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Faith had been hired as a tutor having answered an advertisement pinned on the Odd Job Board. A family called the Becketts were planning on travelling to Andaris and wanted to make sure that their twin children were suitably aware of the etiquette surrounding the place, it's customs and traditions. Faith had fallen into a teaching role on more than one occassion, including running cookery classes for small groups, so she was fairly comfortable with teaching. She was certainly more than comfortable with etiquette and, as such, the young woman had taken the job. It was only fair, she felt, to do so and to give the money from the job to the Order of the Adunih. They were putting her and Padraig up for nothing, after all. So, she arrived at the appointed time and she did so fully prepared with information and notes which she had made.

It was a nice house, and a large one. Faith was shown in by a servant and led into a room where a sibling pair sat. Twins they might be but they looked as different as any siblings could. Both of them had eyes the colour of the sea on a stormy day but, other than that he was tall, her short. He was muscular, she looked like she'd blow away in a breeze. They both smiled though and Faith did something which she hadn't done in a while but which, when faced with a rich family and a job to do was still more or less inevitable, the young woman dropped a curtsy and smiled. "I am Faith, I will be your tutor in etiquette specific to Andaris city," she said.

They looked at her and the boy spoke. They both seemed friendly, at first glance. "I am Sim'na and this is my sister, Fi. Please, sit down."

Faith sat and started to get out the notes and so on that she had with her, placing them in front of her. "Alright, so before we begin do you know anything about Andaris at all?" The pair of them shook their heads and Faith was struck by the similarities of their movements, how they had the same facial expression on very different faces. How intriguing.

"Alright, so Andaris is a Kingdom. It is ruled by a King, his name is Cassander and he is sixteen arcs old. There are seven noble families and each family is in charge of a Duchy." The pair of them looked at her and smiled, encouragingly. Faith recalled what she had planned and she rummaged in her bag. "To function in Andaris society, you must know who the noble families are, so we are going to do an exercise I have prepared for you"

They looked less keen on that, in fairness, but Faith pulled out a piece of parchment covered with her usual, neat, handwriting. "Alright. This table is blank except for the names of the noble families. Here," she put down a wrapped pile of pieces of paper, cut up to fit on to the blank table ~ they each contained facts about the family, what they were most famous for, which their virtue was and so on. She looked at the two of them as she tipped them out and then put another piece of paper in front of them. "And this is a list of clues. There are enough clues in there for you to work out which family each of those facts belong to, either by a process of elimination, by a clue which tells you that this fact does not fit that family or by deduction. So, it is a puzzle of logic. You may begin."

It took them longer to do than she had hoped that it would, but they approached it with enthusiasm and asked questions as needed. It was the girl, Faith noticed, who picked up the logic needed by the task. Once they got the hang of it, they stopped asking questions so much, lowered their heads together and got on. Faith worked with them, but let them get on with the majority of it, just pointing out here and there. When it was done, they had a table with information about each of the families but, as she had planned, they had spent three quarters of a break talking about them and thinking about them. Which meant, they were much more familiar with them. "Good. You did well. Your homework is to copy that out, a copy each and you are to do your own."
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Having taught them about the seven families of Rynmere, Faith was starting to be of the opinion that her students were nice enough individuals who really were only and completely bothered about whether they fitted in to Andaris or not. However, they had seemed to enjoy the logic puzzle, once they had become involved, so she was planning this lesson with much more from them, and less from her.

"Good trial," she said, a greeting they both returned. "I thought that today we would do two things. I've prepared a series of 'questions and answers' for you, cards with questions on one side and, unsurprisingly, answers on the other. They deal with lots of things from racial attitudes, slavery, arcana and Rynlism, the religion of Andaris and Rynmere."
'They don't worship the Immortals?' Fi asked, surprise on her face.
Faith smiled, shaking her head. "They don't deny the Immortals, of course not, but they follow the Sacred Seven. There is a Monastery there where all are welcome. The Seven are?"
'The.. founders, the original seven of the seven families?' Sim'na sounded unsure but Faith nodded and he continued, 'Each one has a virtue, which is symbolised in their words.'

Fi spoke up, having picked up one of the question and answer cards. 'They have slaves and brand them, selling them in a market and fighting in the pits? That's barbaric.'
"We aren't here to discuss the rights and wrongs of their customs, just to make sure that you know about them. If you see someone with a sword branded on their cheek, they are a freed slave."
'Are there are a lot of slaves there?' Sim'na asked, frowning as he thought about the reality of it. Would they see a lot of people there with brands. It would upset his delecate sister, there was no doubt.
"Yes. They are vital to the economy. In Andaris, if a slave works their owner gets paid half of the wage they would be paid were a free person working there."
'Does the King have slaves?' Fi wondered, Faith smiled and shrugged, showing that she did not know.
'Have you ever met him?' Sim'na asked, obviously expecting a no.
"Yes. Twice now." Faith replied and the pair of them turned surprised eyes to her.
'Are you from one of the noble families?' Fi asked, sounding more than a little impressed.
"No. Far from it. Now, there's a table there for you to fill in, on etiquette with regard to each of our topics, read through the answer and pull out the correct etiquette regarding slavery."

Twin heads, so different and yet alike at the same time lowered and they discussed in quiet tones, Fi pointing out a fact here, Sim'na picking up a small detail there. It was interesting to see how they worked and Faith was pleased that this bite sized back and forth seemed to work for them.

So, they continued with the question and answer cards, which seemed to work well and provoked questions from the twins, thereby helping Faith to gauge their understanding. Rynlism, food, fashions, the Emperor and Empress, customs and correct terms of address were all included and Faith was pleased that their learning was consolidated by filling in the sheets she had given them, meaning that they were actively considering the matters of etiquette in each. Then, it was on to the second part of the lesson and Faith looked between the two of them and smiled. "I've written out a number of scenarios for you. It gives you the context of who you are with and where you are. I will be all the other people, but you two should be yourselves and we'll see how you do, alright?"

Fi found the idea of this hard and, at first, she giggled quite a bit. However, Faith was channelling Duchess Ebony Venora and the stern glare soon quieted the young student. Sitting with the Duchess for tea and cakes, bumping into Lord Burhan at a party, going to the theatre and all sorts of scenarios were there. Once they got over their feeling of being silly, the two of them got on well with the task at hand. Faith checked over both of their filled in sheets and nodded her head, pleased. "You've done well. We have a few bits before the lesson is over, is there anything either of you would like to ask?" According to the pair, they were leaving in a few trials and Faith wouldn't see them again so she wanted to check if there were any last moment concerns. The only one they had was how they'd know the fashion of the season, since it changed each season and Faith wrote down the name of the clothing shop which was the first, always, to know the fashion and that put both their minds at ease. Fitting in, after all, was most important to them. She smiled, thanked them for their time and then, after all else was done, she went, got her pay for the job and took it back to the Order of the Adunih, donating it to them in thanks for all they had done for her and Padraig since getting there.
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Story: 5/5
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Teaching: Creating exercises to help students learn
Teaching: Explaining how to differentiate a free slave and a not-freed slave
Teaching: Teaching about culture, not whether its right or wrong
Writing: Creating tables for teaching use
Discipline: Keeping others focused on the task at hand
Discipline: Keeping your students in order
Etiquette: Acting properly as a teacher
Acting: Emulating the nobles of Rynmere
Detection: Spotting similarities between twins

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+35 GN for oddjob
-35 GN donated to the Adunih

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+3 for doing oddjob
+1 for tutoring
+5 for donating to the Order

NOTES

Okay, so reading this is one of the best teaching threads I've ever read. I wonder why. :P It was definitely a lot of fun to read, especially all the little things Faith notices about the twins, the similarities between them. There weren't any major issues I saw, barring that the passage of time between the first post and the second isn't particularly clear. PM me if you have any questions or if I missed something!
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