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Plant Augmentation
Sun May 14, 2006 3:15pm (XFF:

Lessons at the White Tower was a funny thing, having tried lessons at the Black Tower, Taphen saw the huge difference in style and purpose of the lessons being taught. The Black Tower seemed to teach for the purpose of direct use, and efficiency, whereas the White Tower taught through principles and concepts, with a more elusive purpose. It forced the novices to think about when and how to apply the weaves they were being taught. Now if I can only find a use for this silly weave. Taphen hoped that the Black Tower would teach their soldiers to think as well as act, and prayed that at least some of his own lessons would have a clearer purpose, and teach a more useful skill.

Trying to decipher what was important in this lesson Taphen sat down in front of a small a rosebush, which in this garden meant that it was still of a fair size, and healthy looking. if there aren’t that many roses, then I might not need that much Water. He tried to recall the weave as Alain had made it. The male way of doing things were more direct and brute than that of saidar, and Taphen took his time delving the bush to become familiar with that which he had to make grow. It was a simple weave, taken from a healing lesson, where they had learned to delve for strengths and weaknesses. Apparently it was not good to perform healing without first know what problems the subject suffered from. Another example of implementing a weave in more than one situation. The rosebush was not damaged and was as healthy and unbroken as it had appeared, but he guessed that with the One Power one could still augment it to grow further than with nature’s help alone.

He seized saidin, took slow and steady breaths as the fire and ice tore his insides to shreds, a familiar but still unwelcome feeling. The trick seemed to be to expand the root system and thereby feed the bush more energy. It was probably possible to enhance it through saidin alone, but as soon as he stopped the plant would starve as it would have grown according to the new level of energy. No, the right way would be as Accepted Medaea and Alain had told them, to expand the roots and let the plant care for itself. Spirit and elusive threads of Water formed a grid, covering the root system, their purpose, it seemed, was to check and control the energy level in the soil. Taphen felt, as he lowered the weave further, that there was richer soil to be had below the root, if he could only make them penetrate the thin layer of clay that barricaded the way. Strengthening the grid further with Spirit, he really was weak in Water; Taphen left it there and began the second part of the task.

Lacing the roots with weaves of Earth, aided by more Spirit and Water, Taphen goaded the bush to push downwards, forced them to penetrate the clay in order to get to the rich soil below. He winched as he felt the first roots break, too fast, too soon. Patience Taphen, nice and slow now. The damage had been done, and he would have to make sure that the remaining roots made it, not only to sustain the pant, but to supply bountiful energy for the bush to feed of. Strengthening his weaves further, he eased the roots through the clay, and felt them spread further down, faster now that they had made it through, He kept on guiding them. “I think you’ve done enough for them now, let the bush do the work from now on.” Accepted Alain’s words registered on the outskirt of Taphen’s conscience, and he reluctantly allowed the weaves to dissolve, leaving him alone with the struggle for control over saidin he felt it the most now when he held on to the One Power without channeling it.

a gentle breeze sent shivers down Taphen’s spine. He was drenched in sweat, apparently the effort and concentration had been more than he had expected. Risking a quick weave to dry his tunic, Taphen wiped his forehead and looked up for the first time at his chosen bush. He smiled, surprised and unexpectedly pleased with the difference he had made. The petals had opened up a bit, feeding of the new source of energy, he even felt a desire to come and check on the plant later on to see if the effect still held on. He had not expected to care for this, nor was he sure why he was smiling; it seemed such a trivial thing he had done. Still not sure how this weave would apply for later use, he decided to give the lesson and Accepted Medaea a chance to clarify that through the rest of the lesson, all the while venturing the question. “Accepted, while I appreciate the value of this weave, how does it apply to situations other than gardening?” Maybe it’s just for learning about the principles of growth and energy transference from for example the soil to a plant. Taphen did love books and this did sound like something he had read before. That is, if he was right in his assumption.

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