Embracing the Faithful, Protecting the Heretic.
A/N: Woot first LoL fan fic... This should be fun.
"Speaking" & 'Thinking'
Chapter 1: Elders' Judgment
"We were just watching the stars and moon, is that really so bad."
"Enough Diana! I've tried to guide you away from this absurdity. Breaking curfew three or four times a month, slacking in your daily training and devotion to the Sun, and now you would tell those you train that there is also power to be found in the Moon! Have you lost your whole mind High Acolyte!" The elder yelled at the woman before her.
Diana stood at attention, her hands at her side and her head down. "Aurora hear me out. I never slack in my training, and..."
"You do when exhausted from being up all night. Look it is only the morning and you look ready to fall asleep." The elder cut her off. "What did you tell those you were training?"
Diana stared at the elder who glared back, before Diana diverted her gaze. "I simply told them that the night is not something to be feared. That the moon can guide as the sun does, and that in some ways the moon can be more useful than the sun. The moon can also be a great ally and..." Diana trailed off as the Elder in front of her began shaking her head.
Aurora stared at the woman in front of her as if she wished her gaze could set the High Acolyte ablaze. Reaching out grabbing the slightly shorter Diana by the arm and pulled her behind as she walked out of the shade of the training ground. Aurora crossed the court yard, ignoring the questioning gazes of the Solari who continued training.
Diana didn't resist as she was pulled into a long hall. She kept her head down trying to justify the harshness that she was being dealt with. 'She is just misunderstanding, she doesn't know the pull I feel at night, if she did she would understand. They all would...' Diana felt Aurora stop walking and turn on her.
"Sit! The other Elders are already considering what punishment we will enforce." Aurora said in a firm voice.
"For simply telling them to look for options if the situation calls for it!" Diana yelled back. "If I am to train them I must have them ready for anything. We are still warriors, battles may come at night. Why am I being considered for punishment for trying to prepare my trainees!?"
"Breaking curfew, unapproved night training, and being a poor example to those you are responsible over. Pulling the Chosen into your foolishness was your biggest mistake. This is serious and you may be punished. This isn't the first time you have done these foolish things. I've lost count of the times you have been out at ludicrous hours of the night." Aurora yelled back before sighing and placing a hand on the woman's shoulder. "I am your biggest advocate Diana. Have I ever not made an attempt to side with you? Have I ever not softened a punishment for you?"
"No... You never side with me." Diana said turning her head, not wanting to let the elder see her fight tears of frustration.
"Is that so... then this time I will not be on your side." Aurora used the hand on Diana's shoulder to push her back and down onto a cold stone bench.
Diana sat watching the Elder of the Solari walk to large bright yellow painted stone doors.
"Sit there and wait our decision." With that Aurora waved a hand and the guards at the door opened them for the woman to enter.
"Yes elder." Diana murmured as she lowered her head, and clinched her fist. 'Great another punishment... another time I'm punished for nothing. They will have me cleaning the bunks, and cleaning up after meals again... sweeping the floors... how I hate sweeping the floors.'
Diana lifted her head as footsteps walked next to her. Her eyes meet a face framed by long flowing red hair. "Leona..."
"It would seem our star gazing was not looked upon well." Leona said as she adjusted her gantlets and removed her helmet. "I am due back at the Institute in a few days, but the elders wish to speak to me about staying out late while I was here, as always they wish for me to be in full gear while here. An example for the others."
Diana scoffed as she rested her palms on her knees. "They won't listen to me on anything... I talked to Aurora about the Moon, but she told me I was being foolish."
"You still so attached to the night." Leona stared at Diana for a moment before taking a seat beside her. "You are making things hard on yourself, but if that is how you feel maybe more information can be found in the library. As for me, I think they just want me to tell them of my time in the Institute of War."
Diana looked up at the arched ceiling, following the outline of the symbol of the Solari that was painted above the door. "Want to hear a joke?"
'Have mercy..." Leona sighed.
"Why was the broom late for work? It over swept because it was sweepy." Diana smiled, looking to Leona who had placed her palm on her face. "Get it... because it's a broom... it can't really sleep. Hah." Diana covered her mouth as she chuckled.
'Her humor is still horrible.' Leona muttered. "Good one... but you know, you staying out late all the time people are starting to say you look like an owl."
"Who? Who!? Who was it! Tell me!" Diana demanded concerned.
Leona was already chuckling, leaving Diana to stare blankly not understanding.
The doors opened and a guard walked to stand in front of Diana. "Come, the Elders have passed judgment."
"Feh." Diana stood with a scoff. "Tell me later... When you get done talking with the Elders. I'll probably be stuck sweeping the barracks for a month for us being out last night." Diana took long steps behind the guard. "The curfew is stupid for someone our age."
Leona watched them enter the room and the doors closed. 'We were only out watching stars... Well I was, Diana only has eyes for the moon at night. The Elders have always been so fearful of the night... why?'
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Diana walked into the center of the large room. The Elders sat on stone chairs that held the symbol of the Solari above them. Without thinking about it Diana lowered herself to a knee, placing one hand on the ground, in a bow to the five Elders in front of her.
"High Acolyte Diana... You have broken curfew before, but now you risk others by not only teaching them absurdities about the moon, but you would tarnish our very champion Leona by having her break our rules with you." The Elder to the far left said.
"This is not your first failing High Acolyte. Your position is there to train the younger and be of service to the 'Chosen'." The Elder to the far right side.
"You have failed both of those." Aurora said as she shifted in her chair, the one left of the middle.
"Your lack of devotion is disturbing, High Acolyte." The Elder just to the right of the middle.
Diana rose to her feet keeping her head down. "I understand, I will inform the others that I will assume all cleaning duties in my dorm."
"No, that will not be your punishment Diana." The middle Elder, Ravi, said in a cold tone as he stood. "We find that you have a lack of appreciation for the Sun."
"What?" Diana turned back gaze at the middle Elder.
"Diana, You say that you enjoy Moon gazing... perhaps it is time for you to do some Sun gazing." Ravi waved his hand and the guards at the door walked towards Diana. "You will spend the rest of today in a sun chamber."
"What!? How is that fair? Aurora please!" Diana yelled as the guards grabbed her by the shoulders pushing her out doors to the side of the room. "Aurora!"
Diana walked, gritting her teeth, as the guards pushed her forward. As they walked across the training grounds she returned the glares a few other Solari gave her. She paused a moment at the ramp that lead upward to a large area. A shove from the guard pushed her forward. At the top of the ramp was a flat area on which stood several large metal structures.
A guard stepped from behind Diana and unlatched the door before the other push her inside and followed after.
Diana grimaced as she glanced up to see the ceiling was capped by a large area of glass, which seems to magnify the bright mid day sun. the was room staggeringly hot.
Sun Chambers were used for both Punishment and Training. The metal walls were slanted so that more light was let into the room. Each of the four walls each held tinted mirrors that reflected the Sun at a different brightness and in the middle was a wooden stock a person could rest against or be restrained with.
Diana stood straight as the guard pull her arms up and locked her arms into the braces that stood on both sides of her. She had been left facing the dimmest mirror. 'It isn't hard to look at the reflection but... I hate how hot these stupid things get.' As the door shut, she closed her eyes and let her head drop. She focused on breathing through her nose and keeping her mouth closed as to withstand the heat longer.
Only moments had passed before the door swung back open. Diana looked up welcoming the burst of fresh air. "Elder Ravi?"
"Hmmm... looking down already is not what is expected from a High Acolyte. Do you know what this is?" The male said walking forward holding out a small yellow stone.
Diana said nothing as Elder Ravi walked to her placing the small round stone to her forehead.
"This is a training charm. This one has the power to bind eyes open and still. It will also prevent you from moving your head under your own power." Ravi said as he stepped aside letting the light reflecting off the dimmest mirror shine onto Diana's face. "No that won't do..." Ravi smiled as he placed one finger under Diana's chin and tilted her head upward to face the raw sunlight.
Diana clinched her hands, the light burning into her eyes.
"Worship it Diana, I have always been fond of singing in here, the walls carry sound so well. Do remember your training, draw power from the Sun... Trust it fully." With that Ravi turned walking out of the room, slamming the metal door.
'I can't do this... I can't take it... its too bright... someone help... help.' Diana could hear the door latching locked.
A/N: And that is the first chapter... thoughts?