Emerald ní Róhan

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Whiteheader1.png Emerald is an Aes Sedai of the White Ajah.

Emerald ní Róhan
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Affiliation White Ajah
Rank Aes Sedai
Join Date November 3, 2005
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May 16, 2012

  • Why did you choose White?

I thought early on that I would choose White or Gray. The guesting system was implemented just before I got raised, and I'm so glad that it did. I spent two weeks with each Ajah, going to Gray and White last. I did this because I wanted to make sure I went in to each guesting with an open mind and give myself the chance to really get to know people and the Ajahs. When I guested in White, there was no question. I just knew it was home. The balance of interests, personalities, abilities, and activity within the Ajah fit right in with myown personal style somehow, and I still feel strongly this way.

  • Are you like the Whites in the Books? Are you a logical woman with no time for emotion in her life?

I am not entirely unlike the women in the books. I do like to debate questions of philosophy and truth. Unlike those in the book, though, I know that emotion is part of the truth about people. We have them. I try to use logic to solve problems that I have, but sometimes logic isn't the answer at all. People need more. Outside of that, I have quite a temper. So... yeah.

  • Do you have a favorite White Ajah character from the novels?

Nope. I couldn't name you a single White from the books other than Alviarin, and she doesn't count. :)

  • How long have you been a fan of the Wheel of Time series?

Since 1992

  • How did you first get into the series?

I played Dungeons and Dragons in college, and our DM would incorporate elements from the series into the game, essentially devising his own system of powers and talents, etc. I wanted to know where these came from, and he pointed me to Eye of the World. Been hooked ever since.

  • Who is your favorite "hero"?

That one changes depending on the book and the situation. Rand might be my favorite in one part of the story and leave me hopelessly frustrated with his stupidity in another. Min, too. Especially since it's her fault Rand lost a hand. grrr. But Faile is probably my favorite the most consistently. She's strong and fierce and loyal doesn't spend half her time smoothing her skirts. She's a fighter and a leader.

  • Favorite bad guy/gal?

I don't know. Most of them seem so petty and selfish and arrogant, it is difficult to actually like any of them, even in a "love to hate them" sort of way. I mostly just see them as obstacles. So I guess I don't have an opinion on this unless I got into some kind of discussion about it.

  • Favorite book and scene?

I think The Shadow Rising is my favorite book. I felt like Rand really stepped out and became truly his own person in this book. Plus I liked delving into the Aiel history and whatnot. As for a favorite scene... Not in The Shadow Rising, but I think maybe my favorite single scene is when Egwene is summoned before the Hall to become Amyrlin.

  • If you were set down in Randland, who/what would you see yourself as?

Probably Aiel. I identify with the Maidens of the Spear and having the ability to fight in combat with, or without, weapons. Then again, I feel a strong connection to the Aes Sedai. Maybe I just want the ability to channel. Because the Saldaeans are considered to be horse people, I kind of identify with them, too. It's really a tough call.

  • How did you find TarValon.Net and what convinced you to stay and become a Senior Member?

Don't really remember. I can only assume I was searching for information on the series and stumbled onto this site. I poked around a little, joined in book discussion, liked the community feel, and decided to stick around. I also think that, because I truly had to earn my status, it is something that I value more highly than in other forum communities with which I've been involved.

  • What do you do in "real life"?

Currently, I am looking for a job.

  • Do you have any hobbies?

I like to read. I play World of Warcraft. There are certain tv shows that I really enjoy. I like horse racing a lot, so I read up on the greats of the past, the up and comers. I love to try and guess winners, though I very rarely make an actual wager. I play Dungeons and Dragons with a local crew of people. I like logic puzzles.

  • What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

Sea shanties, Irish traditional, Some Bollywood and Middle Eastern, Pop, Rock, Country. Basically just about anything that isn't heavy metal, non-swing/big band jazz, and opera. Otherwise I like some of pretty much everything. Oddly, I find myself having great admiration for Lady Gaga. However, Great Big Sea is my favorite band.

  • What are some of your favorite movies / television shows?

Sadly, my favorite show of all time just recently ended. *bows head* We will never forget you, Chuck. *raises head* Other favorites are ones few people even know about. GvsE, The Invisible Man (2000), Push Nevada, Stargate Atlantis, Eureka, Alias, Lost (except for the stupid, stupid, stupid series finale). Movies - Moulin Rouge, The Princess Bride, The Underworld movies, The Bourne Trilogy, and I think that Hugo was a gorgeous masterpiece of film work.

  • Aside from The Wheel of Time, what are a few of your favorite books/series?

Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony. Also his Apprentice Adept series. The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. Any books about horse racing, particularly the greatest, Man o' War. I am very slowly trying to work my way through the Bible. It will probably take me the rest of my life. :-)

  • What profession did you want to have when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a jockey. Then I grew too tall. Stupid genetics.