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Author Topic: turn the chaos of given experience  (Read 72 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...

Offline Alexandra Luceau

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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.