Tawny
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Tawny
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Joined: December 6th, 2011, 7:05 pm

January 11th, 2012, 5:54 pm #11

The demanding tone was familiar enough; he didn't claim to know the woman well but everyone on the Peregeine who wasn't a total recluse at least knew everyone else by face and name at least. Well, he did, maybe he was over generalising. In any case, Dima reached over to press the 'door open' button and held it until the woman was inside not because her request had sounded like an order but rather because you'd have to be a right git to close the doors on somebody running for the lift.

"Lieutenant Lilith," he smiled despite her stormy demeanour, "I trust you are well today? We aren't, no, I am just giving Zira here a bit of a tour of the ship. Ah! Yes, I should introduce you. Zira this is First Lieutenant Lilith Jackson, she works in communications. Lilith, this is Zira... and I haven't yet got around to asking him what it is he does. Zira?"
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Darastrix
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January 11th, 2012, 8:42 pm #12

Zira’s first impression of Lilith was that she was someone who could possibly be Someone In Charge of something and that she was in a Bad Mood. He took an unconscious step closer to Dima. After that, his thoughts became more focused on trying to figure out what in the world she was wearing. Coat, fine. That wasn’t really strange; he’d seen people in coats before. But what was on her head? He was pretty sure he’d never noticed anyone wearing something like that, offworlder or no. Maybe he could ask Dima about it once Lilith was gone?

And thank goodness Dima had the presence of mind to make introductions, because he very much did not. He was too distracted by Lilith to do much else than try to figure out a way to look at her without seeming as though he were staring. That would just be rude. But with that…thing on her head, he really wanted to stare. He missed the days when he was short enough to peer up at people from behind the safety of his bangs.

At least now he had a question to answer so he could stop trying to stare-but-not-stare at the hat. “I’m a Harper,” he said, gesturing to his shoulder knots. “Senior apprentice. And a Candidate.”
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Dragonfire
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January 13th, 2012, 7:06 am #13

Oh, Zira. Bad Mood was always very relative when talking about Lilith. "I would be better if they actually had some blasted decent tea around here, but evidently this is a thing too much to ask for," she griped, with an irritated toss of her head. "No darjeeling left at all! Can you believe it?"

The hydroponics team had best get around to cultivating some of the good stuff, and not just the stupid ceylons and assams! Oh, but of course, it wasn't a priority. She was getting tired of that word.

At Zira's admission of profession, she gave another flip of her hair, this one short and dismissive. Oh, like she knew what those stupid knots meant. Whoever came up with that system of badges needed a swift kick in the...

"Ooh, a candidate?" she asked - no, almost purred. "For the dragons, yes?" She actually sounded - and looked - pleased, smiling and everything! "I will never forgive them for turning me down; I would have loved to have a chance myself. I am not that old! Am I, Dimitry?" she appealed to the doctor.
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January 13th, 2012, 10:18 am #14

While he felt Lilith's ire a little excessive and silly he did understand the importance of Proper Tea, and as such offered her a sympathetic grin. "Do you drink Russian Caravan? I still have some stored away if you would like to come for tea sometime." Some cultures (and some people from cultures that should know better) just didn't understand Tea. People put it in a bag and dunked it in a single cup. People put milk in it! Still, he supposed somebody fond of the English style of tea would be horrified by the idea of adding jam so he should be more tolerant. "Forgive us Zira," Dima said, turning to the harper with a grin as the lift started to move, "Tea is... important to some of us." Not quite worth a huffy fit in his opinion, but when his tea ran out he would indeed be a very sad spaceman.

When the subject of age came up Dima chuckled, but resolved to tread carefully; one word out of line could get him a bollocking and he knew it very well. "Indeed not, and I would have guessed you were younger than you are anyway had I not seen your medical file.” Neither of the things he said were mere flattery; she was about ten years younger than his parents and he tended not to think of them as old, and she was indeed a very well preserved woman for her age in any case.

"They do say that dragons decide though, right Zira?" Dima said, cocking his head at the youth. "And our own Sh’ard Impressed a year past their age limit, so maybe you should try to get close to the front of the spectators and hope, eh Lilith? I'm taking the chance to stand for this clutch myself, seen as it's the last year I can." The age thing did seem weird in a way and yet in another... well, dragons died when their rider died; letting people who were, uh, of the more mature persuasion stand could result in some rather premature deaths for any dragons that chose them. You had to draw a line somewhere and it had been drawn at thirty; he understood it had once been twenty which did seem very young indeed.

"Do you have a Harping speciality yet Zira?" Dima asked then, aiming not to shut the native out of the conversation.
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Darastrix
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January 15th, 2012, 7:28 pm #15

She was in a mood over tea? Goodness. Well, maybe it was s little understandable. He wasn't sure what darjeeling was, but given the context, Zira assumed it was an offworlder sort of tea. A taste of home, so to speak. Personally, he was partial to lavender tea, but he wasn't sure how herbal teas compared to what Lilith and Dima were talking about. At Dima's comment, he nodded. "I can sympathize," he murmured. "It's nice to have something familiar so far from home."

He was thankful Lilith hadn't asked him how old he thought she was. He didn't really think she was that young. "The dragons do decide," he agreed with a nod. "And they've surprised people before."

"I won't officially specialize until I walk the tables," he replied to Dima, "but I want to make diplomacy my focus. Maybe record-keeping, but I'm not as sure of my interest there."

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January 18th, 2012, 10:23 pm #16

Oh, Zira. Be glad it was tea, and not something actually important, like, say, not being able to find her warm pair of gloves. That was an explosion waiting for another day - some cold day in winter to come. "Russian caravan? I do not think I am familiar with that one..." She considered this for a moment, lips pursed, before giving a breezy shrug. "I suppose I can try a cup. Surely it must be better than these dregs they pass off as tea in the kitchens now. Do let me know when you are to take some, hm?" Herbal teas were useless - and yes, that included you too, klah.

She listened almost demurely to their comments regarding the fascinating dragon-beasts, tilting her head slightly to one side to peek out from under the brim of her hat. "Hmmph. Perhaps I will arrange a spot on the lower benches, then, if I can. I would just like to talk to one, truthfully, but every time I have tried, none will say a word to me!" She frowned delicately (trying to avoid causing wrinkles, after all), lips thinning in displeasure. "Very rude. I have heard they do not always speak to people not their rider, but they could at least say hello."

And then, a switch of topic. "Why is that?" she demanded, turning to Zira. "Diplomats and judges being lumped in with musicians. I have never heard such a thing before we came here." Her tone implied that it was a very outlandish and silly way of doing things. Time to test those diplomacy skills, Zira!
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January 25th, 2012, 3:25 pm #17

And thank goodness Lilith wasn't a diplomat! Dima repressed a rueful grin at her tones, grinning would get him nowhere except in the dog house. "I shall certainly do that Lilith," he nodded, "I hope you'll enjoy it." But maybe not too much because hey, he did want to make it last for himself.

With the topic of tea put to bed, perhaps it was time for him to apply a little bit of diplomacy himself. "So far as I understand it," he began carefully, "as well as entertainment, music is used here on Pern as the most common method of education? The teaching ballads, da? Even people in little, uh, cotholds who might not have read or been able to write could remember the songs that the travelling Harpers taught. I suppose this makes many harpers as much scholars as entertainers...." It did still seem a bit odd though, putting singing with teaching with diplomacy and art too, wasn't it? "It does sound like an extremely diverse craft though," he went on with a thoughtful frown as the lift made a cheerful 'ding' upon reaching its destination, "How is that handled in the halls Zira? Do you have to learn a bit of all of the disciplines first before you can graduate and choose what to pursue especially?"
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February 9th, 2012, 4:40 am #18

((OOC: Many apologies for dragging here, but I couldn't think of Pern posts for the life of me.))


Zira started slightly at the noise when the lift stopped; he hadn't been expecting that. "Ah, more or less," he said in reply to Dimitri as flicked his gaze around looking for the source of the noise. "Harpercraft might change in the future, but...." He trailed off for a moment, trying to gather his thoughts. He was a little worried that Lilith might, oh, he didn't know, bite his head off for a poor answer or something. She seemed very opinionated.

Calm, he thought. Just keep your voice calm. She's not from Pern; she doesn't understand. Try to help her see. If she doesn't want the help, there's nothing you can do about it for now.

"For the longest time," he began, "we didn't have any means of printing at all, not until Avias was found during the Ninth Pass and we began to relearn some of the things that had been lost. Everything was done by hand, so it was too time-consuming to make texts for people to read, and things set to song are usually easier to remember than spoken words, so keeping the history alive and spreading it went to the Harpers. Since the Harper's role deals with keeping and sharing knowledge, they keep in contact with the Crafthall. Current events become history, so all the scattered Harpers listen and pay attention to what's happening in their hold or weyr, and they send word back to Harper Hall and the Masterharper. When it comes to what's happening now, what's happened in the past, and what precedents exist, Harpers have always been the best-informed of the crafters. And we deal with people more than the other crafters, aside from the Healers. But Healers usually see people when they're sick or hurt. Harpers are around people in the day to day--teaching, talking, listening.... The craft can prepare you for the role of a diplomat even if it's not your specialty."
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