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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Merit Badges – October 2021

Welcome back readers to our series that will run each quarter, highlighting our TarValon.Net Merit Badges!
 

What are Merit Badges? First introduced in 2011, Merit Badges (i.e. “Merits”) are a way to acknowledge the time and effort that our members put into the Community. The program has expanded over the years, and we have Merits for a variety of categories. From time spent as an active Member, volunteering at an official event, mentoring Junior Members, taking or teaching classes, or serving in a staff position. These are just a few of our Merit Badge categories. Merits are listed in each member’s profile in the Library, and some of them will earn you “perks” like discounts for Official Events.
 

Here are the Merit Badges awarded this quarter with a little explanation of what they are for:
 

Membership Merit

This Merit is awarded for “time served” as a community member. Members earn a Gold Merit for every five years of membership, and a Silver Merit for 2.5 years.
 

Officer Merit

There are several different merits under the heading “Administrative Service.” They are based on time serving in different positions in the Community. The first of these is the Officer Merit for those in our Executive Branch. Members earn a gold merit after serving as an Officer for two years. A second gold is earned after serving four years. A silver merit is earned after serving as an Officer for one year.
 

Administrator Merit

Many of our staff positions qualify for the Admin Merit, which again is awarded for a certain amount of time served. These are cumulative across departments, not just time spent in one position. Members earn a gold merit after serving as an Administrator for four or more years. A silver merit is earned after serving as an Administrator for two or more years.
 

Staff Merit

Still other Administrative Service positions qualify for the Staff Merit, which again is awarded for a certain amount of time served. These are cumulative across departments, not just time spent in one position. Five years earns a Gold Merit, while 2.5 years earns a Silver Merit.
 

Group Service Merit

This is a newer Merit, introduced in 2017. It falls under the “Administrative Service” category and is a silver merit. It is awarded annually to one person in each community group as chosen by their group leader. It can be awarded once per year for each group.
 

Attendance Merit

This is a Merit introduced in 2011 under the category of Event Attendance. Attending 20 Official events/conferences earns a Gold Merit, while attending 10 earns a Silver Merit.  

Group Pride Merit

This is a gold only merit. Members earn this Merit after serving a full term of each role as SitterHeart and Head of their Ajah; or Warder CouncillorHonour Guard and Company Commander of their Company.
 

Gleeman’s Merit

This is an “Online Spirit” Merit introduced in 2016 for running Mafia and Assassins games.  A gold merit is earned after running four Mafia or Assassins games, with a requirement that at least one is a Mafia game; and a silver is earned after running two games of any type. It can only be earned once.

You can see the list of the October 2021 Merit awardees here. Want to know more about Merits you can earn? Our Library is a great source of information (used as reference material for this article), as is this post at the Head Librarian’s Desk. Thanks to everyone for your membership and service to the TarValon.Net community!

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TVT Takeover – Accepted & Soldiers Edition

 
Greetings and salutations, Dear Readers!
 

Welcome to the September Edition of the TVT Takeover, this month featuring our Soldiers and Accepted members. In a funny twist of fate, this is my third TVTT to participate in since we started the series last fall — Citizens, Novices & Recruits, and now Accepted & Soldiers. So here we are, with my “hat trick” of TVT Takeovers, and this one is going to be super-sized! Thanks to the contributions of our group members, we’ve got two weeks of Takeover goodies for your enjoyment.
 

As I reflect on my time as an Accepted (now Aspirant), it has looked a bit different this time around. Our group is a mixed bag — of people who are Accepted/Soldiers for the first time, those who are back for a return trip, and those who were gone for years before returning to the Tower. It is interesting to see what everyone is looking for, and which groups meet those needs.
 

For our Bel Tine thread this spring we hosted the JM Garden, with one of our signatures reading “Everything blooms in its own time.” That is certainly true of our group of Accepted and Soldiers! It’s been a busy year so far in 2021, and our “bouquet” of Aspirants is becoming colorful indeed!
 

To date in 2021, we have celebrated the following Aspirations:

 
I look forward to celebrating with the rest of our Junior Members as we all journey toward home.
 

And now without further ado, buckle your seatbelts and enjoy this edition of our Takeover!
 

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2021 Site Fundraiser Kick-Off

 
Welcome to the 2021 Site Fundraiser: TarValon.Net Takes on the Black Ajah. This fundraiser will run from August 20 – September 17, 2021.
 
Our annual site fundraisers exist to keep TarValon.Net running. The funds raised are used to pay for things that keep our site active and engaging: server and domain expenses; ad-free forum hosting; advertising at JordanCon and through social media; and more. It is also used to fund the Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship. As a 501(c)7, TarValon.Net is completely self-funded — all contributions are greatly appreciated!
 
For more details, please see this Site Announcement from Erin al’Denael, Director of Community Outreach. This post includes all of the options for making financial gifts to the fundraiser.
 
The Department of Community Outreach has also prepared a series of events and prizes (donated) for the fundraising period. These will be revealed in stages based on donations received. The first event is the Hunt for the Black Ajah…
 
As decades have passed, the Black Ajah has steadily infiltrated the Tower. They have subverted valuable members of our community — or joined already devoted to the Shadow. It is our mission, members of TarValon.Net, to seek and find the insidious and elusive members of the Black Ajah.
 
You can join the Hunt in our General forum thread here.

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