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Edmund
Maea Valair
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When she didn't have anywhere else to go, and nothing called for her immediate attention as a person with free hands and little else to do, Maea made herself useful among the barracks. Unwilling to return to the Dusklight even for a night, the stern lodgings of soldiers seemed more comfortable to her. They didn't say much; others had lost their homes recently too, and empty bunks had filled up with more than one youth who thought it better to serve this way, in return for food and shelter.

It quickly became habit to rise with the sun and join the morning exercise. There was comfort in routine, a sort of peace in keeping herself busy that did her good. Gradually her spine eased and stopped jolting whenever she heard footsteps. While she didn't smile often, carrying light conversation stopped turning her stomach with unease, and for every day that went she learned the names and faces of those who existed around her.

She played with the idea of just staying, one morning. Light reflected in the blunt practice sword as she repeated the cuts and parries the instructor had showed her, and the shield kept dragging on her other arm; sweat was already streaking down her face, and yet... for all the repetition, for all the annoying details and the strictness of routine, she was... content.

"Break! Ten minutes, then move on to sparring!"

Sucking in air through her teeth, the Ancient rolled her shoulders against the tender bruises littering her body, but followed the rest to the sparring rings anyway. Most of the cuts and scrapes she had received when a meteor fragment destroyed the place she had been staying in had healed, but the deeper bruising had yet to entirely disappear.

Contemplating whether to sit this one out, she looked around in search of an opponent. Preferably one who didn't look like they could snap her in half with two fingers...
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Edmund Ansel
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(Placing this when Edmund's citizenship changes).
It was official. He'd left Torchline. Edmund fully intended to return this very season to continue helping in the recovery. Yet now he would do so as a Grounder and not a Torcher. It was a lot to process but he didn't regret it. This was the right choice for him as it was what Mother wanted.

Still, guilt was sharp. Resolving to channel it into a productive energy, the young Ancient had gone to the barracks. It was as he was sharpening his corseque that he spotted a familiar face. He didn't have her name, but he'd seen her once. A sister of his. Edmund nodded at Maea as their eyes briefly met, " Good afternoon. It's a relief to see you back on your feet. How are you feeling?"


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Maea Valair
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Maea was still looking for a sparring partner when someone beside her addressed her. Turning, she recognized the youngster who had startled her in the Aetheneum some days ago, and nodded a polite greeting. "Afternoon." If she found it awkward to face him again, this time she did a splendid job of hiding it. "Much better. Thank you for the help you gave me... I hope I didn't inconvenience you too much."

Taking the chance to look him over properly this time, she was pleased to note that he didn't tower over her quite as much as most of the other soldiers. Twirling the practice sword in her hand, she nudged her chin towards the practice field.

"Care for a spar? You can check for yourself." A crooked half smile took the edge off the challenge. Having no illusions when it came to her own fighting prowess, the thought it would be interesting to see how she fared against a complete stranger - especially since he seemed a bit younger than herself.
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Edmund Ansel
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Edmund shook his head, "Not at all. I'm just relieved that I was there to help." When Mother had told him that he should help his siblings, he hadn't been expecting to help one off the floor soon after stepping foot in the Grounds. He would have helped Maea regardless, but it was nice to know that Mother would approve of his action.

The other Ancient twirled her sword and Edmund took a second to scan her, pleased to see that her words matched her appearance. She truly did look a great deal better than before. "I'm glad that you're feeling better." His tail flicked excitedly, and he picked up his corseque, "I'd love to spar. My name is Edmund. I don't believe I had the chance to introduce myself in our first meeting."


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Maea Valair
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"Pleasure to make your acquaintance."

Never good at small talk, Maea made little attempt to prolong the chit chat and simply stepped out on the training field, leading the way to a spot where they had room to move. Turning to face Edmund, she pursed her lips curiously at the sight of his weapon of choice. Spears weren't too common a sight and definitely put her at a disadvantage. Glad for the added protection of the shield, she offered her opponent a salute with her sword and swung the shield up in place.

The first issue with this had to be getting past the spear. Approaching cautiously, Maea tried a faint by moving to the left, then swiftly dodging to the right with a quick thrust aimed for his torso. It was hard to know where to look; the tip of the spear, or his hands and arms. Times like these made her long for a good oldfashioned bow and arrow - at least they had reach.
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Edmund Ansel
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Edmund followed without complaint, still unfamiliar with the layout of the barracks. He nodded as she raised her sword, stepping into his own stance. His eyes traced her figure, trying to determine a way past her shield. Maea moved first and it gave the younger Ancient enough time to strategize. He caught onto her feint by noticing a muscle twitch. Edmund twisted to avoid the strike to his chest and as he moved, the younger Ancient stabbed his corseque into the gap between Mae's sword arm and where the shield began. If it made contact, he would draw back enough that it would only nick her clothes. He had no intention of truly harming her except for mild scratches or bruises.


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Maea Valair
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When the thrust failed to reach its intended target, Maea shifted her weight back to regain her balance. Rocking slightly to the side allowed her to catch the spear on her shield, and the thud as it jabbed into the battered wood resounded against the surrounding buildings.

The force of the impact pushed her backwards, and she took her time to regain composure and shake out the prickling force working itself through the shield arm before approaching again. Flashing Edmund a grin in hopes of shaking his confidence a bit, the older woman made a sudden rush toward his right hand side, turned while putting the shield up to block any attacks and tried to get a slash in at his ribs, closer to the back than the side. With a blunt sword it might bruise a bit, but hardly draw blood.
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