Accepted

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General Overview

The Accepted are women studying at the White Tower who have reached a certain level in their studies and ability to Channel the One Power. A woman is raised to Accepted only after stringent tests, and usually after a fair amount of time as a Novice. Accepted wear their serpent rings on the third finger of their left hands. They have fewer restrictions than Novices, and may choose the direction of their studies, within limits. The Accepted are women studying at the White Tower who have reached a certain level in their studies and ability to Channel the One Power. A woman is raised to Accepted only after stringent tests, and usually after a fair amount of time as a Novice. Accepted wear their serpent rings on the third finger of their left hands. They have fewer restrictions than Novices, and may choose the direction of their studies, within limits.

Accepted Life - In Character

Women in the second stage of their training at the White Tower are called Accepted. To gain acceptance, one has to complete the basic fundamentals of using the One Power and pass a stringent test. The details of that test are kept as a closely guarded secret. It is a rare occurance, but sometimes Wilders are allowed to bypass the novitiate level and move straight into Accepted training, depending on their maturity level and whether or not they pass the tests.

Accepted are given a white dress, just as during their novice years, banded with the seven colors of the Ajah at the cuffs and hem. Accepted are also given a gold serpent ring to wear, which must only be worn on the third finger of the left hand. They may not wear any other clothing than the banded dress, and just as during their Novice years, they may not alter or adorn their clothing with trinkets.

When a young woman has passed her tests, she moves out of the Novice galleries and into the Accepted galleries. There she is given the comforts of a larger, nicer room, with an actual bed, a desk, a carpet, and other finer furnishings, much unlike the cot and peg of the Novice cell. However, Accepted are still bound by the rules and must keep their rooms and clothing neat and tidy. They are still discouraged from wearing jewelry, face make-up, etc.

The first two weeks of Accepted training is hard, and unlike the first few weeks of Novice training, the student is not coddled. Instead, the Aes Sedai push the young women to their limits and beyond to catch those few girls who might have made it passed the testing stage. Those girls who fail to meet the Tower's standards are turned away with a purse of silver as if she had failed the very tests themselves.

Accepted are given a bit more freedom than what they were used to as Novices. They may leave the Tower without permission, provided they do not attempt to leave the city of Tar Valon. They may also channel without permission, so long as do not break any rules and act as though they were under the Three Oaths (IE: they may not channel to complete chores, etc). They are bound by fewer rules, and do not have to complete as many chores. Accepted are not only encouraged, but expected to question the things in their enviroment, in their studies, etc., as a major part of their learning process.

The Accepted will find that they have two major responsibilties bestored upon them. The first responsibility they are faced with is choosing their own studies. After the first two weeks, Accepted are expected to meet with the Mistress of Novices to speak about what classes she'd like to undertake (much like meeting with a guidance councillor to choose a major). If she dallies or takes too long in choosing her courses, it's not unheard of for the Amyrlin to call her to the office for a chat, nor for the Mistress of Novices to decide the young woman's studies for her.

The second responsibility an Accepted faces is that of assisting in the teaching of the Novices. Accepted are expected to be readily available to offer assistance to Novices, whether to aid them in practice or to offer a class in further study. Accepted will also find that they are prime candidates in aiding a Novice in the breaking of her block. Novices are expected to treat Accepted as though they were Aes Sedai, and likely a large reason why Accepted are discouraged from keeping old friendships and forming new with these girls.

Accepted Life - Out of Character

The Accepted training program and its policies were designed to emulate the the feeling and structure of that offered by the books. There are several general courses designed for the Accepted level, as well as advanced training in the One Power.

A majority of the Accepted's independant study classes may be roleplayed as having taken place off screen. Accepted are still expected to attend on screen classes that further their growth in the One Power and in other necessary areas and must complete at least four general courses of study.

Accepted are expected to spend a little of their experience on their independant study classes. If an Accepted worked on something involving the One Power, then they may raise their Finesse, or if they took something on esoteric lores, they may raise that skill, etc. More specifically, the XP should be spent on skills the field of expertiese they are gearing their character toward.

Accepted are expected to undertake the role of mentoring the Novices onscreen. This not only frees the Aes Sedai from teaching the Novices, but gives them more time to focus on the Accepted as they follow through their studies. Accepted should be readily available RP taking a Novice into the city, practicing a lesson, or holding a lesson for a Novice. Like Aes Sedai, Accepted are espected to hold at least one class a month. Those Accepted who fail to get help with the Novices may be held back from Raising to Aes Sedai until she shows involvement.

Accepted approved out of character generation may want to watch a few of the Novice lessons before asking to teach one. All Accepted must be observed by an Aes Sedai while teaching at least once in order to teach other students. This should be one of the first things the Accepted focuses on after getting Raised to this stage of training.

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