repositories of knowledge
Niflheim Academy

“The Ministry must be seen to do something”, and with that, Harry Potter’s wand is snapped. Expelled in his second year, he is invited to a new school famous for being the home of one of the Eight Great Repositories of Knowledge. But with Voldemort alive and the Chamber of Secrets still open, he will need every resource his new school possesses to stay alive in the coming years.

Difficult questions

What happens when you get the killer question, the one you struggle with, the one you don’t know the answer to? Even if you do know the answer there is a lot to be said,educationally, for not diving in with your ‘right’ answer.

If you don’t know. Be honest and say so. Then follow up with some of the suggestions below. 

I don’t know but…

…that’s an important question

…I wonder that too

…I bet your not the first person to ask that

…who do you think we could ask about that?

…let me tell you what I have experienced of God

…I wonder what stirred that question up just now?

…there are some bible passages we could look at to explore that

…thanks for sharing.

As christian youth leaders we are not the repository of all knowledge, we are not Google or Siri. We are guides and midwives who hold hands, point and give birth to faith.


The dwarves are lauded for their craftsmanship, and the city of Orzammar is one of their finest works. Orzammar lies at the heart of the Frostback Mountains, deep underground. The city arcs outward from the royal palace, which is built around a natural lava vent, continually fountaining liquid rock, which both lights and heats the entire cavern. 

 The topmost tier of Orzammar is home to the noble caste, with their palaces fanning out in both directions from the court of the king, as well as the Shaperate, which serves as a repository for all dwarven knowledge. 

 The lower tier is the Commons, where the merchant caste holds sway and where the finest works of Orzammar’s craftsman are for sale. In the center of the river of lava, connected to the Commons by a causeway, are the Proving Grounds, a sacred arena where the dwarves, by ancient tradition, settle their disputes. 

 On one side of the fiery river are the ruins of old dwarven palaces, fallen into disrepair, which the locals call Dust Town, now home to the city’s casteless. On the other side of the river are the Deep Roads, which once joined the sprawling dwarven empire together, but now, after centuries of darkspawn incursions, are largely sealed off. Nearly all knowledge of this network of underground passages has been lost, even to its builders. 

 ──From “In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of A Chantry Scholar”, by Brother Genitivi

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In “The Ethics of Willful Ignorance” which appeared in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics Rebecca Roiphe notes that criminal enterprises “play with division of labor and responsibility and succeed by creating a sum more powerful than the enterprise’s parts and they do so, in part, by making sure that no individual and no firm is the repository for all the knowledge or all the wrongdoing. This…

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Pet peeve: why do these shows about supernatural events etc. always have this Repository of All Knowledge and Wisdom ™ where you just look up ‘Wendigo’ under W. You will find one lemma, no conflicting information or difference of opinion, and you can rely on that. It may be a little mysterious or mythical, there might be a riddle involved, but the information will come through and the one extant source will be reliable.

Spoiler: research doesn’t work that way. It’s more like a jigsaw puzzle where three different pictures have been mixed up, and a sizeable amount of the pieces are missing. This jigsaw was then distributed among a random number of sites and people that don’t necessarily know about each other and if they do, they vigorously refuse to cooperate, let alone exchange the pieces they are holding.


”In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitch Hiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.
First, it is slightly cheaper; and second, it has the words “Don’t Panic” inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.”

Happy Towel Day!

I have a theory.

After seeing a ton of mostly young people who are completely unaware of ace people’s place in our history, or how trans people were excluded, or how bi people were excluded, it got me to thinking.

We lost a generation of mentors just before the Internet became the repository of human knowledge. So a lot of things just… never really made it there. And a lot of younger folks built their own queer organizations from the ground up because there was very little for them. (This was great and it still makes me proud to see kids doing this, but…)

So the scraps of oral history and academic research we have? What survived the AIDS crisis? Never reached them. And now we have a generation of people convinced that these things just Never Happened because they can’t find websites with photo evidence and interviews with the people who were there.



Stargate SG-1 meme: eight episodes (8/8) | 7x21-22 Lost City

Daniel: “Why wouldn’t we want to gain access to the greatest repository of knowledge in the known universe, once and for all finding the lost city of the Ancients, and use their technology to save the entire galaxy from the evil oppression of the Goa'uld?“

Shall Do What Thou Wilt Be the Whole of the Tech?


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There is nothing that is not magick, if apprehended correctly, and there is nothing that is not technology for the same reasons. We’ve mentioned, before, that the roots for both technology and magick are in “craft.” The Greek root for this is “Techne,” and you can look to Athena and Hekate and Hermes and Hephaestus and see deities of both Art and Artifice. They are goddesses and gods of skill and cunning and language and creation and weaving—stories and textiles—and theft and all of these things are bound together.

This is part of why we talk, here, about magic and technology, and what “artificial intelligence” really means when we break it down.

But the Western world’s Greek ancestors aren’t the only ones who bound their technology and their magic together. Egypt saw Thoth creating language and magic, being a god of technology and the repository of all memory and knowledge. Odin is the Master Speller and the great artificer (and thief and Cunning Man). Legba and Ellegua are spiritually tied to crossroads, thresholds, beginnings, endings, and communications, making the Lwa the obvious choice for Gibson to map onto the Internet.

And in all of this we have the root technology of language. The manipulation of words and memories and “spelling” and, again, “craft.” Kim Boekbinder reminded us, some weeks ago, that, “Songs are spells, incantations. Careful what you sing for. Songs are spells. Be mindful of what you listen to.” And we’re back around to phonomancy, again. But these are the more poetic uses of language, and their intent, as stated, is to hit you in the heart, in the viscera, in the instinct. Less prosaic (but no less powerful) uses of language than these are laws.

The law is a spell that works on you, at every moment, whether you will it or not. Laws are the codification and concretization of moral codes and systems of justice, all of which are derivations of a society’s values. They are the concentrated beliefs and essences of what people think and feel and believe are best, and their particular parsing and deployment can have long lasting, permanent effects on your life, even at great distance from you, and without your conscious knowledge. But, just like other forms of magick, the law can be learned, can be understood, and in most cultures, one can even become fully initiated into its mysteries. And when you know the law, you can use it to your own advantage.

The law is alive, and somewhat adaptable, but it’s also rigid, the pace of its change is often glacial, and its outcomes are not always Justice. The knowledge and recognition of that last fact allows for those who see antiquated and even repressive expressions of the law to do things like erecting a 9-foot-tall Baphomet Statue, and carrying it around the country to places where one religion’s views seem to be given state-sanctioned preference. Or Wiccans and Pagans working out how best to use various “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” against the people who only ever seem to mean Christian religious freedom.

If we understand the law as a technology of social control, we can see the cruxes of influence and words of power that allow us to utilize it, and to leverage its often purposefully-occult nature. We can, as with many ritual forms, use it to transgress against itself, to subvert its grasp long enough to craft a more permanent solution.

The Hogwarts Houses as Dragons
  • Gryffindor:The red dragon which is actively involved in battles and is always fighting for what they believe. Often, they talk of magnificent adventures and the best of times. This dragon likes to travel and seek new experiences.
  • Hufflepuff:The golden dragon who is the most kind of all. They guard the villages and those who cannot defend themselves, acting as the parental figure. This dragon likes to live with those it is close to, but may also live alone from time to time.
  • Slytherin:The green dragon with many powerful allies and a hoard of treasure to match. They are the most resourceful of the dragons, being a reliable source of current information. This dragon often enjoys their own company in a remote location, emerging to talk to those it trusts.
  • Ravenclaw:The blue dragon who is a repository of knowledge and wisdom gathered over a magnificent lifetime. Many seek the counsel of such an open-minded being. This dragon likes to reside in caves, away from the limelight.

inspired by living-in-headcanon (x) - (with shoutouts to slugette and elidoo)

Aeric Lavellan: Personality

Adjectives - quiet, creative, direct, introverted, strong-willed, passionate

Star Sign: Cancer

Alignment: Neutral Good

ISTJ - The Logistician

  • Honest and direct; insensitive and stubborn
  • Loyal, faithful, and dependable
  • Calm, practical, and logical
  • Quick to blame himself
  • Jack-of-all-trades, repository of knowledge
  • The library’s one of the few civic spaces we have left. People are feeling like there’s no other ways for these online platforms and services to be run, it’s our destiny to have them be privately run, and yet we invoke the analogy of the library or archive all the time. To me it says that we find it realistic that Google will be our archive when it’s an advertising company. We’ve seen them get rid of services that are not profitable (Google Reader), and we’ve seen them demote things like Google Scholar. That’s realism, where it’s unrealistic to think we’d build on the success of the library with a national repository for knowledge, arts, and culture? Libraries exist and they’re open.
  • Libraries exist with all these values we invoke in the digital sphere, but there are very few people thinking about how we might build upon them.
  • — Astra Taylor

“In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.” -Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Literature is the record we have of the conversation between those of us now alive on earth and everyone who’s come before and will come after, the cumulative repository of humanity’s knowledge, wonder, curiosity, passion, rage, grief and delight. It’s as useless as a spun-sugar snowflake and as practical as a Swiss Army knife.