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From what she heard, out of tone and the words themselves, the two would have no problems with the arrangement that she laid out on the table. Excellent. With that set in place, Kiahni could lead the irate elf onward without further concern. It was rather funny, however, that he responded with such curtness. He didn't fully understand her situation and why exactly she set those rules in place.

But then again, he didn't trust her and technically she interrupted his meditation so could she truly blame him for acting like such?

It didn't matter. The elf didn't need to understand her reasons, just accept what she had asked. He did so she might as well leave it be and move on.

Upon his response, a long exhale escaped her lips as she shook her head. "You should not be ashamed of the level that you've practiced with. Months is better than nothing at all. Have a bit more confidence in yourself and faith in those you worship. You shame them by downing upon yourself in such a manner." She took a moment to compose herself for her words were perhaps a bit harsh. "Come, we are nearly there."

The panthera led Calanon over to a small ledge that looked over the Sea of Diana. There were some rocks placed carefully to form a wide circle near the edge with unlit candles in between each. A gentle, soothing breeze flowed in a continuous motion, creating gentle waves that barely made a sound. Kiahni settled herself down in the circle, closer to the right side, with her legs tucked underneath her. "Sit," she responded quietly.
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Having expected dismay, perhaps scorn at his admission a being so new to meditation, Calanon was quite unprepared when the admonishment came instead for his diffidence, and quite unusually, found himself without a reply.Was that true? Was he letting his Lord by simply admitting his limitations? Quite the opposite from the dismissive attitude he had held towards this portion of his study in the first instance, the elf now found himself pouring more of himself into this skill, for it certainly came less naturally to him than either his sorcery or his work with the blade.

And like most unfavoured things, pushing it to the back did not make the need to practice disappear, and he had eventually come to realise it demanded more of his time, not less. So though his eyes bored into the back of the Katta for a few moments, he thought on her words rather than refuting them. Perhaps that in itself was a sign of how far he had come from those first sessions with his mentor. He was still considering this as their steps finally slowed and the elf looked about them, taking in the view. It was a beautiful spot, he could not deny, and he paused for a moment to fully appreciate it, before the softly spoken ‘Sit’ had him turn to look at Kiahni who had already done just that.

“It is quite the place you have found for yourself” the elf observed as he shrugged off his pack and once again unbuckled the sword belt from his waist. Hesitating for the barest moment, he optioned to show his trust in the Katta by leaving the blade by his pack. She did not need to know that there was a dagger secreted in his boot, after all. Not that he had any intent to use it...but he did not trust strangers easily, and she clearly did not trust him, so he felt a mite more comfortable with it at hand.

As bid, the elf folded gracefully to a seated position, taking up the left hand side of the circle so as not to crowd the Panthera, and instinctively began to try and slow and measure his breathing in time with the soft whispers of the waves. It was still the easiest way for him to find his centre, to anchor his thoughts to something as simple and mundane as breathing. So that is what he did now even as he kept a watchful eye on Kiahni.
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This was the only place that Kiahni could find true peace. In the darkenings where she woke up covered in sweat and uncertain of her own reality, she would stagger out here to gather herself and calm down. It never failed her thus far, and this brightening was no different.

As the two sat in silence, the Panthera couldn’t help but feel a gaze locked onto her. Technically, she couldn’t blame him since the last time that he was meditating, she had disarmed him in a matter of seconds. However it wouldn’t work for their intentions here so a hand reached out and gently smacked Cal against the back of his head. If she succeeded? She would apologize for the incorrect information. If he blocked her? Then he wasn’t focused on what he needed to.

There was a certain level of trust that the two needed to have if they wanted to have the best chance at improving their skills. The elf would have to swallow his pride and accept such if he wanted to get better.

Not that she was his teacher, of course. Just another individual with similar interests who was trying to help. For...some reason. Why was she doing this again? Perhaps she saw more in the elf than she wanted to admit.

Ah, that couldn’t be it. No way.

...definitely.
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If Calanon had been in part waiting for some further instruction, then it didn't seem any was forthcoming from his host and he had just reached the conclusion that perhaps she just meant for him to meditate when a furry hand -paw?- reached out to cuff him around the head. The elf ducked out of the way before it could make contact, looking sharply at Kiahni.

"What's that for?"

Perhaps then he realised that had he been focusing as it seemed she had wanted, he would have not have evaded that strike so easily, and had effectively given himself away.Oh. Right then.

" I didn't realise you meant to start straight away" he muttered, resettling himself and dropping his gaze. He was getting better at shutting out the presence of others as he practiced, and so his main obstacle was the lingering mistrust he felt in the feline next to him.

It dawned on him that she had placed some trust in him by bringing him here, and that he ought to afford her the same courtesy and trust that she was not going to pounce on him the moment he took his eyes off her. There was a small sigh as the Sylrosian conceded this, and then it did not take him long to relax back into that steady pattern of breathing and seek the quiet that was the key to so much more.
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Kiahni couldn’t help but allow a playful smirk to flash across her fur-covered features. It only lasted a second, however, before she regained her own composure. There was no time to be personal - they were here for academic purposes and nothing more. She had to accept that despite the desire creeping at the edges of her mind. The woman had been without company for some time now and she couldn’t help but feel lonely. However, with slowly clenching fists, she began to suffocate the idea. She wasn’t alone. She was at peace. Without distraction. Without baggage. Without personal feelings. And it needed to stay that way if she wanted to improve herself.

And so it was that the two sat along the ledge, allowing each individual sound to set their minds at ease. Any worry or thoughts of concern simply rode along the waves and was dragged out into the open water. A gentle breeze kept their temperature at the precise level of comfort. All was well.

It lasted for a few candlemarks, although it didn’t feel as such. One could only tell from the moving rays of the triple suns as they slowly inches toward setting for the darkening. Now was the time, Kiahni thought to herself, for Calanon to be slightly pushed against his comfort zone. With a deep exhale, she pushed out a weave that only her golden eyes could see. She seperated the warmer colors, reds and oranges, from the rest and used those as the base for her spell. Without turning to face Cal, she slipped the strands around him in a cocoon of warmth. Not too uncomfortable or unbearable, but enough to notice a change.

Now her gaze shifted, one eye opened and watching from her peripheral vision. How would he respond to such? Would he manage to retain his composure or would he let it break his concentration?
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Once he had found it, that peace and stillness, the passage of time became harder to grasp, and Calanon did not shift, allowing the gentle sounds of sea and air to provide the backdrop for his meditation. Even the distant awareness of the Katta sit nearby faded into nothing but that - an awareness rather than a distraction.

He was allowing himself to consider in isolation some of the myriad of thoughts that had been been distracting him from this process, giving them the breathing space they required to be considered, filed away or dismissed. Anything to give him some respite from the chaos that his life had become.

His focus was unbroken as the suns shifted across the sky, and it was only when he began to feel a little warm that the Sylrosian’s concentration threatened to shift away from the internal musings to become more aware of the external again. Dimly aware of a change, it was enough, the unexpected physical sensation, to pull him back into the present, and the elf glanced around him as if expecting to see some reason for the sudden change in temperature. Just the suns?

His eyes passed over Kiahni dismissively, and he told himself he had imagined it. Or perhaps he had just unlocked some latent level of self control? Though it seemed a rather odd way for it to manifest itself. Will powered thermostat.. Frowning a little as he pondered that, the elf drew himself together and tried once again to focus.
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The change of scenery actually seemed to help, despite it not being much of a change from where Calanon had been before. It felt as if the air itself was...different. Almost lighter? Perhaps it was the height change, but one couldn't be certain. All Calanon knew was that he could tell why Kiahni chose this to be her spot of choice. The katta had remained unmoved, her frame stiff yet lacking in stressful tension. Her expression was calm, twitching every so often to release a slow, deep exhale.

Surely she had nothing to do with the temperature change? No, it looked to him as if she were lost in the meditation. If he examined her closely, small beads of sweat could be seen through the thick fur so she was suffering from the same as well. What he didn't know is that she was casting through her meditation, finding enjoyment out of making her surroundings uncomfortable to test her skillset.

As the candlemarks continued and the suns began to set, it had grown rather uncomfortably hot. Calanon's shirt was beginning to stick to his skin. Beads of sweat dripped down the back of his neck. The air had grown stiff and lacking in a gentle breeze to cool him down. Everything shifted from being a soothing and peaceful location to a decently sized attempt at a distraction. Even the waves that crashed against the ledge seemed to tease him, offering that if he truly couldn't handle it - he could always jump right in and cool off.

Kiahni managed to peel one eye open slightly, just enough to see how Cal was reacting to her changes of his surroundings. He needed to be pushed to his limits, after all, and so she found this to be the safest way of doing it without being an arse and causing him physical harm.
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And so finding nothing untoward in his environment, the elf had written off the odd sense of warmth and centred himself once more, letting the tranquility of the space invite the tranquility of his mind. Once again his breaths regulated to match the gentle sounds of the waves below and he shut off from his surroundings.

It was some time later that his focus began to wane again. Phedos, if he didn’t feel hot again. Calanon tried to block it out, tried to keep the state of calm that he had fostered, bt it was uncomfortable now, he could feel his skin become damp with sweat, and the fact that he could not explain it made him even more uneasy and was enough to rob him of his concentration.

This time, as his awareness returned to his surroundings, he was even more confused. The suns were setting, this was no natural heat. A fever? He swept his forearm across his brow, small tendrils of hair clinging damply to his forehead. This time, he caught Kiahni looking.

“I’m hot”
he said, rather stating the obvious for his skin was flushed and his skin had a sheen of sweat upon it. The Katta too, he noted, was perspiring and it only increased his suspicions that something wasn’t quite right. Becoming tense, Cal’s gaze swept around them for any others who might be responsible, before coming back to rest upon the Panthera, narrowing slightly.

“ Explain” was the demand that came a moment later. For Kiahni did not seem perturbed by the inexplicable heat, and therefore he could only assume that she understood it as he did not. Was responsible for it even. The elf was dying to reach for his waterskin to quench the thirst that had been building, but until he received some answer from the Katta woman, he would not shift . Except perhaps to pull off his tunic and embrace the slight relief it offered from the temperature he felt.
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Ah, now she saw the elf's true problem begin to blossom before her. He was a whiny little fether and rude to boot. Despite this, she refused to let him get under her skin and ruin her concentration. Therefore, with an unchanging expression, she replied in a rather monotone voice, "If you want to improve, you need to be pushed past your limits and not let such petty things nag away at you."

She closed her eyes, allowing a deep exhale to be released into the stiff air. "You sit upon arcane grounds, Calanon. Magic has been known to act strangely in the presence of other mages, such as ourselves. I brought you here so that you could learn to bond with the elements, allow them to flow and work in your favor. Are you hot or simply surrounded by passion? Do you sweat or is your body releasing the taint of stress and worry so that it may become pure? It's all about how you think about it."

Technically, she was lying to him a bit for it was her that was causing the elemental changes. However, the explanation that followed held quite a bit of truth to it. In fact, she made it a habit to come out here and expose herself so that she may rest in a pure body come the darkening. With how much sin and guilt was retained in her well-built frame? She never felt truly pure, no matter how hard she tried.
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That Kiahni remained so unruffled only furthered Calanon’s suspicion that she knew more than she was letting on, and he was therefore rather affronted by her curt dismissal. Basically shut up and stop whining he considered with an expression that might have been considered a pout were it on the face of any other being. Tossing his tunic carelessly to the side, the elf was tugging his shirt away from his overheated skin in an attempt to let the air circulate when the Katta spoke on.

He paused, gave it some thought. It would not be the first time he had felt odd effects from arcane contamination, though never anything like this he mused. He opened his mouth, about to protest that he was trying to let the elements work in his favour but that the breeze had all but disappeared and it was hot as all feth, but Kiahni had clearly not finished with her teaching and so he fell silent, watching the still form of the Katta as she sat.

It was clear that she too felt the heat, and with her covering of fur he could not imagine how much more uncomfortable she would be. And yet, she still maintained her focus, whereas he had tumbled from his and then blamed his environment. Had not really pushed himself. Feeling abashed, he blew out a sigh and pushed from his seated position into a kneeling one, his legs protesting at having been immobile for so long.

As Kiahni seemed to have said her piece and remained in her meditative state the elf attmepted the same again, trying to ignore the warmth that surrounded him, until he realised it was easier to embrace it, to let the knowledge of it become part of his focus.
Even if he was gross and sweaty.
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He fething fell for it.

Thank the Gods he had sealed his eyes once more to try and regain his focus. Otherwise, he would have seen the wide grin that split across the katta's face. Was there even such a thing as arcana being disrupted when met with a couple of mages just sitting there? It was absolutely perfect.

Yet she shouldn't judge nor mock him. He was on the verge of protest yet it was clear that the true message got across and he attempted to resume focus. Perhaps the elf wasn't completely unteachable after all. One just had to break past his precious comfort zone to get some true results. Although, she couldn't help but sneak a peek upon releasing his bare, shimmering chest in hopes of finding some relief from the heat. He was certainly well-made, she couldn't deny him that.

Feth. Now she was losing her own focus and it reflected as the heat began to simmer a bit around them. There was a growing tear in the field that enveloped the circle they rested in and the katta had to try and mend it before further failure ensued. Warm colors weaved themselves together, sewing her mistake back up. Once it was fixed, she decided to leave it at a slightly weaker state. He was beginning to understand the concept so there wasn't much point in making him suffer.

In fact, she thought as she reached for her side, I might as well reward him for understanding the lesson.

Yet, her idea of such was to test him again. Sort of.

With waterskin in hand, she held it out in front of his face. If it hovered in stasis for a few moments, then that meant he had resumed focus and she would call out his name so that he would notice her offer.

If he noticed it right away, she would retract it with a shake of her head and a sigh of disappointment before laying the waterskin back down so that she could try again in a bit.
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The elf had been rather resolved that he would not fail whilst the Katta was succeeding, his pride the additional incentive needed to push past the physical discomfort of the unusual heat and to allow him to focus once again. It was easier to do of course, if one closed ones eyes, but as soon as Calanon realised he had, he opened them again, hearing his mentor’s voice censoring him for being unaware of his surroundings. After all, he could not fight with eyes closed, as the Quelanthasan had so deftly pointed out.

And so, when the waterskin was dangled so temptingly before him, he was not ignorant to its presence, but rather than reacting straight away, he instead decided to treat it as yet another distraction to resist, and so it was that it was the sound of his name falling from Kiahni’s lips that eventually pulled him back to the present, and Calanon blinked very green eyes at her a couple of times, before accepting the waterskin with a nod of thanks.

He drank deeply, the heat and the salt swept wind enough to work up a thirst, before stoppering the canteen and handing it back to the Katta, sweeping his hair back from his face and securing it with a wrap of leather from around his wrist. “Is it always like this?” He meant the heat, wondering how Kiahni tolerated it with her thick fur. He was not entirely without experience of practising in less than ideal conditions of course. His introduction to meditation had been bestowed under the heat of the three suns; in the silent and eerie singing caverns with the bones of old kings, and finally with the crashing sounds of the ocean, not unlike here.

As he awaited the answer from his host, the elf pushed to his feet, stretching out muscles that had been still too long. He eyed the Katta, thinking he should really practice some of his moving mediations, but unsure of he wanted to reveal so much to the strange female.
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Kiahni was rather impressed with his willpower, watching as the waterskin dangled in front of his face knowingly but wasn't touched until she called his name and brought him back to reality. It seemed as if he had managed to settle his initial child-like reactions and show that he could be an adult when prompted. He spoke of being new, yet his techniques gave age to the knowledge that they both practiced in. To be able to meditate, but keep control on your surroundings was a difficult thing to master despite it being one of the first things one learns.

Perhaps he wasn't as bad as he thought himself to be. More than likely, he had few people to compare his experience to which was why he had doubts. She accepted the waterskin being returned to her and set it down between them, should he desire more later on.

There wasn't any amount of concentration in all of Telath that could keep her from releasing the bottled up laughter she tried so hard to keep in. Arms gripped her sides as she fell back into the soft grass beneath her, the shield dissolving into nothing due to having lost control of it. Calanon could definitely notice a difference for the breeze had returned and surprisingly it was a bit on the chillier side when contrasted against how he felt before.

It took a few minutes for her to regain her composure, but eventually she sat up and wiped the tears from her fur as she shook her head. "No, Calanon. It's not. I'm an elementalist. I did that on purpose because I find it good to try and train the body to handle anything when it comes to meditation. I'm sorry that I lied to you. In all honesty, I didn't think you would believe me." She offered a simple shrug as she stood to perform similar stretches. "However, you did well. I think it was a good experience for you, once you managed to push past the initial levels of discomfort."

Her gaze shifted to the setting suns, watching the moons rise to take their place at the same speed. "Are you interested in attempting a similar exercise, but under the opposite circumstances? Or would you prefer moving meditation? I'll be doing both before I head off to bed, it's up to you if you wish to join me on one, both, or neither." As she turned to face the elf and see what his response would be, she managed to offer him an attempt at a genuine smile. She didn't want him to think of her as a bully or trickster. Merely someone trying to help, although why she was doing it at all was still questionable.
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The elf looked down at the Katta, a perplexed expression on his face as she crumpled into laughter. He had meant nothing funny, and could only wait patiently for her to calm down and explain, reaching for his shirt as he suddenly felt the cool breeze off the sea break through the cloying heat that had been surrounding them.

When Kiahni did speak, Calanon paused with the garment half way on and regarded her steadily for a moment, jaw working as he tugged his shirt back over his arms and set about buttoning it with sharp, precise movements.

He felt a little foolish, truth be told, which was never a thing that set well with his pride, and might have made some cutting remark, but he found -to his slight annoyance- that the Katta’s methods had challenged him, and pushed him past what he would have achieved otherwise. She had a point as well, was the focus of his meditation not to train himself to be able to concentrate though such distractions. It was enough to stay his tongue, and he gave a small nod of acceptance as he finished fastening the last button.

“ It is not an entirely ridiculous concept, I give you. And...makes things more interesting I suppose”

He stretched then, arching backwards to unkink the muscles in his back before reaching forwards to loosen those in his legs that had been still so long. At Kiahni’s question he glanced up at her and then to the suns...he had been gone a long while. But then he did not know when he would have another such chance to learn from another...to trial things. It made up his mind for him.

“I will stay a while longer, if it not too much of an intrusion, arwen en amin. I most certainly need to practice moving meditation, and though I fear I may come to regret it... “ Eyebrows lifted and there was a cautious smile sent toward the Katta “... I am intrigued as to what else you can throw at me”.
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Kiahni couldn't help but be a bit impressed.

Thus far, when such pranks or pokes, really, had been jabbed in the elf's direction - his reaction was childish and a visible injury to his pride. There was hints of it all spreading across his features and body language, but somehow they found no voice. In fact, his tone was respectful as was his response. The katta smiled, a bit surprised that her tactics had managed to bring aid to the random stranger who happened to rest in her path.

Strange how the gods work. The sad fact was that he was teaching her a lot more than she was him, even if he didn't realize it.

The pair shared in a deep stretch, allowing the breeze to encase their entire frame and bring sweet, well-deserved relief. Her gaze shifted over in response to his brief weaving of a secondary language, offering a simple smile in kind to his cautious one. "Fear not. I prefer to go through both ends of the spectrum. Both heat and chill. However, if you so wish - let us work on moving meditation." She began to scan the area around them, in search of something but Calanon wasn't certain as to what it was.

After a few moments, she pointed deeper in the forest - beyond her home. "There are usually some unruly beasts further in. They can assist us in our training, unless-" golden eyes flashed back to Calanon, "you would prefer to fight me?"
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