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Farren Abercrombie

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Name: Farren Abercrombie

Birthday: November 1, 1944

Hometown: Penrith, Cumbria, England

Magical Strength: Charms

Magical Weakness: Divination

Year: 6th/7th


Biography:

The Abercrombie family are an old Scottish pureblood family originally from Fife. They have been part of the wizarding community in Great Britain for many hundreds of years. Over the centuries they amassed sizable land holdings in Scotland and Northern England as the family grew in both size and rank. Though no longer a large family, they family remain a respected name amongst magical folks to this day and are loosely known to have traditional values and politics.

Farren was born in her family’s English countryside estate, Dalemain, to Rawdon and Victoria Abercrombie. Her father was the heir of the large, pureblood Scottish Abercrombie family.  Her mother was a Londoner from a high status upper middle class pureblood family. Like many men of his social standing Rawdon worked on a variety of family ventures from managing their real estate holdings to serving in a leadership position in the family business - magical publishing. Victoria was a pureblood socialite and mistress to several grand homes once Farren was born. However prior to falling pregnant she was an internationally recognized dueller, competing in women’s tournaments around the world.

Most of Farren’s youth was spent at Dalemain, the rolling estate just south of the border with Scotland, in the Lake District. This land had been a gift from the Crown to a very loyal Scottish family in the 1500s and remained in their care long after the Statue of Secrecy was put into place. If not there she was at the family’s estate Fife with her grandparents. Growing up in massive old stone manor homes made for an adventurous childhood. Like all young ladies of her class she learned the skills required of a socialite early on. Elocution, manners, social graces, horsemanship, music, French, dance, painting, embroidery, and conversation. However she also developed a deep appreciation for sailing and aimlessly wandering the miles and miles of footpaths around her estate. Half of her time was spent under the watchful and critical eyes of her governess and mother practicing table manners or calligraphy. The other half of her time was spent running wild around the house’s secret passages and knee deep in muddy fields.

Initially little effort was given to shaping Farren to be anything more than a perfect little Lady, destined for a prosperous marriage into another high status pureblood family. However by the time Farren was 9 it was painfully clear that no male heir was coming to the Abercrombie family. When medical professionals confirmed Farren was to be an only child the family quickly changed their outlook on Farren. For the first time in known family history the family line would be passed down to a daughter instead of a son. In the 'old days' this would have been legally impossible but as the world advanced so could they, so they thought.  Quickly the expectations shifted into uncharted waters, she would have to be the trophy wife as well as a matriarch.

Once the decision to ignore distant male cousins as successors of the family holdings was made her life changed rapidly.  She started getting tutelage in new subjects like world history, basic sciences, magical history, and maths - the same a boy child would have gotten. Instantly she was taken out more, social functions and family events - a clear signal to other factions of the family that Farren was the one that would take the family mantle in many decades when her father passed. The pressure on Farren to be exceptional was immense, compounded by her mother’s own obsession with perfection and the loss of her own duelling career and life outside the home.

Farren had few issues upon arrival at Hogwarts. Her parent’s had been grooming her from birth to be the ideal young pureblood lady who made the right acquaintances and represented the family well. So there were children she knew already from her family’s social affiliations and found their company more than enough to make her transition into school easy. Despite having had various tutors most of her young life she was an average student.  Her attention span was short and her educational interests limited. There was little interest in academics such as astronomy or potions which required patience and heavy study. Instead her success came from hands on tasks such as wand work and the arts. Already a practiced young musician she continued her musical hobby at school as an extracurricular pursuit.  Nonetheless she felt great pressure to exceed family expectations and worked exceptionally hard on these tasks she felt came more easily to compensate for the areas she was average in.

Her summers were structured around tutoring and fancy parties amongst her parent’s pureblood social set. There was little time for her passions or friends outside of those who also attended parties with their families. She often felt like her parents simply treated her as a tiny adult who would inherit and should be overly prepared. As she grew into her teen years she began to push back against them during the long summers and holidays at home. Pushing their buttons with her fashions, ditching summer lessons by leaving the house at dawn on her horse for the entire day, and sneaking to London to meet up with school friends via the Floo network instead of planned social calls set up by her mum.

Moving into her later years of school Farren remained a mediocre student in most subjects that lay outside her personal passions. Her scores and work in courses such as Runes, Potions, Divination, and Astronomy continued to plateau at acceptably average. However her skills with a wand flourished so much that she could easily distract from her disinterest in other academic pursuits with her success in charms, dueling, and transfiguration.  Outside of class she spent the majority of her time with the other girls and boys of her house and social class being typical teenagers. Nipping illicit booze in the dungeons, attending Quidditch matches, and sharing private jokes in small gaggles. When she wasn’t engulfed in studying, wand practice, or general socializing she was often shut in an empty room with one of the school’s pianos. Her ability in music was notable and as she grew and continued personal study of music and private tuition during holidays she developed a deep and lasting passion for it. As a teen she began experimenting with writing her own pieces for piano and violin. Though she expected nothing to come of it, like nothing had come of her mother’s dueling, she held some deep hope that perhaps one day she would accomplish something for herself with music. Though she is prepared to carry out her family's plan for her and meet their expectations she still hopes that in all of that she can find space to be herself.

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House Request: Slytherin

Personality:
Farren is independent, a product of growing up the only child surrounded by adults busy with their own lives and interested in her as an investment rather than a girl. She’s strong and spirited and not afraid to take risks or strike out on her own to accomplish something she wants. Most would consider her headstrong, her mother and governess would go so far as to describe her as obstinate. She can certainly come across as difficult and demanding. However deep down she is passionate and caring, willing to go the extra mile for the people closest to her and pour her heart into the things she loves.

Many would likely consider her arrogant at first glance. The attitude one picks up growing up in a wealthy pureblood family is often apparent in how she conducts herself. Like most teenagers she suffers insecurities and generally deals with this rather poorly. She might come across as harsh and unapproachable in some instances to those outside her circle. However this is just mirroring what she’s grown up with. She is loyal through and through and once you are past her trained outward defenses and part of her inner circle she is deeply loving, caring, and witty.

Appearance:

Farren is on the taller end of average height. For her age she is more gangly and less womanly than one might expect. Her build will likely never lead to being particularly curvy, she is long and lean though not athletic. She inherited her father’s ivory complexion and her mother’s dark brunette hair. Her nose and mouth are small and delicate, offset by large blue eyes. She is undeniably a pretty girl even if she is more fashion plate than the type to make men’s heads turn. Being confident in her appearance and owning a closet full of custom tailored dresses help in her accepting her body and feeling at home in herself which is evident in the way she carries herself.

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Option 2:

Farren had taken to walking by the lake during her free period lately. It was refreshing and though it was not in her nature to slow down and smell the roses she was trying to for the sake of her music. Drawing inspiration from the out of doors had proven helpful before in overcoming her progress and she hoped these walks would help. She’d made her way back towards the castle to gather her books for potions, she hated potions, and had come across a bizarre scene. A boy was practically crawling on his hands and knees rifling through the flower beds in the courtyard.

Hanging back she watched him for a moment. What a fool. Clearly he had no respect for the amount of work and care it took to maintain these beds. He exclaimed something about a rat and she quickly connected the dots. This unfortunate child had lost his pet rat. She wanted to laugh but refrained from doing so as she was in earshot of him. She’d always pitied kids that brought a rat or toad as a pet. What kind of pet did those animals even make? They were not affectionate nor useful. She’d always assumed that anyone with a pet other than an owl simply could not afford an owl, so naturally they should be pitied. At least get a cat. They were cute and sometimes affectionate. The feral cats on her estate were always having kittens, surely a cat was nearly free. Owning a rat just drew attention to your lack of taste and lower station.

Shaking her head she started forward again planning to ignore him and let him find his bloody rat himself. As she moved closer he got further into the flowers only to sneeze so loudly and forcefully she was startled. Stopping in her tracks she stared, she was actually embarrassed for him as he stood up and wiped a massive trail of snot down his arm. It was utterly shocking to her how some of the students here behaved. Did this boy not carry a handkerchief? Did he not realize it was disgusting and unsanitary to wipe one’s nose on their clothes? Clearly he didn’t care, he did own a rat afterall.  Again if she’d been less shocked she might have laughed but instead she stared unsure of if she should keep going and utterly ignore him or actually help.

He noticed her finally and turned towards her, snot dripping, to address her. This was the last straw though in her forced manners. His tone was too much and finally she did actually laugh at him. He was the definition of ridiculous now. Mockingly haughty, as if anyone would do anything but stare at the spectacle. Besides he’d picked the wrong girl to play posh with. There was no affect needed in her tone to sound arrogant. Her mother had ensured that her natural speaking tone displayed her elevated rank and birth with elocutions lessons as a small girl so the act was lost on her. It was pure comedy.

“If you don’t want people to stare at you perhaps you should conduct yourself in a way slightly less ridiculous,” she responded matter of factly, “Honestly, did you ever hear of a summoning spell? It's just a rat, should be quite simple, he can't have gone that far.” It took notable restraint to keep from clicking her tongue at him or laughing again. Not bothering to get a response from him she rolled her eyes and kept walking, shaking her head a little. Honestly, this place would be much better off if they had standards for common sense as a bar to entrance.

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Hi Farren, welcome to the site!

Your application looks good, there's just a couple of things we'll need to clarify with you before we can get you accepted.

Firstly, you mention that Farren lives at Dalemain, an English countryside estate. A country house and estate by this name actually exists in real life (see here for more information). If you intended for this to be the same estate, we don't allow players to claim specific houses/families that exist in real life as this can cause conflict with historical accuracy. Even if it's not the same estate, you'll still need to change the name to avoid any confusion with the existing house. If you could edit your biography and change the name to one that you've created rather than one which belongs to an existing location, this will solve the issue.

Secondly, you mention that one of Farren's hobbies involves 'Nipping illicit booze in the dungeons'. While it's fine for you to refer to this in moderation, please be aware of our site rating regarding alcohol, especially for characters under the age of 18:
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Drinking of alcohol (by any character) may be referred to, but should be presented discreetly and sensitively.
Under-age drinking (in the course of an RP) is permitted only with the permission of an admin, and will likely get you in trouble IC. Please check with us before posting.

If you plan to reference Farren drinking in any threads, you will always need to request permission from an admin first. You don't need to edit anything in your application, but just be aware of this once you've been accepted! 

Once you've made the required change, please repost your entire revised application below, and we'll be more than happy to take another look. Thanks!
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Farren Abercrombie

    (28/12/2020 at 18:24)
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Name: Farren Abercrombie

Birthday: November 1, 1944

Birthplace: Penrith, Cumbria, England
Magical Strength: Charms

Magical Weakness: Divination

Year: 6th/7th


Biography:


The Abercrombie family are an old Scottish pureblood family originally from Fife. They have been part of the wizarding community in Great Britain for many hundreds of years. Over the centuries they amassed sizable land holdings in Scotland and Northern England as the family grew in both size and rank. Though no longer a large family, they family remain a respected name amongst magical folks to this day and are loosely known to have traditional values and politics.

Farren was born in her family’s English countryside estate, Daleworth, to Rawdon and Victoria Abercrombie. Her father was the heir of the large, pureblood Scottish Abercrombie family.  Her mother was a Londoner from a high status upper middle class pureblood family. Like many men of his social standing Rawdon worked on a variety of family ventures from managing their real estate holdings to serving in a leadership position in the family business - magical publishing. Victoria was a pureblood socialite and mistress to several grand homes once Farren was born. However prior to falling pregnant she was an internationally recognized dueller, competing in women’s tournaments around the world.

Most of Farren’s youth was spent at their Lake District estate just south of the border with Scotland. This land had been a gift from the Crown to a very loyal Scottish family in the 1500s and remained in their care long after the Statue of Secrecy was put into place. If not there she was at the family’s estate Fife with her grandparents. Growing up in massive old stone manor homes made for an adventurous childhood. Like all young ladies of her class she learned the skills required of a socialite early on. Elocution, manners, social graces, horsemanship, music, French, dance, painting, embroidery, and conversation. However she also developed a deep appreciation for sailing and aimlessly wandering the miles and miles of footpaths around her estate. Half of her time was spent under the watchful and critical eyes of her governess and mother practicing table manners or calligraphy. The other half of her time was spent running wild around the house’s secret passages and knee deep in muddy fields.

Initially little effort was given to shaping Farren to be anything more than a perfect little Lady, destined for a prosperous marriage into another high status pureblood family. However by the time Farren was 9 it was painfully clear that no male heir was coming to the Abercrombie family. When medical professionals confirmed Farren was to be an only child the family quickly changed their outlook on Farren. For the first time in known family history the family line would be passed down to a daughter instead of a son. In the 'old days' this would have been legally impossible but as the world advanced so could they, so they thought.  Quickly the expectations shifted into uncharted waters, she would have to be the trophy wife as well as a matriarch.

Once the decision to ignore distant male cousins as successors of the family holdings was made her life changed rapidly.  She started getting tutelage in new subjects like world history, basic sciences, magical history, and maths - the same a boy child would have gotten. Instantly she was taken out more, social functions and family events - a clear signal to other factions of the family that Farren was the one that would take the family mantle in many decades when her father passed. The pressure on Farren to be exceptional was immense, compounded by her mother’s own obsession with perfection and the loss of her own duelling career and life outside the home.

Farren had few issues upon arrival at Hogwarts. Her parent’s had been grooming her from birth to be the ideal young pureblood lady who made the right acquaintances and represented the family well. So there were children she knew already from her family’s social affiliations and found their company more than enough to make her transition into school easy. Despite having had various tutors most of her young life she was an average student.  Her attention span was short and her educational interests limited. There was little interest in academics such as astronomy or potions which required patience and heavy study. Instead her success came from hands on tasks such as wand work and the arts. Already a practiced young musician she continued her musical hobby at school as an extracurricular pursuit.  Nonetheless she felt great pressure to exceed family expectations and worked exceptionally hard on these tasks she felt came more easily to compensate for the areas she was average in.

Her summers were structured around tutoring and fancy parties amongst her parent’s pureblood social set. There was little time for her passions or friends outside of those who also attended parties with their families. She often felt like her parents simply treated her as a tiny adult who would inherit and should be overly prepared. As she grew into her teen years she began to push back against them during the long summers and holidays at home. Pushing their buttons with her fashions, ditching summer lessons by leaving the house at dawn on her horse for the entire day, and sneaking to London to meet up with school friends via the Floo network instead of planned social calls set up by her mum.

Moving into her later years of school Farren remained a mediocre student in most subjects that lay outside her personal passions. Her scores and work in courses such as Runes, Potions, Divination, and Astronomy continued to plateau at acceptably average. However her skills with a wand flourished so much that she could easily distract from her disinterest in other academic pursuits with her success in charms, dueling, and transfiguration.  Outside of class she spent the majority of her time with the other girls and boys of her house and social class being typical teenagers. Engaging in general teenage shenanigans, attending Quidditch matches, and sharing private jokes in small gaggles. When she wasn’t engulfed in studying, wand practice, or general socializing she was often shut in an empty room with one of the school’s pianos. Her ability in music was notable and as she grew and continued personal study of music and private tuition during holidays she developed a deep and lasting passion for it. As a teen she began experimenting with writing her own pieces for piano and violin. Though she expected nothing to come of it, like nothing had come of her mother’s dueling, she held some deep hope that perhaps one day she would accomplish something for herself with music. Though she is prepared to carry out her family's plan for her and meet their expectations she still hopes that in all of that she can find space to be herself.

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

House Request: Slytherin

Personality:
Farren is independent, a product of growing up the only child surrounded by adults busy with their own lives and interested in her as an investment rather than a girl. She’s strong and spirited and not afraid to take risks or strike out on her own to accomplish something she wants. Most would consider her headstrong, her mother and governess would go so far as to describe her as obstinate. She can certainly come across as difficult and demanding. However deep down she is passionate and caring, willing to go the extra mile for the people closest to her and pour her heart into the things she loves.

Many would likely consider her arrogant at first glance. The attitude one picks up growing up in a wealthy pureblood family is often apparent in how she conducts herself. Like most teenagers she suffers insecurities and generally deals with this rather poorly. She might come across as harsh and unapproachable in some instances to those outside her circle. However this is just mirroring what she’s grown up with. She is loyal through and through and once you are past her trained outward defenses and part of her inner circle she is deeply loving, caring, and witty.

Appearance:

Farren is on the taller end of average height. For her age she is more gangly and less womanly than one might expect. Her build will likely never lead to being particularly curvy, she is long and lean though not athletic. She inherited her father’s ivory complexion and her mother’s dark brunette hair. Her nose and mouth are small and delicate, offset by large blue eyes. She is undeniably a pretty girl even if she is more fashion plate than the type to make men’s heads turn. Being confident in her appearance and owning a closet full of custom tailored dresses help in her accepting her body and feeling at home in herself which is evident in the way she carries herself.

→ SAMPLE ROLEPLAY.

Option 2:

Farren had taken to walking by the lake during her free period lately. It was refreshing and though it was not in her nature to slow down and smell the roses she was trying to for the sake of her music. Drawing inspiration from the out of doors had proven helpful before in overcoming her progress and she hoped these walks would help. She’d made her way back towards the castle to gather her books for potions, she hated potions, and had come across a bizarre scene. A boy was practically crawling on his hands and knees rifling through the flower beds in the courtyard.

Hanging back she watched him for a moment. What a fool. Clearly he had no respect for the amount of work and care it took to maintain these beds. He exclaimed something about a rat and she quickly connected the dots. This unfortunate child had lost his pet rat. She wanted to laugh but refrained from doing so as she was in earshot of him. She’d always pitied kids that brought a rat or toad as a pet. What kind of pet did those animals even make? They were not affectionate nor useful. She’d always assumed that anyone with a pet other than an owl simply could not afford an owl, so naturally they should be pitied. At least get a cat. They were cute and sometimes affectionate. The feral cats on her estate were always having kittens, surely a cat was nearly free. Owning a rat just drew attention to your lack of taste and lower station.

Shaking her head she started forward again planning to ignore him and let him find his bloody rat himself. As she moved closer he got further into the flowers only to sneeze so loudly and forcefully she was startled. Stopping in her tracks she stared, she was actually embarrassed for him as he stood up and wiped a massive trail of snot down his arm. It was utterly shocking to her how some of the students here behaved. Did this boy not carry a handkerchief? Did he not realize it was disgusting and unsanitary to wipe one’s nose on their clothes? Clearly he didn’t care, he did own a rat afterall.  Again if she’d been less shocked she might have laughed but instead she stared unsure of if she should keep going and utterly ignore him or actually help.

He noticed her finally and turned towards her, snot dripping, to address her. This was the last straw though in her forced manners. His tone was too much and finally she did actually laugh at him. He was the definition of ridiculous now. Mockingly haughty, as if anyone would do anything but stare at the spectacle. Besides he’d picked the wrong girl to play posh with. There was no affect needed in her tone to sound arrogant. Her mother had ensured that her natural speaking tone displayed her elevated rank and birth with elocutions lessons as a small girl so the act was lost on her. It was pure comedy.

“If you don’t want people to stare at you perhaps you should conduct yourself in a way slightly less ridiculous,” she responded matter of factly, “Honestly, did you ever hear of a summoning spell? It's just a rat, should be quite simple, he can't have gone that far.” It took notable restraint to keep from clicking her tongue at him or laughing again. Not bothering to get a response from him she rolled her eyes and kept walking, shaking her head a little. Honestly, this place would be much better off if they had standards for common sense as a bar to entrance.

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Farren Abercrombie

    (28/12/2020 at 18:28)
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Hi Farren, welcome to the site!

Your application looks good, there's just a couple of things we'll need to clarify with you before we can get you accepted.

Firstly, you mention that Farren lives at Dalemain, an English countryside estate. A country house and estate by this name actually exists in real life (see here for more information). If you intended for this to be the same estate, we don't allow players to claim specific houses/families that exist in real life as this can cause conflict with historical accuracy. Even if it's not the same estate, you'll still need to change the name to avoid any confusion with the existing house. If you could edit your biography and change the name to one that you've created rather than one which belongs to an existing location, this will solve the issue.

Secondly, you mention that one of Farren's hobbies involves 'Nipping illicit booze in the dungeons'. While it's fine for you to refer to this in moderation, please be aware of our site rating regarding alcohol, especially for characters under the age of 18:
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Drinking of alcohol (by any character) may be referred to, but should be presented discreetly and sensitively.
Under-age drinking (in the course of an RP) is permitted only with the permission of an admin, and will likely get you in trouble IC. Please check with us before posting.

If you plan to reference Farren drinking in any threads, you will always need to request permission from an admin first. You don't need to edit anything in your application, but just be aware of this once you've been accepted! 

Once you've made the required change, please repost your entire revised application below, and we'll be more than happy to take another look. Thanks!

Hi Calypso - Corrections listed in sheet above. Just as a general note I had taken the name from the real place to ensure selecting a name that was culturally appropriate but have amended it to disassociate with real location.

The booze was just a mention in the sense to demonstrate typical teenage 'naughtiness'. At present no plans to include it in plot, etc. Just an illustration of kids being kids at that age. :) Changed just to ensure no concern.

Thanks!

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Thank you for making those changes! just realised you're missing the bloodline section in your app, but based on your biography, I'm assuming she's Pureblood! Let me know if that's incorrect, but otherwise, accepted!



Dear Miss Abercrombie,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Term begins 1 January 2021. Currently, students have gathered at Camp Loki, and we encourage you to spend your summer there. Should you choose, you may also visit our Elsewhere board via the Floo Network to visit or purchase school supplies.


Yours sincerely,

Ella Galanis
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« Last Edit: 28/12/2020 at 22:34 by Ella Galanis »
do you remember the twenty-first night of september?
love was changing the minds of pretenders while chasing the clouds away
our hearts were ringing in the key that our souls were singing
as we danced in the night, remember how the stars stole the night away

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