A. Please answer the following questions as elaborately as possible. (Remember, this part is only a requirement for your third to fifteenth character! However, if you want to have more input on where you character is sorted, then please answer #6!)
1) What would you consider to be your character's strengths, and your character's weaknesses? Elaborate on your answer.
- + strong, independent, adaptable
- untrusting, frigid, has commitment issues
2) What goals and objectives has your character set out in their life? Is it to be successful and rich? Is it to find happiness? Why?
- Becoming a professional quidditch commentator would be pretty interesting, in her opinion. But she's just twelve. It's all just... shifting about, leaving her uncertain about what she'll do professionally. She isn't too concerned: she has time.
3) What's their ideal way of spending a free day? Why so?
- Her ideal way of spending a free day would be, without a doubt, spent with her family. Mothers, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles. The whole thing. She's learnt to appreciate the little things from the bottom of her heart, so honestly, she just doesn't mind how they spend the day. Being with them is enough, as far as Astrid is concerned.
4) If your character could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Why?
- Her biological father's Chicago Cubs jersey. Since she didn't have the chance to be raised by him and her mother, she doesnmt have many of his belongings - just enough to prove he did, indeed, exist, and this is just one of them.
- Her trans-continental portkey: a baseball bat. It reminds her of how fortunate she was to receive a second chance, not to mention it took her thousands of miles closer to her moms.
- The microphone she used the first time she acted as quidditch commentator. It was a good night, that one - she co-commentated with one of the legends, a Harpies vs. Tornadoes game.
- Her wand, and it's not because of sentimental value. Or, well, in part it is, but it's mostly just out of self-defense. It's her go-to to defend herself, you know?
- A bomber jacket she got from Lena & Cerys. It's the first Yuletide gift she ever got from someone who genuinely cared about her, that she could remember. It has Glyndwr-Schmidt engraved over her left breast.
5) What one thing would your character change about the wizarding society? Why?
- If Astrid could change just one thing in this very, very fucked up society, without a doubt it would be improving the foster system at a global level. Better screenings, better interviews, better everything. The world isn't a safe place anymore, and the least adults could do is make it a little more tolerable for the children they were so intent on keeping alive long enough to force women to carry to term.
6) What house does your character want to be in? What house does your character not want to be in? Why?
- Truth is, Astrid couldn't care less which house she was sorted into.
B. Select the option that best fits your character. (Remember, this part is a requirement for every character you make! Please bold the answers from an IC Point of View, and mark in italics the answers from the OOC Point of View.)
1) Which type of spell is most useful?
- A. A Complex Spell
- B. A Spell Of Control
- C. A Combat Spell
- D. A Healing Spell
2) What is most important to you?
- A. Grades.
- B. Getting your way.
- C. Life.
- D. Friends and family.
3) What would you do if a teacher caught you cheating?
- A. I'm the person people cheat off of.
- B. I wouldn't get caught; I'm too slick.
- C. I would deny the accusation until the teacher gives up.
- D. I would 'fess up, apologize, and accept the consequences.
4) What matters most to your character?
- A. Wisdom
- B. Reputation
- C. Success
- D. Friendship
5) What's the best way to get things done?
- A. Putting together a qualified team and completing the task efficiently.
- B. Trick someone else into doing the work for you.
- C. Get some friends together and lead them in the task.
- D. The right way, no matter how long it takes.
1) Give a description of your character's personality. Are you noble or sneaky? Arrogant or Humble? Anything about your character that might help the Sorting Hat decide. (Don't worry, you can copy this onto your character page later!) (Remember, personality must be at least one paragraph long for the first two characters, two paragraphs long for the third to eighth characters, and three paragraphs long for the ninth to fifteenth!)
Astrid is the definition of resilience. Having dealt with a magnitude of abusive foster parents, one of whom left circle shaped burns on the insides of both her arms, she isn’t blind to how low people can stoop . Due to this, she tends to rely only on herself and finds it difficult to trust and depend on the people around her, which made her initially wary of being adopted. However, she’s strong and has developed a thick skin to the world around her. However, Astrid is the type of person to be completely loyal to people once they have gained her trust and would, as cliche as it sounds, do anything to protect them.
Initially, however, to most people she can come off as quite cold and distant, especially to authority figures. Having had little to no stability in her life, Astrid’s got little respect for the people who holds any command in the belief that they would usually end up abusing it or something similar. Like most people, she can usually reach a point where she can trust someone in command, it just takes a little while until she reaches that position. Until then? She’s closed off and distrustful towards any of them. However, Astrid has a knack for reading people, able to see the best of them, even when they don’t. She’s quite compassionate, though, and willing to go out of her way to help people, even strangers, and finds it easy to empathise with people. Noticing patterns with people, however, can be transferred onto other situations as well.
There’s another side of Astrid, though. She can be a bit of a goofball and quite bubbly when she wants to be or is around people she cares for. Other times, however, she relies on dry humour and sarcasm, especially to distract herself from uncomfortable situations or to lighten the mood. Despite this, whenever something becomes complicated, she tends to shut people out, falling back onto herself. Furthermore, her trust and belief in people has limits and struggles to regain that trust, in fact it’s almost impossible. She’s stubborn like that.
2) Write about the history of your character. How did they grow up? Is there an incident that made them the way they are? etc. (Again, you can copy this onto your character page later!) (Remember, history must at least be two paragraphs long for the first two characters, three paragraphs long for the third to eighth character, and four paragraphs long for the ninth to fifteenth character!)
- Originally named Lian Samantha Russell, Astrid Glyndwr-Schmidt was brought to into the world by Lixue and Howard Russell in Shanghai, China, where she'd be living for the following four years. To say those four years were long, tough and draining in every aspect for the small family of three would be a severe understatement; there was simply no way they'd survive if they lingered in what Lian had come to know as her home. Thus, they decided it was in their best interest to save enough money to move to the States. Or, more specifically, the state of California. They pulled it off, and for a few months lived in a one-room apartment in Anaheim, but it wasn't long before tragedy struck. They had a small car, barely functional but enough to get them where it had to, and were headed to drop Howard off at the factory where he was employed when a semi ran into them. Lixue was pronounced dead in the scene, Howard passed in the ambulance, and Lian was found a few good feet away from the scene, with a faint pulse. Expectations were running low for her, but she miraculously pulled through.
- Lian was delivered at an orphanage a few good miles away from the hospital, unnamed and unable to communicate with anyone due to only knowing how to speak in Mandarin. Since she didn't have any pictures of her family, and she was found at a considerable distance from the crash site several hours later, nobody managed to connect the dots, forcing her to start from zero: no name, no records, no nothing. So the orphanage took it upon themselves to give her a new name: Abigail, or Abby, for short. Because there wasn't any way to communicate with her, she never really had any attention on her, giving her enough leeway to get away with different little things, like hiding away extra servings of food and stealing blankets for herself. She never really did anything over the top, mostly focusing on teaching herself how to talk English. She strived to learn more, to become better, to actually be adopted. Unfortunately, as the months dragged on, the blue-eyed, blonde-haired kids began to disappear, leaving Abby in the dust.
- When Astrid - then identifying as Abby despite her best efforts to preserve the last thing that remained from her previous life - entered the foster system, she didn't expect there to be so many nasty families. She supposes, looking back, she should've anticipated it. She was an Asian-American kid who hardly spoke English and had a knack for thievery. Do you really think she'd have the luck of a decent foster family? Thus, little by little, Abby began to close herself off. Why should she even bother anymore? She was clearly not going to succeed with any of these families. And so she stopped caring, simple as that. With that lack of care came an abrasiveness you wouldn't have expected previously, creating walls that hadn't existed before the crash, and carefully constructing a nice façade to protect herself from what she knew would become constant inevitable rejections. She was, at any rate, a street rat, so she learned how to act like one. Pickpocketing for money, learning how to pick locks for when she snuck out or got in trouble. Whatever the situation, Abigail wanted to be ready; she refused to let herself be caught by surprise like with the car crash. By the meek age of seven, she could already talk fluent English, or at least at the same level as children her age.
- Abby was eight when all the freaky stuff began to happen. She soon realized it all happened according to her moods. If she was overjoyed, light sources would become painfully bright. (Though few and far in between, it still happened.) If she was angry, the actual plugs would become so overheated they'd start smoking. If she was sad, the powers would flicker. No matter how she felt, her surroundings reacted, as if understanding her emotions and attempting to reflect them somehow. Although it was often overlooked at the start, little by little people began to notice. Foster siblings would whisper to her back, parents would separate her from their own kin, and she'd end up isolated without any way of properly venting without giving everyone a reason to send her to an asylum. Having caught on to this freakiness of hers wuite early on, she was able to experiment and determine how she could control it. It was perfect; she could just use this as another way to protect herself from overly eager foster brothers and angry foster dads who somehow - for some reason - passed their screenings. Abby was always looking for new ways to protect herself, and this - this was just wonderful for her. Even when MACUSA caught wind and whisked her off to what they hoped would be a more permanent solution, she didn't cease protecting herself, using her gifts as a means to defend herself. Unfortunately, as it was a recurring theme in her life, it all went to shit.
- She didn't mean to burn down the orphanage. She really didn't. But the guys were trying to touch her in places they shouldn't, and honestly, she was beyond scared. Every light in the orphanage brightened until there was just one massive, blinding white light followed by an explosion. Every plug-in had overheated to the point that it had begun smoking until catching fire. The orphanage burned down, and while everyone inside it survived, not one person got through unscathed: everyone had massive burns. Except Abigail. This event essentially blackballed her, leaving her undesired by many. She was seen as a threat, and many people were quick to claim she, like any other threat, must be neutralized. For her own safety, Abigail was sent to the UK, or more specifically: Lil Bundles. She was there for a grand total of three days before a pair of prospective parents approached her, interested in expanding the family by one more, with the then nine year old orphaned girl. Lena and Cerys, their names had been. Truth is, Abby doubted she'd ever find a home as good as the one she lived in with them. The dynamic between the couple and their relatives was wonderful, and Abby was treated with nothing short of respect. For someone so deprived of love, this came as a pleasant turn of events. Until the media connected the dots and realized she was the freak show that nearly killed over a dozen people in the small town near Ilvermorny. The Schmidt family faced an onslaught of attacks, ranging from pitiful to disgusting in the scale of intrusive and abusive.
- Because it all became so overwhelming for Abby, she was gone after three months; she just couldn't deal with the pressure of the media. From September to the end of November, Abby had felt a sense of belonging, but her insecurities, anxiety and inability to deal with the situation without accidentally blowing a fuse made the situation much tougher for Lena and Cerys. They did their best where they could, assessing all viable options and trying to do damage control without directly affecting Abby, but it was no use. Her walls had come back up as fast as they'd fallen, and there was no telling whether or not she'd be able to open them again. This continued for two more times, though it seemed the third time really was a charm, seeing as Lena and Cerys were able to corner ten year old Abigail and offer her a permanent place in their admittedly very chaotic family. Abby, on the other hand, just genuinely wasn't sure whether or not they were a good fit for her. Sure, they gave her everything she needed, and yeah, they were amazing, like Bruno and Isolde, but was she ready for this kind of life? Because she felt like she wasn't. And could she really leave behind this life she'd so carefully put together for herself? Abandon all hole for her birth family? She hardly remembered them, and she just didn't think she could find the closure she needed if she acceped becoming a Glyndwr-Schmidt. So her aspiring mothers gave her what she needed: closure. They were able to retrace Abby's steps and found the records of her visit to the hospital as a four year old. They discovered who she was, what happened, and how. Her parents - the people she could barely remember - hadn't abandoned her willingly. They'd died. And honestly, it meant to her so much more that they did. At least it wasn't like she was giving them up, you know? More at ease, Abby reluctantly accepted the offer; it was time she abandoned the streets. She was a Glyndwr-Schmidt now, and it was time she embraced it.
- Her life with Lena and Cerys hasn't been easy, if you ask her. She might've found a new name for herself - Astrid - and she may have sculptured a new identity for herself, but dealing with the public was hard for her for a long time. But she had the support system she needed, and it was more than enough. At age eleven, Astrid faced a question impossible to answer: where would she be attending school? Biologically, she had rights to Mahoutokoro. Legally, she would be cordially invited to Hogwarts and Ilvermorny. But the decision, for all intents and matters, was in her hands. It was arduous to make, and she really didn't have any idea what to do, but in the end decided to embrace her roots and accept her invitation to Mahoutokoro. It was a beautiful school and Astrid loved it while she was there, but... it wasn't really the right fit. She felt at peace in school, but homesick, hence why her mothers were more than happy to transfer her to Hogwarts for her second year. It meant she would be closer to them, after all, just like they had wanted.
3) Write about your character's appearance. What do they look like? Are you planning on using a certain model for your character? If you already have a picture in mind, you can put it here!
- Her faceclaim is Haley Pham.
4) Is your character a Pure-Blood, Half-Blood or Muggle-Born? Do you have any notable magical relations? (Remember, you cannot be related to important Harry Potter characters!)
- Astrid is a half-blooded witch, later adopted by the famous Schmidt family.
5) Does your character have any special magical abilities? Or special abilities in general (photographic memory, etc.)? Is he or she of a different magical race, such as Veela, Vampire, Werewolf or the like? Part or half of that magical race counts! (Remember, you cannot have a character with special abilities/of a different magical race as one of your first two characters!)
- She doesn't have special abilities, no.
6) What year is your character in?
- Astrid is transferring in as a second year student.
C. These do not affect what house you're sorted to, but everybody must answer them!
1) Is this your first character?
- A. This is my first character.
- B. No, this is not my first character.
2) If your answer to the previous question is B, how many characters do you have? How many of them are "exotic" (of a different magical race/have a special ability)?