5.2 To the White Tower   Posted by Game Master.Group: 0
Game Master
 GM, 132 posts
Sat 4 Sep 2010
at 07:11
4.2 White Toweer
The days of travel are long but not hard.  Little is accomplished while riding and only at when they pause for the day does Hadara take thw Acccepted off to study and practice. Hadara had her Warder take them straight to the river and it was fortunate that they were able to catch a ship after about 2 days of waiting.  IT was small and the horses had to be guarted on deck leaving little room for the party to find place to sit and stay out of the way of the sailors and captain.  However, he was grateful for the fares that Hadara paid since winter travel on the river was seriously reduced.

Thayna and Nerissa were not exactly questioned outright but during their lesson Hadara was always able to glean more by her innocent comments and simple inquiries. The Accepted were not actually sure hoe much she had learned by this method but after a while they understood that she had.  Bren and the Accepted's Guard split the watches with the sailors especially when they tied up on shore at night. Hadara's Warder was always with here. one extra layer of protection.
Jennor Elan
 player, 432 posts
 I am a Flame in the Void!
 Pursuing the Heron Mark!
Sat 4 Sep 2010
at 07:55
Re: 4.2 White Tower
Jennor wondered how the Accepted were doing under the watchful gaze and instruction of their new tutor.  He was not sure what to make of Hadara Sedai, except that it seemed at least that she was not Black Ajah as he had originally feared.  If she were, then it is likely she would not be taking them all back to the White Tower, relatively safe & sound.  Of course not being Black Ajah did not mean that she was "safe", Jennor began to ponder what sort of report Hadara Sedai was going to make once the group returned to Tar Valon.

With the realization that his own days might be numbered at the White Tower, Jennor made an extra effort to study, practice and perfect his Sword Forms.  If he was not to become a Warder after all, then he would pursue his right to the Heron Mark of a Blademaster.  The was always work to be found for one talented with a blade.

As he stood watch with Ahlandra, in between sword practice, Jennor asked, "So Ahlandra, what do expect to do after we arrive in Tar Valon?  By all rights, you will have fulfilled your promise to watch over and guard the Accepted and return them safely to the White Tower.  I can see no reason why the Aes Sedai should not "discharge" you as it were or attempt to prevent you from moving on.  Do you plan to return to Saldaea right away?  Or perhaps seek to rejoin the forces of Marshal-General Davram Bashere?"

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Bren
 player, 57 posts
 Mayene Warder
 Unbonded
Sat 4 Sep 2010
at 10:26
Re: 4.2 White Toweer
Bren kept to himself for the voyage. If he had any thought about the Accepted he had not shown it nor did he seem to notice they exist.

During the evening when the deck was clearer he practiced sword moves, alone or with Jennor if the latter wished it.

During the day he would patrol the deck his ever alert gray eyes scanning the shoreline looking for hidden ambushes.
Ahlandra si Bashan Kellan
 player, 173 posts
Wed 8 Sep 2010
at 02:13
Re: 4.2 White Tower
Jennor Elan:
"So Ahlandra, what do expect to do after we arrive in Tar Valon?  By all rights, you will have fulfilled your promise to watch over and guard the Accepted and return them safely to the White Tower.  I can see no reason why the Aes Sedai should not "discharge" you as it were or attempt to prevent you from moving on.  Do you plan to return to Saldaea right away?  Or perhaps seek to rejoin the forces of Marshal-General Davram Bashere?"


"I'm not sure what I'm going to do Jennor, perhaps I shall spend some time in Tar Valon with you, I still have to find where the General has moved the army after all, and anyways, your all rubbish without me."  She smiled at him, practicing forms beside him, but the tremor of uncertainty was in her voice, she wanted to stay but her duty was to go once more.  And she didn't trust the Aes Sedai any more, not since this started.
Jennor Elan
 player, 433 posts
 I am a Flame in the Void!
 Pursuing the Heron Mark!
Wed 8 Sep 2010
at 02:39
Re: 4.2 White Tower
Jennor noted the smile (and he smiled back to acknowledge that he appreciated her contributions during their travels) but he also noted the tremor in her voice making him a bit concerned.

In an effort to be supportive, Jennor said in an encouraging tone, "Well as far as I'm concerned, you are certainly more than welcome to stick around Tar Valon as long as you like.  I wonder if the Aes Sedai would agree to putting you up in the White Tower itself?  It would seem the least they could do in return for your loyal service.  Though they might try to quarter you with the novices.  While I wouldn't object to it, I'm sure there would be all sorts of voices raised against allowing you to room with the warders-in-training... seeing as you would be the only woman among them.

Of course... for all I know, once Hadara Sedai has made her report, there may be plenty of voices raised against my staying among the warders-in-training.  If so, I suppose we could both depart Tar Valon and search for the General together.

After all... someone has to keep me out of trouble, right?"
  Jennor winked at Ahlandra in a friendly manner and seemed in reasonably good spirits, but Ahlandra probably knew Jennor well enough by now to detect the note of uncertainty and concern underlying Jennor's good humor (the Ebou Dari had a knack for trying to cover up his true feelings of worry with a reasonably convincing veneer of joviality).
Nerissa din Nelyn
 player, 445 posts
 Atha'an Miere Accepted
 wants to be an Aes Sedai
Wed 8 Sep 2010
at 08:13
Re: 4.2 White Tower
Nerissa conferred quietly with Thayna whenever she could. The two of them could bolster each other's spirits and give each other confidence.

Hadara Sedai might try to extract information but she could not twist their story and make it seem that they had not followed Murane Sedai's task to them.

She ship voyage was uncomfortable, with the horses and everyone crowded together. It seemed implicit that conversation with Jennor and Ahlandra was to be discouraged. That made her talks with Thayna all the more important.

However, the voyage would soon end and they would be in the White Tower again!
Bren
 player, 58 posts
 Mayene Warder
 Unbonded
Wed 8 Sep 2010
at 09:06
Re: 4.2 White Tower
Bren kept for himself not really fitting in with anyone. His connection to the Aes Sedai and her warder was slim at best and he was not in the fold of her secrets as the other might thing.

The Accepted and their guards clearly saw him as one of their "captors" and would suspect him if he came to them.

That left the horses and the ship crew, neither were inspiring company. Bren was used to the long hours alone but watching Jennor and Ahlandra he found himself missing something he had not felt in many years.

"Do not be daft Jennor." he barked in a voice clear as steel, one that Jennor may recall from his earlier encounter with the man. "You keep talking about being disposed from your training it is as if you want that to happen."

He level his gaze at the man some of the old fire in his eyes "I told you once before, there is no reason you should not finish the training unless it is your wish and there is no shame in that, there are many paths to choose not all fall under the shadow of the white tower." his tone is not angry, amused and a little sad.

"Although, you two have proven quite handy, I doubt the tower will let you ride away as swiftly as you think... no I suspect you'd be wadding in tower affairs way over your head..." he chuckles slightly leaning on the railing watching the passing water, for one instance he had the urge to jump and let it all go but he was stronger now and did not plan to die... yet.
Thayna Dabei
 player, 244 posts
 Domani Seductress
 White Tower Accepted
Wed 8 Sep 2010
at 17:53
Re: 4.2 White Tower
Thayna overheard the conversation between Jennor and Ahlandra and Bren's comments as well. From behind Bren, though not to close, Thayna replies, "Yes I think you are very right, The Domani Accepted spoke clearly. "You have both performed your duties set you admirably in the most difficult situations.  The White Tower would be foolish to let such dedication slip away. Ne blame should be laid on you or anyone of our party. When and Sea Sedai speaks one is expected to do as she says. If any fault need to be fized on someone for our going on this mission let it fall where it is deserved."  Thayna said boldly.  Thayna refused to take the blame for their being sent on the mission by Murane Sedai. That she was eager to go was not important.
Jennor Elan
 player, 434 posts
 I am a Flame in the Void!
 Pursuing the Heron Mark!
Thu 9 Sep 2010
at 22:46
Re: 4.2 White Tower
Jennor had not realized that anyone was eavesdropping on his conversation with Ahlandra, much less TWO people.  Jennor winced (only visible to Ahlandra) before he turned around to face Bren and Thayna.

With an embarrassed sheepish smile Jennor said in a contrite tone, "Ahh... yeah... well I didn't actually mean that comment to be overheard." Damn it I was just trying to be nice to Ahlandra and keep her from feeling like the "odd woman out" amongst our "merry" band of White Tower devotees! "While I appreciate your vote of confidence Bren, I can't say I exactly share your optimism.  Hadara Sedai has given every indication that she seems to feel some sort of "blame" is to be leveled... and her manner seems to point to our group as being somehow "culpable".  Now I grant you, trying to read the true intentions of any woman... much less an Aes Sedai, is perhaps futile at best.  But I haven't exactly felt a sense of "warm welcome back" on our journey to Tar Valon.

Maybe I'm looking for worry where there is none to find... but then again that sort of wariness has helped to keep me and my charges alive for awhile now."


Jennor paused to glance in the general direction of Tar Valon as he added in a more contemplative tone, "As for my desire to complete my training, I haven't given up on it yet.  I am only a few steps away from perfecting my swordsmanship to a level that should be due true recognition.

I have a feeling the next stage in my training won't be martial or really anything that can be learned on the practice ground, rather it will be more a test of character & compatibility.  After all, the best trained warder-in-training will never graduate to a true Gaidin until he is deemed worthy for the Bond by an Aes Sedai."


Jennor looked back at Thayna and bowed his head as he added in a grateful tone, "I do thank you Lady Dabei for your continued support and praise.  I hope, not just for my sake or Ahlandra's sake but for the sakes of yourself and Lady din Nelyn, that you are correct and, if there is fault to be found, it shall be laid at those who issued the orders not those who dutifully obeyed them."
Thayna Dabei
 player, 245 posts
 Domani Seductress
 White Tower Accepted
Fri 10 Sep 2010
at 01:36
Re: 4.2 White Tower
"I am sorry, I eavesdropped." Thayna said a bit chagrined and discommoding Jennor. I apologized for that. I want to know about things that may affect me before they do. Thayna glanced back at Hadara. I just do not know where Nerissa and I stand either. We....We are telling her the truth about what happened." unspoken was--not all the truths that they knew and kept to themselves. I think she is trying to figure out how two accepted were sent and why?

Neither Nerissa or she had mentioned the exact reason for them traveling to the Two Rivers area. How could they tell Hadara what they knew about any part of it if Hadara might be a Black Sister. Thayna's shoulders sagged a bit but then she straightened up. Whatever was going to happened to her she would face without a qualm.  IF she was thrown out of the tower, then she would.

"You will excuse me I really don't wish to intrude."  Thayna turned to leave/She had missed the easy camaraderie of the travels south.  she stopped and turned back. "I feel that she is keeping us apart, but I don't know why.  I wish I did."