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Alaskan-Russian Border

St Mary Lake

"So... this is it, isn't it?"

The Border of Russia and Alaska was a center piece of the Duxterrian-Allies conflict. Here was fought a great battle unlike another before it and any since.

Roleplay

Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:51, June 5, 2017 (UTC)
She'd be dressed warmly in a parka and goggles, looking around the barren area.


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 20:41, June 5, 2017 (UTC)

*It's been, basically, a World Tour, taking in the places she and J did wondrous, memorable things, starting in the Blue Ridge Mountains and skirting only around Romania because ... well, just because. She's tracking, literally, the gouged earth of where the Ironbelly dragged her barbed tail, remembering coming in - 'hot' as the Muggles call it - the amazing controlled drop. It was a clear, clean battle against a known, identified enemy, and she misses ... wait a second. There's someone up ahead. Could be a Muggle, so no wand and careful. She has to fight consciously against the urge to bare her teeth and growl.*



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 21:07, June 5, 2017 (UTC)
She'd turn, rather surprised to see anyone here in a spot that she'd barely expected to find even any animals. Her wand would quickly come out and up...if worse came to worse she could just remove the memories of her...but she wanted to know why anyone else would be out here first. "Hello?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 21:46, June 5, 2017 (UTC)

*The wand shocks her, and she sniffs, audibly, deeply.* "Melinda?"



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:17, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd take half a step back, how looking even more confused. How could anyone recognize her out here...and nobody even knew she was going to be out here. Her tone would be wary, but curious. "Do I...know you?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 12:24, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

*The hood comes down, and a clearly long-unpractised smile dawns hesitantly.* "You should."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:26, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd look shocked. "...Professor Norman?" She'd look around the bleak landscape as if waiting for someone to jump out and yell surprise, then focus back on the other woman, taking a tentative step closer. "...what are you doing out here?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 12:31, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

*The glow is snuffed out, replaced by blanket wariness.* "I was here before, during the war. It seemed - appropriate to revisit."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:34, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd glance around at the snow covered landscape. "Oh." She'd pause, then look back at Sarah. "I have a campsite and tent set up not far from here if you'd like a cup of tea."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 12:43, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

*The nod is a jerky, unfinished movement, and she spins the pendant, more to buy herself a moment than to rest her voice.* "Sounds good. Lay on, Macduff." *Inside her own mind, she quote the subsequent line.*



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:52, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd turn and lead the way towards her camp. The walk would take about ten minutes. There would be a small circle of stones set up on the ground for cooking, though snow would have filled the gap, and a small tent which looked to be fairly new and in good shape. Melinda would use her wand to remove some protective enchantments from it, then open the front flap for Sarah. As expected the inside was much larger and surprisingly well kept up and decorated. Clearly Melinda took care of the inside almost like it was a home. There were two small alcoves in the back where comfortable looking double beds were and plastic tent flaps could be closed to offer some privacy, a small kitchen off to the left with a small cast iron stove, sink, and a couple cabinets to store food or dishes, a small dining area off to the right with a small wooden table and chairs for four, and a sitting area right in the middle that everything came off with some comfortable looking armchairs. One of the alcoves with the beds was clearly Melinda's as there were clothes hanging out to dry on a small line and had some moving pictures of family and friends in it along with some other more personal touches. Melinda would head toward the stove and get it on and start getting a pot of water warming for tea. "Feel free to sit wherever."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 13:14, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

*The word 'tent' had been reassuringly primitive, but in her current stressed, semi-feral state, she doesn't really trust her own degree of civilization, and merely grunt a vague agreement, and perches uncomfortably on the very edge of the cushion of one of the armchairs.*



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:19, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd put the kettle on, then turn and frown slightly at Sarah, noting her posture and clear discomfort. "Is there...something wrong?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 18:31, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

*Her head wobbles in an arrhythmic manner, neither shake nor nod precisely, as though she's trying to shake loose both words and ideas.* "I've been ... by myself, well, more with animals - a lot, of late, so ... even a familiar, friendly face is ... a big adjustment. Juliya left, went to be with her brood - Romania."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:33, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod in understanding. She was a little surprised the Professor even recognized her after so long. "Yeah...Princess finally became an adult when I turned seventeen and broke our bond to be with her herd."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 18:44, June 6, 2017 (UTC)~

*She flicks her gaze up, trying to gauge whether the girl really understands what was between ... decides she doesn't, and follows that with the thought it no longer matters.* "I - don't appear to fit in at Hogwarts ... anymore, so I thought I'd look again at a few of the key moments that got me here and - try something new."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 18:57, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Hogwarts has slowly...changed. I remember you teaching my first year there then....not. What happened to the rest of your menagerie?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 19:08, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

*The snort is soft, but unmistakable.* "Animal, even magical animal, lifespans. I have a thing for waifs, which doesn't help - that way. Nature has some - pretty harsh views on the runt of the litter ... or any form of weakness, come to that."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:14, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod sadly, understanding. "That's a shame. I'm starting to slowly accumulate my own band of misfits and abused." She'd pause, then shake her head. "So...I assume you never received any of the letters I sent you?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 19:19, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

"Like I said, I've been - out of touch. So even if a scroll dropped into my hands during that period, I wouldn't, necessarily, have known what to do with it. You've heard the term 'mad with grief'? Well, it started somewhere."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:22, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod, starting to understand. "I've...been there. On the edge at least." She'd pause. "...but you seem...better?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 19:42, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

*The chuckle is throaty and catches Sarah herself off-guard.* "Matter of perspective. I tried to go back to the castle, but when a student put his feet up on the desk and prepared to doze in my lesson, I slammed him, butt-first, into the wood. Apparently, many of my colleagues found his behavior more acceptable than mine, soo..." *The voice trails off.*



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:52, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd chuckle. "Well, I feel like as I grew the classes and teachers became more and more...lax. I got into trouble a lot more when I was a first and second year and though I continued doing the same things teachers seemed to care less by the time I was a sixth or seventh year."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 20:20, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

"Anyway, what were your owls about?"



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:46, June 6, 2017 (UTC)
She'd shrug. "Just seeing where you were...letting you know I was starting to work as a Magizoologist for the Ministry...they said I needed a mentor of sorts so...I thought of you."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 20:50, June 6, 2017 (UTC)

"Wow, congratulations. As far as I know, there hasn't been anyone serious in that role for thirty years or more. So, what did they mean by a 'mentor of sorts'?"



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 20:51, June 6, 2017 (UTC)~
She'd smile. "Well, I'm out in the field a lot doing research and writing updates to Scamander's book...so I think they were thinking I'd need someone experienced to help keep me alive...but so far I'm doing ok."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 13:23, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"True - except for the part where you pulled your wand on what could easily have been a Muggle. Do you have an American Ministry permit to perform Obliviate on Muggles? If not, could be tricky. Also, sorry, but you smell so civilized - I mean Eucalyptus and orange blossom hair products, in this part of the world? There are a ton of Muggle creatures that aren't going to allow you close when it's that clear you don't fit, let alone magical."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:28, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd look a little taken aback. "I...a permit? Anyone else out this far...nobody would..." She'd pause, then try to move to the next criticism, feeling more up to addressing that one. "I was looking first since I'd heard rumors and done my research on local folklore. Once I found what I was looking for I'd get more natural or transform before approaching anything. It doesn't do much good to try to fit in if you're not exactly sure what manner of beast you're dealing with yet."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 13:50, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"And magical creatures even more than non-magical have excellent sense memory - you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. How did I know it was you, all the way out here? Scent. I mean, look at this place. *She waves a vague, irked hand* All the comforts of home is a simple statement of fact."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 13:53, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd sound a little defensive. "What's wrong with a few comforts out in the middle of nowhere? I have a lot of practical and useful stuff here too."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 14:00, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"Do you remember your first run-in with Princess? Did you look and smell like this? I pretty much guarantee you didn't. You were a girl, out in the countryside, messy, sweaty, glowing with the simple joy of the freedom of being loose in the world, and that's what she met. If you need resources, task a Portkey to your homebase or set up a teleportation disk with Muggle-repelling and Fidelius charms, so no one else can stumble across it. There are ways. Dragging this lot around Alaska, seems to me you might as well be banging endless pots and pans to herald your arrival."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:06, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd purse her lips, trying to figure out how to respond. She decided accepting the criticism in silence would be the best route.


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 14:23, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

*She finally registers the silence, and the general lack of delight.* "I'm sorry - dealing with my own issues, I guess, and, well, as you gathered ... not the way I would go about this. Juliya and I were together for fifteen years, we raised a family, and now ... like I said, issues."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 14:25, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod, her tone a bit formal. "I was just...listening and thinking about how I could change to try to...apply your recommendations."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 14:47, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"it's just - what works for me. I mean, how much time have you spent in animal forms, total?"



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:06, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd consider. "Well, when I was learning to be an animagi at Hogwarts I spent one night every week with a Professor practicing in different forms...and since I've become an animagi it depends. When I'm out in the field it helps me connect to the animals, so aa decent portion of the time...but when I'm not I don't transform much."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 15:20, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"I did mean 'forms' in the plural. What's your Animagus?"



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:22, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
"A black tiger. As for other forms...none except for when I was practicing with a Professor for becoming an animagi." She'd frown, wondering if this was some sort of test. "I mean...transfiguring yourself isn't smart since in animal forms you can't transfigure yourself back."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 15:31, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"Which is why, when you're working solo, you take a limited duration, and usually fixed form, potion, which cannot help but wear off."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:32, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd look surprised. "I...didn't even know there was a potion. I don't remember learning about it at all at Hogwarts."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 15:50, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"It's essentially a Polyjuice variant, based on Hermione Granger's well-documented 'accident', and like the base version the time is finite, although with fresh ingredients it can be stretched to close to two hours at a time. There are fatigue poison issues, so you can't take more than one draught every ten hours, or in excess of five in a week."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 15:55, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod, carefully noting those conditions in her mind. "...and how difficult is it to get the ingredients and make? Polyjuice isn't exactly hard to make...but takes a lot of time."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 16:06, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"This is quite a bit more demanding, as you've got major mass shift aspects to most such Transfigurations, so, for example, anything dog-sized or smaller requires gibbous waning-harvested Shrivelfig, which, to be sure of, you kind of have to do yourself. Anyone planning to roam in the new form also need to ensure that the 'original model' is safely confined for the duration, since I myself had a near-fatal encounter with a coyote whose form I had taken. *She rubs her lower back, unaware of the gesture.* So, all in all, not really worth it for 99% of wand wielders. If you're looking to follow in Scamander's pointy-toed prints, however, I think you could glean invaluable insight from such experiences."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 17:32, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod. "Yeah...it would be useful." She'd pause. "So...do I just start growing my own shrivelfigs...and does the potion also take a month to make?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 19:04, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

*The potion is highly variable in its brewing time, since it is mass differential dependent, so I heard of one bottle that took two years and three months to be usable, because the potioneer wanted to experience what it was like to be an elephant. In short it's generally a week or two, essentially doubling for every 25-35% shift in body mass, except in extreme cases, where large-scale rejigging is necessary."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 19:17, June 7, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod slowly, taking a moment to comprehend all that. "Good to know. So is there anything else I need to know to brew it properly?"


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 21:06, June 7, 2017 (UTC)

"I think we covered the main points of making the potion, but you need to stay well away from the donor animal when you're taking and using it. There's a horrendous sort of 'Who am I?' sensation if you get anywhere near each other, which is why, as I said, you really need to know it's safely locked away - or on another continent."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:17, June 8, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod, wondering what that could actually lead to. "That's interesting given that the polyjuice doesn't have the same effect."


Wikia DARP - Sarah older

Sarah Norman Durmstrang/Salem/Hogwarts
-"How do you find the facts when memory becomes a dream?"

 – 19:11, June 8, 2017 (UTC)

"Well, as far as I can tell, it seems to relate to the difference between soul, in the human sense, and 'anima', the root of animal. The spirit in animals has a certain indivisible quality and lack of ego which makes proximity of duplicates - 'spiritually painful', so to speak. Like I said, I wandered into the territory of the coyote I'd copied, and it sensed me at once, and attacked like a rabid beast. I was enough in control of myself to knock it cold, at which point the sensation subsided. I, however, learnt my lessons, and am still carrying the scars."



Melinda 6th Year5
Melinda Bagman - Magizoologist
Send Me an Owl! - 12:13, June 12, 2017 (UTC)
She'd nod, getting the concept. "Still...it's really interesting and shows a difference between us and the beasts."


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