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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: (1)
*pacing through piles of books in his office, the weird light from his glowing skull casting odd flares over the narrow walls*


[[Private]]

One advantage of this prank is that I will be able to carry myself to the day's festivities without having to ask anybody for help. How he persuaded the cursed thing to move with me rather than anchoring me in place... *irritated handwave* It must be a fluke. If Dark magic had any power to alter my sentence, I would have discovered it long ago.

..Time.... well, best be getting on with it.

[[/private]]


*turns with a show of nervous energy, strides for the door, and is brought up short with his nasal cavity against the wood*

...

*a muttered curse* Though there are inconveniences as well.

*grumbling, orders the door to open and let him through*
bobthewizard: (1)
A week? Not likely. My skull had better not crash to the floor when these confounded charms wear off.

Hmph. Well... if this is my last week as an entity, I suppose I ought to make it a good one.



[[Filtered to staff]]

*deadpan LOL* I don't suppose there's a way of reversing this, is there?

[[/filtered]]


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

I'm sure I need not warn everyone that disruptions in class will not... be... tolerated.... so kindly keep the inevitable comments to yourselves.

Your assignment for the upcoming class will again be creating wards. This time, though, they will be etched in stone. Yes, you will be working with acid. No, you may not take any out of the classroom. Bring your dragonhide gloves; getting any on your hands will be a bad idea.

[[/filtered]]


[[Thanks to Dwayne, Bob has a shiny, dazzling, flaring skull inside his ghostly head. Not exactly like the icon, but I couldn't resist. XDDD His normal features, pale and ghostly as they are, will be quite drowned out by TEH SHINY. Strike = unreadable. And come on, comment to say how your character does in class -- he wants to start doling out points!]]
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[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

Well, most of you seem to have caught up in basic translation. Depending on how today's group project goes, there may be a more practical assignment in your future.

There will be a passage written in front of the board when you arrive. Each student will take a different line of text, and then pair up with somebody who doesn't have the same line you do. Translate the line from Roman text into Futhark runes, and then pass it over to your partner, who will translate it back. Five points will go to the first five students to complete both sides of their work in class.

[[/filtered]]


*stands back toward his classroom door; the air in front of the blackboard is overwritten with golden Latin words*

Ergo oceanus, maritimus.... )

And now.... *to himself, with a hint of a wicked smirk* ..all that remains is to wait.


[[Private to Marik]]

It was delightful catching up with you and Tabarus the other afternoon. As to the other matter, I greatly appreciate your assistance. Tomorrow should be... interesting.

[[/private]]


[[Lyrics, if anyone is interested, are from Enya's Tempus Vernum. Those passing outside Dwayne's quarters before he emerges for his classes will be able to observe an extremely complex Celtic rune pattern attached by magic to the wood, just at head height. Dwayne-mun knows what it will do. XD]]
bobthewizard: (5)
*drifts idly through the halls, observing the chaos*

Just as well my classroom is locked and warded for the weekend.

..Has anybody seen my cat?


[[Private]]

Not a word since St. Patrick's Day... I expected he would forget what he wrote.

He probably got lost in the Forbidden Forest and ran into a manticore, or froze, or got stepped on by one of the walking trees -- only to be expected in such a condition... shouldn't have been here in the first place... if Dumbledore is simple enough to hire vampires without safeguarding the children... what the devil did he expect....

..Confound it.

[[/private]]


[[Consider this an open invitation to slip leftover holiday surprises into Bob's classroom during the week. XD Dwayne-mun, Bob is just being morbid out of irritation and pessimism.]]
bobthewizard: (13)
[[Filtered to staff]]

And nobody thought to warn the new faculty of this periodic curse you seem to have? How very thoughtful of you all to spare us the agony of anticipation. Perhaps next time a few of the students will actually die and take their place among the school's legitimate posthumous population, so you'll have the pleasure of their company for all eternity. Won't that be nice.

[[/filtered]]


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

Those of you who were injured during the recent incidents may take an extra week to complete your assignments, and, if necessary, skip the next class and catch up at your own pace.

[[/filtered]]


[[Filtered to Dwayne]]

My office. Now.

[[/filtered]]


[[Expect to see Bob as a frequent visitor to the Hospital Wing until his students are well enough to leave it. Otherwise, feel free to observe him going about the school in a very bad mood. XD]]
bobthewizard: (9)
[[Filtered to Mr. Fish]]

*amused* Marco wishes to convey his thanks, and would like to know whether the frogs are properly alive.

[[/filtered]]


[[Filtered to Misa]]

That was very kind of you. If you'll stop by my office before the dance, I would like to thank you in person.

[[/filtered]]


*an unaccustomed smile tugs at his mouth as he looks at the long-stemmed red rose in a vase next to his journal*
bobthewizard: (9)
One would think that with so many students away for the holidays, the school would be somewhat less chaotic.

*pauses for mental rimshot*

At any rate, I am gratified to hear that most of you are enjoying your winter break. And for those of you who are not... remember, you'll be back here in less than a month.


*Bob's gift list: to be delivered by house-elves on the appropriate morning* )
bobthewizard: (2)
..!

*faceghostlypalm, standing in a pile of shredded pages* Marco.....



[[Private]]

This may be my chance..... if I report it too late for....

[[/private]]


*tense, suddenly makes up his mind*


[[Filtered to Dwayne]]

If you would come down here for a moment... I find myself with something of a mess on my hands.

[[/filtered]]
bobthewizard: (13)
[[Private, first sentence hackable to Dwayne]]

Hmph. It's been too long; there's no use making an incident now. Not that I could think of anything good....

Well. If avoiding me will raise her life expectancy, so be it.

..I suppose I have to think about gifts. It's been centuries since that was a concern of mine. At least I know what Peeves is getting: absolutely nothing.

[[/private]]


Notes to Sakura Haruno, Harry Dresden, and Daisya Barry )


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

In our next class you will emboss the covers of your syllabaries with your names in Futhark runes, the date (minute, hour, day, month, and century) in Roman numerals, and a box ward in anagrammatic form running all the way around the outside edge of the covers. Use parchment to plan the position of the runes; a broken rune string can result in a broken ward.

When you are finished, perform the translation spell that you will find in section twenty-seven of your Wright's workbook. This will allow the syllabary, once complete, to fall open to the page with the syllable that you need.

The rest of the class will be occupied by revising for the end-of-term test. If you have any questions, ask them now.

[[/filtered]]


[[Notes visible only to their recipients. Soooo, Bob has nowhere to be for the holidays. As far as he's concerned, Harry has nowhere decent to go either, and he'd like to do something about that. Plot, anyone? >D]]
bobthewizard: (7)
[[Private]]

Tales of doomed lovers have always moved me. *shuddering sigh* That I, of all men, should fall prey to these griefs once again... but a full heart will not be checked... not now.

[[/private]]


Congratulations to the Drama Club on their performance of "that most excellent and lamentable tragedie". There is no doubt that your practice was well repaid.


[[Filtered to Dwayne]]

Next time you might want to deliver the fliers individually -- that would preclude nosy children claiming that they're missing out.

[[/filtered]]


[[Those whose attention turned to the staff section of the audience may well have observed Bob weeping silently at the emotional bits, at least before he got self-conscious and turned invisible.]]
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Notes for Izumi, Vala, Dwayne, Daisya, and Marik )


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

We have been focused during this term on practical concepts of language, art, and intent. Our last section will be a synthesis of the three, during which you will craft, bind, and imbue a ten-page syllabary with which to record the linguistic concepts upon which we will focus for the rest of the year. Bring your dragon-hide gloves, as you will be working with acid, glue, and volatile dyes.

When your syllabaries are finished, we will spend the next few classes revising for the end-of-term exam, upon which I expect each of you to earn an O. If you have questions on any portion of the work we have done to date, do not hesitate to approach me for clarification -- and the sooner the better. From now on, you will bring all of your textbooks to class.....

..And if you do exceptionally well, there will be no take-home work for the holiday break.

[[/filtered]]


[[Each note is visible only to whomever it's addressed to. What Bob has to say to Dwayne will depend on what Izumi has to say to him -- her help in Harry's rescue has done a great deal to ameliorate his anger over the lake incident. As usual, respond with a character comment or OOC note telling how your character does in the class.]]
bobthewizard: (11)
*angry muttering* Confound people walking in without looking where they're going! It's been twenty-four hours; where could the beast have gone? *grumbles* Back to the Forbidden Forest, I shouldn't doubt... wretched animal... I suppose I shouldn't have expected it to....

If anybody has seen a tattooed, hairless cat in the castle, kindly bring it back to the first-floor staff room. Thank you.


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

I hope you've all been working hard on the parameters of your hexagrammatic rune charts. It is time to discuss imbuing these runes -- and even runes you did not write yourself -- with charms and trigger spells to make them magically active.

As you've all had experience working together, our next class sessions will be performed jointly with Professor Robin's class. You will pick a partner from her class, exchange hexagrams, choose a that you have learned this year, imbue the hexagram with the charm, and incorporate a trigger spell that will set it off whenever you desire. For homework, do the same thing to one of your own hexagrams for practice.

[[/filtered]]


..And five points to anybody who finds that cat!


[[Strike not hackable, but mood is obvious to anyone who sees him. Edit: there may be a log for the project, so stay tuned! :D As for Marco, I'm giving him another day or so loose in the castle. Enjoy his ear-splitting greetings!]]
bobthewizard: (15)
*without warning, a tattooed, hairless cat darts out between the legs of whoever just walked into the secondary staff-room -- and said cat, after being cooped up for over a month, is very curious about what has been going on in the castle*

*races up the nearest stairwell and commences to get acquainted with the first person he meets, thus....*


MIIIIEEEOAAAAUUUUUUUU!!!!


[[Bob will notice his absence pretty soon. In the meantime, feel free to be haunted by his somewhat less-than-ghostly familiar. XD]]
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?]]

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