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First to Serve
Sun Sep 3, 2006 10:24 (XFF:

Soradrelle stared at the Novice for several moments. He could remember exactly one time when someone’s attitude had changed so quickly - that had been an equally spoiled girl who’s moods had changed with the point in the stories he told. Dempsey may have slighted him? Sora wondered how Dempsey could have been more offensive. And yet, it was a simple request, if a rather disgusting one to one of Tuatha’an sensibilities - Sora had come to learn that perhaps there was a place for violence in the world, even if it was not his place, and that the same Creator who had made the leaf had also made the hawk. But he knew there was no place for the glorification of violence itself. Perhaps it was born in the just glory of courage, such as the Da’shain had shown, or the strength to endure, but even if doing violence was a necessary evil, it was still an evil. If his novice had been better disposed towards him, he may have tried to teach him these things, but as it was. . . perhaps this “treat” was the carrot he needed to goad this mule into appropriate action. And, of course, he couldn’t expect his attitude to be changed all in a day. It would be changed - he would make sure of that, and he was sure the Aes Sedai would as well - but these things had to be taken one step at a time. So Soradrelle nodded.

“If - and I stress if - you behave yourself and cooperate, and show the proper respect to everyone in the Tower during the time you’re with me, I will take you to the training grounds this evening to watch the Gaidin and Gaidar practice. But you must cooperate, and bow to every Accepted. You will not be condescending towards any Novice, nor servant.” Sora considered demanding a bow from the boy - he still hadn’t gotten one - but decided it wasn’t worth the inevitable fight. He had an idea that they would be at odds again soon anyway.

“Follow me,” Sora finished simply, and turned and left the Novice’s room, never doubting that Dempsey was following. As they went along the hallways Sora casually pointed out various classrooms and other points of interest such as the kitchens and dining hall. Finally, they arrived at his destination, in the Hall of Petition.

“This is the petitioners Hall, where those requesting audience with the Aes Sedai, whether for advice or some other help, sometimes Healing, come to make their requests. In the old tongue, Aes Sedai means ‘Servant of All,’ and to serve these, to answer these petitions, to Heal the sick - these are our highest honors.” He turned his gaze away from the hall and onto Dempsey, curious as to how he would react. “Your task now, Novice, and for the next half hour, will be to humbly greet and welcome the petitioners, take their cloaks and coats and hang them on the wall. Do you understand?”

  • Could We Maybe See the Big Men with Swords??Novice Dempsey Apteco Taborwin, Sun Sep 3 09:58
    "Oh very well," Dempsey said grumpily to the threat of being starved. He was tired of endlessly railing against the stubborn Tower-folk, and decided that he could perhaps simply enjoy his tour of the ... more
    • First to Serve — Accepted Soradrelle, Sun Sep 3 10:24
      • Slapped Shamelessly by Some Stupid Saldean!Novice Dempsey Apteco Taborwin, Sat Sep 9 07:48
        It grated Dempsey considerably to bow to passing Accepted, to stare at the novices with equality. He was tired however, and he was making no progress in his fight against the Tower's ridiculous... more
        • If your eye causes you to sin. . .Accepted Soradrelle, Tue Nov 14 18:36
          It was almost physically painful for Soradrelle to watch Dempsey taking the petitioner’s cloaks and coats - he was clearly not even trying to be humble, apparently preferring instead to be rude.... more
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