Things will work out, my heart. Be strong as you have always been and will always be. Paiseantath broke into her thoughts with comforting words. The senior gold had not argued with Eavan's decision.
After meals had been consumed and now glasses of wine and ale flowed freely as her people talked jovially among themselves did the Weyrwoman called to their attention by loudly clinking on her glass. Her heart lept to her throat and tightened it as she recalled all the times before she had done this and was respectfully given the attention of her dear people. Once the crowd was silent did she find a way to speak past the lump in her throat. "My dear fellow Atricians, I have an announcement for you this evening. It is a bittersweet one, but not one that has been lightly come to." Indeed, Eavan had been mulling over this thought for quite some time now. It was the life growing within her that finally settled her heart and mind on what the right decision was and thus proceeded to set in motion what was to come next.
"For turns I have led this magnificent weyr, through grand moments and despairing ones. We've accomplished so much and pushed the boundaries of what a weyr can really do. I know we have not all have always agreed upon the same decisions or changes that have been made, but through it all I feel that we all have had the same goal in mind...to make Atricis the best weyr on Pern. We're not done yet, either. I believe that there is so much more that can be accomplished and will be accomplished and that thought makes my heart swell with pride for all of you." Watery eyes had to advert for a moment before she could continue.
"That is why it is with a heavy heart that I am informing you that I will no longer be your Senior Weyrwoman." A wave of concerned and shocked murmurs reverberated through out the room. Eavan allowed them a moment before she held up and hand for silence and continued. "Our numbers in the South grow every turn. Atricis now sports four amazing golden queens and a fine zultanite queen. Their clutches are never small and are always healthy. I have faith and the most respect for all of my Junior Queenriders. I know that I will be leaving Atricis in only the best and most capable hands." A significant look was given to Safryn, her most senior junior rider. She had timed this so that she was certain Soquilith would be the next to rise, securing Safryn's place as Senior in her stead. "But I feel that it is time to give Evanoria Weyrhold their own Gold, so their numbers can begin to grow as well." She couldn't help but smile a bit impishly and confess to the truth before rumors could begin to spread. "It is for personal reasons, that you all are aware of, that I have decided to step down as Senior Weyrwoman here and take up the mantle there."
"My dear people, I love each and everyone of you. Leading you all has been the best moments of my life and the respect and kindness you all have given to me has been one of the greatest blessings." She had taken this weyr down paths that had never been tread before by a Weyrwoman. From her disability of being paralyzed, to being the first to have a woman Weyrleader, and then allowing a blue to chase and catch a gold; there was a lot of traditions that had been bent and broken because of her and it was a legacy she was proud to leave behind. "This isn't goodbye though. This is an opportunity for Atricis and Evanoria to become stronger...together. She please, raise a toast with me." She held her glass aloft and waited as others did as well. A single tear did manage to slip down her cheek then, but she was not embarrassed by it. "To our future, whatever it may hold, I know that we will be victorious in all our endeavors." She took a drink then as outside Paiseantath let out a loud, long, and proud bugle.
A symphony of bugles and trumpets echoed through the weyr and vibrated the walls. The sound made Eavan smile and laugh, but most importantly, it made her feel even better about this decision. "Now, of course, I could not leave you all without doing something grandiose. In honor of Evanoria and Atricis soon to be strengthened relationship, there will be a huge Gather held there. I promise it will be the biggest Gather that has been held in the last several turns and everyone will be allowed to attend. Plans are still in the works, but a set date will be announced as soon as possible. If any of you wish to talk to me this evening or tomorrow or even after that, please don't hesitate. I will not be officially moved for another two weeks." Eavan paused and scanned the sea of faces slowly. "Again, thank you all. Now...I declare this evening a night of celebration. Call in the harpers and clear room for a dance floor." She ordered as she wanted this night to end on a happy note.
After six years of some of the most enjoyable character development and roleplay I have decided it is time to NPC Eavan. That was why this deicision was come to. Feel free to post your characters in this if you wish. It is open to everyone. If a character wishes to speak with Eavan then yes I will respond with her.