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Please Bold Your Choices
1) There are three paths. One leads to a wandering road, another to a lake, and one over a mountain. Which one?
A) None of them, I'm at home reading.
2) Which type of spell is most useful?
A) A Complex Spell
B) A Spell Of Control
C) A Combat Spell
D) A Healing Spell
3) How would you describe yourself?
4) Someone infuriates you in public. How do you react?
A) Shrug it off.
B) Tell them that they are worthless and to get a life, infuriate them, push them, and storm off.
C) Get up, look at them right in the eye, and walk away like it never happened.
D) They are just joking around.
5) What is most important to you?
B) Getting your way.
D) Friends and family.
(Just as a general note, her full name is Eloise Talabar Torskaal Schonewise, but she goes by Elodie these days. In this, I call her Eloise for the sake of whatever remains of my sanity.)
6) Give a description of your character's personality. Personality must be at least one paragraph long. 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!)
Eloise doesn't trust people anymore.
It's not that she doesn't want to, it just comes with her background. The last time she opened up to someone, her life was torn apart and crumbled into ashes quite literally. Every waking moment she is accustomed to looking over her shoulder warily. Safety is something totally alien to her.
Breaking through those walls could take a lifetime. She makes completely sure that her vulnerable side is never seen by strangers again, and keeps track of where to hit and where it hurts the most if such a problem arises.
To see Eloise smile or hear her laugh is and always will be incredibly rare. A frown or a scowl is a fair warning to run, and it's definitely a sign to prepare for the sting of revenge when her eyes start shifting colors. She bottles up all her rage until she has to either explode or implode. It is never a good idea to be around when that happens.
She doesn't remember how it is to actually have someone, but never allows herself to dwell long on the thought. Better to have no hopes than have them utterly destroyed. This gives her the freedom of being absolutely independent, never expecting and rarely accepting help from others. Perhaps she doesn't show it, but if you knew her well enough, you would. With a certain tilt of a head, the smallest twitch of the corner of her mouth, or that annoyingly brief glint in her eye, you'll know that she does know how to like people. She simply hides it really well now.
Words are a tool she prefers not to wield unless deemed necessary. Striking up conversations aren't her thing, and she's mastered the art of being completely nonplussed at even the most awkward situations. When she is forced to communicate, she speaks, very, very, very little. She'll go as far as reducing sentences into single words, something that usually makes people assume that she has a speech impediment.
Walking away and never running is one of her specialties. She is indefinitely stubborn when she wants to be, and has mostly displaced her sense of humor. But behind that expressionless mask of indifference, a spark of loyalty dwells, unbeknownst even to her.
7) Write about the history of your character. History must be at least two paragraphs long. 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!)
Vague explanation on why
The Fawleys were pureblood supremacists through and through back in the day. Then again, few wizarding families weren't during the olden days. Of course, there would always be rebels and in turn, burn marks on the family line.
Eloise's story traces back to a certain burn mark all the way back to those same times. It's been passed on over and over again throughout the centuries. Having been retold so many times, gaps of the story is easily perceived, but there's still enough of the truth remaining to get the general idea.
One of Eloise's ancestors got mixed up with the company of some fay, maybe a goblin or two, and...a couple of very unpleasant wizards. It did not end well for the poor witch. Herself and her specific bloodline cursed forevermore, she fled from her family's roots and got burnt off the family tree for going against her parents' wishes. They never bothered to find out what had happened to their middle daughter to do such a thing, and remained oblivious upon death.
The poor witch made herself a small place in Applecross in the Scottish Highlands. She kept her distance even from her own kind, knowing all that would happen would be more shunning. Maybe she didn't get the brunt of the curse, but her eyes became "fractured windows of the soul, thus no longer fit to see the magicks coaxed from her own wand." It was likely due to superstitions and heavy discrimination back then that it was exaggerated, for Eloise has so far suffered no side effects besides a little near-sightedness.
It was the children of the said ancestress who took the brunt of the curse. Born with the "fractured" color-changing eyes, hair, and skin, only the Squib boy (who was unusually kept and favored by his mother) escaped the result. Their first acts of magic involved cheating each other in hide-and-seek by curling up and somehow managing to look like a bundle of hay.
After their mother finally put the pieces together, her children had figured it out already. Their reactions were apposite for any human child - they were fascinated. Mumma couldn't hide so fast and change her pallor or her bright red locks. Only they could. Their glee upon discovering their newly found abilities turned into tungsten determination soon enough when they realized that no, their powers were not unlimited as they hoped.
When a barrel knocked into little Adele while she appeared as a lump of dirt in the corner, her siblings were stunned to find that the force had been enough to shake off the glamourie, which was what they called the effect. Concentration was needed, and the fidgety little shrimps found that they actually had to train to be capable of not flickering back to normal at random.
They were shunned by the few wizarding neighbors they had once they either heard of or witnessed firsthand on what they could do. Their mother's husband and their father was horrified at the result and fled like his wife had done to her family so many years before, taking his "normal" Squib son with him. Heartbroken, Eloise's ancestress raised her children with a bitterness that would eventually become tradition...
And that would be how the line began.
The idea of "parents" became a joke to Annika Fawley the day her mother saw her skin flicker from white to blue and back. She disappeared the same day, all the clues pointing to the undeniable fact that she had left. Her father had hidden his horrible "disfigurements" with rigorous training and a pair colored Muggle contact lenses that were growing in popularity. Even then a pureblood wife was hard to find, and he was forced to settle for a half-blood.
It was not the child's fault, and it was Azrael's fault for not coming clean with his wife. That logic did not seem to apply, and she was barely four when Azrael turned her out to the streets to fend for herself.
Everything was a blank between that point and the orphanage. All she remembered was being terrified, then the next she woke up right in front of a fortunately wizarding orphanage. It was, as a matter of fact, her first ever non-bloodline related act of magic. She was old enough to know the basics, and when asked her name, she came up with a new one. Her father had used her full name all the time when he was yelling at her, blaming her, and it reminded her of nothing but the disappearing act her mother pulled and her father's cruelty. Annika Fawley became Eloise. During that time, she was just Eloise.
She stayed there, suppressing all remnants of her powers. Something made her do it. Maybe it was the traumatizing fact that her father had turned her out, or her mother had run screaming away from her, or that horrible, unsinkable feeling that she would never fit in anywhere. But she made the mistake of trusting somebody. She made the mistake of trusting another person with her secret.
Their deaths were her fault, and Eloise knew it. It had been a horrible, backstabbing move from her only friend - she tried to burn the entire orphanage up because Eloise refused to tell the caretakers of her abilities when prompted. Messed up? You could bet. But you can't exactly guess a little kid's in fact psycho when they're only kids, right? Especially when said kid acted like a total sweetheart to everybody.
That orphanage burned down in the middle of the night. Most of them died, and only four people besides Eloise survived. The caretaker had died saving those five children. Eloise's "friend" burned to death along with the others. When the authorities arrived and sent the remaining children to their orphanages, Eloise finally decided to take up a last name. Torskaal. After the orphanage where she had been the happiest in her entire life, even if short-lived.
Lil Bundles was where she was sent. Alone. The others had gone to who-knows-where. For months even, she suffered nightmares of dancing flames. It took her some time to heal. "Some time" turned out to be the remaining four years of her life. Then they came.
Three different people. Three different continents. One unique story.
D'Artagnan Silistra Schonewise hails from Vietnam. Abandoned as a baby, he never understood his life secret. He moved to Japan when he was one year old, and spent the rest of his life there, never to learn whether he had any siblings, or any parents at all. He spent most of his childhood there, and even went to Mahoutokoro School of Magic, when he turned of age. Tiera Elena Schonewise was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unfortunately, her own parents abandoned her as a baby as well. She was left under foster care, until being adopted. However, Tiera refused the name change, saying that Schonewise was apparently the name of her parents that one day, she wanted to find. Upon her turning of school age, she went to EESM.
DeVaun Sophia Schonewise is very proud to be made in the USA. Literally. She was too careless to worry about her life. Although she was abandoned as a baby, at least luck had it that she went into foster care as well. As the years whizzed by for DeVaun, she slowly moved closer to Salem Institute of Magic, as she was going to study there.
So time simply flew by, until Christmas, in the trio's seventh year. It was Christmas break. The trio went on a little around-the-world trip. It was the last day of the trip. A cold winter day in Berlin, Germany. D'Artagnan was observing the fallen Berlin Wall. Tiera was shopping for clothes. And DeVaun was looking for good books to kill time with.
Then, the accident happened. D'Artagnan, walking backwards so he can still see the wall, Tiera, who was speedwalking to bypass the crowd, and DeVaun, who wasn't paying attention at all, bumped into each other and made a huge mess. They all blushed in embarrasment, and D'Artagnan, being the gentleman he is, helped the ladies get their stuff together. Until he felt right to introduce himself.
Jaws were dropping at that moment, as the trio revealed who they were. They didn't know if it was a coincidence that they were all Schonewise or not, or if they were related. They returned home to their countries, and spent nights thinking about the connection. D'Artagnan couldn't find it. Tiera couldn't find it. DeVaun couldn't find it.
And the story took a turn for the weird. Meeting in the same place that they bumped in a year ago, D'Artagnan did the unbelievable. He proposed, not to either one of them, but to both. To both ladies. Crazy, yes. But he did it.
Soon enough, they were married, and moved to England. Tiera wanted kids. DeVaun and D'Artagnan agreed. However, there was a choice to be made. DeVaun wanted to adopt kids, remembering how the trio were abandoned, and the fact that DeVaun didn't want others to share that fate. Tiera called for biological kids. D'Artagnan agreed to both, but chose adoption.
After several months, and 15 adopted kids, DeVaun and Tiera got pregnant. D'Artagnan was happy. However, things took a turn for the worst when D'Artagnan found out that both ladies were pregnant with more than one child each. Tiera had triplets. DeVaun had quadruplets. In total, D'Artagnan had to care for septuplets. It was a real shocker.
But D'Artagnan manned up, and became a proud father to them all. This man truly had guts to do what his biological father probably couldn't and wouldn't do.
As the septuplets turned 11-12 years of age, the adoptions continued. The septuplets were already in Hogwarts, along with any and all adopted siblings.
Eloise became one of those adopted siblings. She was afraid at first, but something piqued her interest about DeVaun, D'Artagnan, and Tiera. Something caused her to allow herself to be in the same room. Even when the owners told them she didn't speak, they smiled knowingly and glanced at each other as if knowing a secret. That day she was adopted, and when asked her name, she interrupted a very shocked owner.
"Eloise Talabar Torskaal. You can call me Elodie too."
Elodie was her deceased ex-friend's nickname for her. In other words, she was taking a piece of her past and turning it into her future.
Shortly after she had moved in with the Schonewises, she received her Hogwarts letter. Her future had finally begun.
8) Write about your character's appearance. How 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 model is Morgan Lily, future is Kerris Dorsey.
9) Are you Pure-Blood, Half-Blood or Muggle-Born? Do you have any notable magical relations? (Remember, you cannot be related to important Harry Potter characters!)
She is of mixed blood and a direct descendant of a long-since burned-off line of the Fawleys, one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight.
10) 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 likes? Part or half of that magical race counts! (Remember, you cannot have an "exotic" characters as your first two characters!)
Yes, she's exotic. I've tried my best not to overpower her and explain her abilities...and I can make alterations if needed, or add weaknesses like making her weak to iron and salt and St. John's wort or something. She is pretty much a shapeshifter, but NOT a Metamorphmagus.
Rough explanation of powers below:
This ability, due to lack of a better basic explanation, is a more specific and undoubtedly more limited version of a Metamorphmagus. One of the main differences would be that Eloise is also incapable of making herself larger, taller, etcetera, and is only capable of shrinking herself. So she can't shrink a single arm or leg, she has to shrink her entire body.
Another pointed difference would be that she cannot change her eye color by will. This is absolutely and totally random and the never ending factors of mood changes, general environment, light's effects, etcetera etcetera plus the fact that she refuses to be examined like a guinea pig guarantees that no one really knows how her eye color changes like that. For all the wizarding world knows it's some sort of genetic thing instead of a magical thing (though for OOC purposes, yes, it's magically-related.)
The last major difference would be the fact that she can much more easily be turned back to her real form/color than a Metamorphmagus by force, mental or physical. With enough training, it is possible for her to mostly delete the physical factor, but the mental factor will remain no matter what. (As normal. She's still human after all.)
As she is still young, it is still fully possible for someone to hit her hard enough and stun/shock/etc her out of her disguise, but with training she'll slowly learn how to limit this. And no, she won't be totally immune to the physical factor by the end of her first year. At the very least that happens around her 5th-6th.
Basically, she can only shrink in size, change her skin and hair color, and make her toes and fingers (which are by some unfathomable reason excluded from the "can't-alter-herself-to-be-taller-older-or-generally-larger" limit) SLIGHTLY longer or shorter (think maximum four inches for both.)
Also....she is a natural climber.
This isn't a power, more of a natural talent that simply allows her to climb things with insane agility and precision. It's not really a walking-on-the-walls thing, and overall it is a natural gift with vertical surfaces and anybody can do it with just training. She can be knocked off or pulled off or some other facsimile.
11) What year is your character in?
1st this term.
Any House You DO NOT Want to Be In? (No Promises, Sorry)
Any House You REALLY Want to Be In? (Sorry, Again, No Promises)
I picture her as a hatstall between Gryffindor and Slytherin, really. But if possible, really Gryffindor is preferred.
Out of Character Questions (These do not affect which House you'll be sorted into)
1. How much time will you have to participate on this RP site? (This does not affect which House you'll be sorted into).
- A) I have a lot of other responsibilities, and although I really want to be a part of this wiki, there may be days on end I won't be able to participate in anything.
:B) Although I do have some other responsibilities, and there may be times I'll be absent, I should be able to participate on a weekly basis, around my other schedule.
- C) I should be able to participate at least some every day.
- D) I have loads of free time, and don't see participation to be a problem at all.
2. Is this your first character?
- A) This is my first character
:B) This is NOT my first character.
3. If your answer to the previous question is B, how many characters do you have? How many of them are "exotic"?
4 major, 2 exotic, and 1 expansion. In total...6, not counting inactive/deceased.
4. Please post your time zone in relation with the UTC time zone (ex. Eastern Standard Time is -4), but if you don't understand how to calculate that then please simply put the name of your time zone below.
Number of A's: 1
Number of B's: N/A
Number of C's: 3
Number of D's: 1