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as much as the other acolytes, but he put in no less effort.

Stealth seemed to be an Anla'shok watchword. Vance learned how to fly a fighter invisibly, land on a larger capital ship and run an audio tap into its systems. More important than the lessons, Vance's fear of flying as a passenger dissipated too. He learned to relax when someone else was in control, or at least when an Anla'shok pilot was in control.

In addition, his own piloting skills improved tenfold. From his limited knowledge, he surmised he was as good as any Fleet cadet. Perhaps training in the fast, agile Minbari ships made him think his skills were greater than they actually were, but he now possessed a pilot's eye for spotting danger.

Lessons in communication and intelligence began in earnest as well. At various points throughout training, spot tests were administered where an acolyte would be required to learn one of the hundreds of Ranger ciphers, then translate a message that would invariably be in a language unfamiliar to them. Using whatever resources available, the language would be translated, the message decoded and the reply sent in the shortest time possible using the relevant cipher. Although Vance showed an inherent talent in this area, and he had prior training in message ops at Earth-Force, the sheer number of ciphers was staggering - and he was sure that the Anla'shok intended every acolyte to learn them all by heart.

As part of the Code of Tuvor, Sech Kattak instructed the acolytes on ghosting. This technique - involving various disguise, camouflage and surveillance techniques - the Anla'shok perfected over a thousand years, but the concept of not being seen whilst being seen was totally new to Vance. He had gained proficiency in concealment at EarthForce, but blending into
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