Margaret Peregrine is a high school sophomore. Most of the time, she's either at school, at the school robotics club, at the school chess club, or doing schoolwork. Today, she's cleaning out her late great-grandmother's attic.
Just the fact that these things are possible is important information! But what's in the two books on runes?
Theory! This is theory! Score! She's definitely checking these out. But if there's no explanation of what to do with the symbols, she should also read Cautionary Tales before trying any of the several ideas that have appeared in her head.
Yikes. And what are the things that people did to end up like that? And what should they have done instead?
Okay, so she has to draw runes and then incant at them, and which runes and what incantation should probably be searched for in other books rather than derived empirically. Also she's already getting an A in French but it just got more important. Also, how long has she spent reading so far, she kinda lost track of time there.
She'll attempt to check out the two rune books, and also Inscriptions.
She names her neighborhood.
"I grew up around here, I just didn't go to Avalons until recently."
She stares at the floor and says, "Yeah, I inherited it--I have to go--see you." and skedaddles.
Of course not. That would be weird, and Margaret's the one being weird today. Next stop: that place with the lentil soup, that looked good.
That's pretty great! She had been all prepared for things to be more expensive here, because of the people who would pay more not to have to go outside. Maybe magic is sufficiently available that it makes things cheaper? Has she seen any other stuff that looked conspicuously magic aside from the people and their medallions?
It totally might count, but she can't really go take a closer look at it. Instead she's going to sit on a public bench somewhere and read Inscriptions.
This has lots of tips for making runes fit neatly into subsections of diagrams, keeping them all on the appropriate scale relative to each other, drawing accurately, and deciding what to proscribe and what to let go (it doesn't specify what that is, just recommends going one layer deeper into proscriptions for every eight inches longer the diagram is in its greatest dimension). It has some complete diagram examples, though it doesn't include their incantations and just briefly mentions what they're for (A space warping diagram or An invisibility spell.)