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The Dantooine Enclave

Elona, 3629 BBY

 

Thuria made her way through the training grounds. The scent of fresh pine needles caught her nostrils, bringing up memories of the past. Oh, the long years she spent wondering when this day would come: the day she would become a Knight of the Republic. She was about to get her wish! She was becoming a Guardian! Her chance to explore other worlds, train a Padawan, and more.

 

She stopped once to see two Padawans face off against a Mark III droid. How could she forget her training against that droid or the many droids she faced on her travels? If there was one thing she learned from being a Padawan, it was to not give up and not to give into temptation. She learned this the hard way with Dek Fisher, the Jedi who she had feelings for and the Jedi who taught her that sometimes love is not the only thing that matters. It was friendships, but also the need to see past the pain and come up with a more realistic solution.

 

It was time to let go of the past, to let her wounds heal. She made it this far as a Padawan and had her frequent stumbles, but Brison, Inoy, and Coventry had been with her to see through the pain and suffering. They helped mold her into the Jedi she was now and she was grateful to have become their friends. Then there was Far-Shan Nadiito, the first fox to ever speak to her when she was still innocent and naive. She was still naive in a lot of ways, but she couldn't help growing out of that and maturing.

 

She learned a few tricks along the way, learned how to use her lightsaber and craft it into what she wanted. Her wood cased lightsaber was useful for calming her down, but also to help her become more aware of her surroundings. It was an extension of her and she would make sure to use it to help her stay on the Light Side. She wasn't about to give up the good in others, solve problems without first finding its source, and from that becoming a better person.

 

Within the few minutes she stood watching the Padawans, Thuria realized she was ready to move forward with her life.

 

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Thuria entered the temple, finding the familiar stone pillars, the statues of the Jedi Masters long past, and the Eye of Zallow monument floating in-between the two ramps, leading to the second floor. She stopped here, searching for the way to her knighting ceremony. Where was she to go? No. She would think this through before she acted. Surely, there was a Jedi Master who could guide her to the ceremony.

 

She took a seat in front of the Eye of Zallow, which strangely reminded her of a massive Holocron. It was a familiar to her, the place where she met her first Jedi Master, Ellina Kast. She sighed, wondering if she would meet her old master during her knighting ceremony this year. She hoped she was right.

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Master Kast    550

Ellina was enjoying a warm cup of tea when Jean gave her the news. 

 

A smile graced her face, warm and pleasant in stark contrast to her still haggard appearance. Having returned to the Jedi, she was still not fully healed from her time 'away'. Her face was still shallow, her hair still not fully recovered from the haphazard cut she had given herself, and her robes were still large on her formerly full and curvy body. Still, the pride and joy was true on her face. Having been displaced for the duration of her padawanship- Ellina had been haunted by her failure as a mentor and master to Thuria. Thankfully and apparently it had not damaged her education and accomplishments. 

 

"I will happily attend, thank you Jean. I will call for you later, I have a mission for you when I have the contacts settled." Ellina nodded to the young knight, who bowed before leaving her to finish her tea. 

 

Ellina took her time to drink her tea, allowing herself time to calm and prepare to leave her small temporary chambers. Being seen in public was unsettling to her anymore, and required time to mentally prepare. An oddity for a Jedi master in her opinion, and the complete opposite of how she used to be. The happy, strong, and powerful Jedi master was left a weak and mentally struggling woman. 

 

That however would not stop her from seeing Thuria Knighted. 

 

Standing from her desk and brushing down her robes, Ellina fluffed out her hair and left her room to play the role of Master Kast. Her steps were mildly wobbly as she limped on her injured leg to the main halls of the temple. The few people she passed made way for her so as to prevent her falling in an effort to dodge traffic. It was a slow march to the main sector, but she made it eventually. 

 

Again, the smile consumed her face as she spotted Thuria, almost exactly as the same from when they first met, patiently waiting for her as before. The resemblance was uncanny and amusing. 

 

"Padawan Thuria? Master Kast, I'm sure you couldn't have done anything to get yourself into trouble, so I'll take the pleasure of reassuring you that the council has told me of your Knight status and asked me to escort you." She grinned further, limping to a stop behind the young woman, the joking tone obvious in her voice. Her expression did sober some, and she gave a small bow to the younger woman. "I am sorry. Truly, for not being here for you to train you and support you these years."

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Thuria stood up and turned around, meeting the gaze of her old master. The black hair had been fluffed up and those blue eyes... they had seen years of distress. When was the last time Thuria recalled something like this happening to anyone? Not even she recalled doing too much meditation... nope! No. Even that was incorrect. She did some serious meditation when she was younger after Dek Fisher moved to the rank of Padawan and earned a Jedi Master to help him complete his training.

 

It was a test for Thuria to get see her affections and learn what a true Jedi could be. She would have to thank him for that lesson later, if and when she saw him again. Maybe they would meet under different circumstances. For now, there was only this moment with her limping old master, Ellina Kast.

 

"Padawan Thuria? Master Kast, I'm sure you couldn't have done anything to get yourself into trouble, so I'll take the pleasure of reassuring you that the council has told me of your Knight status and asked me to escort you." Master Kast grinned, giving a small bow to the younger woman. "I am sorry. Truly, for not being here for you to train you and support you these years."

 

Thuria shrugged. "It's all right. I've been on quite the journey during my Padawanship. It hasn't been easy." She dived into her tale of woes, "I just lost another master and a few more friends." She lowered her head, doing her best to keep calm. So far, her muscles tensed, but it wasn't too bad. She sighed, realizing she could do it. She looked up in remorse. "Well, I might as well get used to it. These things happen."

 

She switched subjects, doing her best to be happy. Somehow, it worked. "So, I can't wait to be a Knight! This truly has been worth the wait! Now I can train a Padawan if I want, go on missions to other planets, do all sorts of things. It'll be another exciting journey. I can see it now!" She smiled, glad to have gotten through one journey without too much damage. That was good, but now it was time to let her old master speak up. "I'm sorry. I get so excited! I can't help it today!" She sighed again, knowing this was the right path and she would take it wisely.

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Homra Azner    92

Homra wasn't often called for Knightings, and he often found himself awkward whenever he witnessed one. His own was without fanfare and it was more or less a Master told him he was promoted to the rank of Knight. His padawan brain was long gone, and he was more or less done with his probation. Not that the Echani minded, but he supposed he preferred it this way.

 

He passed by a couple of other Jedi here and there, greeting them politely as he made his way to where the Knighting ceremony would be. He wasn't Knighted here, and that was fine. Today was all about a soon-to-be Knight anyway, and lingering in the past would keep Homra from moving forward.

 

When Homra arrived, he paused at the entryway and observed the two women present. He hadn't quite met the thinner woman - Ellina Kast - before, and his interactions with Thuria weren't a lot either. However, they had met in Coruscant and shared a mission together to Generis. It was... quite the mission.

 

Still, Homra was beyond glad to see her come so far. She was going to be a Knight, and new responsibilities and opportunities were going to open up for Thuria. He waited for both to finish speaking before approaching.

 

"Good day, Master Kast, Thuria." He grinned as he turned to Thuria, his tone teasing. "It's your special day huh, Padawan Drinna - oops. It's going to be Knight Drinna now, after this."

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Master Kast    550

Ellina couldn't prevent the grin that spread across her face at the younger woman's enthusiasm. It was a pleasant note to make that some things didn't seem to change. The excitement of growth and accomplishments being one of them.

 

"I'm glad to see you unthwarted by difficulties. It will serve you well in the future as it has until now." At the very least she could still sound like a jedi, that was nice to know. It was also nice to know it would not be just her accompanying Thuria to her knighting ceremony, as another knight approached and made his presence known. She had not made the time to re-introduce herself to the enclave staff yet- being a bit of a hermit and all- and smiled politely in an attempt to hide her awkward lack of knowledge.  At least her reputation preceded her. 

 

"I apologize we haven't met yet. I'm still recovering and readjusting to being... Well around people. Your... name..?" She trailed off, smiling sheepishly at their new company. 

 

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feel free to move ellina inside to where the ceremony will actually be, I don't have much since Homra and Ellina actually havent met and she wouldnt have much to say XD

 

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"I'm glad to see you unthwarted by difficulties. It will serve you well in the future as it has until now." Master Kast said.

 

Thuria smiled. She was glad of this, too. Now Thuria hoped she would become a knight. That would give her something to look forward to -- okay, calm down! Calm down. Everything is going to be alright --

 

She looked up again, following Master Kast and Homra into a room with little furniture, but plenty of lights. Wow! This room was so huge! The red carpet helped give the room some needed atmosphere, the kind of atmosphere suited for the Jedi. Would she gain the rank of Guardian? She breathed in and out, knowing that she wouldn't hesitate in a fight. She must be prepared for what is to come... of course, this wasn't about her. It was about the people she would protect in the near future, just as she had done as a Padawan.

 

She would uncover mysteries, possibly find more crystals, and do so much more. She nodded, ready for the responsibilities to come.

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Homra Azner    92

"It's alright," Homra replied cheerily. "My name is Homra Azner, Knight and archivist, at your service. Master Taerich spoke about you when I trained under her."

 

Clearing his throat, he gestured at Master Kast to let her first into the Ceremony room. "Shall we?"

 

The Echani kept his pace slow as he entered, eyeing the sparse furniture and the enormous stained glass windows overlooking Dantooine's fields.

 

Sunlight flitted through the glass, multi-colored light of various shapes stretched across the floor and carpet that gave it a serene air. On the ceiling was a stylized mural - it was very geometric and Homra guessed that it was painted around the same time the temple was established in Dantooine. The carpeting didn't reach the center of the room, but it did lead to stylized stone work that mirrored the ceiling art. Precisely cut tiles curved and flowed around a swirling sun. A dozen cushioned chairs were placed strategically outside the flooring's boundaries, with glyphs etched right in front of them. Intricate vines and floral carvings swirled around the columns, the various cracks they sustained over the years patched over with gold. 

 

Homra took his time observing the room, in awe at the intricacy it held. Taking a deep breath, he padded towards where he guessed he should stand - it was close to the window and it gave him a rather spectacular view through the colored glass. He gave Thuria an encouraging smile and waited for Master Kast and Thuria to begin.

 

"Whenever you're ready."

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Thuria looked up in wonder. The wait was tough. Even then she knew she recalled the lives she had met and the choices she had made that brought her to this point.

 

Would she have a Padawan? What new adventures would take place when the next journey had begun? There was so much she was excited to take on, and yet, even now she wondered how this knighting ceremony would take place. Would Master Kast be the one to knight her? And what of her fate to come? She looked on at the room, wondering what would take place next.

 

She turned to her friends, curious about what would transpire.

 

"What happens now?" She asked, nervously.

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