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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TarValon.Net Members’ Favorite Wheel of Time Moments!

Please note: This article contains MAJOR spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series!

We, in the Wheel of Time community of TarValon.Net, have been living with the books for a long time. Many people have read the books multiple times; and each time, there are some moments in the story that really stand out. Some are big and story-changing, some not so much, but we still love them. They might have to do with a favorite character of yours, or it might be a moment in the books that made a certain character your favorite! 

We asked the members of TarValon.Net to share some of their favorite moments from the books and now we would like to share them with everyone else! 

These are not ranked in any particular way, but just scenes and chapters that people find most interesting and worth mentioning.

It will come as no surprise to anyone probably, that the most loved moment has to do with… Nynaeve before the Last Battle!

Spoilers for book 11 Knife of Dreams:

“Do you recognize this?” she said, fishing a leather cord from the neck of her dress. 

His breath caught, and he stretched out a hand, brushed a finger across the heavy gold signet ring on the cord. Across the crane in flight. How had she come by this? Under the Light, how? “I recognize it,” he told her, his voice suddenly hoarse. 

“My name is Nynaeve ti al’Meara Mandragoran. The message I want sent is this. My husband rides from World’s End toward Tarwin’s Gap, toward Tarmon Gai’don. Will he ride alone?”

Second most often referenced scene has to do with a very surprising revelation:

Spoilers for book 12 The Gathering Storm:

“Hello, Egwene,” Verin said, taking a sip from a steaming cup of tea. “My! I was beginning to wonder if I’d have to break into that cell of yours in order to speak with you.” 

Egwene shook off her shock. Verin? When had the woman returned to the White Tower? How long had it been since Egwene had seen her? “There isn’t time right now, Verin,” she said, quickly opening the small locker that contained her extra dress. “I have work to be about.” 

“Hmm, yes,” Verin said, taking a calm sip of her tea. “I suspect that you do. By the way, that dress you are wearing is green.”

We all must agree that the chapter that follows this scene is very surprising and very sad. 

Many members (me included) find a part of the fourth book The Shadow Rising really interesting and it’s one of our favorites! And that is – walking alongside Rand through the glass columns of Rhuidean – forward, but back in time! 

Equally interesting is another character’s visit through the glass columns.

Spoilers for book 13 Towers of Midnight:

Aviendha goes through the columns for a second time, but instead of seeing the past of the Aiel, she sees their future.

Mat is known as many people’s favorite character, so of course there are multiple favorite moments of his that the members really like. 

Spoilers for the Dragon Reborn book 3:

Mat defeating Galad and Gawyn with only a quarterstaff, after being healed from the Shadar Logoth dagger

“Who was the greatest blademaster of all time?” 

From the throats of dozens of students came a massed bellow. “Jearom, Gaidin!” 

“Yes!” Hammar shouted, turning to make sure all heard. “During his lifetime, Jearom fought over ten thousand times, in battle and single combat. He was defeated once. By a farmer with a quarterstaff. Remember that. Remember what you just saw.”

Spoilers for book 13 Towers of Midnight:

Mat, alongside Thom and Noal entering the Tower of Ghenjei, rescuing Moiraine, winning the game of “Snakes and Foxes” and Jain Farstrider earning his place along the Heroes of the Horn. 

Some people also have favorite moments from New Spring! For example:

  • Moiraine’s testing, and Moiraine and Siuan getting raised to Aes Sedai
  • The Prophecy that started it all: “He is born again! I feel him! The Dragon takes his first breath on the slopes of Dragonmount! He is coming! He is coming! Light help us! Light help the world! He lies in the snow and cries like the thunder! He burns like the sun!”

All of the books are filled with amazing scenes, battles, witty sayings, romantic gestures, there are so many to choose from. Write us a comment which one is a favorite of yours, if it’s not mentioned here. 

Come join the forums and discuss some of your favorite moments with the rest of us! 

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Warderball Central – Weeks 3 and 4

Week 3

Welcome back to another week of WARDERBALL with your hosts, #MadAlora!!

Alora: and what a week it was!

Madhar: That’s right Alora, the projections for this week were way off in nearly every game, lets get down to the nitty gritty…

First was Alora’s Targs vs the Brotherhood without Banners, it was projected to be a very close game but the Targs had multiple players fall short of projections, and J Robinson (RB) and D Moore(WR) going off weren’t enough to save her from defeat. The Brotherhood took the win in a blowout with a score of 141.84 to 103.48.

Braedan’s Bombers faced off against Rand’s Barrani Jokers this week, and though both teams fell short of projections, the outcome was as predicted with Brae taking the win with a score of 102.52 to 81.30. Rand’s team took an early lead on Sunday afternoon but after that it was all Brae, all the way.

Atane’s Accomplices lost to the Band of the Red Hand this week with a score of 110.54 to 143.68, both teams exceeding their projections. D Carr (QB) and K Hunt(RB) were the golden boys for Atane, but with four of the Band’s players exceeding expectations, which include Tom Brady (QB) and the Denver Defense, it was inevitable for the Band to come out on top.

Cursor’s Brady is GOD scored far less than projected but still took out the Valyrian Steelers to finish 104.92 to 83.62. There was a lot of back and forth this week between these teams but by Monday Cursor was soaring high, maintaining his perfect season of 3-0.

Madhar’s Minions and Daestruction both underscored this week severely, but Madhar took the week with a score of 86.14 to 75.68. One wonders if Dae was even playing this week, as T Higgins(WR) and W Lutz(K) contributed 0 points each, and most other players underscoring. Mad’s Washington Defense gave him nothing but it wasn’t enough to stop him from taking the win this week.

Esteban was barely projected to beat Dark One’s Luck this week by less than a full point, however Dark One’s Luck pulled ahead to end at 103.14 to 93.04. Dark One’s Luck is looking just about unstoppable as they have a perfect record coming out of Week 3 and have an average margin of victory of 39 points, which is the highest in the league.

Alora: So can anyone topple that record? We’ll find out going into Week four!

Madhar: Stay tuned for the next episode of…

Both: WARDERBALL CENTRAL!!!!


Week 4

Warderball Central opens up this week to Alora dancing in her seat as the camera pans forward and the theme music plays.

Madhar: Welcome to Week Four of—

Alora: WARDERBALL CENTRAL WHERE DREAMS CAN COME TRUE!!

Madhar: They certainly did for you this week, lets get right into it!

Alora’s team of Klingons slayed this week after a couple weeks of losses, beating Daestruction 148.04 to 69.12. The 78.92 margin this game was the largest so far in the league this year. Dae started 4 players which scored 0 points which certainly didn’t help things for him, but the Targs’ score of 148.04 was the second highest score in the league so far so it’s uncertain whether he could have pulled ahead.

Brae ended Cursor’s reign of terror this week by beating him 112.66 to 108.72, making this Cursor’s first loss in the league this year. The game was close the entire time until Brae pulled just ahead on Monday night. Brae’s Buffalo Bills defense were the real MVPs of this game, more than doubling their projected points.

VC cub Atane got on Rand’s lawn this week and owned it, beating him 126.44 to 102.22. Atane’s team scored more points this week than their season average, and his star player this game was T Hill (WR), who scored 47.10 points, far exceeding the projection of 17.50.

What happens when an immovable object is hit by an unstoppable force? The Band of the Red Hand vs Dark One’s Luck game is what happens. Both of these guys were undefeated but only one could come out on top and that was the Band, winning 102.06 to 71.72. The Band took an early lead and never gave it up, despite J Jones (WR) scoring them 0 points.

The Brotherhood slapped down the Valyrian Steelers this week, 100.68 to 91.62. The Steelers can’t catch a break as they have not won a game yet this year, and that small margin has got to hurt. The Brotherhood didn’t have their best week either, they would have only beat 3 other teams this week.

Madhar’s Minions had something to celebrate this week as they took the lead against Esteban early on and finished strong, 138.22 to 92.82. D Henry (RB) and T McLaurin (WR) were the heroes this week as they both far exceeded expectations, giving the Minions a 58.9 point lead on Sunday afternoon. Madhar’s score going into week 5 is 3-1.

Alora: Not to shabby yourself bro!

Madhar: Definitely was a great week for #MadAlora, lets see if we can keep it up in Week 5!

Alora: We’ll see you all next time on…..

Both: WARDERBALL CENTRAL!!!!

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Online Anni 2021 Wrap-Up

Well, what can I say? Online Anni was a wonderful experience! I was so happy to spend my Saturday celebrating 20 years of friendship and family with the membership of TarValon.Net. Listening to toasts, celebrating the winners of the Amyrlin’s Awards and the Members’ Choice Awards (see below), and just being able to spend time with so many wonderful people – I feel truly blessed. 

We used a part of Discord that we hadn’t before – Stage. I think it was a great way to bring us all together, and I’m hoping that we can bring Stage to our real life events in the future – to be able to share in awards and toasts with those who aren’t able to join us at Anni or EuroParty. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of TarValon.Net for joining us on Saturday! Without our members, TarValon.net would not exist. We are grateful for your support!

Members’ Choice Awards

Amyrlin’s Awards

Member of the Year: Siera al’Cere
Volunteer of the Year: Ilverin Matriam
Unsung Servants: Aintsa Bisera
and Alora Sionn

Amyrlin’s Tournament

We also had several competitions going for the Amyrlin’s Tournament! The winners of these contests can be found here. Congrats to all of the participants and category winners!!

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TVTT SDS Edition – San d’ma Shadar Highlight

San d’ma Shadar Company Highlight of November 2019

San d’ma Shadar or SDS for short is one of four TarValon.net Companies (Companies created and existing only at TarValon.Net) and was featured on our social media in November of 2019.

This is how their current Company Commander (the equivalent of Head of Ajah) described the Company.

And this quote from one of their Gaidin shows you the group’s character and what has brought them together.

However, if you know anything about our Tower bears, it is that they really enjoy and appreciate their rest. This is why we decided to share this great quote from one of their own:

Another great quote that we just couldn’t hold off sharing is :

Many Aes Sedai can agree to that!

The trivia that month had some pretty interesting questions regarding the SDS Company. Do you know which is the official SDS drink?

It is actually Don Julio 1942 tequila! Related to this, we also asked you if you knew:

Invited guests at TarValon.net are usually Senior members not connected to the Ajah or Company by a bond, but by invitation from that group. SDS have decided to call their Invited guests – Drinking buddies!

There was recently a class on SDS in our Classroom forum, you can check it out here: SDS Class.

And a fun fact that maybe some of you had missed!

Looks like someone had noticed!

Some Wheel of Time characters that the SDS Gaidin think will fit in with the Company are:

  • Uno Nomesta. Our SDS Gaidin feel that he embodies what they value in a warrior.
  • Al’Lan Mandragoran The bears feel that he embodies everything they value.
  • Elyas Machera – read the blog post here.

And check our the Library resources we have on SDS if you are interested here.

It is mentioned in the above article, but the San d’ma Shadar company have their own Headquarters in our Library, where you can check more information on them if you wish: SDS Headquarters.

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