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Kirk Lawson

"Here you go," Kirk said, passing out a beater's bat from the alarmingly large pile next to him to the nearest student. "Take a bat. Hit a bludger at any portaits with a red circle around them. You'll see them. They're the ones who approve of destroying the pitch." It had started with Kirk lamenting, loudly on his way to class, that Quidditch had been cancelled again because Headmistress McGonagall wanted to host the Triwizard Tournament... and though he'd only been talking to his fellow captain Altair at the time, two of the portraits nearby had voiced their support for cancelling Quidditch. Nobody had asked you, old wizard sitting in a weirdly large teacup or knight riding a donkey, nobody had asked you. And so a plan had formed. 

 

He leaned out over the stairs and called down to Kieran. "SHOULD I GIVE OUT HOUSE POINTS FOR THE BEST SWINGS?" 

 

Kieran waved at him from the bottom of the staircases, then shot him a thumbs up. Kirk paused in handing out bats to release the twenty bludgers and so began Beating 101; Indoors Edition. 


WELCOME TO BEATING 101!
 

This is a time honored tradition that involves a "tour" of the quidditch pitch for the first years; second years and up may remember this event and come to watch, be involved, or may have forgotten due to head trauma and have just wandered in to see what's up. As the pitch is being torn up for the Triwizard Tournament, Beating 101 will be taking place outside of the pitch area with some major adjustments. Way outside the pitch area. In fact, it's in the castle. 

 

The stairs of Hogwarts have a habit of moving on their own. Students will run from staircase to staircase while bludgers fly around them, aiming for any portraits that have voiced approval for the Triwizard Tournament, the current headmistress, or the demolition of the quidditch pitch. Bats have been conjured en masse by the Slytherin captains and are being passed out at the top and bottom of the main stairway; you get a bat, you get a bat, EVERYONE GETS BATS. 

 

This is open to all years and houses, so feel free to join in!

 

HOW TO PLAY

  • Make a post of ~25 words and pick a number between 1 - 6 and bold it at the bottom. You may select the same number as the person/s above you-- we will be doing dice roll to determine which number hits.
  • Kieran and Kirk will occasionally post with successful bludger hits.
  • Don't want to destroy our priceless art? Post an attempted save with a number between 1 - 6 and the word SAVE in bold! If the number matches the dice roll for that turn, it will counter one bludger from the successful hits. 
  • If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to ask us! The game will be up for several days.


EXAMPLE: 

 

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Bludger attempt: Kirk slammed a bludger at Kieran's favorite picture of a cow on a hill. 

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Save attempt: Kieran gasped and tried to knock the bludger out of the air before it could destroy the world's most beautiful cow.

6 SAVE

 

LET THE GAME BEGIN!

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Desmond Potter

"Kirk, give me one of those now." He called out to the older student. With coming back from flying lesson that week and finding out that the pitch was not being able to be used at all. It was messed up. Who thought that it was smart. "Kirk, so you thing that if we ruin some of the things in school, they would give us the pitch back?" Desmond sure hoped so, because he was sure that people would like the castle being a mess.

 

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Damaris Denton

Damaris was disappointed that she wouldn't be playing in a Quidditch Cup game that year. She had played beater all through her first year on the team, and it had proved to be one of her favorite things at the school. Kirk was hosting the game indoors, but that didn't matter much to her. 

 

She swung her bat and tried to hit one of the portrait targets.

 

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Addison Toft

Addison slapped her forehead in exasperation. "Come on, Kirk." What was it with the Slytherin prefects this year? First it was Dove and Idina intentionally abandoning the first years in the forbidden forest, and now Kirk was actively promoting vandalism of school property because quidditch was cancelled? Why did everyone seem so determined to turn this year into a fiery dumpster? Nobody was so problematic when Flynn and Kelly were heads, or Mercutio and Lenny.

 

Grabbing a bat, she gave it a few swings. It felt unwieldy at best, so she dumped the bat and took up her wand instead, taking station to defend the portraits from being absolutely destroyed. The bludgers were moving damn fast, but she considered this to be a new form of target practise, akin to skeet shooting. With that in mind, the exercise became a fun sort of game.

 

Drawing a bead on one particular bludger, she cast, "Depulso!" to banish it in the opposite direction, maybe back towards whoever had struck it.

 

4 SAVE

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Idina Iordanau

Idina didn’t care one lick about whether Quidditch was cancelled or not. It had no impact on her life, nor was she close enough to any Quidditch players to care about those who did play. She simply like chaos and chaos was what she saw when Kirk instructed people to destroy portraits. Well okay, then.

 

The Slytherin grabbed a bat and swung HARD at a portrait of Sir Dancealot, who could be heard yelling to turn the Quidditch Pitch into a dance hall, instead. “Teach me common decency? NO THANKS! Quidditch is definitely better than that,” Idina drawled as she smacked at the bludger. 

 

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Irene Redgrave

Irene was doing a thing where she was trying to be "supportive".  She understood Kirk's frustration, that need to murder something when your year wasn't going according to plan. She felt this feel so hard. 

 

As the young kids say "mood". 

 

So when he marched a bunch of Slytherins (and assorted others?) around the castle trying to destroy things the least she could do was not stop him. 

 

"Here give me that, I'll aim for a Gryffindor or something." Irene wasn't the best beater, but she did have several unfriendlies she wouldn't mind seeing take a tumble down the stairs. .....Now where was @Jake Morent when you needed him?

 

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Ethan Smith

Ethan was trying to get to the library but before he knew it there was a bludger heading his way. Dodging. "What is happening here?" He called out seeing that Idina, Irene, Damaris, and Kirk holding bats and hitting this. 

 

Walking up to Addison, "what is going on?"

 

6 SAVE

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Robin Corelli-Rose

Iron balls, shouting students, screaming portraits and moving staircases - Robin found himself in the middle of a storm. He'd been on his way coming down from Ravenclaw Tower (to then go up to see his friend in Gryffindor) and now thought that maybe he ought to start saying his goodbyes. He wasn't getting out of this alive.

 

Not if he didn't do something.

 

So he channeled Kay.

 

Heart in his throat, Robin grabbed one of the discarded bats, and, when he spied one of the Bludgers careening towards him, closed his eyes and swung.

 

HIs zipline could not come soon enough...

 

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Edited by Robin Corelli-Rose

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RESULTS ROUND ONE: rolled 2, 4. 

 

DESMOND 4... BLOCKED!
DAMARIS 3... MISS!
ADDISON 4... SAVE SUCCESSFUL!
IDINA 2... HIT! 

IRENE 6... MISS!

ETHAN 6 SAVE.... MISS!
ROBIN 4... HIT!

 

Kirk really, really liked Potter in that moment. "Three points for being overly eager to destroy school property," Kirk said, giving Potter an approving nod. They had been contestants together during the last big event and Kirk wasn't sure how Potter would go on this one considering he was too young to enter this time... but he was absolutely killing it. Right up until Toft came by. "Shove off," Kirk called, because he wasn't in the mood for her head-girl-ness right now. "It's a time honored tradition. We just relocated it indoors, since, you know, they took the pitch.

 

And then, because he was Kirk and he could, he clapped approvingly as Idina nailed a picture on the wall, knocking it askew. "Nice."

Edited by Kirk Lawson
don't forget your numbers or ill have all these ugly edits on my posts ew its like real quid

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Idina Iordanau

Idina smirked a little as her bludger made contact with Mr. Twirly Swirly on the wall, eliciting applause from Kirk. She nodded her thanks, then walked further down the hall, as cool as possible. Another red dot. Another portrait calling for the destruction of the Quidditch Pitch. “We’ll see about that,” Idina mumbled as she waited for a bludger to come semi close. It took only seconds before she was swinging it toward the portrait of a woman riding on a horse and calling for Hogwarts to get a theatrical and musical wing built in its stead.

 

”Definitely NO.” CRACK!

 

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Edited by Idina Iordanau

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Juan Garcia

At least he got to do something kinda related to Quidditch this year. Juan wwas so upset. Half of the time at Hogwarts, he had beeb unable to play. This sucked. 

 

At least he finally had a batin his hands though. "JUAN SMASH!"

 

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Damaris Denton

Ugh, why were Gryffindors always showing up to ruin the fun? Not to mention Ethan, who since he had received a Prefect's badge seemed to have become a totally different person. 

 

"WHY DON'T YOU BUTT OUT?!" Damaris retorted to @Addison Toft.

 

"That was a good one Juan!" She smiled at the older Slytherin boy.

 

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Addison Toft

It was like Idina was trying to get her badge revoked - and maybe she literally was, because she didn't seem to care at all about keeping it. What did Addison have to do at this point, to get the Slytherin in line? Maybe she could send Idina to assist professor Qin in cleaning up Sableplume's piles of dung. By hand.

 

Having successfully blocked one of the rogue bludgers, Addison had little time to savor in her small triumphs, because there was the thud and reverberation of a different bludger finding its mark. Thankfully, Ethan was here to help her out. "Kirk's pissed off that quidditch is cancelled, so instead of just talking about it like a normal person," she said that last part loudly, "he's destroying stuff. Everyone else is... I dunno. Enabling." It was times like these that she longed for the formal protests that @Ryan Buratsche held. Sure, he could be a little trying on a person's patience, but at least he stuck to yelling, and posters.

 

Taking aim at another bludger, she fired. "Depulso!"

 

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Reid J. Fauchelevent

It was official - his boyfriend had gone off the rails.

 

Reid had thought about telling him off for this new rebellion, because come on, Kirky, but then he thought about: he liked to run - if he suddenly couldn't use his legs for running, he would want to rebel, too. In Kirk's case, the Quidditch Pitch was taken and he could no longer play the game...

 

So he made an executive decision.

 

"HEY, ADDIE! (@Addison Toft)!" he bellowed. "LET 'IM HAVE IT, HE'S IN PAIN AN' DEPRESSED! JUST LET 'IM DO THIS!" Bounding down the stairs, Reid strode towards Kirk. Picking up a bat, Reid grinned and swung it at a Bludger, sending it off into a portrait of a witch surrounded by a cloud of fat little birds. 

 

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Arwa Hashmi-Andrada

Quidditch had been cancelled, but Arwa couldn’t quite believe it. “Really?” she said, frowning at the idea. She didn’t really see the appeal of students from other schools frolicking around Hogwarts, especially not when they wouldn’t even be arriving for a while yet. Both Ryan and Nadir had told Arwa she ought to be grateful she was getting to witness The Triwizard Tournament, but it didn’t really appeal to her.

 

She was too young anyways.

 

“GIVE ME A BAT, KIRK!” She yelled out loud. She only knew the Slytherin from Quidditch games, but it counted, okay.

 

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Kelby Matos

Kelby was meandering down the corridors with no real purpose in mind. It was still her first week at Hogwarts, and there were so many things to explore and understand in the castle. A castle this big had to have an abundance of secrets, and the first year was determined to find every single one. The Gryffindor had already heard whispers of a ghost that hunted a girl’s loo, and she was determined to find it.

But in the middle of her search, she stopped when she noted… destructive activity time?! Kids lined the halls with bats, causing damage to the castle walls. Any activity involving aggression was a perfect activity for the eleven year old.

Maybe Hogwarts wasn’t so bad after all.

Kelby leaned down and quickly grabbed a bat before swinging it all around with no clear target around. She wasn’t the most coordinated person, nor did she know anyone participating in the activity, but none of that mattered.

This was almost better than the dueling chamber.

 

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Dove Lightwood

Dove was more than happy for quidditch to be cancelled. She thought the sport was dull, and her hatred of it had grown as it took both her fathers away from her throughout her childhood. She did, however, enjoy the idea of destruction. This was the reason she had arrived and grabbed a bat of her own. She had been forced to return to Hogwarts against her will. There was nothing better than being able to show her frustration of this out on everything around her.

 

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Rían O' Donnell

Rían had sort of followed Robin along here from the Rave tower. Not that Robin probably knew that. Rían was just more bored in the tower and wanted to go out and explore, but not alone. Around here that seemed dangerous. Everything did. 

 

What he had stumbled into seemed to fit right in with that. Big cannonballs. Flying around. Trying to kill the students. Seemingly being led by one of th older students. Some of the students seemed to be beating them off with bats. What?

 

He just stood there next to a blank stretch of wall, sort of dumbfounded, trying to make his overlarge body blend in. 

 

Someone feel free to make him do something

Edited by Rían O' Donnell

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Dorjee Shire Sherpa

Dorjee was so good at being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He walked straight into chaos in the middle of an event he wanted nothing to do with and didn’t even notice it until it was too late. Some evil Slytherin prefect was swinging a bat at a portrait and, well, his head was in the way. The Gryffindor ducked with a surprised squeak.

 

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Avery Potter

Upon hearing a smash Avery had run towards the noise. Why? She was a Potter was there any other explanation needed? As she reached the top of the stairs she found the commotion. Slytherins. Beater bats. Bludgers. Other houses. @Rían O' Donnell …

 

“Rian!” Avery called out cheerful. She spotted a bat and grabbed it. “Wanna learn more about beating?”

 

4 SAVE

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John Lupin

Even John was turned on by how Reid was walking toward Kirk in that moment. And John, as we had previously established, was straight

 

(Mostly.)

 

"Woah woah woah," John said, flying up in his patented snake costume to save a portrait that some second-year was delightedly intent on destroying. Wait--didn't he know her? Wasn't she on the Quidditch team? She looked a little familiar, but John wasn't quite as "in" with the younger kids on the team. He supposed he was like that weird uncle on Christmas drunk in the corner wearing mismatched socks with a too-bright sweater littered with tinsel: awkwardly irresponsible. At least he was proving his responsibility somehow. 

 

"What'd that portrait ever do to you?" he asked @Arwa Hashmi-Andrada. "I mean, we have to take care of the life that's so innocently existing within that art. We can't just kill it."

 

It was a portrait of a giant fern. 

 

5 SAVE

 

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RESULTS ROUND TWO:  rolled 2, 5.

 

IDINA 5... BLOCKED!
JUAN 3... MISS!
DAMARIS 2... HIT!
ADDISON 5 SAVE... SUCCESSFUL!
REID 2... HIT!
ARWA 5... BLOCKED!

KELBY 1... MISS!
DOVE 3... MISS!
DORJEE 3 SAVE... MISS!

AVERY 4 SAVE.... MISS!

JOHN 5 SAVE... SUCCESSFUL!

 

"The lawn is overcrowded because someone started a bunch of clubs this year," Kirk shouted up to Toft, "and we can't practice in the forest, it's forbidden. The lake has water and I don't feel like rescuing first years from drowning." This last part was definitely because he was not a good swimmer, but no one here knew that except Reid, so his secret was safe. "The stairs simulate flying." 

 

He'd thought this through. The only part he didn't really have an excuse for was the targeting of portraits, but there were so many of them and they had people in most of them, so honestly, they made great targets. He should have thought of this earlier. And then, because gosh Reid, don't tell people he has FEELINGS, Kirk hollered at his boyfriend, "I'M NOT DEPRESSED."

Edited by Kirk Lawson
edit 2 oh my god i can read i swear

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Juan Garcia

...stairs simulated flying. Juan scoffed, "Why not just bring the brooms in here? The moving staircases can be like obstacles, dude." Obstacles he would most assuredly be able to dodge because he was awesome. 

 

 

Juan winced as the bludgers went flying everywhere. At least he hadn't been hit. Yet. 

 

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Addison Toft

She might have engaged in a conversation with Kirk about this, except she knew he didn't give a rat's arse about practise, and was only interested in wrecking things because the pitch had been torn up, on account of him circling targets that approved of the pitch being torn up.

 

"Why don't you grow up?" she said back to Damaris, rolling her eyes. 

 

She was most disappointed with Reid, though. He didn't even play quidditch but was still encouraging this kind of behaviour - was he not forgetting the very important secret she was keeping for him? "Oi, @Reid J. Fauchelevent - I dunno, I feel like... I feel like I might say something to someone, about... this thing... you know... It'd be a real shame if something unfortunate was said..." She glared at him, and to prove her point, began walking towards Kirk. 

 

Just an RP :wub:

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Aiden Hunter

Upon hearing a commotion nearby Aiden headed towards the noise as fast as he could. Where there were loud noises there were usually opportunities for a bit of fun. When he reached the area the noise had been coming from all he could do was stare at the destruction. Aiden grabbed a bat and stared down at it. A wicked smile crossed his face. He would take any chance to freely destroy property that he could.

 

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