LordKronos87
Ignis looked around the city.  He saw many different types of people.  The city seemed to be a sort of melting pot of all sorts of cultures.  He saw Shienarans, Saldeans, Malkieri, and less familiar cultures. Ignis kept making his way to the White Tower.  There was no need to ask for directions.  The White Tower looked down on the rest of the city as if it was keeping watch.  He supposed it was a sort of Guardian.

When he arrived, he told the Guards why he was here and they pointed him to the Warder Yards.  Ignis took in everything with the eyes of a borderlander. It was a habit that was hard to break.  He watched as girls in white dresses ran around doing various chores.  A couple of them looked in his direction and smiled.  The same with the girls that had seven color stripes on their otherwise white dresses.  Ignis knew he was attractive, but then again, these girls had likely been mostly isolated from men.  Perhaps that drew their gaze.

An Aes Sedai passed.  She was recognizable by the ageless face.  Ignis bowed in respect.  She didn't give him another look, passing as if she hadn't noticed him at all.  Ignis turned, adjusted the twin swords on his back, and made his way to the Warder Yards.  He could now see that some of them were sparring.  Perhaps they would let him join.
Vika Mathis - White Tower Novice
Luka Valindor - Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light
Ignis Caleum - Warder Recruit
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LordKronos87
Ignis simply watched as he approached.  An older warder was observing two trainees spar and shouting advice to them as they did so.  They were focusing on form and technique.  The mentor had a good head for teaching. Every the pair moved, they got better.  Finally they finished, each combatant bowing to each other.  The mentor finally saw the newcomer.

"You there," he said, pointing at Ignis. "You're new here - you here to train?"

"Yes, sir," Ignis said, his military training coming to him quickly. "I'm Ingis Caleum, from Arafel."

"I could tell," he said smiling. "Always good to see Borderlanders here. In the ring - let's see what you can do."

"Yes, sir," Ignis said, entering the ring.  He removed his blades and instead grabbed two training swords.

"Anyone here want to spar with a Borderlander?" the mentor said.
Vika Mathis - White Tower Novice
Luka Valindor - Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light
Ignis Caleum - Warder Recruit
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Leala
"Child."

Abby took half a beat to scan the hallway, and when she determined she was the only other person in the corridor, she slowed her pace and turned at the address.  She was not expecting to see the Aes Sedai in front of her.  Only a couple inches smaller than her, long curly hair the color of flames, and wearing a dark green dress, her mother smiled fondly at her.  She blinked still.  Her mother never used that term when addressing novices or Accepted.  She hesitated, any semblance of an Accepted dissolving in her confusion when Torianin closed the gap between them.  "My child," she said brushing Abby's cheek, making her smile.

All her confusion melted away.  She had not had the chance to meet with her mother since she was raised to Accepted.  The two embraced quickly, and Torianin pulled back, her hands on her daughter's arms as she looked her over.  "An Accepted of the White Tower.  I am so proud of you."

Abby fought back happy tears at being able to speak to her mother again.  It had been a difficult year and a half of ignoring each other.  Accepted could visit with their families, though.  "It is good to see you again, Mother."  She had to chuckle to herself.  It was good that the Amyrlin wasn't with them then.  

During a short exchange, they decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and walk the Tower grounds.  Abby had so much to tell her mother, and she expected the same of the other woman.  They walked and chatted, and Abby couldn't help but notice they were both smiling the whole time.  The Tower continued to move along in its pace around them.  She had so much to do, but this felt so peaceful.  

Torianin slowed her pace as they passed the Warder Yards.  The Accepted hoped her mother would find a new bond soon.  Whatever pain she felt from her father's death was so much worse for her mother.  She also knew that her Ajah sisters were concerned about her being bondless.  The pair stopped when they heard a Warder announce the arrival of a Borderlander for sparring.  Abby could see a pair of long braids and a pair of swords on the man's back, marking him as Arafellin.  "Would you like to watch the match?" Abby asked.

The Aes Sedai blinked and took in a breath, as if snapping out of a haze.  Abby didn't mention the tears she saw in her mother's eyes, and the two walked toward the yards to watch the match.  Maybe a distraction like this would help them both. 
Abby Soulane - Accepted
Torianin Soulane - Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah
Jhanic of the Serai Tomanelle - Algai d'siswai and Asha'man
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Soon enough, a young man came up and both sparring partners took off their real weapons and replaced them with training blades.  Ignis's opponent moved into Cat Crosses the Courtyard, a move that Ignis found rather arrogant, and generated a frown form the mentor.  Unlike Ignis, his opponent only used a single blade.  Ignis stood tall, and got into a starting position, and took a few deep breaths as he formed the flame and the void.  This was an exercise, but Ignis didn't mind putting the man in his place if he could.

As expected as soon as the instructor gave the direction to start, the other charged.  His opponent started with Boar Rushes Down the Mountain.  Ignis redirected the blows with his twin blades. Ignis moved into Arc of the Moon, but preferred to keep his fight on the defensive.  His opponent was very aggressive, but Ignis was patient.  He was more than willing to let his partner wear himself out on the defensive.  The fighter moved into the Wind Blows Over the Wall.  Ignis countered with Lightning of Three Prongs and was once more met with Boar Rushes Down the Mountain.

Ignis gave a little ground, but not because of fear.  He needed more room.  Finally Ignis found his hole and moved into Cat Dances on the Wall.  His opponents strike was diverted and Ignis went into a leg sweep.  His opponent fell to the ground in a huff, and Ignis held one blade to him.

"I yield," he said, breathing heavily. 

Ignis moved his blade to his other hand, reached out a hand, and helped the other combatant to his feet.  They were after all, on the same side.
Vika Mathis - White Tower Novice
Luka Valindor - Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light
Ignis Caleum - Warder Recruit
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