Your Family & You!
Delaney was excited about today's lesson, as it was a fun one. At least, she thought so. She'd always enjoyed talking about her family, and naturally assumed everyone else did as well. "Hello again everyone! Today we'll be talking about our families! I know many of you must be very excited, but please remember to use your inside voices, thank you." She knew very few of them even had a grasp on the difference between inside and outside voices, but she was working on it. Smiling at Mrs Brom & Mr McRobbie, she jumped right into the lesson.
"So let's all get up and tell each other about our families, and where we're from!"
"I'll begin. My name is Delaney Blithe, and I've been married to a wonderful man called Edmund Blithe for nearly fourty years. I've lived in Wales my entire life, except for the seven years I spent in Hufflepuff House at Hogwarts, of course. And I've got a daughter, Kendall, who's currently married and living in Romania with her husband, studying plants." Quite happy with what she considered a lovely little story, she turned to listen carefully to her fellow instructors' stories as Mr McRobbie & Mrs Brom took their turns and allowed the children to take theirs.
Talking about family was something that Max loved doing. He took any opportunity to ramble on about his mum and dad, and most often his wife and sons, and this was the perfect platform to do so. He just had to sit and wait his turn was all, which proved difficult. He just wanted to brag about how his youngest had started walking, okay. :c
Fortunately, his turn came soon enough, and Max got to his feet. I'm Max McRobbie and I'm married to a lovely girl called Livvy, he pointed to the smiling picture of a blonde woman he'd stuck on with Pritt Stick, "My mum, Delia, and my dad, Evan have lived in Portobello all their lives. They raised me and my big brother Finn there too." The picture of Max and Finn showed the boys as children, standing in the playground of their primary school on Finn's first day. "I'll pass my family tree around so you can all see it," he passed off the work of art to the nearest kid, I dont live in Portobello any more, I moved to Leeds with Livvy a few years back, and now we have three sons, Jude, Milo and Oliver, who are 9, 4 and just under a year, he grinned contentedly, watching the reaction of each person to his family tree.
Obviously, it was the cutest thing ever. Restraining his rambling, Max sat down and let Mrs Brom take the floor.. .
"Yes! Family! I spent much of my time traveling when I was younger. I took to being an archaeologist right out of Hogwarts. It wasn't until I met my Husband, Barnaby, that we settled down in Chigwell. Well, it took us a little while to settle down but after having a few kids it was difficult to explain dragon bones without a child wielding it was a weapon." Her gaze softened as she considered the memory as something fond.
"I also brought in my family tree. Barn and I both come from slightly larger families and, as you can see, decided to have a larger one as well." The fact that she counted each pet as a child doubled the numbers; part of her still wanted to add them into the tree. "We would love to get to know you, too, so let's take the rest of this time to draw up little family trees. You don't have to worry about aunts and uncles unless you're feeling particularly ambitious!"
When you develop your character, figuring out their family and background are a lot of fun. And the more information you have, the easier it'll be to figure out exactly what makes them who they are.
When planning your character's background, one thing to keep in mind is that they must live in the UK before they turn 11, or they wouldn't receive a Hogwarts letter. They'd receive one to whichever school is closest to where they lived, as there are magical schools throughout the world.
Your character's parents are likely a big part of their lives, and things like their jobs & personalities can give you something fun to RP about. On VH, there are a few restrictions on a few of the jobs and affiliations of your character's relatives.
- Your character cannot be related to a Death Eater.
- Nor can they have a relative who's been killed, or tortured by a Death Eater.
- They can be related a dark wizard, who shares the Death Eater beliefs.
- They can have a relative who's been killed by a dark wizard.
- Your character cannot be related to an Auror or a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
- They can be related to a good wizard who shares the beliefs of the Aurors and Order of the Phoenix members.
- You cannot RP being related to a VH Staff Member, or a character from the books without first getting mod approval.
When you are finally sorted, you have the option of creating a Character Library. This is a place for you to put as much, or as little, information about your character as you'd like. It's also a place to keep track of your RPs, grades, graphics, etc. It is not something that's required on VH, just something for you, to help you keep track of your characters if you want to.
There are a lot of things to think about and decide for your character. For example, when is their birthday? Are they a pureblood, halfblood, or muggleborn? Where are they from? How many siblings do they have? This is all interesting stuff to think about to further your character's development, and a CL is the perfect place to figure this all out!
Even something that is seemingly unimportant, such as your character's star sign, can give you ideas and traits to work with to further flesh them out. So be sure to dig as deep as you like when it comes to your character's personality, family and background.
But please use your judgement and be sure to keep everything within the realm of possibility. Being a witch or wizard is already pretty special, don't you think?
Here are a few more examples of coding that can help you when starting your CL.
- Lists are great.
- They make everything so neat and shiny!
- Don't you think?
- I do.
[list][*] Lists are great. [*] They make everything so neat and shiny! [*] Don't you think? [*] I do.[/list]And if you don't need a list, but just an indent:
Indents are great too!
[indent=1]Indents are great too![/indent]And of course, links are extremely important when coding.
When you want to insert a link into a post:
Hey, it's Virtual Hogwarts!
Hey, it's [url="http://www.virtual-hogwarts.org/rpg/index.php?act=home"]Virtual Hogwarts[/url]!And if you want to use an image as a link (remember to properly host the image on tinypic or another site, no hotlinking!):
Edited by Mrs Brom, 13 January 2017 - 11:54 PM.