Hello and well met to TarValon.net community. Some of you already know me, some of you have met me in person once or twice (or maybe several times). Some of you I consider family. Some of you are new to me. But I wanted to the take a moment and reintroduce myself to the community as a whole and introduce myself to all the lovely new people. Recently, there was an incident that made me realize that I have been spend far too much time within the Green halls, lurking away in the shadows. Because of this incident, I have come to the conclusion to prevent such a thing from happening again, I should better jump out in to the public boards and make a splash so that everyone can either get to know me or can get to know me again. I am Thoridyss Wyborn, Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah. My nickname is Trouble...for some very good reasons, least of all because I once confettied an Amyrlin Seat at a live event. There are other reasons as well but that was certainly a memorable reason. I was one of the few Green Accepted that remained an Accepted for an obscenely long time, not because I had not earned the right to be Raised, not because my chosen Ajah felt that I wasn't ready to be Raised...but because I felt that I wasn't ready to be raised. I had gone through some disheartening events both on the boards and in real life that caused me to question myself and myself worth. The Greens were the best support system I could have ever asked for and they, as well as my chosen brothers and sisters in the other Ajahs and Companies, had my back as I dealt with everything that was on my plate. Each time the Greens wanted to Raise me and I asked them to wait, they made me feel like I had people willing to help carry the weight of the world that was crushing me. They checked in on me and reminded me that they were their if ever I needed them. Finally, one day I was approached by our then Head, I was told in no uncertain terms that I was being Raised whether I was ready or not. She encouraged me almost every day to post, to be active, to step outside of the Green halls. It took a few months but she made sure I was Raised to full Sister. She never wavered in her support, she never let me crawl back into my shell. She bullied me, bribed me, and badgered me every step of the way. Of course, she is likely the first one to tell you, I went kicking and screaming every step of the way too. I likely gave most of the Heads of Green headaches over the years, but they have always encouraged me, stood beside me, and held my hand when I needed it the most. Each of you will find your home somewhere on this site. It may not be within the Green halls but you will find the place you belong and for you, it will feel like home. Just like Green is most definitely my home. I hope that in your journey here, you have the opportunity to find brothers and sisters who feel like a part of yourself, friends that stand beside and at your back when you need it the most. I have faith that if you are here, then you have found a community where your brand of weird is recognized, accepted, and welcomed. So, all that said...Who exactly is Thoridyss Wyborn? Well, I am the product of father who is Scottish and Norwegian, a mother who is Basque and Native American. I am a cancer survivor, a mother of 3 wonderful kids and 1 wee angel (a child I had to unfortunately return to heaven before his time) who are the light of my world and my entire reason for existing. I am a survivor of domestic violence, rape and abuse. I am an advocate of education and women's right. I am the self appointed family historian for my family. I am a crafter who crochets/knits, embroiders, sews. I make costumes for RenFaire. I am a ravenous reader who devours books by the dozens. I am a writer, mostly of short stories and poetry. I have studied an eclectic variety of topics over the years, everything from herbalism and tarot to quantum theory. I am terrified of public speaking but have spoken at events for a variety of things, from women's groups for rape and domestic violence to the importance of teaching Native American history in American schools. I have dance ballet from the time I could walk until I was in my 20's. I sang in choirs from elementary school through high school. I have had essays and articles published in school papers, poems and short stories publish in literary magazines. I have written short stories and poems that have won writing contests. My passion is embroidery though and I have entered fairs in which I have won 1st and 2nd place for my embroidered pieces and crocheted shawls. What would my friends and loved ones say about me? I am loyal, faithful and will defend the people I care about to the death. I will stand up to you, stand beside you and stand at your back when you need to fight your own battles. My motto is Never. Never give up, Never give in, and Never forget. My friends and loved ones would tell you that I am an odd duck but that I am never boring to be around. They will tell you that I am very much have a cat like personality. Those who know me best would tell you, just because you don't see me or hear from me all the time, I am always thinking of you and wishing you the best in all things. Those who know me best would tell you, I am generous and compassionate. They would tell you that my flaw is that I am a people pleaser who will do everything in my power to try to make everyone happy even at the expense of my own needs and health. My best friend and my Green family would tell you that I went from being a trusting person who took everyone at face value without hesitation to someone who questions every interaction with every person. They won't tell you what caused that transition, even though they know. One of their favorite things about me? I make handmade cards and postcards that I randomly send out with quotes or jokes or simple reminders that the receiver is always in my thoughts. So, that is me. Flaws and all. If ever you want someone to talk to, my message box is always open. Need a quote for an occasion? I've got notebooks filled with quotes for every occasion. Just because you don't see me actively posting, remember that I am still here behind the scenes observing and watching. My blood family will tell you that they often forget I'm even in the room because I just sit there quietly minding my own business...They tell everyone that I am creepy. Want to know more? Ask me anything. I will answer your questions, it may not be the answer you expected or wanted but it will be an answer.