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Homra Azner    83

Homra waited patiently at the Enclave's entrance. Between his work in the archives and the occasional mission or two, the Echani sometimes felt stretched thin - especially when there's research to be done.

 

Instructing initiates always felt like a breath of fresh air from being trapped within his office for too long.

 

This time around, he's waiting for a Togruta initiate to arrive.

 

Clouds drifted lazily in the sky, and the air was temperate. There were a couple of Master-Padawan pairs training in the fields, and a couple of initiate classes having lessons close to the river.

 

@Gakowa Raso should be arriving some time soon. Homra did mention the details on how to get to the entrance. So he just waited, tapping his foot in tune to a pop song's rhythm.

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Gakowa Raso    0

Gakowa walked towards Instructor Azner in his new Initiate robes, electroblade at his side, unsure what to expect. He said nothing as he approached the Instructor, since he was still nervous about his short height. He hoped he didn't look down on him due to his height. He'd had enough of that for this life. He stopped a minute and noticed a couple fellow Initiates sparring. Gakowa glanced back at the Instructer, hoping to himself that he would get the Rank of Knight. He didn't initially care about the Rank of Master, but if they decided to make him one, that was their decision. He continued walking, remembering something his sister had said to him: Keep trying. 'I'll have to thank her for that when I get the chance.' As he approached, he noticed that the Instructer tapping his foot. Believing that he was losing his patience, Gakowa hurried up, and upon reaching the Instructer, said, "Instructer Azner? You asked me to meet you here, if I remember correctly. I'm sorry I'm late."

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Homra Azner    83

"Oh, you're here. Good." Homra's tone and expression was light. "It's alright, days like these - when I have a ton of paperwork - going outside for some fresh air is welcome."

 

"I sense some... discomfort, is there something bothering you, Initiate Raso?" Homra tilted his head, brows furrowed a little.

 

The Echani felt it through the Force. It moved in agitated circles around Gakowa, its usually serene waves rippling with unease.

 

The Enclave can be overwhelming to Jedi initiates born outside the temple. They didn't usually have guides, and they would have to surrender everything they owned. Well, the Enclave did provide clothing and other necessities fit for Jedi training, so it wasn't all too bad. As an archivist and Knight, Homra may have had bought home a few things, but almost all of them were donated to the Archives to be studied or used as insight for understanding other cultures.

 

Homra mentally berated himself and went back on his mental track. Gakowa didn't spend most of his childhood within a temple, so he must not be used to releasing his emotions through the Force. It would have to be something he must learn - not releasing emotions could be dangerous in the long run, and the Echani would have preferred that he learned it as early as possible.

 

It was a good thing then that they were headed for the Crystal Caves for this task. It would give Homra, in theory, an idea on where Gakowa could improve once he moved on to the next instructor.

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Gakowa Raso    0

"....You're not upset about my height?" Gakowa looked the Instructer in the eyes as he asked this. All things considered, he hadn't expected a question like that. As Gakowa thought about this, he looked at his hand, which had a scar on his right pinkie, near the hand, from when he had accidentally cut himself while sharpening a stick when he was 12. That had hurt, a lot, but Sakowa and Nogati had been gentle, but had insisted on sharpening all the sticks from that point on.

Gakowa pushed that thought aside and faced the instructer. He was tempted to ask where they were going, but he had a feeling about it. He got the impression it was somewhere important.

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Homra Azner    83

"Height is irrelevant to Jedi - we are all beings of the Force. It doesn't really matter if you tower over another being, or look up just to speak with them." Homra raised a brow at that. It was... a weird question. The Echani was rather confused by that statement. There wasn't a height requirement - not even for Peacekeepers and the myriad of species that joined. Technically, Homra was short for an Echani, but his father had been human and was a little shorter than his mother. It didn't seem to be something of great issue in Eshan, he didn't even get any strange looks. Anyway....

 

As far as he knew, height really wasn't much of an issue in Shili either. That or he need to brush up his studies on Togruta culture. A lot could happen for the past year, so who knew?

 

"So, just a few things before we begin the assignment - tell me a little about yourself. Any plans or goals in mind?" Before they could disembark, the Echani wanted to know more about the initiate so that he could get a good idea on where Gakowa could be assigned. The trip to the Crystal Caves was more or less an assessment. So far, his file had a few things missing, like his abilities in the Force. At the very least, the Caves could give him a handle on what the Togruta can do.

 

The sun was high up the sky, partly hidden with clouds - they had plenty of time.

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Gakowa Raso    0

Gakowa took a deep breath, then faced the Instructer. "I was born to a well-known hunter, the youngest of seven. My parents and four of my siblings were killed by an Akul herd. My elder sister, elder brother, and I alone survived. We went into the wild and lived off of what we could find. When I was eleven, I joined a hunting party and was taught the way of our traditional spear. I spent six years training with them, as did my brother and sister. When I was 17, I barely killed an Akul by myself, and I say barely because I suffered a lot of wounds in that fight. The only reason I fought the stupid thing is because it had me cornered." Gakowa stopped for a second, then continued. "After that, my sister opened a shop in Corvala, the capital city. I helped her out there until I turned 18, then I applied for the H'Raani M'Kai, but was rejected, since the minimal height requirement is 5' 8".

 

A pilot of the M'Kai taught me how to fly a starfighter and how to care for it. I also met a human male, who never revealed his name to me, for reasons I don't understand, who taught me how to handle a blaster pistol, as well as thermal detonators. I also met a former Jedi, who, like the human, never told me his name. He was the one who confirmed my Force-sensitivity, so he taught me some basic abilities, like telekenesis, Force Pushing, and Beast Control, to name a few. He also taught me some basic Form I and Form III. I like defense better than offense. Anyway, I got transport to Dantooine, and here I am. As for my plans and goals, I only want to make the level of Jedi Knight. I don't necessarily want to make the Rank of Master, but I don't really care if they do make me one." Gakowa faced the Instructer, and began to think of him not as just a superior, but also as an older brother. "If you'd like to meet my sister, I can probably arrange that. Though, don't be surprised if she tackles me. As for my brother, we're not as close as I'd like to be."

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Homra Azner    83

Homra tilted his head to the side, brows furrowed. Some of Gakowa's words were news to him. Then there were the mentions of his family... it wasn't exactly a problem, but it could be if Gakowa doesn't learn how to let go of his attachments. "I am sorry to hear of your loss, and well.. I do know that releasing your emotions to the Force will help you find inner peace and calm."

 

"Al though I am curious about a few more things - I didn't know much about H'Raani M'Kai, it's my first time hearing about it." Homra was all about learning new things, and this was definitely new. Granted, he wasn't quite as overwhelmed as he was like with Ormala, but having another initiate lay out their life story to him was a strange experience. It made him feel like he knew more than he should, and he didn't exactly know what to do with such information.

 

As for Homra himself, he didn't like sharing much of his personal details. Sure, he could tell anyone that he was the son of a diplomat and his Echani bodyguard, and that his parents were doting for as long as he knew them. Ever since they sent him to Tython, they had slowly turned into an abstract concept - people that sired and took care of him until Jedi took custody. If there was anyone that served as a parental figure to Homra, it was his late master.

 

The mention of a human teacher was... curious. If the human was a former pilot of what seemed to be a military organization or group, there should have been a paper trail at the very least. A record, or some files at least. What was most curious, was the mention of a former Jedi. It's entirely possible that Shadows monitored this ex-Jedi, and Homra made a mental note to check with a Council member or something later.

 

"Well, you're looking a little far ahead of your goals, and it's not bad wanting to become a Knight. However, we serve only where the Force deems us best. Not all initiates become Knights, let alone a Padawan, but that doesn't mean that we are not needed." He took a deep breath. "As for your sister... we are Jedi, and attachments are forbidden. Your contact with your family members would be limited, and it will be detrimental to your growth and training as Jedi."

 

"I suppose that's good enough for now. Alrigjt, so have you ever been to the crystal caves?"

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Gakowa Raso    0

Gakowa cocked his head. "Crystal Caves? You mean the caves that the Enclave is built over? I haven't been to them yet. I wasn't aware I was allowed to." He glanced towards them, then thought of his Akul fight. He wondered why. It had been a year ago. Why would a cave remind him of that when he had fought it in the open fields of Shili? "I must admit, I am curious about them, but I preferred to wait until I was told I could go in them." He faced the Instructer again. "Were your parents ashamed of you, because of your Force Sensitivity?"

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Homra Azner    83

"Initiates aren't allowed inside the Crystal Caves, unless they're escorted by an Instructor or Master." Homra pinched the bridge of his nose. "Much like right now. The caves are dangerous and Kinrath live inside - you do not engage with them, and you aren't allowed to move forward on your own."

 

As a precaution, the Echani had been bringing a lamp and hypo-syringes full of antidote for Kinrath poison in case of emergencies. Initiates were armed, but training sabers could hardly pierce the insectoid's thick outer shell. Homra doesn't like engaging with them either, so he often took to diverting their attentions instead of facing them head on.

 

"And yes, the Enclave was indeed built atop of these caves. It used to be a pilgrimage site for ancient Jedi to complete their rites of passage." Homra cleared his throat and then motioned for the initiate to follow.

 

"Were your parents ashamed of you, because of your Force Sensitivity?"

 

"I - what?" Homra stopped in his steps and stared at Gakowa, raising a brow. This time, he put his face on his palm, not bothering with hiding a groan out of annoyance. "I haven't really talked to my parents for over ten years - like I said, contact with family is limited."

 

Here, he narrowed his eyes and crossed his arms. With his left hand, he began tapping away at his right forearm. "What even bough this question on, Initiate Raso? You do realize that you are being rude? Prying into someone else's personal life is not done in polite company, unless all are close friends and have no trouble sharing personal details."

 

"After this assignment, I want you to find yourself a holobook or datacrystal on social interactions and etiquette, and you must present a paper with at least a hundred pages on how to interact with others respectfully.  It must have an introduction, preface, abstraction, a survey, an in-depth analysis of collected data, and a conclusion. It must have a minimum of fifteen sources, all cited, at least five should be peer-reviewed, and must come from different institutions. You must learn that it is unbecoming Jedi to stick their noses where they shouldn't, initiate or no. That's just basic decency."

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Gakowa Raso    0

Gakowa looked at the ground. He had meant no offense. This reminded him of Nogati's bullying in his teenage years. He did his best to contain it, but a single tear hit the ground. "My apologies, Instructor." Gakowa closed his eyes, and felt afraid. He had never been yelled at by anyone except his brother, and his sister, on occasion, but only when he had done something incredibly stupid. He then began to question whether or not that rogue Jedi had made the right decision revealing his Force Sensitivity to him. "Perhaps I should have ignored my findings about my Force Sensitivity. But it's behind me now. You're right, I spoke out of line."

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Homra Azner    83

The Echani raised a brow, face impassive and unimpressed. He sighed before answering in a cool tone. "You don't just ask someone you just met personal questions. Learning how to stop and respecting someone's privacy...learning when to draw the line on what is and isn't inappropriate isn't just something Jedi learn - anyone with a single ounce of decency in them learn it."

 

He could sense more of that apprehension and fear from the initiate. It may be small, but paths to the Dark Side could begin with something as small as such. "An assignment on proper etiquette and social interaction is hardly something to be afraid of."

 

'Besides, I don't think you've really been listening to a single word I said, except for the weirdly convenient ones,' he thought, shaking his head.

 

"If that is all." His voice brokered no argument, even if it was at a neutral tone. Homra gestured, again, for the initiate to follow and then crossed his arms again and continued his tapping. "Then follow me."

 

The Echani kept his expression carefully blank, glancing at his right wrist every now and then. It took ten minutes to get to the entrance, and once he stood at the mouth of the cave, he turned on his heel. "Do not engage the local fauna, run or hide somewhere if you can. The Kinrath are poisonous, I have some antidote, but I do prefer that you don't get stung."

 

"Any other questions or concerns, that isn't personal or invasive, that you wanted to ask before we get in?"

 

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Force Sense

 

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Gakowa Raso    0

"No, I have no questions of any nature." Gakowa glanced into the cave, and felt something. Something familiar. That didn't make sense to him. His former life was on Shili. He had never been offworld before. It took all his self-control not to walk into the cave. Gakowa hoped that whatever he felt would go away. It was too confusing. 'And besides, I have more important things to worry about.' He made no attempt to move, but waited for the Instructer's signal.

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Homra Azner    83

"Very well, then." With that Homra entered the cave systems in a casual pace. He had the lamp turned on, even if he didn't need it. Getting to the center usually took five to ten minutes of walking, and he arrived there in no time.

 

"The task is simple. I need you to meditate here in the center." The Echani gestured around himself, and kept his tone cool and detached. "Initiates don't get crystals, as they need to become Padawans first and would need their master to escort them here."

 

The Knight stood at parade rest, hands loose behind his back and his boots about a foot apart. He didn't say what exactly he was looking for from the initiate, and would provide his input once he gathered enough data.

 

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Instructions: Describe everything inside the cave, the meditation, and your character's connection to the Force in order to progress. There should be at least two paragraphs with a minimum of five sentences each, with double spaces between paragraphs; minimum word count is 100. Descriptions and events shouldn't stray far from canon/source material. Headcanons and inserting lore from your own fanfiction won't count as progress.

 

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Gakowa took in his surroundings. Crystals formed in the floor, the walls, and the ceiling. The stone floor would seem discouraging to most species, but not to a Togruta, the nature lover of Shili. The ceiling wasn't too close to the ground, its stalactites pointed down at him. Gakowa sat down in the center of the room, and closed his eyes. He pushed away his emotions, beginning with his fear, then his guilt, at unintentionally angering the Instructer, his sadness, towards leaving his sister, his joy, due to the discovery of his Force Sensitivity, and his anger, to how his brother and other relatives had treated him.

 

 

He called on the Force, letting it flow through him. He could feel the life in the cave, the Kinrath, and other presences he couldn't begin to describe. He could feel the disappointment in the Instructor. He could feel the crystals all around him. He could feel the ambition of fellow Initiates outside the cave, as well as the emotions of their various Instructors. He could feel the loneliness of a friend he had made. He could also feel something else, which he could not identify.

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Homra Azner    83

"A little longer initiate," Homra said.

 

So far, Gakowa had most of the basics down in meditation, and wasn't doing too bad. However, Homra could sense that the initiate had lingering attachment, and he wasn't releasing any of his emotions into the Force. Most younglings would have already made improvements on their meditation around the time before they become Padawans, but since the Togruta wasn't raised in the Temple, that was understandable. However, it would definitely something Gakowa had to learn as soon as possible. Suppressing or burying one's emotion just wasn't the Jedi way, and it could come back and bite one in the ass later on.

 

"Try releasing your emotions into the Force, let it guide you." He shifted on his feet, and gave his chrono another check. The initiate had been meditating for at least an hour now, but they still had plenty of time. "Your emotions... your attachments.... you have to let them go."

 

"Gather then within yourself and release it one by one, don't bury or hide it. Holding on to them is one of the many paths that could lead you to fall, don't let it turn into something you can't handle." The Echani heard enough horror stories about attachments and Jedi that could last him a lifetime.

 

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Force Powers: Force sense

 

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Gakowa called on the Force, letting it guide him. He could feel his attachments vanishing. He no longer cared if he ever saw his family again. He had only one friend, and he had only just met the person, so there wasn't an attachment there. He could feel the Intructor, glancing at his chrome, but also felt no impatience from the Instructor, and made no attempt to cancel his meditation. He could feel the hunger of the Kinrath, but knew he was safe, and had nothing to fear. He had felt nervous around Homra Azner before, especially after accidentally upsetting him, but now he felt a little more at ease. He wouldn't try to get personal with him again, but he was willing to learn from him.

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