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  2. Felix Swifte-Legrande

    4 - The Absence Thread

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  4. Rory Major

    6 - The "I've Returned" Thread

    Back for now, absence post +here
  5. Charlie Morrow

    1 - Character Roll Call

    Character Name: Charlie Morrow Have you read and understood the rules of this board?: Yes I have Will you wait for your Roll Call post to be approved BEFORE posting your letter? Yes Do you understand that, if you portray a character that has an identity which you yourself do not occupy, it is your job to educate yourself so as not to actively promote negative stereotypes? I understand Character Face: Leonardo DiCaprio Character Masterlist Entry: DiCaprio, Leonardo - Charlie Morrow ----------- 200 words (minimum) on family history: The Morrows are a Pure-blood family that take a lot of pride in their history and ancestry. Charlie’s mother and father met when they were at Hogwarts and their parents approved of their union so they were happily married shortly after they entered their twentieth years. Charlie’s extended family has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. The Morrows are a large family and everyone on the family tree is a Pure-blood. There have not been any controversies with family members marrying into the Muggle world and Charlie is very sheltered from this other way of life. At home the Morrows are comfortably wealthy and live on a large piece of land. Their nearest neighbour is a magical family a few kilometres away so they have a lot of space and room to themselves to play Quidditch and engage in other magical activities. Charlie has a couple of younger siblings but he is the oldest child. This means that his parents have expected him to be the most responsible growing up and he tries to do his best for them because it is a matter of family pride the way he sees it. He wants to live up to the Morrow family name and make his entire family proud of him. Existing familial relationships to on board characters: None 100 words (minimum) on personality: Charlie is a hard working and responsible eleven year old because he has been brought up in a strict family home that expects a lot from him. He has never had freedom like at Hogwarts and this will be a new experience for him to navigate while he tries to keep these behaviours in a different context. He is friendly and likes meeting new people but he usually prefers to have a small group of close knit friends that he can really get to know well. He is loyal and personal connections like friendships mean a lot to him. Once a friend he is a friend for life.
  6. Lilith Dagger

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    It was summertime and an unusually hot day. A glory to her parents, Lilith noted, as they chattered eagerly over breakfast. In every corner of the home, little fluttery bird-shaped misters spit out water to the plants special enough to be deemed house plants. Lilith was expecting something today. Her eyes drifted toward the open window, dragging past the scene of the morning. Her parents had finally agreed to buy her a subscription to Witch Weekly. A hand waved in front of her face. It was her dad. “Lili, dear. You must get ready for grandad soon. He called across the garden today to let us know today is a lesson in Mundane Magic.” She cringed. Mundane Magic was codeword for chores. “But dad,” Lilith began in protest, “that’s worse than helping in the shop!” A poor choice of words, she realized, as her parents' faces fell. “In fact,” she rambled on, trying to pull together a convincing grin, “I’d much rather learn more about those fungi you were talking about last time!” Her parents exchanged a humourless expression. When her mum opened her mouth to speak, Lilith knew whatever she was about to say was final. That was always how it was with them. Her dad led but her mum called the shots. “We already told grandad you’d be ready.” The arrival of Dittany the owl cut the interaction short. That was that. Her mother stood to collect the post. “Letter for you, Lili.” She had nearly forgotten about the one thing she had left to look forward to. Witch Weekly. A grin bubbled through the stony expression that had cast itself over her face. Her excitement extinguished once she realized it was only a letter. Not what she was expecting. Then, the words on the envelope took form in her mind. It was something she had been waiting for much longer than Witch Weekly. It was from Hogwarts.
  7. Lunar Sergeant-Moose

    6 - The "I've Returned" Thread

    Lunar, Sol and Emmy are back! Guida is too (but dead)
  8. Izzy Lee

    6 - The "I've Returned" Thread

    Johnny, Solar and Izzy are back, thank you!!
  9. Leilani Atwood

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    "damn it, bug, you're always leaving a mess everywhere!" Lydia exclaimed with a frown on her face as she looked at the pile of papers on top of the tiny coffee table on what they liked to generously call their living room. "Are you kidding? Lydia, you're the one that's always leaving a mess everywhere!" Leilani cried out as she stepped into their tiny living room, tossing her brown hair into a top bun. "You're probably just jealous that I may have gotten lots of cash on these birthday cards, aren't you?" She nudged her sister as she picked at the pile of envelopes and magazines she saw on the coffee table. It was a little bit messy but it wasn't really Leilani's mess, the girl always made sure to keep everything as neat and tidy as possible -- Lydia on the other hand... Her sister picked one of the letters from her hand and scoffed, "Don't be stupid, bug, we've got to pay rent soon and I'm not getting paid yet so forget about that thing you wanted to buy," She opened the card and offered Leilani a wry smile. "You were right, Auntie Maureen never disappoints -- oh, and happy birthday bug, thank you for paying rent. I'll buy you something nice when I get paid, don't start pouting or something, it's not a good look on you." Her sister said, hurling the letter back to where the others were. Leilani just stood there. Everything happened too fast and she wasn't even able to tell Lydia to sod off or anything -- and she wouldn't have even cared that Lydia didn't let her use profanity, she didn't even do what Lydia told her in the first place. Her Auntie Maureen was probably the only one that sent her money anyway and now it was all gone. She knew Lydia would forget all about her birthday within a few days and never get her anything, it happened all the time. Leilani frownied, looking down at her other envelopes, her glassy gaze settling on a stamp she didn't recognize. Hogwarts. She picked it up and eyed the envelope carefully, the name sounded familiar but she didn't know why nor did she know that had gotten there. She pursed her lips, realizing it even had her name, without hesitation, she ripped it open and read it. "What on earth is Hogwarts?"
  10. Lilith Dagger

    1 - Character Roll Call

    Character Name: Lilith Dagger Have you read and understood the rules of this board?: Yes Will you wait for your Roll Call post to be approved BEFORE posting your letter? Yes Do you understand that, if you portray a character that has an identity which you yourself do not occupy, it is your job to educate yourself so as not to actively promote negative stereotypes? Yes Character Face: Nana Komatsu Character Masterlist Entry: Komatsu, Nana - Lilith Dagger ----------- 200 words (minimum) on family history: To Lilith, the Dagger family has always been like the house she grew up in—small and cozy. Her father, Levi Dagger, met her mother, Ren, while they were both studying abroad in a Herbology program doing something with some kind of magical jungle plant. Lilith was never quite sure what it was they were doing when they met for real. She was sure, however, that whatever it was had led them to try a short-lived long-distance relationship before their whirlwind romance led them to get married. Then, as a sort of wedding gift, Levi’s father gave them the Dagger family home. Shortly after, as one might assume, Lilith entered the world as the only Dagger child. Ren and Levi’s shared interest in magical plants led to a second product of their marriage. After a few failed jobs, the two decided to open their own plant shop. The business is small and provides a humble income for the family, which—as Lilith’s parents often chime, “is all one really needs.” Aside from her parents, the only other family member Lilith has is her dad’s father, Henry. Henry Dagger is the oldest wizard Lilith knows. While her parents tend to their plants and to their shop, Lilith spends much of her time with her grandfather. Existing familial relationships to on board characters: N/A 100 words (minimum) on personality: Perhaps it is symptom of spending most of her time with an old man, but Lilith Dagger has always said the first thing that pops into her mind (even if she shouldn’t). She likes to ask all kinds of questions. She likes to talk for the sake of saying things. Her curious nature extends outside of frivolous interrogation. When she’s not listening to her grandfather’s stories or lessons, Lilith likes to spend her time outside turning over rocks and collecting interesting pieces of nature. Ironically, she claims to find plants “boring” and will only collect twigs and shiny rocks. In a small way, claiming to not like plants is her form of mild eleven-year-old rebellion.
  11. Haziel Reyes

    4 - The Absence Thread

    Big work presentation, then dad comes this weekend to do housework. PW when I’m finally done!
  12. Wesley Campbell-van Dijk

    6 - The "I've Returned" Thread

    Wesley, Ward, Aeron and Bryn are back
  13. Governor Radish

    4 - The Absence Thread

    AFFILIATION MINISTRY MUNGO'S Character Name(s): Rhett O'Donnolly, Yves Saikaly, Ethan Zabinski Date you will leave: May 18th Date you will return: May 23rd If you are not on complete absence, which areas will you continue to post in?
  14. Governor Radish

    5 - Staff Absence Thread

    Staff Member: Governor Radish, Supreme Ruler of Life and Death (Mungo's & Death Eaters) Date you will leave: May 18th but today might be my last "proper" day (May 16) Date you will return: May 23rd Area(s) that may need covering, and who to contact in the meanwhile:
  15. Hazel Bentley

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    The letter arrived unceremoniously on the kitchen table, just about missing the eggs benedict Hazel was just about to tuck into, courtesy of their house elf, Dinky. Setting her cutlery down, she reached for the letter, ignoring the owl who was clearly lingering for a treat, of which it wasn't going to receive -- not from the young girl, anyway -- and she broke the seal, opening it delicately. She knew where it would be from, had known from the minute her mother had told her that instead of Beaubatons, her education was going to be at Hogwarts, breaking the tradition of former Bentley's of the past. It was information that had come to her around the same time that she was told that they were moving from France and and to Salazar Peak, in England. None of it had impressed Hazel but her mother didn't care. "Got my Hogwarts letter, if you're wondering." Hazel commented as her mother walked into the kitchen, dropping the letter to her left just in case Juliette might have wanted to glance at it. She didn't. "That's nice." Nothing else was said by the older woman, retreating from the room as quickly as she came, mug in her hand and acting as though her daughter was not there. Hazel was used to it. "That's wonderful dear, congratulations." Hazel said mockingly into her breakfast before she picked up her knife and fork again and dug into the food in front of her. Being Hogwarts bound really wasn't anything exciting and certainly not enough to miss breakfast over.
  16. Hazel Bentley

    1 - Character Roll Call

    Character Name: Hazel Bentley Have you read and understood the rules of this board?: Yes Will you wait for your Roll Call post to be approved BEFORE posting your letter? Yes Do you understand that, if you portray a character that has an identity which you yourself do not occupy, it is your job to educate yourself so as not to actively promote negative stereotypes? Yes Character Face: Sonia Ben Ammar Character Masterlist Entry: Ben Ammar, Sonia - Hazel Bentley ----------- 200 words (minimum) on family history: Juliette Bentley and Raphael Durand were the perfect couple to everyone who met them. From a reputable french-english pureblood family, Juliette was the belle of most balls, all eyes on her when it was realised she was looking for a marriage. Countless suitors were seen but she was swept off her feet by an unknown variable – Raphael, a mysterious man who came out of nowhere was the one who was chosen, love blossoming between the young adults and Juliette’s family accepted him as their son-in-law, after numerous checks, of course. Everything was a fairytale – a wedding, love and then a child followed – Hazel – making their little dream complete. However, it all came tumbling down when it was discovered that Raphael was not a pureblood, but in fact a muggleborn pretending to be something he wasn’t. Juliette, heartbroken, sent him away with signed divorce papers and a warning that he was never to see their child again. Raphael was devastated, hoping that love would be enough to make Juliette change her mind but her familial reputation was to be preserved, how society saw the Bentleys was to be protected and that meant he had to leave. The revelation was kept quiet, swept under the rug and those who knew were sworn to secrecy – to never mention it and to never tell Hazel the truth. Juliette was never the same after Raphael, the woman becoming cold and uninterested but she grew the Bentley’s reputation and their standing in society so that despite the hushed divorce, their character was not to be questioned. The Bentleys continue to be high-flyers in pureblood society, Hazel being fashioned to be just like her mother was – the belle of numerous balls in the future. Existing familial relationships to on board characters: n/a 100 words (minimum) on personality: Hazel is a lot like her mother, which probably isn’t a good thing. She is poised and elegant but has a tendency to be cold and aloof, just like Juliette. She is very much your typical pureblood child – entitled, uninterested and elitist. Being better than everyone else is a fact, not an opinion and most of the time, she isn’t afraid to let people know. She’s not rude unless she intends to be, and has a feigned politeness that has been perfected over the years. Intelligent in more ways than one, she knows how to play people and when to speak and remain quiet – she has many opinions but she knows when to keep them to herself in order to gain an advantage. Friends aren’t a necessity (though if she’s honest, she’s never really had many) and she’s never happier than when she’s verbally sparring with someone.
  17. Leonidas Thibeaux

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    For the last week and a half, Leonidas' gaze often drifted to the sky as he anticipated the arrival of his letter, as though he could manifest the post through sheer willpower and hope. He never paid much attention to the passage of time, but he was sure it was around this time the previous year that dear Theodosia had received her letter. Leo had no doubt he would receive one as well. Magic flowed through their veins and it was his right as a young wizard to finally be allowed to wield it. Attending Hogwarts wasn't his first choice (he would have preferred Beauxbatons), but at least he would be attending it with his sister. But the waiting was agony. It was as Leo bustled about in the kitchen making himself a snack that a flutter of movement across the kitchen window caught his eye. The post had arrived, and he knew one of the servants would be receiving it around the side door. "Anything for me?" Leo asked, trying his best to sound casual. He'd asked this question almost every day for the last week. The servant pretended not to hear him as she sorted through the envelopes and Leo could tell she was biting back a smile. No longer able to hold back his excitement, Leo asked, "There is, isn't there?" The servant smiled and help up an envelope with a red seal. "Oh, you mean this?" Leo snatched the letter from her hand and ripped it open, barely even pausing to admire the neatly written name and address on it. That part didn't matter. "Oi, Leo, what do you say?" the servant prompted with a tsk. Distractedly, Leo replied, "Merci beaucoup!" as he read the letter. It was official. He would be going to Hogwarts.
  18. Roseanne June

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    Rosie was sat, as usual, at the oversized oak table in the June dining room. Her nanny was trying in vain to convince her that the lesson she was attempting to teach was worthwhile but Rosie, with her pointed chin resting on her hand, just sighed and waved away any parchment the poor woman tried to hand her. "I hardly think," she sighed, rolling her green eyes in a practiced way, "that I shall need to know this at any time in my life. I shall have someone else to do it for me." The lesson was on the right way to store various potions ingredients in order to preserve their most vital properties for use. Rosie had assisted her mother in making potions, of course she had, but never in the clean up or preparation of ingredients. That was just beneath the girl. "You'll find you'll need to look after your own supplies at Hogwarts," Elspeth replied, her boundless patience beginning to wear a little thin. With no reply to that, as it was true she hadn't been so didn't have experience to speak from, Rosie just rolled her eyes again and turned her gaze to the double-height window and its view over London. Hogwarts was sounding worse with every bit of information she learned, the girl decided. For a castle with a huge team of house elves on hand to attend to the student body, there seemed to be an awful lot of work being spoken about. Rosie wasn't used to work. A speck appeared over the London rooftops and Rosie shifted her gaze, focussing on the dot which, slowly and steadily, was growing bigger. "An owl," she lifted her head, pointing out the approaching bird to her brothers. "It's coming!" All the negative thoughts of Hogwarts she had been repeating had flown from her mind - her letter was coming, it was time, it was here. "Look, it's there! Just for me!"
  19. Rowan McKenzie

    6 - The "I've Returned" Thread

    Ro is back, again.
  20. Roseanne June

    1 - Character Roll Call

    Character Name: Roseanne June Have you read and understood the rules of this board?: Yes Will you wait for your Roll Call post to be approved BEFORE posting your letter? Yes Do you understand that, if you portray a character that has an identity which you yourself do not occupy, it is your job to educate yourself so as not to actively promote negative stereotypes? Yes Character Face: Olivia Vinten Character Masterlist Entry: Vinten, Olivia - Roseanne June ----------- 200 words (minimum) on family history: The June family are a well-off, pureblood family who aren't over involved in the traditional pureblood society. They are relatively "new money" and so don't have the benefit of generations of family connections and name recognition that a lot of others do however they use what they have and who they know to their advantage when they can. Thee fact they have not always had money means their children are spoilt and often they have very little appreciation for hard work and what they have - Roseanne especially. Carlos and Marta June both work for the ministry and hold moderately purist views which they are conservative about sharing outside of their immediate family. All their children seem to have picked up on this attitude and share it, though they have never really had the space to explore their own thoughts and opinions on the matter. Their own parents are also magical and, as far as they know, they have no muggle or squib family members for generations. Their pure blood is a point of pride for the family and they consider it an increasingly rare, but very valuable, quality. This has been drummed into their children as well, almost to the extent that non-magical people (including muggleborn witches and wizards) are something to be feared. Existing familial relationships to on board characters: None 100 words (minimum) on personality: Roseanne June is usually known as Rosie and is a spoilt, quite unpleasant child. She does what she wants and cares little for the feelings of anyone around her unless she considers them a friend. Those are few and far between, not least because of her selfish, unkind manner. Punishment for her behaviour has been rarely attempted and successful even less - Rosie doesn't let the wants or feelings of other bother her, including when they are telling her off or trying to confiscate her items. Hogwarts will certainly be a shock to the system for Rosie, and it will be interesting to see how she copes outside the protective atmosphere of home.
  21. Ingrid Salam

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    She'd barely stepped over the threshold of 24 Eton College Road when an owl came flying through the open window opposite her. It wasn't an entirely surprising occurrence seeing as Ms. Matthews liked to keep up correspondence with her nieces and nephews. Ingrid had actually grown quite ignorant of the comings and goings of the owls, as infrequent as they were. It wasn't any of her business what an older woman was writing about and tying to their little legs. So she busied herself with slipping off her shoes and setting her bag down. It was terribly hot outside, and her school uniform was sticking to her like a second skin. Thankfully, she had some extra clothes tucked away in Ms. Matthew's spare room. "Ingrid. It's for you." Ingrid looked up, halting in surprise. She silently pointed a finger back at her own chest, definitely perplexed by why a letter addressed to her would be arriving by owl to Ms. Matthews' flat. "For me?" she finally managed to ask as they stared at one another. Ms. Matthews nodded again, though she did hesitate as she flipped over the letter and noted the seal, a smile curling at the corners of her lips. "Indeed, it is." Now she wanted to know what had Ms. Matthews smiling, so she crossed the flat in several bounding steps before holding her hands out expectantly. Ms. Matthews handed it to her, smile stretching wider. "I always dreamed of receiving my own letter." Ingrid flipped it over and stared at the seal a moment, wondering if it was some sort of clue she was supposed to know the answer to. It was a pretty seal, at least. "Well, are you going to open it?" Ms. Matthews prompted. Slipping her finger under the lip of the envelope, she tore it open and pulled the letter from inside. "Dear Ms. Salam..."
  22. Jameson Sinclair

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    Jameson pulled the light black hoody over his head with the hood pulled up to obscure his face before grabbing his wallet and walking to the front door. He paused with his hand on the handle and looked into the living room where his pot bellied foster father sat watching a football match. “I'm going out to the store!” Albert simply shifted his eyes over to look at the young boy for a split second before he once again lost interest and went back to watching the game. Jameson sighed as he pulled open the heavy door and stepped through quickly before it close on him. By now he was used to being ignored by his foster parents so it didn't bother the 11 year old that much, he was used to doing his own thing. The young man walked quickly down the half open hallway as the first hints of evening began to darken the alley between the Towers and stopped long enough to call the rickety lift that would carry him down to ground level. He was past used to ignoring the stench of piss and stale beer that seemed standard for the Towers, as the locals called them, but tonight in the muggy air of July it seemed especially offensive and Jameson was forced to snort out through his nose several times to clear them out. Down on the street he walked past some local revelers who were used to the small boy with a black hoody traveling on his own. A few called out greetings to him and he waved back with a small smile, not stopping in his mission to get to the store as quickly as possible. Night wasn't the safest time on the streets in Tower Hamlets and Jameson wanted to get back to his Tower as soon as possible to enjoy the cleaner air that could be found on the roof. All too soon the pale lights of the local grocery store came into view and he stepped over a pile of filth before stepping through the lit doorway way into the stale air of cheap AC. A few minutes later found Jameson quietly walking his way back to his home with a plastic bag as he passed between the pools of light that hang underneath every street light. He was only a block away from his tower when strange sound came slithering out of the nearby alley. He slowed as the sound became more distinct as he recognized it as the sound of animals fighting, dogs by the sound of it. As he crept closer he recognized the furious caterwauling of an angry cat and soon saw three stray dogs attacking a feral cat that fought back with berserk aggression against overwhelming force. The young boy's sudden appearance distracted the dogs long enough for the cat to escape up a fire escape and out of the dogs reach where it stopped to lick it's wounds. The dogs barked for a minute before turning their attention back to the unaccompanied boy and taking a menacing step towards him. Their growls grew louder as they looked from side to side and saw no one of significant size to stop them from glomping down on the tasty human. Jameson began to back away from the hungry animals, his fear ratcheting up as the logical part of his brain happily supplied the information that at least two of the dogs were heavier then him. All of a sudden there was an explosion of sound as a flock of ravens came from their roosts on the roofs nearby and swarmed around the dogs, picking and slashing with their beaks and claws. Their raucous cries were so loud that Jameson covered his ears as the dogs yelped in confusion and retreated down the alley, harried the entire time by the murder of ravens until they vanished around the corner. The birds flew back into the sky and vanished over the edges of rooftops and into the tops of trees that lined the street. Jameson lowered his trembling hands and looked around at the now empty street. Nothing revealed the evidence of what had just happened except for a single shimmering black feather that drifted from the darkness overhead and landed on on the ground in front of him. "Remarkable." The young boy snapped his head to look across the street where a middle-aged woman dressed in a simple business outfit of blue stepped off the sidewalk and made her towards him. She beamed a bright smile at the young boy as her bright golden hair bounced with every step. "Uh..." "Hello young Jameson, I am Penelope Augustus from the Ministry of Magic. Perhaps we should return home and have a conversation with your foster Father?"
  23. Callahan O'Cleary

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    She had never necessarily expected a letter to come for her. Sure, her parents had both gone to Hogwarts and were magical, but it was never this big deal in Callahan’s mind. Instead, it was more a sentiment that if she were to get a letter, it would be the coolest thing that could ever possibly happen to her, but if she didn’t get a letter, while she would just keep on being the same version of herself that she was: adventurous, free-spirited, and care-free. But it did come on one sunny afternoon. The owl was perched on the flowerbox of the open window, cooing with the letter attached to its ankle until someone paid it attention. Teagan O’Cleary moved over to the owl swiftly, relieving it of its delivery while pestering her daughter to fetch the poor thing a bowl of treats and water. Callahan did as was told, pestering her mother about what the owl had brought. Owl mail was not weird to the eleven-year-old, but it also wasn’t the most common thing as her parents didn’t keep much in touch with the wizarding world since moving to the seaside town. Still, Callahan moved next to her mom, standing on her toes to try and see the letter. However, rather than keeping it from her daughter, Callahan was surprised as the letter was handed to her, a knowing smirk plastered on her mother’s expression. ”For you, I believe. She took the letter from her mother, ripping it open as fast as she could as her eyes darted across the parchment. And as she finished reading the letter for the third time, she felt a release of something that she didn’t even know she was carrying. She was a witch– just like her mum and dad, and she would be going to the same school they went to. Now this would surely be an adventure like no other.
  24. Ingrid Salam

    1 - Character Roll Call

    Character Name: Ingrid Salam Have you read and understood the rules of this board?: Yes and Yes Will you wait for your Roll Call post to be approved BEFORE posting your letter? Yes Do you understand that, if you portray a character that has an identity which you yourself do not occupy, it is your job to educate yourself so as not to actively promote negative stereotypes? Absolutely Character Face: Mishti Rahman Character Masterlist Entry: Rahman, Mishti - Ingrid Salam ----------- 200 words (minimum) on family history: Ingrid was born on the other side of the world, in a different hemisphere and time zone and everything. Granted, she doesn't remember a whole lot of that time of her life, but it did happen. Sometimes she'll even pull an Australian accent out of her back pocket just to confuse you. In reality, though, her parents moved to London when she was a wee little thing, hardly old enough to have any memories of her own about it except through photographic evidence. Her father is of Bengali descent, and her mother is Australian. Neither comes from magic, though, and Ingrid's initial expression of it in childhood was certainly frightening for them. They had no idea that such a thing was even possible until a Ministry worker had to come explain what was happening to them. They've since befriended a local squib who has helped them countless times over. Honestly, Ingrid considers Ms. Matthews as much of her family as her parents. Not that they do anything particularly magic-fueled together, but she has often been the home that Ingrid frequents when school is over and her parents are working late. It helps that she's had someone to keep her company, because otherwise, it can be somewhat lonesome as an only child. Existing familial relationships to on board characters: None 100 words (minimum) on personality: Ingrid, while often perceived by the adults in her life as a happy-go-lucky child, has been known more often as a nuisance to her peers. Her chosen avenue of socialization is that of proving that she knows just as much, if not more, than everyone else. Does it always work well? No, not really, but she hasn't really figured out how else to engage with her peers. Who is she if not an annoying encyclopedia of unimportant facts buzzing around in your peripherals? A lot of Ingrid's self-worth hinges on how well she gets on with her peers, too. So hopefully she can find the right crowd to fall in sync with.
  25. Bryce Laughlin

    2 - Your Hogwarts Letter (and how you got it)

    “Let’s do this, buddy,” she whispered. Hamilton’s left ear flicked back toward her. The other was still pricked toward the ring in front of them. The Friesian had been to shows with her before, but he still felt tense under her as he took in the outdoor arena her parents had set up for her to practice in. She lifted her hand to give him a gentle pat, then clucked and sent him into the ring at a trot, then picked up a canter. As soon as he was moving, the horse relaxed, as Bryce had known he would. She glanced toward the first jump on the course, a substantial but inviting brick wall with white rails. Hamilton sailed over it easily, pricking his ears in search of the next. His canter felt a bit sluggish, so Bryce gave him a gentle nudge with her calves and then steered around the turn. Once again, the horse cleared the jump out of stride. The next two jumps went just as well, though Bryce still found herself having to use more leg than usual. She wasn’t too worried about it, though. Horses reacted in different ways to working in new spaces, and she trusted Hamilton more than she trusted most people. As long as he responded promptly to her leg, it was fine if he wanted to take things a bit slower. Today was just about having fun. They landed smoothly out of a tricky combination and headed for the fifth fence. It came off a rather tight turn, though, and this time Hamilton stumbled as they rounded it, flinging her forward in the saddle. Bryce recovered quickly, sitting up and back, pushing him forward. But his gait faltered for several strides and, despite her best attempts to adjust, his hind legs still clanked against the back rail hard when they tried to clear the oxer. It wasn’t a pretty jump. “It’s okay, boy,” she said anyway, because it was. Bryce nudged the horse forward, attempting to urge him back into a steady canter. He refused, steps coming to a stubborn stop that she didn’t quite understand until, following his gaze, she spotted an owl sitting on a nearby post. It seemed to spot her at the exact same time and let out a piercing hoot as it flew overhead. From its talons fell a heavy letter, which thwacked into the dirt in front of her. Brow furrowed, Bryce slid down to the ground and picked it up, one hand still holding tightly to Hamilton’s reins. On its front was her name, scrawled elegantly in emerald ink, and on the back was a crest emblazoned with a name she found as odd as the appearance of the owl itself. “Hogwarts?”
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