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 DADA Summer Class - Grindylows
Robin · 38 · DADA Professor · N/A · Half-Blood · 6'1
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Jun 9 2018, 08:59 AM   Link Quote
A pleasant breeze gently swayed professor Mannan’s much too warm looking formal robe, as he stood near the bank of the lake, waiting for his students to finish their trek from the castle and join him. It was a hot June day, the lawns were a lush green and the air was (unfortunately for those who were allergic) filled with pollen. Professor Mannan thought of home, and how the Jack Russel Terriers would be playing on the grounds of his family’s estate. Soon he would go back, and so would his students. The exams were behind them, and summer vacation just around the corner. Organising a summer class was always a challenge – well, to be perfectly frank, every class proved a challenge for Professor Emmanuel Mannan. Outside of the classroom he was a timid, unassuming person, but as a teacher he needed a class full of adolescents to listen and pay attention to him. Fortunately, he taught Defence Against the Dark Arts – a class that was easily made interesting, given its subject matter, as a curiosity for the dark and dangerous seemed human nature. But every once in a while a duller subject had to be covered, and Manny knew that giving a theoretical lesson on it was a terrible idea. Back when he was a student, he had known professors who would do it on purpose – give homework on a dull lesson to see who was paying attention, and so punish those who weren’t. As a student, he had prided himself on being one of the few who would ace those tests, but as a teacher he now realised that those professors had put their egos above the education of the students. You weren’t supposed to set your students up for failure, the entire point of the job was helping them to succeed.

When the students gathered around him, they could see movement in the usually undisturbed lake. Close to the shore, right behind professor Mannan, something was splashing about. “Here we are. Here at the lake is where our lesson for today will take place,” he stood with his arms behind him as his eyes wandered from one face to the other, mentally taking note of who had showed up, because any student who bothered to come to the last class of the school year deserved extra points. “Given how popular the lake becomes with this splendid weather, I thought it would be appropriate to teach you about the dangers that can be found in our British lakes. Come closer.”

When professor Mannan guided the students to the very edge of the lake, the water almost lapping at their shoes, they could see that a large fishing net had been drawn parallel with the surface of the water. The creatures it had caught were swimming around in circles, finding net on each side, and causing all the splashing. “Don’t worry, they’ll be let go shortly,” professor Mannan assured his students, “what we have here are Grindylows. They’re water demons that can be found in lakes throughout Britain and Ireland, and we have plenty of them here in our very own Black Lake.” One of the pale-green demons raised its head out of the water, probably wondering what all the commotion was about, and flashed a vicious sneer at the onlookers. The Grindlow was small, the height of a child, but his teeth looked like a collection of nails, reminiscent of an Angler Fish. There were horns on its head, and gills in its neck. Underneath the water’s blurry surface, the vague outline of tentacles could be seen.

“As you can probably guess,” professor Mannan resumed after being interrupted by the hissing of the creature, “they are aggressive. To wizards and muggles alike. The danger lies in their long fingers, with which they grab hold of unsuspecting swimmers and drag them down. Not to worry though, these fingers are also brittle and easy to escape once one knows how – which is what we will be practising today, so you can safely enjoy the lakes during your summer vacation. Now, the Ministry classifies these Beasts as XX, which as you know stands for ‘Harmless, can be domesticated’. That might seem contradictory to what you’ve just heard, but that’s because Grindylows can indeed be domesticated – by merpeople. And after today, these little demons should be harmless to you as well.”

Professor Mannan turned away from his students and towards the lake, and crouched down, extending an arm above the lake’s surface. Almost immediately, a green hand shot out from below the water and grabbed hold of his arm, long, spindly fingers locking around it in a death grip. The other Grindylow that was still watching laughed without making a sound. “As you can see,” professor Mannan spoke while pointing his wand towards the creatures’ fingers with his free hand, “this is not a Beast you want to arm-wrestle. Relashio!” At once, the fingers opened, and the hand sunk back into the water. The Grindylow that had been watching sneered and hissed before disappearing below the surface, disappointed that the other had been bested and undoubtedly set on doing better if it found an opening.

Professor Mannan got up and faced his students again. “That was a Revulsion Jinx, which forces anything to release its hold on something, whether object, person, or in this case water demon. Now you’ll try. And don’t forget, sixth and seventh years should try to perform the spell wordlessly. I’ll be here to interfere if anything goes wrong. Who wants to go first?”

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Jun 9 2018, 09:01 AM   Link Quote
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Welcome to the DADA summer class! Professor Mannan brought the students to the lake, to learn how to interrupt a Grindylow attack! The Grindylows have been caught in a net and are therefore forced to swim close to the surface. If you hold out your arm, or are standing too close to the lake, they’ll grab onto your arm, leg, or ankle, with long fingers that exert a powerful grip. Use a Revulsion Jinx (Relashio!) to release their grip. To determine how successful your attempt was, we’ll be using the following dice roll:

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[roll]1d4[/roll]

1= The Grindylow’s grip is too strong, and you are dragged into the water! Don’t worry, the professor will get you out, but now your uniform is wet.
2 = It takes a few tries and the fingers open one by one, your nose is practically touching the water's surface by the time it lets go.
3 = You accidentally burn the Grindylow’s fingers. It scratches you in its anger before letting go.
4 = Success! The Grindylow releases its grip and retreats.


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(Max. 2 per character, 1 point for participation and +1 for a successful spell)
Olivier Argyris-Giroux - 2
Laoise Murdoch - 2

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Jun 9 2018, 04:30 PM   Link Quote
Whatever ludicrous reason was there for them to still have lessons during summer was beyond Olly’s comprehension. Like seriously, it was SUMMER, it was warm as hell (or what could be considered warm by Highlands standards, which really never even seemed to be above twenty degrees Celsius), and they had even finished all of their exams already. So, what was the point of having even more lessons? Honestly, after being done with his O.W.L.s, all the badger wanted to do was to lay down in bed and sleep for about a week without pause, but apparently, the school had other plans for the poor, exhausted, boy. And so, he made his way towards DADA class! Yes, he could have skipped class; he could come up with some excuse, pretended he was sick or something like that, but that was just not the way Olivier Argyris-Giroux rolled, because just like any good Argyris: he had never skipped a single class (nerds, amirite?).

But if he was going to have to attend class during summer and after exams, he was sure as hell going to complain! ...Or at least that was what Olly had planned until hearing that the lesson would take place at the Black Lake, the announcement successfully shutting him up and making his brows quirk with sudden interest. Then again, it was Defense Against the Dark Arts, and that meant that even though the lesson was by the lake, they were probably going to face some terribly dangerous beast, creature, or gods know what else. Sorry Olly, no laying around on floaties while sipping lemonade just yet. And sure enough, once they reached the lake, Professor Mannan introduced them to…a bunch of Grindylows.

Oh how lovely. Perfect. Just the kind of creature Olly wanted to become acquaintances with and send letters to over summer.

Although truly, despite the slightly concerning possibility of getting his arm bitten by some ugly, green aquatic creature with sharp teeth and little horns, he did have to admit it was kind of exciting – in the same kind of excitement that came with trying to pet a feral cat or an aggressive dog. And yes, he had done both. They did say teenagers were often reckless, and perhaps that was exactly the reason why Olly shot up without a single second of hesitation when Professor Mannan asked who would go first, nonchalantly stating: “Alright. I’ll do it,” before approaching the lake. Calmly, he crouched down, staring at the ugly creatures that seemed to almost dare him to get closer before turning back. “Yo, Professor, these are not going to bite my arm off or anything, right?” He asked, and although he probably should have awaited for a reply, he did not, rolling up his sleeve and extending his left arm over the surface of the lake – the right one already holding firmly onto the handle his wand.

Just like that, a sickly green hand rose from the water, wrapping around Olivier’s forearm and making him emit a quiet “ew” before raising his wand. What was the spell again? Oh. Revulsion Jinx. Right. That made sense. Taking a deep breath, he pronounced a calm “Relashio!” while pointing towards the green hand, at the same time hoping he wouldn’t end up in the water, or worse… scratched. Although a scratch could mean scars, and really, how sick was that!?

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Olly is a child and he goes from whiny, to curious, to excited, to concerned, and back to excited real fast. He decides to go first, and asks @Emmanuel Mannan if there's a chance the Grindylow could bite off his arm, but he doesn't even wait for a reply before extending it forward and getting caught by the Gryndilow's fingers c': So, hoping for the best, he casts a Relashio!

Dice Roll: 1d4: 4 = 4

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Many found Defense Against the Dark Arts to be interesting. It was thought provoking, required a good amount of attention, and kept students on their toes. And for all those reasons, Laoise always felt anxious coming to class. Why did it have to be a core class? Why did it have to be something she’d have to take for five whole years? The past three years of class had been bumpy, with high and low, but ever-present, anxiety.

Today, they were out of the classroom. Today, they were going to be going to the lake, which meant she had to leave a little bit earlier. She speed-walked down to the lake’s edge, and found herself among one of the first to arrive. Something inside the lake was moving as frantically as her heart was beating as she headed down, but when she saw and slowly put one and two together about just what it was they'd be doing, it took every bit of her willpower to not go running for the castle.

She had heard of hands-on learning, but this? This was too much.

Apparently not for everyone, however, because one brave badger went marching right up and stuck his hand over as the professor instructed. Out the grindylow leapt, attaching itself to his arm. Laoise let out a muffled shriek, covering her mouth with both hands. He shot the creature off with a flashing spell, and back into the water it went.

No one else seemed too eager. Laoise couldn't blame them, because she, too, was by no means excited to throw their arm out over a pit of water and have some creature leap out and grab her.

She mulled over her options. Option one was to stand there and watch person after person go, stress out over it until it was her turn, and then pass out when it was. Option two was to sneak away from the scene- No. She couldn't do that. So then that left option two point five: Go second. If she went second, then it would be over. Then she wouldn't have to feel extreme duress.

It was the perfect idea, except for one thing. Actually doing it was going to be horrifying.

And yet, the words just fell out of her mouth. "I'll go next, Professor." A shy hand raised as well so the man's gaze could find her among the other scared students. With her head ducked down, chin nearly at her chest, the girl made her way up to the lake's very edge. She looked down into the murky water, disturbed with the thrashing movements of the creatures down below.

Everything in her was screaming to not do it, to not throw out an appendage and allow some animal with super sharp claws to latch itself onto her arm- She needed to stop thinking and just do it.

Outstretching her arm, Laoise forced her gaze to remain on the water. Instinctively, as if watching some horror Muggle film, she wanted to avert her eyes. However, she needed them to keep focused. As soon as one of the grindylows came out of the water, she waved her wand and let out a hopeful "Relashio!"

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Laoise is normally anxious going to DADA class, but this particular class at the Great Lake is nearly paralyzing her. She decides to just get it over and done with, and chooses to go second. It takes her a lot of effort to look at the lake, as well as casting the spell.

Dice Roll: 1d4: 2 = 2
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