bobthewizard: (5)
Congratulations to our newly minted Prefects and Heads of Houses. I'll be looking forward to working with you all again this year.

Castiel, I see that Marco is in the staff room now, if Lilith could be persuaded to join him there. Do you know where any of the other kittens are at the moment?


[[Filtered to Spencer]]

Spencer, my skull is in my classroom. When do you plan to head out?

[[/filtered]]


*checks that his office door is fastened and properly warded against, ahem, Peeves and takes the scenic route up the stairs instead of going straight through the ceiling*


[[Totally backdated to yesterday. Remember, kids, sign up for Ancient Runes here! Also, some of you may presently get uber-late last-week comments from my characters. >___> Sorry they're so very uber-late.]]
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[[Private]]

Hm. If Dumbledore will install new spirits in the castle without notifying the current inhabitants, I'd better see about restoring the wards on my classroom. It was bad enough keeping Peeves out....

[[/private]]


*ink blot, a couple of scratches and pawprints* ..Marco! How many times must I tell you....



[[Filtered to Castiel]]

Was that your voice I heard in the Great Hall earlier?

[[/filtered]]
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..As I expected. Runes starts today, and the classroom is virtually unprepared, the sink clogged, every surface dust-ridden, the supplies still boxed up, and my office still full of spiders. Pity that elf-magic can't be trusted around the mummy dust....

Two days into the year and I already need a break. I must be getting soft.


*paces, fuming*

Filtered to Reggie )

[[Filtered to Runes students]]

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the term's first Runes classes are being postponed until tomorrow. You will have an extra free period today. Please read the introduction to your year's edition of White's, and be prepared to answer review questions about the material you learned last year. Thank you.

[[/filtered]]


[[Strike readable by staff, barely hackable if students are really, really good at it.]]
bobthewizard: (15)
*on the second floor, a hairless, tattooed cat paces back and forth in front of the sealed door to the Ancient Runes classroom, meowing piteously*

*inside, all is as before, though the darkness that seems to fill the rune-carved skull is quiescent now; the noise of students running to their next classes filters in through the wards, but skull and room are as silent as though there is nothing there to react*

*your clues are as follows: a curl of parchment beneath the desk, inscribed in dark deep-scored Latin, and a renewable ward in one corner whose material component is slowly dissolving in the face of neglect, causing the charm that seals the door to weaken as the days go by*


[[Anyone who knows Bob will be guessing by now that there's something unusual going on. Thanks to the time-lapse ward, his classroom is much easier to break into now. Go ahead, try it! XD]]
bobthewizard: (5)
*a sign on the door to the Ancient Runes classroom reads, in drippy multicolored paint, Clozd foar Reaprz; beneath this uncompromising legend, a dark-robed picture of Death with a scythe may or may not be some wit's commentary on the upcoming holiday*

*meanwhile, there has been no class for six days, and though some students swear their friends have seen Bob around -- notably during the Quidditch auction -- nobody who really tries can vouch for his presence in the castle since then*


*inside the classroom whose wards are known only to his TA and a very few others, a familiar rune-carved skull sits blankly on a shelf overlooking the all-too-neat rows of desks, its hollow eyes seemingly filled with a strange, impenetrable darkness that roils once in a while, as though in futile protest against an all-enveloping night.....*


[[Egad drama!! At least, in the meantime, Matt's got the care of Bob's cat. XDDDD]]
bobthewizard: (7)
..And I thought there was no possible way for this hour to be more bittersweet.


Well, another new year is upon us already. I trust you all have your class supplies? The more volatile materials, of course, will stay in the classroom if you all know what's good for you.


[[Filtered to Misa]]

Miss Amane, might I prevail upon you to transport my... box to the train tomorrow?

[[/filtered]]


[[First strike unhackable; second mostly so. He's just gotten the news that Harry won't be coming back to teach. Not sure if Misa is aware yet that the box contains a human skull, or why, but he's reticent by habit anyway.]]
bobthewizard: (13)
--No, the Ancient Runes classroom has been locked up for the summer; there are volatile materials inside.

--No, classes are over now -- the end-of-year exams were completed last week or you people certainly wouldn't be traipsing all over the school and interrupting the students.

--No, I will not open it for you.

--No, I do not have to 'obey' simply because I'm a ghost! *frostily* A very good day to you, sir; do enjoy the remainder of your stay. *escapes through the floor in a fit of bad temper*


Worse than Peeves. Who would've credited it? If not for Dumbledore's 'request'... oh, good lord, here come some more....


[[Behold: a very ticked-off ghost. XD]]
bobthewizard: (8)
*amused* Some of you may be pleased to know that the wards on my classroom have been altered so as not to permit the latest curse.

Others may not be as pleased... because the precaution has been taken in anticipation of a test for which you will all be revising during the beginning of this week. Having everyone's thoughts public would be less than conducive to such a proceeding, don't you think? *smirks*

This will be a preliminary test to your end-of-the-year exams, and will comprise everything on the curriculum from the beginning of the year to the winter break. The second half of the preliminary exam will take place next week. Those of you who are preparing for OWLs and NEWTs are advised to peruse your notes very, very carefully.


*unfortunately, his journal is still down in his tiny office, so the following strikeout is somewhat less than stricken* There, that should wake them all up. ..Has anybody seen my cat?


100% hackable )


*meanwhile, on the seventh floor, a tattooed, hairless cat is having a fine old time chasing a number of crabs perilously close to the edge of the stairwell*


[[By 'them', Bob refers to certain Dark textbooks which he's taken out of the Restricted Section in order to restrict them a bit more than Dumbledore has seen fit. XD And if your character was around back in December when everyone got a pet crab, feel free to have your crab be among those that Marco is pestering!]]
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..I'm not even surprised anymore.


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

Class will proceed today as usual.

With one exception. This will give you all an excellent opportunity to practice gender inflection in your translations. Each of you will craft today's ward in the inflection for your original gender, and redraw it for your current one, and see which ward works better for you when you've infused them with magic. It will be interesting to find out whether the effect persists after we all change back if we ever do.

[[/filtered]]


*can be seen in the Ancient Runes classroom, inscribing a series of golden runes in the air and humming quietly to herself in a glorious contralto*


[[..And the part of Professor Bob will be played by Emmanuelle Beart.]]
bobthewizard: (5)
If the school's young ladies are quite finished comparing exotic lingerie over the public journal system.... I've seen better You may all wish to review the school dress code before classes resume tomorrow, as a preventative remedy for any potential... embarrassment.

Already they're trickling back in... I suppose it's goodbye to any further illusion of peace and quiet, not to mention privacy. Time to change my passwords again.


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

Our first class will consist of reviews and exploring the properties of the syllabaries that you created during last term. Please bring them to class, as well as your Wright's workbook and three standard sheets of parchment.

..Oh, and one more thing. Do NOT bring your crabs to class; if they got into the supplies, the results could be catastrophic.

[[/filtered]]


[[Strikes unhackable. I have no clear idea what a Hogwarts dress code would consist of, but it doesn't seem like a stretch to imagine that there might be one. XD
Also: how did your character do in Bob's class during the last term? Please comment and let me know!]]
bobthewizard: (11)
*turning slowly in the middle of his classroom, which is littered with spattered ink and bits of quills, brushes, and parchment* Havoc. Complete and utter havoc. I should have asked someone to ward my classroom against those... things. Well, too late now. It's going to take days to sort all this out.


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

For anybody who did not receive the current assignment due to last week's... security issues, the project involves some of the abrasive inks which were fortunately left untouched. You will each select two pieces of slate from the stack by the wall, trace the letters of a common household spell on one of them in white graphite chalk, choose the correct ink from the table on Page 132 of Deciphering Ancient Runes, and then use a Number Three brush to practice etching letters and lines in your second piece of slate.

If this is your first experience with volatile materials, be sure to wear dragonhide gloves. The ink will burn if it touches your skin, but it can be flushed away with water. Allow the marks to stand for two minutes before wiping the residue away from your slate, and DO NOT write on your first slate until you are reasonably confident in using the ink. For homework, two inches on the type of ink you are using and why it is the right ink for the slate.

[[/filtered]]


[[Filtered to Daisya]]

I would advise against any further nocturnal activity. If you really want a wild fruit bat, discuss the matter with your Care of Magical Creatures teacher or cast Point Me during the day, when you will have the added advantage of finding them asleep.

[[/filtered]]


[[Late post... sorry, everyone! Essentially, a couple of Jakk's friends broke into Bob's classroom and made a mess of parchment and materials, causing him to dismiss several of his classes early. Feel free to have witnessed or heard of the debacle. XD As usual, brief notes on how your character managed the assignment are for the win! And Mell, can we say Izumi pranks Bob in some way before Halloween?]]
bobthewizard: (2)
[[Private; somewhat hackable]]

*fumes* That Baron is insufferable. Groaning and clanking all over the place, as if his was the only tragedy that mattered in a castle full of ghosts..... Well, there's one good use for him, anyway.

[[/private]]


CAUGHT YOU THIS TIME, HAVEN'T I, PEEVES!? Kippers hidden around my door every day, and of course I couldn't smell them... that explains everything. You stay away from my domain from now on, or--

*colorful, scratchy script* Ahaha, all in good fun, weren't it, Proffie?? Isn't the poor pearly ghostie lonely in his little box? Can't stop the fuzzies, can he? Poor ickle--

--will you shut it!? I'll set the Baron on you, I swear!

..Izumi, Rangiku, a thousand thanks for making my office and classroom impervious to unauthorized meddling. The alternative does not bear contemplation.


[[The exchange between Bob and Peeves, caught by the transcription quill, may be audible as well.]]
bobthewizard: (6)
[[private]]

My door now operates on command -- thanks to that TA... what was her name, Harnet? Perhaps next time we meet, I'll actually find out what she looks like. Difficult to believe that I can now gain complete privacy at will. *ironically* Good heavens, it wouldn't do to let all this heady newfound power get the better of me -- complete, untrammeled freedom can be as much a curse as this captivity.

Still, this office is inadequate for the formulae I wish to study. The middle classroom overhead is empty. Perhaps that'll work.

[[/private]]


Ah, now this is better.... *surveying the dusty boxes, upturned benches, sunlight filtering in from the cobwebby window* Enough room and more... as long as nobody comes in.


[[Bob hasn't been very social, so I'm forcing him out into a public area. He will be in an unassigned classroom on the second floor, filling the place from wall to wall with glowing, complicated magical equations. From time to time, he'll drop out of sight through the floor to check something from the books in his office. Feel free to find a reason to go in there. XD]]

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