" My first great experience in Temuair happened on a cool spring afternoon. *Smiles* I remember how dry
the ground was that day, because at that time it was in the middle of a light yearly drought. The soil and grass
crunched lightly under my feet as I shuffled to get my armor and shield into place, when a beautiful young wizard
approached me, but didn't seem very talkative. I was in a good mood, so with my free hand, I took hers in a
gentle handshake and introduced myself. From that moment on, it was like I'd known her all of my life. We could
talk openly about everything and...well to make a short story shorter, I ended up becoming this young Aisling's
Mentor. Since then, I have not felt a bond quite like it, and I hope that I can tell ye enough to get you started
down the amazing road of mentorship... "
Where do I go to find a student? How to I teach him/her? What is the reason for doing so? Who CAN I mentor
and teach? These questions are often asked by Aislings, as many hear of the amazing bond that is shared between
a student and their mentor. The opportunity to pass on what one has learned has inspired many Aislings to teach
as many as two or three hundred students in a life time. First, let's look at who you can and can't teach, and
then ye will see who ye should and shouldn't mentor. About mentoring someone...I have found that
is is perfectly acceptable to mentor anyone, including gender, and class. Ye can, and should,
mentor an Aisling of a path that ye know allot about. If ye want to mentor a wizard, as I have, then do enough
research to be helpful to the Aisling ye want to instruct. There technically isn't anyone ye can't mentor,
but ye shouldn't mentor someone unless ye are very well prepared and committed to do so. ((I.E. - Know
about the class of your student!))
Finding a student is often a daunting task within itself, but don't worry too much, as there are always
Aislings, young and old, who would love to have a teacher, or at the very least, a friend that will help them
find their way. Don't be rude by walking up to every Aisling you see and blurting out the question to mentor them,
as you will most likely be hit swiftly in the gut. Instead, let's look at what to do right, and what to do wrong
in such a situation. ((To restate our point on how bad getting hit can hurt. :P)) We will use Hyral and myself as
examples, and I want to thank Hyral for letting me use him as an aid in my teachings.
The Wrong Way:
~ Hyral, a young peasant, is standing with a friend near the Temple of Choosing when Velious walks up and confronts him... ~
Hyral: "H-Hello, Sir."
Velious: "Hey there! Want me to mentor ye?!"
The Right Way:
~ Hyral is again standing with a friend near the Temple of Choosing when Velious walks up... ~
Hyral: "H-Hello, Sir."
Velious: "Good day to ye, Hyral." *Smiles and waves*
Hyral: *Smiles* "Ah...I was wondering if you could help me..."
Ye have seen that in the first example, our peasant friend is not too happy that someone has
stormed up to him and forced such a question upon a young Aisling. Note that this is inconsiderate of the
young Aislings feelings, and it can make for a bad reputation with your peers.
Now, in the second example, Hyral was so glad to see a kind, well-spoken Aisling that HE actually made
the first move and asked me to mentor him and show him around. Politeness and being responsive, while not
overbearing, can not only get ye a student, but win ye a great many friends as well. People seem more at
ease around an Aisling with a respective attitude, so don't be afraid to throw in a smile.
Great! Ye've got yourself a student! Now, what to do with the young Aisling under your wing? The
first thing you would want to do is take him to one of the locations that allow ye to make your new bond
official. Dar, Mileth's Wizard, or the Fae in Mileth will be more than happy to let ye use their scrolls
and parchments to inscribe your names as Mentor and Student. ((Just walk up to the bookcase in either
location to begin.)) There are bookcases like the ones in Mileth scattered throughout Temuair, so keep
you eyes peeled for new places to make your teachings more convenient.
Part III - Giving Lessons
The first time ye mentor your student, ye will be told that ye must wait a double-moon until ye can
pour your knowledge into your students mind. Don't worry about this, as the experience to do so is well
worth the wait. ((Great rewards go to the Aislings that be patient. ;) )) Patients is a virtue, and
will serve ye well in giving help to your student. Here are some things to remember...
Now ye can be the best mentor ye can be! Keep in mind that my lecture only serves as a guide, and the
best thing that ye can teach a student ((and perhaps yourself)) is that we must listen to ideas, but we
must also be strong enough to walk our own path. Improvise if ye need to, and never give up on your student.
~ Velious Darksbane
Deoch 17, Spring
This information was put on my paper thanks to FallingWater. I dedicate this work to ye, with all of my love. Thank ye for helping me learn about people. Thanks again to Hyral...ye will always be my brother. *Smiles*