1) Give a description of your character's personality. It must be at least two paragraphs long, seven sentences each. Cicely, though sometimes Cece (though only if you're close to her), isn't someone one can easily get along with. For one, she's cynical and has little faith in humanity. Maybe it's because her own moral core is so twisted and full of grey that she projects this onto other people. Cicely believes everyone is out for themselves, something that she is guilty of herself–to a certain extent. Cicely is incredibly loyal, to a dangerous extent, and would go to any lengths to protect those she loves. She would do anything she can to help them, even if the request isn't exactly legal or morally gratifying. This usually applies to her older brother, Edward, more than anyone. However, Cicely doesn't believe this loyalty is a two way street and rarely allows herself to believe that they have her back like she has theirs. This, naturally, is an attitude she developed after living through her father. After the constant belittlement, the comparisons to her brother, she has come to believe them. Though she'd hate to admit it, her father has affected her in ways that even she struggles to comprehend. The constant belittlement to her brother has caused her to believe he is better than her and her self esteem isn't that high. Not that she yells these things from the roof tops. Another thing that has happened is that she has little respect for authority figures, especially the ministry. The only people she'll really listen to is her siblings and her minimal amount of friends.
Cicely knows what she wants and is determined to get whatever (or whoever) that is, no matter how long it takes. She's a hard worker and is willing to put effort into whatever goal that she has. However, she's not ambitious. Cicely doesn't have a huge dream about her future and takes her life day by day, figuring out what she wants at that moment. Cicely does tend to be rather bossy, though, even if she doesn't mean to be. Cicely is proud, though. Proud of her family history, proud of her title, proud of her place in life. She'll be the first to admit, though, that not everyone in her family deserves the privileges that their surname gives. Cicely often tells people emotions are overrated. But Cicely is also a hypocrite. Cicely is bubbling with emotions herself. Anger, bitterness, but also empathy. Cicely can be selfish when it comes to strangers and can walk all over them but she is empathetic. However, Cicely can find herself believing that it's her biggest weakness. Right now, her heart goes out to those trapped in the precinct, the ones suffering from the policies. If anyone was going to be an anarchist, it would be Cicely and she would happily burn down the ministry tomorrow. Cicely isn't conventional and is happy to go through any method to get to her end. Whatever means necessary, right? Her morals are twisted in the way that she knows what she wants and she believes them to be good. However, her beliefs can sometimes be less than actually good and her methods can be rather off.
Cicely isn't one for a mundane life, though, and wants to live an exciting life, even if the 'exciting' part isn't to most people's definition. In the band that she signed up for, Cicely is probably the most likely to be arrested for public drinking and speeding. Also fighting. But that's only because someone insulted her family or friends. Cicely likes to party and is known to throw them for whoever wants to come. In fact, her parties are almost infamous in the wizarding world for the trouble that happens within them. However, most do confirm they have the time of their lives there and compare them to something akin to a party thrown by Gatsby. Other activities involve finding out government secrets and other things before selling them, though her brother can get these for free if he asks. Though she'd appreciate him taking her out for dinner for free as a token of appreciation. She doesn't ask for much in return from her family. In fact, she'd willingly give her family her life if need be. Even her dad. Even though she wishes he would die. Cicely does have a big heart and though she doesn't believe people change, she hopes they do. Especially her dad. Enough that he at least apologizes to her. Brings her back into the family. Though they were always a mess, Cicely does miss family events, such as Christmas, and hates having to coordinate her stays at the Tudor castle for when her father is around. Deep down, even though it might not be true, Cicely feels like an outsider ever since she came out to the entire family and part of her wishes that she stayed in the closet. Maybe that's why she hasn't had a serious relationship with anyone. Maybe that's why she toys with a woman for a while before tossing her aside the moment she feels like it's getting serious.
Cicely is adaptable though and changes rarely catch her off guard. She analyses a situation before shifting herself and her attitude in order to accommodate. Mostly, though, Cicely is a musician. She's fluent in piano and the violin. Of course, she was raised in the classical genre but ever since she was a young teenager, she grew into pop and r&b. Though not as skilled in dancing, she's talented in ballet due to years of classes when she was a child. It has helped her in sneaking around and is very flexible. In fact, one of the few times you'll see her vulnerable is when she's behind a piano and it's the one thing that her father forced her to practise that she doesn't resent. Cicely also dabbles in the dark arts. Not as much as some other people in her family, she has practiced it. She doesn't want to be caught off guard if the situation arises. Cicely has also dabbled in raising dark creatures, though she often sells them rather than keeping them under her care. She's even been one to dabble in dark potions, though this has fallen rather flat as she isn't much of a potioneer. Other things that Cicely love is self care. Cicely loves baths, especially bubble baths, and other things, such as facial masks and meditation, even yoga.
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 House of Tudor garnered its claim to the throne of England through the maternal line, which traced back to the Beauforts — an illegitimate line of children by Edward III's son John of Gaunt and his mistress, Katherine Swynford. This illegitimacy would normally render the whole line ineligible to inherit the throne, but this situation was made difficult when John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford did indeed marry in 1396; a compromise was made, in that a papal bill declared the Beauforts legitimate (backed up by Parliament the following year) as did his legitimate son, Henry IV. However, he stipulated that the Beauforts, in exchange for legitimisation, must never inherit the throne.
The Beauforts were closely allied with Gaunt's legitimate line by his first marriage, the House of Lancaster. However, this did not make Henry of Richmond — later Henry VII — a legitimate heir, and neither did his father's ancestry. The legitimate heir was the Countess of Salisbury, but after the broken reigns of Queen Matilda in the early 12th century there was no precedent for women to be heirs to the throne (and wouldn't be until Mary I's accession in 1553.) Thus, a power vacuum was left, and the future Henry VI was left with the perfect opening.
Henry had spent much of his childhood in Brittany with his uncle, Jasper Tudor — he had been moved there after the murder of Lancastrian king Henry VI, and the death of his son Edward (presumably at the Battle of Tewkesbury) in 1471. At that point, young Henry of Richmond became the main face of the Lancastrian cause. He was no longer safe at Raglan Castle, the home of a leading Yorkist who would certainly have turned on them. The two fled to Brittany, while his mother Margaret Beaufort remained behind to advocate for the Lancastrians and form quiet alliances in the wake of Yorkist unpopularity, which came to a head in Richard III in 1483.
Margaret was able to make an agreement with Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville (wife of Edward IV) whose sons were presumably killed by Richard in the Tower of London to ensure his accession. Thus, a deal was made — that Elizabeth would support Henry's claim, if he would agree to marry her daughter Elizabeth of York and unite the houses — that would garner him key support he needed to triumph over Richard.
Two years after Richard III's accession, Henry and Jasper sailed to meet him in battle, where he was victorious at Bosworth on 22 August 1485 and declared himself Henry VII. To clear out people loyal to Richard, he would date his reign from 21 August, insinuating that all those who fought for Richard were guilty of treason.
Henry VII quickly moved to establish his kingship. In January 1486 he made good on his pledge, and married Elizabeth of York. This unified the houses and symbolised the end of the Wars of the Roses, shown by the heraldic emblem of the Tudor Rose — the Yorks' white rose laid over the Lancastrian red — which is, along with the Beaufort portcullis, still commonly seen today. The unification gave their children a stronger claim to the throne, of which they had seven, four of which survived infancy (Arthur, Henry, Margaret, and Mary) prior to Elizabeth of York's death in 1503.
Their first son Arthur, expected to inherit the throne, was born in September 1486. He was promised to Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon in 1489 through the Treaty of Medina del Campo. They married in 1501, but Arthur would die of sickness within months. The focus then turned to Henry's second son, also named Henry (the future Henry VIII.) Prior to this point, he had been expected to take a role in the church, but he would become king after his father's death in 1509, after which he would seek to marry his brother's widow. The negotiations would take a month before a papal dispensation was granted, and the negotiations were largely centred around the claim that Arthur and Catherine's marriage was never consummated. However, Catherine would not give Henry a son. She gave birth to many stillborn children, and their only son died after 52 days. Eventually, he feared the line would die out, and he was beginning to tire of his wife, six years his senior. He turned to his chief minister Cardinal Wolsey, hoping for an annulment — or rather, hoped that the previous papal dispensation would be rescinded. This would imply that Arthur and Catherine's marriage had indeed been consummated, rendering Catherine and Henry's marriage null and their sole surviving daughter, Mary, illegitimate. Wolsey failed to secure the annulment and thus fell from Henry's favour, though he continued to pursue it.
Henry aimed to marry Anne Boleyn, a lady-in-waiting of Catherine's with whom he had fallen in love. The English parliament enacted laws breaking ties with Rome, declaring the king Supreme Head of the Church of England, detaching the religious structure of England from the Catholic Church and the Pope. The newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was then able to declare Henry's marriage to Catherine annulled. The former queen was swiftly removed from court, where she would spend the rest of her life under “protectorship” in various houses (essentially house arrest.)
Anne Boleyn gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth, in 1533. Like Catherine, she would have various stillbirths. However, unlike Catherine, she was not simply divorced; in 1536 she was arrested on charges of high treason (for allegedly being unfaithful), witchcraft, and incest. Despite these charges most likely being made up, she was found guilty and executed in 1536.
He married four others — Jane Seymour, who gave Henry his only son, Edward VI, but died in 1537; Anne of Cleves, whom he swiftly divorced after discovering she looked nothing like her portrait; Catherine Howard, executed on similar grounds to Anne Boleyn; and Katherine Parr, who outlived him.
Henry died on 28 January 1547. His will reinstated his daughters by his annulled marriages to Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn to the line of succession. Edward succeeded as Edward VI of England. Unfortunately, the boy king's regency was disturbed by the turbulent reigns of those trying to twist regency to their own advantage, the first being his uncle Edward Seymour, who took control and titled himself Duke of Somerset in February 1547, demonstrating complete control over Edward's council. He aimed to marry Mary, Queen of Scots to Edward, and thus impose Protestant religion on the Catholic Scotland. A bloody victory over the Scots at the battle of Pinkie Cleugh seemed to assure this, but the young queen was smuggled to France and betrothed to the Dauphin, later Francis II. Somerset was set back slightly by the lack of a Scottish marriage, but his decisive victory made him appear to be an unassailable ruler.
Under Somerset religious freedom was strongly restricted, which was not received well in southern, more traditionally Catholic portions of the country. The southern counties of Devon and Cornwall raised the Prayer Book Rebellion, forcing Somerset to send a military response and toughen the Crown's stance on Catholics. Mary, daughter of Catherine of Aragon, was a devout Catholic, and never renounced her faith, while Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, was a moderate Protestant. John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, removed a tyrannous Somerset from power as he had taken his nephew the king hostage. Under Northumberland, religious freedom decreased further, fuelled by a fear of a Catholic Queen as Mary was next in line.
Edward VI became ill in 1553. He wrote a statement rendering the will of his father null and void, bequeathing the throne to his cousin Lady Jane Grey, daughter of his aunt Princess Mary, as he too feared a Catholic regent and found Elizabeth too moderate to rule. Their relationship had also been strained by accusations of Elizabeth having had an affair with a married man in 1549, of which she was found not guilty. When Edward died in July, the throne passed to Lady Jane, who Northumberland married to his son Guildford for his own benefit. However, there was no appetite for this rule, and popular support for the rightful heir won out. Lady Jane was deposed after nine days and imprisoned, and Mary crowned Mary I of England.
Mary released key Catholic nobles from captivity and began to build her Privy Council. This proved difficult, however, as most members of it had been involved in attempting to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne. She would turn her attention to marriage, and seek an alliance through a marriage to Philip of Spain. Her English subjects were displeased, fearing the country would simply become a Habsburg outpost, and when she was adamant upon her plan rebellions began to break out — the most notable of which was Wyatt's Rebellion, which involved the father of Lady Jane. This rebellion was halted and as a result Lady Jane, her father, and her husband were all executed, as was the leader, Thomas Wyatt. Mary's Protestant sister Elizabeth, with whom the insurgents intended to replace Mary, was confined in the Tower of London and then put on house arrest.
Under the English common law doctrine of jure uxoris, the property and titles belonging to a woman became her husband's upon marriage. It was thus feared that should Mary marry, that man would become King of England, and English subjects did not want a Spaniard King of England who would care about Spanish affairs first and English second. There was no love to this marriage, it being pursued purely for the political gains it offered both. According to the marriage act, Philip would be titled "King of England", all official documents would be dated with both names, and Parliament would be called jointly — however, England would not be required to offer military assistance to Charles V, Philip's father, Philip could not act without the consent of Mary, and foreigners were not to be appointed to English office. A false pregnancy in 1555 culminated in Philip leaving court to command his armies.
Mary was well known for religious persecution, which got her the nickname "Bloody Mary". Under Mary, Protestant figures were imprisoned and burnt at the stake, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Cranmer. As part of the return to Catholicism, power was given back to Rome and the marriage of her parents was again declared valid, which ought to exclude her sister Elizabeth from succession. However, after another false pregnancy in 1557/58, she was forced to accept that Elizabeth would succeed her, and she died in November 1558, passing the throne onto her moderate Protestant sister.
It is here that the magical Tudor line begins — with Elizabeth I, known to Muggle society as the 'Virgin Queen.' The truth was that strain on magical-muggle relations was at its worst, and Elizabeth sought a solution to this as well as to the issue of Protestantism and Catholicism, and she eventually found it — in her favourite, Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester. There was, between them, a long-standing flirtation that had appeared to culminate in his wife, Amy Robsart, mysteriously being found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her home, around the same time as Elizabeth was reportedly considering marriage. No rumour his rivals tried would stick — why? Robert Dudley was himself a wizard, and Elizabeth seemed willing to find the moderate solution. Her family had magical links, through her great-great-grandmother Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville, who had been 'suspected' of witchcraft, and though it had turned out to be nothing, the queen herself had once suspected she may be magic.
Wanting a solution to these divisive problems, she married the Earl in secret and, with magic to veil the fact, carried and gave birth to a son, Owen in 1578. After he was safely removed unto magical society where he would be protected, Robert performed a fake 'cover marriage' to a courtier with whom he had been flirting, Lettice Knollys. To convince the rest of the story, and to protect herself should the Earl be exposed as a wizard, Elizabeth banished Knollys from court in an apparent fit of jealousy. Knollys was a witch, and this new distance from the queen allowed her and Dudley to raise the Tudor heir to initiate Robert and Elizabeth's plan — to separate the muggle and magical societies and crowns, and allow both to live in peace and harmony. As a legitimate child of the monarch, and a magical one (as was made apparent by a rather interesting display of fire) Owen would be eligible for this new crown, and he would spend the next twenty years trying to ensure it, for much of this time in solely magical areas where people had moved to get away from persecution and violence.
He was killed by an insurgent who despised the idea of wizards being forced into hiding, and his wife Margaret went into hiding herself, pregnant with his heir. However, when the societies separated officially at last in 1692 the Tudors were living more openly, the risk passed. However, when Princess Charlotte recognised as magical regent sometime after, the Tudors were enraged that they had their birthright seized from them. It was their belief they had a right to the throne, but to appease them and stifle mutterings of outright rebellion from the Tudor House, it was agreed that in return for fealty, members of the House of Tudor would be styled Lord / Lady ___ of House Tudor, and the family as a whole would receive an amount of land, similar to the agreement reached upon between the new Monarchs and House Boleyn, with whom the Tudors had forged a tentative peace with, following their decision to sign an acknowledgment dismissing the false charges against Anne Boleyn. The Tudors were amenable to this settlement, and thus it has been to this day, although it would not do to raise the Tudors' ire — at the end of it all, they still have a claim to the throne.
Cicely is the third born child, the second daughter, of Henry Tudor and Catherine Tudor. The pair were an arranged marriage, with Cuthbert wanting to secure his family's fortune and legacy, and so he married his son Henry to Catherine. Henry was one of the least progressive Tudors, especially compared to his siblings, and was conservative and had highly traditional views. Such as where a woman's place was in the world, who woman and men should marry. Henry only wanted one thing from his wife, Catherine, and that was sons. Unfortunately, Catherine was only able to give him one, Edward. Following Edward was Joanna then Cicely and finally Elizabeth. Cicely, though guilty about feeling this, was glad she was not the first born daughter and that she didn't feel Henry's initial wrath of not having another son. However, one might consider his wrath to deepen with each daughter. At least Cicely wasn't alone like Joanna technically was. Her childhood wasn't as healthy and wonderful as her title suggests. Instead, it was full of neglect and abuse. Henry, adoring Edward, often abused his daughters', constantly belittling them in favour of their son. Cicely, like her sister, was raised by the servants and tutors in the castle and spent most of her time avoiding her father lest she come under his cruel tongue.
Cicely blossomed in music. She was taught piano first and then the violin. Playing the instruments was the one time her father paused and seemingly appreciated her. It was through music that Cicely experienced her first magical incident at the age of eight. Her father, having been drinking far too much, had broken her violin in a fit of rage. Upset and emotional, Cicely set the broken instrument on fire, destroying it completely. When her father sobered up (after a few hours of sleep), he replaced the violin as a gesture of good will in regards to the reveal that Cicely was a witch. All the meanwhile, Cicely was becoming closer and closer to her mother. She always had been. However, much like her and her two sister's were, Henry was never kind to Catherine. By the time she was nine, Catherine was nothing but a puppet to Henry and turned a blind eye to everything he did. Cicely, though had people around her nearly always, felt rather lonely growing up and her self esteem often plummeted. Then again, how could you develop a healthy self esteem when it was built upon the comparisons to your older brother in the first place? Not that Cicely resented Edward, no she loved him. Adored him. And still does. But she always felt second place when next to him.
When she was eleven, she was finally sent to Hogwarts and sorted into Hufflepuff, something that took everyone by surprise. Her family had expected Gryffindor not Hufflepuff. It had even taken Cicely by surprise who had built her fantasies around the red house. Cicely struggled with Hufflepuff and never felt like she belonged. She liked to party, had little respect for authority and rules. By the time she was fifteen, she was sneaking into the restricted area of the library to learn dark spells that weren't allowed to be taught in class. Just because she was curious. She supposed she valued loyalty and hard work. Cicely certainly didn't believe you'd get anywhere unless you put in the work but...the house just seemed so...weak and homely and nothing that Cicely felt like she could relate too. Not that she hated the house, she just felt like she wasn't the right person for it and that the hat had made a terrible mistake.
Everything turned upside down when she graduated from Hogwarts. Cicely had a secret, a secret that she'd been keeping very close to her heard since she was fifteen. She was gay. Cicely knew it. Every suitable 'boyfriend' her parents pushed in her direction fell flat, even though they were often what most people would call a 'catch'. Other incidents happened and soon Cicely came to the conclusion that, well, men just weren't her thing. It didn't help that she found herself staring at every girl that walked past her. Why she came out on her eighteenth birthday, Cicely still doesn't know. Her father was renown for being homophobic and she still came out anyway. It took less than ten minutes for her biggest secret to spill out of her mouth and that's when everything shifted. Cicely was kicked out of the house, banned from her family (supposedly). This didn't really turn out the way Henry wanted. He couldn't disown her publicly or risk a public fallout. He couldn't stop extended family inviting her to events. And, since he was gone half the time anyway, Cicely was often found in the Tudor castle anyway. In the year following it, Cicely joined a band, the Charm girls. It was a fluke but she got accepted into the band anyway. Of course, that wasn't her only career but it was her legal one.
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!)
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 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?
Part of the charm girls
A. Select the option that best fits your character. (Remember, this part is optional for adult characters!)
1. What are you looking forward to learning at Hogwarts the most?
- A. Transfiguration
- B. Hexes & Jinxes
- C. Magical Creatures
- D. The castle's secret areas
2. Pick one:
- A. Moon
- B. Stars
3. If flowers adapted their scent to attract the unwary, what would it smell of in order to lure you in?
- A. Freshly baked bread
- B. Parchment
- C. The Sea
- D. A crackling log fire
4. Pick one:
- A. Dawn
- B. Dusk
5. Four boxes are placed before you. Which one do you open?
- A. The ornate one, promising secret knowledge and unbearable temptation
- B. The small, pewter box that reads "I only open for the worthy"
- C. The gleaming black box marked with Merlin's rune
- D. The small, tortoiseshell box, embellished in gold, with a small, squeaking creature
6. Pick one:
- A. White
- B. Black
7. What road tempts you the most?
- A. The cobbled street lined with ancient buildings
- B. The narrow, dark, lantern-lit alley
- C. The twisting, leaf-strewn path through woods
- D. The wide, sunny, grassy lane
8. Pick one:
- A. Forest
- B. River
9. What scares you most?
- A. Speaking in such a silly voice, people will laugh at you and mock you
- B. An eye at the keyhole of the dark, windowless room where you're locked
- C. Standing on top of something high, without anything to stop you from falling
- D. Waking up and realizing your family & friends don't know you
10. It's late, you're walking alone, and hear a peculiar cry you believe has a magical source. What do you do?
- A. Draw your wand & search for the source
- B. Proceed with caution, keep a hand on the concealed wand, and keep an eye out
- C. Draw your wand & stand your ground
- D. Wait for developments, while mentally reviewing the most appropriate spells
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"? If you do have exotic characters, please list both the name and the type of exotic. Remember you are only allowed one of each type with the exception of nymphs.
13 and two exotics (One legilimen and one animagus)
3) What would people who know your character well say they're really good at?
4) What do they really want to avoid in their job/career? Do they hate working in an office? Do they hate the field?
5) Aside from family and peers, what motivates your character the most in life? What drives their passion?
6) Where does your character's weaknesses lie?
7) Wand cores and woods speak volumes about a person's character. What is your character's wand? Why does it answer to them?