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Headmaster Emile Rousseau
 Posted: Jul 8 2017, 10:31 PM
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Ah yes, the EHC killing dreams and optimism since it’s inception. What a magical thing it was, it seemed like now as the Champions were finished with two tasks they finally realized what they had gotten themselves into. It was almost sweet, their foolishness, but it may end up costing them so much more than they ever realized. However, it was a risk they’d all willingly decided to take when they’d submitted their names to compete in EHC. Maybe they would remain sane, maybe they wouldn’t but it mattered little at the end of the day. Either way it was far too late to go back now wasn’t it? Would they want to go back if given the choice? This whole thing would help prepare them for the adult world, and maybe make them realize they should be fully aware of what they were getting into before they committed to something. Those left may have thought they had everything under control and realized how things worked by now but that certainly wasn’t the case, this task was going to show they the true meaning of being traumatized. While this task may prove to be infinitely easier physically it would be much more mentally taxing than the two previous tasks, it was time to see what the Champions were made of and who had true grit. Emile decided minimum warning was needed for this task as by this point the remaining Champions should be prepared for the possibility of a task starting any second, he had each remaining champion pulled from their class by a different professor to avoid raising their suspicion until absolutely necessary. After they all had been gathered and secluded he called the rest of the school to the arena to watch Task Two. In a tent with the Champions he smiled cheerfully at them again, they would be in their robes this time and only have what they had in their pockets. “Turn in your wands to me now, you may find your wand at some point later in the task you may not. However, I urge you not to spend your time looking for your wand only and to focus on the task instead.” He told them as he collected their wands again. Although to be honest he had serious doubts about a few of them listening to instructions, but that was their choice.

The Champions were then escorted to the arena one by one, passing the cheering crowd and fanfare. Weren’t they proud of all the fame and attention they were getting by competing? Some of them would probably disagree with that but the Tournament had promised glory and here it was whether they liked it or not. Of course most of the Champions left would probably consider the attention sadistic, that so many people could be getting enjoyment out of their suffering and torment probably didn’t sit well with the majority of the Champions. It was part of the deal of competing though, they simply were going to have to live with it. Upon entering the arena it would initially appear empty, and the cheering of the crowd was overwhelming. Suddenly the whole arena was covering in the choking smoke from the other tasks, and try as you may you ended up inhaling it as always. Eventually the noise died down, smoke cleared, and the setting of the arena came into focus, it was slow starting at the corners and filling everything in towards the center appearing fuzzy until the very end.

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Could they at least be a little more original? The Champions were surely getting tired of forests, they were already permanently going to avoid them so what was the point in continuing on in one? Either way there was little choice in the matter. Starting forward you noticed a glowing light ahead and honestly it seemed like as good of place as any to start this task, you had nothing to lose by starting there. Using rocks to cross the little stream you used care as the rocks were slippery and because you wanted to be sure not to touch the water, it appeared normal but you couldn’t really trust anything in this arena. Coming closer you realized the glowing was coming from mushrooms, there was a small grove of them. Everything appeared normal until you notice a creature staring back at you from a large mushroom, he looked annoyed at your presence as he puffed away on his hookah. As you approached, he was eye level to you from his position on the mushroom even though he wasn’t larger than five or six inches, his expression became sour and pinched; he started blowing smoke rings in your face to display his displeasure with your appearance in his mushroom grove and for interrupting his smoking. Choking on the smoke rings you realized this was the smoke you’d been experience in the tasks. “Who are you?” He asked sourly, still puffing smoke from his hookah in your face.

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 Posted: Jul 11 2017, 03:55 AM
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There was hardly much time between the First and Second Tasks, and Max had barely just recovered before being taken out of her Transfiguration classroom. Max turned to look over her shoulder, her eyes found Vanessa and gave her a quick nod before disappearing through the doorway. Her heart pounded wildly as she walked into a tent where the Headmaster was waiting for them. The Ravenclaw couldn't stop herself from going into a defensive posture, crossing her arms over her chest as she glared with hostility towards the upbeat man.

Again with the wands.. the prospect of shoving the wand up someplace it didn't shine entered Max's mind as she handed hers over with evident disdain on her face. Max was angry, and she was close to possibly snapping. Knowing she had to keep her cool long enough to finish this task, she let whatever self-doubt still lingering to dissipate with her volatile thinking otherwise Max knew she wouldn't make it. Max didn't even check what she had in her pockets; it was probably useless in this next task anyway.

One by one they were taken away into the arena. And when it was the Ravenclaw's turn to enter the second tasks field, Max walked without an ounce of hesitancy in her steps. Even the roar of the crowd hardly phased her at this point. They wanted action, Oh they would get action alright. Max thought as she clenched and unclenched her fists. Regardless of what they threw her way she would continue to persevere. Halfway through the competition, glory or no glory, Max was going to do this. "Come on!" she demanded as the cheers of the crowd died down finally. She was growing impatient and wanted it to begin already. And so the task began. The smoke entered her lungs causing Max to cough from it uncontrollably; her vision obscured as she held her arms up over her face.

Soon the smoke evaporated into small wisps that left no traces; the arena changed entirely. The blurred edges of Max's vision returned to reveal another forest. Surprise, surprise. However, it appeared less frightening than the previous two tasks so far. It was quite beautiful actually, the sunlight peeking through the branches of leaves, creating patterns on the ground. In the distance, there was light in the distance that peaked her interest. Is the rabbit there? Who knew, the only way to find out was to walk towards it. Resisting the urge to call out, Max walked in the general direction of the source of the light. Nearing the stream, Max carefully began to hop over the stones, nearly slipping several times. She was wary about touching the water, after the first task she didn't want anything to do with any form of puddles or rivers.

Finally crossing to the other side, Max discovered the source of the light which came from the grove of mushrooms straight ahead. Her friend Abby Wilson would have had a field day if she saw what Max did. In complete awe, Max approached the glowing fungi slowly but then stopped when something caught her eye. She nearly stumbled backward when she saw a pair of unamused yellow eyes staring at her from the top of a mushroom much larger than the rest several feet to her left. Narrowing her eyes, she slowly approached the annoyed looking caterpillar creature who was puffing on a pipe. Once Max was close enough to speak to the disgruntled thing, she coughed from the rings of smoke he rudely blew in her face. Scrunching up her face in disgust, she realized he was the reason for all the smoke she had encountered. “Who are you?” spoke the thing gruffly. Max waved the smoke from her face "Who am I? Who the hell are you? And what's with this smoke?"she questioned the creature, unnerved by his behavior. Max had enough of this and wanted to take some matters into her own logical hands.

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One might think given the familiarity of the setting for this task thus far it would give the Champions a sense of ease, however, given the tribulations that had happened to them thus far in the forest that may not be the case. Of course given the experience hadn’t been some cub scout nature walk with Smokey the Bear maybe you could see things from the perspective of the Champions. Then again none of them had proved to be extremely adept in the forest so maybe they were just jaded about the whole thing, they should watch some muggle horror movies then they certainly would realise just how good they’d had it thus far. All the Champions were far too selfish to think of anyone else and how bad they may have it though, so we shouldn’t count on them being appreciative of how easy things were for them right now. Sure they hadn’t been given warning for this task but that was part of life, they couldn’t plan things and expect them to happen exactly the way they wanted just because it was written on paper. Life was far too unpredictable for that kind of thing, the Headmaster liked to think he was doing them a favor by doing it this way plus it would keep them on their toes though they wouldn’t likely agree. Not to mention he did get some enjoyment out of seeing them walk around on eggshells the past few weeks, waiting for news of the next task and seeing their apprehension as well as anxiety growing as the days passed. It also made the Champion’s extra frazzled as they entered the arena and progressed through the task, which made it more visually dynamic for the viewers-something the Champions wouldn’t get to appreciate though. What they thought and felt about things didn’t matter though, they were here and they would continue on in the tasks because they had wanted to take part in this momentous event. Although, one did have to wonder how many of them regretted their decision to enter now that they knew what transpired during EHC.

Dear, sweet, young Maxis was always good for a reaction and a laugh throughout the tasks. For such a young witch she seemed extremely attached to her wand already, but her thoughts about where to stick the wand were highly inappropriate at the moment as she was far too young for that kind of thing. At least she had been smart enough not to fight giving her wand up, that only would’ve assured her a harder time and less of a chance of getting it back during the actual task itself. As a Claw you expected her to have more sense than the others about things and it was clear she did as she didn’t make a scene about things like a certain Slytherin boy we won’t name. Though it did seem like sure was lured into a false sense of relaxation by this forest, she should be smart enough to realize nothing was as it seemed in the arena. “Rude and stupid I see. Since I don’t have an appalling lack of manners I will give you my name. Absolem some call me, or Caterpillar is fine.” He told her rolling his eyes, it was clear he didn’t have a high opinion of her.

The Caterpillar looked at the Champion, face still pinched in displeasure like he had smelled something he didn’t like and couldn’t get the scent out of his nose. He stared at you hard but it was easy to tell his eyes weren’t that good, he squinted as he puffed on his hookah. The smoke first came out as rings but as he smoked more and more they began to become all different shapes as well as changing colors. However, you were starting to feel light headed so maybe it was just the smoke playing tricks on you and making you hallucinate. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this smoke was the same smoke that had been haunting you in all the other tasks so far, seeing where it came from explained a lot about things. Stepping back to get some clearer air just made the creature glare harder at you, apparently you’d offended him by not enjoying the smoke as much as he did. “I see you don’t appreciate the finest things in life.” He said sharply, there was no doubts now he was offended. He puffed some more and drifted away in thought before suddenly turning to look at you with what could only be described as a purely evil and sadistic smile, oh you were in trouble. Perhaps you should have tried to be a little more coy in avoiding his smoke, but it was entirely too late for that right now.

“Since you don’t seem to enjoy my smoking let’s do something we can both enjoy.” He said with a smile. Suddenly clear plexiglass walls appeared around you creating a box, it had air holes which was nice of him to provide but even if you could climb the totally smooth walls there was a roof and you’d never get out. Below you the forest floor turned into a dirty, chipped, checkered tile floor. Panicked you rushed around the box looking for some kind of escape, however it soon became explicitly clear there was no way you could escape this. If you had your wand it might be possible to blast your way out but the terribly mean Headmeaster had taken it again, so it looks like in this case you were screwed and had to partake in what he wanted. Whatever kind of game could this be? Turning to the Caterpillar you looked for an explanation. “I will give you a riddle, answer enough correctly I will release you. If you don’t one of the tiles will fall out, answer too many incorrectly and you will fall.” He explained, puffing tiny smoke rings into your air holes, clearly he was delighted with the game. “A house has four walls. All of the walls are facing South, and a bear is circling the house. What colour is the bear?” He asked, clearly pleased with himself.

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Of course, Max wouldn't try anything with her wand; she could barely reach the guy. Max would at most probably just try to throw it in the opposite direction to make her point clear that this whole situation sucked without their wands. How were they at least supposed to defend themselves? And besides, the Headmaster was one scary mofo; the Ravenclaw had to practically crane her neck to see him and often wanted to ask how the air was up there.

Speaking of air, the hookah smoking caterpillar introduced himself with about as much of enthusiasm as she had with History of Magic. The way he stared at her was unnerving and made the Ravenclaw downright uncomfortable. She narrowed her eyes suspiciously at him but then coughed again and tried unsuccessfully to wave the smoke away. It was making her feel dizzy and lightheaded. Needing a moment, she took a step back to try and inhale some cleaner air. “I see you don’t appreciate the finest things in life.” Absolem gruffed. Max sucked in quickly through her teeth before replying "Guess not..." Absolem was odd; Max watched him as he stared off momentarily before suddenly returning his attention to her except this time with a sinister smile.. no, it was more than that it was absolutely a look of malevolence and Max swallowed hard at the sight.


“Since you don’t seem to enjoy my smoking let’s do something we can both enjoy.” offered the Caterpillar causing Max to take another step back and put her hands up "Uh. No thanks?" her declination was ignored, and before she knew it the plexiglass rose up from the ground and surrounded her. Looking around at the edges that sealed her in and the soft ground of the forest floor changed into checkered tiles of black and white, panic began to set in. Running up to the plexiglass so that she was looking straight at Absolem, she pushed against the glass with her palms "Hey!!" she called out "What's this?!" she began to bang on the glass, it was futile. She started feeling like a caged animal, and began to pace along the transparent plexiglass prison pounding with her fist trying to see if there was a weak point. Her breath was coming and going at a rapid pace as she tried to focus. The Ravenclaw was trapped "LET ME OUT!!" she demanded as she approached from the other side towards Absolem. “I will give you a riddle, answer enough correctly I will release you. If you don’t one of the tiles will fall out, answer too many incorrectly and you will fall. Another game, more riddles of course. He blew rings into the holes that served as her only source of an airway. Coughing uncontrollably from the smoke, Max had no other choice but to resign to his demands.

Taking several deep breaths to calm herself, Max shut her eyes for a moment. Tilting her head back she muttered "Fine." Max could practically hear the Caterpillar smile before proceeding with the first riddle, and she opened her eyes as she turned to listen to him. “A house has four walls. All of the walls are facing South, and a bear is circling the house. What colour is the bear? It wasn't exactly the easiest riddle, Max was fairly decent at them, or so she believed. Somehow she managed to get past the Boxing Gnome from the previous task; maybe she could get through this as well. Pacing the transparent prison as she let the wheels turn in her head. Brown? No, no. That's in the forest. She pinched the bridge of her nose as she thought What kind of bears are... "WHITE!" she suddenly called out as if the lightbulb lit up over her head. Turning to look at Absolem, Max hoped she was right.

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The Champions all thought they were so smart but one really had to question if that was the case given they’d willing entered this godforsaken tournament, this wasn’t the Hunger Games. Although to be fair if Emile had been allowed to kill the students one couldn’t be too sure that this wouldn’t have turned into the Hunger Games, at least that way his problems would take care of themselves that way. So maybe that wasn’t the nicest thought but no one could claim the Headmaster was a totally nice guy, but it really was a moot point considering he couldn’t kill the kids or have them kill each other. At least if things had been that way the Champions would’ve had a real reason to vilify him, right now he was just doing his job and keeping tradition alive. Whether the Champions choose to believe that or not was their own choice, sometimes people didn’t like the truth no matter what form it came in. Absolem smoked his hookah as he patiently waited for the Champion to answer the first riddle he’d given them, he did dearly hope one of them was smart enough to figure it out but then again where was the fun in it? You’re right, there wasn’t any and they couldn’t have that now could they. Upon hearing their answer he tilted his head as he considered the answer. “Wrong.” He declared with no further explanation and one of the tiles in the floor disappeared, leaving a hole. If the Champion chose to approach it all they would see is a hole that went straight down, fading into blackness it had no disconcertible bottom that they could tell from their current position.

Another Claw, another riddler. Maxis should have no issues at all getting to the bottom of these riddles in not time and be released to freedom. At least she didn’t seem to want to be argumentative with Absolem which was a nice change, all the other Champions just seemed insistent on fighting him and being ugly even though there was really no need for it. “Your opinion and wants hold no merit here peon.” He told her as she objected to the game. He had no idea why these children felt the need to be over dramatic about everything, it was truly taxing. How had he managed to find all these idiots? Couldn’t there be at least one smart one in the bunch? Clearly that was entirely too much to ask for at the end of the day, frankly they were starting to give him a migraine.

Absolem let them have some air after the first square had disappeared, however after a minute or so he began puffing more of his special smoke into the box for the Champion. The Caterpillar was clearly disappointed in the fact they hadn’t answered his first riddle correct, however they could always redeem themselves as the game progressed. “How about you try again. What 4-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?” He asked the Champion, hoping they were clever enough to figure it out. However, he wasn’t going to be holding his breath about it because he knew if he did he’d only suffocate. He would not get his hopes up on someone so stupid and foolish, he actually began to wonder how you’d survived to the age you were. You held no intelligence great enough to survive to your current age or even this far in the tournament, oh how Absolem missed the times when young such as yourself would’ve been eaten for the greater good of mankind to make sure only the strongest survived. Natural selection just wasn’t what it used to be in his mind, it was clearly failing greatly now-not that there was anything he could do about it which he felt like was rather unfortunate. To mess with the Champion more he made sure the smoke he puffed into their box now was not only coloured by contained a smell as well. [[OOC: It will smell different than normal smoke, but what it specifically smells like will be different for everyone.]] “How about another. Many years ago, a wealthy old man was near death. He wished to leave his fortune to one of his three children. The old man wanted to know that his fortune would be in wise hands. He stipulated that his estate would be left to the child who would sing him half as many songs as days that he had left to live. The eldest son said he couldn't comply because he didn't know how many days his father had left to live, and besides he was too busy. The youngest son said the same thing. The man ended up leaving his money to his third child, a daughter. What did his daughter do?” He was sure he’d stumped them on that one.

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It's not that Max didn't try when she answered the riddle, she was panicked. The Ravenclaw hated feeling caged like an animal. She stared at him as he tilted his head after waiting for what felt like eternity. "Wrong." was the only word he uttered, her heart dropped into her stomach as the hopes of leaving the glass prison was sucked right out of her. Sucking in a quick breath, Max turned when she heard a tile just drop into nothing. It was one of the corner tiles thankfully. The next one may or may not determine the random selection. She was still standing after all. "Damnit.." she gritted under her breath as she turned to face Absolem again.

“Your opinion and wants hold no merit here peon.” of course this task couldn't go a beat without at least one insult towards them. "I figured that part out a long time ago." Max said with her eyebrows raised at the caterpillar. Who was she to argue? She was the one in a glass box. Absolem could cut off her oxygen supply at any time he felt like it. As if on cue, Absolem puffed suddenly a lot of dark green noxious smoke from his mouth into the glass cage. As the dizzying smoke hit her, Max wondered how something that size could hold that much smoke. The scent of decomposing flesh that was the most distinct and immediately hit her with a wave of nausea. “How about you try again. What 4-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?” Max staggered backward to the center of the glass cube woozy from the nauseating smell. Thankfully she skipped breakfast, otherwise, she would have lost it right then and there. Taking deep breaths as she slowly bent over, hands on her knees ready to just vomit all over the place as she thought about the riddle. "Noon." she answered after a moment wishing he would stop blowing that nasty smoke.

The self-doubt began rising in her gut as she began having a difficult time seeing through the thick smoke, she could barely make his shape out through the glass wall. The smell of decomposing flesh intensified by the added smell of blood. She could practically taste it. It's as if she actually ate a piece of human flesh. Spitting once to the side to make sure there was nothing in her mouth, Max coughed uncontrollably. And as she struggled with her surroundings, of course, she was hit with another riddle. “How about another. Many years ago, a wealthy old man was near death. He wished to leave his fortune to one of his three children. The old man wanted to know that his fortune would be in wise hands. He stipulated that his estate would be left to the child who would sing him half as many songs as days that he had left to live. The eldest son said he couldn't comply because he didn't know how many days his father had left to live, and besides he was too busy. The youngest son said the same thing. The man ended up leaving his money to his third child, a daughter. What did his daughter do?”

It was a more winded riddle thought Max as she struggled to listen, gagging often times. Straightening up slightly, Max's face twisted in disgust as she let the wheels turn in her head. Trying to wave some of the smoke away from her face unsuccessfully "She sang to him.. Every other day. Until he died." Max answered, it was the most logical to her honestly. A small part of her wondered how the other champions were faring, but that quickly faded because Max had to make sure the next tile that fell wasn't one that she stood on. But oh it was so hard to be steady and alert when she was so dizzy and nauseated. The idea of falling into nothingness made her throat dry. However it only made her seek out ways to escape even more. She would play this game until the end. Max had to.

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Absolem watched the Champion suspiciously as if afraid they would cheat, but that was very unlikely considering they were locked in a box with nothing but that didn’t make him any less suspicious. He had learned a long time ago not to trust anyone but himself, he was naturally suspicious of everyone to begin with but betrayal had lead him to the verge of being paranoid or maybe he was paranoid but it seemed highly unlikely that if he was that he’d even realize it. While the Champions might not be enjoying what was happening to them he was enjoying it a great deal to be honest, he hadn’t had a new toy to play with in ages and now he realized it had been far too long. Perhaps Alice was onto something with her constant need to have toys, even if she was a bit unstable. Although the Champion had to be a bit disgruntled at being told they were wrong, their answer may have been right in their world but inside the arena was a totally different world. If they hadn’t realized that by now then it was only their own folly honestly, he would only punish them further for being so utterly short-sighted. Everything is this arena was designed to take advantage of them to expose and exploit any weaknesses they had, if they had thought differently when entering then this was only their own fault. They were so far in over their head if they didn’t realize it, but just like when you played cards you never revealed your hand all at once. You had to keep people guessing and wondering, it was the only way you could distract them. Besides the Champions ought to feel extremely blessed Absolem had picked riddles, it was actually his least favorite game and the one they had the most likely chance of succeeding at. If succeeding was actually possible that was.

The crowd on the stands felt like she isn't trying that hard, but it was easy to judge when you are nowhere near the danger Maxis is in. She's been caged like an animal from the very beginning of the task, to be honest, her situation was much worse than a caged animal. They had organizations to protect their rights whereas Maxis and the other contestants were fully allowed to be tortured to the lengths no one will guess and they signed under a parchment that led them in this situation. Now now, would it be fair to pity the girl who is about to have a panic attack? Most of the students who applied to be a part of the EHC disagreed. She got into this to become a champion and if she doesn't give her all, she wouldn't have anyone pitying her, only crowds of kids talking behind her back saying they could do much better than she did. Maybe that would be true, maybe not. But if she doesn't fight her best, that was the only comment she would get after leaving the competition. No pity, no sweet tortured child treatment.

By now thanks to all the smoke being puffed into the box they had to be feeling a little lightheaded, not in a sick way but more like an intoxicated way. There had to be something in that smoke, but there was nothing that could be done to get away from the smoke unless you wanted to take a plunge into the unknown which didn’t seem exactly safe at the moment. It seemed like when Absolem gave you riddles he was at least considerate enough to give you a little fresh air, but then again maybe it was a trick to lure you into a false sense of security only. After your experience thus far in the Tasks it was best not to trust anyone or believe they had good intentions, it only lead to trouble. “Wrong and Wrong. Are you sure you’re actually smart enough to be competing in this tournament?” He was not above antagonizing them to get a good show out of things. Two more tiles winked out of existence and he felt his pleasure multiplying, this game was turning out to be much more fun than he ever imagined when it began. At this pace you’d be down the hole quicker than you knew it, which was a lot of fun for him. “Ready for another go? What question can you never honestly answer yes to?” He said, puffing out rainbow rings now. It did seem like his mood was improving with every “wrong” answer you gave, which wasn’t very polite at all. “Oh this one is my favorite. A man is trapped in a room. The room has only two possible exits: two doors. Through the first door there is a room constructed from magnifying glass. The blazing hot sun instantly fries anything or anyone that enters. Through the second door there is a fire-breathing dragon. How does the man escape?” His eyes got bright waiting for your answer, at least it appeared someone was enjoying himself in this utter madness. “You don’t seem to understand this game. I repeat only the last word you say. The more I repeat, the softer I got. I cannot be seen but can be heard. What am I?” The Caterpillar seemed rather obsessed now, what had you gotten yourself into?

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Not that she knew what being drunk felt like, but Max imagined this was it as the lightheaded feeling clouded her thoughts making it difficult to focus. "Wrong and Wrong. Are you sure you’re actually smart enough to be competing in this tournament?” she could hear his voice altered through the glass cutting sharply. Swallowing hard as she shook her head as if to sunder herself sober Max growled "I'm a damn Ravenclaw!" before approaching the glass, so she was face to face with Absolem. She pounded the glass once with sheer rage at this point, short locks falling into her eyes as she gritted her teeth giving her an animalistic appearance.

Her nares flared as she took a step back only to have one of the tiles disappear, shock registered on her face as she fell, her right arm caught the edge of another tile as she hung in the abyss for a moment. Another tile fell away from the other corner. Struggling, beads of perspiration formed on her forehead as she reached up with her free arm and somehow managed to pull herself up. The Ravenclaw sat her rump down as she caught her breath when Absolem interrupted “Ready for another go? What question can you never honestly answer yes to?” he asked her, Max looked at him incredulously with her eyebrows raised before letting out a laugh in response. There was no way she was going to get out of here without falling through she realized. Recomposing herself quickly Max pulled herself up onto her feet carefully "Are you asleep?" she answered back. Max doubted she was right, but it was worth a try.

Rainbow ringlets of smoke filled the glass cage; she wondered if she would sprout a horn from her forehead and wings on her back. The idea of becoming a unicorn wasn't exactly a bad one. Max coughed again uncontrollably as she tried covering her face with her sleeve from the smoke. Leaning against the glass for the support she hoped that the next tile wouldn't fall from directly under her because she was way too lightheaded to catch herself again. “Oh, this one is my favorite. A man is trapped in a room. The room has only two possible exits: two doors. Through the first door, there is a room constructed from magnifying glass. The blazing hot sun instantly fries anything or anyone that enters. Through the second door, there is a fire-breathing dragon. How does the man escape?” Absolem's voice echoed nearby as he threw another riddle in. Shutting her eyes as she leaned her head back against the glass pane, Max willed her brain to function.

"He waited until it was nightfall.."
she replied "And then took the first door." hopefully there would be a clock for him to wait by she thought as she glanced over to Absolem. He's enjoying this.. "You don’t seem to understand this game. I repeat only the last word you say. The more I repeat, the softer I got. I cannot be seen but can be heard. What am I?” he asked with a bright shimmer in his eyes as he watched Max who moved from the glass and carefully stepped onto another remaining tile. "You're an echo." she responded after a long pause. Max cleared her throat and asked suddenly with a determined glint in her eyes "When I turn around once. What is out will not get in. When I turn around again. What is in will not get out. What am I?" perhaps throwing a riddle back at Absolem might intrigue him. Who knew. It might work. Or it might send her into the oblivion below. If the Ravenclaw knew one thing about her odds, is that they were stacked very much against her but she was willing to risk it for the sake of the Eternal House Cup.

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This probably was beginning to feel a bit eery for you, but it seemed like Caterpillar was playing by his own rules for this whole thing. It wasn’t exactly fair but then again why should you be surprised? Nothing in these tasks thus far had been fair so why should it really be any different now. Not to mention this task was designed to test you mentally so it was probably just part of the Headmaster’s grand plan to get into your head and ruin your day. Although it was likely already ruined because you were doing a task today but that was neither here nor there, onwards as always straight into the insanity you went. You had to get going, the embarrassment from quitting would be immense and you’d surely regret doing it for the rest of your life, no matter the overwhelming sense of satisfaction and relief it would surely bring you right now. The box was starting to get a little warm too, it probably didn’t help that smoke was being blown directly into it as well. Which was extremely rude by the way, why the Caterpillar felt the need to give you a second hand high you didn’t understand but as of right now there wasn’t a whole lot you could do about it was there? Not to mention the tiles were disappearing at an alarming rate due to your “wrong” answers, the whole was beginning to get a little unnerving honestly. Why was he so intent on sending you tumbling down the hole? Thinking about it made your head hurt, you were beginning to feel a little woozy honestly and you could only determine it was the smoke. It was clearly laced with something, just look at Absolem, but you had no idea what it was honestly. Perhaps he was merely testing you just to see how much you could take until you lost your cool, it would be good theatrics you know.

It seemed like Maxis didn’t like being told she was wrong, just because she was a Ravenclaw didn’t mean she knew everything. So much arrogance in her house and it implying that she had to be smart and right, really it was uncalled for but it wasn’t likely she’d shut up. She seemed to think she knew how everything worked in the world and Absolem debated making her pay for her cheek, however he was a forgiving fellow so he decided to let it slide for now because he knew the little brat would get what was coming to her eventually. He was a big fan of letting things take care of themselves, it was easier that way and so much more fun. “I didn’t say I’d be partaking in the game.” He told her with a smirk. It almost looked like one of his tiny hands was flipping her off, although it was hard to be certain considering how small his hands were and how many of them he had.

Sighing Caterpillar let a big puff of smoke into the box, causing you to break down in a large coughing fit for several minutes. By the time you were done choking on it you were pretty dizzy and practically seeing stars, and it went without saying you were fairly annoyed at Absolem. If you were out there you’d probably be shoving that hookah somewhere the sun didn’t shine right about now, you didn’t give a damn if it was polite or not anymore you’d had just about enough of the stupid little insects shite. Knowing your luck you’d get zapped like a bug on a bug zapper if you did try to go after him, so it probably wasn’t worth it honestly. “Perhaps you do have a brain in that feeble head of your’s, right on all accounts.” He praised, dear lord it was about time. Of course you knew you were getting the right answers and he was only now realizing it? There had to be something wrong with him, he was probably permabaked and that was the real issue. “Two people are born at the same moment, but they don't have the same birthdays. How could this be?” He asked, still no less excited it appeared. This game was starting to become a little taxing though, you hoped it would finish soon. “Which word does not belong in the following list: Stop cop mop chop prop shop or crop?” Well if that wasn’t the oddest list you didn’t know what was but at least the little bug seemed pleased at himself. “Final one. I can only live where there is light, but I die if the light shines on me. What am I?” This one seemed to cause him a great deal of excitement.

[[OOC: You can answer the riddle but you are not allowed to say if you were wrong or right.]]


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Max observed the Caterpillar; it was as though he was debating striking out at her. But for some reason he hadn't. “I didn’t say I’d be partaking in the game.” was all he said instead. There was some brief movement of his hand or whatever caterpillar hands might appear like, but it was his smirk that was more unnerving than anything to the Ravenclaw.

Again with the damn smoke, this time it engulfed her entirely and entered every alveolus in her lobes. Dropping to her knees as she choked uncontrollably Max's face turned red as she struggled to breathe normally. Eyes watering from the smoke, the dizziness hit her like a brick, and she saw nothing but stars. Grabbing her head in her hands, Max opened her mouth and let out a quiet scream. Her hands dropped as she regained enough oxygen after a moment, Max glared at Absolem. “Perhaps you do have a brain in that feeble head of your’s, right on all accounts.” he finally acknowledged her. If she had her wand, she would have attempted to shish kabob the damn insect.

“Two people are born at the same moment, but they don't have the same birthdays. How could this be?” of course he had more riddles. How else would this be more interesting? Max rolled her eyes tiredly as she rubbed her face trying to get some blood flow to return to her skull. "Different time zones," she muttered with a shrug. Standing up a bit wobbly on her feet this time, Max nearly fell over again but caught herself. Her heart raced as she leaned over and looked down into the abyss below. “Which word does not belong in the following list: Stop cop mop chop prop shop or crop?” Max listened to him say and absentmindedly replied "Or." before narrowing her eyes and turning to look at Absolem as though realization dawned on her. “Final one. I can only live where there is light, but I die if the light shines on me. What am I?” he had asked.

Approaching him carefully to avoid the holes, Max jumped to the side onto an available tile. Once near to the glass again, she rose and stared at him "You're a shadow.. And I'm not getting out of here... Am I?" she demanded in a low tone. Whatever his torturous intention was, everything the champion was saying was wrong according to him. There was no game. They were going to fall through.

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[Center]Things seemed a little less dicey now that you were getting the riddles right, although Absolem didn’t seem any less excited about things. Perhaps it was just playing the game that brought him the joy not your failure or success, so maybe he wasn’t as bad as the Champions really thought. Okay so maybe that was actually open for a little bit of debate but we don’t really have the time to discuss that right now, maybe another time. It seemed like the more right answers you got right the more the air in the box seemed to clear, even though Caterpillar was still puffing smoke into it. Maybe they were trying to get you to pass out so you’d fall down the hole, that would be an easy way to get things done honestly. Then again he didn’t even have to play the game with you, if they really wanted you down the hole why not just force you down it? Apparently this was just something to try and mess with you, but now that you had a few answers right you were calming down. The hole in the floor seemed ominous though, the tiles hadn’t reappeared even with the correct answers to the riddles. It didn’t really matter in the scheme of things as long as you were released in the end, so it was likely better not to press the issue. Especially because things seemed to be going so well right now, while the Champions had to be aware it wouldn’t last they probably wanted to enjoy the break while it lasted. They’d be on their way to madness soon enough so it was best that they didn’t get in any big hurry.

Maxis was glad at this moment she was still in the box, otherwise Absolem might give into the urge to ring her little neck. Luckily for her she was in the safety of her stupid little box, and she had better behave if she didn’t want trouble when she got out of it. Such an angry girl, she didn’t have to be so hateful about...well everything. It was seriously unbecoming and was doing her no favors at all, but at the end of the day that was her problem and she’d reap what she sowed. Seemed like as impervious as she tried to be she wasn’t immune to the smoke, she wobbled causing Absolem to grin at her. He sighed a sigh of regret when she managed to not topple over, he’d much rather her hit her stupid head on the box. Perhaps it was thick enough to finally break the plexiglass and shatter it, granting her the freedom she so greatly desired. Soon enough.

After answering the last of the riddles Absolem smiled at you, it wasn’t the vicious smile he’d given you earlier but one that seemed relaxed and almost reassuring. You’d never met someone who enjoyed games as much as he did, and if riddles was one of his least favorite games you’d hate to see how he’d act with one of his more favored options. “Perhaps I was wrong about you.” He commented offhandedly, seeming to drift off into thought for awhile. Being polite you gave him a moment to himself, the poor fellow -eeerrr insect- clearly needed it. Soon enough he shook his head and focused on you again, eyes clear and sharp as ever. “Well done. I am nothing if not a Caterpillar of my word. You have earned your freedom.” He responded clapping a set of his hands, of course he didn’t use the one he had holding the hookah. He inhaled deeply on the device and released a giant cloud of smoke that was entirely too large to come from his tiny body, it surrounded the entire box you were trapped in but didn’t enter.

After about a minute the smoke and the box disappeared completely without a trace which was puzzling but they had appeared that way as well so maybe not, however the hole remained so you carefully stepped around it. “A puff for the road, come.” The tone in his voice assured you refusing wasn’t an option, besides a tiny one wouldn’t hurt. At the risk of offending him and worse possibly happening you decided to bite the bullet and just do it to get it over with so you could be on your way. Stepping forward you bent over and put your hand out of the hookah. However, the Caterpillar moved out of the way faster than you thought he could possibly move and the white rabbit came flying at you. There wasn’t time to move or do anything else but panic, the rabbit hit you square in the chest and you went flying backwards directly into the hole in the tiled floor. As the darkness swallowed you the echos of their laughter drifted down after you. After what seemed like forever you landed with a splash into warm water.

[[OOC: You are not allowed to avoid getting hit by the rabbit or falling into the hole, if you want to hang on a tile momentarily or something of that nature you may but you have to fall. At the bottom you are allowed to come to the surface but not describe or see anything, my next post will tell you where you are now and provide the setting.]]

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He ignored her, of course he did. Why would anyone answer her questions? She was just an angry kid who had nothing left to lose. All Max knew was how to survive. Due to her circumstances, life left her angry at everything. She couldn't help it. Everyone she ever loved had been ripped out of her world right before her eyes. It would probably be no surprise she would end up a dark wizard at the rate she was going.

The Ravenclaw narrowed her eyes skeptically at Absolem eho smiled at her. It was a different smile this time, nothing malicious about it and thats what put Max on edge. "Perhaps I was wrong about you." He commented causing Max to snort softly in response. "Perhaps..." she muttered as she gave him a moment to himself. Cocking an eyebrow questioningly at him, Absolem shook his head and continued "Well done. I am a anything if not a Caterpillar of my word. You have earned your freedom." Freedom.. she thought as relief hit her. Watching the smoke surround the glass Max shuddered at the idea of breathing that stuff in again and gagging. But all of a sudden the smoke and glass vanished before her eyes. Looking around, Max gingerly reached an arm forward where the glass wall was to test and make sure she wasn't losing it.

"A puff for the road, come.
" Demanded Absolem. How could she refuse? This was still his game after all. She stood there staring momentarily at him puzzled at his decision to free her. With a gulp, Max slowly and cautiously approached, stepping past one of the missing tiles and onto a safe one where ehe was close enough to reach for the hookah. Leaning forward Max reached out for the hookah except Absolem swiftly moved aside and a rabbit pummeled square into her chest knocking the wind out of her and sending her over the edge. Her fingers grasped the edge just barely as she hung for dear life, it still wasn't enough and her hands slipped sending her plunging down into the darkness. Their taunting laughter rang and echoed all around her until her body was suddenly submerged into something warm and everything was suddenly muted. Swimming wasn't her strong suit, but her survival instinct told her she needed air badly. Kicking wildly, Max reached up to the top and broke the surface with a audible gasp for air. How in the hell was she going to get out of this mess now?

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It seemed like no matter what you did things could go easily during the tasks could they? No you had to be falling down giant holes filled with water to almost what was certain death. Okay so it wasn’t certain death but it certainly had to feel like it honestly, otherwise why would they keep doing these awful things to you. Sure it was supposed to be exciting for the viewers and challenging for the Champions but it seemed like the line was crossed a few times. However, no one seemed to really notice or care. Wasn’t that just peachy keen? EHC had to have looked a lot easier to the Champions when they signed up, maybe it would help discourage more people from wanting to take part next term but Emile wasn’t really going to hold his breath. Even though what happened was a little questionable every time they held the EHC students clamoured to take part in it and applications came flooding in for consideration. Even the addition of parental permission hadn’t hindered things, but then again a lot of them probably forged the paper but as long as it looked legit there was really no need to question things. So falling hadn’t been the best part of this whole thing, but at least you hadn’t broken anything and you wouldn’t smell like smoke the rest of the task which was almost lucky. Finding a silver lining in this whole thing was exactly what would keep the Champions going when they wanted to quit.

EHC was bringing out a whole new side of Sophia, who knew the girl could be so much fun? It was like she finally had removed the stick from her arse and decided to be a normal person! Who knew such a thing was even possible for someone with such a constipated personality! It seemed like she was too far gone to even realize Absolem was speaking to her, although she was trying to focus very hard but just couldn’t seem to manage it for very long. She fell down like a child and Absolem chuckled at her, she was so much fun he hated to see her go as she had really livened things up for once. She didn’t seem to notice that she was falling or supposed to be terrified, it was kind of cute. If she hated swimming things were only about to get much worse for poor little Sophia.

Coming to the surface you appeared to be at the bottom of some sort of brick shaft, twelve feet above you was a window that let light into the shaft so it wasn’t all dark. However, there was no way to get up to the window to try and use it to escape. Everything seemed okay but the air smelled a bit metallic to you, looking down you realized the water red. Why was it red? Oh no, it wasn’t water at all it was blood. The horror was overwhelming, why would they do this to you? Had you swallowed any of it when you fell into it? Where had they gotten this much blood to begin with? God the Headmaster was so much more twisted than you ever realized. All you could do was pray it wasn’t human blood. Scampering back you frantically looked and moved around trying to find some way, any way, out to get away from the blood. In your scrambling you bumped into something, you hadn’t realized there was anything else in here with you. In fact now that you paid attention there were several things floating nearby, curious you grabbed one and looked at it. Turning it around you were horrified when you realize it was a severed head, a head of someone you knew. Dropping it you realized all the others had turned around revealing more heads, all people you knew and loved. Well guess that explained the blood.

[[OOC: So the heads are different for everyone but they will be of the people your character loves most, there are at least five heads in the blood with you but you can have more if your character cares about more people. Make sure you name each head in there with you and give your character’s reaction.]]


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