UPDATE: Anni Event Cancelled

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  1. Serinia Edoras

    Serinia Edoras The Amyrlin Seat The Amyrlin Seat

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    UPDATE: ANNI EVENT CANCELLED
    [Cross-Posted to Site Announcements and North America - Chattanooga]

    Summary
    Thank you all for your feedback and patience as the event team evaluated our options for the 2020 Anniversary Event. The health and safety of our members is paramount, and for that reason we must regretfully cancel this year's event in Chattanooga. We will refocus on how to create a 20th anniversary event that will enable our community to reconnect in a safe environment. We are incredibly disappointed that we won't be able to gather together this year, and understand that you're disappointed too, but that you understand the sacrifices we're all making to keep each other safe.

    Details
    • Payments: All payments submitted for this year's Anni will by default be saved and applied to the next event you attend. If you would prefer to donate your payment to help cover the costs of the tower (deposits for the site/caterer, etc.), or if you would prefer a refund, please send a request to events@tarvalon.net, naevents@tarvalon.net, and shatayan@tarvalon.net
    • Amyrlin & Keeper Raisings: The official investiture ceremonies will move to the 20th anniversary event. It's an important tradition for our community that we want to preserve. We may make adjustments to recognize the special circumstances, and we'll reevaluate as the next event is being planned.
    • Virtual Gathering: Thanks to several of you for encouraging the suggestion of hosting a virtual toast or some sort of digital event during the weekend of October 24th. We'll work to create some kind of plans so we can all connect and celebrate the time we had reserved to spend together.
    • Additional Information: Please contact both events@tarvalon.net and naevents@tarvalon.net with any questions or special circumstances
     
  2. Ilverin Matriam

    Ilverin Matriam Aes Sedai Outreach Activities Coordinator Historian Head of the Gray Ajah Tower Gatekeeper

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    aww man, so sorry everyone! :( I know this is for the best though! Thank you for the decision!
     
  3. Qamra Daielin

    Qamra Daielin MoNsteR & Tech Documentation Orderly Gaidin Mistress of Novices & Recruits Tower Gatekeeper

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    While this is disappointing, it was 100% the right decision to make in the interest of health and safety of our members.
     
  4. Alyria Savoinya

    Alyria Savoinya Aes Sedai Forum Moderator

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    Right decision. Sucks, though. :/
     
  5. Arella Mathara

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    This was the right decision without a doubt. Still sorry on behalf of everyone who was going :hug
     
  6. Dar'Jen Ab Owain

    Dar'Jen Ab Owain Accepted

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    It was the best solution under the circumstances. Looking forward to when we are able to get together.
     
  7. Kelgan al'Moranwin

    Kelgan al'Moranwin Aes Sedai

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    This, entirely.
     
  8. Adolla Ceryia

    Adolla Ceryia Aes Sedai

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    Thank you for doing the right thing. I hate that it isn't going to happen but there just wasn't a way to do it safely this year. Thank you all for your hard work trying to make this happen.
     
  9. Nymala Ingasy

    Nymala Ingasy Glitter Guardian Aes Sedai Director of Mods and Ops Forum Moderator

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    This. All of this.
     
  10. Leala al'Dareis

    Leala al'Dareis First Seasoner Aes Sedai Head of the White Ajah

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    I know it was a hard decision to make, but it was a hard decision to call for as well. We'd much rather be safe than congregate, and I'm proud of our community for coming together to make that statement, and I'm proud of our leadership for making this decision.

    I won't be able to make the 2021 event, because of major changes in my life, but I love all of you. :grouphug
     
  11. Alora Sionn

    Alora Sionn Mama Wolf Gaidin Forum Moderator

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    It's sad but it was the right thing to do. We've been through a lot as a community and especially recently, so though we'll miss each other it's better than risking each other's lives and that of our families :grouphug
     
  12. Bayrd al'Syeen

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  13. Stasia t'Andrei

    Stasia t'Andrei Just Your Average Sith Lord Aes Sedai Forum Moderator Marketing Project Manager

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    It is sad to see but definitely the responsible thing to cancel. Thanks for updating us.

    Would it be possible to know how much the site is out for deposits? Some people who weren’t going (or like me, who already got a refund due to the initial rescheduling) might also be interesting in donating towards covering those costs. Having a mini-fundraiser toward that goal might be a cool thing as well, depending on the amount.
     
  14. Cassie Dainar

    Cassie Dainar Darth Dainar Shatayan Aes Sedai

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    We’re not sure how much we will get back from our deposits yet, so I can’t give you a solid number. I can say that we are financially able to absorb the loss so no one should feel pressured to donate, it’s a “this will help” more than an emergency.
     
  15. Stasia t'Andrei

    Stasia t'Andrei Just Your Average Sith Lord Aes Sedai Forum Moderator Marketing Project Manager

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    Got it, I was just curious. Thanks for the info Cassie. ^^
     
  16. Tree

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    Safest option for sure. And who wanted to go to Tennessee anyway? :look
     
  17. Alora Sionn

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    I did :cry lol
     
  18. Eliza Al'Shaw

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    We are gonna have one hell of a party next year!! :omg:ha

    Thanks for making the right decision, but sorry to everyone who will miss the event :( it's such a shame, but glad you'll all be safe :D
     
  19. Raeviendha al'Toma

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    :( stooooopid virus
     
  20. Relinya Ryviarra

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    :ha2021 is gonna be off the hook. :ha