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Better to show up late than not at all
Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:41pm (XFF:

It was a slim figure that made its way down the stairs outside the White Tower. Taphen barely stood 5´6´´ and while entering his twenties had put a little meat on his bones, he was still surprisingly thin. At least the Aes Sedai weren’t ordering him to eat for two anymore. They seemed to have accepted that he would never become anything but frail and hollow-cheeked. Just as well, when the time comes, my battle will not be fought through physical strength. Saidin is by my side, my weapon, my curse. He joined the small group of novices already assembled around Accepted Aranisia, he found it funny that an Accepted was allowed, and trusted enough to escort novices out into Tar Valon. Usually that was restricted area, and Taphen could not remember the last time he was allowed out of the Tower.

That had been the lure of this particular lesson, a chance for a change in scenery was not to be missed. The note on the content of the lesson had been a bit vague, but new knowledge was always welcome and Taphen had already learn that the Accepted had a lot of knowledge to give, and were often more eager to part with it than Aes Sedai were, as teaching was still new and exciting to them. He waited his turn to present himself, this practise was used in nearly every lesson, and a ritual one went through without really paying attention anymore, except for… Juggling? Why does she want to know that? Does she mean through channelling? Realising that he was next, Taphen cleared his throat. “I am Taphen al’Goud, from Andor. I have been in the Tower for five and a half years, give or take and the only things I’ve ever juggled were three orbs of light, through saidin.”

In truth, it had only been one orb and there had been more hovering than anything, but Taphen’s mind – proud as he had been at being able to produce the ball in the first place – spiced up the story, yet again without him knowing it. It was an illness he had not yet detected, nor had the Tower, but his memories were slowly replaced with more dramatic and exciting versions of the former truth. Usually just being in the White Tower proved exciting enough for his mind to accept the truth as it was, but ever so often the truth was rejected, and lies and fantasy filled his universe.

OOC: Hi, sorry I’m late, I decided that I could use this lesson’s credit instead of the individual work, I’m doing with Accepted Luc, as he isn’t really here at the moment. I’ll respond to part one before Saturday! Enjoy…

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