(OOC: The continuation of the Initial Order Meeting. Please feel free to continue to comment on that thread if characters haven't already done so fully, or at all! I started a new entry so as not to get lost on an old page too soon. Hope that's okay with everyone.)
As the fifteen minute time allowed for questioning came to an end Minerva looked around the room to see that she and Albus had been correct in the past students, and others, they had individually selected and invited here tonight, for each and every one of them had chosen to remain. For a while after her initial speech there had been a stunned quiet and then gradually people began to talk amongst themselves. She, herself at the front of the room, had been asked very few questions with Albus appearing in the same situation.
Finally the fifteen minutes came to an end and she turned to Albus with a nod before clearing her throat to speak again.
"It is most gratifying that you all feel able to help. There are those of you here with demanding jobs and families that will undoubtedly feel the strain of work of this nature, to those people who support you in that, our thanks also. By remaining in the room from this point .." she hesitated should anyone have had doubts but not left till now, ".. you have agreed to confidentiality of the matters discussed here tonight and at further meetings. You have also agreed to become part of a secret organisation that shall from hereon be known as 'The Order of the Phoenix'. The work of the Order will be, as I have already stated, to support the Aurors in their work towards ceasing the increasing activities of the dark wizards, under their deadly and powerful leader whilst ensuring the capture of the perpertrators of those crimes. The work will no doubt be tiresome, it may have an element of danger about it. We will work as a team, drawing upon each member's strengths as a good team should. As you look around the room today you will see a diversity of membership. Some of you may wonder why others are here. Let it be enough that Albus and I have invited each and every one of you for a particular strength or talent that the Order shall need."
Minerva took another small break, reaching for the glass beside her to refresh her throat whilst watching the assembled crowd who took the short opportunity for a whispered word to the person sitting beside them.
"Future meetings will take place in my classroom at Hogwarts. Arrival in my classroom will be by floo only which will be opened twenty minutes before the meeting is due to start and sealed once again twenty minutes after the meeting has finished. The classroom will be sealed in every other way, the pupils will be unable to enter the meeting and we shall be unable to leave. It is imperative that the security at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is protected at all times."
Minerva took nother look around the room during a pause for the information to be absorbed, only continuing when she was satisfied people were ready for more.
"Now some information for you to get you started in your work for the Order of the Phoenix. There have been a number of muggle tortures recently. The ministry has noted the increase in numbers as serious. Each muggle house that can be linked to wizard activity has been marked by the killers with a mark, a skull with a snake coming from its mouth. We are calling this mark the Dark Mark. It is strongly believed to be the emblem of the leader of the Dark Wizards. It is believed that there are those inside the ministry passing information to the dark wizards, it is further believed that there are dark wizards working inside
the ministry. To each and everyone of you I say beware. Beware of those you consider may be working for that
side, beware of witches and wizards who may to this point be strangers to you. At this point I feel I may quote a famous muggle leader and say that 'Careless Talk Costs Lives'."
"I shall once again break the meeting, this time finally. The room is available until the end of the evening for the purposes of discussion or planning that any members may wish to undertake. An owl will be issued within a week or so with the date of the next meeting, but in the meantime should any one of you gain any intelligence that any of the others should know, please spread that information with care. It is perhaps time for one last quote before asking if there are any questions, this time from one of the greatest aurors of our time, Mr Alastor Moody. 'Constant vigilence' Order members please."
With a nod Minerva indicated her willigness to answer any questions that anyone may wish to ask.