Welcome to TarValon.Net! Hi! I'm Leo Kian. I'm an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah, and also the Mayor of TarValon.Net. I'm so happy you decided to stop by our site. Here, I'll be talking a little bit about how to make yourself right at home. First thing's first: there are plenty of people here to help you if you find yourself in need of assistance or simply would like someone with whom you can chat. Please feel free to send a Visitor Message to any one of us with any questions or concerns (details on how to do this are below). I promise we don't bite! We would love for you to find a home here and stick around! Saying Hello: Post an introduction thread! The first thing you can do to say hello is to make a new thread all about you. To do so, go back to the Introductions Forum and press the big grey button at the top that says, "+ Post New Thread." Stumped on what to write about? You can answer some or all of these questions: Who is your favorite character in The Wheel of Time and why? How did you find TarValon.Net? What do you do? (student? job? hobbies?) Where are you from? What languages to you speak? What is your favorite book or author other than Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time? If you're more interested in one-on-one interactions or perhaps feeling a little bit shy, you can... Send a message message! All members can send two kinds of messages to individuals: profile messages, which are public; and private messages, which are -- surprise! -- private. To send a private message to someone, click on their profile picture. This will create a popup. Click "Start a conversation" in the popup. This will take you to a new page, where you can compose a message. When you're done, just click "Start a conversation," and the message will send. You can also preview the message before sending by clicking "Preview message." If you want to send a profile message, you should also click on the individual's profile picture. However, in the popup, click "Profile page." You will see a text box on this page; compose your message, then click "Post." That's it! Someone sent me a visitor message. What do I do? After you join, you can expect a member of the Welcoming Committee to send you a message to say hello. The Welcoming Committee consists of a handful of our members who are nice enough to put time aside to help you get oriented. They volunteered for this and want to meet you, learn about you, and help you, so please approach them if you have any questions! Feel free to contact me, Leo Kian, with any administrative questions or comments. You can contact me by emailing email@example.com. I usually respond within a day, but sometimes life gets a little busy, so please be patient with me! The Welcoming Committee: The Welcoming Committee is a group of individuals who have volunteered their time to help newcomers like yourself feel right at home. These are members of varying ranks in the site, but they all have one thing in common: they're really friendly. The Welcoming Committee consists of: Fern al'Thorn, Greeter Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah Luna Morn, Greeter Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah Eliza al'Shaw, City Architect Accepted of the White Tower Eluial Aldaran, City Architect Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah Ilverin Matriam, Scribe Aes Sedai of the Gray Ajah Other Friendly Faces: Other members of the website have also volunteered to be kind, patient, and welcoming resources for you. They have expressed that they want new members to talk to them - they want to meet people like you! Perhaps their message boxes are a little light lately and would like a conversation. A visitor message from you would warm their day and who knows, you might find a new best friend. Any of these members are also great candidates for sponsors if you end up applying to join the Tower in the future. Friendships often take a long time to build and grow, so if you know that the Tower is your destination in the future, it's a good idea to start making connections now! Alora Sionn, Gaidin of Val Cueran Hi, I'm Alora Gaidin of Val Cueran. I'm in my early 30s and live with my husband, dog and cat. Passions include nature, animals, music, drawing and writing, as well as plotting out fun and interesting things to do here in Tar Valon. I'm also a fan of Minecraft, Civilization, Skyrim, Pokemon and other video games. I'm an adult student and my dream job is to own and run a farm. Feel free to send me a message anytime! Click here to go to Alora Sedai's profile. Aryawnah Federov, Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah I love trying to get to know new members as well as helping with avatars and sigs and helping them get started on the site. Click here to go to Aryawnah Sedai's profile. Chalisea t'Venatrix, Aes Sedai of the White Ajah Hi! I'm a weird White sister in far too many fandoms to be considered healthy, and I enjoy helping fluffy new members find their wings! I promise I won't bite (very hard). Click here to go to Chalisea Sedai's profile. Dovienya el'Korim, Aes Sedai of the White Ajah Hi! I'm another friendly White Sister, and I've been a member here since 2005. I'm really a big, weird goofball with a dry sense of humor. I enjoy meeting new people, and I would like nothing more than to help newer members navigate TV.net. Send me a Visitor Message if you have a question, or just want to chat! Click here to go to Dovienya Sedai's profile. Elania al'Manir, Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah Hello! Anyone is free to message me, and I LOVE hearing from new members. My main interests are computer gaming, reading fantasy series, and watching sci-fi TV shows. When I can find people I also enjoy board games and pen and paper roleplaying. Click here to go to Elania Sedai's profile. Kitan Tataru, Head of the White Ajah My name is Kitan Sedai and I'm a bubbly White I'm from California and now I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. I'm married to Brandon Gaidin of Dai M'Hael (the jury is still out on if that was a good idea ) and I may or may not have "strongly urged" him to join the site before marrying him I like fantasy, sci-fi, geeky board games, and I play a bit of Minecraft and Rift. I've been Heart and Sitter for the White Ajah, and Tower Historian since 2012. Send me a message! Click here to go to Kitan Sedai's profile. Naeris Vell'Sean, Gaidin of Val Cueran I am Naeris, early 30's, and I have been with the site since 2005. I am from the Netherlands and I am a very outgoing friendly person. I have friends from all over the world, and my biggest hobby is meeting new people and getting to know them. Here at TV.net I have been company commander of DM and had a few other functions. And now I'm here to help our newest members and make sure they get to know this awesome site the way i got to know it. So don't feel afraid to send me a message. I'll always reply! Click here to go to Naeris Gaidin's profile. Padron Kerenmosa, Gaidin of Val Cueran Hi everyone! I'm a 22-year-old all-around geek who's interested in a bit of everything. I'm also a proud member of Val Cueran who is always glad to help anyone who needs it. Click here to go to Padron Gaidin's profile. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn, Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah I am a 20-something, horse-crazy Green! I've been a member of the site since 2011 and an Aes Sedai since 2013. Don't let that scare you: I'm very friendly and love to lend a hand or just chat with people. Click here to go to Roheryn Sedai's profile. Ty al'Djinn, Gaidin of San d'ma Shadar My previous blurb called me the grumpyface; not because I am actually unfriendly, but because I am sometimes a bit of a stick in the mud. I try not to be; I do pursue genuine happiness with each day, and take them as they come. I love my wife, and my dogs, and I can tolerate my job. I am confident things will get better over time, as life ages like fine wine. I can only hope I acquire wisdom before my time is done. If there is anything you need as a new member, do not hesitate to ask- I'll be here to listen, or to help. Tar Valon is a wonderful, fulfilling community, with a whole host of good people within it. Enjoy the ride! Click here to go to Ty Gaidin's profile. If you are a member of the Tower that would like to be added here, please email the Mayor. Language Buddies: In addition to the Welcoming Committee and Friendly Faces, there are also members that have volunteered to be Language Buddies. These kind and patient individuals are willing to help anyone having trouble with the English language, specifically on TarValon.Net. If there are posts, words, or phrases you do not understand, the Language Buddies are here to help! Even if you would just like practice communicating in English one-on-one, these people are happy to chat! Alora Sionn, Gaidin of Val'Cueran Native English Speaker, a little French, a little German. Click here to go to Alora Sedai's profile. Asandra al'Terra, Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah Native English speaker; fluent in Polish; intermediate (though rusty) French and Japanese. Studying Farsi. Click here to go to Asandra Sedai's profile. Alyccea Nymaessene, Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah Native English Speaker. Click here to go to Alyccea's profile. Ashara Koh'inor, Aes Sedai of the Gray Ajah Native English Speaker. Click here to go to Ashara's profile. Blu al'Eloquene, Resident Citizen of Tar Valon Native English speaker, some French, a little Italian. I was a mentor in an English immersion program for international students while in college, as well. Click here to go to Blu's Sedai's profile. Chalisea t'Venatrix, Aes Sedai of the White Ajah I am a native English speaker, conversational in ASL, Italian, and Swedish. Click here to go to Chalisea's profile. Cieon Maralyn, Gaidin of Val Cueran English, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish. Click here to go to Cieon Gaidin's profile. Karassa Souladrin, Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah English, Brasilian Portuguese, and French. Click here to go to Karassa Sedai's profile. Luna Morn, Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah English, Serbian, Swedish, some French, decent understanding of Danish and Norwegian. Click here to go to Luna's profile. Nymala Ingasy, Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah Native English Speaker, Hebrew, a little French, a little Spanish. Click here to go to Nymala Sedai's profile. Padron Kerenmosa, Gaidin of Val Cueran English, Hebrew. Click here to go to Padron Gaidin's profile. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn, Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah Native English Speaker, studied Latin. Click here to go to Roheryn Sedai's profile. Theolyn Maryash, Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah English, Serbian, Danish, some French, can understand Swedish/Norwegian. Click here to go to Theolyn Sedai's profile. If you are a member of Tar Valon that would like to be added here, please contact Mayor Leo Sedai, either by sending a PM or Visitor Message, or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the languages you can work with, and if you are a native English speaker. In Conclusion: There are many people to meet and also many places to explore. Your next stop should probably be the How to Become a Full Member thread if you haven't yet read it. Or maybe it's time to strike up a conversation!