seat, Serinia Edoras. Thankfully we live in a Digital Age, so I was able to catch up with Seri by phone, to talk about The Wheel of Time — her favorite moments and memories, and of course, the #WOTonPrime.

Jahily: You mentioned you have some favorite and funny stories, what can you share with us?

Serinia: I remember a lot of very specific moments.

For example, I don’t know if Toral (Delvar) knows that he’s how I found out that my name had been used in the books. The prologue for AMOL had been released right before Anni or Fall Ball? I’d started to read it on the plane but hadn’t gotten that far. Then when I got to the event, Toral was like “OMG you’re in there!” [See this entry for reference.]

The thing I remember the most was the biggest experience I ever had with spoilers. I started reading the books in 1997. I was in college so I couldn’t read as fast as I wanted. By the summer of 1998 I was reading Fires of Heaven. But I’d also purchased the “big bad book of bad art” [The World of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time]. And I think I had books 6 and 7 standing by, but I hadn’t read them yet.

The big bad book isn’t full of that many spoilers. And I remember pretty vividly, I pulled out the big book, and I gave myself the biggest spoiler in the world.

You see, my favorite character was Egwene.

At the time I joined Dragonmount and I was looking for names of Gray Aes Sedai. I looked in the Book at the list of Amyrlin Seats and got down to Egwene’s name. And I was like “What???” I couldn’t believe I ruined it for myself! I was excited since she’s one of my favorites, but ugh! 

I’m super sensitive now to spoilers. I really just want to experience things as intended. 

The memory is so vivid, I can remember exactly where I was; and things like the chair I was in, my desk and what was on it. And I was so mad that I gave myself the biggest spoiler of all time. 

Jahily: I hate spoilers too! Were you able to attend one of the preview events this week?

Serinia: No, I had an invite to the one in Atlanta, but with my travel schedule I wasn’t able to go. Did you enjoy it?

Jahily: No spoilers! But yes, I did.
So what is one of your favorite moments from the series?

Serinia: One of my favorite quotes in the series is from Winter’s Heart, Chapter 33, Blue Carp Street.  Rand and Lan are in Far Madding looking for traitorous Asha’man, and Nynaeve uses air to lift them up to the roof of a shop for them to investigate.  They end up in a confrontation with Fain, and then while retreating Lan slips and Rand grabs his wrist as they both slide down the roof trying to grab on to something.  Lan goes over the edge and Rand is holding on to him from the roof…

“‘Let go,’ Lan said quietly.  He looked up at Rand, his eyes cold and hard, no expression on his face.  ‘Let go.’

When the sun turns green,’ Rand told him.”

I just love this scene and really the whole chapter.  It shows Rand and Lan’s relationship and how much it’s grown.  Lan still calls Rand sheepherder, but they understand each other at such a deep level, and understand what is important.  “When the sun turns green” is definitely one of my favorite lines in the series.

Jahily: Thank you for sharing that with us. I hope you enjoy the series, and I can’t wait to hear what you and the members of our Community think!

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Readers, share your favorite moments with us, either on the forums, or comment here on the blog or our socials. We also want to hear your reactions to the television series! #TarValonreacts

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TarValon.Net’s Favorite Moments – Part 2

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Please note – this article contains major spoilers for The Wheel of Time.

This week we’re sharing our favorite (or favourite!) moments from The Wheel of Time series, as we await the launch of #WOTonPrime. Whether you’re excited or wary about this new turn of the Wheel, undeniably this series is what brought us together and gives us common ground. 

Today’s Favorite Moments come from some of our TarValon.Net Directors and Board Members! 

Deoan Kakarot, Director of Technology:

My favorite moment was Rand’s breakthrough out of depression on top of Dragonmount. It was raw, it was real, and I cried with him.

My favorite quote comes from Towers of Midnight, Chapter 31: A Storm of Light

The Asha’man Naeff–standing beside Bashere–gasped. “I’ve never seen so many weaves all at once” he whispered. “I can’t track them all. He’s a storm. A storm of Light and streams of the Power!”

And as for a favorite memory related to the WoT universe, I cannot pick just one. I owe my family to the Wheel of Time and Team Jordan.

Alenya Al’Roran, Director of Membership:

I loved when Verin complimented Egwene’s dress and changed the game forever.

Toral Delvar, Tower Archivist:

“Taim appeared as close to a smile as Rand had ever seen him. “Kneel and swear to the Lord Dragon,” he said softly, “or you will be knelt.”

Then a bit of wobble

“On a day of fire and blood, a tattered banner waved above Dumai’s Wells, bearing the ancient symbol of Aes Sedai. On a day of fire and blood and the One Power, as prophecy had suggested, the unstained tower, broken, bent knee to the forgotten sign. The first nine Aes Sedai swore fealty to the Dragon Reborn, and the world was changed forever.”

Mieriana Souvra, Keeper of the Chronicles:

One of my favorite moments is when Siuan has been stilled. I was so shocked I had to put the book down. I don’t think anything has shocked me more. The person who had introduced me to The Wheel of Time was the only one I knew who had read this, and it was the middle of the night and he was at a party (we were in college), and I was freaking out “They STILLED the AMYRLIN!!!” and he just plain left the party so we could talk about it. It was just SUCH an unexpected scene. 

I would also be remiss if I did not mention Death gates. Lews Therin snatched The Power (WHAAAT!!!) and just laid waste to the shadowspawn. That’s just.. #badass.

Aleita Taviah, Director of Marketing:

“Run when you have to, fight when you must, rest when you can.” — The Eye of the World

“We are always more afraid than we wish to be, but we can always be braver than we expect.” — Lord of Chaos

Ilverin Matriam, Director of Research and Records:

I really enjoy reading/listening the Aiel’s history through the glass columns in Rhuidean. It gives us a lot of information about the Song, the da’shain, Jenn and some insight into what the Age of Legends was about.

What are your favorite moments? Join us on the forums to discuss, or leave a comment on this post!

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WOTonPrime – Countdown to Series Launch!

Two. Weeks. Fourteen days — dear readers, this is not a drill! The eagerly-awaited premiere of Season One of The Wheel of Time’s television adaptation is almost here. We’ve been teased with trailers and posters; and treated to original memes from the creative minds of our own #TeamMarketing.

We’ve posted a series of articles on our blog over the past year, titled “Where They Came From” focusing on some of the leading cast members: Cast, Stradowski, Harris, Rutherford, Madden, Robins, Henney, and Pike.

TarValon.Net is hosting several opportunities to watch the premiere episodes, beginning November 19th on Amazon Prime. More details are posted here, and include watch parties at the following times and platforms:

  • via Facebook @ 4:15 PM EST on November 19th (Events > WoT on Prime watch party)
  • via Discord @ 11:00 AM EST on November 20th
  • via Discord @ 6:00 PM EST on November 20th

Our Keeper also announced yesterday that there will be a handful of pre-screenings in major US cities on Monday, November 15th.

We’ll have more coming in the next two weeks as the countdown continues. Be sure to follow our TarValon Times blog, and our social channels, to stay up to date!

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Member Spotlight – Nymala Ingasy

Our Member Spotlight is back! This week, we take you behind the scenes with the plotsy-est of Blues, Nymala Ingasy. Nymala has served in a lot of roles in our Community, and most recently took up the mantle of the Blue’s Head of Ajah. She is someone I have personally enjoyed getting to know since I joined the community! Friendly and fun, she’s quick to jump in on shenanigans too — most recently in support of our Junior Members’ prank to create the Purple Ajah. (Cake!)

Here’s what Nymala had to say about her real life, her passion for this Community, and her goals for her time as HoA.

TVT: Tell us about yourself — what you do for a living, family, pets, etc? (Pictures?!)

Nymala: Hi there, my name is Hilary AKA Nymala Ingasy. I answer to Nym, Nyma, Nymmie, and “hey you with the face!” I am an American living abroad in New Zealand. We moved here in December after a few trials and tribulations with my husband’s health. He’s okay, but it was scary for a bit there. I was just recently granted my permanent residency by the New Zealand government, so thank you to Jacinda Ardern for that! 😀

My husband’s name is Matt, and we’ve been married for 18 years and counting. We met online through mutual friends and I first traveled to New Zealand in 1998, starting a five-year long distance relationship. He was the one who introduced me to Wheel of Time. It was something for us to talk about during our weekly phone calls. So, y’all can blame him for me being here. 😉

Right now, I am settling into life here. Learning how to drive on the other side of the road was a mind twist for me, but now I hop in the car and go without thinking about it (too much). I volunteer at the SPCA as a cat lady helping the kitties who are in quarantine and just got a job at  national retail store here….until Level 4 lockdown happened. Now that we’re on the other side of that, hopefully I’ll be able to start working; but for now, that’s enough! 

(Nym, Matt and her cousin’s corgi, Einstein)
(Hey, you with the face! <3 )
(Nym’s cat Molly who passed away in 2019)

TVT: Tell us about some of your non-WoT hobbies, and a “fun fact” about yourself.

Nymala:  I love to read (obviously), I love to sing. I sang soprano in my synagogue’s choir until we moved overseas. I hope to find a choir to join now that we’re all settled. I also love to cook and travel…at least in the before times of COVID. As for a “fun fact” about me, when I was guesting, the “fun fact” that I used was the fact that I was part of the UN Children’s Day celebration when I was 7. I met Queen Elizabeth II at the ceremony and got to present flowers to her along with my friend who was the daughter of a UN ambassador. I don’t remember much about the encounter, but I’m told I asked her where her crown was. 

TVT: What brought you to TarValon.Net? What made you want to stay and get more involved?

Nymala: I had two friends in my online D&D channel on IRC back in the day. As soon as they found out that I read Wheel of Time, they invited me to join. In fact, my Tower name, Nymala Ingasy, was my D&D character that I played at the time. I chose the same name when I made my account on TarValon so my friends could “find me.” It made sense in my head as I had no idea what I was in for when I joined. I still don’t always, truth be told. >.> As soon as I joined though, I wanted to get involved. I became a moderator on the Tower IRC channel while still a Novice and before I knew I had to make a contribution. I just wanted to be involved. 

TVT: How did you decide the Blue Ajah was right for you?

Nymala: I guested for a long time. When I got to Accepted, I decided to guest in reverse order of where I thought I fit, saving the two where I thought I fit for last. Blue was one of my first choices. Surprise, surprise! I got into Blue…and I just fit. I was so happy to be there that I got overly enthusiastic and they had to remind me to calm down more than once, but I just couldn’t help myself. I love the fact that we’re all so individualistic and yet we come together so easily when we need to. The Blues just get me. I just celebrated my 9th Blue-iversary and I’m very happy to be Blue.

TVT: You recently took on the role to serve as Head of Ajah. Do you have plans or goals during your reign?

Nymala: I’ve always wanted to be HoA and give back to my Ajah. The fact that I can serve my Siblings in this manner makes me very happy. My goal is to help our JM’s know just how awesome Blue really is, especially as we get closer and closer to the TV show coming out. I look forward to seeing Moiraine and Siuan on-screen and showing the world just what Blues do.

TVT: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Nymala: Thank you for giving me a home, a chosen family, a circle of friends all around the world, and a cause! To my Blue siblings, thank you for supporting me and showing me a true reflection of myself. To my first-siblings, Cahalan, Bryher, Ahmyra, and Morrigan, thank you for being amazing, awesome people, and letting me slap the s**t out of you. To my Warder, Vendri, thank you for being the best cyborg, ninja, wizard, dinosaur of awesome and win. Thank you to DM, my other home. Lastly, thank you to Liam al’Eire and Jaim al’Berach for watching over us all from Heaven. Indeed..

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Celebrating Robert Jordan

Today we join with the entire Wheel of Time community, in remembrance of The Creator, Robert Jordan, on the anniversary of his birth.

The opening words of his bio in our Library, penned by Kariada Kunai, express Jordan’s spirit and impact on our Community so well:

Robert Jordan: author, mentor, friend. To most, he was the mind and pen behind the critically acclaimed fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. To us, he was that and so much more. He was the reason we are here. He brought us all together, and influenced us both in life and beyond. Those of us who had the opportunity to meet him before his passing will always remember his vibrant personality, powerful voice and quizzical smile. To hear him narrate in person, weaving together his stories in full animation, was to see the beloved characters of The Wheel of Time come to life and dance before your eyes.

The Wheel of Time series has come into each of our lives at a different time and place. TarValon.Net gives us common ground, to engage with and learn from people from all walks of life. Thanks to the imagination of The Creator.

He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind was gone.

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