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Artist: John Dreamer - Song: Brotherhood - Word Count: 700
He followed her example, her breathing, and her motions were so fluid and different to how he normally performed his training exercises, but none the less he was giving it all he had to mimic the motions and the breathing. To be honest, the feeling was quite relaxing, and he honestly enjoyed the company for a change as no one really wanted to train with or spend too much time with him. Mirja was different, but none the less she was also the same as the normal people he associated with. He didn't think of her as too bad of a person and that was good enough for him to bond with her a bit as a student bonded with their teachers normally. After a while of silence in doing this, Mirja began to explain to him what exactly the runes were, and how they were made. He was intrigued by it, like most things he didn't understand, and he was kind of wanting to further his knowledge in that field as well.
"Maybe one day you can take me to see him and I can learn about rune casting? It seems like quite an effective ability to have in one's arsenal.", Steiner spoke as he continued the motions without paying much heed to if Mirja was still doing them or not. At this point the motions were much less mimiced and more his body just doing it on its' own, once again Steiner's rapid need to absorb knowledge had aided him in at least doing this, and he was seemingly doing it without even looking at her. He was focusing on more important things, like what he needed to do to get his powers back, and just how long of a voyage that would be. He was making strides to get his physical form up to snuff, but in the realm of spiritual powers he was still light years away from being able to save people from harm. Even with Tulpa he lacked the power to fight against foes that far out-weighed his physical tool kit with their spiritual one.
It did worry him that he wasn't making too much progress in terms of spiritual power, but he was more than willing to forgive it to gain the physical tools he was gaining with Mirja's help. "So he is still up in the mountains, eating whatever mushrooms he can find, and being awesome? Heh, sounds just like some kind of mystic master.", Steiner said as he kept on with the motions which were becoming easier and easier to do as he went through them. He had a long way to go, but Steiner was going to keep working at it, and get stronger yet. He had to because there were people out there who needed him to be strong when they could not, they needed hope when they had none, and Steiner was going to be that regardless of what everyone else said or did. He would keep trudging along that path without looking back and hold on to what he believes in without ever letting go. "I want to learn as much as I can, Mirja...so teach me everything!", Steiner said mindlessly as he continued to practice the motions.
It was at that moment that something lit up inside of him, he could feel it flicker to life much like a piece of wood finally kindling into a blazing fire, and from that Steiner felt really odd. He stumbled from what he was doing and staggered forward, it was like he had been empty, and now he wasn't. He clenched his fist a bit, feeling this new found energy filling him up, and brimming around him like a cup that was full to its' utmost capacity. Yet, Steiner wanted more. This feeling was only a start and he wanted more of that and he hoped Mirja would teach him everything to get his feet at least wet. "What is this feeling...I feel energy inside, but I don't know what it is?", Steiner said to himself as he looked himself over for any physical changes, but saw none to greet his eyes. He was still unsatisfied, he needed more.
Mirja worked with Steiner and spoke as she did. It was nice, that she could train and talk. With someone like Henrex it was all training and also him being in totally the wrong place and yet claiming he was in totally the right place, like a frigging idiot. But that would get her nowhere so she calmed herself and then answered his question. "Ahh, you don't really find him. I just wandered into him. The Tundra is a very broad place. Covers most of Scandanavia, after all. You wander around there looking for him, it'll take you a long time. And you might freeze to death. And he might not teach you. Not something to pin your hopes on" She told him. Since he had picked up the rythem, she stopped and watch him, taking a seat so she could get a better Stoic meditation down. Wudang-An-Han tricked it, but not well.
"And yes, he's a very good mystic master. Appeared out of nowhere, helped me out in a time of need, and then vanished back into obscurity until such a time when he felt like he would be needed once again. Ashigoi is cool like that" Mirja told him, before cycling her Dantian. Cultivation Techniques - something she needed so people would stop sneering - were self made if not bought from someone or taught by a Master. Maybe she could make one herself...
But she got lost in her meditation and it was only a few seconds to her perception before Steiner nailed it. Not to be untowards to Steiner, but she had grasped this new idea and really wanted a few days to try it out. "That, is your Reiki. It's the core of your Self. There is another technique to control it, which requires a bit more learning" She said, getting up and showing him the movements that would be required. He was sharp, but she made sure that he got it down before handing him the translated copy of The Book. "Once you can control the Reiki, direct it where you want to go, from one part of your body to the other, read this. In it you will learn of a great technique called Tai Chi. With the Tulpa and Tai Chi, you have plenty to keep you busy for the next couple of weeks. Don't neglect your physical body while you train your spiritual one, and I'll call you some time for more lessons. Right now, though, I'm about to scram. I'm on duty now, and I gotta look presentable. See you later, Steiner~" She waved, and then headed for the door, leaving Steiner jam-packed with things to take up allllll of his time until they met again.
Artist: John Dreamer - Song: Brotherhood - Word Count: 566
Steiner had so many questions and not a lot of answers to go around, it was quite confusing standing before this great teacher, and having this amazing new power and yet not knowing how to officially use them in any way or manner. She began to show him how to move and described the power that he was feeling as "Reiki", and that this power was the core of what he was. In that sense he supposed his reiki was much like his Tulpa, it had the characteristics of who he was, and more than likely was fueled by his potential and his desire to protect others. He stroked his chin after a few hours of listening to her talk about what to do and watching how she moved so that he could continue to practice the movements on his own time. It was when she handed him a book that he stared at her with confusion in his eyes as to why she was handing him such a thing when he could simply learn from the source of all this knowledge that she had lay on him in the course of what felt like a day. In fact, the sun had began to set, and that meant that soon the day would be over. That realization alone reminded Steiner that Mirja and himself had been at this since the early hours of the day.
It was then that Mirja decided she needed to leave, telling him that the book, and training his Tulpa for personal use would be all he would need to keep him occupied for at least the next few weeks. She clearly didn't know just how fast a learner Steiner was, but before he could even say so much as a word to stop her she was off. Her speed was far greater than his and it appeared as though she were a blur as she disappeared into thin air. "But I have so many questions...", Steiner said to thin air as he heard an owl hoot off in the distance only enhancing the thoughts of just how long he had been training in this field with Mirja. He let out a long winded sigh and then without a single bit of hesitation sat down on the floor, propping open the book, and looking directly into the translated text with a great deal of fascination. "If Mirja wants me to train on my own...then I will train on my own. Next time we meet...I'm going to surprise the hell out of her with how far I've come.", Steiner said as he began to read about the practical uses of Tai Chi and the different rankings associated with rare metals.
A lot of the text was complicated for a beginner to understand and he decided he would spend the next day going to a local library to see if there was an assistance manual he could look into. More than that he would probably look into what other type of manuals or books that they had while he was there, after all this was a martial fighter's paradise, and surely they had information on more than just the basic and common styles that were practiced. "Just watch Mirja...you will see just how strong I can get.", Steiner said to himself with a grin as he continued to read the book with great diligence.