TVTT White Ajah Edition – Leala’s Two Rivers

 
Until recently, my Location said “Louisiana, USA;” and when I came back in early April, I changed it to “Illinois, USA.” So “What under the Light happened?” you hypothetically ask, as if I haven’t talked about it since I got back. Well, I mean a lot happened to move in with Ignis al’Caleum, Aspired Accepted of the Yellow Ajah. But, I thought I’d tell you about the two cities that I’ve called home.
 

Shreveport, Louisiana is in the northwest corner of the state, far and away from the capital and the most tourist-y of cities. It’s also pretty far from most of the tropical storms. It sits on the banks of the Red River, so called for the red clay on its floor. The city was named after Capt. Henry Miller Shreve when he made the river passable. There are several things named after him in town. (Or, if you’re me showing Ignis around: the city was named after him, the street I lived on was named after his brother, the school was named after his cousin, etc…) My hometown has a sister city across from the river called Bossier City (pronounced BOH-zhur). It was named after a French guy, but when we appropriated his last name, we changed the pronunciation. Welcome to Louisiana.
 

It took a fair bit of searching to find us a place, but Ignis found us a good apartment in Rockford, Illinois. Pretty early on, I found out that Rockford had a river flowing through it too, the Rock River. Three guesses why it’s called that! Rockford is also named after the river…a lot like some other towns and businesses and streets around here. My new city has a similar population to my previous city too, though being so far away, there is a different atmosphere. Ignis is a bit of a movie buff, and he showed me A League of Their Own recently, because…well, you might have seen the movie, honestly. It was hugely popular in the 90s. But, yeah. The Rockford Peaches were the stars of the movie. And Rockford, Illinois doesn’t let you forget it! Our wedding venue even has merch for them in their gift shop!
 

The move was stressful, as all moves are. But I’m here now, and I’m having fun finding out different things about my new city.

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TVTT White Ajah Edition – The White Ajah Raising Shawl

 
There is a possibility you’ve seen the Unity Shawls that the White Ajah likes to show off at events and post on forums occasionally. They’re all made exactly the same, white on the outside, with the Flame of Tar Valon, and lined with unique fabric to suit each Aes Sedai’s personality. Oh. And don’t forget that long…long fringe. They represent that while we’re all diverse and unique, we’re all a part of the White Ajah family.
 


 

I’m going to tell you about a tradition that I didn’t hear about until it was literally placed on my shoulders.
 

My first live Tower event was Fall Ball of 2018, in New York. I was incredibly proud of myself, after pushing through fear of flying alone for the first time. There was also the drive to the Dallas airport that began at 2:30 in the morning. (I uh…don’t recommend that, if you’re not used to it, which I was not.) And so, after a long and arduous day of travel I wound up at the hotel, and the first person I met was our dear Jaim. I think he could tell that I was nervous, because every other conversation and interaction I had with him was much more boisterous.
 

The first person I met from my aspired Ajah was my future first-sister, Ahmyra, who was the Head of the Ajah at the time. We…may have squeezed the life out of each other for a bit upon first meeting. We’re both huggers. She was also my roommate for that event, along with Alyria of the Blues, and Keelinnea of the Reds. Sidenote – Keeli did a great job trying to recruit me. It didn’t work, but it was a good effort.
 

As we settled into our room, I showed them my white shawl that a friend had commissioned for me from another site a few years before. I was a little embarrassed, because I was an Accepted at the time. But hey. When else am I gonna wear it? They all let out a nervous chuckle…which I thought was interesting.

We went down to the toast, and I drank Goldschlager, and toasted our community. I found out that Goldschlager is the traditional TarValon.Net toast drink, and that it was involved in the founding too. And then Lireina asked Ahmyra if she had brought anyone to be raised, and I about fell out of my seat! (The only other White there was Kelgan, you see.)
 

I held it together to kneel in front of our Keeper of the Chronicles and recite our Oaths (which I don’t remember), holding the bottle of Goldschlager that had provided our toast. Then when I was pronounced Aes Sedai and felt a shawl on my shoulders, I started crying. And I cried for like ten minutes while I hugged my two new Ajah siblings and sat back down with them.
 

But, wait a second. The shawl on my shoulders wasn’t the shawl I had brought with me. It was smaller, and a different color. It was the White Ajah Raising Shawl! (Ahmyra and Kelgan were sneaky and brought it into the toast in a gift bag.)
 


 

Our Raising Shawl is used to raise new White Ajah Aes Sedai during live events. Per tradition, the new Sedai keeps it until a newer Sedai is raised at the next event. And so, I kept it with me until Adanys was raised during JordanCon 2019. Alenya, an unaffiliated Accepted at the time, was the sneaky assistant there. Since I was the only White, I stood in for the Head of Ajah and got to place the shawl on Adanys’s shoulders and pass the tradition on to her…right before I made her my first-sister.
 

Because of the current state of the world, the shawl has changed hands a few times since then, but it is still in our Ajah’s traditions. Hopefully, we’ll be able to use it again some time soon. Until then, I’m proud to have been a part of it.

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TarValon.Net’s May 2021 Recap

 
MAY you always find water and shade.  The May Recap from Tar Valon Times is here!
 


 

The month of May had a lot going on in Site Announcements:

  •  T-shirts for the Great Charity Hunt went on sale at the beginning of the month, and they look great!  May 31 was the last day to buy!  This was a fund-raiser for the on-going charity event, and you can find the link here.
  •  April’s Hero of the Horn in the Great Charity Hunt was announced as Natalya Laragan!
  •  Tar Valon has started re-reading the Eye of the World!  You can keep up with the official re-read thread every week in the Book Discussion board, and also follow along on social media.
  •  The Yellow Ajah is stepping up to help those in India affected by the COVID crisis with their GCH Project.  You are invited to check it out and help out here.
  •  The Great Charity Hunt has added a May Challenge to their hunt!  You can print out May Flowers with resources for mental health and well being, and distribute them where needed in your community.
  •  A mysterious thread popped up in General where one can get all sorts of accessories and accoutrements added to one’s braid.  Hop on over to the Blue Cat Inn and visit the Braid Consultants for some light-hearted fun and conversation!
  • Our Amyrlin Seat made an announcement clarifying and updating the Age Requirements for membership levels in our community.
  •  In a long-awaited announcement, the Amyrlin Seat proclaimed that those on the same membership path will be able to officially Bond beginning next month.  Our community fosters many kinds of wonderful relationships, and there has been active interest in the community guidelines changing in this way.  You can see the announcement here.
  •  The Amyrlin Seat and Keeper of the Chronicles made a large list of changes and works in progress of changes and goals made for the site.  Here, they made sure to give shoutouts to those helping them in their ventures.

 


 
Last month, we welcomed Jahily al’Karee as the Tar Valon Times Editor, and this month we welcomed Leala al’Dareis as the Assistant Editor of the Tar Valon Times!  Oh…wait.  That’s me!  I’m already enjoying my time working alongside our Editor, and Director of Marketing, Aleita Taviah.  I also see that we have an amazing team of reporters and content creators.  I’ll do my best to make the Tar Valon Times the best it can be!
 


 

There was only one raising in the month of May, and that was Accepted Jocasta Braithe!  Jocasta has been an active member of our community since she joined, and she is well deserving of this new rank.
 

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Tattered Sketch – Elayne Trakand

 
Leala here. I’m still getting my home office space ready, and I really want my comic to make a comeback. But I also want to get my space together in my own time, without driving myself crazy. So to awaken my creative side, and to tide everyone over, I’m making a sketch of a Wheel of Time character in the Tattered Threads style to get us back in the spirit. Please keep in mind that my style with physical media and digital media may look slightly different.
 

So, you think you know about Elayne Trakand? Well, I mean…you probably do. She’s the Daughter-Heir of Andor, she’s a powerful channeler, she’s been trained in leadership. She has nightmares about her elderly caretaker becoming the Amyrlin Seat. Oh? You hadn’t heard about the Linyrlin Seat? Elayne sure wishes she hadn’t.
 

Elayne is described as pale with curly strawberry-blond hair and striking blue eyes. She’s absolutely gorgeous, y’all. She spends some time in the White Tower of course, and when we meet her, she’s wearing an incredible outfit, which I try to re-create here as well.
 

Novice Elayne
 

Daughter-Heir Elayne
 

Elayne is one of my favorites, because she grows quite a bit throughout the series. We see her faults. We see her worries, and we see her bond with various characters. She’s also incredibly intelligent. You’ll be sure to see her again in upcoming episodes of Tattered Threads, so stay tuned!

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