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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:01 pm    Post subject: Division on Campus: Correspondence Reply with quote

The following article appeared throughout the week in local newspapers and magazines, and was read on radio and television news programs.

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Protest at Academy Leaves 8 Dead, 3 Wounded, 1 Comatose. Headmistress to Answer for Possible Involvement.

In December, Pro-Human protesters were welcomed onto the Academy of Bristle Crios campus. Within moments of their demonstration, a violent onslaught came from the Mage Hall building. Eyewitnesses recall seeing small balls of flame the size of grains of rice that exploded on impact, incinerating limbs of hapless victims, falling from its windows. Soon after, what one observer described as “long tendrils of dark magic” began to pour out from the building itself, sadistically thrashing at anyone in the area. Campus security and medical teams arrived to the scene quickly, leaving some to become victims as well. The incident left a total of eight dead, three wounded, and one that remains in a coma.

In what appears to be the most damning evidence, the Headmistress of the Academy, Miss Lydia Tolmay, was found unconscious on the top floor of Mage Hall immediately after the attack. While she has maintained that she went to investigate the occurrence as it was happening, some speculators believe her to be the source of the disturbance. Denying being hit or attacked during the event, she has yet to justify the reasoning behind her sudden unconsciousness. Adding fuel to the flame, rumors have been circulating since she started at the school as to possible abilities and an inhuman nature of the Headmistress. It is suspected that such a blatant use of magic was too draining on her, causing her collapse.

Since the incident, Miss Tolmay has been banned from the Academy grounds. Despite some parental requests, the ban is set to be lifted on Tuesday, January 3rd, three weeks to the day after the attack. She will remain on probation pending an investigation set to occur sometime this month.


OOC: Related protest thread at http://rdi.dragonsmark.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=31666
THIS THREAD IS OPEN to all who would like to correspond relating to the protests and subsequent news articles, letters, etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A letter copied to various professors and the governing board of the school, arriving on the morning of Monday 2nd January ...

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To All It May Concern,

We are sorry to inform you all that we - Jessica Foster, and Johnny and Olivia Storm - are removing our children from Bristle Crios in light of recent revelations. It is with deep regret that we have made this decision - Matthew Foster and Felicity Storm will no longer be attending Bristle Crios, as it has become patently obvious that their safety cannot be guaranteed. As young people whom many consider meta-, sub-, or in-human, neither one of them should be in a position where any violence directed at those who are considered different cannot be deflected from them if need be.

Neither Matthew nor Felicity informed us that there had been deaths on campus, only that there had been mild violence during the protests. We were horrified to discover that this violence was so terrible, and that we, as parents, were not informed of it. It is appalling that we had to find out this information from public news outlets. This is a secondary factor to the choice to remove our children from your school.

We will stress, however, that this decision does
not reflect our opinion of, nor our support of, Headmistress Tolmay. We believe that the Headmistress always acts in the best interests of her students, and does not deserve to be vilified in this manner. Should the campus become a safe place once again, and the investigation into the tragic events of December 13th be handled in a responsible manner with plausible explanations, we will reconsider our decision.

Matthew and Felicity have enjoyed their time at Bristle Crios, and will be sad to leave you. However, we feel - as families - that this is the best option in the current climate. Thank you for all you have done for our children.

Sincerely,

Johnny Storm
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Jessica Foster

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A letter appeared in local papers commentary sections, and signed copies were also sent to the local addresses of all enrolled students, and the Headmistress.


Atticus wrote:
Dear Concerned Students & Parents,

I write to you concerning the recent violence which manifested on the Academy grounds. First and foremost, this was an unnecessary loss of life, and a tragedy. Secondly, the truth of the saying, 'those who look for trouble often find it', can be seen in what unfortunately transpired.

The Academy and the very grounds that it was erected on have long been places of solace to all, without judgment based on race, color, or creed. The recent Protests, while in general peaceful, address a growing schism in RhyDin; a divide which has for years been becoming larger, quietly, subtly, without drawing our attention. In prodding that wound, the unspoken divide between humans and non-humans, (or as I would prefer to call them, Awakened and Sleepers, given that the former implies judgment based on appearance, while the latter based on ability) the worst of what was within was forced to the surface - fear, envy, mistrust, hatred, and violence.

To those of you who have chosen to temporarily withdraw, or take a leave of absence - I realize the safety of you and your family is your first concern, and so cannot judge your actions. Please know, however, that the safety of you and your family are also our primary concern. While the exact nature of the events, aside from their outcome, remains within a cloud of obfuscation, no students or other members of the Academy of Bristle Crios were harmed; the entire roster of casualties consisted of those who, given the Academy's inclusion of humans, should not have been there in the first place.

Situations like this are not sequestered however, to our domain. To be more colloquial, you can choose not to drink and drive, and teach your children to do the same, and be safer for it. However, you cannot ensure that others will do the same, and remain in danger from the mistakes of others. To remove yourselves from the community in fear is merely the first step to becoming a shut in, with equally shut eyes; you may find that when you open them again, you yet remain, but everything else will be gone. That is not to suggest that you intentionally throw yourselves into harms way, any who read this, but merely take into consideration - and hopefully join with me, us - in the attempt to find common ground with the Pro Human movement and their perceived oppressors.

That being said, for the time being at least, I believe - and hereby petition the governing body of the Academy of Bristle Crios to enforce - that Sleepers, or as the case may be 'unawakened' humans, be banned from the grounds of the compound until such a time as a protocol can be created to ensure the safety of our staff and student body. In order to determine the correct path forward, I also move that the Academy hold a town hall style debate, with all interested parties invited to participate.

Cordially,

Atticus, Lord D'Arcstorm
High Mage of the First Sword
Magus Laureate, Bristle Crios




((OOC: Hey all, everyone reading along for fun or for invested interest! Just a heads up so to speak, in roughly a week-ish we'll turn this thread into the earlier mentioned 'town hall style' debate: throw down some setting dressing and such, and let anyone interested add from there - it will probably be easier to accommodate anyone who wants to say something doing it this way than in live play. The thread will remain open in it's original form, literal correspondence back and forth, news headlines, and such, until the setting changes 'officially' in-thread. Thanks!))


((OOC: p.s., I've been told to make clear that it's alright for anyone to respond directly to what Atticus just wrote as well... and to my nay-sayers, no, I cannot be more blunt than that. Smile ))
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jesse wrote:
This is what happens when you allow protesters to believe they have some sort of God ordained right to do as they wish. They should not have been invited onto the grounds in the first place.

Ban or not. I'll still teach any who seek knowledge, no matter their background, and be it on campus or off. Magic is a fickle and chaotic thing, there's always going to be almost-casualties and a few lost limbs; from a stray spell or a would-be student being a sleeper cell and blowing themselves up. At least the other students and I will have a few bodies to poke at during class (The person I usually get my bodies from started hiking up their prices). Through tragedy comes opportunities, remember that!

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Speaking of bodies. If you're not going to use those from the attack, or if they haven't already been done away with, feel free to deliver them over to my office for dissection and ritual. They'd be really stinky by now, and that's time for primo undead manipulation.

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By the way. If anyone else on staff have a few bodies just hanging around.. Send them my way too. More bodies the better.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A letter to all pertinent professors ...

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To Whom It May Concern,

Since it seems as though I - a completely human student with no special powers, abilities, or bloodline - am no longer welcome at Bristle Crios, I have removed myself to somewhere I
am welcome for the time being. I have no family in the city; I am lucky to have friends who care what happens to me. Should Professor D'Arcstorm decide not to follow through on banning me, and others like me, from the only home we have in the city, as well as our studies, I will happily return. But I will not stay where I am not welcome.

Yours, regretfully,
Cassiopeia Delaney

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:25 pm    Post subject: Increased Watch Patrols Reply with quote

Letters were sent directly to the Bristle Crios Academy for every member of staff to read as well as a public one for all on campus to read if it was displayed:

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Greetings and Salutations to one and all and your fine educational facility.

We have received multiple reports from several Watch Divisions about the unrest that has broken upon your grounds including several incidents of death. The 27th Special Operations Division has dispatched additional patrols to reinforce the current Watch Divisions in your area to help alleviate their work load and assist in investigations.

We request, with your permission to allow a single patrol entry to the grounds at all times to assist your security teams in maintaining peace and order. Our teams have a trained arcane user with them and are thus well informed on how things may work on your campus to prevent any misunderstanding. Please consider this offer of aid.

Sincerely,
Captain Hope Jubal,
27th Special Operations Division, Rhydin Watch
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hologram devices were sent to all across the campus. With rather obvious instructions on how to operate them.



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The flickering image of a throne is seen as is the cloaked figure upon it.

"Human or not, all identified offenders against this establishment will be met with lethal force."

She leaned forward.

"Any to all identified offenders will be hunted until they are brought to justice. And trust me, you don't want that."

The hologram cuts short as she stands.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A flyer papered the school, covering every available space in a somewhat obnoxious manner. The rest of the city had them placed in obvious places, and in between newspapers. The tactic was vaguely archaic, but effective.

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Academy of Bristle Crios Union of Service & Administrative Employees
Local A.B.C.U.S.A.E., Chapter #1
Emergency Meeting Minutes


Union President Brendryck Stormgaard called the meeting to order, new business copied from the meeting as follows:


Uh, ok, so. Just wanted to start and say obviously, we have a diverse group here at the local A.B.C.U.S.A.E., and really guys would it kill you for a shorter acronym? What? No, like a shorter... when you take the first letters... yeah, that. Anyway, so, we're going to have to maintain somewhat of a line here, right folks? Yeah, you have a question? No? Put your hand down then.

Big thanks as well to you guys who put the flyers out - that's what we call, uh, job creation? Talk about bitter sweet victories, right? Ok, right, business. So, everyone knows we stand with our traditional values of all inclusive, 'human rights' extended to all other living beings, yada, yada, yada, right? Wait - I said put your hand down. No this isn't up for open voting. Mike, hey, Mike! Put his, yeah either that or show him out. Thanks Mike.

Um, I'll address the issues chronologically, cause... um, me...

Service Department is out of bleach - 'cause, you guys didn't wait for anyone from Arcane Services to show up for the blood stains, and used it all? Cripes guys, you gotta start thinking. Really though.

Secondly, the Secretarial pool from Administrative want to address the pending withdrawals from classes, and the proposed 'ban' on any kind of race. They tell us this demands effort they're not willing to expend, and paper that was all stolen by the... guys, come on! New paper guys, you had a budget for... yeah I don't care if the Sassy Owl had a twofer night special on, you used all the blank paper on the premises? Ugh! WHAT THE HELL DO I TELL LYDIA? Anyway, looks like Admin won't be processing whatever paperwork you've filed or whatever. At least til we get restocked.

Ok, moving on. Professor, um, Jesse, Deathlord Jesse DeAngelo Van Bokkelen Graziano Helston O’Neill. The like, whatever your department is. Catacombs. Dead bodies are kept in the catacombs. Just like, keep the door propped open. Some of them are only mostly dead, so, you know how it is.

What are we on now? Letter D? Ok, D is for... the Watch? Sure, why not. You made me President of this organization, so there's some obviously questionable decisions being made. So, if you want to open like a Chapter House here or something, we can clear out a tool shed or something probably. One or two of us are able bodied as well, if you wanna look into doing like, a cross hiring type of shtick. We're union though so, we'll be charging the city accordingly.

Alright, last in first out, or I guess, kinda the inverse, holographic devices. Professor, um, Egorwrath? So, we've cleaned up the hologram devices, some of them anyway. There were complaints, well, more like, scared ravings. Most of them are still there, we've got the extras safely ensconced in Eternal House. Yeah, I'm getting to it, just a second. So the guys would have had to paper their flyers over them if they didn't take them down. And the guys, what's that Joe? Ok, Joe says the guys didn't want to, um, 'invoke your wrath' by damaging your stuff.


Brendryck Stormgaard
President
Local A.B.C.U.S.A.E., Chapter #1



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:27 am    Post subject: Overwhelming Support Reply with quote

On official Academy letterhead stationary, the following letter went out to all students, parents, instructors, and staff for the Academy of Bristle Crios. Copies also made it into small newspapers and other print sources.

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March 1st, 2017

To the Students, Parents, and Staff of the Academy of Bristle Crios,

Thank you for your continued support through the trying time of the campus protests last December, my required absence during the investigation, and my recent tribunal.

I regret that I have not been able to provide updates on campus events as is my typical practice. During the passed few months, the Board of Education for the Academy of Bristle Crios has maintained the campus during its investigation.

I am proud to announce that the Board has officially declared my innocence of the incident at Mage Hall on the day of December 15, 2017. The guilty party was identified over the course of the investigation and has been terminated.

From this point forward, as my promise to you, I will do all that I am able to ensure the security of the Academy of Bristle Crios and all that visit its grounds. While the Board of Education will be issuing new security measures and personnel, I will be enacting several new tactics to enhance security at the campus, as well. I will begin by preparing training for Academy security volunteers. It is my hope that many staff and students will participate in the training, which will include self defense education and practice. Details on the training will be provided as it develops.

I hope that you will feel encouraged to bring any further concerns to me personally so I may have the opportunity to speak with you directly. I am honored to hear any concerns or suggestions as we all begin to move forward.

Thank you again for your overwhelming support. I will do all I can to return your kindness.

With sincerest regards,
Lydia Tolmay
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