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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:38 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

As Zerika leaned against the wall waiting, a dirty looking man walked up to her.  He seemed to think she was nobility.  She wondered how he could have mistaken the authorities for a royal escort.  Then again, this man looked like he had come from the forest, like he had been part of the flora.  Her expressionless face never changed as she spoke to him, "Thank you sir for coming to me first, but at this moment I am feeling a bit fatigued.  At this present time I wish to retire to my chamber, but if you gather with your fellow men, I will arrange a meeting for another day."  She could only hope this was sufficient enough to get this man away from her.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The icy tone from the girl made it apparent that his presence was unwanted.  Lifting his head Bhuama took the response with dignity, “I thank you,” and walked away from the icy maiden. “I suppose that was too forward,” he thought as he returned to where he had been standing, “She must be from a very prestigious family.”  Returning to his spot he heard the headmaster call for the braziers,  “In time my questions will be answered, I must remain patient.”
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Barak nodded his respect at the other lad.  “Barak.  Nice ta meetcha,” he answered easily.  He glanced over at the Headmaster as he made his decree and then nodded to Thales.  He followed along towards the fire brazier.  “I'm guessin' you've been here a while if you're givin' tours and all that.  It's a pretty cool place then?  Good people, good food, clean beds, that sort of thing?”  Without thinking about it, he glanced over at his sister as she hurried to join the other water elementalists.  When their eyes met briefly, she smiled and gave him a little wave.  His lips twitched upwards just a touch before he turned his attention back to Thales.


Maya's smile relaxed slightly as the girl turned out to be as friendly as she had looked.  “It's very nice to meet you, Ciela... And, yes,” she answered, her voice still soft and uncertain.  “It is my first year here.  It seems to be an interesting place, and kind of scary, but I'll just be happy to-- oh!” She turned towards the podium as the Headmaster made his next announcement.  She actually frowned a little in disappointment as she turned back to Ciela.  “I'm sorry... I guess we'll have to talk again later.” She dipped in a little curtsy before turning and hurrying over to where the other water students were gathering.



Interra just blinked and stared at the kid as he talked.  And talked.  He never even gave her a chance to respond to anything he asked her.  Her gaze darted between him and the growing group of earth casters that she should be joining.  It would be rude to just leave him standing there, but she really should-- Too late.  Her cheeks flushed red with humiliation as the Water Master came over and had to repeat their instructions.  “Yes, sir,” she murmured even as she took the dripping wet shirt and stuffed it back into her bag before shuffling towards where she was supposed to be gathered.  So far... things weren't exactly going the way she had hoped... Almost losing her cool during the ceremony and already having to be told twice to follow an order.  Pausing next to a very strangely dressed man, but barely even noticing him, he let out a deep sigh.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First impressions, to many, were very important and it did say a lot about a person when they met someone for the first time.  For Ciela, she liked Maya instantly, despite the fact that she appeared to be all jitters and nerves.  Ciela listened quietly, as she hurried through her words, ready to add her own thoughts when Maya had finished talking.  Sadly, she didn't get that chance as the Headmaster declared that it was time for each of them to follow their respective teachers to their rooms.  Ciela barely had time for a wave goodbye before Maya hurried off.  Before she made her way to her respective brazier, she followed Maya with her eye and saw her dart off where the hydromancers were assembling.  Well, that was one unasked question that was answered.

She smiled to herself and made her way through the throng of students to where the Air Mistress was standing.  Others were slowly making their way to their places.  She couldn't help but notice the difference in those who had been here for a while, and the others, like herself, had just arrived.  There seemed to be a bit of competitive comradery in those who appeared to have been here for some time.  Everyone else, seemed hesitant to reach out beyond their own little circles, trying to find some way to fit in.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shalea watched as the chaos unfolded before her. “This is looking like it will be a very interesting year.”  She said to herself smiling.  She stood up and headed over to her table.  “Alright everyone if you would please follow me to our tower.  You can get to know each other and I will answer any questions you may have."

She led the group up the tall spiral stairs until they reached the middle part of the tower.  Two very long hallways, that led to the student’s rooms, could be seen before them.  Shalea moved forward allowing everyone to make it up the stairs.  There were windows everywhere letting in the light and a nice breeze.  "This is where your rooms are.  You may visit with each other anytime you want but please be respectful of each other and give someone space if they need time to settle in."  She then turned and pointed to another staircase. "If you need anything or just want to talk to me my office is right up the stairs.  If I am not there, please pull the bell outside my door and I will be with you shortly."  She turned back to them smiling. "Alright first years have the right hallway and everyone else has the left hallway.  You may pick who you want to room with and if there are any problems please let me know.  The only rule I have for picking rooms is boys room with boys and girls room with girls.  Before you head off, does anyone have any questions?”  She looked across the group of students with her soft smile.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If there was one key advantage, one virtue that Xander had managed to cultivate in all his years of training, it was patience. Fire wishes at all times to move, to grow- ever seeking instant gratification. To master fire, and not have it master you, one must learn patience, and so he allowed the new students to greet each other, to bond, to compare notes- this was, after all, the first time many of them would have ever met another gifted person and it was as he had said: there are certain advantages to not being special.

He turned and spoke to a timid looking young girl who had drawn near to make conversation while waiting for them to calm. "It's only the new arrivals I need actually, returners know the drill- though of course it's most ill-advised to delay too much. Tomorrow is a long day and this one is far from over at any rate." he smiles "Well, new arrivals and Thales-" he indicated the budding electromancer. "He doesn't get out of my sight if I can help it."
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Ryuer waited for a few minutes to allow for his students to collect. "First, we're going to head to the dormitories for the water students." He lead them downstairs. As they were walking, they passed a pool. "This is for practice and for recreation. You know the general pool rules." He led them to the rooms. "Here is where you will be staying. Men are on the right and women are on the left. No coed rooming. Also, my room is at the end of the hall."

He then showed them around to the cafeteria and around the classrooms. He finally lead them to the beach. "This area will be used for classes and training as well as for fun. Please be aware of the sea creatures and respect the ocean. Are there any questions?"



Thales gave a devilish grin. "There are lots of places to give him the slip. It's a really sweet castle. You guys are gonna love it."
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drandon came back to reality for a moment when Ryuer spoke to him, but before he could prepare his response the Water Master was distracted by some occurrence elsewhere. Drandon stood up and chastised himself for having only been half aware. A great deal of Reports had appeared on his desk the night before and it had taken him most of the night to deal with all of the paperwork. Thank goodness for staff officers. Moving purposely, Drandon made his way to the Door before turning around  and addressing the room in his booming voice. "Students of Earth. You shall follow me to your Rooms now." He stepped out into the hall and waited as the students began trickling in from the hall. Once it seemed that there are no more stragglers he turned on his heal and began leading them down toward the Tower of Earth. Finally Drandon stopped in a large room with several Stairways. Gesturing to the back of the room Drandon pointed out three different stairs. The central stair showed a tight spiral strait down, the other two spiraled gracefully down and away from the central stairway. "The Spiral Stair in the Middle leads to my office. My office hours are clearly displayed on the doorway here. If you have any questions, pleas feel free to come and meet with me during these designated times. First year Girls dorms are to the left, and boys are to the right. Please head on down and find yourself an empty bunk in one of the rooms. Each bunk will have a packet waiting for you. inside you will find a map of the School as well as a schedule and other such necessary information. The room we are currently in is the common area and can be used for studying or mingling with your classmates. Lights out is at ten and you are all expected to head down to your rooms at that time. The common room reopens at seven in the morning. Are there any questions?"
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The young girl tried to avoid talking with the other students, but to no avail.  Some students were even interested in the books she was reading, which surprised her.  Her mother had always said that kids her age hated reading.  It was only the first day and she was already learning new things.

The headmaster spoke of the tasks that were ahead of them.  He spoke about needing only the first years, and this strange boy he called Thales.  She was unaware of the commotion he caused at the opening ceremony , but the grin he gave the master made her think him...goofy.



Zerika walked along with the other water students.  She stayed in the front so as no one could block her view, she wanted to take in her surrounds and not have them be a limitation.  The water master babbled on about the pool and the rooms, but then he said something that caught her attention. "Men are on the right and women are on the left."  She raised her eyebrow, "What was that?" she thought to herself.  It was just a general statement, it didn't mean anything, but she knew she could twist it.  The water master asked if there were any questions.  She raised her hand and spoke, "I have one sir.  Are you sexist?"  

The master was taken aback by the question.  "What makes you-"

Zerika interjected his reply, "When someone has a right hand person, it means that they are a person that can be trusted and are the most dependable.  You put the women on the left, saying that females can't hold the position of being the most competent and trustworthy.  Being on the left means you believe the men will always be better than the women."  She laughed to herself, it payed being around all those crazy feminist.  Some of the other female students became rowdy and echoed her words at the master.  She knew she could catch some of the other rebellious girls, and then there was always that group that felt pressured to join in.  Zerika eagerly anticipated the master's reactions to the chaos.  "Your move," she thought.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He scanned her for a second. I remember this girl being with the officers from earlier today. I'll have to keep my eyes out. "Quiet down everyone." He raised his voice as loud as he could. "I could say something like the left is closer to the heart, but the truth is the restrooms and accommodations were made decades ago by previous masters in an arbitrary manner. Rumor has it a few coin flips were involved." He gave a small smile. "Any other questions?"
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Barak grinned as Thales told the first years about knowing all the places to give the Fire Master the slip.  He hadn't really planned or cared to make any friends, but he was starting to think he could definitely get to like hanging out with Thales.  “Sounds great,” he chuckled.  “Can't wait to learn 'em all.”


Maya followed along with the group, paying close attention to everything that Ryer had to say.  It seemed like it was going to be a good place to live... So long as the people were okay...  She watched the man in charge silently, trying to look past her fears and decide if he was someone she could trust or not...  Hearing Zerika's question, though, she blinked and turned to stare at the girl.  Such an idea never would have crossed her mind.  Even the girl's explanation sounded stupidly far-fetched to her.  Finally, she just shook her head and edged away, planning to find a room to claim.





Interra watched Drandon, following him silently.  She glanced around at the other students, wondering about them and about where they came from.  Stepping into the large room with all the stairways, she glanced around curiously.  It wasn't until Earth Master Drandon explained where all of they led that it all clicked.  The dorms were down those stairs.

Down...

Down into the earth...

She was rooted to the spot, breathing hard and heart pounding.  Staring at the stairway without really seeing it even as the other girls had already begun filing down, chattering excitedly about what rooms they wanted to claim.  Some loose stones on the ground near her feet began to vibrate slightly.
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During the tour Jacob could barely hold in his excitement, “Finally, I’m with my fellow hydromancers!” he thought to himself.  The facilities were vast and the water area was pure heaven to Jacob, “This is where I belong,” he said shaking with eagerness.  When Ryer asked about questions Jacob was just about to raise his hand when the pale looking girl asked the question about gender and rooms.  This topic bored Jacob and he began to wander off daydreaming about surfing and other things he wished he was doing at that moment.  Ryer calmed the crowd of tempered female students and the sudden silence brought Jacob back to reality.  “Any other questions?”  Jacob quickly raised his hand this time, “Yes, when do we start class in the morning?  I’m ready to begin my learn….OH MY GOSH there are dolphin!”  With a cry of excitement Jacob rushed over to the banister to get a better look at the playful creatures.  A pod of dolphin could be seen playing near the shore of the beach.  Happily they flipped and twirled through the air and all Jacob could think about was joining them, “Why didn’t I bring my surfboard.  I’ve never surfed with dolphins.  Oh wait, I can’t surf without my board!”  Anxious and realizing he never asked a question Jacob looked to Ryer and said, “Do we have surfboards here?  That’s my questions.”  He awaited the answer, starring intensely at the headmaster.  


Bhuama made his way through the castle with his group and was struck by the majesty of the structure, “This place becomes more stunning with every turn,” he thought to himself as they continued through the corridors.  Still unused to being inside buildings Bhuama felt dwarfed in such a large structure, “To think I roam the lands no more, but will remain in this one place.”  Taking his focus off the scenery he focused on Headmaster Drandon, “That stony gaze, the way he walks with authority, his strong posture,” whispered Bhuama under his breath, “All of his traits are very similar to…my father.” The chief of Bhuama’s tribe was indeed a strict man, ruling over the tribe with the utmost authority and power that he had.  The more he looked at the earth master the more he saw his father, “This will not be an easy task.  If this man is anything like my father, much will be wanted from me.”  When the time for questions came all Bhuama could think about was his father.  He knew his father was dead but this man before him was so similar that for a moment Bhuama forgot who he was listening to.  In a daze he stood there, imagining his father speaking to him again.  Still somewhat in shock he said nothing and looked at the imposing figure in front of him.  The group moved on and Bhuama felt regret knowing he missed his chance to ask a question.  "He's dead, my father is dead," he kept repeating to himself as he made his way towards the living area.
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She watched as the water master tried to quiet the girls.  He replied with some sappy answer and then a simple one.  "What was that?!" her mind roared at her.  She had wanted a clever answer, an amusing reply, but received nothing.  What a waste, this guy wasn't going to be very entertaining.  

The master asked if there were anymore questions, and Zerika saw a young boy raise his hand and start jabbering like mad.  He was way too excited to be trapped here.  She zoned him out as the wheels in her head began to turn, "What an energetic fellow...he's like a puppy.  Wait, a puppy?"  The girl smirked to herself, "Puppies can be fun..."

She decided this was enough group time for today, and walked off toward the living quarters.  While the puppy was distracting everyone, she could walk around freely.  When she surveyed the rooms they all looked fairly similar.  "Hmm, no significant difference," she mumbled to herself as she looked.  She stood there pondering, "The room farthest away has the highest probability of me running into other students.  The middle has no benefits that I can see.  If I took the closest room then no student would be ahead of me that I would need to pass by.  It would be fairly easy to sneak away."  After she had completed her thought process, she went inside the first room and sat on the bed.  The bed swished from her weight, "A waterbed?  ...how original."

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Ciela followed the Air Mistress up, what seemed to be, a never ending flight of stairs.  Every step taken made her feel as if they were ascending up into the heavens themselves.  A silly notion, really, but when she had lost count of the steps she'd taken...it was the only thought to be arrived at.  It was all so beautiful, and a far cry from the small cottage house she'd lived in for all of her life.  There was a soft hum as the students talked amongst themselves.  Ciela chided herself for not always being so forthcoming in her own introductions and wished that there was someone to talk to.  Perhaps she'd be rooming with someone?  One could only hope.

When they finally had reached their destination, Ciela could only gasp in amazement at the sight before her.  There were windows, everywhere!  Floor to ceiling windows lined the circular room and let in all possible light that could be allowed.  There were four white pillars, two on either side of the room, that guarded the entryway to the separate hallways.  The common area had couches and chairs, tables, bookshelves lined with ancient tomes, and a refreshment bar.   The ceiling was the most breathtaking of all.  It almost seemed as if there were real clouds hovering just above them.  It took a moment to realize it, but the clouds in the room were an exact match to the clouds that were in the sky outside.

"This is where your rooms are.  You may visit with each other anytime you want but please be respectful of each other and give someone space if they need time to settle in."

Ciela was brought back to reality with a jolt and she returned her attention to the Air Mistress.  The rules seemed quite simple and self explanatory.  But when the query was posed as to whether or not they had any questions, Ciela most emphatically shook her head no.  She was too caught up in her surroundings to even think to ask a question.
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Shalea scanned every inch of the room making sure she did not skip over anyone. “Alright then you may go and pick your rooms and if you need anything at all or think of something to ask me just go up the stairs to my office.”  She watched as the students made their way to their rooms and after everyone had left she turned to go to her office when Horus appeared at one of the windows.  “Horus?   Have you found someone else?”  He nodded and flew off.

Shalea quickly followed him out the window and he led her to a boy that had passed out.  Shalea surrounded him in a wind sphere and took him back to the castle.  She took him straight to the hospital wing. “Erin are you here?”  She looked around until she spotted her in the corner of the room doing an experiment.  She laid the boy on an empty bed and motioned her over.  "I am sorry to bother you but  Horus found someone else that did not make it all the way.  He looks like he overheated and he has a few scratches.” Horus had flown right beside her and landed on the head of the bed.
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Erin was concentrating on her titration, allowing half drops to roll into the Erlenmeyer flask.  She heard the familiar call of Horus approaching her door and halted the experiment.  One drop too many would make all the data void.  

Shalea entered inside the room and looked around for Erin.  She placed her goggles on the desk and walked over to the bed that Shalea had placed the boy on.  The boy was unconscious and his face was red.  She dimmed the lights, opened the windows, and prepared several sheets of wet cloth.  "Looks like the heat got to him, bit of hyperthermia.  Shalea, help me with these cloths, they'll help cool his blood."  They placed the cool cloths on the boy's wrists, neck, and under his armpits.  She seemed satisfied, and grabbed some antiseptic for the scrapes, "Had a little tussle with nature did you?"  She smiled as she sprayed the boy's injuries.  After that, she glanced up at Shalea, "He should be fine.  When he wakes up I'll give him some water and let him just lay here where it's nice and cool.  She laughed, "Always trying to keep me away from my research aren't you?"

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Shalea helped practically cover the boy in cold clothes to get his body temperature down.  “The poor boy.  I am glad he will be alright.  He just did not bring enough water.”  After the boy was out of danger Shalea looked up at Erin and smiled.  “I do not know what you are talking about?  I NEVER interrupt your work.”  She said with a mischievous look on her face.  

Her face soften and she looked back at the boy to see his color had started to return to normal.  She sighed in relief and looked back to Erin.  “I am very glad you decided to work here.  Since you have been here treatment is a lot better and the students feel safer knowing you are here.  You have really come a long way and I am very proud of you.”  She looked over at the table Erin had just came from then turned back to her. “So what were you working on this time?  Was it a new potion or your lunch?” She asked smiling at her.
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Erin grinned at the compliments she was receiving, "Well, as the nurse here I do give it my best shot."  She walked back over to the boy to check his condition and change the cloths if necessary.  Afterwards, Erin went over to the window's and looked out at all the life surrounding the castle as Shalea spoke.  

She then brought up Erin's experiment.  Erin laughed and stroked Horus on the head, "I'm not going to drink it!  And I've told you, I'm not a witch, I'm a scientist.  It's solution, not potion."  She continued to smile as she teased her friend.  Looking over at the flask she began to explain, "No, I was just conducting a quantitative chemical analysis trying to figure out the concentration of dissolved oxygen in the water sample I collected.  This is the first trial though, I haven't finished collecting any data yet."  Adjusting her glasses, she motioned to the flask, "See how it has a blue color at the moment?  I'm adding sodium thiosulfate to the water slowly waiting for the endpoint.  When the solution becomes clear, I'll have my data."  Once again she gave her friend a big smile, she loved talking about her experiments.

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Thalian followed behind the group of first years on his way to his own office.  As part of his duties he was Dormitory supervisor for the first year  boys, and his office was at the end of their hall. As the group moved along the corridors Thalian took the time to observe his new wards, and to flash a smile at a small group of second year girls and causing them to giggle and scurry away. The new arrivals seemed to be a rather diverse group, from the stern and proper to one who looked like a walking tree. This looked to be a rather interesting semester.

Upon arriving in the Common Room Thalian stood to the back of the group, waiting for his Father to finish rambling so the way to his office would clear. While shoving his way through would annoy the old man, it would also be rude to the new students so he waited. When the "lecture" ended and the students began to file toward their Thalian saw Drandon's Secretary, Leutefrohlen Lieda(( feminine version of Lieutenant)), appear at Drandon's side and hand him a piece of paper whereupon the two of them began talking "business". Although Lieda looked to be the stern and practical, perfect model of an Imperial soldier, Thalian knew better. There was a playful side to her that she only showed around his father... and only when off duty. Something that gave his Father some minor irritation, which Thalian thoroughly approved of.

As he made his way to the Stairs Thalian noticed one of the first year girls standing very still looking rather panicked. Thalinan noticed the vibrations that seemed to be emanating from the ground around her, so he changed course. Walking up beside the Girl e put on his most charming smile and laid a gentle hand on her shoulder. " Don't let him scare you , he's not really all that frightening, I promise"
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Professor Coldra frowns for a moment, then clears his throat and punches the air above him, sending a plume of flame sure to garner attention. "Fire students. This way." he declares, apparently finished with waiting, as he turns and heads into the tunnel.

It is a wide tunnel, but the stonework quickly turns to slick and smooth volcanic glass that reflects the thin flame the headmaster holds in his hand over and over providing plenty of light in the dim corridor. "Careful." he admonished. "The stairs can be slick." and of course before anyone can ask 'what stairs' you all find yourselves descending a steep-ish staircase, also shaped from volcanic glass- though at least the stairs are textured for some grip, though care is still required. Narrower tunnels spin off periodically on each side without predictable pattern, and as each is passed it is named. "That one leads to the mouth of the volcano- it is forbidden to all students who have not received my personal certification in the classes of magma control and heat removal. This one leads up to the tower classrooms for sustenance and deprivation- those of you who are new remember that, deprivation is your first class in the morning-" etc.

At the end of the tunnel it opens up into a wide dome of volcanic glass, looking like the inside of a large bubble- but the walls are laced with veins of glimmering metals not unlike lightning bolts criss-crossing and occasionally peeling away from the walls into flaming sconces that light the room evenly by the same principle of reflection. The roof of the dome is etched with a complicated rune that is often stared at at length by fifth year students trying to apply what they're learning in runes class to identifying it's intricate interlocking strokes.

Arriving at the center of the dome the professor turns and addresses the students. "Welcome home. This dome has served as home for all of history's notable pyromancers since the rune above was carved by the school's third headmaster, sealing and preserving it. Those of you who read up before coming here will know that we currently stand below the magma line, within the volcano- and you may have noticed that there's only one tunnel exiting this dome, the one we've just arrived through. Where are the dormitories, you wonder?" he extends a hand and gestures at the wall to his left- a spot glows white and then recedes rapidly, creating a new tunnel through to the still-glowing new volcanic rock. He quickly makes several more gestures, creating a few more tunnels, and says "Veterans, you know the drill. New arrivals, follow me, if you please." And with that he walks resolutely towards the first new tunnel.


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