Harper Reporting

Fort Weyr - Weyrleaders Offices
Aged by time, this office has lived through the ages of Fort just as its counterparts have. But unlike the Weyrsecond and Junior Weyrwomen offices, this cavern is spacious and formed in a rough semicircle of three conjoined caves that were carved and modified Turns ago. The middle portion acts as a waiting room of sorts, holding only a few modest chairs and a simple tapestry to otherwise brighten up the plain stone walls. There are no windows here and the only light comes from well placed glow baskets.
To the right, the smaller of the two adjoining caverns has been set aside for the Weyrwoman, a large desk situated in the middle and a bookshelf pressed against the wall. A small hearth allows for some warmth in the colder months and another cabinet rests across the room to hold various supplies, as well as several books, reports and records. More tapestries have been hung there, lending some color to room.
On the left, the larger cavern belongs to the Weyrleader's office and the walls here are littered with a vast array of maps, as well as a tapestry hung behind where he would sit. The desk is large and the wood aged, looking old and a bit worn, but well tended too. Shelves and a bookshelf line one wall, crammed with rolled hides, other maps, books, reports and records and all arranged in an organized chaos. A small hearth has been built in here as well and various well placed glow baskets are hung to offer just the right amount of light in this windowless office.
Both offices have stout wooden doors that have been carefully worked into the stone. They can be closed and locked if privacy is needed but are often left open.


The past few days had been such a blur, it was hard to keep track of what day it was. Laenia had been going all over the place after the interview with Ezra and Laurali. After having returned to the Weyr, she'd settled in to transcribing her notes into a legible report. Multiple, to be exact. After that, she'd been flown over to the Hall to report to the Masterharper of Rayathess's condition. That done, she'd gone back to Butterdell to check up on him again to see if he was awake and coherent. With those out of the way, she came to officially report to the Weyrwoman, even if the Jr. Weyrwoman might have informed her of what had transpired during the interview. The young Harper comes up to the door and knocks lightly on the open door. "Weyrwoman? It's Laenia."

Nyalle looks up from her desk, setting her stylus down. Her desk is a clutter of papers and tea cups and saucers, clearly she's been here a while. "Ah, Harper Laenia, please, do come in. How can I help you?" She gestures to a chair on the other side of her desk. "Can I get you some tea?"

And so Laenia does come in, arms holding a small pile of paper, glancing with mild interest at the Weyrwoman's desk. "Just here to give you the report of the interview with Ezra and Rayathess's condition." she tells her, taking a seat on the offered chair. "And some tea would be lovely. Thank you."

Nyalle sits up straighter, nodding her head. "Oh, please do." She looks through the door towards Th'ero's office, but the door is closed. "You'll find Th'ero and give it to him as well?" she asks before moving to the hearth to pour a cup of hot water left to simmer. Bringing the cup back, she sets it down on a saucer and opens a small box of cloth tea bags, each one neatly labeled. "Please, help yourself."

"Thank you." Laenia takes one of the cloth tea bags from the small box, not really reading the labels and dips it into her cup. "Of course." she replies at the mention of the Weyrleader. That being said, she takes a couple of pages from the small stack and places them on Nyalle's desk. "That's a full transcript of the interview and notes on Rayathess's condition. It was mostly Jr. Weyrwoman Inri and Ezra but the Healer Laurali did provide some insight as well about Hazelon and someone else who might have also been involved."

Nyalle reaches for the papers and begins to scan through them, but then she stops and sets them down. "What was your take on the whole thing?" She's finding - slowly - that she prefers to hear someone's personal account of things before reading the report. The report can wait. Laenia's time is more precious.

There's a slight frown in her brow at Nyalle's question. "Most of the evidence points to Hazelon, no doubt about it…" Laenia answers slowly, thinking back to the interview. "The only thing that is somewhat questionable is that the evidence comes from a firelizard." The Harper blows at her tea before taking a sip. "There's still no knowing why he did though.."

Nyalle hmms softly, looking down at the report again. "It's difficult," she finally muses quietly. "Ezra saw it through his gold, but…I don't want to condemn a man just for that. Especially if we don't know any reason why. Hopefully when Hazelon awakens - and Rayathess - we can get more information."

Laenia nods slowly. "Yes… I do believe it would be in everyone's best interests to find out from Rayathess directly. Otherwise… like you said, it's difficult to condemn someone because of a firelizard. Even worse is that it's secondhand." she adds, taking another sip of her tea.

Nyalle nods, "Exactly," she says quietly, agreeing fully with the Harper's take on matters.

"Laurali's report on Rayathess's condition are positive, so I expect we'll hear from her soon once he's coherent." Laenia continues, "Though the last time I was there, he was still quite unconscious."

Nyalle smiles, "Oh good. I'm glad the Healers believe he will improve. Otherwise…I'm not sure how we'd figure this out. Those poor Stonehavens…"

The Harper nods, "Yes… it is very promising." Laenia agrees. There's a small shudder at the thought of what could have happened. "It was a very close call, to be sure. Ezra could barely stay away from his brother."

Nyalle glances up again, tapping her fingers gently on her desk. "Oh? You think Rayathess' condition is more serious than they're telling us?"

"Like I said, it was a very close call. Apparently he'd had several arrows shot at him, two still inside him when he was brought to the healers." Laenia tells her, pursing her lips after telling the Weyrwoman.

Nyalle winces. "Goodness. Well, hopefully he has a speedy recovery and we can sort this out and get all of this behind us."

"Yes. Healer Laurali said he just needed time to recover." Laenia takes a last sip of her tea and puts her cup back onto the saucer before getting up. "Since the Weyrleader is likely busy, I'll return later to give him the report. Other than that… was there anything else you needed?"

Nyalle smiles, getting to her feet as well. "Thank you, Laenia, that is all for now. I'll read your report and if I have any questions I'll be sure to come find you."

Laenia returns her smile and inclines her head toward the Weyrwoman. "Please do. I'll see you around." With that said, the Harper makes her way out of the caverns and back to her busy day.


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