THE RULES OF MAGIC - 28
When Eileen was in the Kingdom, she too put herself through rigorous self-testing though she did so every six months. Given she was draining so much magical energy in all of her battles, this was necessary. The Queen has now put it on the statute books that all who serve the Crown must have these tests at least once a year. Hanastrew signed up willingly, keen to keep her skills up together. Others have been more reluctant (Melanbury on grounds of dignity for one). The Queen is planning to reward with extra powers those who co-operate here and anticipates as a result there will be no more opposition to this bill.
Everybody must keep their magical books and equipment in tip top condition. The Queen and her Council intend to select older magical beings to act as their inspectors to check on these things. Nobody will be entitled to refuse to show the inspectors what they want. Notice will not be given. Nobody is to have time to “tidy up”. People are reminded deaths have occurred due to ink stains and so on blotting out information in spell books. Wands have been known to backfire. It pays everybody then to keep up to date with good practice to avoid the nightmare scenario of your powers deserting you at awkward moments.
No conversing with the enemy – this particularly applies to humans. Before anyone mentions Eileen, do recall she has special dispensation from the Queen and her Council and that was mainly done to annoy Eileen, who thought she was going to get totally away with her actions. Wrong! She hasn’t. Neither will anyone else. Those magical beings entitled to explore other worlds on our behalf will carry out surveillance missions only. It is safer for everyone. Those working on other magical worlds that have attacked us before will gather as much information as they can about current intentions and get the hell out.
Basically what the Queen says goes! Most magical species have at some point in their history foolishly take n the monarch on and comprehensively lost. The Queen expects the highest standards of spell casting, as well as what actual charm you use, to be practiced by all of her people, regardless of their magical status. The Council is generally in agreement with the Queen here though their standards are set lower. Nobody is surprised at that. The Council like to see practical approaches to magic while the Queen helps set the magical theory examination papers (and generations of students have groaned about this given her questions are very tough indeed).