How to Play in the Black Tower

The Black Tower 

Faction Phrase: Ren’s Beard

Faction Hashtag: #theblacktower 

Welcome to Weaves of the Wheel, the role playing game based on the epic fantasy series Wheel of Time. Here you will find your home in The Black Tower. As you spend your time in training you will earn points. These points will help you progress in positions and abilities. The more you participate, the more points you earn. All Player Characters move at their own pace and there is no requirement of participation to be a full member of the community. 

Welcome to Hei’Tom and the Black Tower, Soldier!

 Every member collects points by completing a variety of simple tasks within the community to complete the rank and move forward. Those playing in the 4th Age Roleplay and Storytelling Game collect skills (for channelers, these are called affinity points and determine channeling strength), weaves, talents, and objects for their inventory that will prove useful to you as you explore the lands of the 4th Age.

All members may collect wages which can be used for gambling and reward in the community.

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ALL AFFINITY SCORES START:

Earth – 1/6

Fire – 1/6

Spirit – 1/6

Water – 1/6

Air – 1/6

*Affinities enable you to perform Advanced Weaves

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Civilian* 

0 – 50 points

*All joining the Black Tower join after completing all requirements for civilian rank.*

Tasks to complete rank:

Choose your character name and nation

Create a post on your character account, OR engage in a RP interaction in an official chat OR join in with any fandom discussion in the Reading Rooms or Discord. 

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Soldier

51 – 100 points

Tasks to complete rank:

A lesson with Master of Valdara: Resonance Test

A task about the Black Tower: Set by the Master

A task or question from an Asha’man 

Task or question in the Soldier Yard: earns 5 weapons points 

Inventory:

Black Coat

Skills:

Learn simple weave of Air – capable of blowing leaves across the ground.

Learn simple weave of Fire – capable of creating flame to light a candle.

Wage:

1 Gold Mark per week (Wages paid every Friday)

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*Raising to Dedicated is dependent on points and completion of tasks*

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Dedicated

101 – 200 Points

Tasks to complete rank:

A task about the One Power from the Master of Valdara or an Asha’man 

A question or task from the Koyn 

A task or question about your preferred weapon in the Soldier Yard: earning 5 weapons points

The trial of the Gauntlet (Pre-Raising test)

Inventory:

Silver sword pin to wear on left collar

Earn:

Earn +2 affinity points to place on the affinity points board however the player chooses.

Access to Black Tower Tavern Chat

Skills:

Learns simple weave of Water – strong enough to fill a cup with water from a source

Learns simple weave of Earth – strong enough to lift a small rock 1ft in the air

Learns simple weave of Spirit – strong enough to heal a scratch 

Wage:

5 Gold Marks per week

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*Raising to full Asha’man is not subject to points only. Raising occurs under permission from the Master of Valdara. Raising can take up to one week after points and tasks have been completed*

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Asha’man

201 – 350 points

Tasks to complete rank:

Complete Character Spotlight for Archives page.

A task on what it means to be Asha’man and the duties to the Black Tower (in chosen format) 

Inventory:

Dragon pin to wear on right collar 

War Horse, Pack Horse, Dog, Cat, or Bird (other animals may require authorization).

Earn:

A raising Ceremony in the Black Tower 

+5 affinity points to place on the board however the player chooses

One Talent of choice for your character (see list, new Talents require authorization)

Perks:

Access to the Black Tower at Hei’Tom chat

May bond a Warder*

Skills:

Can now perform all Basic Weaves – see list

Wage:

20 Gold Marks per week

*If you desire a mutual bond, you MUST train to rank of Warder in Warder Yard

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Levels after this rank require regular community contributions in the form of community content, such as storytelling/RP or artwork that contribute to WotW 4th Age, articles or opinion pieces that contribute to the website or social media content for the various community social pages, such as YouTube or Twitter. 

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You are now able to dictate your own training. Please select a training program (tree) you would like to climb, depending on the weaves and affinities you are keen to earn and strengthen. You may climb the trees in any order of your choosing, however, once you start on a tree, you are required to complete before starting another.

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Asha’man Baijan (Attack) – Fire and Earth

Asha’man Yohini (Damage)

351 – 500 points 

Requirement to complete rank: 

1 item content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

5 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

A Ter’angreal from list

Earn: 

+2 affinity points to place on board however the player chooses.

Skills: 

Unlock the weave: Fire blossoms

Wage: 

60 Gold Marks per week

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Asha’man Samma (Destroy)

501 – 650 points 

Requirements to complete rank: 

2 items of content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

10 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

An angreal from list

Earn: 

+2 affinity points in Fire and/or Earth

Skills: 

Unlock weave: Deathgates

Wages

80 Gold Marks per week

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Asha’man Knotai (Devastation)

651 – 1000 points

*At 650 points, you are now eligible to be nominated for a position on the council during the next election*

Requirements to complete rank: 

3 items of content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

15 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

A second Ter’angreal from list

(4 Ter’angreal may be cashed in for a second Talent)

Earn: 

+2 affinity points in Fire and/or Earth

Skills: 

Unlock weave: Balefire

Wages: 

100 Gold Marks per week

*Balefire is a forbidden weave and is only to be used in extreme circumstances. The use of Balefire has a cost. The cost is -50 rank points per use/story post, except in the instance of the training to learn the weave. 

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Once level is complete, you can cash in 1000 points for 1000 gold crowns and begin a new tree. You keep all earned ranks/ affinities/ perks and wages, but your points tally returns to 0 to work your way to a new points tree and additional ranks/ perks and affinities. Your wage does not exceed 100GM. 

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Asha’man Tsorovan (Storm) – Air and Water

Asha’man Raia (Air)

351 -500 points 

Requirement to complete rank: 

1 item content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

5 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

A ter’angreal from list

Earn: 

+2 affinity points to place on board however the  player chooses.     

Skill: 

Unlock weave: Shield/Dome of hardened air 

Wages: 

60 Gold Marks per week

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Asha’man Odashi (Weather)

501 – 650 points 

Requirement to complete rank: 

2 items of content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

10 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

An angreal from the list

Earn: 

+2 affinity points in Water and/or Air

Skill: 

Unlock weave: Cloud Forming (disperse or create rain)

Wages: 

80 Gold Marks per week

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Asha’man Sha’mad (Thunder)

651 -1000 points 

*At 650 points, you are now eligible to be nominated for a position on the council during the next election*

Requirements to complete rank: 

3 items of content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

15 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

A second Ter’angreal from list

(4 Ter’angreal may be cashed in for a second Talent)

Earn: 

+2 affinity points in Water and/or Air

Skill: 

Unlock weave: Explosive lightning storm.

Wages: 

100 Gold Marks per week

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Once level is complete, you can cash in 1000 points for 1000 gold crowns and begin a new tree. You keep all earned ranks/ affinities/ perks and wages, but your points tally returns to 0 to work your way to a new points tree and additional ranks/ perks and affinities. Your wage does not exceed 100GM. 

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Asha’man Mah’alleinir – Spirit

Asha’man Creo (Create)

351 – 500 points 

Requirements to complete rank: 

1 item content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

5 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

A Ter’angreal from list

Earn: 

+2 affinity points to place on board however the player chooses

Skill: 

Unlock weave: Multiple Gateways

Wage: 

60 Gold Marks per week

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Asha’man Marcador (Hammer)

501 -650 points 

Requirements to complete rank: 

2 items of content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

10 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

May earn an angreal from list

Earn: 

+2 affinity points in Spirit

Skill: 

Unlock weave: Aligning the Matrix 

Wage: 

80 Gold Marks per week

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Asha’man Shiatar (Iron)

651 – 1000 points

*At 650 points, you are now eligible to be nominated for a position on the council during the next election*

Requirements to complete rank: 

3 items of content created for the community (website/YouTube/etc)

Or

15 content posts on your character Instagram page

(for storytellers: Reasonable content examples may include earning your Ter’angreal/angreal and learning and developing your weaves)

Inventory: 

A second Ter’angreal from list

(4 Ter’angreal may be cashed in for a second Talent)

Earn: 

+2 affinity points in Spirit

Skill:

 Unlock Weave: Cuendillar 

Wage: 

100 Gold Marks per week

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Once level is complete, you can cash in 1000 points for 1000 gold crowns and begin a new tree. You keep all earned ranks/ affinities/ perks and wages, but your points tally returns to 0 to work your way to a new points tree and additional ranks/ perks and affinities. Your wage does not exceed 100GM. 

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Wages (in Gold Marks) 

GM paid weekly:

Soldier: 1 gm

Dedicated: 5 gm

Asha’man: 20 gm

Asha’man 1: 60 gm

Asha’man 2: 80 gm

Asha’man 3: 100 gm

Additional payments:

Koyn: +30 gm

Second: +20 gm

Master of Valdara: +20 gm

Council: +15 gm

+5 GM for a task given to lower ranking member (awarded on completion)