Adanys
Placing a hand on the side of the wagon bed, Avalan deftly vaulted over the side and landed lightly on the ground. She thanked the driver then turned to face in the opposite direction. Opposite as opposed to direction, opposite as opposed to everything she'd known thus far in her life.

Sure her mother was a former Aes Sedai, but that hadn't had much of an effect on Avalan, as far as she knew. Her free life of whisking from port to port, dancing in taverns after a long day, running through the forest with Pax or wolves or her brothers, feeling the sea breeze ruffle her hair...was she really throwing all of that away to submit herself to a herd of Aes Sedai? She stood there in the road, staring at the gleaming tower in the distance. The White Tower. 

With a soft snort, Avalan started walking. She was alone now, really and truly, for the first time since leaving home. The wolves had walked with her for a great portion of this trip, or she'd had a driver or walking companion between villages and towns. Now, she was alone. The wolves didn't come here, and she needed to walk the rest of the way alone, to try to get her thoughts in order. 

What was she to say when she arrived? Who was she to talk to? Would they even take her?? These thoughts were still tumbling around in her head when she walked up to the Tower gate and told the guard what she wanted. He gave her a peculiar look that she'd long since gotten used to, what with her golden eyes, but soon directed her to the grounds and told her someone would show her where to go. 

She beelined to where he'd directed, not even taking the time to take in her surroundings on the way. Her mind was full enough as it was, with thoughts and questions bouncing off one another. Once there, she stopped and looked around. She could see a garden off to the right, stables to the left and - turning around - she saw what must be training grounds, with people engaged in various activities ranging from sword fighting to knife throwing. 

She'd arrived, but..."What now?"


[[OOC: Whoever joins doesn't need to walk Avalan through getting signed in or whatever, those technicalities can make for rather dry writing 😋 ]]
Avalan Mond'wil, Wolfsister, Warder trainee
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Leala
Torianin had reluctantly taken the path of other Green sisters who had lost a Warder.  She had taken to "passing by" the Warder Yards more often than she had before.  A bonded Warder was useful, and sometimes a necessity for any sister, but some Greens used there's as status symbols.  Torianin needed a partner she could trust with her life.  She pushed the pain of her severed bond with Erishar to the back of her mind.  It was easier now, but even years after his death, it was a terrible pain.  Her Ajah sisters liked to give her advice on it, and most of it was that a new bond would help.

A golden-haired lad saw her as he sparred with a more experienced man.  He grinned at her noticing the color of her dress, but she turned away and continued her walk.  If her late Warder had not been her husband and the father of her child, perhaps she'd be willing to give the young man a chance, but as it was, she took his grin as insolence.  Whoever she bonded next would need to be a steady presence and not just a pretty smile.  

Her trail led her to the Tower grounds.  Novices and Accepted went about their duties.  Sisters glided along, Asha'man in their mix as well.  Petitioners were easy to spot.  Though, perhaps this young girl looking around wasn't a petitioner.  Her golden hair with a reddish tinge bounced around her face and shoulders as she looked around in wonder.  It made Torianin smile.  Her own experience coming to the White Tower had been more of a clandestine rush in the middle of the night.  She had been scared, angry, determined, hopeful...so many things she had not been allowed to feel.

"Welcome to the White Tower," Torianin said, a small smile still on her lips.  As she approached, she noticed the girl's eyes were amber...no...they shone like gold.  "I am Torianin Sedai.  I can see that you are not a petitioner.  Are you here to be tested for the ability to channel?  Or do you wish to become a Warder?"  Though not common, women were coming to the White Tower to train with the Gaidin more and more lately.  She wished them well in that.
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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Adanys
Avalan turned at the sound of a greeting, choosing to wipe the wonder from her face. Not in embarrassment, but she didn't need to look as young as she was. And childish wonder was certainly not the first impression she was going for. 

Bowing slightly, Avalan greeted the woman. "Thank you, Aes Sedai." The woman across from her was slight but Avalan didn't assume that'd make her meek or tame. She knew better than to underestimate people, more so when it came to Aes Sedai. There was no sharp smell of suspicion coming from the redheaded woman, so Avalan felt no need to get her defenses up. Besides, she was here for a perfectly legitimate reason.

"I'm not entirely certain, other than the fact that I'm no Channeler. I came here to train and prepare to fight the Shadow. I'd originally considered going straight to the Borderlands, but I've heard the White Tower can offer much to those who train here." Avalan didn't miss the casual way the woman asked if she wished to become a Warder. So it was possible for a woman to become a Warder. Was she here to become a Warder? Would an Aes Sedai ever choose her over a man, who had the genetic upper hand when it came to strength?

Although...she was a wolfkin. She had advantages others didn't. It might tip the scales in her favor if she could learn to harness her new strengths. A thrill ran through her veins. What would it be like, to fight the Shadow as a fully trained Warder, defending not only nations from the Shadow, but an Aes Sedai as well? Fighting alongside her wolf brothers and sisters? 

Dashing the thoughts away, she made up her mind. "You know what, I'd like very much to train as a Warder." 
Avalan Mond'wil, Wolfsister, Warder trainee
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Leala
Torianin watched the young lady with a small smile.  It was refreshing to see someone so optimistic and friendly for a change.  She had worn the shawl for more than half her life, and her sisters were so...careful with each other, as they should be.  They were hard on those who trained under them as well.  There was good reason for that as well, but she thought they took it too far.  Ten years as a damane taught her that the human mind was strong, but too much harshness was unnecessary.  "Most young women your age have discovered their abilities if they haven't been taught, but I would still suggest being tested for the ability to learn, just in case," the Aes Sedai said, leaving admonishments out of her tone.  "And you are right.  Warders trained in the White Tower can hold a prestige that others do not.  Some Gaidin even go on to become Blademasters."

As Torianin continued, she did not include any details of her own experience with Gaidin.  "Gaidin are the Brothers in Battle to an Aes Sedai.  Some grow as close as family."  That had been a blessing to her in particular.  What tickled her about this girl was that she seemed to come to this decision on a whim, right there.  It was likely that she hadn't.  Why else would she have come all the way here?  "If you become an Aes Sedai's bonded Warder, you may end up inn the Borderlands anyway," she suggested.  "What is your name, if I may ask?"  She wanted to ask about her golden eyes as well, but she kept that to herself.
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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Adanys
"The name's Mond'wil", Avalan replied, bowing slightly to take the edge off her curt answer. She didn't know why she withheld her first name, but she decided to go with it for now. Besides, who knew, maybe she wouldn't end up staying after all. "And unless the ability to Channel and being a Wolfkin can suddenly coexist within one person, testing me is pointless." There. Now the woman could have no doubts as to why her eyes were the color they were, if she didn't know what she was already. She could probably try to keep it under her hat, but someone would know about Wolfkin and she'd rather have this detail about herself come from her instead of something the Aes Sedai would try to pull out of her and use for their own purposes. 

Just the idea of submitting herself to Aes Sedai and their Warders made Avalan's hackles rise - who knew what they'd put her through for her training. But she now felt like she at least controlled some ground, like her future wasn't completely out of her own hands....yet. 

"Will I be obligated to stay if I sign up for training?" She took care to keep the apprehension and slight mistrust she was feeling from her voice. Thank the Light the woman before her couldn't smell her emotions, though she guessed the Aes Sedai didn't miss much. The thought of being forced to stay here for however many years her training could take gave Avalan the urge to run into the forest and not stop until she was far enough away for no human to hear her howl. 
Avalan Mond'wil, Wolfsister, Warder trainee
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Leala
Torianin lifted a red brow just a fraction when the girl casually admitted to being Wolfkin.  She assumed that was why her eyes were golden.  She did not know hardly anything about the Wolfkin except that they supposedly spoke with wolves.  Then again she could be lying to avoid the testing...though that would be quite the tale.  The girl, Mond'wil, also offered only one of her names.  When she asked if she'd be obligated to stay if she signed on, the Aes Sedai grinned slightly, then offered a small chuckle.  "Mistress Mond'wil, you are lucky to have bumped into me, I believe.  Our meeting is an omen."  Though, likely not an omen that ruled the movements of her homeland.  

"Like as not, had you met a Gaidin, he'd be leading you to the Master of Arms.  Were it another sister who had met you, and were she not Red, you likely would have been recruited for a bonding."  She shook her head, letting her cascade of orange hair flow and rearrange itself on her back.  She laughed softly again.  "Before you decide to sign your life away, would you walk with me around the White Tower?  My time away from my rooms becomes tedious, if I allow it, an a decision like this deserves the appropriate consideration, yes?"  She turned at a slight angle toward the girl with her arm crooked out, so they could hook arms as they walked together.

Though, she assumed an Aes Sedai walking together with a young woman who was not a novice or a bonded Gaidin would be absolutely appalling, she found herself caring not at all.  Torianin needed to keep her mind active, and spending time with a girl with a twinkle in her eye and ambiguity in her greetings sounded exactly like what she needed.
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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