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Evangeline Erinth - [Unified Hogwarts]
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Evangeline Erinth - [Unified Hogwarts]
July 24, 2007, 07:28:33 pm
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About 3 1/2 years roleplaying, writing, etc. I've had about a year of Hogwarts RPing, as well as several years of roleplaying Star Trek and Star Wars.
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April 13, 1991/Eleven Years Old/First Year
When she's not at school, her parent's house in Chichester.
Evangeline is rather small for her age, standing at only four feet, five inches, while most of her age-peers are several inches higher. Her body is of medium build, strange for her gender. It results from spending time outdoors playing and, as a result of being a tomboy, roughhousing with other children, building up her strength to be able to compete with other children, especially boys.
Evangeline has a fair complexion, not white, but not quite brown either. Her skin is lightly tanned from spending time outdoors, but refuses to tan at the same rate as others, granting her a half-tanned skin color. She has two light stripes on her shoulders, tan lines from where the top of her swimsuit normally covers, which only shows when she is wearing a low-cut dress or shirt.
She is very much a tomboy, never really interested in appearance or "girly" playthings. She hardly ever wore a dress, or even a skirt and blouse, before coming to Hogwarts. She even requested that she be able to wear the part and shirt of the boy's uniform, but her request was turned down, much to her disappointment. When she can, she slips into jeans and a shirt, which are far more comfortable for her. She also doesn't care too much about her looks, and shies away from the use of makeup and other "beauty products" to make herself look better.
Evangeline's hair has a natural gleam to it that makes it appear more golden brown than the darker brown that it truly is. It reaches to her mid-back when let down, which is most of the time. The only time she has ever worn her hair up was at her cousin's wedding, and she hated it.
Her face is characterized mostly by her smile, which is warm and comforting when it appears. When she smiles, her cheeks softly dimple, and her eyes look smaller than they are, moving aside for her smile to make its appearance. Her eyes are a dark brown and are naturally larger, and curious. They often look deeper than they really are, and a clever eye might see more through her eyes than she reveals through her mouth.
Evangeline's father is Augustine Erinth, a forty-year-old math teacher at the local high school. He is a Muggle, and feels that technology can and does more than magic ever could, but is delighted that Evangeline has the ability to use magic. Although he prefers technology, he feels that having practical knowledge of both is in the best interests of humans. He refers to neither of his daughters as his favorite, but has leaned more towards Evangeline since learning of her magical abilities.
Evangeline's mother is Rebecca Erinth, a thirty-seven-year-old senior accountant for a local accounting firm. She is also a Muggle, but is more neutral on the subject of magic versus technology. Rebecca is somewhat disappointed in Evangeline's tomboyish-ness, and is disappointed that she will only have the summertime and future summers to realign her daughter to the "ways of women," as she calls it. While Augustine loves both his daughters, and shows it, equally, Rebecca has clearly favored Evangeline's sister over the years.
Evangeline's sister is Nicole Erinth, who is fifteen years old. She is, as her mother and father are, a Muggle, but thinks that magic is "cool" and has been pressing Evangeline to show her some magic since Evangeline was accepted to Hogwarts. Nicole is more in tune with what her mother refers to as the "ways of women" in that she uses makeup and dresses as a girl should, according to Nicole and Evangeline's mother.
Evangeline's own perspective on her personality would reveal a large concentration of focus on her perceived wit. She likes to make comments that are drawn from things other people say or write to amuse herself and others, though she mostly only amuses herself. When that happens, and she succeeds in only amusing herself, Evangeline often stops to explain her comment and its source to her audience. She has found that most people don't understand her comments, and although it is a chore to explain it to others, she finds it bearable for the purposes of satisfying her own amusement.
Evangeline considers herself fairly intelligent, and should she have known the term and its usage, she would consider herself an intellect. She enjoys acquiring knowledge simply for the purposes of doing so, and her major sources are through parents, teachers and books. She has a few favorite subject, such as history, but the majority of her learning is about subjects that she finds fascinating at the moment or just simply something she wishes to know more about. Although she does not consider herself a bookworm, but she finds that she does enjoy reading in the late hours of the night before bed, instead of playing video games or watching the television as other children do in her hometown. Hence, she has found life at Hogwarts easy to adapt to, with its absence of technology that forces its students to read books or talk to one another, instead of surfing the web or playing Super Smash Bros until 3 AM.
Friends are of an odd mix for Evangeline. Despite her tendencies to participate in the physical activities associated with the male gender, she is an intellect, which is stereotypically associated with the female gender. This presents both as a problem and an opportunity. The problem for her is that her female friends who are intellectuals often judge her preference of playing physically with boys rather than playing more imaginatively and creatively, or experimenting with her appearance, with girls. On the reverse side, many of her male friends who are playmates view her intelligence as a barrier, or even a hindrance against having a strong bond. The opportunity, however, for Evangeline, is being able to associate more comfortably with both genders rather than leaning to one or the other.
As noted in the physical description section, Evangeline is also a tomboy. She enjoys participating in physical activities that mostly involve boys more so than the imaginative games normally played by girls, which usually involve dolls or roleplaying, or worse (in her mind) trying out makeup. She would prefer to be outside, trying to pin one of her friends to the ground than to be stuck inside, waiting for Ken to arrive so Barbie can go to the mall or trying to figure out what mascara does. Evangeline views this as a reason why she doesn't have any friends who can appreciate all the things she does and says, not just part of them.
Evangeline also has a strong determination to succeed in these normally-outdoor physical activities. Other boys sometimes put her down or exclude her from playing in their games, and thus doing so, has built up Evangeline's determination to prove herself to them. In this way, she has built up a strong will to succeed in physical activities and competitions, so much so that this will sometimes assist and enhance her natural abilities and allow her to succeed.
Evangeline has a few pet peeves, especially when it comes to other people. She hates people who act stupid, by conscious decision or even sometimes by pure ignorance. She often compares people to herself, and measures their accomplishments and behaviors to her own. This causes her to look down on others who haven't been able to do what she can do, nor act as she does. It also causes her to be jealous of those who are able to do more and act in a better way than she can. Another of her pet peeves deals with food. She can't stand people who use weird combinations of food, like peanut butter and potato chips, or ketchup on macaroni and cheese. She also has an itch for people who don't spell correctly or use proper grammar. This often gets her into arguments and irritates those of whom she corrects grammar.
The one thing that Evangeline hates more than everything else is people whom she views as ordering her about just because they can, or trying to run her life. She has a memory that she will refer to whenever asked about her resistance to authority. When she was in year six, in the after school care program, the children were outside playing on the grounds. She asked the supervisor if she could go to the bathroom, and the supervisor gave her five minutes. When she returned, she had gone past the five minutes, and had to take another five minutes as a time-out. To her, the supervisor, who had been of college age, was simply trying to use his authority to boss others around. Since that time, Evangeline has hated people who use their authority just to feel powerful or to prove something.
Although possessing a small body, Evangeline excels at playing outdoor games such as football (soccer) and dodgeball, or even simple tag. While she may not be the champion wrestler, she tries her best, and a few times has been able to bring down an opponent her size. Evangeline possesses a strong will to exceed, especially when equally matched. Sometimes this determination to succeed assists her natural strength and help her to succeed.
Evangeline's variety of interests in play and learning allow her to have a variety of friends. This doesn't always happen, but she has found that she is more adept at making friends with both genders than other children of her gender. The notion of "cooties" doesn't bother her like it does stereotypically for other girls or boys and does not inhibit her Evangeline from making friends in either gender. Thus, if all friend-making was up to her, everyone would make friends easily with Evangeline. Sadly, though, the world doesn't work like that, and other children aren't always as comfortable with making friends with someone who acts or is like Evangeline.
Evangeline has always had a strong thirst for learning. She likes a few particular subjects, especially history, and people of history, but her reading is generally across the board depending on what subject she has an urge to learn about at that time. She insists she isn't a bookworm, but admitted on her ninth birthday that books were her favorite present, even though they were only good for about one read, and then the information is learned and the book useless, except for reference. At school, Evangeline is voracious about knowing the information that the lesson contains and will often pester her teacher to get extra tidbits of information. She has a particular passion for learning how things connect, not just learning how one thing
but how it relates to other things, especially events in history.
Evangeline is often considered intelligent. Indeed she has excelled at school in the Muggle world, finding particular ease with history, math and gym. This curious combination has allowed her to appear smart, while being balanced between academic excellence and athletic excellence. In gym class she loves to play dodge ball, and in history she loves learning about early civilizations and medieval times. Math, much to her father's delight, is another strong area for her, and she is often the first to complete the math assignments in class.
Evangeline's versatility towards friends is accompanied by a barrier as well. Many of her friends prefer one or another aspect of her, not both. This can cause her female friends, most of whom are intellectuals, to abandon her when she wants to play outside, and her male friends to do likewise when she wants to just talk or play imaginative or creative games. This creates confusion within Evangeline, preventing her from acting like herself in a tomboyish way around girls, and preventing her from acting like an intellectual around boys. Her true self becomes hidden and her portrayal to others is normally always half-complete, not wholly complete.
Evangeline's judgment of others, compared to herself, often makes it difficult for her to see others in a good light. She gets so focused on comparing them to her that she forgets that they are human and have faults, just as she does. This tendency often makes her lose the chance to be friends with some people or to take advantage of what others have to offer, leaving her behind while others ride ahead, causing her to be jealous of them and start the whole process over again. This also inhibits those that would be friends, for she views boys, in general, as mostly unintelligent, unfit to discuss subjects of an intellect, and views girls, in general, as mostly un-athletic, missing out on the fun to be had in playing outdoor games.
Evangeline enjoys being outside, much more so than being inside. She feels more at home in the outside air than in the choked, stuffy air inside. She isn't claustrophobic, but every once in a while, she feels as if she is being constrained when she is inside, even if she is inside a large room. As well as feeling more at home, most of her playtime takes place outside, where she plays mostly with boys in games such as football (soccer) and dodgeball.
Evangeline isn't fond of boys in a sexual way yet, but she often finds them more appealing than their female counterparts. She is drawn to them only because they have some of the same physical tendencies as she does, although she doesn't consider them, in general, as smart as her; or girls in general. Despite their lesser intellect, Evangeline would usually consider herself closer to boys than to girls, in terms of companionship and comfort in groups of those genders.
Evangeline enjoys following sports and she tries to attend most of the games played by Chichester High School. She especially likes football (soccer), and is a fan of the Chelsea team; and their games are about the only thing she watches on the television. When she heard that the magic world had its own sport, she convinced her parents to purchase several books on the topic so she could study up on Quidditch. She was disappointed to learn that only second year students and older could play, but looks forward to at least going to watch the games and enjoying them that way.
Evangeline has an itch for people who act unintelligent or have no common sense. Although she might not be very clever in an academic sense, her quest for answers grants her more knowledge than most her age. From this standard, Evangeline measures others' supposed knowledge, and thus their appropriate behavior based on their knowledge and their level of and use of common sense. This often means that, although she enjoys playing with them, Evangeline looks down on boys in the classroom, when she is trying to learn and satisfy her curiosity.
Evangeline doesn't care very much for making her appearance look perfect, or like models in magazines. She could care less about how her nose compares to Jennifer Lopez's or how Hillary Duff gets that particular look. She cares little for makeup or creams or any other kinds of beauty-care products. Evangeline would prefer to spend her time reading, playing outside, watching football or continuing her quest for knowledge. This sets her apart from other girls and often makes her uncomfortable talking and being around girls who enjoy comparing themselves to famous actors and putting on makeup and other beauty-care products.
Shortly after she was born, Evangeline's father was accepted to a position at a college near London. Seeing the opportunity to advance his career, he moved his family to a house in a suburb outside of London and went to work at the college. The family soon adjusted, and two years later, Nicole started Primary School. Evangeline started preschool that same year. The Erinths had lived peacefully and happily in their house for four years, until Evangeline was nearly five, when her grandmother took ill.
Evangline's grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer. She entered a local hospital for treatment, and Evangeline's father took it upon himself to visit and support her. He took a leave of absence from the college to help her between visits to the hospital and a year later, convinced Evangeline's mother to move the family back to Chichester. They moved in to Evangeline's grandmother's house, while her grandmother remained in treatment. The doctors did what they could for her, but they were tied by the ineffectiveness of their treatments. They were only able to prolong her life, and six months after the family had moved back to Chichester, the doctors granted Evangeline's grandmother only two months to live. She was checked out of the hospital and Evangeline's father tried to make her comfortable at home and keep her there, but she refused to be cooped up inside during her last days, and insisted she be let out to live life to the fullest. Two weeks later, while returning from a day trip to London, she was found dead in her car on the side of the road. The police identified her body and notified the family appropriately.
Although they had known of Evangeline's grandmother's impending death for a while, the inaccuracy of the doctor's statement hit her parents hard. They had hoped to have another six weeks with Augustine's mother, but were devastated when her life was cut several weeks short of the doctor's prediction. But while Augustine sunk into depression, quitting his job at the college, Rebecca took charge. She organized the funeral plans, dealt with members of the family and friends of her mother-in-law, and got a job at a local accounting firm to support the family. Nicole was sad for weeks afterwards, and for a long while, she protested having to go to school. But Evangeline seemed to escape the trauma. She had not grown up living with her grandmother, as her sister, Nicole, had done, nor had she grown attached to her grandmother. She was unable to feel the same level of sorrow and on some levels she didn't understand her grandmother's death. It didn't help when she overheard her mother telling her sister that her grandmother was just gone on a long vacation, and they would see her again. Although that might have been true in a spiritual sense, young Evangeline took it literally, and believed that her grandmother would be sitting at home when she got out of school, or would burst through the door just as the family was sitting down to eating one night. It took several years for Evangeline to get over this idea and come to terms with the fact that her grandmother had passed away.
Having escaped the effects of her grandmother's death, Evangeline was able to progress through life and school normally. She excelled in her classes, taking a fond interest in history and math, the latter much to her father's delight. He began looking for jobs again, and found one at the local high school. He began teaching freshman-level math at Chichester High School and found his passion there. Years later, when he was approached to accept a job once again at a college, he declined, saying his place was in the High School, not the college. Nicole did well in school as well, finding an easy transition to the secondary school level, where she found a group of friends to hang out with and support her. She would often spend evenings at so-and-so's house, meeting with all the girls in her social group, to talk, look at magazines, or try on makeup. Evangeline went to one of her sister's evening parties and found that she strongly disliked them.
Evangeline's mother continued to work at the local accounting firm, going to night school to train for her test to become an accountant on her own right. For many years she attended night school, until Evangeline was nine, when she finally earned her degree, and a few months later, her certification. Although she stayed with the firm, she was promoted to a full-time accountant and the benefits and pay that came with it. With the increase in pay, Evangeline's mother and father considered sending their daughters to private school, but decided against it at the time, even though they had the financial resources to do so.
In the summer of Evangeline's tenth year, she was playing outside when she found a small black bird huddled among the tall grass that grew around the school. Hiding it until the end of the day, she took the bird home and hid it in her dresser until that evening. She suggested getting a pet that night at dinner, and when her parents seemed supportive, she introduced them to the bird she now called Tetzel. Her parents were shocked at first by the bird, which turned out to be a crow, but grew to accept it. They provided Evangeline with books on how to raise birds and care for them, as well as providing a cage, food and toys for Tetzel. Evangeline hated to put Tetzel in his cage, so he remained loose for the majority of the time, and returned to his cage only to eat and drink when he couldn't find anything outside.
Over the summer, Evangeline and Tetzel grew in their relationship. She learned some of his body language, and a few of his calls, and he learned how to understand some of her words and commands. Evangeline spent many hours outside just talking to Tetzel, and was amused by the way that the bird would tilt his head to the side and then quickly nod, as if he understood what she was saying, even though he often did the opposite of what she wanted him to do. The neighborhood kids grew to like Tetzel as well, especially when he helped Evangeline's team when they were playing football (soccer) by grabbing pebbles and dropping them on the heads of the opposing teammates. As winter fell, however, and the outside activity fell, Tetzel spent most of the time indoors. On warmer days, he would venture outside with Evangeline, but for the most part, during the winter, Tetzel was a rare sight to see outside.
Tetzel not only provided an amusement, but he was someone to whom Evangeline could talk to freely and feel comfortable talking to. He seemed to understand her, even when she thought what she was talking about was far beyond his comprehension. Tetzel became Evangeline's confidante, she shared her every secret with him, and her sorrows and accomplishments. When she was sad, Tetzel comforted her by rubbing her ear with his soft-feathered head. When she was happy, Tetzel would caw with glee, though sometimes so much that Evangeline had to tell him to keep quiet, lest he bother the rest of the house and force her to get rid of him. Evangeline began to think of Tetzel as another person, though one in the form of a crow.
When she received her letter from Hogwarts, amidst her delight, Evangeline was worried that she would not be able to bring Tetzel. Evangeline's message in response to the letter contained a request to bring Tetzel along, even though he was not an Owl, a Toad or a Cat. For many days, she fretted over the possible response, until one finally arrived, saying that she could bring Tetzel, as long as she provided a roost and food for him, for he would not be sharing the owlery with the school and student-brought owls. She happily agreed and was delighted at the fact that she could bring along her closest friend and companion to the school with her.
Other than being a tomboy, Evangeline doesn't really have any special attributes.
A black-feathered crow named Tetzel. Tetzel is a small bird, small compared to other crows, and takes advantage of his size to perch on Evangeline's shoulder. He has a sharp caw that he uses to call out warnings or when he is faced with someone or something he doesn't like. He can understand what Evangeline says, or so it seems, but the translation is more difficult the other way around. Tetzel's calls aren't always understood by Evangeline, she only knows a few by heart. However, she understands his body language, such as when Tetzel nibbles on her ear in affection, or taps his right leg on her shoulder just before he takes off.
Pernambuco (also called Brazilwood), nine and five-eighths inches, slightly flexible but not springy, griffin feather. The griffin feather causes the wand to be more adept at charms and especially with spells involving precious medals and gems or sight, because of the griffin's magical tendencies towards those items. The Pernambuco wood, found in the depths of the Brazilian rain forest, is hardly known to western wand-makers, and rarely are these wands found in stores outside of South America. The wood possesses a tendency towards hex spells, especially those once used by the witches of the woman-warriors of the Amazon. Despite its strange origin and components, this wand was found on the dusty shelves of a wand shop on Diagon Alley, tucked away in the back on the bottom of the furthest shelf from the store's entrance.
Pine, nine and five-eighths inches, slightly flexible but not springy, unicorn hair. The pine wood is good for most spells that require clarity and preciseness. It does well in rituals of keeping or preservation as well as in divining or scrying practices. It can also be used to uncover illusions, calm passions and clear the mind. The unicorn hair is also used for calming the mind, as well as preserving balance, soothing agitation and as it is from a creature who is immortal, it does well in any health-related spells. The wand as a whole is calm and precise, though somewhat cold. It is good for both charms and transfiguration, and it could be good at divination if the owner excelled as well. This wand provides excellent results at procuring images of the past or memory-strengthening spells, but is not suitable for the dark arts.
A wooden flute, given to her by her father for her eighth birthday. She tries to play it, but without proper music, or even proper training, she often fails or produces awkward sounds that barely resemble music. She would like to learn how to play the flute, but her dissatisfaction with previous attempts at playing it discourages her from asking someone for instruction.
Ravenclaw. "Where those of wit and learning will always find their kind." Evangeline's seemingly insatiable curiosity and her love of sarcasm makes her the perfect candidate for the house. Any other house simply wouldn't do her justice. She isn't all that brave and courageous, she can be hardworking at times but that isn't her forte, and she isn't one to disregard all thoughts of order and kindness just to get what she wants. She wants friends, sure, she'll stick up for friends, sure, she'll work hard, sure, but the house that best fits her would be Ravenclaw.
One of the kids on the train had told her to change, they would arrive at the school soon. Eager to pass the time until the train arrived at the school, Evangeline headed off to the one of the bathrooms to change. There were other girls in the bathroom, checking out their new attire for the school. Passing them, the girl headed for the back of the bathroom, grabbing the counter for a moment to steady herself as the train bumped and rattled the car. Entering the last stall, Evangeline dumped her bag on the ground and started to change.
When she pulled out the skirt that was part of her uniform, her enthusiasm fell. She looked at it scornfully, wishing that it would just disappear. Why a skirt, she wanted to ask. What could provoke someone to include a skirt as part of the uniform? Weren't pants enough? Couldn't girls, just as well as boys, wear pants? She gave a sigh, resigned to her fate, a sigh that made the girls outside stop talking for a moment, and with narrowed eyes at the skirt, she began to put it on.
It was too short. Evangeline could feel the cool air swirling around her upper legs, and it made her uncomfortable. Any higher, she thought, and the skirt would cover nothing but the waist. Disgusted, she pulled on the rest of her uniform and then turned to the robe. At least they're full length, she thought. She stuck her arm into one of the robe's sleeves and then her other arm, and pulled it up to her shoulders and around her body. The robe did at least flatten the skirt down to her legs, so that the air didn't circulate so much and bother her. She was glad for that at least.
Gathering up the rest of her clothes, she headed back out to the compartment she had been sitting in. She tossed her bag back up onto the luggage shelf and sat down. If there had not been other students sitting in the compartment, her arms would have folded and the girl would have gone into a pout. She very much wanted to, but resisted, fearing that others would get a poor impression of her even before they arrived at the school. But the fact was simple and plain, she didn't like skirts.
: July 24, 2007, 07:28:52 pm by The Insane Admin
Evangeline Erinth - [Unified Hogwarts]
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