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Author Topic: turn the chaos of given experience  (Read 163 times)

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Offline Alexandra Luceau

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turn the chaos of given experience
« on: May 08, 18, 09:20:52 PM »
It was not often that Alexandra was actually up within the earlier hours of the morning. This day, however, she had made the point. Especially when she was having to carve out her own space within what was the ridiculous schedule for the Wards of the Territory Court. Not that she did not appreciate a fine schedule, she did not appreciate that she would have to have a discussion with certain individuals about Black Widow training not being constrained within a schedule other than simply it would be from this time to this time.

As she was certain Prince Mercer was aware.

No matter, Claudia had worked with Alexandra - as they would both have a hand in the education of Asimov Licht - and a space had been provided that would do well for the first lesson. There was little here that was familiar ground for the young Priestess but with her aptitude and intelligence, Alexandra doubted that that would be an issue. What she expected were other issues, the ones that came from knowing so much and having to learn that some of it? It was not at all applicable to that which they were about to embark upon. Yet Alexandra had the highest expectations, considering whom her student had been born to.

Raziel Licht made had denied paternity to Vitali Atreides but he was still known all the same. A child of that pair ... There was no doubts that it would be a remarkable, intelligent youth that could challenge the world if she felt the need. Alexandra did not need a vision web to tell her that (which was something she would not be covering, as she could weave truly beautiful webs but they gained her no insight as they meant). A sigh escaped, her empty tea cup set down upon its saucer, and she moved to pluck up one of the books she had brought from the young Priestess.

She was setting it back down as she heard the click of the door opening. Alexandra smiled, the picture of poise and grace that came from being a Black Widow, and greeted the Priestess. "Lady Licht," a step forward, Alexandra's head tilting and her smile sharp, "it good to finally meet you. Please, have a seat, so that we might discuss and see were this will begin."


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Re: turn the chaos of given experience
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 18, 07:26:40 PM »
Two hours in the morning with Lady Alexandra Luceau twice a week. Two hours in the afternoon with Lady Claudia Genadie twice a week, with the last hour of her lessons to recuperate. Asimov doubted she'd need it, or ever use it as such. Very little of her training as a Priestess had ever drained her so much that she'd felt any driving need to take a nap like a child. She did find the Black Widow's Craft more difficult, but it still wasn't like it took much mental effort to understand it. The application stymied her, just as it had stymied her mother.

Raziel wasn't going to put up with failure from her daughter. Asimov's grandfather might have accepted his child's inability to develop the Black Widow caste, but Raziel never would. There would be no end to the lessons until Asimov broke herself or developed a snake tooth... and with such vaunted instructors, she wouldn't be permitted any excuses. It wouldn't be an inferior, failed teacher if Asimov ended up incapable of the fortune-telling caste's arts. It would be an inferior mind. A failed student.

Asimov suffered through an hour and forty-five minutes of physical activity, showered, ate what little breakfast she could keep down, and went to her first lesson with Lady Luceau. Thom's cousin, if Asimov remembered her family tree correctly. Thom was a cousin of hers, too; his father was a Licht, one of her mother's cousins, somehow.

If the family trees made sense, it wouldn't be any fun to try to keep track of them.

Her instructions were to dress comfortably, so she had, a long maxi skirt and a worn-in jacket over a soft white top. The glamorous Lady Luceau seemed to be completely counter to that. Dark hair and a graceful smile, genteel manners. Two could play at that game. Asimov curtseyed as if she were wearing a ball gown, dipping her head in acknowledgement of her mentor's higher social rank. "Lady Luceau. I've heard so many good things. Thank you very much for agreeing to instruct me."

She took a seat on one of the armchairs in the little parlor that had been set aside for her work with Lady Luceau--at least for today--and crossed her legs before her. There was a hungry look to her mismatched eyes as she spotted the stack of books. From the spines, a few of them were titles she hadn't read before...

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Re: turn the chaos of given experience
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 18, 05:15:10 AM »
Alex never gave thought to her clothing. No matter what it was she was the picture of poise and elegance, absolutely comfortable and at home in what she wore. It could have been a potato sack and she would have pulled it off with grace and dignity that most would never be able to pull off.

She had gathered a file upon Asimov Licht before agreeing to teach her. Claudia had been consulted with as well, Alexandra trusting the Court Seer's insight and ability to discern through vision webs and otherwise. Alex had also called upon her cousin Thomas for his thoughts, unfiltered, about the young Priestess and found that even his opinion was glowing. Truly a feat when it came to him, as he favored few at all. What had caused pause was learning of the attempts made by Raziel Licht to teach her daughter.

Her temper had been kept in check but there were those that were aware of how many times the elder Licht had pushed to become a Black Widow. That she had at least not pushed her daughter to that same end - that more attempts could result in death - and instead sent her to learn from the best.

Alex responded appropriately to Asimov's greeting, a smile tugging upon her lips that was a touch secretive. "When one is able to teach someone as skilled and talented as you are spoken of being, it is a delight to do so." A strange thank you in turn if there ever was one. She caught Asimov's gaze upon the books, smile growing as she passed the one her hand was upon to her.

"These will be for you, of course, and I will be giving you a list of books I recommend that the Court library holds." The book Asimov had been given was old, very old, and clearly well referenced but loved and taken care of by someone who knew how to do such a a thing. (Spoiler: it was Thomas.)

"The first thing I wished to discuss with you is your expectations of training," said Alexandra, "but we can instead start with which of these books you are familiar with. If you have read one and feel secure in the knowledge that it contains, there is no need for you to revisit the book.

"I am aware that you have had some training prior so it is best that we discuss this as well." There could already be bad habits that Raziel's lack of a Snake Tooth, the Caste of Black Widow, had carried over to Asimov. Such things were best rectified so that the fate that was her mother's was not hers.


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Re: turn the chaos of given experience
« Reply #3 on: Jun 05, 18, 08:28:08 PM »
Asimov wasn't sure how to take the response to her greeting. As skilled and talented as you are spoken of being... What the hell did that mean? Did Alexandra doubt Asimov's intelligence and capability? She couldn't. Asimov had trained into the Priestess caste before even attaining her majority. Her Birthright Jewel was the Green! Asimov was by all accounts an incredibly intelligent and talented girl, and if she wasn't, then... Had Alexandra brought it into question to drive Asimov onward in her studies? She didn't need further motivation than what she already had.

She took the book from Alexandra's hands. Mother Night, it was ancient. She could see where the binding had been redone--expertly, likely by someone in the Aegle bookbinderies, the stitching looked that way--and where the pages had been carefully sewn back into their proper order. It was excellent work, but Asimov had grown up studying this sort of work in preparation for her future role. As she flipped through the pages, absorbing titles and chapter headers, she took a seat across from the Head of the Hourglass Coven.

The stack of books drew her attention next. "I've read Web-Weaving for the Apprentice," she said, closing the text she'd been handed and setting it aside. "The Twisted Kingdom: Guideposts and Guidelines, A Seer's Book of Improved Web Formulations, and The Poisoner's Guide to the Common Garden, too." There were four other books in the stack that she hadn't yet read, but she'd named the thicker tomes. Some of them had rather boring titles. Classic Divination? A Text on Magical Mind-Healing? Yawn. But The Codex of Classical Widowhood? That sounded like it could be quite interesting.

"My mother says I'm proficient at web-weaving and the identification of poisons, but I'm not clear on how well she was trained in those matters," said Asimov. "I've never managed to see anything through the webs I've woven, but I had some little success in security spells. That may have just been realizing that a spell I'd placed had broken, though."

She folded her hands in her lap. Asimov was so small her feet barely touched the floor, but she managed to look fairly proper despite this obvious handicap. "I've never gone further than the webs and the poison-work, though. My mother was incapable of instructing me further, and she anticipated I'd develop my snake tooth before now."

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Re: turn the chaos of given experience
« Reply #4 on: Jun 12, 18, 03:37:38 AM »
Alexandra was truly fortunate to work with Asimov Licht. For many reasons but one of them being that she was so intelligent and talented. She made noises of approval as the Priestess listed off what she had already covered.

"You are well versed in the, essentially, the basics then." With a swish of her hand over the books, the ones that Asimov had listed disappeared away. "Should you learn of a text, for whatever reason, that is not one I provide, let me know and I will procure it for you." As Alexandra wanted to nurture that thirst for knowledge, the sparkle in Asimov's eye when she looked upon the books that she had not read and was interested in.

The Sapphire Black Widow leaned forward, both her hands held out towards Asimov. They were palm up so that she might place her hands in Alexandra's and let them be studied. The moment that the Priestess did was the moment she began speaking once more. "It is often expected that once one truly begins delving into the Twisted Kingdom," Queendom, she thought thinking of Arkadie Graveworthy, "that their snake tooth will come soon."

Her touch was gentle, thumbs brushing along Asimov's palms and fingers and gesturing for her to flip her hands over so that she might continue her inspection. "Yet not every Black Widow walks those deep roads, only skirting the edges. For each that trains, it is different. Simply put: it has not been time yet for yours." Seemingly satisfied, she released Asimov's hand after looking at her nails, thumb brushing from the cuticle to the end of the nail plate, and sat back. "That said, your mother - Lady Licht - has an academic's knowledge of being a Black Widow but no practical experience." Alexandra was being rather polite about Raziel, even if it rankled her that the Priestess had tried to teach her daughter herself. Especially with her history. "Given time with Lady Genadie and myself, I expect that your snake tooth will arrive sooner rather than later." Pushing Asimov could have, in all honesty, stunted her growth of a snake tooth.

"Tell me, of what you have studied so far - what you have learned - what calls to you the most?" Asimov had listed many things but had not given that - to Alexandra - critical piece of information. Something had to be the most interesting to her and that was what Alexandra wanted to know.


 

 

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