Through the streets of Mileth Village, in shops, in taverns, and in temples I go in my quest. Where is this elusive creature I have heard so much about? I can find Vipers, Wasps, and the Mantis in the Wasteland, I have walked the trails of the Enchanted Woodland, I have even been in the Crypt and seen Rats, Spiders, and the dangerous Centipede, so why is it I cannot find a Mentor?
Much has been written on Mentors carefully reviewing
their perspective students. Making
sure that they are not temporarily interested in their path and leave,
wasting the Mentor’s valuable time and energies.
Or their mentoree will
act foolishly or rude to fellow Aislings making the Mentor look bad in
front of his peers. But
what of young Aislings looking to find their own way on their chosen
path, and not being able to find someone to aid them?
This is why I have put quill to parchment and wrote this guide for
young Aislings looking for a Mentor.
No matter yer
chosen path- Monk, Priest, Rogue, Warrior, or Wizard, ye will
eventually want to find a Mentor to help ye along yer journeys.
This can seem to be an easy enough task, in the beginning.
Since there are all these Aislings around ye, one surely can
have the time and energies to be yer Mentor.
I recently; in the last two Deochs; found my perfect Mentor (Evee),
and still have my search fresh in my mind’s eye.
It was an enlightening quest, with highs and (to many) lows.
But in the end it was all worth it to find a Mentor that would
take the time and effort to aid me.
Not to mention the patience for all the questions I can come up
with for her to answer. This said, remember this:
It will be difficult to find someone
ye can trust and respect;
and has the time, energy, and patience to put up with all your young
Here is a
beginning to the things I believe can help ye on yer search for a
Mentor. Start by visiting
your local shop where ye can purchase items for yer chosen path,
usually more experienced Aislings will be there trading items and
chatting about the daily events. Here
is a table to help ye find your local shops:
perspective Mentor in this environment.
Look at their names, legends, and how they interact with other
Aislings. Beware though, do
not judge an Aisiling by only their clothes.
As some young Aislings go around in ragged clothes for sympathy,
begging for items and gold; others get expensive clothing and items to
look more impressive. They
do this to lure young ones to them, then use these youngsters for their
own gains. So be careful.
important. A Mentor’s
name becomes part of yer legend. Do
ye really want a name like – BunnyWhiskers, IDidntDoIt, AbCdEfGh, or
#%*&)@# attached to ye for the rest of yer life?
Names show if they are part of the lands, not some strange alien
from another world.
The legend of
yer possible Mentor is also important.
It will show if they have ever menotored before, ever researched,
ever went on an important quest, and gives ye an idea of what type of
Aisling ye would be going to for guidance.
The conduct of
an Aisling shows their temperament, and willingness to help others with
questions. Do they
seemingly ignore questioning Aislings, push them out of the way, or yell
at them? Or do they ask how they can be of assistance, or say
“Excuse me” when moving about a crowded place.
If all the above
areas I have discussed are looked into by ye, and ye feel comfortable
about this Aisiling being your Mentor, go up to them and begin a
conversation. Start by
being polite, say things like-“Excuse me.”,
“Do ye have a moment?”; and say “Thank ye”,
“Please”, and “Ye are welcome” when appropriate.
Always be gracious, even if the answer to being your Mentor is
“Nay.” Then ask if they
could recommend someone, or find out where else ye could look.
This Aisiling might not be able to mentor ye, but they still
could be very helpful on yer quest for the elusive Mentor.
Once ye have
found an Aisling that will consent to be yer Mentor, ye must find out
what type of style they will be using.
Will it be more casual or more structured?
Casual would be a Mentor who is available whenever the need
arises. One who does not mind answering yer whispers and mail
promptly. Who is usually in
the lands more often than not. That
will meet with ye in person if needed; but does not have a set schedule
for ye to follow. They
suggest on how to proceed with yer studies.
be a Mentor who sets a schedule to meet with ye on a regular basis.
They expect ye to arrive promptly for yer studies and stay the
required time. They may
also ask ye to raise specific secrets or skills from one meeting to the
next. They also will answer
your whispers and mails as soon as it is convenient for them to do so.
They do not always stay in the lands, and may not be as available
as a more casual Mentor.
My Mentor Evee
is both. She is casual or
structured as my needs arise. Evee
is structured because we have regularly scheduled meetings, every
double-moon to study at Dar’s. She is casual because when she is not
too busy; hunting, questing, or helping another youngling; she answers
my whispers promptly. (Even
when doing the for mentioned things, she stills answers me with an “Aye, is it important?” to make sure I am not in any serious
troubles.) Not only
offering me advice, but asking if I would like to meet in person for a
discussion. Sometimes we
just meet to chat about the days events and how we are progressing in
our separate journeys. She
has not only helped me on my chosen path of Wizardy, but aided me in all
aspects of being a respectable Aisling.
I hope these written words aid ye on your search for that elusive creature known as Mentor. The things I have discussed should help ye track and find your Mentor, I know they helped me to find mine.
I believe the
Goddess Glioca was watching over my quest to find a Mentor, and it was
the Goddess that lead me to Evee. May the Goddess
smile on ye and yer quest,