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The Open-Ended Questions

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.

Strengths: well-mannered. curious. determined.
Weaknesses: insensitive. self-centred. prejudiced.

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?

Find Atlantis. Other than that he's good.

3) What's their ideal way of spending a free day? Why so?

loOKING FOR ATLANTIS. Preferably with a group of friends who he loves and who appreciate him.

4) If your character could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be? Why?

His wand: magic is a fundamental part of who he is.
His broom: Quidditch is love, Quidditch is life.
His notebooks: these are full of all his research and theories on Atlantis, his one true love. There are four in total but they count as only one possession, okay?
His phone and earbuds: yes, these are originally a muggle invention, but they're also the best thing in his life so sue him.
Small origami crane: his first ever crush way back in first year gave him this and he's nothing if not sentimental.

5) What one thing would your character change about the wizarding society? Why?

He's doing pretty well with how it's running now, to be honest.

6) What house does your character want to be in? What house does your character not want to be in? Why?


The Sorting Quiz

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.

The Character's Background

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!)

Picture the stereotypical rich pureblood. Perfect clothes, perfect manners, slightly arrogant. Cultured. That's Cassius Selwyn for you. With a mother like his, it really shouldn't come as a surprise that he's more than a little bit self-centred - she's known for her beauty, and with beauty comes vanity. Don't get me wrong, Cassius does care about others, it's just that he's been raised to protect himself first. If you're a liability, he'll probably throw you under the bus, but at least he'll feel bad about it later?

One thing Cassius is not is dumb: he's very difficult to bullshit. Whether that comes from his mother or just pureblood society, Cassius is always looking for possible loopholes and pitfalls in everything he does. This isn't even something subconscious. He reasons that it'll help him if he ever needs to strike a bargain with a fairy. Academically he does well, too - you kind of have to do well at school, in his family. His cousin is headmistress, after all, and every single one of his siblings (save Aline) has been a veritable genius.

Cassius is obsessed with muggle myths and legends, because he's discovered that they have myths about wizards so the others could be true too. Take Atlantis: who are we to say it doesn't exist? Isn't that what the muggles say about the Wizarding world? What if it is there but it's just hidden by one giant Fidelius? Honestly, he's a bit of a nerd. Sue him.

Fundamentally, Cassius is lonely. He has a hard time making real friends who he trusts, and also a hard time talking to people his own age. He's charming, sure, but he's also very prone to doubting himself in the middle of conversations, so he ends up messing up (in his view, anyway). It doesn't help that he's a little bit prejudiced, not quite realising when he says something that's less than socially acceptable outside of pureblood circles. Mudblood, for example, is just part of his vocabulary. It's something he's aware of and is trying to change, but he'll often slip and lose friends because of it.

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!)

From a family whose blood was so pure they'd been included in the Sacred 28, Julius Selwyn had no reason or intention to sink to even looking at a muggleborn witch, and for 25 years of his life he didn't. Until, that was, he met the Japanese witch Kagome Hakumo.

Their relationship was unexpected, to say the least, but with Julius capable of causing serious damage to the family name his parents made the decision to refrain from disinheriting him with two conditions: Hakumo had to pretend to be pure-blooded, and she had to sign a prenuptial agreement. Both agreed to this, though Hakumo was a little concerned in regards to the prenup, and they were married a few months later, when she became pregnant.

11 years and five children later, Julius got home early from his high-up ministry job to find his wife in bed with a man he'd never even met. The divorce was filed as soon as he could get it, citing his wife's adultery as the public reason for the divorce. Privately, he couldn't really care less - he'd fallen out of love with Hakumo years before and had been waiting for a good reason to divorce so he could marry his mistress, Kim Hae-Soo.

The prenuptial agreement saved the Selwyns' family fortune, but there was no such barrier to save Hakumo's reputation. The only thing that stopped her ex-husband from declaring her real blood status was his love of their children. Oh, and his regard for his family reputation.

It caused a stir in pureblood society when, only six months after divorcing his first wife, Julius Selwyn remarried, this time to a pureblood from South Korea, Kim Hae-Soo, who the general public believes he met a week after his divorce. That's not true - he had, in fact, been seeing her for years after meeting her at her fourth husband's funeral.

This wedding was remarkable not only because of its proximity to his divorce but also because of Hae-Soo's reputation in wizarding England: she'd had six husbands before marrying Julius (aged only 28), each richer than the last, and each had died in mysterious circumstances, leaving all their money to her. It helps that Hae-Soo is gorgeous - it's been speculated that there was a veela somewhere in her ancestry, but both she and her family deny this and there's no record of it, so we must conclude that she just got really lucky with her genes.

Cassius Lucien Selwyn was born a little more than a year after his parents' marriage, the youngest of his father's children and eldest of his mother's. His whole childhood he's suspected he was accidental on his mother's part, because in her six earlier marriages she'd never once gotten pregnant and she once told him, aged five, that children were a liability. It's not that he doubts his mother's love for him - in fact, he's fairly certain he's the only person she loves - it's just a fact. Cassius Selwyn was a happy accident.

Surprisingly, Julius Selwyn survived all the way through Cassius' childhood. He was there when his youngest had his first sign of magic (aged seven, a flying book attacked his older half-sister because she stole his toy broomstick), but was otherwise just as uninterested in his youngest son as he was in the rest of his children. Cassius' half-siblings tried to treat him as their full brother, but often he would be left out, either because of his being the youngest or his mother being different. Regardless, he idolised (and continues to emulate) his elder siblings, becoming easily as precocious as they were and picking up more than a few of their prejudices (what do you mean mudblood isn't the correct term????).

Hae-Soo Selwyn was the opposite of her husband: ever-present and overprotective. Cassius had few friends growing up other than his sister Aline, and those he did have were always of the purest blood and highest social standing. Everyone else was, in his mother's eyes, not good enough. Instead of with friends, Cassius spent his time studying (any son of a pure-blood family should attend Hogwarts with theoretical knowledge of everything on the first and second year core curriculums), as a decoration at his mother's parties and refining his skills in his many suitable hobbies: piano, violin, drawing, Quidditch, and the art of conversation.

Not knowing anything else and with at least one sibling at home throughout his childhood, Cassius didn't realise how lonely he was until his sister Aline went off to Hogwarts. This was when his rebellion (which is way too dramatic a term but he doesn't care) began: he developed a keen interest in muggle myths, legends and fairytales. Not just the ones including real creatures and people, but also the ones that are just plain improbable.

Anyway, aged 11 Cassius Selwyn received his Hogwarts letter just like every other Wizarding child in Britain, and was packed off to school that September. Sorted into ____, his school life was pretty uneventful. He was a teacher's pet with no real friends - the people he associated with would be better classed as 'minions' - and most of his alone time was spent researching his myths.

First year ended with a tragedy: Julius Selwyn died in his bed, in mysterious circumstances. His copious wealth went mostly to the eldest son, but large portions were given to each of his younger children and to his wife, the notorious Hae-Soo. His elder sister Aline moved schools at the start of the next year in order to be closer to her mother, and Cassius followed only a month into second year. People at school had heard the rumours, you see, that his mother had something to do with his father's death, and he'd had enough. So he followed Aline to Mahoutokoro.

Mahoutokoro was much better than Hogwarts, in Cassius' opinion. He made actual, real friends, and the academic environment helped to increase his grades even further. He joined the Quidditch team, too, and improved fast - nothing like practicing over a turbulent sea in a storm, looking out for bludgers and muggle aeroplanes both, to teach you how to fly. Cassius enjoyed Mahoutokoro so much, in fact, that even when his sister returned to Hogwarts he stayed on for an extra year. That was until his mother, having already gone through her eighth husband, decided to pull him back to Britain for his fourth year. He's now waiting for school to begin, and he's not happy about it.

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!

Kim Tae-Hyung

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!)


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!)


6) What year is your character in?

Fourth as of next IC year.

OOC Questions

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)?

Nine, three exotic.

Slytherin's Crest The Sorting Hat has placed Cassius Selwyn into Slytherin!

"Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends."

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