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Name: AshtonCharacter name: Jocasta CallaghanFeature you are applying for: OcclumensDescription of the character: Jocasta is a very headstrong person with strong morals. However, this does not hinder her from keeping her mouth shut in serious situations or being able to lie to people. I think she would have wanted to learn this obscure branch of magic, she's all about taking risks with her own life, but she wants to make sure all the people she cares about are safe. Jo is an established person among the ministry workers, since her father works there in the Department of Mysteries and she has several other friends and acquaintances that are successfully working there as well. She is a really distrusting person with those she doesn't know, and she can be insecure in risky situations with suspicious personnel. She is calculating and analytical, thinking of all the possible outcomes of one situation. Going along with this is her ability to talk to other people and finding ways around offending them or irritating them because of wrong word choice. Defense Against the Dark Arts has been a strong subject of hers through her whole life, and in school she excelled in it both in early years and when it was time to earn OWLS and NEWTS. This contributes to the amount of pressure and pain she can withstand, especially being an Auror, she knows how to handle certain forms of magic without cracking. All together, she is a very stable person that is capable of learning new things and educating herself with the help of others.Application: I'm applying for this feature because I think it makes perfect sense for her to utilize this. One of her greatest strengths at Hogwarts was Defense Against the Dark Arts, and this is a very strange form of magic that obviously needs some practice to master. I am not asking for her to be an expert at it, I think she should still be in the process of learning the dynamics of how to use this ability to her advantage. It fits her personality because only extremely able people are able to control this to any extent, and I think she has the capability to withstand major pressure both on herself and to keep secrets. Since she will not have been discovered as an Order member yet, it will be valuable for them to have someone still working in the Auror department and able to access information about Voldemort's next moves and how things are going there. However, if she was to be discovered, the Occlumens feature would help in defending classified information from any semi-skilled Legilimens or capable Unforgivable Curse performer. She is associating with several people in the ministry that are also involved with the Order, and I think she feels it is her responsibility to keep them all safe. Anyone that knows about this kind of magic knows that you can't lie to a Legilimens unless you can counteract it, so I want her to be able to do that so a whole bunch of people don't end up dead on her account. For example, if a Death Eater found out where the Order was currently located and who was in it, Jocasta's dearest friends and family could easily be accessed and killed. Occlumency also helps prevent the effects of the Imperius Curse, which has given the Order some grief before because of flat-out unpreparedness. With this ability, and once she has gotten the hang of it a little more, she can distribute it throughout the Order to give people some defense so they aren't completely helpless against any kind of dark force. All in all, I want this feature not just as a pretty thing to show off, but to spread the wealth a little and to help out the causes she really believes in.With that said, I will try to make this go in the general direction of canon by just having an NPC that her father knows try and teach it to her around the beginning to middle of her Auror training. I think this will give her at least enough experience to have someone keep practicing with her with it, to strengthen her skill, or practicing on her own to brush up on her skills. There are and will be plenty of situations set in the workplace where she can use this ability, and I think there will be plenty of opportunities to roleplay it out with other drivers as well in many different types of situations.Future plots: On to the subject of future plots. I'm mostly leaning towards dilemmas with the Order where she'd have to use this, and since she's already paranoid from her current job, it's not going to change her sheet or her personality so much. Really, this SF can be used in any everyday situation with this kind of job because on a normal day, she's out doing something risky basically regardless. However, when the war is over and she is able to return to her normal duties of hunting dark wizards and helping to lock people up, she will still be able to use this. There are many dark wizards that probably are expert Legilimens that aren't involved with Voldemort, so she'll still be able to put these abilities to use even after he's vanquished and all that general stuff.It's true that there won't be as many Order problems after the war is concluded, but all I'm saying is that it won't be a temporary fling and I will roleplay it out as much as possible to make this entire application and effort worthwhile. There are plenty of different situations that she could use this with, even with people she's come to trust. This feature could create problems with close relationships, which could also lead to some interesting plots. All together, I think I can plot some legitimate ideas with other drivers that will help her character and feature develop even more over time.I haven't talked extreme specifics with other drivers, but I do have some plots worked out with people that have Order characters where this feature can be put to use. Really, I only think vague plots are needed until I can get her sorted and established and then by all means I'll plot even more with dark wizard/DE drivers so I can utilize this ability in more than one way.She honestly felt as though the world was ending. After reliving so many horrid visions and memories in her head after that lesson with Mr. Glasby, she just needed to go home and sleep. The things that had invaded her mind and tore open her soul would stay there forever, but Jo reminded herself that she had to be strong and make some sacrifices of her own if she wanted to keep the people she loved safe. The people she loved. Her father, Kendrick, Tolfrey, and all the muggle-borns that she knew were in hiding. Some of them she'd even helped hide. Jo didn't want anyone to die on her account. Die was a strong word, but with the war going on and all that nasty stuff, she wasn't about to take any risks. Jocasta had been goaded, almost tortured during what she and her teacher called 'a lesson'. She had one once every couple weeks, and that was almost too much to handle at times. She smoothed down her black slacks, assuming that the dark circles had reappeared under her eyes. She would've apparated to her office like normal, but then she was positive she would've either thrown up in the wastebasket or all over the floor. Glasby had no intent to hurt her, she knew that, but she also knew that she was going to get hurt regardless. That was just the way the 'sport' of sorts of Occlumency worked. As painful as it was, Jocasta was aware that it would be worth it in the end. In the end, it would all be over, and everything horrible would be vanquished. Hopefully by the time she was old she would know peace, but sometimes she doubted that. Thinking of possible outcomes was either everyone ended up dead, Voldemort remained in power, or everything changed forever when he was destroyed. If he was destroyed. Part of the reason Jocasta had wanted to join the Order in the first place was to restore control. Everything from the time Harry Potter had entered Hogwarts and onward had been a downward-spiraling mess, and even if it was just a small impact on everything, Jocasta wanted to do something to help. Even the smallest things helped. That was what her mother always told her. How great would it be to prove that someone as unknown as her could make a difference in the wizarding world? That would make her lifetime.The lesson had been excruciatingly unbearable. Seeing images of good things were almost always dulled down during them, but whenever a bad memory or prediction came up, it seemed like it was a billion times amplified. When those things happened in your head and affected every single one of your senses, it felt like you were being pulled down into a literal abyss. Sometimes it just felt like she couldn't take the strain anymore, but when she thought of her future and the people she loved, it was just enough to push a little further, to keep moving forward. Practicing Occlumency, or rather, shielding your mind and thoughts while someone else tries to break into them, was a tiring thing. It was like you didn't have any privacy in your own mind- which, if you didn't defend very well, you didn't- and it drained your energy for days at a time. Glasby had been reluctant to teach her at first and thought it was a bad idea, but a young Jo had been so determined, so he'd given in. Finally reaching her office, her black flats dragged across the floor and she tapped the doorknob with her wand, entering her small, cozy office with a sigh of relief. No one was there. Privacy was heaven after the ends of lessons. Jocasta seated herself in the large, cushioned chair and laid her head on the cold wood of her desk. Maybe she would go home later, she thought, as her eyelids began to droop.
Name: IngaCharacter name: Ernest CairnsFeature you are applying for: Elemental ~ Zealot DeminDescription of the character: Ernest Cairns is a very power hungry person. He is 178 years old and has spent most of his life as a member of the Council. Although he has been loyal to the Council for such a long time, Ernest wants to break out of the hierarchy in which he won't ever be able to be the leader. He is constantly longing to become more powerful and to give elementals the recognition in the world which he thinks they deserve. Ernest has gained a vast knowledge on different matters in the course of his life and is particularly interested in politics. In his opinion elementals should rule the world as they can control the elements and have a longer life span than other people. This gives them an advantage and the right to rule others. Having a high opinion of himself, he naturally sees himself as a born leader.When Ernest wants something he'll do anything to get what he wants and doesn't hesitate when it comes to using (and abusing) his powers. In his opinion anything is permitted when he wants to reach his goals. He is a rather witty person who tries to use others for his purposes and when they don't do what he wants he might get livid. While he is a loud and bold person he has learned to control his temper over the years. He can be quite charming and cunning when the situation calls for it. After all, he doesn't like to do everything himself and might, therefore, try to make others do the dirty work for him while he stays in charge of the situation in general. He isn't beyond spreading rumours to unsettle the balance in the Council and to confuse new Council elementals.In his opinion non-elemental wizards are just unworthy 'wand wavers' that are inferior and should be treated like that. Ernest is obsessed with power and with amassing wealth. He is also extremely greedy and doesn't usually share anything with anyone. Since there have been several situations in which he disagreed with the Council he doesn't show loyalty to anyone anymore. Seeing how the Council disappointed him in some ways as, for example, by supporting muggleborns with the Ward project, he is looking for new directions. The war in the wizarding world was something that instilled the wish in him to demonstrate his power in a fight as well. However, he regarded the battle of the 'wand wavers' as unworthy of his attention. Application: The idea for this applications stems primarily from my wish to offer new big plots to the members of Magical Hogwarts. Since we reached the end of the last Harry Potter book we don't have any big canon plot lines to follow anymore and I believe that this is our chance to start something original, to start independent plots for either the entire board or groups of characters. Seeing that there were a few elemental applications in the last couple of months, I felt that it was maybe time for us to give the elementals a larger plot so that not only the elemental characters get 'some action' but that also non-elementals can get involved. Ernest is supposed to become a bad guy. He has no conscience when it comes to reaching his own goals and his goal is to amass wealth and to become a very powerful wizard.I am sure that I can play this character well without abusing his powers. Despite all his power Ernest will have his fair share of weaknesses and, while he is intelligent, he will not always make the best decisions. I believe I have proven over the last years that I'm a very reliable member who enjoys contributing to the roleplay experience on Magical Hogwarts. With Minerva McGonagall I have also shown that I can handle a special feature well. Now aside from the fact that I want to make this character to give Magical Hogwarts a new plot line, I figured that Ernest would be a new challenge for me as a roleplayer. I've been searching for such a challenge lately and I think I found it here. I have never had a real 'bad guy' or an elemental before and I think that this particular combination is quite thrilling not only for me but also for the whole community. Future plots: I have talked to several drivers and discussed possible plots and was actually excited to see that people are indeed up for my idea. I have countless plans for what this character can and will do in the future. However, I will only list a selection of those here which involve concrete other characters.First of all, I have, of course, spoken to Julie and we agreed that Peter Alva Tannenbaum and Ernest Cairns will become opponents. Ernest disliked a couple of decisions the Council made and thinks that the Council is holding him back. He will, therefore, break with the Council and thus also with Peter and go his own way. We intend to play this out and will that way create a platform for the following plots which Ernest will have.With Lauren I discussed a connection with Iuliana Keane. When Iuliana came to the Council Ernest was already there and was a powerful zealot who managed to control his element well. Iuliana looked up to him and when he disagreed with the Council's directions he sometimes shared this with her. However, now he will approach her to try and convince her of the fact that the Council is actually restricting them in their development and that it is a better idea to go their own way. She will try to make him stay even though he's set to leave and break with the Council. This will make both characters struggle with what they want and what others think is right. While Ernest is an independent person who doesn't care much for other people's opinions one should not forget that he has spent most of his long life with the Council and, no matter how determined he might be, he might realise that staying with the Council is, in fact, the easiest way. He will have to decide whether he wants to fight for what he wants or whether he wants to lead a comfortable life as a part of a community.When he leaves the Council he will approach several young elementals / new Council members and try to make them join him. I've spoken to Carys (Linnet Willowsong), Jenny (Zoé Deveaux), Lena (Volker Blauvelt), Katherine (Phridae Summers), Juliet (Vance McLaren), Hannah (Motya Zapashny) and Ashton (Melusine Musel) and they were all up for this plot. Whether or not their characters decide to actually follow him or not is entirely up to them. Ernest would naturally appreciate it if people sided with him. However, he won't back down if these young elementals do not share his views. In the contrary, I think he would be even more determined to leave the Council and pursue his own goals if most of the other elementals don't want to join him.Other than that Carys and I discussed a plot where Ernest gets into Schull estate as he might be unaffacted by the fidelius charm and thus frightens Dermod and Cliona Morfessa. They might then side with him. Furthermore, Ernest is naturally up for other plots involving 'wand wavers'; that is, non elemental wizards which he considers to be quite unworthy. His profession might also lead to plot possibilities. Being an architect, Ernest uses his elemental powers to build houses as well as to make them crash. He doesn't care much about hiding his abilities. Actually, he rather prefers to expose them. In conclusion I want to say thanks to all drivers who were up for plots. Your willingness to throw your characters into a new plot confirmed me that I'm on a good track with this idea. Furthermore, I would like to point out that Ernest will be up for a lot more plots of different size. He will not only have plots with just one other character but also plots in which several other people can get involved.RP sample using the feature: As he left the Council in Inverness Ernest felt anger boiling up inside of him. Why were the structures figuratively set in stone? It was stupid and actually also pointless to try and hide information about powerful elemental spells from him. He would find a way to get these scrolls of parchment. If they didn't give them out voluntarily he'd use one of the inexperienced acolytes to reach his goal. That shouldn't be too hard, after all. There were quite a few acolytes at the Council that were not powerful enough to withstand him. Thinking about it some more, Ernest came to the conclusion that he might even be able to convince one of them to give him the desired documents without having to use magic. Not every acolyte knew which scrolls they were allowed to give out and which were secret. Maybe one of them would follow his orders without questioning them. Anyway, Ernest was still livid. The Council was a sad example of how institutions could hinder people from developing their abilities and going their own ways. With the current Harbingers the elementals would never get the recognition they actually deserved. Ernest didn't want to accept that elementals should keep in the background. In fact, he thought that they were existing to live in the spotlight. They should rule the world, actually he should rule it. He believed himself to have the drive, the willpower, and the ability to dominate the entire world. He had followed the ongoings in the wizarding world over the past couple of years and had been astounded that a fool like this Voldemort had been able to frighten people so much. He was just a pathetic wand waver and thus nobody of any consequence. Ernest had been thinking of getting involved but then again he didn't care enough about the wand wavers to mind their business. However, now that Voldemort didn't hold the wizarding world in breath anymore, Ernest felt that his time was coming.While these thoughts had crossed his mind, Ernest had walked down a street and hadn't paid attention to his surroundings. Now, however, he felt that somebody was observing him and, as he turned to the side, he saw a woman in the window of a cottage looking at him. He supposed that strangers rarely walked down this street and that she was curious to see what he was doing. Being in an angry mood anyway, Ernest was unwilling to let the woman get away with observing him. His eyes narrowed as he glared at her. Did he see a wand in her hand or was he imagining things? Well, it didn't really matter. He looked around, checking if anybody else was watching him. While it was of little importance to him if there were witnesses, he still preferred to know what was going on. Once he came to the conclusion that only this woman had noticed his presence, he looked at the cottage again. In a sweet tone, combined with a merciless smile he spoke the incantation and a split second later the house in front of him collapsed. As the stone walls crumbled down and buried the woman under a pile of rocks, a sardonic laugh escaped him. It always felt great when he could use his control over his element and he couldn't really tell whether he preferred it when he could destroy or build things. Both were immensely satisfying. Yet, destroying stone buildings definitely served to release pent up anger. Seeing the cottage in ruins, he turned around and continued on his way, feeling rather triumphant.