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    Time to Bring the Dark Arts

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    Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Helena Lovecraft on Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:03 pm

    10 AM.


    Helena admitted to herself that she loved this building. Above ground, surrounded by spooky woods, the windows enchanted so no matter how bright it might be outside, it was always gloomy in here.

    And how could one teach Dark Arts when it's bright?

    She set up the stand for the wands while thinking of her conversation with Erywin last night. She thanked her for inviting her and getting her the position--but was also fascinated by the discussion of her classes. Helena had forgotten what it was like to sit and chat with Erywin, and maybe her being her would heal old wounds--

    Maybe not all, but some, she thought. Some.

    After 20 minutes all was ready for her 1st Years. Yes, this will be interesting... very. As she headed for her office she had a final thought: Aren't these little shits gonna be surprised--
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Helena Lovecraft on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:09 am

    The Class is now unlocked and open. However, you may finished up roll play in the opening thread and be here as well; the other thread will be locked soon.


    Time is now 1:31 PM


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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Helena Lovecraft on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:12 am

    She looked over the class and felt her mind spin off in a dozen directions instantly. You know what to do, she thought. That’s why you agreed to come here; that’s why you agreed to do this.

    With a loud, relaxing sight, Helena addressed the students. “Good afternoon, Class, and welcome to… well, for want of a better word, ‘Defense of the Dark Arts’.” Her slight, off-side grin could almost be mistaken for a grimace. “Though it’s much more than that, I assure you.”

    She walked slowly from her desk to the case standing along the wall to the left of the class, her brown slacks swishing softly against her legs while her low heels clicked upon the old wooden floor. Standing next to the case—which was made up of a number of square nooks with name labels beneath each one—Helena smoothed down her long, black leather duster, then pulled her wand from an inner pocket. “Before we begin, I would like everyone to come up here and put their wand in their designated slot.” She leaned against the case, eyeing everyone with a very apprising stare. “For your own safe keeping, I assure you.”

    OOC—Everyone comes up and puts their wand away. Sound strange? Sure. This is a strange class. After all wands are put away, Helena waves her wand over the class; anyone who didn’t put their wand in the case will let out a loud yelp as their wand suddenly gets very, very warm. Anyone who does that gets the Helena “wand wave” and they will come up and put their wand in the case. No exceptions. Yes, it’s a godmod. Talk to the Headmistress—end OOC.

    Returning to the front of the class, Helena began walking about slowly from one side of the room to the other. “Everyone knows what the Dark Arts are; you ask any wizard or witch and you’ll get any number of responses. But what are they? What are they truly? Are they really so foreign from what we normally practice?

    “The actual answer is ‘no’.” She looked around the room for reaction then moved on. “You all had charms this morning: everyone knows what charms are. It’s probably the most popular and commonly used form of magic in the wizarding world. And yet… there is very little difference between the charms you learned in class today and some of the more—“ Helena searched for a word. “—esoteric spells and curses you’ll see in this class.”

    As she spoke her motions became more animated, her arms moving about, her wand rising and dropping as if it were being used to tick off items on an invisible list. “Spells, charms, curses—these are all manifestations of a wizard’s or witch’s will. You know what you want to do—“ She touched the breast of her red blouse. “You us a foci to channel that intention—“ She raised her wand and showed it. “And you bring it all together by control of the foci powered through incantation.” Helena pointed her wand at a student’s book. “Wingardium Leviosa.” The book effortlessly rose from the desk, hovered for maybe 5 seconds, then returned to the desk.

    “But what did we leave out?” she asked. “There was something else at play that wasn’t mentioned.” She didn’t wait for anyone to raise their hand. “Intent. Professor Palmescoff spoke of this the other day in her class—where…” She stretched the word out as she looked about the room, a broad smile on her face, “she stole a bit of my thunder for this class, but that’s okay, she means no harm… Intent is needed for every spell, for every charm, for every potion, for every curse. Without your intent there is no magic. The possibility is always there, but the wizard’s intent drives everything. Intent is magic.

    “So what is it that makes the Dark Arts so dangerous? We know what they can do against another person, so let me rephrase: what is it that makes the Dark Arts so dangerous to their advocate? Why do people become so twisted by them?” She stopped pacing and turned toward the class, her tone becoming ominous. “Why do people who immerse themselves in the Dark Arts always seem to turn… evil?

    “It’s not so much that people become evil when they delve into the Dark Arts—“ Helena held up her hands and waves them slowly over her body. “I’ve used the Dark Arts for many, many years—do I look ‘evil’? Am I truly a ‘Dark Witch’?” She gave a small chuckle. “I’m sure there are many of you who, before long, will think of me that way, but, really: am I an evil, Dark Witch because I’ve used the Dark Arts—“ She turned her gaze upon Annie in the front row. “Effectively?”

    Helena turned to her right and paced over to the wand cupboard. “Questions?” she asked, leaning against the cabinet. “Opinions? Remarks?”
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Annie Krum on Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:34 pm

    Annie felt relief flow through her when Professor Lovecraft asked for their wands. It was a good start because today started off-kilter and didn’t seem to be improving.

    She sat still, hanging on every word the professor spoke and when she reached the end of her speech, Annie felt a shiver go through her body. She’s a dark witch, she marveled, watching as their Dark Arts teacher strolled back in the direction of their wands.

    Why is she heading back to the wand cabinet, she thought as she shook her head no when the professor asked for questions.
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Kerry Malibey on Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:49 pm

    Kerry was a little amazed watching Helena--Professor Lovecraft--stroll about the room as she spoke. He'd only had one class with her before now, but that situation had been so much different than this. Where that had been very light and easy going, this seemed so . . . stern and foreboding.

    Looking to his right Kerry noticed how at ease Annie now appeared. She seemed pretty relived to have her wand "put away"--for safe keeping? Kerry figured that might be the case, though he couldn't imagine doing something in class that would piss off a student enough that they might want to whip a spell at someone. Then again, I've never been in this class, either.

    Either way, Annie looked taken with Professor Lovecraft. She was following her every move. Kerry knew how concerned Annie was about going Dark Side, and he hoped they could develop a bond so Annie could learn more.

    Kerry shook his head when asked if he had questions. He had no idea what to say right this moment.
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Ella Farrell on Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:30 pm

    Ellen grinned to herself.

    Thank the Lord. There's something to look forward to this school. I wonder if she'll just start hitting us with spells or something. So, she's a dark witch, eh? Not what I've heard. But this makes her more interesting.
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Ella Farrell on Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:41 pm

    "Why are the Dark Arts so bad? Is it simply the name? Or can one learn to control the uncontrollable by taming it to not do evil?" she challenged the professor with a question.
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    Post  Helena Lovecraft on Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:44 pm

    "Very good question, actually... something I'm touching on next." Helena continued: “Because one of the nuggets of ‘common wisdom’ is that the more you delve into the Dark Arts, the more evil one becomes.” She proceeded down the aisle, glancing back and forth at students. “Is this true? Does one become evil as they perform the Dark Arts? Think about that statement for a moment… If it is true that one becomes more evil as you study the Dark Arts, does that mean all of you are destined to become evil?” She turned, holding out her hand, indicating the class as a whole. “This is a mandatory class where you will learn not only how to defend yourself against this magic, but you will even attempt some of the spells. Do any of you actually believe you are going to turn evil doing this?”

    Walked back up the aisle, Helena said, “Now, it is true that people have turned… I suppose evil is as good a word as any when it comes to the state they became in the end. The Dark Arts are designed to inflict pain and misery upon others, so it is a given that a practitioner of the Dark Arts will, in time, become a vessel of unmitigated evil in the end, yes?” Helena’s voice rose. “Can’t be helped, can it? You do things with the Dark Arts that are… unmentionable. They hurt, they twist, they maim… they kill.

    “Oh, yes. We all know about that last one, don’t we? The Killing Curse, the worst of the Dark Arts. Never mind that you can bind someone to your will, or maim someone, or torture them with the same—the one curse that gets all the attention is the Killing Curse. The most horrible of all the Dark Arts.” She stopped at the head of the aisle and looked over the class. “Yes? Anyone like to dispute that?”

    Just then there was a knock at the door. Helena opened it with a flick of her wand. “Come,” she called, and in walked a thin, younger woman with blond and glasses, dressed in plain clothing—a white pullover blouse and dark khaki pants with sturdy hiking boots. She used her wand to hover something large; though covered, it appeared to be a cage of sorts. Helena pointed towards what appeared to be a heavy standing hanger at the front of the room. “Up there, Isis,” he said, and the woman moved her object to the location and, very deftly, hung it where shown.
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    Post  Kerry Malibey on Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:53 pm

    When Kerry saw the other woman come in with whatever it was she was levitating, he quickly put "something cage-like" and "Killing Curse" together and came up with . . . uh, oh. Is Helena gonna snuff something in class? he thought. Sure, this wasn't Cardiff secondary school, but killing stuff.

    Then again, nimrod, this is the Dark Arts Class, Kerry reminded himself.
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Ella Farrell on Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:59 pm

    "I believe not, Professor. The cruciatis curse is most evil of all when used multiple times. Though others may think not. I am not afraid of death. So I do not believe the killing curse is the worst."
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    Post  Helena Lovecraft on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:07 pm

    "Well, if you're not afraid of death," Helena said, cracking a smile, "then you can take my place when the time comes.

    "I'm going off what is usually called 'common wisdom' and not what those who get deep into the Arts might thing." She shrugged. "The Cruciatus is a particularly horrible spell, and can be used to drive people insane and even kill them. But it's also a spell that is actually difficult to do correctly." Helena shrugged. "If all you want to do is make someone hurt, it's an easy spell--one of the reasons so many non-experts can pull it off without a lot of effort.

    "And lets be honest: when someone is trying to do it while angry, 9 times out of 10 they screw it up." She smirked. "Badly."
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    Post  Ella Farrell on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:14 pm

    Who told her about the lock?!?!

    "So what are we doing?" Ellen asked, interested more than anyone.
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Evangelina Cromwell on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:24 pm

    Lina didn't like where this conversation is going. She didn't like that Professor Lovecraft was talking about two of the three Unforgivable Curses, nor did she like the fact that Professor Mossman brought something in while they were talking about them either. I hope she's not going to do what I think she's going to do, the horrible thought crossed her mind. She had overheard some of the girls in her coven talk about how eccentric Dark Arts could be, and heard that at one school, a Professor actually showed the class what the curses can do.
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    Post  Ella Farrell on Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:40 am

    Oh, she's gonna do this, isn't she? Hurt and then kill an animal. And we're going to have to sit and watch. And be okay with it. It isn't that hard if you want it. Just find a light and switch it off.

    Ellen looked over at Lina. She looked like she was going to puke.

    Poor girl...
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    Post  Helena Lovecraft on Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:40 am

    Looking over the faces of her students, Helena gauged the mood of the crowd. They're uneasy, she thought. They know what's coming--or they think they know what's coming. She dug into her reserves for what was coming next. Time to turn this to 11--

    “So, we know what the Dark Arts can do," Helena said. "We know their practitioners are all evil assholes; we understand their effects and the absolute certainty of their effects.” She stopped and once more looked the class over. She cocked her right eyebrow high. “Do we? Is this something we really know?”
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    Post  Kerry Malibey on Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:47 am

    Watching the professor walk to and fro was like watching a tiger pace, and Kerry was, against his better judgment, excited to see what was going to come next.

    He stole a few glaces of the others. Annie was still in rapture; Lina looked like she was going to be sick . . . and a few others were very ill at ease. And then one looked--bored? Jeez, guess you gotta kill something around her to liven some people up . . ..
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    Post  Keith Domingo on Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:45 am

    Dark Arts. This was probably the stuff they warned Keith about in church. After meeting the Phoenix Flames, he wasn't sure what to believe. He had given it more thought and asked a few of his coven mates about it since then.

    "Religion is made up by muggles," a dark fourth-year boy in the common room had said a few nights ago.

    A sharp-eyed sixth-year had joined them as Keith was describing what he could remember from Sunday school. He had his hair slicked back and spoke with an articulate British accent. "It's a preserved tradition of passing morals to the next generation, but it is enforced through the assumed authority of life after death." he had taken a seat by them around the hearth and continued. "Both muggle and wizard philosophers can deduce their own morals because they are proven to be true in a sense that doesn't require blind faith in a higher power or in actuality, tradition." Both Keith and the fourth year looked at each other and nodded in agreement.

    "I encourage you to do the same as you learn magic here. You'll know whether what you're doing is right or wrong by paying attention to the harm or good you do. It makes more sense than going off of what someone else simply claims is good or evil." the older student finished as he sat back in his chair, folded his hands, and crossed his leg over his other knee.

    Keith thanked them both for the advice and for chatting with him before heading up to bed that night.


    Listening to Professor Lovecraft speak reinforced the new point of view his coven mates had given him. As the cage was brought in, felt more detached than uncomfortable. His classmates did not seem to feel the same. "Is this something we really know?” the professor asked.

    I'd rather find out now instead of assuming, thought Keith.
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    Post  Annie Krum on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:05 pm

    Professor Mossman piqued Annie's curiosity when she came into the classroom carrying something rather large, all covered up. She felt the hair on the back of her neck stand, giving her the same feeling she got in potions--right before she put on the cursed shawl and was petrified.

    Whatever comes next will be interesting, that's for sure.
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    Post  Helena Lovecraft on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:11 pm

    She twisted around to look back towards the woman standing by the hanging cage, both occupying positions towards the front of the class. They're all expecting something to happen, she thought. This should shake everyone up--

    Suddenly Helena spun around and quickly pointed her wand at Kerry. “Avada kedavra,” she said in a normal, conversational voice, as if she asking for another cup of tea. A bright green beam shot from the tip of the wand and hit Kerry full on, enveloping him in momentary burst of emerald light—
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    Post  Kerry Malibey on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:13 pm

    Kerry didn't quiet get what was happening. He heard, then saw light . . . and suddenly there was a feeling like he'd once had when he'd been helping his dad change a light switch and touched something he shouldn't have--it was like a quick, strong charge running through his body.

    And like that, it was over.

    He shook it off quickly, then noticed everyone staring at him--
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Evangelina Cromwell on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:21 pm

    Lina's stone face dropped to a horrified expression as Professor Lovecraft hit Kerry with the Killing Curse, She just killed her own student, she thought with disbelieve, SHE JUST KILLED HER OWN STUDENT!!

    The horrible thought quickly left as Kerry seemed to be alright, "Nan de..." she whispered to herself. The shocked expression was one that most of the students, if not all, were expressing.
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    Post  Annie Krum on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:38 pm

    Annie was so preoccupied with the idea that the horrors bound for the class were concealed that she was completely taken by surprise as Professor Lovecraft raised her wand, sending the killing curse straight at Kerry.

    “NO!” she screamed, shoving her chair out from under her as the green light hit its target. She stood helpless, watching the horrible green glow fade—leaving Kerry completely unharmed. She stared at him, as he looked around the classroom, probably wondering why everyone is staring and I’m standing here next to him.

    She glared up at the professor. “That wasn’t funny,” she said, furious with all of the professors in this school. Their only pleasure seemed to be to make the students suffer, but this was beyond what Annie could take.
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    Post  Helena Lovecraft on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:43 pm

    Helena centered her gaze upon Annie. "Please return to your seat, Annie," she said softly. I knew she was going to get upset... one of the reasons I took the wands.

    Helena calmly strolled over to Kerry and asked, “Are you all right, son?” He looked up and nodded, apparently puzzled. “Yeah, sure,” he said softly.

    Helena put a hand on his shoulder and turned toward the class. “Now, would someone please tell me why Kerry here is not dead and his body lying upon the floor cooling to room temperature?”
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    Post  Kerry Malibey on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:45 pm

    When Kerry heard "Dead", his response was as anyone might: "Huh??" And then there was Annie standing there, looking like she was about to turn murderous--

    What the . . . frack is going on??
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    Re: Time to Bring the Dark Arts

    Post  Annie Krum on Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:55 pm

    Annie took her seat, still fuming at the professor. She glanced over at Kerry to make sure he was really breathing and then spoke up--her voice quivering with anger.

    "The spell didn't...kill him," she took a deep breath before continuing. "Because the intention to do so was not there. If the casting wizard is not sufficiently competent, the curse will--in all likelihood, be completely ineffective..."

    She glowered at the professor, knowing full well that trick was intended to get a rise out of them.

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