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Leandra Floros [ Board Mod ]
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[Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« on: July 01, 2018, 05:16:05 PM »
Leandra was nervous. She was still pretty new to teaching and while she tried to be an authority, she had a hard time being really strict. She expected the students to behave themselves without her having to force them to. She bit her lip thoughtfully, pushed her glasses up the bridge of her nose and mused whether the students would like the challenge she had planned for them. They were just back from a year away at Durmstrang - a year that had hardly been pleasant. While she wanted them to feel welcome in her greenhouse, wanted them to enjoy her lesson, she also wanted them to put in some effort. If she was simply lecturing or asking questions some students might just sort of doze off. She wanted them to work together and use their brains.

Still, doubts were busying her like they were before each and every lesson to far. Why had she applied for the teacher position again? She was not a professor... The young woman exhaled loudly, reminding herself of why she had applied in the first place. She loved Koldovstoretz although her time as a student had not always been easy. She loved children and wanted to help them become the best adult version of themselves. Furthermore the former Zhivoystya loved Herbology and could talk about it all the time. Besides there was no better place to work with plants than here. Last but not least Leandra liked the idea of a status, the idea of a stable position.

She waved her wand again, this time to shut the blends of the entrance area of her greenhouse. The Devil's Snare was spreading quickly and her plan was to see if her students knew enough to get past it. It was a little challenge on their way into the greenhouse. This was a first task they'd have to get through in order to reach the next stage of her Herbology challenge. Naturally the young woman would keep an eye on the students in order to protect or assist them if needed. She did not want any of her students to get hurt, after all.

Inside she had a large table put up in the centre of the greenhouse with benches in front of either side. On the table there were baskets with soil, pots, watering cans and various plants. She had planned for her students to identify and categorise the plants she had put there. This was going to be a quiz where the students could earn points for their houses but most of all they should have fun and learn more about Herbology.

She felt how her heartbeat quickened as the time of her students' arrival came closer. Nervously the professor fidgeted with her hair, uncertain if it had been a good idea to leave it open or if she should have better tied it up. Damn, why was she so self-conscious? Her hand was trembling slightly when she wrote a brief note for her students on a huge piece of parchment.
"Beware of this plant guarding the entrance. 
Only try and get through it when you've worked out what you are facing.
Feel free to work in teams.
Good luck and see you inside!"

She took the back door out of the greenhouse to put the sign up in front of the main entrance and then went back into the greenhouse, waiting impatiently for her students to arrive. She could hear them well from the inside and she could see them once they'd open the door. Hopefully there'd be some that knew about the Devil's Snare.

Sylvia Crowne [ Horned Serpent ]
163 Posts  •  11  •  played by Chaw
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 05:25:03 PM »
          The Ilvermorny student couldn’t help but walk briskly around the cabins, her excitement barley contained. Herboligy! She could not believe she has a chance to take a class about plants in Europe! My father was going to be SOOO jealous! she thought. Magical Hubenstery as she turned down the last path that would lead her to the around the south side of the cabins and to the green houses. Sylvia was the first to arrive, and barely noticing the plant tendrils snaking along the cool dark earth. Instead her eye caught the parchment paper on a post of the structure a few feet away from the door to the green house and she slowed.
Worrying it told her that she class was canceled, she stopped at the parchment and her lifted her wand said the spell she had practice the most on this trip “Latina ad transferendum.”
 
          The slightly squiggly fast stoked cursive simmered before the letters reformed an English version the Ilvermorny student could read. She read it once to herself, before saying the first line out loud. "Beware of this plant guarding the entrance?”

          Sylvia lowing her wand as she glace towards the door to the green house, allowing the spell faded and words regained their initial foreign characters.  At the entrance is a medium size pot was a deep green tendrilled plant that snaked on the ground and around the doorway. It looked like her father’s FIllterbroom plant.

          "Beware this plant … there is nothing… OH!” Just after Sylvia took a few steps closer, a dark green thin rope like thendral uncoiled and move in with a speed she never saw the familiar sweet swaying tendrils FIllterbroom move  No, this plant must have sensed her walking towards it, and aggressively shot out a tendril her way. Sylvia jumped back and then stumbled landing on her bottom just out of reach of the out stretched green limb. Still Sylvia scrambled a backwards before feeling at a safe distance to stand up.

           “That is NOT a Fillterbroom!” Sylvia said standing up and brushing herself off.  Remembering how her and her brother would play with the Fillterbroom. It tend to move but not quite as fast more in random, purposeless movements and NEVER aggressive.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2018, 05:26:14 PM by Chaw »

Serafima Schastlivtseva [ Inactive Character ]
15 Posts  •  12  •  straight  •  played by Inga
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2018, 01:06:45 PM »
Herbology was good. Plants were good. Much better than dragons and other strange magical creatures anyway. The Herbology professor seemed decent enough as well. Not as scary as some other witches and wizards. With these thoughts on mind Serafima made her way towards the greenhouse, expecting to maybe water some flowers or repot a plant. She figured the worst that could happen was that she got her hands dirty and, as far as it was common non-magical dirt, that was not a problem to worry about. The girl was actually smiling as she reached the greenhouse.

However, the smile soon faded when she saw an Ilvermorny student around her own age who was just getting up from the ground, brushing herself off afterwards. Was she so clumsy that she fell over her own feet or what had just happened? Frowning slight, Fima got closer to the other girl, still wondering if there were plants that could do any harm. She knew that, even in the muggle world, there were carnivorous plants but those ate insects and that was good because insects were nasty and basically just annoying.

"Hello," she greeted the other girl timidly, before spotting the professor's note and approaching it hesitantly. She had a sinking feeling that this note would reveal something to her that she'd rather not want to know. Beware of this plant...' Really? The girl sighed. Why did they have to deal with a potentially dangerous plant when they could also admire daffodils or tulips at this time of the year? They were pretty and colourful and, most importantly, entirely harmless.

"You know what that plant is?" she asked the American in broken English. Fima herself had absolutely no clue and would definitely follow the advice to only attempt to get into the greenhouse if she knew what she was dealing with. Therefore, the second year stood in a safe distance from the door hoping that some older students would arrive soon and help them out.

Valentina Teodorescu [ Tigrova ]
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Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2018, 02:30:35 PM »
Lumos, Incendio, or Bluebell Flames? That was the true question. While Valentina didn’t necessarily like Herbology – as it was her weakest subject, she could recognise a Devil's Snare immediately. In the end, if anything, it was her favourite magical plant. She didn’t regard it as bad, as others would; for Valentina, Devil's Snare was a plant that protected its owner, and that was one of the most noble of acts. If anything, to its owner, Devil's Snare was something similar to a familiar.

There were two other girls in front of the greenhouse, much younger ones, one of which Valentina recognised from the Tigrova common room. As it was in her nature, she politely nodded in Serafima’s direction, and glanced towards the other girl. She was from Ilvermorny, that was certain. So far, the American students had proven themselves very different from the ones at Durmstrang, however, Valentina was still sceptical around them. Better safe than sorry.

“Hello.” She said in English, only now drawing closer enough to read Professor Floros’ note. She smiled, a bit with disbelief. Leandra was one of their most endeared Professors, always caring, and nice. Surely she didn’t want anyone to get hurt there. It seemed that perhaps she was on the same wave length as the Professor regarding the plant.

Valentina pulled out her wand, and decided that, in the end, blue was always her colour. The sixth year waved her wand, muttered the incantation under her breath, and soon enough a jet of bright blue flames came out of its tip, making the Devil's Snare retreat just enough for them to enter the greenhouse. “Let’s go, girls.” She added, in English once more, placing her wand in her robe’s pocket as she entered the greenhouse, not actually waiting for the younger ones to decide if they would follow her in or not.

“Professor Floros.” Valentina greeted the older witch in Russian, smiling warmly in her direction. “I decided to go with Cold Fire, hope you don’t mind. Figured Lumos or Incendio would be boring.” She shrugged, taking a seat on one of the benches, glancing curiously at the various plants around them. Out of many, she could barely recognise one or two. This was not going to go well. “I made sure I didn’t harm it though. The Devil's Snare. Beautiful specimen.” The Romanian added, pulling out her gardening gloves from her pocket, figuring out they would be very much needed this class.

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Sylvia Crowne [ Horned Serpent ]
163 Posts  •  11  •  played by Chaw
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2018, 06:33:27 PM »
          The greeting slightly startled the already frazzled brunette.  She quickly turned to meet a long blonde haired Koldovstoretz girl who looked about her age. “Oh, hello.” She gave herself one last brush before looking up to see the girl walk hesitantly forward to read the teacher’s note. “Yeah, just be careful. That plant is not-so-nice.” Pointing at the plant snaking around the door.

          “Do I know what this plant is?” Sylvia repeated. She had been happy just how many Kolbovstoretz students spoke English. So far, She had not use her translations scarf she got from Japan much at all. Yet she knew that they might have a hard time understanding her, so she tried to use the few Russian words she memorized, which luckily included. “No, sorry.” She was forced to switching over to English to continued, “But maybe we could look it up.”

            She pulled out her schools copy of Magical Husbandry, out of her bag because it was easier than magically translating every page she wanted to read.  “It looks like my father’s house plant, Flitterbloom. But it is not. At least I have not seen one that aggressive. Do you think it has a curse on it?”

            She found the page on Flitterbloom and skimmed the page. Most of the information she already knew; Common Magical house plant. Tends to move at random…. Beautiful blooms…. Planting, Soil, Sunlight, and Watering needs. She looked for any reference to a variety of the plant being cursed. Instead there was a small paragraph on the bottom giving a warning that it might be mistaken for a different plant. Her finger stopped at the name Devil’s Snare. The name caused a chill to run down her body. She turned the book so the long blonde hair girl could share her finding.

          Hearing another greeting, Sylvia turned to see a witch with wavy hair and thick eyelashes and eye liner. If it was not for the Koldovstoretz school uniform, she might have mistaken the witch for a teacher. The new arrival came close enough to read the sign, and then greeted the scary plant with a smile.
 
             “Be careful! It’s super aggressive….” Sylvia tried to give the witch a warning about the plant as the witch took out her wand and soon produced a blue flame in her hand. “it um…” the moment the light of the flame lit up the corded vines, the plant pulled back.

           Sylvia took the invitation without question. She quickly closed her book and pressed it against her chest so she could follow closely behind the older student. It was not until she was safely inside the green house that Sylvia glanced back to made sure the long blonde hair girl made it through ok, while the unconcerned older student greeted her teacher in rapid Russian. Although her scarf  translated the Russian words, she was too distracted and caught only a few words;  Lumos or Incendio were boring... and Devil's Snare was a beautiful specimen. Sylvia saw the vines slowly slither back into place, now covering most of the dark shaded doorway.

          Trying to understand exactly what that plant was and how did the blue fire make it pull away, Sylvia opened her book and looked up Devil’s Snare. An image much like Flitterbloom greeted her as she read the subtle differences; prefers dark and damp areas, and it can “savagely strangles its victims with dexterous vines!” She read the most disturbing part out loud with a wide eyed fearfulled look. She glanced up at their teacher, who did not appear to be nasty sort that like to punish the students, like her Professor Applebottom. Still Sylvia made a metal note to me very careful in this class.
« Last Edit: July 07, 2018, 09:42:16 AM by Chaw »

Aysoy Esmeray [ Tigrova ]
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Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2018, 04:59:03 PM »
Herbology class was useless. It wasn’t like plants do much of anything, besides sit there, soak up the sun and grow. She thought in a spout of frustration as she slipped between two cabins on the way to the greenhouse. She much rather be sneaking in an extra visit to Misha and Mişa but Herbology made it onto her OWLs list and this fifth year was determined not to have her sister get more OWLs than her. A sigh escaped her lips as she resigned herself to an hour and a half of boring plant knowledge.

        She glanced up as she approached the Greenhouse in time to see her red headed Deveritch Captain enter the vine draped structure, quickly followed by some skittery newbies. This wasn’t that unusual for ‘Gallant Valentina,’ as Esmeray got in the habit of calling her, back when she thought that Valentina’s acts were well an act. But since Valentina became Captain, Esmeray had more time to get to know the sixth year. Although their ideas of fashion and fun still differ greatly, she had learned to admire Valentina's analytical and technical mind, as well as marvel at herself sacrificing nature and ability to be so methodically organised it was scary.

         What struck Esmeray as unusual was a strange blue glow following them and a unusual draping vine which recovered the greenhouse entrance. She pulled out her wand from her turkish vest and slowed down to examined the plant. When the plant reacted aggressively to her prodding, Esmeray reacted with a quick severing charm. This proved to be even more dangerous for the plant's severed piece flared wildly, wrapping itself around a stray twig, snapping it in two before continuing its search for her. A repel charm gained Esmeray some breathing room from her and the rything piece and the rest if its angry limbs. Only after she retreated did she notice a parchment on a post. 

       A smile formed on her face as she discovered the challenge. With her knowledge of plants mainly consisting of their uses in Defensive Dark Arts as poisons or antidotes, Esmeray had to open her Herbology book. Her search did not take long... she vaguely remembered its name but had to be remind of its weakness.
"Light halts it, heat of a fire and flame makes it recoil." Esmeray said to herself in her native Turkish language.

       Without a second thought she pointed at the stick on the stoop and used this opportunity to practiced her wandless magic skill. It only took a second try for a generous flame to burst from the two pieces. A stooped Esmeray jumped over the flame and bolted through the doorway as the singed plant shrinked back. Once inside she extinguished the flame in the same manner. Stowing her wand, she beamed a Russian greeting at her Professor and other students with, "That was quite fun! What is next?"
« Last Edit: July 16, 2018, 05:07:25 PM by Chaw »

Polina Konstantinova [ Medvedev ]
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Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2018, 12:07:59 PM »
Herbology was Polina's next class, which was relieving for the Russian. She was finding it more and more difficult to make it through to the end of the day okay, her mind feeling fuzzy and blank most of the time now. She found she had to work harder than she used to in order to maintain her grades. Herbology came naturally to the Medvedev however, and it was even soothing to the teen. Plus, Professor Floros was one of her favourite professors, meaning the class was not stressful at all. Unless Aquatic Healing or Water Manipulation was timetabled, it would easily be the highlight of her day.

Between her previous class and her next, Apollinariya had further to go than was usual, so she knew that she likely would be one of the last students to arrive. This disappointed her, since the control freak was always trying to be as perfect as possible. As she finally approached the greenhouse, the Russian witch watched as an older Tigrova leapt through into the class. Polina stopped dead in her tracks contemplating what she just saw. She doubted anyone would be so excited for a class that they would literally leap through the doors, and so the practical girl slide her birch wand out of her pocket, holding it loosely in her hand, just in case.

Tentatively stepping closer to the door, she suddenly noticed the thick, moving plant covering the entrance to the greenhouse, recognising it immediately as Devil's Snare. The strange girl from earlier now wasn't very strange at all. Polina closed her eyes to think, recalling how light and fire would stop the plant in its tracks and even if it did grab her, all she had to do was remain calm and she'd be fine. Raising her wand, Apollinariya knew she didn't want to hurt the plant if she could, and she never had been great at spells involving fire, so she decided on the basic lumos charm. There was no need to be fancy, after all. "Lumos solem!" Wincing at the bright light now shooting out from her wand, she raised her spare hand over her eyebrows to shield herself, waiting for the plant to halt its movement before moving through the plant's tendrils and opening the door.

"Nox," she muttered, after stepping inside and lowering her wand to the ground. She looked around the greenhouse and smiled, realising that they would obviously be having a practical session for the day. "Hello, Professor Floros!" Apollinariya greeted the professor warmly, as she put her wand back in her pocket.

Serafima Schastlivtseva [ Inactive Character ]
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Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2018, 07:52:58 PM »
The American apparently had no idea what kind of plant they were facing either. She wanted to look it up in a book which was, of course, sensible enough but also a risk because if interpreted wrongly they might be in peril.

Serafima was, therefore, relieved when an older girl from her house joined them and seemed to know what to do. She smiled up at Valentina and gasped in amazement when she blue flames erupted from her wand. What was the sixth year up to? Burning the plant away? Was that something the professor would appreciate? Fima doubted it but couldn't help but whisper an "ooooh" of admiration when the plant retreated when Valentina approached it.

The second year was relieved when the older Tigrova invited her and the Ilvermorny girl to go inside with her. Although the girl still knew little about the plant she'd at least get into the greenhouse as one of the first students. That was something at least.

Once inside Valentina began to speak to professor Floros and, listening closely, Fima finally found out which plant they had been facing. The Devil's Snare. That did not sound like a nice plant at all. It surprised that professor Floros, who seemed to be a rather kind woman, confronted them with an evil plant that could probably even kill them. Well, fortunately Valentina had identified it correctly and led them in safely.

She was curious to find out how the lesson would proceed. Hopefully they would not have to deal with a deadly hydrangea or something equally scary next.

Adelheid Dostoyevskaya [ Zhivoystya ]
149 Posts  •  13  •  -  •  played by Heather
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2018, 06:24:16 PM »
Ada watched carefully from a distance as students talked amongst themselves to figure out how to make it within the classroom. She was more at a loss, tempted to turn around, give up, go back, curl up in her bed, and whatever else would have been better than the current situation before her. However, the witch continued to stay in place, at least until the older students Valentina pulled out her wand and provided a safe passage. Ada quickly rushed to the side of the Tigrova, despite her being relatively scary, the Devil's Snare was much more terrifying and she knew if she wasn't quick she'd have to face it herself once it began to regrow. Did they regrow? Eh. Ada didn't care.

Once inside Ada looked about the room, her eyes catching on the Professor who she shyly waved at. "Ah... hello," she smiled a little. The witch took a spot at the table looking at all of the things before her. She wanted to plant something pretty, and it would be nice if it was a calm class full of fun and learning. The beginning of the class had her heart racing, but she hoped that it would calm down a little. She took a deep breath, glancing at the bush with the pretty flowers before silently smiling to Fima.

The whole situation of exchange students made Ada a little uncomfortable, but she had made a friend or two with the Ilvermorny students as they came to classes and she went to their classes. It was interesting, but at the same time reminded her of the chaos the Durmstrang merge brought upon her to the point she changed schools. She hoped the two schools weren't actually going to merge. That would be too much.

But, Ada was excited for Herbology. She liked plants, most of them were harmless. She looked back at the Devils Snare at the entryway. She hoped she didn't have to deal with that thing upon exit.

Liu Yin [ Tigrova ]
36 Posts  •  14  •  played by Axel/Alice
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2018, 09:01:10 AM »
Herbology wasn’t one of Yin’s favorite subjects nor was it one she despised either. For her it was just a class she went to and did her best to pass. She wasn’t practically good at it or bad either she was just well average. Still she would try to get the best grade she could to be the brightest witch she could be for both her brother and her family. Today was a bit of an odd day for the girl. Normally one to arrive either early or at a decent time she found herself heading off to class a bit later than usual. She found herself almost lagging behind while heading to the greenhouses. Feeling worried she might be the last one to arrive she almost skipped past the sign that was the warning for the task they would be doing.

She had skidded to a halt before turning back to read the parchment with their instructions. “Plant?” Yin questioned as she looked up at the entrance. “Oh,” she said in shock. She almost didn’t even see the plant at the entrance. She could have easily hurt herself had she not returned to read the instructions. “Alright let’s see then,” the Tigrova said to herself as she examined the plant from a distant. Yin could see it moving as it almost paced the door waiting for someone to enter its snares. “Hmmm,” Yin muttered aloud before adding, “I wonder if.” She took up a pebble from near-by and tossed it to the plant to see how it would react. Upon the pebble hitting a vine it found itself almost attacked by it curling its tendons all around the pebble and keeping it in its grasps. She had read about this plant before, but she couldn’t place the name exactly. “Something snare,” she said a little louder than she thought she did.

She dug into her bag and grabbed out her herbology book and looked through the pages trying to find the answer. “Snare…snare…..snare,” she would chant to herself looking for something to pop out at her when finally she found it. “Ah ha!,” she exclaimed looking at the diagram and then looking back at the greenhouse entrance. Though the artwork was a bit different it had the similarities to show this was the plant she was looking for. “Devils snare,” she said in delight as she shoved her book back into her bag and pulled out her wand. She knew an incantation to help complete this it wasn’t exactly probably a more common spell or one she guessed her classmates used as it was one she remembered her mother used when she was younger. She pointed her wand out and said with as much confidence as she could muster, “Lumen flamma.” A light flame erupted from her wand and hovered for a short while in front of the vines. The vines retracted from the door and Yin was quick to enter the classroom. She had to as she knew this spell wasn’t one that lasted very long and if she was too slow the vines would have attacked her. Upon entering the classroom she noticed quit e a few people already there including the professor. Yin only hoped she wasn’t too late for the lesson.

Leandra Floros [ Board Mod ]
11 Posts  •  35  •  mostly straight  •  played by Inga
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2018, 03:49:22 PM »
Waiting for the students to make their way into the greenhouse felt less good than Leandra had anticipated. She was worried. Worried that they wouldn't recognise the plant, worried that the Devil's Snare would harm them before she could step in, worried that they'd just turn around and not even try to make it into the greenhouse. In short, the professor was not convinced that her plan for the lesson had been a good one. She paced up and down the greenhouse, her heart beating frantically. Her mouth felt dry and she was almost shivering with cold now. Again and again the woman tried to remind herself that this was a perfectly acceptable lesson plan and that nothing would happen as the class was for all years and at least the older students would know what to do.

Finally she could light and the door opened. Letting out a sigh of relief Leandra looked at the students that were first to arrive. She smiled at Valentina who was accompanied by younger girls as she greeted her. While the Tigrova wasn't one of the best students in her class she still liked her a lot and probably knew her better than some of the others although Leandra always tried to get to know all her students. She always tried to be both - a figure of authority and a friend to the students. While she was head of her former house, the Herbology professor did not distinguish between the different houses. Of course, she wanted Zhivoystya to win the house cup but that did not mean that she had any hard feelings when it came to the other houses.

"Hello," words finally followed the smile. The greeting was directed at Valentina and her younger companions before she then looked at Valentina and responded to what the Tigrova had said. "It's a good choice, no doubt. And thank you, I think it's really an amazing plant and I wanted to introduce you all to it as I think it deserves some special attention." She smiled wider now. Her enthusiasm for plants was something that was evident whenever she spoke of them. She always hoped that it would spread and that her students would develop an interest in the flora as well but she knew that not everybody liked plants no matter how useful, impressive or beautiful they were.

Leandra nodded with a smile when Aysoy arrived and said that this had been fun. This girl really seemed eager to continue with equally interesting plants. However, Leandra thought that the girl could have been a bit more careful as she had singed the Devil's Snare a little. As she had done no real harm to it though she did not comment on that. "You'll see once everybody found their way in," she said anyway and gestured towards the table where several smaller plants could be seen.

Next Polina arrived after having successfully done lumos solem to make her way through the Devil's Snare at the entrance. "Hello Apollinariya," she returned the friendly greeting. Another girl arrived and she offered yet another way to get through the Devil's Snare. It was quite impressive actually to see that the students all had different approaches to solve the problem.

"Welcome to Herbology," she finally said and looked at her students fondly. "You've done extremely well. I'll award ten points to each student who successfully cast a spell to get inside which means that Tigrova earns 30 and Medvedev gets 10 points." She paused briefly before stepping closer to the table. "We'll be identifying some plants before we repot them. Please, come closer but don't touch anything you don't know." She smiled and pointed at two pots [X | [X] at one end of the table. There were several pots with the first sort of plant in the middle of the table as well but for now Leandra wanted them to focus just on the two plants she had pointed out.

"Does anyone know one or both of these two plants and what is special about them? If you have no idea just look closely and make a guess what could be special about them. While not every guess might be right I would like you to learn to observe and draw conclusions from what you see. It is naturally almost impossible to really know all plants but they belong to different plant families and maybe you know something similar and have an idea what could make these plants special and noteworthy in class."

« Last Edit: September 23, 2018, 03:54:10 PM by Inga »

Aysoy Esmeray [ Tigrova ]
24 Posts  •  16  •  Undesided  •  played by Chaw
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2018, 08:12:41 PM »
Esmeray let out a sigh. The Professors answer did not instill much hope for this being the only Herbology class that did not bore her to death. She glanced around the room to see if there was any other hazards that might make the class worth it, but just an number of unassuming broad leaf plant and a sad cactus sat on the table. There was no hope for Herbology. she thought as she shook her head.

Her attention was drawn to @Liu Yin when she rushed into the greenroom. “Merhaba Yin!” The Turkish born greeted her friend excitedly in her native tongue. She gave a flick of her wrist to gesture for Yin to join her on her side of the potting table. It was only after this that Esmeray caught her favorite little Zhivoystya lamb, Ada ( @Adelheid Dostoyevskaya ) standing next to Fima ( @Serafima Schastlivtseva .)

“AH, Ada. I did not see you."  Esmeray experienced a little pang of guilt. She had promised herself that she would watch over their little Durmstrang Stowaway, even if the poor thing was a lamb not a tiger. But she had not seen much of her this semester. Emeray glance over the little frail girl who thankfully did not appear mangled by the Devil Snare. Esmeray gestured to the aggressive vines re-extending itself around the doorway while asking Ada, “Made it in ok? You were always fast on your feet.” She gave a wink.

Poor girl just needs a little love and confidence. she thought to herself before the lesson began.

The professor addressed the class and drawn the attention to the two of the plants that Esmeray already dismissed.  The statement, “don't touch anything you don't know.” Peeked Esmeray's interest. Not that danger was always fun, but it certainly made things more interesting. It took only a second to spot the grumpy face on the large knotted root just peeking up out of the soil of its outgrown pot.

The word, “Mandrake” jumped off her tongue with a smile. She amazed herself that she remembered something that was as ancient as second year. She also recalled they had on ear plugs while handling it and how much the scrunched up baby root wailed while it was out of it soil. She couldn't recall if their Professor at that time had explained it had the ability to parallelized or was it kill? Either way, Esmeray knew not to mess with it. She figured she will let the plant-loving-nerds figure out the rest. So she moved on to the next one, the shivering pale grey cactus.

As she took a closer look at the cactus, she spotted the boiled covered pods and found it was indeed familiar. A knowing smile crossed her face. Oh, I am going to ace this class, she thought. Then taking out her wand she announced, "We have this one growing in our upper garden in Turkey. They could be found in my area and other places in Assyria, but my Grandfather said there a little rarer now. We used to play with it as kids..." when my parents were not looking, She finished as a thought. "It makes a strange sounds when happy." She tried to gently stroke the plant, attempting to get it to demonstrate the odd crooning noises that the plant back home would make. The plant vibrated a little but pulled away from her touch. Frustrated that it failed to produce the sound, she tried a little more aggressively while recalling, "It is called...  mimble-ya...mimble ton or something?"

Lost in thought as she tried to recall the Latin version of the tongue-tying name, she accidently prodded the unhappy specimen a little too aggressively. Suddenly green sludge shot out of every pore. Although the jets only lasted for a second, it resulted in 1 cm of rancid manure smelling gross goop on everything facing it within a 10 foot radius. Esmeray let out a "Ack!" as she spat out the familiar substance. Oh it had been a while since that had happened to me.

"Sorry about that." She gave a boisterous laugh. "Sometimes that happens. That was our version of Russian Roulette. You know poke at it until it shoots. But this one sprang quite quickly, it must not trust me." She continued to laugh, although trying to stop long enough to scourgify herself with a spell.
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Liu Yin [ Tigrova ]
36 Posts  •  14  •  played by Axel/Alice
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2018, 11:52:44 AM »
Upon entering the classroom she was quickly greeted by another Tigrova student one whom was two years her senior. Yin gave a nice smile and waved back at the girl whom beckoned her. Yin joined the group of students near the professor and examined her surroundings. There were a plethora of pots on the table in front of them and Yin wondered what their next task would be in the class. She pushed those thoughts out of her mind quickly though as she listened to Aysoy talk to another student whom was the same age as Yin. She wondered if the girl had made it through the vines by herself or with the help of another.  This brought up a question in Yin’s mind and she had to ask Aysoy, “How did you make it through if you don’t mind my asking?”

It wasn’t long though till the professor would start their lesson. Yin had earned her house ten points which was exciting for the young girl. Yet that told her that the third year girl whom Aysoy was talking to earlier most likely didn’t get points. She wondered if maybe the girl had hurt herself maybe or did she just rely on another student to pass? Either way it wouldn’t matter to her as Yin knew she had to focus on herself if she wanted to get ahead in this class. That of course didn’t mean she would help other students out if need be, but since the first task was already done and completed with she didn’t need to care about it anymore. The past was the past and she needed to strive forward much like this lesson would be going.

So they would be repotting these two plants once they identified them. One was old and looked like it might have a head? The other was very pimply looking and looked quite disgusting to the girl. Yin was a girl who liked to get dirty and enjoyed the earth of the world for the most part, but something about this plant creeped her out. Did the thing just ooze? She thought watching the plant. Was it her eyes playing a track on her mind or was it really oozing? Hopefully it was just her eyes seeing something that wasn’t there.

Aysoy was the first to trying to figure out what the two plants were and Yin was a bit impressed at the older tiger. If she recalled correctly she was never the best at Herbology, not that Yin was any better, so it was a nice surprise to see her know about some of the type of flora that existed in the world. Yin probably could have guessed what the two plants were herself, but she was always more focused with dragons to really pay too much attention to the names of plants and what they did. Without thinking Yin followed Aysoy towards the plant that looked like a pimply cactus hanging onto the words of her garden back at home. It was almost entrancing to hear so excited for knowing what the plant was. Yin smiled for her fellow student, but that smile didn’t last long.

The plant seemed to have a sort of defensive mechanism to it. When it was prodded or poked it would release a vile liquid out from every pour of its body. This liquid ended up getting on Yin’s face as she was a bit too close to the plant. “Ewww!” Yin yelled out in disgust. “Why does it stink so much?” she said in dismay trying not to breathe in the rancid fumes. Yin was quick to pull her wand out and point it at her face casting scourgify on herself. Once the goop was sapped off her face she opened her eyes and tried to calm her nerves by taking a deep breath. “Nope,” she gagged slightly, “Bad idea.” She covered her nose with her robe trying to push the smell out of her nose. Why did the plant make such a putrid smell? Yin needed a shower after this class now and she just hoped the class would end soon.

Nayiri Yazdjian [ Tigrova ]
636 Posts  •  16 years old  •  Straight  •  played by Daphne
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2018, 02:58:47 AM »
Nayiri strolled out to the greenhouse, chattering with one of her housemates about boys and clothes - the normal. They were currently discussing the latest trends that they'd seen in some fashion magazines, while trying to figure out if they could get away with incorporating some of the ideas into their school uniforms. The sixth year knew that as Snezhnaya Koroleva she had to uphold the rules of the school, but with it being this close to the end of the year, certainly the professors could cut them a little slack. Nevertheless, she had plans to raid the clothing shop in Merirosvot Lahti that weekend to see what she could find. Soon their discussion turned towards discussing each other's crushes. Nayiri blushed when this topic came up and she found herself thinking about Shiraz and wondering if he could like her someday. She knew that liking her best friend was risky business and that if things didn't work out the way she hoped their friendship could fall apart. But, she couldn't hope but wish for it to come true.

When they finally reached the greenhouse, she spotted some of her other classmates and spied the piece of parchment, causing her to purse her lips. She wasn't horrible at herbology, but she definitely wasn't the best. In fact, she'd take a guess and say that identifying plants was her weakest spot in this subject. Sure she could re-pot plants and tend to plants when given instructions, but identifying them was a whole different animal. The plants all looked the same to the Armenian. Frowning slightly, she inched closer to a few of her house mates in hopes that one of them would know what the plant was. As luck would have it, it seemed someone did know, or least she thought so. Eventually they were able to get inside the greenhouse and Nayiri found herself quite thankful.

Soon, Professor Floros greeted them and awarded points to Tigrova, causing Nayiri to smile. She may not have helped earn those points, but it made her very happy that her house had gotten the most points. When the topic turned to identifying more plants, Nayiri's smile faded. Couldn't they just skip the identification and get on with the re-potting?

Sylvia Crowne [ Horned Serpent ]
163 Posts  •  11  •  played by Chaw
Re: [Greenhouse] Herbology Quiz [all years]
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2018, 06:00:01 PM »
She thought she caught the professor eyeing the door. Maybe she was concerned that the plant was too difficult. Sylvia thought. Yet it was proved otherwise as the classroom received a slow trickle of students. She was surprised that none had a problem with what she considered to be a very dangerous plant outside.

The professor started class with a pleasant attitude and directed their attention to two plants on the table. One looked like a benign wide leafed plant and the other a very sick cactus.

“Oh, what happen to this thing?” Sylvia said concerned. She assumed that it must have something contagious because the professor cautioned them not to touch them. She cracked open her book and scanned the pages for a cactus like magical plant.

An older student blurted out the answer to the wide leaf plant. “Mandrake.” She had heard of it, but her father never grew one. So, she did not have any idea of its qualities.  She gave up looking up the first search and went to look up mandrake. She read a couple interesting lines before glancing at the image. She found an image in the book to be quite unusual. It consisted of a baby like plant and an ugly wrinkly man-like full grown plant one next to it. Both displayed the similar leaves on their head. Shocked she took a closer look at the plant in front of her. Sure enough there was the top of a grumpy baby’s head peeking out from the pot.

Sylvia attention was drawn across the table to the same older student. She looked to be prodding the sick cactus. Did not the professor say not to touch them? The older student seemed to act like she knew what it was. Still a sense of fear radiated up Sylvia's body. If this one had a fatal scream what was that one capable of? She took a step back and clasped the book protectively to her chest.

Suddenly there was an explosion. Sylvia turned and tried to duck but her left side was pelted with a sticky smelly substance.

“Ack” Was all she managed to get out before gagging. She was thankful that her book was spared. She placed it gingerly into the book bag which also seemed to get away unscathed. She brought out her wand and used a spell she was getting quite good at, Scurgify to clean herself and a student near her.
 
“I read Mandrake’s cry can be fatal to any person who hears it.” She engaged the teacher hoping to get something out of this lesson besides a odd smell and practice in cleaning.  “Does that apply to both sized type; Mandragora Offininarum and the smaller Mandragora autumnalis? Or is one more dangerous?”

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