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The Sorting Hat / Re: Character changes & retcons!
« Last post by Marianela Liboretti on Yesterday at 12:53:53 AM »
Character's name: @Marianela Liboretti
Changes made:

- Sheet added to profile
- Age updated
- References to school removed from dressing style/personality
- Brief reference to the wedding in her personality
- Ages of family updated
- Twins added!
- History: 7th year added, post-graduation added
- RP response updated

Approved!
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The Sorting Hat / Re: Sort me!
« Last post by Natasha Dobrowa on October 16, 2017, 06:27:36 PM »
Character's name: @Natasha Dobrowa
Link to character's EFBs (if applicable): -
Does this character have an approved special feature? If so, please link to the application: -

can she please have an artist tag too pls? *puppy eyes*
thank you!<333

pending! please check your PMs~
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Special Features & Items / Re: Special Feature Applications
« Last post by Michael on October 14, 2017, 07:54:44 PM »
Name: Michael

Character name: Mihkkal Huuskonen

Feature you are applying for: Discipulus Hor

Description of the character: Mihkkal is a member of a village of Sami wizards and elementals who live in the Sami Domicile Area in Northern Finland. His family have been herding reindeer for many years and have one of the largest herds in Scandinavia. In addition to their successes as reindeer herdsmen, Mihkkal’s father has served as a member of the village’s leadership council due to his status as an elemental. A lot of Mihkkal’s life so far has been dedicated to learning about, helping out with, and protecting the family assets, reindeer. The village that Mihkkal and his family live in was founded by a group of travelling elementals and wizards several hundred years ago.

Mihkkal showed signs of elemental magic at an early age. The normal course of action for elemental children is that they are removed from their families and placed under the care of one of the elemental families in the village to be instructed in elemental magic and raised as leaders of their home. While his father is one of these elementals in a leadership position, his mother was afraid to have her son denied the opportunity to receive a standard magical education and began influencing his father to lie and hide Mihkkal’s elemental magic so that he could attend Koldo with the other children of the village. In an effort to appease Mihkkal’s mother, his father took to the books and did some research, finding a suppression rune that could be used to hide his powers from others in the village but would also prevent him from using or showing his powers as well. Turning the rune into a necklace, Mihkkal’s parents impressed on him the importance of wearing it on a regular basis. The rune, plus making sure that Mihkkal knew to avoid situations in which his elemental magic could manifest, his parents suppressed the signs of elemental magic until his 11th birthday when he was able to receive admission to Koldo. Koldo was Mihkkal’s first exposure to the wider wizarding world. The people in his village dealt almost exclusively with each other, providing the things that each other needed in their community. Being relatively sheltered through the younger part of his life compared to many of his classmates made his first year or two seem rather awkward while he tried to figure out what was going on in a non-communal society and had to do his best to learn Russian.

Life in the high arctic has helped breed elements of a hard nature into Mihkkal. He is calculating, practical, logical in the ways he approaches problems, because where he comes from, indecision and foolishness can cost one their life. The boy’s hard nature and cold exterior are just a consequence of his work. When with his family or those from his village, the young Sami is a very enjoyable person to be around. He cares deeply for the bonds of village and community, especially guarding the culture of the Sami people. The one area of his life that is somewhat different from a normal Hor elemental is that Mihkkal is prone to lust or jealousy. This is the one emotion that gets the best of him. Having had little by way of leisure time or items during his early childhood, the boy’s eyes were opened upon his arrival at Koldo. He does his best to keep his jealousy and lust under wraps, but isn’t always able.

Now that he has attained admission to, and has begun his studies at, Koldo; instead of hiding his elemental nature to avoid drawing attention to something people don't know anything about and exposing the elemental order, Mihkkal does his best to hide his elemental nature to prevent being found out by the leaders of the village. If they found out that his parents had purposely kept his elemental powers a secret, they could be in serious trouble.

Application:

I have been on MH for many years now and my first character, Kyle Gibbes, eventually retconned from his humble Hufflepuff background to an Madin elemental. Apart from Kyle, I have never had a character with an SF and had never really considered the option of creating a character dependent on the SF for their character. Mihkkal is somewhat different. Mihkkal snuck into my head as I was working on Mattias and noticed the need for more Koldo students. Jared had Volya at Koldo and I thought it would be an interesting dynamic to see a student master relationship actually play out as opposed to the so often done NPC for elemental training or students getting together and helping each other. That being the case, originally I saw Mihkkal as more of a nomadic / gypsy character background, but as I did some more research I found a lot of information about reindeer herding and the Sami people of Scandinavia. Fascinated by them and the prospect of a more rural character, I kept reading and researching and as I did, Mihkkal grew into a more defined being in my mind.

Mihkkal is different from most played elementals on the site as he was born an elemental and identified by his parents as such before ever leaving for school. The dynamic of a village with an elemental caste came about after talking more with Samm about some possible plots. Working a little bit on the background, I developed the idea a little more and came up with the village of Karkvikog; a village founded by wizards and elementals working together with a somewhat ambiguous past shrouded in legend passed down orally. Key to his development will be the idea of having kept his elemental nature under wraps through his childhood and into his time at Koldo. He is incredibly secretive to avoid the chance anyone from home could find out he is an elemental and the leadership of the village retaliate against his family for hiding him.

Mihkkal is also somewhat advanced in the theoretical stages of his elemental knowledge. He has a vast understanding of how things work, at least from the tradition used to train in the village. Because the village is not quite council, they have not adapted in the same ways the council has. Some of the magic used is slightly different and Mihkkal had no understanding of Gaelic at all. However, seeing his father and some of the others in the village use elemental magic, Mihkkal knows the incantations and the basics of how to manipulate water. This makes him more receptive to the training and he is able to pick up on things faster as a result. As of now, he is at a fourth year level in spells, about a half year ahead; and is able to hold the basics of a morph. He will undergo his initialization during his third year which I hope to play out.
 
Other than that I would like to thank everyone for the help and willingness to plot and thread with Mihkkal. I know that there are not a lot of future plots listed out, but there are some very in depth plots that will play off the village idea and the opportunity to have more elemental threads with council connections and school will open plenty of new ideas once the young lad has moved outside his comfort zone of sheltered life in Karkvikog.

Future plots:

I have talked with Jared and his elemental Volya will have been the one who “discovered” Mihkkal. Mihkkal knows what being an elemental would mean if the village found out he was one so he has worked with Volya to keep everything done for training done at school. We have talked about doing training threads around the school from time to time.

A big part of any elemental’s life and development is their initialization. Since Mihkkal is somewhat hidden from the people of his village, this is an even more interesting piece. In the village, the Initialization, or Vuoch'chân ceremony is a culminating event for an elemental. Family is invited, friends are there and it is a full coming of age party. The village truly sees you as a member of the community at this point. Mihkkal’s rune necklace and family protection has prevented the village from finding out about him. While his parents have explained why nobody can know he is an elemental at home, as he gets closer to his initialization in the elemental order, Mihkkal starts to want to be honest with himself and his village. His initialization ceremony will be done in secret as a protection to him and his family but Mihkkal is also going to end up letting his secret slip to one or two of his closest friends, not being able to deal with the internal struggle of hiding it from everyone anymore.

One of the people that Mihkkal tells about his secret will be Konrad Lidström. Konrad has a protectors mentality that will help Mihkkal feel safe about his secret being in his hands. In a way, Konrad will take on the role of a big brother for Mihkkal as he is away from family and no one back at home outside his family even knows the real him. Konrad and Mihkkal will be a close pair from the time around his initialization until after Konrad leaves school.

Dylan ’s Kanat and Mihkkal will have run into each other at the council in Mihkkal’s history. This will have been an opportunity for him to learn about other magical schools since he doesn’t know much about the magical world besides his little village. After getting along favorably, Mihkkal handled the Durmstrang merge better than many of his classmates from Koldo. Now Kanat and Mihkkal continue to thread at the council from time to time for extra training and general life as an elemental advice.

And here is the big one. Samm's WIP Ramazan was important in the founding of Mihkkal’s village of Karkvikog. During the founding, the people of the village made a deal with Ramazan, who the villagers now know as The Founder, that they would isolate the children with elemental powers to train them to lead the village and instruct them in the elemental magics as children. This deal was all fine and well as long as there were no more than 5 elementals in a generation. After the 5th one, Ramazan was entitled to return to the village and collect any additional children to train on his own. Mihkkal’s parents didn’t really believe the legend anymore as no particular generation had had 5 elementals in it so they decided to hide his magic so that he could get a Koldo life. As a result, Ramazan is going to find out that there is a 6th in the generation and end up coming to collect him. There will be a fight and ultimately much of the village will be killed off / have its Madin protection removed.

After learning more about the deal that exists between The Founder and the village, and finding out that it is real, Mihkkal is going to spend quite a bit of time scouring the library. During this time, he will work with his friends who know about his elementalism to help search more books, believing that time is of the essence. His secrecy will likely draw the attention of professors and staff, but with the danger that his home is in, the only person he can trust is Volya. In addition to research threads, Mihkkal will relay his concerns with Volya and will discuss going back, revealing himself to the village, and what he can do to prevent anything too damning happening with Ramazan.

RP sample using the feature:

Mihkkal  was exhausted, physically and mentally from last term. His elemental training was now in its third and arguably most difficult year, and his course work was picking up. It was sheer willpower that had gotten the young Sami through the last few weeks and into winter break. The break could not have come at a better time, and yet, winter break didn’t mean the same thing to Mihkkal  and his family as it did to most others. To Mihkkal , winter was the most dangerous time of year for his family and their prized herd of reindeer, the family livelihood. Living as far north as they did, Muggle related accidents were uncommon, but predatory, drowning, and freezing accidents were far too common. As such, Mihkkal  and his family spent as many hours a day as was safe outside with their herd, ensuring they had access to fresh, unfrozen water and a plentiful supply of hay to keep them fed.

Three days into his “holiday” Mihkkal  woke and began his ritual of preparing for work in the frozen north. Fastening his gákti, Mihkkal  checked his pocket to ensure a few rune stones were still present. The young man cradled the Lapis Lazuli in his hand before dropping it back into his pocket and heading to the door of his cabin. Stepping into the bitter high arctic winter snow and winds, Mihkkal began his rounds as quickly as the weather would allow.

The first paddock was only a few hundred yards from the cabin, but in this weather, it was a struggle not only to reach it but even to see inside once there. Hopping the fence  Mihkkal  moved to the central structure that provided shelter to the reindeer in the harsh conditions. Once under the semi shelter, Mihkkal  pulled down some hay and checked the water trough. Realizing it was nearly bone dry, the young man removed a glove and reached into his pocket for one of the small blue runes. His family had practiced water manipulation, and even some base forms of elemental magic for years, but now that he had been identified as a true elemental, Professor Nikolov insisted that he use his magic properly. Focusing on the trough full of warm, drinkable water, Mihkkal  uttered the incantation “Hor Maximo” and immediately watched as trough filled itself. Tossing the dust from the expended rune aside, Mihkkal  gloved back up and made his way to the next paddock.

During the summer, the second paddock was his favorite. It bordered the river and was far enough from the cabin that it was hard to keep a careful eye from the porch and yard area. During the winter, however, the river provided an extra enemy. Predatory wolves and lynx were common enough through the winter, but the frozen river would annually claim several head of reindeer if not carefully monitored. As Mihkkal  approached he could already tell what was going on. The wooden post of the fence had been knocked off its fastening by one of the bull calves. Quickly retying the fastening with the bailers twine he had stashed in a tree stand nearby, Mihkkal  began the search for the missing calf. Moving towards the river, the search took next to no time for as soon as he reached the bank, Mihkkal  saw the young reindeer near the middle of the river, one foot stuck in a hole of ice, probably his own making. Taking a tentative step towards the calf to test the river, Mihkkal  found a path that led him to within a few feet of the injured calf, but he could go no further for fear of dropping both of them into the frozen water.

After a few moments thought, a crazy idea came to him. The calf was only a few feet away and he still had a few runes. The last spell hadn’t taken much out of the boy, so grabbing a second stone, Mihkkal  concentrated on the new spell Professor Nikolov had been teaching him. The water whip would allow Mihkkal  to wrap around the calf and, hopefully, jostle it out of the ice and to safety. Focusing on a steady stream of water, the incantation “Hor Cubo” was barely audible of the wind. The whip of water that appeared almost instantly was now under Mihkkal ’s control. Easing it around the calf, Mihkkal  pulled gently on it, loosening the hold the ice had on the calf’s hoof. After a few more pulls, Mihkkal  was able to pull the calf free and began moving back to the paddock. He still had a lot of work ahead of him, but at least this young bull would be safe tonight.
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The Sorting Hat / Re: Sort me!
« Last post by George Weasley on October 14, 2017, 08:38:13 AM »
Character's name: George Weasley
Link to character's EFBs (if applicable): weasley, prewett
Does this character have an approved special feature? If so, please link to the application: nope <3333

@Tori pending. please check your PMs
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The Sorting Hat / Re: Sort me!
« Last post by Marceline Shade on October 13, 2017, 04:31:05 PM »
Character's name: Marceline Shade
Link to character's EFBs (if applicable): EFB / Rich/influential application
Does this character have an approved special feature? If so, please link to the application: N/A

approved!
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The Sorting Hat / Re: Sort me!
« Last post by Ahn Jung-hee on October 13, 2017, 04:36:03 AM »
Character's name: Ahn Jung-hee
Link to character's EFBs (if applicable): NA
Does this character have an approved special feature? If so, please link to the application: NA

Pending, please check your PMs @Sarah C
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Questions & Answers / Re: Wandmakers?
« Last post by Ashton on October 12, 2017, 09:53:32 PM »
I'm going to mark this as solved!
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Questions & Answers / Re: Wandmakers?
« Last post by Lwineah on October 12, 2017, 08:35:09 PM »
Haha I understand that xD
I really wannaplay out wand choosing ceremony IC once >.> but I don't have any so young charries xD
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Questions & Answers / Re: Wandmakers?
« Last post by Sunny. on October 12, 2017, 08:32:19 PM »
@Taed that makes perfect sense... in my case, my character would definitely have a reasonable family connection to an independent wandmaker, as her father owns a business where he deals valuable/precious wizarding antiques and artifacts.

@Lwineah I love that idea...thank you for sharing, I did actually consider that as an option! but I so badly want to write her "wand choosing" ceremony lol
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Questions & Answers / Re: Wandmakers?
« Last post by Lwineah on October 12, 2017, 08:29:33 PM »
Just dropping in, if the charrie is pureblood than there's also a possibility they can have a wand that is inherited between some members or like a family treasure and she would be the one to claim the wand. I have @Tsukishima Arashi and his wand was a old family treasure as it had a hair of Kitsune at the core. Tsukki was the first to claim this wand in his family :)
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