Tear, Illian, & Andor ‘New Spring’ Fashion

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This post contains spoilers for New Spring


During my reread of New Spring, I have found references to the fashions of the various nations. Some are provided in greater detail than others, but still help to provide a deeper understanding of the people of this world.



The people of Tear are generally darker complected. “Some Tairens were as dark” as some “charcoal skinned” Sea Folk (p. 64). “In Tear, channeling was outlawed, and Aes Sedai were not popular” (p. 23); which explained Siuan Sanche being whisked away so abruptly and sent to the White Tower, when it was determined she could channel.

In general, the people of Tear seem to incorporate lace and striping colors into their fashion. The “Tairens in broad-striped coats or lace-trimmed dresses” (p. 64). “A Tairen noblewoman” was described as being “stiff-necked in a tall lace collar” (p. 63). Another Tairen was mentioned “in a striped cloak” (p. 238).

The best complete description comes of a soldier. The rider from Tear smelled of roses from the “oils glistening on his pointed beard” and his helmet had a “high ridge across the top and a rim that cast” his face in shadow; and a single, short white plume, marking him an officer (p. 7). He wore a dark cloak and likely “wore gilded breastplate and a silk-satin coat striped in his house colors” (p. 8). His boots were embroidered in silver schoolwork.



Very little was discussed regarding Illian. In Moraine Damodred‘s room as an Accepted, there was an “Illianer carpet round and flowered” (p. 56). From this we could surmise that they like bright colors and floral motifs.

An Illianer wore a “vividly striped cloak” (p. 64). Another Illianer had a “beard that left his upper lip bare” (p. 238).



There were limited details regarding Andor. They “strode along as though they not only knew exactly where they were going but intended to reach there as soon as possible. Andorans always focused on one matter at a time, they were stubborn people, overproud, and they lacked imagination” (p. 64).

They were commonly referred to as “plainly garbled Andorans” (p. 64). Elin, a Novice of the White Tower, was “not tall for an Andoran” (p. 26). Just like all the Novices, she wore white. “Adine Canford (Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah), blue-eyed woman with short-cut black hair who displayed not a hint of arrogance despite being Andoran” (p. 201).

Each region seems to have certain aspects to their fashion. Tear appeared to like striped colors and lace. Illian appeared to like vivid colors and stripes as well. Andorans appeared to prefer plain clothing.

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Men of the Tower ‘New Spring’ Fashion

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My re-read of the Wheel of Time series began with New Spring. In my previous article I examined the attire of the Aes Sedai. This time around I decided to focus on the men of the Tower of Tar Valon.

The Tower of Tar Valon was home to the Aes Sedai and to the initiates hoping to one day join as full Sisters themselves. “Few people went nearer than a hundred paces unless they had business with the Tower, or wanted to present a petition” (p. 185). Those who did go to the Tower included servants, guardsmen, and Warders.



The servants of the Tower, men and women, are often referred to as being “liveried” (p. 49). These servants included the cook Laras, in her “long, spotless white apron” (p. 102); workmen, who in the winter would shovel the “path clean two or three times a day if necessary” (p. 58); and “rough-coated grooms” (p. 58). These servants are generally described as having the “white flame of Tar Valon” (p. 36) on their breast.



The Tower Guards were positioned throughout the Tower Gates. The guardsmen at the gates were “carrying halbreds” (p. 67). The Tower Guards “wore gray steel breast plates over nearly black coats and equally dark cloaks worked with the white teardrop of the Flame of Tar Valon” (p. 59).

Ranks were also distinguishable through the appearance of their uniform. “Seven-striped Tavares over the breast plates marked out bannermen and the lone officer” (p. 59). An under-lieutenant was recognized by “a short white plume” and “face-bars” on his helmet.



An Aes Sedai and her Warder shared a special bond. They could “sense each other’s emotions and physical condition, and each knew exactly where the other was, if they were close enough, and at least a direction if they were far apart” (p. 86). Warders could be found in any of the Ajah’s quarters “excepting the Red, but most kept rooms in the Guard’s barracks or even in the city. Greens’ Warders often lived in the same apartments as the sister!” (p. 115).

Warders were all described as wearing shirts, pants, and boots. Country of origin also influenced the fashion choices of Warders. “One wore silver bells in his dark Arafellin braids, one had a thick Taraboner mustache, and the third was very dark, perhaps a Tairen, or a southern Altaran” (p. 115). Another had a shaved head except for a Shienaran topknot.

Stepin and Karile were Warders to Kerene Nagashi of the Green Ajah. They both had longer hair than their Aes Sedai. There was reference to Stepin buttoning his coat and Karile’s coat having a “capacious coat pocket” (p. 118). Andro was Warder to Meilyn Arganya, who was “one of the few Whites to have a Warder” (p. 84). He was “lean and no taller than his Aes Sedai” and “appeared youthful” (p. 86); and whose eyes “never rested long in one place” (p. 83).

The one article of clothing unique to Warders was their cloak. A Warder’s cloak “was a disconcerting sight” (p. 83). The cloak had the ability to shift colors and blend with what lay behind the Warder. It could make it so that “parts of him and parts of his black gelding seemed not to be there at all” (p. 83). “None wore the distinctive cloak indoors, but the cloak was a mere decoration for a discerning eye” (p. 115).

The fashion of the men within the Tower of Tar Valon was directly determined by their status as a servant, guardsman, or Warder. Servants were identified by the flame of Tar Valon on the breast of their garments. The guardsmen wore the same symbol along with their uniform. The Warders, while they shared the same distinct cloak, had the most opportunity to exhibit their individuality. The country of origin would certainly influence the hair and clothing of these men.

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Aes Sedai ‘New Spring’ Fashion

New Spring Aes Sedai Fashion
This article contains spoilers for New Spring.



I have begun a re-read of the Wheel of Time series and decided to start with New Spring. And while there is a treasure trove of depictions of clothing all throughout the story, I decided to focus initially on the attire of the Aes Sedai.


Besides the Great Serpent ring depicting the “snake biting its own tail that symbolized eternity and continuity and it’s initiate’s bond to the Tower” (p. 18), an Aes Sedai is also recognized by the Flame of Tar Valon emblazoned shawl she would often wear. “Sisters seldom wore their shawls inside the Tower except for official occasions” (p. 98). The shawl was unique to the woman — with different thicknesses, designs, and fringe length — though the color of fringe was matched to the Sister’s Ajah.


While personality would influence the simplicity or extravagance of the dress, her nationality could also have bearing on her clothing, hair, or ornamentation. Ludice Daneen, Yellow Aes Sedai, had “brightly beaded Taraboner braids that hung to her waist” (p.120); and Cetalia Delarme, Blue Aes Sedai, also a Taraboner, wore her hair in “a multitude of blue beaded braids that hung to her waist” (p. 174.). Moiraine Damodred, Blue Aes Sedai from Cairhien, wore a “kesiera,” a thin gold chain that was woven into the hair so that a small stone hung in the middle of her forehead; in her case, a sapphire.

Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah


Most of our view of Aes Sedai is presented by the Blue Ajah. Tamra Ospenya, Amyrlin, wore a stole striped in colors of all seven Ajahs and even her blue skirt was “slashed with all seven colors.” Her hair was “caught in a jeweled silver net” (p. 19). Later she wore a dress in “pale brocaded blue with the Amyrlin’s striped stole around her neck” (p. 160). Gitara Moroso, Keeper, wore a wide necklace of firedrops and earrings with “rubies the size of pigeon’s eggs,” her dress was a broached blue with her Keeper’s stole, and her hair was “caught with carved ivory combs” (p. 20). Aeldra Najaf, Keeper, was lean and coppery skinned and her “dress was of blue wool, fine woven but simply cut, and the deep blue stole on her shoulders was no more than two fingers wide” (p.120). Anaiya Carel wore “finely cut blue woolens” with “intricate embroidery on the sleeves” (p. 152); and Cabriana Mecandes wore “blue-slashed skirts” (p. 168). Siuan Sanche wore a “plain blue riding dress” and a cloak without a hood (p.251).


There are many dresses described for Moiraine Damodred. Upon first being raised to Aes Sedai, she found “four dresses of fine blue wool, plain but well cut, were hanging in her dressing room, two of them with skirts divided for riding” (p. 171). She ordered dresses from Alkohima’s shop and a few were “in the strictest Cairhienin style, which was to say dark…with six slashes across the breast in red, green, and white, far fewer than she had a right to” (p. 193). Later she wears a dark blue silk riding dress “embroidered on the neck and sleeves in a golden pattern like Maldine lace” (p.260).

Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah


Kerene Nagashi wore “a riding dress, the divided skirts slashed with emerald green” and her short hair was “gathered in a thick braid” (p. 117). Cadsuane Melaidhrin wore her “iron-grey hair decorated with golden ornaments, stars and birds, crescent moons and fish” and her shawl was “fringed in green” (p. 242).

Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah


There was the least reference to Yellow Aes Sedai. Ryma Galfrey was described as “slim and elegant in yellow-slashed green.”

Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah


Red seemed to particularly dominate the attire of the Red Aes Sedai. Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan, wore a brocaded dress in a “not a muted red or a faint red, but a bright hue, as though she were streaming her Ajah to the world” (p. 84). She also wore a red cloak lined with black fur. The following day, she wore a red, high-necked dress and a red-fringed shawl “richly embroidered with flowered vines. Flowered, and more fitting, barbed with long thorns” (p. 104). Duhara Basaheen, Keeper, was a Domani and wore a “red stole a hand wide draped around her neck. Her dark red dress was so slashed with scarlet it might as well have been scarlet” (p. 206).

Aes Sedai of the White Ajah


White was considered the color of mourning. “Aes Sedai never put on full mourning, except for Whites, who did not consider it so” since they did wear white on a regular basis. Yet for mourning, “Whites all wore glossy black ribbons” (p. 204). Meilyn Arganya wore dark gloves and her “divided skirts, so slashed with white that it seemed white trimmed with blue” (p. 84).

Aes Sedai of the Gray Ajah


Jarna Malari, Sitter, wore dark gray silk, sapphires in her long black hair and around her neck, and the silken fringe on her shawl was so long it “nearly touched the floor with the shawl resting on her shoulders” (p.108). Sierin Vayu, Amyrlin, only wore her Great Serpent Ring for jewelry, and her dress of “dark gray silks were simply cut” (p. 207).

Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah


Simplicity seemed to be a consistency for the Brown Ajah. Verin Mathwin wore “fine russet wool and brown-fringed shawl” (p. 152). Felaana Bevaine was described as “a slim yellow-haired Brown in plain dark woolens.”


Aes Sedai wore a variety of fashions. What they wore was influenced by their own personality as well as their nationality. Their Ajah may have influenced the main color of their garment, but styles ranged from simple to elaborate. Fabric was usually silk, either plain or brocaded, or fine wool. Skirts were divided, which was most common with riding dresses, or slashed with other colors. Dresses were plain in design, or lightly or heavily embroidered. Hair could be worn long, or in braids, beaded, held back with combs or hairnets. The attire of the Aes Sedai was as varied as the women themselves.

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Val’Cueran – Tar Valon to Tear Challenge



From April 1 to June 30, 2020, the Val’Cueran Company hosted a walking challenge. The main goal was to collectively walk 1600 miles, the distance from Tar Valon to the Ocean of Tear. The participants were Alora Sionn, Braedan Fearghal, Dreia Raieese (Honor Guard), Madhar al’Thera, Cieon Maralyn, Randle al’Ren (Company Commander), Lok Sionn, Sassaba, Tomeina Raieese, Raeviendha al’Toma, Laithean Cor’dazar, Elanda Tonil, Dovienya el’Korim, myself, and my son.


During the three month challenge, we managed to travel 1291.6 miles. Though we came in 308.4 miles short of the goal, it was a great accomplishment. As Alora explained, “We had a couple of injuries during the course of this run…but we pushed hard anyway.”


After a few months break, and with the approach of the holiday season (great motivation to try to be active), a new challenge has begun. The Race to the Feast of Lights will take place from November 1, 2020 through to January 1, 2021. This challenge is to collectively go 800 miles, which is the distance from Tar Valon to Cairhien and back again.


Participants will track the miles they walk or run. Biking will also count this time, calculated as 1 mile walked for each 3 miles on the bike. Screenshots or pictures of the treadmill screen will count as ones official miles. These are being posted and tracked in a special channel on the Tower Discord.


The runners for the Race to the Feast of Lights are Alora, Lok, Sassaba, Rand, Madhar, Dreia, Tomeina, Raevi, Leala, Ashara, Atane, Siera, Bruce, Jahily, Qamra, Zashara, Aleita, Cieon, Ilverin, myself, and my son (Darson, as he’s been dubbed). Miles are being posted everyday in the discord channel.


Best of luck to all the participants!

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TarValon.Net Blood Drive 2020

Blood Drive


TarValon.Net has held a blood drive initiative every year since its initial response to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. The original response was so positive that it became an annual Outreach campaign.


Donating blood has become another way for members to embody the idea of being “Servant of All“. If you are able, you can donate blood. If you are not able to donate, you can help promote the initiative. Blood banks all across the world are in need of donations.


The Red Cross offers different ways to aid those in need. You can provide your financial assistance, your volunteer time, and certainly blood donations. You can also search for local-to-you blood banks.


As Serinia Edoras, The Amyrlin Seat, has explained, a pint of blood can save up to three lives. There has been an increased need for donations due to COVID-19, as pointed out by Leala al’Dareis, Head of the White Ajah.


In 2019, 27 pints of blood were donated by Tar Valon members. As indicated by Elia LePhant of the Brown Ajah, that is the most donated since 2015. In 2015, 32 pints were donated.


If you donate, you can go to 2020 Donor Form and record your donation. Be sure to indicate if it is a “double red” or Power Red Donation. This form of donation uses a special machine to retrieve 2 units of red blood cells and returns the plasma and platelets to the donor. The deadline for form submissions for 2020 is January 10, 2021.
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