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A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« on: February 25, 2018, 11:40:21 PM »
If they were conducting their own drills outside of lessons to practice, or partnering up out of choice, Minath may not have chosen the deep blue dragon that stood next to her, barely half her length and shorter at the shoulder by about as much as that. She much preferred to test the larger dragons – the would be suitors once she was fully mature, ever aware of the pending possibility of a future beside one of them. Imyth’s clutch in the same class group as hers were not quite ready to be viewed as much of a match… Particularly when one considered the lack of bronzes among the clutchmates. They were not here, however, to solely benefit her own flying ability, and it was with calm eyes that Minath waited next to the Nattonth for the order to get airborne.

Minath, alongside some of her peers were today being matched up with the dragons in Oriath and Imyth’s clutches, to act as an airborne assistant to the Weyrlingmaster and other experienced riders who would remain grounded with their dragons to observe from below. With Oriath’s clutch at a point where they were ready to practice their first jumps between, this would be purely about reiterating what they should already have a grasp on, while for Imyth’s clutch, it was about refining one of many ground drills in the air instead. Not every weyrlingpair was suited for the task of overseeing their classmates, however, and plenty of rider’s had come forward from their wing duties to assist where needed.

Securely strapped in and poised with as much dignity as she could muster sat Nalata, offering a polite smile to Jaklyn on Nattonth beside her before her attention was focused securely on Wa’by as he lifted his hand into the air. She and Minath both understood the role they were to play as the airborne supervisors of their charges, deliver appropriate instructions based on what they observed above Nattonth and Jaklyn, while relaying any observations that may come from below. Minath’s superior wingspan would mean having to gauge her speed as well as her downstrokes at the same time, making sure to maintain a safe distance so as not to buffet the smaller blue while close enough for Nalata to be able to see well enough to pass on any corrections to Jaklyn’s positioning in her straps. Jaklyn would need to maintain a good handle on her actioning of their designated drill, just as she would if they were in a full formation and not just on their own. Nattonth would pass on any messages from either Minath or the dragon below, and pending any unprecedented interruptions, this should be a smooth drill.

As Wa’by motioned for the dragons to lift off Nalata braced herself, tucking down to minimize the pressure caused as Minath thrust her wings downward in a powerful stroke, conscious of the smaller dragon nearby and managing to cup them in a way so as to minimize the wind pressure caused.

It took a few more wingbeats before Minath was high enough to simply glide along on the warm thermals the rather pleasant day had created, circling widely a dragonlength above where Nattonth would soon be as she waited for him to get into position. Nalata shifted position so she could see over Minath’s bulk, bracing herself as she tilted somewhat precariously to the untrained eye. Her straps held her firmly in place, and unless Minath shifted suddenly, there was little chance of hurting herself. They’d been flying enough by now to have some idea of how they worked together, and the smaller wingspan of the blue pair would mean a smoother flight than if she were with one of the bronze or blacks from their class, since they could essentially just glide in lazy circles over their designated section of air space.

That’s enough. Time to begin. Minath rumbled to Nattonth as he reached his pocket of airspace, the words coming out as a scold despite not having done anything wrong at that point. Not that the gold minded. She expected a-lot of her peers, and the blue would be no different. He needed to know that frivolous actions or unnecessary dawdling would not be tolerated – regardless of if he participated in it himself.

We’re here to help, not criticise Minath… Nalata cautioned with a reassuring pat of the young queen. It would not do to intimidate the younger dragon too much. There was always a chance the pressure would cause them to underperform, and while it was a good habit to break early on, Nalata was never quite comfortable with throwing her weight around just because she could. She understood the expectations placed on her and her dragon, but that didn’t mean they had to be… well… rude about it.

Minath’s response was less than promising, a huff that didn’t really sit on either side of the fence so far as agreeing or disagreeing. She didn’t say anything further to the blue which was as much a consolation prize as anything else she could have done, and the easy brush of her mind against her riders told her she was ready to relay any messages to Nattonth that she would need to, either by the older riders observing from below, or Nalata herself, should Jaklyn need a correction or two.

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OOC Thread here:

So this is for all the 2589 Weyrlings (Which includes Imyth’s clutch at the start of 2590) So tagging @Dashin @Dragon @Spiffy @Red @SirAlahn @SanctifiedSavage @Maria127 @Drewliet @Fallout
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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2018, 01:07:03 PM »
C’dus had felt an urgency lately when it came to training, even more so than usual. He had long ago separated himself from teacher’s pet when his mom retired from weyrling assistant, and had proven time and again that he and Tilioth were as capable as their older classmates. With the last hunter attack, however, it added a stoic determination to his person. He still might look like half a man, gangly with no facial hair to speak of, but his heart and head were stony and focussed.

At 11 months, Tilioth was steadily approaching her full size. Marika’s guess had been true, and she was indeed growing bigger than most Greens. Her personality had grown, too, and especially on days like today where all three clutches were able to mingle, she was hard to keep on task. She was a show off, especially if a Black dragon was looking her way, and C’dus always had to approach her inattentiveness with some subtlety. //No one will want to chase you if you can’t even fly properly,// he chided. Tilioth dragged her eyes away from Corvath’s dark self, looking sulky.

It was in their better interests that they not get paired with any of the Black riders lest Tilioth make a mistake in her distraction. As the groups were formed, he put himself alongside a recently graduated Green rider. Maybe their success would inspire his own dragon to be the very best she could be.

“Hey there, I’m C’dus,” he extended his hand, “This is Tilioth. You’re in Beach, right?” He didn’t fail to notice that they looked to be the same age, elevating her further in his mind.

This wasn’t social hour though, they had to keep the conversation short but that was fine, too. C’dus had even put all of his gear on today and it looked proper and well kept. Maybe one day when he had the full confidence and experience of being a full rider under his belt, he might slack a little on decorum, or maybe not. It was clear that, at least in this regard, he wasn’t the same happy-go-lucky kid anymore.

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Impressed Tilioth on 02.01.2590.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2018, 06:42:08 PM »
Today's training began like any other. U'thar was roused from his rough sleep by the probing thought of his speckled blue; he kept forgetting to requisition more furs for his cot. The pair made their way to the caverns, where the rider blearily found himself a mug and splashed some klah in it, chasing it with an ample helping of whatever sweet syrup the kitchen staff managed to scrounge up. After half-liddedly drinking the hot liquid, he'd snag a single piece of bread, slap some jam on it, and drag himself back outside where Ewonth patiently waited.

The blue was always exceptionally patient in the mornings lately; U'thar has begun to adapt to weyrlife and did not feel the same... painful... urging to get out of bed that he did in the crafthall. Today was no different; Ewonth kindly reminded his rider that they had flight training that afternoon. This reminder perked U'thar up quicker than any mug of klah could. The rest of the morning seemed to blur by afterwards.

Now, U'thar found himself bestride Ewonth, who was settled neatly on the grounds of the Weyr Bowl. The pair watched as Minath and Nalata lifted themselves skyward, with a blue beside. The two waited, not wanting to be the first ones in the air. He heard a familiar voice nearby and looked over to see C'dus speaking to a green rider that U'thar knew had recently graduated from weyrlinghood. With a gentle nudge, Ewonth walked them over to settled in the same group as C'dus and Tilioth. He smirked and nodded toward the green weyrling pair, "Afternoon, C'dus. Tilioth grows larger and more beautiful every time I see her." Ewonth murmured a greeting, amazed at the similar size between him and the green weyrling next to him.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 05:31:22 PM »
Nishi was beaming. Faranth she loved being a rider. A real rider. A graduated rider. Beach was a challenge to be sure, there wasn’t a lot of easing into anything. You were expected to be good enough to get in, so you should be able to just fit in and work. The schedule change was the most difficult thing, and relearning everyone’s names. But Nishi and Xasheyth had thrived under pressure with only minimal anxiety attacks in private.

They’d both thought the better idea was to do all as they’d normally do. They can’t work too hard on learning everything about everyone without looking terribly creepy, so instead they’d take a breather and be a little slower. When Inanna, another Greenrider from Beach Nishi liked and admired, asked for time off from duties to help the weyrlings, Nishi bounced in after to ask the same.

She did it quickly before she could second guess it, but Nishi had always volunteered for extra help around the candidates and weyrlings, so it was best she kept up with it. At least, that’s what she thought. Plus, as Xasheyth had added, it would be a nice boost to keep their energy up for Beach. No matter how hard Nishi and Xasheyth liked to work, stress could get anyone down, and there weren’t that many of her classmates that knew what that felt like. She’d certainly grown closer to those that did.

And it was a nice boost, Nishi was practically vibrating from the amount of energy and pride she felt at being back in weyrling classes, but this time as a helper.  As Wa’by dismissed the weyrlings, a boy about her age came over and extended his hand. Shaking it, Nishi beamed at him. “Yes, I am! I’m Nishi and this is Xasheyth. There anything in particular you want me to look out for and give you pointers on before we begin? I reckon I’ll be up in the air with you, easier for Greens.”

Nishi too, was in her riding gear, and impressed that C’dus looked about as neat as she did, she’d always thought the extra effort showed respect to the riders. Before anything else happened, a Blue and his rider approached… and ignored her.

Okaaaay… she thought, more than a little annoyed that her seemingly nice partner had been waylaid by someone who didn’t even acknowledge her. A rumble of laughter echoed from Xasheyth through their bond. Eyeing over the Blue dragon, Nishi had to admit he was prettily coloured, but he didn’t look to be big enough to be one of the Kalestath class that was allowed to help out. Is he just small?

No, he is still young, the same clutchmother as me, I believe.

Oh, so he must just not have found a partner yet.

Turning back to U’thar and C’dus, Nishi addressed their newcomer. “Hey, did you need to find an experienced partner to jump in the air with you?” Looking around, Nishi spotted Inanna and waved vigorously, “this is Inanna, she’s great. I’m sure she’ll be happy to give you and your Blue some pointers.”

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2018, 01:00:53 PM »
Jaklyn sat on Nattonths back with baited breath. It was mildly intimidating if not unerving to have so many watchful eyes on her. In habit she checked her straps and after a few minutes Nattonth puffed air out his nostrals in annoyence and she stopped.

She placed a comforting hand on the left side of his neck as she she looked over at the other woman that smiled at her and returned the friendly gesture with one of her own although a slightly nervous one.

She did however trust Nattonth with her life and so she braced herself for when the dragon next to her propelled it's self and it's rider into the air. It was quite considrably bigger than Nattonth so the other dragons wing beats would batter them with some powerful drafts of air, or so she thought.
it seemed that they realised the damage they could cause and so did their best to advert damage or harm coming to them from it. She was a little impressed by that as she imagined that it was difficult lto prevent harm from others while maintaining enough thrust for lift off.

As Their teacher got to their designated air space the gold dragon told Nattonth somthing. the message was obvious to her because as he relayed the message he began to shift his weight to prepare for lift off.

It wasn't long till they were in the air, and even though their take off was pretty good it was clear that once they were in the air that they were fairly new to flying together. Nattonth would have to keep redistributing his weight mid flight to compensate for Jaklyn, but he did not notice he was doing it. And Jaklyn well she noticed Nattonth readjusting mid flight and tryied to fix it by centering her weight on him.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2018, 04:23:13 PM »
A’lori had been thrilled when his request to help with the younger weyrlings had been approved. He’d been a little nervous at first, given that he wasn’t on a higher-ranked color nor someone that had recently graduated. But as much as Queriluth might not be thrilled with the idea of having to brush minds with another dragon, she’d encouraged him in her endless showings of support. You’re a good rider, she’d crooned to him when he’d finally asked her opinion. The pretty Green had even preened a little. And if Minath can do this, then so can I. She’s so much clumsier, and she got approved.

His dragon was pointedly ignoring Nalata’s Queen this afternoon, as ever. Living in close proximity to one another hadn’t improved their opinions of each other, but A’lori was thankful that at least they weren’t fighting. Queriluth might make no end of snarky remarks to him privately, but she wasn’t about to challenge the Gold’s authority to her face.

That, and she knew that Nalata’s friendship was important to her rider.

Long hair braided back out of the way, A’lori felt very official in his riding leathers. He almost looked like a full-fledged rider, and it had been a boost to his self-esteem to realize just how willowy he looked in the gear. Gone were the soft curves he’d had as a Weaver, gradually honed away first by Candidatehood and then by weyrling training. Now he was flexible, fit if not overly bulky with muscle.

Queriluth too was a sprightly thing, all delicate and beautiful under the sun.

But he was getting distracted. The Weyrlingmasters had set them free to actually begin the drills, and the older and younger riders were starting to pair up now. Moving toward the closest pair he recognized as younger weyrlings, A’lori smiled brightly at them. “Hey there. Have you snagged a partner yet?”

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Anyone as yet unpaired can be the one A’lori is talking to. 8D From a quick glance at the clutch records, those that are left and currently active are Sethunya, V'let, and Sokon.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2018, 03:38:04 PM »
I don't need help. I know what I'm doing. His voice was aggrieved as he twisted his head to fix one balefully staring eye on his rider.

This had been a running commentary since the training had been announced, his dragon grumbling about the assignment and clear favouritism being shown since he was clearly far more capable than some of the others. T'veck was pretty sure they had been left off the roster of dragons that would be helping with one from the younger classes because Baleth would be more liable to bully them into doing what he wanted rather than actually helping.

T'veck finished checking the straps and gave the black hide a firm pat. //Well, we'll just have to fly really well and do exactly as we're told so that they see that, won't we?// He thought back.

They should already be able to see that!

//So we do it so perfectly they can't forget.// He suggested as he clambered up Baleths neck and settled himself into place, snapping his riding straps onto the clips. He could feel his dragon debating the merits of his suggestion and he firmly kept his thoughts that he'd used this argument before locked away. Draconic memory was a wonderful thing and T'veck wasn't above abusing it if it got the right result.

He could sense the agreement as the neck shifted underneath him and Baleth turned to eye the approaching Bronze. We. Are ready. Baleth stated before T'veck had a chance to even lift a hand in greeting and ascertain if the bronzerider was one of those assisting today. The salute to the older rider was turned into a slap to the black hide as he sighed.
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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2018, 11:07:32 PM »
It was important to get off on the right foot when volunteering with weyrling lessons, and today was no different. Thianorth had been appropriately oiled, his riding straps cared for and his gear checked over for any imperfections that could spell disaster mid-flight. Finding everything in order, it was simply a matter of tying his hair back so it didn't get in his eyes, and meeting the weyrlings at the training grounds. Wa'by ran them through what was expected of them all, managing to get his point across despite his insistence on using some of the more… unusual phrases in his arsenal, assisted by the fact the assistant weyrlingmaster had already given him a private rundown when he was first approached, and then they were partnering up.

He'd already been told who he would be working with, making his way through the weyrlings to try and locate "Vecko" and his Black bonded, helpfully identified by the name "Aggro" and his attitude, which D'mir had managed to surmise was bad? He'd not had the same level of interaction with the blue-rider in the past, but he was sure "mad as a cut snake" wasn't a good metaphor for a dragonet's behaviour.  He'd have to go speak to B'lye later in the day to try and get an update on the ex-Mountain Rider's turns of phrase, particularly if he'd be assigned to assisting the 2589 weyrlings more in the future.

Thianorth found him first, and not because he was looking, already eager to get in the air and annoyed that the weyrling hadn't approached them instead of them having to find him. Had he been human, he would have narrowed his eyes at the… announcement. As it was, his eyes whirled with a trace of frustration, straightening himself up in a not-so-subtle show of his own size in comparison to the still growing dragonet. We will see He rumbled in response, voice rolling with the slight irritation he felt, both at the wait, and the tone which Baleth had used. Then, to, D'mir, There.

D'mir adjusted his course towards the rider Thianorth indicated, offering the weyrling a greeting nod and a smile despite his own dragon's irritation. "Vecko?" He called up to the weyrling, the name sounding stupid as he said it. Really though, it couldn't be helped. With only a few Black weyrlings in the weyr, and three in this group, he could have just guessed which one it was, particularly when he was almost certain it was T'veck, and Wa'by had gone easy on the nickname this time round. He wasn't about to wound the kid's pride by calling him by another rider's name, however, and waited for the black weyrling to clarify in response.

D'mir will inspect your straps. The bronze explained as D'mir moved closer to Baleth, running a hand along the pieces he could reach  in what was a rather brief inspection compared to what Baleth and T'veck may have gone through earlier in their training.

"Good to know you're looking after your gear." D'mir congratulated when he stepped away to swing himself into his own dragon's straps, satisfied that any manoeuvring they did in the air wouldn't result any snapped leather so far as he could see. He'd give the straps another look once he was at a higher vantage point, but he was pretty satisfied that T'veck wouldn't have made it to this point in his training if he didn't at least get into the habit of making sure his gear was ready before doing aerial drills. From what he understood, it was Baleth's aggression that had negated their ability to supervise a younger weyrling pair, and not Vecko's inability as a rider.

Once he was on Thianorth, it was simply a matter of waiting for the second of the experienced riders to join them before Wa'by gave the signal to get in the air.

The motion was what Thainorth had been waiting for, and while he gave the usual command of Rise, to Baleth, the very first downstroke of his wings was as much about getting into the air as it was racing Baleth into their designated airspace. The black needed to know there was a gap in their abilities, and while smaller (and thus handicapped), Thianorth didn't much care to slow down in something so basic for the black to follow suit in.

There was a job to do, however, and while Thianorth allowed a moment to simply enjoy the race to their spot in the sky, it was not long before he was measuring his flight to keep pace with the growing dragon. D'mir gave T'veck a little bit longer to get comfortable in his straps before passing on the first instruction. They'd start simple, feel out Baleth and T'veck's capabilities before moving on to the more complex drills. There was only so much that could be practiced without a wing formation, but they were by no means lacking in drills to run.

We will start with a position substitution. You to mine, and then back again. Thianorth relayed the first instruction to the black dragon, holding his position above Baleth as he waited for the black to obey. It was one of the first drills a weyrling was ever taught, and one of the first to be applied to the air once they could fly. It was good warm up, and helped the dragons (and their riders) get a feel for their wingmates, particularly when they were working with dragons outside of their normal arrangements. It was by no means a challenging task, but the point of this exercise wasn't to prove oneself, just to practice what they already knew. Firestone and betweening would not be part of the program, but they all knew how to practice as if it were.

On his back, D'mir had arranged himself in such a way as to maintain a good view of T'veck and Baleth, not necessarily expecting to find any fault in such a basic manoeuvre but wanting to keep a critical eye on the other pair just in case. It was too easy to let assumptions about another rider's ability cripple their learning in the long run, and he wasn't about to start letting his standard's slip just because he was working with a weyrling who may not understand any better. One of the reasons there were so many different people assisting in the day to day training of the weyrlings was to offer different perspectives to things, and this day was going to be no different.

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Hopefully haven't made a fool of D'mir and Thianorth here. Hope it's alright for you @Jarakrisafis
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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2018, 02:48:02 PM »
Partnering with a smaller dragon had it's downsides, and Minath was having to try and slow down her wingbeats to try and stop from outflying Nattonth. It was possible, despite being difficult, but Minath wouldn't allow such a trivial thing to sully her appearance. So while she concentrated on the blue below, she also trained herself.

They hadn't even started one of the drills when Nalata noticed Jaklyn's attempt to sit deeper in her saddle, smile picking up at the corners of her mouth at the memory of her own issues when they moved from mounted ground drills to mounted aerial drills. Had Minath not been so... demanding of her, over that transition period, she'd have had the exact same problem. Tell Nattonth that his rider needs to relax. She needs to trust Nattonth to know what he's doing. she told Minath with a brief rub of the Gold's neck at mention of trusting the dragon.

There was a small vibration that may have been a pleasant hum, but Minath's response was as icy as ever. Nattonth needs to do the same. the fact she'd not passed on the message yet was clear, waiting instead to see whether her bonded would adjust the message to include the blue or not.

Nalata paused for a moment before she did just that, Minath relaying this straight away in as dismissive a tone as ever. You and yours need to relax. Focus only on flying. We will do a small weave until you are comfortable. Tell your bonded to lean in to your motions but nothing more. Not having worked with Jaklyn and Nattonth before made it difficult to know if that would be enough to help fix the adjustments, conscious or otherwise that they each were making.

The young queen didn't wait for acknowledgement, however, instead tilting her wings so that she could swing to the right of her current flightpath,becore switching so that she swung to the other side. It was a lazy, easy motion that would help warm Jaklyn and Nattonth up, giving them minimal movement to have to pay attention to, while minimising the up and down lurches that came with flying strait. Gliding was much easier to handle, and the natural upswing of the motion made flapping minimal at best.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2018, 06:33:50 PM »

Baleth let his wings half unfurl, not impressed with the bronze dragon. Just because he was older he thought he was better. Once he's fully grown he'll show him that he's far superior. Like his clutch's sire is clearly a better dragon. Then they'd see.

“T'veck, of Baleth.” He introduced himself and his dragon with a faint grimace at the nickname, ignoring the faint vibrations of a growl he could feel through his legs. One of the Weyrlingmasters no doubt with a nickname like that. Not the worst anyone had tried to pin on him, but certainly not something he wanted to stick around.

Baleth folded his wings, huffing at the indignity as he relayed a comment from the bronze, Thianorth says that D'mir must inspect our straps. T'veck wasn't worried about the bronzerider looking over his gear, he knew he'd done a good job looking after it. He wasn't going to be let down by not taking the time to ensure his gear was oiled and repaired and besides, it was much easier to let someone see that they were doing things correctly. He said as much to Baleth, the black dragon obligingly holding still at the reminder that they were trying to show off what they knew.

The inspection was quick, surprising T'veck who managed a slightly stuttered “Thank you.” and he nudged Baleth into moving beside the bronze and waiting for the Weyrlingmaster to send them aloft.

Baleth wasn't exactly caught by surprise by the bronze dragons command, but he certainly struggled to keep up as they launched and T'veck had to grab onto his riding straps to steady himself with a muttered curse that was lost to the wind. //Careful, slower is better than sloppy.// Baleth huffed but obeyed, no longer trying to keep up with the bigger dragon as if it was a race and instead turning his ascent into as steady flight as he could.

Position substitution. Baleth relayed with no amount of disgust at the basic command. T'veck ignored it, signalling he'd received the order to D'mir and letting Baleth shift into the simple manoeuvre. They'd done it plenty of times before, although not usually with a bigger dragon, Baleth was quite used to being one of the bigger ones when they worked with the rest of his clutchmates. Still they slid to one side before beating upwards to take over the bronze's last position, T'veck happy when black and bronze wings brushed past each other without colliding. For a moment he'd almost been sure they'd not given enough extra room to account for Thianorths' larger size.

I have an idea. T'veck didn't have a chance to ask what the idea was as Baleth returned to his original position with the addition of a barrel roll. A very beautifully executed but definitely not required roll.

“Baleth!” T'veck almost growled as his dragon radiated smugness at such a graceful bit of flight. And to be fair T'veck had to admit it had been well done. Baleth had got the space and timing spot on to not hit the bronze. It was just completely uncalled for and without warning. He was definitely glad he'd chosen to have full fighting straps on instead of anything lighter.

No way could Thianorth do something like that! Of course. If he couldn't beat him in speed, he'd try something else.


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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2018, 08:03:28 PM »
T'veck of Baleth was much a much more comfortable name to remember, and while there was no doubt Wa'by would continue to refer to them by the nicknames he'd picked, it was no hard task to simply keep both names in his head for future reference. He'd nodded to the thank you, but didn't deign to say anything further when he mounted Thianorth.

He rushed it. the dragon said to D'mir as Baleth met them in the air, a smug condescension to his tone. He'd beat him and the other dragon had attempted to win. The fact he'd slowed down after only a brief rush wasn't mentioned, but considering Thianorth had goaded the younger dragon D'mir didn't pass it on.

The position switch went well, Thianorth ready to roll out of the way if T'veck and Baleth misjudged the distance. But he did well, wingtips almost touching, and the whole exchange over within a reasonable time. Until they decided to add a barrel roll to the drill.

Know your limitations and do not take unnecessary risks. If you need to do something out of the ordinary, communicate. Thianorth scolded the instant the black dragon was back in position. If they'd been fooling around, playing or competing against one another it wouldn't have been bad, and a barrel roll was a common manouver, minimising the chance of being hit by thread or another dragon by reducing your size for the roll. It also came with it's own shorthand for communication between wingmates, so that everyone knew what you were about to do and with it's own set of responses that were ingrained in their years undergoing daily drills. The fact the black had decided to show off in such a way, without even warning his drill partner was unacceptable, regardless of how perfectly it may have been executed.

D'mir was feeding his own scolding through his dragon, making a note to speak directly to the rider himself when they were finished with their duties to get a better grasp on his relationship with his bonded, perhaps even speak to Wa'by as well to see what could be done to assist. They didn't need another out of control dragon killing four herdbeast in the midst of flight lust because their rider wasn't strong minded enough to curb the urge. His own voice to Thianorth was firm, and the dragon mimicked this almost patient correction well, even if he was feeling a little smug at scolding the uppity weyrling.

Thread may not be falling, but acting out can result in injuries to yourself, or your wingmates. A pause, as D'mir added an instruction - there was no point spending the entire time scolding the pair. They were still training. We'll do a covering sweep now. We will not be using firestone, but you should know how your flame works. I will go first, than you to repeat.

They would wait until the other pair announced they were ready before giving a directional command. Cluster directly above, straight drop. Thianorth would say before tucking his wings tightly to his sides and freefalling for a moment. Baleth would need to wing around to flame the offending cluster, giving Thianorth the all clear once it was done for him to return to his position above. It was up to them what they would do once they were done, and when they would announce the manouver. It was a nice communication test, as well as ensuring their knowledge of the evasion procedures lined up with their actioning of them. It would improve their relationship with wingmates, and give them the opportunity to learn little habits that other wingmates may have. Eventually, your wing would develop their own nuances, but for the duration of their weyrling training, the weyr would focus on the formal drills. Essentially focussing on the fundamentals.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2018, 11:24:14 AM »
T'veck was sure Baleth wasn't passing on the entirety of what seemed to be a rather thorough scolding, not that he didn't deserve it and he added his own once Baleth stopped grumbling about the Bronze and his rider and how he knew what he was doing. //What part of, perfect didn't you get? This isn't a competition.// Then again... //The only way to win in drills is to prove that you can do everything exactly right and match it to any wingmate.//

They are making us do things we learnt when we first started flying! He sounded disgruntled and slightly insulted at the obvious lack of faith in his abilities.

//Yes. And when we do them perfectly, they'll do harder things. And then they'll use us to show the younger weyrlings how things are done because we always do it perfectly.//

They will see that I am the best flyer here. T'veck grinned as he let his dragon feel his agreement and approval. We are to practice thread manoeuvres. Sweep cover for a cluster above.

T'veck nodded, imagining a thread cluster falling onto Thianorth from above them both and waited as the Bronze dropped out of the way, before they backwinged, Baleth holding the awkward position with what seemed to be little effort as T'veck marked time for how long they'd need to flame to destroy a large cluster. //Clear.// T'veck said and he heard Baleth relay as they swung back into level flight which should have them flying just behind and to one side of Thianorth once he regained his altitude.

T'veck patted the black neck with a grin. //See, perfect.// He should have thought of this trick back when they first started flying and Baleth had been adamant that he knew best and that showing off is the best way to show how good a flyer he is. //Now let them know that there's another thread above us.// T'veck said when the Bronze was back in position as he grabbed for his straps, ready for the freefall to get out of the way of imaginary thread and flame.

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@Kyya It's working for me. I'm no dragonrider :( so your guess about drills is as good as mine.
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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2018, 04:45:43 PM »
As U’thar praised her, Tilioth nearly toppled over with how much her chest swelled. She’d always had affection for the rider because Ewonth was one of the more spectacular Blues, in her opinion. His spots had intrigued her from day one, and now as she grew older it had become something more affectionate. Tilioth had a crush. Thoughts of the Black dragons felt far away now that the Blue was in such close proximity. C’dus could’ve sworn he saw a feline curl to her dragon lips, as if she was very pleased with herself.

As much as he would’ve liked to tease her, C’dus was still determined to put his best foot forward with the day’s lesson. He didn’t miss U’thar’s lack of greeting toward Nishi. They might be the same age, and if C’dus recalled U’thar was even a bit older, but there was a huge gap between their statuses now. Nishi’s position basically made her something like a valedictorian. The best of her class, a promising rider whose abilities were enough to catch the eye of much more experienced riders. She was a god. Still, he flashed the bluerider a grin for familiarity sake, “Sorry bud, too slow. You’ll have to be quicker next time if you want to be paired with us pretty greenriders.”

He turned so he fully faced both Nishi and the now introduced Xashayth. Tilioth continued to preen and primp but maybe a little less so, a little more subtle. C’dus knew that asking questions was a key to learning, but his mind drew a blank. “Nothing comes to mind, but please don’t hesitate if I look like I’m lacking somewhere.” That was a given, that was Nishi’s job today after all. He rubbed the back of his neck, feeling sheepish.

He didn’t say anything further unless she prompted him further. He was eager to get in the skies.

//Alright Tilly, you ready?// His excitement was palatable. His Green straightened her posture and flexed her wings, but then extended a leg out while angling her back to the side so that C’dus might climb up easily. I was born for this, she responded with cool confidence.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2018, 12:09:30 PM »
Sethunya wasn’t sure she’d ever get used to flying. Not really. It was a thoroughly new and exciting experience that made her both excited and anxious every time they all gathered up in the afternoon for drills. Tyrriath, however, was always calm and confident. He believed in the strength of his ever growing wings and developing muscles and he’d promised, from the first flight lesson, that he’d never drop her.

While Sethunya had never given voice to that fear, she must’ve been thinking it pretty hard. Regardless, the promise said without humor or patronizing tone had meant a lot to her.

Now, she idly tugged on the straps she’d already checked over twice that morning. Just to make sure, while Tyrriath lay on his belly next to her. They waited for instruction then Sethunya awkwardly remained next to her dragon as others began to pair off. She wouldn’t say she was unfriendly but neither were she nor Tyrriath particularly social either.

That didn’t seem to bother him. The serene Brown surveyed the class. When Sethunya spied A’lori, she actually breathed a sigh of relief. Just before she could call out to him, he just waltzed over to her and asked if she’d snagged a partner yet. Her smile was genuine when she said, “Nope. Though it’d be great to work with you and your pretty green lady.”

Tyrriath looked over Queriluth with a sort of idle curiosity before he turned his attention to A’lori. He knew, from Sethunya’s memories, that she shared a fond bond with the other Rider. Not the same sort she did with O’sir, but she liked A’lori so Tyrriath decided he did too.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2018, 07:54:40 PM »
Even though they were both weyrlings, it had been a long time since he’d spent any real time with Sethunya. Their growing dragons took up so much focus and attention that it was hard to think about anything else, and sometimes A’lori worried that it would lead to damaged or diminished friendships. But with other weyrlings, he’d found that they had similar worries and were more than happy to pick up where they’d left off with friendships as they were able to. So to see her genuine smile prompted him to return it.

Queriluth might not spend time in other people’s heads, but she did appreciate the compliment, and purred to Sethunya and Tyrriath as she moved to join them. Your friend is sweet, she told him with obvious approval, and A’lori laughed a bit.

“She appreciates you saying so,” he clarified with another smile. The Green certainly looked like a dark, shimmering gem in the sunlight, her hide oiled and immaculate just as she always demanded it to be. “And I’m honestly glad to get you as a partner,” he confided, lowering his voice some. A’lori was partly teasing, but there was a hint of seriousness there too. “It’s nice to see a familiar face in one of the other classes.”

Some of the others just looked so… sour, or like they were too rigid to really get along with. Sure, they were going to be practicing drills, which didn’t lend themselves to messing around, but A’lori felt more comfortable playing at being more experienced with someone he didn’t think was going to be overly judgmental.

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Re: A perfect day to fly [ 19/02/2591 | 01:17PM ] | Weyrling Lesson
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2018, 09:09:42 PM »
It had felt like she’d just been chatting at A’lori not but a month ago, and now they both had dragons and time had just... escaped her. Seeing him then, and realizing just how long it’d really been since their silly talks in the quiet tunnels, really did impress upon her just how long it’d been.

Tyrriath actually thrummed a little, a low, quiet purr. He liked when his bonded seemed to connect with someone, because she did so rarely. The sound made Sethunya blush before she quickly explained, “He likes you too.”

Feeling anxious still, she laughed a little when A’lori said he was glad to get her as a partner. She was so relieved as well. “You have no idea...” Sethunya murmured in response, looking over at Queriluth. She really was so very pretty. Not too big either. If anything, she seemed like she’d end up being far more manageable than Tyrriath.

You think I will get too big? he asked, a note of teasing in the thought.

Sethunya glanced at him, out of habit when she responded, //You already are.// It was an affectionate jab, though.
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