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Tallygarunga
a non-canon au potterverse roleplay
October, 2019 :: Spring


Class Astronomy Term 4 - Just Above Our Heads

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Professor Head of Bourke ☆ Tallygarunga Professor - Astronomy✩ Kirupachi
34 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Nighttime had finally arrived that Friday, which meant it was time for the first Astronomy class of the term. With the ongoing events in the town, coupled with the school exams looming over everyone's heads, Luke had decided to make it a bit of a light lesson for everyone to get back into the routine - it was the last class of the week and he wanted to give the students some relief, to have them go to bed for the weekend without a complicated lesson driving them insane until they were accustomed to it all once again.

He didn't bother setting up the telescopes to look at the night sky that evening, as he never planned to use them. The class plan was to discuss what could be perceived with the naked eye and the various issues that came with it. He did leave the glass of the tower clear high above them for a clear view of the night sky, as he wanted the students to point out a few things from it nonetheless, but for the time being the lights in the room remained on which dimmed the visibility of the spectacle coloring the sky.

"Good evening, everyone." He greeted with a smile as he leaned back on his desk located at the center of the room. As per usual he was surrounded by the chairs and telescopes though they didn't seem to be pointing anywhere in particular, a clear signal he didn't intend to have them use the instruments. "Please, take a seat. Let's enjoy ourselves some light material, shall we? And for once, you can bring your leftovers from dinner in. Just don't tell anyone else."

He chuckled a bit at himself. He usually minded it when students brought a drink from their usual feast or even part of their dessert on over due to rushing to the late class, but given the minimized danger of tampering with the equipment that evening he let it go. It wasn't something a little magic couldn't fix regardless, and he needed to establish a casual vibe anyway if that was what the class was meant to be. "Firstly, a belated welcome back. I wish you all the best for this final term. It goes without saying that, if the sixth and seventh years have any questions regarding their exams and the material, you can come to me whenever you see fit. Secondly, to get started, I would like if someone could tell me what is the most ancient method with which space observations have been made, if you would. For Wizards and Muggles alike, of course, although I'm sure we've all come to the conclusion it's never that different when it comes to this particular subject."

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Bourke ☆ Fifth Year ☆ Broomstick Racer, Quidditch Seeker✩ Kirupachi
15 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him

Whoever had scheduled classes on a Friday night was a complete and utter sadist in Taylor's book. It just greatly shortened the weekend as far as he was concerned, and as a Quidditch player, it was something he was sorely needing in quite the literal sense, especially after the week he was having. The match against Greyheme was in three days time and as such both his teams worked overtime to cram in some extra training. Taylor saw how it was necessary, but as he was only a second string and couldn't hope to make it to the main team during that match at all, he couldn't say he appreciated being a human pinata on the field for extra long. Seekers were the most common target of Bludgers, after all, and so his body felt like it was on fire in the worst of ways.

The Bourke Captain decided it was prudent to train until extra late and Taylor barely had any time to get anything in his stomach after the grueling training session before it was time for Astronomy. He managed to take a shake along with him as he jogged to the Astronomy Tower to make it in time of class, reaching its doors just in time to overhear that students could come in to class with their nourishment for a change. He didn't need to hear it twice, walking into the room while sipping his beverage through the cup's straw.

Sitting down on one of the many seats surrounding the center of the room (and the Professor), Taylor dropped his bag at his feet and leaned back on his chair in an effort to relax a little. He didn't bother retrieving any materials to write anything pertaining the class down; instead, one hand gripped the shake cup, while the other discreetly gripped his side. He had been clipped by a Bludger in such a way he was fairly positive the entire area was bruised, but was trying not to show pain. Nevertheless his jaw was minimally clenched as he struggled to stay comfortable.

He didn't bother replying to the Professor, quietly sipping his drink as he went on, giving the opportunity to other students instead. He needed to break through his exhaustion to be able to pay attention first anyway, and that would likely take a little while. 'Sadist isn't even enough to describe it...'

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Sturt ☆ Sixth Year ☆ Nature Reserve Trainee, Muay Thai Instructor✩ Kirupachi
16 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ She/Her

It was the last term of the year, meaning sixth and seventh years were back for the hardest study grind of the whole year. That included Chloe, as she was in for her first year of exams. Given the stress she had endured throughout the year through her various responsibilities, she was starting to dread the moment classes came to a close so they could focus on studying - despite her grades she couldn't help having the feeling she was lagging behind and her intuition told her there would be some people trying to take advantage of her 'free time' to have her do various other tasks instead of giving her room to drill the various subjects she was meant to pass into her own brain.

Nevertheless, she was one of the few students that day whom wasn't at all bothered by having Astronomy slotted into a Friday night that week. To her, being in class was actually a relief from her various tasks; especially that subject, which she deemed one of her two favorites (alongside Care for Magical Creatures). It seemed that the Professor was looking to give a relaxed tone to the class that night, something Chloe couldn't say she minded either.

Sitting on her usual chair, she took notice of the telescope not being prepared for the class. She set her bag down against the leg of her seat and crossed her legs, leaning back on the chair as the lecture began. Would they be discussing the various types of observation? Unlikely, as they'd go through them too fast. Nevertheless, the Sturt opted to reply to the question.

"With our eyes." It was a fairly straightforward question to her. In the dawn of civilization people had been watching the skies without help, and some even charted various constellations before the first telescope was even made. It was what people could see that made them curious about what was above the little rock they were standing on in the first place.

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