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Mastering an Art


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Mastering an Art
Do'Shanji



An Introduction

My name is Do'Shanji. I am a master of Rawlith Khaj and reside deep in the jungle, training those who used to seek it. However I have not had a single student for eighty days now. It is not easy for me to accept, but my people are leaving the path of the warrior behind. One could argue that the Alliance war did plenty to cause this shift. It cost the lives of many great warriors, a fact that perhaps turned many away from the harsh and violent nature that a warrior must learn to thrive in. Sure there will always be enough willing to become guardsmen, but a true warrior is so much more. It is in these fading days that I write these memoirs. I fear I will not live for many more years, but I will not have my knowledge die out. It is my hope that one day, my remains may be discovered by someone who seeks the knowledge of a master. Perhaps guided by tales of a martial artist that resided deep in the jungles, who taught students in the ways for a time. If you have indeed stumbled upon this, than it is my gift to you. I have passed, but these memoirs will be your guide to the ways of Rawltih Khaj. This is my life-long story on mastering the art.



A Beginning

I was born under the sign of the Lord in the 548th year of the Second Era in the town of Orcrest. My parents, well I do not know much of them. They did not want me, there is nothing else I care to tell you of them. I was not more than five or six years when they left. For most orphaned Khajiit, you could be looking at a life in the streets. Never knowing where your next meal might come from, or if you will even live to see the next day. I was lucky. For I am a Khajiit of great stature. Even as a child it was clear to the authorities that I would become a formidable warrior, if given the proper training. I was taken from the streets where I had already become a nuisance to the market stands and coin purses. They took me to the place where, to this day I have always felt most at home: the grand halls of the great Khajiit martial artists. The halls are - or maybe now in your time - were - located up in the mountains, a few hours outside the city walls.

The halls were constructed of timber from Valenwood. The main supports were massive and adorned with many carvings of great Khajiit warriors from old, the founders of the ways. Despite the fact that it has been at least twenty years now since I last saw their glory, I can still picture them just as clear as the day I first lay my eyes on them. There were two of these great halls, though one was less intricate than the other. They ran parallel to each other, and there was a large space between the two. The smaller one is where the living quarters were, while the larger one was for meals and great gatherings. Sometimes masters from all across Elsweyr would convene in the great hall. Yes, the way of the warrior was in a golden age during those years and many were trained in those ways. In between the two halls was the training grounds. Three large sandy circles took up most of the space. There the students practiced what they had learned, or masters honed in their skills with one another. Additionally there were many practice dummies and targets that lines the walls of the two buildings.

When I first arrived there, the masters would not take me in. “He is far too young to begin training here.” I remember one of them saying. “He needs to grow in strength and maturity first.” Another had chimed in. The guardsmen who had taken me there insisted that they take me, but still the masters would not agree to it. I thought to myself that here again I was not wanted. Finally a voice spoke from the back of the gathering crowd. “I will take him in”

I still remember seeing him for the first time, he filled my thoughts with hope for the first time I could remember. Here finally, was someone who was willing to take care of me. His name was Do'Rahka, and though I did not know it at the time, he was counted among the best of all the masters who resided in those great halls. He was wise and old, a fierce warrior and victor of many battles. Do'Rahka was the father figure I never had, and in many ways I think I have turned out like him myself. He was muscular for an older Khajiit, and he certainly did not lose any touch on his moves with age. I know this personally from my experiences in training with him.

In the early years Do'Rahka was limited in what he could teach me. Being so young, my claws still had not fully developed. It can do permanent damage to practice one of the Khajiit Martial Arts while the claws are still growing. Instead I began to train in the mental aspect of the arts from a very young age. Master Do'Rahka taught the core values of the warrior, things you must never forsake. You too must follow this code if you want to master Rawlith Khaj.

To defend Elsweyr, the Mane and your fellow kinsman with your life.
To carry out the will of the Mane.
To always fight with honor.
To act with strong resolve.
To forever seek improvement through training.
To never give up.


By the time my body was ready to begin training, I already had learned much of Rawlith Khaj and what it meant to be a warrior. My desire to put my knowledge to use was insatiable and I spent as much time training as Do'Rahka would allow me. He always warned me of over working. “Rest young one, your body needs to adjust to your new lifestyle.” He used to tell me in those early days. The urge to train daily can be difficult to control in the beginning, but it is something you must learn to handle if you wish to gain anything from your training. In the early stages I would recommend training only on every other day. Once your body becomes more conditioned you will be able to handle training everyday.

As I progressed through my training, Do'Rahka taught me more advanced moves and strikes (of which, I will detail in a later chapter). I quickly became one of the best students under his tutelage. By age sixteen, I had already spent a decade of work learning the arts. One year later I found myself sparring with another student in one o f the training circles. Do'Rahka came and watched the two of us. My opponent was older than me, most will train from fourteen to twenty-two, but he was far behind compared to my knowledge. He didn't prove to be much of a challenge and I easily won. That was when Do'Rahka bid me to follow him. We walked together on a path that wound up the mountain. No words were spoken by either on the way up. At the summit was a small level overlook. It was where the Masters went to meditate.

Do'Rahka stood on the overlook and spoke “The time has come Ma'Shanji. You have learned much from me since you first were brought here, have you not?” I said nothing to him, but nodded wile I thought back to those days. At the time it felt like many ages had passed, but here in my twilight it feels like so much less. There on that high mountain summit, I was confirmed to the warrior's path. Do'Rahka told me to cast away my previous prefix, Ma, meaning apprentice. He bestowed to me a new title, Do, which indicated my status as one who had mastered a Khajiit Martial Art. “Go now, you must put your skills to use for Elsweyr.” I had tried to tell him there was still much I had to learn, but he said to me: “Yes Do'Shanji, there is still much for you to learn. You must become your own teacher now. You may still return to these halls for meditation and to train with another of your skill. However your real training will now come in your service to Elsweyr, The Mane and your fellow kinsman.” I understood what he meant. We both returned to the halls for the dinner feast. I slipped out early from that feast, gathered my belongings and left those grand halls. I would return there again in time, but never to stay. I walked the several hour distance to Orcrest, my place of birth and nearest town, by myself.

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This post was last modified: August 10th 2013, 11:24 AM by Grape Drank


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Didn't like how the story turned out so I am in the process of rewriting it. Now it is a memoir that Do'Shanji writes in his final days. Right now it's just the introduction and beginning, but there will be more coming in the (hopefully) near future.


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A sad way for Do'Shanji to end his life. It was enjoyable and well written, and sounds like the musings of an old master on a time long ago.

The only thing I would query is the use of 'I', something I noticed you do when you RP, rather than 'This one' we get in-game. Is there a reason he uses the normal way of expressing himself rather than the Khajiit way? I always think it adds a whole lot of character.

One final thing, rather than say he was born under the Lord, you could substitute the position of the moons in the sky, which give him his stature according to Khajiit tradition. For a Cathay, Secunda would be full, and Masser waxing.




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Yeah I have always been bothered by the way the Khajiit talk in-game. It's just kind of annoying to me personally. I haven't yet thought of a reason why Do'Shanji is so well spoken grammatically speaking, but it's something I have been thinking of. I like your idea about using the moon positions instead, I think I will do that.


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Hey Grape Drank, getting back to you on that feedback request!

I like that you've decided to write down Do'Shanji memoirs on his martial arts training. It's a story that sort of follows the end of a era, and provides insight onto the past traditions of Khajiit warriors through a retelling of his life.

Perhaps something that could improve the tale are more specifics that seem unique to the Khajiit themselves. The Khajiit, I'm sure, have their own way of training and techinques than that of other Tamriellic militaries or modern martial art schools. They have claws, but how do they use those claws? Surely they are used to shred and tear the flesh of their enemies, but some examples may be inspiring. How is Rawltih Khaj different from other martial arts? How is it used against armored opponents? Do they try to pierce through the armor with great strength or bypass it with finesse? What sort of training would Do'Shanji experience to prepare him for such things? These sort of details may make his time with the halls distinct from other similar stories.

Anyways I look forward to seeing more from this as Do'Shanji goes to Orcrest and beyond!


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Thanks for the feedback HS!

Currently my plans are to include a sort of appendix at the end that details all the different moves Do'Shanji knows. That will be the very last thing added to the story. I think it would be good to add some details into the earlier chapters too though.


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