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Headmaster Emile Rousseau
 Posted: May 18 2017, 06:36 PM
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The announcement had sent waves of excitement through the school and students, it had been two years since the last one so people had lost hope that the tournament would be returning to the school even though it was a tradition. It was almost certain considering the danger it presented many hoped they would not have it again and let it fade into history, if they didn’t it would definitely free up some space in the Mental Ward at St. Mungo’s. Though when had Hogwarts ever been concerned with the goings on of St. Mungo’s? Never, and it was highly unlikely they ever would be. Even though there had been some controversy over it due to the dangerous nature of the tournament the heads of the school would not be swayed from their determination to make this event happen, it was a critical part of the school and always would be. It was a school tradition; nothing was going to make the current administration not do it, least of all naysayers. The Participants, as well as their parents, knew the danger they were facing in this tournament and willingly consented to it. No one was ever forced to take part in the event; it was considered an honor to take part in it so naturally there were always plenty of volunteers.

You had to be reckless and not have any sense of self preservation to enter this tournament (or so most people thought), many a participants had been driven to madness and never recovered from it. In fact the last champion Clover Ravenbrook hadn’t been seen since graduation, which was par the course for the other participants. To be honest at least she had made it to graduation, some of the others had just vanished after the year was over and hadn’t been heard from again but surely nothing sinister had happened to them. Many people wondered why someone would want to subject themselves to something traumatic and potentially mutilating. Perhaps they didn’t know or understand how this tournament worked when it came time, or perhaps they themselves were simply out of their minds. Whatever the reason was people entered and participate, it made for a glorious event and much amusement for spectators and judges alike. Of course maybe amusement wasn’t the best term, maybe it just depended on how mad you were at the end of the day.

Earlier this afternoon Headmaster Emile Rousseau had summoned all the participants after lunch for pumpkin juice and biscuits under the pretext of discussing the coming tournament, however the devious man had actually slipped sleeping potion in both the biscuits and juice. The participants all filed into his office dutifully like the good little ducks they were, sitting down they took the snack he offered not once considering that it was a trick. Besides what kind of horrible professor would trick such sweet and innocent childern? Emile chuckled to himself as they all drifted to sleep; it was a trick he had used last time to get the participants to the arena. None of them had been in the last one and none of the participants of the last one were still in school so the new ones had no warning about his trick. Of course he didn’t feel bad about it; it was tradition and one of the only things he could do to repay the students for the headaches they frequently gave him. So perhaps he was just a bit sadistic when it came down to it, or perhaps it was just simply the nature of the game from now on. Certainly no one would be coddling the participants during this and much worse was guaranteed to happen to them, so if they couldn’t handle a simple trick and sleeping potion then they should reconsider taking part in this event.

As the participants woke up they would probably be a little confused finding themselves sprawled out in the tournament area as opposed to Emile’s office not to mention they probably had a bit of a headache. They could see the faces of the fans, friends, family, school, and loved ones watching them from the stands. However, soon they were shrouded in mist and faded from sight. The area quickly drew dark and a forest began to appear around the participant, the moon hidden mostly behind the clouds just the barest of bare from being full. Were you in the Forbidden Forest? Unfortunately only time would tell. If you were then it certainly couldn’t mean anything good at all, as it was still dangerous and brimming with horrible creatures who would eat you without a second thought. You should probably hope you were in a different forest; then again that didn’t mean it would actually be better than the Forbidden Forest, so perhaps you didn’t need to hope quite so much as with the Forbidden Forest you knew what dangers awaited you whereas this one was a mystery. Seeing a flash of white off to your left you can’t help but be curious, what else could possibly be here in the forest with you? Are you brave enough to find out?

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You can’t go forward by staying where you are so you must work to complete the task so you can get out of here. It was entirely too late to try and quit now, you had committed to this. Not to mention the fact they probably wouldn’t let you pull out at this point, you’d decided you wanted this fate. Besides, it would be dreadfully embarrassing if you quit now before it even really started and it would certainly only make you the mockery of the school if you did quit. Looks like you didn’t have a choice did you? Off to the left where you saw the blur is thick with underbrush and briars certain to stick you, and off to the right the trees are so thick it will be difficult to get through. If the participants turn around they will see nothing but pure darkness, and if they walked that way they’d soon hit an invisible barrier. Looks like forwards was the only way to go for the chosen participants, though one couldn’t be sure of what lie ahead of them.

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 Posted: May 19 2017, 01:55 PM
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Ava was confused. One minute she had been enjoying pumpkin juice and a cookie, the next she was outside not remembering how she even got there. On top of that, she had a really bad headache. What happened? Clutching her head a little, she looked around and saw people sitting in the stands not really recognizing any as she couldn't focus that much on faces. As she began to see a forest forming around her, she started flipping out a little. She took her wand out as she didn't know what could be coming at her and she whispered: "Lumos Maxima!" to get enough light to at least give her a chance not to trip as she started walking forward, biting her lower lip. This was really happening... she was competing in the EHC and she had no idea what she would be facing. She was really scared that Acromantulas were going to come after her. After all she was deathly afraid of spiders...

So there she was surrounded by trees, clutching her wand, walking slowly, ready to just burn anything if needed. She probably wasn't the bravest, but at least she tried to keep calm. Tried was the keyword here. Too bad she couldn't count on her friends, as they were also competing. She moved slowly to make as little noise as possible as if it would help her. She just kept walking muttering: "Why did I enter? Please no spiders, please..." A stray tear rolled down her cheek and she quickly wiped it off using her sleeve. "Come on Ava, you can do this... just burn everything if you need to..." That thought of just casting incendio everywhere made her chuckle. She quickly shook the thought off and tried to concentrate on her surroundings. After all, something could be coming at her any time now. She stopped for a minute to look around, praying that she would be safe and sighed before going forward again.

The coily haired girl kept walking and suddenly tripped on a large tree root. She goaned as ahe got up wiping dirt off her face, then remembering she had a wand and quickly casted : "Finite." to shut the light spell off and casted "Scourgify" pointing at her face to clean it and then casted back "Lumos maxima" and started walking again, pausing every now and then to point her wand to see if there was anything coming at her. She thought she should have been more careful about the cookies and juice she had been offered earlier. She shivered a bit as the air seemed to get colder as she walked through the forest. She decided she was going to fight as best as she could since she had no intention to die in that forest. "Wherever you are... whoever you are... come out already!", she called out a bit annoyed.

She sighed loudly as she decided to stop in her tracks. Looking behind her she could not see much besides trees and even if she was not scared of the dark it made her feel uneasy. What if she ended up falling asleep right there? What if she broke her wand and couldn't protect herself? What if that thing kept going on for days without food or water? Ava let out an angry scream and then started running as she kept going forward to wherever it would lead her. "Even detention wasn't as bad as this...well not that it's bad...at least I got a wand...Why am I talking to myself out loud?" She kept going and going and instead of feeling scared she felt angry and decided to channel this anger to fight whatever was coming.

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Headmaster Emile Rousseau
 Posted: May 23 2017, 11:22 PM
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The trickery the participants faced seemed to cause a serious discord, what had they been expecting when they signed up for this challenge? A walk on the lawns was definitely not it, and to be fair a walk in the Forbbidden Forest would’ve been much more pleasant when it came down to it to be honest. Upon awakening you could almost sense the optimism of the participants dying, it was almost invigorating. Although perhaps it would give them the proper motivation to push on and make the most of this challenge, or if they were unlucky it would shut them down. If it did it would be most unfortunate because they hadn’t even been truly pushed anywhere near their limits yet, though all in good time.

If Ava was stressed out already it seriously didn’t bode well for the young girl; this was just the beginning of the contest and nothing bad had even happened yet, then again it could be just a matter of perspective when it came down to it. How foolishly the wretches had entered this contest thinking it simple, reality was about to be a lot worse than they ever could’ve imagined. Perhaps she had entered this game slightly optimistic about how things would progress, or perhaps she was naive enough to think that because this was a school event things couldn’t really be that bad at the end of the day. Whatever her reasons were it appeared they may have been made on faulty logic, but it was far too late to reverse that now. A lesson was to be learned from haphazardly entering this tournament, whether she would realize what it was or not remained to be seen. Guess she would be paying for her thirst for adventure….

The girl lit her wand and quickly began stumbling around like a newborn baby animal who couldn’t find their own balance, surely she couldn’t think that was a good idea that wouldn’t draw attention could she? Oh, foolish child. Above her the trees began to sway with the weight of something heavy and the clicking of pincers was easily heard, surely such a brave girl couldn’t be afraid of some little spiders could she? Although she would be easy prey the spiders knew they weren’t allowed to eat her, there were greater plans for her yet. However, they’d never been instructed that they couldn’t nibble on her. Dropping down behind her silently one waited as it’s companion dropped down in front of her, taking the opportunity the spider behind her bit her ankle roughly. Tasing blood it squealed in delight before it and it’s companion returned to their original position watching her overhead, eyes glowing in the light of her wand.

Ava should be extremely careful trying to command the forest to do her bidding, it was very dangerous consider what secrets it held. Overhead the moon began to flicker, threatening to cut off the only source of natural light there was in the arena. Oh no if that happened surely monsters of untold would be unleashed on the forest. Perhaps the sweet girl should keep her accusations in check before she brought more troubles on herself, especially considering they surely would be that of the sinister kind. Although she didn’t seem to have much sense of self preservation when it came to being quiet when would be wise, such a shame but everyone had their own faults when it came down to it. An air of trouble seemed to cling to the girl, an air of anger as well. It was almost certain neither would do her any favors as this tournament progressed. A gentle breeze shook her hair, forcing it to tangle on some branches as if to remind her who was truly in charge here.

The trees were growing thick now and the underbrush seemed more gnarled here then in the surrounding areas. In the distance a noise started so quietly at first that your subconscious just ignored it but it was growing, suddenly it was so pronounced you wonder how you even missed it. It was the ticking of a grandfather clock, just hearing it was slightly oppressive like it was important and should mean something to you but you couldn’t remember what or why it was important. Ahead of you off to the left again you caught sight of the white blur from before, was it something alive? Before you could make sense of anything your attention was shifted elsewhere when an awful shrieking sound pierced the air, forcing you to your knees and to cover your ears out of fear they may bleed if you did. What could make such an awful sound, and why would they put you in a forest with it?

Recovery from such a screech would surely take some time, hopefully you thought about investing in some ear plugs after that. Ahead by the hollow of a tree you could barely make out a hole, and it drew you to it for some reason. You knew you had to get to it so you could go forward, taking a step forward you were suddenly jerked back by an invisible force. Surely your tailbone was going to be a little sore now and had you bumped your head? Looking back towards the tree you saw something white there again. Was that a rabbit? Oh dear lord, why was he wearing a waistcoat? As quickly as he was there he vanished again, certainly you must have hit your head harder than you thought when the force grabbed you. The screech echoed off to your right and in came a mostly indistinguishable shape, all you could make out was the flapping of cloth in the breeze. Coming forward the shape quickly pulled a sword from it’s robes. ”Foolish Child you never should’ve entered my domain. I will be your undoing.” The creature charged, it’s skill with the blade clear. A thought entered the back of your mind as if almost placed there, perhaps the hole could save you.

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 Posted: May 27 2017, 01:48 AM
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Before she even had time to process that an Acromantula stood before her, she winced in pain as another bit her ankle from behind and before she could cast a spell to blast them off, they seemed gone. She spotted something she thought were eyes staring at her as she looked around with her wand and tried to aim at where she thought were the spiders hoping to hit them. "Arania exumai!" She groaned and then kept as quiet as possible making sure her wand was no longer lit so she wouldn't draw too much attention to herself even if it was risky. Her face was probably as white as a sheet from seeing these spiders even if it was over....well she hoped they would not come back...

She closed her eyes for a split second wondering what crazy things could be next, and felt her haor tanhgle around branches and quickly removed her coily untamed haor from the branches. Hearing a strange noise she frowned a bot at it reminded her of a clock or something. Wondering what the white blurr was, she winced as she heard a shrieking sound forcing Ava to drop on her knees and cover her ears as she kept her wand in her hand as best as she could. If she'd lose her wand, she would be screwed. The anger she previously felt was soon replaced by confusion on what was making that sound. She spotted the hole and as she was drawn to it she saw that white rabbit and immediately thought of Alice in Wonderland. What the heck was going on?

Seeing the Creature with black robes holding a sword, Ava tried to figure out what she should do. Surely, trying to negociate with that thing would not go anywhere...Should she try that hole in the tree? Or was it a trap? Ava was getting more and more confused. She casted: "Flipendo!" at the creature coming at her so she'd have the chance to reach the hole as fast as she could. She was surprising herself that she actually tried to go through with whatever could be coming at her rather than being a coward and let herself be eaten by gigantic spiders or sliced by a sword.

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