Ready, he opened the door and stepped inside, the silence immediate as he marched to the front of the room. It wouldn't take long for him to get the announcement made, so he was glad he had their attention as soon as he'd stepped into the room. "Good afternoon everyone. I'm sorry to have kept you all waiting. I've been speaking to Candidatemaster Bellatrix and Weyrwoman Safryn and there is some important work for you all to do for the rest of the day. As you all know, your queen Soquilith is growing more egg heavy with each passing day. You're also aware that her hatching grounds are presently in a state of disarray. She cannot, and will not, clutch your future dragons when they're in such a condition. Therefore, today you're going to be tasked with cleaning them up."
He held up a finger, letting them know he wasn't finished yet, and so questions and complaints needed to be held off. "There are several things I will point out, some of which will benefit you. Not only will it make your queen happy, but it will ensure her children have a safe and tidy place to hatch and Impress, which is of the most import. That is not all, however. The reason myself and the Candidatemaster have been so sparse in appearance this morning is because we've been on the sands hiding things. The purpose behind our activities is to ensure you do a very thorough, deep clean. These things include marks, trinkets, and other items you'll enjoy, yours to keep so long as you don't half ass your job in your quest to find these items. No fooling around in trying to find the better things, and no trying to be an ass to each other in your attempts to get to a better thing before someone else."
This is where his grin started to show, and he let it flicker ever so slowly into place. "Because I won't be the only one there watching to make sure you play fair and do a proper job. Soquilith will be there supervising, as will the Weyrleaders." He let that one sit and settle for a moment, to soak in. They had no choice but to behave now. "Talking among yourselves will be permitted and is, in fact, encouraged, as is working together in groups. You may bring your prizes to the stands for safe keeping where I'll be sitting and watching. You don't need to bring rakes, shovels, or buckets onto the sands, those are already waiting there for you. What you do need to bring with are snacks for Soquilith, which are waiting outside of the hatching grounds entrance, or the Weyrleaders. Some of you will follow me to the kitchens, some of you will go to the hatching grounds entrance and wait for us there. Once we go inside, present the offerings, then get to work. Once we're finished, and things are deemed clean by Soquilith, you'll have the rest of the day to yourself, and aside from chores tomorrow, there will be no lessons for you to do."
With that, he gathered up Fyrnella, Rhielvan, Kolearine, and Varren to follow him to the kitchens, while the rest were sent to the entrance of the hatching grounds were they would find chilled and cleaned butchered sections of meat waiting to be brought in for the queen. Soon enough for the five of them returned with the required items for the Weyrleaders, and then they stepped inside, K'rios moving to bow first before their leaders, the great golden queen and her bronze mate. "On behalf of myself and the candidates of the Weyr, we thank you for your hospitality on the sands and your willingness to supervise, beautiful. I'm here to ensure your children will be brought into this world in the comfort they not only need, but truly deserve." He turned to the candidates then, and bowed his head at them before stepping back, allowing them to take it from there, trusting them to do their part the way he had instructed them to.
ooc: Hatching grounds cleaning thread! Soquilith and Safryn there with permission from the lovely Fawkes! If your candidate has any questions that they may not have had the chance to ask K'rios before he shuffled them away, please feel free to have them approach him in the stands at any time during the course of this thread. Otherwise, this is a candidate free for all, answer and play at your leisure, but expect him - or Soquilith/Safryn to step in if the need arises.
Prizes are small and IC only. Once every few posts, I'll randomize the list I have and post the results of what each candidate dug up - it keeps it a surprise for them. If anyone has ideas for tiny prizes, PM me before the first randomization!
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