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The New Day
Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:44
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Styr greeted the new day as he did every other. Sitting cross-legged on his Spartan bed, he opened his eyes as the sun flooded over the lip of the single barracks window, warming his face. It made the other Dedicated in his room uneasy; the way he slept. Yet he had not slept truly since the Graveyard, and never lying down. Unfolding his long, broad body from its meditative stance, he dressed, and left the barracks before the others had even stirred. It was funny, as a Soldier he had revelled in concepts such as Pride and Dignity, yet he had stripped all that away in this Dedication, and left only that burning desire to complete his training; so that had could leave the Tower and exact his revenge. Revenge was all that he was now, deficit though it was. He had no friends, no allegiances, and no family…

Striding confidently down the near-deserted streets of the Black Tower, Styr headed for Breakfast; already planning the hours training he could get in before his afternoon lesson.




Sweating, back and arms cramped, Styr stood to attention before the M’Hael and his assistant. Having forsaken bladework since the loss of his hand, it was a true trial to even pick up the skills of his fore-arm-length dagger. Especially with his handicaps. S much compensation was involved that he needed a teacher to show him how to substitute even the most basic moves… Yet slowly, so so slowly, he was gaining some of his former dexterity and power.

"I am Dedicated Ceto Amaya din Marin and this, of course, is your M'Hael Lysander. Today's lesson will deal with both offensive and defensive weaves to be used in battle. While most people, I imagine, think of mainly offensive weaves – that is, weaves used to attack and eventually incapacitate your opponent – when they think of battle, defensive weaves are extremely important as well. If you cannot defend yourself from attack, you likely will not live long enough to formulate an attack yourself."

Styr thought back to that terrible battle, and a shudder gripped his spine. He nodded. She might be only an assistant to the M’Hael, but he realized she obviously had far more experience of this than himself. Respect wavered at the edges of the Void, and he ignored it. He would be careful, no more. Yet he needed this experience, both to finish his training quickly, and so that he could exact his revenge. It was stupid to assume that he could destroy the fiend with so little strength and skill. Yet he knew as well as any other that with constant practice of the Power, men grew in both in leaps and bounds. He had not taken part in one of these regimented lessons in months, and it was his first as a Dedicated. He would prevail however; even if he had rarely ever used the Power before now for anything other than the necessary. He would have his revenge.

Unsmiling, he stepped forward and saluted.

‘Dedicated-Major Styr Tai’Sei, Sir! Ma’am!’

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    • Completion!Mark, Fri Sep 15 17:42
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