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Postby Minnim on June 13th, 2016, 10:57 pm

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28th of Summer, 516 AV

Wright Memorial Library was one of Minnim's favorite haunts as of late. He found it calming to be amongst the sweet smell of old books and the silent, dedicated scholars. It felt safe, as no one questioned his aged appearance or his odd manner of speech. It felt almost as though he were normal when he went to the library.

Of course, he wasn't. He was undead. But no one needed to know that.

Minnim nodded politely to the ancient woman at the front desk, who nodded back without halting her speach in stern, hushed tones with a young man. He passed through the entryway to the library then, finding himself in the wide open space before shelves and shelves of books. They spanned as far as he could see. And to think there were multiple floors full of knowledge! They were just waiting for someone with enough time to take advantage of it all, and find the secrets hidden within.

Glorious!

Minnim carried forward, even his soft footsteps nearly creating an echo in the vast building. He passed by the volumes of history, and those of astronomy and wilderness survival. He needed none of this guidance. What he was looking for was a simple book on weaving patterns. Indeed, he would find it. The Wright Memorial Library had many counts of books- the reliability of which varied greatly. But amongst the mess of old diaries and shyke attempts at discovery, there were a few golden guides, written to help him further his practices. And with all the time in the world, Minnim was there to find them.

He turned down an aisle at random, scanning the books on the shelves with his head tilted sideways. There were many untitled, beaten books carefully and lovingly shelved, while others sported fancy calligraphic titles such as Tales from the Wilds . Coming to the end of his isle Minnim turned about, his black cloak fluttering behind him despite the Summer heat. He made his way down two more isles before he spotted a book with promise.

It was simply titled Weaving Patterns, which was hopefully exactly what he was looking for. Upon opening the front cover Minnim found a note scirbbled on the title page from the author; a young pycon had written the book, and wished the reader know his knowledge passed down by generations. Flipping through the pages, the majority of the techniques were rather basic, but there were various notes scrippled in the margins, adding helpful tidbits and notes.

"Yes, yes..." Minnim mused aloud, "This will do nicely, I do believe."

And with that, he twirled around once more, headed for a clump of tables nearby at which he could study his find.
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Postby Tavia on June 18th, 2016, 5:08 pm

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Though not inherently evil itself, Tavia appreciated that the potential for magic to be misused by unlawful individuals was of a concern. Magic enabled a common man or woman to temporarily step into the realm of divinity, granting them with abilities that are beyond their nature. For this reason alone, Tavia mistrusted magic. Of course she could see it’s purpose in some situations, as well as how it may benefit, but generally the young attorney wished to street clear of magic as a whole. Combine a dangerous man or woman with the ability to hypnotise, project or morph and suddenly the risk is magnified by hundreds, if not thousands, of times.

However, as with all topics that she was cautious of, Tavia firmly believed that knowledge was equally as, if not more, powerful. If she understood the fundamentals of a type of magic – starting with how it worked, the risks for the mage, and it’s uses – she would equip herself with mental armour that would hopefully protect herself against it.

Likewise, understanding magic could easily assist her in the defence or prosecution of a client. It would be difficult to do her job if her client claimed he was under the effects of hypnosis when he’d been shoplifting, but Tavia had no idea about what hypnosis entailed. This reason alone had bought her to the Wright Memorial library. She was both sharpening and polishing her mind.

But the topic of her study was not hypnosis. Instead, she had selected a book about Animation. There was a rumour that flitted amongst her fellow lawyers that a long-ago defendant had once killed his mother-in-law by animating her bed pillows to smother her in her sleep. Though she doubted the truth behind this tale – the finer details were always vague and changeable depending on who she spoke to - Tavia nevertheless appreciated that such an event could happen in theory. In a world where one’s bedroom could be turned against her, Tavia was desperate to better understand how Animation worked.

The book she had chosen was one from the ground floor of the library. Even as a student of the university, she did not have access to the upper floor that contained most of the tomes on magic. Instead, she had located a book that seemed a little old, a little vague, but was nonetheless the only source of information on Animation that she could find.

She was currently reading the fifth page of the book, which featured a large diagram of two circles, one with a poorly drawn mage standing in the centre, and another enwrapping around a blob that Tavia presumed was meant to be the object being animated. As her aquamarine eyes scanned the words below this diagram, Tavia made notes on a piece of parchment. Her quill scratched the paper with a cool efficiency. Studying came natural to her, as did the neat organisation of her things that were scattered around the table.

In order to animate an object, the mage must first draw energy from the world around him to feed into the Animate. This will result in the object now possessing it’s own life form.

A strange idea indeed. Tavia grimaced. The thought that usually inanimate things could contain a life form was disconcerting to say the least.
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Postby Minnim on June 22nd, 2016, 4:30 am

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Mere chimes after being seated, Minnim found himself bored. The book he held was useful, surely, but it was a horrible bore, and he could not even bring himself to get past the first pattern's description.

Minnim put the book down on his lap, the pages bent open over his knee. He didn't necessarily want to leave the library, but he certainly couldn't focus on the book in his lap for much longer. Momentarily distracted, Minnim let his eyes and his mind wander. He thought about trying to find a book on a magic that he had yet to learn. He did love magic, and those books were always full of terrifying deaths and overgiving. That would be fun to read. But, sadly, he was not a student, and so did not qualify for the more heavily protected books, and namely, the magic tomes.

It seemed, though, that someone did have an interesting read. A woman sat not far from him, her eyes glued to a book as she took notes vigilantly, her papers scattered about in just the right form of chaos that made them organized. Minnim stretched his neck, trying to see what she was studying. Her quill continued to etch marks into the paper, and her face reacted to each sentence she read as though it were a play she were watching. Craning his head the other way, Minnim was able to catch a glimpse of something on the paper. Something about life forms, and mages.

Minnim's heart jumped.

Unable to contain himself, Minnim stood and placed his own book on his seat, leaving it behind. He paced over to where the woman was studying, his dark eyes scanning her paper as soon as he approached. When he saw the confirmatory word "Animate", he looked up at her, a grin spreading across his crooked teeth. A white eyebrow lept upward as he nodded down at her paper.

"I could not help but notice that you were rather intent on your studies. May I ask what it is that is so interesting? My own studies are not nearly so intriguing."
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Postby Karyk on June 6th, 2017, 12:31 am

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