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The Complete Guide to Playing with Knives
Mon Sep 18, 2006 09:33 (XFF:

Styr stared down at the crumpled note with cold unenthusiasm. A lesson… They wanted him, to teach, a lesson… Grimacing, he channelled; and the paper scrunched itself up into midair, disappearing in a flash of saidin. It was bad enough having to attend the damned things, but to be forced to teach the not only Soldiers but also accursed Gaidin Initiates was far beyond the call of duty! Compromising with himself, he thought that at least the Dedicated might be competent enough to keep the others in order. The last thing he wanted was to be stuck enforcing bloody discipline and tending to anyone wounded out of pure stupidity and pointless pride.

Growling softly enough under his breath that it couldn’t wake the rest of the Barracks, Styr swung his greatcoat violently over his shoulders and kicked open his trunk. Seconds of rummaging occurred before he realised that there was a noticeable absence of weaponry within. He cursed, and then scowled as several Dedicated cursed sleepily in return. Of course, his knife had shattered at the Battle in the Borderlands. Gritting his teeth, he pulled on his boots and strode out into the dawn. It would take him all morning just to set up the bloody Knives Tutorial, and he would have to stop off at the Armoury on the way. Practice lathes, and perhaps a few of the ‘real deal’ would suffice. He didn’t want casualties, but perhaps a little incentive to put an edge on their determination. He chuckled at that. An edge…

Yet moments later, Styr’s scowl had returned; as black as the fleeing night. His eyes flashed violet. Hard, polished stones in the rocky planes of his face. In the Borderlands, he had once heard the phrase ‘Death is lighter than a feather, Duty heavier than a mountain’. It was true, but perhaps an amendment should be made. For Revenge; that was also as heavy as a Mountain. A Duty in itself… As the sun reclaimed the sky, Styr disappeared into the shadowy Armoury.

‘Right! All of you: Soldiers, Dedicated, Accepted or Gaidin… Shut it!’ Styr leant casually against the wooden barrier of the makeshift arena, one boot kicking lazily against the crate of lathes. It was a feeble imitation of the Training Grounds at the White Tower, and he could see contempt flashing in some of the ‘Other’ Tower’s Initiates. But he would not accept their blithe chitter-chatter. If he had to teach this travesty of a lesson, then so be it. He would do it properly, and if any of those equalling his rank thought themselves better equipped, he would happily hand them the task.

‘Right, I see I’ve got you’re attention at least.’ There were looks of irritation, of distaste, of conceit, yet at least they were quiet now. ‘This is how it works. You introduce yourselves. Tell me your name, rank, and any prior experience you’ve had with knives. Then, we can get on with the good stuff!’ Styr eyed the assembled initiates. Few looked as though they would warm to him, despite his jovial tone, yet he didn’t need to be liked. He just needed to be listened to. If the fools took in what he had to say and show them, then there would be few problems. The thing was, people rarely listened. They were too busy listening to the sound of their own voices…

Sighing, and wishing the M’Hael had never forced this upon him, Styr gave a little flick of his handless wrist at the nearest recruit and saw him flinch. He kept forgetting the phobia some people had with missing limbs and deformities… Great Lord give me strength.


OOC: Right, you know the drill. 400 words introducing yourself etc. The first part of the lesson should be up by Wednesday. Oh and don’t worry too much about Styr, he’s just an irritable git really.

    • Lesson Complete!Tom, Mon Oct 16 01:27
      Credit goes to Soldier Shayla, Soldier Kandra and Soldier Afaila! God job guys, it's been a pleasure. Tom ~Styr Tai'Sei, Dedicated~
    • Part III: A Short Drop and a Sudden StopStyr Tai'Sei, Dedicated, Sun Oct 1 02:59
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    • Part II: Balancing Offence and DefenceStyr Tai'Sei, Dedicated, Mon Sep 25 12:18
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      • Wards are Unpleasant...Soldier Kandra sur Samarand, Tue Sep 26 17:25
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        Afailla was thoroughly enjoying herself – the burn of physical fatigue felt good, almost comforting. Granted, she was sweating like a pig, an her uniform clung to her uncomfortably, but she felt as... more
    • Part I: Of Sickle and SleeveStyr Tai'Sei, Dedicated, Thu Sep 21 13:14
      Styr surveyed his motley assortment of pupils, and sighed. It was bemusement more than anything else that drew the breath from his quirked lips. No place in the world harboured such a travesty of... more
      • Forced DownSoldier Shayla al'Cazor, Mon Oct 2 11:13
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      • Natural InstinctsSoldier Kandra sur Samarand, Thu Sep 21 19:12
        Kandra stood back, examining his blades. Both were Sickles, which he had wanted to get in the first place. It was said that the best offense was a good defense, but Kandra imagined that it worked... more
      • Did you say 'sick on my sleeve?'Soldier Afailla Dafrin, Thu Sep 21 17:28
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