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Soldier Kandra sur Samarand
Cutting Mistakes
Sun Oct 22, 2006 17:43 (XFF:,

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 practice swords. Kandra hoped that Zander let them use real swords later on, it just seemed foolish to use wooden ones. When I become a Dedicated, things will change around here.

Kandra trailed behind the other and selected a sword. It felt weird, but he supposed the feeling came from not ever having held a sword before. He started examining it more closely, until Zander's voice cut through his concentration.

"Now, the majority of you have picked poorly, which is understandable, so don't feel disheartened. You should never pick a weapon that you are going to use unless you inspect it first. It could mean life or death in a tough situation. I saw many of you just walk up to the racks and pick one at random. A bad move. A sword should always be the length of your own arm, as exact as you can get it, at least. It should be as balanced as you can get it, and you should be able to comfortably fit both hands onto the hilt. Also, take into account that everyone's hands are different sizes. It is no good picking a stave whose grip you can barely get your fingers to close around. Now, go pick again, and I will inspect you once more when you are back. And take your time. If you're going to invest your life to this weapon you are damn well going to learn how to use it, or I will quit as a teacher. And I do so love to teach"

The last comment brought scattered laughter from the assembly, but not from Kandra. He quietly berated himself. You fool! Choosing a sword that doesn't even reach your wrist. A sword meant for someone short! No wonder is felt strange! He cursed himself as he went to pick for a second time. Now, he took his time in making his choice. The sword he chose felt good in his hand, and that took away some of his embarrassment. But only some.

"Well done my brilliant pupils!" he proclaimed with honest pride, "you have chosen well, and not one of you got it wrong this time. And, so now we move on to the only other basic thing you really need to know. How to hold the damn thing! Now, watch how I am holding it." he said, picking up his sword and giving it a twirl before settling it in his hands loosely, "My writing hand, and thus the more controlling hand is at the top of the hilt, just below the cross-guard. My fingers and thumb positioned like so. And my less controlling hand, my left hand, is placed just behind that, practically touching my left thumb and the fleshy part of my right palm. Now you try it, and I will correct you where appropriate" Zander ordered, putting his practise sword down once more and beginning his rounds.

Kandra silently congratulated himself. He liked to be praised, and from Zander, his superior, it felt very good. He grasped his sword as instructed, and when Zander passed to inspect, he received a nod and a smile. Relief washed over him. He had done it correctly. The rest of the lesson should go along more smoothly. It should. As long as there are no mistakes again. From here on out, smooth sailing.

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