It was a Beginning…….

Today is the 12th anniversary of the death of Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time, but it is also a special day for fans because it is the first day of principal photography for the upcoming Wheel of Time television series on Amazon Prime.  While this new beginning fills the fandom with mixed emotions on this day one thing is for sure. September 16th will always be a special day in the WoT Community.

Rafe Judkins the Wheel of Time Series Showrunner shared a special message on his Twitter account this morning. You can see Rafe’s message HERE

A New Blog Series “To Cast A Villain”

Hey, Y’all!! So I haven’t posted anything since Jordancon back in April. That is because pesky things like kids, and work, and adulting keep getting in the way. As a result, I don’t always have as much time to dedicate to Wheel of Time as I would like. However, I am changing that starting with this.

By now most of you have heard that the Wheel of Time TV series is a go. This is what we know so far:

If that name sounds familiar it may be because he has worked on “Agents of SHIELD and “Chuck”. He was also on Survivor: Guatemala (2005).

Even more exciting the following was tweeted on his account:

Rafe Tweet 1            Rafe Tweet 2

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As you can imagine, this information has set the fandom all “a twitter” (no pun intended). Especially those of us that enjoy casting the characters. I mean, some of us have been doing this for years, decades even.

Now I was thinking about the new show and who I would cast, which led me to think about the casting panel at Jordancon (I am pretty sure I will be on it again next year), and that made me think about the theme for Jordancon 11. The theme is Shai’Con, you know, like Shai’tan…..Jennifer and Aubree really like puns. giphy1

Anyway, all that thinking hatched the following idea:

A blog series about casting the villains in The Wheel of Time!!!

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Brillant, right?!?!

Often, (at least in my experience) when fans discuss casting they focus on the Fab Five (Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, and Nynaeve) Moiraine, Thom and Faile.  You may get a Lanfear or Moridin or Ishamael.

With this blog series, I want to focus on the “bad guys”; the Forsaken, Darkfriends, the just plain mean characters and of course Padan Fain.

Each post will include the physical description (of course) from the books and the Companion. It will also have my opinion on what traits and abilities an actor would need to be successful in the role. Lastly, it will include some of my picks for each character.

The series will be weekly starting August 1st.  The first villain I am going to focus on is Padan Fain (since we meet him first)

Do you have an actor in mind that you think would fit the role of Padan Fain?

Email me at EbonySedai@gmail.com with suggestion and the reason why you think the actor would be a perfect fit. I will include a few suggestions from the fandom.

Check back in a couple weeks for the first post in the “To Cast a Villain: The Forsaken, Darkfriends and More” series.

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Things No One Tells You About Jordancon

This is my third year attending Jordancon. It is an amazing experience (that I will attempt to write about in the next few days). And it is something that every Wheel of Time fan should attend.

But there are some things that no one tells first-timers (or even some people that have been multiple times) Not because they don’t want you to know, but because there is so much awesomeness they can’t keep track of it all.

As such, this is

The Official “Unofficial” Guide to the Things That No One Tells You About Jordancon.

First, we are going to cover some of the bigger things that need some explanation.

Con Suite 

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I will be honest, Jordancon is the only con I have ever attended. But it seems that the Con Suite is something rather unique to Jordancon. What is Con Suite, you ask?

In one word, it is food. In two words, it is FREE food.

Con Suite consists of meals, drinks, and snacks generously provided by Jordancon.

The Schedule: Friday 4pm – 8pm, Saturday 8am – 8pm, and 8am – 1pm.

  • They provide vegetarian and gluten-free options
  • They provide snacks and drinks
  • They provide sweets
  • They provide a place to sit and chat with other con-goers.
  • They are amazing.

The Con Suite is run completely by volunteers (like all of Jordancon) and THEY.ARE.AMAZING.

Buffer Days

This is something not often discussed but after a few Jordancons we all figure out we need Buffer Days. Buffer days before and/or after the actual Con.

Pre-Con Buffer Day – If at all possible arrive in Atlanta on the Thursday prior to Con. It totally relieves the stress of travel, gives you a chance to get used to the hotel and there are always pre-con Shenanigans. And if you are an introvert like me that extra day might allow you to relieve some anxiety.

Post-Con Buffer Day – It doesn’t matter if you leave right after Jordancon ends on Sunday or you wait until Monday to leave; a post-con buffer day is necessary (if you take nothing else away from this post, take this). A post-con buffer day is a day in between your arrival home and your first day back to “regular life”.

Example:

  • You leave Atlanta on Monday Morning.
  • You arrive home sometime on Monday.
  • Stay home all day Tuesday.
  • Return to regular activities on Wednesday.

Now I know some of you are saying “If I leave the day after Jordancon is over, surely I don’t need a buffer day”

You are wrong.

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You actually may need it more if you wait until Monday to leave. The reality is the Con really isn’t over until the last person leaves. After Jordancon there is “Couch Con”.

Couch Con

Jordancon officially ends on Sunday at 4 pm.

And then “Couch Con” begins. This is a giant hangout session (in the gaming hall and/ or consuite). Everyone is more relaxed (which is saying something, because we are all pretty chill already).

But at this point, you can just visit with old and new friends. No panels to get to, no rushing to buy things at the Art Show, no changing in and out of costumes.

Just think of it as the giant sigh of relief that follows a successful Jordancon.

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There is a lot of hugging that goes on at Jordancon. There are a lot of people, there are a lot of germs. A good portion of us come down with “Con Crud” at least once. It is a head/chest/cold/sore throat with a stuffy nose & sneezing thing. I suggest bulking up your immune system before you go and keep hand sanitizer…..well….on hand.

Post Con Depression aka PCD aka #pcd

After an experience as amazing as Jordancon it is only natural to feel sad and a little empty upon returning to the “regular” world. For many of us, this is the only time we see each other in person.

You will long for con suite hotdogs…..you will expect kind strangers to give you ribbons…….you will be tempted to hug people…….you will randomly assign people to an Ajahs based on the color they are wearing.giphy5

You will hunt, aimlessly, for like-minded people. Those who appreciate a good pun, who yearn to Channel, who would give their soul for a Shardblade.

WHERE IS YOUR TRIBE?!?!?!

No, worries, we are on Facebook

CaptureThe Jordancon Facebook Group

This is where the cool kids hang out. This is the best place to get your Jcon Family Fix throughout the year. It is also where all the pictures are and where epic shenanigans are planned If you haven’t joined you should.

 

Volunteering

Speaking of Jcon Family, the best way to get to know people is by volunteering. There are quite a few volunteer opportunities and it helps you get to know people and for people to get to know you. More information about volunteering is posted in the Facebook group as Jordancon gets closer.

Safety

Jordancon is kid-friendly (I know it might not look that way from some of the pictures, but it is). Many congoers bring their kids. Of course, there are some things that aren’t exactly “family activities” but those take place after the kiddos go to bed.

Ribbons

Speaking of Ribbons, be sure to get some while at Jordancon. Ribbons are fancy 20180421_172919accouterments that are a must have at Jordancon….now there seems to be an unspoken competition between some in the Jcon Family to see who can collect the most ribbons *cough* Aubree *cough*.

There are two kinds of Ribbons.

Official Con Ribbons (vendor, director, program participant, eternal member, volunteer) and then there are a ton of fun Ribbons you can get. From vendors to other Con-goers, Ribbons abound.

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Budget

You are going to want to buy everything in the vendor hall. Most things average $25 – $45. My rule of thumb is to take whatever amount you were going to budget for the vendor hall and increase it by half. (Of course, this is only if it is the fiscally responsible thing to do. Remember you still have to pay for your hotel and travel). I do believe the Keepers of the Con are working on having more Vendor information available prior to the next Jordancon.

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So those are the major things that no one tells you. But here are some sage words from the JconFamily on Facebook:

That it was highly addictive and that I would absolutely leave with an untreatable JordanCon problem. – Ashley Chappell-Peeples

If you don’t arrive on Thursday and depart on Monday then you’re missing half the fun. – Jeffrey Daniel (of Ta’veren Tees)

It’s perfectly ok to attend and not go to any panels and still have an amazing time. –Phillip Calvin Edwards

(but totally come to my panels 😉 )

That person you are shy about approaching just might want to meet you and is too shy to say so. At least smile and say hello. (then leave them alone if they don’t seem interested) –Steve Waldrop


A few words of wisdom from me:

  • Drink plenty of water (just trust me)
  • Take plenty of selfies
  • Make space on your phone and/or camera for photos and videos
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to the artists or authors or Harriet (My first year I was super shy, but she is SOOO nice)
  • VOLUNTEER
  • Book your hotel room as soon as the block becomes available
  • DOWNLOAD THE APP
  • You don’t have to drink (alcohol) to have fun. But if you DO drink alcohol make sure you bring some.
  • Book your hotel as soon as the room block opens.

And lastly, we should all follow the Keepers of the Con 3,2,1 Rule:

3 hours of sleep every 24 hours

2 meals every 24 hours

1 shower every 24 hours

See y’all next time

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Robert Jordan’s Notes Panel – Jordancon 10(2018)

THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS.  

IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THIS.

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Well, Jordancon is over and I, once again, attended the Robert Jordan’s notes panel. For those that don’t know, this panel consists of those lucky few fans that have seen Robert Jordan’s notes (this some of these notes are available for public viewing. I will have to look up where and add it to this post)

This year the panelist included Linda Taglieri (creator of The Thirteenth Depository blog), Matt Hatch (creator of Theoryland) and Terez Gray from numerous Wheel of Time Forums.

Below you will find the notes I took on the notes the talked about. Some things were mentioned last year, but I am including them because they are still super interesting.

Before we get started, a few things of note:

  1. THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS.  IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THIS. (this bears repeating)
  2. This is your last chance to turn back
  3. Ok then…
  4. Spoilers/notes start on the next page

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Several fans asked by to find out if Aviendha got pregnant before or after the Last Battle. No one on the panel recalled seeing notes on this, but Terez is going to look for it.

ON TO THE NOTES:

  • Birgitte knows what the oath rod was used for in the Age of Legends but she has never seen one.  
  • Binders (oath rods) came in other forms, not just rods
  • Originally Moiraine  was going to become Amyrlin
  • Moiraine was going to be rescued by Rand
  • Nyneave was going to be raped by Shadair Haran
  • Galad was going to be a dark friend (what!?!)
  • Nyneave was going to kill (or appear to kill) Moiraine after she (Moiraine) became Amyrlin.
  • Galad was supposed to be able to Channel. And really we don’t know if you can or not because he was never tested (and it does run in the family)
  • Ogier were supposed to be dwarf like
  • There is nothing about Shara in the Notes. River of Souls was 100% Brandon
  • Lan was going to flee, become a hermit and then return to fight (does that sound familiar??)
  • Sakan (I am not 100% on the spelling) was going to be the name of the Dark One
  • RJ toyed with the idea of 7 or 9 ages. He settled on 7.
  • The White Goddess  by Robert Graves was a big influence on Robert Jordan.
  • Cadsuane (spelled Kadsuane in the notes) was around from the beginning
  • Binders could be used on non-channelers.
  • The a’dam has a buffer to stop damane from being burned out. This buffer also lessened the shock of the Warder Bond being broken.
  • Life Spans During the Age of Legends – this was really interesting, but I didn’t manage to get all the information. What I did get is below:
    • Ordinary People lived 200 years on average
    • Aes Sedai could live up to 800 years
    • There was also some information on how Binding affected life span, but that is the part I missed
  • Memory of Light Outline:
    • Egwene was to be pregnant at the end of the series (by Gawyn). Gawyn still died and Galad would take of Egwene and the baby
    • Isam and Fain showed up in the Last Battle and maybe killed each other.
    • The Last Battle was supposed to take place near the ruins of Caemlyn

Humans were the real enemy, not the Dark One. Destroying choice is the real enemy. (many fans feel like this is a “Brandon” theme. However, the very early notes show that this was Robert Jordan’s overarching theme from the very beginning)

That is all for this year.  

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Crossroads of Twilight Shortened (NSFW Language)

Yesterday I posted a summation for Eye of the World that was created by John Collin, one of the fans of the Wheel of Time that is a member of the facebook group I admin.

John has created a shortened version of Crossroads of Twilight (Book 10)for us.  Fun Fact: CoT covers about 22 days in the Wheel of Time Story Line.

For you reading pleasure I present:  Crossroads of Twilight shortened (NSFW language) by John Collins:


Tuon: Are we there yet?
Mat: No
Tuon: Are we there yet?
Mat: No
Tuon: Are we there yet?
Mat: No
Tuon: Are we there yet?
Mat: No
Tuon: Are we there yet?
Mat: Yes. Get the fuck outta here.
Tuon: Have my babies.

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Perrin: Have you found Faile yet?
Scout: Nah.
Perrin: Dammit!
Masema: I’mma go wallow in pig shit. Brb.

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Elayne: Anybody know where my mom left my crown?
Arymilla: Not so fast!
Elayne (looking west): Dafuq is happening over there?
Birgitte: Dunno, but I bet that story is interesting.

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Siuan (to Egwene): Have fun storming the tower!
Red Sisters: Not so fun, was it?

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Rand: Yeah, I’m still here.

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The Eye of the World (edited for brevity)

I have mentioned before that I admin a Facebook Wheel of Time Fan Group.  I have learned many things from that group. 

One of those things are the fact that Wheel of Time fans are extremely creative and most have a pretty good sense of humor. 

Don’t believe me? 

Well lucky for you I have an perfect example. Below you will find the creative work of one John Collin, I member of the Facebook WoT group. 

His summation of  Eye of the World has quickly become a favorite in the group. Enjoy!

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The Eye of the World (edited for brevity)

Lews Therin: Ilyena? Ilyena? Ilyena? Ilyena?
Camera Crew: That’s perfect!
Lews Therin: Dafuq are you?
Camera Crew: We’re making an FXX special that will air at 1:30 am
(Lews Therin balefires the camera crew out of existence)

Rand: Dad, I just saw a weird dark guy on the road.myrddraal
Tam: Don’t be racist.
Rand: Are we going into town?
Dad: Yes, let’s go.
Rand: Hey, Mat.
Mat: I’m a total asshole, but chicks dig me.
Perrin: I’m a character in this story, too.
Moiraine: C’mon guys, let’s all leave Emond’s Field for Tar Valon.
Rand: Nah.
Trollocs: KILL!!!
Rand: I’ll drive.
Egwene: I’m coming, too, to make sure you don’t cheat on me.
Rand: Meh, you’re just gonna friendzone me anyway.
Egwene: Good point.

Min: Welcome to Baerlon. Wanna know how you’re gonna die or nah?
Rand: I’ll just go for a walk.
Padan Fain: Uh, oh, gotta run.jan111158_1-_sx1280_ql80_ttd_
Rand: Why not come hang with us at the Stag and Lion?
Padan Fain: Pfft, sucker!
Rand: What?
Padan Fain: Nothing.
Nynaeve: Hah! Caught you! You didn’t think you were gonna get out of the twenty bucks you owe me that easily, did you?
Lan: How’d you find us?
Nynaeve: Mat kept posting Twitter updates.
Moiraine: Let’s go.

Egwene: Can you show me how to channel?
Moiraine: Ya sure.
Egwene: Rand, guess what?
Rand: You can channel?
Egwene: I can ch—Wait, how’d you know?
Rand: You just caught your dress on fire.
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Lan: The trollocs are everywhere. We gotta go to Shadar Logoth.
Moiraine: Awright, everyone, don’t touch a thing there. We’re going to the most corrupt city on the planet.
Mat: Detroit?
Moiraine: Okay, second most.
Mat: I’mma just gonna take this thingy.
Moiraine: Don’t take the thingy.
Mat: I took the thingy.
Lan: We gotta get outta here.
Mashadar: BWAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!
Moiraine: Oh shit.

Mat: Everyone is a Darkfriend!ce67e8f8e595a5b897fa0761462dfd41
Rand: You’re just going coo-coo bananas because of that dagger.
Mat: Yes, that’s true, but that has nothing to do with the fact that everyone is a
Darkfriend.
Rand: Good point. I’mma just zap ’em with the lightnings.
Howal Gode: BZZZZZZZZZT!
Mat: How’d you do that?
Rand: Fuck it if I know.

Egwene: Have you found us any rabbits?
Perrin: I haven’t found any rabbits.
Elyas: I have some rabbits.
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Perrin & Egwene: Thanks
Elyas: You’re a wolf, Perrin.
Perrin: What makes you say that?
Elyas: You just howled.
Perrin: Nah, I just did that cuz Egwene is hot.
Elyas: That wasn’t Egwene. That’s Dapple.
Perrin: Oh.

Nynaeve: Hey, Lan, let’s go under this hedge and do it.
Lan: Nah.
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Rand: Hey, Mat, we made it to Caemlyn.
Mat: I’mma go sulk in the corner.
Rand: Okay, well, I’mma go climb a wall because there’s nothing better for when people are chasing you to make yourself really conspicuous.
Elayne: Yo.
Rand: I really fell for you, Elayne.
Elayne: That was terrible.
Rand: I know.
Galad: I’m tellin’!

Moiraine: Finally found you all. Let’s go to Tar Valon cuz it’s super important.
Loial: I heard someone tell me that they heard from a friend that something’s going down at the Eye of the World.
Moiraine: Let’s go there instead, then.tnwot33covmoore

Green Man: Heya.
Balthamel: RAWWWR!!!
Green Man: Looks like somebody needs a hug.
Aginor: RAWWWWWR!!!
Rand: I’mma kill you now.
Aginor: Dammit!
*All pictures are from the Eye of the World Graphic Novel

Condensed (very condensed) Story Timeline by Book

This is just a basic timeline of what year it is in each book.
I haven’t found or created a timeline for New Spring but it starts on the the day before Danshu, Nesan 27, 978 (which would be around the time Rand was born)
 
Eye of the World Begins on Aine 8, 998 NE Winternight
 
998 NE
Book 1 – Eye of the World
Book 2 – The Great Hunt
 
999 NE
Book 3 – The Dragon Reborn
Book 4 – The Rising Shadow
Book 5 – The Fires of Heaven
Book 6 – Lord of Chaos – Chapter 53:The Feast of Lights
 
1000 NE
Book 6 – Lord of Chaos – Chapter 54:The Sending
Book 7 – A Crown of Swords
Book 8 – The Path of Daggers
Book 9 – Winter’s Heart
Book 10 – Crossroads of Twilight
Book 11 – Knife of Dreams
Book 12* – Gathering Storm
Book 13* – Towers of Midnight
Book 14 – A Memory of Light
 
*Books 12 and 13 can be read concurrently as they cover the same period of time but different POVs. A combined reading guide by Deana Whitney can be found HERE
 
The timeline information was taken from: http://www.stevenac.net/wot/tl0998.htm