Every Road [OPEN]

The high clifftops of the new Weyr gaze out across desert and jungle both, an ideal location to watch for incoming trouble.
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Every Road [OPEN]

When Ya'ra had first heard the news, she almost hadn't believe it. People like that never died. They just lived on and on and on, spreading misery in their wake. And then she heard it again. And again. Until finally she knew it was true. Blaze was dead and he'd taken Nornth with him.

She should have listened...I tried to help her, Dymrith said, his voice thick with sorrow. Nornth had turned into a creature of rage and violence but he remembered his friend. Who he had talked to and tried to teach and argued with and on one memorable occasion even ridden as if he were a human.

It's not your fault. It's no one's fault but the drudge's and hers, Ya'ra promised him as she patted his neck. It was strange to think that somewhere on the other side of the world, Blaze wasn't waking up. Would never wake up again. It wasn't as satisfying as she'd have guessed. Because at the end of the day, she hadn't wanted him to be dead- just better, But remember their deaths don't wash away their crimes. They still did terrible things.

And maybe now they could go home. Ya'ra wasn't sure yet if that was what she wanted. But they could and that was what mattered.
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Kyona and Meorseth were out, and spotted Ya'ra and Dymrith. The two of them approached. Kyona walked slowly. While she hadn't ever met Blaze, or Nornth, she knew that the situation was a tense one. Even Meorseth, normally bubbly and bouncy, was walking with focus. Kyona approached Ya'ra, and followed her gaze, so that she wasn't looking directly, uncomfortably, into Ya'ra's eyes. She merely tried to be companionable.

"Pretty big news, huh..." She said, the constantly out-of-the-loop dragonrider said quietly. "How are you feeling about it?"
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Ya'ra gave the weyrling an arch look. Did she look like she wanted to talk? Why couldn't she simply be left in peace? She was nobody but the person who'd once been Blaze's friend and she had no desire for his actions or his fate. Or to discuss her feelings or anything else personal. She'd tried making friends before and just look how that had turned out.

Assassination is never the moral choice and often fails at enacting long term policy changes, Dymrith said, because Faranth bless him, that blue loved to talk, In murdering Blaze, they proved Nornth and her ilk right that the only solution is violence.

He didn't answer the question either, Ya'ra noted, or tell Kyona Nornth had once been his friend. It seemed there were some things even Dymrith was willing to leave unspoken.
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Kyona saw the look, and put her hands up in surrender. "Hey, I was just wanting to make sure you're okay. You seem a bit upset." She said. She looked back over at Dymrith and answered him. "Well, yeah, killing people doesn't really get anything done, most of the time." She said,

"Violence isn't our solution... What can we do?" Meorseth chimed in, being the optimist and wanting to move forward.
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"The news was unexpected," Ya'ra said tersely. She wouldn't mourn for Blaze but she wouldn't rejoice either- he wasn't worth becoming someone she hated. She wasn't entirely sure how she felt but that was something she needed to work out on her own. It wasn't Kyona's job to fix her or even to understand.

I knew Nornth, you know, when I was a weyrling and she hadn't yet done this, Dymrith told the young greenpair, She was a bit haughty, as queens often are, but also thoughtful, intelligent, occasionally kind. I don't like to think that this was inevitable. The best you can do, I think, is grow up right instead of twisted. And remember that it is possible to go too far for redemption.
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"Well, yeah, it's not the sort of thing that people expect. Unless someone was told ahead of time. But that's a whole new can of worms." Kyona was not outstandingly invested in the situation with Blaze and Nornth. Ya'ra had made clear that she really didn't want to be talked to about it, so Kyo turned to Dymrith as he explained.

It was Meorseth that answered though, "Wow... If she seemed really good before, what happened to make her bad? How do we watch and make sure that people aren't bad?"
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Maybe she always had a darkness within her. It certainly wasn't the first time she'd turned to violence, Dymrith explained. Because he had been fond of the Nornth who existed before something warped her but he also wouldn't lie to this young green. Nornth had shed blood for the first time the day she hatched, I don't believe we're destined to be or do anything. We can only the make right choices for ourselves and try to convince others to seek diplomatic, rational solutions.

Ya'ra simply sat back and listened. She didn't walk to talk. Dymrith did. Dymrith always did. It would probably even do him some good, keep him distracted until his draconic memory washed it all away. And she could sit and think. He'd keep the weyrlings occupied. He'd keep everyone's ears and attention on him, until the news was no longer new and nobody cared enough anymore to ask.
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Kanon of Green Kibeth
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"Not the first time? What happened before?" The green asked her senior. She sat on her haunches, settling in for what she clearly expected to be a long story time.

Kyona merely sat, near Ya'ra, and listened to the dragons speak.
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When she first hatched, a girl tried to force-Impress her, Dymrith explained. He hadn't yet been shelled himself and even had he been hatched, it was far too long ago for him to remember. But the stories remained right there in his rider's memory, She was ravaged. As were those who tried to help her. Her siblings and their young riders had to evacuate the sands she went into such an uncontrolled fury. Some blamed her. Others thought she was simply young and afraid. I think the truth is somewhere in between- she was a hatchling, confused and alone, but her first reaction was to fight anyone who came near her without distinguishing the guilty from the innocent.

Ya'ra had always thought everyone in that story was kind of an asshole. What kind of person tried to force an Impression? But then what kind of hatchling decided to simply destroy...well...everything?
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Ieyasu of Brown Ieyask
Weyrling P'pin of Brown Palath
T'rin of Brown Celeth
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Lily of Garnet Eridieth
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Weyrling Thor of Blue Hinokath
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Weyrling Th'ou of Brown Pavith
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Squadsecond Tomas of Garnet Tomask and White Tsk (W)
Allura of Blue Sendaith
Weyrling Master Camilla of Blue Kamuith
Jae of Blue Zappath
Sandy of Blue Rugrunth
Tamara of Blue Requeth
Zhuli of Blue Zhusk
Ailee of Green Suventh
Kanon of Green Kibeth
Kip of Green Amizuth
Sokka of Green Wintrath
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Meorseth listened to the tale, eyes widening in surprise at the beginning statement.


"Tried to force impress? How terrible. That would be so gross feeling."
She said, and tilted her head to think for a bit. "I can see how there are many parties that would be at fault there. Did the hatchling not trust her mother to protect her? What was the reaction of the people around?" the little green asked.

Kyona listened to the story and looked over at Ya'ra from time to time, gauging her interaction in the story. She looked back, "Did nobody see any other signs that she was too aggressive?"
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I don't know the details. I'm sorry. My egg hadn't even been laid and my rider was not yet at Fort, Dymrith said patiently. Nornth and him had never discussed the matter, But she retained a deep suspicion of everyone beyond her rider, her mother and me. Distrust is the seeds of discord and discord is the roots of violence.

"She was never a nice dragon and always thought she was the center of the universe," Ya'ra said more bluntly. She remembered how Nornth's irritation over garnets clutching and the way her and Blaze had seethed about the bronzeriders before they'd made a single move, "But we thought she'd outgrown the murdering. There were rumors. I never believed them. Guess I was wrong there."
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Weyrling Ly'nk of Garnet Sakuyath
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