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Theoretical Consipracy Theories
Wed Dec 6, 2006 06:22 (XFF:

Sergey gave the fabric a flourish and Kat felt her stomach churn as her eyes tried following the fancloth. "Stop that." She said, the snap in her voice weak as Kat felt her stomach protest with each twist and turn. "You're making me ill."

"Well, stop looking then." His smug expression faded nearly immediately, however and he settled onto the bench opposite her. "I hear that Jield is going to be sending us all out on a field trip to the Borderlands."

She noticed that he watched her carefully but Kat shrugged it aside. "That's the rumor. An expedition to learn 'useful' survival skills and do some training. I've heard whispers as they come across that Aes Sedai are attending as well."

"Where did you hear that?" Sergey's voice was casual but she noticed a hint of curiosity in it.

Barking a laugh, "I have no idea, it was just being rumored around everyone who's going. All it takes is one Novice who's in the know and has a relationship with an Aethan'Tar, and the rumor will begin." She glanced to the newly raised Gaidin with an arched brow. "I take it there's substance to the rumor?"

"If I told you I wasn't at liberty to say, that would tell you yes, if I told you to not believe all rumors, it would sound like a maybe, and if I told you no, outright, it would imply that I know for certain, yes or no." His mouth curved into a smile. "I'm not at liberty to discuss that."

Kat laughed and shook her head, rising from the bench and tying off the laces of her boots with a final snap. "Well, regardless of Aes Sedai presence or not, I have to get ready, Gaidin, so by your leave…?"

"Of course, Sei'Tar. You're excused." Sergey's easy smile belied the brevity of his dismissal and so she gave a flip bow of respect to him before heading out and finding what she'd need for the Borderlands.

The fact that they were expected to pack as well as they could for a trip to the Borderlands without any indication of where they would be staying caused some concern for the Sei'Tar. If it were a simple survival and training mission, Kat would have assumed that they'd stick to the southern portions of the Borderlands. That meant cloaks of heavy wool and not oiled leather cloaks lined in fur, it meant only two layers of clothing to travel the cold regions of the north and not four light and airy layers. For her to learn survival in the Borderlands was akin to teaching a fish to swim—it was something she had learned as soon as she was old enough to walk.

But if Aes Sedai were going to be going as it was possibly rumored, that meant that they'd be even further north—in the cities that came close to the Mountains of Dhoom. It meant the surrounding areas where it often became so cold in the winter that trees exploded because of the sap. She wondered how much Jield Gaidin was telling them—if leaving out the part about the Aes Sedai was intentional, or if he had been the one to start the rumor to see who could extrapolate what it would mean and how they should prepare.

In any event, the rumor was there and Kat preferred to pack for the region that she assumed that they would head into. If it turned out that she packed too warmly, she could simply add layers and discard with the heavy cloak—no, she could still pack a medium weight cape to protect her against the wind as well as the heavy cloak.

For the rest of the afternoon, Kat worked through what she felt she needed if she were in the Borderlands in terms of clothing. A nice dress that she rolled tightly to avoid wrinkles in the manner the Queen's Guard always packed their clothes, clothing prepared for spending time in the cold atmosphere of the Borderlands for this time of year, she even stopped by the Quartermaster and picked up a packet of rations just in case. Light, but she never knew if it would come in handy. Survival meant being prepared so she also had a small kit for if she was injured and a small flask of brandy. It was overkill, she knew, but she had to prepare as if she didn't know that an Aes Sedai was there for Healing if necessary, while still preparing to go places that Aes Sedai would go in the Borderlands. What a beautiful razor's edge she walked.

The following morning Sergey caught up to her and glanced at her pack. It was bulky enough to give away that she'd over-prepared, but it was still light and mobile enough that her slender frame could easily carry it long distances. The heaviest thing was the dress that she'd packed just in case.

She was dressed to head into the Borderlands with two layers of light clothing and her medium weight cape—the entire "ensemble" was in muted browns and grays and provided enough layers that she wouldn't be cold even during this time of the year for the Borderlands. Slanted across her hips were the two swords that she'd been provided upon mastering the two bladed style of fighting from Talocan Gaidin, another measure of her preparedness. It was to those that Sergey glanced at. "Expecting trouble?"

She cast him an annoyed look at the glib question. "You know as well as I do that each of us should be armed, no matter what. We're Borderlanders, you and I, and to go into that territory with the happy notion that nothing untoward will happen is naïve." Shaking her head, Kat realized the brisk behavior of her commanding years at the Queens Guard was showing. "I'd rather be prepared and have nothing happen, than have something happen and not be ready for it. I don't think that Jield would ever lead us into that situation though, so I'm coming unnecessarily prepared."

The Gaidin gave a soft chuckle and patted her on the shoulder before murmuring an excuse and trotting forward to meet up with others also wearing their fancloths.

The group had begun to gather in the misty morning, the segregation between ranks evident—and despite the rumors, Kat was surprised to see ageless faces peering out from the cowls of cloaks, some of them stood close to men and women in fancloths, but the majority stood off to the side as if they weren't bonded. Among those faces, she was looking for Demetri Sedai, but of her there was no evidence. Her Warder, Daigonyt Gaidin, was there, standing next to a tall and somewhat plain Aes Sedai with stringy brown hair and dull brown eyes. The Warder offered her a morning greeting as she passed and took a place among some of the other Sei'Tar who stood around offering ideas as to what they were going to be doing while in the Borderlands.

"I hear we're going to hunt Trollocs in the Blight."

"Don't be stupid, we wouldn't go into the Blight, that's reserved for when we're about to be raised."

"Now who's being stupid? That was in the old days, Gerrel. We're going to go out and get bonded by Aes Sedai, that's why there's so many without Warders. Mass bonding."

"Are you serious? Mass bonding? I've never heard anything so ridiculous. I heard that we're going to go to Shol Arbela and learn how to fight Shadowspawn from the army up there."

Kat listened with interest to each of the rumors regarding the trip and wondered how they originated. She also wondered what the true purpose was to the exercise. What sort of big design did the Gaidin have for them and why all the secrecy around what was going to happen? From hunting Trollocs in the Blight and mass bonding opportunities for the Aes Sedai, she could believe that the seed of truth lay at the heart of the rumors was the true purpose. It had to be some sort of test for them so that the Head Gaidin could make some sort of decision.

“Welcome, Aethan’Tar, Sei’Tar, and Gaidin. These next few days promise to be an exciting change to the training of the Training Grounds and I’ve very pleased that you’ve all come. Before we begin however, I want you to line up in a single file line and tell Zekian Gaidin your name, so that we know you’re all here. We’ll also be able to see if any of you who aren’t supposed to be here are here.” The Head Gaidin's voice rang out in the Traveling Yards and following that was a slow murmur of people lining up to give their names to the Gaidin.

The turnout was somewhat hefty and she waited a couple minutes before it was even her turn to stand before Zekian Gaidin. With a short bow, Kat announced, "Ekaterine Tenzin Sei'Tar reporting, Zekian Gaidin."

"Ekaterine, Ekaterine…oh here you are. Kat. Yes, thank you, move over to your right near the Aes Sedai and you'll receive your assignment soon enough." And then she was being ushered away from him to stand near a group of men and women—most had the ageless appearance and some looked uncommonly young, but all were Aes Sedai. Kat saw the form of her dual swords mentor, Talocan Gaidin as well, his face withdrawn in thought as he stood near a heavily supplied mount. She caught a glimpse of the stringy haired woman again, her brown eyes scanning the crowd. When her gaze fell on Kat, she gave a short bow of her head as their eyes met and then was moving away again.

For some reason, Kat wondered if that was significant.

  • Section Wide RP: To the Borderlands (All!)Jield Pilaweth, Head Gaidin, Fri Dec 1 02:14
    As far as Jield knew, everything was ready. All of the horses had been well-fed and loaded up with supplies and were waiting, tied up, in the field closest to the Traveling Yards. Allowances had been ... more
    • Roleplay Finished! (Credits)Jeremy, Sun Jan 7 17:53
      Nice work all that have participated! Now, here are the word counts for each character, and I will be emailing you seperately for your credits and what you want to put them towards! =) Tsuga Sei'Tar... more
      • Got a bit carried away.Crael Aethan'Tar, Sun Jan 7 23:21
        I actually wrote that much, I think I got a bit carried away there. Shows how much more enjoyable that was than chemistry revision! Adam Crael Kantar Aethan'Tar
    • Readying To LeaveKael Zesiro, Aethan'Tar, Thu Dec 28 14:55
      Even though his time in the Training Grounds could be measured in weeks, and he didn’t know many of those around him, he had heard many rumors about an upcoming excursion of sorts while those around... more
    • Homeward bound?Crael Kantar Aethan'Tar, Sun Dec 10 00:16
      Crael glanced at the notice board as he walked past on his way to the training grounds for yet another couple of hours of getting beaten into the ground with his mentor’s practice blade. His sword... more
      • But Where is Home?Crael Kantar Aethan'Tar, Sun Dec 10 10:25
        About half an hour, probably longer of struggling with the overly active horse, he’s gonna be a nightmare to ride before I work all this excess energy out of him. Crael had finally managed to get all ... more
    • Section Wide RP: PodianJield Pilaweth, Head Gaidin, Fri Dec 8 12:06
      Jield’s eyes surveyed the campsite and as he looked over those doing their tasks he nodded in satisfaction; everything was going right to plan so far. They were currently in Kandor, camping a mile... more
      • ArrivalTalocan Mesandril, Gaidin, Sun Dec 31 08:44
        As soon as the gateway opened, Tal spurred his horse through, alongside two other Gaidin. They quickly spread out and scouted the area, finding nothing amiss. They were near the small town of Podian, ... more
        • To bond a warrior...Tianna Ithami, Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah (MuC), Sun Dec 31 08:46
          As Tal walked away from her, Tianna started trembling. She sat down on the log that Tal had been resting on when she'd found him and clenched her hands together to stop them shaking. Asides from... more
          • To stand ready, to fight, to fall?Talocan Mesandril, Gaidin, Sun Dec 31 10:27
            Tal felt his face twitch into a smile, an expression long unused. Tianna was trying hard to suppress the triumph she was feeling at bonding him, but it was still leaking out around the edges. He... more
      • Home in the country and home in the companyCrael Kantar, Sat Dec 30 13:56
        Crael smiled, he took another deep breath and his smile grew. He felt at peace here, almost at home. He squeezed Brutus’ flanks lightly to urge the horse on from the gateway to allow other through.... more
        • A Visit to a Place from the pastCrael Kantar, Sat Dec 30 13:58
          Crael had to admit the tents were pretty good, far better than he had expected and a luxury in comparison to what he had been used to in the lancers when they often made do with simply finding a... more
          • Luck, Armour and a feeling of belongingCrael Kantar, Sat Dec 30 14:00
            Just a couple of minutes later Crael was thanking the Light for the training back in the lancers that allowed him to get the barding on Brutus and everything else he needed done so fast or he would... more
            • Once more into the breach...Crael Kantar, Tue Jan 2 07:43
              Crael was the one who was laughing now, the Gaidin who had suggested that he train in armour would have been pleased at Crael’s efforts, for the past two days he had done just that. Most of the... more
              • A brush with deathCrael Kantar, Tue Jan 2 08:47
                Crael battled on as the clash of arms around him seemed to drag on interminably, underneath his armour he was drenched with sweat and Brutus’ flanks were increasingly warm to the touch. The battle... more
      • Getting A PartnerKael Zesiro, Aethan'Tar, Fri Dec 29 13:42
        Soon enough they were readying themselves to be off. Some of the Trainees, and most of the Gaidin, had their own horse, but Kael did not have the luxury. Instead, he mounted a horse that belonged to... more
        • Wood And WaterKael Zesiro, Aethan'Tar, Fri Dec 29 14:25
          The next morning began by dismantling the tent that he and Stephan had put up the night before. Like most things, it seemed easier to take apart the tent than it had been to set it up. Not that Kael... more
          • Food And TalkKael Zesiro, Aethan'Tar, Sun Dec 31 13:07
            Setting up the tent that night was harder than it had been the first, the two of them sore all over from the work. But, instead of being sour about it, they were both still in good spirits. They... more
            • SparringKael Zesiro, Aethan'Tar, Sun Dec 31 13:46
              “Hold your sword looser!” Stephan told him, as Kael bent to retrieve the practice weapon from the ground for what seemed like the hundredth time. The Gaidin were still watching over them spar, true,... more
              • A Walk In The Town And What Is To ComeKael Zesiro, Aethan'Tar, Sun Dec 31 19:05
                Both he and Stephan were able to have a good night’s rest that evening and early morning, without any tent collapses. Before they had both gotten to sleep, Stephan had apologized for the pain he had... more
                • Into The BattleKael Zesiro, Aethan'Tar, Sun Dec 31 20:59
                  A daunting feeling of panic could be sensed underneath the forced calm that was over Kael and Stephan. This would be their first battle, as the Head Gaidin said it would be for many of them. The two... more
                  • AfterwardsKael Zesiro, Aethan'Tar, Sun Dec 31 21:02
                    The battle was over…Kael couldn’t believe it. Breathing hurt, he realized then. That wasn’t the only hurt; many cuts on his body stung, but none of them were near as painful as the pain he felt each... more
      • The Hunter becomes the HuntedTain Aethan'Tar, Tue Dec 19 00:59
        The resonating twang of a bowstring split the silence of the wood. The sun was on its last legs and was slowly sinking behind the horizon. A soft pleasant breeze played across the wood as the young... more
      • Last hurray?Talaban Morenae, Gaidin, Wed Dec 13 10:29
        The chilly winter wind blew, sweeping through the high mess hall of the White Tower as Accepted and Novices alike shivered in their calf length dresses. This was merely the early stretches of winter. ... more
        • Into the BlightTalaban Morenae, Gaidin, Thu Dec 28 00:09
          The night air was dry here. Much drier than in Tar Valon. Alisse Sedai felt her throat itch slightly. Of its own accord, a water skin materialized in front of her. Taking it, she sipped before... more
          • Safe deposit withdrawalTalaban Morenae, Gaidin, Thu Dec 28 00:12
            Isabelle breathed deeply, taking in the sickly sweet scent of the Blight. The cloying aroma did not bother her. Perversely, it was the smell of home. After spending more than half her life in the... more
            • Strangers in the nightTalaban Morenae, Gaidin, Thu Dec 28 00:13
              The thrum of galloping hooves ceased abruptly as the riders pulled up beneath the first real trees on Shienaran soil. For several minutes, there was no sound save for the wheezing of the horses.... more
              • Blue on blueTalaban Morenae, Gaidin, Thu Dec 28 00:14
                Into the forest both figures went, each dancing nimbly across the soft ground, the stranger picking a rapid path deep into the woods with Talaban hot in pursuit. On and on they went, until, finally,... more
                • Deja VuTalaban Morenae, Gaidin, Thu Dec 28 00:16
                  Talaban hissed slightly at the sting of the antiseptic solution. Rael murmured something meaningless as he ran the swab across the scalp of his fellow Gaidin. He alone among the entire corps knew of... more
      • What Would Warders Wonder?Kat Tenzin Sei'Tar, Mon Dec 11 13:58
        Kat bowed as a Gaidin moved forward, the fancloth spilling behind him with the motion of his forceful stride; the Aes Sedai with plain features and hair that seemed to have little life in the thin... more
      • Livin' the life.Tsuga Sei'Tar, Fri Dec 8 18:42
        It was a homecoming, in a sense. The gateway dumped their group just outside of a town very near the border between “civilized” lands and the Blight. The sights, the smells, and the feel of the place ... more
        • Just jump right in.Tsuga Sei'Tar, Thu Dec 14 07:09
          Spring had come to the Borderlands with a vengeance. The snow had melted in all but the most stubborn of passes through the mountains, and the bright green shoots of new growth showed everywhere.... more
          • Dazed, grazed, and confused.Tsuga Sei'Tar, Mon Dec 18 17:58
            She was mentally exhausted. Physical drain was something she was used to – and indeed, it was an integral part of her day-to-day life – but this much strain on her mind was not something that she was ... more
            • Surviving the morning after.Tsuga Sei'Tar, Wed Dec 20 19:44
              Tsuga hissed, half-rising off the bed and propping herself on her elbows as she twisted her head around to glare at the Aes Sedai probing at her back. “Be still.” The Sei’Tar grumbled and lay back... more
    • Theoretical Consipracy Theories — Kat Tenzin Sei'Tar, Wed Dec 6 06:22
    • Late ArrivalTain Aethan'Tar, Tue Dec 5 03:21
      The sun sank slowly behind the tree line as Tain, for the last time, placed arrow to bowstring. Taking a steadying breath he leveled the longbow he had borrowed from the armory, on the target. Before ... more
    • Honour to serve, I stand ready...Talocan Mesandril, Gaidin, Mon Dec 4 12:52
      The sun bore down on the rider making his way into Tar Valon. Dusty, dirty and worn, the scalp-locked horseman wound through the throngs of people on his way to the White Tower. As he reached the... more
    • The thrill of danger.Tsuga Sei'Tar, Sun Dec 3 14:52
      Away from the Towers. It wasn’t something that Tsuga had been expecting. The Head Gaidin had approached her a few days ago and told her about a large excursion of Aes Sedai traveling – of all places... more
    • Taste of Anticipation...Alasdair Tienth, Aethan'Tar, Fri Dec 1 14:19
      “Oh, for the wretched love of Grace and Glory.” Alasdair’s groan sounded clear across the gravelled yard, ringing in the ears of his opponent. Breathing heavily, the youth signalled for a pause,... more
    • SepiaTyaoris a'Kador, Gaidin of the White Tower, Fri Dec 1 04:32
      There was naught but ashes in the gray hearth. However, the unmoving air that lay within the walls’ confines was a reprieve from the cutting chill of what lay outside them, and although the latter... more
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