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Alarwyn Liande

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  1. I'm even taller than him  *smug*


    And why am I half bald? :P




    I couldn't say, but you have the prettiest flower in your hair! :D


    And I guess this gives some explanation to why we never hear much from Owen... >.>

  2. I'm fine, and so are all my friends from Tuusula as far as I know... But since Finland is such a small place I wouldn't be too surprised to find out if a friend of a friend had been there at the time.

    As it is, the whole country is quite shocked as this is the first time we have anything like this happening here. :P

  3. I don't think I would mind the situation that much... Of course it would be awfully complicated and the relationship(s) would need a lot of work, but I have no moral objections to it as such... The most important point being that my sister-wives really were as close to me as sisters and best friends.

    Elayne and Aviendha are first-sisters and I think they value their friendship more that let a man they both love come between them. Why not love him together? :D

  4. I agree with the dude, Hobb is definitely worth reading. Other than that...


    Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is a trilogy in four parts (in most editions) and a good classic fantasy series.


    Ursula LeGuin's the Earthsea Trilogy (and its additionals) is a beautiful story as well.

  5. I read the first 5 books in Finnish, and they were obviously good enough to get me hooked on the series. I hate almost nothing as much as bad translations, so I'm quite picky about these things...


    In my opinion, there're a few quite good translations for some words, but all the names and important are left as they are (which is just a good thing). :/


    The covers are just horrendous though. :x

  6. And, there's also the fact that the army of Light is not one single army under one commander, but a myriad of different people. Rand and his close friends, the Seanchan, Aes Sedai, Asha'man, different nations and their armies... They all have their own interests and while Rand does have some influence, the other rulers have their say.


    Whereas on the Dark side... No one disobeys the Dark Lord.

  7. Oh, the Sandman series is GREAT. If you liked American Gods or Anansi Boys, you really should read those comic books as well. :) And the rest of his books...


    I just got Mirrormask DVD myself. *squee!* :D

  8. I've never thought there's something wrong in polygamy. :/


    One thing you havent yet discussed is that in the books the women love each other just as much as they love their man, if not more. And that doesn't mean they fancy each other in bed, but like in the Aiel culture, the sister-wifes are bonded to each other as first-sisters. The whole concept of polygamy in the books is about sharing, not about tossing the poor man between the girls. ;)

  9. As they left the Mistress of Novice's room behind them, Adaira was still a bit dazed. Now she truly was a novice, with white dresses and everything. Dragging her saddlebags with her she followed Aramina Sedai down to one of the corridors leading to the first floor and the Novice Quarters. There the corridors were bare of all ornaments, walls painted white and only the Ajah coloured floor tiles bringing some interest to the place. Behind a closed door she could hear woman's laughter and on the other side, where the door was wide open, she could see a girl maybe a little younger than her sitting on the bed and reading. Finally Aramina stopped before one of the doors. "Would you prefer to unpack now, or shall I show you around the Tower?"


    "I think I'd like to make a little tour around the Tower, Aramina Sedai," Adaira said with a smile. "I think my unpacking can wait alittle while, and I'd feel more comfortable if I knew the Tower and it's surroundings better. I think I need to change into the white dress, though." Gathering all her belongings into one hand, she opened the door and stepped inside.


    Inside the room she could see it was made to accomodate three persons. There were everything three; three beds, three washstands, three little closets and even three water pitchers. All of them were more or less missmatched, but none of them were broken or in bad shape. Choosing the bed on the far right, she put her bags at the foot of it and started changing her clothes. She knew Aramina Sedai didn't like waiting, and besides, she was impatient to see more of the Tower. So far, the room looked empty so she didn't think anyone would touch her things while she was gone.


    The white dress she was now wearing was of good quality and probably wouldn't tear easily, but it wasn't even near as fine as she was used to. But then, all the other girls she had seen used the same kind of dresses and they didn't complain, so she wouldn't start now. No, not now when Aramina Sedai was waiting and probably just wanted to get rid of her. Adaira had noticed the slight look of vexation on the Aes Sedai's face when Faerzyne Sedai had given her a new burden, Adaira's mentoring. She could only hope to be worth of the time and attention Aramina Sedai had given her already.


    Combing her hair quickly and hastening to the door Adaira realized that she had no idea where to go and what to do after the tour. I guess I'll find out, eventually... Now it was time to see a little more of this new home of hers.

  10. This is too good to be true, a whole afternoon to myself before the evening class! Adaira was thinking to herself. The whole day she had run from task to task and with all the classes in between, she had hardly had time to eat. On the way to the garden where she had planned to spend those few hours of free time before her next class she was stopped by one of the Aes Sedai. She had seen the woman watching her and tried to hurry past, but for some reason the woman was determinated to take her. As she rose from her curtsey the Aes Sedai cupped her face between her hands and seemed to be extremely interested in her face and features. Muttering something incomprehensible about proportions and fabrics she finally let Adaira go with a smile on her lips.


    "Yes, you will do just finely, child. ... I am Caillie Sedai and I have something for you to do if you have nothing else right now." So there goes my freetime... Adaira sighed and turned to follow Callie Sedai to her rooms. Of course, the novices were kept busy for their own good (so that they'd have no time for pranks or thoughts about running away), but still, it would have been nice to have a little while when she could have done as she pleased. And now... Usually the tasks given by Aes Sedai to novices included dusting, cleaning up dirty clothes and dishes and all kinds of nasty domestic homework which most novices didn't like at all. Adaira was no exception.


    They made their way upstairs to the Brown quarters in silence, Callie Sedai was clearly deep in her thoughts and Adaira didn't dare to ask what was the reason for her interest. Inside the room she could see that the woman was Brown to boot (or slipper, in this case). The room was filled with books and beautiful artwork, all set to highlight beautiful colours and lines of the furniture and ornaments. Even the piles of books were like works of art, there to give an impression of orderly neglect.


    "There, that is your task. I need you to grind paint materials in a mortar and mix paints for me. Then you will sit as a my model as I am going to paint you. I'm certain that your mother taught you to mix skin paints, no? And a painting of you has been made for potential suitors, so posing isn't completely unfamiliar to you, correct? Did your mother and seamstress determine what are the best colours for you?"


    Adaira couldn't hide her amazement. A portrait of her? Posing for Callie Sedai was to be her task? Slowly she walked to the desk where the jars and brushes lay and started picking some of the jars up and open them to see what was inside. Different colours, all colours imaginable. Of course she had been taught to mix skin paints, but that was complitely different! With the skin paints there were only a few basic mixes to do and then it was ready. With all these colours one could paint everything and not only shades of skin. Besides, she had never painted canvas. It could be nothing like painting lips, for example. Finally she chose some deep green to be mixed with a shade of blue so that she got forest green. Not the green of these southern forests, but the colour of pines in Saldaea and other Borderlands. Next she took some from the big jar full of white and added to it some colour so it was more like golden cream.


    While she added some other colours next to those two she found herself remembering the painting of her first portrait. It had been an awkward situation, she had been almost 15 and absolutely loathed the painter. For some reason his gaze had made her very uncomfortable and selfconscious and the final result had been a disappointment. What a waste of their monies that had been, especially since she'd never get any suitors now, here in the Tower.


    Finally done with the colours, Adaira tried to think if there was still some shade she had forgotten. Sighing to herself she couldn't do much else but wait for the next instructions and looked at Callie Sedai if she had something to say. Putting all the jars down and closing them so that they didn't dry, she tried to imagine what kind of portrait this one would be. If Callie Sedai had really painted all the paintings hanging on the walls, Adaira could say that she was quite a good painter. In fact, this might prove to be very interesting experience yet.

  11. Adaira watched the hand writing the questions down with something close to awe. Her name would really be there, written with black ink in that big book with all the other women who had come to the Tower and been tested acceptable. Maybe even Aramina Sedai's name could be found on one of those pages.


    “Welcome to the White Tower.†Faerzyne Sedai said with a little smile, and looked up at Adaira. She could see that the Aes Sedai was clearly evaluating her and what probably wondering what she would become. But then, she was wondering that herself. They hadn't talked much with Aramina Sedai about what would happen when they reached the Tower, so she didn't quite know what to do next. As little as she liked it she couldn't do much else but wait for the Aes Sedai to tell her what to do. Well, I guess I'll be doing a lot of that for the next few years. But I'm here! I'm actually here, in the White Tower and studying to become Aes Sedai myself! Adaira couldn't help smiling a little.

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