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Tainted Formalities
Wed Oct 11, 2006 20:43 (XFF:

Reyna yawned, her jaw creaking with the early morning. She was half incoherent as she readied herself for the day. Putting all her things in order before leaving her small room. It was still early, but Reyna had a morning routine to complete before breakfast and lessons. It was these morning work-outs that kept her going throughout the day, though she could hardly fathom why, she was only doing more work. Stepping out into the chilly morning air was a refreshing wake up. Her eyes were open now and fully alert. With a small shake, she set about her morning.

Reyna was just swallowing the last bits of her speedy meal as she walked out onto the fields where her morning lesson was to be taking place. Today, she was going to learn basic sword. An endeavor entirely new to her and likely to make her look a fool as well. No matter she thought. A small grin popped into existence as she saw the Dedicated who was teaching the lesson. He was currently practicing forms, so he obviously would not see her but she smiled anyway. Reyna made herself part of the tiny congregation of other recruits. She was one of the first there.

As Reyna waited for more to return, she studied Zander and his fluid motions. How she wished she might be so graceful with the sword, but she knew it would not be so. Chances are she would not even know how to hold her sword properly. She had never been very fond of the weapon, but she thought it might be a useful skill to have while in the service of the Black Tower. Clasping her hands in front of her, she waited another few minutes until finally, Zander stopped his ‘dance’ and turned to face the class. There were a fair few present at the lesson as he spoke.

“Good morning to you brothers and sisters. My name is Dedicated Zander Kilgas, and it is my task to teach you a bit about the sword today. Some of you know me, and others do not, but I ask that today no one misbehaves. I do so hate punishing anyone,” he said with a sad shake of hid head for show, “now come forward all of you! Gather round and tell me your name and any experience you’ve had with any weapon, and I stress any weapon” he finished with a smile of white mischief and a wink for his students.

I see he is the same here as he was before. Reyna almost snickered out loud, but controlled herself. It would not do to come out like that in front of a class. It was one thing to talk to someone alone, and another to talk to them while they were supposed to be promoting their rank and you your own. Instead she stood erect, as she should and listened to Zander respectfully, not matter the thoughts in her mind.

Reyna decided to speak up first, as nobody else seemed to be volunteering themselves. “Good morning, Dedicated. Soldier Reyna a’Nesae reporting. I have only previous experience with knives, Dedicated.” The formality of her speech was only tainted by the tiniest hint of a smile at the end. She was sure Zander must have seen, though it was unclear whether anyone else had been paying attention.

OOC: I’m here! I’m here! Do not fear! I am here! I should never be a poet should I? XDD No matter,all that counts is I’m here.

  • Beginners SwordDedicated Zander Kilgas, Mon Oct 9 15:16
    Smoothing the lapels of his black coat and wiping the shoulders to free the dust that had accumulated on them, Zander strode from his quarters. Closing the door, he saw that it had begun to crack in... more
    • Part One: Back To Basics...Dedicated Zander Kilgas, Tue Oct 17 14:49
      Zander listened to his pupils introduce themselves, casually juggling the wooden practise sword in one hand, and a twinkle of merriment in his dark eyes. He knew a few friendly faces, and was happy... more
      • Part Two: A Few Dance Steps...Dedicated Zander Kilgas, Mon Oct 23 18:12
        Zander completed his rounds of the students gathered into rough ranks, inspecting their practise swords and their grips also. He corrected where appropriate, but mostly it was a mere quarter-inch... more
        • StumblingSoldier Kieran (Karen), Sun Nov 12 19:43
          Kieran always had known that his friend Zander was not exactly the sanest person around, but he never knew to what extent that insanity went. As he watched the demonstration with a grin, he finally... more
        • Part Three: A Duel or Two...Dedicated Zander Kilgas, Mon Nov 6 08:43
          Zander glanced around at his, for want of a better word, students. He didn't like the word student, as it implied a dependence on some sort of authority figure, but it was the only way to really... more
          • Credits!!! YayAndy, Mon Nov 13 16:37
            Okay guys and gals, the lesson is over and everyone has posted (almost). And so, without further gilding the lily, here are the credits. Soldier Kieran (Karen) Soldier Evie Holinshed Soldier Kandra... more
          • RevelationsSoldier Kieran (Karen), Sun Nov 12 21:09
            As he was called forward, Kieran couldn't help but feel a bit standoffish, considering that smile and wink that Zander so readily gave him. He did not trust that good-natured grin for two seconds.... more
          • In Life, There Are No WinnersSoldier Evie Holinshed, Sat Nov 11 13:44
            Upon word that what they were supposed to attempt was a duel, Evie turned instinctively to Marietta, only to see that Liang had paired off with her. At that, she soon began scanning about to spy... more
          • Enemies DuelSoldier Kandra sur Samarand, Thu Nov 9 18:41
            Kandra gripped his lathe tighter, looking around as everyone else paired up and found their own corner. He hadn't really made any friends since coming to the Tower, so he felt somewhat left out. His... more
        • Dance StepsSoldier Kandra sur Samarand, Mon Oct 30 17:40
          Kandra watched as Zander demonstrated the poses, and then instructed them to repeat as they had seen. Kandra thought they looked a little foolish, but then again, he had no prior experience with... more
        • Two Left Feet?Soldier Evie Holinshed, Wed Oct 25 19:58
          Evie blinked. Zander was nuts. He was thoroughly, wholly, completely, fully, extensively, sweepingly, absolutely mind-numbingly nuts. She really didn’t have to . . . to do that thing, did she? That... more
      • Cutting MistakesSoldier Kandra sur Samarand, Sun Oct 22 17:43
        Kandra only half listened as Zander explained. For some reason, his thoughts were wandering. He was jolted back to reality when everyone seemed to move as one, towards the rack that housed the... more
      • Getting VolunteeredSoldier Kieran (Karen), Sun Oct 22 16:31
        Kieran gave a wince for show, making others believe that it had actually bothered him, and stunned him to be singled out. Of course, it was just enough to cover his grin. He was glad that Zander had... more
      • Odd One OutSoldier Evie Holinshed, Sat Oct 21 21:17
        Evie could hardly help but wonder whether there was something going on between Zander and Karen. An illicit affair between the two men, mayhap? Not exactly commonplace, no, but not entirely... more
    • Getting CheekySoldier Kieran (Karen), Mon Oct 16 21:33
      Kieran made sure to make an appearance at the lesson that his…acquaintance was teaching. Zander and he had become what others may call friends, but it wasn't practical to think that that relationship ... more
    • A Bite of PorridgeSoldier Evie Holinshed, Sun Oct 15 13:45
      Breakfast left something to be desired. Home in Paedrig Rill, Evie had been ripe with choices. A colourful display of fruits was within arm’s reach, and waffles and butter and foodstuffs of the fried ... more
    • Eager to Begin....Soldier Kandra sur Samarand, Fri Oct 13 16:43
      Kandra walked along towards the practice yards. Through word of mouth he had heard of the Sword lesson planned for today, and he was eager to get there. He pulled his black coat closer to him.... more
    • Tainted Formalities — Soldier Reyna a'Nesae, Wed Oct 11 20:43
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