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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:28 pm    Post subject: The Tower of Four  Reply with quote

In a wartorn world, where nations vie endlessly for for the upper hand with their neighbors, a great military asset comes in the form of those born with a special gift: sway over an element- wind, water, earth, and fire.

Though it is the subject of much scholarly study, no definitive answer has even been found to account for what causes a child to be born with such a gift, all nations have some number born within. Some nations tend to have a higher instance of a certain element than others- and the reason for this is not known either- though nations with a great many of one certain kind of gifted tend to have adopted the fact as a point of national pride, claiming an ancestral affinity with the element, or that the spirits of that element have blessed their nation.

How these gifted are regarded varies from nation to nation- regarded as everything from national treasure, to natural resource, to demon-possessed embodiments of evil, to a state secret, denied to the public.

But regardless of what the nation thinks of it's gifted citizens, every nation seems to want to control the resource- preferably more of it than any other nation, and this leads to nigh-ceaseless war in some lands.

Still, there is one sovereign entity on the face of this world who can declare itself at peace with all nations- perhaps unique in it's ability to make that claim, for no power has proven foolhardy enough to try and attack the small island in centuries.

The island is home to The Tower of Four. Variously called 'the seat of Elements' or simply 'The Academy', it is a school that welcomes all gifted and offers those worthy a safe place to practice and hone their skills.

The structure started eons ago as a small settlement of elementalists fleeing persecution, but today, having been continually added to by each generation, it stands on the edge of a great, towering rocky cliff, looking miles and miles out to sea to the east, and into the mouth of a dormant volcano to the west. The tallest tower of the school faces north, to the craggy peaks of a string of stark mountains that make up the bulk of the island's landmass. It's position was chosen by the original pilgrims for two reasons, firstly the difficulty in accessing it- the natural hazards littering the island surrounding the four towers of the school are all but impossible to navigate without the ability to manipulate an element. The second point is the fact that it lies on the spot of single greatest elemental energy nexus in existence.

If you have made it this far, that is already an achievement to be proud of- but the trip here is but the beginning of your journey. Welcome to the tower of four.

((Please keep OOC chat to the facebook group, that's what it's there for. OOC posted here will be deleted by our kindly moderators.
Just post as you have something to say, or as something is said to you, we will very likely have several conversations going on overlapping, and that's okay- if you feel things are getting too confusing you can take a conversation to private messages, but don't forget to come back afterwards
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The headmaster gripped the podium and cleared his throat as he looked out over the throng of students milling about. It was unlikely that the noise was audible much beyond the others on stage- especially over the din of the assembled students, but something about his manner never failed to snag the attention of the students when he wanted it.

"To our new students, welcome." he intoned "To everyone else, welcome back. You have all traveled far and must be weary, I know it- but I beg your indulgence for a short time." He gave the room a sardonic smile- doubtless they all knew to the last soul that this was unlikely to be short, no matter the headmaster's promises or intentions "As most of you know, we like to begin the year with a brief address from the headmaster, and from the head of each tower. I will be kind enough to keep my headmaster's address short- I'm sure I can bore you sufficiently by my expounding the virtues of my element." a polite smattering of chuckles as he paused to take a sip of his wine.

"You have all traveled far, as I said, and at great peril. Peril surrounds us these days it seems, but at The Academy we try to insulate ourselves from such petty squabbles. Here we seek to challenge ourselves, and better ourselves and the community of mages. That you have arrived here today speaks well of you- but you are all doubtless well used to being spoken well of- you're special after all. Mages are exceptional." He smiles as he sees all the smiling freshmen starting to look smug, and his next words crack like a whip through the quiet room, and his jovial, fatherly air is gone in a flash. "But so are the rest of you. Welcome to the one place in the world where you are not special. Here, you are ordinary- but there is a beauty to that as well." His jovial manner is back as quickly as it left "Community is much easier to find among equals- among peers, and we try very hard to enable such. Sign ups for various extracurricular activities can be found on the office door of their staff sponsor- the orchestra on Madame Brieze's-" he gestures to each staff member in turn as he lists them off "And finally, sparring club on my own- you may hear more on any of those from their sponsor during their speech. Signs ups end in one week, so don't delay."

He stands ups straighter and clears his throat, growing somber. "As promised my introductory speech is short... and I shall now move to boring you." The lights flicker as the flames in the sconces all around the walls flare up "Fire is an element unique- they are all unique of course, but fire is unique in a unique way. Fire is the element of change. It lives, it writhes all on it's own-" he gestures to the four braziers before the platform on which he stood, each filled with a different element. "When left to their own devices, most elements stay static, and it is the mage's job to give them motion and direction and purpose. Remaining still is anathema to fire. It spreads, it grows, and it consumes- thus it is the fire mage's job to control. To contain. To direct and to guide. Those of you who are here to study under me are unlikely to enjoy yourselves- the most talented among you least of all, because I have a stark and grim truth to pronounce. Not all of you will survive to graduation. Fire is dangerous, and it will bite you the very instant you forget to give it the proper respect." he rolls his shoulders and shrugs his shirt off, revealing the scars along his torso. "I stand before you arguably the most powerful fire mage in the world, and I have nearly killed myself on three occasions. The fire is still far more powerful than I am." he pulls his shirt back on. "This is why, somewhat paradoxically, I am lead all classes of basic focus and discipline, to teach you finesse and control. Because Firing a bolt is easy..."

This patently false statement is punctuated by the air around him crackling as he pulls his arms close into him, and with blurring speed strikes out, a bolt of lightning arcing across the breadth of the hall and striking a metal fastening on the other wall, causing it to glow red hot for several moments- that one never fails to impress the first years

"It flies on it's own once released, you need only be fast enough to tell it where it need go. The more impressive feat..."

The maneuver from before is repeated, arc flying at the same fastening but... with a look of great effort the headmaster draws this hand back into a fist, and the lightning stops, an inch from it's target, and quivers in midair before curling around and wrapping around the headmaster's shoulders like a shawl, never quite touching him. "...Is to stop it." he concludes, the strain obvious in his voice before he allows the lightning to crackle off into the atmosphere and retakes his seat- ending his speech with characteristic abruptness after his grand finale and allowing the next teacher their turn.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryuer stood up as Alexander left the podium. As he passed, he made a small aside to his colleague. "Flashy as ever." He took to the podium and raised his soft voice as loud as it would go.

"New Students, we welcome you today to our fine establishment. This is a place of learning and growth for all of those who live here, including ourselves. I am standing before you to give a brief introduction to what it means to control the element of water. Each element has traditions and stereotypes associated with them, and I've always believed stereotypes come from somewhere. Water is the element of fluidity. It is the element of change and versatility. It is the element of balance and moderation.  It is cold and wet, and is associated with the moon and the feminine, as well as the season of winter. It is the element of softer emotions. Water users tend to be quiet and withdrawn, but friendly with the people close to them. They are more prone to sadness than anger. However, like the sea, while it takes a large force to stir a hydromancer up, once the person is, they are a force to be reckoned with. The subelement of water is ice.

Cryomancers are cold and calculating. While they don’t tend to get along with people very well and don’t open emotionally, they can be strong allies and friends. At best, water users are calm and thoughtful, and at worst are manipulative and passive-aggressive.  As with all of the elements, and people in general, these traits may not apply to everyone with these powers. These are simply the generalizations. But it is key to understand these even if you aren't a water user, as teaming up with other elementalists will help you to make up for what you lack.

I also run the art club here at the school. It is a place for those who struggle to express themselves to do so in a safe and alternative way. As such harsh and deconstructive criticism, as well as teasing , bullying and arrogant behavior will not be tolerated. For those who are gifted in art, I ask you to humbly aid those who aren't and we can work on improving your skills as well. We offer a wide variety of options, from poetry and short stories, to paintings, drawings and sketches, to sculpturing and more. Please see me if you are interested.

We are looking forward to teaching you."

He removed himself from the podium and took a sip from his glass.

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Drandon rose to his feet, adjusted his uniform and the dress sword at his hip, and made his way stately to the podium, the heels of his boots clicking audibly on the floor as he moved. Coming to a stop to the right of the stand, Drandon assumed a "parade rest" stance with his feet slightly apart and his hands behind his back. for a long moment Drandon slowly swept the room with a stony gaze.

Finally he spoke:

"I am Leutemarshal DeRay Drandon, the resident Master of the Earth School, but you shall call me either Professor or Master Drandon." His voice rings out like a commander addressing his troops. After a breath he continues. "Earth is constant. It is rigid, and it is lasting. It is the firmament upon which we stand. Change comes slowly, with many thousands of years of heat and pressure, Rapid change comes mainly from external forces. Earth Represents structure and regimentation. At this Academy we shall attempt to teach you how to mould the stoic earth. Good Luck."

With a sharp nod, Drandon turned on his heel and moved back to his seat. A light snoring sound emanated from the far end of the Professors seats, and Drandon shot a quick disproving glance toward the noise before he took his seat.

Thalian flashed his father his trademark crooked grin. Another small victory.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shalea walked up to the podium and smiles softly at the students as she spoke.  “I am Shalea Brieze the Air Mistress here and I am so glad that all of you have made it this far. Air is a very powerful element and very peaceful at the same time.  A gentle breeze can soon turn into gale force winds and blow everything away in its path.  Wind is very playful but very mischievous at the same time.  The wind can be calm one moment then very destructive the next.  Do not let the winds playful nature fool you for it holds very violet and destructive powers.  I look forward to seeing how each of you grow and how much you will learn here.  I just want to remind everyone that no one element is better than the other.  Each element relies on the other and they can work in harmony to create or destroy.  So please be careful and be aware of who surrounds you when you're working with your element."

"As Alexander briefly stated, we have many clubs and activities here so you can look forward to having a lot of fun here at the Academy as well as learning.  I am in charge of the orchestra and welcome any students that wish to join.  We perform here at the academy and others places around the Kingdoms.  If you need anything please do not hesitate to ask any of us for help or advice.  I wish you all a very great year, and the best of luck to you all.” Shalea walked back to her chair and looked out over the students to see their reactions and how they were behaving.
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Necia stayed slumped in her seat as all the masters talked.  What was she thinking?  She was surrounded by people everywhere and she felt a bit faint.  The image of the fire master's demonstration flashed in her mind, what a powerful man...what an intimidating powerful man.  Could she really learn to control such a dangerous element?  She had to.  She gripped the small glass bottle hanging around her neck and thought to herself, "When my ignorance dissipates so will my fear".  Although she had to admit, the talk about the art club did seem intriguing to her.  "That seems like a nice place to learn, maybe I can tune out the other students..."



After the speeches had concluded, a group of policemen waited to speak with the headmaster about their special issue they had run into.  They were told by higher ups that this was the place to bring her, this is where they could get rid of the demon.
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Ciela stood a little ways back, her back pressed against the wall.  She flipped between emotions of fear and awe as each of the professors stood up to, in their own special way, welcome everyone to a new year.  The place had been difficult to find and had left her physically exhausted, so she was glad to listen to each of them, and to take her mind off the journey she'd just endured.  Each professor seemed to personify the readily assumed character traits of each element, and she felt instinctively drawn to the woman who would be her teacher.

"Welcome to the one place in the world where you are not special."

It was a phrase that gave her pause and caused her to unintentionally tune out the Headmaster to think over such a statement.  In the end, of course he was right, they were all the same here and Ciela was glad to have found a place where everyone could be equal, if pride and arrogance kept their heads at bay.  Pushing that unpleasant thought aside, because quiet honestly, every one deserved the chance to prove themselves and no judgement should be gotten to hastily, she returned her attention to catch the end of the Headmaster's speech.  Reproaching herself for her lack of attention, she resolved to keep herself focused throughout the rest of the introductions.  There would be plenty of time to absorb all of this later.  

Though none of the rest of the speakers were as "showy" as the Headmaster, something she was quite grateful for since the fire performance gave her enough of an anxiety attack to make her pass out, but each speaker had something interesting to tell.  Everything soon came to a close and a brief thought flitted across her mind, as the students slowly began talking amongst themselves.   How would all of the other beginning students measure up to each other?

"I suppose that we will soon find out," she mumbled to herself, hoping no one next to her happened to overhear.
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“Used to being spoken well of,” Bhauma thought to himself after the headmaster’s address. As a prince this was true, Bhauma was one of the strongest and most talented members of his tribe.  He was used to receiving praise, until the day his abilities were discovered.  Now he was no more than an outcast of his people and blight upon his family lineage. The thought of being accepted again was appealing, but his father’s final words still echoed through his head. “Cursed is what my father called me, not special,” Bhauma whispered under his breath, “I can now see why he believed that, these people are truly a frightening force.”  The thought of being taught by such imposing figures shook him a bit inside, but his determination was stronger than his doubts, “I have traveled too far and lost too much to turn back.  If these headmasters can teach me more about these abilities inside me then this is where I must be.” He finished his thoughts as he continued to survey the crowd of students.

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Maya let out a soft shriek and buried her face in Barak's shirt when the Fire Master sent out his bolts of lightning.  She felt his arm around her shoulder and he murmured in her ear "It's alright, sis...  He's just showing off," When she raised her gaze back to that of her brother's he smiled at her and tousled her hair.  She managed a weak smile and nodded.  The affection they showed for each other could almost be mistaken as that of lovers... but they simply looked too similar to be seen as anything but the twins that they are.

Barak barely listened to the welcoming lectures of the other Masters.  He knew his goal.  Control...  The control that man had shown and promised to teach.  If he'd had more control, than perhaps their house would still be standing...

Maya, meanwhile, listened as best she could while shooting glances around at the other students.  "Why couldn't I be air?" she found herself wondering as she looked from the woman who was Master of Air and then back at the Master of her own element.  Her eyes fell upon a girl some distance away with black hair and eyes that reminded her of her brother's.  This girl looked almost as nervous as Maya felt.  She gave a weak smile and nodded acknowledgement to the girl as the last of the Masters finished her speech and the students began milling about.



Interra was more relaxed than she thought she would be.  That is, right up until a bolt of freaking lightning shot past her head.  Her breath caught in her throat and for a second she felt like she had stopped breathing.  Then her heart started pounding and she felt just the slightest tremor beneath her feet.  Clenching her eyes shut, she leaned forward, clutching her hands tightly in front of her between her bare knees.  Not here.  Not now.  Not already.  She forced herself to take deep, calming breaths. "Earth is solid...  Earth is strong...  Be the earth..."  she muttered to herself over and over again.  The strange little mantra that her mentor had taught her to try to keep her calm.

As the last of the Masters finished their speeches, she took one finally deep breath and then raised her head.  She had missed it all...  Now what?  Had they been instructed on where to go?  What to do?  Uncertainly, she stood, hugging her arms around her stomach and glancing around for some sort of guidance.
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Ryer noticed the officials at the entrance of the hall. After the speeches, he made his way over to them. "How can I help you today, sirs?"

Thales cracked a smile as the master cracked the lighting across the room. "I would have made a few more arcs if I were him." He muttered. He surveyed the room. He saw some peculiar folks, but no one immediately struck him as interesting. Although the girl next to the men the water master were talking to could be intriguing. He could tell law enforcement when he saw it. "Oh well. Time to have fun."  He let out a small discharge across the room that caused many new students hair to stand on end for a few seconds.
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Master Coldra was on his way to address the officers with a sour look on his face when he felt the ripple of electricity, and turned to what he knew had to be the source.

The look he gave Thales was a familiar one. It promised, in no uncertain terms, that this indiscretion had been noticed, and that the issue was far from closed, and that the Headmaster was not happy. It was unfortunate for the young electromancer that the officers had shown up- normally the headmaster was in good enough spirits during the opening ceremonies to put up with a minimal level of tomfoolery, but few things soured Xander's mood like having bigots walking his halls.

He put a hand on his colleagues shoulder and said "Let me handle this Ryer. They're here to see me after all, I'm sure." with that he knelt down to eye level with the girl- this was not the first time a child had been delivered into his custody, and he didn't need to hear what the officers had to say. "Welcome." he greeted her with a warm smile seldom seen by those he sought to instruct she's already petrified, no sense in scaring her any further he thought to himself.

Placing one hand flat on the stone floor he poured energy into it until it glowed molten, at which point he pulled the magma up and away, shaping it deftly without touching it into the shape of a small flower, which rapidly cooled to the glassy black of obsidian as he pulled the heat away from it, reaching out and tucking the craft behind the girl's ear. "Whatever it is you have done before, your slate is clean here, and here you are welcome." it was the same little speech he had given to most everyone he had been 'introduced' to by officers, but he meant it every time.

He stood up and looked the officers in the eye. "Now, what can I help you with?"
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Jacob was enthralled to be in the presence of masters.  He clapped furiously after every address (even though they were all told to hold applause till the end) and let out an extra cheer when Ryer finished his speech.  Bouncing in his chair he looked around the room at all the other students he would be with, “Wow there sure is a lot of people here! I wonder who is a water mage here?” Suddenly he pulls out a water balloon from his hoodie pouch, “This is how I found my gift, so I’ll be able to tell if someone else is a hydromancer if I throw this at them.” To him his logic was infallible.  He began to look for a target, “Let’s see what we have here?  We’ve got a girl shaking with her head between her knees…better not try her.  There’s a tree standing over there…why is that guy dressed like a tree?” Then he spotted a girl with flowing black hair and fair complexion he became fixated, “Ooooh, she’s pretty, I bet she’s a hydromancer.”  Without thinking twice Jacob held the balloon on high ready to throw when he felt a jolt travel up his leg and into his arm.  The jolt made him clench the balloon, popping it and drenching him.  “What was that?” he thought as he sat there, a bit embarrassed.
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The men standing there were terrified, and looked on the headmaster with contempt.  Zerika reached behind her ear and took the flower that had been placed there.  She twirled it between her fingers, starring at it and never looking up, and formed a small sad smile.  "Thank you for this kindness sir, but I know I don't deserve it." The policemen seemed to agree with her statement.  "This monster only deserves to be locked up!  Keep an eye on her, she wears a devil's mask.  We were told to get rid of her, heard this place was where to go to shape up the beast.  We were also told there was a chance she could die here, I don't care either way, as long as she's no where near the good people."  One of the men pushed her from behind and she stumbled forwards.  "Take it, we're done here."  The men tried to leave in a hurry, they hated being surrounded by all these creatures.
As they left, the girl turned her head, and watched them flee with a cold hate filled glare.


The young girl watched as the other student's walked about, but stayed seated.  "Oh no, I don't remember hearing what to do next...I really don't want to ask someone..."  The girl was torn, "I know, I'll get out a book and pretend I'd rather stay here and read it...this is a terrible plan."  She remained seated and listened to the conversations around her, maybe she'd overhear someone say where to go.
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"Of course, Master Coldra." He gave a small bow to the policemen. "Have a good day, officers." He felt a small sensation through his body and noticed Thales. He gave him a small smile, knowing that Alexander would handle him soon enough.  He soon found his friend and colleague. "So, Drandon, what are your thoughts on this years class?"

All he could do was flash a quick goofy smile. He could tell Master Coldra had been put into a mood and that he was going to bear the brunt of it, but it wasn't anything he wasn't used to. When he noticed the kid with the water balloon though, he busted out laughing, almost falling to the floor. He meant no ill will, but the poor lad's timing had been just perfect and Thales couldn't help himself.
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Xander looked after the officers with a detached and passive smile. One did not get to be master of fire without the ability to control their temper- and they were leaving now, so all was well. "Always a pleasure officers." he calls after them before turning to the new girl. "I cannot say weather you deserve kindness or not, but you certainly deserve welcome, for all who are gifted are welcome here- and those ~ahem~ upstanding gentlemen would not have been so keen on escorting you otherwise. Now, you see how the hall is divided, with the braziers of each element at the head of each table? I trust you know what your affinity is, go join them, and we can proceed."

With that he walks over to the pedestal and once more waits for silence enough to announce. "Each of the masters will now lead their charges to their towers, and allow them to get moved in after this long day of travel and toil. Once more, I bid you all welcome." With that he headed over to and waited before the western door out of the hall for the fire mages to assemble.
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Maya's weak smile fell to a frown as the girl who's attention she had hoped to gain simply pulled out a book instead.  There were so many people, though, she couldn't blame the girl for not noticing her.  She looked at her brother uncertainly.  "Barak... What do we do now?  Everyone's just kind of... milling..."

Barak, who hadn't been paying half the attention that Maya was to the speeches, just shrugged.  He stood and stretched.  His years of constant work had made him unused to sitting in one place for so long.  "I dunno, Sis.  Maybe we should, I dunno, try and make some friends or something?"  He seemed skeptical, though his eyes snapped quickly to the guy responsible for a sudden electrical discharge.  Barak had no interest in learning to work with lightning, but the older boy was obviously talented.  "Think you'll be alright? I'll be right over there if you need me..."  Once sure she was alright, he moved over to where Thales was practically rolling on the floor.  "That was a pretty sweet trick," he commented, glancing from the prone Thales over to the soaked boy who was the object of his amusement.

It took a moment, but Maya managed to convince her brother she would be alright.  She would rather have stayed by his side, but she wasn't sure she liked the mischevious look of the guy he was going to talk to.  So instead, she tried to find the least frightening looking person in the room.  She needed to at least make an effort... right?  After a moment of debating between the sweet looking girl off to one side or moving in to help the poor soaked boy, she decided she'd go with what seemed like the safer option.

She approached Ciela with an uncertain smile and a nervous wave.  "H-hello..." she greeted.  "My name's Maya... What's yours?"



Interra shuddered at the zap of electricity, but this wasn't nearly as startling as the Headmaster's display had been.  Out of the corner of her eye, she saw the water balloon burst all over the poor, confused kid.  She frowned, debating whether to step in or not.  Then she heard the laughter and glanced over at the cause of it all.  That did it.  She had grown up with two older brothers and she'd been the brunt of more than her share of practical jokes.  "Hey... Bad luck, huh?"   she said as she approached Jacob.  She dug around in her small pack at her side and pulled out an old shirt that he could use to dry himself off with.  "So, um...  I don't suppose you know what we're supposed to do next?"   Of course, the words were barely out of her mouth before the Headmaster spoke again.  She blushed a little in embarrassment and gave a vague shrug.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ciela was able to see little and to interact even less from where she had placed herself amidst the throngs of students.  Though at the same time she didn't envy the professors up on the stage, watching everyone and trying to see what this year's crop would be like.  She returned her attention to the people surrounding her.  She walked around a little trying to see what sort of people were in her near vicinity.  She'd been debating who she should make some sort of attempt to talk to, when she felt something that could only be compared to a shock attained from walking across carpet, run up her body and gave her a very uncomfortable feeling.  She rubbed her arms, trying to rid herself of the goosebumps.  

The laughter that suddenly rang throughout the hall caused her actions to still, and her attention, like that of those around her were drawn to a young man who was completely soaked.  Thinking that it had been caused by a hydromancer already deciding to make waves, she thought the best course of action would be to go over and help.  She was preparing to move when she saw, in her peripheral vision, someone wave at her.  Ciela turned and gave a return smile to the young lady who was walking her way.

"H-hello...My name's Maya... What's yours?"

She smiled, trying to decide if Maya was shy by nature or at first introduction.  "My name is Ciela.  It's very nice to meet you, Maya.  Is this your first year here as well?"
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After he saw what had happened to the student, he glanced at his friend. "It appears we will have to discuss the matter later. And it seems there will be a lot to discuss." He walked over to the student covered in water. As he was walking he heard Alexander's command. He made it to the boy and saw a couple of students helping the poor young man out. "I appreciate your concern and I encourage you to continue to make friends, but it is time for everyone to gather at the braziers. I appreciate your cooperation." He then headed toward the brazier.

Thales took notice of the guy walking towards him. Seemed a little rough, but he appreciated the compliment. "Just a little trick I picked up while training. My name's Thales. And yours?" He made sure to look time to time to see where the kid he soaked was at. He needed to pay him a visit as soon as he could, but the call for the braziers came and he knew he would have to catch him later. "We need to line up. I'm on duty to give the fire kids a castle tour at some point in time."
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Necia looked up at the headmaster's voice.  The braziers, of course, how could she have been so unobservant.  There were other students still standing around chatting with one another, she thought to herself, "Don't they listen?  They need more discipline."  She replaced her books in her bag and walked over near the location of the fire master.  She hoped no one would talk to her.



She smiled, "I do know my place sir."  Zerika turned from the headmaster and looked around her.  There were students talking and laughing with each other, silly children.  She had no need for friends but she had been bored lately.  A new location didn't give her an advantage, for now she would gather with all the other water children and learn about them and this castle.  She still held the formed flower and had no need for it, she saw an open bag and dropped the item as she walked by.  She headed over to the designated place and leaned against the wall.  It was then she noticed a young boy covered in water and another boy laughing.  She raised an eyebrow and scoffed, "Child."
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Jacob, now realizing that he was getting a lot of attention, began to laugh at himself weakly, “Not the first impression I wanted to make, but at least everyone seems to be in a good mood.”  Jacob was used to making people laugh, so this wasn’t anything unusual for him.  As he looked up he saw the girl that had been shaking in terror walking towards him. “Hey thanks! Yeah, I guess I put a bit too much force into the water and popped the balloon,” he said trying to act cool, “That’s why I’m here, gotta learn control.”  Drying himself off with the shirt he thought about what she asked, “I have no idea what to do next.  Are you a hydromancer? That’s what the balloon was for. You see I found my abilities…” but before he could finish his sentence the headmaster made the call to gather to their prospective elemental towers.   “Oh, guess I gotta go, thanks again for the shirt!” he said handing her back the soggy shirt and running off aimlessly into the crowd of students.  

Seeing the sight of the poor child with the water balloon made Bhuama chuckle, but he knew he was not here for fun, “I must speak with the headmaster and find out what my duties here will be, but I must have an introduction first.”  Still in the mindset of being in his tribe Bhuama knew that every member of a tribe must have a purpose and that you never approach a chief without being properly introduced, but how could he do this? Then remembering the girl that came in with the police escort he thought, “Perhaps this girl is nobility of some sort?  Why else would she be escorted in with such a formal looking procession?  And she has already had a private conversation with the headmaster himself!”   Walking over to the girl after she finished talking with the headmaster, he introduced himself with a formal bow, “I greet you humbly.  I am Bhuama pri…,” he stopped himself from saying prince, realizing he was no longer nobility, “I am Bhuama of the Kali tribe.  The road has been perilous but I have found my way to this place of learning.  I wish to have an audience with the headmaster and am humbly requesting an introduction from a person of nobility, such as yourself.” He finished his address with another formal bow, awaiting her answer.

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