TVTT Citizen Edition – Citizen Highlight

SM Recap Citizens

 

Citizens of Tar Valon
Social Media Highlight of December 2019​

 

When one becomes a member of TarValon.Net, they do not immediately enter the White Tower as a Novice or Recruit. There is a membership rank before that, called Citizen of Tar Valon. At this membership rank one can look around and learn more about the community, before deciding if they want to enter the Tower. For those that don’t want to go through the raising process in the Tower we also have another rank for our long standing Citizens, Resident Citizen.
 

From our Membership Manual:
 

“Citizen is the first rank that full members of TarValon.Net can attain. The City and the rank of Citizen were implemented in Spring 2003 in order to give people a chance to figure out whether or not they wanted to fully join the Tower, and to ease the burden on administrators who saw numerous individuals joining the boards and few staying. Furthermore, we found some Community Members didn’t want to be incredibly involved with the community; they simply wanted a place to play, to discuss the theories, and to hang out, but they didn’t care about taking on the strictures involved with being a Novice or Recruit or about moving up in the ranks”
 

We think that the Citizens are an important part of TarValon.Net, that is why we decided to spotlight them on our social media channels during December of 2019! If you don’t already, feel free to check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
 


 

Do you know who the current Mayor and Membership Administrator of the Citizens is?
 

Jahily al’Karee is currently serving as the Mayor of TarValon.Net and has been since April 2019. If you decide to join the community now, you will get to meet this amazing lady!
 

In the spirit of the Citizens of Tar Valon, we want to share couple blog posts that we had during December 2019:

  • Read about 7 Randland Cities we don’t see enough of here.
  • Read about this deeper insight into Citizens here.

 

If you want to have some more information, check out these Library resources from the blog post here .

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TarValon.Net’s October 2020 Recap

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October of 2020 at TarValon.Net saw a significant increase in activity. Also, many people are getting excited about the end of the month and the Halloween celebrations!

 

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During this month there were many exciting things happening:
  • Discord has officially replaced IRC as TarValon.Net’s primary real-time chatting tool. We now have an official Discord server that you can join here.
  • The Merit Badges for October were announced and many people were awarded merits in different categories. You can check all of them in Part One and Part Two in Site Announcements.
  • A mysterious announcement with the title “Coming Soon…!” has appeared, written by Erin al’Denael. Keep an eye out for our upcoming blog post all about this mysterious event!
  • The Executive Branch and the Board of Directors at TarValon.Net have postponed all live events until further notice, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, to prevent any of its members getting infected. You can read more about it in the announcement regarding 2021 events.
  • More exciting things will be coming next month, so keep your eyes peeled for the Tar Valon Times Takeover, starting November 1, 2020.
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Several positions at TarValon.Net were filled in October. We would like to give our congratulations to the following members and thank them for their service to our community.
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We’ve had several new people joining the ranks of Citizen of Tar Valon. Many congratulations to our newest citizens:
For our Junior Members – Novices, Recruits and above, we have a new thread in the Gardens forum, which might be of interest. If you haven’t checked it out already, visit this thread learn more about the TarValon.Net Companies.

 

BondsOct2020
We saw the start of a new bond, created under the Light, connecting two people, who have sworn to fight the Shadow together!
Congratulations to Ashara Koh’inor of The Gray Ajah and Brandon Tataru of Dai M’Hael Company on their bond

 

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We’ve also had a few positions at TarValon.Net open up during October:
We would like to say thank you to Jeryn Lekar for his service as Company Commander of MDD and to Thaddius al’Guy, who has been an amazing Game Master during the past year. And best of luck to all the applicants!

 

The end of this month sees the start to one of our annual Freeweeks Shaoman. During Shaoman the Faire Grounds forum opens, people change their avatars to festive ones, and everyone comes together to play in the activities which the Outreach Activities Team has planned for them. Shaoman will run from October 30th till November 5th. Come join us in the fun!
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TarValon.Net’s September 2020 Recap

TarValon.Net Recap September

 

September of 2020 at TarValon.net seemed like a month of transition – transition from vacation to school, transition from quieter to livelier. The month started slowly, but it became more and more active as it went on.

 

Events September

 

During this month there were several things of note happening:
  • A winner for the International Red Cross Fundraiser was chosen and sent a prize! For the blog post about the fundraiser check here .
  • We opened our Costume/Cosplay Forum, where people can share their knowledge about recreating stage costumes or designing their own versions of Wheel of Time costumes, as they’ve imagined them. Check out the newly opened forum here.
  • The Costume Team is running a sew along, since a lot of people have shown interest in the American Duchess Cape pattern. If you are interested in joining, check this thread here.

Duchess Cape

  • The Department of Marketing is also challenging all members to draw something every day during Inktober! Read about our very own set of Wheel of Time drawing prompts on our blog post here.

 

Hiring September

Several people were appointed to new positions at TarValon.Net during September. We would like to congratulate:

 

Raisings September

The Hall of the Tower was busy contemplating several raisings. Many congratulations to:
  • The newest Accepted – Cinna Vrammar,

A graphic that says Congratulations Cinna Vrammar our newest Accepted

  • Kenith Sna’aps, who was summoned to start training as the newest Novice,

A graphic that says Congratulations Kenith Sna'aps our newest Novice

  • Owena al’Saturni Aes Sedai, the newest Sister of the Green Ajah.

A graphic that says Congratulations Owen al'Saturni our newest Green Aes Sedai

Bonds September

 

We saw a new bond, created under the Light, connecting two people, who have sworn to fight the Shadow together!
Congratulations to Faeril Munlear of the Green Ajah and Atreyu Silverstar of San d’ma Shadar Company on their bond.

 

Open Positions September

 

Open positions at TarValon.net during September:
  • Head of the White Ajah – Applications closed September 25, 2020.
  • Tar Valon Times Writers and Artists – Applications closed September 25, 2020. Our Editor Aleita Taviah is still interested to hear from you if you would like to contribute to the Tar Valon Times. E-mail her at editor@tarvalon.net anytime with your interest or ideas.
  • Forum Moderators and Discord Operators – Applications due October 3, 2020. If you are interested in applying, check the thread here.
  • Director of Research and Records – Applications due October 9, 2020. If you are interested in applying, check the thread here.

 

We would like to say thank you to Leala al’Dareis, who is stepping down as Head of the White Ajah, and to Atarah al’Norahn, who is stepping down as Director of Research and Records. Good luck to all the applicants!

 

The month wraps up with the Fall Executive Meeting, which was held on September 26, 2020. Stay tuned for next month’s recap, where we will cover the results of the Executive Meeting as well as everything else interesting that has happened at TarValon.Net!
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August Virtual Trivia Event

August Virtual Trivia

 

At TarValon.Net we are very open to real life gatherings and we also organize at least three Official Events per year, where our members can gather together for fun, jokes, drinking and good times. Well… not this year. This year has been different and difficult for many of us. But we have kept our high spirits and decided to get together regardless, by taking our events online!

 

If you are a member of our site, you are welcome to join one of our Virtual Events in the official TarValon.net Discord server. The events are planned beforehand and announced in the Virtual Events forum. Keep an eye out for anything of interest to you! One such event was hosted on August 29th 2020, and it was a Trivia Game. The game was split up into two rounds. The first round was comprised of questions about the community and history of TarValon.Net. In the second, we asked our hardcore Wheel of Time fans some really difficult questions from the books!

 

The rules were simple:

 

1. The leading person will ask questions by voice. The questions will be read clearly and slowly. If needed the questions will be repeated. (Since one of the leading people had an eastern European accent :D)
2. All the participants will write their answers in the channel, specified for the game.
3. Anyone can answer as many times as they want.
4. The Wheel of Time questions will be mostly based around the story from Books 1-8. If all participants have read all the books, then questions from the later books might be included.

 

If you are interested in a full list of the questions asked in each round keep an eye out for the event post in the library.

 

ROUND ONE!
Lead by Aleita Taviah, OAT

 

In this round a point was awarded for each correct answer and Aleita Sedai waited for each of the participants to write at least one guess to consider the question answered and then revealed the correct answers. The questions varied in difficulty, from easy, “How many people serve in the Hall of the Tower as Sitters or Councillors?“, through deep research worthy questions, “How many people were raised to Aes Sedai and Gaidin combined in 2018?” (very difficult page to find in the Library), to legitimately difficult ones, “In which month and year was the first official Admin Meeting held?“.

 

The first place for this round was almost a tie, but Accepted Dar’Jen Ab Owain lept forward victorious on the final question to break the tie, and win her first TarValon.Net trivia fair and square!

 

ROUND TWO!
Lead by Ilverin Matriam, OAC

 

In the second round Ilverin Sedai chose to award the point to whoever answers correctly first. So apart from showing their knowledge of the Wheel of Time, the participants were also in a race for who types the fastest! A fun thing to mention, is that we found out that Serinia Sedai, our Amyrlin Seat, was one of the participants. Serinia was typing from their phone and didn’t have many WoT words saved in her auto correct. This is interesting for later!

 

The questions, again, varied in difficulty and subject. From questions about the Westlands, “Which country is the following banner of: Two Golden Leopards on a field checked in red and blue?“. To questions about the Forsaken, such as, “What is the real name of Ishamael?” and even a few questions about the Old Tongue, “What does the name of the Aiel Society “Aethan Dor” mean, translated from the Old Tongue?“.

 

So, remember the fun fact from before? Well, it turns out that one can win a Wheel of Time trivia round, even while typing from their phone! Unsurprisingly, our very own Amyrlin Seat, Serinia Edoras grabbed the first spot with 10 correct answers, followed closely by Idine Espanyas, Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah with 9 correct answers.

 

Prizes were made by our Outreach Activities Co-ordinator, Ilverin Matriam for the winners.

 

Trivia Badges

 

For those running the trivia event, it was a lot of fun and made us feel like we are hanging out with our friends, but from the comfort of our homes. Even if our Australian contingent had to be ready to go at 7am!

 

We hope that everyone who attended had fun and hope to see more people joining us next time!

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What I Missed – Reading New Spring


THIS ARTICLE MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS FOR THE WHOLE SERIES

We all miss some little Easter Eggs, when we read a book for the first time… even on the second time! I know I do! It is also true that everyone might notice different things while reading a book.

In this article I would like to discuss things I missed in my previous read of The Wheel of Time’s prelude, called “New Spring”. My last read of “New Spring” was a looong time ago. Since then I have reread the whole series once or maybe twice, which means that I remember almost nothing from “New Spring” and this time it felt a bit like my first ever read of the book.

So, let us start with Chapter 1 – “The Hook”. We meet Lan, who is walking around a camp, nestled around the slopes of Dragonmount. While he is walking around the camp, he is met by his friend Bukama, and they discuss the war that is currently going on. Lan has thoughts about battles long past:

“A thousand years had passed between the Breaking of the World and the Trolloc Wars, or so most historians said.”

“A thousand years from the Trolloc Wars until Hawkwing built an empire, and that, too, was destroyed, after his death, in the War of the Hundred Years. […]. And now, close enough to a thousand years after Hawkwing’s empire died, the Aiel came, burning and killing. It had to be a pattern.”

I didn’t notice, or maybe I didn’t make an effort to notice, this pattern before. Surely, dear Mr. Jordan put these thoughts into Lan’s mind, because this pattern was intended and not just a coincidence!

In Chapter 2 – “A Wish Fulfilled” we meet Moiraine for the first time. She is in the Amyrlin Seat’s office with her best friend Siuan. They are there just in case the Amyrlin needs anything during the night. We all know Moiraine and Siuan were raised Aes Sedai on the same day (later in this book), but what I hadn’t noticed before was that Moiraine and Siuan also signed their names in the Novice book on the same day, took the same amount of time as Novices and even took the Accepted test on the same day!

“They had been entered in the novice book on the same day, and moved almost in lockstep with the Power, even to passing for Accepted on the same day.”

In Chapter 3 – “A Practice” Tamra, the Amyrlin Seat, gathers all the Accepted in a big hall to make an announcement. There is a Sea Folk Accepted, Zemaille, who Moiraine thinks of as “sober and thoughtful”.

“Zemaille, though, seemed to want to forget her origins. At least, she would never talk about the Sea Folk unless pressed by an Aes Sedai. And she was diligent, intently focused on earning the shawl from her first day, so Moiraine had heard, though she was not quick to learn. Not slower than most, just not quick. She had been Accepted for eight years, now, and ten years a novice before that, and Moiraine had seen her fumble a weave time after time before suddenly setting it so perfectly that you wondered why she had failed before. But then, everyone progressed at her own pace, and the Tower never pushed harder than you could go.”

We know that the Sea Folk keep a secret, that they have many a number and very powerful channelers among them. The fact that Zemaille takes her time to master something only leads me to think that the Sea Folk tell the girls they send to the White Tower to learn slowly and act as if their talent is insufficient. Maybe I am wrong in reading too much here, but it is something I noticed at least.

We jump to Chapter 9 – “It Begins” – Moiraine is summoned to take the test for Aes Sedai. During the ceremony, before Moiraine enters the ter’angreal, while Merean instructs her, Anaiya, a Blue Sister, weaves and touches Moiraine’s neck with the weave, saying the words “Remember what must be remembered”.

“’Therefore I will instruct you,’ Merean went on. ‘You will see this sign upon the ground.’ She channeled, and her finger drew a six-pointed star in the air, two overlapping triangles written for an instant in fire. […] When you see that sign, you will go to it immediately, at a steady pace, neither hurrying nor hanging back, and only then may you embrace the Power.[…]When the weave is complete,’ Merean said, ‘you will see that sign again, marking the way you must go, again at a steady pace, without hesitation.[…] One hundred times you will weave, in the order you have been given and in perfect composure.”

I am not sure if I ever noticed this before, but this time I am sure this is done, so that the tested Accepted knows how many weaves she has completed and to follow the six pointed star. In this chapter we see Moiraine does this during her test; she follows the six pointed star and always knows how many weaves she has completed.

In Chapter 10 – “It Finishes” I noticed that during her test, Moiraine often found herself stripped of her clothing. Obviously, the Aes Sedai charging the ter’angreal, knew of her modesty and exploited that.

Also, for the first time, I realized that Moiraine’s test took the morning until the early afternoon, and Siuan’s until that evening. I always thought both of them were done during the night for some reason.

Chapter 14 – “Changes” – Moiraine and Siuan are full Sisters and are getting educated in Tower politics between the Ajahs and also new weaves, some known only to the Blues.

“ They [the sisters] had been aware the spark was already ignited in her, but she told them only about lighting candles and making a ball of light to find her way in the dark.”

Wait, wait, do you mean to tell me Moiraine had already chanelled before coming to the Tower ? I didn’t know that. Surely that makes her a wilder? But then, the fact that she is from a noble Caihrienin family surely holds weight against being from the Two Rivers.

In this chapter in particular, I noticed that when Moiraine thinks of Siuan, it’s as if Siuan is great at everything immediately. I do not understand why Jordan chose to make Siuan this person who is perfect at everything. I guess it could be a foreshadowing to her becoming Amyrlin after as soon as, what, 10 years of wearing the shawl?

Later, Moiraine reminisces how empty the Tower is and it has been for years, and that there is nothing she could do. But something that made me chuckle was the following thought:

“But then, if women who had worn the shawl two hundred years or more could find no solution, why should she be able to?”

I mean, it’s exactly the women who have worn the Shawl for one hundred years or more, who are against changing Tower tradition. So then, someone who is newly raised with a different view is exactly the type of person who can do something about it! Which is what Egwene started later in the main series.

At the same time, Moiraine is receiving invitations from Cairhienin nobles visiting Tar Valon.

“She tossed the stiff white cards into the fireplace unanswered. A dangerous move in Daes Dae’mar, with no way to tell how it might be interpreted”.

Isn’t this exactly what Rand does in The Great Hunt, while he is visiting Cairhien? If I remember correctly, Thom told him that he is unsure how this “answer” will be interpreted. Funny, now we know how right Thom was!

We also learn about some Malkieri customs:

In the following chapters, Moiraine meets Lan and company. In Chapter 20 – Breakfast in Manala in particular, but even some chapters before that, Lan gives a glimpse of Malkieri culture, and it seems close to the Aiel’s culture… except for the part where they pierce you with their spears of course. But from what I read, Malkieri are very proud people, who keep their word, do not look you in the eyes (since this seems to be disrespectful) are close mouthed about their past, and they seem to be resigned, or maybe, they understand that everyone dies eventually. I guess this is also a Borderlands thing too.

In Chapter 22 – “Keeping Custom”, we also find out a bit more about their courting culture. It seems really alien to me – a woman chooses her first lover, but a man is chosen by a woman, who will be his first lover? Very interesting, I am sad that this wasn’t introduced and explained in more detail in the actual series.

In the last chapter, Chapter 26 – “When to Surrender”, Moiraine fights Merean with the Power. I imagine a lot of Power was used for this battle, but Siuan only finds out about this after everything is over and Moiraine told her. I feel like Siuan would sense what is happening and come running, even if she was on the other side of the palace. This scene also seemed a bit rushed.

The whole ending of the book seemed a bit rushed to me, after taking so long for exposition, but… I guess we did not need much of an ending. We needed to know how Moiraine became who she is and how she met Lan.

In the audio book, there is a little quote from Jordan himself, saying that he intended for “New Spring” to be read even by someone who hasn’t read any of the Wheel of Time books. That was surprising to me, since I would always suggest people first read several Wheel of Time books before picking up “New Spring”. I myself read it after book 10, if I remember correctly, and it made more sense to read it like this. I would love to know if people have started reading the series with “New Spring” and if they were confused by it being their first book.

In the end, I still really like the book and it’s certainly one of my top favorites!

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