The Meditation Garden was the last location that Xarvis and Zholl took the group initiates to. The Meditation Garden is a large greenhouse that contains a large variety of beautiful flora from throughout the galaxy, both common and exotic. It also has a large waterfall and a huge lake which is located at the centre of the large garden. True to its name, the garden also contains many areas designated for one to carry out one’s meditation in peace. The Meditation Garden according to Xarvis is the largest location in the Bastion, as it occupies eight levels of the Bastion’s main ziggurat.
“If you ever need to centre yourself, to find peace and clarity, this is the place to do so,” Zholl said to the group of initiates as they walked through the garden. “Paladins returning from long or harrowing missions have also used this very garden to relax and rejuvenate themselves before going back out into the field.”
“This garden is magnificent,” murmured Marthan in awe to Shayla as they crossed a stone bridge over a little stream to another part of the large garden. “It reminds me of the Royal Botanical Garden back on Aldrila.
“I actually expected the Bastion to have some sort of meditative garden, but nothing on this scale,” exclaimed Shayla.
After touring the Meditation Garden, the group was brought to a small circular hall located in the large outer wall structure that surrounded the main ziggurat. Like many of the other rooms in the Bastion, the floor of the hall was made with beautiful brown and maroon polished marble. The walls of the hall had large windows which looked out to the Corethdel skyline. There were also potted plants that lined the walls. Marthan noted that there was nothing special about this hall, it was just an average hall.
“As you all know, you are all supposed to be assigned a master at the end of the session,” said Xarvis to the group.
“Unfortunately, some of your masters have been called away on urgent matters and won’t be returning until tomorrow,” added Zholl. There was a collective sigh of disappointment that filled the hall. Marthan was disappointed that he could not meet his master today, but he understood, as duty was the life of a Paladin.
“So the High Council has decided to postpone giving out your assignments until tomorrow,” announced Xarvis to the disappointed group of initiates.
Marthan raised his hand to ask a question. “Yes initiate, do you have a question?” asked Zholl upon seeing the young initiates raised hand.
“So what do we do until then?” Marthan queried. Other initiates also joined Marthan in querying Xarvis and Zholl.
“Well, we are going to be assigning you to your respective living quarters,” Xarvis said as he began inputting commands into the datapad he had been carrying since the start of the tour.
“I actually would not mind turning in for the day,” whispered Shayla to Marthan, “I’m rather tired.”
Marthan was also starting to feel tired. He had been awake since leaving Aldrila for Corethdel. Up until then, adrenaline had probably been keeping the young initiate awake and alert. “I would not mind taking a nice cold shower actually.”
“A nice shower sounds lovely right about now,” stated Shayla.
Both Marthan and Shayla stopped talking when Xarvis began to assign the initiates to their respective living quarters. To both Marthan and Shayla’s surprise, they were assigned to the same dormitory hall. The only difference was that Marthan would be staying in the male wing of the dormitory while Shayla would be staying in the female wing.
As soon as Xarvis finished assigning each initiate to his or her respective living quarter, Xarvis called in the service of four silver coloured service robots by pressing a few commands into his datapad. “These service robots will bring you to your respective dormitories, follow them.” With that, Xarvis and Zholl dismissed the initiates under their care and sent them on their way.
Upon reaching the dormitory hall they were assigned to, Marthan and Shayla said their goodbyes to one another before going to their respective living quarters, but they promised to meet each other tomorrow morning for breakfast in the Bastion’s main dining hall.
Marthan reached the quarters that were assigned to him. The room was small, yet it felt cozy. Maybe it was because of the warm yellow light that lit the room that made it feel homely. The room had a single-sized bed located at the right side of the room.. To the left of the room was a small workstation which contained a data retrieval terminal and a holo-communication receiver and transceiver. Next to the workstation was a door that led into a small bathroom There was also a rectangular shaped window located at the end of the room which offered the occupant of the room a view of the Corethdel skyline.
Marthan dropped his duffel bag on the floor next to his bed and proceeded to plop himself on the bed. He thought about the shower he wanted to take earlier on, but the bed was too comfortable, it felt as though he was sleeping on a fluffy cloud or a bed of freshly fallen snow, so he shelved the idea. He would take a longer shower the next morning. He made a mental note of how wonderful and amazing the day was before he drifted off to sleep.