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1 Candidate Lesson #7 on Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:47 pm

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Today started a special series of days for the Candidates: for the three days, they would be down on the Sands for an hour each day, near the eggs. On the fourth day, they'd be on the Sands for real, watching the eggs reveal their precious contents.

The Candidates were assembled in the chamber where they'd be gathered at the time of Hatching. Once they were all assembled, the Headwoman instructed them carefully on how to go out onto the Sands and what to do.

They were all handed robes and special shoes to wear and instructed to put them on. There were two chambers, bathing and changing rooms. They didn't have to bathe this time, but it was strongly recommended that they change out of their day-to-day clothes because it was quite hot out on the Sands and the robes would be cooler. The shoes, they were told, would help protect their feet from the heat.

"I can't go out there with you, this is for Candidates only. When you step out on the Sands, make sure you bow to the Weyrwoman and her dragon - yes, the Weyrwoman's out there. So is her mate, the Weyrleader. We'll be watching you all, so make sure you follow the rules.

"This is your first time on the Sands, so you'll stay at least 20 feet from the eggs. A line's been drawn in the sand to indicate this distance, you'll stay on this side of the line at all times. Walk around, get used to the feel and movement of the sand. Look at the eggs, note their sizes, apparent texture, their positions on the Sands. Watch the mother turn the eggs; she usually rotates them every hour or so, so you should get an opportunity to see it done."


With that, she released them into the changing rooms to change into the robes and shoes and waited at the entrance to the Sands for them to come out. When they were all reassembled, she stepped aside and allowed them out onto the Sands.

Arrangement:
o - egg is on end, larger end down
O - egg is on end, larger end up
<) or (> - egg is on side, larger end is the curve (parenthesis)
X - clutchmother
x - clutchfather
|, \, _, and / - line in the sand

|     o O X (> <)   x |
\ o o O o (> /
\ o o (> /
\ /
\_______________/




Ideas for first day/post: Describe the heat, how the sand moves under your steps, pick one or more eggs and describe it(them), imagine what the shell feels like, speculate on what color dragon is in which egg. Feel free to talk to your fellow Candidates.

Deadline: Thursday, 3/15

Candidates:
Kerso
Artemis
Apollo

Katarina
Fayble
2 male NPCs

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3 female NPCs
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2 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:34 am

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Fayble had been so excited about this lesson she had gotten up super early to be able to be dressed and ready for the day. Her slender form easily slid into the robes as she changed in the appropriate change room.

The sands were hot she could feel it around her, already feeling the sweat developing on her brow as she took her first steps on the sand. She turned and bowed deeply to both the weyrwoman and her mate, and even threw one in for the queen. She slid through the sands, the sandals fitting awkwardly on her feet, she noted the eggs and how they were each arranged. The large one right beside the queen had struck her fancy.

The smooth textures, she wondered if they felt like a rippled rock, bumpy but not rough and jagged. Assuming from the heat would suggest the eggs would be warm at least in her mind. The large size of the egg, she thought hard on it. Clearly it would house a large hatchling right her mind worked on it and she labelled it as a bronze, waiting to share her thoughts and feelings with someone, she was teetering on the edge of the line, never crossing it but not giving it any breathing space at all.

3 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:11 am

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Artemis, being the duty driven girl she was, had found herself up rather early and working on reading some of the information that the master herbalist had given her. She thoroughly enjoyed the work and how easy it was to get lost dealing with plants that requested very little from her. Thus, when it was time to go eat, she had been right on time for everything... perhaps even a couple minutes early.

Once they were all gathered and Nataly began her speech, Artemis listened as carefully as she had every other time. They would be standing 20ft from the eggs, but she imagine that would be close enough for them to see how magnificent they were. It would also be the closest Artemis had ever been to a gold dragon.

When dismissed, Artemis went into the change rooms to clean up before she found a robe and shoes that were specially meant for when the candidates stood upon the sands for real. Once finished, she stepped back out and waited in line for the others so that they could go see the eggs and the queen.

She didn't have to wait long, and soon she was walking out onto the sands. First she paused and bowed to both the weyrwoman and the weyrleader, rising and walking further along until she was able to properly face the queen. It was then that she bowed low to the large golden beast, muttering a thanks to the beast for letting them view her precious eggs. When done, she moved to stand next to Fayble so that she could look at the eggs and imagine various things about them.

From where they stood, the eggs looked perfectly smooth, but Artemis wondered if they would feel like that... or more rippled like how Zeus's egg had felt when she and Apollo had gotten his egg. From there, she began looking at some of the various eggs, trying to guess what was in each one. In the end, the glanced at Fayble. "What do you think is in that one?" she asked, pointing to the one closest to them that was on it's side.

4 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:34 am

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Apollo was up right on time, he would have been up earlier, but he was just tired. It wasn't his fault! Either way, he went about his morning routine until he found himself standing outside the sands and listening to the headwoman as he went over what they were doing for the lesson today. He paid careful attention, knowing full well that this information was important.

When released to do so, he went and changed into the robe and slipped on the shoes meant for going onto the sands before he went back out and got into line to wait for them to be let onto the sands. When they were, he stepped out and bowed to the weyrwoman, weyrleader and the queen, moving to his position so that he could look at the eggs. The heat from the sands was starting to get to him, surprised to find how warm they were. However, he forced himself to focus upon the eggs, noting their apparently smooth texture and wondering what was in each egg. In fact, in the one opposite of the one his sister was looking at, he wondered if perhaps a brown was in that egg.

5 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:01 am

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Kerso had been almost late getting to the lesson today. He hadn't been paying any attention over the last few weeks to how close they were getting to Hatching - he'd been more focused on his vintner training. In fact, that was why he was late. Master Ioldon had started him in on growing fruit for making some cordial and he'd wanted to check on the seedlings before the lesson.

He scrunched up his face and then opened his eyes wide, grappling with the fact that the Hatching was only a few days away. Where had the time gone?

Excused into the changing rooms, he selected a robe and measured his feet to find a pair of thick boots. Then he waited in line and filed out onto the Sands. Being from Southern Boll, the heat hadn't gotten to him...yet. After bowing to the queen, her rider, and the Weyrleader and his dragon, he found himself somewhere between Artemis and Apollo with a couple of other boys. The boys were speculating on which egg held which color of dragon. "D'you suppose that's a gold?" one of them asked, pointing to the largest egg that was just to the right of the queen. "Nah, dontcha know anything about eggs? Gold eggs have a gold sheen to them." "Well, it's hard to tell in this light!"

Kerso snorted. Seemed to him there wasn't a gold egg on the Sands or there'd have been more focus on getting the girls ready. But he didn't really know how the Weyr handled gold eggs, so maybe he was wrong. Still. Didn't seem likely to him.

"I think there are...three bronzes," he pointed to the three largest eggs: the one the other boys were speculating about, the one in the center of the front row, and the one on the left end of the middle row. "And five greens" he added, pointing to the five smallest: the one Artemis had pointed out; the center one in the middle row; the one on the far right on the back, next to the one he thought was a bronze; the one second from the left in the middle row; and the one on the far left on the back row. "What do you think, Apollo?"

He would only be half-listening to anything Apollo said. He focused on the center egg, being as it seemed closest to him, and tried to imagine what it felt like - and what the creature inside would look like, act and think like, what his name would be. He knew what chicken eggs felt like, and he imagined these felt similar - mostly smooth, but not shiny smooth, more like a river stone that's been worn down by years of flowing water. He'd heard that newly-hatched dragonhide felt like kid leather, the really soft stuff that only the wealthy could afford. And of course, it would be the perfect hue of green-gold bronze, and it would be his bronze, and his name would be...



The queen's eyes whirled a little faster, taking on a pale green hue, just shy of being yellow. She shifted nervously on the Sands setting herself up in a more defensive posture, ready to snake her long neck out and snap at any errant Candidates. She was slightly reassured by the presence of her rider, her mate, and her mate's rider, and also the woman who her rider spent so much time with, who was standing well off, but where she could still keep an eye on the Candidates. She felt pleased and somewhat mollified as each Candidate bowed to her and her rider, demonstrating marginally acceptable respect to her and her eggs.

If any of them crossed that line, though, her mate would have to wait in line to get at them. She rumbled softly in warning, an exclamation that would be more felt through the Sands beneath the children's feet than heard.



Nataly was annoyed that one of the candidates - one of the girls, no less - was missing from the group. Of all the possible lessons for her to miss, or maybe just be late for, she had to pick this one. Well, if she missed this one, she'd just have to make it up tomorrow, standing farther back while the others got to move in closer.

After several more minutes, she called out to the Candidates. "Okay, enough time spent out there. Get your tails back in here and change back into your regular clothes. Then it's back to your chores or lessons!"

FYI, please don't consider any speculation that I post as Kerso to have ANYTHING to do with the actual contents of the eggs. It's pure speculation on his part and has no bearing whatsoever on the reality of the situation.

Ideas for first day/second post: Respond to the queen's stance and apparent state of mind. Speculate on what color dragon is in which egg. Talk to your fellow Candidates. Return to the rest of the Weyr and your regular duties.

Deadline: Monday, 3/19

Candidates:
Kerso
Artemis
Apollo
Fayble
Katarina

11 male NPCs
3 female NPCs
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6 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:53 am

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Apollo had noticed the queen's movement to a more defensive position, not that he had understood by her posture so much as the... mood she seemed to be radiating. Which, technically came from her posture and the swirling in her eyes. Although, if asked he likely wouldn't be able to put that to words. He just knew that every fiber of his being was telling him to maintain the 20ft distance and hope that she didn't randomly decide he was lunch.

It was then that he heard Kerso's question, having spent quite a bit of time around the other lad with their vintner training. "Hmm... I'm gonna guess maybe 2 bronzes," he commented, thinking about the largest egg and the one in the center of the front row. The rest he wasn't really certain, perhaps a couple browns, some blues and greens? Which was obvious, he knew, but he couldn't decide how many of the other colors might be in the clutch.

It was then that he heard the announcement for them to exit the sands and he turned to head back to the exit. It was difficult, but a part of him was happy to be away from the queen, who he had paused to bow respectfully to in thanks for her letting them close to her eggs. Maybe the over abundance of respect would keep her from trying to nom nom him later on?

7 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:08 pm

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Kat wasn't late so much as she didn't want to be on the sands. She lingered in the changing rooms for a bit and crept out later lingering back behind Nataly where she wouldn't be seen. Admiring the Gold and her eggs from the relative safety of the stands was one thing. Actually being out there where the Gold had better access to them was another. And Kat....really wasn't sure she wanted to impress badly enough to go out there where she'd be close to the queen and her eggs. It just didn't seem like a wise idea. Especially when the Gold shifted and looked about ready to eat someone (Kat suspected it'd be Fayble first the way the other girl was hovering as close to the line in the sand as she could possibly get).

So, she'd stayed back, barely on the sand and well out of range if the Gold decided she took offense to the presence of the candidates. She did bow in case she was noticed way back there, opting to show proper respect even if she did consider herself rather safe right where she was. It wasn't like her to be so nervous. She'd never felt like this around V'tor's Taioth. But then again, the Gold was considerably larger than the friendly Blue that had searched her.

At any rate, she studied the eggs from afar not really knowing or caring what colors might hatch from what eggs or what the shells might feel like. She didn't need to know nor was there any use speculating. If there was a dragon in there that wanted her then nothing she said or did now was going to change that fact. Trying to guess would be a waste of time. It was like betting on runnerbeast racing. No one ever knew for sure which beast would win, it was all just guesswork and sometimes people got lucky. Instead she tried to figure out what the other candidates were thinking. Kerso was probably imagining some great Bronze wandering toward him (and resolved to tease him mercilessly if he impressed a Blue). The others were harder to figure out. Fayble she didn't know well and rather thought the other girl was insane. Artemis and Apollo she knew only a little better but neither of them seemed too hung up on what color they'd impress. She figured Apollo for a Brown or Bronze and Artemis...well....considering she was fairly certain there was no gold egg if any of the girls impressed it would be to Greens. She'd pegged a couple of the new boys as potential Greenriders and one or two as Blues but then she realized that, too, was all speculation and rolled her eyes. "What are you thinking Kat? Does it really matter who impresses what?" She muttered to herself, shaking her head and giving a shrug.

Luckily, Nataly called a retreat from the sands and Kat was all too happy to stay where she was and join the throng of candidates as they headed back to change back into their everyday clothes and wait for further instruction.

((Feel free to assume Nataly notices her or doesn't as you please. I wasnt quite sure how to get her there late and have her know what to do so it's more or less open for her to have been there the whole time and just...lurking, or have arrived late with information from someone else (V'tor most likely?) on what to do etc.))

8 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:50 pm

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Fayble had all but fallen over when the queen's stature changed to that of defensive. She actually let out a small squeak and took several large steps backwards muttering sorry under her breath several times. She didn't feel like being lunch and something told her that the queen was not impressed at all about that many people near her precious eggs just yet. Bowing again as she scurried out she bounced off Kat almost too happy to quickly retreat to the safety of the cavern.

"Sorry!" She whispered tot he girl, noting that Nataly was not impressed at all, perhaps Kerso and Apollo had done something again?

Several of the eggs had made her wonder, clearly a bronze or two and she had hoped she'd get any colour, they all were so useful and helpful to the weyr, clearly since there was no queen (which she was almost 100% sure if there was Artemis would get it) it was most likely most of the girls would get a green, maybe a blue on a rarity.

9 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:10 am

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Artemis had watched as the queen became defensive, she herself keeping the distance from the eggs that was necessary. Although, she did pause from her watching the queen to see Fayble backing, quite quickly, away from the dragoness and her eggs. The girl frowned slightly before she turned and bowed, thanking the queen for letting them observe the eggs. When that was done, she reacted to the call back in and headed off the sands to get changed, all once she was finished showing her respect to the gold. Before long she was in the change rooms, changing from the robes and back into her normal clothing. As she did this, her mind wandered, thinking about the eggs and what might be in each one... although she found that she wasn't really certain (or concerned) with what was in each one. So long as it was a healthy, happy hatchling, then what did it matter?

10 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:57 pm

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Really, at his heart, Kerso was a bit of a coward. When the golden queen sat up and he felt a rumble under he feet, he hopped backward a couple of feet and stared up at her, looking alarmed, for a minute completely forgetting about the eggs. But she seemed to settle a bit, content for now just to scrutinize the Candidates.

He looked back to the eggs, taking a step toward Apollo. "Mm, I suppose it could be just two. Browns can get larger, too, so maybe that other one is a brown instead of a bronze."

That was when they heard the call to come in. The heat had finally started getting to him and he was sweating. He was reluctant to leave the eggs, but he kinda wanted a bath now. He slouched off the Sands with a cursory, barely-acceptable bow to the Weyrwoman and her dragon.

"Hey, Apollo, I'm going to grab a quick bath before we go back to lessons." he said, pointing to the tub in their changing room. One of the other boys piped up and said that sounded like a good idea to him, too.



Day 2


The second day of Touching was much the same as the first, except that the line was 15 feet from the eggs. The Headwoman instructed them, this time, to file out in a single line, each one stopping to bow at the threshold of their little doorway, and space themselves at least 10 feet apart along the line. "This is what you'll do on the day of Hatching," she explained.

"After you're out there, don't focus on any one egg. Close your eyes and focus on good thoughts: why you would make a good dragonrider, friendly thoughts toward the eggs and their hatchlings, welcoming them into the world."

After they'd gone out and done what they were instructed for 20 minutes (which probably seemed an eternity to some of them), she called them back in.



On the second day, the golden queen was more tense. She was anxious to get outside again and stretch her wings, hunt and kill. Only a few more days... She wasn't paying nearly as close attention to the Candidates, but she was fidgeting.

Shortly after the Candidates filed out, she began rearranging the eggs.

Arrangement:
o - egg is on end, larger end down
O - egg is on end, larger end up
<) or (> - egg is on side, larger end is the curve (parenthesis)
X - clutchmother
x - clutchfather
|, \, _, and / - line in the sand


| (> O X O O x |
\ (> o o <) o _/
\_ (> o O _/
\___________/




Ideas for second day: Respond to the queen's stance and apparent state of mind. Speculate on what color dragon is in which egg. Talk to your fellow Candidates. Return to the rest of the Weyr and your regular duties.

Deadline: Friday, 3/23

Candidates:
Kerso
Artemis
Apollo
Fayble
Katarina
11 male NPCs
3 female NPCs
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11 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:56 am

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As per usual, Artemis listened to what Nataly had to say before she moved to line up at the entrance onto the sands. Her eyes watched the dragon before bowing when it was her turn to enter the sands. Easily she walked across them, finding an appropriate spot that was behind the line, and about 10ft from anyone else. She liked this idea, and she easily stood there as she studied the eggs.

Once more she was left wondering just what each egg held within it's clutches. Perhaps with a little luck, she wouldn't be too far off. "I wonder if that one is a green?" she commented, more to herself than anyone else as she looked at one of the smaller eggs off to the far left laying on it's side.

She continued to ponder what each egg might hold for the twenty minutes before they were called back. She took the opportunity to bow to the anxious queen and her rider before she left the sands to go wash up once more, change and get back to her lessons.

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Apollo

Apollo had enjoyed the first day on the sands, speculating with Kerso on the various eggs that might hold bronzes. Even still, on their second day going out onto the sands, Apollo was still certain that there were maybe two bronzes. After all, it seemed like a good assessment. There were only so many eggs, although he guessed there could be a third bronze in the other egg that Kerso had pointed out their last time on the sands.

Regardless, when it came time for him to enter the sands, Apollo bowed as he was instructed and moved to stand 10ft from the nearest candidate before he examined them once more. This time, he tried to figure out if he was correct.. or if Kerso's original guess for bronzes was correct. In the process he also managed to pick out at about 2 eggs that were about medium sized (one laying on it's side off to the right side, and one on it's larger end near the queen). Of course, as he thought about the closeness of the second egg to the queen, he realized that she seemed more anxious... almost like she wanted her eggs to hatch so that she could go and do something else. He couldn't really blame her there, he wasn't certain how he'd like being cooped up in one room for months on end.

When finally they were called back, Apollo bowed once more to the queen and her rider before he headed off the sands to clean up and get ready for lessons.

12 Re: Candidate Lesson #7 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:52 pm

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Fayble was once again teetering on the edge of the line she closed her eyes and bounced on the balls of her feet, she took a deep breath and thought as happy thoughts that she could, a big corny grin on her face.

She had heard Artemis' comment, "Well obviously there'd be at least one green!" She got a horrified look on her face, "What happens if there's no greens and its all browns or bronzes?!" Her shoulders dropped drastically.

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