The Beginning of Lessons (Attn: Elan)

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The Beginning of Lessons (Attn: Elan)

Postby Callum » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:47 am

Kylin walked quickly down the corridor, a small slip of paper clutched tightly in his hand. The note had been passed to him at breakfast by a Novice who's name he didn’t know. He had been here little over a week but that’s was hardly enough time to learn the names of every Novice and Solider in the Tower, there was just too many of them here for anyone to learn all their names in that time.

The slip of paper had been instructions to attend an extra class in one of the smaller rooms in the Tower. It wasn't one he had ever been in before and he wasn't sure exactly where he was going. He had a rough idea but it was still a bit of a guessing game for him to find the room.

He had to admit that he was looking forward to this class. While he had had many classes only a couple had been channelling based. Most had been intended to ensure that all of the new Novices and Soldiers were equal in their non-channelling abilities such as reading, maths or history, before continuing in their training.

He doubted that anyone in those classes was close to equal to him or would be by the end of the class. He had spent the best part of his life studying in one of the greatest libraries in the world and had gained much knowledge.

He realised suddenly that he had reached the room. He had been so lost in thought that he hadn't realised that he had reached the area of the Tower where his class was to take place. He stopped walking outside the room and, after hesitating for a moment, knocked on the door and waited. He wasn't sure if there was anyone in the room but he assumed it would be better to knock and find out rather than barge in.
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Re: The Beginning of Lessons (Attn: Elan)

Postby Elan » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:01 am

Jaren Marle

The classroom was one of the smaller ones, not meant for large group lectures but rather tutoring a handful of students at a time. Today, Jaren was going to be teaching just one. He didn’t often teach classes — at least not outside the Infirmary, where he instructed Dedicated and Accepted quite frequently — but when he’d been asked to take on a student who was scheduled to start learning about Wards, he’d agreed readily enough. The Yellow obviously loved his work in the Infirmary, but a change was nice every now and then.

The student was Cairhienin, by the notes Jaryd had given him; a scion of a noble House, only recently started channelling but making fair progress in his training. And that mattered more, here, than one’s ancestry or family name. That was quickly made clear to any new students who might hold on to any illusions to the contrary, but — again, according to Jaryd’s notes — this Kylin had no record of misbehaviour or problematic attitude. That seemed like a good sign. Or maybe he just hadn't got around to it yet.

The handful of desks in the room were arranged in a semi-circle around the centre of the room, facing a bigger desk that was meant for the teacher. The curtains were drawn aside to let natural light in, though this day the sun was hiding behind a thin veil of clouds. Jaren was sitting on the teacher’s desk when the knock on the door announced that his student had arrived. “Come on in,” he called, giving the Soldier a warm smile as he entered. Jaren gestured around the room. “Please, sit anywhere you like. My name is Jaren Marle, of the Yellow Ajah, and unless I’m badly mistaken, you’re Kylin Riatin here to learn about Wards, yes? First of all, please tell me anything you may already know about Wards, no matter how general.”

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Re: The Beginning of Lessons (Attn: Elan)

Postby Callum » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:21 am

Kylin entered the room and took a seat in front of the Asha'man. The room was a small one, obviously not one intended for teaching large groups of students. More likely it was used for teaching small groups or even one to one. He hadn't been in this type of room before. He forced his attention away from the room and back to the more important matter of the Asha'man and his lesson.

"I know some things about wards." He said carefully, he didn't want to exaggerate his knowledge but equally, he didn't want to appear ignorant in front of the Asha'man. "From my understanding, they are weaves which a channeller places around an area or object, usually to protect it. They are usually set in such a way that the channeler does not need to hold them and so that they are hidden from others?" The last bit had come out as a question, something he hadn't meant to happen.

He waited quietly to see what the Asha'man would say. He only knew that much from his reading in the Royal Library. The library contained some books on channelling, not many but a few, and he had read some of them in preparation for his journey here. One of those books had contained information on some of the types of weave which a channeller could perform. It wasn't a technical book but more of a rough guide to what a channeller could achieve, it did not describe how any of the things it talked about would actually be performed. None the less it had helped him to gain an understanding of what he might find here.

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Re: The Beginning of Lessons (Attn: Elan)

Postby Elan » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:04 am

Jaren

Kylin seemed like a serious young man, weighing his words carefully even though the topic was harmless and there were no wrong answers at this point. Eager to impress, nervous and trying to hide it, or just genuinely humourless? It was difficult to tell. Either way, Jaren smiled at the Soldier. “That is correct,” he said, “to a point. Hiding the Ward or not depends on the purpose of the Ward, and of course hiding it from other channellers of the same gender requires using inverted weaves. For example a ward to keep insects out generally wouldn’t need to be hidden.” Or at least he couldn’t think of any reason.

“Like you said,” he went on, “Wards can be placed around an object or a space, or even a person. Many channellers find it easier to attach the Ward to physical structures, like the walls of a room, but they can be placed anywhere. And their purpose is, indeed, most commonly to keep something in or out, to protect or to confine… but also other things. The most common Ward against intrusion, for example, isn’t meant to keep intruders out, but simply to warn the channeller when somebody enters the Warded area or touches the Warded object.” That in itself could be deterrent enough for some intruders.

There were Wards that could keep people out altogether — or in; during Ravak Darrow’s misguided inquisition, Jaryd had been ordered to lock the learning ranks inside the Novices’ and Soldiers’ quarters — but they were far more complex than what this lesson would cover, requiring more Power and more than a little Talent to be functional. From a purely academic point of view, Jaren wished he’d been there to see that Ward, though from everything else he’d heard from people who had been in the Tower at the time, he was probably lucky that he’d been away at the Citadel, the siege notwithstanding…

“Some of the most common Wards used in everyday life,” Jaren continued, “are ones against sound. The basic version blocks sound both ways, but a little variation will give you one that blocks sound going out while allowing sounds from the outside to come in.”

He seized saidin and wove fine threads of Spirit into a net in the shape of a dome around himself, then laced in threads of Air, working slowly so that the Soldier could see what he was doing. “When I finish the weave, you won’t be able to hear me speak,” he said. Then he pulled the flows tight, bringing the Ward together. “There we go,” he said into the echoing silence of the Ward. Then he let the Ward dissolve again. “You try that, now.”

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Re: The Beginning of Lessons (Attn: Elan)

Postby Callum » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:06 am

Kylin watched and listened intently as the Asha'man talked. It seemed to him that the intended purpose of the ward dictated how you would set up the ward and to what extent you would go to conceal the ward. That made sense he supposed, why go to all the other of hiding a ward when you didn't need to.

He felt the Asha'man embrace Saidin as a slight prickling of danger, not quite fear but unsettling none the less. It was a feeling he knew he would have to get used to, he would be around men channelling for the rest of his life, which could be a very long time indeed. He watched closely as the man made the weave of Spirit and Air. The man went slowly, Kylin guessed this was so he would have time to watch the weave.

He waited until he was told to try the weave then focused on embracing Saidin. He still required a moment of focus to do so although he could now at least consistently embrace the source and make a weave with it without losing his grip on the power. Slowly, and with painstaking care, he began to create the ward. At two points he had to pause briefly to try and remember the weave so that he could continue it but eventually he managed to complete it. He held the completed weave for the Asha'man to inspect.


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