bobthewizard: (5)
*stands in the middle of his classroom, the door open behind him, scribbling a complicated series of magical equations in the air with his finger and dictating notes as a magical quill transcribes them in his journal*

[[Filtered to Bob's Ancient Runes students]]

Your midterm exam will cover the first seven sections of your textbook. There will be a both a translation section and a practical section; you'll be responsible for the ward-work we've done, weaving protective spells into written rune circles.

Please refrain from blowing up your desk, as it distracts the other students.


[[Private, accidentally partly hackable to friends]]

My second year as... well, as near a free agent as I was ever likely to get, anyway. *glances at the skull on the shelf behind his desk* Doubtless Dresden is doing fine in his new life. It can only be a positive sign if he's too occupied for regular correspondence.

..confound the boy. Why doesn't he write.

Tinsel and music all over the place... ah well, 'tis the season.


[[Strikes are also partly hackable, but very difficult to decipher. I'm still not quite back off hiatus -- two more exams to go -- but would like to extend a hearty welcome to all our new people! I look forward to meeting all of you!]]
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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.


*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: (13)
[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

Last week's assignment will be due at the beginning of class this Wednesday. Remember, the rune circle must be active, meaning that it must be ready to do something when triggered.

Everybody seems to be doing quite well in reading the runes phonetically. Next week, therefore, we will return to the linguistic analysis of the spells which may be written with these letters. This will be a more exacting task than many we have undergone. You have performed spells, cantrips, hexes, and incantations in other classes; you will now learn to write them in their original tongues. Keep your syllabaries close to hand -- you will need them.


[[Filtered to faculty]]

..This is the second time this year.... Do the rest of you have to answer these ridiculous Ministry questionnaires, or do they reserve them for me? )


[[..yes, I edited the HTML. Bwahahaha. Feel free to have your staff character end up taking the quiz as well, though it may or may not actually be from the Ministry. *evil chuckle*

Aaaaaand cue the most BORING part of Bob's classes this year! If your characters were having fun playing with acidic ink or setting their rune circles to play 'FeeeeEEEeelings' when somebody came near them, they may not appreciate the next two weeks of falling asleep over their syllabaries. Your assiduous professor is taking the chance that two weeks of pure Latin will lull the class into a peaceful academic stupor. Whether his plot succeeds... is up to you. >D]]
bobthewizard: (5)
..she's disappeared again, hasn't she? Not hiding from my revenge. That would not be like her. But in that case.....

[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

I hope you've all finished stitching the signatures on your syllabaries. The next step is to prepare the spine to accept the binding. Those of you who used vegetable paper for your signatures will want organic adhesive; if you used parchment, a synthetic glue will balance its magical signature more effectively.

Once you've affixed the cheesecloth to the spine and left it to dry, come up to the supply case and select boards and end-papers of the proper sizes. For cover material, choose from the attached list. )

The physical portion of the binding will take about half the class and incorporate one of the three forms of binding that your textbook does not elucidate: the binding of one material to another with intent to create a new object. Since your book will contain magical syllables, you will do well not to let your mind drift, or you will find throughout the year that the syllables will... leak.


Notes for Harry Dresden, Daisya Barry, and Nico Robin. )

[[Filtered to staff]]

Has anybody seen Miss Harnet?


[[By 'signatures', Bob means the folded sheets of paper, sewn together, which sit side by side to make up a book. Feel free to have your character find another meaning in Bob's class instructions. XD Re Izumi: he hasn't seen her for a few days and is afraid she's ill again, not that he'll say it aloud. Again, the bracketed notes can only be read by the people they're meant for.]]
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.


..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!]]
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Days pass and nothing changes. Confound these manacles -- how can I do anything on such a short leash? If I inquire about her, she may come to hear of it. *paces* Perfidious witch -- she may well keep out of my way! None of the students can be spared this week (and they will keep up with the curriculum, whatever my private worries)... but the minute we move on to a less rigorous section, I will have that book, and that chapter in my history will be closed for good and all.


[[Filtered to Nico Robin]]

Would you be amenable to our classes working together for a joint Runes project? Mine have reached the specific intent portion of the rune theory section, and I would like them to practice activating other inscribers' rune hexagrams with their own magic. Would you approve of having your students trade hexagrams with mine, so they all get practice working with styles they're unfamiliar with?


You'd think people would have learnt not to walk through me by now.

[[So as not to worry about Izumi, he's spending his time plotting revenge for the lake incident. XD Strike hackable, especially to anyone who's happened to walk through Bob lately.]]
bobthewizard: (2)
*materializes in his empty office, ascot crooked and face stamped with what looks like a permanent snarl*

*glares up to his skull, which is on the same shelf as always and appears none the worse for its recent adventures*

So she had the decency to retrieve me herself. That changes nothing. She could have destroyed me. That temper of hers... if I were less easy to manhandle, it would have harmed her just as easily.... *clenches impotent fists* I should have known this would never end.

The doors. The wards... there's no safety here.

As if there ever was.

[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

For this week's homework I want two feet on language changes during the Norman-Saxon conquests and a complete reverse translation of the Beowulf prelude from the original Old English. You will find the relevant information in A History of Magic and Chapter Seventeen of Twenty-Five Magical Languages, which everyone is to read before class. There will be an oral quiz on the subject.



[[Strikes completely unhackable. Thanks to Izumi's throwing him in the lake, Bob will be a dragon in class for the next few days. Feel free to take notice of his mood. 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 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.


[[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, 40% hackable]]

How could that simple project end up with half my students blowing up their desks!? It's all HER fault for going away. *grumbles* Does this happen in everyone's classes??


[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

*irate, speaking rather fast* Today we are going to discuss the Marcomannic, Medieval, and Dalecarlian scripts that developed from the runes of the Younger Futhark, and the conversion of Scandinavian linguistic tropes to Anglo-Saxon or primitive English. You'll find a discussion of the subject in Haldah's Twenty-Five Magical Languages, third chapter, section 16. For homework, twelve inches of parchment on the subject, and transliterate a monologue from any Gilbert and Sullivan drama into one of those three scripts. Advanced students can translate a passage from Hávamál into English for extra credit.


Well, get on with it!


[[First strike illegible; rune information from here. As usual, say what your character does about the assignment and feel free to get your head bitten off by the grim grumpy ghost.]]
bobthewizard: (10)
[[Filtered to Bob's third-year-and-up students]]

Your second year should have taught you all how to spell your name in Cirth runes. If you are unsure, there is a copy of the Spellman's Syllabary on the desk in my classroom, in which you will be able to find the correct combination of runes to use in today's assignment.

Which is as follows:

*Use graphite to sketch a five-inch circle on a piece of clean parchment.
*Choose the correct rune formula from the table on Page 35 of Wright's.
*Sketch the formula, along with your name, around the rim in Cirth runes. Make sure it's written backwards.
*Trace over the circle and runes with standard ink.
*Find the corresponding spell from Page 36 and cast it on the parchment, concentrating on your name and the area that you wish to protect.
This will create a rune ward to attach to the outside of a drawer or trunk so that only the person named on the ward will be able to open it. It goes without saying that these wards are not to be placed on another's belongings without permission. You will be graded on craftsmanship rather than the strength of the spell. Beware, though -- a broken circle or misplaced syllable may cause your ward to fail somewhat spectacularly.

For homework, find someone who doesn't take this class and follow the instructions on Page 36 to create a rune ward keyed to their name. Advanced students, add fire and water protection by incorporating red and blue ink, and key your ward to a specific object rather than a receptacle.

If there are any questions, feel free to ask. Also, I shall need an assistant or two to carry assignments back to my office.


That'll hold the little devils. *evil grin*

[[First strike readable; second strike gone. Yay for nitpicky, fiddly assignments? XDDD As before, leave a note to say how your character did, and have fun thinking up creative malfunctions for bad wards!]]
bobthewizard: (13)

*grumbling* I take it all back; he's a madman. Divination is a dodgy subject at the best of times, but hiring a suicidal teacher--! If that insipid little runt plans to haunt this castle, I won't be responsible for my actions.

Students are restless. Perhaps a little ward-work will get their attention.

MARCO, LEAVE THAT *claw scratches and ink blots*


I require someone to fetch a copy of Spellman's Syllabary from the library and bring it to my office. Three points will be awarded to any student who can tell me what that book is good for.

[[Filtered to Bob's students]]

Your homework will be due at the start of the next class. We are going to start translating blocks of text, so be sure to bring your Wright's workbook. With that done, you should have no problem with the project we will be doing over the next week or so.



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