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Elsewhere Accepted / Elixirium | Shop Permit
« on: 12/04/2020 at 15:54 »
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Shop name: Elixirium
Shop Type: Apothecary and Potions Supply Shop
Location: Hogsmeade
Subforum? Yes, please

Short Description (50 words max):
Your one-stop shop for all things potions related. Inquire about ‘special orders’ to learn the full extent of the shop’s services.

Long Description (200 words min):
As you step in the door, Elixirium looks like any other apothecary or potions supply shop you’ve been in. Endless shelves of vials are arranged through the shop, all carefully labeled and organized into categories so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Prepared ingredients, animal parts, and jars of strange looking substances line the wall, ready to be measured out for your current projects, with the vials, cauldrons, and anything else you’ll need on display just to the right. Kits for those attending Hogwarts have been already assembled for purchase where they’re easy to grab. A small garden centre is also maintained, filled with herbs, flowers, and greenery. To one wall, workspaces are set up, so you can see the magic happen, or perhaps get your hands dirty as well. Lessons and workshops will be offered for those interested in expanding their potions skills. 

A counter separates the front of the shop from the employees area. To one side, a curtain with a concealment charm hides a breakroom for the staff. To the other, a door leads to a stock room that doubles as a meeting space for those looking for something that requires a private conversation. Two doors can be found at the back, one leading out of the shop and one leading to a stairway that will take you to Alice’s upstairs apartment.

Though the outward appearance of the shop is rather clean and straightlaced, one only needs to inquire with the owners about ‘placing a special order’ to see the full extent of what the shop provides. Stock previously sold through the Snake Pit can now be picked up locally and requests for illegal concoctions can be discussed in person, though orders by owl or through previous connections are still accepted.

Co-owned by Lia Ayres and Alice Swan, Elixirium is here for all your potions-related needs.

What purpose will this shop serve other than selling things and being the home of your character? Why would people want to RP there just for fun?
Several characters will be involved in the shop from the beginning, with additional work opportunities open to others interested. The illegal potions operation running out of the shop will provide additional opportunity for characters to visit the shop to further their own plots. As well, students from the school will be able to visit on Hogsmeade weekends, either for shopping purposes or to participate in workshops or lessons.

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Application for Hogwarts School


Name: Lia Ayres

Birthday: August 31, 1940

Hometown: London, United Kingdom

Bloodline: Halfblood

Magical Strength (pick one): Charms

Magical Weakness (pick one): Divination

Year (pick two): 3rd or 4th


Lia was born the first and only child to Tony and Adeline Ayres, the perfect fit into their little family. Her father was a muggle and worked in construction, enjoying golf and reading the news when the work day came to an end. Her mother stayed at home with Lia, and concealed her magical status from everyone in her life at the request of her husband, including their daughter. See, Tony loved his wife, but though that magic was ridiculous and had no place in family life. Though Adeline never quite agreed, she did love her husband, so she agreed, living her life as a muggle.

The early years of Lia's life were about as normal as they came. She loved her parents, fairy tales, and music, though she'd always been a bit of a shy kid, always taking time to warm up to other children. However, all of that changed when she was six, and her mum became sick with cancer. She passed away a few months later, leaving Lia to be raised by a working father.

The years that followed were hard, but the Ayres family strived to make it as normal as possible. Lia's grandmother stepped in to take care of the young girl, a set up that worked well for everyone involved. She grew closer to her father, though she never felt the same sort of connection she had with her mother, something she'd never been able to figure out for the life of her. To fill the gap, she learned to be a little more outgoing in school and made some friends she could rely on.

But everything changed when she received her letter from Hogwarts. She was baffled how she could have had magic all these years and not known, but embraced the idea with the same sort of fascination that she had always had for fairy tales. Her father grew more and more distance as the date of her departure came, though at the time, she attributed it to him being worried about her going away for school for months on end.

All of that came crashing down when another student informed her that not only had her mother and their father known each other, but they had known each other from Hogwarts. Lia confronted her father, only to have it revealed that he had actually hidden her halfblood status her entire life. It damaged the relationship between her and her father, and neither seem to be willing to hear out the other's point of view. She learned to lean more on her friends and her books, disappearing into other worlds when she needed to get away from her father's harsh views of magic.

Note: This section is optional, and is up to you to complete.

House Request: Hufflepuff is preferable.

Lia comes off as a bit shy, though she feels like she is more awkward than shy, as she just finds it a little strange to walk up to someone and just start a conversation about something. However, she is quick to warm up to others, and is an incredibly loyal friend when you've proved yourself worthy of her time.

She's generally easy going, but her insecurities can get the best of her at times. A lifetime of her father's high expectations and their lacking connection have left her questioning herself and her abilities, though she's working on this. She plays it off well, though, and is good at not letting it on more than she needs to.

When not spending time with friends, she can be found reading fantasy stories and fairy tales, playing chess, going for walks by the lake, playing piano, and enjoying a cup of tea. She usually won't admit it, but she also enjoys her school work, finding everything about magic fascinating. She can't sing to save her life, she's never been the least bit good at sports, and has a tendency to be stubborn when she's got her mind set on something. It takes a lot for her to lose her temper, but you'd best watch your back if you get on her bad side. She's afraid of the dark and of the creatures that live there, but she does her best not to let it on.

Lia is and has always been small and slight for her age. Currently, she stands at just 4'10, and her thin frame often makes her look even smaller. She's always hated being so small, especially as people always seem to think she's younger or want to pick her up, but since it doesn't seem like she's going to be shooting up any time soon, she grudgingly accepts it. She's almost always found in a skirt or dress, generally avoiding kid-like garments so people don't mistake her for younger than they already do. She wears her dark blonde hair long and down her back, though she ties it up when she's trying to actually accomplish anything. Her favourite feature of all is her eyes, which are a bright green like her mother's.


Option 2:

That rat of his was in for it now.

The gray little rascal had disappeared from his clutches at breakfast. Again.

Before Hugh even knew what was happening, Merlin had shot across the floor, somehow managing to avoid all the feet walking across the hall and had escaped through the open doors.

Which meant that Hugh was now stomping through rows of flowers and other various flora, searching for the small creature. It was like the rat knew Hugh was allergic to most flowers. Merlin always chose to run to the gardens whenever he got away from Hugh. It was as if the rat did not want to have him for an owner.

Hugh had named his pet Merlin because he had hoped the powerful name would give the rat more incentive to be more than a rat. Not that he expected Merlin to change into a wizard or anything, but rats were just so...useless, for the most part. With a name like Merlin, Hugh thought it might give the rat purpose.

The only purpose Merlin seemed to have was getting away from Hugh as often as possible.

As the fifth year trudged into the second row of flowers, not taking much care to avoid trampling the first row, he felt the first sneeze building up pressure in his nose and behind his eyes.

"You blasted rat! Where are you?"

He pulled apart a section of bright red flowers; he didn't know what they were called because he despised flowers, and ducked his head low to peer into the depths of the flowerbed. It was moving closer in proximity to the flowers that finally did it. Hugh took in three great breaths and then let out an almighty sneeze. It was strong enough to disturb some of the dirt on the ground before him.

Groaning, he stood up again and wiped his nose on his sleeve. It was as he was turning his head, his nose running up and down his arm, that movement in his peripheral vision caught his attention. Normally one who preferred to put his best face forward, Hugh was a bit embarrassed to be caught wiping his runny nose on his robes.

Nevertheless, Hugh put on his best haughty voice. albeit a bit thickly with his plugged nose and said, "Can I help you with something? It is not polite to stare."

The gardens weren't Lia's first choice when she wanted to get away from the stuffy walls of the castle and her mountains of unfinished schoolwork. She generally preferred to spend her free time by the lake, watching the water ripple against the shore and keeping an eye out for the giant squid that supposedly lived in there (she wasn't totally convinced - she hadn't seen it yet).

But when she'd made her way down to the lake today, she found it insanely busy, with students everywhere, ruining the tranquility and peaceful atmosphere she'd been looking for. The gardens had looked rather quiet, so she'd opted for that instead, making due with pretty flowers. It wasn't really that bad of a trade, if she was being honest. And it smelled better than the lake water did.

There was no one else wandering the gardens when she made her way over, wandering between the different plants and blossoms, trying to name as many of them as she could. Maybe she had been wrong about the gardens not being as nice as the lake. It was actually rather nice.

However, her peace was disrupted when an older boy started stomping around, making a racket and grumbling something about a rat and sticking his head in plants. Which didn't seem to be going well for him, if his sneezes were anything to go by. Lia wanted to mind her own business, but it was hard to ignore the older boy. What he was doing was kind of funny.

She tried not to draw his attention to her, but that didn't last very long. He snapped at her about staring. She was immediately taken aback, surprised that he'd be so rude when she'd been here first.

"It's not polite to interrupt someone's peace and quiet either, but you don't hear me complaining," she said, the words slipping from her mouth in her surprise before her brain could catch up to what she was saying. It was rather bold for the typically quiet girl. "What are you looking for anyway? A rat or something?"

She hadn't really been listening - or at least, had been trying not to - when he'd been talking to himself earlier, and she was kind of hoping that she'd been wrong about the rat. She'd never been big on rodents, something about them making her uneasy. But maybe it would be best to help this boy, and then he'd leave her alone to the flowers.

"Do you, er, want some help?"


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