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The Elements
Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:21am

Kipcha watched Stella’s struggles with baited breath. What if the girl couldn’t do it? But, then again, if she couldn’t do it, why would she have been sent to Kipcha in order to be taught to embrace? It didn’t line up. The first time the young woman tried to embrace saidar, she failed miserably, opening her eyes without the glow of saidar surrounding her. Kipcha’s hopes began to fall, but then she remembered how hard of a time she herself had in learning how to channel the One Power. She had had a block, one that could only be overcome if she felt enough anger towards a particular person; most often, this anger was aroused by memories of her father.

It was with great pleasure that Kipcha saw the glow appear around Stella’s body, the glow that indicated she had embraced saidar. The girl gasped, surprised that she was able to do it. Kipcha only nodded; it was expected, and the glow Stella had around herself, even now, was stronger than it should be for a Novice on her first touching of the True Source. She’ll be a strong one, Kipcha mused. Nearly as strong as me…a good candidate for the Great Lord of the Dark, perhaps. But opportunities like that would come later. Kipcha was her mentor now; she was there to answer questions, to make life easier for the girl while she was in the Tower.

“Very good. There is one other task I must show you, before you can go on to your classes as a Novice. You must know the flows of saidar, must be able to recognize them and hopefully pull them at will from the river that is saidar. By doing this, you will be able to detect your elemental strengths. I myself can see the weaves you create, but only you can tell how strong those weaves actually are. My strengths, in order from greatest to weakest, are Spirit, Air, Fire, Earth, and Water.”

“Now.” Kipcha embraced the Source, determined to show the girl what every weave looked like; well, not every weave, but what a strand of every element looked like. “First off: Spirit.” Kipcha pulled out of the river of saidar a rope-thick cord, shimmering, with a purple-silver sheen over the surface. It bent eagerly to her, the thread lazily swaying as she pulled it along. “Each weave looks different for each person. For me, Spirit looks like this. Try hard to see the flows; it shouldn’t be difficult, now that you have touched the One Power. Flows of Spirit are designed mostly for use with weaves on yourself, and they play a big part in Healing and in the Warder Bond.”

“Next: Air.” Kipcha pulled a strand of this out, the strand only a little thinner than the rope of Spirit had been. It appeared…fluffy, wasn’t the right word to describe it, but it definitely had a cloud-like air. The edges weren’t all that defined, deciding to end in wisps, like the clouds they embodied. This too, seemed to have its own nature, seeming to float on nothing. “Air is used, obviously, for Air weaves. But it is also used to make things—bowls, chairs, benches, etc.”

“Fire.” Kipcha dipped into the river of saidar and pulled out a thin strand. It was a dark red in color, with its insides shifting in various shades of yellow and orange, as unchanging and inconsistent as the summer sky. “This element is commonly used in warming weaves, as well as in many battle weaves.” Kipcha glanced at the girl, who was watching the threads raptly. “You’ll notice as I keep channeling that the threads get thinner and less easy to control. This is because I am weaker in those elements. You will have to work hard to make them do what you want.”

“Earth.” She pulled out this strand, which appeared dull. It was brown in color, but inside the strand itself were shifting shades of green, red, brown, and gold. It was much thinner than the others, and Kipcha stared intently at the thread as she talked to make sure it behaved. “This is used again, in battle weaves. It’s one of the more common elements for men to be strong in. Everyone is different in strengths; Water and Air are typical strengths for women, Fire and Earth the same for men. Earth is also used to build things up.”

“And lastly, Water.” She pulled out this strand with some difficulty. It was thin, bigger than a thread, though not by much. “Look closely at this one,” Kipcha said, her voice strained. The water was roiling inside itself, and it seemed a sea lived in this solitary thread. “Water is used obviously, for making water, but it is used in many other ways as well, most of them convenient.”

Kipcha let go of saidar, looking at the girl. “Now, see if you can try to take the threads out of the river of , and then tell me what you think your elemental strengths are. After that, you may leave. Your embracing is complete.”

OOC: sorry!!!! Tyook me forever! But respond to this, and you’re good to go!

  • A Red RoseStella Celesta, Novice, Mon Dec 4 2:24pm
    Stella quickly forgot her embarrassment as Kipacha began answering her slew of questions - My dear? she couldn’t help thinking, How old am I, ten? - but she swallowed the information like a sponge.... more
    • The Elements — Accepted Kipcha al'Shain, Mon Dec 11 3:21am
      • The Last StepStella Celesta, Novice, Sun Jan 7 9:35am
        Stella watched Kipacha’s weaves, half eager to try them herself and still half stunned that she could see them at all. Each thread of saidar looked beautiful, all unique yet similar. She grinned in... more
        • Credit! (nm)Accepted Kipcha al'Shain, Tue Jan 16 4:04am
          Now you have your embracing credit and you can participate in channeling lessons!!! Yey! It's been fun!
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