Are you a doctor?
Mon Jun 25, 2018 17:06

Part of the problem, Elliot realized as he thought about what the other soon-to-be-first-year said, was that he couldn’t remember which ones manticores were. Were they the lion-goat-snake ones or the man-lion-scorpion ones? Either way Elliot was pretty sure a creature couldn’t be too strong to kill. To stop the manticores they might need a lot of people and gear and planning, like doing a raid in Destiny, but even bosses had weaknesses.

Unless pipe cleaners and ping-pong balls were kryptonite for manticores, the stuff they had to work with probably wouldn’t cut it, though. Maybe instead of trapping the manticores, the school should focus on building a strike team and infiltrating their nest den lair wherever they lived. Waiting around for the manticores to hunt the staff and students sounded like a terrible plan. Professor Boot hadn’t said what the manticores would do once they caught the students but it seemed safe to assume that the answer involved mauling and/or eating.

This was a lot for day negative one.

Or maybe Boot was just screwing with them and there were no manticores. Apparently a quarter of RMI students were in a House that was about pranking so it wasn’t too hard to believe that some of the teachers would do that too. Boot seemed a little weird. He had been talking about pixies during the whole tour when Director Garen was talking about—uh, actually Elliot didn’t remember what Garen had been talking about because the pixies thing was way more interesting. Classes, probably? The counselor had said something about Magizoobotany, because then Mama had leaned over to Dad and said it sounded like RMI combined Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures into one class like they had with Charms and Transfiguration into Spellwork.

…wait. If there was a class where they studied creatures then there could totally be manticores. Maybe they should build the traps anyway, just in case. The girl who was talking to him seemed to know more about manticores than he did, which wasn’t hard because apparently Elliot didn't know anything about manticores, but still. “Oh, okay. Then traps it is. I’m Elliot,” he added. “So if they’re really strong then how do we stop them from eating us?” Boot hadn’t mentioned what would happen if the manticores caught them, but Elliot thought it was safe to assume that eating and/or mauling would be part of it.

  • Do No Harm - Leah Roth, Fri Jun 22 17:33
    Killing a manticore? Leah Roth shuddered at the thought. Those were beautiful, powerful creatures. One couldn’t just … kill them. She looked again at the supplies under the table. They didn’t look... more
    • Are you a doctor? - Elliot, Mon Jun 25 17:06
      • That seems wrong to me - Leah, Tue Jun 26 10:28
        Leah tried very hard to summon everything she knew about manticores. Did they eat humans? She couldn’t say for sure. All she remembered was that they were violent creatures who were most likely bred... more
        • Why do you care? - Elliot, Wed Jun 27 15:30
          She ended up not being so helpful about how to trap a manticore. Elliot agreed that he wouldn’t want to be put in a cage, but it seemed to him like if manticores were smart and sentient and still... more
          • I'm cool I swear! - Leah, Sat Jun 30 05:27
            Leah didn’t agree with Elliot that manticores (and dangerous people) should be locked into cages, but decided to let it go. She was now almost entirely sure that Boot had been bluffing anyway, and... more
            • I believe you! - Elliot, Sat Jul 7 17:34
              Elliot took her confused answer as a no, because if your parents were such big Star Wars fans that they named you after a character, you would definitely know about it. It was hard to believe that... more
              • Let me tell you - Leah, Mon Jul 9 17:06
                Elliot seemed keen to talk about magical creatures, which made Leah’s face light up in excitement. It was her favourite topic in the whole world! Unfortunately though, she didn't have any pets at... more
                • Tell me more, tell me more - Elliot, Thu Jul 12 12:18
                  “Oh wow, that sounds awesome,” Elliot said. His family didn’t have any pets. His mother was an Animagus, so she could turn into a peregrine falcon and sometimes they played games like you might with... more
                  • ... about dragons or heartache? - Leah, Sun Jul 15 05:25
                    Leah snorted a laugh through her tears. “Hey, I think they’d prefer me to you!” She quickly wiped her eyes, feeling silly already. “But I’m not afraid of manticores. Dragons are much scarier, to be... more
                    • Dragons sound more exciting - Elliot, Sun Jul 15 20:22
                      “ Hey, I think they’d prefer me to you! ” Elliot snorted a laugh too. Oh good, it worked. Sometimes people got really weird about being teased, even if you’d been getting along just fine with them... more
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