Lately, Ehlial has reminded me of how difficult I found my own training.
That is, perhaps, a bit of an overstatement as, looking back, I can’t say it was actually difficult. I suppose that view comes from having started training as a young child whereas Ehlial was a bit older. Regardless, Ehlial isn’t quite yet seventeen, and I can still clearly recall everything seeming not only difficult but much more—intense—than it actually was, looking back.
It’s not his physical abilities or abilities with the Force that concern me, it’s more that he’s had so little experience outside of his own upbringing and off of Tython; to that end, I arranged for a particularly—obnoxious—Twi’lek to accompany him when I cannot.
Ixo’diz is harmless, at least to me and to Ehlial, but has a talent for getting under one’s skin.
He’s been doing a decent job of pushing Ehlial’s patience to its limit. So far, he hasn’t gone past that limit, but he’s come close. He’s also reported back to me that Ehlial has been getting better and better at dealing with things that happen that may go against the Code.
And there are a lot of them.
Shooting an unarmed, bested through fair combat, man who said he’d surrender in the face comes to mind.
When I first heard of the incident, I have to admit to being taken aback (at least momentarily). However, the justification given, by Ixo’diz of course, did make sense in terms of how he thinks. There were two people who contracted the job: One was a local person of some note, and her orders were execution.
The other was a Republic military official who requested, but did not order, an arrest.
In his mind, the contract was made with the noble, and her stipulation for successful completion of the contract was an execution of the man in question, not an arrest.
While I certainly do not agree with Ixo’diz’s rationale, I am also aware that he is not part of the Order and is not bound to its rules. The incident was, as I’d originally planned, an excellent opportunity for Ehlial to learn first hand what “There is no chaos, there is harmony.” actually means. The situation was, as I understand, quite chaotic, and my padawan kept his mind clear and did not act or react based on the base emotional response that Ixo’diz’s actions initially caused.
Ixo’diz mentioned to me that his ‘aura’ was gray, according to Ehlial.
I cannot say for certain that it’s true, as I don’t see the way a Miraluka sees, though based on Ixo’diz’s actions, I would strongly suspect that it’s accurate.
That Twi’lek’s behavior surprises me more often than not.