Accepted Celeste
Medieval man (Taryn?)
Mon Sep 11, 2006 12:04 (XFF:

The echoing crash of a brass gong vibrated through the hall as Demetri Sedai signalled for attention. Silence ensued in the wake of the ringing tone as the Keeper waited for the sound to fade. Beginning easily, the Aes Sedai thanked all present for coming, her warm, gentle tones carrying easily across the hall.

Celeste listened carefully as the Sister began explaining slowly, what the lesson would be about. The Head Gaidin interjected at regular points from his position beside Demetri Sedai, filling in details as they explained the lesson to the gathered students. The Accepted blinked as the details started to sink in. It seemed someone had finally come up with a relevant idea. Not that the lessons she took were irrelevant, just that she had expected someone else to come up with the idea a little sooner.

The lesson would be an interactive exercise with the Aethan’Tar being paired with Novices. Similarly, Accepted would be paired with Sei’Tar. The whole objective of the session was to simulate the team circumstances in which a Warder and an Aes Sedai would primarily operate in. To Celeste, the lesson made immense sense. After all, despite all the training they went through, neither group really knew much about the other, much less understood how they worked.

Celeste paid little attention to the portion of instructions meant for the Novices. Instead, she gathered her hair, braiding the silvery-white strands together in anticipation. "For those who are paired with an Accepted." Jield droned, finally reaching the briefing for Sei’Tar. The Accepted listened carefully as the Gaidin explained how the Sei’Tar would be bound together with an Accepted in a “bond emulation”. Celeste knew what that meant. It was a weave that basically replicated the effects of the Warder/Aes Sedai bond but in a much more temporary capacity.

It seemed that the lesson would consist of the Accepted being placed in a “maze” while their “Warder” searched for them. Apparently, while waiting, the Accepted would have to fend off attacks, failing which they would be marked and disqualified. Once the partners had found each other, they would be required to exit the maze and clear three checkpoints before reaching the end of the lesson.

“Sounds simple enough,” Celeste muttered to herself, her hand sub-consciously reaching to her left as Jield Gaidin began to rattle off names from the lists he was holding. “… Lemuel Sei,Tar, Accepted Celeste and Kat Sei’Tar, Accepted Ariel and…, “ the names came and went so simply that Celeste nearly missed her own as well as that of her partner’s.

The Accepted moved off to the side of the hall, her eyes sweeping over the rapidly thinning crowd in the centre. Kat. A female then. Privately, Celeste was thankful. It was just one of those days. She did not know how she would react to a chauvinist Gaidin trainee but it was not likely to be pretty.

A slight girl approached, walking towards her calmly and confidently, the balanced gait almost a swagger. Celeste felt her breath catch slightly, a grin tugging at the edges of her mouth. The resemblance was striking. Not visual but something deeper. It was the posture, the air, the measured movement, everything about the girl smacked of someone familiar. The Accepted suppressed the urge to mentally impose her brother’s image over the figure of the approaching Sei’Tar.

Stretching out her hand, she asked, “Kat?” The other girl nodded, moving beside her as they joined the line waiting for their turn. Chatting idly, the girls took turns at quizzing each other gently, finding out little details about each other.

“Accepted Celeste, Kat Sei’Tar,” an grating voice called somewhat impatiently. Breaking out of the queue, they hurried over to the scowling Sister. Dressed in blue, the Aes Sedai wasted no time with talking. She laid a hand over both their heads and channelled, not even bothering to hide the weave.

Celeste watched carefully as the Sister wove, committing the sequence to memory. Basically a mess of Spirit interlaced with Water and Air, the Accepted waited expectantly as the finished weave descended onto the both of them.

Light the Accepted swore mentally, nearly jumping out of her skin when she felt the alien presence in her mind. Before she could protest at the equally startled mass, another Sister grabbed her hand, pulling her through a Gateway. Dimly, in her mind, she felt her erstwhile bond-mate do the same.

Cool mist swirled around, the translucent tendrils caressing her face as the Accepted looked around. The billowing veil drifted, revealing portions of stone walls and staircases. A gust of cold, wintry air blew past, causing Celeste to shiver. The Aes Sedai were certainly sparing no effort here to simulate reality. Stone felt real to touch as her heeled boots clicked on the cobbled yard.

Dimly, the Accepted felt Kat in her mind. The Sei’Tar was somewhere above. Above and cold. A wash of other sensations came through the bond, sweeping faster than Celeste could make sense of each. She shrugged. She knew the other girl was physically fine. Celeste did not know the extent to which the bond worked but she tried it anyway, trying to get a firm bearing on her “Warder”. Eastward.

Embracing Saidar, Celeste channelled slightly. The tinkling of ice filled the courtyard as condensed mist crashed onto stone. It was moments before the Accepted could close her mouth again. She was in the middle of a courtyard of an old castle. Stairways of stone led onto the walls and into the structure proper. A large, wooden double door a few metres away seemed to be the main entrance.

Without warning, the mist reappeared. One moment the air was clear and the next, the mist had reformed. Quite evidently, the Sisters had decided that the mist was part of the challenge. Somewhere in the maze of corridors in the castle, her Warder was wandering.

Celeste stepped forward, heading toward the door.

  • Obstacle CoursesDemetri Sedai, Keeper of the Chornicles, Wed Sep 6 09:28
    With a weave of Air, she touched on a gong that sat on the east side of the room, the deep tone ringing through the hall and quieting everyone in their place so that not even a murmur escaped their... more
    • You Want Me to Protect What!? (Dempsey)Nyda, Aethan'Tar, Sun Sep 17 13:20
      Mortified. That was the only word that Nyda could plaster to how she felt just then. Men, boys, any and all persons of the opposite gender had always had one type of classification to Nyda;... more
      • A Giant Savage with BreastsNovice Dempsey Apteco Taborwin, Sat Oct 21 03:42
        Dempsey was not troubled by the affairs of other novices. While some rushed about, looking for their perspective partners, he considered himself the wiser. Dempsey casually leaned upon his left foot, ... more
        • This Was Not in the Job DescriptionNyda, Aethan'Tar, Sat Oct 21 18:45
          One might not have thought it possible for a face as dark a tan as Nyda’s to turn four shades of red and purple in turn. Well, she defied logic. The entire six plus feet of Aiel shook like parched... more
          • No Need to Thank Me! (No...really...there isn't!)Novice Dempsey Apteco Taborwin, Sun Oct 22 04:49
            Dempsey was grappling with saidin , trying to grasp it from the darkness of the Void. The Void was a very odd feeling, as it had been the first time he entered it. He did not enjoy being sheltered... more
    • The Obstacle Course Within (Valla)Accepted Sonja Meranes, Wed Sep 13 16:49
      It was all properly dramatic, Sonja thought, shifting in her seat in an effort for some sort of comfort. Demetri and the Head Gaidin took the up the conversation in turns as smoothly as if they’d... more
      • Space: A Gap To Be FilledValla Karajan, Aethan'Tar, Mon Sep 18 01:22
        “We’re supposed to get to know each other, but I doubt we’ll become bosom buddies in five minutes,” the Accepted said awkwardly, mirroring Valla’s own thoughts. “I’m Sonja, I can channel, and I live... more
        • A-Mazed and ConfusedAccepted Sonja Meranes, Wed Sep 20 14:17
          Well, at least her partner didn’t seem too horrible, Sonja thought, shifting from foot to foot. Her anxiety was growing, and she wondered if she would be able to get through this bizarre exercise... more
          • Lost in a Loopy LabyrinthAccepted Sonja Meranes, Wed Oct 18 14:31
            Sonja ran, and collided into a brick wall. “Ooph!” She staggered back, disoriented, then realized the brick wall was in fact, Valla. What made the whole thing truly bizarre was that she could feel... more
    • Searching for a Way OutRahim Vaelyn, Aethan'Tar, Tue Sep 12 13:13
      Rahim had been studying those around him, his dark eyes always moving, always roving around the room. He didn’t trust many of the people here, couldn’t know whether or not they were good…but he had... more
      • Too Late NowNovice Kareen din Yokiri, Thu Sep 14 16:13
        Kareen was still taking in all those that were on the other side of the room when she was informed by a voice somewhere behind her that her partner was to be ‘that one.’ A hand pointed to another... more
    • Paired off. (Kate)Tsuga, Sei'Tar, Mon Sep 11 14:34
      Tsuga listened attentively as Jield and the Aes Sedai began explaining the lesson. As they expanded on what was going to happen, she became more and more excited. This was going to be a very... more
      • PartnershipAccepted Arin Alistaire, Sun Sep 17 14:58
        Well, this would be interesting. Arin had never given much thought to the subject of bonds… at least, not much more than the average White Tower initiate, as everyone gave it some thought at some... more
        • A rat in a maze.Tsuga, Sei'Tar, Sun Sep 17 18:37
          Tsuga had to smile to herself slightly as Arin filled her in on some of the things she needed to know. She was somewhat surprised to hear that the Accepted knew hand-to-hand combat, though it... more
          • Fun With FireAccepted Arin Alistaire, Wed Sep 27 22:41
            Arin normally would have been more irritated by the look Tsuga had given her, but after only a moment, Arin could feel the Sei'Tar's irritation at having not noticed the ward. It was easier to ignore ... more
            • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but . . . well.Tsuga Sei'Tar, Thu Sep 28 18:29
              Tsuga wasn’t sure how she was managing to evade the blows aimed at her by the “assassins” that seemed to materialize from nowhere, but by some stroke of luck both of the girls remained unscathed.... more
              • Belated credit!!Taryn, Sun Oct 8 11:11
                Kate managed to direct my attention to the fact that you two finished up your Obstacle course, so there are two shiny credits for both of you!! ~~~~Taryn
    • Medieval man (Taryn?) — Accepted Celeste, Mon Sep 11 12:04
      • Roaring CatKat Tenzin Sei'Tar, Thu Sep 14 09:50
        There was something about the Accepted, Celeste Illharess, that rubbed Kat the wrong way. It was even more difficult to deal with because they were going to be placed together in a "life or death"... more
        • Icy welcomeAccepted Celeste, Fri Sep 15 13:09
          The pale blue witchlight bobbed silently beside her, its silent, cool halo banishing the darkness before her. The air in the stone corridors was humid and still. Dripping water sounded in the... more
          • Tempering hot emotionsKat Tenzin Sei'Tar, Tue Sep 26 08:36
            There was nothing that Kat could see or feel the woman doing, but then again, her entire focus was also on the twining vines that threatened to wrap her and the Accepted up in their grip. Her blades... more
            • Tea-party settingAccepted Celeste, Mon Oct 2 02:30
              Breath misted in the cool air as Celeste kept close to Kat. She paid little heed to the Sei’Tar now, concentrating instead on the location of the next gate. Like the first, it was marked in the... more
              • Sooty Trip WiresKat Tenzin Sei'Tar, Wed Oct 4 09:50
                Somewhere amid the faux battles that she'd been fighting and the things that Celeste had been doing to disable the channel-wrought locks, they began to fall into an easy companionship with one... more
                • Icy obstacleAccepted Celeste Illharess, Tue Oct 24 09:06
                  Wan light reflected off the mirrored edges, glinting faintly in the false dawn. Celeste squinted at the crystalline structure. The massive, edged contraption sat right where Saidar insisted the gate... more
    • Find Me A Partner (Tain, please!)Sorcha Eamonn, Sun Sep 10 01:13
      Sorcha was quiet as she listened to both Demetri Sedai and Jield Gaidin begin the lesson, explaining to them what would be expected. It seemed the two had thought everything through, assigning... more
      • Find me an Exit!Tain Aethan'Tar, Thu Sep 14 03:17
        Tain listened intently, noting everything he would need to accomplish the task that was set before him. He was glad to find that, of the pair of Trainee and Initiate that would enter this task, the... more
        • Bubbles of One Kind or AnotherSorcha Eamonn, Tue Sep 19 04:56
          “Greetings Sorcha Eamonn, I am, as you guessed, Tain Aethan’Tar. I will admit, because if what you say is true you will sense it anyway, that I am afraid of what is to come. Not the test, but the... more
          • Bubbles of anticipationTain Aethan'Tar, Tue Oct 17 03:06
            As soon as he had begun talking he had realized his mistake. He had failed to follow proper ceremony and had not offered the woman her proper title. He had felt slightly shocked at this little slip... more
            • Fireballs and Boulders and Daggers, oh my!Sorcha Eamonn, Tue Oct 17 17:17
              Sorcha felt a surge of emotion through the bond from the Aethan’Tar, but she wasn’t quite used to this feeling so she couldn’t decipher the emotion he was sending her. Besides, she was rather... more
              • A-Mazed!Tain Aethan'Tar, Mon Oct 23 00:39
                I have to hurry! the mock bond was blaring at him inside his head. It carried feelings of what he perceived to be fear, impatience and anger. Tain stepped around a corner, right into the path of an... more
    • The Bigger They Are (Ardan)Novice Adem, Sat Sep 9 01:03
      "Good morning, Accepted." Adem responded, making an effort to be polite. He couldn't suppress a flash of irritation at the other man, however. He'd not seen Adrian since the incident during his... more
      • The harder they....are?Ardan Aethan'Tar, Mon Sep 11 04:14
        “Novice Adem and Ardan Aethan’Tar.” Ardan had been listening intently, focused on the objectives of the task and the goal. He presumed that the Aethan’Tar would be allowed at least the lathes to go... more
        • Here we goArdan Aethan'Tar, Tue Oct 3 07:35
          Before Novice Adem had the chance to reply to Ardan, it was their time to be sent off. Slowly the pair made their way to the front of the room, not a word having been exchanged between them aside... more
          • Food, Fire....and a Ball?!Ardan Aethan'Tar, Wed Oct 4 03:21
            Righting himself, while regulating his breathing, Ardan once again began to take in the setting around him. The cold marble floors beneath the pair were polished and grand, and Ardan soon began to... more
            • Cinderella?! We SHALL go to the ball!Ardan Aethan'Tar, Thu Oct 5 06:43
              Ardan stood stock still before Novice Adem, trying his hardest to overcome his incredulity at the scene that was unfolding before him and to hide it behind an unreadable mask, such as the kind that... more
              • Monster's BallArdan Aethan'Tar, Thu Oct 5 06:45
                imprint of personality. Then he noticed that all the noblemen sported short cropped brown hair, and all of the noblewomen blonde hair. At first glance, it might seem coincidence, but now that Ardan... more
                • Completed...Ardan Aethan'Tar, Wed Oct 18 09:30
                  Well, I guess I'll take the credit here :) I know it's not finished, but in some of Ardans later posts you'll find out more about the last two tests and how they were completed if that's alright :D... more
    • To Be Intruded Upon (Robyn!)Sirestes Sei'Tar, Fri Sep 8 23:04
      Their introduction was drawn-out, was alternating between man and woman, was vague enough to leave true mystery in the task at hand . . . and yet Sirestes listened, not about to make a fool of... more
      • A Fight Without SteelAccepted Adrian, MuC, Sat Sep 9 19:51
        The world spun. Adrian tried to fight it. Breathe, he told himself. Don’t let it get to you. Just breathe and wait. It can’t spin forever. But the spinning refused to wane. On and on, until Adrian... more
        • Only Ghosts of Real ThreatsSirestes Sei'Tar, Thu Sep 14 12:59
          Life would be easier, he decided, if the fellow would just stand bloody still. As it was, he did not know where Adrian could be–past anything the emulated bond told him, at least. Due north-east, and ... more
          • Fighting the Right BattleAccepted Adrian, MuC, Tue Sep 19 19:58
            I failed, Adrian thought miserably. Failed. I just don’t fail. I can’t afford to fail. Not now, not ever. He stared at the swirling mist around him, berating himself over and over again for his... more
            • Credit earned!!Taryn, Wed Oct 11 16:57
              Granted, Sirestes is the only one who actually GETS credit, but still!! Good job!
Click here to receive daily updates