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 Sophia Campbell - Task Three
Headmaster Emile Rousseau
 Posted: Jul 29 2017, 08:55 PM
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The final task was here, and at this point it was a sure thing a lot of people were happy about that. It meant the end of the school year was also here as well, it seemed fitting the task was right before finals. Why not stress the Champions out a little more? They were all on edge this time though, waiting for the other shoe to drop and the final task to happen. Emile made a point to randomly pop up here and there in their paths, just to keep them ready but never taking them. He had a better plan than that, one they weren’t going to like. It was a Friday morning, very early when he’d sent the Professors out to the remaining Champions. One by one they were snatched out of their beds by darkly dressed figures, and it was made sure that the faces of the Professor taking them couldn’t be seen. They were then brought down to the tent where they all met before the tasks started, hopefully none of them had embarrassing PJ’s or everyone would know. Inside the tent the Champions would find the Headmaster at the head of a table full of breakfast food. A portion of the tent was sectioned off for each of them, it had a cabinet, a bed and a curtain they could pull for privacy. “You have a few hours left before dawn, you may sleep a little longer or use the time to prepare. In each of your spaces you will find some of your clothes so you don’t have to go about the arena in your pajamas. Whatever you choose to do is fine, I suggest you eat though, you’ll need your strength.” He told them, allowing them to make their own choice. They could dig all they wanted in their sectioned rooms but all they would find in the cabinet was their set of clothes, no wands and no extras. If they tried to take anything else from the tent to help them in the task they wouldn’t be able to leave the tent until the item was removed from their persons. Emile tucked into some pancakes as if it was a normal morning and waited for the time it was time to start the task.

As the Champions went about their business in the tent the rest of the Castle awoke, getting ready for the day and going down to breakfast to start their morning. Once everyone had finished they were brought to the stands to see the final task of EHC this year, the one that would decide who won it all. It would be funny to see if the winner still thought the glory, the galleons, and the fame would be worth everything they had endured during the Tasks. Soon everyone was settled into the stands, quiet and waiting for the champions to appear. Emile got them ready after their morning in the tent and lead them to the arena, a few professors trailing them in case someone tried to make a break for it. As soon as the crowd spotted their friends and loved ones they erupted into cheers, ready to see what the arena would mean for the Champions this time. Once they were settled in as per tradition the choking cloud of smoke enveloped them as the crowd disappeared and the arena took its form for the challenge. As soon the smoke began to dissipate you noticed a sulfurous rotten-egg smell, it wasn’t pleasant that was for sure but at least it didn’t smell like forest and that had to be a nice change. Slowly the smoke cleared and it revealed the landscape in front of you, which some might now consider better. Ahead of you all you could see for miles was a marsh, and even in you turned around you would find it behind you as well. It is like they had set you right down in the middle, and with how this tournament worked it couldn’t mean anything good.

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 Posted: Jul 31 2017, 04:19 PM
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Before the final task's participants were announced, Sophia was almost sure she wasn't going to advance. She got stuck in the blood, and from what she heard about the others, there were further happenings to see and go through.
But apparently, some higher power - or just the judges, maybe - decided that she still needed to be subjected to this torture.
She had learnt from her mistakes. She slept with the draught, and its effects usually stayed until about breakfast, when she took another dose. She'd need to get another batch soon.

But her supposed fool-proof strategy was circumvented yet again. Having been woken up before the sun even came out properly, she felt like her head was filled with cotton and squeezed with a nutcracker. She didn't have a chance to grab anything, not the vial on her nightstand, not her glasses - which meant she was walking alongside the dark figure half-blind - not a robe or a sweatshirt, which meant she was shivering in the chilly morning air, wearing only a tank top and PJ bottoms. She squinted to see the breakfast filled tabletop and the figure at the head of it which she eventually deciphered to be the Headmaster.
Once he explained they still had a few hours, she moved to the space that was sectioned off for her, in hope of finding her spectacles. The dose she took last night still had several hours of calm in it, which at least helped stave off her anxiety, but she was awake with the adrenaline of being woken up unexpectedly, so sleep wasn't actually an option. She got dressed in the clothes prepared(checkered shirt, jeans, zip up hoodie, sneakers and, thank god, glasses), trying hard not to think about who had to rummage through her drawers to get her underwear. No wand, just like in the last task. She sat on the bed for a bit, trying to focus herself through the tired fog floating around her mind. This is gonna be fine. Maybe. If there's tea.
She returned to the shared space, avoiding the other champions' eyes, making a beeline to the teapot. Oh, thank god, it's black tea, she relaxed as she poured herself a mug of the hot drink. She grabbed a few random pieces of pastry off the table and went back to hide in her own little corner, returning for several more mug-fulls of tea before it was time for the task to start.

She tried to direct her thoughts to anything but the upcoming event, knowing full well that anticipation only fuelled the stress. There were sounds of a crowd coming from outside the tent, and her potion was wearing off quickly, and she could feel the restlessness starting to settle in as she started tapping her foot and pacing in small circles. This was the potential ending. If she survived this, it would be done. No more torture, no more disgusting potions, no weapons thrown at her, no nonsense riddles, no madness. Well, except for the regular amount. It was time. She took a deep breath and followed Rousseau out of the tent with the others. The crowd went wild as soon as they saw them and she just hoped some of those were supportive of them, not just 'yay, they're going to die'. She tried to see if any of her friends were there, but even with glasses, she couldn't tell whom every face belonged to from this far. Hopefully, there was someone looking out for her.

The traditional smoke enveloped her, taking away the oxygen as usual, and she was transported to the new location. If nothing else good came out of all this, she'd have the ability to hold her breath really well at least. She shook her head, getting rid of the slight vertigo that came with lack of air and looked around herself. "Not a forest? How refreshing," she remarked, poking her feet at the ground, trying to determine how unstable it was. While she was glad for an open environment, this meant that her direction wasn't clearly set. Even with being allowed to see far ahead, she could wander around the plain for hours without finding whatever it was that she was supposed to go to next. At least, that was the way the tasks went up until now-- Wwas she even supposed to move from this spot? What if this was the only bit of relatively solid ground left?

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 Posted: Aug 1 2017, 04:34 PM
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It was hard to say if the marsh was any better than the forest, it promised to be packed full of horrors so you really couldn’t snap to a judgement yet. You had learned not to trust anything, or if you were smart you hadn’t because coming in with trust and preconceived notions just landed you in a ton of trouble.Thankfully this was the last task though, it was the last time you would have to endure the horrors you’d come to know in this arena. Even though the crowd couldn’t appreciate it you surely did, you’d likely had enough. The only problem was you couldn’t unsee or undo what you’d endured already, it was going to be something you had to live with the rest of your life. At this moment in their lives the Champions certainly had to be wondering if everything they were going through was worth it, if everything that had changed about them was worth all the shit. The answer would likely, and overwhelmingly, be no. Perhaps they would learn not to dive into things blindly, then again they were given no false pretenses about what would happen to them during EHC. Whether they had been naive, or stupid, enough to believe nothing bad would happen then they had made a grievous mistake. With any luck at least one of them wouldn’t go insane for once and maybe pass on something good about the tournament. Okay so maybe that wasn’t realistic but one could hope, not that anyone actually cared what happened to them after. Nothing about their experience or what happened to them in the future would change EHC and how it worked, it was a tradition and one that would not be changing over a bunch of whiney pukes who had gotten exactly what they signed up for. Now that probably wasn’t comforting to the Champions but it wasn’t supposed to be, it was well past time they grew up and faced the realities of the world.

Perhaps Sophia learned it the hard way that EHC isn't really how it's advertised. While the Headmaster didn't feel shy about his warnings and told the participants about the fate of the last Champions, people still didn't think twice before applying to it. What was Sophia thinking? That was the real question among the small useless ones. Did she expect eternal glory and the fame the championship has to offer? Or did she simply have a person or two to impress? Of course it can't be the silly boy in the stands she's trying to impress. That boy stumbled on his own feet while walking, he can't be that hard to impress. And considering the glitter farted poster he is holding with pride, he had quiet the fangirl situation over Sophia, too bad she couldn't see them. She was left to assume no one is supporting her even when there is a bunch of people there forced to wear Sophia headbands. Perhaps she could actually do something great in this task for once and show them she isn't all about Noah's cheerleading abilities.

The stench of the bog only seemed to be getting worse and to be honest you caught an under hint of something else in the smell as well but you couldn’t place it as much as you tried. The beauty of marshes was just because a path looked stable that didn’t mean it was, one simple step and your foot would be soaking wet and god only knows what was in the water out here considering what you’d endured with the puddles you didn’t trust the water now. In fact it seemed like here and there something appeared to be floating just under surface, however when you looked closer to try and determine if it was real or not it was gone. Of course that wasn’t really surprising considering how everything in the arena was designed to fuck with you and make you think you were crazy even though you weren’t, at least not yet anyways. Further on down you noticed one of the splotches under water that looked differently than the others before, you slowly approached it and this time it didn’t disappear. It wasn’t clear at first but soon enough you realized there was a face in water, in fact it appeared to be a body.

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You were examining the body in the water when you noticed there were more of them now, in fact any place you looked that had water had a body in it. More faces stared back at you, not all so serene either and it gave you the chills as well as had you wondering what happened. However, you were soon interrupted by a familiar voice. “You are a cheater! You must still pay for your trespasses against me.” Now that you heard the Queen’s voice you didn’t know how you’d missed the rocky outcropping she and her guards were standing on. Looks like you were back in trouble again.

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 Posted: Aug 12 2017, 10:47 AM
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Sophia couldn't waste time deciding if she preferred the marsh over the forest. The few seconds she let herself wonder about that were highly unproductive as it seemed that every positive (i.e. the open space) was quickly erased by a negative (i.e. the lack of solid ground). And so she pushed that off to the back of her head, instead trying to determine which direction it would be most safe for her to walk. So far she found three spots that felt a little bit firmer than the others, still having to inspect the ground behind her. The stench of rotten eggs from all the decomposition distracted her, but she pulled the collar of her shirt over her nose and kept on, determined not to let herself get dragged off track.

Her sneakers weren't really something she'd like to wear in such wet environment, but she was careful enough that she so far avoided getting her feet soaked. Maybe this one would go in her favour, she managed to think before she noticed the things floating in the water. They seemed to be taunting her, disappearing from her view just as she tried to examine them. There was one that seemed to be stuck in one place, but it was further than she had ventured from her starting point before. Well, I'll have to move eventually, she thought and started carefully making her way over. The object stayed floating until she got close enough to realize the shape was oblong and kept close to the surface so she could slowly make up more details. "Really? More heads?" she whispered. At least this time it wasn't anyone she knew... and they didn't seem to be detached from their bodies this time, which kind of explained how the marsh wasn't full of blood. As she tried to see what the body was caught on, she realised the other objects started floating closer to the surface as well and were now distinguishable as bodies as well. Lovely. The faces were showing all range of emotions, even with their eyes closed and the image being distorted by the water. Maybe she should poke them.
Before she even tried to stop herself from doing that, a shrill voice sounded from behind her and she turned, heart pounding in her chest. She wasn't used to people sneaking up on her - and once she saw the figures on the outcropping, she got angry with herself for overlooking something so obvious. Well, time to go, she figured, and searched for the bits of earth she had determined as safest before, picking the one that seemed to lead her further away from the hostile group. Sophia tried to flee as slowly as possible, reasoning that the Queen and her minions wouldn't be able to advance any faster. They would be heavier, wouldn't they?

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 Posted: Aug 14 2017, 03:44 PM
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At this point in the tournament it seemed like it was a lot of “let's just get this the feck over with” coming from the Champions, if they were so unhappy they just should’ve quit. Then again they may not have been aware that quitting was an option, and they probably would’ve gotten a whole bunch of crap from pretty much everyone everywhere but that had to be much better than suffering in the arena. However, at least they’d be free of all the suffering in the tasks. Guess it was just a matter of perspective, and how bad the Champion wanted to win everything at the end of the day. They might deny it but they were still doing this because they wanted to win to prove they were the best and could beat everyone else, not for the money or the shiny cup or the notoriety or whatever bullshit reason they might claim. In fact it was the same way every time they held EHC, even after witnessing the horrors or being told of them people still entered. The people who ran EHC were crystal clear about the event and what occurred, people just didn’t seem to listen or believe it. If it was truly so awful then why would students keep putting themselves on the line for this year after year? There had to be a reason, you know besides sheer stupidity and wanting to possibly ruin their lives forever. It would be more understandable if they were forced to partake in this but they weren’t and never would be, something drove them all to take part and it was coming from something inside of them. What the reasons were didn’t matter, EHC had always been and would likely always be-just with a new set of participants. For these Champions it was almost over but all too soon it would be starting for another set who willingly entered.

Oh Sophia, sweet and stupid Sophia who somehow managed to remain in this tournament when there were others who had partaken who were much more capable and older than herself. That was the funny thing about EHC though, just because someone was older or more capable than you didn’t mean they would be able to endure more and make it further. EHC brought out a lot in people they never expected and weren’t aware they were capable of which was really the whole point of this dog and pony show, it was a beautiful thing but it was unlikely any of the Champions saw it that way but their opinions didn’t matter obviously. However, she was completely foolish to think this, or anything in EHC, would go her way but she had more than proved by now that she was extremely foolish and the unfailing optimist which was rather annoying to-well everyone. It took the super smart girl a moment to realize it wasn’t just heads in the water, although it seemed like she got a lucky break with the Queen speaking to her when she did. Some of the Champions had been smart enough not to get into the water after the bodies, others hadn’t been so smart and paid the price for their chivalrous as best intentions. Although then the girl did something none of the other’s had done, she actually attempted to get away from the group on the rocks which was rather cute. Try as she might she would never be rid of the group, even if she desperately wanted to.


The Queen looked down at you as if she could sense your death coming, whatever she had in mind for you it appeared she didn’t plan on being on the losing side. There was some shuffling in the back between her guards, ironic given they were cards, and then a familiar face appeared. This face was likely to cause a great deal of cussing from the Champions and was probably why the queen looked so smug. Hatter was her Ace in the hole, no pun intended. Even if you didn’t want to partake in whatever she had planned for you she would have Hatter compel you to take part in whatever fiasco she had planned, didn’t that just figure? Then again did you really expect anything else from EHC? You had no control in here and whatever they wanted to happen to you did, kind of sucked honestly but they had to put on a good show to make things interesting. Besides it’d be far too boring just to let you walk through a field of flowers where your biggest worry was if you were allergic to the plants or not, it’d be terrible and no one would watch it honestly. “You will face my champion. Defeat him and I will let you go, fail and I will kill you.” At least she told you what was going to happen, but you knew there had to be a twist to the whole thing. There was always a catch, it was just how EHC worked. Suddenly something metallic was flying through the air at you. Panic gripped you but somehow you managed to miss the flying object, however it landed in the water which meant you’d have to retrieve it. Once it landed with a splash you were able to see it was a sword, you’d definitely be needing that. “Prepare yourself you fool, I am going to summon my champion.” The Queen smirked. “JABBERWOCKY!” She wailed.

[[OOC: You can say the creature flew in but not describe it. You have to go after the sword or you will be compelled to do so by Hatter.]]


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