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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Thu May 09, 2013 8:12 pm

Wrapped in the shame of not even knowing how to dance, Kura didn't really notice Kaz striding across the circle towards her, not until his hands were resting on her bare shoulders, and he was tilting her chin up with his knuckle. Her embarrassed smile turned to something akin to a self-deprecating smirk as he called her a "fair maiden". "Maiden I may be, but fair, I am not," she replied quietly, shaking her head slightly. "Dancing, while not alien to my people, is seldom required, and rarely, if ever, taught to a Jedi Initiate or Padawan." Her explanation was simple enough, but carried a thousand regrets for what could have been.

Feeling the Force settling around her again, Kura cast Kaz a weary smile, which turned to an almost confused frown. "Your partner," she repeated, her tone more than a little wary. They had never discussed becoming partners, as such: the hope that they would work together again, most certainly, but partners... Well, that was something else entirely. Slowly, Kura nodded. "I would wish to learn a little of Makashi," she admitted. "Shien has its advantages, but is insufficient against a lightsaber specialist." She paused a little, her skin and montrals flushing a little at Kaz's continued touch on her shoulders and chin.

"If I am to be your partner, I wish to be worthy of that honour."
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Thu May 16, 2013 10:05 pm

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'm the beholder, so no arguing." He was charming and smiling once again. "Nonsense. This is a fundamental skill. You're people walk, run, attempt not to run into things, stand on one foot from time to time without toppling over? Of course they do, they are hunters. I merely thought to start from a place of dance and work our way back to footing. We'll merely have to start with your footing and change your thinking, this will help your Shien even if you learn nothing else so I think it an excellent place to start." He stepped away, dancing few physically lilting ballroom dance steps before coming to rest again with a genuinely elated smile. Kaziki Halcyon loved to dance, despite how infrequently he found himself in a position to do so.

"Yes, my partner. You're too old to be my apprentice, to young to be my master, and too pretty to be my sister. That leaves partner... unless your angling for lover, in which case we are definitely in the wrong place for that interview." He moved on quickly, shooting for nothing more than a blush on that insinuation. Kaz gestured toward her lightsaber as he returned to his bladed teaching stance. "All styles, save Makashi, are insufficient against a dedicated specialist. You have to consider the wider picture, however. That Sith Lord, the one who calls himself Onslaught, I had him outclassed with a lightsaber but his rage and ability to bring it to bare against me... he was holding me to a slowly eroding stalemate."

Kaz steepled his fingers again, pointing them all outward from his chest as he continued. "He made mistakes, the shortcoming of his style being a lack of precision and overall skill. The problem was that his were small and random, I had no way to anticipate them and they were gone too quickly to capitalize on after the fact. In the end it wasn't my swordsmanship that defeated Onslaught, my skills with a lightsaber merely facilitated the application of one of my more unique abilities in such a manner that it left Onslaught open to a feint... blah blah blah. My point is, in a vacuum I might very well be unstoppable against any other of the Seven Classical Forms. Fortunately, even from my point of view, duels very rarely fought in a perfect vacuum."

"Let me apologize, I've gotten off topic. You're here to learn a little Makashi to strengthen your ability to stand in a duel. I was watching you practice a few minutes ago, your problem at the moment is a matter of footwork. You swing your weapon in a way that generates kinetic energy, a very appropriate act considering your fighting style. The problem, however, is that you're chopping wood style is interfering with your attempts to learn a dancing style. Now, don't be discouraged. I practice Shien for the very reason you wish to learn Makashi. It can be done. But allow me to demonstrate where the challenge lay for you." Kaz stepped away once more and drew his lightsaber, the extra distance making it obvious he had no intention of engaging her directly.

Without taking a stance Kaz ignited the pearly white blade of his slightly curving hilt lightsaber and performed a picture perfect, outside diagonal slash in the Shien style. His feet planted, the power coming from his hips and shoulders like any excellent power attack should. It was everything a Shien practitioner could ask for from a student of the school in a situation of pure exhibition. Kaz stepped back, turning to break out of the technique entirely and prove he was starting an entirely new maneuver. "This time, same maneuver as performed in Makashi."

Where the first performance of the maneuver had been a textbook image, what he did next was a work of art. Kaz danced a step into the maneuver, twitched his blade from a low center guard up and over before bringing it across in a one handed, outside diagonal slash. His body shifting away from the traversed path of the tip of his blade and though the stroke lacked kinetic might a lightsaber cut regardless of such considerations. At the end of the stroke, still poised perfectly in balance on the balls of his feet, he added a small, precise loop to the end of the stroke that continued the momentum to bring his weapon back to the centered low guard as he glided back to the spot the attack had originated from.

A habitual salute and his blade shut down once more as Kaz watched her expectantly for a reaction.
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Fri May 17, 2013 5:46 am

Kaz talked. A lot.

Kura wasn't used to someone talking so much. Her people were a culture of few words, where actions spoke far louder than a thousand pretty words could ever do. After all, since when could words slay an akul for your family's plate? Yes, there were times for talking, but she simply wasn't accustomed to so many words in a short space of time. She fixed him with a look as he laid on the charm: physical beauty had never been high on Kura's list of priorities, and she certainly didn't consider herself to be beautiful. That Kaz, of all people, might see her in that light...

She quashed that thought as soon as it popped into mind. "It is not a case of my people not dancing," she reminded him. "Simply that I have not danced." Nodding as Kaz explained that they would, therefore, start with footwork, Kura immediately felt a little more at ease: footwork, she could relate to. Shien was dynamic and strong, and relied on accurate stances and footwork, and, if she was able to develop from there, there was every possibility that she might be able to enfold the techniques that had so far been eluding her.

She watched as he danced away from her, light on his feet and clearly enjoying himself, before blushing profusely as he suggested she might have been considering becoming his lover. "I... I feel that 'partner' may be the best way forward," she replied, her voice slightly shaky. She wasn't about to let the worldly and cultured Kaz know that she had never experienced that, either. Nodding as the topic of conversation moved onwards, Kura smiled slightly as Kaz detailed how he had won the duel against Onslaught. Not for the first time, she wondered whether or not his excessive talking was either a coping mechanism or a shield for something... perhaps he wasn't as confident as he first appeared.

She bristled slightly as he likened Shien to "chopping wood": after all, for her, it was ideally suited to her build, her upbringing, and the way that her people lived. However, she let it pass. She would never learn anything if she could not accept criticism in the spirit in which it was given. Remaining silent as he stepped away, Kura watched closely as he performed an outside diagonal slash manouevre in two very different ways. The first - Shien - was powerful, quick and deadly, but with no finesse. It was perfectly suited to a duel in which physicality was the key to a victory.

The second, however... well, it took her breath away. In the Makashi style, it was as though Kaz was dancing on air, with economical, precise movements, a lightness that could only come with complete mastery, both of onesself and the style. Frowning lightly, Kura raised her eyes to Kaz, shrugging slightly, feeling more than a little helpless again. It would seem that Kaz had the uncanny ability to do that to her, every time.

"It looks like a completely different technique," she conceded, understanding that each version would have its place and its uses. "I am not sure I understand how the Makashi technique would work, though." While she had seen it with her own eyes, Kura was less than convinced that she would be able to translate it into movement.
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Fri May 17, 2013 10:00 am

Kura remained silent but between the slight expression on her face and the trail of surface thoughts (she'd already forgotten he was reading those as they went) he realized she found him overly verbose. Seeing as she wasn't likely to appreciate the alternative of him plastering his body up against the back of hers and showing her through the motions talking was his alternative teaching method of the most efficiency. At least for the moment. She corrected him on the topic of dancing among her people once more and he nodded. "Of course, my mistake. The rest still stands."

"Of course, partners it... is." Kaz heard the thought that followed that and very politely passed it over entirely.

He went through the whole process and when it was done she made a statement that got a single, solemn nod. "It is a completely different technique, and designed for completely separate uses. Shien would use the movement to batter aside an opponent's guard or cleave them in two despite dense armor. Makashi prefers lighter points of contact and if used against an opponent's blade it would merely be the bounce off point for some other point of contact or to facilitate a gap on their guard. I've even followed up such a slash that was blocked by driving home a point down stab. But that's all tactics, for right now we need to focus on getting you into the right movements, then we can work on putting it to work for you."

He placed his lightsaber hilt back into its unique sheath and walked over to stand beside her. "Lets start with a walk..." Kaz proceeded to teach her how to stand and move without giving up her ability to change direction, putting her on the balls of her feet so that she could shift her weight, direction, and height with superb alacrity.
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Sat May 18, 2013 7:18 pm

Kura suddenly felt very gauche and inexperienced, in more ways than one. Kaz, even though he was slightly younger than she was (she had done a little research upon her return from Kowak), seemed so much more experienced in everything than she was herself, and she couldn't help but wonder what she had been missing out on. Compared to him, she felt like an unschooled and sheltered Padawan, not a fully qualified Jedi Knight, and she wondered precisely what she had been missing out on.

Blushing again slightly, her montrals turning a pale but warm blue, Kura smiled at Kaz as he agreed to a partnership, of sorts. After all, it would depend on the agreement of the Council, and that was never easy to come by. Usually, new Knights were partnered with those more experienced than they were, and, seeing as Kaz had been qualified for not much longer than she had herself, it seemed unlikely that such a partnership would be permitted. "Of course, this is if the Council were to agree our partnership." She wondered whether her concerns would be immediately apparent, before recalling that Kaz had been able to read the thoughts straight from her head, and her montrals turned the brightest shade of blue possible at the recollection at what she had been thinking, before heading to the green/grey of shame.

Quite amazed at Kaz's ability to switch between two completely divergent techniques, Kura nodded as he talked, taking in the salient points of his tutorial. While she understood the descriptions of what he was trying to teach her, putting it into the context where she could turn it into effective movement eluded her. While Kaz talked, Kura's feet and hands moved a little, as though she was trying out what he was describing. She was, and failing miserably, too.

"A walk," she repeated, confused, as Kaz proceeded to demonstrate the most delicate and graceful of walks, movements which she attempted to replicate, movements that got faster and faster until she could no longer keep up, and tripped over her own feet, landing in a laughing heap on the floor, looking helplessly up at Kaz.

"Perhaps Makashi is not for me," she laughed breathlessly, shaking her head. "I do not have the grace to enable such movements, I am afraid!"
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Mon May 20, 2013 9:45 pm

Kaz's smile was all Corellian swagger, a smile that said 'trust me' all the way. "Oh, I wouldn't worry too much about that. I've got a couple people on the inside of that particular governing body... like most of the other governing bodies, now that I think of it." He looked down and to the side, giving sudden thought to something he'd apparently not thought much about till that moment. "Weird..." Kaz shrugged and dismissed it altogether, apparently comfortable with the results of that thought. His demeanor indicated he was leaving it all behind as if it hadn't come up at all.

She did well enough for herself through the practice, at least until she made a misstep and fell all over herself. He walked over to her, his strides still in a feline like graceful float. He held out his hand for her to take as he fixed her with a gently confident smile. "You have everything you need to accomplish this task. Nobody masters a technique overnight, no even me. I've been practicing Makashi since I was twelve, training every moment as long as you trained Shien. Then, when you went to practice telekinesis I trained Shien... amongst other things." Whether she took his hand or not he continued. "Now, stand up. Have confidence. Get it right and we can worry about going fast later."
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Tue May 21, 2013 5:55 am

The smile that was flashed to her by the Corellian Jedi was confidence and reassurance itself, and Kura couldn't help but smile in return. However, he tossed out a frown as he considered something. Whatever he felt a light consternation about sent gentle ripples through the Force, and, even though Kaz seemed outwardly unfazed again merely a second or two later, Kura cocked her head towards him. "What is the matter," she asked directly. "You looked... concerned about something." He may be able to read her thoughts with apparent ease, but, to her, he was a swirling morass of mystery, as inscrutable as time itself.

Unable to help herself from laughing as she lay in a heap on the floor, Kura held Kaz's gaze for a second or two before taking his offered hand, and pulling herself up to a standing position. Dusting herself off, Kura nodded as Kaz explained how he had such a mastery of a complex form such as Makashi. "Watching you on Kowak brought me to the realisation that my lightsaber techniques are lacking," she replied, locking eyes with the young Jedi. She was almost the same height as him, so it wasn't difficult. "I would be honoured to accept your assistance."
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Wed May 22, 2013 9:48 am

When asked about his little moment Kaz showed not an ounce of concern as he responded. "Oh, just an unfortunate mental comparison to someone traditionally thought of as bad. Fortunately, it's not the tools that matter but rather what you do with them. Don't you agree?" Kaz's smile was so ingratiating and charming, how could he be wrong? It wasn't a mind trick, not by any extent of the imagination, but he was very very good at changing people's outlook to align with his. At least in part and to the point where it accomplished goals.

"Seeing as imitation is the highest form of flattery, consider me flattered by your choice to pursue Makashi rather than Djem So." Certainly, Djem So would have been a far easier path for a Shien practitioner to follow in the hopes of improving their dueling skills... but then Jedi didn't take the easiest path in the grand scheme of things. Stubborn, the lot of them. It made him smile in amusement. Kura had seen a Makashi practitioner dominate a series of unprepared opponents and then soundly defeat a Sith Lord, was it any wonder she'd decided that was the route to go when it came to growing her lightsaber to lightsaber skills? No, it was not. "And consider me honored to offer that assistance. The code does mention Knowledge being the cure to ignorance, after all."
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Thu May 23, 2013 5:19 am

Kura regarded Kaz with narrowed eyes as he neatly circumvented answering her question. The Corellian Jedi was a tricky one, indeed, and she would definitely need to be on her toes when around him. "One day, you will give me the answer to that question," she said assertively. It wasn't something she was about to let him get away with. "But yes, anything can be used for good, or for evil." The Force was proof positive of that. The only thing that separated the Jedi from the Sith were their morals and ideals, and, sometimes, the dividing line was a very fine and fluid one indeed.

Smiling slightly at Kaz's thanks for the flattery, Kura shrugged slightly. "Djem So would have been simpler, yes, but it is not as subtle or accurate as Makashi. Djem So is still reliant on brute force and power, and, I feel, my Shien is strong enough in that adding yet another power-based form to my arsenal would be of little benefit. The way you fought showed up the holes in my own technique, and I saw ways to fill them." The smiled slipped a little, no longer quite reaching her eyes. "But, as you have seen, I have been unable to incorporate aspects of Makashi as of yet."

If Kaz was tuned into her in the Force, he would have felt a wave of relief and gratitude rolling from Kura as he agreed to help her. "Thank you," she replied, inclining her head in acknowledgment. "I only wish that I would be able to return the favour."
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Thu May 23, 2013 12:43 pm

She narrowed her eyes and he narrowed his in an expression of almost feline levels of amusement, as inscrutable as a house cat. "One day, you won't have to ask." Oh yes, far too amused and apparently reaching into the future for little hints of their alliance. Or maybe he was just considering the ideal working relationship between Jedi, where they developed an almost preternatural ability to predict one another. It took a little time and a lot of trust but the very best duos could complete a mission, even while separated, without ever having said a word to the other. Other than the fact that Kaz considered not talking a fate just a step or so short of a brutal death, it was an impressive thing to see in action.

His parents, of course, had long been deeply bonded in the Force and were a sight to behold. Having raised Kaz, and apprenticed him between themselves, the three of them together were a force of nature. The three, working in unison, had swept through a shocking percentage of the Sith present on Corellia when the Battle of Coruscant had launched his homeworld into action to throw off the shackles of Sith dominion. Several opponents, more than they'd expected, had left in Force Binders under mental blocks from being able to use the Force (a very useful, if temporary, trick his father had figured out but wouldn't teach). The Sith defeated, and soundly, the GA and Fel Empire had made the single greatest mistake of the post war clean up. They'd passed over the Corellian Sector entirely.

They'd had good reasons, certainly, there were other sectors and worlds that were far from able to throw off their own chains. A secure sector was a secure sector, after all. Kaziki's smile remained the same but his source of amusement was ever shifting, as quickly as he could think of something new to muse over. It was just the nature of his mind. "Subjective morality, very good." That was something he could work with and with a smile no less. "In the mean time, feel free to ask any questions you have. I'll always have an answer." It might not be the answer she was looking for but she'd never go away without a response.

She listed her reasoning for not pursuing Djem So and it wasn't even wrote, like his thoughts on the matter were. "Very perceptive again, my friend. If an enemy has an angle on Shien they are likely to be able to use the same tactic against Djem So but not against as divergent a style as Makashi." It was almost surreal watching her walk the same path he had, though much later in life and from the other direction, when it came to the addition of a second style to fill in the gaps discovered in a given style. He had elected to learn Shien to improve his personal Makashi mastery's weaknesses in the fields of blaster defense, kinetic power, and the handling of multiple opponents. It was where Kaz had formed his personal tactic of forcing his opponents to fight his blade rather than him, a losing proposition for anyone who attempted it.

A response to her desire to return the favor of his guiding her as best he could on her quest to learn Makashi was on his lips when a sense of worried intent came to his attention through the Force. His head cocked to the side, his ear angled toward the direction that the sense was coming from. A moment or two later a harried looking Master appeared through one of the half-ruined walkways, the woman glancing this way and that as if searching for somebody. Her presence in the Force said just about anybody would do and when she spotted a pair of full fledged Jedi Knights discussing the nature of Lightsaber techniques the wave of relief rolled out from her in the Force like a physical thing. "Are the two of you already assigned a mission?"

Kaz merely shook his head in response.
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