Ta’veren Ties Charity Fundraiser at Jordancon <3

Reposting this here for anyone who plans to be at JordanCon but doesn’t always follow the JordanCon group!
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Love is in the air….and – dare I say it – the faint scent of #shenanigans!

JordanCon is bringing back the Ta’veren Ties charity fundraiser! Mat Cauthon is a perennial favorite as a cosplayable character and nowhere is that more apparent than at JordanCon. And if we’re all going to be gawking at them anyway, why not raise the stakes?

The rules are simple. The Queen will bestow her token on all Mat Cauthon cosplayers who are willing to participate in the game. Buy a pink ribbon (or more than one) and award it to any Mat Cauthon cosplayer who bears the Queen’s token. Then, just before the Saturday dance party, the Queen and her ladies-in-waiting will count all the ribbons each cosplayer has received. The Mat Cauthon with the most ribbons wins the prize (as well as the Queen’s heart). What is the prize? Well, for that you’ll just have to wait and see!

For more information and all the details on how you can help us raise more money for the Mayo Clinic — either as a cosplayer or by buying ribbons — check out the link below:

http://jordancon.org/…/jordancon-9-charity-game-taveren-ties

#ShenanigansforCharity And always remember: #CosplayisNotConsent

Licensed Wheel of Time Art courtesy of Edsel Arnold. You can purchase a print of this fantastic art at: http://www.edselarnold.com/prints/pink-ribbons-print

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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

Character Ages

A question that is often asked is how old are the main characters. They are older than most people think.  Below you will find the ages of some of the characters. The age listed is the age they are at the beginning of the series.

Since they don’t seem to celebrate birthdays in the series it is hard to pin down precise ages, except for that Ta’veren.  When know when Rand was born and that Mat and Perrin were born within weeks of him.  The series starts in 998 NE and ends 1000 NE.

All ages listed were taken from the Wheel of Time Companion. All artwork by Seamus Gallagher

*Rand, Mat, and Perrin all turn 20 around the end of The Great Hunt.

** There is evidence in the book that Faile was originally written younger (14-15) but it seems this was changed in later publications.

Name                          Age                Year Born

Rand al’Thor                    19*                      Danu 978 NE (end of the year)

Matrim Cauthon             19*                      978 NE – born within weeks of Rand and Perrin

Perrin Aybarra                19*                        978 NE – born within weeks of Matrim and Rand

Egwene  al’Vere              16-17                    981 NE

Nyneave al’Meara          23-24                   974 NE

Elayne Trakand              16-17                     981 NE

Min Farshaw                   22-23                    975 NE

Aviendha                          17-18                    980 NE

Moiraine Damodred      41-42                   956 NE

Lan Mandragoran          44- 45                  953 NE

Thomdril Merrilin          Old                       Birth year not given, assumed to be upwards of 60

Tamlin  al’Thor               57-58                    940 NE

Tuon                                   17-18                    980 NE

Faile Bashere                   16 -17**                   981 NE

Siuan Sanche                   40-41                   957 NE

Leane Sharif                     46 – 47                952 NE

Verin Mathwin                148-159               849 NE

Cadsuane Melaidhrin    292-293              705 NE

Logain Ablar                    26-27                   971 NE

Mazrim Taim                   30 – 31                   967  NE

Loial                                   89-90                   908 NE

Morgase Trakand           40-41                    957 NE

Gawyn Trakand                 18-19                     979 NE

Galad Damodred             27-28                   970 NE

Gareth Bryne                   58-59                    939 NE

Martyn Tallanvor            26-27                   971 NE

Elyas Machera                 54-55                    943 NE

Berelain                             23-24                   974 NE

Elaida                                 47-48                   950 NE

Jahar Narishma               20-21                   977 NE

Jain Farstrider/Noal       72-73                   925 NE

Julian Sandar                   36-37                    961 NE

The Wheel on the Web

There are many websites/blogs/social media accounts that can provide a fan with a wealth of information.  Below you will find information on the sites I listed on the Brief Overview Page. I will post the information for other sites in the future. If you have a site you would like me to review and post please contact me.

*Please note that all of these sites have spoilers


Encyclopaedia-WoT       http://encyclopaedia-wot.org/

This is one of my favorite sites. The site is broken down into 7 sections.

Books, History, Geography, Characters, Organizations, Items, and Prophecies.

The Dragon Reborn Plot Thread

The Dragon Reborn Plot Threads

Pros: gives a plot summary of each chapter and includes a breakdown of character plot threads for each book.  Also gives audio pronunciations for most names in the series (character and location and random words).  Nice breakdown of organizations (Aes Sedai, Asha’man, Aiel, etc.)

Cons: Currently the chapter summaries stop Chapter 3 of Book 14. Not much artwork. The search feature doesn’t seem to work.

 

The Thirteenth Depository         http://13depository.blogspot.com/

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This is probably THE most in-depth Wheel of Time site on the internet. Really. And I am not just saying that because I think Linda, who runs it, is awesome. (She really is though).  It is truly a libraries worth of information.

Pros: Very in-depth and well thought out articles. It covers just about everything you could think of.  It also includes links to other WoT sites. Well organized. It contains a reference library, a very detailed read through of each book. Great analysis of the series on many levels. Twitter account so you can get tweets when a something new is posted.

Cons: With so much information it can be overwhelming. I suggest deciding on a specific subject/character/book etc. and looking up information about that.

 

A Wheel of Time Wiki                  http://wot.wikia.com

WoT WikiThis is the free, unofficial repository of The Wheel of Time material that anyone can edit. They are currently working on 6,053 articles. (taken from http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/A_beginning). They have 4 menu tabs: On the Wiki, Characters, Books, and Community Info.  The two tabs you will probably use the most are Characters and Books. Characters is broken down into the following subcategories: Main Characters, More Characters, Forsaken, More Forsaken, and other Characters.  Books is broken down into the following subcategories: Books 1-7, Book 8 -14, and Other Works.

Pros: Lots of information. Most articles provide reference links. Lots of artwork. Fans can add or edit articles, relatively up to date, you can register to become a member. The search feature works really well.

Con: Not always 100% accurate, I have found some errors on it. (because fans can add or edit articles). it is a wiki, so there are ads so if can get a little bothersome.

 

Tar Valon.net Library                   https://library.tarvalon.net

This is the library put together by the members of Tar Valon.net (I will talk about that awesome site in a separate post, because it is just that awesome). From the Tar Valon.net Library:

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Tar Valon.net Library Logo

The TarValon.Net Library is a part of the greater community of TarValon.Net, and is run solely by members who volunteer their time. Visit the TarValon.Net forums to participate in our community!

It is our goal to provide fans of Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” with accurate, comprehensible and extensive information on the series. It also serves our members with information on TarValon.Net’s history and as a base for our community groups‘ headquarters.

Because the TarValon.Net Library includes information from all books in the series, including the prequel “New Spring” and the guidebook “The World of Robert Jordan’s ‘The Wheel of Time’”, it is advised that those not wishing to encounter spoilers use caution when exploring the Library.

The Library has been separated into a number of different main categories, which can be found listed on the index. There is also a search function.

Learn more about our Library Here

Pros: Well organized. The search feature works very well. I use this site a lot when coming up with questions for our Facebook Group Trivia.  The site is very clean looking and easy to read.

Cons: It is fan run so there are occasional inaccuracies (not many that I have found). There is very little art.

 

Dragonmount                 http://www.dragonmount.com/

Dragonmount is the place to go if you want to be in the ‘know’.  It is a fan run community that offers news, a discussion forum, podcast, online clubs, role playing and much more. It is run by fans, Jason Denzel (the site founder), Jennifer Liang and an awesome group of volunteers.  From the Website

We are not officially affiliated with the authors, Robert Jordan’s estate, his book publishers, or other rights holders. We are, however, frequent collaborators with all of those groups. Members of our staff have volunteered as beta readers and thematic consultants on various WoT-related projects, including the books themselves. dragonmount

Pros & Cons:  I have not done an in depth look at all the site has to offer so I will withhold my Pros and Cons until a later date.  I will say it is a great source of information and probably the most up to date site out there. If something is happening in the world of Wheel of Time it will be on Dragonmount. Com

 

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time ™ Google +              https://plus.google.com/103674399065634804648

This is “the official pages of the deceased author Robert Jordan and all things The Wheel of Time. Here you will find assorted fan material, comments and updates on WoT events, publications and other products that we hope you will enjoy hearing about. From Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet and assistants Maria and Alan (who collectively are part of the Bandersnatch Group)”

 Pro: There is a lot of great information here. Great pictures.

Con: There is no search feature so it is more of a scroll and find site.


As you can see most of the sites are fan created and run. Trust me, you have become part of an awesome fandom.

I hope you found the information above helpful. Now there are MANY more sites out there, but I am not as familiar with them as I could be. My plan is to do a full review of an additional site once every two weeks.  If there is a specific site you would like to see reviewed please let me know.

 

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Old Tongue Translations/Meanings of the Forsaken Names

These translations and meanings were taken from The Wheel of Time Companion. There are more than 13 names because some of the Forsaken were brought back after death, by the Dark One, and given new names. However, I have simply listed the names in alphabetical order, as to minimize spoilers.
Aginor                                Slicer of the living
Aran’gar                            Right hand dagger
Asmodean                         Musician
Balthamel                         Essence of youth
Be’lal                                  Desire to have
Cydane                               Last chance
Demandred                      One who twist the blade
Graendal                           Vessel of pleasure
Hessalm                            Without forgiveness
Ishamael                           Betrayer of hope
Lanfear                              Daughter of the night
Mesaana                            Teacher of lessons
Moghedian                       Small, deadly poisonous and extremely reclusive spider
Moridin                              A grave; tomb; death
Osan’gar                            Left hand dagger
Rahvin                               Promise of freedom
Sammael                           Destroyer of hope
Semirhage                        Promise of Pain

The Wheel of Time Series

The Wheel of Time is a 14 book series written by Robert Jordan.  WoT is considered High Fantasy.  The story takes place on Earth, two ages into the future. The timeline of the book is 2 1/2 – 3 years.

Robert Jordan passed away in 2007, and Brandon Sanderson completed the series with the help of Robert Jordan’s notes and Team Jordan.

The main 14 books in the series are:

  1. Eye of the World
  2. The Great Hunt
  3. The Dragon Reborn
  4. The Shadow Rising
  5. The Fires of Heaven
  6. Lord of Chaos
  7. A Crown of Swords
  8. The Path of Daggers
  9. Winter’s Heart
  10. Crossroads of Twilight
  11. Knife of Dreams
  12. The Gathering Storm
  13. Towers of Midnight
  14. A Memory of Light

Aside from  the main series there is:

A prologue, New Spring, set 20 years prior to the events in the main series.

The Strike as Shayol Ghul – the story of Lews Therin’s sealing of the Bore

River of Souls – a story of events that took place between books 13 and 14

New Spring and Eye of the World were also made into Graphic Novels.