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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:08 pm    Post subject: The Triwizard Tournament  Reply with quote

The students and teachers were all gathered in the Great Hall for a seemingly normal breakfeast. It had not taken students very long to notice something large, covered in cloth, near the staff table. Within the hour all the students were gaping at it, and a few even tried to sneak up and get a glimpse of it. A smile crossed Edward's face at the thought of what was to come. The last time the Hogwarts had hosted the Triwizard Tournament things had gone......bad, to say the least. This year things would go better, even the Death Eaters and Voldemort could not bring it down this year.

After most of the food was finished and the students were sitting back chatting Edward stood and raised his hands. Silence swept across the Great Hall and it was time for the Headmaster to let the students in on the news.

"Good Morning everyone. I trust you had a decent breakfeast, but now it is time to discuss. The Triwizard Tournament is going to be held, once again, at Hogwarts, however, we are doing things a bit different this time 'round. Each school will have preliminaries to see which of their students make it to the final three tests. The first one revolves around the answer to the following riddle. In three days time you will be confronted with the answer, and must know how to deal with it. It is posted all around the school. Enjoy your day," and Edward sat back down, another smile crossing his face.'

Surely enough as the students piled out there were signs everywhere reading 'I see without seeing, to me darkness is as light as day. What am I?'

Edward leaned back in his chair, eager for the third day.
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Marsus Adagon
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsus tore down the flier from the wall, reading it intently. As far as he could tell, there were no secret letters, no watermark, no inscriptions. It was simply a riddle.

After his first class, he ducked into the library. Standing on the compass rose in the center of the massive room, he had to concede that if there was an answer, it was here. Although the strict rules called for silence, other students had had the same idea as he, and were crawling over each other to get at the books. They all seemed to search the Dark Arts section, clawing at whatever books were still left on the shelf.

Marsus had a different idea, but he couldn't deny that the crowd looked appealing. How could so many be wrong? If this didn't pan out, he'd head over there, but at the moment, only one section was on his mind. He stood before a great shelf and pointed his wand upwards. Finally seeing a promising tome, he spoke softly, "Accio Rastin's Study of Senses."

The mighty book slid easily off the wood and plummeted toward him. He caught the huge thing in both hands, lugging it to a nearby study table. Opening the clasp, he cracked the ancient book and began skimming the voluminous index. He flipped over to the section called "Second Sight: Studies of the Alternative."

Paging through became a chore as various diagrams and paragraphs described the horntrussled snowback, who only had senses of smell and taste; the bornagok beaver whose one nostril was bigger than the rest of their body; and the overlook tiger, who believed it couldn't see you if you couldn't see it. The latter was easily defeated by a quick game of peek-a-boo, according to the book.

Sighing as he prepared to return the book, he looked down one more time. The current page was a graph of the sonic patterns of bats as well as medical drawings of their vocal chords. He whispered to himself as he read, "the typical bat is capable of flight in complete darkness, using high frequency noises to discern their surroundings. The sound waves bounce back into their ears, allowing them to triangulate their position, according to muggle scientists. In fact, while bats possess eyes, they prefer to avoid bright lights and find shelter in darkened caves.

"Bright lights," he said to himself quietly as he quietly shut the book and replaced it. He ran to the Charms section, past the mob of students hungrily searching the Dark Arts tomes. At last he pointed his wand at a pure white manual that had remained pristine despite the condition of the books around it. "Accio The Light, and How to Swing It."

The pages themselves seemed to highlight the text as he consumed the knowledge within. It claimed that some creatures of the night had become so because they despised the sun. As such, the power to wield the light of the sun was the power to remind them of the time they tread under a hated enemy, to awaken the fear within them.

It was mostly rubbish, but it led to an important discovery. A small diagram labeled Fig. 4S detailed a particular wand flourish with the words "Lumos Totalus" scribed beneath it. Marsus reached over the book and picked up his wand from the quill rest. He practiced the flourish a few times; it seemed easy enough. Finally he summoned all his nerve and concentration and spoke the words. His surroundings in the dark corner gleamed suddenly with the spell, and he suddenly realized why: He had been pointing the wand at the desk.

The oak study desk had been illuminated by only a small lamp before; now it pulsed with light so bright Marsus had to shield his eyes. Lifting the book, he turned and sat on the floor, using the glowing desk to read further. "Users of the spell must maintain concentration on the tip of their wands, lest the spell escape into the nearest object. The enchantment will last up to 9 hours, depending upon the power of the wizard casting it."

The light had begun to fade already into nothingness. Marsus closed the book and slid it back into the aisle. Students at the end of the long line peaked around the corner to find the source of the super-bright light that had just disappeared. Picking up his satchel, he quickly escaped the library. He had a good start, but tomorrow he planned to dive back in again.
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Selendrile Snape
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Selendrile was walking out of the Great Hall now going to grab a flyer of the wall. Selendrile walked up to one and read it then tore it down and folded it up and put it in her pocket of her robes.

Selendrile was deep in thought about the riddle not paying attention when she ran into someone.

"Sorry" she muttered and kept walking they just glared at her.

"I wonder if I can get any ideas from the Library" Selendrile thought to herself then she smiled. She started a at a jog towards the library. Selendrile entered the Library out of breath. she was panting when she walked up to a table and set her school bag down. Selendrile thought she would start in the Dark Arts section. She was the first one to the section, she grabbed a book on Dark Creatures, and another about random Dark Art things. She walked back to her table and set the books down.

''I see without seeing, to me darkness is as light as day. What am I?''
She had the riddle running through her mind. She opened the book about random Dark Art things first when a swarm of students rushed into the Dark Arts section. She chuckled to herself. Selendrile was skimming the Index not seeing anything that would seem useful. She tucked the book into her bag. She opened the Dark Creatures book next looking around the Index when she saw a Sphinx. The riddler. She then grabbed her bag and had the Dark Creatures book in her hand at went to a section of the Library, the Riddle section. She was skimming the books when she stumbled across a book all about Riddles she grabbed that book then she saw another book with thousands of Riddles in it.

Selendrile was statisfied with her findings and went to the front desk and checked out the books and headed for her dorm. Selendrile had lots of work to do today. Selendrile ran back to her dorm fast her robes billowing behind her.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The library was even more crowded than the day before. This time a swarm of students had spread themselves thin after seeing the Dark Arts section completely checked out.

Luckily for Marsus, it wasn't magical books he was interested in. Passing a wrought iron gate beneath a grinning gargoyle, he found himself in the section called "Muggle Studies." Something had struck him about their theories about bat senses, something having to do with "sonics." Finding a hardcover book entitled The Science of Sibilance, he hefted it and headed to the more sparse tables.

Sound, according to the book, was actually a wave of energy projected outwards. All that were capable of hearing absorbed and interpreted the waves as they were bounced off of solid objects. "Solid objects..."

He threw the book back on the shelf and headed back to Charms. There were charms to make you silent, but if the muggle science was correct, then that would only inhibit you from creating waves. He needed something else. There it was. Brog's Vanishing Charms, Fourth Ed.

Brog was a master mage who also happened to dabble in thievery. He had perfected hundreds of incantations to mask his detection, as well as to get past traps and snares. He could turn himself invisible with some of these charms, but bats would see him as easily as if he were not. He needed something to make him untouchable, no longer solid. Something like a ghost.

According to Brog, the spell was called simple Ethereal. It was complex, that much Marsus could tell. It required several strange reagents, some were so farfetched he checked the cover to make sure it was the right book. Firstly, you had to wear your shoes on the wrong feet. Next you had to sprinkle your forearms with floo powder, its explanation was that you are sending your body somewhere else. Lastly, you had to have one item that made Marsus cringe. The hair of something truly intangible: a ghost.

He wrote down the ingredients and flourish and replaced the book. He hated ghosts. Tomorrow he would make the attempt to get a strand of hair, but he was more than aware that it was his last day of preparation. Until then, he would have to steel his nerves and prepare to face the dead.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Selendrile was sitting crossed leg on her bed in her dormitory reading all the books she had got from the library. The book about random Dark Arts things didn't help at all. The book on Riddles helped her a lot. Selendrile was never one for riddles she never really got them but that book made her think differently about riddles now. Selendrile had looked through the thousand riddles book but she needed more of a lead to really search through it. Selendrile grabbed her last book, Dark Creatures, She opened reading through it when something caught her eyes about bats, bad bats. She read the whole chapter about them, she was feeling confident now.

''I see without seeing, to me darkness is as light as day. What am I?'' She had the riddle running through her head now. She had it memorized now.

Selendrile threw aside Dark Creatures and opened A Thousand Riddles book and looked up animals in the index. She found one about bats but it was way to obious. She set that aside and opened Dark Creatures again and reread the bat chapter again. She set down all the books in a neat stack on the floor by her dresser. She knew the answer to the riddle, but she had to find out what they were going to do with it. Selendrile grabbed her wand of her desk and put it in her robe pcoket and ran out of her dorm into the common room. She stopped for a second and ran back up the stairs to her dorm grabbing the library books and running out of the common room into the dungeons and back towards the Library. She had a lot of research to do.
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It was nearly midnight as Marsus stood perched on a gargoyle's head in the South common hall. Students tended to avoid the corridor because they knew it to be Peaves' favorite haunt, but tonight he was looking to cause some mischief of his own.

A mighty crack sounded across the hall as a classroom door slammed so hard the glass window inside it broke. Ominous cackling laughter drifted around him, seeming to come from every direction. At last the culprit showed himself, floating quickly to his next target. His jaunty levitation would bring him right under Marsus's perch, but he'd have to be quick.

Marsus sprung off of the gargoyle as Peaves passed, wand in one hand, the other outstretched for the balding ghost's head. As soon as his fingers grew cold and clammy, he spoke the words: "Ethereal!"

Suddenly, the world seemed to shift around him. His hand was forced out of Peaves' head, but he acted quickly enough to grab a tuft. The specter wailed and moaned and tried to escape, but Marsus would not relent. He used the hair to pull himself up and yank out a strand of the ghostly mane. At last he let go, his prize held in his closed hand.

Peaves rounded on him in an instant, his eyes full of anger. All of a sudden, his fear of ghosts returned as the adrenaline left his body. "Quite a mistake you made there, lad. That's the problem with being untouchable to the living: I can touch you just fine."

The wicked grin that crossed the phantasm's face forced beads of sweat to emerge from Marsus's face and fall straight through him onto the floor. He slammed into a run as the ghastly thing's robes flowed around it in the invisible wind of pursuit. Hanging a right towards the Great Hall, he skidded to a stop as Peaves appeared before him, taking a shortcut through the solid walls.

Turning quickly, Marsus pounded back the way he had come, hoping to reach Hufflepuff common room. Peaves materialized through the floor before him, his eyes filled with malice. Suddenly, it occured to him that he was going about this all wrong. He began a game in his mind: even though the floor felt quite solid, he knew that if he could only believe it wasn't there he could float down.

Peaves moved with unnatural speed towards him, arms poised to strike. The cold hands met only air as Marsus simply fell through the floor. He didn't have time to look back and see the confused ghost's head pop through the ceiling of the dungeon corridor, as he was already running through the wall into the alchemy study. It was an entirely different kind of navigation, one that required him to know where something should be, but not how to get there.

Mad laughter followed him wherever he turned as he frantically tore through walls at a breakneck pace. He looked around warily as he realized he stood in a huge room. It was the Library.

He ran through book shelves as a jeering tune rang out across the quiet shelves. "Marsussssssss! Come out to playyyyyyyy!"

He reached the seventeenth row at last, forced himself to believe the floor was actually five feet higher than it should be, and focused all his will to unshelve Brog's Vanishing Charms, Fourth Ed. The tome fell to the floor, making a loud thump. How could he have been so foolish? He had researched how to become ethereal, but not how to go back.

He could barely read the pages by the moonlight, but at last he found the spell. "Gah, I can't see anything!" he said to himself, and just then a bright blue light glowed before him. "Ah, that's better," he said, reading the words to end the spell. He smiled and looked up at the light source, which made his smile droop immediately: It was Peaves.

The vile ghost raced at him, but this time Marsus stood his ground. "Soligio," he spoke just as the hands reached his face. His entire body shivered as the apparition passed through him.

"Awwwww," said Peaves forlornly. "No fair!"


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