Welcome to Weyrlinghood [World's Apart Weyrling Lesson] Feb 7, 2018 16:09:47 GMT -5
Post by Zen on Feb 7, 2018 16:09:47 GMT -5
The Day After Welcome To The World
D'rew :: Blue Sabanth
K'ton had asked, well, ordered rather, D'rew to take care of the new weyrling class's initial lessons. They were tedious things, though D'rew didn't mind teaching them so he hadn't tried to argue with the man. K'ton seemed quite eager to pawn off the more basic lessons on his assistants now that he had a few, but his distaste for the newest class had been plain when he'd told D'rew to see to them the morning after their Impression. While there were certainly several... oddities? in the newest class, in the end Impression was Impression, the dragons chose who they would, and there was nothing anyone could do about it. He was a bit at a loss about the Aleni drama, but he had a job to do, baby dragons to ensure were taken care of, so puzzling out all of that could wait.
So the bluerider had woken the newest class early in the morning to begin their new routine, starting with formally introducing himself before a trip down to the hotsprings caves to bathe their new lifemates. He'd let them focus on the mundane task and work on waking up, and warned them that their dragons would likely start to complain of hunger soon enough, but they would have to wait until after bathing and oiling to eat. Hatching left them all gritty in sand and covered in the remains of their eggs and they needed cleaning to keep their hides healthy. This was where the new blue and green riders had an advantage, for their lifemates were the smallest and easiest to care for in this regard. Sabanth rumbled amusement in the back of his mind at the thought, You're welcome for my choosing you before some big, bumbling bronze.
The baths seen to, he led the class back up to the indoor classroom with the supply room right off it and opened the door to show them all what was within, “In here, you'll find buckets, rags, and oil, as well as leather for crafting your riding straps, but you won't need to worry about that for some time. A full grown dragon generally only needs to be bathed and oiled once every two to three days, but you're many months away from that luxury.” He gave the class a humorous smile, “Your dragon will continue to grow throughout your weyrlinghood, and a growing dragon's hide requires much more attention. You will begin each morning by making the trip down to the hotsprings caves to bathe them until they outgrow the tunnels in a few months time, at which point you'll bathe them in the lake outside, which isn't heated.” Lucky for this class, it would be spring before they needed to move to the lake for bathing, but they'd still be using it next winter.
“After you've bathed your dragon, you can come here to the supply room to fetch supplies for oiling. Oiling your dragon well is incredibly important. It keeps their hide supple and prevents it from drying and cracking as they grow, and when they are older, helps protects it from cracking from the cold of between. Dry hide is itchy and uncomfortable, it can be distracting to dragons in the air, which can be disastrous during Threadfall. Cracked hide is painful, especially in between, and infinitely more distracting, not to mention you yourself might start getting inklings of the pain between your bond, and if a dragon's rider can't focus properly in the air then the pair of you really is in trouble. Cracked hide, left untreated, can also easily become infected, which just opens up a whole new set of problems. Moral of the story is, oil generously. While there's no need for you to go mad with it, it is far better to use too much than too little.”
He paused to let the information sink in before continuing, “So, every morning, bathing then oiling.” Until their dragons had reached their first turn, anyway. Their hide would be a bit tougher at that point and the routine could change to every other day for the remainder of their weyrlinghood, but he thought it best not to concern them with anything that far in the future just yet. “Go ahead and collect yourselves a bucket of oil and a rag each and start on oiling your dragons. I want you to pay attention to your dragon's hide, both how it looks and how it feels, before and after oiling. You'll need to inspect them well every morning and know what to look for, because they will get dry patches, and these patches will need extra attention from you, more regular oiling than just every morning, until they go away. If you don't see to them properly, they could get worse and crack. Fortunately, dry patches that are caught quickly and treated properly generally soften up within a couple days.”
With that said, he stepped aside so they could enter and retrieve their supplies and get started with the task at hand. Once they had, he walked among them in case they had questions or concerns, and to ensure they were doing a decent enough job, “I encourage you to talk to your classmates while you work. You all will be working closely together for the next turn and a half, so you may as well start getting to know each other. Just don't let your talking take your attention from your task. We'll have a more formal introduction session later, after your dragons have been seen to.” Which would include feeding, after the oiling was done, “And of course I'm happy to answer any pressing questions or concerns you might have, about anything.”
OOC: This thread is starting AFTER the baths have been given, so you don't need to roleplay out that part of it. No, the weyrlings have not had breakfast yet. Seeing to their dragons comes first. So they might be hungry hahah~ They don't get to eat until after their dragons do.