Xanadu Weyr - Caverns

A massive cavern in it's own right, this one has been skillfully adapted for human habitation. The high ceilings have been painted a light, soft ivory, as are the walls where numerous tapestries hang to provide brilliant color and insulation from the stone. The floor has been left in its natural state, pale pink granite speckled through with glittering mica and dark flecks of basalt, leveled carefully but kept sufficiently rough to avoid slips.
The cavern itself is loosely divided into areas, each one set up to be suitable for some segment of the Weyr's population. The most frequently occupied area, however, is the one near the Kitchens where tables of varying sizes provide a place to sit down and eat or chat and a buffet of consumables is almost always kept stocked. Its plain that on most days, this area wouldn't accommodate anywhere near the full population of the Weyr and equally plain that on such occasions when a formal meal is laid out, tables are appropriated from all the other areas.
A big fireplace is set into the wall near the Kitchens as well, several comfortable chairs nearby providing haunts for elderly residents or riders who like a good view of all that happens. Rugs cover the floor in strategic spots, all of them abstract or geometric in design and most in the softly neutral colors of undyed wool.
Exits lead off in all directions, a big archway the largest and that leading outside. Shallow stairs to the west lead to the offices and administration area while tunnels to the east lead to the infirmary, kitchen and resident's quarters. Southwards, a sloping tunnel leads down to the hot springs and southwest is a wide tunnel, carefully roped off to avoid accidents.

Niva is standing near the entrance to the offices, head bowed in conversation with a middle aged woman, the weyrwoman with a rather concerned look on her face. After a long while, the other woman nods once more, departing, and Niva is left to stare around the cavern, biting her lip.

I'ven stretches out his arms idly before letting them drop, he rubs idly at his eyes, looking rather sleepy and dishovled. His clothes are a little wrinkled, his shirt not even tucked in. He pauses idly to eye the area sleepily before proceeding to the serving tables.

Niva lets her gaze wander to a number of people around the cavern, though they rest longer then I'ven then most. A final sweep of the caverns, and she's headed to the serving tables as well. "Long day there, rider?" She asks, her voice a forced cheerful, and she busies herself with a mug of heavily sweetened klah.

I'ven shrugs idly as he grabs some klah for himself, moving over to plop at the table, getting comfortable before he says, "Not really, been sitting at my books most of last night. I've been trying to find out if there's any history to the artifacts that I have in my weyr." He murmers, rubbing his eyes as he takes a sip of his klah, "And I have drills soon, and I still have other duties to tend to, and more research after that."

Senkyou wanders into the Caverns, from the Clearing.

Niva settles down in the neighboring chair, slouching a bit, as she sips from her klah. "And, what sort of history are you expecting to find, there?" The look of concern on her face has faded at the new conversation, though, at the mention of the /upcoming/ long day, she makes a face. "You /are/ a Healer, so I atleast hope you have the sense to rest when you need it." (re)

I'ven lifts his shoulders absently as he sips at his klah, "I don't know where it's been, who's owned it, if it had any importance on history, if it came from our ansestors planet. I just want to know everything I can about them." He smiles faintly, "You don't know me, I guess."

Niva probably never gave it much thought, as she looks rather boggled at the idea, blinking at I'ven. "Then, you can find that all out, by looking through records? I'd have never thought to look into it… Or to even write things down like that." And she ponders this for a long moment, sipping at her klah slowly. "Have ya found anything out about anything, yet?"

I'ven shakes his head as he rubs at his temples, closing his eyes tiredly. "Not yet, I've been looking in all the books I've been able to get my hands on. Records, history books, I just can't seem to find anything that points specifically to the items I have." He sighs deeply in frustration, "It's frustrating."

"I can bet it is.." Niva murmurs, fingers rapping the tabletop next to her. "We have a set of weyrleader journals in the office, which go back to our founding. Though, probably not as much help as some from say Fort, perhaps there's something there?" And Niva sits there after the offer, pondering what else she can offer to help.

Senkyou quietly slips into the Caverns, sitting down in a large comfortable chair and relaxing into it. Niva is given a small wave, and I'ven is examined and given the same. Two blue firelizards arrive just in time, landing on a table and trying to get any scraps availble to there sensitive noses.

I'ven shakes his head, waving a hand dismisively in the air. "I can't think of why they would keep items in the records, or their importance. I know I've gotten a few things from Fort, so I might pay X'an a visit one of these days, it'd give me a reason to go down there and actually find someone to socialize with."

Niva inclines her head to Senkyou as she enters, eying the pair of blue firelizards with a roll of her eyes, before looking back to I'ven. "You're still welcome to look at them, if you want. The ones I've peeked in tend to carry on more about their personal lives then anything actually important for us to know now." And she snorts softly, shaking her head. "I'm not entirely sure why they're still in our office, even."

Senkyou is rather distracted, but reprimands her 'lizards before they get to greedy.

I'ven nods absently as he sips some more at his klah staring into the mug for a moment, "Well, I'll make sure to look at them later. Never know what I might find." He gives a half shrug.

Niva nods, "Never know what you'll find." She echoes softly, and then sits up a bit straighter, narrowing her gaze at both riders. "You both are in the Search and Rescue wing… Perhaps you can help me out, a bit?" And the Weyrwoman's fingers shift to tapping the mug idly. Clink, Clink, Clink.

Senkyou perks up, standing and looking rather confused, "Where you meaning me ma'am?" She asks, blushing slightly at the possibilty of confusion.

Fritz is slowly walking around the table, trying to get scraps from whoever is willing to give up there food.

I'ven blinks slightly before attempting to hide behind his mug, speaking in a gloomy tone, "And that is….ma'am?" Great, more work.

Niva nods at Senkyou, pulling her klah mug off the table and out of reach of searching firelizards, before looking back and forth between the two. A bit of a grin crosses her face for a split second at I'ven's reaction. "No, no, its not more work for you. I just am curious - Have you seen or heard anything… unusual in your dealings with surrounding holds? If you offer to help, or anything like that?"

Senkyou doesn't look suprised by the question, shrugging. "Ma'am they don't tend to want my help, they tryin' to do alot by themselves. One acted like I bite, keepin' there kids away from me and Dula, but that's there perogative isn' it?" None of this seems very big to the woman, she shrugs it off like it's a daily occurence.

I'ven shakes his head slowly, "I haven't been to the holds a lot lately, and when I'm there, I try to keep my nose out of thier business." He finishes off his klah, looking rather put off that there's not more in it.

Niva glances back and forth between the two, narrowing her gaze at Senkyou. "Anywhere in particular? Or, is it just a general feeling? Is it everyone, or just one or two?" And she hurriedly questions the female brownrider, gaze glued on her. Though I'ven's words have her looking at him, too. "Do they seem to ignore you, as well? Or, at least are they grateful?" Brown gaze slips back and forth between the brownriders, almost impatient.

"Mostly general, though one small hold was particularly bad." Her eyes seem to be unfocused and she says, "They haven't ignored me, they've just been rude, not very grateful an' certaintly scared that dulacth might eat even a tunnelsnake." Senkyou snorts, as if someone actually considered tunnel snakes a food source.

I'ven wrinkles his nose slightly in thought, tapping his lips idly, "Hmmm…I can't say they really ignored me…but they certainly didn't seem happy to see me? Most people are usually happy to have a dragonrider around so they can mulch things off on them. And some have been rather rude to me, especially since I've been trying to collect information for my project."

Niva glances back and forth, sighing softly and shaking her head. "How long as it been a problem? Have you been reporting the worst of it to your wingleader?" The rest of her klah is finished, and the mug placed heavily on the table as she looks frustrated.

Senkyou shakes her head, "Not really ma'am, what's he supposed to do? No one was hurtin' me, and people can act anyway they please." Senkyou shifts, looking like she might have done something wrong.

I'ven stretches idly, leaning his chair backwards as he pokes idly at his cup, "No, I didn't really see a reason to report it, it's not like it's my business to tell people how to act."

Niva manages a smile, and nods. "You're right, its not your place to tell them how to act, and don't worry about it." Sliding back down in her chair a bit, she reconsiders it, between the two. "If either of you experience any problems with anything, would you mind letting me know? No need to talk to T'eo, or anything."

Senkyou nods, giving a small relieved smile. "Sure, but why'er yu interested in this?" Now senkyou can ask questions.

I'ven tilts his head slightly, keeping his focus mainly on Niva, "What sort of things would you be interested to know, ma'am? Fights? Dirty stuff?"

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