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The Sorting Hat / Re: Sort me!
« Last post by Melanie Moraes on Yesterday at 02:03:17 PM »
Character's name: Melanie Moraes
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The Sorting Hat / Re: Sort me!
« Last post by Korrine Ollivander on Yesterday at 04:28:29 AM »
Character's name: Korrine Ollivander
Link to character's EFBs (if applicable): none yet
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The Sorting Hat / Re: Sort me!
« Last post by Amber Flourishman on November 20, 2017, 11:30:57 PM »
Character's Name: Amber Flourishman
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Declined - please check your PMs
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Mahoutokoro Castle / Re: [Bunkasai MP] Welcome to Our World (open!)
« Last post by Damien Conway on November 20, 2017, 09:30:30 PM »
Since Japan was nine hours later than Scotland, the Portkey had been scheduled to leave at five-to-three in the fricking morning. Thus DJ had foregone his Friday night dinner and gone to bed immediately after his Ancient Runes lecture concluded at 5:40 the previous evening. By the time his alarm went off at 2:30 he'd actually gotten a full eight hours of sleep and was wide awake. Though, if he hadn't been, the Portkey would certainly have woken him up. Not for a single uncomfortable moment did DJ let go of the ship's wheel that was serving as Hogwarts' Portkey (for reasons as yet unknown to him) to Mahoutokoro. The magic was coming from the wheel - or the Portus enchantment placed on it, at least - but the feeling was like someone had put a shepherd's crook around his liver and was yanking on it sharply to the left.

He breathed forcibly through his nose as he and his fellow students plunged out of existence from the dark night of Hogwarts' halls and emerged in midair within the Oriental splendour of Mahoutokoro's daylight. A large ornate clock embedded into one wall indicated that it was five minutes to noon here at Mahoutokoro, and not everyone who had chosen to take advantage of the Mahoutokoro visit was as lucky (or as prepared) as he had been for the Portkey trip. Some people sprawled on the ground, while one chap looked like he was definitely about to vomit. The Japanese headmaster seemed to take this all in stride, and he welcomed them all in - somewhat astonishingly - English. He asked them to wear what looked like a graduation stole so that there would be two-way comprehension.

Shrugging, he took a dark purple stole with emerald green trim and settled it around his shoulders. The enchantment either worked very well, or the Japanese headmaster was extremely gifted at English, because he continued to speak in what sounded very much like accented English to DJ... though a closer look indicated that the man's mouth was not lining up with the words DJ was hearing, so it was definitely a Translation Charm. Very cool.

Belatedly he realised that the rest of the headmaster's welcome speech was quite short and the Hogwarts student body was migrating, so he moved at the back of the herd toward a female professor with a sheaf of parchments and a few bangles. A map, a schedule, and for some of them (like DJ), a dormitory key that would let them get to wherever they were staying the night. Some of the Hogwartians would be taking the Portkey back at 8:55 that evening - or 11:55am back home in Scotland - as they only wanted to have the one-day experience, but DJ was all for learning and seeing, and aside from wanting to stay the extra day, it would be cool to overnight with some foreign students and chat or show off their magic or whatever might come up.

Last in his queue, DJ approached the teacher - Chae-sensei - and supplied his full name without wincing even a little. She looked at her parchments and made an 'aha' gasp before rattling off the Japanese equivalent of, "Here we go, Damien. You will be staying with our Kukan Tengu, Akiyama Ren. Azuma Dorm," she pointed behind her rather than behind DJ, to the eastern tower, "room five-toe." She held out the key and added, "I hope you enjoy yourself, Conway-kun," and inclined her head in a little half-bow. Hesitantly, not really wanting to offend by doing something wrong or going too far or not far enough, he inclined his own head to the same degree and simply said, "Thank you, Chae-sensei," before scurrying off to examine his documents more closely, and decide whether to find his lodgings or go look at an exhibit first.
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Questions & Answers / Re: Home buddy or social butterfly?
« Last post by Garrick Ollivander on November 20, 2017, 08:29:09 PM »
I mean this guy would definitely go to anything that Korrine threw.
Just saying.
 ;)
 ;D
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Grounds / [MP Exhibit] Let Your Mind Be Free
« Last post by Nyima on November 20, 2017, 07:33:03 PM »
SATURDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 2001, 1:10 PM

“Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”
Zhuangzi, Nan-Hua-Ch'en-Ching

"Good afternoon," Nyima said in her quiet yet substantial, somewhat authoritative voice. A crowd had gathered around the portion of the grounds where she, and several other Kaze students (and a few others), had prepared their display on the art of the 日本庭園 nihon teien, otherwise known outside of Japan as the eponymous Japanese Garden. "We are honoured by your visit to Mahoutokoro. My name is Nyima, and I am the Tengu - a position roughly analogous to Prefect, Musketeer, Snegvoin, Guardião, Tsar, Mlezi, or Senator - for House Kaze. Today my schoolmates and I would like to exhibit one of our most well-known cultural traditions, the Japanese garden.

"The Japanese garden is a man-made, but nature-inspired, feature which I understand has become aesthetically appealing in the rest of the world as well," Nyima began. "The example we have prepared for you today is unusual in that is a mobile, temporary arrangement, which we designed elsewhere and moved onto the grounds here for you to explore. But besides this, it is still a good representation of the common elements of the Japanese garden. Please follow me." She stepped onto the first of several bridges, off the lawn of the school grounds and over the straight edges of the large garden square, which had been neatly adorned with carefully selected river eyes and sakura ishi, cordierite cherry blossom stones.

"All Japanese gardens have representations of both water and stone," Nyima went on as they walked a gently winding path of soft soil, between rolls of vibrant green grass and some large slanted imperial bonsai. "In the so-called dry rock gardens, water is represented by white sand, raked to mimic the sinuous motion of the waves. If real water is desired, when Muggles make their gardens, they must rely on gravity and plumbing to make their water flow, but as magicians, we have a little bit more leeway," she wiggled her fingers to either side of the bridge they were crossing, where enchanted clouds were hovering a metre off the ground, each one releasing a spiralling flow of rain that fell into the valley meant to mimic a naturally eroded riverbed.

It was easy for Nyima to describe and explain the garden to her audience. Her immense enjoyment was undiluted even after she had worked to design and build it and been exposed to it for several days. She hoped that her audience was enjoying the natural serenity of the garden as much as she was.
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Dorms / Re: Dormitory Assignments
« Last post by Ogami Toshiyuki on November 20, 2017, 04:35:07 PM »


For international students participating in the Bunkasai November Mini-Plot, if you PM a member of the Mahoutokoro team or indicate in your arrival post that you are spending the night, you will be assigned a dormitory, if possible pairing you with someone in your age range and gender.

5ト: Damien Conway


(bedspace has been kindly offered by the student residents
in Azuma Dorm Rooms 2イ, 3ト, 4ロ, 4ハ, 5ハ, and 6チ,
and Seibu Dorm Rooms 3チ, 3ロ and 4チ)
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Dorms / Dormitory Assignments
« Last post by Ogami Toshiyuki on November 20, 2017, 04:31:56 PM »
Mahoutokoro school map and layout designed by Meridian



6イ:
6ロ:
6ハ:
6ニ:
6ホ:
6ヘ:
6ト:
6チ:

6イ:
6ロ:
6ハ:
6ニ:
6ホ:
6ヘ:
6ト:
6チ: Nyima

5イ:
5ロ:
5ハ:
5ニ:
5ホ:
5ヘ:
5ト:
5チ:

5イ:
5ロ:
5ハ: Nakamura Yoshio
5ニ:
5ホ:
5ヘ:
5ト: Akiyama Ren
5チ:

4イ:
4ロ:
4ハ:
4ニ:
4ホ:
4ヘ:
4ト:
4チ: Ding Na Xia

4イ:
4ロ: Sakamoto Rin
4ハ: Ahn Jung-hee
4ニ:
4ホ:
4ヘ:
4ト:
4チ:

3イ:
3ロ: Miyahari Misaki
3ハ:
3ニ:
3ホ:
3ヘ:
3ト:
3チ: Akiyama Rei

3イ: Shimizu Hibiki
3ロ:
3ハ:
3ニ: Sunee Chatree
3ホ:
3ヘ:
3ト: Sono Natsuo
3チ:

2イ:
2ロ:
2ハ:
2ニ:
2ホ:
2ヘ: Ikeda Izumi
2ト:
2チ:

2イ: Mori Daisuke
2ロ: Sakamoto Yuki
2ハ:
2ニ:
2ホ:
2ヘ:
2ト:
2チ:


For more information about the dormitory layout and school layout, please click here.
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Announcements / Re: [Announcement] November Mini Plots!
« Last post by Ogami Toshiyuki on November 20, 2017, 02:48:37 PM »
For those of you visiting Mahoutokoro for Bunkasai, please begin here.

If you participate in the Bunkasai Mini-Plot,
you have the opportunity to earn one of these three badges:
 
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Mahoutokoro Castle / [Bunkasai MP] Welcome to Our World (open!)
« Last post by Ogami Toshiyuki on November 20, 2017, 02:44:36 PM »
The dates had been set. The students' projects were finished (mostly). The castle was swept clean. The professors were ready with their finest kyōjutai robes and their easiest academic lessons. The Japanese Ministry had reached an agreement with the Ministries of Great Britain, France, Russia, the United States, Brazil, and Uganda to approve the use of international Portkeys.

Headmaster Ogami breathed deeply, reminding himself that this was not his first Bunkasai as headmaster, nor even the first time students from the other wizarding schools had been invited, though it had been many years since that occasion. With so much increasing international turmoil, it seemed like the time was right to fortify their bridges with the other wizarding schools and demonstrate many of the ways that an education at Mahoutokoro was different from anywhere else. And, he admitted privately, to brag about how his students excelled in many ways. This cultural celebration was as much about showing off as it was about demonstrating traditions.

As the first of the arrivals spiralled into being on the floor tiles of the main keep's ground floor, arranged in the pattern of the Mahoutokoro mon, Ogami folded his hands within his sleeves and waited patiently for the children to pick themselves up, before stepping forward and (seeing that the first of the students were from Castelobruxo) enunciating in clear Portugese, "Welcome to Mahoutokoro's Cultural Festival, students of Castelobruxo. Please take one of these stoles and place them over your shoulders, as their Translation Charms will allow you to understand and be understood." He gestured to one of the various professors standing with him, all of whom had a variety of academic stoles draped over their arms for the students to pick up before they went on their way.

"We are honoured to have you here," Headmaster Ogami went on in Japanese. "Please make your way over to Chae-sensei, our Herb Studies professor, who will check you in and provide you with a map of our exhibits and, if you are staying overnight, your room location. Then make your way to the dining hall where, once all students have arrived, I will briefly go over what few rules we have here at Mahoutokoro that your academic institution might handle differently." Some mutinous or skeptical glances were exchanged between the students, which Ogami expected - the wilfulness of adolescence, especially when their school probably didn't place quite as much emphasis on decorum as the Japanese school did. But the group at-large nodded assent and passed over to the Kaze Head of House to begin their weekend event.

Ogami relaxed infinitesimally as they moved off to the side of the large room, watching them for a while until he remembered he had to return his attention to the Portkey that would be shortly arriving from Beauxbatons. It promised to be a full and exciting weekend indeed.

OOC: All students are welcome at Bunkasai, Mahoutokoro's academic cultural festival! Held November 3rd and 4th (a Saturday and Sunday), this is an opportunity for your European or American students to experience a day or two in the life of a Japanese witch or wizard. You can play out an overnight experience in a Mahoutokoro dormitory, attend an exhibit, explore the main keep or castle grounds or even visit the neighbouring village of Takamagahara.

During the playtime month of November you can earn 点数 tensū (marks or points) toward your full Bunkasai experience. The breakdown is as follows:
  • Create and have Sorted a Mahoutokoro student (once only)30 点数
  • Start or reply to an "exhibit" post as any student5 点数
  • Any other post as a Mahoutokoro student3 点数
  • Any other post as a visiting student (incl. this thread)2 点数
Your Total Earned Tensū for the event will earn you a badge at the end of December playtime (to allow threads to be finished)!
Second Rank
15 点数
First Rank
35 点数
Zero Rank
60 点数
If you have any questions please contact your Mahoutokoro Team - Meridian, Taylor, and Taed!
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