One of the key items on the 2010 Admin Meeting was the topic of Merit Badges. A Merit Badge Focus Group was set up to discuss the number and requirements for badges.
Intended as rewards for continued and dedicated service to TarValon.Net the list of badges became available in February 2011. In January 2014 a second focus group was set up to review the badges and identify any areas that were currently unrecognised, or any that were too difficult to achieve. These changes were implemented in the Fall of 2016.
While a reward in itself, merit badges may also used to determine other rewards members could receive. See below for privileges.
Merit badges will be attainable by members of all ranks though some may only be attainable by members of certain ranks and none will be easily attainable. They will be designed to recognise the members who go above and beyond normal service, typically only the top 2-5% of people contributing in a given area will earn the badge.
- Main article: Total Merits Awarded (by Member)
- Main article: Total Merits Awarded (by Merit)
The first Merits were awarded at Anniversary Party 2011. Dralyn Montsier and her minions worked hard in the weeks running up to it compiling information and verifying emails sent. Later in the year, at Euro Party 2011 and Dragon*Con 2011 more merits were awarded to the members attending those events. Merits were then awarded in January 2012, January 2013, October 2014, May 2015 and every 3 months starting from January 2016.
- Badges – Each Merit has a badge that can be shown in the member's profile and signature. Members may choose up to five Gold Merit badges which they have earned to show underneath their avatar as well.
- Official Events Discount – Members who have the Events Attendance Gold Merit plus one other Gold Merit related to Official Events plus three other Gold Merits of any type (though only one Gold Merit from the Membership Category counts), will receive a 10% discount on tickets to our Anniversary Party, Euro Party, Fall Ball, and South Pacific events for the rest of their membership at TarValon.Net.
- Extra Bond – Members who have the Senior Membership Gold Merit plus four other Gold Merits (not including the Membership Gold Merit), will have the ability to bond one person above their current limit. This means that Green Aes Sedai will be able to have four bondmates, Red Aes Sedai will be able to have two, and the rest of the Ajahs and all of the Gaidin will be able to have three bondmates.
For all members who have earned one or all of the privileges above, see this page: Privileges Earned from Merits.
List of Badges
Please click on the Merit name for more information.
|Category||Name||Silver Requirement||Gold Requirement||Platinum Requirement||Notes||Icon(s)|
|Membership||Membership Merit||2.5 consecutive years as a member||5 consecutive years as a member||20 consecutive years as a member||Can earn more than once|
|Membership||Senior Membership Merit||2.5 cumulative years as a Senior Member||5 cumulative years as a Senior Member||20 cumulative years as a Senior Member||Can earn more than once|
|Events Leadership||Local Liaison Merit||Be a Local Liaison 1 time||Be a Local Liaison 3 times||Can only earn once|
|Events Leadership||Committee Head Merit||Serve as a Committee Head 2 times||Serve as a Committee Head 3 times||Can only earn once|
|Events Leadership||Camp Nurse Merit||Serve as Camp Nurse 1 time||Serve as Camp Nurse 3 times||Can only earn once|
|Events Leadership||Local Events Merit||Host 3 local events||Host 10 local events||Can only earn once|
|Events Leadership||Extraordinary Service Merit||Perform an extraordinary service for someone or the Tower at an Official Event||n/a||n/a||Can earn more than once|
|Events Participation||Events Participation Merit||Participate in the Amyrlin's Tournament 3 times
Participate in trivia 3 times
Participate in the costume contest 3 times
Participate in committees 3 times
|n/a||n/a||Can earn only one per sub-category|
|Events Participation||Virtual Events Merit||Coffee Talk - Host 10 online chats or virtual meetings
Movie Buff - Host 5 online movie watch events
Achievement Unlocked - Host 5 online quizzes or trivia
I Was There - Attend 20 virtual events
Epic Event - Plan an epic event.
|Events Participation||Tournament Winners Merit||Win 2 events in the Amyrlin's tournament||Win 5 events in the Amyrlin's tournament||Can only earn once|
|Events Participation||Attendance Merit||Attend 10 Official Events/Conferences||Attend 20 Official Events/Conferences|
|Events Participation||Amyrlin's Champion Merit||n/a||Win the Amyrlin's Tournament||Can earn more than once|
|Online Spirit||Gleeman's Merit||Run 2 Mafia or Assassins games||Run 4 Mafia or Assassins games, including at least one mafia||Can only earn once|
|Online Spirit||Logo Design Merit||Win the competition for the logo for an official event||n/a||n/a||Can earn more than once|
|Online Spirit||Spirit Merit||Receive 2 “Spirit of _____” awards, given out for each of our official freeweeks||n/a||n/a||Can earn more than once|
|Online Spirit||Epic Prank Merit||Perform an epic prank||n/a||n/a||Can earn more than once
By nomination only
|Online Spirit||Members' Choice Award Merit||Earn a Members' Choice Award||n/a||n/a||Can earn more than once|
|Wild Card||Alchemist Merit||n/a||Earn enough silvers that do not convert to Golds||Can only earn once|
|Wild Card||Amyrlin's Award Merit||n/a||Earn an Amyrlin's Award||Can earn more than once|
|Wild Card||Officer's Award Merit||n/a||Earn any Officer Award apart from Initiative of the Year||Can earn more than once|
|Wild Card||Officer's Award Merit||Earn an Initiative of the Year Officer Award||n/a||Can earn more than once|
|Wild Card||Group Pride Merit||n/a||Serve one full term each as the Head/Company Commander and Heart/Honor Guard and Sitter/Warder Councillor for your Ajah/Company|
|Wild Card||Climbing the Ladder Merit||n/a||Serve in a staff position, as an Administrator, and as an Executive for at least three months at each level.|
|Wild Card||Globetrotter Merit||n/a||Attend at least three Official Events on at least two different continents|
|Wild Card||Rock Star Merit||n/a||If you do something really, really off the charts epic to help someone||By nomination only|
|Administrative Service||Staff Merit||Serve in Staff Positions for 2.5 years||Serve in Staff Positions for 5 years||Serve in Staff Positions for 20 years||Can earn more than once
Does not include positions eligible for the Pro Bono Merit or Reporter Merit.
|Administrative Service||Administrator Merit||Serve as an administrator for 2 years||Serve as an administrator for 4 years||Serve as an administrator for 16 years||Can earn more than once|
|Administrative Service||Executive Merit||Serve as an Executive for 1.5 years||Serve as an Executive for 3 years||Serve as an Executive for 12 years||Can earn more than once|
|Administrative Service||Officer Merit||Serve as an Officer for 1 year||Serve as an Officer for 2 years||Serve as an Officer for 8 years||Can earn more than once|
|Administrative Service||Group Service Merit||Be recognized by Community group leader as having provided service to the group in an unofficial capacity||n/a||n/a||Can earn more than once
By nomination only
|Pro Bono||Pro Bono Merit||Provide legal, graphical, IT, HR, or financial expertise to the Tower free of charge for 1.5 years in an unnamed position||Provide legal, graphical, IT, HR, or financial expertise to the Tower free of charge for 3 years in an unnamed position||Certain positions in the Departments of Marketing and Technology qualify, along with the Legal Research Team. Admin and Exec positions qualify for merits under the Administrative Service Category.|
|Publishers||Editing Merit||Spend 1.5 years consistently editing the Library||Spend 3 years consistently editing the Library||Can only earn once|
|Publishers||Reporter Merit||Write 20 articles for the TVT||Write 50 articles for the TVT||Can only earn once|
|Publishers||Writing Merit||Write 20 articles for the Library||Write 100 articles for the Library||Write 500 articles for the Library||Can only earn once|
|Publishers||Copywriting Merit||n/a||Put in an exceptional effort in copywriting for our website|
|Raising the Next Generation||Mentoring Merit||Mentor 5 members who rise at least 1 rank||Mentor 10 members who rise at least 1 rank|
|Raising the Next Generation||Classroom Participation Merit||Participate in and complete 6 classes or discussions||n/a||n/a|
|Raising the Next Generation||Teaching Merit||Teach/Lead 2 classes or discussions||Teach/Lead 5 classes or discussions|
|Raising the Next Generation||Sponsorship Merit||Sponsor 5 people for admittance to the Tower||n/a||n/a|
For different reasons, it was decided that some merits do not serve the purposes they were intended for, therefore it was decided to retire them. The people who have already earned those merits, will keep them, but they will not be earned by others in the future.
|Category||Name||Silver Requirement||Gold Requirement||Notes||Icon(s)|
|Events Leadership||Committee Leadership Merit||Be chosen 2 times as having demonstrated outstanding Committee Leadership||Be chosen 5 times as having demonstrated outstanding Committee Leadership||Can only earn once|
|Events Participation||Events Participation Merit||Serve as Da'covale 3 times|
|Online Spirit||Spirit Merit||Be chosen as a great participant for the forums or chat||n/a||Can earn more than once|