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Term 10: August - November 2005 Term Ten: A Fresh Start

 
 
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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NOTE: Students who have not been given permission will not be allowed to enter this research room. Any students violating this rule will be punished accordingly.

*Madame Rowena leads Zekke and Jaren into a glass-enclosed room within the restricted section. Inside there is a dark oak table where there are two chairs and green desk lamps lining the centre*


"I have discussed the matter with Headmistress Cassandra Rae and we believe it would be best if you conducted your research here. You have unlimited access to the restricted section resources for your research. Keep in mind to pick texts that keep to your research topics for I revoke this privilege if I feel you are abusing the resources here. Lock this room and the section each time you leave and make sure not other students are allowed in this area. I expect your prefect responsibilities to hold while you are here. If you experience any further problems, please contact me at the front desk. In the meantime, I will be in the library to assist you to the best of my ability. However, I believe you would gain more information if a more independent research initiative is taken. Good luck," she wishes as she leaves the room to them.

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Zekke inclined his head in gratitude at Madame Rowena and murmured his thanks. Well, at least they didn't have to worry about feeling particularly peculiar about being in the Restricted Section anymore.

He made a mental note that perhaps he'd be able to utilize this same room to study his NEWTs in, too, once the term was more underway.

The study room was plain and sparingly, but adequatel, furnished and he found it to be a rather comfortable atmosphere - quiet, a bit dark, and away from the hubbub and chitter chatter of everyone else. The green lamps especially proved to be a nice touch, their golden light filling the room with a soft glow in the darkness.

He immediately settled into a chair and pulled out a composition notebook and quill and started scrawling out some notes...
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Nodding as Madame Rowena made her exit, Jaren regarded the shelves and shelves of books, wondering where to begin and which books would likely contain the information most relevant. He wasn't expecting to find the book here sitting idly on a shelf, after all.

While Zekke sat down and started scribbling notes to himself Jaren paced the rows of bookshelves, scanning over the titles of the books and trying to find out which section their information would be in.
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As Jaren paced, Zekke's quill flew across the page. He was... taking inventory so to speak on the facts and rumours of their object of research. He started out by first writing a short essay before he switched to just writing down keywords.

After a few moments, he stood up and cradling his book in one hand and holding his wand in the other, made his way to the shelves.

A quiet "Lumos" lit the end of his wand and he started scanning the shelves to see how they were organized.

"I don't suppose anyone else hear us in here?" He spoke in a low tone to Jaren as his finger traced along the spines of the various books.

One would think that a private room meant privacy, but who knows, right?
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"It never hurt to be too cautious," Jaren replied quietly. He had been scanning the spines of the books without the aid of wandlight and now squinted slightly at the brightness of Zekke's lumos spell.

"I once checked out a book on Dark Magic artefacts, but to my recollection it didn't cover books in any detail." He paused for a moment, glancing down the rows he'd passed. It wasn't like anyone kept inventory on that sort of thing.

"There was a shelf on Dark Magic items two rows down to the right," he said finally. "I'll keep looking over here."
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Zekke went two rows down to the right and started scanning the titles. As he scanned, he murmured to Jaren in a low low voice.

"Perhaps... we need to look for information in a more... roundabout manner? Considering the magic that was detailed in the book concerned God-magic - or so I was told - perhaps some research on God magic would be useful..."

He paused as he caught an eyeful of a Dark Arts Through the Ages encyclopedia set. "I think, too, that maybe an in-depth review over the history of the Dark Arts might be in order. Maybe some historical information can be gleaned from the texts..."

He picked up the first volume and flipped through it. "I don't suppose there'd be information to be had on magical book publications? On magical books in general? Or book collections? Or underground book publishing?"

Then more to himself, he muttered, "Or maybe on mythology itself..."
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"Considering how old the book might be...I doubt anyone catalogues books on the Dark Arts for public use," Jaren mused, apparently remembering something.

"We would have to go back as far as possible in history, perhaps even to the subject of religion. I suppose the subject we're looking for would be mentioned more often in past texts than current texts."

He too pulled a volume on Dark Arts history off the shelf and started sifting through it.
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"Mythology and religion it is, then," Zekke nodded and flipped pages to look for an index or table of contents in his volume.

"I don't suppose you'd know what sort of God magic the book has, would you? From Greek 'mythology'? Norse? Otherwise?"

He was silent for a moment as he grew thoughtful again. "If we need to look for mythology and religion and the like, then perhaps such information could be had in the general library as well and now just here?"
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"Greek mythology and an ancient Muggle religion," Jaren replied, recalling the bit he'd stored in his brain at the end of last term. He nodded at Zekke's suggestion that they look up other books as well outside the section. "We might find it under a different name than the one we know it by."
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Zekke's eyes shot wide open as a thought hit him.

"Jaren... since mythology and religion... is something that muggles study also... I don't suppose any muggle books might document such... magic? After all... wizards and witches aren't the only ones who have sought immortality."

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Well now that Zekke mentioned it...

Jaren pulled out a scrap of parchment that had been wedged in his notebook and handed it silently to Zekke.
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Silently, Zekke accepted the scrap of parchment and sat down to read. His eyes scanned it once and then twice and his eyebrows escalated.

"I see. The similarities... appear to be... rather uncanny." He shivered once and opened his composition notebook open and made a few notes.

"What do you make of the possible link between the two texts?"
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"It could be mere coincidence," Jaren said slowly as he continued flipping pages of the book he held. Though it appeared to be too much of a coincidence. Such things did happen. "There is a chance there is a link between the two books, however small. You recall how Professor Dansie said that things in the Magical world tend to spill over to the Muggle world, and vice-versa. The texts could have been at one time reffering to the same book, though later on it branched off somehow."
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"If it branched... then I wonder when..." Zekke nodded and pursed his lips together.

"Whoever thinks that the muggle world is useless is sorely mistaken..." he found himself muttering under his breath as he flipped a page and took down a note.

"I wonder which text would be older, if what you conjecture is in fact true. Did the muggles get it from the wizarding community or vice versa... Is mythology considered magical or muggle since it is studied by both groups?"


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"To cover all possibilities we should look into both, though its nature makes me inclined to believe more of Magical instead of Muggle."


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"Mmmm..." Zekke nodded and ran a finger along the page of his first volume of Dark Arts Through the Ages and marked a page with a scrap of parchment and turned to the back of the book to see if there was a timeline of the Dark Arts.

"I don't suppose there's a timeline of magic is there? Or a timeline of specific magic? Discoveries...?" He wondered if he was making sense because he wasn't positive he was making himself clear.
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"Not that I know of," Jaren muttered in reply. It wasn't like he'd touched on the subject in his independant studies, though at this point of time he wished he had.

He was also wondering at the back of his mind what they'd do once they found out the history of the book in question. Would that lead them to where it might be now, or as to how to destroy it?

ooc: Brain fried. Will continue tomorrow.
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Zekke nodded and dampened his light a bit and continued to read through the index, making notes in his notebook where he felt necessary...

Dear Merlin... there were just too many unanswered questions...
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Several weeks of rummaging and leafing through books on Dark Magic history past, and Jaren himself could not say whether or not he was making any progress. Twice he thought he might have found something on the Book worth persuing, only to find that it was only glossed over with as little detail as possible. He did learn that the Book contained not only the particular spells that had been the focus in his fourth term and of the trial, but much more, but even there his sources were being excruciatingly vauge. "Extremely powerful and deadly spells" did not clue into specific kinds of damage.

At this point of time, Jaren was bent over another thick volume under the dim light, which made the appearance of the dark circles under his eyes much more apparent and altogether quite exaggerating the look of fatigue on his face. He had propped his head up with one arm while the other hand was busy talking disjointed notes in his notebook, but in a slow and rather forced manner. All in all, he looked like he was nodding off on the spot.

Without warning, his head slipped from its support on his hand and hit the thick pages of the book in front of him as he literally collapsed onto the book, fast asleep.
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Fruitless research indeed! Weeks of flipping through book after book after book and taking down notes had produced several filled notebooks' worth of notes.

However, these notes weren't really all that useful. Vague, indeterminate, and generally... vague.

On this day, he quietly entered the room to look for a book and was about to ask Jaren a question about his research on muggle mythology when he realized the other prefect was fast asleep.

About bloody time! He chuckled to himself and shook his head ever so slightly. He swore that if Jaren kept having such problems sleeping, he'd concoct a sleeping potion for him. As it was, maybe it wasn't so necessary now...

He quietly dimmed the lights and tiptoed into the farthest section of the Restricted Section and sat in the corner with his wand for a light as he perused through a thick volume on the history of mythology.
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Another several weeks and months of fruitless research passed, with less time spent in this room looking up the Book of Mysteria and more time on NEWTS.

In the midst of another session in the Restricted Section, Jaren abandoned the book he was reading altogether and walked through the rows and rows of shelves, scanning the ground.

He hadn't forgotten his main objective, but the fact was...what would he do if he attained it? It would be risky if he let that knowledge fall into the wrong hands...

...and the unanswered question. Where would it go next?
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Zekke was doing some NEWTs studying in the middle of doing research for the BoM when he was assailed with a draconian headache out of nowhere.

"MERLIN!" He cursed a few choice expletives at the sudden jolt of pain. His head started swimming with feelings of intense supressed anger and he gritted his teeth as he felt a thread of despair and confusion in addition to Merlin only knew what else.

"Oh dear Merlin..."

Cradling his head, he dug around furiously in his bag and procured something that looked like a postcard or something. He uttered a few words to himself and concentrated on the postcard like object, which glowed briefly before connecting him...
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Fresh out of detention, Jaren made a beeline for one of the shelves on Dark Arts artefact effects and pulled out several volumes, plonking them down on the table to flip through them.

There must be...for the Book...an item of that power, so rumoured...it could very well have that powerful yet subtle effect on its surroundings...

He had the concept in his mind, from Muggle folklore. The One Ring, from a fantasy novel he had read under the bedsheets at night as a child so Uncle Giles wouldn't know and confiscate it. The Ring had a way to corrupt its holder or bearer with its evil and into becoming a slave, almost...perhaps...the Book had a similar influence?
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