Department of Membership
From Tar Valon Library
This Department handles all of the administrative aspects of running our membership and fostering a sense of community within each rank. Whenever someone talks about "your membership/community administrator," they are speaking of the administrators within this group. It is currently headed by Sa'areah Britthorn
- Main article: Department of Membership (History)
The department of Membership has always existed in one form or another since the creation of TarValon.net in 2001. Originally, the Keeper of the Chronicles was in charge of all Membership Administrators (Heads of Ajah, Company Commanders, Mistress of Novices and Captain of the Guard), but later the duties were split with the Master at Arms who took charge over the male half of the Tower. In 2006, upon the retirement of the Master at Arms, the duties were redistributed between the Director of Membership and the Director of Administration, the Master at Arms position was taken away completely, and the Keeper became an officer in charge of day to day operations of TarValon.net rather than focusing on Membership issues alone.
- Main article: Ajahs and Companies (Tarvalon.net)
Members of TarValon.net who choose to join the Tower itself when raised to Senior member, join either one of seven Ajahs, based on the book Ajah, or one of four companies, each modelled on dominant personality traits.
- Main article: Department of Membership (Positions)
The Department now contains sixteen administrators, oversees every step of membership from the initial application through retirement, has twenty-two staff members in the form of the Hall of the Tower (made up of the Hall of Sitters and Warder Council) and serves a membership of more than 1000 people.
- Main article: Department of Membership (Ranks)
Those new to the site join as citizens. Members can stay at this rank indefinately, or can join the Tower itself, where, dependant on their gender, they will progress through two junior member ranks to either Aes Sedai or Gaidin, at the discretion of the Hall.
- Main article: Hall of Sitters and Warder Council
The Hall and Council (henceforth referred to as ‘the Hall’) serve as the main advisory board for the Administration. The primary task of the Hall is to provide counsel to the Mayor, Mistress of Novices, Captain of Recruits, Mistress of Accepted, Captain of Soldiers, and Director of Membership regarding applications for advancement within the membership structure.
The Hall also provides counsel whenever the Amyrlin Seat should desire it, such as for membership bans, dispensing emergency funds, selecting a scholarship recipient and other sensitive issues.
As with anything, the Amyrlin Seat has final authority and can choose to go against the Hall’s decisions if she needs to. This, however, is the rare exception rather than the rule.
The Hall votes on every level of advancement within TarValon.Net’s membership structure.