Merit Badges

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Description

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.

Merits Awarded

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 Europarty 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.

Privileges Earned

  1. Badges – Each Merit has a badge that can be shown in member's Drupal profile and signature. Members may choose up to five Gold Merit badges which they have earned to show underneath their avatar as well.
  2. 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 Winter Europarty, Anniversary Party, Summer Europarty, Fall Ball, and South Pacific events for the rest of their membership at TarValon.Net.
  3. Extra Bond – Members who have the Senior Membership Gold Merit plus four other Gold Merit (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 bond three Warders, Red Aes Sedai will be able to bond one Warder, and all other groups will be able to have two bondmates.

List of Badges

Please click on the Merit name for more information.

Current Merit Badges
Category Name Silver Requirement Gold Requirement Notes Icon(s)
Membership Membership Merit 2.5 consecutive years as a member 5 consecutive years as a member Can earn more than one
Membership Merit Silver 50.png Membership Merit Gold 50.png
Membership Senior Membership Merit 2.5 cumulative years as a Senior Member 5 cumulative years as a Senior Member Can earn more than one
Senior Membership Merit Silver 50.png Senior Membership Merit Gold 50.png
Events Leadership Local Liaison Merit Be a Local Liaison 1 time Be a Local Liaison 3 times Can only earn once
Local Liaison Merit Silver 50.png Local Liaison Merit Gold 50.png
Events Leadership Committee Head Merit Serve as a Committee Head 2 times Serve as a Committee Head 3 times Can only earn once
Committee Head Merit Silver 50.png Committee Head Merit Gold 50.png
Events Leadership Camp Nurse Merit Serve as Camp Nurse 1 time Serve as Camp Nurse 3 times Can only earn once
Camp Nurse Merit Silver 50.png Camp Nurse Merit Gold 50.png
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
Committee Leadership Merit Silver 50.png Committee Leadership Merit Gold 50.png
Events Leadership Local Events Merit Host 3 local events Host 10 local events Can only earn once
Local Events Merit Silver 50.png Local Events Merit Gold 50.png
Events Leadership Extraordinary Service Merit Perform an extraordinary service for someone or the Tower at an Official Event n/a Can earn more than once
Extraordinary Service Merit 50.png
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

Serve as Da'vocale 3 times

n/a Can earn only one per area
Participation Tournament Merit Silver 50.png Participation Trivia Merit Silver 50.png
Participation Costume Merit Silver 50.png Participation Committee Merit Silver 50.png
EPDacovaleS50.png
Events Participation Tournament Winners Merit Win 2 events in the Amyrlin's tournament Win 5 events in the Amyrlin's tournament Can only win once
ATParticipationSilver50.png ATParticipationGold50.png
Events Participation Attendance Merit Attend 10 Official Events/Conferences Attend 20 Official Events/Conferences
Events Attendance Merit Silver 50.png Events Attendance Merit Gold 50.png
Events Participation Amyrlin's Champion Merit n/a Win the Amyrlin's Tournament Can earn multiple
Amyrlins Champion Merit Gold 50.png
Online Spirit Gleeman's Merit Run 4 Mafia or Assassins games, including at least one mafia Run 2 Mafia or Assassins games Can earn once
GleemanMerit50.png Gold not yet available
Online Spirit Logo Design Merit Win the competition for the logo for an official event N/A Can earn multiple times
LogoDesignMerit50.png
Online Spirit Spirit Merit Receive 2 “Spirit of _____” awards, given out for each of our online festivals

Be chosen as a great participant for the forums or chat

n/a Can earn more than one
Spirit Festival Merit 50.png Spirit Chat Merit 50.png
Online Spirit Epic Prank Merit Perform an epic prank n/a Can earn more than one

by nomination only

Epic Prank Merit 50.png
Online Spirit Members' Choice Award Merit Earn a Members' Choice Award n/a Can earn more than one
Members Choice Award 50.png
Wild Card Alchemist Merit n/a Earn enough silvers that do not convert to Golds Can only earn once
Alchemsit Small.png
Wild Card Amyrlin's Award Merit n/a Earn a Amyrlin's Award Can earn more than one
Amyrlins Award Merit 50.png
Wild Card Keeper's Award Merit n/a Earn a Keeper's Award Can earn more than one
Keepers Award Merit 50.png
Wild Card Group Pride Merit n/a Serve one full term each as the Head/Company Commander and Heart/Honour Guard and Sitter/Warder Councillor for your Ajah/Company
Group Pride Merit Original 50.png
Wild Card Climbing the Ladder Merit n/a Serve in a staff position, as an administrator, and as an Executive
Climbing The Ladder Merit 50.png
Wild Card Globetrotter Merit n/a Attend at least three Official Events on at least two different continents
Globetrotter Merit 50.png
Wild Card Rock Star Merit n/a If you do something really, really off the charts epic to help someone by nomination only
Rock Star Merit 50.png
Administrative Service Staff Merit Serve in Staff Positions for 2.5 years Serve in Staff Positions for 5 years Can earn more than one

Does not include staff roles in Research, Marketing or Technology

Does not include writers for the TVT or consultants in the Department of Administration

Staff Merit Silver 50.png Staff Merit Gold 50.png
Administrative Service Administrator Merit Serve as an administrator for 2 years Serve as an administrator for 4 years Can earn more than one
Administrator Merit Silver 50.png Administrator Merit Gold 50.png
Administrative Service Executive Merit Serve as an Executive for 1.5 years Serve as an Executive for 3 years Can earn more than one
Executive Merit Silver 50.png Executive Merit Gold 50.png
Administrative Service Officer Merit Serve as an Officer for 1 year Serve as an Officer for 2 years Can earn more than one
Officer Merit Silver 50.png Officer Merit Gold 50.png
Administrative Service Group Service Merit Be recognized by Community group leader as having provided service to the group in an unofficial capacity NA Can earn more than once
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 Staff level positions in the Departments of Administration, Marketing and Technology qualify. Admin and Exec positions qualify for merits under the Administrative Service Category.
Pro Bono Merit Silver 50.png Pro Bono Merit Gold 50.png
Publishers Editing Merit Spend 1.5 years consistently editing the Library Spend 3 years consistently editing the Library Can only earn once
Editing Merit Silver 50.png Editing Merit Gold 50.png
Publishers Reporter Merit Write 20 articles for the TVT Write 50 articles for the TVT Can only earn once
Reporter Merit Silver 50.png Reporter Merit Gold 50.png
Publishers Writing Merit Write 20 articles for the Library Write 100 articles for the Library Can only earn once
Writing Merit Silver 50.png Writing Merit Gold 50.png
Publishers Copywriting Merit n/a Put in an exceptional effort in copywriting for our website
Copywriting Merit Gold 50.png
Raising the Next Generation Mentoring Merit Mentor 5 members who rise at least 1 rank Mentor 10 members who rise at least 1 rank
Mentoring Merit Silver 50.png Mentoring Merit Gold 50.png
Raising the Next Generation Classroom Participation Merit Participate in and complete 6 classes n/a
Classroom Participation Merit Silver 50.png
Raising the Next Generation Teaching Merit Teach 2 classes Teach 5 classes
Teaching Merit Silver 50.png TeachingMGold50.png
Raising the Next Generation Sponsorship Merit Sponsor 5 people for admittance to the Tower n/a
SponsorSilver50.png