Kae'rlyn Transfers Temporarily
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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 colour 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 colours 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 talking to group of mostly mid-teens, the youths shifting anxiously from foot to foot. "Anyone who wants to, then, can go on to High Reaches, to see if their lifemate is there. No one is forced to, however." And nervous glances are exchanged amongst the group, Niva turning to glance at the HRW-knotted rider standing nearby with a hopeful shrug.

Kae'rlyn walks in at the strangest situations, it never fails. Her eyes float about the room and she spots Niva. Is that who she was looking for? She clears her throat and pushes forward. The teens get a smile. Searching time eh? Not going to be long before she gets to watch that happen around her.

A few of the teens finally raise their hands, volunteering to go to the snowy weyr, Niva shuffling them after the other rider while the rest are dismissed back to whatever they'd been nabbed from in the first place. The approaching young woman is regarded, the knot noted, and she takes a step towards her. "Welcome to Xanadu, weyrwoman.." A few of the teens dally, watching, before they're hurried out by their chaperone.

Kae'rlyn watches them finally skitter off before she bows slightly. "Fort's duties. And thank you for the greeting. I have a request of you and your weyr here." She fusses a bit with her riding outfit, stripping off her jacket. Ahh! Hot!

Niva watches the other rider for a moment before nodding slowly, motioning her towards the large chairs, before heading to the serving table, pouring herself a mug of juice, holding the pitcher up to the other questioningly. "Sit down. No need to keep you standing.." She's not that mean and evil, despite what some might say.

Kae'rlyn has never heard anything bad about Niva, but then again she never really keeps her ear out for that sort of things. She smiles and slides into one of the chairs. "Oh, thank you, you really didn't need to.." She eyes the juice and blushes slightly. Normally she's the one running around getting new people to Fort things and this feels a bit strange. "It's been a while since I've been here at Xanadu. I missed it."

Kae'rlyn has also never been a candidate caught playing a prank with Niva around. The senior pours a second glass of juice, before joining the Fortian rider, slipping the glass onto a table top before settling in a nearby chair. "Missed it?" News to her, certainly, but she hasn't been there insanely long herself. At least, not as long as some people.

Kae'rlyn nods her head a few times. "Yah, it's a lot different then Fort. I impressed here but was transfered to High Reaches not too long after I graduated." She explains hopefully helpfully. "But anyway, that's not really why I'm here. If you hadn't heard, all three of Fort's golds rose very close to each other. I was actually sent to Ista until Ararinth rose. Normally she's a very mild mannered queen, but the thought of sharing the sands with two other golds has gotten her a bit.. annoyed." She reaches out to snag one of the juice glasses.

Niva leans back in the chair, nodding slowly, her own juice sipped at momentarily before its carefully set back on the table. "Something that's understandable, certainly even for the most mild-mannered." Leaning against the back of the chair, she glances over at her curiously. "And what has removed you from Ista, if I can ask?"

Kae'rlyn takes a gulp of the liquid before she answers. "Nothing removed me from Ista. I honestly didn't think that Ararinth would mind but then she started getting fussy you know? And I decided that I'd like to go to a different weyr so I can get to know more people." To her it makes sense.

Niva nods then, tilting her head to watch the younger goldrider for a moment. "Then, you're asking if you could use our sands, as Ararinth clutches, to avoid the inevitable confrontation at Fort?" Niva's not one to agree to anything without double-checking just what she's agreeing to, first. Being weyrmated to C'ian has that effect on a person.

"If it's at all possible. If not I'll go ask another weyr. I don't ant to be any inconvience on anyone. It will probably be a really small clutch seeing that she didn't fly long and was caught by a brown." Kae'rlyn hadn't even thought about what was going to happen to the weyrlings after the clutch either but that's not going to be an issue for a while yet.

Niva waves off Kae'rlyn's chatter, shaking her head. "T'wouldn't be an inconvenience. Kilaueth is due to rise, but she will, most likely, prefer to have another gold on the Sands, and as a result attempt to take her leave whenever feasible." Definitely not a good Sands queen. "Do you have a count of how long it should be until she clutches?"

Kae'rlyn reaches up to scratch at her head. "Well, she's quite far along, although she can still manage to fly between." She never does pay attention to the time that passes. She's bad about that. "Kilaueth doesn't like being on the sands? Ararinth goes back and forth between wanting to be on the sands and not, and wanting me on the sands or not.. She's fickle."

Niva does some quick figuring, attempting to get at least some time frame in her mind before hmming at Kae'rlyn, taking a moment for the words to be deciphered amidst all her other thinking, making a bit of a face. "She prefers to be able to be alone, where no one can bother her, if she wants. She says that too many come and go on the Sands, at odd hours. She tends to seem more overjoyed about a Hatching then even the newest pairings."

Kae'rlyn can't help but giggle to that. "She sounds interesting. I'm normally pretty happy about getting off the sands myself but at least it gives me some time to be lazy when she wants me out there." She coughs a bit and hides behind her glass as she sips at it.

Niva grins slightly, nodding her head as she reaches for her own glass, hesitating a moment. "It can be a respite, if its not a constant occurrence, as it is with some of them." A long drink from the glass, and she rests the bottom of it on her knee. "You are welcome to use our Sands, but it would be appreciated if in return you would help with some of the Juniors' duties. Elia has a fair deal, considering there's only her." The problems with a small weyr.

Kae'rlyn looks a bit crestfallen at that but slowly nods her head. "Alrighty. That's fair. Although I'm not sure how much I can help since I don't know the weyr that well. But I'll try. I'll also make sure to keep the candidates in line as well. I work well with candidates actually." That's the /one/ thing she's good at actually.

Niva arches an eyebrow at her, hmming softly. "I'm sure Elia wouldn't mind, then, if you took care of most of the candidate-related duties, then. There will be chore rosters that will need to be made up, and records kept with each that is Searched." Pause. "Do you know how to use a computer?" Having Impressed at Xanadu, it might be expected, but given Niva's own reluctance to learn, it's best to always ask.

Kae'rlyn nods again, feeling much like a yoyo, going up and down time and time again. "Well I'll look around and ask the other riders what chores need to be taken care of to get something made up. And I'll make sure to record names." She places the now empty glass upon the table. "I sort of know how to use one. Not that well though."

Niva hms slightly, nodding her head once in return. "We can take records either way. If you prefer to learn how to use one, ask around for Asiree, she's the wingleader of Monsoon, or the weyrling S'sev if he's got a moment free from that blue of his. They'll both be more then willing to help, I'm sure."

"Either way I'll get the records done for you." Kaer then looks over her shoulder and then back at Niva. "But I should probably get back to my weyr to pick up anything I'll need since she won't want to leave once the clutch is laid."

Niva nods quickly, with a bit of a grin. "There's a spare gold weyr that you're more then welcome to use. Conveniently close, and you'll be able to move around even when she is sands-bound. If you need anything, just let me know and I'll have something found in stores. Easier then moving everything here, just to move it back."

"That's true. But there are some things that I need. Not too much. I don't have too many clothes and besides my clothes and a few of my work from Fort I'm pretty good." Kae'rlyn flashes a happy smile. "Thank you for letting me stay here Weyrwoman. I'll try to do my part to help out."

Niva nods, moving to get out of her chair, careful to avoid spilling the juice all over her lap. "Tis a pleasure to be a help, and I look forward to having you here." Never a bad thing, getting to know the juniors other places, afterall.

Kae'rlyn bows her head and quickly skitters out.

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