Dec 03, 2021 1:17 AM
Anemone, Marcy, Tomonori
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Marcy's group of random fellow students appears to have gotten here first, so she checks the room for mals before sitting down. She doesn't know that she should be thinking "We've had new language, but what about second new language?", because Lord of the Rings is neither a good source of magic knowledge nor a thing profitably thrown at a target, but she's feeling the appropriate emotion. Either the Scholomance knows she can handle it and is giving her what she wouldn't've felt allowed to ask for, or the Scholomance is trying to punish her for her hubris and it's going to have another think coming. And even on top of all that, divination as a concept is cool as shit. Most implementations of said concept kind of suck, but if people are still studying how the Akkadians did it after all this time, maybe they knew what they were about.

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Anemone doesn't know a word of Akkadian or anything about their divination system, but she's taking the course as a good omen; the school is playing to her strengths. She'll pick up Akkadian in language lab, and she'll pick it up twice as fast as anyone else, and it'll be great. Well, assuming everyone else doesn't already know Akkadian, in which case it'll be fine, but she'll be playing catch-up for a bit.

"Good afternoon," she says to the enclaver girl. "Do you know Akkadian? I'm not sure how much we're expected to come in with."

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"I have exactly one language lab worth of Akkadian but if it's anything like my German poetry class it'll have affordances for picking it up as you go."

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"Oh good! I know Sumerian but I haven't studied Akkadian. They look very similar on paper, but I don't know how deep that goes."

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"I heard they use the same writing system but the spoken end is pretty different."

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"Well, I guess there's lots to learn, then! I got it in language lab, too, and I tend to pick these things up pretty quick, so I'm not worried."

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"Yeah, me neither. Languages are great." 

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"Aren't they! I'm hoping to pick a bunch up in here. Right now I've only got English, Spanish, French, Latin, Sumerian, and Patois. My parents said I'd definitely pick up more, but I have to be sure to learn them completely so I don't get stuck on spells."

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Tomonori is so excited to have a divination class! Divination is the greatest topic because knowledge (of the past, present, or future) is the best thing anyone could ever study. He shows up riding the coattails of a cluster of other students, pealing away from them to snag a seat near the front.

He vibrates with much excitement and with a dearth of the appropriate caution.

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That's really impressive, especially if she was mostly taught by herself and her parents instead of tutors. 

"I've got French, Latin, Greek, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, and Igbo, so that's three languages we can trade spells in. And I'll get to Spanish eventually, but not this term because this term is German."

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"And Akkadian, soon. But it might take a little while to get spell-competent."

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"Would you like to study together?"

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"Sure!" 

Apparently their first assignment is a dream journal, and a bunch of introductory reading and then some more specific readings about Akkadian dream interpretation. She feels like she can handle that! She's generally pretty good at remembering her dreams, although not as good as she is at remembering other things, maybe because the dreams don't correspond to anything real and there's actually less there to be remembered. But she's looking forward to giving it a try!

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Dream interpretation sounds very cool; it would be nice to get more use out of the hours she spends asleep. She works through the readings in silence.

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