Hi! I'm glad this place exists. This is one of those book series I am almost constantly re-reading, and I've often wished that there were some sort of Aes Sedai-esque society out in the real world. I didn't remember until recently that the internet is a big place, and I might want to look around it - and found this site! I am a 26 yo female from Eugene, Oregon. I enjoy long-distance adventure cycling, knitting, reading, and kowtowing to my cat. I spend most of my time pretending I can multitask as a CSA at a local insurance agency and embarrassing my boyfriend with bad puns. I went to school for Ecology/Conservation Biology, so I am a huge fan of a variety of cyanobacteria and fungi, and the outdoors in general. I prefer to write and read than speak and listen because I generally have a hard time expressing myself or understanding people in person. I'm not sure what else to say about myself, so I'll answer the questions from the New/Need Help? sticky. Who is your favorite character in The Wheel of Time and why? I admire Mat, because he seems the most honest. About his morals and intentions, at least (he has his secrets, of course). He doesn't manipulate others, and he does what he wants to do - even if he knows he is being forced into something, if he knows that it's the right thing to do, he will still do it, not just refuse out of spite. He has no ulterior motives except to take care of the people he cares for, and he still hangs on to his essential sense of self despite external (and internal!) influences. How did you find TarValon.Net? Le Google. I think I searched for something like "how to become Aes Sedai". Where are you from? What languages to you speak? I live in Eugene but I've spent the majority of my life in North Idaho; and my early childhood slowly making my way from one end of California to the other. I speak English, though I am super rusty on Spanish, German, and Latin, and only slightly less coherent than an infant in Russian, Korean, and (ancient) Greek. I dabble a lot. I think linguistics are fascinating, particularly the morphing of languages over time and distance, and the connections between languages. What is your favorite book or author other than Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time? This question changes on a monthly to yearly basis for me. Currently I'd have to say Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut (a weird and fascinating book about a dissociative spy), and Into Thick Air by Jim Malusa (nonfiction by the author, about how travels biking to the lowest point on each continent). I also read an excellent few books recently by a newish author named Jennifer Foehner Wells, who has a series-in-progress about a linguist who receives an unexpected life twist and becomes a space explorer (basically). I used to be a librarian... I should probably stop here . So hi. I would like to make friends and be Aes Sedai.