office is cheerful, the light reflecting off of whitewashed walls and ceiling. A
pattern mimicking musical notation in colors runs along the tops of the walls,
shelf upon shelf rising from the floor to meet it. Desks, cabinets and filing
drawers are arranged about the room, workplaces for those whose job it is to
keep the harpers and hall in order.
slender woman of medium height and skin the color of tanned cherry wood looks
furtively from side to side. Her features, while not really pretty, are distinct
- high cheekbones, a straight nose between deepset almond-shaped eyes
Jayla walks in from the ballroom.
Shinnai nods. "Me too. And it seems like I'll get another chance to see your work, unless you've got something better to do tonight than take an exam."
"Well, don't ask me, he said so," she grins slightly. "But after seeing
the performance, I wouldn't doubt it."
Jayla nods nervously and sits
down on the edge of a chair. She takes a deep breath and looks toward
Shinnai sits back in the chair, removing the guitar case from
the desk so that she can have the surface free. "Well, I suppose we
might as well start. We know who you are, so there's no need for name,
rank, or serial number."
Caramak chuckles slightly, as he thumps into a
chair with his usual lack of regard for the strength of the furnature.
Jayla grins and nods her head. She sits back in her chair trying to relax.
Shinnai takes the scroll in hand, glancing at
it. "First category - Archives."
She glances to Caramak.
nervously with her necklace and waits quietly.
You say, "You've
certainly had to deal with the archives quite a bit, I'm sure, and will
have to deal with recording in the future. As you do so, you'll have to
decide _how_ to record events and information."
"First, how will you sort out fact from fiction? On what does it
Jayla thinks a minute and then looks up. "Well, I would
consider the source it comes from. How reliable is the person or the
record that the information comes from?"
Shinnai nods. "Say you've
got a number of accounts, all different? Um, Caramak, you have a
thought?" She asks warily.
Jayla says, "I would consider something told
to me by the Lady Holder a lot more reliable than something repeated to
me by one of the drudges in the bar, for example."
nodding, then suddenly grins, struck by a flash of inspiration. "Let's
use an example...Imagine you were asked to chronical my, er,
Jayla smiles and shakes her head. "Well,
considering the fact that I've been at your so-called fashion exploits,
I would use my own recollections to record them..."
Shinnai raises an eyebrow, looking slightly confused, then she suddenly recalls the rumors, and chuckles softly. "Indeed. I've only heard second-hand."
Jayla says, "But if I had not been
there and had only heard 'second-hand' rumors, I would consider the
reliability of the people relaying the information.....like I said
earlier, someone with a position of responsibility would be more
reliable than a drudge or someone who isn't
Shinnai nods. "And say you've gathered all
the information you can. Do you just put it in the archives as it
Jayla shakes her head no. "No, not everything is meant to be
preserved, in my opinion. Only things that are essential to the history
of the Hold, Hall, or Weyr...that might have an impact of future
Shinnai ahas. "And how do you determine what is worthy?"
Caramak chuckles, "I should hope
not...I'm not sure I want my memory to endure that long, if that's how
Shinnai laughs lightly. "And yet, the story should be
preserved merely for its entertainment value, no?"
Jayla grins at Caramak. "Yes, as an amusing story, perhaps....maybe even
history....but not as something to include in the more
serious chronicles of Ista Hold."
Shinnai rests her chin on folded
fingers, leaning her elbows comfortably on the desk. "So you don't
think that such stories have a place in Ista's history," she observes
Jayla shrugs. "Perhaps if recorded in a light vein..." She
smiles slightly. "We're not all work and no play around here....an
amusing story from time to time can really cheer up a
Shinnai nods, and glances at
Caramak. "Anything else on
archives, or shall we move on?"
You say, "Law, perhaps?"
Jayla sits back a
little more relaxed now that the initial nervousness has passed.
You say, "Well then, something every harper should know: her duty. Where does a Harper's duty lie, and how do you choose between if the occasion arises?"
Caramak nods slowly. "Hard to argue with
Jayla chuckles softly.
Jayla crosses her legs and rests her
hands in her lap. She watches Caramak quietly.
Caramak continues to nod, "Ok...Then, what is your duty, as a Harper, to the Hold you're stationed to? Or Weyr? And what's your duty to the Hall?"
Caramak gives a bit of a wry
grin, "Rather tricky distinction to make, I think..."
"Well, my duty to the Hold or the Weyr is to record events that happen
there and to act as an advisor or interpreter of the law. My duty
to the HarperHall is to keep them informed of happenings and situations
that I've observed around Pern....especially ones that might have some
impact on the political structure of Pern."
Jayla says, "Also, it is
the duty of the Harpers to teach the children of the Holds and Weyrs as
Shinnai catches Caramak's eye, then asks Jayla - "So which comes
first, advising the Lord Holder or holding a class?"
Jayla raises an
eyebrow and then nods. "Considering that whatever the Lord Holder would
seek advice on could possibly damage the entire political structure of
Pern, in the most extreme of examples, of course,...I think advising
the Lord Holder would probably come first....However, educating
the children would certainly never be overlooked...."
The corner of
Shinnai's mouth curves a bit in the imitation of a smile.
back and forth between the two Masters and waits quietly.
pauses a moment, then, well, plunge onward..."On to performance?"
he asks Shinnai.
Shinnai smiles. "Certainly. I believe you have a
monologue prepared, Jayla?"
Jayla nods at Shinnai. "Yes, it was
something I was working on to include in the next play I was
Shinnai nods, pleased. "Proceed as you will, then." She sits back to watch.
pushing a strand of hair away from her nose and replacing it behind her
Caramak nods quietly, the silence of the two indicating that she
should proceed. :)
Jayla walks over to the window and looks out at
the Main Beach. When she turns back to the two, her eyes are filled
with tears. "You know, don't you....that I didn't get a chance to even
say goodbye?" Indicating the beach, she continues. "We walked there
every day...hand in hand....nothing but the sand and the sea....nothing
but each other and our love."
Jayla shakes her head and a tear rolls
down her cheek. She whispers softly, "And now, he's gone....and with
him, my love...." She looks up suddenly. "But I'll never forget...no
matter how many Turns pass, he'll always have a place.." She places her
hand on her chest. "in my heart...." Jayla looks back towards the
window. "Goodbye, my love......"
Shinnai watches impassively.
shakes her head a bit and then grins broadly. "Um.....I hope that
was okay?" She walks back over and sits down.
Caramak watches with
an unreadable face. Not precisely impassive, there are emotions there,
but a broad spectrum...As she finishes, he shakes his head, as if to
clear it and nods, with a glance at Shinnai.
Shinnai smiles to Jayla.
"Thank you. Now, as you've shown, you can perform either in alone or in
a group. Can you tell us some of the differences? Difficulties,
advantages to either?"
Jayla nods her head. "Yes, to me it is much easier to perform in a group...I've always been one who reacts to the emotions and actions of others. Even in this monologue I did, there was still another character, although dead, that I was reacting to in a sense."
Jayla tilts her head to one side. "Oh, definitely....a play in the written form is nothing more than a blueprint to start from....so many times the final product doesn't even resemble what you've started with and most of this comes from knowing the actors and the talent with which you have to work."
taps her fingers against the armrest of the chair, and nods
Shinnai lights the OOC lamp. :) MOO-specific stuff
You say, "As a journeyperson, you're responsible
for newbie-helping. Not like you don't already, but what are the first
things you tell a person when they first join us?"
Jayla says, "HT in general or the HarperHall?"
"Okay, well I try to encourage them to look around and get to
know people before they decide they want to join a craft. Also, one of
the first things I do is encourage them to read all the on-line help
files. Most of the questions a newbie asks, can be answered there. It's
where I learned most of what I know...."
You say, "Say you stumble upon a newbie as you take a walk through the birthplace. What are the first three things they need to do?"
Caramak nods. "This one shouldn't be a toughy... ;) What are some of the important things to remember when scheduling on-MOO?"
Jayla says, "And..."
her head slowly. "Sorry...I /really/ don't know what
You say, "Yeah, like getting together a bunch of
different people in different places, and how to deal with RL in the
You say, "And, while you're at it, what differences are
there between RL and MOO interaction?"
Jayla says, "Ah...okay, well
it is important to realize that different people are in different time
zones...and that people have RL commitments outside the MOO and
may not be able to make whatever it is you have planned. It
is important to find out these kind of things before hand when planning
something like the play I just did. I planned it mostly around Fenris,
for example. He
Shinnai nods. "And oftentimes,
feelings are more difficult to communicate through text than
face-to-face, or even voice."
Shinnai chuckles. "And the up-side to
that is that it's easier to keep 'em guessing..." ;)
Jayla nods. "One of the most useful lessons I've had has been the one Fletcher taught on MOO dynamics...in fact, I had the chance to teach it to a couple of appys yesterday who desperately needed it."
smiles at the two Masters and then stands to leave. "Good
Jayla walks out into the ballroom.
somberly, but can't resist a wink to her before she leaves.
Shinnai grins. "Too slow in your old age."
Caramak smiles innocently at
my age must be /huge/...How old would /you/ be now...?"
Caramak chuckles. "Well then. It's hardly fair, if I
can't pester you about /your/ age, for you to bother me about mine..."
He winks. "But don't let it stop you."
Shinnai shakes her head
decisively. "Never fear. So, your protégé there," she nods in gesture
to the young woman who exited so recently, "needs a little..." She
considers, as though searching for a word. Shinnai drums on the desk
with her fingertips.
Caramak blinks innocently at
Shinnai. "A little
what...? Or do you think a little would be sufficient...?" He idly
hopes he's on the same wavelength as Shinnai. ;)
Shinnai waves a
hand in the air. "You know, she has a rather severe deficiency in
Shinnai sighs. "Well, in rank. Which needs to be remedied immediately."
Caramak chuckles. "Glad we
see the problem the same..."
Shinnai nods, and smiles broadly. "Aye.
So, where did she get off to?"
You say, "Or perhaps we'll just keep her
in suspense until tomorrow?"
Caramak shrugs, "Can always send a flit to retrieve her...It'd probably be truly sadistic to keep her in suspense any longer than necessary..."
Shinnai narrows her eyes, glancing at
YumYum. "Besides, I
think the news will travel quickly enough."
Shinnai quirks an
eyebrow. "Heck, I'm still recovering from the parties
YumYum opens a sleepy eye wondering how they're talking
about since she can't understand their words.
"Well, good night. But I /am/ going to send a little flit off to tell
her...I could use a good party..."
Shinnai grins. "I tell you, you
haven't lived until you've seen a Benden Hatching. _Nobody_ gets out of
there on their own two feet for at least a full day."
Jayla walks in
from the ballroom.
Caramak laughs, "I'll have to go. Sounds like just
the sort of thing I'd enjoy..."
Shinnai nods. "Sorry I can't join
you, but I've got to meet with a few people early tomorrow... Oh!
Jayla." She smiles.
Jayla says, "Oh, don't mind me...I just came back
to get my flit out of your way."
Jayla calls to YumYum, who flies
over and lands on her shoulder.
Shinnai shakes her head. "No bother."
She glances askance at Caramak, making small gestures with her
Jayla cradles the little green flit in the crook of her arm
and the turns to go. "Well, goodnight again...."
Caramak quickly composes himself to seriousness again..."Jayla, hold on. We've discussed your exam. And we've reached our conclusion." Oh, isn't he evil?
quirks an eyebrow, making her face crooked.
Caramak chuckles, unable to
keep up the cruelty long. "Turn that around 180 degrees and you'll have
the right answer..."
A large, dull-looking journeyman shuffles in from the other room, an armload of scrolls teetering precariously in his grasp. Seeing Jayla, he harrumphs, nods to the two masters, and leaves again. Shinnai smiles to Jeranium despite the older man's sour countenance.
Shinnai chuckles lightly, her attention back to
Jayla. "He's cruel, but not _that_ cruel. Congratulations, Jayla.
Caramak shakes his head, "I wouldn't joke about that. That would
be /far/ too cruel for me...Happy Journeymanship, Jayla."
blushes slightly. She nods to the Masters. "Thank you...thank
you oth...I just hope I don't let either one of you
Shinnai shakes her head. "Never fear. Just use that common
sense you so blithely touted an hour ago and you'll do
Caramak chuckles, "Thank yourself while you're at it, too. It's
/your/ hard work that got you to this point."
Shinnai reaches into
another of those wonderful desk drawers, pulling out a rank badge for
the new Journeywoman. Standing, she walks over to hand it
Jayla nods. "I'll do my best,
Shinnai." She turns a
special smile to Caramak. "And it helped to have a good teacher such as
you, Caramak." She smiles and takes the badge from Shinnai.
nods. "Well, with that, I'm for bed. As I was telling Caramak,
the parties at Benden are something your body doesn't easily forgive."
She grins wryly, and heads for the door.
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