Val a'Shain

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Val a'Shain
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Location The Netherlands
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Affiliation Dai M'Hael
Rank Gaidin
Join Date April 27, 2002
Bonded to Jodea Kegan
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  • Why did you choose Dai M'Hael?

Back when I joined the Companies had just been created. I just picked to one I liked best based on the description and the people who were already in the company. It didn't involve a whole lot of soul searching.

  • Do you fit the Dai M'Hael stereotype? Are you a spammer, loving to see your name on the boards? Are you obsessed with "The Plan"?

It has evolved a bit, I do like to look for the big picture, a certain obsession with the plan can't be denied Emote-silly.gif

  • What male character from the novels do you think would fit best in Dai M'Hael?

Gareth Bryne probably.

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

I read The Eye of the World for the first time in the summer of 1999 and was hooked right away.

  • How did you first get into the series?

I was looking for a new Fantasy series to read, back then I read Fantasy almost exclusively.

  • Who is your favorite "hero"?

Tough one, probably Thom Merrilin. His past makes him an interesting character. Fantasy likes bildungsromans too much if you ask me.

  • Favorite bad guy/gal?

Probably Pedron Niall, I liked that character a lot. In Niall, Jordan does what George R.R. Martin manages in A Song of Ice and Fire. A thoroughly flawed character, whom the reader can both despise and feel sympathy for.

  • Favorite book and scene?

The scene where Rand enters Rhuidean and witnesses his ancestors' struggles during the Breaking.

  • If you were set down in Randland, who/what would you see yourself as? An Aes Sedai? Innkeeper? Seanchan Captain?

The amazing channelling male. Life in pseudo medieval worlds isn't a lot of fun for most of the inhabitants. Having some power would be a must I think.

  • How did you find TarValon.Net and what convinced you to stay and become Tower Sworn?

Using a search engine. I can't remember which one or what the query was but Wheel of Time seems likely. I didn't actually sign up until I got a broadband internet connection some weeks later. What made me decide to stay... I made a lot of new friend very quickly, leaving was out of the question really.

  • What do you do in "real life"?

I'll tell you when I figure it out myself.

  • Do you have any hobbies?

I read an awful lot and blog about it.

  • What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

Mostly Blues, Rock and some Metal. Nothing can beat a life performance by Rory Gallagher.

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

I rarely watch them. If I do watch television it is the news.

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

Too may to list. Some of my favourites are:
Ash - Mary Gentle
The Mars Trilogy - Kim Stanley Robinson
Pump Six and Other Stories - Paolo Bacigalupi
The Long Price Quartet - Daniel Abraham
The Armageddon Rag and lots of his short fiction - George R.R. Martin
Soul Catcher - Frank Herbert
Anything by Ted Chiang
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
I could go on for a while.

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

A forester.