Valley of the Sun - Savage Hogwarts Adventures

Savage Potter Session 6-8

The battle with the dark wizards was tense, and I am glad that I had prepared a stock of potions in advance for just such a contingency. After giving Lucy her invisibility potion with instructions to drink it and hide, I started towards the doors to the great hall. As I neared dark wizards, I would toss a potion to interfere with whatever they were trying to do. In one case the glue bomb that hit one was particularly effective. When I reached the doors I used my wand to get outside where Lilith and Trent were trying to rescue Chloe. I provided some assistance with spells throwing objects at Chloe's attackers. We eventually defeated them but the leader fled back deeper into the castle. Inside the Great Hall, the teachers and students finally finished settling things there and were trying to get everyone organized and accounted for. Several students ended up missing including Trent.

As the attackers were unmasked, most were not people that we recognized, but one of the leaders was a teacher at Hogwarts, Professor Lovegood.

We are eventually escorted to our dorms to pick up any needed supplies and then allowed to sleep under watchful guard in classrooms. The next morning we are informed that Hogwarts will be closing down while this is investigated. We will be sent home and then from there we will have the opportunity to transfer to an American school on the west coast that has space to finish out the year.

When the day comes to go to the new school, we travel by porte key, and I become an oddity again. All of their regulations are again based on age which puts me in the wrong place for my ability. We eventually get things sorted out and I end up in a room with Gustoff.

After setting up my lab equipment for potions, I go with Gustoff to find food. As more of the transfers from Hogwarts show up in the cafeteria, they start attracting a crowd. I find a table away from the others so that I can observe how these students behave while Lilith, Gustoff and Moire provide entertainment from the local students.

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Session 5 Notes

School has been busy and while I have spent extra time since I started hanging out with Moria, Trent, Lilith, Gustoff and Brunhilde preparing for the trouble that they invariably get me caught up in. For example I have taken to always carrying at least one potion that will flash a bright light temporarily blinding those nearby. I also make it a point to carry a potion of invisibility to make a safe retreat when I need to get away.

So while the school was all worked up with the upcoming dance, I was mostly focused on other matters. Lilith engineered my encounter with Lucy and suggested I ask her to the masquerade party. Once that was done, Moria, Lilith, and Brunhilde drug me off to shop for appropriate attire in Hogsmeade.

While we were on our way there, we spotted Chloe also headed that direction. She was upset apparently she didn't have an appropriate outfit and lacked the funds to acquire one. I offered to cover the cost seeing as how I have the funds and other than the extra expense of purchasing potion ingredients, I don't really use my funds. She chose not to take me up on the offer and when Lilith tried to force the issue, she fled in tears. What is this concern about an outfit to a silly costume party?

Hannah later approached us. What a difference in the way she behaves since she started dating Trent. Anyway she wanted us to help her setup Chloe with appropriate mask and shoes for the party, and that she had already taken care of the dress. So when we went shopping we got me an outfit and a mask, and Chloe a white mask and shoes. The entire shopping event was way overblown and I would have preferred it if they had just left me out of it.

After that I spent some time creating a second potion of invisibility because I just knew it was going to be needed for Lucy. Then I went to bed for the evening.

The day of the party was spent mostly studying and doing finishing touches on my potion experiments. When it was time to meet for the party we realize that Gustoff stood up Brunhilde, but she went with some other boy that I didn't know.

The party was mostly boring music and I spent it mostly on the outskirts my friends did make me go out on the dance floor once. Mostly I spent it talking to Lucy. Eventually we were all sitting around a couple of nearby tables when Trent notices an adult forcing Chloe to leave the party and decides to interfere.

This leads to a mental attack that stuns and disorient most of the students. Then a mental voice makes some confusing pronouncement about the Order of the Phoenix whatever that is). I hand Lucy the extra invisibility potion with instructions to take it and hide if trouble starts. I also pull out my flash bang potion to use if things get out of hand.

About this time Hagrid's body comes crashing down through the glass ceiling and lands with a crash in the middle of the dance floor apparently dead. At this point other adults pull their wands and start attacking various students causing them to collapse in screams of pain. I move closer to where the man had dragged Chloe and where Lilith and Trent already were and threw my flash bang missing badly, but at least causing some sort of distraction while Lucy drank the potion and disappeared hopefully moving to safety.

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Session 3 Notes
First trip into the forest

We start the session with us about to follow Hagrid into The Dark Forest. As those in the lead proceed into the woods, I notice Prof McGonagall outside the castle looking around for someone, but she didn’t notice us heading into the woods.

Hagrid leads us along a trail and I keep an eye out for any potion ingredients that I might see along the way. Trent keeps rushing me, but I am the one that notices when a couple of the others start to wander away from Hagrid, and get them back on track.

Lilith gets tired after trekking through the woods for a while, so they rest for a while I poke around the area still looking for ingredients. After a little bit of time, we being to see a bunch of movement further in the forest heading towards us.

Eventually a dark centaur confronts us rudely. I let Hagrid and the others talk to him while I continue my looking around. Apparently this pisses him off, so he comes over to threaten me or whatever because I am not cowering in my boots in his presence. After his bluster a lighter centaur approaches and shoos the other away calling him Bane. The lighter centaur then introduces himself as Firinz. After some pleasantries with Hagrid, we are on our way again.

The path through the forest keeps getting darker and narrower. Brunhilda produces some light from her wand while Hagrid has his lantern. Eventually we find a patch of ground that looks like it has been trampled by a struggle. We find a tuft of unicorn fur and some unicorn blood. I also notice that the leaves on the ground were not from the trees in the area, as if they were drug over somehow.

At this point I suggest that something bad has probably happened and we should leave, but before we can do anything we are surrounded by goblins. They threaten us and tells us to go back. That we don’t belong here. Hagrid rebukes them, and then a scuffle breaks out. Most of the students go for their wands immediately, while Trent pulls out his beater’s club. There are disarming charms, immobilizing charms, and even a blinding charm cast at various goblins. I however through a potion of retching cloud at a pair of goblins. Pretty quickly the goblins are mostly unarmed or taken out of the fight when a hooded man shows up and casts a spell at Hagrid. Hagrid returns fire with a ball of fire torching the poor blinded goblin, but not injuring the wizard.

The goblins with Gustoff’s encouragement let us return the way we came, and so we as a group keeping a wary eye on the wizard move deliberately back towards Hogwarts. When I get back, I am going to be preparing some serious potions for the next time we encounter someone who wants to cause us real harm.

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Session 2 Notes
My first day of class

We start this session off with the students heading into Hogwarts, just outside the great hall, Professor McGonagall takes me aside to what looks like a classroom so that I can be “sorted” separately from the first years. She then leaves saying she will send someone for me.

While I wait, I look around the classroom poking through the things behind the lecture podium, after finding nothing of interest, an adult, Professor Lovegood comes in and we go through the “sorting ceremony”. The hat seems to think I would do well in House Slytherin and Ravenclaw, but ultimately places me in Ravenclaw, which is Prof. Lovegood’s house. I am then led into the great hall and sit at the Ravenclaw table.

I pull out my notebook and start making notes of the experience while waiting to see what happens next. Another Ravenclaw fifth year named Brunhilda starts a round of logic tests with the other Ravenclaw students, when I finally hear what is going on, I note the answers as I figure them out in my notebook.

After the first years are all sorted, the feast starts. We get some reminders of the rules from Prof McGonagall, and I identify Professor Brickston who teaches History of Dark Arts and Professor Clarkson who is the new potions master.

After the feast, I hear that Chloe is still missing, and then Hannah leads the first years and myself up to the Ravenclaw common room for the evening.

The next morning, I head down with the rest of the house to the great hall for breakfast and to figure out where my classes are. There is still some concern about Chloe, and I am asked if I have seen her, but since I have never met her, I wouldn’t know it even if I had seen her.

After breakfast my first class is Charms with Prof. Flitwick. We work on the banishing charm, I end up getting paired with Brunhilda, and we execute it fine. Prof. Flitwick has some disparaging comments on the quality of the wand instruction I was given and gives me some pointers. They worked well enough, but I don’t know if I will keep using them.

After class one of Trent’s friends Gustoff from house Hufflepuff tells us that Professor Hagrid has a unicorn foal and is going to lead an expedition into the off-limits Dark Forest to try to find its mother. They just need volunteers to go with them. I agree and plan to meet up with them an hour before sunset at Hagrid’s place.

The rest of my classes that day are uneventful, and soon it is time to meet up. When we get to Hagrid’s everyone is fascinated by the unicorn foal, but all I can think about is all of the uses there are for parts of the unicorn, maybe the mother will be dead when we find it and I can harvest some ingredients.

And that is where we ended it for the night. I hope with the next session we will start to get some sort of flow going.

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Session 1 Notes
Radim meets his fellow students and brews a potion

I am dropped off at the platform for the Hogwarts Express, and instead of milling on the platform, I immediately board the train and claim a birth and begin setting things up to brew a quick potion while I wait.

Eventually an older girl comes in and parks herself across one of the seats looking at me curiously. This would be Lilith. A little while later two more join the room observing me strangely. One is Trent who seems very outgoing and the other is Moira.

As I finish up the potion of Meal in a Cup sometime after the train starts, and I am just waiting for it to cool down when a school Prefect by the name of Dominic from House Gryphindor sticks his head in. He heard that something strange was going on in one of the cabins, and he assumes it was my potion making. I pull out five cups and put some of the potion in each and distribute them to the occupants of the car as well as Dominic and then drink mine. The rest of the recipients eventually drink theirs though some wait for others to do so before they do.

While I start packing up my supplies and tools, we find out that the other reason that Dominic is here looking to see if anyone has seen a fifth year from Gryffindor named Chloe. No one else in the room has seen her, so he moves on.

Later after the sweets trolley comes by, another girl comes by named Hannah who is also looking for Chloe. At this point Trent and Lilith decide to look for this Chloe, and I tag along to see the rest of the train and who I will be in school with. Eventually Moira decides to follow along.

Are first encounter is a with a first year struggle to get into a compartment upset that her rat was stolen by her brother. Lilith knocks on the door claiming to be a prefect. I meanwhile quietly begin teaching her the opening charm so that she can take care of this herself. The compartment's occupants open the door to look out and Lilith forces the door open. The Slytherin boys deny having the rat, so I ask the girl what the rat's name is and summon it to my hand to hand off to her. Then Lilith closes the door and uses the locking charm on it much to the consternation of the two Slytherin.

We continue along the train and eventually find the cabin with Dominic and another ex-student of Durmstrang by the name of Enzio Pajo. I greet him in Russian and we continue our search. Unfortunately we don't find her before it is time to change.

We then arrive at the station and Hagrid greets me and offers me the option of going with the first years to be sorted or to have a private sorting ceremony. Since I don't want to stick out anymore than I already am going to, I decide for the private ceremony (I don't want the symbolism of the Sorting Hat ceremony to reinforce the perception of my being a first year. My age and size are already going to do that enough.

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