1) Give a description of your character's personality. It must be at least two paragraphs long, seven sentences each.
- Even the most trivial of things have somehow had its mark on Kaia. If she was kind and spirited before discovering how shameful her surname is, now she's an even bigger ray of sunshine. Constantly, she's trying to be the best person she can be, as a subconscious attempt to make up for all the suffering she knows previous Yaxleys have caused. She's nice and bubbly and is the kind of person to always help homeless people on the streets. And Merlin's sake, there's nobody as outgoing and charismatic as her. There's not a moment of the day where Kaia Yaxley isn't smiling; she's just inherently good. It's how she wants to be remembered. Not for her name, not for her history, but for who she is. She prides herself on doing good, and so far, she's gone well and beyond that.
Looking subjectively at Kaia, she's the kind of girl you bring home to your parents. She bakes cakes, likes to sing, and just has this innate ability to make everyone feel safe and at home with her. To her, it's important to be for others that same moral support that others were for her when she needed it most. She's all about giving back, and is a firm believer in karma, good and otherwise. Her loyalty, once you have it, is unwavering. And though not to say she's naive, Kaia is a firm believer in second and third chances. Third time's usually the charm, you know? She's known for being understanding and is without a doubt the best person you could turn towards for advice.
2) Write about the history of your character. How did they grow up? Is there an incident that made them the way they are? It must be at least three paragraphs long, seven sentences each.
- The Yaxley Family has been around for a fairly long time. They were relevant during the 1300s, fraternizing with the nobility, they stayed relevant during the 1600s, spreading out to America and wreaking havoc wherever they could. They were relevant during the 1900s, closely affiliated to the likes of Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort himself. They were notorious for their torture methods and infamous for their uncanny tradition of dominating occlumency. They were fierce and unflinchingly loyal to their ideals, a detail that hasn't withered as time has progressed.
In his nearly 100 years alive, Alphard Yaxley has never failed to live up to the expectations of his direct ancestors. He's honored the Yaxley ideals in everything he has done, worshipping Merlin without rest and ensuring his family only procreates with those he sees worthy (i.e from their social class with same ideals). By all means, because they were one of the few remaining absolutely pure-blooded families, he saw his family as the highest authority in the wizarding world, and felt they should be treated as such.
It isn't uncommon to see a Yaxley involved in politics one way or another. Close to all of Alphard's children - at least those he publicly recognized as his own - have shares in the Ministry. Though never holding office, they continue to have their hand in influencing others and manipulating the way one vote or another would go. To Alphard, power is everything; especially for a family as esteemed as theirs. Thusly, his children's lives were marred by a constant upkeep of appearances.
Alphard accepted nothing short of perfection from them, and this continues to hold true with his grandchildren. The majority of his children were fine with it, truth be told. They attended etiquette classes, appeared at high-profile galas and balls, and only frolicked with children from other Sacred 28 families - or at least those the Yaxleys didn't perceive as 'blood traitors'. Most marriages were arranged, though only some of them were truly 'successful', and not necessarily in the way Alphard and wife Cedrella Yaxley (née Rowle) foresaw.
The heir to the family name and fortune, Alpheus Eldritch Yaxley, attended Hogwarts and was promptly sorted into Ravenclaw. Although uncommon, it wasn't something his parents couldn't live with. He had respectable grades, joined the quidditch team as keeper, and bore the title of 'prefect' during fifth and sixth years and 'Head Boy' during seventh. During the course of his time at Hogwarts, he did many things and met many people, but none like Astoria Nott. She, like him, was forced to live a life she didn't want. Their betrayal seemed inevitable, and their union only solidified it.
Astoria Nott and Alpheus Yaxley were best friends, first and foremost, and to this day many believe their marriage has lasted longer than any of his other siblings' because the affection was there long before their families decided marriage would be the best thing for their status. Although his family is blissfully unaware of this fact, Alpheus continues to be grateful for one of the few things his family ever did for him: push him towards Astoria. Their wedding ceremony was as big and flashy as you'd have thought, with Porteus Nott as Best Man and Vanusia Yaxley as Maid of Honor.
Alpheus and Astoria, now Mr. and Mrs. Yaxley, had the honeymoon of a lifetime. Not even their return and subsequent load of responsibilities dampened their happiness. Until that fateful day came, where Alphard Yaxley murdered Alpheus' younger brother Archer Yaxley and demanded the silence of the rest of his children. He was a blood traitor, in love with a man below all of them; a muggle. This didn't rest well with Alphard, who for so long had groomed his family into perfection. And this - this just wasn't the kind of people Alpheus would want to raise his children surrounded by. Astoria was eight months pregnant; they still had time to flee. So they did.
Alpheus and Astoria has disappeared into the wind the day after Archer's death. Their parents had nothing to go off of to find them, other than a written concession declaring Rodolphus Yaxley the new heir to the family fortune. They moved to the USA - Boston, more specifically - where they had their four children. Eleni, Kaia, ____ and Imogen Yaxley. When they were settled in Boston, Alpheus opened a store selling fireworks, explosives, etc. Astoria helped around, but she was mostly a stay at home mother who occasionally dropped by to oversee delivery day and whatnot.
Kaia never felt a shortage of love, care and attention. Her parents provided everything she needed, showering her with constant attention and using the leftover money they had to give her and her siblings as much as they wanted (within reason). She never knew pain or suffering, leading a relatively mundane life. Like all other no-majs, she attended elementary school during the day, up until sixth grade, at which point she received acceptance letters from Hogwarts and Ilvermorny. Unfortunately, her parents couldn't guarantee her enrollment anywhere. You see, her parents had hoped their children would not be wizards. Their genetics made it virtually impossible, but the more distance between them and their families, the better.
Their dreams shattered when Kaia was around five and a half, magically fixing their air conditioner on a particularly hot summer day. Eleni's magic had already manifested, so they weren't really surprised, but they'd held out hope for the rest of their children. Nevertheless, at age eleven, they had a tough decision to make. Kaia, blissfully unaware of her family's history, wanted desperately to attend Hogwarts. It was old and beautiful, unlike Ilvermorny. Unfortunately, the threat continued to be too big for her parents to agree to it, so she, like Eleni, was sent to Ilvermorny.
Kaia's sorting was perhaps the longest one of her year, because not one, not two, but three of the houses wanted to claim her as theirs. She was confronted with a big decision to make, but ended up joining the Thunderbirds over the Horned Serpents and Pukwudgies. It was easily the best decision she ever made. She achieved high grades, like both her parents once did, and was a renowned quodpot player and dueler. Everyone who graced the halls of Ilvermorny School knew who she was, and she lived off that constant attention. Although she appreciated her privacy every now and then, being constantly surrounded by others was wonderful.
Although she wasn't at the very top of her class, Kaia did well enough to earn herself a guaranteed spot as an exchange student to any of the big 12 schools participating: Mahoutokoro, Koldovstoretz, Uagadou, etc. But her school of choice was Hogwarts, so imagine the surprise and worry her parents felt when she broke the news to them. They knew it was good, that it opened new doors for her, but no matter how much they tried to get her to pick another school, she wouldn't budge. Thus, her parents begrudingly allowed her to attend Hogwarts for her entire sixth year.
Continuing to be in the dark about the Yaxleys' history, it wasn't until she got to Hogwarts and continued her History of Magic SALEM (NEWT) that she came to discover the true origins of her family: they were dark wizards. That year was... chaotic, to say the least. She remembers breaking down at least twice after her father confirmed her worst suspicions, and coming across several of her cousins - even if they didn't know who she was. It was a horrible year for her, but Kaia was lucky enough to have been able to rely on other Ilvermorny students with her and a couple of Hogwarts students.
Hogwarts is undoubtedly filled with good people - if not way too sunny, she thinks - but none of them were as kind as Clarence Bishop. Although the times they saw each other were few and far in between, and he was a very quiet guy, Kaia appreciated his company. It's like somehow, someone she didn't even know, was providing her the stability she needed. Someone wasn't looking at her weirdly for being so emotionally unstable throughout the trip, but rather treating her normally, and frankly that's what she had needed most for the trip.
Alas, the time to leave came quickly, and Kaia had to return to her school. The experience was unique, but now she had another obstacle to face: SALEMs. To her credit, Kaia did well enough to be able to work as a healer immediately after she graduated. She was hired as an intern, but worked restlessly until a year later, when she received the official 'healer' title. She took the brunt of the work, having specialized in both Spell Damage and later on in Creature-Induced Injuries. Her workload grew exponentially, but it wasn't exactly something she minded; her work was her passion and, though it limited her free time, she knew what she was doing was good.
Come age 23, Alpheus and Astoria made the sudden decision to uproot their family, relocating the youngest of their children to the United Kingdom. Whilst Imogen will now have to finish her third year at home and attend Hogwarts for her fourth, Kaia has just barely managed to land herself a transfer to St. Mungo's. She's undoubtedly confused, though, seeing as: hadn't her family been scared of having the Yaxley's find them again? It was confusing, and it still is, but she's certain everything will come to light one way or another.
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!
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 characters from the Harry Potter Universe!)
- Kaia is a pure-blooded witch from a Sacred 28 family: the Yaxleys.
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 does not.
6) What is your character's profession? Does your character plan to enroll your character into the Ministry of Magic? Does your character not work? Is your character a teacher?
- She's just managed to land a transfer to St. Mungo's.
B. Whilst the first two questions will not affect the character's house (and are mandatory), the others are designed specifically to help users come up with their character's ideal job (and are optional).
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"?