TVTT White Ajah Edition – White Ajah Highlight

White Ajah Highlight

Highlight for August 2019 – The White Ajah​

 

During August of 2019, the White Ajah at TarValon.Net, and also the White Ajah from the books, were the highlight of the month. We shared many White Ajah quotes and also pictures of White Shawls!

 

The month included quotes from White Sisters at TarValon.Net. Elanda Sedai explained why she chose the White Ajah:

 

Elanda Quote

 

 

And Adanys Sedai shared how she felt within the White Halls:

 

Adanys Quote

 

And we also asked you if you know how is the Head of the White Ajah called:

 

White Ajah Head

 

All of you answered perfectly well that it’s called the First Reasoner!

 

But it was also interesting to find out:

 

White Ajah Amyrlins

 

And unsurprisingly, many people answered correctly! Four White Sisters had been raised to the Amyrlin Seat.

 

We know you had been waiting for these, so here they are – Magnificent White Shawls:

 

White Shawls

 

The quotes from book Whites we shared got attention from you all. It seems you all agree to some extent with them :

 

 

There is a lot of information on the White Ajah in our Library, you can check that out here.

And you can also visit our own TV.Net White Ajah in their Headquarters.

 

* In the backgrounds of some of the quotes, you will see the official TarValon.Net White Ajah logo. It is property of TarValon.Net

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The Ties That Bind

 

The ties that bind us are sometimes impossible to explain.
Some bonds defy distance and time and logic.
Because some ties are simply…meant to be.

~ Grey’s Anatomy

This article contains minor spoilers.

 

As part of our Social Media Team’s focus on bonding this week, we take a look at some of the different types of relationships and bonds which join together members of our community.

 

Arguably one of the most appealing benefits of our TarValon.Net community is the relationships we form with one another. It’s woven in our site’s DNA — we are encouraged to get to know each other by participating in activities and getting to know each other in a variety of ways to find common ground. We become Resident Citizens or join the Tower to connect with a Senior Membership group. We host official in-person gatherings, and celebrate unofficial ones. We connect with each other on our forums, in Discord, over video chats, and (when possible) in person. Many of us make friends who become family, members from around the world who we share our journeys with. And in some cases, we acknowledge these relationships through official ceremonies.

 

These ceremonies are based on events we read about in the Wheel of Time series. We read about the first-sister ceremony between Elayne and Aviendha while among the Aiel. Our members can celebrate relationships akin to this as part of our community. Here at TarValon.Net we recognize this bond between members with the First-Sibling ceremony. Some members also recognize Near-Siblings as a version of this bond.

 

Then we have The Bond. We see the bond in The Wheel of Time between Aes Sedai and their Warders. Many of our members have entered Aes Sedai/Warder bonds on our site, the oldest current bond according to our Library dating back to July 2001. TarValon.Net currently has around 140 bonded pairs. Originally, The Bond could only be held between an Aes Sedai (female members of Ajahs) and Gaidin (male members of Companies). The process of Integration in 2014 opened this up significantly — this allowed site members to choose any of our 11 Senior Membership groups as their home. At the time of Integration the Bond was still only formalized between an Ajah member and a Company member.

 

This year saw an important change for TarValon.Net by officially recognizing Same Path Bonds. This means that Senior Members (regardless of path) may now choose to bond another Senior Member. On June 1st, our first four same path pairs were Bonded in the Light. We wish these new bond mates all the best!

 

 

Thank you to Ne’Mireth and Tree for sharing this beautiful moment from their Bonding Ceremony.

 

By the Light and my hope of salvation and rebirth.

 

Please note that our Library is being updated and does not yet reflect the inclusive language TarValon.Net now utilizes.

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Was It Something I Read? – The Starless Sea

 

Hello Dear Ones,
 

Shortest review: OMG, friends, this book is amazeballs. Go read it right now!!!
 

Short review: I normally give myself some time between reading a book and then writing about it. I also try to give myself a year or two before rereading, but in this case, I am breaking my own rules twice- not only by writing this review within a few hours of finishing the book, but also because I will be starting my reading adventure all over again a few hours from now. There is so much to sink one’s teeth into, and I am looking forward to savoring it a second time.
 

Longer review: I also bought a hard copy, and once it gets here, I will be marking it up, as there are so many lovely, quotable quotes and messages to live by. Very few books have the pleasure of getting reread, let alone marked up by me because, well, so many books, too little time and all. (No worries, book-loving friends, “marked up” doesn’t mean anything permanent for the item itself. No actual books are harmed in the writing of my reviews.)
 

Musical review: (Wait, what?! Yes, hear me out!) The Starless Sea, in some ways, reminds me of the Orpheus and Eurydice story as told in the original Broadway Cast Recording of Hadestown- modern life mixed with mythology, magic mixed with mystery, and even though you know the ending, it’s not really the ending because the story is still playing on repeat over and over until infinity, and you still feel all the feels each time like it’s the first time no matter how well you know the lyrics and storyline.
 

Formal review: The Starless Sea is, at its heart, a love story from the author, Erin Morgenstern, to people who love books. There are other loves lost and found within its pages, mystery and adventure, sword wielding tragic heroes, cats, owls, and bees, lots and lots of bees all wrapped up with the Moon, Time, Fate, and books. The overload of imagery and sensation in the words created some wonderful visuals in my brain, and the layers upon layers of stories woven into each other make everything so tactile, yet delicate. Truly, Ms. Morgenstern is an artist of words. I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, more than once in a story, only to have the story… change, but I was so caught up in the story before that I was okay with the change, and went back to the edge of my seat. Repeat cycle until the end of the book, and into my pending reread. It is so, so, SO satisfying as a reader to get what you want from a story/author, but even sweeter when they make you work and wait for it.
 

An interesting thing to note about this book is that the author wrote it to be “unfilmable,” and as of April 2020, the movie rights have not been sold. This is surprising, coming from a theatre major in this day and age; because acting is life and whatnot, not to mention getting your book made into a movie is a nice financial boon to any lucky author. So, inasmuch as I’d love to see a version of this as a movie, I do applaud her decision and think it an admirable thing to stand by one’s art in its intended form. Seeing as how poorly most books translate into film, I know I would ultimately be disappointed in the end product because so much of the POV takes place in character’s and reader’s heads. (There are a few exceptions to the rule, where I find the movie to be better or as good as the book. Off the top of my head I am thinking of The Princess Bride, and Holes as two examples. How about you? Tell me in the comments below!) The amazing thing about reading a story is that it’s a different experience for each of us. If you’re one of those people, like me, who can “see the action” as you read along, well our action looks different from each other too. (The version in my head included lots of real candlelight; fantastic costuming; some parts in various styles of animation, including claymation; heavy use of a sepia filter; and 1000% requires someone with a very specific male sounding voice to whisper stories to me in the dark. Feel free to send me your audition clips, and remember, we’re going for warm, enchanting, and inviting; not creepy, haha.)
 

Parental Review: This is a book that would be safe for kids to read, as far as blood, sex and violence, etc. goes; but I would recommend it for more adult audiences, maybe well read older teens. The way metaphor and symbolism are used, as well as the way the story is laid out would probably go right over younger readers heads, causing confusion or boredom. Heck, it seems to go over some older readers heads as well, many of the review titles I browsed when looking for information to write this seem to suggest that they didn’t understand the book, or that the metaphor/symbology was overdone. But that is them, and their reviews, this is mine, and I thought it worked well, especially if you are a person who knows myths, legends, and classical literature. Plus, the beauty of reading something you don’t understand can help grow and change your mind, if you desire it to do so and put some effort into understanding.
 

TL;DR review: I really liked it. I’m 65 books into my year, and this is my favorite so far. Go read, enjoy and repeat.

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Dear Aes Sedai …

 
Dear Aes Sedai,
 
Is there a secret way into the kitchens for midnight snacks? Asking for a friend. Or a group of friends who like to stay up late and eat snacks.
 
 

Dear Reader,
 

If you only knew how many secrets ways there are to get from one place in the Tower to another … I’ve been an Aes Sedai for more years than I care to count, and even I don’t know them all.
 

The key to discovering the secret passages is to look for them while you’re doing other tasks, so you don’t get caught exploring without some valid reason to be where you’re found. Perhaps getting yourself assigned to extra kitchen duty would be a good start.
 

If you do happen to find a secret passage to the kitchens, beware of Laras. She’s sure to notice when snacks go missing, so be smart and don’t leave crumbs that attract mice to your dormitory or she’ll be after you with her wooden spoon!
 
 

Do you have a question to ask our Mystery Aes Sedai(s)? You can fill out this form HERE or email your questions to editor@tarvalon.net. Names of submitters will remain anonymous.

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TVTT White Ajah Edition – How Writing Saved My Life

 

It’s hard to call myself a writer when I have nothing to show for it.
 

You see, I’ve been writing since I was young. I wrote my first “book” in first grade. It was about a worm that got hit by a car, and the elderly bird who saved his life and took him to the hospital instead of eating him (my mom helped with the illustrations.)
 

Since then, I became addicted to telling stories. I loved imagining new worlds and everything that filled them. I loved coming up with new characters and outlining their struggles, strengths, weaknesses, mistakes, and hopes. It was this particular aspect of writing that opened up a whole new world for me.
 

I don’t know how other writers do it, or if they go through the same process as me. Perhaps I’m different than your average “mainstream” writer, because the characters that I create are meant for roleplaying rather than novels.
 

My method of creating a new character always starts with me.
 

Sometimes, this new idea or new concept is only a passing irritation. More often, it’s a long standing issue that I’ve struggled with. I make that concept the core of the character, and then I start adding things, supporting characteristics, traits, flaws, strengths, and more that give the character life. But there’s always that soul of who they are, their individual muse that has come entirely from myself.
 

I have this one character who’s had many renditions and many versions over the years, and despite knowing that he came from a core part of me, I never understood why I felt such a close kinship with him.
 

Recently, through therapy, I was able to pinpoint all of the things that we have in common despite the fact that he’s a fictional character who grew up very differently than I did.
 

We’re both perfectionists who feel exposed by showing emotion. We both hate making mistakes. We’re both sensitive and have a rather rocky sense of self-identity.
 

This realization, despite our differences, made me realize a few things.
 

First, therapy is amazing and everyone should go at least once in their lives, even if it’s just for a “check up.”
 

Second, people (or even characters) can be vastly different and vastly similar at the same time.
 

Third, I am a writer.
 

That last one was hard for me, because I don’t publish any of my work, but I do have something to show for it. I have my own peace of mind, a deeper understanding of myself and others, and an amazing outlet to work through emotional upheaval that has kept me (at least mostly) sane for most of my life.
 

I’m still a dork. Just maybe a more sane dork.

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