Tattered Threads – The Inverse Ajah

 
The triumphant return of the Tattered Threads comic transports us to a place we’re all familiar with…our own halls! Remember back in late June of this year, when the White Ajah inverted their avatars and invited you to join them? Well, I had so much fun with that, I made a comic to commemorate it.
 

Join Rabid Novice Julie’s cousin, Concerned Novice Janice, as she notices something strange pass her by in the White Tower halls. What could that be? Read on to find out!
 


 

(Disclaimer: The likeness of Lyndo’s avatar was rendered with his permission.)

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Happy Birthday Harriet!

 
The fan collective of the Wheel of Time series is incredibly fortunate to have Harriet McDougal with us. She is not only a direct connection to Robert Jordan, the author of our beloved series — who we sometimes affectionately call “the Creator.” She is also an advocate for us in so many ways. She has fought hard to make sure that Robert Jordan’s legacy continues to what it is today, and she has forged her own legacy as not just his editor and surviving wife, but as the helm of Team Jordan.
 
I’ve had a few fleeting interactions with Harriet at JordanCon. Each time, she was kind, always smiling, and willing to listen to messages from fans.
 
My favorite memory with Harriet was from my first JordanCon where she sat in on a writer’s panel. We all sat around a small grouping of tables, and I was surprised to find myself sitting right next to her! It was an informal panel, and I don’t remember the topic to be honest. Somewhere in the panel, the moderator asked everyone to start asking questions of the writers in the room. And someone asked Harriet how Robert Jordan pronounced the name Tar Valon.
 
Was it Tar VA-luhn? (Where the “a” in “Valon” is short, as in “cat” on the stressed syllable.)
Or Tar Vuh-LON? (Where the “o” in “Valon” is short, as in “dog” on the stressed syllable.)
 
This question stuck out to me, because we all began reading this series in a bubble. Fantasy words are an interesting study, because you can make them what you want; but Jordan’s words came with a glossary…most of them, anyway. I remember looking up how to pronounce “Egwene,” “Nynaeve,” and “Aes Sedai” in the back of the Eye of the World when I first started reading the series at the age of 14. But I had just kept going with the other words in my head. This experience gave me the motivation to keep going with my studies in language, and complete a degree in Spanish, while I was struggling with an apathetic teacher at the time.
 
I hadn’t considered that there was another way of pronouncing “Tar Valon” until I engaged with the community a bit more. This question would lead to an answer that peered into the Creator’s mind about something we all loved.
 
I had to know.
 
And, readers, I don’t remember the exact way that she answered, but she said that Robert Jordan had always pronounced it the second way — “Tar Vuh-LON.”
 
I was so excited, because that’s always the way I had said it in my head for over 20 years.
 
To Harriet, from all of us at TarValon.Net, we are so happy to have had you for another year, and we are so grateful for everything you do for us. Happy Birthday!

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TarValon.Net’s Community Recap – July 2021

 

Big things happened in our community in July! Raisings, a new Bond, Merits, the Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship, news about the Wheel of Time TV show, and…a wedding. Join us for the July 2021 Recap!
 

 
There were so many great things happening in our community this month.

  • The Merits for July 2021 were awarded. Congratulations to the recipients!
  • On July 10, 2021, Leala al’Dareis and Ignis al’Caleum were joined in marriage. Leala is now known as Leala ni al’Dareis t’al’Caleum. (I will also be referring to the Yellow Ajah as my Ajah-in-law at every opportunity.)
  • The Outreach Activities Team gave us a day to Embrace our Geekiness! Because, let’s be honest. We need every excuse we can get, right?
  • On July 23, San Diego Comic Con posted a video to their SDCC @ Home channels interviewing Rafe Judkins about the upcoming Wheel of Time tv series. We learned about his insights, and he shared with us the first teaser poster at the end of the segment. There was a Discord watch party for the video, and later there was a TVT Blog Post about it!
  • The annual Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship was awarded to two applicants!

 

 

The Yellow Ajah welcomed home two new siblings! Congratulations!!
 

 

 
We continued to celebrate the beautiful and unique friendships of our community with a new Bond.
Jadira Paerael and Sela Narian,  both Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah, were Bonded in the Light!
 

 
Great new teams were selected for important posts!

  • The new Outreach Activities Team was announced! Thank you to the out-going team! Congratulations to Atane Valthon, Linkelivar Miou’Mai, Dar’Jen Ab Owain, Aleita Taviah, Mendo Cath, Onis O’Leia.
  • New Game Masters were announced. Thank you, Alexstrasz Ruskein and Jocasta Braithe for your work, and congratulations to Thaddius al’Guy and Jocasta for staying on for another term!
  • The Mayor announced the new City Council members as well. Thank you to the out-going team! Congratulations to Jocasta Braithe, our new Scribe, Atane Valthon, Leala ni al’Dareis t’al’Caleum, and Merena Orithana, the new City Architects!

 

 
It’s time to hire new leaders for a couple of Membership Groups!

  • The Department of Membership is hiring for the next Company Commander of Dai M’Hael. Applications close August 4. Thank you, Dnae Ila, for your service.
  • The Department of Membership is hiring for the next Head of the Blue Ajah. Applications close August 4. Thank you, Raevyn Tsornin, for your service.
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Tattered Sketch – Elyas Machera

 
 

This article contains spoilers for The Eye of the World.
 

As you may or may not know, my life has been a bit busy, getting ready for my upcoming wedding! It’s in less than two weeks now. [At time of article submission.] So when our Editor, Jahily al’Karee asked me who I planned to draw for this month, I turned to the love of my life, Ignis al’Caleum, sitting on the sofa next to me, and asked him. Because…my brain was just the shrug emoji when put on the spot. He suggested Elyas Machera, so I immediately reported this back.
 
I really like Elyas. When Mat and Rand were separated from the main group in The Eye of the World and were on their way to Caemlyn, they had Thom Merrilin as their older mentor figure. Perrin and Egwene stumbled upon Elyas, a strange old man with a pack of wolves as his buddies.
 
It was a good thing that Perrin ran into Elyas when he did, because he was given a crucial heads-up that he would be communicating with wolves a lot, and soon. Elyas introduced Perrin and Egwene to the pack that follows him, and explained what it’s like to communicate with them as well. Egwene, always willing to learn about the world around her, and trying to be polite but ultimately being awkward in this instance, asked if the skill could be taught.
 

Elyas is described as having really long gray hair, and a really long beard, which makes sense, because he only hangs out with wolves all the time. He has the golden eyes of a Wolfbrother, and his clothes are made of mostly fur. He also has a delightfully dry sense of humor.
 


 

I knew I wanted to draw a specific scene from the first book that I had recently read during The Wheel of Time Re-read. But when I read the scene again, it was so much better than I remembered from just a few weeks ago.
 


 

Yup, it’s the scene where Elyas catches Egwene and Perrin in their half-baked lie about why they’re on the road. The part that I didn’t catch at first was that the wolf to make a comment about how delicious they look was the one that had snuggled up to Egwene.
 

Oh, Burn. You scamp.

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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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