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Accepted Celeste Illharess
Rinse and repeat
Wed May 24, 2006 23:30 (XFF:

Finally, the game drew to a close as the SeiíTar, one Harin, called the group to gather. He began the lesson proper by touching first on the philosophies of fighting, the schools of thought that governed the mental process. Celeste listened easily, somewhat intently even, as Harin told them about the void, the oneness, the state of mind wherein one poured all emotions into a burning flame, leaving calm emptiness. It was the mark of a rational, calculated fighter.

The opposing philosophy was a nameless one, a trait that suited its very nature of inconsistency. This philosophy allowed a fighter to give in to his emotions, allowing instinct rather than conscious thought to lead.

Harin lectured on, his voice reminding Ceeste a little of her younger days when old Hector had taught her elementary sword work. He had spoken of such things too but Celeste had paid little heed at that time.

Next, the SeiíTar moved on to the five disciplines, the styles governing the physical aspects of fighting. The names rolled of her tongue as he spoke them. Thunder on the Ocean, Way of the Wind, Scales of Power, Path of Water and MoíKaiíLa.

Celeste knew a little about these too. There were a few new details but most of what was mentioned matched her memory. She already knew how she would fight. The Accepted had trained from an early age, before she had even come to the Tower, learning the sword under the eyes of her fatherís loyal retainers. While she was not particularly impressive with weapons, Celeste was competent enough to have mastered some of the basics.

Now, Harin moved on to demonstrate the guard positions from which all forms were launched. Some of these were new and the Accepted watched intently as five different positions were demonstrated. They seemed simple enough but she knew that there was no way one could pick up all the nuances from observing. Practice would be needed.

Once he had finished with the initial explanations, the SeiíTar ordered his class to fall in on the open field, where he quizzed each in turn about his or her philosophy and preferred fighting style. When it was her turn, Celeste answered without hesitation.

ďI choose to fight with my emotions and practice the Path of Water.Ē

Nodding, Harin gestured to the next trainee down the line who answered in a raspy voice with her own combination. After he had quizzed the last student, the SeiíTar began putting them through the stances, coming down the line to examine each and correct any errors. The first was LosíVal, the forward guard. Celeste raised her lathe bundle to the right, beside her ear, waiting patiently as Harin started from the beginning of the line. He passed her after a glance, moving on.

Next in line was TaeríVal, the straight guard. Here, Harin stopped to correct the angle of Celesteís grip. The sword tip was supposed to point at an opponentís throat. Following that was the exact opposite, the MosievíVal, where the point was towards the feet of the opponent.

The first set was finished up with another two stances, RahieníVal, the Dawn guard and JiíVal, the side guard. Again, Harin made corrections to her position as he passed, correcting her foot placement in the last stance. Once through the first set, Harin repeated the process. The second series went a little faster, less of the students needing correction.

A third and a fourth series followed before Harin started jumbling the order up, causing a little confusion among those who were moving by rote. Again and again they went, in pursuit of smooth, perfect guard stances. After a while, Celeste allowed her mind top drift a little, her body following the SeiíTarís calls without conscious thought.

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    • Rinse and repeat — Accepted Celeste Illharess, Wed May 24 23:30
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