As the candidates arrived, some more quickly than others, K'rios made sure to do a quiet head count. So far, they were all checking in, not a single one of them he was going to need to go hunting for himself. Good, that would make things flow more effortlessly for them all, and allow them to move on to the next portion of this exercise more quickly. They would be rewarded for that if they continued to work in this pattern, he determined, and he spoke to Bellatrix through Vidarth about the matter he had in mind while the candidates mingled and spoke to each other and their escorts. When he received the confirmation, he grinned to himself, deciding he wouldn't reserve it for the end of the event - give it to them now, let them know it could easily be taken away if they didn't work as a team. A potentially cruel move, but they needed to know that there were potential consequences to not behaving and otherwise playing nice.
When he felt enough time had passed, and the last of the candidates had most certainly arrived according to his dragon, he had the pewter make a sound that could have been a whistle if given by a human. Instead, it came off as an something hoarse and bubbling that confused even Iktomith. After laughing it off, tears running down his face, K'rios sobered up and ran a hand over his eyes. "Alright, everyone, gather 'round, it's time for you all to get an explanation so we can head out!"
Okay, he was fine, he would be fine, he could be fine. "After speaking to our lovely Candidatemaster, it's been determined that we're going out for an overnight camping trip. Now, this isn't going to be something for pleasure, but as an exercise in teamwork for all of you. You'll need to all work together in order to craft fires, make klah, fish, prepare food, and ensure we all eat and sleep comfortably. That means working as a collective team, regardless of any issues you might have with one of your fellow candidates. Truthfully, I don't give a shit about the petty garbage right now - you're not going to be a dragonrider if you can't work as a unit. That is one of the main lessons I, Bellatrix, and the rest of the team have been trying to drill into you this entire time, and that's one of the lessons you'll be practicing tonight."
He uncrossed his arms and grasped his hips instead, loosening up his stance, growing more comfortable in their presence. "When we arrive on the grounds I've chosen, I'll select teams. Those teams will work in the different areas - fishing, gathering, setting up the camp. It'll be up to all of you as a whole to prepare the meal once the gatherers and the fishers have completed their tasks."
He held up a hand. "In the case of those unable to eat fish, meat has been sent from the kitchens for you, so don't worry, I've seen to your needs."
He nodded to those one or two he knew where in that boat, assuring them that he was looking out for them in those regards. "A dragonrider will be assigned to each area to assure you'll be watched over. While the teams will answer to me, the riders will inform me if they notice anything as well, so you're to behave for them."
He glanced as the faces watching him, then nodded. "After I dismiss you here, you'll be sent to the barracks to pack a small overnight bag. Take no more than one change of clothes, and something to wash up with. Everything else is being provided for you. Lizard pets are permitted on this trip, but any others are not. Oh, and as an incentive,"
he tried not to grin as he shifted on his feet. "For those of you who think they can get away with not behaving, or think they'll try and sneak away for some side fun while we're out... make one wrong step and you ruin this for everyone. Candidatemaster Bellatrix has kindly, and generously decided to allow one free day from the chore of your choice next Rest Day if you all behave during this trip. But as I said, one slip from even one of you..."
He glanced at his companions, nodded to them, and proceeded to make introductions. "Before I go on any further, I'd like you all to know your escorts and the woman who volunteered to help instruct you. They willingly volunteered their time for this trip, and you're to respect them as you would anyone else within the Weyr. We have Wingrider I'ent of green Shireth, Wingrider K'uavaen of blue Synsith, and finally Journeywoman Fisher Dirce who will be assisting those of you on the fishing team."
With that said and done, he finally took the time to pause, and ask his charges, "Before I dismiss you to prepare, are there any questions or concerns you might have at this time?"