Meanwhile Daniel just sat back making himself as comfortable as possible without appearing disrespectful, neither to the Temple he was honoured to have his presence in nor the land where it's magnificence lay. They both mean a lot to many, for on this once farflunged and backwaters moon, the Galaxy gained it's independence. From this unaccounted, unnoticable seed the roots of the New Republic took hold. So did the orator upon the Dais for he was the one that sprung them...
...How dare one such as I be here....
The pressure of his upcoming trial was starting to wear down on Hope's already miniscule ego, he fancied every possible disaster from accidently dropping and breaking the crystals to bending the sabergrip instead of lifting it or that he accidently rigged the button on the grip to make it short circuit. Just then a reasuring hand dropped on his shoulder and with a startle Daniel turned to his left to find Master Graul (Rymhes with Paul) staring fiercly into his Padawan's eyes.
"Tell me young one" He sounded about as pleasent as a wookie who just fell into a lake "Would it not have been more startling if I was wielding a dagger and slithing your throat right about now" Graul discarded the boy with a push before continuing "Pay less attention to your day dreams and more to your surroundings".
The tall, mascular Togorian Jedi Master returned to a rigid position on his seat, looking towards Master Skywalker but continuing to talk to Daniel "Are you ready for your trial, my student?"
"Yes....yes Master Graul" the other raised his head when the young man from Roslo stutered unassuringly.
"Did you gather everything as I said?"
"Yes I did, the crystals and the metal cylinder are prepared"
"And did you follow the regime I placed?"
"Yes...to the word, I have fasted for the last week and I sprinted accross the valley" And he still felt the multiple strains he made while hustling trough mud.
Graul nodded, he wasn't one for congratulations, he wasn't one for back patting nor smiling or ever showing a nanoic sign of joy. The Trogorian wasn't of a dark heart of course, not in the slightest but from his world he brought customs of discipline and training that wore hard on the unfortunates that went under his wing, hence why he was the least popular teacher and Daniel wouldn’t have anyone else.
Wasn’t surprising that he knew or that he acted upon it, Graul’s students always felt a shiver down their spine as if a lion’s eye staring among the bushes......It was just then that the stranger appeared, he didn’t look like anyone Hope recognized or for that matter like anyone recognized for that matter. Something light and metal fell on the young Padawan’s, he looked down at the lighsaber, the one he often used for training and saw that Graul, who had probably thrown it to him, was slowly reaching for his own....it seems that he did not recognize the stranger either.
...This won’t end well...
“However as you all know I have young Daniel Hope to take care of, which is why I ask you if I may take my Padawan with me, I believe it is time for him to experience some field work, it might harden his spirits as well as his fortitude”
...He’s mad, I can’t go out there, I’ll break an urn or something, cause a cave in or set off a trap...
When Graul sat back down, waiting for Gavriel and Luke’s answers, Daniel turned to him and tried to protest “Master...with all due respect I...”
“What’s wrong young Hope?” Graul cut Daniel off with a sarcastic tone “I thought you would enjoy the blistering cold above Yavin’s tropics, is that not why your mother sent you that thermal blanket?”
The cat like Jedi got off his seat, after Gavriel, Aaron, Renn and Gabriel had each expressed their wish to journey to the unearthed tomb and Castle, Graul was wearing his robe’s hood over his head covering half of his face with it and with a confident yet prudent low roaring voice expressed “My fellow Jedi, Master Skywalker and Master Gavriel as you well know I would never turn away from such a worthy mission or allow it to slip by without my aid, and I’m sure you would not think so highly of me if I did not join you on this expedition”, a few people nodded and whispered among themselves, it wasn’t common for someone with a Padawan under his wing to leave his student to go out adventuring....