Nathan Xavier
Head of House Speech
Fri Aug 3, 2018 21:59

Nathan rose from his seat next to Isis (now his fiancé!) as the feast drew to a close and the food began to disappear, and he looked to his newest group of young Teppenpaws. It was another small group this year, with only two Teppenpaws again, as had been the case last year as well. It was one of the few things about last year he that he didn't mind repeating. Smaller classes meant less crowded rooms, which were generally considered good for student morale. This time both were girls, so sharing would be required, but in Teppenpaw, that was often cited as a good thing as it meant a high probability for a new friend.

He approached the student table and was surprised when Dorian personally escorted one of the new students over to him. As he already had half the group, he just led Katerina over to the other half of her House class and that was that. No need for calling out to the room at large to collect his charges this year. "Hello, welcome to Teppenpaw," he greeted the pair of them. "Katerina and Lyssa, right?" he asked, less certain of the names this year than he normally was because he hadn't been the one helping Selina get everyone Sorted.

"My name's Professor Xavier," he introduced himself. "I'm your new Head of House. You may have noticed the dormitory locations were not on the tour earlier;" he may not have been the one giving the tour this year, but he knew without a doubt that commonrooms would not have been included, "that's because they're supposed to be a secret to anyone not in the House." He still doubted they stayed too secret to anyone really intent on figuring them out, but it was the principle of the thing. "I'll show you the way now. Follow me please," he instructed. "It's right near the Hospital Wing," he added as they walked, "so you can use that as a landmark on your maps. You got maps, right?" The question was intended to remind them that they had them than because he had any reason to doubt that Gray might have forgotten to hand them out.

As he hadn't given the main tour, he filled the intervening journey with some of his favorite anecdotes that he hoped might help them remember the way easier as he pointed out a few key landmarks. "Here's the Hospital Wing," he said when they did eventually reach it. "We're up this set of stairs here. Other things up this way include the elf quarters and some supply closets, so there generally isn't much traffic beyond people from our house. My external office door is the first one on the right, up at the top, but mostly you won't get that far." He came to a halt partway up the stairs. "Watch for this diamond shaped chip in the stair," he instructed, nudging the spot on the stair beneath him with his toe. "To get into our common room, you stand on this step a do a jig."

After this many years, his tone wasn't even resigned anymore as he delivered this piece of bad news. It just was what it was. "Fortunately, you don't need to do it with rhythm or grace. It's the steps that are important. It goes like this."

Nathan demonstrated. The Teppenpaw Head of House was a big man with too many pounds around his middle, and no young chicken anymore either, so it was by no means a graceful or even a dignified dance, but he no longer looked like he was suffering a seizure, so improvement was possible. More importantly, his steps followed the pattern he described out loud, "step, step, step, click your heels, tap, tap, shuffle," he paused briefly, looking at the two students, "do it with me, we repeat that two more times, three in total. Step, step, step, click your heels, tap, tap, shuffle. Getting there, one more time. Step, step, step, click your heels, tap, tap, shuffle." On the completion of the third iteration, the wall beside him opened up, revealing the Teppenpaw Common Room, decorated in muted yellow and maroon tones. "Go on in," he invited, and followed after once they were both inside.

Nathan found the Teppenpaw Common Room a nice relaxing space and he often spent a couple hours each day sitting on one of the comfortable couches or chairs scattered about the room, in the hopes that familiarity bred trust and the students would voluntarily come to him if they had any issues with anything. He enjoyed engaging the students there in conversation and getting to know them, and his cat Alice could often be counted on as an ice-breaker as well. It made him feel like part of the House, not just its overseer, and he hoped the students likewise saw him as a favored uncle with whom they could be comfortable and joke, rather than being an imposing authority figure.

"As I think I mentioned earlier, your House is like your family here. I hope you will see me as something like an Uncle, but if there is trouble, I'm the one responsible for your safety and well being and I take that very seriously. I just ask you all to respect one another and school property and we shouldn't have too many problems. Also, curfew begins at ten so please be in here or your room by that time and keep your noise level to minimum so your Housemates can sleep."

"Your room - you'll be sharing, since you're both girls - is up those stairs there, on the right. The stairs on the left are for boys, so don't go that way. There are charms in place to physically expel anyone using the wrong staircase back down here, so I recommend not getting them mixed up," he added dryly. "Your year number is on your door."

He pointed over to the wall beside where they had entered. "The bulletin board is over there, keep an eye on it for school and club announcements. And you can see the House Cup over there. Teppenpaw is very proud to be hosting it again this year. Our prefects include Joe Umland, who is also our Head Boy this year, Georgia Kirkly, and Kir McLeod this year. So any of those people, or myself, are good folks to go to if you have a question or problem or just want to talk to somebody. They all wear badges so you can easily identify them as House and School authorities."

He believed he had hit all the key points, so he wrapped up his speech there. "I think that's everything. Any questions, please ask, otherwise, you may get to know each other more or head up to bed. Breakfast is at seven, and I have more maps in my office right over there if you misplace yours and can't remember how to get there."

OOC: Welcome to Sonora and Teppenpaw House! You may reply here with questions or just chat with and get to know your Housemates. You are now welcome to post your new Teppenpaw on any board except the common rooms of other Houses or the Lounges, because first year Teppenpaw students aren't allowed in those places. You may continue your feast and orientation posts as long as you like thanks to fuzzy time, which basically just means that while out of character, these things can be happening at the same time, in character, they are clearly happening a different times so your character can be involved in all of them. Have fun! And we are always happy to help answer questions on the OOC board or Chatzy if you have any!

    • Getting to know you better (tag Lyssa).Katerina Vorontsov, Mon Aug 6 21:17
      Katya supposed it spoke poorly of her, and was an insult to Dorian, but she was a little surprised when he offered her a hand getting up and then escorted her over to Professor Xavier and the Other... more
      • I guess we better get to know each otherLyssa Fitzgerald, Mon Oct 22 15:28
        Lyssa was uncomfortable in her robe. She’d never worn something like it, and she wished she could just wear jeans, though she did think the look of the big hall with everyone in their robes was... more
        • It seems like a good idea.Katerina, Mon Nov 5 19:42
          Katya listened closely to the talking, understanding words and, with a slight delay, putting them into meaningful units. “That is a good start, I think,” she said, also slowly, but in her case... more
          • Glad we're on the same page thenLyssa Fitzgerald, Mon Nov 19 18:28
            Scratchy. That was the word that kept coming into Lyssa's head whenever the robes moved. They were scratchy beyond belief. Or maybe it was the sudden change in the air. There was something about this ... more
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