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Only a Fool Trusts His Life To a Weapon
Sun Apr 23, 2006 17:09
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Sarin Cordana tossed aside the rag he had used to wipe the sweat from his forehead after his 5-mile jog. It was a simple warm-up while he had nothing better to do, no lessons until later in the day and he had to do something with himself. He headed inside to try and find some sort of water to get rid of the dusty taste out of his mouth he stumbled upon the oddest thing he had seen since coming to the tower.

A circle of mats lined the inside of the training hall and on what seemed the head of them all sat Lyone Sei’Tar. The Aethan’Tar scratched his head as he watched her simply sit there without acknowledging the other trainees making their way into the hall. “Must be a lesson…” Sarin mumbled to himself as the others pushed past him to find their own mats to sit on.

“Welcome, to the hand to hand combat lesson.

The sudden outburst had frightened most of the trainees in the room, Sarin simply let out a harrumph. Sarin glanced around and found an open cushion next to one of the other faces he had never seen before

I do not want your names just yet, but instead I want you to make yourself comfortable on your cushion, there are enough for everyone…Meditation is a vital part to hand to hand combat…

He listened casually to the instructions of the teacher and closed his eyes and began to do as he was told. He took his first breath, his second, his third, his tenth; he started to feel relaxed with each breath and began to focus his mind on his feet. He began to tighten his muscles as explained and that feeling of weightlessness he was supposed to feel never showed up.

He still felt as heavy as a wet Trolloc and then some; this wasn’t working, as he began to tighten his biceps he tried to empty his mind of thought, to see nothing and be nothing,

Others finished before him, but he decided to let them think he was simply taking his time relaxing his mind and taking his breaths. He reached twenty and his eyes opened slowly, adjusting to the light slowly as he tried to find the teacher in the blur of it all, and as they finally focus on her he began to feel that calm that he was told would come.

He looked towards the teacher waiting for some sort of instruction, but nothing was said. She seemed to be waiting for everyone, so his eyes wandered to his hands and he took in one last deep breath.

“Even without their swords, the man himself is a weapon…”

  • Matters of Hand to HandLyone Sei'Tar, MuC, Wed Apr 19 03:38
    “Lyone Sei’Tar!” Lyone turned from her walk to find the Head Gaidin approaching her, a hurried look on his face. In respect, she gave an awkward salute and then changed her mind halfway through that... more
    • Lesson Finished!Jeremy, Sun May 14 14:10
      Good job, guys, and those with cedit are: -Accepted Arin -Sarin, Aethan'Tar And those with extensions are: -Tain, Aethan'Tar -Adrien-Baptiste Chandonee New lessons ahoy! ::Jeremy::
    • Part Three: Hands-OnLyone Sei'Tar, MuC, Tue May 9 04:11
      After a few moments of her little spiel, a few hands shot into the air and Lyone pointed at the boy who’d raised his hand first – one of those black clad trainees from the Black Tower. “What’s your... more
      • ObservingTain Aethan'Tar, Thu May 18 03:12
        After the short, delightful demonstration, that had the Sei’Tar pummeling the Light out of a Black Tower trainee, a short question and answers session followed. Tain smiled happily to himself, as the ... more
      • Practice Makes Fools of Us All.Adrien-Baptiste Chandonee, Mon May 15 20:11
        Adrien-Baptiste Chandonne had to give the Sei’tar credit. She would have made a fine soldier in the Dragons army, with her fire and her matter-of-factness. He admired that in her, in everyone for... more
      • IndelibleSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Sat May 13 17:50
        When the teacher allowed them to challenge on another to a fight, a wide smile spread across the face of the Aethan’Tar. Finally, some real action, He immediately made his way towards one of the men... more
      • Remembering Old LessonsAccepted Arin Alistaire, Sat May 13 13:47
        Arin tried to listen more intently than she had the previous time as the Sei'Tar continued to explain. The woman, apparently, either did not want them to know much about her or would just rather keep ... more
    • Part Two: RulesLyone Sei'Tar, MuC, Tue May 2 22:54
      As they began the exercise that Lyone had given them, the Sei’Tar moved around the room slowly, watching each student as they practiced the punches that Lyone had set them. It was quite amusing to... more
      • Rule Number oneSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Mon May 15 17:25
        Every teacher who would teach something like hand to hand combat would tell you that you should never use it unless in self-defense. But Sarin Cordana knew better, after all they weren’t training him ... more
      • I was never one for rules!Tain Aethan'Tar, Tue May 9 00:59
        Tain smiled to himself, as he continued his fight against the imaginary foe, he was pretending to beat the life out of, by punching. He was enjoying this lesson and was looking forward to using it to ... more
      • Of the Highest PriorityAccepted Arin Alistaire, Mon May 8 22:17
        Arin tried to keep her attention on the teacher, only half-succeeding. This woman's method of teaching and Lian's method were two different things. Lian's way had been rather… painful at times,... more
      • Protocols MUST Be ObservedAdrien-Baptiste Chandonee, Wed May 3 13:23
        “Now,” the as yet unnamed instructor said after rattling off a whole spiel about the proper progression for defending ones self. As he would have expected for the White Tower, it was long, tedious,... more
    • Fighting for survivalTain Aethan'Tar, Fri Apr 28 02:13
      In quick succession, three blows landed in his midriff, knocking him off his feet, to tumble to the ground. Tain lay on his back, staring up at the clear blue sky, trying and failing to pull air into ... more
    • Quieting the MindAccepted Arin Alistaire, Thu Apr 27 20:23
      Arin couldn't help smiling slightly. This coming lesson was something that she enjoyed: hand to hand combat. As her friends could testify, the girl was violent. Under pressure, she was fairly likely... more
    • Part One: PunchingLyone Sei'Tar, MuC, Wed Apr 26 00:49
      “It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it?” Lyone asked, hoping that most of the trainees gathered had actually managed to reach the stage in the meditation when the feeling she wanted them to get became... more
      • Fists of RageSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Sun Apr 30 16:36
        Sarin Cordana’s fist was balled at his side through the whole time the teacher spoke; he was ready to fight without a weapon any day. He slowly raised each hand to their proper position near his... more
      • Re-learningAccepted Arin Alistaire, Sat Apr 29 13:24
        Their instructor on the subject seemed to be quite enthusiastic about what she was teaching. Certainly, she was more verbose than she had been when explaining the basics of meditation. It was a sharp ... more
      • A warrior without a clueTain Aethan'Tar, Sat Apr 29 01:30
        A flash of lightning illuminated the parade grounds, as a crash of thunder split the silence. Rain poured out of the heavens, soaking the tall man through. He stood at the centre of the open area,... more
      • Punch Drunk LoveAdrien-Baptiste Chandonne, Fri Apr 28 19:55
        It might have taken longer than he could consider desirable, the lesson did eventually continue. The instructor offered a few insights, and for the most part, they made sense. That… whatever her name ... more
    • Only a Fool Trusts His Life To a Weapon — Sarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Sun Apr 23 17:09
    • Hooked on a feelin'...Adrien-Baptiste Chandonee, Fri Apr 21 11:04
      Adrien wondered as he wandered aimlessly through the White Tower, just how it was that anything ever got accomplished in the ceaseless warren the Aes Sedai and their ilk called home. He decided he... more
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